Fashion Flash has the reads!

Thanks to Cindy from Prime Beauty for compiling the newest Fashion Flash. You’ll find some of your favorite bloggers along with some you may not know that well. All the better to learn about beauty, lifestyle, travel and more. Join us for some great reads.


Open your eyes with IT Cosmetics Eye-Opening Superpowers set

I hope it’s not too soon to start talking about holiday gifts and stocking stuffers and you certainly don’t want to miss out on some of the ones that IT Cosmetics has for us. They are perfectly priced and have products you’ve been wanting. So why wait?

IT’S YOUR EYE-OPENING SUPERPOWERS is only available at Sephora and this $52 value is priced at $26. Inside you’ll find a full size SUPERHERO MASCARA plus travel sizes of BROW POWER Pencil and BYE BYE UNDER EYE EYE CREAM. Three favorites packed together for you or as a gift.

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I’ve talked and talked about Superhero Mascara since I think it’s by far the best mascara that IT has created.

IT COSMETICS Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

Not only does this give me volume but it also has great definition and lengthening. It really is a superhero once on my eyes.

IT COSMETICS Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara wand

The wand is full and never too wet with product. It reaches all my lashes giving me the look I want without smudging or clumping. This alone costs $24 so you can see why this kit is a great buy.

There’s a travel size BROW POWER Pencil ($12 separately) that is an award winning product from IT. “Developed with plastic surgeons, this game-changing pencil is infused with proprietary Brow Power™ Technology and brow-enhancing ingredients including biotin, saw palmetto, and antioxidants. Custom-designed to create the most beautiful brows, Brow Power™ features an exclusive oval tip that mimics the look of real hair, plus a built-in grooming spooley brush for polished perfection. The revolutionary, budge-proof formula adheres to skin for long-lasting results, while the universal transforming shade adjusts to all hair colors based on pressure and completely covers gray. Apply softer strokes for lighter hair colors, and press harder for darker tones.”

Brow Powder Universal Brow Pencil Mini

It’s a great size for your cosmetic bag, gym bag and travel. Of course you want it at home too so those are bonus uses.

BYE BYE UNDER EYE EYE CREAM is a treat in itself. The full size is $48 but you’ll get this travel size in the set. This is a brightening eye cream as you can see by the light blue hue. It not only brightens but it helps to depuff and smooth.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream mini

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream

It’s a favorite choice for daytime with all its attributes. And it doesn’t interfere with my eye makeup. My SUPERHERO MASCARA doesn’t smudge when this eye cream is being used. It’s absorbed quickly and has great ingredients like caffeine and:

-Collagen: Supports skin elasticity for a youthful, smooth appearance.
– Cucumber Extract: Has soothing properties and helps reduce the appearance of puffiness.
– Hyaluronic Acid: Locks in moisture, supports the look of skin elasticity, and diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

I like to switch around eye creams and whenever I come back to Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream I always notice a difference. What a perfect way to try this if you haven’t already.

As you probably know, IT Cosmetics is a cruelty free company. Holiday time is the best time to pick up IT Cosmetic’s special collections. They give you smaller sizes of items you’ve been curious about or want to fill your cosmetic cases with. Plus the prices are affordable. Gifts of IT’S YOUR EYE-OPENING SUPERPOWERS will make all the women on your list extremely happy.  —  Marcia


Giveaway time on The Sunday Scoop

It’s hard to believe we are so close to Thanksgiving. All of a sudden it feels like time is flying. Don’t let these giveaways get past you. Enter so you can be a winner before the holidays arrive. Have a good one! — Marcia


11/12  BEAUTY GIVEAWAY  –  5 beauty products, 1 US winner


11/11  –  selection of La Roche-Posay products and $150 Visa gc, US

daily giveaways through 11/24  My Subscription Addiction  –  new giveaway for one day only, US

11/13  Beauty is Within  –  Beauty Is Within Travel Makeup Bag Giveaway – 9 winners will receive 2 each, US

11/13  Body Earth  –  15 win, Body & Earth Bath Spa Gift Box. US

11/15  The Homespun Chics  –  Ole Henriksen 12 Days of Ole Glow Skincare Advent Calendar, US

11/15  Finch n Wren  –  Ulta mini blush brush, Ulta Matte Lip Crayon mini in Soiree, US

11/16  Skinizer  –  2 winners, Skinizer skincare bundle, US

11/17  Dave Lackie  –  Sephora Collection Frosted Party Advent Calendar, WW

11/17  Tattoo Junkee  –  $200 ULTA® gift card – $100 Target® gift card – (1) $100 BevMo!® gift card – $100 Nordstrom Rack® gift card – (1) Bundle of NEW Tattoo Junkee products before they’re available to anyone else! US

weekly through 12/24  Your Avon  –  Avon Gift Sets, US


11/10  Mommies with Cents  –  Simply Earth Essential Oils Box, US

11/11  Leite’s Culinaria  –  Henckels Opus 45 piece flatware set, US/Can

11/11  Leite’s Culinaria  –  Cuisinart Prep Express, US/Can

11/11  Tuck  –  EcoCloud mattress, US

11/11  Domino  –  Bamboo bedding from Ettitude, and one Gravity weighted blanket, and one MATE the Label loungewear set, and one Indie Lee’s sleep skincare kit, and 13 APOTHEKE candles. US

11/11  Food Saver  –  Sous Vide products for 2 winners, US

11/12  Leite’s Culinaria  –  Cuisinart Long Slot Artisan Bread Toaster, US/Can

11/12  Everything Kitchens  –  “Make It” Holidays prize package or “Take It” Holidays prize package, US

11/13  iDrop News  –  11″ iPad Pro Giveaway, US/Can

11/13  Leite’s Culinaria  –  LeCreuset 8 quart stockpot, US/Can

11/13  ELV Bio  –  15 inch Macbook Pro Giveaway, US/Can

11/13  Insanely Good Recipes  –  Instant Pot DUO 6QT 7-in-1. US/Can

11/13  Emily Reviews  –  Prescription Eyeglasses From, US

11/13  Lipgloss and Crayons  –  Erin Condren Life Planner Giveaway, US

11/13  Storebound  –  DASH  Mini Waffle Makers, Mini Maker Griddle, Mini Maker Grill, My Pint Ice Cream Maker, Express Egg Cooker. US

11/14  Leite’s Culinaria  –  OXO Good Grips Bake, Serve and Store Set, US/Can

11/14  Tuck  –  OkiFlex Mattress, US

11/15  Man of Many  –  Apple iPhone 11, Apple AirPods with Charging Case, Apple TV 4K, one year sub to Apple TV+, $500 hotel credit on US

11/15  Creative Kitchen  –  Kitchen Aid Pro 6500 Stand Mixer, US/Can

11/15  Leite’s Culinaria  –  Anolon Eminence 5 piece bakeware set, US/Can

11/15  Leite’s Culinaria  –  8 piece Abbio cookware set, US/Can

11/15  Critical Ops  –  iPad Air 10.5-inch 64GB Wi-Fi. WW

11/15  Tabby’s Pantry  –  Libman Cleaning Supplies, US

11/15  A Rain of Thought  –  Belvedere Home Decorative Tin Scented Candle 4-Set, US

11/15  Rita Reviews  –  ONN DVD PLAYER, US

11/15  Bones Coffee  –   Win a Keurig® K-Mini® Brewer and two 12-count Bones Cups of your choice! US/Can

11/15  Juggling Act Mama  –  One winner will receive The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier: 112 Fantastic Favorites for Everyday. US

11/15  My Style Spot  –  woman’s clutch, US

11/15  That’s Just Jeni  –  Women’s Lugz Rucker Hi Satin Boots, US

11/15  Rita Reviews  –  Nikon Camera, US

11/15  Wickedly Romance  –  iPad Pro in Gold, US

11/16  Cooking Chew  –  Dash Compact Air Fryer, US/Can

11/16  Life Currents  –  Zulay tools: Stainless Steel Rolling Pin ($9.99 value) Rectangular Measuring Spoons ($8.99 value) Silicone Potato Masher ($10.99 value) Multipurpose Kitchen Shears ($5.29 value) Garlic Press ($8.99 value). US

11/17  Kudosz  –  Godiva Chocolatier Collection Gift Basket, US

11/17  Southshore Fine Linens  –  5 winners, Vilano Springs Oversized Quilt Set, US

11/17  Rasa Malaysia  –  10 qt Instant Vortex Plus 7 in 1 Air Fryer Oven, US

11/17  Recipe Lion  –  Zavor EZLock Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker, US

11/17  Fave Southern Recipes  –  Rachael Ray Cast Iron Double Duty Casserole and Griddle Lid Set Giveaway. US

11/17  Copy Cat Recipes  –  Capresso CoffeeTEAM PRO with Built-In Grinder Coffee Maker. US

11/17  Slow Cooker Recipes  –  Zavor EZLock Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker, US

11/17  Healthy Recipes  –  BergHOFF Gem Grill, US/Can


11/11  ||  Steamy Kitchen, $100 ebay gc, US/Can  ||  Steamy Kitchen, $200 Lowes, US/Can  ||  Your Money Geek, $200 Amazon, WW w/exceptions  ||

11/12  ||  Giveaway Promote, $50 Amazon, WW  ||

11/13  ||  PJ’s and Paint, $100 Michaels, US  ||

11/14  ||  Literary Gold, $20 Amazon  ||  Literary Gold, $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble  ||  A Gal Needs, $200 Cariloha gc, US/Can  ||  Me and My Inklings, $100 Michaels, US/Can  ||  Le Chic Geek, $40 Amazon, US  ||  Mom Generations, $50 Loft gc, US  ||

11/15  ||  Parenting in Progress, $20 Amazon, US  ||  Susie’s Reviews, $20 paypal, WW  ||  Raising Three Savvy Ladies, $20 Amazon or paypal, US  ||  Tammie’s Reviews, $25 Walmart, US  ||  The Mommy Island, $25 Visa and Entenmann’s coupons, US  ||  Parenting in Progress, $25 Amazon, US  ||  Mom Bunin It, $50 Amazon, US  ||  My Style Spot, $100 paypal, WW  ||  Literary Gold, $25 Amazon  ||  Confessions of a Frugal Mind, $20 paypal, WW  ||

11/16  ||  Arrest Your Debt, $200 Visa, WW  ||

11/17  ||  Kudosz, $100 Whole Foods gc, US  ||  Gay NYC Dad, $25 Applebees, US  ||

Fighting chapped lips one balm at a time – MyChelle and Extract Labs


After…guess where all those leaves went??

I have so many trees in my yard.  I love them – they are gorgeous – but they lose every single leaf in the autumn and they are all over.  I like yard work, but wow…this is overwhelming!  Especially when it is 40 degrees out.  My poor lips get pretty beat up with all the wind and cold.  This year, I have a few secret weapons that are keeping my lips soft and comfy.  If I want a hint of color, I reach for my MyChelle Dermaceuticals Lip Hints.  If I want ultra healing, I slather on my Extract Labs CBD Lip Balm.  No matter which I use, my lips feel babied and happy.

Extract Labs CBD Lip Balm

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The MyChelle Lip Hints ($13.50) are conditioning lip balms that have a slight tint thanks to mineral pigments.  The ingredients are a dream come true for lips, with shea butter, coconut, kalahari melon, and meadowfoam oils.  The Lip Hints melt right into your lips, giving them ultra hydration with a hint of color.  Lips have slip, but aren’t at all sticky.

They are billed as a 4-in-1 lip treatment because they do four things:  nourish, sooth, hydrate, and prime lips for any other lip color you want to wear.  They are known for what they have – pure plant oils and waxes, essential oils, and natural extracts – and they are also known for what they lack – absolutely no synthetic waxes, artificial colors, fake flavors, or petroleum-based ingredients of traditional lip products.

There are 4 different Lip Hints available: Sheer, Nude, Berry, and Plum. Swatched they look pretty similar, but when you apply them your personal chemistry will darken the balm, giving you your own unique shade.

When I want superior lip healing without gloss or tint, I want my Extract Labs CBD Lip Balm ($18).  This is a HUGE lip balm – it’s about three times larger than a regular lip balm, weighing in at .5oz. The Extract Labs Lip Balm contains 200mg of CBD, CO2 extracted from Kentucky-grown hemp.  CBD oil is everywhere now and it seems to be IN everything too – why not lip balm? CBD really works! It soothes inflammation, which is the root cause of illness. It calms the body in so many ways that is like a miracle of nature. Extract Labs produces the purist CBD products and sell them at the lowest price point. They do this by keeping all steps of their operation in-house. Every ingredient is organic and they test their industrial hemp for potency, pesticides, and heavy metals, and they won’t use anything if it tests positive for those things. They also have every bottle 3rd-party tested for purity and you can see their batch database online. Basically, if you want to try CBD products you can’t get a higher quality or more trustworthy company than Extract Labs. The CBD Lip Balm is so nourishing and calming to my lips I wish I could jump right into a vat of it.  It soothes and calms my wind-burned lips and if they ever get chapped, I put this on at night before I go to sleep and by the morning my lips are smooth and totally healed.

Keep your pucker happy with any of these great options.  Want a little gloss and a little bling with your balm?  Go with MyChelle Lip Hints, which you can find online at Amazon and at – right now you can get 20% off a $70 order with the code SAVE20.  Want superior healing in a lip balm that should last you an entire year?  Check out Extract Labs online at, and see if there is a store who carries the line close to you. Also, right now you can get 25% off your first order with code FIRST25 at checkout!  – Lisa

MyChelle Lip Hints are made without Phthalates, Parabens, Sulfates, Silicones, Ureas, Artifical Fragrances and Colors, Petroleum, GMOs, and Gluten. FD&C Dye Free Color.

Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Beeswax, Hydroxystearic/Linolenic/Oleic Polyglycerides, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Tocopherol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Citrullus Lanatus Seed Oil*, Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Stearoyl Glutamic Acid, Iron Oxides (CI 77491) (CI 77499)

*Certified Organic


All the best from The Beauty Spotlight Team

Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog’s holiday haircare gift guide features must-have products for the coiffed people on your holiday list. These tools and products are truly luxurious and covet-worthy.

Running short on time, but want to curl your hair, this CHI SpinNCurl is exactly what you need. This is also the perfect gift for the girl on the go on your Christmas list.

Prime Beauty loves designer fragrances but not the expensive prices. Dossier has duplicated your favorite scents and they are priced at only $29! You Need to know about Dossier!

The holidays are just around the corner. If you’re looking for luxe but affordable hostess gifts, stocking stuffers or small gifts for teachers, friends or anyone who loves fragrant bath and body or home products, Never Say Die Beauty suggests you check out RITUALS Ritual of Dao Small Gift Set and more!

Bad beauty buys happen to all of us and Erika, chief chick over at Notes from My Dressing Table is sharing her eight disappointing beauty products she regrets buying. Come check it out.

Adding new lip products to your repertoire is always a delight. Beauty Info Zone has found delightful new lipsticks and lip lacquers that are a pleasure to wear, Lucky Chick is a brand you want for yourself and for some beautiful gift giving.

With holiday season upon us, our schedules will be filling up fast and we’ll be up to our necks with holiday shopping. This month the Essential Oil Recipe Box by Simply Earth is focused on bath time. Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour has a review of the box on her blog now to help you decide if this is the perfect gift for others or just the self care treat you need this holiday season!

Stacie from The Makeup Obsessed Mom shared her picks from the Sephora sale. Head over if you’re in the market for new makeup or anti-aging skincare tools.

Get gorgeous with Lucky Chick lip products

LUCKY CHICK is one of the first brands I’ve used that has nude lip products that are actually my definition of a nude lipstick. We all see loads of swatches that are titled “nude” but the tones and undertones are all different. Each of us has a different definition of nude depending on our skintone. What’s light enough for my taste might be ghastly on someone with darker skin while what’s apropos for someone who is Asian, African American, Mediterranean would be too dark for my taste.

Lucky Chick Creamy Matte Lipstick


With 9 shades of LUCKY CHICK CREAMY MATTE LIPSTICK ($25) though you can find something for everyone. Choose from red (Desire), coral (Courage), berry (Fierce), fuchsia pink (Joy), purple (Splendid), rose nude (Paradise) or the two I’m using Sweet (pinky mauve) and Blissful (barely there warm nude).

Lucky Chick Creamy Matte Lipsticks in Sweet and Blissful

These lipsticks (and matching Hydrating Lip Lacquers) glide on and feel great on my lips. In spite of the fact that I rarely choose a matte lipstick these are ones I happily will wear. They are creamy just as the name says. They are actually quite moisturizing and nicely pigmented.

Lucky Chick Blissful swatches

Lucky Chick Sweet swatches

If you want shine then match the lipsticks up with a corresponding Hydrating Lip Lacquer ($20) of the same name. These add a beautiful moisturizing shine to the lipsticks. You can instantly perk up your lips by adding the lip lacquer.

Lucky Chick Creamy Matte Lipsticks and Hydrating Lip Lacquers

Lucky Chick loves to adorn their boxes with beautiful, original art work. A while ago I was lucky enough to give away a full set of the Hydrating Lip Lacquers (along with Fashion Flash) and they were a big hit.

Lucky Chick Masterpiece Lip Set

Why else do you want these product? Here’s what Lucky Chick has to say:

Soothe and hydrate with clean ingredients and active Botanicals.
Coffee Oil: Prevents dehydration, while softening and smoothing skin.
Rosehip Seed Oil: Hydrates to fight fine lines and soothe irritated lips.
Jojoba Oil: Forms a barrier that locks in moisture for soft lips.

Cruelty-Free, Paraben Free, PEG Free, D-5 Free, Vegan

Everyone wants a beautiful lip for the holidays and Lucky Chick not only has what you want but the way they are presented is a gift in itself.

Lucky Chick

Give the gift of gorgeous to yourself or your friends. You’ll be ecstatic with the choices.  —  Marcia


Brush up with Merle Norman Makeup Artistry Face #5 Brush

Merle Norman Makeup Artistry Face Brush #5

One of the oddest makeovers I ever received was at Neiman Marcus several years ago. The makeup artist at the Kevyn Aucoin counter applied every single item, from foundation to blush to eyeshadow, without using brushes. Yup, just her fingers. The result was ok…but it would have looked a lot better with proper brushes. And I have to admit I was kind of grossed out by those fingers going into cream pots and sliding along pressed powders. I kept  thinking, “All that bacteria and oil, going right into those products…and then onto my face…” Fingertips don’t have many of the sebaceous glands that produce oil, but what do we do with our fingers? We touch our faces and our head and that transfers oil to fingertips. Not to mention all things you pick up without even knowing it, like bacteria and viruses.  Just EWW. Use brushes.

Remembering all of this makes me really appreciate the lines that not only have employees who don’t use their fingers, but also make high quality brushes that give you your very best result. Merle Norman stores have been around since 1931, and you don’t get that sort of longevity without quality products. Since the makeup artists of Merle Norman have been impressing people for that long, you know they must be using some quality brushes.
Merle Norman carries seven eye brushes, seven face brushes, and one lip brush. Fun fact:  the face brushes are numbered 1 through 8, but there are only 7 face brushes on the Merle Norman website. No one knows what happened to poor number four.
People absolutely RAVE about the brushes from Merle Norman, which have the reputation for fantastic quality at very reasonable prices. People swear by them. So far my favorite Merle Norman face brush is the Makeup Artistry Face #5 Brush (Angled Brush) $32. It’s a medium natural hair angled brush – and no worries, because Merle Norman is a cruelty free brand.

This brush has very fine bristles that are also firm enough to grab onto powder and blend without being too wimpy.  Because of the angle, it’s easy to put your contour powder and your highlighting powder exactly where you want it.  It’s one of the best powder brushes I’ve tried. If I am in a hurry, I even use it for a wash of eyeshadow.

Merle Norman Makeup Artistry Face Brush #5

I have several other Merle Norman makeup brushes on my wish list for the holiday – I need a new contour brush and I hear amazing things about their Makeup Artistry Eyes #3 Brush and I am seriously lemming that beautiful Makeup Artistry Face #3 Brush.

Merle Norman Makeup Artistry Face Brush #3

You can find Merle Norman online at , and they have an easy search engine for finding a salon near you.  – Lisa