Wink Lash & Brow Enhancing Oil | Buy One ~ Give One for the Cure in October

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We all do it. We abuse our lashes by applying thick, suffocating coats of mascara, we glue on heavy fans of false lashes and drown the roots with liquid, gel and pencil eye liners. And our brows... Oh, the torment! We pluck and wax and tweak and shave then we use waxy pencils, dusty powders and gooey pomades to fill them in, enhance and build those "picture perfect brows" we all covet. Come bedtime, we yank and rub and scrub and lather and slather, go to sleep, get up and do it all over, the next day. Our beauty routines can take a toll on our lashes and brows.

It is no wonder that our lashes can end up stubby and thin and we experience a lot of lash loss. And our poor brows! Can we talk? Happily, there is Wink Lash & Brow Enhancing Oil a vegan oil blend created to help restore the natural beauty of our lashes and brows.

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In these little brush tipped clicky pen dispensers is a blend of Castor, Himalayan Cherry, Kukui, Argon, Jojoba, Sunflower and other natural oils that when used consistently can condition, improve and help lashes and or brows to grow in thicker, longer and more lush. I have been using Wink on my lashes and brows once a day for a few months now and my eye lashes are thicker, stronger, silkier and I'm losing far, far fewer lashes than I used to! My lashes do look a little bit longer, but since they are a respectable length, naturally I wasn't expecting them to suddenly go on a dramatic growth spurt. Tho... If they had, I certainly wouldn't have been mad about it.

I am less consistent about application of Wink to my brows and honestly, this isn't doing much for them and I wasn't expecting it to. I have noticed that the skin on my eye lids is softer and a tiny bit smoother and I don't have so much flakiness of the skin under my brows and what brow hair I do have appears to be softer and healthier. My extremely sensitive eyes don't experience any irritation from Wink. I do get that slightly bleary oil on my eyeballs thing for a little while after application. It isn't painful and it doesn't last too long. All in all, I am experiencing good results from this gentle product and I'm satisfied with it.

Please remember, when you read testimonials about products like this, everyone's results vary. I know that some users get more lash length, others have experienced a resurgence of brow growth and thickness. It just depends on the individual and how each reacts to the ingredients and how consistent they are in their use.

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Wink is easy to apply. Just prime the little clicky pen by twisting the back end until the oil comes up through the brush and a little bubble of oil appears at the tips of the bristles. (I didn't prime my photo sample, as I have one going and I didn't want to start this one until the other runs out.) Touch the soft, synthetic bristles to your lid, dispensing a fine bead or tiny droplets along the lash line. Gently rub or pat the oil into your lash line. You can repeat by pushing a little more into the brush and applying to your brows, if you choose.

Ingredients:
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Himalayan Cherry/Dhatelo Seed (Prinsepia Utilis Oil), Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Rubus idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil , Punica Granatum (Pomegrenate) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate.

Now, here is where things get special. All through the month of October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month; for every tube of Wink Lash & Brow Enhancing Oil you purchase for yourself, Amalie Beauty will donate one tube to a cancer warrior who has lost their eye lashes and brows to chemotherapy treatment. This is a perfect way to do something special for yourself while you do something so extraordinarily special for someone else.

Wink is Vegan and Cruelty Free. The packaging and container are recyclable. Follow Amalie Beauty on Twitter, stalk them on Instagram.

This post is dedicated in loving memory to Letitia Ellsworth. 11/10/42 - 11/11/13 I love you Mom. I miss you, every day. 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette | My Notes and Swatches

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I have been a fan of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz for several years and I thought it was time that I finally bought my first Anastasia Beverly Hills powder cosmetic product, and boy, is it a doosy! The much hyped Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette has been burning up the Beauty Blogosphere and YouTube for many months and the love doesn't seem to be fading, from what I can see.

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Let us begin our exploration of this palette at the beginning. The packaging. For it must needs be addressed. The industry standard sturdy paperboard palette is wrapped in a flocked velvety, grabby stuff that drives me absolutely bat shit crazy trying to keep it clean. I don't feel that saying that I despise the surface of this palette is in any way an overstatement. Really, what were they thinking? I would have done something evocative of an old masters painting, in an easy to wipe clean material. But that's just me.

Okay. Now that we've got that out of the way, let us move on to happier things.

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Such as what's contained within. Disregarding the meh, usable enough if disliked double ended synthetic fiber brush that has since received a hair cut, this palette houses a plenty big enough to primp your eye look mirror and fourteen gorgeous eye shadows, each clearly labeled with it's name below.

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The Modern Renaissance Palette is comprised of fourteen rich, sixteenth century art inspired colours ranging from soft to deep. There are three shimmers, a soft satin matte and ten matte finishes. The shadows are laid out in a fashion that makes perfect sense to my eye and all fourteen are shades and tones that can mix, match and blend together to create any number of beautiful eye looks from soft and neutral workaday to spectacular works of eye art. Not only is this palette a perfect, self contained unit, these shadows work and play very well with other brands and finishes. The sky is the limit when you have this gorgeous thing in your makeup arsenal.

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Swatch-a-Go-Go. These swatches were done on bare, lightly moisturized skin. Laugh at my  incompetence as you glory in just how beautiful these shadows are, even in my crap swatch shots.

Okay, let's talk quality. It is in a word, outstanding. All fourteen of these shadows are smooth, velvety soft and silky to the touch. If a couple are the slightest bit "stiff" it is only in comparison to their contemporaries and in no way denotes a lack of rich, buttery goodness on their part. These shadows are intensely pigmented and they swatch like whoa, as you can see above. They apply, build and blend nearly flawlessly without going muddy or flying away under my brush. I do get a little fallout with a few shades; Cyprus Umber, Love Letter, Venetian Red and Red Ochre can sprinkle a bit so when I want to use those shades, I either hold a tissue under my eye or just do my eyes, first. I honestly don't care about the fallout as the shadows and the looks that can be achieved with them are so beautiful.

I get all day fade and crease proof wear from these shadows, even if I forget to apply primer. I can apply these shadows in the morning and they look just as fresh and vibrant when I go to remove them, at night.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette is, in my opinion worth every penny of it's $42.00 asking price. If something were to happen to this palette, I would move heaven and earth to replace it at once. Yeah. It's that good. And you need it, if you don't yet have it. I bought mine from Sephora. It is also listed on the Ulta Beauty website. While this palette seems to be sold out online, as of right now, there is hope as both sites leave the listing open for future re stock. I have chatted with various fellow beauty enthusiasts who are seeing and purchasing it in store so hit up your local Sephora and Ulta Beauty locations if you don't want to wait for it to come back online.

I need to try some of their highlighter powders, next. I love a good highlighter and from what I've seen, they make a good one.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates. Anastasia Beverly Hills is cruelty free.

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Le Mieux | Luxe Caliber Skin Care for Everyday Use

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I was recently offered the opportunity to try a new to me skin care line. From Le Mieux Cosmetics comes skin care geared to treat, comfort, protect and improve the look and feel of the complexion. I received three products that were created specifically for dry skin and I have been living with this trio of products for a while and now I'm ready to tell you what I think of them.

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The packaging of this skin care line is lovely. Thick acrylic, sturdy glass, clean, elegant lines and a weighty, substantive feel in the hand. These products look pretty on a dressing table or bathroom counter. I know... Pretty packaging isn't everything and I own some damned fine products in bare bones tubes and bottles but I have to admit, my inner magpie is a huge sucker for the pretty. These three products are not highly scented, they have a very light, fresh, almost "pretty" scent that doesn't linger long.

I am an avid practitioner of multi step skin care. I love the ritual, the steps, the time I take to concentrate on my skin and give myself that so important bit of self care. My normal first step after cleansing and an essence or concentrate is serum. Sometimes, I use one serum. More often, I cocktail multiple serums depending on my skin's needs.

Le Mieux TGF - B Booster Serum is rich in powerful peptides, skin nourishing proteins, protective antioxidants and algae extracts that work in symphony to actively hydrate, plump and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. This light, silky serum, delivered via a bulb and pipette (a pump would have been a better choice!) slips across my skin, sinks in instantly and leaves my complexion feeling so soft and looking instantly improved.

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With Dermal Fibroblast Activators, peptides, hyaluronic acid, a tiny dollop of Le Mieux Eye Wrinkle Corrector instantly hydrates the delicate skin of the eye area to smooth the appearance of fine lines, brighten and tone the skin. While there is a claim that this cream can diminish dark circles, I think that you know what I am going to say about that. Nyet. Nope. Nada. Sorry, Charlie. This is lovely eye cream but my dark circles are still large and in charge. I am not giving up hope, tho.

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The final step in this triad is Le Mieux Bio Cell Rejuvenating Cream. Rich, deeply moisturizing, this silky cream harnesses hyaluronic acid, peptides and exotic oils to transform dry, distressed skin to soft, pampered, plumped and more youthful looking skin in minutes. When my face is feeling especially dry, tight and uncomfortable, I smooth a little bit of this cream on and gently pat and press it in and the relief is immediate. There is a shiny, moist layer left on the surface of my skin but by morning, it has completely dropped in and my complexion looks and feels like a New Thing. I am so happy to have this cream in my skin care arsenal.

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Le Mieux Skin Care is effective and beautiful and it works. Is it The Fountain of Youth? Oh, Honey. No. I'm pushing fifty-two, I don't care what I splash all over my face I'm never going to look twenty-five again. But these products, used in concert with the rest of my routine help my skin to look and feel it's very best for my age and that ain't bad. Not bad, at all. I like what I've tried from this line, so far and I have my eyes on some of their other products.

Le Mieux isn't just for dry skin. They also formulate for oily, normal, combo and acne prone skin types. If you have acne prone skin, check out their four piece Acne System.

Price point is what I consider moderate. These products are not bargain beauty finds but they won't break the bank if you are accustomed to paying whatever it takes to acquire high quality, effective skin care and in my opinion, this serum, eye cream and face cream are worth the asking price.

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