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Of course, everyone loves getting presents during the holidays, but one of the best things about the season is giving - giving gifts to loved ones, and giving to those in need.
This holiday season, with every bareMinerals purchase bareMinerals will donate $1 to the Ulta Beauty Charitable Foundation to bring joy and opportunity to women and families! What could be better?
It is such an honor to be noticed by those who I admire! I was recently given the chance to be interviewed by one of the best online beauty resources on the internet! Beauty Essential is your online corner for all things beauty related. They are definitely right up my alley!
Beauty Essential definitely has everything that beauty obsessed ladies like myself could possibly ask for, all in one place. You will find makeup tips and tricks, fashion advice, health and diet information, facts about skin care, plus- you can learn how-to achieve the perfect hairstyle!
Beauty Essential is quite the addictive website. It is so much fun to explore and learn things that I didn't even know about. In fact, I may need to brush up on a few makeup skills that I thought I had mastered! I guess I am a little behind in some areas, and could probably benefit from reading up on a few Beauty Essential beauty tutorials to get myself up-to-speed! It is never too late to learn something new!
I thought that was so nice that Tiffany from Beauty Essential took the time to contact me and ask me if I would like to be interviewed and to be featured on this amazing website. I usually shy away from interviews, because I am actually pretty shy when it comes to answering questions, but Tiffany made it easy. She emailed me the questions, so I was able to think about my answers and not stutter over my words. (Which I often do!) It was a lot of fun! Thank you Tiffany, and thank you, Beauty Essential.
You can read my interview here.
Learn more at: https://beautyessential.net
Celebrity Makeup Artist Tasha Brown worked with bareMinerals Power of Good Ambassador, actress Letitia Wright for the recent Emmy Awards – below is a breakdown of the look!
Who: Letitia Wright at the 2018 Emmy Awards
Inspiration: Letitia's gorgeous gown featured great shine and texture which immediately inspired Celebrity Makeup Artist Tasha Brown to give Letitia peachy and bronze tones to keep her looking ethereal to match her dress. Tasha added soft, arched brows and golden eyeshadow with a natural skin finish, added glowing shimmery highlights on the cheekbones and eye lids.
How to Get the Look:
Tasha prepped Letitia’s skin by saturating her cleansed face with bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Defense to create a smooth moisturized canvas for makeup. She then applied bareMinerals Original Loose Powder Foundation with SPF 15 in shade Golden Dark with the bareMinerals Beautiful Finish Foundation Brush in a tapping motion through the center of Letitia’s face for light coverage, creating an even base for the rest of her makeup.
Tasha used a sheer layer of bareMinerals BarePRO Glow Highlighter in Fierce to highlight the tops of Letitia’s cheekbones, center of nose and chin for a bit of glow and dimension. To add a healthy flush of color, Tasha lightly dusted bareMinerals’s Gen Nude Powder Blush in That Peach Tho along hairline, on temples and on cheeks with a large fluffy brush.
Tasha applied the deep bronze tones of the bareMinerals Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette in Neutral all over the eyelid to better complement the color of Leticia’s gown.
Tasha finished off the lips without a liner for a softer edge to the lips and applied bareMinerals Gen Nude Lip Lacquer Buttercream Lipgloss in Flirt for a soft nude peach with sheen to match the sheen of the gown.
Where to Find Them:
bareMinerals products are available at bareMinerals boutiques and bareMinerals.com. Also available at Sephora, Sephora inside JCPenny, ULTA, Macy’s, Dillards, fine spas and salons. Visit bareminerals.com for store locations.
#CleanBeauty #PowerofGood #bareMinerals
Have you ever heard of RivalGlam? Neither had I, until just recently. Redefining the standards, RivalGlam brings you a portfolio of top influencers who are setting trends in beauty, fashion, and style. This online marketplace and product ecosystem is where the world's top social influencers cross-sell their unique beauty and fashion lines that are co-developed under Twila True Collaborations-from accessories to makeup, skincare and beyond. Having established herself in the fast-paced world of beauty and fashion e-commerce with the successful release of Twila True Beauty and Twila True Fine Jewelry, the serial entrepreneur and president/CEO, Twila True, behind True Family Enterprises develops an entirely new business model aimed at helping creative influencers build their unique brands while reaching a wide audience.
I am already very impressed with my first RivalGlam purchase! I ordered this beautiful beauty product set which includes products from top influencers including Katelynn Ansari, Cristal Garcia and Evelyn Lazado. How fun!
I love how elegantly packaged these beauty products arrived
Look at all of these beautiful nail shades. You have everything here for a gorgeous manicure, plus a rich and creamy hand cream for silky, youthful hands. I use the Tru Renewal Oil as a cuticle softener. I sometimes rub it into my cuticles. I have noticed that my cuticles really absorb the oil and my nails grow stronger, and thicker because of the nutrients in the oil. It is also perfect for taming flyways, or to smooth out last minute frizz in my hair.
The nail polish shades are perfect for all seasons. I love the top coats that really seal in the color for a long lasting finish.
I also received a pair of these gorgeous Evelyn White Gold Hoop Earrings, which I can't really wear just yet since I have a sweet baby grand daughter who would love to rip them from my lobes. They are very pretty, though.
I love makeup. Makeup is one of my greatest obsessions in life! I love makeup because it allows me to completely transform my looks, or simply enhance my natural beauty. The right makeup helps me to feel really beautiful and gives me a boost of self confidence.
When looking for a new brand of cosmetics, there are two important things that I look for. First, I read the label to find out whether or not the ingredients are vegan. Second, the brand must be cruelty free!
Lime Crime Vegan & Cruelty Free Makeup definitely passes the test!
Founded by Doe Deere, Lime Crime is a 100% Vegan & Cruelty Free Makeup brand. Lime Crime loves their furry friends! They offer cruelty free cosmetics, which means they do NOT test on animals and they certify that all of their makeup products are 100% vegan. Lime Crime is proud to be certified by both PETA and The Leaping Bunny Program.
Lime Crime’s mission is to revolutionize makeup, from the way you shop for it to the way it makes you feel. As one of the first digitally-native beauty brands, Lime Crime has become a cult favorite and leader in the social + digital space. They set trends that take the internet by storm - while setting new standards for performance and quality. From their trail-blazing beginnings, they have changed the face of beauty with category firsts other brands have raced to imitate. (Who ever dreamed our blue Unicorn lipstick would become a mainstream must-have?)
They want you to express yourself unapologetically, so they create kick-ass products you can create looks with as individual as your moods. Whether you’re looking for a new go-to color or a special occasion sparkle, Lime Crime's collections are designed to put the perfect shade - and a smile! - on your face.
Founder and CEO of LimeCrime Cosmetics, Doe Deere
Vegan & Cruelty Free Makeup 101:
- Vegan Makeup - Does not include animal ingredients or byproducts such as beeswax, lanolin, whey, and carmine
- Cruelty Free Makeup - Cosmetics products and ingredients that are not tested on animals
What is Leaping Bunny Certification?
Leaping Bunny began with the creation of the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), 8 national animal protection groups, such as Humane Society of the United States, coming together for the protection of animal rights. The Leaping Bunny Standard is also internationally recognized and partners with animal protection groups in Canada and Europe. They have created the cruelty free makeup standard, strict background testing including third party manufacturers to assure that all cosmetics are not tested on animals. Lime Crime has been independently verified as through stringent certification guaranteeing all of our cosmetics are cruelty free.
What is PETA Certification?
PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has certified Lime Crime Cosmetics as both vegan and cruelty free as part of their commitment to preventing animal cruelty and testing. PETA is the most widely recognized organization in the United States dedicated to preventing animal abuse. You can find Lime Crime listed in PETA’s cruelty free and vegan shopping guide, a database of companies who are dedicated to the humane treatment of animals.
Lime Crime HQ is full of animal lovers of all kinds. Most employees actively adopt and foster furry friends who need our love. Everyone at their company is committed to creating animal-friendly cosmetics for everyone. It’s a part of their culture about which they’re most passionate and proud!
Learn more about Doe Deere here: http://www.doedeere.com/
To learn more about Lime Crime go here: https://www.limecrime.com/
The countdown to the 2018 Winter Olympics is now less than a month away and it is time to start preparing to cheer on Team USA! We all cannot be in Pyeongchang to root for the red, white and blue to bring home the gold, but Lit Cosmetics can help you show your pride from here in the states!
Whether you are going for an all-American or medal-winning inspired look, Lit Cosmetics’ extensive color palette of glitter products will earn you a perfect score! “NO GLITTER NO GLORY.”
The Liquid Metals Lit Kit features a Liquid Eyeshadow/Liner, a bottle of Lit Cosmetics' Clearly Liquid glitter base, the Mini Application Brush and The Sparkle Wand.
The result is a gorgeous eye makeup look without any fall out, flaking, cracking, color transfer, or smudging.
$28, Available in 24 shades
Experience a formulation of highly pigmented eye color, consisting of metallic pearl/micas mixed with pure cosmetic Gold flakes. When applied with our Glitter Base, this product truly comes alive; gliding onto your eyelid with controlled perfection, showcasing true color tones spirited with flashes of Gold flake.
$19, Available in 24 different shades
A loose, high-sparkle cosmetic grade glitter, which casts maximum light reflection.
There are NO RULES when it comes to Lit! Add a little glitter over your shadow, liners, lipstick, eyebrows, blush, body lotions, hair spray, nail polish, love letter, whatever your little heart desires.
$16, Available in over 100 shades and 3 finishes(solid, holographic, shimmer)
The Holidays are around the corner once again. Can you believe it? It is time to be planning out your holiday shopping list. It is never too early to be purchasing gifts and putting them away.
When it comes to the ladies in your life, there is no better gift than that of beauty. Hard Candy makes it simple with their new Hard Candy Holiday Kits for 2017.
Hard Candy's new Holiday Kits are not only high quality beauty products, but completely affordable, too! I know that I am going to stock up on them. I have sisters, daughters and nieces that will love these. Hard Candy cosmetics are definitely not cheaply made. I am impressed with all of their products.
Hard Candy's Holiday Gift Sets are Available for a great price point at Walmart and Walmart.com.
Pumpkin Spice lattes are back!
You know what that means… FALL IS HERE!
Normally, for me, Fall is depressing because it means back-to-school and cooler weather. On a positive note, I love the beautiful colors of the changing leaves, and.............Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING!
Let Lauren B. Beauty, Rituals, Avon and Finding Ferdinand kick start your fall with these Pumpkin Spice colored beauty products.
Lauren B. Beauty
A luscious deep caramel glaze with red undertones, this shade warms up even the palest skin. This formula is non-toxic, eco and vegan friendly! Price: $18.00
Available at Laurenbbeauty.com
GOOD LUCK SCRUB
This sugar scrub out-sweets the pumpkin spice with aromas of orange and cedar wood. Specially developed to revitalize and nourish even the driest of skin. Its luxurious combination or organic sugar and softening oils, leaves your skin ulta-nourished ready to bare the cold. Price: $29.00
Available at Rituals.com
TRUE COLOR LIPSTICK – SILKY PEACH
Lip-nourishing formula with Shea Butter, Omega-3 Oil and Vitamin E conditions and moisturizes lips for the upcoming windy months. With over 40 different shades and two finishes you can match your lip to all your favorite holiday drinks. Price: $8.00
Available at Avon.com or through your local Representative
CUSTOM MINI LIPSTICK
In just three days you can have your very own PSL LIP. Finding Ferdinand allows you to mix and match colors to create your very own custom shade! Afraid of commitment? Order a mini sample to make sure you love the color! You simply select up to 4 colors, choose the intensity of each, pick a creamy, matte or sheer finish and name your custom shade. It’s that easy. Price: $6.00
Available at FindingFerdinad.com
As much as I love Summer, I also enjoy transitioning in to Fall. I do not enjoy the cooler weather or the rain, no. I love the beautiful colors of Autumn. I also love switching up my wardrobe and I especially love changing up my makeup routine. PÜR has the most gorgeous cosmetics ever, and I am excited to share with you the products that I am using to bring on the new season! Below are my favorites.
After cleansing and moisturizing my skin each morning, the first thing I always apply is foundation. I use 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation with Skincare in the blush medium shade, since my skin is still slightly tan. I will eventually switch to light when my skin gets a bit paler.
4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation gives you the flawless mineral coverage you expect from PÜR with groundbreaking skincare ingredients built into this award-winning formula. This powder foundation has a lightweight feel and no-mess, no-stress application. This all-in-one foundation, concealer, powder and SPF 15 has been clinically proven to correct, prevent and interrupt your biggest skin concerns – even after the makeup comes off!
When I want my foundation to last a little longer, or if I need a little extra cover up, this foundation is perfect. In fact, I had a small breakout last month, and so I used this foundation as the perfect highly pigmented cover up. It looks completely natural, yet covers everything that I do not wish to be seen. It even stays on when I go swimming. This amazing foundation does not budge until you want to wash it off. It is perfect for a day at the beach!
On Point Eyeliner Pencil (in black)
This eyeliner is amazing! There is a built-in sharpener in the lid, so it is always sharp and ready to use. The pigment is very rich, and I only need one coating, which lasts all day long. It does not smudge or smear. This long wearing formula stays put all day until I want to remove it.
I love this formula! I apply it and it stays put all day long. It is the perfect base coat, and I layer it with my favorite gloss to create my own unique look. I love how it does not dry out my lips like other long wearing formulas do. It does not flake or look odd, either.
This lightweight, highly pigmented lip color utilizes gel technology to coat lips in vivid color and intense shine. The chrome-like gloss provides pigment without traveling or fading. I always layer this gloss over my matte lip color, and it looks and feels perfect on my lips. It is highly moisturizing, which is wonderful, because my lips get chapped quickly when the weather gets cooler.
Creating a flawless eye look is super simple if you have the perfect mix of neutral, copper and bronze shades handy. Now you can turn everyday and night into a soiree with this super versatile 12-piece eye shadow collection. Filled with highly pigmented and silky smooth shadows, the four versatile matte shades, four satin shades and four shimmers work flawlessly together for all skin tones. Super blendable and anything but basic, this essential palette takes the guesswork out of your eye look. Just use the colors in the vertical rows from top to bottom for highlight, definition and drama.
It is almost as if his eye shadow palette was designed just for me. Every single color compliments my eye color and complexion. It is also absolutely perfect for fall.
Melt away makeup and nourish the skin with this gentle yet highly effective makeup remover for all skin types. Over a dozen natural oils and extracts combine to dissolve all traces of makeup including stubborn waterproof and long-wear makeup! Melt Away breaks down dirt, pigment and excess oils to keep skin looking clean, clear and radiantly shine-free!
This makeup remover is the best! It removes all of my makeup, and even my eye makeup without stinging my eyes. It is so perfect. And because my skin gets drier when the weather gets cooler, this makeup remover couldn't be better for this time of the year.
Here is a photo of me wearing all of the PÜR cosmetics shown above. Bring on Fall, I am ready!
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