Keeping your skin moisturized during pregnancy

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Today’s question is how to keep skin moisturized during pregnancy. Well, during pregnancy you need to make sure that any products you are using are all natural and safe. You don’t want any preservatives or anything that could harm the natural barriers of the skin during this precious time. So I highly recommend two different products.

One is for stretch marks, an all natural oil called Miracle Oil.

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Get The Look: Melissa Carache

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Celebrity Makeup Artist Elle Leary shares with us how she gave Melissa Carache her elegant evening look: "Melissa and I went for a very classic Greek Goddess meets Girl Next Door, look for this event!" 



  • For the rest of the makeup application I wanted it to be fresh, so I started with TARTE's Amazonian clay waterproof cream eyeshadow in Seashell Pink from lash line to just above the crease to give a little sheen and play with some color.
  • Then I worked TARTE's skinny smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liner in Golden Tiger's eye along the lash line and smudged it up and out to the corner of the outter eye.
  • Finally I took my Epic Black Mousse Liner from NYX and gave her an extended and exaggerated signature smokey cat eye.
  • Couple coats of mascara and a set of my favorite lashes by Velour in Doll Me Up, the eyes were complete!!


To really take this look home, I finished off with another goody from NYX, their Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippie in Watermelon Cooler. I can not get enough of these chunky pencils, perfect for that hint of playful color. "

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Face Your Fears and Win!

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 In his first inaugural address to the nation, Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Nothing against the venerable 32nd president, but there’s nothing “only” about fear -- not when you’re about to go into a job interview, leave an unhealthy relationship or do anything that seems daunting or impossible. The questions are: Where do your unhealthy fears come from? And how can you find the courage to face your fears?

“The fears that hold us back are our ‘shadow fears,’ ” says Amy Stone, a certified “courage coach.” She explains that these fears are born of negative lessons usually learned in early childhood (often unintentionally taught by parents) and that persist as we grow older. The beliefs are common -- I’m not good enough, smart enough, capable enough -- yet we’re so unconscious of them we don’t even see how they affect us. But the shadows they cast are long, causing us to avoid intimacy or socializing, or a new move, or asking for a raise.

“These fears make us feel small and frustrated, like we’re not living the life we are meant to live,” says Stone. “This leads to frustration -- which only perpetuates the negative patterns, behaviors and beliefs that keep us in the background of our lives.”

On how to overcome fear and to conquer “shadow fears,” Stone recommends a three-step process: 

Identify the fear. For instance, if you’re hesitant to go after a new job, it’s probably not the work itself that frightens you. Think about what’s really behind your worries. Are you afraid that a new boss might judge you harshly? Or are you uneasy about the thought of leaving your familiar workplace?

Ask yourself where the fear comes from. Some fears are instinctive -- we’re cautious around fire to avoid getting burned -- but many others are taught. If you were labeled as “awkward” or “shy” as a child, you may have trouble believing that you could be confident enough to give a presentation at work.

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Olay Luminous and Walgreens Giveaway!

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As most of my readers know, I am particularly obsessed with oils. Face oils, body oils, hair name, I love it.  I have noticed such a tremendous change in my skin since I started using facial oils.  But, alot of readers have often complained that they can't find a decent facial oil without breaking the bank.  Now, I can finally offer an amazing, low cost alternative.  Olay Regenerist Luminous Oil.  Not only is it light, smells divine, and makes your skin skin super soft and radiant, but it is wallet friendly.  Love this!  Luckily for me, P&G and Walgreens have generously shared with my readers a giveaway for these Luminous products, and a $75 gift card to Walgreens! Now, you can become an "oil addict" too! 

The other products in the Luminous collection have stolen my heart too. The cream is perfect for under makeup, and gives your skin a stunning glow.  I am very fair with TONS of freckles, and this cream has helped me to get a more even skin tone and brighter appearance.  I have been using the combination of the oil and the cream at night for the past few weeks, and have been very impressed by the combo.  It feels like a high end product, but I adore the low end price.  I will have no problem recommending this to my clients, since I won't have to preface it with "you will love it, but it is on the pricy side".  Now, I just say "Run out and grab some!!".

Regenerist Luminous Collection

• What It Does: Olay’s Luminous line goes beyond dark spots to address dull, uneven skin and reveal your most pearlescent skin.
• How It Works: Regenerist Luminous works to repair skin at the collagen mirror to restore your most pearlescent skin. Olay has also included a Mica complex to provide an immediate radiant glow for today, while still delivering long term benefits over time.
Did you know? Myth vs. Fact: When using the right amount – just a few drops – natural oils absorb instantly giving your skin a sheer glow rather than shine (please let me know if you would like me to send over more Myth vs. Facts).

From October 26th-November 2nd Walgreens is featuring the Olay Luminous Moisturizer and Eye Cream on sale for $23.99. Plus there is a $3 brandSAVER coupon in the October 26th paper so you can pick up these fabulous products for only $20.00 each!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by P&G, but all opinions are my own

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How to Dye Your Hair at Home

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Plenty of beauty products will freshen up your look, but for busy gals, none seems quite as perfect as hair color. Unlike wrinkle creams (which can take weeks to show results) or lipstick (which wears off faster than you can reapply), dying your hair delivers shiny, more vibrant color almost instantly -- and you get to enjoy the results for weeks without any upkeep. The best part: You can do it at home.

You may think hair dying is too scary to undertake yourself, but once you learn a few tricks about choosing and applying hair color, DIY dying is a snap, says Kathleen Hui, a senior colorist at AKS Salon in New York City. Even a subtle update is all it takes to breathe new life and warmth into your look. Try these strategies for the ultimate no-fuss beauty boost:

1. Choose a demi-permanent formula.
Of all your hair-dye choices -- permanent, demi-permanent or temporary -- demi-permanent requires the least maintenance and looks the most natural. The color lasts about four to six weeks and gradually rinses out as you shampoo. That means you don’t see noticeably lighter or darker roots as your hair grows.

2. Stay within two shades of your natural color.
Depending on your hair color, the end result can look different from the box, Hui says. If you stay within one or two shades, either lighter or darker, you’ll get more predictable results and a color that looks natural on you. If you have light-brown or hazel eyes, you can look at the flecks of color in your iris: Go with a color (still within two shades) that picks up the bronze, gold or caramel hues in your eyes, and your peepers will look brighter too.

3. Color clean hair only.
Wash your hair the day or morning before you dye it. Otherwise, oil, styling products and other buildup can block the pigment from absorbing into strands, says Hui. 

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Jolen Creme Bleach and 50th Giveaway!

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Here is another one of my makeup artist secrets.....Jolen creme bleach. Celebrating its 50th birthday (this brand first hit shelves in 1964!) and still going strong as an at-home beauty staple for millions of women, including myself! 

I have been using Jolen both professionally and personally for the past 16 years.  I was first introduced to it by my makeup teacher, who suggested we always have it on hand when working with actresses or models.  This has become one of the best tips I have ever received.  Not only is it simple, and fast, but it won't irritate the skin, which is essential when I am on set.  Jolen saves me when I need to soften the look of a darker eyebrow, dark arm hair, or even the upper lip.  We all have something!  Personally, I have loved using Jolen to lighten those few dark stray hairs on my lady mustache that always seem to pop up!  

Jolen was originally created to be used as a facial bleach, especially for the lip and chin area, yet beauty enthusiasts have discovered that it works miracles on arms, thighs, and body hair as well! Bleaching is one of the safest ways to cope with unruly, or embarrassing dark hair.  



• Used as facial bleach for the lip, cheeks and chin area, Jolen is also recommended for lightening hair on arms, thighs, stomach and other body hair. (Note: not recommended for use on the pubic area).
• Jolen Creme Bleach is gentle to skin and leaves it soft and smooth.
• Easy to use at home, Jole Creme Bleach takes just 10 minutes for results that last up to four weeks.
• Jolen Creme Bleach formulas can be found in stores nationwide, including CVS, Harmon, Rite Aid, ULTA, Walgreens and Walmart, as well as online.

Some of my other makeup artist friends also love adding some soft highlights to their hair with Jolen since the formula is so gentle! 

If you would like to try out Jolen for yourself, why not enter their giveway! And tweet away your experiences with Jolen by using the hashtag #GoConfidently

Jolen™ 50th Giveaway:
LIKE Jolen’s new Facebook page at for glam, giveaways and beauty tricks from celebrity makeup artists!
• Now through November 14, 2014, enter the Jolen 50th Giveaway for a chance to win $50 gift cards to Jolen retailers, as well as Jolen Creme Bleach product. More than 50 winners! 
To enter, visit here!  

Disclaimer: This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received both Jolen Creme Bleach formulas and a Conair 3X/1X Illuminated LED Mirror for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

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How Can I Get My Eyes To Glow?

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Today's question is "how can I get my eyes to glow". Well, one of the easiest tricks and a celebrity secret for the red carpet, is to use a liquid eye shadow. Now I know it sounds a bit weird... but it gives the eyes a vibrant, bright glowy look.

  • As you can see this is instantly adding a bit of a glow and extra shimmer which will make the eyes pop. Celebrities do this for the red carpet all the time to really give their eyes that extra glow. It's subtle yet on camera it looks amazing, instantly adds that glow and beautiful pop to eyes.
  • My current favorites are mark by Avon all time eye hook ups! 
  • Don't forget that some creams can smooth on like a liquid, such as Maybelline Color Tattoo

And there you go, if you are looking for a quick and easy way to make your eyes glow, look for a liquid eye shadow.  Helps every time!

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