bareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation #FreetheFace

 bareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder FoundationAs more of a full-coverage gal, I did not expect to like the bareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation ($30). I don’t want to free my face…I want to cover up all the sins of my misspent youth! However, this powder foundation promised a lot:                                                                                                         samplesbareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation

  • Glam coverage
  • 12-hour long-wear
  • Breathable
  • True-to-you shades
  • Formulated with 90% vitamins & minerals

So I gave it a shot. Boy was I surprised…I love this gorgeous light weight foundation!

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The powder has a silky smooth texture with a wonderful application. It feels extremely light on my skin and it’s buildable so it covers my major sins without looking fake or caked on. I typically have a problem with foundation wearing off quickly, yet this lasts pretty long for me. Not exactly the promised 12 hours, but I still get a good 6 hours of wear.

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There are 30 different shades, which is an incredible range. I tried three shades, all of which work well with my NW23 skin. In fact, I couldn’t even swatch these because the foundation blends so well it just doesn’t show up on camera.

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The angled shape is great for coverage around the nose and chin, and it picks up the perfect amount of product. And it’s just so easy to apply – there is no need to buff or blend, it goes on seamlessly and looks fantastic. It makes my skin look like I have no pores…that’s a Christmas miracle right there.

bareMinerals #FreetheFaceI am very happy with the barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation and am so happy to have found it. Be sure you check it out – I’m betting you will be as happy with it as I am and you will want to #FreetheFace.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Your perfect pink lips for 2017 from IT Cosmetics!

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lippiesHere’s a great resolution for 2017:  find your perfect pink lippie! The best place to start is with IT Cosmetics since they have many Je Ne Sais Quoi lip products and one is bound to be the perfect pink for you. Here are just five of the wonderful possibilities you can find at IT Cosmetics:                                                                              samplesIT Cosmetics YLBB All-Day Waterproof Lip Liner Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi

  1.  Your Lips But Better All-Day Waterproof Lip Liner Stain ($20):  This long lasting lip liner comes in nine shades, but your perfect pink is probably Je Ne Sais Quoi. It’s not just a lipliner, it’s also a stain so I love to wear this with a bit of clear gloss for fuss-free lips. Ingredients are amazing, including Peptides, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, hydrating Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe, and Jojoba so lips stay soft and supple.  Another bonus?  Lots of Anti-Aging antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, E, Acai, Green Tea and White Tea to protect against free-radicals.Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi
  2. Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi ($20):  Want a soft, natural pink that works as a lipstick, balm, and stain? Look no further than this beauty. The clear formula works with your body chemistry to create the perfect pink flush. Anti-Aging Antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, E, Acai, Green Tea and White Tea Plum Oil, Cherry Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe and Jojoba all work together to treat, hydrate, condition, and nourish your lips. This is available in five other colors as well.Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Lip Treatment
  3. Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Lip Treatment ($24):  The original and still one of my favorites, this clear balm interacts with your body chemistry and morphs into the perfect pink flush for your complexion. It’s the mood ring of lip treatments! A blend of essential butters and oils, hyaluronic filling spheres and antioxidants smooth the look of lip lines and give you soft, kissable lips every time.Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick
  4. Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick ($24):  Who can resist a lipstick that color-corrects, revives, and fights aging? This is a truly gorgeous lip smoothing lipstick with terrific ingredients like Collagen, Peptides, Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, Shea Butter, Jojoba and Grape Seed Extract. Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill is available in 9 other colors, with Je Ne Sais Quoi the latest in the collection. Je Ne Sais Quoi is brighter in this incarnation than it is in others and is a truly perfect medium pink.Vitality Lip Flush Hydrating Lip Gloss Soft Stain
  5. Vitality Lip Flush Hydrating Lip Gloss Soft Stain ($24):  Perhaps your perfect pink is this non-sticky lip gloss that has a great wear time. The Je Ne Sais Quoi shade is a soft, milky pink that gives a light stain of color with lots of shine and slip. There are three shades that are 50% the stain amount of their original stains, which means a more natural flush of color. I adore how this feels on my lips – massively hydrating with the best slip ever.
    Left to right, with YLBB Lipliner between:

    Left to right, with YLBB Lipliner between:  Blurred Lines Lipstick, Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment, Vitality Lip Flush

    Whatever your perfect pink is, I am confident you can find it in IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lip products.  Celebrate 2017 with a resolution to discover your pretty pink pout!  – Lisa

    *sent for editorial consideration

SPARITUAL GOLD for all your holiday nail needs

SPARITUAL GOLD & GLITTER

SPARITUAL GOLD & GLITTER

There are so many days to celebrate between Christmas and New Year’s and there’s nothing like a new polish to change up your look. SPARITUAL has a new long wear collection, Rise, that has quickly become a favorite. There are 4 holiday polishes that were sent to me for review. There’s not a one that you won’t want to wear on your nails. I see Christmas, I see Chanukkah, I see New Year’s Eve, and I see Bowl Games when I look at these polishes.

SPARITUAL GOLD ($18) has 3 finishes in their line and all are true winners. There are cremes like Take a Stand and Come Together, shimmers like Rising Spirit and Soulful, and glitters like Beyond Love. What makes these more unique is that they are quick drying polishes. But what reallllly makes them unique is that these are truly a self leveling polish when you use their Flexible Topcoat. They bounce back if you smear them when wet. I always mess up my nails putting on my jacket or seat belt and it happened again when I had my nails done with Rising Spirit. But where is that mistake? It’s gone, totally gone. I did nothing to it and it came back to its original finish. I’m amazed and grateful.

Sparitual Gold and Flexible Topcoat

Sparitual Gold and Flexible Topcoat

The brush on these polishes is one of the best I’ve used. I had my nails done with Rising Spirit as my first choice and one brushload was able to cover 3 nails. My nail tech was as amazed as I was. The name of the brush is the Mindful Brush and Sparitual created it with over 600 bristles that fan out for a precise application.

SPARITUAL GOLD RISING SPIRIT – when you look at the bottle you might not be attracted to it. I know I wasn’t and even my nail tech wasn’t impressed. Until, that is, we opened it and saw the beautiful yet subtle gold shimmer and outstanding shade. The bottles have a cover over them which I think is a shame because you can’t see the beauty within.

Sparitual Gold: Rising Spirit

Sparitual Gold: Rising Spirit

Rising Spirit is a work friendly gold which I didn’t think was possible. It’s not garish as some golds can be and that’s because the shimmer is within. It’s a stand out without being a turn off. I am crazy about it!

Sparitual Rising Spirit and Soulful

Sparitual Rising Spirit and Soulful

The shade I’m going to be wearing for Christmas is Soulful. It’s not labeled as a metallic but it definitely is plus it has that subtle shimmer that I’m loving. It’s the type of red that I crave on my nails any day of the year but especially around the winter holidays. When you add the Sparitual Gold Flexible Topcoat you are guaranteeing long wear on their polishes. I never did well with the original Sparitual polishes but these are out of this world with wear time.

Sparitual Gold in Soulful

Sparitual Gold in Soulful

 

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Take A Stand is the holiday green polish that you need on your hands. This is just the perfect green to match the holiday colors. This green creme is practically a one coater. It’s thick and rich. It applies like a dream.

Sparitual Gold in Take a Stand

Sparitual Gold in Take a Stand

Come Together is harder for me to describe. It’s also a creme though it was a thinner cream. It’s not a red, it’s not a purple, but it has some of each of those colors in it.

Sparitual Gold in Come Together

Sparitual Gold in Come Together

Sparitual has a whole new take on glitter polishes ($12). Not only did they create some beauties but knowing of the complaints of glitter removal they also created a Peel Off Basecoat, Unveil. This is a wonderful basecoat for any polish you use with glitter but especially with Sparitual polishes. Apply a coat of Unveil and then a polish like the beautiful Beyond Love that I was sent, apply as many coats of the polish as you’d like. When you are ready for a new shade all you have to do is peel it off. No soaking, no acetate all over your hands that dry them out. Just peel. You’ll love it.

Sparitual Unveil Peel Off Basecoat

Sparitual Unveil Peel Off Basecoat

Sparitual Unveil Peel-Off Basecoat

Sparitual Unveil Peel-Off Basecoat

Sparitual Glitter polish in Beyond Love

Sparitual Glitter polish in Beyond Love

Beyond Love

Beyond Love

These shades are just a small picture of all the beautiful polishes that Sparitual Gold has created. I’m so much happier with this formula than the original and I love that it’s a vegan, cruelty-free brand. It’s dramatic to say these are a Christmas Miracle but they come close to one that you can buy. Have a happy holiday with Sparitual Gold.  — Marcia

*sent for review and worn with delight

some photos are from sparitual.com

 

Limited Edition Holiday Treats from Kaplan MD!

Kaplan MD Limited Edition Holiday Gift SetsPersonally, I think the very best part of the holidays are Limited Edition gift sets. LOVE this — great collections at amazing prices. When I’m shopping I often don’t even do the ‘one for you, one for me’ thing…it ends up just being ‘one for me’!
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While doing your holiday shopping, you’ve got to check out the Kaplan MD Holiday Gift Sets. I was sent a few samples from their fantastic Perfect Pout Gift Set and the Nude Series Gift Set (the Nude LIP 20 Treatment ($30) and Liner ($28)).
 Kaplan MD Perfect Pout Lip Mask Kaplan MD Perfect Pout Lip Mask The Perfect Pout Lip Mask and Lip Balm Duo ($24.00, Lip Mask 0.35 oz, Lip Balm 0.17 oz) is a wonderful deluxe size set of Kaplan MD’s best-selling lip plumper treatment. The lip mask is a thick cream that you put on clean, dry lips for 3 minutes. It doesn’t taste like anything, although it has a slightly menthol scent. This mask contains “Papaya Enzymes, Two Forms of Hyaluronic Acid Acid and Adipofill’in, a patented amino acid that naturally plumps the lip contour.
The Lip 20 Mask hydrates dry, cracked lips and plumps up your kisser – just in time for some mistletoe!

Follow the Lip 20 Mask with the Lip 20 Balm for super nourished, luscious lips. After exfoliation, it’s essential to hydrate. “LIP 20 Balm is an ultra-hydrating formula that moisturizes, nourishes and protects with SPF 20 – all in one.  Using a soothing blend of Beeswax and Sunflower Seed Wax, LIP 20 Balm gently glides onto the lips, while nourishing the skin with 22 Organic Extracts. It also contains a powerful lip plumping peptide, Maxi-Lip, along with Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, to give lips added hydration and natural fullness.

I love this set.  I am rather lip-challenged myself so any boost in volume is a good thing!

kaplan-md-the-nude-seriesAnother outstanding set from Kaplan MD is The Nude Series ($45, a $208 value!!).  There are 7 items in this set, including 3 anti-aging lipsticks, 3 lip glosses, and a lip liner.

3 x Sheer LIP 20 Treatments in:

  • Peach
  • Nude
  • Natural

3 x LIP 20 Treatment Glosses in:

  • Peach
  • Nude
  • Natural

1 x Matte LIP 20 Liner in:

  • NudeKaplan MD The Nude Series

Kaplan MD The Nude SeriesKaplan MD Nude LipstickKaplan MD Nude Lip Sheer and Lipliner swatchesThis set is final sale and I can see why – what an amazing value! I tried the Nude Sheer Lip 20 Treatment and the Nude Matte Lip 20 Liner. The lip liner is creamy and strikes a good balance between brown and peach. I adore the Nude Sheer Lip 20 Treatment. The lipstick case is a gorgeous silver and is wonderfully dramatic, which contrasts with the super hydrating lipstick that is a sheer light peach.

Wearing the Kaplan MD Nude Lipstick and Lipliner

Wearing the Kaplan MD Nude Lipstick and Lipliner

“Beeswax and Shea Butter to gently glide on the skin, without leaving a sticky or tacky residue.  Products contain our exclusive complex of 22 Organic Extracts to smooth and soften skin, along with Seabuckthorn Berry Extract, clinically proven to be 20x more moisturizing than Vitamin E, to provides intense moisture.  Maxi-Lip ®, a powerful patented tri-peptide, combined with Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, work to instantly smooth and plump fine lines and wrinkles for a visibly smoother, more youthful appearance.  LIP 20 Treatment & LIP 20 Treatment Gloss include SPF 20 to help prevent premature skin aging caused by sun damage.”

This is a fabulous set and you really can’t beat that price. These two gift sets are just the tip of the iceberg. Visit Kaplan MD online at kaplanmd.com and check out the limited edition sets before they are all gone!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

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Be a Stone Cold Babe with Buxom on your eyes

Buxom Cosmetics delightfully created three gift sets for us this holiday season. I’ve already shared the 6 Degrees Below Sexy and Buxom Freezes Over holiday lip sets and now it’s time for my very favorite: Buxom Stone Cold Babe eyeshadow kit. Anyone that knows me knows I’m crazzzy about eyeshadows. If I can only splurge on one item that’s what it’s going to be. Yes I am obsessed with mascara, foundation, and concealer too but nothing gets me going like eyeshadows and Buxom Stone Cold Babe makes my heart sing. I was upset because I didn’t share this with you early but I’m actually glad now because this fantastic gift set is on sale at both Sephora and Ulta for $29 instead of the original $42. I’m telling you that you need this – you really do!

Buxom Stone Cold Babe

Buxom Stone Cold Babe

The minute this was sent for review purposes was the minute I fell in love. One dozen eyeshadows in shades I love. Finishes of matte, shimmer, sparkle, and metallic all add up to a bit of perfection. Not only do the shadows wear beautifully but they work together in a myriad of ways that makes me want to use them in different combinations daily. These are neutral shades that may not suit everyone but they are the types of colors I’m most comfortable wearing.

Buxom Stone Cold Babe

Buxom Stone Cold Babe

With this set you receive the empty palette, the slide in shadows, and a Buxom Lash Mascara mini (2 oz) which is everything you’ll need for a night on the town.

Eyeshadow Shades:

  • Diamond Darling (shimmering frost)
  • Champagne Buzz (shimmering pearl)
  • Trendsetter (matte putty)
  • Sequin Sparkle (sparking pewter)
  • Frosted Pewter (sparkling iron)
  • LBD (matte black)
  • Velvet Show (sparkling white)
  • Mink Magnet (metallic bronze)
  • Haute Couture (metallic java)
  • Jetsetter (matte griege)
  • Graphic Glam (sparkling charcoal)
  • Black Tie (sparkling onxy)

 

Buxom Stone Cold Babe

Buxom Stone Cold Babe

While I swatched these over an eyeshadow primer Buxom’s eyeshadows stand out because they are primer-infused shadows that are incredibly pigmented. I love the smoothness of these and I’m crazay about the longevity of the shadows.

Buxom Stone Cold Babe

Buxom Stone Cold Babe

There are 4 shades that are new and exclusive to this set – Velvet Snow (1st left on the bottom), Frosted Petal (top row 5th shadow), Graphic Glam (bottom row 5th shadow), and Black Tie (bottom row right corner). These are wonderful additions to the previously released 8 shadows. It’s perfect to have these all together in one Fire & Frost palette.

first six shadows on left side

first six shadows on left side

second 6 shadows on right side

second 6 shadows on right side

To make this palette even better is the inclusion of the bestselling Buxom Lash Mascara in Blackest Black. While this is a mini, it will last me close to three months. This is a volumizing mascara that doesn’t flake on me. Even better is that this palette is customizable and refillable. Just open the drawer from the right-side and pop in and out Buxom Eyeshadow Bar Single refills.

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If you are searching for the perfect eyeshadow palette for yourself or a friend, you can’t beat Stone Cold Babe with its 12 gorgeous shadows and mini mascara. The price is one that should make you snatch it up instantly. I promise you’ll look like a hot babe!  —  Marcia

*sent for review, affiliate links in use

 

Buxom does holiday lip gifts right

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Buxom Cosmetics has gone all out this holiday season with 2 Lip Sets that are stunning, wantable, and usable. These were sent for review but I’ve been too busy wearing them to review. Now that the holidays are coming up in 2 weeks I better share so you can see what’s available by them.

Buxom 6* Below Sexy

Buxom 6* Below Sexy

6 Degrees Below Sexy is an affordable and beautiful set of 6 plumping mini Full On Lip Polishes. The shades are sparkly and are party perfect. They range from clear to dark so you’ll find a shade for every occasion. All of these gorgeous shades are named after femme fatales: Dominique (glittering ice), Amy (golden nude), Celeste (prismatic soft peach), Clair (starry plum haze), Starr (brandy cordial), Jasmine (black cherry)

Buxom 6 Degrees Below Sexy

Buxom 6 Degrees Below Sexy

Not only is this beautiful for under the mistletoe but it will make your lips look even more stunning at the strike of midnight.

Buxom 6 Degrees Below Sexy

Buxom 6 Degrees Below Sexy

“This sheer, high-shine lip polish creates the look of fuller, more voluptuous lips with a refreshing tingling sensation and gentle plumping effect. Infused with vitamins A and E, the lip formula helps keep your lips soft, supple, and protected to ensure your smoothest moves ever. ” Sold at both Ulta and Sephora.

BUXOM FREEZES OVER is on sale right now at Sephora and Ulta. At $59 it was already a great buy with 15 lip colors and 3 finishes but for $45 it’s a steal that you need to get on ASAP.

Buxom Freezes Over

Buxom Freezes Over

Can’t you just hear the screams of delight from someone who receives this? The 15 products are one of 3 formulas: Full On Lip Polish which are sheer plumping glosses, Fill On Lip Cream which is also a gloss formula yet they are opaque and last longer, then there are the Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipsticks and those are a combo of matte and cream.

Buxom Freezes Over

Buxom Freezes Over

Full On Lip Polish shades are Emma (opulent opal), Sandy (almost naked), Sugar (pink truffle), Nicole (shimmering strawberry) and Jane (huckleberry jam). As you can see they have a sheerness to them and look great over a coordinating lipstick. These have a nice plumping effect and there’s a rich caramel fragrance to them.

Full On Lip Polish

Full On Lip Polish

Full On Lip Polish

Full On Lip Polish

Full On Lip Cream shades are White Russian (pink nude), Dolly (dusty mauve), Berry Blast (vivid fuchsia),  LE Sangria (ripe cherry), and Berry Bramble which is LE to the set (rich boysenberry). The Lip Creams are more opaque and last longer on my lips. They have a vanilla fragrance to them.

Full On Lip Cream

Full On Lip Cream

Full On Lip Cream

Full On Lip Cream

Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipsticks bring you the depth and longevity you are looking for all year round. They have a matte like finish but they have a buttery look and feeling to them. They aren’t ultra matte so they don’t look drying. Buxom says they have the pigment of a lipstick with the comfort of a gloss.

Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipsticks

Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipsticks

The shades are Devious Dolly (sultry mauve), Criminal (black violet), Centerfold (warm nude), Lover (raspberry) and Dominatrix (true red). I don’t notice a fragrance with these.

Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipsticks

Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipsticks

Buxom Cosmetics has created some 5 star sets that I’d be thrilled to give and get. They are formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates and remain on the cruelty free list. Give someone a thrill (and get one for you at the same time).  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration, affiliate links in use

Give him the gift of shaving: van der Hagen Luxury Shave Set

van der Hagen Luxury Shave SetHere is a great holiday gift for your significant other/dad/son – the gift of shaving from van der Hagen!  The  Luxury Shave Set is an awesome retro shaving set that men just love.

The van der Hagen family hails from Holland, where they owned a windmill and farmed. They moved to America in 1905 and began a specialty soap company, which developed into the premier specialty soap manufacturer in the world. Some of their clients for soaps and premium shave products for men include Avon, Harrods (UK), Bath & Body Works, Liz Claiborne, The Body Shop (UK), Michael Jordan , Boots (UK), O. Boticario (Brazil), Elizabeth Arden, Walt Disney, Estee Lauder and Warner Bros.

van der Hagen Luxury Shave SetThe Luxury Shave Set is a terrific ‘throwback’ item that any man worth his beard will love to find under the tree this year.  This shaving set has everything he will need for a beautifully close shave:
•    100 percent pure badger brush to lather in luxury
•    Classic monogrammed apothecary mug
•    Hypoallergenic shave soap
•    Combination brush & razor stand

van der Hagen Traditional Safety Razorvan der Hagen Traditional Safety Razorvan der Hagen Traditional Safety RazorDon’t forget to also pick up the Traditional Safety Razor ($20).  Wow, I remember my dad using this kind of razor…and then in later years bemoaning the fact that he could find them any longer.  This razor is made with heavy-duty chrome plated brass.  It has a smaller handle, which makes for a better grip while shaving.  It includes 5 double edge, Teflon-coated razor blades. The stainless steel blades prevent ingrown hairs, and the back of the cartridge actually holds used blades, quite a clever feature!

  • Chrome-plated razor
  • Butterfly opening
  • Pack of 5 double edge, Teflon-coated, ice tempered stainless steel blades

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The van der Hagen soaps are all made in small batches using their own unique kettle process.  The shave soap has humectants like shea, mango and cocoa butters which means a closer shave without nicks, cuts, or ingrown hairs.

Van Der Hagen 5van der Hagen My husband absolutely LOVES this shaving set. The first time he used it he said, “This is going to make me want to shave more often!” And guess what? He really does because it’s such a kick to use this retro set. That makes me happy because it leaves his skin really soft and smooth and let’s face it – that makes for much better kissing.

my hubby shaving

my hubby shaving

If you are looking for something a little ‘out of the box’ for him this holiday, here’s your answer – get him a van der Hagen Luxury Shave Set and Traditional Safety Razor.  He is going to love you for it.  – Lisa

*pr sample