Flawless Skin — My New Summer Skin Care And Makeup Products

My skin is looking pretty great this summer.  It is super hot in Kansas City right now, so my skin should be gross and oily, but the fabulous new products I have been using have made it clear, smooth and very youthful!

Freeze 24-7 Skin Glacé™ Daily Detoxifying Cleanser & Mask

Freeze 24-7 Skin Glacé™ Daily Detoxifying Cleanser & Mask ($65 USD) — Nothing beats a clean feeling, from having a tidy pantry to a neat desk. Now your skin can experience that kind of calming clean with Freeze 24-7 Skin Glace Daily Detoxifying Cleanser & Mask, a gentle deep cleaning formula that provides maximum skin purification, detoxification and hydration. With daily use, you can effectively unclog pores, remove excess oil, make-up and impurities, leaving your skin visibly soft, supple and healthy. Daily Detoxifying Cleanser & Mask replenishes your skin’s natural moisture balance while calming red, irritated skin. Plus, it serves as a great shaving cream for men and women.

What I think:  I love the fresh scent of this cleanser and how clean it makes my skin feel after use. It can also work as a quick mask for even deeper cleansing.  I just apply it, let it foam up, then rub it in and rinse.  Easy, fun and my skin looks clear and soft after use! Visit www.freeze247.com to learn more and purchase!

Skinnygirl Vitamin C Face Scrub

Skinnygirl Vitamin C Face Scrub ($6.99 USD) — Wash away dull, tired skin with this invigorating face scrub that instantly makes skin feel refreshed and smooth. The combination of shea butter and cranberry cleanses away dead skin to unveil a brighter, naturally radiant you.

Key Ingredients:

Soybean Oil – Rehydrates and improves skin texture
Grape Seed Oil – Moisturizes, tightens, tones, and rejuvenates skin while protecting against collagen destruction
Cranberry Fruit Extract – Soothes skin and is a natural vitamin c source to help improve circulation
Shea Butter – Deeply hydrating moisturizer

What I think:  This is an unusal scrub in that the beads melt away and what’s left is an oil, so you really need to rinse it off completely.  I am used to scrubs making my skin feel super clean, and this makes it feel like it was moisturized instead.  That is weird, but when I looked in the mirror after use, my skin looked amazing.  Really clear and smooth.  This is worth a try, but is maybe not for those with very oily skin.  Learn more at http://skinnygirlfaceandbody.com.

Freeze 24-7 Eye Serum

Freeze 24-7 Eye Serum ($115 USD) — Banish crow’s feet, dark circles and puffiness associated with allergies and other environmental conditions. This lightweight, fast-absorbing formula diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles beneath and around the eye area within minutes of application by bringing oxygen and nutrients to the area. Causes a cooling, toning sensation; indicating that the serum is working.

What I think: I love this serum.  It is a little pricey, but it is so good.  After I apply this light serum, it instantly smooths my eye area leaving it hydrated and makes my fine lines virtually disappear!  It is very cooling and refreshing on the eyes, especially great for these hot summer days.  Plus, the more I use it, the better my eyes look.  Awesome! Visit www.freeze247.com to learn more.

Nuance Salma Hayek Smooth Smart Skin Primer

Nuance Salma Hayek Smooth Smart Skin Primer ($10.99 USD) — Smooth start. Helps diminish the appearance of pores and fine lines and enhance makeup wear. Inspired by my grandmother, my products are designed to help every woman enhance the nuances that define her individual beauty. – Salma. Smooth start skin primer. White lupin seeds & safflower seed oil help improve skin’s firmness and elasticity. Pumpkin seedcake nourishes and delivers improved radiance. Soft-light diffusion technology helps create a healthy glow. Vitamin E nourishes and protects the skin. Paraben free. Fragrance free. Made in USA.

What I think: This is a good primer if you like a bit of a glow to your skin.  Skin is very smooth and ready for makeup after use.  Or, just wear it alone — it’s quick and easy to apply and you’re out the door! Purchase at a CVS pharmacy near you or visit www.cvs.com.

TIGI Cosmetics Mineral Tint Moisturizer

TIGI Cosmetics Mineral Tint Moisturizer ($30 USD) Wearing foundation in soaring temperatures can be a total drag. This oil-free, water-resistant tinted moisturizer is the perfect light-weight alternative for the season. Added bonus: It’s formulated with a hint of shimmer and SPF 20 so you can get that sun-kissed glow sans the rays.

What I think:  Gorgeous!  And perfectly matches my currently faux-tanned skin! It almost melts into my skin, and gives me such a flawless look.  This can be worn with our without primer.  Smooth it over skin and go! Please visit www.tigiprofessional.com to find a local salon.

Nuance Salma Hayek Flawless Mineral Cheek Trio

Nuance Salma Hayek Flawless Mineral Cheek Trio ($12.99 USD) Triple-milled pigments in this three-in-one conditioning blush shape, highlight and define for an extra smooth, velvety finish and endless, customized looks.

What I think: This is a beautiful compact.  You can color, highlight and define cheeks and all over the face.  I like to brush a little of the bronzer under my jaw and under cheekbones to define. The highlighter goes on top of my cheekbones and on my brow bone. Purchase at a CVS pharmacy near you or visit www.cvs.com.

Enjoy!

 

Get Ready For Summer!

Happy Memorial Day!  This is the unofficial start of Summer.  I am writing this at 5 pm in Kansas City and it is 91 degrees.  My family and I went to a lake this morning to splash in the water and then my girls went swimming again this afternoon — so it is certainly time to get the hot weather beauty products out!  Here are some of my faves:

Lavanila Healthy SPF Collection

Lavanila Healthy SPF Collection: Get the complete coverage you need with Lavanila’s Healthy SPF Collection. These 100% natural products are made with a new generation of mineral sunscreens for superior UVA/UVB protection. Free of harsh chemicals, synthetic sunscreens and nano-particles, all formulas are fragrance-fee and infused with a superior complex of skin-saving vitamins, minerals and amino acids. The collection includes The Healthy Sunscreen SPF 30 Body Cream, The Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 Face Cream and The Healthy Lip Screen SPF 30. Price: $16 to $38 at www.lavanila.com.

Venus Embrace Razor

Gillette Venus Embrace — $9.99 — $11.99 USD for the refillable razor, two cartridges, and a shower pod to hold the razor in the shower and $13.49 – $14.99 USD for a four-pack cartridge refills. This razor now comes with a new purple and turquoise handle and has five, yes FIVE, blades for an perfectly smooth and close shave. I love this razor! The head swivels and hugs every curve. This would be perfect for the summer when we wear way less clothes!

tarte Amazon bronze Amazonian clay & annatto body bronzer

tarte Amazon bronze Amazonian clay & annatto body bronzer ($37 USD) — Achieve a faux glow, naturally, with the new Amazonian clay and annatto-infused body bronzer in universally flattering Amazon bronze. This is a lovely light bronzer, but it is a bit sparkly, so I suggest to use it on legs and arms — especially at night!  . Directions: Using the included body puff, blend bronzer into skin making sure to pay special attention around knees, ankles and elbows. Add one coat for a subtle bronze, or 2-3 coats for deeper color. Occasionally rinse body puff with a mild antibacterial soap and let dry overnight.

Purchase at www.tartecosmetics.com and Sephora stores.

Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit

Burt’s Bees Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit ($3 USD) Give your lips a kiss. This juicy lip balm is made with nutritious, tropical Pink Grapefruit Seed Oil, bursting with powerful vitamins. Refresh your lips with a sweet hint of citrus.

• Nourishes with Vitamin C and E from Pink Grapefruit Seed Oil • Delicious citrus flavor • Softens and conditions lips

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

Skinnygirl Mommy Cool Your Feet Spray

Skinnygirl Mommy Cool Your Feet Spray ($7.89 USD) — Cool your achingly tired feet by misting them with soothing essential ingredients such as cucumber, aloe and peppermint for a revitalizing burst of freshness. Feet feel instantly refreshed and pampered!

Key Ingredients:

Aloe – Used to moisturize and soften skin
Peppermint Oil – Energizes and cools while helping to sooth common foot irritants
Cucumber Extract – Used to sooth and relieve puffiness

Available at www.skinnygirlfaceandbodystore.com

Pantene Split End Repair Keratin Protection

Pantene Normal-Thick Hair Solutions Keratin Protection Crème ($6.29 USD) is formulated to help keep hair strong to protect hair’s natural keratin structure from damage. The result is strong, healthy hair with fewer split ends.

I can tell that this works.  After a few uses, my hair has looked shinier and it does appear that I have less split ends.  My teenage daughter uses this on her hair that has been damaged from straighteners and blue hair dye — and it really does make her hair look healthier.

You can purchase this at mass market retailers near you.

Enjoy!

Mother’s Day Bath and Body Gift Set Guide

Laura Mercier La Petite Patisserie Trio

Looking for a last minute gift for your mom, or other fab lady in your life? Treat her to a fun bath and body gift set! The sets below smell amazing and take care of your skin by cleansing, scrubbing and/or moisturizing it.  So nice!

Laura Mercier La Petite Patisserie Trio ($45.00 USD) — This limited-edition travel set features a delicious, decadent and well-deserved regimen featuring cleanser, moisturizer and fragrance for body.

To use: begin your routine with Crème Body Wash, a creamy lathering body cleanser that will leave the skin feeling smooth and moisturized. Follow with Soufflé Body Crème, an ultra-whipped scented body crème that provides luxurious all-day moisture protection.  For long lasting fragrance layer with a delicious spritz of Eau Gourmande.  Guilt-free and calorie-free, indulge in Laura Mercier’s Le Petit Patisserie Trio in Fresh Fig or Almond Coconut.  I have Fresh Fig and it is insanely delicious smelling!

Available at www.lauramercier.com.

L’Occitane Delightful Hands Collection

This Mother’s Day, give mom the gift of smooth, nourished and fragrant hands with the L’Occitane Delightful Hands Collection ($28 USD). Pamper Mom with this delightful trio of hydrating and nourishing hand creams and let the senses escape through the delicate fragrance of Peony, the smoothness of Almond and the protection of L’Occitane’s best-selling Shea Butter. The set comes in a beautifully decorated box with a card and ribbon included, making this the perfect gift.

The Collection includes the Pivoine Flora Hand Cream, Shea Butter Hand Cream and Almond Smooth Hands.

L’Occitane products can be purchased at L’Occitane boutiques nationwide or at usa.loccitane.com.

Yes To Carrots Ultimate Nourishment Kit

This Yes To Carrots Ultimate Nourishment Kit ($19.99 USD $31.99 value) includes rich, nourishing formulas that  soften, moisturize, and reveal oh-so-glowy skin!
Say “Yes” to a kit that indulges your skin with a nourishing, revitalizing treatment that leaves you feeling smooth, soft, and happy.

The kit includes the Super Rich Body Butter, Softening Hand & Elbow Cream, and the Nourishing Shower Gel.

Available at a mass market relaiter near you.

Skinnygirl Margarita Bath Collection

Skinnygirl Margarita Bath Collection ($15 USD) — Cleanse, smooth and moisturize your skin thoroughly with this margarita cocktail-inspired set. Includes body scrub, shower gel and body lotion.

Key Ingredients:

Citric acid – anti-oxidant that promotes the rejuvenation of skin
Flower extract – A soothing, natural ingredient that calms the skin
Honeysuckle – Helps stimulate the removal of toxins to promote vibrant, healthy skin
Mineral Oil – Conditions and hydrates parched skin

You can purchase at www.skinnygirlfaceandbodystore.com

Pacifica Shimmer & Glow Beautiful Body Kit

Dare to go bare!  Whether you are preparing to wear a bikini or a strappy gown, Pacifica Shimmer & Glow Kit ($24 USD, a $30 value) has the beautiful-body essentials to get you radiantly ready in  minutes.  These travel-sized companions are loaded with ultra-nourishing, natural ingredients including coconut oil, tropical extracts, antioxidants, and sea minerals plus the perfect amount of age-defying shimmer and natural, mineral color.  You’ll love your skin’s healthy glow and your lips’ sweet sparkle.

Set contains:

  • Coconut Crushed Pearl Luminizing Body Butter 2 oz. (*NOTE: This product contains Pearl Mica and is vegan.)
  • Coconut Crushed Pearl Bronzing Body Butter 2 oz. (*NOTE: This product contains Pearl Mica and is vegan.)
  • Kona Coffee and Sugar Detox Whole Body Scrub 3 oz.
  • Coconut Pearls Luminizing Lip Quench

Available at www.pacificaperfume.com and Sephora stores.

Enjoy!

Bethany Frankel’s Skinnygirl Tinted Daily Moisturizer

Skinnygirl Tinted Daily Moisturizer SPF 15

I don’t watch the Real Housewives TV shows, but of course I know who the main housewives are from the media.  Before I tried the new Skinnygirl Tinted Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 ($10.99 USD), I knew that Bethenny Frankel was a reality TV star, but I didn’t know much about her brand, Skinnygirl.

Bethenny started her line with lo-cal alcoholic beverages and is branching out to a face and body line.

The claim is:

Even out your skin tone without using heavy makeup products. This formula is rich in Vitamin E and has Broad Spectrum SPF 15 to help prevent the visible signs of aging from the sun. Choose a light, medium, or dark shade to reduce redness and smooth out skin for an even-toned, gorgeous glow.

Key Ingredients:

SPF 15 – Protects skin from sun damage
Vitamin E – An antioxidant that has anti-aging properties to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles
Jojoba Esters – A deep moisturizer

What I think:  I like the formula of this.  It feels like a moisturizer, but can look a little heavy if not blended correctly.  This has a built-in application brush — you unlock it, then squeeze up the amount you want and it comes out through the brush.  I don’t care for the brush because it leaves streaks on the skin when applied and you really need to blend it in.  I like squeezing the amount I need onto my hand, then applying with a good foundation brush.

The coverage is medium — not light like most tinted moisturizers, so I think it would work for a lot of women’s needs.  I also like the SPF 15.  I don’t know if I would purchase this again, but it a good price for what you get.& Body for any upcoming summer beauty stories you might have in the works.

Available at Walmart and http://skinnygirlfaceandbodystore.com/.  Enjoy!