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!

 

 

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.

All I Want For Christmas is…Mariah Carey’s new lipstick

One of the most modern popular Christmas songs is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas”. The pop diva has partnered with M.A.C. Cosmetics on a holiday lipstick that everyone will want for Christmas. The lipstick is aptly named  “All I Want” and is a shimmery champagne that will look good on all complexions.

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MAC Cosmetics, “All I Want” Lipstick by Mariah Carey.

The limited edition lipstick will be available beginning tomorrow, Dec. 3, 2015 at maccosmetics.com. Pricing has not been released but most M.A.C. lipsticks run between $17 and $20 USD.

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Inside the Fall Beauty Trends show at Nordstrom Montgomery Mall

The Fall Beauty Trend Show took place this weekend at Nordstrom Montgomery Mall. More than 150 ladies got up early for the annual show to learn about the latest trends, get makeovers from national brand artists and win free stuff. The Fall Beauty Trend Show happens at select Nordstrom stores across the country and is three hours of beautymania.

Nordstrom Beauty Trends Show, Nov. 7, 2015 at Nordstrom Montgomery.
Nordstrom Beauty Trends Show, Nov. 7, 2015 at Nordstrom Montgomery.

The cost of the beauty trends show is $20, with the balance on a gift card to use on beauty the day of the show. Nordstrom also supplies coffee and muffins – this year they had red velvet ones and you also get a special canvas tote filled with samples.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Dione and NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Goddess
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Dione and NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Goddess

After the runway show is over, guests can visit the beauty department and get advice and makeovers from national makeup artists. I b-lined it over to NARS to get my eyes done. I was getting tired of my regulars, MAC, Urban Decay and L’Oreal and wanted something different. I love that pewter color that many of the Rea; Housewives of Orange County wear in their interviews so the artist hooked me up with NARS’ Dual Intensity in “Dione”. First she used NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in “Goddess” all over my lid and brow. She said I could wear it alone or as an eye primer. I loved it so I bought it. Next she applied Dione on my lid. She used “Portobello 1” in my crease and blended it through. Portobello is a matte and comes in a duo. It is a mushroomy beige and I have so many colors like that so I didn’t buy it. She finished off my look with black eyeliner and NARS lengthening mascara.

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You may still be available to attend a beauty trends show at your local store. Just go to Nordstrom.com and look up the events at your store or call your local store’s beauty department.

Back to school beauty for under $10

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The new school year is just a few weeks away. One way to take away the back to school blues is shopping! Here are a few makeup and beauty must haves that won’t set you back more than ten bucks.

Cologne Vial Samplers from Demeter (from top left): Fragrance not only makes your body smell good, it also lifts up your mind. Fragrance purveyor Demeter has more than 200 fragrances from simple scents like vanilla  and marshmallow to nostalgic scents like Mr. Bubble. Roll-ons start at $10 or try sample vials for just $2.50 each.

Dylan’s Candy Bar Press-On Nails: There is only one way to describe these cute press on nails from Dylan’s Candy Bar – sweet! Amp up your nails for class with these beauties for just $6.50. Also available in cotton candy, dylanscandybar.com.

Wonder Pencil by NYX: This pencil is a makeup kit essential. Use it to highlight brows, cover blemishes, highlight and line. Comes in three colors, $4.50 everywhere NYX is sold.

Rosebud Salve: This wonder salve gives you just a little hint of color while healing and moisturizing chapped lips. Use it to moisturize cuticles, soothe cuts and more. Only $6 and lasts forever.

Tony Moly I’m Real Red Wine Mask Sheet – This easy to use sheet mask By Korean brand Tony Moly is  formulated with red wine extract to reduce pores, tighten and purify skin. Just place on your face, relax and in 20 minutes you’ll feel like you went to the spa, $3.75 at ULTA.

Ballet Slippers by Essie – This light pink polish by Essie is one of the most popular nail polish colors on the planet.  The sheer pale pink color looks great on everyone and is perfect for any occasion, $8.50 wherever Essie is sold.

KISS Beautiful Brow Kit:  Brows are the centerpiece for your face. This kit by KISS has everything you need to get them in shape including two powders, wax, highlighter, brushes, razor and stencils. Available for only $7.99 at Walgreens, Rite Aid and Walmart.