Monday, October 16, 2017

Exciting Fall 2017 Lip and Nail Color Inspiration from Rimmel and Sally Hansen

*Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**

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Going from left to right is Society Ruler, Ruby Do and ending with Slicks and Stones.


For both Rimmel London and Sally Hansen, plum is the word to show off lips and nails this season.  From a brighter raspberry-infused plum to a vampy eggplant purple, Rimmel has Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colours in Plum This Show (810) and Midnight (800) to create that ideal velvety matte smoothness that is so popular.  


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On the left is Midnight with Plum This Show on the right.


Nails are treated to the same rich degree of bold color with Sally Hansen’s Salon Manicure Ruby Do (490) and Society Ruler (418)Ruby Do is a sophisticated wine with underlying red that is gorgeous especially against paler skin once tans begin fading.  Society Ruler is a dark plum that almost reminds me of grape jelly.  In the Color Therapy line, you might want to try Slicks and Stones (390), which is an exciting dark purple with multi-colored shimmers.

Whatever your favorite plum preference happens to be, here are some great inexpensive choices to play up your lips and nails.  My advice is to check out these particular shades in their Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colours, Salon Manicure and Color Therapy nail polish lines at your local drugstores or wherever you shop for Rimmel and Sally Hansen products.  

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Makeup Trends for Fall 2017 and Winter 2018


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Extreme lashes and bold, dark lips are in store for fall 2017
The major fashion houses pave the way for each season of beauty and styles.  Most of the trends are exciting with different takes on hues and changes to application techniques that you can’t wait to try. Others may work just for models on the runway or a jetsetter that has a need to stand out, but some can be a bit ridiculous for the average woman’s life unless we spin from them in another way.    

For instance, would you wear a set of overly long false lashes that go beyond your brows and pencil in huge bottom lashes?  The effect, when you close your eyes, is a tiny eye peering through a jungle of sprouting hair?  How is this attractive? 

Longer bottom lashes are going to be major this autumn, but instead of distorting them in that fashion, we can still use that idea and benefit.  A few coats of mascara are less extreme and more suitable for everyday life. 

Even worse, what is appealing about adhering an extra set of false lashes to your crease that is set off with bright color?  If I saw lashes springing from the middle of my eyelids, I would be rushing to the doctor thinking that my hormones were suddenly going haywire.  Long, lash lashes from one set in the normal spot bring attention to magnify eyes, but making the eyelids a mass of hair is ugly in my opinion. 

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Red lips and minimal makeup also will be just as trendy.
Instead, take advantage of playing with the bright and sunset colors, jewel tones for creating smoky eyes and the metallic shadows, but lose that extra pair of false eyelashes for the creases.  If you want to call attention, substitute liner if you feel that you need it there or experiment with color blocking or bright with a dark, smoky shade for a gorgeous effect.

Lip color this season ranges from deep blood red, burgundies, luscious takes of berries to natural shades in mattes and less shiny gloss.  Still, there is another trend that I do not feel is becoming is gold, silver, platinum blocking on the lips, appearing like you have a piece of metal wedged to go along with graphic smoky eyes.  What makes the look of a square of metal between the lips beautiful? 

Instead, why not use those beautiful new lips colors along with gold and silver only to highlight the cupid’s bow?  

I posted some examples at Pinterest on my Makeup Trends to the Extreme for Fall 2017 board that you may want to check.  

Fashion houses only provide the creative starting point.  The rest is up to us to fuel our inspiration in the best way we see fit to work into our own lives.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Have You Tried Raw Honey to Heal a Blemish?

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Be sure to use raw honey, which is more effective since it was not treated with heat or processed to alter it.

Did you know that raw honey can help with pimples?  It is a natural antibacterial that also has anti-inflammatory properties.  Together, they reduce the swelling and redness and are kinder to the skin unless the harsher drying effects of salicylic acid products.

Once you cleanse your face, you dab just a little over the pimple before covering with a bandage.  You repeat this process for a long as you need to.  

I tried this last week for a few days and it worked without any skin irritation.  

Friday, October 13, 2017

Three Helpful Tips When Shopping for Eye Shadow


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These three eye shadow pointers  can save you time and future happiness.



How many times have you bought eye shadows that you thought looked fabulous in the store until later when you tried them on?  If so, then I want to share a few tips from my makeup artist friend that can help lessen your chances of an unsatisfactory purchase.

Before you get carried away, you always need to consider your skin tone first.  After all, the depth of the shade can be too overpowering or can wash you out.  For instance, the fairer that you are, the more that you don’t want the shade to be too dark.  The effect could too harsh and unnatural for you to carry it off in a flattering way.

The second most important thing concerns the eye shadow’s texture.  Are you thinking of matte, shimmer, satin,  or metallic?  Young eyes can wear anything since they have no creases to worry about.  However, aging eyes need to be more careful.  Mattes and satins are the safest choices unlike shimmers or metallic ones that can highlight flaws. 

The third involves how sensitive your eyes are.  Any cosmetic that has hypo-allergenic or dermatologist-tested on the label is no guarantee that it will be irritant free.  Just remember powders when brushed across the lid can fall into the eye whereas cream formulas adhere to it.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Burt’s Bees Mineral Blush Line Review + Swatches

**Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**

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These shades look extremely natural.  Bare Peach is on the left, Toasted Cinnamon (middle) and Shy Pink on the right.


Now that Burt’s Bees has finally expanded their cruelty-free and natural skin care line into makeup, I am one happy girl.  The other day I told you about their better for your health foundations.  Today, I want to tell you about their new mineral blush line.

Currently, this is only a three-color line with a warm pink (1210 Shy Pink), a vibrant peach (1205 Bare Peach) and a brown-orange (1215 Toasted Cinnamon) at a cost of $10 each.  Like most cosmetics these days, this blush is not sold with any brush.  

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Here are the shades that I swatched.  Notice Toasted Cinnamon in the middle can double as a bronzer. 


The formula is infused with skin boosting ingredients of bamboo, honey and vitamin E to help bring out the most natural glow.  As always, you have no need to fear parabens, phthalates, SLS, petrolatum or synthetic fragrances.

These blushes are lightweight, silky feeling and go on rather sheer, but the glow you get can be easily built up.  For the most part, you would consider the finish matte.  Yet, when you check the blushes deliver a very subtle glow. There are no glitter or sparkles, but I noticed the faintest radiance when examining my face from different angles.

You also don’t have to worry about the colors fading quickly.  I had this blush on from morning until close to dinner time and found the colors stayed true.

This is the second product from the company’s new makeup line that I really like and will buy again.  If you want a blush with safer ingredients that will also appear realistic over a fake, powdery sort of glow, you need to try Burt’s Bees Mineral Blush.  I know that you’ll be pleased!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Helpful Skin Care Tips for Those With Rosacea

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This beauty now has a better way to hide any skin issues.


My complexion can be sensitive at times, but I do not have rosacea.  However, my mother does suffer from it.  If you also have this problem, then you know what a challenge it can be to minimize the skin’s redness.  Diet, products and even water temperature when cleansing or winter weather can be enough to make this problem worse. 

Anyone with rosacea knows how easily skin care products can irritate.  Finding the right formula can take quite a bit of experimentation before settling on products that work because everyone reacts differently to ingredients.   

According to the National Rosacea Society, alcohol, witch hazel, fragrance, menthol, peppermint, and eucalyptus oil are the most common ingredients to watch out for.  Also, you need to avoid ingredients that tend to exfoliate such as alpha and beta hydroxy acids. Others such as propylene glycol, camphor, menthol or retinoids also can be too harsh in how they dry out the skin.  

Instead, look for calming ingredients such as calendula oil, chamomile, shea butter, sunflower oil, and aloe.  You can also seek out a moisturizer formulated specifically for rosacea.  

For a more soothing experience, refrigerate your moisturizer.  The cool temperature helps quite down the facial flushing when the condition acts up just like splashing the face with cold water or applying a cold compress.

Always remember how delicate your skin is.  Therefore, take the sun seriously because it can trigger more redness.  Make it a point to always wear a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen before going outdoors.  

Another way to protect your skin is to skip overly hot water when washing.  The reason this provokes rosacea is because it brings more red color to your face as the blood vessels and capillaries dilate.  You’re safer using lukewarm water and closing with cool water.

You might always want to try a green-tinted makeup primer.  This contrast of color can downplay the redness.  Mineral makeup or fragrance-free cosmetics are also wiser options.

For more on the subject, you might want to read my earlier posts on how to minimize redness and understanding the role food plays in rosacea.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows Full Coverage Liquid Makeup–Buff (1015) and Linen Beige (1030) Review + Swatches!

**Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**


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This mineral foundation treats skin with healthy ingredients and excellent coverage.



Natural beauty lovers have reason to rejoice.  After 33 years of helping us steer clear of synthetic and less than safe ingredients in mainly skin and lip care products, Burt’s Bees has expanded into makeup.  Today, I want to fill you in on their Goodness Glows Full Coverage Liquid Makeup that I had a chance to test recently.

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These are the two of the lightest of the warm-toned shades.


The line has 12 shades and retails for $17.  The formula is 98.9% natural without parabens, phthalates, SLS, petrolatum or synthetic fragrances that could jeopardize health.  This liquid mineral foundation has wonderful moisturizing ingredients to aid the complexion and help promote luminosity from meadowfoam seed oil, sunflower oil and just to name a few humectants such as  honey, glycerin and squalane.  The product also has a sanitary pump for dispensing the foundation, which cuts down on bacteria and keeps it fresher longer.  

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On the left is Linen Beige with Buff closest to my wrist.  Linen Beige is lighter upon blending it out.


The colors I tried were the fairest of the warm shades Buff 1015 and one shade deeper with Linen Beige 1030.  Depending on the brand, I usually range from Fair to Light with warm undertones.  On ULTA’s website, the color descriptions go from fair and jump straight to medium, skipping light, which is not accurate.  Linen Beige is light with warm undertones, (not a medium) as they labeled it.  This color was a close match for me.  Next time, I would like to try the Natural Beige with a tad more pink to it.  On the other hand, the Buff was a bit pale for me.  The only way that I could wear it would be by adding some extra color to my face with a blush.  The shades do run a bit lighter so keep that in mind.   

This is full-coverage foundation that blended and smoothed over my dry complexion beautifully.  At the same time, my skin felt soft and pampered and had a radiance that came through to the surface.  In the hours that I wore it, this foundation never caked up in spots or migrated to settle in my laugh lines or produce an excessive shine.  I really thought it was a great foundation for performance, health, and price.

I don’t know how this foundation would be for anyone with an oily complexion.  All I can say is if your skin is normal to dry skin like mine and you are looking for a wonderful new and healthier foundation without overspending, you can’t beat Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows Full Coverage Liquid Makeup.  Look for it at your local drugstore or wherever you buy Burt’s Bees products because you’ll love it! 

Monday, October 9, 2017

PUR Cosmetics PRO X Etienne Ortega Eyeshadow Palette–An Amazing Fall Beauty Find!

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These are ideal colors that blend together in sheer perfection.


Just in time for fall, PUR Cosmetics has teamed up with Etienne Ortega,  a noted celebrity makeup artist, and released a stunning new 18-piece eyeshadow palette of matte and shimmer neutrals, including some great transition shades.  The colors are rich, wonderfully pigmented takes on nudes, a multiple of warm and cool browns, gold, peach, taupe, rose, black, silver, purple, deep blue, and olive that can take your eyes to new depths with how beguiling these shades are.

The PUR Cosmetics PRO X Etienne Oretega Eyeshadow Palette will allow you to create the season’s most enviable looks whether for daytime to all out glamour for nights.  The texture is never gritty but beautifully smooth, caressing lids with these softly defining hues that you will get plenty of use from.

This palette has the following colors:

Stripped–pale beige shimmer
Legend–tan shimmer
Popular–warm tan matte
Penny–copper shimmer
Monji–reddish brown shimmer
Muddy–cool matte brown
Dreamer–light gold (almost apricot) shimmer
1988–matte warm taupe
Adobe–matte brick red
Bossy–rose gold shimmer
Faux–bronze shimmer
3 A.M.–matte black
Zenon–silver shimmer
Lola–cool taupe matte
Paradise–violet-purple shimmer
Billionaire–deep olive shimmer
Midnight–dark violet-blue shimmer
Galaxy–lighter black shimmer

This is such a well-coordinated palette that you’ll never get tired of using with how versatile they are.  Unlike some colors that just sit there in your palette, these all work together so beautifully that you can’t help being inspired to try new looks.

Between us, this is one of the best fall eyeshadow palettes that I have tried to date. I highly recommend snagging PUR Cosmetics PRO X Etienne Ortega Eyeshadow Palette ($42) while you see it because with how great it is, I believe it could sell out in the meantime.  Check it out at PUR’s website or your local Kohl’s.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Some Thoughts on How to Get More Happiness From Life

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Redirecting stress and channeling it differently can improve the quality of your life.

Most people are stressed almost to their breaking points these days with everything that is happening in their lives and the world.  Some of what is going on is out of the average person’s control.  However, we are the ones that have control of our daily lives. Therefore, we can either let stress dictate how we live each day and confine us to our misery or view life differently.

Start by pinpointing the source of your tension. Of course, there will be problems beyond your control such as finding yourself or a loved one stricken with an incurable disease, injured in an accident, a victim of murder, etc.  

Yet, there are lots of other ones that can consume us from things like an unreasonable boss.  Perhaps, he or she makes you work those last few extra minutes by taking one more call, despite your computer system is in the process of shutting down.  This unfair action could cause you to miss your bus or be caught in rush hour.  A possible solution is seeing if your boss will allow you to start earlier to avoid that rush hour traffic hassle.  

Juggling schedules to take a child to the dentist, doctor or to a school activity by always being the one designated as the official driver for your children can lead to stress, not to mention resentment.  Demand some consideration by taking turns with your spouse can be wonderful for you and the entire family in general with more bonding.

Those are only two common examples, but ones that can spoil our lives.  

Another prime example of how we let stress to negatively affect us is through little things.  Think of your average day at home.  Perhaps, your child left their toys scattered on the floor instead of back in their toy box.  Yelling at their crime only solves to raise your blood pressure.  Of course, you can have dad scold them but you keep the tension and increase his as well.  Then again, you could try simply sweeping the toys off to the corner or box them up and threaten to give them away.   Instead, release only one toy at a time until the children understand if it is not back in the toy box they will not get another toy returned.

You also might want to read my earlier post on stress-busting techniques.  Stress is a killer if we let it continue to dominant our lives.  Learning to ease up on ourselves and the way we deal with stressful situations can be improved upon.  It may take practice to see a brighter side to what is going on and handling our anxiety, but it is a more productive emotion than the negative impact of stress.