Now that the holidays are over, there are still parties and a great big New Year to celebrate. I will admit that New Years Eve is one of my favorite times to get gussied up and gorgeous. Another thing that I love about the New Year is that it is a fresh start. A breath of fresh air. So, what better way to start the New Year off than by offering a giveaway! I have joined with P&G and Walgreens to celebrate the upcoming People's Choice Awards, and some of Walgreens favorite products. This amazing P&G prize pag is stuffed with goodies totaling over $85.
The winner’s “FAB BAG” will include:
COVERGIRL Bombshell Lip Perfection Lipstick
COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara
COVERGIRL truMAGIC Pore Minimizer
Crest 3D White 1 Hour Express Whitestrips
Pantene Damage Detox Cream
Crest 3D White Vivid Radiant Mint
Oral B Toothbrush Advantage 3D White Vivid Soft
Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash
Venus and Olay Sugarberry Exfoliate Razor
Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream
Delish Chocolate Bars
Studio 35 Nail Polish Remover Pads
Studio 35 Blender Brush
Some of the products I have personally been obsessing over to get glam this season are:
Pantene Damage Detox Creme: During the winter my hair becomes brittle and breaks with every brushing. I have just fallen in love with this repair cream for its ability to make my hair shiny and soft. An absolute must for glamour worthy hair.
COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara: We all know that I love COVERGIRL mascaras. This is another one to add to the list. It leaves your lashes ultra black and glossy.
Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream: Another must for dry winter skin. This also helps to keep you looking rested and refreshed, even when you are feeling the holiday madness. My skin looks bright, and awake (even if I am not!).
To enter, all you need to do is follow @makeupblogging on Twitter and use the hashtag #OnMyWay2Fab. For extra entries, follow me on Pinterest!
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Wouldn’t it be so much easier to look and feel great if everything you needed came in one convenient box? I think the same thing. Thanks to FabFitFun, that’s now a reality. The FabFitFun Fall VIP Box is a collection of items put together by Giuliana Rancic to help you look and feel great inside and out. I’m completely sold on the fact that I get more than $175 worth of products for just $49.95.
Go High Tech by Sian Bitner Kearney:
Okay, so most of the time splurging on a beauty gadget only leads to a loss of cash and an even bigger loss of patience, but we have some tools that you simply have to try to believe how amazing they are! Before the year closes and a whole new line of tools arrives, here’s our pick for the top three high tech beauty tools to try.
LightStim (for wrinkles):
Who doesn’t hate wrinkles? While creams and serums are helpful for a lift or reduction here and there, some of us need a more aggressive form of wrinkle fighting power; in steps LightStim.
LightStim is a gadget that uses UV-free, LED light therapy to stimulate the body’s natural process of building proteins and regenerating cells. When applied to the skin, it increases the production of collagen and elastin, reduces inflammation, increases skin’s circulation, and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles.
LuminessTan Airbrush Tanning System:
Everyone has had to battle the scars of a bad spray tan or finding that it fades just days after applied, but LuminessTan is different. LuminessTan is a fast, easy approach to home airbrush tanning and the color lasts up to 14 days without reapplying! Unlike salon spray tans, LuminessTan’s color is buildable, so both the fairest and deepest of skin tones can use this product. Another benefit is, unlike lotions and creams, the LuminessTan makes getting hard to reach spots like your back and shoulders insanely easy to cover.
Go Smile Whitening System:
No matter how flawless your makeup is, if your teeth are yellow no one will notice anything else. Professional whitening is expensive and drug store kits rarely give the whitening effect desired, that’s why we love Go Smile Whitening System. By using a combination of whitening formula (in easy to use ampoules) and the unique Smile Whitening Light, Go Smile gives you professional whitening results in the comfort of your own home.
So go ahead ladies, splurge a little. With products that deliver these kinds of results it will be worth every single penny!
By: Sian Bitner Kearney
Much like your wardrobe needs a bit of high voltage color in the summertime, your makeup could use some power colors too. While a complete color overhaul may be too much to endure during this scorching season, switching up your lip shade is an easy fix. Summer is all about color and playfulness, so don’t be afraid to try something new and unexpected. To prove that amazing shades don’t have to be accompanied by wallet busting prices, we chose to focus on the Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivids line. At less than $6.00 a pop, they’re both beautiful and affordable. These are just a few of our favorite shades for a powerful summer pout!
Red is perhaps the easiest of the bright lips to pull off and works well for both daytime and nighttime looks. For a change of pace, opt for a brighter red versus a traditional dark hue. Because this is the most conservative of the lip colors, it can easily be paired with a little black dress or your favorite power suit. Our pick for the best red is Maybelline’s unforgettable shade of, “Neon Red”.
Color Me Pink:
This is not your mother’s pink. Forget the shades that whisper subtle innocence. The bright pink lip is all about getting noticed and having fun! This lip is a versatile one, so feel free to pair it with your favorite maxi dress, summer short ensemble or use it as your main accessory to dress up the jeans and a t-shirt look. Our pick for a favorite pink was Maybelline’s high voltage shade of “Fuchsia Flash”.
Orange You Glad You’re Extraordinary:
For all of you super bad divas who laughed off the first two shades mentioned as total child’s play, get a pout that packs a serious punch with a bright shade of orange. This shade is not for the average wall flower and will certainly have all eyes on you. The bright orange lip screams rock and roll chick and goes well with damaged jeans, vintage t’s, mini dresses, and if you’re game, even some leather leggings. Our top pick for orange perfections is Maybelline’s outrageous shade of, “Electric Orange”.
Remember, with a lip this strong the rest of the face should remain somewhat neutral. Go light on eye makeup and blush to allow your lips to remain the focal point of your makeup masterpiece!
Lush Emotional Brilliance – A Brilliant Use of Color
I love cosmetics that go beyond outer beauty and focus on who I actually am. Lush's Emotional Brilliance line for eyes, lips and skin provides a wide range of completely vegan cosmetics that caters to a person's personality, ambitions and inner desires. Think of it as the cosmetic that truly showcases who you are inside and out. Plus, all natural ingredients are great for your skin.
The line features 18 shades for eyes including options such as Independent, Dynamic and Calm. Since you know I'm addicted to double duty products, the moisturizing almond oil just makes me love these shadows and liners even more. If you need to highlight or add a bit of tint to your skin, Lush features three shades for preventing shine, highlighting and add warmth to all skin tones. For sensitive skin, these are a must as they don't clog pores or irritate skin.And, to top it off, they are Cruelty Free!
Now for my favorite – 13 brilliant shades of lip color. The lipstick softens lips and it's also buildable to get just the right shade every time. With color that stays put, you'll feel confident showing your true emotions.
I highly recommend playing the color reading game first. The recommendations for me were spot on and it's a fun way to try new colors in the Lush Emotional Brilliance line.
Perfect, Buildable Coverage With Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
Finding a foundation that delivers weightless coverage while actually covering imperfections fully is almost impossible. I remember trying one foundation that promised buildable coverage only to discover I looked like a layered cake when I got done and my flaws were still highly visible. Urban Decay's Naked Skin foundation is designed to build without caking or clogging pores.
If you have problems finding the right shade, you'll love the 18 shades along with the easy to match skin tone system. Warm tones end in .0 while cool skin tones are labeled with a .5. That makes it even easier to get the perfect shade for your skin. After all, it's designed to look completely natural with demi-matte finish. Even those with oily skin will find their skin looking fresh and shine free.
With skin nourishing ingredients, Naked Skin foundation helps improve your skin while you wear it. Ingredients such as green tea, anti-wrinkle peptides and brightening Litchiderm help heal your skin so you need less coverage over time. Some have even compared it to a lighter weight BB cream. At $39, it's not too pricey, especially if you're ready to test out more professional quality foundations without breaking the bank.
Makeup Artist Tips: For this foundation, I prefer to apply with a foundation brush. I am currently obsessed with the Good Karma Brush by Urban Decay. It gives an airbrushed finish to the face. Amazing.
For more on this amazing foundation, check out Kevin James Bennett's review!
Get Dramatic Lashes With Avon Mega Effects Mascara
At first glance, Avon Mega Effects Mascara does seem a bit different. The unique Wonderbrush is thin and wide with a handle that adjusts to get the perfect application angle. Let's just say, it's not your typical mascara brush by any means. I immediately noticed the contoured shape is curved to match my eyelashes. The design helps to better coat lashes evenly without having to apply several times just to get an even look.
With a bigger brush, Avon Mega Effects Mascara helps add 40% more mascara, giving you bolder lashes faster. Odds are, you'll prefer the brush and handle of the Wonderbrush as soon as you try it. No more trying to hold on to a tiny lid or slick, rounded handle. The flat handle is wider for a more ergonomic design, which is ideal for anyone dealing with arthritis. With an easier to use handle, you'll have more control over application. Anything that leads to fewer slip ups is a winner in my book.
I love Avon mascara as it is, so I'm excited about Avon Mega Effects Mascara and really loving the way it is working. The new formula is designed to last 24 hours while making lashes denser, darker and intensely dramatic. It's definitely worth trying and at just $10, you have nothing to lose.