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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pantone Color of The Year 2018: Makeup Ideas for Ultra Violet!

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Pantone Color of The Year 2018: Ultra Violet
Makeup Ideas from Pixi Beauty, POP Beauty, Sally Hansen, and Young Nails

I am so very excited about the Color of the Year for 2018! I find the whole selection process for the annual Color of the Year to be facinating. Color trends are so reflective of our culture, collective thought, and the world today. Not to mention, I am super excited about Ultra Violet as it has always been one of my very favorite colors. I am thrilled that a purple shade is the Color of the Year!!!

Pantone, a provider of professional color language standards and digital solutions, has selected Ultra Violet (dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade) as Color of the Year for 2018. 

Here are some of the thoughts about the selection of Ultra Violet straight from the experts at Pantone:

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.” Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.'

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today,” added Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. “As individuals around the world become more fascinated with color and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, designers and brands should feel empowered to use color to inspire and influence. The Color of the Year is one moment in time that provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone Color Institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands.”

So cool! :) So, now lets talk about Ultra Violet in Beauty:

Ultra Violet in Beauty:

Ultra Violet becomes spell-binding and steeped in spirituality in beauty to create expressive looks for all. The complex and deep nature of the color is well-suited for beauty looks created by combinations, blends, and ombres. A singular matte purple on the lips or nails makes a bold statement of non-conformity, while softly blended metallics and shimmers in Ultra Violet transform the eyes into windows to the cosmos. Purple shades in hair continue to elevate street styles as a symbol of creative expression. On the palette for every beauty medium, Ultra Violet complements and emboldens every other color, adding complexity and mystery.

I have a few ideas for you guys in Ultra Violet from Pixi Beauty, POP Beauty, Sally Hansen, and Young Nails!

Pixi Beauty:
The Endless Silky Eye Pens by Pixi Beauty are amongst my favorite eyeliners!!! I love the gel formula as it glides on just like its name...silky. There is not tugging and it smudges out so easily. Once the color sets, it is budge proof and will last all day with absolutely no fading nor smearing. It is also waterproof. This gorgeous Velvet Violet jewel tone is a great way to capture the Color of the Year! Retails for $6.00. 

This silkly mineral formula packs great pigmentation with gorgeous Ultra Violet-toned shades. With tones ranging from ultra light-dark. You can create a complete eye look with this compact. Retails for $6.00. 

Rock the Color of the Year on your lips in a bold statement with this liquid lipstick. This full-coverage lip paint’s velvet, matte finish is beautiful. Permanent Pout Liquid Lipstick is extremely long-wearing and kiss-proof! Retails for $14.00. 

The Caption Nail Polish formula wears like a gel with a gorgeous mirror-like shine. It does not need a light and it air dries 3Xs faster than regular polish. You get longer wear with this polish and the shade is so pretty. Retails for $9.95.

Sally Hansen | Color Therapy Shade Plum Euphoria: 
This violet shade is launching in January 2018 and it is sure to turn heads! The patented argan oil formula fuses intensive nourishment and instant moisture for healthy looking nails.Up to 10 days of fade-proof, chip-resistant wear. Retails for $8.99. 

What do you think of this year's Ultra Violet Color of the Year? Do you have any other makeup or beauty ideas in Ultra Violet? I would love to hear! :) 

As always, thanks so much for reading!

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Looks for the New Year Inspired by the Red Carpet and Neutrogena!

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The New Year is here and Awards season is upon us! That means we have a ton of super glam celebrity looks to inspire us. 

Step out in the New Year looking as glam as Nicole Kidman at the Emmys or Kerry Washington at the Golden Globes. Seriously, it’s as easy as a trip to your local drugstore, because all their looks were achieved using Neutrogena Makeup! I just adore both of those actresses and get so much inspiration from their looks. 

To get your glam on in 2018, take a nod from these leading ladies. All you need is:
  • A foundation that is better than wearing no makeup at all: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Foundation
  • An award-winning concealer: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer
  • A statement making lip: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine or Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick
  • A set of sky high lashes: Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara
  • An eye-catching eye look: Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow
To find out more details about each of these gorgeous celebrity looks by Neutrogena, check out the details in the face charts below:

This gorgeous look is centered around Neutrogena's MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Deep Plum. This gorgeous shade is so glamorous! The balm-like formula glides on beautifully while giving your lips a wash of color while leaving them smooth, conditioned, and protected. 

This pretty look centers around Neutrogena's Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow + Built-in Primer in Cool Plum. I love wearing cool-toned eye shadows. So, I am super excited to try out this quad! 

Nothing is more glam than a classic red lip! While I don't normally rock red lips, I might give this look a try as I am so inpired by Nicole. Nicole gets her red lips with Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine in Velvet Wine. I love how hydrating the formula is plus the color is gorgeous! 

Which look is your favorite? I think I like Kerry's Soft Smokey Eye Look the best. Have fun re-creating these glam looks with makeup that fits your budget from the drugstore and Neutrogena! 

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Love is in the Air: Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from and $500 Giftcard Giveaway!

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Love is in the Air: 
Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from and $500 Giftcard Giveaway

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. So, it is time to start thinking about your Valentine's Day Shopping.

I just love Valentine's Day. It is a warm and happy spot in the middle of Winter. It is a time to remember all of the loves in your life: your husband or boyfriend, your parents, your children, your best friends and more. However, finding that special gift can be hard and time-consuming...especially if you are shopping for a special or luxury-type gift. Plus, I am a busy stay-at-home Mom blogger. So, my kids are always with me if I am out shopping. So, these days, I am really doing more online shopping. I can shop on my own time in the evenings or early mornings when the kids are sleeping.

I am super excited to discover My Gift Stop, is an online shop offering luxury goods that are dedicated to giving back to society, donating 5% of every sale to the global medical relief nonprofit, Direct Relief. I love this! You can shop at My Gift Stop and know that your shopping is giving back!

What Can you find at My Gift Stop:
My Gift Stop is a place to find great Watches for both Men and Women. A timepiece is a very special  and personal gift and very fitting for Valentine's day! You can shop other online gifts for Valentine's such as name brand sunglasses, handbags, shoes, and more. My Gift Stop features amazing prices and easy returns. So, you can shop without worry!

Gift Ideas for Him and Her for Valentine's Day: 
My Gift Stop Virtual Haul:
My Gift Shop has an excellent search tool. You can search gifts by gender and person. So, I did searches for Valentine's Day for Husband and Mother.

I did a Virtual Haul at My Gift Stop with gift ideas for Valentine's Day for both my Husband and my Mom. So, here are some ideas if you are looking for a gift for a special Man or Woman in your life.

For Him (my Husband):
Armani Exchange AX1412 Men's Chronograph Grey Dial Green Lime Neon Silicone Strap Watch
On Sale for $143.00

For Her (my Mom):
Gem Star 10K Two Tone 1/10 Ct.Tw. Diamond Heart Pendant
On Sale for $223.50

Enter for a Chance to Win a $500 Gift Card from My Gift Stop:
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  • No purchase necessary.
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  • Entry closes on Monday, February 5, 2018, at 11:59 PM EST
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Good luck Valentine's Day shopping! I hope I gave you some good ideas from My Gift Stop. Also, good luck if you enter the Giveaway.

Thanks for reading!

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

QVC Today's Special Value from IT Cosmetics "New Year, New Confidence in Your Skin"

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New Year, New Confidence in Your Skin

I am super excited to announce the IT Cosmetics Today's Special Value kit that is available NOW on QVC as their TSV: Today's Special Value promotion!

As ya'll know, I am a huge fan of IT Cosmetics. This skin-loving cosmetics and skincare line is packed with powerhouse anti-aging ingredients to make your skin look and feel better from the inside out. If you are new to IT Cosmetics or if you are already a fan, you know that these QVC kits are a great way to get a tremendous value for your money and really explore the line. 

Here are all of the details from IT Cosmetics about this awesome New Year, New Confidence in Your Skin Kit:

IT Cosmetics’ New Year, New Confidence in Your Skin! 5-Piece Collection gives you the power to reveal your most beautiful skin! This Today’s Special Value® is scheduled to debut on QVC® Saturday, January 13, 2018 at midnight (ET) and will be offered for one day only! 

Inside the collection: 
This exclusive five-piece collection features new Confidence in an Eye Cream to help color correct and brighten the look of the eye area, plus Confidence in a Cream to hydrate and improve the appearanceof your skin. Also featured is Confidence in a Compact, IT’s first-ever solid serum foundation. Apply it effortlessly with the included Heavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush for your most flawless-looking, airbrushed application. Confidence in a Cleanser completes your collection and gently melts away dirt, oil and even long-wear eye makeup!

Tune into QVC on January 13, 2018 at 12am, 3am, 7am, 2pm and 7 pm ET for more details on the New Year, New Confidence in Your Skin! 5-Piece Collection.

About Each Product:

NEW Confidence in an Eye Cream Transforming Moisturizing Eye Cream:
Make tired eyes look instantly more awake with this anti-aging, moisturizing eye cream. Your game-changing essential features an exclusive apricot tint to counteract the appearance of under-eye darkness, and it’s infused with skin- loving collagen, peptides and hyaluronic acid!

Customer Choice® Beauty Award Winner:
Confidence in a Cream Transforming Moisturizing Super Cream:
Great skin starts with confidence! Perfect for all skin types, this best-sellingsuper cream hydrates for soft, supple skin. In a consumer use survey, 81% of respondents somewhat to strongly agreed pores appeared minimized and fine lines and wrinkles appeared less noticeable. The formula can be used as your a.m. and p.m. moisturizer and utilizes cutting-edge, anti-aging technology to help improve the appearance of your skin.

Customer Choice® Beauty Award Winner:
Confidence in a Compact with SPF 50+ Skin-Transforming Full Coverage Solid Super Serum:
IT’s first-ever anti-aging solid serum foundation! Infused with pure color pigments and SPF 50+ broad-spectrum sun protection, this revolutionary formula is your skincare, full-coverage foundation and SPF 50+ sun protection all in one simple step. The groundbreaking solid serum technology combined with ceramides, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid and squalane help to give you the look of your most youthful, flawless skin!

Confidence in a Cleanser Skin-Transforming Hydrating Cleansing Serum:
Experience this revolutionary one-step skincare solution that cleanses and moisturizes while leaving your skin feeling soft and refreshed. Suitable for all skin types, this sulfate-free, soap-free cleanser contains ceramides, hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, hyaluronic acid and colloidal oatmeal.
It instantly removes makeup!

Heavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush:
Your skin will thank you for it! This breakthrough brush features unique Heavenly Skin hair, and its custom-cut brush head does the work for you, hugging the natural contours of your features for effortlessly airbrushed coverage. It pairs perfectly with your Confidence in a Compact!

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Links

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There is a fabulous new makeup subscription box called Deck of Scarlet. Every two months you will receive a new makeup palette curated by a popular YouTuber. Prime Beauty got ahold of the January/February Edition!

What if you never used fragrances but suddenly found a way to enhance your life with aromatherapy? See what Marcia from Beauty Info Zone discovered that has changed it all up for her. The New Year is a great time to revive your hair care routine!

Pammy Blogs Beauty is working to repair past damage and she is loving Nexxus's ProMend line!

Aftelier Perfumes Cuir de Gardenia, a sublime work of art, was just selected as Lola's Secret Beauty Blog's all-time favorite perfume. If you purchase but one perfume this year, it should be this complex beauty.

Are you in need of some amazing skincare and a new foundation at a great price? Then you need to check out Justina's Gems review of the ">New Year, New Confidence in Your Skin collection that hits QVC this week!

Putting together a list of makeup to try in the new year? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty shares her favorite makeup from 2017.

Has your skin been taking a beating from the winter weather? See affordable skincare that's available at the drugstore on Makeup Obsessed Mom's blog.

MAKE UP FOR EVER has reformulated their eyeshadows and Christa from Realizing Beauty shares some of the stunning 121 available shades of Artist Color Shadows.

15 Minute Beauty has begun a series, Real Beauty Addicts, to share what leaders in the beauty world recommend. Start with her first article with Dr. Lilly to see the products she loves best.

This week, Polarbelle has declared her Beauty Goals for 2018 and would love to hear yours. Join

Beauty Judy to learn how to make your own Peppermint Salt Scrub.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Repairing my Damaged Hair: Nexxus Promend Line

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Repairing My Damaged Hair:
Nexxus Promend Hair Care for Hair Prone to Split Ends

My Hair:
Alas, I must admit...I am dealing with some damage in my hair. As careful as I am with taking care of my hair, the damage still happened as a result of a botched highlighting job a few months ago. Needless to say, I found a new and wonderful hairdresser and am growing out my damage.

Finding the right products for your hair type and hair situation is crucial. I tend to gravitate towards moisturizing formulas or repairing formulas for shampoo and conditioner. I always use heat protectant and leave-in conditioners as well. Plus, I do weekly protein treatments and moisturizing treatments. All of these methods are working together to help repair (or mask) past damage and are working to prevent future damage and breakage.

I am always looking for the very best products available for treating damaged hair and preventing future damage. The Promend line from Nexxus had me intrigued! It is a line designed to mend and prevent split ends. While split ends are not my particular problem, split ends are a form of damage and therefore the products will likely work for my type of damage/breakage.

Nexxus Promend Line:
Before I dive into individual product details, lets talk about the gorgeous and intoxicating scent of these products! I am not even able to describe the scent, but I want to say that it is soft and somewhat powdery and vanilla-like. It is lovely and it lightly lingers in my hair.

Nexxus Promend Shampoo and Conditioner:
The formula of the Promend Shampoo is very rich and thick. It works up a nice lather and the combination of the shampoo and conditioner leaves my hair feeling soft, smooth, and conditioned. The products seem to leave behind a protective layer that smooths the hair (almost like you used a leave-in). While my hair is extremely prone to tangles, I notice that my hair is much easier to comb out when I use the Promend products.

The formula is silicone-free. The shampoo and conditioner seal and bind split ends. This "sealing" works to smooth out the rough texture from my highlight damage. The products are formulated with Elastin Protein and Flax Seed Oil for hair nourishment and protection. I am really amazed at how soft and smooth my hair feels after using this. No, no product can truely "heal" my past damage. However, a formula like the Nexxus Promend producuts work to smooth and bind your hair so that the damage is less apparent.

My only critique of the Nexxus Promend Shampoo and Conditioner is with the packaging. I find that the bottle shape and size is extremely hard to squeeze...the Shampoo is fine as it is thinner. However, I have a very hard time getting the conditioner out. I store it upside down in the shower to help get the product to the top. Even doing that, I have a very difficult time.

Nexxus Promend Leave-In Cream:
This is a nice next step after Shampooing and Conditioning your hair with the Promend Line. Like the shampoo and conditioner, it contains  Flax Seed Oil and Elastin Protein. This product works miracles for smoothing out rough areas and making your hair super easy to comb through. It smooths and protects beautifully. I think I might have found my new favorite leave-in!!! It works without leaving my hair feeling weighed down nor greasy. Plus, it only takes a small amount to get great results.

Nexxus Promend Heat Protecting Mist:
Every single time I get my highlights with my new hairdresser she reminds me that I must use a heat protectant when I style my hair. Heat protectants are an absolute must for anyone who blow dries, flat irons, or heat curls their hair. So, my final step before blow drying my hair is to give my hair a light misting of the Nexxus Promend Heat Protecting Mist.

Another tip: I let my hair air dry to about 75% dry before blow drying it to limit the heat exposure. I use a large paddle brush and then a large round brush to smooth out and style my hair with the dryer on medium heat.

If you are looking for professional salon quality hair products to remediate past damage and to protect your hair from future damage, then look no further than the Nexxus Promend line. I am totally hooked and will continue to use these amazing products. The combined effect of using this line on my hair has left my hair feeling and looking smoother and softer. The rough texture from the damage is minimized and my hair is left looking and feeling much more healthy and managed.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Get the Look: Jessica Beal at the Golden Globes with St. Tropez

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Get the Look: 
Jessica Beal at the Golden Globes with St. Tropez

Jessica Beal looked absolutely flawless at this week's Golden Globe awards. She was literally glowing! So, I am super excited to be able to bring you the behind-the-scenes scoop on how she got her gorgeous glowing skin! 

Winter-skin woes got you down? Feeling a bit too pasty to show off your shoulders or flash a little leg tonight? Follow the below steps by Celebrity Makeup Artist Kara Yoshimotobua featuring St. Tropez as seen on Jessica Biel at the Golden Globes for stunning winter skin guaranteed to make you look flawless!

MAKEUP AND SKIN BY: Celebrity Makeup Artist Kara Yoshimotobua:

To prep and exfoliate the skin, Kara used the St. Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Polish.  This polish is an exceptional body exfoliator formulated to help gently remove tired skin cells and enhance the tanning experience. Thorough exfoliation creates a smooth, soft surface that allows for moisture to enter the skin better than before.

Sweep a layer of the St. Tropez One Night Only Finishing Gloss onto the shoulders, arms and d├ęcolletage to give the body a subtle, bronzed sheen that reflects flawlessly in photos and looks radiant in person.  To further highlight your figure, sweep an extra layer of Finishing Gloss on the collarbone and blend down the arm.

You can find St. Tropez at Sephora:
St. Tropez One Night Only Finishing Gloss ($25), St. Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Polish ($18), St. Tropez Applicator Mitt ($6.50)

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