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February 08, 2016

Healthy Hair, Skin, & Nails in the New Year

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Getting healthy graces the top of many resolution lists this time of year. I'm getting prepared for the New Year by focusing on health as a whole, including my beauty regimen. Keeping our hair, skin, and nails healthy is just as important as hitting the gym. Taking a natural approach is an excellent way to boost your beauty from within. Today I am sharing a few supplements I have incorporated into my daily life for shinier strands and stronger nails.

February 05, 2016

5 Minute Glam Valentine's Day Makeup Look with Maybelline

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A few weeks ago I shared my simplified contouring routine, now I am dialing it up a notch for a 5 Minute Valentine's Day Makeup Look! Taking your daytime makeup to evening really is as easy as adding a few more details. Flirty lashes and a bolder lip can transform a no fuss everyday look in to a fancy date or girls night out stunner. My preferred look on the loveliest day of the year is all about the eyes and lips. Combining alluring shades of soft pink and rich red in a classic makeup style that oozes glamour and romance. It will have you looking va-va-voom in no time!
Valentine's Day is the perfect day to glam it up. While we would all love to have a full day to primp for the special occasion that is not always a reality. Busy lifestyles, kids, and work mean finding the time to even put on makeup can be a luxury some days. With a few key products from Maybelline a glamorous Valentine's Day look is within reach, and it only takes 5 minutes to do!

I begin my makeup look by perfecting the skin with Maybelline Master Concealer in Fair and Dream Velvet Foundation in shade Porcelain Fair 10. Using the Master Contour Palette in Light/Medium I contoured the face and added a flush of pink to the cheeks. Keep a light hand as we want the skin to look fresh and natural.

Maybelline Brow Drama adds fullness and definition to the eyebrows with one swipe of the wand. This tinted brow gel offers color, shape, and control all in one step. It cuts my brow routine down to under 30 seconds which is awesome!

Whether you prefer soft or smokey on this special day The Blushed Nudes Palette is a 12-shade collection curated to create infinite sensuous looks. Infused with rose gold pigments for bolder blushes, provocative plums, and risque roses this palette is a perfect match for Valentine's Day.

Delicate shades of blush pink create the base for our soft neutral eye. Keeping it simple, I applied three muted shades of pink to lightly define the eyes. Eyeshadow application is the most time consuming part of doing makeup. By sticking to a clean neutral eye we can shave those few extra minutes spent blending off of our eye makeup routine.

Next we draw further attention to the eyes with Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner in Black. I have to say this liquid eyeliner is incredible! The fine tip is so precise, smooth, and lets you get wings sharpened to perfection. Definitely my new favorite black liquid liner.

Winging out the top liner ever so slightly will elongate and lift the eyes. For perfect liquid liner I use a three step process. Etch out and fill in the wing, move to the middle, then carefully connect the inner corner. By starting with the thickest part we don't get as heavy handed as we work towards the center of the eye. Also, cotton swabs fix everything!

I finish up the eyes with Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara. The push up cup brush with cup-shaped bristles scoops and lifts lashes. While the new creamy plumping formula delivers instant volume and holds lift in place.

For lashes that will make hearts flutter curl and  brush a couple coats of The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara on to the top and bottom lashes.

For Valentine's Day luscious lips are the key to any makeup look. Maybelline Color Sensational LipColor is available in a collection of brilliant shades. Lip color so rich, so stunning…it's sensational. I love how creamy these lipsticks are thanks to nourishing honey nectar, it makes for the perfect kissable lip color!

For the ultimate red lip that lasts through dinner and dessert, line the lips fully with a lip liner first then apply lipstick on top. This will help your lipstick stay in place and remain impeccable throughout the romantic evening.
Maybelline Color Sensation LipColor in Are You Red-Dy is a bright glossy fire engine red. It is a shade that is sure to draw a few loving looks!

Playing up the eyes and lips with a perfect cat eye and glossy red pout will have your date thinking you spent hours getting ready! No one needs to know if we were born with it, or is it Maybelline?

Maybelline Color Sensational LipColor and Master Precise Liquid Liner can be found on an in-store tower display. Look for The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara and The Blushed Nudes Palette in the Maybelline section of the beauty aisle at your local Walmart.

Gorgeous makeup doesn't have to be complicated or time consuming. This 5 Minute Valentine's Day look will surely have your date swooning! What makeup look will you be wearing for Valentine's Day?

February 03, 2016

Haul Your Daily Needs with PharmaPacks + 10% Off Code

Today I have a drugstore haul...except I never left my house! Pharmapacks is an online 'drugstore' if you will where you can stock up on all your favorites in health, beauty, hair care, and more. When I checked out their prices I couldn't help but want to pick up a few of my daily beauty essentials here instead of makinga a trip to the store.

Sweetening their already low prices Pharmapacks is offering my readers a 10% Discount. Enter code MONROE at checkout!

Here's what I got!

Keep Reading for my PharmaPacks Haul

January 28, 2016

dr.Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask Review

dr.Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask is the newest face mask to become a part of my Winter skincare regimen and probably my favorite too. This luminizing mask helps lessen the look of fatigued skin. It works to provide tired, dull, lackluster skin with a revitalized, illuminated, and re-energized appearance. It also helps smooth the signs of fine lines. The potent formula was inspired by the most popular facial in Dr. Brandt’s practice and takes just three minutes for full effect.

Oxygen masks are hugely popular in Spa's and now you can get that same treatment right at home thanks to dr.Brandt. With the Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask experience an in-home, oxygenating and recovery mask designed to boost luminosity and reinvigorate skin in just three minutes.

This mask is just so much fun to apply because it works very differently than your typical mud or serum facial masks. The lightweight cream transforms in to a foam when exposed to oxygen and starts to fizz. After a few seconds you feel a burst of invigorating little scrubbing bubbles working over your skin. It's almost as if you can feel your pores being cleaned out. What I really like about this mask is how quickly it works. There is no sitting around waiting for 20-30 minutes for it to dry and it easily fits in to a morning/night skincare routine. After a few minutes the mask evaporates and dries, leaving a clear residue easily rinsed away with water. I would use this every single day for its beautiful purifying effects, but at $70 I leave it as a weekly indulgence.

dr.Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask is an instant pick me up for your skin. Results are visible immediately. After I use it my skin looks brighter, rejuvenated, and healthy again. I love this mask for re-energizing tired skin and for use during the colder months. The fizzing of the mask feels so luxurious like a Champagne facial, and if you have had too much Champagne the night before this is hangover RX. No matter what condition your skin was in 5 minutes earlier after this mask it will look well-rested and healthier. Oxygen masks are a real breath of fresh air for the skin!

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January 25, 2016

Brighten Up this Winter with John Frieda Colour Care

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The crisp cold days and long starry nights of Winter in the Pacific Northwest are truly spectacular. That outdoor beauty though? Not so awesome for my own outer beauty! Those dark days can start creeping in to our beauty routine dulling hair color and leaving skin lackluster. The New Year brings an opportunity for fresh beginnings and brightening up your hair and beauty routine is a great place to start!

Keep Reading for how I brighten up my Winter hair & beauty routine!

January 22, 2016

Dry Winter Hands Meet FarmHouse Fresh Fluffy Bunny

Winter has been harsh on my hands this year. Holiday entertaining hand washing and cold air mixed with dry indoor heat have made my hands in need of major TLC. FarmHouseFresh aims to remedy those parched hands by whipping them back in to cuddly soft shape with Fluffy Bunny Shea Butter Hand Cream and their new All Purpose Shea Butter Balm!

Keep Reading for the FHF Fluffy Bunny Review!

January 18, 2016

Contouring Made Easy with Maybelline Master Contour Palette

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Three beauty resolutions I made for myself this year are to define my eyebrows more, learn how to style my hair (yes, seriously) and take a few extra minutes to sculpt my face. Even if you are well-versed in makeup application there is always room for improvement and trying something new. Contouring and highlighting is not only for Hollywood starlets anymore. Maybelline is now making this huge trend accessible to everyone with the Maybelline Master Contour Palette. Here is how I have added contouring in to my daily makeup routine!

Before contouring we want to get the skin looking flawless. Dream Velvet Foundation is Maybelline’s first hydrating matte foundation for 100% velvet-smooth perfection. Ideal for normal to combination skin. The medium coverage foundation has a unique gel-whipped formula that glides over the skin. This refreshing gel-whipped foundation leaves complexion perfected and smooth with a velvety, soft-matte finish while skin stays hydrated for 12 hours.

I applied Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation in shade Porcelain Ivory 10 with the Dream Velvet Blender. Dot foundation just where needed, for me that is around the nose, chin, and t-zone area. Taking the largest side of the Dream Velvet Blender buff the foundation in circular motions until seamlessly blended in to the skin. I use the tip to target small areas like the under eyes or on blemishes. Dream Velvet Foundation wears like a dream, it has natural looking coverage and sets to a soft matte finish.

A makeup blending sponge like the Dream Velvet Blender is my must-have tool for flawless makeup application. It is my favorite way to apply foundations and skin products. The result is even coverage with a smooth finish. The shape is ideal for gliding over large areas and targeting hard-to-reach curves. This latex-free and re-usable beauty blending sponge has a built-in handle for effortless and mess-free application.

Maybelline Master Contour Palette lets you master face contouring on the go with this all-in-one palette – contouring brush included! This easy-to-use 3-step face contouring kit features a bronzer, blush and highlighter. I love that I can define, highlight, and apply my cheek color all with just one palette. For the pale girls the Light/Medium palette is a perfect match, there is also a Medium/Deep Palette.

Contouring and highlighting doesn't have to take a lot of time or be complicated. I prefer to take the less is more approach, no crazy lines on the face just quick brush sweeps over the natural contours and highlights of the face. The whole process takes two minutes tops. Maybelline really cuts the intimidation factor down by numbering the steps for you, super helpful!

To contour take the bronzer shade in the Light/Medium Master Contour Palette and apply it with the narrow side of the brush. I love the small angled brush that is included, it gives you complete control in the placement.

Run the brush along the cheekbone hollows, down the sides of the nose, and lightly near the hair line. The easiest method of contouring the face is to make a '3' shape. Blending the bronzer along the hairline, jawline, and under the cheekbones. I then switch over to a large fluffy brush to diffuse out that contour and eliminate any visible lines.

Next, lightly dust the blush from the palette on to the the apples of my cheeks. Place the blush just above the contour and blend out. This shade is a soft rose that gives a pretty pink flush to the cheeks.

The final touch on the face makeup is the glow! Highlighting brings forth the features by adding light to that depth we have created with the contouring. It is a great trick to looking refreshed and more youthful. I apply the highlighting powder to the inner corner of the eyes, on top of cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and to the cupids bow of the lips. The highlight in Maybelline Master Contour Palette is a soft lit vanilla beige cream that gives the skin a gorgeous glow while still looking natural.

Subtle contour and soft glowing skin is the base for my upcoming Valentines Day look. I will be sharing how I take this simple everyday contouring look and turn it up a notch for a romantic date-night with Maybelline in February!

I picked up the Maybelline Master Contour Palette, Dream Velvet Foundation, and Dream Velvet Blender at my local Walmart. Look for it on on a special in-store tower display, my tower was sold out! I think that vouches for how popular these products are! They can also be found in the Maybelline section of the beauty aisle.

I hope you enjoyed this easy and cost-effective way to get a contoured look with Maybelline. Is contouring a part of your daily makeup routine or is it saved for special occasions? Let me know!