Makeup That’s Perfect For Valentine’s Day!

What are you doing this Saturday…Valentine’s Day?!! Are you going out? Or staying in, wink, wink?

Either way, a soft and pretty, or a darker, sexy look will be perfect for a romantic date, or a fun time out with the girls!

My picks for gorgeous Valentine’s Day makeup include pretty blushes and a great contouring system, dramatic lipsticks and lip glosses and sexy eye shadow palettes:

Milani Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 USD) — Now this is a blush that deserves to be seen! Gorgeous in the compact, even prettier on cheeks, this petal soft, natural-finish powder shapes, contours and highlights. Streaks? Never. Easy to use? Always. In ultra-flattering shades that you just can’t live without.

Purchase at http://www.milanicosmetics.com and in drugstores near you.

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks Cream Blush ($18 USD) — Highlight and accent your cheeks with velvety colour cream blush featuring built-in Farm to Jar™ skincare. As you add natural depth and warmth to your complexion, your skin will drink in the anti-aging benefits of vine-fresh Resveratrox® and Vitisin, harvested exclusively for Pür from Bordeaux’s famed wine region. Taken from the finest wine-producing French grapes, these key ingredients have been shown to soften the look of lines and brighten the skin’s appearance. Château Cheeks Cream Blush contains NO mineral oil, petrolatum or lanolin oil and is non-comedogenic. Paraben-free. Gluten-free.

Available a http://www.purminerals.com.

Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette ($50 USD) — Contouring is a professional technique commonly used on editorial photo shoots as it works with lighting and shadows to recreate an illusion. Through her artisan lens and years of working as a professional makeup artist, Laura has carefully chosen these neutral shades in a darker range that help sculpt the face. The extraordinary cream formula is more blendable than typical contouring powders, allowing for a natural, flawless, fool-proof application every time.

This palette includes: 3 neutral brown matte crèmes – for shading; Contour #1, Contour in Medium #2,  Contour in Deep #3

2 crème highlighters (light and dark) – for light reflection; Highlight #1, Highlight #2

Laura’s step-by-step tutorial

Available at http://www.lauramercier.com.

Vincent Longo Lip Cheek Gel Stain ($24 USD) — Dual-purpose colour stain is extremely long wearing and perfect for an active lifestyle. Layers directly over moisturized lips and cheeks to deliver a beautiful wash of sheer color.

Available at http://www.vincentlongo.com

essence longlasting lipstick ($4.99 USD) — Whether you’ve been struck by Cupid’s arrow or you’re planning a night out with the girls, don’t let lack-luster lips ruin your Valentine’s Day beauty look! Get your pout smooch-ready with kissable shades of reds and playful pinks using essence cosmetics longlasting lipsticks and XXXL shine lipglosses (not pictured).

Available at http://www.ulta.com

Pur Minerals Chateau Kisses Lip-Plumping Lip Gloss ($18 USD) — This one-of-a-kind lip-plumping lip gloss packs a pout-perfecting punch with age-defying Resveratrox®, freshly harvested from Bordeaux’s finest wine-producing grapes! This exclusive Farm to Jar™ ingredient hydrates dry lips and helps reverse visible signs of early aging, including lip lines and wrinkles. Never sticky or tacky, this luscious, lip-plumping lip gloss formula provides hours of dewy colour along with visibly softer, smoother lips—even after the gloss comes off! Paraben-free. Gluten-free.

Available at http://www.purminerals.com

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine ($9.99 USD) — This isn’t a shadow, it’s a shine. This extraordinary eye-enhancing, game-changing gloss can be swept on bare lids. Just tap the applicator onto the color and glide over the eye, starting close to the lashline. From there, simply blend and build with the applicator or your fingertip. In fact, it’s so easy to get glowing with this gloss, your hardest task will be picking a palette. Available in four shade quartettes named for Italy’s starriest, most beloved cities, the lineup includes Milan (soft pinks and taupes), Rome (a pack of rich lavenders and purples), Florence (think copper, bronze, gold) and Venice (icy white and cool blues). Sexy and glamorous, but an effortless addition to your makeup routine, Fierce Foil Eyeshine is runway inspired, “real way” designed.

Available at http://www.milanicosmetics.com and drugstores.

Urban Decay Shadow Box ($34 USD) — Inspired by Urban Decay’s long-running Ammo Palette, with a completely updated (and even bigger) shade range, Shadow Box is the perfect all-in-one palette. Whether you’re new to Urban Decay or you’ve got a whole stash of UD products on your vanity, the Shadow Box is one palette you need in your arsenal.

What You Get: Sin (champagne shimmer), Indo (bright metallic emerald green shimmer), Bordello (pale mauve shimmer w/gold micro-glitter), Tornado (vibrant deep purple shimmer), Smog (deep coppery bronze shimmer), Blackout (blackest black matte), Flash (bright iridescent purple shimmer), Mushroom (warm gray shimmer), Lost (medium metallic brown shimmer), Freelove (golden vibrant peach shimmer), Moonshadow (bright navy blue shimmer w/tonal sparkle) and Baked Cowboy (golden bronze shimmer w/tonal sparkle).

Available at http://www.urbandecay.com

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstars on the Go Breakfast at Tiffany’s ($55 USD) — Two-minute, two-step pocket-palette for a full eye-cheek-&-lip look in an instant. Inspired by Charlotte’s favorite past and modern day beauty icons, these five creamy lip-to-cheek colours have been paired with their perfect molten metal eye shadow partner for an easy look in a palette. Designed for women who are lacking in either time or makeup application skills (or both!) – these compacts are perfect for sheer, buildable and easy-to-handle application in a dash. Berry Flux Vita increases Hyaluronic Acid to moisturise the skin, protecting the epidermis from dehydration, microfine pigment technology ensures high colour performance and a long-lasting finish, while a perfect balance of waxes and oils eases application for a soft creamy texture which glides on without pulling on the delicate skin around the eye with Apricot Seed Oil to provide antioxidant and anti-ageing properties. (Shades: Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Some Like It Hot, Rebel Without A Cause, All About Eve, The Spy Who Loved Me).

http://www.charlottetilbury.com

What is your makeup look going to be this V-Day?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Makeup Gifts That Will Make Her Holiday Bright!

Makeup sets are such a fun gift to give (and to receive).  The great thing about them is that there’s so many choices in different price ranges — it’s easy to find a gift for a friend, babysitter or teacher. Or mother, sister…the list is endless!

So grab a few of these great gifts below and pass out the pretty this holiday season!

Pür Minerals Let It Glow! Makeup Stick Trio
Pür Minerals Let It Glow! Makeup Stick Trio

Pür Minerals Let It Glow! Makeup Stick Trio ($24 USD) Give your skin a rosy glow with this limited-edition set that offers three twist-up makeup sticks that highlight your features for natural radiance. Define, contour and brighten while conditioning for smoother, softer skin.

Available at www.purminerals.com.

Lancome All Over Face Palette
Lancome All Over Face Palette

Lancome All Over Face Palette ($55 USD) — Take your makeup look from day to night with the ‘All Over Face’ palette that features nine new eyeshadow shades, plus two contouring essentials.

COLOR DESIGN Sensational Effects Eye Shadow  X 9 —  In Blizzard, Starlight, Onyx Eve, Warm Cocoa, Fox, Smolder, Cashmere, Fawn and Mink Me.

BLUSH SUBTIL Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush in Everything Nice

STAR BRONZER Long Lasting Bronzing Powder in Cinnamon and Spice

Available at http://www.lancome-usa.com.

Robin McGraw Revelation Pure Joy Lip Gloss Collection
Robin McGraw Revelation Pure Joy Lip Gloss Collection

Robin McGraw Revelation Pure Joy Lip Gloss Collection ($49.95 For all for or $15.95 USD) — A collection of four high-shine lip glosses with brilliant color and subtle shimmer makes a special gift for a loved one – or for yourself. A luxurious, non-sticky formula creates the perfect look for any celebration. 

The set contains:

Frosty Glaze: A Champagne Shimmer

Rainbow Rose: A Sparkling Blush

Confetti Red: A True Ruby Red

Sprinkle Pink: A Bright Berry Pink

Available at http://www.robinmcgrawrevelation.com.

Avon Makeup Studio Palette
Avon Makeup Studio Palette

Avon Makeup Studio Palette ($24.99 USD) — Perfect for a girl on the go, this palette is a holiday hit. It’s sized to carry everywhere, for touch-ups, or transitioning makeup from day to night. The set includes 25 eye shadows, 12 lip glosses, 2 blushes, 2 bronzers and 3 brushes.

Available at visit Avon.com to locate a Representative or shop online.

ck one has great gift sets for the holidays:

ck one eye essentials gift set ($25 USD) — For a great bargain, the ck one eye essentials gift set features everything needed to create a complete eye look, including volumizing mascara in black 800, powder eyeshadow in ambitious 710, and double-ended eyeliner in genius/radical 800.

ck one high-shine gloss trio holiday set ($20 USD) — A great stocking stuffer, the ck one high-shine gloss trio holiday set features three high-shine gloss tubes in wearable shades for every occasion.  the line includes two existing shades, proper 300, tender 810, and one limited-edition shade, faithful 910, a sparkling, translucent shade.

Available at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com

Are you picking up a makeup kit for someone special this holiday season?  Which one?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of November 10 — 16, 2014

It’s so cold outside in Kansas City…brrr!  I try not to go outside in the cold air, but when I do, I can feel my face and lips cracking from the freezing air!  So dry!

So, this week I’m loving products that will help my dry and chapped skin. I have been testing great skin care, lip balms and body products to help me for what I hope is not too cold a winter.

My faves are:

Pür Minerals M.M.C. Anti-Aging Moisture Complex
Pür Minerals M.M.C. Anti-Aging Moisture Complex

Pür Minerals M.M.C. Anti-Aging Moisture Complex ($38 USD) — Feed your skin with anti-oxidants and protect it from free radicals. This anti-aging, hydrating cream has been shown to improve skin texture and tone in as little as 10 days.  The M.M.C. Anti-Aging Moisture Complex is free of chemical dyes and contains key ingredients that detoxify, condition and renew the skin.

What I think: This is perfect for my recently dry skin from the cold air.  I love using this as my night cream.  I have noticed my skin is smoother and really soft in the morning.

Available at http://www.purminerals.com

Soap and Paper Factory Shea Lip Butter
Soap and Paper Factory Shea Lip Butter

Soap and Paper Factory Shea Lip Butter ($9 USD) — These Lip Butters are packed with Shea Butter, and totally emollient!  They offer three fragrances, each made with PURE essential oils — Blood Orange (above), Limoncello, and Mint Julep.  These butters are long lasting, and will keep your kisser soft and supple.   A sweet, vintage inspired design comes with a mirror.

What I think:  Love these.  They each smell amazing and are so moisturizing on the lips.  Perfect for throwing in a purse or pocket for continued moisturization throughout the day.

Available at http://www.soapandpaperfactory.com

Tammy Fender Essential C Tonic
Tammy Fender Essential C Tonic

Tammy Fender Essential C Tonic ($55 USD) — Steeped with antioxidant-rich Green Tea, this formula purifies and invigorates the complexion, while acting as a natural toner to restore the pH balance of the skin.

What I think:  Such an amazing natural toner. I love the fresh scent of this and the fact that it doesn’t dry out my skin at all.  My skin is softer after using, which is rare from a toner.  I highly recommend this product!

Purchase at http://www.TammyFender.com

Mad Hippie Face Cream
Mad Hippie Face Cream

Mad Hippie Face Cream ($25.99 USD) — Formulated with 12 actives including peptides, acai, argan oil and resveratrol, the Mad Hippie Face Cream reduces the appearance of wrinkles and creates smooth, healthy skin. The peptides and actives kick-start collagen production while Mother Nature’s best antioxidants neutralize aging free radicals.

What I think: If you are looking for an effective natural moisturizer, this one may be perfect for you! It has so many good-for-you ingredients that leave skin so soft!  I have noticed that my skin does appear younger (my laugh lines less noticeable) since I have been using this cream!

Available at www.madhippie.com

Rituals Laughing Buddha Good Luck Scrub
Rituals Laughing Buddha Good Luck Scrub

Rituals Laughing Buddha Good Luck Scrub ($29 USD) — Luxury combination of organic sugar and wonderful softening oils. Specially developed to nourish and revitalize even the driest of skins. The natural ingredients Sweet Orange & Cedar produce a wonderfully warm aroma. Use the body scrub once or twice a week for a soft and glowing skin.

What I think:  This scrub smells wonderful, like the holidays!  And it really softens my skin and removes any dry skin.  A little goes a long way to super smooth skin!

Available at http://www.us.rituals.com

Korres Guava Body Butter ($29 USD) — Soothe dry skin instantly with this creamy body butter enriched with shea butter and quince extract to soften, moisturize, and rejuvenate the skin.

Korres Guava Lip Butter ($12 USD) — This beautifully scented, creamy body butter are enriched with shea butter and quince extract to soften, moisturize, and rejuvenate the skin. Sunflower, almond, and avocado oils nourish, thus helping to improve elasticity and smoothness.

What I think: Both of these products are highly moisturizing.  The lip butter is  not tinted which is perfect for everyday and every night use.  It really softens my dry lips.  The lotion is also really softening.  I use it after showers and at night to keep my skin (I love using it on my legs) hydrated.

Purchase at http://www.sephora.com

What have you been loving this week?  Any new skincare? Leave a comment and let me know!

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of September 15, 2014

September sure is going by quickly!  Fall is this Tuesday!  I thought I would let you know what I am enjoying this week while I drink my iced Pumpkin Spice Latte.  It’s almost fall, but it’s still pretty warm outside.

This week, I have been loving a facial mask with wine antioxidants, new shavers, a hydrating hair mask and a new natural bath and body line.

Pur Minerals Wine Exfoliating Mask
Pur Minerals Wine Exfoliating Mask

Pur Minerals Wine Exfoliating Mask ($29 USD) — Pür’s Wine Exfoliating Mask gently buffs away rough, dull skin with natural peach stones (seeds) as it fights signs of premature aging with red wine antioxidants from Bordeaux’s finest vineyards. Watch lines, dark spots and uneven skin fade from sight as Farm to Jar™ ingredients work to reveal a visibly more youthful glow. Paraben-free. Gluten-free.

What I think:  This mask smells like a delicious glass of red wine!  It can be used as a scrub or a mask and either way, leaves my skin smooth.  I have noticed my skin is more even toned as well.

Available at http://www.purminerals.com

BIC Soleil Glow razor
BIC Soleil Glow razor

BIC Soleil Glow Razor ($7.49 USD for a three pack) — Get a super close shave and dare to bare all. These razors effortlessly glides for a silky-smooth finish.  The innovative COMFORT SHIELD™ head evenly distributes pressure and helps protect skin from irritation. Lubricating strips with Vitamin E and Aloe pamper skin while the pivoting head and rubber grip handle deliver a flawlessly smooth shave.

What I think: I was pleasantly surprised by this razor.  It is rare to get a close shave by a razor that has moisturizers on it.  But, this razor left my legs and underarms so smooth.  I definitely recommend these!

Available at a mass market retailer near you.

Carol’s Daughter Tui Color Care Hydrating Mask
Carol’s Daughter Tui Color Care Hydrating Mask

Carol’s Daughter Tui Color Care Hydrating Mask ($20.00, on sale now for $14): To instantly fix dull, color-treated hair so it can have all the softness, shine and vibrancy you want. Enriched with Cacao Butter and Olive and Maurita Fruit Oils to rescue and deeply condition your hair.

What I think: Carol’s Daughter’s products always smell fantastic, and this one is no exception.  I apply this mask to wet hair and leave on for about 5 minutes and rinse.  I get super-soft and moisturized hair.

Available at http://www.carolsdaugther.com

Essence of Beauty Naturally Indulgent Bath & Body Collection
Essence of Beauty Naturally Indulgent Bath & Body Collection

I’m excited to let you know that Essence of Beauty, CVS/pharmacy’s #1 best-selling fragrance and body care line, is launching the NEW Naturally Indulgent Bath & Body Collection this month, exclusively at CVS/pharmacy and online at www.CVS.com!

The exclusive line ($5.99-$9.99) is infused with nourishing, aromatic botanical ingredients and essential oils to bring the benefits of botanicals into your everyday body care regimen, with products to fulfill each part of the bath ritual, available in the following scents:

  • Lemon Verbena with Olive Oil – Energizing lemon verbena and soothing olive oil refresh and stimulate your senses
  • Eucalyptus with Mint Oil – Soothing eucalyptus and spearmint oil cool and refresh your body
  • Lavender with Rosemary Oil – Soft, calming lavender and rejuvenating rosemary oil relax your mind and body

Each scent includes seven naturally-inspired bath and body products: Hand Cream, Body Butter, Sugar Scrub, Botanical Body Wash, Foaming Bath Soak, Nourishing Body Oil and Shea Butter Bar Soap. The formulas contain plant extracts and essential oils, and the line is free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum and gluten.

What I think:  I have tried the Foaming Bath Soak and Body Wash in the Lavender and the Body Wash and Hand Cream in the Lemon Verbena.  Both scents are wonderful — the Lavender is very soothing and the Lemon Verbena is invigorating!  All products are very nice!

Available at http://www.cvs.com and CVS pharmacy’s

What have you been loving this week?  Please leave a comment and let me know!

 

Fab New Makeup Looks For Fall

Have you switched up your makeup look for fall yet?  I know fall is still in a few days, but I am wearing deeper, shimmery colors and going for a more dramatic and made up look (now that my fake tan is fading, I can’t just wear a lot of bronzer and lip gloss and call it good).

The fab below products are great suggestions for your new fall look.  Have fun!

Mineral Fusion Eye Shadow Trio in Jaded
Mineral Fusion Eye Shadow Trio in Jaded

Mineral Fusion Eye Shadow Trio in Jaded ($24.99 USD) — Metallic eyes are the perfect complement to a bold outfit or accessory for a night out. Push the limits with color and mimic this look with Eye Shadow Trio in Jaded, a green and silver smoky eye kit for a perfect way to dress up a simple outfit. The colors include an emerald shimmer,  sage green, and a matte cream.

What I think:  What a beautiful eye shadow trio!  If you have been afraid to try color on your eyes, try this.  It is easy to blend and is pretty, but muted enough to be a new kind of neutral for your fall lids.  Very well-pigmented.

Available at http://www.mineralfusion.com

Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara
Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara

Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara ($9 USD) — Go bold with 5X the explosive volume for our most daring lash look yet! DYNAMITE WIRE BRUSH: Curved brush with multi-level patented bristles combs through and captures every lash while sculpting and filling in gaps. LASH BUILD TECHNOLOGY: Plumping Complex and innovative crème-gel formula delivers 5X the volume and a clump-free, smudge-free, flake-free build. Sweep on from root to tip for 24-hour.

What I think:  This is a great mascara for everyday (1 coat), or special occasions (2 or more coats).  It really builds for a dramatic look — lengthening and volumizing.  Love!

Available through an Avon representative or http://www.avon.com

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Butter Cream
Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Butter Cream

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Butter Cream ($24 USD) — Decadent and drop dead gorgeous, meet the perfect, creamy pink nude: Butter Cream. A new creation from Beauty expert, Jaclyn Hill. This feminine and flirty lip gloss is a sweet way to glam up your look. Smooth like butter and ridiculously pigmented, Butter Cream will delight any makeup lover.

What I think:  This is my new favorite lip gloss!  I usually love, sheer and shimmery glosses, but this creamy, full-coverage gloss is perfect!  It is creamy and not sticky, plus the color is gorgeous.  And the mirrored and lighted packaging is really fun to use.

Available at www.whiteninglightning.com and www.gerardcosmetics.com.

Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Green
Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Green

Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Green ($28 USD) — Soft and creamy, they glide on smoothly for a defined or smudgeable line, then set to stay just how you like. Highly pigmented, water resistant and long lasting.

What I think: First of all, I love this army green, it is really pretty and appropriate for fall.  Second, it’s super easy to apply with an eyeliner brush.  But, make sure it’s perfect quickly, because once it dries it will stay on for hours!

Purchase at http://www.janeiredale.com/us

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks
Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks

 

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks ($16 USD) — Is it a gloss, is it a pencil, or is it something better? Pur’s megawatt Lip Gloss Sticks give you the jaw-dropping bold lip look you expect from a gloss with application ease of a jumbo pencil. Bursting with rich emollients and vitamin E, these buttery smooth sticks condition lips as they colour. Now that’s something to smile about. Paraben free.

What I think: The color above is called Honey Pie.  It is a great fall nude and applies creamy and smooth.  The feel of this is almost like a balm.  This is a really nice product for days that you just want to slick on your lip color and go!

Available at http://www.purminerals.com

ULTA Beauty’s 21 Days of Beauty For Fall 2014 Week 2

Ulta

Hi All!  Have you been enjoying ULTA Beauty’s 21 Days of Beauty?  I picked up a few things I needed online and used the $3.50 off of $10.00 coupon.  If you sign up for Ulta rewards, you will be emailed these periodically.  Just visit http://www.ulta.com or an Ulta store and sign up!

Today the Beauty Steal’s are:

Pür Minerals Chateau Kisses Lip Gloss ($8 today, reg. $18) — These one-of-a-kind lip glosses pack a pout-perfecting punch with age-defying Resveratrox®, freshly harvested from Bordeaux’s finest wine-producing grapes! Never sticky or tacky, this luscious, lip-plumping formula provides hours of dewy colour along with visibly softer, smoother lips—even after the gloss comes off! Paraben-free. Gluten-free.

Online, it looks like this is only available in Scandalous, the color above.  The stores may have more shades available.  I love Pür Minerals and have tried their Lip Gloss Sticks, so I’m sure this is great, too!

tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara ($10 today, reg. $20) — A lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning mascara infused with olive esters to condition, treat, and protect lashes.

One of my all-time favorite mascaras, this one is a steal today!  This lengthens and give volume to my puny little lashes, making it look like I actually have some!  And tarte is a natural makeup brand, so you know this won’t hurt your lashes or eyes.

Have you purchased anything from the great deals going on at Ulta?  Remember, every day they are different and that there are also free gifts with purchase with many of the brands!

Stay tuned, I should have information on an ULTA Beauty giveaway soon…I will post it as soon as I receive the details!

Enjoy!

Freshen Up Your Summer Look With Products By Tarte, Pur Minerals, Mineral Fusion and Jane Iredale

I get tired of turning to the same products all of the time.  When I think that my look has become predictable, I like to change it up. I’ve been trying out some great new makeup from some of my favorite brands — tarte, Pur Minerals, Mineral Fusion and Jane Iredale — and I am loving my new look!

Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer
Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer

Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 USD) — Turn back the hands of time with tarte’s new timeless smoothing and filling primer formulated to fade out your biggest beauty boundaries such as large pores, fine lines and wrinkles. The antioxidant-rich formula infused with vitamins C & E and green bean extract gently melts into the skin delivering a surge of moisture, peptides and other naturally-derived elixirs for a firmer, smoother appearance. You’ll love the lightweight texture and fresh powder scent as it provides the perfect blank canvas to enhance the look and wear time of makeup. It can also be worn alone as part of your skincare regimen, blurring out skin imperfections and signs of aging for a flawless, soft-focus finish.

What I think: I love the new blurring primers and this one is exceptionally good! Just a little evens my skin tone and smooths lines and the appearance of pores.  Perfect under makeup or by itself, for a fresh, polished look.

Available at http://www.tartecosmetics.com

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette
Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette ($38 USD) —  Inspired by the deep orchid hues of the Rainforest at dusk, this palette has everything you need to create sultry, sophisticated looks to take you from day to night. Each pigmented, flattering shade is infused with colored clay, which naturally color-corrects as it helps control oil for longer, truer wear. This next generation ingredient from the mountainous regions of Brazil brightens, evens and soothes skin while the velvety formula glides on and delivers rich color without settling into fine lines or wrinkles.

New limited-edition and iconic shades inspired by sultry Amazonian adventures include:

• bare to explore (pink beige)
• make a mauve (plum mauve)
• plum away with me (dark plum)
• up to no gold (gold)
• tan-gled up in you (tan)
• don’t turn a-brown (dark brown)
• unleashed (nude rose blush)
• champagne (highlighter)
• park ave princess™ (bronzer)

What I think: This gorgeous palette will give you great day and night looks.  The eye shadows are so flattering and will work well now, and as we go into fall. Plus, Park Avenue Princess is one of my all-time favorite bronzers.  It’s a subtle, lighter shade, but is really pretty on!

Available at http://www.tartecosmetics.com

Pür Minerals Big Look Mascara in Black
Pür Minerals Big Look Mascara in Black

Pür Minerals Big Look Mascara in Black ($20 USD) — Fortified with Argan Oil, this game-changing mascara formula envelops lashes in nourishing, knockout colour with endless build and dewy sheen. And with our exclusive, clump-resistant mascara wand, getting smooth, evenly coated lashes is easy — even in tough inner corners! Now, that’s a stroke of genius.

What I think: I love trying new mascaras!  I love that this has Argan Oil in it.  The brush is molded plastic and is medium-sized.  I tried it and — wow!  I noticed instant separation and length and since it is very buildable, in a couple of coats I had tons of volume as well.  It is so good — and good for my lashes!

Available at www.purminerals.com

Mineral Fusion Lip Tints
Mineral Fusion Lip Tints

Mineral Fusion Lip Tints ($9.99 USD ) — This sheer, hydrating formula composed of natural ingredients smoothes lips with moisturizing cocoa butter while delivering vibrant color with staying power. Its sleek automatic packaging allows for easy application, buildable color and an always-rich pout for chic, on-the-go women. The lip-firming peptide locks in moisture for luscious lips and a perky pout while the natural Vanilla Mint flavor leaves fresh breath for any occasion.

What I think: I have been testing this in the shade Glisten, which is a shimmering nude.  The vanilla mint flavor is tasty and the color is sheer and pretty.  I like this as an everyday lip color since it moisturizes and does not dry out the lips.

Available at http://www.dermstore.com

Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss Tangerine
Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss Tangerine

Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss Tangerine ($24 USD) — If you’d rather have a gloss than a tint, this is perfect! This has a luxurious formula that feels lusciously creamy on the lips with Moringa butter and avocado oil that make lips feel conditioned, moisturized, quenched and nourished. It is remarkably long‐lasting and is free of petroleum‐based products.

What I think: I do love my lip gloss!  This is such a pretty soft, coral and it’s perfect for the summer.  The gloss itself does last a long time and is makes my lips soft — and isn’t sticky.  Yay!

Purchase at shop.janeiredale.com

 

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of July 21th

We have had a pretty hot week here in Kansas City, but it is finally cooling down a little, yay!  I am still trying out new summer products to help me with the heat.

This week, I have been enjoying a facial cleansing oil, a gorgeous makeup up palette inspired by a new film, a refillable brush for my favorite powders, natural dental hygiene products, crunchy dried fruit snacks, and a cooling face cream.

NUDE Skincare Perfect Cleansing Oil
NUDE Skincare Perfect Cleansing Oil

NUDE Skincare Perfect Cleansing Oil ($35 USD) — This omega-rich oil deeply cleans and removes all impurities, including eye makeup. All-natural plant oils, including meadowfoam and jojoba, support skin health and hydration. Skin is left radiantly clean, comfortable and soft.

What I think:  This is so healing on my parched summer skin.  I like to use this oil at night to remove makeup and restore my skin’s natural balance.  I feel that the heat, sweating and being in the sun makes my skin feel really uncomfortable.  This not only removes all dirt and makeup, it leaves skin soft and definitely not greasy!

Available at http://www.sephora.com

Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending Collection
Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending Collection

Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending Collection ($29 USD) — This has just landed at ULTA Beauty from Pür Minerals. They have created an exclusive, limited edition collection for the highly anticipated film, Jupiter Ascending starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum.

The collection is designed to help you achieve the flawless on-screen looks with:

  • Eye Shadows: Six stunning shades of shadow from subtle neutral to dramatic shimmer help you get Jupiter’s striking look. The talc-free eye shadows come in matte, satin, and metallic textures for a wide range of looks from day to night.
  • Galaxy Lip Gloss: Housed in futuristic light-up packaging, the iridescent pink gloss comes with a built-in touch-up mirror for beauty on the go.
  • Space Eyeliner: This liquid precision eyeliner in inky black features a user-friendly felt tip for easy application. Get sharp, clean definition for flawless eyes with this daily must-have.

What I think: This is a gorgeous makeup kit!  My daughter was going out for her 19th birthday with friends and used the eyeliner and shadows to create a dramatic look.  She loved the color payoff of the shadows and said that the liner was easy to use.  I kept the awesome lip gloss for myself. The pale, sheer pink is one of my favorite lip color looks. And it lights up as you use it.  Cool!

Exclusively found at ULTA and ULTA.com.

Jane Iredale Refill-Me Refillable Loose Powder Brush
Jane Iredale Refill-Me Refillable Loose Powder Brush

Jane Iredale Refill-Me Refillable Loose Powder Brush ($35 USD) — A mess-free way to apply loose powder and get exceptional coverage on-the-go.

  • Self-contained, ready to be filled, with a locking mechanism that prevents spilling.
  • Ideal for travel.
  • Easy to refill.
  • Only one jar of Jane Iredale’s Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder is needed to fill the brush two times!
  • Can be used with Jane Iredale’s Amazing Matte and Powder-Me SPF, as well as your fave powder, too.

What I think: I have been using this with the Jane Iredale Golden shade of Powder-Me SPF powder and I find it easy to use and it gives great coverage. You can easily lock it so it won’t get messy if you take it on trips. I thinks this is a really good investment for travel.

Available at shop.janeiredale.com

Hello Mouthwash Pink Grapefruit Mint
Hello Mouthwash Pink Grapefruit Mint

Hello Mouthwash Pink Grapefruit Mint ($4.99 USD ) — Helps clean and freshen the mouth.  This mouthwash is free of alcohol, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, and doesn’t cause mouth pain.  It is never tested on animals.

What I think: I’m loving this cool line of dental hygiene products.  They currently have mouthwash, toothpaste and breath spray in Pink Grapefruit mint, Mojito Mint and Supermint.  I like all three flavors — they are like nothing I have tried before!  I love that they are natural, and not too strong.  LOVE!

Available at http://www.walgreens.com and other drugstores and drugstore websites.

Crispy Green Crispy Fruit
Crispy Green Crispy Fruit

Crispy Green Crispy Fruit ($1.59 USD for 1 .36 oz. bag, you can also buy in larger bags) — Crispy Fruit snacks are 100% freeze-dried fruit slices that are made of real fruit and nothing else. The taste in Crispy Fruit comes from the fresh fruit itself. There is no sugar, sweeteners or other additives used to enhance the taste or appearance! Crispy Fruit is truly guilt-free snacking.

What I think:  Yum!  I tried all six flavors: Apple, Asian Pear, Tangerine, Banana, Mango and Pineapple and like them all.  My favorites were the banana and pineapple.  I would definitely purchase these again for myself and my family for healthy snacks!

Available at shop.crispygreen.com.

Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial
Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial

Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial ($45 USD) –A centuries-old Greek remedy for skin soothing, moisturizing Greek Yoghurt provides a natural source of proteins, minerals, and vitamins to instantly nourish stressed, dry skin. This ultrahydrating facial-in-a-jar contains a Greek Yoghurt concentrate with two and a half times the protein content of regular yogurt, and works overnight to provide skin with intense, long-term moisturization and nourishment to create a smooth, even complexion. You will wake up to noticeable improvements in skin texture and more moisturized, refreshed skin.

What I think:  This is such a great evening skin treatment!  I apply at night after my serum, and when I wake up my skin feels fresh and so soft!  I use it about every other night, but it is so gentle it can be used more often if you wish.  Summer skin becomes so stressed and tired and this evens the skin tone and texture by morning.

Available at http://www.sephora.com

 

What products are you loving this week?  Any new favorites?

Get Ready For Fall With Make Up by Laura Mercier, tarte, Pur Minerals, Laura Geller, and It Cosmetics

I have a BIG Fall makeup post today!  I have recently received some fab new fall makeup to try out.  I have made a list of my 10 fave items from 5 stellar brands: Laura Mercier, tarte, Pur Minerals, Laura Geller and It Cosmetics:

tarte Amazonian clay full coverage airbrush foundation
tarte Amazonian clay full coverage airbrush foundation

1. tarte Amazonian clay full coverage airbrush foundation ($36 USD) — Introducing the latest addition to the Amazonian clay foundation line for total complexion perfection! Amazonian clay full coverage airbrush foundation delivers flawless, natural-looking coverage that lasts, while the skintuitive™ formula invigorates skin tone and texture for a youthful complexion. Powered by Amazonian clay enriched with the Earth’s natural, light-reflecting gemstones, this moisture-rich powder buffs on smoothly for waterproof, 12-hour coverage that won’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles. Available in 11 shades to perfectly compliment a wide range of skin tones and undertones, this innovative foundation also employs a custom mesh delivery system for a fool-proof, mess-free application every time.

What I think: If you are looking for a natural coverage foundation that is good for you, this is the perfect one! I buff it on with tarte’s Airbuki Foundation Brush.  It covers red spots and imperfections but really looks just like your own skin!  And it is so fast to apply!

Available at www.tartecosmetics.com and www.qvc.com

Laura Geller CC Cream Compact w/ SPF 25
Laura Geller CC Cream Compact w/ SPF 25

2. Laura Geller CC Cream Compact w/ SPF 25 ($35 USD) So many benefits–just one compact! This antiaging compact creme foundation helps even out your complexion with a color-correcting peach swirl–but it doesn’t stop there. Boasting conditioning ingredients, the weightless formula also helps to protect against sun damage and prevent the look of lines, wrinkles, and sun spots. From Laura Geller. More info:

  • 0.37-oz CC Creme Compact Color Correcting Swirl Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 25
  • Sponge
  • Light: very fair or fair to light skin tones
  • Medium: light to medium skin tones
  • Tan: light olive skin to lightly tanned skin
  • Made in Italy/Korea

What I think:  I have lots of BB, CC and even a DD liquid foundation, but this is my first CC crème contact. I am testing this in light, and really enjoy it for a full coverage look. I apply this with my BeautyBlender and it goes on perfectly.  So smooth and pretty, it really evens out my skin tone.

Available at www.qvc.com.

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Mystical
Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Mystical

3. Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Mystical ($23 USD) — An innovative wet/dry Eye Colour formula featuring Baked technology in beautiful shades that last all day. Magical and Mystical are limited edition shades included in the new Dark Spell collection.

What I think: Black smoky eyes are hot again this fall.  This shadow has a little sparkle in it and is perfect for a night out.  Really great color payoff as well.

Available at www.lauramercier.com and fine department stores.

 

Laura Geller INKcredible Gel Eyeliner Pencil
Laura Geller INKcredible Gel Eyeliner Pencil

4. Laura Geller INKcredible Gel Eyeliner Pencil ($20 USD) — INKcredible Waterproof Gel Eyeliner Pencil is waterproof glide-on color stays put from day to night, delivering powerful, vibrant, multi-dimensional color.

Benefits:

– Precision tip allows for even application.

– Highly pigmented formula stays vibrant all day.

– Super soft means no pulling or skipping during application.

4 colors: Purple Rain, Blue Jean Baby, Teal Waters and After Midnight.

What I think: I have always been a fan on Laura Geller’s pencil eyeliners. I have been using this in Purple Rain.  It is a gorgeous shimmering shade of purple.  This is a very soft pencil, so make sure that you don’t press too hard (like I did).  You could lose the point.  But, it does last all day and all shades are gorgeous for fall!

Available at www.laurageller.com

Pur Minerals Big Blink Mascara
Pur Minerals Big Blink Mascara

5. Purminerals Big Blink Mascara ($20 USD) Fake a full night’s sleep with Pür Minerals Big Blink Mascara. Fortified with Argan Oil, Big Blink nourishes lashes for stronger, fuller eyelashes that are less likely to break or fall out. The clump-resistant wand easily glides over the lashes for an even application and coats the hard-to-reach inner corners for a complete set of luscious lashes.

What I think:  This mascara gives great volume and keeps lashes healthy at the same time! The thing I love most about this mascara is that my lashes don’t get sticky and lumpy after I apply it.  It looks fresh all day.  This has a hard plastic brush which really separates the lashes.

Available at www.purminerals.com and Ulta stores.

tarte lights, camera, flashes™ statement mascara
tarte lights, camera, flashes™ statement mascara

6. tarte lights, camera, flashes™ statement mascara ($23 USD) — Take your lashes to the extreme with this ultra-black mascara that lengthens, curls and magnifies for an intensified look proven to increase lash volume by 752% instantly!

Take your sultry, flashy lashes to the extreme with this amped up, ultra-black mascara that lengthens, curls and magnifies lashes for an intensified look proven to increase lash volume by 752% instantly! Powered by tarte’s proprietary triple black complex, this longwear, vitamin-infused formula emphasizes length and volume while conditioning lashes for a dramatic look that won’t dry out, flake or budge.
The custom-engineered, dual-molded brush boosts even the skinniest lashes for an exaggerated, voluminous look. First, the shorter, denser side of the brush delivers the optimal amount of mascara to volumize and coat each lash perfectly, then the longer, firmer side of the brush lengthens and separates for maximum volume without clumping.

What I think: This is currently my favorite mascara.  I use the longer side first so that when I apply it I won’t get lumpy lashes, then the short side for more volume, but you can play with it to see the perfect application for you.  And boy, the results!  My short, stubby lashes looks so long and lush!  Awesome!

Purchase at www.tartecosmetics.com and www.qvc.com

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Stick
Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Stick

7. Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Stick ($15 USD) A bold lip makes a statement and pulls the look together quickly. Loaded with rich emollients and vitamin E, these buttery smooth sticks condition lips as they color for a smoother, softer pout with each application. Slick on the richly pigmented, bold color of a Pür Minerals Lip Gloss Stick available in fall’s hottest shades including: Coralline – a juicy coral, Game Day – our signature classic red, Daredevil – a punchy light red and Spiked Punch – sheer hot pink.

What I think: I have this in an older color called Honey Pie (above), which is a perfect neutral for fall. The stick itself is very moisturizing on the lips and leaves a soft, glossy finish.  Very nice!

Available at www.purminerals.com and Ulta stores.

It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Blush™ Hydrating Gloss Stain
It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Blush™ Hydrating Gloss Stain

8. It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Blush™ Hydrating Gloss Stain ($24 USD) — Stay hydrated in the summer heat with the new IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Gloss Stain which is infused with nine butter and oils that will pamper your lips without that giving them that sticky feeling. This lightweight serum repairs and protect while offering a beautiful pigmented shine.  Available in four shades, Inspiring Red is the one shown.

What I think:  The mixture of a stain and a moisturizing gloss is genius — soft lips and color that lasts all day!  I always love It Cosmetics products because of the wonderful quality and skincare benefits.  Very luxe.

Available at QVC.com, itcosmetics.com, Beauty.com.

Laura Mercier Lip Plumper in Charmed
Laura Mercier Lip Plumper in Charmed

9. Laura Mercier Lip Plumper in Charmed ($30 USD) — Lips look visibly fuller, healthier, sexier with a dose of colour and high-definition shine.

What I think:  I have a lot of Laura Mercier glosses, but this is the first lip plumper I have tried from the brand. It does not sting, but does plump well and is not sticky! I am testing a limited edition color called Charmed.  It is a light peach sheer color and is gorgeous, perfect with the hot black smoky eye!

Available at www.lauramercier.com and fine department stores.

It Cosmetics Limited Edition Heavenly Luxe™ Vanity Brush Set
It Cosmetics Limited Edition Heavenly Luxe™ Vanity Brush Set

10. It Cosmetics Limited Edition Heavenly Luxe™ Vanity Brush Set ($39 USD) Feather your way to happiness with this 6-pc Limited Edition Heavenly Luxe Vanity Brush Set made from 100 percent Ultra Plush, Cruelty Free Bristles.  The chic and innovative set is sure to give you that airbrushed finish, for makeup application on the go!

What I think:  I am so loving this brush set — and what a great price for the quality! My teenage daughter has stolen most of my eye shadow brushes, so I was glad to get a couple in this kit.  You also get a large powder brush, a foundation brush, and a concealer brush, along with the three eye brushes.

Available at QVC.com.

Enjoy a new fall look!

Perfect The Look of Your Skin With New Skincare and Foundation

Flawless skin can be achieved with great skincare to treat it and healthy makeup that also treats as it conceals blemishes.

The following are new products that I have been testing (sent to me for my honest opinion).

Zensation NEW Super Nourishing Cream SPF 50
Zensation NEW Super Nourishing Cream SPF 50

Looking for that effortless everyday protection? Zensation NEW Super Nourishing Cream SPF 50 ($85.00) shields, hydrates, and nourishes your complexion with intensely moisturizing botanicals and marine extracts. Scentless Camomile Extract infuses skin with moisture, and Sea Fennel Concentrate from coastal plants provides a natural skin guard. Dry skin is quenched and refreshed instantly and protected for hours. Multifunctional Salicylic Acid Ester gently exfoliates to give your skin a refined, smooth texture.

What I think:  This is a luxurious cream! I have noticed that it is very hydrating, but not greasy.  It is really light.  I think this is a good cream for all year long.

Available at http://zensationbeaute.com/.

Algenist’s NEW Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum
Algenist’s NEW Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum

The new Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum ($98 USD) is scientifically formulated to restore skin’s firmness while minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, leaving skin summer-ready and radiant. Alguronic Acid – Algenist’s patented ingredient extracted from Microalgae – is joined together for the first time with a superior retinol to deliver accelerated results by gently exfoliating and stimulating the skin surface to smooth texture and imperfections while reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

The results?

·         Measured and visible reduction in the appearance of wrinkle length and depth

·         Visible improvement in the appearance of skin firmness, tightness, tone and suppleness

·         Dramatic improvements in skin smoothness and softness creating a porcelain-like complexion

·         The radiance and glow of healthy looking skin

Results are noticeable in just 10 days with long term results visible in a mere 28 days.

What I think:  I really like this serum.  I haven’t used a lot of retinol because my skin is sensitive.  I use this once a day or every other day depending on how my skin reacts to it.  But, I really like the results. My skin is smoother and my fine lines are less noticeable.  I am a big fan of the Algenist brand and they are always introducing innovative products like this one!

Available at: Sephora, Sephora.com and Algenist.com

Pür Minerals CC Cream with SPF 40
Pür Minerals CC Cream with SPF 40

Pür Minerals introduces their new CC Cream with SPF 40 ($38.00 USD). Pür’s CC protects, corrects and perfects skin’s appearance with clinically advanced, plant based ingredients. This silicone-free formula works to erase brown spots, blemishes, redness and fine lines while balancing uneven skin tone.

Pür’s CC Cream is formulated with two unique ingredients:

DERMAPUR® HP – a special complex extracted from meadowsweet that’s rich in clarifying phenolic acids.

CLARISKIN II® – a unique agent made from wheat germ that targets the look of discoloration with key antioxidants.

Available in four shades: Light, Medium, Tan, and Dark

What I think:  I am always curious about BB and CC creams.  I love skincare and makeup combined.  But I find that the colors are off a lot of the time and they are very thick.

I like this one.  I received it in light.  It is too light for me now, but will be perfect for the winter time.  It is not too thick.  It applies nicely and covers really well.  And, it is not orange-hued, which a lot of the creams are.

Pür Minerals is available at ULTA Stores nationwide, professional spas and physician offices and online via www.purminerals.com.

Laura Mercier Undercover Pot
Laura Mercier Undercover Pot

Laura Mercier Undercover Pot ($34 USD) – This travel-friendly pot combines steps three and four of the Flawless Face into one convenient package for touch-ups. The compact product, available in four shades, features Secret Camouflage in the left pan, Secret Concealer in the right pan and Translucent Loose Setting Powder in the bottom compartment. It’s the perfect size to pack in a travel makeup case or keep in your bag for touchups.

What I think:  I really like this concealer pot.  With two shades of cream and the powder, you can really customize the level of concealing that you need to do.  I keep it in my purse for touch ups.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact SPF 20
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact SPF 20

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact SPF 20 ($45.00 USD) – This innovative update to the classic Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer features a lightweight crème formula that gives skin a dewy, natural-looking flawless finish, ideal for all skin types. With SPF 20 and a hint of color, this portable compact is perfect for travel and touch ups at home, or on the go.

What I think:  This is the foundation that I am using now (in the shade Bisque).  It is perfect over primer and concealer.  Also, you can decide how much to used for what kind of coverage you need.

Available at www.lauramercier.com and fine department stores.

Enjoy!