Fall Beauty Essentials For Gorgeous Skin and Hair!

Fall’s here and for me it’s time to switch up my beauty routine!  I especially like to experiment with new skin and hair care that will work well in the cooler weather.
Below are products that will really make a difference in how my skin looks and feels this Fall and into Winter!
DDF Ageless Anti-Aging Preventative Starter Kit
DDF Ageless Anti-Aging Preventative Starter Kit ($49 USD)  — This 4-pc set is designed to minimize fine lines & wrinkles and improve skin’s texture for a more healthy, youthful look. Includes 2 oz. Glycolic 5% Exfoliating Wash, 2 oz. Glycolic Toning Complex, .5 oz. Pro-Retinol Complex 3 Moisturizer & .5 oz. Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum.
Purchase at kohls.com
MakeupDrop+
MakeupDrop+ ($20 USD) — Have you tried one of these.  It claims better blending for advanced makeup looks. Contour, highlight and blend like a professional makeup artist while saving product. This one has a textured surface that can be used on makeup-free skin to blot away oils and excess grime, elevating your skincare game.
Purchase at makeupdrop.com
Philip B. Weightless Conditioning Water
Philip B. Weightless Conditioning Water ($38 USD) — A first-of-its-kind, air-light conditioning mist that lets you spray on hair-healthy moisture, restoring bounce and smoothness while leaving your hair with a healthy gleam. This gives the softness of a rinse-out conditioner and shine spray without the weight. Enriched with water-based, nutrient-rich organic plant extracts, this light revitalizing spray leaves hair smooth, silky and cashmere-soft.
Available at at philipb.com
Scünci Classic Scrunchies
Scünci Classic Scrunchies ($8.99 USD) — Yes, the scrunchie is back! Or maybe this 90’s staple hasn’t gone anywhere, I just haven’t been looking for them.  These scrunchies do help to keep your hair dent free.  And since the 90’s are in…these are perfect to complete your look!
Purchase at ulta.com
Conair Ultra Detangling Wood Cushion Brush
Conair Ultra Detangling Wood Cushion Brush ($12.99 USD) — The Conair Ultra Detangler is a professional quality wood cushion brush with a luxurious look and feel that glides through wet or dry hair. It detangles hair with ease without snagging or pulling, leaving hair smooth, polished and tangle free with each brush stroke. Flexible, ball-tipped bristles gently massage and stimulate the scalp.
Available at at ulta.com
What products are you using to get ready for Fall?

Workout Time! Beauty Products To Take To The Gym

I truly dislike working out.  But I have to start again to get healthy.  Sigh.

Even though it’s not fun for me, there are some beauty products that will make it more fun!  Cute hair accessories and products that will keep you neat and fresh after the gym make it better:

Scunci Fashionably Fit 2-in-1 Hair + Wrist Band
Scunci Fashionably Fit 2-in-1 Hair + Wrist Band

Scunci Fashionably Fit 2-in-1 Hair + Wrist Band ($9.99 for a two pack) Hands full on your morning run? scünci’s Fashionably Fit 2-in-1 Hair + Wristband can lend a helping hand. This fun accessory can hold the perfect ponytail, or your fitness band, house key, or a few dollars for that post-workout snack! With different colors to choose from, this is the best accessory to be fit and fashionable!

What I think: I love these.   They are wide, but hold hair extremely well, even during workouts.  And, are really cute! I received a pack of two.  I like to wear one in my hair and use the other to stash money.   I haven’t tried to put my fitbit in it, but I might.

Purchase at http://www.ulta.com or Ulta stores.

Conair Detangling Brush
Conair Detangling Brush

Conair Detangling Brush ($5.99 USD) — has soft, flexible bristles to detangle hair the gentle way. Ideal for kids, this detangling brush easily removes tangles and knots without snagging or pulling. Use the Conair Detangling Brush on wet or dry hair. Put an end to hair-brushing struggles and tears!

What I think: I love a brush that I can use in the shower! This detangles wet hair without pulling or breaking.  And it detangles my daughter’s dry, knotted hair (if she lets me).

Learn more at http://www.conair.com and purchase at mass market retailers near you.

Gud By Burt's Bees Orange Petalooza Natural Cleansing Wipes
Gud By Burt’s Bees Orange Petalooza Natural Cleansing Wipes

Gud By Burt’s Bees Orange Petalooza Natural Cleansing Wipes ($3 a pack) — Whether you’re into yoga or kickboxing, these natural towelettes are the sweat-kicking follow-up. Refresh and be one with the scent gods.

  • A refreshingly citrus post-workout wipe down.
  • For that so fresh and so clean feeling.
  • No parabens, phthalates or petrolatum.
  • Never ever tested on animals. No way!

What I think:  This smell amazing!  Plus, after working out, if I don’t have time to shower at the gym I will freshen up with these before I go home.  They leave me smelling great!

Purchase at http://www.gudhappens.com

 

Unwash Dry Cleanser
Unwash Dry Cleanser

Unwash Dry Cleanser ($28  USD) — No water? No problem. Refresh and revive hair on the fly with this superior, lightweight performance formula made with pure volcanic ash. Created to absorb excess dirt and oil, this revolutionary dry shampoo leaves absolutely no residue behind on the hair, making it the perfect touch up product for cleansing in between washes and blowouts. Vitamin E and Panthenol provide conditioning and strengthening while plant extracts nurture hair for beautiful bounce, body and healthy shine. The result? Second-day hair perfection. 

What I think:  Dry shampoo usually leaves a white residue on my hair which I hate!  This one dried clear!  Really!  It left my hair soft and shiny and smelling really fresh.  I love that it is made with natural ingredients, too.

Unwash Dry Cleanser is available for $28 at unwash.com.

What do you pack in your gym bag?  Leave a comment and let me know what I should try next!

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Gifts To Beautify Your Hair

Black Friday is over.  Did you get lots of goodies?  I did, but I still have shopping to do.

Beauty gifts are always appreciated and hair care is a great gift to give. My favorite way to shop is online, but you can find hair care gifts at a salon and at beauty supply stores, too. Below are really fun ideas to gift the person who loves to “do” their hair.

Paul Mitchell Because You’re Polished Gift Set
Paul Mitchell Because You’re Polished Gift Set

Paul Mitchell Because You’re Polished Gift Set (Approximately $54.99 USD) — Tame and smooth coarse, textured or rebellious hair. The Paul Mitchell Because You’re POLISHED Gift Set contains:

– Paul Mitchell Smoothing Super Skinny® Daily Shampoo 300ml — Contains a combination of mild, yet effective cleansers that thoroughly cleanse the hair without stripping the hair shaft. Paul Mitchell’s exclusive Super Skinny Complex penetrates into the hair where it softens and constricts the fiber. The result is a smoother surface, tighter diameter and greatly reduced drying time.

– Paul Mitchell Smoothing Super Skinny® Daily Treatment 300ml — Provides superior slip and wet combing, softens without plumping the hair shaft, and helps prevent mechanical damage to the cuticle. Paul Mitchell’s exclusive Super Skinny Complex penetrates into the hair where it softens and constricts the fiber. The result is a smoother surface, tighter diameter and greatly reduced drying time.

– Paul Mitchell Smoothing Super Skinny® Serum 150ml –A lightweight conditioning and smoothing serum that softens, shines, reduces static and helps reduce drying time.

This holiday season, Paul Mitchell is celebrating their commitment to live beautifully by giving, because that’s their style. Whether that means taking steps toward sustainability, helping families in need or supporting underserved kids, Paul Mitchell® believes in doing good for people, animals and our planet. Join their global family and share why or how you give back on Instagram or Twitter with #GivingIsMyStyle, and Paul Mitchell will donate $1 to one of their favorite charities on your behalf. I have being tweeting for this cause every day (@fortyflirtyfab).  Join me!

Learn more and find a salon at http://www.paulmitchell.com

Scunci Hair Tattoos
Scunci Hair Tattoos

Scunci Hair Tattoos ($4.99 USD) —  Applied like a normal tattoo.  They go on as easily as they come off. From your wrists, to your arms, and now to your hair- Scünci’s Hair & Body Art is our new party essential! Applied like a normal tattoo, they go on as easily as they come off. These tats show off your metallic shimmer whether you’re cheering on your favorite band or riding the waves.

Purchase at http://www.ulta.com and other great stores!

Scunci 2-in-1 Luxe Ponytailer Bracelet
Scunci 2-in-1 Luxe Ponytailer Bracelet

Scunci 2-in-1 Luxe Ponytailer Bracelet ($4.99 pack of 2) — Ever in need of a hair tie, but afraid to mess up your arm candy? Scünci’s 2-in-1 bracelets are your cutest solution! Wear it on your wrist or in your hair to spice up your look. With a color to match any and every outfit, those days of searching long and hard for a hair tie are over!

Purchase at http://www.ulta.com.

Invisibobble Around the World Collection
Invisibobble Around the World Collection

Invisibobble Around the World Collection ($8 pack of 3) — Just in time for the holidays, this limited edition collection features the classic invisibobble in four new shades – Letter from Grey, Burgundy Dream, Universal Blue and Silky Season. These collectables are designed by ‘invisibobblistas’ themselves, The talented and highly artistic winners of the invisibobble Around the World design contest are from Austria, Belarus, the Netherlands and Portugal. Each winner picked an invisibobble color and custom designed their own unique package that will add flare to any beauty cabinet.

Available at Urban Outfitters, Ulta & Nordstrom.

Beauty Products For Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

October is here!  It can be a spooky month, but don’t forget to wear your pink!

Of course, you don’t have to wear pink all month to show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but there are some great beauty products to purchase that will help the cause.

If you purchase the products below, some of the proceeds will go to hopefully help defeat this horrible disease:

Morgan Taylor Fight Like a Lady
Morgan Taylor Fight Like a Lady

This October, Morgan Taylor releases their Fight Like a Lady 4-piece mini pack that is sure to pack a pretty punch on your nails. With every purchase, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Mommy & Me Cancer Foundation, whose mission is to support mothers battling life-threatening cancer while raising young children.

Purchase at http://www.morgantaylorlacquer.com

Ouidad’s KRLY Kids collection
Ouidad’s KRLY Kids collection

Similarly, throughout October, 100% of the revenue from Ouidad’s KRLY Kids collection purchased from Ouidad.com, featuring No Time for Tears Shampoo, Pump & Go Spray Gel and No More Knots Conditioner, will be donated to Curls for a Cure in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. October isn’t the only month that Ouidad gives back either… year-round, they donate $1 from each KRLY Kids purchase, donating more than $475,000 to BCRF since 2002!

Available at http://www.ouidad.com

Unite for HER’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of women of all ages by supporting and providing breast cancer and wellness programs that educate, empower and restore. To support this mission, ACURE will donate $0.10 per sale of their number one selling Day Cream and Night Cream to Unite for HER for one full year. The partnership begins in July and expands beyond traditional BCA partnerships to keep support and funding going year-round.

ACURE’S Day Cream and Night Cream are available for $16.99 and $17.99, respectively, at acureorganics.com.

Conair/Scunci hair accessories are launching new sun visors and headwraps in October for Breast Cancer Awareness. Conair donates $110K to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (regardless of product purchase).

Scunci BCA ’15 Sun Visors and Headwraps ($7.99, available at drugstores)

New Products For Perfect Summer Hair

Summer hair is, at the same time, easy and frustrating.  By easy, I mean that you can sport uncomplicated styles like beachy waves and cute braids.  It can also be frustrating to fight frizz and sun damage.

Below are some of my current faves for healthy and gorgeous hair:

Dessert Essence Island Mango Shampoo & Conditioner ($9, 8 fl. oz. each) — Infused with a blend of mango seed butter, organic shea butter and organic coconut oil, this shampoo cleanses with rich lather for soft, healthy hair. Use the delightfully scented Island Mango Conditioner tolock-in moisturize for smooth, silky, deeply moisturized strands.

Italian Lemon Shampoo & Conditioner, ($9, 8 fl. oz. each) — Formulated with energizing lemon oil, rich in anti-oxidant vitamin C, this deep cleaning shampoo removes product and oil build up without stripping hair of natural moisture. Follow using the lightweight Italian Lemon Conditioner to replenish hairs natural moisture while adding shine for soft andmanageable hair.

What I think:  These both have such wonderful summer scents! The Island Mango is my favorite. I leaves my hair so soft.  The Italian Lemon is great once or twice a week because it really cleans the product out of my hair and makes my hair so shiny!  I suggest trying both!

Available on http://www.desertessence.com and at select Whole Foods nationwide.

Topganic Shampoo with Obliphica Oil ($9 USD 13.53 fl. oz.) — Luxurious shampoo, enriched with Obliphica oil, Vitamin E, Natural essences and Dead Sea Minerals. Our shampoo gently cleanses your hair while maintaining its natural moisture level. Nourishes the hair roots. Leaves your hair soft, healthy and shiny. Wonderfully fragranced.

Topganic Conditioner with Obliphica Oil ($9 USD 13.53 fl. oz.) — Luxurious conditioner, enriched with Obliphica oil, Vitamin E, Natural essences and Dead Sea Minerals. After cleansing your hair with Topganic shampoo, our conditioner helps maintain a healthy moisture balance for beautiful, silky strands. Provides your hair with a soft touch, healthy look and a beautiful shine. Wonderfully fragranced.

What I think:  These all natural products are so good for the hair!  It cleans hair without stripping it and leave it soft and shiny!  The scent is soft and really pretty.  This is perfect for those who are using only natural products.

Available at http://www.topganic.com

Unwash’s Hydrating Masque
Unwash’s Hydrating Masque

Unwash’s Hydrating Masque ($34 USD) — you can replenish lost hydration and leave the hair as smooth and as soft as if you had just left the salon. This moisturizing masque cleans without stripping natural oils, leaving nothing but shiny, healthy hair.

What I think: This fantastically-scented mask transforms dry, summer hair.  After leaving on for about 5-10 minutes, my hair is so soft!  And, it looks so healthy.

Available at http://www.unwash.com

Sun Bum Beach Formula
Sun Bum Beach Formula

Sun Bum Beach Formula Shine On  ($19.99 USD)- Make sure to keep hair shiny, glossy and tamed with Sun Bum Beach Formula! The Beach Formula Shine On is an AMAZING lightweight oil treatment protects your hair from the elements while naturally hydrating, restoring, and strengthening it!

It’s color safe and blended with pure Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil and Banana Leaf to ensure your hair is the silkiest EVER.

What I think: I love this oil!  Just one pump works for my medium length hair.  I apply it to damp hair and my hair dries soft and smooth!  It is not oily at all — so light! — and it does wonders for my summer hair!

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

Scunci No Slip Silicone Headwraps (approx. $5.99 USD) — No-Slip Silicone Headwraps are the ultimate ‘fashion meets function’ must-have.

Scunci Braided 3X Stronger Elastics (approx. $3.99 USD) — Braided elastics in black, strong and hold hair without pulling or breaking.

What I think: These are both perfect for working out in the summer.  They also come in handy on very hot days that I don’t want to wear my hair down!

Purchase at Walmart and drugstores.

What hair products are you loving this summer?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

Spring Ahead With Fresh Beauty Ideas

Did you spring ahead this week?  The weekend seemed to go by so fast, but it was nice that it was lighter longer.  It was 70 degrees today and I loved it!  So looking forward to spring and summer this year!

Below are some fun picks for hair care, sun care and makeup to help you spring ahead in style!

Brighten up your hair this spring with fun temporary colors! Two I have recently tried are:

STREEKERS ($11.95 USD) is true temporary hair color with a difference. Instant. Liquid. Washes out when you want it out. Not a mascara, not a crayon, not a paint. But a cool new hair color that uses innovative technology. In 8 vibrant colors: pink, blue, ultra violet, red, green, yellow, orange, purple. Available at http://www.colormetrics.com

Scunci Hair Chalk ($11.99) — So easy to use! Just glide color onto hair. Works like a straightener. Comes with two different colors in pack.  Available at mass market retailers near you!

  • Change colors in seconds
  • Works on all hair types
  • Non-permanent
Sun Bum Day Tripper
Sun Bum Day Tripper

Protect your face and lips!

Sun Bum Day Tripper ($24.99 USD) — Premium travel-sized sun care essentials for those lazy days in the sun.  Benefits Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection Hypoallergenic Paraben / PABA Free Gluten Free / 100% Vegan Anti Aging Won’t Clog Pores Oil Free

Includes:

SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion / 3.0 OZ                                                                        SPF 30 Sunscreen Lip Balm / 0.15 OZ                                                                  Cool Down Aloe Lotion / 3.0 OZ

Available at: http://shop.trustthebum.com/daytripper/

Soft and shimmering makeup is perfect right now!  It will definitely help chase the winter away.

Hard Candy Glow All The Way Ombre Blush ($7 USD) — Add warmth and luminosity to your cheeks with Hard Candy Baked Blush. It will give your complexion a soft glow. I like that it applies softly, but can be build to a brighter flush!

Hard Candy Face & Body Luminizer, Doll Face Pink ($8 USD) — Get glowing and show off your glamorous side, using Hard Candy Luminizer, Doll Face Pink. This luxurious body and face luminizer illuminates all skin tones with a pearlescent glow. Shimmery and pigmented, the Glow All The Way Hard Candy Luminizer gives your skin lasting, radiant shine.  A little goes a long way to give your face a glow and can also be used on the shoulders and décolleté for a fun evening look!

The Hard Candy Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss ($6 USD) — will give a glamorous appearance to your lips, creating the most desired pouting look. The lip plumper lip gloss features an attractive shimmer that will automatically make your lips look fuller. The lip gloss is ideally suited for those who like sheer colors. I don’t see a lot of plumping with this, but it does give shimmer and shine and has a nice minty taste to it.

Available at Walmart stores and http://www.walmart.com

Don’t forget to take care of your hair on this spring!

SwimSpray ($15 for 4 oz) –SwimSpray uses a patent-pending vitamin C technology to immediately neutralize the chlorine on your body – eliminating the residual chlorine that can damage and irritate your hair and skin. It removes the chlorine from your hair and skin in a safe, gentle, and all-natural way.SwimSpray leaves your hair soft and moisturized and maintains hair color andkeeps your skin from drying out and becoming itchy or irritated. It is 100% natural, fragrance-free, sulfate-free, and free from artificial colors. Available at http://www.swimspray.com

Arganesse ($96 for 3.4 oz) For centuries, argan oil has been used to protect hair and skin from harsh desert conditions. High in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, argan oil alone naturally hydrates for silky, shiny, frizz­free hair. Arganesse controls the frizz, repairs, and rehydrates while adding shine and eliminating oiliness. Arganesse obtains this by blending argan oil with the perfect combination of complementary ingredients resulting in a winning secret formula. When applied to hair, this incredible elixir gives a lustrous gleam to dull, lifeless locks. Works on all hair types.  Purchase at http://www.arganesse.com

Are you trying new products this spring?  Please leave a comment and let me know!

My Beauty Faves Week of January 26 – February 1, 2015

I can’t believe it’s almost February!  We’ve had some sunny and warm days last week in Kansas City, but it’s getting colder again and I’m reminded that it’s still winter!

So, this week I am still loving skin care and hair care products.  My skin and hair both need hydration, and my flyaway hair definitely needs taming! But if you love makeup, don’t worry, I will be featuring my picks for Valentine’s Day soon!

NYR Organic Frankincense Intense Concentrate
NYR Organic Frankincense Intense Concentrate

NYR Organic Frankincense Intense Concentrate ($105 USD) — The silky, gel-like Concentrate delivers effective results you can see and feel. The active ingredients include organic, wild-harvested and FairWild frankincense, plumping gardenia stem cells, a line-smoothing 3-peptide complex, nourishing organic argan oil and a synergistic blend of gums that delivers an immediate smoothing action.

Benefits:

  • Smoothes & reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles within 30 minutes**
  • Boosts skin’s plumpness, firmness & tone in just 7 days**
  • Instantly hydrates**
  • Optimizes skin’s radiance

** From clinical trials

What I think:  This serum is an anti-aging powerhouse. It immediately hydrates the skin and my fine lines do look smoother.  I have been testing it for about a week and do see some firming around my jawline.  I will continue using it in hopes to see further changes in my skin!

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

Lumene Bright Now Visible Repair 2 in 1 Eye Cream & Concealer
Lumene Bright Now Visible Repair 2 in 1 Eye Cream & Concealer

Lumene Bright Now Visible Repair 2 in 1 Eye Cream & Concealer ($24.99 USD) — Visible Repair 2in1 Eye Cream & Concealer designed to provide multiple benefits: eye cream helps to make skin feel moisturized, supple and smooth, while also reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Immediately illuminating concealer minimizes the appearance of dark under-eye circles. 82% of women experienced wrinkles and fine lines reduced.

What I think: I love the eye cream part of this duo.  It’s very hydrating and soothing.   The concealer is a bit odd.  It isn’t creamy and doesn’t blend well. The consistency is like a putty.  I have found that the best way to use it is to mix it on the back of my hand with the cream.  Then I apply it as a highlighter under my eyes. Or, dip a concealer brush in the cream then in the concealer, apply and blend, blend, blend!   Although it doesn’t work for me as a traditional concealer, I like the look that it gives me. It brightens my eye area.

Learn more at http://www.lumene.com and available at mass market retailers

TouchBack Plus Clear Hydrating Micro-Foam Shampoo
TouchBack Plus Clear Hydrating Micro-Foam Shampoo

TouchBack Plus Clear Hydrating Micro-Foam Shampoo ($24.99 USD) — TouchBack Plus Shampoo adds temporary color between permanent colorings. Revives dull color with sulfate-free Micro Foam.  Provides dual UV fade protection. Smoothes and repairs damaged hair. Adds shine and manageability.

What I think:  This shampoo is a thick foam and a little goes a long way. It has a clean scent that lingers (and I love).  Plus, hair is not only clean, it’s soft, too.  There is a matching conditioner that hydrates dry winter hair.

Available at http://www.sleekhair.com and other hair product supply stores.

Conair Infiniti Pro Finishing Brush
Conair Infiniti Pro Finishing Brush

Conair Infiniti Pro Finishing Brush ($12.99 USD) — The Infiniti Pro by Conair Argan Oil Treatment Strip Finishing Brush is designed to smooth, shine and finish your style. The latest brush innovation features a replaceable Argan oil treatment strip to add maximum conditioning and protection for revitalized, healthy-looking results and brilliant shine. The natural boar bristles help to distribute Argan oil through the hair, leaving it shiny and silky. The strip lasts through multiple uses, and replacement strips are sold separately. The protective cover keeps it neat and tidy at home or on the go.

What I think: This has become my every day brush.  It instantly smooths my hair whether it’s frizzy or I have flyaways.

Available at mass market retailer near you.

Scunci No-Slip Flat Reflective/Ponytailers
Scunci No-Slip Flat Reflective/Ponytailers

Scunci No-Slip Flat Reflective/Ponytailers — Not your basic elastic, this No Slip Flat Reflective Ponytailer is sure to make a statement, while always being Super Comfortable. With its flat design & No-Slip Technology, this is a pony must-have for the season.

What I think:  I love these because they stay on well so I don’t have to wear them too tight.  They are perfect for working out.

Available at Walmart and other mass market retailers.  Learn more at http://www.scunci.com

Scunci Hollywood Roll
Scunci Hollywood Roll

Scuni Hollywood Roll ($9.97 USD) — Introducing The Hollywood Roll: An accented upgrade to this on-trend, rollable hairband. The Hollywood Roll is reversible, with jewel embellishments on one side and a stylish pattern on the other.

• Quick and easy look, in under a minute!
• Styling tool and accessory, all in one
• Available in three styles

What I think:  This reminds me of the hair styles from the Great Gatsby or Downton Abbey.  It’s really cute.  It takes a little bit of practice to get it right, but I think this would be perfect for a wedding or a dance.

Available at http://www.walmart.com

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