Love Beautisol Self-Tanner? Help Nominate Us!

Hello my Self-Tanning lovers…  I would like to ask your help in nominating Beautisol for a few Real Woman Beauty Award.  If you love Beautisol self-tanners, please take a few seconds to nominate your favorite product (either the self-tanning lotion or the self-tanning mousse) for the “Self-Tanner” category under the Skin Care tab just by clicking on the image below or HERE!

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SELF-TANNER:  Beautisol

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And while you are there, I would really appreciate your helping nominating some of my fellow beauty bloggers and their amazing products!  Here are the following categories:

NAILS:  Mischo Beauty

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MOISTURIZER: My Beauty Bunny AHA Moisturizer

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HAIR MASK: Phyrra’s Pretty Little Exilir

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LOTION: A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion

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HAIR OIL: Addicted to All Things Pretty LUXE Oil

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FACIAL CLEANSER: FutureDerm Skin Reborn

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EXFOLIATOR: Pure Natural Diva Polished Sugar Scrub

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MAKE UP:  Purely Cosmetics

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On behalf of Beautisol and all my fellow beauty bloggers, THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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Best Self-Tanner 2014 in a new 8oz size!

Ok – clearly I am biased, but I am super excited to announce that Beautisol’s popular self-tanning mousse is now available in a larger 8oz size! In case you have never used it before let me give you the rundown:

IT DOES NOT MAKE YOU LOOK ORANGE:  Now that’s the biggest bonus!  This self-tanner contains innovative “Color Correcting Pigments” that cancel yellow or orange hues much like how a makeup concealer works.  These smart little pigments make sure that you have the most natural looking tan every time!

YOU DON’T SMELL FUNKY:  Let’s face it… self-tanners stink so what’s your favorite self-tanning company doing to get rid of that smell?  Well Beautisol is one of the only companies to use an odor eliminating fragrance technology called PURE SCENT that actually surrounds the yucky odors that are produced when the tan is developing on your skin and neutralizes them.  This is NOT a fragrance cover up – it’s an actual technology invented by a chemist in England who hated the way his wife smelled when she used self-tanner.  Thank goodness for proactive, smart chemists!!

APPLICATION IS EASY AND IT DRIES FAST:  Make sure you use an application mitt.  This helps you apply the product really fast and it will protect your palms from turning brown!  Also Beautisol’s self-tanning mousse dries really fast so you can be out the door and looking glowing and gorgeous in no time.  

BEST SELF-TANNER FOR MEN:  Gentleman, yes you can use this self-tanner!  Because of it’s lightweight formula and the fact that is dries in a snap,  it won’t stick to the hairs on your body like a lotion or gel would, so no one will know why you look so hot!

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Have you used Beautisol’s self-tanners or bronzers before?  What’s your favorite self-tanner and why?

 

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Want to go to New York Fashion Week with TRESemme?

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If you’re like me and are obsessed with all the amazing fashion and beauty trends that come out of New York Fashion Week each year, the I have a treat in store for you!  TRESemme Hair Care and Walgreens have teamed up to give away 2 coveted tickets to NYFW AND a $4500 Amex gift card!  Think of all the shopping damage you could do with all that cash!

Entering is simple:

  1. Sign up via “Connect with Facebook” or the “Create Account” tabs in the upper right hand corner of the splash page:  bit.ly/1jbx8gz
  2. Once you create an account you automatically receive 10 points

Want to earn more points?  

Purchase any TRESemme® product at Walgreens and upload your receipt (either a photo or scanned image) to the area “SNAP” area in the sweepstakes platform to earn more points and increase your chances to win!

Want to look catwalk ready?

Get an exclusive peek at the latest in fashion with TRESemme® at Walgreens and learn how to recreate your favorite styles and get a sneak peek of the latest trends right off the runway. Visit YouTube.com/TRESemme to get your expert hair care advice.
Here’s one of my favorite videos highlighting a low messy bun and the vibe of being backstage!

*** Sweepstakes run from (2/6 until 3/9)

 

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Lust Or Must?

Lust or Must Mascara for STQ

Truth be told, I love mascara. In fact, I think it might be the one item (other than self-tanner and sun screen – obviously!) that I couldn’t live without.  I am blessed with long eyelashes but they are ever so transparent, so mascara is critical for framing my eyes and giving me some definition.  But there is constant debate which one is the best?  Is it worth spending $20-$30′s on a mascara?  What do you think?  I always favor L’Oreal’s Voluminous mascara but many, many people swear by Lancome’s Definicils.  What’s your favorite and why?

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2014 Golden Globes Lovelies

All of Hollywood royalty were out in full glamour last night for the 2014 Golden Globes Awards. I have to admit, this was probably one of my favorite years as far as fashion is concerned. I thought everyone looked so chic, well put together and embraced old hollywood glamour! Below are my top three favorites of the night!

NUMBER 1 – Best Dressed: Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive
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NUMBER 2 – Best Dressed: Jenna Dewan Tatum in Roberto Cavalli
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NUMBER 3 – Best Dressed: Sofia Vergara in Zac Posen
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Who was on your “best dressed list”?

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Escaping the Polar Vortex

Baby it’s cold out there!! What can you do to beat the winter blues?  Here are some of my suggestions for staying warm, gorgeous AND sane, while bundled up in your adult size onsie in subzero temperatures:

1.  Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate your skin!  With these plunging temperatures it’s important to protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier by adding more water to the skin in the form of hyaluronic acid.  Some of my favorite skin hydrating products are Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating Booster or SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel
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2.  Use a Little Face Self-Tanner!  You’re covered-up from head to toe, but that does not mean you have to look pale and pasty.  Putting on a bit of face self-tanner allows you to wake up the next morning feeling alive!  Your skin looks better, you don’t look as gaunt and hey a little glow never hurt anyone!  I obviously love BEAUTISOL’s face self-tanners because they are “skin type specific” so if you are more on the oily side or more on the dry side, there’s an option best suited for your skin type!  Say goodbye to “one size fits all”
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3. Slaughter on the Body Lotion:  This is the time to protect and nourish the skin on your body, too!  I love body butters in the winter.  They are luxurious feeling and the skin especially when your skin feels like it is going to crack and split open.  Some of my favorite body butters are Perlier’s Imperial Honey Body Butter  or Korres Bergamot Pear Body Butter both found on HSN

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4. Enjoy a Nice Cuppa! Nothing says warm and cozy like a hot cup of tea and if you add a shot of Grand Marnier, I won’t judge! It’s one of my favorite “stay wrapped up on the couch with my snuggy, watch a movie and sip” drink! ;)

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What are your favorite beauty tips to beat the winter blues?

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

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Happy 2014 to all my fellow self-tan loving readers!  I have lots in store for the new year and can’t wait to share everything as things unfold!

So many wonderful things happened in 2013 that I am grateful for such as… another successful season on HSN, lots of travel to some of my favorite cities like New York, Miami, Los Angeles and my new favorite escape… Cabarete in the Dominican Republic where my husband got in lots of kitesurfing time and I got to lounge on the beach, read, meditate and relax!

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Coconuts in Cabarete! Dominican Republic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My husband and I also got to make our marriage legal at City Hall in San Francisco where he proposed to me back in 2010. (As you remember I eloped the year before) It is such a gorgeous building and so iconic.

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And then for the cherry on the top, we renewed our wedding vows on our one year anniversary in the form of a formal church wedding in Wilmington, Delaware which was so romantic!   It was so great to have friends and family be able to share in our renewal!

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How cute is my flower girl??? She looked like an angel in her navy tulle tutu!!

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One of my gorgeous flower girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With 2013 behind me, I am now ready and excited for 2014! I have some exciting new projects and lots of forward movement, who doesn’t love that?! I am working on new, innovative self-tanning products and a sun protection line to round out the Beautisol product lineup which I am really excited about.

My other big goal for 2014 is to start blogging more! I will be talking about all kinds of beauty products other than just self-tanning products! Just like any business, hobby or interest – things change, evolve and expand.  I am lucky enough to come across some amazing products either in my travels or working with other beauty bloggers, so stay tuned for lots of new posts and mentions.

I wish each of you a very happy, healthy and abundant 2014.

Happy Glowing!

Sinead

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Does your Gel-Manicure cause cancer?

 

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I recently heard some debate about the UV light that is used for our gel manicures, causing cancer. After the New York post reported that the “lengthy” UV rays that we are subjected to during our gel manicures can heighten the risk of skin cancer, I thought it was time to do some research!
I stumbled upon a post in the Cosmopolitan magazine, where they tackled the same question. According to their research: The Professional Beauty Association says, “Gels have been used safely for decades. The latest generation of gels is safer and better than ever. Independent studies have shown that UV lamps are safe and the equivalent of only a couple of minutes exposure to sunlight.”
However ladies, be cautious! Better be safe than sorry and use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 on your hands before getting your next gel manicure. Personally, I will continue using regular nail polish and just wait a couple of extra minutes for my nails to dry =)

All images and quotes used in this post come from Cosmopolitan.com:

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/hairstyles-beauty/beauty-blog/gel-manicure-cause-cancer

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7 Self tanners to avoid

The 7 worst self tanners according to totalbeauty.com

The 7 worst self tanners according to totalbeauty.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Self tanning Beauties! I am sure a lot of you have tried every self-tanner under the sun. How many of those self-tanners have made you look like an Oompa Loompa or a cast member from the Jersey Shore? Do you usually turn bright red when one of your friends shouts out…” Eeeewww, who’s wearing self-tanner or got a spray tan?” Thanks to totalbeauty.com and their readers we have a list of 7 products that should be avoided by all means. Do you agree with their choices?

"This is nasty. It reeks of chemicals, it has no accuracy whatsoever on the dial, and it takes MANY applications to work. Just buy a cheaper instant one ya'll! This is a terrible product. just so you can get the picture: It reeks so bad, I HAVE to give it a 2 [rating]." -- Kenya, Total Beauty reader Agree? Disagree? Write your review here. *At time of publication SEE NEXT PAGE: No. 6: L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer, $8.97

“This is nasty. It reeks of chemicals, it has no accuracy whatsoever on the dial, and it takes MANY applications to work. Just buy a cheaper instant one ya’ll! This is a terrible product. just so you can get the picture: It reeks so bad, I HAVE to give it a 2 [rating].” — Kenya, Total Beauty reader
Agree? Disagree? Write your review here.
*At time of publication
SEE NEXT PAGE: No. 6: L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer, $8.97

 

Why to avoid it: "My main complaint is with the formula. This product resulted in a streaky mess in my hands. I don't know why this would be as I followed all the usual self-tanning guidelines (exfoliate, use on dry skin, etc.). I rubbed and rubbed and rubbed and still could not get it to look uniform. Finally, I gave up in frustration, knowing that I would be looking at streaky legs for the next week, which I was. To add insult to injury, the scent was the usual toxic self-tanner scent and not pleasing in any way." -- talk2uranalyst, Total Beauty reader

Why to avoid it: “My main complaint is with the formula. This product resulted in a streaky mess in my hands. I don’t know why this would be as I followed all the usual self-tanning guidelines (exfoliate, use on dry skin, etc.). I rubbed and rubbed and rubbed and still could not get it to look uniform. Finally, I gave up in frustration, knowing that I would be looking at streaky legs for the next week, which I was. To add insult to injury, the scent was the usual toxic self-tanner scent and not pleasing in any way.” — talk2uranalyst, Total Beauty reader

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Why to avoid it: “I was disappointed with this product. It took so long to dry and left my skin feeling sticky. The smell is horrible too. It gave my face nice color, but I couldn’t get over the sticky feeling and bad smell to use it for more than a couple of days.” — dancarina, Total Beauty reader

Why to avoid it: "[The] label should read: Warning you may be mistaken for a pumpkin. [It's the] worst tanner I have ever used -- turns you a fake orange color. Don't waste your money!!!" -- Katie, Total Beauty reader

Why to avoid it: “[The] label should read: Warning you may be mistaken for a pumpkin. [It's the] worst tanner I have ever used — turns you a fake orange color. Don’t waste your money!!!” — Katie, Total Beauty reader

Why to avoid it: "It smells like copper and did not build a tan for me whatsoever. It washed off right away and I was back to my medium skin tone. It makes my face too shiny, which makes me look greasy, and I have some acne and it only accentuated the redness of the pimple." -- crazy4tennis, Total Beauty reader

Why to avoid it: “It smells like copper and did not build a tan for me whatsoever. It washed off right away and I was back to my medium skin tone. It makes my face too shiny, which makes me look greasy, and I have some acne and it only accentuated the redness of the pimple.” — crazy4tennis, Total Beauty reader

Why to avoid it: "UHM! EWW? Built me a tan using this product every other day. My legs turned orangey. I went to a party wearing white shorts, it was hot, when I got home I saw streaks. I was able to SCRUB the tan off. Thank goodness for that!" -- suzy_ishtar, Total Beauty reader

Why to avoid it: “UHM! EWW? Built me a tan using this product every other day. My legs turned orangey. I went to a party wearing white shorts, it was hot, when I got home I saw streaks. I was able to SCRUB the tan off. Thank goodness for that!” — suzy_ishtar, Total Beauty reader

Why to avoid it: "This product was very hard to apply evenly, mostly because the color develops over several hours and goes on clear. I had splotches of dark tan show up hours after I applied the tanner. The color looks fake on my skin -- it has a yellow tint. It also smells bad. It does, however, stay on longer than most spray-on tans, which in my case turned out to be not-so-great." -- gustavi7, Total Beauty reader

Why to avoid it: “This product was very hard to apply evenly, mostly because the color develops over several hours and goes on clear. I had splotches of dark tan show up hours after I applied the tanner. The color looks fake on my skin — it has a yellow tint. It also smells bad. It does, however, stay on longer than most spray-on tans, which in my case turned out to be not-so-great.” — gustavi7, Total Beauty reader

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are there any other self tanners that you think should make the list? Comment below!

All Images and Quotes used in this post come from totalbeauty.com:

http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/gallery/worst-self-tanners/p86992/page8#8

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