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Five Cold Weather Makeup Bag Essentials – Plus A Giveaway!

The cold weather hit Philly earlier than I had expected. So this weekend, I switched out the contents of my makeup bag (I don’t even want to say how many products I had crammed in there…I’m embarrassed) and replaced them with the following cold weather beauty essentials.

Last week, it was cold and wet in my neck of the woods. It’s not even November yet, and my hands are crack-a-lackin’. So I retired my summer hand lotion, and pulled out the heavy artillery…Aveda’s Hand Relief. If this isn’t the best hand lotion on the market, I don’t know what is. It hydrates and soothes even severely dry hands – without leaving them greasy or sticky. And the citrusy scent is a nice pick-me-up. If you’ve never tried Hand Relief, now is the best time to buy. The Pink Ribbon special value tube has 7% more product than the regular size, and Aveda will donate $4 from each purchase to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Clear Nail Polish is another cold weather essential I highly suggeststashing in your makeup bag. Not only does it protect your polish against the elements and extend the life of your mani, it’s also great for stopping stocking runs and rips in their tracks.

Remember how I told you that I carried a mini tube of Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant in my purse this past summer? Well, it’s still there. And that’s where it’s gonna stay this season. Yes, I realize that the mercury is falling – but layered clothing combined with co-workers who like to jack up the thermostat can have you smelling quite ripe, if you’re not prepared. I am…are you?

Chapped lips are the bane of my existence. I hate how they look, how they feel, and how they’re the prelude to a bleeding, peeling, jacked up mess of a mouth. Preventing chapped lips doesn’t have to cost a fortune, as is evidenced by one of my new cold weather beauty finds – Carmex Moisture Plus. It moisturizes with Vitamin E, Aloe, and Shea butter and protects your pucker with SPF 15. I love the vanilla menthol scent and the fact that, despite the sun protection, I don’t feel like I’m eating sunscreen if I lick my lips. The slant tip applicator also ups the fab factor.

Stila Convertible Color is a makeup bag must have year-round, but I always fall a little deeper in love when it gets colder and the summer glow fades from my face. This versatile bestseller brightens cheeks and lips with creamy, translucent color. If your skin tends to dry out during the colder months, you’ll love the formula – and how it gives your complexion a lit from within, realistic glow. I use Poppy to give my cheeks a pop of color – for a straight from the slopes, snow bunny look.

This post was sponsored by Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm. Thanks to them, I’m giving away a $25 Visa gift card and a one year supply of Carmex Moisture Plus samples! To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment by Wednesday, October 28th at midnight – and tell me one of your favorite cold weather beauty products.

For more chances to win, visit DivineCaroline.com. There, women are sharing their five favorite beauty products and entering to win a $250 gift card. !

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Mummy Manicure?

When I first saw this photo, I thought to myself, “Surely this is proof that the ancient Egyptians rocked nail art.” But this is no mummy manicure. Sadly, these hands belong to a real live human being – with tacky taste, access to a digital camera and, apparently, no hand cream.

So my question to you is this: if your fingers were this wrinkled, would you draw attention to them with gaudy nail art?

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Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Best Light and Dark Nail Polishes

I’m in the market for some new nail polish, so I enlisted the advice of the DailyMakeover.com Beauty Bloggerati. Read on for some fab light and dark nail polish picks:

“My favorite go to color is OPI’s Bubble Bath. It goes with any outfit and it’s the perfect shade of white/pink! For dark polish, I am currently obsessed with OPI’s Here Today…Aragon Tomorrow from the España line. It’s is a deep deep forresty emerald green and totally fun for the fall!” -Lisa, These Lips Are Made For Glossin’

“I found two new polishes backstage at Fashion Week that I’m loving right now. CND Putty is an a very light beige. Sally Hansen Insta Dry in Blazing Blue…a deep midnight blue.” -Rachel, DailyMakeover.com

“My favorite light polish is the mix of Essie Marshmallow and Ballet Slippers (Marshmallow goes on first). It’s the famed combo that all the editors wore in The Devil Wears Prada (the book), and I have yet to find a light polish that makes my nails look as lit from within. My favorite dark is NARS Chinatown. It’s a much deeper maroon than the bold Mr.-Big-red-wall-red you’d expect from the name.” -Amber, Beauty Blogging Junkie

“I love Essie Ballet Slippers for a pretty, sophisticated look! I just purchased my first dark polish in about 15 years today and I love it. It’s Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Cinna-Snap. It reminds me of a glass of super dark merlot.” -Sarah, Hair Thursday

“For dark, I like the Sephora by OPI 212-Sephora. It’s black, but has sparkles, so it’s not totally goth. For light, I think it’s hard to top the classic Essie Ballet Slippers.” -Anne, The Jet Set Girls

“I’m not a huge fan of light colors but recently I picked up Sephora by OPI’s Under My Trench Coat. This is as light as I get, this shade is a very pretty beigey-grey with some gold shimmer. For my dark color, lately I’ve found myself going with another Sephora by OPI shade Brunette on the Internet. It’s a really rich, dark burgundy brown-red. Totally vampy.” -Carla, Product Girl

“For light I love Essie’s Adore-a-Ball or Revlon’s #910 Barely Peach. They hold up very well if you cook a lot. For dark, I am still in love with OPI’s Eiffel for this Color from their Fall 2009 Parisian color collection.” -Julia, All About The Pretty

“Light: Essie is Waltz the perfect white nail polish, it has no pink undertones what so ever. The pigment is not too thick so it doesn’t look like you have a white-out on. The classic white. Dark: MAC in Nocturnelle is the perfect pure black shade. You can’t get more black than this one. The classic black.” -Marta, Talking Makeup

“Favorite dark: CND Nail Noir – I almost cried during FW when I found out it’s going away. I came home and bought 6 bottles online. LOVE this color. Favorite light: Essie Mademoiselle – a favorite of mine since forever! Now my daughter Bailey’s hooked on it and my bottle disappears twice as fast!” -Erika, Makeup Bag

“I do a “faux-French” manicure. I use something cheap (like N.Y.C. Color white nail polish) to paint a quick, easy French manicure tip, and then use a little bit of cuticle oil cream (or lip
gloss or olive oil) over top create the “shine effect” of a top coat (it takes seconds to do). I also love Neutrogena’s Instant Nail Enhancer to give a quick, healthy shine. I only use dark colors on my toes. I really want to try those Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens, because they look like big, portable markers – so you can paint your toes in a flash.” -Bailey, Makeover Momma

“OPI Lincoln Park After Dark is my go-to dark shade. It looks great on a mani or pedi – and really, when is dark purple not an option for Fall/Winter? It’s classic! Revlon Sheer Pink is my everyday nude. It adds only a touch of color along with a really great shine.” -Tammy, A Mom In Red High Heels

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My Latest Manicure: OPI Suzi Skis In The Pyrenees

Yesterday, I got my nails did. I’m so indecisive, it took me five minutes to pick out a color – but I finally decided on OPI‘s Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees, a “deep blue-grey” from the España collection.

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