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Taking Your Makeup on Your Spring Break Trip

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Every spring break countless college kids leave the campuses and head for the beach. It’s become almost a rite of passage to spend your week off from classes, partying in the sand during the day and visiting the clubs on the strips at night. Girls spend months in advance getting bikini ready and searching for that perfect outfit. But how much thought do you put into how you pack your makeup to your trip?

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Out of your foundation in your eyeliner, to blush and mascara, it’s important that you store your makeup properly before jumping in the vehicle. There are lots of available choices when it comes to transporting your makeup stash, however you want to ensure that you choose a possibility that gives each item within your collection their own space, to ensure that it doesn’t roll around as being the car crush and moves powdered makeups or break your containers.

While plush, quilted makeup bags may seem like a great option in the beginning, the ideal way to move makeup long distances is really a makeup train case. Train cases, like the ones found at The Salon Outlet, are designed to give different types of makeup their own separate compartments, so fragile items won’t be crushed by bigger things. A train case can also be a great way to transport makeup since your collection will automatically be organized. With the separate compartments that fold into one particular to transport case, each type of makeup with have its own place in the folding case. You can store foundations, makeup pallets and big items towards the bottom of the makeup trunk. Eye compact, lipsticks and shadows containers will fit easily into the upper compartments. So you don’t have to bother about your grabby roommate snatching your favorite shade of lipstick before Saturday night’s party, you can even lock your train case!

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Coolway True Smooth Review and Discount Code

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True-Smooth-Spray1I was recently given the opportunity to try out a new product by Coolway called True Smooth. It’s a spray that you apply to hair after washing, and then you blow dry your hair like normal. The product promises results similar to a flat iron, without actually having to use the flat iron. Theoretically, you will decrease damage to your hair by skipping ironing and reducing the amount of harsh heat it’s exposed to.

The following picture is what my hair looks like after blowdrying with no product in it. I have long thick hair that is medium to coarse in texture. I highlight it every 8 weeks, so it tends to be on the dry side as well.

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After using shampoo and conditioner like I normally do, I towel-dried and separated my hair into 2 equal parts and after shaking the product well I sprayed 25 sprays on each section of hair. Then I combed the product through my hair to evenly disperse it. The design of the bottle makes it easy to spray which is important since you will be using 25-50 sprays each use. I then used a paddle brush and blow dried my hair on the highest heat setting. The results were as follows:

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As you can see, the results were pretty good! My hair felt smooth and nice afterwards and I couldn’t feel any stickiness from the spray. I couldn’t even tell I had put anything in my hair. The blow dry process felt like it went quicker as well.

For some, the True Smooth spray may be enough to replace their flat iron, but for me it wasn’t. While I do think it did a really good job, I still flat ironed my hair afterwards (not shown in pics). That’s just a personal preference though. I will continue to use the product because I felt like it made flat ironing easier and produced a gorgeous smooth finish, and it also acts as a heat protectant.

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**Use Code BeautyStat14 to receive a 10% discount on all Coolway purchases on their website.

**This product was provided for review by BeautyStat

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6 Easy Tips To Help Your Skin Survive Winter by Lara Ramos

Lara Ramos, an expert beauty author from HSN, created a very helpful list for combating dry winter skin. I love this list, so I wanted to share it with you guys!

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It’s no secret that skincare should change with the seasons, but it can be tough to know what’s best when the weather turns wicked. Here are a few simple things that you can do to keep your skin healthy all winter long so that it’s fresh and glowing come spring:

Seasonal Skincare: 6 Helpful Tips for Healthy Skin all Winter

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1. Buff away dry winter skin
Buff away your dry winter skin and reveal a glowing complexion with a luxe body scrub. I look for a combination of sloughers (exfoliating granules) and softeners (natural oils) to leave my skin soft and hydrated. Something like AHAVA’s Softening Butter Salt Scrub ($25) is the perfect solution.

2. Seal in moisture
Once out of the shower, seal in moisture from head to toe. On my face, I like to amp up the hydration with the addition of glycerin and hyaluronic acid, while I opt for something lightweight and easy to apply from the neck down.

3. Ease up on cleanser
Colder weather means that it’s time to lighten up your cleanser, because over cleansing can strip and irritate skin. I love Trish McEvoy’s Gentle Cleansing Wash because it’s creamy and soap-free. It’s safe enough to be used on my eye area and easily rids my face of the day’s makeup, without scrubbing.

4. Use non-drying products
If you use a facial serum or toner, make sure that it’s extra gentle and nondrying. Skin tends to lose moisture in the winter, which can result in rebound oil production and more breakouts than usual.

5. Double down on hydration
If you find your skin to be extra dry, invest in a hydrating facial mask that doesn’t need to be washed off and can be worn overnight.

6. Protect your hands and nails
Probably the most exposed to the elements, your hands and nails need extra protection this time of year. When it comes to a hand cream, the richer the better and a sweet scent doesn’t hurt. Perlier’s White Almond Hand Cream ($15), which sinks right in and soothes on contact.

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I hope you found this list helpful, what are your favorite products for winter skincare?

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November Wantable Box: Unboxing and Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

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I was recently able to review another Wantable makeup box courtesy of Tomoson. I got some goodies from their November collection, and I’m excited to show you guys!

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You can get your own customized wantable makeup box for $36/month or $40 for a one time box. You get 4-5 high end full size makeup products.

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  • Starlooks Kohl Eye Pencil in Mood Melody ($12)

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A matte black with a teeny tiny hint of shimmer. I LOVE it. I love kohl pencils for a number of reasons. Mainly because for me, I get the best control and results when I use pencils. I love the looks of liquid, but I need more time to make them look good. I am always running late it seems, and pencils like this are quicker to apply.

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  • Michael Marcus lipstick in Debbie ($24)

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I had not heard of Michael Marcus before, but I am very excited about this lipstick. It looks kind of orange in this photo, but it’s actually more cool-toned in real life. It promises long lasting pigment and castor oil to moisturize lips. Count me in!

  • Girlactik Beauty Eye Shadow in Vintage ($19)

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This is described as a shimmering pewter with a pearl finish. I think it will be perfect for an all over lid color. I love the packaging and the built in mirror. This is another new-to-me brand.

  • Manna Kadar Sheer Glow Highlighter ($29)

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A really pretty highlighter lotion that moisturizes and lasts up to 16 hours. I am excited to use this on my cheeks, chin, nose and brow bones. This is yet another new brand for me.

I also received an included sample from Skiin called Skin instant skin tightener and line filler. I am interested to try this, I do have some fine lines I’d like to minimize. The sample is good sized and I should get at least a few uses out of it.

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Overall I am impressed with the box (Overall retail value $84). It contains some nice items I will definitely use.

You can join Wantable here. They also do accessory and intimate apparel boxes!

Here is my Unboxing video :)

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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The Skin Regime: After the 3rd and 4th Peels.

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I have done 2 more peels since my last post. I am doing them every 7-8 days at this point and my skin is tolerating them very well. And starting to look very fabulous I might add! I mentioned in my last post that I would be bumping the glycolic acid peel up to 40%. I used this one from Skin Obsession after finding the link on Dana’s website. She keeps a list of skincare companies that sell the glycolic acid peels. I kept the 3rd peel on my skin for 5 minutes and the 4th on for 6 minutes. I think I will try to keep the next peel on for 8 minutes (I won’t keep it on past 10 minutes for this particular peel). The 40% is definitely more intense, but the results were a bit improved. My skin in general is looking more vibrant and even toned and way more smooth. I have had some annoying pimples along my jaw line though, which I am treating with 10% benzoyl peroxide. I am unsure if this is due to my cycle or the peels “purging” my skin.  Still, most days I just wear a light BB cream and finishing powder and that provides enough coverage. Dana mentions in her book that after you put your skin through the boot camp, the type of foundation you need to use may change. She was right. My skin used to be chronically dry, mostly from the acne products I was putting on it. Also pretty unevenly toned. Not anymore. It’s hydrated and glowing. I am very happy with this regime and excited to be officially half way through the boot camp phase of my skin transformation. I plan to do a total of 8 peels before moving into the maintenance phase.

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This is how my skin currently looks. I am only wearing a drugstore BB cream. I did not retouch the photo, it is straight out of the camera.

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CV Skinlabs: Skincare Review

I was recently able to try a new-to-me skincare brand called CV Skinlabs. I was very excited!

(CV Skinlabs) is a natural & organic collection of luxuriously soothing & clinically proven formulas that nurture and repair skin. Each product delivers outstanding beauty benefits with an unprecedented new standard of safety.

Each CV Skinlabs blend is screened by toxicologists to ensure that it’s free of potentially harmful chemicals & all formulas have been proven to heal & repair sensitive skin while restoring radiance & luminosity.

I tried 3 different products:

  • Restorative Skin Balm-This is a great, thick balm that can be used on lips, cuticles, or even eczema. It protects the skin and holds in moisture. I used it on my lips and cuticles and I LOVE IT. My cuticles are soft and supple. It is pretty much without scent and a little goes a very long way. I have to keep my cuticles looking good for my swatches, and this may become my new go-to cuticle moisturizer. It really is good stuff.
  • Calming Moisture for Face-This moisturizer contains antioxidants and calms redness. Perfect for me since I tend to get really red, especially around my nose for some unknown reason. I have been using this twice daily after I wash my face and I really like it.
  • Body Repair Lotion-I only got a sample of this so I only used it once, but from using once, it seems pretty awesome! I have keratosis pilaris on my upper arms and I usually exfoliant them pretty good in the shower every day. This was very nice to use after my shower on those spots. Since exfoliating causes just a tiny bit of irritation, and the areas are already red, this lotion was great! I’d like to get a full size bottle.

Overall, I am impressed with this skincare line. I love that it’s all natural and safe. I love that it’s gentle and still gets the job done. Since I’ve been doing Glycolic acid peels, I have been really being careful as to what I’m putting on my skin. I love that this is safe skincare that actually works.

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Tarte Kiss & Makeup 5-piece Holiday Amazonian Butter Lipsticks: Review and Swatches

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So, on black Friday I missed out on a set of 5 Urban Decay revolution lipsticks and to say I was devastated is an understatement! I was sad about it all day (maybe longer, ok I’m still upset by it), so I set out to find a set of lipsticks to quench my need for, well….. a set of lipsticks! I searched on QVC and found this pretty set of Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipsticks. I loved the diverse shades and the fact they came in a set with pretty packaging! Well, a few days later they arrived.

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I could hardly wait to tear into them. I had to compose myself just long enough to take the photos of them in the box!

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Inside I found 5 lovely lipsticks in the prettiest packaging ever! They are made of heavy cardboard, not plastic, but I think they will definitely hold up.

Colors from L to R: Sweet Peach, Angelic Nude, Candy Red, Merry Berry, and Poinsettia Pink.

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I love the diverse shades!! A light pink, a nude, a red, a berry,  and a medium pink.

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L-R: Sweet Peach, Angelic Nude, Candy Red, Merry Berry, Poinsettia Pink

I swatched them on my arm before trying them on. They went on very smoothly. Then when I put them on my lips I was blown away and instantly transported to lipstick heaven that smelled and felt of minty goodness and looked divine. I have been wearing these every day! I kid you not I really like these. They keep my lips moisturized and the pigment is great. They last awhile too. I use Sweet Peach and Angelic Nude for work and the others for going out.

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I am so glad I got these!!

This set is exclusive to QVC and is currently on wait list. 

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BA STAR Holiday Red Lip Pencil: Review and Swatches

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I wanted to show you guys another cool product from BA *Star. I reviewed some really pretty mineral eyeshadow a bit ago, so I was thrilled to received another product to review. This is their Holiday Red Lip Pencil. I love lip pencils and I really LOVE red on my lips, so this was something I really enjoyed.

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BA*Star specializes in stage makeup, perfect for cheerleading and dancing. But this lip pencil is good for anyone who likes beautiful red lips. This red is described as the perfect stage red. I think it’s also perfect for the holidays.

  • Full Coverage Lip Pencil
  • Lines & Colors
  • Stays All Day
  • Add Shine: Lip Gloss or Glitter

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I love large lip pencils such as this because I enjoy the ease of using the same makeup item to line AND fill my lips.

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The color applied evenly and smoothly. The color was a bit shiny on it’s own, but could be even more shiny with some added clear gloss or glitter. I wore this for several hours and it felt smooth the entire time. It was not drying whatsoever.

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This product sells for only $8.75, but you can get 50% off with

COUPON CODE: BBLIPS

Check out BA*Star’s Website and Facebook Page. 

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Glitterfied Nails: Winter 2013 Collection Swatches

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Today I have the Winter 2013 Collection from Glitterfied Nails to show you. The collection contains 6 somewhat non-traditional winter shades and I love each and every one of them. They are a bit more contemporary, and yet they still evoke holiday feelings in me. I love this time of year! This lovely collection is designed to be seasonal without being overwhelming.

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Peppermint Bark-Pearly white with lots of ultra fine red and sparse amounts of micro fine green. This applied perfectly in 2 coats.

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Yum!

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Figgy Pudding-A deep purple/bronze with multidimensional shimmer. This is great on its own and as an undie. This is 2 coats.

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Figgy pudding looks better than it sounds!

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Sugarplum-A lovely glitter combo containing holographic purple and cotton candy pink glitters. This one is stunning!! Here I did one coat of Sugarplum over Figgy Pudding.

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The inspiration for this lovely color

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Liquid gold-A rich and shimmery gold shade perfect for the holidays (or any time!) and makes a great undie. I used 2 coats here.

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Golden Star-Glitter topper with shards of white and lots of holographic gold sparkle. Amazing! Here is 1 coat over liquid gold.

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Inspiration!

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Hot Cocoa-A glitter topper reminiscent of a wonderful mug of hot cocoa, complete with marshmallows.  The lights from the twinkling tree occasionally hit your cocoa just right, creating a welcome sparkle. This is one coat of hot cocoa over liquid gold. I think this would also be stunning over red or a lighter brown.

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See? I told you this was a great collection :) Head on over to Glitterfied Nails on Etsy and Facebook. This collection is sold in sets and individually for only $8.75 each.

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ADORAtherapy “Smart” Gal on the Go Mood Boost™ Review and Pledge Request

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I recently received a sample of Adoratherapy Mood Boost spray through BeautyStat. I have never tried aromatherapy products of this nature, but from the research I did, certain scents can create a calming effect on you, thus improving your mood.

Adora Winquist, CEO, Founder and Chief Formulator of ADORAtherapy Mood Boost™, has pioneered the combination of aromatherapy and energetic healing, creating formulas with aromatics made from plant products around the world to stimulate the senses in a way that awakens the joys and passions of humanity.

NEW Gal on Go Mood Boost™ — 7 sprays let you be ready to take life on without slowing you down! Make sure you’re in a great mood when you take on the day!

I have a very stressful job. I have never really elaborated on that here on my blog, but we get VERY busy at times, and we are short staffed at times. I thought: This will be great to use at work. To calm me. To calm my co-workers (when they smell me, we work in close quarters) We all get stressed out and can use a mood boost. I have been using it at work and it really seems to work. The scent is very pleasant and calming. It makes me think of happy times, not what’s going on at work. The small size of the spray bottle is great to carry in my work coat, and the scent isn’t overwhelming. I like it and will continue to use it.

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I have a request for all my readers on behalf of Indiegogo.

If you pledge a certain amount today by going to the Indiegogo site by clicking —> HEREADORAtherapy™ will send you the following prizes:

PLEDGE $5 or more — “Adore Yourself™ “ Wristband, made of 100% silicone

PLEDGE $15 or more — Gal on the Go Mood Boost™ in your choice of 7 scents

PLEDGE $30 or more — Travel & Office Good Mood Boost™ (120 ml size/10 ml)

PLEDGE $35 or more — Gal On The Go Mood Boost™ Spray & Screen-Printed T-Shirt

PLEDGE $45 or more — Gal On The Go Mood Boost™ Spray & Two Tone Deluxe Tote Bag

Go to the Indiegogo site to see the other PRIZES you can WIN —> HERE!

Let me know if you decide to try this!

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