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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Sunday, November 23, 2014

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!

Happy Shopping!


100% Pure
11/26 – 11/29: Free Shipping on All Orders (Offer Code: PUREFRIDAY)
11/26 – 12/1: Receive a Free Black Tea Mascara with any purchase of $75 or more
12/1: Buy 10 products for $10 each *(Limit three per customer, per item)
My Picks:
Blood Orange Body Scrub
Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream


Alchimie Forever
Black Friday - Cyber Monday Friends and Family 30% Off - Enter FF2014 at checkout between November 26th - December 7th.
My Picks:
Rejuvenating eye balm
Gentle refining scrub
Spa Facial at Home


Aerie
40% off in stores and on-line through 11/30, some exclusions apply. Code: GOBBLEUP
PJ Pants buy 1 get 1 free through 11/30, online only
My Picks:
Aerie Cable Knit Skinny Jogger
Aerie Full Zip Tunic
Aerie Graphic T-Shirt


Bioelements
12/1: Receive Free Shipping on All Online Orders and Complimentary Travel-Size Product Samples
Bonus: Receive a free red envelope clutch (a $20 value) with any $100+ purchase
My Picks:
Pumice Peel
Quick Refiner


BirchBox
1 free Birchbox for every $60 you spend on subscriptions Code: BOXME
25% off Full Size Products with Code: FRIDAY25
My Picks:
Jouer + beautyblender Perfectly Primed Collection
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit
dr. brandt Get Glowing Kit


Bloomingdales Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals
Bloomingdales
Take $25 off almost every $200 you spend (up to $3,000). Offer valid online only 11/21-29, many exclusions
Big sale selection, up to 50% off
Designer handbag sale until 12/7
My Picks:
C by Bloomingdale's Cowl Neck Cashmere Sweater
Michael Kors Miranda Zips Large Shopper
Alexis Bittar Pave Wave Bangle


Clarins
Black Friday special collections of products are already available, only while supplies last.
My Picks:
Super Restorative Anti-Aging Nighttime Duo
Skin Beauty Splendours


H&M
Special Deals in all departments, 20% off purchases over $60 Code: 2728, ends 11/30
Free Shipping over $50 with code: 2695 ends 11/29
My Picks:
Silk Blouse
V-neck Blouse


Jamberry Nails
11/28 Exclusive Black Friday Nail Wrap Design as a free gift with purchase $50+, no code needed
11/28-12/1 12 Limited Edition Sisters' Style Exclusive nail wrap designs from the past year will be re-released, with a portion of proceeds going to the Salvation Army to help provide holiday gifts for children
(Note that since you need a rep, I've linked to my favorite. My friend Michelle is a peds nurse at my hospital and also a Jamberry rep!)
My Picks:
Winter's Edge
Iced
Midnight Celebration
Reindeer Games


Jan Marini
Take 20% off purchases over $200 or more, now to 12/5


J Crew Factory
50% off everything, free shipping over $50 with code: THANKS through 11/30
My Picks:
Windowpane Shimmer Sweater
Hello Tee
Gold Tiers Necklace


LOFT
40-50% off in stores and on-line throughout the weekend.
My Picks:
Plaid Skinny Pants in Marissa Fit (yes, plaid!)
Curvy Skinny Jeans in Iron Grey (wearing them now)
Foil Layering Tee
Floral Jacquard Tee




Mally
30% off and a free gift with purchase (different gift each day) 11/25-11/28
My Picks:
City Chick Smokey Eye Kit
Best of Mally 9 pc Color Collection
Heated Eyelash Curler and Volumizing Mascara (I haven't tried this yet, I really want that lash curler!)


Nine West
50% off all boots and booties, up to 50% off select pumps, flats and sandals & up to 50% off select handbags & accessories is valid online and in-store through 12/3/
My Picks:
Navajoe Leather or Suede Booties
Disheveled Platform Booties
Speakup Pointed Toe Flats


Nordstrom Black Friday Picks
Nordstrom
My Picks:
Halogen Side Slit Cashmere Tunic Sweater
Kate Spade 'skinny mini' Bow Bangle
Chanel Show Your Hand Deluxe Nail Set


Old Navy Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals
Old Navy
My Picks:
The Pixie Ankle Pants
Plaid Button-Front Shirts
Faux-Snakeskin Wristlet Purses


Prescriptives
11/26-11/30 Free gift with any purchase (5-piece "Gift of Love" holiday gift set; $55 value)
12/1-12/16 30% off, no code needed
My Picks:
*magic Liquid Powder
False Eyelashes Plush Mascara
Palm Springs Lip Trio


Q-Redew
Early Bird Special, $20 off a Q-Redew purchase on Black Friday from 12am-11am CST. Using coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY
Black Friday 11am-12pm CST, $15 off a Q-Redew purchase also using coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY.
11/29-11/31: $10 off a Q-Redew Purchase using coupon code: CYBERSALE.
My Q-Redew Review


Rodan + Fields Skincare
11/24-11/28 Get 10% off and free shipping
My Picks:
Reverse Power Pack


Saks Fifth Avenue
Up to 40% off Designer Selections
My Picks:
Theory Nyma Wool-Blend Coat
Loeffler Randall Quinnie Cheetah-Print Calf Hair Flats
Marc by Marc Jacobs Floral Nylon Cosmetic Case


Silk’n
11/20–11/30: 25% Off Sitewide with free shipping (Offer Code: SILKYBLACK)
My Picks:
SensEpil (my review)
Flash & Go (my review)


ShopBop 2014 Black Friday Sale
ShopBop
11/25-12/1, 15% off of $250, 20% off of $500, and 25% off of $1,000. Code: GOBIG14
My Picks:
Tory Burch Bedford Snake Flats
Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Fran Bag
MICHAEL Michael Kors Kiera Ballet Flats
AG Adriano Goldschmied The Farrah High Rise Skinny Jeans


Skindinavia
Free Makeup Primer Spray, FREE Shipping, and 20% off with code 20off
My Picks:
The Makeup Primer Spray Oil Control


Target
Yes, tons of deals, and you can already shop their early access sales!
My Picks:
Downton Abbey - Seasons 1-4
Taylor Swift 1989


Theory Holiday Sale Picks
Theory
Take 40% off select items online and in-store, 11/21-11/30 in store, until 12/1 online
My Picks:
Emery 2 Pant
Lanai Blazer
Kelsea Top
Belisa 2 Pant


Tria Beauty
Up to 25% off sets.
My Picks:
Age-Defying Laser Holiday Gift Set (my Age-Defying Laser review)
Hair Removal Laser 4x Holiday Gift Set


ULTA Beauty
Special deals 11/24-11/27 while supplies last. They start at 8 pm EST on-line, at 9 pm EST in stores
My Picks:
Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus
Clarisonic Brush Pack
Stila All That Glitters or Glisten and Shine Sets


Vichy Skin Care
15%, 25%, 35% off your purchase of $35, $75, $125 or more on Black Friday
$10 off your entire order off $55 or over and 3 deluxe samples on Cyber Monday
Code: NOIR14 11/26-11/30
Code: CYBER14 12/1-12/5
My Picks:
LiftActiv Retinol HA Night

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!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Beautzy Blog's 2 Day Makeup Kit for LA

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Beautzy Blog's 2 Day Makeup Kit for LA

Today Linda from Beautzy Blog is sharing her 2 day travel kit! She say, "I travel a lot. Because I’m in LA often for only 2 days, I pretty much have a set kit that I take. A few things vary here and there, but for my usual 'visit the in-laws, hang out with friends, chat with the cousins' LA trip, I take these things."

1. Perlier Honey Miel Face Royal Elixir Youth Serum (get it here): I can use this all over - face, eyes, and neck.

2. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen (get it here): Sunscreen is an important step I can't miss.

3. Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion (get it here): I don't have to worry about smearing or smudging, and since I’ve been using liquid eyeliner for so long, it only takes seconds to apply.

4. BareMinerals High Shine Eyecolor in Moonshine (get it here): This is a gorgeous multi-dimensional color that looks good on its own.

5. Maybelline New York The Nudes Palette (get it here): I love the variety of neutrals in this palette. Because it's only $10, if it gets dropped or lost, I won't cry too hard.

6. Crown Brush Elite Infinity Set (get it here): These are currently my go-to brushes right now, and I love the sleek casing.

7. CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipgloss in Pinkalicious (get it here): This is a pretty color that works for day & night.

8. NYX Butter Lipsticks in Pops and Sweet Tart (get it here): These are lightweight and moisturizing, and I usually keep them in my purse.

9. City Cosmetics Contour Effects Palette (get it here): I don’t contour my face much, but if we go out in the evening, I want to lightly contour my chin and cheeks. I never apply with a heavy hand.

10. NARS Orgasm Blush (get it here): I take this color because I love the way it looks on me, and I have 2.

11. Urban Decay Electric palette (get it here): If we have plans to go out in the evening to the City Walk or somewhere fun, I’ll usually also pack this palette. I love bright eyeshadows!


I paired Linda's picks with the new 12. Tory Burch Travel Nylon Cosmetics Bag, which I have my eye on!

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