Skincare is an amazing gift to give! I think a lot of people aren’t certain how to take care of their skin as they grow older. A kit with various products that tell you how to use them will help your family and friends take care of their skin.
Below are great sets to give:
H2O+ Sea Results Skin Renewal Minis ($24 USD) — Smooth away fine lines and replenish skin with a plumping surge of H2O+ anti-aging marine moisture. This mini-sized collection is infused with Anti-Aging Marine Blend, sea minerals and seaweed extracts to revitalize skin, improve elasticity, and keep skin looking as young as it feels. Set Contents 1.Sea Results Sea Mineral Cleanser1.0 Fl oz/ 30 mL travel size 2.Sea Results Line Mender0.5 Fl oz/ 15 mL travel size 3.Sea Results Eye Mender Plus0.24 Fl oz/ 7 mL travel size 4.Sea Results Anti-Aging Hand Cream1.0 Fl oz/ 30 mL travel size
Philosophy spirit of miracles ($70 USD) — choose to live in the spirit of miracles and discover younger-looking skin. this comprehensive selection from the miracle worker family of skin care includes targeted treatments for morning and evening to address signs of aging including wrinkles, discoloration, uneven skin tone and rough texture. miracle worker miraculous anti-aging moisturizer 2 oz., miracle worker overnight age-resetting, anti-wrinkle moisturizer 0.5 oz. and miracle worker miraculous anti-aging retinoid eye repair 0.25 oz. are advanced skin care formulas offering radiant results. let miracles happen and start revealing a younger-looking you.
Yves Rocher Anti-Âge Global Collection ($54 USD) — This new generation of skin care uses the power of plant source cells to offer visible results: smoother, firmer, denser, perfectly moisturized and radiant skin!
– Complete Anti-aging Day Care, 1.6 fl. oz./50 ml jar
– Complete Anti-aging Eye Care, 0.5 fl. oz./15 ml tube
– FREE Signature Beauty Case*, dimensions : 7.1’’/ 18 cm L x 4.3”/11 cm H x 5.1”/13 cm Dbr />
*The Signature Beauty Case may vary
When you don’t know what to get the ladies in your life, try a bath and body set. I know I love to receive these, since pampering myself is such a luxury.
There are so many different price ranges and types of bath products to give. Below is a natural bath set, affordable bath and body products, luxe bath and candles and sugar scrubs that will leave her feeling soft:
Soaptopia Spa Day ($50.50 USD) — More relaxing than a day at the beach. What’s better than a gift certificate for a free massage? All the goodies for all-over relaxation!
Spa Day Set Includes:
(1) 6-7 ounce bar of Artisan Soap
(1) Massage Candle
(1) 16-ounce bag of Salt Soak Bath Salts
(1) Alotta Bubbles Bubble Bath
Choose from one of our flavor families — Orange, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Rozilla (Rose Geranium & Vanilla), Rose, Grapefruit, Lime & Coconut, Hippeee (Patchoulli & Cedar), Black Spruce & Lavender, and Vanilla.
These are wonderful handmade, natural bath products and smell so fresh! I love the Alotta Bubble Bath, you do get a lot of bubbles! And the massage candle is a neat idea, once it melts down you can use it as a massage oil. This is the perfect gift for the lady who loves natural products.
Candied Orange & Almond Holiday Collection ($20 USD) — Treat yourself or offer this pampering Candied Orange & Almond Holiday Collection that comes with a cute FREE cosmetic case. Delicious scented formulas will instantly lift holiday spirits!
This Collection includes:
– Candied Orange & Almond Liquid Hand Soap, 200 ml / 6.7 fl.oz. Pump-bottle
– Candied Orange & Almond Nourishing Lip Balm, 0.17 oz. / 4,8 g Stick
– Candied Orange & Almond Perfumed Body Lotion, 6.7 fl. oz./200 ml bottle
– Candied Orange & Almond Hand Cream, 2.5 fl. oz./75 ml tube
– Candied Orange & Almond Shower & Bath Gel, 6.7 fl. oz./200 ml bottle
– Candied Orange & Almond Exfoliating Bubble for Bath, 8.4 fl. oz. / 250 ml Bottle
– FREE Cosmetic case
I love this scent and this collection is such a great deal! You get so much for the price. This would be an amazing teacher gift. Yves Rocher also has other festive scents, my other favorite is Candied Orange and Cinnamon.
AERIN Rose de Grasse Collection — The collection includes AERIN’s creamy Rose de Grasse Body Wash to softly cleanse skin and AERIN’s rich Rose de Grasse Body Cream that drenches skin in moisture – both lightly scent the body with a delicate hint of the AERIN Rose de Grasse scent. The collection further celebrates the rose with the premier fragrance, Rose de Grasse captured in a luxurious candle. Appealing to all the senses, AERIN’s Rose de Grasse Candle transforms any room into a garden of roses.
Rose de Grasse Body Cream, $80
Rose de Grasse Body Wash, $60
Rose de Grasse Candle, $65
I haven’t tried this scent or collection yet, but I think it sounds amazing. If you love rose scents, try these. They might be perfect for your mother or mother-in-law.
Availability: AERIN.com and EsteeLauder.com
Fresh Sugar Indulgence ($54, a $75 value) — Experience the sweet sensation of head-to-toe nourishment with these bestselling formulas from the iconic Sugar Collection. Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 is a nourishing blend that moisturizes, protects, and smooths the lips. Sugar Face Polish is a gentle exfoliating mask made with real brown sugar that instantly softens and smooths all skin types for a more radiant complexion. Brown Sugar Body Polish is the original, natural sugar exfoliant that combines real brown sugar crystals with precious oils for soft, radiant skin.
This set contains:
– 1 oz Sugar Face Polish
– 7 oz Brown Sugar Body Polish
– 0.15 oz Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 in Untinted
Any lady would love this luxurious gift! These scrubs leave skin so soft and smell delicious. Plus, the lip treatment leaves lip moisturized and help keep them from chapping in the cold air.
Available at Sephora and other fine beauty stores
Let me know what bath products you are giving this holiday season!
Wow! I have been sent lots of wonderful new lip products to try over the last few weeks. So I have tons to review today!
What I’ve noticed in the products I have received is that it seems like a more polished lip is on trend. Lipsticks definitely are in as are lip liners. And many of the glosses I have tried lately are full colored and opaque. I am usually more of a sheer lip lady, but I think I might have to go for a more dramatic look in the fall.
Some of my new favorites are:
Paul and Joe Beauté Natural Lipstick Refill in Pamplemousse
Paul and Joe Beaute Lip Liner Duo
Paul and Joe Beaute Natural Lipstick Refill ($20 USD) — This pure texture creates plump, radiant lips with beautiful color and just the right amount of intensity and shine.
Paul and Joe Beaute Lip Liner Duo ($25 USD) — Lip color is twice as nice with this all-in-one pencil, available in five pairs of natural and vivid shades, to create a custom lip color to match any look or mood. Containing smooth-feel oil, the base allows you to draw lines with a light touch while leaving a lasting impression.
What I think: I really love this lip liner duo. It comes in a lighter and darker shade and I have been using both — the lighter when I wear a sheer gloss and darker with a fuller coverage lipstick. The lipstick is gorgeous too! It is very moisturizing and has a bit of a shimmer to it. Love!
Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Crayons ($9 on sale now for $7.20 USD on Burt’s Bees Website) — Just wanted to share the newest and most exciting news from Burt’s Bees with you – their new lip crayons. The NEW Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Crayons deliver a creamy matte finish and moisture-rich wear. These Lip Crayons harness the best of nature’s beautiful color in six available shades, plus uses 100% Natural ingredients like Shea Butter, Kendi Oil and Jojoba Oil – making them an amazing addition to the Burt’s Bees lip collection!
What I think: I have been enjoying this crayon in Sedona Sands, the lightest color of the group and a pretty nude. The formula is matte, but still moisturizing. They don’t have a flavor, which is nice.
Yves Rocher Sheer botanical lipstick Marron Glace ($14.00 USD) — For the first time in a lipstick, Yves Rocher Research has selected Cherry Oil for its extraordinary shine and light refraction power.
Its ultra-sensory texture melts onto the lips and enhances them with a glossy colour that gives you the coverage you want. Available in 12 shades.
What I think: So moisturizing! It is almost like wearing a creamy gloss and I think that is due to the cherry oil. Some of the shades are almost a matte crème and some have a bit of shimmer to them. And they smell really nice, too!
Mally Beauty Lip Magnifier (retails for $20, now $15 for the month of August) — combines luminous color with a creamy, ultra-fierce lip gloss. Its refreshing formula smoothes and hydrates, leaving lips feeling silky and ultra soft. Simply begin by lining your lips with the lip pencil. Once they are completely lined, begin filling in your lips for a long-wear, luscious lip color. Available in 15 different shades!
What I think: I have been using this in Soft Nude, which is a gorgeous neutral. I like it alone, or I can apply lipstick or gloss over it. It has a bit of a pleasant minty taste and is not sticky at all.
BC Color Hydra Brilliance Lipstick – Garnet ($18 USD) — Saturate lips in pure brilliance. Each creamy sweep is enriched with hydrating aquatic herbs, essential vitamins and antioxidants to lock in moisture and lavish lips in vibrant color. Color-magnifying crystals add extra brilliance to all 26 lustrous shades.
What I think: Are you looking for a fab shimmering dark red for fall? This is your lipstick! It is so moisturizing and the color is rich and so pretty! I also love that it is good for my lips!
Mehron Glosstone PRO ($11.95 USD) — Glosstone PRO is moisturizing and non-tacky leaving the lips glossy but not greasy. This long-wearing and never-sticky formula is enriched with antioxidants of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. Available in a clear shade to be used alone or over L.I.P Creams to add shine and additional moisture, 3 highly-pigmented matte shades and 2 sparkly shades infused with tiny light reflectors to pump up the volume creating the appearance of fuller richer lips! Glosstone PRO is packaged in a sleek modern square vial and applied with the lip applicator wand. This “shine booster” is sure to become your favorite lip gloss! SHADES: Coral Reef, Red Kiss, Pink Crush, Crystal Clear, Bubble Gum Sparkle & Golden Spark.
Mehron L.I.P Liner Pencils (9.95 USD) are the perfect complement to L.I.P Creams and GLOSSTONES by Mehron, Innovators of Extreme Beauty Makeup. The Mehron chemists have encased a long-lasting creamy makeup in a pencil that enables you to define your lips without bleeding color or feathering. L.I.P Liner Pencils are available in six vibrant accenting colors, including natural, Glacier Pink, Red, Burgundy, Mandarin and Cocoa. These dynamic rich colors will highlight the natural beauty of your lips.
What I think: Mehron makes a lot of theatrical makeup, but they also have a fab beauty line. The products are affordable and work really well. I have been using a gorgeous combo of a new shade of the liner called Sweet — a perfect match for my lip color, a pinky nude — with a Glosstone called Coral Reef. I have been wearing a lot of pink and the coral is an opaque cream that will look gorgeous as a transition color into fall. The liner helps my color from feathering or fading. Win win!
Another week of beauty has gone by! I was lucky enough to have the week off and had a fun stay-cation with my kids before they head back to school next week.
I think the theme for this weeks favorite products is “natural”. I have tried a tinted lip and cheek balm, a Kona coffee body scrub, a hydrating hair conditioner, a honey scented body lotion and gorgeous mineral eye shadows and blush!
Mullein & Sparrow Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm ($22 for 1 oz) — An all natural tinted balm to give your lips and cheeks a slight flush and dewy finish. Apply desired amount to lips for nourishment, protection, and color. Dab a small amount on cheeks as a light cream blush.
What I think: This organic lip balm gives a light rosy color on lip and cheek — so pretty. It has an herbal scent that isn’t my favorite, but I do like how good it is for my skin.
Available at mulleinandsparrow.com.
Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub ($55 USD) — This scrub blends naturally energizing and exfoliating Kenyan Coffee with Sugar to remove dull skin while providing antioxidant benefits. With Mongongo Nut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Grape Seed Oil and Avocado Oil, this unique fusion leaves all skin moisturized, smooth and soft.
What I think: This smells fantastic, and really softens the skin! It’s great to use before applying self-tanner or just when you need to get rid of dry skin. Love it on my feet.
PHYTO PHYTOBaume Hydration Conditioner ($19 USD) — Instantly detangles hair without weighing it down. Jojoba oil, used for its emollient and regenerating benefits, combined with castor oil hydrates and protects the hair. Angelica seed extraction has purifying and toning properties to increase hair’s vitality and shine. Hair becomes easier to detangle with improved manageability.
What I think: The instructions on this conditioner say to apply it and instantly rinse it off. I did so and was really surprised on how soft my hair was, after I dried it. It is also great to use on kids who wriggle when you try to detangle hair!
Yves Rocher Culture Bio Nourishing Body Lotion ($18 USD on sale now for $9.90) — Immediately soothes feelings of tightness and discomfort. Acacia honey selected by Yves Rocher laboratory for its soothing properties, organic sunflower oil for its nourishing properties, organic chestnut to protect your skin from dehydration and organic oats to stimulate cell renewal. Paraben free. Colouring free. Mineral oil free. 99% of natural origin ingredients.
What I think: I have been using this line — including a body wash, hand cream and lip balm — in Honey & Organic Muesli.
BeautiControl Color Pure Touch Blush ($20 on sale for $16.90) and Color Impact Eyeshadow ($18 on sale for $14.90) — Blush — A silky-smooth formula so color-rich you’ll be blushing for hours. Glides on evenly, blends seamlessly for a full-color flush that helps minimize small skin imperfections while maximizing your natural radiance. Eye Shadow — Bold eye brilliance that’s never boring. Intense, stay-true color sweeps over lids with a rich, velvety-smooth finish that stays put and feels comfortable all day. Apply dry for normal wear or wet for added drama and attention.
What I think: I haven’t tried this mineral makeup brand before and was glad to receive these samples. Most of my blushes are pink or coral, so I am loving this matte. peachy shade. Really pretty for summer and very well-pigmented so I think it will be great for fall as well. The shadows are pretty, but didn’t show up well on me, so I wet them and they are so pretty. I especially love the Lime.
Available at shop.beauticontrol.com.
What are your favorite new natural beauty brands and products?
Yay! My first gift guide of the season! I love putting these together to give you fun holiday beauty ideas.
Below are fragrant bath and body gift ideas. Lots of ladies love to receive bath and body gifts (men too, I will be doing a men’s holiday post soon). These are great ideas for all of the ladies in your life!
This yummy cocoa collection comes in three scents — Cocoa & Orange, Cocoa & Raspberry and Cocoa & Pistachio. They all smell amazing!
Each scent can be purchased in lots of different products. It would be fun to make a gift basket for a friend as the items are affordable:
Shimmering Shower Gel ($5 USD)
Perfumed Body Lotion ($5 USD)
Hand Cream ($3.50 USD)
Nourishing Lip Balm ($3 USD)
Liquid Hand Soap ($5 USD)
Scented Candle ($9 USD)
What I think: I love all of these scents, but especially the fruity ones. They are rich and tangy. And the prices are great!
Laura Mercier Body & Bath Travel Quartet in Fresh Fig ($50 USD), inspired by the sweet, fresh, intoxicating scent of gourmande ingredients, includes the indulgent essence of fresh Celeste Figs blended with dewy fruit bouquets of Apricot Nectar and sensuous Ylang Ylang to create a rich, luxurious scent, unlike any other.
• Crème Body Wash, 3 oz. tube
• Body Butter, 3 oz. tube
• Hand Crème, 1 oz. tube
• Eau Gourmande, 15 ml glass bottle
What I think: Fresh Fig is one of my favorite Laura Mercier scents — it’s really fresh. This is a beautiful gift set for a special friend or family member.
Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Take Me There Set ($18 USD) — Pacifica Take Me There Sets are the ideal gift for anyone on your list this season. Perfectly portable products that are easy to carry with fragrances that will carry you away!
Each Take Me There Set contains our beloved purse-ready 2.5oz Body Butter, .33oz Perfume Roll-on and delicious NEW Color Quench Natural Moisture Lip Tint. As always, the gorgeous box defies gift-wrapping.
What I think — This is a really affordable gift for a teacher or maybe a work friend. Also available in Island Vanilla, Hawaiian Ruby Guava and Tuscan Blood Orange.
Smith and Vandiver Petite Treats Shimmer Collection ($25 USD) — The Petite Treats collections make perfect gifts or stocking stuffers! The Shimmer collection includes one Body Polish, one Bath Pearls, one Soy Candle, one Shea Butter Leaf Soap, one Solid Parfum, and one Organza gift bag. Each collection is available in Cupcake, Nectarina, and Oh La La.
What I think: I have this set in Nectarina and it smells fresh and sweet! The variety of products for the prices makes it a great value — I especially like the soy candle and solid perfume.
Burt’s Bees Bee Keeper’s Winter Care Kit ($14.99 USD) — For those prone to dry, winter skin, this is ideal. Containing the Richly Replenishing Cocoa & Cupuaçu Butters Body Lotion, Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream, and Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm with Kokum Butter, the kit is ideal for anyone spending any amount of time outside in the cold!
What I think: Perfect gift for someone with dry skin this time of year (which is probably all of us)!
Fall fragrances are sexy. They are a bit spicier and richer than what I usually wear, but as it gets colder, I do like to switch it up a bit.
The following fragrances are not for the shy! But, if you want something sultrier for the season, these are great choices.
“When I was creating Killer Queen, I was really inspired by the idea of a strong, confident woman in power and that is exactly what I hoped to put into this fragrance, something that brings out the power inside of you.”
Killer Queen by Katy Perry ($59) is an addictive scent which bewitches, indulges and demands to be noticed. The new, strikingly gorgeous perfume captures Katy Perry’s rebellious spirit, throwing convention to the wind.
Inspired by the queen’s scepter, the distinct jewel-shaped bottle encompasses key notes; Wild Berry, Red Velvet Flower and Natural Patchouli Heart – portraying sexy sophistication and lawless luxury.
Available at department and beauty stores such as Ulta and Sephora.
“FLOWERPARTY BY NIGHT YVES ROCHER, a unique fragrance that is an invitation to fantasy and celebration: An explosive encounter between bitter Almond and the provocative notes of Liquorice that charms everyone it touches. In the base notes, Vanilla stimulates addiction thanks to its delectable aromas.” Philippe Romano, Perfumer at Drome.
FLOWERPARTY BY NIGHT (1.6 fl. oz $55) This new fragrance reinterprets the original fragrance with a daring touch. This spicy night-time version with an ultra addictive liquorice accent reveals a bold seductiveness. An irresistible fruity floral with signature notes will have them all addicted!
Paint a Scent from See by Chloe ($35 USD, .5 oz) — This fall, see by chloé presents paint a scent paint a scent paint a scent, an irresistible limited edition miniature version of its eau de parfum.
Under the flowing silhouette of the bottle, a bright pink brush catches the eye. a new perfume ritual. a delicate gesture thanks to the brush, to gently apply fragrance to the skin. an original and refined way of wearing perfume in gentle touches, behind the ear or on the wrist.
An adorable mini-fragrance that encases the addictive floral of the eau de parfum created by michel almairac. the first sparkling notes of bergamot are blended with an apple blossom accord and the grace of jasmine. the fragrance softens into the sensuality of sandalwood and vanilla caressing the skin. Feminine and playful, see by chloé paint a scent offers a new way of wearing your favorite perfume at any time, in fragrant touches.
Available at fine department stores such as Macy’s and Nordstroms.
A warm, intoxicating fragrance, the Vanille & Narcisse Eau De Toilette is discreet at first, the scent of narcissus swells to reveal a bouquet of white flowers and spicy heart accords. Rich and radiant vanilla blends with the wilder, untamed notes of narcissus to give it its spirit.
Vanille & Narcisse Eau De Toilette is part of our new collection inspired by the city of Grasse in Provence. Known by many as the fragrance capital of the world, it is here where precious ingredients from near and distant lands have been combined to create beautiful perfumes for centuries.
It is almost officially fall, have you been enjoying a change of makeup to compliment the change of seasons?
I have been trying many different makeup trends for the season. Here are some of the new ones I enjoy:
L’Oreal Visible Lift® CC Cream ($12.99 USD) — Introducing Visible Lift Color & Correct Cream, the next generation of multi-tasking beauty: color and tone correction in one multi-action makeup. This weightless, nourishing formula intensely hydrates skin without feeling heavy or greasy. It contains sheer color capsules to correct and even skin tone for a brighter complexion, plus it’s infused with Vitamin C & Calcium for visibly age-correction actions:
1. Reduces the look of dark spots
2. Evens and corrects skin tone
3. Brightens complexion
4. Nourishes skin
5. Protects with SPF 20
Available at mass market retailers near you.
Yves Rocher Single Eyeshadow Intense Color Matte Flash Orange ($14, on sale for $8 USD) This is a creamy powder texture that reveals a rich color! It lasts perfectly for 8 hours and the color remains intact for a flawless makeup effect. Inspired by Botanical Color Chart, its trendy shades, from bright to ultra-pigmented offer three different effects : satiny, sparkly and matte to suit all needs and intensify the look of the eyes.
tarte Strike A Pose Limited-Edition Statement Lash Set ($19 USD) An exclusive set featuring the limited-edition gold Picture Perfect™ eyelash curler and deluxe Lights, Camera, Flashes™ statement mascara.
Give your lashes the star treatment with this duo of flashy statement essentials. The limited-edition gold Picture Perfect eyelash curler easily and painlessly delivers an instant increase in lash curl, while the amped up, ultrablack mascara lengthens, curls, and magnifies lashes for an intensified look.
Lights, Camera, Flashes statement mascara has been shown to increase lash volume by 752 percent and is ophthalmologist tested. Picture Perfect eyelash curler increases lash curl up to nine times.
CARGO Lip Gloss ($14 USD) — A unique gloss formulation that provides staying power while moisturizing and providing a brilliant finish. The innovative ingredients work in synergy to deliver a long-lasting effect and contains a high content of shining agents to give the ultimate in brilliance, illumination and a wet, glossy look. Special film-formers prevent water loss from the lips for healthy, moisturized and soft lips.
The application wand is a specialized flat velour coated application wand for a precise and perfectly even application of color. The convenient purse-friendly packaging is the perfect size at the perfect price (making it easy to collect more than just one shade!)
I have been trying the Yves Rocher Anti-Age Global Collection for the past month. These are terrific and affordable products for women 40 and up.
Here are the details of the three products I have been trying:
Complete Anti-aging Day Care ($59 USD on sale now for $33 USD, 0.5 fl.oz. Jar / 15 ml) — Protects, smooths wrinkles and gives an appearance of regeneration! In only 6 days, your skin will appear regenerated*! Reduce the signs of aging with 4G Plant Source Cells from echinacea!
This anti-aging day skincare is targeted to women over 40 for a daily use. It can be used as a cure for women in their thirties. – The skin is protected and looks regenerated, wrinkles are smoothed, visibly firmer and denser skin and perfectly moisturized skin, restored to radiance.
Beauty results: Day after day, firmed and redensified, skin is younger-looking!
Complete Anti-aging Night Care ($59 USD on sale now for $33 USD, 1.6 fl.oz. Jar / 50 ml) Repairs and nourishes the skin! See how the power of our 4th generation plant source cells will help your skin! The anti-aging night cream Complete Anti-aging Night Care repairs and nourishes skin by hydrating it you will notice visible results when you awake.
This anti-aging night skincare is targeted to women over 40 for a daily use. It can be used as a cure for women in their thirties. Skin is repaired and nourished by hydration for significant results when you awake, skin appears restructured, visibly firmer skin, radiant with beauty.
Beauty results: Night after night, skin appears visibly younger!
Complete Anti-aging Eye Care ($42 USD on sale for $23 USD, 0.5 fl.oz. Tube / 15 ml) A radiant look for your eyes, 1 simple step The skin around the eyes is fragile and requires special attention! This Complete Anti-aging Eye Care is acts globally for maximum results.
This anti-aging product eyes is targeted to women over 40 for a daily use. It can be used as a cure for women in their thirties. Wrinkles and fine lines around the eye contour are quickly smoothed, under eye bags seems deflated, and dark circles are visibly faded.
Beauty results: Day after day, eyes appear visibly younger!
The Plus: The unique tip applicator makes eye care a breeze. Just apply it to the area you want to treat and gently squeeze for just the right amount! Formula tested under dermatological and ophthalmological supervision.
What I think. I really like these products. The day and night creams are perfect for moisturizing my very dry skin in the winter. I have noticed that my skin is more hydrated and firmer. I especially love the eye cream. The fab applicator soothes my tired eyes and the eye cream smooths away the puffiness and make my wrinkles look less noticeable.
Fall is not only the time to try the new warmer shades of eye color or deeper shade of lipstick, it seems to be the time that many fab cosmetic companies are releasing new foundations.
I have received a few great ones for review. They have mostly been liquid or cream — since summer is over it is time for more coverage and these products do provide them. Try a new one today!
If you love liquid foundation, try:
tarte maracuja miracle foundation 12-hour broad spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen ($42 USD) — Thanks to the miracle of maracuja, this long wearing, waterproof pure foundation rich in Vitamin C and available in 10 shades, goes on seamlessly and instantly restores skin’s natural luster for a firmer, brighter, smoother complexion. Maracuja has also been known to reduce redness, irritation, and inflammation of the skin making this foundation perfect for all skin types and ideal for sensitive, dehydrated, dry or aging skin. The combination of Vitamins A, E and mineral pigments hydrates and preserves skin. tarte’s maracuja miracle is housed in a soft-finish recyclable glass bottle that boasts a sustainable bamboo cap making it our most eco-chic foundation ever.
What I think: This foundation goes on very smoothly and gives full-coverage. I love the glow it gives my skin without making it shiny. It lasted all day, plus it has sunscreen and great skincare ingredients! Purchase at www.tartecosmetics.com.
Yves Rocher Pure Light Foundation ($22 USD on Sale for $12.10) – Light and luminous foundation with second skin effect! For the very first time, Yves Rocher Botanical Beauty Research has introduced radiance boosting Rice extract in a new foundation. Each time you use it, your skin regains vitality and radiance, becoming softer and more luminous. Its ultra-fresh light moisturizing texture is easy to apply uniformly. It provides maximum comfort for a sensation of no makeup and impeccable natural coverage. The skin’s texture is visibly smoothed and the complexion is uniform.
What I think:This is a lighter foundation that covers like a tinted moisturizer. It does feel great on the skin and gives a nice glow. This is for the lady who likes their makeup to feel barely there! Visit www.yvesrocherusa.com to learn more.
Or.. try a cream foundation…
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen ($45 USD) — Laura Mercier’s latest innovation: her bestselling Tinted Moisturizer formula with SPF 20 protection, now in a convenient compact. This lightweight, SPF-rich formula leaves a dewy, sheer-to-moderate finish for flawless skin—wherever you go. Available in a range of shades for all skin types, this lightweight formula moisturizes and hydrates the complexion, softening fine lines and providing buildable coverage with a hint of color to impart a healthy and natural look. This expert formula applies evenly, does not oxidize, and visibly brightens and evens skintone by diminishing dark spots and imperfections. Broad spectrum SPF 20 provides UVA and UVB protection.
This product is non-comedogenic, allergy- and dermatalogically tested and is appropriate for sensitive skin. This non-greasy formula does not contain fragrance or talc. The compact comes with a luxurious, high-grade sponge that was custom-designed with a density and thickness to compliment the formula. The sponge is anti-copper treated to preserve cleanliness and prevent discoloration. Each compact shade matches the original shades of Laura Mercier’s classic Tinted Moisturizer.
What I think – This is a very nice foundation that can be applied lighter or heavier for change in coverage where you need it. It is a little dry, but blended well it looks fantastic on. The finish is matte, which is perfect for every day wear. Visit www.sephora.com to purchase.
Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Mineral Radiance Crème Powder Foundation ($56 USD) – This 2-in-1 foundation glides on smoothly with a creamy feel and sets to a luminous, powdery finish. The nutrient-rich formula helps soothe redness and keeps skin hydrated and supple. Provides even, natural coverage for a radiant, flawless appearance.
What I think — I am in love with this foundation! It is so easy to apply – very creamy. The finish is full-coverage, but very natural. The enclosed sponge works well and it is easy to take with you. Purchase at www.ybskin.com.
It’s almost fall, and I am already starting to love more hearty and spicy fragrances. I have tried some great new perfumes and bath and body products. Here are a few that I really like:
Tuscan Fig Eau de Parfum ($59.90 USD 2 oz) Vanilla Bean, Honeysuckle, Coconut Wood, and Gardenia, Tuscan Fig entices you with its warm essence.
I have been wearing this every day lately. It is a great daytime fragrance because is it soft and warm. I can really smell the vanilla and fig — so nice!
This is $59.90 USD on hsn.com.
Yves Rocher So Elixir Purple ($59 USD 1.7 oz) — Following the 2010 launch of SO ELIXIR YVES ROCHER, Yves Rocher is now introducing SO ELIXIR PURPLE, an intoxicating and magnetic fragrance that reveals your powers of seduction. The notes of the fragrance are a unique combination of Tuberose, Vetiver, Bergamot, Benzoin and Patchouli.
I like that this is spicy, but also bright — the tuberose and bergamot lighten up the benzoin and patchouli notes. I think it is perfect for an evening out! This will be available in October at www.yvesrocherusa.com/. Also, take their Plantsonality quiz at http://www.facebook.com/YvesRocherUSA to find the perfect fragrances for you!
Strange Invisible Perfume’s Lemon & Neroli Body Lotion ($60 USD 8oz) — A remarkably pure moisturizing formula for all skin types, handcrafted with certified organic, non-photosensitizing ingredients, including hydro-distilled lemon and French neroli. It is made with purified glacier water and natural, certified organic/pesticide-free ingredients and is completely non-toxic, vegan, and never tested on animals.
This is a light, fresh scent and the lotion makes my skin so soft! The Bergamot scent is also lovely for citrus-lovers. Purchase at www.siperfumes.com.
Laura Mercier has releasing a brand new fragrance to her Bath and Body Collection: intoxicating Ambre Vanillé in a Souffle Body Crème, Body Scrub and Honey Bath.
I have been loving the Ambre Vanille Body Scrub. This delicious and pampering body polish, made from crushed Vanilla Seeds and Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, gently exfoliates skin, while Shea Butter and Honey naturally condition and protect. Sweet Almond and Hydrolyzed Rice Proteins, along with Pro-Vitamin B-5 provide moisture balance and protection. For skin that feels super soft and smooth, indulge in this luxurious Body Scrub.