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The Secret to Getting Perfect Glasses Online, Every Time.


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Eyeglasses are out-of-control expensive. None of this is helped by the fact that most of the makers of eyeglasses are owned by the same companies, who also own the companies who make the frames. While it seems like it's impossible to get quality lenses affordably, with a few of my tricks you can change your glasses like you change your shoes.

Harvey glasses from Glassesusa.com

Trick 1: Understand Your Prescription

You probably aren't an eye doctor and I'm definitely not one either. Here are the basics you need to know.
  • Contact lenses require a separate prescription. You can't order glasses with a contacts script.
  • If you have a complicated prescription, make sure you understand what makes it tricky. Bifocals? Do you require special lenses or coatings?
  • Get your eye doctor to determine your PD, or pupillary distance. This is the distance between your pupils. It's kind of a key measurement and while you can measure it yourself, it's easy to botch. 
When shopping online, only use a site that allows you to see the frame on your face while giving you access to all frame measurements. I prefer GlassesUSA.com for online shopping. 

Get the perfect glasses, online, every time!


Trick 2: Use Glasses You Already Have to Find the Perfect Fit

If you already have a pair of glasses that fit well, you've got the blueprint to finding your next pair online. You're also going to need a nice photo of looking straight into the camera, with a slight smile. This will give you a great sense of how your new glasses will look.
  • Determine your "temple arm" length to find glasses that will fit comfortably from your ear to your nose. Every pair of glasses has a few separate measurements on the arms and bridge. Understanding these numbers is key.  The temple arm measurement (mine is 135-140) is the length of the arm and the piece that curves around your ear.  If you have a pair of glasses that are comfortable, look to select a pair of glasses with a similar temple arm measurement. I wouldn't stray more than 5 millimeters either way unless your existing glasses are uncomfortable.
  • Determine the width of your glasses, by looking for a small number on the bridge of the nose. The width of my last pair of glasses was 52 per lens. Use this as a reference for how wide your lenses will be. If you want a wider lens, look for a slightly larger number. Again, don't stray too far from this number, unless you are going for a completely different look.
  • Determine the distance between your lenses. The number following the square is the distance between your lenses; in my case, this is 17. Picking a pair with a larger number means the lenses will be farther apart. On plastic frames, this may relate to how the glasses sit on the bridge of your nose. On frames with nose pads, this can be adjusted slightly. Again, you don't want to stray too far from your original number, unless you were unhappy with your fit. 



Trick 3: Understand Your Options

Do you need to upgrade your lenses to a fancier coating or weight? Maybe. Here's what they really mean:

Do your glasses feel heavy? If yes, consider getting a lighter lens. This is usually a very inexpensive upgrade that makes the glasses feel much nicer. Plastic lenses are high quality and much, much lighter than traditional lenses.

Are you tough on glasses? Do you take them on and off during the day, sometimes forgetting where you left them? Opt for an anti-scratch lens coating. You'll want to be careful cleaning your scratch-resistant glasses. I like using a dry eye glasses cloth. Avoid harsh cleansers at all costs!

Does the computer bother your eyes? Do you have trouble driving at night due to glare? Try an anti-reflective coating to help keep down painful glare. This can be very helpful in reducing eye strain from looking at a computer all day long. 

Now that you are ready to shop, where do you start?




I love GlassesUSA and just got my first pair of progressive lens glasses. No, progressives aren't those lenses that change color, they are bifocals without the obvious line across the lens. Honestly, I was terrified to step into progressive lenses online but, using my methods, the lenses are perfect.

Go to GlassesUSA.com. Sign in and create an account so you can keep more favorites in your account. This is clutch when making big decisions. Next, click on the photo in the middle of the page that says something like, "see yourself in any pair". Upload your forward-facing photo and adjust the markers so you are getting an accurate look.

Next, look down the left side of GlassesUSA.com and select whatever you like. To find a pair that will fit you properly, make sure you select the frame measurements that match your existing glasses. 

It's time to select your favorite pair, add your prescription and look for checkout codes. There is almost always a discount to be had, so make sure you do a quick search of the site. If it's your first time, you'll almost always get a very friendly discount. Now hit submit and wait for a week or two. When your glasses arrive in the mail, you'll get a sturdy case, a glasses cleaning wipe and the knowledge that if anything is wrong, they'll fix it. If anything goes wrong with your glasses within the first year (because of a manufacturing issue, not because you dropped them into a wood chipper) and GlassesUSA.com will make it right. 

I could not be happier with my own glasses! I chose progressive lenses in the Harvey Brown frame. The frames are stylish, sturdy and have a nice weight. The lenses are spot on and using my old glasses as a way to measure for new glasses ensured a perfect fit.

How much was your last pair of glasses? I bet you can save money online without sacrificing quality, especially for basic lenses, kids lenses and fashion lenses. Visit GlassesUSA.com and tell me how your shopping goes!


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Makeup Wars: Best Cream Highlight or Contour



Makeup Wars is back and today we are talking highlighting and contouring creams. Hint: if you can tell that you are wearing a contouring creme, you're doing it wrong. But never fear, you can still naturally shape your face without looking Picasso-y.


 The key to a sculpting your look without a heavy hand? A light touch and slightly darker cream blush. Here's the easiest way to contour your cheeks naturally. Dab a tiny bit of Bobbi Brown's Uber Beige on the tip of your finger and gently tap it into place, directly under your cheek bone. Blend it upward, using a sweeping motion. Now add a pop of color to the apple of your cheeks and a little highlighter if you need it. Go easy, use a light touch and use half of the makeup you think you need. Pretty, contoured and naturally beautiful. It's about bringing your best self forward, not about creating a mask.



Cream highlighters, however, are irresistible compacts of pure joy. Becca makes my favorites, hands down. The Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured is creamy magic on the skin. Opal, above, is like a strobe light of white. A little goes a long way!



If Opal and Becca Perfectors are all a little too "strong" for your tastes, try Hello Light Anti-Aging Creme Luminizer by It Cosmetics. It's light, it's on the sheer side and it lasts all day.

Need more? Check out what inspires the rest of the Makeup Wars team by clicking the links below!





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Lipstick League: Super Pie, Huge Deals and Target



  Blushing Noir - HUGE DEALS at Rite Aid & NOW is the time to stock up on your holy grail beauty! See all of the Buy One Get One BEAUTY DEALS + get $20 when you spend $50. It’s basically madness.

  Clumps of Mascara - As if I needed yet another reason to be obsessed with Urban Decay.

  EauMG - If you were to make a perfume inspired by snow, what would it smell like? Well, apparently this French brand thinks snow smells like powdery white musk.

  fanserviced-b - If you’ve been wondering whether Beauty Pie, the new transparent-pricing (read: SUPER CHEAP) luxury makeup brand is worth a try, I have swatches and ingredient comparisons with similar prestige makeup that you need to see.

  Gouldylox - Forget nude lips, try these metallic beauties for a twist on your 2017 look!

  My Beauty Bunny - Curious about lash growth serums? I'm reviewing vegaLASH and sharing my impressive results!

  My Newest Addiction - Laura shares with us her recent discovery of Formulary 55. She describes it as the old school bar of soap, reinvented.

  Nouveau Cheap - Attention Target shoppers! Lots of exciting things are coming to the Target beauty department (very soon).

  Phyrra - Looking for a new nude, MLBB or living dead girl lipstick? I've got 30 of the Best Nude Lipsticks for Pale Skin! You're sure to find the perfect shade for you.

  Beautygeeks -geeked out with makeup artist Chase Aston about Kate Beckinsale’s beauty challenges when filming Underworld: Blood Wars.

  Beauty Junkies Unite - Amber has the scoop on two of the newest releases for 2017 from The Body Shop -- see what they are! (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? 

Find out here.)

Blushing Noir is Currently Craving: I need more beauty bags like a hole in the head but the SEPHORA COLLECTION Frosted Light Line got me like…. WHOA.


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Confidence in a Compact is Here! It Cosmetics Launches Their New Foundation TODAY.




It Cosmetics is launching their latest foundation revelation as part of their New Year, New Confidence in Your Skin! Skincare Collection. You can't say It Cosmetics doesn't constantly try to improve their skin-loving foundations, right? The latest in the line Confidence in a Compact, is truly different. Here's why:



  • The finish isn't as gloriously dewy as the holy grail CC+ Cream, it's more satin and naturally beautiful.
  • Confidence in a Compact feels very light on the skin. It's a full coverage foundation that goes on in light layers. 
  • You'll want to use the angled brush in the TSV, fingertips aren't going to work so well.
  • Of course, it's filled with the skincare you love from It. 


But you won't only get a new specially-angled brush for easy application. You'll also get It's latest in the skincare revolution, the Bye Bye Undereye Eye Cream and the Confidence in a Cream daily moisturizer. 


I got the chance to use both the Eye Cream and the Confidence Cream for a few months around their initial launch last fall. The area around my eyes improved dramatically (It always does when I use It Cosmetics exclusively!). 


The Confidence Cream is just that. It's hydrating, skin-smoothing and full of plastic surgeon-inspired ingredients that help you turn back the clock. 


To all of my little sisters who text/call/DM me on It Cosmetics TSV days, to ask the big question, DO I REALLY NEED THIS? If you are interested in a new foundation that doesn't look OMGGLAM, but instead is naturally beautiful or want to switch your skincare to simple, then yes. Give this a shot! The shade in Light is what works for me, although I'm a medium in their concealers.



Grab it from QVC today for a few pennies under $80. Some shades may sell out quickly, as this has been on pre-sale for a few days, so don't sleep! Let me know if you are picking this up or passing. Be sure to use #NewYearNewConfidence so I don't miss it!



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Three Beauty Products To Beat The January Blues





I've been feeling a little out of sorts lately; maybe it's political whiplash, my sick pooch or just the weird weather. Either way, it's been hard for makeup to make me happy*, but these three products genuinely did the trick. Need a little lift?


Something this gloriously glitter-filled is a phenomenal pick me up. Where it on it's own, over your eyeshadow or as a liner along the upper and lower rim (just be sure to keep it away from the water lines), Stila's Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow is the cotton candy of makeup right now. I grabbed Molten Midnight and Smoldering Satin for myself and am thinking of chasing down Kitten and Storm, too.



Definitely dab these on with your fingers. I love the look of these over your shadow, as a pop in the center of the lid.




Bravon Beauty is truly one of my favorite lines. His Lip Spa Aqua Gloss is the perfect lip gloss. Light, pigmented and never sticky, each one is a beautiful treat for the lips. My go-to shade is Skinny Dip.



 It's that perfect nude gloss that gives your lips a true nude look (the kind that looks good with a smokey eye), but isn't so taupe you'll look back on old selfies and go "huh". Skinny Dip (and all of the Lip Spa Aqua Glosses) are such a treat! Grab skinny dip as part of this kit from Bravon Beauty.



Need a pick me up on the cheap? Who doesn't? I grabbed this grape L'OREAL Infallible Paints in shade 302, Violet Twist. This tube actually boasts a doe foot applicator tor precise application, the pigment is outstanding, as is the wear time.



This will stain your lips slightly, but wow does the shine and shade make my heart sing.

Am I the only one feeling this way right now? What cheers you up on days like this? Let's discuss!


*Yes, we know that makeup shouldn't be the only source of happiness in life and it's certainly not mine. However, we've all gone through hours/days/weeks where we just aren't super excited about whatever normally fills us with joy.


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Hair Crush: Keune Tinta Color Care Shampoo & Conditioner




I'm having the best hair days right now and it's not because my momma gave me good hair. I mean, my hair is fine, considering it's essentially 95% gray, coarse and blonded. But it's also very dry, porous and texturally-challenged. My latest hair crush is slaying my hairs on the daily. It's smooth, it's shiny and the style holds for days, without much effort from me. Which is honestly, the definition of perfect, isn't it?

Keune's Tinta Color Care was designed to work with processed hair, which just makes sense since we all know how quickly colored hair goes from brilliant to lackluster. It's sulfate- and paraben-free, but lathers like a boss. Most sulfate-free 'poos can't be bothered to show their suds. Keune heard our cries and added a non-sulfate lathering agent that gives you a seriously luxe-feeling wash. Beyond giving me super shiny, happy hair, it helps keep your color safe, too, thanks to the following ingredients:

·       Silk protein repairs and nourishes hair.

·       UV Protection shields the hair from UV damage and color fading.

·      Color Stabilizer provides long-lasting hair color.

·       Keune’s patented Essential Mineral Complex features five minerals that nourish, treat and improve the condition of both scalp and hair.

My delicate blond hair requires real moisture and Tinta Color delivers, even though I don't use Keune to color my hair. My only wish? That the bottles of Tinta Color Care were larger.

Let your hair color remain as brilliant as intended. Tinta Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner (and everything else Keune) is only available from your friendly neighborhood salon.


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Matte Goes Metallic : Gerard Cosmetics New Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick




How gorgeous are these Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks from Gerard Cosmetics ($20.00)? The finish is as metallic as you can get without going into robot territory. (Speaking of robots, I can't stop listening to Vladimir and Estragon.) These liquid lippies are a beautiful blend of matte and metal that don't feel dry on the lips and wear until they come in contact with oil or cleanser. My favorite color totally surprised me, so don't be shy when picking your favorite metal!


The Metal Mattes are available in six different shades:

Fuzzy Navel - a shiny peach
Double Shot -  a nude, golden bronze
Dream Weaver -a light, rosy gold
Underworld - a deep metallic bronze (my favorite!)
Grape Crush - a bright, metallic purple grape
Cherry Bomb - a bright metallic cherry red


To get the best application, start by dry brushing your lips lightly with a toothbrush. Add a dab of hydrating lip balm, but nothing too oily or greasy. Apply the gloss with the pointed end of the doe foot to the bow of the top lip, then fill in the rest of the top and bottom lip. The metallic finish takes a few moments to set on my lips, so try not to pucker or press your lips together. Try to avoid eating for the next minute or so, too. Once it's dry, I found licking my lips slightly helps make the liquid lipstick set without being sticky or feeling dry. Or you can just apply as you usually do. Nothing about this formula is any more complicated than any other liquid lip. I just love how these colors translate onto the smoothest canvas possible.


Underground surprised me! I didn't think this color would work on my very pale skin, but I love how it's twist on the vampy trend.


This is the kind of purple I want to love, but don't have the courage to rock. Darker-skinned beauties would look amazing in Grape Crush.


Cherry Bomb is everything.



Fuzzy Navel is a beautiful girl next door peach.


Double Shot is a bronze that would slay with a tanned glow.


Dream Weaver is an everyday kind of perfection.


Pick up every one for $20.00 each from Gerard Cosmetics. Which is your favorite?


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