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Best Palettes of Spring 2014

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I'm Gouldylox and unofficially, I'm the Makeup Blogger's Little Sister. It all started when I was in LA and everyone kept thinking I was her. Forget that I'm a foot taller and her hair is way better than mine. It happened at a conference later that year as well. We've been related ever since! I'm a product junkie like you've never seen...check out my five favorite palettes of Spring 2014! What are your favorites?

too faced alamode3Too Faced A La Mode Eyes is perfect for spring. The colors, the blend-ability and wear. It's just gorgeous.pantonePANTONE's Radiant Orchid Palette is one of the best values available at Sephora right now. The looks you can create are endless and if you love that pinkish-purple orchid shade, you have to have it.


Kat Von D's Monarch Palette is a warm palette that's full of non-traditional warm hues. Of course, the pigments are beautiful and glide on like butter.

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It Cosmetics Naturally Beautiful palette is mostly matte, with a shade that changes everything into a shimmer. If you love nudes or think you can't wear shimmer, this is the easiest palette to wear, ever.pfnude 2Finally, Physican's Formula Shimmer Strips All in One Nude Palette for Face and Eyes is amazing. It gives you the youthful glow of a rising country singer without breaking the bank.

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Smashbox camera ready BB Cream

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 The search for a fabulous concealer is always going on for most beauty junkies and that includes me. I’m Marcia from Beauty Info Zone and I’ve reviewed at least a dozen concealers on my blog. I have found a few that I love but that doesn’t mean I’m not always searching for something new since you just never know when that “holy grail” item will come along.

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Smashbox Camera Ready BB Eye Cream ($25) is the latest that I’ve added to my collection. I bought it because I love BB Creams (even though I’ve never tried the one from Smashbox) and because I love the idea of having Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in the product.smashbox bb eye newWhat makes it so interesting is that it’s really an eye cream that has the benefits of a BB Cream. It’s packaged in a wand that clicks up to allow the product to flow out into an applicator brush. It comes in 5 shades. I’m almost always the lightest shade in foundations and concealers and Fair works well for me. It blends onto my skin seamlessly. Other shades are Light, Light/Medium, Medium, and Dark.

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Here are some of the pros about this BB Eye Cream:
· -The Fair matches my skin perfectly.
· -It’s great to prime the area under my eyes.
· - Broad Spectrum SPF 15 is a bonus.
· -It’s very hydrating; I always feel my eyes are well moisturized when using this.
· - It’s pretty good about concealing dark circles (but notice I didn’t say great).
Here are some of the cons in my opinion:
· -The price is high at $25.00. There’s only 0.12 oz in the tube so mostly you are paying for packaging.
· - According to Smashbox it visibly smoothes fine lines and wrinkles. I don’t find that at all. Luckily the lines under my eyes are very fine but they don’t look visibly smoother when using this.
· - It doesn’t last the entire day. It looks good almost all day but by dinner time I can see it looking somewhat crepey under my eyes. It’s easy to smooth out but it never feels perfect once this happens.smashbox bb eye swatch· -If you have serious concealing to do, I don’t think this is the tool for the job.
While I haven’t fallen in love with Smashbox Camera Ready BB Eye Cream I’m not sorry I bought it and I’ve been using it often. Smashbox says that over time it will reduce those dark circles but I’m not so sure about that, especially when I jump around from product to product between being fickle and testing new concealers out. Put this on your list if you have dryness under your eyes since it’s perfect for hydrating that area.

I’ve read complaints on Sephora about the brush being stiff and the product being dry but that doesn’t describe the Smashbox BB Eye Cream I’m using. I’ve been using this for a few months and the brush is as soft as ever as is the product.

As for my favorite undereye concealers I’d rate It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye and Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer as my top two. Both are around the same price but with more than double the amount of product. Am I sorry I bought the Smashbox? No way, I’m using it often and will use it even more once the sun isn’t hiding from me.

Thank you for reading. I hope you’ll visit my blog partner Lisa and me at

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Mix up a smoothie for great skin!

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By Carleen Pruess Coulter from All Nutribullet Recipes. Visit the site for great smoothie recipes in various healthy living categories!

Fresh Organic Blueberry Smoothie

They say that you are what you eat, and it certainly can be reflected in your skin! Certain nutrients, many found in fruits, can have a positive effect on your skin. A great way to take steps toward great skin is to mix up a smoothie with some skin-friendly ingredients.

The following fruit smoothie recipe has four fruits that are particularly good for your skin:

Blueberries: Blueberries have a high carotenoid (Beta-Caraotene) content. Carotenoids are super skin boosters because they convert to active Vitamin A, which stimulates the renewal of skin cells. That in turn leads to softer and smoother skin.

Papaya: Papaya has a particularly high amount of antioxidant Vitamin C along with beta-carotene, flavonoids, folate, potassium and magnesium. Vitamin C is necessary to produce collagen, which is what keeps your skin firm.

Strawberries: Strawberries are also high in vitamin C, and they have other antioxidants which help break down free radicals that can damage your skin and lead to wrinkles.

Pear: Pears contain a large amount of fiber, more than most fruits. Fiber helps the body get rid of toxins that can damage your skin and lead to breakouts.

To make a healthy and skin-friendly smoothie with these fruits, add equal parts of each to your blender, Ninja, or Nutribullet (about 1/3 cup each for a single serving). Using frozen fruit is fine and will allow for a thicker texture. I usually use frozen blueberries and strawberries. Add about 1/2 cup of the liquid of your choice and blend. You may need to add a bit more liquid if using frozen fruits. I like to use vanilla soy milk, but regular milk, almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, or even just plain water if fine. If you want a bit of protien in your smoothie too, add about 1/4 cup of greek yogurt.

This smoothie is tasty, healthy, low calorie, high fiber, and great for your skin. All that makes it pretty darn awesome!

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Top 5 Haircare Mistakes

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By Lauren Fischer for The Style Glossy

Think your daily hair care routine is full of healthy hair choices? You may be surprised to discover that you’re unwittingly wreaking havoc on your tresses. Eliminate these five common mistakes and give your hair the TLC it deserves.

1. Rushing from dryer to flat iron. Following a hasty blow dry with a flat or curling iron to perfect a style is likely to sizzle your strands.

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Beauty Trend –, The Mecca of Product Selection

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by Sian Bitner Kearney: 

Have you ever found yourself endlessly searching online or on drug store shelves for the perfect moisturizer only to give up, defeated by the overwhelming number of products? Have you ever wished that there were a simpler way to find the best products without having to conduct all of the trial and error yourself? Dermatologist Fayne L. Frey, M.D. feels your pain and has brilliantly formulated a simple solution called At, you not only have a place view pertinent information about products for anti-aging, sun care and moisture retention, you can also find products based solely on your individual needs. The process is quick and simple, click on the “Product Selector” tab, answer a few questions, and bam – customized products just for your skin type and individual needs!

Frey said the idea for came to her after she noticed how confused many of her patients were about what products to use. “On a daily basis I am asked in the office, ‘Dr. Frey, what is the best moisturizer?’ or ‘What is a good sunscreen?’,” she said. “After more than twenty years of dermatologic practice, I realized that my patients were overwhelmed, and often frustrated, by the selection of over-the counter skincare products with no scientific method to select a desired product. My solution was; a free, educational, easily accessible resource that simplifies the process of selecting skincare products.”

Frey is certainly no novice when it comes to skincare selection. With a resume jam packed with impressive degrees and more than 20 years of professional experience, she has developed a true passion for skin and the knowledge of what it takes to keep it safe and beautiful. Frey says what makes her site different that the average product selection site is two fold; one, she has no financial interest in any product or manufacturer on the site so all recommendations are based purely on the facts as determined within medical literature. Two, the site offers a product selector that helps consumers select products based on their individual needs such as fragrance free products for sensitive skin or special products for skin conditions such as eczema. What’s even better is that the majority of the products suggested are affordable and typically available at your local drug store.

Of course, having a renowned dermatologist at my disposal, I had to ask her thoughts on the biggest beauty/skincare mistakes she sees consumers make. This is what she had to say:

1. Mistake # 1: Purchasing very expensive products that do no more than hydrate. They would be better off purchasing a quality moisturizer from their local pharmacy.
“Based on scientific research, I assure you, there is no “Fountain of Youth” in a bottle. The workhorse of every OTC moisturizer (including anti-aging creams) is its ability to hydrate the skin. Imagine if a raisin is pumped with water, it becomes a grape. This may decrease the appearance of fine lines, but it is a temporary hydrating effect only. Consumers often purchase extremely expensive “anti-aging” creams expecting actual rejuvenation of the skin.

2. Mistake # 2: Most individuals do NOT apply daily sunscreen (or a moisturizer containing a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.)
“A Magic Potion! It exists. It prevents 90% of sunspots, wrinkles and saggy skin. It is sold everywhere yet only one in ten Americans actually applies it daily. Scientific studies shows that compared to other OTC ingredients, the most effective “anti-aging” preventative ingredient available today in skincare products is sunscreen.”

3. Mistake #3: The use of too many harsh products.
“The skin has an amazing ability to hydrate itself. It produces lipids and proteins that help maintain adequate water content to help keep it soft and supple. Consumers use too many products (harsh soaps, toners, astringents) that contain ingredients that actually strip the natural lipids and proteins that help keep the skin hydrated.”

So there you have it ladies! For more information on Dr. Frey or do make your own customized product selection, visit

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Get The Look: Kate Mara for Orlane

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Celebrity makeup artist Coleen Campbell-Olwell used Orlane products to create Kate Mara’s stunning look for the red carpet premiere of ‘Transcendence’. 

“For Kate’s look tonight, she’s wearing a gorgeous, gold Valentino dress with swept-up hair, so we decided to do bold and metallic shadows on her eyes with a pop of color and luminous, radiant skin."


  • Since the weather here in LA is so warm and dry, I started by massaging in Orlane’s Super-Moisturizing Light Cream for extra hydration. This product is a staple in my kit! It really preps the skin so that the foundation goes on smoothly.
  • I then dabbed on Orlane’s Absolute Skin Recovery Eye Contour under her eyes.
  • Next, I mixed two drops of the Morning Recovery Concentrate into Chanel’s Vitalumiere Foundation for extra luminosity and applied it with a dampened Beauty Blender.


  • For extra definition, I contoured under her cheekbones with a medium-sized fluffy brush and Orlane’s Bronzer in Soleil Cuivre 02. This bronzer is perfect for contouring because it is matte and looks so natural.
  • Then, to add a hint of peach to the apples of her cheeks, I swirled on Dior’s Blush in Amber Show.


  • On Kate’s eyes, I applied metallic and gold shadows and used a purple accent for a pop of color.
  • I decided to forgo false lashes and instead lined her top lash line with Antonym’s Certified Natural Eye Pencil in Noir.
  • To add density to her lashes, I took a small, dense shadow brush and smudged it in.
  • Then, I applied two coats of Orlane’s Volume Care Mascara. I LOVE this mascara as it creates such long, lush lashes


  • I love Kate’s lip color, so we went au natural and just applied a balm on top to keep them hydrated.

*To finish off the look, I used Orlane’s Highlight Care Brush to add extra glow to the top of her cheekbones, the inside corner of her eyes, and the top of her lip line.
Lastly, I dusted Orlane’s Translucent Loose Powder on her t-zone.

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The Style 2020 Event!

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Next month I will be attending the Style 2020 event in Newport Beach, CA and I would love to see all of my beauty mavens! Style 2020 is hosting a private style and beauty red carpet event on May 2nd at the Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach, CA. Featuring guest speakers include Kathryn Moore, Cindy Carrandi from Sephora, and Nicole Simpson from L'Oreal. Lunch and a Champagne open bar will be available to attendees as well! 

The topic of discussion is "How do define style?" and I can't wait to hear everyone's personal take on the subject.

To find out more about this very cool event, make sure to follow #style2020 hashtag and the style 2020 twitter handle @style_2020


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