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Say Hello To The Best Sally Hansen Nude Polish Ever! (It’s The New Way To Do Nude!) #ManiMonday

November 23rd, 2015 by Christen Usually nude manicures are staples for bland boardrooms and those that fear fashion forward nails.  There's stiletto nails, junk nails, foil nails and more nail designs, wraps and embellishments than ever before.  With loads of nail trends populating #ManiMonday, #NailArt and #Nailstagram hashtags online - it's easier than ever to fall down the rabbit hole of trends and believe "more is MORE."   Lately, I've become a huge fan of minimalistic styles and the belief that "less is MORE.  So you can imagine just how happy I was to discover the new way to wear nude nails, with Sally Hansen's latest designer collection.   Sally Hansen Rodarte Rose Glass   Sally Hansen has partnered with designers Prabal GurungTracy Reese and Rodarte to create some of the most sought-after shades of the season!  In a season where deep, dark colors are what's trending on nails everywhere, who knew one of my favorite shades would be one of the softest shades of the entire designer collection?   Sally Hansen Rodarte Rose Glass     If you're a fan of one of the most popular nude shades to date ("Stuck On You" by Jade) say hello to a new way to wear nude...the Sally Hansen / Rodarte collection in "Rose Glass". Rose Glass is a subtle take on what nude should look like on nails, no matter what shade of skin you're in.   Sally Hansen Rodarte Rose Glass   These entire custom color collection can be found in Sally Hansen’s award-winning Complete Salon Manicure collection that infuses trend-setting shades with an expert quality formula to deliver salon-caliber results.   Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure delivers seven salon manicure steps in one bottle. Chip resistant strength joins gel- quality shine. Must-have color meets nourishing benefits. Plus, a built-in base and top coat, it’s everything you need to achieve a professional manicure at home.     To check out the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure collection of colors, find them online, in stores like CVS, Walgreens and Target or grab the complete collection of limited-edition shades here.

Highlight The Good And Forget The Rest With Smashbox Contour Kit

November 23rd, 2015 by Christen In this day and age of beauty,  "Contour" has become a taboo 4-letter word. Dozens of celebrity makeup artists have spoken out against the overuse of contouring, many of them echoing the same message that creating false cheekbones does nothing for a woman's self-eastern. Sometimes overdoing the contouring trend relays the message that a full face isn't beautiful. Instead of creating false shadows and chiseled features, I'm sharing a few of my favorite tips on highlighting your natural features using a mixed-use beauty hacks & the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit.   Smashbox contour   First step is to throw away every YouTube tutorial or idea that you think you know how to properly apply a contour that's seamless and pratically undectable.  Because at the end of the day, no woman wants chiseled cheekbones and  jawline that rivals Fabio, a drag queen or the superhero Thor. Now that you have an open mind and ready for my fail-safe tips, let's jump right in for a new highlighted you!   Smashbox contour  

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  One of the standout features found once I opened the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit, was just how easy Smashbox makes contouring with only three pallets.  Gradually placed from dark to light, you have your Deep Contour shade, Terracotta Bronze and Warm Highlight.  What makes this kit fresh and new?  Smashbox has created a fool-proof guide to sculpting, defining and highlighting your best features.  There's 3 universal deeper shades for darker hued beauties to contour, bronze and highlight with ease.  Smashbox provides a #SHAPEMATTERS insert with how-to’s for your face shape and even a cheatsheet guide attached to the compact mirror and a soft, angled contour brush that completes the 3-step kit.   Smashbox contour kit   Since every face is different, first you must analyze which face shape category you fall under.  If your forehead is the wide and your chin is the narrow, you could have a "heart-shaped" face.  If you have a rounded jawline and your face appears longer than wider, you may fall in the "oval-shaped" category. The #SHAPEMATTERS insert makes it easy to determine your true face shape.  (I'm kinda an "oval/rectangle shape" hybrid - which makes this highlighting hack super easy!)    

Step 1:

  Choose your highlights wisely.  Since the pallet is pretty simple and easy (you have three shades to choose from) I typically chose to contour with bronze shades instead of deeper contour colors and highlight where applicable.


Step 2:

  I avoid sculpting a slender nose and go straight to cultivating my cheeks with Terracotta Bronzer.  Using my natural cheekbone structure as a guide, I lightly apply the bronze shade along the hollow line anchoring each cheek using the angled contour brush. (It may take 2-3 strokes to create a visible contour with the bronze shade - but using a bronze shade instantly creates a lighter and softer contoured look.)      

 Step 3:

  Mixing the warm highlight powder and Terracotta Bronze, I blend the created bronze contour in the direction of the peak of my cheeks to create a warm highlight effect.  (Tip: Don't go all crazy with bronze and highlight shades, it's meant to compliment certain curves of your face.)  The shimmer of the bronze attracts the light and makes your cheekbones POP! To complete my look, I add a bit of highlight to blend my under eye concealer and cheeks together and one stroke of bronze down the bridge of my nose finishes my quick look in minutes.       And that's it!  My simple hack to a soft, highlighted contour is complete!  Everyone is different and playing up your unique features always gives you the best look.  You'll never know just how easy it is to create a beautiful you if you never try, so why not discover the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit for yourself?  Trust me, no matter if you're a makeup maven or beauty newbie - you'll be glad you did! Discover how others are using the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit and get in the conversation online by connecting with Smashbox on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the #Smashbox hashtag. How are you contouring, sculpting or highlighting your face?  Share your favorite beauty hacks for a flawless face in the comments below!

Upgrade To Clearer Vision With Xperio UV Protection Lenses

November 19th, 2015 by Christen Growing up, I've always had crisp and clear 20/20 vision.  Ironically, I was also the kid that desperately wanted to wear glasses since I was in the 4th grade.  Back then, there was something so studious and chic about wearing glasses and even though I didn't need them, I wanted to wear glasses bad.  Fast forward 20 years later, after starting the blog and spending 10-12 hours staring at a computer screen, I noticed my eyesight wasn't what it used to be.  I needed glasses, and I needed them fast. glasses   After years of wearing a variety of prescription reading glasses and sunglasses I thought I experienced the pinnacle of clear vision should be. That is, until I learned about Xperio UV polarized prescription lenses.  Xperio UV polarized prescription sun lenses virtually eliminate blinding glare so you can see the outside world with sharper color and greater depth.  Xperio UV polarized prescription sun lenses aren't just ordinary sun lenses either. They help you see more no matter if you're staring at a computer screen in the office all day or playing sports outside, providing excellent clarity of vision all while protecting your eyes with a superior quality lens.   glasses collage   Recently, I got the chance to ship off a pair of designer prescription sunglasses for the Xperio UV polarized lens treatment.  After a few weeks, my sunglasses were returned with a certificate of authenticity & guide on caring for my new and improved shades.  Not only were the polarized lenses a complete upgraded vision experience but they also eliminate 100% of blinding reflective glare, they're practically scratch resistant and offer maximum UV (SPF 50) eye protection.     xperio uv     If you need an upgraded vision experience, check with your optometrist today.  Your Eyecare Professional offers a wide range of sun lenses, but Xperio UV lenses offer maximum UV protection, scratch resistance and cleanability, while delivering superior vision indoors and out. Want to learn more?  Connect with Xperio UV on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube today or visit them online at online.   This post has been sponsored by Xperio UV however, all opinions are my own.

Discover How To Extend Your Summer Glow All Winter Long

November 11th, 2015 by Christen   Disclosure: This post was sponsored by BIC through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about BIC® Soleil® Glow® Razor, all opinions are my own.  BIC 3   I must admit, I've never been a huge fan of the cooler autumn months.  Sure most fashionistas affiliate fall with fashion and style, but for me - fall weather means dark skies, cold temps and ultimately the final curtain that unveils the cold hard fact that "winter is coming".    BIC 1   Because I simply adore summer and never want it to end, I try my best to avoid the cold and chase the sun by traveling during winter months.  There's no better place to become inspired than the beach.  The warm sun, smell of crisp ocean air and sounds of the ocean not only creates the ultimate moments of peace and happiness - but it also extends the ultimate summer glow.    BIC 2   Of course, there's no way I could step foot on the beach without getting beach ready with BIC® Soleil® Glow® Razors first.  Armed with  a few Bic Soleil Glow Razors skincare tips - I was ready to take on the beach and create a summer glow that'll last well into the upcoming dreary winter months.  Want to know how I extended my summer glow?  Check out a few tips from BIC Soleil Glow below:    
  1.  Shave At Night: Shaving removes dead skin cells and the superficial layer of your skin. Shaving at night will give your skin the entire night to recover its strength and suppleness to resist irritation.
  1. Shave In The Shower: Try not to shave any part of your body without having your skin perfectly clean. This will help prevent infection or bumps. Apply hot water or shave after showering. Warm humidity increases skin elasticity and softens your hair. Hot water actually diminishes hair toughness, which can increase blade longevity and wet hair is easier to shave.
  1. Bring On The Shaving Cream: Once your hair is softened, the razor will glide more easily over your skin, avoiding damage. Shaving cream / gel with Aloe Vera is preferred to normal soap as it will be gentler on your skin and lift your hair. Lather the cream / gel with back and forth motions over the area you are going to shave. Leave the cream / gel on your skin two minutes before shaving.
  1. Sharp Blades Make For Great Shaves: Keep in mind that the duller the blade, the more irritated your skin will become. Change your blades regularly, especially if you have sensitive skin. On sensitive areas, such as bikini and underarms, shaving with a dull blade can result in red spots.
  BIC 4   Create your summer glow and shine bright all winter long with BIC Soleil Glow razors. Get social with BIC Soleil on Facebook and Twitter today or visit them online at  How do you extend your summer glow?  Are you rocking bright and citrus colors this Fall?  Traveling south for the winter?  Share how you create warm sunny moments in your life this winter in the comment section below!

Two Gold ‘N Hot 24K Beauty Tools Me, My Hair And I Can’t Live Without

November 5th, 2015 by Christen People often wonder how I'm able to limit my salon visits and extend the look and feel of my hair.  It's easy when you have the tools that make home styling quick, seamless and so super easy that your real stylist will start to miss seeing you only a few times a year.     You might find yourself doing a double take the next time you stroll down the aisles of a beauty store. Gold ‘N Hot, the #1 leading multicultural brand for over 50 years, is reintroducing their ultimate fan favorites with NEW innovative technology and NEW packaging.     Gold ‘N Hot 24K Gold   Gold ‘N Hot 24K Gold 1” Professional Spring Curling Iron ($39.99): A reliable curling iron dedicated to creating guaranteed curls that last longer with high heats up to 500°F, which makes it possible to curl ANY hair texture in its natural state. A quick 60-second heat up and temperature variation to adjust to your hair type, styling has never been faster or easier. It’s sleek and modern design only makes the curling iron more easy and comfortable to handle.       The beauty about using Gold ‘N Hot products is the powerful heating technology that's able to straighten even the kinkiest of curliest hair.  No matter your hair type, the Gold ‘N Hot lineup of hair tools are so reliable, they're the only tools that me and my family depend on for all of our styling needs.  I've been using flat irons since I was a pre-teen and there's nothing that can whip defiant leave out into silky, straight shape like a Gold ‘N Hot flat iron.     Gold ‘N Hot 24K Gold   Gold ‘N Hot 1" Professional Ceramic Straightening Iron ($39.99): With a rheostat temperature control ranging from 200 - 450, the styling power is in your hands! With a quick 60-second heat-up and easy access controls, your styling time is cut down. Made for all hair types, this iron’s ceramic floating plates are made to eliminate gaps between plates and create the ultimate polished look.   Get your life and discover how  Gold ‘N Hot 24K tools can help extend the life of your salon visits for good!  Visit Gold 'N Hot online and get connected for the latest news, special deals and more on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter today.  What's your favorite go to beauty tool that you can't live without?  Share your top picks in the comment section below!  

#ManiMonday Was Made For the @SallyHansen ManiMatch App

September 28th, 2015 by Lifestyle Staff We must admit, one of our favorite ways to get over the new work-week blues is to cue up a fresh, new manicure and celebrate ManiMondays in style.  So it's only fitting that in today's style meets tech world, Sally Hansen the #1-selling nail color and nail care brand in the US is transforming the way we shop for manicure colors with the new ManiMatch mobile app. ManiMatch App Building on next-generation augmented reality technology, users can try on the rainbow of over 200 Sally Hansen nail polish shades in real time, on their nails, before they buy. A simple scan of the user’s hand from any smartphone enables the user to instantly consider and curate her own color choices. Ditch the nail polish remover! There’s no uploading, picture-taking or manual data entry, as the app works in real time. It also generates personalized-for-her-skin-tone color suggestions on demand; using cutting-edge, proprietary technology, the app senses and analyzes the pigments in each user’s hand, then matches its polish-shade suggestions to the ones optimally flattering to her skin.
Julianne Hough picks her perfect nail color with the help of the Sally Hansen ManiMatch App. -PHOTO by: Michael Simon/

Julianne Hough picks her perfect nail color with the help of the Sally Hansen ManiMatch App.
-PHOTO by: Michael Simon/

Choosing the perfect shade is traditionally both the most fun and the most difficult aspect of shopping for nail color; consumers surreptitiously dab color onto a single or several nails to approximate how given shades might look on their hands in relation to skin tones, mood or outfit. ManiMatch flips the trial-on- ly-post-purchase shopping experience that has always frustrated nail color shoppers, transforming the process into a moment of discovery, excitement and pleasure. “The app is addictive; everyone who tries it can’t stop herself from checking out more options,” says Jeremy Lowenstein, Sally Hansen Global Marketing Vice President. “The fact that you see exactly how a color will look on your own hands is just pure fun—and incredibly useful. People end up experimenting with shades they’d never normally try.” ManiMatch App. The launch of this app coincides with the release of the new Miracle Gel® Top Coat and new fashionable shades. Available for download for free on iOS platforms when it launches September 2015 (and select Android devices later in fall), ManiMatch is poised to revolutionize nail color shopping, both in store and ecommerce. Want a chance to become the next Sally Hansen hand model for Sally Hansen social media? Download the ManiMatch App and use the #ManiModel #contest hashtags to enter for your chance to win.  For more information visit

Discover The Best Secret Apps To Love Your Self(ie) Over And Over Again…

August 25th, 2015 by Christen best apps for selfies   Creating the perfect selfie is one of the most coveted social media moments that everyone wants.  Sharing the perfect selfie online can contribute instant profits and even instant fame. Don't believe me, just ask Kim Kardashian - who has just become the queen of Instagram (over taking Beyonce) to become the most popular person on the photo-sharing app with 44.1million followers.  What is she famous for again?  Selfies.  (I mean, she wrote an entire book about selfies for goodness sake!)  

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  No matter how many selfies you snap or share there's always new apps and photo editing secrets to improve how you share your best assets online.  Check out a a roundup of the best apps for selfies to love your self(ie) all over again below!   facetune selfie app     FaceTune - Let's face it! Every selfie won't be post-worthy, but it can be with FaceTune!  This app lets you airbrush your way to flawless greatness...and as one of the top selling apps on iTunes - it's no secret why this app is #1 on our list! Professional photographers and graphic designers constantly photoshop models to perfection, and now so can you! Without the expensive price tag or complicated tools, Facetune gives you the ability to retouch and add artistic flair to selfies and portraits with ease, from the convenience of your iPhone. (Download FaceTune in the iTunes App Store.)     Photofy selfie app   Photofy - Photofy is one of my favorite apps that I use weekly!  It's a super-easy photo editing app for personal users and businesses that combines all the features you need in one app: Filters, Light Effects, Photo Mirror, Fit (Insta-size photos to square for easy sharing to Instagram), Text with 90+ free fonts, Meme editor, Collage maker with over 70+ free layouts, and the world’s largest collection of overlay content (40,000 graphic elements).  (If you're a Blogger, entrepreneur or marketer - Photofy is must have for creating great content on the go!) (Download Photofy in the iTunes App Store.)    

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    best apps for selfies selfie app afterlight   Afterlight - Looking for a power packed app with more features than you can handle?  The Afterlight app comes equipped with 128 frames, 74 filters, 78 textures and a host of cropping/editing tools that are sure to create an impressive selfie no matter what! What makes Afterlight unique?  Afterlight has Fusion filters, allowing you to mix tools, filters and textures to create your own personal filters, making each photo as unique as you! (Download Afterlight in iTunes App Store)     best apps for selfies colorsplash selfie app   ColorSplash - If creating striking photos and playing with colors is your thing, then the ColorSplash app is for you.  Color Splash lets you quickly and easily give photos a dramatic look by converting them to black and white, while keeping your chosen details in color.  Use your finger as a brush to "paint" sections of your image black and white, or to bring back the original color. (Download ColorSplash in the iTunes App Store)    

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    best apps for selfies Visage Lab HD Pro     Visage Lab PRO HD - If you were to download just one beauty app, Visage Lab PRO HD would be it!  Visage Lab PRO HD is a professional beauty laboratory for your facial photos. Remove pimples and wrinkles, outline the eyes and whiten the teeth in seconds, with all operations made automatically! After automatic enhancement has been performed, you can compare the before and after photos to evaluate the changes. Finally, share your enhanced photos with the world via Facebook, Twitter and e-mail or save it to your photo album. (Download Visage Lab PRO HD in the iTunes App Store)   Of course photo-editing apps aren't essential to loving your true self.  After all, too much airbrushing eliminates what makes us unique and beautiful in our own way.  These are just a few of my favorite photo-editing apps that'll get you excited about loving and sharing your best self(ie) online over and over again.  Did I miss any of your best apps for selfies?  Share them in the comment section below!  

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Mani Monday Goes Designer With Sally Hansen Designer Collections For Fall #ManiMonday

August 24th, 2015 by Christen   mani monday   Who doesn't love kicking off the week with an abundance of sparkle, color and pizazz -- all on your fingertips!  That's what Mani Monday moments are all about, right?  This Mani-Monday has my fingertips more excited than usual because Sally Hansen has partnered with designers Prabal Gurung, Tracy Reese and Rodarte to create some of the most sought-after shades of the season!  This Fall, manicured tips are going designer with the new Fall 2015 inspired Sally Hansen color collection.   Prabal Gurung For Sally Hansen Each designer contributes an effort of style and aesthetic to each shade.  The Prabal Curung collection includes Complete Salon Manicure in Midnight Affair, Complete Salon Manicure in Leaf Peeper,  Complete Salon Manicure in Concrete Jungle.  From Prabal Gurung's graphic, modern take on effortless glamour to Rodarte's use of translucent color and the subtlety of watercolors - there's a shade for everyone!   Rodarte's take on Autumn glamour includes simple yet elegant limited edition shades like, Complete Salon Manicure in Gold Glass, Complete Salon Manicure in Beige Glass, Complete Salon Manicure in Rose Glass  seen below.   Rodarte For Sally Hansen One of my favorite stand outs of the collection has to be Tracy Reese (Remember, her fall runway shoe collection was absolutely stunning from head to toe!)  As a muse to the new Sally Hansen color collection, you can clearly see why the Complete Salon Manicure in Yummy Yam,  Complete Salon Manicure in Maasai Red and Complete Salon Manicure in Winter Sky will be shades that no manicure should be without this season!     Tracy Reese For Sally Hansen These entire custom color collection can be found in Sally Hansen’s award-winning Complete Salon Manicure collection that infuses trend-setting shades with an expert quality formula to deliver salon-caliber results. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure delivers seven salon manicure steps in one bottle. Chip resistant strength joins gel- quality shine. Must-have color meets nourishing benefits. Plus, a built-in base and top coat, it’s everything you need to achieve a professional manicure at home. These three limited-edition colors will be available beginning September 2015 for $7.99 each.   Sally Hansen Which shades are you excited to check out first? Share your designer desires in the comment section below!    

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Move Over Ruby Woo, (An Affordable) Louboutin Lipstick Is Coming To Town

August 6th, 2015 by Lifestyle Staff Louboutin has heard your cries and has answered with sweet news for the lips. You can now wear that classic Louboutin red...on your lips. The iconic shoe designer, Christian Louboutin, has launched a collection of Louboutin lipstick inspired by Babylonian architecture and Queen Nefertiti of Egypt. Louboutin lipstick   Last year Louboutin released a line of nail polishes featuring pointed caps, which resembled the designer's famous high heels. They retailed for a hefty $50, but hey, that's a whole lot cheaper than $600 shoes. Besides good color, the lipsticks make an interesting statement necklace too! Beauty mavens can wear the tubes around their necks; each cap is threaded with with a small black ribbon.) The colors come encased in a jewelry box and silk carrying pouch.  

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louboutin lipstick There will be 36 shades, available in three textures (Silky Satin, Velvet Matte and Sheer Voile), that will retail for $90 a piece next month at Saks Fifth Avenue and on the company's website. Rejoice! You can now wear that classic Louboutin red on your feet, your nails and now on your lips! If you're looking for a new hue of rouge, the new Louboutin lipstick collection may be just what you need!   louboutin lipstick   We're always looking for new hues of reds to rock all year long and lucky for us, this collection is a little easier on the pockets than others!  We can't wait to see what's next in the world of Louboutin.  Are you looking forward to checking out the new beauty collection? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Check Out Beautiful Textures For Getting The Most Out Of Your Summer Color Styles

July 29th, 2015 by Christen Summer hair is all about drama, beachy waves or an occasional dye job or two.  This summer, I turned up the heat (in living color) and became a platinum blonde!  Of course, adding color to your tresses can be damaging and even cause your hair to become brittle, eventually breaking off.  However, with a few healthy hair products from Beautiful Textures, I can share just how I've been getting the most out of my summer color styles below. As a child, I can remember Saturday nights always being DIY salon time complete with washes, blowouts and silk stove pressings by my Nana.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.  This past Saturday night, I found myself stuck at home preparing to wash and style my hair.  So of course this was the perfect time to break out just a few of my favorite Beautiful Textures products to make my Saturday night regimen as flawless as possible (and given that it was a Saturday night and I was actually at home washing my hair - I was indeed in for a wild and crazy DIY night!)  

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Beutiful Textures product shot   After washing my hair, it was time that I used Beautiful Textures' Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner for an intense moisture-rich formula that renews damaged ends, and helps adds beautiful shine.  It's my favorite product for damage control, and does a great job repairing heat and color treated hair. Once washed, conditioned and ready to go - it was time to add a little oomph to securing my style and that's when Beautiful Textures' Curl Definer Mousse becomes my ultimate product of choice for setting my summer style.  The Curl Definer Mousse is a quick-drying mousse that is mostly used for achieving smooth, bouncy spiral or roller sets, but did you know it's actually a great product for us girls that are transitioning into the natural lifestyle too!  It's unique formula actually allows you to blend two textures of hair flawlessly and create the style you've always wanted.  

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Beautiful Textures wash and go   After an hour or two setting my hair underneath the blow drying, it's time to pincurl, set and go!  The next day, my hair felt rejuvenated and completely softer and more manageable than ever before.   Beautiful Textures Final Selfie   Discover more amazing products and healthy hair summer styling ideas by visiting and get social by following Beautiful Textures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram today! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Strength of Nature. The opinions and text are all mine.



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