My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 19-25, 2015

It’s finally cooling down in Kansas City!  Yay!  I’m excited about the cooler weather so that I can wear new sweaters and boots.  I was also getting tired of the heat.  Cooler weather feels festive, too, which I love this time of year!

This week I am featuring two brands that I am loving — Yes to skincare and Makeup Academy Cosmetics. I am sharing my Yes to favorites and new Makeup Academy products:

Yes to is one of my go-to skin care brands.  I like to mix and match the different lines as they are always introducing inventive products!  The three below are my current favorites:

Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil ($4.99 USD) — This lip oil provides long lasting nourishment, softness, and fits just about anywhere (talk about a triple threat!). This new lip oil will quench dry lips with decadent oils, that also cool while it moisturizes. Formulated with a plethora of oils: Virgin Coconut, Olive, and cooling Eucalyptus, your lips will be intensely moisturized and soft. Throw in an added hint of natural shine, and you will be ready for coconut kisses (under the sun!)

Yes to Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes – 25ct ($5.99 USD) –These Cleansing Facial Wipes are formulated with Blueberries and Coconut to gently cleanse, remove makeup, and moisturize skin all in one. With Lemon Peel and Apple to help brighten skin, these are a great addition to our Age Refresh collection. They leave your skin feeling clean, youthful, and glowy!

Yes To Tomatoes Acne Clearing Facial Toner ($9.99 USD) — Prepare to be “toned” away! Our first-ever toner sweeps away excess dirt and refines skin with witch hazel, our all-time favorite natural astringent (’cause it keeps pores nice and tight!). It also penetrates pores to eliminate acne with salicylic acid and nourishes with a proprietary blend of tomato, blackberry, and watermelon extracts. That’s right, it has all the “swipe” moves!

What I think:  The lip oil is awesome!  It is refreshing and moisturizing at the same time!  The wipes are my all-time favorite!  They are cleansing and hydrating.  And the toner is new.  I like to use it when I have the occasional break out, or when my skin is very oily.

Available at

Makeup Academy
Makeup Academy

MUA Makeup Academy has released fun new products for fall.  Here are the products in the photo from left to right:

  • Complete Brow Kit ($14.50)Expertly defines, grooms and set brows for all-day wear. Comes with two universal brow shades, clear brow wax and gel, and a double-ended brow brush.
  • Amp-Up Adjustable Mascara ($10.50) Unique, adjustable mascara with a four way adjustable brush head and a buildable, volumizing formula.
  • Dual Ended Cat Eye Liner ($11.50) Dual-ended eye liner with a flexible, precise felt tip on one end, and soft crayon tip on the other.
  • Eyeshadow Palettes in Nude, Metallic, and Smoky ($16.50)Artist inspired collections of 10 intensely pigmented shades that work beautifully together.
  • Intense Gel Color Eye Liner ($9.50)Long-wearing, waterproof liner glides on with creamy precision. Available in six shades: Aubergine, Chocolate Brown, Emerald, Gunmetal Metallic, Midnight Black, and Sapphire.
  • No Crease Eyeshadow Base ($13.50) – Preps eyelids to enhance staying power of eyeshadow and eyeliner, offering sheer and long-lasting coverage.  
  • Color Drenched Lip Butters ($9.50) – Velvety lip butters nourish lips while providing opaque, creamy coverage. Available in 10 shades: Bare, Brick, Cashmere, Honey, Mulberry, Nude, Plum, Red, Rose, and Spice.
  • Retractable BB/CC Cream Brush ($19.50) – Travel-friendly version of the original MUA Pro BB/CC Cream Brush.
  • Brush Cleansing Balm ($11.50) – Made with gentle goat milk, this balm dissolves makeup and impurities from brushes and makeup sponges.

What I think:  I have been testing the mascara, gel eye liners and lip butters.  The Mascara is really fun to use and you can adjust it to the look that you want.  The gel eye liners glide across my lid and gives great color.  The tubes that the lip butter come in are very elegant, but the lip butter itself is a bit drying on my lips.  They give a good butter payoff, though.

Available at CVS stores and

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

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

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

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 and Sephora stores.


Yes to Carrots New Lip Tints and Lip Glosses

Yes to Carrots, creators of fabulous natural skin and hair products have just release lip tints and lip glosses. They are 95% organic and paraben and phthalate free, so you can feel guiltless about your pretty lip color!

C Me Blush Lip Tints (approx. $4.49 USD), are like a lip balm with a hint of color.   They nourish  and protect the lips with organic vegetable extracts, vitamin E, coconut, jojoba & sunflower oils, shea butter, and beeswax. Mineral pigments add color naturally. They are available in six fresh colors; Sunset Pink, Natural Smile, Cotton Candy, Coral Sunshine, Chocolate Kiss and Ready Red.

C Me Shine Lip Glosses (approx. $6.49 USD) are shiny, non-sticky glosses that are perfect for every day. They contain essentially the same good for you ingredients of the tints, but offer a more polished look. They also are available in six colors; Flirty Pink, Carrot Kiss, Cocoa Loco, Playful Nude, Rose Bliss and Red Hot.

Both the lip tints and glosses have a minty scent and feel a little tingly on. For the price, they are a very good buy! Visit the website at to learn more and find a retailer near you.   

Announcing 100th Blog Post Giveaways!

Hi all! Tomorrow (April 27th) I am going to write my 100th blog post! I have been reviewing beauty products since September of last year and I am loving it more each day!

To commemorate the occasion, I am having 3 different giveaways. They are:

EcoTools Recycled Brow Grooming Kit ($11.99 USD) and Bamboo Powder Puffs ($1.99 USD). EcoTools makes great eco-conscious cosmetic tools. I reviewed the brand in a post on March 29th —

It Cosmetics Smokin’ Hot Legs Kit ($69.00 USD) and My Youthful Smile in Kiss Me Now ($32.00 USD) It Cosmetics knows how to make the best of any feature. Check out my review of their my sculpted face on March 23rd —

Yes to Carrots new C Me Blush Lip Tint in Chocolate Kiss ($4.49 USD) and C Me Shine Lip Gloss in Flirty Pink ($6.49). These are brand new products that I have not reviewed yet, but will this week. Yes to carrots makes fantastic natural and organic products that are as good for you as they feel! Check out my reviews on some of their other products at and

So how do I win these fantastic products, you ask? SO easy! Just leave a comment on any  of my posts past or present starting 4/26 (today, yes on this one, too!) through 5/2. I’m going to old-school it by writing all entries down and having each of my 3 lovely daughters pick a name from a bowl! I will then notify you by email and get your mailing address. Good Luck!

Cold Weather Defense — Yes To Carrots Skincare

C is For Clean Gentle Expoliating Facial Cleanser
C is For Clean Gentle Exfoliating Facial Cleanser

Kansas City is very dry in the winter. This year especially, since we haven’t had the rain or snow other regions are experiencing. My normally combination skin is so dry. I need help!

That’s where Yes To Carrots skincare comes in.  It helps put back moisture in my thirsty skin and has made it glow again.

The C is for clean Exfoliating Facial Cleanser ($9.99 USD) really scrubs the face. I can only use it a couple times a week because any sort of exfoliation can be a little rough, especially when my skin is so dry. When I do use it, it gives me a nice scrubby glow. Formulated with Dead Sea Mud, organic carrot juice and natural apricot scrubbing particles, C is for Clean removes dead skin cells leaving your skin balanced and nourished.

I follow this up with the C Today or C You in the Morning Moisturizing Day Cream ($14.99 USD) .

C Today or C You in the Morning Moisturizing Day Cream
C Today or C You in the Morning Moisturizing Day Cream

The spring water based day cream combines the anti-oxidant power of organic carrot and orange juices with 26 purifying Dead Sea Minerals.  C Today Moisturizing Day Cream softens, smooths and firms your skin, leaving you with a radiant glow.


I do not recommend this moisturizer if your skin is oily. Even though it is water based and absorbs fairly quickly, you can still feel it on your skin after applying. That is great when your skin is dry, but not great if you tend to break out.


I know I’ve said it before, but check out this organic, paraben-free brand. It is good for your skin and feels great on! 

Top 5 Favorite Products of 2008

It’s always fun to look back on the past year.My list of favorite products from 2008 includes not only new products, but items that have been around a while and I discovered them just this year. Here they are:

5.  Almay Bright Eyes Eye Base + Concealer ($8.99 USD) —  This concealer is fantastic! It not only covers my dark circles and blemishes, it brightens too. It contains white tea and marine extract as brighteners and goes on very smoothly.

4.  L’Oreal Skin Genesis SPF 15 Lotion  ($20.99 USD) — Once you apply this lotion it soaks right in and makes the skin glow. I find myself applying less concealer and foundation when I have this on.

3.  Yes To Carrots C Me Smile Lip Butter ($3.69 USD) — This is the best lip balm I have ever tried! Not too hard, not too greasy, it slides on your lips and stays there! It instantly makes the lips soft and feels really natural on. This wonderful product is 95% organic and is paraben free and comes in carrot, berry, citrus, melon and mint.   

2.  L’Oreal Bare Naturale Mascara ($9.99 USD) — Don’t let the name fool you, there is nothing bare or natural about your lashes once you apply this fantastic lengthening and thickening mascara. L’Oreal does claim that “the innovative formula contains 86% natural-origin ingredients, shine-enhancing minerals and is both paraben- and fiber-free.” 

1.  Philosophy Amazing Grace ($40.00 USD for 2 oz)– When I first tried this perfume earlier this year, I didn’t care much for it.  But the longer I wore it the more I grew to love it. It’s a soft floral with a undertone of musk. I think this would smell lovely on any woman!

What is your favorite product from this year? Leave me a comment.  Also, if there are any products you think I should try in 2009, let me know. I am always on the look out for new products!

Have a fun — and safe — New Year’s Eve and a fantastic 2009!

Oh No, Dry Skin — Say Yes To Carrots!

I love going to Walgreens. It’s the best of both worlds. You can get two for one reasonably priced cosmetics and discover higher end organic products such as Yes To Carrots, a skincare and haircare line.

Yes To Carrots claims to, “combine the fresh, unadulterated goodness of organic fruits and vegetables with the purifying and moisturizing properties of 26 minerals harvested from the ancient world’s most renowned spa- the Dead Sea”. It also contains beta carotene and it’s “anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties assist the bodies natural process in enhancing your glow.”

I have tried two of these products, the C Through the Night Moisturizing Cream and the C Through the Dry Spell Deliciously Rich Body Butter. Both  of these products are very rich creams that smell faintly of carrots. The night cream is very luxurious and although my skin can get a little oily, it didn’t feel greasy at all.

The body butter is also nice, especially on damp skin after a shower. It holds in the moisture nicely and makes my skin feels very smooth and soft.

The Yes To Carrots line has recently been joined by two other lines, Yes To Tomatoes and Yes To Cucumbers. The Yes To Carrots line is for normal to dry skin, Yes To Tomatoes is for oily to combination skin, and Yes To Cucumbers is for sensitive to normal skin.

I would say check these lines out if you are into natural, organic products.