Fashion Flash -- Valentine Edition + A Giveaway Alert!

Happy Valentine's Day! This week, Fashion Flash is all about love. 💘


This week, Fashion Flash is being hosted by our lovely Mirabai of Moving Free. Our online newsletter focuses on the best tips for self care in our busy lives, beauty and fashion to help us look our very best, wellness and fitness for our healthiest lives and of course...

Giveaways! There are giveaways running on six of our blogs through 2/20 offering a variety of beautiful prizes. If you are in the mood to enter to win something special for yourself or someone love, take a tour of our Fashion Flash Giveaway Extravaganza.

Tania, fashion maven over at 50 is not Old is giving away a gorgeous Bulgari fragrance.

Marcia at Beauty Info Zone offers a $50.00 Sephora gift card and a Smashbox eye shadow palette.

Cindy at Prime Beauty has beautiful earrings by Peace & Love Jewelry.

Our fearless leader, Deb of No Nonsense Beauty Blog is giving away a pair of scented soy candles from Bright Endeavors.

Allison, Chief Blogess at Never Say Die Beauty has the Luscious Lips Kit from Cynthia Rowland.

I am honored to have, for my giveaway a sterling silver, white topaz and pink quartz crystal necklace from Peace & Love Jewelry.



Pop over to Mirabai's blog to enjoy all of the informative, fun and enriching articles shared by my fellow Fashion Flash beauties and don't forget to enter our giveaways!

My Favorite Facial Oils for Dry Skin -- Makeup Wars

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As a dry skinned American, facial oils are a crucial component of my skin care arsenal. Today, I'm sharing seven of my favorite, pure natural oils and blends that I like to use to help keep my complexion soft and hydrated all year around.

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Pure jojoba oil. In my opinion, everyone should have a nice, big bottle of this stuff hanging around. It isn't expensive and it is extremely versatile. I can cleanse with it, use it as a moisturizer, as a pre wash deep treatment for my hair and after washing to seal in moisture and add shine. I use jojoba oil as a cuticle oil, an after shower body oil...

I usually buy Desert Essence. It's so good and at only ten dollars for a big, four ounce bottle, it will last for quite a long time. I like to decant some of the oil from my big bottle into a smaller dropper or pump bottle then toss my big bottle in my fridge to extend the shelf life of my oil. Jojoba hardens under refrigeration and returns to it's perfect self when allowed to sit out and warm back up.

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Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil. How do I love thee, pure, organic Moroccan argan oil? Let me count the ways. This rich golden oil deeply hydrates my very dry skin and nourishes my cuticles.

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Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil. An Omega 7 powerhouse is pressed from the Himalayan Turkestanica Sea Berry. Created to soothe, calm and aid problem skin, this lightweight oil drops instantly into my skin, hydrates, calms and reduces redness.

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Shine Brightening Face Oil. With it's gorgeous jasmine scent and mix of pomegranate, bearberry, argan, jojoba and other natural oils, this is one of my all time favorite face oils. It deeply hydrates my skin and it smells amazing! If you're curious about this oil, Amalie Beauty now offers sample vials so that you can try, before investing in a full size.

Ingredients:
Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Oil, Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Helianthus Annuus Sunflower (Seed) Oil, Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf (Bearberry) Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit Seed) Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil.

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PurErb Purity Renewing Facial Oil combines dilo, macadamia, argan, abyssinian, juniper, tea tree, carrot seed and patchouli oils for a refreshing and pampering experience.

Ingredients:
Calophyllum Inophyllum (Dilo) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Berry Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower Oil.

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Get a little luxe with Borghese Fango Active Radiance Facial Oil, a crystal clear composition of sweet almond, grapeseed, avocado oils as well as Vitamins E, C and A and polyphenols that hydrates and softens my skin and adds a dose of antioxidant protection.

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Sunday Riley Flora Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil is a luxurious blend of Russian, Bulgarian and Turkish red roses in a rich botanical oil blend. This golden oil has a soft, warm, natural, nutty scent that I have come to absolutely adore. I like to use it as a sole moisturizer, layered over my regular moisturizer to deeply hydrate my complexion and the tiniest drop, on a soft brush makes a simply sumptuous cuticle oil. This oil is spendy but in my opinion, it is worth every penny.

Ingredients:
Rosa Centifolia (French Rose De Mai) Oil, Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose Otto) Oil, Rosa Damascena (Turkish Rose Otto) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oil, Cymbopogon Martini (Wildcrafted Palma Rosa) Oil], Persea Americana (Organic Avocado) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum (Organic Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Organic Wild Carrot) Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Organic Chia) Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Organic Tomato) Seed Oil, Rosa Mosqueta (Organic Rosehip) Seed Oil.

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Do you use facial oils? Do you have a favorite that works for your skin type? Please do share.

This is a collaboration with my fellow Makeup Wars bloggers. Take a little time to visit their blogs and read about their favorite facial oils.

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Play! By Sephora Beauty Subscription Box for January

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My Play! by Sephora Beauty Subscription box for January was a pretty good one!

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January's theme is Beauty, Set, Go! The bag is a synthetic mesh and plastic-y stuff with a bright orange ribbon tie and "Sweat is Just Another Way to Glow" printed on it. I know it's a whole New Year's Resolution thing but please, don't give me sweat talk on my beauty bag. Ick.

There were six products in this box. One is not in this photo; a blister pack of the Amore Pacific Cushion Foundation. It contains chemical sunscreen, which is on my No Fly List and I passed it along before I took these pictures. Other than the no-go foundation samples, the items in my box are all things I was excited to try.

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OUAI Treatmet Masque. 8 X 0.3 oz Treatments, $32.00. I literally opened the bag, pulled this tube out, squealed with excitement, took my hair down and applied the contents to my tresses and put it back up to "marinate" overnight. In the morning, I washed my hair and it. felt. incredible. I want a full size of this stuff. I want a fifty-five gallon drum of this stuff! I do wish that the full size were a big tube, not tiny foil packettes. I have longish, thick hair and I'd run through those packettes alarmingly fast!

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Tarte Frxxxtion Stick Exfoliating Cleanser, 1 oz. $22.00. I honestly wasn't expecting much from this multitasking cleansing/exfoliating balm/gel/scrubby stuff. The grains are very fine and I thought, when I was testing it out that there was no. way. that such fine scrubbies would give my skin the level of exfoliation it demands. Boy, was I ever wrong! When I rinsed it off and patted my face dry, my complexion was sparkling fresh and clean and felt as smooth as satin. And, it didn't leave my skin feeling dried out or stripped. HUGE plus. Buy a full size? I'd strongly consider it. Maybe I'll grab one during the spring VIB sale.

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Clinique Almost Lipstick - Black Honey, $17.00. This cult classic Clinique lippie claims to be universal, flattering all skin tones. I was skeptical. I mean, look at it! It's alarmingly dark, in the tube. Ah, but apply it. The texture is balmy and smooth, imparting a tint that makes my lips look berry or wine stained and yes... The shade is very flattering! Wear time is short, requiring touch ups from time to time but it's easy enough to smack on even without a mirror and not mess it up. This lippie is comfortable and doesn't dry out my very delicate, fussy lips. Would I go for a full size? Yeah. I think I would.

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Youth to the People Kale + Spinach + Hyaluronic Acid Age Prevention Cream, 2 oz. 48.00. This palest green gel creme formula moisturizer arrived in a petite glass jar. There seems to be enough to give me a good idea whether or not this would work for me. I haven't had a chance to try it, yet as I am wear testing something else, right now but I'll let ya know how it performs when I get to it. I am encouraged as it contains beneficial botanicals and Hyaluronic Acid, one of my skin's power ingredients.

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Tory Burch Love Relentlessly, price varies. This beautiful, vivacious floral combines notes of Pink Pepper, Rose, Orris and Sandalwood that delights my senses. I'm not a huge fan of woods but I do like Sandalwood, in controlled doses and this fragrance contains just the right amount. I like this scent so much and I want a big bottle of it!

So, there we have it, folks. January Play! by Sephora is a hit, overall. The "bonus" Amore Pacific foundation sample was a non starter but the rest of the products I have/will use and enjoy and there are a couple that I definitely want to repurchase.

Play! by Sephora Monthly Beauty Subscription Box is $10.00 a month and is as easy to get started as supplying your e-mail address. There is a waiting list but it shouldn't be too long. The service bills to the credit/debit card you keep on file with your Sephora account. While I have had a box or two that didn't make my socks roll up and down; overall I am very pleased with the products I have been receiving and I am happy to continue my subscription for the time being.

Do you subscribe to Play! by Sephora? What do you think of the service and the products you have been receiving? If you don't subscribe, do you think that you may? Please do tell.

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A Valentine from Fashion Flash

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💖💖💖💖 This giveaway is now closed, the winner has been drawn and notified and has replied. Thank you so much to everyone for your entries! Please keep your eyes peeled, as I'm planning another giveaway to begin, soon! 💖💖💖💖

💖 Valentine's Day is approaching and it is my very great pleasure to team up with some of my fellow Fashion Flash bloggers for a series of six very special giveaways featuring beautiful and fun prizes including a Sephora gift card, beauty, jewelry and fine fragrance. All perfect indulgences for yourself or that special someone!

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For my giveaway, I have a beautiful piece of jewelry brought to us by Nancy Davis, founder of Peace & Love Jewelry and the Race to Erase MS. Checkerboard cut, bezel set White Topaz stations are set into an adjustable rhodium plated, 16" sterling silver chain with an extender to custom size this necklace to perfection. Set into the filigreed silver heart shaped basket and prong setting is a 12 x 10 mm faceted pink quartz crystal heart shaped center stone. On the back of the center stone setting is the Peace & Love signature logo.

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This sweet, delicate necklace is easy to wear, easy to love and it will be the perfect accessory to set off your new spring fashions and enjoy for years to come.

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Entering this giveaway couldn't be easier! All you have to do is scroll down a little and enter, using the Rafflecopter widget.

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The Rules:

  • This giveaway is open from the time this post goes live until 2/20/2017 at 11:59 P.M. M.S.T
  • When the giveaway ends, a winner will be drawn at random and contacted via the e-mail address provided by the entrant. The winner will have 48 hours from the time I hit send to respond and provide their mailing address or a new winner will be drawn. 
  • This giveaway is open internationally, anywhere I can legally mail a package. 
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older or the age of majority in your state/country or have the permission of a parent or legal guardian to enter and, if you win, give me your contact information. 
  • This prize is a one off. Once the package leaves my hands at the Post Office, I relinquish all responsibility for it. I do my very best to package items so that they arrive intact and in good condition. If the item arrives broken or is lost in shipping, no replacement is offered.
  • All taxes, customs fees or other expenses are the sole responsibility of the winner. No cash substitution will be offered. This giveaway is void where prohibited. 
  • All entries must be made in the Rafflecopter widget, below. The more entries you complete, the higher your chance of winning. You can come back and do the Tweet a Message entry every day to rack up even more points and further increase your chance of winning this beautiful prize!  

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💖💖💖💖 Thank you, everyone for your entries! 💖💖💖💖


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