My Beauty Favorites — November 13-19, 2017

The cold weather is really starting in Kansas City.  To keep my skin hydrated an dlooking good through the cold and holiday stress, I’ve been trying some amazing new products!

Below are some great exfoliating and hydrating products that I have been sent for my honest review:

Looking for the secret behind Kim K’s perfect pout? Recently, Kim Kardashian instagrammed herself wearing the Rodial Dragons Blood Lip Mask ($45 for pack of 8) and has admitted her love for them.

These replenishing bio-cellulose lip masks give an instant moisture boost and comfort and soothe the skin for smoother, younger looking lips. Containing restoring and protecting dragon’s blood extract and hyaluronic acid to plump lip volume through hydration, these masks will mold to your lip shape and take your lip game to a whole new level.

What I think:  This took a little bit to apply.  The gel mask was in between two cloth like papers and it’s very thin.  Once it was on, it felt nice.  It does have a slit in between the lips.  It’s nice that I could move my lips, but the bottom part of the gel kept falling down below my lip and I had to pull it up.  After 15 minutes, I removed the mask and my lips and the skin around them were very smooth. And my lips did look a letter fuller.

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Skinfix Facial Exfoliating Pads

Skinfix Facial Exfoliating Pads ($24.99 USD) — Banish dullness and reveal smoother, more radiant and healthy skin with Skinfix Facial Exfoliating Pads. Each textured pad is formulated with a blend of natural glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids to gently lift away embedded impurities and spent skin cells. Sugar Cane, Willow Bark and Australian Lime Pearl Extracts deliver natural AHAs to accelerate skin’s own renewal process. Gentle enough for daily use or when skin is tired or dull looking.

What I think: These are used after cleansing the skin.  They are super easy to used, just swipe along face and neck. This leaves skin with a nice glow and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.  I exfoliate a few times a week, but this can be done every day.

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Kneip Mini Iris & Geranium Bubbling Mineral Bath Salt

Kneipp Mini Iris & Geranium Bubbling Mineral Bath Salt ($4, on sale down from $5) — Close your eyes and forget about everything around you! A bath with the KNEIPP® IRIS & GERANIUM BUBBLING MINERAL BATH SALT – “RELAX”, with valuable iris extract and natural essential oil of geranium provides the body and mind with a sense of well-being. Nourishing oil prevents your skin from drying out.

What I think:  This smells amazing, it’s a soothing floral.  It does give a little bit of bubbles, but not a ton.  I love how soft it makes my skin.  This is really great for dry skin and when you want to de-stress!

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Jergens Nourishing Honey Dry Skin Moisturizer.

Jergens Nourishing Honey Dry Skin Moisturizer ($5.99 USD) — Contains naturally hydrating, antioxidant-packed honey. Provides all-day nourishment.  Retains moisture deep within the skin. Refreshes with an invigorating floral scent. Softens skin with a smoothing, non-sticky formula.

What I think: This has a light floral scent which is nice, but a bit surprising because I thought it would be more honey scented.  But it is so hydrating and leaves my skin so soft and not sticky or greasy at all.  It also gives my skin a soft glow.

Available at mass market retailers including Target

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter ($35 USD) — A silky, velvety and ultra-hydrating body butter packed with more than 10 plant oils and extracts whipped to a feather-light texture.  100% Pure Argan Oil nourishes and repairs.  Shea Butter moisturizes skin. Avocado Oil helps repair damaged and dry skin. White Tea Extract infuses skin with antioxidants.

What I think:  I love these body butters!  They are super hydrating, but sink right into the skin.  It comes in unscented and lots of choices of yummy scents.  I also like that the argan oil so good for your skin.  It not only instantly hydrates, it continues repairing skin even after application.

Purchase at, QVC and other fine stores.

What products have you been loving this week?

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 — Beauty Gift Sets

It’s time!  This is my first gift guide of the season! I have some great gift ideas to share for the person in your life who loves beauty and skincare.  I’ll have more gift guides to come, too!

This post is a collection of skincare and makeup sets that I think would make amazing gifts for the beauty lover:

Dr. Jart+Magical Skin Potions  ($52 USD) — A set of five bestselling lotions, potions, and skin wonders to deliver the gift of clear and radiant skin this holiday season. This set contains:
– 0.84 oz/ 25 mL Water Fuse Ultimate Hydro Gel
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 in 01 Light-Medium
– 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Dermaclear Micro Water
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Cicapair Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum
– 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Dr. Jart+ Tarot of Masks ($36 USD) —   The perfect collection of face savers, this set of seven of Dr. Jart+’s most popular sheet masks treats multiple skin concerns, so you won’t be left guessing. It makes the perfect stocking stuffer for a loved one—or a holiday treat for yourself! This set contains:
– 0.8 oz/ 25 g Water Replenishment Mask
– 1.1 oz/ 30 g Micro Jet Brightening Solution Mask
– 0.8 oz/ 25 g Pore Minimalist Mask
– 0.8 oz/ 25 g Pore Master Patch Mask
– 1 oz/ 27 g Micro Jet Clearing Solution Mask
– 0.9 oz/ 25 g Ceramidin Mask
– 1.5 oz/ 43 g Hydration Lover Rubber Mask

Purchase at Sephora stores and

Lipstick Queen Sugar Spice and All Things Nice Trio ($45 USD) — Instantly multiply your lipstick wardrobe with three amazing shades that can be worn alone or paired with any Lipstick Queen Lip hue in Sugar Spice & All Things Nice Trio. Illuminating Ice Queen adds an icy cool look to highlight your lips while glistening Queen Bee is a honey toned nourishing treatment that adds a sun kissed, bronzing effect. Sultry Black Lace Rabbit has a touch of gold shimmer, for a lit-from-within, mysterious, candlelight glow that deepens any shade and creates a smokey veil on the lips. These transformers are enriched with vitamin E and shea butter, leaving lips super-hydrated, soft and sleek. Sugar & Spice kit creates infinite possibilities for a glamourous look with an alluring new twist!

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Duo ($35 USD) — Bring a little fairytale magic to your makeup with Lipstick Queen’s bestselling Frog Prince Lip & Cheek Duo. The remarkable emerald green lipstick & blush duo work with your skin’s pH to transform into your unique shade of rosebud pink. Moisturizing and mesmerizing, these luscious formulas are enriched with vitamin E and shea butter, giving you a petal-soft texture and a translucent finish to both your lip and cheek.

Lipstick Queen Famous Last Words Liquid Matte Lipstick In Cheers ($24 USD) — The last word on liquid matte, Lipstick Queen’s Limited Edition Metallic Famous Last Words Liquid Matte Lipstick in Cheers is a lightweight, highly pigmented formula that glides on smooth and sets to a luxurious, hydrating velvet matte finish. Created with Lipstick Queen’s unique Elastic Matte complex and enriched with vitamin E, Cheers, is the perfect metallic berry that doesn’t dry out your lips. Comfortable yet glimmering, this holiday shade won’t have you sacrificing soft lips for staying power.

Purchase at Ulta and other fine beauty stores

Eve Lom Limited Edition Kiss Mix Cracker

Eve Lom Limited Edition Kiss Mix Cracker ($35 USD) — Keep your lips soft and kissable all winter long with Kiss Mix Original and Kiss Mix Demure. These lip treatments are luxurious, moisturizing, and protective. It will instantly relieve and soften lips, leaving an irresistible pearlized sheen and a cooling sensation.

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Rodial Hydrate & Freeze Kit ($45) – Contains Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask and Snake Mask to visibly improve skin radiance and texture.

Rodial XXL Lash & Lip Kit ($42) – Contains Dragon’s Blood XXL Lip Plumper and Glamolash XXL Mascara to provide amplified volume for both lips and eyes.

Plus more great kits available!  Purchase at fine department stores.

Philosophy star light, glow bright set ($59 USD) — Skincare set that includes:
2oz/60ml renewed hope in a jar day
1oz/30ml renewed hope in a jar overnight
0.25 oz/7 ml renewed hope in a jar eye cream

Philosophy holiday pajamas shower gel ($18 USD 16 oz) — includes a mix of cotton flower, red velvet accord, sandalwood, and creamy musks.

Philosophy renewed hope in a jar ornament ($16 USD .5 oz) — philosophy’s world-famous moisturizer. This antioxidant-rich formula helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, revealing smoother, healthier-looking skin.

Philosophy snow angel set ($27 USD) — Bath set includes:
8oz/240ml snow angel shower gel
8oz/240ml snow angel body lotion

Available at

Stay tuned for more fun gift guides!







My Beauty Favorites — Week of November 9-15, 2015

Can you believe that we are getting close to Thanksgiving?  As it gets colder outside, I have to make sure that my skin is healthy.  Because of that, I am focusing on skincare as my favorites this week.

This week I am loving cool dragon’s blood eye masks, amazing beauty oils, a firming serum and a reusable sponge, and a moisture cream that is perfect for oily skin!

Rodial Dragon's Blood Eye Masks Pack of 8 Sets of Two
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks Pack of 8 Sets of Two

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks ($39 for 8 sets of two) — Dragon’s Blood Eye Mask by Rodial is an innovative mask that uses the brand’s dragon blood complex to intensely hydrate and moisturize your eye area. It works as a second skin while soothing and repairing cells, and added hyaluronic acid helps plump and hydrated for a firmer, younger look. Additionally, arnica extract helps reduce the look of under-eye puffiness and dark circles for an instant, brighter-eyed appearance.

How to use: Remove each eye mask from the plastic sheet and apply directly to the under-eye area. Place the narrow side toward the nose and the wider side to the outer corner of the eye. Remove the protective fabric sheet. Leave on for 20-30 minutes and peel away. Gently massage any residue into skin.

What I think: These are so neat!  You apply them under eyes, and leave them on for about 20 minutes.  When removed, skin is soothed and firm.  They stay on really well, so you can walk around the house and do chores if you need to! They also helped my dark cirlces.

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Desert Essence Organic Coconut, Jojoba, & Coffee Oil ($16.99 USD) — NEW! This pure blend of USDA-certified Organic and Non-GMO oils enhances natural beauty while awakening the senses. Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Organic Jojoba Oil penetrate deeply into skin to moisturize and tone, without leaving an oily residue. Coffee Oil, with its invigorating scent, helps keep skin smooth and firm –

Desert Essence Moringa, Jojoba, & Rose Hip Oil ($13.99 USD) — NEW! This extraordinary oil, formulated specially for face, neck and hands, helps revitalize skin with a rich combination of nutrients. Known as The Tree of Life, Moringa helps fight skin fatigue by delivering a healthy supply of fatty acids, Vitamins A, B, C, & E, and antioxidants. Considered to be one of the greatest cosmetic oils discovered, Moringa Seed Oil is blended with Jojoba Oil to help enhance skin’s texture and glow. Rose Hip Oil, rich in GLA fatty acids, adds remarkable skin-restorative properties to this powerful natural trio. –

Desert Essence Organic Coconut & Jojoba Oil ($16.99 USD) – NEW! Two ultra-moisturizing oils help bring out the natural beauty of skin and hair in this USDA-Certified Organic, Non-GMO oil blend. Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil penetrates deeply into skin and hair, delivering rich moisture and a delicious, tropical scent. Organic Jojoba Oil mimics the structure of skin’s natural oils to quickly absorb and balance moisture levels.

What I think: These are so hydrating and sink right in to the skin. My favorite is the once with the coffee oil.  It smells amazing!  It is like rubbing coffee on my skin!  The scent does fade, which is probably good, but the moisture remains on my skin all day.  These are also great for the hair and the moringa oil is very good for hands and cuticles.

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beautyblender and REN
beautyblender and REN

In anticipation of winter skin woes now would be a great time to revamp a step in your beauty routine.

·       Take your beautyblender pure, wet and squeeze out water

·       Apply 2 ­ 3 drops of REN’s Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot

·       Before you make up, gently bounce your Beauty Shot-filled pure sponge all over your face and neck.

Often touted by makeup artists and dermotologists alike as botox in a bottle, REN’s Instant Firming Beauty Shot ($54 USD) acts as a makeup primer and anti-aging serum in one. The liquid matrix of Hyalurons (yeast-derived form of Hyluraonic Acid) supercharges the skin with firming moisture.  A dramatically smother, tighter and a more youthful complexon is immediately revealed ­ making for the perfect canvas for makeup application.  But the benefits don’t stop there.

This unique formula also encourages elastin synthesis to firm and remodel the skin over time. Re-apply for a mid-day refresher by applying with beautyblender pure again over makeup.

beautyblender pure ($20 USD), the famed pink sponge’s white counterpart, was made for a product-conserving, silky application of skincare.  Ideal for sensitive skin, this dye-free sponge is made of the same beautyblender material and works to evenly and impeccably apply skincare with a silk-like feel (without the dirt and oils of your fingers).

What I think: As a fan of beautyblender, I was excited to try pure.  It makes skincare application so easy! I added a couple of drops of the REN Beauty shot to the sponge and applied it to my skin. It works well to get even coverage on my face.  I aslo like how the Beauty shot instantly firms my skin!

Both are available at Sephora and Nordstrom stores nationwide.

Korres Pomegranate Moisturising & Balancing Cream-Gel
Korres Pomegranate Moisturising & Balancing Cream-Gel

Korres Pomegranate Moisturising & Balancing Cream-Gel ($34 USD) –is a pore-minimizing and mattifying moisturizer delivers immediate and lasting hydration while simultaneously balancing oily to combination complexions. The unique lightweight cream-gel texture is formulated with a blend of 15 percent pomegranate water, pomegranate extract, alpine willowherb, tannins, and polyphenols. These ingredients help reduce the appearance of pores and rejuvenate the look of skin while providing a matte finish. Hyaluronic and salicylic acids combine to offer an immediate moisture boost while conditioning skin for an overall smooth appearance.

What I think: This is such a light cream it can be used day or night. It is great for people who have oily skin, but still want to add some moisture to their skin. It smells really nice, too!

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What products are you loving this week?  Have you tried any new skincare?



It’s Time To Celebrate National Lipstick Day!

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Collection
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Collection

It’s National Lipstick Day!  I love lip products and am always excited to try new ones.  So I decide that in honor of National Lipstick Day, I would give you ideas of awesome new lip products to try!

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Collection ($20 USD) — Lustrous finish, Shea butter for lasting moisturization and Vitamins C and E (antioxidants) to protect.

Available shades: Legendary, Pink Petal, Primrose, Pout, Posy Pink, Melondrama, Mandarin, Nylon Nude, Honey, Cognac, Fig, Vivid Violet, Chestnut, Infrared Matte, Plum Scene, Pretty Social, Mulberry, Shock Me Pink

Learn more and purchase at and also available in a Matte version.

Avon Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15
Avon Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15

Not afraid to rock a bold lip? Prefer a more demure pale pink? The first of your friends to experiment with a non-traditional shade like deep plum or dark brown? Believe it or not, your preferred lip shade and your personality may go hand in hand!

In honor of National Lipstick Day, Avon is sharing a Lipstick personality quiz – a series of seven questions designed to help you identify the perfect lip shade for you. And, just in time to celebrate, Avon’s newest launch – Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15 – available in ten full color shades, for any and every lip personality.

To find out what lipstick is perfect for you, check out the quiz at My perfect lipstick shade is Peach Petunia and it is really pretty!

Purchase att

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick ($32 USD) — According to Charlotte herself, this is a lipstick for every woman to fall in love with. The unique formula features seed extracts from ‘The Lipstick Tree,’ a rare, exotic tree with nurturing and protective properties were originally discovered by Native American women who used the seeds to paint and protect their lips, since it contains an anti-oxidant that naturally protects lips from UV damage and external pollution, leaving lips cashmere-soft and irresistible. With a wide range of ten ultra-luxe shades, these lipsticks are blended with special waxes and clever light-diffusing pigments for pert, full-bodied, ultra-brilliant lips that are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Shades: Stoned Rose, So Marilyn, Love Bite, Hepburn Honey, Bitch Perfect, Night Crimson, Penelope Pink, Coachella Coral, Nude Kate and Velvet Underground.

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butter LONDON LIPPY Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons
butter LONDON LIPPY Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons

butter LONDON LIPPY Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons ($20 USD) –Precise and easy to use, these high-shine, long-wear crayons provide the full coverage and pigment of a lipstick and the intense shine and smoothness of a gloss. The long-wearing formulation contains Mango Seed Oil and Marula Oil to improve lip moisturization, as well as Niacinamide which helps the skin barrier for a smoother, more even lip tone. Each lip crayon comes complete with a built-in sharpener, so you can keep the slim-line applicator sharp, even on-the-go.

Shades: Tea With The Queen, Disco Biscuit, Toff, Primrose Hill Picnic, Teddy Boy, Ladybird, Trout Pout, Ruby Murray

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Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow
Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow

Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow ($22 USD) — These powerful velvet pencils work like a lipstick and liner all-in-one and will give you long-lasting color with precision application.

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Rodial Glamsticks
Rodial Glamsticks

Rodial Glamsticks ($28 USD) — Infused with cocoa butter and vitamin E to hydrate and protect, your lips will never feel softer or look better.

Purchase at


My Beauty Favorites Week of June 29-July 5, 2015

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!  I love this time of year, but it is hot!  I love finding fun summer makeup that won’t meltdown and that is on trend.

Below, find some of my new faves that help me achieve an easy and long-lasting summer look:

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed ($29.00 USD) — Instantly erase the appearance of your pores and fine lines. This is your award-winning airbrushed silk anti-aging finishing powder now in a pressed formula. This talc-free hydrating powder is created to give your skin a flawless finish with the sweep of a brush.

Formulated with anti-aging ingredients including peptides, real silk, hydrolyzed collagen, and the optically blurring Drops of Light Technology, this powder was created to erase the look of pores and other skin imperfections. This talc-free pressed powder is translucent and buildable, perfect for touch-ups throughout the day!

What I think: I’m a big fan of the original Bye Bye Pores loose powder.  The pressed powder is just as good, but is easier to carry along.  The powder itself gives my skin a finished look and doesn’t settle in fine lines or wrinkles.  It makes my skin look smooth and minimizes the appearance of my pores.

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Palladio The Definer Contour and Highlight Duo
Palladio The Definer Contour and Highlight Duo

Palladio The Definer Contour and Highlight Duo ($8 USD) — Two-sided, super-soft contouring jumbo crayon. The perfect tool for defining, refining and highlighting facial features, this unique crayon includes a highlighting shade to illuminate and soften, and a darker contour shade to accentuate and define features.

What I think:  Contouring is the big thing right now and I think it can be a great tool to have to make certain areas of the face look thinner.  But, if overdone, it can look a little 80’s soap queen!  This duo has very soft pencils the blend really easily. It gives a subtle contour that I really like.  And it is so affordable.  The highlighter is pretty under the eyebrow and on top of cheekbones.

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Rodial Instaglam Skin Tint SPF 30
Rodial Instaglam Skin Tint SPF 30

Rodial Instaglam Skin Tint SPF 30 ($45 USD) — A lightweight tinted moisturizer with the added benefit of SPF 30 protection, designed to provide medium, buildable coverage for a flawless, even toned complexion. Available in four shades: Capri, Hamptons, St Barts and Rio, the Instaglam Skin Tint contains hyaluronic acid and hydromanil to increase the skin’s moisture levels for long-lasting hydration and soft supple skin.

What I think: This is a nice compo of moisturizer, SPF and color, which is great in the summer when you want to use less products to get out the door faster! It’s very lightweight and sinks in quickly. The coverage is medium, which is perfect for summer.  Heavy makeup isn’t fun in the heat!

Available July at and Planet Beauty stores nationwide

SKINDINAVIA Makeup Primer Spray ($35 4 fl. oz.) – The first silicone-free makeup spray primer on the market. Silicone is so slippery it can actually make your makeup “pool” into pores. Our primer has been clinically shown to reduce pore size, redness and users also noticed fewer breakouts and balanced sebum production over 4 weeks, it’s like you’re misting the equivalent of green juice, let’s say, on your skin every single day that helps your it rebound and counteract the effects of talcs, foundation, etc. See image and clinical results below. (Happy to fill you in on all the science/technology behind our proprietary formula!)

SKINDINAVIA Makeup Finishing Spray ($35 4 fl. oz.) – The only makeup spray to be clinically-proven to extend makeup wear for 16+ hours. Used by Lady Gaga, Fergie on tour; I can put you in touch with this celebrity makeup artist!

What I think: I have tried the primer before and love it.  It is quick and easy to use, and provides a smooth canvas for makeup.  The setting spray was new to me, but I like how you just spritz it on, and makeup last all day!

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Lipstick Queen Endless Summer SPF 15 Collection
Lipstick Queen Endless Summer SPF 15 Collection

Lipstick Queen Endless Summer SPF 15 Collection ($22 each) — Enriched with Vitamin E and natural oils, these glossy, super-nourishing, surf-inspired lipsticks keep lips intensely moisturized while broad spectrum sunscreen protects against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. With shade names Aloha, Hang Ten, Perfect Wave and Stoked, the Endless Summer collection of moisturizing and SPF 15 lipsticks are sunshine in a tube!

What I think: I have tried Aloha, which is a sheer red.  It’s really pretty, but I was pleasantly surprised at how moisturizing it is.  It feels like a lip balm, but really gives a nice color.  I love the SPF, too.  Burnt lips are no fun!

Available now at, and Space NK Stores nationwide