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Red Carpet Ready Skin with MineTan

This weekend, on the Emmys red carpet, we will see beauty looks we will want to copy immediately – including their picture-perfect glowing skin.

With MineTan, you too can get the flawless, skin finish the A-list crowd is known for.

MineTan Violet Self Tan Foam ($34.95)

Inspired by the exotic European sun, the mix of violet and dark brown bronzers leaves the skin with a color finish that captures deep olive skin tones. It works with tan extending multi-vitamins and oils to moisturize the skin and deliver the quintessential glow in an instant, that continues to develop into a rich, deep finish without the fake tan smell.  

**To achieve the beautiful, streak-free self-tan, apply foam with Bronze On Applicator Mitt ($7.99), quick and easy to use. Plus, it also works as a barrier to protect your hands from any unwanted staining.

When you’re feeling like it’s too hot to function, the last thing you want to worry about is if your makeup is staying in place. Whether you’re attending a pool party or running around in the hot, humid city streets – Cargo Cosmetics has got you covered with their waterproof, sweat-proof Swimmables collection:

Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Bronzer : Achieve an instant radiant glow with this silky powder that’s not only sweat-proof and weatherproof, but also gives your skin a natural looking-color without the dreaded orange tone. This bronzer is customizable due to its buildability and doesn’t streak or fade, leaving a bronzed look from day to night!

Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Blush: The perfect complement to Swimmables Bronzer, this sweat-proof, waterproof and weatherproof blush allows your cheeks to stay colorful without streaks or fading, no matter the occasion. (CargoCosmetics.com, $26.00)

Cargo Swimmables Waterproof Mascara Top Coat: Finish off your waterproof makeup look and transform any mascara you own into a tear-proof, waterproof, and sweat-proof formula. This invisible top coat transforms your lashes without affecting the performance of your favorite non-waterproof mascara! (CargoCosmetics.com, $22.00)

For more information go to: CargoCosmetics.com

Summer is coming! It is almost time to break out the bikini and shades for some sunshine filled adventures ahead! While slipping on that new bathing suit may be daunting, there’s nothing a few new beauty products can’t do to make you feel like the sun goddess you really are. Let the creators of Podz and Dr. Sun Rx help you look bronzed, sun-kissed and ready to make heads turn with their top favorite picks all endorsed by Jessica Robertson (of Duck Dynasty Fame) from their new exciting line of beauty products.

Jessica Robertson Collection Facial Bronzing Powder – Keep your tan luminous and your skin glowing with this 3-in-1 bronzer that has just the right amount of color and moisture in its unique formula. This tinted powder gives sheer, natural-looking color while being skin-conditioning providing a smooth, never splotchy application. The natural tint works for all skin types and is ideal for enhancing a skin tone or strengthening and prolonging a tan. 

$20.00 at www.drsuncosmetics.com or your favorite local tanning salon

Jessica Robertson Collection Lip Gloss – Look polished even while sunning and swimming with pout-perfecting lip glosses. Available in 6 luscious colors: Cherry Red, Berry, Nude, Peach Mango, Iced Mocha and Cotton Candy. Why not get one of each? 

$7.00 at your favorite local tanning salon

In the photo below, I am wearing the  Jessica Robertson Collection Facial Bronzing Powder and the Lip Gloss in Mocha. I adore these products! The bronzing powder gives my skin the perfect glow without being too obvious and is never orange. The lip gloss is long wearing and feels fabulous on my lips. It even has a sweet flavor to it!

Jessica Robertson Collection Sunglasses – Find your own signature style in Jessica’s handpicked Sunglass Collection. These fresh, on-trend shades are available in black, red and brown and will keep you looking cool in the heat. 

$12.00 at your favorite local tanning salon

For more information, visit www.podzeyewear.com or www.drsunrx.com.

Disclaimer: I received product samples to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

2014 Sports Illustrated Model

Gigi Hadid’s Summer Make Up

To create Gigi’s “Golden Goddess” look, Misha took inspiration from inspired icons such as Raquel Welch and Sofia Loren--as they're the perfect role models for bronze beauty.

Celebrity make-up artist, Misha Shahzada for BeautyFriend recently created Gigi Hadid’s summer make up for The Daily Summer Magazine. Famed photographer Gilles Bensimon was on hand to photograph the cover and inside story.

The first step in creating the look was to aim for a natural sun-kissed look while not having Gigi appear overly tanned. To accomplish this, Misha used Perfect Body Perfection Gel in matte tan all over her body to create a soft and natural looking glow. According to Misha, “The product blends nicely and is easily buildable without looking too heavy or unnatural”. In order to achieve a perfect finish, Misha recommends exfoliating the body first as this will allow for overall even application.

Next, she used a bronzing brush and simply dusted Maybelline’s Mineral Power Bronzerall over the face. **TIP--always start with less and build if you need to** Misha also suggests when using nudes for color, to experiment with shades such as taupe, browns, pinks, etc., as nudes do not always have to consist of just beige tones.

To finish the “Golden Goddess” look, she added a pop of color with a red lip while most of the face was left natural. Misha opted for a matte red lip with Maybelline’s "Keep up the Flame" paired with Color Sensational lip liner in "Red" which added a modern twist to Gigi’s look without appearing overly "glam".

About BeautyFriend:

BeautyFriend is your trusted app source for on-location beauty services from the best stylists and make-up artists in the industry to you. You choose which stylists you want, when and where you want them! You can make your stylist selection based on their location, availability, proximity, profile, portfolio, and specialties. It has never been easier to get the best beauty services delivered to your location! The BeautyFriend app is now available on the App Store or visit http://www.thebeautyfriend.com/

Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this post.

We can all attest that Winter was especially drawn out this year! BeautyADDICTS has products used by industry professionals to help refresh and brighten skin; a sheer, matte bronzing powder and a crème to powder foundation. Both are rich with green tea and vitamins. 

No matter what your taste, BeautyADDICTS has something for everyone.

It's true. My skin was looking quite pale after our long winter and was in dire need of a touch of color! I was certainly in the market for a new foundation and a natural looking bronzer with skin care benefits. Thankfully, I was contacted by Beauty ADDICTS and they asked me to review their amazing crème to powder foundation and matte bronzing powder. How exciting for me!


CREME TO POWDER FOUNDATION creates flawless coverage while providing incredible skin care benefits. The formula is rich in Vitamin A, E and Green Tea to soothe and protect skin while Dermaxyl smoothes and hydrates the skin. This advanced Microsphere Technology helps diminish the look of fine lines for an instantly more youthful appearance 

BeautyADDICTS HydraSUNRays

Capture the sun all year round with this groundbreaking ultra-sheer, perfectly neutral, matte bronzing powder. Formulated with pure pearl powder to stimulate cell renewal and packed with green tea and vitamins A, C, D and B5. Buildable coverage in one flawless shade. 

My Experience: The foundation goes on perfectly smoothly. It is so easy to apply with the included sponge applicator. I absolutely love the full, yet natural looking coverage it provides. My skin really looks radiant and all of my flaws are completely hidden. 

The bronzing powder gives me the perfect touch of sun-kissed color that looks completely natural. Some bronzers can give off an orangey-fake look. BeautyADDICTS HydraSUNRays bronzing powder goes on beautifully. I apply it all over my face, neck and chest area with my fluffy powder brush, and then I rub it in with my finger tips to ensure proper coverage, and a natural glow. It leaves me looking healthy and radiant. I love that it has a matte finish, too.


To learn more about BeautyADDICTS or to place an order go to: http://www.beautyaddicts.com/

Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.


I am a huge fan of Yves Rocher! They have the most amazing beauty products that I have ever used. I was recently sent samples of their new Retropical Beauty line.




As with every package I have received from Yves Rocher, myteenage daughters get so very excited that they rip the box open and start rummaging through it, looking at each and every product with squeals of delight. It sounds like Christmas morning! We received the following products: Retropical Eye Shadow Palette, Retropical Eye PencilRetropical Kohl Duo Eyeliner, Retropical Lip GlossRetropical Sunkissed Glow Cheek Stain, Retropical Nail Polish and Retropical Eau de Toilette.


Retropical Eye Shadow Palette


This summer, be daring and let yourself be tempted by this colorful Retropical Eyeshadow Trio and its tropical shades that can be applied alone or together:
- Eucalyptus: an ultra-pigmented Green to intensify your eyes.
- Bleu des Bermudes: a flashy shade, subtly pearly for deep Blue Lagoon,
- Pêche Melba: an ultra- pearly Nude shade to light up your eyes.
Our Experience: My daughters love these gorgeous colors for summer! I usually use earthy brown tones myself, but my girls are having a blast experimenting with these beautiful brighter colors.
Retropical Eye Pencil
Be bold this summer with these new Retropical Eye Pencils. The color lasts a long time. Perfect for summer's trendy eyes! It is great because it has a soft texture that respects sensitive eyes and that can easily be removed.
Our Experience: My daughters loved experimenting with this lovely bright color. It is easily blendable for bold looks or can be smudged for a lighter look.
Retropical Kohl Duo Eyeliner
Outline your eyes with the tropical colors of these 2 Kohl Duos that combine 2 ultra-trendy shades:
- Seagreen / Deep Blue: slightly pearly contrasting shades for eyes that remind the ocean.
- Tropical Mint / Bougainvillea: 2 intense shades for more fun and color.
Our Experience: Again, my girls had a lot of fun doing each other's makeup. These pencils can certainly brighten up the look of your eyes! A very  pretty,very tropical look for summer. 
Retropical Lip Gloss
Lip_Gloss.jpgGet tasty lips thanks to this Gloss, its glamorous shades will give you a tropical pin-up style. With a comfortable texture and subtle, delicious fragrance this gloss is perfect for summer!
Our Experience: We received the Peach Melba shade. This tasty gloss looks great on me, so I am keeping it for myself. It is a beautiful, high pigmented lip color and gloss all in one. It is shimmery and gorgeous!
Retropical Sunkissed Glow Cheek Stain
This summer, show off your beautiful golden complexion thanks to this Sunkissed Glow Retropical - Cheek Stain. Enriched with floral Witch Hazel Water, it enhances the glow of your face and decollete. This tinted water does not contain any self-tanning ingredients. It gives your skin a natural tan no matter what its shade is, plus it leaves an exotic fragrance.
My Experience: This is probably my favorite product in this line. I apply it all over my face, neck and cchest area for a natural looking glow. I actually apply it befor I apply my foundation for a perfectly natural looking base glow that looks perfectly healthy and summery. It also smells tropical and I love it!
Retropical Nail Polish 
This summer, to be ultra-trendy, choose these 5 mini-polishes with their tropical shades:
- Pink Hibiscus and Red Hibiscus: 2 intense and delicious shades for an ultra-glamorous result,
- Bermuda Blue and Tropical Mint: 2 lively and radiant shades to enhance your tan,
- Pink Orchid: a delicately powdery shade to add a touch of retro to your style.
Our Experience: My girls go crazy over nail polish. It is so much fun to see them doing each others nails. These polishes are the perfect accessory to summertime fashion. They are radiant and tropical and just so pretty!
Retropical Eau de Toilette
This limited edition fragrance is amazingly addictive! It adds Solar and sensual freshness.
With its surprising fusion of floral and fruity notes mixed with the scent of warm sand, it will carry you to a Retropical paradise!
The head notes: fruity and aquatic notes,
Heart notes: floral,
Bottom notes: warm woody notes.
Our Experience: My daughters and I absolutely love this fragrance. Good thing it is a large enough bottle so that we can all share it! It is a floral and fruity, slightly sweet,  not over powering scent.  It is a perfect fragrance for summer, or any time you want something light and fresh.  It actually smells better after you have applied it and wait a few minutes.
Kendi_with_perfume.JPGKendallyn loves the Retropical Eau de Toilette. The bottle is pretty, too!
To learn more about Yves Rocher Retropical Beauty or to place an order go to: http://www.yvesrocherusa.com

Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.



logo_Mia.jpgMia Mariu Mineral Cosmetics

 Beauty and Health in Harmony, a Healthy Regard for Your Skin

Mía is a Dallas based health and beauty social selling company that offers entrepreneurial business opportunities for women. Our natural health and beauty products are available exclusively through our Independent Advisers and online. Mía offers an innovative approach to social selling using the power of e-commerce, social networking and personal service behind extraordinary natural health and beauty products.

My vision was to create a company for women who wanted a contemporary and progressive way to make money without sacrificing time with family. Mía offers a stylish and lucrative home-based business opportunity that is fun and rewarding and is a powerful way to help you make money, make new friends and reach your personal success.
Jeannie Price~~Founder and CEO Mía Mariúcolor.jpg

I was given the opportunity to review some wonderful beauty products from Mia Mariu Mineral Cosmetics. I am always excited to review beauty products!  I got to choose which products I wanted to review, and with the help of my teenage daughters, we chose the Mineral Eye Shadow Duo, the Luminous Lip Gloss and the Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser. I will tell you what I liked about each of these amazing products:

Mineral Eye Shadow Duo~ My daughter, Myelie chose the Mineral Eye Shadow Duo Noche de Amor (shown below)Mineral_Eye_Shadow_Duo.jpg

Product Description:
Made with pure minerals and luxurious color pigments, this formula glides gently on your skin and stays on for hours without smudging, fading or creasing. Apply with our Multipurpose Brush No. 15, and Petite Detail Brush No. 18. Dip the Essential Brow Brush No. 12 to define your brows with natural silky color (2.8 g). $18.00
Why we love it: This eyeshadow glides like silk onto the skin. It has very true color that stays put all day long. You cannot get this quality of eye shadow in a drugstore. My daughter has had a problem with eyeshadow allergies, and most eyeshadows would irritate her sensitive eyelids. This eyeshadow does not cause any problems at all becaue it is all natural.
Luminous Lip Gloss~ I chose the Luminous Lip Gloss in Ilusión (shown below)
Product Description:
Sparkling shine in a vitamin rich hydrating formula gives your lips an irresistible look. Contains Vitamin A, C and E to nourish your lips. $13.00
Why I love it: This beautiful lip gloss makes my lips look and feel full, shiny and sexy. I love the color too.  It is my perfect shade.
Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser~ My daughter, Kendallyn chose the Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser 
(shown below)

Product Description:
Begin your skin care treatment with this soft pampering cleanser. This silky formula will leave your skin soft, hydrated and refreshed without drying out your skin. With natural cleansing agents, tough dirt, makeup and impurities are gone. Sea Kelp and Aloe make this a fabulous super-gentle cleanser for all skin types. Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser is especially effective for sensitive skin including rosacea, maturing and even dry skin types. Suitable for all skin types, non-irritating, oil-free, sulfate-free. Use AM and PM. (4.0 fl. oz) $19.00
Why we love it:
This cleanser removes all of our makeup and leaves our faces perfectly clean and makeup free without irritaing eyes. It is gentle enough to remove eye makeup!
My beautiful daughter, Kendallyn is modeling Mia Mariu lipgloss and eyeshadow
To purchase Mia Mariu products, or to learn more about  them go to: http://corporate.mymiamariu.com
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Disclaimer: I received samples of the products mentioned above to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.