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Three Good Reasons Why I Love Farmhouse Fresh Vitamin Berry Facial Tonic and You Will, Too

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I LOVE FACIAL MISTS.  Actually, I'm a little obsessed with them. They are cooling, refreshing, lightly hydrating and they are an integral part of my overall beauty routine. Today, I have a new one to share with you and three really great reasons why I love this one and why I think that you will, too.

Jan Marini Holiday Exfoliator in Sugar Cookie is a Delicious Skin Care Treat

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Last year, I got to receive and share the  Jan Marini Holiday Exfoliator in Chocolate Truffle  so I was delighted when the opportunity opened up to get this year's flavor. I love the smell of sweet, spicy sugar cookies but don't let the sweet, delicious fool you; this is a serious treatment that delivers real results.

Chic and Affordable Acrylic Makeup Storage Solutions for the Organized Beauty

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An organized makeup collection. Who doesn't love that? I know that I do! If you look around, you'll see that there are a million different storage solutions available and it took me a while to decide just what I wanted, based on the size of my collection, my aesthetic sensibilities and of course, my budget. I really like acrylic makeup cases; they are good looking, allow me to organize things just the way I like and have them at my fingertips. There is the added advantage that they sparkle when the sun light hits them. Sparkle is good, right? The problem is, I kept running across beautiful acrylic storage that was waaaay too expensive. I mean, three, four, five hundred bucks for plastic boxes to store my makeup? Yeah. In what fantasy land would that ever happen? Then I started searching on Amazon and I found a lot of good looking and really affordable acrylic storage options that fit all of my criteria. Would you like to see my favorites? These are the items I bought fo

LATHER Jasmine & Plumeria Collection is the Perfect Holiday Gift

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Are you shopping for the perfect holiday present for someone special? Stick around, because I have a great idea that will score you double extra points in the gift giving department.

My Favorite Drugstore Winter Complexion Care for Dry and Mature Skin from Derma-E

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Winter is coming (yeah, yeah, I know...) and I am gearing up my skin care routine to cope with the cold, zero humidity air, ever present wind and indoor heating that all conspire to further sap the life out of my already very dry, maturing skin. That is, if winter ever does come. It was eighty degrees, in my neck of the woods, today. Eighty. Degrees. Dude, that's just not normal. It is way too warm, here for this time of year. But, enough of my bitching about the weather. Let's talk skin care!

Cleanse Away Your Day with Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm

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If there is one beauty truth we can all agree on, it's that facial cleansing balms are having a major moment. So, for that matter is  Farmacy Skin Care . This beautiful line combines the best of nature and science to create efficacious skin care that really performs.  Farmer cultivated, scientist activated for fresh, radiant skin.

Farmhouse Fresh Milk Soaps are an Indulgent Holiday Treat

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Are you looking for the perfect, indulgent little holiday treat to tuck into holiday gift baskets, Christmas stockings and hostess gift bags? I have a great idea!

Eddie Funkhouser | Aspirational and Affordable Cosmetics

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I love discovering new to me beauty brands that offer quality and performance at an affordable price and when I do, I love sharing those discoveries with you.

Spa-at-Home Favorites for Dry Skin from LATHER

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//pr samples//affiliate link is in use that, when you shop doesn't cost you any extra but pays me a small commission that helps to support my site// PERFECT SPA AT HOME TREATMENTS should pamper, relax and instill a sense of well being while smelling delightful and leaving skin feeling soft and silky smooth. Today, I'm sharing some of my at home spa favorites for dry skin from  LATHER .

Derma - E Therapeutic Psorzema Cream and Scar Gel | Targeted Care for Body

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We all love to be soft and smooth all over and bonus! when my skin also feels comfortable and cared for. Happy day, my favorite affordable skin care line now offers targeted care for body.

The Mega Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway

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This giveaway has ended. Thank you, everyone who entered. The winner has been drawn, notified and has responded.  IT'S TIME FOR THE MEGA BEAUTY BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY!  TODAY I'VE TEAMED UP WITH 34 OTHER FABULOUS BEAUTY BLOGGERS to bring you a MEGA BEAUTY BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY!

One in Eight | Let's Talk About Breast Cancer

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR ENTRIES! A WINNER WILL BE DRAWN, SOON.  BREAST CANCER AWARENESS IS A CAUSE THAT IS CLOSE TO MY HEART and seared into my soul. I lost my mother to breast cancer on November 11th of 2013. She was diagnosed with an aggressive, fast moving form of the disease and in spite of all best efforts and treatment, it spread fast and took her from us far, far too soon.

Stash Diving for Fall Nail Polish | Featuring China Glaze

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Today I am sharing some fall nail polish colours featuring one of my favorite brands. China Glaze is high quality, easily attainable and affordable for a mid range polish brand. Rather than regurgitating the same new colours yet again, I thought it would be fun to do some stash diving and bring to the surface some of my favorite, beautiful and interesting shades from years past. The good thing about this list is all of these polishes are still available for purchase so if you see anything that catches your fancy, you can make it yours.

Love it or Leave it? Ombre Lips in One Swipe with K Beauty Sensation Laneige Two Tone Lipstick

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Ombre lips are kind of everywhere, right now. I'm seeing different brands bringing out two and three tone lippies in a multitude of finishes and shades. Today, I'm going to share with you whether I think ombre lips are a love it or a leave it.

Hydrating Care for Dry/Mature Skin from Colleen Rothschild

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I love trying new skin care products and when I find winners, I love slotting them into my arsenal and making them a part of my overall skin care routine. Today, it is my pleasure to share with you a new to me skin care line and what I think about the products that I got to take out for a test drive.

Behind the Scenes Beauty - Everyday Items I Can't Live Without

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 What exactly is "Behind the Scenes Beauty?" Well, put simply it is the beauty and self care products and items I depend on day after day and buy again and again. It's the stuff I can't live without. 

Sam Marcel That Glow - Highlight Palette | Review and Swatches

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I love highlighter. I really do. If there is one makeup item that can illuminate, lift and enhance my features, imparting a lovely, youthful radiance it's a good highlight. Today, I have a new highlighter palette to share with you.

My Favorite Bronzer for Dry and Maturing Skin | Makeup Wars

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//affiliate links that help support my site but cost you noting extra are in use// Well, it's that time, again. Makeup Wars and I can just hear your mental groan. "Great. She's going to trot out a long, drawn out roundup of half of the shit in her makeup case. How long is it going to take me to scroll through this TL/DR tribute to long windedness?" Cheer up, gentle reader. I'm taking it easy on you, today. This week's Makeup Wars theme is Extending That Summer Glow and I chose to natter about my favorite bronzer. I have one. One favorite bronzer. If you think I'm picky about the foundations I use, you should see the process a bronzer undergoes to qualify to join my makeup collection, much less be considered my favorite. Many are called, very few are chosen. I own I think... three? bronzers and only one qualifies as my go to, reach for it every time, buy another one when the old one runs out favorite.

Bargain Beauty Find - NYX Luv Out Loud Creme Liquid Lipsticks

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Are you looking for some new bold, fun lip colours for transition and fall? I have some to share with you that you might just like. NYX sent over their new, limited edition Luv Out Loud Liquid Lipstick collection for me to kick the tires and take out for a test drive and I'm sharing my thoughts about them, now.

LVX Luxury Nail Lacquer - Autumn/Winter 2017 | Swatches and Review

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//product provided to me for editorial consideration// The LVX Luxurious Nail Lacquer   Autumn/Winter 2017  Collection drops on September fifth and it is gorgeous! Two rich, shiny cremes, a couple of glistening metallics, a shimmer and a sparkly silver glitter are keeping my tips from getting bored and will help keep them happy right through to spring.

Beauty Worth the Splurge | Makeup Wars

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//products provided for editorial consideration//self purchased items//affiliate links that cost you nothing extra to use and help to support my site are in use// Okay, I admit it. I love to splurge on beauty products. Skin care, makeup. Oh... Especially makeup. When I have a little extra money to blow, you know where it's going. Right into my makeup case or my skin care stash. And I regret nothing. Today, I am sharing some of my favorite beauty splurges. These are skin care and makeup products that are perfect for my dry, maturing skin; products that I love, use and would buy, again in a heartbeat regardless of their price tag. This is by no means all of the goodies I wanted to feature. You should have seen the cuh-razy pile of stuff I pulled, when I started prepping for this post! If I had decided to feature all of them, I'd still be taking pictures. Would you like to check out some of my favorite splurge worthy beauty?

My New Dry Shampoo Obsession | Hask Argan Dry Shampoo

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//product provided for editorial consideration//affiliate links that cost you nothing extra to shop and help support my site are in use// My new dry shampoo obsession is  Hask Argon Dry Shampoo . What's so special about this stuff that I am willing to use the oft overused word, "obsessed?" Well, it's just that freaking good.

Jan Marini C- Esta Serum | For Brighter and Younger Looking Skin

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//product provided to me for editorial consideration// For  brighter, fresher, younger looking skin I rely on Vitamin C.  Jan Marini Skin Research  harnesses the antioxidant power of Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), DMAE, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamins B5 and E in their  C-Esta Serum  to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven texture and tone, leaving my skin looking fresher, more brilliant and feeling so much smoother.

My Current Favorite Eye and Lip Liners | Makeup Wars

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//product provided for editorial consideration//affiliate links that help support this site but don't cost you anything are in use// This week's Makeup Wars is our favorite eye and lip liners and I'm about to share with the you the saddest, most motley crew of liners you have ever seen, from a beauty blogger. I've been working hard on purging old, crusty liners that hit the wall and were no longer usable and using up the good ones, before they go over. I am determined to not buy any new liners until I have worked through the rest of my inventory. Feast your eyes on this lineup. Well loved, well used, solid performers that I depend on and would buy again, when I use these up.

Color Clutch | The Nail Polish Case for Storage and Travel

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//product provided to me for editorial consideration// Whether you own a nail polish collection that can rival the best of the polish blogging goddesses or you prefer to possess a carefully curated collection of a few, perfect-for-you shades, storage of those nail lacquers can be a real issue. I don't know about you but I like my polishes to be neatly tucked away, properly organized and easy to access. Whether I have a hankering to go stash diving for just the perfect polish to do my current manicure or I am planning to travel and want to pack up some polish colour options to take with, my  Colour Clutch Nail Polish Case  is just what the doctor ordered for safe, compact storage of some of my cherished polishes, at home and away.

Fashion Flash - It's Live

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Fashion Flash, the weekly e-news letter for savvy beauties over 40 is live and is hosted this week by the fabulous Deb of  No Nonsense Beauty . Hop on over to enjoy our articles on topics ranging from travel to fashion, beauty, fitness and wellness.

FarmHouse Fresh Organics Will Dew Probiotic Milk Balancing Mask

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//product provided for editorial consideration// Farmhouse Fresh Organics Will Dew Probiotic Milk Balancing Mask calms irritations, balances bacteria, seals in moisture, just can't cook Yeah. Neither can I. Cook, I mean.

My Favorite Summer Lip Colours | Makeup Wars

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//products sent for editorial consideration//affiliate links are in use//when you shop through these links you pay nothing extra but I make a small commission that helps to support this blog//thank you! 💖 The Dog Days of Summer are here. The sun is out, the fans are fluttering, the sunnies are on and I'm stash diving for the perfect warm weather lippies. I go for fair skin friendly shades that also look good, should I decide to break out the sunless tanner and bronzer. Don't worry. I'm not going to bombard you with a long post and thirty products, today. It's just too hot and I'm too busy. Here are four perfect summer lip colours that I like to reach for.

L'Oreal Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer | A Hit or a Miss?

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//product provided to me for editorial consideration//trusted affiliate links that cost you nothing extra to shop and help support my site are in use//  I am an avid proponent of effective and affordable skin care and I'm always happy to spread the word when I get to try new to me products. I was provided a jar of  L'Oreal Revitalift Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer  for consideration and I'm ready to share my experience with this face cream with you.

Bargain Beauty Find | Jesse's Girl Eye Shadows and Liners

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//products provided to me for editorial consideration// Pretty eyes don't have to cost a lot of money!

Just Another Mani Monday - Testing Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat

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//affiliate links are in use//shopping through these links doesn't cost you anything extra and I earn a small commission that helps support this site// You know that my love for  Seche Vite  is real. Has been for years. I try other top coats, enjoy them then I go back to my Seche Vite because it is just that good. Well, there's a new sheriff in town and I'm crushing, hard.  Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat  is everything I love about Seche Vite; the way it sets down that big, silky bead, floats up the nail, melting and smoothing minor imperfections, uneven areas and even killing surface bubbling. And let's not forget that incomparable, glossy shine as well as the fast dry, hard cure that I depend on to get my manicure done and get on with my day in record time. Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat  does all of the above and it has one important advantage over it's close cousin. Wear time. My natural nails just don't hang on to polish well. They neve

Cleanse and Exfoiate the Natural Way with Derma - E Skin Care

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//products discussed were sent to me for editorial consideration//affiliate links that cost you nothing extra and help to support my blog are in use// I so enjoy  Derma-E  skin care. They recently sent over a package that contained a product I'd really been wanting to try and one tried and true blue favorite, both of which I am delighted to share with you, today.

LVX Luxury Nail Lacquer - Spring/Summer Collection Review and Swatches

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//product was provided to me for editorial consideration// So... This is posting a little late and for that, I'm sorry. I've been having, how can I put this nicely? Nail issues and they have just come back round to minimal acceptable swatching condition and length.

Perfect, Soft Beachy Waves are Made of Sugar

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//product provided to me for editorial consideration// Summer is the season of the soft, beachy wave. Fast, low maintenance and as pretty as a sunny day at the shore, beachy waves are a style that works well with my thick, wurly hair. Beachy waves are a cinch to pull off and I can wear my hair down down, in a half up or even in a casual updo and no matter how hectic my day, how hot, humid or windy it gets, my hair looks "done" but not fussy. The magic of beachy waves is found in the styling product used to achieve them. Now, we all are familiar with salt sprays and unless I'm missing my guess, you probably have at least a couple of them knocking around our hair product baskets like I do. Salt spray makes creating the perfect, blowey waves easy but salt can be a bit drying and leave my hair feeling a tad... Crunchy and a bit build-uppy/grungy when the waves bite the dust and I brush my hair out for it's bedtime updo. Yuk. I was recently introduced to fabulous

Heat Proof Summer Makeup for Dry and Maturing Skin ~ Makeup Wars

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//products provided for editorial consideration//self purchases//affiliate links that don't cost you anything extra but help to support my site, should you choose to use them, are in use// The heat is on! Dude... It's hotter than the hinges of Hades, here in Arizona and summer is just getting started. On top of trying not to bake to death in this heat, stay properly hydrated and protect my delicate, flower face and the rest of me from the intense rays of Old Sol, there is the additional challenge of keeping my makeup intact through a long, hot day. Lucky for me, I've been living here, in the Southwest for a long time and over the years, I've learned what products to use and how best to apply them for a glowingly fresh, melt proof finish that lasts for hours and hours. Some of my best tips for looking just made up hours after I walk out the door are: Lock it Down! I use primers and setting sprays to make sure that my carefully applied makeup isn't going to sli

Nimni Cream from HydroPeptide

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//product provided to me for editorial consideration//all opinions are my own// I recently got the opportunity to try a new to me moisturizer from HydroPeptide  and today, I'm going to share my early thoughts on it with you.

Experience the Complexion Magic of Hyaluronic Acid with Jan Marini Hyla 3D HA Activating Complex

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//product provided for editorial consideration//affiliate links that, at no cost to you help support my blog are in use// Hyaluronic Acid is one of my skin's power ingredients and for very good reason and  Hyla 3D HA Activating Complex  delivers the goods thanks to eight key ingredients: Liposomal Encapsulated HA Cross-Linked HA Ultra-Low Molecular Weight HA Traditional HA Tissue Respiratory Factor HA Booster HA Peptide Coenzyme Q10  As we age, our skin starts to lose the essential elements normally found in young, healthy skin. One of those elements is Hyaluronic Acid, which leads to loss of volume and firmness.  Jan Marini Hyla 3D HA Activating Complex  helps to enhance and boost natural occurring Collagen, Elastin and Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate, replenish fullness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Now, I don't know about you but these are benefits that my skin can use! This serum is formulated to work for just about every skin ty

New! The JessxIttse Glambition Collection Blush and Highlight Palette - Photographs and Swatches

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//products were provided to me for editorial consideration//all opinions and words are my own and wholly uninfluenced by the company or PR//referral links from which I receive no benefit are provided// When I learned that fellow beauty blogger and social media goddess Jess, the brain and heart behind  Love for Lacquer  had teamed up with cosmetics company  Ittse  (pronounced it-see) to create a blush and highlight collection I was so excited for her. Jess is a wife, mom, blogger and she is building a social media empire, on her way to total world domination. It makes perfect sense that she would pad her already impressive resume with her own custom makeup collection . I am so thrilled that Jess included me in this launch and I can't wait to show you what arrived, yesterday.

Snacking on Clinique: Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

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//affiliate links that don't cost you anything extra and help to support my blog are in use//  I was shopping on Sephora's website, one day (I have to shop on Sephora's website because they won't build me a store, where I live) and before I checked out, I went site sifting for bonus goodies and so forth. In the Rewards Bazaar was a 500 point box of little Clinique yummies, one of which was a snack sized jar of  Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm . I've been intrigued about this product for a while, now so I sacrificed some points and tossed the box in my cart.

Less Frizz and Silkier Tresses with StriVectin HAIR All Smooth

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//products were sent to me for editorial consideration//all opinions are wholly my own//affiliate links that cost you nothing extra to use and help support my blog are in use//  I am forever on the prowl for hair care products that can tame my wurly, frizzy mop and transform it into smooth, soft, shiny tresses. When StriVectin sent over their  Frizz Control Line  for me to test drive, I was delighted. Formulated with specialized ingredients like their NA114 technology and a Hydrosmooth Anti Frizz Complex, StriVectin Hair Frizz Control hair care is created to lock in moisture, replenish strands and reduce porosity to smooth and calm that wild frizz. Sounds like exactly what my crazy hair needed! Did it live up to my hopes and expectations? Read on.

LATHER Lavender & Bergamot Natural Deodorant

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//product provided to me for editorial consideration// Natural Deodorant is something that I've avoided using for many years. I've tried it in the past, only to have the stuff fail me terribly at the worst possible time, leaving me ill inclined to ever try it, again.

Makeup Wars - My Affordable Skin Care Favorites for Dry/Very Dry and Maturing Skin

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//samples sent for editorial consideration//self purchased items//affiliate links that cost you nothing extra but pay me a small commission and help to support my blog are in use// This week, Makeup Wars presents our favorite drugstore and affordable skin care! Skin is our largest organ and it requires specialized care. Care that, it turns out doesn't have to cost a fortune. While spendy skin care is a lovely, luxe indulgence and I admit, one of my favorite beauty experiences, I regularly use and get good, solid results from high quality, affordable skin care, much of which I buy at my local drugstore, Ulta Beauty and from Amazon. Today, I have some of my favorite affordable skin care items for face and body. This is going to be a long post... I seem to not be able to edit myself when I'm pulling products for Makeup Wars posts so settle in and get comfy, you're going to be here, a while.

Pur Cosmetics Vanity Palettes -- Dream Chaser and Goal Digger

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//products provided to me by Pur Cosmetics for editorial purposes//all viewpoints are my own and wholly uninfluenced by the company or PR//affiliate links that, should you chose to use them cost you nothing extra but pay me a small commission that helps to support my blog are in use// You know that I love me some  Pur Cosmetics . A couple of my favorites from this line are their  Love Your Selfie 2 Palette  and of course, the oh-so-adorable  Trolls Eye Shadow Palette . Pur Cosmetics recently released two new palettes that are perfect for getting your gorgeous on, both at home and away. Say hello to the Pur Cosmetics Vanity Palettes .

Bargain Beauty Find! Jesse's Girl Matte Finish Lip Color -- Angelic

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//product sent to me for editorial consideration// I love it when I encounter a product that I can unreservedly declare a Bargain Beauty Find!

My Favorite Overnight Face and Body Treatments for Soft and Glowing Skin

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//products provided to me for editorial consideration//affiliate links that help support my blog and cost you nothing extra are in use//  Soft and Glowing skin. I want it. And I have to work for it. Happily, there are fantastic overnight face and body treatments that do some of the work for me, while I sleep!

Julie G Spring Nail Polish Collection - Photographs and Swatches - Plus... A Special Surprise Giveaway!

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//samples provided to me for editorial consideration//an Amazon affiliate link is in use//if you buy the product through my link, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you// I'm making a return to my roots to bring you nine beautiful  Julie G  nail polishes, including new for spring shades! This is my first experience with this brand and I was really excited to try them out and share them with you.

Hi Mirror Plus -- A Tech and Skin Care Fanatic's Dream

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//this is a sponsored conversation about the Hi Mirror Plus  through the PRIMP Network //all thoughts and opinions about the product are honest and my own and are not influenced either by Hi Mirror or the PRIMP Network// Say hello to  Hi Mirror Plus , the next generation, souped up version of the acclaimed Hi Mirror,  the advanced smart beauty mirror that is a tech and skin care fanatic's dream and my new beauty companion.