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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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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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Makeup Wars: Favorite Facial Oils




This week's Makeup Wars is back with the best of the best facial oils. Nothing soothes and smoothes the skin like a really luxe face oil. And when combined with ingredients like Vitamin C, retinol and moringa, the possibilities are endless.

While I've tried and written about loads of oils, here are my absolute favorites that I always come back to.



OOH! Organic Moringa Anti-Oxidant Face Oil is a lovely moisturizer that contains oleic acid, Vitamins A & C and helps prevent damage from free radicals. It is relatively scent-free, which is a little unusual and sinks into the skin upon contact.

Grab it for about $24.00 with free worldwide shipping from LoveLula.com. Check out my review here.

Pixi Skintreats Rose Oil Blend Nourishing Face Oil is one of my favorite "drugstore" oils. It contains Sweet almond, rosehip, jojoba, pomegranate seed, and rose geranium oils nourish the complexion. In other words, it gives your skin that youthful juicy look.

Snag it from Target for $24.00.

Biossance The Revitalizer harnesses the power of 100% plant-derived squalane to help moisturize skin all over the body. Squalane has been shown to accelerate cell turnover and reveal brighter skin much faster than everyone's favorite, Argan Oil. This means a youthful glow isn't as far fetched as you thought. Plus, it's fragrance-free, non-greasy and won't clog your pores. It's also my hands down favorite oil to mix into a foundation like Cover FX Custom Drops.

Get the glow for $58.00 from Biossance, HSN or Glossybox.

Lumene's Bright Now Vitamin C Dry Skin Cocktail is a biphasic oil that contains Wild Arctic Cloudberry and Encapsulated Vitamin C. Because the Vitamin C is released over time, those with sensitive skin may not find this as irritating as other Vitamin C products. This Finnish facial oil brightens the skin while balancing your moisture levels.

Shake this up at Walgreens for $20.00 and a little less at Amazon.

You can't go wrong with Sunday Riley anything if you can afford them. The Luna oil contains Blue Tansy and Retinol, which will not leave your skin with a blue tint, but will help to reverse the signs of aging quickly. Flora utilizes three types of roses to hydrate very dry skin. If nothing seems to help you win the winter months, Flora has your name on it.

Quench that skin with Flora for $90.00 or Luna for $105.00.
As with all skincare, don't forget to toss it when it's time is up.

Need more ideas? Check out the Makeup Wars Warriors below by clicking on their links!





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Lipstick League: What Makeup Brand Needs An Overhaul?

At least with names like Vixen it's about women owning their sexuality. With Hussy, it's more of an antiquated value judgment shaming women for being sexual. Or am I nuts?


Question of the Week: Is there a beauty brand that you feel is in need of a makeover or overhaul? If so, what would you do to reinvigorate the brand?

SHADE ALERT! What brand do I deem antiquated? Ouch. That said, only one brand pops into my mind instantly. MERLE NORMAN. I started out as a markup artist is in training at a Merle Norman and one lesson was quick. The women who love that brand, really freaking love that brand. Those women got matched for a foundation when they were 19 and never stopped buying the same color. I never saw an exciting formula change and while I'm sure they've updated a bit like other similar brands, the fans remain rabid. Think I'm crazy? Dig through your mom's makeup stash from the 90's and put one of those lipsticks on Ebay. It's car payment city, I kid you not. Something about NOT changing the makeup seems to make those fans go bezerker. Which begs a better question: Maybe there was never anything wrong with their formulations and it's me that doesn't fit? (Lesson: It's always me that doesn't fit.)

What line do you think needs a little overhaul?


Gouldylox - I'm back from my first Gouldylox vacation and I have so much to share! Liquid lips that don't budge? The truth on that new shower foam? A plumping facial mist? Let's discuss!

My Beauty Bunny - Ever wondered what the most long-wearing lipstick on the planet is? Then you need to check out my review of LipSense from Bombshell Cosmetics!

Nouveau Cheap - I put the new Yes To Cotton Micellar Water to the test and here's my verdict.

Phyrra - Looking for a romantic makeup look? Check out my Sugarpill Feline Fancy Tutorial and Review!

Prime Beauty - is choosing her readers as her Valentine this year. Take a look at the stunning Peace and Love Earrings she's giving away to 2 lucky readers. They are a $336 value!

we heart this - Want to learn about ONE product that does the job of THREE items I guarantee you have in your shower right now? Click here and prepare to be wowed.

Beauty Junkies Unite - Amber's been doing her best to combat dry winter skin. Who knew that this new rose moisturizer from Fresh would do the trick?

Blushing Noir - I tested EVERY SINGLE ONE of the new Wet N Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks and ranked them ALL in order from best to worst right here!

Clumps of Mascara - We take our hair pretty seriously. Even if you’re only 4-years old. Check out these tips and tricks of managing little girl crowns.

EauMG - Wearing this designer perfume is like falling back into some sort of silk-covered, fluffy cloud fantasy.

fanserviced-b - This Korean beauty face lotion is affordable, has great ingredients, and it’s easy to find in the U.S.

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

Gouldylox is Currently Craving: I love the look of a metallic liquid lip and these colors from the new Smashbox collection have me yearning to relive the 80’s.

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Hair Hack: How To Control Your Bangs Without Hair Spray




My best hair days are when my bangs are on point. But keeping hair in place without shellacking the bejeezus out of them is hard. If it's side swept, piece-y or full on bangs, I want them perfectly in place, with a little swing. Too much to ask for?

What IS working perfectly for my deeply-parted, super side-swept bangs? Puff Me Volumizing Cloud Mist. Puff Me gives incredible volume to all kinds of hair, thanks to the grippy little micro-particles of mist that hold on to roots and push them in any direction you choose. If you want volume, those little grippers will lift your hair up to where it belongs. If you want your bangs to stay in place, it anchors the roots in place, while letting the strands themselves have a bit of swing.

These bangs are not staying in place on their own. Puff Me to the rescue!
Puff Me Volumizing Cloud Mist is seriously strong stuff, so a little goes a long way. And unlike other volumizers that are shaken into the hair, the applicator allows for precise placement. If you're fighting a cowlick, a sexy side swept bang or just want some oomph to your hair, Puff Me delivers. 

Grab it from Amazon (with Prime!) for about $21.00.


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Dove, Gaia Secrets, LA Splash and More!


It's been a whole week since I've written anything beauty-related and it seems like forever! This is the first time I've taken any time away from Gouldylox and it was for a good reason--I got the chance to produce an event at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver! That doesn't just happen every day and those 18-hour days don't lend much spare time for talking beauty.

What did I help produce (along with an amazing team)? The video recording and stage show for the Women Grow 2017 Leadership Summit. If you aren't familiar with Women Grow, it's an empowering organization that is run by smart, strong, amazing women in the cannabis industry, looking to lift women up and put them on the path to career success. The show itself will be for sale if you couldn't make to the Leadership Summit and are curious to see what it's all about. I might even be able to swing you a discount if you want to watch it--stay tuned! 

So now I'm back to work at Gouldylox HQ and have some game-changing beauty fixes to share.
Dry skin? Aging skin? Waterproof lip glosses that last until you take them off? Let's discuss!


Dove, my hands-down favorite body wash, just made moves in keeping your skin feeling hydrated, soft and supple. Available in four Shower Foam varieties (Deep Moisture, Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla, Sensitive Skin and Cucumber and Green Tea Scent) this light and airy foam washes away the day and leaves your skin feeling super soft. I tested the original Deep Moisture formula against the Shower Foam in a very scientific right side/left side test and guess what? The Shower Foam spreads more easily by hand, you use less and the skin hydration is the same. What's not to love about that?



One thing that becomes obvious during 18-hour days is that your skin needs a pick-me-up around the tenth hour. Even if you aren't toiling away your days, you can still reap the bennies from a delightful Facial Mist. Gaia Secrets Blooming Facial Mist was my secret to skin that looked more awake than I felt! The blend of Lavender, Damascus Rose and Vitamin C helps restore pH balance to the skin while plumping skin for a fresh, younger look. This also contains a hint of Witch Hazel, to help keep the oilies away.



Finally, let's discuss these Lip Couture waterproof lip matte glosses from LA Splash. Why waterproof? This means it won't wear off as quickly as a standard lip gloss. More importantly, these feel more like a liquid lip and pack an amazing, pigmented punch. Available in bad ass shades like La Bella Muerte (a deep brown duo chrome), Venom (matte black) and Vindictive (a gray/blue), these lippies make a strong statement that doesn't quit.


El Catrin is the red and La Bella Muerte is the gorgeous duo chrome.

My favorite comes from the Dia De Los Muertos Collection, El Catrin. El Catrin is a deep, metallic red that elevates your signature red to the next level.


Next up on Gouldylox? I've got a nude palette that won't break the bank, newness from Jan Marini that you can't live without (if the signs of aging are creeping up) and so much more! I'm not the only one to be back to Gouldylox HQ - my trusty sidekick, Zayde Danger was thrilled to be back in the studio, too!


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