5 favorite summer fragrances – a Makeup Wars post

Another Makeup Wars, another way to entice you into spending money. This time we’re tempting your senses with a variety of fragrance that are loved by the bloggers involved. Normally Marcia writes the Makeup Wars post but for this she’s turned to her blog partner Lisa for advice. Lisa has a love of fragrance so she’s sharing 5 of the scents she’s tried this year that’s she’s crazy about. On the original list Lisa sent me she included ones from last year like Lisa Hoffman Tuscan Fig, Bronze Goddess by Estee Lauder, and LaVanila Vanilla Coconut BUT being the stern taskmaster that I am, I made her chose 5 different ones and promised that I’d show you her choices from last year’s Makeup Wars. Now unto her 2015 Summer Favorites in no particular order.
Clean Summer Sun

Clean Summer Sun

1. CLEAN SUMMER SUN ($59*) is her most expensive choice but one she is loving this summer. “Clean Summer Sun is a fruity, woody scent in truly beautiful packaging. The bottle itself looks like a summer sunset. At First I was thinking that with the somewhat tropical appearance perhaps this was a beachy scent, but it isn’t. It’s more of an outdoorsy fresh-cut lawns, lush green woods, watching the fireflies come out kind of scent.”soap and paper2.  SOAP & PAPER FACTORY SOLID PERFUME IN ORANGE BLOSSOM ($18*) is a great choice if you are traveling or like to take a scent with you. “The Orange Blossom scent is beyond gorgeous. This smells just like orange blossom with a woodsy note once it dries down. If you love orange blossoms, this is for you. And solid perfumes are perfect for summer.”1437349850_island_coconut_065eaff8-aae1-46f2-808f-9b373fa67460_large.jpg_v_1430874783

3. SunyIsland Blu ISLAND COCONUT ($12) “Sometimes it’s just too darn hot to wear perfume so instead I go for fragranced body sprays. My favorite Etsy Shop (also website) for summer sprays is SunyIslandBlu. This summer I am constantly reaching for two body sprays in particular – Island Coconut which is a mix of tropical coconut and sweet vanilla and Summer Crush which is a light creamy coconut.”  Note from Marcia: Lisa is a coconut fiend. I couldn’t find Summer Crush on Etsy or their website which is going to make Lisa sad. I hope she stocked up.1437349774_Skeem-Sweet-Pea-and-Vanilla-next-to-packaging-172x3004. SKEEM PURE PERFUME IN SWEET PEA AND VANILLA ($15*) Lisa has always loved Skeem and seems to have a stash of their beautiful candles at her home. Now she’s learned about their Pure Perfume and she’s enchanted. “These perfumes have only 3 natural ingredients: denatured alcohol, filtered water and Skeem’s exclusive fragrances. The took the scents from their Pur Piller Candle Collection and made them into cute roller balls. Just like with their candles, the packaging for each scent is a work of art itself. Check out the beautiful butterflies that adorn the Sweet Pea and Vanilla scent. This scent is a great combination of deep, rich vanilla and the beautiful floral of Sweet Pea. The scent on these is strong at first but then it dries down to a gorgeous subtleness that lasts throughout the entire day.”lush vanillary5.  LUSH VANILLARY PERFUME ($15.95) Actually Lisa had two Lush fragrances but only this one is on their website but if you go to a Lush store see if they have the Gorilla scents and look for Furze, a cookies and coconut scent. “The Lush Vanillary scent is a fantastic option for vanilla lovers. It combines deep vanilla with soft caramel notes, a pairing that adds up to a wonderfully rich scent that isn’t too sweet or too foody.”

Thanks for reading our combination post. Lisa is making Marcia think twice about her fragrance phobia. Did she do that to you too?


*items marked with * are pr samples, rest are purchases

Top Ten Tuesday goes shopping at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale

TOP TEN TUESDAY wants to shop and help you shop. Nordstrom’s big anniversary sale is coming up with early access for card holders through July 16th. Since a lot of things sell out quickly you usually need to be johnny-on-the-spot to get what you want. I took a leisurely stroll through the offerings and came up with a list of 10 things that I’m highly considering.
Last year I bought a ton of clothes and returned 75% of them. This year I’d like to be more judicious and buy what I need. Of course I’d start with cosmetics since that always fits.
1.  DIOR EYE REVIVER PALETTE ROSY PALETTE ($62) has the soft type of shades I like to wear. This contains a base and 4 shadows in gradiant shades with rose undertones and a plum eyeliner shade which I’m sure I’d use as a shadow. This is exclusive to Nordstrom.

Dior Eye Reviver Rosy palette

Dior Eye Reviver Rosy palette

2.  SMASHBOX PHOTO OP MEGA PALETTE appeals to me because it has so much going on. With 8 trios there’s always going to be a combo I’m interested in. Plus it contains 3 blushes and a mascara. It’s been a while since I’ve used Smashbox eyeshadows but this seems a great way to try them again.

Smashbox Photo Op Mega palette

Smashbox Photo Op Mega palette

3.  LAURA MERCIER “THE ART OF COLOR EYE AND CHEEK COLLECTION” ($79) popped out at me since I always hear raves about her collections and I usually miss out on them. I do have some of the shades in this so that could hold me back. It contains Matte Eye Colour in Morning Dew and Cappuccino, Luster Eye Colour in Brown Sugar, Vanilla Kiss, African Violet, Burnished Rose, Gunmetal and Pink Haze, Second Skin Cheek Colour in Bellini, and Full Blown Volume Supreme Lash Building Mascara in Black.  If you don’t have LM this is a perfect way to start.

Laura Mercier The Art of Colour Eye & Cheek Collection

Laura Mercier The Art of Colour Eye & Cheek Collection

4.  BLAME IT ON NARS CHEEK PALETTE ($59) contains a mini kabuki brush and Highlighting Blush in Satellite of Love, Blush in Day Dream, Blush in New Attitude, and Bronzing Powder in Casino. I don’t own any of these shades and now that we’re all talking about strobing the highlighting blush is calling to me.

Blame it on Nars Cheek Palette

Blame it on Nars Cheek Palette

From what I’ve read on Nouveau Cheap there is a GWP that’s available that’s a makeup case with samples. You’d use the code TEAL, CORAL, PURPLE or GRAY (men’s) to add it to your cart. Of course I ordered cosmetics before I read about that!!
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5.  HALOGEN V-NECK CASHMERE TUNIC SWEATER in either Blue Pastel (shown) or Dark Heather Gray ($98.90) would be a great staple for me to have. I wear jeans almost all the time so either color would be cozy for me.
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6.  VINCE CAMUTO HOODED COAT would make a great addition to my wardrobe. I love hoods since they protect me from the elements and I always look to buy a coat or jacket during the Nordstrom Annivesary Sale. This only comes in navy which is fine with me. The length is 36″ which would make it work with anything. At $464.90 it’s more than I usually pay so I haven’t committed to it … yet.
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7. HALOGEN CASHMERE TRAVEL WRAP ($98.90) looks great to me. I have scarfs so this would be a slight change. It always amazes me how much a good scarf can cost so I like to find one during this sale. And because it’s a wrap, I might not even lose it.
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8.  JANE BASCH DESIGNS DIAMOND & PERSONALIZED MONOGRAM Y-NECKLACE grabbed my eye instantly. I love a long necklace and I’m glad that Nordstrom has so many this year. For me there’s nothing better than hearts on my jewelry and this has two. At $149.90 it’s not that expensive even though they have other long necklaces I like that are less. But hearts?? That’s me.
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9.  KATE SPADE NY NORTH COURT BOW LACEY PEBBLED LEATHER ZIP WALLET is a mouthful ($131.90) This is exclusive to Nordstrom and it’s pink. PINK!! Even though I always look first at Shopbop for purses and wallets this is just too cute and it won’t be at Shopbop.
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10.  KATE SPADE NY NORTH COURT ANTON PEBBLED LEATHER SATCHEL is another Nordstrom exclusive. I love the Deep Indigo shade (pictured) and it would look great with my casual wardrobe. This may be the first thing in my cart.
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What are you interested in during the sale? What do you usually wait for and hope it’s there? — Marcia


Makeup Wars with Keune Hair Care products – Keratin Smoothing Line

KEUNE Care Line Keratin Smoothing

KEUNE Care Line Keratin Smoothing

The ladies of Makeup Wars are a varied bunch in our taste and especially with our hair. We all have different styles, lengths, textures and desires when it comes to how we like our hair. KEUNE hair care has provided each of us with a haircare line that suits our taste. What you’ll see in our posts this time are the products that Keune carries so that you can find the ones that suit your needs and your life style.

I’ve had straight hair my entire life though it’s never been that glass like straight that you see in advertisements. After an illness my hair suddenly went from straight to crazy. I lost a huge volume of hair and is it regrew it came in kinky and then settled into some funny waves that went every which way. That’s when I got serious and started having Keratin treatments. I have them about every 9 months because I want to retain my youth (obviously) and have straight, easy to care for locks.

KEUNE CARE LINE KERATIN SMOOTHING is the line I chose as it’s listed under “Smooth and Manageable” which describes what I am looking for to a tee. There are 4 products in the line and are all highly recommended if you want smooth hair and could use the benefits of keratin added to the products you use.

I have to start with how much I love the packaging of the Keratin Smoothing line. Fuchsia and charcoal look stunning together and perfect in my gray, white and black bathroom!

Keune Care Line Keratin Smoothing Shampoo

Keune Care Line Keratin Smoothing Shampoo

KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING SHAMPOO is a very mild shampoo that cleanses without any stripping. It’s great for both color-treated hair and for chemical treated hair. There’s no fragrance to most of the line. Here’s some information from Keune about the shampoo: “The Quat Complex protects against Hair Fiber Breakage and ensures smooth wet combing. Keratin repairs and protects the hair structure. Provitamin B5 penetrates deeply into the hair shaft and regulates the moisture balance and gives shine.”

Keune Keratin Smoothing Conditioner

Keune Keratin Smoothing Conditioner

Keune Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner

Keune Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner

KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING CONDITIONER is a perfect day to day conditioner. It’s creamy and leaves my hair easy to comb and protects from breakage. It contains shea butter for extra conditioning and shine.

Keune Keratin Smoothing Serum

Keune Keratin Smoothing Serum

The KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING SERUM is where we start getting really serious! The serum is what smooths my hair and keeps it from getting frizzy. This is an amazing serum that contains active keratin and argan oil. I love this serum. I need 3 small pumps for my shoulder length hair. I rub it through then brush with my wet brush and I’m ready to go. I usually don’t have to do anything else after I messily blow dry. It keeps my hair straight throughout that process. It also protects from the heat of my dryer or my flat iron. On second day hair I’ll use one pump smooshed in my palms and run it through my hair before using a flat iron.

Keune Keratin Smoothing Treatment and Serum

Keune Keratin Smoothing Treatment and Serum

Keune Smoothing Keratin Treatment

Keune Smoothing Keratin Treatment

I have to really rave about the KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING TREATMENT. This makes my hair behave like nothing else. I end up with the softest and straightest hair on the days I use this. I use this just once a week though I know I could use it more often. With this treatment it’s best to apply it after shampooing and then bundle your hair up in a towel for 5 minutes. You can do that in the shower if you want while you are shaving and washing up. I typically use it without the towel though and just step out of the water stream to let it condition and repair my hair. This has what they call “Zipper Technology”. The Treatment is great to rebuild, repair and protect any damage you have with your hair. It’s wonderful if you plan to flat iron after blowdrying since it’s so protective.

Keune Keratin Smoothing hair

Keune Keratin Smoothing hair

Keune Keratin Smoothing (I need my bangs cut)

Keune Keratin Smoothing (I need my bangs cut)

Keune is a salon sold line that’s easy to locate with their salon finder. I just put in my state and it showed 2 salons close to my home and 4 others that are within reasonable distance. I just hope they carry my choice of Keratin Smoothing.

I’m thrilled that Keune chose to work with our group of Makeup War bloggers since it introduced me to a haircare line that I wouldn’t have known about but now love. Have you tried anything from Keune? — Marcia


My beauty blogger influenced buys

Makeup Wars is back with a topic near and dear to me. It”s all about how other bloggers have influenced us in our purchases. Near and dear? Yes because I read dozens of blogs a day and I communicate with a lot of bloggers so they usually have me on my toes and opening my wallet. Two of my “influensters” are Phyrra and Blushing Noir but they aren’t the only ones who my credit card companies call to thank.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O and Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Bioderma Sensibio H2O and Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

The two products I am showing you today are the ones I use daily and I’m so glad that my fellow bloggers showed me the way.
FIRST we have BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector which was purchased because of Gouldylox aka Kelly. She’s been a bad influence on me for a long time but when I read her review of the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector I knew I had to buy it ASAP. When she first reviewed it it was sold out everywhere but when it came back into stock I jumped.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($29) is a very light peach cream corrector. It’s not a concealer, it’s a corrector. It has a luminous quality to it. For me it hides dark circles just about better than anything I’ve tried. It’s not that I don’t have peach correctors that I like because this isn’t the only one I use but it’s by far my favorite and the one I reach for when it’s time to look rested, line free and ready for the rest of my face makeup.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Some people use this as a base for concealer but for me it’s perfect on its own and I can apply my foundation or CC Cream without anything else. Because of its luminosity (it’s infused with ultrafine light-reflecting illuminators) I only use it under my eyes and rely on another concealer for redness especially around my nose.

 Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

It’s a firm texture but using the warmth of my fingers makes it just glide on. I’m so in love!! You can find this at Sephora, beauty.com and Amazon. Just find it!

Bioderma Sensibio H2O and Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Bioderma Sensibio H2O and Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

My second love is Bioderma Sensibio H2O which has been raved about by so many bloggers. On one of our group posts almost every blogger raved about it and I felt left out (oh boo hoo). Finally I read Pammy’s review (Pammy Blogs Beauty) and I rushed to Beautylish and bought it.
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A Micellar Water is hard for me to understand to be honest. It looks like regular water but it has magical powers (I’m prone to exaggeration at times). The Bioderma Micellar Water is a fragrance free facial cleanser that helps remove your makeup or just freshen your skin. There are two formulas with Sensibio H2O being the one for sensitive skin. It’s specially formulated for sensitive, normal to dry skin types.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O

Bioderma Sensibio H2O

What I do is put some on a cotton pad and use that to wash my face. I bought the one in the collage which is one 500 mg bottle and the travel size bottle as a bonus ($19.95). Even though I’m nowhere near done I know I’m buying the next package that contains two 500 mg bottles plus a 250 mg bottle for $39.90. If you aren’t sure that this is for you then start with the 250 mg bottle at $13.95.  I doubt I’ll be buying anymore facial wipes now since Bioderma Micellar Water gets my face cleaner and leaves behind no residue at all. My face is softened and cleansed. Some people use this as an eye makeup remover but it’s usually not powerful enough for me to remove mascara.bioderma 1
BIODERMA SENSIBLO H2O is “A soothing emollient thanks to cucumber extract, it clears up irritated skin and produces a feeling of instant freshness. Fragrance-free, alcohol-free, paraben-free, and hypoallergenic”.
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What do you think of my two choices? Have you tried either? Have I tempted you to spend on these? Since I wholeheartedly love these I’d feel no qualms if you did buy them. — Marcia

*nothing to disclose

Frizz Fighter Alert – code red

Welcome to an edition of Makeup Wars for hair. This week we’ve been assigned (by the big boss) to share our favorite frizz fighters or volume saviors. I’m a genuine frizz hater. I’ve dealt with frizz my whole life and finally have ways to control it somewhat. For the last few years I’ve had a keratin treatment and I love the results of it. But it’s all grown out and I’m debating the merits of doing it again. Even with a Brazilian Blowout though I still need styling creams and products that fight the frizz so that’s what we have here, in no particular order. — Marcia
1433713480_ecru-acacia-protein-bb-creamECRU NEW YORK is one of my favorite haircare lines and their ACACIA PROTEIN BB CREAM is one I’ve been relying on ever since I received it. This is a great cream to protect my hair from my heat styling. It keeps my hair smooth and nourished. The Protein BB Cream contains Acacia Collagen™, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Silk Amino Acids, Jojoba Oil and Monoi Oil.
1433713281_coolway-4-160x400COOLWAY GLOW FINISHING OIL is actually part of a duo I use along with Coolway True Smooth Spray. The spray is used first and helps protect when I’m blowdrying and it also helps with frizz. The Finishing Oil is used after to make sure that my hair stays smooth and shiny.
1433713088_oil-essentials-almond-bottle-300x267OIL ESSENTIALS in SWEET ALMOND & MACADAMIA is fabulous. This oil can be used anywhere and lately I’ve been using it on my hair to help smooth it. This spring/summer has been very humid and I need all the help I can get. Oil Essentials is helping and is smells so darn good.
1433712997_makethumbnailKEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING SERUM is my newest acquisition and I’m totally loving this line (full review upcoming). It is so great for those of us with frizz problems. The serum is a heat protector that contains active keratin, argan oil and essential minerals.
1433712835_dermorganic-leave-in-spray-therapy-160x300DERMORGANIC LEAVE IN SPRAY THERAPY is an “old” favorite that gets a lot of use. I think the new name might be Leave In Shine Therapy but whatever the name it’s still the same product. I use this after washing my hair and my comb just glides through my hair. It helps eliminate frizz while making my hair shiny.
1433712696_ag-hair-bb-and-deflectAG HAIR BB Cream Total Benefit Hair Primer and DEFLECT Fast Dry Heat Protection Spray work together like peanut butter and jelly. You can enjoy one without the other but together they are delicious. DEFLECT Spray is to be used on wet hair to help comb through it easily and to help with frizz protection as well as heat protection. BB Cream Primer is a hair primer that helps moisturize as well as thicken your hair to protect it from the F word.
1433712441_brazilian-blowout-masqueBRAZILIAN BLOWOUT ACAI SMOOTHING SERUM and BALM are my fall backs. I’ve been using these for years and I always have one of each on hand. You don’t need to have a keratin treatment to use these, anyone who wants a great styling tool and wants smoother looking hair would love this like I do.
Thanks for reading all my choices. My vanity is loaded with haircare so I switch around a lot. Are any of these products ones you use? If not, what do you use? —  Marcia



*some items were sent for consideration, some were purchases

Makeup Wars Glow time starring Charlotte Tilbury, Tom Ford, Becca and Youngblood

What's in these Makeup Wars packages?

What’s in these Makeup Wars packages?

Makeup Wars Glow cream products from Youngblood, Charlotte Tilbery and Tom Ford

Makeup Wars Glow cream products from Youngblood, Charlotte Tilbery and Tom Ford

Today’s Makeup Wars is all about summer highlighters, bronzers and glowing products. As someone who doesn’t tan and rarely even uses bronzers I have to be all about the glow. The 6 products I love for this all happen to be creams that I haven’t shared with you yet (or much).

I love cream products since I believe they can be less aging on me. I’m lucky that they wear well on me too and for the most part don’t fade away. When I was in the midst of crazy hot flashes I had to step away from a lot of powder products because they’d look awful after I finally stopped flashing. That’s when I started trusting cream products more. Yes they’ll fade after a major flash but they don’t look cakey on me and they are easy to repair.

Out of my slew of cosmetics I picked some that I’ve been using a lot in the last month and that I know will continue to serve me during the summer.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY is a brand I’d been lusting after for a very long time. When it became available in the US (Nordstrom.com and CharlotteTilbury.com) I sort of froze since the amount of products were overwhelming to me. I purchased a few here and there but it was when the Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadows  ($32) were released that I knew it was time for me to splurge. I currently have Jean (also known as Norma Jean) and Marie Antoinette but Verushka is on its way to me too.

Charlotte Tilbury Jean and Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Jean and Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Jean and Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Jean and Marie Antoinette

Jean/Norma Jean is the one I’ve been wearing the most and I absolutely adore it. I start with an eyeshadow primer and let it set for a while. Then with my finger I apply the color smoothing it lightly over my entire eye most days. Before I do anything else I let it set longer since I’ve read that some people get creasing with it. I never have and I’ve used them a dozen times. This applies lighter and more golden than CT’s swatches because I sheer them out. I love to wear Norma Jean with some brown or khaki eyeshadows in the outer corner. Jean a gorgeous, sparkling-pink champagne inspired by the iconic beauty Marilyn Monroe.”

Charlotte Tilbury Norma Jean

Charlotte Tilbury Norma Jean

Marie Antoinette is an antique oyster gold hue inspired by the hypnotizing beauty of the infamous Queen of France according to the website. I find that it looks deeper in the jar and on my finger swatches than it does on my eyes. I like to wear this alone on my lid for an easy summer look but it’s just as beautiful anyway I use it.

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Norma Jean and Marie Antoinette swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Norma Jean and Marie Antoinette swatches

After my perfect glowy eyes are applied I need to do my face. During a previous Makeup Wars and Top Ten Tuesday post every blogger except for me raved about BECCA BRONZING SKIN PERFECTOR GEL ($36). Well that couldn’t be. If they all loved it that much then I wasn’t going to be left out. This is wonderful for this very pale blogger who keeps out of the sun. I can mix it into my foundation for a perk me up when I’m feeling wan or I can spot use it to act as my bronzer. It’s a cream to powder formula that is infused with pearls to make it more radiant. It’s not glittery though, it’s just glowy. It loves me and I love it.

Becca Skin Bronzing Perfector Gel

Becca Skin Bronzing Perfector Gel

Becca Skin Bronzing Perfector Gel

Becca Skin Bronzing Perfector Gel

YOUNGBLOOD COSMETICS makes LUMINOUS CREME BLUSH ($27*) that I love to pieces. These are staples for me and I even have backups. Two that are ideal for summer are Champagne Life and Tropical Glow. I use them all year round but they get more love in summer. What makes these so special is their texture. They are very firm to the touch and never are tacky on me. They are among the longest lasting cream blushes I own. Champagne Life  looks darker in the pan than it appears on me. I use this as a champagne highlighter at the top of my cheekbones. I love pairing it with Tropical Glow too. Tropical Glow is a peachy pink glow that has become one of my true loves. They say it has golden shimmer but it’s the kind of shimmer that’s embedded within so that you just see the special color it creates.

Youngblood Luminous Creme Blush in Tropical Glow and Champagne Life

Youngblood Luminous Creme Blush in Tropical Glow and Champagne Life

These are oil free so they won’t clog pores. They contain Vitamins C and E which work together to help protect against oxidative stress. They are extremely emollient due to the Jojaba Esters.

TOM FORD CREAM CHEEK COLOR in PINK SAND ($65) is my absolute splurge item. The more I saw it on other blogs the more I wanted it. I’ve resisted a ton of Tom Ford products because of the price but I just had to have this peachy pink cream blush.

Tom Ford Pink Sand Cream blush

Tom Ford Pink Sand Cream blush

Tom Ford Pink Sand Cream blush

Tom Ford Pink Sand Cream blush

The elegant white packaging, the Tom Ford name, the Nordstrom description “Tom Ford Cream Cheek Color instantly brightens your face for a healthy glow and a natural burst of color. The pearlized, peach-pink shade gives cheeks gorgeous luster and a stunning radiant finish.” and triple points on my CC all added up to me owning this. It’s a very light blush and it’s not long lasting but I don’t care. I’m happy to reapply this. It’s limited edition along with the rest of their summer collection and I didn’t want to regret not owning this.

Tom Ford Pink Sand, Becca Bronzing Gel, Youngblood Champagne Life, Youngblood Tropical Glow

Tom Ford Pink Sand, Becca Bronzing Gel, Youngblood Champagne Life, Youngblood Tropical Glow

Now you’ve seen my favorite glowy products and I hope you like them. Are any of these in your collection? What do you recommend I add to mine?

Let’s see what the other Makeup Warriors chose by visiting them.  — Marcia


*youngblood received for review purposes, rest are personal purchases

Makeup Wars Favorite New Product – my pick Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

Makeup Wars has decided to feature a favorite new product. I actually have three but I’m narrowing it down to just one very special one: Murad Invisblur Perfecting Shield. This primer is everything to me and I’m thrilled to use it daily and choose this as my special feature. Mine came from Beauty Brands* which is a wonderful website that I discovered when a blogger mentioned a sale they were having. I love sales and specials and I find that Beauty Brands always has something going on. They carry lines that are both established like MURAD and independent ones.

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

My blog partner Lisa is all about primers and I’m all about serums but I’d heard so many wonderful things about Murad Invisblur Perfecting Shield that I just couldn’t wait to use it. Once I got it I realized it’s much more than a primer. It’s a moisturizer, sunscreen, anti-aging treatment and blurring product wrapped up into one fabulous product.

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

The texture of Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30/PA+++ is what makes this unique for me. It’s gel like and feels soothing on my skin. I find I need the smallest amount of it to cover my entire face. I can use this over a serum or without one, I can use this under moisturizer or use it as my moisturizing product. It’s designed to promote total skin perfection. It’s even wonderful for those days we are running around without foundation because it provides so many benefits as well as protective ingredients (see below).

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

One of the reasons I didn’t use primers that much previously is that I found too many of them balled up when I’d put on BB/CC Cream or foundation. There’s never a problem with that with Murad Invisiblur. Plus it makes my foundation last so much longer. Since I’ve been using this (just under 1 month) I don’t have to touch up foundation ever. I can put on my makeup in the morning and other than touching up blush, lips or eyeliner I’m done.

Invisiblur is gluten free and non-comedogenic. For me one of the main benefits is that it helps blur the large pores on my face. I work hard to keep those to a minimum and Invisiblur works hard to make them look like they aren’t there. There’s never a greasy feeling plus I don’t have to wait for it to set before applying anything else. murad invisiblur box backIf you want a touch of luxury that takes the place of at least 3 products in your morning routine, then Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30/PA+++ is the answer to your dreams, just like it is to mine. — Marcia

Now let’s see what products rock the world for my friends

Ingredient information

-Mushroom Peptides: Fight visible signs of aging to help restore youthful-looking firmness, elasticity, and skin resilience.
-Soft-focus Complex: Smooths skin and blurs imperfections for improved tone and texture to create an ideal canvas for makeup application.
-Barley, Sunflower, and Cucumber Extracts: Enhance skin’s ability to retain moisture.

Isododecane, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Methicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Homosalate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Octocrylene, Diethylhexyl 2, 6- Naphthalate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Polyglycerides, C15-23 Alkane, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Cake, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Extract, Octyldodecanol, Octyldodecyl Oleate, PEG -8 Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Alcohol, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract*, Butylene Glycol, Lentinus Edodes (Shiitake Mushroom) Extract, Mucor Miehei Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Silica, Sodium Propoxyhydroxypropyl Thiosulfate Silica, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Solidago Virgaurea (Goldenrod) Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral,Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldhyde, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance

*provided by Beauty Brands for review consideration