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Online and In-store Freebies

Free sample of SUN Laboratories self tanning product

Skin Repair Essense sample from L'essence D'eau

In-store freebie: Visit Aveda's site to print off a Coupon for a free Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener sample.

Giveaway Break - H2O Ultra Hydrator

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, H2O Plus was inspired to create an even more hydrating version of its best-selling Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment. New Face Oasis Ultra Hydrator delivers five times the moisture of the original formula, plus powerful free-radical protection.

Enriched with skin-perfecting marine nutrients, the original Face Oasis oil-free moisture gel changed the face of the beauty industry when it launched in 1989. With one Face Oasis sold every two minutes in more than 20 countries, this water-rich formula continues to reign as a global favorite.

As H2O Plus’ client base has evolved, so has its skincare technology. Ultra Hydrator is fortified with nutri-spheres, which deliver a dose of Polyvitamin Profusion. This powerful complex of antioxidant vitamins A, B, C and E help promote cellular repair and guard against future damage. Derived from Atlantic brown algae, Fucus Serratus Extract adds a deeper level of antioxidant protection. Together, these environmental combatants help reduce visible signs of aging.

Like the original Face Oasis, Ultra Hydrator contains H2O Plus’ exclusive Hydrating Marine Blend of wakame, sea lettuce and sea fennel. The new formula also gets a supercharged boost of moisture from ProVitamin B5. This natural humectant helps keep skin steadily hydrated and noticeably smoother by attracting moisture from the air.

With a unique cream-gel formula, Ultra Hydrator gives skin an instantly luminous appearance while maintaining the refreshing, water-light texture of the original.

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This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Sunday, October 18th. I will randomly be selecting a winner and announcing them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

My Favorite Self Tanning Products

I like Fall. I like the change in the colors of the leaves, apple orchards, Halloween, and getting to wear my favorite cozy sweater. What do I dislike? Turning pasty white again. Even though I wear my fair share of SPF, there is still a Summer glow that I get from being outside in the sun.

Not only do I use self tanner in the Summer, but I use it all year long so I don't have to look at my pasty white self! Here are some that I've been using this summer, and will continue to during the Fall/Winter months.

L’OrĂ©al Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer Self-Tanning Lotion
This is a great drugstore bronzer that's affordable and easy for those new to self tanning. I see results immediately when I use it. It has a slight shimmer to it, but fades throughout the day.

This lotion comes out very dark so you can see where you are applying it and are able to avoid streaks. For someone new to self tanning, I would look for this characteristic in a self tanner.

At about $10 a bottle and you can find this at your local drug store or grocery store. Definitely a good buy if you want to maintain some color throughout the year.St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Lotion
This is good stuff. Goes on dark like L'Oreal's self tanner, but without a shimmer. It gives instant color and good coverage. This gives a healthy looking tan, no orange at all.

You pay for what you get - it's $30, but in my opinion, worth it for when you want to go without pantyhose for a formal event in the winter. You can buy it on the St. Tropez site.
Xen Tan
I finally found a self tanner that doesn't smell like metal! Xen Tan smells delicious, and stays smelling delicious, throughout the day. The Transform formula shows color almost immediately and goes on pretty even. It's a daily moisturizer with the most advanced gradual tanner on the market. Since it goes on as a white cream, I sometimes have minor streaks here and there.

You can buy Xen Tan online. It retails for $30.

Lancaster 6 SPF Sunscreen Self Tanning (Easy Bronze Milky Spray)
SPF plus Bronzer....awesome. I've applied this all summer without any streaking. It's great for when I'm going to be in and out of the sun, and I want to have at least a little protection on.Stila Bronzing Tinted Moisturizer
Stila's tinted moisturizer looks good alone or with bronzer/blush over it. I can put this moisturizer on and wear it by itself. It has SPF 15 in it, which is key. Since I don't put the above self tanners on my face (my skin is way to sensitive) I like to use this moisturizer to make my tan look even all over.

Self Tanning Tips

1.) Exfoliate beforehand! Use a sugar scrub or wash cloth to get rid of any dry skin. Sothys exfoliating scrub works really well.
2.) When applying, keep a wash cloth or wet paper towel hand to wipe the inside of your hands/palms off. I don't like to completely wash my hands because I like color on the back of my hands.
3.) Don't scrub off your tan! I received Kala Style Coco Loco soap and fell in love. It's made from solid butter pressed from roasted seeds of the cacoa tree. It won't remove your self-bronzed tan and smells soooo good. The over-sized bar lasts awhile too!

Win a $200 Smashbox Swag Bag Every Week!

Each week, Smashbox is giving one lucky winner the Ultimate Smashbox Swag Bag filled with $200 of Smashbox Cosmetics.

To enter, just pick your favorite Smashbox product from this selection, then click PUBLISH TO ALL to post it to your profile, share the sweepstakes with your friends, and encourage them to enter. Once the link is posted to your profile you will automaticay be entered in the giveaway. A new winner is chosen each week, so check back often!

Prescriptives Comfort Cream & Night Cream

This September Prescriptives will offer Comfort Cream and Comfort Night for the price of one in a limited edition duo-pack!

New Comfort Cream has been re-formulated and is more soothing and calming than ever before. Comfort Cream is suitable for all sensitive skin ty0pes - including those with Rosacea - and immediately soothes and calms skin while providing intensive moisture.

New Comfort Night works with skin's night repair rhythms to help correct the appearance of skin damage and reduce the look of lines and wrinkles. Comfort Night hydrates skin with a luxurious, non-greasy treatment that infuses moisture into the skin while calming and soothing to decrease sensitivity and irritation.

I use the Comfort Night cream and love the way it feels on my skin. It's ridiculously hydrating and doens't feel greasy at all. I love waking up with ultra moisturized skin.

Receive one 1 oz. Comfort Cream and one 1oz. Comfort Night at a special value of $39.50.

Recession Sale - Setoso Skincare

Setoso Skincare is sadly closing it's doors. They are having a recession sale..products selling for less than $10 that are regularly $55. If you always wanted to try this brand, now is your chance to stock up!

And the Winners Are....

Urban Decay Pocket Rocket - Sevilkenevil -
Rene Furterer hair products - JDobbs -
Glow by JLo - Cynthia R, Ali G, Ramboo, DKY65, Jweezie43
Lip Quench Treatment - kngmckellar
Avene Thermal Spring Water - Garlandofroses

Shop it to Me Battle of the Brands - Enter to Win!

Shop it to Me is announcing the Shop It To Me Battle of the Brands giveaway! Each week, pairs of brands will compete until only the winner remains. Each week Shop It To Me will be giving away free Marc Jacobs accessories. Enter to win!

*You must be a Shop It To Me member to win - You can join at for free!

Get the Low, Sleek Ponytail Look

Check out the look from the Christian Siriano show. The low sleek ponytail is in! Antoinette Beeders, VP Global Creative Director for Aveda was the hair lead for this show. For all of you lovely long haired ladies out there, here's how to get this look:

Step 1: Create a deep side part. Draw a horseshoe-shaped section of hair along the top of the head, from each brow-line. Isolate this section of hair and pin in place with a single-pronged hair clip.

Step 2: Pull the bottom half of hair into a ponytail and secure with a bungee elastic. Divide ponytail into sections with fingers and spray with Aveda Air Control Hair Spray for workable hold.

Step 3: Use a flat iron to straighten the ponytail section by section, creating a smooth, sleek finish.

Step 4: Unclip the top section of hair and comb it back and over the ponytail. Sprinkle Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion and massage into hair to create volume and matte, rough texture.

Step 5: Working with the same top section, divide hair into smaller pieces and spray with Aveda Air Control Hair Spray. Wrap each piece of hair around a ceramic Curl Rod, creating spirals, until the entire top section of hair has been curled.

Step 6:
Brush through spirals, loosening curls into soft waves. Loosely backcomb waves to create fullness, volume and texture, and shorten the length of hair.

Step 7: Pin the sides and ends of wavy hair against the head, close to the base of the ponytail. Hair is sculpted into a voluminous, undulating chignon adorning the ponytail.

Step 8: Work Aveda Light Elements Texturizing Creme into palms. Smooth hair along the sides of the head and above the ears to create a sleekness and shine.

Step 9:
Finish the look with Aveda Air Control Hair Spray for shine and hold.

Private Sales - Lorac & Korres

Lorac is on sale at Hautelook up to 80% off!
Korres is on sale at The Fairest.

Email me for a free invitation!