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Trend Alert: New Neutrals at Sally Beauty

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sally Beauty. All opinions are 100% mine.
I'm bored with the basic nakeds, aren't you? How about some New Neutrals? Instead of navy, think slate. Instead of an ash brown, think cocoa. Instead of khaki, go olive. It's time to twist those naked summer colors into something a little darker, a little deeper, a little more sultry.

To try the trend, I hit up my neighborhood Sally Beauty, just in time for their Fall Color Sale Under $10. Any time I can try a new trend and save, I'm a happy woman. Palladio is one of those brands that beauty aficionados rave about non-stop, but that I had somehow never tried. So I grabbed a palette and lippie to be the foundation of my new neutrals makeover. The Silk Eyeshadow Palette in Rendez-Vous is buttery soft and so gorgeous. The shimmers don't fall out and stay where you put them. The yellow highlighter in this palette gives your lid a beautiful glow and the crease color is a phenomenal neutral. Check out my look!

I love the Pop Shine Lip Balm in Get Real. It's a natural nude with the slightest twist of grey, which is infinitely more complementary to your skin tone than you think possible. Plus, it's NOT MATTE! (Am I the only one sick of mattes?)

Long-wearing and hydrating, this creamy formula gives great color for hours. It's a beautiful nude that is just slightly left of center.

This dazzling Real Colors Stay Glowing Long-Wear Highlighter turns up the wattage, so make sure to use a fan brush or very light touch. It's buildable, so you can always layer to boost your glow.
 I contoured slightly and just added a touch of this highlighter to the tops of my cheekbones, behind the apple of my cheeks. The look is subtle, not shiny.

Pro Tip: If you are wearing a powder foundation, sweep this over cheekbones and the middle of your forehead before applying your powder base. Apply your powder foundation as normal, making sure to blend gently. Get that glow!

FingerPaints Stop! Impasto! is the perfect fall neutral. Not as dark as a traditional slate, but a little more intense than a taupe. Plus, it's got the smallest amount of shimmer-love. This polish is my everything right now.

Try the trend for yourself at Sally Beauty or sallybeauty.com and grab any of the products shown for around $10.00 (or less!) each. The Fall Color Sale will only last for so long, so don't miss out! Use your Sally Beauty card to save even more! Check them out on the Sally Beauty Instagram account  for more colorful inspiration.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sally Beauty. All opinions are 100% mine.
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It Cosmetics Launches New Products For Sephora On September 25th!

I've been a fan of It Cosmetics since the first time I tried a signature brush. Once the CC Cream was released, I fell in love. And on September 25th, they enter the next phase as they join the Sephora family (It's already online @Sephora.com!).

For fangirls like us, this means new products are on the way. I've gotten a little sneak peek at a few of what you'll find on shelves and I'm over the moon excited!

While I'm sure there will be eyeshadows and mascaras and more, the big news is the Color Infused Skincare. It Cosmetics never stops innovating--and that has never been more true than the Bye Bye Exclusives launching next week at Sephora.

Available in four shades is the insanely beautiful Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Concealer. It's waterproof, crease-proof, full coverage and contains anti-aging peptides, vitamins, hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed collagen and antioxidants. This covers dark circles and significantly brightens the under eye area. I'm usually a Light, but in this concealer, I prefer the Medium. The light shade adds almost too much brightness to my under eye area! $24.00

Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Melting Cleansing Balm is my go-to makeup remover. This hydrating balm removes every kind of waterproof makeup you can think of, plus you can use it as a mask to soften dry skin, temporarily reduce fine lines and to soothe tired skin. $38.00

Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment transforms lips with essential butters and oils, hyaluronic spheres to plump the lips and antioxidants to help keep the lips looking younger and pillowy-soft. $24.00

Bye Bye Under Eye Cream helps to reduce fine lines, puffiness and dark circles with a blend of anti-aging copper, blue algae, caffeine, vitamin C, collagen, cucumber extract and peptides. I've been using this for a few days and while I can't talk results just yet, I love how cool this feels when you apply it--it's so soothing, especially after a long day. $48.00

If you have pores you wish were smaller, you must try the Bye Bye Pores Primer. The neutralizing yellow tint of the primer helps balance skin tone, especially if you have redness concerns! This oil free creamy primer is filled with special clays, charcoal, papaya extracts and It's special blend of skincare to make this one of the hardest working primers I've tried. Oh yeah, bonus! Your pores will look smaller and your skin tone and texture is redefined and refined in one easy step! $38.00

What skincare line would be complete without an anti-aging Serum? Bye Bye Lines Serum promises results in 10 days, which seems crazy, I know. This contains It's signature collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides and more vitamins than you can imagine in this concoction, in addition to CoQ10, caviar extract, sea water, argan oil and babassu oil to improve your moisture barrier, reduce fine lines and boost radiance, all while leaving skin beyond supple. $58.00

My new favorite product, the one I can't stop telling everyone about, is the Anti-Aging Armour. This light fluid contains an SPF of 50, along with It's signature skincare peptides and acids. Plus, it contains universal color correcting pigments that leave the skin looking radiant and fresh. I haven't worn foundation in a week since I've gotten my hands on this. Grab this as soon as you see it on shelves! $38.00

Lastly and potentially the coolest innovation is a skincare-infused makeup brush! The CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush is infused with collagen, silk, peptides, niacin and antioxidants. The bristles feel similar to other densely packed It face brushes and don't feel too differently. I don't know that you need skincare in a brush, but what if you did? I'll update this as time goes on and let you know what I've noticed! $48.00

What are you most excited to see from It? What is your favorite product? I'm in love with the Anti-Aging Armour (and the Superhero palette)!

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The Most Perfect Blow Out Creme For Dry Hair...

I am in the middle of a hair renaissance right now.

My hair has not been this good since I was a child. Not only is the thickness of my hair finally coming back (it fell out from job stress), but it's growing back in thicker than ever. The combination of a few products is making it frizz-proof, even in swampy Baltimore weather (the air is often like hot soup here). And my style stays in place for days. I hesitate to talk to much about it, as if somehow it will POOF! and disappear. Like if I mention it three times I'll have to go back to having coarse, rude, always frizzy, cotton candy-like hair.

I have to believe my hair rebirth is due to a new shampoo and conditioner, a steam iron that seals a treatment into the hair (save 20% with GouldyloxFriend at checkout) and this Silkening Blow Out Creme from Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture. The three together have united and clearly sold something of mine to the devil, because I've never seen my hair look and behave like this.

The Smoothing Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Silkening Blow Out Creme primes and protects hair from styling damage, while smoothing hair with shea butter and Brassica oil. Brassica is a genus of plants, but in this recipe, it's specifically from broccoli. The more you know, right? It also contains coconut oil, bamboo, comfrey and sage extract. It's hydrating to say the least.

I apply about two nickels worth of product to wet hair, midshaft to the ends, before blow drying. I've been taking a cue from my stylist and really massaging the product into the hair. Sounds strange, perhaps, but it helps make sure the product is evenly distributed and potentially helps flatten the "scales" of the cuticle. I blow dry and voila! My hair is smooth, ultra-shiny, and bouncy. Plus, the style stays for days. I don't need any extra oils on my hair during those days, which seems insane.

Truth: Here is how my hair looked upon waking up on day five after a blow out with this creme. It's the only styling product I used in my hair all week.

I know this product is one of three that is responsible for my hair's amazing transformation. If you have dry hair, coarse hair or hair that likes to frizz, you've got to try this Priming and Protecting potion from Madam CJ Walker. Available at Sephora // $26.00

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Lipstick League: Do You Match Body Wash and Lotion Scents?

Question of the Week: Do you think it’s important that body wash and body lotion scents complement each other? Or match?

This is one thing I honestly don't care about. How's that for an honest answer? I'm simple. I love my super hydrating Dove body wash and wear a different perfume based on how I'm feeling that day. I haven't been a Bath and Body Works kind of gal since I lived in a tiny apartment by myself when I worked in a record store. Do you care about this? What is your favorite way to mix and match body lotions and scents?

  Prime Beauty - is loving the new DermOrganic Color Care line for her "faux" blonde locks! The gift with purchase from ULTA Beauty didn't hurt either!

  we heart this - we discovered a drugstore product that slays dry skin, SLAYS IT! And we want to give you $100 in products from the line. Enter the giveaway here.  (This stuff actually got rid of my KP!)

  Beautygeeks - has discovered she’s been using bobby pins all wrong – and you probably have been, too. (Yep, you have.)

  Beauty Junkies Unite - I had a pretty amazing laser peel done a few months ago, it's a new laser technology called HALO -- and I'm dishing on my entire experience and results!

  Blushing Noir - A full & honest review of the Too Faced The Power of Makeup Palette by NIKKIETUTORIALS. That’s all you can ask for, right? (Am I the only one who thinks NIKKIETUTORIALS makeup is too over the top? I'm just so tired of seeing drag makeup on really young, pretty women. To each their own, obviously. But when that makeup is wrong in daylight? Ouch.)

  Clumps of Mascara - Makeup is one thing. But when it comes to skincare and especially BABY skincare, mama doesn’t mess around. I’m SO surprised at how well enjoyed this.

  EauMG - I love this perfume because it reminds me of a dessert that I’ve never had but really hope is a real thing - rose cotton candy!

  Gouldylox - I'm putting away everything else and making life more simple with these four products. Too good to be true? It's not if we are talking lashes!

  My Beauty Bunny - Jen bares all (okay her face anyway) to show you the REAL before and after results from her Clear + Brilliant laser treatment at CRMC Los Angeles. ( I got one of these treatments a few years ago and loved the results!)

  Nouveau Cheap - Revlon has some new products (and new shades of existing products) that are setting off my inner “gotta have it” alarm. Check out the new Kiss Balms and more here.

  Olive & Ivy - Have you tried any of Kat Von D’s new complexion products? Check out this review before you do!

  Phyrra - Looking for a single palette that has the best of Fall colors? The Honest Beauty Falling For You Palette has every shade you'll need to create beautiful, complete looks!

  (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
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Answering The Personal Questions: What About Loose Skin?

Happy Friday, little sisters! This week, I thought I would answer a few questions about losing weight that I get from almost everyone I meet. I'm basically an open book, so if you have a question, just ask me!

Let's get the basics out of the way, first. Since January of 2015, I've lost a little over 100 pounds using Weight Watchers. I made lifetime in June of 2016 and have been on maintenance since then. The maintenance program at WW is shady and lacking, but I love using the e-tools. I'm still tracking in one way or another, every day, everything that goes in my mouth. Why do I say the maintenance plan is lacking? Simply because there is no support from Weight Watchers. You pick a points level and see how it goes. Sadly, the support ends there. Almost like they want you to gain a little and come back, like a for-profit business, not a weight loss partner who wants you to succeed. Still, lose the weight and let that be the worst of your problems.

Question #1: 

I'm a creature of habit and when my body is humming along, working really well, I feel fantastic. So I eat the same things often. I have an egg sandwich with cheese for breakfast (2 slices of Fit & Active White Bread, 1/2 cup egg beaters, 1 oz part-skim mozzarella). For lunch, I have my meatball sandwich almost every day. It's my favorite thing. If my grocery store ever stops carrying those vegetarian meatballs, I'm in trouble. At night, I usually have a vegetarian skillet of some sort (veggies, a little olive oil, spices, a little sauce of some kind), fish or a salad.  Dessert is where I fall apart and dive into the peanut butter. Keeping desserts out of the house is key for me, because certain foods trigger binge eating, which is a real problem for me.

Question #2:

How do you maintain a wardrobe while you lose so much weight?

I went from a size 22/24 to an 8/10. I was working at an ad agency for most of that time and needed to look presentable and keep up with my super stylish co-workers (at least a little). While I wish I could afford to hit up Nordstroms (Rack, even!) every few months as my size shrank, that's too expensive. Instead, I sought out half price days at my Salvation Army. My entire wardrobe is now thrift mixed with TJ Maxx and Marshalls. And you know what? I have nicer clothes now than ever before. The key is trying on things that work for your new shape. It's hard to move out of my comfort zone and try on body-skimming clothes. I bring a friend to help look for clothes that complement my new shape. I've spent my life trying to camouflage parts of my body I now want to highlight. It's like learning to speak a new language. (Thankfully, I still have those old Trinny and Susannah books!)

And then there is Kathy, who works the dressing room at my TJ Maxx. I always ask for her opinion--and believe it or not, I end up buying less. She is one of my secret weapons! Feeling overwhelmed with picking a new style? I literally tear photos out of magazines and keep a folder of pieces I'm hunting for (right now, I'm hunting for a bomber jacket and a faux leather skirt).

Question #3:

Did you really? You don't look like you lost weight! 

This is a weird one, but every single person I meet makes the same comment. I've come to determine that comment means I don't look "deflated". One woman asked me to reveal my upper arms, hold my arms out straight and shake them (I did, which was weird. Don't ask people to do that, ok?).

I have loose skin. I had a lot more of it back in January than I do now. I'm 43 and it's a crapshoot to see if my skin will bounce back or not. I've researched, I've asked doctors and every answer is always the same:

No lotion by itself will make your skin go back magically. 
The faster you lose weight, the more loose skin you are likely to have. 
For some people, the skin adjusts and for others it doesn't. 
The only way to treat loose skin permanently is to have it removed.

Deep down, I think we all know those answers are true. Which is why people are surprised when they hear my story, see me and wonder what happened to the saggy skin. I've given this a tremendous amount of thought and only come up with one possibility (besides being lucky, that is.) The only thing I've done differently is that while I was losing weight (from November until April, anyway) I used a fancy face tool called the MiraSkin. The MiraSkin is a German ultrasound tool that promotes deep cleansing and wrinkle reduction. It's not intended to tighten skin on the body, but it does help with collagen and elastin, to give the skin a more youthful appearance. I've started using it on my belly and thighs, along with a fascia blaster (not the expensive one!) and I'm seeing real results. 

In no way is MiraSkin tested and approved for use outside of the facial area, but I'm using it and I'm getting results. I used the MiraSkin every other night for months on my face and my face is almost too tight. There are worse problems to have, right? (Like how fast you go through hyaluronic acid when using it everywhere.)

Do you have other questions? Ask me anything! I want to help you reach your goal, so let's discuss! In the meantime, check out some of my previous posts for all kinds of motivation. Please subscribe so you'll never miss another update!

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No, I'm Not Pregnant: It's a Peel from Hot Wax!

It's not unusual for me to stop a stranger and say, "I know this is weird, but what highlighter did you use?" And I love it when people stop me and ask rando questions. But for the last two weeks, I've started getting another question.

Are you pregnant?

Say what now? I know it's  not because I'm overweight. It's because my skin glows. Apparently, my skin is glowing like a pregnant woman, because more than one person has asked me that in the two weeks since I got a Signature Peel from IMAGE Skincare and Hot Wax.

I've talked about my Hot Wax experiences before and their new location and skin care line do not disappoint! Nestled inside The Yoga Tree, on Baltimore's kitschy Avenue, Hot Wax is a sanctuary of relaxation and really good skin.

I met with Amanda Young, L.E, one of three estheticians working at Hot Wax. Since my last visit, they've moved, redecorated and changed skincare lines. The new digs are inviting, cozy and relaxing. The new skincare line is IMAGE, which is new to me (and apparently the reason for the false-flag pregnancy questions). IMAGE focuses on "skinspiring" women to "Age Later". And apparently that means making 40+ year old women glow like their preggers.

Hot Wax had invited me to experience their Signature Peel, which is a little different from a traditional facial. While there is no extraction or lymphatic drainage, your skin is left incredibly soft and glowing after the multi-layer peel. The entire process takes about an hour and includes an amazing hand massage, incredible for someone who types all day long. This is a gradual peel that won't make your face crack or require downtime. Instead, new skin is revealed over time, while an inner glow is turned on. The entire process takes less than an hour and I left with the softest, brightest skin.

To keep the glow going, I've been using IMAGE Vital C line, which is heavy in antioxidants and non-irritating Vitamin C. Considering that I started getting the pregnancy questions about a week and a half after my appointment, Amanda at Hot Wax wasn't kidding when she said continuing the use of the Vital C line would make the results last and last!

If you need to refresh your skin and you live in the Baltimore area, I swear by this peel. While it's not the best part (that's the glow!), the price for the peel is completely reasonable and the cost of IMAGE skincare is insanely affordable. The Vital C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum brings the glow and the ORMEDIC balancing lip enhancement complex will be your new wintertime obsession.

There is also a brightening exfoliating powder that isn't scratchy, but boosts my glow considerably, called Iluma. You just add a tiny bit of water or add it to your cleanser and viola! It's glow city.

If you're in Baltimore or visiting Hampden's famous Avenue for the holidays, you've got to stop in for a Signature Peel and IMAGE Skincare! You can schedule an appointment via their website or app--what a gem!

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My Quintessential Pixi by Petra Mascara Wardrobe

My lashes waffle between long and lush (when I remember to use a lash growth treatment) and the saddest, stumpiest lashes on the planet (most days). Of course, I want what I don't have and I want better lashes right now!

Pixi By Petra is rocking my world lately. Their mascara has actually inspired me to change my entire makeup look (I'm all about drama on the lower lash line and barely there on the top. More on this later.). Each one of the mascaras in my wardrobe work differently, but all can work together to make an amazing lash look.

Here is my current mascara wardrobe--I've got a little something for every situation!
The 3-1 Black Lacquer Lash Primer is my go-to on days where I just want a little lash without getting tricky. Since it's not white, you don't need to cover it up. The brush is PERFECT for lining your eyes with mascara. I've heard bloggers talk about this all of the time, but I've never been able to do it. The brush in the Lash Primer is amazing at grabbing every single lash. Think of it like a good foundation garment. This primes, plumps and defines each lash. Plus, the formula helps to hold a curl!
Lengthy Fiber Mascara is a thinner formula, infused with tiny fibers that attach to your lashes, extending your look. My natural lashes are quite sad at the moment and this gives them life. Plus, the fibers don't bend and break, spotting your face like weird little spider legs. Cause honestly, no one like spider legs on their face.
Lower Lash Mascara is a must for this season. This tiny brush grabs each little lash, helping to frame your eyes completely. It won't flake on you, either. I love this so much, I actually used it to break out of my shadow rut recently. Instead of lid, contour and crease, I'm now loving the look of a sheer, shiny color wash on the lid and a dramatic smoky line and lash on the bottom. I feel like it makes my eyes look more awake and my skin well rested. That's quite an accomplishment for a mascara wand that tiny!
Lash Booster is like the perfect fall jacket. It elevates your look and protects your lashes from water at the same time. The Lash Booster literally coats your lashes to help add extra oomph to your look, and Blackest Blue? I wish all mascaras came in this color. Plus, it's waterproof!

The best part is that all of the products are thinner, not thick or clumpy, which seems to be the current trend in lashes. You can layer all three of these and still get long and lean lashes, which is exactly what I want right now.

Grab Pixi by Petra at Target for around $14.00-$16.00 each. What is in your mascara wardrobe? How many lash products do you layer?

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