Victoria Jackson® Cosmetics #LoveVJC

I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of Victoria Jackson® and One2one Network. All opinions stated are my own. 

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I was so excited when I was invited to try Victoria Jackson® Cosmetic products. Being a mom for me means that I don’t wear makeup or dress  up like I used to, but when I do get to dress up and wear makeup then I want to look my best. As I get older certain makeups do not appeal to me like they used to. I don’t want to wear a product that I have to reapply after a few hours, or look like it is caked on my face. I have came across several products that I was extremely impressed with and Victoria Jackson® Cosmetics is one of them. 

When you look better, you feel better. And when you feel better, you can change your life!

There is no reason to hide behind makeup to cover up those dark circles. You can easily amp up your eyes with just a few strokes of mascara, a dot of foundation here, get a little cheeky with a sweep of blush, add a stroke of lip gloss to complete the look. I received Foundation Duo, Bronzing Powder, Lush Mascara and Blush. 

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The Foundation Duo is the “No Makeup” Makeup. Its Duo compact has two different shades to match your complexion. The oil-free, full coverage foundation can be used with out clogging your pores. The compact has two compartments; one holding the foundation and the other holding your sponge, so that your sponge is not always in contact with your foundation. The Duo Foundation is great to blend in to match your skin on your face and neck area.I always love to find a product that is oil-free to avoid clogging my pores. The Foundation Duo is available in Light Duo, Medium Duo, Tan Duo and Dark Duo for a retail price of $29.95.

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If you love the tanned look but don’t want to expose your skin to those harmful rays or tanning beds then you will love Here Comes The Sun Bronzing Powder. It has a flawless, matte finish that is made with a sheer formula. The universal color easily adapts to all skin tones so you never have to worry about the orange colored skin. As an added bonus this bronzing powder helps soften and hydrate your skin using Vitamins C & E to condition your skin. The Here Comes The Sun Bronzing Powder is available for a retail price of $22.95

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Who doesn’t love a touch of blush to add some color to those cheeks? The Perfect Everyday Blush is all you need to effortlessly have naturally flushed cheek. It wears light and the color is amazing and blends well with the foundation. This everyday blush is made with Vitamins A, C & E to help protect your skin from radical damage while giving you a long wearing finish. The Perfect Everyday Blush is available in Sparkling Rose and Garden shades for a retail price of $20.95.

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One of my favorite products that is a must to have is mascara. It just helps bring out my eyes even more. The Lush Mascara not only lengthens but also adds a thickening to make your eyes pop. Most importantly your eyes are your focal point of your face. Victoria’s Lush Mascara helps strengthen while preventing your lashes from becoming dry and brittle. I love this mascara because it is easy to apply, doesn’t clump my eye lashes together and makes my lashes look and feel longer. The Lush Mascara is available for a retail price of $18.95

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I do not just have one favorite out of these products because I love them all. They wear great, last long and I do not find myself having to check the mirror to see if I need a touch up. The Bronzing Powder helps add just the right amount of color to help match my skin tone. I also love being able to add a lighter foundation under my eyes for dark circles. If you are looking for a great makeup product that last and does what it says then I highly recommend Victoria Jackson® Cosmetics. They believe its all about letting your natural beauty shine through.

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E.L.F. Beauty Products {Review} *Holiday Gift Guide*

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Life of a Southern Mom was recently given the chance to work with E.l.f to review their products. Also known as Eyes Lips Face, E.l.f is an international cosmetics brand that is based out of New York City and was founded in 2004 by Joseph Shamah and Scott Vincent Borba. In an industry where the product is small and the price tag is big E.l.f dominates the competition in both quality and price with everyday deals starting at prices as low as $1, $3 and $5. E.l.f is 100% cruelty-free and offers a host of products to the beauty conscious with selections from the bath, skin-care, mineral based makeups, and professional quality application tools at a fraction of retail costs. They’ve also been featured in Glamour, Allure, In Style and more!elfmakeup1

I was sent their Beauty Journal Natural Look Palette De Beaute and 10 Piece Brush Set for review.

The 10 piece Brush Set from E.l.f has all the essential Eyes, Lips, and Face makeup brushes you need to pull off the flawless look you’ve been hoping for. From eyeshadow and concealer to liner and foundation, this 10 piece set will help you accomplish any style you’re looking to pull off and at an incredibly affordable price.

Each set includes:

  • Concealer/Bronzer Brush
  • Foundation Brush
  • Blending Eye Brush
  • Eyelash and Brow Wand
  • Eye Liner Brush
and much more! You won’t be disappointed with this amazing set!
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The Natural Look Palette is a great option if you’re looking to try something new and find yourself unsure of how to achieve it. Not only does it come in 5 different palettes to choose from but it also comes with 6 eyeshadows, an eyelid primer to keep the eyeshadow from sliding off, an eyeliner pencil to give your eyes definition, a built-in mirror, and a dual ended applicator but it also comes with a handy Beauty Book that goes into step by step detail on how to achieve the flawless eye look you’ve been dying to have. It doesn’t get any easier than that when it comes to learning how to apply a new look!

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Mehron Beauty Products {Review} *Holiday Gift Guide*

mehronlogo Makeup is a must when going out for me. No matter where I go I must at least attempt to apply some makeup. Life of a Southern Mom had the opportunity to work with Mehron and try some of their products for review. Mehron began in 1927 as a small company that had only a limited line of rouges and pomades and worked their way up to include a diverse mix of over 1,200 brand sku’s and 500 private label formulas. Now, in 2014, Mehron celebrates their 88 years in business while providing its costumers with access to a host of commercial theatrical, motion picture, opera, clowning and face painting products. Many top performers such as Black Eyed Peas, Pink and Hilary Duff are a few among many who are fans of of the prominent beauty industry professionals including James Vincent, Danessa Myricks and many others. In addition, to producing and carrying products for theatrical purposes Mehron also has their own line of health and beauty products such as skin creams, lotions, shampoos, body treatments and more. Mehron products are sold in over 25 countries worldwide and export accounts for approximately 18% for their overall sales. That’s not too shabby.  

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I received Mehron’s L.I.P. Color Cream Palette and INtense PRO 8 Color Pressed Pigments for review. When wearing makeup I have to watch for certain brands and ingredients that may be included because my face breaks out so easily. I am not a fan  of foundations that leave your skin with the oily look and feel or am I a fan of dry skin caused from certain makeups. I try to stick with a few top name brands so that I can mix the colors up. I was sent their INtense Pro Pressed Powder Pigments in Fire and Night L.I.P Color Cream Palett for my review.

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Mehron INtense PRO  Pressed Pigment are super long-lasting matte finish shadows that are edgy, bright, and sophisticated. Their pigment rich, high-performing shadows offer an essential range of intense hues and a velvety matte texture. Formulated without shimmer, these completely matte shades have an incredible silky finish which allows for amazing color payoff. These are available in  3-8 colors and come in Fire, Wine and Earth tones. Their long lasting pigments are ideal for theatrical performers and actors alike. The Fire Pigments I was sent for review include colors such as Yellow Spark, Electric Green, Hot Pink, Inferno, etc.Available in Earth, Wind and Fire for $52.95 at Mehron.com

Mehron L.I.P. Color Cream Palette While most long wearing lip colors often dry out lips are said to be on the cutting edge of extreme fashion makeup and offer incredible long lasting coverage with their build in hydrating cream that keeps your lips smooth for hours whether it be day or night. L.I.P Cream is available in an incredible 16 shades or 2 separate Palettes to choose from. The Night Palette boasts vivid colors such as Valentine, Big Apple, Wild Plum and more. Available in Day and Night for $43.95 at Mehron.com

You certainly can’t go wrong with choices like that! Visit Mehron’s website here to see their full line of products. 

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PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash #Review *Holiday Gift Guide*

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Do you or your teen suffer from acne? Acne can be so embarrassing especially being a tween/teenager. I had the chance to try PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash for review. PanOxyl was created by Stiefel, a GSK company that pioneers the use of Benzoyl Peroxide in 1966. They provide  products that are an excellent solution to acne to help clear blemishes and prevent new ones forming. It is dermatologist recommended and contain the same active ingredient, Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO), that most dermatologist recommend to treat acne.

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The PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash kills 99% of acne causing bacteria. You can use it on your face neck, back and chest area. To use simply wet your face or area to be cleansed, apply a small amount of Acne Foaming Wash in your hand and gently massage that area for 1-2 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

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When I used it for the first time my face felt a little dry but no worries just use once a day and gradually work your way up to using 2-3 times a day to help prevent breakouts. I’ve tried numerous acne treatments that were over the counter and I have been using the Olay brand for a while and it seemed to help my face except when it was that time of the month. I have a breakout at least once a month. Even though I do not wear makeup every day my face still becomes oily and after I wash it, it becomes dry, until I use the Olay Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer. I know you are probably thinking well she’s not even 30 and still has acne break outs? The answer is yes I’ve struggled with the outbreaks throughout my teenage years and still a few years off from turning 30 I still struggle. It is just as embarrassing now as it was in high school. Try PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash today for you or your tween/teenager and help them prevent new breakouts. Also, PanOxyl has the Acne Creamy Wash, Advanced Acne Spot Treatment and Acne Cleansing bar as well. Visit PanOxyl website here and get the latest information on acne, their products and frequently asked questions. Also, be sure to check out the Parents tab to learn more. PanOxyl can be purchased online at Amazon.com, Drugstore.com, Walgreens.com and also in stores like Walmart, Rite-Aid, CVS, Walgreens. Visit their Facebook page and download your $2.00 coupon to save on PanOxyl products. 

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Younique 3D Fiber Lashes #Review with Consultant Christina Straggas!

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Have you heard of a company called Younique. Younique was founded in 2012 by brother and sister Derek Maxfield and Melanie Huscroft. They both firmly believe that all women should feel smart, valued and empowered through opportunities for personal growth and financial reward. I had the chance of working with one of their consultants Christina Straggas. She introduced me to Younique’s Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara and several eye shadows plus some of her other products. I can say I am a huge fan of mascara and most of you probably already read, I am a fanatic of eye shadows. With those two combinations a girl can’t go wrong.  

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Beauty can be a touchy subject no matter what your age. I had the chance to try out some Younique products which included samples of: Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara, Eye Shadow (colors: Confident, Sexy, Heavenly), BB Flawless Bisque, Awake Face Wash, Brilliant Moisturizer. Mascara, eye shadow, face wash, BB bisque and moisturizer are all staples that every woman could add to their collection.

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Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara has a three-step process that combines transplanting gel and natural fibers in order to give you thickness and volume. Many women use mascara on a daily basis, but these fiber lashes are even better than anything you have ever tried before. Your lashes will turn into something that you could have only imagined in your wildest dreams. What’s even better is these lashes are water resistant, BUT they will come off with warm water and a facial cleanser when you are ready for them to be gone for the day. If you have never tried these before, you will quickly fall in love once you do. You won’t know why you went this long without them before.

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The three-step process is super easy and can be done by simply:

1. Brush your lashes with the Transplanting Gel

2. Brush your lashes with the Natural Fibers

3. Seal your lashes with the Transplanting Gel

Now you have flawless, beautiful lashes you always wanted. The best part is it can be removed easily with your regular face wash. I thought I would have to wash my face more than once but I didn’t. One wash removed all of my makeup and mascara with no raccoon eyes. 

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The BB Flawless Bisque comes in multiple different shades so you will find the perfect one for you to be the base to the rest of your makeup. A flawless look is in your future with this awesome BB cream. And if you are looking for a way to make your skin feel hydrated and energized at the same time the Brilliant Moisturizing Gel will have you satisfied. You skin will feel healthier as the gel nourishes your skin with its powerful ingredients. You will ultimately feel more toned and radiant. You can’t lose with this product and the BB Flawless Bisque to have your base ready for the shadows and mascara. The eye shadows from Younique are 100% natural which means no chemicals. They are mineral based pigment powders that are free of talc, oils, preservatives, perfumes, synthetic dyes and parabens.

All of these products together will give you a healthy and natural look. You will feel fresh and radiant with a look that is simple yet sophisticated. Bring out the best in your look without overpowering yourself. Visit Christina Straggas Younique website to learn more, book a party or order products. Be sure to connect with Christina on her Facebook Page to stay up to date with the latest information and deals on products. 

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Hothouse Botanicals: Sugared Maple Whipped Sugar Scrub and Skating Party Organic Body Butter

hothousebotanicalsWays to indulge yourself? Trip to the spa? Expensive! Yes I know that going to the spa is not always an option and I know this because I am a mom and who has time to spend at hours at the spa? Life of a Southern Mom had the opportunity to work with a company called Hothouse Botanicals. Hothouse Botanicals was founded by Stephanie Reynold’s, mother and aunt both survivors of Breast Cancer. She wanted to create products that were free of all the harmful gunk that was out there. She wanted the products to not only benefit your skin but also benefit your mind (which is where the oils come in!). The company takes a stand to give back to the Earth in every product that they produce. The bath and body products are made of the most natural ingredients and oils. Hothouse Botanicals products are 100% Vegan, contain simple natural & organic ingredients, essential oils (no synthetic fragrance), and come in recyclable containers. So good for your skin and are friendly on the world around you. I received Hothouse Botanicals Sugared Maple Whipped Sugar Scrub and Skating Party  Organic Body Butter for review.

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The Sugared Maple Whipped Sugar Scrub contains pure sugar cane crystals that are whipped with skin-softening Organic Shea Butter,  Organic Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and essential oils create an exfoliating treat for your body. Made with pure natural essential oils, this is a sweet buttery maple scent, reminiscent of maple syrup on French toast! Through use of our scrubs, radiantly healthy skin will be revealed and your skin will feel soft, smooth, and revitalized. 7.5 oz. ($16 each). A great sugar scrub is key to get your skin that youthful look because it gets rid of old skin and will help promote new cell growth. Who doesn’t want more youthful looking skin? The older cells are taken away and the new cells radiate out youth as they surface. That just sounds healthy!

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The Skating Party Organic Body Butter is one of those things that has become a ritual these days with bath and spa sets and here is why: It simply contains the rich emollients that you need in order to help even the toughest dry and cracked skin become radiant again. Created using a refreshing blend of coconut oil, organic shea butter, cocoa butter and rosehip oil. It leaves your skin feeling amazingly moisturized. Available in small 3.1 oz. jars ($10) and large 6.22 oz. jars ($20)

The holidays are approaching quickly and Hothouse Botanicals will be offering four limited edition Organic Body Butters in Pumpkin Spice, Skating Party, Sugared Maple and Sugar Cookie. They will also have aromatherapy scents in Organic Soaps and Organic Perfumes, plus have Gift Boxes available for easy gift giving. Visit Hothouse Botanicals Website and see their entire line of products. Place your order today and cross some of those names off your Christmas List. Be sure to check out our giveaway on October 14th.

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Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received one or more products mentioned above for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

 

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