For Fun and Bright Spring Eye Looks Try the PUR Cosmetics Trolls Eye Shadow Palette

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Spring has sprung and my thoughts are turning to bright, fresh spring makeup colours.

Get Soft and Sweetly Scented Skin All Over With Farmhouse Fresh Organics Blushing Agave Body Oil

I don't know about you but these warm, pretty days make me want to get my skin looking and feeling as soft and smooth as humanly possible. What can I employ to get me to my objectives? How about...

My Top 10 Affordable Hair Care Favorites ~ Makeup Wars

It's that time, again. Time for Makeup Wars! This week, it's all about the hair, baby. Affordable hair care that proves that we don't have to pay a fortune for great hair. Look, I love my salon and department store hair care as well as anyone but I don't always want or can afford to spend the extra moolah for the fancy stuff. If you would like to know what bargain beauty finds my tresses love, read on.

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1 & 2. Hask Macadamia Oil Moisturizing Shampoo provides a lush, cushioning lather, clean rinse away and hair that is clean but not squeaky or stripped. Hask Macadamia Oil Moisturizing Conditioner is thick and rich, very slippy for in shower detangling and comb out. My hair always feels so soft and a bit less frizzy when I use this conditioner. Add the lush, sweet, nutty scent and these are favorites, for sure.

3. L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm is a deep drink for my stressed tresses. It doesn't repair hair. Nothing does but this stuff does help to temporarily "glue" my strands back together and imparts mad shine and softness. Be careful using this in the shower, tho! 'Tis slippery.

4. OGX Quenching Coconut Curls Curling Hair Butter. This is a rinse out or leave in treatment that pours moisture into my thick, parched wurls. Frizz is tamped down, pretty waves and curls form and my hair feels soft but not in the least bit greasy or weighed down.

5.  OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Creamy Hair Butter. Another fave for deep hydration and softening this crazy, dry, frizzy mop of mine.

6. Who doesn't love effortless, tousled, sexy, beachy waves in the spring and summer time? OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray misted into my damp hair and scrunched and my tresses look as if I've been playing on the beach all day. It can also be sprayed lightly into dry, curled hair to encourage those just back from the shore glam locks.

7. I don't always C O (conditioner only) wash my hair but when I do, one of the conditioners I like for the job is OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner. Lightweight enough to effectively cleanse my hair, hydrating enough to leave it feeling soft and nicely moisturized, even if I skip a finishing conditioner. Oh! And it smells yummy, too!

8. OGX 02 Gravity Defying and Hydration Lifting Tonic. Sometimes, I just need a little extra volume at my roots! I recently lopped off almost a foot of terribly damaged length and got some layers to help encourage my natural wurls to behave but I still have long, heavy hair that can weigh the top down and leave it looking less than bouncy and bodified. Mist a little of this in at my roots, blow dry while directing my hair up and against my natural parting and hello, extra volume.

9. Hask Macadamia Oil Moisturizing Shine Oil Vial. Three dollars buys me a slender vial with a somewhat annoying stopper of thick, yummy smelling, nourishing, shine making hair oil goodness. A dine sized dollop run through my wet or dry hair and I get to enjoy that softness and shine. If you don't oil your hair, gentle reader, you really need to try it!

10. Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Unscented Hairspray. I adore this stuff and I've used it for years. I know that it's a tad spendy for a drugstore hairspray but it works exactly the way I want my hairspray to work. The mist is ultra fine and never spits or drips, it's fast dry and my hair stays in place but still has movement and shine and looks like hair, not a shellacked helmet. I can easily run a comb or a brush through my hair and it washes out without having to use a ton of shampoo or scrubbing my tresses to death. I buy can after can of this stuff. It's just that good.

These are some of my favorite affordable hair care products. Are any of these on your list? What are your favorites? Please do tell, in a comment.

This post is a collaboration with my fellow Makeup Wars bloggers. If you're curious about their budget hair care loves, click the links to their blogs, below. If you liked this post and found it helpful won't you give it a share? Sharing allows more people to see my work and I really appreciate it.

Fashion Flash ~ Spring Has Sprung!

Spring has sprung!

The ladies of Fashion Flash are ready to share our favorite things about spring! Travel. Fashion. Beauty. Wellness. Fitness. Join us as we celebrate the season of renewal in real style.

Before we get started, may I introduce our newest victim member of Fashion Flash? Please say Hi! to Stephanie Louise of Home in High Heels a lifestyle blog. Stephanie Louise also has a fantastic Beauty blog, All Things Beautiful XO.

Love the idea of keeping it all together? Stephanie Louise of Home in High Heels shows you why the KIT planner is a rainbow dream!

Sheila of Painted Ladies shows you how to blend your way to smoky eye shadow success in this easy tutorial.

It's time to celebrate women and this month's The Zoe Report Box of Style does that well. Luxury items all created by and for women. Beauty Info Zone loves the power of this subscription.

Barbara Hannah Grufferman of Best of Everything After 50 wants all single women to get out there and start dating again! Here are her best tips to get ready for some fun!

Deb of No Nonsense Beauty Blog looks into the science of sore feet -- and how to choose beautiful, comfortable shoes.

Inka of Glamour Granny Travels explains why she loves ageing ungracefully.

Shape up outdoors! Get out this spring and try these easy exercises by Certified Exercise Physiologist and Health Coach Mirabai Holland from Moving Free.

Prime Beauty found a wonderful skin care product in StriVectin Active Youth Infusion Serum. It provides tons of moisture and plumps skin for a youthful look.

Sometimes it can be tragedy and sorrow that jettisons you into your second life. That was the case with Donna McDonald and that transformation from technical to romance writer helped with her healing, too.

So you eat Goji berries? Society Wellness gives us ten reasons why we should and if you keep reading, eleven ways to eat them.

Find out how Allison at Never Say Die Beauty removes her makeup and gets her face clean as a whistle in an environmentally - friendlier way with no cleanser or makeup remover with the FaceOff Cloth!

Define Me Audrey is one of six beautiful perfumes with a purpose. This sparkling fresh-floral is a delightful mix of peony, rose and jasmine with a hint of sensual sandalwood. Just the kind of scent I love! Define Me donates one dollar for every bottle sold to She's the First, a non profit organization that uses 100% of donations to provide educational scholarships to girls in developing countries.

I hope that you enjoyed this week's Fashion Flash and please, come back next week to enjoy our e-newsletter.

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Love it or Lose it? Play! by Sephora for March

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My Play! by Sephora Beauty Subscription Box for March arrived a few days earlier than usual. Yay! This month's theme is The Gleam Team. Do I love it? Did I leave it? Read on.

Define Me ~ Perfume With a Purpose

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I love fragrance, especially florals so when I was approached by Define Me to try one of their scents I was delighted.


Fashion Flash for the Week of 3/20

Fashion Flash is live!

I want to welcome Sheila of Painted Ladies to our tribe. Sheila is a makeup artist and beauty blogger with a wide body of experience and her blog is a wonderful source of information on beauty, makeup, reviews and tutorials.

Hop on over to Cindy's blog to enjoy this week's Fashion Flash.

Neo Strata Triple Firming Neck Cream

 One of my anti aging skin care mantras is "Do not neglect your neck!" The neck is a highly mobile part of our body; constantly in motion and the skin is very thin and fragile, making it highly prone to wrinkling, creasing and sagging. What can we do to help slow the effects of aging and wear on that delicate skin?


Fashion Flash for the Week Of 3/13

Fashion Flash is live and is this week, being hosted by the lovely Tania of 50 is Not Old. Head over to Tania's blog and see what is going on, this week with the ladies of Fashion Flash. This week;s newsletter is full of fun and informative posts from our savvy 40+ bloggers.

Have a beautiful week and come back, next week for another Fashion Flash!

Most Loved Pink Makeup and Beauty Items ~ Makeup Wars

One of my favorite makeup colours is pink so my subject for this week's Colour Wars was a no brainer.

Pink is delicate, pretty, flattering and it works with my complexion. I love it so I'm perfectly happy to wear it on my lips, cheeks, eyes, nails... Not all at the same time, of course. I love pink but I don't need to be pink.

So, how would you like to see some of my favorite pink beauty goodies?

Modern Vintage Glamour to Go ~ Mirabella Pure Press Mini Travel Size Powder Foundation


I like powder foundation. It is handy to have around for a fast, drama free makeup when I just want a minimal look, don't feel like fussing with liquid or creme formulas and of course, it's great to tuck into my handbag for on the go touch ups.

New! PUR Cosmetics Bare It All 12 - Hour 4 - In - 1 Skin Perfecting Foundation and Oval Face Brushes

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If you are in possession of oily to normal skin, desire full near flawless coverage, long comfortable wear and an easy, smooth application, I have something that you may be interested in! New from PUR Cosmetics is their Bare It All 12 - Hour 4- IN - 1 Skin Perfecting Foundation.


Play! by Sephora Beauty Subscription Box for February ~ My First Impressions

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My affair continues with Play! by Sephora Beauty Subscription Box Service. This month's theme is The Soft Side.