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Lip Lacquer Magic

With Style Meganzine turning one year, I thought it was time to get blogging again. It’s been an amazing year with lots of new beginnings and I truly appreciate all the support from all of you.

Today I want to talk about my new favorite product. Shiseido Lacquer Rouge is the perfect combination of stain and gloss. Inspired by Japanese lacquerware, one coat of this gloss provides intense color and deep luster. The formula improves dry, rough, or peeling lips, and leaves your pucker very moisturized. And you never get that icky bleed some rich colors can leave. I love both Disco (RS 404) which is a very vibrant pink and Drama (RD 501) which is the perfect red. Disco took some getting used to as I never wear such bright color, but it really wakes me up. Because it’s a stain, the color lasts all day, and I really only reapply once. Yep, it’s that moisturizing!
Here’s a little secret I shared with the girls at the Shiseido counter-this lacquer is also the most amazing cheek tint. I know, you’d think it would be too sticky, but it actually blends in perfectly. Word of warning, a little bit goes A LONG way. Just the tiniest bit on your fingertip is all you need for rosy cheeks. I’ve also found it’s a great way to look refreshed when you’re having a long day. Dot, dot, and you look instantly revived!

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Shiseido Lacquer Rouge $25

Oh yeah-the tube is small enough to fit into any purse which is great. No more lugging gloss, stain, lipstick, blush, and brush-you have all of that in one tube!

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Stress Rehab For Your Locks

We all know winter can dry out and damage our hair, but what about summer? I’ve come to realize that the heat and elements of the summer can be just as, if not more so, damaging to my locks. Think about it. You have pool, lake, and ocean water, wind, humidity-and that’s just to name a few. After spending this past weekend outside in blazing sun and strong winds, my hair was looking a little parched. Time to pull out the big guns.
Sally Hershberger’s Hyper Hydration Super Keratin Spray is my hair’s best friend. This is the ultimate stress rehab for your follicles. It’s a super lightweight leave-in moisturizing spray that can be used on damp or dry hair. The super keratin and silk extract repair damage, seal split ends, protect from heat and daily stresses. It also tames frizz (essential for humid weather), static, and flyaways.
When sprayed through damp hair, you’re hair gets the deep moisture it craves. You can also use it on dry hair for instant manageability and softness, or to reactivate your style. I really focus on my ends and hair around my face because that seems to get the brunt of the damage. My locks are noticeably softer and virtually frizz-free. It is a major part of my routine on hair-washing days.

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Sally Hershberger Hyper Hydration Super Keratin Spray $12.99
available at Ulta

If you’re looking for one thing that can really protect and repair your hair, this is the one. And it’s very affordable (actually on sale right now for $7.99).

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Moisturizing Sunscreen

All my life I’ve received comments about how soft my skin is. I’ve been a moisturizing fool for as long as I can remember. The thought of getting dressed without applying moisturizer makes me squirm. Just like our faces, the body needs a barrier as well. During the winter I opt for an intense lotion because Minnesota winters really dry out the skin. But in the summer, I usually use a great smelling sunscreen as my lotion. The only problem with that is they aren’t always moisturizing. Now, the makers of my favorite smelling sunscreen, Hawaiian Tropic, have created the perfect blend of moisturizer and sunscreen. And I am in love.
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion is the only sunscreen with hydrating ribbons. It nourishes and pampers skin while providing a broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection (available in SPF 12, 30, and 50). Infused with silk protein, nourishing anti-oxidants, and exotic botanicals, this lotion is very lightweight and not greasy at all. It really feels quite wonderful on my skin and gives me a good 12 hours of moisture, even while out in the sun. And best of all, it has that signature Hawaiian Tropic fragrance. One whiff and I’m back in my childhood. Yummy!

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Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion $9.99
available at all major drugstores

I find this to be the perfect moisturizer for summer. My goal is sun protection, hydration, and to smell like the beach. Mission accomplished with Silk Hydration.

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A Truly Moisturizing Lipstick

I ran into Walgreen’s a couple of weeks ago and made a pit stop at the cosmetics. I didn’t really need anything, but thought I’d take a look around and I am so glad I did. I found a fabulous color from Maybelline called “Coral Carnation”. It’s kind of a coral, pink, and red combination. The perfect shade for summer. But what I love the most is the texture and the staying power.
The Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick collection is just that-sensational. Because it’s formulated with pure pigments, the color is much crisper. And the creamier feel comes from honey nectar. But all I know is that my lips stay moisturized for hours. And that’s quite a feat for lipstick. There have been many times I’ve applied it and hours go by and I find myself thinking, “Wow! I haven’t had to put anything on my lips in ages”. And that’s amazing (I am addicted to putting product on my lips). Coral Carnation is a limited edition color (availability may vary by store), but the collection is available in 68 fabulous shades. And they are all under $10. That’s a beautiful thing.

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Coral Carnation

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On my hand

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On my lips (don’t mind me, I just got done working out). Notice the staying power. The color is still vibrant after an hour at the barre.

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Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick is available in 68 shades and all major drugstores

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Smell Like The Beach

I’m sure you’ve all heard that scent is a powerful emotion. I happen to believe this is true. There’s nothing better than when you catch a whiff of something and suddenly you’re transported to a different time and place. Memories come flooding back and you can actually feel how you felt at that moment. It’s magical! This is what happened to me when I first smelled Bobbi Brown’s Beach. I instantly was back on the beaches of my youth and could feel the sun on my skin. To me, it’s reminiscent of Coppertone, sand, sun, and garden flowers. Delicious!! It’s been my summertime fragrance for years and always makes me feel happy. If you want to recapture your youth, just spritz this on and you’re there.

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Beach Fragrance $55
A blend of sand jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin, this fragrance will transport you to the beach. The scent is long lasting and truly heaven.

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Body Scrub $30
A combination of orange peel and pumice, this scrub gently and effectively removes rough skin. A moisturizing blend of shea butter and oils infuse the skin with moisture.

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Body Lotion $35
This scented lotion provides moisture and prevents peeling while prolonging the life of your tan. Sunscreen not included.

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Body Oil $30
This is a moisturizing oil that contains olive, sesame, avocado, and jojoba, plus vitamin E and C to give you soft, glowing skin.

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Shower Gel $32
Formulated with pacific sea kelp extract, this gel moisturizes and softens skin while you shower. It’s the perfect way to start your day.

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Bobbi Brown Beach is available at all major department stores. I have noticed that the fragrance is on back order right now, so if you love it-reserve it.

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Black Honey

I started wearing Clinique’s Black Honey over ten years ago. Back then it only came in their Almost Lipstick formula and it was my signature color. I loved the color (a deep, blackened raisin) and the feel. Fast forward a decade and now this color has a cult following. Why? Because it truly does look great on everyone. It does not matter what your individual coloring is, this will look amazing on you. I hate to admit it, but I had kind of forgotten about this unique lip shade until I started going through my new magazines. The ads are everywhere and it got me thinking-“Why did I abandon Black Honey?” I guess I just got caught up in all the new goodies that are constantly hitting the market. I pulled out the tube I had tucked away and tried it on. Perfection! And after looking into it, I found this color is now available in many different options.

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Black Honey Almost Lipstick $15
The original, this lipstick is really more of a balm. Transparent pigments merge with your unique, natural lip tone to create a color that is all yours. It’s sheer, glossy, and very lightweight.

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Black Honey Lip Duo $21
This is a two-sided gem. Almost lipstick is on one end, and on the other you have Long Last Glosswear. Worn separately or together, you will have beautiful and moisturized lips. SPF 15.

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Black Honey Superbalm Moisturizing Balm $15
This is a high-gloss balm that instantly relieves dryness and leaves you with radiant lips.

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Limited Edition Black Honey Shimmering Tones Powder $32.50
Inspired by the lip color, this brick can be used as a blush, eye shadow, or all around face brightener. Gorgeous!

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Black Honey Glow ($48.50 value) $28.50
This set contains four products to create the ultimate Black Honey look. Set contains Color Surge Eye Shadow Duo, High Impact Mascara, limited edition Black Honey gel blush, and Superbalm.

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Black Honey Gradient Powder Blush $29.50
This powder is great because it can be layered for a more dramatic look, or one sweep can create a natural flush.

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Black Honey Brush-on Cream Liner $15
A creamy eyeliner that is perfect for creating a smokey eye. This is a brownish raisin color.

All products available at Sephora. Most are available at Clinique or major department stores

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Loungin’ in my Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Whatever product you choose, I can guarantee you will not be disappointed with Black Honey. It’s delicious!

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