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The May Beauty Edit

May means it is that much closer to summer. School is almost out, Mother's Day is coming, and we will be spending more time outdoors. Flowers are blooming and everything is green and new. Speaking of new, here are some new beauty picks for you to try this month.

Let's start with shampure thermal dry conditioner from Aveda. It instantly conditions, detangles and softens hair in between washes, while a calming aroma with 25 pure flower and plant essences naturally refreshes all hair types and textures. To use, shake well. Holding bottle 6-8 inches away, spray lightly onto dry hair, focusing on mid-lengths to ends. Follow with heat device of your choice for a more polished look. It smells so good and works perfectly with the next pick. 

Shampure dry shampoo revives hair with naturally derived powders that absorb excess oil and impurities. The non-aerosol powder mist absorbs excess oil between shampoos. To use, tip bottle upside down. Return upright. Turn cap to expose nozzle. Lightly squeeze bottle to puff powder at roots. (Squeeze bottle very lightly until you see how much comes out with each puff. Tip bottle as needed to increase powder flow.) Massage powder into your scalp and restyle as desired. It can take some getting used to, but once you have mastered it, you can extend a blow dry, revive hair after a workout, refresh hair while traveling, or transform hair before a night out.

Both of these Aveda products calm the senses with an aroma with 25 pure flower and plant essences including certified organic lavender, petitgrain and ylang ylang.

Pixi Beauty sent me this trio of glycolic glow getters! Used together, they cleanse, tone, and exfoliate to get a beautiful glow. Start with the Glow Mud Cleanser. This deep pore cleansing mud gently exfoliates while purifying for radiant skin. It is enriched with 5% glycolic and soothing botanicals. It provides deep pore cleansing, leaving skin clean and glowing. I love how refreshed it makes my skin feel.

Next, you will want to tone your skin with the Glow Peel Pads. These advanced exfoliating treatment pads reveal a glowing, youthful-looking complexion. They contain 20% glycolic acid to reveal brighter, healthier, more radiant skin over time. Use them to help minimize pores, breakouts, and fine lines while promoting an even skintone. They are also enriched with vitamin E and aloe vera to nourish and soothe. To use, apply to the face, neck, décolleté, and tops of hands and leave on for 2-3 minutes. Then rinse with cool water to neutralize the peel. Don't forget to use SPF when using a product with glycolic acid.

Finally, you will exfoliate with the Overnight Glow Serum. This concentrated exfoliating gel helps to reveal a more even and radiant skintone overnight. It is formulated with 10% glycolic acid and arginine, and can helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and fade sun spots over time. It is also enriched with cucumber and aloe vera extracts to calm skin, as well as vitamins A, C & E to nourish. To use, massage 2 to 3 drops onto cleansed, toned skin before moisturizer. This trio from Pixi Beauty has made my skin look and feel radiant!

Need a lip liner that combines 24-hour, water-resistant wear and weightless color? Of course you do! Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner comes in 30 shades matched to Kat Von D’s iconic lipsticks. I haven't tried the lipsticks, but the everlasting lip liner is amazing. The comfortable, long wear, matte, high-pigment formula pushes the limits of performance. It truly delivers ultimate pigmentation, immediate dry down, and effortless definition. This liner is so comfortable, it feels like nothing. I received the shade Lolita, and I love it!

Next from Mally Beauty, comes the Ultimate Performance See The Light Concealer and the Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra. If you want to bake your makeup to give skin a lifted look while also concealing dark circles and spots, try this pre-baked, invisible finish concealer. The color correcting formula evens skin tone as the texture blends seamlessly to an invisible finish. Mally has formulated this creamy concealer to melt into your skin upon contact - leaving you with a baked makeup look! 

Mally's Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra's are the queen of multi-tasking and stay looking fierce from the minute you put them on until you decide to take them off! You have 45 seconds of playtime until your eye shadow is smudge-proof, transfer-proof, and crease-proof. The shades are creamy and pigmented. Use the handy stick to apply, then smudge it with your finger. Love these shadow sticks!

Hydroxatone Hydrologic Active Infusion Moisture Mask is an ultra hydrating mask that envelops skin, resulting in deep moisture. It is formulated with bio-mimetic ingredients which help attract and bind moisture to skin. These help skin's ability to remove toxins and to remain naturally-healthy, by providing long-lasting, locked-in hydration. Just apply a quarter-size amount onto damp face, and gently massage for 60 seconds. Leave on for 3 minutes and rinse with warm water. I have been using it once a week to deliver extra moisture.

The Hydroxatone deep moisture sheet mask is formulated with humectants, some that are found naturally-occurring in skin. These attract water from the environment and bind it to skin, delivering reparative moisture, enhancing and restoring it's supple, radiant beauty. It also contains skin-loving botanicals to help maintain skin's natural beauty and to provide a more luminous complexion and lit-from-within radiance. I love a good sheet mask and these did not disappoint.

Looking for a floral fresh scent perfect for May? JLo JLuxe opens with top notes of bergamot, raspberry and pineapple and leading into a luxurious bouquet of violet, damask rose and ylang-ylang. It is a nice blend of warmth and florals. The scent is cozy and it stays with you for longer than just a few hours.