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A New Way To Glow!

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 It may be hard to believe, but despite the bitter cold and cloudy days, spring is just around the corner. Along with longer, brighter days, spring also brings skin-baring fashion to the forefront, making your gloomy, pale skin feel a bit late for the party. If you’ve tried other self tanners in the past and they left you feeling a little less than impressed, than perhaps it’s time to give St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil a try.

Unlike some lotion and mousse based self tanners, St. Tropez’ Dry Oil moisturizes and nourishes skin leaving you with the ultimate golden glow and skin that’s incredibly soft. This self tanner is also a best bet for those who despise that typical self tanner smell, as the essential oils that leave the skin feeling like silk, also leave behind a mild, pleasant fragrance.

If you’re also not a fan of that dark, greenish guide color other St. Tropez products leave you to deal with until morning, you’ll be happy to know that while there is a touch of initial color to help the application stay even, the color is a far more natural, golden hue meaning…no more hiding from your loved ones until after your morning shower!

Application of the St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil is much like all of their other tanning products – simply apply evenly with the Applicator Mitt, allow to dry before dressing, wait a minimum of four hours to shower and voila – instant post-vacation glow! Your newly applied tan can be deepened with additional applications and should last between 5-10 days while keeping skin moisturized for up to 7 days!

So grab a little St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil and prepare to get your glow on! With skin this golden and silky smooth, you’ll be dying to show it off!

by Sian Bitner Kearney

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MD Complete Skincare

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I am always on the hunt for a product that’s effective, low maintenance, and not insanely expensive.  Recently, a good friend of mine sent me an email about a new product that she was obsessed with.  Needless to say, her email below got my attention:

"so…..they approached me to write a commercial and i wanted to try the product first - in part, so i knew what to write about, but more interesting to me was that they had research showing hands-down results that beat out Obagi for fine lines and wrinkles - which i had just spent a fortune on - AND that you could see results in five days. FOR $30. i literally started that monday and saw a difference by friday. and then the results just kept getting better. here i am after two months. they’re secret sauce is in how they deliver prescription-strength anti-age ingredients without being irritating or requiring multiple steps. no one has been able to do this, apparently. UNTIL NOW"

I introduce you to MD Complete by Dr. Brian Zelickson.  The line has two main skincare systems, the Anti-Aging and Skin Clearing, which can be used together to create a personalized skincare routine. The line is available at Target, meaning that you can receive dermatologist grade, amazing skincare for a fantastic price.  I will be running out to grab the Advanced Wrinkle Repair this week! 

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Kick off your New Years Resolutions with a Walgreen Giveaway!

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The first week of the New Year has already ended, and I must say that this year I am determined to stick to my resolutions! I know, I know.....never happens.  But, I know that now more than ever I am appreciate of my health and all the opportunities that this year is going to bring, so I want to  be in the best shape I can! 

As most of you know, I am on-stop shop kinda gal.  I want to get everything in one place, and one of my favorite spots to do this is at Walgreens. Walgreens carries amazing brands such as Pantene, COVERGIRL, Crest and Olay.  They also have you covered when it comes to taking care of your health! Some of my newest finds to help me through my fitness resolutions are the Walgreens Activity Tracker with Smartwatch Technology that keeps track of my steps and any activities I do throughout the day. I also have been addicted to the Contigo Autoseal Grace Water Bottle.  Keeping myself hydrated is always a battle for me, but I have been able to be more consistent with my water consumption!  The 24 oz. AUTOSEAL® Grace Water Bottle is engineered for an easy one-hand drinking experience. This BPA-free water bottle features a one-touch AUTOSEAL® lid that automatically seals between sips to eliminate spills and leaks. The ergonomic handle offers a comfortable grip, and the body is made with durable Tritan materials.

For my beauty needs I rely on my favorite beauty staples.  Currently I am loving the newest COVERGIRL Full Lash Bloom Mascara which gives a very natural and clean look to the lashes.  This is the perfect everyday mascara!  Another must have to tame my very parched split ends is the Pantene Weekly Rehab Creme and the Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Creme.  I have been using both for weeks and I am convinced it has helped heal my hair after a very bad dye job.  Since my wedding is coming up in three months, I have been working on making my teeth whiter with Crest 3D White Toothpaste and Whitestrips.  I want my smile to be radiant when I say I DO.  

If you want to hear more ideas on beauty and health for the new year, than join us for two separate Twitter parties!

  • Sunday January 4th from 8-9 PM EST.  This Twitter party will be focused around New Year’s resolutions in beauty and wellness and how P&G and Walgreens can help you #STARTHERE and keep resolutions all year long.
  • January 7th from 8-9pm EST will focus on the PCA Red Carpet looks – what are you seeing on the Red Carpet? Anything you want to try to achieve this year – from new trends to new hairstyles, maybe new fitness goals? We would love if you provide beauty and wellness tips for others to help achieve their resolutions.

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Now, you can join in getting your resolutions started with my Walgreens giveaway, which features a  #STARTSHERE Prize Pack plus a $75 Walgreens gift card.

The #STARTSHERE Prize Pack includes:

Contigo Autoseal Grace Water Bottle
Walgreens Activity Tracker with Smartwatch Technology
ZzzQuil Liquicaps
COVERGIRL Full Lash Bloom Mascara
COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Lipcolor
Pantene Weekly Rehab Creme
Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Creme
Crest Whitestrips Professional Effects
Crest 3D White Toothpaste
$75 Walgreens Gift Card
Walgreens tote bag
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for which I was compensated and received products for testing. While I was compensated to write a post about P&G and Walgreens, all opinions are my own.

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5 Beauty Resolutions for a Stunning 2015

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Resolved: To be more beautiful than ever in 2015 -- and with less effort!

Who doesn’t want that?  Here are five super-easy ways to be your most glowing, stunning self throughout the upcoming year.

1. Don’t go to sleep with your makeup on.
Whether you get home at midnight after a night out with friends or drift into slumber land while watching TV on the couch, it can be tempting to tumble into bed without washing your face. Try to resist. As you snuggle against your pillow, the day’s collection of dirt and oil, along with makeup, are being pushed into your pores. And, it’s those blocked pores, that lead to pimples, blackheads and whiteheads, says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist and researcher at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Too exhausted to make a stop at the bathroom sink? Keep a pack of makeup-removing towelettes on your bedside table.

2. Choose the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type.
Today, you can find products customized for fine, medium or thick, curly and color-treated hair. Research has shown that these hair types all have different structures, says Jeni Thomas, a research scientist on hair and scalp health for Pantene. What makes one type of hair glossy and manageable might lead to bad hair days for another. One example: The ingredients that offer humidity resistance to thick hair can weigh down fine hair. 

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3. Use an SPF product every day.
Yes, you’ve heard these about two million times, but the best thing you can do for your skin is to protect it with an SPF 30 or higher 365 days a year, rain or shine. The harmful UV rays that cause premature aging, a mottled skin tone and leathery texture penetrate clouds and are especially harmful when they bounce off snowy surfaces. With so many new ways to get sun protection -- tinted moisturizers, BB creams, light formulations -- there’s no reason to stint on shielding your delicate skin.

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5 Winter Beauty Tips

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Even if you love a winter wonderland, your skin may not. The chilly, dry air and shorter days can bring on a dry, dull complexion. In my job as a celebrity makeup artist, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help you appear glowing all year long.

The secret is having the right products to create the perfect look. Here are the five that I swear by:

1. A healing ointment. A tube of Aquaphor does triple-duty against chapped skin. I always have a tube on hand to soothe dry lips, hydrate rough patches of skin and soften cuticles. It especially works wonders if you apply it before bedtime. I always have a tube on hand.

2. Tinted moisturizer. Many women make the mistake of reaching for a heavier cover-up during the winter, believing that their pale complexions need extra coverage. But this can lead to a caked-on look. Instead, I recommend a light tinted moisturizer: It hydrates and brightens at the same. The result: Dewy skin that stands out in the crowd. Simply use a shade or two lighter than your summer color, and apply with a sponge brush. Then pat off any excess product with a tissue.

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3. Exfoliating scrub. To achieve fresh-looking skin, you need to slough off the top layer of dead cells. That’s why I recommend using a gentle exfoliating scrub once or twice a week; a drugstore brand, such as Aveeno or Neutrogena, does the job. Just don’t go overboard. Exfoliate too much, and you’ll strip the skin of its protective oils.

4. Bronzing lotion. Who needs the sun for a sun-kissed tan? I love applying a sheer, shimmering bronzing lotion before a holiday party or event. I like Scott Barnes Body Bling Moisturizing Shimmering Body Lotion, which gives you a glowing tan without any streakiness. Simply rub on your neck, chest, arms and legs before heading out, and wash off when you get home. Just remember to wipe your palms with a tissue after application.

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Dermalogica Powerbright TRX

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dermalogicapowerbrightSo, you drink your 8+ glasses of water a day. You eat your veggies, your salmon, your berries, and you even get your sweat on several times a week. Yet still, despite your best efforts, your skin is lacking that amazing glow you see on the faces of so many others. What’s a girl to do? Before you throw in the skincare towel and fall victim to life of lack-luster skin, give powerbright trx a try!

Powerbright trx is a powerful range of three leave-on treatment products, that when used in combination, treats and prevents hyperpigmentation. What does this mean to you? It simply means that these products are designed to banish and prevent those bothersome brown spots from one too many sunny vacations, and leave your skin with a more even and brightened appearance.

The three products included in the system are: C-12 Pure Bright Serum (a powerful skin brightener), Pure Light SPF50 (a daytime brightening treatment and moisturizer) and Pure Night (a skin brightening evening treatment). These products can be purchased separately or in a convenient travel size kit.

If the idea of more beautiful skin isn’t enough to get you logging on and adding to your virtual cart, the reviews certainly will! Some reviewers are claiming brighter skin and fading age spots after only a few days, while others report softer, smoother skin and found the combo to be perfect for those who suffer from breakouts.

So if you’ve been struggling to find a product that will bring your beautiful skin back to life, powerbright trx may be just the answer you’ve been searching for. With their travel size kit available at the amazing price of only $38.00, it’s the perfect gift to give yourself for the holidays! Happy brightening!

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Beauty Below the Chin

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Do you baby your face but neglect the rest of your skin? Dermatologists say that below-the-chin skin needs just as much TLC to remain smooth, firm and spot-free. The outcome of inattentiveness: premature aging, or even worse, skin cancer. Manhattan dermatologist Francesca Fusco points to a World Health Organization study that shows the torso is the most common location for developing melanoma in young women. The area continues to be vulnerable well beyond these years if there has been sun exposure without protection. 

Pamper and protect all of you pronto with this neck-to-toe guide!

Neck and Chest
“The skin here is delicate, so it needs treatment like the face but with a lower concentration of active ingredients,” says Dr. Fusco. Exfoliate with gentle micro-beads once a week to help treatment ingredients penetrate. Dr. Fusco recommends strengthening the skin’s collagen and elastin with an over-the-counter retinol (vitamin A) every other day, a daily application of peptides (look for the words oligopeptides, pentapeptides or tetrapeptides on the label) or the antioxidant vitamin C in cream form. “SPF 30 is still a must,” says Dr. Fusco. If freckles are already marring your decolletage, you can still change your spots by applying a moisturizer that contains a gentle bleaching agent like kojic acid twice a day.

Hands and Arms
If you don’t treat and protect from frequent washing and constant exposure, they’ll show age early in the form of dryness, discoloration and loose skin. Beverly Hills dermatologist Ilya Reyter recommends slathering on a moisturizing ingredient like petrolatum to curb dryness. “It acts like plastic wrap, locking in the moisture that’s already in your skin and preventing water loss,” says Dr. Reyter. His nighttime tip for soft, smooth hands: Soak in water for 10 minutes, coat in petroleum jelly and slip into cotton gloves.

Back-of-the-arm bumps, a common problem called keratosis pilaris, are trickier. “These are dead skin cells that have hardened into little balls inside the pores and become inflamed,” says Dr. Fusco. “You can’t scrub them away, but a drugstore moisturizer containing 10 percent urea or ammonium lactate applied when skin is damp can be effective.”

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A creamy bodywash combined with an application of shea butter moisturizer or body oil right after a shower helps this area stay supple. If your shoulders, back and bottom tend to break out, squeeze a bodywash with 2 percent salicylic acid onto a loofah sponge and shimmy on all acne-prone parts each time you shower, advises Dr. Fusco. Tinted benzoyl peroxide can simultaneously hide and treat blemishes that have already erupted. “This kind of acne or folliculitis can sometimes be caused by staph bacteria, but you should always check with your doctor to be sure,” notes Dr. Reyter. “In that case, using an OTC chlorhexidine bodywash twice a week may work best.”

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