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Pop Sugar Must-Have Box, August

From You To You!  The Pop Sugar Must-Have Box! #review #beauty #musthave #ad

From You To You! The Pop Sugar Must-Have Box!

August Must-Have Box, PopSugar #musthave #ad

August Must-Have Box, PopSugar

Press SampleIt’s as if POPSUGAR read my mind! I received a Must Have Box to review, and nearly squealed when I spied the Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace in Black Cat’s Eye tucked inside! I’ve been obsessing over Kendra Scott jewelry for months now!

If you’re looking for a fun little way to surprise yourself, the POPSUGAR Must Have box is a must-see!  Unlike some of the other boxes I’ve introduced you to, the POPSUGAR Must Have box is a lifestyle box.  It’s filled with goodies for just about every part of your life!  Above is a photo of the treasure trove that arrived in the August Box.

Seen enough?  Enter promo code AUG14SELECT by 9/10/14 for $10 off of a three month subscription!  Click HERE to sign up for the POPSUGAR Must Have Box!

For an up-close look at each product in the August Must Have Box, as well as a sneak peek at the September Must Have Box, click through to read more! [Read more...]

JORD Wood Watches

Jord Wooden Watches

JORD Wood Watches

Press SampleAn interesting concept crossed my desk recently, the JORD Wooden Watch! The “stacked wrist” trend–where many bracelets are worn with a watch–is still very popular. The most modern way to wear the look is to team up various textures and finishes.  A wood watch, like those sold by JORD, is a great addition to this look. [Read more...]

Spring/Summer Stockup!

For the past three years, I’ve been spending a lot of time in Arizona. Recently, my family left the dark and rainy Seattle area and relocated to the hot and dry Phoenix area! There are many beauty challenges with a climate change like this, and I’ll blog more about that in coming weeks. Today I’m just going to share some fun accessories I recently purchased to jazz up my very casual Spring/Summer wardrobe.  Simple cotton shorts and a t-shirt can look so fashionable with some killer jewelry (I am obsessed with statement necklaces), status sandals, and fabulous eye makeup!

Walgreens Spring Makeup Look!

Walgreens_CornerOf_Lockup-HorizStagger_Multi_RGBdrugstore-beauty-2014I generally try to avoid the local drugstore. It’s not that I don’t love it, but rather that I love it a bit too much, and seem to get trapped in some sort of time vortex once I start browsing.  I can spend hours wandering the beauty aisles!  I’m not one to pass up a challenge, so when Walgreens Beauty (through POPSUGAR Select) provided us with a list of items to incorporate into a Spring makeup look, I was all over it! Click HERE to check out Walgreens Beauty Deals!Confession:  Once I found the items for my new makeup look, I did indeed spend an extra 30-45 minutes there, simply browsing the selection.  There are so many fun makeup goodies to choose from!  I also signed up for the Walgreens Balance Rewards program before checking out.  Why?  Not only can you earn points toward future gift certificates, you even get to use paperless coupons during checkout.

Introducing The Team

Curve It Hair Styling Cream, L'Oreal Colour Riche Lip Stain, L'Oreal Miracle Blur Eye Cream, and L'Oreal Butterfly Mascara

The Team: Curve It Hair Styling Cream, L’Oreal Colour Riche Lip Stain, L’Oreal Miracle Blur Eye Cream, and L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara

Nivea Kiss of Color, A Kiss of Care & Color Lip Care

Nivea: A Kiss of Care & Color Lip Care

Above are images of some of the products I incorporated into my new Spring look:  L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara, L’Oreal  Colour Riche Lip Stain, L’Oreal Miracle Blur Eye Cream, L’Oreal Curve It Hair Styling Cream, and NIVEA A Kiss of Care & Color Lip Care.

Step 1 to achieve my look is to protect the pucker with NIVEA Color Lip Care!  The NIVEA product is not new to me.  As you’ve gathered from reading this blog, my love-affair with NIVEA was rekindled, and I’ve been using NIVEA lip care product all winter long to protect my lips from becoming overly dry and chapped.  It’s easy to remember this step if you buy NIVEA A Kiss of Care & Color and carry it in your bag, because this balm leaves behind a gorgeous trace of color.  My favorite shade is Sheer Berry, but Sheer Coral is also perfect for Spring.

Loreal Curve It Curl Taming Cream review

Loreal Curve It Curl Taming Cream

Step 2 is to apply L’Oreal Curve It Curl Taming Cream to damp hair after you shower. One pump is all that is necessary. Start application at roots and work upward. I have naturally curly hair that I usually wear straight, and this product is amazing for taming frizz and leaving hair smooth and shiny.

Loreal Revitalift Miracle Blue Eye Treatment

Loreal Revitalift Miracle Blue Eye Treatment

Loreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Eye Treatment

Loreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Eye Treatment

Step 3 is to apply L’Oreal Miracle Blur Eye Cream under the eyes on clean, dry skin. This oil-free under-eye moisturizer can be worn both under makeup or applied at night.  It’s not only an anti-aging treatment, Miracle Blur Eye Cream provides some instant camouflage for aging skin using light-diffusing technology.

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L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara

Loreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

Loreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, review, photos, opinion

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

Step 4, I applied my usual foundation, concealer, powder, eye shadow and eye pencil.  Then I got to play with the new L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara. This mascara is crazy efficient at delivering extra length to those outer lashes thanks to the shape of the applicator.  The longer bristles of the mascara wand should always be at the outer corner of the eye, making those lashes so long and luxe!  The underside of the brush has short bristles, perfect for a quick swipe along the lower lashes.

Loreal Lip Stain in Coral Tattoo

L’Oreal Lip Stain in Coral Tattoo

Loreal Coral Tattoo Swatch

L’Oreal Coral Tattoo Swatch

Step 5 I applied a cream cheek color, and then finished off the look with L’Oreal Colour Riche Lip Stain in Coral Tattoo. This orange hue leans red, and is a great choice to usher in the Spring season.  Coral Tattoo instantly brightens any look! Another perk? It wears like a gloss, but delivers the long-lasting color of a stain. I’m crazy about this product, as I don’t have frequent opportunities to reapply my lip color throughout the day.

The Reveal!

Walgreens Spring Beauty Look

Walgreens Spring Beauty Look

I paired my new makeup look with a blue knit top and a tangle of my favorite necklaces.

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My Walgreens Spring Makeover!

If you’re ready to create your own new look for spring, then Click HERE to check out Walgreens Beauty Deals!

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Walgreens Beauty through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Walgreens Beauty, all opinions are my own.  Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

SOL Republic Tracks Headphones

Sol Republic Tracks Headset

Sol Republic Tracks Headset

Press SampleIt was on Christmas Day that I received my first Walkman, and I remember marveling over the sound! “It sounds like the band is in the room!” I remember exclaiming. Today’s headsets are so vastly superior, I had a similar amazed reaction when I donned the SOL Republic Tracks On-Ear Headphones, in a dashing race-car red.  The sound delivered was crystal clear, and immersive! [Read more...]

Using Stur To Drink Your Water!

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How To Use Stur To Increase Water Consumption

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I’m not the best when it comes to drinking the right amount of water daily. My husband harassed me about this often, especially when I was pregnant, so the story of how the Stur brand was born really resonated with me. Basically, a concerned father-to-be wanted his wife to drink more water. To entice her to drink more, he paired up with a food scientist to invent Stur, a blend of natural fruit flavors and stevia that can be squeezed into drinking water a glass at a time.

I’ve been loving it myself. So how do you use Stur? Simply count to 10 while squeezing a container into a glass of water. (I do the old 10 Mississippi count I used to use as a kid). Then stir, and you’re ready to drink! The brand offers Honestly Lemonade, Purely Orange Mango, Simply Strawberry, Truly PomeCranberry, Proudly Tea + Lemon, and Only Mint Cucumber.

Stur is calorie-free, carb-free, sugar-free, and makes bland old water taste like a treat!

Retail price for 5 bottles, $19.95!

Click HERE to check out Stur!

The product featured in this post was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

BRAND WARS: Five Reasons I Love Estee Lauder

This week, the Makeup Wars team is doing something a little different.  We’ve each picked a brand to showcase.  My pick?  Estee Lauder!

Firstly, Estee Lauder fanned the flames of my makeup obsession in my early teens.  I would wait for a coveted GWP and then strike!  I always felt like I had hit a gold mine.  So why did I love Estee Lauder at 14, and still love the brand at **ahem** older than 14?

Five Reasons To Love Lauder

1)  Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Every year, the brand raises funds to work toward a cure for Breast Cancer in brilliant ways.  It’s still October, so don’t forget to think pink!

BCA:  Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection

BCA: Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection

2) Limited Edition collections. Estee Lauder’s latest limited-edition wares are off the hook!

Estee Lauder Metallics Nail Lacquer

Estee Lauder Metallics Nail Lacquer

3) Holiday Gifts! Each year, Estee Lauder offers gift-able beauty accessories that are keepsake quality.

Estee Lauder Holiday Compacts 2013

Estee Lauder Holiday Compacts 2013

4) GWPS! Estee Lauder offers the most awesome gift with purchase options! In fact, Estee herself was the person who came up with the idea!

5) One Stop Shop! Estee Lauder has always been a brand I can trust for superior color and skincare options. Click on each swatch below to visit a recent Lauder review! Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom, to read about the favorite brands of the entire makeup wars team!

Onyx Swatch, Estee Lauder Double-Wear Eye Pencil

Onyx Swatch, Estee Lauder Double-Wear Eye Pencil

Bronze Swatch, Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil

Bronze Swatch, Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil

Estee Lauder Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick in Rock Candy

Estee Lauder Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick in Rock Candy

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Hydra Lustre Lipstick Cinnamon Swatch, Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder Spiked Toffee swatch, reviews

Estee Lauder Spiked Toffee

This product was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Heavenly Luxe Powder Brush Review, IT Cosmetics!

Heavenly Luxe Powder Brush, IT Cosmetics, review, opinion

Heavenly Luxe Powder Brush, IT Cosmetics

I’m a recent “friend” of IT Cosmetics, and while I’ve had the opportunity to use many great tools in my time, the quality of this brand’s brushes is simply jaw dropping. [Read more...]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day Lipstick!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope your day is filled with lots of love, sweet treats, and maybe a perfume bottle or two. ;-)

Still on the hunt for a great gift?  Don’t forget my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide!  The photo above reminded me of my own lipstick “heart look”.  I used Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense lipstick for this fun look.  First, I applied 47 all over, and then drew a chunky heart on the inner lip with 9.  I used 46 to line the heart shape, to make it stand out.  Up close, the heart is obvious, but from a distance this little design made the lips look extra pouty!

Make Up For Ever, "Heart Look"

Make Up For Ever, “Heart Look”

 

NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder in Crystal

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NARS Pressed Light Reflecting Setting Powder, Crystal

Perfect skin is as in as ever. New for Spring is the NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder, available in either a pressed or loose powder format, depending on your pleasure! At first glance, NARS powder would appear to simply be a translucent mattifying powder.  Not so!  This pressed powder leaves skin looking positively radiant, as if it is lit from within by moonlight. [Read more...]