Announcing the Winners of My Urban Decay Palette Made For ULTA Beauty Giveaway!

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And the winners of this amazing Urban Decay Shadow Box are:

Sam Cal, Angelatrenna, Meekmich, Sherry P and Bridget!  Congrats ladies!  I will email you to get your mailing address so you can receive your fabulous prize!

And if you didn’t win, I will be doing more giveaways this fall and holiday season, so stay tuned!

 

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of September 22, 2014

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It has been warm this week, in the 80’s every day.  I’m kind of sick of it and am dreaming of cooler weather so that I can wear fall clothes!

I’ve been super busy this week!  My friend Lauren is getting married next week and I have been asked to do hers and her fiancé Stephanie’s makeup for the big day.  So much fun!  (Next week I may do a bridal related favorite things on Saturday and I will be busy on Sunday, wedding day).

So, I just have three fave things this week, but they are all fantastic — a lovely pressed powder, unscented body oil and some great hair products for damaged hair:

Osmosis Pressed Base

Osmosis Pressed Base

Osmosis Pressed Base ($34 USD) — Formulated for all skin types, the Osmosis Colour Pressed Base provides a flawless and seamless, semi-matte finish with long-lasting coverage. Natural broad-spectrum UV protection shields skin from UVA and UVB rays, helping to prevent premature aging and hyperpigmentation. It applies quickly and easily with no mess and is packaged in a stylish mirrored compact.

What I think: I have been testing this in Golden Light.  It is a nice match with my skin tone.  I apply it with a powder brush and get really good coverage.  It works as a finishing powder as well.

Find retail locations at http://www.osmosisskincare.com

Sublime Beauty Daily Body Oil

Sublime Beauty Daily Body Oil

Sublime Beauty Daily Body Oil ($21.99) — Nourish and feed skin to its best state. Sweet almond oil, sesame, aloe, argan and jojoba sooth, heal, and hydrate the skin. Containing natural anti-inflammatories, vitamins and nutrients, this all natural oil leaves skin feeling fresh and soft.

What I think: This oil is unscented, which is good for people who do not like their products scented.  I actually am a fan of at least a little fragrance in my oils and lotions.  It feels more luxurious that way.  But, I do find that the oil is nice, especially after a shower.  It locks in the moisture.

Available at www.sublimebeautyshop.com.

Infusium23 Moisture Replenisher Collectiona

Infusium23 Moisture Replenisher Collection

Infusium 23 Moisture Replenisher Collection ($6.99 each product) — features Avocado & Olive Oil blends nourishing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to maximize hydration and deliver moisture transformation, for silky-soft, healthy hair. It includes shampoo, conditioner and leave-in treatment.

What I think:  I have been enjoying this collection, as well as the Infusium 23 Repair & Renew with Keratin & Argan Oil.  All of these Infusium 23 products have very nice fresh scent.  After use of the shampoo, conditioner and leave-in treatment, my hair is so soft and seems much more healthy.  It’s so important to take care of your hair when you heat style it.     

Products are available at major retailers nationwide. ​​

What have you been loving this week? Leave a comment and let me know!

Enjoy!

Two More Days to Enter My Urban Decay Shadow Box Giveaway!

Urban Decay Shadow Box 2014

Urban Decay Shadow Box 2014

Just two more days to enter my ULTA Beauty 21 Days of Beauty Giveaway!  I will choose 5 winners randomly on Monday, September 29th.  Here are the details:

I am giving away FIVE Urban Decay Shadow Boxes!  So five of you very lucky readers have a chance of winning!

Have you tried Urban Decay eye shadows?  They are amazing!  Rich colors and extremely well pigmented.  This palette is only available at ULTA Beauty. Here is the description of the product from http://www.ulta.com:

Don’t let the size of this palette fool you. It’s loaded with a DOZEN of Urban Decay’s most amazing shades – from pale to deep, matte to sparkly. The lineup? Nine bestsellers and three never-before-seen shades you’ll reach for again and again. Experiment with a diverse range of looks. Whether you want to do a purple eye, a green eye, a smoky eye or a shimmery eye, it’s all here!

Inspired by Urban Decay’s long-running Ammo Palette, with a completely updated (and even bigger) shade range, Shadow Box is the perfect all-in-one palette. Whether you’re new to Urban Decay or you’ve got a whole stash of UD products on your vanity, the Shadow Box is one palette you need in your arsenal.

From new shades like Baked Cowboy (an amazing golden bronze) and Moonshadow (a stunning bright navy blue) to cult classics like Sin, Mushroom and Blackout, Shadow Box has something for everyone. Every shade features Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.

The Shadow Box palette features dark, gorgeous orchids in rich purple hues. Inside, the same orchid artwork repeats in black and white (to contrast all of those amazing shadows!). The finishing touch: a cool magnetic closure in the shape of the UD icon.

To win one of these awesome eye shadow palettes, just leave a comment below. Good luck! I will choose five winners by a random draw next Monday morning, September 29th — so enter away!

And, don’t forget to check out the rest of the deals for the 21 Days of Beauty at ULTA Beauty stories and http://www.ulta.com.

Enjoy!

Love Dove For Your Skin? Try Their Advanced Hair Series of Hair Care!

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Dove has recently launched their Advanced Hair Series, which contains the brand’s most advanced weightless moisture formulas, combining luxurious ingredients, designer fragrances and beautiful packaging.

I was sent a wonderful package of Dove hair care to test for my honest review.  Here are my favorites:

NEW Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo and Conditioner ($4.99 each) — Delivers 5X silkier hair*, without leaving it greasy or heavy. It is infused with African Macadamia Oil and Coconut Oil. The shampoo is a silicone-free formula Conditions hair without making it feel greasy or heavy Provides a rich, creamy lather Gently cleans hair

The conditioner is a silicone-free formula that nourishes hair without making it feel greasy or heavy.  It deeply penetrates hair to help replenish lost/damaged lipids.  It moisturizes and detangles.

What I think:  Both of these products seem so luxe, it’s hard to believe how inexpensive they are.  The combination on the shampoo and conditioner leaves my hair so soft and shiny.  I don’t need a lot of product after washing with these.  I also find that my hair is less frizzy with use.

NEW Dove Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray ($5.99 USD) — A light mist provides targeted lift from the roots.  Does not weigh hair down at the roots, where it tends to fall flat.  Lifts hair at the root for added body and fullness.  Provides all day hold for the style. Spray on damp hair at the root and blow-dry.

NEW Dove Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam ($5.99 USD) — Ultra-light leave in-treatment. Keeps style in place all day long without weighing hair down. Adds shear moisture and nourishment, plus gives light hold and control. Hair is easy to manage and strengthened by reducing breakage. Provides all day hold for the style. Evenly distribute through wet or dry hair, focusing on the ends.

What I think:  For ladies with fine hair like me, these products are a perfect way to add some volume.  I use these together, starting with the foam, then I apply the spray on my roots and blow dry.  My hair has much more volume after I blow dry, or even if I just air dry my hair.

I really am loving these dove products.  Check them out at mass market retailers near you.  These are just a few of the fantastic products in the line.

Enjoy!

 

 

Giveaway Time! Win an Urban Decay Palette Made Exclusively for ULTA Beauty!

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Urban Decay Shadow Box 2014

Urban Decay Shadow Box 2014

Time for my ULTA Beauty 21 Days of Beauty Giveaway!  Yay!

I am giving away FIVE Urban Decay Shadow Boxes!  So five of you very lucky readers have a chance of winning!

Have you tried Urban Decay eye shadows?  They are amazing!  Rich colors and extremely well pigmented.  This palette is only available at ULTA Beauty. Here is the description of the product from http://www.ulta.com:

Don’t let the size of this palette fool you. It’s loaded with a DOZEN of Urban Decay’s most amazing shades – from pale to deep, matte to sparkly. The lineup? Nine bestsellers and three never-before-seen shades you’ll reach for again and again. Experiment with a diverse range of looks. Whether you want to do a purple eye, a green eye, a smoky eye or a shimmery eye, it’s all here!

Inspired by Urban Decay’s long-running Ammo Palette, with a completely updated (and even bigger) shade range, Shadow Box is the perfect all-in-one palette. Whether you’re new to Urban Decay or you’ve got a whole stash of UD products on your vanity, the Shadow Box is one palette you need in your arsenal.

From new shades like Baked Cowboy (an amazing golden bronze) and Moonshadow (a stunning bright navy blue) to cult classics like Sin, Mushroom and Blackout, Shadow Box has something for everyone. Every shade features Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.

The Shadow Box palette features dark, gorgeous orchids in rich purple hues. Inside, the same orchid artwork repeats in black and white (to contrast all of those amazing shadows!). The finishing touch: a cool magnetic closure in the shape of the UD icon.

To win one of these awesome eye shadow palettes, just leave a comment below. Good luck! I will choose five winners by a random draw next Monday morning, September 29th — so enter away!

And, don’t forget to check out the rest of the deals for the 21 Days of Beauty at ULTA Beauty stories and http://www.ulta.com.

Enjoy!

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of September 15, 2014

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September sure is going by quickly!  Fall is this Tuesday!  I thought I would let you know what I am enjoying this week while I drink my iced Pumpkin Spice Latte.  It’s almost fall, but it’s still pretty warm outside.

This week, I have been loving a facial mask with wine antioxidants, new shavers, a hydrating hair mask and a new natural bath and body line.

Pur Minerals Wine Exfoliating Mask

Pur Minerals Wine Exfoliating Mask

Pur Minerals Wine Exfoliating Mask ($29 USD) — Pür’s Wine Exfoliating Mask gently buffs away rough, dull skin with natural peach stones (seeds) as it fights signs of premature aging with red wine antioxidants from Bordeaux’s finest vineyards. Watch lines, dark spots and uneven skin fade from sight as Farm to Jar™ ingredients work to reveal a visibly more youthful glow. Paraben-free. Gluten-free.

What I think:  This mask smells like a delicious glass of red wine!  It can be used as a scrub or a mask and either way, leaves my skin smooth.  I have noticed my skin is more even toned as well.

Available at http://www.purminerals.com

BIC Soleil Glow razor

BIC Soleil Glow razor

BIC Soleil Glow Razor ($7.49 USD for a three pack) — Get a super close shave and dare to bare all. These razors effortlessly glides for a silky-smooth finish.  The innovative COMFORT SHIELD™ head evenly distributes pressure and helps protect skin from irritation. Lubricating strips with Vitamin E and Aloe pamper skin while the pivoting head and rubber grip handle deliver a flawlessly smooth shave.

What I think: I was pleasantly surprised by this razor.  It is rare to get a close shave by a razor that has moisturizers on it.  But, this razor left my legs and underarms so smooth.  I definitely recommend these!

Available at a mass market retailer near you.

Carol’s Daughter Tui Color Care Hydrating Mask

Carol’s Daughter Tui Color Care Hydrating Mask

Carol’s Daughter Tui Color Care Hydrating Mask ($20.00, on sale now for $14): To instantly fix dull, color-treated hair so it can have all the softness, shine and vibrancy you want. Enriched with Cacao Butter and Olive and Maurita Fruit Oils to rescue and deeply condition your hair.

What I think: Carol’s Daughter’s products always smell fantastic, and this one is no exception.  I apply this mask to wet hair and leave on for about 5 minutes and rinse.  I get super-soft and moisturized hair.

Available at http://www.carolsdaugther.com

Essence of Beauty Naturally Indulgent Bath & Body Collection

Essence of Beauty Naturally Indulgent Bath & Body Collection

I’m excited to let you know that Essence of Beauty, CVS/pharmacy’s #1 best-selling fragrance and body care line, is launching the NEW Naturally Indulgent Bath & Body Collection this month, exclusively at CVS/pharmacy and online at www.CVS.com!

The exclusive line ($5.99-$9.99) is infused with nourishing, aromatic botanical ingredients and essential oils to bring the benefits of botanicals into your everyday body care regimen, with products to fulfill each part of the bath ritual, available in the following scents:

  • Lemon Verbena with Olive Oil – Energizing lemon verbena and soothing olive oil refresh and stimulate your senses
  • Eucalyptus with Mint Oil – Soothing eucalyptus and spearmint oil cool and refresh your body
  • Lavender with Rosemary Oil – Soft, calming lavender and rejuvenating rosemary oil relax your mind and body

Each scent includes seven naturally-inspired bath and body products: Hand Cream, Body Butter, Sugar Scrub, Botanical Body Wash, Foaming Bath Soak, Nourishing Body Oil and Shea Butter Bar Soap. The formulas contain plant extracts and essential oils, and the line is free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum and gluten.

What I think:  I have tried the Foaming Bath Soak and Body Wash in the Lavender and the Body Wash and Hand Cream in the Lemon Verbena.  Both scents are wonderful — the Lavender is very soothing and the Lemon Verbena is invigorating!  All products are very nice!

Available at http://www.cvs.com and CVS pharmacy’s

What have you been loving this week?  Please leave a comment and let me know!

 

ULTA Beauty’s 21 Days of Beauty For Fall 2014 Week 3 — Last Week

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It’s the third and final weeks of ULTA’s 21 Days of Beauty!  The time has flown by and it’s almost fall.  Do you have your fall makeup yet?  What new makeup have you purchased?

Today’s steals are:

Laura Geller Beauty Balance-n-Brighten Baked Color Correcting Foundation ($20 on sale today, $33 regular price) — A revolutionary baked foundation with multiple color infusions to color-correct your skin and give you a glowing, flawless-looking complexion. Mineral oil and paraben-free formulation also contains powerful anti-aging and anti-oxidant protection of centella Asiatica and white tea extracts. Features a matte finish.

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara ($10 on sale today, $19.50 regular price) — Inspired by the on-set technique of layering a lengthening fiber mascara over a volumizing formula, Smashbox’s new studio-tested mascara exposes your longest, fullest lashes. No clumps, no flakes. Just maximum-impact, scene-stealing lashes.

I have used both of these products before, and they are very good.  The Smashbox mascara does lengthen and volumize and the Laura Geller powder is an easy way to get a full coverage foundation and a matte finish to your look.

Visit ULTA Beauty stores today and http://www.ulta.com to get these great deals, and through Saturday, September 27th for other great deals. Also, follow ULTA Beauty on Facebook, @ulta_beauty on Twitter, and @ultabeauty on Instagram.

I have also heard that there still may be a giveaway — stay tuned for that!

Please leave a comment if you have or are planning on purchasing any fab products from the ULTA Beauty 21 Days of Beauty.

 

Fab New Makeup Looks For Fall

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Have you switched up your makeup look for fall yet?  I know fall is still in a few days, but I am wearing deeper, shimmery colors and going for a more dramatic and made up look (now that my fake tan is fading, I can’t just wear a lot of bronzer and lip gloss and call it good).

The fab below products are great suggestions for your new fall look.  Have fun!

Mineral Fusion Eye Shadow Trio in Jaded

Mineral Fusion Eye Shadow Trio in Jaded

Mineral Fusion Eye Shadow Trio in Jaded ($24.99 USD) — Metallic eyes are the perfect complement to a bold outfit or accessory for a night out. Push the limits with color and mimic this look with Eye Shadow Trio in Jaded, a green and silver smoky eye kit for a perfect way to dress up a simple outfit. The colors include an emerald shimmer,  sage green, and a matte cream.

What I think:  What a beautiful eye shadow trio!  If you have been afraid to try color on your eyes, try this.  It is easy to blend and is pretty, but muted enough to be a new kind of neutral for your fall lids.  Very well-pigmented.

Available at http://www.mineralfusion.com

Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara

Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara

Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara ($9 USD) — Go bold with 5X the explosive volume for our most daring lash look yet! DYNAMITE WIRE BRUSH: Curved brush with multi-level patented bristles combs through and captures every lash while sculpting and filling in gaps. LASH BUILD TECHNOLOGY: Plumping Complex and innovative crème-gel formula delivers 5X the volume and a clump-free, smudge-free, flake-free build. Sweep on from root to tip for 24-hour.

What I think:  This is a great mascara for everyday (1 coat), or special occasions (2 or more coats).  It really builds for a dramatic look — lengthening and volumizing.  Love!

Available through an Avon representative or http://www.avon.com

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Butter Cream

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Butter Cream

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Butter Cream ($24 USD) — Decadent and drop dead gorgeous, meet the perfect, creamy pink nude: Butter Cream. A new creation from Beauty expert, Jaclyn Hill. This feminine and flirty lip gloss is a sweet way to glam up your look. Smooth like butter and ridiculously pigmented, Butter Cream will delight any makeup lover.

What I think:  This is my new favorite lip gloss!  I usually love, sheer and shimmery glosses, but this creamy, full-coverage gloss is perfect!  It is creamy and not sticky, plus the color is gorgeous.  And the mirrored and lighted packaging is really fun to use.

Available at www.whiteninglightning.com and www.gerardcosmetics.com.

Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Green

Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Green

Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Green ($28 USD) — Soft and creamy, they glide on smoothly for a defined or smudgeable line, then set to stay just how you like. Highly pigmented, water resistant and long lasting.

What I think: First of all, I love this army green, it is really pretty and appropriate for fall.  Second, it’s super easy to apply with an eyeliner brush.  But, make sure it’s perfect quickly, because once it dries it will stay on for hours!

Purchase at http://www.janeiredale.com/us

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks

 

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks ($16 USD) — Is it a gloss, is it a pencil, or is it something better? Pur’s megawatt Lip Gloss Sticks give you the jaw-dropping bold lip look you expect from a gloss with application ease of a jumbo pencil. Bursting with rich emollients and vitamin E, these buttery smooth sticks condition lips as they colour. Now that’s something to smile about. Paraben free.

What I think: The color above is called Honey Pie.  It is a great fall nude and applies creamy and smooth.  The feel of this is almost like a balm.  This is a really nice product for days that you just want to slick on your lip color and go!

Available at http://www.purminerals.com

Seeing Wrinkles? Try La Roche-Posay’s Redermic [C] Eyes

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La Roche-Posay Redermic [C] Eyes

La Roche-Posay Redermic [C] Eyes

I was recently chosen as La Roche-Posay’s Blogger of the Month For September.  How exciting!

La Roche-Posay asked me to chose an item to review and I chose Redermic [C] Eyes ($44.99).  As a lady in my forties, taking care of my eye area is so important.  Not only are the eyes the windows to your soul, they give people a peek into your age!

The claim for Redermic [C] Eyes is that it plumps, fills* and visibly reduces crow’s feet wrinkles. Suitable for sensitive skin.  The benefits are:

  • With 0.1% fragmented hyaluronic acid to visibly plump skin
  • Non-greasy, velvety texture
  • Use as a daily moisturizer to treat crow’s feet wrinkles and improve firmness
  • Immediate blurring effect on uneven skin tone
  • Suitable for sensitive skin

What I think:  This is a really special eye cream.  Right after applying around my eye area, the skin look smoother, glowing and much younger.  I pat it in under my eye, around the side and under the brow bone. As I have been using it for a few weeks, I really do notice an improvement of the texture of my skin.  No crows feet, yay!

I highly recommend this eye cream and the La Roche-Posay brand!  Check out their Facebook page and their website http://www.laroche-posay.us.

 

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review – September 2014

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Nicole Miller Stereo Earbuds

Nicole Miller Stereo Earbuds

I was so excited to receive my PopSugar Must Have Box this Saturday!  It always includes a cool combo of fashion, beauty, home goods, fitness and food!

Popsugar must have costs $39.95 a month, but you can usually find a coupon for your first month’s box.  I had a coupon for $10.00 that I used.  But if you can’t find another one REFER5 will get you 5 dollars off.

Here is what was in my box:

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Nicole Miller Stereo Earbuds ($20 USD)– It’s hard to see in the photo, but they are a dark cobalt blue.  The two ends of the ear buds snap together for easy storage and there is a button on the cord that will pause the music and allow you to answer your phone.  They are pretty cool, but didn’t work when I plugged them into my computer.  They did work on my phone, though.  Available at http://www.iWaveaudio.com

Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate  Sea Salt & Almond Minis

Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Sea Salt & Almond Minis

Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Sea Salt & Almond Minis (5.95 USD) — This was a special extra (along with a $20 nike.com gift card).  These yummy little morsels are individually wrapped — and mine are almost gone.  Chocolate + sea salt + almonds = YUM!

rifle Paper Co. Garance Dore Assorted Girls Note Cards

rifle Paper Co. Garance Dore Assorted Girls Note Cards

Rifle Paper Co. Garance Dore Assorted Girls Note Cards ($18 USD) — These are made of very high quality paper and the illustrations (there are 4 different prints, two of each) are gorgeous!  These are perfect for sending notes to my friends! You can purchase at http://www.riflepaperco.com.

Oribe Superfine Purse Size Hair Spray

Oribe Superfine Purse Size Hair Spray

Oribe Superfine Purse Size Hair Spray ($21.50 USD for purse size) –This smells so good!  Plus it holds my hair in place without making my hair stiff. Available at http://www.orible.com.

Letter C Design Gold Foil Arrow Pencils

Letter C Design Gold Foil Arrow Pencils

Letter C Design Gold Foil Arrow Pencils ($5 USD) — This pack of 5 pencils are super cute, but not the most exciting thing.  I will use them, though. Available at http://www.shoplettercdesign.com.

Urban Remedy Almond Brownie

Urban Remedy Almond Brownie

Urban Remedy Almond Brownie ($6 USD) — This is made with 100 percent organic ingredients and is vegan. It looks kind of gross.  And, I wasn’t really a fan of the taste. You can purchase at http://www.urbanremedy.com.

Tilo Scarves Modal Gradation Scarf in Raisin

Tilo Scarves Modal Gradation Scarf in Raisin ($125 USD) — This is a hand-dyed scarf that is an ombre of gray and a brownish-purple color. It is so light and pretty.  Available at http://www.tiloscarves.com.

If you would like to join PopSugar Must Have, I would love it if you use my referral code http://bit.ly/1teE9nO.  You can sign up at http://www.musthave.popsugar.com

Also, today PopSugar Must Have is on sale at RueLaLa. You can get an Introductory box for only $24.95 (normally $39.95). (FYI – this will start a POPSUGAR subscription at the regular rate after the first box). Visit http://www.ruelala.com to grab this great deal!

Do you subscribe to PopSugar Must Have?  Did you get the September box?

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