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NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Dual Intensity Blush in Liberation

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//affiliate links in use// When I saw swatches of the  NARS Summer 2016 Dual Intensity Blush  in Liberation, I knew that I had to have it. First of all, look at the absolutely adorable box. The Limited Edition packaging is decorated by contemporary artist Konstantine Kakanias and the fun, bright artwork transforms a simple cardstock throwaway into a special, stashable little keepsake. Open the box and out slides a square, sleek black compact wrapped in NARS' signature grabby rubberized coating and emblazoned with the brand logo in crisp white. I have seen so many pictures and YouTube videos of this product but media didn't fully prepare me for the unique quality of this formula. I lifted the magnetized lid and inside I found the obligatory full sized mirror and in the pans below it, two glowing, almost radiant powder cakes. The surface is pressed with raised lines that break at different angles to create a geometric pattern. Honestly, it took me a while to touch these

Exuviance Glycolic Expert Moisturizer | My Notes

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//sent for consideration// One of my skin's power ingredients is Glycolic Acid so when I received the opportunity to try  Exuviance Glycolic Expert Moisturizer  I was more than happy to give it a whirl.  From  Exviance , the originator of the Glycolic Peel comes Exuviance Glycolic Expert Moisturizer , an effective yet gentle product that combines the power of of 10% Glycolic Acid + Collagen Building Block in a lightweight, elegant moisturizer that works at the skin's surface level to gently exfoliate and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while rebuilding collagen. With consistent use, this product can deliver a softer, smoother, brighter, hydrated and plumped up complexion that has what I like to call "that good glycolic glow." I use Glycolic and Retinol on alternate days as they aren't meant to be combined. If you are sensitive or a Glycolic newcomer, go in slow. Test first to be sure that your skin will be okay with it then use it o

It Takes Just a Few Drops and a Few Minutes to Lock Down My Summer Makeup with Luminess Air

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//products sent for consideration// Luminess Air  airbrush makeup helps me lock down my Summer makeup look and beat the heat and humidity with weightless, comfortable, long wearing, nearly flawless coverage. I recently received some new products from the  Mystic Finish Foundation  and  Airbrush Essentials  Collections and have had a chance to put them through their paces. I continue to be a little mind blown about how easy, quick and pretty  airbrush makeup   can be! I love how little product is needed to achieve my desired finish and how it wears, all day long even through an Arizona Summer day. The process is simple enough. After cleansing and basic day skin care I grab my  Luminess Air  compressor and stylus and get started. First thing; lock it down. A little  Fotoset Primer  gently pressed into my skin helps smooth surface irregularities and pores and prepares my skin for a long lasting, heat resistant makeup. Next, I release a few drops of  Primer/Moisturizer  into my

StriVectin Hair Color Care Hair Care | My Notes

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//products provided for review//affiliate links in use// What happens when one of the leaders in science based, efficacious skin care decides to branch out to hair care? You get StriVectin Hair . Hair care products that harness the power of StriVectin's famous complexion beautifying formulas to do for your tresses what they do for your skin. I was offered the chance to try this new hair care for myself and I got to choose the formula that I felt would best suit my hair. Since I have dry, highlighted and blondified hair, I chose their  Color Care  line. Four products to cleanse, condition, treat and protect colour treated hair. Let's take a gander at the goodies, shall we? There are four products in the  StriVectin Color Care  line.  Shampoo ,  Conditioner ,  Color Care Vibrancy Booster  and  Color Care UV Protective Spray . Used in concert, these products will help your colour treated hair look and feel softer, silkier and look a little brighter and fresher. I can liv

Clarisonic Mia Fit Sonic Facial Cleanser | My Notes

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Sonic skin cleansing devices are one of my skin care obsessions. Ever since I got the opportunity to try my first one I have been hooked. I thought I was getting my skin clean with cleansers and exfoliators applied with my hands. Ha! I didn't know from clean until I went sonic. //affiliate links in use// I recently won a giveaway hosted by the lovely Norah, makeup artist extraordinaire (seriously, have you seen her  Instagram ?) and owner of the blog  Norah Loves Makeup . The prize was a  Clarisonic Mia Fit . I was delighted when I learned that I had won. I have a couple of other conic facial cleansing devices that I very much enjoy and I was excited to try the Clarisonic for myself. Clarisonic Mia Fit  is a cute, compact sonic facial cleansing device that fits into the palm of the hand, tucks into a tote, gym bag or carry on to deliver Clarisonic's gentle yet powerful cleansing anywhere you go. Included is a snack sized tube of Clarisonic's Skin Illuminating Cle

Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Kit | My Notes

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There are certain undeniable truths. Air is necessary for life, we all have to pay taxes (unless we are major corporations), tacos are just about the perfect food. And then there is this: Another truth is that I fall into the latter category. Long story, won't bore you. Suffice it to say that without the old pluck-and-create, my brows are the definition of no bueno. Because I create (or draw on) my eyebrows I am forever researching and trying new products to help me achieve my goal of good brows. How do I define "Good Brows?" Brows that are shaped to flatter the individual's features, are well groomed and while not a perfect match, look as if they belong on the same face. There are a lot of products that can help me reach these #browgoals and I'm going to share one, well a kit, actually with you, today. //sent for consideration// I was recently offered the opportunity to test drive and share brow products by new-to-me  Chella , a skin care and cosmeti

A Smoother Eye Area Can Be Yours with VII 02M Oxygen Eye Mask

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//product sent for consideration//affiliate links in use// A smoother, softer, more youthful looking eye area can be yours, tomorrow with the  VII 02M Oxygen Eye Mask .  I am a big fan of eye masks. These contoured to the eye area little wonders adhere to that most vulnerable of facial skin, taking their time to deeply infuse hydrating, depuffing and smoothing ingredients where they are highly desired. I was offered the chance to try  VII 02M Oxygen Eye Mask  and I have been giving them a good test drive. The difference between these and other eye masks? These go on and stay on to do their job overnight. Infused with a treatment gel containing Plant Oxygen Extracts, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Aloe Vera, Allantoin, Vitamins E and C, these patches are packed with good for your skin ingredients that deliver real, visible improvements in the appearance and feel of the skin under my eyes. Ingredients: Glycerin, Carbomer, Cellulose, Tetrasodium EDTA, Allantoin, Aloe Bar

Mojo Spa Handmade Cosmetics | Get Your Mojo On

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//products sent for consideration// Have you heard of  Mojo Spa ? This woman owned, Chicago based company specializes in small batch hand made skin and body care, makeup, soap and candles. I have two products from their line to share with you, today;  Diva Lip Gloss  and  Ambrosia Anti Aging Lip Treatment . Ambrosia Anti Aging Lip Treatment  combines rose wax, rose oil, healing silk powder, colloidal oatmeal, evening primrose and jojoba oils and essential oils to protect, heal and provide anti aging benefits to our delicate lips. This lip balm can be worn alone or under lip colour. This lip balm is thick and feels nourishing but I'm struggling with the rather prominent medicinal, essential oil scent/taste. Ingredients: Beeswax, candilla wax, rose wax, lanolin, coconut oil, castor oil, evening primrose oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, tamanu oil, red raspberry oil, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, argan oil meadowfoam seed oil, colloidal oatmeal, silk peptide powder, superfine s

A Tropical Treat for My Tresses | Giovanni 2 Chic Ultra Revive Hair Care

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A tropical treat for my senses and my tresses. What could be more delicious, as Summer descends?