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.


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


Fashion Flash - Belated

Better late than never? This week's edition of Fashion Flash - 17 July is being hosted by the lovely Allison of Never Say Die Beauty.

Grab a refreshing beverage, put your feet up click this link and enjoy our weekly online newsletter by and for women in the know. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled, as we have some exciting stuff planned for the coming weeks that you are not going to want to miss! 

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

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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 never have, no matter what kind of base coat, polish or top coat I've ever used. If I get three solid days of no chip wear out of a manicure, I do a happy dance. Seche Vive has helped to extend my average polish life from two to three days to an impressive to me four to five days. I honestly don't mind sitting down and changing my nail polish but if I have a shade on my tips that I'm particularly enjoying and want to wear it another day or two, Seche Vive can help me do just that. And that ain't bad.


Polish is Seychelle and accent nail art is all six shades from the LVX Luxury Nail Lacquer Spring/Summer Collection.

I love how easy this top coat is to use. I apply it just like I do good old Seche Vite, it dries fast then cures hard like a gel, no UV lamp needed. Don't worry. I have no plans to abandon my beloved Seche Vite, it's just too good. I've merely added a new member to my top coats I can count on family.

Have you tried Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat? What do you think of it?

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

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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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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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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, longer lasting, natural looking waves and wurls, softer hair with less frizz and stiff feeling in the form of Sugar Texturizing Spray from a new to me hair care brand No. 4 High Performance Hair Care. You guys, where has this stuff been all of my life?!

It's easy to get my soft, pretty beachy waves; after washing or just wetting my hair down with a spray bottle of water, I add some leave in, lightly oil my length and shake my hair loose at the roots with my fingers to separate and let the curl and clump process begin. Then I grab my Sugar Texturizing Spray and mist my hair, lifting it from the ends and dropping it into the spray and finish up with an additional spritz to my canopy. A little scrunching, all over and twisty-twisty of random locks that need some encouragement and I'm done but the air drying. Which kind of takes forevah... I really need to get a diffuser for my hair dryer... It's so hard to keep my fingers off of my hair while it dries! If it's not up, I'm constantly fiddling with it and that's a huge no-no while curls and waves are drying if you want to avoid frizz and girl, I will do anything to avoid frizz! The end result, if I have applied my product properly, used just the right technique and the planets align is soft, defined s-waves and lovely, loopy spirals that last until I brush them out.

Sounds nice, huh? Trust me, if you have naturally wavy or curly hair or want to fake it, you need Sugar Texturizing Spray

No. 4 High Performance Hair Care is cruelty free, vegan, gluten and paraben free. The sulfate and salt free formulas are gentle to hair and can help preserve colour. I like this sugar spray and I'd love to try other products in this line. What about you? Have you tried? Think that you might like to?