Pai-Shau haircare – salon style hair at home

Pai-shau haircare product line

Pai-Shau haircare product line

Today is Top Ten Tuesday but I’m only sharing 5 products with you. I hope you’ll forgive me but Pai-Shau is such an outstanding line with unique ingredients that no other line wanted to share in the glory of it.

After being the CEO of Moraccanoil for over 10 years Mr. Pai-Shau Zohar Paz was on a trip to Vietnam and became fascinated with an ancient bathing ritual involving tea and decided to bring it back to North America. Pai-Shau haircare was later born using a Signature Exotic Tea Complex with advanced weightless technology. The Pai-Shau line has only been in existence for less than 1 year and salons across the continent are carrying and using this beneficial line made in Canada.

Pai-shau haircare product line

Pai-Shau haircare product line

There are 5 products in the line meant to enrich, hydrate, and give nutrition to your hair. Pai-Shau infuses moisture with their exclusive tea antioxidants, vitamins B, C, and E, rice amino acids and oat proteins.

PAI-SHAU HYDRATING RITUAL REPLENISHING HAIR CLEANSER:

Pai-shau Replenishing Hair Cleanser and Replenishing Cream Conditioner

Pai-Shau Replenishing Hair Cleanser and Replenishing Cream Conditioner

This shampoo is one of the most bubbly I’ve ever used. I barely need any product to wash my hair yet it provides oodles of suds that don’t strip my hair. It’s highly concentrate and is sulfate free so it protects my color treated hair. ($26)

PAI-SHAU HYDRATING RITUAL REPLENISHING CREAM CONDITIONER is to be used in conjunction with their hair cleanser. The combination gives me a finish that is easy to comb through without weighing my hair down at all. At first it feels so lightweight that I was worried my hair would be tangly but that wasn’t the case. Just leave it on for a minute before rinsing; you won’t believe how nice your hair feels after. ($28)

PAI-SHAU HYDRATING RITUAL SUPREME REVITALIZING MASK

Pai-shau Revitalizing Mask

Pai-Shau Revitalizing Mask

Pai-shau Revitalizing Mask

Pai-Shau Revitalizing Mask

This mask is so rich that I need just the smallest amount for my shoulder length hair. It’s a 5 minute mask so after washing my hair with the cleanser I apply this next, leaving it on while I’m doing other shower jobs. This mask has many jobs: anti-static, nourishing, hydrating, volume, and shine. It’s well worth the $30 cost (MSRP $43) since it will last you for so long. Like all of the haircare it contains the Signature Exotic Tea Complex. What makes this so unique is that in spite of it being a mask that you’d expect to flatten hair, it adds volume. It’s so effective that I only use it once every other week. My hair doesn’t need it more than that. I love that it comes with its own spatula to remove the product from the jar.

PAI-SHAU DESIGN RITUAL STYLE SOUFFLE

Pai-shau Style Souffle

Pai-Shau Style Souffle

I probably sound like a broken record by now but all the products from Pai-Shau have the uncommon characteristics of being lightweight, nourishing, and reparative. The Style Souffle is no exception to that. This is a light hairspray that you can use it on wet or dry hair. Use it on wet hair by working it through. Later use it on dry hair as a spray to help hold your hair in place. This is especially good for women who style their hair into a real style. Your hair will be soft and supple but you’ll have control and manageability.

PAI-SHAU ENHANCE RITUAL BIPHASIC INFUSION is the star of the show. This is the first product developed in the line and is unlike anything I’ve ever tried before.

Pai-Shau Biphasic Infusion

Pai-Shau Biphasic Infusion

Just like a bi-phase eye makeup remover, you have to shake this to activate the ingredients. The contents need to be blended and once they are it’s like releasing a genie from the bottle to work her special skills on your hair. This redefines the word “weightless”. At first when you put it on your hand to distribute it through your tresses, it feels a little sticky. But that feeling is gone before you know it and your hair doesn’t even feel like you’ve added anything to it. But the magic has begun and your hair will be shinier, more manageable, vital, smooth, and resistant to frizz and breakage. This is the best product in the line and the reason I keep using it.

Pai-Shau has some wonderful attributes like being free of gluten, parabens, sulfates, phosphates, and no added sodium chloride (the killer of a keratin treatment). It’s also cruelty free, vegan friendly, and residue free. The only problem I have with the line is the fragrance since it’s on the strong side. It took me a while to get used to the scent but I’ve read how others are mesmerized by it. I notice the fragrance for a few hours after I wash my hair but by mid-afternoon I’ve forgotten about it. Plus I like the results so much that I’m willing to ignore my nose.

If you are like I am you love trying new brands of haircare to see the difference it can make in the way your hair looks. Pai-Shau is the next brand to put on your list to try. I think you’ll be surprised like I was.  — Marcia

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Favorite spring beauty from Pixi Beauty and Pur Cosmetics

Spring Beauty Treats with Pixi Beauty and Pur Cosmetics

Spring Beauty Treats with Pixi Beauty and Pur Cosmetics

Today is a Top Ten Tuesday post. With a topic as wide as Spring Beauty it could be a top 50 without a problem. To narrow it down I’ve picked some Pixi Beauty and Pur Cosmetics items that I’m already enjoying and will continue to do so throughout spring (and surely summer).

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Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palettes in Amethyst Aura and Aquamarine Dream; Book of Beauty in Minimal Makeup

Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palettes in Amethyst Aura and Aquamarine Dream; Book of Beauty in Minimal Makeup

Here are the eye palettes that are going to make your spring – Pixi by Petra goes from subtle to bold without skipping a beat. There are 9 Mesmerizing Mineral Palettes ($12) that will make any of your color dreams come true. Amethyst Aura has every shade of purple you’ll need ranging from a light pinky lavender to a very dark purple. The shadows are all satiny shades that all purple lovers will be delighted with. Aquamarine Dream is a brighter palette that calls for sun and water. These aren’t pastels, instead they are bright shades that in the aqua and blue family. Think of the depths of the Caribbean and all those shades are within Aquamarine Dream.

Pixi Mesmerizing Minerals in Amethyst Aura and Aquamarine Dream

Pixi Mesmerizing Minerals in Amethyst Aura and Aquamarine Dream

But not everyone is into brights or, as in my case, likes to switch around. Their new Book of Beauty in Minimal Makeup ($24) is incredible. This has everything you need for soft spring beauty. There’s nothing to be afraid of here. This is what I’d grab for a spring break trip. It contains 8 luscious soft coordinated shades: 2 double pans of eyeshadow, peachy pink blush, light bronzer/blush, and 2 lightly sparkly highlighters. The eyeshadows are peach and brown, pink and bronze.

Pixi Book of Beauty in Minimum Makeup

Pixi Book of Beauty in Minimum Makeup

This is truly a find for me since lately I’ve been craving softer colors. The peach and bronze eyeshadows are just what I love and the four blush and highlighter shades are great day or night.

Pixi Book of Beauty, Minimal Makeup

Pixi Book of Beauty, Minimal Makeup

Pixi also has other great eye products. They recently came out with the full size Endless Silky Eye Pen in Slate Gray. Before it was only available in a small set. This dark gray is a much softer alternative to black. Pixi Silky Eye Pens ($12) are the best eyeliner pencils and I always recommend them. To brighten my eyes I like to use Pixi’s Eye Bright Liner in Nude ($14). This is for your inner eyelid to give you that wide awake look.

Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish, Slate Gray eyeliner, Eye Bright Liner, Tinted Brilliance Balm

Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish, Slate Gray eyeliner, Eye Bright Liner, Tinted Brilliance Balm

Besides eyes Pixi has some of my favorite lip products. Brand new is Nourishing Lip Polish ($12) that I’m crazy about. This is a lip scrub that also plumps but without any irritation at all. It tastes sugary and my lips are hydrated from this all day. The applicator has small bristles that massage your lips to help with circulation. “Luxe, nutrient-rich formula smoothes lips with shea butter & a blend of sweet almond, apricot, and evening primrose oils.” It’s great for rejuvenating lips and healing them too. Totally crazy about this Nourishing Lip Polish!! I’ve been a fan of Pixi’s Tinted Brilliance Balm since I got my first one in a beauty subscription. Lucent Glow is one of my favorites and I’m on my second one. While there are 11 shades I like that I can use Lucent Glow over any lipstick to add a luminous rose gold shimmer. It changes a winter lipstick into a softer spring one.

Pixi Eye Bright Liner, Nourishing Lip Polish, Slate Gray eyeliner, Tinted Brilliance Balm

Pixi Eye Bright Liner, Nourishing Lip Polish, Slate Gray eyeliner, Tinted Brilliance Balm

Pixi Beauty has gotten into skincare in a big way this year and one of their newest products, Hydrating Milky Mist ($15), is so unusual and will be great for warm weather. It’s a spray on mist moisturizer that is perfect for dry skin. It contains Hyaluronic Acid (my hero ingredient) and Black Oat for deep moisture and a youthful preserve. I can definitely use both. You can keep this in your purse or desk to add a mist of moisture during the day.

“This featherlight mist provides an instant surge of hydration with hyaluronic acid to plump skin. A blend of black oat, provitamin A, and linoleic acid makes this rejuvenator the perfect first layer of moisture before serums or makeup.”

Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist

Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist

Pur Cosmetics has some great items for spring and I happily received two to test out. I’ve just had them for one use but I’m excited about them both and can’t wait for longer term use. Hydra Fluid ($39) is their newest foundation and it’s a water serum one. The texture is different than what you are probably used to using so you’ll be surprised at first. The coverage is wonderful while being very lightweight. I shook it up and put only 3 drops on the back of my hand and that turned out to be enough for my entire face. I buffed it in using a circular motion with my foundation brush and plan on trying my beauty sponge next. I’ll be doing a full review on Hydra Serum once I have more time to use it.

Pur Cosmetics Hydra fluid fundation

Pur Cosmetics Hydra fluid fundation

Pur Cosmetics Hydra fluid fundation applicator

Pur Cosmetics Hydra fluid fundation applicator

Pur Cosmetics Hydra fluid fundation Light swatched heavily

Pur Cosmetics Hydra fluid foundation Light swatched heavily

Pur’s Fully Charged Mascara ($22) is one I’m very excited about. If my first day of use is an example of how this performs, all the other mascaras that are open are going on a vacation now. More to come on this mascara too.

“This anti-aging mascara formula contains a revolutionary positively charged matrix that attracts to each individual lash to strengthen, thicken, lengthen and separate for unparalleled performance.”

Pur Fully Charged Mascara

Pur Fully Charged Mascara

Pur Fully Charged Mascara wand

Pur Fully Charged Mascara wand

Ten items to help make my spring a little brighter and happier! I’m quite sure my fellow Top Ten friends will bring more spring cheer. What are you loving this spring?  — Marcia


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Favorite setting products – powders and sprays

Do you have products that help you finish your makeup each day? That’s what Top Ten Tuesday is about this week. There are some great products available for this job and I’ve picked the favorites that I’ve used. When I’m done I hope you’ll share some of yours with me.

I have to start with IT COSMETICS since I talk about the brand all the time. The product that I’ve used up twice is IT COSMETICS BYE BYE PORES aka Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder. Once I discovered this powder I stopped using the drawer full I had from Laura Mercier, Kevyn Aucoin, and more. I still use those occasionally but they aren’t in my top ten! Silky soft and it does blur my pores just like it says it will.

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

Once they came out with Bye Bye Pores Airbrush Silk Pressed Anti-Aging Finishing Powder I had to buy that too.  This pressed powder is great for travel and on the go.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder is fabulous. I love this powder and am currently on my second one. Powder takes forever and a day for me to finish so the fact that I’ve gone through one and a half jars of this speaks for itself. Diamond Finish sets my makeup, blurs my pores, and gives me a beautiful finish that isn’t matte.

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder

One more loose powder in this group: Pixi Beauty Quik Fix Powder in Translucid wins for the best packaging as well as being a great powder. This is very lightweight and invisible on my skin. It contains great ingredients like aloe vera and cucumber extract to smooth along with grape extract which acts as an antioxidant.

Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid

Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid

Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender is really a cheat since it’s not a powder or a spray but it’s a staple in my cosmetic wardrobe. It has a very unusual texture and gives a matte finish. It’s wonderful for blurring fine lines and pores. There’s no dryness like powder can give.

Mally Beauty Poreless Face Defender

Mally Beauty Poreless Face Defender

Now on to the sprays. Skindinavia has two sprays that I have to recommend: Makeup Primer Spray and the Makeup Finishing Spray are both wonderful. Other brands like Urban Decay sell these but they are made by Skindinavia. The Primer Spray is just like it sounds. Spray this one after your skincare is on and it helps deliver a smoother finish for your foundation. The Finishing Spray is to be applied after all your makeup is on and it helps keep your makeup in place for the day. It’s especially great for being outdoors. They even make this in Oil Control and a Bridal version.

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

A much less expensive version is  Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray at Walmart. This is only $6.30 compared to the $30ish prices of Skindinavia. It’s not bride proof but it’s a good way to see if a spray is for you.

Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray

Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray

When I was in the midst of hot flashes I relied on Youngblood Minerals in the Mist. I was at IMATS and I looked like someone had dropped a bucket of water on me. I was shopping at Youngblood and they recommended it in Refresh for me and it saved the trip. I carried it around with me to refresh my skin. I’ve since used it up but if I ever go through that misery again, I’d repurchase.

A few other bloggers have joined this week’s challenge. I’m interested in learning more. Are you? — Marcia


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Beauty tips, beauty hacks, beauty helpers

TOP TEN TUESDAY has an interesting topic this week. Beauty Hacks is the official name this week which I see as beauty helps. I was initially reluctant to do this but as I started coming up with ideas, I realized it was fun!! I hope you have fun reading this and hopefully learning a new tip you weren’t familiar with.  — Marcia

1)  My number one tip is a microfiber cloth. I’ve become addicted to my microfiber cloth so much that I have spares. I use mine to clean brushes. What you want is a nubby cloth that’s not too hard. The yellow one in this picture is perfect. There’s enough texture to it that you can gently rub your brushes onto it and the color is removed. I clean all the brushes I use with powder products on this so I only have to wash my brushes biweekly. Saves me time and I just throw it in the laundry with my clothes, lay it out to dry, and I’m done. They dry quickly too. The ones I have are from Scotch but I think other brands would work well too.

microfiber cloths

microfiber cloths

2) Speaking of washing brushes, this is where Johnson’s Baby Shampoo comes in. I’ve used this for years as an alternative to a brush cleaner. If you run out of your brush cleaner or just don’t want to spend the money, try this gentle shampoo. I pour a small amount in a plastic cup without adding water. I swirl my brush/es around making sure that the product gets out. Next I pour that out, add some water, and swirl until the water runs clean. Don’t put too much shampoo in since it’s not needed. Next dab on a towel to get rid of the excess water, lay to dry, and VOILA – clean and nice smelling brushes.

Johnson's Baby Shampoo

Johnson’s Baby Shampoo

3)  Tip 3 is also using Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and this comes from my ophthalmologist. He recommends washing my eye makeup off with this shampoo. I don’t do that since I find mascara too stubborn. But I do have a small bottle of this in my shower and wash my eyes with it then. What my doctor recommended too is that any time my eyes bother me or I feel something building up that’s the time to use this gentle “no more tears” shampoo. He told me this over 20 years ago and knock-on-wood it’s been a perfect tip.

4) Everyone has tips for Vaseline Jelly. It’s been around longer than any of us have been and is used so many ways. While I haven’t tried it as an eye makeup remover, I’ve read that people do use it this way. One of the ways I use Vaseline Petroleum Jelly is when I color my own hair. I pull my hair back, apply Vaseline around the edges of my face so that my skin doesn’t pick up the color. I also put it on my earlobes. As I’m washing the color out, I’m also washing away the Vaseline. Other uses are to protect skin against chafing and helping with dry skin.

Vaseline Jelly Original

Vaseline Jelly Original

5) A product I like even more than Vaseline is Waxelene which is an alternative to petroleum jelly. This makes a wonderful lip balm especially when your lips are horribly chapped. Waxelene is non-petroleum based, all natural, eco friendly, biodegradable, and has no GMOs. If you cut yourself shaving, apply Waxelene on it to stop the bleeding and help the healing. It really works. I also like to use this on the cracks on my feet. waxelene jar2

6)  Carbonated Water is your friend too. Two beauty related ways to use carbonated water or seltzer are on your hair. If you suffer from frizzy hair, use carbonated water as your final rinse water. It won’t remove the frizz entirely but it will help reduce it. Also if you are in a chlorinated pool, rinse your hair after with carbonated water. It will restore luster to your locks especially if you color treat your hair.

carbonated water

carbonated water

7) Elmer’s Glue can help you when you manicure your nails. To get a clean edge use an old brush and paint around the edge of your nails, let it dry, and then do your manicure. When done just peel off the glue and your nails will look like you had them done. There are more expensive products that are sold for this job but why not use a product that you probably have in your house or can use for lots of other uses?

Elmer's Glue

Elmer’s Glue

8)  No need to buy a fragranced body lotion when you can do double duty with your favorite unscented body lotion. My suggestions are Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion Fragrance Free and Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion. Just add the fragrance of the day to your body lotion and you won’t clash. Perfume companies charge a lot for their fragranced body lotions and a lot of times they are too strong. You can get the strength you want this way and be sure you like wearing it all over.

Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion

Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion #AveenoDailyChallenge

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion

9)  What happens when you buy a mascara that you just don’t like? Sometimes it’s not the mascara but it’s the wand. Here’s a way to get double duty out of mascara wands you really like. When time is up for your mascara toss it but keep the wand. Wash it well and put it aside. You’ve got it ready now to repurpose it with a different mascara. You won’t be able to screw it in so keep the original wand but you’ll have a favorite wand to revive a mascara that just wasn’t cutting it.

repurpose your old mascara wands

repurpose your old mascara wands

10) More to do with mascara wands

* use it as an eyebrow spoolie, you really don’t have to buy a separate spoolie since you can repurpose

* spray it with hair spray to hold down those little flyaways that are static prone

* a clean mascara wand can help separate your lashes before applying mascara. Instead of allowing them to clump together naturally, comb through first.

* is your gray showing at your temples? Add color to the wand and cover it up. A matte eyeshadow that matches your hair color would work for a day.

Which is your favorite hack from this list? Is there a tip you can share?

Let’s see what other tips the Top Ten bloggers have created…


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Looking for Pantone 2016? Here are some favorites from IT Cosmetics, Sally Hansen and Surratt Beauty

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Top Ten Tuesday is sure that you’ve seen the above pictures of the new PANTONE COLORS OF THE YEAR 2016. Two pastels that make me very happy because they are shades that I can easily wear and want to own. I’ve always loved pink and I wear a lot of blue. Rose Quartz and Serenity will be featured in a lot of cosmetics and clothes, especially for spring. But let’s see what you can get right now.pantone makeup wars

Sally Hansen Pantone nail polishes

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Arm Candy and In  Full Blue-m

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Arm Candy and In Full Blue-m

Sally Hansen has some terrific polishes that will be perfect for your Pantone needs. They include

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Sugar Fix, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in In Full Blue-m, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Set Sail

 

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Crème de la Crème, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Arm Candy,  Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Petal Pusher

 

When wearing Sally Hansen I mostly use their Complete Salon Manicure polishes so I was thrilled to receive In Full Blue-m and Arm Candy.  Arm Candy is a sheer light pink that I needed three coats of to make sure that there wasn’t visible nail lines showing, I’d probably do better with 4 coats though since its quite sheer. In Full Blue-m is a grayed blue on me. It was a little beyond a typical pastel and is a great winter blue. With the Complete Salon Manicure polishes I get a long wear with great shine.

Sally Hansen In Full Blue-m and Arm Candy Complete Salon Manicure

Sally Hansen In Full Blue-m and Arm Candy Complete Salon Manicure

IT COSMETICS LIPSTICK AND LIP GLOSSES

IT Cosmetics is a great brand to turn to for a dose of Pantone 2016. There are 3 lip products that being considered this year’s shades: Je Ne Sais Quoi Vitality Lip Flush, Je Ne Sais Quoi Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Lip Gloss Stain, and New Anchor Blue Vitality Lip Flush Butter Gloss. That may be a mouthful but your mouth won’t care once you are wearing any of these.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Vitality Lip Flush and Hydrating Lip Gloss Stain

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Vitality Lip Flush and Hydrating Lip Gloss Stain

We’ve talked about the Je Ne Sais Quoi line for quite a while. The Vitality Lip Flush is one I’ve used often. It looks almost clear in the tube but your body temperature and chemistry is what’s going to create the color. It’s the mood ring of lipstick. It has amazing hydration and a great shine so it bucks the matte trend (which is good news for me). It contains plum oil, cherry oil, shea butter, argan & jojoba, vitamins C&E, green & white tea and aloe.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi

Je Ne Sais Quoi Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Lip Gloss Stain has similar qualities and ingredients. It has more shine and even more hydration if that’s possible to believe. There are 9 butters and oils that make up this formula. I found this adorable Your Je Ne Sais Quoi Set at Ulta that contains both the Lipstick and Gloss in an adorable bag for just $28. Total bargain. Total Pantone 2016.

Your Je Ne Sais Quoi set at Ulta

Your Je Ne Sais Quoi set at Ulta

News Anchor Blue Vitality Flush Butter Gloss is the most fun lipgloss ever. No you won’t have blue lips but your teeth will look whiter wearing this gloss. This applies on your lips as a teeny bit light blue but is really clear. It counteracts the yellow you might have on your teeth to make your smile look even brighter. If you are in love with hydrating glosses then IT Cosmetics is what you want on your shopping list.

IT Cosmetics News Anchor Blue

IT Cosmetics News Anchor Blue (outdoors)

IT Cosmetics News Anchor Blue Vitality Lip Flush Butter Gloss

IT Cosmetics News Anchor Blue Vitality Lip Flush Butter Gloss

SURRATT CULTIVE PRISMATIQUE LIPSTICK was one of my treats to myself during the VIB sale. I couldn’t resist this blue lipstick that turns opalescent pink once applied. It’s wonderful to apply over another lipstick to change that up too. I’m a big fan of the Surratt Prismatique lipsticks and just could resist this fun one.

Surratt Cultive swatch

Surratt Cultive swatch

Last is a product I don’t have but I am seriously eyeing,  YOUNGBLOOD GLAMOUR EYES PALETTE. I’ve seen this on a variety of blogs and I love the particular shades of blue in it. I like that they are paired with browns making it easy to wear. Glamour Eyes is the next palette on my list.

Youngblood Glamour Eyes palette

Youngblood Glamour Eyes palette

What’s on your list for this year’s Pantone Colors of the Year? Are you excited about Serenity and Rose Quartz? I know I am and I’m looking forward to seeing what my friends have picked for their choices.  — Marcia


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Top Ten Drugstore Favorites from 2015

Our last Top Ten Tuesday of 2015 contains items we can actually afford, even after Christmas. The ten I picked are products that I’ve used often, some even daily, in the last year. All are favorites. I’ve tried to save you from my repeats (mascara for example) but some are just too good not to share again.

1451339740_413gbp5maul._sx300_ql70_ CHOPSAVER LIP BALM is a new product for me to share with you but one I’ve been using daily the last several weeks. This is one of the most interesting lip balms I’ve tried this year. It was developed by a professional trumpet player, Dan Gosling, who you know really needs his lips being healthy. I have this in Fresh Citrus which has the tiniest hint of orange and contains SPF 15. It comes in natural without a sunscreen but I prefer it having the sunscreen. A winner!! *

ChopSave Lip Care w/SPF15

ChopSave Lip Care w/SPF15

1451339854_51mq4dtzy1l._sy300_ql70_BURT’S BEES ALMOND & MILK HAND CREME is different than most of the hand creams that I own. This comes in a jar and is very firm but touch your finger to it and it starts melting to a creamy texture. This is extremely thick, containing beeswax and Vitamin E to both hydrate and shield. I think this makes a great foot cream. I put it on my elbows and on my ankles since those two places get extremely dry for me. The almond scent is light, just a little bit nutty as it’s tempered with the non-fat dry milk. If you wash your hands over and over then this is what you are looking for. *

Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme

Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme

Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme

Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme

1451341804_41a-etmeyal._ac_ul160_sr160_160_RoC SMOOTH PERFEXION INSTANT LINE CORRECTOR is one of my favorite RoC products. I was so excited about this when I received it since it’s a much less expensive dupe of Murad InvisiBlur. I do have to use a separate SPF product with RoC Instant Line Corrector but it’s worth it. It’s a blur product that makes your foundation look better than ever. *

Roc Instant Line Corrector

Roc Instant Line Corrector

1451341017_51z1xx7mmpl._sy300_ql70_RoC DAILY RESURFACING DISKS was just reviewed yesterday. This is a great daily cleanser and exfoliator in one handy pad. While I don’t use them daily, I do use the disks several times a week since they are a gentle exfoliation that I can’t overdo. *

RoC Daily Resurfacing Disk

RoC Daily Resurfacing Disk

1451340822_31uimzctxjl._sx300_ql70_TWEEZERMAN STAINLESS STEEL SLANT TWEEZERS are an item I use every single day of my life. I’ve used other tweezers but I always return to Tweezerman. They can be sent in for resharpening but I like a brand new fresh tweezers when I get to that point. I’m more likely to drop my tweezers than anything which is why I have so many around (at least 5!!)

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

1451340168_31fqtxqmjhl._sy300_ql70_MILANI EYESHADOW PRIMER is my favorite drugstore eyeshadow primer. I have this thing about primers and use many different brands. I like to make sure I have enough on hand for an emergency. Milani’s is just as good as the “high price spread”. Don’t start your eye makeup without an eyeshadow primer and Milani’s is as good as they get.

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

1451340287_21qyq9kbr_2bl._ql70_NYX EYESHADOW BASE IN WHITE PEARL is another alternative eyeshadow primer. The NYX isn’t as convenient to use since it’s in a pot and I need to use a brush to apply it. But the White Pearl is a nice alternative to the nude of most primers. It holds eyeshadow extremely well and gives a lot of depth to certain shades.
1451340014_41gc7-mqdel._sy300_ql70_AVEENO SKIN RELIEF GENTLE SCENT LOTION, the newest addition to the Aveeno line. The product from Aveeno that’s best for sensitive skin is their fragrance free line. But not everyone likes fragrance free so they’ve developed their Skin Relief body wash and lotion in a Nourishing Coconut scent that isn’t overpowering at all. I’ve got two minis of this and they are already in my travel bag. *

1447723035_lasting-finish-25hr_2_product-300x300RIMMEL LASTING FINISH 25 HR FOUNDATION – you are probably tired of me talking about this Rimmel Foundation but every time I wear it I’m amazed again at how great it is. It’s the only drugstore foundation I own. I chose well (091 Light Ivory) from the 7 shades available since I don’t have to play with the color to have it match. And at $6.97 it’s a steal.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hr. Foundation

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hr. Foundation

1433204538_07366PHYSICIANS FORMULA EYE BOOSTER 2-IN-1 LASH BOOSTING EYELINER + SERUM is another product that you’ve probably heard me rave about more than once. Finding a great liquid liner isn’t the easiest thing to do but finding one in brown at the drugstore is almost impossible. I’ve tried most brands that I could buy and nothing compares to the PF for me. The color is a true brown and the brush is sturdy and gives me the thin line I love.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Please join the other Top 10 Bloggers for their end of the year posts. You might just find a few products that you didn’t know were wonderful.  —  Marcia


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Looking for a little luxury for the holidays? Look at these incredible beauty products

TOP TEN TUESDAY is all about Luxury today. We’ve all done our affordable wishlists, stocking stuffers, and helped you pick out some new items. So now it’s time to make a real wish for luxury. You never quite know when those wishes will come true!!

1450057833__11337282TOM FORD LIPS AND BOYS 10 LIPSTICK SET ($350). Tom Ford lipsticks are my all time favorite brand. They do keep raising the price on these but I can’t seem to resist them. The Lips and Boys lipsticks luckily are less money at $35 each but they are a lot smaller. I don’t really care. I never use up a lipstick and if I can wear one that makes me feel this good, I will splurge on it. For a limited time Tom Ford came out with this 10 Lipstick Set that contains Ian, Beau, Julian, Addison, Leonardo, Demsey, David, Egon, Daniel and Theo. You’ll get a touch of everything with this luxurious set.

1450057884__10998098CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN SILKY SATIN LIP COLOR ($90) is the lipstick that dreams are made of. It was certainly a revelation to the cosmetic world when Christian Louboutin chose to charge $90 for a lipstick. I wouldn’t wear it as a necklace even though it comes with a black satin ribbon for that purpose but I sure wouldn’t mind pulling this lipstick out at a soiree.
1450057940__9515423CHARLOTTE TILBURY THE UPTOWN GIRL SET ($230) will bring you a touch of so many products that Charlotte Tilbury gets raves for. There are several sets and all are gorgeous. I chose The Uptown Girl since it has colors I know I can comfortably wear. Inside this lovely set are The Uptown Girl eyeshadow palette, eyeliner in Audrey, Full Flat Lashes Mascara, Cheek to Chic Blush in Love Glow, Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pink Venus, K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect, Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Sweet Stiletto all nestled in a Charlotte Tilbury Cosmetic Bag.
1450058003_kevyn-aucoin-the-legacy-paletteKEVYN AUCOIN THE LEGACY SET ($165) reminds me of how much I loved Kevyn Aucoin’s amazing talent and products. This new palette includes the Celestial Powder in Candlelight, The Sculpting Powder in Medium, The Essential Eye Shadows in Ice Gold, Champagne, Wheat, Camel, Coco, Dark Chocolate, Beige, Peach, Light Grey, Pewter, Espresso, and Black. Kevyn Aucoin was before his time when he came out with the Candlelight Powder which was the first luminizing powder I ever bought.
1450058060_wayne-goss-the-anniversary-setWAYNE GOSS THE ANNIVERSARY SET ($225) is the brush set that I really want. Anyone in my family reading this please take note!! The Anniversary Set includes an updated release of the popular Brush 01 (limited edition) and introduces the new Brush 05 which will become a permanent addition to The Collection. Sigh!
1450058153_charlotte-tilbury-complete-brush-kitCHARLOTTE TILBURY THE COMPLETE BRUSH KIT ($320) is something that would also make my heart go pitter patter. I love brushes and in spite of owning more than anyone could use, I still covet them. This set contains a CT makeup bag, lip brush,  eyeliner brush,eyeshadow smudger brush, eye blender brush, foundation brush, powder & sculpt brush, blush brush and bronzer brush. There’s nothing like luxury brushes.

1450058321__9413718CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN ROUGE COLLECTION NAIL LACQUER is available in a dozen colors and I’m sure they are wonderful and luxurious but they are $50 each. If someone wants to buy me one, I’m game! I promise to wear it often too.

1450058449__11271685LA MER THE TREATMENT ESSENTIALS ($415) is a limited edition set that contains Creme de La Mer Moisturizing Cream, Regenerating Serum, Eye Concentrate, and the Treatment Lotion. When I first started using Creme de La Mer it blew my budget and now I realize it’s not the most expensive brand out there. So consider this as the “save”.

1450058747_giftsets_superdeluxe__35755.1430427073.380.380ERA AGELESS LUXURY SET – I might as well go for the top of the line. I reviewed the ERA AGELESS EYE SERUM and loved it enough that I’m craving the line even though it’s out of my current budget. But since this is a wishlist then this $2165.99 set (on sale from $2549.95) would make me quite happy. It contains the Firm & Lift Serum, Age Defying Moisture Cream, Elastin and Beta Carotene Mask, Triple Thermal Mask and the Powerful Deep Wrinkle Filler. ERA Ageless has other less expensive sets too that would make me just as happy.

What’s on your Luxury Wishlist? Do any of these items pop out at you and say “I WANT THIS”?  — Marcia

Read to see what other items can blow your budget.