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Beauty411 loves the new Guerlain Summer Splash Makeup Collection! Get all the fabulous details here!

I Heart Heels
suggests how to get Vivacious lips & lashes - the secret's out!

Nur @ I Love Looking Good found a good alternative for NARS Orgasm's fan particularly for beauty addicts in Singapore. MAC Springsheen for NARS Orgasm.

Check out Upcoming and Current Cosmetic Collections HERE at A Little More Beautiful

Looking for the hottest looks of summer.. Image and Style news gives us the hottest hairstyles to wear for summer 2009.

Addicted to lipstick gives us the hottest 2009 spring and summer makeup trends

Giveaway Alert! Beauty Blvd. is giving away 2 copies of Mrs. Meyer's Brand New Book! The book gives great beauty related cleaning tips like how to remove mascara from clothes and MORE!

The rainbow is yours! Boutique Flair brings you the most popular nail colors of the season!eye4style travels in style with Lisa Hoffman. Check out her review here!

Advice Sister Alison of advicesisters.net hopes you will follow her on Twitter ("Advicesisters") and check out her post this week about how Beyonce believes in Safe Sex, and what she's doing to promote it with MTV AND The Body Shop!


The girls over at Beauty in Real Life are having another giveaway!!! Enter to win a copy of both Bobbi Brown's Living Beauty and Charla Krupp's How Not to Look Old. Click here to enter !!!

The Shades Of U
shares swatches and her review of MAC's A Rose Romance, the new romantic, dreamy collection of the season.

Beauty Junkies Unite is having a Baby Boomer Beauty Book Giveaway! 5 readers will win copies of Bobbi Brown's Living Beauty and How Not To Look Old By Charla Krupp!

Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog is hosting a giveaway from one of their favorite shopping sites - ChickDowntown.com. Enter now to win a Tolani scarf valued at $85.

Beauty Blogging Junkie gets a shout-out from Lauren Conrad herself. Check it out here.

Melissa from The Makeup Divas finds another and thinks you will love it to! While you are there, check out all of her giveaways, and enter them today !

Beauty Anonymous brings you Givenchy Summer 2009 Makeup Collection.

Indian Girl brings to you Bollywood's Beauty Secret and the recipe for an at home DIY Face Mask

Makeup Files
teaches you how to use colored mascara in many different ways!

Monique at Beauty Girl Musings is having a fabulous giveaway sponsored by Simplicity Bath and Body! Click here and get all the details to enter!

makeup loves me gets you ready for summer travel with sonia kushuk's hidden treasures target line!

Enter to win FLOWERBYKENZO Spring Fragrance Limited Edition at Lipgloss Break!

LA Pretty is GIVING away a bottle of Jean Paul Gaultier's new fragrance Ma Dame Eau FraƮche.

Enter to Win a Anastasia Brow Definer at Face Candy.

WIN CARGO blu_ray High Definition Lip Gloss in Halifax-Giveaway By Talking Makeup!


Glossypink tells you how to get the shiniest and best-smelling hair of your life! Spoiled Pretty is hosting three amazing giveaways this week. Yes, THREE! Enter the Logics Color DNA System giveaway, Proactiv giveaway, and ZannClip giveaway to triple your chance of walking away a winner. Good luck!

What I've Been Using on My Face Lately


This has been a long time coming, but I'm finally sitting down to share my skincare secret. It's not really a secret, but finding something that works for me is so rare and unusual so I must sing praises to the heavens.

I praised the Skin Genesis line last year, but they have added so much more to it, and for more than just "normal" skin types. Those of us with trickier skin can now find what they are looking for in the line as well. I personally have problems with oily breakout-prone skin, and I'm also in my 30's, so I have an interest in anti-aging. Those two things don't often go together, but with me they are important.

I start by removing my eye makeup. I'm currently using Sephora's Waterproof Eye Makeup remover. More on that later.

Next, I hit it with Deep Purifying Foaming Cream Cleanser. It has natural clay, salicylic acid to fight the breakouts, and microbeads for exfoliation. It deep cleanses without stripping your face, and compliments the rest of the Skin Genesis routine perfectly.

Next comes the Pore Minimizing Skin Resmoother. This stuff is the bomb. While I've tried a lot of products that claim to do something (anything) to your pores, this one actually does it. After a month of using this regimen exclusively, I can say that my pores definitely look different and my skin feels much smoother. It contains Pro-Xylane and Hylarounic Acid (be sure to check out my first review of Skin Genesis for more information on these terms and the benefits of these ingredients). I am seriously in love with this stuff, and will be buying more when this bottle of goodness runs out.

As a final touch, I like to use the Daily Moisturizer Oil Free Lotion. This moisturizer looks as if it has a touch of luminizing sheen to it, and it certainly doesn't hurt the looks of my face. Non-greasy but still enough to keep the flakes away. It says that it boosts cellular renewal to help erase fine lines. While I haven't looked specifically for line reduction, as I said in my last review, I certainly haven't seen any new ones. Works for me! Plus, it has the added benefit of keeping my skin super smooth and touchable.

And finally, more of a accessory and not a daily requirement, is the Micro-Smoothing Wet Cleasing Towelettes. These things are fabulous for travel, or when you're just feeling lazy. It does a fantastic job is removing makeup from my eyes, even waterproof mascara. It also includes salicylic acid for the breakout prone, although I wouldn't recommend using it as a daily cleanser - I don't get the feeling that it would be as effective as the cream cleanser.

All in all, this is a fantastic drugstore line that I would highly recommend to anyone who has tricky skin like I do. I think it stands head to head with any higher priced line out there, in terms of what it does and the benefits of the line.

I will definitely be repurchasing and am eager to see if they continue with this line.

Love Lip Stains? Try Pixi Lip Blush

I'm on a Target rant lately, aren't I? The truth is, I bought Pixi Lip Blush and stuck it in my cosmetic bag only to completely forget about it for almost four months.

That is really awful, isn't it? I know. Believe me, I know. Clearly I have too much.

However, the good news is that I was cleaning out my cosmetic bag with the idea that I needed to really go through and make an effort to use what I already owned, instead of giving in to the temptation to buy more. And by doing that, I rediscovered what is probably the best lip stain I have ever used.

What makes Pixi Lip Blush different is the applicator. It's like a felt-tip marker and it goes on easily and without much hassle. My second-favorite is my Revlon's Just Bitten and it has a roller ball which can make application a touch sloppy.

The stain is true, and lasts well over six hours, according to my lips. I kept a gloss over the top of it most of the day, and I did not have to reapply during my entire shift at work. Bonus!

You know I have to point out a downside, because really, nothing is perfect. The bummer here is that this little baby is going to set you back about $18. Sorry about that. Good news? It lasts forever, you'll love it, and if you're a lip stain fan, you'll be raving over it too.

Beauty Bubbles: 18 Life Changing Beauty Products

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18 Life-Changing Beauty Products

TotalBeauty.com members say you can't live without these makeup and hairstyle wonders from MAC, Clinique and more


We're paying homage to the products TotalBeauty.com members consider staples in their makeup bags and bathroom cabinets. See which goods earned enough glowing beauty product reviews to rise to "can't-live-without-it" status. They may just be the answers to your beauty prayers.

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Product Review: L'Oreal Elnett Hairspray

Everyone was all abuzz about the arrival (finally!) of the cult-favorite Elnett hairspray by L'Oreal. Long been a favorite of Europeans and stylists the world over, you can now pick up a can at Target, of all places.

Needless to say, in the interest of blogging (and because I can't really help myself) I grabbed a can and began spraying. Not right away, of course, but the next time I did my hair.

I do a great deal of things to my hair. Recently, I've been setting it in velcro rollers while it's still damp and letting it dry. I've also been using hot rollers to get some volume and curl in there. And occasionally, I'll still flat-iron the living daylights out of it. And with every style I've done, this hairspray brings the magic.

What is so great and different about it is that you can brush through your hair, make it smooth, and it's still there. Absolutely no "crunch" to your hair at all, and my fellow 80's ladies know EXACTLY what I'm talking about when I mention crunch, yes? Holds all day, and can even hold updos without a problem at all.

If I had to come up with a downside, it would be the scent. It's not my favorite, but I could care less. It's the best can of hairspray I've ever laid my hands on.

Grab yours at Target for about $14.99.

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Meredith Edwards-Cornwall is the founder of online lifestyle websites RetrodivasBeauty.com and RetrodivasCloset.com. She is also known as @retrodiva on Twitter. She specializes in drinking large amounts of espresso, shopping, and enjoying social media. In all of her free time she writes for StyleBakeryMom.com twice a week, and does various other freelance gigs involving writing, designing, and generally being awesome. While she believes that success is indeed a job in New York, she currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband, two children, and two cats and has hung on to her day job.
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