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Beauty Box 5 October box

I had so much fun with this month’s  Beauty Box 5.

Have you seen the Extend Your Beauty Cosmetic Tool around your local drugstores? This little guy goes to the bottom of bottles to get the last possible bit of fantastic eye cream or Dior Capture Totale Serum (ahem that stuffs expensive!) and this way you can capitalize on those last little bits.

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This ain’t your mama’s Chapstick. Dual ended and moisturizing with sunscreen! I love it!

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Nanacoco nail polishes are great high-end polishes at low end prices. Great color and thick, smooth formula.

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Bellapierre Cosmetics bring to the Beauty Box 5 a dual purpose product- cheek stain and lip color in a true pink. Cheek stains offer light washes of color that look transparent on the skin.

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I always save my favorite for last – Lashem Picture Perfect is a primer to smooth and make a great canvas for makeup. It fills wrinkles and pores and gives an even finish.

 

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Check out all the deals going on at Beauty Box 5 this month and sign up for a subscription.

*I receive my Beauty Box 5 from them in exchange for this review.

 

Bronze-y eye and Bold Lip Tutorial for fall

I am loving all the fall colors and palettes in makeup right now. As rich as the salted caramel latte I ordered, so is the new palette from Sephora by MAKE UP FOR EVER.

Frugie Bronzey Eye and Bold lip tutorial for mature faces, makeup over 40, autumn looks, beauty

I dig in and throw caution to the wind, playing with shiny shades and dark lips. Ooh. Want to see?

And as always, I’ve tailored this for a ‘mature’ face, so nothing too over the top.

Check it out:

Drugstore Haul and the latest frugal finds!

Frugalista-Blog-drugstore-haul-video-featuring-Target-Rimmel-Milani-and-more.

It’s time for another round of What I Found At the Drugstore!

I am always on the hunt for goodies. I’ve got new things from Milani shadows, Rimmel lipstick, Sonia Kashuk and more.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven’t already done so. Let me know if you’ve found anything recently you love too.

High five! Beauty Box 5 September Box

I feel pretty, oh so pretty, and bright!

And I pity any girl who

DOESN’T GET BEAUTY BOX 5 SUBSCRIPTIONS!

I mean that in the nicest way possible.

 

Have a look what’s in this month’s box:

Nicka K New York Eyelight Crayon-

This is a creamy eyeshadow/eyeliner stick. I love that it’s retractable and its texture. The crazy purple pink will be a fun adventure to incorporate in my ‘green eyes that’ pop look with plums and violets.

Natural Style by FUBU Deep Conditioner and Co-Wash-

I haven’t tried this product yet but it sounds like my hair will love it. I don’t know what a Co-wash is. It says that it’s for curly haired girls. Maybe that’s why I don’t know, because I’m not a curly-haired girl. But with shea butter and paraben and sulfate free, this kind of deep moisture product makes me happy.

Sally Hansen Toe Spacers

I pretty much have enough toe spacers to start a nail salon. I’ll probably toss these in a goody or gift bag for one of my daughter’s friends. Dear Beauty Box 5- no more toe spacers!

My Beauty Spot Nail Polish

I received a true gold color that spreads on thick and looks solid. Fun for accents and patterns over other colors. What I wasn’t sure of was the smell. For a nail polish, it’s got a very strong scent. Like I spray painted the tool shed. We’ll see how I tolerate this!  But the color and coverage is great.

Chrislie Formulations 3-in-1 Eye Bright

Hold. The. Phone.

This is like Botox in a tube. Okay, I don’t have Botox, so I wouldn’t know if it was like that. But my eye area was fresher and brighter after I applied it, just like it said. AND it didn’t get chalky or pasty like some other lifting products do. Love.

There you have it.

Frugalista Blog Beauty Box 5 for September

Purple eye shadow- a tutorial for green eyed beauties!

Frugie Blog presents How to make Green Eyes Stand Out

Whether or not you have green eyes, this is a pretty tutorial to wear a shadow that’s NOT taupe. Which, let’s be real, is what I wear ALL THE TIME.

If you’re in a rut or need some tips to make your eyes stand out, or how help wearing shadow on mature eyes (ahem, the ones that droop!), then you might like this.

Feel free to leave me your comments and share with your friends and click the little ‘thumbs up’ button by the video. Thank you!!

 

BIG NEWS and a giveaway!

I have some great news.

Ahem.

Emma and I will be attending an award show soon.

Rhymes with FLEMMY. Watch the video to see-

ALSO,

I’m doing a giveaway for a Smile Brilliant! teeth whitening kit valued at $300. It’s fabulous! Check out my pearly whites in the video, then come back here to enter the contest!

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**I was given this product to review, the words and ideas are all my own.


My subscription box addiction

Two things I know. You can’t brush your teeth while eating Oreos. And, I have an addiction to subscription boxes.

It’s true.

I might need to join a support group. It might be a new TV show on TLC. It’s not necessarily my fault when they are SHOVED IN MY FACE all over the Internet.

And here I am enabling you too.

I am your dealer. Your pimp. Because now I’m telling you how great these babies are.

And I’m telling you that you should sign up.

One in particular is Beauty Box 5. If you follow my blog, you’ve seen me describe each month’s box of goodies.

This month is pretty awesome too. Here’s a picture to see. I could tell you all about it or you could see for yourself.  For more details, go to their website and check it out- Beauty Box 5

Frugalista Blog invites you to try Beauty Box 5

I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.

I like you. Do you like you?

I have seen a lot of stuff lately on the Internet about embracing our own quirks. I have a lot of quirks to embrace, so my arms might get tired. That’s a joke.

There’s the Colbie Caillat video “Try” how she is tired of being photoshopped. Go Colbie! I love it.  Deconstructing all the fake hair, lashes, gloss and softening to show her no makeup, still beautiful self. Mostly, I love that video for the little girls in there with their makeup and their flat irons being ditched for the natural curls, young complexions and innocent faces that are more their age.  Stop trying so hard! Right?

Far be it from me to tell you to abandon your makeup or anything that makes you look different than you actually do. I like to think makeup enhances my features. When you’re blond and fair like me, you can’t see my eyes well without some liner and mascara. And I will be the first to admit, I love makeup. I love looking airbrushed and ‘perfect’. Whatever that is. I like ‘blurring’ my wrinkles, without telling someone to just squint when they look at me. I cover the redness from the Rosacea I have. I give myself a smokey eye to be alluring and so you can see me across the room, or at least that’s what I’m trying to do. I use thickening products in my hair to make it have volume, I’m constantly battling wrinkles. I’m trying pretty hard I guess.

Watching the teen girls in the Colbie Caillat video made me think of my 14 year old daughter. She’s beautiful, with milky peachy skin. Gorgeous blue eyes. And a smattering of freckles across her face.

She hates her freckles.

She spends many minutes in front of her mirror covering those freckles with BB cream and concealer. To her credit, she has lots of ‘no makeup’ days too. But she’s always hated her freckles. So when she was allowed to wear makeup, the first thing she did was cover her spots. Her freckles ruin the ‘perfect’ look. They take away the ‘airbrush’ quality she envisions for herself. I think they make her look fresh and young. She thinks she looks ‘dirty’.

She’s not the first girl to not like her freckles. I didn’t like my freckles growing up either. I especially didn’t like the ones on my upper lip that made me look like I had a mustache. Now my freckles are more like age spots, so I don’t really like them still.

I tell her that I love her freckles. She rolls her eyes at me.

Then there’s my son. My son is skinny. He hates being so skinny sometimes. I love that he’s skinny. He’s just like his dad. I tell him he can run fast and he doesn’t have to worry about his clothes getting snug on him. But kids make fun of him for being so skinny. I guess kids find anything to tease about another kid.

So what do I not like about me that other people like about me?

It’s weird to think of. My stretch marks? Hmm, I don’t think other people love those. My poochy tummy? Yeah, still haven’t heard much love for that.

I’ve always not liked my lips and my mouth. I have big lips and a big mouth. The years before ‘troutmouth’ and Real Housewives got lip implants, my lips seemed to be my downfall. I felt like they were misplaced and didn’t belong. Why couldn’t I have a sweet, delicate pucker? Why did I have to have this horse mouth?

Once I was old enough to kiss a guy with those lips, I started getting compliments on them. Huh. Apparently full lips are desirable. The teen me didn’t know this.  It was surprising to be admired for them later in my 20s. Beauty consultants behind the counter at department stores always compliment my lips when I try on lipstick, telling me I have the perfect shape. Really? I started to accept that they were part of me and I just had to make the best of them.

What made me most self conscious was starting to become my best asset.

So eventually I started to appreciate my pout. I wear lipstick in any shade I want. Once I read that full lips shouldn’t wear dark lipstick as to not bring too much attention to the mouth. Pfft to that. I will wear whatever goddamn color I feel like! Yeah, I laugh loud, and I smile big, but now I’m pretty much proud of this giant gob. Or cake hole as my dad would call it. I can fit a lot of cake in my cake hole.

What is it about yourself you don’t like? Is it your curly hair? Is it your gangly long legs? I bet if you asked someone else, they would say you have a beautiful head of thick hair, and they wish they had long legs like you.

Because the grass is always greener, right?

I hope more young girls start liking their freckles, their curly hair, their moles and skinny legs their big lips. Like Colbie says, you don’t have to try so hard.

Start liking you. You might be surprised.

I like you. Do you like you? By Frugalista Blog

 

Winged eye liner that’s easy- I promise

Sometimes in the makeup world, there’s things that can intimidate even the savviest beauty junkies.

Gel liner.

Yep. I am not a master of liquid liner, gel liner, or those pen thingies either. I will admit, some of my YouTube videos don’t look perfect because of the whole eyeliner business.

BUT- I think I found something that has solved my problem. It’s like the training wheels of gel liner.

This product is everywhere. If you have seen it in Ulta or Sephora, I think you should give it a try.

Here’s my in depth how-to in a video:

Red is for carpets at award shows, not for faces

Disclosure: I’m participating in the Break Up with Your Makeup Blogger Contest
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Imagine winning a trip to the Emmys (possibly with me!) and getting the complexion you have always wanted. I know right?

Enter the contest Break UP with Your Makeup, to win a gift basket of skin care goodies and you will also be entered to win a trip to the Emmys. Your entry also enters me in a bloggers contest to win a trip to the Emmys, so I’m counting on you! Of course, you know I love my makeup so much, I wouldn’t actually break up with it altogether. But wearing less of it? Yes please!

Many of you know that I struggle with rosacea. It’s a weird occurrence of the complexion that can’t always be explained. Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin condition. Sure you want to try to pinpoint what might cause those flare ups that can cover your cheeks like pimples- was it yesterday’s spicy food, or the day out in the sun, maybe that glass of pinot before bed;  only they don’t respond to regular acne treatments. Most common symptoms people complain of is persistent facial redness. Ha, remember when you always had those ‘rosy cheeks’ like your Aunt Hilda? Hmm… maybe she had rosacea too!

My rosacea started after my son was born. I couldn’t figure out why, what I thought were zits on the apples of my cheeks wouldn’t go away. Even when I would try and cover it up with makeup, it seemed to shine through the cover up. And once you do cover the red, who wants bumps on their skin even under their makeup?

I have a makeup and skin care drawer full of products that promise to cover or soothe redness. I think I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on essential oils, lotions, and primers that promise to make the redness go away. But having one product covered by my insurance co-pay could save me hundreds! Think of all that money I could spend on lipstick!

A new prescription product is available called Mirvaso. Mirvaso is the only FDA approved treatment for the persistent facial redness of rosacea. It works fast, providing same day results that last up to 12 hours before the redness returns.

16 million Americans are affected and more are women than men. Go figure.

Don’t you hate when you have a special event and you want a ‘good face day’ and whelp, there comes the rosacea. Ugh.  I will definitely be asking my dermatologist about Mirvaso.

Now go enter the contest!! See you on the red carpet!

 

Contest ends July 31, 2014

 

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