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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

10 BEAUTY[FULL] THINGS THIS BLOGGER IS GRATEFUL FOR


This week I would be remiss if I didn't take the time to write down some things that I am grateful for. Thanksgiving is such an amazing holiday, but as I get older and as my children get older, it is beginning to have so much more meaning to me. I have so much to be thankful for- and 2014 has been such a remarkable year for me in particular. My blog has grown so much (thank you all!), my husband and I built our dream home, and my children continue to grow with good health and happiness. I wanted to share a few of my favorite things to be grateful for, some of them are beauty related, while others are not. I hope that your Thanksgiving holiday is filled with family and love!

1- Indoor Plumbing. What a gift. And as a salon owner, I know first hand that warm running water is a true luxury, and that we so often take it for granted. I am grateful that we can offer this luxury to our clients every day as we shampoo their hair at the salon. But I know we can also be better at conserving. So lets make an effort to do our part.

2- Moisturizer & Lip Balm. I live in one of the driest states in America. Without these kinds of hydrating products, I would shrivel up into a prune of grumpiness. #truth

3- Education & the Freedom to Pursue It. This year my oldest daughter, P started Kindergarten. It has been interesting, and exciting and terrifying all at once. But I am overwhelmed with joy to think that she has the chance to gain an education, and learn for herself. I hope that those women and children that are not yet able to go to school in other countries, will continue to fight for that basic human right, and that we will see it come to fruition in my lifetime.

4- Blogger Friends. One thing that is very hard about being an adult woman, is finding and keeping good friends. I am not sure why that is- but it sucks! One of the greatest, if not the greatest blessings that has come from blogging for me, has been the addition of other like-minded blogging friends. And while there is a fair share of competitive nonsense that can come along with blogging too, I have met some amazing women that have been such great gifts in my life. #love

5- Pizza. I could eat it every day.

6- ZzzQuil. I have had trouble falling asleep since I was in Junior High. I assume the timing lined up with life getting hard, and my inability to turn off my brain and just let go. Sometimes, I would lay in bed for 2-3 hours before I could fall asleep, and even then I would barely be 'beneath the surface' of sleep. About 2 years ago I discovered ZzzQuil, an over-the-counter sleep aid. It has changed my life! I use it every night- but I am not addicted in any way. I wake up without being drowsy, and I can even wake in the middle of the night to help my kids without any problems. So grateful for better sleep.

7- Prayer, Guidance & Faith. I don't often talk about my religion on this blog, but I couldn't talk about gratitude without mentioning my immense love for my Father in Heaven and his hand and guidance in my life. I know that he lives and loves his children. He blesses my life and I am so grateful to know that I can speak to him through prayer whenever I need answers, or strength in my trials.

8- Digital Photos. Thanks to my cell phone, I am able to capture photos all day long of my girls and their lives. I have thousands of pictures and videos documenting our adventures, and the life phases of my children and my relationship with my husband. Digital trails that tell our story. #joy

9- Mascara. Without it, I look somewhat alien. Blonde eyelashes just aren't fair.

10- Family. The only thing that truly matters. #eternal

I love you all, and this small place that I have on the internet to share with you. Thank you for your support. I am truly blessed and have so much to be grateful for. Happy Thanksgiving! xo



Thursday, November 20, 2014

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: TOP 10 GIFTS FOR THE HAIR GURU

Christmas gift guide for her, hair and beauty gift giving guide, gift ideas for women and teens who love Sephora, gift ideas for women, hair stylist picks for best gifts this season: T3 Showerhead; Click n Curl Brushes; Living Proof Prime & Prep; Wen Cleansing Conditioner Trio; Sephora Gold Star Brush Duo; Nume Titan 3; Alterna Bamboo Volume Trio; Kerastase Carre Lissant; Emi Jay Ties; Top Shop Scrunchie

This is a gift guide that I could seriously do some damage with- after all hair has been my full time profession for almost 13 years now! I am always on the hunt for the best hair products, tools, and innovations, and this list has a nice smorgasbord of all of them. Take a look at my picks for the 10 best gifts available this Holiday season for the hair and beauty guru on your list, and be sure you let your significant other know about your favs on the list too. These are all products, tools and brands that have personally used and love- so you'll be sure to love them too. 

1- Emi Jay Hair Ties & Top Shop Polka Dot Scrunchie Cute hair accessories never hurt nobody

2- T3 Source Shower Filter One of life's greatest gifts is soft water for your hair and skin. Add the filter straight to your shower head and see and feel the difference immediately!

3- Click n Curl Brushes with Detachable Handles The at-home blowout just got better with the round brush that doubles as a hot roller too, see my full review here and then scoop them up for BIG hair!

4- Living Proof Primed & Ready Set This brand owned by Jennifer Aniston, knows good hair. The priming creme in this set is a cult favorite, but the hair spray and texture spray are just icing on the cake. See my first review of Prime here.

5- WEN Cleansing Conditioner Trio If your a curly haired gal, or prefer a non lathering shampoo then WEN is the pick for you. You can't go wrong with this trio of their best selling scents.

6- Gold Star Detangling Brush/Comb Duo Add some bling to your bathroom counter with these dazzling gold detanglers.

7- Nume Titan 3 Wand Set (save 10% with code: numegift) Now is the time to scoop up my favorite wands, they are the best price of the year, plus you can save extra! They heat up so fast and give amazing curl! I will never use another brand again, and my bet is that you won't either!

8- Alterna Bamboo Volume Trio BIG HAIR has never been easier, and this set is by far the best way to get it. I am in la la love with this line- the scent and the results are tops! The 48 hour volume spray is worth its' weight in gold. See me go gah-gah over it here on Studio5 TV.

9- Kerastase Carre Lissant Static Removing Hair Wipes If you suffer from static or fly-away hair in the cold months then finally there is a product out there that will change your life! These wipes are so cool, and fit nicely in your purse for on-the-go static control. Each one has a lightweight wax coating on it, that sweeps over the hair to neutralize static and lock hairs into a frizz free position. Genius! I'll be adding them to this old post about static as well.

Which hair must-have is on your list for Santa? Let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by! Be sure you are following along over on instagram, and say hello too, xo

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CHRISTMAS 2014 GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE MAKEUP LOVER

The best gifts for the gal who loves makeup this christmas 2014

Can you believe another Holiday season is upon us? It seems to sneak up quicker each year- and I always promise myself that I will get my lists made sooner and my shopping done earlier, but I haven't made a dent in that goal yet. I have snooped out the best of the beauty world already though, and this year I'm SO EXCITED for the gift giving possibilities! This is the best time to buy beauty products because they are bundled together in amazing gift kits that give you a much better price on each item. You can give the whole set to a special someone, or break the set down into smaller parts for multiple recipients. 

If you are like me however, you'll just forward this post to your own loved ones- and ask them to shop for YOU! That way, you are sure to get a killer gift, and trust me- these bad boys will not disappoint. Later this week, I'll also share my gift guide for the HAIR LOVER... so be sure to come back for that one too. Here is a look at the top gift picks for the MAKEUP LOVER on your list this year:

1- Tarte Lash Limited Edition Mascara and Curler A favorite mascara and lash curler that I've used for years. The pearls however make me want to buy a new one just for fun!

2- Deborah Lippman Nail Polish Set The colors of the season all in one collection.

3- Napoleon Perdis Greatest Hits Cheek Palette These colors are stunning and I love having them all in a single palette.

4- Jane Iredale Smoke & Mirrors Kit The perfect smokey eye in one place is so nice to have!

5- Buxom Lip Gloss Roulette Wheel I buy the Buxom lip gloss set every Christmas, but this one takes the cake as the biggest, bad ass of them all! Can't wait to spin the wheel!
6- Too Faced Everything Nice Set Gorgeous shadows, and cheek colors in a formula that I am never disappointed by. It's super pigmented and creamy, plus the sparkly pouch is perfect for NYE.

7- Beauty Blender + Benefit Limited Edition Kit This is a Holy Grail kit! You know I love my BB, but throw in two Benefit products and you've got a knock out punch. This one is only online.

8- Bite Mix n' Mingle Lip Favorites Minis never looked so good, and this set mixes in glosses, matte lipsticks, and lip crayons all from one of my top brands for lip products. Great for individual gifts.

9- Smashbox On the Rocks Brush Set This brush set is stunning in person and has everything you need for 2015. It travels well and the bristles are extra soft and cut to perfection. You'll love it.

Happy Shopping! xo
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

REPEAT OFFENDERS // EMPTIES WINTER 2014

Beauty Blogger Megan Moore shares her good-to-the-last drop beauty empties of Studio5 TV

Howdy lovlies! Today I am stopping by my fav Studio5 TV to dish on the bottles that always find themselves to be empty in my collection way too quickly! Some of these things you may recognize if you've been a reader of mine for a while- I just can't give up on a good thang that ain't broke. But, there are some new loves in the collection as well, that I have been buying and re-buying because they are simply good to the last drop!

Check out the video (available after 2pm MST) and the list of my repeat offenders below:


NYX Brow Cake Powder- Super affordable brow powder that stay put all day and adds great volume to the brow hairs. Available in 4 collections too, so every gal is covered.

Philosophy Hope in Jar Foundation- Light weight velvet finish that mimics skins texture so perfectly and is very hydrating. Works like a charm with my Beauty Blender and is my latest obsession in foundation! 

Wearing: Texture Flare Dress  |  Tie Front Blouse
St Tropez Bronzing Mousse- I use this year round and swear by it! It's the easiest to apply without streaks or spots, and it's green base color ensures no orangey tone to the skin. Use with the application mitt for best results.

Shiseido Ultimune- Skin care concentrate that is designed to build the immunity of the skin and build its' defense to environmental stressors. It hydrates, soothes and retextures the skin on contact. See my full review here.

Alterna 48 Hour Sustainable Volume Spray- GAME CHANGER for hair... my favorite volume discovery to date! 

Carol's Daughter Monoi Split End Sealer- Seals split ends back together and leaves hair smooth instantly, and smells like heaven. Mmm, so yummy


Thanks so much for stopping by,  I have the best readers- and I am so grateful for you all! Truth.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

THE LATEST IN SKIN CARE ISN'T ACTUALLY NEW AT ALL // CHINESE MEDICINE SKIN CARE

Chinese Skin Care Products, The Best Chinese Skin  Care Products available in the US

The beauty world has been buzzing lately with the influx of Asian skincare products making their mark in the States like never before. Subscription boxes, specialty shops and online boutiques that carry only products imported from Asia, and those made here in the US that specialize in the use of traditional Asian ingredients and recipes- are popping up like hotcakes! 

I have been keeping an eye out and testing a fair share of these brands, boxes, and gizmos- in search for the best to bring to you, my fellow Snoopettes. And today, I am thrilled to bring you a look at a brand that's not only right on trend, but also laced with tradition dating back thousands of years using traditional Chinese medicine in their skincare products. 

Mei Yin had me at 'Hello' really... Their simple clean packaging speaks to their philosophy of pure ingredients and pure practices as well. And with just one sniff of their elixirs, you'll know you've found skin care gold. The cool thing about Mei Yin is that they take a holistic approach to skin care, by using herbs, flowers and plants for their healing properties and medicinal effects. Everything is plant based, never tested on animals, and completely natural- which can be truthfully very hard to find in the world of beauty. 

Currently I am using the Bai Shao Yao Cleansing Milk which has a light cream texture to it and works really well with my dry, yet acne prone skin. It is an oatmeal milk cleanser which I love, and it leaves the skin squeaky clean without any residue or film left on it. 

Next I use the Chen Pi Daily Tonic which is my favorite from the line- it is made with green tea and Chinese herbs so it is light an refreshing with a slight tingle on the skin. I love the botanical scent on this toner which really adds to a spa like experience when you use it. [Those who love the scent of Aveda hair products- will go nuts for this tonic as well... they are meant to be friends!]

Finally I finish up with the Sha Shen Hydrating Moisturizer. It's perfect for these colder months because it has a rich, yet airy consistency and is a wonderful sleeping mask. I love the way it feels under my eyes especially, and the peony scent is heavenly. I would also recommend this as a great neck and decollate moisturizer because a little goes a long way and the ingredients are great for plumping and firming skin. 

Be sure you check out Mei Yin if you are in the market for some pure skin care, and if the Eastern philosophy of wellness speaks to you the way it does to me. You can also get 20% off of your order with the code: 'beautysnoop20' Tried any Chinese herb based skincare? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to hear about it. Thanks so much for stopping by today, xo

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Friday, November 7, 2014

GET RID OF DULL SKIN ONCE AND FOR ALL // CLARISONIC REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

Thanks to Clarisonic for sponsoring this post as part of the SocialStars network for Spa Week. #soniclove

Electric face brush, cleansing brush, facial brush, sonic face brush, clarisonic

It's the final day of Spa Week- and we are wrapping up with a look at the cleansing brush that started it all; the Clarisonic. I've been a fan since day one (I bought the original, and then later the Mia2), and I've talked about my Clarisonic on this blog before in my 'at-home facial routine' here, if you wanna go back and check that out.

Electric face brush, cleansing brush, facial brush, sonic face brush, clarisonicUsing the Clarisonic brush is like giving your face a spa facial at home every time you use it. The tiny
sonic pulses work to cleanse your skin 6 times better than any manual cleansing ever could and the result is astounding. When I first started using my Mia brush, I have to admit, I was a little over zealous and ended up over drying and sensitizing my face- because I just loved to use it SO much. But after I cut back and found the right balance for my skin and dry climate (2x's per week) my skin has improved tremendously in texture and tone. I've seen the pore size on my nose and forehead dramatically reduced, and that is worth a LOT in my book.

One of my fav parts about the brush is that it can go with you in the shower or the bath without fear of being water damaged, so if you are
in a hurry you can kill two birds with one stone. It makes the tedious chore of cleaning your face every night truly enjoyable, and a task that I actually look forward to, rather than dread. I have the light pink Mia 2, but there are so many cute colors and patterns to pick from. Also, on a weird side note- I love the quiet humming sound it makes while cleaning... looney bin? yes.

TheBeautySnoop.com Clarisonic Mia Review, Skincare Reviews from Top Beauty Blogger, Megan Moore
The Clarisonic can be customized with many different cleansing brushes for your skin type as well. I
prefer the sensitive brush, but there are also normal, acne prone, deep cleansing, and luxe version brushes. The brushes should be swapped out every three months for best results- and I find that to be really accurate with my routine seeing as I use and remove a LOT of makeup. ha!

If you haven't tried one of these puppies yet- I highly recommend that you do, and if Santa needs a little push in the right direction- send him a link to this post so you'll be sure to get just what you want in your stocking. It's a skin care goody that fits so nicely into a busy lifestyle, and that doesn't break the bank. I have loved my Mia for years now, and I don't see that love affair ending any time soon.

Now, for the fun part... the Giveaway! To enter use the rafflecopter down below, and good luck. Don't forget to enter giveaways #1 and #2 as well- all winners will be announced next week. xo

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