October Beauty Favorites 2015 ~ Hair, Skin, Makeup
I’ve got my beauty favorites to share with you this month. Some are new and some I’ve been using for a while, but they all help me to up my beauty game, so they’re all winners in my book!
Let’s start at the top with hair care products!
I have 3 different heat styling tools that I rotate through using, but lately 2 of them have been gathering dust while one (the InStyler*) has been my constant companion! I’ve been traveling a lot lately and I pack the InStyler instead of a blow dryer. I’m hair-challenged so I’ve never been able to use a standard curling iron, flat iron, or blow dryer + round brush for that matter. With the InStyler I can create polished looking straight styles, beachy waves, or flipped ends. I love it for fixing rumpled 2nd day, slept-in hair so I don’t have to wet and re-dry it.
Before I use my InStyler I protect my hair with Nexxus Pro Mend Heat Protector Spray*. I’ve tried loads of heat protecting sprays and this is the only one that doesn’t leave my hair stiff and crunchy! It makes my hair silky and shiny and protected from the heat of the InStyler.
To finish off the style and help it last, I use Healthy Sexy Hair Soy-Touchable Hold Hairspray. This came highly recommended by so many readers I had to try it, and I fell in love with it instantly! It doesn’t go on wet and ruin my style, it doesn’t dry stiff of sticky. My hair stays touchable and using these 3 products, my style stays for 2 days!
Moving on to skincare, I’ve switched up a couple items in my skincare routine recently.
I’ve switched my Timeless Matrixyl 3000 serum for Timeless CoEnzymeQ10 Serum. A viewer told me to check it out because the CoQ10 serum also contains Matrixyl 3000 in the same amount as the Matrixyl serum! The CoQ10 serum is pale yellow and thicker than the Matrixyl serum. It glides on easily but takes a little longer to dry and is slightly tacky until it’s totally dry so I like the texture of the original Matrixyl serum better, but I’m going to stick with the CoQ10. Why not get 2 anti-aging ingredients in one little bottle? See shopping links below for my coupon code for $5 off at Timeless!
Since I stopped using a Clarisonic to wash my face at night I’ve been looking for a way to clean my skin more thoroughly and get non-irritating exfoliation. I’d heard about Konjac Sponges which are a Japanese face care staple. They’re made from a root vegetable so they’re all natural. When dry the sponge is hard and scratchy but when it absorbs water it puffs up and gets soft. I’ve found this one for sensitive skin at Target and I’ve been happily using it every night! It’s anti-bacterial so it won’t contribute to breakouts, but it does need to be replaced every 1-3 months.
On to Makeup where I’ve found a Holy Grail Foundation and Lipstick!
On the advice of a famed makeup artist in Paris (the perks of being a blogger!!) I tried Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet for Foundation Friday for Over 50 back in August. Thanks to Arnaud, I’d finally found my HG foundation!! I love everything about it, it’s easy to apply with fingers, gives sheer-medium coverage, dries velvety smooth, doesn’t settle into wrinkles or pores, and makes my skin look better and more youthful than it is! My only complaint about it is that it doesn’t go on well over silicone based products like my favorite sunscreens Exuviance and HydroPeptide. To get around that I use Laura Mercier Foundation Primer between them, or I can use Josie Maran Argan Oil Daily Moisturizer with SPF 47.
Where was Too Faced La Creme Lipstick when I did my lipstick testing 18 months ago? It would have been the hands down winner! This lipstick is so creamy and moisturizing and long-wearing that I’m giving it HG status too. My favorite shade is “Spice Spice Baby” which is the perfect pinky nude. It’s not too brown, not too pink, not too rust, not too light, not too dark. I feel like Goldilocks when I say it’s “Just Right”.
My aging lips need all the help they can get in the plumpness department so I’m always on the hunt for a good lip plumper. Soap & Glory recently sent me their Pillow Plump XXL Sexy Mother Pucker in “Pinkwell” to try and I’m so happy they did! It smells and tastes delicious and has a nice tingle that lets me know it’s working. It gives me a little plump and a little shine when used over lipstick or lip liner, and it also looks good on it’s own. It doesn’t make my lips bigger so much as puffs out the center making them look smoother but still natural!
My last 2 favorites this month are my Crystal Hera statement necklace and Ion bracelet from BaubleBar. I love how this necklace sits lower on the chest so it draws the eye down away from the neck (which can be a problem area at my age), and the bracelet is cool and modern and adds just a little sparkle to the wrist! These two pieces go great with both casual and dressy outfits and the quality is really good for the price! See shopping links below for my coupon code for 25% off at BaubleBar!
25% OFF BaubleBar Jewelry*! Use code: HOTANDFLASHY at BaubleBar.com (New customers only, Valid until 11/25/15)
$5 Off at Timeless Skincare use this link*: https://www.timelessha.com/discount/HOTANDFLASHY ($5 discount will automatically be applied at checkout, no code needed)
Shopping Links for Products Mentioned:
InStyler*: Amazon or Ulta
Nexxus Pro Mend Heat Protecting Spray*: Amazon or Ulta
Healthy Sexy Hair Soy-Touchable Hairspray*: Amazon or Ulta
Timeless Skincare Coenzyme Q10 Serum*: www.timelessha.com
Konjac Sponge*: Target
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet*: Nordstrom
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer*: Sephora
Exuviance Sheer Daily Protector SPF 50 Sunscreen*: Ulta
HydroPeptide SPF 30 Sunscreen*: Amazon
Josie Maran Argan Oil Daily Moisturizer SPF 47*: Sephora
Too Faced La Creme Lipstick in “Spice Spice Baby”*: Ulta or Sephora
Soap & Glory Pillow Plump Lip Plumper*: Amazon or Ulta
* Marked links are affiliate links. If you click the link and buy something, I receive a commission for the sale, but it doesn’t cost you anything extra. If you do choose to use the link, thank you for supporting the blog!
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