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SPONSORED: Meet Rimmel London’s Real Life Double Agent

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Brought to you by Rimmel London

Elizabeth Fraley has a secret. You might even say she lives two lives, and each is nothing short of spectacular. By day Elizabeth works toward her graduate degree in neuroscience, but by night she becomes Liz Bits – a professional aerialist and performer. Suspended in the air, Liz completes incredible maneuvers on silks, demonstrating her incredible physical strength. But, her mental strength is equally unparalleled, as she continues her education to earn her Master’s degree.

Like any good agent, Liz has a secret weapon. Rimmel London’s Wonder’Lash Mascara with Argan Oil leaves lashes feeling conditioned, defined and smooth. The Ultra-Flex mascara brush hugs lashes from root to tip. Whether she’s in the lab, or in the air, the new breakthrough formula with Argan Oil leaves her lashes sleek and smooth, or bold and beautiful. No clumps. No flakes.

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Update Your Wardrobe With Fun, Flirty Florals From Macy’s INC International Concepts

Published in: Fashion, Sponsored Post

Macy's INC International Concepts Floral-Print Peplum Scuba Jacket

It started with a pair of shoes… A pair of high-heeled caged shoes in a blush color to be exact. I spotted these high heels by INC International Concepts at Macy’s last week and was overcome with that special tingly shoe feeling — you know, the one where you know you have to get a particular pair of shoes in your life.

But I’m getting a little ahead of myself… This story actually starts a month ago.

I woke up one morning, opened my closet doors to pick out my clothes for the day, and realized that everything I own is gray or black.

Not that there’s anything wrong with those colors. Black is always chic, and gray effectively hides the tabby cat fur. But I came to the realization that I just don’t want to be clad in black and gray from head to toe right now.

Spring is coming, and I feel like bright colors! — like a blooming garden with flowers all over the place and rainbows and a teal pegasus soaring across the sky. :) It’s time to update my clothing garden/game, and I’ve been looking for floral pieces that both match these shoes and also work with things I already have in my closet.

What do you think of this floral peplum jacket?

Macy's INC International Concepts Floral-Print Peplum Scuba Jacket

A silver zipper adds some edge

Macy's INC International Concepts Floral-Print Peplum Scuba Jacket

A closeup of the peplum!

I love the different shades of pink and how they vary from soft blush to intense hot pink. I think the peplum also gives it a very ladylike sweetness, while the zipper gives it a bit of an edge.

It’s also pretty versatile. I dressed it down here with a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans and a white tee, but I think it would also look super cute with a gray pencil skirt, or perhaps on top of a white flowing dress… Or maybe with a pair of mint green skinnies, because there is a little mint green in the pattern.

I’m affectionately referring to these tapered printed soft pants as my Blanche Devereaux pants because, hello! — Blanche would have totally rocked these in the Golden Girls era, and they still look good. They’re like an updated version. They’ve got that draping, hugs-your-curves-in-all-the-right-ways vibe to ‘em.

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New Revlon Ultra HD™ Lipstick and Ultra HD™ Lip Lacquer, Available at CVS/Pharmacy Meow

Published in: Lips, Revlon, Sponsored Post

Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks and Lip Lacquers

As a participant in this program with Revlon and CVS/pharmacy, I’ve received product samples and/or compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’m sitting here with my lips in high definition! — just for you. :)

So…what does HD even mean anyway?

Maybe it refers to back in the day (seven years ago), when HD filming took off on TV, and everybody was like, “Oh! Let’s do makeup for HD,” which was completely different than regular makeup (but really, a lot of it was marketing).

Hey, whatever. I’m a sucker for it.

In Revlon’s new Ultra HD™ Lipstick and Ultra HD™ Lip Lacquer lines ($9.99 each and available now in a wide range at CVS/pharmacy stores), the HD is more or less code for “Gel Technology,” which is what they say these have. Basically, you’ve got a gel base, rather than a wax, and it’s designed to deliver purer pigments that are truer to what you see in the tube. They also feel softer and bouncier on the lips.

I really get the sense that both of these are hugging my lips, and when I say “hugging,” I don’t mean like a bear hug, or one of those “Hey, girl!” hugs with the two hands, where you pat somebody’s back. I mean, like a good hug, where you feel the product caress your lips and hold them tightly.

It’s kind of a pervy hug…like if someone comes up to you and hugs you a little too tightly, and you’re like, “Oh!”

But it’s not that gross! It’s actually very nice.

Wear time depends on whether we’re talking about the lipsticks or the lacquers, with the lacquers lasting 3-4 hours, and the lipsticks lasting about half as long.

With the lipsticks — they’re super smooth, and you get a lot of color from a single swipe. I think they’re closer to really intensely pigmented lip balms than straight-up lipsticks, and even the brighter colors still have some sheerness to them.

Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks

Six of 20 available Revlon Ultra HD™ Lipsticks

Revlon Ultra HD™ Lipstick
$9.99, available now at CVS/pharmacy in 20 shades

Smooth, lightweight, non-sticky formula, brief 2-hour wear time, and a caramel and raspberry flavor and scent (officially, it’s whipped vanilla and cream mango?). Medium coverage. And they’re all named after flowers. :)

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Azalea

Revlon Ultra HD™ Lipstick in Azalea

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Sweet Pea

Revlon Ultra HD™ Lipstick in Sweet Pea

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Rose

Revlon Ultra HD™ Lipstick in Rose

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Hibiscus

Revlon Ultra HD™ Lipstick in Hibiscus

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Comment to Win L’Occitane’s 28 Days Divine Skin Renewal Program (a $130 Value)

Published in: Giveaways, L'Occitane, Sponsored Post

L'Occitane 28 Days Divine Renewal Program

Comment to win the L’Occitane 28 Days Divine Renewal Program, a $130 value

A lot can happen in 28 days.

Like, there could be a zombie apocalypse in England (you know what movie I’m talking about, don’t lie!!).

You could also get softer, smoother skin, and perhaps L’Occitane’s new 28 Days Divine Renewal Program ($130) can help with that.

It comes with 28 individual treatments of essential oils for more luminous, regenerated skin — one set of seven for each of the four weeks in a span of 28 days, which coincides with skin’s natural 28-day renewal cycle.

L'Occitane 28 Days Divine Renewal Program

L'Occitane 28 Days Divine Renewal Program

Each week in the program has a different focus.

  1. Week 1: gentle exfoliation. Pistacia lentiscus, or “mastic tree” essential oil, acts as a gentle exfoliator by encouraging the skin’s natural process of shedding to result in softer, smoother skin.
  2. Week 2: hydration and nutrition. A unique blend of four vegetable oils combine with cistus essential oil help nourish and hydrate the skin.
  3. Week 3: balance. Myrtle and rosemary essential oils work together to improve skin’s overall well-being.
  4. Week 4: renewal. Carrot, cypress and immortelle essential oils work to improve the visible signs of aging for a glowing complexion.

L'Occitane 28 Days Divine Renewal Program

L'Occitane 28 Days Divine Renewal Program

I’ve just about finished my first cycle of the program, and I have to say — I like the results.

My biggest skin dilemma lately has been hydration — rather, my skin’s complete lack of it — and the oils have helped. My skin feels softer and nowhere near as dry as it was before I started the program, and I also see a slight improvement in luminosity, although it’s been subtle…

No breakouts at all, though, during the program, so whoop-whoop!

L'Occitane 28 Days Divine Renewal Program

L'Occitane 28 Days Divine Renewal Program

Bare skin, yo!

The program is available now for $130 at L’Occitane counters, stores and online.

And um…it’s also potentially available right now FOR FREE, thanks to L’Occitane and today’s giveaway. :)

One lucky MBB reader will win the complete 28 Days Divine Renewal Program (a full set of the essential oils) to try at home.

To enter, just leave a comment below, and it can be a comment about anything at all, like…tell me about your favorite L’Occitane product, or how your skin’s been behaving lately, or type out all of the names of all of the frogs (or frog princes) you’ve kissed throughout your life.

What I’m trying to say is this: any comment at all. Yes, girl. It’s that easy.

More deets…

Enter by leaving a comment below about anything (like I said, anything at all). The deadline to enter is Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11:59 PM Pacific. Entrants must enter using a valid email address to win. Giveaway is open to individuals of the United States who have reached the age of majority according to their local laws (18 with these exceptions: Alabama and Nebraska, 19; Mississippi, 21). After the giveaway ends, my tabby overlord and I will select one (1) winner at random from the entries left in the comments below. Void where prohibited by law.

Good luck! :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


A Rocking Red Carpet Makeup Tutorial

Published in: COVERGIRL, Makeup Tips/How To, Olay, Sponsored Post

Quick question for you: would Nick Jonas count as a rockin’ red carpet date?

I was totally feeling his song Jealous last night. It sounds like old-school Babyface, doesn’t it? Love it.

The funny thing is that El Hub actually knew the song when it started playing. He was all, “Oh, that’s that Jealous song. I’ve heard it on the radio.”

LOL! This coming from a 40-something-year-old dude who reads sci-fi blogs and watches YouTube videos about carpentry. Seriously, what rock have I been hiding under that I missed that song? I am usually the last person to get to the party/figure things out, but dang! — go on with your bad self, Nick Jonas!

Anywho, what we’ve got here are two fun, un-intimidating pops of color — a smokey purple lower lash line and a hot pink lip (this is a video tutorial of the look I did earlier this week).

As always, thank you for watching. See you on the red carpet! :)

overgirl Eye Shadow Quads in Notice Me Nudes and Va-Va-Violets
Covergirl Eye Shadow Quads in Notice Me Nudes and Va-Va-Violets

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