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BareMinerals Holiday Collection

If there’s anything more exciting than makeup collections, it’s holiday makeup collections. The lovely packaging, the names and the seasonal hype add another layer (or three) of excitement on top of an already exciting product.

So imagine my excitement when I found all of the below fabulous items from the BareMinerals holiday collection. It took all of my restraint to photograph these goodies before playing with them. But somehow I managed, which means you get a sneak peek at the products.

Give it a Twirl

bareminerals holiday collection

bareminerals holiday collection

bareminerals holiday collection

Collection includes:

  • Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Trailblazer + Hot Shot = Creamsicle
  • Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Stunner + Rebel = Fuchsia Fizz

Touch Up To-Glow

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Collection Includes:

  • Mini bareMinerals READY Illuminating Touch Up Veil
  • Mini Flawless Application Brush

The Magic Act

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Collection includes:

  • bareMinerals READY Eye Shadow featuring Celebrate + Fortune + Shazam + A-ha + Pumped + Foreshadow (0.04 oz. each)
  • bareMinerals READY Blush The Close Call, The Natural High & The Indecent Proposal (0.1 oz. each)
  • bareMinerals READY Luminizer The Premiere (0.09 oz.)

In the Spotlight

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Collection includes:

  • Center Stage Eyecolor (0.02 oz)
  • Flawless Diamond Eyecolor (0.02 oz)
  • Flawless Definition Mascara in Black (0.33 fl oz)
  • Luminary Blush (0.03 oz)
  • Mini Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Be a Star (0.05 oz)
  • Shimmer Glaze Lip Topcoat in Diamond Glaze (0.07 fl oz)
  • Tapered Shadow & Crease Brush
  • Cosmetic Bag

Star of the Show

bareminerals holiday collection

bareminerals holiday collection

Collection includes:

  • Eyecolor in Snowflake (0.02 oz.)
  • Eyecolor in Celebrity (0.02 oz.)
  • Eyecolor in Sensation (0.02 oz.)
  • Blush in Stellar (0.03 oz.)
  • Marvelous Moxie™ Lipgloss in Prima Donna (0.15 oz.)
  • Lash Domination® Volumizing Mascara in Intense Black (0.37 oz.)
  • Tapered Shadow Brush
  • Tapered Blush Brush

Main Attraction

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Collection includes:

  • bareMinerals READY® Eyeshadow 2.0 The Curtain Call in Matinee and Opening Night (0.09 oz)
  • Lasting Line™ Long-Wearing eyeliner in Absolute Black (0.012 oz)
  • Lash Domination™ 10-in-one Volumizing mascara in Intense Black (0.37 oz)
  • Mini Marvelous Moxie™ lipstick in Make Your Move (0.05 oz)
  • Marvelous Moxie lip gloss in Leading Lady (0.15 oz)
  • Blush in Flair (0.03 oz)
  • Tapered blush brush

Kissing Booth

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Collection Includes:

  • Mini Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Big Tease (0.07 fl oz)
  • Mini Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Lucky Lady (0.07 fl oz)
  • Mini Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Sweet Kisser (0.07 fl oz)
  • Mini Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Major Flirt (0.07 fl oz)
  • Mini Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Thrill Seeker (0.07 fl oz)
  • Mini Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Jezebel (0.07 fl oz)

What do you think of the BareMinerals Holiday Collection?

Photos: beautyXposéDislcosure 

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Holiday Gift Guide for Her: Beauty Bloggers’ Picks

With a few solid holiday gift guides under our belts this year, I figured it was time to whip out the big guns. The roundup of what’s on my fellow bloggers’ wish lists. There are some really fabulous goodies on this list, so prepare your wallets! And after this is you want to do some more damage, check out the skin care, makeup, hair tools and nail polish gift guides.

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ColourPop “Forget The Fruitcake” Lippie Stix Holiday Collection

ColourPop is my new obsession! All of their lipsticks are incredibly pigmented. This collection features six limited edition lipsticks in different finishes with super cute names!” – XO, Noelle

My MONTHLY Stunning Nails Nail Art Kit

Because I love nail art.” –  My Stunning Nails

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

I’m a sucker for natural looking glowy skin, and gave a weakness for beautifully packaged products.” – Sara-May Monaghan

theBalm’s Nude’Dude eyeshadow palette

A sequel to the best neutral palette ever (Nude’Tude), the Nude’Dude palette comes in equally cute packaging, with equally versatile, velvety eyeshadows that have great pigmentation and formula. This time, you don’t just have brown-based neutrals or the basic plain black or white (hurrah!), but rosy gold and purple-gold eyeshadows in the mix. Plus, there is a free Body Builder mascara with the set. What’s not to love?” – Renu Nathan of My Beauty Junction

The Essentail Kit from Sigma Brushes

Some of my brushes are getting to the point where they need to be replaced and I absolute love Sigma Brushes. This kit is like the best of all of their brushes. There are 12 brushes in the kit and they have every thing from eyeliner brush to a large powder brush. I just NEED this kit to do a massive brush overhaul instead of replacing the couple brushes that are bad, I would like Santa to replace them all.” – Color Me So Crazy

Deborah Lippmann Until Your Dreams Come True Set

Come on … 15 Deborah Lippmann nail polish shades?!? What’s not to love? I’ve been a fan of Deb’s since the beginning and every single shade she creates is gorgeous. I’d love for someone to gift this to me for the holidays!” – Jamie Allison Sanders

TokyoMilk Dark Tainted Love no 62

I actually have it already but am almost out and need more! One of my favorite scents.” –  Lisa Heath of Cosmetic Sanctuary

Tom Ford Black Orchid 

I am in need of a new scent for the winter. I smelled this from aa magazine swatch, and loved it. It’s a sultry scent with spice, which is why it screamed my name.” – Makeup by Kim Porter 

Urban Decay Naked on the Run Palette

Since I don’t own any Naked palettes I figured this was a great place to start. Plus, I really enjoy palettes that you can get a full face look from!” – Kristina

Giorgio Armani ‘Luminous Silk’ Foundation

I’ve tried a sample of this foundation and it’s amazing! It gives you a perfect glow that looks very natural. It’s very lightweight, so you don’t even feel that you have anything on your face. Love it!” – Kizzy Online

GlamGlow

These products get amazing reviews for your skin.”  – MakeUpMom123

Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler

“What better way to start off the New Year than with a new signature scent? And what better way to pick a new scent then by sampling 14 scrumptious options and getting a full-sized bottle of your choice for free?!” – Yours truly 

Will you be adding any of these items to your wish list this year?

 Photo: beautyXposé; Disclosure

winter nail polishes

7 of my Favorite Winter Nail Polishes

Nail polish is one of my favorite indulgences as a beauty blogger/general person who likes fun, pretty things. It’s relatively inexpensive, easy to change and a quick way to improve your look … not to mention your mood.

I know a lot of people prefer the bright, neon Summer polishes, but I’m keen to the rich colors and eye-catching glitters of the Winter holidays. So if you’re more of a Summer girl in need of some Winter inspiration, I’ve rounded up seven of my favorite Winter nail polishes. One for each day of the week!

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rose gold glitter | burgundy (similar) | redgold glitter | gold | silver glitter | green

How will you add a little polish to your holidays this year?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

GlossyBox

November GLOSSYBOX

You know that motto “better late than never?” Yea,  keep it in mind while you read this posty-post. Yes, I know it’s December, but my November GLOSSYBOX didn’t arrive until yesterday (December, 2). Not ideal, but we’ll roll with it. Right now I’m just sharing info and photos, but once I get to try out these goodies, I’ll give you a quick update. You know the drill :)

This month’s box was overflowing with:

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I think the Harper’s BAAZAR collab box is my favorite so far, but I was pleased with my little haul this month.

What do you think of the products in this month’s GLOSSYBOX?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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Pür Minerals Air Perfection Cushion Compact

When I think of a compact, images of pressed powder normally come to mind, not liquid foundation. So when I got the chance to test out the Pur Minerals Air Perfection Cushion Compact, I was too intrigued to say no. Plus, who doesn’t love to test out foundation?

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from this foundation so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it offered great coverage – not too heavy and not too light – that was lighter-than-air and long-lasting. The lightest shade, “light,” was slightly too dark for my current ghostly pale, but it would be perfect for my Summer “tan.”

Bare faced on (your) left and with Pur Minerals Air Perfection Cushion Compact Foundation on (your) right.

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With a full face of makeup - Pur Minerals Air Perfection Cushion Compact Foundation as the base

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As for application – I didn’t love the little puff that it came with, but I loved the airbrushed look I achieved when paired with my beauty blender.  What doesn’t a beauty blender work with? That’s really a question for another post. And you ready for some more good news? You can snag the Pur Minerals Air Perfection Cushion Compact for $30 (regularly $38) at the moment, so get shopping!

What is your favorite lighter-than-air foundation?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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Holiday Gift Guide for Her: Hair Styling Guru

Holidays, hair, happiness. Three “h” words that obviously go hand-in-hand. During the holidays, you have to do your hair all fancy-like and that brings about happiness to you and everyone who comes in contact with your hair. Obviously.

And if you (or anyone else on your gift list this year) loves hair care, hair styling, etc. as much as I do, I’ve got you covered. Grab them one of the goodies from the hair gift guide below then grab two for yourself!

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Dry Shampoo | Tangle Teezer | Curling Wand | Flat Iron | Waving Wand

What hair goodies will you be gifting this holiday season?

Photo: beautyXposé; Disclosure

younique mascara

Long Lashes without Falsies

I’ve always like the idea of false lashes, but have always hated the idea of the application. And the thought of peeling off lashes at the end of the night creeps me out. So when the lovely Kael reached out to me about testing out the Younique 3D Mascara, I saw the best of both worlds. The length and drama of falsies with the easy application of mascara.

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Unlike most traditional mascaras, this Younique mascara involves two products (Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers) and three steps. You first apply a coat of Transplanting Gel, followed by a coat of Natural Fibers and then top it off with another coat of Transplanting Gel. These two products combined add both length and volume to your lashes, giving you the appearance of falsies without the hassle.

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younique mascara

While I loved the look of the product when applied, there was a bit of drop-off with the fibers after application. A few fibers landed on my cheek and were hard to brush off, but a bit of concealer and a fluffy brush helped to clean them up. In the photo below, I have Younique on my right lashes and my normal COVERGIRL mascara on my left lashes.

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For $29, this is a bit pricier than most of my other mascaras, but I think it’s worth the price considering you get two products in the package and it adds so much extra drama to your look. Plus, this would be absolutely perfect for all of the upcoming holiday parties (read: photo ops).

What do you do to get amped-up lashes?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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My Lip Care Routine

As the colder months settle in, chapped lips make an appearance. And as the holidays approach with all of their photo ops and nights under the mistletoe, unkissable lips are unacceptable.

To help you prep, I thought I’d share my short-but-sweet lip care routine. I reach for four products regularly – two exfoliators (one for regular use and one for extreme measures) and two balms (one for day and one for night).

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The Exfoliators

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On a semi day-to-day basis, I reach for Teadora Rainforest at Dawn Nourishing Lip Butter. It’s the perfect, soft-yet-effective exfoliator that doubles as a lip butter as well. Nothing better than a multipurpose product!

For when my lips need a little extra TLC, I reach for tarte Maracuja Lip Exfoliant. The exfoliating sugars are a bigger than the exfoliators in the Teadora product, so it really helps to slough off any dead skin cells that are clinging on for dear life.

The Balms 

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During the day, I reach for the tried-and-true eos lip balm. The packaging is adorable and the range of flavors is sure to please. I’m currently using the Vanilla Mint flavor, but I also love their fruity options.

As an overnight treatment, I rely on Vaseline Lip Therapy. The balm is decadently rich and works wonders on dry lips over night. Your lips will be kissable in no time!

What are your must-have lip care products?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

#GirlsCan

#GirlsCan with COVERGIRL

As I’m sure you beauties know, us women can do anything we set our minds to. There is nothing we can’t do if we put our minds to it and decide to turn “can’t” into “can.”

“COVERGIRL gave me the chance to check out their new Flamed Out mascara, which is part of their #GirlsCan November campaign. According to their PR rep, “This November, COVERGIRL is donating $50,000 to Dress for Success®, an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life.”

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For a limited time, you can find specially marked packages of Flamed Out and Pro mascara at your local Walmart and face your #GirlsCan moment with beautiful lashes! I’ve been a long-time fan of COVERGIRL mascaras, and Flamed Out didn’t fail to impress. It separates and lifts each individual lash while adding lots of volume and definition. I’m actually wearing it as I write this post!

In honor of this campaign, I created a look with the Flamed Out mascara and other COVERGIRL goodies that inspires me to do anything. For me, a bold red lip is a look that can conquer the world. I hope you enjoy the look as much as I do! And to help you rock your own “can” look, I’m giving away a $25 Walmart gift card so you can snag some goodies of your own. Entrant information below the photos.

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What is your #GirlsCan moment?

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PRITI NYC Autumn in Chile

I love Fall and I love nail polish, so I’m extremely excited to share this gorgeous fall nail polish collection with you! When the kind folks at PRITI NYC reached out to see if I’d be interested in testing out their Autumn in Chile collection, I obviously could not resist. The only tough thing about that decision was trying to be patient while I waited for the polishes to arrive.

The four shades – Hadspen Blue (blue), Dublin Bay (orangey-red), Polish Spirit (purple) and Nodding Lilac (lilacy-grey) – are gorgeous and perfect for Fall while be versatile enough for the other seasons as well. I did need to use three-four coats depending on the color, which is a coat or two more than I normally prefer, but other than that, I have nothing but positive remarks for these polishes. They were long-lasting and vibrant. Plus, good news for those of you who are conscious of their polish’s ingredients: PRITI NYC polishes are 5 Free & Vegan, completely non-toxic, and are free of toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and camphor.

Without further ado – the colors:

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And now if you excuse me, I’m going to continue casually holding a mini pumpkin as I run all of my errands.

What is your favorite color from the collection?

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