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Lipstick League: What Product Do You Recommend More Than Anything Else?

Question of the Week: What product do you find you are always recommending to people in real life (in addition to in the online beauty community, on your blog, etc.)? I'm always getting hair questions from people in real life. I'm always shocked that none of those asking know about dry shampoo. It adds volume and style to hair, while absorbing excess oil and giving your second (or third) day hair a bit of bounce. The one I always recommend is the Suave Dry Shampoo with the yellow top (not the Keratin formula). It smells great and I've not met many who don't love the scent!

  My Newest Addiction - Laura tells us all about her favorite skincare secret and has an AWESOME GIVEAWAY to boot! You HAVE to find out what it is!

  Nouveau Cheap - The L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 and La Palette Nude 2 ten-pan eyeshadow palettes are (finally) here! Were they worth the wait? Here’s my full review.

  Prime Beauty - Prime Beauty knows a great set of brushes makes all the difference in makeup application. Read her review of the Mikasa Beauty Classic Brush Kit and get 25% off your order!

  Phyrra - shows you How to DIY Your Foundation for a perfect match!

  Vampy Varnish - Loves the new Cirque Colors x Nordstrom Collection and thinks you should check it out if you love holographics and glitters!

  we heart this - Like you need another nude palette! Except, you kinda do need this nude palette...

  Beautygeeks -- Dermalogica founder Jane Wurwand knows things about skin (and rebuilding a failing industry -- #inspiring). She told us she sees two major issues with skin today. Are you struggling with one of them?

  Beauty Junkies Unite - Amber found her holy grail solution to hangnails, pesky dry cuticles, and dull nails. Will all-natural Nail Butter become your nail treatment solution too? Come on over to see if it's meant for you!

  Clumps of Mascara - loves discovering new brands. Have you heard of Eddie Funkhouser? I am in loooove with his lippies.

  Gouldylox Reviews - Want to look Photoshopped IRL? Take your look from warm to cool with a quick dusting of this tinted setting powder from Too Faced.

  Love for Lacquer - Looking for a fabulous face mask? Jess shares her thoughts & results on the Revelations RX face masks and even has a giveaway & special discount code available!

  (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
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The It Cosmetics TSV: Your Way To Radiant Skin!

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Let's not waste any time. You need to grab the CC+ Your Way To Radiant Skin from QVC today before your shade is sold out. When people realize how amazing this new  CC+ Cream Illumination is going to be it's going to sell out right away, so skip ahead and order it now. I got a chance to preview this a week before it launched on the Q and I was shocked at how great the new  CC+ Cream Illumination cream looks on the skin. I don't want to wear anything else. Maybe ever.

We'll go over all of the goods you'll get in this TSV, but first, let's discuss the Anti-Aging Full Face Coverage Physical SPF 50 CC+ Cream Illumination. My favorite foundation of 2014 was It Cosmetics CC Cream. Hands down, it's the best foundation for my dry, slightly aged skin. Or it was. Now the Illuminating version of the same CC+ takes the prize. With the radiance, the hydration and the added skin benefits, my face easily looks 5+ years younger the second the cream is applied. Easily five years. Probably more.

You'll also get a gorgeous Anti-Aging Vitality Face Disk that includes an illuminating powder, matte bronzer and universal blush stain.

The powders are soft, so blendable and so wearable, it just might become your go to cheek palette for the season.

If you want easy eyes to go with your radiant skin, this neutral shadow trio is a dream. Luxe High-Performance Anti-Aging Eye Shadow Trio in Pretty in Spring blends beautifully, the powders are like silk and you get a few looks out of the three colors. The highlight color on its own is amazing and the pinky nude is perfect for a barely there bedroom eye. Just add a little liner and mascara. Gorgeous.

You'll also get two signature It brushes. The No-Tug Dual Airbrush Eyeshadow Brush is great for applying shadow to the lid while the smudger is perfect for an easy liner look on the upper and lower lashes.

The Heavenly Luxe Radiance Wand is a little full, but the point on the end makes it easy to contour cheeks, lightly apply highlighter and make your cheeks pop. And it's so, so soft!

Grab your color before it's gone! And thank you Jamie for making me look so good! My skin is amazing! This is only available at the TSV price until Midnight tonight and quantities could be limited. Go get it!

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A Solution To Make Fried Hair Healthy (Looking) Again!

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I write about hair and keeping it healthy. A lot. This is mainly because I'm obsessed with my own mane. My hair usually has the texture of cotton candy. Since I went blond, it's really dry and on one side of my head. The hair right below my temples has always been a different texture and it's always made me crazy. Back when I used to get perms, I carried a tube of hair grease with me. I can't remember what it was called (you can still buy it, though!) but it was like lady Brylcreem. Yuck.

Oils weren't tackling my cotton candy frizz and neither were any of the my other usual solutions. Don't get me wrong, my method for making the most of my hair post-blond is pretty solid. But that one section of my hair would not cooperate. (It's the reason I haven't been posting a lot of selfies.)

You can see what I'm talking about in this photo. The hair framing my face doesn't look healthy at all. It looks more like straightened cotton candy. It's very light and fluffy, it won't hold a style and it doesn't look like pretty hair. It looks fried.

I was going through my stash and decided to give a product from Living Proof another try. So after I washed and triple-conditioned, I added a bit of Living Proof's Prime Style Extender to my wet hair. When I awoke the next morning, my hair was almost good to go. My cotton candy hair looked like regular hair again. REGULAR HAIR. I spritzed it, touched it up with a blow dryer and I was good to go! No frizz. No crazy texture differences. Just pretty hair. I didn't believe it wasn't a fluke, so I've been using it for weeks.

According to Living Proof, Prime Style Extender is powered by Living Proof’s “miracle molecule,” OFPMA, protects and extends the life of your style twice as long, saving you time, day after day. It weightlessly perfects strands while smoothing and correcting hair texture. Prime detangles, corrects cuticle texture, and is so perfecting it can be worn alone, yet so weightless it can be layered under your favorite styler. Save time and forget the touch-ups.

I've even been adding it to dry hair in-between washes to freshen up my frizz. And if you actually use it and blow dry your hair, the results are amazing. You can even extend the time between washing by at least one more day. It also helps keep my waves in a bit longer. I think I found the answer to my cotton candy hair.

Sure, I'm not going to stop my CoconutOil, washing, Roux'ing, ApHogee'ing, oiling routine. But I'm thrilled to have found something that works so well to correct my candy hair! I'm honestly trying to stave off buying this in bulk (but I think I'm going to hit Sephora later and grab a few extras, just to be safe).

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#TFNOFILTER Too Faced Selfie Powders

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This new palette from Too Faced is kind of genius. Each powder in the Selfie Powders Palette actually changes the overall tone of your makeup, just like an Instagram filter. If the Ambient Palette from Hourglass didn't give your complexion enough kick, this Selfie Palette will deliver a little more of the tone shift your complexion craves.

It contains three colors: sunrise, totally toasted and moon river.

Sunrise is a yellow powder with a slight sheen that adds an  overall warmth to your face. Like all of these powders, it's about creating a natural glow--and with Sunrise, that glow is like what the light would look like if you took a photo at sunrise. This powder will tint your entire look to be more warm and more yellow-based. Go gently into the sun when you apply this powder to avoid looking too yellow. A little goes a long way, especially if you are pale.

Totally Toasted adds a beautiful barely there bronze glow. If you want to add a bit of beach to your photos, this is the shade for you. It's also fantastic as a blush or shadow, if applied with a slightly heavier hand. This isn't a dark bronze at all; it's more freckle-colored, if a freckle was see through and shiny. Wait. Is that a good description? It's barely there bronze and it's gorgeous. You get it, right?

My favorite is Moon River, that magical color that turns everything cooler, as if you were being lit by the moon. It's got a slight lavender cast and I want to live in it forever. It's the perfect shade for us pale girls who don't want to look tan. If you love all things icy, this is the shade for you.

These powders aren't chalky at all, thanks to the unusual formula. Instead of a dry powder, they are a cream-powder hybrid. They feel almost buttery to the touch, but go on as smooth as silk. And don't worry, you won't look purple or yellow. It affects the light in a way that gently shifts the colors, a gentle affect, not a drastic one.

Grab it while you can from Too Faced for $36.

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Before and After: Rodan+Fields Redefine Regime

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So now I'm 42. Fine lines are starting to be a real thing I have to deal with. I'm lucky. My skin is pretty healthy--I get regular facials, use good skincare religiously and wear an SPF daily. I've never smoked cigarettes and don't really drink. Despite all of that, the fine lines are coming out in force.

So when I got the chance to try the new Redefine Regime from Rodan+Fields, I jumped. Redefine offers a layered approach to skincare that puts peptides in place to firm skin, prevent wrinkles and give skin a perfected look.

The skin system itself is really easy. It's four products. FOUR. It includes a cleanser/mask, a toner and day cream and night cream. Easy, right?

You start by washing your face with the Daily Cleansing Mask, letting it sit on your face for a few minutes. Then wash it off with a bit of water, massaging as you go. The mask will exfoliate and leave your skin super soft. You will need a makeup remover to get rid of your eye makeup.

Next, you'll use a cotton round and apply the Pore Minimizing Toner all over your face.

If the sun is out, you'll apply the Triple Defense Treatment all over your face. This includes an SPF, so you won't need any other products to start your day.

When you are getting ready for bed, you'll apply the Overnight Restorative Cream.

That's it!

I was a little skeptical about this entire system because you can't customize the line for your skin type.

But I was totally wrong.

Overnight, my skin looked great. Within a week, I was seeing changes in expression lines. My skin was firm city! I was shocked at how firm my skin had become! The only downside for me is that this line doesn't offer enough moisture for my very dry skin. I did start to get some dry patches, which I easily fixed with a little face oil.

Seeing is believing and I'm kind of blown away at how well these four products worked! Grab the complete kit for $193. Let me know if you try it and see similar results!

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