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Best Palettes of Spring 2014

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I'm Gouldylox and unofficially, I'm the Makeup Blogger's Little Sister. It all started when I was in LA and everyone kept thinking I was her. Forget that I'm a foot taller and her hair is way better than mine. It happened at a conference later that year as well. We've been related ever since! I'm a product junkie like you've never seen...check out my five favorite palettes of Spring 2014! What are your favorites?

too faced alamode3Too Faced A La Mode Eyes is perfect for spring. The colors, the blend-ability and wear. It's just gorgeous.pantonePANTONE's Radiant Orchid Palette is one of the best values available at Sephora right now. The looks you can create are endless and if you love that pinkish-purple orchid shade, you have to have it.

KVD

Kat Von D's Monarch Palette is a warm palette that's full of non-traditional warm hues. Of course, the pigments are beautiful and glide on like butter.

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It Cosmetics Naturally Beautiful palette is mostly matte, with a shade that changes everything into a shimmer. If you love nudes or think you can't wear shimmer, this is the easiest palette to wear, ever.pfnude 2Finally, Physican's Formula Shimmer Strips All in One Nude Palette for Face and Eyes is amazing. It gives you the youthful glow of a rising country singer without breaking the bank.
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Smashbox camera ready BB Cream

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 The search for a fabulous concealer is always going on for most beauty junkies and that includes me. I’m Marcia from Beauty Info Zone and I’ve reviewed at least a dozen concealers on my blog. I have found a few that I love but that doesn’t mean I’m not always searching for something new since you just never know when that “holy grail” item will come along.

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Smashbox Camera Ready BB Eye Cream ($25) is the latest that I’ve added to my collection. I bought it because I love BB Creams (even though I’ve never tried the one from Smashbox) and because I love the idea of having Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in the product.smashbox bb eye newWhat makes it so interesting is that it’s really an eye cream that has the benefits of a BB Cream. It’s packaged in a wand that clicks up to allow the product to flow out into an applicator brush. It comes in 5 shades. I’m almost always the lightest shade in foundations and concealers and Fair works well for me. It blends onto my skin seamlessly. Other shades are Light, Light/Medium, Medium, and Dark.

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Here are some of the pros about this BB Eye Cream:
· -The Fair matches my skin perfectly.
· -It’s great to prime the area under my eyes.
· - Broad Spectrum SPF 15 is a bonus.
· -It’s very hydrating; I always feel my eyes are well moisturized when using this.
· - It’s pretty good about concealing dark circles (but notice I didn’t say great).
Here are some of the cons in my opinion:
· -The price is high at $25.00. There’s only 0.12 oz in the tube so mostly you are paying for packaging.
· - According to Smashbox it visibly smoothes fine lines and wrinkles. I don’t find that at all. Luckily the lines under my eyes are very fine but they don’t look visibly smoother when using this.
· - It doesn’t last the entire day. It looks good almost all day but by dinner time I can see it looking somewhat crepey under my eyes. It’s easy to smooth out but it never feels perfect once this happens.smashbox bb eye swatch· -If you have serious concealing to do, I don’t think this is the tool for the job.
While I haven’t fallen in love with Smashbox Camera Ready BB Eye Cream I’m not sorry I bought it and I’ve been using it often. Smashbox says that over time it will reduce those dark circles but I’m not so sure about that, especially when I jump around from product to product between being fickle and testing new concealers out. Put this on your list if you have dryness under your eyes since it’s perfect for hydrating that area.

I’ve read complaints on Sephora about the brush being stiff and the product being dry but that doesn’t describe the Smashbox BB Eye Cream I’m using. I’ve been using this for a few months and the brush is as soft as ever as is the product.

As for my favorite undereye concealers I’d rate It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye and Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer as my top two. Both are around the same price but with more than double the amount of product. Am I sorry I bought the Smashbox? No way, I’m using it often and will use it even more once the sun isn’t hiding from me.

Thank you for reading. I hope you’ll visit my blog partner Lisa and me at http://www.beautyinfozone.com.

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Beauty Trend – FryFace.com, The Mecca of Product Selection

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by Sian Bitner Kearney: 

Have you ever found yourself endlessly searching online or on drug store shelves for the perfect moisturizer only to give up, defeated by the overwhelming number of products? Have you ever wished that there were a simpler way to find the best products without having to conduct all of the trial and error yourself? Dermatologist Fayne L. Frey, M.D. feels your pain and has brilliantly formulated a simple solution called FryFace.com. At FryFace.com, you not only have a place view pertinent information about products for anti-aging, sun care and moisture retention, you can also find products based solely on your individual needs. The process is quick and simple, click on the “Product Selector” tab, answer a few questions, and bam – customized products just for your skin type and individual needs!

Frey said the idea for FryFace.com came to her after she noticed how confused many of her patients were about what products to use. “On a daily basis I am asked in the office, ‘Dr. Frey, what is the best moisturizer?’ or ‘What is a good sunscreen?’,” she said. “After more than twenty years of dermatologic practice, I realized that my patients were overwhelmed, and often frustrated, by the selection of over-the counter skincare products with no scientific method to select a desired product. My solution was FryFace.com; a free, educational, easily accessible resource that simplifies the process of selecting skincare products.”

Frey is certainly no novice when it comes to skincare selection. With a resume jam packed with impressive degrees and more than 20 years of professional experience, she has developed a true passion for skin and the knowledge of what it takes to keep it safe and beautiful. Frey says what makes her site different that the average product selection site is two fold; one, she has no financial interest in any product or manufacturer on the site so all recommendations are based purely on the facts as determined within medical literature. Two, the site offers a product selector that helps consumers select products based on their individual needs such as fragrance free products for sensitive skin or special products for skin conditions such as eczema. What’s even better is that the majority of the products suggested are affordable and typically available at your local drug store.

Of course, having a renowned dermatologist at my disposal, I had to ask her thoughts on the biggest beauty/skincare mistakes she sees consumers make. This is what she had to say:

1. Mistake # 1: Purchasing very expensive products that do no more than hydrate. They would be better off purchasing a quality moisturizer from their local pharmacy.
“Based on scientific research, I assure you, there is no “Fountain of Youth” in a bottle. The workhorse of every OTC moisturizer (including anti-aging creams) is its ability to hydrate the skin. Imagine if a raisin is pumped with water, it becomes a grape. This may decrease the appearance of fine lines, but it is a temporary hydrating effect only. Consumers often purchase extremely expensive “anti-aging” creams expecting actual rejuvenation of the skin.

2. Mistake # 2: Most individuals do NOT apply daily sunscreen (or a moisturizer containing a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.)
“A Magic Potion! It exists. It prevents 90% of sunspots, wrinkles and saggy skin. It is sold everywhere yet only one in ten Americans actually applies it daily. Scientific studies shows that compared to other OTC ingredients, the most effective “anti-aging” preventative ingredient available today in skincare products is sunscreen.”

3. Mistake #3: The use of too many harsh products.
“The skin has an amazing ability to hydrate itself. It produces lipids and proteins that help maintain adequate water content to help keep it soft and supple. Consumers use too many products (harsh soaps, toners, astringents) that contain ingredients that actually strip the natural lipids and proteins that help keep the skin hydrated.”

So there you have it ladies! For more information on Dr. Frey or do make your own customized product selection, visit http://www.fryface.com.

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JuveRest Sleep Wrinkle Pillow

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JuveRest Sleep Wrinkle Pillow

by Sian Bitner Kearney:

We’ve all heard the term, “get your beauty sleep”, but did you know that certain sleeping positions can actually cause wrinkles. If you’re strictly a back sleeper, you’re probably safe. However, for the side sleepers (GUILTY!) and stomach sleepers out there, these positions can cause deep wrinkles to form on the side of your face and forehead. Luckily, there is a way around this beauty blunder. It’s called the JuveRest Sleep Wrinkle Pillow, and it’s specially designed to minimize facial contact with the pillow, inhibiting sleep wrinkle formation as you sleep.

Here are the benefits:

1. Helps prevent and reduce sleep wrinkles

2. Encourages sleep positions that reduce damage to facial skin

3. Soft and comfortable

4. Promotes correct neck and back anatomical alignment

5. Multi-patented design for women and men of any age

6. Helps maintain a youthful appearance

7. Easy solution—all you have to do is sleep!

8. Special high quality, soft, open-cell, resilient foam for comfortable support

9. Open structure allows efficient air circulation, keeping you cooler at night

So if you’ve been suffering from sleep wrinkles and are about one night’s sleep shy of a Botox appointment, why not give JuveRest a try? The only thing you have to lose is an aging face.

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Most Popular Makeup Colors for Spring

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by Sian Bitner Kearney:

Ladies, it is finally time to put those dreary shades of winter away and embrace the warmth of spring. This season’s shades are electric; popping with hints of orange, blue, purple and more. So say bye-bye to those neutrals and prepare to have some serious fun with color as we introduce the season’s hottest beauty trends!

Lips:
Lips are absolutely bursting with color this season in neon shades of orange, fuchsia, and hot pink. The colors work great as the focal point of your look or as a compliment to a smokey eye at night.
Eyes:
Cobalt blue is the “it” color for eyes this season and there are so many ways to rock it! For an intense look, use a cobalt eyeshadow solo or layer it over a black shadow. If you’re living life on the subtle side, top off a neutral eye with cobalt blue eyeliner to add some edge to the every day.
Cheeks:
The cheek color of the season is berry. If you’re fair skinned, select a lighter, subtler shade. For medium to dark complexions, you will want to stick with a deep berry shade. Steer clear of sparkles though; this color is wild enough to stand on its own without the added drama.
Nails:
Yellow is the fun color for spring and the variations of the shade that you choose to wear are completely up to you. For day or for the office, shoot for a pale yellow. For a night on the town, pump up the brightness with a canary or neon shade of yellow.
Remember, these looks are both bold and beautiful but shouldn’t necessarily be worn together. Pick one or two areas to brighten up, and stay neutral everywhere else. Now go grab your favorite spring dress and leave winter in your rear view!

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Bronde Ombre’ Perfection!

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by Sian Bitner Kearney

Okay I’ll admit it, when it comes to the Kardashians, I’m not the best at keeping up. However, when I recently stumbled upon a photo of the three sisters, I found myself in total awe of Khloe’s latest look. While she’s been rockin’ the ombre’ hair for a while now, this bronde perfection is quite possibly the most gorgeous look I’ve ever seen on her. To get your own bronde goddess ombre’, you’ll need to do the following:

See your stylist BEFORE you plan to color: We all know that feeling of exhilaration that hits you the moment you’ve decided on your perfect color for the season. You want to run to your stylist ASAP to make your transformation, but slow your roll just for a moment. Any ombre’ look is one to step into lightly. Schedule a consultation with your stylist beforehand, even if he/she has been doing your hair for decades. If you don’t confirm ahead of time that he/she is well versed on the ombre’ process, you may find yourself walking out of the salon looking as if you’ve been too poor to do your roots for six months.

Make it a Gradual Effect: This ombre’ is much subtler than the ombre’s of summer’s past. There are no harsh transitions from brunette to blonde, it actually looks like the sun has just kissed her hair. It’s also important that your stylist understand it is a BRONDE shade you’re seeking. This means a good combination of color somewhere between a dark golden blonde and a light warm brown. To avoid a difference in opinion, always bring a photo to the salon and even ask to see the color swatches before the process begins.

Be Prepared to Style Your Hair: While this look is by far my absolute favorite for the season, it does come with some styling maintenance; meaning, if you’re more of a wash & go kinda gal, this look may not be for you. To truly showcase an ombre’ color, loose waves are always best, so be prepared to become best friends with your curling iron. Have Fun with it: Perhaps the best thing about this beautiful, bronde ombre’ is that it’s meant to be as fun and fearless as summer itself. The look offers a carefree type of edge, much more rock n roll than your old school foil highlights, and let’s be honest; it’s just flat out sexy! Pair it with a good spray tan, and you’ll be ready to let your inner Goddess run wild!

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Best Beauty Looks for Date Night

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by Sian Bitner Kearney:

Whether you’re married or just dating, planning a date night not only gives you a little romance to look forward to it’s also the perfect excuse to ditch your day-to-day look and go for that little extra bit of gorgeous! Here are our top five picks for gorgeous date night beauty.

Lip Stains
Few things ruin a romantic dinner like lipstick on your teeth or lipstick on your partner. However, most women rely on a little lip color to bring some dazzle to their beauty look. Next date night ditch the usual lipstick and opt for a stain. One of our favorites is TARTE LipSurgence Lip Tint in the shade, “Joy”.

Glowy Skin
You can easily add a touch of warmth to your skin with a bronzing powder or peach blush. Applied to the apples of the cheeks and along the forehead line, these shades give a warm glow to your skin making it look healthy without giving a fake tan appearance. We love NARS’ Blush/Bronzer Duo in the shades, “Orgasm/Laguna”.

Copper Eyes
No need to resort to dark browns and blacks for a beautiful smokey eye. Layering shades of gold and copper can be just as dramatic while also creating a dreamy, candlelit effect. Line eyes with a dark brown or black liner, then layer and smudge with a golden/copper shadow. For this look, we recommend Kat Von D’s Shade Shifter shadow in the shade, “Devotion”.

Highlight Your Assets
There is no better way to bring a romantic glow to your skin than by using a beautiful highlighter. Liquid highlighters especially, give skin a healthy, soft glow. Add touches above cheekbones, to corners of the eyes, or use add glow to you collar bones or along the shins of your legs. Never overdo the highlighter though, you want to have a soft shimmer, NOT look like a disco, glitter queen. Try Benefit’s High Beam highlighter for the perfect shimmer every time!

Let Your Hair Down
Pony tails and buns are perfect for the day or weekend errands but date night is your night to shine! Loose, soft waves are still super hot right now and nothing is sexier that wavy tendrils covering your shoulders over a candlelight dinner. Grab a large barrel clipless curling wand and wind 1” sections away from your face. Once all the hair is curled, tousle lightly with your fingers, add a touch or hairspray and your gorgeous and ready to go! Try Sultra’s Bombshell Oval Curling Iron for gorgeous Victoria Secret type waves!

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