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Friday
Oct182013

My Favorite Makeup Tool: The BeautyBlender Pro + a Giveaway.

There is one makeup tool that I use more than any other and that is the BeautyBlender makeup sponge. I use this each and every day to apply my makeup. It simply helps me to apply my makeup flawlessly.

#1 Must Have Makeup Tool

The BeautyBlender makeup sponge is made with a thick velvety texture that more than doubles in size as it lightens in texture when wet. It makes application of foundation and concealer totally even, while covering skin and making it appear almost flawless.

To use, I first dampen the large round bottom side of the sponge by spraying a a few squirts of water on it. I then apply the foundation to the back of my hand and dip the sponge in it and bounce (stipple) it quickly over my face. I bounce a bit more where I need more coverage and continue to bounce and adjust the pressure as needed all around my face. I use the opposite, dry, smaller slightly pointed end to apply concealer under and around my eyes. The contoured shape makes getting into smaller parts of my face easy.

The new version of the BeautyBlender is the BeautyBlender Pro. The BeautyBlender Pro is the same sponge, but in an updated chic black shade.

BeautyBlender Pro Giveaway

Because I love this sponge so much and want as many of you to experience its awesomeness, I have five of them to giveaway. Five lucky readers will win one BeautyBlender Pro Sponge.

To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me you want to win.

Please read all of the sweepstakes rules below. By entering this sweepstakes, you agree to all official rules. US only.

OFFICIAL RULES

The BeautyBlender Pro (the “Sweepstakes”) is intended for participation only in the United States (excluding Rhode Island) and shall be construed according to, and governed exclusively by, United States law.  Do not participate in the Sweepstakes if you are not a legal resident of the United States (excluding Rhode Island) physically located in the United States (other than in Rhode Island) at the time of entry or do not fall within the eligibility requirements set forth in these official rules.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE, DONATION OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE CHANCES OF WINNING.

PROMOTION DESCRIPTION:  The Sweepstakes begins on or about October 18, 2013 at 6:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) and ends on or about October 31, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST (the “Promotion Period”).  By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Beautiful Makeup Search (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects.  Sponsor reserves the right to modify or terminate sweepstakes if conditions arise that compromise its integrity or intended play

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ELIGIBILITY:  Only legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia  (excluding Rhode Island) who are eighteen (18) years of age or older and located in the United States and the District of Columbia (excluding Rhode Island)  at the time of entry are eligible to enter the Sweepstakes. Employees of Sponsor and Sponsor’s advertiser partners and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, retailers, sales representatives, advertising and promotion agencies and each of their respective officers, directors and employees (and immediate family members and those persons living in the same household of any such officers, directors and employees) (collectively, the “Promotion Entities”), are ineligible to enter the Sweepstakes or win the prize.  Subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.  Void in Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, all U.S. territories and possessions and overseas military installations, and where prohibited.

TO ENTER:  "Post a Comment" on this post telling me you want to win. Each comment is assigned a number and five winning numbers will be randomly selected by random.org on or about October 31, 2013. Winner will be notified by email left by entrant in the comment form.  Winner has 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited. All decisions by the sponsor are final.

PRIZE DELIVERY: Sweepstakes prize will be delivered by Beautiful Makeup Search within 3 weeks of sweepstakes promotion period ending.

By entering this sweepstakes, you agree to all official rules.

Thursday
Oct172013

Getting Healthy with Nutrisystem: Week 12.

This is the week that I was dreading. I was dreading it because I knew I was going to be faced with a lot of temptations. We had a weekend filled with weddings and I knew that I wanted to not too much about my diet, enjoy myself and just eat wedding cake. And I did. I made plans for it and was extra careful leading up to the weekend.

I lost more weight than I planned over the last few weeks and I knew I could make this work. I still exercised over the week. Though I didn't have time over the weekend, I had my Nutrisystem bars with me to stay on plan as much as I could during the day as we got ready. I filled up on salads at the events and was careful to eat small portions of the meal. I stayed from the heavy appetizers and drinks and that really helped.

I did allow myself some cake. I figure with all the dancing I did, I must have burned off that cake I allowed myself to have anyway. Life happens and it's all about smart choices.

Planning and working Nutrisystem into my plan is key. This week I lost another .5 pound making my total weight loss 21 pounds.

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog.

Disclosure: As part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, Nutrisystem is providing me with the Nustrisystem program, free of charge, which includes food and support, in exchange for my honest opinion of the program. No other compensation has been given. All thoughts are my own.

Tuesday
Oct152013

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Brush Collection.

There has been one key component missing in the MAKE UP FOR EVER brand since its inception until now and it is something I have noticed; makeup brushes. That's because Creator & Artistic Director Dany Sanz is a perfectionist and it took her over five years to create the new MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Brush Collection, the most expansive luxury brush collection available today.

Dany set out to reinvent the makeup artists' most vital tool with this extensive set. The range includes brushes from everyday must-haves to highly customized tools to create the most intricate and artistic effects that only trained makeup artists would need. The five year process involved testing a variety of synthetic fibers that mimic the silky softness of natural hair. The construction of each brush involved 25 unique stages, and was hand-crafted by a total of 30 people from start to finish.

What also makes this brush collection unique is the specific synthetic fiber technology that is used in several diameters and types: wavy or straight depending on the required use. When fibers are straight, application is more generous and precise, while wavy bristles are more splayed, allowing for a lighter and freer application. A unique combination of the two fiber textures gives infinite creative possibilities.

When shopping for a brush, look for a number in the range of which part of your face you are shopping for:

100s = complexion products
200s = eye products
300s = lip product
400s = brushes designed for professional makeup artists and special effects

I can tell when I use a run of the mill makeup brush versus a high quality makeup brush. I try so many makeup brushes from high end brands to mass produced all the time and am disappointed often. I have been continually wowed with each new MAKEUP UP FOR EVER Artisan Brush I try. I have a few favorites that now have a permanent place on my vanity.

#270 - Angled Eyebrow Brush $21.00
This eyebrow brush is good for creams or powders. It is a short and firm angled brush that is used to fill in eyebrows with precision, as well as blend brow pencils in for a more natural result.

#228 -  Precision Shader Brush, Medium $25.00
This eyeshadow brush is great for all shadows, pressed, loose or cream. It is medium, dense and rounded, with no sharp angles. Its paddle shape and flexibility are used to apply, blend and smudge all types of eye products quickly for an even and intense result. It's especially good for the eyebrow arch.

#216 - Precision Blender Brush, Medium $25.00
It is medium, rounded and dense. It is used to precisely smudge products in the crease of the eye. Due to its density, product collection is generous with high payoff.

#104 - Foundation Brush, Small $35.00
This is the classic foundation brush used by make up enthusiasts. It is a small, tapered, flat brush with wide bristles ideal for applying and blending cream or liquid foundations accurately and quickly for an even result all over.

#128 - Precision Powder Brush $52.00
Long and flat brush with a tapered tip designed mainly for use on the face, neck and upper shoulders. Ideal for precise powder application with a flawless result thanks to its layered and oval head.

#148 - Blending Blush Brush $55.00
This small, flared dualpurpose brush provides a light finish with a simple, ethereal touch. It is ideal for use with powder and cream product for shading, coloring or highlighting, and its small size creates a precise application of blush and highlighters. Its extreme softness is also well-suited for applying make up to sensitive skin.

#176 - Concealer Brush Medium $30.00
Wider than the traditional concealer brush, this firm, flat brush has a pointed tip and is used to blend and touch up foundations and concealers on large areas. The pointed tip also allows it to be used on smaller areas for added precision.

The MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Brushes are all carried on Sephora.com, while select brushes are at Sephora stores and MAE UP FOR EVER boutiques.

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