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{PC Review} Herbal Essences Moroccan My Shine Shampoo and Conditioner

Herbal Essences Moroccan My Shine Shampoo and Conditioner

Winter can be brutal on my hair, which is why I generally use more hydrating products and oils to help keep it in check. Recently, I’ve been using the Herbal Essences Moroccan My Shine line which stays true to their signature allure while also adding an extra touch of the islands–it smells incredible and the aroma lasts for days.  Working up to an incredible lather, the formula contains both conditioning ingredients to help cleanse the hair without stripping it and touch of Morocco’s legendary 100% natural argan oil extract for added softness and shine.  I have been incredibly pleased with the performance of this product, especially since most of the argan oil infused products on the market are double the price.  My hair feels soft and hydrated, and I even met a friend a day after washing whom commented on how amazing my hair smelled—and actually asked if it was Herbal Essences (true story)!

Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!

For more information visit us.herbalessences.com

{Disclaimer: I got a sample}

NYX Cosmetics Fall Sale! Great Quality at Even More Unbeatable Prices!

NYX Cosmetics Smokey PaletteThe holidays are right around the corner which means holiday parties are also right around the corner!  If you’re looking for a way to freshen up but still be frugal, try NYX Cosmetics. They offers great quality makeup at attractive prices.

Birchbox + Kate Spade Saturday Partner to Bring you…

As most of you may know, Kate Spade New York launched a new brand this year, Kate Spade Saturday, which aims to channel the weekend spirit and spontaneity every day of the week. It’s like the polished Kate Spade girl’s attire when she’s off duty (or where her chic downtown tom boy sister would shop).

Kate Spade Saturday and Birhcbox makeup case

Birchbox and Kate Spade Saturday have partnered to exclusively offer one of Kate Spade Saturday’s cosmetic pouches as a Gift with Purchase on Birchbox.com, and are carrying additional Kate Spade Saturday products in the Kate Spade Saturday shop on Birchbox.com.

Here are all the dets!

PC Review: NARS New Coeur Battant Blush and Goodbye Emmanuelle Lipstick

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From the moment NARS released the images from their Guy Bourdin collection, I needed that Coeur Battant Blush. Usually as fall comes around, I’m a NARS Desire blush kinda gal (purplish pinks are great for fall!), but there was something about

PC Review: La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask

La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep MaskFor the past month I’ve been indulging in the new La Prairies Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask about twice a week or as my skin has needed some extra hydration. With fall here my skin tends to get more dry and lose some of it’s luster. Either that or the stress of a hectic schedule, too much coffee and not enough sleep play a strong role in my skin not getting all that it needs. Usually my evening routine consists of a makeup remover, face wash and serum as my staples (then depending the regimen I’m trying may expand out from there if needed). I’m usually hesitant to add in a moisturizer since I want my skin to have some time to breath but still want the benefits of giving it a hydrating booster. This mask is the best of both worlds.

{PC Review} Carven Le Perfum Exclusive at Saks Fifth Avenue

Carven le parfumWe finally got our hands on the new(ish) exclusive launch from the House of Carven: Carven Le Parfum, created by one of our favorite perfumers Francis Kurkdjian.  Simplicity, freshness, charm and a couture spirit in a fragrance to exude the incredible energy of the fashion of Guillaume Henry, the talented artistic director who brought back to life the House of Carven.  The fresh floral

PC Beauty Tips Featured in the November Issue of Health Magazine

There’s always something so exciting about opening a magazine and seeing your name in print. In the November issue of Health Magazine (featuring Julianne Moore on the cover), the publication features beauty bloggers top tricks spanning across nails, makeup, hair and skin. Actually, to quote the header, it reads: ” Beauty Bloggers’ Best Tricks, Top online gurus share their go-to strategies for great hair, glowing skin, and magnificent makeup.”

I’m featured twice, once for my hair tip and another for a DIY skincare recommendation (as seen below photographed side by side with Michelle Phan’s tip in between!)

Lara Eurdolian, Pretty Connected beauty tips in Health Magazine

I have a little note to add to my hair tip, since the copy had to be condensed. The tip as it read is:  “I sleep with my hair divided into two loose buns, seared with a scrunch. To keep mu strands smooth. For adding volume in the mourning, I rely on Osis Dust It – the powder soaks up excess oils and adds lift to roots.”

The part that I should preface is about dividing my hair into the buns with a loose scrunchie — that’s only if you’re trying to preserve a blow-out. By putting your hair into loose divided buns rotating hair in sequence of the curl it helps you avoid friction and movement between the strands. The reason you use a scrunchie instead of a hair elastic is you don’t want anything too tight that would leave any lines. Then the next morning you can revive the roots with some dry shampoo.

My other tip was “Yogurt, the pain natural kind makes a great hydrating mask. I use it when my skin needs a little pick-me-up.”

Some of the other tips I loved from the article include:

“I love sparkly polish but it sticks to your nails like crazy. To remove it, I use felt instead of a cotton ball — it works like a gentle Brillo pad.” – Allison Kratzer, Makeup by Alli

“Instead of layering on powder before happy hour, press a few drops of face oil over your cheeks to refresh your foundation and create a super natural glow.” – Elizabeth Dehn, Beauty Bets

“If your eye and lip pencils are really soft, leave them in the fridge for about an hour before you sharpen them-the less creamy they are the less waste there is.” – Christine Miekle, Temptalia

“After I douse a cotton pad with my regular makeup remover, I add a bit of coconut oil and apply it to my closed eye. It helps break up the makeup, so it slides off with more ease.” – Julie Gutierrez, YouTube vlogger

“Rather than using a towel, dry hair with a soft, old, worn-in T-shirt and pat dry. Don’t rub! Rubbing hair with a towel leads to breakage.” – Michelle Phan

“When I have a breakout, I hold a vinegar-soaked cotton ball over it for a few seconds at night. It’s smaller by mourning.” – Aleigh Acerni, Indigo + Canary

Okay, that’a enough of a sneak peek, for more great tips check out the November issue of Health Magazine on stands now.

Master Class with Alex Box (Plus What’s NEW at Illamasqua!)

Illamasqua Alex Box

If you ever have the opportunity to watch Illamasqua’s Creative Director, Alex Box do makeup — take it! On Friday night, I joined Illamasqua at their new home at Bloomingdales SoHo for an interactive masterclass hosted by Alex Box using the brands new The Sacred Hour collection. With an

Newly Released: The COVERGIRL Capitol Collection Beauty Looks

Every month or so I’ve been getting these little teasers in the mail of images from the newly released COVERGIRL Capitol Collection. Well Hunger Games fans, here’s the complete beauty breakdowns of the 12 high-fashion Catching Fire beauty looks, inspired by each of the districts by COVERGIRL. Each look uses the district’s specialty trade as inspiration, and then transforms it into a couture, Capitol reinterpretation.

COVERGIRL’s Capitol makeup artist, Dotti, used COVERGIRL’s Flamed Out Collection and our new limited-edition Capitol Collection to create the looks.

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For more on the looks and products visit the COVERGIRL Capitol Beauty Studio.

{Giveaway} Win the Beauty.com/HONOR Heartbeat Bag + Beauty Products ($120 Value)

beauty.com Honor cosmetic bag

Happy Friday everyone! #FreebieFridays are back and I’m so excited for this weeks giving away featuring Beauty.com’s latest designer collaboration with none other then HONOR! In conjunction with the New York fashion house, Beauty.com has launched the limited edition Heartbeat Bag, a black cosmetics case with white hearts, which folds out to reveal a white lining dotted with black hearts. On the inside there’s multiple translucent pink pockets to easily store your favorite beauty products.  And considering it’s made out of waterproof material both inside and out, it’s easy to wipe down and keep clean, make it the perfect travel bag. The Heartbeat Bag comes filled with 12 prestige beauty samples in both deluxe sample and full sizes and is valued at $120! (See bottom of post for complete list of products included in this giveaway).

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Win it! There are three ways to enter (each option counts as a separate entry):

1. Leave a comment on why you want to win

2. Follow us on twitter and tweet about the giveaway or event using the hashtag #PCgiveaway OR TWEET: RT & follow @prettyconnected 4ur chance to #win @beautydotcom + HONOR Heartbeat Bag filled w/ these beauty products: http://bit.ly/1afxw7x

3. Follow @prettyconnected on Instagram and like the matching post (going live on Monday!): instagram.com/prettyconnected

**Extra credit if you “Like” Pretty Connected on Facebook at Facebook.com/PrettyConnected

As for what’s in the bag..