Have you found your True Match?

TruematchFinding the right foundation for your skin type can be expensive and tiring. I always want to try new foundations but they cost so much, so I have to wait until one runs out then buy a new one. I rarely stick with the same brand or type. A couple months ago while watching one of my favorite beauty vloggers (Nicole Guerriero), she suggested L’Oreal’s True Match liquid foundation. I went to Target and picked up a bottle in the shade C3. I have been using this foundation since July, and I am in love! The formula is thin and lightweight, yet gives a lot of coverage; it is buildable as well, which means you can do one light layer or do a couple layers for more coverage. It is also long lasting; my makeup still looks great when I get home at night. You can find it at Target for $7.00 bucks, and that is a fraction of the price of every foundation at Sephora. Don’t get me wrong, I love Sephora, and I love spending money on makeup, but sometimes it frustrating spending a lot of cash on something that you’re not sure will work for you. So don’t forget to check your local big box stores or drugstores for makeup as well.

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From Mags to Riches – November/December 2014

Happy hump day! If Wednesdays are particularly hard for you (as they are for me), then break up the humdrum of your day by entering some contests! My favorite beauty mags are offering some great giveaways. What are you waiting for!?

glamourAllure Magazine is giving away a different product each day from December 1st to 4th. Enter here to win Jane lipstick, H2O+ body wash, Alterna leave-in conditioner, or L’Oréal Paris facial oil.

Glamour Magazine is giving 500 lucky readers one of 500 L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color in Rouge Allegro! Enter to win here.

Glamour is also giving 5 readers the Women of the Year goody bag worth over $1,700! Plus, another 10 will win a L’Oréal Paris product set! Enter for your chance to win here. Begins 11/4/14, at 12:00 noon ET and ends 12/31/14.

Marie Claire is giving one reader $10,000 as part of their Glam Gifts Giveaway. Enter to win here.

They are also giving away $10,000 to create a personalized shoe closet! Enter to win here.

Another reader will win $10,000 to spend on fabulous dresses! Enter here.

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Pantene to the rescue?

panteneHello.  My name is Crystal and I have damaged hair. I deserve it, really, for all the crap I put my hair through (dyeing, blow-drying, straightening). But that doesn’t mean I’m ok with it showing.  I want my hair to look shiny and healthy (which it’s not), so I went to Walgreens for a little help.  That’s when I stumbled across Pantene’s new Weekly Rehab Creme.  This detoxifying treatment promises to instantly renew hair by reducing protein loss. I’ve been losing hair to my comb and my shower drain for a while now, so I was desperate to find a solution.  So, does it work? Yes, and no.

After using Pantene’s Weekly Rehab Creme, my hair feels silkier and healthier. However, the feeling doesn’t last beyond a day or so. I’m not sure if it is actually repairing my hair, or simply making it feel better.  Still, I like the feeling. At $6.99 for 1.9 ounces, it’s a little pricey, but worth it in the long run if it works.

Where to find it: Your local drugstore or big box store for about $6.99.

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My new go-to drugstore hair color

addtext_com_MTQwMzU0MTQ5MjQ5I’ve been blonde for about a year now.  That’s gotta be a record for me! So recently, I decided it was time for a change.  I typically darken my hair for fall (new season, new look), so I decided to go dark.  As any home hair colorist knows, you can’t go from blonde to dark brown in one shot – it’s a process.  So first, I used ColorSilk to darken my hair from blonde to golden brown.  It looked ok, but not what I wanted. Though I’m a fan of ColorSilk, the results you get are not always predictable.  So, I decided to try something new – Garnier’s Olia Oil-Powered Permanent Hair Color. Unlike cream hair colors, Olia nourishes and strengthens your hair with a 60% oil blend. Garnier claims that it “visibly improves and restores hair as the oils help to reverse roughness and dullness for more brilliant, dimensional color and softer, shinier hair with more bounce.” Plus, just like ColorSilk, it’s ammonia-free.

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Beauty Tip of the Day

pamandersonjpeg_phixrjenniferconnoly_phixrPut DOWN the black eyeliner. Sure, it gives you a great cat-eye, but 9 out of 10 times, it looks BAD on the lower rim.  Instead, line your lower rim with a metallic eyeliner in a neutral shade, like brown, dark green, gray, or purple. Your eyes will still look defined, but won’t look tired or dated.

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