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Just Another Mani Monday Featuring OPI and China Glaze

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//I bought it//affiliate links in use//purchases made through trusted affiliate links help support this site//thank you// It's been a while since I've done a polish post so I thought it would be fun to share my current mani. I was in a bit of a dither over what to put on my nails, yesterday. I kept picking up this polish, that polish... Nothing really fired my desire. Until I ran across OPI Sorry I'm Fizzy Today. I have had this polish lurking around for... A couple of years and I've never worn it. I applied my usual base then smoothed on two easy coats of OPI Sorry I'm Fizzy Today and good old  Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat . Polish, pretty! Yesss! Take a closer look. Bubbles! Shit! I didn't feel like taking my polish off and starting over with a different colour so... Time to cover the bubbles. With what? Dots? Nah. Not in the mood. Stamping? Nope. Glitter? Yeah. Glitter is fast and easy. Glitter should work just fine. But which glitter? Back to the p

Sample Saturday | Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel-Creme

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//gwp//affiliate links in use//purchases made through affiliate links support this site//thank you// It is rare that I encounter an all skin types moisturizer that can stand up to my very dry skin and actually make it feel lovely and hydrated. Surprisingly,  Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel-Creme  is one of those rare moisturizers. A lightweight, unscented gel-creme that feels cooling, luxurious and silky; it spreads readily across my skin and drops in to provide hours and hours of hydration, plumps my skin and leaves it feeling velvety soft, smooth and comfortable. This moisturizer is free of chemical sunscreens. Each sip sized sachet packet is enough for one application, for me hairline to bustline. My preferred use is for day, under makeup and it's especially nice after I've exfoliated or done a little peel as it is soothing and very gentle.  Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel-Creme  is a lovely product and I now have a big jar of

My Play! By Sephora Beauty Subscription Box for August | First Impressions

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//affiliate links in use//purchasing through affiliate links supports this website//thank you// So, it's nearing the end of August and I have my Play by Sephora box in my hot little hands and ready to share with my gentle readers. The theme for August is "The Eye Openers" and the contents is geared toward having fresher, prettier peepers. Let's take a look at what's in da box, shall we? Let us keep to a natural progression and begin with skin care then work out, from there. Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Eye Lifting Balm : 0.5 oz. $62.00. Lift and lifting in the same name... Now, that's just bad staff work. I haven't tried anything Caudalie, before so I am excited to get into this stuff, soon but it needs to wait it's turn as I'm in deep with testing a different eye cream.  Lancome Energie de Vie The Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Moisturizer . 1.69 oz. $55.00 Try shoving that name into a tweet! There'd be no room for rants or

Madam C J Walker Beauty Culture Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Silkening Leave In and Blow Out Creme

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  Every revolutionary step we take has been paved by trailblazing women before us. Madam C.J. Walker was a woman who lived with a vision that was beyond her time.  America’s first female self-made millionaire, Madam Walker defied history and expectations and built a global beauty empire that empowered women to be their best – while enriching communities across the nation through her generous philanthropy and activism. Whether you are building a business, getting an education, raising a family, ascending the corporate ranks, serving country and community through public office, the military, non-profits or volunteerism, or any combination of these and more –   you are a Modern Day Madam…a woman defying the odds every day to create the life you desire . //products provided for consideration//self purchase//affiliate links in use// Inspired by the original Madam Walker,  Madam C J Walker Beauty Culture  is more than a brand, it is a legacy. Reimagined for modern beauties and our sp

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush in Snapdragon

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//affiliate link in use//purchases made through affiliate links help support this site//thank you// A little while back I entered a giveaway hosted by the lovely Amber of  Daydreaming Beauty . The prize was the winner's choice of one of two shades of  Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush . Much to my delight and intense gratitude, I was one of the lucky winners and my shade choice was... Snapdragon! I know. You're shocked. Erika went for the coral/pink.  Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush  is housed in Becca's signature chic, industrial style packaging that fits neatly into makeup case drawers and looks great on my dressing table. This velvety soft powder is beautifully pigmented and silky to the touch. Just a tiny bit on my brush supplies a luminous, translucent flush with a soft, golden glow that makes my cheeks look lit from within. This blush blends beautifully and it wears, on my skin all day long with no need to ever touch up.

Sample Saturday | Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation & Concealer

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//affiliate links in use//purchases made through these links help support this site//thank you// Foundation. It is a makeup item that is for me, fraught with angst. For that reason, I have very few foundations in my life and I tend to remain extremely faithful to them. But like anyone, I like a new foundation, now and again and it's fun to try samples of the latest and greatest, on the off chance that I will encounter a winner.   Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation  and  Makeup Forever Ultra HD Concealer . I had been eyeing the foundation on the Sephora website and arguing with myself about whether or not I should order it. Most of the reviews I have read and seen on YouTube were quite positive, some call it Holy Grail. However, most of the people doing those reviews are substantially younger than I and do not share my particular skin concerns.  As there is no Sephora store in my immediate area, I can't just run out to get samples and let's face it, $

Youngblood Lunar Dust in Twilight Lights Up My Complexion

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Hi. My name is Erika and I am a highlighter freak. Next to eye shadow, highlighters most rock my happy little makeup world and no matter how many I acquire, I want more. Basically. //product provided for consideration// Youngblood Cosmetics  has a beautiful light reflecting mineral highlighter they so aptly named  Lunar Dust . I received the shade  Twilight  to add to my little highlighter hoard   stash  and share with my gentle readers. Ingredients: Mica (CI 77019), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Corn Starch Modified, Lauryl Lysine, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163). Packaged in a sifter jar is a blend of ultra fine minerals, good-for-your-skin-oils and shimmery goodness. This pale, radiant white

ERASA XEP30 Extreme Line Lifting and Rejuvenation Concentrate | My Notes

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//product provided for consideration//affiliate link in use//shopping affiliate links helps support this site//thank you// I was offered the opportunity to try the  ERASA XEP 30 Extreme Line Lifting and Rejuvenation Concentrate . This new to me product is a unique treatment that temporarily firms the skin and can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and smooth and reduce the look of pores and other skin texture issues. Over time, with consistent use, may help to reduce muscle contractions and smooth fine lines or wrinkles and uneven colour and age spots can be diminished. From the Website: ERASA XEP-30 is an entirely new, luxurious concentrate that introduces the power of the patented neuropeptide XEP-30 for the very first time to the cosmetics market. XEP-30 is a biomimetic, synthetic neuropeptide that relaxes the surface of the skin and may help diminish the appearance of wrinkles -- including deep frown and expression lines.  ERASA combines the exclusive XEP-30

Dry Skin Complexion Perfection with Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Stick Foundation and Brush

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//complementary products provided to me for editorial consideration//affiliate links in use// Foundation is, by far my biggest beauty challenge. Finding just the right match to my fair, not porcelain neutral skin tone, a formula that is hydrating to my very dry skin yet doesn't feel wet or sticky, that gives me my perfect, desired coverage but won't settle or cake into my fine lines and wrinkles. I love a foundation that feels exquisitely weightless on and it must be absolutely free of any trace of chemical sunscreen. Finding a foundation that meets all of those requirements is a challenge. Hourglass Cosmetics  said, "Challenge accepted!" And did they ever pull through for me. The new  Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick  is an exquisite addition to my makeup routine. Packaged in Hourglass' signature glossy brown and gold in a triangular tube is a highly pigmented multitasker that can work as both foundation and concealer in one. My po

Farmhouse Fresh Citrus Cilantro Body Oil for Soft and Glowing Summer Skn

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Soft and glowing skin is almost a requirement in the Summer and one of the best ways to get it is to use a beautiful body oil. //product sent for consideration// Farmhouse Fresh Citrus Cilantro Body Oil  is my current favorite way to get that beautiful, soft, glowing skin I crave. Packaged in a heavy, sleek glass bottle with a pump dispenser is a body oil rich in Olive Fruit, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Apricot Seed and Sunflower Seed oils enhanced with Orange Peel and skin loving Vitamins that deeply soften and comfort my very dry skin. This body oil smooths easily across and drops right into my skin, leaving it feeling so very velvety soft without any greasy, slick or slimy after feel.  I love to use this body oil right after a shower, when my skin is still damp and steamy. After my shower, I push the excess water from my skin then nip into my bedroom, grab my bottle of  Farmhouse Fresh Citrus Cilantro Body Oil  and smooth this oil all over, sealing in the moisture  from my showe

Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer in Paradiso

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//affiliate links in use// I own a very tight, carefully curated luxury lipstick collection and one of my recent additions to that little group is the  Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer  in Paradiso. This beautiful lipstick, available in two shades was created to deliver glossy, semi sheer colour that perfectly enhances glowing, tanned Summer skin. Or glowing, pale Summer skin, for those of us who don't tan. Crisp white and gold embellishes a squared tube that feels solid and weighty in the hand and looks just as pretty as I could ask it to on my dressing table. Sadly, that is where my love affair with this packaging ends. The cap, which I would expect to have a strong magnetic close or at the very least a secure click closure has neither and I have to be very careful about how this lipstick travels in my handbag. Do all Tom Ford lipstick tubes have this wimpy closure? Dodgy cap security aside, the lipstick bullet is absolutely gorgeous! With it's precise, clean finish,

Essential Smooth Youthful Glow Hydrating Formula | My Notes

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//product provided for review//affiliate link in use// So, I was approached to try a new to me skin care product. That, in isn't self is hardly unusual. If you follow me on Snapchat (my snap code is in my side bar or you can add me by my user name: erikatheicyone) you would have seen my reorganized skin care storage. I'm not lacking in stuffs with which to take care of my skin but I'm always happy to try something new, especially if it promises me great hydration and a softer smoother, hydrated complexion. Packaged in a black glass bottle with a pump dispenser (yessss! A pump!) that protects the ingredients from light and air incursion,  Essential Smooth  is Comprised of a mix of all natural certified organic essential and carrier oils,  Essential Smooth Youthful Glow Hydrating Formula  claims to provide deep hydration to dry skin while reducing the appearance of aging, return a youthful glow to mature skin and reduce age spots and sun damage. Big claims for a li