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Red Lips for Day

How to Rock Red Lips for Day

Red lips are a classic look often associated with a glamorous night look. But it doesn’t have to be that way. I was inspired by one of Essie Button’s video to adopt a red lip for day. The thought scared me a bit, but then I realized I rock bright pink and dark purple lips all the time during daylight hours and that red should be no different.

I’ve found that the key to rocking red lips for day is to keep the rest of your face pretty neutral. I opt for a light, neutral eye with no eyeliner and minimal mascara with just a touch of soft blush. It’s really your lips’ time to shine, so make sure nothing else is stealing the show.

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In this photo I’m sporting Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw, but there are lots of great red lip options in the wide world of makeup. You can check out the options below to find the color that works best for you.

How do you (or do you) rock red lips for day or night ever?

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Transitional Skin Care Advice from Celeste Hilling of Skin Authority

With the temperature changing and all of the mini pumpkins strewn around time, I thought it was time we had a pretty serious talk about transitional skin care. You change your clothes, your workout routine and your eating habits (hello, mac’n cheese) during Fall and Winter, so why not your skin care? You and your skin deserve it!

For once in my life, I’m going to let someone else do the talking here. An expert. I’ve been lucky enough to talk to Celeste Hilling, healthy skin care expert and CEO & Founder, Skin Authority. I’ve met Celeste in person, and she is equal parts beautiful and intelligent. I can’t tell you how excited I am to bring you her expert advice!

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Without further ado, I hand things over to Celeste!


Just as you transition your closet and make-up for a new season, you should also transition your skin care. Fall and winter often bring frigid, dry air; overheated buildings; and reduced exposure to sunlight; all of which can wreak havoc on your skin.

When moving from heated homes to heated cars to heated office buildings, our skin experiences less than 4% humidity in the recirculated air. When skin is denied moisture, two things occur: 1. surface skin becomes dehydrated and chapped; 2. beneath the surface, sebaceous glands compensate by producing more oil. The oil and debris become trapped in the dry surface layers, which can lead to breakouts and irritation.

To counteract this onset of skin madness, I suggest that you:

  • Ditch dryness: Take quick, lukewarm showers, exfoliate from head to toe to slough off dead skin cells, and apply lotion as soon as you step out of the shower to seal in moisture. I love body moisturizers that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients such as shea butter, aloe and olive oil. Here’s one of my favorites: Skin Authority Olive Fig Shea Butter Body Cream.
  • Embrace exfoliation: Regular facial exfoliation speeds up the cell turnover process, which allows the body to produce moisture-bearing properties like hyaluronic acid. I recommend using a resurfacing agent like glycolic acid. Commonly derived from sugar cane, glycolic acid gently dissolves dead surface skin cells, instead of peeling or scrubbing. — Kristin interjecting here, I love the Skin Authority Resurfacing Accelerator and the 3-in-1 in Cleansing System.
  • Become a mask maven: Masks play an important role in restoring nutrients and protective antioxidants the help skin fight the effects of overexposure to cold, dry winter air. Try applying a mask of eucalyptus, clay and sulphur once a week to put nutrients and moisture back into your skin while fighting inflammation.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen: Cooler temps are not an excuse to skip sunscreen. Apply a full-spectrum, moisturizing sunscreen daily to all exposed skin, which often includes our faces, neck, ears, décolletage, hands and forearms. If you want to re-create that vacation glow, take a moisturizing sunscreen, add two drops of foundation, and mix together for a natural look.
  • Boost your D: It’s estimated that one billion people worldwide are vitamin D deficient; a number that goes up in winter. Unbalanced vitamin D hormone levels contribute to skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and heavy wrinkling. Apply a topical D Serum daily under sunscreen to give skin a daily dose of D. Internally, salmon, tuna, and mackerel, cheese and mushrooms are rich Vitamin D sources.
  • Stop hoarding products: Use the change of season to inventory your skin care stash. Forget hoarding 20 products, you only need two or three. In the morning, I suggest a mild gel cleanser, an anti-oxidant such as Vitamin C, and a sunscreen moisturizer. Before going to bed, use resurfacing ingredients such as AHAs and retinols in addition to restorative peptides.


A huge thank you to Celeste for sharing her transitional skin care tips and tricks. There is no reason to look anything other than fabulous all year long!

What changes do you make to your skin care routine as the temperatures cool?

Photos: Skin Authority ; Disclosure

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The Beauty Blogazons Weekend Roundup: October 10, 2014

Another week down, another weekend earned. As you wind down and prepare for some weekend frivolity, take a looksee at what the beautiful ladies of the Beauty Blogazons have been up to recently. Happy reading!beauty blogazons

What have you been reading this week? Share it in the comments so I can add even more beautiful articles to my list!

Photo: beautyXposé

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Two Recent Beauty Hauls

Some people have lots of will power and self control. I’m usually not one of those people … especially when it comes to beauty or clothing. Actually, I had lots of clothing restraint in September … I didn’t buy a single piece … so I overcompensated with the beauty products.

To be fair to myself, some of these products were “needs.” I was out of face wash and I wanted to test out a new under-eye concealer. What more of a “need” could there be in the world? A couple of weekends ago I swung by Sephora and then CVS to pick up a few bits and bobs, which you can see in the beautiful photos below.

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I knew I would love the cleanser and eyeliner since I use both regularly. I have the Stila liner in black and brown, and I wanted to try it out in a pop of color, so I went with Deep Peacock Blue. Getting crazy up in this ish.

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I’ve been using Maybelline’s Age Rewind concealer, and it works fine. But should a girl really settle for fine? I didn’t think so, which is why I branched out and tested tarte’s Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer.  I’ve been playing around with their Away Oui Go palette recently, so I had tarte on the mind when I went to Sephora. And while I’ve heard great things about the concealer, the formula didn’t work with my skin. It creased and I ended up exchanging it for another concealer, which will come a bit later in this post.

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So after running through Sephora, I stopped by CVS and picked up whatever seemed interesting. That ended up being a NYX butter gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie, a Revlon lip butter in Sugar Plum and Revlon Custom Eyes in Rich Temptations. I haven’t used these goodies too extensively just yet, but none of them have been instant disappointments. How is that for a glowing review?!

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So as I said, the tarte concealer and I didn’t get along. So sad, too bad. I went to Sephora to return it and picked up the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer  in Chantilly. Then this High Brow pencil from Benefit ended up in my bag. It was the strangest thing. I literally bought these this morning, so they haven’t even touched my face. I’ll let you know what I think when they do. Oh yea … and then I was at the grocery store picking up ice cream (don’t ask) when I grabbed the Wet ‘n Wild eye shadow trios in Sweet as Candy and I’m Getting Sunburned. I loved Walking on Eggshells so much, so I couldn’t help but snag some other color combos.

So there you have it, all of the beauty goods I’ve purchased in the past few weeks. Tell me, what items are in your recent beauty haul?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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Beauty Blog Coalition Weekend Roundup: October 4, 2014

Happy Saturday, beauties! If it’s raining near you like it is here in Boston, you’ll have plenty of downtime to catch up on what the ladies from the Beauty Blog Coalition have been up to this week. Happy reading!

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Read anything good this weekend? Tell me about it in the comments section below so I can give it a gander. Thanks!

Photo: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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Skin Authority Retinopeptide Power Duo Giveaway

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Hello, beauties! You might remember that I’ve written about a certain skin care brand before – Skin Authority. If you need a little refresher, you can read about my love affair with their 3-in-1 Cleansing System here and here. I’m actually trying out their of their lovely products with my updated skin care routine, so more details are coming in the next couple of weeks. You’ll have to make sure to check back for that update!

In the meantime, we’ve teamed up to let you in on a little promotion and give you the chance to win some goodies for your own skin care arsenal. This entire month, Skin Authority is running an amazing promo (ends October 31). The deal? Purchase a Vitamin A Cell Renewal ($99) and receive a travel size of Tri-Power Peptide Hydrator ($36 value).skin authority duo

  • Vitamin A Cell Renewal. Unique 7% retinyl palmitate cream formula exfoliates and stimulates collagen to smooth, soften, and plump skin without the irritation or redness often associating with retinol formulas.
  • Tri-Power Peptide Hydrator. Combines three advanced peptides – oligopeptide, tetrapeptide-7, hexapeptide-8 – and restoring hydrators in a lightweight formula to firm, tone, smooth, lift, and brighten skin.

Like I said, they’re kind enough to give one of our lucky readers their own duo, which you can enter to win below. The winner will be chosen on Thursday, October 9th at 9PM EST. However, if you don’t win this time around or can’t wait for me to pick the winner, you can purchase the duo here. Good luck to everyone who enters!

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Tell us – why do you want to win this Skin Authority duo?

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The Beauty Blogazons Weekend Roundup: October 3, 2014

It’s a new month and a new weekend. Things are looking up! While you’re (hopefully) relaxing this weekend, take a gander t what the fine ladies from the Beauty Blogazons have been up to. Happy reading!

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Did you read anything fabulous this week? Share in the comments so we can check it out!

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Beauty Bloggers’ Fall Wish List Products

The change of seasons always inspires change in your routines – clothing, makeup, cleaning, etc. To prep for the cooler months, some of my fellow beauty bloggers share their Fall wish list products. Take a gander and prepare your wallets!Beauty-Bloggers-Fall-Wish-List-Products

LORAC Mega Pro Palette - Available October 1

“The palette has 32 shades of LORAC shadows and every shade looks incredible.” – Beauty and Fashion Tech

“I absolutely love the quality of eye shadows in my LORAC Pro Palette 2 and I’m sure this Mega Palette will be just as great!” – El – The Beauty Isle

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette - buy here

“Three shades of Hourglass Ambient Light blush in one stunning palette? Yes please! Add the limited edition status and I don’t know how any beauty fan could deny themselves this gem.” – I Know all the Words

tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palettebuy here 

“I saw this palette on a Sephora makeup artist and it was the most beautiful look I’ve seen in a while. I can’t stop thinking about it!” – beautyXposé

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette – buy here 

“I love the array of rich, colorful shades with a mix of soft neutrals, beautiful jewel tones and sultry smoky shades…..looks amazing!” – BeautyTidbits

“Love the combination of brights and neutrals, love all the pink shades, love the packaging! It’s a great overall palette that can be used every day for work looks, casual looks and can also be used for more dramatic, bold and colorful looks.” – Danielle T

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayons in Framboise, Glace and Tatin – buy here

“I love the Bite Beauty lip pencil formula and want to have more colors in my beauty arsenal. I bought most of the summer shades (Grape, Satsuma and Kumquat) and I loved them, so I’m sold on the formula. Plus, they’re cruelty free.” – Phyrra

Sephora Cream Lipstain in Classic Beige – buy here

“Lips are a woman’s main weapon. You can be red fierce, or goth black, but a great nude is like being naked while fully clothed. It gives you that feeling of walking into a room and immediately everyone looks at you but doesn’t know why. With this Sephora color you can get just that without breaking the bank. At only $13 a tube, you can explore the entire spectrum of cream lip stains.” – Gaby O’Hear from Wednesdays With Me

Q-Redew Steamer - buy here

“Best handheld steamer on the market. It will help salvage my hair as the weather is in transition.” – Boston Naturals

MAC Lipstick in Heroinebuy here 

“I am a big fan of Mac cosmetics and plus that purple is my favorite color.” – Mademoiselle Antoine

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited in Maroon – buy here

“I love darkening my makeup for autumn, and while I love Shu Uemura eyeshadow palettes I have never tried their lipsticks. So, I’d like to kill two birds in one stone!” – Natillie

Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette – buy here

“I loved the first Revealed palette, and I know this one will also be great. It’s perfect for traveling, and you can create so many different looks, from neutral to smoky. I also love that it’s budget-friendly.” – Nidia, Lit From Within

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wearing Lipstick in Melted Berrybuy here

“I own Melted Candy and Melted Fig and LOVE the formula and pigmentation. Melted Berry would be the perfect color for Fall.” – Tanya Lovetere/Leopard Lace and Cheesecake

Skin Illustrator Glazing Gel in Red 3 – buy here

“The Skin Illustrator Glazing Gels are professional products that give the illusion of color truly emanating from the skin, not makeup that sits on top and looks unnatural. I read about this fabulous product on The Unknown Beauty Blog, and Olivia assures me that Red 3 is the perfect blush shade for fall!” – Lisa from Beauty Info Zone

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics – buy here

“I have the entire Naked Eye Shadow Collection, (1, 2, 3, & basics 1). This would be the final one I don’t have! Matte cool colors, perfect for a transition into the cooler fall months.” – Juliette Laura

Tom Ford Eye Shadowsbuy here

“I’ve been doing the same natural makeup look for years with a few added twists i.e. I got better at picking the right foundations and blushes for my skin. But my friend is crazy good at eye shadow and ever since she put it on me a few weeks ago, I’d love to get my own pallet and master different eye shadows on my eye.” – Tali Lekorenos of Typically Tali

YSL’s Forever Youth Liberator Face and Eye Serum Set – buy here 

“YSL’s beauty line should be as famous as their womenswear. This kit is true to its name, making your skin feel liberated and young. Fall brings cooler weather and if you’re in fashion, lots of events in September & October! Your skin can get tired easily and this kit comes to the rescue!” – Like So Pretty

Nerium Firmbuy here 

“Because it’s a firming/toning cream I’m dying to try – but I’m pregnant and want to wait until after baby arrives. I’m obsessed with my day/night cream.” – Gina Kirk,

TheBalm’s Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palettebuy here 

“I love the original Nude’Tude palette from theBalm because of the versatile range of neutral shadows. This one looks equally fabulous, with plenty of medium-neutrals, and the same risque packaging. And, shade names like Fierce, Fit, Fearless and Fine! Plus, it comes with a Body Builder Mascara from theBalm.” – My Beauty Junction 

Tata Harper Be Fierce Lip Treatment – buy here

“As the air gets cooler and drier, I find it easiest to stay ahead of chapped lips. This is an incredibly hydrating product. It’s also full of good-for-you ingredients: green tea, acai oil, lavender, comfrey, chamomile, calendula.” – Jess from Champagne Thursday 

Nars “Palais Royal” – buy here

“The deep berry lip is on trend for fall.” – La vie Jaime

Anastasia Contour Kit – buy here 

“I am a contouring junkie! Especially as we transition out of warm weather and all-over bronzing doesn’t look as fitting for the season, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with playing with bold contour looks for the Fall. Fall is all about bold statements and I think a strong contour with a dark lip and winged eyeliner is stunning! I’ve had my eye on this for the longest time and love the versatility of the shades in this!” – Beauty Lanparty

OPI Gwen Stephani Holiday Collection the Classic, Effects and Redbuy here

“I love the colors and I would like to review it.” – Lisa Oswald – My Stunning Nails

 What beauty products are on your fall wish list? Do share so I can add them to my own list!

Photo: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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Beauty Blog Coalition Weekend Roundup: September 28, 2014

Happy Sunday, you beautiful gems. I hope you had a fabulous weekend and that you’re ready for the week ahead. Before you get back to work on Monday, check out this week’s post from the ladies of the Beauty Blog Coalition.

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What have you been reading this week? I’d love to check it out.

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The Beauty Blogazons Weekend Roundup: September 28, 2014

Happy Sunday, beautifuls! I hope you had a lovely weekend full of relaxing and fun. As usual, the lovely ladies from The Beauty Blogazons have rounded up some of their best posts from the week so you can wind down your weekend with some fun reading. Enjoy!the beauty blogazons

If you read anything amazing this week, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out!

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