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philosophy loveswept

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It is a long standing joke that my boyfriend Mike can't stand the smell of "girly" perfume.  Anything too sweet, or floral makes his nose twitch, and he runs the other way.  Out went my Vanilla sugar eau de toilette.  *le sigh*

So, I have recently made it my mission to find a clean, and sexy fragrance that he would like.  I have come close, but nothing worked....until last week, when Mike leaned in, smiled, and said "you smell really nice".  YES!  Victory is mine.

And what glorious scent de jour do I have to thank for this? None other than philosophy loveswept. And, how could you not love the name! The scent is fresh, with a hint of amber, and a soft floral touch that isn't overwhelming.

fragrance notes:

  • fresh bergamot and citrus
  • soft florals of pink jasmine, lotus blossom and purple passion fruit bloom
  • warm musk and creamy amber

Philosophy states: "loveswept is a lively, romantic fragrance created to make a woman feel irresistibly swept away. this soft floral fragrance sparkles with energy and leaves you with a soft embrace of happiness and love. get swept off your feet again and again and feel inspired to live each day with passion"

I couldn't agree more....and if Mikey likes it, than you know it is perfection. 


What does being loveswept mean to you?  For me, it is embodied in the picture above. Love that is filled with laughter, and being with the person who is your best friend, encourages you to be your best, and allows you to be completely yourself (goofball and all).  

philosophy is also giving you the chance to try out the fragrance yourself. Simply post a picture that embodies what makes you feel loveswept!


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

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Your Springtime makeup look with Walgreens Beauty

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As a makeup artist, I have had the pleasure of being able to experiment with all types of beauty products, from high end department store brands, to tried and true drugstore products.  I have always been baffled when people assume that drugstore beauty doesn't provide the same look as higher end product lines.  Ladies, this is simply not true!  To prove my point, I recently worked with Walgreens to create two looks using afew special products, and makeup tricks: L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara, L'Oreal Colour Riche Lip Stain, L'oreal Miracle Blur Eye Cream, and NIVEA - A Kiss of Care & Color Lip Care.

For the first look above, I wanted to keep the look clean and simple. Something that we all could do with little to no time! The main two products that make the look are deep, dark lashes by L'Oreal Butterfly mascara, and a soft peachy pink lip stain by L'oreal Colour Caresse Wet Stain in Pink Resistance. This pink is one of my absolute top picks for Spring.  And I have become obsessed with the staying power! Keep the rest of the face clean, and the eyeshadow simple by using a soft, shimmery beige. 


The next look is another easy to achieve evening look using just a few products. One of my favorite tricks for a quick evening look is to find the perfect red lip, and a dark voluminous mascara.  Once again, I relied on L'Oreal Butterfly mascara to do the trick!  Before starting your makeup application, I also highly suggest using a eyeshadow primer, and the L'Oreal Miracle Blur Eye Cream is as close to perfection as you can get.  I tried this out based on a recommendation from none other than the amazing (and I mean fantabulous) Billy B. Since he perfects the faces of every movie star imaginable, I take every tip he dishes out as gold!  This eye cream helps to brighten up the eye, blur wrinkles, and allow your makeup to last.  Flawless perfection.   Add a swipe of liquid eyeliner, and your eye look is Catwoman worthy.  The final step is, of course, the red lippy.  My pick was L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Endless Red.  It is the perfect cool red that makes me feel glamorous. And, because it is a stain you don't have to worry about the dreaded lipstick on the teeth horror show. 


*Extra Tip: When using a lip stain, always prep your lips with a lip balm to hydrate and protect.  My choice was Nivea- A kiss of care & color lip care. Not only does it give your lips a boost of moisture, but it leaves a touch of color, making it the perfect lip base.  I keep mine in purse, and have become addicted to Kiss of Sheer Berry. 


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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How Can I Get My Eyebrows Lighter Without Dyeing Them?

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Today, we're going to talk about how to get your eyebrows lighter without dyeing them. Actually, it's as easy as using a cream based eye shadow. That's it!

Use an eye shadow on top of your eyebrows to lightly give a lighter and softer colored look to your brows without having to dye them. with an eyebrow brush simply use the lighter eye shadow color and brush it towards the ear, along and on top of the eyebrow hairs. It's really that simple.

My favorite brand for eyebrow products, or for an amazing cream based eye shadow is Senna Cosmetics. I use it in my professional and personal kit, and couldn't recommend the brand more! 

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L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

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by Sian Bitner Kearney:

Truth be told, I am an eye girl. While I rarely where lipstick and hate cakey foundation, I absolutely adore big, bold eyes! I rely on good eyeliner and great mascara to achieve the look I desire, but sadly, many types of mascara fall short for me and leave my lashes either looking clumpy or barely give any coverage to speak of. Thank goodness for L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, . It delivers and delights in every way possible. Here’s the breakdown:

Formula: I chose the waterproof formula because of my watery eyes. This formula gave great coverage that lasted through my 12+ hour day and on through the night. Even after committing the beauty sin of sleeping in my makeup, my lashes still looked beautiful in the AM.

Promise vs. Reality: This mascara promises to produce longer and fuller lashes, while giving you that winged, butterfly look. While I’m not sure that my lashes appeared more “winged”, they certainly did appear both thicker and longer without looking fake or clumpy.

Color/Coverage: I chose the shade blackest black, but the mascara also comes in regular black as well as black brown. While I was a bit skeptical about the shade being any darker than a regular black, by the second coat I could really tell a difference. As far as coverage goes, because I love super thick lashes I went for three coats; however, you could easily go with one or two coats and still have lashes that pop.

So there you have it. If you’re looking for mascara that provides length, volume, great coverage, and dramatic color all in one, look no further than your local drug store and get stocked up now!

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How to Freshen Up Your Face

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Today I'm going to show you how to freshen up your face. We all get tired, and during the day with work and errands our makeup can sometimes get a little dry and a little cakey. The easiest way that I like to keep the makeup and the look of your face fresh throughout the day is to use a makeup spritzer. makeup spritzers usually contain a really fine amount of essential oils, antioxidants and water that help keep your face moisturized and also keeps the makeup from drying out or looking cakey. I simply keep a thermal spring water spray in my purse at all times. Every few hours throughout the day, I hold the can six inches away from my face and spray it lightly on my face, not to wet it, but to just moisten it enough to give a fresh glow and refresh your makeup. If you have oiler skin, look for a facial spray that has teakwood oil in it, which will help to keep your face refreshed and your oil at bay.
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Get The Look: Kaley Cuoco Golden Globes 2014

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This has to be one of my favorite looks, not only because this was created by one of my favorite celebrity makeup artists Jamie Greenberg, but because it was also created using Avon's marc cosmetics. I have always loved Mark because it is affordable, and the quality is amazing. Red carpet beauty for less!"With Kaley's dress, we wanted her makeup to be a little edgier to balance the softness of the florals," Jamie said. The full breakdown of how to get her look is below.


  • vbeaute Eye Never Nourishing Repair Eye Cream,
  • vbeaute Undercover Agent Anti-Wrinkle Protecting Serum,
  • vbeaute Buying Time Everyday Creme.
  • Laura Mercier Hydrating Face Primer,
  • mark Min-A-Real Cream to Powder Foundation,
  • mark Glowdacious Illuminating Powder in Amped Up
  • mark Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes.


  • mark Please Hold Eye Primer,
  • mark On The Dot Smokey Palette, using the top right 2 green shades,
  • mark Keep It Going Longwear Eyeshadow and Liner in Entourage on the top lash line and Avon's Glimmersticks in Emerald on the lower lash line.
  • Finished with Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara on the top and bottom lashes.

LIPS: mark Make It Rich Lip Crayon in Naturally

If you want to catch Jamie and Kaley in action, than you must (MUST) follow Jamie on her YouTube channel.  She is hillarious, and her videos give you a glimpse into what happens behind the scenes. 

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CoverGirl Gracie Gold Q&A

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Figure Skater and COVERGIRL Gracie Gold Talk Beauty Secrets and the Winter Olympics  by Sian Bitner Kearney

All American girl and renowned figure skater Gracie Gold is proving to young girls everywhere that you truly can have it all. With several medals already under her belt including her 2012 U.S. Junior National silver medal and her placement of 6th overall in the World Championship, Gracie is going for the big win this time at the 2014 Winter Olympics. In addition to her impressive career, Gold recently landed a spot as COVERGIRL’s newest face. Oh and did we mention, she’s only 18 years old? We recently had a chance to chat with Gracie about her COVERGIRL experience as well as the upcoming games. Here’s what the Olympic bound beauty had to say. MUB: Please tell us about your contract with Cover Girl. GG: I was so thrilled when COVERGIRL approached me with this opportunity. Who wouldn’t want to be a COVERGIRL?! Every girl, when you start playing around with makeup and see the ads on TV, everyone always looks in their bathroom mirror and says “Easy, Breezy, Beautiful COVERGIRL.” My earliest memory is watching America’s Next Top Model – watching the girls practice sayings the brand’s tagline and thinking how great it would be to do that.

MUB: Which products are your favorite and why?

GG: The entire Lip Perfection line. I like Hot, Seduce, and Spellbound.

MUB: Is it difficult to be a strong and successful athlete and still be seen as a beautiful young woman?

GG: I don’t think it is as hard in figure skating, but it can be in other winter sports that have a lot of gear. It’s harder for figure skaters to be seen as strong, real athletes.

MUB: What advice would you give to other young women out there?

GG: Don’t let others limit your dreams. A positive attitude is really important to success.

MUB: How are you preparing for the upcoming games?

GG: To prepare, I’m doing a lot of on and off ice training. We do competition simulations to get in the mindset. I’m also trying to master all of the makeup tips so I can look flawless.

MUB: What are you most looking forward to at the Winter Games?

GG: I’m looking forward to competing against the best of the best – what an honor! What’s really special about this Olympics is the opportunity to compete in the first team event for figure skating.

MUB: What's your typical beauty routine?

GG: I wash my face in the morning with an oil free cleanser. Then I moisturize with the Olay Complete All Day oil free moisturizer. I actually moisturize three times a day – in the morning, after I skate and before bed. After moisturizing, I apply a light concealer under my eyes and over small blemishes. Then, I apply COVERGIRL Bombshell mascara. I just started using it and I love it because it does the job of two mascaras – it gives my lashes volume and gives them an intense black look. And I finish off with a red lip and dust my face with a COVERGIRL pressed powder.

MUB: Any beauty blunders in your past?

GG: Bangs!

We have high hopes for Gracie Gold this year, in all aspects of her life. With such natural talent, determination, and a flawless COVERGIRL face, this beauty going to be seeing nothing but the gold!

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