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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!


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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DHC Skincare Sets

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Give your face an extra moisturizing boost with DHC's amazing olive oil and coQ10 sets. I'm a huge fan of skincare sets since they provide me with the right set of products to achieve maximum results. These sets are no different. Plus, they're DHC which means your skin will love every product.

Anyone dealing with dry skin will likely see a major difference in their skin after using the DHC Olive Essentials Set . From cleansing to moisturizing, this set does it all. The set is their best selling for a reason, and has been an essential in my personal arsenal of skincare products for years. The Deep Cleansing Oil puts olive oil to work to get rid of any dirt and makeup on your skin. Ensure your pores are squeaky clean by washing with the Mild Soap. The Mild Lotion provides the first layer of moisturizer while the Olive Virgin Oil ensures moisture stays locked in. Not only will your skin be cleaner than ever, it'll feel smooth and supple too.

If you feel you need that extra boost of firming, and brightening, than try out the CoQ10 set! Each of the Firming CoQ10 sets feature the Deep Cleansing Oil to moisturize and cleanse at the same time. DHC recommends using any lathering cleanser after the cleansing oil to finish washing away any other impurities. Both sets also include the CoQ10 Lotion to help tone skin. You can choose between the Cream or Milk sets with each containing either CoQ10 Cream or CoQ10 Face Milk moisturizers. The high concentration of CoQ10 helps firm skin to give you a youthful appearance. You can also separately order the amazing DHC CoQ10 Neck Cream to help take care of the often neglected neckline. 

With the sets ranging from $85 - $88, these sets are far cheaper than purchasing each item separately. Think of them as a skincare makeover to fight the signs of aging and everyday dryness.

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Tria Age-Defying Laser Review #2

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It has been two months since starting my skincare regimen with Tria Age-Defying Laser. I have now moved onto Level 3,and can’t wait to share with you my results and observations so far.

• I use the Tria Age-Defying Laser nightly after I brush my teeth and cleanse my face. This has become one of my favorite nightly rituals. I have found that I love the application process and how it helps me unwind and collect my thoughts right before I head to bed.
• The laser has a pain-free “heat” that your skin adjusts to with each level. Think of tiny little pin pricks. It is uncomfortable at first, but then you become accustomed to the sensation. By week 4, I became comfortable, and even began to enjoy the feeling of the laser. On Level 3, the hot sensation (which is reminiscent of a sunburn) usually took around 45 min to subside.
• After each treatment, my skin would be red (mind you, I have very fair/sensitive skin), but this was always gone by morning. After finishing my nightly treatment, I apply the Tria Age-Defying Finishing Serum. I absolutely love the serum, and how nourishing it feels on my post-treatment skin. Incredibly soothing. When my skin becomes too dry, I add some jojoba oil to the serum to give it an added hydration boost. I also make sure to exfoliate in the morning, which has helped to alleviate any extra dryness. I also make sure to use a sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF to protect my new, beautiful skin!

IT WORKS The laser light activates your body’s own natural renewal process to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which in turn reduces fine lines and creates smoother skin.
• No downtime for recovery after the laser. All redness and dryness fades by morning.
• I have heard that this type of laser actually increases the absorption of serums and creams.
• Cleared for use by the FDA as the only at-home laser clinically proven to treat multiple signs of aging on the entire face

PROGRESS: After the first few weeks, I noticed that my skin was smoother, and my pores seemed more refined. I still can’t get over how touchable my skin is. Think baby soft!

The most noticeable difference for me has been with the texture of my skin. I have become “poreless,” or so it seems. My face needs less foundation than usual, and has a stunning glow. It looks healthy, and dare I say….radiant? Another bonus, the deep forehead crease is almost gone! I even see that my freckles have softened. I am hooked.

I can’t wait to finish the program and share the completed look. This is truly a miraculous device that helps to subtly transform your skin.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Tria Beauty and Style Coalition. All opinions are my own. Photos by Tria Beauty.

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Superhero Skin Care for Father’s Day with Éminence

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Give Dad the gift of superhero skin this year. Éminence Organic Skin Care was the skin care on set for X-Men: Days of Future Past.

It’s no secret that fathers are the real-life superheroes. This Father’s Day, join Éminence Organic Skin Care in honoring our real-life role models and guardians, and give Dad the gift of superhero-approved skin care. Éminence was the skin care on set for the new blockbuster movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past, providing products and skin care consult for the whole cast including Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.

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Above: Éminence representative Sarah Vlasblom (middle) on the X-Men set in Montreal providing skin care advice to Michael Fassbender and Hugh Jackman.

"Éminence is organic, nourishing, skin-changing - a line that delivers. It allows me to create a character without the challenge of skin issues. It gives me the healthy canvas you want your makeup design to start with," said Rita Ciccozzi, Key Makeup Artist to Hugh Jackman, “We put our faith in a skin care line like our actors put their skin in ours."

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Behind the scenes, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) loved the Citrus Exfoliating Wash ($38), Stone Crop Hydrating Mist ($38), Neroli Age Corrective Eye Serum ($58) and Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel ($46).

Dads with superhuman abilities deserve a skin care routine that delivers, even in the toughest conditions. Éminence has a range of natural, organic and Biodynamic treatments to help prepare for, and relax after, a hard day’s work. Scrub away the day with the Pear and Poppy Microderm Polisher ($46) and finish with the hydrating Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer ($64). For active men, choose the Tropical Vanilla Body SPF 32 ($49) for full-body protection from the sun or the Sun Defense Minerals ($58) which provide translucent, water-resistant SPF 30 broad spectrum protection.

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Mirvaso Topical Gel for Rosacea

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

As a professional makeup artist one of the top complaints I hear from clients is the frustration of dealing with rosacea, and its effect on their confidence. From attempting to cover up their redness with heavy camouflage cream, or experimenting with a multitude of products promising to cure all, patients are left exasperated.

That is when I refer my clients to MIRVASO (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33%*, which aids in reducing and treating chronic rosacea, and excessive redness of the skin. Instead of simply masking the effects of rosacea, MIRVASO actually takes care of the problems associated with rosacea.

As documented:

  • In clinical studies with MIRVASO, the primary endpoint† showed rosacea redness was reduced for up to 12 hours for 22% of study participants (versus 9% of people using a gel with no active ingredient [vehicle gel]).
  • The secondary endpoint† showed redness was visibly reduced in as little as 30 minutes for 28% of participants (versus 6% of people using the vehicle gel).

Although you may not be affected by rosacea, there may be someone you are close with who is suffering from excessive facial redness. This skin condition affects an estimated 16 million men and women in the United States. This amazing treatment hopes to help eliminate the problem. 

This summer MIRVASO is asking you to support their challenge for rosacea patients to “Break Up With Your Makeup”, and finally be free from heavy, masking cover cream and makeup. To help support this cause simply enter their amazing sweepstakes that gives you a chance to win a trip to the Emmy’s in the fall! The ultimate celebrity event where you can walk the red carpet with confidence and show off your gorgeous skin (rosacea free!).


  • Indication: Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33% is an alpha adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older.
  • Adverse Events: In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (≥1%) included erythema, flushing, skin burning sensation and contact dermatitis.
  • Warnings/Precautions: Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud's phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sjögren’s syndrome. Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure. Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease. Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of Mirvaso Gel by children have been reported.
  • Keep Mirvaso Gel out of reach of children. Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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

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Mustela Skincare

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by Sian Bitner Kearney: 

As a mother and as a woman, great skincare is usually at the top of my list of priorities. So when I was asked to review some of Mustela, a leading skincare brand for both children and mothers, I immediately said yes. Experts in the field of skincare since 1950, Mustela offers a complete skincare line to address all of the immediate and changing needs of newborns, children, mothers and mothers-to-be.

The company sent me two products to review, their Stelatopia Moisturizing Cream for dry and eczema prone skin and their SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen Stick. First, let me begin by saying that these were perhaps two of the best products from their line that they could have sent for my review. My son, being a long-time sufferer of eczema and dry skin and myself having lived through a double diagnosis of skin cancer, we were certainly armed and ready to put these products to the test. Here are the results:

Stelatopia Moisturizing Cream: This cream has been an absolute miracle for my son’s skin. While the winter months usually keep his eczema at bay, by early spring he is always plagued with those dry, itchy bumps all over his skin. I have been having him apply the lotion daily to his driest areas (elbow, wrists, ankles and back) after showers or in the morning before dressing. After nearly a month of use, I am happy to report that thus far, not a single sign of his eczema has surfaced. In addition, my son says the fragrance doesn’t bother him. At first he was apprehensive to try the lotion, fearing that it would be too girly smelling and ruin his 11 year-old swag, but luckily for us both, the fragrance is nearly undetectable and fades within seconds of application. The texture is a bit thick at first, but easily melts into skin without leaving behind a sticky, greasy residue.

SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen Stick: Even though the description of this product says it is for the face and bodies of babies and children, I’ll admit that I called first dibs on this one. While I usually remember to spray down my son with sunscreen prior to lengthy outdoor events, like most mothers, I tend to completely forget about myself. I used to try to carry around a bottle of sunscreen in my purse, but they were bulky and took up too much space and so I usually left them sitting on a shelf at home. This little stick is total genius. Not only does it provide 50+ SPF coverage, a must for someone like me who has already had two skin cancer scares, but it’s also small enough to pop into even the tiniest of bags. With my son’s lacrosse games in full effect as well as a few family cookouts, having this stick at my disposal is a total lifesaver. Admittedly, I don’t usually apply it to my face, I have a special moisturizer I use daily for that area; however I do use it for quick applications to my arms, hands, legs, and even my chest. The formula does go on a little white looking at first, but soon blends perfectly into the skin. Much like the moisturizer, I noticed on a faint fragrance which disappeared rather quickly, and it felt more like a moisturizer to me than the typical sticky sunscreen.

Overall, I would have to say that I highly recommend these two products. While they are a bit pricier than your average drug store product, a little goes a long way so they’re sure to last you a while, and the results, at least for my son and I, are worth every extra penny

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tarte Brazilliance™

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by Marilyn, contributor to

Get your glow on in just minutes!

I love being out in the sun--with sunscreen, frequently reapplied, of course!--but sadly, here in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve had a serious lack of sunshine and my pasty legs are looking a little scary! How to get a healthy, cancer-free glow? While tanning lotions have come a long way, a few past incidents which turned me into a splotchy Oompa Loompa have made me a little hesitant to use self-tanner. I have warm, light-medium skin anyway, so I don’t neeeeed to be darker, but who doesn’t want to look like a bronze goddess who’s just returned from the tropics?!


Fortunately, tarte has come to the rescue with their Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Face and Body Self Tanner! It promises to give you a beautiful tan while softening your skin--all in one streak-free, pleasant-smelling step. Maracuja oil, which contains essential fatty acids, seals in moisture and vitamin C brightens skin. And tarte’s PUREshield scent-control technology means you won’t reek like tanning lotion! The gel itself is tinted and immediately begins to tint your skin, with the color developing fully after a few hours.


tarte’s self tanner comes in a cute squeeze tube (love the wooden lid!), and a thin foam mitt is included. The mitt helps to keep your hands stain-free, and eliminates streaks. I would guess that one tube will last approximately half a dozen applications if used sparingly. The tarte Brazilliance self tanner is a beautiful tan that worked well on my NC 20-25 skintone. There was a subtle but noticeable difference between the leg with self tanner, and the leg that had no product.



-Natural looking color--no orange tint!
-Some color instantly (depending on how much product applied) and color continues to develop over the next few hours.
-Quick dry time (10 minutes)--After accidentally sitting on my yellow and white striped sheets, no transfer!
-Mitt does help apply product evenly and keeps the gel from staining your hands
-Slight scent is fairly pleasant
-tarte products are always formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, synthetic fragrance, or gluten. And they’re always cruelty-free!

-$37 for one tube is spendy!

Although the price does sting, tarte’s Brazilliance self tanner is a safe, sun-free way to get a natural glow in a hurry.

How do you get your glow on for summer? Do you wait until the sun’s shining, or do you start lathering on the self tanner early spring?

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