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Fall beauty treats for lips and skin

In most of the country it’s still too warm for pumpkin spice lattes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t gear up for fall. I have selected four beauty picks that are great for both warm and cool temperatures. First off we have the Yes To Charcoal Paper Mask. I got this skin clearing mask at Dollar Tree for $1 but you can find them everywhere from general merchandise stores to beauty boutiques. Charcoal is a natural skin detoxifier and has become a popular ingredient across the facial mask spectrum. I personally do not like to spend time putting on gooey masks and even more, I hate removing them. This mask is no fuss – no muss,  and cleans out your pores, all for a good price. FYI- it may tingle or burn a little bit depending on the sensitivity level of your skin.

Next up is Revlon Color Charge Lip Powder in Peach Pucker. This has been around in short supply at different stores this summer. You can use this cool powder to create depth and highlight your lips without messing up your lipsticks/glosses. Use a sponge applicator or finger to apply and cover with a clear gloss if desired. It is also available in a palette of pinks and purples called “High Fever” and costs around $8 each. Ulta has a similar exclusive version with purple cases as part of the “Electric Shock” collection.

Eyeshadow sticks are amazing but can be really expensive. I got hooked on NARS’ Goddess at a cost of $29 each and have been auditioning replacements ever since.  America’s favorite value cosmetic line E.L.F. has come up with a pretty good alternative. I picked up the E.L.F. COSMETICS No Budge Metallic Eyeshadow Stick in Pearl at CVS (They also sell a Rose Gold version) for just $4. Frankly, I couldn’t really tell the difference and will snapping up a few more.

Finally, here is my favorite fall find. I love Pixi by Petra‘s Glow Tonic. It speeds exfoliation and smells really good. The newest tonic, Pixi by Petra Retinol Tonic is taking its place. This jasmine scented tonic is infused with time release retinol and peptides that tackle two major skin issues (for me anyway), acne and fine lines. I have aging skin and using stronger retinol creams has been a nightmare of peeling skin and redness. This tonic has just a micro dose of retinol thats helps clear skin and reduce fine lines. In less than a month of use, it has cleared my weird chin acne and minimized lines. It’s just $15 for a 3.4 oz bottle at Target.

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.

An easy full body self-tanning treatment shipped for free

The Tan Towel is a single use towelette that you use to wipe on a full body tan. The company sells a full body towelette that you can try at HSN.com for $6 with free shipping.  It can be used on the face and the body to give you a tan without the sun.

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Tan Towel Plus, $6

There is also a half body version available for $3 , with free shipping. This is a great way to try before you buy them in bulk and perfect for your next event or that first day on the beach. Hop over to HSN.com before the offer is gone!

It’s a new year and time for a new birthday gift from Sephora

All Beauty Insiders are eligible for a free gift during their birthday month at Sephora and the beauty store has just unveiled it’s new birthday gift for 2015.  Last year the gift was a mascara and mini lipstick from Make Up For Ever and the year before that it was a mini duo of Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments. The gift for 2015 is two NARS lip pencils plus a NARS eyeliner for VIB Rouge (members who spend over $1,000).

Sephora 2015 Birthday Gifts from NARS
Sephora 2015 Birthday Gifts from NARS

So, how do you get your gift? Sign up to become a Beauty Insider and visit the store during your birthday month to pick up your gift (no purchase is necessary). You’ll also earn points on your purchases that you can redeem for super-sized samples and get special offers in your email.