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Dream Weave & Co {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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In college, my roommates and I would sit around and talk about a lot of things over bowls of ice cream.  Naturally, a lot of conversations were about boys, and speculating about potential relationships that we wish would come true!  We’d talk about what we find attractive in men, and what we thought made us most attractive to them.  We would usually be in agreement that if a guy had dreamy eyes, there was an instant connection :) and that probably a guy noticed a girl’s eyes too.  Do they?  I think your eyes can say so much!  They are one of the key components of body language, and they really do make up the face.  Why not make them striking, magnified, noticeable and flirty!?
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There are many eye makeup products on the market today, all focused on enhancing the natural beauty of the eye.  Liners and eye shadows are key, but I believe the best way to really open up your eyes is with a high quality bottle of mascara.  When I’m in a pinch and only have time for two things, I grab my eye liner and mascara.  I’ve been trying out several different brands lately, and I’m excited to tell you how much I love this fabulous mascara from Dream Weave & Co.
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Dream Weave & Co. sells two different top-of-the-line mascaras.  This black tube is the original Dreamweave Lash Magnet Mascara.  I really haven’t experienced anything like it.  It creates a sort of rubberized lash extension by coating each lash with a silicone lash-lengthening wrap that makes your eye lashes dramatically longer.  I think this is what makes it smudge free because it is not a smear or dark stain, but a rubbery substance that molds on to your lashes.  The look is really dramatic, and fun to use!  After a good facewashing, the fibers kind of peel off and it is very obvious how this material has lengthened my lashes.
This one this was dubbed by the press in UK The Eyelash Extensions In A Tube.  It is sold for £12.99, or around $20.
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This gold tube is Dreamweave Lashconstruct Mascara.  This mascara has been developed from a brand new system using ‘Wide Lash’ technology that will thicken and nourish the root and stem in 15 days.  This is a lash treatment, but it is applied just like mascara and creates the same look of a lengthening, thickening mascara with flexible flutter.   Again, weightless lengthening, no smudging, and no clumping.  I’ve been so spoiled with these mascaras!  It’ll be hard to ever go back to anything different!
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(I used the Lashconstruct treatment on the left, and the Original on the right, which is sold for £14.99, or roughly $23)
The lash treatment claims a ‘go to bed’ formulation that allows you to sleep with your mascara on and wake up with still a perfect eye job.  I put it to the test, and sure enough, after a Sunday afternoon nap (and a really good cry–I taught a lesson in church that didn’t go so well!), I didn’t have those ‘panda eyes’ or a smeared pillow afterwards.  Excellent, and very impressive.

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SIX WINNERS will each receive Dream Weave mascara!

(These are sold for around $20 and $23!)

Because I was sent the winner’s prize items along with my review items, the winners will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you, via paypal invoice.  This also means that this giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries!  The package will weigh around 2 oz. and will be sent from zip code 02128.

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Beauty Stop Online {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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So I love doing my nails and having them painted up in the latest color trends, but I find that with a busy household and a hundred things to be done at all times, I practically NEVER have an hour in the middle of the day for my manicure to completely dry to the point where I feel comfortable tackling the dishes afterwards.  My nailpolish method, up to this point, (and I kid you not!) has been to paint a coat just before I lay down for bed and try to fall asleep with my hands placed across my chest so that they dry while I sleep, in hopes that by the time I first roll over, it will have been an hour and the nail job won’t be ruined!  I just don’t have that kind of time during waking hours!  Isn’t that ridiculous?

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But really, who does, these days?  We’re always in a huff to get places, get dinner on the table, get kids in the car, etc.  I tell you that this used to be my method, because now I have a new routine 10x more sane: inm Out The Door Top Coat from Beauty Stop Online.  This product brags a 45 second dry time (that’s less than a minute, sisters!) while creating a chip-resistant, glossy finish.  It can be used on polished nails, natural nails, or even artificial nails.  I’ve got 45 seconds, how about you?

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This bottle is HUGE!  It is basically the size of my fist!  Note: for extra protection, you can apply one extra coat the following day.  Now did you notice something missing?  There is no applicator brush in this bottle, so you can use it as a giant refill bottle, or just borrow the brush from an old top glaze bottle.  Worked for me.  The glaze was perfect, and it held up nicely.  Here were my nails after 5 days.  Still gorgeous and practically chip-free, even after daily household chores, hours of typing, and a few performances.

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Now if you read my review from a few weeks ago from Beauty Stop Online, you know I’m already a fan of their stuff.  Shopping through their different products is really like running through a candy store with a hundred dollar bill in your hand.  Another dreamy product that only further solidifies my already extremely positive opinion of Beauty Stop Online, is the Sherani Magnified Mascara.

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This mascara is great.  It is not clumpy or thick, but rather very thin and fine, but it separates the lashes well, stains them a nice deep black, and makes my eyes look very natural and certainly very ‘magnified’ just like it claims :).  This sucker is sold for $4.99 at BSO.  Totally a steal for these eyes.

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Surely, you know by now that Beauty Stop Online carries more than top coat and mascara.  You could really get everything you might ever need to doll yourself up in one online shopping cart.  They’ve got everything from shampoo, shower caps, tweezers, salon gowns, false eyelashes, and hair dryers to even men’s hair loss products.  Knock yourself out.

One lucky winner will receive $35 to spend at Beauty Stop Online!!

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Dr. Hauschka {Review}

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I think putting on makeup is so much like an enjoyable little art class!  With so many colors, materials, and tools at my fingertips, some peace and quiet, and a few minutes, the world is my oyster!  Like a true artist, I really feel like I can do my best work with high-quality tools.  Do you really think Da Vinci could have painted up the Mona Lisa with a 2″ wide foam brush on a stick?  To pretty up like a pro, you’ve got to have legitimate materials to work with!
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I know I can tell a difference when I come across the good stuff.  You know…eyeshadow that doesn’t crease, eyeliner that doesn’t melt down my face, mascara that doesn’t clump.  You know quality when you see it, and quality is the first word that comes to mind when I tell you about the beautiful decorative cosmetics and beauty products from Dr. Hauschka!
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I think I squealed out loud when these goodies arrived.  In my package was an eyeshadow trio, eyeliner, mascara, roll-on deodorant, and a makeup brush.  Let’s start from the top.  First of all, this eyeshadow trio is a perfect palette.  The three colors (beige, rose pink, and chocolate) make a beautiful set of highs and lows, and blended together with the eyeshadow blender brush (sold for $27.95) creates such a lovely look that would look great on practically any skin tone.  Pinks are always flattering, and the chocolate is fantastic for the eye creases.  This brush does a great job of blending.  I think it makes any amateur makeup job look expertly done by defining the eyes and creating a flawless gradient look.IMG_6135
There is nothing like a brand new eyeliner pencil.  This Eyeliner Black with Applicator (sold for $17.95) has mineral pigments fused with quince, jojoba and carnauba waxes that allow this black to go on effortlessly, and even after sweating my face off at a dance rehearsal, it didn’t smudge or smear down my face.  I usually have to use a new pencil for a few days/weeks before the point is a little more dull which allows for a more natural application, but this pencil has a smudge applicator on the other end for blending and softening.  The tip is nice and soft so it doesn’t irritate tender eye skin.
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This Volume Mascara Black is terrific!  It is sold for $29.95, and it really opens up my eyes.  It gives my lashes a slightly more subtle look than I’m used to–it is fairly thin (but it doesn’t clump!) and it expertly separates all the lashes to look evenly spaced and spread, and not grouped together.  I do like the look, and surely, multiple applications will create a thicker appearance.  It does curve the lashes well, and it is great for sensitive, delicate skin.  It contains a neem leaf extract that strengthens the lashes, and it is truly smudge-proof!
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Lastly, I was quite excited to try out this roll-on deodorant.  I’m really not a fan of the traditional stick.  I just can’t seem to avoid getting it smeared on my clothes and staining my whites with discolored pits.  The roll-on feature is terrific for applying just where you want to.  The surface area of the rolling ball is small, so it is easy to apply it in only the right places, and without having to turn the bottle upside down.  Holding it upright is fine because as you roll on, the ball turns and coats you in goodness.  The floral scent smells just like geraniums!  This is my favorite deodorant I’ve ever tried!  I could definitely tell a difference in feeling fresh and dry throughout a hot and crazy day of run-arounds.  Can’t wait to use it up.
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Here’s the look you can get with these Dr. Hauschka cosmetics:
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Dr. H sells even more dreamy products, specifically bath and body treats like Rhythmic Night Conditioner, Regenerating Serum, and Aromatherapy Baths.  Its really a wonderland of goodness over there and these high-end cosmetics are just the tip of the iceberg.  Check em out!

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Studio Gear Color Correcting Cream {Review}

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 I reviewed the gel eyeliner, mascara, and lip gloss from Studio Gear Cosmetics about a month ago (you can read my previous review here), and I have since worn the mascara and lip gloss literally every single day since then.  I’m still working on becoming more used to the gel eyeliner and have used it for special occasions, but I really LOVE these makeup products and have been incredibly pleased with the outcome.

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I was offered the opportunity to review Studio Gear Cosmetics’ new Color Correcting Cream, and I was thrilled to try out another item from this great company! 

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“Transform and enhance your complexion with the newest revolution in beauty – Studio Gear Color Correcting Cream. This incredibly light formula can simultaneously fight aging, retain moisture, and cover and treat blemishes with a non-oily, perfectly radiant finish.  Prevents fine lines and wrinkles with collagen-building ingredients, restores skin elasticity by promoting moisture retention, and brightens and luminates skin with a non-oily, complete coverage application.”

I’ve used the CC cream over the past two weeks, and I love that it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing anything – so necessary during these hot and humid coastal North Carolina summers!  My skin feels smooth with it on, and I’ve noticed that it definitely gives a matte finish that lasts longer than other products I’ve used in the past.

While I love the benefits of my healthy skin that come from this product, though, I really miss the full coverage that comes from other foundations.  My skin broke out horribly just a couple of months ago and left some marks, and I also have uneven skin tone and a face full of freckles (especially when we’re out in the summer sun!), so I’m not very comfortable without a little more coverage than this CC cream provides.  That being said, I’ve tucked it away to try again in a couple of months when my freckles subside a little, and I have my fingers crossed that it will help correct some of my even skin tones and marks.

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Hard Candy Cosmetics {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I have a dear and extremely talented friend from my childhood who now performs in Vegas and teaches aerial classes!  We share some pretty great stories from our teenage years, and one of my favorites involves some lip gloss.  I wasn’t in the car with her, but apparently she was applying some lip gloss (the wand kind) and a bump in the road caused a little mis-application, and she exclaimed, “Ohhh!  I got some on my lip!”, and her sisters replied, “As in…where else were you trying to put it?”  I think of that story every time I put on lipgloss, especially in the car 🙂

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Gloss, lipstick, balms, glitter, etc.  It all makes me feel young!  Let me introduce you to some lip and eye products from Hard Candy!  I got to try out three goodies–a shade of LIP DEF, All Glossed Up, and All Lid Up.

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These LIP DEFs are pretty cool.  This shade is called “Rated R” and it adds 3D pearls to your lips to create the illusion of depth and volume.  It hydrates well and the result is very glossy without a lot of stickiness.  The color?  Bright!  See, when these three surprises arrived, the colors shocked me a little!  I’m not really a glitter-wearing hipster–more like a church-going mom, but I still like the feel of gloss on my lips!  Who says I can’t be a little crazy, even if I only go out to grocery store and play groups 🙂Hard-Candy-Lip-Def

Next up, I tried a tube of All Glossed Up, in the shade called “Cupcake”!  This is SOooo pink.  More than the color, I super love how it adheres like a melted crayon.  The large tip makes it easy to achieve perfect application, especially when you hold it and write with it like you would a fat pencil.  A familiar hold and shape make this a friendly tool.  Pigments and stain are combined in a silicone base, creating staining properties and making it long-lasting.  It is so creamy, glides on effortlessly, and really stays on well!  Hard-Candy-All-Glossed-Up-Hydrating-Lip-Stain-2

The All Lid Up is a classic eye shadow.  This “Quick Sand” shade is perfect for lighting up and enhancing your eyes, and can really be used for daily wear or with glamor outfits.  THIS is more of my style and color.  It is supple and creamy, and though I wish it came with an applicator, or was packaged in a way where I didn’t have to put my fingers inside, the shadow is easy to get to, thanks to the shallow rim and wide opening.  I like using this as a shadow (though you could also use it as a liner) because of its no-crease formula.  It stays on my lids all day without rubbing off or smearing.

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Here’s a look at them applied to the back of my hand:

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And here I am wearing the LID DEF gloss and the All Lid Up “Quick Sand” eyeshadow.  I instantly loved the look of the eyeshadow!  This is without any other eye colors or products–just the eyeshadow.  It almost creates the perfect highlights and lowlights just by the way it reflects the light.  I’m lovin it!

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You can find Hard Candy brand cosmetics and accessories at Walmart–and for a great price!  These are sold for $6, $5, and $5!

You can win these same three products!  Your own tube LIP DEF, All Glossed Up, and All Lid Up eyeshadow by Hard Candy!

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Studio Gear Cosmetics {Review}

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Try as I might, I’m not incredibly adventurous when it comes to my makeup.  I’ve pretty much used the same natural colors to create the same natural look since high school.  In the past year or so, though, I’ve been drawn to some fun new colors and some great products that can make quite the difference — all thanks to my endless research on Pinterest!  While I’m still not overly experimental, I have been happy with the new products that I’ve tried and the outcome from most of them.

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I was thrilled to be offered a review for Studio Gear Cosmetics, and I have LOVED using these products over the past week!

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I’ve used all sorts of mascara with different colors and brush shapes, and I haven’t found one that I especially love more than anything else.  The brush on this Impactfull Pro TLS Mascara, though, is probably one of my favorites — I love that it provides full, even coverage on the top with a couple of coats but also separates and gives color to my very small, blonde bottom eyelashes that can either be non-existent or look like spider legs if I’m not careful!  The mascara generally stays put and doesn’t run throughout the day, so I’ve actually had to remember to take it off before I go to bed every night.

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Of all the makeup I’ve tried and owned over the past 15 years, I’m pretty much a brand-snob when it comes to eyeliner — I don’t usually mind switching up anything else, but I can be pretty specific about my eye liner.  The Invincible Gel/Crème Eye Liner in Earth, though, was a fun addition to my makeup routine this week, but it’s definitely going to take some getting used to for me since I don’t have the steadiest of hands!  I’ve never really thought of applying eye liner with a brush rather than using it in pencil form, but I was pleasantly pleased with the results.  I have to say that the staying power is amazing!  We’re in humid coastal North Carolina, so it’s saying a lot when makeup doesn’t fade or smudge by the end of the day.

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I rarely use more than Chapstick on my lips, but I notice such a difference when I put on something with a little more color – I feel like my whole look is more finished.  I’m not a huge fan of dark colors or, frankly, colors that are too light, so I was incredibly impressed with the Luscious Lip Shine in Desire that I was sent to try.  It glides on easily and stays on for hours, and I especially love the cinnamon-y scent I smell (but don’t taste, thank heavens!) each time I apply it.  This is my absolute favorite product of the bunch, and the color is probably the closest to my natural color while still providing a pop of extra pink.

If you’re wanted to try a new look or tutorial that you saw on Pinterest or are hoping that a new product might give your “same ol’ same ol'” makeup routine a jumpstart, I’d suggest taking a look at Studio Gear Cosmetics for some inspiration!

Studio Gear Cosmetics is offering Dandy Giveaway readers a special coupon code:  DANDY13 will get you 10% off at checkout at their online store!

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Mía Mariú {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I remember my first experience buying real make-up.  It was for my junior high showchoir, and we each had to buy the same colors of eyeshadow, liner, and lipstick so that we would all match on stage.  Before that, I would pick up cheap make-up at walmart, or I am embarrased to admit, even the dollar store.  With my new compact of high-end, (expensive), and shimmery make-up, my eyes were opened into the world of good quality make-up!  I started to see what makes the difference between excellent and poor cosmetics.  Based on my experience with some good and some pretty bad, I can give my Dandy stamp of approval on a new line of make-up called Mía Mariú!

mia-mariu-logo-300x180Mía Mariú focuses on healthy products that reflect themselves through youthful, beautiful, glowing skin and renewed energy and vitality.  Each product combines the highest quality botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and peptides.  A far cry from the el cheapo stuff you find at the dollar store (cringe!).

Every product Mía Mariú sells looks like it would become a favorite in my makeup bag.  I was attracted to the mineral foundations, eye shadow duos, intense eye liner, and luminous lip glosses.  I picked out three products, and am so pleased with each of them.  First, I was sent a sample of hydrating moisturizer to apply before the foundation.  I thought it had a great consistency, and a nice light feel.  It wasn’t greasy and it didn’t take a lot of rubbing to massage it in to my face.  The first product I tried out was some PERFECTING FINISH Mineral Loose Powder Foundation in Savanna.

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It has a great amount of coverage, and doesn’t look clumpy at all in the container.  I appreciate the holed cover on top, since butterfingers over here has a tendency to drop her makeup all over the carpet.  I loved how it melted into my skin!  It glides on smooth and actually contains Vitamin A, C and E.  Next, I tried out a Loose Mineral Shadow Liner in Rosa.  I was attracted to the color as one that wouldn’t be obnoxiously noticeable at first glance–something I could wear on a daily basis and not look like date night.

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It has a great shimmer to it, but nothing sparkly.  It is silky to apply and lasted all day.  My old makeup tends to slip into the creases of my eyes over time, and I sport a nice dark line above my lid.  Not my favorite look.  This liner was great, and stayed where applied, highlighting the upper accents of the space under my eyebrows.  This liner can also be used wet, and I’m excited to try that out for a thicker look.  The lid with holes on this little jar were a little too small for my liking.  I’m afraid to take it off because, again, I’m prone to dropping precious jars of cosmetics, but I think it might be necessary to get enough on my makeup brush in the amount of time I’d like.  To go with my liner, I also tried out Mineral Eye Shadow Duo in Luna de Miel!

141These eye shadows are made from pure minerals and luxurious color pigments.  Again, I was looking for a duo that would look natural and nothing too drastic for an everyday where.  This was perfect.  I’m planning on leaving it out on my makeup table as my stable until its gone!  It slides on with ease, blends well, and stays on for hours!  At the end of the day, my face looked like I had just done it.

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The thought that kept entering my mind all day was, “Wow, it feels like I’m not wearing any makeup at all!”  I hate that ‘masked’ feeling of a thick, painted products that you feel every time you change your facial expression.  No clogged pores with Mía Mariú.  Behold the beauty of healthy products!

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Are you a cosmetic connoisseur yourself?  Another fabulous thing about Mía Mariú is that you can become a Mía advisor and launch your own health and beauty home based business and combine the power of ecommerce, social networking and personal service behind exceptional natural health and beauty products!  For more information about becoming a representative of Mía Mariú, check out the details on their site about this home based business opportunity.

One lucky lady is going to be able to pick out the same products I got to review!  You can choose your own shade of loose powder foundation, one loose mineral shadow liner, and one mineral eye shadow duo!  What makeup bag boost!

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