Tuesday, April 25, 2017

MAC Extra Dimension Blush



New MAC Extra Dimension Blushes are finally here. I've always used the Extra Dimension Skinfinish as blush as well as highlighter. I love them. These new blushes? Easy to love too. They seem better than the last version , at least in my opinion. 

What's unique here is the seamless finish . These It don't sit on skin nor accentuate lines or dryness like some high,semi metallic shimmers can.  They blend right into skin with a good flush of color and shimmer but in a lit from within , more subtle way. 


Blending them out is easy and you don't need to worry about overdoing it as the pigment is medium/full and doesn't go on heavily meaning they are also buildable . 

Shown are Into the Pink and Telling Glow.

MAC Extra Dimension Blush is $ 28 and available now. 



Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hawaiian Tropic 2017- Silk Hydration Weightless & Island Sport



It's time to start stocking up on sunscreen. The sun is shining (at least some of the time over here) and we're out and about more.

Hawaiian Tropic has two lines to keep you covered, Island Sport and Silk Hydration.


Silk Hydration is  a good one that's been around  but gets an upgrade to "weightless" this year. And it truly is. After I sprayed, I sprayed it on again as it's so barely there you think, "did I really just use any?"  If you hate sticky SPF and I think most of us do, this is a great pick. It's especially nice for work days and when you're going out and need protection that's strong but won't be tacky feeling , overly heavy or leave a white cast on skin . There's light moisture and the fragrance is light too. It has that delicious smell but it's subtle and fades away fast.


Island Sport is called Ultra Light , so not weightless but not super heavy either and  both spray and lotion are now available in SPF 50. The cream is medium thickness that sinks in pretty fast but needs some rubbing in and adds some moisture to skin.  The spray feels  a little tacky at first and has more presence on skin but dries and sets well    Both  are water/sweat resistant up to 80 minutes.

All of these are chemical based SPF using avobenzene, homosalate, oxybenzone and octocrylene depending on the formula.



Hawaiian Tropic® Island Sport Lotion or Spray Sunscreen SPF 15 and SPF 30 are - $8.99
 Hawaiian Tropic® Island Sport Lotion  or Spray Sunscreen SPF 50 - $9.99

Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration Weightless C- Spray SPF 15 and SPF 30 are  - $9.99





Thursday, April 20, 2017

Schwarzkopf Gliss Ultimate Repair -Express Repair Conditioner Leave In



A leave in  conditioner is something I use every time I wash my hair.  For me a spray version is a favorite because they usually  the right balance of moisture and condition without any greasiness or heaviness . You don't sacrifice fullness or volume.

I have two high end brands versions that I love and that work better than most anything I've used.  Schwarzkopf's new Gliss Ultimate Repair Express Repair Conditioner works just as well as those at a far less price.


This is a spray leave in , you shake it to blend and apply where needed. I use it  all over except for the root area. It's light on hair but packs a lot of conditioning. Wet hair combs thru after spraying  and it keeps hair in good shape through blow drying and adds shine.  It can also be used on dry hair , a nice feature if you find you'll still some dry or brittle areas.  The ingredients include hydrolyzed keratin for strengthening.

 I like many of products from Schwarzkopf , both Gliss and Essence Ultime lines. It's nice to find that kind of quality, especially for damaged or drier hair, without the big price tag .


Schwarzkopf Gliss Ultimate Repair -Express Repair Conditioner  is $ 5.49 at Target and Walmart





Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Kiehl's Kiss For The Cure Butterstick Lip Treatment Duo


Kiehl's is partnering with Bright Pink,  a national non profit dedicated to early detection of breast and ovarian cancer .With their new Butterstick Lip Duo you get two of their creamy , sun protecting lip balms . One is clear, the other rose tinted.


The balms have SPF 25 and moisturizers like coconut (fair trade) , sunflower seed and sweet almond oils, shea and cocoa butters.  They feel great on lips, hydrating but not heavy and have just a little sheen . Simply Rose  has a good bit of tint, it's more than barely there and easily works as a stand along lip color.


They have a light citrusy fragrance and taste from  lemon peel oil and extract.


100% of Kiehl's net profits up to $ 25,000 will be donated to Bright Pink to benefit breast cancer education programs.



Kiehl's Kiss For The Cure Butterstick Lip Treatment Duo is $ 39