Four ‘back to school’ beauty hacks – stock up during the Meijer Fall Beauty Week!

Four Back-to-School beauty hacks!It’s the end of the summer season and time to refresh your beauty products for fall. Meijer’s annual Fall Beauty Week is coming up – September 11 through the 17th – with tons of products on sale including skin care, cosmetics, and hair care. There are four essential items that you need for your backpack, locker, dufflebag or desk to be sure you look your best while also saving precious time. They will all be on sale during the Fall Beauty Week so get your shopping list started now!                                                                        samples

Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands

Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

1. Ensure a great hair day with headbands. My picks – Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands and Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap. The Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands are thin and are perfect time savers in the morning, plus they won’t slip off during workouts. I love the versatility of the Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap, which is also terrific for keeping hair out of your face when cleansing or applying treatments and masks.

Back to school beauty hack:  Wash your hair at night to save time in the morning.  Put your towel dried hair into a loose bun or ponytail wrapped with a soft headband for soft, beachy waves when you wake up.

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

2.  Get a great complexion with no-fuss foundation. My pick – Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2. This liquid foundation truly looks natural thanks to cutting edge pigment technology. It lasts all day with or without a primer, and does a great job of making imperfect skin look almost flawless.

Back to school beauty hack:  Even if you are running late, you have time to put on foundation. Forget about brushes or sponges – just put a pump or two on your palms, rub together to warm up, then pat on your face. Voila – instant perfect skin that looks natural and buffed in seconds. (Just remember to wash your hands after!)

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil in 305 Blonde

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil in 305 Blonde

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

3.  Don’t forget your brows! You can get great brows in seconds. My pick – L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil. Groomed brows make a huge difference and they are easier to do than you think. Using the pencil end, make short strokes that are about the length of actual brow hair to fill in sparse areas, then use the spoolie to blend in.

Back to school beauty hack: Always brush brow hair straight up for the best eye-opening look.

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

4.  Brighten your look instantly with lip gloss  My pick – NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue. There’s a reason your mother always said never leave the house without lipstick. Seriously, if you are only going to do one thing it should be your lips. Lipstick can be tricky to apply without a mirror, but lip gloss takes less precision. The NYX Butter Gloss is fantastic. It’s moisturizing and has great slip without any stickiness.  It comes in lots of gorgeous shades but I especially love the pretty pink of Merengue.

Back to school beauty hack:  Smaller tubes of lip gloss are the best! They save you money because you will definitely use the entire product before it goes bad.

Don’t forget, all four of these essential beauty products are on sale during the Meijer Fall Beauty Week from September 11 through the 17th. Put them on your shopping list – I know you will love them for all your back to school needs.  – Lisa

*post sponsored by Meijer, all opinions and advice my own!

More than a mascara…Peter Lamas Lash Masque

Peter Lamas Lash MasqueI am usually a ‘bigger is better’ girl when it comes to mascara – I want longer lashes, thicker lashes, all the drama I can get. So I didn’t think I would like the Peter Lamas Lash Masque ($22) as a mascara…but surprisingly this has quickly become a favorite of mine.

Peter Lamas Lash Masque

Peter Lamas Lash Masque

The Lash Masque actually does three things:

  1.  As a mascara, it slightly tints lashes with natural extracts, separates, lengthens, and gives a very pretty natural look. It’s not drama, but it’s way better than my lashes on their own. I really like this on weekends or when I am in a hurry because I don’t have to be careful when I apply it and it goes on quickly and easily.
  2. It’s a great primer and lash conditioner. If I am feeling fancy, I use this first then use my mascara. Then it does give me even more drama! The masque doesn’t have any chemicals to dry out lashes, so it conditions them, promotes healthy lashes, and reduces lash fallout.
  3. Lash Masque is a terrific brow gel! I have been using it every day to darken my brows and brush them into place.
Peter Lamas Lash Masque

Peter Lamas Lash Masque

Ingredients include Spirulina, Biotin, Panthenol, and natural proteins to repair, strengthen and improve lash growth and thickness. Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and Almond Oils coat each lash to condition and protect from damage

The Lash Masque is 100% vegan, sulfate-free, petrochemical-free and paraben-free. With three great reasons to try out the Lash Masque, why wait? Head on over to peterlamas.com to get a tube for yourself.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

IT Cosmetics 5 Superstars & More 6 Piece Collection TSV for 11/20 #ITSuperstars

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We love IT Cosmetics and we love the QVC Today’s Special Value sets, so when these stars collide it’s time to break out that credit card. The latest TSV special is the IT Cosmetics TSV 6-Piece Holiday Set – sold separately, the six items would set you back $185. For one day, you can have it all for $59.94 – a really incredible price for six essential IT Cosmetics products. The Today’s Special Value offer on November 20th ends at 11:59 pm PT. Don’t be late to the party.

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While IT Cosmetics has been a huge favorite of ours for years, Lisa and Marcia have certain products that they consider to be essential. Read on for their take on these six IT Cosmetics superstars.

LISA’S PICKS:

I always have a tube of Bye Bye Undereye Anti-Aging Concealer  on hand. I’ve used this full coverage concealer for years and it is one of the best out there. It looks natural but covers even the darkest of undereye circles.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

I have also gone through several pans of the Celebration Foundation Illumination. This is a soft, creamy, full coverage powder foundation that doesn’t make my face look dry. I swirl it on with a fluffy brush to cover all imperfections, plus it provides great sun protection. I use it all the time as a setting powder over liquid foundation, too.

IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation in Medium

IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation in Medium

I am a sucker for lava lamps and mood rings, so the Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi is a big favorite just because the final color varies depending on body chemistry. This lipstick is actually four products in one: lipstick, antiaging conditioning lip balm, hydrating lip gloss, and a lip stain. The ingredients, including vitamins A, C, and E, hydrate, condition, and minimize the appearance of wrinkles. The initial shine gradually wears off, leaving an even, long-wearing stain.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi

MARCIA’S PICKS:

I think I’ve talked about Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara at least 500 times because it’s that good. There are several products that I can’t live without, including the Bye-Bye Eyes Concealer, and Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara is one of them. Since this set is the Superstar set they just had to include this and I’m very happy that they did. This is more than a mascara – it’s a conditioning primer, lash enhancing serum, lash tint and lash comb/curler all wrapped up in one special mascara. The Lash Ball Detailer on the top is there to add length, volume and to separate.

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara

Another Superstar is the Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil which receives awards from QVC year after year. The wind up pencil is a universal color made to match all hair color. It adheres well to your skin and helps cover gray in case you have that problem. The fine point makes it easy to draw in hairs too. The spoolie on the opposite helps start or finish your eyebrows so they look perfect.

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil.

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil.

I’m a giant fan of IT Cosmetics brushes and the fabulous new Heavenly Luxe Master Brush is worth the price of this TSV all by itself. Once you touch this brush you won’t turn back to an ordinary brush. It’s a synthetic brush, since everything from IT Cosmetics is cruelty free, that is custom cut to form the unique head. Besides feeling heavenly the uses are heavenly too. Use it with the Celebration Foundation that is one of the Superstar items but also use it with your favorite foundations, concealers, blushes, bronzer and finishing powders. This is going to be a workhorse for you but it will feel like a work kitty.

IT Cosmetics Superstar TSV for November 20, 2015

IT Cosmetics Superstar TSV for November 20, 2015

These 5 Superstar products plus the Heavenly Luxe Master Brush (which will surely become a Superstar) make up this special TSV. The price of this set is amazing since you’ll receive old favorites as well as new ones that will become favorites. Jump on it Friday, November 20, 2015 at midnight EST and during the day so your foundation and concealer shade doesn’t sell out.

#ITSuperstars

A270192 for single delivery or A274310 for auto delivery.

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The right tools make a difference…Chella Beautiful Eyebrow Tools

Chella Beautiful Eyebrow Tool Set

Chella Beautiful Eyebrow Tool Set

What is the most neglected facial feature? Eyebrows. I see people (including celebs at red carpet events) who do full on glamour makeup but don’t even touch their eyebrows. Sheer craziness since beautiful brows make a huge difference on every face. You can’t get great brows without the right tools and Chella sent these three essentials that are also available as a set.

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The Beautiful Eyebrow Tool Set currently available on the Chella website has a case to hold all the tools and the price is $45. The set I was sent to test doesn’t have a case and I don’t see it for sale on the website. You can get the set pictured above, or you can buy the tools separately.

Chella Brow Tools

Chella Brow Tools

Three essential tools for creating beautiful brows include tweezers, a brush/comb/razor, and scissors.

Chella Tweezers

Chella Tweezers

Tweezing stray hairs is the first step, and there is nothing more frustrating than a bad set of tweezers. I love the Chella Tweezers. The unique shape makes them easy to hold and maneuver to reach every hair. The tweezers hold tight to hairs, making them easy to pull out quickly and cleanly. I recommend investing in a professional brow session to get an initial perfect shape, then tweezing to maintain the look. Another tip:  always tweeze hairs in an upward motion for the cleanest results.

Chella Brush and Comb

Chella Razor with Brush and Comb

A terrific multi-tasking tool for brows is Chella’s Razor with Brush and Comb. The brush and comb pull off to reveal a razor that quickly removes peach fuzz and hairs too short to tweeze. Be sure to pull your skin tight for the best results, don’t use too much pressure, and use the razor against the grain of the hair growth. The comb and brush are the perfect size for taming unruly brows.  Always brush brow hair upward!

Chella Scissors

Chella Scissors

When you brush brow hair up, it’s easy to see what needs to be trimmed. Chella Scissors take the work out of trimming. The grippy handle ensures there is no slippage, and the rounded edges make trimming safe and easy to do on yourself.

Purchased individually, the three tools would cost $45, so you might as well get the set and enjoy the pretty tool case that comes with it. Plus, there is a handy Brow Shaping Guide with lots of great tips and tricks. Show your brows some love with these great tools!  – Lisa

*samples sent for editorial consideration

Create dreamy brows with Mally Ultimate Performance Dream Brow

Mally Ultimate Performance Dream Brow 7I am always on the hunt for great brow products, and the Mally Beauty Ultimate Performance Dream Brow with Brush ($26) is a fabulous option for creating groomed yet natural looking brows.

Mally Ultimate Performance Dream Brow

Mally Ultimate Performance Dream Brow

dual-ended brow brush and brow gel

dual-ended brow brush and brow gel

Mally Beauty sent us this set that can found on QVC.  Included is a dual-ended brow brush and a gel brow filler.  What makes this special is the gel brow filler.  Instead of the typical flat color that can make brows look unnatural, this has some illumination to it which creates depth.  The result?  A more natural looking brow that beautifully frames the eyes and balances out features.

Spoolie end of brush

Spoolie end of brush

Brow bristle end of brush

Brow bristle end of brush

Mally Beauty Brow Gel

Mally Beauty Brow Gel

swatch of Brow Gel

swatch of Medium Brown Brow Gel

The gel also makes brow hair slightly thicker and provides hold so brows stay in place all day.  I find that the best technique is to first brush brows upward using the spoolie end of the brush.  Next, I dip the angled brush in the brow gel around the edges of the pot – that gives the gel a longer shelf life and keeps it from drying out.  Then, I just brush the gel onto my brows using upward strokes.  I finish with a final upward swipe of the spoolie, and my brows are set for the day.

I use shade Medium Brown, but other shades available include Taupe, Sable, blonde, auburn, and gray.

If you are in the market for a great brow set that creates natural looking brows that stay in place all day, this is the set for you!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Bringing out the colorful side of life with Anastasia Hypercolor Brow & Lash Tint

Most of us think of mascara as brown or black with an occasional color like navy or dark green thrown into the mix. But Anastasia can be all about fun which they prove with their Hypercolor Brow & Lash Tint. As they say “Bright is the new Bold”. They’ve proved that you can be bright and beautiful with three new mascaras.

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

When this package arrived at my door I must admit I looked at my driver’s license to see my age. I am old and wearing these amazingly bright colors could be a shock to my system. But I’m game for just about anything with cosmetics since my philosophy is that it all washes off. So I gave them all a go and figured out that I can wear some of these some of the time. These are not going to be my everyday products but for a fun night at the lake or a party, why not?

There are 3 different shades of Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint: Ultra Violet, Electric Blue and In the Pink.

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

Each shade is $22 and comes with a small size LASH GENIUS so you are getting a bonus with these. It’s the perfect way to try out Lash Genius.

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Lash & Brow Tint

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Lash & Brow Tint

Now enjoy these pictures

Let’s start with Electric Blue – a perfect name for this color. On my dark lashes and with my fair skin it’s definitely electric but the funny thing is that I applied this, put on my glasses and it was hours before my husband realized I was wearing Electric Blue on my lashes.

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue with Lash Genius

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue with Lash Genius

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue

In The Pink: I didn’t get a picture of me wearing this as a mascara but here it is with Electric Blue on my brows. Now THIS my husband noticed!! In the Pink is a bright fuchsia shade though I I find it casts a slightly orange/red tinge.

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue and In The Pink

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue and In The Pink

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR In The Pink

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR In The Pink

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR In The Pink

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR In The Pink

Ultra-Violet is the normal one in the group and my favorite. It doesn’t show up on me as wearing a purple mascara though in certain lights you can see that it is. It brings out the coolness of some eyeshadows though. It’s much more obvious on my eyebrows and would be more so if I’d filled them in better. I like this a lot as a mascara.

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint on my lashes and brows

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint on my lashes and brows

A few things you want to know:

1) This is a thick mascara, it wasn’t wet even from day one.

2) I didn’t get extra volume or length from these but I did get nice definition.

3) I had no smudging or flaking from the mascaras. The only time I noticed a problem was when I rubbed my eyes and some came off but I hadn’t used the Lash Genius.

4) This dries really fast. That’s not a problem when using it as a mascara but if you want to comb your lashes do it quickly. It did make it a little hard to use it on my brows though since I wasn’t adept enough to make them clump free.

5) If an old broad like me can wear these, then anyone can! I may not be Cindy Lauper but I’m willing to have fun with Anastasia’s Hypercolor Brow & Lash Tint – though not every day!anastasia hypercolor  swatches

Are you brave enough to wear these? What color/s would you pick?? — Marcia

*sent for review