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.

Available at http://www.itcosmetics.com

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.

Purchase at http://www.PalladioBeauty.com

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 Bluemercury.com 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!

Available at http://www.skindinavia.com

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 lipstickqueen.com, spacenk.com and Space NK Stores nationwide

My Beauty Faves Week of April 13-19, 2015

We are experiencing rain and storms in Kansas City (April’s showers), but it is fairly warm and everything is green. I’m really starting to take care of my skin to get it ready for the warmer weather ahead!

This week I have been loving innovative skincare.  From spa-like treatments to a luxe serum to a spray on primer, I have tried fab products this week that have really changed my skin!

Radical Skincare Instant Revitalizing Mask ($65 USD) — is a spa treatment in a bottle. This foaming mask for all skin types restores, stimulates and boosts skin’s radiance. Apply like a serum and wait- it will start to bubble (like champagne on the skin!). The mask works by release nutrients into the skin- you’ll see more activity in the areas where your skin needs it most. A unique formula helps maintain optimal oxygen levels, distribution and consumption to stimulate the skin’s energy production so it can function at its best.

Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating Pads ($75 USD) — use AHA and BHA to gently exfoliate and support natural cell turnover, working to tighten and firm skin, reduce the appearance of pore size and lines, and preserve skin’s hydration and nourishment. Excess sebum is also removed while leaving the good oils to nourish and hydrate the skin. Enriched with chamomile for soothing and calming, it is perfect for sensitive skin.

Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 ($55 USD) — With 100% non-chemical SPF 30 protection, the perfect texture and crushed diamond powder for a soft reflective property, you’ll want put this SPF on every time the sun comes out. Light diffusing pigments reduce the appearance of wrinkles and imperfections, antioxidants fight aging and the ultra-light texture makes it easy to apply and use with any type of makeup.

What I think:  All three of these products are so different than anything I have used before!  The mask is fun to use and leave my skin really soft, as do the exfoliating pads.  Both products can be used a couple of times a week for really smooth skin.  The skin perfecting screen gives SPF along with brightening the skin!

These products are available at http://www.sephora.com and Sephora stores.

VENeffect Firming Phyto-Lift Serum
VENeffect Firming Phyto-Lift Serum

VENeffect Firming Phyto-Lift Serum ($195 USD) — This potent, highly effective anti-aging treatment serum dramatically enhances skin tone and firmness. The unique formula is packed with 100% natural oat extract to firm the skin, while the exclusive phytoestrogen technology brightens, enhances skin tone, and dramatically boosts elasticity. Free of silicone, alcohol or fragrance, this serum is a highly active first step in the treatment regimen, working in synergy with VENeffect Anti-Aging Moisturizer for longer lasting moisture and firmer skin.

What I think: I have tested a sample of this and really like how it sunk into my skin and gave me an instant glow.  I would have to use it more to see if it firms, but I could tell it was a very luxe product!

Purchase at http://www.veneffect.com

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray
Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray ($35 for 4 oz) —  Pore-clogging silicone primers have no place on your face! Get perfect makeup now and a virtually poreless, more even-toned complexion later. This lightweight, silicone-free primer mist delivers a smooth canvas for impeccable, long-wear makeup application, and offers long-term skin benefits you’ll love as well! Available in Original and Oil-Control formulations for dry/combination and oily skin types.

What I think:  This primer is easy to use and really evens out my skintone!  I also find that my makeup lasts longer when I apply before my foundation.

Learn more and purchase at http://www.skindinavia.com

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

 

 

Beauty Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Soap and Paper Factory, Softlips, Skindinavia and Mary Kay

I have three daughters — so Santa has lots of stockings to stuff!  Beauty gifts are always a great idea for women of all ages!

My youngest daughter (10) loves the Softlips cube, my middle daughter (15) loves how the fragrance wand smells, my eldest (19) has fun with nail polish, the soaps and candle is perfect for my mother-in-law (not saying age!), and I would love the Skindinavia!!!

Which of these fab products would you love to give – or love for yourself?

The Soap and Paper Factory — This company has lots of fragrant, lovely packaged products that are perfect for stocking stuffing!  From soaps, hand creams, candles, plus lip butters and solid fragrances, there is something for everyone on your list!

Purchase at http://www.soapandpaperfactory.com

Softlips Cube Pomegranate Blueberry
Softlips Cube Pomegranate Blueberry

Softlips Cube Pomegranate Blueberry ($3.49 USD) — This glass-like, cube-shaped lip balm in a light, fresh Pomegranate Blueberry flavor provides unprecedented, 5 in 1 lip care to  hydrate, replenish, smooth, protect with SPF 15 and add a subtle sheen.

Conveniently available at mass retailers, the cheerful-looking Seasonal Edition will make spirits bright for a limited time!

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray
Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray ($35 for 4 oz, $49 for 8 oz) Get perfect makeup now and a virtually poreless, more even-toned complexion later. Our lightweight, silicone-free primer mist delivers a smooth canvas for impeccable, long-wear makeup application, and offers long-term skin benefits you’ll love as well!

Stuff this in her stocking and she will thank you!  One of the best makeup primers I have tried!

Available at http://www.skindinavia.com/products

Mary Kay At Play® Hail to the Nails Mini Nail Lacquer Trio
Mary Kay At Play® Hail to the Nails Mini Nail Lacquer Trio

Mary Kay At Play Hail to the Nails Mini Nail Lacquer Trio ($15 USD) — For the perfect party shades to gift or keep, this triumphant trio nailed it! Mini Nail Lacquer Trio shades include Pink Hottie, Silver Sparkle and Inky Blue. Packaged in a ribboned box that’s ideal for gift-giving.

Purchase at http://www.marykay.com

Mary Kay Winter Wishes Eau de Toilette Wand
Mary Kay Winter Wishes Eau de Toilette Wand

Mary Kay Winter Wishes Eau de Toilette Wand ($20 USD .25 fl. oz.) — Wishes come true with a wave of this wand – a clean, fresh fragrance that’s adorable as a stocking stuffer. Plus, it smells fantastic, just like the holidays!

  • Features cheerful, fruity notes like snow apple and citrus sparkle.
  • Warms the heart with floral notes of jasmine petals and cozy musk.
  • Easy on-the-go application and touch-ups.
  • Ideal for gift-giving – packaged in a decorative tube container.
  • Perfect for purses and travel bags.

Available at www.marykay.com

More Cyber Monday Deals — Nars, Jurlique, tarte, Skindinavia and Harry Josh Pro Tools

Cyber Monday is here!  There are so many great beauty deals today?  This is definitely the time of year to shop for your favorite products.

Below are more great deals:

Nars

Nars — Nars is thrilled to announce their Give & Take Event on Friday, November 28th – Tuesday, December 2nd. Sign up to be the first to access NARS’ exclusive 20% event here.

Jurlique

Jurlique — Jurlique’s biggest sale of the year is back, and now’s your chance to stock up on skincare favorites and holiday gifts for everyone on your list! This Cyber Monday, Jurlique.com is offering*…

  • $15 off any $50 purchase
  • $50 off any $150 purchase
  • $100 off any $300 purchase

Please head to the website, http://www.jurlique.com on Monday for promo codes to receive your Cyber Monday deals!

Tarte:  Deals are:

not so slick oil-absorbing blotting papers – ONLY $5

mascaras & lip glosses – ONLY $10

cheek stains & blushes – ONLY $20

maracuja oil & c-brighter™ eye treatment – ONLY $30

multiplEYE™ lash enhancer & supersize Brazilliance™ – ONLY $40

Purchase these great deals at http://www.tartecosmetics.com

Skin

Skindinavia —  This Black Friday + Cyber Monday (November 28th through December 1st), SKINDINAVIA is offering a FREE Makeup Primer Spray + FREE Shipping + 20% off with code 20off.

Available at http://skindinavia.com/

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Harry Josh Pro Tools — On Monday, December 1st, receive 50% on all Harry Josh Pro Tools* at HairEnvy.com. The tools are a must-have in any beauty arsenal, making them a perfect gift or stocking stuffer for the holidays.  The collection, which started with the award-winning Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000, has expanded to include a flatiron as well as an arsenal of brushes and clips. Please see below for the complete list of products and visit www.hairenvy.com on Cyber Monday!

Are you picking anything up today?

Get Your Beauty Routine Ready For Summer, Part 1

I have been so lucky to receive lots of awesome skincare, hair care and makeup samples lately from so many different, fab brands to review for my honest opinion.  So exciting!

The one common thread in these products is that they are a good change-up to my routine.  Winter was so long this year, and spring very short that my makeup products haven’t changed much.  But now that it is HOT in Kansas City (90 and humid) — I am ready to give easy, breezy summer beauty a go, while still looking and feeling put together.

For the rest of this week, I will review the products that I have been using and let you know why I love them so much.  This post will include lovely skin care from Orico London, Stri-Vectin and summer-loving makeup from Gerard Cosmetics, Skindinavia and BeautyADDICTS.

Orico London Transcend Marine Radiance Serum
Orico London Transcend Marine Radiance Serum

Orico London’s Transcend Marine Radiance Serum ($61 USD) — Instant flash of brilliance for the skin. New Transcend organic Marine Radiance Serum has been developed with four of the latest clinically proven anti-aging bioactives to help illuminate, tighten, diminish wrinkles and deeply hydrate. This New organic wonder serum packed with pure and powerful natural Marine Algae and Maca Root extracts help to visibly brighten and instantly lift for super rested and glowing results.
Transcend skin with instant radiance.

What I think: I’ve been using this serum for about a week and am really enjoying it.  The serum is a pearly-pinkish opal color, very iridescent and cool.  I’ve never seen a serum like it. When it is applied, it is very sheer and gives skin a faint radiance.  Since it is so light, it is perfect for the summer as it can be easily layered under moisturizer and SPF.

Available at http://www.oricolondon.com

StriVectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate
StriVectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate

StriVectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate ($79 USD for 2oz) — Introducing new SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles & Stretch Marks. Formulated with Collagex-CE Wrinkle Repair Complex, this hydrating moisturizer harnesses the latest advances in skincare science to target Collagen III, also known as youth collagen, for even more powerful anti-aging results.

A series of scientifically designed studies proves the following effects: • Significantly diminishes the number, length and depth of lines and wrinkles • Targets youth collagen and elastin for healthy, younger looking skin • Hydrates and visibly enhances skin texture • Strengthens the skin barrier to maximize skin performance

SD Advanced goes beyond wrinkles to help transform the look of stretch marks, too.

What I think: I have been using this cream at night-time as a treatment.  It has a bit of a minty scent to it and it is a little thick, but not greasy.  And boy does it work!  I have noticed that my skin is so much smoother and even-toned.  And my forehead wrinkles are smoother, too.  Yay!

Available at http://www.strivectin.com

Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème
Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème

Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème ($36 USD) — Golden, radiant and healthy skin has always been a girl’s best summer accessory. Gerard Cosmetics by Whitening Lighting has recently introduced their newest product – the BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème. A twist on a traditional BB Cream, the BB Plus+ Illumination is formulated with light reflecting particles and golden shimmer to add dimension and a youthful glow to any complexion.  This luminous crème is easy to blend, long lasting and comfortable to wear, even in the warm summer months.

What I think:  This is a really pretty cream.  I tried it on my cheekbones and my brow bone like a normal highlighter, and I liked it, but it was a bit sparkly for me to use all over my face.  My 18 year-old daughter wore it all over hers and looked like a golden beach babe — oh, youth!  So I gave it to her and she loves it!  And I love that it has skincare benefits!

Available at www.whiteninglightning.com

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray Oil Free
Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray Oil Free

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray Oil Free ($35 for 4 oz, $49 for 8 oz) — anti-shine, vitamin-based primer mist absorbs excess oil while creating a smooth, lightweight canvas for flawless makeup application. Skindinavia’s breakthrough silicone-free formula is clinically proven to even out skin tone, prevent breakouts and reduce the appearance of large pores.

What I think:  I love this!  Just a few sprays on my face and it instantly looks even and smooth.  And makeup goes on so evenly.  And my makeup stays fresh looking for most of the day. I love it in the oil free version for summer, but it also comes in a regular spray.

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

BeautyADDICTS MineralSheerTINT SPF 20
BeautyADDICTS MineralSheerTINT SPF 20

BeautyADDICTS MineralSheerTINT SPF 20 ($32 USD) — The perfect “barely there glow” in seven natural shades. A mineral-based, oil-free, ultra-sheer tinted moisturizer with an SPF 20 to protect the skin while appearing flawless and radiant! An outstanding blend of ingredients like Ginseng Root Extract, and Vitamins A, C and E as powerful anti-oxidants. Your skin basks in sheer, gorgeous, safe color!

What I think:  This is a perfect makeup base for the summer as it is sheer and has an SPF!  And the fact that it has skin loving ingredients is a plus in the heat.  And although the tint is sheer, it can be built up for more coverage.

www.beautyaddicts.com

Enjoy!