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Wake Up Your Makeup Routine with the Almay Wake-Up Collection

Not everyone has the benefit of a good, solid 8 hours of sleep every night but with a little makeup in the right places, we can fake our way through the day. Almay Wake-up Collection is all about looking radiant and well rested. All of the products are infused with caffeine to improve circulation and energize your skin. Instantly wake up those tired eyes and brighten your complexion!

Let’s take a look at a few products from the collection:

Almay Wake-up Liquid Makeup – this foundation energizes skin and instantly boosts hydration by up to 132%. It comes in 6 shades and gives skin a soft, luminous finish with lightweight coverage. On days when you want to lighten up, make your own tinted moisturizer with a buzz by mixing a few drops into your daily moisturizer.

Almay Wake-up Eyeshadow + Primer – this vibrant eyeshadow palette comes with a primer on the left and a trio of eyeshadows in vibrant shades to make your eyes pop. The primer is caffeine-infused and helps the color last all day. This eye shadow and primer palette comes in 3 shades.

Almay Wake-up Eyeliner + Highlighter – this dual ended eyeliner seals the deal and helps awaken tired eyes. One end helps the define your eyes and the other adds light and completes the look instantly cooling and refreshing. It comes in 3 shades. Try using the highlighting end on your brow bone and inner corners of the eye for a well-rested look.

Almay Wake-up Blush + Highlighter – this blush and coordinating highlighter come with a brush to help you sculpt and highlight cheeks in one swoop. The blush also comes in 3 shades. Want a little more highlighting action? Use the highlighter on its own down the center of your nose and right in your cupid’s bow.

You can find the Almay Wake-up Collection in stores now. What is your makeup trick for faking a good night’s sleep?

NOTE: This is post is sponsored by Almay but all opinions are my own.

Revlon + Product Girl on the Burgundy Lip for Fall (+ giveaway!)

Once fall hits, I crave a deep lip. I can’t think of a better pairing with the crisp colorful leaves and cooler air, can you? Lucky for me (and you!), a burgundy pout is once again a fall beauty trend. Honestly, of all of the Revlon videos we’ve brought to you this year, the one we’re featuring this month is our absolute favorite. Revlon equipped us with a few products to show you how to wear a burgundy lip. No surprise, this look is all about the lip. The products I used in the video: include:

  • Revlon Super Lustrous™ Lipstick in Black Cherry (love this classic shade!)
  • Revlon® ColorStay™ Smoky Shadow Stick in Flare (lilac/smoky plum)
  • Revlon® ColorStay Overtime™ Lengthening Mascara (black)

Black Cherry is delicious — it looks like a deep brown burgundy in the tube but goes on much lighter on the lips. It can be more subtle if a slightly stained look is more your style. Or, layer it on and be bold! Make sure to click on the video above and check out how I wear it, along with the lilac side of Revlon Smoky Shadow Stick.

Because we love this product so much, we’re giving away 10 tubes of Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry! Leave a comment on this post by Thursday, September 27 and let us know your thoughts on a burgundy lip for fall. We’ll pick 10 winners from there!

For more burgundy lips, click on over here to see the other Revlon bloggers in action.

NOTE: Click on the video image above to watch on YouTube.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Revlon has contracted us to develop videos each month to highlight trends on

Elite Serum – A Doctor Recommended Alternative to Botox

Every now and then we find items that are coming across social media channels faster than an Olympian Sprinter.  This week’s winner:  Elite Serum.

Elite Serum is an alternative to botox injections that works to force skin rejuvenation at the cellular level.  Recommended by a Doctor from the University of Kansas, Elite Serum works to significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, puffiness, and even dark circles that form around the eyes and forehead.  We noticed the popular facebook page of Elite Serum and took to the web to find out more information – and we were impressed!

Elite Serum is mentioned on a number of skin care websites and gets high ratings from consumers.  It’s also among the top selling dark circle treatments DAILY on, the world’s largest shopping portal.

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Look Thinner in an Instant This Summer

If you’re worried about your wobbly tummy or curvaceous bottom – fear not! The right attire can flatter your figure, so here’s how to look thinner in an instant.

Dress for your body shape
Whether you’re a size 22 or a size 12, it’s essential to show off your body shape. Select clothes that enhance your silhouette and don’t squeeze into anything too small – as this will make you look bigger. Wear a structured jacket to disguise a flabby torso, stick to A-line skirts if you hate your thighs and wear belts to show off a slender middle – it’s that simple. Many clinics offer tummy tuck surgery, however, a well-stocked wardrobe can work wonders too.

Wear the right underwear
Massive melons can make you look bigger than you actually are, so why not buy a minimizing bra? These fantastic boulder holders will keep your puppies under control and will help you wear glamorous tops with confidence. Breast reduction surgery can improve your assets, but the right lingerie can shape, mould and lift your jugs. While you’re in the underwear store, grab some support pants (AKA Bridget Jones knickers) too. They might not be the most attractive things in the world, but they’ll help slim you down.

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Garnier Sleek & Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment

Argan Oil is pretty much the best thing that has ever happened to my hair, a few drops of it before blow-drying makes a world of difference in the look and feel of my hair. What is not the best thing ever is the price tag associated with that little brown bottle. Now you can trade in that bottle for a new amber colored bottle, Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment, that does everything the other oil does but for a fraction of the price.

Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment will be your hair’s new best friend. There’s so many ways to use this oil and it works on all hair types. You can use it in the shower; just take a few drops and add it to your conditioner for an extra boost. Use it on wet hair like I do, hair will be softer and more manageable. Or use it dry, a drop is all you need to smooth away frizz and add some shine at the same time.

If you have not tried the wonder that is Argan Oil, the best thing about it is that it doesn’t leave your hair feeling greasy, it leaves no residue behind. I don’t know about you but I like my hair feeling soft and smooth without being weighed down. This does the job and does it for only $5.99 for a bottle. It’s a small price to pay for de-frizzified hair, right?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Garnier Fructis but all opinions are my own.

Paul Mitchell's Truth About Curls

Every gal with straight hair wishes they had curly hair but we don’t really know the truth about curls. Paul Mitchell does and they are introducing a new line of products to help detangle, fight frizz, define and smooth unruly curls. They want you to confide in them and tell them the truth about your curls. Give them your #curlconfession and join in the conversation on Facebook.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Paul Mitchell.

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35

The newest BB cream to hit the American market comes courtesy of our beloved Bobbi Brown. BB creams are true multi-taskers! They prime, treat, conceal, hydrate and protect in one fell swoop and can shave precious minutes off your morning makeup routine.

This BB cream provides sheer to medium coverage that’s so lightweight you almost forget you have it on. It also leaves skin with a nice luminescent glow. The cream has a thinner texture than some of the other BB creams on the market but that’s part of what makes it so much easier to blend. Of course there is also UVA/UVB ray protection in the form of SPF 35. It’s a nice healthy dose of SPF, don’t you think?

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Try Lancome's Super Serum Duo Génifique & Visionnaire

Lancome Super Serums Genifique and Visionnaire

What’s better than one amazing super-charged serum for your skin? Two amazing super-charged serums!

Lancome wants you to try their most powerful anti-aging duo for a more perfected skin. Lancome is one of the brands I trust my skin with and now they want to be your perfect partner for younger-looking skin. You already know (and hopefully love) about Génifique but have you tried pairing it with the newer Visionaire? Rumor is one out of two women tempted by a cosmetic procedure decided to postpone it after giving this new serum a whirl for four weeks.

In case you didn’t know about Génifique, it is Lancome’s award winning serum that gives you visibility younger skin in just 7 days. It targets radiance, vibrancy and softness and is nothing short of amazing. Want to target the appearance of wrinkles, pores and uneven texture? I don’t know a single woman that doesn’t. 😉 You’ll want to get your hands on Visionnaire then. Try using them together, apply one to three drops of Génifique to cleansed skin. Follow with two pumps of Visionnaire when layering, prior to applying your Lancôme moisturizer. For best results, use Génifique and Visionnaire together in both the morning and evening.

Ready to try Lancome’s super serums for yourself? Get a coupon to try this duo for yourself here.

NOTE: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Lancome and Style Coalition.

Grow Old Gracefully or Let Science Give You a Helping Hand?

The Ageing Process – Natural vs Cosmetic

Growing old gracefully means something different to everyone. For some, it may be having a certain outlook in life and not allowing yourself to suddenly start acting like a teenager (or too old a person), while for others, it may be about maintaining an active and interesting social life. Whichever group you see yourself in, you can’t avoid the question about whether or not it’s ‘graceful’ to enter your later years having had cosmetic surgery, or whether you’ve wholeheartedly and naturally embraced the signs of ageing whilst still making the most of your life. But what is the best method of embracing the ageing process?

In fact, is one way any better than the other, or is it simply a case of examining what you have underneath and working on it? Whatever the case, one thing is for sure – it’s not a one-size-fits-all question and nobody should be made to feel any less beautiful or acceptable in society for the choices they make.

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Why Having Laser Eye Surgery Can Improve Your Lifestyle

For any glasses or contact lens wearer, eyesight is always a limiting factor. You may have grown up with bad eyesight or you might find it worsens with age, but either way you’ll never be able to get away from it completely. Whether your glasses steam up on a cold day, your contact lenses are uncomfortable or you just worry that you won’t be able to see something important, poor eyesight will always be on your mind. However, if you want to improve your lifestyle and even change the way you look, then there are other options.

Glasses can be easily lost, broken or misplaced. Equally, contact lenses can be difficult to put in, uncomfortable to wear and can tire out your eyes. You can gain a new lease on life and free yourself from these restrictions by visiting any reputable laser eye clinic. After all, your ability to see is often central to how much you can enjoy yourself.

Opting for laser eye surgery will improve your life in a multitude of big and small ways. You’ll be able to see the time on your alarm clock as soon as you wake, as well as being able to swim, run and play any sport without worrying. You can have more confidence in the way you look at big events such as weddings or birthdays, so you can stop worrying about how your glasses will look with your outfit and start to think about really enjoying yourself. Driving will no longer be a worry, and your work day could become easier, as computer screens, mobile phones and slide shows will all be easy to read. This all adds up to some major lifestyle improvements.

The biggest obstacle for many people getting Ultralase eye surgery is probably the cost. However, if you think about a lifetime of expenditure on expensive glasses and contacts, plus all the inconvenience and hassle, laser eye surgery is definitely a worthwhile investment.