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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

New for Fall: Introducing CATRICE Cosmetics at Ulta Beauty

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Isn't it fun to discover a new makeup line! I find it is especially fun when you discover a hidden gem in the drugstore category of makeup. As much as I love my high-end makeup, nothing beats finding fantastic quality at a drugstore price!

Introducing CATRICE, a luxury-inspired range of color cosmetics with a full assortment of products in the eye, lip and complexion categories. This European brand is making its long-awaited debut in the US with a new collection of highly-coveted products – all for less than $10 at Ulta!

CATRICE offers a full makeup line: from everyday staples like eyeshadow palettes, matte foundation, bronzing powder and a range of more than 10 mascara formulas and formats to specialty products like a lip balm that reacts with your own pH to produce the perfect pink for your pout, a waterproof setting powder that literally repels water and lash extending fibers that work under any mascara.

What I tried from CATRICE:

Prime & Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder: This is an ultra matte translucent powder that will keep you shine-free for hours. The translucent shade is very adaptable and works well with my skin tone. The compact is sleek, slim, modern, and of nice quality. Works great to control oil and shine. 

Illuminating Blush: I tried the shade La Vie en Rose which is a pretty light peach shimmery blush. There are two colors in the pan that you swirl together. The pigment is not very saturated. However, that makes it super easy to apply. It looks lovely on my fair skin! 

Prime and Fine Pore Refining Anti-Shine Base: This is a mattifying oil-free primer. I am finding that I need this sort of primer in my t-zone to help control my oil and make my makeup last longer. It does help to minimize my shine and extend the wear of my foundation and face makeup. 

Beautifying Lip Smoother: I tried this in the shade Apricot Cream which is a light shimmery peach shade. This pastel balm-like gloss. While this is somewhat moisturizing, I do still need to apply a lip balm first. The color is lasting and the product feels very comfortable on my lips. Also, I really like the flocked applicator.  

Ultimate Lip Glow: This is such an interesting lip product! It actually reminds me of a couple high-end lip products in my makeup collection but at a fraction of the cost. This is a balm stain that leaves me with perfect pink moisturized lips. I love the ease of this product and find myself reaching for it often. Such a deal, too!  

Ultimate Stay Lipstick: I tried this in the shade #070 Plum & Base which is a deep burgandy/magenta. The color is richly saturated and it gives great coverage. The finish is satin matte and it gives nice long wear. Love the chocolate milk scent, too! 

Smoky Matte Powder Liner: This is such a unique liner product. I honestly do not have any items at all like this in my makeup collection. It is a loose black powder with a foam tip applicator. This will not give you a precice line but a smudgy smoky line. 

Be sure to check out CATRICE next time you are in Ulta! Also, You can check out the full CATRICE range here. I know that I sure had fun exploring and trying out a few items from this line. In fact, I can't wait to try out more! I am especially eyeing the Rose Palette, Nude Palette, Camoflauge Cream,  and some of those mascaras! 

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Effortless Color and Moisture for Lips: Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Sticks

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Neutrogena's MoistureSmooth Color Sticks:
Easy Breasy Color and Moisture for your Lips! 

I am all about quick, easy, and effortless color for my lips these days. This is what I get when I use Neutrogena's MoistureSmooth Color Sticks! I am quite obcessed with these. So, I just had to share the love. 

The Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Sticks are my latest go-to for easy lip color. I just swipe them on to give my lips some color and instant moisture. I feel that consistant use of the MoistureSmooth Color Sticks has maintained my lips' hydration and has overall improved the condition of my lips. The Color Sticks have a super smooth balm-like feel going on. The color is sheer and easy and slightly shimmery: so flattering! They are so soothing to use! Plus, they are super easy and fuss-free to reapply throughout the day. Plus, I like the light and pleasant fruity scent. The cute chubby pencil style design twists up. So, there is no need to sharpen. 

I got to try out 5 shades: Sweet Watermelon, Pink Nude, Wine Berry, Almond Nude, and Pink Grapefruit. They are all such pretty and wearable shades. My lips feel *so good* from consistantly wearing these! 

Key ingrendients include shea butter and fruit extracts. They come in 16 shades (new shades available!) and retail for $8.49 each. Be sure to pick some up next time you are at the drugstore! You won't be sorry! :)

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Friday, October 14, 2016

The Beauty Spotlight Team: My Top 5 Skincare Favorites from Kiehl's

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The Beauty Spotlight Team members are taking part of a bi-weekly ongoing feature where each Beauty Spotlight Team blogger is sharing their Top 5 Favorites from one of their favorite brands. This week is my turn and I choose to feature one of my all-time favorite brands: Kiehl's!

I do have a quite a few skincare lines that I really love and enjoy: from drugstore to high end. However, when I think of my top favorites when it comes to skincare products, so many of those items are from Kiehl's. So, it made my choice easy! Kiehl's skincare really stands out and I am, quite frankly, obcessed with some of these products that I am going to talk about today.

So, let's dive in ya'll! To find out more about my Top 5 Skincare Favorites from Kiehl's: Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye, Kiehl's Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser, and Kiehl's Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser, please click "read more" below.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

My Skin Loves: L'Occitane's Pivoine Sublime Perfecting Scrub and Cream!

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Ready for another update in my My Skin Loves blog series? This series is devoted to sharing about my very favorites new discoveries in skincare. 

My Skin:
Before diving into my review for L'Occitane's Pivoine Sublime Perfecting Scrub and Cream, lets talk a bit about my skin. I have classic combination skin. It varies from normal-oily, to normal, to normal-dry depending on the season and my hormones. This time of year I am in the normal or normal-oily category. I also describe my skin as being sensitive. I am somewhat prone to redness and product irritation. Also, I get occasional breakouts in my t-zone area. So, I just need to be very careful with my skincare selections. I want effective products that work without causing redness nor irritation. In addition, I am in my early 40s. So, I am super interested in anti-aging products and products that help me to look younger. 

L'Occitane Pivoine Sublime:
Oh how I adore this collection! The Pivoine Sublime line is based upon the Peony flower. If you are familiar with the gorgeous scent of the Peony flower, them you are going to love these decadently scented products. From the lovely scent to the pretty packaging, there is just something so special about this collection. Besides the pretty packaging and nice scent, the products themselves are fantastic formula-wise and results-wise! I have only tried out a couple items from this line, but I am already obcessed and know that I am going to want to explore the full line. 

I have been in the market for a new moisturizing cream and this one is the winner! As we start to transition into colder weather, adding a good moisturizing cream to my daily skincare routine was a must. Previously, I was using a cleanser and a retinol serum in the evenings (and sometimes an additional serum and/or a facial oil). However, in the Summer months and early Fall, I tend to skip a moisturizer. Now that the weather is starting to get cooler, it is time to rotate a moisturizer back in! I can't express how much good this cream has done for my skin! It is an absolute pleasure to use. I love how this cream sinks in. I feel like my skin literally drinks it up! From the silky gel-cream texture to the gorgeous scent, it is a nightly treat to use this product. I can't get over the improvements in my skin. The texture is so soft and velvet-like, my pores are diminished, my fine lines are blurred, and my skin has an overall better appearance as far as hydration and plumpness. Results were immediate and very noticable even the very next morning after adding this product to my routine. I am completely hooked on this cream! Plus, it has not caused any breakouts nor irritation reactions. So, I am super pleased! This is potentially the best moisturizer that I have ever used! If you want amazing and noticable results, you must try this cream! 

The Skinny:
  • Key ingredients include: Peony Extract (Pivoine Sublime Complex: Visibly corrects complexion and texture imperfections)
  • Retails for $42.00

This scrub is such a perfect compliment to the Perfecting Cream! Good exfoliation is the key to helping your products to penetrate better. Plus, exfoliation tends to keep my skin super clear and soft. With my somewhat sensitive skin, I need to be careful about not over-exfoliating. So, I tend to use this scrub only about 2-3 (max) times a week. This unique exfoliator is a gel/oil hybrid! It applies like a gel and transforms to an oil on your skin. I apply it to my dry skin and start to smooth it in light pressure circular motions then I add in some water and I continue to massage. Then I can either leave it on as a mask for a few minutes or rinse off. I like to follow up with a gentle milky cleanser and then the rest of my skincare routine. This scrub is highly effective at purging my skin's impurities and making great improvements in my skin's texture. Plus, the scent? Divine!!! 

The Skinny:
  • Enriched with a skin-perfecting extract plus a micro exfoliating agent and scrubbing particles
  • Retails for $28.00

If you are looking for some fantastic and results-driven luxury skincare items to add to your skincare routine, I highly recommend L'Occitane's Pivoine Sublime Perfecting Cream and L'Occitane's Pivoine Sublime Perfecting Scrub. Any other fans of the Pivoine Sublime line? I would love to hear your recommendations for what to try next! :) I am already eying the Purifying Foam, Mattifying Fluid, and the Perfecting Mist. 

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Links

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Prime Beauty is going gaga over the new BECCA Limited Edition Blushed With Light Palette! Three beautiful blushes for a luminous, lit-from-within glow! 

Check out Pammy Blogs Beauty's Natural Fall Makeup Look inspired by Clear Eyes Pure Relief for Dry Eyes! 

Phyrra shares an all one brand 90s Grunge Inspired Fall Makeup Tutorial. You'll love this look! 

Allison from Never Say Die Beauty was psyched to try the Masquerade Collection from Mirabella Beauty, the first Holiday 2016 makeup collection she’s received. The stunning metallic mineral shadows and Crimson matte lipstick are kicking off the season with style! 

Got Curly or Wavy Hair? Then you need Ouidad Mongongo Oil Multi-Use Curl Treatment. Enter the Lola's Secret Beauty Blog Giveaway to win a full size bottle! Ends October 28, 2016 at 12:00AM PST. 

Can't decide between creams or metallic holo nail polishes for Fall? Maybe these swatches of the Zoya Urban Grunge Nail Polish Collection will help. Just kidding, you'll want them all! 

Beauty Info Zone loves WINK Lash & Brow Enhancing Oil for how it's helped. But more important is the 100% donation for BCA. We're going #PinkWink and #BOGOforthecure. 

As the seasons change are you thinking about health like Shipra of Taneja's Bride? Read how you can be good to your bones

15 Minute Beauty has found a new favorite foundation brush! Check out this limited edition brush set from Tarte to learn more! 

Christa from Perilously Pale shows us THE MOST GORGEOUS PACKAGING EVER with the YSL Holiday 2016 Sparkle Clash Collection. The products are pretty spectacular as well.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Natural Everyday Makeup Look and Beauty Tips for Fall with Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ for Dry Eyes:

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Natural Everyday Makeup Look and Beauty Tips for Fall:

Fall is the time for outdoor activities and festivities! From Fall Festivals to neighborhood carnivals to trunk-or-treats, and trick-or-treating, football games, and cookouts, my look needs to be easy and casual. I am a Mom on-the-go that wants to look nice but not look overdone. 

Today I am going to share with you my beauty and timesaving tips and a makeup look for a natural Fall look! Plus, I will share how Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ for Dry Eyes is the perfect compliment to a natural makeup look! It is the perfect preservative-free eye relief solution for my dry eyes. Fall is a busy time, and you don't want to miss a moment with dry eye discomfort. Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ for Dry Eyes will help your eyes to feel their best while you are rocking your natural Fall look.  

Tips for Getting a Beautiful Fall Natural Makeup Look:
Fall is a busy time! Here are some tips for getting a beautiful natural look in minimal time. 

  • Downsize and declutter your makeup and create an everyday makeup bag. I have all of my everyday go-to makeup items in a small makeup bag with my favorite brushes. The rest of my makeup is in my storage cube. I swap out some items weekly like blush or lippies. In my everyday makeup bag I keep my staple items like my concealer, foundation, setting powder, mascara, neutral eyeshadow palette, and eye liner: everything I need to create a quick natural look. Having everything I need in one place eliminates my need to dig through my stash to find my basics. 
  • Less is more! For me, the Fall is about looking natural and not overdone. I want glowing skin, soft eyes, and moisturized lips. I don't want to layer a ton of products during this time of year with all our casual family-centered activities. 
  • Aim for a quick makeup routine. I like to stick to the basics: concealer, powder foundation, eye shadow, liner, mascara, and blush. Top it off with your favorite lippie. These days I go for a simple tinted lip balm. 

Get the Look: Soft and Natural Eyes:
For my look, I started with freshly cleansed skin that was prepped with a moisturizer with SPF. I prep my eye area with an eye cream around the eyes. 

Also, I prepped my eyes by using Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ for Dry Eyes. I use a drop in each eye at night before bed and in the mornings after cleansing my skin. These drops keep my eyes feeling comfortable and moisturized. After all, any soft and natural eye makeup look should start with comfortable and healthy eyes! 

Next, I apply a concealer to my eye area to cover my dark circles. I like using a really pigmented/concentrated concealer as my dark circles are very dark. 

For this eye look, I used one of my favorite drugstore neutral eyeshadow palettes. I start by applying a matte light vanilla powder eye shadow to my browbone and inner eye corners. Then, I take a shimmery champagne shade and apply it across the whole lid. This really brightens the eyes. Next, I take a light rosey-taupe shimmer shade and apply it to the outer corners on the lids. Last, I take a matte medium taupe and apply it into the crease and blend, blend, blend. 

I top off my eyes with some smudged pencil liner along the upper lash line and some volumizing mascara. Voila! Naturally pretty eyes! :) 

About Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ for Dry Eyes:
I have had dry eyes for a few years now. I have found that using a moisturizing eye drop makes a huge difference in the comfort and overall health of my eyes. Preservatives in eye drops bother many people with sensitive eyes. In the past, preservative free eye drops were only available in expensive single dose vials. The good news is that now there is an afforable option at the drugstore for preservative-free eye drops: Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ for Dry Eyes! I love that I can just head over to my local Walgreen's to pick this product up when I need it. The drops are easily found in the eye care section, which is marked on the asile. 

Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ is available in two formulas: Dry Eyes and Multi-Symptom. Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ for Dry Eyes is a lubricant eye drop or "artificial tears" for people with dry eyes. These are the drops that I use. They provide soothing comfort to the eyes for up to 12 hours. There are over 220 drops in each bottle. So, one little bottle will last you a long time! The bottle has a built-in filter that keeps bacteria out of the bottle. The Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™Multi-Symptom drops are for people with red, burning, itching or dry, irritated, gritty, or watery eyes. These drops are also preservative-free and provide 12 hours of soothing comfort to the eyes. Also, like the dry eye formula, these drops contain 220 drops in the bottle and have the built-in bacteria filter. Both drops are great options for drugstore eye relief! Just choose the type that best suits your eye symptoms. Want to learn more about Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™? Be sure to check out the Clear Eyes site here.

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Are you ready to get dry eye relief? Be sure to head on over to your local Walgreens to scope out the Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ selection. Remember, any beautiful Fall makeup look starts with healthy eyes! 

Thanks so much for reading! Happy Fall!!! :)

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Gorgeous Nails with KBShimmer's Fall Collection

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Nothing marks the season change better for me, beauty wise, then my rotation to Fall nail colors! Nail polish is absolutely a seasonal thing for me. While I loved my Summer shades, the change in weather makes me excited to change up my nail color!

KBShimmer is one of my favorite go-to brands when it comes to nail color. The KBShimmer polishes are just so unique and so special! From their beautiful cremes to their unique glitters and their fantastic holograms. You are going to want to check these out! Lets dive right into the collection. Please click "read more" below to find out more!

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