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Sponsored Video: Gillette Wants To Help You Be More Spontaneous

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Nobody likes unwanted hairs… NOBODY!

We’ve all been there: you finally find a flattering bikini, you flawlessly apply self-tanner, and you’re 100-percent beach ready until — you go outside in sunlight and discover a missed long-hair patch on your ankle.

I feel like every time I shave my legs, I always end up missing a spot near my ankle or on the side of my knee, and for the rest of the day until I can get home and fix it, it drives me crazy!

Vlogger and singer-songwriter Tessa Violet, who is behind the YouTube channel Meekakitty, which has nearly a million subscribers, has partnered with women’s razor brand Gillette Venus.

Violet is inviting women to share their spontaneous “wish-I’d-shaved moments” on Twitter with the hashtag #InASnap.

“Some of my favorite memories are a result of impromptu decisions, or last minute nights out,” says Violet. “I’m so excited to have partnered with Gillette Venus on this program! I can’t wait to hear all the spontaneous adventures that women have experienced where they wish they had shaved. It’s gonna make some really entertaining and unique music videos!”

The Venus Snap is the perfect match for the girl on the go no matter where she might end up.

Don’t you just LOVE the shorter handle?

For more information about Gillette Venus Snap, check out their official website, or you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Gillette Venus Snap for which compensation was provided. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gillette Venus Snap.

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GIVEAWAY – Look Fabulous For Date Night With P&G Beauty Products!

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Whether you are going out to a movie, a wine tasting, a picnic on the beach or a romantic dinner at home, you’ll want to take the right steps to prepare and look your most beautiful.

For some of us, doing our own make-up is a daily routine that we can probably now do in our sleep, but for a date night, you should spruce up your look a little for the occasion.

How do you revitalize your makeup without expending time repeating your morning makeup routine?

1. Dust a bit of translucent powder all over your face. Instead of adding another layer of powder or foundation, a translucent powder will diminish shine and add a fresh look to your face.

2. Apply an extra swipe of blush or bronzer to your cheeks. A little color goes a long way!

3. To bright up your eyes, add a light and shimmery eye shadow to the inner corners of your eyes. You might be surprised how much this brightens up the whole look of existing eye makeup.

4. Add a little bit of darkness to the crease of your lid. Without going too “smokey”, this will add some depth to your eye makeup.

5. Flick out the corners of your eyeliner by adding a subtle cat eye. You can also line the inner rim to give extra darkness near the lash line.

6. Apply a bold lip stick. Nothing is easier for transitioning from day to night than adding a bold lip color.

7. Add a few twists to one side of your hair, and spritz a little shine spray on your locks as well. The smallest little details can go a long way.

Whether your look is simple, sophisticated, or somewhere in between, you can look your best with beauty products from Walgreens! Walgreens is the go-to destination for women searching for quality P&G beauty products.

Look Fabulous For Date Night With P&G Beauty Products

One lucky The Beauty Stop reader is going to win a fabulous prize package that contains a variety of P&G beauty products from CoverGirl, Olay and Pantene including:

• COVERGIRL Coverlicious Lip Gloss
• Olay Fresh Effects Wipes
• COVERGIRL Ink It Eyeliner
• Pantene Rehab Cream
• COVERGIRL Bombshell Mascara
• Olay Dew Over
• Flamed Out Eyeshadow
• $25 Walgreens Gift Card

HOW TO ENTER –

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Disclosure: This contest is sponsored by Walgreens and P&G for which samples and prizing were provided. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Walgreens or P&G.

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Get Refreshed With Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser

I absolutely LOVE this cleanser!

It doesn’t get much better than exfoliating and cleansing with all-natural ingredients, which is why Suki’s two-in-one is such a great addition to your regimen.

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser

This organic lemongrass and chamomile-infused cleanser gently gets rid of dirt, oil, and makeup, while gently wiping away old layers of skin with nonabrasive sugar. You’ll immediately notice how refreshed your skin feels, infused with the faintest scent of clean lemon.

How it Works
Natural lemongrass and chamomile team up with synthetic-free cosmecutical actives to thoroughly clean skin. At the same time, the alpha hydroxy acids in raw sugar gently buff away dead layers and excess oils without stripping off your skin’s natural moisture.

How to Use
Wet your hands with warm water and scoop about a dime-sized amount of the cleanser out with your fingers. Rub it between your hands to activate the foaming tendency before gently massaging your face in circular motions. Rinse and pat dry. To avoid over-stressing your skin, don’t exfoliate more than once a day.

This cleanser is amazing! It smells great and if you accidentally taste it, it even tastes great! Just like lemondrop candy.

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser$32.95

Disclosure: A complimentary sample was sent to The Beauty Stop for this review. No compensation was received and all opinions are that of the author.

 

The Benefits Of Lavender Essential Oil

If there’s one essential oil staple you’ll want in your beauty closet, it’s lavender essential oil.

Lavender has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it.

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Lavender is steam distilled from Lavandula angustifolia, a perennial, bushy shrub with a flowery top. Historically, Greeks used lavender as a perfume. The Romans used it in their baths for washing, for its cleansing qualities, and to deter insects.

Cosmetic Uses

Beloved mostly for its distinctive scent, lavender extracts are used as fragrance in bath and body products. You can add them via drops to your own homemade face masks, scrubs, body oils and massage oils to create a wonderful luxurious, spa-like experience.

Aromatherapy Benefits

Lavender seeds and flowers are great for aiding in sleep and relaxation. This is why you see packets of seeds sold to put in your pillows. It’s also why it’s recommended when getting massages. You can put a few drops of the oil on a warm washcloth and put it near your face to relax before bedtime.

Medicinal Uses

This essential oil has the ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems. It’s pretty amazing stuff!

How to Use

Unlike some essential oils, dilution of lavender oils is not required and it’s suitable for all skin types, except very sensitive skin. It’s also considered “generally safe” for children younger than 2.

    • Add a few drops to your homemade masks, massage oils and scrubs

    • Add a few drops to cotton balls or pillows and put in drawers or closets. These will scent linens and also may repel moths.

    • Put about 10 drops into a warm bath for a long soak. Add Epsom salts for optimal relaxation.

    • Put drops on used dryer sheets to recycle them. They will scent your towels and sheets as they dry.

    • Add drops to water in a spray bottle to be used as a linen spray. (I spray mine on sheets for guests).

    • Place drops on a microwaveable heating pad to be placed around the neck.

You better get an extra bottle!

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DIY Natural Hair-Lightening Spray

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Do you wish for lighter hair, yet don’t want to dye it for fear of losing its unique tone?

Nothing says “I spent a week lounging on a fabulous beach while you were stuck in the office” more than sun streaked highlights in your hair.

Here’s how to go a few shades lighter this summer without hitting the salon!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup water
1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup chamomile tea left to steep until it’s strong
A spray bottle

Directions:

Pour all the ingredients into the bottle and stir gently until they’re thoroughly blended. Spritz on towel-dried hair and style however you normally would. It’ll take several uses before you see results, although if you blow-dry or heat style your hair regularly, you’ll see results faster.

Warning: If your hair is naturally dark brown or black, then this spray will give you highlights, but they’ll be brown or ginger, not blond. If you want to go more than three shades above your natural color, then it’s always best to visit a stylist. And as always, perform a strand test on an inconspicuous piece of hair before applying all over to ascertain how your hair will react.

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Banana Hair Mask For Damaged Hair

Bananas For Dry Hair

Whether your hair is dry, oily, dull or damaged, there are things you can find in your kitchen to help restore it’s condition.

Bananas are a very rich source of potassium and vitamins A, E, and C, which make them the perfect choice for homemade hair growth treatments.

Ingredients:

1 banana (the riper, the better!)
1 tablespoon of olive or coconut oil (you can also use sweet almond oil)
shower cap

Preparation:

Put ingredients in a blender and blend until combined into a paste. You want the banana mashed completely, chunks of banana are hard to remove from your hair. Add a dash of flour if paste is too runny.

Separate hair into 3-5 sections.

Apply mask to each section from roots to ends.

Wind hair into a loose bun if long and place a shower cap over hair. Keep it on for 30 minutes and then rinse out, shampooing and conditioning as usual.

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Foods That Age You

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If you want to retain a youthful look, avoiding certain foods could help.

It turns out that the worst dietary demons, including many sugary, fatty, refined and highly processed foods, do more than add thunder to your thighs, experts say they subtract years from your life.

Everything from the condition of your skin to the quality of your bone, brain and connective tissue is determined in part by what you eat.

Eat the wrong foods regularly, and you can look and feel 10 or more years OLDER than your real age (not fun!) … but eat the right foods, and over time, you can start to look 5-10 years YOUNGER than your real age.

WHITE BREADS, PASTA, CAKE

Foods with a high glycemic index are linked to acne – because when you eat a lot of this kind of food, your body experiences an increase of glucose and insulin levels. A body with a low glycemic diet has 50% fewer accounts of acne. Switch to whole grain options, instead, because they’re high in antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory.

SUGAR

Sugar, as much as we love it, is one of the absolute worst things for your skin. It is the most aging food that we consume, and weakens our immune system to boot! Too much of it will make your skin lackluster, and speed up your body’s production of wrinkles. This is because it damages your collagen and elastin, two things that keep your skin plump and young. So choose to satisfy your sweet tooth with natural sugars like those found in fruit, instead of that candy bar!

ALCOHOL

We know, technically this is a drink rather than a food, but it’s worth mentioning. Alcohol doesn’t just give you a headache the next morning, but it severely dehydrates you. This affects your skin because your body metabolizes what little water it gets before it has the chance to reach your skin. Alcohol can also cause vasodilatation, which aggravates rosacea, and make your skin look dull. It doesn’t just damage your mental defenses when you have one too many, but also your skin’s.

CAFFEINE

A diuretic, caffeine also severely dehydrates you. Not only does that dry out your skin, but caffeine increases your production of cortisol. More cortisol than necessary accelerates the aging process, thinning your skin.

FRIED FOODS

Fried foods aren’t just an issue for your fat intake, but they can cause oil buildup in your body. They are also believed to possibly trap bacteria in your body and on your skin, causing you to break out more.

PROCESSED SNACK FOODS

In general, processed foods are bad for your health as well as your skin. The further grains get from their original state, the less they retain their natural goodness. Processed foods are often loaded with sodium and sugar, also, which we know we don’t need more of! Snack on whole grains and fresh fruit and veggies instead.

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS & COLORS

Artificial colors and sweeteners are essentially science experiments that you’re putting into your body. They have no nutritional value, and can irritate your body, especially if you’re sensitive or have allergies. These artificial products often create inflammation and histamine reactions, and what’s worse, your body tends to store these chemicals in your tissues. It wasn’t made in nature, so your body has no chance of recognizing it. Just what you need, aspartame hanging out longer than you wanted it to!

SALT

Salt, especially iodized (processed with iodine) is terrible for your skin. It causes your tissues to swell, making you look puffy and even a little unhealthy. It can aggravate acne, so it’s important to reduce your intake. Note that most of the salt you consume doesn’t come from a shaker, so check the labels before buying packaged foods and snacks.

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The BB Cream For Your Body

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Jergens BB cream for your body!

It’s not exactly a self-tanner, but it does contain DHA for that natural faux glow (without the funky smell).

At first, I wasn’t sure this BB measured up to my beloved self-tanning tube but now, I prefer it! And here’s why: You can actually see the tinted lotion as you apply it.

Used daily, this tinted body moisturizer gradually perfects skin over five days of use using self-adjusting tone technology. The formula hydrates dry, scaly skin (my legs have never looked better), brightens and illuminates, evens out skin tone, firms, and minimizes the appearance of imperfections.

Seriously, it’s the best drugstore BB cream for your body and I highly recommend it.

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream, $12.99

Disclosure: The Beauty Stop was sent a sample of this product for our review. We were not compensated for the post and the opinions expressed herein are that of the author alone.

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