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The Secret to Silky-Soft Hair | LATHER Baobab and Shea Hair Wash and Conditioner

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I have had these bottles of hair care lingering in a box for quite a while, awaiting their turn in my shower. If I'd have known then what I know now, I wouldn't have let them wait as long as I did. 

Fashion Flash | Holiday Season 2018

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This week's  Fashion Flash | Holiday Edition is hosted by Allison at  Never Say Die Beauty . From holiday gift guides to beauty tips to wellness throughout the season, the ladies of Fashion Flash have you covered.

Farmhouse Fresh Chocolate Fig Vitamin Recovery Serum is a Delicious and Nourishing Treat for My Complexion

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A Delicious Holiday Treat For My Skin What smells like chocolate, fruit, flowers and honey and makes my skin look and feel glowingly soft, smooth and youthful?

Unboxing My October Boxy Charm Beauty Subscription Box Featuring IT Cosmetics, Kat Von D and More!

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I know that it's November but I have my October Boxy Charm Unboxing to share with you. Read on to see what came in my box.

Meet My New Favorite Fall Fragrance | Soar by A Girl's Gotta Spa

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//press sample//affiliate// Meet My New Favorite Fall Fragrance Soar Rollerball Perfume  is the new fall fragrance by  A Girl's Gotta Spa!  This new addition to their hand created perfume line is the warmer, smokier sister to the exquisite  Arise . A joyful blend of soft floral, smoky and sweet-spicy notes feels intimate and sexy making it perfect for the cooler, shorter days and long, cozy nights this time of year. My Personal Experience When I apply  Soar , I am first greeted by a riotous tumble of searing geranium, soft rose absolute, rich fig and crisp green tea. As those notes begin to softly fade away, cool, precious amber, hot spicy white ginger and sweet, sharp orange rise to take center stage as gentle, feminine white musk joins the dance. The scent continues to morph on my skin and just about the time I begin to wonder what is coming next, the musk quietly steps away, leaving just a hint of it's sensual presence and the white ginger lingers for a while as th

My Fall/Winter Cleansing Routine for Very Dry Skin

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This week, Makeup Wars is all about skin care and I've decided to share with you my fall/winter cleansing routine for very dry skin.  Fall is officially here and with cooling temps and plummeting humidity comes a shift in the way I cleanse my skin. I can't get away with a quick wash in the shower and slap on some serum and moisturizer, like I can, in the summer. 

Pamper Yourself this Fall with The Vintage Cosmetic Company's Cosy Comfort Kit

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It's officially fall and I am beginning to crave all things soft, soothing, comforting and cozy. I recently received a lovely set of comfort items that are filling the bill, quite nicely. 

Makeup I Want to Concentrate on Using This Fall

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As a blogger and a makeup lover, I have a rather more sizable cosmetics  hoard   collection than   I would, otherwise and inevitably makeup that I like, that I purchased because it really spoke to me is getting passed over and that isn't fair to my pretties or my pocketbook. So, I decided to do some stash diving and pull some products that I want to concentrate on using, this fall. This is not a Project Pan or a Use It Up kind of dealio, I have just decided to concentrate a little extra love on these items, in particular. If you're curious about the makeup I'm concentrating on using this fall, read on.

For the Prettiest Peepers try Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks

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Have I ever mentioned that I am a sheet face mask fanatic? Well, I am! And I love eye sheet masks just as much. Today, I'm excited to share with you a new to me eye sheet mask that I think that you need to add to your skin care routine and get your prettiest peepers, yet.

Pai Shau Tea Infused Hair Care | The Real Scoop

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Let's talk about hair care, shall we?

Arise | The Perfect Summer Fragrance from A Girl's Gotta Spa!

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I freely admit that I'm a little bit of a perfume junkie and while I have my solid favorites, I love to try and wear new fragrances, on a regular basis. Much to my delight, I recently received a bottle of a brand new fragrance that was lovingly created by a friend of mine to try and gentle reader, you have to know about this perfect summertime - or any time, really - scent!

Farmhouse Fresh Mighty Tighty Banana and Turmeric Tightening Mask Serves Up Firmer and More Radiant Skin

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At my age, anything that promises firmer, brighter, younger looking skin is welcome to come on over to my house any time it likes, get all over my face and show me what it can do.

Unboxing My June 2018 Boxycharm

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//press sample// I have tried a few beauty subscription services of different price ranges and product makeup over the last few years but I was recently introduced to my favorite, yet.  Boxycharm  is a monthly beauty box subscription service that, unlike most services packs their boxes with four to five full sized products from names like MAC, IT Cosmetics, Ofra, BECCA, CoverFX and more for only $21.00 a month and each box has a minimum retail value of $100.00. I've received a couple of the boxes, now and I'm pretty happy with them. Read on, if you'd like to see my June 2018  Boxycharm  unboxing.

The Perfect Lazy Girl Facial | REN Wake Wonderful Night Time Facial

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I don't know about you, but I'm not always in the mood to actively do facial treatments but I always want my complexion to benefit from facial treatments. So... What's a lazy girl to do?

My Three Current Favorite Night Creams for Dry/Maturing Skin | Save - Spend - Splurge

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I admit, I love night cream. The ritual of sitting down at my dressing table just before bed and cleansing my face, applying my essence and serums, eye cream then... My night cream. Smoothing the rich, silky stuff across my skin, gently tapping it in and waking up to a soft, plumped up, glowing complexion. Yeah. I love night cream. Today, I'm sharing with you my three current favorite night creams for dry/mature skin and I'm giving you three budget options, too.

Love It or Lose It? | Testing the Butter London PureCure Peel the Love Gel Manicure System

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I have been curious about gel manicures for a while... The beautiful, glossy finish, the long wear, the potential for all kinds of simple or intricate nail looks. But the expense of gathering up all of the stuff I would need and knowing that removing gel polish from my somewhat fragile nails could wreak havoc on them has held me back from exploring gel polish. Until now.

Refresh Your Summer Complexion with DERMA-E

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Summer is here, even if the calendar says that it's still a few weeks away. Summertime means increased oil production, sweat, heavier sunscreens, wind, salt water and chlorine and these factors can all wreak havoc on our skin, resulting on dry, flaky patches, clogged pores and breakouts. Happily, a little extra pampering can quickly set things right. Today, I'm sharing a couple of products from  Derma E . If you read here with any regularity or follow my  Instagram  you know that I have been using and loving Derma E skin care for a while, now and for very good reason. Derma E offers high quality, efficacious, cruelty free and vegan skin care for all skin types, from young to mature, oily to dry and every combination, in between at an accessible price point. If you've never tried this line, I encourage you to hop on their page and check them out. I think that you'll be very pleasantly surprised. Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub , $15.50 - 4 fl. oz. combines a

Amp Up The Power of Your Eye Cream with Farmhouse Fresh Crow Catcher Eye Transforming Serum

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If I told you that adding one quick, easy step to your skin care routine can result in a more hydrated, smoother looking eye area, would you be interested? Yeah, I thought so. Get ready to amp up the power of your eye cream and see and feel a real difference, fast. I have added an update, at the end of this post for anyone curious to know how I feel about this product, a few months, on. 

Why You Need Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon Transformative Gel-Cream in Your Skin Care Routine

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Taking care of my maturing, very dry skin is almost a full time job, these days. I kid you not! I am devoted to my morning and evening multi step routine and I am forever on the hunt for the next great thing that will hydrate and make my skin look and feel it's very best. If it smells gently of lavender? Bonus!

A Step By Step Guide to a Glowing and Safe Summer Tan

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Ahhh... What says "summer" quite like warm, glowing, tanned skin? I freely admit that I love having a good tan but once I learned about just how extremely dangerous a tan from the sun can be, I made the switch from laying out to laying it on. Sunless tanner, that is. I know... Just the thought of sunless tans can evoke some not so happy mental images. We've all seen pictures and video of sunless tanner abuse and it's not pretty! But, when it's done right; when you prep well, take your time and maintain your tan carefully, you can enjoy a sexy, golden, glowing and safe summer tan without the risk of premature aging, skin damage or worst of all, skin cancer. A great sunless tan isn't fast or effortless, it's a look that requires some work and dedication but the results can be worth it.

Bargain Beauty Find | My Favorite Dry Shampoos

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Let's talk bargain beauty finds. Let's talk about dry shampoo. And, let's make it quick. My Internet is giving me hell... I think that my router is crapping out. Blech. Anywhoo, I thought that I'd share with you my favorite dry shampoos and why I like them so much. Both of these dry shampoos have several great things going for them; they are easy to find at the drugstore or Ulta Beauty, they are both super affordable and they both do their job, splendidly. Oh! And they are cruelty free.

Jesse's Girl Glow Stix Liquid Crystal Lip Gloss is Festival Ready in a Flash

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It's spring. Festival season is gearing up, summer is right around the corner and everyone (myself included) is going koo-koo for Cocoa Puffs over iridescent, shimmery, colour shifting makeup and the return of lush, glossy lips.

My Holy Grail Primer and Foundation

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In the evolution of my makeup wearing life I have had a very few beloved foundations. L'Oreal Visuelle. Revlon New Complexion. Bare Minerals. Foundations that gave me the coverage I craved and made my skin look like I wished that it did, without makeup; even toned, smooth,  pretty.  It's been a while since I've had a foundation that makes me completely happy, when I apply it. A foundation that I can call my Holy Grail. Today, I'm sharing with you my holy grail face primer and foundation. Read on to find out why I love these products, so much.

My Top Ten Beauty Tips from Love Your Age The Small Step Solution to a Better, Longer, Happier Life

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Welcome to the Fashion Flash Book Tour featuring  Love Your Age The Small Step Solution to a Better, Longer, Happier Life  by Barbara Hanna Grufferman. This post was originally slated to be a book review post but it became apparent, in pretty short order that yours truly is not cut out to be a book reviewer! I decided to change tack and I hope that I did the book some justice. 

Refresh Your Complexion with Osmosis Tropical Mango Barrier Recovery Mask

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The scent of sweet, ripe mangoes. A buttery smooth texture. A pampered, refreshed complexion. What do all of these things have in common?

This Spring Try Farmhouse Fresh Moon Dip Back to Youth Ageless Body Mousse For Soft and Pampered Skin

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If there is one thing I know about getting older, it is that taking care of my skin is becoming more and more of a challenge. Happily, I have a partner to help me and you can, too.

The Best Spring Blushes for Fair Skin | Save, Spend and Splurge

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Spring has sprung, in my part of the country and my thoughts are turning to the perfect blush colours to wear on my fair skin as the days warm up and my allergies shift into high gear in their never ending quest to do me in, once and for all. Today, the Makeup Wars bloggers are sharing some of our favorite blushes for spring. I did some stash diving and I came up with three pink and three coral blushes perfect for the bright, warm days ahead. I decided to choose blushes in different price points so that everyone can find something fresh and pretty for the new season.

Four Purple OPI Polishes Everyone Needs

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//affiliate links that help support my site and put coffee in my cup at no extra cost to you are in use// Makeup Wars is celebrating the Pantone Color of the Year, Ultraviolet and I'm sharing with you my picks for the four purple OPI nail polishes that everyone needs.  First, please allow me to apologize. My camera is no longer picking up purple as well as it used to so these polishes do not translate anywhere close to true to life. OPI You're Such a Budapest , a gentle lavender crelly enhanced by the finest of multicoloured sparkles. OPI Do You Lilac It?  is a beautiful lilac creme. This beloved core line shade screams spring. OPI Do You Have this Colour in Stockholm?  Intense, perfect royal purple creme. OPI Lincoln Park After Dark , this deep, dark true purple is the queen of all of the vampy polishes. Behold swatches, from index to pinkie, in the order listed above. All four of these polishes have a flawless formula, they all apply like a dream and

Dermalogica Double Cleanse for Spring Fresh Skin Every Day

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Double cleansing is having a major moment, both in the beauty world and in my skin care routine! Taking care of my complexion is major, for me and I'm always happy to try new, quality skin care that helps me do just that. If you'd like to know more, read on.

Makeup Wars - This Winter's Must Have Product That I'm Loving

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This edition of Makeup Wars is This Winter's Must Have Product that I'm Loving. While I haven't been using this particular product for very long, I'm already in love with it! I mean, Alpha Hydroxy Acid? Almost overnight, visible results that I can really feel? Yeah. This is my must have skin care product for winter and I think that, once you've taken a look, it will soon become one of yours, as well.

Is the Erno Laszlo White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel Worth the Exorbitant Price Point?

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I don't know about you but I am always happy to find fantastic skin care products that help my complexion to look it's very best and, if they slow the advance of the effects of time, all the better! But in this case, are the results worth the exorbitant price point?

Some of My Favorite Fragrances from Define Me

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So, here I sit, sicker than a dog with the plague (curse my husband into next year for passing this virus on to me... I will have my revenge) trying to prod my brain into action and my fingers into doing their clumsy dance across my keyboard and compose this post. I need to write about fragrance for this edition of Makeup Wars when I'd so much rather be vegging out by my fireplace, sipping on a mug of boiling hot chicken soup and binging something on Netflix.