Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Free Beauty Events launches a NEW Monthly Beauty Contest!

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Starting this month, Free Beauty Events is launching a NEW monthly contest that might be their biggest ever! To find out more details about this contest for a Beauty Basket filled with goodies (and a value of over $150), please click here!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My Skin Loves: AHAVA Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate

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My Skin Loves:
It is time for a "My Skin Loves" series update! This time I am sharing a "First Impressions" review of AHAVA's Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate. 

AHAVA's Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate is a skin-optimizing serum that recharges, rehydrates and illuminates skin for a more youthful complexion. It’s also powered by a triple concentration of AHAVA's proprietary Osmoter blend of natural Dead Sea Minerals found in all of its products.

AHAVA is a brand that I have previously tried, and loved, for body products. So, when I had the opportunity to try out this face serum from the brand, I jumped at the chance! 

My Skin:
Before jumping into my review, let me tell you a little bit more about my skin type. I have Combo Skin: Normal-Dry in the colder months and Normal-Oily in the warm months. I get everything from dry patches to oil slicks and everything in between. Currently, my skin is hovering in the Normal-Oily range. I just turned 40 and have very fine lines around my eyes. These are more apparent when my skin is dehydrated. So far, no major lines or wrinkles (whew!). I credit good skincare!!! :) I do not break out often. However, I do still occasionally battle blemishes on my chin.  

I love the feel of this product on my skin! It is a medium weight silicone-based primer. When you apply, it sinks beautifully into your skin and instantly hydrates and soothes. Actually, I found that I can even skip a moisturizer when I use this lovely serum. It gives me all of the moisture that my combo (currently normal-oily) skin needs. It preps my skin beautifully for makeup as well. My fine lines look plumped, smoothed, and less apparent after using this. I love that this product comes in a pump! Plus, I love the scent. It is hard to describe. However, if you have ever tried StriVectin, it reminds me a lot of the scent of their products. I have only tried this product out for a few weeks. So, this is a "first impressions" review. I am looking forward to discovering results as I use it longer-term. I am literally always looking for a good serum: one that packs anti-aging benefits, hydrates skin, and preps skin well for makeup (doubles as a primer). This amazing serum from AHAVA accomplishes all of that! So, it is a winner for me. :)

To Use: I apply 1 pump of this product to my entire face after cleansing in the morning and evening. In the mornings I follow up with my daily SPF and in the evenings I apply it and then skip my nighttime moisturizer.  If your skin is dry, you are going to need an additional moisturizer.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Makeup Wars: Must-Have Masks!

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It is time for another Makeup War! This time the Makeup Wars bloggers are sharing their favorite masks!

Doing a weekly facial mask is one of my favorite aspects of my beauty routine. Masks are a great way to give your skin a skincare "boost" of whatever it needs: clarification, moisture, anti-aging treatments, etc. Plus, the process is so relaxing! The busy pace of life as a stay-at-home Mom leaves me feeling like a haggard Mommy sometimes. I need to give time to rejuvenate. A facial mask/beauty treatment is a great way to do this with a short amount of time! When I have more time to relax (or when I am not too tired), I like to combine my masks with a nice soak in the tub or a mani/pedi. If I am feeling short on time, I just apply my mask and leave it on while I do my usual bedtime routine. 

My Skin:
I am always looking for a good mask! My skin needs fluctuate wildly. I have classic combo skin: From dry patches in the Winter to oil slicks in the Summers. My skin's needs are all over the map. So, I tend to choose my mask depending on what my skin "needs" on that particular day. Or I will use a mask to spot treat (e.g., breakout on my chin? Then I apply a clarifying mask to my chin only).

Facial masks have been part of my skincare routine for as long as I can remember. They have always been a skincare treat that I totally enjoy! I am always excited to try out a new mask. What can I say? As a beauty-blogging skincare junkie, facial masks really do thrill me, lol! When I am checking out a new skincare brand, or a brand that I am already a fan of, I *always* want to try their masks! 
Must Have Masks! 
So, lets get to my Must Have Masks list! There are *so many* masks that I love. This list is going to focus on the masks that are in my current rotations. These are the masks I love in my current arsenal of products and/or they are newly released masks that you must try! So, when I find myself with some extra "me time", I will reach for one of these masks! My loyal readers know that this blog has a skincare focus. So, you can imagine how many masks that I try. These that I am sharing with you are the ones that I have really enjoyed using for the past 6-8 months or they are masks that have very recently come to me for testing. Either way, I only included my very favorites in this list!

This is a *massive post* my dear readers! Actually, this is going to be a post in 2-parts since I have more masks that are in line to be tested that did not make it into this publishing date (the publishing date got changed before I could test all my masks! Ooops!). So, stay tuned for another masks post in a few weeks with more masks.

I have been working on this post for weeks already in draft form...writing about each mask as I use it. It has been fun! I mean, I always love to mask...but, it is fun having a mask-testing focus to motivate me to mask more frequently and to branch out to try some new masks. So, there are a lot of masks included and a lot of detail.

So, grab a glass of your favorite beverage (wine for me ya'll!), and lets settle in for a nice lengthy mask discussion! Shoot, you will even have time to apply your favorite mask and let it do its magic while you read this post. :) Ya'll know that I tend to be verbose sometimes. Well, masks are apparently one of my favorite things to blog/talk about!

To find out more details about each of these masks, please click "read more" below!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Links!

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Phyrra shares Great Makeup Tips for Hooded Eyes!

Helen from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog learned the secrets of Tom Ford Beauty when she attended a Master Class with Todd Davidson at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills, and it was a true game changer! Now you can learn Tom Ford's secrets too!

You gotta love a gloriously rich reddened berry lipstick and a metallic nail polish for autumn! Sunny from Mostly Sunny found her favorite lipstick and nail polish of the season with Givenchy Poupre Inouï Le Rouge and Bronze Insensé Le Vernis. Maybe they'll steal your heart, too!  

15 Minute Beauty shares some of her favorite Merlot Nail Polishes for Fall. What color are you wearing obsessively on your tips this fall?

Stop being so sensitive and check out the Crest giveaway at Beauty Info Zone. Enter to win an awesome gift pack plus a $75 Walgreens Gift Card!

Does your daily skin care regimen need a quick fix? Carrie from eyeliner on a cat wants to help! Check out her list of 6 products which are Most Likely To Succeed.

Who doesn't love a palette that offers not only multiple eye looks but also blush, bronzer and highlighter? Christa from Perilously Pale reviews the amazing Tarte Rainforest After Dark Cheek and Eye Palette.

What are your Top 5 Handbag Essentials for Fall? Pammy Blogs Beauty shares hers as well a Freebie/coupon link for U by Kotex!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

GLOSSYBOX Box Opening: Harper's BAZAAR Collaboration box!

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GLOSSYBOX teams up with Harper's BAZAAR for a September Collaboration Box! We all know that the September fashion mag issues are the best. Well, Harper's BAZAAR coordinated the release of this special edition GLOSSYBOX to coincide with the release of their Sept issue. This amazing beauty sample box was co-curated by the editors of Harper's BAZAAR and the folks at GLOSSYBOX. I honestly can't wait to dig inside this box!!!

The Skinny:
  • The Harper's BAZAAR for GLOSSYBOX box is available at Harper's BAZAAR (and ships from GLOSSYBOX) for $21.00. The box is also available at GLOSSYBOX until the last day of Sept.
To find out what is inside this amazing box, please click "read more" below for "Box Opening" details!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Beauty Box Five: Sept 2014 Box Opening!

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Beauty Box Five: August Box Opening!
Hi Lovelies! It is time for another Beauty Box Five box opening post! :) As a huge fan of beauty sample boxes, I always eagerly await their arrival. It is always interesting to see who has the "best box" each month. Not to mention, I love discovering the beauty gems inside. 

What is Beauty Box 5?
Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription service that delivers 5 cosmetic samples to your door for $12 a month. The samples are all deluxe and sometimes the boxes include full-sized products, too! Shipping is free on every box. :) When you subscribe to Beauty Box 5, each month you get a beauty box delivered right to your door! The boxes contain a mix of makeup, beauty accessories, skincare, fragrance, bath& body items, and nail products (Not all of these this month, but something from those categories). Beauty Box 5 is a great way to discover new products or get yourself out of a cosmetics rut!

To find out what is inside this month's Beauty Box Five box, please click "read more" below! :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My Lastest Favorite Powder Foundation and Primer Combo: tarte and Pür Minerals

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Don't you love stumbling upon an amazing makeup combination that!?! I sure do! That is how I feel about my latest powder foundation and primer combo: tarte's Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation applied with their amazing Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush and Pür Minerals’ Color Correcting Primer. This combo is so quick and easy! Plus, it gives great coverage and makes my skin look effortlessly flawless. This is my first time trying both foundations from tarte (love) and primer from Pür Minerals. I am so impressed!
Pür Minerals Color Correcting Primer in Dark Spot Corrector: First of all, I must mention that my dark spots are very faint. However, they are bothersome to me. My skincare is slowly fading them. However, I do like them to be covered up. This primer blurs them out while creating a gorgeous base for my powder foundation (or liquid, if I choose to wear liquid).

From Pür Minerals: Containing clinically proven skin-perfecting ingredients, these lightweight primers also brighten and firm the skin’s appearance while leaving a silky smooth finish. Available in five problem-solving shades, including the newest limited-edition Illuminate and Glow.

To use, I just apply a pea sized amount of this primer to my whole face (after moisturizing and applying sunscreen).
Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation:  
I love powder foundation. However, I rarely stray from my HG MAC Studio Fix. Well, step aside MAC, there is a new powder foundation in my life:  Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation! 

I love the packaging of this foundation! It is a loose foundation packaged in a sifter jar. This does not sound new and different, right? Well, the difference is in the "type" of sifter. It is like a mesh stretchy fabric. You just touch your brush to it and it releases powder onto your brush. It is almost "magical", lol...I am a sucker for unique twists like this. It just makes the product extra special. ;) The cap has an inner circle that pokes down further than the lid. So, when you screw the jar shut, this little inner part seals off the loose powder mesh sifter so that powder does not shake around when the lid is closed. Genius! Pure genius!

Packaging aside, the powder itself is phenomenal. It gives natural-looking full coverage and long wear. I have been wearing the shade fair-light neutral (fair to light skin with yellow and pink undertones). This shade works so well for me. I really am a true "neutral" and appreciate a powder formulated for my skins tones.

Tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush:
This amazing brush and the Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation go together like peanut butter and jelly. It is just the perfect density and softness to apply and distribute the powder foundation beautifully and flawlessly! The combination of the powder and the brush really do give you an airbrush finish! Plus, this brush is beautiful! I love the wooden handle and the glam gold detailing. Gorgeous, soft, and works amazing! What more could you want from a brush? Love!!!

What is your favorite primer, brush, and foundation combo lately? I love hearing about products that work well together! :) 

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