Memorial Day Beauty Must-Haves

With Memorial Day just around the corner, upgrade your beauty routine for the new season and only pack the essentials! Look your best all weekend long with these beauty must-haves.

Cool off after a few days in the sun with the KORRES Greek Yoghurt After- Sun Cooling Gel. An ultra-cooling cream gel that immediately provides long-lasting freshness and comfort to the face and body. Ideal for after sun exposure, nourishing Greek Yoghurt hydrates the skin, instantly relieving excessive heat and stinging. Cooling Gel helps reduce skin redness and prolong suntan ($26;

Store the Lavanila Laboratories Mini Sport Luxe Deodorant in your beach bag for long lasting freshness all weekend long. This deodorant was created for life in motion. Lavanila’s proprietary, award-winning beta glucan technology is infused with SmartSport™ for high-performance defense and nourishment, and bursts with long-lasting vanilla breeze freshness to break down sweat molecules and deliver superior, invisible, all-natural odor protection. ($9;

Take your Cuvée Essentials wherever you go while traveling this long weekend. A three-piece travel set to help prolong any style, the Shampoo, Conditioner and Styling Balm are the basics for the girl on the move. Shampoo and Conditioner to gently cleanse, add shine and hydration. Styling balm will help protect, tame frizz, without weighing hair down. Now that’s glamour on the go! ($30;

Keep your hair up and out of your face in the summer sun, while still looking chic with the Hairdo 23” Long Wave Pony – which clips right over your own ponytail! This 23” Long Wave Pony features Tru2Life® heat-friendly synthetic hair that can be flat-ironed, curled or blown out, and has a long, smooth band of wrap-around hair that securely attaches with a hook-and-loop fastening strip for a look that’s seamless. ($59; Ulta and

Sephora Inside JCPenney Grand Opening Recap

Sephora hosted their grand opening inside of JCPenney at the Riverchase Galleria. There was live music, demos, and customers received a clutch bag with samples. A few of the featured beauty brands included Urban Decay, NARS Cosmetics, Beauty Blender, La Mer, GlamGlow, and Marc Jacobs.

Grand opening visitors could receive free mini makeovers; creating a Smoky Eye, Essential Eyeliner, Polished Brows, and Contouring.

I purchased Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss and Sephora Collection Mink Eyelashes for my beauty arsenal.




PHYTO Paris has done it again with the introduction of the products you NEED this fall to restore and repair hair from the toll taken by damaging UV rays and other summer elements. Thanks to the NEW PHYTO PHYTOELIXIR range, healthy, radiance can be achieved.


NEW! PHYTO PHYTOELIXIR Cleansing Care Cream ($29; 2.5 fl oz. at

This highly concentrated, non-lathering cream gently purifies the scalp with an unprecedented dose of nourishment. An indulgent, lightweight and ease to rinse formula, Phytoelixir Cleansing Care Cream dual action cleansing and conditioning properties eliminate the need to condition after. Nourishing and conditioning the hair, this must-have essential restores essential lipids to renew hair with suppleness, softness and shine, while providing long-lasting defense against the return of dryness. Clinically tested and produced in dedicated PHYTO laboratories to achieve the highest levels of efficacy and purity.


NEW! PHYTO PHYTOELIXIR Subtle Oil Intense Nutrition ($40; 2.5 fl oz. at

This fine, lightweight and easy-to rinse oil effortlessly penetrates into each strand bringing damaged, dehydrated hair back to life, by providing deep conditioning and intense nourishment, and dramatically improving suppleness, elasticity and strength. The formula restructures ultra-dry hair with while leaving a discreet fragrance of banana leaf, passion flower, gardenia and exotic musk notes. Hair is immediately replenished and its original softness and shine are restored. 


PHYTO PHYTOELIXIR Intense Nutrition Mask ($59; 6.2 fl oz. at

This indulgently rich mask melts into a luxurious hair rescuer that transforms even the driest, most porous hair. Narcissus flower wax, a beauty powerhouse envelops hair in prodigious nourishment. Macadamia oil, extremely rich in essential fatty acids, replenishes hair lipids with the promise of new suppleness and radiance. It is encapsulated in chronosphere designed to offer continuous release to the hair, protecting it against the recurring drying-out process. Hair is infinitely soft to the touch and totally manageable. Light-as-hair formula is suitable for all hair textures, even the finest hair.


NEW PHYTO PHYTOELIXIR Intense Nourishing Shampoo ($29 at


This luxurious, gentle foaming shampoo blends narcissus flower wax with encapsulated macadamia oil, unleashing a potent wave of nourishment to renew ultra-dry hair with beauty. Essential lipids are replenished. Hair is immediately transformed with the promise of long-lasting results. It is left supremely soft and supple with new radiance.


Beautyblender Care and Tips from Instyle Magazine

I wanted to share this article titled, “Stop Ruining Your Beautyblender By Following These Tips” written by Alexis Bennet from Instyle Magazine.  For those who may not know, this particular makeup sponge is significant due to the shape, material, and application technique.


Although the blender’s considered to be much pricer than normal applicators, most makeup artist (and enthusiast) notice a difference after use.  I also love the fact that it’s small enough to fit in my pocket or cosmetics bag.  I’ve noticed several questions (on Instagram) asking how to properly care for the Beautyblender.  Thankfully, Instyle Magazine explained the best tips for preventing holes and breakage.

Photo Credit: Instyle Magazine
Photo Credit: Instyle Magazine

 Beautyblender creator Rea Anna Silva states, “First and foremost, it still amazes me how after so many years that people (even friends and family) still don’t know to wet it,” Silva exclaims. “You have to wet your Beautyblender to get it in its optimum condition for use and for the best makeup application.”

The brand has also expanded to cleansers, tools, and more accessories.  Click on the article and watch more “blending magic” on January 21, 2016, the upcoming HSN special:  Stop Ruining Your Beautyblender By Following These Tips

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Winter Skin Beauty Products 2016

Below are great winter skin beauty products 

C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve No. 012

A favorite since the early days of C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries, this product offers soothing rose extract to help ease irritation and condition the lips. The Rose Salve can also be used on your face, elbows, knees and cuticle to help condition chapped and dry skin.

Price: $5.50


Mally Beauty H3 Lipglosses

Obtain triple the hydration and gorgois, luscious lips with this pout-perfecting gloss. Get enviable, fierce coverage with this ultra-moisturizing high-shine gloss that is formulated with antioxidants and plenty of moisture, this gloss will leave your lips full and sparkling.

Available in six shades: Shimmering Nude, Sweet Peach, Tea Rose, Perfect Nude and Orchid Berry at

Price: $20.00


NUDE Skincare ProGenius Omega Treatment Rescue Oil

NUDE Skincare ProGenius Omega Treatment Rescue Oil refines and helps skin recover with natural antimicrobial and healing, protective ingredients. Bakuchiol (ba-koo-heel) from India serves as a natural alternative to retinol, helping smooth and refine skin without irritation. A trio of potent antioxidants, coleus root, rosemary and thyme extracts, are natural purifiers that clarify skin and defend against daily pollution and stress. Virgin, cold pressed, organic rose hip oil—grown in the pure soil and air of the Chilean Andes—smoothes and nourishes skin with vitamin C and omegas 3 & 6. A rich botanical complex of papaya, hibiscus, and wild carrot root extracts with vitamins A, C, E and omegas locks in essential moisture. This fast-absorbing, featherweight treatment oil is a true lifesaver for everything your skin faces each day.

Price: $68



PÜR™ Eyedentity Luxe Firming Eye Cream

this eye cream helps to firm and tighten the delicate skin around your eyes, while minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Formulated with intensive hydrators and nourishing antioxidants, the cream utilizes the renewing power of lactic acid to fight age markers. A key peptide helps to prevent future damage and soothing Shea Butter conditions skin for a soft, smooth complexion.

Price: $49


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PÜR™ Lip Lure Hydrating Lip Lacquer

Give your lips a burst of hydrating color with this alluring lip lacquer. This unique formula features a blend of Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, and Jojoba Seed Oil, which forms a protective barrier on lips to naturally prevent water loss. This rich, creamy, full-coverage lip color offers a natural shine leaving no residue behind.

Available shades: Belle, Graceful, Fancy, Fiery, Mystic

Price: $22.00


Mission Grove by Soap & Paper Factory. Made in small batches in the USA, the items are made from the finest oils and extracts like meadowfoam, borage seed, and jojoba and contain aromatherapy oils. Each product is free of sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates and comes stylishly wrapped in paper featuring one of Soap & Paper Factory’s unique designs, along with a chic closure made from natural bamboo.

The new collection features four core fragrances designed to refresh and restore the senses:

  • Sakura: This relaxing and restorative fragrance balances apple and citrus with sweet heliotrope for a perfectly calming combination.

  • Madagascar Vanilla: Deep, sultry notes of bourbon add an intoxicating richness to this soothing vanilla scent.

  • Fig & Honey: Refresh the body and clear the mind with this heady fragrance that combines earthy figs with sweet honey.

  • Cardamom & Coffee: Spicy and stimulating, this complex fragrance combines cardamom and coffee with geranium and sandalwood to detoxify the spirit.


Tammy Fenders Epi-Peel.

This five-minute exfoliator, mask and peel in one instantly revitalizes the skin. For a smooth complexion, simply coat and dry your skin with the clay mask and peel it off five minutes later. Enriched with Hibiscus and Grape Seed Oils, this peel relieves irritation, promotes circulation and removes toxins from the skin. This unique holistic formula also stimulates the flow of chi, the body’s energy, to enliven the spirit and stimulate clarity, bringing vibrant and healthy skin from the inside out.

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Price: $80


Dr. Brandt 3-D Filler Mask at Sephora

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brandt® skincare is excited to announce its collaboration with Kristofer Buckle, a celebrity makeup artist beloved by Hollywood’s A-list. To kick off­ this exciting initiative, Buckle – one of the most sought after contour experts in the business – will star in a how-to video that highlights the newest trend in beauty: contouring without makeup. A game-changing technique made possible by dr. brandt skincare’s latest innovation, needles no more™ 3-D Filler Mask, it allows you to reshape, revolumize and fill facial contours, for a more youthful look.

THE INSPIRATION: Dr. Brandt believed that the convexities and concavities of the face – and the way light reflects off them – play a major role in revealing our true age. By changing the way light bounces off the face, needles no more™ 3-D Filler Mask makes it look naturally younger and more attractive. The formula melts into skin to enhance cheekbones and create dewy highlights. It’s what the art of contouring is all about, yet works without layers of product.

THE TECHNOLOGY: A unique, skin-plumping formula inspired by the latest injectable fillers, needles no more™ 3-D Filler Mask restores lost volume and fills in wrinkles and folds for a softer, lifted, more youthful look. Packed with Adipofill’in a revolutionary plumping complex, combined with hyaluronic acid (the key ingredient in dermal fillers, which absorbs its own weight in water to pull moisture into the skin), and rejuvenating peptides, the self-sculpting blend counteracts the classic downward droop that comes with age. Use it daily for a noticeably smoother, softer, more refreshed look — or anytime you want to lend your face youthful dimension and a healthy glow.

JUST IN TIME FOR THE NEW YEAR: Filled with invaluable contouring and anti-aging tips that anyone can use, the new Kristofer Buckle/dr. brandt skincare video will premiere on youtube and at Now available at drbrandtskincare. com, needles no more™ 3-D Filler Mask will launch at Sephora in January 2016.