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How to Clean (and sanitize!) Your Beauty Blenders

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Dirty Beauty Blenders. Not something any of us should use on our face. Dirty Beauty Blenders (or any brand of makeup application sponge) not only don't apply your makeup as well as clean ones, they are vectors for spreading old makeup, dead skin cells, oil and billions of bacteria living in that stew of goo in your sponge. Bounce that hot zone all over your delicate flower face and you run the very real risk of breakouts and possible skin infections. Now I don't know about you, but that sounds nasty. And not like anything I want anywhere my face! And I'm willing to bet that you feel the same way.  Washing Beauty Blenders is a pain in the ass. I get it. But it needs to be done and 'tis best it were done well, don't you agree? Today, I'm going to share with you just how I clean and sanitize my Beauty Blenders so that they are safe for my skin and give me the best makeup application possible. Just look at those dirty birdies. Foundation, concealer, all of t

Lancome Color Design 5 Shadow and Liner Palette 109 French Nude

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 **affiliate links** Lancome Color Design 5 Shadow and Liner Palette  109 French Nude,  $50.00 is one of the items I treated myself to one day on impulse when in a local department store. It is my first Lancome eye shadow purchase and after using it for a while, I will say it won't be my last. Budget allowing. The compact is pure Lancome, it is the signature black plastic with the gold logo rose stamped in the lower corner. Very clean and simple. The compact is lightweight but not flimsy. It feels solid and lovely in the hand. Every little detail is attended to, just as it should be. Press the little button on the front of the compact and the lid springs gently up to reveal a full sized mirror. Laid out below are the eye shadows. At the top is a pale, lightly shimmery ivory base/highlight shade. Then a neutral peach/buff satin matte that I like to use as a lid colour. In the middle is a saddle tan satin matte that is a smashing crease and lower lid liner shade a

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick #8 Pink in Confidence

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**affiliate link** If there is one thing in this uncertain world of which I am certain it is this: Very few of us can resist a luxurious lipstick. Call me a liar, if I am wrong. Something tells me that you will stand mute.  Inspired... Enabled, really by the  doyenne of luxury lippies herself  and her amazing posts about some of the most beautiful lipsticks available on the planet, I recently purchased my very first tube from a brand that is considered by many to be the pinnacle of luxurious lipsticks. The last time I was in a Sephora store I had swatched Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine in Pink in Confidence : $35.00, but they didn't have it in stock so I wasn't able to buy it. That lipstick sat and simmered in my brain and on my Loves List for months, while I dithered and argued with myself over spending so much money on a lippie that I didn't really need  in a practical sense. Then the Sephora VIB sale happened, the aftermath of which was a rew