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10 Products to Help You Get Holiday Beautiful!

The holidays will be here before we know it. I know that I want my skin, body, hair and even my teeth looking their best. With all the parties and visiting of friends and family through the holidays and at the end of the year, there are things that we can being doing now that will have us looking our best in no time. Here are 8 great products that will do just that.

10 Products to Help You Get Holiday Beautiful

To get my skin looking it's best, I am using both a day and night serum from Boots No7 Lift & Luminate Day & Night Serum ($24.99) is brightening, firming and making my skin look more even. I've only been using it for a few weeks, but the results are already noticeable. To target my brown spots, I am using SkinCeuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector ($90.00). This daily treatment helps to reduce stubborn discolorations while preventing reoccurrences, which is such a good thing. For my eyes, I have been using Erno Laszlo Phormula 3-9 Eye Repair ($175.00). If your eyes need help, start using this now to see your eyes more firm and bright in just weeks. I love the gel like formula that immediately sinks into skin and firms the entire eye area.

To keep the rest of my body looking its best, I am using Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy ($39.99) to improve the appearance of stretch marks. In just four weeks time, this cream will help to reduce the appearance and smooth the texture of stretch marks, with optimal improvement seen in 12 weeks. To keep skin soft and smooth, I am using St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion ($5.99). This lotion is very light and sprays with an innovative 360 degree nozzle.

For my hair, I am keeping my color fresh and extending the time between my salon appointments by using products from the Redken Color Extend Magnetics line. These products attract to the hair fiber to extend hair color and make it last longer, all while making it look more vibrant and beautiful so you have the best holiday hair ever. For touching up roots in between, try Color Wow Root Cover Up ($34.50). I brush this compact powder onto roots, temples or just where I need it.

Finally, to get my teeth their whitest, I am using Whitening Lightning Super Booster Pen ($79.00). I just paint the gel formula on my teeth and let dry for 60 seconds. The formula whitens and fights stains while I sleep by up to seven to ten shades in just two weeks.


Great Gifts: MAC Stroke of Midnight Warm Eye Palette.

The MAC Stroke of Midnight Eye Palette in the warm shades is a pretty universal palette that makes a great gift for any makeup loving gal. I love the sleek packaging of the palette and the fact that there are five shades to blend for a multitude of eye looks as well.

MAC Stroke of Midnight Warm Eye Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight Warm Eye Palette

The shades:

  • Femme Fi
  • Amber Lights
  • Socialite
  • Mulch
  • Midnight Hour

Like all of MAC shadows, the highly pigmented powder formula applies evenly, blends and builds beautifully.

The MAC Stroke of Midnight Warm Eye Palette retails for $39.50 and is available at all MAC locations and now.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette.

if you've ever wanted that lit from within look but didn't know how to get it, you need this palette. It seems everyone needs this palette, or wants it, because the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette is hard to get. Yes, it's that good.

The Ambient Lighting Palette is a limited edition palette that features three shades of Ambient Lighting Powder. If you are not familiar with these powder, they are soft focus finishing powders, but not your ordinary finishing powders. These are high tech finishing powders that blur imperfections, soften lines and reflect light in the most beautiful way. Once you try one, you will never want to be without one of theses powders again. Like I said, there are three of these powders in this palette.

Dim Light
This neutral peach beige powder blurs imperfections and highlights the complexion. I dust it over my cheekbones with a large fluffy brush when I have finishes my makeup. I also like to dust a bit on the center of my forehead and my chin to bring a bit of light to those areas of my face as well.

Incandescent Light - limited edition
This opalescent pearl powder brightens the complexion with a celestial glow. I use this on the tops of my cheekbones and right on my brow bone.

Radiant Light
This sun-kissed golden beige powder enhances the complexion with believable, subtle warmth. This is perfect for a light bronze look. Instead of wearing bronzer under my blush, I use this on top of my blush and blend. The look is soft and gorgeous.

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette also comes with a travel size Veil Mineral Primer, which will help lock in your makeup look all day.

Look for the Ambient Lighting Palette sells for $58.00 at Sephora and Hourglass Cosmetics. It is currently out of stock in both places, but keep looking. It is worth the wait.


Holiday 2013: RiRi Hearts M·A·C Holiday.

I was excited to see that MAC's holiday collection includes a mini collection that wraps up their collaboration with Rihanna. It includes everything you need for a holiday look and beyond.

RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday

RiRi ♥ M·A·C Holiday is the final installment of her creative partnership with M·A·C Cosmetics. RiRi ♥ M·A·C Holiday features the return of RiRi Woo, along with two NEW Lipsticks: Pleasure Bomb and Bad Girl RiRi. Also featuring Nail Lacquer, Superslick Liquid Eye Liner, Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow, Bronzing Powder, the double-ended 217 Blending Brush and the 239 Eye Shader Brush.  This limited-edition collection is encased in exclusive white-pearl packaging with RiRi’s rose-gold detailing.

RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow - $44.00

  • Phresh Out
  • 2x Dare

Superslick Eyeliner - $20.50

  • Pisces Persuasion - Shimmery white (Frost)
  • Cockiness - Shimmery rose gold (Frost)

Lipstick - $16.50

  • Pleasure Bomb - Matte fuchsia (Matte)
  • RiRi Woo - Matte cool red (Retro Matte)
  • Bad Girl RiRi - Matte taupey nude (Matte)

Bronzing Powder - $30.00

  • Love, Rihanna - Soft golden brown with gold pearl

Nail Lacquer - $17.50

  • RiRi Woo - Matte cool red (Cream)

Brush - $35.00

  • 217/239SE Double-Ended Brush

RiRi Hearts MAC Makeup Bag - $40.00

The packaging is stunning in white pearl with rose gold detailing. The eye palettes are divine. I have been using Phresh Out, a mix of rose golds to brown from light to dark. I've never met a bronzing powder I didn't love, and Love, Rihanna is gorgeous as well. It imparts a beautiful bronze gold look to the cheeks. It is subtle on it's own and enough on my pale complexion. The makeup bag immediately went into my handbag because it is so chic. It is a quilted bag in a beautiful rose gold. It is the perfect size and very sturdy; it holds everything I need it to as well.

RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday - Phresh Out Veluxe Pearlfusion ShadowRiRi Hearts MAC Holiday - Phresh Out Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday - Love, Rihanna Bronzing Powder and Cockiness Superslick EyelinerRiRi Hearts MAC Holiday - Love, Rihanna Bronzing Powder and Cockiness Superslick Eyeliner

RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday - RiRi Woo LipstickRiRi Hearts MAC Holiday - RiRi Woo Lipstick

RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday - Pleasure Bomb LipstickRiRi Hearts MAC Holiday - Pleasure Bomb Lipstick

RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday will be available at all MAC locations and online at any day now.