Tuesday, August 19, 2014

10 Best Natural Foundations

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10 Best Natural Foundations

With the advances being made in makeup, it is getting easier and easier to get perfect, flawless and natural looking skin, no matter how what your skin issue. I've pulled together some of my favorite foundations, they range from super light to full coverage, they come at almost every price point, but they all blend out to look very natural.

1. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup (review): This foundation blends very easily, and you can layer it to go from a light/medium coverage up to full.

2. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer (review): This is the lightest coverage of the bunch, it is super light. This is just enough coverage to even out my skin in the summer time, many of my friends use it when they're tan.

3. L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup: This foundation comes in a great variety of shades and it seems to work for almost everyone. It is a medium coverage but layers to increase the coverage easily.

4. Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation (review): This foundation is a light medium coverage, there's a bit of shimmer to make it more radiant.

5. Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation: I just started using this, and it is super easy to vary the amount of coverage with this foundation! Just use a smaller or bigger brush.

6. Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation (review): A medium to full coverage foundation, the coverage can be varied with wetting down the sponge you're applying with.

7. Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation (review): Similar to the Urban Decay, but I think a little lighter coverage.

8. Revlon Colorstay Foundation: This is every makeup artist's drugstore pick, at least from the interviews I conduct! It's definitely a great one to try out is you have combination or oily skin.

9. L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder (review): This is great in the summer, it is super lightweight and when you apply the liquid turns into a very light layer of powder.

10. CoverGirl TruBlend Liquid Makeup (review): This is my favorite drugstore foundation. It blends very easily for medium coverage.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

What's Your Goal? Finding Inspiration in Your Morning Shower

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Sometimes I wonder if I'm the only one that spends her morning shower planning things. I stand in the water and plan my day. I decide what I'll wear that day at work, running errands or hanging out with my husband and 3-year-old daughter. I plan 15 Minute Beauty posts and brainstorm ideas for my Babble posts.

I also love to think about what my plans are for the next 5-10 years. I'm currently 6 months pregnant with daughter number 2, and my husband and I have a vision of what our family life will be like when our girls are a little bit older. We have decided that because we both have somewhat flexible work schedules, we will become the family that travels together. Not all of our plans are grandiose, though we do want to travel to Europe and Australia. Our list of getaways includes short weekend trips around the Midwest such as Petosky, Michigan and across the border to Toronto. Family trips don't need to be every weekend, but we're hoping to get out of Ann Arbor every 3 months or so.

What do my morning shower imaginings have to do with beauty? Skintimate wants women everywhere to wake up each morning with an inspired start, just like me! Skintimate Shave Gel is part of my morning routine, and has been for years. I'm usually a Raspberry Rain girl, but the new Mandarin Burst scent, "a refreshing citrus scent of mandarins, lemons and limes,” is probably going to break me out of that routine. For years, Skintimate has been my favorite shave gel. I've tried other products, but always come back to Skintimate because it is more hydrating and I get a closer shave with the super rich lather.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Reads

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog had a swatchfest with the Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadows because they are utterly delectable!

Carrie from eyeliner on a cat shares what she's Currently Loving from two of her favorite brands, Atopalm and Korres.

Mostly Sunny is a junkie for gel liner in pencil form. She has tried one that she likes, she has tried another that she hates. The new Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner however, is pure love!

Prime Beauty has fallen HARD for the new LORAC PRO Palette 2, take a look at her swatches and you will fall too!

Splurge or Steal? The Pink Sith has a brief list of beauty items where you can save tons of cash and still look amazing!

Back to school time has got Jessika from polish insomniac in the mood to get Back To Basics with her eye makeup! Check out her favorite purchases in this week's Friday Favorites!

Sometimes, catacombs are full of the risen dead. Sometimes, they're full of shiny lipstick loot! The Painted Rogue has been loving some luxury with three Guerlain Rouge Automatiques! But then, who doesn't love a lipstick that leaves your lips feeling soft and hydrated?

When you just gotta shop there's always the drugstore. See what Beauty Info Zone likes to spend money on when that urge comes on.

Christa at Perilously Pale has been busy reviewing all five looks in the extensive Dior Fall 2014 Colour Collection. Check out one of her favourites for everyday, Bar Grey.

Japanesque launches a gorgeous new collection of primers! Pammy Blogs Beauty tries them out and realizes that she is a primer-girl after all!

Need help choosing a neutral companion? Phyrra compares Urban Decay Pulp Fiction vs. Naked Basics vs. Naked 2 Basics so you can choose the best palette for your skintone!

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Best Hair and Skin Products from Suave

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I've been working on today's post for a while. In between product testings, sometimes even I run out of products to use, so I've been slowly working my way through the options from Suave. I'll grab a lotion or body wash here and there, usually while I'm at the grocery store (yes, for me that is Walmart, it is about 1/2 mile from my house!)

After much product testing, these are my favorites! I've found that quite a few of Suave's products really are similar to much more expensive products. At the bottom of the post you'll find a way to get a Suave coupon too, now that you know what to buy!

1. Natural Infusion Awapuhi Strengthening Light Leave-In Cream
In theory this cream is meant to make your hair stronger so it won't break as often. I'm not sure if that's really true (my hair is already pretty strong, so I didn't notice a difference), but I did notice that it was great at helping to smooth out my hair and add shine. 1-2 pumps of the cream on wet hair, then dry and style and usual.

2. Natural Infusion Seaweed All Day Body Leave-In Foam
This is great on wet hair! Just a couple of pumps of this foam, then rub it in all over. I blow dry as usual afterwards. The result is great volume, but I can't feel anything in my hair.

3. Natural Infusion Macadamia Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner
Super moisturizing, these products have macadamia oil which my hair kind of loves. They make my hair shiny and easy to manage.

4. Natural Infusion Macadamia Moisturizing Light Oil Spray
This oil is pretty similar to other hair oils in its effects (shiny hair, easier to manage, less frizz), except it comes in a spray bottle and it seems to have a bigger margin of error. It's really hard to make your head all greasy. It does take a bit to get used to spraying the oil on instead of using a little in your hand. I recommend spraying from about 10 inches away. I usually use it mid-shaft and below, avoiding my roots.

5. Heat Protection Spray
I haven't really noticed this product. Which is the point. I won't skip using a heat protecting product, even if I'm just going to be blow drying my hair a little. (Frying your hair once definitely scares a girl!) This is super lightweight, I can't feel it on my hair at all. No frying accidents have occurred with this spray. Winner.

6. Volumizing Root Boost Spray
This root spray does just what is sounds like. I spray on my roots when my hair is wet, then blow dry as usual. It really does need to be blow dried, this won't help if you're air drying. But, it adds some nice lift right where you want it.

7. Sweet Pea & Violet Body Wash
There are quite a few Suave body washes, for some reason I only ever buy Sweet Pea. It isn't drying, has a nice lather and the smell is nice, but doesn't linger after being washed off.

8. Advanced Therapy Body Lotion
Just what it sounds like, a nicely hydrating body lotion. It sinks in pretty quickly and does the job. It's perfect for my dry skin in the summer, but not quite enough for winter (I need creams that time of year).

9. Clinical Protection PROsolid
I haven't tried the regular antiperspirants from Suave, just the Clinical Strength ones. It works just as well as my other brands (mostly Secret, though I have Dove too).

10. Styling Paste
Yes, this is from the Men's line, but it is great for women too! It isn't greasy or sticky. This paste is perfect for making your hair just a little bit piecey.

If you have a favorite Suave product, let me know in the comments!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Win It! Tresemme Prize Pack

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Remember back when I shared with you my Full Blown Volume 'do from Tresemme? It was one of the looks that Tresemme has on their tutorial page over on Walmart, and it was super easy to do.

Oh, and there was a coupon for $1.75 off, and you can enter to win a trip to the VMAs if you watch one of the tutorial videos...

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But! But!! I completely forgot that there was also going to contest over here on 15 Minute Beauty! You have until August 22nd to enter to win. Good Luck!

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