Sunday, June 24, 2018

IT Cosmetics Superstar Flawless Foundation Brush

It's the time to flash the red , white and blue , stars and stripes and all that . It Cosmetics has their own  cute way to get in the spirit with the new Superstar Flawless Foundation Brush.

Yes this is a star shaped brush and you might think will this work ?  It does. Those points  reach into the corners and contours of your face that a rounder one may not be able to.   And it has a holographic handle.  What's not to love ?

The bristles are dense, but still uber soft as all IT brushes are  ( I am the only one who wants to pet the display as I walk by it in Ulta ?) . The clear part of the handle is just shy of 4 inches long.

IT Cosmetics Superstar Flawless Foundation Brush will be available in July , is LE and retails for $ 30 at Ulta.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

L'Oreal Paradise Enchanted Powder Blush

L'Oreal has LOTS of new Summer releases and if you're after a nice pop of color they've got you covered. I talked about the new Infallible Longwear Shaping Stick Blushes last week , now it's time for a peek at the Paradise Enchanted Powder Blush.

These  creamy both on skin and to the touch and apply/blend easily. Ingredients include coconut oil,  mango and cocoa seed butter, peach kernal oil. So these add some moisture to the cheek area too.   They have good medium to full bright pigments with both matte and shimmer formulas. The ones  I have are shimmers. Bashful (  a nude peach) and Fantastical ( a deep coral). The compact is a nice size too, you get a lot of blush in the pan and there is a mirror underneath.

One of the interesting parts of the new blushes is that they are fragranced. It's a new trend in beauty , one that I'm not sure if I like or not.  These have fruit punch fragrance that is pretty strong. Is the scented part  cute /fun or gimmicky ? But I'm leaning towards fun and unless you have fragrance sensitive issues it doesn't hurt anything.

L'Oreal Paradise Enchanted Powder Blush are $ 12.99 at drugstores, Amazon and more

Monday, June 18, 2018

Jo Loves Fragrance Grafitti Body Spray

Jo Loves from Jo Malone is doing something a little different with their new line Fragrance Grafitti.

The fragrances come in a fun spray paint aerosol type bottle complete with a ball bearing in it that rattles when you shake it. (They are colorless, in case you were wondering)  I love the unique-ness here. It's  fun, and luxe body sprays seem to be a "thing" right now .  Most importantly , the scent is good.

Grapefruit is a masculine grapefruit. Dry, cool, not very sweet and touched by a little  green and herbs to my nose, that reminds of vetiver. It's fairly straightforward, easy to wear and unisex. The scent is light  but more than barely there and I got a few hours out if before it began to fade.  Sillage is light to medium. Not bad for a body spray. And the can makes for easy re- application over the course of the day or night .

The sprays comes in 4 scents- tuberose, grapefruit,  fig and vetiver . I really need to get the tuberose one.

  Jo Loves Fragrance Grafitti Body Spray  is $ 55 at Jo Loves 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm

Of all the newness in Chanel's Les Beiges collection for this year, I am most anxious to try the new balms.

I love a good tinted balm, well I love many beuaty items but tinted balms truly are a favorite and when they're Chanel? Even better.

I have shade Deep, which is a medium berry tone. It has a nice ampunt og pigment, and is not totally sheer but light to medium covergae. It gives a nice, quick  muted pop of color.

The moisture level is medium. This adds a nice bit of hydration but not a lot. For cold temps it might not cut it, but is for  Summer days and nights .

As with most balms, wear time isn't very long. An hour or so on me. You can layer this over / under a lipstick too.

There are three shades in all - Light, Medium and Deep available wherever Chanel is sold.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Arm & Hammer Invisible Spray Powders

The new Invisible Spray Powders from Arm & Hammer might not be the sexiest or Insta ready new launch but they are definitely worth tucking in your beach, day or gym bag.

There are two versions- one for feet and one for body.  They best part is no white residue. They go on clean and dry fast with no cast, no stickiness and a very light fragrance.  They do however, feel cool and lightly deodorize  while absorbing moisture and sweat .  All good. They use the brand's trademarked Sweat Activated Fresh Guard technology that is meant to keep you fresh all day.

These can be sprayed anytime, anywhere and with Summer's heat here , I need that. It's a great refresh midday or late afternoon and I am going to keep the body one in the tote I drag to the office each day. 

These are also perfect for your gym or beach bag.  Going from the beach, lake or pool to dinner , you can freshen up in a jiffy or cool off  hot feet from pounding the pavement. 

They are talc free, btw.

Arm &Hammer Invisible Spray Powders are sugg. retail $6.99  and are available at Walmart .

Sunday, June 10, 2018

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Bronzer

 Summer and  bronzer  go together like pie and apple  and IT Cosmetics has one that will see to most of your glow getting needs.

Bye Bye Pores Bronzer adds to their well loved Bye Bye Pores line that uses the brand's  Optical Blurring Technology.  I'm good with anything that helps reduce the look of my huge pores or adds smoothness to my face. 

The new bronzer is a medium shade that should work for most skintones. It looks fine on my pale self and blends well. It's not muddy , overly dark , orange-y or loaded with shimmer. It adds a nice dose of  warm color  and also works well as contour.   Plus it smells like coconut . Yes it does- thanks to coconut extract and it's sooo good. A real mood lifter. 

The compact has a built in mirror and a small brush tucked in the bottom for all your on the go needs. 

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Bronzer  is $ 30 at It Cosmetics, QVC and Ulta. 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Bliss Lemon and Sage Refreshing Body Wipes

Bliss Lemon and Sage fragrance is such a good one and now you can get it in these on the go body wipes.

 Like me, many of you I'm sure have used the hand cream , lotion and  Soapy Suds body wash with it's zippy green and citrus scent.  It's an instant perk up.  New deodorizing Body Wipes give you a quick clean and fragrant refresh  anywhere.  The gym, when you have after work drinks with friends or an evening Doctor's appointment. 

The wipes are  baby soft,  moist (  but I like to add a little water  to get them really wet ) cooling and smell fantastic. Not strong and the scent dissipates quickly. You'll smell freshened up not like a lemon .  They don't leave behind any sticky feeling either.  They are formulated with aloe vera , plant based deodorizers and vitamin e to be gentle to skin. 

Summer staple right here. 

Bliss Lemon and Sage Refreshing Body Wipes are $10 for a pack of 30 and will be available at Target , Ulta and 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Chanel Les Beiges Eyeshadow Palette - Deep

Chanel Les Beiges collection has  become a Summer staple release . It's always welcome, in my book, with it's easy to wear, skin enhancing neutrals .

There are three eyeshadow palettes this year and I have Deep .

This palette covers many of the eye color bases you 'd need in Summer and even into Fall. The selection of browns and golds is basic but pretty . For me, it's an  all in one  palette for  my fairer skin and green eyes. I can see using this a lot , especially as no brainer makeup at 7AM.

The colors make for a quick eye look, all work together well and aside from the shimmers are muted, although the shimmers are very lightly pigmented giving a wash of sparkle , not full metallic.  The deeper shades are dark but not that bold and are easily blended  down for a soft look.

Chanel Les Beiges Eyeshadow Palettes are $ 65 in Light, Medium and Deep.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Cover Girl Matte Made Foundation

Cover Girl has a new matte foundation out in time for Summer's heat and humidity and there's a  lot to recommend it.

 The formula is a matte, but not dry, heavy or cakey. It's  really more semi -matte  with medium/full , blendable coverage.  Cover Girl calls it " comfort matte" and that is spot on.  Even The Mom , who  generally can't do many mattes, and obviously has more mature skin, loves it.

I am a huge matte fan  once Summer rolls in as I am oily and perspire. But as I get older I can't go as super matte as I used to.  Matte Made takes care of all that. It blends well, covers well and with a primer or a light serum underneath , I am ready to go.  I don't use heavy moisture in Summer especially during the day. It also really fills pores in well  which is a huge issue for me. By midday I need a T -Zone touch up,  nothing unusual there , my nose is an oil well, but otherwise it holds up well over the course of the day as it is long wear.

The other great feature here is the huge shade range. 40 in all. The brand has really went all out to allow for as many skintones as possible to find a match. I am fair and usually need the next lightest shades in foundation. With this I am 40 and even 50 is only a bit too dark, that's how much range there is.

Cover Girl Matte Made Foundation is  sugg. retail $ 9.99 . At Amazon, drugtsores and Ulta.

Monday, May 28, 2018

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Long Wear Shaping Sticks- Blush

For Summer L'Oreal has a whole selection of new stick makeup in the Infallible line. There is foundation which I can't wait to try, highlighters and these two new blushes.

The  Infallible Longwear Shaping Stick Blush is very creamy, blendable , has light shimmer and glides over skin with a silky, light as air feel  which is partly down to the shea butter in the ingredients.

The pigment is medium and it can be built up for a nice pop of easy Summer color.  Shades are Cheeky Dimension  and Sexy Flush . Sexy Flush gives cheeks a wash of light to medium glowing peachy pink color while  Cheeky Dimension is a deeper  reddish bronze shade that  could be used as bronzer or contour as well as blush. Both add some light and bright to your face .

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Long Wear Shaping Sticks are $ 12.99 and available now at Amazon, Ulta ,  drugstores and wherever the brand is sold.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Cargo Swimmables™ Longwear Foundation

Foundation , like a lot of makeup in the Summer can melt off me pretty quick. My skin is oily and I perspire so makeup that'a longwear is a must.

Carrgo's Swimmables line has been making longwear products that work for awhile  and now there is a foundation just in time.

The coverage is medium and buildable with a semi matte finish. More matte than not but not overly dry, not tight or heavy .   I do use a primer or BB under  it for a little extra grip and a little moisture. In the AM right now as it's warm , I don't often use an actual moisturizer . It feels light on skin and breathable.

 As advertised this holds up well all day even in the humidity which like this past weekend can be off the charts here. I needed a midday touch up at the T Zone which is normal and had a little breakup on my nose which is also normal.

Cargo Swimmables Foundation is $ 34 at,, select Kohl's  Stores and

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Italian Zest

Have an Italian Summer Fling with Dolce & Gabbana's new Light Blue Italian Zest.

This zippy fragrance  reminds of limoncello. It's  light ( an EDT) musky and of course very citrus. It's all lemon at the beginning with some barely there jasmine and bluebell working in .  As it begins to drydown amber, cedar and musk  give a little hint of  sun warmed skin .

This isn't a sweet scent, the citrus is tart , the florals pale and even though there is a companion men's version, this can easily be unisex. It wears close to the skin , and doesn't last super long , which is expected. EDTs and citrus are both hard to keep going for hours on end but it lasted several hours on me.

It's been ages since I smelled the original, but from what I've read this is very similar but with lots of lemon, if you're wondering.

Light Blue Italian Zest is a  nice Summer scent that will stand up to warm weather and make you think of fun in the sun .

Dolce &Gabbana Light Blue Italian Zest  is   3.3 oz  for $ 100 and 1.6 oz  for $73 at Macys.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Chanel Paris- Biarritz EDT - Les Eaux de Chanel

Les Eaux de Chanel is a new trio of EDTs meant to evoke a Summer journey to places Coco Chanel loved , locales of sun and beauty like Venice, Deauville and my pick - Biarritz.

Paris- Biarritz  is an ode to the seaside town of the French Riviera and it's fresh, sparkling, bright and loaded with bursts of citrus making it right up my fragrant alley. Parfumeur Olivier Polge says he" wanted to create a sensation on the skin as if each ingredient were soaked with water".

Paris- Biarritz  begins with bold citrus of grapefruit and mandarin that softens and then the airy, soft white floral lily of the valley floats within the citrus. I get a little neroli here as well.  Vetiver adds a  dry and green note while white musk is there just enough to be grounding . There is no sweetness here, more tart and fresh.  Well into the drydown it gets a little more floral and a touch soapy.

This isn't a complicated scent yet it's not boring or minimal and is much in the style of old school colognes. Perfect for the coming Summer season and light enough to be sprayed with a bit of abandon.  It's easy to wear and unisex.

Speaking of spraying - the press release says the sprayer here is a bit different and " diffuses micro droplets of fragrance for a longer time than a traditional spray "

The bottle is different too from what we usually see from Chanel.  It has a great hand feel, like a flask with rounded edges and lightweight glass to make it more portable.

Chanel Eaux De Chanel are $ 130 for 4.2 oz EDT and available at and Chanel Boutiques in June .

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Peter Thomas Roth Potent C Power Serum


I have always had great luck and love Peter Thomas Roth's  Vitamin C products. The Camu Camu  Sleeping Mask, the Power C Moisturizer . They have been Winter staples to get my skin into better shape and battle back whatever I did in Summer.

Now there is the  new Potent C Power Serum with 20 %  C-THD ascorbate (said to be 50% more powerful than traditional Vitamin C ) ,  3% E antioxidant and 2% ferulic acid.   What strikes me first about the serum is it's one of the most moisturizing serums I've used. Serums are often, but not always, lighter and less hydrating. One reason I like them so much. Potent C  packs hydration.  I was worried it might  be too much for my skin, but it hasn't been at all. I will say  don't need any other moisturizer with  it though. If you have drier skin, you may feel you need one.

The serum itself is semi light , lotion like almost. It works in well,  but  needs a little time  and there is a bit of a tacky feeling for a half hour or so while it totally sinks in.

With 2 weeks of use , I've seen a little  brightening (  and that can take time)  but my skin texture has definitely gotten better , it's smoother, plumper, well moisturized and a bit firmer.  This is very much a do it all product in that if you have oily to normal skin , you can get all your moisture from this as well as anti -aging properties in one bottle.

The bottle is opaque and thick walled so it will keep the serum protected from light which is important.

You can't go wrong with PTR and this is another winner.

Peter Thomas Roth Potent C Power Serum is $ 95 for 1 oz bottle .

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Juliette Has A Gun Moscow Mule

With it's cool , crisp unisex feel, Juliette Has A  Gun's new Moscow Mule is one of those fragrances that seem made for warmer weather .

Moscow Mule takes it's name from the  trendy, but not new, drink of the moment  and the notes echo that. It's herby , dry, and fresh reminding of vodka and citrus.

The fragrance starts with a blast of ginger and herbs closely followed by citrus ( lime and bergamot) the bergamot adding a leafy, bright tone.  The apple note comes in, it's light and not too sweet, then you get the barest touch of amber and woods and a lot of  the iso E super  molecule.  As the drydown moves along the scent does fade some leaving a zesty citrus twist with the ambroxan coming to the fore along with a molecule called  norlimbanol from Firmenich that  has a muted woody tone.  

The bottle is topped with a copper cap which of course is a tribute to the tradtional copper cups the drink is served in.  It adds a nice pop of  warmth and color against the neutral ombre shading of the glass .

Juliette Has A Gun Moscow Mule is available at  Beautyhabit , EuroPerfumes and  Sephora .  1.7 oz EDP is $ 100,  3.3 oz EDP is $ 135 .