My Beauty Favorites — Week of December 26, 2016 – January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!  I hope the first day of 2017 has treated you well!

I have been taking a couple of holiday weeks off from blogging, but I am back! I hope to blog more frequently once I have more amazing products to review, like the ones below.

These products are my fave this week.  They include gorgeous lip products, a zesty body soap, a cool round hair styling brush, and fab new nail polishes:

LORAC Alter Ego Lip Liner ($17 USD) –These sexy and playful lip liners are highly-pigmented, smudge-proof and perfect for lining or filling in your lips for color that lasts. Alter Ego Lip Liners contain antioxidants such as Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed Extract, and Vitamin E to help keep lips soft and healthy while preventing color from bleeding, feathering and fading. Whether you wish to be a Goddess, Socialite or a Dominatrix (even if just for a night), Alter Ego Lip Liner comes in a gorgeous range of colors from soft nudes to vivid hues to create any look you covet. Embrace your every identity and dress up your lips with LORAC.

LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick ($17 USD) — Instantly transform your look with LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick. These sexy and playful lipsticks coat your lips in highly-pigmented color with an opaque, matte finish. Alter Ego Lipstick contains antioxidants such as Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed Extract, and Vitamins C and E.

What I think: The lip pencil is amazing!  I have it in Duchess, the color above.  It is my lip color but better, so I can wear it under all colors of lipstick, like the nude above.  The lipstick is a moisture-rich matte, not a drying one.  It looks gorgeous on and is comfortable to wear.  Pair them together and they last for hours!

Available at http://www.loraccosmetics.com

MALIN+GOETZ lime bar soap
MALIN+GOETZ lime bar soap

MALIN+GOETZ lime bar soap ($16 at MALIN+GOETZ flagship apothecaries, www.malinandgoetz.com, Barneys, Bloomingdale’s, Space NK)
Now in a larger 5oz size, the foaming cleansing bar is synthesized with the refreshing lime tonic eau de toilette, gently and effectively purifying and balancing all skin types.  Blended to hydrate while rinsing free of residue without irritation, drying, or stripping; helping to reduce epidermal stress.  Natural color.  Easily integrated into daily maintenance and prevention regimen.

What I think: I love the brisk scent of this soap!  It cleans and hydrates all at once.  It can be used every day!

Purchaes at http://www.target.com

Conair UltraDetangler Medium Nylon Round Brush
Conair UltraDetangler Medium Nylon Round Brush

Conair UltraDetangler Medium Nylon Round Brush ($14.99 USD)
Say goodbye to tangled hair! Conair’s UltraDetangler get out knots in wet or dry hair. Great for thick and unmanageable hair that is unruly.

What I think: This is a very nice brush.  It is large enough to give body and big waves while blowing dry.  I also use it on dry hair to turn my hair under and smooth it.  It leaves my hair soft and shiny!

Purchase at http://www.target.com

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure you love is now even better with amazing new shades. Style starts with a stunning spectrum of high-shine, perfectly pigmented nail polishes in on-trend, elegant hues. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure™ introduces fashion-forward colors ranging from wearable, sparkle-spiked neutrals to daringly deep tones. The new formula delivers up to 64% stronger nails and up to 10 days of chip-resistant wear.  It’s everything you need to achieve a professional nail look at home.  Here, six dazzling new shades in the Complete Salon Manicurelineup, available in a range of finishes.

Like the perfect wardrobe collection, the shades range from chic neutrals to deeper tones that express your mood:

World Is My Oyster Make moves in this ethereal take on a pearlescent copper nude.

Society Ruler Channel the upper echelons in this rich burgundy.

Hooked On Onyx Vamp it up in this gem of a glossy black polish.

Devil Wears Nada is a nakedly daring neutral pink-beige blend.

Freedom Of Peach Punch up your tips in this fruity, sun-ripened peach tint.

Mauvin’ On Up Decorate those digits with a penthouse-worthy creamy pink-mauve hue.

What I think:  These are all really fresh colors, perfect for all seasons.  Devil Wears Nada is my favorite, because I love nude nails.  With these polishes, I don’t need a base or top coat so they are quick and easy to use and last for days.

Purchase at a mass market retailer near you!

What are you loving this week?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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Sally Hansen’s Fall 2015 Designer Inspired Nail Polish

For Fall 2015, Sally Hansen’s award-winning Complete Salon Manicure collection  infused trend-setting shades from amazing fashion designers with an expert quality formula to deliver salon-caliber results.  This collection is fashion forward and gorgeous!

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure delivers seven salon manicure steps in one bottle. Chip resistant strength joins gel-quality shine. Must-have color meets nourishing benefits. Plus, a built-in base and top coat, it’s everything you need to achieve a professional manicure at home. These limited-edition colors are available for $7.99 each.

The three designers are Prabal Gurung, Tracy Reese and Rodarte:

Prabal Gurung launched his eponymous collection in February 2009 with a philosophy encompassing modern luxury, bold femininity and an astute sense of glamour. Prabal Gurung collaborated with Sally Hansen for the tenth consecutive season to create three exclusive nail polish shades to compliment his Fall 2015 collection, which is a graphic, modern take on effortless glamour.

The exclusive Prabal Gurung for Sally Hansen collection includes: Complete Salon Manicure in Midnight Affair, Complete Salon Manicure in Leaf Peeper,  Complete Salon Manicure in Concrete Jungle.

With an innate desire to create beautiful things, Detroit native Tracy Reese headed for Manhattan in 1982 to attend Parsons School of Design where she received an accelerated degree in 1984. Upon graduation, Reese apprenticed under designer Martine Sitbon while working for the small contemporary firm, Arlequin. Reese has also worked at the some of the industry’s top fashion houses, including Perry Ellis where she was the design director for Women’s Portfolio.

For the nineteenth consecutive season, Tracy Reese collaborated with nail color leader Sally Hansen to create three exclusive nail colors that complemented her Fall 2015 Collection.

The exclusive Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen collection includes: Complete Salon Manicure in Yummy Yam,  Complete Salon Manicure in Maasai Red,  Complete Salon Manicure in Winter Sky

Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy launched Rodarte in 2005 and quickly became known as the go-to house for couture, known for their intricate hand stitching and romantic details.

For the fifth season in a row, Rodarte has once again turned to nail color authority Sally Hansen to create three limited edition Complete Salon Manicure nail polish colors. The designers’ highly anticipated Fall 2015 Collection served as a muse for Sally Hansen’s nail color creations. The Fall 2015 nails are inspired by translucent color and the subtlety of watercolors.

The exclusive Sally Hansen inspired by Rodarte collection includes: Complete Salon Manicure in Gold Glass, Complete Salon Manicure in Beige Glass, Complete Salon Manicure in Rose Glass.

What I think:  I love the Complete Salon Manicure, because it is quick and easy to get a gorgeous look.  They are also fairly affordable.  Add to that gorgeous fashion-forward shades, and this collection is a hit to me!

My favorite colors in the collection are Yummy Yam and Leaf Peeper because they are new takes on Fall shades, but all of them are beautiful!

Have you picked up any of these polishes?  What did you think?  Leave a comment and let me know!