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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