What’s the Beauty 411 for June Week 3?

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This Little Cleanser

A few months ago a friend of mine received an invitation for an afternoon of brunch and beauty at Bloomingdales from Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. She invited a few of her gal pals to tag along for mimosas and makeovers and being the beauty junkie that I am, this was an offer I could not refuse!

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I was so excited because this was first time trying Bobbi Brown; it was on my must try beauty list and now I finally get to cross it off! Happy, happy, joy, joy!

Just in case you are not familiar with the brand Bobbi Brown, let me give you the beauty 411. Bobbi was a young beauty junkie who idolized her mom while she applied her makeup. When she was old enough to work, she applied for a job in cosmetics where she received formal training. She then went on to earn a B.F.A. in theatrical makeup and went on to become a professional makeup artist. Her first big break was the American Vogue cover, which featured the soon-to-be supermodel Naomi Campbell.

While working as a successful makeup artist, Bobbi found that the cosmetic brands she worked with looked artificial and it was impossible to create a flawless non-makeup natural look. Several years into her career, she had an idea to create a lipstick that didn’t smell, wasn’t dry or greasy. She soon met a chemist and shared her idea. With Bobbi’s specifications, the chemist created a pinky brown-based lip color. Soon after, nine other colors followed and the lipstick line was complete.

In 1991 Bobbi debuted her line of lipsticks to the elite department store Bergdorf Goodman. The line was forecasted to sell 100 in a month but to everyone’s surprise, she sold 100 on the first day! From there she has expanded her brand, appeared on Oprah and created a New York Times bestseller beauty instructional guide.

Now that you know about the brand and its trend-setting creator, let me go back to my makeover experience and the purpose of this review…LOL! Whenever I get a makeover, I usually have something I want to focus on and on this day, it was my brows. I am on a mission to perfect the shape of my brows and I needed a lesson or two to complete my mission.

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Even though the makeup artist did an awesome job, it was the cleanser she used to remove my makeup that impressed me the most. So here I am today to give you the Glam it or Slam it and my final grade on the Soothing Cleansing Oil by Bobbi Brown.

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The Glam: It lives up to its name of soothing! It feels so luxurious on my skin and leaves it feeling clean. It removes every ounce of makeup without that tight uncomfortable feeling. A little goes a very long way and it removes eye makeup too! It’s perfect for my sensitive skin and it has been a lifesaver on my extremely dry skin during this harsh winter weather.

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The Slam: Hmm, let me see. I can’t think of one single issue with this cleanser; it’s just fab!

My final grade for the Soothing Cleansing Oil by Bobbi Brown is 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH! I am so in love 🙂 If you are interested in purchasing this product, you get in at Bloomingdales, bobbibrowncosmetics.com, or any other major department store for $42 (and yes, it’s worth every single penny) Happy Cleansing!

I am a Beauty Maven, Speaker and Women’s Empowerment Strategist! I have a balanced background in social media, retail management and cosmetics. My love for the beauty industry has expanded my career towards women’s empowerment  by focusing on beauty from the inside out.

As a Women’s Empowerment Strategist – I speak at events to educate women and young girls to embrace their beauty from the inside out through empowerment events and workshops. Every woman should know: “Beauty is not complicated or complex; it is simplistic” and they will gain a better understanding of this as well as other topics in my presentations and workshops. 

If you would like to hire me, I am available to speak at schools, youth/women’s organizations and companies who seek to embrace beauty from the inside out! Send all inquires to info@beautyschoolscarlet.com

 

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My Black is Beautiful Brand Ambassador Search

 

Earlier this month I entered the My Black is Beautiful Contest to be a Brand Ambassador. #MBIB helps to empower young girls/women to embrace her beauty, love the skin she is in and to be her best self! And last week I received an email stating, “Congratulations! You’ve been selected as a Semi-Finalist in the My Black is Beautiful Ambassador Search!” I was over the moon with excitement and cried like a baby…LOL.

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I was overwhelmed and inside of my emotions because my brand and passion is to Empower and Inspire Women to understand that beauty is not complicated or complex; it is simplistic and you can only be a true beauty if you embrace your beauty from the inside out! It is important for us to teach our young girls at an early age that she is beautiful because she is so impressionable. She will mimic what she sees and if she doesn’t have a positive image to look up to or good role model, she may have low self-esteem or not have the ability to live up to her full potential.

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As a Brand Ambassador, I will be able to be a part of the campaign, join forces with other amazing women and continue to make a difference with young women and girls! It is important that young black girls feel significant, valued, reassured, in control and worthy! It is important that she understands that “Her Black is Beautiful!

Please join me on this amazing journey this Saturday as I move on to the next step in the process for a live interview! There will be musical performances, celebrity appearances, inspiring conversations and awesome giveaways! The event will take place at Walmart, 1300 Des Plaines Ave. Forest Park, IL at 12:00 PM. If you are unable to make it, don’t worry…click any of the following the links>>> MBIB Facebook, #MBIB Twitter and #MBIB Instagram and join the conversation!

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Eco-Friendly and/or Natural Beauty Faves

Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, I want share some of my eco-friendly and/or natural beauty favorites!

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Great leave in conditioner with Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil just to name a few. It ‘s also Paraben and Sulfate free! It helps to detangle my hair before I blow-dry.

Black Castor Oil By: Tropic Isle LivingIMG_3555

A great conditioner infused with Shea, Red Pimento and Rosemary. It helps to detangle hair before I rinse and leaves my hair feeling smooth!

The Healthy Deodorant By: LaVanila IMG_3556

This deodorant is healthy and keeps me smelling fresh! Soothing essential oils and antioxidants help to soothe and nourish. This product is vegan free, no animal testing or harsh chemicals.

Purifying Toning Water By: Nude SkincareIMG_3557

This toner is made with ginger water, great burnet root and cinnamon bark extracts. It has probiotics to balance the skin for a clearer complexion. This toner softens and soothes the skin.

Goat’s Milk & Chai Hand Cream By: Nubian HeritageIMG_3558

This amazing hand cream is filled with multi-vitamins, rose extracts and healing vegetable oils. This cream soothes dry hands and smells refreshing!

Illuminata Illuminating Herbal Makeup By: Mojo SpaIMG_3559

It’s a 3-in-1 multifunctional product that primes, moisturizes and illuminates! It’s handmade and smells some kind of amazing! It contains 20 different herbs, fruits and herbs to help heal and rejuvenate the skin.

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The polish has a long lasting, chip-free, non-streak formula that is free of toxins and harsh chemicals. The products are free of formaldehyde, resins and camphor, which can be harmful to the nails and skin. More importantly, LVX is vegan, socially responsible, cruelty- free and all products are made in the USA!

Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain in Flamenco By: Josie MarinIMG_3562

This is a natural beauty brand created to be eco-friendly and toxin free. It’s also fragrance and paraben free.

Cheek Stain By: Tarte CosmeticsIMG_3561

They are known as a high performance natural brand. Their products are made without all the fillers that aren’t good for the skin! They are a cruelty free brand and they don’t test on animals.

So there you have it…some of my favorite eco friendly and/or natural beauty brands and products. These products are either good for the earth or good for your skin. Either way, they are good! Happy Earth Day! MUAH

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Enter to Win NYX Two Timer Dual-Ended Eyeliner

Today is Sample Saturday with SHEfinds.com via Beauty School Scarlet!

The brand for today’s giveaway is NYX! The product that is up for grabs is the Dual-Ended Eyeliner!

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NYX Cosmetics is one of the best budget friendly brands for the frugal beauty junkie that lives inside of all of us! And today is your lucky day because you can enter to win the Two Timer Dual-Ended Eyeliner! Check out the Glam it or Slam it below…

The Glam: I so love any product that is multi-functional…they just make my heart skip a beat and the NYX Two Timer Dual-Ended Eyeliner has accomplished that! Side A is an automatic pencil and side B is liquid liner. This product is two times the fun because it offers two times the function. The pencil allowed for great application and an easy way to line the inner rim of the eye. The liquid offers amazing precision with its unique felt tip. With this dual liner, you can line as thick or as thin as you like; the choice is yours!

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The Slam: Nothing, nada, zero and zilch! This product is a must have 🙂

If you want a chance to win the NYX Two Timer Dual-Ended Eyeliner from this weeks Sample Saturday, click this link >>>> SHEfinds.com Sample Saturday via Beauty School Scarlet! The contest starts today and ends on Friday April 11th. Good Luck…MUAH

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Enter to Win a Wantable Customized Box with SHEfinds via Beauty School Scarlet

Today is Sample Saturday with SHEfinds.com via Beauty School Scarlet!

The brand for today’s giveaway is Wantable – a customized box subscription of makeup or accessories and here’s a look at the products that you have a chance of winning!

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A cool box of beauty products or accessories customized to your liking by a personal shopper just for you! Let me explain it in the Glam it or Slam it!

The Glam: Wantable is all about you (well…today it’s all about me but you can enter to win)! Here’s how it works: You sign up, answer several questions about your style, skin tone, likes and dislikes as well as colors that you love or hate. A virtual stylist gathers your information and voilà…products are chosen just for you (well…today, me) LOL.

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The box is then delivered to your home for you to have your own personal beauty play date or schedule some beauty time with the girls! The cool things is, you get to try a couple of boutique brands at an affordable price every month plus you get an overview of all the products that were chosen for you!

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The Slam: There are not a lot of skin tones to choose from so there is a possibility that the colors that were chosen could be too dark or light for your liking.

If you want a chance to win a Wantable customized box from this weeks Sample Saturday, click this link >>>> SHEfinds.com Sample Saturday via Beauty School Scarlet! The contest starts today and ends on Friday March 28th. Good Luck…MUAH

 

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Enter to Win Pür Minerals with SHEfinds and Beauty School Scarlet

Today is the last day to enter the Sample Saturday with SHEfinds.com via Beauty School Scarlet!

The brand for the giveaway is Pür Minerals and here’s a look at the products that you have a chance of winning!

Pür’s skincare-enhanced cheek colors add the perfect touch of complexion-perfecting long wear color, free of parabens, fillers and chemical dyes. Available in six stunning shades but you get to choose from one of the following:

 

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Flirt (Cream Blush)
  • Tease
  • Kinky

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But wait…there’s more! You also have a chance of winning a deluxe size sample of the bestselling Dirty Girl Mudd Mask. It unclogs pores and gently exfoliates the skin.

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If you want a chance to win Pür Minerals products from this weeks Sample Saturday, click this link >>>> SHEfinds.com Sample Saturday via Beauty School Scarlet! The contest ends today March 21st. Good Luck…MUAH

 

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SHEfinds Sample Saturday – Enter to Win Pür Minerals

Today is Sample Saturday with SHEfinds.com via Beauty School Scarlet!

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The brand for the giveaway is Pür Minerals and here’s a look at the products that you have a chance of winning!

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Pür’s skincare-enhanced cheek colors add the perfect touch of complexion-perfecting long wear color, free of parabens, fillers and chemical dyes. Available in six stunning shades but you get to choose from one of the following:

  • 
Flirt (Cream Blush)
  • Tease
  • Kinky

But wait…there’s more! You also have a chance of winning a deluxe size sample of their bestselling Dirty Girl Mudd Mask. It unclogs pores and gently exfoliates the skin.

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If you want a chance to win Pür Minerals products from this weeks Sample Saturday, click this link >>>> SHEfinds.com Sample Saturday via Beauty School Scarlet! The contest starts today and ends on Friday March 21st. Good Luck…MUAH

 

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When Travelmate Mask – A Product Review

Last year when I was traveling every week, my skin was extremely dehydrated, dry and irritated similar to what it has been like this winter. I knew I needed something to hydrate and nourish it. I wanted something to soothe my skin and bring it back to life…back to reality! That’s when I stumbled upon the mask When Travelmate and today, I am going to give you the beauty 411.

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In case you have never heard of the brand When, here’s a little info on the who, the what and the why. When, is a facemask on a high quality sheet of paper with the ingredients infused on the mask for a variety of skin issues. They offer mask for traveling, a pre makeup base, restoring, refreshing and soothing. They have the exact mask for “When” you need it!

Even though I purchased the When Travelmate Mask last year, I just started using it recently because of the harsh cold blustery winter weather we have been experiencing here in the Chicago area.  It just seems like the winter weather will not go away!

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Here’s the Glam: It soothed my super dry skin, which was peeling and chapped from the weather. It offered a cooling yet relaxing sensation on my face. It felt so good that I did not want to take it off. My skin was moisturized and comfortable; the mask was like a drink of cool water on a hot summer day. The mask is made without Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates and made with grapefruit seed; bamboo stem and pine leaf extracts to help keep the skin healthy. I was sold with how it felt and all of the amazing ingredients!

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Here’s the Slam: While this is not a deal breaker, I could not tell what the product was or how it functioned by looking at the packaging. I had to ask a Sephora Cast Member about it. Not that I will always be able to tell what a product does by looking at the packaging but…this offered no clues whatsoever and it left me sort of confused, scratching my head then asking for help.

Other than the packaging not telling the story of the product, there is nothing bad that I can say about the mask. It’s just everything!

My final grade for the Travelmate Mask by When is 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH! This mask felt so amazing on my skin the first time that I fell asleep wearing it the second time…LOL. If you are interested in purchasing this product, you can find a box of four packets at Sephora for $28.00. Happy Masking!

 

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SHEfinds Sample Saturday – Enter to Win

Today is Sample Saturday with SHEfinds.com via Beauty School Scarlet!

The brand for the giveaway is Tarte Cosmetics and here’s a look at the products that you have a chance of winning!

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Tarte: Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara: A lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning mascara infused with olive esters to condition, treat, and protect lashes. It retails for $19.

The Glam: Long lush lashes with definition! It can easily removed with a makeup wipe and it does not irritate my eyes!

The Slam: Nothing…I love it 🙂

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Cheek Stain: The stain that started it all. Tarte’s award-winning and best-selling cheek stain gives you a gorgeous, natural flush in a gel or cream consistency. Rounded top cheek stains are gel based stains, while flat top cheek stains are the cream based version. It retails for $30.

The Glam: It goes on smooth and sheer with a hint of color or you can enhance the shade by adding more. I like it because it is natural and easy to use.

The Slam: The packaging is like a push up Popsicle and if you push too much (like me) LOL…you can’t push it back down and the top will not screw all the way on. I suggest you give it a little nudge!

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Overall, I love my gifts from sheFinds and Tarte! I will add them to my makeup bag and wear them often. If you want a chance to win 1 out of 100 products from Sample Saturday this week, click the following link >>>> SHEfinds.com Sample Saturday via Beauty School Scarlet! The contest starts today and ends on Friday March 7th. Good Luck…MUAH

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