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Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Blush Palette | My Notes and Swatches

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//affiliate// I am a little sad that this particular series of reviews is coming to an end. Besides the Naked collection, the Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Collection collaboration is my favorite from Urban Decay and if it had been in my budget to do so, I would have purchased the whole damned thing, just because I think it is that lovely and special.  The final item I have to share with you from the Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Collection collaboration is the  Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Blush Palette .  Presentation of the blush palette is similar to that of the  eye shadow palette . A gold, black geometric stripe embossed box holds a heavy plastic and acrylic palette of the same build and dimensions with white and gold detailing. I like that the shadow and blush palettes have different coloured dots on top, it makes grabbing the one I want easy. Black dots, shadow, white dots, blush. Yes. Again, perfect attention to detail. I like that. Please lift the magnetized l

Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Collection Lipsticks | My Notes & Lip Swatches

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Continuing with the beautiful makeup items I bought from the Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Collection collaboration, here are the two lipsticks -with lip swatches!- to which I decided to treat myself.

Kenra Platinum Revive for the Care and Feeding of Blonde Hair #blondehairdontcare

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As a chemical blonde, I sometimes feel that my full time job is keeping my colour bright and true while trying to treat and nourish my tresses so that they look and feel stronger, healthier and shinier. Not always an easy task!

NU ME Classic Curling Wand and a Very Special Offer!

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//sent for consideration//affiliate links// Looking for a new curling wand? I recently got the opportunity to try a new-to-me hair styling tool line and I'd like to share my impressions with you. I received a  NU ME 25 MM Classic Curling Wand . Tucked snugly in a heavy paperboard tube, securely wrapped in bubble wrap, my curling wand arrived in perfect condition. My curling wand has a turquoise handle and a tourmaline coated black 25 mm barrel. According to the NU ME website the  Classic Curling Wand  is NU ME's original and highest performing curling wand. The tourmaline coated barrel disburses negative ions and creates soft, shiny, runway ready curls. The 25 mm barrel imparts body and bounce for enviable, cool girl volume and style. Using the  NU ME Classic Curling Wand  couldn't be easier. A toggle switch is the sole control. Flip it and the iron rapidly comes up to temperature. Mine was ready to rock my style in a minute or so. A lightweight (no

It's Spring! Get Some Flowers for Your Showers from Via Buff

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Spring has sprung! New, fresh and alive with promise, this season is the perfect time to up your beauty routine and get your skin soft, glowing and ready for the warmer days ahead.

Rock Your Beautiful Eyes With Urban Decay and Gwen Stefani

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//affiliate// Urban Decay and Gwen Stefani recently teamed up to curate a makeup collection and when I heard the news, I did a little happy dance. An eye shadow palette, blush palette, a handful of lipsticks and liners, all to perfectly enhance a fair complexion and set off blonde hair. Which, by some strange coincidence, I happen to have. I splurged and purchased four items from the collection. I bought the eye and cheek palette  and two lipsticks . Today, I'm going to share the Urban Decay | Gwen Stefani Eye Shadow Palette  and my thoughts about it, with you. Shall we begin with the packaging? The outer box is an embossed white and gold geometric stripe print. This is one of the prettiest outer boxes I have ever seen. It is bright and gold and eye catching without being overdone or veering into ticky-tacky. The palette, it's self is heavy plastic, it feels weighty, smooth and luxe in the hand. White, trimmed in gold with large black dots under a clear acrylic t

OZ Naturals Super Youth Eye Gel | My Notes

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//sent for consideration//affiliate// Oz Naturals does it again, this time with their  Super Youth Eye Gel . Voted an Allure Magazine Best in Beauty Winner,  this lightweight gel-creme, containing Plant Stem Cells, Matryxyl - 6, Peptide Complex, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E. Gentle and non irritating, this scent free formula hydrates, softens and plumps the delicate skin around the eyes, giving that vulnerable area a firmer, more toned appearance. Fine lines and wrinkles are softened and diffused, the eye area looks brighter and fresher. Ingredients: Organic Aloe, Matrixyl 3000, Palmitoyl Triepeptide-3, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Plant Stem Cells, Cucumber Hydrosol, Organic Jojoba Oil, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, MSM, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Silk Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, L’Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidi

Bargain Beauty Find | Let's Hear It for the Micelles

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Micellar cleansing waters are all the skin care rage, right now. Sweeping like wildfire through our beauty world, we are embracing this cherished for decades by European beauties cleanser with open arms. I resisted the lure of the micelles for a while. My regular cleansing routine was working just fine for me and really... Water? To cleanse?  Could it truly   be that effective? Or were the masses merely following like lemmings over the cliff the Pied Piper of Hype? Being curious about the micellar water phenomena but budget conscious, I decided to try Garnier Skin Active Micellar Water . Raved about in review after review, offered in two versions, suitable for all skin types, even sensitive, widely available and very affordable at well under ten dollars a bottle (use coupons and shop sales for screaming deals, I got mine for around five clams, each, that way), Garnier micellar water seemed like a perfect way to dip my toe into the micelle pool. I had a few questions about micella

Treat Your Skin Naturally with Farmacy Invincible Root Cell Anti-Aging Serum

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//sent for consideration// Farmacy Beauty Farm grown botanicals define Farmacy, fusing age-old wisdom with cutting edge technologies for fresh, radiant skin. Powered by Echinacea GreenEnvyTM.  Farmacy Invincible Root Cell Anti-Aging Serum  contains triple Hyaluronic Acid Technology and Pro Form Vitamin C and is clinically proven to improve the skin's natural hydration and fight the signs of surface aging. The elegant formula drops into the skin to result in a smoother, softer, more even toned and radiant complexion with an improved appearance in firmness, fine lines and wrinkles. Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Patented Echinacea Purpurea GreenEnvyTM Root Extract, 3-0-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Propanediol, Polysorbate 20, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Strelitzia Nicolai Seed Aril Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Amino-Esters-1, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Salicylic Acid, Solanum Muricatum Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower

StriVectin Multi Action Restorative Cream | My Notes

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//sent for consideration//affiliate// StriVectin Multi Action Restorative Cream  is an innovative multi tasking moisturizer power packed with Pro-12 Youth Optimizing Complex ™  and NA-114 ™  to address these twelve signs of aging: Fine Lines Wrinkles Density Firmness Sagging Texture Dehydration Dullness Discolouration Clarity Resilience Large Pores Replenishing and strengthening the skin's moisture barrier seals in crucial hydration to diminish water loss, maintain hydration and optimize the skin's performance to fortify against future aging. With consistent use, skin can appear softer, firmer and more youthful.  Ingredients: AQUA (WATER, EAU), GLYCERYL STEARATE, PROPANEDIOL, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, ISOPROPYL PALMITATE, GLYCERIN, UNDECANE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, TRIDECANE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRYL TRIGLYCERIDE, CETYL ALCOHOL, PEG-100 STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, GLYCOL DISTEARATE, MYRISTYL NICOTINATE, TOCOPHEROL, ALLANTOIN, PANTHENOL, PENTYLENE GLYCO