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LORAC Cosmetics Unveils Epic New Summer 2015 Collection

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Honestly, I’ve never met a LORAC product I didn’t like.

Almost ten years ago, one of the first brow products I used was LORAC’s Take a Brow which I still adore to this day. I met founder Carol (LORAC is Carol spelled backwards!) at BeautyCon a couple years back and she gifted me the LORAC Pro Palette which quickly became a staple in my personal makeup bag as well as my professional kit. I’m also hopelessly devoted to the TANtalizer bronzer.

They really know their stuff over at LORAC so my excitement level for this new launch is at all all time high. Get ready to geek out with me and take a peek at their new products below! The new range includes extensions to the brand’s cult-favorite Alter Ego and TANtalizer franchises as well as a seasonal selection of limited-edition offerings. Behold, LORAC’s Summer 2015 Collection…

 

Alter Ego Highly-Pigmented Lip Gloss

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Embrace your identity and transform your look with a collection of 16 shades – ranging from Girl Next Door to Dominatrix. 

 

Limited Edition Alter Ego Eye Shadow Palettes

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Choose from two irresistible, vibrant palettes, Dream Girl & HeartBreaker, loaded with an array of fun, flirty and wearable shades, ideal for sultry summer looks.

 

TANtalizer Baked Bronzer in Golden Glow

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The new shade extension is ideal for fair skin, or to be used as a highlighter for already-bronzed, darker complexions.

 

TANtalizer Baked Bronzer in Matte Tan

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Baked on terra cotta, LORAC’s Matte Tan Baked Bronzer grants a natural glow perfect for the coveted “no makeup, makeup” craze!

 

Limited Edition Hot & Spicy Collection

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Including everything you need for a sizzling summer: LORAC’s Blush/Bronzer Duo, Alter Ego Gloss in Supermodel and Travel-Size Body Bronzing Luminizer.

What do you think? I love the entire collection. Get it while it’s hot! ;)

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Beauty Products You Need For Spring

For the first time, it’s fiiiiinally starting to feel like spring here in NYC! I didn’t even need to wear a coat today, ya’ll. In honor of this beautiful springiness, I’m sharing five of my must-have beauty products you need in your makeup bag this season…

 

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette

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Add a pop of springy pastels to your traditional smoky eye with Kat Von D’s super versatile Innerstellar palette. It has everything you need to create a traditional dramatic look and also allows you to capture several spring trends in one product. Blend up a neutral brown toned look, add a pop of metallic silver, or sweep on some subtle springtime lavender, all with the same handy palette.

 

Fresh Peony Brightening UV Shield SPF 50+

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I first discovered the Fresh Peony Brightening UV Shield in the fall at the Glam Beauty 100, but this product has spring written all over it. It packs a whopping SPF 50 in it which should come in handy for all of the picnics you’ll be experiencing in this awesome sunny weather. The best part is that it doesn’t look or feel like a traditional sunscreen. This moisturizing fluid contains an exclusive brightening complex derived from peony and licorice root extracts. It leaves the skin looking luminous and creates the perfect base to wear under foundation.

 

Dior Addict Lip Glow

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This is actually a fabulous lippie to slather on year round, but I love it especially for spring. It’s the exact opposite of all of the heavy vampiness we’ve been wearing on our lips all winter. The pink tint is my favorite, but there is also a beautiful coral color that is perfectly on trend for spring. Both have an amazing silky texture and will react with the chemistry of your lips to create a personalized flattering shade.

 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

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This Hourglass Ambient lighting palette is a must-have for any beauty junkie. It allows you to create beautifully diffused dimension that lives a lit-from-within glow without shimmer overload. It will brighten up your look gorgeously and easily. Obsessed.

 

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Ody(Sea)

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Let’s get real, when Kim Kardashian sports a certain shade, the world pays attention.  She recently brought turquoise rimmed eyes back into the limelight, so it’s safe to say this look is reaching trend status again. Marc Jacobs Highliner is my favorite eyeliner of all time (yes, I just said that) and I think his teal shade, Ody(Sea) is the perfect product for rocking the teal liner.

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Transform Your Look with the Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit

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I didn’t name my blog lightly.

I think that mascara is one of the most important products in your makeup wardrobe and I firmly believe that the right mascara can transform your face. See above if you don’t believe me. ;)

The pic on the left is of me with bare lashes, completely sans mascara, and the pic on the right is me wearing the new Physicians Formula Eye Booster™ Instant Lash Extension Kit. This stuff means business.

I’ve blogged before about using baby powder to thicken up your lashes and this is essentially the same technique wrapped in a fancier, less messy package. The system consists of a traditional style mascara and then a tube of “extensions” that you brush on in between coats. The extensions are tiny fibers that act as a thickening agent on your lashes to create increased volume. They are all-natural, made primarily from cellulose, with panthenol, botanical extracts, and vitamin E. Made with natural colorants from artichoke and basil. The dramatic effect appears instantly upon application. It gives the appearance of wearing false lashes without the weight of falsies or the drama of actual lash extensions.

I was also very impressed with the mascara component alone.  The exclusive hi-tech mascara formula contains the same lash-boosting peptide (myristoyl pentapeptide-17) that’s found in the original Eye Booster™ 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum and Eye Booster™ Felt Tip Eyeliner + Serum to visibly enhance natural lash growth and appearance of lashes! It effectively conditions and nourishes lashes.

Physicians Formula definitely made a believer out of me. I highly recommend that you try the new Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit for easy DIY ultra-glam lashes in just two minutes! Do it.

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Physicians Formula via Conde Nast Sway, but all opinions are my own.]

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Get Your Legs Ready for Spring with Gillette Venus Swirl Razor & Shave Gel

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Spring is here! That means that it’s officially acceptable to let those legs out, girl.

It’s still freezing in New York, but there are some seriously devoted fashionistas determined to make spring happen in their breezy dresses.

The festival fashion is ramping up too, with Coachella approaching and festival season officially underway, the flowy garb is popping up on the racks at an accelerated pace. In short, it’s a good time to shave your legs.

I was delighted to hear about the new Gillette Venus Swirl Razor featuring the new proprietary FlexiBall™ technology, a system that offers totally unique movement like no other male or female razor on the market. Venus Swirl™ is the first and only razor with the FlexiBall™, moving in multiple directions to navigate all of the tricky areas of a woman’s body. It helps to shave those hard-to-reach places and capture hairs that other razors might miss. Pair it with the sweet smelling Venus™ with a touch of Olay® VioletSwirl™ shave gel with 5x more moisturizers. This is a seriously life changing smooth leg combination.

I’ve found that most razors leave you with some prickles afterward, but this completely eliminated the hair. I was so excited. And the shave gel is one of the best I’ve used recently. I liked it so much that I switched back from using hair conditioner to shave my legs.

You can pick these two beauties up at your nearest Walmart for ultimate convenience and cost effectiveness, too.

Want to win your own? I’m giving away a $20 Walmart gift card so you can scope out these products for yourself! See the Rafflecopter widget below for entry options. Good luck and happy shaving!

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[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Gilette Venus, but all opinions are my own.]

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Stay Flawless All Day with Estee Lauder DoubleWear Liquid Foundation

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New awesome foundation alert! My friends over at Conde Nast asked me to review the new DoubleWear Foundation and I am beyond delighted with the results.

While I do find joy in the art of makeup application, reapplying it is a different story. Touching up your makeup can be such an irritating chore, so when I find a makeup that actually stays in place like it claims, I hold on to it!

Estee Lauder DoubleWear foundation features clinically proven staying power of up to 15 hours. Now the flawless look you see in the morning is the look you keep all day! This worry-free, long-wearing makeup stays fresh and looks natural through heat, humidity, nonstop activity. The lightweight liquid won’t change color, smudge or come off on clothes. It’s pigmented enough to cover, but light enough to stay comfortable. It’s fragrance and oil-free, dermatologist-tested, and non-acnegenic. Basically, the formula is a miracle.

To prove it, I shot this video after a crazy day running around the city. The video also stars the messy ponytail to prove I mean business about how hectic my day was. ;)

It’s great for your everyday beauty routine, but I highly recommend it for any important events you have coming up, too. Like I mentioned in the video, it would be awesome for weddings or any special occasion where you may be active or any work related activity where you need to look polished under pressure. I have my ten year high school reunion (YIKES) coming up, so I know what I’ll be bringing with me in my travel kit! I love the new DoubleWear foundation and I think it meets all of the product claims. Definitely check it out and let me know what you think!

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Estee Lauder via Conde Nast, but all opinions are my own.]

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Kim and Khloe Kardashian Celebrate Kardashian Beauty Launch in NYC

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Whoa. So much has happened this week!

On Tuesday night, I was among an exclusive group of beauty editors, industry influencers, bloggers, and other personalities who gathered to celebrate the launch of the Kardashian sisters’ new Kardashian Beauty haircare collection.

Confession: I was silently fangirling over my many of my fellow attendees just as much as I was over Kiki and Koko. Major beauty royalty at this event.

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Speaking of royalty, the regal princesses of reality tv were everything I thought they would be. Also, Kim can seriously pull off that lob and Khloe must do at least 14,000 squats a day. (Anyone who has Kim Kardashian ass envy has probably never seen Khloe in person. Bible.)

The best part of the event though? I actually really love these new products.

I am the first to admit that I’m always extremely skeptical of the quality of celeb products, but rest assured, the Kardashians hooked up with the right people to formulate these goodies. The famous sisters partnered with Farouk Systems (best known for CHI and BioSilk) to create the new collection. The elegant branding of the line is paired with packaging that has a prestige feel.

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The hero ingredient of the collection is Black Seed Oil, a nutrient rich treatment and styling aid that rejuvenates and nourishes hair so it appears strong, thick, and shiny. I styled my hair with literally every product today and am happy to report that my favorite products of the bunch are the Take 2 Dry Shampoo, Black Seed Dry Oil, and the Smooth Styler Blow Dry Cream.

I cocktailed the blow dry cream and the oil together and ran it through damp ends before heat styling. I also applied a little extra dry oil to my ends after drying. (Technically you aren’t supposed to do that with thick oils like this, but I’ve never really been a fan of rules. It’ll help tame your split ends if they’re really stubborn.)

The dry shampoo is not as heavy as most others on the market. It absorbs oil effectively and provides a light refresh, adding just enough oomph without all the buildup. It also leaves a lingering fresh scent in the hair that I can still smell as I type this.

All in all,  I think Keeks and Kooks launched a fabulous bunch of products on Tuesday. Order online or check them out in person at your local Ulta!

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Obsession of the Day: Cover FX Illuminating Primer

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My friends at Cover FX recently sent me a bottle of their brand new Illuminating Primer and I just have one thing to say… I’m in love.

The newest launch from Cover FX preps the face for makeup while it assists in giving the skin a more radiant appearance. The Illuminating Primer’s mineral complex works bounces light off the skin, creating the appearance of a natural-looking, luminous glow.

It’s packed with super fancy ingredients that make your skin look like perfection. Gatuline Radiance Illuminate and Refine is a natural, preservative-free ingredient that improves the look of dull looking skin and supports microcirculation. Hylasome EG10, a Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, helps to moisturize and leave skin hydrated. Panthenol, Provitamn B5, gives skin a smoother, supple appearance. In short, this multi-tasking formula will make your face look awesome.

I actually wore it underneath my makeup for a recent magazine photoshoot (more on that later!) and I’m so thrilled with the result. Glow big or go home!

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Shop for the Holidays at the Walmart Holiday Fragrance Gift Center

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Ready for the holidays yet? If the answer is no, don’t fret! Luckily, Walmart has everything you need for every person on your list. Walmart’s Holiday Fragrance Center is your one stop shop for your holiday fragrance gifts. There, you can find gift recommendations and even coupons for premium savings off of your favorite scents!

The process is so simple. Just visit the Holiday Fragrance Gift Center, take the quick quiz and, receive a $4 fragrance coupon at the end! The $4 coupon works with any of the featured Coty fragrance items priced at $14.88 or higher.

What Holiday Shopper Are You?

Along with your quiz results, Walmart  suggests fragrances you might enjoy for yourself or the person you’re gifting this season.

The Holiday Fragrance Center boasts an impressive collection of high quality perfumes and colognes, but my favorite on this list is Lady Gaga’s Fame. In fact, it was the first fragrance review I ever wrote for Martinis and Mascara! I highly recommend it for gift-giving this season. I wear it all the time!

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Other options in Walmart’s holiday offerings include Killer Queen by Katy Perry (an amazing sweet scent), Beyonce’s Heat Rush (citrusy goodness), and Nautica Blue (still as classic and yummy as ever), to name a few. k2-_1af9215d-320d-4465-b571-72a2a2988640.v1 k2-_0f2bbbd9-f322-4a37-b749-95caac88a67d.v1 k2-_3338e687-f27a-4c65-9ed2-cd95f1f70021.v1

For even more savings, enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a $50 gift card! You can get quite a lot of perfume with that at Walmart’s killer prices. Happy shopping!

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[This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.]

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Obsession of the Day: Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ Nail Polish


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Ok, I am in LOVE with Sally Hansen’s latest polish product, the Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™. I hosted a pajama style pamper party for me and a few of my girlfriends here in New York and we had a blast testing out the new shades!

The Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ seriously elevates the at-home nail experience and provides salon quality finish without the use of UV light! The process is super simple. Just two steps! Paint on the color, then paint on the topcoat. The color features a built-in base coat, so you can skip a step. The smooth, high-shine finish from the activating top coat looks like I got a gel mani at the salon. This lacquer duo is the perfect pair. Genius.

For the party, we went full-on girl mode. We watched guilty pleasure TV like Pretty Little Liars (don’t hate!) and snacked on bite size treats while we painted each other’s nails with this breakthrough nail polish.

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I selected Perplexed, a deep metallic purple, for my mani, but the revolutionary two-step system is available in 45 shades! There truly is a shade for everyone.

If you would like to try these out, you’re in luck! Sally Hansen is hosting an awesome Instagram contest! Just upload a photo to Insta showing off your manicure, paired with your favorite outfit or accessories. Use hashtags #PerfectPairSweeps and #MiracleMani to win the top ten Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ shades! The contest is live now and will run through October 22nd. Do it!

Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ At Last!  Gel without the light!

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[Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sally Hansen® via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sally Hansen®.]

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Obsession of the Day: Nexxus Color Assure System and Pre-Wash Primer

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It’s no secret that my vibrant red hair comes from a bottle. As my fellow redheads know, the struggle is real. Red fades faster than any other shade due to the size of the red color molecules. With that said, I’m always on the lookout for dependable products that will keep my red locks looking brighter longer. I have been using the Nexxus Color Assure system for the past three weeks and am thrilled to share that it has really sealed the deal!

The Nexxus Color Assure System is the first oil-infused color care system by Nexxus, and it provides 2X longer color protection. The batch of products includes the Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Shampoo, Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Conditioner and Color Assure Glossing Tonic.

My favorite product from the system is the new Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, a pre-treatment designed to shield hair in the shower. It helps to repel water, so color stays longer and more vibrant. The Pre-Wash Primer is sulfate-free and infused with a blend of clear oils, including almond, coconut and argan oil.

The almond oil works to lock in moisture, nourish hair and reduce breakage while coconut oil provides softness and elasticity. The Argan oil gives an extra boost by improving shine and vibrancy. This combo is like a veil of protection from evil color suckers.

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It’s super easy to use as well! Before you shower, just apply 5-7 pumps to dry hair, starting at the ends and working up to the root. Apply enough so that hair is soft and silky, but not saturated. (If your hands are greasy after applying the Primer, then you have applied too much.) A little goes a long way!

Ready to join me and lock in your color for 2X longer color protection and vibrancy? Look for the Nexxus Color Assure System in mass retailers, select drugstores and supermarkets nationwide!

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Nexxus through Condé Nast, but all opinions and ideas are my own.]

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