Stressed over shade matching? Your best friend (ybf) is here for you.

ybf (your best friend) beauty is dedicated to empowering women to create their own customized makeup blueprint to self-confidence. Founder, Stacey Schieffelin, believes that you don’t need to be a pro artist to create a flawless look. ybf takes the guesswork out of shade matching and makeup application by offering a variety of universal products.

Below are a few of ybf’s top selling universal essentials:

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A great all around pencil, works for definition and filling gaps. A light press adds definition and shape press a bit harder to get more color and fill in sparse bits in your brows.The brush on the other end helps get your brows in place and the color and shape lasts all day.

 

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ybf beauty Automatic Universal Eyebrow Pencil
$12 each or get the duo for $22 at HSN, HSN.com and ybfbeauty.com

  • One eyebrow pencil that delivers 22 different shades for blonde, brunette, red, black, salt & pepper and platinum silver brows.
  • The original, award-winning universal brow pencil changes color based on the amount of pressure applied for a natural match every time.
  • The thin, precision tip is perfect for creating soft, feathery strokes that mimic the look of real hair while the end brush ensures a natural looking finish.
  • And there’s no need for sharpening! The innovative automatic sharpening, no mess component allows you to twist up for a fresh point with each application.

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Perfect for my ruddy, sensitive skin. The ybf neutralizing pressed powder works great alone or to set my foundation. It works wonders evening out my skin tone and neutralizing any ruddy skin or age spots.

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ybf beauty Neutralizing Pressed Powder
$25 at HSN, HSN.com and ybfbeauty.com

  • Translucent yellow pressed powder that color corrects and creates a velvety-sheer, radiant finish for skin that looks naturally flawless. This one product neutralizes redness, diminishes the appearance of pores and blemishes, absorbs oil and sets foundation and concealer – it’s your new best friend!
  • Finely-milled, Italian powder makes application completely mistake proof. You’ll achieve a perfect complexion without worrying about over applying, looking cakey or masked with makeup.
  • The powder is a universal shade created for all skin tones so there is no stress in finding your perfect match, it adapts to your skin.

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A great bronzer for everyone, I have very pale skin so I have to be careful with bronzers. I love the ybf Greater Bronzer with a light touch it adds just right amount of glow to my skin, I can easily brighten my face with a few swipes and use it to contour my cheeks and along my jaw line. Its a gorgeous natural color without sparkly or shimmer that lasts all day long.

 

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ybf beauty “Greater” Bronzer
$25.50 HSN, HSN.com and ybfbeauty.com

  • California in a compact! A micro-fine matte bronzer developed with an Italian pressed-to-loose bronzing powder that delivers a natural looking, radiant glow.
  • The award-winning grater in ybf’s “Greater” Bronzer delivers customized and controlled application. The product is universal so you dial up to your desired color. One click to deposit powder for lighter skin tones, two for medium and three for rich. The super refined pigments help the product blend evenly for a natural-looking glow and the formula protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
  • For the perfect amount of freshly shaved powder every time, simply twist the custom designed grater once for light skin tones, twice for medium to rich.

ybf beauty products are available for purchase at HSN.com and ybfbeauty.com.

 

Disclosure: I was sent complimentary samples for review. I was not paid to write this post all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Go For Gold With First Place Worthy Products From Molton Brown, Philip B, and Lauren B. Beauty!

Go For Gold With First Place Worthy Products From Molton Brown, Philip B, and Lauren B. Beauty!

Do you have that Olympic fever running through your veins? Did a sense of pride wash over you when Michael Phelps won his 28th Olympic medal? Were you wiping away tears when Simone Biles and Aly Raisman won silver and gold in Women’s Gymnastics? If so, then exude the winner you truly are with these champion products from Molton Brown, Philip B, and Lauren B. Beauty!

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Warm, sensual, with a kiss of bright citrus. This gorgeous scent from Molton Brown is perfect for long summer nights. Its fresh and not overpowering and the base notes add a sensuous earthy tone that is amazing and wears all day.

Molton Brown Bushukan Eau de Toilette $65
A refreshing, zingy eau de toilette blended with citrusy bushukan and spicy black pepper.

The fragrance
Top notes: lemon oil, bergamot and basil.
Heart notes: thyme oil and cedarwood.
Base notes: cistus labdanum oil, vetiver and tolu absolute

London via Thailand
Orange robes. A day met with a smile. Eyes opening to morning sun. Awaken your senses with striking citrus; a deep expression of confidence.

Zingy. Classic. Clean.

 

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All the style without the crunch. The Philip B Styling Gel adds body and life to my natural curls and helps battle the frizz. It keeps my hair in line all day with no crunchiness or flaking.

Philip B. Stlying Gel ($21) gives you professional strength hold and winning style all day long.
Supple, soft-hold gel brilliantly enhances body and texture, and gives definition and control to all hair types.

  • Enriched with nourishing Vitamin B5 (Panthenol) and pure extracts of Aonori (Blue Seaweed) and Irish Moss
  • Lends your hair confident, flake-free hold
  • Adds texture and definition to any style; great for a wet look or blow-drying primer
  • Paraben & phthalate free; color & keratin-treatment safe

 

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A fun, bright summer color, Lauren B. Beauty Coachella Valley Sun is the perfect shade to finish summer and celebrate all your gold medal moments. I love the brush on this polish, it makes it super easy to apply and its very quick drying. Perfect for quick summer polish changes.

Lauren B. Beauty in Coachella Valley Sun ($18)
A rich yellow with a feeling of California-girl warmth and sunshine. On nails, this pops like pop art.

Our advanced, quick-drying nail enamels deliver a chip-resistant, long-lasting, mirror-like finish. The brush is packed with twice the standard amount of bristles, all pre-lacquered so your polish glides on smoothly and streak-free. The bottle has a special over-cap, so you can use a square or cylindrical handle for more control. Bonus: Each formula is non toxic, eco- and vegan-friendly (with no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene or camphor), TPHP free, and proudly made in the USA.

 

Disclosure: I was sent complimentary samples for review. I was not paid to write this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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New! Murad Rapid Resurfacing Peel

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Simply amazing! The box comes with 16 wipes that use 2-3 times per week. I have sensitive skin so I’m always a bit worried about the burn with peel products. After washing my face I opened the pack and thoroughly wiped my face, neck and chest. There was a bit of tingle but no burn. Right away my skin felt clean, refreshed and unbelievably soft. I spent the next hour touching my face marveling at the smoothness.

Two days later I used my 2nd wipe and my skin felt amazing and smooth again and I noticed the blotchy spots has lightened and my skin was brighter. And I had a few little spots that had been starting and now a few days later no trace. I love how easy this is just wipe and moisturize, but the best part is the Murad results. After one week I am sold, my skin was from red and spotty to clear and smooth as silk. Now if only Murad would make a cream that turns pizza tummy into six pack abs… that’s a thing right?

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Murad Rapid Resurfacing Peel $44
In 1989, Dr. Murad revolutionized anti-aging skincare with breakthrough Glycolic Acid technologies. Today, Glycolic Acid is the gold standard for exfoliation and Dr. Murad remains a leading expert on its use to renew skin’s youthful appearance.

Experience Dr. Murad’s renowned glycolic anti-aging treatment at home. This extra-strength peel helps reverse signs of aging and detoxify skin. A powerful blend of 10% Glycolic Acid and Vitamin C instantly retexturizes skin, enhances radiance, and evens tone without irritation. Textured towelettes allow for targeted application of active ingredients and removal of surface cells exposed to toxic pollutants that have accumulated throughout the day.

Available for purchase at Murad.com.

Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary sample for review. I was not paid to write this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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DIY Kool-Aid Lip Gloss

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My tween’s summer boredom led to me googling easy tween projects. I found quite a few great ones but most needed quite a few things we didn’t have. Since I am working from home and trying to find ways for her to entertain herself so I can get my work done. I finally stumbled across this great recipe for DIY Kool -Aid lip gloss on Adventures in All Things Food. It met all the qualifiers of being able to be created by my daughter and her friends without the stove or knives or  me being tied up in the kitchen. And the best part just 4 ingredients all of which I had at home.

And I love how simple this is and its natural, and what girl doesn’t love lipgloss? To start you need coconut oil, water, sugar and powdered Kool-Aid. We had two half packs left so we mixed them and it turned into a really pretty ruby red shade.

 

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As you can see above the ruby red color is beautiful, while it looks very bright the gloss comes out very sheer on the lips. All the fun of gloss without too much color and great for girls of any age. Once you have your ingredients together, the gloss is as simple as these few steps.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 package of Kool- Aid (Powdered)
  • Water (enough to make a paste)
  • 1tsp of sugar

Start by softening the coconut oil just 5 to 8 seconds in the microwave should be enough to soften it without turning it into a liquid. In a small bowl or cup pour the Kool-Aid powder and just enough water to form a paste. You want to start with just a bit and work up to make sure you don’t add too much water. Then whisk in the sugar, you might like a little more or less it takes the edge of f the bitterness of the unsweetened Kool-Aid. Once you have a nice paste add the coconut oil a bit at a time and mix until you have the desired color and texture.

Then once your gloss is made spoon it into your pots. I found some great little ones at the dollar store but you could also find pots at the craft store. The gloss will be softer since it has warmed from being mixed, it will be easy to scoop into the pots. Once they are done pop on the lids and throw them in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes to solidify your coconut oil base.

 

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My daughter and her friends loved making gloss and are already brainstorming different flavor and color combos. This is such a great idea and would make fun gifts for your daughter to give friends.


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