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Double Duty Makeup!!!- Ben Nye Final Seal

24 May

Do you like a stronger setting spray that can transform your makeup?  Ben Nye is your guy!

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DIY Beauty – Toner

13 May

Oh my, what wonderful skin you have! Have you discovered the amazingness that is Apple Cider Vinegar? Do you use a toner?  I bet you do!

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Treat Yo Self!! Beauty Boxes – How to try new products for a low price

30 Apr

Once upon a time a young(ish) girl wished for an awesome selection of  beauty products to arrive at her door without lifting a finger to shop.  Poof!  The internets have granted the wish!

Recently we found these three amazing companies that ship you deluxe sample sizes of various beauty products for a low monthly fee.  OH, and it ships for FREE.  Two of these provide a mix of drugstore and luxury brands.  The other provides natural beauty products.

What are these wonderful companies????  Allow us to make your mailperson hate you with how much amazing swag you will potentially be getting.  Go get some glam, girl!


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Tumeric – facial mask from your own kitchen

23 Apr

Your Fairy Godmothers are huge fans of facial masks.  They are a nice pampering experience and do have added beauty benefits.

Recently, we were introduced to a spice called Tumeric.  Tumeric is a spice native to South Asia with many health benefits when ingested and applied on to the skin.  It can help with discoloration and  psoriasis! Cheers for a bright complexion !  You can pick up tumeric in powder form in the spice section of your grocery store.

Click here and here for all the benefits of this exotic spice.

So what do we do with this stuff?  We put it on our precious faces, of course!


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Manuka Honey Night Revival Cream – how to save your dry face for under $20.00

10 Apr

This past Winter was a real jerk in the Midwest USA.  Cold, more cold, snow, snowier, colder.  And it kept on going.  Whatever, it’s still going!  It’s all good though because we found the perfect solution to painfully dry winter skin. (Also, this was found by a BOY!  We’re not joking.)


The first night we applied this, we woke up with the softest and hydrated faces we’ve had in a long time. (read – WEEKS).  

So what is this stuff anyway? – Key ingredients: Pure Manuka Honey, vitamin E & Neroli oil.  No joke, Manuka Honey is a miracle.  It helps to heal, it helps to calm, it helps to moisturize like it’s nobody’s business.  It helps with skin conditions like rosacea and acne.

Is this really greasy and will it make me break out? – It’s not greasy.  It is absorbed into your skin relatively quickly.  As for break outs, we didn’t experience any and neither did our friends.  However, each skin is different ; we hope if you try it you will love it as we do.

ProTip – for super dry skin, this can be used during the day.  It works well blended into foundation or your V-Primer.

This is only $15.00 for 3.3 oz available at or through Amazon.

Yes, Old Man Winter is slowly inching his way out.  But, it won’t be long until your skin is sun parched and will need a moisturizer with more punch.  Invest now and don’t suffer in July.

Stay lovely, my pretties!

Dupe war #3 – Dior Diorshow Mascara vs Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara

4 Apr

This one was really close.  Really really close actually. But first, let’s review the products.

Original –  Dior Diorshow Mascara for $25


What it is:
A great prestige brand mascara with a cult following.

What it does:
This mascara delivers perfectly plush, everyday glam lashes with an innovative XXL brush for maximum show-stopping volume. Its creamy, buildable, customizable formula allows you to achieve the same dramatic lash volume that can be seen on the Dior runway for a glamorous, false lash effect. (Sephora)

The Dupe – Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara for $6.49


What it is:
Drugstore brand mascara

What it does (our review):

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Dupe war #2 – smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer vs Monistat Soothing Care Powder Gel

29 Mar

We know!  You want me to put WHAT on my face???  Trust…especially if you have any sort of sensitive skin or are prone to breakouts.

Original –  Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer 1 oz for $36

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What it is:
Smashbox makeup artists use this product to create a perfect canvas for foundation application.

What it does:
According to Sephora, this is a silky blend of vitamins and antioxidants smoothes and perfects skin, while the unique formula helps to inhibit the destruction of collagen, and fills in fine lines and pores for a flawless finish.

The Dupe – Monistat Soothing Care Powder Gel 1.5 oz for $7.49


What it is:
Chafing Relief Powder-Gel® Skin Protectant

What it does (our review):

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Target Tip

28 Mar

Ok, I know you love Target.  Everyone loves Target, especially because you can get cheap E.L.F. makeup, a new top and a frying pan all in one place.

BUT do you have the Red card?  I’m not talking about the credit card.  Do not get another credit card.  Those are bad news bears.  I’m talking about the debit card that auto-withdrawals from your checking.  Let’s face it, you are going to use your debit card anyway.


So this is how you get it:

Next time you go to target, bring your check book.  When the nice cashier asks if you want to save 5% yaddayaddda, say “Why yes, good sir.”

Then they run your routing and checking info, give you a temp card and Voila!

 You will now save 5% every time you shop at Target.  

It also gives you free shipping for online purchases, if you are into that sorta thing.

Dupe war #1 – Makeup ForeverHD Microfinish Powder vs Silica Spheres

28 Mar

We love saving money, I mean, who doesn’t?  Especially if you can get a quality product that performs just as well as the expensive ones.

Original – Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder .3oz for $34


What it is:
Translucent finishing powder to be applied over foundation or worn alone.

What it does:
Finishing powder sets the foundation and slightly mattifies skin without changing its natural contours. Made of 100 percent-mineral silica, it softens the appearance of imperfections, fine lines, and pores and completely evens out the complexion for a glowing, radiant look. (i stole this text from

The Dupe:  Silica Powder Spheres from Coastal Scents 1oz for $3.75


What it is:
Translucent finishing powder to be applied over foundation or worn alone.

What it does (our review):

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