Hi all! I hope your are enjoying spring and that your weather has improved. It’s much nicer now in Kansas City!
I have been testing a lot of new products this spring. I’ve decided to feature a few here that have been helping my skin and hair this spring, plus a waterproof cream eyeshadow:
Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Balancing Pore Cleanser
Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Instant Warming Clay Mask
Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Balancing Pore Cleanser ($5.99 USD): Developed especially for those with combination skin, this everyday cleanser deep cleans the oily parts while smoothing and conditioning the rough, dry parts— for balanced, conditioned skin. Not only does it remove deep down dirt and impurities from the pores, but it gently exfoliating away dead cells, allowing healthy cells to emerge. With continued daily use, you’ll achieve softer, smoother skin and a more balanced complexion.
Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Instant Warming Clay Mask ($5.99 USD): Sometimes your skin needs a little extra TLC—plus, what better way to take a selfie—if not with a blue mask on! Designed to purify and refine skin by absorbing excess oils, this instant warming mask opens pores and melts away that pore-clogging dirt, oil, and sebum—leaving your skin clean, soft and refreshed. This warming clay mask, formulated to deep clean pores, is pH balanced for comfortably clean skin. This mask has a unique self-heating technology that is activated when massaged into the skin. This thermal formula in conjunction with purifying and skin toning clays optimize the mask’s ability to deep clean and purify.
What I think: I have combination skin, so these products are great for me! I also think they would work well for normal-oily skin. The cleanser really cleans my skin without drying it out. Plus, it doesn’t irritate it. My skin is sensitive, too, especially during allergy season. The mask is really fun it use. Because my skin is sensitive, I can only do this about once a week, and since there are four in the pack, it’s a months worth. I love the blue shade and how well it cleans out my pores. It leaves my skin very soft!
Purchase at mass market retailers near you!
Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes in E115 Purple
Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes in E104 Grey Brown
ELLIS FAAS CREAMY EYES ($34 USD) This is a coloured cosmetic applied to the eyelids or to the skin around the eyes to accentuate them. applied in a liquid state, the texture soon dries. unlike other eyeshadows, this formula thereby becomes resistant to the effects of humidity such as tears and wet weather; does not build up in the eyes’ creases; and will not smudge when being rubbed. available in 21 shades.
What I think: I these in the shades E115 Purple and E104 Grey Brown. I have found that these work so well as base shades. They are both fairly deep, but I can use them in my crease or all over the lid. I can keep the look matte or add a shimmer on top. These also work nicely as liners, because they are smudge and waterproof. Gorgeous quality! And, let’s not forget the cool silver bullet packaging!
John Frieda Wonder Drops Hair Masks ($3.49 USD) Four targeted hair masks that transform hair in a matter of minutes. Designed to treat hair suffering from frizz, fading, damage or dullness, each mask revives hair with a single in-shower application. Simply shampoo, squeeze out excess moisture and massage the Wonder Drops throughout wet hair.
Available in: Frizz Smoothing, Blonde Brightening, Damage Repairing and Vibrancy Enhancing
What I think: I have already tried the Frizz Smoothing and Damage Repairing. The Frizz Smoothing mask really helped cut my frizz down a lot! This will be so nice to have in the summer when the humidity kills my hair. The Damage Repairing Mask is nice for damaged hair. Mine isn’t too bad right now, but I do need a haircut to get rid of split ends! The mask did help my hair and made it shiny and more manageable.
I have very dark brown hair, so I’m going to give the Blond Brightening mask to a blond friend and the Vibrancy Enhancing to my redhead daughter! It seems there’s a mask for most hair types!
Purchase at Walmart and select Grocery Outlets
What new spring beauty products have you been loving?
I received the following essence products for my honest review:
essence cosmetics prismatic hololighter stick ($5.99 USD) — Prismatic makeup is really hot for spring. This highlighter is loaded with reflecting pigments, and has a sheer iridescence. It comes in a stick that is easy to use. I think this is really pretty. I have tried it a few times and I like it, but I enjoy powder highlighters more. I think this is fun and affordable for festival or party looks. Available at Ulta.com/ulta
essence cosmetics metal shock eyeshadow ($4.99 USD) — Liquid, metallic eye shadowas are also really popular right now. This has nice formula. As you can see from the swatches above, the peachy shade on the left was a bit sheer, but the other two are full coverage. They dry down pretty quickly and stay looking nice for hours. Available in 7 exciting shades at essencemakeup.com.
essence cosmetics ultra lasting instant colour lipstick ($4.99 USD) — I have reviewed this lipstick recently here. I reviewed darker shades, and I was really excited to try these ones. They feel like spring to me! This is a creamy formula that does last for hours and is very comfortable on. Available in 20 shades at essencemakeup.com.
Spring 2011 breezes in with a Bohemian twist on a classical theme, inspired by the paintings of the Pre-Raphaelites.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Roz Lip Pencil ($17.00 USD) — Medium Rose Pink
Romance Lipstick ($22.00 USD) — Shimmery Rose
Lipgloss 1 ($19.00 USD) — Clear
Rio Creme Blush ($25.00 USD) — Sheer Fuchsia
Black Eye Pencil ($17.00 USD) — Darkest Black
Sophisticated Matte Shadow ($20.00 USD) — Matte Ivory
#26 Pearl Shadow ($19.00 USD) — Medium Pearly Charcoal
Sensitive Eye Dust ($22.00 USD) — Pinky Beige Shimmer
#28 Nail Polish ($12.00 USD) — Iridescent light pink
This is such a bright, pretty look, especially the lipstick and blush — they really wake up tired winter skin! I also love the shimmer on the eyes and nails. I am so happy to see such pretty spring colors after the long cold winter!