BECCA Blushed with Light Holiday Palette

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One of the items I purchased during the recent Sephora sale is the Becca Blushed with Light Blush Palette. I love Becca's blushes so to get a trio of them in one palette made me very happy.

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This limited edition holiday palette is a sleek, reflective rectangle in Becca's signature greyed brown and decorated with gold splotches that resemble falling snow and the brand logo. I love how this palette looks and feels in my hand but it was the very devil on horseback to photograph!

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Inside is a mirror that is big enough to adore your features. There is one of those stupid plastic slip covers in the palette but I was able to toss mine because joy of joys, the shade names are printed on the back of the palette. Three dainty sized (but plenty big enough for my blush brush) blushes inhabit the space below. There are two Mineral Blushes in Wisteria, a soft lilac pink and Songbird, a golden coral and one Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush in Snapdragon, my dream coral pink with a beautiful, radiant sheen. I have a full size of Snapdragon but, since it's one of my favorite blushes, like, ever... I don't object to having a little backup.

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Here is some swatch action. Wisteria, Songbird and Snapdragon. Becca blushes are very soft, velvety smooth and highly pigmented. I like to apply them with a less dense, very flexible, soft brush. A gentle touch down, tap off the excess and feather and blend into the skin until I get the desired light, lit from within flush I prefer.

Did I need this palette? No, not really but I knew the moment that I first saw it that I wanted it and it was available when I was sale hauling so I grabbed it and I'm happy that I did. Sadly, this pretty palette seems to now be sold out online but if you do a little hunting in your local Sephora or Ulta stores, I'll bet that you can still luck across one. Try stores in more out of the way locations and smaller municipalities, they often have goodies that are snapped up in areas that are more heavily trafficked. That is how I manage score pretties that aren't to be found, anywhere else.

Did you buy this palette? Are you as much a fan of Becca blushes as I am? What are your favorite shades?
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Beautiful Holiday Gift Ideas from Evine plus a Very Special Discount and a Fabulous Giveaway

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This holiday season I am teaming up with some of my fellow Fashion Flash bloggers and Evine to share some great gift ideas and a fabulous giveaway, too!

If you aren't familiar with Evine, they are an on air - online retailer offering a wide variety of products including electronics, home, fashion, jewelry and beauty. You can shop the item currently on air or go to their website, browse to your heart's content and fill your cart with beautiful gifts for everyone on your list. And, while you're there, treat yoself, too.

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Speaking of treating yourself... Get your complexion holiday picture perfect with Sonia Dakar Beauty Bootcamp 4-Piece Cleanser, Concentrate, Peel and Serum Set. This four piece set is the result of  years of developing high performance skin care to deliver optimal results and whip your skin into shape in minimal time.

Sonya Dakar Skin Care is formulated with natural and organic ingredients and is paraben, sulfate and artificial dye free. This line is vegan and cruelty free.

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Beginning with The Porcelain Cleansing Oil with BioStem. Just a couple of pumps of this rich oil mix removes every trace of face makeup and gets my very dry skin sparkling clean without leaving it feeling stripped or tight. I am privileged to try a lot of skin care, doing what I do and in my opinion, this is a standout skin care product. The Flash Facial is new to me and I was skeptical. A one minute peel? Then I tried it. Wow. Just wow. My skin felt so soft after. BioStem Concentrate. This goes on before serums and moisturizers. Concentrates deliver a power punch of beneficial ingredients to the skin. The Retinol Radiance Serum makes me happy. The clear, silky gel smooths on and treats my complexion to one of it's skin care power ingredients, Retinol. This serum is gentle, I experience no stinging or redness.

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Am I the only one who loves holiday themed jewelry? I have an old Santa pin that I have been wearing for at least twenty-five years. I also have special Christmas themed earrings and an old, careworn holly and berry bracelet that has most definitely seen better days. I am so happy to be able to replace that old, tired bracelet with this bright, shiny new Ritzy Couture by Esme Hecht Modern Christmas Charm Adjustable Toggle Bracelet. Ritzy Couture by Esme Hecht is "Bold and Beautiful Jewelry For Women who Follow Their Own Rules."

This bright silver tone cable link bracelet is embellished with five beautiful enamel wrapped present charms with sparkling crystal accents and big, silvery ribbon bows. Coloured crystal drops fill in the spaces in between. On one end is a beautiful fleur de lis logo charm and a fleur de lis embellished toggle. On the other end are three large catch rings that allow the wearer to custom adjust the length of the bracelet from 7" to 7 3/4" to 8 1/2" long and fastens securely. This bracelet can be worn alone as a statement piece or stacked with other bracelets or a favorite watch.

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I had to show you the fuchsia heart, up close. This charm is a tiny, hinged box that opens to reveal a beautiful little surprise. I won't spoil it for you. 😉

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Did I mention a watch when I was talking about the last item? I do believe I did. I wonder why? Maybe because I have this beautiful Invicta Women's Wildflower Classique Quartz Chronograph Crystal Accented Watch with 7 - Piece Strap Set. Renowned for quality and impeccable style, Invicta makes timepieces that are elegant, functional and fashionable. Nestled in their beautiful faux leather presentation/storage box is the watch and seven leather straps with silver tone buckles in styles and colours that will take the wearer effortlessly from work, to weekend, to an evening out with that special someone or a fun girls night.

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This beautiful watch is a genuine, working chronograph. This is not an imitation mocked up merely for show. This watch is weighty and feels luxe in the hand and on the wrist. If, like me, you have never owned and used a chronograph, before fear not. This beautiful timepiece comes with full instructions on how to operate every feature and change out the straps to give you endless looks and combinations that coordinate with any outfit.

Do you see something that you like? If you are ready to start shopping, I have a very special discount code for Fashion Flash readers. Simply click this link to go shopping and, when you are checking out, enter the code: FASHIONFLASH15 to save 15% off of your first order.

Disclaimer: *15% off offer valid 7:00am ET, November 14, 2016 until 11:59pm ET, December 31, 2016. May not be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other offer. Discount does not apply to shipping & handling, sales tax. If coupon is used to initiate an AutoDelivery program it will only be applied to the first shipment, additional shipments will be at full AutoDelivery pricing. Not valid on Waterford, Electronics including tablets, computers or cell phones or items offered by Evine's paid programming partners. Discount will be applied at checkout. No cash value or credit back. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted, or if sold or transferred. Evine reserves the right to end this promotion at any time and to substitute or cancel orders when unexpected coupon system errors occur or in the case of abuse, misuse or fraud.

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Wait a second, gentle reader. We aren't done, yet. Remember that gorgeous silvery, crystal encrusted Invicta watch I showed to you, earlier? How would you like one, of your own? Evine has provided a brand new set for me to give away to one lucky Fashion Flash reader! Your watch and straps set will be brand new and unopened, of course. All you have to do is enter on the Rafflecopter widget, below.

Before you get started, I do have to take care of a little business, first. This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents Only aged 18+ where permitted by law and will run until 12/16/2016 at 11:59 pm EST/10:00 pm MST.

All entries must be recorded in the Rafflecopter widget to be valid. Any attempt to enter in any other fashion will result in the entries being voided and the entrant disqualified.

The winner will be chosen by random draw at the close of the contest and will be contacted by e-mail. The winner will have 24 Hours from the time I send the e-mail to respond to me with their mailing address or a new winner will be drawn. Because the timeline is tight, no extra time to respond can be granted.

There are two MANDATORY entries: You must provide a valid e-mail address and leave a comment on this blog post telling me about the goofiest or worst Christmas/Holiday gift you ever received. If you would like to rack up more points to increase your chances of winning this fabulous prize, simply complete any and all of the optional tasks you please. Remember, the more entry tasks you complete, the higher your chance to win! 

Are you ready? Set! Go! And good luck!

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Holiday Shopping with Fragrance Outlet and My Notes on Bamboo by Franck Olivier

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As the year advances to it's end, the holiday season is rapidly approaching and we are beginning to plan our shopping and looking for the best prices on the lovely things we want to gift to our friends and loved ones. One favorite gift to give and to receive is fragrance, which can be expensive. Happily, there is a place to buy your or a favorite person's favorite scents and save yourself a little money, in the process.

Fragrance Outlet is one of the nation's largest retailers of fine and designer fragrances and accessories and a perfect place to do some shopping for pretty and lovely smelling things for those on your gift list.

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First opened in November, 1990 in the Potomac Mall in the Washington, DC area Fragrance Outlet has grown to over 100 fine fragrance stores and fragrance outlets, nationwide. Try their Store Locator to find a location in your area if you'd like to shop in store. Or you can stay in your pajamas and messy bun, avoid the teeming holiday crowds and Shop Online. My preference, if I'm to be perfectly honest. I enjoy a good get out and shop till I drop as much as the next girl but I strongly dislike over crowded stores, malls and other locations and I will do whatever I can to avoid them.

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Shopping at Fragrance Outlet is easy as can be. The site is laid out to be easy to navigate and find what I want. The check out process is easy, swift and smooth and secure. I received an order confirmation at once and another when my fragrance shipped with an estimated date of delivery and a tracking number. My package landed on my doorstep ahead of my delivery date and arrived intact and well packaged.

The fragrance I received for review is a Fragrance Outlet exclusive, Bamboo Eau de Parfum for Women by Franck Olivier.

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My fragrance arrived prettily presented in a heavy, crisp white card stock box wrapped and tied with a dark blue grosgrain ribbon bow and secured with a Fragrance Outlet seal sticker.

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The fragrance in it's box was wrapped in white tissue paper. There was a lot of air space, allowing the fragrance to be jostled around in it's outer box. I would suggest wadding some of the tissue and better securing the contents. But then, I always was a big fan of over packing things.

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Bamboo comes in a beautiful, rounded rectangular, heavy glass flacon with a silver spray top and a sleek, linear silver cap. The flacon is embossed with a pretty bamboo pattern and the fragrance is tinted pink to symbolize freshness.

The notes are:
  • Top - Black Currant, Violet Leaves, Ivy
  • Middle - Lily, Rose, Ylang-Ylang, Freesia 
  • Base - Musk, Cedar, Vetiver 
Bamboo is a fragrance type that I normally very much enjoy. A fresh, softly floral scent that is gently grounded with hints of musk. Happily, the Cedar, while a note I'm not wild about is not too prevalent and I don't find it at all objectionable. 


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When I spray on Bamboo, the first thing that happens is a strong assault of alcohol and a chemical hit. As that fades, I can smell the fresh, green notes and the soft floral. The musk, wood and vetiver rounds it out nicely. The scent is very lightweight and not obvious, I smell clean and feminine when I wear it. Bamboo doesn't live long on my skin. An hour and it's gone. Not even a hint of it's presence remains. I can get a little more enjoyment from this scent if I give my clothes and hair a good spritz. The point is, I shouldn't have to jigger a fragrance to enjoy it for longer than sixty minutes!

Bamboo has a MSRP of $97.90. The list price is $89.00 and it is frequently included in percentage off promotions. In my opinion, this fragrance, while pleasant and wearable enough is not worth the high asking price and to be honest, I wouldn't repurchase this scent, even at the discounted price.

My assessment is, if you want to save a few dollars on well known, name brand and designer fragrances, give Fragrance Outlet a look. They are easy and fun to shop with. I recommend that you skip the company exclusives, if they are all the same quality of Bamboo.

Have you shopped with Fragrance Outlet? How was your experience? What fragrance (s) did you purchase and are you happy with them? Please, do share.

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Makeup Wars - Our Favorite Concealers

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💜💜 I want to begin this post by thanking the fabulous ladies of Makeup Wars for inviting me to join the group. 💜💜

This week, we are sharing our favorite concealers. Honestly, I don't own a ton of concealers. I have clear skin and thanks to years of hard work and good skin care, my skin tone is pretty even so, with the very notable exception of the dark circles from hell under my eyes, my foundation does the job, meaning that I don't always need concealer on my face. Under my eyes, tho... That is another story.

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My little concealer collection. Most of the products are used to correct and brighten my dark under eye circles. I'm still on the hunt for the Corrector to End All Correctors and finally, once and for all, send my dark circles back from whence they came. Until then, what I have kind of works.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector. I have the shade Light. This is very emollient, which is nice for my delicate, dry skin. This does a fair to good job of correcting my very dark circles.

BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector. This lightweight, luminous, peach toned corrector is very silky, blends beautifully into my skin. it corrects and brightens and does a pretty good job on my dark circles.

IT Cosmetics Travel Size Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer. The shade I have is Neutral Medium. I thought that it would be too dark for me but this concealer is just about the right tone for layering over a corrector on my under eye area. This one-two punch helps give me a little better coverage and brightening and as long as I set it, it's not too crease-y.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer. I have the shade Light. I like to use a little of this, worked into my skin with a damp Beauty Blender to cover redness that can pop up or to brighten the shadowy triangles that extend on either side of my chin from my lower lip.

IT Cosmetics Eye Lift in a Tube. Mine is in Fair. This is a dual ended product that contains Bye-Bye Under Eye Concealer in one end and Hello Light Liquid Brightener in the other. This usually lives in my makeup bag in my purse, for quick touchups or to clean up a smudge, smear or add a little brightness to my skin on the go.

As I said earlier, I'm still hunting for that one, perfect dark circle corrector. I should probably spend less moolah on eye shadow palettes and blush and more trying various correctors. But, the eye shadows and blushes are so pretty! And, like the overgrown child I can sometimes be, I want what I want, not always what I need.

What are your favorite concealers and correctors? Do you have fair skin and dark under eye circles from hell? Have you found your never fail, make you look fresh as a daisy product for under your eyes? Please, spill your secret!

And don't forget to click on the links below, visit the other Makeup Wars bloggers and read about their favorite concealers.

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