From My 3TV Segment: Spring Beauty Product Trends

Although it may not feel like it in some parts of the country, spring has almost officially sprung…and it does feel like it here in Arizona.  So with that, I decided to feature what’s trending in spring beauty products on my 3TV morning show, Your Life Arizona (new name, same great show) today.  A big thanks to my blog beauty expert, Bianca, professional beauty expert for Walgreens, for working with me to feature some terrific beauty must haves, that are also affordable.  Take a look!

Spring Clean Your Face

Just like you do your home, give your pretty face some attention, too.  Here is what we like for facial care this spring…

*L’Oreal Pure-Clay Mask, Purify & Mattify and Exfoliate/Refine Pores Pure Clay Mask– ($12.99 each at Walgreens) – This will spring clean your face.  Plus, this line reminds us of the more expensive Glamglow mask that sells for over $50 at Sephora. Instead try this, L’oreal variety that is sold at Walgreens.  The pure clay mask can be layered and left on face for 15 minutes and then rinsed off.  It is great to use the Purify & Mattify twice a week and the Exfoliate & Refine Pores variety once a week to exfoliate.  This is definitely spring cleaning for the face that has perhaps just endured a harsh winter, hectic holiday season, cold and flu season and more.  Your face will feel and look refreshed.

*Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water – ($9.49 at Walgreens)  — Brand new from Garnier, for oily skin types and for sensitive skin, try this cleansing water to remove makeup and cleanse and purify pores all in one.  This is used as a rinse with no harsh rubbing required on the delicate facial skin. The mattifying formula makes this oil-free and fragrance free cleanser ideal and gentle for spring cleaning the skin.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mineral Water Gel Cooling Effect – ($31 at Walgreens) — This allergy tested facial gel works for sensitive skin and provides a cooling effect, a nice touch for the many women who experience hot flashes.  This hydrates for 48 hours and can be worn day or night, but do note that there is no SPF in this formula.  It is also oil free.

*La Roche Posay Acne Innovation – ($29.99 at Walgreens – a $48 value!) — I have not personally tested this as I have been lucky to have not had acne (although I am told it could be coming with menopause!).  My blog beauty expert, Bianca, professional Walgreens beauty expert, says that this worked for numerous customers who used this 2-month supply, 3-step regimen to clear their acne.  The value is also good and Bianca tells me that many dermatologists provide coupons for this product, so if acne is an issue for your family, ask your dermatologist about this line and if they have coupons to give you. This set comes with a medicated gel cleanser, a clarifying solution and a dual action acne treatment product.  Also, clears up blackheads and whiteheads, too.

Spring Beauty – Lighten Up Beauty Products

*Maybelline Dream Cushion Fresh Face Liquid Foundation On-The-Go – ($15.49 at Walgreens)  — With warmer temps and lots of sun, it is nice to go lighter with makeup in the spring and summer season.  This foundation achieves that.  Do note that this base does NOT contain an SPF, so be sure to use your daily moisturizer that includes SPF sun protection.

L’oreal True Match Super Blendable Blush – ($12.99 at Walgreens) — Pretty light floral shades for your blush to complement your bright pastels summer shades of makeup and clothing.

*Maybelline Illuminator Corrector Cremeux – ($7.99 at Walgreens)  — With lighter foundation in the spring and summer months, it is also nice to use a lighter concealer.  This one accomplishes that with a nice corrector stick that also illuminates skin so your face looks rested and bright.

Body Fun in the Sun Spring Stuff

*Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer – ($10.99 at Walgreens)  — Apply this moisturizer/subtle self-tanner in the shower on wet skin…hence the name, wet skin.  Our testers say this did not streak and lasted for a few days.  So, this is a lotion and self-tanner all in one.  No harsh odor either like so many self-tanners have.

*Banana Boat Dry Balance Sunscreen Lotion – ($11.99 at Walgreens)  — With an SPF UVA/UVB protection of 50+, you get coverage and sunburn protection, plus this unique formula is a matte finish.  Runners love this because it goes on like a matte, not oily or greasy and dries almost instantly.  This one is also recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.  This just arrived hot on the shelves and the matte finish makes this a unique and protective sunscreen.

*DermaVine Head to Toe Scrub Pink Coconut Head to Toe Scrub – ($9 at toejuice.com) – Dermavine has introduced several new products to the line that gave us one of my favorites…and funny-named products…Toe Juice!  Meet DermaVine’s Head to Toe Scrub Pink Coconut made of plant based extracts. This scrub perfectly hydrates, refreshes and repairs dry skin while also exfoliating, which is important to do.  This is especially true for our heels that get rough when exposed to the air with flip flop season in full swing.   

Still Trending:  Lush Lashes

*La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Oil-Free Cleansing Towelettes – ($9.99 at Walgreens)  — For gals with eyelash extensions (and a lot of women are wearing them now), this is the right makeup remover to use because it is oil free.  The oil in typical makeup remover products may loosen the glue on the lashes and shorten the lifespan of those lush long lashes.  So, use this product for removing makeup and to cleanse away oil and pore-clogging impurities.

*Rimmel ScandelEyes Waterproof Mascara – ($7.49 at Walgreens) — For those of us who aren’t doing the extensions or fakes, this is our top pick for a good spring/summer waterproof mascara that also won’t break the beauty budget.  Rimmel, the original inventor of mascara, does it right again with a wand that doesn’t clump and a formula for lovely lashes, even when swimming or doing water sports.  Ophthalmologist tested and suitable for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes, plus it contains collagen, so this mascara does it all.

Hair Flair

*HASK Chia Seed Volumizing Dry Shampoo – ($8.49 at Walgreens)  — Bianca tells me that this dry shampoo is flying off the drugstore shelves.  There are several varieties, so I decided to try the Chia Seed one.  The long lasting dry shampoo is free of sulfates and parabens, another reason why we like it and with our warm temps just around the corner, you are sure to sweat, so this dry shampoo will buy you a few extra days in between shampooing.

*HASK Greek Yogurt Hydrating Deep Conditioner – ($3.29 at Walgreens) – And when you do return to shampooing your mane, don’t forget to take a little extra time to deep condition, especially with pool season here.  The dual conditioner formula combines Greek yogurt with fig and honey…so springy and good for your hair. Greek yogurt contains protein and calcium to help nourish and moisturize hair.  Vitamin rich fig and honey fight dryness and give hair a glossy shine, which is very nice for your spring nights out on the town.

Mani/Pedi Spring Shade Trends

*Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish – ($8.99 at Walgreens) — Sally Hansen has a bunch of pretty springy shades with the barely there color trend offered as well.  Light, natural and pastel shades like Sheer Nirvana and Re-Nude are right on for spring weddings, graduations, Easter and all the other celebrations that accompany this time of the year.

Did I miss any spring shades or trends that you love?  Share in the comments section and be sure to check out my blog at www.managedmoms.com for more beauty news and spring trends.  Happy Spring!

 

 

 

 

Ten Under $10 Fabulous & Frugal Beauty Products

As seen in my morning show segment that aired on KTVK 3TV today on the Your Life A to Z show.  I love doing this segment because who says that beauty has to be expensive?  Plus, this is one of my favorite segments to do because I get to work with my blog’s beauty expert, Bianca to share beauty products that are fabulous and frugal, so they won’t break your beauty budget.  Take a look at our ten under $10 beauty products that won’t break the bank!

For the Face

*No 7 Beautiful Skin Micellar Cleansing Water ($9.99 at Walgreens) – This hypo-allergenic cleansing water spray is applied to the face after makeup removal to truly get every bit of product off the skin.  Plus, this product leaves the face fresh and hydrated, which is especially crucial here in our desert climate.

*Aveeno Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial ($8.29 at Walgreens) – This non-drying, hypoallergenic cleanser for sensitive skin is meant to be used in the steamy shower to gently exfoliate skin.  So clever as the steam and moisture helps to open and cleanse pores, so this in-shower facial works well. With lemon peel extract, this shower facial works best when done twice a week.  Do note the instructions on the label advising that sunscreen be worn on the face while using this product and up to a week afterwards since alpha hydroxy acid, that is part of this formula, can increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun.

Eye Beauty

*Maybelline Monos Expertwear Eyeshadow ($3.99 at Walgreens) – This nice eye shadow reminds us of the more expensive Becca shadows that sell at Sephora for a lot more. These can also be used as highlighters and we love products that multi-task.

*Maybelline Master Prime Eyeshadow Base ($8.79 at Walgreens) – We like and recommend the primer as a base for the eye shadow that we just discussed above.  With the primer applied first, the eye shadow will go on smoother and last longer.  Plus, that annoying eye lid crease can be avoided with this product.

Lovely Lips

*Maybelline Color Jolt Lip Paint ($5.99 at Walgreens) – Want intense lip color that lasts?  Try this!  This lip paint gives lips full color with the first layer.  And check out the product below to enhance this line.

*Maybelline Shine Shot Glossy Shine or the Maybelline Shine Shot Prismatic Lip Topcoat ($5.99 each).  Try the ombre look (as it is called), which means to blend two different lip shades together so that they fade into each other.  This line of lip paint is perfect for that trending makeup technique.  My blog testers also love the applicator on this line.

Healthy Hair

*Scunci Hair Bands ($4.99 a pack at Walgreens) – We love that this big variety of Scunci hair bands doesn’t leave an annoying dent in hair. We compare this line to the pricier line of hair bands called Invisibobble, sold at Nordstrom’s, which sells for double the price, making this is a good splurge vs steal item.  Scunci has a big selection with sporty styles, dressy styles that look good in an updo, little girl styles and more.

*Maui Moisture Nourish + Moisture Coconut Milk Conditioner for dry hair ($9.49 at Walgreens) – We love the organic ingredients in this amazing hair conditioner.  With creamy coconut milk, sheer guava oil, wholesome mango butter and more, this ahhmazing hair product does not contain mineral oil, silicone, parabens or synthetic dye.  Bianca says that this is the most organic hair care product that Walgreens carries at this point.  Aloe Vera is used in place of water, which is not organic since water is processed with reverse osmosis.  Try the Maui Moisture Shea Butter Hair Mask to further save money as a little bit of this hair mask goes a long way.  We are loving this new organic healthy hair line!

Nails & Hands

*impress Press-On Manicure One-Step Gel Nail Set ($8.49 at Walgreens) – This is the first time this press on nail line has offered nails done in gel color, so no light is needed. Just press on and go.  Our blog beauty testers tell us that the nails stayed on very nicely for over a week, too.  We did hear that removing the nails takes some time and patience, but that no one had damaged nails after removal, so that is good.

*eos hand lotion ($2.29 at Walgreens) – My teenage daughter and I swear by this stuff.  The fast absorbing 24-hour moisture lotion comes in an easy to pack compact container for quick on-the-go hydration for hands. It is also paraben free, hypoallergenic, gluten free with no animal by-products.  One of our faves!

Bath & Body

*ME! Bath Gotta Have It Pomegranate Mini Bath Cream Mini Bath Soak Bath Bombs ($9.99 for a bag of six bath bombs) – If you are a bath fan like me, these mini bath bombs make your bath complete and your skin soft.  Plus, this makes a great gift, too.

Did you see anything you like and want to incorporate into your beauty routine? And if you have a favorite budget beauty product, tell us about it int he comments section.  We love to keep each other informed at managedmoms.com. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

What’s New in 2017 Drug Store Beauty Products

As seen in my 3TV KTVK morning show segment that aired today.  Here is the list of the beauty products I showed with many more that I didn’t have time to get to this morning on the program. All items are sold at Walgreens, which keeps us on our beauty budget.  Gotta love that!

Our awesome managedmoms.com blog beauty expert, Bianca, is an official beauty product expert for Walgreens.  So, I met her at the store, looked at what’s new, and bought a slew of stuff to show you.  Fun!

Here is what’s new in 2017 drugstore beauty products that you will want to know about…

Nail News

*OPI Nail Polish — Big news!  Walgreens now sells OPI nail polish!  Get yours for $9.99 a bottle. The line just hit store shelves this week. 

For the Eyes

*Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara ($8.49) – Maybelline says that their new mascara will give lashes fully loaded volume in one coat.  Our blog testers had to apply two coats, but we are happy with the volume that our lashes exhibited with just two coats.  We compare this mascara to the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, which sells for $23, while this Maybelline Big Shot only costs $8.49.

*L’Oréal Infallible Paints Liquid Eye Liner ($9.66) – New to this eyeliner line is the intense color options and our test panel thought it was as good as MAC’s eye liner, which sells for much more, around $20, in department stores.  For a performer or a person on camera, this liner really shows up.

Loral Infallible Paints Eye Shadow ($8.99) – We love that this cream eye shadow stick didn’t crease.  With this double ended stick, you get two shades that can be worn alone or blended.

*Maybelline 24k Nudes Eyeshadow Palette ($11.99) – This is like the more expensive Urban Decay nude eyeshadow palette that is very popular.  And this one is much cheaper at only $11.99 compared to Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes that range between $24 to $54.  So, this is a terrific value.  It is in smaller packaging, but I think the savings is still good.

Lovely Lips

*L’Oréal Infallible Lip Paints ($9.99) – These full colored lip sticks promise to stay on all day and my blog testers and I did get a full 8 hours of wear. We did have to reapply for evening, but we were impressed with the work day longevity of this lip paint. Wear this lip color with a liner, otherwise it will bleed.  We found this line to be like the Too Faced Melted Lip Color, which costs $21 and we like the under $10 price tag of the L’Oréal one for sure. We are also big fans of the lip applicator that makes the sweetheart shape of lips easier to achieve.  Plus, the color is shiny and vibrant and we like that!  This is also smudge proof and water proof.

*Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick ($4.99) – This lipstick reminds us of Jeffree Star’s matte lipstick that sells online for $18.99.  At $5, we like this one just as much. The applicator brush is similar and both lipsticks wear nicely.  Jeffree Star’s can only be purchased online plus shipping, so we think Wet n Wild’s new lip color is the steal vs the splurge. Kudos to Wet n Wild, as they became cruelty free this year as well!

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon Gloss ($8.99) – New from Burt’s Bees is this nice tinted shade that wears like a gloss in a smooth crayon applicator.  We like it and like when Burt’s Bees introduces new products to their line.

Beautiful Brushes

*Real Techniques by Sam & Nic Techniques Finish Sculpting Set ($19.99) – Sisters Sam & Nic Chapman are professional makeup artists with a popular YouTube channel that shares all kinds of makeup tutorials. With each purchase, head to their YouTube channel to learn tips on how to best use their products.  This three-brush set includes a sculpting brush with a wide angled head that will create defined contours using cream and liquid bronzer or contour makeup.  The second brush in the set is the fan brush, which softly sweeps on powders and whisks away excess makeup.  The third brush in the set is the setting brush and it completes a look with a controlled dusting of powder or highlighting.  For $19.99, we also like that it comes with a brush holder that stands upright to keep brushes clean and organized.

 Sponge Love

*Real Techniques Eyes Miracle Mini Eraser Sponges ($5.99) – These are the perfect mini size for under the eyes.  We like this one over the Beauty Blender line because this cost less and we think works just as well, if not better.  We also love that you get two of these cute little blenders because, as the Real Techniques YouTube tutorial on this product explains, one can be used for applying makeup and the other for cleaning up.  So, the flat side of this teeny eraser sponge works great for blending under eye concealer.  The tip fits around the nose contour and the tiny place on the inside of the corner of the eye perfectly.  Use the rounded sponge side to blend eye shadow.  These two teeny sponges do so much, so we give a thumbs up to these cute and useful mini eraser sponges.

*CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Matte Finishing Powder ($9.99) – One of our favorite new products because this compact powder works great in the morning and as a touch-up throughout the day.  It is lightweight, hides imperfections and minimizes shine without clogging pours.

All About Brows

*L’Oréal Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender ($12.99) – For those who want a thick brow, check out this brow stylist soft and creamy crayon that has a kabuki brush on one end that enables smooth blending. Use lightly for a more natural look and go for it with heavier blending to show off a statement brow, which continues to be all the rage in 2017.

*L’Oréal Brow Stylist Frame & Set ($12.99) — Anastacia Brow Beverly Hills is a popular expensive brand that is all about the brow and is very popular.  We think that this L’Oréal product is just as good.  With this L’Oréal set, you get both the two-ended styling brush and the cream makeup for $12.99 and with the more expensive line mentioned above, the duo brush sells for $18 and the makeup costs $18 compared to this set of all three for $12.99.

*Maybelline Brow Precise Highlighter ($7.99) – Brow highlighters are in and this one does the job.  With the angled tip applicator, this creamy highlighter goes above and below the brow to highlight and shape nicely groomed eyebrows.

For the Face

*Maybelline Dream Cushion Fresh Face Foundation ($15.99) – Dream foundation by Maybelline is loved by many, so it is cool that this year it is offered in a transportable on-the-go convenient compact.  It comes with a cushion applicator with a little sleeve so that fingers can be inserted in the pad and applied to give buildable coverage.

*Maybelline Master Camo Color Correcting Kit ($12.99) – This cool kit does three things that include correcting, concealing and highlighting.  The green palette reduces redness, the orange and apricot reduce discoloration and the yellow brightens skin.  For undereye circles and to blend over imperfections and to highlight brows as well.  This palette does it all.

Wet n Wild Concealer Corrector ($3.99) – Our testers loved this creamy concealer that hides under eye circles, blemishes and discolorations well.

*Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Purifying Foam Cleanser ($12) – So fun that Walgreens carries the unique and trendy Soap & Glory line.  New for this brand is this foam cleanser that contains witch hazel and helps to shrink pores.  I didn’t try this since I have sensitive skin and use specific facial cleansers, but our blog testers tell me that it worked well for them.

*Wet n Wild Mega Cushion Contour ($5.99) – Wet n’ Wild has some fabulous new products out this year including this cool compact that enables a smooth and contoured blush line on the cheeks. The shade that is out now is the Café Au Slay! color.

*Wet n Wild Mega Cushion Highlight Illuminator ($5.99) – This one is similar to the cushion contour above, but this one is used to add highlights that illuminate and give a glow to the skin.

As you can see, there a lot of new products in the 2017 beauty aisle.  Do you know about a new beauty item that is a must have?  Share in the comments section.  Happy 2017 beauty shopping!

 

 

 

My 3TV Everything October Segment

Here is my Everything October 3TV segment.  My segment is only 2 minutes long, but I was able to include several cool items because October brings so much fun. Traditions like pumpkin everything, Halloween, the beginning of gift shopping season and more.  And most importantly, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, too. So take a quick look at my speedy segment to see where to get Halloween wines for less, a super cool recipe photo gift idea for holiday gift giving, a low cal and healthier pumpkin muffin recipe and some pretty in pink BCA items.  It’s all here just in time for everything October.  Also links to items shown in this segment can be found below the video at the end of this article. Just look below for anything you saw in the segment that you want more information about.

 

Links & Info from segment topics:

*My delish Autumn Sangria recipe can be found here. 

*Hob Nob Halloween wines sell for $9.99 at Total Wine & More locations, with biggest variety at the Tempe Marketplace location.

*CVS Photo recipe cards can be ordered here.

*Pumpkin muffin recipe at MealGarden online meal planning site.  My version with spelt flour and dark chocolate chips can be found here.

*The pink Mission Belt and all colors and styles can be found at Mission Belt.

*Teresa’s Creative Gifts at this link.

*Click here for Katydid.

My Fun Morning Show Assignment: Being Rachael Ray!

Better not quit my day job as I am not an impersonator, but I had fun trying!  On my morning show’s recent fun celeb chef takeover theme, I was asked to come as Rachael Ray.  My apologies to Ms Ray!  I watched a lot of her videos, found an outfit in my closet that looked just like one she wore and brought my family’s favorite Yum O easy chicken pot pie recipe to the set.  rr-costumeSo here is my segment and again my apologies to Rachael Ray!   But do check out the coolest pie crust trick ever that I show in this clip….

Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

Mother’s Day is coming right up on Sunday, May 8th so I have gift ideas that are unique, thoughtful, some funny and some that are earth friendly and give back, too.  Take a look and Happy Mother’s Day out there!
To see the article that accompanies this video with prices, websites and links visit the morning show site here.

Drugstore Beauty Products Picks & Pans

My gal pal beauty test panel put some head to toe beauty products to the test.  We based our testing on product packaging pros and cons.  We try before you buy so check out what we gave a pick or a pan in the drug store beauty aisle.  You work hard for your dollars so our test panel helps you to stay on your beauty budget by letting you know what stuff is worth your cash and what to pass on.  Take a look!

Bewitching & Bootiful Beauty Products & Giveaway, Too!

October is a spooktacular time to check out what’s hot in Halloween and fall makeup, so you have to see the bewitching and bootiful beauty items I found at Walgreens!  Thanks to our managedmoms.com team beauty expert, Bianca for showing me these super cool items to share!  This stuff is all limited edition so they won’t stay on store shelves long, so check it out AND email me if you want to be in the drawing to win some of these ghoulish goodies and pretty items, too.  Just email [email protected] and give me your name and email address by this Friday, October 9th, 2015.  Also let me know if you want to be in the drawing for the beauty products or for the ASU Gas Grill Cover or for both items.  We will do the drawing on Friday night through random.org and we announce the winner on Saturday!  But first take a look at some of the cool cosmetics that you can win…

All products shown today were purchased by managedmoms.com.  No free items were received for this article and segment. 

Great Grill Gadgets & Fun In Sun Stuff That Gives Back, Too!

Just in time for your 4th of July celebration and your camping and outdoor grilling and pool stuff, check this out because I found some great grill gadgets.  I also found some functional and fun in the sun stuff and two of these items give back to some very important causes.  Check this out and happy summer!

And to see the entire column with links on where to buy this stuff, check out my KTVK column.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

It is coming!  Mother’s Day happens on Sunday, May 10th so here are some gift ideas that are unique…