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Instagram User to Follow: @DakotaScarlett

I’m on Instagram more than ever these days, constantly drawing inspiration from what I’m seeing. MAC Cosmetics Senior Artist Keri Blair recently reposted some amazing illustrations by Dakota Scarlett and it blew my mind. I spent some time combing through her feed and instantly wished I was just 1/16th as talented as she is so I thought I’d post about her to make sure @dakotascarlett is on your radar too!

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Beauty Products I Miss: Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquers


Ever have a product that you love and suddenly, inexplicably, they are no where to be found? This is how I feel about some of my favorites from Rimmel. Without warning, the products I’m loving mysteriously disappear from drugstore shelves.

My first experience with this was their Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquers shown here. Before matte liquid lipsticks were on the scene, Rimmel introduced these as an alternative to the liquid lipsticks being put out at the time by brands like Guerlain. At a fraction of the price, I stocked up and happily kept them everywhere I could possibly need them. Then they were gone and before long, the only shades I could find were the ones no one wanted on clearance.

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My Three Favorite Holiday Beauty Products

This year for the holidays, I’ve kept my look super simple and it’s been a great time saver. I’ve added just a few products outside of my regular makeup routine to add a little sparkle this season, otherwise it is business as usual. Here are the holiday beauty products that I’ve added to my arsenal this season:

Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Stick Eyeshadows
Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Stick Eyeshadows

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Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer

This morning while I was browsing what’s new at Sephora, this little gem immediately stood out to me: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer. I have always loved Kate Somerville’s line and have had the pleasure of meeting Kate 3 times now, I would recommend her products to anyone looking for good skincare. Which is why I’m dying to get my hands on this moisturizer.

The idea with ExfoliKate Glow was to take Kate’s hero product ExfoliKate (often described as Kate in a jar) and transform it into a moisturizer that gently and effectively exfoliate skin from within. The same papaya, pineapple and pumpkin enzymes found in ExfoliKate are also found in this new moisturizer along with a trio of acids to help smooth and hydrate skin at the same time. Glycolic and lactic acid will help exfoliate skin and hyaluronic acid helps to hydrate skin.

In case you’re wondering what is in this product to counteract any possible irritation caused by this exfoliating skin cocktail, ExfoliKate Glow also contains prickly pear extract. This is known as being anti-inflammatory, soothing and deeply nourishing. It is a great ingredient to have in skincare as it also has brightening and anti-aging properties in it.

You can find the new Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer now in Sephora and online at retailing for $65.

Le Mini Macaron Hand & Finger Sheet Masks

Le Mini Macaron Hand & Nail Masks

Got 15 minutes to spare? You might need to spend that free time moisturizing those cuticles and your hands with these new Le Mini Macaron Hand and Finger Masks. How cute is this packaging? Just launched this month, these masks retail between $4.50 to $4.99 and are a great way to indulge in a little self-care.

Le Mini Macaron is known for their affordable at-home gel-manicure kits. Now they’ve come out with some treatments to help restore nails to their rightful glory. I’m a little obsessed with this packaging though, makes me want some sort of dessert concoction with ice cream in it tonight.

Here are the new masks introduced this month:

Le Mini Macaron Jasmine Green Tea Hand Mask
Le Mini Macaron Jasmine Green Tea Hand Mask

I’ve been telling myself I’m going to start making care packages with cool beauty products for friends and family, specifically had my future mother-in-law in mind for this. Wouldn’t this be a great addition to a gift basket with some soaps and body lotions in it? A few hand masks and nail masks are definitely going on my shopping to-do list. How about you? Is your curiosity getting the better of you? 😉

Sometimes Life Gets in the Way…

My Pretty Nails and Engagement Ring
My Pretty Nails and Engagement Ring

Since my last post, I have been working on re-branding Product Girl into something new. I have been taking my time with it so that it feels right, comfortable. I settled on a new name, registered the domain, moved all the content over and started working on a new look when something happened and everything came to a halt.

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YoDerm: Visit a Dermatologist From the Comfort of Your Own Home!


My skin is one of my biggest insecurities. Being in my late thirties, every time I break out, I want to hide until my skin is clear. Acne chips away at my confidence at times. It makes me look down and avoid looking people in the eye when they talk to me or shy away from loved ones when they try to touch my face. I can handle bad hair days, that’s easy to hide, but what I hate is bad skin days. You can’t hide that quite as easily.

Because of this, I turned to prescription medication. I’ve visited a handful of dermatologists in the last few years but I didn’t feel like I was actually heard. I walked away with a prescription for spironolactone but no real advice in terms of skincare. I’ve been on spironolactone for a few years now and I’ve seen some improvement in my skin but not as much as I hoped for. I wanted more progress but the dermatologists I saw didn’t offer any other alternatives.

A few weeks ago I began researching a few other prescription medications that I hoped would put an end to my bouts of painful cystic acne. Right when I was considering visiting a new dermatologist to explore this, I received an offer to try a consultation with a dermatologist from The timing was perfect so I couldn’t say no, I was eager to try this service and see what would happen.

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Coming Back Soon

I started Product Girl almost 11 years ago because I was passionate about beauty products. Back then I didn’t have much going for me, I was a sad and lonely person for a very long time. Buying a new lipstick or perfume made me feel better about myself so I filled a void by sharing my passion with others on the internet. When I had nothing else going for me, I would come home from a long day at work and write about lipstick. I quickly discovered that I really enjoyed blogging about my passion and it began to consume me. This blog led to so many great things and experiences. I’ve been fortunate to meet so many amazing people over the years and I’ve learned so much along the way.

Almost five years ago I was forced to give up this blog in exchange for the promise of my dream job. I agreed to this because the alternative was giving up said dream job. I put someone else in charge and let her lead the way, she was someone I trusted and who’s voice I admired greatly. When the dream job crashed and burned, I’ve touched on this a little bit in the past, I tried to take the lead again but I was in such a deep depression that I could barely get out of bed. When the person I trusted decided to go out on her own, that was a blow that took me awhile to recover from. Because of all of this, this blog represented what was wrong in my life for the last few years. I couldn’t make this work and I was very hard on myself about it so I let it die.

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Seattle Ladies! Get a Free Facial Compliments of Skoah!

Free Facials at Skoah!

If you are in the Seattle/Bellevue area and have never had a facial, you are in luck. Skoah is now in two locations in Seattle and one in Bellevue and to celebrate their three locations, Skoah is offering free facials. There is no catch to this offer, just glowing healthy skin with their 45-minute fitskin facial.

You can reserve your spot here and Skoah will be in touch with you to set up your appointment. I’ll be taking advantage of this offer myself! Let me know how your #skoahfirstfacial goes!

Dolce & Gabbana Summer Looks Event with Christian McCulloch

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Matte Lipstick

There are some things in life that just make you feel good about yourself. Getting my makeup done by someone is one of those things, I leave the artist’s chair feeling more confident and put together, even having learned a few new tricks.  Whenever I have the chance to do this, I clear my calendar and jump at the opportunity. There’s bound to be a few good selfies in it! 😉

This Saturday the Bellevue Nordstrom is one of those opportunities. Dolce & Gabbana’s National Makeup Artist Christian McCulloch will be on site giving private one on one makeup consultations as well as introducing the new Dolce Matte Lipstick and Summer Shine makeup collections. If you haven’t had the chance to play with these collections yet, Saturday is the perfect time to up your red lipstick game and plan your summer makeup wardrobe.

Keep reading for information on how to make your appointment for Saturday!

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