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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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#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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Foundation | Concealer | Eyeliner | Mascara | Eye shadow | Blush | Lipstick

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What is your #GirlsCan moment?

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priti nyc

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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LORAC holiday

Sneak Peek: LORAC Holiday The Royal Collection 2014

You guys, do I have another lovely holiday collection to share a sneak peek of with you. This time, the LORAC Holiday The Royal Collection. While I wasn’t lucky enough to get my grubby little fingers on the Mega PRO palette, I was lucky enough to test out The Royal Lip Lustre Crème Collection (Ulta exclusive), The Royal PRO Eye Collection (Ulta exclusive) and the Champagne Dreams Eye Shadow Palette (Cyber Monday Ulta.com exclusive).

I haven’t given all of these products a test run just yet, but I wanted to share my photos with you ASAP. I have worn a couple of the lip glosses and boy do they gloss. They have great color payoff and lasting power. I’ll update you with some makeup look and swatches in a bit. In the meantime …

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And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go play with some makeup!

What do you think of the LORAC Holiday The Royal collection?

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lumene cc Cream

Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Age CC Cream

I’ve tried BB cream, tinted moisturizer and foundation, but I’ve never gotten around to testing a CC cream. I’m not that advanced in reciting the alphabet … or at least I wasn’t until Lumene reached out about testing out their Time Freeze Anti-Age CC Cream.

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I have been LOVING this stuff and wearing it every day for two weeks straight. It’s somehow the most perfect combination of light and dewey while still offering great coverage. It makes my skin look flawless even though it’s definitely not. You could apply this with a brush or your fingers, but my favorite application technique is with the Beauty Blender. It creates an even more flawless look and when the BB is just a bit damp, it helps add a little extra touch of dewiness.

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If you can’t tell from my raving rambles, I would HIGHLY recommend this Lumene CC cream to anyone who can find a color match. Since I am a ghost, I went with the shade “Light,” but they also offer medium and dark. Not the widest color range, but it’s worth a look. At only $14, it’s a steal.

Have you tried out a CC cream before?

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WEN

Condition and Cleanse with WEN

I know it sounds ridiculous to say, but I love my hair and I equally love hair care products. Anything that will add a little extra volume, extra shine and extra style is my best friend. I had heard amazing things about WEN products, but had never gotten around to giving them a try. So when WEN reached out about their new Fall Tuscan Pear line, I immediately jumped on the opportunity.

If there is anything I love as much as hair-related things, it’s Fall. Combine Fall and hair and you have one happy beauty blogger! As soon as the  Fall Tuscan Pear Cleansing Conditioner arrived on my doorstep, I hopped into the shower and lathered up.

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In addition to never having tried WEN, I had also never tried a cleansing conditioner. The concept confused me. Is it a shampoo? Is it a conditioner? Is it a magic potion? The thought of not using both shampoo AND conditioner in the shower threw me off. I assumed that cleansing conditioners would leave my hair greasy and heavy. But you know what happens when you make assumptions …

The first thing I noticed was the scent. It is absolutely delicious and perfect for fall. I wish all of my hair care products had the same scent. Then next thing I noticed was the amount of product I was supposed to use. According to the instructions, my long hair would require 24-32 PUMPS. Considering I normally use just a dollop of shampoo and a dollop of conditioner, this amount seemed insane. After some trial and error, I found out I could skate by with fewer than 24 pumps (22ish to be exact).

Much to my surprise, my hair was neither greasy nor heavy after using the cleansing conditioner. My hair was left with loads of moisture and shine. To be completely transparent, it wasn’t quite as voluminous as normal, but it’s something only I, the owner of the hair, would notice.

Since my hair is naturally thicker with a lot of it’s own natural moisture, I’ve decided against using this as my regular shampoo/conditioner. I use it a couple times a week or any time my hair is feeling a little fried. And at $40 a bottle, I like the idea of getting the most out of the product. However, if you have more dry hair, this could be used on a regular basis.

Have you ever tried out WEN products or another cleansing conditioner?

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Halloween manicure

Halloween Manicure: a Pop of Pumpkin

Hi there, you lovelies. Just stopping by for a very quick update on my simple-yet-fun Halloween manicure. I went for black nails except for my ring finger, which is a lovely pumpkin orange. Believe it or not, I actually got the idea from my waitress at The Cheesecake Factory this weekend. Inspiration comes at the most unexpected times …

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The colors I used were Pumpkin Queen and Night Fright from Sally Hansen. The perfect colors (and names) for an easy-as-pie Halloween manicure.

Do you have a Halloween manicure planned for this Friday?

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