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Beauty Products: Clarisonic Mia

Last month, Clarisonic sent me a Clarisonic Mia to try out. After using the Mia for a few weeks, I can officially say I am OBSESSED with it.

The Clarisonic Mia is a cordless skin cleansing system . I love how light & portable this device is. The Mia is rechargeable & takes only 60 seconds to make my skin clean, smooth & healthy. With just one click of the button, you can improve your skin tone and reduce the appearance of pores. You can also remove 6X more makeup & 2X more dirt & oil.

I was warned that some users needed an adjustment period in order to get used to the deep cleansing system but I honestly saw results the next day. Right after I was done cleansing, my face instantly felt super smooth & soft. It never caused my face to break out either. After a few more weeks of use, I am still so impressed by how my skin feels each time I use it. I would definitely recommend anyone to go out & pick this product up for yourself. It not only makes my skin look & feel better but it also makes washing my face even easier – what more could you possibly want?

To find out more information or to purchase a Mia for yourself, check it out here. Also be sure to “like” them on Facebook & follow them on Twitter!

Beauty Products: Best of 2010

BEST LIP COLOR: Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain + Balm for $8.99

Personally, I tend to stick with lip glosses & stay away from lip sticks because they leave my lips feeling dry. This lip stain is the best of both worlds. Long-lasting lip color,inexpensive, & attached balm to keep your lips moisturized? Yes please!

BEST LIP GLOSS: Urban Decay Lip Junkie for $19

If after trying the Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain, you decide that you are definitely just a gloss girl but are dying for more color, look no further than Urban Decay’s Lip Junkie. Beautiful color, long lasting shine & a minty fresh flavor.

BEST EYE SHADOW: Urban Decay Eyeshadow for $18

I am addicted to Urban Decay’s eye shadow. They have matte colors for every day wear, shimmery colors for highly pigmented intensity & glittery colors for those special occasions. Buy any of their amazing eye shadow palettes to try a variety of colors & save money!

BEST EYE SHADOW PRIMER: Too Faced Shadow Insurance for $18

Although I do love Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primer as well, I find myself constantly coming back to Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance. For the same price & end result, I prefer it’s simple application. Just squeeze the primer out of the tube & onto your finger to apply versus Urban Decay’s brush. Both are great products – it’s just my personal preference.

BEST LIQUID EYELINER: MAC Superslick Liquid Eyeliner for $17.50

I was honestly scared to try liquid eyeliner at first but now I am addicted. MAC’s liquid eyeliner brush goes on so finely that application is easy, even for a beginner. Eyeliner lasts all day & is perfect for a fun night out!

BEST EYE LINER: Sephora Collection Nano Eyeliner for $5

I’ve tried plenty of other eyeliners but you just can’t beat the price. The color goes on smoothly & even though the eye pencil is much smaller than most, it lasts me a lot longer than other eyeliners.

BEST MASCARA: L’oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara for $8.99

I LOVE this mascara. The first time I applied it, it instantly looked like I had fake eyelashes on. The beauty tubes technology makes it easy to remove the product at night.

BEST NAIL POLISH: Ulta Nail Polish for $5 (or cheaper with Ulta deals!)

A lot of people I know are addicted to Essie but you just can’t beat the deals that Ulta has. Their own brand of nail polish is fantastic! Smooth to apply, variety of colors & inexpensive! If you have an Ulta store near you, you should make the switch to Ulta nail polish.

BEST BRONZER: NARS Laguna Bronzer for $32

My favorite bronzer – hand down! I’ve had this product since high school & I still love the color. For blush, try NARS Orgasm.

BEST SELF TANNER: L’oreal Sublime Bronze Lotion $8.48

Scared to try a self tanner? You HAVE to try this product. It’s inexpensive, nearly impossible to leave streaks, tinted & it doesn’t smell bad. Make sure to buy the lotion or the spray. I have heard horrible things about the gel & haven’t tried the towelettes yet. I prefer the lotion but again, personal preference.

Top Five: Ways to Pull Off Braids


Celebrities & fashion designers alike have been going crazy for braids! Braids are no longer strictly for young kids anymore. The fashion and entertainment industry has literally redefined the braid in order to update it for an older generation. One of the major trendsetters for this braid craze was Lauren Conrad herself. Nearly every time she stepped out on the red carpet or appeared on an episode of “The Hills”, her hair had some sort of braid technique utilized. Other celebrities sporting this new hairstyle trend include Rachel Bilson, Teresa Palmer, Blake Lively, Mary-Kate Olsen & more.

1. Classic – The classic braid that most of us wore growing up is still in fashion but with slight modifications. Pictured above on the top right is Teresa Palmer showing exactly what I mean. A true classic braid would go straight down your back, nothing too fancy. Recently, a lot of girls wanted to wear their braid to the side. This can be achieved using the technique shown on Teresa Palmer as well as several others depending on the length of your hair.

2. Fishtail - The fishtail is also a fairly common one you can see walking down the red carpet and in high fashion. The beauty of the fishtail braid is that it looks a lot more complicated than it actually is. The technique is simply the classic braid with a unique twist. Instead of braiding the same amount of hair each time like with the classic, the fishtail increases the amount of hair used in the braid each cycle leaving for a very chic and polished look. Pull a few stray hairs down next to your face and you will look like your hair was done by the pros.

3. Braided Up-do – One of the most common braided up-dos celebrities have been opting for this season is the single braid going over the top of your head. There may be other ways of completing this hairstyle but how I have always done it in the past was to start with two pigtails on opposite sides of your head. Braid the first one and secure it in place. Then braid the other over top and intertwine them at the end of the braid in order to give the illusion that there is only one single braid.

4. Thin Braids - Another common theme is to use thin braids to liven up a simple hairstyle. Rachel Bilson, Blake Lively, and Lauren Conrad all utilize thin braids when leaving their hair down and wavy. It is a simple way to create an even more beachy look alongside their beachy waves.

5. Front Braid - Lauren Conrad is pictured above with this hairstyle. This same hairstyle can be seen on Amanda Seyfried in her new movie, “Letters to Juliet”. This is such a simple hairstyle that almost anyone can pull off, no matter if you have short or long hair. For longer hair, another option would be to continue the braid all the way down the length of your hair like shown on Teresa Palmer on the far left.

Beauty: 24/7 Makeup by Urban Decay

This holiday season, I fell in love with Urban Decay.

It first started with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils. Seriously, the best eyeliners I have ever used. I used to use Sephora’s eyeliner. They were inexpensive and went on smoothly. Recently, I wanted to try a liquid eyeliner for a more intense color and longer lasting, but had difficulty applying it correctly. Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils gave me both what I wanted (intense color, long lasting) and what I needed (smooth line, easy to apply). I currently use the eye pencils in Zero (black) and Bourbon (brown) and love them both. Seriously, the back of the box says it all!

“Finally, a fantasy you can indulge in… imagine cushiony, creamy eye pencils that glide on soft, yet deliver powerful, long-lasting, waterproof color. The feel, the intensity and the 24/7 wear is pencil paradise found!”

I am curious to see what other great colors they have. The 24/7 eye pencils separately are $17 but are definitely worth it for a great eyeliner that lasts all day and night! You can also buy sets of eye pencils for cheaper.

Continuing on with the 24/7 theme, their eyeshadow primer is an excellent buy as well. In an earlier post, I mentioned Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance. Both products are great to have. I have Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin which doubles as eyeshadow and primer. You can apply it with either your finger or the wand. I found that the wand was much easier to apply then I had anticipated. The end result is the same as with Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance — long lasting eyeshadow wear. You can purchase Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion for $17.

If you have not tried Urban Decay yet, please do. You won’t regret it. And with their “Love It or Leave It” policy, you really have nothing to lose.

Top Five: Beauty Finds

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Whether looking to try a new mascara or looking for a great way to take all of your make-up off, I decided to blog about my current beauty must-haves and obsessions.

1. L’oreal Double Extend Mascara Beauty Tubes Technology - I have tried a lot of mascaras but this is by far my favorite. Never have my eyelashes looked longer and fuller than when I have used this. L’oreal claims that with the beauty tubes technology, your lashes will look up to 80% longer and they are absolutely right. Plus, the tubes make it super easy to take it off at the end of the day. $9

2. Too Faced Shadow Insurance – Anti Crease Eyeshadow Primer – this item is a definite must! If you want your eye shadow looking just as good at the end of the night that it did when you first applied it, then you need Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Just squirt a little bit on the tip of your pointer finger and apply to your eyelid before you put on your makeup and you are good to go. $17

3. Nars Duo Eyeshadow- ever since my mother first introduced me to Nars, I’ve been hooked. My favorite thing from Nars would have to be the Duo Eyeshadows. I am not a make-up artist but their duo eyeshadow makes it easy to fake it. All I do is swipe the darker of the colors across my eyelid while using the lighter color to highlight the brow. I use “Stage Beauty” (brown), ”Wicked” (green) and “Violetta” (purple). $32

4.  Nars Lip Gloss- another one of my favorites from Nars is their lip gloss in “Orgasm.” When I got my make-up done for a homecoming dance one year, I got this particular lip gloss as a free gift and absolutely loved it. Absolutely gorgeous color and it seems to last long. I have also heard from other people that they love using Nars blush in “Orgasm” too. Apparently a very popular color. $24

5. Boots No 7 Quick Thinking 4-in-1 Wipes – these make-up removing wipes are great! They come in a pack of 30 but the wipes are plenty big so unless you wear extremely heavy make-up, you can probably get away with ripping these wipes in half. These quick thinking wipes allow you to cleanse, tone, moisturize and remove your make-up all in one simple step. Available at Target. $7

My Top Five Must-Haves for Summer 09

Summer is just around the corner, are you ready? You will be with these five must-haves for summer!

Steve Madden - Boogle in Brown Suede

Steve Madden - Boogle in Brown Suede

1. Sandals - Throw out those old ratty flip flops for a pair of  Gladiator sandals. This style of shoe became popular last year. This summer, it is all about the embellishments. I bought a pair of Steve Maddens sandals this year and I love them. Embellished with beads, sequins and stones, you can never go wrong. Go to SteveMadden.com to purchase your pair today. But before you do, make sure you check out your local Ross, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls to see if they have a pair in stock for less.

2. Sunscreen -There is a lot of talk about the dangers of excess sun exposure. Make sure you protect yourself against the sun with the best of the best. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock in SPF 55, 70 and 85 is a great sunblock. It’s sweat-proof, waterproof and it won’t clog your pores! For more information, check it out for yourself at Neutrogena.com.

Free People - Printed Dreamweaver Tank

Free People - Printed Dreamweaver Tank

3. Racerback Tanks -One of my favorite trends this season are the racerback tanks. I love that designers are being even more creative with the racerback tanks by adding lace or knitting the back adding for a truly unique top that can be dressed up with jeans and pumps for a night on the town or dressed down with shorts and sandals for a fun day at the beach. You can find this racerback tank at any Free People store or at FreePeople.com.

4. Brighten Up Your Lips - I am a big fan of hot pink nail polish in the summer. This summer, why not a bright pink lipstick? Replace your dark red lipstick and save it for the fall time. For summer, brighten up your lips with a shocking pink or a vibrant red for a fresh, summer look. For bright lip stick, I would recommend trying MAC Cosmetics for a vibrant color that compliments your skin tone.

5. Lilac Eyes - After you brighten up your lips, don’t forget about your eyes. Nothing shows the start of a new season like the changing of eye shadow colors. I use Nars Cosmetics Duo Eyeshadow in Violetta. For even more fun, play up your eyes with purple eyeliner.