Makeup and beauty picks for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is just fourteen days away. If you’re looking for some gift ideas or just want to get beautified for your Valentine, check out these V-Day specials.

Angel Edition Passion  – Just in time for Valentine’s Day the classic fragrance by Thierry Mugler is donning red instead of blue.  It features notes of bergamot, tropical fruits, vanilla, caramel and patchouli and it remains one of the most popular fragrances around the world. The “star” bottle was made to fit perfectly in the hand for spraying. $80-$120 at muglerusa.com. Custom engraving available.

Red Roses Bath Oil by Jo Malone – Made with seven of the world’s best rose varietals, this bath oil makes a great gift for any Valentine.  It will outlast the real ones and keep skin moisturized with sweet almond, avocado and jojoba seed oils. $25-$65 at Nordstrom.com

Roses All The Way soap – Almost too pretty to use, this rose shaped soap by LUSH is made with rose and coconut oil, the perfect addition to a Valentine’s gift basket $7.95 for a limited time in LUSH stores.

MAC Long Legged and Fabulous lipstick – Searching for the perfect baby pink lipstick? This new color from MAC’s Flamingo Park collection fits the bill, $17 at maccosmetics.com.

Patchology’s FlashPatch Lip Gels – Get your lips ready for smooching with these lip masks by Patchology. Just apply for five minutes and your lips will emerge soft and smooth, $50 for 24 at nordstrom and neimanmarcus.com.

 

 

 

The stuff Target Beauty Boxes are made of

Target launched their quarterly beauty boxes about a week ago and sadly, they are already sold out. I was able to grab one for only $7 (includes shipping) so I’m going to tell you if it was good or not.

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They had two choices, Refresh or Renew. I got renewal because I really wanted to try the Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer. The other box was more heavy on skincare.  My box had:

  • Caress Love Forever Body Wash – smells good but has those pearls in it.
  • ATTITUDE 2-in-1 Shampoo – shampoo and body that is sustainable and carcinogen free.
  • Laneige BB Cushion
    Cushion foundations are the big thing right now, this one is sister to the original cushion foundation lauded by makeup artists, AmorePacific. The Laneige BB Cushion is pretty good but still will run you $34.
  • Scunci No-Slip Grip Braided Headwrap
    Made of cotton instead of elastic or other synthetics – came with $1 off coupon.
  • Degree Women Fresh Energy Dry Spray
    Full size – smells pretty good, a little powdery.
  • Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer
    Love this stuff! Smells like Moringa from The Body Shop and works better than body lotion.
  • ATTITUDE Volume & Shine Shampoo
    From same company above, free of cancer causing ingredients and mutagens.
  • Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara
    This high-impact formula delivers 5 benefits in 1 product: volume, length, definition, lift and rich, intense color.
  • Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Facial Mask
    Paper masks are the bomb. This one is by Japanese brand Hada Labo (their skin plumping cream is a bestseller) and is soaked with favorite skin lifting ingredient, hyaluronic acid!

It also came with a $3 off $15 coupon at Target. If you want the next one, stalk the page here or follow My Subscription Addiction like I did.

Look and feel good for 2016 by working from the inside out

New year means a new you. After you hit the makeup aisle and pick up the latest and greatest in beauty, make sure you step a couple of aisles down to the vitamins and supplements.  Products targeting skin issues, nails, hair and youth regeneration have been moving from the vitamin stores to beauty retailers like Sephora, ULTA and Nordstrom. In addition to making you feel good, many of these products muradsupplement

Murad Pure Skin Clarifying Dietary Supplement

This supplement for acne prone skin has been getting rave reviews by users suffering from acne. The formulation includes vitamin A to boost cell turnover, zinc to reduce inflammation and Yellow Dock and Burdock; elements that help the body fight blemish causing toxins. Get at ULTA, Sephora and murad.com.  It retails around $43 for a 30 day supply.

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Ageless Foundation Ultramax Gold Powder, $42.99

HGH is a big buzzword when it comes to strength and vitality. But what can it do for your skin? This powder based supplement by Ageless Foundation works to help your body boost its own HGH levels making your body operate more like it did when you were younger. One of the benefits includes tighter, younger skin. This and a similar, pricier product called SeroVital HGH have a list of loyal followers (including me).

NeoCell Beauty Bursts

Neocell Beauty Bursts in Fruit Punch, $14.99
Neocell Beauty Bursts in Fruit Punch, $14.99

Beauty Bursts are a soft, daily chewable that help your skin, hair and nails. Collagen Type 1 & Type 3 strengthens, Vitamin C boosts collagen in the skin and beefy hyaluronic acid helps hydrate and plump the skin. Hyaluronic acid is a very popular skin treatment additive and is the main ingredient in injectables like Restylane. I noticed a difference is my skin after only a few days of use. My skin was tighter, smoother and the ridges on my nails began to smooth out. You can find this and other NeoCell products at vitamin and retail stores. Pick up a coupon online or in-store to get $3 off NeoCell products at Whole Foods!

 

 

A gel nail polish manicure for under $6

Lauded drugstore nail polish brand SinfulColors has added a new genre  of the at-home gel variety. SinfulShine is a two step manicure that combines shine with long wearing color for under $6.

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SinfulShine 2 Step Manicure

There have been a surge of gel nail polishes coming on the market but they can be pricey – $8 to $10 per bottle + cost of topcoat = $16 to $20.  SinfulShine’s are only $2.99 per bottle + $2.99 for the topcoat. So…for the price of the others you could get 4-5 colors plus a topcoat.

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You can find SinfulShine at drug and department stores inlcuding CVS, Harris Teeter, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Giant.

 

Kalologie Replenish Night Repair Cream – a review

Kalologie is a spa company with locations in some of the most exclusive cities in the world like Scottsdale, Las Vegas and two Real Housewives hotspots, Beverly Hills and Ladera Ranch.  Even if you don’t live near these places, you can still experience the brand’s amazing line of skincare.

Kalologie Replenish Night Repair Cream

The people at Kalologie sent me the Replenish Night Repair Cream to take for a spin and I loved it! Made with rose hip seed oil ( an easily absorbing oil that helps skin regenerate), algae and beta glucans, it absorbs fast and is very soothing to the skin.  It stays with you and by morning you can still feel the moisture and skin is tighter and firmer. It really helped reduce the fine lines and sped the healing on blemishes. I have rosacea and it did not irritate my skin and actually helped reduce the redness and inflammation.

It is a little pricey at $135, but a lot less than department store and high end spa brands. My favorite lower end brand is Olay Regenerist and my favorite high end brand is Omorovicza. This product rated in the middle in that if I have extra money I would get Kalologie over Olay and skip the Omorovicza. If you want a product that delivers full face improvement, this one is pretty good.

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