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Makeup Wars: Face Masks for Dry Skin




This week's wars is all about masks; all kinds of masks. If it's more than a regular serum or looks scary when you wear it, then we've got opinions.

For example, we've talked about my feet mishaps in the past. And just a few weeks ago, I picked out a few of my current favorite masks that are getting me through this weirdo weather we are having in Baltimore (it was 70 on Saturday and 36 on Sunday!).


Seoul Mamas continues to be one of the juiciest face masks I've tried. These sheets are overloaded with serum that gives a good glow.  These are honestly almost too liquidy. I've never been able to absorb one mask entirely. Make sure you massage the rest into the face, neck, chest and hands. I love to do this before bed, so I wake up beaming!



TonyMoly Snail Masks seem to be the perfect answer for when my skin gets very dry. The idea of snail anything makes me a feel a little "squidgy" lately, so I've given these up for the time being. But if you're down to get slimed, these give great results.



While I haven't tried the Pilaten Black Head Remover mask that seems to make everyone cry in faux-agony, LookBeauty's Masque Bar Luminizing Peel-Off Mask does a really nice job without any discomfort. (Note: I shave my face and you should too!)



If you are getting ready to go on Spring Break, don't leave home without a Talika Bio Enzymes After Sun Mask. Over-exposed skin is instantly comforted and refreshed for hours .



Need to plump skin in a hurry? Miss Spa Youth Renewal Hydrofacial Mask plumps and brightens skin very quickly (the product shown and linked may have different packages).

Looking for options for oily skin, hair or something else? Check out what the other Makeup Wars warriors have chosen. Click the tiles below to get started!





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Lipstick League: What Shampoo & Conditioner Are In Your Shower Now?



Question of the Week: Quick! What were the last shampoo and conditioner purchases you made, and how are they working for you?

Does the quest for good hair ever really end? Impossible! Here is what I've tried lately and what I thought in five words or less. Get clicky to read more or purchase!

As I Am Co-Wash : Gloriously refreshing for dry hair.
TGIN Honey Miracle Mask: This gives my hair life.
Keune Tinta Color Care: Suds without color loss, FTW.
Strivectin All Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner: Worked ok, The spray is better.
Pura D’or Shampoo and Conditioners: Great product. Great price. Love.


  Nouveau Cheap - A tale of corporate acquisitions, blooming orange blossoms, and Fruit Loops. (Otherwise known as my review of the delightful, budget-friendly Couvent des Minimes Botanical Cologne of Love.)

Phyrra - I have a rant to share - How Brands Should Make Foundation! I give constructive feedback on what we need to see in 2017.

Prime Beauty - has all the deets on the newly launched products in the Neutrogena Hydro Boost line!

we heart this - discovered a household cleaning tool that will help with something you probably need to do right at this minute: clean your makeup brushes!

Beautygeeks - has the scoop on Le Petit Marseillais, a much-loved French body care brand that’s just now showing up in North American drugstores. You’ll want to check it out, trust.

Blushing Noir - One of the best luxury lip pencil lines has expanded with 10 new colors! Learn more about the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils & see swatches here!

Clumps of Mascara - A skincare shop that also doubles as a therapy saloon? Say what?

EauMG - I’ve put together a list of refreshing perfumes that I think perfectly “match” Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery.

fanserviced-b - Ever wonder which products Asian Beauty fans really buy most? Here’s my roundup of the top 20 Korean and Japanese beauty products on Amazon.

Gouldylox - Ever walk into a store, asking for something magical and actually get it? If you have dry, damaged or frizzy hair, this is everything.

My Beauty Bunny - Have you heard of Enchanted Polish? I'm loving this indie nail polish brand and their fun holographic shades!
(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Nouveau Cheap is Currently Craving: Cetaphil has a new fragrance-free, bi-phase Gentle Makeup Remover that I can’t stop thinking about. I’m loving that it contains aloe vera, cucumber extract, and green tea.
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My Favorite Frizz Fighter Right Now




A few weeks ago, I had had it with my dry hair. My locks go through stages of being lovely and then going to complete garbage. Apparently, there is some moveable moisture threshold that my hair lives and dies by and because I'm not a hair scientist, I can't figure it out.

When I use a product like Darshana, which is a magical elixir, my hair is great. However, I can't afford to live on Darshana. So instead, I marched into a store I can afford, which happens to be Sally's, and begged for help from the first person who said, "Welcome to...".

"Feel my hair and help me, please. It's super dry and my normal tricks aren't working."

"I know what you need", said the really nice woman working behind the counter, who was not as excited about touching my hair as I expected*. And then she winked, like some kind of magical Santa Claus who could fix my hair with a mere boop on the nose and turned to pick up something to fix my hair.


She quickly plopped a jar of As I Am Coconut Co-Wash, a product I had raved about a few years ago. I immediately knew I needed more from a hair product and asked her for the secret sauce that would make my hair feel pretty again. There has to be something behind the counter they keep for emergencies, right?


She then produced a jar of  Honey Miracle Hair Mask Deep Conditioner by TGIN and promised that I would come back to the store and thank her for the secret sauce fix to my hair woes. TGIN stands for Thank God It's Natural,  if you were wondering.  I was hoping for some kind of scientific development that would alter my hair for the better. Natural? Fine. I left feeling deflated and bummed that I bought something all natural and something I'd already used.

Then I used the combo once and my hair was really nice. The first time is always nice, right. I packed up my heavy jars and took them to Denver (side note: ask me more about my trip and TGIN in person), so I could keep up with my journey to have nicer hair.



So after a month of using TGIN and As I Am Co-Wash, I happily admit that my hair feels like what I have to describe as "unicorn-mane worthy". It's soft, it swings, there is zero frizz and I haven't even flat ironed it yet with my magical steam iron. My hair feels so amazing that I'm certain I can hear angels singing "ahhhh" when I toss my hair, complete with glitter trail and a sarcastic unicorn that follows me everywhere I go.

Try As I Am Co-Wash for $11. You can find it in store in many Targets, Walmarts and Sally's, if online isn't your thing.

Try the TGIN Honey Miracle Mask Deep Conditioning Treatment for $16. You can find it on shelves at Sally's, too.


*HAHAHAHHAHAHA.
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Aspyn Ovard + Pixi By Petra Glow-y Powders




In my quest for beautiful makeup that looks lovely and feels luxe; these highlighters are everything.

Created by Aspyn Ovard of AspynOvard.com fame, these highlighters capture the spirit of visiting some of her favorite cities.



Each Glow-y Powder shimmers and shines while looking naturally, effortlessly dewy.



London Lustre is the platinum highlighter for the fair and cool toned. The wattage on this one is intense!



Santorini Sunset leans slightly warmer with the tiniest touch of gold. This is perfect for medium skin tones.



Rome Rose is a beautiful orgasm-y shade with a touch of more pink. It's the quintessential pinky-coral shade that magically fits everyone like those LuLaRoe leggings. (Need a friend who sells this? Better question. Am I the only one who does not own a pair?)



Pair your cheekies with a natural brow, a long lash with lower fringe and you're flawless (you were already pretty gorg, but this takes it up a notch). The lower lash mascara is the best you'll find for the price, for realsies.



Grab  Pixi By Petra at Target or online. The Glow-y Powders are $16.00 each. I believe these are limited, so stock up if you fall in love!

P.S.: You've tried their Endless Silky Eye Pens, right? Pixi Beauty is killing it lately! Grab those liners, too.


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Gouldylox is a lifestyle blog focusing on beauty, hair, makeup, skincare, health, fashion, cannabis, weight loss, diet & fitness tips to help real women look and feel their best.

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What Over-Hyped Beauty Product Have You Never Tried?




Question of the Week: Name a popular, well-loved beauty product that you have yet to try (and tell us why you haven’t tried it). I haven't tried a single thing by Kylie. Why? No shade intended, but I don't get it. With the occasional exception of Khloe and sometimes Kris' gray/brown eyeshadow masterpieces, her products are not for me. What about you? What super trendy product have you avoided?

My Beauty Bunny - The new NYX Pin Up Pout Lipsticks are just my speed! They are super creamy and pigmented.

Nouveau Cheap - Adorable packaging aside, is the TONYMOLY Magic Food Strawberry Mushroom Sugar Scrub a good facial exfoliator? Here’s my verdict.

Phyrra - Sometimes, things just don't work out. I'm keepin' it real and sharing my latest round of Disappointing Beauty Products. Find out what let me down!

Prime Beauty - is helping Lavanila celebrate 10 years! Read her review of some of the brands iconic products!

we heart this - Check out how much drama can you get with a $10 eye shadow palette. (Spoiler alert: very much drama.)

Beauty Junkies Unite - Amber discovered a shampoo and conditioner that will make you want to sniff your hair all day. See what they are! (They're good ones.)

Blushing Noir - It’s not often Brooke steps out of her neutral/basic smokey eye comfort zone to pop on a little color - but the ColourPop x Amanda Steele Weekend Warrior Eyeshadow Palette is so stunning it inspired her to do just that!

EauMG - It’s Rose Week on EauMG! I’ve spent the week reviewing 6 fragrances that display different aspects of rose perfumes.

fanserviced-b - Fed up with my husband’s dubious gifts on special occasions, I shared some NSFW thoughts on what I planned to eye and buy on Valentine’s Day.

Gouldylox - Am I the only one who is noticing this eyeliner trend? Get the look for yourself; it couldn't be easier!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

My Beauty Bunny is Currently Craving: The new Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette Vol II, because sometimes we just need a little shimmer and sparkle, right?
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It Cosmetics New Confidence In A Compact






It Cosmetics is sneaky. They act like a makeup company, with a never ending bevy of new foundations, magnificent mascaras and lovely liners. What is that trickster Jamie Kern Lima really doing? Besides making us beautiful one at a time?

This solid-serum foundation is infused with Confidence in a Cream skincare
She's sneaking extraordinarily effective skincare into every single product. Eyeshadow? It's got skincare ingredients formulated by a plastic surgeon. Lipgloss? It's got skincare ingredients. Even the eyeliner and blush are infused with skincare. So when Jamie creates a delivery system for a double dose of her latest skincare, Confidence Cream, it's time to pay attention. I always notice that I'm really happy with my skin when I'm using It Cosmetics and really bummed when I'm not. The difference? My skin really reacts to the skincare blended into It!



According to It Cosmetics:

Developed with plastic surgeons, Confidence in a Compact™ is your first-ever solid serum foundation—and delivers all the skincare benefits of your best-selling Confidence in a Cream™, plus full coverage and SPF 50+ physical sunscreen, in one simple step! The groundbreaking solid serum technology combined with anti-aging hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, squalane, antioxidants and a super ceramide cream truly transform your complexion.

Perfect for even the most sensitive skin, Confidence in a Compact™ helps boost your skin’s natural regenerative cycle. The proprietary Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate™ is activated upon contact to immerse your skin in moisture, restore visible radiance, reduce the look of pores, discoloration, lines and wrinkles, and improve the look of firmness. You’ll see powerful results instantly and more dramatic results over time!



So how does this wear? I've been using this almost exclusively since slightly before its debuted on QVC in January. Here's what you need to know:



The Light shade is for the porcelain ladies only. Not the porcelain-adjacent, like myself. The Medium shade is a much better fit for the fair. I'm not sure how that translates for darker skin, but I'll swatch all of the shades, below.

Apply this with the brush for the fastest, most even coverage. It's a solid serum, so fingers aren't your best bet unless you just want to do a quick touch up.


This foundation looks like your skin, but better. It's not a super glam foundation that drips dewiness. Instead, it gives you a beautiful finish that lasts until you take it off. It doesn't crack, look heavy or settle into fine lines. It delivers a buildable coverage that can go from very light to full coverage. The Confidence In A Cream Foundation also includes an SPF 50, to keep your skin protected from aging UVA/UVB rays. For an incredibly beautiful finish, start by prepping your skin with the Confidence In A Cream ($48.00).



It Cosmetics Confidence In A Compact is available in seven shades that range from fair to rich tan and retails for $38.00. Confidence In A Compact is available online and at ULTA.


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Makeup Trend : Spicer Eyes



I've not been watching E!, I have no clue what's up with the Kardashians and my subscription to Allure has expired. That doesn't mean I don't care about makeup or hair or wrinkle-reducing potions. It means I have a hard time writing about something so fluffy when there are so many more important things to discuss. And I know you probably don't care what I think on that topic and that I should Shut Up and Talk Eyeliner. Never one to stand in the way of a good liner hack, let's discuss.

//EYELINER TREND ALERT//SPICER EYES//

He's a cutie pie, right?

Spicer Eyes get their name from our beloved White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer. Sure it's cute that he eats more gum than I drink Diet Mt Dew, and that his suits are the family sedan-size version of something from the Steve Harvey collection. But when I see Spicer smiling, I get all jelly-kneed about his unintentional eye look. At first, I thought I was bonkers for noticing. (Unlike that time that Dana Bash killed a pink shadow look in the middle of the day. Or when Sara Murray slays a bold straight up grape lip on The Lead.)

Moose Lambs!

When Melissa McCarthy came out, with her Segway-infused podium 'ablaze, I realized I wasn't the only one who appreciated Spicey's look.


Bruno Mars nailed the night, but Tribe Called Quest and their oddly-dressed General Busta were on FIRE.

Then on Sunday, Bruno Mars made me realize that Spicey Eyes were a movement. So how do you get the Signature Spicer?




Easy:

Step One: Forget the cat eye. This is the Spicer. The goal is to elongate the eyes, not to open them. Think Egyptian heiroglyphs, but without going full Cleopatra. Think delicate lines that aren't overdrawn. 

Step Two: Using a black liner, pencil or liquid find where your eyelids meet and draw a thin, small line straight out, without angling the line.

Step Three: Now create a line from the edges of your lower and upper lid which connect to the straight line. Fill in the space to create a gentle Spicer eye!



Keep your shadow simple, as the Spicer gets it's sexy from the minimalist liner look. 

Are you trying it?  



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