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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


The makeup essentials every women needs on any budget, splurge makeup, save makeup

Hello loves! Today is a great day on the blog- I am so happy you are here, so thank you!
I stopped by Studio5 TV today to dish on my makeup must haves, and the best part is I included two budget options in each category so you can SAVE or SPLURGE! Check out the video and then shop your picks using the links below. PLUS, one lucky reader will be scooping up a care package full of my must-haves, so be sure you enter to win using the rafflecopter entry below. There's also a BONUS VIDEO today, where I answer the question, 'Can a women over 30 wear a headband without looking like a wanna-be teenager?' Check out my answer below.

Wearing: Yala Dress c/o Shabby Apple


Hope some of these goodies solve an issue for you! Thanks again for stopping by, don't forget the giveaway below- the first two entry options are required, the rest are optional but each one you complete adds your name into the drawing an additional time. Good luck!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Skincare is a HUGE part of my life. Probably yours too, since you're reading this.

Lately though, I've been thinking how the majority of our skincare routines' happen at NIGHT. I mean, I spend a solid 20 minutes each night 'taking my face off' before I go to bed. And although I know how important these steps are to having beautiful skin, I realized that I wasn't giving the same care to my skin in the MORNINGS. Which doesn't make much sense considering day time is when people actually SEE me.

So, what should you put on your face in the AM to continue those great habits from the night before? Surprise, surprise- I am going to recommend a Vitamin C serum yet again. [Have you realized how much I love Vitamin C yet? If not you can read this post, oh and this one too!] Even Dr. OZ agrees with me, so BOOM!

Vitamin C continues to be one of the most used beauty ingredients in the war on aging skin. And I don't think that trend is going anywhere. My latest Vitamin C find is the Valentia Even Glow Serum . It uses the goodness of Sea Buckthorn Fruit to diminish fine lines and boost the firmness in your skin. And it's recommended for MORNING use.

Put this glorious stuff on in the AM and let the goodness sink in and work for you throughout the day. The serum should be the first thing you apply after washing your face in the morning. It will soak into the outer layers of skin and go to work, shrinking pores, filling in fine lines, and boosting collagen.

Since I've started focusing on my morning routine, and not just my nighttime one- I have seen major improvements in the radiance of my skin. I don't feel like I am just faking a glow with my makeup, I actually feel like the skin itself is more glowy. So I am going to keep it up!

I hope you'll join me in my quest to make the morning shine brighter! And be sure you come back tomorrow for a HUGE giveaway you will not want to miss, xo

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*Product sample fulfilled by Valentia via Brandbacker 

Friday, August 15, 2014


Loreal Hair Chalk review, fab or flub?, Liquid Hair Chalk, Temporary Hair Color, How to apply hair chalk

Hello gorgeous friends! I hope your Friday is off to a great start, and you are ready for a fun weekend! Today, I am bring you a first look at the latest from Loreal, Hair Chalk.

Thanks to pinterest, the hair chalk crazed hit hard and fast about two years ago. And well the idea is great, the reality never quite panned out. If you've ever tried it to get a pop of color at home, without the commitment- you know what I am talking about when I say, it was a total let down.

Loreal released a new breed of hair chalk this Spring that is a liquid formula, it promises great results without the messy fallout, or the color to clothes transfer of its' dry-formula counterpart.

I had HIGH hopes for this stuff! But, you'll have to watch the video below to see how it turned out, and decide if it's FAB or a FLUB? 

***Let's just say, this is an excellent example of what happens when you lack at following directions. Oops

Loreal Hair Chalk:

POP Dress c/o Shabby Apple

Thanks for stopping by today, and for humoring my silly video!
We can't win them all, oh well- xo

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014


french parfume favorites, Dior Dune, Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia
Illustration by Melissa Bailey

My fascination with France started young. My favorite book of all time was Madeline, and a read it religiously as a child. I can still quote many of the brilliantly worded rhymes from the stories. And those illustrations! Don't get me started on the beautiful images found in those books, I still treasure them to this day.

When junior high came around, I chose to take French as my foreign language- much to my parents' dismay. (They thought Spanish would be much more useful in life... and they were right- I don't get much practice speaking french, but who cares!?!) I took six years of French class to be exact, but I only remember the basics, sadly. But that six years of hard work, was enough to warrant a trip to France when I was 17, and I'll never forget it! The magic of France is still with me, and I can't wait to go back.

That long tangent there, was really just to tell you about two of my newest perfume collection additions. I feel like Fall is the perfect season to change your scent, and nothing changes a mood more than fragrance. I know it's still warm outside and you are hanging on to Summer just as much as I am, but cooler weather will be here soon, plus I had to speed up my process when my 2-year-old kindly shattered by Summer perfume bottle on my bathroom floor recently.

I went searching for a new fragrance and wound up with two- both French. No complaints here. 

The first, Dune by Dior is full of warm citrus and vanilla notes and just a hint of the ocean mist. I have been wearing this in the day time, and the staying power is legendary. It's perfect for early fall when you are just starting to add layers and the nights are cooling down.

The second scent I'll be wearing this season is Lys Soleia by Guerlain. Guerlain is the ultimate beauty label in my mind, and I love everything I have ever tried from the French design house. If you haven't shopped their makeup counter before, put that on your list of must-dos. This scent from their Aqua Allegoria collection is very robust and sensual, with a spicy musk note, and a Lilly kicker. This scent lends itself beautifully to night time wear, and is quite strong so stick with only 1-2 sprays.

If you are looking for a new parfume in your life- I hope you'll check out these two! We can be smell-twins... yes, that's a real thing. I just made it up. xo

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Thursday, August 7, 2014


ancient egyptian beauty, now resurfacing as the latest trend in makeup; the kajal liner. Physicians Formula Kajal, Maybelline Master Kajal

I am a huge fan of Sex & The City! If you didn't know that- well, there ya go! What does this have to do with today's topic: Kajal Eye Liners?

Well, in the second [and quite horrible, really] Sex & The City movie, Carrie and the girls take a wild trip to Abu Dhabi. While out shopping, Carrie runs into her ex-fiance, and show favorite, Aidan. Prior to this run in, Carrie makes a purchase from a street vendor who is selling beautiful jeweled shoes... AND traditional Indian Kajal eyeliners. This sets the scene for a later part in the film where Carrie applies the eyeliner and then gets into lots of trouble with Aidan. We will just leave it there...

Kajal Eye Liner Review, Physicians Formula Nude Eyes Kajal, Maybelline Master KajalThese types of eye liners date all the way back to Ancient Egypt, a la Cleopatra... but are still worn today in many Indian and Asian cultures. You've probably seen similar types of eye kohls produced by all the major beauty brands, but lately the more traditional kajal formulas are popping up too!

Kajals typically come in a cone-shaped applicator, and contain deep tones of natural pigment, that are laced with oils to give them a super creamy texture that is perfect for inner-eye lining. 

The liners are made for sultry looks, and they are typically worn around the entire rim of the eye with a flick on each corner. If you've been wanting to try a new take on your eye makeup routine- this is a really fun way to start. I've seen the Kajals by both Maybelline and Physicians Formula at my local stores, and no doubt more brands will be jumping in on the action soon too.

Here's a look at how I've been wearing mine. To get the perfect extended cat eye, use my super high-tech trick: fold a facial tissue in half, then again a few times until you have a nice thick folded edge. Place the folded edge at the corner of your eye on the the angle you want your cat eye to sweep. Then, simply trace your liner across the edge of the tissue, for a perfectly straight line that extends as high as you want it to! Easy as pie.

Let me know if you pick up any of these Kajal type liners and what your thoughts are. I am really liking the way they apply so smoothly, but I am still working on the best way to set them so they don't migrate as the day goes on.


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PS- anyone remember that music group called 'Cleopatra'?
One hit wonder... 'comin at-cha'!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


One Direction Makeup Collection, Makeup by One Direction - Launches new line at Macys, August 11th 2014

makeup by One Direction, One-D Makeup collection
Hello lovlies! Thanks so much for stopping by today. If you've been a reader of mine for a while you may know about my fascination with celebrity endorsed or designed products... I am always drawn to them, even though I usually am very skeptical about the amount of involvement the famous faces actually have with the creation of these products. (Although sometimes I am wrong, click this post to see when that happens)

'One Direction: They are cute. They can sing. They wear really tight pants. And now they sell makeup. Ok.'

This line is no different. I highly doubt that the 5 members of One Direction actually had much to say or do with the development of their new makeup collection, after all- they most likely have a lot of things on their plates... and don't wear hot pink lipstick too often themselves. But I still wanted to check it out and give you a first look at their Up All Night collection that launches on August 11th at Macys.

Take a look at the video below to see what you get in each box, and to see my first impression on the makeup itself.

To get more info on the makeup collection by One Direction, you can follow along over on this facebook page, and read up on each collection and its' contents here. If you are ready to join in the fun, you can shop the makeup starting on August 11th at Macys.

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