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Spicy Ginger Tea with Lemon

When I was little, my Grandmother and I used to have tea parties in front of the fireplace whenever I slept over her house. To this day, I am still an avid tea drinker and I can often be found attached to a cup of Matcha or English Breakfast Tea. There is just something so comforting about a warm cup of tea! 

Although I love so many different varieties of tea, when I feel a cold coming on or like my immune system needs a bit of a boost, I automatically reach for spicy ginger tea with lemon! It's super easy to make and helps me feel better in no time!

Spicy Ginger Tea with Lemon

Here's what you'll need:

  • Water
  • Ginger Root
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Lemon Juice
  • Maple Syrup, Raw Honey, or Agave Nectar
  • Himalayan Pink Salt

Immune Boosting Tea

The immune system is incredibly complex, but its primary objective is to protect the body from disease. Research suggests that ginger helps balance the immune system and restore proper function. Specifically, in 2008, scientists discovered that ginger activates T-cells (article here). T-cells are white blood cells that migrate to the thymus to mature and differentiate before becoming active in the immune system. These cells play a critical role in the body's adaptive immunity, the body's tailored immune response to specific pathogens.

Just as ginger aids digestion, you've probably heard that cayenne pepper stimulates gastric juices that bolster the body’s ability to metabolize food and toxins. But that's not all that this potent spice has to offer! Cayenne pepper is full of beta carotene and other antioxidants that support the immune system. It also aids in breaking up and moving mucus so that it can be eliminated from the body to help relieve congestion.

Lemon is rich in vitamin C which stimulates white blood cell production and protects your cells from oxidative damage. Because the atomic structure of lemon juice is similar to the digestive juices found in the stomach, it too aids digestion and helps ease an upset stomach.

I like to incorporate maple syrup in this tea because it is packed with antioxidants and I enjoy the flavor that it adds. However, raw honey (check out my post about honey here) and agave nectar also add a lovely sweetness that balances out the tart kick from the other ingredients in this tea.

Finally, I add a little bit of Himalayan pink salt because it helps support a healthy pH balance and promotes sinus health.

Ginger, Lemon, Cayenne Pepper, Maple Syrup, and Himalayan Pink Salt Tea

For one cup full of tea, I like to steep 1-2 teaspoons of fresh ginger root in 1 cup of boiling water for about 5 minutes (the longer, the better). I keep the pieces of ginger pretty large so that I can easily pick them out, but if you grate your ginger, it will pack a spicier punch (just make sure to strain your tea if you go this route)! I then add 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon of maple syrup, a dash of cayenne pepper, and a pinch of pink salt. Just give your tea a little stir and you're good to go!

I also like to make a concentrate of this tea so that I always have it on hand when I need a boost! All I do is add 3 tablespoons of ginger to 1.5 cups of boiling water and let it steep for about 15-20 minutes. Next, I add the juice of 2-3 lemons, 1.5-2 tablespoons of maple syrup, 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and a generous pinch of pink salt. This concentrate can be stored in the refrigerator for a week or so in an airtight container. Just give it a shake before you add it to about half of a cup of hot water. Obviously, the less water you add, the more potent your tea will be.

Enjoy!
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Holiday Party Makeup Essentials

If you enjoy getting dolled up for the holidays, you will be amazed by how many luxurious, green beauty products there are to choose from! You can create a stunning, ultra glamorous look with cosmetics made from nourishing ingredients that you will feel good about using all year round!

Here are my holiday party makeup essentials:

Holiday Makeup Essentials


Alima Pure Pressed Eyeshadow in Zephyr

These pressed eyeshadows are gorgeous! Packaged in sleek, refillable compacts, these creamy powders glide on smoothly and blend with ease. The pigmentation is rich and bold, yet these shadows feel weightless on the skin and last for hours without creasing. Zephyr is a shimmering pearl hue that highlights the eyes beautifully!

Alima Pure Pressed Eyeshadow in Zephyr and Eye Primer


Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner in Pink Moon

If you read my post on berry lips, you know that Ilia Beauty's Tinted Lip Conditioner in Pink Moon is amazing! I love reaching for this intense berry shade during the holiday season because it is a glamorous twist on the classic red lip. It has a silky-smooth texture; gives the lips a lovely, soft sheen; and its sheer formulation is super comfortable to wear.

Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner in Pink Moon

Ilia Beauty Vivid Concealer

I am always on the hunt for the perfect concealer and I really like this botanical-packed offering from Ilia. Don't be fooled by the thin texture of this concealer. It offers some serious coverage and because it dries so quickly, it is easy to build coverage to your liking. I also find that it stays in place throughout the day without any creasing or creping. The color range includes six shades and Cassava C1 blends beautifully with my fair skin.

Ilia Beauty Vivid Concealer

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream

The coverage that you get from this BB Cream is amazing and it builds so flawlessly! It also has a natural finish that gives the skin a beautifully airbrushed look! I like to apply a very thin layer all over my face using a buffing brush or my fingertips. I wear the shade BB3 and it matches my fair, cool-toned skin perfectly!

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming

As much as I love the Cream Foundation from Kjaer Weis, I may love the Cream Blushes even more! Blossoming is the most breathtaking, rosy pink! Not only is the texture of this blush as lush as silk, but it also provides the most gorgeous, fresh glow.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming

Lily Lolo Mascara

No falsies are required when you wear this mascara! The bristle brush and thickening formula add lots of volume to my stubby lashes! I coat my top and bottom lashes with a generous amount of this mascara and I'm good to go!

Lily Lolo Mascara

Parlo Cosmetics Set on Smooth / Aloe Setting Powder

Formulated with Aloe to soothe the skin while keeping your makeup in place, this superfine powder provides a lovely, soft-focus effect. My dry skin calls for the satin version, but the matte version of this powder was specifically designed to fight off excess oil. 

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Parlo Cosmetics Set on Smooth / Aloe Setting Powder


RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer

This luminizer is gorgeous! If you previously tried Living Luminizer and found that it didn't quite suit the warmer undertones of your skin, you are going to adore this new, champagne-toned option! Like all of RMS's products, Magic Luminizer has a luxurious, satiny texture and melts easily into the skin. Its neutral shimmer provides a sophisticated iridescence that looks stunning on the cheekbones without being too glittery or overdone. It's highlight perfection!

RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer


Sheer Miracle Mineral Eye Shadow in Goddess

This shadow is a rich brown with a hint of plum that is absolutely prefect for the holidays! Not to mention, the pigmentation is on point! A little primer (check out my review of Alima Pure's new Eye Primer here) or even just some water and the vibrancy of this shadow comes to life! It is also very easy to blend!

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Sheer Miracle Mineral Eye Shadow in Goddess

Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfecting Primer

This primer is amazing! I use my fingers to apply shade 904 all over my face to balance out any sallowness and create a beautiful radiance. Seriously, the glow from this stuff is insane!

Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfecting Primer


Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer in Simmer

This rich, shimmering bronzer gives my pale skin a stunning, sun-kissed glow! I use my fingers to blend this cream on my temples, around my hairline, and lightly across the bridge of my nose. I also enjoy subtly contouring with this bronzer to accentuate my cheekbones.

Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer in Simmer


W3ll People Hypnotist Eyepencil in Brown

This liner is the perfect, deep brown and glides on flawlessly without tugging or skipping. I like to smudge this liner along the outer corners of my eyes to add subtle definition and make my lashes look a bit fuller.

W3ll People Hypnotist Eyepencil in Brown


What are your holiday party makeup essentials?


*The Parlo Cosmetics and Sheer Miracle products featured in this post are affiliate samples and the coupon codes provided are affiliate links. As always, however, I have presented my 100% honest opinion. I cannot, nor will I ever, accept compensation in exchange for a positive review.

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Baobab

Have you heard of the Adansonia (baobab) tree? This beautiful tree is often referred to as "The Tree of Life" because its huge trunk can hold up to 100,000 liters of water, allowing it to produce nutrient-packed fruit throughout the driest of seasons. Due to its spidery, root-like arms, the baobab has also been dubbed the "upside down tree" and can grow close to 100 feet and live for more than 1,000 years.

Almost every part of the massive baobab tree can be utilized. The baobab's coconut-sized fruit are high in several vitamins and antioxidants, as well as Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids. Baobab seeds are rich in oil, calcium, phosphates and proteins; the pollen can be used for making glue; the fibers from the trunk can be made into paper and rope mats; the tender leaves are high in calcium and can be eaten like spinach; and tea and beer can be made from the bark. 

Reviews of BAOBAB Organic Tea Tree & Mint Body Wash with Baobab Oil and BAOBAB Organic Lip Balm with Baobab Oil – Açai Berry or Double Mint


BAOBAB is a company that crafts organic products that protect, hydrate, and pamper the skin using baobab oil and other natural, plant-based ingredients. By choosing BAOBAB, you also become a part of the Happy Hands movement, which brings soap and hygiene education to schools in need.


BAOBAB Organic Lip Balm with Baobab Oil in Açai Berry

BAOBAB Organic Tea Tree & Mint Body Wash with Baobab Oil

Baobob oil is believed to improve skin's elasticity and help heal damaged skin. Since this oil is rich in vitamins A, D, E, and F, it beautifully restores the complexion and combats the early signs of aging. Because baobab oil is so easily absorbed into the skin, it doesn't clog pores or leave a greasy residue. Not to mention, tea tree oil eliminates fungus and bacteria, treats acne, and rejuvenates the skin.

Made with organic essential oils, this body wash smells so pure and invigorating! Its delicious, mint aroma makes you feel refreshed and super clean! The texture of this wash is smooth and silky, and it takes no time to develop a rich, luxe lather. I can't get enough of this viscous, moisturizing soap and neither can my husband! If you have had a difficult time finding unisex green alternatives, I highly recommend this emollient, buttery body wash! 


BAOBAB Organic Tea Tree & Mint Body Wash with Baobab Oil

BAOBAB Organic Lip Balm with Baobab Oil – Açai Berry or Double Mint

I am so smitten with these balms!! They are luxuriously creamy, moisturizing, organic, and smell divine! They leave my lips feeling hydrated and protected from the elements. I've also noticed that these balms help heal my dry, cracked lips incredibly well!

The Açai Berry balm has a sweet, fruity scent and the Double Mint is tingly and fresh!

With such amazing ingredients, don't be afraid to use these balms on your cuticles or other dry, irritated areas of skin that are also in need of some love and attention.


BAOBAB Organic Lip Balms with Baobab Oil in Açai Berry or Double Mint


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*The BAOBAB products featured in this post are affiliate samples. As always, however, I have presented my 100% honest opinion. I cannot, nor will I ever, accept compensation in exchange for a positive review.
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Brand Spotlight: Sheer Miracle Makeup

If you have been looking for an amazing line of clean mineral makeup and skincare, you need to check out Sheer Miracle! These goodies are lovingly crafted using natural ingredients that are organic, fair trade, or locally sourced. Packaged in sleek, unassuming containers, Sheer Miracle's products are super affordable, yet apply with a luxe feel that is comparable to high-end brands. Aside from the outstanding quality of Sheer Miracle's products, a portion of their sales is donated to charity: water, a non-profit organization that helps bring clean drinking water to people in developing countries. 

If you are interested in Sheer Miracle, please do not hesitate to support such a wonderful small business! 

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Review of Sheer Miracle Makeup

Mineral Eye Shadow

These shadows are so glamorous!! There are several colors to choose from and the pigmentation is on point! A little primer (check out my review of Alima Pure's new Eye Primer here) or even just some water and the vibrancy of these shadows comes to life! They are also very easy to blend!

Sheer Miracle Goddess Eye Shadow

Mineral Blush

These blushes are beautifully pigmented and blend effortlessly! I am currently obsessed with Sienna Rose which is a dusty, mauve-pink with a very subtle shimmer. It adds a very natural flush to the cheeks that compliments so many different looks!

Wearing Sheer Miracle Bronzer, Sienna Rose Blush, and Eye Shadows in Flesh, Blossom, and Dirty Plum

Mineral Bronzer

As someone who is very fair, finding a flattering bronzer is not an easy task! They can often be too yellow or too red, but this one is perfectly balanced to create a healthy, sun-kissed glow.

From left to right: Sheer Miracle Bronzer; Sienna Rose Blush; Eye Shadows in Flesh, Blossom, Goddess, and Dirty Plum
From left to right: Bronzer; Sienna Rose Blush; Eye Shadows in Flesh, Blossom, Goddess, and Dirty Plum

Mineral Foundation

This foundation offers light, buildable coverage and looks quite natural when it is blended into the skin. It also works well on top of tinted moisturizers and liquid foundation when you are looking to add just a bit more coverage.
Makeup Tutorial using Sheer Miracle products

Wide Awake Dark Circle Concealer

This stuff is super brightening! Like woe!! It is a hard cream with an opaque, pastel pink hue that is meant to be applied to the inner third and outer corners of the eyes for an instant refreshed look. You only need the smallest amount of this stuff because it's ridiculously potent! I recommend patting it into the skin with your finger so that it will warm up a bit for optimal blending. I've tried it both underneath and on top of my foundation and either option looks great! Just be sure to set with a powder to ensure that this stuff doesn't budge throughout the day. Unfortunately, this product is limited to certain skin tones due to how light and pink it is.

Green Loose Mineral Color Correcting Concealer

I do not color correct very often, but this green powder is such a lovely shade for concealing redness. There is also a cream version of this corrector if you prefer not to mess with powders.

From left to right: Sheer Miracle Green Loose Mineral Color Correcting Concealer, Light Cool SPF 30 Mineral Foundation, and Wide Awake Dark Circle Concealer
From left to right: Green Loose Mineral Color Correcting Concealer, Light Cool SPF 30 Mineral Foundation, and Wide Awake Dark Circle Concealer

Extreme CloseUp HD High Definition Mineral Finishing Powder

This finishing powder is incredibly smooth and silky! The texture is so fine that it reminds me of baking soda. It imparts a natural, matte finish and provides a beautiful soft-focus effect.

Makeup look using green beauty products from Sheer Miracle


**As a word of caution, some of Sheer Miracle's products do not come with sifters. Be careful when you attempt to dispense these powders because you really don't need much product to develop impactful color on the face. I suggest turning the dial so that it just barely allows product to escape; tap your desired amount of powder into the overturned lid; swirl your brush through the minerals; and then tap the brush against the side of the lid to remove any excess.**

Get the Look

Glamorous makeup tutorial using clean beauty products from Sheer Miracle

Here is an easy, glamorous look for the holidays using Sheer Miracle products! I first applied a base of Jane Iredale's Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream in Shade BB3. I set my foundation with the Extreme CloseUp HD High Definition Mineral Finishing Powder. I then used a fluffy brush to blend Sheer Miracle's Bronzer onto my temples, around my hairline, and lightly underneath my cheekbones. I then used a small amount of Sienna Rose Blush on the apples of my cheeks and highlighted the tops of cheekbones with Flesh Eyeshadow (this shadow is a beautiful nude pink!). For the eyes, I prepped for shadow with Alima Pure's new Eye Primer. Next, I applied Flesh all over my lids. I then blended Dirty Plum (I am obsessed with this color!) to the creases of each of my eyes using a fluffy shadow brush. It's key to blend these shadows together until you are left with a soft, diffused effect. I then went back in with a smaller brush to add Blossom to the center of each of my lids and finished up with a coat of my favorite mascara from Lily Lolo.

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Overall, I am impressed with everything that I have tried from Sheer Miracle! The quality of their products is amazing, the ingredients are top notch, and their prices are affordable!


Have you tried anything from Sheer Miracle?


*The Sheer Miracle products featured in this post are affiliate samples and the coupon code provided is an affiliate link. As always, however, I have presented my 100% honest opinion. I cannot, nor will I ever, accept compensation in exchange for a positive review.
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Review: Alima Pure Eye Primer

If you are a green beauty lover, you know that finding an amazing eye shadow primer isn't an easy task...the struggle is real! So when Alima Pure released a vegan Eye Primer packed with clean ingredients, you can imagine my excitement! This new primer prepares the eye area for creaseless, fade-proof eye makeup that stays saturated with color for hours of wear!

Review of Alima Pure Eye Primer

Consistency + Finish

What criteria need to be met for an eye primer to be worthy of a spot in your collection? For me, if a primer doesn't keep my shadow smooth and creaseless, it's not worth including in my collection. My secondary requirement is for the primer to help eye shadow really stick to the lids. Adhesion equates to lasting, rich color that doesn't budge! Finally, I think that eye primers should be moisturizing and comfortable. You certainly don't want your primer to be so sticky that it feels like you are smearing glue across your lids in a desperate attempt to achieve that flawless smokey eye! 

With a silky, nourishing formula that creates the perfect canvas for blending and layering color, Alima Pure's new Eye Primer is bound to satisfy even your most demanding primer requirements! It really does tick all of the boxes for me. This cream is a pale, pinky-peach color that is nearly undetectable on the lids yet minimizes the appearance of fine lines and helps to even out the tone of the skin. This thin, lightweight primer also has a lot of slip, but isn't greasy or tacky.

Alima Pure's Eye Primer

Application

A little goes a long way with Alima Pure's Eye Primer, so all you have to do is smooth a tiny amount onto your lids with clean fingertips and wait about a minute until it is fully absorbed. 

Alima Pure Eye Primer

Ingredients

Salvia Sclarea Flower/ Leaf/ Stem Water (Clary Sage Water), Mica, Sucrose Palmitate, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Squalane, Oleic/ Linoleic/ Linolenic/ Polyglycerides, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Olive Glycerides, Aqua, Glyceryl Caprylate, Apricot Kernel Oil Polyglyceryl-4 Ester, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Tocopherol, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea Butter), Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive Oil), Cellulose Gum, Persea Gratissima Oil, Cellulose [+/- CI 77891, CI 77491,]

Wearing Alima Pure Eye Primer with Sheer Miracle Eye Shadows
Wearing Alima Pure Eye Primer with Sheer Miracle Eye Shadows (Check my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for a 25% off code to use at www.sheermiracle.com)

Wrap-Up

This eye primer is pretty close to perfect! In addition to preparing the skin for long-lasting eye makeup, this base nourishes the delicate skin in the eye area thanks to amazing natural ingredients like olive-derived squalane, shea butter, and clary sage water. Shadow remains saturated and creaseless throughout hours of wear. I densely packed shadow on my lids to put this primer to the test and my look survived a busy day that included a trip to the gym and a holiday party without any signs of creasing or fading. My lids also felt comfortable and nicely moisturized. I do have quite dry skin, so I'm not sure how this primer will fare on combo or oily skin, but I'm confident that you will love it no matter what your skin type!

My one complaint about this product is that the tube is TINY! You only need a small about, but once you try it, you are going to want an endless supply of this stuff! It's wonderful!

Alima Pure's Eye Primer retails for $26 USD for 10 ml / 0.33 fl. oz.


Have you tried Alima Pure's new Eye Primer? What do you think?
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November 2016 Favorites

When I started drafting this post, I didn't think that I would have many new products to include. However, after rummaging through my stash, I realized that I have been loving quite a bit throughout the month of November. Let's get to the list!

November 2016 Favorites

Agent Nateur N°4 Holi(Rose) Deodorant

Shiva Rose and Agent Nateur worked on this deodorant for six months to perfect its addictive scent and gorgeous packaging! It may seem odd to think of a deodorant as luxurious, but let me tell you, this stuff is almost too beautiful to apply to your pits! Not only is it formulated with amazing ingredients, including organic coconut oil; beeswax; sodium bicarbonate; avocado butter; sunflower butter; castor oil; raw organic honey; and healing essential oils, but it's also effective! A little goes a long way with this deodorant and even if you aren't a big rose fan, you will fall in love with this intoxicating blend of sandalwood and rose!

Agent Nateur N°4 Holi(Rose) Deodorant

Ilia Beauty Lip Gloss in Heartbeat

If you are looking for the perfect red for the holidays, check out Heartbeat! Whether you are amping up your rouge lipstick or wearing this gloss on its own, you will adore its silky-smooth texture! The smell is a little funky, but its sheer, pigmented formulation gives the lips a gorgeous, soft sheen.

Ilia Beauty Lip Gloss in Heartbeat


Ilia Beauty Vivid Concealer

I am always on the hunt for the perfect concealer and I have really been enjoying this botanical-packed offering from Ilia. Don't be fooled by the thin texture of this concealer. It offers some serious coverage and because it dries so quickly, it is easy to build coverage to your liking. I also find that it stays in place throughout the day without any creasing or creping. The color range includes six shades and Cassava C1 blends beautifully with my fair skin.

John Masters Organics Deep Scalp Follicle Treatment & Volumizer

This potent spray is packed with 17 certified-organic herbs and essential oils that help improve the health of the scalp by promoting nutrient intake, stimulating circulation, balancing sebum production and eliminating free radicals. I have quite thin hair and I've noticed that this treatment helps with volume at my roots. I just spritz some on after shampooing/conditioning and then massage it gently into my scalp. I haven't noticed any improvement in the density of my hair or the amount of fallout, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

John Masters Organics Deep Scalp Follicle Treatment & Volumizer

Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator

I am a huge fan of Josh Rosebrook and this product doesn't disappoint! I like to use this refreshing toner before applying my moisturizer in the morning and at night, but it also functions as a hydrating pick-me-up that can be spritzed on top of your makeup. It dispenses as a super fine mist that evenly coats the skin and works to plump and firm. The addition of marshmallow root also gives this spray a delicious scent! 

Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator

Kjaer Weis Lipstick in Honor

Packed with clean, nourishing ingredients, Kjaer Weis's lipsticks are silky and moisturizing. Honor is a classic nude pink that is perfect for everyday wear. I love that the consistency of these seriously pigmented lippies is so smooth and velvety, yet still feels weightless on the lips. They also last for hours! 

Kjaer Weis Lipstick in Honor

Parlo Cosmetics Nail Polish in In Deep

This iridescent red, 5-free nail polish from Parlo Cosmetics is absolutely gorgeous! It glides on beautifully and dries in no time! Isn't it the most perfect color for the holidays?!? Love!

Don't forget that code blushingbme saves you 20% sitewide at Parlo Cosmetics :)

Parlo Cosmetics Nail Polish in In Deep

RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer

This luminizer is gorgeous! If you previously tried Living Luminizer and found that it didn't quite suit the warmer undertones of your skin, you are going to adore this new, champagne-toned option! Like all of RMS's products, Magic Luminizer has a luxurious, satiny texture and melts easily into the skin. Its neutral shimmer provides a sophisticated iridescence that looks stunning on the cheekbones without being too glittery or overdone. It's highlight perfection!

RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer
This is blush is beautifully pigmented and blends with such ease! It is a glamorous, dusty rose that literally goes with everything! Grab a big, fluffy brush to apply this blush to the apples of your cheeks and you're good to go!

Code candy25 saves you 25% off sitewide!

Sheer Miracle Mineral Blush in Sienna Rose


What were your November favorites?


*The Parlo Cosmetics and Sheer Miracle products featured in this post are affiliate samples and the coupon codes provided are affiliate links. As always, however, I have presented my 100% honest opinion. I cannot, nor will I ever, accept compensation in exchange for a positive review.
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