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We all know I love free stuff...

Thanks to my beauty blogging buddy Ellen over at Lipstick Powder 'n Paint, I won this cute Bombshell Starlet-to-go bath set. I must have received this in the mail sometime this weekend because I stumbled into the kitchen this morning post-shower and found it sitting on my counter, shame on my roomie for hiding mail from me especially when it's a package! Bills are no fun but beauty products certainly are!!!

I tested out the Starlet Hand & Body Lotion this morning and this lotion absorbs into the skin quickly with a nice subtle fragrance. I can't quite pinpoint the scent but to me it's got a slight hint of vanilla going on. The website describes the Starlet scent as: "A deliciously flirty hand and body lotion that will leave star struck admirers wherever you go! A delicious mix of red berries, vanilla and spun sugar." I usually tend to go after vanilla or musk or citrus when choosing fragrances so this is perfect for me!

When I try out the Starlet Bath & Shower Bubbles and the Starlet Bath Fizz, I will definitely let you all know how I like those too!

Lip Balm Lovin'

First of all, "Happy Monday" y'all! The weekend is over *sigh* and all of us are back to work except those lucky folks who have today off as the nation observes Veterans Day.

For the record, I am a huge lip balm/gloss addict. My latest lip balm discovery is Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil. I usually find most of the Burt's Bees lip balms to be too waxy for my tastes but this one glides on, smells and tastes good, and keeps my lips soft and smooth. It adds a very slight pink tint but looks quite natural.

If you're looking for a new lip balm, give this a try! The weather's getting chilly and nothing is more unsightly than chapped, peeling lips especially with all the new matte lipsticks out!

Life Is Better Blonde

So I've had quite a few people compliment my newly blonde-er hair color as of late and then proceed to ask who did my color. Here's my dirty little secret to my fabulous blonde shade: Sun-In Hair Lightener With Lemon. I find that Sun-In works best if your hair is naturally on the ash blonde to light ash brown spectrum. If your hair naturally has warm tones to it, chances are it could pick up some brassy and/or orange-ish hues if you go the Sun-In route. You have to be a bit of a risk taker to do the Sun-In route because if turns out bad, you'll need to be ready to run to CVS to pick up a box of Clairol Natural Instincts to fix any damages. The nice thing about Sun-In is that is a gradual change but I was ready to commit to a darker new hue if my blonde adventure turned out badly.

Now to keep my blonde hair in fabulous condition, I swear by Suave Vibrant Blonde Shampoo. It smells great and the sunflower, orange, and lemon oils keep my oily-ish hair just moisturized enough to skip out on conditioner. If your hair is on the drier side, I would definitely pair the conditioner with it. Suave is awesome because it works well for being on the inexpensive side and I also swear by their 24-Hour Invisible Solid Antiperspirant/Deodorant.

So for me, life is better blonde (and not covered in sweat either)!!!

The Face Scrubs I Love!

I've noticed an overwhelming number of face scrubs/exfoliants containing salicylic acid while perusing the skin care aisles at my local CVS, Target, or Wal-Mart. Salicylic acid is also marketed under the name of "beta hydroxy" and it is usually a key ingredient in many products for the treatment of acne. All this is fine and dandy if your skin actually gets along well with salicylic acid and it results in proper exfoliation. Unfortunately my skin has some sort of beef with salicylic acid and it results in dry patches, "the flakeys", and peeling blemishes. I don't know about you but I find those attributes in my skin to be not so appealing. Yuck. So it became a mission to find an exfoliant or two that didn't contain salicylic acid. I like having "options" so I present you with three fabulous exfoliants - two from the drugstore, one from the department store.

Olay Regenerist Thermal Skin Polisher - I love how this heats up and I like really using it in the shower because the steam warms the product up a bit more. It rinses clean with no residue which is a plus!

Biore Pore Minimizing Microderm Exfoliator - This stuff is especially great for the t-zone and the skin on my nose has gotten smoother with a few less blackheads.

Clinique 7-Day Scrub Cream Rinse Off Formula - I received this in a Clinique bonus recently and I've tried it before in years past. This scrub is different than most because it works better on dry skin than wet. This almost reminds me of the Biore scrub mixed in with a face cream. This stuff is great for a "scrub on the run" because it takes under a minute to scrub and rinse off!

I hope one of these scrubs work could work for you because I certainly love them!

Ugh... Uggs.

I've succumbed to the dark side and bought a pair of Uggs. I don't feel that they're the least bit fashionable but at least they're comfortable. I bought them for comfort and warmth because I find no asthetic value in them. I know a ton of people who are "Ugg-crazed" but I'm not...

Still here, I promise.

It's a sad day when you go into Target in hopes of some inspiration and you leave feeling sad at the selection... I haven't been inspired by fall yet.

*REAL* update later tonight or tomorrow because I do have some beauty products to write reviews about!