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Giveaway Break – Cetaphil Gift Basket

I can’t talk enough about how important it is to take care of your skin. Dry, oily, sensitive, no matter what your skin type, it’s important to research and talk to a skincare specialist about the right skincare regime for you.

Personally, I have dry, sensitive skin, and I’m also prone to rosacea. Yesterday I posted about Mirvaso (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33%, a new topical gel specifically developed and indicated to treat the persistent facial redness of rosacea. Mirvaso is all about treating the redness, so you don’t have to conceal with makeup. 

The Break Up with Your Makeup portal, which you can get to from yesterday’s post, includes information on skincare tips and the treatment for rosacea. You can also enter for a chance to win a trip to the Emmys! Enter by adding your email address into the portal and clicking ‘Submit.’


If you miss the window for entering the trip, don’t fret. Galderma, who also makes Cetaphil, has generously offered to give one lucky Lipgloss Break reader a Cetaphil Gift Basket! Enter below!

 ***Giveaway***

Enter for a chance to win a Cetaphil Gift Basket!

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This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Thursday, July 31. I will randomly select a winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!


Note: This post is sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, L.P. Please click here for more information regarding my disclaimer.

Important Safety Information
Indication:  Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33% is an alpha adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older.  Adverse Events:  In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (≥1%) included erythema, flushing, skin burning sensation and contact dermatitis.  Warnings/Precautions:  Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud's phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sjögren’s syndrome. Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure. Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease. Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of Mirvaso Gel by children have been reported. Keep Mirvaso Gel out of reach of children. Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

*Each gram of gel contains 5 mg of brimonidine tartrate, equivalent to 3.3 mg of brimonidine free base.



Stop Concealing, and Start Treating!

For a long time in my teens, I had issues with extremely red, pink cheeks. My dermatologist at the time finally diagnosed me with rosacea, and I was able to treat it properly. But up until I was diagnosed, I tried multiple brands of cover up and powders to try and disguise it, but really I was just making it worse!  I still get flare-ups once in a while, and have to be careful of the products I put on my face.

Here’s a little background on rosacea:
-        Rosacea affects an estimated 16 million Americans
-        24% of rosacea sufferers say that persistent redness was their first symptom
-        4 out of 5 rosacea sufferers have used cosmetics to hide their redness (I’m not alone!)

Luckily, there is a treatment to stop concealing, and to start treating! Mirvaso (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33%* is the only FDA-approved treatment, specifically developed and indicated for the persistent facial redness of rosacea. It can work in as little as 30 minutes! Mirvaso can provide same day results that can last up to 12 hours before the redness returns. I really wish this treatment had been around 15 years ago!

Even if you don’t suffer from rosacea, here are some healthy skincare tips from NYC dermatologist and Clinical Associate Professor New York University Langone Medical Center, Dr. Doris Day:
1 - Calm your skin – Skin with rosacea is more sensitive and likely to react to ingredients in both prescription medications and skin care products, so talk to your dermatologist about what options are best for you. Moisturizers containing lipids, such as ceramides, are usually well tolerated and can improve the skin barrier, which is often compromised in people with this condition.
2 - Be Picky about Sun Protection – It’s a fact that daily sunscreen is a must, but not all sunscreens are created equal. The best bets if you are prone to rosacea, are sunscreens that contain transparent zinc oxide and moisturizing ingredients, like niacinamide, and are fragrance-free and non-comedogenic.
3 - Eat and Sleep Well, Stay Hydrated – It may sound basic, but not getting enough sleep can make you look older because sleep is when your body repairs itself. Alcohol, sugary foods and processed foods can affect the skin’s ability to repair itself and cause premature skin aging, so try to eat a balanced diet and indulge rarely.

For more tips on skincare and to learn more about the treatment of rosacea, check out the Break Up with Your Makeup portal (below). Along with some amazing information, you can also enter for a chance to Win a Trip to the Emmys! Enter by adding your email address below and click ‘Submit.’

Check out the below information and let me know what you think in the comment section. If you have rosacea, how do you manage your redness? 


Note: This post is sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, L.P. Please click here for more information regarding my disclaimer.

Important Safety Information
Indication:  Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33% is an alpha adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older.  Adverse Events:  In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (≥1%) included erythema, flushing, skin burning sensation and contact dermatitis.  Warnings/Precautions:  Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud's phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sjögren’s syndrome. Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure. Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease. Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of Mirvaso Gel by children have been reported. Keep Mirvaso Gel out of reach of children. Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

*Each gram of gel contains 5 mg of brimonidine tartrate, equivalent to 3.3 mg of brimonidine free base.


Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup - July 20

  • Slashed Beauty: Miranda takes us through her updated hair routine, with tips on curly hair care!
  • TheFabZilla: Lipstick Files: Kathryne investigates Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Orchid 505, Rouge d'Armani Sheers Plum 604, Rouge d'Armani Sheers Pink 503. Love or leave?
  • Endlessummer Blog: Adventuress - skin care that takes on the elements.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: TATCHA Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream and Soothing Silk Body Butter are absolutely divine, and now are available in travel sizes.
  • Color Me So Crazy: Gems, Jewels and RED for #RedCoatTuesday. Join in!!
  • daydreaming beauty: Amber's new favorite palette is Tarte's Rainforest After Dark palette! Come see why!
  • beautyXposé: Made of top-of-the-line Remy hair, Irresistible Me hair extensions let you add length to your locks in a snap!
  • Geniabeme: You can now build your own Birchbox at their NYC store!
  • BeautyTidbits: Enter to Win the new Total Beauty All About Hair Collection worth $95!
  • Makeup Life and Love: Time to get your summer makeup bag in shape, with a bit of help from #WalgreensBeauty. Find out how Jamie kicks her look into high gear from daytime into nighttime...
  • I Know all the Words: Healthier nails couldn't be easier with Nail HQ Growth Treatment and Ridge Filler
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison created a fairy prince mani for her NOTD with just the right amount of bling
  • Lipgloss Break: Lipgloss Break Reviews and Swatches CND Shellac Pink Bikini & Lobster Roll.
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: If you're looking to spice up your manicure, try an OPI Sheer Tint like Jessica did this week.


  • Nordstrom's Annual 2014 Anniversary Sale

    The big day is here! Starting Friday, July 18th, some of your favorite beauty brands will be on super sale for Nordstrom's Annual Anniversary Sale. Check them out in store and online at www.Nordstrom.com.






    CND Shellac Pink Bikini & Lobster Roll

    I recently got a CND Shellac manicure for my last work and personal trips. I just didn't want to worry about nail polish chipping and packing polish. I love Shellac for this reason. It stays! Check out my other CND Shellac posts. I was really excited to try out their new colors, Pink Bikini and Lobster Roll.
    I chose Pink Bikini for my vacation manicure. I thought it was bold and summery and it matched my bathing suit. This manicure lasted 2 whole weeks. No chips or sign of wear on the tips, just growth which showed after the first week. Since I'm taking prenatal vitamins the new growth showed a bit sooner than normal.
    For my last work trip and for the 4th of July, I chose Lobster Roll. It has a little bit of orange in it, but definitely considered a 'red.' I don't wear red nail polish often, but I like to when I'm wearing beige, blue or black outfits and I know it will act as a pop of color. I'm still rocking this manicure 10 days later. No chips or wear, just new growth.

    Have you tried a gel manicure yet? If so, what's your favorite brand and color? Check out my other CND Shellac reviews!

    *Post contains affiliate links


    Beauty Blogger Coalition Weekly Roundup - July 6

  • Slashed Beauty: Ever wonder what the difference between eyeshadow primer and base is? Miranda has the answer!
  • Endless Summer Blog: Elena shares her favorite perfume - luxurious, feminine and unique Jimmy Choo Eau De Toilette.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: PurseN Tiara Jewelry Cases in Jet Setter, Vacationer & Weekender are perfect for traveling, but are great as stylish and organized at-home jewelry boxes too!
  • Beyond Beauty Lounge : Get soft, silky, smooth skin with Tatcha's Soothing Silk Body Butter
  • Geniabeme: See Geniabeme's beauty essentials from Walgreens!
  • Color Me So Crazy: #RedCoatTuesday with Episode 5 Predictions. Join in next week!!
  • TheFabZilla: Fancy.Fancier.Fanciest.Kathryne from TheFabZilla tells the difference with Burberry Beauty Summer Showers Orange Poppy Collection
  • Glamorable!: What happens when science meets skincare? Glamorable discovered two hidden gems that your skin will love.
  • Beauty by Miss L: Which products are in Leelo´s sunny summer days must-haves list.
  • I Know all the Words: LaCoupe Orgnx Coconut & Macadamia Oil Collection might just be the best smelling hair care range... like, ever.
  • Lipgloss Break: Take the pledge to protect your skin and win a year supply of Neutrogena Sunscreen!
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: If you need a holographic nail polish this summer, Be Happy And Buy Polish has two gorgeous indie polishes to show you!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison tried a new brand of mineral pigment makeup, Fusion of Color, and was blown away by the color variety


  • Take the Pledge and Win a Year Supply of Neutrogena SPF!

    Before the festivities start for the 4th of July weekend, I want to remind everyone to keep their skin protected. SPF is key! By purchasing a Neutrogena SPF product, you're not only protecting you, your family and friends from the sun, but you're also helping a family in need!

    Now through July 31st, Neutrogena is donating an SPF product to a family need for each purchased. This includes SPF face lotion, sunscreen and foundation that contains SPF. What a great cause!


    I'm loading up on SPF before stepping outside this weekend, and carrying all of my bottles with me, in the car, beach bag, and purse, in case any of my friends forget to apply. With Neutrogena's But 1 + Donate 1 program and a buy 1 get 1 50% off sale at CVS, there is no reason not to stock up and spread the SPF! 

    I'd love to hear how you are going to stay protected this long weekend and the rest of the year. In fact, how does a year's supply of Neutrogena sunscreen sound, just for taking a pledge? Pretty fantastic right? 

    Comment below and pledge that you will keep yourself and your family and friends safe from the sun this 4th of July weekend and beyond. Once you comment, enter your name, email and mailing address in the form below so I can contact you if you win. It's that easy!

    I'll select a winner on Friday, July 11th. Thanks to Neutrogena for sponsoring this amazing giveaway. What are you waiting for? Take the pledge!





    Beach Casual Style

    I was in the Outer Banks last week so I had a chance to work on my beach casual look.  I only packed a pair of flip flops for my trip and didn't style my hair the whole weekend. The whole week consisted of beach waves and beach cover ups!
    Day Look
    My new Emilie M Aimee canvas bag is just the right size to fit all of my beach essentials and also transitions nicely for night. I got a ton of compliments on this bag all week long. For trips to the beach and pool, I packed my bag full with my Turkish-T Towel, Neutrogena SPF 55, my Nexus 7 tablet loaded with the new James Patterson book, Mistress, Lip Smacker Lip Balm with SPF, and sunglasses. Half the time I was there I rocked an Old Navy maternity two piece, and the other days I was bold and wore a regular bikini (embrace the bump!). 

    Night Look
    I took my sunscreen out of my Emilie M bag and replaced it with my wallet and MAC lip gloss. I have been loving Old Navy's maternity dresses for day and night. They are extremely comfortable. I paired my dress with a fun necklace, my new Michael Kors watch, and flip flops, and I was ready to go!