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Monday, December 5, 2016

Makeup Wars: My Top Five Concealers for Very Dark Under Eye Circles

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It is time for another Makeup Wars! I know, it has been awhile since I have done a Makeup Wars post. Well, the exciting news is that the Makeup Wars team has brainstormed an awesome list of topics. So, you readers can look forward to a great variety of Makeup Wars posts in the very near future!!! :) 

Are you new to Makeup Wars? Let me tell you a bit about it. Makeup Wars is a collaborative blog series with other top beauty blogger friends. We mutually pick topics to blog about and then link up to each others blog. For example, in this post, we are all going to talk about our very favorite concealers. We represent a wide variety of ages, skin tones, and geographic locations. So, it will be very interesting to see our collective list of awesome concealers!


Makeup Wars: My Top Five Concealers for Very Dark Undereye Circles:
As many of my regular readers know, the topic of concealers is near and dear to my heart. Actually, my hunt for the very best concealers (along with finding effective skincare for my sensitive skin) was my gateway into the beauty and makeup world! I always heavily research my concealer purchases by reading online reviews and blogs. The average concealer just doesn't work for my dark circles. I need heavy duty coverage! 

My Concealer Needs:
I struggle with dark circles. Seriously. My dark circles are so dark that they practically count as black eyes. Why do I have dark circles? Primarily, I blame heredity. I have very fair/thin skin. Also, I have allergies and generally never get enough sleep. So, I have both the blue/purple dark circles as well as redness in the area from allergies. If I walked around without concealer (which I have from time-to-time, but not often), people ask me if I am sick or tired. The dark circles are just that bad. 

So, I need very heavy duty coverage. Plus, I need that coverage to last all day. Also, I don't want the coverage to look cakey. Not to mention, I need a good match to my skintone. My skin tone is almost porcelain. In many makeup brands, the lightest concealer is still too dark for my skintone. Seriously ya'll, the struggle is real for me when it comes to finding good concelaers!

I have found some great concealers over the years. Some I have stuck with for years and some that I have loved have been discontinued (which is always heartbreaking, for real ya'll!). So, needless to say, I am always searching and always wanting to add awesome under eye concelaers to my makeup arsenal. 

Want to know my Top Five Concealers for Very Dark Under Eye Circles, please click "read more" below to find out my picks!!! :)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Links!

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Pammy Blogs Beauty has jumped on the Essential Oils bandwagon and she is obsessed! Check out her DIY for her Lemon Sugar Scrub and more with oils and ingredients from the Vitamin Shoppe.

Prime Beauty found 10 fabulous beauty stocking stuffers for under $25. Read her list now!

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog's has discovered Boxwalla’s incredible green beauty subscription boxes, and is obsessed with the luxe treasures from these elegant, and beautifully curated collections.

Phyrra put together a mega gift guide! 1000+ Gift Ideas for Everyone on your list.

If you missed out on the NARS NARSISSIST Unfiltered Cheek Palettes - don't worry! They're coming back SOON and Blushing Noir has all of the details here!

If you love ready to go gift packages then you'll love the Beekman 1802 Gift Bundle giveaway on Beauty Info Zone.

In case you’re considering giving an affordable beauty subscription for the holidays, Allison from Never Say Die Beauty does a head to head comparison of three well-known monthly beauty bags and boxes: Birchbox, Ipsy and Sephora Play.

Amber from daydreaming beauty has fallen in love with I Heart Juicy Couture Perfume this Fall. If you love a good sultry floriental, you’ll want to check this fragrance out.

The ColourPop Holiday Liquid Lipsticks are what Shipra of Taneja's Bride is crushing on!!

15 Minute Beauty shares her step by step CoverGirl tutorial to get you holiday ready.

Looking for a great winter eye balm? Justina's Gems has discovered One Love Organics Vitamin E Eye Balm that amps up the moisture. See for yourself.

Looking for radiance this holiday season? Perilously Pale shares her idea of perfect radiance with Burberry Beauty Festive 2016 Collection and you'll want them once you see these.



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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide 2016: Josie Maran Holiday Gift Sets!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016:
The Holiday Season is almost upon us! So, it is time for me to launch my Holiday Beauty Gift Guide 2016! My Holiday Beauty Gift Guide is a series of posts highlighting some of the best holiday sets, assortments, and offerings in the beauty world for this year. I am excited to give ya'll the scoop on some awesome products and deals!


Josie Maran Cosmetics has a fantastic lineup of Holiday Sets this year. It can be tricky buying skincare for other people. However, I think that any of these sets from Josie Maran would work for just about anyone on your list. Sure, skincare is tricky...but, Argan oil is so universal. It works for just about every skin type. Plus, you can never go wrong with items like body butters and body scrubs. So, lets dive in! I am going to give the the lowdown on each set. 

To find out more about each of these awesome Holiday Sets from Josie Maran, please click "read more" below! :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

DURA CHI Handshot Hair Dryer: A Totally Different Dryer!

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DURA CHI Handshot Hair Dryer: A Totally Different Dryer:
I will admit, I was a bit perplexed when I first heard about this dryer...I mean, a dryer with no handle? So different! However, as I started to think about it, I have had many salon experiences where my various hairdressers have held the dryer by the barrel when trying to get my hair dried super quick. You just get so much more control over the dryer and the air flow when you hold the barrel. So, now it makes sense! Why have a handle! Sure, there is a learning curve with this dryer while you get used to holding it a different way. However, once I got the hang of it, I really appreciate drying my hair with this new method. This dryer is so quick and easy to use. You get more control. Plus, having no handle decreases the weight. So, it is lighter on your arms and less tiring to dry your hair. CHI also promotes that this dryer is "hands free". I think the idea here is that with the different shape, you can set the dyer on a flat surface to dry your hair. Thus, using no hands. 


Here is so more information about the NEW DURA CHI Dryer from CHI:

The Dura CHI Hand Shot Hair Dryer surmounts the time constraints of hairstyling providing efficiency and comfort through its cutting-edge design, even allowing for hand-free use. With the absence of the conventional dryer handle, the hand shot dryer allows for consistent control over the dryer to produce a multitude of styling techniques. Catering to all hair types, the dryer features a state of the art, touch sensitive control screen that offers numerous heat and speed setting combinations to deliver optimal results.

Key Features:
  • Hands-free drying stand enables the dryer to stand alone on a flat surface.
  • Handle free design for a more balanced and efficient drying angle that allows for the wrist to sit in a more comfortable place.
  • Touch-Sensitive Screen that regulates temperature and speed levels.
  • 1875 Watts of power that allows for consistent heat from ceramic heat technology.
  • Non-slip, soft touch grip that provides optimal control and molded finger groves for added comfort and support.Special Features and Controls:

Special Features and Controls"
Screen Design:
  • Touch sensitive control dial with LED lights display, provides easily adjustable temperature and speed levels with a single touch.
  • Adjusting Speed Settings: Using the left control panel changes the speed of air flow from Low to High.
  • Adjusting Temperature Settings: Using the right control panel changes the temperature range from Cool to Hot.
  • Screen Locking Feature: Lock the screen during use to prevent accidental temperature or speed changes by pressing the Lock button. 



You can find the DURA CHI Handshot dryer at Loxa Beauty. It retails for $144.99. If you are looking for an innovative new way to dry your hair, be sure to check out this dryer! I am loving it!!!



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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Jet Set by ColorProof: Traveling with these Cute TSA Approved Minis!

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Is anyone else traveling for Thanksgiving this year? We are taking a big trip this year! It is my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary and the whole family is going on a Disney cruise to celebrate. So, I will be packing soon. So exciting!!! 

I am the world's worst packer (hanging head in mock shame). I tend to pack too much and then never use everything. I am determined to break my bad packing cycle with this trip. I am traveling with two preschoolers. So, I honestly can't be bothered with too much excess "stuff". I want to try to realistically pack for a 5 day trip. 

One area where I can really trim down the excess is with my toilitries. Yes, I am a beauty blogger. So, I do have a lot of enthusiasm for products and a lot of items at my fingertips. However, I am going to really try to only bring what I need: a small bag of neutral makeup with only 1 item in each category (i.e., one blush, one neutral palette, one eyeliner, etc), basic toilitries (shave gel, deoderant, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc), and minimal hair products (in small containers or travel-sized minis). 

Hair Products:
My hair products and tools are my biggest items that would take up the bulk of my packing: hair dryer, huge bottles of shampoo and conditioner, big cans of hairspray, etc...So, the best way to trim this down is to either use travel minis or decant big bottles into travel containers. I am going to pack using a combination of both. 

It is time to dig into my travel sized items and deluxe samples to see what I am going to pack for the trip! Lets start with hair-care because I am dying to tell you abour these cute Jet Set travel sets from ColorProof which were the inspiration for this post. 

One of my favorite salon hair care lines, ColorProof, has a really cute assortment of travel-sized minis. The Jet Set TSA Approved Travel Size minis are just perfect for trips! There are 4 sets available and I tried out the 3 sets that work the best with my hair type. 

What I tried: Jet Set TSA-Adored Mini Miracles: FOR DAMAGE CONTROL: Baobab Heal & Repair, FOR THIRSTY HAIR: with SuperRich and DeepQuench and TAME YOUR FLY-AWAYS: with CrazySmooth Anti-Frizz andPlushLocks.

To find out more details about each of the ColorProof Jet Set sets that I tried out, please click "read more" below!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

NEW from LATHER: Lavender Retreat Body Scrub & Creme Duo

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Have you ever tried LATHER products? If not, this is a brand that you should certainly explore! LATHER is a wholistic natural skincare company. I just love their philosophy of living a healthier and more radiant life. They utlilize effective and naturally sourced ingredients in their skincare and draw from the benefits of aromatherapy. From their facial skincare to their body products, I have really loved everything that I have tried from LATHER! So, you know that I am super excited about their new release: the Lavender Retreat Foaming Body Scrub & Whipped Body Creme Duo

This beautifully packaged set contains 2 jars inside: the Lavender & Olive Foaming Body Scrub and the Sofian Lavender Whipped Body Creme. The packaging and presentation is so pretty that this set would make a fantastic gift! This set retails for $36.00.

Lavender & Olive Foaming Body Scrub:
This is an aromatic, dual-purpose foaming body scrub and cleanser. The scrube is super concentrated. It both cleanses and exfoliates the skin. Key exfoliating ingredients include: Olive seed powder, jojoba beads, walnut shell powder, bamboo powder. When you mix the scrub with water, it produces a sulfate-free lather which helps to cleanse skin of dirt and impurities. Moisturizing ingredients include: Coconut oil and aloe vera. The mixture also contains fig, olive, and grape seed extracts which protect the skin and provide antioxidant protection. In addition, lavender essential oil is added for aromatherapy as it provides calming and relaxing benefits. Great exfoliation is key for preparing skin for better absorbtion of moisturizing products. This Lavender & Olive Foaming Body Scrub is a fantastic exfoliator and a perfect first step in your body skincare! Retails for $21.00. 

Sofian Lavender Whipped Body Creme:
I just love the light and airy texture of this whipped body creme! It is so moisturizing and is absolutely a decadent treat to use. Key moisturizing ingredients include shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil. The creme is infused with the delicate scent of Bulgarian lavender essential oil. This creme just melts right into your skin and leaves you feeling so soft and smoothed...instantly! Retails for $22.00. 

I love using this Lavender Retreat Duo for showers and baths in the evenings as lavender is so calming before bed. When I use these products, I really feel like I can get a spa-like experience right in my own bathroom! 

If you are looking for a gorgeously scented luxury bath treat for yourself or for a gift, be sure to check out LATHER's Lavender Retreat Body Srub & Creme Duo



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Monday, November 21, 2016

DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub and the Sparoom Aromafier from Vitamin Shoppe

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I have offically jumped on the Essential Oils bandwagon! I have been seriously exploring the world of Essential Oils over the past few weeks and I am totally hooked. From diffusing oils in my home, to applying topically, to making fun DIYs...there are so many ways to encorporate Essential Oils into your life! Not only do you get the amazing benefits of aromatherapy, but I really do believe there is a medicinal quality to Essential Oils. 





Lemon Sugar Scrub:
Lemon (and other citrus) essential oil is fabulous for improving your mood, purification, immune support, and cleaning. The scent is very invigorating and uplifting! I recently made this super easy Lemon Essential Oil sugar scrub with The Vitamin Shoppe's Lemon Essential Oil. It is super easy and fun to make. I like using this homemade scrub in the shower in the mornings for an invorgorating start to my day. Note: with any citrus Essential Oil, be sure to apply a SPF as citrus oils can increase sun sensitivity.

I am really impressed with both the quality and the scent of The Vitamin Shoppe's Essential Oils. For the quality and price point, you really can't beat it! My Lemon Essential oil from The Vitamin Shoppe is a huge 30 ml/1 fl oz bottle of 100% pure Essential Oil and it retails for $7.99.

Ingredients:


Directions: Use sugar as the base then add in oils. Mix ingredients together and apply.


Lemon Essential Oil Counter Cleaner:
I have been using vinegar and water to clean my counters for years. Now that I am into essential oils, I can amp up my usual vinegar and water mixtures with naturally antibacterial essential oils like lemon essential oil.

Here is my Lemon Essential Oil Counter Cleaner recipe:
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup vinegar
8 drops lemon essential oil

Add ingredients to a glass spray jar and shake up. 

More Ideas for Beauty DIY's:
DIY Recipes:
• dry scalp? apply a few drops of avocado oil to help restore moisture
• chapped lips? add a few drops of argan oil to brown sugar for an exfoliating lip scrub
• split ends? try a few drops of macadamia or argan oil in your hair
• dry skin? add 1 tbsp of coconut oil to your bath water, soak and enjoy!
• dry cuticles? rub a few drops of argan oil on your nail beds for a moisturizing treat

Sparoom Aromafier Fragrant Aromatherapy On-The-Go:
No essential oil experience is complete without a diffuser! Now, I do love using my plug in ultrasonic diffuser. However, a portable battery operated diffuser like the Sparoom is a total essential! I love that you can move it from room-to-room depending on where you are in your house. Plus, it is travel friendly! It is a compact little unit that really pumps out some great diffused aromatherapy! It has a pretty powerful battery operated fan (note: it also has a USB plug so you can run it from your computer, too).

The Sparoom Aromafier is my go-to diffuser for my kids' rooms and the play room. I like that I can set it out of reach (and not have to worry about plugging it into an outlet). I really enjoy diffusing uplifiting blends in this for my kids playtimes. Plus, when my kids are under the weather, I can put this in their rooms to diffuse healing aromatherapy overnight. I am thrilled with it! It is super easy to use. You literally just add a few drops to the removable pad and then turn the device on with a button. It is that easy! I highly recommend this portable diffuser. Plus, what a great deal! This mini diffuser retails for $10.49 at the Vitamin Shoppe.

I am constantly searching Pinterest for Essential Oil information and fun ideas for blends and diffusing as well as DIY Essential Oil projects. If you are not already following, please check out my Essential Oils Pinterest board. I add new pins to this category almost daily! ;) Also, be sure to comment below if you have a favorite Essential Oil DIY that you would love to share or a link to your blog with DIY recipes and Essential Oil ideas! :) 



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