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Olay Luminous and Walgreens Giveaway!

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As most of my readers know, I am particularly obsessed with oils. Face oils, body oils, hair oil....you name, I love it.  I have noticed such a tremendous change in my skin since I started using facial oils.  But, alot of readers have often complained that they can't find a decent facial oil without breaking the bank.  Now, I can finally offer an amazing, low cost alternative.  Olay Regenerist Luminous Oil.  Not only is it light, smells divine, and makes your skin skin super soft and radiant, but it is wallet friendly.  Love this!  Luckily for me, P&G and Walgreens have generously shared with my readers a giveaway for these Luminous products, and a $75 gift card to Walgreens! Now, you can become an "oil addict" too! 

The other products in the Luminous collection have stolen my heart too. The cream is perfect for under makeup, and gives your skin a stunning glow.  I am very fair with TONS of freckles, and this cream has helped me to get a more even skin tone and brighter appearance.  I have been using the combination of the oil and the cream at night for the past few weeks, and have been very impressed by the combo.  It feels like a high end product, but I adore the low end price.  I will have no problem recommending this to my clients, since I won't have to preface it with "you will love it, but it is on the pricy side".  Now, I just say "Run out and grab some!!".

Regenerist Luminous Collection

• What It Does: Olay’s Luminous line goes beyond dark spots to address dull, uneven skin and reveal your most pearlescent skin.
• How It Works: Regenerist Luminous works to repair skin at the collagen mirror to restore your most pearlescent skin. Olay has also included a Mica complex to provide an immediate radiant glow for today, while still delivering long term benefits over time.
Did you know? Myth vs. Fact: When using the right amount – just a few drops – natural oils absorb instantly giving your skin a sheer glow rather than shine (please let me know if you would like me to send over more Myth vs. Facts).

From October 26th-November 2nd Walgreens is featuring the Olay Luminous Moisturizer and Eye Cream on sale for $23.99. Plus there is a $3 brandSAVER coupon in the October 26th paper so you can pick up these fabulous products for only $20.00 each!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by P&G, but all opinions are my own

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How to Dye Your Hair at Home

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Plenty of beauty products will freshen up your look, but for busy gals, none seems quite as perfect as hair color. Unlike wrinkle creams (which can take weeks to show results) or lipstick (which wears off faster than you can reapply), dying your hair delivers shiny, more vibrant color almost instantly -- and you get to enjoy the results for weeks without any upkeep. The best part: You can do it at home.

You may think hair dying is too scary to undertake yourself, but once you learn a few tricks about choosing and applying hair color, DIY dying is a snap, says Kathleen Hui, a senior colorist at AKS Salon in New York City. Even a subtle update is all it takes to breathe new life and warmth into your look. Try these strategies for the ultimate no-fuss beauty boost:

1. Choose a demi-permanent formula.
Of all your hair-dye choices -- permanent, demi-permanent or temporary -- demi-permanent requires the least maintenance and looks the most natural. The color lasts about four to six weeks and gradually rinses out as you shampoo. That means you don’t see noticeably lighter or darker roots as your hair grows.

2. Stay within two shades of your natural color.
Depending on your hair color, the end result can look different from the box, Hui says. If you stay within one or two shades, either lighter or darker, you’ll get more predictable results and a color that looks natural on you. If you have light-brown or hazel eyes, you can look at the flecks of color in your iris: Go with a color (still within two shades) that picks up the bronze, gold or caramel hues in your eyes, and your peepers will look brighter too.

3. Color clean hair only.
Wash your hair the day or morning before you dye it. Otherwise, oil, styling products and other buildup can block the pigment from absorbing into strands, says Hui. 

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Jolen Creme Bleach and 50th Giveaway!

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Here is another one of my makeup artist secrets.....Jolen creme bleach. Celebrating its 50th birthday (this brand first hit shelves in 1964!) and still going strong as an at-home beauty staple for millions of women, including myself! 

I have been using Jolen both professionally and personally for the past 16 years.  I was first introduced to it by my makeup teacher, who suggested we always have it on hand when working with actresses or models.  This has become one of the best tips I have ever received.  Not only is it simple, and fast, but it won't irritate the skin, which is essential when I am on set.  Jolen saves me when I need to soften the look of a darker eyebrow, dark arm hair, or even the upper lip.  We all have something!  Personally, I have loved using Jolen to lighten those few dark stray hairs on my lady mustache that always seem to pop up!  

Jolen was originally created to be used as a facial bleach, especially for the lip and chin area, yet beauty enthusiasts have discovered that it works miracles on arms, thighs, and body hair as well! Bleaching is one of the safest ways to cope with unruly, or embarrassing dark hair.  

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THE BENEFITS OF BLEACHING

• Used as facial bleach for the lip, cheeks and chin area, Jolen is also recommended for lightening hair on arms, thighs, stomach and other body hair. (Note: not recommended for use on the pubic area).
• Jolen Creme Bleach is gentle to skin and leaves it soft and smooth.
• Easy to use at home, Jole Creme Bleach takes just 10 minutes for results that last up to four weeks.
• Jolen Creme Bleach formulas can be found in stores nationwide, including CVS, Harmon, Rite Aid, ULTA, Walgreens and Walmart, as well as online.

Some of my other makeup artist friends also love adding some soft highlights to their hair with Jolen since the formula is so gentle! 

If you would like to try out Jolen for yourself, why not enter their giveway! And tweet away your experiences with Jolen by using the hashtag #GoConfidently

Jolen™ 50th Giveaway:
LIKE Jolen’s new Facebook page at for glam, giveaways and beauty tricks from celebrity makeup artists!
• Now through November 14, 2014, enter the Jolen 50th Giveaway for a chance to win $50 gift cards to Jolen retailers, as well as Jolen Creme Bleach product. More than 50 winners! 
To enter, visit here!  

Disclaimer: This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received both Jolen Creme Bleach formulas and a Conair 3X/1X Illuminated LED Mirror for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

 
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How Can I Get My Eyes To Glow?

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Today's question is "how can I get my eyes to glow". Well, one of the easiest tricks and a celebrity secret for the red carpet, is to use a liquid eye shadow. Now I know it sounds a bit weird... but it gives the eyes a vibrant, bright glowy look.

  • As you can see this is instantly adding a bit of a glow and extra shimmer which will make the eyes pop. Celebrities do this for the red carpet all the time to really give their eyes that extra glow. It's subtle yet on camera it looks amazing, instantly adds that glow and beautiful pop to eyes.
  • My current favorites are mark by Avon all time eye hook ups! 
  • Don't forget that some creams can smooth on like a liquid, such as Maybelline Color Tattoo

And there you go, if you are looking for a quick and easy way to make your eyes glow, look for a liquid eye shadow.  Helps every time!

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Top 5 Fall Fashion Trends

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Summer’s gone and cooler weather may just be here to stay -- and for us, the name of the game is layering! Transitioning between the seasons can be super difficult -- especially if your wardrobe doesn’t allow constantly switching into new clothes.

It’s always good to keep a few fabulous pieces from the summer and wear them into the fall in new and exciting ways -- this may mean mixing them with deeper, richer colors like wines and burgundy or darker grays and blues.

And with the right staple pieces, the transition from summer to fall style can be easy -- just include these must-have fall fashion trends in your wardrobe:

Layer, but be neat and polished

The center of my fall (and year-round) wardrobe is a great pair of dark jeans. There’s nothing more versatile than dark denim, and it can look great with your summer sandals and your new fall boots.

As the weather begins to change, consider these jeans with everything from your favorite white t-shirt to a great long black cardigan.

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Tria Age Defying Laser Review and Results

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I am always on the hunt for a product or treatment that will help me retain a youthful glow, and keep my skin in check. At the age of 36 my skin has a mind of its own and never seems to be happy with anything. I have battled with adult acne, uneven skin tone, and pores that seem to resemble a crater. Some days it looks great, and other days…not so much.

So, three months ago, when I was asked to try out a new Tria Age-Defying Laser, I jumped at the chance. Since I have never been able to try the laser treatments at the dermatologists office due to cost, I was thrilled that there was an at home version to work with. My fellow beauty lovers, I am pleased to say I was not disappointed! The 12 week program worked, and I have loved the results.

In the video above, you will see how the program works, and get a look at the products for yourself. The benefits range from helping to erase fine lines, skin discoloration, and uneven skin texture, all while imparting a gorgeous luminosity to the skin.

For $495 you are able to receive the same benefits as the professional dermatologist treatments. This FDA-cleared approved Age -Defying Laser should be used 5 days a week during your nightly routine over the course of 12 weeks to achieve the optimal results. At first I thought that that sticking to a nightly schedule would be difficult, as most nights I can barely have the energy to wash off my makeup. But, after the first week, I found myself looking forward to the routine, and relishing the time to unwind and pamper myself.

For 12 weeks I followed a nightly routine that consisted of their Priming Cleanser, and amazing Finishing Serum. I loved how gentle it feels. Every night I completed my treatment by placing the tip of the laser flat against your my skin, and moving it in horizontal motions. The program sections the face into 4 “zones,”, and beeps when it is time to move onto the next zone. It is extremely easy! I loved completing every treatment with the Tria Finishing Serum which helped to hydrate and nourish my skin. I enjoyed being able to actually feel the laser working! The laser has a pain-free “heat” that your skin adjusts to with each level. It felt to me like tiny little pin pricks. When my skin became too dry, I added some jojoba oil to the serum to give it an added hydration boost. I also make sure to exfoliate in the morning, which has helped to alleviate any extra dryness. One of the most important things was to make sure to use a sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF to protect my new, beautiful skin! After the first few weeks, I noticed that my skin was smoother, and my pores seemed more refined. I still can’t get over how touchable my skin is. Think baby soft!
The most noticeable difference for me has been with the texture of my skin. I feel like I have become “poreless.,” My face needs less foundation than usual, and has a stunning glow. It looks healthy, and dare I say….radiant? Another bonus, the deep forehead crease is almost gone! I even see that my freckles have softened. I am hooked.

The Tria Age-Defying Laser treats multiple signs of aging on the entire face, all within 10 min a night over the course of 12 weeks. These treatments have been clinically proven to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, improve overall appearance and deliver a more youthful and radiant complexion. And the best part? You’ll notice improvement in your skin’s appearance within 2 weeks!
Truly, this treatment has made a wonderful difference in my skin, and I am confident that it could do the same for you!

DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by Tria Beauty and Style Coalition. All opinions are my own.

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Revealed Techniques in Recreating 1960’s Hairstyles

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Key hairstylist Agathe Dupuis reveals her techniques on recreating the glamorous 1960’s hairstyles with Leonor Greyl products on the set of the film ‘Grace of Monaco’ starring Nicole Kidman! ‘Grace of Monaco’ opened the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival and we can’t wait to see all the amazing costume, makeup, and most of all hair!‘Grace of Monaco’ will opened the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival and we can’t wait to see all the amazing costume, makeup, and most of all hair!


“Thank you [Leonor Greyl] for helping me create all these hairstyles from the 60’s. I used a lot of Leonor Greyl’s Gel a l’Hibiscus on the men’s hair for the party scenes such as “The Ball of the Red Cross” to keep their hair in place.

I also really love the Leonor Greyl Tonique Hydratant and Spray Algues et Fleurs which do not need to be rinsed out, are very practical while filming, and give the actors’ hair good texture.

But my little darling is the Éclat Naturel which I use for everything from scalp massages to the treatment of the ends of the hair. I can leave it all day long on the hair of the actors, it is perfect!”

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