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Hydrate Your Lips with LipSmart

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Lips can get cracked and dry and when that happens, lipstick and gloss just don’t look as good. This is why it’s important to use a hydrating lip product that will help your lips look their best. LipSmart is one such product It’s the best hydrating lip plumper that will provide moisture dry lips need to provide the natural lips you desire.

Created by Briana Kay Brumer, LipSmart was thought up after lip plumpers became popular. Because Brumer didn’t like how many of them burned and irritated her lips, she realized she wasn’t alone and wanted to do something about it. Growing up under the tutelage of her dad, respected inventor and chemist Julius Kay, Brumer learned early on how to crate products that offer solutions. So she began to research solutions for lip ingredients that would not only volumize and plump lips, but also moisturize and nurture on a daily basis to deliver silky, soft and voluptuous lips that weren’t irritated by the product. Thus LipSmart was born and the solution has caught on in the industry and is a notable product in the Cos Bar chain of stores.
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Preserving My Hair Color with the Nexxus Color Assure System

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Right around the time of my last visit at the Robert Leonard Salon here in Seattle, a little package with the Nexxus Color Assure System arrived on my door step. As part of a campaign with Conde Nast, I was asked to try the system for a minimum of 3 weeks and share what I thought about the system, the Nexxus Color Assume Pre-Wash Primer in particular.

The idea behind this collection from Nexxus is simple, if water stays out of your hair, your color’s vibrancy stays in. If you have ever colored your hair in a red tone, you particularly know how true that statement is as red tones are the hardest to keep vibrant. The Color Assure systems starts with the Pre-Wash Primer, then is followed by a shampoo, conditioner and a Glossing Tonic spray for added shine. The shampoo and conditioner are sulfate free and the line features argan, almond and coconut oils as well as white orchid extract.

With the hair shaft shielded with the aid of the oils in the formula of the products, water has a harder time penetrating the hair shaft and lifting the color. Makes sense, right?

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Staying Fresh & Confident This Summer

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Seattle is in the middle of some warm weather right now and frankly, I just wish it was over. I like this cool and breezy, not hot and humid. When it is this hot out, I focus on staying fresh and confident in this weather. I teamed up with She Knows to share my tips for staying fresh this summer. Pay them a visit for some easy tips you can put to use now.

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How to Shop for a Pearl Bracelet

Bracelets are incredibly versatile pieces of jewelry that can be dressed up or down, depending on complementing pieces of jewelry and even a chosen outfit and cosmetics. Bracelets make excellent gifts or treats to indulge yourself with, and you can’t go wrong by selecting a pearl as your gem of choice. Pearls, which are found naturally all over the world and are also lab-created and refined, are a timeless classic that look beautiful no matter how they are worn. Pearls can be set into necklaces, bracelets, rings, brooches, and even hair clips. Bracelets are a popular choice due to their ease of wear and seamless blending with other jewelry.

When shopping for a pearl bracelet, consider first and foremost the length of the bracelet. A traditional length is seven inches, but smaller women may need a five or six inch bracelet, while larger-boned women may appreciate or even need an eight or nine inch bracelet. Next, think of the type of pearl bracelet you’d like to purchase and wear. A chain bracelet is most popular, but usually requires the presence of pearls strung back to back, which can be rather costly. Finally, there are bangles, which are made up of solid metal with one or two pearls placed strategically on either side; and charm bracelets, which allow pearls to dangle from metal rings.

If you’re looking for examples of pearl bracelets, consider the ones found at http://www.thepearlsource.com/pearl-bracelets.php. As you can see, there are many types of pearl bracelets available, but what they all have in common is the pearl that is present on all of them. Some pearl bracelets feature clusters of pearls, while others may offer just one or two pearls. Sometimes other gems, such as diamonds or rubies, may be placed around the pearl to help enhance the overall look. And the pearls themselves can vary in size, shape, color, and luster. Natural pearls are usually cream, opal, pink, or black in color; while cultured pearls may have certain hues enhanced for a more breathtaking finish. A pearl’s luster refers to its shine and the clarity of reflections on its surface, and this too can vary from one pearl to the next.

In the end, don’t limit yourself to a certain type of pearl or a certain grade of luster. Instead, browse around a website such as thepearlsource.com to find examples of the types of pearls and pearl jewelry that you really like, and make your selection based on that criteria.

Rings, Rings, Rings!

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Lately I’ve been obsessed with collecting rings. I started with those stretchy rings, you know the kind, the one-size fits all type that are more clunky than functional. Then as I started losing some weight, I realized my fingers were becoming a little more slender as well. That’s when it became time to venture out into rings that were actually sized instead of hanging together with string… I’m a size 8, in case anyone is curious. 😉

These days my favorite type of rings are the stackable kind, collecting simple bands in different tones to put together. Maybe one has a small gem set in, maybe it is just a simple, plain rose gold band. I love the way the different metals, shapes and settings come together to create a unique, eclectic look. I’m also obsessed with rings that take on different geometric shapes, ones that appear to be cut out really have me at hello.

I appreciate different colored gemstones but for my taste, I’d rather keep it simple and go with more traditional gemstones than something bright and in your face… not to say that bright doesn’t have its time and place. Simple pieces in silver and yellow gold, those are more my style.

How about you? How do you rock your rings? One on each finger? A couple on each hand or none at all?

How to Achieve Bone Health and Strength

If you have weak or brittle bones, then you may be the victim of fractures, strains or sprains in your ankles. It’s more common than you might think, in fact; osteoporosis affects about 44 million people living in the United States and is the cause of about 2 million bone fractures annually. If you suffer from severe pain in your ankles due to injury then you may want to consider surgery as an option. If your injuries tend to be minor and not overly painful then there are many things you can do to increase your overall bone strength. Here is a guide to get you started.

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Common Fur Storage Mistakes To Avoid

When people are preparing to buy luxurious fur items, they usually think about how great that mink vest will look or how many years that shearling coat will stay stylish.  Something that most people don’t think twice about is how they will store their fur garment during the portion of the year when they can’t wear it.  However, proper care is crucial when you own a fur garment.  Here are a few common storage mistakes to steer clear of if you want your furs to look gorgeous and lush for years.

Storing at the Wrong Temperature and Humidity  

Most people know that fur needs to be stored in a cool environment — in fact, professional fur storage is refrigerated to between 40 and 50 degrees.  Cool temperatures have a preserving effect.  However, many people don’t appreciate the fact that the environment also needs to have the right humidity level.  You can’t, for instance, store your fur in a normal refrigerator or cooler at home, because the humidity levels are too high.  Air conditioning systems like swamp coolers also make the average home humidity level too great for furs.  In general, you don’t want humidity above 55 percent, or your garment could rot or mildew.

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Mixing Things Up with Makeup Bingo

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An elegant remedy for makeup ruts

There’s just no getting around the simple fact that the vast majority of women in the world will never leave the house without makeup on. In a comprehensive survey authorized by well-known Harley Street beauty clinic Specialist Makeup Services, the average British woman will spend around 474 days of her life putting on cosmetics. This further breaks down into three hours and 19 minutes of applying makeup every week. The same survey also revealed that most British women take up to 17 minutes just preparing the eye area. Thankfully, a woman’s makeup routine doesn’t have to be so time-consuming all the time.

Makeup Bingo is a clever variation of Wardrobe Bingo, which is widely hailed as a fantastic solution for getting over style ruts and fashion funks. Instead of clothes, Makeup Bingo players must gather five items from categories such as foundation, lipstick, blush, and eyeliner/mascara/eye shadow. Much like Wardrobe Bingo, the entire point of Makeup Bingo is to occasionally shake things up a bit and maybe discover some surprising combinations. Simply put, it’s supposed to be a fun diversion. This same concept of fun can also be seen in modern-day TV ads from online bingo companies. Leading UK portal, CheekyBingo has even collaborated with the Frontroom creative agency to help the brand stand out through catchy TV ads for their fashion-centric promos and giveaways. Moreover, the same online bingo brand recently gave away £50 shopping vouchers through its Twitter account to lure in the female demographic. They also welcome pictures from their Twitter followers whenever there are celebrity fashion gatherings or followers have engaged in games of Makeup Bingo. The brand, retweets there followers submissions on a daily basis, and sometimes give out prizes for the most lubricious Makeup Bingo pictures.

So if you want to enjoy the game, on the whole, the rules of Makeup Bingo are pretty simple. After assembling all the makeup items from each category, label each item from 1 to 5 (or B-I-N-G-O, if you prefer). Players will then draw numbers (or letters) at random to eventually come up with some startling mashups. All told, Makeup Bingo allows players to look at their cosmetics in a different light.

My Skin Story with Lancome Dreamtone

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Lancôme has been on point with its skincare game lately, with its serums in particular. First the amazingness that is Visionnaire and now the new DreamTone, a customized skin tone correcting serum. When DreamTone was first launched, I was definitely curious about it but not for the right reasons. I thought it was a tinted-moisturizer/serum hybrid of sorts since it comes in Fair, Medium and Dark. DreamTone is not a tinted-moisturizer; let’s get that part straight so you don’t make the same assumption I did. I was unsure of which shade to choose because I didn’t understand the product enough. What DreamTone really is, is a powerful serum you can use to target those areas of concern with your skin.

It all starts with the three options offered in Fair, Medium and Dark. Each option targets dark spots and uneven skin tone but each one targets an additional concern. For Fair, DreamTone sets its sight on redness. For Medium, DreamTone combats sallowness. Finally, Dark fights acne and blemish marks. For best results, you should use DreamTone morning and night under your moisturizer of choice.

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LifeCell Anti Aging Skincare

It is never too early to start an anti-aging regime and there’s a new anti-aging skincare line named LifeCell about preventing, reducing and erasing those pesky signs of aging. The line is composed of four products: LifeCell Anti Aging Treatment ($189), LifeCell Under-Eye Treatment ($79), LifeCell PH Balanced Cleanser ($29) and Anti Aging Supplement ($59).

LifeCell Anti Aging Treatment started it all, is light reflective cream that blurs away imperfections as it treats the skin. For those of us with dark uder eyes or puffiness, the Under-Eye Treatment, the metal tip instantly helps depuff the area and glides along the skin. LifeCell’s PH Balanced Cleanser was created from the high demand for a cleanser to compliment the treatment. It’s gentle and is a great foundation for the treatment itself. Finally the supplements, help your skin from the inside out with a combination of hyaluronic acid, collagen and resveratrol.

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Disclosure: this is a sponsored post.