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Lip Scrub Recipe

If you’re not exfoliating your lips – you should be!  Exfoliating helps smooth out chapped and bumpy lips. It also helps increase circulation, which makes your lips look  plump and fuller. Follow these steps for sexier lips!

Easy Lip Scrub Recipe

  • 1 tsp petroleum jelly
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 drop of argan oil
  • 1 drop of peppermint oil (optional for fresh breath!)

Mix the sugar into the petroleum jelly then add in the drops of argan oil and peppermint oil. This can all be done in your hand. Apply it to your lips in a circular motion using your index finger. Rinse or let the ingredients soak in.

Sugar Lips

(photo courtesy of stock free images)

Macy's Elizabeth Arden Gift

For a limited time, Macy’s is offering a free 8-Pc. Gift set with a $29.50 Elizabeth Arden purchase.

Gift is valued at $77 and includes your choice of:

  • ◙ Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15
  • ◙ PREVAGE® Day Anti-aging Moisture Lotion SPF 30
  • ◙ PREVAGE® Face Anti-aging Daily Serum
  • ◙ Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara in Black
  • ◙ Beautiful Color Eye Shadow Quad & Exceptional Lipstick in your choice of warm or cool shades
  • ◙ Tote bag & cosmetics case

Hurry! Offer valid while supplies last!

Mac Apres Chic

MAC brings effortless glamor to the slopes, MAC Après Chic Collection is a must-have for the season. Après Chic is my favorite lipstick this year. If I had awards to hand out – Lipstick of The Year would go to this shade! It just works so well with my complexion. It’s warm and bright at the same time and looks so good with a basic smokey brown eye!

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow $21.00 (Limited Edition)

MAC Apres Chic Eyeshadow

MAC Ice and Frost at Midnight Swatch

  • Ice – Light peach base with white veining
  • Frost at Midnight – Deep blue/grey with grey veining


MAC Pro Longwear Eye Liner $19.50 (Limited Edition)

MAC Apres Chic Eyeliner

MAC Eyeliner

  • Mountain Air – Vibrant teal
  • Night Trail – Deep navy blue
  • Snow Shadow – Purple violet


MAC Lipstick $15.00 (Limited Edition)

MAC Apres Chic Lipstick

Mac Apres Chic Lipstick Swatch

Après Chic – Pinky brick red (Cremesheen)

(Photos courtesy of MAC Cosmetics)

Soap & Glory Body Butter

With its retro inspired packaging and clever one liners – Soap & Glory is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands. I am in love with their body products; they smell and feel so delightful!

The Righteous Butter – my new bff this winter! This thick, luscious body butter will leave your skin feeling super soft. Your skin will thank you for the extra dose of much needed moisture. It’s enriched with shea butter and aloe vera, two of my fav ingredients, because they actually work to rid your skin of dryness. Did I mention this stuff smells amazing? It’s scented with Soap & Glory’s original pink fragrance  – a blend of citrusy orange leaf and lemon, fruity strawberries and peaches, and fresh jasmine, gardenia, and summer rose. A modern scent your nose will approve of.

The Righteous Butter Body Lotion – also a favorite of mine, lives on my desk next to my OPI snow globe! It’s basically the “thinner twin sister” of the body butter. It features all the goodness of the body butter but in the form of a  lotion. I use it on my hands almost on a daily basis and on days that I’m running late, I always know that it will be there to save the day! Nothing is worse than wearing a skirt with dry ashy legs! Once the weather warms up a bit, I like to swap the body butter for the lotion.

The Righteous Butter 10.1 oz. $20 & The Righteous Butter Body Lotion 16.2 oz. $22

(Photo courtesy of Soap & Glory)

Victoria Secret's Giveaway

Happy New Year Beauties! How about we start the new year right with a brand new giveaway!

The Prize: (1) Victoria Secret’s Hello, Bombshell Makeup Kit. The kit contain 30 eyeshadows, 5 lipsticks, 5 lip glosses, 4 blushes, 1 bronzer, 1 luminous powder, 1 translucent powder, 1 mascara, 1 lip liner, 1 eye liner, 2 eye applicators, 2 lip brushes and 1 face brush (worth over $200)

How to Enter: It’s simple – just enter by using the Rafflecopter form below. Enter daily for more chances to win.

Good Luck!

Hello Bombshell Makeup Kit

Official Rules:
This giveaway will end Sunday January 27, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST. It is only open to U.S. residents of the contiguous states who are at least 13 years old. All entries will be verified. The winner will be chosen using The winner will be announced on Monday January 28, 2013 on this post and will be immediately contacted via email. Once notified; the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.

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Hello Kitty Wild Thing

Wild Thing, you make my heart sing oh you make a every – okay okay – I’ll stop with the annoying off pitch singing! It’s just that I get so excited when Hello Kitty brings us grown up items! The Hello Kitty Wild Thing Makeup Palette features 12 eyeshadows, 1 Pen Pal Eyeliner in Black, and a super cute compact mirror all housed together in an adorable black and gold zebra print collectable tin. The eye shadows are all highly pigmented and the eyeliner is very similar to the Nars Eyeliner Stylo pens. The second row is my favorite eyeshadow combo, but you can create endless looks with this palette because all the color compliment each other well. The mini compact mirror lives in my purse and I always get compliments on it!

Hello Kitty Wild Thing Makeup Palette $49

Hello Kitty Wild Thing

Hello Kitty Purples

Hello Kitty Neutrals

Hello Kitty Greans

Hello Kitty Zebra Mirror

(Photo courtesy of Sephora)

Winter Skincare

Pump Up Your Moisturizer

Once the temps start falling, you should choose moisturizers that are thicker than your daily body lotion or face cream. Swap your lotion for a body butter and swap your moisturizer for a creamier one. Look for added ingredients like alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and urea – both are humectants that pull moisture from the air into your skin.

Don’t stop your summertime habits

Water intake and sunscreen use decreases during the winter for most. Drinking plenty of water helps your skin stay hydrated and wearing sunscreen year round helps protect you from the sun. The UV rays that bounce off of snow are just as damaging as summer rays.

Go easy on the hand sanitizer

Using hand sanitizers too often can strip the moisture from your hands. Instead of using the communal hand sanitizer at the office, you should bring your own.  Look for one that doesn’t contain alcohol and always apply hand cream afterwards.

Get a humidifier

Home heating systems can really dry out your skin. Humidifiers are great because they add moisture to the air. They’re fairly inexpensive and since humidifiers help decongest your sinuses; it can also help reduce under eye puffiness.

Always carry a lip balm

The cold wind is one of lip’s biggest enemies. It dries out lips and habits like licking your lips only makes matters worse. Use a lip balm made with beeswax to create a barrier to protect your lips from the harsh weather. You can also apply some on dry cuticles and chapped noses.

(Photo courtesy of Niderlander | Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos)

Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion

I am amazed at how well Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Shampoo & Conditioners work. My parents live in Florida, so I visit them quite often. Since I like to travel light, I only fly with my carry on – which means I have to keep my liquids within the 3 oz.  limit. It’s my home away from home; so I don’t need to haul all my toiletries with me every time I go. I’ll admit I do miss my perfumes and skincare products while I’m there, but I get over it!

Once I got there, I set off to Target like I always do to pick up some beauty supplies to hold me over. To my surprise, the travel section didn’t have sulfate free shampoos, so disappointing! I had no choice but to head over to the shampoo aisle to see what I could find. Since I was only staying a few days, I didn’t want to spend a small fortune at Target getting things I already have at home. While scanning the shelves I came across the Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion line. This line is comparable to Kerastase products according to Suave. I had tried products from the Suave Professionals line before with happy results, so I figured I’d give it a try.

I went with the Color Care collection since I have color treated hair and do the Brazilian keratin treatment. The only thing I was hesitant about was the fact that these are “lower sulfate” shampoos, not sulfate free. However I decided to go ahead and give it a shot; I would only use it a few times anyway, so I thought what’s the worst that could happen!

This creamy pearlescent shampoo has a nice scent; it’s gentle but works up a great lather. My hair felt smooth after using it. The added keratin infuses to your hair and helps seal the cuticle. The conditioner was also a nice treat. It’s super creamy and conditions really well. After using it, my hair was easy to detangle and my hair was extremely soft once it completely dried. It was still smooth and soft days after and it had a nice shine to it too. This set really held me over while I was out there. It’s super inexpensive but surprisingly a great product. I’m glad I came across this; I might even consider using it on the regular, let’s see what happens!

Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Shampoo & Conditioner only $2.88 ea. at

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mac strength collection

Flex your femininity with the new MAC Strength collection. Bold lip colors, chiseled cheeks, and sharp eyes – complete this powerful collection. Ring in the new year with a knock-out look.

MAC All Woman Eyeshadow Quad $40.00 (Limited Edition)

MAC All Woman Eyeshadow Quad

MAC All Woman Swatches

Flawless Figure – Pale warm shimmering white (Veluxe Pearl)
Brains & Brawn – Mid-tone taupe (Matte)
All Woman – Greenish dark grey (Satin)
Black Magique – Deep, dark black with warm tones (Velvet)

MAC All Woman Look

MAC Lipstick $15.00 (Limited Edition)

MAC Strength Lipstick

Party Parrot Bright red pink (Matte)

MAC Party Parrot Bright red pink (Matte)

Strong Woman Bright violet (Matte)

MAC Strong Woman Bright violet (Matte)

Absolute Power Rich red (Matte)

MAC Absolute Power Rich red (Matte)

(Photos courtesy of MAC Cosmetics)

Happy New Year

Wishing you a beautiful new year filled with delightful surprises!

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