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The Beauty Spotlight team: Justina's Favorites

Justina's Favorites

Throughout the years of trying beauty products, many of us reach for the same products over and over. As a beauty blogger, we try so many things that we don't often don't try or buy things more than once. When we do, you know it's good! Check out Justina's Gems five favorite staples and repurchases on her blog today.

The Best Memorial Day Sales 2017

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It's been a while since I shared a shopping post, and with so many Memorial Day Weekend sales starting early, I had to share my favorite finds! Note that things are already selling out, so you need to move somewhat quickly. I'll share my favorites from each sale as I check them out. Happy Shopping!

7 For All Mankind

$100 off $300+ with code LONGWEEKEND




Ann Taylor

40% off full price and extra 50% off sale styles with code SUMMER



Anthropologie

Big Memorial Day Sale!




Athleta

20% off solid swim through 5/28 with code DIVEIN


Banana Republic

40% off with code BRSUMMER through 5/30




Boden

30% off and free shipping





Diane Von Furstenberg

Big Memorial Day Sale, plus 20% off existing sale items with code SUMMER20




Draper James

Extra 30% off sale, ends Monday




Eddie Bauer

40% off your entire purchase (including clearance!) with code HONOR


GAP

Up to 50% off everything (priced as marked), plus 20% additional off with code MORE

J Crew

Memorial Day Sale Event, 30% off select full priced items with code SWEET through May 29, 2017, 11:59pm ET.




LOFT

40% off everything (except Lou and Grey) with code VACAY



Macy's

Earn $5 Macy's Cash for every $25 you spend
15-20% off select departments with code SUNNY




Nordstrom

Half Yearly Sale! The shoes were especially amazing this year, I had so many in my cart!






Saks Off 5th

Extra 20% off Direct from Saks with code 48HOURS



Extra 30% off Swim and Cover-Ups




Splendid

30% off everything including sale with code SUMMER30




Stuart Weitzman

40% off spring styles




T3

Save up to $125 off hair tools!



Vineyard Vines

Extra 30% off sale with code SUMMER17


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The Best Volumizing Dry Shampoo: Herbal Essences Bio Renew Dry Shampoo

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The Best Volumizing Dry Shampoo: Herbal Essences Bio Renew Dry Shampoo

Back in March, I shared my favorite drugstore hair products, and I was pretty surprised by how many I really do use! I think of myself as a hair product snob, I often spend a lot of money on my hair, and I don't feel remotely guilty about it. But, I've slowly collected quite a few drugstore price point hair products, and I reach for them all the time. Often instead of much more expensive products!

One of my absolute favorites is this dry shampoo from Herbal Essences, which I felt deserved a full blog post in addition to the mention in the drugstore round up. Here's what I said about it in the post:

I just got this dry shampoo, and I'm obsessed! Expect a full post on just this dry shampoo soon! It does a great job of soaking up oils, it does add a lot of volume, and it doesn't look powdery at all on my hair. But the best part really is the smell! Hands down, this is the best dry shampoo ever. Ever. I have no idea what Mosa Mint is, but to me this dry shampoo has some peach scent, more like a sophisticated white peach. I love that!

Since that post, I've finished one can of the dry shampoo and I'm on to a second one. Yes, I repurchased it. Actually, I bought 2 cans, 1 to use and 1 as a back up. I do not want to run out!

After using this dry shampoo for a while, I still love it. Yes, it smells absolutely amazing. No, it doesn't turn my hair white, even when I use a lot of it. It does soak up quite a bit of oil, but my hair still has nice shine. Just, not too much shine from being oily, if that makes sense.

One thing that I really have noticed is that this is a volumizing dry shampoo. This dry shampoo adds more texture and "grit" than others, adding a lot of volume to my hair, which I love because I sometimes have issue keeping styles in my hair due to how silky it can be. That also means that you can really feel the product in there, but really.... if you've styled your hair you shouldn't be running your fingers through it all the time anyways!

(If you can't keep your fingers out of your hair and want a dry shampoo that you can't feel, you need to check out the Living Proof Dry Shampoo instead, read more about it here.)

This dry shampoo is one that I've been telling everyone about! If your hair is fine, needs added volume, or oily, you should grab one the next time you're at the store. You won't regret it!

Buy Herbal Essences Bio Renew Dry Shampoo at Amazon or Walgreen's
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This product was sent by PR for consideration. I've already repurchased it on my own...

Just the Right Glow: CoverGirl TruBlend Blush and Bronzer Swatch and Review

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CoverGirl TruBlend Blush and Bronzer Swatch and Review

Have you seen these? I've overlooked them for a looong time at the drugstore. When I shouldn't have. It took CoverGirl sending them to me (for a sponsored post in the fall) for me to really notice them. You can check out that sponsored post here, but they've been quietly sitting here on my vanity, being used frequently, ever since. Because they're kind of amazing.

One of the first things you might notice is that they look a bit... familiar? They remind me a lot of the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish and Mineralize Blush. I don't use a lot of MAC face products, but anything marbleized with shimmery metallic screams "MINERALIZE" to me. There's a reason those MAC products have stuck around for so long, is that they're just so pretty. Super pretty, they make you glowy, they last all day... you get the picture. They're classics for a reason.

These CoverGirl TruBlends do remind me a lot of the Mineralize products, though they are a little less pigmented and they don't last quite as long. Think 10 hours instead of 12-14 hours. But, they are just as pretty. And they cost a fraction of the MAC products.

CoverGirl TruBlend Blush and Bronzer Swatch and Review
bronze, light rose, deep mauve

One thing to notice is that the bronzer is pretty golden, and all three do have a subtle shimmer that is just enough to catch the light and look glowy. This means that you'll get a great sunkissed look with this bronzer, but it wouldn't work for contouring. As well, even though I'm pretty fair, I mostly use the deep mauve color. With a slightly larger blush brush, this gives me a very pretty look!


TruBlend Baked Powder Blush at Amazon, ULTA or Target
TruBlend Baked Powder Bronzer at Amazon, ULTA or Target

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The Weekend Beauty Reads from The Beauty Spotlight Team


Jane Iredale Bronzers in Rose Dawn and Peaches & Cream received rave reviews from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog, and with one look at the swatches you will understand why!

Ding dong, Avon calling! Color me impressed with the updated color rich Avon True Color Nourishing Lipsticks! Read Prime Beauty's review and see swatches.

Do you love giving/receiving gift sets? Check out this SCENTsational FarmHouse Fresh Goods This Bunny Loves You Gift Set from Shipra of Taneja's Bride

Phyrra shares the Best Goth Home Decor she found on Amazon.

What do you know about LATHER's natural and cruelty-free products? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty shares some finds that she thinks you'll love as much as she does.

Are you plagued with pores you want to wish away? 15 Minute Beauty has some products that can help you fight the plague.

Perfect cosmetics from PUR Cosmetics are on Notes From My Dressing Table's vanity and you don't want to miss them.

Bath time has never been better for Lisa of Beauty Info Zone now that Kniepp has entered her life. Ahhhh, relax.

Are you ready to feel more beautiful and confident by not only learning the proper techniques for flattering and youthful makeup application, but also learning how to feel more positive about your own beauty and your life at the same time? Realizing Beauty has launched a new program that will empower you to own your beauty and take control of your happiness.

Visit Blushing Noir to learn about her surprise of the month from Urban Decay.

Pammy Blogs Beauty says cover it with a new concealer from Mally.

Justina's Gems helps you pick out the most flattering Neutral Lip Shade with a little help from Bite Beauty.
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