My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 10-16, 2016

As fall goes on, I have been sent some amazing products to review for my hones opinion.

My faves below include makeup that brightens the face, fun luxe eye and cheek colors, plus an amazing oil cleanser, and pomegranate infused skincare:

ittsē Undereye Light-Diffusing Revitalizing Crème ($7.99 USD) — Better than morning coffee, this instantly brightens tired eyes with a combination of light-reflecting ingredients and a delicate cooling sensation for an instantly refreshed feel.

ittsē Soft-Focus Eye Brightening Powder infused with Diamond ($7.99 USD) — Look well-rested and polished with this buttery neutral-toned, light-diffusing powder. Apply over foundation or concealer for a finishing touch, on clean eyelids or undereye as a brightening base, or dust over lashes to keep mascara in place.

Flawless Finish Setting Powder with Hyaluronicittsē Flawless Finish Setting Powder with Hyaluronic and Antioxidants ($8.99 USD) — This silky, translucent finishing powder works magic on all skin tones. The weightless veil formula works to perfect skin and control shine. Skin-smoothing hyaluronic acid spheres help minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines. Wear alone or on top of foundation for a perfect photo finish.

What I think: I love these ittsē products.  They come in pans and they can be used in ittsē’s magnetic palettes.  I love that you can design what is in your palette!

The eye products really brighten my eyes and make me look like I have got way more sleep than I actually have!  The creme is so cooling, it feels amazing and looks amazing under my eyes!  The powder works nicely over the cream, or other foundations to set and brighten.  And the setting powder helps shine and blurs pores and lines.

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KYE For Shu Uemura Makeup Collection
KYE For Shu Uemura Makeup Collection

KYE For Shu Uemura Makeup Collection — this is a beautiful collection that came out in the spring.  Some of these amazing products are still available for purchase:

Sheer Color Balm Lip Balm in Melt in Orange ($30 USD) — Street neon inspired striking shades of lip balm that “magically” transform into surprisingly wearable color  on your lips. The vivid melting lip balm reacts with your lip’s PH and moisture condition to create a unique glow. A lip balm that creates a smooth, thick veil on lips gliding on easily and moisturizing your lips. Comes in packaging specially designed for shu uemura by Korea’s hottest fashion designer Kathleen Kye. Roar in orange like a Korean gummy tiger.

Fresh Cushion Blush in Hibiscus Orange ($32 USD) — First ever cushion cheek blush from shu uemura unveiled for this exclusive collection in shades inspired by Korea’s national flower: mugunghwa , also known as hibiscus syriacus. Apply cushion blush with the provided puff. Build over foundation for a fresh dewy look.
Cheek color that promises perfect harmony with bold eye line and eye brow.

POREfinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil ($31 USD) — An incredibly lightweight cleansing oil that leaves the skin clean, fresh, and refined. KYE designed original graphics and collection colors decorate two of shu uemura’s iconic cleansing oils.
The water-like cleansing oil goes beyond make-up removal to dissolve and wash away excess sebum and blackheads that are stuck inside pores.

What I think:  The packaging is gorgeous on these products!  The cosmetics are now only available in the orange shades, but they still are pretty and perfect for fall!  The cleansing oil is very light and leaves my skin so soft!

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October marks the start of pomegranate season, and what better way to celebrate your love for pomegranates, than the pomegranate product line by KORRES!

KORRES Pomegranate Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes ($15 USD) remove dirt, makeup, and oil from face and eyes. Great for all skin types especially oily and combination, each pre-saturated wipe eliminates impurities, tightens pores, and offers antioxidant protection.

KORRES Pomegranate Lip Butter ($12 USD) This Lip Butter is formulated with natural oils and extracts to soothe and condition lips. Shea butter and rice wax provide lasting hydration and softness.

KORRES Pomegranate Soap ($10.50 USD) Pomegranate extract, with its antiseptic and toning properties, helps tighten the pores and tone the skin—making this the perfect cleansing solution for oily, congested skin.

What I think:  I love pomegranates and was excited to try this collection.  They all smell really fresh and tangy.  The wipes and soap really clean the skin and help keep oil at bay.  The lip butter is so moisturizing.  Plus it gives a little red tint, that is so nice in the fall!

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Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Shusu Sleek Collection

Shu Uemura Shusu Sleek

Inspired by the lustrous shine and fluidity of Japanese Satin Shusu, SHU UEMURA ART OF HAIR created SHUSU SLEEK, a revolutionary hair care
collection designed to discipline coarse, unruly hair while creating a light, silky smooth style with the resplendent finish of Japanese satin. Enriched with Black Cumin Oil combined with essential lipids and minerals, Shusu Sleek is formulated to meet the essential needs of unmanageable hair.

Over 500 years ago, a silk weaver from the imperial town of Kyoto introduced a new technique for weaving silk. The fabric he created was the smoothest, most delicate ever seen, with resplendence, shine and fluidity. The new art of weaving was called Japanese Shusu. Traditionally Shusu silk was used exclusively for ceremonial kimonos for noble patrons. The new hair care collection for Shu Uemura Art of Hair pays homage to the tradition of Shusu silk – the hair is left smooth with lustrous shine and natural fluidity.

Key Ingredient:
Black Cumin Oil intensely nourishes and smoothes the cuticle, taming the hair fiber and calming volume for glide-through detangling and flawless elegance. Known as “the oil of the pharaohs,” it is harvested from the black cumin’s dark, fragrant seeds and has been revered for millennia as one of the most potent medicinal ingredients. Today, modern research has uncovered the complex structure of this exceptional ingredient: composed of over 100 elements, it contains a high concentration of powerful antioxidants, and offers an
optimal balance of essential fatty acids, omegas 3, 6 and 9.

New In-Salon Ritual:
Coinciding with the launch of the Shusu Sleek Collection, Shu Uemura Art of Hair is proud to introduce The Shiatsu Shampoo – a complimentary in-salon shampoo massage that provides a glimpse of the Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ceremony through slow shiatsu gestures (circular movements while applying pressure). Clients feel their whole head has been thoroughly cleansed with a fresh tingling scalp, ultimately feeling rejuvenated yet calm. Meanwhile the hair has the healthy, natural signature Art of Hair touch.


•Smoothes even the most unruly hair
•Provides amazing shine
•Fluid natural touch from roots to ends
•Intensely moisturizes the hair fiber
•Cleanses and supplements the hair fiber while respecting the essential balance of the scalp

Fragrance: Floral Oriental
• A unique scent, inspired by the richness of spices and oil

Shusu Sleek Collection:

Shusu Sleek Smoothing Shampoo ($45.00 10 fl. oz.)  – Delivered in a paraben- and silicon-free formula with an unusually high concentration of cationic polymers to deeply smooth the hair fiber

Shusu Sleek Smoothing Conditioner ($55.00 8.5 fl. oz.) – This exceptionally moisturizing paraben-free conditioner immediately and intensely tames the most rebellious manes with its unique combination of active ingredients

Shusu Sleek Smoothing Treatment ($65.00 10 fl. oz.) – This paraben-free masque intensely nourishes and tames unruly hair, helping attain long-lasting sleekness, while preserving the lightweight, vivid and fluid hair touch

What I think:  The shampoo and conditioner alone work to make my hair very smooth and shiny. I get a lot of frizz and flyaways, but my hair was in much better shape after using this collection. I only need the treatment once every week or every other week because it is very conditioning and can weigh my hair down if I use it too often. I also really love the spicy scent — great collection!

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Must Have Hair Product — Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue

Shu Uemura Essence Absolue

In November 2009, Shu Uemura launched — and quickly sold out of — a new hair product, Essence Absolue. This product is already so popular because it is touted to restore even the dries of hair. 

So, what’s the  big deal? This golden essence is infused with Camellia Oil; a highly treasured and coveted, age-old ingredient used by Geishas to make hair soft and shiny. Essence Absolue also claims to moisturize and protect the hair fiber, provides intense nutrition, protects against the sun’s UV rays, and adds shine to the hair. 

The website states, “Conscious of the various causes and needs of dry hair, ESSENCE ABSOLUE has been carefully designed as a multi-use elixir, repairing dry hair on an individual basis in the following ways:
1- Intensely hydrating leave-in conditioner for very dry/damaged hair
2- Pre-shampoo treatment for deep, nourishing care
3- Protection during color application, adding shine, moisture and elasticity to processed lengths & ends
4- Use in summer time as protective oil against the sun’s harmful rays (UV filter)
5- Ultra-shine finisher along lengths and ends 

I have used this as a pre-shampoo treatment by adding a few drops to my wet hair before shampoo. I also use it as a leave in and a finisher to my dry ends. I have noticed that my hair is shinier, more manageable and has less flyaways in the dry air. I am looking forward to trying this in the humid Kansas City summer — I think it will make all the difference on my frizzy hair! 

Although this product is pricey, it does what it claims. My hair is soft and shiny and smells fantastic. I highly recommend Essence Absolue! 

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