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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WATERCOLOR NAIL ART // #SHAREBEAUTY TO WIN

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Hi friends! Today I am sharing a super fun beauty campaign sponsored by Regency Beauty Institute and Refinery29. The two brands are currently running an instagram contest and the winner will take home a $2,000 beauty package which includes $1000 to Sephora! That's insane.  

To enter you just need to create your own spin on one of their #sharebeauty challenges. This week the challenge is watercolor nails and you can see my entry in the pic above. After you've created YOUR OWN water color nails, you just need to share your pic via instagram and tag it #sharebeautycontest The contest runs through Aug. 13th and I would love nothing more than to see a Beauty Snoop reader take home the prize... so go get cracking on your entry! Get all the rules here

To get the WATERCOLOR NAIL look, follow these super easy steps:
  • Start with your base color, I used Revlon Gel Envy in the color 'Jokers Wild'
  • After your base dries, top it with a clear coat (this step is to protect it from the use of acetone, see steps below) and let that thoroughly dry before moving on to your art steps
  • Apply a few random dots of your next color, mine is Essie in the color 'Splash of Grenadine'
  • Dip a small art brush into your acetone and gently thin and smudge the dots of polish
  • Next add random dots of your third color, mine is Revlon Parfumerie in 'Pink Pineapple' and repeat with the acetone until your desired marble effect is achieved
  • Finish with a coat of clear top coat, and you're done! I always use Revlon Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat... it's amaze

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you give this easy nail art a try... it is so easy to do and I seriously love the effect. If you do enter the contest, tag me in your pic too so I can see your mad skills! xo

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Monday, July 21, 2014

5 QUICK TIPS FOR PREVENTING A MAKEUP MELTDOWN

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I'll never forget the time I vacationed to Palm Springs one summer just after high school, in early June. It was my first time to that part of California, and I quickly learned that 'I wasn't in Kansas anymore'  when I stepped out of the airport and was met with a wall of heat unlike anything I had ever experienced before!

As I literally felt the makeup melting off of my face I thought two things: 1) remind me to never visit Palm Springs during the summer months again, and 2) there has to be a better way to apply makeup when it's hot.

A decade later, I still haven't been back to Palm Springs later in the year than April- and I still change my routine in the warmer months to prevent makeup landslides. Here are five quick tips that you can use to help your makeup hold up during the hottest months of the year. 

1- Exfoliate in the PM
I honestly learned this technique on a fluke. I am a pretty regular exfoliator, but sometimes I get lazy in the summer usually because I am staying up much later, then I fall into bed without going through my whole skincare routine. After a couple weeks of skipping the scrub step, I realized that my makeup was breaking down much more quickly than usual and I was looking greasy by 4pm.

The culprit? Clogged pores and dead skin cells. My skin wasn't able to breath- causing major oil buildup on my face. That led to a break down of the makeup with a reckless abandon. As soon as I added the scrub back into my nightly (2 times per week) routine, my makeup adhered to my skin better and resisted the elements of heat and humidity much better. Now, I never miss this step and I hope you won't either!

* If you are wondering why I specified NIGHT time scrubbing? Because scrubbing can cause redness, so give your skin a whole 8 hours to calm and repair before applying makeup. Try Beautisol Exscrub Me?

2- Switch to a gel moisturizer
Cream moisturizers often leave a sheen on the skin that doesn't absorb into the skin for many hours. That glossy finish, although radiant, won't do you any favors when combating humidity, heat and sweat. A gel moisturizer will absorb into the skin much quicker and is light and refreshing with a matte finish. My current favorite is Garnier Moisture Rescue for Dry Skin

3- Wait 10 minutes post moisturizer before applying anything else
After reading #2 above this step should be a no brainer, but here is the expanded version: apply your gel moisturizer to a clean face in the AM. Then give your face a solid 10 minutes to absorb the gel fully. This is a great time to work on your hair, check your social feeds (which hopefully include yours truly! #shamelessplug) or get dressed. Finally, continue with your makeup application.

4- Set first with spray
Once you've completed your beautiful face canvas, set your masterpiece with a makeup setting spray. I love NYX Matte Finish in the Summer months (I choose their Dewey finish in the winter) because it works great and is totally affordable. Think of this step as hairspray for your face. Neat-O

5- Set second with powder
And finally hit your T-zone with an extra dose of translucent powder for major oil control and staying power. You can also reapply midday for bonus power, if needed. My go to? Urban Decay De-slick Mattifying Powder

Hope these tips help you stay fresh all day long. Got any meltdown tips of your own? Let me know in the comments below, xo And don't forget to enter my huge Summer Beauty Box giveaway here!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

FIRST LOOK: CYNTHIA ROWLEY BEAUTY REVIEW

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Cynthia Rowley Beauty c/o  |  Rowley Eyewear No. 58  c/o

Cynthia Rowley is synonymous with high style and luxe feminine fashion. Her design esthetic has always been one that I've been drawn to, so it was safe to say that I would be smitten by her new makeup collection. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak of the line, via Birchbox, and I am SOOO over-the-moon excited to share it with my readers! 

The first thing that caught my eye, and I am sure yours as well- is the stunning packaging. Holy moly, I love everything about it! The makeup bag and eyeshadow palette are wrapped in a happy and colorful confetti pattern that's a little abstract. Then comes the eye liners that all have a sleek black finish with perfect gold spots adorning them... too cute, and sophisticated for sure. The lip stains also boast the gold polkadots, but the colors of the stains inside really steal the show. 

Now for the makeup it self:

Eye Shadow Palette No. 2- Five yummy colors in shades like 'licorice' and 'marshmallow' are surprisingly velvety and easy to apply. The pigments are sheer but build-able and perfect for light and feminine eye looks. In the pics above, I'm wearing the purple 'cotton candy' shade through the crease of my lid, with the pink 'confetti' shade along the lash line. I've been reaching for this palette quite a bit since I got it for natural day-time looks.

Eye Liners- These creamy pencil liners are a major high point of the line in my opinion. They go on so smoothly without any tugging and have beautiful metallic pigments. I have been wearing them non stop and in the pic above I am wearing the 'silver' shade. The 'charcoal' shade is also amazing for a slightly softer version of your typical black liner. Mmmm. so good! 

Liquid Liners- If you love a liquid liner, these will be an added bonus to your collection. The are super pigmented and opaque... and the staying power is spot on. 12 hours, at least! The felt nib is quite long, with just a hint of flexibility in the very tip, so it's great for those who like a lot of control in their application (beginners... that's you).

Creamy Lip Stain- Stars of the show! These lip stains are gorgeous and inspired the palette for my illustration above, which also has swatches of all the products on it for reference. The three tones are varied enough that all three are great additions to your lip collection. The consistency is creamy and smooth- with zero stickiness in sight. They don't stain as strongly as some others I've tried, so they need to be reapplied a few times during the day. The purple 'tulip' shade has been my go to for the last two weeks- and I'm wearing it in the pic above! 

Over all, I am totally impressed with this line and will definitely be purchasing subsequent releases. It's available exclusively through Birchbox and you can check out all of that goodness here.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

THE BEAUTY BUYS YOU CANNOT MISS // NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE




Wahoo- It's time for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!
Is it me, or does the Nordstrom sale seemingly take over the world every Summer?  There is just something about it that causes women to flock to the mall like hormone-driven teenagers flock to a One Direction concert! Ha

No matter if you are a loyal Nordies shopper or just like to browse every now and then, there is no denying that this sale is a great one, and the beauty buys are no exception. Here are a few of the goodies you can get when the sale opens to the public on July 18th.  [cue swooning here]

1- MAC Look in a Box Brush Set amazing MAC brushes, but in mini handle form
2- MAC All About Coral Set
3- Clarisonic Mia Oasis Collection the sonic brush that started it all... in a cute new pattern
4- NARS Cheek Palette Oh my, this is the first thing I'm buying! Love NARS blush
5- Laura Mercier Lip Glace Set
6- Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Palette
7- Jo Malone Cologne Collection BEST. SCENTS. EVER.

Happy shopping! xo
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Monday, July 14, 2014

SUMMER BEAUTY BOX GIVEAWAY!

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Fellow snoopers! Happy Monday- thanks for stopping by... you'll be glad you did!

Today I am thrilled to be giving one lucky reader their very own FabFitFun VIP box, from the latest Summer 2014 edition. Wahoo! It's filled with over $225 worth of goodies and I cannot wait to dive into them all. In fact, I already used my Sonya Dakar Flash Facial last night- and I am hooked!

If you didn't already know, I am lucky enough to be a blogger ambassador for FFF- and that means I help write beauty articles on their blog every month. And I get sneak peaks as to what products will be added to their subscription box called VIP every season. It is by far my favorite subscription service because you get FULL SIZE goodies in your box four times a year, and the quality of the brands they work with is the highest out there.

And lucky for you- I have an extra Summer 2014 box that I am giving away to a Beauty Snoop reader! Just use the entry widget down below to enter. You must complete the first two requirements to enter. The remaining additional entries are optional, but will enter your name into the drawing again for every one you complete. Good luck! A winner will be announced on July 29th.

If you wanna jump in on the fun yourself, you can sign up and get $10 off your Summer box with the code: megan10

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Friday, July 11, 2014

SUMMER BEACH PARTY MAKEUP // LORAC AFTER GLO PALETTE

Lorac Makeup, Beach Palette, After Glo Palette, Lorac Review
LORAC After Glo Palette  |  Ray Ban Sunnies  |  Layered Necklace  |  360 Turquoise Earrings

Happy Friday friends! ***I thought it might be fun to switch things up around here and present products in a more personal way- let me know if you like it, or if my typical 'magazine cover' presentation floats your boat more. I love your feedback!

The new LORAC After Glo shadow palette immediately reminded me of the beach. I love the shades of the sunset, sand and water together and I have been able to create some beautiful 'sunset eye' looks since I got this palette in my hands. True to LORAC's amazing quality the pigments in this collection are stunning, and velvety so you can blend until your heart's content. There is also a great variation in matte and shimmer shades so you get a little bit of everything in this perfect-for-summer palette.

Hope you make your way to the beach this Summer, but if not- you can fake it with a gorgeous sand and sea look! xo
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