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Currently on the Bathroom Shelf: Fourth of July Sun Protection Products From Neutrogena, L’Occitane, Vichy, Avene and Philip Kingsley

Published in: Avene, L'Occitane, Neutrogena, Skin Care, Vichy

Sun protection from Neutrogena, L'Occitane, Philip Kingsley, Vichy and Avene

Sun protection from Neutrogena, L’Occitane, Philip Kingsley, Vichy and Avene

It’s almost Fourth of July, and fireworks are completely legal in my bathroom!

Wait — that was weird.

By fireworks, I’m referring to exciting sun protection products, like these things currently celebrating their independence on my bathroom shelf. :)

Neutrogena Age Shield Face Oil-Free Lotion SPF 110

When a two-digit SPF ratings just isn’t enough, there’s Neutrogena Age Shield Face Oil-Free Lotion SPF 110, which I’ve been using every day for about a month.

The oil-free formula is fabulous to the max! Not only is it easy to apply makeup on top of it, but it doesn’t pill up into little flecks, or otherwise behave strangely no matter what I wear it with — primer, foundation, whatever else.

Best of all, it’s not greasy! — so when I put it on my neck, it doesn’t feel all sticky and gross. For $12.99, you get a 3-ounce tube, and it’s available now at drugstores, Ulta and online.

L’Occitane Jenipapo Gel-Protecting Body Jelly Milk SPF 20

I like L’Occitane’s Jenipapo Protecting Body Jelly Milk SPF 20 for a couple of reasons.

First, the name. Jenipapo.

That’s pure win right there. :)

As for the formula, I like it for light SPF protection when I only plan to catch a few rays while running errands or going for a quick walk.

It’s a lightweight, moisturizing sunscreen lotion that smells ah-maze-balls! It starts with notes of watermelon, orange, pineapple, frangipani and Lily of the Valley, and dries down to a smooth vanilla musk.

It launched last May with a whole slew of skin care, fragrance and sun protection products in L’Occitane’s Au Brasil line, a range inspired by the fabulous foliage of Brazil.

Jenipapo, a fruit tree found in Brazil’s Cerrado tropical savanna, is said to be very moisturizing.

Neutrogena, L'Occitane Jenipapo and Philip Kingsley

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Double Duty Drugstore Beauty! Multi-Talented Makeup From Neutrogena

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup Tips/How To, Neutrogena

Multitasking makeup products from Neutrogena

Wearing a few double-duty products from Neutrogena! — Crease Proof Shadow in Improper Copper as a highlighter on my upper cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose, Healthy Skin Blends Bronzer in Sunkissed as an eyeshadow on my lower lash lines, MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Healthy Peach as a blush on my cheeks, and Nourishing Long Wear Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20 in Warm Beige as a concealer under my eyes

It’s true.

You really do learn something new every day — like yesterday I learned that a ton of Neutrogena makeup products actually double as…well, they double. They’re multitasking, which is super cool, for one, because a) they’re drugstore, so they’re totally affordable, and b) if you’re traveling somewhere or just want to lighten your makeup load, it’s always nice to have a product that can do a bunch of things.

Celebrity Makeup Artist Amy Oresman broke it down for me in Nashville yesterday as I sat (OMG!) in her makeup chair. She just broke it down, man. She had some great product recommendations from the Neutrogena line, like the brand’s Crease Proof Eye Shadows…

1. Crease Proof Eye Shadows in Stay Golden and Improper Copper ($8.49 each)

Amy Oresman

Improper Copper in my crease…

There are two she really loves — Stay Golden and Improper Copper. Stay Golden she compared to, basically, Nylon or Shroom Eye Shadow from MAC, but in cream form.

Cream shadows with a built-in primer, these were designed for lids, but they work on other parts of the face, too — especially as a highlighter. Amy will take either one, Stay Golden or Improper Copper, and apply it directly to the skin. Then she buffs it down with a foundation brush.

On me, because I have a deeper skin tone, she used Improper Copper, which is kind of like a coppery gold with subtle shimmer.

Amy Oresman has worked her makeup magic on a multitude of makeup-loving mavens, including Madonna, Heidi Klum, Victoria Beckham, Hayden Panettiere, Vanessa Hudgens, Emma Roberts and Kate Bosworth. “When it comes down to it,” she says, “we all want the same thing — to look and feel beautiful.”

She applied it directly from the stick, too, right into the crease of my eyes, and then brought it out to my upper cheekbones, still just using the stick. Then she blended it all in with a foundation brush for a super soft, really glowing highlight.

And you can use it on other parts of the face — wherever you would apply a traditional highlight, like down the bridge of the nose, Cupid’s bow, that kind of thing.

Stay Golden works great for all skin tones, but it rocks the Casbah on fair skin; Amy recommended Improper Copper for medium and darker skin tones.

Yay, so that’s one thing.

But there’s more… :)

Sometimes Amy also likes to rub the stick shadows in her palm to get some product in there, and then she’ll mix that with a foundation. Yesterday she did that with Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup Foundation, a liquid foundation, mixed those together in her palm, and just applied on me where she wanted more of a shimmery, dewy finish.

So, yeah, that’s one majorly multitasking product in the Neutrogena makeup line.

Amy also recommends the MoistureSmooth Color Sticks, which are first and foremost sheer lip balms, and I love these.

2. Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Sticks ($8.49 each)

Amy Oresman

Amy applying Healthy Peach MoistureSmooth Color Stick Gloss on my cheeks as a blush

I use Fresh Papaya. Love it, wear it all the time, but what I didn’t know until yesterday was that these also double as cream blushes. You can put them on top of foundation, powder, bare skin.

Amy will apply the Color Sticks directly on the cheeks, on the apples of the cheeks, and then just blend that in with a foundation brush to give a nice, sort of light, sheen to the cheeks with a pop of color, and then, if you don’t want to deal with finding a coordinating lip color, you just take that same Color Stick and apply it on your lips.

Next up, Healthy Skin Blends Bronzer in Sunkissed. One of three Healthy Skin Blends Bronzers from Neutrogena — these are the ones with the little squares inside the palettes. Amy calls Sunkissed a great eyeshadow palette that nobody knows about.

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8 Minutes With Hayden Panettiere: The Nashville Star Talks Makeup, Beauty and Style

Published in: Makeup, Neutrogena, News

With Neutrogena Beauty Ambassador, Actress Hayden Panettiere

With Neutrogena Beauty Ambassador, actress Hayden Panettiere

I may or may not have come this close to asking Hayden Panettiere to harmonize with me when I interviewed her this afternoon. It was either that, or ask her if she would do some cheerleading moves with me.

Not that I’m a cheerleader… I just thought that might be kind of rad. Save the cheerleader, save the world?

You might know Hayden from this little show she used to do called Heroes. She currently stars on the hit show Nashville, where she plays singer/country rock star Juliett Barnes. Hayden, who lives in Nashville now where the show is filmed, is also a Neutrogena Beauty Ambassador.

We chatted about her must-have beauty products and a frightening thing called “tarantula lashes.” And I even got her to speak some Russian for me!

No, not as random as it sounds. :) She’s engaged to world champion boxer Wladimir Klitschko, and she’s learning the language now.

I didn’t have a lot of time with her, but I totally enjoyed every minute. She was really down to earth and cute and completely normal, which shouldn’t come as a surprise at all, but with the media nowadays and the way people are often portrayed, you just never know. She also has the most beautiful skin.

Hayden and Karen

Oh, hai!

Thanks for the question ideas on Twitter and MBB. I tried to ask as many as I could.

Hayden Panettiere talks makeup, beauty and style

Karen: I’m curious; have you noticed, like, how is style here in Nashville different from L.A. style? Has it affected your style at all as well?

Hayden: The style in Nashville is pretty laid back, and it’s also — it can also be kind of hipster.

Karen: Hipster.

Hayden: Yeah, and funky, and I love the way the girls dress here. You see a lot of fun cute little dresses and little boots, like what you’re wearing [she gestures toward my cat print dress, which I LOVE], but people tend to go a little more casual here.

I see a lot of cute hats, and I’m a big fan of hats, so it’s almost kind of allowed me to, um, re-embrace my personal style. Because in L.A., I felt like I had to put a lot more effort into it, because you know that you’re gonna be met outside your front door with cameras, and the topic of conversation is going to be your outfit or what you’re wearing, ya know, all that good stuff. So you get a little gun shy.

I’ve always been more of a tomboy and more laid back and more casual and comfortable. Over the years, I’ve definitely experimented with things, but it fits me here. It suits me here, ’cause it feels comfortable.

Karen: So what’s your everyday makeup routine like? You mentioned that you’re a tomboy, but are you more, like, minimalist makeup, or a glam girl, or somewhere in between?

Hayden: That’s another thing that’s kind of changed is that I’ve definitely stopped wearing quite as much makeup. I had times in L.A. where I wouldn’t wear any makeup at all, either, but when we went out to dinners and stuff like that, it was great to have fun with it, to dress up, to do more makeup, and when you see that here, it’s pretty rare that you see massive quantities of makeup here. It’s very natural, and I love that.

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I have definitely had my fun, and sometimes I’ll do a great nude eye with just a pop of red lipstick or, ya know, a more smoky eye with a nude lip, but my day in, day out look is, ya know, mascara, and in the summertime, it’ll be mascara and a little blush and lips, and that’s why one of my favorite products are these [Neutrogena] Moisturesmooth Color Sticks.

[Yesterday] I had about 10 of these in the bottom of my purse in every color you can think of. We love to use them on our lips, but we also like to put them on our cheeks and use them as a blush, and it’s great because sometimes I don’t want to carry this big purse, and I wanna wear, ya know, just shove my credit card, my I.D. and a little touchup in my jacket pocket.

This is perfect, ’cause it’s two-in-one, and, I mean, it certainly fits in a clutch, like what we wear down the red carpet sometimes, ’cause we all know that those teeny tiny bags are not quite functional. They’re fashion, not function.

Karen: Oh, yeah. Do you have a favorite color from the MoistureSmoothes?

Hayden: I love Juicy Peach. Posey? Posey is the blush/bronzer duo. There’s also a red-red, and then there’s almost like a purply one, but I like all of them. It just depends, and you can layer them, too, really easily, like, I’ll do a nude, and then I’ll take the red-red one and go along the inside of my lips so that it almost looks like you just sucked on a popsicle or a lollipop. It’s a great look.

Karen: I’ll have to try that.

Hayden: Yeah, it’s great.

A few of Hayden's favorite things (from the left): Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup and Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Sticks

A few of Hayden’s favorite things (from the left): Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup and Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Sticks

Karen: Besides the MoistureSmooth Sticks, what are you –

Hayden: And mascara.

Karen: What are your other must-haves — the things that you would freak out about if they were discontinued?

Hayden: Well I kind of love this [Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara] because I’m blonde, so I have blonde lashes, so I look about 12 if I don’t have mascara on. They won’t let me in anywhere! [Laughing] And it’s been great for my lashes because a lot of the time we wear false eyelashes all day long, and it’s so drying to put fake eyelashes on, and then when you pull them off your eyelashes come out.

A lot of mascaras will give you tarantula, crispy, crunchy lashes. But for the first time I’ve actually been able to not wear any fake eyelashes, and even on the show, it’s high def, and you can see it. If you’re paying attention, you can see when I am and when I’m not, and recently I’ve stopped wearing fake eyelashes even during performance scenes because my eyelashes have been allowed to grow, and they’ve gotten really thick and long.

Karen: I bet it’s kind of liberating not to have to wear them. They can be a pain.

Hayden: I mean, they can be a blast; they really can, but you want to be able to have the choice.

Karen: Yeah, for sure.

Hayden: And then this stuff [Neutrogena Long Wear Liquid Makeup] has saved my skin because we work for 12-16 hour days, and we’re doing performance scenes or sweating, and then we’re putting powder on because we’re shiny, and then we’re putting more base makeup on. Getting your makeup to last 12-16 hours is a feat, but the Long Wear allows my skin to breathe all day long, and I know that it’s healthy for my skin. I don’t have to worry about my pores getting as clogged. With HD TV, like — everything’s in HD, and you can see everything.

Karen: It doesn’t mess around.

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12 Days of Giveaways, Day 12: 7 Ways to Win a $1,560 Louis Vuitton Salina PM Bag (Ends Friday)

Published in: Giveaways, Just For Fun, Neutrogena

12 Days of Giveaways on Makeup and Beauty Blog

12 Days of Giveaways on Makeup and Beauty Blog

A different Makeup and Beauty Blog giveaway every day for 12 days, sponsored by Neutrogena

I have been lusting after and dreaming about this bag for more than a year, I kid you not.

First time I ever saw it in person, a lightning bolt of love struck me right in the heart.

BOOM!

boomI remember it like it was yesterday…

I was in San Francisco waiting to meet a friend for brunch in front of a restaurant in the Marina on a sunny day. As she walked up, my eyes locked like lasers on her purse — the Louis Vuitton Salina PM.

Like the accessories weirdo I am, I kept sneaking peeks at it through the meal. Every time my friend looked away, I’d study her purse. It was almost impossible not to!

I totally ignored my eggs and banana pancakes (two of my favorite things in the world). All I could think was, “Oh, mah gawd, Becky! I need that purse!!”

Uh…then I found out that it’s $1,560, which is A LOT of cat treats. Consequently, the bag continues to elude me. Plus, Tabs has an exclusivity contract with LV that gives him exclusive rights to carry/wear the brand here in the offices of Tabs the Cat Industries, LLC.

Oh, well. Don’t ask me how he secured that gig. He never tells me anything. :)

But then Neutrogena offered to host this giveaway, and of course I jumped at the chance. A bag like this? YES! Maybe I won’t be able to tote the Salina PM around my town, but perhaps you will around yours.

This is by far the largest single prize in Makeup and Beauty Blog history — a $1,560 value — and I’m pretty jazzed. The winner of this bag will be a very, very lucky gal (or guy!).

The Louis Vuitton Salina PM Bag

“Elegant and compact, the Salina PM is a bag that’s charmingly feminine. Its finely worked long flat handles and supple Damier Azur canvas make it a delight to carry on the shoulder.”

louisvuitton.com

Salina PM Features

  • (Width x Height x Depth) 16.9 x 18.5 x 6.7 inches
  • Natural cowhide leather trim
  • Shiny golden brass metallic pieces
  • Squeeze-to-open clasp inspired by classic Louis Vuitton trunk locks
  • Wide opening for easy access
  • Microfibre lining
  • 1 interior zipped and 3 flat pockets

The Louis Vuitton Salina PM Bag

A different Makeup and Beauty Blog giveaway every day for 12 days

  • A Louis-licious grand prize valued at $1,560!
    • Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
    • Open to U.S. readers.
    • You must be 18 or older to enter (or otherwise an adult based on your local laws).
    • Your comment can be about anything at all, but here are some ideas if you’re stuck:
      • Are you a crazy cat lady?
      • Describe your current favorite purse.
      • Do you have any New Year’s Eve traditions?
      • Umbrella or raincoat?
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    • You can enter in up to seven ways to boost your chances of winning.
    • The giveaway ends on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time).
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    Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

    Karen

    P.S. Happy new year!!!

12 Days of Giveaways, Day 11: 7 Ways to Win a Prize Package of All 14 Neutrogena MoistureShine Glosses (Ends Monday)

Published in: Giveaways, Just For Fun, Neutrogena

12 Days of Giveaways on Makeup and Beauty Blog

12 Days of Giveaways on Makeup and Beauty Blog

A different Makeup and Beauty Blog giveaway every day for 12 days, sponsored by Neutrogena

Roses are red, violets are blue, if your lips need a reason to shine, Neutrogena has 14 for you. :)

Neutrogena’s heroically hydrating MoistureShine Glosses come in a wide range of wearable colors, finishes and levels of coverage, from natural-looking neutrals, to potent pinks, to bright berries and more.


From the upper left to the lower right: Super Sparkle, Fruity Pink, Healthy Blush, Nutri Berry, Natural Boost, Coper Power, Pure Cider, Vita Plum, Vital Violet, Refreshing Rose, Potent Plum, Berry Fit, Wine Wellness and Healthy Peach

“Neutrogena MoistureShine Gloss has silky, sheer color that glides onto lips, leaving them feeling pampered, soft and ultra-smooth. The super conditioning formula with a triple berry antioxidant complex–including Acai, Goji and Aronia berries–actually improves the healthy look, softness and smoothness of your lips over time. From soft neutrals to blushing pinks, shimmering mauves to rich plums, a single swipe of the wand applies a feather-light coat of glossy color that’s not sticky or tacky.”

neutrogena.com

Wear ‘em alone for a quick hit of shine and color, or layer them on top of your favorite lipsticks or lip stains.

neutrogena moistureshine gloss swatches
Swatches from the left: Super Sparkle, Fruity Pink, Healthy Blush, Nutri Berry, Natural Boost, Coper Power, Pure Cider, Vita Plum, Vital Violet, Refreshing Rose, Potent Plum, Berry Fit, Wine Wellness and Healthy Peach

Make room in your makeup bag right meow, ’cause today’s giveaway is coming at’cha!

A different Makeup and Beauty Blog giveaway every day for 12 days

  • A 14-piece prize package featuring all of Neutrogena’s MoistureShine Glosses valued at $111.86 that includes:
    • 14 MoistureShine Glosses in Super Sparkle, Fruity Pink, Healthy Blush, Nutri Berry, Natural Boost, Copper Power, Pure Cider, Vita Plum, Vital Violet, Refreshing Rose, Potent Plum, Berry Fit, Wine Wellness and Healthy Peach valued at $111.86

    • Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
    • Open to U.S. readers.
    • You must be 18 or older to enter (or otherwise an adult based on your local laws).
    • Your comment can be about anything at all, but here are some ideas if you’re stuck:
      • Have you ever baked cupcakes from scratch?
      • Where’s the best place in your home to get work done?
      • What’s a book you have on your to-read list?
      • If you had unlimited funds and could have five homes around the world, where would they be?
      • How good are you at reading people?
      • Tell me about your computer desktop picture/wallpaper.
    • You can enter in up to seven ways to boost your chances of winning.
    • The giveaway ends on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time).
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    Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

    Karen

    P.S.

    If you have a moment today, here are a couple more giveaways you can still enter…

    Don’t forget to enter these ongoing giveaways, too

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