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Day and Night with LORAC “The Private Affair” Collection

50 Summer Beauty Challenge Day and Night with LORAC The Private Affair Collection

Recently, several beauty bloggers, and myself, were given one of two challenges – to create two eye looks or show off some dupes on a limited budget. To do this we were provided with $50 credit to Sephora, Ulta or drugstore.com. I decided I would show two looks, so I took my Sephora giftcard and off I went shopping, with the help of some Sephora coupon codes, as it is easy to go thru $50 quickly there.

The best way to get the most value for your money is to get a complete collection that includes a shadow palette – in this case, I snatched up the LORAC Private Affair collection. It includes eyeshadow primer, a 6-color eyeshadow palette, with a range of shades from light to dark wine, a cream eyeliner in “Plum” and a volumizing mascara.

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The great thing about this palette is that it gives you the ability to have a daytime look with the lighter, neutral shades, and a nighttime look with the darker shades, all from this one palette. And with the eye primer, it will make the light shades appear brighter and your night look will be richer and last longer. The gel liner is silky smooth and is easily applied to really outline your eyes for the night. The mascara does a great job of opening up the eyes for the day and really enhancing that smokey eye for the night with its big volumizing formula.

Summer Beauty Looks Day and Night with LORAC The Private Affair Collection (*I would have showed you these on my eyes, but, this stupid weather around here in Oklahoma has got my allergy eyes just weeping up a storm, so there wasn’t any way to give you guys a true shot of it all.)

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And now I have a chance for you to win your own Sephora gift card to create your own day and night looks, only this one is for $300! Just enter in the Rafflecopter widget below:

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And after you have done that – go check out what the other bloggers did with their gift certificates:


*Disclaimer: I was provided with a $50 gift card to Sephora to purchase the products used in this challenge. No further compensation was provided.

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*Partnered Post* Imedeen Results Overall and a Giveaway!

So here we are at the end of my 90-day supply of the Imedeen® Time Perfection anti-aging supplements, and I wanted to recap what I felt my results were after all of this.

One thing about me is that I have a hard time sticking with anything long term – it’s just not in my nature, esp with the amount of stuff that I try on a routine basis. However, this was really easy to add into my nightly routine. But, there was a bit in February when I forgot to put a new sleeve of the vitamins on my nightstand and forgot to take them. After some days, I noticed that my skin was looking a bit sallow and was soaking up more moisturizer than it had been recently. I couldn’t figure out what it was until I realized that I hadn’t been taking my Imedeen® at night. I got back on the anti-aging tablets and within a few days my skin was back to being more supple and softer, so I definitely feel that those were related.

older girl beauty cheek 3 30 2013 *Partnered Post* Imedeen Results Overall and a Giveaway! Another thing that I have noticed while taking these is that the redness in my skin has decreased. Now, I know that Rosacea is partially the dilation of blood vessels in the dermis layer of skin. And, since Imedeen® works in the dermal layer of the skin to strengthen and improve the skin’s invisible building blocks of collagen and elastin, I feel like that it may have worked to help reduce the inflammation and appearance of redness on my face. I took this pic, bare-faced in the morning sun, first thing this morning so you could see what I am talking about.

I also know that my skin all over feels flat out softer and smoother. Usually this time of year, with the wild temperature changes because Oklahoma doesn’t know if it is still Winter or Spring yet, I am usually drier and itchier. This year, I haven’t been as dependent on the lotion bottles to help me cope – it just hasn’t been as needed. I think that shows that the Imedeen® Time Perfection works on, and in, the whole body and not just a facial product, like so many moisturizers.
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Is L’Oreal Miracle Blur Just Like Avon Magix?

Lately, I’ve been seeing the commercials for the new L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur all over the place. So, when I friend of mine said she had a sample she could send me, I was all “Sure, let me see what this is all about”. And when I got it, tested it on my hand, I was all, “Wait, where have I seen this before?”. Then it came to me. This was just like my beloved Avon Magix Face Perfector that I told you guys about 2 1/2 years ago!

LOreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Avon Magix Face Perfector bottles Is LOreal Miracle Blur Just Like Avon Magix?

Both products claim to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles (*L’Oreal claims to “erase” them). Both products leave a soft, matte finish. Both can be used alone or under foundation. Both have sunscreen – Avon has 20SPF and L’Oreal has 30SPF). Both claim to hold back shine all day (*Avon claims 10 hours).

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As you can see, both of them give me the same smoothing effect to the lines on my hand. The main difference I can see is the L’Oreal is a bit yellower in color and a smidge thicker than the Avon, but I do find I sometimes need to massage the Avon bottle to “mix” it before I use it. I haven’t had the L’Oreal long enough to know if that will be necessary going forward with it.

All in all, I don’t know that I would call the L’Oreal Miracle Blur a “first-of-its-kind” product since I have been telling you about a similar product for 2 1/2 years, but if you are referring to the description on the bottle of “Instant Skin Smoother”, then I suppose it is technically.

You can find the L’Oreal Miracle Blur at mass market & drugstores now for around $24.99USD for 1.18 fl oz (35 ml). You can get the Avon Magix from your local Avon representative or online for around $10 for 1 fl oz (30 ml), but they regularly have sales. (Also, you can look online at the 17 shade liquid foundation Magix line, too).

*Disclaimer: The L’Oreal Miracle Blur was sent to me by a friend, and as mentioned in the prior post, I purchased my Avon Magix for myself.

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Clairol Root Touch Up Freshens Up

updated Clairol Touch Up Clairol Root Touch Up Freshens Up Since I color my hair red, it’s super noticeable when my natural ashy brown and grey roots start growing in. Usually I just try and hide them in a ponytail (*because I am lazy). But, I can’t keep it up in pony’s all the time – not for lack of trying. icon wink Clairol Root Touch Up Freshens Up So, that means I have to color my roots in between my regular coloring.

Now, you already know that I use Clairol Root Touch-Up on the regular. Well, I wanted to let you know that they have updated a couple of things about it recently – the brush and the color tray (bowl), leaving the coloring part itself unchanged. The brush is now a little wider and the handle is angled a bit more for easier holding, and the end of it comes to a point that you can part your hair to get to the grays better. But, I am more impressed with the tray upgrade. The old tray was like a mini-meatloaf pan, a small rectangular shape with tall sides. It worked really well, but I always had to make sure that I was holding on to it when I dipped my brush in it, so that it didn’t tip over. This new one is shaped like a tiny, oval pet dish. Meaning, it is now oval and has rolled over sides to give it more stability. With the new design, I can dip the brush in the color, while my other hand can keep my hair parted and ready for the color application, without worrying that it’s going to tip over, because it’s not.

If you are a regular user, you should already be seeing the new Clairol Root Touch Up boxes at mass market retailers in your area now so you should be able to use’em next time. And if you haven’t tried it yet, why not?

*Disclaimer: This was provided by the company’s PR for editorial consideration to check out the new designed tools, but I spend my own money on this on the regular. My hair grows fast.

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My Best Friend is Pregnant: RoC Night Cream

So you guys know that RoC Skincare Ambassador and part of the fun of that is turning my friends and family on to RoC products. Well, it worked really well for my BFF, as it became part of her regular routine (*we are talking day cream, night cream, eye cream, resurfacing system – the works!). Then she found out she was pregnant. Now, being super cautious, we wanted to make sure that it was okay for her to continue using the Retinol based products during her pregnancy. So, I sent a question over to my friends at RoC for their opinion and this is what they said:

We recommend that she first consults her doctor before continuing any retinol regimen, since retinol is a type of Vitamin A, which in high doses during pregnancy can be harmful to an unborn child. Although there are no studies showing that Retinoids in their topical form have caused harm to pregnant women, doctors generally advise staying away from retinol during pregnancy.

As a suggested alternative, your friend can try a rich moisturizer such as the RoC Multi Correxion Lift Anti-Gravity Night Cream, which temporarily plumps skin and helps mask fine lines. She can also try products containing anti-oxidants, which help combat the appearance of environmental damage.

So, I passed that along to my BFF and she rushed out and bought some of the RoC Multi Correxion Lift Anti-Gravity Night Cream:
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Her exact quote when she sent me this pic? “Love love love this by RoC!!!”

So, there you have it – if you have a pregnant friend, or are pregnant yourself, and have been on a Retinol regimen, then my BFF can highly recommend making the switch over to the retinol-free RoC Night Cream.

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