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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 oil....you 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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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.  

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THE BENEFITS OF BLEACHING

• 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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Tria Age Defying Laser Review and Results

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I am always on the hunt for a product or treatment that will help me retain a youthful glow, and keep my skin in check. At the age of 36 my skin has a mind of its own and never seems to be happy with anything. I have battled with adult acne, uneven skin tone, and pores that seem to resemble a crater. Some days it looks great, and other days…not so much.

So, three months ago, when I was asked to try out a new Tria Age-Defying Laser, I jumped at the chance. Since I have never been able to try the laser treatments at the dermatologists office due to cost, I was thrilled that there was an at home version to work with. My fellow beauty lovers, I am pleased to say I was not disappointed! The 12 week program worked, and I have loved the results.

In the video above, you will see how the program works, and get a look at the products for yourself. The benefits range from helping to erase fine lines, skin discoloration, and uneven skin texture, all while imparting a gorgeous luminosity to the skin.

For $495 you are able to receive the same benefits as the professional dermatologist treatments. This FDA-cleared approved Age -Defying Laser should be used 5 days a week during your nightly routine over the course of 12 weeks to achieve the optimal results. At first I thought that that sticking to a nightly schedule would be difficult, as most nights I can barely have the energy to wash off my makeup. But, after the first week, I found myself looking forward to the routine, and relishing the time to unwind and pamper myself.

For 12 weeks I followed a nightly routine that consisted of their Priming Cleanser, and amazing Finishing Serum. I loved how gentle it feels. Every night I completed my treatment by placing the tip of the laser flat against your my skin, and moving it in horizontal motions. The program sections the face into 4 “zones,”, and beeps when it is time to move onto the next zone. It is extremely easy! I loved completing every treatment with the Tria Finishing Serum which helped to hydrate and nourish my skin. I enjoyed being able to actually feel the laser working! The laser has a pain-free “heat” that your skin adjusts to with each level. It felt to me like tiny little pin pricks. When my skin became too dry, I added 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. One of the most important things was to make sure to use a sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF to protect my new, beautiful skin! 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 feel like I have become “poreless.,” 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.

The Tria Age-Defying Laser treats multiple signs of aging on the entire face, all within 10 min a night over the course of 12 weeks. These treatments have been clinically proven to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, improve overall appearance and deliver a more youthful and radiant complexion. And the best part? You’ll notice improvement in your skin’s appearance within 2 weeks!
Truly, this treatment has made a wonderful difference in my skin, and I am confident that it could do the same for you!

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

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Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

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I have to admit that I am a sucker for a good skincare product. I adore the way a hydrating treatment can make my skin feel soft and refreshed. This light concentrate can take your skin from drab to fantastic in no time flat.

One of my newest loves is Shiseido’s Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, which aims to help enhance the skin’s natural power of regeneration. Think of it as your skin’s beauty awakening! This incredible concentrate encourages your skin’s natural defenses by boosting its immunity. Protecting and boosting your skin’s health is the main (and best) benefit of this powerful little product. This is a first-of-its kind product, and it incorporates 20 years of research in its creation and development.

When you think of the term immunity you usually think of your body, but you must not forget your skin! By strengthening your skin’s immunity, you are protecting it against future damage from the outside environment. When your skin is protected you will start to experience smoother, more supple, youthful, and radiant skin. And honestly, who doesn’t want that.

I have been using this concentrate every morning and night, and have seen a brightness in my skin that surprises me and creates that “I got 8 hours of sleep” complexion. That alone gets my attention.

The Multi-Defensive Power in Ultimune gives skin the power to Resist, Protect, Restore and Strengthen. Check out Shiseido's Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate HERE and make sure to use the #beautyinyou to find out more!

Benefits:
• Skin texture: Smoother, more supple, dewy, and moisturized.
• Skin tone: More radiant with greater clarity and even tone.
• Skin contour: Fewer fine lines and wrinkles with greater firmness and resilience.

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

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Eu2Be Skincare

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Wouldn't it be great to have soft, moisturized skin without using a product full of parabens and GMOs? I feel the same way. That's why I was intrigued by Edu2Be's lotions and body wash. Their products are designed specifically to make you feel more beautiful through nourishing skin care without containing a ton of ingredients that do nothing for your skin.

Their powerhouse ingredient is Brazilian oils. These oils are already well known for helping lock moisture in. Odds are, you've probably seen quite a few products with a least a small percentage of Brazilian oils in them. Edu2Be's products are different. They don't contain any parabens, gluten, GMOs or petroleum.

Their body wash contains oils from the buriti and babassu palms, along with other natural moisturizing ingredients. The shower + soak is designed for luxurious baths or showers. When you follow up with nuture + nourish lotion, you really see how truly incredible these two simple products are at moisturizing your skin. The lotion contains 13 different moisturizing oils and just a hint of fragrance.

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Youth H20 Giveaway!

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I am a strong believer that you have to take care of yourself first and put your health as a priority if you want to achieve a beautiful glow. No amount of makeup can mask unhealthy skin!

I first discovered Youth H20 while doing makeup on the set of their infomercial, and instantly fell in love with the brand and the philosophy behind the product. They believe that the most important part of your beauty routine should come from natural ingredients that help you maximize your health and your life!  For me, it has become a daily necessity.  For the past month I have relied on my daily Youth H20 shot, and have seen a tremendous difference in my energy, my sleep, and my appetite.  I was so excited about this product that I signed my father and mother up for the monthly delivery service, and my mother has already reported that she is sleeping better throughout the night!  

As a makeup artist, I also rely on YouthH20 for my clients.  I suggest that they take a shot of this magic juice the night before a big event to ensure that they are refreshed and look glowing the next morning! 

The little daily shot of Youth H2O contains a proprietary blend of powerful super foods and nutrients formulated through advanced science and innovation to stimulate, replenish, and reactivate youthful elements and nutrients in your body. 

  • YouthH2O fights against the signs of aging, while giving you CAFFEINE FREE energy.
  • YouthH2O also gives you immunity support everywhere you go!
  • YouthH2O adapts to your body’s needs supporting Beauty, Performance and Wellness!

This is one of my favorite smoothie mixes that I watched them make with youthH2O; it is delicious, and energizing.  Ingredients: – 1 cup Blueberries – 2 cups Baby Spinach – 1 Fat Free Blueberry Yogurt (4-6oz) – 1/4 Cup Water – 2oz of youthH2O. Blend and enjoy!

Now is your chance to try out this fantastic product! enter simply tweet about our giveaway, and let us know how you take care of yourself from the inside! #beautyfrominside a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Hylunia Wellness Day Spa

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Take a journey to Bali as you relax and discover both inner and outer beauty at the Hylunia Wellness Day Spa in Costa Mesa, CA. The experience is one you'll never forget. Not only does the spa focus on physical treatments, but mental ones as well. Their idea is to relax you before your treatments ever begin by giving you a virtual tour of a beautiful Bali beach. This 15 min meditation experience was unbelievable and put me into a deep state of relaxation even before my treatment! The relaxation room alone is worth the visit for many to strip away stress.

Hylunia seeks to restore you both mentally and physically using a holistic approach. Their treatments utilize Hylunia's own organic and specially formulated products. Each treatment is catered specifically to your own unique needs to give you the best experience possible.  I was able to experience their signature facials, and I was floored with how relaxed and calming the environment was.  Normally, I am so not a facial girl....but this changed my mind.  My skin felt soft and clean, and the therapist pampered me with a foot massage as my face masks sank in.  It was divine. 

From facials and detoxification to yoga and massages, this spa has your total well-being covered. They even offer cooking and weight management programs to help you continue to become a better you. Throughout the entire process, you feel pampered like never before. Not only will you look more radiant, but you'll feel lighter as the stress melts away. That alone is worth everything during our stressed out world. 

At only $50 per visit without a membership, it's well worth giving yourself a spa day at Hylunia. Of course, you're probably going to want a membership and all its perks after you discover just how relaxing and refreshing this day spa truly is! I can honestly say this is one of my favorite new treasures in Orange County.  

Until Sept. 30, 2014, purchase a Hylunia membership at a 20% discount. The cost is normally $50 with no monthly fees or annual dues. You can purchase your Hylunia Spa membership on your first visit to the spa. Use code BLOGGER2014 to get the deal. With your membership, you may schedule any one service you choose for free! (Maximum 75 minutes, up to a $130 value).

More about the spa! 

  • The spa offers Custom Massages, Chakra Balancing Massages, Stress Relief- Fire Therapy, Meditation Therapy, Shirodhara Ritual Massage, Pre-and Post Natal Massages, Couples Massage and Hot Stone Massages.  
  • The yoga classes are created for the whole family, ranging from beginners to expert level classes. Some of their amazing offerings are Restorative Yoga, Couples Candlelight Yoga, Stress Reduction Lunchtime Yoga, Family Yoga, Happy Reggae Fun Flow Yoga, and Dancing Yoga Classes. 
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