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Cargo Eyelighter

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One of the oldest makeup artist tricks is to brighten up the inner corners of the eye with a shimmery white (or soft pastel) eyeshadow.  I have heard it called the "angel effect" or even "baby eyes".  Whatever the term, it truly does deliver a radiant, and eye opening effect.   This application was made popular byKevyn Aucoin, who used this illuminating trick on all his celebrity clients.

Now, thanks to Cargo Cosmetics here is a product made specifically for capturing this look. Cargo Eyelighter is a shadow applicator that is double ended.

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Face Your Fears and Win!

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 In his first inaugural address to the nation, Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Nothing against the venerable 32nd president, but there’s nothing “only” about fear -- not when you’re about to go into a job interview, leave an unhealthy relationship or do anything that seems daunting or impossible. The questions are: Where do your unhealthy fears come from? And how can you find the courage to face your fears?

“The fears that hold us back are our ‘shadow fears,’ ” says Amy Stone, a certified “courage coach.” She explains that these fears are born of negative lessons usually learned in early childhood (often unintentionally taught by parents) and that persist as we grow older. The beliefs are common -- I’m not good enough, smart enough, capable enough -- yet we’re so unconscious of them we don’t even see how they affect us. But the shadows they cast are long, causing us to avoid intimacy or socializing, or a new move, or asking for a raise.

“These fears make us feel small and frustrated, like we’re not living the life we are meant to live,” says Stone. “This leads to frustration -- which only perpetuates the negative patterns, behaviors and beliefs that keep us in the background of our lives.”

On how to overcome fear and to conquer “shadow fears,” Stone recommends a three-step process: 

Identify the fear. For instance, if you’re hesitant to go after a new job, it’s probably not the work itself that frightens you. Think about what’s really behind your worries. Are you afraid that a new boss might judge you harshly? Or are you uneasy about the thought of leaving your familiar workplace?

Ask yourself where the fear comes from. Some fears are instinctive -- we’re cautious around fire to avoid getting burned -- but many others are taught. If you were labeled as “awkward” or “shy” as a child, you may have trouble believing that you could be confident enough to give a presentation at work.

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MoroccanOil Smooth Line!

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I absolutely hate frizz and fly-aways, but many products leave my hair feeling heavy or even greasy. Moroccanoil's Smooth line takes care of what I hate most about my hair and leaves it feeling light, smooth and beautiful. Not to mention, it smells absolutely incredible. Who knew four products could give me hair I'd actually be proud of? It all starts with the Moroccanoil Smooth Shampoo and Smooth Conditioner.

All the products contain the proprietary AminoRenew ingredient to help restore essential amino acids to your hair to make it stronger. Plus, the line is infused with argan butter and argan oil for smoother, healthier and more manageable hair. When you use both the shampoo and conditioner, the results can last up to 72 hours.

If your hair's really frizzy, start with the Smoothing Mask. It adds in coconut-derived fatty acids for even deeper hydration. To help with styling and frizzies from blow drying, try the Smoothing Lotion. It also contains Vitamin E. Even though it offers a medium hold, hair stays light-weight and frizz free. Starting at just $28 for the shampoo and conditioner, it's an affordable way to finally get manageable hair, even on the most humid days. If you're like me and hate constantly trying smooth away frizz, try a line that finally smooths without weighing your hair down.

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Give Yourself A Personal Reboot!

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Lately, I have been feeling such a shift in how we all are feeling. Too much stress, not enough care for ourselves.  Makeup can be fun, but at heart it is what is going on inside us that counts.  As I have always said, no amount of makeup can mask a sad heart.  The times in my life that I have felt the most beautiful have always had to do with how much I am laughing...not how much makeup I had on.  So, in the spirit of this, I will be starting to share more stories and tips on the blog of how we can create beauty...starting from the inside!  Because being beautiful is not just about makeup.  It is so much more. 

xoxo  Christina 

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 by Lambeth Hochwald for Life & Beauty Weekly

If you’ve been feeling a little crabby lately -- maybe you feel more stressed or extra burdened than ever -- it is possible to give yourself a personal reboot and be the kind of person others admire.

Our experts offer seven ways to increase your generosity, patience and tolerance -- starting today.

Tip No. 1: Fill Your Personal “Pitcher”

Before you can be bighearted towards others, you have to do what certified health and wellness coach and registered dietician Adrienne Raimo calls “filling your pitcher” first. “This means taking care of yourself and your body,” says Raimo. “To be the best you can be, do your best to eat well, exercise and reduce stress. Otherwise, you’ll feel depleted.”

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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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Judith August The Everything Pencil

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When it comes to finding the right concealer, it sometimes feels like a guessing game. Which shade should you choose? Which brand covers best? I've discovered two concealers from Judith August that not only cover well, but they're incredibly easy to use. The Everything Pencil and Orange Masking Creme will make you rethink concealers.

First off is my absolute favorite – Judith August's The Everything Pencil. What makes it so special? It's actually an pencil, which makes applying it just where you need it easier than ever. Forget about having a different concealer for every type of blemish. This one really does cover it all for both face and body. It contains both aloe vera and Vitamin E and glides on with ease. From age spots to spider veins, it's the true everything concealer. With six shades to choose from, it's easy to cover every flaw quickly and easily.

Next up is the Orange Masking Creme. No, it's not a brilliant orange crème. Instead, it's a three part orange based concealer with pink, yellow and peach undertones. The moisturizing formula is designed to make dark circles disappear. Plus, you can mix and match the three part concealer for match most any skin tone and even use it as a foundation.

If you're ready to cover up, these professional concealers should be your first stop. Not only do they cover, but they help moisturize and heal too. What more could you ask for?

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Youth H20 Giveaway!

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I am a strong believer that you have to take care of yourself first and put your health as a priority if you want to achieve a beautiful glow. No amount of makeup can mask unhealthy skin!

I first discovered Youth H20 while doing makeup on the set of their infomercial, and instantly fell in love with the brand and the philosophy behind the product. They believe that the most important part of your beauty routine should come from natural ingredients that help you maximize your health and your life!  For me, it has become a daily necessity.  For the past month I have relied on my daily Youth H20 shot, and have seen a tremendous difference in my energy, my sleep, and my appetite.  I was so excited about this product that I signed my father and mother up for the monthly delivery service, and my mother has already reported that she is sleeping better throughout the night!  

As a makeup artist, I also rely on YouthH20 for my clients.  I suggest that they take a shot of this magic juice the night before a big event to ensure that they are refreshed and look glowing the next morning! 

The little daily shot of Youth H2O contains a proprietary blend of powerful super foods and nutrients formulated through advanced science and innovation to stimulate, replenish, and reactivate youthful elements and nutrients in your body. 

  • YouthH2O fights against the signs of aging, while giving you CAFFEINE FREE energy.
  • YouthH2O also gives you immunity support everywhere you go!
  • YouthH2O adapts to your body’s needs supporting Beauty, Performance and Wellness!

This is one of my favorite smoothie mixes that I watched them make with youthH2O; it is delicious, and energizing.  Ingredients: – 1 cup Blueberries – 2 cups Baby Spinach – 1 Fat Free Blueberry Yogurt (4-6oz) – 1/4 Cup Water – 2oz of youthH2O. Blend and enjoy!

Now is your chance to try out this fantastic product! enter simply tweet about our giveaway, and let us know how you take care of yourself from the inside! #beautyfrominside a Rafflecopter giveaway

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