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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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Key West Aloe Giveaway!

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I never start summer without a bottle of aloe vera around to handle any random sunburns. As it turns out, aloe isn't just for the summer months. Key West Aloe makes this amazing natural ingredient a year round must have. Their line of aloe infused skin care products are designed to make your skin look smoother, younger and healthier. Even though I have very dry skin I must admit that I hate applying moisturizer during the heat…this line solves my dilemma! Not only does it feel cooling on the skin, but it sinks in immediately and doesn’t leave a sticky, heavy film on the skin. Another benefit is that it works wonderfully for both men and women. The packaging is clean, unisex and sleek. I have found Mike grabbing for these products more than once!

The line targets everything from dryness to anti-aging. It all starts with aloe vera which already contains magnesium, zinc, calcium and amino acids. It also has hundreds of micro-nutrients and vitamins A, C and E. I couldn't believe how good aloe really is for your skin. Combine this with Key West Aloe's skin loving formulas for the skin you've only dreamed about.

I personally love the Environmental Defense Cream With SPF 15 for everyday moisture. From facial scrubs to night time recovery serums, this line has your face completely covered. With varying percentages of aloe in each formula, you skin gets exactly what it needs to maintain a healthy pH, fight the signs of aging and stay moisturized no matter what season it is.

Try just one product in their line and you'll be hooked. Trust me, you'll never see aloe the same way again. It's definitely become my new best friend.

Ready to see what aloe vera can do for your skin? Check out these products at www.keywestaloe.com and use promo code BeautyStat at check-out to receive 30% OFF your purchase! 

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Disclosure: This post and the giveaway was sponsored by BeautyStat. All opinions are my own.

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AmLactin Lotion for Severely Dry Skin

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There's dry skin and then there's severely dry skin. Regular lotion is normally enough to handle the former, but you need something a little tougher to tackle severe or chronically dry, flaky skin. AmLactin's line of body lotions are designed to give you soft, smooth skin at any age. I love that their lotions go beyond basic hydration and actually encourage healthier looking skin as well.

Usually you only see alpha-hydroxy acid in facial creams, but AmLactin brings the exfoliating benefits of AHA to your body. If you've ever used AHA creams on your face, you know exactly how much of a difference this one powerful ingredient makes in the look and feel of your skin. All three of their body formulas and even their foot cream includes AHA to rid your skin of dead skin cells, while their unique formula locks in moisture for the smoothest skin you've had since you were born.

For general, everyday moisturization, try the AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion. With 12% lactic acid, rough, dry skin is smoothed away and the skin underneath nourished like never before. For a deeper, restorative lotion, try the Ultra Hydrating Body Cream or Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion. I personally love the latter if you have severely dry skin. Of course, don't forget to moisturize those dry, cracked heels with the AmLactin Foot Cream.

The formula is unlike other body lotions and your skin will thank you for it. The lotions start at just $15.99 which is actually less than expensive high end lotions which only work half as well. Plus it's cheaper than slathering on layer after layer of lotions and creams that don't work at all!

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Clayspray

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Clayspray harnesses the power of clay to give your skin new life. They actually refer to clay as “the secret of life” and the line of Clayspray for Face products are designed around that principle. A combination of mineral water and clay masques are available for nearly every skin type with each offering it's own unique benefits. My favorite part – the products are incredibly easy to use and of course, they're far cheaper than heading to a spa for a comparable treatment

Before you apply any of the masques, Clayspray recommends starting with the H2Ospray Hydrate Natura Spring Water to prepare your skin. It's designed to both moisturize and refresh skin and can even be used to fix makeup throughout your hectic day.

The next step is choosing a Clayspray Clay Masque. Each masque tackles common skin issues such as removing toxins and impurities, using natural minerals to fight the signs of aging, reducing pore size and moisturizing. The clay contains collagen boosting silica, moisturizing potassium and overall skin health boosting calcium. All this is mixed with Aloe Vera to improve cell regeneration and reduce inflammation.

All you have to do is apply, let dry and wash away. It really is that simple to turn back the clock or simply prevent skin from ever showing it's age. I'd recommend these for anyone looking for a powerful, yet more natural way to take care of their skin and fight all the signs of aging at once.

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DHC Skincare Sets

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Give your face an extra moisturizing boost with DHC's amazing olive oil and coQ10 sets. I'm a huge fan of skincare sets since they provide me with the right set of products to achieve maximum results. These sets are no different. Plus, they're DHC which means your skin will love every product.

Anyone dealing with dry skin will likely see a major difference in their skin after using the DHC Olive Essentials Set . From cleansing to moisturizing, this set does it all. The set is their best selling for a reason, and has been an essential in my personal arsenal of skincare products for years. The Deep Cleansing Oil puts olive oil to work to get rid of any dirt and makeup on your skin. Ensure your pores are squeaky clean by washing with the Mild Soap. The Mild Lotion provides the first layer of moisturizer while the Olive Virgin Oil ensures moisture stays locked in. Not only will your skin be cleaner than ever, it'll feel smooth and supple too.

If you feel you need that extra boost of firming, and brightening, than try out the CoQ10 set! Each of the Firming CoQ10 sets feature the Deep Cleansing Oil to moisturize and cleanse at the same time. DHC recommends using any lathering cleanser after the cleansing oil to finish washing away any other impurities. Both sets also include the CoQ10 Lotion to help tone skin. You can choose between the Cream or Milk sets with each containing either CoQ10 Cream or CoQ10 Face Milk moisturizers. The high concentration of CoQ10 helps firm skin to give you a youthful appearance. You can also separately order the amazing DHC CoQ10 Neck Cream to help take care of the often neglected neckline. 

With the sets ranging from $85 - $88, these sets are far cheaper than purchasing each item separately. Think of them as a skincare makeover to fight the signs of aging and everyday dryness.

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Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protectant

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Whether you love to flat iron in some chic, blow dry in some volume, or curl in some sexy, every heat styling diva needs some protection. Well style away ladies because Moroccanoil has you covered with their new Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection!

The 411: This lightweight (and amazing smelling) spray, prevents hair from breakage and spilt ends, shields hair from color fading, and provides an amazing healthy shine all while allowing you to turn up the heat and rock the latest and greatest in fashionable styles. I recently purchased this product from my hairdresser per her suggestion and can honestly say I am so happy that I did!

How to Use: Per the website-

Before styling: Divide dry hair into small sections, spray 1 pump on each piece 8-10 inches away from the hair prior to using any hot styling tools.

Before blow drying: Spray Heat Styling Protection on towel-dried hair for added protection and shine.

The Result: To be honest, I totally love it! Having gone through some hair nightmares in the past, I’ve spent the last couple of years terrified of heat styling. This spray provides amazing protection, smoothes my hair shaft (putting an end to frizzies), and leaves it looking shiny and full of volume. Only one word of caution; don’t over use. As the directions say, 1 pump per strand is efficient. Spray it and then brush it through to distribute evenly. Using too much of the product will leave your hair feeling a bit gummy and weighed down, but the proper amount is styling perfection. So grab your favorite hot tool and get to work ladies. You have many of great hair days in your future with this little bottle by your side! 

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