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

Happy Birthday, Birchbox!

birchboxlogo September marks the third anniversary of the innovative Birchbox brand, so I figured this would be the perfect time to gush over this awesome concept. If you aren’t already familiar, let me give you the rundown.

Launched in 2010, Birchbox personalizes ways to discover, learn about, and buy the best beauty, grooming and lifestyle products. Basically, you get a box of the hottest new beauty goodies (in deluxe size samples) each month for only $10. The women’s subscription includes everything from skincare to makeup and hair products, as well as fun non-beauty extras. Guys can also get in on the fun with Birchbox Man! The men’s subscription delivers top-tier grooming products in addition to lifestyle accessories ranging from hip socks to tech accessories. The men’s box is priced at $20 each month.

It’s a genius way to find new products without having to blindly shell out full retail price. Products can be expensive (trust me, I know!), so this is the perfect solution to gambling on products you may or may not like. Ever come home from the mall with a $50 tube of something that ends up collecting dust in a drawer? Birchbox eliminates that drawer clutter by exposing you to awesome new products and creating a super easy way to purchase the full size items.

My favorite part of the program is that it’s completely customized. When you sign up with Birchbox, you select personalized profile options, so each box is geared to your taste. When you are ready for more of the products you sampled, you can purchase full-size versions directly from the Birchbox Shop. They also have a generous loyalty program that rewards you every time you shop and all the brands in that month’s box ship free!

In addition to all of the product goodness, Birchbox features an extensive assortment of awesome content in the Birchbox Magazine. They also have a blog that features articles, expert interviews, videos, and editorial tips and tricks so you get the most out of your new products.

So, are you ready to discover your next everything? I just got my September box and I am loving it! Stay tuned for my review of the box. In the meantime, visit www.birchbox.com/shop/join to join Birchbox and start trying out high-end beauty samples from top brands!

But don’t just take my word for it – see what Birchbox is all about here!

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Birchbox.]
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Five Questions: Talking Beauty with Real Housewives of Miami’s Lea Black

leablack Entrepreneur and Real Housewife Lea Black, wife of high-profile attorney Roy Black, recently expanded her beauty empire to include a new line of luxury skincare, appropriately titled Lea Black Beauty. The line is anti-aging focused, but chock-full of quality ingredients suitable for skin types of all ages.

Lea, along with successful cosmetics professional (and Lea Black Beauty President) Melinda Wells-DeRocher, created a signature skincare system which features four core products: Advanced Anti-Aging Serum, Everyday Moisture, Intensive Moisture Renewal Crème, and the Revitalizing Skin Exfoliant. Lea Black Beauty also offers a Non-Surgical Facelift Kit, complete with Lea’s Facial Contour Lift Powder, Facial Contour Lift Gel, a scoop, mixing cup, and fan brush applicator.leablackcollection

I caught up with the beauty maven last week and she boasted some pretty steep product claims about her signature moisturizer. After testing it out myself I discovered she wasn’t kidding! I’ve been using Lea’s Intensive Moisture Renewal Crème for almost a week now and have noticed a significant increase in my skin’s moisture level. The rich cream is infused with a natural extract complex consisting of aloe vera, grapefruit, licorice, cucumber and white tea. It’s also packed with vitamins A, C and E, as well as mango seed, cocoa and shea butters, and a-lipoic acid. I LOVE it. It has a light scent and provides hydration for days.

I also got the scoop on the socialite’s take on beauty, from her can’t-live-without-it product to how long it takes her to primp for her annual charity gala. Here’s what she had to say…

Five Questions with Lea Black 

MM: What inspired you to launch your own skincare line?

LB: I started it the mid ’80s because I always admired my grandmothers’ flawless skin and I learned a bit about the business in California, so I decided to do my own thing.

MM: What is your favorite look for a night out in Miami?

LB: Fabulous jeans, chic top and lots of jewelry with one of my blinged out handbags which you can check out at www.worldofleablack.com

MM: How long does it take you to primp for your annual charity gala?

LB: Honestly, I got dressed including hair and makeup in about 45 minutes.

MM: What is your cant-live-without-it beauty product?

LB: Lea Black Beauty moisturizer which increases moisturization in your skin 440 percent in 2 days.

MM: Do you have any beauty secrets or tricks you’d like to share?

LB: Lots of water, sleep and staying out of sun.

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Want to test out some of her new products too? Lea Black Beauty is available online via www.theworldofleablack.com/leablackbeauty.