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Ellana Minerals’ Flash FB Giveaway! | Win Your Fave Ellana Product

Ellana Minerals posted this approximately 20 hours ago on their Facebook page, leave a comment at this link and mention what your favorite Ellana Minerals product is which you would like to win and be one of 5 winners of the giveaway.   My favorite products are Ellana’s loose or pressed mineral powder foundation and their blush duo in Kitten/Peach passion.  The giveaway ends one week from today.  Like Ellana Minerals FB and join the giveaway here or click on the image below.

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L’Oreal Double Extension CURL Waterproof Mascara | Optional Showstopping Lashes

I have snubbed this sort of mascara for years, and it’s always been there, sitting on local shelves.  Before however the waterproof variant wasn’t available, only the red and white tube which I loathed.  I detested the idea of 2 steps in a mascara, then an eye opener (literally speaking) was when recently a couple of UK bloggers were sent a non-Loreal mascara with 2 steps and because of the awesome results they put up with it.  After that, in my mind I began to think more loosely about the 2-step idea.  Also there at the back of my mind vlogger and pro-artist Kandee Johnson stood smiling with her pom-poms for this mascara, she absolutely loves it and has said so repeatedly.  So with one of my older mascaras approaching the 4-5month mark I decided to try this.  I just have to say the curl staying power and humidity resistance on this is too awesome not to mention and that’s not even mentioning the optional gear on volume and length.

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L’Oreal Double Extension CURL Waterproof is in a Purple and Silver tube here and blue and white one in the US.  It’s not cheap at Php900+ locally but in my opinion you’re paying for a more customized mascara experience.  L’Oreal Telescopic False Mascaras abroad are about Php700-800

As it turns out this just happens to be sort of a deconstructed dupe for L’Oreal’s acclaimed Telescopic  Shocking Extensions (US)/False Lash Telescopic (UK) waterproof mascara.    The foreign Telescopic mascaras achieve the same showstopping look as this with just 1 step, which is why I prefer those IF I can get them, but precisely, we don’t have those here.  This one’s great  because, you know us women, we like options, what if we don’t want BIG lashes all the time, just when we need them?  The key is this, the Step 2 black waterproof mascara on this also looks good and holds curl even WITHOUT the lengthening primer which gives us the power to choose.  If you don’t want to do two steps you don’t have to, but if you want extra oomph and length for those lashes it’s yours with an extra step!  Read more to see application and get the full review.

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The Dior Gardens | Skincare is Coming Up Roses

Late last year a video was posted on the Dior YouTube channel but I doubt all of you have seen it.  I thought given that spring has begun in the western world there is no better time to share it with you than now.  Last weekend this short feature caught my attention and held me in from start to finish.  Designer Christian Dior was known to have been deeply inspired by the beauty of resilient wild cliff roses in his childhood place, Granville which faced the sea.  His home there has now come to be known as the Dior Gardens.  Christian’s mother, Madeleine Dior, before passing away tragically had previously installed a rose garden in their home which is what fueled his admiration for the flower.  In the Loire Valley, also in Normandy, a team of horticulturists, experts in ethnobotany, have innovated by taking that cliff rose and purposefully crossbreeding it manually with other roses to produce a new kind of rose to be used as a sustainable cosmetic resource.

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Petals being stripped from the bud of a different rose in the process of crossbreeding to create the Rose of Granville. (Photos are stills from the video feature)

The Dior horticultural team have tenderly named the new rose “La Rose de Granville” or the Rose of Granville.  From it they take extracts used for improving skin vitality and also incorporate the flower’s anti-inflammatory properties into their Prestige skincare range.  The crossbred Rose de Granville is just as beautiful to behold as it is essential.  Watch this Dior film feature on the Rose de Granville and be inspired.

The Oscars 2014 Red Carpet Raves | Five Beautiful Faces and Proper Makeup

Lots of people just got their Oscars tube fix in the last couple of hours.  Ellen was funny, JLaw fell again, before getting to the red carpet, the stars took an epic selfie, and I knew Matthew McConaughey would bring home Best Actor.

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photo credit: Bradley Cooper, seriously..

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Lupita Nyong’o in Prada (All photo sources: Just Jared, The Guardian, and Oscars.com)

Along with that, we beauty bugs always only pretty much await a certain segment of the whole event that isn’t even part of the main program, of course, the red carpet arrivals.  It’s where we finally get to see our beloved stars in an open space from top to toe in full swag.  It’s also where these actors get their faces mercilessly peppered with flash photography while the sun is setting.  Red carpet makeup is a professional makeup artist’s ultimate challenge because today with social media and smartphones, not one mistake stands a chance.    Read more to see the photos and find out who were the 5 actresses I thought had the best overall hair and makeup.

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DISQUS Blog Comments | Discuss With Me, Comment More!

Hey guys, I’m so happy I finally got this to work!  I was having a few quirks on the old comments syncing but now DISQUS blog comments is fully operational on my blog!  I wanted to resurrect life in my comment threads and be able to discuss with you all, rant, rave, or swoon back, and laugh it up easily in the same manner that comment threads become lively, more interactive and fun on Facebook or Instagram for example. I spotted DISQUS on the blog of Anna (Vivianna Does Makeup she gets like a minimum of 20 comments for every post) and more recently on first class US beauty blogzine ITG (Into the Gloss), and I also noted that select news sites like the Atlantic for example use DISQUS, too.  I figured if thousands of strangers are able to comment on the Atlantic via DISQUS it’s got to be simple enough for blog readers, too.  All your old comments (at least all I hope, last I checked) have been synced here already.  For some of you this new comments section may look a little less straightforward than before.  Don’t worry, you DO NOT have to register with DISQUS just to leave a comment (but with a free DISQUS account you get the option of voting up comments), you can go for logging in using your social media account OR if you really just don’t wanna care too much just “comment as guest”…see the example below.  By the way, a certain “gentleman” was quite obliging to help me demonstrate how public guest comments work, haha!  To leave a comment as a guest  just click in the “Join the Discussion” box to begin commenting and when you click in the “Pick a name” box underneath to leave your name…the option of “I’d rather post as a guest” will be there so just check that.

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Hey guys, leave me comments.  Don’t be shy and let’s begin discussing!  To make it fun I’ll begin putting up photo topics for discussion just so we can all get to know each other a little better and have fun putting our opinions out there via DISQUS.  Don’t worry IF in the long-run this comment program doesn’t begin to improve our interaction or ease the way I moderate comments it’s pretty simple to just deactivate it and all the new comments from Disqus can be safely synced back into the old WordPress comments.  Here’s something to help you understand it better.  To totally visualize and get how much less limiting DISQUS is when it comes to topic interaction check out this catchy 1 minute viral video ad of theirs (via YouTube).

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