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Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Cream blush and lip color combo makeup, match your cheeks to your lips

Lately I have been loving the look of matching lip and cheek color! I just feel girlier sporting this look
for some reason...? It sounds a little silly when I say it out loud, but ha! oh well, it's the truth!

When the weather starts to warm up I opt to switch my blush to a creme formula so that I get a slightly dewey finish that says, 'I do declare...I'm just a little flush from this heat!' [swooning and fanning happens here]

And while there are some other products out there that claim to be for both CHEEKS & LIPS, I always find that the formula is better suited for just one area, and doesn't perform equally on both parts of the face. That always leaves me a little disappointed.

Then this happened: The Balm- How 'Bout Them Apples Cheek & Lip Palette

I don't know how, but the formula is perfect for both CHEEKS & LIPS! Finally, someone figured it out. The blush consistency is really pigmented, spreads nicely and stays on all day. I apply it with a stipple brush so I am not too heavy handed, especially on the more pigmented tones like 'cobbler' and 'pie'.

Then using my finger, I apply the same tone to the lips and it goes on creamy and smooth in a satin/matte finish. It stains the lips fairly well, so you may need a touch up after a few hours, but I find that adding a gloss later in the day brings the original pigment back to life.

It is seriously so good! I love the variety in the 6 colors too- you get the palest of peaches all the way to a cherry red & a warm carmel. I've had them on rotation since I got this palette, and I see no end in sight! (the muscular cowboys that accompany each color aren't bad to look at either ;)

Which color is the apple of your eye?

Don't forget to VOTE this week once a day for the Allure Beauty Blogger Awards- I need all the help I can get!

Love to your glowing faces-

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Monday, April 21, 2014


it cosmetics cc cream, olay cc cream, physicians formula cc cream

Hello lovlies! Today I am stopping by Studio5 to dish on all things CC Cream. If you've wondered what all the buzz is about, or what the differences are between a CC and a BB cream- then be sure you check out the Video below, and my top picks for products as well.

Wearing: Lace Sleeve Top c/o Oasap

CC creams are similar to BB Creams (essentially tinted moisturizers) but they pack more pigment
and are designed to neutralize redness in the skin. CC stands for 'color correcting' and the tones in a CC are often pigmented with a yellow or green base to combat the pinkness in your face. In all honesty, I believe that the use of the double letters is just a good marketing gimmick. Tinted moisturizers have been around for years- but it wasn't until all of this alphabet non-sense that they became spotlight products. The benefit of course, is that when a product is suddenly 'hot', brands throw extra money in to creating better formulas.

They are especially great for someone who wants to even out the tone of their skin but doesn't like full coverage foundation. Remember that most brands only offer 3-5 shades in their CC range, so it's very unlikely that you'll get a perfect match with your own skin tone. And that's ok. Because these formulas are based in a moisturizer, they will be more sheer in coverage and let your skin tone show through slightly.

I like to think of it like a basic math problem:

1(your skin tone) + 2(the CC tone) = 3(a combination of the two tones/ somewhere in the middle)

When buying a CC cream, I always recommend opting for a color that is lighter than your skin tone if you can't find an exact match. As a general rule CC creams tend to be darker than traditional foundations in the same range. And you can always add more color to the face with bronzers or blush- but the opposite is not true. If your base color is too dark, there is nothing you can do to lighten it without looking like Edward Scissorhands.

My top picks:

Physicians Formula CC Cream (two formulas: 20 SPF and 30SPF)
Olay Total Effects CC Cream (Anti-aging properties)
It Cosmetics CC Cream (50 SPF and the highest coverage of the three)
Double Sided Brush (only available with the Tarte Founcealer, but totally worth it!)
Chiseled Foundation Brush (only available with the Tarte Cover Creme Foundation, but again amazing!)

Do you have a favorite CC Cream? Let me know in the comments below so I can check it out. To vote for the Allure Beauty Blogger contest this week, head over here. xoxo

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Thursday, April 17, 2014


olie biiologique oil review, dermalogica hydrating booster review, beautisol exscrub me? review

It's our final episode of Ask the Expert in my Skin & Makeup Series- at least for now. But we are ending the run with a great topic sent in via instagram by reader @btrumbo. She asks, 'What are your best tips for foundation and dry skin. My foundation absorbs into my skin making it look splotchy and flaky, help!'

Well I've got some great advice and product recommendations in the video below. Take a look and find the answer. And remember that you don't have to be extremely dry skinned to benefit from these products... I promise your face will glow no matter what complexion you have. mmmm, this one is a good one!

Wearing: Lace Sleeve Blouse c/o Oasap

Products Mentioned in Video:
Beautisol Citrus Face Scrub (coupon code: 'BOGO2014' for Buy 1, get 1 free!)
Olie Biologique Rejuvenating Oil (coupon code: 'olieBB05' for 20% off!)
Dermalogica Hydrating Booster (coupon code: BOOST' for 15% off!)

Thanks for stopping by today, hope I helped any of you looking for some dry skin tips!
Too vote in the Allure Beauty Blogger contest, click here xoxo
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*Sample products were requested by The Beauty Snoop and provided by iFabbo and Brandbacker

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Round brush hot rollers for mega volume, detachable handle round brush

Raise your hand if you love BIG hair!?!
I certainly do. In fact my nickname in high school was 'Texas'- due to my love of BIG, BLONDE Hair. And while I don't rock the platinum blonde hair anymore, I still feel a little more girly and bouncy when I am sporting some major volume in the locks department. (Love to any texan ladies out there!)

At the salon, one of the number one complaints I hear from clients is about their lack of volume. It's a problem for a lot of women. I wrote a post about the perfect recipe for major volume here, but you can replace the brush and traditional rollers with these all new bad-boys of blowouts: round brush hot rollers.

What are they? Round brushes with detachable handles that give you the ability to keep the brush in place while the hair cools. I picked these up about 5 months ago and took them for a test spin at the salon. They were fab so I snagged a second set for my own use at home. 
You use the brush just as you would any other round brush while blow drying your hair. The center is made of ceramic plating, so it heats up with the hot air put out by your dryer. After the hair is 70% dried, you can roll the brush down to the scalp with a decent amount of tension- then press the release button to disconnect the handle. Now its a hot roller, waalaa! Blast the rollers with additional heat until dry. Keep the rollers in while you finish your makeup, and once cool, remove the rollers for some 'holy-hannah-that's-big-texas-hair!' 

Most sets like this that I've seen come with 5-6 rollers which is enough for a whole head. I tend to just use a couple on my trouble areas like the crown and bangs. Either way the results last much longer because the cooling stage locks in the lift. You can get true blowout results at home, especially after a little practice. My set is made by Bioionic which is a professional line sold at salons, but I found virtually the same type of system by Click n' Curl here in two different barrel sizes. (plus there is a handy video to see it in action!)

Who is coming to Texas with me?
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Friday, April 11, 2014


Colored Clay Foundation and Foundcealer use the natural minerals found in the Amazon
Well folks, the love affair continues.
I have found another Tarte product that I cannot stop loving on- and who can blame me? This stuff is magic in my eyes. [Cue the swooning here]

The Colored Clay collection from Tarte is brand new technology that harnesses natural sun baked minerals found in the Amazon jungle. The clay is layered in the earth, and is naturally colored in amazing tones that range from green to purple! Mother nature is just showing off I think. Anyways- the clay is finely milled into a dust and then added to the foundations to give a color-correcting blend of goodness.

A few weeks ago I highlighted the Tarte Colored Clay Liquid Foundation in this video. So I won't go into too much detail here- but this option is a high coverage liquid with a silky texture that's a little more dewey when applied to the face. My only negative about this one, is the container that it comes in. It has a mesh filter in the opening which helps you to pick up only the amount of product you actually need, but once the product is running low- it becomes hard to access the last bits. I just end up cutting the mesh out and scooping with my finger. Classy.

Above is a pic of me in my natural bare face. This is scary, and I hate to post it- but I can't just tell you about my acne at some point I have to show you, right? The middle pic is with foundation only (the Tarte Foundcealer in Light) and I think you can see what a good job it does of neutralizing the redness in my skin and giving me a much healthier looking tone. The final pic on the right is with additional concealer on my scars and zits, as well as contour to visually camouflage the bumps. I also added blush to complete the look.

If you like the idea of a mousse-ier type foundation, then the Tarte Colored Clay Foundcealer option may be right for you. It comes in a tube and gives a more matte finish that looks more like airbrushed powder when dry. I like this version when my complexion more clear and I don't need as much camouflage.

Both are AMAZING products that I cannot stop buying or loving. So I hope that they find a home in your makeup bag too! You can get them both for a better value on QVC in value packs that include brushes!

The Allure Beauty Blogger contest kicks off on Monday- be sure you check out all the fun beauty challenges, and P.S. I would love your vote to keep me in the running!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Eeek! I am freaking out- if only you could see my ridiculous expression as I type this!
Today Allure Magazine announced the finalists in this years Beauty Blogger of the Year Awards, and guess what!?!

I am one of them!

Holy amazing-ness, I could not be more thrilled, humbled, and terrified all at the same time.

What are the beauty blogging awards, you ask? Well basically it's like the 'Surviver' of the blogging world. Each week, for the next five weeks, we will be competing in a series of blogging challenges. The challenges are voted on by you guys, as well as judged by a panel of editors at Allure, and one celebrity guest judge each week.

At the end of each challenge, there will be a winner declared- and one or more bloggers will be eliminated. [sad face.] At the end of the five weeks, one blogger is crowned Beauty Blogger of the Year, and she wins a trip to NYC to be photographed and interviewed for the October issue of the magazine. WOWZA!

I'll need all the help I can get to stay in the race- I am up against some awesome fellow bloggers. Be sure you check them all out too, and vote for your favorites each week at The fun starts on Monday. 

Hugs and thank you's to you all for helping me get this chance!

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