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Get Rid of Dark Spots Now with Murad!

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I am in love with the results of the Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum. By the end of summer my cheeks had so many sun spots I looked like I had a cheetah pattern on my face. I have been using this line for 2 months exclusively and I am flabbergasted how much it lightened my age spots. I had a before pic to show you all the fantastic results but then my phone kicked the bucket, revived it only for it to go total black screen. Ugh! When will I learn to upload right away.

Back to the serum, ultra lightweight and absorbs instantly it feels great on my skin and lightens the dark and age spots while bringing out a brighter more radiant tone. This serum is why I always sing the praises of Murad and when friends ask its the first skincare products I recommend.

Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum $60
Fast-acting treatment featuring Hydroquinone fades dark spots, age spots, and freckles. Our skin-lightening serum also evens out skin tone to reveal a clearer, brighter complexion while helping prevent future pigment formation.

Our Hydroquinone serum is suggested for people looking to:
• Fade age spots
• Lighten dark spots
• Even skin tone

extensive c radiance peel

The word peel may scare you a bit, but Murad’s Intensive- C Radiance Peel does all the work of a deep exfoliating mask without any  pain or irritation. After just one use my skin felt firmer and looked smoother and brighter. I have been using this once a week with my other age spot correcting products and love the results.

Intensive-C Radiance Peel $55
Brighten, smooth and hydrate to see a radiant glow after just one treatment. Glycolic Acid exfoliates to accelerate turnover of dark damaged cells, removing dullness and improving skin texture. Myrtle Extract supports cellular renewal to boost youthful resilience and elasticity. Vitamin C and Indian Fig protect against free radical damage while enhancing skin clarity and luminosity.

essential c moisture night

A great nighttime moisturized Murad’s Essential- C Night Moisture works hard while you sleep. Its a heavy duty moisturizer but goes on lightweight and absorbs quickly and smells fantastic. After the first few days I noticed my skin was softer and smoother when I woke up.And it felt fresh and not greasy when I woke up. On top of hydrating my skin is helps to remove dark spots and heal blemished skin. Love how great this feels and how much it has improved my skin.

 

Essential-C Night Moisture $65
Antioxidant-enriched hydrator featuring a patented technology designed to improve skin while you sleep. Vitamins A, C and E encourage cell turnover to improve skin firmness
Essential-C Night Moisture’s rich Shea Butter delivers instant hydration that lasts throughout the night. Our patented Skin Repair System restores a youthful look to environmentally stressed skin. Essential-C Night Moisture also delivers increased elasticity and firmness by encouraging collagen synthesis while Vitamin C neutralizes damaging free radicals and brightens skin.

 

murad after age spot

I can’t show you the before due to my dead phone but this is after two months use. This cheek in particular had fairly dark age spots from my cheek bone to jaw line. The first month they started to fade by the end of the second month with the Murad trio the spots were all but gone. I love this line and will be using it to maintain my brighter and clearer skin.

 

You can learn more about Murad and purchase their products online at www.murad.com.

 

 

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

It’s Not Too Late to Get The Perfect Gift With Sephora!

Did you realize you forgot someone on your list? Or maybe you have someone you just haven’t found the perfect gift for. Well fear not! Head into your local Sephora store for a plethora of holiday gifts ideas sure to please anyone on your list. Here are a few of my favorites this year:

 

formula x bottle service

This will make any nail polish lover squeal with delight. Not only for the super cute packaging but the fact its chock full of amazing Formula X nail color. A personal favorite of mine, Formula X colors last longer that most and resists chipping of fading. I love the brush it makes application a cinch which is great for unsteady hands like mine.

Formula X Bottle Service Set $36.50

What it is: 
A limited-edition 10-piece mini nail polish set with bestselling bold and neutral shades featured in premium champagne bottle packaging.

What it does:
Pop open a bottle and get lacquered up with 10 mini nail polishes imported directly from the Formula X Color Cuvée MMXV. Five new, limited-edition cream and shimmer come together with five bestselling classics in a soirée of radiant reds, seductive nudes, and zesty bolds. The sophisticated champagne bottle-inspired packaging makes this gift set perfect for painting, exploring shades, and staying polished. These statement-making nail polishes are infused with Formula X’s patented No Compromise formula, and each top-shelf shade features ShineXcel™, an exclusive luminescent ingredient that enhances the color and overall brilliance for the ultimate lasting mani. Cheers to the perfect harmony of color, radiance, and a smooth, crisp finish.

This set contains:
– 10 x 0.13 oz Nail Color in X

 

 

fresh sugar lips set 2015

 

Just in time for winter this Fresh Sugar Lip Lovers collection has everything she needs to prep, protect and perfect her lips. I love Sugar Lip Treatment and carry it everywhere in the cooled weather. This was my first time trying the serum and I am really impressed. It left my lips so smooth and hydrated and no more dry or cracking spots no matter how long I am out schlepping in the cold.

Fresh Sugar Lip Lovers $45
A collection of Sugar Lip favorites to prep, protect, and perfect your lips bundled in a cheerful holiday gift box affixed with a festive bow. These Fresh favorites are designed to pamper lips in every way. Sugar Lip Polish gently exfoliates and conditions. Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy nourishes and improves definition. Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy nourishes and smooths wrinkles. Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen offers sheer rose color and sun protection. Sugar Rose Shine Lip Treatment creates a luscious rose-tinted shine.

 

 

kate sommerville

 

True luxury in skincare, Kate Somerville has a huge list of celeb devotees due to her highly efficient products. If you are new to the brand this holiday collection is a great way to try out the brand and save some serious money over the normal retail price. I love the Gentle Daily Wash, it foams up nicely and removed any makeup and junk from my face rinsing clean and leaving my skin feeling refreshed and clean.  The ExfoliKate is an intense exfoliater that buffs away dead skin and leaves my skin bright and smooth. It it a heavier scrub than I am used to but I found it really left my skin feeling and looking amazing. Last but not least this kit has an excellent oil free moisturizer. Perfect for combo skin the formula is lightweight and absorbs instantly leaving my face hydrated but not shiny or greasy. Love this combo set and any girl or guy on your list will love it as well.

Kate Somerville Melrose Place Set $68
Let it glow. Give the gift of gorgeous skin this holiday season with Kate’s limited-edition gift set. Every facial at the Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts Clinic on Melrose Place begins with cleansing and exfoliating, and ends with moisturization. This special set features 3 of our best-selling essentials to help you achieve a fresh-from-the-Clinic glow at home.

The set includes:
ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (2 oz): Kate’s best-selling exfoliator is infused with Scrubbing Exfoliants and Pineapple, Papaya and Pumpkin Enzymes to reveal a smoother, brighter, healthier-looking complexion after just 1 use.
Gentle Daily Wash (4 oz): This gentle, sulfate-free cleanser removes makeup and pore-clogging oil, while helping to maintain skin’s natural moisture barrier.
Nourish Daily Moisturizer (0.5 oz): As gentle as it is powerful, this age-defense moisturizer is formulated with Matrixyl 3000™ to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and nourish sensitive skin.

*A $135 value!

 

kores sleeping beauties

 

I love my Korres night creams! Since my first use I have been hooked on the Greek Yoghurt Advanced Sleeping Facial and I was excited to try the other two pots in this collection. How great are holiday kits? You get to try products you have been eyeing and the smaller holiday kit product sizes mean I get to try more for my money and decide what I love before buying the full size. I have been using the Black Pine for a week now and it might be pulling into the lead for a new fav. The product feels amazing on my skin and I love how it tightens and lifts my skin. I am prone to winter heck any season allergies and some days wake up with the dreaded puffy face. Since I started using the Black Pine Night treatment I have found my face is firmer and less puffy even on mornings I am in an allergy haze.

Whether the person on your list is a fan of Korres or new to the line, they are sure to love this set.

Korres Sleeping Beauties Overnight Treatment Trio $48
A trio of targeted overnight treatments that reveal better skin by morning.

Designed to work with your skin’s natural nightly repair cycle, each one of these Sleeping Beauties is formulated to melt into skin while you sleep, delivering a continuous dose of intense hydration and potent, targeted active ingredients. You’ll see visible results in as little as one night.

Get bright at night with Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial, which works while you sleep to improve radiance and give you smooth, petal-soft skin. Soothe while you slumber with Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial, which contains a rich Greek yogurt concentrate with two and half times more protein than regular yogurt to calm and nourish skin. Lift while you drift with Black Pine Antiwrinkle Firming & Lifting Night Cream, featuring a blend of eight unique active ingredients, five of which are patented to firm, lift, and contour the look of skin.

Collections Includes:

Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial (0.51 fl oz / 15 ml)
Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial (0.51 fl oz / 15 ml)
Black Pine Antiwrinkle Firming & Lifting Night Cream (0.51 fl oz / 15 ml)

 

 

sephora stand up and shine

sephora brush set 2015

 

An amazing value at $130 ($100 less than buying individually). A gift anyone will love from makeup novice to pro. This gorgeous rose gold collection contains every brush you could need from foundation, concealer, brow, lipstick and many more. And the beautiful cream colored case doubles as a standing easel or travel case. You might want to grab two this might be hard to hand off its so beautiful.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Stand Up And Shine Prestige Easel Brush Set $130
What it is: A makeup aficionado collector’s set with 12 high-performance PRO brushes and a special stand-up pouch. What it does: Embrace your artistic inspirations with this versatile set of brushes capable of creating entire looks from start to finish. The deluxe bristles effortlessly pick up product and flawlessly blend with ease. The professional case doubles as a standing easel, increasing visibility and accessibility to your brushes during application. Brushes feature metal handles that easily fit in the hand and have a limited-edition rose gold color.

This set contains: – Powder brush – Angled blush brush – Foundation brush – Concealer brush – Allover shadow brush – Small shadow brush – Crease brush – Smudge brush – Angled liner brush – Smoky liner brush – Lip brush – Brow comb and spoolie What else you need to know: All brushes are made of cruelty-free fibers. They are not tested on animals.

 

sephora buxom lip set 2015

buxom leave your mark set

One of my favorite holiday collections, I am just using the last bits of my collection from last year. Buxom glosses are one of my favorite very pigmented, super long wearing and never sticky. I love the shine and color they give my lips and this year’s collection has amazing colors. I love the smaller size I tuck one in my car, purse, overnight bag basically everywhere I can think of. Not only do these make my lips look good they feel great on.

Buxom Leave Your Mark Full-On Lip Polish & Lip Cream Set
$59
What it is:
A 15-piece collection of mini Full-On® Lip Polishes and Lip Creams.

What it does:
The Full-On Lip Polish & Lip Cream Set features mini sizes of lip polishes and lip creams that let you experiment with tingling, lip-plumping looks in nudes, pinks, reds, and plums. Glide on each lip color’s shimmering and glass-smooth finish to leave lips saturated in decadent shine.

This set contains:
– 8 x 0.07 Mini Full-On Lip Polish in Bunny (fresh peach nectar), Jennifer (flirty fuchsia), Olivia (pink disco), Sandy (almost naked), Sophia (sweetheart pink), Starr (sweetheart pink), Taylor (crimson flame), Zoe (dazzling orchid)
– 7 x 0.07 Mini Full-On Lip Cream in Berry Blast (vivid fuchsia), Cherry Flip (red poppy), Dolly (sultry mauve), Hot Toddy (toasty nude), Pink Lady (electric pink), Purple Haze (ripe grape), White Russian (nude pink)

 

sephora foreo luna set hliday 2015

 

If you want to wow her this year look no further than the Foreo Luna Holiday Cleansing Collection. This limited edition set has everything she needs for complexion perfection. The Luna is a cutting edge cleansing device that uses T-sonic pulsations with silicone touch points to give you superior cleansing.  It removes makeup, dead skin cells and will help unclog pores all while being gentle on her skin. And this exclusive set comes with two Fulls size Boscia Products to cleanse and moisturize her skin. But wait… there’s more!! Just for a bit more pampering this set has an amazing Boscia Vitamin C Brightening Hydrogel Mask that will leave her looking and feeling amazing. And you will be hearing how amazing a gift giver you are the more she uses it and sees the amazing results.
Foreo LUNA™ Holiday Cleansing Collection With Full Size Boscia Products For Sensitive/Normal Skin $199
A unique skincare device that utilizes T-Sonic™ pulsation technology to gently dislodge makeup and dirt from pores, paired with three incredible, full-size Boscia products for a complete beauty regimen for sensitive to normal skin types.

What it is formulated to do:
This complete beauty regimen leaves skin with a youthful-looking glow. The LUNA™ Holiday Cleansing Collection is curated to provide a luxurious cleansing experience for sensitive to normal skin types. The LUNA™ effectively removes makeup and dirt from pores, leaving the skin looking naturally beautiful while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Purifying Cleansing Gel is a makeup remover and cleanser derived from amino acids to gently cleanse while preserving natural moisture. Tsubaki Beauty Oil is an antiaging botanical blend that works to provide serious hydration and protection against free radical damage. The innovative 100 percent Vitamin C Brightening Hydrogel Mask brightens, firms, and hydrates the skin.

This set contains:
– LUNA™ for Sensitive/ Normal Skin
– 5 oz full-size Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel
– 1.7 oz full-size Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil
– 1.17 oz full-size Boscia Vitamin C Brightening Hydrogel Mask

 

You can check out these and all the other amazing gift ideas online at www.Sephora.com. Then head to your local store to grab the perfect gift, most stores will be open Christmas Eve as well to make sure you have time to grab something special for everyone on your list.

 

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

 

Get The Look: Julianne Hough’s Smokey Eye on DWTS

 

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Last night, ABC’s Dancing With The Stars judge, Julianne Hough, stunned in a sexy, black gown. To compliment her look, Celebrity Makeup Artist Spencer Barnes created a sultry, smokey eye using Italy’s most on-trend cosmetic brand, KIKO MILANO. Follow the step-by-step below to get Julianne’s flawless look.

Get The Look:

Water Eyeshadow - 209

Eyes:

  • Cover the lid using KIKO MILANO Water Eyeshadow in Golden Mauve (202). Beginning at the tear duct, use a medium-size round brush to apply KIKO MILANO Water Eyeshadow in Olive Green (209) to the crease of the lid.
  • Finish defining the outer creasing using the KIKO MILANO Water Eyeshadow in Dark Slate Green (213).
  • Highlight the upper brow bone with KIKO MILANO Water Eyeshadow in Champagne (200).
  • Line the upper and lower lash lines with KIKO MILANO Limited Edition Midnight Siren Moon Shadow Stick in Glistening Turquoise (04).
  • Complete the eye look with 2 coats of KIKO MILANO Extra Sculpt Mascara.

 

KIKO MILANO Eyebrow Expert Styling Kit

Brows:

  • Start by brushing the brow hairs down towards the eye using the spoley brush included in the KIKO MILANO Eyebrow Expert Eyebrow Kit.
  • Then, fill in the natural sparse hairs with the lighter shade from the KIKO MILANO Eyebrow Expert Eyebrow Kit. Shape the tail of the brow using the darker shade with the kit’s angled brush.
  • Complete the brow look by applying the KIKO MILANO Eyebrow Expert Eyebrow Kit’s tinted shaping wax.

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Lips:

  • Use the base color of the KIKO MILANO Double Touch Lipstick in Rhododendron Pink to coat the lips with long-lasting color.
  • Sweep the lipgloss from the KIKO MILANO Double Touch Lipstick over the lips for a shine that lasts up to 10 hours.

Elemis Pro-Radiance Pink Edition

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Elemis Beautiful Skin in a Flash $60.00
A limited edition of Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm, our hybrid moisturizer and primer housed in a pink tube with a pink zipped tablet pouch to support Breast Cancer Care.

ELEMIS are proud to donate £10,000 annually to Breast Cancer Care. Breast Cancer Care doesn’t just support people affected by breast cancer, they also highlight the importance of early detection and answer your questions about breast health.

Collection Includes:
Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm (full size)
FREE Elemis Tablet Case (8.85″ x 6.5″)

89% felt the product helped skin look more radiant and luminous instantly*
85% agreed the product helped smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles*
91% stated the product helped provide a more even and brighter skin tone*

*User Trials December 2012, based on 66 users over 14 days