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If you're looking for a few essential makeup products to finish the summer with a fresh look and take with you into the fall, L'Oreal has just the items for a simple and beautiful look: Magic Skin Anti-Redness BB Cream, Miss Manga Mascara, and the Glossy Balm.

Loreal magic skin beautifier bb cream

 

During the summer months, and yes it still is summer (August is not over yet!), I don't typically don't wear foundation as it feels too heavy on my skin. Instead, I use either a tinted moisturizer or a BB/CC Cream - these are great for light coverage and a fresh-faced look. L'Oreal offers a few BB Creams, one of which is the Magic Skin Beautifier Anti-Redness BB Cream. So how does it work? This BB Cream includes "Beautifying Beads" that are encapsulated with color-transforming pigments that counteract redness. It starts out green and as you apply (or even rub in your hand), it transforms to a universal skin tone shade that reduces the look of redness, which is pretty neat to watch! On top of the anti-redness benefits, this BB also works to even skin tone and hydrate for a smooth, bare finish. Just for fair warning, although it is pretty cool to see this BB transform to a universal shade, I would be tentative to use it if you have fair skin. My skin is quite fair and the shade was a little too dark for my preference. Other than that, this BB cream is lightweight and perfect for warmer weather.
Loreal voluminous miss manga mascara

 

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There is something wonderful about lips. Depending on what you put on them, they can keep your look casual or totally sophisticated. After college I have made a valiant effort to incorporate more lipstick and lip gloss into my everyday looks but I would be lying if I didn't say it was hard. When it comes to lipstick I finally settled on bold matte colors and I have a few favorite shades that I feel very confident in, but lip gloss for me has always been a tough one. I always had the uncanny ability to utilize the hair-getting-stuck-to-your-lips struggle and always felt like it either looked too sexy or like I was in middle school. Where was the middle ground lip gloss?! 
 
So needless to say, I was a little hesitant to try the G.M. Collin Lip Plumping Complex. I kind of already feel like I have some nice lips so did I really want the extra plumping? Turns out I do and this lip gloss is an everyday girl's dream come true. I tried the clear tint and rose tint and have used the rose almost everyday which has won a coveted spot in the inside pocket of my purse (the necessities pocket for the in-a-pinch situations). It's glossy without being too glossy and tinted without too much color, as if the rose tint heightened the natural coloring of my lips. As for the plumping, it definitely made my lips feel more full! 
 
Sofia
 
GM Collin Lip Plump Rose Certified Fabulous
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If your looking for a good gift for Valentine's Day or if YOU want to be the gift, I recommend the Laura Geller: Gloss On The Glow lips gloss set! Not only does it come in an adorable lip shaped cosmetic bag with mirror inside. It's a big kiss with lots of lip power inside as it contains 5 Light Beams Ultimate Shine Lip Glosses! 

Light Beams gloss is a high-shine, lightweight lip gloss infused with fruit and plant oils such as cranberry, pomegranate, apricot, and grape seed oil to promote and deliver comfortable, healthy-looking lips. Offering ultra-smooth wear, this formula also contains moisturizing, nourishing, and conditioning ingredients such as jojoba oil and shea butter to help keep lips in optimal condition. 

Gloss colors include:

Laura Geller Light Beams Lip Gloss

  • Star Plum, a creamy sheer plum shade
  • Toasted Fig, a pinky brown neutral shade
  • Mauve-a-lous, a creamy light mauve shade
  • Bitten, a sheer, juicy cherry red shade
  • Cinnamon Spice, a honeyed burgundy shade

 

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Jane Iredale: Chocoholicks ™

Ok I’ll admit it; I am a chocoholic.

These lip glosses taste fantastic, they taste great!!! They have a fresh invigorating sweet taste.

The chocolate bronze compact has 4 different shades of chocolate: Blood Orange, Espresso, Very Berry and Chili Pepper.

The slim compact will travel anywhere and it has a retractable brush with a fine tip making it easily spreadable.

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Stocking Stuffer Alert!

The holiday season is upon us, and the social calendar gets to be crazy!! I am usually quite understated in my style (I’m sure some would think this is an understatement), but when committed to various social events I try to make an effort. I am blessed with naturally strong and shapely nails, so an at-home manicure is a quick way for me to dress it up, and how much effort is a layer of lip gloss?? These two products are my go-to’s when I need a little dressing up, and I have two essentials I love this month.

Benefit Cosmetics Sugarbomb Ultra Plush Lip Gloss is a great lip gloss. I really like the soft squeeze tube, which isn’t messy in the least. I find that sometimes a wand in bottle creates a bit of a mess, but Benefit really got it right with this beautiful little tube. The custom designed tip makes application super easy. The fragrance of this gloss is really amazing, such a pleasant aroma. The shade “sugar bomb” is a really nice nude/pinky shade, which is pretty without being too dramatic. This gloss applies nicely, it is smooth and not at all sticky or tacky. I thought that the color lasted for a good amount of time for a lip gloss. I did not have to reapply as often as one might, although the fragrance and feel of this wonderful gloss makes me reach for it time and time again.

Benefit Cosmetics Sugarbomb Ultra Plush Lip Gloss certified fabulous beauty

Ruffian Nail Lacquer in Delirium is one of the nicest nail lacquers I have ever used. The bottle and closure is super cool and trendy, the deco-inspired bottle makes for an easy grip, I was able to open the new bottle easily, even after applying a super rich hand cream. I chose Delirium because I love purple, so it was an obvious choice. I wasn’t expecting how electric this bright purple would look once it dried. Its super striking, and I received compliments every day while wearing it. This lacquer is super shiny when dry, I skipped the top coat because the shine was amazing. The high-gloss formula is also completely chip resistant. After a week I noticed the color waning, but not due to chipping (probably would’ve lasted longer with the recommended top coat). I can’t wait to try Ruffian Nail lacquer in other shades, I was so impressed by Ruffian!!

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You are going to love this brand Honey Cat Cosmetics!!!

Great products fun names - “all about being “Sexy, fun, clean and hip...that's Honeycat!”

They put a fresh, sexy spin on their bath and body products. Theresa Spruill (the creator) feels that “Honeycat makes grooming time an event!” it does...

 Honeycat - Rub My Tummy Milk & Honey – Honey & Buttermilk Body Cream

honetcat cosmetics Honey  Buttermilk Body Cream certified fabulous

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mark glow baby glow hook up lip gloss 11.14.13Mark Glow Baby Glow – Hook Up Lip Gloss

The perfect lip gloss!! I mean perfect I love everything about this product, the colors, the size and the feel.

This is product is fabulous it feels so nice and smooth; plus they have a wonderful range of colors. It has a mild minty flavor. This lip gloss is moisturizing and lasts for hours. Your lips will feel hydrated, soft and Definitely Kissable!!!

The names and color range are fun!!! Peek-A-Boo, Pink Crush, Honey (one of my favorites), Blow Kisses, Sweet Talk, Girly Girl (so wonderfully pink and the perfect name)

The size of this product is fabulous it comes in a mini vial, not too big - will slip into your jean pocket easily. The wand is perfect it gives you just the right amount of gloss.

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“IT Girls” are women who set trends, create their own signature look and always look effortlessly beautiful. Sure, it’s easier to gain that title when you’re constantly in the spotlight, and have a stylist, manicurist and makeup artist in your entourage, but celebrities aren’t the only ones who get to have all the fun.

The average woman can become the “IT Girl” in her social circle by ensuring that she has this season’s must-haves. As far as beauty goes, IT Cosmetics and Custom Nail Solutions Impression System are the must-haves for this fall.

IT Cosmetics enhances your natural beauty with their “Your Lips But Better” line or YLBB. My personal favorites from the collection are the Waterproof Lip Liner Stain, Vitality Lip Blush and Vitality Lip Flush.

It Cosmetics

  • The Waterproof Lip Liner Stain is an ultra luxe, automatic lip liner pencil infused with a stain. This game-changer acts as a lip liner, lip primer and long-wear stain all in one. It’s perfect for a date that you know will end in a goodnight kiss… or steamy make-out session. 
  • The Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Gloss Stain is another amazing multi-tasker. It serves as a hydrating lip gloss, anti-aging lip serum and lip stain all in one. It delivers high shine and rich pigment that glides on like a lightweight serum and keeps lips smooth and hydrated throughout the day.
  • The Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Natural Anti-Aging Lipstick Stain takes the place of four products; your lipstick, anti-aging conditioning lip balm, ultra-hydrating lip gloss, and lip stain. I love that all the products are infused with innovative anti-aging ingredients to keep my pout looking youthful.

 

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beautyAddicts Cosmetics - Beauty made simple

 They have four color families: Glow, Express, Motivate and Seduce.

I love these products they are formulated with a blend of minerals & botanicals.

beautyAddicts feels you should break free of convention and get your fix.

Indulge the colors of your life. Be bold. Be beautiful. Go forth with confidence.

 

Face2Face Crème to Powder Foundation

This is a wonderful lightweight formula that goes on smoothly. I recommend using the sponge to apply, however I do add touch ups with my finger.

The foundation will give you a flawless finish. The formula also provides skin care benefits to sooth and protect your skin. It is a blend of vitamin A, E, green tea, and Dermaxyl smoothes and hydrates your skin.

They use a Microsphere Technology to help diminish the look of fine lines.

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Summer is finally here, thank goodness.  The temperature here in Maine is finally a nice balmy 96 degrees.  Everyone here has taken to wearing little sundresses every day.  With the weather so sweet, I have become less maintenance in the makeup department however.  No use in putting on layers of color when skin is tan and humidity is high (don’t you just hate when the makeup melts off).  My makeup routine now consists of sometinted SPF and a great lip color.  Thank you Mary Kay for providing me with 2 great lip products to help me stay pretty, without much effort.

MaryKay Nourishine PLus Lip Gloss 7.1.13For day, I prefer a light shimmery lip gloss. The NEW Special Edition Beauty That Counts Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss is the perfect gloss for daytime wear.  It comes in a pretty tube with a gold screw cap.  The product is swirled within the tube, a light, pretty pink swirled with a shimmery gold. The shimmery peachy-pink shade works well on all skin tones.  This lip gloss is full of Vitamin E, which is so nourishing, smoothing protecting and conditioning for your lips.  This formula gives you brilliant shine plus and instant boost of moisture that leaves lips feeling supple.  This is a wonderful lip gloss, and at a price of $14 it really can’t be beat.

MaryKay Creme Lipstick One Woman Can 7.1.13For night, I like to go with a bold lipstick.  However, it must feel great on my lips, apply nicely and most importantly STAY PUT! Mary Kay’s Special Edition Beauty that Counts Crème Lipstick does all three.  The color I used is called “One Woman Can”, and it is a delightful deep raspberry tint with a swirl of shimmery pink throughout.  Some lipsticks dry out the lip, causing a flaky colored mess.  This lipstick applies easily and feels soft on my lips. The color is great, and I received many compliments. Most importantly is the staying power.  Hours later the color is still strong, and my lips still soft.  Who could ask for more in a lipstick?!?

Mary Kay Ash (founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics) was a true pioneer in the independent sales comedic industry.  When Mary Kay Ash “retired” from a successful career in direct sales in early 1963, she decided to write a book to help women survive in the male-dominated business world. She made two lists. One contained things the companies for which she had worked had done right; the other included the things she felt they could have done better. When she reviewed the lists, Mary Kay realized that she had inadvertently created a marketing plan for a dream company – one which would provide women with open ended potential to achieve personal and financial success.  With her life savings of $5,000 and the help of her 20-year-old son Richard Rogers, Mary Kay launched her dream company on Friday, Sept. 13, 1963.  Her                    company, as we all know, is a HUGE success.

mary kay ask founderMary Kay adopted the Golden Rule as her guiding philosophy, determining that the best course of action in virtually any situation could be easily discerned by doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. She also steadfastly believed that life’s priorities should be kept in their proper order, which to her meant putting faith first, family second and career third.

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"While beauty absolutely matters, it doesn't matter absolutely"

I love this philosophy from Soap & Glory; the purveyors of fabulous bath, beauty, and body products. Their fun-loving names like Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick and The Fill Monty, Instant Facial Line Filler really sets them apart in the market. But aside from fun names and unique packaging, it's the effectiveness of their formulations that truly make them stars.

I've written in the past of my love for ChapStick, the classic old standard, simple lip balm. Well ladies, I've found a new favorite. Soap & Glory's A Great Kisser Juicy Peach Lip Moisture Balm. Made with mango and apricot butter for moisturization and protection and a juicy peach scent that will make you lip smack all day long.

soap  glory great kisser lips peach gloss hydrator beauty review

I find a little goes a long way and the best part? It stays on your lips without being sticky, too waxy or heavy. I love the smooth texture and just the right tint of color for these natural rosy lips. It comes in a perfectly sized tin too, about $10.

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    I am in love with Soap and Glory's packaging and the names of their products! Since reading all your reviews last week...I am defi
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Soap  Glory Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss beauty review

Soap & Glory - Sexy Mother Pucker Lips  

Soap & Glory have wonderful bath, body and skincare products including the super-plumping lip gloss Sexy Mother Pucker™ and award winning The Righteous Butter™ body butter.

Soap & Glory recommends applying products with happiness and abandon, because while beauty absolutely matters, it doesn't matter absolutely” 

Okay Angelina watch out!! Here I come with my Sexy Mother Pucker™ Lips

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    I have used this product and it definitely worked nice for me!!!! Top Rated Lip Plumpers of 2013-14
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    Grayce says #
    this mother pucker lip plump is fantastic
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    Sheena Eaton says #
    I need me some sexy mother pucker! I want to try the lip plumper! The face serum looks awesome too!
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I can’t live without my lip balms and chap stick and I use them every day… frequently. But I don’t often wear lipstick or lip gloss because they tend to be too drying. Well I was pleasantly surprised that Lolade Wet Lips not only didn't make my lips feel dry but made them feel fabulously soft and shiny.

I really like the fact that I don't feel the gloss too heavy on my lips.  It feels natural and sits on my lips quite nicely. My favorite color is Novelty, and as the name implies, the color is quite "unique".  It is just the right shade for my olive skin tone. It’s a medium rose with a touch of natural beige and the best part, the pearls of shimmer. It leaves the lips with a luxurious shine that lasts for hours and the small tip brush is perfect for applying evenly.

So get yourself some Wet Lips by Lolade, but more importantly, take care of yourself.

 Amy

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LoLade Cosmetics is a diamond in the rough and I am so thrilled to have found out about this brand! Don't get me wrong, I am very brand loyal to certain big name brands, but it makes me feel so invigorated to be able to say I liked a small brands products before they blow up and are used by everyone! 

I am a self proclaimed cosmetics guru and as soon as LoLade Cosmetics came into our office I was the first to check out everything they sent and I picked out the items I have never seen on the market...yet. I also grabbed a few products that are classics, yet amazed me by the twist they seem to have making them feel like something brand new. 

First let me start with the HD Translucent Loose PowderMakeup setting powder has been around forever and I have tried many variations and have found that translucent works and looks the best, it's more natural than having to choose a colored powder. Also, loose powder is much easier to apply and doesn't give you a caked / blotchy look that pressed power does. If you think about it you are basically pressing powder onto your face and your most oily areas will pick up and absorb the powder more than other parts of your face, leaving you looking spotty...ewwww. I also feel that way in general if you have to choose a colored power, just so much more to deal with and it doesn't look as natural and flawless as a translucent. Typically these powders are the consistence of a baby powder, so I was surprised to use the LoLade powder because it was so silky! It flowed out of the sifter with no shaking at all! I used to use a powder brush to apply, but expert celebrity makeup artists Maurice Stein changed my world when he explained to us how to apply loose power. He uses a puff, not any of the little thin ones the products usually come with but a thick 5" diameter powder puff. Shake the loose powder in the center of the puff and fold the puff in half and rub together to absorb the powder. Then reverse the fold to expose the powdered side and rock the puff back and forth over cheek areas, forehead and chin. Then just puff all the other areas of your face. If you have too much powder on your face, you can then take a large powder brush and blend. The LoLade powder sets my makeup flawlessly and naturally, it is my new secret weapon! It even last all day...no touch ups needed at all! I have an oily T-zone and it was never an issue with this powder...even after wearing for nearly 12 hours! 

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Another classic fave is lip gloss and when I grabbed LoLade's Lip Lacquer in "Cherry On Top" AKA bright red, I assumed it was like any other gloss I have that gives a sheer color with shine....was I wrong! This gloss is highly pigmented to give a brilliant, sexy red color on top on an irresistible shine! I love how it looks like a lip stick but it's not! It doesn't feel dry and it has great lasting power. It also is an all in one so you don't need to apply a lip stick and then gloss...it is truly glamorous and you will feel like a sexy temptress or an old Hollywood pinup girl with these cherry lips on :) I know red's can be hard to manage but I didn't feel like this wasn't my red and I have a feeling it is pretty universal for many skin tones and looks. Just keep in mind when you do bold lips, don't over do it but doing dramatic bold eye makeup looks! I like to keeps eyes simple with a nude colored eye shadow or simple just line your top lid for that 1920s style. 

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Stila best of Kitten set is a perfect gift. It comes in the cutest clutch bag, it is gold and sparkly :)  

Great neutral colors which will be good for almost any skin tone.  This set lets you create a number of natural looks, with Stila’s amazing, bestselling shade, Kitten. The highlighter smudge crayon, which I use as an eye liner, is bright and has a light shimmer, it really opens up your eyes. 

The 6 items it Contains:
-  0.08 oz Lip Glaze in Kitten
- 0.11 oz Silk Shimmer Luxe Gloss in Kitten
- 0.04 oz Smudge Crayon in Kitten
- 0.18 oz All Over Shimmer Duo in Kitten
- 0.09 oz Eye Shadow in Kitten
- Gold glitter pouch

 

I am definitely keeping mine!

To All those who celebrate : Merry Christmas!!!

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