Sephora Holiday 2017 — Reach Out and Gift!

Sephora, the beauty mecca we all know and love, has a cool new campaign this holiday season.  It’s called Reach Out and Gift and it features their beauty experts, pictured above.  Here is more info:

Sephora’s holiday campaigns have always celebrated beauty, so this year is no different. Sephora knows the importance of developing a personal, emotional connection with, and understanding of, the unique one-of-a-kind loved ones of your gift list. With that in mind, Reach Out and Gift was created to celebrate how beauty unifies people of all different interests, and encourages them to build personal connections with one another, whether its people they know or don’t know.  

Sephora’s beauty experts help personalize beauty for our clients in stores every day, so it made sense for us to feature them in this campaign. Of the 1,000 consultants that applied to be a part of the campaign, 10 were chosen from all over the U.S. and Canada based on their definition of what unique beauty means to him or her, and their own personal take on beauty. With the help of Inez and Vinoodh, Sephora was able to embrace and brilliantly bring to life its first campaign with its Sephora family—its Cast Members!

Of the ten Cast Members that are included in the campaign, one is actually located right in Kansas City (where I live) at Sephora Town Center Plaza! Her name is Alley Cage and she is on the top row, 4th from the left in the photo.

Alley is a Senior Artist at the Sephora Town Center Plaza store in Kansas City, and has been with Sephora for 6 years. Alley also supports two other stores with training and continued education in artistry, as well as provides content for Sephora’s YouTube Channel.

Alley wanted to work at Sephora because it “felt like coming home.” The first time she ever walked into a Sephora, she felt like she had found people that understood her “hunger for self-expression,” and that they “wanted to make people feel beautiful and celebrated for what made them uniquely beautiful.” Six years later, she feels the same holds true, “it is a place that helps you empower yourself to feel beautiful from the inside out.”

Alley applied for Sephora’s Reach Out and Gift campaign because she received a gift from Sephora that lent itself to a bigger idea – Sephora is a place to inspire beauty. Her mom gifted her her first brush set when she was twelve and it changed her life, it inspired her love for makeup and passion for creating. “Makeup became my armor and outlet when I was growing up and those brushes were the key to creating. Sephora helped me to see the beauty within myself when I was a teenager recreating looks in my bedroom, but they have also helped me to see my own beauty as grow my own artistry and career.” “I can now see my own beauty when the makeup is rinsed off and that I bring a lot to the table by being just the way that I am. This campaign is a celebration of that very premise and of the beauty that lives in others. To be the face of that beautiful idea is the biggest privilege I could ask for.”

Congrats to Alley and the other Cast Members who were chosen!

Plus, here are some amazing gift ideas from Sephora this season:

Sephora Favorites Glow For It

Sephora Favorites Glow For it ($40.00 USD) — Shine a light on beautiful skin with glow-getter creams, powders, and liquids—for a subtle radiance, intense glow, or anything in between. This set includes seven deluxe everyday essentials.

Sephora Collection Show Me Off Brush Set

Sephora Collection Show Me Off Brush Set ($38 USD) — A five-piece full face brush set with unique glitter handles housed in a stand-up pouch.

Sephora Winter Flush Blush Palette

Sephora Winter Flush Blush Palette ($16 USD) — A universally flattering blush palette featuring eight gorgeous shades in matte and shimmer finishes.

Sephora Collection Multi Masking Mania Clay Mask Blockbuster Set

Sephora Collection Multi Masking Mania Clay Mask Blockbuster Set ($38 USD) — Can be used alone or for multi-masking to target different concerns on different areas of the face. The travel-friendly packaging offers easy and convenient use with up to five uses per package.

I know the Insider VIB sales are going on — are you picking up any goodies for yourself or as gifts?

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Last Minute Beauty Gift Ideas Part 2

I have so many great last-minute gift ideas that I had to make 2 posts!

If you are still looking for the perfect gift for the lady who likes beauty products, check out these great ideas:

butter LONDON Fire and Ice Double Take 2-Piece Sets
butter LONDON Fire and Ice Double Take 2-Piece Sets

butter LONDON Fire and Ice Double Take 2-Piece Sets ($24 USD) — Sparkle and shine this holiday season with butter LONDON’s Fire & Ice Double Take 2-Piece Sets. These lacquer duos will quickly add a spark to your fashion wardrobe with new, innovative overcoats designed to transform your lacquer for a festive look. Four completely new shades (Rebel Fox, Brass Monkey, Bluecoat, and Leccy) will have you heating up or looking cool at any holiday festivity.

Available at www.butterlondon.com and some butter LONDON products are available at Ulta stores.

Algenist The Anti-Wrinkle Collection
Algenist The Anti-Wrinkle Collection

Algenist The Anti-Wrinkle Collection ($52 USD) — This three-piece set provides everything you need to combat advanced signs of aging. Arm yourself with a full size Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser, a deluxe size Complete Eye Renewal Balm and a half size Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer.

Available at www.algenist.com, Sephora stores and www.sephora.com

Marc Jacobs Rollerball trio
Marc Jacobs Rollerball trio

Marc Jacobs Rollerball trio ($39.00 USD) — Shower yourself in the fragrant florals of Marc Jacobs with this set of easy-to-tote rollerballs. Daisy is a sparkling floral bouquet, spirited and fresh, wrapped in comfort and warmth. Daisy Eau So Fresh is the whimsical interpretation of the original Daisy fragrance. Its light, woody base infuses a subtle but sharp glimmer of musk for an unexpected twist of radiance. Dot bursts open with a bright and thrilling effervescence, harnessing the beautiful scent of jasmine at its heart.

The set includes:

1 0.33 oz Daisy Eau de Toilette Rollerball  1 0.33 oz Daisy Eau So Fresh Eau de Toilette Rollerball 1 0.33 oz Dot Eau de Parfum Rollerball

Available at Sephora stores and www.sephora.com

DOWNTOWN Calvin Klein
DOWNTOWN Calvin Klein

DOWNTOWN Calvin Klein ($89 3.4oz) — Daisy is fresh and feminine, with a playful innocence.  Radiant and enchanting, the fragrance has a sparkling floral bouquet  – spirited and fresh, wrapped in comfort and warmth.  At the heart of Daisy is a floral with vintage edge: violet.  Sophisticated with a touch of whimsy, violet captures the eclectic, vintage flavor of Marc Jacobs’ feminine, edgy designs.

Top: wild strawberry, violet leaves, ruby red grapefruit

Mid: gardenia, violet petals, jasmine petals

Base: musk-vanilla infusion, white woods 

Available at Sephora stores and www.sephora.com

 

Bottega Veneta Luxury Bath Collection
Bottega Veneta Luxury Bath Collection

Bottega Veneta Luxury Bath Collection — To mark the second anniversary of its signature scent, Bottega Veneta created the Luxury Bath Collection. Designed to enhance and expand the sensual experience of this unique fragrance, the collection reflects an entirely new way to experience the scent, adding a new, intimate dimension to the refined world of Bottega Veneta. The elements of the new Luxury Bath Collection include a Luxury Body Scrub, a Luxury Body Oil, a Shimmery Body Powder with puff applicator, and a Luxury Hair Mist.

Softening Body Scrub             6.7 oz              $95

Shimmery Body Powder         3.5 oz              $70

Satin Body Oil                        3.4 oz              $60

Available at specialty stores and Bottega Veneta boutiques.

Radical Skincare Radical Starter Kit
Radical Skincare Radical Starter Kit

Radical Skincare Radical Starter Kit ($99 USD) — Power and performance: a set combining multiple benefits for your skin. Use the Age Defying Exfoliating pads to remove dead skin cells while infusing the skin with firming agents. Follow with Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum—there is no better shield against the free radicals responsible for skin aging than this multitasking, anti-wrinkle serum. When combined with Anti-Aging Restorative Moisture, this power duo delivers an anti-aging one-two punch, gifted with active ingredients that have been shown to combat dark spots, even skintone, and increase hydration 60 percent in as little as two weeks. Finish with Eye Revive Crème, another multitasking wonder that reduces the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness while firming and hydrating the sensitive eye area.

This set contains:
– 15 x Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads
– 0.5 oz Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum
– 0.5 oz Anti-Aging Restorative Moisture
– 0.17 oz Eye Revive Crème

Available in Sephora Stores and http://www.sephora.com

Nuxe Prodigious Love From Paris Gift Set
Nuxe Prodigious Love From Paris Gift Set

Nuxe Prodigious Love From Paris Gift Set ($59 USD) — This set includes:

Prodigieux® Eye Contour  0.5 oz

Huile Prodigieuse® Love from Paris Collector – Dry oil 1.7 oz

Crème Prodigieuse® Moisturizing & Anti-Fatigue Care 1 oz

Available at us.nuxe.com.

Patricia Field Signature Kit Martine Girl
Patricia Field Signature Kit Martine Girl

Patricia Field Signature Kit Martine Girl ($199 USD) — Celebrate the transformative power of fashion and beauty with our Patricia Field Signature Kit.

  • AIRbrush Makeup System 2.0 with Patricia Field GelaSkin – Martine Girl.
  • 1 AIRpod Foundation
  • 1 AIRpod Blush (Patricia Field recommends AIRpod Blush in Hot Pink)
  • 1 AIRpod Highlighter (Patricia Field recommends AIRpod Highlighter in Champagne)
  • 3 Pod Stand (Bonus item!)
  • Signature Clear Makeup Bag (Bonus item!)

PLUS, TEMPTU’s Care and Usage Guide, One-year Warranty, 45-day Money Back Guarantee, and Shade Match Guarantee

Available at www.temptu.com

 

Mobile Clean & Go MegaMicro
Mobile Clean & Go MegaMicro

Mobile Clean & Go MegaMicro ($8.99) — I realize that this may not be a beauty product (it is for your phone or tablet), but I really love it and think it is a great stocking stuffer!

MegaMicro™ features our exclusive Dual-Hybrid Technology offering two cleaning surfaces in one:

  • A textured side for easy removal of dirt, oils, fingerprints, water spots and sunscreen
  • An optical-grade microfiber side to polish your display to a crystal clear shine

The new MegaMicro™ Microfiber Cleaning Cloth is perfect for cleaning larger displays, tablets, computer monitors, TV screens, and marine electronics. Available in Blue

Contents:

(1) MegaMicro™ Dual-Hyrbrid Microfiber Cloth (7″ x 7″ – 18cm x 18cm)

(1) Vinyl Carrying Case for portability

Available for immediate purchase through the online store at www.shop.mobilecleanandgo.com.

Enjoy and remember it is Free Shipping Day for a lot of companies.  So get your orders in if you’d like to get it online in time for Christmas.  Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty Stocking Stuffers

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffers for the ladies in your life?  Here are some really fun beauty products that are fabulous and under $25!

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ChapStick® Holiday Tins ($4.99 USD) in new colorful and fashionable designs are available for a limited time. Plaid and Snowflake tins containing Strawberry, Cherry and Spearmint Classic ChapStick® varieties and the Diagonal Candy Cane Stripe tin containing limited-edition Candy Cane are available exclusively at Walmart for the SRP of $4.99 each

The ChapStick® product and information have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare for my honest review.  I think these are a great value and a really great gift!

bliss mistletoe must-haves
bliss mistletoe must-haves

bliss mistletoe must-haves ($12 , a $24 value) – This mega-moisturizing duo for lips and hands includes the fabulips softening lip balm and 1 oz. high intensity hand cream.

Available at BlissWorld.com, Sephora, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom

Violent Lips The Red Snowflake
Violent Lips The Red Snowflake

Violent Lips The Red Snowflake (9.99 for a set of three) and are available in the snowflake print above as well as fun holiday glitter prints! Just apply like a temporary tattoo.

Available Online at www.Violentlips.com
tarte thoughtful treasures best-sellers set
tarte thoughtful treasures best-sellers set

tarte thoughtful treasures best-sellers set ($19 USD) — A limited-edition, deluxe-sized collection of tarte’s best-selling favorites. The limited-edition set features:

• deluxe maracuja oil

• deluxe Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in limited edition thankful (golden pink)

• deluxe LipSurgence™ skintuitive lip tint in energy

Tarte has taken the guesswork out of giving with a handpicked collection of their favorites that’s simply the best. These charming deluxe sizes of best-selling maracuja oil, Amazonian clay 12-hour blush and LipSurgence™ skintuitive lip tint deliver a radiant and rested appearance even on the fly.

Available at http://www.tartecosmetics.com

Goody
Goody

The perfect stocking stuffer or 12 days of Christmas present, Goody offers ornaments, gift wrap, and bows that double as hair accessories. Dress up the tree or an adorable package with a headwrap, elastics, or clips that are also a festive accessory to wear to parties. $3.99-$5.99, Target, Walmart, Kmart, and CVS.

Yes to Cucumbers On-The-Go Facial Towelettes
Yes to Cucumbers On-The-Go Facial Towelettes

Yes to Cucumbers On-The-Go Facial Towelettes ($2.99 for 10) Our famed facial towelettes in mini! These all-natural and hypoallergenic Towelettes and made with soothing ingredients like cucumbers, green tea, and aloe. They fit right into your purse, gym bag or even your TSA size clear plastic bag! Regardless of where you are (let’s imagine Hawaii) your skin will feel gorgeous, hydrated, smooth and most of all refreshed!

Available at www.yestocarrots.com and mass market retailers near you.

Bodycology
Bodycology

Gifts for your girlfriends are always tough. You don’t want to overspend, but you want it to be meaningful. Bodycology offers fantastic sets at Walmart and Target under $20 including Soothing Body Scrubs and Body Butters, Travel Cases, a Sock Set, and an adorable Scrubbing Mitt with hand and body lotion.

Blowpro textstyle, mini dry texture spray
Blowpro textstyle, mini dry texture spray

Blowpro textstyle, mini dry texture spray ($9.50 USD) — Versatile formula allows you to set textured styles in just seconds.  Quick-dry dispense provides dramatic definition that works to not only build desired texture, but controls grease and oil buildup. Our brushable blend of ingredients and Lasting-flex® technology with built in memory allows you to re-create your style the next day.

Available at www.shop.blowpro.com.

Hope these ideas help!  Have fun stuffing stockings!

Give The Colorful Gift of Makeup Sets This Holiday

Makeup Sets are my very favorite beauty gift to give (and receive).  Giving the gift of color and variety can really brighten up a friend or family member’s holiday!

em michelle phan holiday life new year's countdown edition
em michelle phan holiday life new year’s countdown edition

em michelle phan holiday life new year’s countdown edition ($29 USD) — Paint the town beautiful at every holiday soiree with this mini life palette filled with rich, luxurious colors. Inspired by the reminiscence of the past year and the celebration of the new year to come, new year¹s countdown boasts sophisticated and sensual rich berries and golden and smoky browns with touches of holiday reds and raisins.

Products and accompanying video tutorial will be available on emcosmetics.com.

e.l.f. Studio 96-Piece Geometric Eyeshadow Palette
e.l.f. Studio 96-Piece Geometric Eyeshadow Palette

e.l.f. Studio 96-Piece Geometric Eyeshadow Palette ($10 USD) — This 96-Piece eyeshadow palette features a fun geometric pattern for a totally unique design. Become your own makeup artist wherever, whenever! The beautiful soft textures melt into your skin for vibrant color that lasts. Convenient and easy to apply, just layer the colors to achieve your desired look. Apply wet or dry for a fabulous look that never creases or fades.

Available at www.eyeslipsface.com

tarte stop and stare smolderEYES™ 6-piece liner and lash set
tarte stop and stare smolderEYES™ 6-piece liner and lash set

tarte stop and stare smolderEYES™ 6-piece liner and lash set ($39 USD) –The limited-edition set includes:

• 3 full size skinny smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liners: best-selling onyx, new purple garnet & azurite green.

• 2 full size smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liners in new taupe & rose gold

• Deluxe lights, camera, flashes™ statement mascara

Product Performance: Put a twinkle on your eyes this holiday season with this Amazonian clay-infused collection of smolderEYES™ & skinny smolderEYES™ waterproof liners in limited-edition and best-selling shades. These versatile liners deliver rich color for a crisp or smokey look that won’t fade, run or budge. To take your look to the extreme, finish with lights, camera, flashes™ statement mascara, which features a dual-molded brush for a 752% increase in lash volume instantly!

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

CARGO Let’s Meet in Paris Holiday Kit
CARGO Let’s Meet in Paris Holiday Kit

CARGO Let’s Meet in Paris Holiday Kit ($36 USD) — Inspired by a luxurious trip to the French city, this kit evokes a sophisticated, fashion-forward feel with rich red and black tones with hints of sparkle.  The look is 100% luxe – a bold red lip, soft eye with shimmery black liner and seductive full and defined lashes. Housed in a baroque patterned clutch-shaped carton, it makes for a festive gift or splurge for yourself.  Kit contains: NEW Red Essential Lip Color, NEW Travel Size  HD Lip Primer, NEW Swimmables Eye Pencil in Black Sea Travel Size Reverse Lip liner, and TexasLash Mascara.

Available exclusively at Ulta/Ulta.com (while supplies last)

Hard Candy Smokey Eye Kit, Brown
Hard Candy Smokey Eye Kit, Brown

Hard Candy Smokey Eye Kit ($4.88 at Walmart) It’s like having a makeup artist at your fingertips. Mascara, pigmented eye shadow and eye liner are expertly matched to give you a glamorous smokey eye look.

  • 1 eye shadow palette (0.14 oz)
  • 1 volumizing mascara (0.04 oz)
  • 1 liquid eyeliner (0.14 fl oz)
  • 2 eyeliner pencils (0.02 oz each)

Available at www.walmart.com or Walmart stores.

Laura Geller Holiday Baked Stackable Macaroons Collection
Laura Geller Holiday Baked Stackable Macaroons Collection

Laura Geller Holiday Baked Stackable Macaroons Collection ($59.50 USD) –A delightful assortment of Baked confections awaits. Three shades each of blush, highlighter, and eye shadow begin as swirls of liquid pigment that are baked on terra-cotta tiles for 24 hours and finished by hand in Italy. The result is a silky wash of long-wearing color that illuminates the skin. Inspired by luxurious, light-as-air sweets, these gorgeous goodies are perfect for creating unlimited looks for the face and eyes.

Includes:

  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Blush in Gingerbread
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Blush in Lychee Rose
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Blush in Cassis Violet
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Highlighter in Honey Lavender
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Highlighter in Toasted Coconut
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Highlighter in Dulce de Leche
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Eyeshadow in Orange Blossom
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Eyeshadow in Mocha Latte
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Eyeshadow in Chestnut
  • Made in Italy

Purchase at www.qvc.com

 

H2O Plus Merry Raspberry Bath Basics Duo The perfect stocking stuffer, this bath duo doubles as a tree ornament and comes with a moisture-rich shower gel and body balm in an exotic Raspberry Guava scent for a sensory-awakening bath experience. The formula blends luscious berry and tropical guava essences with highly emollient shea butter to help heal and protect winter-ravaged skin.  Price: $10, Available at Ulta, Ulta.com & H2OPlus.com Celebrity Brand Fans: Michelle Trachtenberg, Nikki Reed
Urban Decay Vice 2

Urban Decay Vice 2 (59 USD) — Now here’s a vice we’ll gladly take a spot on the naughty list for. Introducing Vice 2, the limited-edition sequel to last year’s holiday hit. Each palette features 20 gorgeous brand-new, exclusive, never-before-seen shades. As if that wasn’t enough, each is also one-of-a-kind – the luxe ethereal design is applied by water transfer to make each palette unique, and each comes with a double-ended Good Karma Shadow and Crease Brush. With a mix of brights and neutrals in every texture imaginable, it’s got a little bit of something for everyone on your list.

Available at Sephora, Ulta, select Macy’s and online at Sephora.com, Ulta.com, Macys.com, Beauty.com and UrbanDecay.com

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

Don’t forget the gift of flawless application!  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, while keeping you organized, even on the go! Includes the following:

  • Heavenly Luxe Travel Multi-Powder Brush
  • Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Foundation Brush
  • Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Concealer Brus
  • No-Tug Travel Crease Brush
  • No-Tug Travel Allover Eye Shadow Brush
  • No-Tug Eyeliner and Brow Brush with Spooly
  • Sleek Snap Shut Case

Available at QVC.com

Are you giving any makeup sets this holiday season.

 

 

 

Cool New Nail Polish Colors and Textures

Lately, I have been really into trying new colors, finishes and textures of nail polish.  I have been trying some really cool polishes, here are some of my favorites:

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Break away from the ordinary this fall and rock bold, unexpected colours with butter LONDON’s latest nail lacquer collection, Colour Clash.

Launching today on butterLONDON.com, the Colour Clash Collection is a chic, surprising new collection of brights and whites that are perfectly on-trend to take your look from summer to fall. The collection includes vibrant bright nail lacquers in Wellies, Pimms, Cake Hole, Silly Billy and Giddy Kipper that can add a much-needed pop of colour to any look. Ready to rock out in white? Sport a trendy white-nail with Cotton Buds, which can also be used underneath nail art to punch up any colour.

butter LONDON’s Global Colour Ambassador Katie Hughes notes that the Colour Clash Collection is “one of my favourite collections yet, Colour Clash is so fun and bold.”

What I think:  Butter LONDON’s new color clash collection is so different for fall.  Colors for the season are usually rich and dark, these are so bright and fun.  It’s feels like the fun of summer blending itself into the fall season.  In Kansas City where I live, it will be hot until about Halloween, so these colors seem so appropriate!

Available at www.butterlondon.com

Nails Inc. Feathers Effect Nail Polish in Edinburgh
Nails Inc. Feathers Effect Nail Polish in Edinburgh

Nails Inc. Feathers Effect Nail Polish ($9.50 USD) This ultratrendy, long-wearing formulation features tiny feather-like particles in complimentary colors to create a quill effect on the nails. Perfect for adding a pop of color to your spring or summer ensemble, the unique feather bottle and feather print cap make these must-have shades for all. Wear two to three coats to build full coverage or apply directly over a base color for a smooth look.

What I think:  I love these feather polishes.  I have them in Edinburgh, a pastel orange and blue and Brighton, a teal and yellow textured polish.  I have used one coat over a cream polish and I have layered just the feathers alone.  Both looks fantastic and lasts a long time!

You can purchase at http://www.sephora.com

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discover perfect nail art looks for your summer getaway with the latest collection of essie sleek sticks in beach-ready brights. Inspired by the season’s hottest runway trends, the collection boasts six luxe, three-dimensional patterns in sunny shades from ocean blue to juicy fuchsia. These pre-cured appliqués make salon designs a snap – just apply and go! Lasts up to 10 days.

The shades left to right are: stick with style, croc madame, shoot for the moon, small pleasures, sea me shine, and show me your stuff.

What I think: These stickers are so beautiful in person!  They are a bit tricky to use, but when done right, really fun!

Purchase at www.essie.com or fine beauty stores near you.

Enjoy!

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!

         

Skincare Innovations — Try Something New to Improve Your Skin

Skincare is constantly evolving and improving.  I LOVE trying new products, including these breakthrough ones below that were sent to me for my honest opinion.

PCA Skin Pigment Bar - pHaze 13
PCA Skin Pigment Bar – pHaze 13

PCA Skin Pigment Bar – pHaze 13 ($28 USD) — A cleansing, anti-hyperpigmentation bar for skin suffering from discoloration.

Pigment Bar is the cleansing companion in PCA’s pigment control program, designed to enhance and maintain the complexion-refining results produced by its sister products. pHaze 13 Pigment Bar helps control blemish outbreaks and discolorations as it cleanses the skin of dirt and debris. For pigment control maintenance, use two to three times weekly.

This is such an easy way to clean skin.  It comes with three flat sponges that expand once wet.  The jar contains a black solid (the bar).  To use I wet the sponge and rub it on the bar for lather.  I then wash my face with the sponge.  It cleans without drying out my skin.  I haven’t noticed any lightening of sun spots yet, but for a daily fash soap it works great!

Purchast at www.dermstore.com.

Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer
Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer

Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer ($42 USD) — With an advanced formulation that combines Alguronic Acid with 7 additional active ingredients, the Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer creates a satin-soft finish for long-lasting makeup application. Delivering more than your average primer, this formula also visibly refines pores, blurs fine lines and improves skin’s texture and tone, just in time to highlight that summer glow.

Currently this is my favorite primer.  It instantly evens out my skin and blurs the appearance of my pores. It also smooths my skin and prepares it for foundation or bb cream.

Available at Sephora, Sephora.com and Algenist.com

MitoQ
MitoQ

MitoQ ($185 USD) is considered to be the most potent antioxidant on the market to date and is proven to be 1000 times stronger than CoQ, a molecule used in many anti-aging products. MitoQ is the only topical cream that can deliver ubiquinone to mitochondria at levels shown to have an immense effect inrejuvenating the cells, encouraging the natural production of collagen and elastin and leaving skin looking radiant with a lit-from-within glow.

I have been using MitoQ for a few weeks now and noticed improvements in my skin almost instantly.  My skin looks so much better.  It is less blotchy, more even and I don’t see any fines lines or wrinkles around my eyes.  And my skin does glow!

Available at www.mitoq.com.

Orico Streetwise Oxygenating Day Cream
Orico Streetwise Oxygenating Day Cream

Orico Streetwise Oxygenating Day Cream ($42 USD) –Breathe new life into the skin. Streetwise Oxygenating Day Cream contains a clinical bioactive proven to help optimize cell respiration whilst smoothing, rejuvenating and protecting skin against daily urban pollution. This daily moisturizer with all-natural antioxidants Macadamia and Argan oil helps to reduce wrinkles, restore moisture levels, firmness and skin radiance. Fragrance free and suitable for sensitive skin.

As I get older, my skin becomes more sensitive.  I love advanced anti-aging skincare like this that is also for sensitive skin.  This is very moisturizing and gentle without being greasy or oily.

Available at www.oricolondon.com.