How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #GoConfidently

No matter your age, unwanted facial hair can become a true confidence problem. From genetics to mature skin, it can be difficult to feel beautiful when dark excess hair lingers around. Bleaching the hair is an option and if you haven't tried it before and are curious, read on. First, Read more

nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

I'm always on the lookout for a BB or CC cream that not only matches my skin tone but also has SPF 20 and over, covers without feeling heavy or oily, helps to reduce the size of my pores and gives me a little glow. My skin could be described as medium to Read more

Lancome Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur #PhotoPerfectSkin #ad

I upgraded my beauty routine with Lancôme Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #PhotoPerfectSkin. All images and opinions are my own. Large pores, skin imperfections, fine lines, wrinkles - these are just some of the things that come with age (thanks 40.) Throw in Read more

Video: A Girl's Gotta Spa! Featured on Beyond the Vanity

Residents of Los Angeles may be familiar with LA Talk Live radio host, Indian Tyler, for her show Beyond the Vanity on Wednesday at 2pm PST. It's always fun and informative with a lot of beauty, wellness and fitness tips. I couldn't be happier to discover that Ms. Tyler Read more

Favorite Facial Masks - Makeup Wars

When it comes to skin care, I am very picky with what I put on my face. Since there's no hiding imperfections should a reaction to a product happen, I always do my research on ingredients and check out my fellow beauty blogger reviews. One of my favorites types Read more

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Urban Decay Lip Junkie Cooling Lip Gloss Review

With nude colors being a hot beauty trend for fall, Urban Decay has added 3 new Naked shades to their Lip Junkie line up.

These pretty neutral shades are perfect for any skin color offering sheer to medium coverage. Lip Junkie Cooling Lip Gloss is also a gradual lip plumper. If you use the gloss everyday, Urban Decay claims that the gloss will plump your lips by 40%. I personally haven’t used it everyday to notice that effect, but the gloss does feel silky smooth and isn’t tacky or sticky at all.

While this is a cooling gloss, it felt more warming than cooling to me…definitely not burning or tingly the way most lip plumpers work. The mint scent is oh-so-delish.  Read more

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Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover

I have been using Inglot’s Makeup remover almost exclusively for over a year now.  It is very reasonably priced and does an excellent job of removing liner and mascara which is my #1 issue with most removers.  I am fortunate to have Inglot reasonably local to me.

Eye makeup remover is a product where I would prefer to NOT blow my budget.  I’ll save that for foundation and lipsticks!  I purchased this remover half out of necessity, half out of “I want to buy something NOW”.  I knew I was running low on my Inglot remover and buried somewhere in my brain was a reminder to pick up a bottle or two the next time I was at the mall.  But each time I hit up the mall, I forgot about it.  So I was shopping Sephora at the mall closest to me recently and really wanted to buy SOMETHING!  There was nothing I felt I had to have, nothing really caught my attention, but then I spotted Urban Decay’s Melt Down Makeup Remover and remembered I never did pick up the Inglot remover.  This looked interesting as it was a creamy remover, whereas the Inglot is more of an oil-based, silicone-y liquid remover.  I felt it was reasonably priced at $24 for 2.5 ounces so I decided I needed it.   Read more

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Be The Ultimate Beach Babe With These Ocean-Inspired Shadows

While the average person may be day-dreaming of summer breaks full of sun and sand, relaxation, beach days, barbecues, and a tropical vacation, we fashion and beauty addicts are more likely fondly thinking of candy-colored sandals, printed maxi dresses, and the perfect summer faux-tan. And now, just in time for that aforementioned tropical vacay, I’ve got yet another seasonal trend to covet: ocean eyeshadow shades! Incorporating pops of color into your makeup routine is a fun, fresh, and daring way to get into the summer spirit and make your eyes really stand out, and turquoise, aqua, and sea-inspired hues are undoubtedly beach-festive for the season at hand.   Read more

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Get Ready to Put Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Palette on Your Shopping Radar


NO JOKE. I seriously just got my hands on Urban Decay’s most freaked-about product ever, the Naked Palette (I know, two years late – I’m pathetic), and the makeup geniuses have already released its sequel! However, unlike The Hangover 2, The Godfather Part III, and the endless Land Before Time sequels that refused to die, the Naked 2 Palette seems like one of those rare sequels that won’t disappoint. As excited as I am about this, it admittedly doesn’t look too different from the original Naked Palette, so unless you’re an Urban Decay super-fan like me or are still too exhausted from tracking down the first one, you might be okay sitting this one out. (Ugh, did I really just say that?!) But its new sister palette does incorporate some pretty tawnier shades and russet reddish-browns as opposed to the first one’s sparkly champagnes and shimmery bronzes. And that’s different enough to justify a purchase on my part! Unfortunately, if you weren’t one of the lucky 5,000 to snag one up on Urban Decay’s short-lived presale, you’ll likely be out of luck until who-knows-when… but it doesn’t hurt to keep it on your shopping radar… or letter to Santa!

- Alex Gambardella

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