My Beauty Faves Week of March 16-22, 2015

It’s spring! It has been beautiful in Kansas City.  Well, sunny and warm, but we are still waiting for rain to turn the brown grass green.  It’s been such a dry winter for us.

I am still inspired to change-up my beauty routine for the new season. I’m loving a luxe new skincare potion, a multi-tasking tinted moisturizer, a fresh fragrance, pretty and affordable spring makeup and a fruity lip balm duo!

PHYTO-C SIGNATURE
PHYTO-C SIGNATURE

PHYTO-C SIGNATURE ($240 USD) — This is an anti-aging, anti-wrinkle product that works well for all types of skin. Stimulates cell–cell interactions, and accelerates cell renewal.  Helps to preserve cellular energy, assists the formulation of collagen and strengthens in structural proteins.  Combats fine lines, wrinkles and skin imperfections. Regenerates skin’s ability to retain moisture, enhances skin elasticity, tightens and firms skin. Brightens and improves skin tone and enhances skin smoothness and radiance. Active Ingredients are IMPA™ Complex, Aleosin, Mandelic Acid, and Vitamin B12. Apply twice daily.

What I think: The texture of this is lightweight and feels almost like a smoothing primer.  I have been using it under my moisturizer like a serum at night, and over my SPF day moisturizer.  It makes my skin silky and smooth.
 glĹŤ therapeutics Moisturizing Tint SPF 30+
glĹŤ therapeutics Moisturizing Tint SPF 30+

glō therapeutics Moisturizing Tint SPF 30+ ($38) provides broad spectrum UVA & UVB protection with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide while Sodium Hyaluronate attracts and maintains hydration, holding 1,000 times its weight in water. Designed to feel like second skin, this lightweight tinted physical sunscreen goes on smooth and even for flawless all-day coverage and a natural looking, healthy glow.

What I think: For days that I am in a hurry, I love that this product gives moisture, SPF and covers, too!  It has a nice medium coverage and is buildable.
GUESS Dare Limited Edition
GUESS Dare Limited Edition
GUESS Dare Limited Edition ($52.0050ML, $40.00 30ML) — Give yourself a sexy scent this spring with a fragrance that will steal your man’s heart – GUESS Dare Limited Edition. Floral, fruity and woody, this scent will leave you feeling desirable and sexy with an aroma that captivates every room.This tempting scent opens with juicy grapefruit and crunchy lady apple. Middle notes of pink jasmine and pear blossom balance out the bottom woody notes of sheer cedarwood, white musk and a touch of vanilla.

What I think: This is a light, fruity scent that is perfect for spring.

Available at http://www.guess.com

essence Spring 2015 makeup
essence Spring 2015 makeup

Essence cosmetics is excited to launch a bright, new variety of products to kick off a fresh start to spring! Whether you’re giving your lashes the royal treatment with new mascara, perfecting an easy day-to-night smokey eye or testing new shades of classic favorites, the essence cosmetics new collection includes over 30 new products to amp up your beauty routine this spring and summer.

The new products in the above photo left to right are:

Lash Princess Volume Mascara ($4.99 USD) — presented in a fantastical evening gown design and has a unique wand applicator designed for extra control to reach every lash. The prestige inspired cobra brush is specially shaped to lift, separate, and cover each individual lash for the most majestic volume.

Longlasting Lipstick ($2.99 USD) — Longlasting love! This rich and creamy lasting lipstick is moisturizing with intense color that lasts for hours. Available in 13 beautiful, cream and matte shades.

3D Eyeshadow ($3.49 USD) — 3D eyeshadows provide a smoother and silkier texture that is easy to blend.  The new color-duos range from neutrals to jewel tones with high pigmentation. Apply with a damp brush for more intensity and maximum impact. Available in 6 irresistible shade duos in satin, metallic, and shimmering finishes. Available in 8 irresistible shade duos in satin, metallic, and shimmering finishes.
Available at Ulta, Shoppers Drug Mart and Fred Meyer
Spring Limited Edition Softlips 2-pack
Spring Limited Edition Softlips 2-pack
Spring Limited Edition Softlips Cube 2-pack ($6.49 USD) — The 2-pack features the popular Pomegranate Blueberry flavor and a brand new, limited edition flavor Peach Mango. As always, Softlips Cube delivers five lip-loving benefits with Lip Perfecting Technology to hydrate, replenish, smooth, protect with SPF 15 and add a shine to your lips.
What I think:  I have tried this in the Fresh Mint flavor before and really liked the application and minty flavor.  I was so happy to try these flavors, especially the new Peach Mango.  It’s very yummy and reminds me of summer (yay)!  The Pomegranate Blueberry is also very seasonal and they both moisturize well and are easy to apply.
Available at a mass market retailer near you.
What new products are you loving this spring?  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

New Lip Products From eos, Softlips and butter LONDON

Tomorrow’s Easter!  Yay!  As the Easter bunny is about to arrive, I am thinking of pastels and fun bright lip products for Spring.

I use lip balms and glosses all year round because I need moisture at all times as my lips are a bit dry.

eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Pack
eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Pack

eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Pack ($5.99 USD) — Delight your lips: two more reasons to smile.  The eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Collection comes in a delightful floral-themed card perfect for springtime gifting.  The pack features the Limited Edition Passion Fruit and Strawberry Sorbet Smooth Sphere Lip Balms.  The lip balms are 100% natural and enriched with nourishing shea butter and soothing jojoba oil to keep your lips moisturized all Spring! This adorable collection makes the perfect addition to Easter baskets or Mother’s Day Gifts!

Available at Target, CVS, Walgreens, Ulta, evolutionofsmooth.com and drugstore.com

Softlips Cube
Softlips Cube

Softlips Cube ($3.49 USD) — In 1992, Softlips® was the first lip balm made specifically for women with its unique slim stick packaging and flavorful formulas. Now, over 20 years later, Softlips® recreates lip care once again with the launch of its Cube!

Available in three new flavors, Pomegranate Blueberry, Fresh Mint and Vanilla Bean, Softlips® Cube give lips everything they need:

  • Hydrates: Advanced formula with Shea Butter restores softness and moisture to even the driest lips
  • Replenishes: Antioxidant vitamins A, C, & E soothe and help repair damaged skin
  • Smoothes: Rich emollients smooth roughness, leaving lips silky and soft
  • Protects: SPF 15 protects lips from sun burn
  • Adds Shine: Luscious hydrators give the perfect radiant finish

Available at a mass market retailer near you

butter LONDON LIPPY Lip Gloss
butter LONDON LIPPY Lip Gloss

butter LONDON LIPPY Lip Gloss ($20 USD) — Meet your new everyday essential, Lippy Lip Gloss. Chic shades and textures add a brilliant touch of whimsy, and accentuate your natural glow. Butter’s nourishing formula moisturizes and protects with shea butter, and vitamin E. Butter London does not add phthalates and parabens to its formulas. It’s colour without compromise.

The three shades above our from the new summer Lolly Brights collection.  They are:

Chuffed — sheer tangerine

Twee — sheer magenta

Stroppy — sheer berry

Available at http://www.butterlondon.com

What lip products are you using this spring?