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Get Ready for the 4th of July with Walgreens!

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The 4th of July weekend is filled with BBQ, pool parties, and celebrations galore.  Mike and I consider it a wonderful date weekend filled with family and friends. During this weekend I make sure to have an easy beauty and skincare supply on hand. I want my look to have a fresh, gorgeous summer date night glow. I always make sure I am wearing my waterproof makeup, protecting my hair, and keeping my skin sun safe with a good SPF.  

So, I happy to share with you my latest 4th of July weekend kit! Here is my breakdown: 

FACE: You want to start with moisturized, clean skin. I am currently in love with Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over hydrating gel moisturizer and Makeup Remover Wipes. They are cooling, light on the skin and perfect for summer and under your makeup. No meltdown! Next, I like to use a light foundation that gives some coverage, and continues to moisturize.   

EYES and LIPS: Waterproof mascara is a must, and the new CoverGirl Bombshell mascara has become a favorite for deep, black lashes that pop! If you need an extra bit of drama, than add CoverGirl Ink liner in black to the base of your upper lash line for a subtle summer look.  Think Audrey Hepburn! To finish off the look, add a pop of soft pink lipgloss. The current favorite is CoverGirl Colorlicious

HAIR: Don't forget to care for your strands this weekend, especially if you are are at the beach or pool. The chlorine and sea water can wreck havoc on your hair! I apply Pantene Rehab Cream to my hair before I go out in the sun to make sure my hair is protected and to give it an ultra boost of hydration. 

Now is your chance to grab up these date night goodies for the weekend!! Until July 5th, you can visit any Walgreens store to get the following offers:
· Buy one get one 50% off across all CoverGirl & Olay products
· Pantene 2 for $7

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by P&G and Walgreens. All opinions and advice are my own. 
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· COVERGIRL Coverlicious Lip Gloss
· Olay Fresh Effects Wipes
· COVERGIRL Ink It Eyeliner
· Pantene Rehab Cream
· COVERGIRL Bombshell Mascara
· Olay Dew Over
· Flamed Out Eyeshadow
· $25 Walgreens Gift Card

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Get the Look: The Met Gala 2014 Makeup

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The annual Met Gala is a beauty and fashion lovers dream.  A red carpet filled with the best beauty looks of the year, all curated by the top makeup artists from all around the country! There were so many amazing looks this year that I decided to create two "Best of Beauty" posts to highlight them all.  First round: makeup.  Enjoy!
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BLAKE LIVELY: “This look is very classic but very glamorous. We wanted to nod to Charles James’ aesthetic by creating a look reminiscent of vintage Hollywood but modernize it with a muted red lip.”
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Marion CotillardMARION COTILLARD: "The dress makes a graphic statement and we complemented it with glowing skin, iridescent eyes and richly pigmented lips," says makeup artist Christophe Danchaud.

FACE:


CHEEKS:


EYES:

  • Danchaud used Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow in Exhibition.
  • He began by applying the shimmer lilac shade all over her lids.
  • He then applied the dark mauve shade in the duo close to her lash line and to the outer corner of her eye.
  • He extended the mauve shade to underneath her eyes, close to the lash line.
  • To lighten up his handiwork, he used a gold pigment on the lids.
  • Finally, he applied several coats of mascara.
  • He defined the brows with Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette.

LIPS:

metgalabeautyJANNELLE MONAE: "The Met Gala is one the biggest fashion events in New York City. It’s a night where fashion meets beauty and this year my beauty was the talented Janelle Monae"

FACE:

  • I massaged a light weight moisturizer all over her face and along her neck. Giving the moisturizer plenty of time to penetrate the skin, I then applied a pore minimizing primer all over her face using a synthetic brush.
  • Using a sponge, I applied COVERGIRL truBLEND Foundation all over Janelle’s face, starting by her nose and blending upwards and outwards.
  • Using my ring finger, I sparingly dabbed truBLEND Concealer under her eyes.
  • To highlight and begin to give her skin dimension, I applied truMAGIC Luminizer on top of her cheek bones, down her nose and a tiny bit to her lips cupid’s bow.
  • To contour her face I applied Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronze around her hair line, under her cheek bone, along the jaw bone and slightly down the sides of her nose.

EYES:

  • I brushed her brows into place with a clean mascara wand and using a firm angle brush, filled them in with a medium brown shadow.
  • I applied a skin tone matte shadow to her lid and then, with a windshield wiper motion, applied a soft brick color, COVERGIRL Queen Collection Shadow Pot in Dazzle, to her crease with a blending brush.
  • I lined her water line with Bombshell Intensity Liner in Pitch Black Passion and then created a perfect winged look.
  • I finished with false lashes and then applied two coats of the new Bombshell Curvaceous Mascara for a really dark, intense look.

LIPS AND NAILS:

  • Now that her eyes and skin are finished I used a cherry red liner to define her lips, filled them in slightly and accentuated her cupid's bow.
  • COVERGIRLs richly pigmented, and Janelle’s signature, LipPerfection Lipcolor in Hot #305 was then applied with a lip brush ( for ultimate precision) and an electrifying red carpet look was born!
    Janelle was rocking COVERGIRL Nail Gloss in Ever Reddy on her nails!

stacymartinmetgalaSTACY MARTIN: "Stacy is wearing a colorful Miu Miu dress with stunning embellishments so we created a fresh look to accentuate her natural beauty without competing with the dress! We created a minimalistic look with a touch of bronzy glow for a flawless finish," mark Celebrity Makeup Artist Jamie Greenberg said.

FACE:

EYES:

  • I used Jouer Brow Fix Gel to shape the brows
  • Then created a subtle cat eye using mark's Get In Line Hook Up Liquid Waterproof Eyeliner in Painted Black.
  • I applied Ardell Lashes 301 to the corner of Stacy's eyes and finished with multiple coats of mark's Lash All You Want High Volume Mascara in Blackest Black.

LIPS: I completed the look by accentuating her natural lip color using mark's Lipclick Full Color Lipstick in Baby Luv.

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Get The Look: Katy Perry Grammys 2014

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How to get Katy Perry’s 2014 GRAMMYs Red Carpet Look:

Red Carpet Makeup by Jake Bailey:

"Katy had a very clear idea of what she wanted for the GRAMMYs this year. She wanted sexy eyes, elegant lashes and she wanted to GLOW! I was quick to agree as I had seen the ethereal gown she was going to wear – stunning!"

SKIN:

  • I started by prepping her skin with Olay’s new Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream. This is perfect to use under makeup as it delivers lots of moisture but still feels lightweight and foundation glides smoothly over it.
  • Once the moisturizer had absorbed, I got to work on the skin. Since we were going for maximum "glow" I mixed equal parts COVERGIRL BB cream and COVERGIRL TruBLEND Liquid Foundation on the back of my palm before buffing it all over her face and neck with a soft brush for sheer coverage and a polished glow.

EYES:

  • I started the eye look by painting a delicate line onto her lashline and a subtle "cat eye" wing in the outer corners of her eyes using COVERGIRL Bombshell Liquid Liner.
  • I then coated her lashes with Bombshell Volume Mascara, top and bottom. I used the first coat to get that volumized look and then applied the second coat for the intense jet black wet lash look.
  • I then applied Bombshell Shine Shadow in Gold Goddess into the crease of her eyelid and highlighted her lids and browbones with Flamed Out Shadow in Blazing White.
  • I finished the eye look with a strong brow and a coat of clear mascara to hold them in place.

CHEEKS:

  • Once I finished with the eyes, I warmed and highlighted her complexion using COVERGIRL TruMAGIC Sunkisser and Luminizer. I blended the Sunkisser along the hairline and into the hollows of the cheeks to add warmth and dimension.
  • I then took the Luminizer and used it to add a golden glow to her cheekbones, tip of her nose and just above the cupids bow of her lips.
  • Once I set the makeup with COVERGIRL + Olay Pressed Powder, I dusted a little bit of shimmery coral blush on the apples of her cheeks.

LIPS:

  • I finished the look with a fresh coral/pink shade called "Heavenly" from the COVERGIRL LipPerfection collection and tipped it with a touch of balm for extra shine.
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Hair from Celebrity Stylist Renato Campora

"Katy wanted to wear her hair up and I was inspired by the soft, romantic look of her dress"

  •  First I sprayed her hair with the Herbal Essences Naked Sheer Shine Mist and then blew it out to a sleek, polished finish.
  • Once her hair was dry, I pulled it into a tight, high ponytail.
  • To add more volume and texture to the ponytail, I sprayed the Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo throughout the length of her hair.
  • Then I twisted the ponytail and wrapped it around the base of her hair to create the crown.
  • I secured the crown with bobby pins and misted the hair with the Herbal Essences Naked Flexible Hold Spritzer to polish her look and set her style in place.
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CoverGirl Gracie Gold Q&A

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Figure Skater and COVERGIRL Gracie Gold Talk Beauty Secrets and the Winter Olympics  by Sian Bitner Kearney

All American girl and renowned figure skater Gracie Gold is proving to young girls everywhere that you truly can have it all. With several medals already under her belt including her 2012 U.S. Junior National silver medal and her placement of 6th overall in the World Championship, Gracie is going for the big win this time at the 2014 Winter Olympics. In addition to her impressive career, Gold recently landed a spot as COVERGIRL’s newest face. Oh and did we mention, she’s only 18 years old? We recently had a chance to chat with Gracie about her COVERGIRL experience as well as the upcoming games. Here’s what the Olympic bound beauty had to say. MUB: Please tell us about your contract with Cover Girl. GG: I was so thrilled when COVERGIRL approached me with this opportunity. Who wouldn’t want to be a COVERGIRL?! Every girl, when you start playing around with makeup and see the ads on TV, everyone always looks in their bathroom mirror and says “Easy, Breezy, Beautiful COVERGIRL.” My earliest memory is watching America’s Next Top Model – watching the girls practice sayings the brand’s tagline and thinking how great it would be to do that.

MUB: Which products are your favorite and why?

GG: The entire Lip Perfection line. I like Hot, Seduce, and Spellbound.

MUB: Is it difficult to be a strong and successful athlete and still be seen as a beautiful young woman?

GG: I don’t think it is as hard in figure skating, but it can be in other winter sports that have a lot of gear. It’s harder for figure skaters to be seen as strong, real athletes.

MUB: What advice would you give to other young women out there?

GG: Don’t let others limit your dreams. A positive attitude is really important to success.

MUB: How are you preparing for the upcoming games?

GG: To prepare, I’m doing a lot of on and off ice training. We do competition simulations to get in the mindset. I’m also trying to master all of the makeup tips so I can look flawless.

MUB: What are you most looking forward to at the Winter Games?

GG: I’m looking forward to competing against the best of the best – what an honor! What’s really special about this Olympics is the opportunity to compete in the first team event for figure skating.

MUB: What's your typical beauty routine?

GG: I wash my face in the morning with an oil free cleanser. Then I moisturize with the Olay Complete All Day oil free moisturizer. I actually moisturize three times a day – in the morning, after I skate and before bed. After moisturizing, I apply a light concealer under my eyes and over small blemishes. Then, I apply COVERGIRL Bombshell mascara. I just started using it and I love it because it does the job of two mascaras – it gives my lashes volume and gives them an intense black look. And I finish off with a red lip and dust my face with a COVERGIRL pressed powder.

MUB: Any beauty blunders in your past?

GG: Bangs!

We have high hopes for Gracie Gold this year, in all aspects of her life. With such natural talent, determination, and a flawless COVERGIRL face, this beauty going to be seeing nothing but the gold!

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Beauty for Less: Top Five Products Under $25

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While every woman wants to look her very best, buying the products to create our best look can often take quite a toll on our wallets. That’s why we’re giving you the lowdown on some products that will make you look like a perfect 10 without breaking the bank!

#1 - Olay Regenerist Intensive Repair Treatment
Every gorgeous face starts with gorgeous skin, but some beauty creams can really test a tight budget. That’s why we love Olay Regenerist Intensive Repair Treatment. This amazing cream fights everything from age spots to fine lines and deep wrinkles. And, because it lacks the retinol usually found in anti-aging creams, it’s gentle even on sensitive skin. Average price for this product: $23.00.

#2 - CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara
No woman’s look is complete without big eyelashes, but a great mascara doesn’t have to be overpriced. CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara not only gives amazing length and volume to lashes, it minimizes those disgusting clumps we all hate, making lashes look more natural, full, and beautiful. Average price for this product: $6.50.

#3 - Aussie Hair Insurance Split End Protector
Nothing initiates a bad hair day quite like the look of straggly split ends, but high fashion hair products often come with a high price as well. Aussie Hair Insurance Split End Protector is good for both your hair and your wallet. The dual leave-in conditioner and styling cream softens dry, damaged ends and protects hair from future damage. While nothing short of a trim can make split ends disappear, this cream offers a temporary fix and the illusion of gorgeous, healthy hair. Average price for this product: $3.50.

#4 - CoverGirl Intense ShadowBlast Primer + Shadow
Every woman knows that adding a touch of color to her eyes can make a world of difference in how well they pop; however, between the primer we use as a base for the shadow and then the eye shadow itself, a girl could go broke before she even makes it past her eye makeup routine. That’s why we love CoverGirl Intense ShadowBlast Primer + Shadow. This dynamic duo combines the waterproof staying power of a primer and the color of a liquid to powder shadow all in one. The felt tip applicator makes it easy to apply and blend with fingers or a brush, and the color outlasts even the priciest of shadows. Average price for this product: $7.99.

#5- Pantene Expert Collection AgeDefy Advanced Thickening Treatment
As we age, our hair not only begins to lack luster but also volume and density. While there is a plethora of pricey products out there to bring the bounce back to your do, Pantene’s AgeDefy Advanced Thickening Treatment does an amazing job for about half the price. The powerful serum not only thickens each individual strand leading to the illusion of more hair, but it also strengthens hair to help prevent future hair loss. Average price for this product: $13.50

So stop using your budget as an excuse for not looking your absolute best. With prices like these, you can easily get your sexy on and still have some cash to spare!

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Get The Look: Emma Stone

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Get the Look - Emma Stone

by Sian Bitner Kearney

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably familiar with Emma Stone. She made us laugh in Superbad, kicked some undead butt in Zombieland, served as Spidy’s main squeeze in the Amazing Spider-Man, and who could forget that Dirty Dancing reenactment opposite Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love? Whether she’s blonde, brunette or her signature red, Stone warms the world with her unique beauty and infectious smile. One of our favorite looks on Emma is the one she wore to the 2012 Golden Globes. To recreate this look for yourself, you’ll need the following:

Face:

  • Emma’s fair skin seems flawless on its own, but the average woman might need a little coverage to achieve perfection.
  • For flawless skin that looks as though you were born with it, use Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation. The liquid formula melts into your skin, prevents shine without being too matte, and has a stunning glow. 
  • Follow up with Smashbox’s Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder for skin that appears airbrushed to perfection.

Cheeks:

  • Because Emma’s skin is so fair, the blush needs to have a pinch of color without being too bright. For this type of fearless flush, we recommend L’Oreal’s True Match Blush in the shade, “Tender Rose”.

Eyes:

  • To recreate Emma’s smoky cat eye, start with Revlon’s Diamond Lust Eyeshadow in the shade, “Celestial Silver” and apply from the upper lashline to just above the crease.
  • Next add that same shadow under the bottom lashline and the inner corners of the eyes.
  • Next apply Revlon’s Color Perle Eyeshadow in the shade, “Black Galaxy” to the crease of the upper lid, below the outer corner of the lower lashline and then blend together in a v-type shape in the corner of the eye.
  • Line the inside of the eyes with Dior’s Waterproof Eyeliner in the shade, “Trinidad Black”, then finish the eye with one coat of Dior’s waterproof black mascara.

Lips:

  • Emma’s lips are a beautiful shade of pink, adding warmth to her complexion without competing with her dramatic eye.
  • For this pretty pucker, apply Bobbi Brown’s Sheer Lip Color in the shade, “Passion Fruit”. A look this intense is meant for evening so pair it with your most alluring little black dress and own the night!

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Sponsored – Cover Girl Outlast 3-1 Foundation

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Recently, I was asked to try out Cover Girl Outlast 3-1 Foundation and truly put it to the test. The newest formulation claims to last you throughout your day while keeping the skin shine free. One of the main selling points is that the foundation includes three products in one. Primer, Foundation, and Concealer in one simple step.

Honestly, I was extremely curious and my inner beauty sleuth happily took the challenge.

I invited filmmaker Zach Taylor to come and follow me around for one day and capture on film how the foundation held up.  He filmed me blogging, walking my dog Arthur, cooking, and finally ending my day with a glass of wine (everyone has that ritual...right?). Even Mike mentioned how "pretty" my makeup looked when he came home. It's true. My makeup looked fresh, and had an amazing coverage without looking cakey.

But, the true endorsement....I am still wearing this foundation. I even wore it last week during the two day (and 10 hour) LuckyFABB conference, where I am hanging out with some of the industries best and most critical beauty and fashion bloggers. I loved it that much!

For the price point, this is an incredible foundation. The coverage is medium-full, and provides a semi-matte finish. You don't even need to use powder! Another great bonus is the SPF 20 in the formulation. Perfect for Summer!  Seriously, in love.

Here are my tips:

  • Apply the foundation before any concealer.  This has a great coverage, so you might need less concealer than you thought! Personally, I only needed a small amount of color corrector to battle my dark circles. 
  • Let the foundation set before applying powder.  Honestly, the foundation does a fantastic job of setting to a soft powder finish, so be careful when applying any type of powder.  Just alittle on the T-Zone is all that is needed! 
  • Use a dome shaped foundation brush for application.  This gives an even finish, and can help apply foundation in the smaller areas around the face, such as around the nose and under the eyes. 
  • If you are struggling finding your perfect shade, try mixing two complimentary colors.  I use a small plastic dish to mix my colors at home. This is a great way to slowly add more warmth during the Summer months. 
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