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Skincare That Was Good To The Last Drop: Paula's Choice Skincare

Sponsored Post. All opinions are my own. 

Earlier this year, I got the chance to have my skin made over by Paula Begoun, the beauty (and brains!) behind Paula's Choice. Paula's Choice is one of those brands that if I had to use until I couldn't use skincare anymore, I would be perfectly happy. What can I say? The line delivers, the science is solid and it won't break the bank. And get this. I actually got to the bottom of the bottle on several of the products I tried! I'm a blogger. I almost never hit empty on anything.

What did this die hard junkie use until the last drop?

Skin Recovery Antioxidant Serum with Retinol 

 Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant

 Resist 25% Vitamin C Spot Treatment 

If you want smooth, spotless skin, you can't go wrong with those three! And I'm dying to try the Resist C15 Super Booster. Brighter, more firm skin? Yes, please!

In addition to what I was already using, I picked up the Resist Intensive Repair Cream because I wanted an eye cream and, at the time, Paula didn't make one. 

So let's discuss that new eye cream...

Since the dawn of Paula's book, Don't Go To the Cosmetic Counter Without Me, she's been talking about how eye creams are hooey. That you don't need one, because it's all the same stuff and you are paying a premium for a smaller container. Then much to my surprise, earlier this month, Paula's Choice launched The Resist Anti-Aging Eye Cream! I haven't tried it, but she's given us what we wanted, so I say embrace it! Do you need it? Maybe, maybe not. But why spend $90 at Sephora on one that might work when you know this one will?

What have you bought more than once because you loved it so much?

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Bye Bye Pores From It Cosmetics Makes For A Fabulous Sandwich.

Sent for review. Contains affiliate links

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Want to minimize pores and give skin an airbrushed look in less than 10 seconds? You need to check out the new Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder from It Cosmetics. This colorless powder sets makeup, blurs imperfections, won't cake and stops your foundation from creasing in the crinkles.

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According to It Cosmetics:
Award-winning Bye Bye Pores® Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder is infused with Collagen, Vitamin K and Pure Silk for a perfect, poreless, airbrushed finish. It absorbs oil and shine, and blurs away the look of pores, without settling into lines and wrinkles. It sets makeup and helps to diffuse the appearance of wrinkles and pores instantly.

Developed with leading plastic surgeons, this powder is infused with Hydro Collagen to smooth lines, Pure Silk for a poreless finish, and Vitamin K to help reduce discoloration. It also contains Anti- Aging Antioxidants Vitamins A, C, and E to help ward off free radicals throughout the day. Translucent and colorless – it works on all skin tones. Formulated without Talc, Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Synthetic Fragrance and Phthalates.

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Honestly, when I first received this, I thought it was a basic translucent powder and didn't rush to check it out. Then I decided I probably should pay attention and thank the kittens I did! It's so much more than basic. No talc, no parabens and it has skincare? Can there be a harder working powder?

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If you really want to amp up the results you'll see with this powder, use it to sandwich your foundation. If you haven't sandwiched your foundation before, it simply means applying a light dusting of powder under your foundation. Then you'll apply that foundation and dust your face with Bye Bye Pores again. Your foundation will last longer and cover better and your skin will look flawless. The picture above is a quick selfie at work without fancy lights. It's like selfie magic!

Grab this anywhere It Cosmetics is sold for $29. It's totally worth It. Have you sandwiched your foundation? What's your favorite product to use?

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Lipstick League: How Many Skincare Products Do You Use Per Day?

Sent for review. Contains affiliate links. 

Question of the Week: How many skincare products do you use every day?

I use way too many. And after my Korean Beauty Skincare Makeover yesterday at Sephora (get one, if you can!), maybe I'm not using enough? The K-Beauty routines have so many steps. But WOW. My face felt and looked amazing afterwards.

Here's what I'm doing for my skin, right now.

Cleansing: Erborian Solid Cleansing Oil - This one is new to me. I just started it today! It's an interesting concept and my skin feels amazing afterwards.

Essence: What's that? An essence is an extremely concentrated source of skincare applied after washing. Right now, I'm in LOVE with Kiehl's Iris Extracting Essence Treatment. It makes the skin look amazing in a fresh, radiant way. A little goes a long way. And never use a cotton ball! You'll waste it all!

Serum: MitoQ Serum is a new serum that claims to recharge our mitochondria batteries, slowing and reversing the signs of aging. Sounds impossible, right? I have no idea if the science is solid, but I'm testing both the serum and the supplement. According to the brand,  MitoQ's patented technology delivers powerful antioxidant support to mitochondria, the power source of your skin's cells, restoring their vitality so they can fight the symptoms of aging. The results? Re-energised cells, and younger looking skin. 

Face Firming: Lumeme Time Freeze Instant Lift V-Shaping Serum is like a bra for your face.

Moisturizer: Bosica Sake Balm uses fatty alcohols to hydrate the skin and plump fine lines and wrinkles. I just picked this up yesterday and it feels so good. SO. GOOD.

SPF: Kiehl's Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50 locks in your skincare and preps the skin for an amazing makeup application. Oh, and it stops sun damage.

I'm also trying out a slew of beauty tech and masks, but I'm under contract and can't speak about those things just yet. However, I tried this dentist office grade teeth whitener and got two shades lighter in about 30 minutes total. That rocked.

Check out what the rest of my friends have been up to this week below! And you've entered to win a set of hair extensions in your color, right? If not, enter to win that NOW!

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  My Newest Addiction - If you are in need of some fabulous new makeup brushes that wont break the bank find out which ones Laura has been addicted to. She also has a discount code for you!

  Nouveau Cheap - So Sephora reformulated their Supreme Cleansing Oil and it is now mineral-oil-free. But is it effective at removing makeup, including stubborn mascara? Here's my full review.

  Olive & Ivy - rounded up the best of the best Sephora holiday gift sets for 2015! Which ones will you be getting?

  Phyrra - shares her favorite makeup & nail polish to match Pantone Fall 2015 Colors!

  Prime Beauty - shares 5 New Beauty Discoveries you need to know about!

  we heart this - Body acne just ain't cute. Murad is here to help.

  Beautygeeks - A big beauty brand known for its “anti-aging” serum makes a point of dropping the “anti-aging” term with its newest release although it has many benefits we usually file under Fights-Signs-of-Getting-Older. Do we agree with this positioning?

  Beauty Junkies Unite - Amber found 6 top affordable eyebrow products that will keep your brows looking fierce! See what made the cut.

  Blushing Noir - Brooke shows how easy it is to wear silk on your lips with the new Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipsticks. They’re so good you’ll have to buy more!

  Clumps of Mascara - is giving away a Clarisonic Mia and a few other fabulous beauty items. This is an International-friendly giveaway. Enter enter!

  EauMG - Hello, October! Victoria is so ready for fall. But, before moving on to her usual rotatation of autumn fragrances, she shares her most worn perfumes of Summer 2015.

  Gouldylox Reviews - Don't fall for the biggest lie of the season. Buying pink isn't really doing you or anyone else much good. Chances are, it's not really going to help the women and men fighting an awful disease. Here's why.

  (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
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Lush Hair Extensions UK Review + Giveaway!

Sent for review. Contest provided by Lush Hair Extensions.

When you look good, you feel good, right? At least on most days, having a good hair day can strongly influence how I start my day. Since great hair isn't always in the cards and top knots can lead to hair loss, what's a girl to do?

You gotta fake it 'til you make it! So that means one thing. Clip-in extensions, baby!

Who doesn't love the instant volume, length and glam that quick clips lend to your coiffure? I know I do. And what I really love are extensions that look real, that are made of human hair, that can take a curling iron without melting and that blend in easily with the rest of my own mane.

My favorite extensions right now hail from across the pond. Lush Hair Extensions UK sells beautiful extensions to everyone around the globe. Want Kim K waves? They've got that (and a tutorial on how to get the look at home!). Want ombre extensions to fill out your current look? They've got them too.

These are so comfortable to wear and blend so easily into your own hair, you'll be shocked you haven't tried extensions earlier. And no, these don't feel like the inexpensive extensions on a string. These are made from 100% Remy Human Hair. Each weft uses a silicone clip that won't snag or pull--plus they're very lightweight (the overall weight on normal extensions kills my scalp)!

And if you're an extension newbie, here's my favorite tip.

Section the hair below the tops of your ears. Pin the top section of hair up and out of the way. French or dutch (or cornrow, whatever) braid the hair in the bottom section and secure with an elastic. Pin that section of hair flat, against the scalp. Attach your widest weft just above the braid. Now your hair will blend in perfectly, without the too-short bottom peeking through!

Lush Hair Extensions UK ships worldwide, really quickly and for less than you'd expect to pay. My full set was only £36.99. It's an easy hack to a great hair day! And guess what little sisters?

I've got a set of Deluxe Clip-In Extensions (15") to give away! To enter, follow the rafflecopter directions below! Void where prohibited, Must be 18 to enter. Contest is open worldwide. No purchase necessary.

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Sleek Makeup Midnight Blues Quad + EOTD

I bought this. Sent for review.

Sleek Makeup is killing it. The colors, the wear, the's so good. And the liners and cream blushes are on my must-have list for fall.

I grabbed this quad to see if I could find a way to mimic the blues I'm seeing everywhere--without going nuts and dropping coin on something I'll only use sparingly.

The Midnight Blues Quad includes three shadows and one cream eyeliner.

Dream a Little Dream is a sparkly medium sea blue that goes on lighter than expected without a primer.

Deep Sky is exactly that. The color of the sky when it fades from sky blue to inky blue.

Smoke Lightening is a lighter silvery gray that isn't as dramatic as it looks in the pan.

High Octave is a denim blue cream liner. For this look, I used the pencil, Eau La La Liner in Moon Blue. It's similar in color, but the pencil wears almost perfectly on the inner rim. I'm getting about 8 hours of perfection on my inner rim. I haven't found anything that works better (I haven't tried the new UD, but Eau La La is lovely).

I'm going to be using this way more than I thought. My co-workers are used to me coming to work, wearing all kinds of makeup and hair and no one bats an eye. However, this look got the best response out of anything I've worn in the last six months. Seriously!

To get the look, I applied a base shadow all over in a shimmery nude. I applied a tiny bit of Smoke Lightening in the outer corner. Just a tiny bit.

Next, I added a little bit of Dream a Little in a light wash throughout the crease.

I popped the outer corner with a touch of Deep Sky.

I lined the top and inner rim using the Moon Blue pencil liner.

I finished with mascara on the top and bottom.

Grab the Midnight Blues Quad for $8.99 and the Eau La La liner for $7.49.

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