Sneak Peek Review & Swatches: LORAC Champagne Dreams Eyeshadow Palette, ULTA.com Cyber Monday EXCLUSIVE


LORAC Champagne Dreams Cyber Monday Palette

I hate to be a tease, but you won’t be able to get your hands on this until Cyber Monday! Start making your list…

It’s an ulta.com exclusive, and I just know it will sell out in a flash—especially considering it’s just $15. LORAC has lots of tricks up their sleeves for the holiday season, and this little beauty is the Champagne Dreams Eyeshadow Palette. It contains seven nude-inspired hues, six I found to have a nice shimmer, with one being a soft creme demi-satin.

Let’s take a closer look!  [Read more...]

Visit the “Hair Food Truck” in the Los Angeles-area on 10/30 for FREE Hair Food!


clairol hair food

I know, Hair Food? It sounds kinda funny! But it’s a new hair product collection that I’ve spied at Target in the past month, and I’ve had pretty strong willpower not to purchase it yet—because heaven only knows I have enough shampoo for a small country. (I do often share with shelters in need—and with my friends—I swear!)

I finally got my hands on a few of the products last night, and I’m not quite ready to offer you a review just yet since I’ve only used a few of them once. (They do all smell extra delicious, by the way!) The good news is, there’s a special event this Thursday (10/30) in Hollywood for all my Los Angelenos and SoCal friends. Go visit the Hair Food Truck at Hollywood Blvd. & North Highland Ave., and you’ll score a FREE full-size Hair Food product, a tote bag, and a coupon! The Hair Food Truck will be there from 11:00AM to 5:00PM.

Local tip, because I absolutely LOATHE driving and parking in Hollywood:

There is a Hollywood/Highland stop on the Metro Red Line train that is SUPER easy to access, and takes you right there! When I go to Hollywood, it’s the only way I’ll go, because it’s SO easy.

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Win It: Erin Condren $100 e-gift Card Giveaway — PERFECT for Your Holiday Cards from erincondren.com!


erin condren gift card giveaway

Time out from beauty for a few minutes.

I’m a regular customer of ErinCondren.com. I order our address labels, my personal stationery, and family holiday cards there almost every year. When they approached me to offer one of my dear readers a $100 e-gift card so that you may shop for your own holiday cards (& more) on their site—I said—HOLD UP! WE MUST DO THIS!

In case you’re not familiar with Erin Condren’s products, they’re incredibly well-designed, with gorgeous, stylish typography, and beautiful color combinations on the highest quality of paper stock. In all of my years shopping the site, I’ve been 100% pleased with all of my purchases and keep going back for more.

These were just a few of my faves from this year’s offerings—but seriously, they have SO many to choose from. Whether you want your family or pet photos on your cards or not, need Happy New Years cards, or even those for Hanukkah. The choice is yours! Check out all of the holiday designs here, and you can even get matching envelopes and return address labels. 

Erin Condren designs

I can’t show you the design we’re going with yet for our holiday cards this year—but let’s just say that the photo we’re including with our Erin Condren design includes Mr. Beauty Junkies and I in the ugliest Christmas sweaters we could possibly find, and we may or may not be holding our cats. (That is, if they’ll let us hold them long enough. We’ll see how well that goes!)

Not only are the people at Erin Condren the absolute coolest to deal with for all of your personalized product needs, but they’re offering ONE very lucky reader a $100 e-gift card so that they can order their own unique holiday cards that will make their family and friends envious! Your holiday card will definitely have a spot on the mantle this year.  [Read more...]

Voloom Hair Volumizing Iron Review, Photos


Add some VOLOOM!

You guys, I’ve been dying to show this to you for months, but I’ve been sworn to secrecy.

I’ve been using this iron since last summer since I was one of the first to have it, and I HAVE to tell you all about it. It’s called VOLOOM, and it’s a flat-haired babe’s best friend. Have you seen how fine my hair is? Well, you’ll see below in the “before” photo, that it’s flat as a board. No lie. If you’ve seen photos of me out there on the interwebs with volume and curls, it comes with lots of product, teasing, and zhushing—and often professional styling. (Or however you spell that crazy word that means shaping and improving your hair with a little messy zhush with your hands.) For the record, I dislike teasing my hair, and will shy away from it whenever possible!

Now, I can get volume without all the pomp and circumstance. I swear it!

No crazy products involved here—it’s just this unique iron. Unlike a flat iron, this is a volumizing iron. It has rows of deep squares that meet up. I call them a waffle weave pattern, that takes the hair you have inside of it, and crimps it for lack of a better word. But believe me, it’s not like those crimping irons in the 80’s. And yes, I did use one of those in high school. Oh, memories.

Here’s a closer look at VOLOOM:

voloom collage

The features:

  • Deep grooves that catch hair on both sides for maximum volume effect—this creates volume “pockets” due to its beveled edges
  • Power button with + and – buttons for temperature control
  • Iron can reach 320-350F for fine, damaged, or chemically treated hair; 350-370F for thick hair; and 370-390F for coarse or curly hair — these are the recommended settings for safety
  • Digital temperature display so you know when your iron is safe to use for your hair type
  • Locking mechanism to keep your iron closed for compact storage 
  • It also comes with sectioning clips, a teasing brush (should you need it), and a case

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You’re All Set for a Flawless Face with Laura Mercier’s Foundation Wardrobe!


Laura Mercier Flawless Face

I think we all have that little black dress that we feel good in, and maybe you even have a little section of your closet that’s designated for the clothes that make you look and feel your best. (I know I do, even though it’s a very small section!) What I also have, is a foundation “wardrobe”. I have a drawer in my makeup area that is designated to hold just the foundations and primers that make my skin look and feel its best, depending on the occasion. I feel like in that department, Laura Mercier is the foundation expert.

I have a favorite designer that makes jeans and dresses that fit my body the way I like, and Laura Mercier is one of my favorite “designers” that creates complexion and makeup pieces that suit my skin perfectly—depending on my mood, desired look, and occasion. Let’s take a closer look at those complexion faves of mine!

laura mercier tinted moisturizer foundation primers

For me, it all first starts with a foundation primer. I love…

  • Foundation Primer Radiance — This adds the most gorgeous, flattering pearl glow to the skin without going overboard. As I age, I think the key to keeping my skin looking youthful, is to keep it looking radiant. This primer does the trick! It adds a pretty soft-focus glow to my skin, and I prefer to wear it with foundations that give full coverage, so that my skin doesn’t look dry or “flat”. It’s a neat little trick, especially if contouring and highlighting isn’t your thing! ($33)
  • Foundation Primer — Laura Mercier’s original Foundation Primer is an easy, no frills, lightweight gel that you apply prior to any foundation to keep the color of your foundation true, and to promote beautiful, long wear. I love this under her Tinted Moisturizer, because it doesn’t add any weight to my skin—especially because I reach for the Tinted Moisturizer when I’m looking for protection and lighter coverage. It feels and looks invisible, but keeps everything in place. ($33)

In the foundation/coverage department, I choose…

  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer — When it comes to tinted moisturizer, I don’t think there are any better than Laura Mercier! I’ve been wearing it for decades! I prefer the original version—it has the perfect amount of hydration, SPF 20 protection, and color payoff on my skin. It offers light coverage, but is totally buildable. I love the natural, healthy dewy look it gives my skin, and makes my skin look polished in just seconds. My shade in the Tinted Moisturizer is Blush. ($43)

The key to a flawless face is applying foundation and coverage products only where you need them, to get the most natural look. Also, try working with your fingers since they often make the best tools! You don’t need any special applicators or brushes while applying these products.

wearing laura mercier tinted moisturizer

Wearing Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 in Blush, Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara, and Pink Pop Lip Glacé.

  • Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide — This is the newest innovation in the Laura Mercier complexion line, and it’s so beautiful! Naturally matte and oil-free, you’ll want to shake this dual-phase liquid for at least 10 seconds. Then, apply just a few drops on the back of your hand and apply with fingertips, blending from the middle of your face, out. A little of this product goes a LONG way to blur imperfections. It’s very pigmented and it doesn’t take a lot of it to get coverage. I love that nearly any skin type can wear this formula since it’s so forgiving. If I want full coverage, I apply it directly with my fingers. If I want to tone it down a little bit, I’ll moisten a sponge and softly blend it out to sheer it down just a touch. With 24 shades available, I just know you’ll find a match! My shade is Ivory. ($48)

wearing laura mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide

Wearing Laura Mercier Foundation Primer/Radiance, Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Ivory, Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara, and Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Créme Coral.

A few other Laura Mercier goodies to complement your flawless face…

laura mercier lip glace orchid pink pop bare baby nectar

left to right: Bare Baby, Nectar, Pink Pop, Orchid

  • Laura Mercier Lip Glacé — These high-shine and nicely pigmented glosses aren’t sticky, and they feel great on my lips. They suit all skin tones and offer long-lasting color and shine. ($25)

laura mercier caviar eye stick amethyst rose gold tuxedo

left to right: Rosegold, Amethyst, and Tuxedo

  • Caviar Stick Eye Colour — Eyeshadow does not get any easier than this! These creamy color sticks are available in 23 beautiful hues and glide along the eyelid smoothly for long-wearing color. Try sheering them out with a fingertip for a sheer wash of color, or you can even wear them under powdered shadows to anchor them to the skin. I especially love Rosegold—what a beautiful everyday shade! ($28) 

laura mercier creme smooth lip colour red armour creme coral spiced rose

left to right: Spiced Rose, Créme Coral, Red Amour

  • Créme Smooth Lip Colour — The ultimate in comfortable lipstick, this luxe formula gives me full coverage in a single swipe, without the pigment drying my lips after several hours of wear. Very creamy, and long-wearing!  ($27)

The finishing touch…

laura mercier Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara

  • Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara — I can really build up the volume and length with this, without any clumping! It also holds a curl to my otherwise flat lashes all day, sans flaking. Available in black, I think it looks shiny and voluminous on my puny lashes! I’m wearing it in both full-face photos above. ($25)

Want to start your own flawless face foundation wardrobe with Laura Mercier? You’ll find her products at Bloomingdale’s, Sephora, Nordstrom, and lauramercier.com.

Join the Laura Mercier Instagram Challenge!

Show them your fresh face for a chance to win $1,000 of Laura Mercier products. Use the hashtag #LMFlawlessContest

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Laura Mercier through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Laura Mercier, all opinions are my own.

The Shopbop 25% Off Friends & Family Sale is Here!


shopbop

I try not to bog everyone down with sales notices unless they’re really good—so I wanted to share this one with you! I await the Shopbop Friends & Family sale when I know it’s coming, because 25% saves me so much on the things I’ve been coveting! This time, for three days only—you can score 25% off almost the entire site with promo code FAMILY25.

This runs until 11:59 PT on October 16th, and there are some brand exclusions. (See more details here.)

Happy shopping!

Celebrate Pixi Beauty’s 15th Birthday with Crystal Champagne (Nails, That Is! )


pixi beauty almond glow crystal champagne

Looking for a gorgeous way to add twinkle to your nails that’s still office appropriate, yet can take you from day to night? Look no further’s than Pixi Beauty’s brand new rose-gold champagne glitter shade—Crystal Champagne. We’re popping bottles over it, especially considering that this limited edition shade is an ode to Pixi by Petra’s 15th birthday. I don’t need a holiday to celebrate with glitter, but hey! If there’s a birthday around (especially Pixi’s), I’m all for it. Glitter it up, I say!

pixi beauty crystal champagne

Crystal Champagne — small to medium gold and rose gold glitter flecks

pixi beauty crystal champagne swatch

In the Crystal Champagne swatch above, that is a single coat over my natural nails, folks  You know how some glitter shades make you struggle and dab them on? I had not a single issue with this little baby, which made me so very happy. You know what else makes me happy? Another neutral shade that is still glam—like Almond Glow. Whether you pair Almond Glow with Crystal Champagne, or wear it alone, the choice is totally yours—but you can’t go wrong either way. Also, what a great holiday color this will make without looking too Christmas-y. [Read more...]

Perricone MD — No Makeup Skincare — No Lipstick Lipstick & No Blush Blush Review, Photos, Swatches


perricone MD No Blush No Lipstick

Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup

Sometimes I don’t want to wear makeup at all, but at the same time I want to look polished and not like I rolled out of bed. I’ve figured out a few tricks by now, but these new products from Perricone MD make it so easy. Their No Makeup Skincare line at Sephora is already a big hit, and I recently tried two of the products out to see if they live up to the hype. Let’s go!

Perricone MD No Lipstick Lipstick

No Lipstick Lipstick

First up is No Lipstick Lipstick. It really isn’t a lipstick (hence No Lipstick)—but it’s actually an anti-aging lip treatment that lends a glossy, smooth finish in a shade that’s like your lips—but better. I find it to be very nourishing and hydrating, and it almost feels like a lip butter. Perricone MD is known for their luxe skincare products, so it’s only natural that they’d include some of those innovative ingredients in their color cosmetic offerings.

It’s a solid-to-serum product, and contains hyaluronic acid and tocotrienols to add suppleness. It also contains a non-chemical mineral-based SPF 15 to protect against UVA and UVB rays, so you know I’m happy about that. (Sunscreen for LIFE!)   [Read more...]

Win It! Klorane Mango Butter Haircare Collection Giveaway (3 Winners)


klorane giveaway

If summer really did a number on your hair, or if your hair is typically dry—then this is for you!

This luxe French beauty brand, Klorane is botanically-based for the very best in skincare and haircare. I’ve written about their products before, and with great results. Now that it’s officially fall, I want to introduce you to what your hair needs most now—healthy moisture! But not that heavy, silicone-coated moisture. I’m talking about nourishing and repairing moisture, for all the hair crimes you committed over the summer!

Mangoes have been used for over 4,000 years to treat and heal due to their tremendous nourishing properties, and now you can give that same love to your damaged strands with Klorane’s Shampoo, Conditioning Balm, and Leave-In Fluid with Mango Butter. Mangoes are high in vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals—which makes for a perfect blend of gentle ingredients.

I’ve enjoyed using these, especially the shampoo; it’s so divine without stripping my color, and the conditioner doesn’t leave my fine hair coated with a heavy film, so I’m still able to achieve volume in my blowouts. I thought you might enjoy the products I tried from the Klorane Mango Butter Collection so much, that I wanted to share it with you! Thanks to Klorane to offering this for you!

Giveaway details & how to enter…

Prizes: Three (3) winners will receive the Klorane Mango Butter products listed—Shampoo, Conditioning Balm, and Leave-in Fluid

Dates of entry: 9/23/14 to 9/30/14 at 11:59pm EST

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