Final Blog Post

March 12, 2013

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Farewell, my amazing readers!  This is the last blog post for Breakthrough Beauty.  It’s been a blast and I’ve enjoyed interacting with you all.  Each of you are incredible, talented, gifted, unique, special, beautiful, and necessary  – and you were BORN THAT WAY!!!!  \o/  It’s been my honor and privilege to share this piece of cyber-space with you, no matter how small or large our interaction may have been.

Beauty, Peace, Life, Love and Transformation to you! \o/

Cheers! xx

~^~  Katie ~^~

“Behold, the winter is past . . . ”  Song of Songs 2:11  <><

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Congratulations to Jennifer D. who’s recent tweet won her this gorgeous prize!  Jennifer has been emailed and has 72 hours to claim her prize.  In the event that she does not claim her prize package, another winner will be randomly chosen by Rafflecopter.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

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Cheers, lovelies! xx

~^~  Katie ~^~

“Behold, the winter is past . . . ”  Song of Songs 2:11  <><

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Absolutely gorgeous!  That’s what Zoya’s PixieDust collection is.  These new lines of sandy-textured polishes that are coming out have breathed new life into the world of lacquer-lovers.  I’m all for seeing MORE of these sensory-pleasing honeys in the coming months.

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They apply wet and shiny, but dry to a matte, gritty, sand-like finish with tons of ridiculously amazing sparkle.  The result is a fascinating blend of classy panache meets beachy chill.  Weird, right?  WRONG — these are beautiful.  !!! \o/  Let’s take a peek at individual shades. (All photos are of two-coats, no base and no topcoat.)

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DAHLIA

DAHLIA

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CHYNA

CHYNA

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GODIVA

GODIVA

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VESPA

VESPA

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NYX

NYX

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LONDON

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The PixieDusts are surprisingly a cinch to remove.  No special techniques are necessary; they remove much faster than glitters and perhaps even easier than your usual polish textures! =o  I know, right?

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So in conclusion, these are fabulous.   Pick out your fave colors and go snap them up! :}

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Cheers! xo

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***Disclosure: Samples were kindly sent to Breakthrough Beauty for review.  Blog content is always my honest-to-goodness experience, observation and opinon. Thank you for reading!

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~^~  Katie ~^~

“Behold, the winter is past . . . ”  Song of Songs 2:11  <><

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Dior - Diorskin Shimmer Star

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If you clicked soley because of the cat, it’s ok.  I did, too. :)  *High five for animals wearing people stuff.*

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Today, we’re talking about one of my all-time favorite cosmetic items: HIGHLIGHTERS, also known as glow, illuminators, shimmer dust, etc.  I adore highlighting products.  Used correctly they can add such je ne sais quoi! ;)

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I’ve been using Diorskin Shimmer Powder for the last several weeks in the #002 shade called Amber Diamond.  

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Here's the little girl sitting on my planner.  She shines!

Here’s the little girl sitting on my planner. She shines!

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There are four color strips: a cream; champagne; rosy brown; and a warm camel/peach.

There are four color strips: a cream; champagne; rosy brown; and a warm camel/peach.

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Each of the four colors have the same level of shimmer, which is, by the way, very fine.  No glitter to be found here.

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Finger Swatchies!

Finger Swatchies!

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Highlighters are always a bit mystical to swatch (wink) and as expected, you’ve just got to see it in person to fully appreciate the subtle nuances and fine details.  These swatches are decidedly HEAVY for your viewing pleasures.  In real-life application, however, they apply as a very subtle gleam.  Beautiful.

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The two shades on the left (the lightest) are perfect for the bridge of your nose, inner eyes, under brow bones and tops of cheekbones.  The two shades on the right, are (depending on your skin tone) lovely for shimmering blush, contouring and bronzing.

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What say you, beauties?! Yay or Nay?

 

If you haven’t entered my MAC Giveaway, go to my Facebook page and click on the Giveaway tab at the top: http://tinyurl.com/bjpg9de

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Cheers! xo

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~^~  Katie ~^~

“Behold, the winter is past . . . ”  Song of Songs 2:11  <><

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© 2013 Katie Regan

5 Ways to Recycle Roses

February 19, 2013

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Go to my Facebook page and enter my MAC Giveaway here: http://tinyurl.com/bjpg9de

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Roses From My Love Muffin <3

Roses From My Love Muffin <3

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So you got some lovely roses for Valentine’s Day and now they’re fading.  Don’t toss them just yet!  There are so many ways you can still reap an aromatic harvest of benefits from these power-packed lovelies.  Let’s discuss five.  (You can use these methods for other flower varities, as well, not just roses.)

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Experiment with adding other plant products to your rose bath concoction -- herbal teas tossed into your mix are wonderful and medicinal!

Experiment with adding other plant products to your rose bath concoction — herbal teas tossed into your mix are wonderful and medicinal!

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1. ROSE BATH: Toss the petals into a steamy bath.  Fast, easy, beautiful and a GREAT way to relax after a long day.  For added luxury and skin-nourishment, pour in a cup or two of milk.  Hey, it worked for Cleopatra!

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2.  ROSE FACIAL MASK: Rose petals, honey, plain yogurt — that’s all you need for an amazing, skin-rejuvinating, DIY facial.  Use a food processor or grinder to grate the petals into small pieces.  (Alternately, you can rip them, cut or chop them until crushed.) Add roughly a tablespoon each of yogurt and honey until it reaches your desired consistency.  Apply to face and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Voilá!  Visibly cleaner, smoother, brighter skin.

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3. DIY DRIED ROSE KEEPSAKE: The first year that Love Muffin and I were married, I dried the petals of a bouquet of roses he’d given me, then placed them in an empty (washed and dried) bottle of wine that has special meaning to us.  They’re pretty to display and a sweet reminder of special memories.

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When you’re drying your own flower petals, let them sit on a paper towel for several days.  Choose any kind of pretty bottle that you would like to display.  You can even add dried leaves,  fruit rinds, or other plant products that you think of.

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4. ROSE WATER FACIAL MIST/TONER: It’s easier than you might think!  Instead of spending scads of hard-earned $mula$ on high-end facial sprays, make your own.  Make sure you use organic or home-grown flowers to ensure your product doesn’t have pesticides or other chemicals in it!

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Start off with a glass bowl full of your rose petals.  Pour enough boiling water (distilled or purified)  into the bowl to fully cover the petals.  Cover and let sit until it’s cooled off completely.  Strain the pink water into a pretty jar (if you’ll be applying with a cotton ball) or a misting bottle.  That’s it!  This doesn’t have a preservative, so use it up within a week.  Keeping it in the fridge will prolong it’s life and will also be a refreshing treat for your skin in hot weather.

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5. Rose Salad: Toss your petals into your next salad!  No, I’ve not gone mad…..not entirely, anyway. ;D  According to Livestrong.com, eating rose petals and other flower varieties is common place around the world in both cuisine and medicine!  Again, be sure your flowers are organic.  You’ll find that different colors and varieties have different flavors and sweetness levels, plus different types of vitamins, minerals and healing nutrients!

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Which idea do you like best?  What are YOU going to do with your leftover holiday flowers?!

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Cheers! xo

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~^~  Katie ~^~

“Behold, the winter is past . . . ”  Song of Songs 2:11  <><

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