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Friday, October 31, 2014


top skin care masques, facial masks, Freeman Masks, Boscia Masks, Sheet Masks, Fiber Masks, Peel Off Masques, Rose Petal Mask

There are about a million and one different kinds of facial masks out there in the world of beauty, and it can be overwhelming to find the one that is right for you. I compiled this little guide to give you a rundown of the basic types of skincare masques, so that you know what is best for your type of skin. I also stopped by Studio5 TV today to have a little fun with the holiday- after all, there's no better day than Halloween to talk about masks, am I right!?!

Why use a face mask at all? Well masks are typically power-packed with super concentrated ingredients that deliver more to your skin than daily use products. They are designed to treat, balance, and correct skin issues more thoroughly, and they are also fun to use for a relaxation session about once per week.

Clay Masks -Freeman Chocolate & Strawberry Clay Mask or Mint & Lemon Clay Mask Clay masques are designed to remove impurities from the skin, dry up oil, and leave the skin tightened and resurfaced. They are best for oily skin or those with large pores, and can also be spot treated in trouble areas such as the nose, forehead or chin.

Sheet Mask/Fiber MasksRenew You Fruit Enzyme Sleep Bamboo Mask The latest craze in skincare, has to be the introduction of the sheet mask! They have been popular in Asia for many years, but have now made it big in the US as well. The fiber sheet (often made of bamboo) is soaked in potent ingredients that are designed to hydrate or resurface the skin. The masks' cut outs for the eyes, mouth and nose- often resemble that of a 'Jason' hockey mask, but if you can stand looking silly for 20 minutes you'll love the way these masks deliver. Good for all skin types.

Fresh Food MasksLush Lettuce Love Fresh Mask Fresh ingredient masks use the vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables to nourish the skin without the use of preservatives or other chemical ingredients. Often these masks are made from things like blueberries, seaweed, honey, bananas, and oatmeal. They have a short shelf life, about two weeks, and are great for those looking for a natural remedy. Be sure you are cautious with any food allergies when using these.

Peel Off MasksBoscia Luminizing Black Mask Peeling masques are designed to exfoliate the skin and remove impurities by peeling them away with the mask to be discarded. These masks are fun to use, and offer the most visual change to the skin after use. A thin coating of the product on the skin dries for about 20 minutes, then is peeled away to reveal a fresh layer of skin. I don't recommend these for people who have lots of redness, broken capillaries, or loose mature skin.

Cream/ Serum MasksCharlotte Tilbury Multi- Miracle Balm Mask Cream or Serum masques are designed to rehydrate the skin, calm redness, and reduce the appearance of fine lines. They are power-packed with ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, that draws moisture from the air into the skin. These are best for normal to dry skin, and can be used often for treatment of dry patches.

Gel MasksPeter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio Repair Mask Gels are usually designed for anti-aging, and help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They are great for evening out skin tone, and for moisturizing- using ingredients such as rose water or cucumber extracts. Gels can often be refrigerated as well to give a cooling and inflammation-reducing effect to the skin. They are meant for all skin types, and are also good for use on the neck area and decollate.

Hope you have a better idea of which mask is right for you. Let me know if you have a favorite mask that I should try in the comments down below. See you all next week- and have a Happy and Safe Halloween! xo
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014


This seasons hottest nail colors for Fall 2014

From Top:
Estee Lauder- Diva Moment
Essie- The Perfect Cover Up
OPI- Skating on Thin IceLand
Zoya- Thea
Revlon- Bordeaux
Zoya- (Matte Velvet) Posh
Butter London- Dubs
Essie- Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low

I've been scouring the latest Fall 2014 nail color collections from all my favorite brands, and I've rounded up this seasons hottest colors. It's all about rich pigment with a Holiday flair- and I love the idea of it all!

I feel like I am able to keep up with my manicures much better in the colder months, because I am not outdoors swimming or working in the yard etc. My polish isn't nearly as prone to chipping off during this time of year, so it gets me more excited to play with new colors frequently. I am loving the jewel tones in all of the collections, they are so sophisticated and perfect for upcoming Holiday parties. If you are looking for a new color or two- stick with these for maximum ooh-la-la factor and compliments from your friends.

Thanks for reading- you guys are the best, and I love you all! Be sure you come back Friday for a Halloween inspired round up of my favorite facial masks with Studio5 TV.

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Monday, October 27, 2014


Fall 2014 trends: sleek, blunt haircuts with red tones

Howdy Snoopers! Happy Monday- can you believe how fast the month has gone by?!
With every changing season I love to switch up my locks, and bring you along for the ride while I do it. Fall 2014 is the season for sleek and blunt-edged haircuts, and celebrities like Halle Berry and Whitney Port have both opted for blunt LOB haircuts too.

Take a look at the video below to see how I took my hair from Summer to Fall, and let me know in the comments below if you have any plans to switch up your hair this season as well.

Products & Tools used:
Sam Villa Blow Dryer (save 20% with code: '20FORUT')
GHD Coral Flat Iron
Body Up Brushes
Unite Hair Oil
The Gnarly Whale Detangler Spray

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to enter my Beauty Blender giveaway here if you haven't already. xo
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014


a guide to using your beauty blender for maximum results

Every now and then, there is a beauty tool that comes around that changes the landscape of the industry. These rare cult-favorites are usually an investment and it may take some convincing [and/or saving] before you decide to buy. If you are like me, you may have tried some of the other knock-off sponges first in hopes that you would get the same results without the heavy price tag, but alas that didn't work out in your favor. Fast forward to today- I actually own and use FOUR Beauty Blenders currently, because it really is that good and I am totally obsessed. But again, if you are like me, you want to get the most out of your purchase because after all, $20 is $20 and it doesn't grow on trees.

Here are 7 ways to use your beauty blender in your makeup routine:

*Remember your BB should always be pre-moistened with water prior to use. This changes the texture and size of the sponge, but also makes it so your products aren't absorbed into the sponge.

1- Moisturizer or Serum
The BB is ideal for applying your moisture products and the white Pure BB is designed for just that, although any of the sponges work great.

2- Primer
This is one of my favorite uses for the sponge because it presses the primer into the pores and fills them more compactly and evenly then using your finger tips. Use the small end to apply your eye lid primers as well.

3- Foundation (Liquid or Powder) & Setting Powder
The most common use for the BB is to apply foundation, and if you just use it for this one step you'll still feel as though it was worth the purchase! The bouncing action of the sponge distributed your foundation so evenly with out streaking, and mimics the natural texture of your skin. Many people don't know however, that powdered foundations are also applied beautifully with the BB too. Just dip the sponge into the minerals, tap off the excess, and bounce the sponge on the skin to distribute the formula seamlessly. Finish your whole look with a dusting of translucent setting powder too.

4- Contour & Blush (Cream or Powder)
The precision small-sided tip of the sponge is perfect to draw lines of your dark contour colors under the cheekbones, down the sides of the nose, and under the jawline. You'll be able to see exactly where the color is placed and your results will be that much better. Then flip the sponge over, and bounce the rounded side along your contour lines to blend and blur the lines. Ditto for your blush as well.

5- Concealer
Use the BB to blend concealer with minimum effort and maximum comfort. I never worry about tugging on the delicate skin around my eyes with the BB because its' texture is so forgiving. The point of the sponge is great for getting to the inner corners of your eyes, and the small folds around your nose. BB even has a new mini sponge for detailed worked, although I haven't tried it yet.

6- Eye Shadow (Cream or Powder)
You might not think about using the BB for your eye shadow, but I find it is an amazing way to apply your cream shadows and blend out your edges with powdered shadows as well. The pointed tip makes application a breeze, and you can layer and build color beautifully. The mini BB would also be great for this purpose.

7- Lips (Balms or Stains)
When applying your more liquidy lip colors like balms, glosses or stains- the BB is a welcome companion. I love it for adding a hint of tint to the lips without looking too heavy in color. It's also ideal for blending ombre or color fade lipstick looks. Apply your lip liner first, then simply dab the lip color to fill in the lines.

Are there any ways you use your Beauty Blender that I haven't tried? Let me know in the comments below- and if you haven't tried a Beauty Blender yet... I am sure you can see that I highly recommend it! Be sure to enter the giveaway below- I am giving away a Professional Blender. Wahoo!

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*This post is NOT SPONSORED, I just truly love the BB and wanted to share!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014


Get excited- it's the Pinner's Conference! And yours truly will be teaching two fun classes in hairstyling. The Pinner's Conference is a two day event held in Salt Lake City. It is filled with classes taught by your favorite bloggers and social influencers, plus tons of amazing shopping for the items and products you see all over Pinterest.

One class will teach you quick Holiday Up Styles that will be perfect for your family parties and office events this holiday season. And the other class is all about the Tricks of the Trade, and will teach you styling tips that are used in salons around the world for your best hair yet.

Here's a sneak peak at one of the up styles that you'll learn at the conference- I shared it on the Fresh Living show yesterday:

I can't wait to meet some of you, and teach along side some of my favorite Pin-fluencers and bloggers, like MaskCara, The Six Sisters, Matt Townsend, and Vintage Revivals. Plus 90 others! It's an amazing event, and I know you'll love it.

Pinner's Conference Details:
When- Nov 7th & 8th
Where- South Towne Expo Center, Salt Lake City UT
Register- and save $5 on your ticket with code: 'thebeautysnoop'
Cost- Free to come in and shop the booths, or class packages start at $10

Let me know if I'll see you there, and be sure you are following me on instagram- I am headed to Chicago for my first time this weekend, and I'll be sharing snippets from my trip. xo

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Halloween is right around the corner, and it's one of my favorite holidays of the year! I wanted to share with you a fun Halloween tutorial that you can recreate at home if you are in need of some costume inspiration. The look was inspired by this striped dress from Shabby Apple. It's not a 'costume' at all, but it would work for so many outfits like a pirate, a witch and of course, a gypsy. If you have a striped dress at home, all you need is to add a few accessories and makeup, and it can be a quick and easy costume too. Everything else in my costume just came from my own closet, and I didn't have to venture in to a high-priced costume store...winning!

Here's a quick video of how I created this gypsy look, let me know what you think.

Purple Striped Dress c/o Shabby Apple

Rope Twist Tutorial

Blue Shadow
Pink Shadow
Gold Shadow
Plum Gel Liner
Contour Foundation
Liquid Shimmer
Liquid Blush
Brow Gel
Lip Gloss
Metallic Flake

Happy [early] Halloween! Let me know in the comments below if you liked this video, and what you are gonna dress up as for the holiday. Thanks for stopping by, xo

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