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Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Beauty Spotlight Team: What is in my Mommy Bag/Purse?

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Ever wonder what a Beauty Blogger keeps in her handbag? Only the best beauty and on-the-go essentials, right (for me it is that and a whole lot more, lol)? Well, the Beauty Spotlight Team has been taking turns every/other week sharing what we have in our purses. This week it is my turn! 
About Me: What would I need in my purse? 
A woman's day-to-day life pretty much dictates what she carries around in her bag. For a girl like me, my bag is full of on-the-go essentials for a busy Mom of a 14-month old and a 3-year old. My days and weeks are packed with play dates, preschool events, grocery shopping, YMCA/gym time, swim lessons, park-time, carpool lines, ballet lessons, Mommy-and-Me story times, family time, lunches with Grandma and kids, MOMS Club events, MOPS events/meetings, whew...I feel busy even just writing all of this!

How did I decide upon my Mommy bag?
Some Moms carry a purse and a diaper bag. I have found, through trial and error, that my best bet is to go with one huge bag that carries everything. Sure, I sometimes default to your standard diaper bag. However, I find that an inexpensive and trendy large tote-style purse is so much more chic! I can fit all that I need for my baby boy, my active preschooler, and myself...while still looking stylish. Us Mommies carry around a LOT of stuff, lol! I find that another "key" with this method is to go with an inexpensive bag. There will be spills (sippy cups, snacks, etc) and you might even end up toting away a dirty diaper or clothes from time-to-time...so, why mess up a pricey designer bag? Go with an inexpensive one and you won't be sorry.
The bag I am carrying right now is the Ethan striped tote in black from JustFab. I absolutely love it! If you haven't checked out JustFab, they are a great source for inexpensive shoes, handbags, accessories, and now even a full clothing line! You can shop the full look from head-to-toe or browse individual items. Shoes and Handbags start at $39.95 and clothing starts at $9.95. When you join as a VIP you get the option to purchase items monthly from a personal boutique created with your style in mind, or can skip the month if you don't feel like spending.
Let's dig right into my purse, shall we ya'll? What does a busy Mommy Beauty Blogger carry around? I am going to go over everything! First we can talk Mommy Essentials and then I will go over all of my beauty items! :) Click "read more" below to hear more!

Friday, March 27, 2015

CC+ Your Way to Radient Skin: It Cosmetics' NEW Spring 5-Piece Collection at QVC!!!

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It is time for another QVC deal with It Cosmetics! I just love sharing these deals with you lovely readers because they really are an absolutely amazing value...and, It Cosmetics is totally one of my all-time favorite cosmetics brands! So, without further a-do, here is the scoop! 

CC+ Your Way to Radient Skin: It Cosmetics NEW 5-Piece Collection: 
This collection debuts today, March 27th, at midnight on QVC! This is QVC's best deal of the day and it is only available for ONE DAY! So, if this collection interests you, don't delay!!! I believe they almost always sell out (especially in the popular shades)! This collection is priced under $60 and has a value of $172! Wow!

I am going to treat this as a "box opening" or "collection opening" post! I am going to share what is inside. I just want to make sure to get this info out to you readers quickly since this deal is happening today! I have had a chance to play with these products for a few days. So, I am able to give you a little bit of a "first impressions" review, too! :)
  • NEW Your Skin But Better Anti-Aging Full Coverage Physical SPF 50 CC+ Cream Illumination: This is a full-coverage foundation with SPF 50+ UVA/UVB sunscreen that also acts as a brightening color corrector, anti-aging serum, pore minimizing primer, dark spot corrector, and moisturizing day cream. Talk about multi-tasking! This is IT Cosmetics cult-favorite CC Cream in a more illuminating formula! So, if you are a fan of their classic CC Cream, then this is a must-try for you. I adore their CC Cream and am super excited about this product, too! The shade Fair works beautifully for my skintone. The finish is very luminous and glowy with a bit of sparkle that somehow doesn't look overdone. The coverage is very nice, too. I think that this is going to be a perfect product for Spring and Summer! 
  • Anti-Aging Vitality Face Disc: Live, Love, Laugh Vitality Face Disc: OMG! I am so super excited about this product! It is a huge disc with a Waterproof Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer (dark, but totally workable on my fair skin), a Brightening Blush Tint (in the most beautiful glowy peachy pink shade: such a universally flattering color and certainly the blush color that I tend to reach for most!), and a Radiance Illuminator (in a gorgeous shimmery champagne shade). The best part is that these products are packed with anti-aging ingredients! The back of the box has a photo guide for application of highlight, contour, and blush. I am totally saving the box for this picture (hey, I am not a makeup artist and need "reminders" like this for good contouring).
  • NEW Heavenly Luxe Radiance Wand Brush: If you have never tried IT Cosmetics brushes, then you are missing out. They are amongst the best in my brush collection! :) This ball brush is the perfect shape for blush and bronzer! You can use this for all of the products in the face disc. It is so soft and the domed shape and long handle really give you a lot of control with application. 
  • NEW Heavenly Luxe High-Performance Anti-Aging Eye Shadow Trio in Pretty In Spring: Give your eyelids the naturally pretty, anti-aging, skin-loving shades they deserve! This eyeshadow trio is packed with high-performance pigments and anti-aging ingredients that help blur away the look of imperfections. The trio includes three new spring-inspired shades. These are exactly the types of shades I like to wear for everyday: a shimmery champagne for the lid, an soft rosy natural for the crease, and a matte brown for outer corner/liner. The shadows are pigmented, soft, and blendable! Plus, I love the packaging of this little trio: perfect for travel! It is all you need for a complete eye look in a tiny little compact! 
  • No Tug Dual Airbrush Eyeshadow Brush: Don't you just love that this kit has all of the tools you need included in it? This is a beautifully soft eyeshadow brush with one compact end and one fluffy end. Give your eyelids and airbrushed finish! This cutting-edge, dual-ended eyeshadow brush applies shades flawlessly without tugging on the delicate skin of your eyelids. 
This kit is AMAZEBALLS ladies! If you are an IT Cosmetics fan...or if you are just curious about trying out this awesome brand, this awesome special value kit is the way to go. So, be sure to check out this deal TODAY only on QVC!

#ITCosmetics #ItGirl #QVCBeauty #YourRadiantSkin


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

SinfulColors Spring 2015 "Spring Fever" Collection

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Do you have Spring Fever as badly as I do? OMG, what a LONG Winter, right? Well, what better way to dive into the Spring state-of-mind than a beautiful...and affordable...nail polish collection from SinfulColors

I had a chance to try out 5 shades from this gorgeous new collection. Let me tell ya'll, it was so hard to pick a shade from all of the amazing choices. The Spring Fever SinfulColors Spring 2015 Collection is a comprehensive assortment of 24 bold, vibrant, and even unexpected colors and finishes. From soft pastels, to shimmers and glitters, to calm blues, purples, and teals, and even iridescent toppers, this collection really can perk up your Winter-weary nails! Begone the blah shades of winter, it is time to bring in some color! 


Here is the Collection at-a-Glance:
  • Cloud 9: Perfect Orange
  • Energetic Red: A Classic Fire Engine Red
  • Gold Medal: The Perfect Metallic Gold
  • Let's Meet: Luxe Lemon Yellow
  • Nail Junkie: Sparkle-Infused Aqua
  • Sail La Vie: Cerulean Sea Blue
  • Tempest: A Subtly Seductive Purple
  • Why Not: A Clear Sky Blue
  • Cream Pink: Bubble Gum Pink
  • Feel the Vibe: A Bright Splash of Juicy Orange
  • Innocent: Green Apple
  • Let's Talk: Royal Purple
  • Navy I Do: True Navy Blue
  • Savage: A Matte Turquoise that Pops
  • Thimbleberry: A Crushing Shade of Coral
Opalescent Trend Toppers:
  • Flight to See: Prismatic Plum
  • Prized Plume: Iridescent Peacock-Feather Blue
  • Sheer Flight: Bejeweled Emerald 
 Bright Jelly Toppers:
  • Horizon Shine: High-Shine Crimson Red
  • Ring the Belini: Metallic Tangerine
  • Zest of Times: Lustrous Magenta
 Specialty Glitters:
  • Flower Power: Baby Pink Speckled with White & Fuchsia
  • Petal be the Day: Royal Blue and Purple Confetti
  • Standing Bloom Only: A Creamy Mango with Magenta Flakes

From this Spring Fever Collection, I tried out the following shades (from left to right in the swatch photo):
  • Cream Pink (Bubble Gum Pink): This exact shade of pink tends to be my polish shade go-to. What can I say, I am a "pink" girl at heart and nothing does it better for me than a bright Barbie pink! I think that this will be my perfect pedicure shade for the Spring and Summer! I literally just feel happy even looking at this color! While it has a shine to it, it dries to almost a matte finish (demi matte?). Really pretty!
  • Sail la Vie: (Cerulean Sea Blue Creme with glossy finish): This gorgeous cerulean shade is another favorite color of mine. Can I even tell you how many shirts I have in this exact same color? lol, maybe it is because it matches my eyes. Anyways...it is a shade that I just LOVE wearing on my tips! It is a fun way to wear blue without your nails screaming "I am blue" (ha ha, if that makes sense). I really like it topped with the "Petal be the Day" Specialty Glitter. What a fun combo. My nails make me smile when I wear this combo. :) Seriously, it is on my tips now and I am diggin it! 
  • Petal Be the Day: (Royal Blue and Purple Confetti in a sheer lilac base): This is a super fun glitter. I do wish that the sheer lilac base showed up just a tad more and that the glitter was more full coverage. But still, even with that critique, I love wearing this as a topper. It is really too sheer to wear on its own with its sparse glitter. 2 coats give you a decent amount of glitter.
  • Flower Power: (Baby Pink Speckled with White & Fuchsia): This is honestly the item in this collection that I anticipated the most! It really is a unique polish/topper! I love the round and chunky shape of the white and fuchsia glitter. The baby pink polish base is dense enough for good coverage and the glitter seems to go on a bit fuller (yet not full coverage by any means) than the Petal be the Day. This is so pretty on its own for a mani! So fun!!!
Do you know what is the most amazing part about this collection and all SinfulColors polishes in general? They retail for only $1.99 and are available at your local Walgreens! At that price, you can afford to get all of them that catch your eye! :) Plus, the quality, coverage, and wear (4+ days with only very slight tip wear for me...and I am hard on my nails with constant hand washing and diaper changes) are amazing!


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Scentbird Monthly Perfume Service: My Perfume of the Month!

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It is time for my monthly Scentbird "Envelope Opening" and First Impressions post! :)

Beauty Sample Subscriptions have really exploded! I will fully admit to being a bit obsessed with the whole concept. I subscribe to quite a few "beauty box" programs. However, Scentbird really does offer something unique and different...a monthly service for perfume! If you haven't joined in this series yet, please start following it now! I am featuring monthly "Envelope Opening" posts from Scentbird for a year! So, join in the fun and follow me through my year with Scentbird. Lets see what new and fun fragrances we can discover together!

I do adore perfume and love trying new ones. However, perfume really is expensive and a bottle lasts a long time. Lets face it...buying a bottle of perfume is a commitment. Well, Scentbird has found a genius way for fragrance-lovers to really try a scent: 8 ml. purse-size vials filled with 100% authentic designer perfume that fit into a travel-friendly case. These vials are sent out monthly and provide enough perfume to keep you scented all month long! After trying Scentbird for the first time last month, I can tell you that they did send me just exactly enough of the scent for a month of frequent use.

The Scoop:
  • Just $14.95 a month gets you a 30-day supply of a designer perfume of your choice right to your door. Choose from 300+ top brands. The selection really is amazing! They have many scents that I have had my eye on for quite some time!
  • The perfume you select comes in a sleek purse-size spray that is super portable. Each month you just swap out the old scent and pop the new one into your Scentbird purse spray container.  
  • The purse spray of offers 8ml of the scent of your choice, enough to apply daily for a whole month. Its modern, compact design makes it easy to take along for touch-ups or travel.


Getting Started with Scentbird: How does it work

  • Go to www.scentbird.com and answer a few quick questions. Scentbird gets to know your scent preferences in minutes. You can search for something in particular that you have been wanting to try...or you can go with their monthly featured selection.
  • Set up a "Perfume Calender". Think of this like your trusty "Netflix queue. You can add favorites here if you like to be consistant or switch it up by adding new fragrances each month (Scentbird is always adding new scents!).  
  • $14.95 gets you a monthly purse spray. You get a complimentary perfume case with your first order. Drop purse spray into the case, twist and it’s ready to go.  
  • Shipping is free and you can cancel anytime!
Curious to find out what scent I got from Scentbird in February (I know this post is up a little late...life has been busy with my 1 year old and 3 year old...and my Scentbird envelope arrived right at the end of the month)? To hear that info, please click "read more" below! 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Makeup Wars Brand Feature: Eddie Funkhouser Lippies!

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Are ya'll ready for a Makeup War? Today I bring you a special Brand Feature Edition of Makeup Wars with Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics!


We are doing something a bit different than our usual Makeup Wars. We were all sent a product assortment from Eddie Funkhouser to try out. As you scroll through our posts, you can see how these products work for a variety of women with different skintones and cosmetic tastes!

I have been a fan of Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics since their inception a couple years ago. However, it had been awhile since I had tried anything from the line. So, I was super excited when they sent me an assortment of lippies! I have gone through quite a transition lately. Historically, I have not really been a lippie-obcessed beauty-lover. I am more of a "blush girl". However, ever since my latest makeup de-cluttering, I have been very into lipsticks and lipglosses! I tossed so many old products and realized that I really needed to explore what colors looked good on my lips and what shades I wanted to purchase and add to my collection. After years of opting for either pale pink or natural/neutral lips, I find that I am gravitating towards vibrant pinks and even reds (OMG, I know...me loving red lips, who knew?). As I mentioned, I think it is a variety of factors at work: re-vamping my collection, discovering new makeup trends, and also a lighter hair shade (I am blonder and vibrant lips just perk up my look all around!). 
So, without further a-do, lets dive into my gorgeous new Lippies from Eddie Funkhouser!!! Click "read more" below to get the scoop! 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Links!


Rodan+Fields REDEFINE Skincare Line is luxurious, effective and joyful to use. Learn why Lola's Secret Beauty Blog thinks this is a top-notch anti-aging line worthy of your attention! 

Love luxury beauty? Check out the Luxe List at Phyrra!  

Prime Beauty is crushing over the POPSUGAR Must Have Box for March: spring freshness, great snacks & travel goodies--yes please!! 

Few things scream spring louder than flowers and a coral pink lipstick. Givenchy made the ultimate spring lipstick by combining the two in their Le Rouge Couture Edition! See just how pretty it is on Mostly Sunny

How many cosmetic items do you use in a day? Beauty Info Zone and Makeup Wars were commissioned to use just five. Could you do that? 

There are some new Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick shades hitting counters soon and Christa from Perilously Pale is showing us 6 of the 7 gorgeous spring shades. 

Need a new scent for Spring? Pammy Blogs Beauty is loving L'Occitane's NEW Fleurs de Cerisier

What if you either lived in a desert climate or visited one? What would you use? Fifteen Minute Beauty shares 13 favorites from a desert living blogger

It's flashback time here at The Painted Rogue, and this time we're digging back into that classic dungeoneering manual: the Ultimate Rogueish Guide to Battle-Ready Red Lipsticks! As always, these guides are open to your suggestions, so tell me: what's YOUR favourite red?

 

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Fab Fast Friday: Aveeno's Positively Nourishing Calming Body Wash & Body Lotion

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It is time for another edition of Fab Fast Friday! Fab Fast Friday is my "quickie" review series where I basically just let you guys know what I am using and loving lately. :) It is my way to give you the skinny scoop on some really awesome products! 

This week I am going to share with you a couple of my favorite shower and post-shower items: Aveeno's Positively Nourising Calming Body Wash & Body Lotion

As an Aveeno Ambassador, I am having such a great time exploring this brand! I feel like Aveeno is a great fit for my skin type: I have very sensitive skin...and these products are just so gentle and soothing! I honestly have yet to meet an Aveeno product that has not worked for my skin.
Aveeno's Positively Nourishing Calming Body Wash and Body Lotion is formulated with Lavender and Chamomile. If you are not a fan of lavender, don't let that scare you off. These products do not have a typical lavender smell. These Positively Nourishing Calming formula products actually have quite a lovely and fresh soft fragrance (I think there is a hint of lavender...but, mostly it just smells "clean" to me).

I like using the Aveeno Positively Nourishing Calming Body Wash on a body pouf in the shower. It cleanses my skin gently without over-drying or leaving my skin feeling stripped. My skin is just left feeling clean and soft. It works into a nice lather and rinses clean. My husband tends to use my shower products and has mentioned that he is a fan of this Body Wash, too! After my shower, I towel dry and then apply Aveeno's Positively Nourishing Calming Body Lotion. I apply this pretty much from the neck down: my arms, legs, torso, feet, etc! The scent certainly is soothing! The Body Lotion is thick and rich without being sticky or greasy. I massage it into my skin and it quickly absorbs. 
Have you tried this formula of Aveeno's Positively Nourishing products? What did you think? Even though I tried the "calming" formula, I must note that these are not just products for evening showers! I actually use them in the morning after my morning shower. There is also an "Energizing" formulation that I would love to try next (grapefruit and pomegranate). Has anyone tried that? How do you like it?



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