Thursday, November 27, 2014

Beauty Bloggers and Their Favorite BB and CC Creams

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Recently I shared the favorite foundations of my beauty blogging friends, today I'm sharing their BB and CC Creams! I admit that I rarely use a full foundation now, I just love the ease of combining multiple steps into one product. A great cream can be your daily lotion, SPF, anti-aging serum, foundation and sometimes even concealer! It's a huge time saver for this mommy.

"I also love Missha's BB Creams (1, get it here), which give skin a gorgeous finish and stellar coverage."
- Sheila Arkee from Painted Ladies

"Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream (1, get it here). This is one of the original BB creams and has been around for ages. Unlike some products that slap on the BB label and are really nothing more than tinted moisturizers, this is the real deal. It covers imperfections, adds in anti-aging ingredients, and has a high SPF."
- Carleen from Beauty and Fashion Tech

"One of my faves is Amarté Natural Finish BB Cream SPF 36 (2, get it here). It has a lovely, satin finish that adds a subtle healthy-skin glow without the unwanted shine and the formula provides medium buildable coverage that evens out my complexion beautifully and covers up most of the imperfections."
- Harshleen from BeautyTidbits

"I have very sensitive skin with a bit of rosacea so when I found one that my skin likes, I stick with it. I use CoverGirl Smoothers BB Cream (3, get it here). It is not high enough SPF for outdoor activities but its perfect for workdays and errands."
- Deb from No-Nonsense Beauty Blog

"Currently my favorite BB Cream is the Tarte BB Tinted Treatment (4, get it here). This multi-tasking BB Cream helps create the appearance of natural-looking, flawless skin, as it contains a primer, moisturizer, light foundation, anti-aging treatment, and sunscreen."
- Christina-Lauren from Inspirations & Celebrations

"Cover FX BB Gel (5, get it here)."
- Nidia from Lit From Within

"Cover FX CC Cream (6, get it here). It provides the perfect amount of coverage for me and looks amazing when applied with a damp beauty blender. I wear shade N-Light mixed with Face Atelier Zero Minus Ultra Foundation (, get it here) for a perfect shade match."
- Courtney from Phyrra

"IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50 (7, get it here) - This CC cream offers buildable, medium to full coverage with a dewy finish that I love! It takes care of any redness and my acne scars or dark spots almost completely without looking like I’m wearing a ton of makeup."
- Harshleen from BeautyTidbits

"IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ (7, here)."
- Jessika from Polish Insomniac

"I like the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream (8, get it here). It's light, more like a tinted moisturizer, but gives good coverage and is buildable."
- Danielle from The Mani-ac

"My favorite bb cream is Garnier Skin Renew in light/medium (9, get it here or here). That stuff's amazing, and the only foundation type product I wear. I've never been into true foundations and it took me a while to accept tinted moisturizers, even, but this is light, natural, and never cakey. I don't know how close it is to the original Asian bb creams but for this gal, it's perfect."
- Liesl from Liesl Loves Pretty Things

"I don't use foundation - but if I am looking to use a BB Cream, Garnier BB Cream (9, get it here) is a favorite. I've tried a few others, but find they often do not go well against my skin tone."
- Honeygirl from Honeygirl's World

"This is a tough one since I really like a lot of BB formulas. I would have to say my favourite is Kiehl's Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream with SPF 50 (10, get it here), but I also really like Dior's Diorskin Nude BB Creme (12, get it here)."
Sandra D. from Mom's Makeup Stash

"I'm obsessed with the Pond's BB Cream (11, get it here). It has quite a bit of coverage for a BB Cream, but it is super easy to use! I can just smear it on my face and let it sink in while I dry my hair. I barely need to blend it at all, and the finish is pretty flawless."
- Christine (me!), 15 Minute Beauty


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The Best 2014 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

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The Best 2014 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

I'm a shopper (have you noticed? I seriously love to shop), and every year the on-line shopping around Thanksgiving is my favorite! Like previous years, I've been watching many of my favorite stores for sales and deals, and I'll be sharing the information with you! Below is the information about some of my favorite sales, and I've even picked out a few of my favorites for you. Note that this is the best info I have gotten (Usually from PR reps or the stores sending out info), but it may or may not be completely accurate. I'll be updating as I get more information, and note that some of these sales have already started!

Click through for the huge list of sales and Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

60 Second Updo: Scünci Hollywood Roll

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Quick and Easy updo in 60 seconds with the Scunci Hollywood Roll

Now that I'm on my maternity leave (both from the real job and my little blogging one, most of the content recently was pre-written during my third trimester), I seem to be busier than ever! Most of my time is taken up with my new arrival, but I've also been getting ready for the holidays. With time at a premium, you can imagine that I have even less time to get ready each morning!

Getting my hair up and out of my face is one of the things I can't skip in the morning, but a ponytail definitely gets old after a while! So, I've been looking for items like this, the Scünci Hollywood Roll, which creates an updo in about 60 seconds! It is also perfect for a quick day to night change or for a holiday party.

Scunci Hollywood Roll Tutorial

The Hollywood Roll is super easy to use. You put the headband on your head so that the roll is in the lower back. Note that the pretty headband is on my forehead to keep it more stable while I'm doing my hair, you can keep it there or move it back later on.

You start by pulling hair from underneath the band, wrapping it up and over to behind the band. I fully wrapped the first few sections of hair, but afterwards I simply pulled up my hair and stuffed it behind the band. Rolling all of the hair isn't necessary and takes quite a bit of time (see the video below). Once your hair is where you want it, you can move the headband up.


The end result is an updo that takes under 60 seconds! I took the images below after wearing the Hollywood Roll all day, you can see that my hair stayed put!

Easy and fast tutorial for Downton Abbey hair

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Best Drugstore Lippies

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The Best Drugstore Lippies!  Lipsticks, lipstains and lip balms that you need! via @15minbeauty

Sheila Arkee from Painted Ladies
"I am stuck on 1. Wet n Wild Mega Last Matte lipstick in Think Pink. What a gorgeous pink. I have a few of these stashed in different locations!"

Brooke from Blushing Noir
"The 2. Milani Power Lip in Creamy Cafe. It's a liquid lippie, but it counts!"

Nidia from Lit From Within
"3. Burt's Bees Starry Night lip gloss. Beautiful berry color!"

Prime Beauty
"4. Maybelline Color Whisper in Pin Up Peach!"

Jamie Allison Sanders from The Beauty of Life
"5. Bonne Bell Lip Smackers in every single flavor (but especially Dr. Pepper, Watermelon and Vanilla)."

Alyson from The Gloss Menagerie
"Revlon Lip Butters in 6. Tutti Frutti and 7. Pink Truffle."

Harshleen from BeautyTidbits
"Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters. And my favorite shade is 8. Peach Parfait...it's such a gorgeous pinky-peach with subtle shimmer."

Sandra D. from Mom's Makeup Stash
"I live in Canada and am in LOVE with the 9. Lip Lacquers by Gosh Cosmetics. They come in really cool glass bottles that resemble nail polish and have such a nice consistency without being sticky. My favourite everyday shade is "Innocent Lips" but if I'm looking for a bolder colour I usually reach for Crispy Lips!"

Liesl from Liesl Loves Pretty Things
"10. Maybelline Vivids in Infra-red, hands down. It was a limited edition release last spring but can still be found in stores, on occasion. I'm stockpiling it. It's the most perfect, comfortable, creamy shade of orangey-red and it'll be a sad day when I have to go hunt down a company to custom make me a copy of it."

Miranda from Slashed Beauty
"I've been extremely impressed with the 11. NYC Expert Last Lip Colors, which debuted at the beginning of 2014. They are super pigmented, comfortable to wear, and have a decent wear time for just under $2. The shades range from bold pops of color to neutral every-day shades; there's one for everybody!"

Courtney from Phyrra
"The 12. NYX Butter Lipsticks, Razzle and Hunk are my favorites."

Linda from Beautzy Blog
"I'm obsessed with 12. NYX Butter Lipsticks. They're lightweight and creamy, and they can be layered depending on how much color you want to add to your lips."

Carleen from Beauty and Fashion Tech
"13. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream. This is an awesome product! It goes on with rich color and wears through eating and drinking. I wear it a ton-more than many of my expensive lip products. San Paulo and Ibiza are my top two colors."

Makeup Artist Norah Salazar from Norah Loves Makeup
"14. Revlon Just Bitten moisture pencils are amazing, a balance of sheer with color, what more can a girl ask for?"


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Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Reads

Check out Prime Beauty's list of The Best Beauty Gifts Under $25!

Grab your sneakers and go! It's time to streak with Urban Decay Naked on the Run Palette Review and Tutorial by Phyrra.

If you ever wondered whether Urban Decay Stray Dog and Suspect were dupes for Burberry Midnight Brown and Pale Barley, then take a look at their glimmering swatches, and review on Lola's Secret Beauty Blog. I think you will agree that all four shades are gorgeous, but would you consider them similar enough to justify having all four?

It's that time again – holiday gift giving. Beauty Info Zone has several gift guides to help you choose. If you know a Glam Girl then check this one out but if your list has more Practical Fashionistas then we can help you there too.

If Guerlain Un Soir à l’Opéra is the collection Sunny from Mostly Sunny was looking forward to the most, Burberry Winter Glow has turned out to be the best surprise! Come check out the swatches of 6 drool-worthy pieces!

The Painted Rogue is addicted to both ballet and pretty pink-coral lip products! This week she's combining the two with a tale of the adorable Ballet Monster who gave her a Lancôme Lip Lover in Rose Contretemps!

Pammy Blogs Beauty has found the perfect tool for super quick and easy hair volume that lasts: the VOLOOM!

Perilously Pale shows us her favorite Holiday Eyeshadow Palettes and will have you drooling!

Find out why China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose you is the lastest polish to make polish insomniac's Top 20 List!