July 2018 beauty favorites

summer hair care tips

Summer is in full swing, which means our skin and hair are exposed to the elements. It also means travel, warm evenings outside, and drying air conditioning. To combat these summer beauty obstacles, I have added a few fabulous products to my beauty arsenal for July 2018.

As you know, I receive quite a few press kits in the mail featuring new beauty products. I can’t review them all; to be frank, I don’t always like them all. So, starting earlier this year, I am doing one monthly round-up of my products from press kits which I love; and find myself actually using. The following products are from press kits. I fell in love with them so decided to share them with you. As always, I only share what I love!

Elemis Lily & Lionel Luxury Travel Kit

elemis travel beauty kit

Elemis is turning into my favorite skin care brand. I am addicted to their pro-collagen marine cream. It is my go-to daytime cream which I apply every morning. When Elemis sent this travel to me, I was thrilled! It contains a travel size of my daily cream, and additional products I enjoy using. I’m super excited to use this travel kit for an upcoming vacation later this month. You can find this fabulous kit online here for under $100.

Also this summer, Elemis has introduced a new collection of dynamic resurfacing products. My favorite product from the collection are the pads. They are so easy to use and do a great job of  smoothing out my skin. Five stars!!

Garnier Fructis Hair Mask Collection

garnier hair masks review

I just started to color my hair a few months ago in order to cover up the stray grays popping up on my head. Keeping my color looking vibrant is a little bit of a challenge in the summer since I am outside a lot, and in the pool often. These new masks from Garnier are a life saver! Think of them as an intense conditioner. They restore moisture to the hair which is lost when out in the sun, or in a chemical filled swimming pool. I’m totally addicted to these masks! My favorite is the coconut extract scent. It works wonders on my summer hair! Love!

Urban Decay “Born to Run” makeup collection

urban decay summer makeup

Warm evenings out on the town mean a new color palette of makeup! I’m loving everything from the “Born to Run” makeup collection by Urban Decay. The colors are great late-summer hues which will transition into fall easily. The lipsticks are moisturizing and the eye shadow palette has so many colors-it’s like an eye shadow candy store! Love that!

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What’s in my March beauty bag

from top left: (all products in this post were gifted): Chico’s beauty bag / L’Oreal mascara / L’Oreal eye pencil / Elemis Super Food face wash / NYX brow brush / L’Oreal Shimmerista / Almay “Make Them Jelly” / Urban Decay lipstick / NYX eye shadow palette /

Happy March! As you know, I get a lot of press packages from beauty companies on a weekly basis. It is next to impossible for me to review each and every one which comes my way. So, as I mentioned in February, I have decided to do monthly round-ups of my favorite products from these packages. This way, you can find out what’s hot-and not be bothered with what’s not!

In the photo above, I am showing my favorite new beauty products which I have added to my beauty bag. I hope you love them!

The mascara from L’Oreal lengthens lashes without using extensions. It really works, and it isn’t clumpy! If you are looking for a good lengthening mascara, this is the one!

Elemis is one of my favorite skin care lines. They have a whole new collection of super food products which are fab-u-lous! My favorite item from the collection is the face wash. It leaves my skin squeaky clean without stripping it of essential oils. I am obsessed!

I am always on the hunt for the perfect eye liner. I don’t like liquid liners, or slimy pencils. I like good old-fashioned eye pencils. This new one from L’Oreal offers a silky smooth application without being slimy. It is a great hybrid between a good old fashioned eye pencil, and a silky, twist and turn pencil. The blue and purple are to-die-for! Of course, I live in the brown, but every once in a while a girl needs some 1980’s inspired eyes! Seriously though, you need the blue and purple!

This was my first experience with Urban Decay cosmetics. I really like them! They have a fabulous lipstick line named “Vice.” The colors are vibrant and the lipstick is creamy. It stays on really well without smudging, and is easy to apply. My favorite color from the collection is “Backtalk.”

‘Tis the season for bronzer and adding shimmer! L’Oreal has this fabulous product named “Shimmerista.” It’s a loose powder which is easy to apply with a powder brush, and it adds the perfect shimmer. Studio 54, here I come!

NYX Cosmetics are new to me, so I was thrilled when I tried this brow pencil. It fills in my brows nicely, and the brush is comfortable. I have a feeling I will use this pencil up quickly!

Lastly, I received this really fun product from Almay. It’s called “Make Them Jelly.” I wasn’t sure what it was when I first received it, but boy, do I love it now that I know what it is! haha It’s a shimmering, purple-blue illuminator which is perfect for nights out on the town. It is also perfect for the mermaid in your life. My 11-year-old mermaid has tried to steal it three times already, but I’m on to her and hiding it where she can’t find it! It’s hard having a daughter who loves makeup! haha

I hope you love these products. I know I do!

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February beauty must haves

from top left: c/o L’Oreal Elvive Total Repair 5 Protein Recharge leave-in conditioner / c/o Elemis Biotec Skin Energizing Night Cream / c/o Elemis Biotec Skin Energizing Day Cream / c/o Colleen Rothschild eye serum / c/o Givenchy Gloss Interdit Vinyl / c/o Foreo Luna Play Sonic Face Cleanser / c/o L’Oreal Elvive Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm / c/o L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil / c/o Elemis Biotec Skin Energizing Cleanser / c/o Tan-Luxe The Face / c/o Tan-Luxe The Body / c/o Colleen Rothschild Haight Ashbury candle

Thank you for coming here every week for my beauty reviews! I have been receiving a lot of products in the mail, but I don’t enjoy everything I receive. Starting this year, I decided that I would do a monthly round-up of new beauty products for you which I have tested out, and have fallen in love with. Hopefully this make it easy for you to find new beauty products to love! So, starting today, I will do a beauty must-have post with my favorite finds of the month, on the first of the month! I hope you enjoy!

In January, I tested out a ton of new beauty products. The ones I ended up falling in love with, are pictured above. There is a combination of hair care products, make-up, skin care products, and a relaxing candle; don’t we all need one?! Without further ado, here are my favorites of the month!

Elvive by L’Oreal Paris

As you know, I love to swim and get outside. The chlorine from swimming, and the sun, has wreaked havoc on my hair. So, I am always on the lookout for fabulous hair care products which solve my dry, damaged hair problem. This new hair care collection, Elvive by L’Oreal Paris, is the perfect solution. The leave-in conditioner is my favorite from the collection. It really helps revive my hair!

Elemis Biotec Skin Energizing Skincare System

This is a fabulous collection. I am in love with the Elemis Biotec Skin energizing Cleanser. It leaves my skin squeaky skin without stripping it of essential oils, or drying it out. This is my go-to cleanser. It is fabulous! The night cream and day cream are great too; plus they are travel size. Love that!

Colleen Rothschild Retinol Supreme eye Serum

This eye serum is a-ma-zing! It really reduces the lines around my eyes and keeps them looking refreshed. I love the fact that is it jam-packed with Retinal (vitamin A), Vitamin C, Saliporine 8, and Cityguard. These key ingredients provide antioxidant support, improve moisture and elasticity, contour, lift, and repair. Love that!

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Vinyl

This is the newest lip gloss product from Givenchy. Can I just say-LOVE! This is a fabulous lip gloss which offers bold colour and shine. The colour reacts to your pH balance and changes into a color which looks just right on your skin. Love it!!

Foreo Luna Play Sonic Face Cleanser

OK, cutest little face cleanser ever! I love this petite little cleanser which is great for packing in my purse or beach bag for cleansing on the go. It is also fabulous for travel. Love it!

Tan-Luxe self tanners

So the weather is warming up, and my skin is pasty white! Eeeek! Tan-Luxe makes the most fabulous self-tanner for both face and body. This is the only way to not look pasty while the temperatures reach the mid-70’s yet my skin has not seen sun in months. This is a self tanning must-have!

Colleen Rothschild Haight Ashbury candle

I love candles for relaxing, and while I wear a face mask. They are so relaxing. This candle by Colleen Rothschild offers the scent of the hippie lifestyle; which reminds me of when I lived two blocks from the Haight Ashbury in San Francisco-even thought I am not a hippie. It is a relaxing scent which is rich and spicy. Love it!

There you have it! My favorite beauty products from the past month. Have you tried any of them yet? What are your thoughts?

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