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Estee Lauder Double Wear

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Everyone knows how much I love a good concealer, and one of my staples for the past 17 years has been Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer.

Recently, I was asked to try out some other Double Wear products, and it only confirmed my love and loyalty to the line.  In fact, this weekend is my wedding (squeee!!!)  and I will be using my new Double Wear products for my rehearsal dinner. We are getting married in Temecula, and thanks to the CA heat wave, I need a foundation that will withstand the heat.  This will do it, and I know that I won't have a makeup meltdown disaster.  

I went to the Estee Lauder counter to get i-matched, and we decided I was a firm 2.0.  It couldn't have been easier to color match!  I decided I wanted to have a glowy, but medium coverage, so we combined the Double Wear BB Cream and the Double Wear Light foundation to a customized look.  I also grabbed up the Double Wear highlighter, which is my new obsession.  The coverage is more opaque than normal highlighters, and could work well as a concealer replacement if you are not riddled with under eye circles like I am.

Honestly, I will be using these three new products on a daily basis.  It gave me a gorgeous glow AND didn't budge all day.  If it is good enough for my wedding weekend, than it is good enough to be added to my permanent makeup wardrobe.

How it Works

  • Double Wear Makeup is formulated to last 15-hours and helps to maintain a worry-free fresh and natural look through heat, humidity and nonstop activity.
  • Won't change color, smudge or come off on clothes.
  • Feels lightweight and comfortable.
  • Fragrance- and oil-free, dermatologist-tested, and non-acnegenic.

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Celebs Find Beauty in their Pantry

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I'm always checking to see how my favorite celebrities always seem to look so perfect. I found a trend. Many of their beauty secrets are right in my own pantry. I'd never have thought I could whiten my teeth, soften my skin or even treat my acne with stuff I already had on hand for completely different purposes.

Tasty White Teeth

This one has to come first simply because it's my favorite. If you've ever envied Catherine Zeta Jones's pearly whites, add strawberries to your brushing routine. She mixes baking soda and smashed strawberries to create her own whitening paste. Not only does it taste pretty good, but it works.

Oil For Shiny, Healthy Hair

I'm not a huge guacamole fan, but Kate del Castillo's hair mask trick works wonders. For dry hair, it's an absolute must. She mixes almond oil and mashed avocado and applies as a mask. After washing out, hair is much shinier.

While you might not have castor oil on hand, your grandmother probably does. Once again, Catherine Zeta Jones has a perfect trick for healthier hair. She brushes a small amount of castor oil and her hair is beautiful and shiny.

A Night Cap For Soft Skin

I haven't tried this one, but I'm intrigued. While we've all heard a glass of red wine is good us, did you know you can bathe in it for softer skin? Teri Hatcher swears by it. Of course, one look at her skin and maybe it's time to pour my wine in the tub instead of a glass. My advice is to use the cheap stuff for bath time. Just a few glasses worth is all you need.

Turn Any Cleanser Into An Exfoliator

If you need light exfoliation, you don't have to buy a special product. Jessica Biel adds just two teaspoons of sugar to her favorite cleanser. Alternatives include baking soda, oatmeal and even salt. However, I personally found salt to be a bit too abrasive for sensitive skin.

Brush Your Pimples

I hate when I have something big planned the next day and a bright red pimple pops up the before I go to bed. I personally tried Jennifer Love Hewitt's solution and it did make a major difference. The pimple wasn't gone completely, but it went from glow in the dark to easily coverable overnight. She places a tiny amount of plain toothpaste on the pimple and lets it dry overnight. It dries out zits and reduces redness. Remember, plain toothpaste and not gel or specialty varieties.

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Beauty Bag Essentials

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As a woman and self proclaimed makeup addict, I of course have drawers full of goodies at my house; however, when traveling or simply heading out for the day, my collection of necessities has to be limited. I do love to change up my eye color on occasion and even shades of blush and lipstick, but for my everyday look and every day needs, here are my top beauty recommendations.

Dr. Jart+ Beauty Balm
Admittedly, I rarely use a regular foundation. I hate how heavy they feel and how the seem to seep into my fine lines and wrinkles. For a while, I used to only use a concealer; however, as time started to march across my face leaving behind sun damage and wrinkles, I decided to step up my coverage a bit. This beauty balm has multiple benefits; it perfects and protects the skin, contains anti-aging properties and has an SPF 45. So, on days when I’m I a rush, this one product serves as a moisturizer, sunscreen, ant-aging serum and foundation all in one shot.

bareMinerals Mineral Veil
This loose powder is the mac daddy of powders. It’s light enough to use on dry skin but still keeps shine away on oily skin. Mostly I love it because every time I apply it, it gives my skin a gorgeous airbrushed look with just a tiny dusting. Another reason I love this powder is the fact that aside from super hot and humid days, one application typically lasts me all day long… even my T-zone area!

bareMinerals Ready Bronzer
Much like the mineral veil, a little of this product goes a long way. This bronzer gives my skin a much-needed J-lo type glow without the sparkly afterglow. The gorgeous bronzer also contains SeaNutrive Mineral complex to help fight the signs of aging.

Make Up Forever HD Blush in Coral
This is by far my favorite blush and I go on record to say it’s worth every single penny! The creamy formula can be applied with fingertips or a brush, and instead of sitting on your skin like most blushes, it sinks in, leaving behind nothing but a gorgeous glow! The coral color is buildable and perfect for giving a healthy flush any time of year. This is another product that once in place, seems to last me all day long without needing to be reapplied.

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
I love my mascara. In my opinion, eyelashes are the number one item to creating a beautiful face and this mascara gives some serious bang for the buck. Not only does it create length, it also adds definition, separation and serious volume without needing multiple coats to get the job done. At less than $10.00 a tube, I say fill up on this awesome product ASAP!

Maybelline The Nudes Eye Shadow Palette
As I mentioned, I do occasionally like to mix up my eye shadow shades. That being said, for my everyday look, this is my all time favorite palette. The shades range from light taupe and pinkish pearl colors to golden bronzy shades. There’s even a smoky black color for those nights when you need a little extra drama. The colors are very pigmented, requiring very little to get the job done and are extremely long lasting, even in high humidity. While I may switch off on what colors I apply every day, I rarely leave town without this palette in my bag.

Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner
Another great product from Maybelline, this liner gives amazing color and drama and is totally smudge resistant. Whether I need a bold line for a hot, smokey eye or a thinner line for the workday, I can always count on this eyeliner to give me exactly the look I was hoping for.

EOS Lip Balm
I’m not sure if it’s the fun and convenient shape, the delicious flavors or the long-lasting moisture that keeps me stocking up on this product, but I rarely leave home without at least two of them in my bag. I used to be a Burt’s Bees girl, but after being introduced to these yummy lip treatments by a co-worker, I have to say I may just be sold for life!

So remember, while venturing out of your beauty comfort zone is always a trip worth taking, it’s never a bad idea to keep an arsenal of favorites nearby. The new and trendy products may keep you looking fashionable, but the classics will forever keep you looking beautiful.

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Urban Decay Eye Potion Primer

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 Earlier this week I talked about my love of beauty deals and sites that help you save while you shop. I also talked about Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty and how you can get 4% cash back with ShopAtHome.com.

Beauty and savings? Yes please! 

One of the best deals happens today, when you can grab up the iconic Urban Decay Eye Potion primer. This primer is coveted by professional makeup artists and beauty enthusiasts alike for its unbelievable ability to make your eyeshadow have amazing staying power and enhance the color and pigment of any shadow! With this deal, you can get a full size primer for only $9.60 after your cash back.... you can ;grab up your coupon here! 


Shop At Home is bringing to you 4% cash back and 50 ShopGold rewards points for every ULTA 21 Days of Beauty purchase. So, you can shop for your favorite goodies, and get money back in your pocket.

Since I am an avid online shopper I rely on ShopAtHome.com to make sure I am spending smarty. I love nothing more than a great beauty barging (and so does my wallet!).

HOW IT WORKS:

Go to ShopAtHome.com to sign up, and install the toolbar (I highly recommend this part!). Next time you are online shopping, simply visit their site to activate the coupon codes and they will track your purchases & send you a monthly rebate for the cash back you've earned on those orders. You can get anywhere from 3-30% cash back, depending on the merchant, and once you reach $20 in cash back, you're automatically sent a check in the mail.


Happy Shopping my beauty lovers. xoxo

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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty and Shop At Home

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We all know that every beauty aficionado loves a good sale....our beauty habit isn't cheap!  But, now you can grab up some of your favorite beauty products and also get cash back.  How wonderful is that!

This week I have teamed up with ShopAtHome.com, which is an online coupon and Cash Back site that partners with thousands of online retailers and more than 60 million members to deliver savings and rewards.  For the next two weeks, Shop At Home is bringing to you 4% cash back and 50 ShopGold rewards points for every ULTA 21 Days of Beauty purchase.  So, you can shop for your favorite goodies, and get money back in your pocket. 

Some upcoming ULTA 21 Days of Beauty deals include:

  • Butter London: March 19
  • It Cosmetics: March 20
  • Too Faced: March 22
  • Mario Badescu: March 28
  • Tarte Cosmetics: April 2

Since I am an avid online shopper I rely on ShopAtHome.com to help me get the discounts I need, and the cash back that makes my fiancee (and soon to be hubby!) very happy.  I recently tried out the Bare Essentials Glee powder for the bargain price of $10 with a 4% cash back return.  It is a win-win!

HOW IT WORKS: 

  • Go to ShopAtHome.com to sign up, and install the toolbar (I highly recommend this part!).  Next time you are online shopping, simply visit their site to activate the coupon codes and they will track your purchases & send you a monthly rebate for the cash back you've earned on those orders. You can get anywhere from 3-30% cash back, depending on the merchant, and once you reach $20 in cash back, you're automatically sent a check in the mail.

Happy Shopping my beauty lovers.  xoxo

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Natural Looking Makeup!

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Many summer looks might be packed with bright and crazy colors but there is something to be said for the minimalist. Whether it’s a picnic at the park or a romantic date night, the naked look is the perfect match for the hot summer ahead. This look is soft, sensual, natural, and easy to pull off with the right tools. Follow these steps and go naked tonight!

FACE:
Because you are going for a “natural beauty” look here, the face should be flawless. This look requires something lighter than the average foundation but with more coverage than a BB crème. The Naked Skin foundation by Urban Decay is the perfect tool for flawless skin. It provides optimal coverage but is infused with light making it look less like makeup and more like gorgeous skin.
To piggy back on that gorgeous glow you’ve started with foundation, try adding a highlighter like Candlelight Glow from Too Faced. Applying the highlighter to cheeks bones, nose, temples, and inner corners of the eyes makes the skin look luminous and flawless in any light.

CHEEKS:
While the general rule of thumb with the nude look is to stick with neutral colors, adding a slight pop of color to cheeks keeps your complexion from looking sickly or washed out. Apply NARS blush in Orgasm to apples of cheeks for the perfect complement to the naked background.

EYES:
The eyes in this look are very natural. No dark smoky looks or heavy liner. Simply apply a shade of brown, gold, or bronze to the eye (or layer a few colors if you desire a bolder affect). We love the warm shades in Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette. Next skip the liner and focus on the lashes. No need for heavy black mascara either. Simply apply 2-3 coats of a dark brown like the black/brown shade from Neutrogena Healthy Lengths and voila… your naked eye is complete.

LIPS:
Much like the cheeks, you’re looking for just a pop of color here. Keeping lips too nude will make you look like a corpse, and adding too much color will eradicate the whole point of the nude face. Choose a gloss in a shade of pink close to natural lips like NARS Space NK lip gloss in Sweet Revenge and your nude face is ready to bare to the world!

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Get the Look: Go Naked!!  by Sian Bitner Kearney

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Get the Look: Lily James at the Cinderella Premiere

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Celebrity Makeup Artist Jenn Streicher created a princess worthy glow at last nights Cinderella premiere
“We didn't have to look far for inspiration for Lily James, who plays Cinderella in the new Disney movie. We wanted to do a fresh, modern version of this classic fairytale. Lily wore a beautifully detailed Elie Saab dress. Hair stylist, Ashley Streicher, really wanted to keep the hair clean and off her face, and I also wanted Lily to look fresh and young while not veering too far from the classic story.”

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For the final touch, I gave her lips a pop of color (Nars Villa Lante satin pencil). It's a beauty look fit for a princess!

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