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Beauty Spotlight: What’s in Lola’s Secret Bag?

It’s now time for The Beauty Spotlight Team to wrap up our “What’s in her…???” with Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog. In this final installment, Lola has packed her regular makeup bag for a last minute out-of-town trip for a couple of days, and decided to travel light and pack all of her beauty needs into this single bag. Can you guess how she managed to to fit all of her skincare and makeup products in here? Click on this link to find out!

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Makeup Wars: Halloween Manicure

It’s time for another edition of “Makeup Wars”. This time we are showing off our Halloween manicures. Now, I am not a nail expert, nor do I claim to be. But, I do like to play in the polish, especially for special occasions.

This time around I used Limited Edition products from NYC and Sally Hansen. The polish that I used was the New York Color In A New York Minute nail polish in “Blackula” and “Pumpkin” (*Blackula is a glossy black, without shimmer and Pumpkin is a shimmery, but not glitter) and for the top coat I used NYC’s “Demon Glow”, which glows in the dark under UV light. Since I don’t live in a cool underground club where you can dance all night under purple lights, I couldn’t get a picture of the glow for you, but I can say that it does give a really great shine in natural light. If you do wear this to the club, take a pic for me and let me know what it looks like, okay?

For my accent nail, I used one the Halloween LE Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips – it has orange bats on black background. Of course, the way I put it on, it wrinkled up a smidge so it looks like a demented Jack-O-Lantern which is pretty fitting in this case, so I’m going with it. This was the first time I had used any of these strips and after I applied the top coat, it seemed like it shrank just a bit. I’m not certain if you are supposed to wear these with top coats or not, so maybe I did it wrong, but I just wanted you to be aware.

Since my kid is now a too cool for school teenager, I don’t have much chance to really dress up for Halloween and go trick or treating any more, so I think this is about it for my costume this year. What about you guys? Do you still dress up, or at least dress up your nails? Or even do special makeup for Halloween?

And after you tell me that, make sure and go check out with the other gals have done to their nails for Halloween:

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

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Beauty Spotlight 10/14/12

Lola from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog recently indulged in Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil, and now believes that this gorgeous golden elixir must have magical properties because her skin has never looked or felt better!

Prime Beauty finds palette perfection with the new Urban Decay limited edition Feminine Palette!

What says “Fall” better than vampy nails? Jessika from polish insomniac shows you her favorite Chanels for Fall.

Do you love collecting rewards points? Check out what Pammy Blogs Beauty got for her Sephora Beauty insider 500 Points Perk!

The Sample Society October box has arrived. See what they sent this month and if The Pink Sith is going to keep her subscription.

After a week of being in a bare-faced makeup funk, Modesty Brown rapidly remembers the mood boosting power of makeup.

Not one to resist a pretty design, Visionary Beauty shows us the Chantecaille Elephant Blush for Fall.

Beauty Info Zone has discovered Makeup Geek eyeshadows and can’t stop thinking about what they want to buy next.

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed spent the day making that stupid pouty face you make when you swatch lipgloss and wants everyone to suffer benefit from the ordeal – check out her favorite nude glosses that she thinks are perfect to pair with a smoky eye!

Perilously Pale shares a look with one of her current fave palettes the Dior 3 Couleurs Smoky Trio in Smoky Khaki. Come see why she can’t get enough of this beautiful eye look.

15 Minute Beauty shares what her typical 10 Minute Beauty Routine actually looks like.

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Makeup Wars: Fall Look

This edition of Makeup Wars is the timely “Fall Look”. Timely in the fact that not only did Fall roll in here in the US last week, it also rolled in some dark, damp days that made getting a good FOTD pic impossible. So, I’m just going to show you what I was using to create the look. Not everything is from any current/upcoming Fall release in 2012, these are just items that help get my favorite Fall look, in lovely Plum jewel tone.

I actually keep my look simple for day to day year round, but in the Fall, I somewhat wear even less, as I am more concerned with keeping my skin supple and not dried out. In this particular case, I didn’t wear any foundation/tinted moisturizer, bronzer, powder or even blush. I’m of a mind that with the sun mostly gone, my pale skin gets to shine (*in the “luminous” way and not the sweaty..erm, “glistening” way). I favor a bolder lip with a lighter eye – not nude, but not overly done so that it isn’t competing with the lips.

On the eyes I used:
Mally Beauty Shadow Stick in “Violet” – I sheer this out to use as my eyeshadow base/primer.
elf 32piece eyeshadow palette in “Warm”. I used two of the mid to light plum clolors, one on the lid and one from crease to browbone. (*You may remember this palette from the $20 Makeup Challenge).
NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in “Calabria” – I use this to line the eyelid.
Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Liner in “Gunmetal” – I use this navy grey color instead of black to line my bottom lashline, as it is softer on my eyes instead of the harshness that black gives me.
Mally Beauty Heated Eyelash Curler – this battery operated gadget opens my eyes up by curling my lashes so far they actually bug me by tickling my eyelids when I blink. But, I love how long my lashes stay curled, so it’s worth it.
Votre Vu Eiffel Power Mascara in “Carbon” – I am really liking this fuller brush and drier formula. It gives me thick lashes that I don’t have to wait to dry, or worry that it is going to spot my eyelids, which is actually a worry when I used the Mally heated curler.
Votre Vu Arch de Triumphe Brow Definer in “Fair” – This cream just shapes and sets the eyebrows to be finish the eye look.

For the lips I used:
MAC Viva Glam Ricky Lip Conditioner in “Clear” – I am addicted to this tube of magic. It keeps my lips soft and smells great (*not to mention it’s cost goes to a good cause). This helps keep my lips from being chapped and being all flakey, which looks really gross with dark lippies – well, *any* lippies.
MAC Amplified Lipstick in “Yung Rapunxel” – This deep plum looks scary dark, but can be applied sheerly, if you don’t want a dark opaque finish.
MAC Lipglass in “Lap of Luxury” – This totally out-of-date, “should have thrown it away a long time before now” gloss is great to add just a touch of shine in the middle of the lip on a dark lip – if you can get over the fact that you shouldn’t be using it any more in the the first place.

What is your go to Fall product? Do you have particular things that you only use when the weather turns cooler or do you not care what time of year it is when you wear it?

Now go check out what everyone else wants to tell you/show you about their fall looks, too:

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

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October is for Pretty Pink Things – 2012

This post was originally posted here, but I like to repost it each October as a reminder.

Today is October 1st, which, for the last 25years has been recognized as “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month”. It’s also the day that my friend say, “Cool – I can get lots of pink things at Target now.”. Yep, that’s what it has come to, in my opinion – a month known for the proliferation of pink things, but not really the cause behind it any more.

And you know what? I’m kind of okay with that.

Of course, I don’t diminish the impact that breast cancer can have on a woman and her family – my son’s grandmother is a breast cancer survivor, in fact. Nor do I ignore the need for awareness for a disease that has the second highest incidence rate to prostrate cancer (2006 most recently data available), affecting nearly 200k women directly, each year. I just have a problem with the monetization of the awareness.

Have you guys ever heard of “pinkwashing”? It’s a controversial variation of cause marketing that focuses on breast cancer & how *some* of the companies using the pink ribbon & BCA may not be doing it for pure motives. I emphasis *some* because I want to impress that not ALL companies releasing special products for BCAM have ulterior motives – but you know what they say about “bad apples” and all (*did you know that metaphor is actually true?). Anyway…

In no way am I telling you not to purchase a specially branded product – I’m just asking that you educate yourself of the brand’s intentions with this marketing. The “Breast Cancer Action” organization has come up with a site, “Think Before You Pink” to help consumers challenge themselves to ask questions before purchasing a pink branded item. I don’t see anything wrong with purchasing a product because it is pink and you like it, but please do not say you bought it only as a way to support the cause. Own your purchase and if you are sincere about wanting to help, please donate directly to a reputable breast cancer charity – the most notable being the “Susan G.Komen for the Cure” organization, or give of your time in your local community ANY TIME OF YEAR, not just in October, because we all know cancer doesn’t only strike one month a year. And wear your pretty new pink product when you go. 🙂

(*This post was inspired by this post by Shannon from “A Girl’s Gotta Spa”.)

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