Tarte’s Prime, Shine and Define To-Go kit is a darling trio of tarte’s best sellers:
- Deluxe Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer
- Deluxe Amazonian Clay BB Illuminating Moisturizer
- Deluxe Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara
This little kit of magic will give you a radiant face and dramatic eyes! Add a touch of blush and lipstick and you’re good to go. Read more
If this is how your skin is looking and feeling after a long hard winter, I have a remedy for you! Body oils!
I’ve been a believer in the power of body oils versus body lotions since I tried my first one. Surprisingly body oils moisturize better than lotions and they don’t feel greasy like a body butter can. Body lotions can feel too heavy on the skin especially in the summer. A good body oil will absorb quickly leaving your skin feeling soft and hydrated all day long. I’ve also had great luck with body oils healing my dry itchy skin. As I’ve gotten older, my skin is more sensitive to the sun and any exposure without sunscreen (like only 20 minutes having lunch outside) can result in an itchy red bumps. Using a body oil helps heal those bumps.
Here are a few body oils that will keep your skin touchably soft and smooth: Read more
One of the newest additions to the Melvita Nectar de Roses Collection is Fresh Eye Contour Gel ($35). This fresh, light, fragrance-free gel helps diminish puffiness and dark circles around the eyes. It combines all the freshness and moisturizing benefits of mountain roses with the draining and decongesting properties of cornflower water to reduce puffiness. Red seaweed extract, rich in polysaccharides and vitamins A and B12, invigorates and improves blood flow, to boost microcirculation and reduce the blue undertones of dark circles.
Dark circles are not a problem for me, but puffiness certainly is. I’ve tried a lot of products but with this gel I immediately felt my under eye tighten. In the past if I felt a tightening, I also experienced flaking when the product dried–this is NOT true of the Fresh Eye Contour Gel at all. It is very lightweight, soothing and adds a fresh feeling to the eyes. It does not interfere with concealer or foundation. Read more
No matter where you’re going this spring, Organix has you covered. Chosen from the brand’s best selling collections come convenient travel sizes that will have you breezing through TSA. These miniature bottles allow you to get the same great results when traveling as at home.
- Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner
- Rejuvenating Cherry Blossom Ginseng Shampoo and Conditioner
- Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner
- Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner
- Hydrating Tea Tree Mint Shampoo and Conditioner
- Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil Read more
Talika products are often problem solvers and I love them for that. Talika Skin Retouch is one such product. Combining technology with skincare, Skin Retouch is actually derived from photo retouching techniques, just like using Photoshop on your photos to make your face looks flawless.
From the website:
Over time, the face loses its smoothness. The skin does not reflect light evenly anymore. The skin starts to look dull, tired, and greyish. SkinRetouch Face® acts as an instant corrector of time by playing smartly with light. The skin looks immediately younger. Claims: Blurs fine lines and wrinkles, Unifies and mattifies complexion, and Tightens pores.
Good news, this is one of the best primers I’ve tried, especially for oily skin—which I don’t have but it still worked for me, another plus. It does fill in fine lines and pores, keep foundation fresh and diffuses light. I try a LOT of skin care and have been using a pretty rich moisturizer causing some shine breakthrough in my T-zone. Talika Skin Retouch keeps the oilies at bay. Give it a few minutes to fully “set” before applying makeup. Read more
Today we’re going to take a look at the Straight On Till Morning Liner in 2nd Star Twinkle from the PixiGLOW Tinkerbell Collection and Endless Silky Eye Pen in True Teal. These eyeliners are on par with Urban Decay 24/7 liners; creamy, highly pigmented and budge-proof.
The packaging is darling! The box as well as the liner has a lovely vine and flower design in pastel colors with Tinkerbell making her appearance.
2nd Star Twinkle is a gorgeous olive green with gold shimmer. I find it looks beautiful with all eye colors. It brings out the green in blue eyes, adds a glow to brown eyes, and adds sparkle to hazel eyes. The texture is so smooth there is no skipping or tugging on over 40 eye lids. This liner absolutely will not come off until you remove it with eye makeup remover.
I suggest using 2nd Star Twinkle with neutral eye shadows for a hint of glimmer and to add some interest and dimension to neutral looks. Read more
When prepping your skin for warmer spring days, you must exfoliate to get down to the glow! Elevate your skin care routine with Votre Vu’s re.FIND French Organic Complexion Polish. The Votre Vu brand is synonymous with great quality French skin care and now we can add organic ingredients to mix!
This scrub has a 92% French organic mix of apricot seed granules, hydrating shea butter and stabilizing kaolin clay paired with soothing alpha bisabolol and protein-rich algae extracts. This recipe for radiance stimulates circulation while fighting fine lines — resulting in a youthful afterglow, even skin tone and tightened pores. Read more
For soft, smooth, velvety skin, I’ve been turning to body oils. The lovely sisters at Smith Farms send me their Honeysuckle Hair and Body Oil ($16) to try. No wonder it’s one of their best sellers–it’s made with one third each jojoba, sweet almond and sunflower oil. This light and fast absorbing oil is as good for your hair as it is for your skin. Enriched with vitamin E and honeysuckle essential oil, this multipurpose oil is as decadent as it is hardworking.
The story of Smith Farms is interesting and compelling. The Smith Farm story begins with Julia.
“To be honest, it began the day during a walk in the woods at the farm. I had been thinking about my career and wondering if I could be doing something more fulfilling. What kept coming to mind, was an interest in creating skincare products, specifically natural ones, that would be safe and gentle and not irritate sensitive skin. Being a bit of a skincare enthusiast, I had recently been concerned with the long list of unrecognizable ingredients on the products I used every day. Inspired by my walk, I decided now was a good time to give it a try.” Read more
Oh how I wish I had the wet brush when my daughter was little. My quality of my life could have been vastly improved not having to fight with her about brushing her hair and getting the tangles out. She actually used to the hide the brush! Finally her dad took over and that was better, but I still have nightmares about trying to get the knots out of her hair after bath time.
Sadly, my hair is not much better. I have very, very fine hair and it tangles easily. It really is a problem because if I use conditioner, it usually weighs my hair down and then it won’t hold a curl and I end up looking like a flat head. When I was asked to try the Wet Brush, I was VERY skeptical. I haven’t used a brush on my hair–much less WET hair in more years than I care to remember–it’s always been too scary. I’ve been using this brush for a week on wet hair and it’s Read more
Willa Born to Glow Daily Tinted Shimmer Body Lotion hydrates skin and evens skin tone with natural SPF 15 coverage. Formulated to dry fast, the natural sunscreen keeps your skin protected and doesn’t feel greasy. Vitamin E acetate moisturizes and fends off free radical damage to diminish the impact of environmental aggressors to keep your skin young and healthy. This is NOT a bronzer so you won’t look like you have a fake tan.
Admittedly this product does contain a bit of shimmer, but it’s not overwhelming. That said, at my age I would wear not this in the daytime. It would be perfect for a late summer afternoon at a pool party or backyard BBQ. It’s light enough for the hot humid weather and has an SPF of 15 so you’ll have some protection (I do recommend SPF 30). Apply to the collarbone, shoulders and décollete for a bit of sparkle. Read more