It's Spa Week! Get An Amazing Service For $50--I Got Lashes!

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October 20th-26th is National Spa Week! Think of it like restaurant week for beauty mavens. It's that magical time of the year where you can nab things like a pro teeth whitening, facial, massage or lash extensions for only $50. What a sweet pre-holiday season score! Depending on the spas in your area, discounted services have a retail value of $100-$500. So you're going to want to check out the offers in your area. Don't miss out!

Of course, for scientific reasons, I tested the Spa Week waters for you with a $50 service from Glow To Go Skin Bar. This adorable gem on Charles Street offers up all kinds of luxe services--massage, makeup applications, sunless tanning, teeth whitening, facials, waxing, cat eye lash extensions and more. Plus, they carry one of my all time favorite skin care lines, Jan Marini.

I opted for cat eye lash extensions because I've never had lash extensions before. I do a lot of complaining about my lashes (above), so I thought I should try out the ultimate way to improve them. While I went in for a little cat eye flick, a smaller lash job, my paltry lashes needed more than called for with a few end-of-lash extensions. So I ended up going for a light, full set after we discussed my options (which is a service above adding only cat eye lashes, the Spa Week deal). If you've thought about lash extensions and were wondering how they do it, here are the details.

Your lash areas are cleaned and dried. A little eye pad is placed on the lower lashes to prevent any lashes from sticking together. Then each extension is glued using medical grade glue to individual lashes. Adding about 100 lashes across both eyes took two hours. Since the lashes Glow To Go uses are Minkys, the lashes are very light and don't feel like there is anything extra on my lids. I was instructed not to get them wet in any way for 48 hours so the glue would cure. You can't curl the lashes, wear mascara, sleep face down or use any oils for the duration of the extensions. Providing you follow the directions, your lashes will last for 3-6 weeks.

My lashes curl upwards so you can see them and are very natural looking. They aren't as glamourific as the way I usually wear my mascara, but they give my eyes a beautiful ingenue look that is a perfect blend of natural beauty and the mod makeup trend.

I had been really reluctant to try lash extensions because it seems like a dangerous treatment to put glue that close to your eyes.  The esthetician, Fyll Callan, has been doing lash extensions for more than five years. She is an even a lashes extensions instructor. I would not hesitate to have Fyll do your lashes. Fyll also does a facial designed to help athletes have the best skin possible and believes in the power of extractions. I'm definitely heading back for a thorough facial! And maybe a teeth whitening. Decisions, decisions...

Book your own appointment at Glow To Go Skin Bar or at any salon participating in Spa Week and be holiday-ready for the endless soirees the end of the year brings. Spa Week is going on right now! Don't miss out on amazing prices and the chance to experience some of the best of what salons in your neighborhood have to offer.

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Lipstick League: Important Health Tips, Hot Toddys and New Leaguers!

Question of the Week: Now that the weather is getting cooler in the Northern hemisphere, what product do you rely on to keep your skin soft and moisturized? I'm usually a Dove girl and I use Dove body wash and moisturizer (and conditioner). Some people think it's too hydrating, but I don't see how that is possible.

Also, do yourself a favor and don't use cosmetic testers in stores right now. The colds and flu that are going around are insane. I've been really, really sick for more than a week and I can only imagine the crud living on lipstick testers. Do yourself a favor and don't touch them!

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  EauMG - The weather is cooling down and Victoria reviews a perfume that will warm you up, Parfums de Rosine Majalis. It’s like sipping a hot toddy on a cool evening.

  Gouldylox Reviews - Makeup Wars are always my favorite posts! Which palette can't you pass up right now?

   Love for Lacquer - Blush fanatics unite! Jess breaks down the newest Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette.

  My Newest Addiction - Halloween is just around the corner and DIY special effects Halloween makeup is in order. Laura creates a quick and easy ripped skin tutorial out of items you may already have at home.

  Nouveau Cheap - The thing about duos is that sometimes you end up really loving one side. But the other side? Not so much. That’s kind of what happened when I tested one of the brand new Revlon Photoready Eye Art cream shadow & glitter duos.

  Prime Beauty - checks out a few Holiday Collections and finds the The Marc Jacobs Beauty Sky-Liner 7 Pc. Petite Highliner Collection--the perfect gift for the beauty enthusiast but she won't give it up!

  Phyrra - Which is better - Sephora or Ulta? Find out in my Rant & Rave about Sephora, Ulta, Younique and more! (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

  Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by we heart this - we got to know Rae of the Raeviewer at an event recently (ahem, The Emmys!), and we're happy to report she's a total sweetheart. She's also a go-to for high end item reviews, like this one of the Diptyque Home + Personal Fragrances Collection
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Conair Infinity Pro 3Q Dryer Cuts Dry Time in Half?

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I love my blond hair. It has taken me a few months, loads of products and emptied my wallet, but my hair is finally blond and in really good shape. As summer is over and fall is upon us, the days of air drying are over. Hot tools mean hair damage and I can't afford any more of that.

Enter Conair's new 3Q Brushless Hair Dryer. This new dryer claims to cut dry time by 70%(!), cut noise by 40% and include a brushless motor that outlasts your current dryer by 10 times. If that is true, it's really impressive!

Here is what I look for in a hair dryer:

1. It can't be too heavy. It must weigh no more than 1 pound.

2. It can't be so loud I can't hear anything over the sounds of the motor and air.

3. It MUST have multiple speeds and temperature settings.

4. It must have an easy to use cool shoot button. I don't want to have to hold the button in the entire time I'm using it.

5. It needs to put out a lot of air. I have a lot of hair and it takes a lot of air to get it dry. The faster, the better.  Keep in mind, I have really thick hair, so a wind tunnel for your thin hair may not be the best idea.

So how does this dryer match up?

This dryer weighs only 18 oz (by my scale), just a little lighter than the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2 (18.5 oz).

The 3Q Hairdryer is quieter than a traditional dryer*. It sounds a little odd (to me, anyway) when it starts up. Then the dryer motor sounds a little more high pitched than my other dryers. However, that sound isn't annoying in anyway. It's just slightly different. Perhaps because it's brushless, you can definitely hear more of what's going on in the room than usual.

The dryer has the normal settings you would expect on a high end dryer;  two speed and two temperature settings. This dryer gets up to 160 degrees F, which is warm enough to help set and seal a style, but not hot enough to seriously damage your hair. Plus, it uses ionic technology to help reduce frizz and lock in style (for my thoughts on ionic tech in hairdryers, read this).

This dryer also has a really easy to use cool shot button. It's either on or it's off. Easy. There is no mistaking it for being off when it's on or vice versa. It outputs very cool air that will help set your style in no time. I did find that you have to grip this dryer carefully to not adjust the temperature settings while drying your hair. It only takes a moment to get used to not extending your fingers into the grip, instead holding your fingers around the grip.

Depending on the setting chosen, this hair dryer has the ability to match the output of a dryer using 1875 watts.** That is a lot of air--no wonder it dries hair faster. It's not messing around. And that kind of air and heat output is perfect for really thick, porous hair like mine.

This dryer truly measures up to my Sam Villa ETC, which I adore. I'm a little surprised that the dryer is from Conair! This definitely has the output to dry hair as a fast as a very high end dryer, which is great if you have thick, long or porous hair. It definitely dries my hair from very wet to bone dry in about 10 minutes. Impressive! Plus, according to the manufacturer, this dryer will last for 5,000 hours of use. Assuming that is true, that is approximately 30,000 10-minute uses. That is a long-lasting dryer!

Similar dryers sold at department stores are going to cost between $150 and $200 and those dryers have motors that could malfunction in as little as a year after purchasing, depending on use. This dryer should last much longer than your traditional dryers because of the lack of brushes in the motor. Think of it like a solid state hard drive. Less moving parts mean a longer life! The Conair Infinity Pro 3Q Hairdryer retails for $119, wherever Conair is sold.

This item was provided for review courtesy of www.beautystat.com.

* When compared to the 3Q hair dryer without patent pending noise reduction technology

** When compared to standard AC motor dryers

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It Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You on QVC: Makeover In A Box!

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 This is my absolute favorite kind of QVC TSV. It's from one of my favorite makeup companies, period. You know It Cosmetics is going to give you brushes to die for, makeup that improves your skin and flawless beauty that makes you feel great from the inside out. But forget all of that. I'm so excited about this TSV from It because it's a just shy of being a full face makeover in a box!

A full face makeover! My favorite thing in the world is a good makeover and this kit brings it!

We've discussed the Illumination Celebration Powder Foundation before--it's one of the only powder foundations I'll wear. It's gorgeous. The brush you need to apply this foundation is included in the kit, the Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush (shown in top photo). You'll never want to apply it with anything else. It's the softest brush ever and always gives an airbrush finish.

The No-Tug Eyeliner glides on, filling in gaps in your lashes and defining your eyes with ease. Gel liners look the most similar to a liquid and this pencil looks and feels so smooth. Apply a thick cat eye, line your inner rims or just smudge it along the bottom. Gel liners go on smooth, stay dark and don't budge.

The blush is new from It! The CC+ Radiance Ombre Blush offers several shades of pink in the most glorious of powders. It's like applying satin to your cheeks. Plus, forget contouring your cheeks with a tan color. Je ne sais quois gives you the perfect shades to create a contoured cheek without the tan streak. Blend a tiny bit of the darkest shade into the outer crease of your eye for a really modern look.

Finally, It Cosmetics tops it all off with a Hello Lashes Extensions fiber mascara that adds length and volume to your lashes. Use the straight edge of the wand to apply the mascara and use the ball to tip your lashes with fibers. Focus on all of your lashes for a lush lash or just the corners for a sexy cat eye. This doesn't give a false lash look like other mascaras. If you like wispy, natural lashes, you'll love this.

Sure, it doesn't come with a lip, but the colors are so universal, you can add any color lip you want and go from day to night in a heartbeat, without changing the rest of your face.

Here's my before and after. I added some brows with the It Cosmetics Universal YBBB and I added a touch of It's Pretty In Pink Lipgloss.  Neither of those items are included in this kit.

It's hard to create a universal (almost) full face makeover in a box and It nailed it!

Grab it today from QVC for $54.96. After midnight tonight, the price will go up and popular foundation shades may sell out, so pick it up while you can!

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Makeup Wars: Must Have Palettes

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It's palette season! Just like last year, I'm having a hard time picking just one or three. I will never be able to answer that age-old question of "how much eye shadow do you really need?" Until  the formulas and colors and finishes stop changing, I can't stop drooling over the palettes.

Here are my favorites of what is out right now.

I just picked up the 20 Shades of Baked Laura Geller collection. The shades are shite without a primer. With a primer, it's like when they go full technicolor in the Wizard of Oz. Trust me. They are like watercolors for your eyes. Sheer, but pigmented pretty colors. These are perhaps a touch dryer than the larger baked shadows, but when you add a primer (the Spackle works best and I'm not just saying that) the colors come alive.

I swooned over the Urban Decay Vice 3 and went back and forth several times. I finally picked it up and love it, especially for the mini-tablet case that comes with. The shades are pigmented and fresh. There is nothing not to love.

Speaking of UD, I've been using the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics more than I thought I might. It's perfect for weekend casual when you want to look fierce without trying. I'm surprised how much I'm using it.

I'm still loving my Make Up For Ever Artist Palette. The shadows really take a bit of getting used to (you push the pigment on the brush and pull it across your lid). This collection is a great way to see if the new formula works for you or makes you bonkers.

Finally, Stila launched several palettes two months ago and I'm still using Spirit often. I almost never use shadow singles at this point and this palette is really great for a multitude of really pretty, simple looks. And if you don't love the colors in the one I picked out, there are three others to try.

(I Love Color on top. Loving Life below.)

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that Mally Beauty just launched two other palettes as a follow up to her In the Buff #1 palette. Both the Loving Life and the I Love Color palettes have bright, fun colors that you aren't seeing much of in the Sephora palette world, like shimmering robin's egg blue.

Want more ideas? Check out the Makeup Wars tiles below!

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