Natural Product Giveaway

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely LOVE getting free stuff. But you know what I love more than getting free stuff? I love giving it to random people for absolutely no reason at all! And that, dear friends, is what this post is all about. For the month of February, I have decided to share a few of my favorite natural products by hosting a giveaway contest!

This will be an Instagram contest, but I want to share it with my blog readers as well – because you are just as awesome as those instagram folks. To enter, just follow these simple steps:

1) repost the following picture on your instagram account:
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2) Follow me @faces_by_brit
3) Hashtag #facesbybritFebruary & #beauty
4) Tag 2 friends
5) Leave a comment on this blog

That’s it!

I will be giving 2 winners a beauty bag with a natural lip balm and bath bomb from Emerald Hollow and a handmade travel soap trio from Wild Herb Soap Company.

Only one entry per account name and contest ends at 11:59pm February 15th.

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Shine Like a Celeb!

Have you ever wondered how your favorite celebrities achieve that stunning red carpet glow? Its all about using the right products. Their “glam squads” know how to use just the right combination of expensive creams and spray-on sheen to give their clients the healthy glow that shines a light on their best assets. You’re in luck, however, because now it is possible for you to get that sought after celebrity glow all in one product.

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Shine Like a Celeb offers a sparkle cream that is an absolute godsend for makeup artists and clients alike. This new UK based company is raising the bar on luxury beauty products, and they are fast expanding their brand to include fashion as well. Their heavenly scented sparkle cream feels like butter on your skin and it comes in a beautiful jar made in Spain.

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With it being award show season right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if Shine Like A Celeb was being worn on the red carpet by some of your favorite actresses, models and musicians. If you would like to treat yourself and get your own red carpet glow, now is an excellent time to place your order. For a very limited time only, you can purchase a jar of their diamond sparkle cream at www.shinelikeaceleb.com for 30% off the regular price! Just use code: SHINE at checkout.

A note about reviews: As a rule, I refuse to recommend a product or service that I don’t fully believe in or support. Unless otherwise stated, I am not an employee of or paid by the companies that I talk about to give a favorable review, nor am I receiving any “kick backs”. image

As a beauty blogger, I often receive product samples from the company to review & other times I purchase them myself. Either way, when I come across goods and services that have given me an above average experience, I am eager to spread the word. The same is true of Shine Like a Celeb. I can, without bias, tell you that I have been very pleased with this product and I believe you will be too!

Visit www.shinelikeaceleb.com to order and read about its skin-friendly ingredients. Also, be on the lookout for their new sparkle lipgloss coming out soon!

Cultivating Your Smile

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Are you unsure or nervous about your smile in pictures? Try practicing your smile at home in front of a mirror. Many of you are professional selfie takers anyway, which is a great time to start “cultivating” your smile.

Work on smiling with your eyes and your mouth will generally follow. Let your smile come from within and you can never go wrong. Once you devplop that confident smile, you might surprise yourself the next time those impromptu girls night out or family pictures pop up on social networking sites. You may just find yourself re-posting instead of cringing.

The Evolution of My Face

At night, as I’m staring into the mirror wiping off my makeup, I often reflect on the words of my beauty icon Gwen Stefani, “the magic’s in the makeup”. It truly is magical how drastically a girl (or boy) can transform herself (or himself) with mere liquids, creams and powders. I am the first to admit that I look a bit strange underneath the full face I often wear, yet I am not self conscious about this. My face isn’t symmetrical. I have hyperpigmentation and some acne. But I am just as comfortable going out of the house without makeup as I am with it. The reason for my comfort level is a result of my practicing what I preach, in that I place more value on inner beauty. Below, I share with you my readers (all 5 of you) the evolution of my face.

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Do I feel that I may look a little more aesthetically pleasing with makeup? Yes. Do I feel the need to wear it every day? No. Does it sometimes cheer me up to wear makeup? Yes. What can I say, I’m an enigma at times. I stick by the importance of inner beauty, but I also realize that my career revolves around makeup and that it is a key part of my job to advertise my skills on myself. I mean, would you want to go to a hairstylist with crappy looking hair? No, I don’t think you would.

The most important thing to me about putting on makeup, is the fact that I enjoy it. If wearing makeup was a task that I took no pleasure in, or felt like it was something I was obligated to do – I would never have chosen this line of work.

At the end of the day when it’s all said and done, I look forward to cleansing my skin and letting it breathe. I also look forward to trying a new look the next morning. I think its awesome that I can wake up as picture (1), half an hour later walk out of the house as picture (6), and go to bed as picture (1) again.

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DIY Makeup Remover

Are you in search of a powerful makeup remover that will get rid of all the waterproof eye makeup that you pile on, while still being gentle to the sensitive skin around the eyes? Well, you needn’t look any further because I’m going to give you the 411 on how to make your own! All you need are two edible items that most people can currently find in their kitchen: extra virgin olive oil and aloe vera juice.

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First, take a bottle of aloe vera juice and empty out a little if completely full. Next pour in about 1/3 – 1/2 cup of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), the oil will rise to the top. Now, although I would love to make my knowledge sound more vast than it is, that’s it as far as instructions. Just be sure to shake the bottle well prior to each use and pour onto cotton pad/puff immediately while it is still mixed to remove your makeup.

Check back soon for more helpful tips like this one!

New Makeup & Jewelry Share!

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Look at that radiant young woman above! Do you see the confidence in her smile? That, dear readers, is the smile of a woman who has just found her new favorite lip color! Pictured above is yours truly (duh, I know) wearing a beautiful brick red lipstick that I am absolutely gaga over. It’s a color called “Viva” by Befabulosa, a new small makeup company find that I came across towards the end of last year. Not only does this line offer beautiful high quality cosmetics at unbeatable prices, but its run by women! Owner Sheila Perez was kind enough to send me a Viva lipstick to try, and I immediately fell in love with the rich creamy color and staying power. Unfortunately (or fortunately, it all depends on the day) I currently happen to be single – but I imagine this lippie would stand up to the test of a steamy make-out sesh!

As icing on the cake of my shopping experience, I found their slogan, “Befabulosa – why be ordinaria!” to be brilliant. I wholeheartedly support small business owners, and I am even happier to spread the word about women in business for themselves. To check out the complete Befabulosa line visit http://www.befabulosa.com.

The fun, however, does not stop with my lipstick find. I also happened to have received my latest order from my girl Aimee over at Peachy Queen Boutique around the same time as my Befabulosa package and found a pair of earrings that paired quite nicely with the new lip color. (see below)
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These adorable Louboutin-esque stilletoe earrings are so fun! I also received some other fun goodies that I look forward to wearing soon.

To grab your own pair or check out the other hot items, visit http://www.peachyqueen.com.

As always ladies, remember that these products and accessories are only an enhancement of what is already a beautiful inner you. The most important adornments are those of the heart.

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Hair Tips: “Pineappling”

Have any of you lovely ladies ever heard of the “Pineappling technique” for keeping your styles fresh while you sleep? Well, I happened across this technique on a curly girl website and I am so happy I did. The basics of it is throwing all your hair into a loose high ponytail or bun on top of your head, and wrap a scarf around the sides (optional: spritz a little leave in conditioner to moisturize) and you’re ready for bed!  (see picture below)
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By using this simple technique, you can achieve fabulous 2nd and even 3rd day hair from your initial styles. Girls, I can’t begin to tell you how much time this has saved me in the morning. All I have to do after my shower is take down my hair, fluff, and I am good to go!

Give it a try the next time you have a cute style you’d like to save for a couple of days. I would LOVE to hear how it works for you!

Respectfully yours,

Brit

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