Don’t stress out – shop The Body Shop for awesome last minute gifts!

lastminuteheroI cannot believe that Christmas is only three days away! My shopping isn’t done yet…is yours? Fun fact from The Body Shop – 43% of people globally find buying presents very stressful, and interestingly, men actually stress about it more than women. The Body Shop makes it easy to pick up some quick, fun gifts that take the stress out of last-minute shopping. Seriously, they have something for everyone on your list!                                   samplesThe Body Shop

Actually, being a procrastinator pays off on the holidays because the prices just keep getting better and better!

The Body Shop is celebrating their 40th anniversary and their dedication to their campaign against animal testing with more than 120 gift sets – and every single one helps restore the rainforest and protect endangered species.

A never fail gift for those who celebrate Christmas is an ornament. The Body Shop has some super cute ornaments and some wonderfully practical ones, too.  The Body Shop Ornament

Committment Sponge Reggie Jr. ($6)  This cute little guy makes for a super fun ornament…and then an even better bath sponge! The Limited Edition Reggie Junior Commitment Sponge is a perfect gift for a niece or nephew. The Body Shop Strawberry Festive Butters BaubleThe Body Shop Strawberry Festive Butters BaubleThe Body Shop Strawberry Festive Butters Bauble

Strawberry Festive Butters Bauble ($10, on sale right now for $4!) Now here’s a perfect gift for a teacher or friend – the ornaments holds a yummy smelling Strawberry Body Butter as well as a hydrating Strawberry Lip Butter. This is a terrific buy because it’s a $14 Value!

The Body Shop The Finest Facial Mask DuoThe Body Shop The Finest Facial Mask Duo

The Body Shop The Finest Facial Mask Duo ($39, on sale now for just $15!) I adore these masks, and this gift duo is a great combo of deep cleansing and deep moisturizing. At this price, you will want to put two in your basket – one for a friend and one for yourself!

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of SunThe Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of SunThe Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun ($20, on sale now for $12)  Give the gift of holiday glow with this fantastic liquid bronzer and highlighter! A few drops in foundation brighten up your look, and it’s also wonderful mixed with body lotion for softly glowing arms and decolletage. I know I would be thrilled to find this under the tree.

The Body Shop Color Crush Matte LipstickThe Body Shop LE Down to Earth Eyeshadow QuadThe Body Shop LE Down to Earth Eyeshadow QuadIf your giftee loves makeup, I am a big fan of The Body Shop’s new collection, which includes Colour Crush Matte Lipsticks ($12.50, on sale now for $7.50) and LE Eyeshadow Quads ($24 on sale now for $14.40).

The bottom line is, don’t stress out!  Shop online – free shipping now, yay! – or head over to the mall for some amazing gifts from The Body Shop that will make everyone on your list happy happy happy.  – Lisa

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Gift yourself with IT Cosmetic’s Je Ne Sais Quoi palette #itcosmetics

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

While I am entranced with IT Cosmetics year round, when it comes to the holidays I find that they go all out. Whether you are gifting others or yourself their new Je Ne Sais Quoi palette should be at the top of your list. I’m sure you’ve been nice (with maybe a little naughty thrown in) so you deserve this in your life.                                                       press sample

Everything about this palette is perfection, as a matter of fact it’s subtitled “Your Complexion Perfection”. For $42 you’ll be charmed by the Award-Winning Face Palette with Perfect Lighting Technology”.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

A few days ago Lisa and I showed you the fabulous holiday brush sets that Ulta carries from IT Cosmetics. The set I have, City Chic, is the perfect companion for this palette. They are both a beautiful rose gold and the face brushes work wonderfully with the palette.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

The 4 talc free powders in the compact are all new except for the translucent pressed powder. You’ll have a perfect travel palette with this as well as one that you’ll use daily at home. The palette is bigger than I expected at 4.5″ square. The colors are each 1..75″ square so getting a brush in is easy and won’t run over into the next color.

Bye Bye Pores Blush in Je Ne Said Quoi is a beautiful brightening shade. One that applies like a dream. If you like intensity it builds up easily or you can use a light touch with your dual fiber blush brush to start light. I could easily wear this blush every day.

Bye Bye Pores Blush in Je Ne Sais Quoi

Bye Bye Pores Blush in Je Ne Sais Quoi

Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder in Translucent is one of the best translucent powders you can wear. I bought this powder as soon as it came out. This sheer powder is great as a finishing powder to set your foundation. It’s one of IT’s most popular products so having it in this palette is a bonus. Have pores? Want to make them disappear? Then you want this powder.

Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder in Translucent

Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder in Translucent

Sunshine in a Compact Bronzer in Warmth is perfect if you are missing your summer color. You can use it as you would a bronzer or contour with it. Both ways work perfectly.

Sunshine in a Compact Bronzer in Warmth

Sunshine in a Compact Bronzer in Warmth

Perfect Lighting Luminizer is the hero product for me in this palette. I am always fascinated with highlighters and this one stands out to me. It’s a soft peachy beige powder that’s luminous but has no glitter. When you are my age you just don’t need glitter on your face. This special luminizer highlights and enhances. I’m sure I’ll end up seeing pan on this shade first.

Perfect Lighting Luminizer

Perfect Lighting Luminizer

This palette would stop me in my tracks at an Ulta as it will you.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette swatches

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette swatches

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette swatches

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette swatches

Trust me on this one. You really want this, I know you will.  —  Marciait-cosmetics-je-ne-sais-quoi-palette-open2

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Are you ready for Covergirl’s Katy Perry collection, Katy Kat?

Summer 2016 brings us a Covergirl collection that is unlike any other. Together with Katy Perry they are developing a line that combines Katy’s creativity and with their beauty expertise. Covergirl has been shining for the past year and the Katy Kat Collection is one-of-a-kind.

Covergirl - be a Katy Kat

Covergirl – be a Katy Kat

Katy Perry has been a superstar for Covergirl for a long time so it’s fun to see what she’s experimented with to bring her own touch to a normally staid line. It starts with the Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks, includes products that she’s helped spruce up, and ends with a new mascara. With her pizzazz there’s a lot more to be excited about with Covergirl. This week Covergirl is Buy 2 Get 1 Free at Ulta which you’ll want to take advantage of with all these beauties.

*pr samples

Let’s start with her line of Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks. There are 11 shades that cover the gamut of colors that you’d love. These lipsticks are a demi-matte finish so they don’t look drying, instead they have the qualities of matte (being longer lasting and trendy) but still enough softness that they are moisturizing. I love the names of these lipsticks (Kitty Purry, Pink Paws, Cat Call, and more). I was sent the least Marcia color but the most Katy color: Perry Panther.

Covergirl Perry Panther from Katy Kat

Covergirl Perry Panther from Katy Kat

I’m not exactly a black lipstick wearer but I now know enough to purchase a shade like Katy Purry for $6.99 – 8.99. It isn’t a harsh matte, it has a soft fragrance, and it applies easily. The lipsticks are all moisturizing and great shades that you can wear with comfort. The packaging is new and doesn’t look like a drugstore product at all.

Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick

Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick

The next product developed for Katy Kat is their newest mascara which comes in both black and Perry Blue. KATY KAT EYE MASCARA is due soon and will be $6.99-$8.99 depending where you find it. This is a long wear mascara although it’s not considered to be waterproof. Covergirl says this has 10x the volume thanks to a helix shaped twisted wire brush. The brush’s bristles aren’t too long in order to make it easier to comb through and then pull your lashes up and out. Concentrate this on your outer lashes to get that cat eye look that Katy is famous for.

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye mascara in Perry Blue

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye mascara in Perry Blue

Katy says it best on the back of the package:

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye mascara

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye mascara

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye

Next up is the wonderful Liquilineblast eyeliner pencil which has been around for a while but when you take this newer shade of Blue Boom and put it with Katy Kat Perry Blue Mascara you’ve got a winning combination. Liquilineblast lasts about 8 hours but only on my top lashline. I smudged it on the bottom and it oversmudged and didn’t last that long for me. I advise using a very sharp sharpener with these, the best you have, so you don’t waste this unique shade.

Covergirl Liquilineblast eyeliner pencil

Covergirl Liquilineblast eyeliner pencil

Covergirl Katy Kat Mascara in Perry Blue and Liquilineblast eyeliner pencil in Blue Boom

Covergirl Katy Kat Mascara in Perry Blue and Liquilineblast eyeliner pencil in Blue Boom

At Ulta you’ll find a new foundation called Ready Set Gorgeous.This is available in 12 shades and I was sent 3 to test: 115 Buff Beige, 205 Natural Beige, and 210 Medium Beige.

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Oil Free Foundation

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Oil Free Foundation

covergirl ready set gorgeous foundation swatches

Even though these are all darker than I normally wear I was still impressed enough with the oil-free finish and how easy it was to blend on my face. I added a little bit of my Manic Panic Dreamtone White Foundation to lighten 115 and it worked beautifully.

Now that you have your Katy Kat eyes and lips plus a new foundation you need their Tru Blend Blush and Bronzer – really you do!

Covergirl Tru Blend Blush and Bronzer

Covergirl Tru Blend Blush and Bronzer

Tru Blend Blush is available in three swirly shades: Light Rose, Medium Rose, and Deep Mauve. I was sent Medium Rose and it’s just beautiful. I can apply it with a feathery brush to create a light pink or use my regular blush brush for a deeper pink. Whichever I’ve done has been perfect.

  • Ultra blendable
  • Blends instantly – no blush lines
  • Baked minerals refined into a powder formula
  • Oil-free & suitable for sensitive skin
    Medium Rose Tru Blend Blush from Covergirl

    Medium Rose Tru Blend Blush from Covergirl

    Tru Blend Bronzer from Covergirl

    Tru Blend Bronzer from Covergirl

    Tru Blend Bronzer is just as easy to wear as the blush. Both the blush and the bronzer are baked and the pigmentation is wonderful. There’s no shimmer but there’s a satiny finish that gives me some glow. What I love about this is that there’s no orange at all – just a beautiful golden bronze that I can lightly use to perk up my ghostly skin.

    Covergirl Tru Blend Medium Rose blush and Bronzer

    Covergirl Tru Blend Medium Rose blush and Bronzer

    One last Covergirl product that I think you should definitely be picking up is their Trunaked Nudes eyeshadow palette. I’ve previously reviewed this and continue to wear it often. It is such a great basic palette to have, one you could count on for every occasion.

    Covergirl Trunaked Nudes palette

    Covergirl Trunaked Nudes palette

    Covergirl Nudes - Shell, Buff, Fawn, Champagne on top - Coffee, Mink, Sable, Cocoa on bottom

    Covergirl Nudes – Shell, Buff, Fawn, Champagne on top – Coffee, Mink, Sable, Cocoa on bottom

    With the holiday weekend coming up it’s always fun to have a few new cosmetic items and Covergirl won’t break the bank. They are on trend with quality formulas and fun. Katy Perry fun!  —  Marcia

*sent for review, affiliate links

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette review and swatches

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

I probably recommend the Paula’s Choice line more than any other, but honestly mostly for skin care. I have had a love/hate relationship with her color cosmetics. Cream Concealer? Not for me. Foundation? None of them are my favorites. Lip gloss? Nothing special.  Some of the color cosmetics are fantastic though – love love love the Bright & Berry Lip Collection, Brow Defining Cream, and Eyeshadow Palette.

I recently placed an order for about 10 of the Gentle Touch Makeup Remover – it’s so good I get anxious when I am down to five bottles! – and at the last-minute decided to add in the Blush It On Contour Palette. This is Limited Edition and costs $36. I was a bit uneasy spending that amount when I haven’t loved Paula’s blushes in the past, but I am happy I took the plunge and I’ll bet you might want to invest after reading my review.

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette:  top row left to right – Pearl, Delicate Coral, Peony; bottom row left to right:  Bronze, Dusty Rose, Soft Mauve

Prior incarnations of blush from Paula didn’t do much for me. They just weren’t pigmented enough and didn’t last on my blush-eating skin. However, this palette is a wonderful improvement from the previous blush formulas. The Blush It On Contour Palette has six shades for highlighting, contouring, and blushing like a school girl. The formula is silky smooth, blends in beautifully, and has a satin matte finish. The colors are long-wearing with minimal fading, and they don’t oxidize throughout the day.

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette left to right:  Pearl, Delicate Coral, Peony

The highlighting shade is Pearl, which swatches pretty dramatic but has a beautiful, glowy effect on that looks very natural. Paula is typically anti-shimmer yet pro-luminescence, and this highlighter definitely delivers. I love it on the tops of my cheekbones for a youthful glow, as well as down the center of my nose with the Bronze shade lightly brushed down the sides to give a ‘thinning out’ effect.

Delicate Coral is a very pretty coral shade that is gorgeous on warm skin tones and deeper skin shades. I love this when I have faux-tanned my skin into the medium range; it looks like summertime and sandy beaches to me.

Peony is a very pretty medium pink without shimmer. It is a perfect everyday shade for work, and it layers nicely for a more dramatic evening look.

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette left to right:  Bronze, Soft Rose, Dusty Mauve

Moving on down to the bottom row, Bronze provides the ‘contour’ in the palette name. This is a soft but versatile contour/bronzer. I like that it’s matte – I think too much sparkle and shimmer ruins some otherwise terrific contour products. I love this just underneath my blush to give my cheekbones more definition and, as I mentioned, it’s awesome paired with Pearl for thinning out the nose.

Soft Rose is a light pink that pale complexions will adore. It’s probably too light for any skin tone darker than medium, but this is a great ballerina pink that is just tad bit peachy.

Dusty Mauve is my favorite of the blush shades. It’s a deeper berry pink that might be a tad too dark for you pale princesses, but is amazing on any shade darker than porcelain. It’s the most dramatic of the shades so go easy with it and build up to the color you want.

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette Pearl and Soft Mauve

If I had my druthers, I would love for Paula to add two more shades to this palette – one more highlighter with less pink tint and more sheen, and one more bronzer in a deeper shade. But that’s really nitpicking.

While none of the colors are dramatic, they all give beautiful, natural washes of color that last all day. This is a great workhorse palette that you will find yourself reaching for time and time again. If you haven’t ordered from Paula’s Choice before, I have a code for $10 off your first order, just click HERE.  If you are looking for a great new blush palette I highly recommend this one – get it before it’s gone.  – Lisa

*purchased by me

Color me GUILTY – of tanning, glowing, and sparkling!

My self tanner addiction...

My self tanner addiction…

 

Well. Now I feel a little ashamed…I mean, this amount of completely unneccessary products is basically obscene. Guess my self tanner/bronzer/shimmer addiction is now officially out of the closet!

*PR samples/purchase by me/affiliate links

I honestly had no idea how many of these types of products I had going until I gathered them all for their family pictures. These are the ones I have open…I decided to leave the second cousins (those awaiting to be christened) for another time. I think I am addicted to self tanners because they hide uneven skin tone and give the illusion of looking slightly thinner. Here are all (well, most…I found some more after the pics were done!) the self tanners I have open right now:

Self tanning lotions

Self tanning lotions

Self tanning mousse

Self tanning mousse

Self tanning sprays

Self tanning sprays

I have three different types:  lotions, sprays, and foam/mousse. I use the lotions in the winter when my skin is at its driest. The foam/mousse are great when I am in a hurry because they need a little less work to get them applied correctly. I use the sprays mainly in the summer. I have a thing about not putting on any heavy body products when it’s hot out – it makes me feel funny. Anyone else weird like that??  I especially love Xen-Tan and Vita Liberata (the latter isn’t pictured because it was shy and said no photos today, please).

My addiction doesn’t stop at self tanners…I am also addicted to body bronzers. I have sprays, lotions, mousse…I love them all.

Body bronzers

Body bronzers

No one does shimmery bronzed skin like Scott Barnes and I adore Guerlain and Red Carpet Kolour (RCK).

Also addicted to spray on shimmering bronzers…if it has a coconut scent, I can’t do without it!!

Spray on shimmer and sparkle

Spray on shimmer and sparkle

I am sad that tarte doesn’t have the Celebutant Dry Oil Spray anymore. I highly recommend the Lucy B Frangipani Bronzing Oil Spray and the Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Spray. Hampton Sun makes amazing shimmer sprays too.

Oh, and how could I forget — every day I put two drops of this Paula’s Choice Sun 365 Self-Tanning Concentrate in my moisturizer to keep a consistent color. It’s subtle but awesome.

Paula's Choice Sun 365 Self-Tanning Concentrate

Paula’s Choice Sun 365 Self-Tanning Concentrate

So there you have it. I have no more secrets. And if you really want to know why I need so much self tanner, just take a look at the classic blogger tan lines (courtesy of Tan Towels)!  – Lisa

tan-lines-and-tan-towels

*some products PR samples, some purchased by me.  Affiliate links.

Fun and affordable summer color from Hard Candy!

Summer means fun, bright, shimmery color…and Hard Candy has all that at the best prices you can find! You really can’t go wrong with such affordable cosmetics. This is the line for going out of your comfort zone and trying some things you normally wouldn’t reach for at the store.

Hard Candy sent us some items to try and these are the ones that put me right into a party mood.

Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tropics

Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tropics

SO BAKED BRONZER in Tropic is a huge shimmery golden baked bronzer. This works great as a highlighter, creating a perfect ‘gleam’ especially for darker skin tones. So Baked Bronzer is very long-lasting and it’s such a big pan that this $9 bronzer will probably last for years! Every summer party needs some golden shimmer and this is the perfect answer.

Hard Candy Mod Quad in Smoke and Mirrors

Hard Candy Mod Quad in Smoke and Mirrors

I still can’t get over the fact that the MOD QUAD EYE SHADOW PALETTE is just $4.50.  I mean seriously.  It comes in several shade options but the one for summer fun is Smoke & Mirrors. Again, $4.50 for a beautiful smoky eye?? And look at the kicky snake-skin packaging! Use these shadows wet for some extra drama.

Hard Candy Poppin Pigments in Land and Sea, King Me

Hard Candy Poppin Pigments in Land and Sea, King Me

POPPIN PIGMENTS are beautiful. Glitter typically scares me, but these are so gorgeous I was thrilled to make them mine. Land and Sea is a combo of shimmery silver and ocean blue; King Me is a purple-pink and a blackened silver.

I am a little too old to wear these as eyeshadows, although those who can get away with glitter will love these. The glitter isn’t too chunky or too dusty. While I am not a fan of these as eyeshadows, I love them mixed with body lotion! They give a pretty, unusual shimmer to any lotion that is lots of fun especially if you are going out to a club to dance. These run $4 for a set of two jars of pigments.

LASHAHOLIC MASCARA creates big, thick lashes although if you put this on bottom lashes, it tends to smudge. Stick with the top lashes and for $5 this is a great mascara. I especially love the small sizes for trying different formulas if you can find them.

Hard Candy is wonderfully affordable and they have some truly excellent options that are lots of fun. Next time you are at Walmart pick up a few new goodies and ramp up the fun!  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

How to get Delectable this summer!

Delectable Sweet Cream Daily Dry Oil

Delectable Sweet Cream Daily Dry Oil

Indulgent, sassy, and affordable…those are the words that come to mind when I think of Delectable by Cake Beauty. Their body products smell amazing and I can find them so easily at Kohl’s and Target. They have two FANTASTIC newly launched summer products: Daily Dry Oil ($18) and Bronzing Body Lotion ($18).

Delectable Sweet Cream Daily Dry Oil

I am a huge advocate of body oil to begin with and Delectable Daily Dry Oil is terrific. The oil has great ingredients including argan, safflower, and grape seed oils. They leave skin hydrated without wetness or stickiness. It also absorbs immediately and gives a soft sheen to skin. I prefer spraying this onto my palms then smoothing on my legs, arms, etc., but you can certainly spray it on directly. I love the softly delicious Sweet Cream scent. It’s not too foody and it plays well with all my usual summer scents. You will want to pick this up the next time you are at Kohl’s or Target.

Delectable Bronzing Body Lotion

Delectable Bronzing Body Lotion

Delectable Bronzing Body Lotion

The other huge winner in my book is the Bronzing Body Lotion. This comes in the same pretty Sweet Cream scent.  There are so many reasons to love this bronzing lotion!

1.  I can’t seem to mess up the application no matter how hard I try. It always go on evenly and looks fabulous.

2.  It never stains my clothes.

3.  It has fantastic, skin-loving ingredients like argan oil.

4.  One application and my skin looks glowy and perfect. My legs have been described as ‘dead fish white’. Of course, the person who said that was properly maimed afterward. It may be true, but geez…it didn’t need to be  pointed out. He won’t make that mistake again!

5.  It makes my arms and legs look thin. That’s worth the price alone!!

before and after...guess which leg is sans Bronzing Body Lotion??

before and after…guess which leg is sans Bronzing Body Lotion??

This pic shows one thin application on my right leg. For deeper color, just apply more coats. It’s wonderful.

There are some products I absolutely love for summer that I refuse to be without and these two are on that list.  You have to check them out!  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

Dry Oil Ingredients: Glycine Soja ( Soybean) Oil Cyclopentasiloxane Dimethicone Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernal Oil Vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil Parfum/Fragrance

Bronzing Body Lotion Ingredients: Water/Aqua Glycerin Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides Stearic Acid Triethanolamine Isopropyl Myristate Cetyl Alcohol Glyceryl Stearate Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernal Oil Rosa Rubiginosa (Rosehip) Oil Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Extract Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract Fragrance Cetearyl Alcohol Dehydroacetic Acid Sodium Benzoate Potassium Sorbate Trihydroxystearin Xanthan Gum Dicetyl Phosphate Ceteth-10 Phosphate Tocopherol May Contain (+/-) Mica Iron Oxide Iron Oxide Iron Oxide Titanium Dioxide