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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.

Spring Makeup Bag Essentials

There’s nothing better than packing light for the week and spring cleaning your makeup bag. The things you need are ALWAYS quick hair tools, SPF, lip color + balm and a hair brush… They’re from Smashbox, Lumene, Conair and Scunci! LMK if you’re loving it and you too want to streamline your beauty picks!

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(From left to right) Scunci printed barrette, Conair Detangling Brush, Travel Size Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Day Cream (for quick SPF touch ups!), Sun Bum SPF 30 Lip Balm (can’t forget about lips!) and Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liners…my fave trick to create a matte, bright lip that stays on FOREVER. Fill in and DONE!

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Love this little brush, perfect for on the go touch up. And the flexible bristles make it easy to comb my hair wet or dry without damaging it.

Conair Detangling Brush
The Conair® Detangling Brush has soft, flexible bristles to detangle hair the gentle way. Ideal for kids, this detangling brush easily removes tangles and knots without snagging or pulling. Use the Conair Detangling Brush on wet or dry hair. Put an end to hair-brushing struggles and tears!

A travel size is so genius! Perfect for the warmer weather and touching up during the day to keep my skin hydrated and radiant.

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Travel Size Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Day Cream
A fresh and moisturizing formula combines antioxidants from Wild Arctic Cloudberry and Vitamin C, which is highly effective due to a special encapsulation technology. The technology enables the Vitamin C to be released steadily and deeper into the skin making the benefits of Vitamin C even more effective on your skin. In combination the Cloudberry and Vitamin C make your skin look radiant and bright. They also protect it against harmful external effects, such as sunlight, that causes premature aging. This Vitamin C Cream is a perfect addition to a brightening daily regimen.

One of my kids and I favorite lips balms. They love all the great good enough to eat flavors. I love how hydrated it leaves our lips and knowing the SPF30 is protecting our lips from sun damage.

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Sun Bum SPF 30 Lip Balm
Grab as many as you can because we literally can’t keep any of our lip balm flavors in stock. Our smooth SPF 30 sunscreen lip balm with added Aloe and Vitamin E will protect and moisturize your kisser all day long… just try not to lick it off.

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Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liners
A long-wearing, water-resistant lip liner that self-sharpens every time you twist the cap off.The Always Sharp lip liners have a tiny built-in sharpener in the tip of the cap, so they self-sharpen every time you twist off the cap.

New! Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

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The ultimate collection of neutrals, Smashbox’s latest palette has every color you need for a light to smokey look. When I first started reading about this palette I was wondering why the reviews were so different. People either loved it or hated it and there didn’t seem to be a middle ground.

After a few uses I love it, the matte shades are vibrant and very long wearing and the shimmer colors are just that a light shimmer. Now possibly the women who didn’t like this palette like a more bold sparkle look on their eye. In my mid-30’s this was the perfect shimmer. It brightened my eye area without looking like I was over the top sparkly and heading to prom. I always use eye shadow primer and found these colors stay put really well, this is now my daily go-to palette. As you can see from the swatch below with one swipe the colors stayed true to how they looked in the palette.

 

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Along with the beautiful collection of colors, Smashbox also included a travel size Full Exposure Mascara. And even better for boring Betty’s like me they included a bonus pamphlet with different makeup looks based on the shape of your eyes! Such a great idea I have very round eyes and love the tips to get the best look for my eye shape. Overall this is a great collection of items and will work from every day looks for work to smokey eyes for a night on the town.

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Smashbox Full Exposure Palette $49

What it is:
A set of universally awesome neutrals that includes how-tos for six different eye shapes.

What it does:
This versatile palette includes 14 must-have neutral shades—from nudes to blacks—in long-wearing shimmers and velvety smooth mattes. The clearly organized palette—shimmers on top and mattes on the bottom—makes them easy to work with, and the kit also includes a breakthrough eye shape chart to achieve your most gorgeous look, along with a dual-ended brush to use with both formulas, and a bonus Full Exposure Mascara sample.

This set contains:
– 7 x 0.035 oz eye shadow in shimmer shades (top row): Chocolate Brown with Golden Pearl, Deep Golden Brown with Gold Pearl, Soft Gold with Gold and Silver Pearl, Light Tan with Gold and Silver Pearl, Golden Wheat with Gold Pearl, Midtone Slate with Silver Pearl, Rich Grey with Multicolor and Silver Pearl
– 7 x 0.035 oz eye shadow in matte shades (bottom row): Matte Warm Chocolate Brown, Matte Midtone Brown, Soft Matte Midtone Tan, Creamy Matte Beige, Soft Light Taupe, Ashy Dark Brown, Suede Black
– 0.14 oz Full Exposure Mascara deluxe sample
– Get-the-look eye shape chart

What else you need to know:
The Full Exposure Palette was created because the pros at Smashbox Studios needed it. On set, they’ve seen every skin tone and eye shape imaginable, so they wanted a super universal, straightforward palette that works on anyone, anywhere—in front of the cameras or behind the scenes.

Just like you dress to flatter your body shape, eye makeup should be applied based on your eye shape. After nine years of research looking at more than 5,000 eyes, the Smashbox R&D team narrowed it down to six main shapes. Their artists then created how-to’s based on the shapes to get the most gorgeous eyes possible with this palette.

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I won’t apply eye shadow without a primer, but even with primer sometimes I have issues with shadow fading or creasing especially in the warmer months. Smashbox’s new 24hr Photo Finish Shadow Primer is here to save the day! This primer is everything I never knew I needed and wanted.

The texture is nice and light and easy to work with. The best part is my eye shadow sticks like glue! I can apply my shadow in the morning and no matter what my day entails even a long workout and my shadow looks fresh and new. This has even helped stopped the creasing my eye shadow loves to do on hot days. You just need a small dab of product so one tube should last me a very long time. If you are shopping for a primer don’t miss this one!

SMASHBOX 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer $20

What it is:
A shadow primer that locks on more vibrant color for a full 24 hours.

What it does:
This primer makes shadows last and has the added benefit of making color appear more vibrant. Sweat- and humidity-resistant, this formula doesn’t fade, crease, or smudge for 24 hours.

What else you need to know:
“A primer that makes my eye shadow last for 24 hours? Yes, please! I’ll never have to worry about my shadow looking like a hot mess after yoga or a long night out!” — Lori Taylor Davis, Smashbox Global Pro Lead Artist.

“My models kept asking for a primer that would keep their eye shadow on after a shoot, because they liked the look so much. This primer is literally like glue for your shadow.”— Davis Factor, Smashbox Founder and Celebrity Photographer

You can find this and other great Smashbox products at Smashbox.com  and Sephora.com.

 

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


A Smashbox Fall Favorite!

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Fade to Black with Smashbox!

I’m in love with Smashbox’s Fade to Black lipstick! For Fall, they’ve released two new gorgeous shades. Cognac (warm nude) and Black Cherry (sheer berry). Above is the Black Cherry, and it’s the most beautiful, slightly-darker-than-natural lipstick. This is the kind of lipstick you wear everyday. It feels amazing, looks gorgeous, and you’ll use it down to the nub!

Get it while you can!! Stock up!

$20 at Sephora

*Disclosure: I was sent these products to review for the site, I was not paid to write this post, and I was not compensated for my opinions. The opinions you read here are mine alone.