Are you tired of Winter yet? Well, there is more to come. For those who don’t care about changing up your beauty and fragrance? Well, you should. These products from Lumify, Molton Brown, ReadySetJet, Merle Norman, and COLAB will pay beauty benefits now into the new year. They’re great to gift to yourself and also ideas for procrastinators who give holiday gifts a bit late!
Brighten Up Your Eyes:
Let’s start with your eyes. Do you have trouble sleeping or staying awake? Many people do, especially during the darkest days of the year. However, tired eyes are not a good beauty look. One of the beautifiers we think is easy and simple is Lumify. We’ve included it a couple of times in past advicesisters.com stories.
Just One Drop:
No matter how little sleep you’ve had, you can make your eyes brighter and whiter looking with just one drop of Lumify Eye Drops by Bauch + Lomb. Just one drop in each eye starts working in 60 seconds and lasts up to 8 hours. The key ingredient is a low dose of brimonidine. It constricts the veins in the eyes sending a flow of blood and oxygen to the eye. Thse are FDA-approved drops that work for most people (95% in a clinical study). They’re also bleach and dye-free. However, if you wear contacts, wait about 10 mins or more before inserting them if you’ve used Lumify.
Let Lumify offer beauty benefits year-round. It’s inexpensive, easy and you’ll be amazed at the difference these drops can make. LUMIFY is available at Amazon and all major food, drug and mass retailers for $15 2.5 ml. bottle (75 drops) or get the larger size for $26 (7.5 ml. 225 drops).
A Gift For Striking, Starry Eyes:
I didn’t get the lovely Merle Norman Starry Eyes Gift Set in time for the advicesisters.com holiday beauty gift guide, but it’s not too late to decorate yourself or gift someone with this Starry Eyes set (SRP: $29). Inside the box with clear window are two gorgeous and shimmery, multi-dimensional full-sized Liquid Foil Shadows. “Gaze” is bright metallic gold. “Flurries: is bright metallic rose gold. Both are blend-able and once dry, they will last through the day and into the night. In fact, I needed micellar water (you can use makeup remover) to remove it.
Among the beauty benefits in this set is a really nice, gift-sized Fat Lash Mascara big enough for a bunch of days and nights and compact enough to fit into a purse. This is a volumizing mascara with a brush designed to hug and coat even fine lashes. In my test it took my thin lashes not just up a notch, but was non-flaking and transfer-proof. It didn’t irritate my eyes, either. That’s a plus as I usually end up with “raccoon eyes” with a lot of mascaras.
The products are ophthalmologist tested, fragrance and oil-free as well. And, they’re safe for contact lens wearers. For more information visit the Merle Norman website
New, ReadySetJet Multi-Functional Beauty
Simplify your Beauty Routine with the brand new Ready Set Jet. These are dual-ended batons filled with both anti-pollution skincare (2 baton sets) and cosmetics (baton set plus an all-purpose cheek/lip glow). You can pull off one side of the capsule, add another item to personalize (in a flash!) whatever you need at the moment.They’re great for travel as well as for home.
Ready Set Jet was created by entrepreneur Shalini Vadhera to provide skills, education, livelihood enablement, and job placement through the RSJ Online Academy (you can also sign up to sell these products if you wish). The RSJ Academy provides online certification in beauty and experiential lifestyle courses for anyone wanting the tools to thrive.
The products are vegan, cruelty-free, and recyclable. In my photo, from Left to Right: The Beauty Baton Cleanse and Prime (the cleanser is waterless. Wipe it on, makeup comes right off–it’s great!). The blurring primer helps makeup stay on. The second baton (Hydrate & Glow) features a hydrating face balm and a skin glowing scrub. The Third Baton (yellow label) is “Sculpt & Shine.” It has a multi-use highlighter and a contour stick.
I absolutely love the products but one. The contour, even though it is blendable, looks really “obvious” on very pale skin. On the other end, however, the highlighter works for everyone. The pink label box is a “solo” piece you can add to any of the other batons — a Glow All Day Lip and Cheek Color. The raspberry-tinted Glow all Day lip and Cheek makes an awesome, quick lip color or a blush. I know that that there will be more colors (including foundation) added in the future but this is just the begnning launch. For more information visit the ReadySetJet Official Website.
An Homage to the Jazz Age Scent:
The Juniper Jazz limited edition products from Molton Brown are must-have gifts for yourself. Just imagine a speakeasy in the 1920s and this “gin-soaked” fragrance will take you back a bunch of decades to the days of Scott and Zelda. The woodsy scent includes juniper berries, a key ingredient in gin. However, it’s not the 1920’s so you’ll find some modern metallic notes among others. Key Notes: Top notes of juniper berries, metallic notes, and mint. A heart of orris, woody notes, and guaiac wood. For the dry down, there’s a base of sandalwood, musks, and patchouli.
The products are vegan, paraben-free, gluten-free, and cruelty-free. Start your day with the Juniper Jazz Bath & Shower Gel (flip-top cap/$26.25). I love the sparkles in the deep blue gel that make every day special. Moisturize with the Juniper Jazz Body Lotion (pump bottle –$33). Add the Eau De Toilette ($120 /3.3 fl. oz.).
Along with the fragrance and beauty benefits, I also love the scented candle ($37.50). The hard-sided box is richly decorated with a black and metallic silver art deco-design, repeated on the striking black ceramic votive. The 6.03 oz. candle has the seductive Juniper Jazz scent in a black candle for a romantic evening. I’m sure that at these prices the limited editions will be gone quickly. Get yours now! Find the Juniper Jazz Collection on the Molton Brown Website.
Try A COLAB Dry Shampoo:
Have you ever had one of those days when you just can’t muster the energy or the time to wash and dry your hair? I know I have. However, COLAB Dry Shampoo from the UK has a range of dry shampoos to take the oil and the “um–smells” out of dirty-hair-don’t-care days. It’s suitable for all hair types, colors, and textures.
The key is a waterless formula that absorbs oil and refreshes the roots with an invisible lightweight finish and UV and pollution protection. Some dry shampoos might send you running into the shower to wash out what you didn’t want to deal with in the first place! The cruelty-free and vegan-friendly products use a fine starch that won’t’ leave an icky white residue.
For me, what’s great about COLAB is the wide range of fragrances, too. I tried the “Original” with a clean and light and fresh bergamot and rose scent. I also tried “Dreamer” with a soft, relaxing scent of cotton and musk. You can choose from 11 types including an “Active” (for the gym) and “Extreme Volume” to give oomph to your hair or your updo.
In January COLAB will launch an Overnight Renew Dry Shampoo. It works while you sleep and I can’t wait to test this one out. All of these products are about $5.50 each. Visit the COLAB website and find your country/where to buy, then find your new BF COLAB Dry Shampoo. You can also find COLAB on Amazon