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Giveaway: Limited Edition ghd Peacock Styler

You all know I chopped my hair off and it’s been glorious! I’ve cut my hair prepping time in half. Woot! Woot! Even thought it’s short, I still style it. My straightener and I are best buddies. Yup, we go way back. In fact, my “hair drawer” is filled with styling tools that I’ve had a while. Hmmm…If only there was a tool that would do the job of a straightener/flat iron, and curling iron. There is! And you’re going to get a chance to win a Limited Edition ghd styler! Read more

Mary Kay Spring/Summer 2012 Trend Report Giveaway!

© Sven Bannuscher, 2012 - www.svenler.com
© Sven Bannuscher, 2012 - www.svenler.com

Yes, that’s me in all of my modeling glory. Sorry ladies, but that’s the best you’re going to get out of me…LOL! Last month, when I was invited to Washington D.C., Mary Kay offered to give me a celebrity makeover. Of course I said YES! The experience was…well…an experience. I’ve never been pampered like this and I’m definitely no model. But, that didn’t stop me from taking it all in! 

Angie Escamilla, the stylist dressed me in Calvin Klein (top), Michael Kors (denim), and Rachel Roy (shoes). Celebrity Makeup Artist Luis Casco used products from Mary Kay’s Spring/Summer Trend Report . The same products that Mary Kay wants to give one lucky reader! A package valued at $279!!

Enter below to win this entire package!

Products featured in People en Espanol Spring Trend Report:

  • Mary Kay® Nourishine Plus™ Lip gloss in Mango Tango
  • Mary Kay® Nourishine Plus™ Lip Gloss in Au Naturel
  • Mary Kay® Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist and Pale Blush
  • Mary Kay® Lash Love™ Mascara in Black
  • Mary Kay® Cream Blush in Sheer Bliss
  • Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Cinnabar, Emerald, Ivy Garden, Copper glow and Honey Spice
  • Mary Kay® Eyeliner in Rich Jade
  • Mary Kay® Eyeliner in Deep Brown

Additional products to complete looks and fill a compact and compact mini:

  • Mary Kay® Mineral Eyecolor in Crystaline
  • Mary Kay® Mineral Cheek color in Strawberry Cream and Sparkling Cider (
  • Mary Kay® Compact (unfilled)
  • Mary Kay® Compact mini (unfilled)
  • Mary Kay® Lip liner in Soft Blush
  • Mary Kay® Cheek brushes (2)
  • Mary Kay® Eye brush sets (2 packs)

Botanical Effects™:

  • *Cleanse
  • *Hydrate
  • *Freshen
  • *Mask

*Each available in Formula 1 (Dry Skin), Formula 2 (Normal Skin) and Formula 4 (Oily Skin)

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In Photos: Mary Kay’s Beauty Bar

Hello my loves! I hope you’re having an amazing week! I wanted to share a few pictures of the Mary Kay Beauty Bar we had at the Top Latina Blogger conference in Washington D.C.  We were allowed to try on any lip liner, lipstick, and lip gloss we wanted and in any color! It was like “Hi, what can I get you today?” Lip gloss please! LOL!

I’m really impressed with their products! Especially, the Mary Kay® Creme Lipstick in Sunny Citrus. It’s my favorite right now. If you’re a Mary Kay fan, then you know what I’m talking about. Make sure you also check out their new Botanical Effects™ Skin Care line. Everyone loved their NouriShine Plus™ Lip Gloss in Mango Tango too! If you don’t know what I’m talking about…find a Mary Kay beauty consultant in your area today!


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Beauty Alert: Introducing ARTISTRY

One of the great things about blogging is the opportunity to learn about new and innovative beauty products. And I feel even better knowing I can share what I learn with you. Last week, I was invited, with a few other bloggers (Rachel of TheArtMuse.net and Yolanda of SassyMamainLA.com), to the legendary Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for a VIP event by ARTISTRY.

ARTISTRY is a beauty and cosmetic brand exclusively from Amway; which consists of basic skincare, age-defying skincare, whitening skincare, intensive treatments and luxury skincare, as well as cheek, lip, eye and face color.

I had a chance to sit down and discuss skin care concerns like aging skin, skin types, and common skin issues. And it looks like age-defying products are “it” right now. ARTISTRY definitely has it down to a science too!

Take a look at some of the photos I took below.

Keep an eye out for future reviews on some of their products I received. I’m really exited to try their CRÈME L/X moisturizer, a few women I know swear by it!

Are you an ARTISTRY fan?
What do you love most about their products?
Which one is your favorite?

“Inspired by a mixture of nature and science, Artistry’s efforts are focused on understanding what causes ageing and imperfections, so we can identify new ingredients and new technologies to create state-of-the-art products that produce superior results.”


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Review: SOHO’s 4-Piece Train Case

Guess who loves their SOHO 4-Piece Train Case? Meeeeee! Do you want to know why I love it? Well…let me tell you why. I travel a few times a month and taking my make up with me has kind of been a hassle. I can’t take my heavy train case with me when I’m flying. It weighs too much. But, I can take this with me. It’s so easy to pack!

It’s part of their cosmetic bag collection. It’s a soft train case and it’s so awesome! Inside the case there are three separate organizable cases. I used it when I went to Las Vegas and it really came in handy. All my make up fit and then some. I haven’t had to clean it yet, but it’s seems like it’s easy to clean. And don’t worry about spending too much on this, it’s only $17.99. Sounds good to me!


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Beauty Buzz: L’Oreal Paris EverCreme Hair Care

L’Oreal Paris has done it again…winning me over with the EverCreme hair care collection. This is especially for you ladies out there that are tired of fighting with dry hair. You know who you are.

This collection stands out because it’s a Sulfate-Free Moisture System. If you’re like me, then you probably didn’t know that sulfates are very harsh on your hair and can leave the fibers dry, dull, lifeless, and weak. It’s also free of heavy waxes that can coat your hair and weigh it down. It’s also Paraben-Free (yay!) and 100% Vegan.

I’ve been using the EverCreme Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner for two weeks now. I honestly didn’t think I’d be able to tell a difference in my hair, but I was so wrong. My hair not only feels soft and looks shiny, but it instantly felt lighter. It was a crazy feeling. I never noticed how weighed down my hair felt before.

I’m not a fan of the vanilla, amber, and cedar wood scent, but I’m picky about that. It doesn’t smell bad or anything, I just love hair products that smell clean or fruity. And it doesn’t lather up as much either. Hmmm…maybe that’s what weighs our hair down too? OK…I’m not sure about that, but it’s something to think about.

Despite me being extra picky (LOL), I really like this shampoo and conditioner. It’s caught my attention and if you’re curious, I’d really recommend trying it.


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The Beauty of a Brush

Every time I pick up this brush I feel inspired. The “Power” Paddle Brush by Sarah Potempa reminds us why we (and our hair) are beautiful. The words “Empowerment, Ambition, Strength, Beauty, and Love” are proudly displayed on the back of the brush. It’s a great reminder at the start of each day.


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Awesome iFabbo Posts (Leave A Comment, Get A Comment!)

This one goes out to all of my fellow fashion and beauty bloggers! I’m part of a really cool group named iFabbo, you can read more about it below. We’re a group of fashion and beauty bloggers and we’d love for you to join us! Please take a few minutes to read all about it and the links to other posts below. Let’s support each other! Also, I’d really love if you could share this post via Twitter. Happy reading!

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Welcome! We are delighted to be part of Monique’s Curves and Chaos blog, who is hosting Awesome Posts. For those who don’t know, iFabbo is an organization that unites fashion, beauty and style bloggers with brands. Want to join? It’s free. Apply here. What are the Awesome Posts? We find interesting iFabbo member articles and one blogger to host links to them. We then encourage our members to visit the host’s blog to show their support.

Awesome Posts from iFabbo members:

  1. Monique (Our Fabulous Host!) @ Curves and Chaos: ”OOTD: Celebrating With The Curvy Fashionista”
  2. Dinah @ D.G.S.Beauty: “Reviva Labs: Light Cream Sun Protective Moisturizer and Light Skin Peel”
  3. Kelly Ly @ Pinkies And Bracelets: “I thought it was going to rain today.”
  4. Deena @ Miss Deena Diva: ”Fashion Trend: Tribal Winter 2012″
  5. Swati @ Perfect Skin Care for you : “Why Do Natural Products Break You Out?”
  6. Andrea Zanetich @ Fox in Flats: “I will no longer respond to anyone who talks to me while I’m on the toilet,” and 25 other New Year Resolutions”
  7. Thessa Buscar @ To Look For: Style: “Thrifted”

Want to be considered as the next Awesome Posts host?

Simply leaveTHREE  comments:
1: In the comment area below (Stuck for something to say? Share your best blogging tip). 2: On the commenter above you (If you’re first to comment, you get to skip this step!) 3: On one – or more – of the bloggers featured in the Top 5 list above Anyone can leave a comment (providing they meet the host’s comment policy), but you need to be an approved iFabbo member to be chosen as host. When choosing a host and blogs to feature, we look at who our most-active members are (the ones leaving comments and tweeting links to our host’s blog). If you’re an iFabbo member and you have an awesome post for our next round, submit it by e-mailing awesomeposts[at]ifabbo[dot]com  >with your name, and a link to your awesome post. For more info on iFabbo, visit our site, follow us on Twitter, and check out our
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TIP: Make sure you tweet a link to this page! You want to be sure someone comments after you!

We’ve made it easy for you to Tweet this – just copy and paste! Leave a comment, get a comment with @iFabbo’s Awesome Blog Posts:
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Win TV Host’s Sabrina Soto’s Beauty Obsession of 2012!

Interior designer and HGTV star Sabrina Soto, has a beauty secret to keeping her eyelashes thick, long, and luscious without wearing false lashes! And it’s her beauty obsession for 2012.

I think it’s my new beauty obsession. It’s L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara. You already know I love it!

Sabrina recently revealed, “I’m obsessed with L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara. It’s fantastic to use when there is no time to use false eyelashes. It gives you the same appearance in one quick step!” – Sabrina Soto

It has a combo of super-fine nylon and rayon fibers that attach to your natural lashes. covering them from root to tip with an exclusive polymer in the formula. And I really love the 40-degree angle of the brush. This mascara instantly makes my lashes appear fuller, longer, and it curls them. And I have five of the L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes to give away to you!  ENTER BELOW!


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Dare to Try a Bold Eye?

Thanks to L’Oreal for sponsoring my post about my favorite beauty looks, tips and tricks! Check out Makeup.com for beauty advice from the experts.

My name is Monique and sometimes I’m kind of a makeup wimp. I’ve always been a simple kind of girl, never stepping out my box. I’ve always stayed with neutral safe colors when it comes to eye shadow. Actually, I just started using eyeliner a few months ago. I know…I know. I’ve never claimed to be a make-up guru, just a girl experimenting.

With the holiday season upon us, I know I’m going to be going out a lot. So, I really want to try a bold eye. Now, a bold eye for me may be a simple eye for you. LOL. As soon as I got my hands on some L’Oreal Paris goodies, I knew they would be perfect for experimenting.

I dared to try out L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets HiP Color Truth Cream eyeliner in Eggplant, Double Extend Eye Illuminator eyeliner in Black Crystal, Studio Secrets eyeshadow in Landscape, and Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara in black.

I was really excited to try their HiP Color Truth Cream eyeliner (on the upper lid), the eggplant color is so pretty. And because it’s a cream, it went on really smooth and easily with the liner brush that’s included. I’m also in love with the Double Extend Eye Illuminator. One side is the black eyeliner, which I used on the outside bottom lid, and the crystal side on the inner side of the bottom lid. It adds a touch of brightness to my eye.

Like I said earlier, this is a bold daring look for me and I’m pretty happy with the outcome. Now I’m looking forward to my next bold look. Oh Oh…I might have unleashed a beauty monster! Maybe next time I’ll try brighter colors. What would your recommend?

When you dare to try a new look, what do you concentrate on? Eyes, lips, or hair?

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Vote for your Favorite Beauty Brands of 2011!

Only 30 more days until 2012! I bet you haven’t thought about that huh? Well, whether we like it or not, it’s coming! The years may come and go, but our love for beauty products is forever. I mean…how many of you are faithful to one brand? What has worked for you and what hasn’t in 2011? Thinking about all of this made me even more curious than I normally am. Inquiring minds (like mine) really want to know! Please take a minute to answer my poll!

I’ve included the top makeup and cosmetic brands, but I know there are more out there. If you don’t see your favorite listed below, please feel free to add it. What brands were your favorite in 2011? I can’t wait to see the results!

And because there are a million fragrance, hair, and skin care brands out there, please feel free to leave a comment below telling me your favorites of 2011. The next poll will ask you what your favorite Plus Size Brands of 2011 are!

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Thank you for your answers!