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Little Treasures

Tis the season for beauty gift sets! They are popping up everywhere from your favorite makeup brands. I particularly love these little treasures because not only do they make great gifts they also are an easy way to experiment with new colors, products and brands in smaller quantities, larger assortments and a better prices.

A few of my faves this season, perfect for giving or getting!

Bobbi Brown has two makeup sets worth purchasing this season. Her 20th Anniversary Lip Palette contains the 10 original lip colors launched by Bobbi as well as 10 bright, modern colors. A color for every mood and event.

Get party ready with Bobbi Brown’s Ultimate Party Collection that features eight matte, metallic, shimmer and sparkle eye shadows plus four glitter lip glosses.

Bare Minerals’ Putting On The Glitz Kit wins the prize for the best bang for your buck. This nine piece collection of bestselling, illuminating shades for eyes, lips and cheeks also includes a double-ended cheek and eye brush and sparkling clutch all for $54. Available at Sephora.com.

If you, like me are always on the search for the perfect mascara you must get this kit from Sephora. This limited edition sampler includes 10 of Sephora’s most sought after mascaras as well as a makeup remover. Try to your hearts content for only $45. Available at Sephora.com.

I am a huge fan of Josie Maran’s makeup collection and her newest kit, Josie Maran Seductive Golds Argan Oil Color Collection, is on my must-buy list. This luminizing line up of five high-performing products revives and polishes skin with an Argan Color Stick, Pure Argan Oil, Argan Illuminizer in Gold, Natural Volume Lip Gloss, GOGO Mascara and Rapid Eye Makeup Pen. Available at Sephora.com.

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What To Wear: Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and now is the time to start thinking about your costume. Instead of spending your hard earned dollars on overpriced, mass produced, ill-fitting, cheap and sleazy looking costumes that come in clear plastic bags opt for one of these stunning looks.

Sephora has put together make-up kits for 4 different amazing looks, Vampire, Sexy Kitten, Devil and Peacock. Each kit contains everything you need to create the look including step by step instructions as well as videos on their website that show you exactly how to create these fabulous looks. Then finish off your look with an amazing cocktail dress that you already own or buy a new one that you can wear during the holidays, because you know you will never wear that vixen pirate wench costume again. You end up with great makeup and a dress that you can get more than one use out of, a total win-win!

Jump on the Twilight bandwagon and channel a gorgeous vampire with the Sephora Beauty In A Box Vampire kit and BCBG’s goth yet sweet tulle one shoulder dress, available at www.shopbop.com.

Go sweet for Halloween with the Sephora Beauty In A Box Sexy Kitten kit and this pale pink, silk chiffon tutu dress by Rebecca Taylor, dress available at www.shopbop.com.

Feeling a little wicked for Halloween? Look be-deviling with Sephora’s Beauty In A Box Devil kit and a wickedly stylish silver sequin dress, available at www.shoptwigs.com. Don’t forget naughty red heels from Stuart Weitzman, available at www.zappos.com.

Get glamorous for Halloween with Sephora’s Beauty In A Box Peacock kit and Nanette Lepore’s mosaic velvet dress, available at www.shoptwigs.com. If the peacock feathers on the face are too much for you, just tuck a few feathers into a chic ponytail or updo, peacock feathers available at local craft stores or online at www.featherplace.com.

 

 

 

 

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High Volume

I have blogged before about various products I have used to gain full volume in my very straight, very fine hair and for the most part no product has worked perfectly in helping me achieve the high volume I crave. I am always on the lookout for new products that promise thicker, fuller hair. I recently tried Living Proof’s Full Thickening Cream and Hold Flexible Hairspray.

A little background on Living Proof: The company was founded by Polaris Venture Partners, one of the most successful venture capital firms in the world, and a team of scientists, including Dr. Bob Langer, an institute professor at MIT and one of history’s most prolific investors in medicine. This world-class ensemble allows Living Proof to look at everyday concerns from a completely unique, fresh perspective and thus create beauty products from a very scientific standpoint.

I figured if anybody could figure out how to give hair oumph, it would be MIT scientists, plus they had rave reviews with their line of No Frizz products.

Full Thickening Cream allows thin, fine hair to act like thick hair by depositing thickening points on hair strands, creating a thicker surface that enables fine hair to have natural movement and bounce, beautiful shape, and volume throughout the day. It has a creamy, non sticky texture that you run through your hair while wet and then style with a blow dryer. It did give my hair significant lift while maintaining shine and softness but toward the end of the day it started to fall and felt a little sticky. All in all not bad and certainly better than any other volumizers I have used before.

After styling my hair using the Full Thickening Cream I spritzed it with Hold Flexible Hairspray. Hold Flexible Hairspray is supposed to give amazing hold, add shine, block humidity and protect your style. I must say it did do all those things, but after a few sprays you won’t be able to run your fingers through your hair. It made my hair very sticky and hard, but held my cropped bob in place. It is the perfect product for creating female news anchor helmut hair but not necessarily for me, I will stick with L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray.

If you seek rich, voluminous hair then I would suggest buying the travel size of Living Proof’s Full Thickening Cream but leave the Hold Flexible Hairspray on the shelf. Both available at www.sephora.com.

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Black as Kohl

I have learned that it is bad for my checkbook to be on Sephora’s e-mail list. Every time a new one lands in my inbox I am compelled to open it and then have to click on to http://www.sephora.com and buy whatever cool cosmetic product they are peddling.

Such was the case when I ordered Guerlain’s Terracotta Khôl Kajal Intense Indian Kohl eyeliner. This kohl eyeliner is a limited edition intense black eyeliner that can be used to line your inner and outer eyelids. It’s mineral formula is creamy and glides on easily with a fine point that can be layered and smudged for sultry eyes. The formula is highly concentrated in pigments so the eyes are emphasized with a new intensity—and kept comfortable and irritant free. I can vouch for the irritant free because I have very sensitive skin on and around my eyes (so sensitive I can only use Josie Maran eyeshadows) and after weeks of using this product my eyes have never been irritated by this eyeliner. Available online at www.sephora.com.

Fun Fact of The Day: Kohl eyeliner was first worn by Egyptian queens during the Bronze Age (3500 BC onward) and has been worn by men and women since. It was originally used as protection against eye ailments. There was also a belief that darkening around the eyes would protect one from the harsh rays of the sun.

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Gimme Some Sugar

With Memorial Day, the official start to summer, fast approaching it is time to start buffing and polishing my legs and feet to perfection so they will look great in short skirts and flip flops. I am a devoted self-tanner user and if you, like me, prefer tan in a bottle over tan from the sun you know how very important it is to use an exfoliating body scrub prior to slathering on your self-tanner of choice.

This season I have decided to try an old favorite of beauty addicts in the know, Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish. It is the original, all natural sugar exfoliant that leaves your skin supremely soft after just one use. It blends brown sugar crystals with four precious oils of evening primrose, sweet almond, apricot kernel, and jojoba that nourish the skin and deeply moisturize dry areas. It also contains ginseng root extract and peppermint to invigorate the senses and revitalize skin cells as well as calendula to calm and soothe the skin. Citrus oils are also included to brighten and tone the skin while leaving behind an unforgettable natural scent.

This scrub leaves your skin so very soft and smooth, the perfect primer for your favorite self-tanner. You will instantly become addicted to this body polish (as will your significant other when he feels your skin) and reach for it everyday! Available online at www.sephora.com and www.fresh.com.

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Go Natural

It seems that my eyelids have decided to revolt against all the nasty chemicals makeup manufacturers put in their eyeshadows. No matter what brand I have tried from expensive (Bobbi Brown) to cheap (CoverGirl) seems to make my eyelids red and irritated at the end of the day.

I had almost given up being able to wear eyeshadow, until I read the customer reviews on Sephora’s website about Josie Maran Cosmetics. One customer wrote that she had the same problem I have and that Josie Maran eyeshadows did not irritate her skin. I immediately dropped two eyeshadows (Beach and Pewter) into my shopping cart and eagerly awaited them to arrive. I have used them for over two weeks now and they work beautifully without causing any irritation. The eyeshadows are vibrant, velvety and easily glide on and stay put.

Josie Maran Cosmetics was formed with the idea of creating innovative formulas that use natural, non-toxic ingredients without parabens and fragrances in their cosmetics. They also do not do any animal testing and much of their packaging is biodegradable and recyclable. I am certainly a fan and plan to order more of her products! You can purchase Josie Maran Cosmetics online at www.josiemarancosmetics.com and www.sephora.com.

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Glow Baby Glow

I spend a fair amount of time in a barn working with my horses and I often feel silly wearing lipstick to the barn but I can’t stand not having a little bit of color on my lips. I also need a soothing lip balm with SPF to keep my lips soft and protected. These factors keep me constantly searching for new tinted lip balms.

My newest obsession is Dior’s Addict Lip Glow. It is amazing! Dior Addict Lip Glow is a color awakening (which means it reacts to the color chemistry in your lips creating a color that is uniquely yours) lip balm with SPF 10. It is smooth and creamy providing your lips with protective moisture while imparting a soft pink glow. Pure perfection in a lip balm! Available at www.sephora.com.

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Challenge Yourself

Last night while stocking up on my favorite skincare products at Sephora I learned about a great promotion I thought I would share with you. Anytime you buy 4 skin care products throughout the entire year, you will get a free skincare product they are featuring.

If you , like me, buy various products (cleanser, moisturizer, toner, anti wrinkle cream etc…) you will gain that free product quickly! Sephora is also doing skincare consultations to help you find the best products for your skin. Visit your local Sephora store or go to www.sephora.com.

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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Don’t worry today’s post has nothing to do with the military policy of don’t ask, don’t tell, it has to do with my irritation at Sephora. I recently learned from a former Sephora employee that if you ask for a sample they will give one for any product in the store. This caused me some annoyance because if I had known that or if my salesperson has informed me of this, it would of saved me some time and money.

I have been trying to find the perfect eye cream and each time I go into Sephora and ask for help they guide me to a product and I buy it, only to not like it once I get it home and give it a try. I guess the salesperson was too intent on making a sale to do the right thing and give me a couple of eye cream samples to take home and try. So in case you didn’t know, you have to ask for a sample because they don’t seem to offer them up on their own! Next time you are out shopping make sure you ask for a sample before you make an investment, it will save you time and money in the long run.

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Loving

Rocking around the Christmas Tree

at the Christmas party hop

Mistletoe hung where you can see

Ev’ry couple tries to stop

You will get a sentimental feeling When you hear voices singing

“Let’s be jolly; Deck the halls with boughs of holly” Rocking around the Christmas Tree

Have a happy holiday

Everyone’s dancing merrily

In a new old fashioned way

Rocking around the Christmas Tree

Let the Christmas Spirit ring

Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie

and we’ll do some caroling

You will get a sentimental feeling When you hear voices singing

“Let’s be jolly; Deck the halls with boughs of holly”

Rocking around the Christmas Tree

Have a happy holiday

Everyone’s dancing merrily

In a new old fashioned way

When I hear the above song on the radio, I know that the holidays are here! So make some hot cocoa, wrap up in cashmere and sing along! I am always a sucker for holiday themed and scented lotions especially when they are made by Philosophy. My current favorite is Philosophy’s Melting Marshmallow Cream, it is a light, fluffy and decadent lotion that smells like a hot marshmallow just pulled from a roasting fired and sandwiched between chocolate and graham crackers. Yum! Available online at www.sephora.com and your local Sephora stores.

Here is a yummy recipe for no-fire s’mores:

Ingredients

6 whole graham crackers

1 bag mini marshmallows

3 (1.55 ounces) Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars, split into 2

Directions

Split graham cracker into 2 halves. On top of graham cracker squares place mini-marshmallows. Place under broiler for a few seconds until toasty. Remove and place 1/2 of a Hershey bar on top of marshmallow. The heat from the marshmallow will melt the chocolate bar. Place other 1/2 of graham cracker on top. Press lightly to flatten marshmallows. These may be made ahead and wrapped in plastic wrap until ready to heat and eat.

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