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Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Jessika from Polish Insomniac shares a favorite collection

When Jessika from polish insomniac was asked to share one of her favorite collections, she stared around her room, wondering how she would decide. Nail polish? How many? Which brand? Can't show them all! Blush? Lipsticks? As her eyes wandered around her room, she silently started counting her pieces of IKEA storage. Yes, she thought, that's a collection worth sharing.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team Round-Up: Weekend of 6/20/14

The Painted Rogue has been gadding about in the desert, and as such has had to give some serious thought to the best travel skincare for parched skin - wouldn't want to end up like one of the mummified undead, now, would we?

Carrie from eyeliner on a cat gives us her list of 5 Problem-Solving Skin Care Products You Need Right Now...and they're all under $40!

Looking for your perfect eye cream? Pammy Blogs Beauty shares her Top 10 Eye Creams as part of the collaborative Top 10 Tuesdays blog series.

Sunny from Mostly Sunny had a real déjà vu moment when she sprayed Jo Malone's latest limited edition creation, Silk Blossom Cologne, on herself. The fruity/floral/mossy scent reminds her so much of her beloved (and discontinued) Miss Dior Chérie!

Want to know how to fake great skin? Check out Phyrra's Current Complexion Routine!

Prime Beauty pumps up the volume (or lack there of) of her fine tresses with the new Kérastase line of Couture Styling Products. See the before and after pics!

If creamy-dreamy powder blushes with superior texture and pigmentation are your thing, and if you have a penchant for pink blush-- then Lola's Secret Beauty Blog highly recommends Surratt Artistique Blush in Guimauve! It's the game-changer that you have been waiting for!

It was discovery time at Beauty Info Zone when Marcia uncovered Josie Maran's Coconut Water Eyeshadow among the other treasures at Sephora.

Pale beauties have to stick together! Jessika from polish insomniac shares with us The Best Bronzers for Pale Skin.

Dislike limited edition collections? Perilously Pale shares the fabulous L'Oreal Collection Exclusive Nudes that L'Oreal has brought back due to popular demand.

All of us can use a refresher. Join 15 Minute Beauty to read Makeup 101. Face products, color makeup and application order are all covered.

Friday, June 20, 2014

5 Problem-Solving Skin Care Products You Need Right Now (All Under $40!)

It's time for my newest short-list! This time, it's all about inexpensive solutions to common skin-care issues that I'm occasionally plagued by. Below, you'll find products that are new to me and quite impressive-- and everything can be had for under $40 (sometimes well under $40).

Ginger Chi Argan Wrinkle Roller $20

Ingredients: Argan oil, rosehip oil, hemp oil, vitamin E, rosemary oil, frankincense, geranium, German chamomile, fresh ginger oil, myrrh oil

One of the biggest surprises of the year so far for me has been the brand Ginger Chi. I'd heard the name before, but had I known how gorgeous and reasonably priced their products were, I would have jumped on them when I first heard of them. Their closely-edited selection of ginger-based, natural skin care products are so tasty, you'll have trouble choosing just one, so I made the sacrifice and did the work for you. (I know, I'm very self-sacrificing like that).

Ginger Chi Argan Wrinkle Roller is comprised of simple, organic, powerhouse ingredients that frankly, is just not available anywhere else in this exact combination. And it is this combination that works so well against wrinkles, blemishes, acne scars and much more. The rollerball packaging allows precise application of the product directly to the areas that need it, which is a nice bonus. Very neat, and nothing wasted. Argan, rosehip and hemp oils... just saying those words together out loud gives me a tingle at the base of my spine. If you love a smartly blended facial oil, buy this. Then, snag one or two of Ginger Chi's great little sets so you can try the rest of the line.

Wild Naturals Manuka Honey Eye Serum $39.95

Key ingredients: aloe gel, sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, Vitamin E, manuka honey, cehami, vitamin E, retinyl palmitate

Not long ago, I expounded on the virtues of micro-micro brand Wild Naturals' only other product, their Manuka Moisturizing Cream. I've been waiting very excitedly for this eye serum to come out. Not only is it fabulous, but it's not just for the eye area. I heartily recommend that it be used on the entire face and neck. It's not a sticky gel, nor is it loaded up with silicones to create unnatural texture. It's soothing, cooling and comfortable on the skin while it's firming and toning. It blends and layers well with other products, and it's brilliant on its own. If you have sensitive eyes or sensitive skin in general, this gel-serum is a must-have. It works wonders on puffiness and brightens the entire eye area-- any time of day.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery $38

Key Ingredients: Glycerin, red algae extract (Ahnfeltia Concinna), oat kernel extract, hyaluronic acid, propolis, feverfew, licorice root extract, green tea leaf extract

I've been quite enjoying several First Aid Beauty products lately, and am really smitten with this one. It's meant to heal and smooth troubled skin, meaning: acneic skin, sensitives, rashes, clusters of hormonal breakouts, dry patches, psoriasis, and the list goes on. When you've got skin that has a compromised barrier, you just can't use very many things. Of the things you CAN use, even fewer don't hurt, sting, or itch when you do use them. That's why Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery rules. It's got the consistency of a toner, and you just pour some into your cupped palm, bring your hands together, then pat into the skin. It's helped me to heal areas of my facial skin that couldn't tolerate anything else. I love it so much that I'm now using it every day to keep my skin hydrated without needing to use much else on top. Sometimes, creams and oils can't do the job that a liquid can do. And I suppose that is the main reason why I've cleared a space for this one into my daily regimen.

HandcraftedGoodies on Etsy Hemp & Organic Cotton Facial Cleansing Rounds $12.50 for 25

I love these super-soft hemp/cotton rounds! They have a slightly different texture on each side. One is really soft but is still absorbent, and the other is a bit more exfoliating, but still soft. They're washable, eco-friendly and very inexpensive. I use them for toners, cleansers and masks, then I just collect the used ones in a mesh bag and toss it in the washing machine. Super easy, and NO lint that you get with disposable cotton rounds! There are several makers of these on Etsy and elsewhere, but I use and love the ones pictured here, by HandCraftedGoodies on Etsy.

Yu-Be Foaming Skin Polish $18 for 7oz

Key Ingredients: walnut shell powder, bamboo stem extract, green tea, panax ginseng, ginger root, rice bran wax, geranium, glycerin, camphor

Japanese brand Yu-Be is the maker of one of my all-time favorite lip balms, so I was really excited to try their very popular body scrub. Its scent is very mild, yet incredibly, enticingly fresh, and it's a fairly low-foaming formula. I happen to think foam is a bit overrated, so it's actually perfect for me. It's pretty intensively exfoliating, so I won't be using it on my sensitive facial skin, but it feels so wonderful everywhere else. It leaves my skin feeling softer and silkier than pretty much every other body scrub I've tried, so it's a slam-dunk. If you are prepping your skin for swimwear, self-tanning, shorts, a cute minidress or generally just going out in public with any measure of your skin exposed, treat yourself to Yu-Be's Foaming Skin Polish.

Samples of Wild Naturals eye serum and Yu-Be polish provided by respective companies for my consideration. All others were purchased by me.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Beauty Spotlight Team: Lola's Secret Top Picks for Glowing Skin!

When Helen from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog was seeking inspiration for The Beauty Spotlight Team's latest Favorites Series she thought long and hard about it, but it wasn't until she was holding her office hours on campus that it hit her! As she sat and met with a countless number of her students she observed their beautiful and vibrant complexions, their barely-there makeup, and their general luminosity. Perhaps this is in part a function of attending a university in Southern California since fashions tend to be quite relaxed and casual (read: beach attire), and the weather tends to be warm. However, as she pondered their lovely faces, it occurred to her that her contribution to this new BST series should be inspired by, and in honor of, her students. Therefore, she selected her current favorite products that emphasized beautiful glowing radiant skin and minimalist barely-there makeup. Can you guess which products that she selected?

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team Round-Up: Weekend of 6/6/14

Ever on the quest to find extraordinary luxury beauty oils, Helen from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has fallen madly in love with Aesop Damascan Rose Facial Treatment. It is a truly delectable warm earthy rose that hydrates, plumps and performs miracles!

The Painted Rogue's adventuring party is following the paladin into a very...particular dark dungeon this week in search of Urban Decay's Super Saturated Cream Liner in Perversion...anything could happen, really!

When does a non-Coke drinker fall in love with a Coca-Cola inspired collection? When it's Coca-Cola by OPI! Find out why polish insomniac's in love.

Carrie from eyeliner on a cat delves into the natural wonder that is tarte Pure Maracuja Oil and how it's the perfect Summer skin care multi-tasker.

Sunny at Mostly Sunny wears neutral eye makeup 99% of the time, but she might have to take on the challenge of cray cray pink mascara and liner now with the new Dior Addict It-Lash Collection! Come see some quick swatches of these bold and fun pieces!

Is it hot enough to go nude yet? Beauty Info Zone shares a way to do just that without alerting the authorities. See all those ways with Makeup Wars nude lipsticks.

The Pink Sith is conflicted about her BRTC Blemish Recover Balm BB Cream. On one hand it works pretty well, but on the other hand the ingredients are not so great. What's a beauty blogger to do?

Pammy Blogs Beautyhas found the perfect concealer to help her tired Mommy-of-an-infant eyes: Laura Mercier's New High Coverage Concealer

Phyrra shares a Maleficent Inspired Makeup Tutorial.

Perilously Pale shows us what a revolutionary product the new Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner Lash Hugging Gel Liner Pen is.

15 Minute Beauty rarely splurges on luxury cosmetics but she’s found that Orlane Transparent Loose Powder has changed her mind.