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Makeup Wars: Best Concealers




It doesn't matter if you have perfect skin or are covered with blotches, a good concealer is one of the most important tools on your vanity. The best concealers cover imperfections like a second skin and never crack or dry out.


I have very fair, dry skin and  concealers tend to dry out and go cakey or crack. That's why I look for coverage + moisture in my concealers. If my skin doesn't match yours, never fear! The Makeup Wars squad is back to help you pick which concealer is best for your skin.



1. Becca Cosmetics Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($29.00) is the absolute holy grail, best of the best for covering really dark circles. It's too peachy/shiny for some people, but on my really fair skin, it's beautiful. Check out my original review here.


2. I love the thin formula of the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer ($27.00). Nothing looks as natural with such a small amount. Again the dry down time is when the magic happens, so you'll need to take your time to avoid applying too much. Once you've gotten down the application, it's got a naturally beautiful finish that wears all day.

3. Osmosis Age Defying Treatment Concealer ($38.00) is perfect for mature eyes. One end is a liquid concealer with a doe foot and the other end is a hydrating stick that is applied before the concealer. If you have a few fine lines or wrinkles, this is a fantastic choice. Check out my original review here

4. If you have significant dark circles or need more coverage, you'll love the Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer ($24.00). While I like the Illuminating version, the original is my still my preferred formula. HINT! Despite wearing the light color in all of their other products, I always wear the Medium shade of concealer in this line. If you've tried the concealer in light and didn't like it, try the medium instead.

5. Too much coverage and not enough hydration? Bare Minerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer ($20.00) is the perfect blend of skincare and concealer in one. For days when you don't need much help, this is my favorite choice!

6. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Corrector ($29.00) is my go to under eye concealer. It's really hydrating and contains skincare to help keep fine lines at bay. Plus the coverage is very natural and wears perfectly. Plus, the skin care benefits in this are serious (bye bye fine lines!). 

7. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($29.00) is a must-have for a great natural highlight (it'll cover spots and circles, too!).

8. Nudestix Concealer ($24.00) is my favorite line to grab and go. Forget brushes, you'll only need fingers. Each pencil comes in a case with a sharpener. If you carry one makeup item in your purse, carry this one. (Plus a lipstick. I'm not a monster.) 

9. Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer is available in every shade possible and gives a flawless finish. Just be sure to let the concealer dry down completely before moving on to your next step. 

Don't forget to check out more suggestions via the Makeup Wars tiles below!






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Lipstick League: LORAC Metal Palette in Rose Gold





Question of the Week:

Spill it! What beauty products did you buy during Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday? 
I am still trying to be really frugal, BUT I did pick up a Makeup Eraser mini and the LORAC Metal Palette in Rose Gold. The LORAC shadows are so buttery soft and blendable, I couldn't say no. It was too pretty to pass up and that Eraser is INSANE. It even removes makeup swatches dry (sans primer). Do you know how awesome it is for a blogger to be able to just wipe off swatches? What did you pick up for yourself?

  Nouveau Cheap - Nordstrom keeps adding new holiday beauty gift sets to their website and I’m trying my best to keep up with all of them! Here are my picks for great gifts on any budget.

  Phyrra - I've fallen in love with the new Makeup Geek Porcelain Highlighters. They have the perfect sheen I've been dreaming of!

  Prime Beauty - found 10 fabulous beauty stocking stuffers for under $25. Read her list now! we heart this - checks out a trio of skincare products that help you say bye-bye to flaws, including the most lush makeup remover EVER made!

  Beautygeeks - is giving away two party-friendly sleek Roots evening wallets that fit phone, lipstick, powder and ID, and leave hands free for cradling a bevvy and a snack and shaking hands. Open to Canada/USA!

  Blushing Noir - You haven’t reached diva beauty status until you’ve owned ALL of the MAC x Mariah Carey Collection. THIS BLUSH wasn’t something I thought I’d love…. but now that I’m wearing it every single day IDK how I did without!

  Clumps of Mascara - For years and years I denied the power of this gorgeous blush. And now I can’t get enough of it.

  EauMG - I have a holiday gift guide for those appreciate naturally beautiful beauty products. Here’s my 2016 Gift Guide for Natural Beauties.

  fanserviced-b - Cult Beauty's winter 2016 gift with purchase Goody Bag blew me away. It's gone now, but check out what they sent and prepare to drop some pounds (they're in the UK) to snatch up the next one.

  Gouldylox - I can't believe a few products made such a difference in how my skin looks. You know all about Bravon and Pixi, right? This kind of skin-magic doesn't just happen every day!

  My Beauty Bunny - Dreams DO come true! I was invited to Vancouver for the LUSH Prize Awards Ceremony and to tour their factory. Check out all the details of my amazing adventure here!

  My Newest Addiction - Mascara is one of Laura’s favorite things to try in the beauty world. This week she shared her thoughts on L’Oreal Voluminous Feline mascara.

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

  Nouveau Cheap is Currently Craving: Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter in Golden Pink. I recently saw this in person for the first time, and now I can’t stop thinking about it. Photos do not do it justice!
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Bling It On: A Style Guide For Festive Gatherings


Understated sweaters, comfy pants and cool clothes for introverts

Even if the hustle and bustle makes you cringe, dressing for holiday parties is always fun. Sparkles, whimsy, comfy sweaters and maybe an occasional fish tail blanket make up for the holiday crowds and the never-ending lines in stores without enough cashiers. It's that time to shine and relax with friends and family; embrace it!



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MAC Cosmetics Are On Sale Through December 4th!

MAC pigments and fluidline are the best for a reason!



MAC Cosmetics is offering 25% off of their entire website through December 4th! This is the largest discount MAC has ever offered, so that means it's time to Treat 'Yo Self!

         


Sure, you can snag the latest collections, but what about the basics that keeps the pros coming back time and time again? Don't get too caught up in a trend trap, if you can't get everything you want. Grab the basics and stock up!


Painterly and Bare Study Paint Pots are great as primers, too.

Pro Long Wear Paint Pot in Painterly is one of my all time favorite eye primers, despite it being a cream eyeshadow. It's legendary. If you have fair to light skin, you're gonna love it as a primer. Bare Study is a great shimmery option if Painterly is too matte. $22

Ruby Woo is one of the best selling blue-red lippies of all time. This is one time you'll actually need the chutzpah to wear a lipstick.  If you can handle it, in all of Ruby's vibrant matte awesomeness, it'll change your life. $17

Mineralize Skinfinish is the highlighter everyone else wants to be. Sheer, long wearing and high shine; it's like the belle of the holiday makeup ball. $33

Pro Long Wear Fluidline Eye Liner is the liner that doesn't move, no matter what. Pigmented, controllable and fierce; it's the liner that puts the meow into a good cat eye. $17

Nutcracker Sweet Gold Pigments and Glitter Collection gives you four beautiful mini pigments that define this time of year. A lot of the holiday collections are just too precious for me (sorry, not sorry), but these are gorge. $35

Nutcracker Sweet Cool Eye Compact gives you several pinky tones, along with a gorgeous taupey-gray and black. If you haven't picked up any of the Too Faced palettes featuring this kind of pink, then pick this up and be surprised at how wearable pinks can be. $39.50

If you need to update your brushes, the Nutcracker Holiday Brush Collections have been marked down once already and I presume the 25% will be on TOP of the already reduced price. $25-39.50

You do need to be a member of MAC Select in order to receive the discount; so make sure you're properly signed up! This sale ends on December 4, 2016, so don't wait too long.  Happy Shopping!




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Inspiring Cannabis Gifts: Glass, Vapes and More

pot gifts for women

Today's gift list is a little different! Forget pigments and shadows, here is what to give the midnight toker in your life. Whether a medical or recreational user, the right glass, vape or rig can make all of the difference. And before you ask, everything listed in 100% legal in all fifty states to ship and use. Most of the products listed are for dry flower, so be sure to read the descriptions if you're looking for pieces that use oils and waxes.

Best pot presents for women.

I love good glass and this is my all time favorite piece. The Chameleon Glass Monsoon Spubbler Water Pipe is the greatest glass for on-the-go, ever. It's a self-regulating, non-spillable water pipe that can go everywhere. It's small, the glass is thick, it's not impossible to clean and it won't spill, even when you leave it in your purse for days and days. And it only needs a few tablespoons of water to boot. Grab a case to protect the glass and to keep odor out. // $65.99 + free shipping


Best bong for women

I'm obsessed with these gorgeous My Bud Vases. Each one is more feminine than the last, which is a glorious change from the phallic shapes EVERYWHERE ELSE. I don't know how long a flower would last if you forgot to change the water, but if you want something stealth to keep on a counter, these are what you want. I love the Melody design. // $99.00 + free shipping

Bong that can't break

Has your heart been broken when your favorite glass gets knocked over? I have and the pain is real. If you live dangerously, try this non-breakable, food-grade silicone water pipe by Strong Silicone. // $64.00

Is the Pax still the best portable vaporizer?

The Pax 2 is still the best portable vape money can buy. Just be sure to clean it regularly for smooth tokes. // $199.00

Best tabletop vaporizer that isn't a volcano.

The Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer is my favorite table vape for sharing with friends. While it doesn't have the great mouthpiece the Volcano does, you'll like saving a few hundred more than having that mouthpiece. // $199.00 + free shipping

CBD-only vape oil

People always ask me what CBD-only product is great for pain management (and a whole host of other benefits). My favorite is from Palmetto Harmony. Grab their high-quality whole plant vape oil and vaporizer (you need to make sure your existing rig can handle the viscosity of the vape oil). This is a great combo deal and one of the best I've tried. If you are worried about getting stuck with snake oil, Palmetto Farms makes a really nice product that delivers. Because this contains less than 0.3% THC, it's legal to ship and use in all 50 states. I use this often and my oil lasted several months before running out. // Vaporizer and Oil, $110.00


This stash jar from Van Der Pop filters out UV light, making your herbs last longer. Plus, your friends will think you are so fancy. // $39.00

Are you out of the cannabis closet? Would you dare to put any of these on your holiday gift list? Got questions about any of this? Ask me!!!


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FOTD: Pixi By Petra & Bravon Beauty

 



This week's makeup inspiration was based on the Rose Radiance Holiday Palette from Pixi Beauty, plus good skin from Bravon Beauty. I just started using the primer and it's magical. I applied my concealer first and then added the primer (mainly because I forgot) and wow. You can just wear it on its own--it blurs everything, with or without the rest of your makeup! What a quick hack for a busy morning!

I parted my hair on the opposite side, as close to my ear as I possibly could, which magically gave me a sexy-ish bang. I don't know how people walk around with these kinds of bangs in real life, but it was fun for a few hours.

Here's what I used:



Brows:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Blonde //$18.00

Eyes:
PixiBeauty Rose Radiance Palette shadows (top duo, with crease colors as liners) // $28.00
PixiBeauty Lash Primer and Lengthy Fiber Mascara //$16.00
PixiBeauty Endless Silky Eye Pen in Opal Overcoat // $12.00





Complexion:
It Cosmetics Illuminating Concealer in Medium // $24.00
Bravon Beauty Smooth Start Perfecting Primer (OMG, YOU NEED IT NOW)  // $26.00
Bravon Beauty Luminous Skin Perfecting Foundation in Purely Natural // $29.00
PixiBeauty Rose Radiance Palette cheek color, highlighter and contour // $28.00

Lips
PixiBeauty Matte Lustre Lipstick in Classic Red // $12.00


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Get Remington Ready & Stay Styled for 24 Hours!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Remington®. The opinions and texts are all mine.


For hair that can hold its own against the haze before the holidays, you need to start with a dryer that is powerful and hot enough to tame your hair. Your hair needs to live a 24/7 lifestyle, just like you. Especially for the next few weeks! A good dryer should be comfortable to use and has enough power to dry long hair quickly.



While I'll admit I'm a wee bit of a hair dryer snob, when Remington asked me to try their new Thermaluxe™ Dryer I ran off to Target to check it out. I found it in the hair appliance aisle in the beauty department. Since then, I've been using the Remington Thermaluxe Dryer for the last two weeks and I'll admit it--I don't miss my ultra fancy dryer! I dug it for these reasons:


1. The buttons are thoughtful and the weight is nice: I hate dryers that don't fit in your hand perfectly. Please don't put the buttons in places I'll constantly nudge with my thumb or the side of my hand. Down the middle, inside of the handle, please and thank you. The dryer feels like it's been weight balanced, so it doesn't tire out your wrist when you have loads of hair.

2. I need options: I want to own my dryer. Delicate pin curl on the face need to be locked in? Cool shot + low temp + low speed. Got it. Need something insta-hot for a super smooth bob? Done. And I want airflow options. And a cool shot button that's icy and easy to reach. What can I say? I need my options!


3. I want the pro version (for non-pro coin): Professional grade motors work harder, last longer and perform better than regular hairdryers. The combo of the powerful airflow and consistent heat smooth my hair in a way that lasts for days, which is so lovely during the most wonderful time of the year.
4. BTW, it's got a long, tangle-free cord, FTW: The newer fabric power cords don't tangle like the older plastic ones. Think about how long you've spent detangling that cord. Fabric cords for the win, my friend!
This dryer does everything my more expensive dryers do and does it while looking slick on my vanity. Deep aubergine with a highlight? Yass! With the power of this dryer, combined with sectioning and your dryer skills, you've got the recipe for holiday hair that stays all day.


Want to keep your style on lock for more than one day? Seal it with a Thermaluxe™ Slim 1" Straightener.. This straightener only needs one pass to smooth the cuticle and lock in style. Guess what that means? More time saved and less damage to your strands.


With multiple heat settings, it's easy to dial in a style that stays. This is one of those flat irons that has "magical plates" that wave hard-to-wave hair. (I'm sure it's more likely the evenly heated plates than magic, but you get my point.) Confession: I over-curled my hair with this straightener and the curls wouldn't fall out. If my hair had been a little longer, it would have been amazing. For reals though, I had to wash my hair to get rid of the curls.


To get a shiny, three-day lob, here's my holiday game plan. On day one, wash and blow dry hair like it's your job. Really scrub that scalp! Don't miss the nape of your neck. Blow dry hair in sections, making sure to point the nozzle down the hair shaft. Look at you, doing a better job than you thought possible. Love that Thermaluxe!


On the morning of the second day, I spritz a little dry shampoo and reshape my lob quickly with the Slim 1" Straightener.
On the third day, I'll add just one little bend with the flick of a wrist, just above my ear. Messy wave Wednesday, anyone?
Time saved on not styling from scratch for two days? About a half hour! Assuming you wash twice a week, that's an hour of extra time. That's a lot of sleep or an extra episode of your current binge-worthy TV obsession. It's your FA LA LA LA. Do you want to spend it styling your hair? Get #RemingtonReady and grab this Thermaluxe Dryer from Target for $39.99 and snag the delicious Slim Straightener for $30.00.

Here's to peaceful shopping, calorie-free cookies* and hair that slays the season!
*A girl can always dream @remingtonready!
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Gouldylox Cyber Week Gifting: The Best of Oprah's Holiday Favorites




Who hasn't wished they could have gone to an Oprah show on Favorites day? I certainly have! Here is the best of the best gift list, per Oprah herself. Now that your holiday gifting is finished, what will you do with all of that extra time? I suggest relaxing with some new slippers and a bamboo cardi and pajama pants...(they're in my shopping lookbook!) Love everything? Send it to your special someone as a hint! Just click through the lookbook with the arrows on the left of the image.



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