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Support Breast Cancer Awareness With These Beauty Products

Breast Cancer Awareness

It’s time to THINK PINK!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, why not pick up something new and help support a good cause?

One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. But there is some hope. When breast cancer is caught early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.

From special edition packaging to pink-themed color collections, nearly every woman can find something that is usable, beautiful and good for the cause. Here are just some of the products that you will find and which will also make terrific holiday gifts.

Murad Hydrate for Hope

Murad Hydrate for Hope
This limited-edition moisturizer, which comes with this two-toned pink cosmetic bag. 10% of sales will go to City of Hope, a leading research and treatment for cancer.

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection
These gorgeous hues of pink are available for a limited time only. Bobbi Brown will donate $12 of every sale to the Breast Cancer Research Fund.

Advanced Night Repair' Synchronized Recovery Complex II with Pink Ribbon Bracelet

Advanced Night Repair’ Synchronized Recovery Complex II with Pink Ribbon Bracelet
Estée Lauder will donate 20% of the suggested retail price to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation from August 2014 through June 2015.

Clinique Pink with a Purpose

Clinique Pink with a Purpose
Let your generosity shine with this $16 lipstick and cosmetic case from Clinique. Clinique will donate $3.00 from this purchase will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Essie Breast Cancer Awareness Mini-Four Pack

Essie Breast Cancer Awareness Mini-Four Pack
These happy hues of pink from Essie are helping to raise awareness and support for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

EOS Breast Cancer Awareness Collection

EOS Breast Cancer Awareness Collection
This set includes a limited-edition strawberry-flavored sphere lip balm, pomegranate raspberry stick lip balm and a berry blossom hand lotion—they work as good as they smell! 100 percent of the net profits will be donated to the breast cancer research department at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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Pumpkin Mask For Brighter Skin!


If you want brighter skin for fall, you might give your jack-o-lantern the side-eye. Besides the fact that pumpkins are seasonally appropriate, they’re also great for your skin.

Pumpkins have nutrients and antioxidants to replenish tired, dull skin, giving it a healthy glow? They are also great for nourishing sensitive skin, or skin that has been damaged from sun exposure and skin conditions like acne.

Skin Repair

Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, which heals and softens skin, antioxidants vitamin C and vitamin E to help repair skin, protect it from free radical damage and help boost collagen production, beta carotene protects against skin cell degeneration all contributing to healthier skin.


Pumpkin helps acne-prone skin due to its ability to:

• Fight inflammation
• Reduce pore size
• Control excess oil
• Prevent the appearance of breakouts of pimples and blemishes
• Repair skin after acne damage

Dry skin

Pumpkin hydrates and softens dry, cracked skin.

Pumpkin is often used in facial masks and peels because it contains natural enzymes that help dissolve dead skin cells, promote cellular turnover and new cell production. When used with other ingredients, pumpkin acts like an accelerator helping the skin to quickly absorb nutrients and vitamins.

Pumpkin Facial Mask Recipe:

    1. Start with 2 Cups of Pureed (Cooked Fresh or Canned) Pumpkin

    2. Add 4 Tablespoons Unflavored Yogurt, 4 Tablespoons Honey, 1/3 Cup Ground Almonds, 1/4 Teaspoon Olive Oil.

    3. Mix and apply to clean, moist skin.

    4. The enzymes are more active when moist, so sit in a warm tub or shower for 5-10 minutes.

    5. Remove with a clean washcloth.

Top it off with your favorite moisturizer!

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Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes


Most experts suggest cleaning them weekly, but if you tend to forget or just think that’s not accurate, then try to wash them at least every 2 weeks. It will only take a few minutes to wash them all, and if you do it at bedtime they will be nice and dry for use in the morning.

Follow these easy steps …

Turn your faucet on to cold, and take one brush and run it under the water. Make sure you clean the bigger brushes one at a time, but you can combine some of the smaller brushes together when washing. Wet the brush thoroughly before applying the shampoo.

Add 1-2 drops of the shampoo directly to the brush. Depending on the size of the brush, you will want to alter the amount of shampoo you need. For larger, face brushes use at least 2 drops, and for smaller, eye and lip brushes use one drop.

Once the shampoo is added, gently massage it into the brush. Once incorporated, flip the brush downward and rub the brush in the palm of your hand, using a circular motion. Wash each brush in this way for 1-2 minutes, rinsing slightly during the process until the suds and brush look clean.

It is very important that you rinse the brush well. If you don’t rinse them well you can leave behind soap residue and traces of makeup, not to mention bacteria. Begin by rinsing the brush under cold water, while gently massaging the bristles with your fingertips. Do not pull on the hairs and make sure you rinse from base to tip. Continue rinsing with cold water until all traces of soap are gone and the water runs clean.

Once the brush is accurately rinsed, begin removing the excess water by squeezing the brush from base to tip. After you remove the excess water, take one of the hand towels, fold it in half, and gently tap the brush onto the towel.

If the brush is still very saturated, then fold the towel over the brush and gently squeeze the water from the brush. Remember to move in the same motion as before, starting at the base and going to the tip. If you need to do this, remember to be gentle so you don’t pull the hairs out of the base of the brush.

After you have successfully removed the excess water from the brushes you will need to lay them out, overnight, to air dry.

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Sponsored Video: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley For Moroccanoil

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley For Moroccanoil

Beauty can mean different things to different people. It’s a cliché, but it’s one rooted in the truth: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Everyone has a different idea of what is beautiful to them. And everyone perceives their own qualities in a different way. What does being beautiful mean to you?

Moroccanoil – an inspiring, innovative yet brilliantly simple beauty product – is presenting a brand new mini-series directed by Bryce Dallas Howard that discovers beauty through inspiration. The series has followed several inspiring women to discuss and celebrate their achievements and beauty.

Six of them, including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, tell their story.

“I’m inspired by women who follow their hearts,” Rosie says in her video. “Women that care, women who dream big, women who embrace their journey that are tough, that follow their passion. I’m inspired by women who want to inspire other women.

“You meet these remarkable women and you realize it really is true. One person can make a difference in the world. They fight, they teach, they give, they invent, they create. These women allow the world to move them and are powerful examples of what one person can do if they let their inspiration take hold.”

And what about that fabulous super-model hair? Quality products are a must for the model.

“I try to keep my hair and makeup pretty simple when I’m not working,” she says. “I’ve been using the Moroccanoil Treatment Oil for about five or six years now. I put a small amount in my hair while it’s still wet, and I’ll blow-dry it in. It makes my hair more manageable and easy to style, and gives a lot of shine with good texture.”

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

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Properly Removing Makeup


I can’t stress enough the importance of a proper cleansing routine. Not removing make-up means congested skin which will lead to breakouts, puffiness around the eyes and fine lines – in short, proper cleansing ensures your skin looks younger and healthier for longer!

1. Use Makeup Wipes Before Bed Or Going To The Gym: Have you ever noticed applying face wash directly on skin with makeup can become pretty messy? One of the quickest ways to remove makeup is by using a wipe. This is a great way to get all your makeup off your face first, before doing a deep clean with your face wash, making the cleansing process much more effective. There will be plenty of times you’re not going to feel like removing your makeup, especially around 3am when you’d rather devour that slice of pizza or just crawl into bed. Always remove your makeup before bed or working out. If you sleep with makeup on it will clog your pores and lead to breakouts, and the same goes for wearing makeup to the gym. Sweat mixed with makeup can irritate the skin immediately, and it’s imperative to let your skin breathe! Keep a pack of makeup wipes on your nightstand, and in your gym bag as friendly reminders to keep up the good habit.

2. Be Gentle On The Eyes: Eye makeup is always a little more involved than the rest, seeing as we layer multiple products. Eyeshadow primer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, you name it, it’s a process to put on and a process to get off. One of the best ways to remove eye makeup is to soak a cotton pad with remover and press gently on the eyes for 20 seconds before lightly starting to remove. This softens up the product, giving it more mobility to come right off without a lot of poking and prodding. You might have to use a few cotton pads especially if you use waterproof mascaras and eyeliners. If you’re wearing a lipstick or stain that is hard to remove, use eye makeup remover on the lips as well, as it’s one of the quickest ways to take lip color off immediately.

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The Benefits Of Dry Brushing

The Benefits of Dry Brushing

Have you heard of dry brushing?

Many people carefully tend to the skin on their face, regularly exfoliating, cleansing, and moisturizing. But when’s the last time you tended to the skin on the rest of your body?

This popular spa technique is an effective way to get your body looking svelte and smooth – no gym required!

Dry brushing can make you feel more energized from the increased blood flow, help strengthen your immune system and keep your skin glowing by removing dead skin cells and opening clogged pores. It will also help increase circulation of the lymphatic system which promotes the elimination of toxins from the body while aiding in digestion and kidney function. It’s also known for helping to tighten skin and reduce cellulite.

How often: My favorite time to dry brush is in the morning, right before I shower. Your skin needs to be dry. I know it is hard to accept that there’s no splish splashing while wielding a brush that looks like it was created for bath time, but I promise you, it is worth the effort. Just a reminder, don’t get the brush wet.

Direction: You should only brush towards the heart. Making long sweeps, avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. And, don’t brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red.

Type of brush: The bristles should be natural, not synthetic, and preferably vegetable-derived. The bristles themselves should be somewhat stiff, though not too hard. Look for one that has an attachable handle for hard-to-reach spots, if necessary.

The Fuzz Brush – Healthy Planet – $6.16

This is truly one of the most inexpensive home spa treatments you will ever find.

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How To Properly Fill-In Your Brows


With fuller brows back in style on the runway, the eyebrow craze is at an all time high.

Just because you weren’t born with naturally thick and beautiful Cara Delevingne brows, doesn’t mean you can’t put in a little effort to get a similar look.

Tools you’ll need -

Before you begin, be sure to have a pair of tweezers, an angled brush and a spoolie on hand. Looking above and below your brow, pluck away any stray hairs, but don’t get too carried away. You’ll need your angled brush to apply pigment and the spoolie for finishing touches.

Shape -

Although the shape of our brows have been naturally created on our faces, you can essentially shape them in any way you want. If your face has more angular features, opt for a softer, more rounded brow to balance things out. The opposite goes for those with rounder faces: emphasizing your brows by making a sharp arch adds that intensity to your face you may have been missing before.

Line it up –

There are three important points of your brow to focus on. The first is the beginning of the brow, closest to your nose. Taking a pencil or brush, line up the beginning of your brow with the side of your nose. If any hairs grow outside that line closer in to your nose, pluck those away. Then, move your pencil diagonally so that it lines up with the bottom of your nostril, extending to the brow. The portion of your brow the pencil hits is where you should create your arch when you start filling in your brows. Finally, line up your pencil diagonally along the outer corner of your eye, extending towards the brow again. That point is where the tail end of your brow should be. If it’s too short, you can create length with your pigment. If it’s too long, pluck away the extra hairs.

Use small strokes -

An eyeshadow or pomade is most preferable because you can use an angled brush to apply color and use gentle strokes to fill in gaps and make it look completely natural. Work your brush upward and sideways to create a naturally bushy effect and try not to draw in bluntly straight lines; it’ll look too obvious.

Blending is the key -

Blend the pigment in with your brow hairs. Brush upwards, to the side and then down to get every hair for uniform brows that look as natural as possible.

Brow gel -

Once you’ve finished everything, gently comb through your brows with a clear brow gel to lock everything in place. You can also spritz a bit of hairspray onto your spoolie or a disposable mascara wand and comb through them for the same effect

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Sponsored Video: Gillette Wants To Help You Be More Spontaneous


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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