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Obsession of the Day: FFF Spring Box

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As you all know, I’m a fan of the FabFitFun VIP Box. It’s kind of a big deal. And I swear each season it keeps getting better and better!

For those of you who missed the memo on the awesomeness that is the #FFFVIP box, I will catch you up. (But seriously, where have you been? It’s all I talk about!)

The FabFitFun VIP Box is packed with full-size premium products (curated by Giuliana Rancic and her amazing team of lifestyle gurus) delivered seasonally to your doorstep. (For additional information, see my previous gushfests here.)

My spring box actually arrived last week right before I flew out to California. While I was in sunny Los Angeles, I stopped by to visit all of my friends at FabFitFun headquarters and see where all the magic happens! I am so thrilled that I was able to fit that into my quick trip to Cali for LuckyFABB (more on that later).

While I was there I went to lunch with the amazing Katie Rosen Kitchens, Editor-in-Chief of FabFitFun and co-founder of the site alongside Giuliana. (Why I did not take a million selfies of us and copious photos of the fabulous sushi we consumed I have no idea. I blame my post flight zombie brain.)

During our chat, Katie clued me in to some of the fab items going into the much anticipated summer box! My lips are sealed until summer time, but trust me, it’s good stuff. If you want to get all up in the summer goodies, be sure to sign up and secure your box!

But first, let’s talk about the springtime goods:

The Better Chip Spinach & Kale Chips

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Ok, hear me out on this. I know at first glance Spinach & Kale chips might seem weird, but seriously these are DELISH. They taste like healthy Fritos or something. Satisfying salty crunch without all the extra fat! I bought another bag immediately. Yum.

Cult Gaia Head Turbands

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Cult Gaia is an off kilter, whimsical brand that celebrates the exploration of fantasy, fun, and everyone’s inner rebellious charm. These turbands are the perfect hair accessory – especially for festival season! Just ask Rachel Zoe.

Kai Perfume Oil

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Kai’s intoxicating perfume oil fragrance is made with essential oils in a convenient and easy to use roll-on vial. It smells like gardenias and happiness. And it’s small enough to stash in your bag and keep with you at all times!

Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo

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I’m a hard sell when it comes to dry shampoo because I already have my favorites. I was pleasantly surprised with this one though! It won me over with the fresh lemony scent and the fact that there is zero trace of white residue when using it. It absorbs oil, cleanses without water, and adds volume just like the bottle claims it will! Love.

Merrithew Mini Stability Ball and DVD

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I use these mini balls in my workout classes (when I actually go… eek) and I love them. I’m loving having one that I can use at home and take with me on the go, too! The DVD from the Merrithew Health & Fitness team is great too. Just pop it in and breathe out all the tension while building core stability and creating better posture.

Cover FX SPF 30 Protection Primer

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THIS. This, you need. This water-resistant makeup primer features SPF 30 to make sure that you save that skin. The hydrating, smoothing formula makes blending a breeze and extends makeup wear so you won’t have to reapply!

Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt

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Dermasuri’s Deep Exfoliating Mitt buffs away dead skin cells to reveal beautiful glowing skin for spring. Forget those expensive spa treatments and give yourself a little DIY exfoliation at home!

Level Shower Bombs

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Seriously this is one of those things that I didn’t know I needed, but now that I know it exists I feel like I can’t live without it. Drop one in the bottom of your shower and breathe in the soothing scents of organic menthol and eucalyptus. Total at-home spa experience. Mmm.

So, that’s the scoop on the spring box. Total win. Ready to sign up for summer? Use code SUMMER5 and save five bucks. You’re welcome!

And don’t forget! FabFitFun, Always and I are hosting a sweet Twitter party tomorrow night at 8 p.m. EDT / 5 p.m. PDT! There will be tips from yours truly and giveaways galore. Don’t forget to follow me and RSVP! Hope to see you there! :)

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Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love it or hate it, V-day is a great excuse to get your flirt on, enhance that romantic glow, and embrace the season’s girliest shades. Here are my picks for the best of Valentine’s Day beauty…

Violent Lips Queen of Hearts Set

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Violent Lips carries tattoos for every occasion! I wear these all the time and I absolutely love them. They are totally fun and unique. Everyone will wonder how you did it, too! The Queen of Hearts set contains two different prints perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Adored

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Infused with natural clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun, this nutrient-rich blush benefits all skin types for a fade-free flawless finish. This perfectly pink cheek color is especially perfect if you’re running right from the office to your dinner date. The awesome stay-put formula keeps your rosy glow going for 12 hours!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl

 

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This is perfect for creating a glossy, sexy pout. It’s a champagne grape-infused lip vinyl with a shimmery wash of lust-worthy, sheer-coverage color. This lightly pigmented, plumping formula is infused with antioxidants, essential oils, and a hint of effervescence for a perfect pout with the highest shine.

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette

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The Naked palettes reached cult status almost instantly. The latest in Urban Decay’s collection is the Naked3 which features neutrals that are on the rosier side – perfect for creating soft, romantic looks.

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick

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Seriously, it’s hard to go wrong with a classic red lip on Valentine’s Day. Rihanna’s answer to the Viva Glam lippies is the perfect shade, a bold blue-red, for the job. And like all of the Vivas before it, every cent of its selling price goes toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder

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This has V-Day written all over it! Enhance that romantic glow with these multicolored heart pearls. This stuff sets makeup and provides just a hint of shimmer. Inspired by nature’s most flattering pink and golden-dusk colors, this face powder also illuminates and brightens for a romantic lit-from-within finish.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Je T’aime IZAK Brush Set

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This limited-edition on-the-go brush set and case features exclusive Izak Zenou designs. This set of five brushes covers all the basics and comes in a stylish soft case, making it the perfect grab-and-go organizer.

NARS Nail Polish in Jungle Red

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This is one of my absolute favorite classic reds. It’s perfection and wearable for any day, not just Valentine’s Day. Need I say more?

Lancome ‘Rouge in Love – French Ballerine’ Lipstick Rosy Rouge

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God, I love me some Lancome. This collection of radiant, high-potency colors, with up to six hours of wear, is feather-light and offers serious comfort. I love Rosy Rouge, a petal pink. (And I think everything sounds more romantic with a French accent.)

Philosophy My Heart To Yours Set

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A sweetly scented trio featuring a three-in-one formula, rich body lotion, and high-gloss, high-flavor lip shine. All three are scented with a sweet citrus vanilla scent. Together, this pleasantly scented trio makes the perfect gift for any sweetheart!

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Obsession of the Day: Cream Whip

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I am loving the latest from my favorite hair brand, ARROJO! (You may remember me mentioning the man behind the brand and my favorite haircut once or twice.)

Using anti-oxidizing Vitamin E, the new Cream Whip is a product perfect for prepping locks for styling. It’s a conditioning treatment and styling product that looks like a mousse and acts like a magical moisturizing serum. Just apply to damp hair, comb through and style as usual!

With conditioning benefits, it adds moisture and silkiness, and frees tangles so hair is easier to brush and comb. It also enhances waves and soft movement without adding hold or stickiness.

It’s like one of those products you didn’t realize that you needed, but can’t live without once you’ve tried it. I have been using it regularly before blowing my hair out and I’ve never recieved so many compliments on my hair! This one’s a definite keeper. And it smells like heaven, too. Love!

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MAC Prep + Prime CC Colour Correct Collection Available Now

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Now that we’ve discussed how to use color theory, you’re ready to arm yourself with the tools! MAC launched this awesome collection Thursday and it’s now available online and in stores. Prep+Prime CC Colour Correct is a collection of color correcting creams and powders that enhance and perfect your skin tone. Products include the Prep+Prime CC Colour Correcting SPF 30, a creamy, tinted primer that evens skin tone in a multi-tasking formula, as well as the Prep+Prime CC Colour Correcting powders. The powders apply transparently, smoothing away the appearance of lines and imperfections and are available in loose and a go-anywhere compact. See below for shades!

Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting SPF 30

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Adjust: Peachy Beige

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Neutralize: Yellow

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Illuminate: Lavender

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Recharge: Apricot

Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting Loose Powder

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Adjust: Peachy Beige

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Neutralize: Yellow

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Illuminate: Lavender

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Recharge: Apricot

Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting Compact

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Adjust: Peachy Beige

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Neutralize: Yellow

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Illuminate: Lavender

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Recharge: Apricot

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Obsession of the Day: AJ Crimson Creme Foundation

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I’m a hard nut to crack when it comes to foundation. I branch out for certain occasions, but I usually prefer to work with cream foundations, both for personal and professional use. I like that they are easier to customize and generally they stay on longer than other types thanks to the high pigment content.

I easily fall in love with other types of cosmetics (lipstick and eyeshadow especially), but foundation has to pass a series of tests. Sometimes I’ll like the shade and the texture, but the formula will break me out. Sometimes I’ll really like the consistency, but the shade is off. Sometimes the shade is spot on, but it doesn’t blend easily. It’s a tricky situation and I have pretty high standards. And I’m super picky about the pigment to vehicle ratio. Yes, I just said that.

With that said, I’m pleased to announce that AJ Crimson’s Creme Foundation passed all of my tests! I love it. I have been wearing shade #1 and by some miracle of the makeup world, it matches my skin perfectly! I LOVE that the masterminds in AJ Crimson’s lab thought to include colors for both the really light (#PaleGirlProblems) and colors for really dark toned skin too.

For those of you who are familiar with cream bases, AJ Crimson’s foundation is like Joe Blasco Studio Base and Mehron Celebre HD had a baby. It melts into the skin providing a flawless finish with buildable coverage.

If I ever meet AJ at a beauty event I’m going to give him a great big hug.

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Obsession of the Day: Gwen Stefani for OPI Nail Lacquer Collection

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The nail polish masters at OPI recently released a collection with my favorite person ever, Gwen Stefani. I have adored her since about the 4th grade when I first discovered No Doubt. (Tragic Kingdom was literally the first album I ever purchased – and to this day it’s one of my favorites. I still belt a mean “Just a Girl” in the shower.)

She exudes beauty and awesomeness in addition to being a major player in both the music industry and the fashion world, so she’s an obvious choice for this sort of collaboration.

The collection features seven new limited edition nail lacquers for 2014, featuring standout color in breakthrough finishes. Highlights from the collection include a bold red lacquer that pays homage to Gwen’s signature lipstick, a new semi-matte satin finish in shades of gold and black, and a mirrored chrome paired with a special base coat. The collection also features an assortment of minis to try before you buy the full size lacquers.

Inspired by the 2013 Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala that featured the theme “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” OPI Executive VP and Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann decided to create a collection of lacquer celebrating the role of music as a major influence in fashion. I LOVE it. See below for the shades!

Hey Baby

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I Sing in Color

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Love.Angel.Music.Baby.

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4 in the Morning

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In True Stefani Fashion

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Push and Shove

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Over & Over A-Gwen overandover

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Get the Bombshell Look with CoverGirl

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I just can’t stop talking about CoverGirl this week! #obsessionoftheweek

CoverGirl and I want you to embrace your inner bombshell. Taking cues from the new wave of bombshell beauty, with sexy starlets gracing magazine covers and lingerie-inspired looks on the runways, women are craving beauty tools that will help them stand out and feel sexy. So obsessed with achieving an over-the-top lash look, many women are cocktailing (my favorite beauty technique and hobby!) multiple mascaras, applying several different formulas to achieve the desired volume and definition. This collection provides all the tools to get that smolder you’re seeking!

My friends at CG sent me a Walmart gift card so I could go check out the entire Bombshell Collection. I fell in love with the new products in the line! Walmart is a great place to shop for the latest in beauty trends and you can find the Bombshell collection including these three products, both online and in-stores. Here are the deets:

COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast™ Mascara

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Bombshell Volume mascara is now the best-selling CoverGirl product at Walmart! This entirely new mascara experience, unlike any other two-step offering available, features a first-of-its-kind Boost System that has two brushes and two formulas for mega volume and dramatic intensity. It’s time to take lashes way beyond big.

Shades: Very Black, Black, Black/Brown and Brown

COVERGIRL Bombshell Shine Shadow by LashBlast

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With big sexy Bombshell volume, you need sexy shimmer and shine shadow that lasts all night. Shine Shadows feature reflective pigments that play with light to bring dimension to any look. Available in six buildable, blendable, get-me-noticed shades, each shadow is easy to apply and leaves behind a creamy shimmer finish.

Shades: Ice Queen, Platinum Card, Color Me Money, Gold Goddess, Copper Fling and Ooh La Lilac

COVERGIRL Bombshell Intensity Liner

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Bombshell eyes can be intense – and your liner should live up to the look. Intensity Liner is a precision felt tip pen with a smooth formula that glides on for a little or a lot of deep, dark sexy. The longwear liner is available in two shades, Pitch Black Passion and Chocolate Kiss – both providing liquid intensity for 24 hours of sexy Bombshell eyes.

I whipped up this quick video to show you guys what you can expect from these products – and illustrate how simple it is to get that easy breezy bombshell look! Zero effort, trust me.

Ready to embrace your inner bombshell yet? When you are, enter my giveaway for the chance to win a $100 gift card to Walmart so you can buy the collection too!

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[Disclosure: The Walmart gift card and information have been provided by CoverGirl.]

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