Bring out your beauty by hiding it with Express Color

Yes the title is an oxymoron but so is Express Color. This is a double duty product made to camouflage both your grey hair and to emphasize your eyebrows. Here’s the basics of Express Color: “The Express Color Kit provides a fast, easy-to-use solution to covering new growth at the roots between permanent hair color applications.
It only takes a few minutes to brush or rub this semi-solid formula on your hair or scalp for an instant fix. It’s like make-up for your hair!” It’s also recommended for eyebrows. Express Color is a water-resistant hair cosmetic that washes out when you want it to wash out – not before then.


The kits contain The Express Color Compact that holds the color pan, an eyebrow brush and a hair applicator brush. It’s available in five shades so that everyone can find what they are looking for. ($29.95)

Marcia wears Drk Brn (aka Dark Brown)

I’ll admit that I didn’t read the instructions the first time I used Express Color. I knew it would help with my regrowth and that it was also for my brows but I didn’t realize it wasn’t a powder. It seemed difficult to pick up the color on the brush at first until I realized that this isn’t a powder. Instead it’s much better since it’s wax based which makes it longer wearing that isn’t going anywhere until I want to remove it.

Express Color

At first I used it just on my eyebrows since at that time my roots weren’t threatening to show the true me. I found it was a little harder to apply since I expected it to be a powder but once I got the hang of it I began using it daily. What I love about eyebrow use is that it lasts all day long. Absolutely no fading away or rubbing away. It’s smooth and makes no mess at all.

Express Color in Drk Brn

Once I get to the 3 week mark after having my hair tinted I have a few too many roots showing. And to no one’s surprise they don’t go away. I don’t like going to the salon too often so stretching it out with Express Color is the way to go. I’ve been using the larger brush that came with the kit to make the gray disappear. I start with my part and then brush more of the color around the part and through the top of my hair lightly. That makes it all blend in. Since it doesn’t come off at night I have clean pillowcases and no gray showing in the morning. I’ve also used it along my temples and the color doesn’t come off on my glass stems.

Express Color Drk Brn (after two uses)

In 2018 I’ll be on a 3 week trip and Express Color will be coming abroad with me. It won’t break or spill. It does double duty. It’s lightweight. And it wants to stay with me!

Lisa wears Med Brn (Medium Brown):

Express Color Medium Brown

Like Marcia, I was very surprised that the Express Color was a wax. It looks like a powder, so I couldn’t figure out why it was difficult to get pigment on the brushes…then it occurred to me it would be a great idea to read directions! I do prefer wax for eyebrows, actually, for two reasons. One, wax keeps my eyebrows in place.  Two, wax gives a bit of texture and doesn’t smear. So the wax was a happy discovery.

Express Color Medium Brown

Express Color Medium Brown

The Medium Brown is a perfect color for my medium brown hair. It’s just a shade or two lighter, which is what you want your eyebrows to be – slightly lighter than your hair color. It’s not so light that it doesn’t also work on my grey roots, thankfully. My gray roots happen to be WHITE, so it doesn’t really work on my part – I need heavy-duty help for that area. However, it does work wonders on those areas around my ears that I can’t easily get with root spray.

I definitely like the two brushes that are included in this set.

The larger brush is great for covering up gray areas, and the smaller one is the classic shape and size for eyebrows. These brushes are excellent quality and well worth the price point.

Overall, this is a terrific little set for bringing out your beauty by hiding what you just don’t want people to see!  You can find Express Color online at  Take a look to find your perfect color.

GIVEAWAY! Win and get rid of your blackheads with Anjou!

Anjou Giveaway!

Blackheads, ugh. Who needs them? No one!! Let’s get rid of them, shall we? How about a skin care kit with a dissolving serum, pore minimizer, and deep cleansing pore strips, a 6 piece blackhead removal kit with all the tools you need to safely and effectively remove stubborn blackheads, comedones, and pimples, and a terrific magnifying mirror to properly see them for removal? Anjou has everything you need – including a giveaway for all three items, making this a fantastic contest that everyone will love – everyone except your blackheads!

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First, for treating those stubborn blackheads, Anjou Blackhead Remover Kit ($13) is a great treatment system that addresses problematic, congested skin. There is a serum for dissolving blackheads, which is followed with the pore strip. After the strip sits for ten or fifteen minutes, it’s peeled off and then you just massage in a little of the pore minimizer gel.

Blackhead Dissolving Serum and Pore Minimizer

Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

A complete poreless kit: Blackhead Dissolving Serum 48 ml / 1.6 oz, 32 Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, Pore Minimizer 48 ml / 1.6 oz

  •  Dissolve blackheads, remove dead cells, and shrink pores to reveal clear, fresh, and smooth skin
  • Designed to better fit your nose: Contour design with 6 ergonomic slits perfectly conforms to your nose for a more uniform contact
  • 32 strips for clearer pores: Benefit with 32 cleansing strips that will last for 4 to 6 months when used twice a week
  • Shorter treatment time: Quickly fix your pores with the easy-to-clean strip and cut your cleansing routine by half
  • A complete poreless kit: Blackhead Dissolving Serum 48 ml / 1.6 oz, 32 Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, Pore Minimizer 48 ml / 1.6 oz

Sometimes there are stubborn blackheads, whiteheads, comedones, or congested pores that need to be cleared out manually. As tempting as it is to use your fingers, that’s really not a good idea. Fingernails tend to rip and bruise the skin, making a bad situation even worse. You are much better off using the right tools for the job, and Anjou 6 in 1 Blackhead Remover Tools Kit ($8) has an excellent tool kit with 6 dual ended tools that address every possible problem in a precise and hygienic manner.

Anjou 6 in 1 Tool Kit

Anjou 6 in 1 Tool Kit

Anjou 6 in 1 Tool Kit

  • A Useful Skin Care Kit: A cleaner and more hygienic way than your fingers to remove impurities like acne, blackheads, whiteheads, comedones, and pimples
  • 6 Tools to a Clearer Complexion: 6 differently sized bottlenecks, needles, and tweezers effectively help you handle pimples and acne of different sizes and types
  • Ergonomically Shaped Stainless Steel: The tools are durable with a rust resistant stainless steel and anti-slip handle that helps you better control the pressure and get a secure grip during use
  • Convenience for Traveling: Individual leather package is convenient for storage and transport; integrated mirror enables you to use it everywhere
  • Precaution: We recommend to use the kit on acne that is ripe enough and please wipe all tools with rubbing alcohol before and after each use

There is a tool for every sort of skin emergency you can think of! Check out all of the different variations right at your fingertips to tackle any type of pore congestion. The tools are great quality – I was very impressed, especially with the price point so reasonable.

Anjou Makeup Mirror

The Anjou Makeup Mirror ($22)  is terrific. Lightweight, easy to use, and I love that it comes with batteries. One side is 1x magnification, the other is 7x magnification for seeing all those problem areas up close so you can do your extractions with the ultimate precision.

  • Standard & 7x Magnification Mirror: Reflect a clear image of your face or an extreme close-up to better view your eyes, chin, or nose for makeup, shaving, or deep cleansing
  • Full Circle LED Lights: Get a clearer sight of your face with a focused light that makes up for dim indoor lighting conditions
  • Double Side 360° Rotation: Spin the mirror and angle it at any position to obtain the best angle for different makeup needs
  • Portability for Flexibility: Benefit from the cable-free compact design and conveniently place it anywhere for a quick touchup
  • Unique Minimalist Design: Black and white linear style fits any décor; includes 1x Lighted Makeup Mirror, 3x AA Batteries, 1x User Guide, and a 12 Month Warranty
So this is really a 3 pronged approach (pun definitely intended!). Soften and dissolve those blackheads with the treatment serum and deep cleansing pore strips. Then, for particularly difficult blackheads, do proper extractions with the right tools using the 6 in 1 Tool Kit – and do this delicate work correctly using the Anjou Makeup Mirror.  Enter our giveaway for all three items today to make your blackheads a thing of the past! – Lisa
Giveaway information: giveaway ends at 11:59 EST 11/30/2017.  You must complete all three mandatory entry options to qualify for this giveaway!  Giveaway is US only.  Good luck!!

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The Beauty Spotlight Team shares a lot of gorgeousness this week

If you’re on the fence about the new Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette, read Prime Beauty’s review and check out the swatches!

Curious about Charlotte Tilbury foundations? Or the new limited edition Instant Eye Palette. Check out Polarbelle‘s Get Ready With Me video featuring a The Makeup Show LA haul.

Pammy Blogs Beauty is embarking on some skincare device testing with the Labelle Ultrasonic Skin Spatula from Trophy Skin. Find out how she is liking it so far!

Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Momtried the new It Cosmetics Life Changing Eye and Cheek palette. See what she thinks and go enter to win one of these for yourself too.

It is no secret that Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog is especially impressed by, and in love with, African Botanics luxury green skincare, and is therefore enthusiastically sharing a few of their brand new skincare gems. These luxe masterpieces are the perfect way to ring in the new year with healthy skincare products.

Ever heard of a booster for eye creams? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty discovered Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Eye Concentrate, and loves what this unique eye pretreatment does to firm her lids and help her eye cream work better!

Just in time for holiday season Sally Hansen has created an Enchanted Gem nail collection. Beauty Info Zone shares two of the rich shades with love.

Don’t think you have time for a little at home spa pampering? Aveeno has the solution and Christa from Realizing Beauty shares how we can find a little moment for me.

It’s Party Time at Beauty Judy. Judy wants to know which of the beautiful
Zoya Party Girls polishes
is your favorite.

Jen aka The Jedi Wife shares with us a great holiday gift idea that is a spin off from the traditional body wash: a body wash infused buffer! If you’re stuck trying to come up with ideas for your favorite bathing beauties, or you just want that little something extra to make your gift extra special, a visit with Spongellé just may be what Santa ordered!

Beauty isn’t just skin deep. It starts from within. Taneja’s Bride shares her experience with Nature Made Adult Gummies and shares 3 simple steps to maintaining ourselves.

15 Minute Beauty is sharing her Christmas Beauty Wishlist, what’s on your list?

Pixi Beauty Strobe & Bronze and Strobe & Sculpt will update your holiday looks (giveaway time)

Pixi Beauty Strobe & Bronze, Strobe & Sculpt, Strobe & Sculpt Brush

Want to up your beauty for the holiday occasions coming up? With holiday parties and celebrations there are more reasons to beautify yourself. Pixi Beauty is a go to brand for me, especially for party time. Not only is it affordable but it’s on point with their products. Petra knows what is going to help create the best looks. Two of those are the Strobe & Bronze palette and the Strobe & Sculpt palette. These two palettes were done in collaboration with Maryam Maquillage and they are fabulous.


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Here’s a recap of the Pixi Strobe & Bronze palette that I shared before.

Pixi Strobe & Bronze (Strobe & Chisel)

I use this palette often even though bronzing isn’t a big part of my life. But I’m able to use the bronzing shades lightly. It’s the left side of the palette though that makes me enjoy it so much.

Pixi Strobe & Bronze (Strobe & Chisel)

Highline is a pinkish glow that I use as blush or over blush.

Empress may look purple in my picture but actually just has a lavender undertone that works so well with cool toned makeup.

Lex is a gorgeous gold that isn’t harsh at all. Just soft and lovely.

Apply highlighters to tops of cheekbones, bridge of nose, and cupid’s bow to light up features

City Kitty is the lightest of the bronze shades and on the warm side while Statuesque is the darkest. And 917 is a cool toned bronzer that’s midtone.

Pixi Beauty Strobe & Chisel (bronze) palette from

The three highlight and 3 bronze shades work together so well as you can top the bronze shades with the highlighters. “Bring a soft natural glow and sheer sunkissed warmth to the skin with this palette that helps add subtle dimension to your features created by Maryam of MaryamMaquillage. The highlighters give a soft glowing luminosity while the bronze shades help create natural definition.”

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PIXI BEAUTY STROBE & SCULPT KIT is just as beautiful but a little darker. I don’t have swatches for it since I just have one for this giveaway so hopefully my descriptions work. The Kit comes with this great Strobe & Sculpt Brush although you can buy the brush separately too.

Pixi Strobe & Sculpt Brush

The Strobe & Sculpt Brush is made of vegan synthetic fibers and is so incredibly soft. It comes with a storage pouch too ($14 separately).

Pixi Beauty Strobe & Sculpt Brush

The Strobe & Sculpt palette to me is very similar to the Strobe & Chisel/Bronze one above so it just depends on which shades appeal to you more.

Pixi Beauty Strobe & Sculpt, highlight and contour palette

On the left side of Strobe & Scuplt (Strobe & Contour) are the 3 highlight shades:

Baby Chick is a matte cream shade that Maryam recommends you use in the center of the face to lock in foundation and brighten.

Caviar Dreams is a beautiful pinky peach blush/highlight.

Honey-Bunny is another stunner with it’s peachy gold beauty.

On the right are the three bronze/sculpt shades:

Minx is a shimmery bronzer that Maryam recommends you add to the outer contour of your face to add warmth and a bronzed glow.

Bo$$ Lady and Queen are darker shades of matte bronzers with Bo$$ Lady being the cooler of the two.

Pixi Beauty Strobe & Sculpt palette

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  There will be two winners – one for each palette. The first person chosen by Rafflecopter will also receive the brush. Today’s giveaway is open for US and Canadian email subscribers. There are two mandatory entries (subscribe by email and comment), all others give you additional chances to win one of these fabulous palettes. The giveaway is open through 11/28/17. Now the hard part: deciding which palette you’d like to win.  Good luck –  Marcia

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Get ready for an amazing TSV you can’t miss! First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Home and Away Kit

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

I found First Aid Beauty…or I guess it found me…in 2010.  I was taken in by the idea of first aid for my skin care woes, and I loved the gentle yet extremely effective products.  I’ve been a huge fan of the line ever since, and am simply delighted First Aid Beauty is on QVC, and even more delighted with the insanely great Today’s Special Value that is debuting on November 17th!

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The First Aid Beauty TSV features the jar and tube versions of the Ultra Repair Cream.  This lovely shea-based cream features soothing colloidal oatmeal, a wonderful skin soother.  Here are the key ingredients:

  • Colloidal Oatmeal to relieve and protect skin (only FDA-approved OTC ingredient to relieve symptoms of eczema)
  • Allantoin and Eucalyptus Oil to heal/soothe skin
  • FAB Antioxidant Booster to combat free radicals
  • Ceramides and Shea Butter to moisturize and protect the skin’s barrier

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

It smooths on so easily and absorbs into skin in no time.  It softens dry skin quickly, and is great for winter dryness and chapped skin, as well as those with eczema or sensitive skin.  I find that when I put this on it lasts a long time, and I really appreciate that it isn’t greasy so I can go about my business and do anything – type, use my phone or IPAD, eat, whatever without leaving grease marks everywhere.   I like having a tube of this at my desk for my hands during the day, and a jar by my bed to smooth on my legs and feet at bedtime, plus another jar in the bathroom for right after I shower – plus it makes a truly fabulous neck and decolletage cream!

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream swatch

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream in the jar

Ultra Repair Cream Benefits:

  • Provides immediate relief and visible improvement to distressed skin
  • Deeply hydrates, calms, protects and restores the skin
  • Helps relieve minor skin irritation and itching due to eczema and other skin conditions
  • Can be applied ANYWHERE on the body – elbows, feet, hands and even the face
  • Beautiful whipped formula absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave skin greasy
  • Allergy-tested; No harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances (scents derived from steamed, distilled essential oils)
  • For all skin types, even sensitive skin and skin with eczema

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

Great news – tomorrow is the BEST day to stock up on the Ultra Repair Cream because QVC is having a swoon-worthy TSV for the Ultra Repair Cream Home & Away Kit.  This kit is exclusive to QVC and includes two 14 oz jars plus two 2 oz tubes of Ultra Repair Cream, and it’s available in 5 combinations of scents:  all Original unscented OR one set of Original + one set of scented (your choice: Vanilla, Honeysuckle, Rosemary Mint or NEW Green Tea Lemon).  I have the Original, which is perfect for those with very sensitive skin; the Vanilla, which is a very subtle yet delicious vanilla; and the Rosemary Mint, which is a cool, festive fresh mint with just a hint of rosemary.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Vanilla

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Unscented

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Rosemary Mint

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Vanilla

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Unscented

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Rosemary Mint

All this – four big jars and two 2 oz tubes for just $39.96 – that’s a $140 value.  I say buy one for yourself, and buy another one to give as holiday gifts.  That’s six gifts for under $40 – shoot, buy an extra two of them and you’ll have all your kid’s teachers taken care of, as well as lots of relatives, your manicurist, your hair stylist, etc.  These make incredibly practical gifts that will make the recipients incredibly happy.

Remember, the TSV debuts November 17th as a QVC Today’s Special Value!  

Each kit includes:
14 oz & 2 oz Original Ultra Repair Cream
14 oz & 2 oz Ultra Repair Cream Original or Scented

TSV Price: $39.96 (11/17/17 only)
Value: $140

Just click THIS LINK to be taken to the sale which starts at 12:02 a.m. EST on 11/17/17.   Happy shopping!!  – Lisa

@firstaidbeauty @qvc #FABhomeandaway

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Time to enter the Free Beauty Events Giveaway for November

It’s mid month and you may not have entered the November Free Beauty Events giveaway. We need to remedy this situation by reminding you that each month FBE has a great giveaway for you.

This month the prize basket includes Maybelline, Rimmel, Vichy, Dove, CeraVe, Carol’s Daughter, Essie, Sally Hansen, Organic Doctor and more! You have until 11/30/17 to enter. Do it now before you forget.

Two entries per person

a) Follow Free Beauty Events on Facebook and enter there

b) Visit the Free Beauty Events website for your second entry.

This month’s prize looks especially great so don’t hesitate!


Three times the hydration in one drink with Liquid I.V.

Did you know that if you are thirsty, it’s essentially too late?  You are already dehydrated!  Hydration is absolutely essential for any beauty routine.  Water helps blood get oxygen and nutrients to the skin, which gives us a great complexion.  Hydrated skin is plump, firm skin, which reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles.  Hydrated skin looks and feels younger and healthier.  We all know it’s important to drink water, but what if I told you I know a product that will give you up to three times the hydration with every drink?  Yup, I do!  Read on for all the amazing details about Liquid I.V..


Liquid I.V.

Liquid I.V. is a portable powder drink mix that you mix with water for a tasty drink.  It comes in two flavors – Lemon Lime (16 pack $25) and Açaí Berry (16 pack $30).  You can also get a combo pack for $27.  One drink mix goes into 16 oz of water and it provides 3 times the hydration of the water alone using the breakthrough science of Cellular Transport Technology (CTT)™ to deliver hydration to your bloodstream faster and more efficiently. Besides how much it costs, I think there are five basic questions you need answers to about this really fantastic product.

Liquid I.V.

  1.  Why would I want to use Liquid I.V.?  There are lots of reasons, but since this is a beauty blog let’s concentrate on the beauty aspect of hydration.  Here is what Liquid I.V. has to say:
    • When skin is well-hydrated, it is more plump, resilient, looks healthier and is less prone to wrinkles.
    • Liquid I.V. contains 110% of the recommended daily intake of five essential vitamins that replenish and restore skin: Vitamin C, B3, B5, B6, and B12.    
    • Without proper hydration, our skin cannot properly rid itself of toxins and can become irritated, inflamed, and congested, causing dryness, itchiness, blackheads, redness, acne, and blotchiness.
    • Unlike other hydration products on the market, Liquid I.V. doesn’t use preservatives, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, food coloring or caffeine that draws water out of your system and skin.  

      Liquid I.V.

  2. Who would use Liquid I.V.?  Anyone who wants to look beautiful, for sure.  You can drink this throughout the day and get three times the hydration you normally would.  Or, drink it at night before bedtime for fabulous hydration without having to run to the bathroom every few hours.  Also, anyone who works out, from casual exercisers to hardcore performance athletes will be major fans of Liquid I.V.

    Liquid I.V.

  3. What does Liquid I.V. taste like?  It tastes delicious!!  I think I like the Açaí Berry a little bit better – I’m not sure why it’s more expensive than the Lemon Lime, but it does have a slight edge in the taste department.  Regardless, they both taste delicious and I don’t hesitate to drink either one.  I thought they would turn my water pink or yellow, but they don’t – the water is perfectly clear.  Here are the ingredients:

    Liquid I.V.

  4. Where can I buy Liquid I.V?  It’s easy to find – CVS, Meijer, Whole Foods.  There is a list of stores on the Liquid I.V. website.

    Liquid I.V.

  5. What else is super cool about Liquid I.V.?  Their big mission is to give back around the world and defeat global dehydration.  Liquid I.V. says, “Dehydration is a dangerous problem that claims the lives of over 760,000 children every year. And here’s the thing, it’s totally fixable. Our Hydration Multiplier product was created with the same fundamental principles of oral rehydration solutions, a precise ratio of electrolytes, glucose, and water enabling the human body to absorb the proper hydration it needs to survive. We have made it our mission to step up to the plate and help put an end to worldwide dehydration. How? We donate Liquid I.V. hydration powder to at-risk areas of the world that are most affected by dehydration and don’t have the resources to fight it. With the help of you and our Giving Partners, we can get Liquid I.V. into the hands of those who need it most.

It doesn’t get much cooler than that.

I love Liquid I.V. for everyday hydration as well as for those days when I work out.  I hope you will give this awesome product a try!  – Lisa

Liquid I.V.