~ Makeup Monday: Benefit Holiday

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I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is on Thursday…I definitely feel the holiday crunch coming on!  In 1 month it will be Christmas Eve!  I have a lot to do still when it comes to shopping – so I’m excited about the latest holiday gift sets from Benefit Cosmetics!  

Benefit is one of my favorite product lines.  I couldn’t do my makeup each day without their Hoola Bronzer, Fakeup Concealer and Gimme Brow!  And there is always a Benebalm in my purse!  

This holiday collection is the Sweet Shoppe – and each set comes in the most adorable packaging!  Most are reusable tins that you can store makeup and other goodies in after you’re done!

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All your beauty wishes have come true! Pretty petal pink lips & cheeks, a bright smoother-than-smooth complexion and more…all...

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~ Skincare Sunday: Cleansing Wipes ~

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I talk about how important it is to wash your face all the time…even when you haven’t put any makeup on that day – it’s still essential that you wash your face that night.  The dirt and pollution that you come in contact with during the day can really clog your pores and make your complexion look less than perfect!  But I know – sometimes, we’re just too tired.  So in these situations – I’m all about facial cleansing wipes.

I also really like them for when I’m travelling – since I don’t take all my toiletries with me – wiping off my face first with a wipe – then washing it, really makes it feel clean.  Without having to use my Clarisonic or a scrub.  Plus I don’t have to worry about anything spilling in my cosmetic case!  

See below for options no matter if you have oily, dry or sen...

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~ On My Radar: Fun Sneakers ~

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I was a high heel girl for years!  I would totter around on 4 – 5 inch heels every day.  A few years back I twisted my ankle (for the 10th time) and it just wouldn’t heal properly.  After x-rays, physical therapy, an MRI and crutches for 1 month – it became clear that my high heel days were over!

It took me awhile to adjust to wearing flats everyday, luckily I live in Arizona, so sandals and flip flops are a way of life.  Recently I’ve begun working on getting my Laser Technician Certificate, and found that I needed to invest in some close toed flat shoes!  I’ve discovered how much fun you can have shopping for sneakers!  I’m all about great prints and bright colors and I typically put ribbons in place of the shoe laces.  

Converse are my usual go to for fun sneakers, but I’ve also ...

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~ Julep Maven Box: December Preview ~

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Welcome to The Countdown Collection – Julep’s December Maven Preview!  This collection of polishes has it all – crèmes, shimmers and glitter!  All designed to get you holiday party ready!  Julep is also offering a special holiday box – The Holiday Soiree for an additional $5, along with the typical polish upgrade options.  

Julep is also offering Mavens early access to their Black Friday sale!  In the add-on section you will find some of the top holiday gifts discounted even more!!

The big beauty news this month is Orbital Eyeshadow!  Julep has created 6 shades that sparkle, shine and have more than enough color!  Each shade is injected with three layers of pigment for a mix of metallic shimmer, pearly iridescence, and intense color that blends like a powder and pays off like a crème...

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~ Currently Craving: Weekender Bags ~

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With the holidays basically here – I’ve found myself spending more time away from home.  Even if it’s just a night at my parents’ house or a weekend at a friends – having a great bag to carry all my stuff in is key.  When you’re only going to be away from home for a night or two – there’s no reason to pack a full suitcase (no matter how tiny it may be).  

Weekender Bags are a life saver.  Just large enough to get what you need – but it’s not going to take up all the trunk space.  This is key if you are traveling with a group of friends for a weekend away!  You don’t want to be the girl (or guy) who has too much luggage!!  

I typically go for solid leather (or leather like) materials – though sometimes it’s fun to mix it up with a fun print!  Right now I’m craving a bag in the same c...

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~ Naked On The Run ~

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I’m so excited to share with you all the newest addition to the Urban Decay Naked family – Naked On The Run!  It launches tomorrow and it is the perfect palette for those of you who travel (or need to touch up your makeup throughout the day), as well as for those of us who are Naked Junkies!   This set has everything you need – eye shadow,  eyeliner, mascara, lip gloss, bronzer and blush!  Seriously – it’s the perfect palette!

This kit comes with 6 all new eye shadow shades, a bronzer and blush.  Travel size mascara and new shade of eyeliner – plus a full size Naked Gloss in a brand new color!  All for the price of $54!  It goes on sale at 1am PST November 20th on the Urban Decay website!  Even better – Urban Decay offers standard free shipping on all orders over $50!  

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~ Beauty Bargains: e.l.f. Essential Holiday ~

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As much as I am willing to spend money on makeup – I love a beauty bargain as much as the next girl!  As long as it really is worth more than the discounted price!  Meaning – just because I might only spend $3 for a lip gloss, I’d like for it to feel like a more expensive one!  Obviously more expensive cosmetics are priced higher for a reason, but I definitely think we can find comparable products at a discounted price!  Which is why I love e.l.f. Cosmetics.  

And this year for the holidays they have their e.l.f. Essential Holiday collection of products!  See below for some great stocking stuffer choices!

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~ Makeup Monday: ModelCo ~

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Birchbox has really become my place to discover new makeup.  In the October box I received ModelCo’s Party Proof Lipstick and instantly became hooked.  I had to find out more about this makeup company!

ModelCo is an Australian brand  created by a former model agent, Shelley Barrett who, after working with models, makeup artists and stylists, saw a niche in the market for innovative, quick-fix, multipurpose beauty solutions.  Their first product was the LASHWAND Heated Eyelash Curler in 2002.  The next major innovation was TAN Airbrush in a Can (the first sunless tanner in aerosol packaging).  

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“Creating something that women want before they know they want it is a philosophy we use everyday at ModelCo.  It’s the crux of our business – innovation and smart beauty.” ~ Shelley Barre...
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~ Skincare Sunday: Pore Minish Primer ~

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I’ve talked about how my pores bother me on previous Skincare Sundays.  In fact if I could have one skincare wish, it would be to have smaller pores!  Unfortunately I have yet to meet a wish granting skincare genie, so I’m really excited to share Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Minish Primer today!  This was included in a Birchbox from several months ago (can’t remember exactly when) and I just finally got around to using it.

A primer is an absolute must for me when doing my makeup, so if one will make my pores look smaller – I’m all in!  The company says that it is a treatment primer that instantly diminishes the look of pores and lines, prevents oil and impurity buildup and refines skin texture.

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The active ingredients in Pore Medic Pore Minishing Primer are:

Laricyl – purifies and tighten...

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~ On My Radar: Everlane ~

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Your designer clothes sell for 8 times what they cost to make.  Not at Everlane.

That’s a pretty interesting statement.  I knew retail markup was high…but 8 times?  While I know that you have to pay for quality – shopping for classic clothing can get pretty expensive.  Which is why the concept of Everlane is so brilliant.  They make beautiful basics and offer them online only – without any of the traditional markups.  They also believe in Radical Transparency – where they tell us (the customer) exactly how much the item in question actually cost to make.  We’re talking materials, labor and transporting from factory to warehouse.  They also let you know where your clothing is coming from...

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