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Labor Day Road Trip Must Haves

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Its the last long holiday weekend of summer, and like most people I plan to squeeze every last moment of fun that I can out of it. One essential to any road trip or vacation adventure is some great outfits and beauty products to keep you looking great on the go.

Here are a few of the items I will be packing for my weekend adventures:

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I simply love the Cargo Cosmetics Gel Lip Color line. The lipstick feels much more like a lip balm when you apply and doesn’t have the normal heavy lipstick feel. The colors are really pigmented and wear for hours without feeling like my lips are made up.  It doesn’t dry out my lips and gives the perfect touch of color no matter my mood.

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Cargo Cosmetics Limited Edition Gel Lip Color in Brooklyn $20
Lightweight, gel texture lipstick glides on like silk. The smooth formula moisturizes and protects lips, feels comfortable and never drying. Semi-sheer coverage with subtle shine. Available in 4 easy to wear, always flattering shades.

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The weather right now is shooting from 60’s to high 80’s so I like to keep my face makeup light so I can handle whatever the day brings without dealing with heavy foundations. The Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder has been my summer go to.

The formula is light and evens out my complexion while combating excessive shine. The best part my skin looks like my skin perfected not overly made up. With combo skin this has been a lifesaver at keeping the mid day shine at bay. And the best part is the powder has anti-aging benefits to actually improve my skin each time I wear it!

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Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder $49
New shades, new price! Get a luminous, lit-from-within glow with our best-selling perfecting powder.

It’s the first anti-aging powder with the science of skin care built in! This advanced formulation of pure gold, 48 minerals, 11 amino acids and a powerful peptide delivers dynamic anti-aging benefits, while the patented hydration system continuously revitalizes skin for a brighter, more radiant complexion all day.

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Any beauty addict knows a good multi- tasker is worth its weight in gold. The new Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip and Cheek Color is a busy girl’s must have. I would put this in my travel bag except I keep it in my purse its the perfect tool for on the go touch ups.

The cheek color formula is so creamy and is very easy to blend. I love this as both a cheek and lip color, it feels great on and the color lasts. Its a very buildable product so I can add a hint of color or layer for a more dramatic evening look. Great for a touch up on the go or to add to a paired down travel bag.

 

Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color in Silver Lake Sunset $29
Get the ultimate West Coast glow—on-the-go! From Santa Monica to Sunset Boulevard, our latest innovation in illumination is inspired by the magic light of L.A.

Multipurpose color for cheeks and lips. There’s a shade for any look, from a subtle sheen to a full-on flush. The lightweight, brightening formula feels and looks as natural as your own skin—only more illuminated and gorgeous.

A Smashbox-only blending trifecta! It’s all about blending, blending and more blending for this natural, lit-from-within look: a curved dome shape means no harsh lines when applying; a creamy formula means the formula glides effortlessly onto skin; and finally a velvety, flat sponge for blending—so you get just the right amount of diffused color.

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The Osmosis Skincare Colour Lustrous Contour Duo comes with a bronzer and a highlighter. The bronzer is one of my favorites. The feather light powder applies easy and is very blendable. I have fair skin and bronzer can be a tricky line of contouring without looking like stage makeup.

The highlighter side blends just as well and is great for highlighting my cheekbones and I add a touch on either side of the bridge of my nose to brighten my eyes up. This is a great combo that adds the perfect finishing touch to my day or evening look.

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Osmosis + Color Lustrous Contour Duo $38
A 2-in-1 contouring compact. Osmosis Colour Lustrous Contour Duo allows you to seamlessly alternate between highlighting and bronzing your complexion. The complementary shades accentuate your best features and conceal the areas you want minimized.

The shimmering highlighter utilizes light-reflective pigments to brighten your eyes and accentuate your cheek bones while the matte brown shade creates a chiseled, sculpted look by making your forehead; nose and any other features appear smaller. The sleek, mirrored design allows you to contour on-the-go, making this a makeup bag essential.

Key Ingredients:
Green tea – hydrates and protects your skin from environmental pollutants
Mica – reflects light
Vitamins E – prevents free-radical damage
Lustrous Contour Duo features a shimmering chiffon and matte cocoa shades.

 

 

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

Teen Choice Awards Makeup Get The Look: Sarah Hyland

Celebrity makeup artist, Allan Avendaño gave Sarah Hyland a simple, yet bold makeup look to complement her yellow two-piece outfit with turquoise jewelry.

Avendaño began creating Sarah’s look starting with the eyes first using the Pür Minerals Cease Crease Eye Shadow Primer to create a flawless base. He then used the Soul Mattes Eye Shadow Palette and applied the Confidant shade all over the eyelid. Using a fluffy crease brush, he patted Sidekick and Alter on the outer corners of the eye and blended the shades into the crease. He used that same shadow combination on the bottom lash line.

“To soften any hard edges, I buffed the BFF shade into the crease and used the Companion shade on the brow bone,” says Avendaño.

He then applied two coats of the Pür Minerals Big Look Mascara on the top lashes and one coat on the bottom before applying individual lashes.

Avendaño used the Pür Minerals Color Correcting Primer Illuminate & Glow followed by the Pür Minerals 4-in-1 Liquid Foundation with SPF 15 in Blush Medium with a damp sponge for seamless application. To add dimension to Sarah’s face, he applied the Pür Minerals Mineral Glow on her cheekbones, temples and jawbones. He then applied the Pür Minerals Chateau Cheeks Pressed Powder Blush in Kinky on the apples of her cheeks to add more color.

To highlight, he used the Pür Minerals Afterglow Illuminating Powder on the high points of her cheekbones, the brow bones, the bridge of her nose, the inner corners of her eyes and her cupid’s brow.

To create full and bold-shaped brows, he used the Pür Minerals Wake Up Brows in Mocha and used the highlighter end to amplify the arch of her brow.

Avendaño finished off Sarah’s look by lining and filling in her lips with an orange-red lip liner and applied the Pür Minerals Chateau Kisses Plumping Lip Gloss in Foxy, giving her a hydrated, full and sexy pout.

 

You can learn more about the products used to create Sarah’s look and purchase online at www.purminerals.com.

COVERGIRL Joins Forces with Star Wars for Limited Edition Collection

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Today, COVERGIRL announced a first-of-its-kind beauty collaboration with the upcoming blockbuster film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

COVERGIRL Global Creative Design Director Pat McGrath designed a series of six stunning beauty looks inspired by the film, its iconic characters and key themes, using new limited-edition SKUs from the COVERGIRL Star Wars Makeup Collection, as well as existing products. The looks were designed to enable the hundreds of millions of female Star Wars fans to celebrate their love of the movie, transform their look, and express multiple sides of their personalities. Of the six avant-garde looks representing the Light Side and Dark Side, two are being revealed exclusively today:

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Droid features a luminous look that reflects the Light Side in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” A swatch of golden eye shadow across lids and cheekbones sets the tone, with gold lipstick and gloss punctuating the lustrous palette. Droid is rocking a new metallic lip shade – COVERGIRL Star Wars Lipstick – Colorlicious in Gold #40.

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Stormtrooper features a strong and graphic look to represent the power from the Dark Side. The eyes dominate with a black winged liner and white contrasts. Lips measure up in a deep, mysterious red. Stormtrooper’s edgy look is topped off with a new lip shade – COVERGIRL Star Wars Lipstick – Colorlicious in Dark Purple #50.

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COVERGIRL’s Star Wars Makeup Collection will be available online starting September 4th, and in mass-market, drug and food retailers starting in mid-September until supplies last.

Experience out-of-this-world artistry for yourself, visit www.COVERGIRL.com/StarWars as we unveil looks from the epic COVERGIRL & Star Wars campaign. You can also follow @COVERGIRL on Twitter, Instagram and our hashtag #BeautyForce for the latest.


Ditch The Styling Tools and Embrace Your Natural Curls!

The weather is warm and summer is still in full swing. For all the natural curly haired girls out there its the time of year to embrace those curls and use the warm summer air to your hair’s advantage and put your styling tools away.

Summertime and naturally curly hair means lots of dryness. After showering I used  KMS California CURLUP leave-in conditioner, just a small amount and my hair was left soft and very easy to comb through. I have very fine hair so found I needed to use just a tiny drop to hydrate my hair.

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KMS CURLUP leave-in conditioner
extra moisture for nourished curls

WHAT IT DOES
Lightweight formula nourishes curls for a soft, shiny finish with less frizz.
HOW TO USE
Work through wet or towel-dried hair. Diffuse or air dry.

I used KMS California CURLUP perfecting lotion on my damp hair and scrunched up into my curls then let my hair air dry. My curls were soft, shiny and very hydrated.  This left a much softer less tight curl then some of my other products. I loved that it left a loose, wavy curl and how soft my hair was. Definitely will be using this combo to beat the heat and styling tools for the rest of this heat wave.

 

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KMS California CurlUP perfecting lotion
enhances natural curls and reduces frizz

WHAT IT DOES
Concentrated formula defines + moisturizes + softens + smoothes for perfect curls. Can reactivate curls throughout the day.
HOW TO USE
Emulsify 1-2 pumps + work through towel-dried hair. Add more as necessary. Diffuse or air dry. Scrunch curls to refresh throughout the day.

 

You can find theses and other great KMS California products at a salon near you. Head to www.kmscalifornia.com to find your nearest salon.

 

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