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A New Way To Glow!

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 It may be hard to believe, but despite the bitter cold and cloudy days, spring is just around the corner. Along with longer, brighter days, spring also brings skin-baring fashion to the forefront, making your gloomy, pale skin feel a bit late for the party. If you’ve tried other self tanners in the past and they left you feeling a little less than impressed, than perhaps it’s time to give St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil a try.

Unlike some lotion and mousse based self tanners, St. Tropez’ Dry Oil moisturizes and nourishes skin leaving you with the ultimate golden glow and skin that’s incredibly soft. This self tanner is also a best bet for those who despise that typical self tanner smell, as the essential oils that leave the skin feeling like silk, also leave behind a mild, pleasant fragrance.

If you’re also not a fan of that dark, greenish guide color other St. Tropez products leave you to deal with until morning, you’ll be happy to know that while there is a touch of initial color to help the application stay even, the color is a far more natural, golden hue meaning…no more hiding from your loved ones until after your morning shower!

Application of the St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil is much like all of their other tanning products – simply apply evenly with the Applicator Mitt, allow to dry before dressing, wait a minimum of four hours to shower and voila – instant post-vacation glow! Your newly applied tan can be deepened with additional applications and should last between 5-10 days while keeping skin moisturized for up to 7 days!

So grab a little St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil and prepare to get your glow on! With skin this golden and silky smooth, you’ll be dying to show it off!

by Sian Bitner Kearney

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Celebrity Concealer Beauty Tips

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Tackle Eye Beauty Issues With Celebrity Tricks

From under eye circles to lashes that just won't behave, I constantly find myself tackling beauty disasters thanks to my baby blues. Since your eyes are usually the first thing people notice, you want them to look great. Take these simple tricks celebrity makeup artists use to ensure red carpet nights aren't a disaster.

Double Conceal

Taylor Swift may not seem like she has under eye circles and for good reason. She uses the double conceal technique. Start with a concealer shade the same color as your skin tone to cover the darker tones of the circles. Next, apply a lighter shade under eyes and out across your cheekbones to brighten your eyes.

Boost Tired Eyes

I used to dread how my eyes would look after a few nights of little sleep. Now I regularly use a popular celebrity secret – topical Vitamin C. Massage it directly under your eyes or use an eye cream with Vitamin C. It actually helps repair the damage to reduce the look of bags and circles.

Stubborn Lashes

Andrew Sotomayor, a celebrity makeup artist, helps celebrities tackle their eyelashes to look stunning and more awake. Curl your lashes upwards to make them look longer and open the eyes. You'll look alert and beautiful, especially when you add a little mascara.

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4 Tips on Maintaining Your Color!

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Got great color? Learn how to keep it!

The lifetime search for the perfect hair color is a battle that nearly every woman must fight. However, once you’ve slayed that bad color dragon and finally found a haircolor that you love, how do you keep it from fading down your drain and into your memories? We’ve got the top four tips to keep your haircolor fresh and fierce!

# 1 The Right Kind of Clean – Much like you adjust your skin products to match your skin type, certain colors also require specific shampoos and conditioners. To keep color bright between services, use a color enhancing shampoo for your specific shade. We like Alterna’s Hold Brunette Shampoo for dark hair and blondes can stay brass free for less with Clairol’s Shimmer Lights Shampoo. To keep your red gorgeous, try John Frieda’s Radiant Red Color Captivating Shampoo.

# 2 Take a Day Off – From shampooing that is. Instead of lathering up each morning, give your color and your hair a break and wash every other day. To keep things clean in between shampoos, use a dry shampoo like Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Shampoo.

#3 Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen – Think sunscreen is just for the face and body? Wrong!! Just like the sun’s rays can damage your skin they can also dry your hair and rapidly fade your color. To protect your color on those gorgeous, sunny days, try Redken’s Color Extend Solar Screen.

#4 Go Cold – Yes we know, on these cold fall/winter mornings all you can think about is jumping into a hot shower; however, drenching hair in hot water not only damages it but will also fade the color. While we would never suggest drenching yourself in ice cold water, adjusting the temperature to cool at least when rinsing your hair, could add a few weeks of color life to your hair.

Want to see what a new haircolor would look like? Go to our Try On Studio, and play with different celebrity hairstyles! www.themakeupblogger.com/tryonstudio

by Sian Bitner Kearney 

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Kick off your New Years Resolutions with a Walgreen Giveaway!

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The first week of the New Year has already ended, and I must say that this year I am determined to stick to my resolutions! I know, I know.....never happens.  But, I know that now more than ever I am appreciate of my health and all the opportunities that this year is going to bring, so I want to  be in the best shape I can! 

As most of you know, I am on-stop shop kinda gal.  I want to get everything in one place, and one of my favorite spots to do this is at Walgreens. Walgreens carries amazing brands such as Pantene, COVERGIRL, Crest and Olay.  They also have you covered when it comes to taking care of your health! Some of my newest finds to help me through my fitness resolutions are the Walgreens Activity Tracker with Smartwatch Technology that keeps track of my steps and any activities I do throughout the day. I also have been addicted to the Contigo Autoseal Grace Water Bottle.  Keeping myself hydrated is always a battle for me, but I have been able to be more consistent with my water consumption!  The 24 oz. AUTOSEAL® Grace Water Bottle is engineered for an easy one-hand drinking experience. This BPA-free water bottle features a one-touch AUTOSEAL® lid that automatically seals between sips to eliminate spills and leaks. The ergonomic handle offers a comfortable grip, and the body is made with durable Tritan materials.

For my beauty needs I rely on my favorite beauty staples.  Currently I am loving the newest COVERGIRL Full Lash Bloom Mascara which gives a very natural and clean look to the lashes.  This is the perfect everyday mascara!  Another must have to tame my very parched split ends is the Pantene Weekly Rehab Creme and the Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Creme.  I have been using both for weeks and I am convinced it has helped heal my hair after a very bad dye job.  Since my wedding is coming up in three months, I have been working on making my teeth whiter with Crest 3D White Toothpaste and Whitestrips.  I want my smile to be radiant when I say I DO.  

If you want to hear more ideas on beauty and health for the new year, than join us for two separate Twitter parties!

  • Sunday January 4th from 8-9 PM EST.  This Twitter party will be focused around New Year’s resolutions in beauty and wellness and how P&G and Walgreens can help you #STARTHERE and keep resolutions all year long.
  • January 7th from 8-9pm EST will focus on the PCA Red Carpet looks – what are you seeing on the Red Carpet? Anything you want to try to achieve this year – from new trends to new hairstyles, maybe new fitness goals? We would love if you provide beauty and wellness tips for others to help achieve their resolutions.

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Now, you can join in getting your resolutions started with my Walgreens giveaway, which features a  #STARTSHERE Prize Pack plus a $75 Walgreens gift card.

The #STARTSHERE Prize Pack includes:

Contigo Autoseal Grace Water Bottle
Walgreens Activity Tracker with Smartwatch Technology
ZzzQuil Liquicaps
COVERGIRL Full Lash Bloom Mascara
COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Lipcolor
Pantene Weekly Rehab Creme
Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Creme
Crest Whitestrips Professional Effects
Crest 3D White Toothpaste
$75 Walgreens Gift Card
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for which I was compensated and received products for testing. While I was compensated to write a post about P&G and Walgreens, all opinions are my own.

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5 Beauty Resolutions for a Stunning 2015

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Resolved: To be more beautiful than ever in 2015 -- and with less effort!

Who doesn’t want that?  Here are five super-easy ways to be your most glowing, stunning self throughout the upcoming year.

1. Don’t go to sleep with your makeup on.
Whether you get home at midnight after a night out with friends or drift into slumber land while watching TV on the couch, it can be tempting to tumble into bed without washing your face. Try to resist. As you snuggle against your pillow, the day’s collection of dirt and oil, along with makeup, are being pushed into your pores. And, it’s those blocked pores, that lead to pimples, blackheads and whiteheads, says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist and researcher at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Too exhausted to make a stop at the bathroom sink? Keep a pack of makeup-removing towelettes on your bedside table.

2. Choose the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type.
Today, you can find products customized for fine, medium or thick, curly and color-treated hair. Research has shown that these hair types all have different structures, says Jeni Thomas, a research scientist on hair and scalp health for Pantene. What makes one type of hair glossy and manageable might lead to bad hair days for another. One example: The ingredients that offer humidity resistance to thick hair can weigh down fine hair. 

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3. Use an SPF product every day.
Yes, you’ve heard these about two million times, but the best thing you can do for your skin is to protect it with an SPF 30 or higher 365 days a year, rain or shine. The harmful UV rays that cause premature aging, a mottled skin tone and leathery texture penetrate clouds and are especially harmful when they bounce off snowy surfaces. With so many new ways to get sun protection -- tinted moisturizers, BB creams, light formulations -- there’s no reason to stint on shielding your delicate skin.

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Top Nail Trends for 2015

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Now that the holiday season is slowly coming to an end, it’s time to put some thought into which looks to rock for 2015. While hair and makeup is always key in perfecting every day beauty, every true diva knows that to achieve polished perfection, never ignore the nails! We have four must have looks to help you nail 2015 in style.

Nude Glitter Nails
Whether you’re looking for a nail color to ring in the New Year or just prefer a neutral look with a little bit of pop, a nude/gold shimmer color is the perfect choice! Pair it with your favorite party dress for added glamour or use it to help dress up an every day look.

Argyle Sophistication
If you’re totally over the nail charms and reverse French tips, why not go Ivy League with your look? This burgundy and silver argyle-tip manicure is the perfect pair for your 2015 workday. The pattern is conservative enough to rock in the boardroom but still has just enough kick for it to become the center of conversation at happy hour.

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Blingy Tips
If you love the bling but hate the slightly juvenile look that a full glitter nail can bring, than topping your favorite color with just a tad of bling is your perfect pick! For a dressy look, pair silver and gold glitter with dark colors like red, sapphire or black. For day, try a touch of silver or gold with more neutral colors like beige or lavender.

Dress Up Your Nail
For some serious pizazz, pick one nail per hand to jazz up with sparkles and keep the remaining nails a simple color. Again, red, black and deep jewel tones work best to make this look pop, but if you prefer a simpler look, the same process can be done with a nude or pink nail.

by Sian Bitner Kearney

*nail pictures from: polishorperish.blogspot.com, trends4ever.com, nails-art-design.net, and julep.com

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5 Winter Beauty Tips

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Even if you love a winter wonderland, your skin may not. The chilly, dry air and shorter days can bring on a dry, dull complexion. In my job as a celebrity makeup artist, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help you appear glowing all year long.

The secret is having the right products to create the perfect look. Here are the five that I swear by:

1. A healing ointment. A tube of Aquaphor does triple-duty against chapped skin. I always have a tube on hand to soothe dry lips, hydrate rough patches of skin and soften cuticles. It especially works wonders if you apply it before bedtime. I always have a tube on hand.

2. Tinted moisturizer. Many women make the mistake of reaching for a heavier cover-up during the winter, believing that their pale complexions need extra coverage. But this can lead to a caked-on look. Instead, I recommend a light tinted moisturizer: It hydrates and brightens at the same. The result: Dewy skin that stands out in the crowd. Simply use a shade or two lighter than your summer color, and apply with a sponge brush. Then pat off any excess product with a tissue.

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3. Exfoliating scrub. To achieve fresh-looking skin, you need to slough off the top layer of dead cells. That’s why I recommend using a gentle exfoliating scrub once or twice a week; a drugstore brand, such as Aveeno or Neutrogena, does the job. Just don’t go overboard. Exfoliate too much, and you’ll strip the skin of its protective oils.

4. Bronzing lotion. Who needs the sun for a sun-kissed tan? I love applying a sheer, shimmering bronzing lotion before a holiday party or event. I like Scott Barnes Body Bling Moisturizing Shimmering Body Lotion, which gives you a glowing tan without any streakiness. Simply rub on your neck, chest, arms and legs before heading out, and wash off when you get home. Just remember to wipe your palms with a tissue after application.

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