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The Beauty Spotlight Team: Lola's Beauty Room

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Lola's Beauty Room

Helen from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog had, what seemed to be, an insurmountable storage problem with all of her beauty products, but one day it occurred to her that she was approaching her storage dilemma all wrong. Behind this door, you will see how an unorganized space was transformed into a veritable sanctuary where she seeks refuge from her busy life.

Take a look here to get some good storage ideas that you can try at home.

The Best Memorial Day Weekend Sales and My Picks

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The Best Memorial Day Weekend Sales and My Picks

I know I can't be the only one overwhelmed by the amazing sales going on already! Memorial Day isn't even here, and there are 40% off sales all over! I'm sharing some of my favorite sales and my favorite products from those sales here. I'll update throughout the weekend, so be sure to check back!

Memorial Day 2016 Sales

My Picks:
Leather mid-heel pump
Miss GG leather hobo
Reversible GG leather tote
Original GG cosmetic case

The best things to get from the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale
They're having their half yearly sale and a big designer sale! Through 6/7

My Picks:
Jimmy Choo 'Pallis' Wedge Sandal (I have these in a similar gold tone and they are incredibly comfortable)
Jimmy Choo 'Abel' Pump
Michael Kors 'Large Rogers' Leather Tote
Prada 55mm Retro Sunglasses
Jimmy Choo 59mm Aviator Sunglasses

Adrianna Papell Pleated Crepe Dress
Olivia Moon Knit Blazer
Caslon One-Button Knit Blazer
Lush Cuff Sleeve Woven Tee
Lush Knit Maxi Dress
Eliza J Print Jersey Shift Dress

Ann Taylor
50% Off Full-Price Purchase & Extra 40% Off Sale Styles through 5/31 with SUMMER50

Additional 30% off all sale items, in stores and online through 5/30

Banana Republic
40% off everything with BRTAKE40 through 5/30

30% off clothing, 40% off shoes and accessories, 50% off Factory Styles

Take an extra 20% off select sale & clearance items througth 5/30 with BROWNBAG

Up to 80% off Memorial Day Weekend Sale! Extra 20% off with MDW20 through 5/31

Diane Von Furstenberg
30% off select styles and all sale with SUMMER30 through 5/30

40% off most items through 5/30
15% Off your Purchase with 9492 through 5/31

35% off everything code EVENT through 5/27

Henri Bendel
Celebrating their birthday, exclusive bash on Friday night with deals, special deals each day through June 5th!

J Crew
30% Off Your Purchase with code WEEKEND through 5/31

J Crew Factory
50% off everything, plus 40% off sale with the code EXTRA40

20% off sale with code MD2016 through 5/30

L.K. Bennett

Save an Extra 30% Off All Sale Items with MD2016 through 5/30

60% Off Summer Faves & All Sale Styles + 40% Off New Arrivals through 5/31

Extra 20% off Memorial Day Sale + Free Shipping at $50 with MEMDAY through 5/30

Old Navy
Extra 50% All Tees, Tanks, Swim, Shorts through 6/3

Rag & Bone
50% Off Select Spring Product until supplies gone

Ramy Brook
Additional 25% Off with SUMMER through 5/31

Trina Turk
Additional 20% Off All Sale Merchandise through 5/31

Vineyard Vines
Additional 30% off sale with code SUMMER16

White House Black Market
40% off summer sale

Burt's Bees BB Cream Review and Swatches

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Burt's Bees BB Cream Review and Swatches

I've been getting a lot of requests lately for my recommendations for a lower priced complete makeup kit. I've done a few of those in the past, and I'll post a few in the next few weeks, but I thought it made sense to actually post a full review of one of the products that I know will be featured in those kits, and that I seem to be recommending a lot lately. Yes, it's a drugstore BB cream that works just as well as my favorite luxe BB creams. And it is from Burt's Bees!

Read on to learn more about this BB Cream and why I love it so much.

Summer Renewal and Beyond with Aveeno

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Summer Renewal and Beyond with Aveeno

There's some excitement around my home the last few weeks. Why? Because the weather is finally consistently warm and sunny! While we didn't have a bad winter this year in Michigan, it has felt like the process of really warming up and keeping away the overcast gloom has taken a bit longer than usual. I've been sharing a few of my product picks for the spring time, but it's time to share some great picks for the summer!

This summer will have a lot more outdoor time for my family than ever before, and a lot of that will be spent swimming. While pool time as a mom of two little girls is pretty different than pool time of about 6 years ago, I do still like to look a little cute! I have some product picks to help me look my best and recover from my time in the sun.

Lifestyle Changes to Treat Your Rosacea

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Note: This is a sponsored post. I’m participating in the Break Up with Your Makeup contest sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, L.P. You should discuss any medications with your doctor.

Lifestyle Changes to Treat Your Rosacea

While it might be obvious that the health and lifestyle can affect your skin, it can be surprising to learn just how many of your day-to-day choices are reflected in your skin. Want an extra cup of coffee? Skipped your sunscreen? Was it a bit windy out when you were outside gardening? All of those small things can have a big effect on your skin!

Since small lifestyle changes can make a big difference in the appearance of your skin, which ones should you concentrate on? Will you get more "bang for your buck" by wearing sunscreen every day or avoiding caffeine? Here are 5 changes you can make if you have rosacea and want to improve your skin.

1. Wear Sunscreen Daily
We've all heard dermatologists say that you should be wearing a sunscreen every day, but how many of us actually do it?

"Since sun exposure has been identified as the #1 rosacea trigger, it’s especially important to remember to apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher as part of your daily routine,” says Dr. Doris Day, a board certified dermatologist and Galderma consultant in New York City.

Many of us rely upon the sun protection in our makeup, however we don't typically apply enough product to reach the full SPF value of the product. Instead, look for a gentle sunscreen that you can apply as the last step in your skin care routine each morning, underneath your makeup. The average face needs roughly a teaspoon of sunscreen to achieve the correct amount of coverage. Apply the sunscreen and allow it to have a few minutes to set up, and apply your makeup over the top.

2. Keep a Symptom Diary
Because your skin's health is a reflection of many factors, it can be difficult to sort out what is causing your skin to flush and rosacea to flare up. If you're unsure of your triggers, try keeping a diary tracking your skin's condition with common triggers.

“Food, temperature and other environmental factors can trigger a rosacea flare-up. I recommend that patients keep a trigger journal to track how their skin reacts to these types of triggers and try to avoid them, whenever possible.”

3. Be Consistent in Your Routine
It is very tempting to just fall in to bed after a long day at work, but you should resist that urge! You need to be consistent in your skin care routine, washing off dirt and makeup every night as well as using your medications and skin care treatments. One night off from your skin care routine can result in clogged pores and a flare in your rosacea which could last for days or longer. Spend the extra few minutes to take off your makeup every night.

4. Pay Attention to Your Skin
Even though I currently have a skin care routine that works well, I do pay attention very closely to the condition of my skin and adjust things accordingly. For example, if my skin is feeling a bit drier, I will add in a little extra hydration with a few drops of a face oil. If I notice that my skin is a little more sensitive, I will back off on my treatments and use them every 3 nights instead of every 2 nights until my skin calms down.

5. Build in Backups
While it is easy to say you'll wear sunscreen every day, actually remembering to apply it every morning is something completely different! I've found that it is easiest to make lifestyle changes when you make it easy to remember. For example, I group all of my skin care together in my bathroom, and it is all next to my toothbrush so I am unlikely to forget it. I also have made it a habit to wear sun protective clothing and hats when I'm outside, so if I have forgotten to apply sunscreen that morning, I lessen my exposure.

If these lifestyle changes don’t work for you, it may be time to visit a dermatologist to learn more about potential treatment options, like Mirvaso® (brimonidine) Topical Gel, 0.33%*, which is great for treating the persistent facial redness of rosacea, or Soolantra® (ivermectin) Cream, 1%, a once-daily, prescription topical treatment for the inflammatory lesions (bumps and pimples) of rosacea.

If you have rosacea, or think you do, visit the Break Up with Your Makeup page to learn more about rosacea and treatment options. While you’re there, you can enter for a chance to win an all-expenses paid spa getaway for two in sunny Los Angeles.

Important Safety Information – Mirvaso® Topical Gel
Indication: MIRVASO® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33%* is an alpha adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older. Adverse Events: In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (>1%) included erythema, flushing, skin burning sensation and contact dermatitis.

Warnings/Precautions: MIRVASO Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud's phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sj√∂gren’s syndrome. Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure. MIRVASO Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease. Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of MIRVASO Gel by children have been reported. Keep MIRVASO Gel out of reach of children. Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use.

*Each gram of gel contains 5 mg of brimonidine tartrate, equivalent to 3.3 mg of brimonidine free base
Full prescribing information.

Important Safety Information – Soolantra® Cream
Indication: SOOLANTRA® (ivermectin) Cream, 1% is indicated for the treatment of inflammatory lesions of rosacea. Not for oral, ophthalmic or intravaginal use. Adverse Events: In clinical trials with SOOLANTRA Cream, the most common adverse reactions (incidence < 1 %) included skin burning sensation and skin irritation. Full prescribing information.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit
WWW.FDA.GOV/MEDWATCH or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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