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SPONSORED: 5 Secrets to Rejuvenating Your Skin

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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.

Brought to you by Hada Labo Tokyo.


In need of a little skin reboot? We hear you! While washing your face should be an essential part of your everyday skincare routine, a face wash alone is not powerful enough to clear out unwanted oils and dirt. The main reason for a less-than-stellar-finish is a loss of brightness, which is most often the result of a build-up of dead skin cells, fine lines, dryness, and enlarged pores. The solution? A complexion-boosting routine designed to keep your skin hydrated, glowing, healthy, and refreshed.

Below you will find five skin rejuvenating secrets (and the products that go above and beyond the call of duty). Ready, set, get to work!

Cleanse Your Way to Clean

Regardless of your skin type, everyone should use a gentile, non-abrasive cleanser. Our go-to formula gives skin a deeper clean than a plain ‘ol hydrating cleanser, washing away dirt, oil, and impurities. The result? Skin that feels refreshed, healthy, and silky-smooth. We especially love that it’s fragrance, alcohol, and sulfate free.

Scrub It Up

Instead of scrubbing your face with a grainy, rough scrub, opt for one that has acids or brightening ingredients to dissolve the dead skin. Choose an exfoliating product that helps protect skin with anti-aging properties of antioxidants, which reduces free radical damage. This will stimulate circulation and leave skin gorgeous and glowing. What more could you ask for?

Make Room for a Masque

An anti-aging masque is the key to a flawless finish. Looking for a one-of-a-kind spa treatment at home? This soft cotton facial masque drenches skin with a full bottle of anti-aging serum to boost hydration, smooth fine lines, and restore firmness and bounce to your skin. Use it once or twice a week for 10 minutes and prepare for seriously hydrating results.

Say Yes to Serum

A super-concentrated serum will not only correct discoloration, smooth fine lines, speed cell turnover, and provide necessary moisture, but it will also give you that highly coveted, just-got-back-from-vacation glow. Serums also protect the skin from stress and stimulate collagen production.

Never Forget to Moisturize

Do not even think about leaving the house without applying a SPF-infused moisturizer. Protect your skin against early signs of aging with a lightweight, fast-absorbing formula (we love this one!) that will act as an invisible primer under makeup. Bonus: it’s infused with Super Hyaluronic Acid (don’t let the name scare you – it’s suitable for all skin types) and will leave skin feeling and looking supple and radiant.

Treat your skin right and achieve a more radiant and fresh appearance. Only Hada Labo Tokyo™ products feature Super Hyaluronic Acid™, a powerful, yet skin-friendly combination of 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid, to provide deep, multi-layer, and long lasting hydration that will help you maintain flawless looking skin.

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SPONSORED: 4 Steps to Flawless Skin With the Four Eco-Friendly EcoTools Complexion Collection Brushes

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The new EcoTools Complexion Collection, available now at Walgreens

As a participant in the #EcoInspire campaign sponsored by Paris Presents, Inc., I’ve received product samples and/or compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Until the day science synthesizes that breakthrough organic ice cream-making molecule that gives you perfect skin after you eat it (you know that would be HELLA amazing!), makeup lovers like myself are left having to fake a flawless look.

Hey, that just means we get to experiment with more products, right? — which is totally fine by me, because I’ll take any excuse to play with these new Complexion Collection Brushes by EcoTools.

April is Earth Month, and I’ve got eco-friendly beauty on the brain. Like all EcoTools brushes, these four new Complexion Collection face and eye brushes are made with cruelty-free bristles, bamboo handles and recycled aluminum ferrules. Even the pouches that come with them are made from natural materials.

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The EcoTools Complexion Collection brushes

Oh, and by the way, the brushes are affordable (less than $10 each, and available now at Walgreens). On top of that, with every Complexion Collection brush sold, EcoTools will make a $1 donation, up to $100,000, to Global Green USA, a national environmental organization. That’s not bad considering that the brushes cost from $5 to $9 each, so a $1 donation on a $5 brush is 20%.

Walgreens is celebrating Earth Month by featuring eco-friendly brushes and other products to help you look your best. See what else Walgreens has been up to on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Really, though, as if the packaging alone wasn’t enough. Because hello! — that packaging. Look at all teh pretties…

I’m a visual person, and that teal and gold on the ferrules is totally doin’ it for me.

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The EcoTools Complexion Collection from the left: Eye Perfecting Brush, Mattifying Finish Brush, Skin Perfecting Brush and Correcting Concealer Brush

Essentially (in spirit, at least), these Complexion Collection brushes tell pores, fine lines, dark circles and spots to “slow ya roll!” They’re designed to work together as you use them to get skin looking as close to perfect as possible.

Oh, and did I mention that the bristles feel as soft as the lock of Ryan Gosling’s hair that I keep in my bra…?

I wish. :)

Step one: Perfecting Brush ($7.99)

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The EcoTools Complexion Collection Skin Perfecting Brush

I usually start with the Skin Perfecting Brush ($7.99), which blends BB and CC creams to a flawless finish.

Shout-out to the angled brush head, which tucks neatly into the hard-to-get-to spaces around my nose. I’ve used this brush to apply and buff BB cream, tinted moisturizer and foundation, and no matter what the formula, it blends to a natural-looking finish. None of those telltale “Hey! I’m wearing tons of face makeup!” streaks.

With the $7.99 Perfecting Brush, it’s kind of like you’re getting a beauty multitool. I use it to apply cream contour products (the angled shape of the brush head makes it easy to get right under the cheekbone), cream highlighters and cream blushes. Yay for drugstore multitasking!

Step two: Correcting Concealer Brush ($4.99)

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The EcoTools Complexion Collection Correcting Concealer Brush

After I’ve evened out my skin, I do spot touchups on my cheeks and around my eyes with the Correcting Concealer Brush ($4.99). Use this one to dot liquid or powder concealer on the areas where you want additional coverage.

It has a nicely shaped head…although it took me a little while to get used to it. The brush head is bigger and wider than the head on most flat spot concealer brushes. Once I got the hang of it, I liked it. It diffuses concealer in a way that looks soft and effortless.

Oh! — and I also tried it with cream concealers, and it works great with them, too.
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SPONSORED: A New Movement In Hair Care

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Brought To You By Biolage

Experience a total transformation in just 1 step. Biolage Cleansing Conditioners leverage cutting edge technology — the conditioner morphs into a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip or weigh hair down. These low-lathering, fast-rinsing, soap-free products gently and effectively lift impurities from hair, leaving hair in beautiful condition and super manageable. The formulas contain no parabens, heavy silicones or harsh salts and are formulated for individual hair types (fine, medium, coarse, curly) each featuring a unique superfruit. The Cleansing Conditioners for Fine, Medium and Curly hair contain no sulfates.

Discover your true hair texture and the Cleansing Conditioner formula that is right for you at


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.

Visit Rimmel London and follow Rimmel London on Instagram and Twitter for inspiration, looks, and more! 

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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