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Flawless Finish

Posted Feb 25 2013 8:44pm

This weekend definitely had it’s marvelous moments!  Saturday was an absolute blast and Sunday I logged some miles, despite having an angry puffer fish in my stomach that made most of Sunday pretty painful.

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I was hoping to get 11-13 miles in but I just couldn’t do it – I was in pain and pain is an obvious signal to stop.  There are still a couple of weeks until the Rock ‘n’ Roll half and after a lengthy Twitter #runchat, my worries have been put to rest and I’m confident that everything will be a-ok.

 Thanks for hosting another marvelous link-up Katie !

After wolfing down a large cereal bowl snack, I took a quick shower and ran a few errands with Ryan.   We made it home just in time to unload the groceries, make dinner, and tune into E!’s red carpet coverage.  Neither of us are big on watching award shows, but I do always enjoy seeing all of the glamorous gowns – it reminds me of high school prom…  On a much grander scale ;)

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I think the three Jennifer’s looked stunning [loved Lawrence's necklace, Aniston's simple elegance, and Garner's dress], Charlize Theron rocked her new do, and Kerry Washington was glowing.  Sadly, Kristen Stewart looked a bit disheveled and did you see Anne Hathaway aka Nippleway’s dress?  Eek!  What was up with those seams around her bosoms? #fail

Regardless, the majority of the stars looked flawless – both men and women!  I’m hinting at Mr. Channing Tatum, swoon.  I wish I had someone to dress me up and to do my hair and make-up…  Talk about living.it.up!

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I can’t even fake that I’m some sort of make-up guru.  I’m 23-years-old and embarrassingly don’t have the slightest idea of how to apply eyeliner.  I’m aware that it comes in pencil form and a liquid variety, I can’t use either.  Every time I’ve tried, I’ve either stabbed myself in the eye or unintentionally have given myself “cat eyes.”

Last spring I subscribed to Birchbox and acquired quite the collection of samples – creams and liners and perfumes and toners -  oh my!  But since cancelling my subscription [to save some monies], my make-up supply has started to run low.  So when SheSpeaks contacted me with the opportunity to try the new L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream I happily accepted!

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Most mornings my make-up routine consists of applying a dab of on-the-spot gel [we all get those occasional pesky pimples], a light layer of tinted moisturizer, and a dusting of translucent finishing powder.

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If I’m feeling extra girly, I’ll brush on some eyeshadow [I'm a big fan of metallic golds] and mascara…  I hardly ever wear lip gloss or lipstick – it’s a texture thing, I don’t like the slimy feeling.

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The first time I used the L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream I was completely confused – it came out white, not beige or “buff” as it’s referred to in the make-up world.

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We were advised to apply the cream using our fingertips but I opted to use a cotton swab and rubbed it onto my face and surprisingly it didn’t turn my face ghostly white!  Why?  Because the self-adjusting beads instantly transform and blend to match your skin tone.  And even better, it doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily, nor dry – win win!

A little more about the cream:

This product gives the sheer coverage needed to create a natural bare skin finish, while delivering built-in skincare benefits. With four beautifying actions, this all-in-one innovation primes and smoothes, perfects to hide flaws, hydrates all-day, and corrects and evens skin. The product is infused with skincare ingredients like Panthenol, Vitamin E and Glycerin for 24-hour moisturization.

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A month since receiving the sample, I’m almost all out but I definitely think it’s worth the $10.95 price tag and plan to purchase it myself!

FYI: It’s available in four shades and is sold at mass food and drug retailers nationwide.  Click here to find out more.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product from SheSpeaks/ L’Oréal to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Question:  Did you watch the Oscars?  Who did you think was the best or the worst dressed?

Question:  Are you a make-up guru?  Feel free to share some of your favorite tips or tricks!

— Allison

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