Monroe Misfit Makeup | Beauty Blog: November 2015

November 25, 2015

Gift Gorgeously with ULTA Beauty & Get Your Glam Girl On

ULTA beauty has some awesome Holiday Gift Guides out this season to make your beauty shopping a whole lot easier. They have you covered for every beauty personality, from the Beauty Superfan to the Well-Groomed Guy or the Young & Fab. Today I am sharing my product picks from the ULTA Glam Girl Gift Guide. You are sure to find dazzling gifts to delight your friends, family, or even yourself. Here are my picks for getting your Glam Girl on!

For the So On Trend Glam Girl :

The Holidays are the perfect time to add a little dazzle to your look. Glam Girl to me means cascading waves, glowing skin, shimmering eyes, and a bold lip. It is amplified but not overdone. ULTA Beauty Glam Girl Gift Guide has everything you need to find the perfect gift for your on-trend best friend or to create a glamorous look for your next holiday party!

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey
I was obsessed with this higlighter all Summer long and it has found its way in to the Fall/Holiday Season too. Gilded Honey is the most stunning 24K gold highlight ever. period. I use it to highlight the cheekbones, inner corners, and wear it on the eyes. If you are buying for a 'strober' they need this in the highlight collection.

LORAC Pro Palette
If I could only have one eyeshadow palette in my collection PRO from LORAC would be it. It is very well loved as you can see! With 16 shades ranging from neutral to darks this one palette can take you from day to glam. LORAC eyeshadows are pigmented, have fantastic blendability, and the colors are universally flattering. Make it the PRO or the Ulta-exclusive Mega Pro 2, they are sure to please everyone eyeshadow palettes.

Benefit Limited Edition They're Real! Mascara
Benefit Cosmetics bestselling lengthening mascara gets dressed to impress. For the first-time ever They're Real! Mascara tube gets dazzled in Swarovski crystals. Flash some lash AND show off your limited edition They're Real! Mascara tube. It's the season's sexiest accessory! They're Real is such an awesome mascara, it lengthens, separate, and gives you voluminous glam lashes. What's more glam that swarovski crystals? The sparkly exterior makes this so much special looking than a regular tube of mascara.

Stila Eternal Love Liquid Lipstick Set
A perfectly portable mini-collection of Stila's award winning Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick! This deluxe size sampler covers all your glam lip colors. A cool mauve, bright red, and a vampy wine. Stila's liquid lipstick formula is super long lasting, not drying, and the colors are stunning.

BeachWaver S1
With the Beachwaver S1 you can create three different styles including defined curls, loose beachy waves and glam waves. This easy to use curling iron is so easy to use even for us hair styling challenged! It heats up quickly and gives shiny, longlasting curls and waves.

The BeachWaver S1 is amazing because you can create three totally different hairstyles with just this one iron. I was able to create a modern glam look by using the iron horizontilly or flip it vertically for loose undone beachy waves in just minutes. The beachwaver beats out all of my other curling irons and wands. What I love about it most of all is how smooth and frizz-free the curls turn out. Curls often fall out on my fine hair but with the BeachWaver I get stay all day style. Love it!

O.P.I All Stars Mini Kit
All Stars is the perfect mini set of Glam Holiday shades for the nails. OPI All Stars 4 Pc Mini Kit includes fashion sizes of Love Is In My Card, Guys & Galaxies, Is This Star Taken, and Press * For Silver.

Shopping Online? The ULTA Black Friday Online deals start 5PM CT on 11/26!

Use code 306487 for $3.50 off $10 Purchase or PRINT THE COUPON HERE

Black Friday ULTA Sale Highlights that I will be shopping for...
$12 LORAC Love, Lust, & Lace Eyeshadow Palettes
$20 Laura Geller Party Ready Collection
$10 Mario Badescu 4 pc. Ulta Favorites
$10 Benefit Cosmetics Majorette Blush & 50% Off Eyeshadows & Lipstick
$10 It! Cosmetics CC+ Lip Creme Gloss
$16 Too Faced Christmas Miracles Set

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* Gift Card provided by Ulta & products purchased myself

Get Glowing This Holiday Season

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With the holidays upon us now that means an abundance of activities and holiday events to prepare for. Between over-indulging, holiday stress, and cold winter weather our skin and hair takes a beating. I know mine is looking a little worse for wear! To take dull and drab to gorgeous skin and hair I picked up some fabulous skin care, hair care, and grooming products from P&G at Costco. Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the season throw your beauty routine for a loop. Here is how to stay glowing through the Holidays!

 The first step to getting a holiday glow is stocking up on Procter & Gamble products at Costco.

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Black Friday Shopping List + Recipe to go!

Black Friday is my favorite shopping day of the year. Okay, maybe not the crazy crowds but the deals and deep discounts definitely are. I always use the day to pick up gifts for friends and family and a few for myself too. Here is what I have on my Black Friday shopping list this year as well as a delicious quick and easy recipe from Johnsonville to get you going on that very early morning!

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November 24, 2015

FarmHouse Fresh Whips Up Pumpkin Pie for Your Face

I can not get enough Pumpkin. Even in a season of Pumpkin Spice everything I never tired of it. I also love a good face mask. So why not combine the two? FarmHouse Fresh has done just that with the pumpkin-fortified Splendid Dirt Nutrient-Rich Mud Mask. It has real pumpkin puree and smells amazing enough to eat (but don't even!).  Perfect for women suffering from acne, redness, blotchiness, or excessive oil production in the skin, this mask helps deep cleanse and de-clog facial pores while boosting the skin's overall radiance. This mask is a delectable treat for your skin!

Get dirty! Red, blotchy, and oily skin- you've met your mask. Splendid Dirt is a natural, nutrient-rich pot of Illite and Bentonite clays, fresh enzyme-full pumpkin puree, and active yogurt cultures that instantly boosts overall radiance by deep cleansing pores, temporarily shrinking their look, and improving the look of broken capillaries and uneven skin tones.

This thick blended puree goes on whipped and velvety smooth, bringing a party-orange pumpkin face that might scare the neighbors, but will seriously de-gunk and help purify even the most congested skin.

You'll feel Splendid Dirt working- a mild tingling sensation begins as oxygenation and circulation increases. The feeling is temporary, and as the mask dries, skin is actually left calmed and soothed, decreasing everyday blotchiness. It is recommended for all skin types, except those with sensitive skin, at least once per week. 99.6% natural, and like all FarmHouse Fresh products, it is Paraben and Sulfate Free.

This mask is as nice as it smells! The orange face is a lot of fun too. I admit I initially only wanted it for the pumpkin factor. Turns out it is not just another dessert named novelty but one that actually works! Splendid Dirt is like a whipped pumpkin souffle with the scent of fresh out of the oven pumpkin pie. When applied it has a mildly warm tingly sensation as the blend increases blood circulation and oxygenation. Leave it on for 15 minutes to detoxify and remove impurities. Follow up with your favorite moisturizer to seal the skin.

 My skin feels so soft afterwards and both redness and pores were minimized. I would recommend it to any one with combination skin and those wanting to reduce and tighten their pores. In the Fall/Winter months I find traditional mud masks to be overly drying. Splendid Dirt cleanses the skin with out drying it out rendering a radiant poreless look. How quirky is the packaging? ..Just won't do laundry. This mask would make such a fun hostess gift for Fall/Thankgiving!

Next on my FHF wish list is the The Sundae Best Mask that is made with chocolate. YES please. Other masks on the menu are the Guac Star, Pajama Paste, and Pudding Apeel. They also have many more scrumptious for your skin products; everything from Body Lotions, Scrubs, Hand Creams, to some really cool looking buffer sponges called facial buffing biscuits. FarmHouseFresh will definitely be making my gift giving lists and my own wish list this year!

FarmHouse Fresh professional bath, body, and facial care products are repeatedly voted by spa professionals as one of the top all natural body care lines in the U.S. Be sure to check out if your local spa carries them. FHF can be purchased at top destination spas, resorts, and finer retail locations including Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Waldorf Astoria, and Hyatt Regency locations among others.  The Four Seasons in Downtown Seattle is my destination. A luxurious pampering Spa treatment with FHF after the Thanksgiving/Black Friday hustle sounds amazing doesn't it?

Splendid Dirt ($22) mud mask is available on AMAZON , Spa locations, and at 

sample provided for review consideration

November 16, 2015

Tackle Pores with 7 Pore Perfecting Products

November is officially designated as National Healthy Skin Month. I love skincare, maybe even more than makeup as I get older. While I am pretty satisfied with my skin health overall pores are still a nagging skin issue. No matter how old you are or what type of skin you have, enlarged pores are a huge concern. I am always looking to minimize, shrink, eradicate, vanish...why do we even need pores on our face?! There are a lot of products on the market to mask and fill in your pores before makeup. Not being one for suffocating my skin under heavy silicone primers and makeup I choose to address the issue at the skin level. Here are seven products I swear by for fixing a pore problem!

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November 12, 2015

12 Days of Passion with K-Y® Yours+Mine®

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Now that the Holiday Season has kicked into full gear, we are busy busy busy! Between shopping, baking, decorating, wrapping, and social gatherings, making time to spend with your significant other can be challenging. Instead of putting off 'us' time during the holiday rush this year, I am doing a grown-up version twelve days countdown with K-Y® Yours+Mine®. It's a chance to celebrate one another and keep the passion alive through the busy season, thus igniting 12 Days of Passion!

November 10, 2015

Sleek Makeup Fall Collection Review

Sleek has a fabulous line up for Fall. Richly pigmented eyeshadow's in the i-divine Storm Palette, a beautiful assortment of Creme-to-Powder blushes, super smooth pencil eyeliners, and some gorgeous shades of True Color lipstick. I have long adored this UK brand and if there is one brand of makeup worth ordering overseas it is Sleek. Have a look at some of the Fall Collection!

I-Divine Storm Palette ($11.99)
Storm contains shimmery neutral pinks and beiges perfect for day looks and gorgeous shades of dark blue, green and copper for elegant evening looks. This palette is perfect to take your look from natural to bold.

When I opened up this palette it was like opening a box of jewels. Storm is an stunning mix of shimmering neutrals and jewel tones. The texture of these shadows is amazing, so creamy and soft. Pigmentation is awesome and they have minimal fallout. Every I-divine eyeshadow palette I own has been impressive. Storm is my favorite Fall eyeshadow palette this Fall in terms of colors that really fit the season.

Eu La La Liner ($7.49)
Eau La La Liner is a highly pigmented, rich, creamy pencil. This extremely long-lasting formula is ideal for blending, smudging and defining. Blue Moon is a gorgeous deep teal blue and Noir a soft black. The formula on these is everything you want in a pencil liner, they glide on so smooth and set to a budgeproof finish.

True Colour Lipstick ($7.99)
Get high impact lips with True Colour Lipstick in a gorgeous matte and sheen finishes in a variety of shades that are highly pigmented, and conditioning to keep lips soft and supple. Enriched with vitamin E helping to hydrate and protect the lips. Comfortable to wear and glides on with ease this is the must have to awaken your makeup look. Available in 20 shades.

Succumb is a sheen brown with a pink undertone which is the perfect companion for sultry dark eyes.
Papaya Punch is a matte bright coral, more orange than coral.
Smoulder is a deep, sheeny red. 

The Sheen formula was definitely my favorite over the matte. It applies super creamy and pigmented with a slick finish. The matte lipstick is a little less impressive. The pigmentation was there but Papaya Pumch applied patchy and left a very noticeable line between the inner lip and the lipstick. What I don't like about these lipsticks is the tube. When putting the cap on if you twist the lipstick even a little it completely destroys the top of the lipstick. Definitely could use a bit more room up top..I feel ya Sleek. I feel ya.

Creme to Powder Blush ($8.99)
Innovative Crème to Powder Blush offers intense colour with a dewy, satin finish. The soft texture blends to a light powdery effect. The range of stunning hues from soft pink to warm coral and fuchsia will brighten and flatter all complexions. Available in 6 shades.

First off these blushes look and perform a whole lot like NARS at a fraction of the price. The gel texture quickly turns to a powder and blends seamlessly on to the skin. They are pigmented and long-lasting while looking great both applied with a brush or your fingers. Amaryllis is a cool dusky mauve that is going in to my blush rotation immeditely. This color is going to be so beautiful come Winter too.

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sample provided for review consideration

November 03, 2015

Fall/Winter Purse Essentials for Keeping Healthy

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Just as important as carrying lipstick and powder for mid-day touch ups in your purse is having healthy essentials on hand at all times. Our purse travels with us everywhere from the train to work to cold nights out on the town. I am one of those people that gets sick way too easily. I feel like if I just hear someone sneeze a mile a way I will catch it! Instead of relying on just hoping to not fall ill this Fall/Winter season I have put together a special compartment in my handbag devoted to health. Having these go-to products stowed away in my handbag keeps me healthy and prepared when I am out and about.

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November 02, 2015

Fight Frizz with Pureology Smooth Perfection Hair Care Line

Pureology’s new Smooth Perfection, launched in September, addresses the universal concern of frizz with custom stylers tailored to every hair texture. Helping to achieve the perfect frizz-free blowout whether your colour-treated hair is coarse or fine, wavy or straight. Technology today has found an answer to just about everything, so why should we continue to struggle with finding the perfect solution for creating frizz- and damage-free blowouts at home? With frizz being among the top haircare concerns and 37% of women experiencing frizzy hair each day, it is time to stop a bad hair day in its tracks.

I am definitely one of those 37%. Frizz is my number one hair prob. Living where rain and humidity are a daily fight I feel like the second I blow dry my hair it looks like I should of just worn a hat...or a bag over my head! I have fine, naturally curly hair, that just loves to shrink up and frizz out. As silly as it is my whole day can be ruined by a bad hair day!

Pureology's Smooth Perfection line has been in my hair care rotation over the past month and I am really liking it! The products when used together give a smooth finish to the hair and a sleek blow out. It means winning the war against frizzies even on the most dreadful of bad weather days. During my Hawaiian Vacation a Tropical Storm was lingering in the Ocean the whole time humidity was at extremely bad hair day levels and this set was a lifesaver.

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Clean & Sanitize Your Makeup Work Space with Clorox®

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Like many I do my makeup on a bathroom counter. I never thought twice about it until recently when I realized just how many others come in and out of that bathroom! I am very diligent about keeping my makeup and brushes sanitized and now the space I put all of those beauty products and tools out on to can be just as clean. With the new Clorox® ThickCling™ Cleaning Bleach tackling those tough bathroom cleaning jobs is easy. Having a clean surface to work on gives peace of mind that what you are putting on to your face is coming straight from a clean and bacteria free surface.