Fashion Flash Tuesday


Fashion Flash End of Summer Edition is being hosted by our lovely Allison of Never Say Die Beauty. Lots of beauty tips to extend your summer glow and get you ready to rock your look into fall, travel ideas to feed your wanderlust and health and wellness advice to feel your beautiful best today and tomorrow. Grab a pumpkin spice latte, curl up and enjoy.

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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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.

Fashion Flash | I Need a New Brain Edition

But seriously. I think it's actually the Labor Day Edition but I forgot to post it on Monday so...


The first round of Fashion Flash and Evine giveaways were a big hit! Thank you to all of our beautiful readers for your support and entries! If I'm not mistaken, another round will be coming, soon so please, stay close and keep your eyes peeled.

On a personal note, I will be hosting a few giveaways of my own, the first one launching early next week so watch this space.

Okay, on to this week's Fashion Flash, hosted by our own fabulous and fearless leader Deb of No Nonsense Beauty Blog. And, yep. Seems I was right about it being the Labor Day Edition. Hop on over, give everyone some love and tell Deb I say, hey.

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

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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.

Fashion Flash and Giveaways



Fashion Flash is live, now and Hosted by the lovely Melanie of Society Wellness. I also want to direct your attention to giveaways that our members are hosting:

Janise is giving away three pretty heart shaped key chains. This giveaway is open through 9/4.

Marcia is hosting a summer entertaining staples giveaway including delicious wines, dressings and other special items. This giveaway ends, end of day so hurry!

And finally, a generous three winner giveaway of wine, beautiful Waterford crystal pitcher and wine glasses from Janise at Mama in Heels. This one is open for six more days so get on over and get your entries in.

Beauty Worth the Splurge | Makeup Wars

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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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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.

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Fashion Flash - Falling Into Autumn



Summer is beginning to wind down and our thoughts are turning to fall fashions, makeup colours and pumpkin spice everything. Wanderlust will draw those with itchy feet to warmer climes, plans are being made for the richest, warming soups and stews and health and fitness gurus are stepping up and stepping out to enjoy the perfect for outdoor activities weather to come. Take a few minutes, put your tired dogs up, grab a refreshing beverage and enjoy this week's edition of Fashion Flash, the weekly e-newsletter for savvy 40+ beauties.




Marcia of Beauty Info Zone has some info on a new hair care line and a fantastic giveaway! Read on. As we age, so does our hair Vitabrid C12 is a brand that helps us with the problems that occur and helps us conquer them. Marcia has two for you to learn about.

If you like to entertain or you just love to indulge in good food and wine, then Beauty Info Zone and Evine have a wonderful giveaway for you. Check out the easy care and deliciousness involved and be sure to enter.



Did you ever have a favorite beauty product that suddenly stopped working for you? Deb of No Nonsense Beauty Blog explores the causes.



Inka of Glamour Granny Travels has a hot tip for fashionistas. The new Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakesh/Morocco.



Jackie Silver Style shares a shocking health statistic that could affect your beauty routine. Get this must-know information, now!


Stress. It's everywhere. Mirabai from Moving Free with Mirabai Holland gives you an immediate action plan to reduce and manage your stress.

Have you ever dropped a powder compact or an eye shadow palette and cried as the powder cracked to pieces? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty shows you how to easily repair your broken makeup.



Need some Shine in your life? Sheila from Painted Ladies reviews SHINE Organic Facial Brightening Oil ans she has an extra bottle to give away!



Trying to incorporate more natural products into your beauty routine? Prime Beauty tried the all natural L`BRI Skin Care line to pamper her dry skin. She is also giving away two sets of L`BRI Skin Care to readers, so hurry over to enter.



You may have used skin care containing Sea Buckthorn Berry but did you know that it can give your insides a boost too. Melanie of Society Wellness fills us in.

Janise from Mama in Heels is giving away top of the line leather heart key chains to three lucky readers.



From Mary Lou of Second Lives Club: Olive oil? Inspiration for a Second Life? Don't rule anything out...



Have you tried Vitamin C in your skin care? This powerful antioxidant visibly brightens the complexion, evens tone and refines texture making skin look fresher, radiant and more youthful. I am currently using and loving the Jan Marini C-Esta Serum for my skin's daily dose of C!

Thank you so much for stopping in and hanging out with us, this week! Don't forget to come back next week for the next edition of Fashion Flash!

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

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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.

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Fashion Flash | Late Summer Edition



Fashion Flash, Late Summer Edition is live and being hosted by the lovely Cindy at Prime Beauty. In addition to the nest e-newsmag content for 40+ beauties in the know, Cindy has a very special giveaway going. If you like wine, you don't want to miss it!

My Current Favorite Eye and Lip Liners | Makeup Wars

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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.

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So, why did these hang around as long as they have? Well, to be perfectly honest, I was enamored of my gel liners and using them, all of the time and these sat, a little neglected until my gel liners finally shrugged off this mortal coil.

Let's take a quick look at the eye liners, shall we?

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Jesse's Girl Liquid Eye Liner. I'm not huge into liquid liner. Frankly, I suck at applying it and with my hooded eyes, it tends to transfer onto my hoods and it's just a mess.


Yeah. Kinda like that. What I do like about this liquid liner is how the fine brush tip works perfectly to fill in that "bare strip" in between my upper lash line and my tight line, to make my lashes look thicker and it doesn't smear or run. It's good stuff and so affordable. You can buy this liner at Rite Aid, too.

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner. This is Moray, a beautiful olive green with a golden shimmer. This is the last of my Smudge Stick hoard and I'm really battling with myself to not buy more. The formula on these liners is nothing short of brilliant. These are creamy and smooth, apply like a dream and leave enough time for me to get them just as I want before they set, lock down and wear, without transferring or smudging until I clean them off.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil. This is a close second to my number one, close enough that I love it, almost as much. I have Stag, a nice, deep brown. It came with a palette, a while back and it's been rattling around, unused until I had to break into it and start using it after my espresso gel liner was gone. I'm really enjoying this shade! I wish that this shade was in their core line, when this one is gone, I'd buy another. There are plenty of shades to choose from, I'll find something I like.

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon. Tight line magic, is this liner. When this snack size is gone, I'll be buying a full size because, damn.

L'Oreal Silkissime Eye Liner. This is Highlight, a lovely rose gold. This liner is another that just hung  around because I favored my Stila Smudge Stick in Champagne (a shade that tragically, they don't make, anymore) and when that one ran out, I started using this one. I like to wear a light, metallic eye liner, sometimes and this one works beautifully. It's a tad on the soft side but once I got the hang of the formula, it's easy enough to apply and like the Stila, sets and wears all day.

I don't always wear a nude liner in my lower waterline but when I do, it's the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Liner Pencil in Nude. This soft, flesh toned liner does the trick to help brighten up my eyes without being too harsh or obvious and it wears pretty well, too.

Yep. Except for a couple of snack sizes, this is the extent of my eye liner "collection." All liners that I like, all that I would happily buy, again.

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And on to lip liners we go. I'm not one for coloured lip liner, most of the time but I do own a few, the two shown above are my most reached for and of course, every lipstick wearing beauty over thirty-five or so should have a good clear barrier pencil to prevent that annoying feathering that happens when our lipstick or gloss crawls up into those tiny, vertical lines around our lips and creates a fuzzy mess on our face.

Or is that just me?

Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner. I have two, good old East End Snob, a neutral, medium pink that works with most of my lipsticks and glosses. I will apply this, after my barrier pencil and softly smudge it out along my lip line then apply lipstick over it. It's kind of a perfect, working shade for me. I also have Diva Red for those days I want to get all sassy pants with a red lip.


I'm not crazy enough to wear red without plenty of backup and this liner does a good job, along with...

Milani Anti Feathering Lip Liner. This little wonder is just about the best five bucks I've ever spent. Applied precisely just outside my lips' vermilion line and pressed to fill in those assholic little vertical lines, then topped with another coat to really seal everything in, I can wear just about any lip colour or gloss and not worry about feathering for hours. If it's a long day, I do have to reapply the barrier at some point but I don't mind doing it, to keep that clean, sharp line and not have my lippie crawling all over my face. I buy mine at my local CVS. How many have I blown through? Four? Five? I can't say for sure but I keep buying them. Five bucks, man. And they work.

So, there you have it. My current favorite eye liners and lip liners. I'm sorry that this wasn't a more exciting, high end eye candy fest. Come to think of it, it's a little like a Use It Up-fest. Real beauty. Real life. Yep.

What are some of your favorite eye and lip liners?

If you'd like to see what my fellow Makeup Wars bloggers are loving, right now the links and gallery are at the end of this post, just scroll past the picture below.

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Fashion Flash - Summer Fun Version


Fashion Flash, this week is hosted by Sheila of Painted Ladies. This Summer Fun edition is chock full of great articles by your favorite bloggers. Grab a tall, cool one, hop on over and enjoy!

Color Clutch | The Nail Polish Case for Storage and Travel

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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.

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Available in black, white and a special, limited edition purple Jamberry style, the Color Clutch is a sturdy, sleek... dare I say elegant, heavy duty paperboard case with a magnetically secured, swing up lid that has a flexible window for easy viewing of your pretties within. The case is a neat, compact 10 X 9 X 2 inches, about the dimensions of a good, thick book. The Color Clutch can sit on a shelf, lying down or upright, with the striped spine or the other, blank end showing. You can choose what is best for you and your needs.

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When you lift the lid of the Color Clutch you will see a velvety topped dense foam bed with precisely engineered bottle shaped spaces cut into it. The spaces have a unique below the surface area at the top and bottom so that polish bottles of just about any size, length or shape can be easily and safely snuggled into their spot. One polish brand I can't get to fit, label facing up is Butter London. It's just a bit too wide but it can be slipped into a spot, standing on edge and is still secure and safe. The only polish size that, in my experience doesn't work in the Color Clutch are minis. They can go into the spaces, even be tucked in under the surface but they want to move around too much and they aren't that secure. Okay, I know what you're thinking and don't you dare even ask me about Christian Louboutin, you smartass. I don't own any of that brand and, well, duh.

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A close up of the polish nests, holding polishes of various brands, both mainstream and indie. The bottles fit in nice and snug but they aren't squeezed so tight that they are in danger of the bottle failing under pressure. Once my polishes are properly secured, I can pick the Color Clutch up, turn it upside down and, lid swinging open, shake-shake-shake the case and my polishes do not fall out. Some shift slightly but not even one comes loose or is in any danger of falling and breaking.

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 The Color Clutch has a very cool feature that makes choosing the exact polish you want, fast and easy. On the spine of each case is a white strip on which you can swatch each bottle, in order of their position inside the case. If you decide to rearrange, add or remove colours, the acetone safe material makes it easy to clean off old swatches and replace them with new.

My only gripe about the Color Clutch is that I can't afford to buy enough of them to house my entire polish collection. How splendid would it be, to have all of my polishes arranged by brand, collection and colour progression, all tucked safely away and lined up neatly on sturdy shelves, like rows of perfectly matching books, all at my fingertips? *sigh* Now, that's a neat freak's dream scenario!

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I really like my Color Clutch Nail Polish Case and I have some cherished, very hard to find polishes that need safe storage who are going to live in it. Will I buy more? You bet your ass I will! As my budget allows, of course.

Do you own any Color Clutch cases? Please tell me that you love them as much as I do! If you think that you'd like to pick one or more up to help wrangle your polish collection into a neat, organized unit, you can find them on the Color Clutch website, and The Container Store.

Connect with Color Clutch on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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Fashion Flash - It's Live


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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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.

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But I can take good care of my skin and masking is a big part of my skin care routine. Designed for all skin types and rich in good, skin loving ingredients like nourishing organic, probiotic coconut milk, calming organic rice extract, and essential fatty acids including linoleic acid that hydrate skin, leaving it feeling balanced and comfortable Will Dew is a welcome addition to my skin care community.

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Packaged in a recyclable glass jar (I keep mine for storage of little bits and pieces) this creamy, lightweight stuff smooths across my skin and goes to work. After it dries, it rinses away to reveal fresh, silky soft skin that feels a little firmer - even the next day - and looks brighter and clearer. Gentle reader, don't let all of the pretty packaging and soft, pastel colours fool you, this mask is no joke. I do not have sensitive skin and I felt some tingling that, while not unpleasant, let me know that the mask was getting down and getting funky on my complexion. If you have sensitive skin, give it a test on a small area, just to be sure that your skin will be happy with it.

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Will Dew has a light, sweet/powdery kind of fragrance that shouldn't be disagreeable to anyone but the most scent sensitive.

Farmhouse Fresh Organics Will Dew Probiotic Milk Balancing Mask is formulated with natural, organic ingredients that are free of GMOs, synthetic herbicides and pesticides as well as being paraben and sulfate free. Farmhouse Fresh does not test on fluffy creatures.

I don't think that it is a huge secret that I love Farmhouse Fresh face, hand and body care products. They are beautifully packaged, carefully and ethically formulated, are effective and just downright fun to use. I hope that you will give this mask a try, I think that you and your complexion will really enjoy it.

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My Favorite Summer Lip Colours | Makeup Wars

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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.

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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.

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Let us begin with a perfect, my lips but better, neutral. Choose a neutral that works best for your skin tone. I like pink-neutrals like the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Oil - in - Stick Lipstick. This is a beautifully pigmented but feather light, hydrating formula that, while not super long wearing keeps my lips moisturized and comfortable and it's so easy to apply that I can smack it on, anywhere even without a mirror. My favorite shade is 08 - Pink in Confidence.

When it comes to pink-pink, in the summertime I like it bright. Every line has it's gorgeous bright pinks, Georgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick has a silky, gel like feel and a softly glossy finish that bathes my lips in moisture, all day. The shade I love is 501 - Peony.

Coral. Ahhh... Coral. How I love thee. I like redish corals, orange corals and of course, pink-y corals. What must they have in common? Supreme comfort. My lips demand it! I'm cursed. Cursed, I tell ya. I assume that a lipstick is still available so I take pictures of it and... Yeah. Not so much. The coral I have in this picture is Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lipstick in Juicy Melons. Since it isn't available, another coral that I really love is Mirabella Colour Vinyl Lipstick in Balmy Nectar. Here's a picture:

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Oh, stop laughing. I was going through a phase.

While we're on the subject of Mirabella lippies, every summer lipstick lineup needs a chic, classic red. I am exceedingly fussy about the red lippies I wear and even more so, if the formula is matte. Let me tell ya, Mirabella Modern Matte Lipstick in Crimson is a winner. Gorgeous, easy to apply, amazingly comfortable to wear, this perfectly balanced red is perfect on fair skin or paired with a tan.

So, there we have it. My favorite summer lip colours. What are the colours you like to reach for most often this time of year?

This is a post in collaboration with my fellow Makeup Wars beauty bloggers. Don't forget to take a look at all of their great posts and see what they are wearing on their lips, this summer.




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

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 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.

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Some of the claims by L'Oreal about this moisturizer are:

This triple action skin cream with Pro-Xylane and Hyaluronic Acid fights wrinkles, re volumizes, strengthens skin and enhances natural collagen production to firm and tighten skin.

In One Week: Skin is deeply hydrated and looks more radiant

In Four Weeks: Skin elasticity is increased and the complexion looks firmer and younger.

Ingredients:
Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Isostearate, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Propylene Glycol Nylon-12, Octyldodecanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, C13-14 Isoparaffin, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitic Acid, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Capryloyl Salicylic Aid, Laureth-7, Polyacrylamide, Polyethylene, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, CI 15985/Yellow 6, CI 19140/Yellow 5, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Linalool, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Citronellol, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum/Fragrance.

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Contained in a heavy red glass jar with a gunmetal toned lid is a thick, spicy/floral scented cream that smooths nicely across the skin and doesn't take much time to absorb and get to work. I found this cream to be hydrating and softening, I didn't experience any firming or tightening action. I used and liked this cream for a few days then it went sideways on me. Suddenly, my skin, rather than feeling happy and hydrated began to feel dehydrated and uncomfortable and the cream, which had been absorbing fairly well was sitting on the surface of my skin, pilling up and rubbing off. I don't know why this happened, I keep my skin well exfoliated and usually, when a cream hydrates and softens my skin, it keeps doing so. Not this time.

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From the many reviews of this cream I have recently read, people are really enjoying and seeing good results. Unfortunately, L'Oreal Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer and my complexion just weren't compatible. Rather than tossing it, I passed this cream along to my mother in law to try and she loves it! She says that her skin feels soft and nicely moisturized and she likes how the pretty jar looks on her bathroom counter.

What I liked about this moisturizer: The jar is pretty tho to be honest, I prefer pump or squeezy tube packaging for skin care. I like the scent (I'm one of those weirdos who loves scented skin care) and the silky, heavy texture that none the less applies and sinks nicely into the skin.

What I didn't like: This face cream just isn't compatible with my complexion and I didn't get to use it long enough to ascertain whether or not it is, indeed firming and lifting. This cream is making my mother in law happy.

L'Oreal Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer, at $25. for a 1.7 oz jar is affordable and easy to buy from Ulta Beauty and drugstores and mass market retailers who carry L'Oreal skin care and it's worth giving a go. Just save your receipt.

Have you tried this moisturizer? What has been your experience? Please share in a comment.

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

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Pretty eyes don't have to cost a lot of money!

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If you're on a budget and looking for a pretty, easy wearing eye shadow palette, check out the Jesse's Girl 9 Pan Eye Shadow Palette. I was sent Dream Girl, the perfect lineup of soft, luminous neutrals that are beautiful for work or play days.

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 Arranged in a makes sense light to dark progression, there are colours and finishes that work for lid, crease, highlight and shading all in one sleek, portable little palette. The shadow quality is quite lovely. Soft and smooth, they apply easily, build and, with a careful hand blend out nicely without flying away or becoming muddy. I get the best payoff and all day wear from these shadows when I apply them over a good primer. I use primer with all shadows... I have dry lids but they eat my eye shadow for lunch, if I don't use it. Overall, I like this palette.

Crappy swatch shot alert! And... It just occurred to me that I left out one of the shadows. Good job, Erika. The pale pink. It's nice. A little pale, a little powdery but if you like a soft, not so shimmery pink-y highlight or inner corner shade, it serves.

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Here are finger swatches of the shadows, in order from their palette (there are no shade names). I did these swatches on lightly moisturized skin. The lightest shade actually has pretty decent pigmentation, it's just close to my skin tone, so it doesn't show well. The soft shimmer shades are beautiful highlight, layering or stand alone for a subtle, glow-y eye.

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Let's talk liners. Jesse's Girl Liquid Eye Liner in black and white (swatches above) are beautifully smooth and fluid and flow through their tips to apply easily to the eye. Pigmentation on the white, felt tip liner is pretty poor and since I don't normally wear white liner, I let this one go. The black, brush tip liner has better pigmentation but I still needed to give the swatch a second pass to get it this opaque. I actually like this liner; I use it to dot in between my lashes to get rid of that annoying "skin line" that can show between my tight line and my upper lid liner. Dotting a black liner between the lashes makes them look thicker and fuller, too! I like that this liner is non irritating to my sensitive eyes and wears well without fading or smudging.

Jesse's Girl Fluid Shadow; I have Snowflake and Purple Haze. The shadows have a brush tip applicator that can be used to place the shadow precisely where you want it. It can be smoothed out with a finger tip or a brush, if desired. While I liked the colours and the lovely, soft shimmer the formula and I didn't gel. Maybe it's my hooded eyes; I found it a bit heavy on my eyes and I had some trouble with transferring to my hoods. I'm just not a fan of these.

Of the eye products I tried, I definitely recommend the 9 Pan Eye Shadow Compact in Dream Girl and the Liquid Eye Liner in black.

Did you see my reviews of the Jesse's Girl Highlight & Contour Kit and the Matte Finish Lip Color in Angelic? Both are good performers and, with the shadow compact and liquid liner help you create a beautiful face without spending a ton of money. Definitely some of my favorite Bargain Beauty Finds!

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