Articles from the Beauty Blog Coalition–August 28, 2016

  • Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog: African Botanics At-Home Luxury Spa Day gives you the royal treatment form head to toe. Check out my tutorial so you can recreate this amazing treatment for yourself!
  • I Know all the Words: Give your higlghters a new bestie with the super soft & fluffy Nanshy Fan Brush


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It’s the latest in the BareMinerals line of foundation that has buildable, breathable, long-wearing coverage.  It is vitamin and mineral-infused with super smooth texture. The BarePro Performance Wear Powder Foundation has high-impact, skin-matching pigments for stay true color.  And talk about glam coverage. You will get at least 12 hours worth of wear with its photo ready matte finish.  The texture is very silky and glides on without effort for customizable coverage.


As I said before, you will get breathable coverage. What does that mean?  It means with the BarePro foundation will let your complexion breathe with its weightless, micro-mesh formula does not clog pores or cause breakouts.  It is non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic.  While doing my research of the product, I read that people with oily complexions really like the BarePro.  The foundation stayed on, did not cause breakouts and made their face healthy and natural.

Personally, my skin is dry.  If I am not careful with powder foundation, the foundation looks very cakey. But when I tried on the BareMinerals BarePro foundation, I found that it did not settle into any fine lines and it did not appear cakey.  Also, I was impressed with the texture of the product.  It was is very soft and silky.  The foundation lasted for about 10 hours on my face; two hours short of what it is proposed to be.  But for me personally, 10 hours is plenty of time.


In the end, I would recommend this product.  I like the fact it won’t clog your skin, settle into fine lines or make you break out and will last you throughout the day.

BareMineral BarePro retails for $30.00.  It may be purchased at BareMinerals, ULTA and


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This concealer offers a HUGE array of shades to fit nearly any skin tone. The concealer does have a matter finish.  It is not as hydrating as some other concealers.  However, The shade range even includes a pure white, White Out, for dramatic highlighting and mixing into other shades to create custom tones.

My color was M19 Cool.  It was a perfect fit.  It felt thick at first, but once you blend it in you will see the difference.  Personally, I love complere coverage without creasing.  But with the Kat Von D Lock It concealer, I would not recommend this concealer for anyone with fine lines as the concealer may make the lines appear more prominent.



To go with the concealer, I purchased the Kat Von D Edge Concealer brush.  I really like the thickness of the brush.  It is very sturdy and blends the concealer perfectly. I am glad that I purchased the brush as it seems that once you put on the concealer, the brush smooths everything out giving it a airbrush look. The custom brush design features a sculpted shape that conforms to the unique curves of your face and eye area.

Kat Von D Edge Concealer Brush

I have been ga-ga ever since trying the Kat Von DLock-It concealer cream.  It’s full coverage, creamy, lightweight, and doesn’t cause my skin to dry. I use my brush to blend out, and then a few taps with a beauty blender. It stays put all day and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. I am so impressed with this concealer.

The Kat Von DLock-It Concealer creme retails for $26.00.  The Lock It Edge Concealer brush retails for $24.00.  Both may be purchased at Sephora.


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L’Oreal has done it again.  It has come out with their Voluminous Mascara Primer and Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Mascara in blackest black.  The Voluminous Mascara Primer claims to be the ideal pair with your favorite mascara and to boost your lash look.  The L’Oreal primer is lightweight and automatically builds volume and length on your lashes.  The lash primer conditions over time for nurtured lashes.

TIP:  Put primer on then mascara one eye at a time before the primer has time to dry.  If you want, add two coats of primer for a blast of impact.

L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara Primer

L’Oreal has also come out with its Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt.  The miraculous mascara claims to give a tightline effect at the lash roots, and have a sculpting wing tip to help create fanned out volume at lash tips.  What is tightlining? It’s lining the upper lash line to create the illusion of fuller lashes and more defined eyes. The smaller and tighter bristles come as close as possible to the lash line filling in between the roots to deposit maximum volume for a no-gap tight-liner effect.  This mascara darkens and lengthens my lashes more than before. I have only had the mascara for a week and a half, and I have found that the Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt went on smoothly.  But there were a few times when the mascara went on messy, but it could have been me.

L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Mascara

When I used the primer and mascara together, it made a great combo.  The mascara went on smoothly over the primer and my lashes. I felt that my lashes appeared thicker and longer.  I have been using L’Oreal mascara for many years, and I have always tried their new products.  The L’Oreal Voluminous Primer and Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt are worth a try.

L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara Primer 'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Mascara Swatch

L’Oreal Voluminous Primer retails for $5.99.  You may purchase it at your local drugstores, WalMart, Target and ULTA.  L’oreal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt retails for $6.96.  You may purchase it at your local drugstores, Wal-Mart, Target and ULTA.

Articles from the Beauty Blog Coalition–August 20, 2016

  • Makeup Obsessed Mom: Are you looking for a long lasting lipstick? Check out Stacie’s review a new brand called Highlight Cosmetics.


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Dry shampoos are nothing short of a miracle.  These little gems refresh your hair in between shampoos without using water.  Dry shampoos absorb oil and fluff fine, limp hair. Like you never missed a shampoo.  But with so many dry shampoos out there, it is hard to determine which is the best.  I went to my local Walgreens and did a little shopping for dry shampoos.  I discovered three which I thought would give you the best bang for your buck.  So in no particular order….


1)  DOVE HAIR THERAPY – Dove dry shampoo it supposed to refresh and revive hair without water while instantly absorbing oil.  When I used the Dove dry shampoo it smelled fresh and light.  It has a weightless formula and changes your hair from limp and oily to full of bounce and life.  Dove Hair Therapy retails for $5.29.

2)  NEXXUS DRY SHAMPOO REFRESHING MIST – I fell in love with the smell of this dry shampoo.  It smelled as if I spent a day on the beach.  This dry shampoo will refresh your hair between shampoos and extend the life of colored hair.  If you have colored hair, the last thing you want to do is to wash your hair everyday.  If you use Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist, you can skip a shampoo and have your hair still look refreshed.  Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Misting retails for $11.99.

3)  TRESEMME FRESH START DRY SHAMPOO – I have used this product before and got good results.  The dry shampoo contains B12 and Keratin. Tresemme is fantastic for dull hair in that it removes excess oil and impurities, and by helping eliminate any type of odor.  The dry shampoo has a light, somewhat powdery smell,  but nothing overpowering.  Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo retails for $5,99.

So which dry shampoo would I choose?  I would vote for the NEXXUS.  While all dry shampoos help those with colored hair, I really liked the smell of the NEXXUS. I also liked the way it made my hair appear washed when it really was not.  It costs more than the other dry shampoos, but I think it is worth the cost.


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Everyone has beauty imperfections they want to hide.  The best part is that there are ways to conceal these blemishes.  They are called color correctors and these correctors range in colors much like a rainbow.  The trick is to find what color you need to counteract your imperfection.  To help make it easier to understand which color counteracts with which flaw, I devised a table to follow:

1.  GREEN – Neutralizes redness

2.  PINK – brightens & hides fatigue

3.  YELLOW – cancels out hyperpigmentation

4.  MELON – brightens medium skin tones

Personally, I suffer from dull and red complexion tones.  To counteract this, I went to Sephora and chose the green and melon color correctors.  The green color corrector helped conceal the redness around my nose, while the melon color corrector helped solve the discoloration and dullness that appeared in and around my eye area.  These gel-colored correctors are light and buildable, according to your needs.  It comes with a cotton swab like applicator which has made application very easy.

Sephora Bright Future Color Correctors

The Sephora Bright Future Color Correctors takes those flaws (real or not) and hides them to bring out the better you. What’s best about this product is it contains Pineapple Ceramide.  Pineapple Ceramide helps to improve the appearance of skin texture and adds brightness.  Just dip, dot, and blend to neutralize before you conceal.

Sephora-Bright Future Color Correctors Green Swatch

Sephora-Bright Future Color Correctors Melon Swatch

The product is affordable and awesome for color correcting. I like the dot application so I am in control of the amount of product I am using. I used the melon shade on my medium complexion to brighten some of my skin dullness and discoloration, and green for the redness around my nose, before concealing them with foundation.  The Sephora Bright Future Color Corrector has great coverage, blends flawlessly, and does not leave you with a thick or chalky feel.

I will say that during my research there were some complaints regarding the amount of product in the tube, in that they were running out of product too quickly.  In my personal experience, I had the product for a while before running out, but it could be the amount I was using in comparison to some who were using more than me.

In conclusion. I would purchase the Sephora Bright Future Color Corrector.  It is not costly, comes in a variety of shades which should cover many different flaws, and it is long lasting.

This product may be purchased at Sephora, naturally.  It retails for $14.00.