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Favorite Products of March

Favorite Products of March-1I cannot believe March is already coming to an end! Time sure does fly, but the end of the month means another favorite products of the month blog! Hopefully you will try, and enjoy these products as much as I have. Here’s to another month of favorites! :)

1.    Stila: Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Illuminating Beauty Balm

I love this product! I wore this BB cream, and a woman said that my skin was glowing! In addition to giving you a lit-from-within glow, it also provides sun protection with broad spectrum SPF 30. It has a thin consistency, and blends well giving you a beautiful dewy finish. However, I would not recommend the product if you have oily skin, as it can give you a little shine. Despite that, it is perfect if you don’t need a ton of coverage and would like to even out your skin tone and add a little umph to your look. I definitely recommend it for any pageant girl who would love to literally shine on stage! Add a megawatt smile and you’ll simply be glowing! :)

2.    Chloé Perfume

I received a mini version of this perfume as a gift, which is always dangerous because perfumes (and scents in general) are a very individual thing. Luckily, I quickly fell in love. The scent is lightweight, and the best part is that it melds with my natural scent very well. It gives me that freshly showered/fresh sheets smell. I absolutely love it, and would highly recommend you try the product! You can go to Nordstrom (or possibly Sephora) and ask for a sample. I think this would be the perfect perfume because it is not overpowering and lends a subtle sexiness to the wearer.

3.    Josie Maran: Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée

I had heard about these blushes, and was extremely curious. Especially, now that Josie Maran’s oils and other products have become quite popular recently. I was more than pleasantly surprised. At first the product is a little daunting because it is a pot with a very bright gel in it. However, it applies so smoothly and lightly onto your cheeks and gives you a very natural blush! I have never had a product that gives you such a naturally flushed look. This would be perfect for any pageant girl because it will keep you from accidentally going overboard on the blush. However, you’ll still look bright and cheerful throughout your pageant!

4.    Urban Decay: Eyeshadow in Midnight Cowboy
s1402536-main-heroYes, this eye shadow is super sparkly. Does this mean it will look ridiculous? Nope. In fact, if applied correctly it looks great! Whenever I do not want to put a ton of effort into my makeup I use this eye shadow, and it instantly adds a little glamour to my look. The key is not to apply it above your eyelid crease. Keeping the color below the crease makes the high-sparkle quality of the shadow subtler and only when you blink or close your eyes is it visible. This would  be great for a pageant look where you want to focus on the lips, but still want to do something fun for the eyes. :)  

5.    Too Faced: 3-Way Lash Lining Black Eyeliner
This eyeliner is definitely tied with Stila’s stay-all-day liquid liner. When I originally received this eyeliner I was unsure of the unusual brush. However, I ended up falling for it. It gives you flexibility in terms how thick or thin you want your liner to be, thus you can make a bold cat-eye or a subtle one. Although this one does not claim to stay-all day like Stila’s, it nonetheless does! I was pleasantly surprised by the product’s staying power and would definitely repurchase. This would be a great liner for the pageant girl who likes to try new looks!

P.S. What are your favorite products this month? Let me know in the box below! :)

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Beauty on a Budget: Mascara

Beauty on a Budget_ Mascara Edition(1)Beauty on a Budget is back with the Mascara Edition! Budget mascaras have flourished and there are some long-standing favorites that every girl should know. Having explored the vast Internet, read reviews, and compared ratings here are the top five budget mascaras that every pageant girl should try! :)

1.     Maybelline New York: Volume’ Express Turbo Boost

You have probably seen this mascara pop up quite a few times on this blog, and that’s because it is my personal favorite budget mascara. I own the waterproof version and love it. Smudging is little to nonexistent (at least in my experience) and it isn’t too clumpy either. Although I do not love it as much as Benefit Cosmetic’s They’re Real Mascara, its price and the fact it does a pretty stand up job make it one of my favorites!

2.     CoverGirl: Lash Blast Volume

Beauty mavens raved that this is CoverGirl’s best mascara. The mascara does not clump too much and gives lashes definition and length. This was my first mascara, and I loved it growing up. It was not until I could afford to try other brands that I converted. However, if I do have another go-to bargain mascara, CoverGirl’s Lash Blast would definitely be it.

3.     Physicians Formula: Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Jumbo Lash Mascara

This mascara is a great option for ladies with sensitive eyes and skin. 47% of this mascara’s ingredients are organic and its eco-friendly packaging is recyclable! However, not only is it good for you and for the environment, but it also works wonders on your lashes. This mascara not only provides length without clumping, but also tons of volume! You can wear this mascara and rest east knowing that it’s free of any harsh chemicals, dyes, and parabens that could cause more harm than good. Plus the packaging is adorable! :)

4.     Maybelline New York: Full n’ Soft Washable Mascara

In my research, I went through quite a few different lists of top drugstore mascaras and this one was on more lists than any of the others. Although apparently lacking the drama for an evening out, this mascara is great for any daytime look. It makes lashes appear natural, but also fuller. Additionally, the name doesn’t lie, it truly does make lashes soft and not spikey, as many other mascaras do. The waterproof version also works well, but the non-waterproof formula is great because it comes off easily with no fuss. Foremost, many mascara-lovers are devotees of Maybelline’s Full n’ Soft making it a staple in their makeup routine.

 5.     L’Oreal Paris: Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

According to proponents this mascara is truly carbon black and gives lashes an intense, “are those real?” look. Additionally, the mascaras consistency is not goopy, but creamy and the full-brush gives lashes clump-free volume. Another bonus? InStyle Magazine named L’Oreal’s Voluminous Mascara as its Best Inexpensive Mascara of 2013.

P.S. What is your favorite drugstore mascara? Comment in the box below and let me know!

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St. Patrick’s Day Nail Art Ideas

HSN_Festive-Nail-Art-Ideas-for-Saint-Patricks-DayThe lovely ladies over at the Home Shopping Network (HSN) have contacted PageantToPhD to do a guest blog post of sorts. As we know St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and one fun way to embrace St. Patty’s Day green is through nail art!

There are so many different ways to create fun St. Patrick’s Day inspired nails. Luckily, on the HSN blog they have put up their own fun St. Patty’s Day nail art tutorial. It is easy to follow, and the ideas are super cute! After following their tutorial you are bound to get compliments all day. :)

So click here to check out their awesome “Festive Nail Art Ideas For St. Patrick’s Day.”

Enjoy and have a fabulous St. Patrick’s Day!

P.S. If you are interested in guest blogging on the PageantToPhD blog or would like us to guest blog on your website, let us know! :)

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Your Complete Guide to St. Patrick’s Day!

Your Complete Guide to St. Patrick's DaySt. Patty’s Day is right around the corner, so I thought it would only be apropos to give you lovely pageant ladies a complete guide to St. Patrick’s Day! When one thinks of St. Patty’s day we picture Leprechauns, gold, and McDonald’s tasty shamrock shakes. So how do we incorporate these awesome things appropriately into our wardrobe, makeup, and hair? I have searched the vast Internet to compile tutorials and ideas for you guys to use to spice up your St. Patty’s Day! So have fun and enjoy! :)

1.    Makeup

Thinking about St. Patty’s Day makeup one is instantly daunted by the thought of green eye shadow. I mean how can green look good? Well, some wonderful ladies on YouTube have made it possible, and you will find three links to their St. Patrick’s Day makeup tutorials below. Pick whichever one you feel most comfortable with as they vary in intensity! Either way, have fun and maybe get a little inspiration for a future pageant makeup look.

2.    Hair

Hair is the easiest part! Any sort of braid can naturally look very Celtic, and thus is great for St. Patty’s Day. Here are three great hair tutorials to check out that will bring a little more Irish to your St. Patty’s Day look:

Another bonus is that you can reuse these looks for a beautiful pageant hairstyle!

3. Outfit Ideas

So how does a pageant girl embrace St. Patty’s Day green without going over the top? The simplest way is to wear green accessories such as a necklace or earrings. You can easily pick up some cheap St. Patrick’s Day inspired jewelry at Claire’s or Icing. Additionally, you can wear a green scarf to add some St. Patty’s Day spirit to your outfit.

If you are in a more daring mood you can go all green by wearing a green skater dress, which is great for spring in general. Otherwise, you can keep it simple by wearing a green shirt with jeans or a nice white blouse with a green skirt.

4.    Sweet Treats

Holiday-themed treats are always a favorite! So here below are some simple, fun St. Patrick’s Day treats that any pageant girl can make and share!

I hope you guys enjoyed this little guide to St. Patrick’s Day! Now go grab a Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s and remember to wear green. You don’t want to get pinched by a leprechaun! ;)

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All-Natural Beauty: Face Masks

ID-100214253-stockimagesHello my pageant starlets! We all know how important smooth, flawless skin is for your pageant (and for your health!). We scrounge around the drugstore hoping this or that product will work, and end up spending lots of money for beautiful skin. However, the skin we dream of is right around the corner (or in this case in your kitchen cabinet). So open up your pantries and pay not a cent more! Here are a few of my favorite D.I.Y. face masks by BubzBeauty for the all-natural beauty in us all.

1.     DIY Mask for Clear & Smooth Skin

Doesn’t her skin just glow in this video? I also love how easy and quick all the steps are! This mask is a definite must as it not only exfoliates, but also helps you achieve a brighter, clearer complexion. To add more credibility to her claims for the benefits of almonds and honey check out the links below. :)

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Also here are two great resources for why you should eat them too! Almonds May Help in Weight Loss and Honey Sweetens Your Health

2.     Tea Bag Face Scrub

I fell in love with this beauty D.I.Y. for a number of reasons. First, green tea is just great to drink anyway, as it helps detoxify and provides your body with antioxidants. Thus, why not treat your face as well as your body? Instead of spending money on expensive exfoliators just use your green tea bags to achieve a beautiful, clear complexion! If you want more details on green tea check out the link below!

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3.     Chocolate DIY Beauty Mask

When I stumbled upon this beauty mask video I could not believe my eyes or ears: a face mask made of what? Chocolate! The simple fact that a D.I.Y. beauty mask that involves chocolate exists made me unbelievably happy. It sounds crazy, but looks like it works because her face appears so clear and bright after she uses it! Why not indulge in chocolate the right way? :) Curious about the uses and benefits of yogurt and cacao (i.e., chocolate)? Check out the links below!

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Now that you have a new knowledge of all-natural face masks, make a spa day of it! Get your girlfriends together or spend some quality alone time and treat yourself to a day of self-pampering. Either way, you are bound to enjoy these amazing masks. Your skin will thank you, and you will positively glow at your pageant. Who knows? You could end up sharing your skin wisdom with the judges! :)

P.S. Do you have a D.I.Y. face mask that you love to make? Let us know, maybe we’ll feature it in the future! :)

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