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butter LONDON Launches Bridal Set at Monique Lhuillier Bridal

 

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butter LONDON introduced their new bridal set, Sweet Somethings, backstage at Monique Lhuillier’s bridal show. Launching April 15th on butterlondon.com the Sweet Something set pairs wedding classics with a modern edge and is the perfect accessory for the big day.

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Designer: Monique Lhuillier

Lead Manicurist: Katie Jane Hughes, butter LONDON Global Colour Ambassador

The Scoop: Monique Lhuillier’s collection was inspired by an ethereal daydream. Gowns took on a visionary fantasy through lace infused with delicate detailing, embroidery and intricate beading, all coming together to create a dreamy, alluring vision.

Bridal Fashion Show

 

Bridal Fashion Show

The Look: ​Katie applied butter LONDON Nail 999 Rescue System base coat followed by butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Doily (part of the Sweet Somethings collection) covering the entire nail. Katie finished the look with butter LONDON’s Nail 999 Rescue System top coat. butter LONDON Backstage Basics Hydrating Balm and Signature Lotion were used to soften and hydrate the skin.

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Available beginning April 15, on butterlondon.com

Balanced Guru Astringent Masque

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I have been hearing about Balanced Guru for a few months now so I jumped at the chance to review one of their face masques. I received the Astringent Masque to review, a masque designed to detoxifying oily/congested skin.

The first thing you notice with the balanced guru masques is that they come in powder form. It might seem odd at first but its actually quite cool. You just add the powder to a small bowl then activate it with water, toner, raw honey or yogurt. How great you can customize each treatment?

The masque smells amazing and the oatmeal and lemon elements are very soothing. I chose to mix mine with water and did a 50/50 mix and got the perfect consistency.  The masque tingled at first but not in a painful way it was very refreshing. I left it on for a little over 15 minutes. Once I rinse it off my skin feels so revitalized. I can’t wait to try this masque with other liquids to get a whole new experience.

And if your not sure which masque is the right one for you balance guru makes it easy offering small 1oz tubs of the products. Making it easy and affordable to try multiple items.

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Balanced Guru ASTRINGENT MASQUE $12.00- 44.00

ORGANIC CITRUS & KELP FACIAL MASQUE

Balance your:
Oily / Congested skin

Balancing Benefits:
Bring your oily skin back into balance with this astringent masque. Lemon Verbena, Lemongrass, and Lemon will help control oil production, while kelp and sea buckthorn will help detoxify your skin. The oatmeal base of this mask makes it soothing and gentle.

To learn more about balance guru or purchase products head to balancedguru.com.

 

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

30 Days to Ageless Skin Challenge

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I was asked to  join the PCA SKIN 30 Days to Ageless Skin Beauty Challenge. I was supplied products specific to my skin concerns and asked to chronicle 30 days of use. I started my process two weeks ago, here is how my skin was looking prior to the challenge (yikes).

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Well as you can see my skin was looking dull, I have a few blemishes and could use a little TLC. PCA Skin hooked me up with a rescue kit for my skin and here is what I have been using the last two weeks.

PCA Skin facial wash

A great face wash, I love gel formulas. This facial wash lathered well and left my skin feeling really clean without drying it out. I look forward to washing my face post-workout and how refreshed it feels after using the PCA facial wash.

Facial Wash
This gentle lactic acid formulation includes a novel cleansing blend that effectively removes environmental impurities and makeup while leaving the skin hydrated, soothed and pH balanced. Recommended for normal skin on the face and body.

PCA skin broad spectrum

With fair skin, I am always looking for a good SPF product. I love how light this PCA Skin Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45 is. The formula absorbs right away and doesn’t leave and sticky or greasy feeling on my skin.

Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45
This revolutionary formulation provides water-resistant broad spectrum protection with a light finish. The blend of UVA/UVB protecting sunscreen agents, including ultra-sheer zinc oxide, provides sun-shielding benefits. Tested to protect for 80 minutes in water, it is the perfect choice for an outdoor lifestyle. It also contains the important antioxidants silybin, also known as milk thistle, and caffeine.

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This is one of my favorite products. Within the first week I could see a different in the tone of my skin, little blemishes and marks were fading. And my skin just had a healthier more vibrant glow.

Total Strength Serum
Total Strength Serum specifically addresses aging concerns by using the newest generation blend of peptides and amino acids that helps increase the production of collagen I, III and IV. Users will see a noticeable reduction in wrinkle volume while helping to regain elasticity, minimize pores and improve overall skin texture. The result is an overall lifting, smoothing effect.

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Every morning and evening I apply just a pea sized amount. The skin along my jaw and neck are looking much firmer in just tow weeks. And if you nursed your kids you know the havoc that can create for your breasts. This cream will help firm the delicate tissue and leave your girls looking perkier and smoother. Score!

Perfecting Neck & Décolleté
The neck and décolleté are the most ignored areas of skin, yet they are two of the first to show signs of aging. Perfecting Neck & Décolleté is designed to specifically address the delicate tissue of this skin, offering unmatched rapid results in wrinkle repair, texture and UV-induced hyperpigmentation. Clinical results showed a demonstrable difference in skin complexion, laxity, texture and wrinkles within just five weeks.

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When you are serious about changing your skin you bring out the big guns! The Intensive Age Refining Treatment is pretty strong stuff. I started with just two nights the first two weeks, next week I will try three nights. Just a pea sized drop of this serum will help hydrate and soothe your skin, while it goes to work to minimize fine lines. I can definitely see an improvement in the lines around my eyes. I can’t wait to see how it has helped at the end of the challenge.

Intensive Age Refining Treatment®: 0.5% pure retinol night
This nighttime treatment formulation combines 0.5% pure retinol paired with antioxidants and a host of beneficial ingredients to hydrate and soothe, while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In the evening, apply a pea-sized amount after cleansing and toning. Begin by limiting use to twice a week, gradually increasing application frequency to every other night, and then advancing to each evening or as tolerated. Follow with the appropriate PCA SKIN moisturizer. Mild irritation may initially be experienced and is not a sign of a negative complication. This product is indicated for use in the evening only.

You can learn more about the PCA Skin line and purchase at www.pcaskin.com.

 

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


New! Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

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I am obsessed with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder and use it every day. I can’t wait to try the new Ambient Lighting Blush.

HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Blush $35

What it is:
A groundbreaking hybrid that combines the customized lighting effects of Ambient Lighting Powder with a spectrum of breathtakingly modern hues for seamless, soft-focus, and multidimensional color.

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What it does:
Discover a new way to blush. Hourglass has fused Ambient Lighting Powder, the cutting-edge collection of finishing powders, with an array of vivid cheek colors, creating a hybrid product that is unique, contemporary, and revolutionary. Unlike traditional blush, which tends to be flat, Ambient Lighting Blush uses Photoluminescent Technology to exhibit depth and dimension. The airy, lightweight powders contain optically transparent particles that amplify the colors to a multidimensional level—effectively reinventing the way you view blush.

Each hand-made blush is formulated using an advanced miscelare technique—which means “to mix” in Italian—creating the perfect balance of pigment and powder, and no two look alike. The six shades ranging from soft coral to cool pink are a wardrobe of captivating accent lights for cheeks. They deliver a radiant, natural finish and offer buildable color to imbue the entire complexion with an otherworldly glow.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens

What else you need to know:
Designed to be paired with Ambient Lighting Powder, the twin formulas share the same technology that enhances the appearance of the skin. Using them together creates a multidimensional luminescence that is not achieved by using a different product. This product is free of fragrance, nano-particle, talc, and gluten. It was not tested on animals.