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philosophy loveswept

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It is a long standing joke that my boyfriend Mike can't stand the smell of "girly" perfume.  Anything too sweet, or floral makes his nose twitch, and he runs the other way.  Out went my Vanilla sugar eau de toilette.  *le sigh*

So, I have recently made it my mission to find a clean, and sexy fragrance that he would like.  I have come close, but nothing worked....until last week, when Mike leaned in, smiled, and said "you smell really nice".  YES!  Victory is mine.

And what glorious scent de jour do I have to thank for this? None other than philosophy loveswept. And, how could you not love the name! The scent is fresh, with a hint of amber, and a soft floral touch that isn't overwhelming.

fragrance notes:

  • fresh bergamot and citrus
  • soft florals of pink jasmine, lotus blossom and purple passion fruit bloom
  • warm musk and creamy amber

Philosophy states: "loveswept is a lively, romantic fragrance created to make a woman feel irresistibly swept away. this soft floral fragrance sparkles with energy and leaves you with a soft embrace of happiness and love. get swept off your feet again and again and feel inspired to live each day with passion"

I couldn't agree more....and if Mikey likes it, than you know it is perfection. 

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What does being loveswept mean to you?  For me, it is embodied in the picture above. Love that is filled with laughter, and being with the person who is your best friend, encourages you to be your best, and allows you to be completely yourself (goofball and all).  

philosophy is also giving you the chance to try out the fragrance yourself. Simply post a picture that embodies what makes you feel loveswept!

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

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Your Springtime makeup look with Walgreens Beauty

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As a makeup artist, I have had the pleasure of being able to experiment with all types of beauty products, from high end department store brands, to tried and true drugstore products.  I have always been baffled when people assume that drugstore beauty doesn't provide the same look as higher end product lines.  Ladies, this is simply not true!  To prove my point, I recently worked with Walgreens to create two looks using afew special products, and makeup tricks: L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara, L'Oreal Colour Riche Lip Stain, L'oreal Miracle Blur Eye Cream, and NIVEA - A Kiss of Care & Color Lip Care.

For the first look above, I wanted to keep the look clean and simple. Something that we all could do with little to no time! The main two products that make the look are deep, dark lashes by L'Oreal Butterfly mascara, and a soft peachy pink lip stain by L'oreal Colour Caresse Wet Stain in Pink Resistance. This pink is one of my absolute top picks for Spring.  And I have become obsessed with the staying power! Keep the rest of the face clean, and the eyeshadow simple by using a soft, shimmery beige. 

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The next look is another easy to achieve evening look using just a few products. One of my favorite tricks for a quick evening look is to find the perfect red lip, and a dark voluminous mascara.  Once again, I relied on L'Oreal Butterfly mascara to do the trick!  Before starting your makeup application, I also highly suggest using a eyeshadow primer, and the L'Oreal Miracle Blur Eye Cream is as close to perfection as you can get.  I tried this out based on a recommendation from none other than the amazing (and I mean fantabulous) Billy B. Since he perfects the faces of every movie star imaginable, I take every tip he dishes out as gold!  This eye cream helps to brighten up the eye, blur wrinkles, and allow your makeup to last.  Flawless perfection.   Add a swipe of liquid eyeliner, and your eye look is Catwoman worthy.  The final step is, of course, the red lippy.  My pick was L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Endless Red.  It is the perfect cool red that makes me feel glamorous. And, because it is a stain you don't have to worry about the dreaded lipstick on the teeth horror show. 

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*Extra Tip: When using a lip stain, always prep your lips with a lip balm to hydrate and protect.  My choice was Nivea- A kiss of care & color lip care. Not only does it give your lips a boost of moisture, but it leaves a touch of color, making it the perfect lip base.  I keep mine in purse, and have become addicted to Kiss of Sheer Berry. 

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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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The Addicting Ulta 21 Days of Beauty

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As we all know, some of our favorite beauty products aren't exactly cheap. That's why I absolutely love Ulta Beauty's 21 Days of Beauty promotion. It's three full weeks of incredible beauty deals from a variety of brands. The deals started on September 8th and go through September 28th. However, it's so much more than just discounts.  I love finding out the latest tips, tricks and trends. During the 21 days, you can get expert makeup and nail advice via Twitter. You can find out the exact dates and check out the latest tweets by following #Ulta21. I highly recommend following them today to make sure you're in the know. In addition to deals and consultations, Ulta's also giving away daily gift bags, so be sure to enter. You could be lucky enough to win all 21 days worth of the daily deal products for free!

Unlike many promotions with a daily deal, Ulta gives you a look ahead. You can quickly see every deal for each day, but you have to act quickly. Once a day ends, its deal is done. Most days have two deals, so it's double the fun. From Philosophy to bareMinerals to Lorac (I grabbed that lipgloss!), you'll find a little of everything. Personally, I'm excited about about the Cargo Vintage Escape Fall Eye Shadow Palette (usually $140) for only $20 coming up on Day 19!

This week, I highly suggest the Benefit "The Sexy Steal"... what are you waiting for?!

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A Special Living Social Deal!

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Makeup Blogger Extra!

We know that every beauty diva loves her deals, so we’re starting kicking the week off with some smashing savings! Beginning this week, log onto LivingSocial.com,  and you can grab a five month Makeup Blogger membership for only $24 ($49 value)!

HELLO, GORGEOUS!  

So what exactly does your membership include? VIP access to the latest and greatest in trends, tutorials, and tips! Here’s a snapshot of the hookup:

• Beauty Mysteries Finally Revealed: Get Christina Farrell’s expert tips and insider secrets on how to avoid bad beauty days and look flawless anytime and anywhere!

• The Makeup Sessions: The makeup sessions allow you to recreate your favorite celeb’s hair and makeup looks and go from drab to dazzling faster than you can count your kabuki brushes! Check out these beauty survival must-haves at your immediate disposal:

  • Apply perfect makeup in 5 minutes or less
  • Tame nightmare hair in minutes
  • Learn about new multi-purpose products
  • Discover time saving celebrity secrets

• Not Your Average Tips: With most memberships, all you get is a few tips or photos that you can find anywhere. With The Makeup Sessions, you get insider tricks and tips and even instructional videos, including:

  • Exclusive how to step by step instructional videos
  • View interviews with prominent makeup artists
  • See application techniques in action
  • Check out complete makeover sessions

We did say this membership came with VIP access, and naturally VIP is synonymous with exclusivity! With your Makeup Blogger membership, you’ll not only get the lowdown beauty’s best kept secrets, you’ll also receive:

  • Discounts of up to 25% off with partner brands
  • Members only Facebook community
  • 25% off The Makeup Sessions online workshops and lessons
  • Special, can't miss giveaways
  • Exclusive makeup collection you help to create

The Makeup Sessions is the “IT” club for anyone who truly wants to look and feel their best. And with this great price, you can feel confident that you have all of the tools you need without stretching your bank account!

To check out more about the membership, simply head on over to our page! www.themakeupblogger.com/beautymembership

"She deconstructs celebrity make-up styles and shows the simple/easy/fast ways to to capture their looks... Plus, she has a humorous, fresh way of talking about beauty products that will make you want to get everything -- especially if you have dark under-eye circles like I do!" -- Fashionable Fan

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Anastasia Holiday Gift Sets

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The holiday season is in full effect, and in the beauty world that means holiday sets galore! This is the best time of year to experiment and try out new products, colors, or companies that you have always been curious about.  Holiday sets are what I stock up on for my professional and personal makeup kits.  I love the smaller sizes, limited edition colors, and the value.  You truly get the best deals of the year.  

So, for the next month I will be talking about some of my favorite sets that are on the shelves. Stock up for yourself, or for your favorite beauty maven!

My first review goes to Anastasia Kisses on My List gift set, and her Want You To Want Me Eyeshadow set.  I was able to try these out a month ago, and have been hooked.  The lipglosses are the perfect candy colored gloss, that is reminiscent of 70′s glam. The pinks, peaches, and bright rose sparkles truly pop the lip with intense shine and color.  They instantly make me look awake.  The eyeshadow set is my newest travel companion. The colors are soft, smokey, and can take you from the office to a holiday party in a snap.  I love the muted taupes, purples, and smokey pinks. 

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