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Monday, November 24, 2014

Neutrogena Face-to-Face Blind Foundation Challenge

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Neutrogena Face-to-Face Blind Foundation Challenge:
Have you ever really wondered why you love a particular foundation? Sure, a lot has to do with coverage, finish, and wear...but, how much of it is brand identity and using products from brands that you are loyal to? What an interesting question! If we strip away all that we know about a foundation brand-wise, and just investigate aspects of the product itself, we really do get a truer picture of the product itself. 

I have to admit, I dig this entire idea. Really, I know how brand loyalty impacts me as a consumer. There are some brands that I really get excited about. We are talking fan-girl excited. Brands that I highly anticipate everything that they release. How much of that comes into play when I try their products? Lets all just admit...packaging and marketing does work. We do buy into brands that we already have a positive affinity with. So, if we strip all of the packaging and marketing and brand image away and just look at the actual product itself, how does it measure up? I know that I want to know!
The Challenge: Foundation A vs. Foundation B:
So...recently, I participated in this super fun challenge from Neutrogena. They wanted us to do a blind test of one of their foundations face-to-face with a leading competitor's foundation. The foundations arrived in bottles with all identifying information removed. They were simply labeled Foundation A and Foundation B. Now, as a Beauty Blogger with a vast foundation collection and knowledge of packaging...I will have to admit that I immediately recognized the bottles and was able to identify the brands based on the bare bottles. I mean, I already have both of these foundations in my collection. However, with that said, I didn't know if Neutrogena was maybe trying to "throw us off" with the bottles and maybe switched the formulas inside. So, even though I had a strong suspicion as to which was which, I still didn't really know.

So, I proceeded to test the products. First, I tested Foundation B for a few days (at least 2 consecutive days) and then I did the same with Foundation A. While testing, I kept in mind the coverage, the finish, and the overall wear of the foundation.

To find out more details about these foundations (including what they were!) and find out which I prefer, please click "read more" below! 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Links!

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Check out Prime Beauty's list of The Best Beauty Gifts Under $25! Grab your sneakers and go! 

It's time to streak with Urban Decay Naked on the Run Palette Review and Tutorial by Phyrra

If you ever wondered whether Urban Decay Stray Dog and Suspect were dupes for Burberry Midnight Brown and Pale Barley, then take a look at their glimmering swatches, and review on Lola's Secret Beauty Blog. I think you will agree that all four shades are gorgeous, but would you consider them similar enough to justify having all four? 

It's that time again – holiday gift giving. Beauty Info Zone has several gift guides to help you choose. If you know a Glam Girl then check this one out but if your list has more Practical Fashionistas then we can help you there too. 

If Guerlain Un Soir à l’Opéra is the collection Sunny from Mostly Sunny was looking forward to the most, Burberry Winter Glow has turned out to be the best surprise! Come check out the swatches of 6 drool-worthy pieces !  

The Painted Rogue is addicted to both ballet and pretty pink-coral lip products! This week she's combining the two with a tale of the adorable Ballet Monster who gave her a Lancôme Lip Lover in Rose Contretemps!  

Pammy Blogs Beauty has found the perfect tool for super quick and easy hair volume that lasts: the VOLOOM! 

Perilously Pale shows us her favorite Holiday Eyeshadow Palettes and will have you drooling! 

Find out why China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose you is the lastest polish to make polish insomniac's Top 20 List! 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Dermalogica's Limited Edition Skincare Sets!

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What better time of year than the holidays to re-vamp your skincare? Think of it as an early New Year's Resolution! Well, I am so excited that a few of my very favorite skincare brands have released Holiday Skincare Sets! Not only are these sets an incredible value, but also they are a great way to try out a variety of the products from the brand. No matter if you are new to the brand, or a loyal fan, you are bound to find a new love tucked inside these boxes of skincare goodness!!!

Not in the market for new skincare? Well, these make awesome gifts, too! Sure, it can be hard to purchase skincare for someone else. The good news is that these sets were packaged with a specific theme or customer in mind. This really helps to take the guesswork out of your selection. For example, do you have a frequent traveler on your gift list this year? Well, the "Our Favorites Gift Set" would be perfect as it contains all travel sized best-selling items!

Dermalogica's Limited Edition Holiday Gift Sets: 
  • Active Moist Gift Set (this is the one I got! see below for more): $58.00
  • Body Therapy Essentials Gift Set: $25.00
  • Our Favorites Gift Set: $35.00
  • Skin Smoothing Cream Gift Set: $60.00
  • Super Rich Repair Gift Set: $80.00
The kit that most intrigued me was the Active Moist Gift set. Primarily because I had not tried any of the items in the kit yet...and ya'll know that I love to explore skincare (especially from one of my favorite brands *cough* Dermalogica *cough*). So, today, I am going to share my Dermalogica Holiday Gift Set Box Opening!!!

  • Active Moist (Full Size! 3.4 oz) is Dermalogica's top-selling oil-free moisturizer for Oily/Combo Skin. Even though my combo skin does tend to get drier in the winters, I still love oil-free moisturizers in general. Active Moist is formulated to hydrate and smooth your skin while improving texture. 
  • Soothing Eye Makeup Remover (deluxe sample size, 1 oz): My eyes are so sensitive. In the winter they seem to get even more so with the dry air and me constantly battling a cold or sinus infection (it seems). This product promises to dissolve makeup without irritation.
  • Intensive Eye Repair (deluxe sample, 0.1 oz): This is an ultra-rich eye cream with nutrients like Vitamins C and E and Grapeseed Extract. It targets dehydration lines (me!!!) and increases skin's elasticity. This totally sounds up my alley. I am excited to try it!
Did any of these sets pique your interest? Are you buying skincare gifts this year? I would love to know!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Easy and Quick Volume for your Hair with VOLOOM!

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I am so excited to tell you guys about an *ah-ma-zing* new hair tool for creating super-easy volume: the VOLOOM

I will admit, before trying the VOLOOM, I was skeptical. I have tried countless options over the years to try to give volume to my long straight and pretty much flat hair. From bump-style molds to pin in my hair, to teasing combs, to spray in products...nothing really gave me that volume that I craved (and none of these solutions were as easy as the VOLOOM). 

Enter the VOLOOM...Quite simply, the VOLOOM is a clamp-style iron that creates a waffle type pattern in your hair. This waffle pattern gives your hair amazing and lasting "lift". It is an absolute no-brainer to use. It is quick and easy and the volume lasts for days. For real! 

How to Use:
The VOLOOM is so easy to use! You want to start using the VOLOOM right below your part. Section off a small amount of hair (about an inch thick) about an inch *below* your part line. You want to go below your part because you need a smooth section of hair to hide the waffle pattern the VOLOOM makes. Then, just clamp the iron into your hair for a few seconds about a centimeter away from your scalp and release. Be sure not to get too close to your scalp as the iron is HOT. Repeat this process a few times going further down on your head. I tend to do about 4-5 clampings on each side of my head. If you want or need more volume, do more. You can also clamp around the crown area of your head or really wherever your style needs that volume. Just be sure there is smooth hair on top to cover that waffle pattern. That is it! It is really that easy. It honestly does not add that much time to your getting ready routine. It only takes a couple minutes to do this whole process.

image source: VOLOOM

I am amazed at the gorgeous volume the VOLOOM gives my hair. My Before/After pictures really don't even do it justice! The volume is noticeable and fabulous. I have never gotten such great results with a volume product. Even my husband noticed the extra volume in my hair the morning after I used this device for the first time. He said "Your hair looks great! It is like...puffy (lol, Men!)". I can't get over not only that this device gives great immediate results, but also that the results last for days. So awesome!
What I love about the VOLOOM:
  • It is super duper easy to use! Plus, it is also super quick. 
  • The volume *lasts*...for days! I have honestly never used any volume product that has worked this well. Normally, any added volume I give my hair falls flat mid-day. Not the VOLOOM results! The VOLOOM lasts until I was my hair again, which is typically 2-3 days!
  • I believe that this device is either similar or less damaging to your hair than teasing. Yes, it is a very hot heat device. However, you only apply the heat for a few seconds and only need to use the device every few days/

The Skinny:
  • You can get the VOLOOM for "3 easy payments" of $43.33 plus Free Shipping. Yes, it is expensive. However, it works!!! There is nothing else on the market like it!
  • The VOLOOM is available here
  • The VOLOOM comes with free gifts: 3 clips (they work great while using the VOLOOM), a teasing brush, and a heat protector case.
Do you have any great tricks for giving your hair volume? Does the VOLOOM sound like something that you would like to try?


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Loxa Beauty: Products for Hair!

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Have you heard of a great new e-commerce site called Loxa Beauty? If you are looking for a site for shopping options for higher-end professional products, you should certainly check out Loxa Beauty! They have products for hair, nail items, makeup, skincare, and beauty/hair tools! They actually offer over 3,000 top salon products. Now that is selection! Plus, you can trust that the products are authentic.

I had the opportunity to try out a couple of Loxa Beauty's best selling hair items: Sebastian Halo Mist & Joico Power Whipped Foam:
  • Sebastian Halo Mist ($18): Halo spray is a pure weightless shine spray that offers UV protection that leaves hair silky, shiny. How to use: Mist on damp hair and blow dry for a sparkling smooth finish. For maximum shine, spray sparingly over dry hair. For finer hair, spray into palms and smooth evenly over hair from mid-shaft to ends. I love using shine sprays! I have had great results with this one. Here is how I use it: I just mist in the air and then "walk" myself through the mist head-first (tilting my head where I want the shine to "hit"). This product gives beautiful shine and protection without weighing my hair down nor making it look or feel "greasy". Plus, it is so easy to use! Such a nice last-step in my hair routine. :)

  • Joico Power Whip Whipped Foam ($16.99): A concentrated, whipped styling foam that creates maximum density and incredible volume that lasts even in high humidity. This creamy, luxurious feeling foam will lock your style in place for up to 72 hours. How to use: Shake can well and dispense into hands. Rub together and distribute evenly through clean, damp hair. Style as desired. I am always looking for ways to both add volume to my style as well as to increase hold. This product does both! I apply it after washing and towel drying my hair. I use about one handful of this product. I focus the product application to my root area. Then I follow up with drying my hair with a round brush. This product gives my hair bounce, hold, volume, and some shine. I am super happy with my results!
Next time you are in need of some professional products, be sure to scope out Loxa Beauty! :)

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Links!

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The new Kérastase Paris Discipline haircare line is a fabulous secret weapon to tame frizzy hair, and Lola's Secret Beauty Blog thinks it is an absolute must-have collection for anyone who fights frizz and fly-aways.

Cleansing is the hottest topic in skin care right now, and Carrie from eyeliner on a cat is totally into it. She wants you to Dish on Your Favorite Cleansing Products and Methods!.  

Phyrra shares her picks for the Best Cruelty Free Blushes! See what shades will give you that lit-from-within glow we all want.

You'd think Sunny from Mostly Sunny has seen it all and isn't quite easily impressed, but she did nearly need to breathe into a paper bag when she saw Guerlain Un Soir à l'Opéra ! Feast your eyes on 9 out of the 10 pieces, and get carried away by Guerlain's holiday magic!

Win It!!! Pammy Blogs Beauty has found a new everyday perfume favorite! Be sure to check out her review of Georgia by Robin McGraw and Enter to Win!!!

Jessika from polish insomniac shows us there is a red for everyone in the Gwen Stefani for OPI Holiday 2014 collection... and some awesome glitters too!

If you like the idea of winning cosmetics, gift certificates, fashion and more then follow Beauty Info Zone and their Sunday Scoop each week. Giveaways galore for your entering pleasure. Blog-adventuring is serious business - you need to make sure you have an amazing party at your side!

Who would The Painted Rogue rope into her adventuring team? Come check out some of her very favourite bloggers - you might find a new favourite beauty adventurer too!

The Guerlain Météorites Perles D’Étoile may just be the prettiest balls you've ever seen. Perilously Pale shows us why these Holiday 2014 Meteorites are her latest obsession. There are so many holiday collections out that it's hard to narrow down which ones have the best steals and deals.

One of Prime Beauty's favorite brands Too Faced has some beauties that you might find hard to resist. Looking for a new foundation?

14 bloggers joined 15 Minute Beauty with their foundations of choice. See if there's a new one that calls your name.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Georgia Eau de Parfum by Robin McGraw launches on HSN: Review and Giveaway!

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Don't you love it when you stumble upon a new fragrance favorite? Sometimes there is just that "special something" about a scent that makes it so appealing. I have tested quite a few perfumes lately and this new release Georgia by Robin McGraw is absolutely fabulous and it really stands out! While I enjoyed this scent from the moment I first applied it, it was my husband coming home, hugging me, and saying "Wow Honey, you smell really amazing" that sealed the deal. I have many, many perfumes in my current rotation and 90% of them get no notice from the Hub, lol. Well, not Georgia! It got the husband's approval right away! ;) Georgia has become my new go-to everyday scent! Yes, I do want to smell amazing! Plus, as a life-long Georgia girl, I will fully admit to loving the name.

The Scent: Georgia by Robin McGraw
This botanical blend encompasses a strong feminine quality, expressing empowerment, elegance, incredible strength, and sensuality. This sensuality begins with bursting zesty citrus and a floral bouquet followed by middle notes of soft sophistication. A sensual dry down completes this composition of strong femininity.

I love the way the fragrance notes in this perfume blend. There is no specific note that jumps out at me. It truly is a complex blend of many notes that I love. The combined effect is feminine, sexy, and sophisticated. To me, the scent is neither too young nor too old, it is just right. It is a nice balance. It is decidedly floral with deep musky and almost somewhat powdery tones. As I mentioned, it is almost hard to pull out specific notes that I love since they all blend together so beautifully to create the Georgia scent. I will tell you that I do tend to gravitate towards musky floral fragrances like this. When I wear this, I feel like I smell beautiful and lovely. In addition, wearing this scent makes me feel sophisticated and put together. 

To find out more details about this amazing new scent, Georgia by Robin McGraw, please click "read more" below. Plus, don't forget to enter my Giveaway!!!

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