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Derma-E The Perfect Travel Kit | Affordable Travel Treats for Beautiful Skin on the Go

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If you are planning a winter vacation or weekend getaway or just need a great little bag of skin care treats to keep in your backpack, shower kit or tote to help keep your skin beautiful on the go I have just the thing for you.  I recently received the  Derma-E Perfect Travel Kit  in the mail and it is  just too cute for words. There is a makeup bag that is big enough to hold your to go skin care necessities as well as some makeup and other stuff. The skin care included in the  Derma-E Perfect Travel Kit  are snack sized Purifying Daily Detox Scrub, Vitamin C Concentrated Serum and Hydrating Night Cream. There is also a little travel mirror that is as cute as it is handy to have at the ready. At only $10.99, the  Derma-E Perfect Travel Kit  is affordable, cute and the best little travel companion. I kind of wanted to keep mine but, since I'm not planning to do any travelling in the near future, I decided to gift my set to someone as an extra special surprise litt

12 Last Minute Beauty Gift and Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Amazon

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Yep. I did just one more gift guide. This one is my 12 Last Minute Beauty Gift and Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Amazon. I know... It's weird but I'm trying to be a better blogger. I'm probably way behind on how these are done, now. Honestly, I haven't been paying attention and that is my next goal, pay better attention to how the better bloggers are doing things and affect some changes. When putting this guide together, I tried to pick a mix of beauty goodies that I really enjoy and an item or two that I'd like to have, in the future, These are beauty products that are a little more budget friendly and all available with Prime shipping so that they should arrive in plenty of time, as long as you order by the cutoff date. I hope that you find this and  my other gift guide  helpful while you are wrapping up your holiday shopping.

Seven Day Black and White Photo Challenge Wrap Up

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There has been a fun challenge going around for a few years. The Seven Day Black and White Photo Challenge is simple; seven days, one black and white photograph of an everyday object each day. No people, no pets, no explanations. I have done this challenge, before and I usually post the photos on my personal Facebook but this time, I thought that it would be fun to do it on my  Instagram  and I thought that it would be fun to do a wrap up blog post about it, as well. If you would like to see my seven photos from this challenge, please read on. In the spirit of the original challenge, I am only captioning my photographs with the day order in which they were posted.

Top Ten Beauty Storage Gift Ideas from Amazon

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The holiday gift shopping season is in full swing and because Thanksgiving hit a little later, this year it's shorter than usual. A shorter shopping season means less time to get all of our gift shopping done so it's time to hustle up and get to it! Today, I'm sharing my Top Ten Beauty Storage Ideas from Amazon . These are skin care, makeup, nail polish and brush storage items in price points from super affordable to a... little bit spendy that I feel would make perfect holiday gifts for any beauty enthusiast on your list or a little something special with which you can treat yourself. All of these items are Amazon Prime eligible so if you have prime, they will ship for free and ship fast, so your gifts should arrive for your holiday giving, provided that you order before the final cutoff date. If you're looking for great beauty storage gift ideas, read on.

Unboxing My November BoxyCharm | Stellar Edition

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The November Boxycharm Box brought a new program and a box packed with more full sized products, better value and yes, a slightly higher price. The prior price point of $21.00 a month has been increased to $25.00 a month. After you see what arrived in my November box, you might agree that this box is even more worth it.

It's Time for A Holiday Glamour Giveaway!

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It's Time for a Holiday Glamour Giveaway! December is the month for holiday parties and family get togethers. Cameras will be snapping and flash popping and we all want to look our glamorous, Insta-ready best in every picture, all month long. What conveys holiday glamour better than glowing skin and a beautiful, classic makeup look? This giveaway is full of six cult favorite beauty goodies that will create beautiful eye and lip looks through the festive season and beyond! What's Included in the Prize?  A citrus sheet mask for brighter, glowing skin A Dose of Colors Matte Eye Shadow Palette in Sassy Siennas An Eyeko Eyeliner Pen in black A pair of Huda Beauty False Lashes in #7 "Samantha"  A Huda Beauty Matte Liquid Lipstick in "Alluring" an Allure exclusive red A Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in "Stone", a classic, flattering nude The approximate retail value of this giveaway is $110.00. Plus, I am known for tossing fun

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick 2 in Dance Floor Princess and JK Magic | Do They Live Up to the Hype?

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Because I'm Crazy Have you ever done something as crazy as to buy two... Not just one, but two expensive lipsticks based on packaging and presentation, alone, not knowing if you're going to love the formula and colours? I did. I bought two beautiful new Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 lipsticks before I knew if I would like the colours in person or if the formula would work for me. Curious to know if these lipsticks live up to the hype? Keep reading.

Eight Disappointing Beauty Products that I Regret Buying

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Bad beauty buys; yeah, they happen to all of us. We fall for the hype, we trust reviews, we trust our own research and instincts or we make an impulse buy, thinking that we are picking up just the right thing and it backfires on us. While I don't make a lot of bad beauty buys as I am pretty familiar with what usually works well for me and I try not to buy too many items on impulse, every now and again, a product that I thought was going to be so good turns around and bites me in the ass.  In this post, I'm sharing eight beauty products that were a disappointment to me and that I regret buying. If you're curious about what beauty goodies just didn't cut it, read on.

The Beauty Spotlight Team Welcomes November

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Welcome November and welcome to another Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Roundup . We are celebrating a new month, getting ready for winter and the holidays to come. Read on and I hope that you enjoy this week's edition.

Why I Love Airelle Skin Care Anti Aging Manuka Honey Face Mask for Winter Dry Skin Care

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It's only November but my skin is already in full on winter freakout mode and it's time to ramp my skin care routine into cold weather survival mode. That means hauling out the big guns, the ultra hydrating masks, creams and oils that my Sahara Desert dry skin can't live without.

New Luxie Beauty Makeup Brushes for Home and Travel | And a Giveaway!

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This giveaway has concluded and the winner has received their prize. Thank you and keep your eyes peeled for future giveaways.  As you might be able to tell, from the container in the background of the photo above, I really like  Luxie Beauty makeup brushes . And I'm so happy to be able to share with you a couple of newer offerings from Luxie, tell you what I think of them and at the end of this blog post, share with you how you can win a four piece set of brand new Luxie brushes, for yourself.

How I Use the Airelle Skin Care Intense Hydrator to Meet the Needs of My Very Dry Skin!

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give your moisturizer a boost A few years ago, I was introduced to the concept of a "hydrating serum" a multitasking product that is both treatment and a lightweight hydrator that delivers powerful, active skin care ingredients right to the skin's surface while it gives a boost to the moisturizer to be applied after. I fell in love with that concept when I witnessed the way that my complexion responded and since, I've kept various hydrating serums in my daily skin care rotation. Read on to learn how the  Airelle Age Defying Intense Hydrator  is playing the part of a hydrating serum for me while it is meeting the needs of my very dry skin.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist is a Luxe Treat For Dry Skin

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my misty obsession continues! Facial mists are my favorite skin care indulgence and with no shame, I declare far and wide that I want allll of the mists! My newest obsession is the  Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist , a beautiful and luxe treat for dry and maturing skin but my love for this stuff is a double edged sword.

Trying Out the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder

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As an avid fan of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, I was intrigued by the new-ish  Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder  and I really wanted to try it out but I wasn't interested in blowing $46.00 on a powder that my skin might not like. Happily, they have a travel size for a very reasonable $20.00 so I bought the smaller one and got to trying it out.

The Best Value Beauty Subscription Box Out There | My Boxy Charm for August Unboxing

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I have the  August Boxy Charm Beauty Subscription Box  * to share with you, today.  what is Boxy Charm? Boxy Charm   *   is a montly beauty subscription box that contains four to five full sized and the occasional bonus travel sized products that add up to a minimum of $100.00 value for only $21.00 a month, making  Boxy Charm  * an amazing deal. Some of the brands I have received in my boxes are Too Faced, MAC, Tarte, Wander Beauty, Peach & Lily, Becca, Butter London, Luxie and so many more. Some boxes are a home run, others, like this month's offering are a mix of items I will keep and use and items I will be sharing.  Are you curious about the products that arrived in my August box and what I think of them? Read on.

Check out My Very First Fab Fit Fun Seasonal Subscription Box for Fall - 2019 | Plus a Special Discount Just for You!

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how did this all come about? I was approached and offered the opportunity to receive, review and share my thoughts on the fall Fab Fit Fun seasonal subscription box. I've seen this box talked about all over blogs and YouTube and it's been in my mind to try, for a while so of course, I jumped at the chance! 

Refresh Your Peepers with Patchology Flash Patch Rejuvenating Eye Gels

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refresh your peepers Sheet masks aren't just for your face. Eye patch masks have really grown in popularity, in the last couple of years and I am a huge fan.

Snacking on Juliette Has a Gun Parfums | Not a Perfume

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what perfume means to me I love perfume. My most powerful memories, both beautiful and horrifying are closely tied to scent and fragrances are my strongest memory triggers. While I don't really have a signature scent, I do have a few strong favorites that I reach for more often than others and I do have a scent type. I tend to fall most deeply in love with florals, especially those with a fresh, or gourmand component. I also enjoy clean, watery, ozone and some green notes as well as sweet, fruity and rich, delicious caramel, bitter almond, tonka, chocolate, cherry, vanilla even a touch of tobacco or leather. Wow. Way to narrow it down, Erika. Next time, just try "I have an eclectic taste in fragrance". Geeze.

Why My Skin Loves the Peach & Lily Wild Dew Treatment Essence and Yours Will, Too

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why are we talking about essence, again? Well, because my skin loves it and I think that your skin would, too! I use an essence morning and night, when I do my regular skin care routine and I rarely skip it. I got started using essence when a friend of mine gave me a bottle. I had been reading about essence and it's benefits and I was curious about what it could do for my skin but I remained a bit skeptical. I let the gift bottle sit around, for a while before I started using it but let me tell you, once I did, I couldn't stop! I began feeling a difference in my skin almost right away and with consistent use I have enjoyed the benefits of increased hydration, softer, firmer skin and that "glass skin glow". Gentle reader, essence is the real thing and I'm sharing with you, today one of the essences in my regular rotation.

Vitabrid C12 Dual Mask Luxury Hydrating Sheet Masks are Perfect for Dry and Mature Skin

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summer is here The heat is on and it's time to stock up on some new skin care and K Beauty treats are just the thing I need to pamper my summer stressed, dry complexion. 

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Fussy | Does it Live Up to the Hype?

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I fell for the hype I've been hearing so many raves about Fenty Beauty and I decided, when I made my latest Sephora order to buy an item from the line and see if it lives up to the hype.

A Skin Care Fridge | Bougie or Beneficial?

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and so the obsession began... As a hardcore beauty and skin care junkie, I'm always on the lookout for great new products and gadgets that will take my beauty routine to the next level and make it more fun and feel a little more special. What could be more special, more bougie and beneficial than a mini skin care and beauty fridge? I have been wanting a skin care fridge for a while but I always thought that I'd have to buy a bulky, Freon cooled dorm size fridge and I was seriously considering going for it when I learned, reading a fellow beauty fiend's Facebook post about personal mini fridges. I hit up Amazon, started searching and instantly fell down the mini fridge rabbit hole and had a ton of fun while I was there. After creating a long list, debating size, features and appearance and winnowing the list fridge by fridge, I finally landed on the perfect skin care fridge for me. 

Airelle Skin Care Age Defying Serum

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Are you in the lookout for a firming, anti aging face serum that can deliver results that you can see and feel? Read on.

Airelle Age Defying Skin Care Exfoliating Cleanser with Barrimatrix, Glycolic and Bamboo

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I have been test driving a new to me skin care line for a while, now and it's time to start sharing my thoughts about these products with all of you. I'm going to begin at the beginning with cleanser.

K-Beauty Brand Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum | Love It or Leave It?

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I can haz "Glass Skin?"  I freely admit and you probably already know that I am a serum junkie. Few skin care products make my little heart go pitter-pat quite like a good serum and I have a nice one from K-Beauty brand Peach & Lily to share with you all, today. Now, I am well aware that at my age, "Glass Skin" is not a reasonable expectation as my face no longer has the firmness and tension required to achieve that perfect, glassy-smooth, poreless, line free finish that typifies glass skin, as I understand it but that doesn't mean that I can't continue to strive for the smoothest, softest, most glowingly youthful looking complexion that I can possibly achieve.

Unboxing My February and March Boxy Charm Beauty Subscription Boxes

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I'm a slacker Yep. I'm late getting this up again but I decided to do a two month bonus two-fer so there is that. I am such a slacker at blogging, of late yet I wonder why my traffic is in the crapper... Yeah. Self inflicted.

New V. Old - Tangle Teezer Detangling Hair Brush Model Smackdown! Which One Will Win?

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out with the old, in with the new? I did a little shopping, recently and one of the items I bought is a new Tangle Teezer to replace my old-old-old faithful Original Tangle Teezer that I've owned and used for years and years and I thought that it would be fun to do a little smackdown match between the two brushes to see which one best suits my hair.

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is Skin Care that May Just Blow Your Mind

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can an essence really blow your mind? An essence that is so good that it may just blow your mind? A little hyperbole, on this fine spring day perhaps, but the fact remains that essence is an integral part of my skin care routine and this essence, in particular is living up to it's promise.

Why I LOVE My AQUIS Hair Turban and Why I Think that You Will, Too

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it was a revelation The first time I took my hair down out of this drying turban I ran my fingers through my tresses and I said, "Oh, my goddess. How have I lived without this?"

My Top Four Derma-E Skin Care Hydrating and Firming Favorites

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My Name is Erika and I am a Little Obsessed With Skin Care  One thing I love about being a beauty blogger is all of the skin care that I get to try. It is my great privilege to play with a wide variety of products from many brands in price points ranging from affordable to extravagant and if I've learned one thing, it is that price doesn't always inform quality.

Unboxing my January Allure Beauty Box | Featuring Sunday Riley, Amika, Ouai and More

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Yes, I know that this is posting a little late. Sue me.  I love beauty box subscription services. For a small monthly outlay, I receive in the mail a little box packed with beauty goodies ranging from skin care to hair care, nail pretties to makeup and it's all a guessing game as to what I'll find when I open it up. It's so much fun.

June Jacobs Intensive Age Defying Hydrating Serum is a Gift to Dry Skin

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Gentle reader, are you as sick and damned tired of winter as I am? I swear that the cold and wind, running the furnace and my fireplace are conspiring to wreck my face. If you feel the same way, read on because I am going to share something that I believe will help.

Juno & Co Velvet Microfiber Makeup Application Sponges | Love Them or Leave Them?

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I have been seeing the Juno & Co. Velvet Microfiber Makeup Application Sponges all over the place and I was curious about how well they really work so I was happy to give them a go, when they came my way.

Butter London X Pantone Color of the Year 2019 Living Coral Nail Lacquer Collection

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My Favorite Color of the Year  I love coral. Coral-coral. Orange coral. Pinky coral. Peachy coral. Reddish coral. Coral just calls to me. When I heard that the Pantone Color of the Year was going to be Living Coral, I squealed. And, when this new Butter London X Pantone Color of the Year Living Coral Nail Lacquer Collection landed on my doorstep, I ripped open the box and did a happy dance. Gentle reader, I feel as if this little nail lacquer trio was created just for me.

How to Trim Your Own Hair at Home

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The End is Near The seemingly endless journey that I've been on to purge my tresses of the old, bleach damaged length at long last is drawing to a close. This New Year's Eve I did the last (I hope!) of the large, drastic trims - chops, really! that have been so necessary to rid me of long, over bleached and badly damaged length and I think that from now on, small trims should help me maintain my hair in much better condition while it grows. Or until I decide to do something to it, again! That, I'm afraid is not outside the realm of possibility as I can't seem to leave my hair be. I am always wanting to change it. All of the trims I've done over the last couple of years have been self trims. I just don't see the point of paying for a salon visit if I can do a simple, blunt cut trim in the comfort of my own home, for free. Self trimming long hair is very easy and quick, once you know how. This is a perfect method to use to trim someone else's hair, also.