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Easy Summer Beauty with Walgreens!

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The summer time can be one of the hardest seasons to get a gorgeous makeup look. Battling the heat, humidity, and *eeek* sweat, you have a plethora of barriers keeping you from being a fresh faced goddess. Never fear my beauty friends! Walgreens has enlisted me to help you put together a simple and stunning Summer beauty look that will keep you protected, and keep your makeup melt-proof.


First things first…sun protection! I like to have two options on hand. I start off with a lotion (which is my preferred method for protecting my face) and then keep a spray on hand for touch ups throughout the day. My current favorites are Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen for my initial boost of protection and hydration. Next, I make sure to keep my Banana Boat Sun Spray in my purse for all day spritzing and protection. It is super easy to spray on the go, and it instantly absorbs into the skin. Love!


Next, I make sure to use a BBCream on my face for a clean and natural coverage that doesn’t cake or fade during the summer heat. Keep the rest of the face simple! During the summer, all you need is a punch of color on the lips to give your face a radiant boost. Due to the heat, your cheeks will have a natural flush, so keep it clean with a long lasting lip such as Revlon Moisture Stain lip stain in Barcelona Nights. The color is amazing on all skin tones, lasts through the worst of humidity issues, and can even be used on the cheeks if you want an extra punch of sheer color. This will be your new summer must have.

Finish off your look with a few coats of mascara. My current favorite is Maybelline Pumped up! Mascara. This mascara gives you the look of false lashes, and allows you to keep your eye look minimal. The glorious, black lashes are all you need!

Last, but not least, finish off your summer look with a bright nail color. My go to for summer is the Revlon Gel Envy in Hot Hand (don’t you just looove the name!). The coral-pink color looks amazing with my flip flops and brightens up my look. It screams “summer is here”. Find a bright, cheerful color, and rock that pedicure my friends!

There you have it! A simple, clean and easy summer look that will keep you protected and makeup meltdown free. Enjoy!

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Walgreens Beauty through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Walgreens Beauty, all opinions are my own.

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Get Ready for the 4th of July with Walgreens!

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The 4th of July weekend is filled with BBQ, pool parties, and celebrations galore.  Mike and I consider it a wonderful date weekend filled with family and friends. During this weekend I make sure to have an easy beauty and skincare supply on hand. I want my look to have a fresh, gorgeous summer date night glow. I always make sure I am wearing my waterproof makeup, protecting my hair, and keeping my skin sun safe with a good SPF.  

So, I happy to share with you my latest 4th of July weekend kit! Here is my breakdown: 

FACE: You want to start with moisturized, clean skin. I am currently in love with Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over hydrating gel moisturizer and Makeup Remover Wipes. They are cooling, light on the skin and perfect for summer and under your makeup. No meltdown! Next, I like to use a light foundation that gives some coverage, and continues to moisturize.   

EYES and LIPS: Waterproof mascara is a must, and the new CoverGirl Bombshell mascara has become a favorite for deep, black lashes that pop! If you need an extra bit of drama, than add CoverGirl Ink liner in black to the base of your upper lash line for a subtle summer look.  Think Audrey Hepburn! To finish off the look, add a pop of soft pink lipgloss. The current favorite is CoverGirl Colorlicious

HAIR: Don't forget to care for your strands this weekend, especially if you are are at the beach or pool. The chlorine and sea water can wreck havoc on your hair! I apply Pantene Rehab Cream to my hair before I go out in the sun to make sure my hair is protected and to give it an ultra boost of hydration. 

Now is your chance to grab up these date night goodies for the weekend!! Until July 5th, you can visit any Walgreens store to get the following offers:
· Buy one get one 50% off across all CoverGirl & Olay products
· Pantene 2 for $7

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by P&G and Walgreens. All opinions and advice are my own. 
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· COVERGIRL Coverlicious Lip Gloss
· Olay Fresh Effects Wipes
· COVERGIRL Ink It Eyeliner
· Pantene Rehab Cream
· COVERGIRL Bombshell Mascara
· Olay Dew Over
· Flamed Out Eyeshadow
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Almay intense i-color collection

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This month I was asked to collaborate with Refinery29 and Almay to promote the Almay Intense I-Color Collection, which was kismit, because I have been eyeing these shades for quite some time.

Almay has always been a favorite line of mine, since the products are always sensitive skin friendly, and VERY easy to use.  This is a makeup line that wants to make makeup application easy, and I love them for it. 
The shades that were sent to me were for blue eyes, and I was instantly impressed with the color selection. Normally I tend to stay away from brighter blues, but I instantly fell in love with the build-ability of the eyeshadows. You can take these bright colors and create a multitude of different looks.  The eyeshadows are buildable, so you can go from sheer to intense with just a few strokes. 

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For daytime I loved the nude shades that were easy to blend, and worked well for any event.  If you are trying to use the colors for everyday errands, than simply use a single application for a sheer wash of color.  For a more intense work look, layer one or two applications to build the color to a more sophisticated intensity. 

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For nighttime, I loved that they invite you to try a deep, gorgeous royal blue. This is a color that I normally don't recommend...but I fell in love.  The blue is soft and sheer, so it looks stunning when layered on top of a black eyeliner.  Perfect to up the ante on your normal smokey eye. You can't overdue the intensity, which makes it perfect for a softer version of the bright eyeshadow color trends.  

Samples of Almay Intense I-Color collection were provided by Almay.
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Physicians Formula Healthy Glamour

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healthyglamourOn the days when I am running around town doing errands (and trying to conquer my to-do list) the last thing I want to worry about is my makeup.  But, I still need something that will help me look put together.  For those crazy days, I want a makeup product that will be easy to use, have a speedy application, and be good for my skin.  Something light on my skin that gives me a glow. Stat. 

My new favorites for this task?  Physicians Formula CC and BB line of products. I adore the way the CC cream looks and feels on my skin, and the added glow the BB powder provides.  I look natural, and luminous...all while good for me ingredients nourish my skin.  Perfection!

Now, you can try out a few of your favorites with Target's BOGO sale going on until May 24th, 2014.  So, tell me... what are your musts for summer, everyday skin? Let us know by tweeting to #PFHealthyGlamour.

Disclosure: Products and compensation was provided by Beautystat.com #bstat.  All views and opinions are my own. 

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A Girls Gotta Spa!

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When you read a "You Deserve to Be Pampered" you know you are in for something special.  And the two new products from A Girls Gotta Spa! are just that....special.

I asked founder Shannon Smyth what her inspiration was for creating this new line, and she said "I believe every woman deserves to be pampered. I know this as a mom of 4 boys...but it goes for every woman no matter what season in life they are. We all need to take care of ourselves, which can be accomplished even in the simpliest action of applying lotion or body wash".

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I truly love that both the products are free of harmful ingredients, and don't try to pretend to be a "miracle".  They are the best body wash and best lotion for dry skin because they are simple and pure.  They are free of sulfates, formaldehyde, petrochemicals, synthetic colors and fragrances. They are also made in small batches, to ensure the best and highest quality...which I love.  I adore the natural body wash and natural body lotion because they make my skin feel like butter, and I know I am not putting anything harmful on my skin.  Another thing I adore?  The scent!  It is energizing and refreshing.  My perfect morning wake me up. 

Here are the details: 

  • Vegan and Cruelty Free
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Shelf life of 6 months after opening

USE THE CODE FREESHIP until March 21st, 2014! 

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How to do Pop makeup

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Today's question is "how to do pop makeup".  I like to do pop makeup with a bright color that's unexpected. One of my favorite colors to use on almost every skin tone is a deep violet purple. Today, we're going to use it in a great chunky eye shadow pencil.
  • Now as you can see, she has on a normal everyday neutral face, beautifully bronze skin, a nice peach cheek a soft gloss and subtle eyes.
  • To make this pop and get that pop makeup effect, we're going to enhance the eyes with a shot of purple. Purple and plum is one of my favorite go to colors for almost every skin tone because it really brightens up the eye, can be blended with most neutral shadows and instantly adds a gorgeous gorgeous look to any event.
  • As you can see, her eyes now are the focal point, popping, gorgeous and just stunning and in one simple step.

I hope this answered your question on how to do pop makeup. It can really be as simple as one bright color, once again, purple being my color of choice.

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BECCA Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème

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by Sian Bitner Kearney:

Allow me to preface this product review by stating that historically speaking, I am not at all a foundation girl. I have never liked the look or feel of foundation and always felt like I was wearing an oily mask instead of makeup any time I tried one.

That being said, I received a sample of BECCA Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème with my most recent Sephora product order. I looked at the sample, tossed it to the side of my counter, and truly thought that I would never look at it again. Later that week, I was at a loss. My regular concealer that I use as a mock foundation to provide color and camouflage to the necessary areas of my face went missing. I had 20 minutes to get ready for my son’s basketball game and in total haste; I reached for my BECCA sample. I squeezed about half a dime size on to my hand and began carefully dotting and blending into my skin with my fingertips. My first reaction was total shock. Not only did the product beautifully conceal the areas that required it, it also seemed to melt into my skin, leaving it soft, smooth and not cakey in the least. I smirked with skepticism, finished my hair and makeup, and headed out the door.

Midway through the game, I expected to feel the usual foundation oil slick building on my t-zone, but again to my surprise, my skin was still flawless. One 90 minute game, an early dinner party, and a three episode marathon of True Detective later, my flaws remained completely covered and my complexion was still oil free. The amazing thing was, with everything going on, I’d had zero time to even touch up with a swipe of powder. This complexion perfection was still a result of a 9:00 am makeup application. I was in awe. I even snapchatted a photo to my friend with the caption, “12 hour makeup face” for her opinion. She immediately texted me, writing that I was a liar and must have just recently done my makeup. Bam! I was sold!

So the question of the day is of course, will I purchase a full-size bottle of BECCA Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème once my sample packet runs out? Yes I will. While I may not feel the need to use it every single day, when it’s time to glam up and look camera (or date night) ready, I think this product is the perfect beauty companion!

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