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Makeup Wars: Favorite BB Cream

This edition of “Makeup Wars” has us discussing our favorite BB creams. As we all know, I love me some foreign beauty products, so it should come as no surprise that my favorite BB cream is a legit Asian BB cream. I say “legit” because the Asian BB creams contain a whitening formulation that the US brands don’t include, which I actually need this time of year because of my ruddy cheeks. It’s also a thicker formula, which is more moisturizing for me as the temperatures cool down.

And, just to be weird, this contains nail protein extract, which I have no clue how it’s beneficial, but they say it gives the skin “nascent energy”, and really, who doesn’t want *that* (*whatever that is). And since it’s from Asia, it’s going to be a pain to get here in the US, but if you want to hunt it down, it was around $25USD, as a point of reference.

But if you are curious what I use from the US, my go to lately has been the Maybvelline Dream Fresh BB. Like I said, this doesn’t contain a whitening agent, so it really acts like a tinted moisturizer to me, which is my preferred formula anyway. And, since it’s here in the US, it’s available just about everywhere you shop – big box, drugstore and online for less than $10USD.

Have you guys jumped on the BB cream wagon? What is your favorite one – and do you switch it up due to the weather/season? Or keep on going?

Now, go check out what the other gals have picked as their favorite BB cream:

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*Disclaimer: The Carslan was gifted to me and the Maybelline was provided by PR.

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Beauty Spotlight 10/29/12

15 Minute Beauty shows exactly how she gets her amazing lashes.

Looking for a serum to fight aging? Pammy Blogs Beauty finds a great one with StriVectin SD Power Serum for Wrinkles!

Want to know more about The Best of Beauty Award winners? Check out Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog’s exclusive interview with Allure Magazine’s Assistant Editor Sophia Panych!

Modesty Brown shares her Sunday morning skin saviours.

What do you and Faith Hill have in common? You both wear the same fragrance thanks to Prime Beauty! Enter to win ALL 3 of Faith Hill’s fragrance collection at Prime Beauty!

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed feels that her fall nails need more colour and loves the lacquers from the Mary Kay Hollywood Mystique collection – come check out her swatches and see if your life (nails) need more colour too!

Beauty Info Zone loves to discover new brands. When the brands are cruelty-free, gorgeous, and fun to use like Whip Hand Cosmetics the fun is magnified. Come learn about the brand with us.

A powder to “fill wrinkles, pores and imperfections to leave the skin even and flawless”, who wouldn’t be tempted by the By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder, unfortunately it didn’t quite hit the mark for Visionary Beauty.

Don’t you hate it when you finally pick out a polish to wear and the bottle won’t open? Check out polish insomniac’s trick to unstick a bottle of polish!

London MakeUp Girl has a guest post on SciArt Colour Analysis on her blog this week, written by a reader who has recently had this done in London. Read all about it at Guest Post: Colour Analysis with Nikki Bogardus.

Paula, from Older Girl Beauty, has a hard time getting over a bad hair coloring when she uses White Sands shampoo and conditioner to help her out.

Perilously Pale continues her love affair with the new Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge Waterproof Liquid Lip Colors with the shade #2 Rosewood.

The Pink Sith has fallen in love with the nostalgic looking and violet scented brightening powder from Besame Cosmetics.

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Laura Mercier and Project Runway All Stars Season 2

I’ll admit it – I stopped watching “Project Runway” several seasons ago – I think around the time that it switched over to Lifetime. But, that won’t stop me from tuning in tonight for the premiere of “Project Runway All Stars Season 2”. Why? Because fashion designer Johnathan Kayne, who is from Oklahoma, is on it! I rooted for him in Season 3, before he was booted off far too soon, because he was from here. This time, I am cheering him on because, thru my work with Cure By Design Oklahoma, I have actually gotten to know him in real life (*and I think he is mad talented!).

Another reason I am going to tune in is because Laura Mercier Cosmetics is the official makeup sponsor for this season. I’m really excited to see what kinds of looks are created with the line.

Are you guys tuning in for the show? If so, tell me what was your favorite look of the night!

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White Sands and the Failed Coloring

As we all know, I color my hair red. Well, last month, I was going down to be a bridesmaid in my BFF’s wedding. so, of course, I had to color my hair to make sure that it was fresh for the pics, for sure. Well, I don’t know what happened, but the regular color that I use made my hair a much brighter hue than what I was going for – I prefer a Dark Auburn, but this was definitely more of a Medium Auburn. I don’t know if the formula was different or if my hair just reacted differently this time, but it wasn’t going to work for me.

I grabbed my current shampoo and started going to town in washing it, hoping to wash out some of the pigment and dull the color down some, as my hair is wont to do after a few washings. (*Red is a bear to keep vibrant.) But, it continued to stay bright, even after 5 or so washings (Yes, I know I was torturing my hair and my head.). Turns out I was using my bottle of White Sands Orchid Bliss shampoo, which is a sulfate-free poo that is MADE to enhance and protect the color. Oh. So, yeah, that would explain why it wasn’t help tone down my color like I wanted it to that day.

As you can see, it is a clear poo with a creamy conditioner that smooths frizz while protecting hair color. It also smells really good, too. It’s available online and at salons in the US, for around $19.50.

Have you guys had a haircolor issue that needed to be fixed? What did you do, at home, to try to fix it yourself? Do you use sulfate-free products if you do color your hair?

*Disclaimer: These products were provided by the company’s PR for editorial consideration.

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Are you a beauty snob?

Do you only use high end products? Or are you a drugstore diva entirely? I am definitely a mix of both. But, during a conversation with the sassy Sarah, from Style IT Online, she confessed that she had definitely become a makeup snob – choosing the high end product over a drug store dupe every time.

So, I did what any girl would do in this situation – I gave her a challenge. I challenged her to give up her high-end products for 2 weeks to get back to basics, to rediscover what made her love beauty products so much that she would be where she is today.

I told her I thought she would make it 4 days (*presuming she left the house during those days, of course). She’s convinced she can make it the whole 2 weeks. Go see how she does!

What about you? Have you given up drugstore goodies for more upscale products?

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