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Beauty Reads from The Beauty Spotlight Team

I've been on the go like crazy this week, lots of things with my kiddos, work, getting ready for the holidays... You name it! I have a bunch of things in the works, including a ton of "best of" lists over on eBay. Watch for a lot of posts starting on Monday! In the meantime, here are some great posts to checkout from some of my favorite beauty bloggers!


Pammy Blogs Beauty has jumped on the Essential Oils bandwagon and she is obsessed! Check out her DIY for her Lemon Sugar Scrub and more with oils and ingredients from the Vitamin Shoppe.

Prime Beauty found 10 fabulous beauty stocking stuffers for under $25. Read her list now!

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog's has discovered Boxwalla’s incredible green beauty subscription boxes, and is obsessed with the luxe treasures from these elegant, and beautifully curated collections.

Phyrra put together a mega gift guide! 1000+ Gift Ideas for Everyone on your list.

If you missed out on the NARS NARSISSIST Unfiltered Cheek Palettes - don't worry! They're coming back SOON and Blushing Noir has all of the details here!

If you love ready to go gift packages then you'll love the Beekman 1802 Gift Bundle giveaway on Beauty Info Zone.

In case you’re considering giving an affordable beauty subscription for the holidays, Allison from Never Say Die Beauty does a head to head comparison of three well-known monthly beauty bags and boxes: Birchbox, Ipsy and Sephora Play.

Amber from daydreaming beauty has fallen in love with I Heart Juicy Couture Perfume this Fall. If you love a good sultry floriental, you’ll want to check this fragrance out.

The ColourPop Holiday Liquid Lipsticks are what Shipra of Taneja's Bride is crushing on!!

15 Minute Beauty shares her step by step CoverGirl tutorial to get you holiday ready.

Looking for a great winter eye balm? Justina's Gems has discovered One Love Organics Vitamin E Eye Balm that amps up the moisture. See for yourself.

Looking for radiance this holiday season? Perilously Pale shares her idea of perfect radiance with Burberry Beauty Festive 2016 Collection and you'll want them once you see these.

Facing the Christmas Card with CoverGirl's Simply Ageless

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Easy holiday makeup tutorial with CoverGirl

The Christmas Card... I know I'm not the only mom who kind of dreads taking the pictures for this every year. I have 2 little girls, and they are adorable, but me? Not so much always. Sure, I have a beauty blog, but that kind of increases the expectations, doesn't it? Instead, I'm a normal woman with undereye bags and circles, and sometimes my complexion is less than glowy. That's especially true if I've been on call recently for work or my girls have been waking me up in the middle of the night. So, I'm understandably a bit nervous about taking pictures that I'll send out to everyone I know! I thought this was a great look to tackle a collaboration with COVERGIRL + Olay featuring their Simply Ageless line.

This year, I've decided to go for a classic makeup look, it is one that would work for my Christmas Cards, going out for dinner or any formal occasion that you need to look great! For this, I want a neutral, glowy look but not shimmery skin – neutral eyeshadow that put the focus on my eyes and not my makeup, and, most importantly, pretty lips..

To get this look I used:
• COVERGIRL Simply Ageless Anti-Aging Foundation Primer
• COVERGIRL Simply Ageless 3-in-1 Liquid Foundation
• COVERGIRL + Olay The De-Puffer
• COVERGIRL Tru Blend Bronzer
• COVERGIRL Tru Blend Blush in 100 Light Rose
• COVERGIRL Eye Shadow in 700 Go for the Golds
• COVERGIRL Tru Naked Waterproof Eyeliner Duo in Cashmere/Espresso
• COVERGIRL Lashblast Volume Mascara
• COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear + Moisture in 900 Phantom Pink


Easy holiday makeup tutorial with CoverGirl

For this look, I started out with a freshly washed face. I apply the Simply Ageless Anti-Aging Foundation Primer all over my face, very similar to a lotion. It's white, but looks transparent on my skin. It sinks into my skin completely, and I can't even tell that it's there! The formula contains a lot of anti-aging ingredients such as anti-oxidants that will help my skin in the long term. But my favorite part of the formula is that it is very hydrating, which creates a canvas for an ageless finish and helps my foundation look much smoother when I apply it.


Easy holiday makeup tutorial with CoverGirl

Next I used the Simply Ageless 3-in-1 Liquid Foundation. This foundation looks swirled in the bottle, but is a solid foundation color when you pump it out. It also has a very hydrating feel, and is a medium to full coverage. I typically apply it with my fingertips all over my face and then use a kabuki style foundation brush to buff it out. It is more moisturizing that other foundations that I've used, so it is perfect if you have drier skin!


Easy holiday makeup tutorial with CoverGirl

Next I use the concealer under my eyes to help cover up the little bit of residual under eye circles that you can still see. I love that this concealer has depuffing ingredients to help make my eyes (bonus: the unique cooling tip feels so refreshing) look immediately more awake as well! I apply it in a triangle under my eyes and then use my kabuki brush again to blend it out. This triangle shape blends into my skin better than a half moon, so I always apply my concealer this way.


Easy holiday makeup tutorial with CoverGirl

Next it's time to apply my eye shadows! I start with the lightest color in the Go for the Golds quad, which I apply all over my lid up and onto the brow bone. I then take the 2nd color, a pretty bronze-gold shade, and this goes over the light color, up to my crease over my entire mobile lid. I finish shadows with the 3rd color, I apply this with a slightly looser brush just to my crease and a little to my outer corner.


Easy holiday makeup tutorial with CoverGirl

Once the shadow is on, I apply liner to my upper lash line. Because I was up a lot the night before this makeup tutorial, I had some pretty dark circles. I always avoid lining my lower lash line on those days, instead opting to add some emphasis with just mascara alone. When applying liner, I draw it at the very base of my lashes, and then I will go over the liner with a smudge brush.


Easy holiday makeup tutorial with CoverGirl

I used LashBlast Volume Mascara on both my upper and lower lash lines, being sure to really apply to every single lash! I love how it makes my lashes look very full.


Easy holiday makeup tutorial with CoverGirl

Once my eyes are done, it's time to add some glow to my face! I start with the bronzer, which is a pretty light color (perfect for my pale skin) with a bit of shimmer. I apply it underneath my cheekbone, and then along the sides of my face.


Easy holiday makeup tutorial with CoverGirl

For blush, I apply first to the apple of my cheek, and then I lightly sweep back toward my hair line.


Easy holiday makeup tutorial with CoverGirl

I finish up with lipstick! I am opting to use a more subtle pink, though a dark red would also be beautiful for holiday pictures. I've found that since my lips are thin, I prefer to call attention to my eyes for such formal photographs.


Easy holiday makeup tutorial with CoverGirl

I love my completed look! It is approachable and pretty, but more polished than an every day "normal" look for me. Despite getting a lot of phone calls the night before, I look awake and my skin looks great!


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What is the Best Smelling Body Wash? I Took the Suave® Fragrance Challenge/Sniff Test to Find Out

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The Best Smelling Body Wash? I Take the Suave Scent Test

I know I can't be the only one that is very picky about my body wash. With so many amazing body washes on the market, I want one that has a great lather, washes me without stripping my skin of essential moisture, and smells great. Most body washes do just great with the first two criteria, but it's the third that always seems to be an issue. I don't have a big preference about what kind of scent, but whether it is citrus, a fresh scent or something warmer, I want my body wash to smell good. I don't want my body wash to be overpowering, or more importantly, to smell artificial.

I partnered with Suave® and was just sent a really fun kit in the mail from Suave with 3 different blinded tests. Completely unlabeled, the tests contained body washes of similar scents from Bath & Body Works® versus Suave Essentials®. The idea is that I smell them and see which I prefer – Suave or a premium brand like Bath & Body Works®. I did this on video since I felt it would be fun to see how I really felt. I didn't think my face was quite this expressive! Be sure to adjust your volume so you can hear me.





The Best Smelling Body Wash? I Take the Suave Scent Test
So the winners were.... all Suave! I definitely preferred the Suave body wash scents over Bath & Body Works®. I admit that I'm often a Suave body wash girl, though I haven't used any of these scents recently. I'm mostly a Mango Mandarin girl. And I think I need to work Ocean Breeze into my rotation as well! I love that I can buy about six of them for the same price as a Bath & Body Works® body wash!

What are your favorite body wash scents? Let me know in the comments!


You can find Suave Body Washes at Walmart. Learn more from Suave on the Suave Website, their Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest or Instagram.

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The Beauty Spotlight Team: The Best from Paula's Choice

The Best Products from Paula's Choice

Lisa shares her Paula Begoun obsession as well as her top five favorites from Paula's Choice - take a look at what she thinks are the absolute essentials for great skin!

My Favorite Quick Hair Treatment for Breakage: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Strong Conditioning Treatment Review

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My Favorite Quick Hair Treatment for Breakage: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle in Strong Review

If you've read my site for a while, you're likely a bit tired of me mentioning this product. Time and time again, I've brought up this amazingly fast, intensive hair treatment. Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle Strong Conditioning Treatment has been featured in a solo product review, round ups of the best drugstore beauty products and hair masks, and products that I repurchase over and over again. I've had countless discussions with friends and coworkers about this hair mask, I've gotten quite a few of them hooked on it as well!

Why do I like it so much? While this deep conditioner doesn't take any more time than using a regular conditioner, it does the job of a much longer hair treatment. Instead of needing to plan ahead and grease up my hair for 30-90 minutes before taking a shower, I can simply swap out the 3 Minute Miracle Strong Conditioning Treatment for my regular conditioner once I'm in the shower.

The results of 3 Minute Miracle Strong Conditioning Treatment are exactly what I look for in an intensive hair treatment. I see the results I want, but my hair is never over treated or weighed down. All of that, and I haven't even mentioned the amazing price point!

Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle comes in 5 different variations: Moist, Strong, Smooth, Shine, and Color. When I talk about 3 Minute Miracle, I almost always talk about the Moist conditioner. I love it because it adds just the right amount of moisture to my dry hair without making it greasy or weighed down. Adding that extra bit of hydration smooths frizz and fly aways, makes my hair look healthier and more shiny, not to mention easier to style.

As much as I obsess over Moist, I don't always need a little extra moisture added to my hair. Sometimes my hair has a few split ends, I've been outside in the sun and wind, or my curling iron has been turned up a little too high. All of that damage adds up, and my hair can show it pretty easily. So, I recently tried out the Strong version of 3 Minute Miracle, and it seems to be exactly what I need when my hair is damaged. Just like with the Moist version, I swap out Strong for my regular conditioner in the shower. The end result is hair that looks healthier, styles easily and I swear it seems to tolerate all of the abuse I put it through just a little bit better.


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