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Beauty Spotlight: My Turn on a Desert Island

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It’s my turn on the Beauty Spotlight Team Desert Island. They decided that after the week I had with AT&T disconnecting me from my site, they thought I needed to a bit to “disconnect” deliberately, alone on a sandy beach. I’m all for that. But, I’ll be damned if I am going there unprepared.

Thankfully, they are letting me take 12 things I think I’m going to need, and they have generously left me plenty of sunscreen and lip balm so I don’t have to worry about those. I tried to be a wee bit practical (*well, as practical as you can be taking beauty products to a deserted island) and even tried to multi-task a few things, too.

Without further ado, let’s check and see what I “needed” on the island:

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Dermorganics Leave-In Treatment: My hair is going to take a beating from the sun and the salt water, so I am going to keep it coated with this sweet smelling argan oil to help keep it as healthy as possible.

Tweezerman Pointed Slant tweezers: This two way tweezer allows for regular slanted grooming, but it also has a really sharp point for fine detail work, whether it be on those teeny brow hairs that show up overnight or pulling out the inevitable splinter I am sure to get while trying to construct some type of shelter.

Mario Badescu SPF 30 Moisturizer: I know that I am going to be slathering on the sunscreen, but I am still going to need to moisturizer like a fiend to keep my skin soft after getting beat by the sun & salt water. And, adding in some more sunscreen sure won’t hurt anything, either.

A bamboo towel: As every hitchhiker/traveler knows, a towel is one of the most important things you can have. And, if you can have one that is organic, absorbs faster than cotton AND is soft? Then you are richer than jewels – at least if you are stranded on a beach.

Mally Beauty “In The Buff” palette: Seriously, are you guys sick of me talking about this palette, yet? You had to know it was going to be on this list, esp since it includes the eyeshadow primer that locks in the color, even when I’m sweating on the beach. Plus, these colors look really good when applied wet, which is great since I am going to be surrounded by water!

Secret Clinical Waterproof Deodorant: It’s a fact that you will get sweaty and nasty on the island. Yes, I know that I am not going to be around other people, but I don’t want to smell myself. (*You *know* it’s bad when you can smell yourself, right?). Enter the clinical strength deodorant. And since I am surrounded by water, AND sweating, to have a waterproof version is ideal.

Mally Beauty Volumizing Waterproof Mascara: We all know that I am rarely without mascara on. Except I *hate* waterproof mascara – it just feels heavy on my eyes, if that makes sense. So, color me surprised when I used a tube of Mally mascara, in the pink tube, for almost 3 months before I realized it was the waterproof formula. It just didn’t feel like any waterproof formula I had tried before. And, that is why it is a no-brainer that I would include this one to go to the island with me, for sure.

Neosporin + Pain Relief: I am of a mind that Neosporin can heal almost anything short of a broken bone & even then it will do all it can to keep infection from getting in the broken skin. See? It’s tough. And, add in pain relief? Yeah, it’s a double duty helper. And, we all know that I *am* going to hurt myself in some way on this island, and I’m going to need this. Plus, if my skin starts rebelling, this can be used to help heal all kinds of eruptions that I have probably picked at and made worse, just from boredom.

Goody QuikStyle Comb: Playing in the surf is going to make my hair a tangled mess. That is where this comb, with its two rows of off-set teeth comes in. Its wide tooth style makes it super easy to detangle hair quickly, and even gets more water out of the hair at the same time. And, since I more than likely have a Scrunchie wrapped around the handle, I’m am calling that part of my comb and not a separate item in my product count. icon wink Beauty Spotlight: My Turn on a Desert Island You can bet that I am definitely rocking a scrunchie on the deserted island, where I am free from the ridicule that some folks heap on me and my comfy ponytail wrap!

Tweezerman Tweezermate 12x Magnifying Mirror: I know that I am going to be bored, which means what better thing to do than obsess over the finer details of my face? And, remember, I *do* have some pointy tweezers to play with, too. Of course, the mirror can be used for other things, like, seeing around corners or starting fires, but we all know I’m going to sit there, staring at myself. It’s going to happen.

Talika Lash Conditioning Cleanser: I know I have told you guys about this Holy Grail eye makeup remover before, so you know there was no way I was going to this island without it. My eyes are just going to be roughed up with the salt water, so they are going to need to be soothed and this will do just that. Besides, I’m going to need to take that waterproof makeup off at some point, right?

Votre Vu Tarte D’Amande Souffle Riche Pour Le Corps: No matter how much sunscreen I am layering on, my skin is still going to be getting dried out from the sun and salt water. So, when I am laying on the beach, counting stars, I am going to have this delicious smelling, uber-rich lotion all over my body to try to keep it as supple as possible. If I’m going to have to put it on thick on the daily, I’m going to want something that I love smelling all the time. This more than takes care of that.

So, that’s what I would take and why I needed to include’em in my pack. What about you? What beauty products would you take if you were stepping away from society for a bit?

*Disclaimer: Some of these products were provided by the company’s PR for editorial consideration, and some of them were paid for with my hard-earned cash. Either way, my opinions are my own.

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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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Makeup Wars: Pampering at Home

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In this edition of Makeup Wars we discuss how we pamper ourselves at home. I do a lot of regular maintenance all the time, but I try to make a point to have one evening a month where I go all in on taking care of myself tip to toe. I will usually do this on a Friday or Saturday night, so that I can totally relax and know that I can sleep in the next day all refreshed, as opposed to knowing that in a few hours I will have to get up and start the week if I do this on a Sunday night.

Pampering Bathroom Makeup Wars: Pampering at HomeI always make a point to set the bathroom stage for relaxation by running a tub with a bath soak/bath fizz (*I tend not to do bubbles since I have a small tub and don’t have much room for them and me in the same tub.) and light a candle (*I usually use a smaller tea light or so since the bathroom is small, that way I don’t overpower everywhere with the scent. The ones in my rotation right now are the SheaTerra Organics Moroccan Lava & Argan Oil Volcanic Bath Soak and Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange 3oz soy candle.

Pampering Face Makeup Wars: Pampering at HomeI have a regular facial skincare routine that I do on the daily, but I tend to be super thorough & decadent when I take time for myself. This includes starting with the Patyka Biokaliftin Radiant Cleansing Ritual. This 3-step process was inspired by the Japanese women’s cleansing ceremonial. It starts with the Remarquable Cleansing Oil, followed by the Delicate Cleansing Foam and finishing with the Smoothing Revitalising Toner. This takes some time to complete, but it’s calming and my skin feels so clean. After that, I do the two-step RoC® Retinol Correxion® MAX Wrinkle Resurfacing System, which includes the Anti-Wrinkle Treatment with RoC® Retinol, followed by the Resurfacing Serum with E-Pulse® Technology. To soothe my skin after that, I slather on a good layer of the Patyka Intense Moisturising Mask and head to soak in the tub. When I am out of the tub and ready for bed, I put on a good dose of Patyka Ultra Rich Radiant Face Cream and some eye cream – right now I am digging the Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream, which really complements the RoC® resurfacing treatment for wrinkles.

Pampering Hair 234x300 Makeup Wars: Pampering at HomeAs for my hair, I actually try to start that the night before by applying a hair oil to my scalp. Lately, I have been using the WEN by ChazDean Intensive Treatment Oil in the seasonal scent of “Vanilla Mint”, which smells ridiculously delicious to fall asleep smelling. I will wash that away with the Leonor Greyl Shampooing Creme Moelle de Bambou to help control my frizzy dryness and then comb in some Leonor Greyl Masque a L’Orchidee to give my hair a deep conditioning while I am soaking in the tub. These sulfate free treatments make sure to treat my color treated hair gently and help keep my scalp healthy and my hair frizz free down deep, while making my hair feel silky and very loved. (*And they all smell crazy good, too.)

Pampering Body 195x300 Makeup Wars: Pampering at Home As for my body, I make sure to use my exfoliating mittens to go over my whole body and get rid of all of the dead skin. Sometimes I will use an exfoliating cleanser, but usually on treatment evenings, I will use a more moisturizing, and thicker, body wash, so I will exfoliate and then use the rich body wash to cleanse all of that away. As soon as I get out of the shower, I will layer products to seal in moisture, starting by putting on an oil, followed by a rich body lotion to make my skin feel soft, but not oily. Since I am SO ready for Spring to get here, I have been using a combination of products from the Carol’s Daughter Coconut Bath & Body Collection – the Dry Oil Mist and the Shea Soufflé (*which you would think would be super heavy since it is for dry to extra dry skin, but it really seems rather light and whipped to me.)

Pampering Feet 300x225 Makeup Wars: Pampering at HomeLastly, I do not forget my feet – well, like I do for the rest of the month. I’m serious, I should really take better care of them, but they have been cooped up in closed shoes all winter and I haven’t had to look at them during the day. No excuse, I know, but, reality stinks sometimes. icon wink Makeup Wars: Pampering at Home Anyway, you remember when I told you guys about the Sally Hansen Deep Callous Remover before? Well, it is still a staple in my arsenal because I have not found anything better to treat these heels of mine. So, I make sure soak my heels really well, and then I will take my pedicure loofah brick and scrub the ever living tar out of them. It’s crazy how soft I can get them without resorting to any blades. So after all that, when I go to bed, I will make sure and moisturize them well, but I have been cheating. I have been using the Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield Hand Cream on my feet. My feet are so dry, that this glycerin based lotion really does coat my foot and keep more moisture in, just as it does for my hands, but they haven’t been nearly as dry as my feet have been this winter.

So, that’s it, just a mere 47, okay 19, steps to a Pampered Paula. Do you see why I need a night to do this and a morning to recover? Now, it’s your turn to tell me – how do you pamper yourself at home? And after you do that, go see how the other lovelies treat themselves, too:

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*Disclaimer: Some of these products were provided by the company’s PR for editorial consideration and some were bought with my own money.

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Beauty Spotlight 3/17/2013

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Pink Sith has managed to forge a connection between the new Lise Watier Power Pink Blush and the Groundhog Illuminati. Of course!

If you favor pinky peachy nude lips, like Helen from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog , then prepare to be dazzled by the new Chantecaille Lip Chic in Daphne and Luminous Gloss in Pink Melon. Their beauty simply cannot be overstated!

Anti-Aging foundation? Yes, please! Pammy Blogs Beauty tries out Paula’s Choice new Resist Anti-Aging Foundation and Serum.

Do the new Dior Diorshow Mono Eyeshadows hit the mark? Visionary Beauty shares her views on Ribbon.

Beauty Info Zone has a lot more swatches to share for the Lush Emotional Brilliance collection. If you need some motivation or just a bubbly charming post, then this is the one to read.

London MakeUp Girl gives nail wraps a try, and finds that NCLA nail wraps are pretty much goof-proof. Have a look at her efforts with the very gothic glamorous NCLA nail wraps in I Am Your Muse.

Time for a browse through the archives: Modesty Brown’s review of the lovely Pai Camellia & Rose Cleanser is just as pertinent now as it was when she first wrote the post, more than a year ago.

Perilously Pale is excited to announce that she is part of Fashion Magazine’s Beauty Panel! Check out her post telling you all about her first challenge as a member describing how she incorporates Pantone’s colour of the year Emerald into her beauty routine.

Prime Beauty is a smooth operator with the new Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colours and right on trend too!

Paula, from Older Girl Beauty, tells us about her bad self-tanner experience and wants to hear yours, too.

Even with one stolen, Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed still has a couple of glosses to swatch from the new Benefit Ultra Plush lip glosses – check them out and see if you would have been tempted to be light fingered too!

SPAMATHON – Check out polish insomniac’s swatches of the new China Glaze Hologlam Collection!

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*Partnered Post* Revitalize from the inside out with Imedeen®

Imedeen Time Perfection 195x300 *Partnered Post* Revitalize from the inside out with Imedeen® We’re well into our new year and some of us may have already started to slip in our resolutions (*I’m looking at you inbox). But others we are are sticking to pretty firmly – like taking care of ourselves. For me, this means continuing to take my Imedeen Time Perfection® anti-aging supplements.

Now, I didn’t continue these pills out of habit, even tho it did become part of my nightly ritual, for sure. I kept taking them because I was actually seeing, and feeling, a difference in my aging skin – and not just on my face, but over my whole body. See, Imedeen® works down in the dermal layers of the skin, where there is collagen, to strengthen and improve the skin’s invisible building blocks through targeted nutrients that help skin retain moisture and suppleness, not just on the surface like a lot of other skin care products. That’s not just targeted to my facial skin, that’s all over.

So, I’m going to continue to take them, as I can definitely use more Vitamin C and LycoPhence GS® in my lifestyle (*which Imedeen® contains) to help build up collagen and to protect my skin from oxidative damage. What about you? Do you think you could use some more in your routine? While you ponder that, go check out the Lifestyle Skin Assessment and see which Imedeen® product is right for you. Then, come back here and enter to win a 90-day supply of Imedeen Time Perfection® by telling me why you want to try it in the comments and by liking the Older Girl Beauty Facebook page, too (*US residents only.) – Don’t forget to mark your entries in the Rafflecopter widget for them to count! If you don’t want to wait to see if you have won, you can always head over to the Imedeen® shop and go ahead and pick some up now.

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*Disclaimer: I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by the makers of Imedeen®. While all opinions stated are my own, I make no claims about Imedeen® as a product or its effectiveness. I received compensation for this post.

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