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Do you live boldly? It’s an art I’ve mastered in some aspects of my life (hello, red lip)…but I’ve failed miserably in other areas (will I ever finish writing my book?!). But living boldly is certainly a philosophy that I welcome. How does that quote go? “Well-behaved women seldom my make history” 

So with bold ambitions on my mind, I recently attended Féria #LiveInColor event because simpatico!! (And I was definitely in need of a night out with great music and fun beauty…) 

Well, hey now! Féria does bold RIGHT! With shades like Power Copper, Power Violet, Cherry Crush and Extreme Platinum…Feria is giving women the color options they need to channel their inner hair vixen.  

Does a vibrant hair color make you feel bold and unstoppable? I must admit, the current “anything goes” hair color trend has me intrigued. I haven’t changed my hair color in years! But, Power Violet could be fun for the summer *insert meow*. Given my affinity for wildly purple hair, I found myself immediately drawn to Helen Castillo — Watch this video and you’ll see why!!

What makes YOU feel bold? Obviously, bright colors and vibrant patterns make me feel great…but, a daily attitude of gratitude also helps me to feel bold and powerful. So while I might not be as far along as I’d like on my book, I’m grateful that I do get to pen a little bit here and there. And with time I’ll continue to find ways to balance my life and get the book going more and more.  

 I feel my boldest when I start with gratitude — but a bright lip, fun patterns or rockstar hair certainly don’t hurt! Really, feeling bold starts from within…and that’s how I live boldly and #LiveInColor.

Disclosure: This post was created in collaboration with L’Oréal and Style Coalition.

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Cream blush, in theory, is heaven-sent…it’s creamy, dreamy and blends seamlessly onto skin. But, holy moly — Migration much? Why is it that cream blush, especially in humid/ warm weather, seems to migrate all over the place?…even when set with a finishing powder! *insert distress emoji*

LOREAL Visible Lift Blur Blush

But the R&D wizards at L’Oreal are on to something with Visible Lift Blur Blush.

Perhaps it’s the OPTI-BLUR technology or perhaps Visible Lift Blur Blush is formulated with discarded fairy wings, but this blush does not move, fade or lose its angelic flush for a full eight hours (based on my daily use over the last week or so). In a pinch, I even apply it to my lips, and let me tell you — just lovely. My go to shade is 503 Soft Berry.

In the video below I demo how I like to apply L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blush…

So, if you’re in the market for a new blush, I highly recommend L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blush. It comes in three shades (Soft Pink, Soft Peach, Soft Berry) and retails for $12.99.

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Summer so far has been pretty mild but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t influence my favorites.  This month’s faves range from sunscreen to home fragrances and lots in between.  Check out the products that have been rocking my world for the last couple of months.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

Why I Love It.  Since getting this palette a few months ago I have used it at least twice per week.  On a recent trip it was the only shadow palette to make the flight.  The neutral tones are exactly what I need this summer especially since I am experimenting with bolder lip colours.  It doesn’t hurt that I feel like I’m eating a chocolate bar every time I do my eye makeup.  I can also fill in my brows with the dark brown matte shadow that is included in the palette…this makes it a complete and total win.

Who it Might Work For and Why: If you are looking for a good neutral palette this one is perfect.  It has a combination of matte and shimmer shadows that are highly pigmented and can be used for anything from a subtle look to an intense smokey eye.

Bottom line: If you love chocolate, makeup and you are looking for a versatile neutral palette, Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette is the one for you.

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths

Why I love It: These lightly scented cloths provide a cooling sensation when they come in contact with skin.  They wipe away sweat and surface dirt leaving behind a powdery, fresh feeling.  They are great for hot summer days…especially after a hellish commute or an outdoor workout.

Who it Might Work For and Why:  Do you sweat? Toss them in your bag to stay just one wipe away from a fresh clean feeling.

Bottom line: Get them.  They are less than $3 and can be the difference between feeling sweaty and gross and feeling cool and powdery fresh.



Why I Love It:  Rosabotanica is the perfect summer scent.  It is crisp, clean and very lightly spicy. Notes include pink pepper, fig green leaf, grapefruit, petit grain, rose, cardamom, hyacinth green accord, white amber, cedarwood and patchouli. It wears very well for about 4 hours with a mellow, almost seductive dry down.

Who it Might Work For and Why: If you like lightly floral perfumes that are equally balanced by spiciness, you will love this fragrance.

Bottom Line:  A  well balance unforgettable scent.  The packaging also adds to its appeal and is sure to jazz up your vanity.

L’Oreal Invisible Protect Sheer Spray with SPF 30

Why I Love It:  This is the most sheer sunscreen I have ever used. The claim of  “Invisible Protect” is not an exaggeration. The can has continuous spray and product is dispensed even if the can is held upside down. The sunscreen goes on easily and dries on my skin leaving my skin feeling like great.  I spray in my hands and use it on my face when I work out.  It is not oily or sticky and when I sweat I don’t have cloudy little streams all over my face.  A definite win! The sunscreen is water resistant up to 80  minutes.

Who it Might Work For and Why: This will work for anyone

Bottom Line: If you have a problem with the “feel” of your current sunscreen, I very highly recommend you  try L’Oreal Invisible Protect Sheer Spray.

Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen


Why I Love It:  I actually had to be talked into trying Jungle Queen by Lipstick Queen…I had been wanting to try an orange lipstick but I wasn’t finding “the one.” Some were too sheer, some were too matte and some were too glossy,  Jungle Queen has semi sheer finish and it’s the perfect balance for me…it has just the right amount of color, pigment and glossiness. 

Who it Might Work For and Why:  If you want to try an orange lipstick that gradually eases you into a bolder lip color, start with Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen.

Bottom Line: It is the perfect starter orange lipstick and provides sheer, buildable coverage that leaves lips feeling moisturized.

Diptyque Figuier Interior Scent

Why I Love It: I’m always cooking and while the smell of food is great while I’m cooking and about to eat, it is not such a good  smell when I leave the house and come back in.  To remedy that situation I burn candles, open my doors and use Figuier. The fig tree inspired scent is a great home scent and it always smells inviting when I open my front door.  In addition to spraying it in the air, I spray it on curtains and cushions for a longer lasting effect.

Who it Might Work For and Why:  Are you a fig lover ?  Try this! It uses fig leaves, fig wood and sap to create a unique and long lasting home fragrance.

Bottom Line: A great long lasting room spray.

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This post was written by Christene Carr. Find her on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and her personal blog.


#TTBFaves: Every month, the ThisThatBeauty girls share their favorite beauty products from the previous month.  Today I share my top picks from August…

9f2dNude-Liquid-Powder-Bare-Skin-Perfecting-MakeupL’Oreal Magic Nude Foundation

Why I love It:  There was much “buzz” surrounding this foundation when it initially launched, and many were comparing it to the Armani Maestro, which is a personal favorite of mine. I found this to be a suitable less expensive dupe, and with it’s super lightweight texture and liquid to powder formulation, this has become a new summer makeup staple.

Who it Might Work For and Why:  I have super oily skin and this wore exceptionally well on my skin, so I would highly recommend it for those with similar skin types.  It does give relatively sheer coverage but can be built up if needed.  For those looking for a breathable, easy to wear and natural matte finish foundation, this is a perfect choice (and it is budget friendly.)

Bottom line:  Another win from the L’Oreal Magic line.

Available at Target.com for 10.99.

Bumble and Bumble straight line

Bumble and Bumble Straight Hair line

Why I love It: Because my hair is ridiculously curly and frizzy, and I prefer it not be. I recently received samples of this line as a Sephora VIB gift, and while typically I pass on them, I felt that with the NYC humidity I need to try everything.  I was instantly impressed after the first wash and use with how well my hair managed the frizz factor the following day.  The straightening balm was weightless in my hair and did not leave it feeling greasy, which is often my obstacle with other serums/balms.

Who it Might Work for and Why::  Anyone dealing with the dreaded “summer hair frizz”.  The entire line worked so well with my oily hair and did not leave it weighted down, that I think it would actually transition well into the cooler months also.  I have played around with using the entire system together or combined with other shampoos, conditioners and product and find that it works equally as well.  So, even just working one of the products into a routine can have a taming effect on frizz.

Bottom Line:  A frizz-fighting line that is effective under extreme conditions, but light enough to be used on a daily basis.

Available at Sephora for $29-$32.

Naked Princess LipglossNaked Princess Lip Glosses

Why I love It: I can never pass up a chance to try a new neutral lip color, whether lipstick or lip gloss.  I was recently introduced to this line and after swatching the sheer shades and feeling the lightweight texture, I knew they would become a permanent staple in my makeup bag.

Who it Might Work for and Why:  These glosses come in varying shades of nude and would work with any lip color or skin tone, making them some of the most versatile glosses I have seen.  They are  perfect to wear alone or on top of lipstick, giving an added boost of shine or texture.  The formula is thin, and provides of a feeling of comfort and moisture to the lips, rather than the stickiness often associated with other glosses.

Bottom Line: No one can ever have too  many nude glosses, and with the wearable range of shades available, there is something for everyone.

Available at birchbox.com for $26.00.  Check out their new packaging coming in late September.

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Looking fully made up during summer months can be a bit tricky. The heat and humidity sometimes makes it difficult to wear the products that worked oh so well during cooler months.  But women are not going to give up wearing makeup simply because it feels like Hades outdoors. Instead, we make adjustments to application techniques and seek out products that are formulated to perform at their best during warmer months.  Below are my Budge Proof Summer Makeup Musts to help get you through even the hottest of days.

Color Correction and Mattifying

Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder

Hotter temperatures mean I scale way back on foundation, in fact, for the last several weeks I have been going virtually foundation free. I apply one layer of oil free sunscreen then add just a drop of foundation to another dime size amount of sunscreen then use that as a tinted moisturizer. My skin is not without blemishes and dark spots, so, I follow up with a concealer in areas where it is needed.  I then set this wet layer by dusting and sweeping on Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder. Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder is formulated with Talc, Rice powder and other oil absorbing ingredients to keep away shine.  It can also be applied to bare skin or over a full face of foundation.

Price: $32, Available at Sephora and UrbanDecay.com 


Cargo Water Resistant blush in Los Cabos

A good blush in summer is essential.  Blush is most often the only bit of colour on my face for quick errands and coffee dates. I’m currently completely into Cargo Water Resistant blush in Los Cabos.  The peachy/ pink hybrid has a smooth, satiny finish and provides just the right amount of sheen-free color that last for several hours.

Price: $32, Available Macys.com,  UrbanDecay.com and  other retailers.


Urban Decay 24:7 Glide-On Eye Pencils


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils are super creamy, easy to apply available in 40 shades. Yes, 40! These water-proof beauties stand up to heat, humidity and that random bout with hay fever. You can create thin lines along the lash line or go bold with a dramatic cat eye. The possibilities are endless.

Price: $19, Available at Sephora,  UrbanDecay.com and other retailers.


FLOWER Extreme Measures Lengthening Mascara WaterproofI’m not usually one for water-proof mascara because it can a be nightmare to remove. However, on days when I’m headed to the pool or the beach, waterproof mascara it is. FLOWER Extreme Measures Lengthening Mascarauses its Extreme Stretch Hourglass Brush to give perfect, 180 degree lash coverage. Using Red Seaweed and shiny polymers, it lengthens and nourishes lashes, while adding luster and conditioners.”

Price: $6.98, Available at Walmart and Walmart.com 

#TTBTip: I use Make Up For Ever Sens’Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser to remove waterproof eye makeup and long wear lip products. Once you try this product you will wonder how you got on without it.

Maybelline Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil

I never leave home without my brows.  One of my favorite products to use to get brows right is Maybelline Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil . Since I have very little natural brow, a pencil (or gel) is pretty much my only option to have full looking brows. To help the liner last longer, I prep the area with a lid primer before filling in the brows.

Price: $5.99, Available at Drugstore.com and other chain drugstores and mass retailers.



L’Oréal Paris Colour Caresse Shine Stain

L’Oréal Paris Colour Caresse Shine Stain  is lightweight and goes on smoothly.  It has concentrated pigments so it delivers great color payoff. The oils and water in the formulation make it super hydrating and it can last 4-5 hours without reapplication.  It is available in several shades, my favorite shades are Coral Tattoo and Everlasting Caramel.

Price: $9.99, Available at www.lorealparisusa.com, Target, chain drug, food and mass market retailers

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gel

For a higher gloss option I like Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gel.  The consistency is almost like a heavy syrup but without the stickiness. It is really smooth on the lips, has a great fruity scent and delivers a great finish that doesn’t get white in the corners of the mouth on high humidity days. Available in two shades. I prefer Crystal Plum, while Felicia is partial to Crystal Pink…but both are stunning picks!

Price: $22, Available at www.clarinsusa.com, Bloomingdales and other fine department stores.

Do you have any Budge Proof Summer Makeup tips to share with us? Please leave them in the comments.

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When one thinks of summer a few of the first things to come to mind are – the beach, barbeques, bathing suits and maxi dresses – but when it comes to beauty, there is only one thing people want to achieve during summer – a GLOW! A bronzed radiance that makes you look like you spent every day basking in the sun, when in reality most of us are basking away at our desks during the day and slathering on sun screen before leaving the house. But just because we may not have the time or desire to expose our skin to the sun doesn’t mean we can’t get the GLOW.

Try these head-to-toe glow-getters —  sun not required.

Summer Glow Makeup

Image via Pinterest

Glowing Face

Nyakio Coffee Face PolishNyakio Kenyan Coffee Face Polish – A fresh, glowing look always comes first from fresh, glowing skin.  Dry and lackluster skin is often one of the easiest problems to fix just by adding a great exfoliator to your morning or evening regimen once or twice a week.  Named after the founder, Nyakio, and formulated with ingredients native to her homeland, Kenya – this face polish will help to remove any stubborn dead skin cells and invigorate the skin with its coffee, lemongrass oil and neroli oil components.  What is left will be smooth skin, perfect for your favorite summer bronzer.  Available at hsn.com for $34.00.

Becca Shimmering Skin PerfectorBecca Shimmering Skin Perfector – Once skin is smooth and fresh after a great exfoliation, using a product such as this Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector is the best way to veil the skin in a soft pearlized glow.  Suitable to be used all over the face, as a highlight on the cheekbones and brow bones or mixed in with foundation, this illuminator will help to highlight the face and diffuse any imperfections.  Available in 4 shades on sephora.com for $41.00.

Laura Mercier Baked Powder

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder – Though the name may seem like an oxymoron “matte radiance”, the product is the perfect addition to a summer makeup bag for those who may have oily skin or want a more subtle glow.   This baked formula  is ultra-smooth and will give the skin soft natural color that mimics a natural healthy glow.  Use simply as a highlighter in a shade matching your skintone or as an all over bronzer in  a shade darker than your complexion. Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder  will also be a great addition as an all year round staple.  Available in four shades  at the Laura Mercier website for $36.00.

Bobbi Brown Sheer Cheek TintBobbi Brown Sheer Cheek Tint – No one does effortless beauty quite like Bobbi Brown, and these limited edition Sheer Cheek Tints are the quintessential summer piece to bring everywhere.  Portable, easy to apply and long wearing – these tints will give the cheeks that sun-kissed look that is essential to any summer glow.  Simply dab on the apples of the cheeks and blend out with fingertips, these tints will be the easiest makeup item you apply all summer.  And in a pinch, swipe it on the lips for a quick pop of color.  Available at Bergdorf Goodman for $26.00.

Glowing Body

Nyakio Body ScrubNyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub – All roads to the “glow” whether on the face or body, always begin with the skin looking its best.  And in addition to the aforementioned face scrub from this all new natural skincare line, the Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub is the perfect product to begin with in preparation for all the summer skin that will be shown.  This gentle body scrub uses Kenyan coffee, sugar, shea butter and more to help remove dull skin revealing smoother, more youthful looking skin.   Available exclusively on HSN, for $55.00.

Kate Somerville Tan TowelettesKate Somerville Tanning Towelettes – For many of us, no matter how many hours we spend in the sun, that natural bronze may never develop (yours truly included) so adding a bit of a self tanning boost will help achieve that healthy, radiant glow.  Heralded as one of the best self tanners out there, these disposable towelettes will  give you a uniform and streak-free glow within two to four hours of application.  Available in packs of 8 at Sephora for $48.00.

MAC Bronze Body OilMAC To the Beach Bronze Body Oil – For a glow more suitable at night or special occasions, this MAC Bronze Body Oil is the perfect way to take a tan to the next level.  The shimmering formula will give a sheer sexy sheen on the legs or arms.  Best to be applied after one is fully dressed.  Available for a limited time at Nordstrom for $22.50.

Nivea Gel CreamNivea Skin Firming Cellulite Gel Cream – With all the focus on baring skin whether in your new summer mini dress or that super sassy  2 piece at the beach, a suitable tan or glow is nothing without smooth skin, right?  Using a cream with firming properties such as this Nivea gel-cream Q10 plus, is great to apply underneath moisturizer to help tighten and firm skin.  Use in conjunction with the Nivea Skin Firming Cellulite Serum for an even stronger effect, and smooth over the legs, arms or stomach area.  Available at Ulta for $12.99.

Glowing Hair

neutrogena-shampoo-anti-residue-formula,-$5.99Neutrogena Shampoo Anti-Residue Formula – Though glowing skin is typically thought of for the face or body, having healthy, shiny hair is equally as important to creating a full all over radiance.  Starting with an effective clarifying shampoo can help rid the hair of any dirt or product build up, leaving healthy and shiny locks.  This is one of my favorite shampoos of all time, I use this once a week to keep my hair bouncy and easy to manage.  Available at Drugstore.com for $5.59.

Loreal Total Repair 5 Hair BalmL’Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm – Often an afterthought during the summer since most of the focus is on the skin, but the hair goes through the ringer with all the sun exposure, beach/pool visits and super hot temps.  It’s essential to help repair all the damage to keep the strands healthy and glowing, and this damage erasing balm is a once a week mask designed to help rebuild hair fibers, strengthen hair and improve vitality, silkiness and shine.  Available at Target or any local drugstore for $6.99.

Mythic Oil Ltd Edition

L’Oréal Professionnel Couture Edition Mythic Oil – After hair has been maintained with a great clarifying shampoo and weekly mask, helping tame all the frizz that is inevitable during the humid summer months is the final step in giving the hair a shiny “glow”.  Using a lightweight smoothing product such as this will help to instantly smooth out the hair, while still leaving it sleek and touchable.  And the best part of this particular oil is that is can be applied to dry hair so it’s perfect to bring on the go for quick touch ups and smooth hair at a moment’s notice.

What are some of your favorite products that help you achieve the best summer glow? 

Leave a comment below or tweet us @ThisThatBeauty or me @alittlebitetc!

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Every month, the ThisThatBeauty Girls share their favorite beauty picks from the previous month. Today I share the products that kept me pretty for the month of January. . .

felicia's faves

Victoria’s Secret VS Makeup Nail Collection

VS Makeup Nail Collection

  • Why I love it:  I must say, I am having a major nail moment. Like I have always been into nails, but now I am REALLY into nails. Victoria’s Secret Beauty recently launched VS Makeup Nail Collection and the shades are absolutely gorgeous. “No Strings” a racy, deep, metallic blue, holds a special place in my heart. But the unsung here of the collection, and my personal favorite is — the 2-in-1 Base & Top Coat.
  • Who it might work for and why:  Girls, this stuff makes your nail polish bullet proof. And by bulletproof, I mean – your mani will go the distance and last longer than a few measly days.
  • Bottom line:  Try it and thank me later.

COVERGIRL Queen Collection Gloss Balm

Janelle Monae

  • Why I love it: Available is 16 tempting shades, COVERGIRL Queen Collection Gloss Balm applies like a nourishing lio treatment but delivers the color impact of a long wear lipstick. I’m currently hooked on Jammin Gem. . .also known as Janelle Monea’s signature shade. Yep, can’t tell me nothin’!
  • Who it might work for and why: Any girl who wants to channel her inner Janelle Monea!
  • Bottom line: I mean, who doesn’t wanna look as gorgeous as Janelle Monae?!

 Lise Watier Prebiotic Micellar Water

Lise Watier cleansing water

  • Why I love it: Dry winter skin is anything but balanced. One minute it’s dry all over, and the next it’s dry around the eyes and nose, but oily every place else. Ugh! So when I learned of Lise Watier Prebiotic Micellar Water and it’s skin balancing properties (BioEcolia to preserve skin’s natural ecosystem & Teflose to prevent bacteria and reduce inflammation) I couldn’t wait to give it a try.
  • Who it might work for and why: Anyone with imbalanced skin.
  • Bottom line: Ladies, Lise Watier Prebiotic Micellar Water does for skin, what yogurt does for our lady parts. Get it? Good!

NARS 413 BLKR The Multiple


  • Why I love it: Good God this one’s a keeper, girls! And don’t let the rich tone intimidate you. I apply in a slow build, starting at the outer cheeks…almost serving 90’s contour action, but much much softer. As to not overwhelm the face, I keep the color at the outer cheeks and avoid the apples.
  • Who it might work for and why: Probably best for tan, olive, and deeper tones. Instead of popping the color on my apples, I apply NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder to the apples and slightly over 413 BLKR, and HONEY!! — it’s like a softly illuminated party on my cheeks.
  • Bottom line:  Try this! You simply must.

L’OREAL Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm

L'OREAL Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm

  • Why I love it: It’s no surprise that I love my hair naturally curly one moment, and pin-straight the next. Hey, a girl likes a little variety. But the aforementioned variety comes at a cost – damage. And I’m sure “heat damage” is the first thing that comes to mind for most. But even when I wear my hair in its natural state, damage from pulling curly hair product through from root to tip, causes damage to the ends…the constant pulling sometimes wears my ends out. Luckily, I was introduced to L’OREAL Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm, an intense rinse out hair treatment that helps reconstruct and restore damaged hair. I’ve been deep conditioning with L’OREAL Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm for a month now and my hair is oh so very happy!
  • Who it might work for and why: Anyone looking to turn back time on unsightly damage.
  • Bottom line: Oh, and it’s $6.99. There’s not too much to think about. Just buy it!

Leave a comment: What are your favorite beauty products of the moment?



What’s better than free stuff? Lots of free stuff! And with this ThisThatBeauty giveaway, we are going Gaga! This is an Instagram only contest that is inspired by Lady Gaga’s fragrance Fame Black Fluid. The giveaway includes over 25 products from some of our favorite beauty brands that you can use to create a number of Lady Gaga’s signature looks.

Complete list of items included in the giveaway:

Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluid (3.4 ounces)

Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluid Shower Gel (6.7 ounces)

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection Eyeshadow – Silver Screen

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara – Black

MAC Venomous Villains Eyeshadow – My Dark Magic

MAC Venomous Villains Eyeshadow – She Who Dares

Lancôme Liner Design – Dressed up Teal

Guerlain Encrin 6 Couleurs Place – Vendome

Essie – Carry On

OCC Lip Tar – Feathered, Chlorophyll, Tarred, RX, Harlot and Stalker

Sultra Color Hair Mascara – Ultra Pink

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection Eyeshadow – How to Marry

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection Eyeshadow – Preferred Blonde

Jafra Eye Pencil – Black

L’Oreal Project Runway Limited Edition Pressed Eyeshadow Quad – The Queens Gaze

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection Dazzle Glass Lipgloss – Little Rock

Clairol Shaping Gel

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner Eyeliner Waterproof – Number Five and Number Eight

Armour Beauty Lipgloss – Marilyn

How to Enter:

Follow @ThisThatBeauty on Instagram

Like the Picture (Shown above) on Instagram

Repost the picture shown above on YOUR Instagram

Tag Picture with #TTBWin & #TTBGoesGaga

This is an Instagram only contest, so follow @ThisThatBeauty to participate and #TTBWin!


This contest is open to US residents 18 and older. If you have won a prize from ThisThatBeauty in the last six months you are not eligible to win. This prize cannot be redeemed for cash. The makers and manufacturers of the items being given away are in no way affiliated with this contest. While we do take every precaution to ensure packages are delivered to contest winners, we do not take any responsibility for items lost or stolen during the shipping process once we have confirmed shipment from our end.

Contest ends November 10, 2012.

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L’Oréal is more than just color cosmetics and skincare. Of course you’ve seen their vibrant hair colors, highly pigmented eyeshadows and other products but what you may  not have seen is the company’s efforts to empower women beyond the aesthetics of beauty.  In 2003, L’Oréal USA launched the L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women In Science program. Through this initiative, L’Oréal USA annually recognizes and rewards up to $60,000 each to five U.S. based women researchers who are pursuing careers in the life and physical/material sciences as well as mathematics, engineering and computer science.

L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women In Science program aims to:

  • Raise awareness of the contribution of women to the sciences
  • Identify exceptional female researchers in the U.S. to serve as role models for younger generations

On Thursday, September 13, 2012 at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City, the five women listed below were formally awarded  L’Oréal USA Fellowship for Women in Science.

L’Oreal USA For Women in Science 2012 Recipients

Christina Agapakis, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, synthetic biologist. The L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women In Science award will help her focus on engineering new relationships between microorganisms that usually would not find each other in nature. Her research includes attention to how bacteria can work together in natural ecosystems and how those relationships can be useful in biotechnology, which typically uses only isolated organisms one at a time.

Lilian Childress, Yale University, New Haven, CT, physicist in quantum optics. The L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women In Science award will allow Childress to develop a new optomechanical device based on a potentially dissipationless mechanical material: superfluid helium. Combining excellent optical properties with superfluid flow and novel excitations, this system could drastically reduce optical and mechanical losses and provide a window into many-body physics.

Joanna Lynne Kelley, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, geneticist interested in biological diversity. The L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women In Science award will provide her with an opportunity to explore the genomic basis of adaptation to environments containing high levels of hydrogen sulfide. She will use sulfide spring populations of the fish Poecilia from three river drainages to study adaptive trait divergence, differentiation in gene sequences, and gene expression patterns.

Erin Marie Williams, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, paleoanthropologist in a biomechanics laboratory. The L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women In Science award will help Williams investigate the decision-making processes and abilities of our early human ancestors as evidenced through their selection of raw materials for the production and use of Early Stone Age technologies.

Jaclyn Winter, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, biochemist interested in chemical diversity of biologically active natural products. The L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women In Science award will enable her to interrogate the biosynthetic strategies that nature uses for assembling small molecules in fungi and investigate how their biosynthetic systems can be engineered to generate novel metabolites or otherwise inaccessible derivatives for testing in biological assays.

In addition to  receiving the grants, the fellows will receive  professional development workshops facilitated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science ( AAAS) and help from accomplished female leaders in corporate, academic, government, and scientific fields to build networks.

To date, 45 women have received the  L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women In Science.

For more on L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women In Science, please visit the programs official webpage.

Who: Julianna Margulies

What: 64th Annual Emmy Awards

Makeup Artist: Molly Stern

Inspiration: Molly was inspired by Julianna’s Giambattista Valli couture gown which looked like an impressionist painting. For her look, she wanted to keep with that painterly theme and make her face look like it was done with watercolors vs. makeup.


Molly’s step-by-step:

  • First, I prepped Julianna’s skin with By Terry Rose de Balm Serum to give her natural complexion dew and glow.
  • Next, I sparingly applied L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Repair Absolute Foundation only where she needed it.
  • On her cheeks, I contoured using HOURGLASS Illume Sunset Cream Bronzer Duo and highlighted her bone structure with NARS Sex Appeal Blush.
  • For her eyes I based the lid with L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lacquer Liner 24H in Slate which is the most perfect gray I’ve ever used.
  • Over top and up into the crease, I dusted a combination of L’Oréal Paris Infallible Eye Shadow in Sultry Smoke mixed with NARS Ecstasy Pressed Shadow.
  • Under the eye I smudge the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lacquer Liner 24H in Slate and highlighted the under inner eye with a spot of gold using L’Oréal Paris Infallible Eye Shadow in Amber Rush.
  • Lastly, I topped off her lashes with L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Power Volume 24H Mascara in Black.
  • On her lips to keep with the wash of color, I pressed into her pout L’Oréal Paris Colour Caresse by Colour Riche Luminous Lipcolour in Merino Mauve to give them an earthy pinky/peach hue.



Products Used:

  • BY TERRY Baume de Rose, $59 at Barneys, Barneys.com, Space NK and SpaceNK.com
  • L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Repair Absolute Foundation in Nude Beige, $9.95 at drugstores
  • L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lacquer Liner 24H in Slate, $9.95 at drugstores
  • L’Oréal Paris Infallible Eye Shadow in Sultry Smoke & Amber Rush, $7.95 at drugstores
  • L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Power Volume 24H Mascara in Black, $7.95 at drugstores
  • L’Oréal Paris Colour Caresse by Colour Riche Luminous Lipcolour in Merino Mauve, $9.99 at drugstores

Hair Stylist: Adir Abergel

Inspiration: Adir was inspired by the simple lines of the dress and wanted to mimic it with the hair. He went for a shiny, healthy texture that reflected light and had strong lines to it. A deep side part swept back into a classic chignon placed right in the middle of the head gave the illusion of a longer neck.

Adir’s step-by-step:

  • First, I started out by having the hair freshly washed with L’Oréal Paris EverCréme Intense Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner.  This is an important step to get as much shine and hydration to the hair.
  • I applied L’Oréal Paris EverStyle Smooth & Shine Serum from roots to ends to seal the cuticle and to help get a smooth finish.
  • I followed the arch of the eyebrow to place my deep side parting.
  • I then took a round brush and blow dried the hair until it was completely dry.
  • Once it was completely smooth and dry, I applied L’Oréal Paris EverStyle Smooth & Shine Crème to the ends and went over them with a flat iron to flatten the cuticle and create as much shine as possible.
  • Before pulling the hair into a ponytail, placed right in the middle of the head, I applied some Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream.  This helped me tame any flyaways and created extra shine.
  • To finish the look, I wrapped the ponytail  around its base into a bun making sure it wasn’t too tight, pinned it in place and had a few of the ends showing.  This gave it a little softness I was looking for.
  • For all night hold, I finished with L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray.


  • L’Oréal Paris EverStyle Smooth & Shine Serum, $6.99 at drugstores
  • L’Oréal Paris EverStyle Smooth & Shine Crème, $6.99 at drugstores
  • Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream, $25 at Beauty.com
  • L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray, $14.99 at drugstores

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Nudey Bar: This month L’OREAL debuts NEW YORK NUDES COLLECTION…six flesh-toned nail lacquers & glosses. Shades range from soft ivory to deep ebony.

Also, after seven years in the making, L’OREAL has extended its True Match Super-Blendable foundation shades to 33 skin-mimicking tones, representing a much wider range of complexions and undertones. I cannot help but applaud  L’OREAL’s landmark effort in the area of drugstore foundation. Bravo!

All items available now at LorealParis.com and chain drug, food, and mass market retailers.

What’s your take on this nude offering? Personally, the richness of the neutrals leave me breathless!

Do blondes really have more fun? Are brunettes truly the brainiest? Are red heads fiery?  L’Oreal wants to answer these questions once and for all.  L’Oréal is asking women of all hair hues to take the 2012 Hair Color Census…it’s presented by L’Oreal’s Healthy Look Crème Gloss Hair Color, which is designed to take natural hair color up a notch.

Healthy Look Crème Gloss’ digital and interactive “Turn It Up” Facebook campaign invites readers to express their hair color identity. Here’s how:

1. Taking the Hair Color Census – Stand up for your shade by answering a short series of questions. In the coming months, L’Oréal Paris will reveal the findings and set the record straight! Find out which hair color group is deemed to be the wildest, the most trust-worthy and what else (besides at-home hair color!) everyone wishes could be achieved in 10 minutes …

2. Enhancing Your Facebook Page – Just like natural hair color can always use a little boost, so can our Facebook photos! Add some glamour to your “social” life thanks to tools for creating customized cover photos, wallpaper and poster images, including editing options for adding a touch of sparkle and cool quotes/artwork to celebrate your hair shade (i.e. Life is Better Blonde).

3. Experiencing Shade Inspiration AND Entering to Win – Upload “Before & After” images of your Healthy Look Crème Gloss Color experience for a chance to win a year’s worth of FREE hair color. Plus, check out the “Who’s Turned It Up?” image gallery for hair color inspiration and find the Healthy Look Crème Gloss shade that’s right for you. Bonus: A downloadable $2-off coupon is the perfect excuse to get coloring.

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I started out 2011 convinced that I was going to slowly transition out of my relaxed hair into a more natural state. Boy, was I wrong. During the course of the year I cycled through conditioners as I tried to find the one conditioner that would work for the roughly four different hair textures occupying my head. Let me break down the textures:

Texture 1 – Chemically relaxed with Organics Root Stimulator Relaxer
Texture 2 – Chemically relaxed with PhytoSpecific PhytoRelaxer Index 1
Texture 3 – Chemically relaxed with PhytoSpecific PhytoRelaxer Index 2
Texture 4 – My natural hair, which is kinky and dry (mostly 4c and 4b in the back)

L’Oreal Mega Strength Fortifying Deep Treatment – I’ve never been disappointed with a L’Oreal product and this is no exception. I do have a love hate relationship with this particular conditioner. When my hair was mostly natural, it did an amazing job of detangling, when it was mostly relaxed the tangles went on for days. I’d recommend for thick naturally wavy or curly hair. Loreal Mega Strength Fortifying Deep Treatment is available at Sally Beauty and retails for under $11.

Proclaim Argan Oil Intense Hydrating Masque – I’m mad at this one because the labeling made it seem like Argan oil is a major ingredient in the formulation. Dimethicone is listed before argan oil, that suggests to me that the argan oil is less than 2% of this formulation. I’m guessing this because Dimethicone is generally 2% or less in conditioners. The Proclaim Intense Hydrating Masque did a great job of moisturized my hair but only a fair job of detangling. I’d recommend for a once or twice monthly use on relaxed or natural hair. Proclaim Intense Hydrating Masques is also available at Sally Beauty, it retails for about $7.50.

Ion Moisture Solutions Intense Moisture for Dry and Chemically Treated Hair – At first, this product confused me. It didn’t do a lot to detangle my hair, but once I managed to detangle it, dried and styled it, my hair had a really great shine and was very light and full of movement. I think this would be great for someone with lighter hair that doesn’t want the hair weighed down too much. Ion Moisture Solutions Intense Moisture for Dry and Chemically Treated Hair retails for under $9 and is available at Sally Beauty.


Pantene Relaxed and Natural – This conditioner is simple and straight to the point. No matter the state of my hair I can always go to Pantene for a quick three minute condition and detangle. Though I like this conditioner, I have to break up the routine and do a deep conditioner about once or twice per month. Pantene products are available at your drugstore, Walmart, Target and many other locations. Pantene Relaxed and Natural Conditioner retails for under $5.

Surya Brasil Intensive Restorative Mask – This conditioner is formulated to work on color treated hair, which means it is loaded with amazing conditioning ingredients like Babusu Butter, Cupuaçu butter and so many more! I used this product after I had already given up the natural hair quest and was dealing with textures 1 to 3. It did a great job of conditioning my hair but I had to use another product to detangle. This product is formulated for color treated hair but I think it would also works for tightly coiled, kinky, curly, natural hair. Surya Brasil Intensive
Restorative Mask retails for $9 and is available online

Sidenote: From my own observation, products formulated for color treated hair will always provide more conditioners and smoothing agents than other conditioners. If you have hair that is chemically straightened (or curled, gasp!) and it also has been permanently colored, the hair is weaker and more prone to breakage and dullness, therefore it needs more help to look its best.

Joico K-Pak Conditioner

Joico K-Pak Conditioner – Formulated with Keratin Silicone Complex, the Joico K-Pak has become one of my go to conditioners. When I first tried it, it reminded me a little of Pantene but it after repeated use, I realize it packs just a bit more conditioning punch than Pantene, especially on my natural hair. This is a good weekly conditioner. For those folks that work out, Joico K-Pak Conditioner is also good for the mid week no poo conditioning rinse. Joico K-Pak Conditioner retails for about $14.

Curls Coconut Sublime Conditioner – I had to save the best for last. This conditioner is amazing! It is formulated for the driest, kinkiest and most unruly tresses, which I clearly have. This conditioner does a fantastic job of not only conditioning and detangling the chemically process portions of my hair but also my natural hair. Made with certified organic ingredients, Curls Coconut Sublime Conditioner retails for $16 and is a must try if you have natural kinky, curly hair and/or if you are transitioning to natural hair.


I know the average person doesn’t have to contend with four different textures of hair on their head, but with this roundup I’m hoping to give you some options.

This post was written by  Christene Carr. Find her on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and  Blog

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Very rarely have I been disappointed by a L’OREAL product and the Colour Riche Le Gloss is no different. Colour Riche Le Gloss is infused with ultra-hydrating Omega 3, protective Vitamin E, and Argan Oil” and offers and amazing shine.  I am  very picky about lip color so with 16 shades available in this great moisturizing formulation, I have options to wear a light shade, or mix and match for something that feels right for me.

 Colour Riche Le Gloss retails for $7.95 and is available at lorealparisusa.com and other select retailers.


This product was reviewed by @ChristeneCarr


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