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Beauty Blog Coalition Weekend Roundup: January 25, 2015

I hope you had a fabulous weekend because by gosh, you deserve it! And as your Sunday night winds down, enjoy the last few weekend hours by catching up with the ladies of the Beauty Blog Coalition. Happy reading!

And there you have it, the fabulous going-ons of the fabulous ladies in the Beauty Blog Coalition!

Did you read something interesting this week? Share it in the comments below! 

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The Beauty Blogazons Weekend Roundup: January 24, 2015

Happy weekend, lovelies! I don’t know about you, but I’m spending a snowy Saturday indoors today, which means it’s the perfect time to catch up with the fine ladies from the Beauty Blogazons.  Even if it’s not snowing where you are, Saturday is the perfect time for some beauty reading, so check out their posts below. Happy reading!

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A Shopping Spree and a Makeup Forever Giveaway

I get in phases where I hyper-focus on splurging on one type of item. Sometimes it’s clothing, sometimes shoes, sometimes lips and sometimes recently, eyeshadow palettes. In less than a month, I acquired four new palettes out of sheer desire rather than need. Because in reality, I had no real need for one extra palette, let alone four.

I blame most of this shopping spree on my lack of self control, but I also blame part of it on the Sephora app and the extra glasses of whine I had this past month. You know how the holidays go … In my frenzy, I picked up the Stila In the Light palette, Laura Mercier Artist’s Eyeshadow and Cheek paletteSEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Facets of Marsala Multi-Finish Eye palette and the Makeup Forever Studio Case.

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I toyed with keeping all of them, but then I came to my senses and realized that I’m insane and that you all are fabulous and deserve a little something-something extra. So, after much deliberation, I’ve decided to giveaway the Makeup Forever Studio Case to one lucky reader:

“A set of 12 Artist Shadows, a step-by-step guide, and a full-size of the Artist Liner for creating four holiday eye looks.

Amp up your holiday look when you add drama with this Studio Case’s vivid color. This limited-edition palette features 12 Artists Shadows, infused with an innovative formula that provides both superior color pay-off and smooth blendability. The shadows are arranged in complementary trios as a guide for creating four specific eye looks: The everyday Natural, sultry Smoky, daring Bold, and sophisticated Chic. Top off your eye look with the rich black Artist Liner, perfect for precisely lining and defining, and the step-by-step guide helps you to create each signature look—all housed in a reusable signature makeup kit.

  • “NATURAL” for an everyday look
  • “SMOKY” for an edgy look
  • “BOLD” for a daring look
  • “CHIC” for a sophisticated look

Get the look tutorial included to create each look. Reusable case with space to store your favorite products. Mirror included.”

The giveaway will run for one week until Monday, January 12th at 9PM EST. All of the entry information is below; good luck!

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Thanks to everyone who enters and good luck!

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Beauty Blog Coalition Weekend Roundup: January 4, 2015

 

Happy 2015, beauties! Start the year off on a fabulous foot by catching up with the ladies of the Beauty Blog Coalition. Happy reading!

What have you been reading this weekend? Share in the comments below!

Photo: beautyXposé

 

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The Beauty Blogazons Weekend Roundup: January 3, 2015

Happy 2015, you beautiful people. I hope you all had a fabulous holiday season and a lovely New Year’s Eve. To kick the year off on the right foot, take a look at what the ladies from the Beauty Blogazons have been up to lately. Happy reading!

And if you’ve read anything interesting lately, share it in the comments so I can check it out. Sharing is caring after all!

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Seven Tips for Skin Care Success in 2015

As we get ready to ring in the New Year, I wanted to share with you some resolutions that are actually worth keeping. Skin care resolutions, that is! And who better to help guide you than the fabulous Skin Authority CEO, Celeste Hilling.  If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I adore their 3-in-1 Cleansing System, Resurfacing Accelerator and Tri-Power Peptide Hydrator.

So without further ado, I’ll hand these things off to Celeste!

Happy (almost) 2015! After a holiday season filled with sugar, parties and late nights, January brings a chance to slow down, cleanse and focus on your health. As a skin coach, I hope you plan to give lots of love this year to the largest organ in your body – your skin. A healthy skin care routine is very little work for a large, lasting result!

Here are seven tips to set you on the right foot for skin care success:

  1. Be Hands Off – Keep your fingers off your pimples. By pushing and prodding, you are actually pushing bacteria deeper, causing more inflammation and potentially scarring the skin. Instead, use masks with sulfur and clay can draw out impurities.
  2. Wash your Face – Cleansing your skin is one of the most important things you can do when you wake up and before you go to bed. Bacteria and dead skin build-up can cause surface irritation and breakouts. Remove make-up and deep cleanse in one step by using cleansers that incorporate AHAs, which kill bacteria and loosen dead skin cells.
  3. Catch some Zzzz’s – One of the biggest impairments to skin care is stress, so ease into a good night’s sleep by turning off the television, taking a warm bath, dimming the lights and practicing breathing exercises. Essential oils, such as lavender, also promote relaxation.
  4. Warm up to oils - Speaking of oils, with their high concentrations of vitamins, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, they are proven to soothe, restore, and instantly transform. Essential oils also provide a wide range of cosmetic and therapeutic benefits. Two of my favorite oils for great skin and a positive attitude are bergamot and cardamom.
  5. Stop hoarding products - Use the New Year to inventory your skin care stash. 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.
  6. Practice Safe Sun – Use sunscreen every day, rain or shine. To determine the quality, look on the label for the term “broad spectrum” at an SPF-15 or 30. Tip: Above 30 adds very little extra protection and increases the amount of chemicals on your skin.
  7. Engage a skin coach – The skin care needs of each of us are so unique that they require specific, personalized guidance. A coach is an educator, motivator, and cheerleader. The esthetics experts at Skin Authority offer free coaching through SkinCoachonDemand.com, which will be available as an app this year.

About the author: With two decades in the beauty and skin care industries, Celeste Hilling is the Founder, CEO and Product Formulator for Skin Authority. Skin Authority is respected for developing pure and powerful products without the use of parabens, added fragrance, dyes or animal testing. More on www.skinauthority.com, Facebook at Skin Authority, Twitter @SkinAuthority and @MissSkin.

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Holiday Gift Guide for Her: Stocking Stuffers

Christmas is just a few days away, and for your sanity’s sake, I hope you have your major shopping done. But a few lovely stocking stuffers might have slipped your mind. So if you’re lacking in that department, I’ve rounded up a few options so you can sneak out and make some last-minute goodies.

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Burt’s Bees | IT Cosmetics | The Body Shop | Being Audrey Hepburn | OPI | Winter Hat

What are you hoping to find in your stocking this Christmas?

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Festive Beauty Accents this Holiday Season

With Christmas and New Years around the corner, why not join in the holiday cheer with festive and fun ways to make your look match the season. We aren’t talking about ugly Christmas sweaters, socks adorned with tiny snowmen, or silly 2015 plastic glasses. We are talking about classy ways to express your personal style through make up tricks and other accents that deliver the message that you’re in for some holiday cheer. Here are some beauty accents that will step up your regular beauty regimen with some extra fun flair.

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EYES:

No matter what time of year, eye makeup can cross us over from an every day look to glitz and glamour within seconds.  Whether its shimmery eye shadow, dramatic eyeliner, or lashes that goes on for days, the eyes are the most fun thing to dress up on Christmas and New Years. A lot of retailers sell festive winter inspired shades like frosty blues and sparkly silvers in creamy eye shadows that will last through any holiday party. If you prefer to keep the shadow more neutral, hit your lids with a shiny red or bold green liner that will set you apart from the crowd. Gold liner will enhance brown or green eyes while silver liner will make your baby blues have an extra pop. Whether it’s the liner or the shadow you’re kicking up remember to choose one of the two so you don’t go into drag territory or look like you’ve been in a Christmas tree accident with an overload of glitter eyes. However, whichever you spruce up whether it is the shadow or liner, finish the look with thick, black flirty lashes. What better time of year to practice your fake lash application? New Years Eve is what those nights were made for. As you’re shopping for everyone else this season, head over to discount sites like http://www.frugaa.com/ and pick yourself up extra eye makeup accents that will give you a fun look on the holidays.

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LIPS:

Another great beauty trick for a festive season is adding an extra bold color, even one with a little shimmer, to your lips. A classic bold red matte lip is both wintery and seasonally appropriate, and when paired with your sparkly silver eyeliner will give you an incredibly unique pairing you wouldn’t wear any other time of the year. Leave the glossy, sticky, fruity lips for the spring and summer and keep your look totally matte to pull in the winter simplicity. During this time of year a lot of retailers will carry holiday inspired lip glosses and lipsticks; try to avoid weird scents like apple, cinnamon, or pine flavors which will be a turn off to those around you and especially whoever is getting that midnight New Years kiss. Keep it flavorless, but add some sparkle if you don’t want to go with matte by covering the red with a clear sparkle. A trick would be to lightly tap your lips with your red or silver shimmer shadow for that extra surprise. Look through online sites that offer great discounts on stores like Beauty Encounter to find deals that won’t cost an arm and a leg.

Remember, the holidays are a time to be joyous and celebrate the year you had and the year ahead. Allow yourself to step out of your comfort zone of the same old makeup routine. If you can’t have fun and experiment during the happiest time of year, you won’t take new chances with your any other time of year either.

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Holiday Gift Guide for Her: Nail Polish Fanactic

Third times the charm, and since this is the third gift guide of the season, this one must be lucky. First skin care, then makeup and now nail polish. From a cult-classic top coat to heavy-duty remover pads, I’ve got you covered. Give this nail polish gift guide a peruse and remember to get yourself two items for every one item you buy your loved ones.

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Remover Pads | Essie Box Set | Chrome Girl Set | Seche Vite | OPI Set

What are your favorite holiday polishes?

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$250 Instagram Giveaway

Hi beauties! Do I have a giveaway for you! I’ve teamed up with a bunch of my fellow beauty blogging biddies to bring you a $250 Instagram giveaway! Instagram and Sephora … what could be better? The giveaway runs until December 12th, so get entering!

Instagram $250 Giveaway

 

And if you need some help picking out beauty goodies to buy with your gift card, I thought I’d share some of my picks:

What would you treat yourself to with the $250 Sephora gift card?

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