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The Best of November Beauty!

With only nine weeks until the holidays, the gift sets are out and the season of pampering is in full swing. Here are the products hitting shelves now that will make the upcoming weeks of craziness easier.

Talika Eyebrow Lipocils Ink ($29.00) is the first colored brow treatment that actually helps grow sparse brows. Available in two colors, Chestnut (pulls slightly red) and Dark Brown (true to its name) fill in brows while helping to encourage regrowth. For the best application, make sure brows are dry and free of any skincare, oils or foundation. You can expect brows to start filling in after several weeks of treatment. Don't be afraid of the word "ink"...it's hard to overdo it with this pen. It truly gives a natural look!

It Cosmetics isn't offering much in the way of makeup-related holiday sets, but the brush sets are to die for. The City Chic Brush Set ($68.00), includes five face and eye brushes and a beautiful rose gold and silver clutch. You'll get a Chic Powder, Blush, Foundation, Eyeshadow and Crease brush; everything you need to perfect your look. Each brush uses the award-winning Heavenly Luxe synthetic, cruelty-free bristles, for the smoothest feeling application possible. This set is key because the ferrules on the City Chic set are longer than many traditional brushes, giving you perfect finger-feel when applying your makeup. The brush handles are weighted to feel substantial, giving you perfect control of each complexion-blurring sweep of the brush. If you bought the brushes separately, it would cost around $150.00. Get one for you and one for a friend!

I've already mentioned this once, but its deliciousness bears repeating. The Chocolate Truffle Holiday Exfoliator ($88.00) smells like the most decadent pot of chocolate icing, but is so good for your skin. If you love chocolate, or need a gift for someone who does, this is everything.

NYX Women rejoice! Can't get enough of the Liquid Suede Lip Creams? Grab this Liquid Suede Lip Creams Vault Set ($49.00) that contains every color released in this formula! You'll get all 24 shades that deliver long-wearing, waterproof color. If you love this formula, don't let this one pass you by!

Clinique just launched their Very Honey Holiday Collection ($32.50) featuring colors based on their classic Black Honey Shade. This is a must-have for my green-eyed women! You'll get 13 shadows (and a few "brushes" you will instantly lose). These purples are universal just like the original lipstick, so you can't go wrong. And if you are into the minimalist shadow look, this palette offers up combos for days.


For my ladies looking to fulfill a Treat Yo Self day, look no farther than the two-tiered, Giorgio Armani Beauty Light and Shadow Eyes and Face Palette ($140.00). You'll get 10 shadow shades, in two different finishes. In the face palette, you'll get a universal powder, plus a sculpting and concealer shade. This palette takes luxe to the hilt.

What is on your list this month? I'm still pondering this and this, but how many does one person need? Did you notice the lack of holiday eye shadow palettes? I'm meh on all of the ones I've seen so far, but couldn't resist picking grabbing the Anastasia Master Palette by Mario  since it was right in front of me...

Pin this image for me, will ya? MWAH! xo

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A Beginner's Guide: The Best Of Too Faced

One of the most common questions I get asked is "what do I really need"?  While no one needs as much makeup as your friendly neighborhood beauty blogger, there are obviously items from different lines that have achieved cult status for very good reasons. If you are new to Too Faced, this is where to start. Let's discuss what you must-have, don't need and can't live without.

The History:

Too Faced was started by two men, Jerrod Blandino and Jeremy Johnson who wanted to un-stifle the stuffy beauty world, back in the 90's. Their dream was to create fun makeup that delivered beautiful results; allowing young women to be playful, sexy and unbridled, which was kind of a big deal back then. Makeup is Queen in the internet age, but that wasn't always the case, believe it or not! The line is still run by Jeremy as CEO/Action Man and Jerrod as Chief Creative Officer/Dreamer and Too Faced continues to inspire, innovate and give good face to this day.

The Good-Good:

Too Faced is known for their Melted Lipsticks, beautiful foundations and crazy, good girl lashes. Jerrod launched his line of melted lips a few years ago, which sparked the unrelenting trend liquid lip trend we see today. While the Melted Lips give great pigment, they are far from my of must-haves. Check out what did make my list! (Check out my Melted looks here.)

Bottom Line: If you love the color, go for it. These can be drying, so make sure you love it before you buy it. 

Born This Way Foundation is one of the best foundations I've tried. Here's the trick; apply this foundation with your fingers and then wait for about five minutes. It sets in a way that is unlike most foundations, giving you skin that is perfected, bouncy and bright. If you just try it on quickly in-store, you've got to wait for it to set before you get judge-y. It's beautiful.

Bottom Line: One of the best liquid foundations, hands down.

The same thing goes for their Born This Way Concealer. It gives medium coverage, so as long as you don't need something to hide major blemishes, this is glorious. (Read reviews here and here.)

Bottom Line: This is great if you need medium or less coverage.

The Chocolate Shadow Palettes started a phenom of flavored palettes, none of which have rivaled the success of their chocolate collection. While all three chocolate options are lovely, my favorite is the Bon Bon Palette. (My second favorite is this one!)

Somehow, the texture of these shadows is  forgiving to eyelids in their 30's and beyond, in a way that the other chocolates aren't. While this palette came out almost a year ago, I still can't get enough of it! (Review, photo and swatches of Semi-sweet Chocolate Palette, Bon Bon Palette)

Bottom Line: Grab Bon Bons or the Semi-Sweet palette, if you don't already have it. 

Before our shadows had a scent, there was the Boudoir Palette, which is still one of my all time favorites. If you think Guess girl from the early 2000's, before Anna was a train wreck; this palette embodies the spirit of a sexy woman who knows what she wants. The shades are a little left of what we now call naked--a little pinker and a little sexier. If there is one thing from the line I could pick, it would be this palette. It's such a fantastic basic staple of my collection, I can't imagine not having it. (Is it similar to another Too Faced Palette?.)

Bottom Line: If you don't have any pinky/gray palettes, this is a must-have.

Too Faced's Better Than Sex mascara has become the gold standard for thick, sexy lashes for real women everywhere. Better Than Sex Mascara adds extreme, inky volume to boost lashes to the next level. Because it is such a powerful mascara, if you have fine or thin lashes, make sure you've got a spooli near by to smooth things out. You'll want a waterproof remover, as well. This mascara is known for working hard and never giving up, which extends to its removal as well.

Bottom Line: This mascara gives really large lashes!

Finally, Too Faced offers one of the best bronzer wardrobes, full stop.

From waterproof, matte, shimmer, colored and leopard printed, they've got one to boost your complexion and they are all worth it. I'm not a huge bronzer fan, but when I want a true bronzer, Too Faced is my favorite option. (Read more about bronzers.)

Bottom Line: These are the best bronzers and last forever. There is one for everyone; pick your finish, color, scent and if it's waterproof or not. You can't go wrong with a bronzer from Too Faced. 

Not For Me:

Too Faced's Lip Injection line of plumpers are too intense for me and my sensitive lips. I didn't know I had sensitive lips until I tried a plumper and Too Faced's options definitely set off my ouchie-alarm. My lips swole, a fact that can't be denied. But it was too much for me and bordered on painful.

Bottom Line: Nope to the nope. These burned for way too long. It's not worth it. 

What do you love about Too Faced? Did we agree on our favorite products from the line? Let's discuss! Have you seen their holiday collection for 2016? Picking up or passing?

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Lipstick League: How Many Products Do Your Brows Need?

Question of the Week: On a typical day, how many products do you use on your brows?

I have sparse, very light brows and would love to be able to get microblading to fix my tails. Since that isn't in the cards for me at the moment, Fiona Stiles Brow Sculpting Wax ($13) has been my go-to for about three months. While Stiles only has one color, the harder the pressure when applied, the deeper the color appears. It doesn't move, come off with sweat and looks totally natural. It fills in gaps, keeps unruly hairs in control and stays put.  I haven't found a huge amount in that line that I really love, but the brow wax is worth every penny. (Plus, it will last you more than a year, easily.) How many brow products do you use?

I just posted about this the other day, but in case you missed it, you've got to check out this Chocolate Truffle Exfoliator from Jan Marini. It's almost too chocolate-y to use. Seriously, I'm not sure you can handle just how chocolatey delicious this smells. If you have a chocolate lover on your holiday list, grab these up before they are gone for the season.

Now on to the best of beauty news and reviews from the Lipstick League!

  Clumps of Mascara - Matching foundation is incredibly tricky for all makeup users but it’s even more difficult when many brands don't cater to dark skin. I’ve found 20 brands that actually give us darker girls REALLY good foundations.

  EauMG - This week I’m reviewing the new Penhaligon’s Portraits Collection, a collection with major "Downton Abbey" vibes. I started the week off with The Tragedy of Lord George, the patriarch of this dysfunctional, fictional family.

  Gouldylox - My hair is in the best shape it's been in for years, thanks to two products and a flat iron that uses steam. Want infinite good hair days, too? (You know you do!)

  My Beauty Bunny - These Chella brow and lash products are major game changers! From eyebrow pencils to highlighters to heated lash curlers, Chella has got you covered.

  Nouveau Cheap - Have you ever had something on your wish list for so long that you feel like it’s going to disappoint when you finally pull the trigger? Well I finally pulled the trigger on It’s Skin Cookie & Body Ice Cream from Sephora and you can click right here to see if it was worth the wait.

  Olive & Ivy - I have rounded up the BEST Sephora holiday beauty gift sets for 2016! These always sell out SO fast so if you see one you love, grab it quick!

  Phyrra - Channel your inner Evil Queen with my Ever After High Raven Queen Makeup Tutorial!

  Prime Beauty - found a matte liquid lipstick that is actually long lasting AND comfortable to wear! If you're a matte lipstick lover, be sure to read about Highlight Matte Liquid Lipsticks!

  we heart this - We swatched and created looks for the entire Urban Decay Vintage Capsule Lipstick Collection! Check them out here!

 Beautygeeks - has discovered that if you close your eyes when you’re misting your face with thermal water, your eyes are missing out.

  Beauty Junkies Unite - There are 5 new spa-quality facial masks at The Body Shop, and Amber has tried them all! See what she loves.

  Blushing Noir - If the packaging of the MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection doesn’t get you the products will - Magic Dust Powders, Lipsticks, Palettes… just try to stay focused!

  (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
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Can Chocolate Make Your Skin Glow?

I wish I had research that cited chocolate as a way to boost radiance, reduce fine lines and smooth skin. Since it often has the opposite effect on sensitive or blemish-prone skin, it's probably not the best use of your fancy chocolates. Save the gold-foil confectionery for your guests and go for this, instead.

Jan Marini's Holiday Exfoliator is here and it's CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE.

It's not a weak chocolate either. Do you remember the scene from the movie Chocolat, where she makes hot chocolate from melted chocolate and not a powder from a packet? The Marini Holiday Exfoliator in Chocolate Truffle smells like that liquid hot chocolate, minus the cayenne of course. Have you ever treated yourself to a really decadent chocolate bar (or just a nice bag of dark chocolate chips you would use to bake)? That smell that wafts over you when the wrapper is torn? It's like THAT. (My mouth has been watering the entire time I've been writing and smelling this; it's no joke for chocolate lovers.) This exfoliator is a serious chocolate experience. 

Like the annual holiday exfoliator from Jan Marini, this is a powerful scrub that removes dead skin. lessens fine lines with repeated use, smooths the skin and gets you glowing. It's made with cocoa powder, glycolic acid, proteolytic fruit enzymes and combined with a microscopic scrub to will leave you feeling smooth and sated. You're going to want to grab one for yourself and one for your friends. If you buy it as a gift and happen to smell it, you'll need to go gift shopping again, so save yourself a trip and grab two now. Unless you can't handle that much chocolate, that is.

Experience the Chocolate Truffle Holiday Exfoliator from Jan Marini for yourself at these salons or trust me and grab it online before it's 2017. // $88.00

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Which Cleansing Balm Is Best For You?

Think cleansing oils are too messy? Then cleansing balms are what you need! These balms/jelly/cleansers remove all traces of makeup in a flash, leave skin glowing and even work beautifully on oily skin! You know oil attracts oil, right? Using an oil cleanser is a sneaky way to battle oily skin.

Plus, you can leave some of them on as a treatment mask for an extra boost of hydration and glow. My go-to balms are below! Which is your favorite?

Pixi By Petra Nourishing Cleansing Balm removes makeup with shea butter, almond oil and vitamin E. This balm has a texture similar to tapioca upon first glance, but it quickly melts into the skin, breaking up makeup on contact, even the really tough stuff. $20.00

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-1 Makeup Melting Balm can double as a skincare treatment as well as removing makeup in a snap. This balm has more of a whipped texture that melts on contact. Makeup is gone in the blink of an eye; wipe it off and leave little behind. The Skin-Softening Serum Concentrate™ treats skin like a serum, leaving skin oh-so-soft. $38.00

Erborian Solid Cleansing Oil is super smooth, infused with seven Korean herbs (green tea, licorice, Japanese knotweed, skullcap, rosemary, chamomile, and centella Asiatica). Waterproof mascara is no match for this cleanser. Once you've washed it off, make sure to leave a tiny bit behind to do double duty as a skincare treatment! $39.00

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This Steam Iron Treats Hair While It Styles

I've been chasing all of my friends around with this Steam Iron like a crazy person, hell bent on giving out good hair for the last three weeks.  Not only does this Iron style the hair, it also treats the hair each time you use it. The cool thing is that your hair seems to get better with each use. Frizzy hair? I don't really have that any more. Dry hair? Nope. This is the third key to my hair renaissance! (Miss the other two? Check them out here and here.)

I first learned about the Steam Iron with Thermolon plates from Be Pro USA at CosmoProf earlier this year. My life as I know it has been different ever since. Steam Irons aren't really a new thing, but my hair has never reacted to a styling tool like this before. The difference is why I've been tackling any women that come to my house and "twisting" their arms into letting me treat their hair.

Meet Finn. She's one of my besties and was not expecting to be a hair model for two products. She has naturally wavy hair that is very processed. 

The result is always the same. Beautiful, hydrated, non-frizzy hair that goes on for days and days. Before I used this Steam Iron, my hair would frizz within hours of flat ironing or curling. Look at almost any photo of my blog from the last seven years and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about. The only time my hair has looked this good was immediately after a keratin treatment. And even then it looked dry.

No makeup, air dried hair. Then later, with makeup and treated and styled hair. My ends looks unrecognizable. 

I shudder to even say the word, but my hair is now frizz-proof and (gulp) moist. How is this even possible? What makes this Steam Iron so special that it's worth a car payment? (Yeah, it's a car payment, but I've got a code for 20% off below!)

This is another friend, who came over to hang out and left with treated and styled hair. She has naturally thick, healthy hair, with a little bit of coarse texture. This smoothed her hair and made it frizz resistant.
The Be.Professional Steam Iron is a beautiful iron built for use of ease and convenience. The biggest problem with other Steam Irons is that they deposit all of this gunk on the plates after a treatment. They are hard to clean and using them while dirty can wreak havoc on your hair. The Thermolon plates allow you to clean the plates with just one swipe of a cloth. It's like a new level of something akin to teflon (it's not teflon). Go ahead, have fun seeing if you can make anything stick to it. I accidentally melted a piece of plastic with it and it wiped off immediately.

This iron gets up to 450 degrees in less than 90 seconds, which is pretty fast. A push of the button determines which of the six heating presets you use. I personally like to use the 375 or 410 setting. You can also control the steam, opting for more or less steam depending on your needs. I like more steam than less. This iron is designed with the user in mind. The cord does not tangle easily and is heat resistant, so burning your cord isn't likely. You can't accidentally turn this off or change a setting while you are using it. It even has a little rubberized tip so you can hold the tip of the iron without burning your fingers. Think of this as a styling tool and a treatment tool. It's unlike anything else you already have and it's much more than just a flat iron.

I used to use tablespoons of hair oil to try to manage my frizz. This is hair on day three, with no additional styling products or touch ups since the initial styling 
And we aren't even talking about the best thing ever yet!

The treatment that is steamed into the hair is everything. The steam that this iron provides isn't from water (in fact, you can't put water in this iron). It's a special blend, containing Argan Oil, hydrolyzed wheat protein, and panthenol. When you use the iron, you are also sealing a treatment into your hair. This means very, very shiny hair--like a mirror shiny. Hair is hydrated and frizz-resistant. Frizzy ends look healthier than you can imagine and your hair is left very soft and touchable. Even crazier, once I've steam ironed my hair, I don't need to touch it up until after I wash it, which averages about three or four days. Even cooler, coming soon are additional treatments you can use with the steam iron. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

This steam iron falls into the "life-changing" category, according to me. My hair continues to get better and better with each treatment. Sure, it's $325.00 and kinda is the cost of a car payment. But having hair like this is worth every single cent. I can save you 20%  ($65.00 off of the full price!) with code GOULDYLOXFRIEND.  Plus the packaging is gorgeous. This is what you want for the holidays. (Just grab it before the code stops working.)

Tried this? Let me know what you think!

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