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Top 5 Bronzer Tips

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5 different bronzers

 Bronzed to Perfection by Erica Sun 

Even though this summer is coming to a bittersweet ending, your beautiful skin does not have to stop glowing. You can still get that luminous beach tan effortlessly with a few swipes of bronzer. Finding the perfect formula can accentuate and bolden your whole look.

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Drugstore Beauty Finds For Under $75

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Yesterday, I shared some of my favorite tips with 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic (have you read her blog? You must!).  Of course, I wanted to share these tips with you as well. Remember, the great products don't have to break the bank!

So many women make the mistake of thinking they have to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks. Wrong!!! While it may make you feel sophisticated to spend $100 on foundation, you could look just as great with something under $10. Personally, I like the idea of having an extra $90 to spend on cute shoes, purses and outfits. In fact, if you know what to look for, you can build your very own beauty kit for $75 or less. I'm talking makeup, skin care and hair care. I had a feeling you'd like that idea.

Low Cost Makeup That Delivers

I can't rave enough about e.l.f (eyes, lips, face) from Target. From tinted moisturizer for just $3 to on-the-go eyeshadow, lip gloss and blush compacts for only $15. If you went with this line, all your makeup supplies could cost less than $30. That's including brushes.

If you want to branch out a bit, I recommend buying trio eyeshadow kits to create both day and night time looks. Almay and CoverGirl both have amazing sets for everyone for under $8. For foundation, get your best face with L'Oreal Paris True Match, CoverGirl Aqua Smoothers, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer (for skin toning) or Almay Clear Complexion (for acne prone skin) all for $10 or less.

For extra coverage, match your concealer and powder with your foundation. For instance, Neutrogena has a 3-in-1 concealer that works to make skin look healthier while covering. If you mix, ensure the colors don't clash.

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Get The Look: Lily Collins

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  • 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation with SPF 15 in Porcelain:   A natural mineral makeup concealer, powder and SPF 15 protection all in one. This is a lovely version of mineral foundation, which is bound with organic shea butter and vitamin E. This full-coverage mineral foundation is good for your skin!


  • Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow Singles in Gold Marcasite: This Eye Shadow is great for even the most sensitive eyes.  Lovely shade selections and a very smooth finish. 
  • Double Ego Mascara and Mineral Eye Defining Pencil in Onyx


  • Lip Gloss Stick in Daredevil: PüLoving the newest trend of chubby lip pencils!  This one is chocked full of vitamin E, and these buttery smooth sticks condition lips as they color.  And this red is absolute perfection! 
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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealers

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Recently, I was able to try a sample of the new NARS Radiant Creamy Concealers and the Light Reflecting Powder.  Well, color me in love! 

These concealers and powder have taken the place of my foundation on days when I want some coverage, and a flawless face....but don't have time for the process. The concealers have a full coverage, yet go on smoothly and feel amazing on the skin.  The colors are also something to rave about.  I mix two different colors to get my perfect match.  

1) Vanilla to highlight around the areas that are red (such as nose, blemishes, or any discolorations in my skin).  I blend this out to give a soft focus finish on my face, and create a "flawless finish" without a face full of foundation.

2) I then use Honey to mask the dark circles under my eyes.  Honey has become my newest favorite peachy toned concealer.  It covers brilliantly and doesn't crease in the slightest.

Next, I finish with a swipe of the Light Reflecting Loose Powder, which I apply with a buff brush (loving the IT Cosmetics Heavenly Powder Brush at the moment).  This powder gives a stunning ethereal look to the skin. Every time I brush it on I want to sing "ahhhhhhh".  Seriously.  It is that pretty.  


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Skincare for Pregnancy Melasma

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One of the questions I get asked most is what type of beauty products are safe during pregnancy and can help that dreaded "pregnancy mask".  You see, the beauty benefits of pregnancy are supposed to be a natural glow, but according to AmericanPregnancy.org, over 50% of moms-to-be report suffering from “the mask of pregnancy”, a type of melasma that manifests itself as dark spots or patches on the face. This can be a ridiculously frustrating problem for moms to be, and can cause undue stress and embarrassment during a time that is supposed to be filled with joy. This "mask" is caused by excess melanin production due to changing hormones and can be exacerbated by sunlight exposure. So, you have to not only deal with morning sickness...but this??!!  

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Prime Beauty Blog: 12 Best Beauty Tips for Women Over 40!

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Last week, I happily added my two cents to an amazing list of beauty tips for women over 40. The blog Prime Beauty Blog put together a great post that not only includes some very cool beauty tricks, but gets its info from some of the top beauty bloggers around.  Enjoy! "When trying to come up with some original beauty tips for this post, I fell short of inspiration so I enlisted the help of my awesome beauty blogger friends. I asked them for their best secrets for the over 40 crowd and here they are!"

  • As we age, our eyelashes don’t grow as quickly so I use a heated eyelash curler to give me the appearance of longer, fuller lashes. ~ Prime Beauty
  • Using a good primer that will help even out fine lines in the skin and give you a smooth surface to apply foundation. I recommend Laura Gellar Spackle Under Makeup-Primer or Too Faced Primed & Poreless. I also recommend Paula’s Choice RESIST Anti-Aging Foundation if you need light to medium coverage. -Phyrra
  • While you can’t completely erase sun damage on your face, you can fade how dark it appears by applying topical Vitamin C daily. Be sure to look for brands that use a stable form of Vitamin C, as unstable Vitamin C will oxidize, turn brown and render ineffective. My recommendation is Inviciblescars. A Girl’s Gotta Spa
  • Try red LED light for anti-aging, even if wrinkles are not showing up yet. Red light devices are getting more and more affordable, and they work quite well to address not just fine line and wrinkles, but also discoloration. They can make your skin look brighter and healthier overall. It is a splurge item that is well worth the money. Beauty and Fashion Tech.
  • See a dermatologist and see what kind of low to no downtime procedures that can improve your concerns. A heavy peel, micro dermabrasion, laser or DermaPen treatment can temporarily slow or stop the clock. See a dermatologist for a consult and see what might work for you! Gouldylox Reviews
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Friday Top 5 – Travel Essentials

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1)DermOrganic Travel Set:  My newest haircare obsession.  These products leave my hair soft and luscious. Contains: Daily Conditioning Shampoo 3 oz, Daily Hydrating Conditioner 3 oz, Leave-In Treatment 1 oz and Intensive Hair Repair Masque 1 oz.
2) Sedu Travel Set: Perfection! What more do you need?  A small but powerful combo of a hairdryer and flat iron. Both are gentle on the hair, and leave it super shiny! Sedu Revolution Pro Ionic Travel foldable hair dryer and Sedu Revolution Mini Styler Iron with heat protective glove and travel pouch.
3) Trish McEvoy Effortless Beauty Ready-to-Wear Makeup Planner Collection/Flirt:This is all you will ever need for makeup on the go! I have been counting on Trish McEvoy for years to keep my travel makeup contained. An exclusive edit of Trish's essential basics and newest shades is beautifully organized. Set includes: Eye Base Essentials Demure; Petite Makeup Wardrobing Page; NEW eyeshadows and blush; travel-size Bronzer Resort; travel-size Translucent Finishing Powder; High Volume Mascara; travel-size Intense Gel Eyeliner in deep aubergine; medium refillable Double Decker compact; EvenSkin Portable Foundation shades 2 and 3.5; Lip Liner Barely Rose; NEW Lip Color Flirt; Flawless Lip Color Perfection and travel-size Precious Pink Jasmine. Boom!! 
4) Lilly Brush: I take this with me on set, and especially when I travel to keep my clothes looking fresh. So easy, and super effective! 
5)Kiehl's Since 1851 Healthy Skin Essentials Every Night Set:
My skin goes haywire when I travel, and this set calms it down.  I can't travel without my midnight recovery!!  Set comes in an exclusive canvas Kiehl's travel bag and includes: Midnight Recovery Concentrate, 1 fl.oz./31mL Midnight Recovery Eye, 0.5 fl.oz./15mL Rosa Arctica, 0.25 fl.oz./7mL Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, 0.17 fl.oz./5mL
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