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Happy New Year!

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I hope that you have a happy, healthy and love filled New Year. Thank you for supporting my blog, over the past year and I look forward to hanging out together in 2017.

Beautiful Skin on the Go with BeBe & Bella

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//this post has been sponsored by the PRIMP network//all opinions are my own// Winter is in full swing and the travel season is ramping up. Whether you are headed to warmer climes or off to a high mountain resort for some skiing or snowboarding, getting in some post holiday relaxation and fun is no excuse to neglect your complexion. Take beautiful skin care on the go with  BeBe & Bella Probiotic Essentials Starter Kit .

My December Play! by Sephora Beauty Subscription Box ~ "The Party Goers"

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My December "The Party Goers" Play! By Sephora Beauty Subscription Box  is a bit of a bummer. This party beauty themed lineup has left me feeling as if the party was over, before I even arrived. The black bag with rose gold printing and the gold ribbon tie is kind of pretty, tho! The six products in the box are curated to get us to a party looking our fresh, beautiful best. Let's take a gander at the contents, shall we?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

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Merry Christmas  and Happy Holidays to all of my gentle readers. 

Feel Refreshed Hydrating Floral Mist

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//product provided for editorial consideration// It's Winter. The air is dry and cold, heat is running and my skin is crying out for hydration and relief.  Feel Refreshed Hydrating Floral Mist  is helping me out.

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette - My Very Late Notes

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//affiliate links in use//purchasing through trusted affiliates helps to support this site// In the tradition of the slackereeist slackers who ever slacked, I am just now getting around to sharing with you the  Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette  that I bought... A long, long time ago. Because I'm a baller, that way.

Bioderma - French Beauty on American Shores

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//products provided for editorial consideration//affiliate links in use// French beauty has landed on American shores and I for one, couldn't be more delighted. One of my favorite French beauty imports? Micellar water. A staple in many makeup artists' kits and on the dressing tables of many European beauties, micellar water is short on ingredients and long on results.

Free at Last!

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Of the Disqus commenting system, anyway. 😎

Beautiful Lashes with Bellimisa Masterful Eyes Mascara

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//product provided for editorial consideration//affiliate links in use//shopping trusted affiliate links helps support this site// What is one of my biggest beauty concerns? Lashes, yo. Maturing is taking it's toll on my face and one area in which I'm being hardest hit is my hooded eyes. I inherited my eye shape, there's nothing I can do about that. I also inherited "the droop." As I mature, that once sexy bedroom eyes shape is swiftly morphing into something I don't find all that cute when I look in my mirror. It appears that my hoods are resting on my mobile lids and eating my lashes. Appears? In truth, that is exactly what is happening. Gah! I would prefer to have the drooping fixed but that isn't in my budget so, I do the best I can to slow the progression with skin care. I also try hard to best emphasize my lashes with lash serum to encourage longer, thicker, naturally prettier lashes. I occasionally use false lashes and of course, I pile on the ma

Get Holiday Picture Ready with Shiseido Bio Performance Lift Dynamic Skin Care

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//products provided for editorial consideration// I am getting my complexion holiday picture ready with  Shiseido Bio Performance Lift Dynamic Skin Care . I have had the pleasure of trying a couple of their products in the past; products which I really enjoyed so I was thrilled when I was offered the opportunity to try these three beautiful items and share my thoughts with you. Before I do, let's just take a moment to appreciate the elegant packaging. Rose acrylic and rose to silver ombre creates a stunning presence on my dressing table. This is skin care that is a lovely experience, each and every time I pick it up to use it.

My Chelle Dermaceuticals Skin Care #BK3 | Clean Science-Professional Results

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//products provided for review//affiliate links in use//purchasing through affiliate links helps to support this site// MyChelle Skin Care  offers clean, healthy, effective, science backed skin care at an affordable price point.

Is the Natasha Denona Eye Shadow Palette - 5 Worth the Hype?

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//affiliate links in use// I have been hearing so much hype over Natasha Denona eye shadow palettes for a while, now and I was curious to see if the goods live up to their press. Plus... I'm an eye shadow junkie and I had to get me some because that is how I'm wired. I just want #alloftheeyeshadows.

BECCA Blushed with Light Holiday Palette

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//affiliate links in use// 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.

Beautiful Holiday Gift Ideas from Evine plus a Very Special Discount

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//products provided for editorial consideration and giveaway by Evine// 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.

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

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//product provided by Fragrance Outlet for my review and assessment of my shopping experience// 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.

Stuff Those Stockings with Beautiful Goodies from LATHER

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//products were provided for editorial consideration// As the holiday hustle ramps up, keep calm and Lather Up with beautiful, affordable, deliciously scented goodies that will put the happy in your holidays, delight everyone on your list and leave some cash in your wallet. Today, I'm sharing my favorite stocking stuffer and hostess gift ideas from  Lather .

The Pur Transformation Palette for Pretty Holiday Eyes and Cheeks

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//product sent for editorial consideration//affiliate links in use//shopping through trusted affiliate links helps to support this site// Right now, I'm in holiday mode. I want colour, shine, sparkle and a little metallic gleam. I think that the  PUR Cosmetics Transformation Sculpting Eye Shadow and Cheek Palette  can help me out.

My November Play! by Sephora Beauty Subscription Box

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//affiliate links in use// Why, hello! So, you're curious about what I received in my  Play! By Sephora Beauty Subscription Box ? It was a pretty good one, this month. Shall we take a tour?

ILIA Fade into You Soft Focus Finishing Powder and No. 5 Tapered Powder Brush

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//product provided for editorial consideration// It is always a pleasure when I can share with my gentle readers gorgeous products that are also good for us. Such is the case with ILIA Beauty . A company committed to providing beautiful, high performance cosmetics in elegant packaging while also being gentler on the earth, better for our skin and even our health by formulating with more natural ingredients that are up to 85% certified organic. I received two products to try and share with you, today. Would you like to see?

Vibrant Holiday Eyes and Lips with Glo Minerals Bold Pursuit

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//products provided for editorial consideration// Save time, travel light and get pretty, fast this holiday with the  Glo Minerals Bold Pursuit Collection . Curated to be portable and easy to apply on the fly, these portable prettyfiers are just the thing to toss in a tote or carry on for a quick, office to cocktails primp or a fast trip over the river and through the woods to visit family for the holidays.

An Anti Aging Superstar | Sunday Riley Flora Hydro Active Cellular Face Oil

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//self purchase//affiliate links in use//purchases made through trusted affiliate links help support this site// In the land of splurge lives the mythical  Sunday Riley Flora Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil . I featured this product in my  Sephora VIB Sale Wishlist post . At the time I wrote it, this product was still living la vida wishlist and, while I very much wanted it, I was going back and forth between this and a very spendy Natasha Denona eye shadow palette . After much dithering and deliberation, I decided to split the difference, buy this oil and a smaller eye shadow palette . Two beautiful products for me and I spent less money.

Nourish and Protect Your Tresses with Madam C J Walker Scent & Shine Oils

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//products provided for consideration//affiliate links are in use// shopping trough affiliate links help support this site// I was recently introduced to  Madam C J Walker Beauty Culture  when I had the opportunity to  Review their Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Silkening Leave In and Blow Out Creme . I fell hard for those products; the feel, the delicious scent and of course the fact that they work. When the chance to experience and share the  Madam C J Walker Nourish & Shine Oils  came along, I jumped at it.

Marini Holiday Exfoliator | A Chocolate Truffle Treat for Your Skin

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//product provided for editorial consideration// Are you craving a delicious skin care experience, this holiday season? Perhaps you are trying to find just the perfect little get gorgeous indulgence for a family member or cherished friend?  Marini Holiday Exfoliator  is a chocolate truffle treat packed with all of the fabulous skin improving ingredients that your complexion craves along with real cocoa for a sensory experience that is second to none.

What I Bought During the Sephora VIB Rouge Sale

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//affiliate links are in use//shopping through trusted affiliates helps support this site// The Semi-Annual  Sephora  VIB Rouge Sale has come and gone and, if you read  this post  you know that I had (okay, still have) quite the beauty Loves List from which I culled some of my most wanted goodies to share with you. So... How did I do? How many of the pretties on my list did I snap up? More than I anticipated, as it turns out. I would have done even more damage but a couple of the items I shared were sold out by the time I was ready to pull the trigger on my order. Sold out items aside, I think I did alright for myself. I stocked up on a few staples, bought some new to me goodies to try and treated myself to some lovely little splurgy items I don't usually buy unless I have a gift card or it's VIB sale time. Items marked with an asterisk were in my  VIB Sale Wishlist post .

Foreo Day and Night Cleansers | My Notes

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//products provided for editorial consideration//affiliate links are in use// I have owned an original Foreo Luna  (pictured - link is to the Luna 2) for a year and a half or so and I love, love, love it so when I received  Foreo Day & Night Facial Cleansers  created to work in harmony with the Luna I was excited and couldn't wait to try them.

Bargain Beauty Find | Masqueology Cream Masks

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//products sent for editorial consideration//affiliate links in use// I don't know about you but one of my favorite skin care procedures is masking. When my skin is feeling very dry, a little rough and just stressed out, there is nothing like a soothing, hydrating mask to calm and rehydrate my complexion. I own and have tried a lot of masks and today, I'm sharing with you a couple that are not only effective, they are super affordable and easy for anyone to find and to buy. I received a couple of masks from  Masqueology  to try. I was intrigued by some of the benefits promised by these budget friendly masks: Moisturize and hydrate dry, tired skin Calm and transform dry, sensitive skin Diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles Hydrate and repair Reduce inflammation  Help fade and protect against hyperpgmentation and dark spots I received a  Moisturizing Cream Mask  and a  Special Care Cream Mask  to try. I have used, so far the Moisturizing Creme Mask.

My Sephora VIB Rouge Sale Wishlist

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//affiliate and referral links in use//purchases made through trusted affiliates help support this site// It's the most wonderful time of the year! For beauty lovers, that is. I refer of course, to the  Sephora  VIB Sale. A twice yearly event for which we mark our calendars and save our pennies so that we can splurge on some of our best loved and most wished for get gorgeous goodies. The VIB sale will run in two phases and here is what you need to know: VIB Rouge Members can shop and use the code:  20ROUGE   11/04 - 11/07 to save 20% off their total at Sephora stores,  online  and at Sephora Inside JC Penney. VIB Members can shop and use the code:  20VIB  11/11 - 11/14 to save 20% off their total order at Sephora stores,  online  and at Sephora Inside JC Penney. No discount is being offered to Beauty Insiders for this sale. I am sure that I'm not the only beauty lover who has a seemingly endless  Sephora  Loves List! I thought that I would share a few of my mos

Mirabella Beauty Masquerade Collection for Holiday and Beyond

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//products provided for consideration// Mirabella Beauty  has released a petite and incredibly beautiful collection for Holiday and I am rather in love with it. Masquerade  is a tight, four piece collection consisting of three eye shadows and a matte, red lipstick. The colours are vibrant and jewel toned and the finishes are sumptuous. Let us first adore the  Eye Lights Eye Shadows .  Mirabella  does eye shadow right and their shadows are among my all time favorites. One reason is that they are so beautiful to look at! The surface of these shadows are pressed in a dimensional diamond pattern that was almost painful to mar, by touching it. These three Prismatech shadows are ultra silky smooth, highly pigmented and offer beautiful payoff and long, crease and fade resistant wear. These shadows work together flawlessly but also work and play well with any other eye shadows you may wish to blend into the party. Smooth these shadows on with a finger or a brush, you can'

Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum for More Beautiful Skin

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//product provided for consideration//affiliate links in use//purchasing through affiliate links help to support this website// Valentia Skin Care , a company committed to offering quality, affordable complexion care made with high quality, natural ingredients offers  Night Revive Retinol Serum . If you have always wanted to try a Retinol but have been wary of the possible side effects of dryness and stinging this serum may be just what you've been looking for! Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum  is a lightweight, silky smooth serum enriched with Retinol, Vitamins C and E and buffered with Squalane to help hydrate and soothe the skin while providing additional anti aging properties. Retinol is one of my skin's "Power ingredients." I have been using it to good effect for years and when anyone asks me what I use on my skin, the first thing I tell them is, "Retinol!" Not only does this miracle worker brighten the complexion and lighten discolourati

Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer | My Notes

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//product provided for consideration//affiliate links in use//purchases made through affiliate links help to support this site// It has been my pleasure to try a few products from Valentia Natural Skin Care  and I have had good results so I was excited to try a new to me product. If you need a lightweight, hydrating drink of water for your face,  Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer  my be just the refreshment your skin is craving. Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer  offers all day hydration with a blend of Hyaluronic Acid, Ginseng, Safflower Oil and Shea Butter to moisturize your complexion while Kojic Acid, vitamins and antioxidants replenish nutrients to your skin, brighten and fade dark spots. This lightweight formula is housed in a dark amber glass bottle that is both air and light safe, a pump dispenses the precise amount you want.  Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer  smooths across the skin and drops in to leave it feeling soft and not at

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick | Souffle

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//affiliate links in use//shopping through affiliate links helps support this site// BITE Beauty is a brand with which I fell in love when I tried their  High Pigment and Matte Creme Lip Pencils . I love the formula and colours and the lovely, comfortable wear of them so much so when I started reading rave reviews of the  BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick  by my fellow bloggers, I knew that I had to try it out, for myself and see if it lives up to the hype and the quality and beauty of the BITE lip pencils. BITE Beauty is committed to creating lip products that are as beautiful as they are kind to humans and this big, blue globe that we all share. BITE uses nourishing, edible oils, triple milled pigments and naturally pressed fruits to create their creamy, colour saturated lipsticks in small, hand created batches. Packaged in a drippy lip print embellished outer box,  BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick  has a soft, round, matte black tube with an angled top and a discreet, shi

Lorac Rose & Revelry Limited Edition Holiday 2016 Mega Pro 3 Eye Shadow Palette

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For the third year in a row, Lorac has released a Holiday themed, limited edition Mega Pro Eye Shadow Palette and I, in my infinite wisdom and desire to have all of the things have purchased their latest offering. Was it a well advised purchase or should I have broken the chain? Continuing in a theme of colour and metallics, this year's Mega Pro is the typical Lorac slender, sturdy paperboard palette wrapped in their signature, tactile finish in white with rose gold printing. Last year, we were treated to deep blue with silver and year one was a rich, burgundy red with gold font. Lift the magnetically sealed lid and you are greeted by a mirror that is big enough to serve your every primping need. The thirty-two eye shadows are laid out like typical Lorac Pro palettes; the top two rows are sixteen matte shadows, the bottom two, sixteen shimmer and metallics. There are two repeater shades in this palette, the rest are new and, if I remember correctly, exclusive to this offe