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Fall 2013: MAC Retro Matte.

Who doesn't love a new lip color for fall? It is one of the easiest ways to incorporate a new trend into your beauty look. This season it is not just about the color, it is about the texture. Matte is a beautiful texture that is great for fall. The new MAC Retro Matte collection takes both of these into account; beautiful color and matte texture. It all equals one beautiful fall look.

MAC Retro Matte Collection

With its one-of-a-kind Retro Matte texture, Ruby Woo Lipstick has become a smash hit both on and off the runway. Inspired by its stunning popularity, M·A·C has revamped this lipstick legend with invigorating, bold shades in its Retro Matte finish. Eye-catching new colours like Dangerous and All Fired Up create a look that’s feminine yet fierce. M·A·C also introduces its Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in a vibrant, new colour palette, giving this long-lasting and transfer-proof lip pencil an exhilarating makeover.

I love how the matte finish offers a stronger color payoff that looks bold and lasts. I prefer a glossier feel on my lips, so I do use a bit of C-Thru Lipglass dabbed into the center of my lips over these shades.

MAC Retro Matte

Lipstick - $15.00
Steady Going light pink matte
Runway Hit light nude matte
Dangerous orangey red matte
Relentlessly Red bright pinkish coral matte
All Fired Up bright fuchsia matte
Flat Out Fabulous bright plum matte
Ruby Woo very matte vivid blue red
Fixed on Drama rich wine matte

Pro Longwear Lip Pencil - $19.50
In Anticipation soft yellow pink
Staunchly Stylish pink beige
Shock Value bright pink cream
Dynamo bright peony
High Energy bright orange red cream
Trust in Red bright cool red cream
More To Love intense bluish pink
Fashion Boost bright purple cream

I have all the lipstick shades except for Ruby Woo.

MAC Retro Matte

Check out the MAC Retro Matte collection at all MAC locations and now.


Fall 2013: Urban Decay Nail Color.

Urban Decay launched as a lip and nail line when they launched in 1996. Since then, they've created so many products that the favorite nail color was sort of forgotten about -- by the brand, but not by fans. With multiple requests to relaunch this favorite, Urban Decay has this fall. And like everything they do, they made them bigger and better.

This new launch features two shades that are very typical of the brand in both name and color: Vice and Addiction. They are both totally two edgy, yet sophisticated shades with a must have high-gloss finish.

Urban Decay Nail Color

Urban Decay Nail Color: Vice and Addiction

Vice is a very rich, deep purple shade that features red and blue micro-shimmer. It is the shade for fall. I like wearing it with the second shade Addiction, a smoky metallic gunmetal, with multidimensional, high-shine micro sparkle, on my ring finger as an accent nail. I think it would look great doing the opposite as well.

The nail color formula is long-wearing and chip resistant. It applies easily with the new high performance 400-strand brush. Yes, you read that correctly. There are 400 very fine strands that make up the brush. This brush was developed to pick up more product than other brushes, grabbing on to color to give you a clean, even and controlled laydown of polish. It is incredibly precise. Even the outer nail corners can be painted with ease and less risk of mess-ups.

Urban Decay Nail Color

I think the bottle with sleek, narrow design and customized cap is totally collectible and very cool. The custom-designed cap is topped with a skull with roses for the eyes, and Urban Decay debossed on the side.

Urban Decay Nail Color

Grab these Urban Decay Nail Colors now, as they are extremely limited for fall. Each season, they will launch two seasonal, limited shades though, so be on the lookout. Each nail color sells for $15.00 and they are available from Sephora, ULTA, select Macy's stores or online at right now.


Cleanse and Clear Up Skin with Neutrogena.

You know, teens are not the only ones affected by acne. Did you know that adult acne affects 25% of adult men and 50% of adult women?

How to Properly Cleanse And Clear Up Your Skin

I consider myself lucky. I never had acne as a teen and can count on my hand how many times I've had a pimple on my face. This is rare, I know. Many friends my age are dealing with a lot of hormonal acne right now and are trying some unconventional methods to deal with it. Did you ever hear of using toothpaste or glass cleaner on a zit? That doesn't work. Nor will sun dry up breakouts. And guess what? You can wear makeup if you have acne. It will not make it worse.

What you need are the right products and consistent use. Every night, take off the day and cleanse skin with solutions that are proven to work. One of these Neutrogena beauties will be right for you and your acne prone skin.

Cleanse and Clear Up Skin with Neutrogena

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser
This gentle foaming cleanser removes makeup, dirt and oil from even the most sensitive or acne prone skin. It was dermatologist developed just for sensitive skin types, actually. It rinses away clean without over-drying and simply leaves skin soft.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes
If you like cleansing wipes, these will do the trick. These great smelling, thick wipes, wipe away acne-causing sweat, dirt and oil and they work anywhere. I suggest keeping a few in your purse or gym bag to get rid of those real acne causing culprits on the go.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash
This acne cleanser is the #1 dermatologist recommended cleanser. It combines a salicylic acid treatment and gentle cleanser in one formula. It eliminates oil and unclogs pores as it helps to prevent further breakouts from happening.

Neutrogena products can be found at your favorite drugstore or mass retailer.


Getting Healthy with Nutrisystem: Week 8.

Now that I am half way through my 16 week Nutrisystem program, I figure it is time to set some goals.

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Initially, I wanted to lose about 30 pounds. that was approximate, because I didn't really know what I wanted to or should weigh it was really about 33 or 34 pounds. I can't remember the exact number at this point; I had a goal weight in mind. That was until I was at the doctor a few weeks into the program.

Up until this point, my doctor never told me that I needed to lose a certain amount of weight, but we talked about it at length during this visit. He thought I was smart about getting on track with my health and that losing weight was a part of that. He actually suggested I lose a little more than I wanted to. He told me that in his experience, patients would gain about 5 pounds when they transition off of a plan like Nutrisystem. 

I kept that in mind and am trying to gauge what size I want to be when I am not just finished with Nutrisystem, but when I am at my healthy weight goal. I have decided that in total, I want to lose 40 pounds. I feel this is do-able and that I will hopefully be at a size that I want to be, and at a healthy weight, with my BMI at a good point.

My initial goal was to lose 10 pounds in my first month. I reached that goal. I want to make it a goal to lose 5 pounds a month from here on out, because that's about what I lost in the last month. I have realized that I lose weight slowly, but I think I can keep it off this way. I lost another 1.5 pounds this week, which makes my 8 week total of 15 pounds lost. With this in mind, I have a goal to lose 25 pounds when my 16 weeks with Nutrisystem is over. It is not as much as I had initially planned, but I feel I will be on track and on my way.  When my Nutrisytem 16 week plan is actually over, I will reassess and set more goals and a plan to lose that last 15 pounds on my own.

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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.