Purple Smoky Holiday Makeup Tutorial With Boots No7 [SPONSORED] #MyBestSkin

Published in: Boots, Makeup Tips/How To, Sponsored Post, Video

There should be a video in this post, but if you can’t see it, you can click here to watch it on YouTube.


We’re basically on the cusp of December, so from here on out it’s all holidays, all the time, and that definitely means more holiday makeup.

This purple smoky eye might look more complicated than it really is, but you can totally handle it. If you can blend even just a wee bit, you can follow along with this tutorial, which shows how to do the eyes, complexion makeup and cheeks. And there are also four different ideas for lip combos.

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purple smoky holiday makeup tutorial
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Comment to Win a Boots No7 Skin Care Anti-Aging Serum [SPONSORED] #MyBestSkin

Published in: Boots, Giveaways, Just For Fun, Sponsored Post

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In partnering with Boots Beauty USA on this giveaway for the No7 Skincare #MyBestSkin Campaign, I’ve received product samples and/or compensation for my time and effort in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #sponsored @bootsbeautyusa #MyBestSkin #BootsNo7

It was a whirlwind backpack adventure across the continent of Europe (complete with hidden diamonds and sleeper train car rides), and the year was 2005…

That’s when I first discovered the Boots No7 beauty line.

El Hub was El Boyfriend at the time, and neither one of us had ever been to Europe before, so we crammed as many countries into our 16-day trip as possible, and one of them was England.

This was also the trip when El Hub asked me to marry him (he sneaked the ring over on the plane hidden in his contact lens case), and if I learned anything on that trip, it was this: if a man willingly allows you to drag him into every pharmacy and drugstore you pass on your vacation just so you can look at beauty products…you better put a ring on that! LOL!

When we arrived in London toward the end of our trip, I discovered Boots No7, and they were EVERYWHERE, but I’d never seen or heard of them before in the U.S., so they were très exotic and interesting to me. Intrigued, I brought home — I kid you not — five full-size bottles of Boots No7 lotion, and I was crushed when I finally finished the last one back at home months later. *tear* :(

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Fast forward to now, and Boots No7 is also here in the U.S. (and has been for a while). Target carries an extensive selection from the brand, which has a huge range of affordable hypoallergenic products, including makeup, skincare and body care products.

I don’t know if you’re familiar with the brand, but if you’ve been wanting to give them a try, maybe I can help. I’ve partnered with Boots Beauty USA on this here giveaway for their No7 Skincare #MyBestSkin Campaign, and I’m also putting the finishing touches on a Boots No7 purple holiday-ready smoky eye tutorial (here’s a link to the tutorial!).

In the meantime…

Win Boots No7 Skin Care

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I’ve noticed a lot of interesting ingredients in their products, especially in their skincare, and the brand is well known for their anti-aging serums, all of which have earned the Good Housekeeping Seal here in the U.S.

They have four main anti-aging categories, each one with a different serum, and I’m giving away one of each.
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How to Make the No-Poo Movement Work for Your Hair Type #sponsored

Published in: Sponsored Post

Advertorials like this one are brought to you by my sponsors. They’re carefully chosen based on what I think you might like; however, this post was entirely written by the sponsor.

You’ve probably heard of “co-washing” or the “no-poo movement” by now, where women everywhere are opting to skip the shampoo and just use conditioner instead. But while this method has its benefits, eventually it will result in greasy, lifeless locks. However, what if we told you it didn’t have to be this way? The right no-shampoo formula can provide a total transformation in just one step. It’s simple: Conditioning agents nourish and protect hair, and then the formula morphs into a soap-free cleanser, washing dirt away without stripping hair. The result? Smoother, softer, and more manageable locks.

As you probably know, your hair’s texture and porosity can play a big part in finding the products that work for you. With that said, knowing a little more about your locks will help you choose a regimen that’ll enhance your hair’s natural beauty. Lucky for you, there is a great line of products by Matrix Biolage that work wonders for any hair type, whether it’s fine, medium, coarse or curly. We’ll tell you how this trend can make your hair your crowning glory, no matter what kind of hair you have.

Fine hair tends to be fragile than other hair types. It can be easily damaged and hard to style because it often falls flat. It has a tendency to look thin, and is often weighed down with heavier products, so it’s important not to over moisturize! Interestingly, people with fine hair actually have more hair in total than people with other textures. Take the no-poo route with a low-lather, fast-rinsing, soap-free cleansing conditioner designed to enhance shine, suppleness, and anti-static control. Our go-to formula contains non-stripping ingredients to cleanse and condition for optimal manageability … in other words, it won’t weigh hair down.

Medium hair holds style and responds well to chemical processes. For optimal results, opt for a no-poo formula for medium hair with natural ingredients such as acai to cleanse and condition to restore suppleness, shine, bounce, and anti-frizz control.

Coarse hair is stronger than other hair types. It tolerates heat well and resists breakage better than fine or medium hair along with being resistant to many types of chemical treatments such as coloring. Use a formula that’s jam-packed with moisturizing ingredients like avocado — it’ll cleanse and deep condition for smooth, shiny and supple results.

Whether they’re tightly coiled or loose; curly strands can be particularly complex because each individual stand can define its own curl pattern. Challenges include frizz, lack of definition and separation, length shrinkage and dryness. Use a lightweight no-poo shampoo that’ll enhance your natural curl definition and bounce — and be sure it’s not made with parabens, heavy silicones or harsh salts.

Ready to experience a new movement in hair care? We thought so. Click here to learn more about this innovative one-step transformation.


Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 349

Published in: Just For Fun


You might be wondering, “So what in tarnation is this Monday Poll thing anyway!?”

Well, it isn’t exactly a poll. It’s more of a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past seven years. (It’s like a kickstart for your brain.) I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.

  1. What’s your stance on monogrammed anythings (mugs, towels, jewelry, bags, etc.)?
    I think they’re classy in moderation. I mean, I’m not the girl who shows up to the party with a monogrammed bag, shirt, hanky and earrings, but I do have a couple of monogrammed mugs. There’s this white one I use for my coffee/tea every morning, and if El Hub ever broke it, there’d be hell to pay!

    I also have a couple of monogrammed necklaces, and I wear them all the time.

  2. Would you rather wear a single statement bracelet, or a bunch of dainty bracelets?
    I’ll take the single statement bracelet, please.
  3. Gummy bears or lemon drops?
    Hmm… Gummy bears, but only if they’re those really soft ones. They have to be really soft and gummy, and not the super chewy tough ones that feel like you’re chewing leather.

    Ugh! When those tough ones get stuck in your teeth? No thank you.

  4. When was the last time you kissed someone under the mistletoe?
    It was a looong time ago. About 20 years. I think it was at a college holiday party, and it was just a quick peck on a friend’s cheek.

    I know! Most boring mistletoe story ever! :) Sorry. Hopefully your story is steamier than mine. I need to be entertained, girlfriend!

  5. How good are you at remembering other people’s birthdays?
    OK, this one is one of those things that I think I should be pretty good at, because I usually remember details like how many kids someone has or if they like cats or dogs or traveling, but I’m not good at remembering birthdays.

    Actually, I’m absolutely CRAP at remembering birthdays. They slip through my brain like wind through Swiss cheese (uh…). Seriously, if it wasn’t for the calendar on my iPhone, I’d remember two birthdays — mine and my brother’s, only because his is exactly one week after mine, haha.

Le List

Your turn. :) Just copy and paste the following questions into a comment with your answers. I look forward to reading ’em!

1. What’s your stance on monogrammed anythings (mugs, towels, jewelry, bags, etc.)?
2. Would you rather wear a single statement bracelet, or a bunch of dainty bracelets?
3. Gummy bears or lemon drops?
4. When was the last time you kissed someone under the mistletoe?
5. How good are you at remembering other people’s birthdays?

Hey, babe! You know it’s the holidays when folks bust out the scented holiday candles.

I started this Frosted Cranberry one from Bath & Body Works the other day, and oh! — so cozy and delicious. My friend Marisol recommended it, and now I’m recommending it to you. :)

Speaking of cozy and delicious, I hope that describes the week you’re about to have.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 374

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs

MAC Sweet Baby Collection

No rest for the weary/hungry! Thanksgiving rocked, no question about it, but the holiday ended yesterday for Tabs. He spent all day today making up for lost kitty modeling time with FIVE new modeling campaigns — turning in some of his best work of the year, I might add.

Most of these campaigns took place in and around Novato, which is quickly becoming a kitty modeling metropolis right up there with Milan and New York. Yup, don’t let the sleepy little downtown or proximity to dairy farms fool you.

Here’s a look at the marvelous kitty modeling work Tabs turned in today. There are campaigns for MAC, NARS, Make Up For Ever, Smith & Cult (it was the first time working with the brand for Tabs) and COVERCAT Cosmetics.

Enjoy, and I hope you had a fantastic weekend. :)

NARS Tabs Loves Turkey

Star Cats Lightsaber Lipgloss
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