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Not Your Average Makeup Sponge…

I stumbled upon Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge from my monthly Birchbox subscription. Birchbox is where you pay a fee every month to receive a box of beauty samples.

The Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge is more than your average sponge and better than a makeup brush. It allows you to get a more even coverage with a flawless look. You are able to get around every part of your face (from around the nose to the hard to reach area of the eyes) because of its unique shape plus it’s easy to hold and clean as well.

Every time I use The Beauty Blender, I receive tons of compliments on my complexion and how great my makeup looks (and we all know that every girl on earth loves a compliment or 3) *giggles*.
The sponge is latex, allergy and odor free!!! It works great when used wet especially with my powder foundation. I really love my Beauty Blender and I can’t live without it. Now, I only use brushes for eye shadow, blush and lips. The best thing is…there are no streaks or lines on the face like some wedge sponges can leave.
The only thing that may seem like a minus is; it recommended that you wash Beauty Blender after every use and if you are lazy, this may be a turnoff for you. If you are a closet germaphob like myself… to avoid any bacteria or oil build up, you should wash it every day as recommended. It only takes a few minutes to wash it and it dries really fast. Plus, if you are a beginner they also have a great how to post on
My overall review is 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH. You can find this hidden treasure on 2 for $25.95…. What a beauty deal!!! Happy Blending!!!
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Top 10 Beauty Stocking Stuffers for 2014

With 4 days left of holiday shopping here are a few things you need to buy as stocking stuffers! This is a gift giving guide of beauty from the inside out!

  1. My new book, “#ImBeautyInspired A Keepsake Journal of Original Beauty Quotes & Affirmations!” 🙂 Yes, it’s a shameless plug but I think it will make an awesome gift. It’s filled with inspiration to empower young girls and women to embrace their inner beauty. Available on for $12.99 paperback and $3.99 Kindle edition.#ImBeautyInspired abeauyscarlet_3d copy
  1. Beauty Blender Sponge: I have been using this product for over 2 years and this sponge is better than any makeup brush I have ever tried. It gives a fabulously flawless finish. It’s a great gift to give for the makeup savvy girl in your life. Available at Sephora for $19.95 for the original sponge.IMG_6749
  1. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Makeup Remover: I have fallen head over heels over the past year for Bobbi Brown makeup and Soothing Cleanser Oil! The entire makeup line is just gorg and natural looking. If you want a makeup that will give you a non-makeup look…this is it. Available at Macy’s prices range from $20 and up. If you’re in Chicago, go to the State Street location and ask for Viola. IMG_6748
  1. Laura Mercier Secret Concealer and Secret Brightening Powder: These two products have saved me from looking a hot tired mess. It covers and gives life to my dark circles. I can’t live without these two. Available at Sephora for $24 each.
  1. IMG_6751Origins Skincare: Too many products for me to name but here are a list of my faves… GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream – brightens the eye area, $30 at Sephora. GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer – feels great and offers the perfect amount of moisture, $26.50 at Sephora. High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream – calms and relaxes my skin before bed, $41 at Sephora. Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash – Offers the perfect amount of balance on my skin, $21.50 at Sephora.IMG_6752
  1. Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator: It removes all the dead skin and leaves my skin extra soft and smooth feeling like silk. Available at Sephora for $35.IMG_6756
  1. LVX Nail Polish: This product will be on my list every year, as I have not found a better brand than this. The polish last up to 6 or 7 days without chipping or peeling. Available on for $16.
  1. IMG_6755Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil and Opaque Liquid Lipstick: The brow genius and the long lasting lippie are a match made in beauty heaven! Without the brow genius…my brows would not exist and without the liquid lipstick…I would spend all day reapplying my lipstick (and that’s no bueno)! Available at Sephora for $32 (brow) and $28 (lips).
  1. IMG_6753Eden Body Works Hair Care: This brand of products keep my tresses looking healthy and just fly! A few of my faves: Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo to remove the buildup and detox my hair. Coconut Shea Styling Elixir offers heat protection from heat styling. Coconut Shea Oil strengthens and adds shine without buildup. Available at for $8.99 each.
  1. IMG_6759Green Smoothies: These are healthy treats full of fruits, veggies, vitamins and all sorts of goodness. They help to nourish the body, give great energy and boost beauty from the inside out! I love the book, “10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse” by JJ Smith available on for $9.59 paperback and $2.99 kindle edition.IMG_6760

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping! Enjoy your beauty purchases from the inside out!

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Service Review on Walgreens Look boutique by Beauty School ScArlet

Service Review on Walgreens Look boutique by Beauty School ScArlet
Walgreens is all about beauty with the Look boutique flagship store in Chicago, IL located on State Street. They have revamped the appearance of the beauty department, upgraded the brands offered added a nail bar and as if that wasn’t enough, they have a section for brow touch ups and makeovers too…who knew???
On my first visit, I had to take a step back as I thought I had entered the twilight zone…LOL. The lighting is bright, the beauty area mimics an upscale salon or mini Sephora and they offer chic brands like Beauty Blender, DDF, The Balm, Lierac and purminerals. For those of you who want to stick with the more traditional brands, don’t worry…they still have them available and I have the receipt to prove it 🙂
The customer service was very good; the Beauty Advisors welcomed me and they were eager to answer my questions, show me around and or book an appointment for me!!! When I expressed my interest in attending future store events because I am a beauty blogger, I was offered a complimentary mani and I could not refuse…LOL. My nail tech was quick yet efficient and my nails look AMAZING!!!
As you can see, I was very impressed with my overall experience; however, I have 3 small issues to point out. Being the beauty snob that I am and working in the industry for several years, I was a little disappointed to not have an area to hang my coat (seeing that it is winter time), not being offered something to drink (which usually happens in salon when you are receiving a service) and it would have been a plus to have been told where the powder room was upon my arrival in case I needed to powder my nose 🙂 While these are not the end of the world issues, it would be amazing if they would add this in the near future.
Even with the few minor concerns, it was a great visit and I shall return soon!!! My final grade for the Look boutique is 4.5 out of 5 smooches!!! MUAH. If you live in the Chicago area or if you are here for a visit, the Look boutique is a must try!!! It is located inside of Walgreens on State and Randolph on the 2nd floor. Happy shopping and enjoy your experience!!!
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My Top 10 Stocking Stuffers Must Haves

Christmas is just a few days away and you still have time to purchase a few items for your stocking stuffers! Here are my top 10 suggestions that I have tried, tested and approved!!!

LVX: The No chip, no smudge nail polish wonder of the world! It last up to 8 days; Beauty School Scarlet tested, Beauty School Scarlet approved!IMG_2106Hair 180 Whipped She Butter: Gives lightweight shine and moisture without weighing the hair down!IMG_2110Beauty Blender: A makeup sponge that puts any makeup brush to shame with a flawless finish! It’s not your mama’s makeup sponge…LOLIMG_2115

Big Girl Cosmetics Grapefruit Foaming Wash: Gentle foaming face wash great fro combination skin. Removes excess oil without drying the skin.IMG_2109Josie Marin Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain: Long lasting lip power that you don’t need to reapply!IMG_2116Smashbox CC Cream: A genius lightweight makeup that moisturizes, corrects dark spots, evens out the skin tone with SPF 30!


Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliner: No smear, no smudge, waterproof eyeliner with fun colors for all skin tones!

IMG_4393Soap & Glory Clean on Me Shower Gel: Creamy clarifying shower gel that smells amazeballs!IMG_2108Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara: Long lasting no flaking mascara that makes the lashes look lushes!IMG_2119Peter Thomas Roth: The multifunctional Queen of Exfoliators! Baby smooth skin in just 5 minutes! IMG_1032


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My Quest for the Perfect BB Cream Continues

*This post was originally posted on Rachel O. Beauty*IMG_5298

A few weeks ago I attended The Makeup Show in Chicago and I was introduced to a whole new world of brands and products…I was in “Makeup Heaven” and I did not want to leave…LOL. On the first day, I stumbled across AJ Crimson and the public debut of his version of a BB Cream; he calls it the BB+D Cream.

AJ Crimson is a celebrity makeup artist and co-founder of a brand of lip-gloss named Kissable Couture and he has recently launched a new brand of products called AJ Crimson Beauty. He is a well-known expert in the makeup industry and he definitely has the skills to prove it!!!


As you know, BB creams are all the rage and every other cosmetics line has one. The product has grown in popularity because they are more than a primer or tinted moisturizer and they are not quite a foundation. They usually have anti-aging skincare benefits and even out the skin tone. They typically have a SPF and they usually offer a sheer to mid coverage with limited availability in the range of shades offered (usually 3-4)…I know, I know…whomp, whomp 🙁 don’t shoot the messenger, I am just giving you the 411!!! But before you get yourself in a tizzy, let me introduce you to something that is more than the typical BB cream!!!


As I stated earlier, AJ Crimson debuted his BB+D Cream to the public at The Makeup Show in Chicago. Being in pursuit of the perfect BB Cream, I was so excited to get a color matched to my skin tone!!! I was a little nervous when I saw the results as it was a little darker than what I normally wear but hey…they are the experts and I am the consumer so I made my purchase, shrugged my shoulders and said what the heck!!!


So, I have been wearing the BB+D Cream for the last several weeks and here is what I like: This is not your average BB Cream…it offers a matte moderate coverage but it’s a little sheer at the same time. It totally evens out my skin tone without the look of makeup…FTW!!! It feels lightweight and I can use my Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge to blend it. AJ offers a total of 11 shades for all skin tones from very light to dark unlike most of the big cosmetics brands that only offer 3-4. A little goes a long way; one pump will be enough for your entire face. Last but not least, the darker shade that hey matched for my skin tone…works :-)…happy, happy, joy, joy!!!


So those are my likes and here are my dislikes: There is no SPF and that makes me sad, as I love it when my BB Cream has sunscreen!!! The smell is not that pleasant but you get use to it after the first couple of uses (but it could just be me and my sensitive nose) LOL. I have searched high and I have searched low but I cannot find out what the heck the “+D” means or what skincare benefits are offered in the product. The first time I used the product, the airless pump got stuck but I played with it for a few minutes, I was able to wiggle it free (this only happened on the 1st use).

Overall, I really heart the BB+D Cream by AJ Crimson Beauty; it has definitely become my go to BB out of all the other brands that I have tried (and I must tell you that if a brand offers my color, I am going to try it). So it is safe to say…I have tried most of them as I am in the pursuit of happiness for the perfect BB Cream…LBVS!!! With that said, my final grade is 4.5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! In case you are wondering why I didn’t give it a 5, it is because it does not have SPF. If you are interested in purchasing BB+D Cream go to Happy blending!!!


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Favorite Products from 2012

So, I could not let the New Month of the New Year end without sharing my faves from 2012!!! These are the products that are my MUST HAVES…I use them EVERYDAY!!!
1. Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge – Every time I use The Beauty Blender, I receive tons of compliments on my complexion and how great my makeup looks (and we all know that every girl on earth loves a compliment or 3) *giggles*.
The sponge is latex, allergy and odor free!!! It works great when used wet especially with my powder foundation. I really love my Beauty Blender and I can’t live without it. Now, I only use brushes for eye shadow, blush and lips. The best thing is…there are no streaks or lines on the face like some wedge sponges can leave.
2. Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara – First off, let’s just say that I am totally smitten by the name alone and how clever it is. I love the unique packing of purple faux leather casing…just adorable!!! But I digress because the real question here is…did it work???
Here’s what I liked: It gave my lashes length that I have never experienced with any other mascara!!! I usually have to use 3-4 types of mascara to do the job of 1. As you can see, my lashes do not exists, so this gave me hope, faith and lashes…LOL. It also curls, gives volume, defines and conditions. I have been using this mascara for over a month and I can honestly say that my lashes do not fall out as much and my eyes are not irritated.
3. Smashbox Lip Stain – The stain last all day long and has an awesome burst of color. The lip balm gives a hint of beautiful color and shine. Worn together your lips will be topic of conversation from all the compliments you will receive from the evening.
Unlike other lip stains, the Smashbox lip stain applicator is great and easy to use. It is shaped like a felt tip marker and goes on with a glide.
4. Origins Checks and Balances Cleanser – This is my all time fave from Origins. Checks and Balances does exactly what the title says. It hydrates the dry areas and controls the oily areas to balance the skin. It is very gentle and very frothy!!! If you have combination skin…this is totally the cleanser for you!!!
5. No7 Quick Thinking 4 in 1 Wipes – I have used them on several occasions for those lazy nights when I don’t want to go through the whole skincare routine and I must say, these are by far the best makeup wipes that I have I used!!! They do what they claim and you can get it all done with the use of just 1 wipe. That’s right a full face of makeup in just 1 wipe. To validate my point, I used my Smashbox Lip Stain that I reviewed last week to put the wipes to the test and they worked!!! No traces of the lip stain were left on my hand as you can see below. And when I remove my makeup, I don’t have to use a toner and moisturizer afterwards. My skin is clean and does not feel dry!!!
6. Smash Box BB Cream – BB Creams are a twist of a tinted moisturizer and makeup primer with skincare benefits. Not only do some have a SPF but some also help with anti aging or evening out the skin tone. You can wear them alone or under your makeup as a primer or use a powder on top. I personally love my BB Cream by Smashbox!!! I wear it alone on my days off and with a powder for more coverage when I am working. This BB cream is available in 5 shades and I can get a sheer to medium coverage with a great even skin tone!!!
7. Juliette Has A Gun: Not A Perfume (not pictured here) – The name of the scent is Not A Perfume and when I tell you that the name is so fitting, please believe me because the scent is so much more!!! It is a sexy, alluring, glamorous, gorgeous and captivating scent!!! I wish the Internet had smell-o-vision just so you could be as enamored with the smell as I am. Not only is the scent amazing but it is allergen free as well.
Every time that I wear this perfume, I get compliments throughout the day. It is scent that lingers but it is not overpowering where you are like OMG…she has on too much perfume. It touches the male senses where the hugs linger and the women want to know where can they purchase a bottle. It is innocent yet sensual. The main ingredient is Cetalox, which is usually used, as a base note is now the lead note here.

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