BVLGARI Mon Jasmin Noir

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Ahhh, I can’t tell you how much I’m in love with the Mon Jasmin Noir by Bvlgari.  Department store websites call it floral and woody.  However, the dominating note is by far Jasmin (hence the name).  At first spray it’s reminiscent of citrus fruits and then tapers off to heavy floral middle note.  I am a big fan of woody smells even on women but it’s lacking here.  A tad bit upsetting.  Staying power is mediocre compared to a few other perfumes I have.  All in all, I’m pleased with this scent and have gotten many compliments.

Neutrogena Intensified Day Moisture

Neutrogena Intensified Day Moisture discontinued.

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Earlier this year, I was cosmetically heart-broken when I found out that my all time favorite facial lotion, Neutrogena Intensified Day cream,  had been discontinued.  I went from Target to Target, from CVS to CVS and nothing.  I thought…”see?… This moisturizer is so good that it’s sold out everywhere.”  This idea only further justified my all out crazy lady hunt and as a last resort I tried Walgreens.  In one night, I think I went to 10 plus stores.  I finally gave up.  I rushed home to buy it online and that’s when I saw.  The only product that made my skin glow (literally), was listed on Amazon with prices ranging from $44.95 to $63.99.   WHAT?!?!  The Neutrogena Day cream like all other Neutrogena products don’t surpass $12.00 – $13.00?!?!  As I read on a very upset lady from Romeoville, IL writes:

“I have been using this product for over 20 years, and to learn the company discontinued this product was heart breaking. I have tried to use other products, but nothing seems to compare. Since I have stopped using Neutrogena Intensified Day Moisture, I have noticed a dramatic change in the texture and radiant of my face. As a valued customer, please bring this product back!!!” (amazon.com)

I totally felt her pain…ugh so sad!!! I mean, it was part of my skin prep for my wedding.   I can go on and on about how great this product was.  Since then my skin hasn’t been quite the same.  I tried many non-expensive lotions to some really pricy creams, and nothing did the job.

One day I made a quick run to CVS for my daily facial wash…the Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily skin (my skin is dry but this cleanser works).  I purchased the large bottle that came with a free bonus of a small facial lotion.  Went home did my normal night routine, put on the new lotion….AND….in the morning my skin felt AMAZING.  After so many hours my skin still felt so moisturized and smooth.  It’s nowhere near as great as the Neutrogena lotion but pretty comparable in terms of actual moisture.

The Cetaphil’s Moisturizing Lotion does about 75% of what the Neutrogena Intensified Day Moisture did.

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I’m comfortable enough to say the search is over.  I’m sticking with Cetaphil.

Goodbye Neutrogena Intensified Day Moisturize.  Hello Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion.

Laura Mercier Product Review

 Taking care of your skin after summer months?  Leave it to Laura Mercier.

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Eos hand cream, Laura Mercier mask, Burts Bee’s eye cream and facial moisturizer

Hello, beauties!!!  As we approach the final days of summer, I can’t help but notice how sun damaged my skin has gotten.  At this point of the year, our skin has been put through more harm than what we could actually see (don’t let that beautiful tan fool you).  Your skin needs more TLC, now, than some of the roughest winter months.  I always lather up with lotion throughout the summer, but in the month of September I like to take it to another level.

I swear by Laura Mercier’s Intensive Moisture Mask.  I am a big fan of her products…but this one is by far my favorite!

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Laura Merier intensive moisture mask

 How I apply the Laura Mercier mask.

I apply the mask every other day for about 3 weeks. I know it’s a lot of applications for a mask but it really works and leaves your skin super soft and supple.  I then finish off with Burt’s Bees moisturizer for sensitive skin and of course an eye cream.

Click here for Laura Mercier Retailers

and stay tuned for more Laura Mercier reviews.

Lancome Rouge in Love

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Get your Rouge in Love!  My favorite lipsticks out right now.  These 3 colors are just a few from their super pigmented line.  The colors swatched above are: (also labeled above)

381 – Violette Coquette

170 – Sequence of Love

353 – Roses in Love

Click on this link for the rest of the colors

 

DIY Makeup Brush Holders

Great idea for a makeup brush organizer…

Hello beauties, I have a super easy and affordable DIY.  We will be making makeup brush holders.  The more brushes you own the more you have to think about where and how to store them.  It’s important to store your brushes properly because… 1) we don’t want the brushes touching each other.  No cross contamination of dirt or bacteria and 2) we want to maintain the functionality of the brush by reserving its original shape.   For example if you lean a large angled contour brush on the edge of the vase after a while it will lose its shape.  The brush will no longer be able to perform and do what its supposed to do.  Not even if you wash them.  It has happened to me before and I’ve had to throw away expensive brushes that I loved.

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DIY Makeup brush holders

Makeup brush holder DIY

Things you’ll need to make your makeup brush holders

-A glass or plastic short vase (I prefer glass)

-Decorative sand.  You can also get these in any color to spruce up your vanity area.

Where?

You can find the above items at any craft store like Michaels or AC Moore.

How?

All you have to do is put enough sand in the vase so that when you place the brushes inside they are able to stand vertically on their own.  And that’s it! icon smile DIY Makeup Brush Holders

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Items you’ll need for your DIY Makeup brush holder

 

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Bdellium Tools Brush #957

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Yellow Bdellium Brush #957

My current obsession…Bdellium Brushes!

bdellium tools #957 (yellow): This brush is best used for liquid foundation.  Its dense yet soft bristles blends the foundation right in without taking away any product.  I was a little worried about the flat top as I didn’t know what to expect.  However, when I first used it the stippling action made the foundation go on smoothly.  What I love most about this brush is that it leaves NO streaks!  Literally, none!  Application is a breeze.  This brush offers a full cover look.  I usually use the bdellium #957 with my Make up forever HD Foundation (highly recommended by my BF Christina).  She was right when she said it’s one of the best foundations.  I can go into a whole new session about it, but I’ll save that one for another day.   Anyways, I seriously can’t compare this brush to any other.  It truly stands alone.   The following pics will show you what I mean…once applied, no streaks.

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The Bdellium 957 Brush’s dense brisstles.

Bdellium Brush #957 offers streak-free application.

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Click here to check out Bdellium Tools Brushes at Bdellium Cosmetics

 

Don’t forget to look for Bdellium coupon codes before purchasing.

Target White & Black Stripe Peplum Dress

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My favorite Target Peplum Dress & Shoe Dazzle White Shoes

This Target Dress is Fabulous, yes Fabulous!!!

Some of us would hate to admit this (I don’t), I purchased this peplum dress from Target. Yes, Target! For $24.99. I absolutely love these types of fashion finds. It was all in the fit and since I’m tall I was a little reluctant. However, the peplum detail fell exactly where I needed it to and the length was just perfect for my long legs. I’m pairing this dress with white pumps from shoedazzle.com. The bag is a delicate cream which softens the white on black contrast. Who says you can’t play with tones?

Target Stores: Target Online Shop for dresses.

Vince Camuto Bracelets and Accessories

Vince Camuto’s Chain Bracelet

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Vince Camuto’s 3 chain bracelet

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I find Vince Camuto‘s bracelets to be perfect right now.  Especially, this silver chained bracelet!  The links are flat so they fall beautifully on the wrist.

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Vince Camuto’s gold bracelet

I’ve seen lord and taylor have a great assortment.  These bracelets will definitely complete a classic or edgy outfit.  We ought to thank 2 Chains for beginning this trend! icon smile Vince Camuto Bracelets and Accessories

Click here to check out Vince Camuto’s accessories (bracelets, earring, necklaces)

Friendly reminder be sure to check out Vince Camuto coupon codes before purchasing.

Forever 21 Women’s Blazer

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My favorite Forever 21 Blazer

XXI Forever: Picking the Right Blazer

Forever 21 has always been a place where I can run into get a quick outfit for the weekend.  It has also been a place that I like to go when I have some down time to really shop.  Sometimes, Forever 21 carry quality items like blazers.  These are the pieces in your wardrobe that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on; if only you pay attention to a few minor details.  It would hurt any babe on a budget to throw away a blazer just because it didn’t hold up as well as it should have.  Here are some tips!  The max that I have spent on a blazer at Forever 21 is about $35.  This store is really great because you can always find the hottest colors and it’s just so affordable.   Makes me want to skip! (with some Starbucks on hand).

Not all liners on Forever 21 blazers are created equal.

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I chose this picture to display the seems. This is a perfect example of a quality looking blazer. Forever 21 blazer in cobalt blue.

I base a women’s fitted blazer purchase strictly on lining and structure.  Why? Because a poorly made lining can make the blazer look awful and cheap.   Take notice, a well made lining will be static free, sewn tightly to its outer layer (meaning…not clingy), free of tears and breathable.  When you try it on the lining should not be shifting.  Buttons can also depreciate the overall look.  However, if you love the blazer and it’s well made you can change the buttons and get really creative.  Kinda fun! Forever 21 is a store of high traffic so you need to pay extra attention to defects.  Lastly, the structure of the blazer should enhance your shape and fit well.  Whenever I wear my Forever 21 blazers people think that I’m wearing an expensive brand.  That always makes me feel great.

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Key words to remember when shopping for Women’s  Blazers at Forever 21: Lining, Structure, Fit and Buttons

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Tip: Roll up a cuff to expose the lining of a whole new color or pattern along with some shiny arm candy.

Click here to check out some of Forever 21′s fabulous blazers.

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