Get gorgeous for under $20 with makeup brushes by #BeautyWidgets

Beauty Widgets 8 piece makeup brush setYou’re only as good as your tools. And, unfortunately, I haven’t had a complete, new set of makeup brushes in a while! So, when I received this set of eight brushes from Beauty Widgets, I couldn’t wait to try them.

The set itself is lovely. Eight brushes of varying size and use come packed in their own waterproof, faux leather zipped case.  So pretty! And, I especially appreciate the rose gold accents and white pearlized handles.

There are four face and four eye brushes for a variety of uses. Plus, the brushes are helpfully labeled. So in theory, even the novice can easily choose exactly the right brush for the best results. Although to be honest, I was a bit confused between Powder and Finisher. (Isn’t mineral makeup both?) And, is Big Contour for blush? In the end, I simply guessed based on the brush edge!

Beauty Widgets brushes are made with soft, synthetic bristles, so they are a perfect choice for anyone with allergies to natural hair. The manmade material is also an attractive alternative to natural hair brushes if you are vegan, or simply object to animal hair.

Beauty Widgets makeup brush setSince synthetic brushes are not as porous as natural animal hair, they actually provide a superior application for liquid or creamy makeup (foundation, liner, and especially lipstick). And, because they are less porous, they don’t absorb so much makeup and get clumpy or cakey. My favorite thing though, is that they are a snap to clean!

The Beauty Widgets collection of makeup brushes is available on Amazon Prime for under $20. When I did a little comparison shopping at Sephora, I quickly realized what a bargain that price truly is. ($49 for one makeup brush… really?)

To see this collection and others by Beauty Widgets, visit their Amazon store.

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE! Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador and Cover Girl Ambassador. Susan Said…WHAT?! was named one of the Top 50 Beauty Blogs in the World by RebateZone.com in 2015. Susan is also the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! Read more about her in Family Circle Magazine.

PHOTO: Used with permission by Beauty Widgets.

DISCLAIMER: No financial compensation was received in exchange for this post. I did, however, receive a promotional sample of the Beauty Widgets makeup brushes mentioned above in order to fully evaluate the product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers.

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Be a #GlowGetter with NeoCell Beauty Bursts

NeoCell Beauty BurstsNaturally occurring collagen keeps our skin resilient, our joints working smoothly, and provides the structure in our organs’ connective tissue. But as we age, collagen production declines.

The result? According to Steffen Oesser, the founder of the Collagen Research Institute in Kiel, Germany, “If you lose the collagen structure in your bones, that’s osteoporosis. Lose the collagen in skin, you get wrinkles.”

I am not quite worried about osteoporosis, yet. But, if collagen production declines starting at the tender age of just 30, I am definitely concerned about more wrinkles!

Of course, I take care of my skin. I use gentle scrubs, masks, and cleansers. I remember to hydrate. And, I have tried practically every crème, gel, oil, and moisturizer on the market!

But, one incredibly easy way to get softer, smoother, and younger looking skin doesn’t come in a tube, spray, or bottle. It comes in a… fruit chew.

Crazy, but true! NeoCell Beauty Bursts deliver high absorption beauty nutrients in soft chews.  These yummy little chews directly deliver collagen types 1 & 3, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C, helping your body build beautiful skin from the inside out.

Why are these specific ingredients so important? When I looked up each of the ingredients, I found that:

  • Collagen types 1 & 3 are the body’s beauty proteins and they strengthen not only the skin, but also hair and nails, helping hair grow thicker and shinier and nails grow stronger and resist cracking and splitting.
  • Hyaluronic acid, a natural structural component of skin, is known as “Nature’s Moisturizer” and is a powerful hydrator. Its ability to retain moisture is legendary and it’s considered to have a greater capacity to hold moisture than any other natural or synthetic polymer.
  • Vitamin C is essential for creating and maintaining collagen in the skin. However, Vitamin C is water-soluble, so your body doesn’t store or accumulate it. That’s why daily intake is so important.

If you are still not convinced, consider a recent article in Prevention magazine entitled, “Do Collagen Supplements Actually Get Rid Of Wrinkles?” In it, author Cristina Mueller explains, “In a large double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in early 2014, women took 2.5 g of a particular hydrolyzed collagen peptide once a day; after 8 weeks, researchers measured a 20% reduction in wrinkle depth around the women’s eyes.

Even more significant, levels of the body’s own procollagen (the precursor to collagen) were significantly elevated, with production up by an impressive 65%. It seems that, however improbably, the pills in this study could make a woman’s skin behave like a younger version of itself.”

Powerful stuff!

If you are fighting the signs of aging (and frankly, who isn’t?), I absolutely recommend NeoCell Beauty Bursts. They are available on Amazon for a mere $14.30, which is far less than most of the moisturizers, crèmes, and other potions that I have tested over the years.

NeoCell also offers an entire line of premium quality collagen-based supplements for health, wellbeing, and beauty (another of my own personal faves is Keratin Hair Volumizer to enhance hair strength and reduce normal hair loss).

Visit NeoCell to see the complete line.

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE! Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador and Cover Girl Ambassador. Susan Said…WHAT?! was named one of the Top 50 Beauty Blogs in the World by RebateZone.com in 2015. Susan is also the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! Read more about her in Family Circle Magazine.

PHOTO: Used with permission by NeoCell.

DISCLAIMER: No financial compensation was received in exchange for this post. I did, however, receive a promotional sample of NeoCell Beauty Bursts mentioned above in order to fully evaluate the product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers.

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Small space? Clear, acrylic furniture offers a chic solution!

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An acrylic table is a simple way to add some contemporary interest to an otherwise traditional interior.

Living in a small space can be challenging. Creative storage options, thinking vertically, and multi-functional pieces will solve some of your “tiny-house” or apartment issues. But visually, furnishings can completely crowd even the most ruthlessly streamlined space.

Rather than eliminate necessary items like coffee tables or end tables, one glam solution is to use acrylic furniture. Clear acrylic furnishings provide an open, airy feel, yet are still fully functional furniture pieces. Acrylic has less “visual density” than wood or metal, so a room appears larger (and you still have a spot to stash your magazine, coffee mug, or crossword puzzle!).

Of course, acrylic furniture is nothing new. According to ApartmentTherapy.com, “Lucite [a brand name for acrylic] was commercially available by 1937. One of the earliest and most famous suites of Lucite furniture was commissioned for Helena Rubinstein’s New York City apartment.”

As a cosmetics entrepreneur, Rubenstein was not only the founder of Helena Rubinstein Incorporated, but also a global arbitar of taste and style for decades. In fact, the Hollywood Glam interior design esthetic that is so popular today takes inspiration from some of her over-the-top pieces!

Acrylic table by Acrylic Fabricators of Southeastern Florida featured in Coastal Living, September 2015

Coastal Living Magazine featured an acrylic coffee table by Acrylic Fabricators of Southeastern Florida in the September 2015 issue.

For those of us with slightly more traditional interiors, acrylic offers a pop of the unexpected and a way to add a more sophisticated, eclectic look to our home. Combine a piece with a solid colored sofa, a few inherited antiques, a gorgeous rug, and an abstract painting and – voila! You have a space that is Architectural Digest (or at least Pinterest) ready.

One no-fail way to introduce acrylic to your home is through a basic coffee table like those popularized by high-end furniture design firms such as Kartell, Domitalia, Essey and Gus Modern. However, I have found a company based right in Florida that offers that same type of contemporary translucent designs at a fraction of the price.

Acrylic Fabrication of Southeast Florida offers classic designs for acrylic tables, end tables, consoles, benches, bases, and even “Z” end tables. The pieces are crafted from premium grade, domestic brand acrylic material that has a clearer edge color and is rated “water white” (meaning no detectable color).

My personal favorite is the classic “U” shaped coffee table, which can also double as a bench. Not only is it beautiful, the ¾” material is stronger, more impact resistant, and lighter in weight than glass. Plus, it won’t shatter (a major bonus in my lively household).

The Acrylic Coffee Table measures 32″x 16″x 16″ high x 3/4″ thick and is only $250. That is far less than that the $318, $649, and even $1,800 I found online when looking up comparable pieces!

Plus, all of the pieces made by Acrylic Fabrication of Southeast Florida are in stock and ship within two days via FedEx ground. There is even a 14 day (refund) return policy.

Of course, you don’t have to simply take my word for it. There has been an incredible number of reviews both via eBay feedback and Amazon reviews. You can read real comments from other customers and see why this company has such an impeccable approval rating.

To find wonderful items for your home, visit the eBay store. Or, to learn more about new projects, with great pictures (colored acrylic!) on the company blog, visit Florida Plastics Projects.

I think that Helena Rubenstein would approve!

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE! Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador and Cover Girl Ambassador. Susan Said…WHAT?! was named one of the Top 50 Beauty Blogs in the World by RebateZone.com in 2015. Susan is also the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! Read more about her in Family Circle Magazine.

PHOTO: Used with permission by Acrylic Fabricators of Southeastern Florida.

DISCLAIMER: No financial compensation was received in exchange for this post. I did, however, receive a promotional sample of the table mentioned above in order to fully evaluate the product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers.

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