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Lipstick League: The Lipstick You'll Want But Can't Have



Question of the Week: Do your beauty spending habits change during the holidays? Do you tend to purchase more (or less) beauty-related items for yourself at this time of year? Actually, I'm on a bit of a no-buy right now. Unless something totally unlike anything else I have (like that golden, shimmering Bobbi Brown Scotch on the Rocks Holiday lipstick) comes out, I'm passing.

  Love for Lacquer - Jess has the Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot to share with you PLUS how they compare to the individual boxed blushes!

  My Beauty Bunny - Love multi-tasking products? Want baby-soft feet? Check out My Solemate - a moisturizing soap and light pumice-based stone all in one easy to use package! It's my new favorite shower gadget!

  My Newest Addiction - Do you like to incorporate some holiday cheer into your makeup this time of year? Laura shares with us her three favorite Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks for the holidays!

  Nouveau Cheap - Having a hard time keeping track of all the beauty deals for Black Friday/Cyber Monday? G’s got your back.

  Prime Beauty - got together with several other bloggers to test the iconic Clinique Black Honey Lipstick to see if it really is flattering on all skin tones. See for yourself and enter to win a Clinique Black Honey Collection of your own!

  Phyrra - Overwhelmed with where to start for Beauty Oils? Check out Phyrra's Beauty Oils You Need to Try Now with recommendations by skin type.

  we heart this - We don't know if we're more in love with the glosses or the box when it comes to the MAC Holiday Objects of Affection Nude & Red lipglass collection.

  Beauty Junkies Unite - As you're planning your Black Friday shopping strategy, RUN and do not walk to ULTA to pick up one (or both) of these gorgeous eyeshadow palettes from LORAC! They're limited edition, ULTA exclusives for Black Friday ONLY, and will be just $12 each. Are you a Vintage Vixen, or a Sultry Starlet?

  EauMG - It’s time for this month’s “In the House” feature on EauMG! This is a brand overview of the Spanish niche perfume line, Ramon Monegal Perfumes. Victoria’s also included her “must try” picks!

  Glitter.Gloss.Garbage - Check out these fruit inspired shades from Zoya’s Fall Ultra Pixie Dust line!

  Gouldylox Reviews - Looking for holiday inspiration that is easy to wear? I've got a FOTD that is perfect, plus $100 Visa Gift Card to kick off your holiday shopping season.

  (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
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Two Looks, One Palette: Too Faced La Belle Carousel Featuring Phyrra


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Blogger Phyrra and I are fast friends, despite looking like such polar opposites. In the past, we've joined forces to show how dynamic certain palettes are and we are back with one of our favorite holiday palettes, Too Faced's La Belle Carousel.



This adorable palette is one that grabs your attention for its unique packaging but will end up on your vanity for longer than the holidays because it's just that versatile. Not only does this palette contain two blushes, two bronzers, but it also contains 4 individual shadow mini-palettes and a Better Than Sex mini-mascara. From nudes to smokey, this palette gives you options that rule the yule.

For my look, I chose a smoky holiday look that combines a little Christmas Tree, a little Santa's Boots and a little Frost. This will certainly help you capture the attention of whomever you want to meet you under the mistletoe.



As usual, my looks aren't super complicated, so anyone can master it. Here is how I got the look!



Face:
Dermalogica TRx Pure Light SPF - Be sure to allow plenty of time to absorb.
Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm - Apply over face and blend.

Apply Who's Your Poppy blush on apples and swept back towards ears.
Apply Chocolate Soleil bronzer in cheek hollows and around hairline.


Lips:
Apply Shimmering Spice Baby lipstick all over your lips.
Add Shimmering Marshmallow Bunny lipstick in center of lips only.



Eyes:
Prime eyes with Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
Fill in brows with Too Faced Bullet Proof Brows.
Apply Frost shadow in corner, along lash line and under brow arch.
Apply Tin Soldier shadow lightly across the lid, below crease.
Using a thin, pointed brush, moisten the tip of the brush an apply Christmas Tree in the crease, creating a small "V". Smudge this into the silver color, blending carefully.
Take the same brush and apply a touch of  Santa's Boots along the lash line.



Add Better Than Sex mascara n the top and bottom lashes.



I love the ease and variety of this collection--and you can't beat the price. My only caveat would be to use the Glitter Glue Glitter Binding Eye Shadow Primer if you are using the Nude Beach shadow. Grab this collection while it's still on shelves--it won't be around past Black Friday (I'd be willing to bet!).

Be sure to check out Phyrra's look too! Which is your favorite? Tell us!


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The Best Products to Groom Your Brows


Sent for review. Purchased by me. Contains affiliate links. 

Still ignoring your brows because you don't know how to spice them up? You've nailed getting them waxed (or even tweezing at home) but aren't sure where to go from there? I've got easy-to-use ideas that will have your brows model-worthy in no time.


Clockwise: Benefit Gimme Brow, It Cosmetics YBBB, RevitaLash Hi-Def Tinted Brow Gel, BareMinerals Brow Powder, Anastasia DipBrow Pomade, Maybelline Brow Drama

There are only so many ways to fill in your brows: pencils, powders, pomades, and gels. Depending on how you apply them, you can achieve a really natural look, easily. Or apply with a slightly heavier hand and rock a serious brow. The choice is yours.

The easiest way to fill in your brows is with a powder.

This seems to be the most goof-proof method. You'll need a long lasting powder and a great angled brush, like this one from IT Cosmetics. Ditch the wax, by the way--it almost never looks right, unless you have a few wonky strays. Then wax those suckers in place!

Get a small amount of powder on the angled bristles of the brush. Trace the powder along your natural brow line. I usually start by creating a thin line along the bottom of my brow, using upwards brush strokes to fill in gaps and define. I set the full edge of the brush against the beginning of my brow to create a sharper start. Make sure your tail blends out naturally and remove any excess powder from the top of your brow with a quick swipe of your finger. Finally, take a spooli (you have one, right?) and run it over your brow to make everything blend nicely. Try these powders: Tarte Amazonian Clay Volumizing Brow Powder, Anastasia Brow Powder, and BareMinerals Brow Powder.

Pencils aren't too tricky, either. 

You'll basically be doing the exact same thing, but with a very fine pencil. Make thin, upward strokes throughout your brow. Don't go side to side, unless your hair grows that way. You aren't filling the entire brow in with color, you're enhancing what is already there. A thin pencil is key. Blend it out with a spooli and go. Try: Anastasia Brow Whiz, L'OREAL Brow Stylist Pencil, It Cosmetics Your Brows But Better

Gels take no time, but are harder to apply on thin brows.

Gels are easy and fairly inexpensive. Theses usually involve applying the brow gel with a mascara like brush. This is perfect if you have thicker brows or lots of hair. Simply swipe the product on using the spooli and wipe away excess with your finger before it dries. When I use gels, I like to apply them prior to any foundations so clean up is easy. Try RevitaLash Hi-Def Tinted Brow Gel, Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara, and Benefit Gimme Brow.

Pomades are for divas, on-point brows and for serious defining. 

I use a pomade every day. A pomade doesn't have to give such a striking brow, but if that is what you're after then this is the tool you need. Apply it the same way you would a powder, but be sure to use a really, really light hand. Pomades are often waterproof and will last through anything. Remember to get mere molecules of color on your angled brush before applying to your brows. Less is more! If you start with anything other than a tiny trace of color, you're going to get mad. Don't say I didn't warn you. Try it yourself with Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade and Too Faced Bullet Proof Brows.

Always pick a color that is close to matching your own hair and if you want to look natural, go for a neutral color. If you have gray hair, Tarte has a fantastic grey powder that can be used on brows and your hair. I've been using shadows and brow powders on my roots for years, but Tarte has a great brush that does both. And the grey is stunning.


Don't forget that if you are shopping for drugstore options, CVS/Pharmacy offers the ExtraCare Beauty Club where you'll literally save more than you spend.  That's my receipt above!


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Getting Instant Volume with VOLOOM


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How to use the VOLOOM. gouldylox.com

If you follow me on Facebook (you do, right?), you've seen me raving about this new iron called the VOLOOM. This high-end iron adds volume right where you need it most, at the roots. Forget powders, backcombing and root sprays. The VOLOOM will boost your style in less than three minutes and the results will last all day.

The VOLOOM is actually brilliant at two things. The first is adding volume at the root. That is obvious. Different hair responds differently and you will have to play with the placement and heat settings to get the look you want. If you believe it has added too much volume, turn down the heat, crimp for less time or gently pull the hair straight immediately after removing it from the iron.

The volume is easy, but how does it adds movement? The VOLOOM changes the way the hair lays on the head. Instead of your hair all sticking together and laying flat, the ridges left behind by the iron help move the hair around as there is no uniform surface for the hair to sit upon.




Don't get me wrong, it takes a little practice. The first time may not come out just right. It takes a little bit of practice. But when you do manage to use it properly, the results are amazing. It's also a really beautifully made iron. It's not chintzy or cheap. It has a locking feature which makes it easy to travel with. Why don't all irons have this? I have several expensive flat irons and none of them have locks. The VOLOOM also has a digital temperature readout and easy-to-access buttons for complete control.


How the VOLOOM works:

You set the adjustable temperature to whatever you like best. It actually goes up to over 350 degrees, so be careful!

Now part your hair so the top layer of hair will not come into contact with the waffle-shaped VOLOOM plates. This is the most difficult part to master. You don't want the waffle crimps to show through the top layer of your hair.

Quickly, clamp the VOLOOM over a section of your hair and release after no more than two seconds. If you want even more volume, flip that section of hair over and crimp the section of hair directly below the previously crimped hair.

Repeat this throughout your hair. Be careful not to crimp anything around your face that will show if your hair moves or if your push your hair behind your ear.

If you have really long, heavy hair, the VOLOOM will give your hair movement and a bit of extra volume.

If you have very oily hair or thin, long hair below your shoulders, you may see more movement than volume.

If you have layers, waves or hair around your shoulders, you will see mega volume.

How to use the VOLOOM. gouldylox.com

I use this almost every day. It's amazing what a difference it makes in photos! My whole face looks lifted when my hair is bouncier! Plus the results can last for days.

How long does the VOLOOM last? Gouldylox.com

Try it out for yourself if you've wanted the appearance of more voluminous hair. Just be patient in trying to find out the best way to make it work for you. Whether you want full-on Texas hair or just a bit of lift, the VOLOOM doesn't disappoint! The VOLOOM also comes with a bonus travel pouch, sectioning hair clips and a smoothing brush with pointed tail, all of which is perfect for separating your hair. Grab yours for $130.


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The Perfect Romantic Holiday Look Featuring Mary Kay® Cosmetics



Sponsored by Mary Kay®.

Makeup should be festive and fun, without being so complicated. Am I right?


Check out this look I did using Mary Kay® Cosmetics. I used three simply beautiful shadows, a layered blush and a beautiful berry lip to create a fresh, pretty and really simple, romantic look that really works for the holidays!



Here is what I used to create this Mary Kay® Holiday Look:

Eyeshadows: Spun Silk, Lavender Fog and Driftwood
Blush: Sheer Bliss Cream Blush, Shy Blush
Liner: Deep Brown (inner rims only)
Lips: Neutral lip liner, True Dimensions® Lipstick in Rosette



After prepping your skin and applying your foundation, concealer and primers, start by applying Spun Silk shadow over your entire lower lid. This shadow is a great base color. It's got a touch of satin sheen, but isn't sparkly or shiny. Spun Sheen is the key to a look that lightly glistens!



Next, using the thin edge of a shadow brush, apply Driftwood in the crease of your lid, not connecting it to the lash line. Then sweep Lavender Fog in the "V" between your lash line and lid crease. The combination of the purple and brown will make any eye color pop without looking overdone.



To really bring the focus to your eyes, line your upper and inner rims using Mary Kay® Deep Brown Eyeliner. This doesn't have to be smudged or complicated and I didn't choose black because I wanted the look to be softer. You just want to make your eyes stand out a bit more.



Finally, apply Mary Kay® Lash Love® Mascara to your upper and lower lashes. This combo of liner and mascara really make your eyes look fresh and bright!



To sculpt your cheeks, start by applying the Mary Kay® Cream Blush in Sheer Bliss to the apples of your cheeks, sweeping the color slightly upward and towards your hairline. Then apply Shy Blush over the apples and up towards your eyes in a classic "C" shape.


To finish the look, I used Mary Kay® Neutral Lip Liner to fill in my lips.


Next, apply True Dimensions® Lipstick in Rosette to add a pop of shiny color that really makes blue eyes pop.



What is your favorite holiday look? Tell me all about it in the comments and you'll be entered for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card and a prize package full of lovely Mary Kay® goodies! Need more inspiration? You can visit this page for more inspiration and Mary Kay® looks.

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