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Lipstick Queen

Born to Be Queen

Why be a princess when you can be a Lipstick Queen! I was introduced to Lipstick Queen at my local Ulta store and was beyond excited to test out of a few of their new Cupid’s Bow collection ($22 each).

Lipstick Queen

Why be a princess when you can be a Lipstick Queen! I was introduced to Lipstick Queen at my local Ulta store and was beyond excited to test out of a few of their new Cupid’s Bow collection ($22 each).  <Insert pics of products here> Fun fact! Clara Bow was America’s original “It Girl”, who inspired perfectly outlined, seductive lips. To this day, creating heart shaped, cupid’s bow lips is called “putting on a Clara Bow”. Yes, this will be on the test! <Insert pic of Clara Bow with caption: Clara pining for her Prince> Cupid’s Bow is a collection of 8 Jumbo Pencils that double up as both liner and lipstick. I am certainly more of a gloss girl myself, but I gave them a whirl. Both colors were super pigmented and glided on with no hassle. They also had staying power, but I would recommend wearing a gloss over them, as they felt a little dry on my lips. <Insert lip pics here with caption of color names under each: Ovid and Golden Arrow> Cupid’s Bow Ovid complements my tan skin for the summer months, but will also be a nice raspberry color for fall. Golden Arrow had a pinkish tint to it, while giving off the nude lip vibe. Definitely one I would wear on a regular basis and the safer of the two colors. I really want to get my hands on Lipstick Queen’s Frog Prince next. It is an emerald green lipstick that adjusts to your skin’s natural coloring and pH levels, transforming into a rosebud shade. Sounds magical!  Now go out there and rule the world, Lipstick Queens!

Fun fact! Clara Bow was America’s original “It Girl”, who inspired perfectly outlined, seductive lips. To this day, creating heart shaped, cupid’s bow lips is called “putting on a Clara Bow”. Yes, this will be on the test!

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Cupid’s Bow is a collection of 8 Jumbo Pencils that double up as both liner and lipstick. I am certainly more of a gloss girl myself, but I gave them a whirl. Both colors were super pigmented and glided on with no hassle. They also had staying power, but I would recommend wearing a gloss over them, as they felt a little dry on my lips.

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Golden Arrow
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Ovid

Cupid’s Bow Ovid complements my tan skin for the summer months, but will also be a nice raspberry color for fall. Golden Arrow had a pinkish tint to it, while giving off the nude lip vibe. Definitely one I would wear on a regular basis and the safer of the two colors.

I really want to get my hands on Lipstick Queen’s Frog Prince next. It is an emerald green lipstick that adjusts to your skin’s natural coloring and pH levels, transforming into a rosebud shade. Sounds magical!

Now go out there and rule the world, Lipstick Queens!

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“Higher” Skincare with Hemp

Hemp kind of has a bad rap (unless you hail from Colorado, wink wink). Although hemp seeds come from Cannabis Sativa, the oil actually is rich in essential 3-6-9 fatty acids as well as antioxidants. It has properties that help replenish the skin, prevent premature aging, and maintain moisture balance.

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So why not channel your inner free spirit with Mad Hippie’s Antioxidant Facial Oil ($24.99/select Whole Foods Markets)? This hydrating oil has been formulated with hemp seed oil, argan oil, goji, and camu camu without the harmful chemicals, parabens, or synthetic oils and fragrances. Made in the USA, it is also vegan with no animal testing!

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Mad Hippie Facial Oil comes in a cute little medicine bottle complete with dropper. I chose to use it at night so my clean face could soak in all the goodness and chill vibes, man. Seriously though, the list of oils and extracts in the ingredients are impressive: Sunflower, pomegranate, cranberry, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, and kiwi to name a few.

Upon using it for a few weeks, I will say I think my skin would benefit from this more in the winter time, as it is an oil, and oils are…well…oily! However, it was super hydrating, and I am sure after getting “baked” in the sun, Mad Hippie Oil is the product I will turn to. To find out more, go to www.madhippie.com.

Peace, love, and hydration!

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Latest and Greatest from Burt’s Bees

Oh happy day! Burt’s Bees has introduced new collections that will have you buzzing.

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You know that old standby Burt’s Bees Beeswax chapstick you have tucked away in your purse? Burt’s Bees Squeezable Beeswax Lip Balm, ($3.99) is exactly like the original- only softer, smoother, and squeezable! I love how it gives just a little shine that the chapstick doesn’t provide, and the peppermint flavor leaves that signature tingle behind.

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Burt’s has also come out with a collection of Sheer Body Lotions ($10). They are formulated with Safflower Oil Oleosomes, which have been clinically shown to moisturize skin instantly and leave it feeling soft and smooth. For those of you who have read my previous posts, I am a sucker for anything in a spray bottle! I had lots of fun spraying this lotion on my arms and legs…it’s the little things in life, I suppose.

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Next, I’m dying to try Burt’s Bees Renewal Collection. This face care line helps reduce the look of lines and wrinkles while firming skin to appear smoother and more hydrated. And with white hibiscus and apple rejuvenating complex, I am sure it smells divine.

Find Burt’s Bees newest collections and www.burtsbees.com, and let us know what you think of them in the comments below!

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Mastey- Say Yes to Eco-Friendly Hair Care

As a beauty blogger, I have been dying to try using more eco-friendly products on my face, skin, and hair. Let’s be honest- I am not getting any younger, and I will try anything that doesn’t have harsh chemicals or additives that will aid in the aging process! Mastey has a whole line of eco-friendly hair care products, and I had the chance to try out their Color Protecting Shampoo and Conditioner.

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I have fast growing hair, and before I know it, it reaches halfway down my back. Having a good shampoo and conditioner is very important to me. Mastey’s hair products are 100% vegan, rich in antioxidants, and are formulated with argan oil and olive oil. Best of all, they contain no ammonia, sodium chloride, parabens, synthetic dyes, and no PPD (more information on the negative effects of PPD is here).

I LOVED the pearlescent shine the shampoo had when I squeezed it into my hand.

Behold the shimmery beauty:

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Although the shampoo was nice, I really fell in love with the conditioner. You know when you go to the salon, and they use shampoos and conditioners that smell way better than anything you can ever buy in the store, and you’re like “what is this heavenly scent and why can’t I find it anywhere?” That is Mastey’s Color Protecting Conditioner. True story.

Interested in giving your over treated locks a break? Head over to www.mastey.com, and check out their whole line of haircare products. I will definitely be passing this on to my health conscious vegan friends!

Have you tried Mastey shampoo and conditioner before?

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Time to Become a Sun Bum

Warm weather has arrived, and if you’re anything like me, sun, sand, and beaches are in your future! Sun Bum has a whole beauty line geared toward the dog days of summer, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them.

First up- Sun Bum Beach Formula Sea Spray ($14.99 at Ulta)

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What’s not to love about sea spray in a squirt bottle? While protecting hair from the elements, it gives hair extra body, waves, and texture for that “I just spent the day at the beach” look. When it comes to my hair, I am not always fond of a matte-finish, because it can tend to look a bit “witchy” due to the length. This Beach Formula Sea Spray definitely has a matte-finish hold, but I liked how it brought out my highlights and didn’t make my hair look too scraggly.

I sprayed it on towel-dried hair and gave it a good scrunch or two before letting it air dry. The spray itself was lightweight and created the strand separation and definition it claimed it would. I absolutely loved how purposely messy my beach waves looked, and I think they looked even better after sleeping on them.Sun Bum Sun Bum

In addition to the Sea Spray, I scored a few of Sun Bum’s Sunscreen Lip Balms ($3.99) in Mango, Coconut, and my personal fave Key Lime. Not only are they SPF 30, but they also contain aloe and vitamin E- a perfect combination to keep lips protected during sunny days. I have one stashed in each purse!

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Check out more Sun Bum products at trustthebum.com or head to Ulta.com to experience them for yourself!

Have you tried out Sun Bum products before?

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Spring Beauty Must-Have: Priyana MD DNA Repair

Spring is well underway, and what better time than now to prepare your skin for the upcoming warm weather? Priyana MD has recently launched a new product called Damage Control C + DNA Repair, and I was more than excited to give it a go.

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Damage Control C + DNA Repair is a daily moisturizer that helps improve aging, sun-damaged skin by offering hydration and skin lightening benefits. This sounded perfect for me, as I have begun to notice lots of freckles (aka sun spots- gasp!) during the summer months. I’m also not crazy about the fine lines and wrinkles that appear around my eyes when I smile.

For the past month, I’ve paired the moisturizer with Priyana MD’s HylaSilk HA + NIA + Peptides Hydrating Serum and their VersaLift Eye Restore + Lifting Cream applying in the mornings and evenings. Although I’m not sure I’ve noticed a decrease in my sun spots, I have absolutely seen a difference in how hydrated my skin looks. The skin around my eyes feels firmer, and as they claim, lifted. And I didn’t realize how much my dark circles improved until I took a few shots of my eyes. Check out my makeup free face below.

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I love the glow these products give my skin. The pictures above show what my skin looks like after applying all three following my shower. I am not usually a #makeupfree selfie kind of girl, but I was excited to share these with you to show how radiant my skin has become.

Although Priyana MD’s Damage Control C + DNA moisturizer may not be budget friendly for all (at $75), I have barely put a dent in it…and it works! I’d rather spend a little more on something that is long lasting and effective, to be honest. You can bet that this has become my new spring routine, and will continue to be essential through the summer months. What a great way to start the new season!

What is your Spring beauty must-have?

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My Spring Skin Care Regimen: Introducing Karelèn Products

I like to think of myself as a bit of a lotion connoisseur, so when I heard about the new brand, Karelèn, and their line of body butters, hand and body lotions, and dry oils, it was like I’d died and gone to heaven. Actually, my first thought was, “What is a dry oil and why haven’t I tried one yet?!”

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Receiving my goodies in the mail was much like opening my presents on Christmas morning. There was a lot of oohing and aahing. The body butters, lotions, and dry oils come in 13 fragrances, each with their own unique healing nutrients such as Vitamin E to neutralize free radicals, avocado rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and olive oil to promote cell growth.

I am a sucker for good packaging, and I loved the little pump on my Vivacious Vitamin E Hand & Body Crème. Not only did it make my skin feel silky smooth, it had a light and fresh fragrance that is perfect on these warmer sunny days.

…And can we talk about the dry oils? I love the idea of oils, but usually they are pretty messy and can leave stains on sheets and clothing. The two oils I’ve been using (Luscious Coconut and Olive All Over) go on like an oil, but rub in matte. They also smell divine- I have a small obsession with anything coconut! I was a little skeptical when the bottle said it was fast-drying, easily absorbed, and non-greasy, but the description was spot on. My only wish for these bottles is that they had spray nozzles to create a mist, rather than droplets of oil. Kind of like the old Australian Gold tanning oil sprays I used to use when I was a clueless sun worshipping high schooler.

Below you can see how matte the oil is after I rubbed it into my hand. No sun glare here!

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Karelèn also has a whole line of hair products called Curly Twirls. Although the weather has not become quite humid enough yet for me to wear my hair wavy, I have sprayed their Frizz Blitz Spritz with Argan Oil on my frizzies to smooth them down. I can’t wait to use the Curly Twirls Custard when it gets a little warmer. Both of these smell fantastic! On the left my frizzies are out in full force, and on the right they have been tamed by the Frizz Blitz Spritz. Nice and smooth and definitely not greasy looking!

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The amazing thing about Karelèn products are that they are made in the U.S.A and are crafted with the earth’s finest essential oils. They contain no glycols, parabens, mineral oils, or petrolatum, and best of all are cruelty free. And for $8 each, they are a steal. If you want to check out their whole line, head over to their website at http://karelen.com.

Have you tried Dry Oils yet? Tell us in the comments below!

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Schwarzkopf’s New Dry Shampoo Leaves Hair Voluminous and Clean

Hey beauties! I’m pretty sure I am one of the last girls on the planet to jump on the dry shampoo bandwagon. I know our very own Kristin Bassett has her go-to product, and many of my friends swear by it. So when I had the opportunity to test out Schwarzkopf Styliste Ultime Biotin+ Volume & Texture Luxe Fresh Dry Shampoo, I was thrilled!

Schwarzkopf Dry Shampoo

I have to admit, it is a rare day that I don’t shampoo my hair. Sometimes I’ll get into weekend mode and go a little longer without my shower, but I cannot stand the feel of unwashed hair. Maybe because I have A LOT of it. It took everything in my power to leave my hair dirty for this experiment.

The Schwarzkopf products are specifically designed to leave your hair feeling weightless while adding volume and giving roots a boost. The great thing about the dry shampoo is it can be used on clean hair to add a little texture and volume. Score!

A few things I noticed after spraying my roots from about 8 inches away:

  • The air felt cold and refreshing
  • It had a whitish color (like powder) that needed to be rubbed in
  • The scent was fantastic!

My only suggestion while using this dry shampoo would be not to spray it directly on your part, as it does tend to begin as a powdery tint. Also, it does need to be worked in pretty well to assure it has even coverage. Although it left my hair looking more matte than shiny, it did give it volume and felt MUCH cleaner. See for yourself:

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Schwarkopf has a whole styliste ULTÎME Biotin+ Volume & Texture Collection, and for the price ($6.97 each), you can’t go wrong.

Are you ready to jump on the dry shampoo bandwagon?!

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Darphin Hydraskin collection

Darphin Hydraskin Collection: Hydrate Your Winter Skin

Is it Spring yet? I think everyone will agree these past winter months have been brutal on the skin. I have been applying moisturizer like crazy, only to have my hands and lips crack anyway.

I was more than excited to put Darphin’s Hydraskin Intensive Skin-Hydrating Serum to the test. Darphin’s Hydraskin collection is designed specifically to help hydrate skin- hence the name.  It is ideal for all skin types and is formulated to quench dry, tight skin. It sounded like the perfect pick-me-up for my parched winter skin.

The serum comes in a small, blue frosted glass bottle. Usually I don’t get excited about the appearance of my beauty products, but it was too pretty to throw in a drawer. It is currently displayed on my glass vanity.

Exhibit A:

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I have to admit, I was expecting the serum to be thick and oily. It actually feels a bit more like the consistency of water, but it only takes a tiny amount to cover the whole face. It also has a very light and fresh fragrance- all bonus points in my book.

After applying the Hydraskin Serum in the morning for a little over a month, my skin feels properly hydrated and quenched- no dry skin here! To be honest, I don’t know that I would put this into my permanent beauty product rotation year round, as it is a bit out of my price range (at $76). But it is definitely the perfect serum for winter months, and with the small amount needed, I could see it lasting several months before running out.

I was not disappointed with how Darphin’s Hydraskin Intensive Skin-Hydrating Serum left my skin feeling, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for to rejuvenate their dry winter skin. Happy hydrating!

What is your favorite hydrating serum?

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 About the Author – Amy Genduso

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Amy spends every waking moment around children, and she stands by the fact that a classic, polished look can still be achieved! Don’t let that fool you, she’s anything but basic. Ulta is her own slice of heaven, and she has a small hoarding problem with OPI and Lorac products.

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A Love Affair with Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

You guys, I’m in LOVE! …with mascara, but still. A few months ago my friend, Ashley, began raving about a line of makeup she was selling called Younique. She was obsessed with their Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes mascara, and all I could think was, I own more mascaras than I’ll use in the next ten years. Eventually I caved and let her put it on me and Oh. My. God. Love at first sight!

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Above is an unplanned early morning shot the first time I tried the mascara. On the left eye I have on my beloved $30 Lorac mascara. On the right is Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes. What a difference!

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes is made with 100% natural fibers taken from green tea. For all of you eco-friendly gals out there, it is a naturally based, vegan product that is not tested on animals. And, for what it’s worth…it’s gluten free? Not sure how lashes can be gluten intolerant, but if yours are, they’ve got you covered!

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The larger tube is a Transplanting Gel that has the same look and feel of regular mascara and is applied first. The second, smaller tube of Natural Fibers reminded me of a wand of black cotton candy. After applying the fibers, a second coat of the Transplanting Gel locks it all in. It was definitely as quick and easy to apply as regular mascara. I can also vouch for the fact that these lashes are water resistant, yet wash off easily with a facial cleanser.

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After trying 3D Fiber Lashes, Ashley came over and we tried out Younique’s other products. My favorites were the Moodstruck Precision Pencil Eyeliner in Perfect and the Moodstruck Glorious Face and Eye Primer- both felt like satin and went on super smooth. Next on my wish list: Uplift Eye Serum. There are some amazing before and after photos floating around the web- check them out!

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For $29, it is not inexpensive, but it is the exact same price I was spending on my original mascara. Want to experience the magic for yourself? It’s easy-for the next 10 days, you can order Younique products by clicking here. Now go fall in love!

Want to hear more about Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes? Check out Kristin’s review here.

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About the author – Amy Genduso

Amy Genduso

Amy spends every waking moment around children, and she stands by the fact that a classic, polished look can still be achieved! Don’t let that fool you, she’s anything but basic. Ulta is her own slice of heaven, and she has a small hoarding problem with OPI and Lorac products.

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