Sniff around the Beauty Spotlight Team links for giveaways and beauty favorites

A stage with colorful spotlightsWho doesn’t want to have perfect skin and blur out imperfections? Brooke from Blushing Noir has found the perfect duo in the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer & Blur Perfector. Worth the splurge? Absolutely.

Summer means great vacations and the need for great skincare products in convenient travel sizes. That’s precisely why Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog suggests stocking up on TATCHA’s TSA Compliant Titans of Travel!

Do you love Korean inspired makeup? You need to see the new Too Faced Love Palette! Plus, Phyrra has an awesome giveaway with it!

Do you need to perk up your late-Summer shoe wardrobe? Pammy Blogs Beauty shares her recent picks from JustFab. Such cute sandals!

Prime Beauty joins the beauty army and gets muddy with Miracle Skin Transformer Miracle Mud Mask!

Are you looking for some serious sparkle and fun? That’s exactly what MAC Claretluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio is! Sunny from Mostly Sunny had a great time with it. She thinks you just might, too!

15 Minute Beauty is finally sharing her favorite, holy grail eye shadow palettes. Have you tried these neutral colors yet?

Beachy hair waves can be a look you rock without even going to the beach! Geniabeme shows you how!

Smelling good has never been better with the newest Summer Fragrances shared by Lisa on Beauty Info Zone.

Is the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x worth $499? Check out if it’s helping Justina’s Gems achieve her goal of hair free by the end of summer!

It’s the age old question…Ipsy or Birchbox? Well wonder no more, because Kristina from The Feminine Files has compared both of her July boxes for you. Stop on by to see which one she liked better!

Perilously Pale shows us why the new Dior Addict Fluid Shadows are a must for Fall 2015 along with application tips that will ensure you love them as much as she does!

Never Say Die Beauty has teamed up with Skincare by Alana, a fabulous retail website with a huge selection of natural and organic skincare and makeup, to offer a giveaway of Glo-Minerals Illuminating Highlighter and TokyoMilk Excess Eau de Parfum.

Have a getaway planned? Check out these 6 Travel Beauty Essentials with Hairspray and Highheels to get your packing list started!

The Beauty Spotlight Team introduces Guilty Pleasures

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Welcome to our new Beauty Spotlight Team series: GUILTY PLEASURES. The Modus Operandi of the Beauty Spotlight Team is to do alternate weeks with links of posts we think you’ll enjoy and the next week to be a special series. After much brainstorming we decided to let you in on some of our secrets, aka Guilty Pleasures. Someone had to go first so I volunteered (actually they twisted my arm and it still hurts). Here is Marcia from Beauty Info Zone and her guilty pleasures!

NUMBER 1 isn’t a secret if you read Beauty Info Zone. It’s my love of eyeshadows in singles and palettes. I’m obsessed with them. So why is this a guilty pleasure you ask? Because I don’t blog about most of them. I buy them, use them (or often forget about them) but I absolutely hate to take swatch pictures so I don’t share with you. Well today I have 20 palettes that I’ve bought over the last 18 months or so that I’ve never blogged about. I didn’t count how many actual shadows there are but you can see by some of my pictures that there are a lot!

YSL Couture Palette, Bare Minerals Ready Convertible Eye Palette, BareMinerals An Affair to Remember, Hard Candy Natural Palette, Make Up For Ever 9 Artist Shadow Palette, Marc Jacobs The Lover

YSL Couture Palette, Bare Minerals Ready Convertible Eye Palette, BareMinerals An Affair to Remember, Hard Candy Natural Palette, Make Up For Ever 9 Artist Shadow Palette, Marc Jacobs The Lover

Urban Decay Smoky nude, BareMinerals Convertible Eyeshadow Palette (different than first), Kat Von D Interstellar, Too Faced Love Palette, Lorac Mega Pro, Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar, Urban Decay Nude 3

Urban Decay Smoky nude, BareMinerals Convertible Eyeshadow Palette (different than first), Kat Von D Interstellar, Too Faced Love Palette, Lorac Mega Pro, Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar, Urban Decay Nude 3

Too Faced Chocolate Bare, Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Book, Too Faced The Return of Sexy, Tory Burch Pas du Tout, Urban Decay Vice 2, Lorac Pro

Too Faced Chocolate Bare, Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Book, Too Faced The Return of Sexy, Tory Burch Pas du Tout, Urban Decay Vice 2, Lorac Pro

This isn’t all I’ve bought and not shared but it’s 90%. This is a guilty pleasure which I doubt I’ll stop for a very long time.

NUMBER 2 is my love of solitaire and crossword puzzles on my computer and iPad. I’m obsessed with both. I learned the game of Solitaire from my mom since she’d sit at our kitchen counter playing it for hours. Even when she was in declining health she had that ratty old deck of cards and played. She also loved crossword puzzles but she never understood the computer so she had subscriptions to crossword magazines. The reason these are guilty pleasures is that I spend so much time doing them and ignoring other things. I’m a procrastinator and these two things are how I procrastinate.

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NUMBER 3 has to do with what TV shows I’ll follow and only tell a few people. Now here I am blabbing it to my friends and family and readers. Well I love The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. I haven’t watched every single season but once I get sucked into it, I just can’t stop. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is another guilty pleasure. I’ve never watched the others more than a few times but Beverly Hills is wonderful – I get all my aggressions out hating on Brandi etc.

My pick for the next Bachelor - Ben Higgins

My pick for the next Bachelor – Ben Higgins

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

NUMBER 4 is candy. CANDY. c.a.n.d.y. candy. I am a chocoholic and a candyholic. I crave it. Growing up we had a candy cupboard that everyone knew about. Our friends would come over and ask what was in the candy cupboard. This guilty pleasure was forced on me by my parents. And the interesting thing is that not only do I have a candy cupboard but so do my siblings. They know where to look at my house and I know where to look at theirs. It’s genetic so I shouldn’t feel guilty! So what do I like?butterfingerhershey_twizzlers_strawberry_16oz




hot tamales

And the list goes on and on. Don’t get me started on things like brownies, chocolate chip cookies, hot fudge sundaes. Oh I’m in trouble now!

NUMBER 5 is just a pleasure and not one I feel guilty about. It’s buying toys and books for my precious grandchildren. Nate is 4 and Talia is 20 months and there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for them. I can’t resist buying new things for them even though I know it’s my company they should crave. But those smiles of delight when they open something new is worth it all. As is typical I have a million pictures of my grandson and few of my second grandchild.

My grandson at 2 1/2

My grandson at 2 1/2

Now that I’ve spilled the beans which of these are you guilty of also? I’m sure there are a few that will feel familiar. — Marcia


The Beauty Spotlight Team has so much to share this week

Make-up. Beauty Concept.

What has the Beauty Spotlight Team chosen to share with you? How about new beauty techniques like strobing, favorite products and some goodies that are available?

See the Top 10 Beauty Picks for a Luminous Golden Glows on Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog!

Sunny from Mostly Sunny isn’t usually obsessed with celebrities, but she’d never say no to a great lipstick! Restless, Estee Lauder’s recent collaboration with spokesmodel Kendal Jenner, is a matte orange red that will for sure fire you up!

Wondering what the heck strobing is? Check out Hairspray and Highheels for The Ultimate Strobing Cheat Sheet and favorite products!

Smooth skin for Summer with European Wax Center! Blushing Noir talks about her first waxing experience!

Summer is the time to show off great skin and Beauty Info Zone is sharing two Delectable products that you’ll want and can afford.

Never Say Die Beauty loves to finish up and recycle her beauty products to make room for more. June was a great month for empties!

Looking to create an easy beach-hair style for Summer? Pammy Blogs Beauty shows you how to create a beautiful beachy look with John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ products.

Trying to find that perfect pink taupe lipstick? Phyrra found an amazing one. Check out Lunatick Cosmetic Labs Apocalipsticks!

Contouring has been big for a while thanks to Kim K, but 15 Minute Beauty thinks it can be hard to pull off in real life. Instead, she adds a little highlighter to emphasize her look! Check out her best strobing tips.

Is there such a thing as a good hangover? Prime Beauty has a love hangover from the new Too Faced Love Flush blush and it’s grrreat!

Hey Baby Lips fans! Christa at Perilously Pale shares her review of seven of the new shades of Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Gloss!

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette is on sale now! Take a look at swatches and some looks created by Geniabeme !

Check out the new Jouer Le Matchbox for Summer on Justina’s Gems blog!

Kristina from The Feminine Files shows you how to cover acne with drugstore makeup!

The Painted Rogue is here to surprise you with her bag

If someone asked you: ‘What does an adventuring rogue carry in her bag?’ you might envisage smokebombs, hinge grease, lockpics and daggers. You might wonder what an advenuring rogue is, full stop… Well, wonder no more! Today we’re taking a peek into the bag of Sylirael the Rogue…and the contents might just surprise you! Check this out right now!



Beauty from top to bottom with the Beauty Spotlight Team

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Join the Beauty Spotlight Team with some of our favorites of the last week.

How to Get Pretty Feet for Summer in Six Easy Steps from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog!

Who doesn’t love a giveaway? Beauty Info Zone absolutely adores them and always has one going on. This week enter our SWOON Lip Gloss Picker Up Artist international giveaway.

Phyrra has an awesome Taylor Swift Bad Blood Makeup Tutorial to share with you! You’ll love this look!

Summer has officially started and Sunny from Mostly Sunny has one last summer collection to show you! Check out Givenchy Croisière 2015. That nail polish is a must-have!

Who is your biggest BLOGGER ENABLER? Check out who Blushing Noir considers hers to be & peep some swatches of the Too Faced Sugar Pop Palette!

Pammy Blogs Beauty loves her pink FOREO LUNA device. However, the Summer heat sifts her combo skin to the oily side. Does the blue FOREO LUNA work better for her now? Click through to her article to find out!

Prime Beauty likes to use cream blushes in the summer heat. The new Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Cheek & Lip Colors impart an impressive West Coast Glow!

Find out whether The Feminine Files thinks you should SPLURGE or SAVE when it comes to foundation brushes. Kristina compares 2 great options!

Eye pads are all the rage, but Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Pads have the ingredients to really help fade fine lines and wrinkles. Never Say Die Beauty was first in line to try them out!

15 Minute Beauty is sharing her favorite lippie splurge! It’s her perfect pink lip color, and it works for everyone!

How can you get a Bronze Glow even if you are Perilously Pale?

Get ready for Summer with some of Geniabeme’s must have Summer Shoe picks!!

Nautica Voyage is the freshest summer scent for men that Justina’s Gems has found. Read more about the gift set she reviewed!

Purse time – what’s in Phyrra’s purse?


What’s in Phyrra’s Summer Handbag?
Phyrra shares the mysteries of her summer handbag. Find out her essentials and favorites!

The Beauty Spotlight Team has grown, meet our new bloggers


This is a special edition of the Beauty Spotlight Team because we’ve grown to new proportions. The active group of Beauty Info Zone, Prime Beauty, 15 Minute Beauty, Mostly Sunny, Phyrra, Perilously Pale, Pammy Blogs Beauty and Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog has doubled in size. We’re welcoming Angie from Hairspray and Highheels, Allison from Never Say Die Beauty, Justina from Justina’s Gems, Brooke from Blushing Noir, Eugenia from Geniabeme, Kristina from The Feminine Files and Lisa from Cosmetic Sanctuary into the fold. We’re so excited to be able to share more beauties with you and hope you’ll follow us all. Now let’s read about all the wonderful beauty products that we love.

Not only is Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color in Midnight Sea absolutely stunning, but surprisingly it is still available! Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog is absolutely obsessed with this gorgeous duo, and you’ll see why!

It’s getting hot here in New Jersey so here are the best Frizz Fighters to get you through summer frizz free! Hairspray and Highheels is a fan of each and every one, and you’ll see why!

Pammy Blogs Beauty wants to help you get your Mani/Pedi Beach Ready! Be sure to check out her review of the latest from pop-arazzi and Beauty 360 and enter her GIVEAWAY!

There are so many new and innovative skincare products out and Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence is one of them. Justina’s Gems is loving this addition to her skincare regimen this summer!

Beige is hardly Sunny’s favorite color, but she’d take Chanel Les Beiges any day! Check out the pretty pieces from Chanel Les Beiges 2015 on Mostly Sunny!

If you usually pass on lipgloss because the stickiness is a turn-off, find out why Never Say Die Beauty who always preferred lipstick is now rockin’ the 3 gorgeous new Mirabella Colour Luxe Lip Gloss for Summer 2015!

Have you tried beauty oils yet? Cindy over at Prime Beauty found two budget friendly beauty oilswith powerful skincare ingredients and they come in a convenient rollerball!

Summer beauty is not the same as winter beauty so Marcia from Beauty Info Zone has to change her products. See some of her favorite summer beauty survival items.

Kristina from The Feminine Files did a pretty makeup look using the new Too Faced Born This Way Foundation and Melted Metal Lipstick in Peony!

Do you suffer from redness and hate piling on makeup? Phyrra shows you How to Cover Redness from Rosacea without wearing a ton of makeup!

At first glance the Dior Ambre Nuit 5-Couleurs just looks like your every day neutral palette. Blushing Noir demonstrates that this palette is SO MUCH MORE! Splurge. Buy. Now.

What is the perfect way to celebrate summer? With fun, bright, cheerful colours on your nails and toes of course! Perilously Pale shows us why the OPI Brights Collection has the perfect summer shades.

Kat Von D Eye Contour Palette has been a go to everyday for Geniabeme! The colors are perfect for an everyday look or a night time look. Take a look at this palette in action!

15 Minute Beauty finally splurged on something that she’s had her eye one for a while, and it is amazing! Go and check out her newest perfect complexion obsession!

Summer is here and Mentality Nail Polish has my nails covered! Cosmetic Sanctuary is thrilled with this collection!