Alcone Non-Latex Make-Up Sponges

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Does latex irritate your skin? Would you rather not chance it? Alcone Non-Latex Make-Up Sponges are the perfect solution.

This is a discovery that I have to credit my sister-in-law with. These velvety staples are water-based, making blending out shadows or applying foundation a joy. You’ll end up using less product since they won’t soak all the water out of your makeup.  And they’re washable and biodegradable, with zero yellowing and no crumbling. These wedges are anything but flimsy. It’s no wonder they are an In Style magazine and industry favorite.

Available for $2.50 for 8 sponges:

http://www.alconeco.com/Products/Tools/Puffs-Sponges/Alcone-s-Non-Latex-Sponges

Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Radiant

Smashbox Gloss in RadiantAlert!! Delicious lip gloss color that is sure to be a winner with most skin tones!

I’m hooked on this super-radiant color which is aptly named Radiant. It lights up the face in a natural yet better than natural way.

Sheer and  hyper-moisturizing, this lustrous gloss is slightly plummy/rosy in color, adding just the right amount of kick to this nude!

Wear it alone or on top of any lipstick. Lips look fuller. Face looks brighter and more luminous. A staple for every pout!

Oh, and p.s.: It pairs beautifully with smoky eyes!

Available for S18 at:

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NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

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The eyelid primer of eyelid primers. Nothing beats out NARS! The tiniest dab on each eyelid and even right underneath your lower lashes (if you are applying liner or eyeshadow there), will keep your makeup in perfect form for hours on end. This is a true workhorse.

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How so little primer can set your eyeshadow in place, along with capturing it’s true intensity, never ceases to amaze me.  No melting makeup, no creasing, no smudging. Eyeshadow looks smooth, vibrant and freshly applied, without your eyelids looking dry and heavy.

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No primer I’ve come across even comes close to this one and I’ve tried all the big guns. The creamy velvety texture of this base melts right into your skin without any tackiness. And although it applies white, it quickly disappears.

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The one drawback? This stuff is so good, it’s hard to wipe away makeup application booboos.  But I’ll take that over eye shadow that’s sitting on my cheeks after a few hours. Oh, and did I mention no creasing? I repeat. No creasing. No fading. NARS  Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is worth every penny.

Available for $26 at:

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L’Oreal Paris Infallible Le Gloss in Red Fatale

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I know I’ve already reviewed L’Oreal’s Infallible Le Gloss, but this stuff is so good that I had to snatch up more colors. Which lead me to discovering my new favorite long wearing red lip color. Just in time for the Holidays.

Red Fatale is a true red, neutral and opaque, that works with every skintone. In fact, it’s a Gwen Stefani red and she knows her reds. Now, I must confess. I tend to get lazy about wearing bright colors because I hate having to touch them up all day. But this gloss is not only super long-wearing, resisting fading and feathering, it’s also hydrating. But my favorite quality is that L’Oreal has nailed the perfect tone, the perfect hue. It actually makes your skin look brighter, more rested, more radiant. This gloss is truly glow worthy.

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But don’t despair if this red seems overwhelming. Try Cherry Flash (340) for a softer less opaque shade of red. I just couldn’t resist. I had to have both!

Tip: Line your pucker first to get a more defined shape. And don’t rub your lips together when applying. It’ll prevent pushing the color to the edges. Just coat the lips with a layer or two and that’s it. You are good to go for hours!

Available for  $8.49, buy 1, get 1 50% off at:

100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

100 Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream

Puffy eyes adding some serious baggage to your face? Can’t manage to shrink them down so you can see your pupils? 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream will be the cure you are looking for.

Through the years, I’ve tried many expensive yet disappointing treatments, but this $19 eye cream is a steal for how effective it is. Loaded with caffeine, antioxidants and vitamins, swelling is reduced while circulation is increased.  And it’s 100% natural, 100% vegan! No parabens. No artificial fragrances. No petrochemicals. No toxins.

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Apply it at night, and wake up in the morning with smooth, hydrated, rested skin. Bags lifted. Eyes hydrated and millia free. Just half pump is perfect for both under-eyes and lids, making it even more cost effective. And it pairs beautifully with concealer for daytime wear. As for dark circles, the results are less dramatic but still impressive. So what more could you want? Fine lines softened? Well it does that too!

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Tip:

Keep it in the fridge for added de-puffing benefits!

Results of an Independent, Clinical Four Week Study

– 97% saw reduction of puffiness
– 87% saw reduction of dark circles
– 93% say it reduced the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
– 100% say it improved skin hydration & moisturization
– 93% say it improved skin firmness/elasticity

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice1, Organic Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (Rose Hydrosol)2, Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip Oil) Seed Extract3, Organic Coffea Arabica (Green Coffee) Seed Extract4, Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate), Extracts of: Coffea Arabica (Coffee Cherry) Seed, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal), Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Absolute) Fruit, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla Wax)

1 Certified Organic by QAI
2 Certified Organic by OTCO
3 Certified Organic by USDA
4 Certified Organic by Hawaii Organic Farmers Association

Available for $19 at:

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