Hey everyone! I’m Marnie Goldberg. I’m a 42-year old wife, mother, volunteer, and former elementary school teacher/reading specialist living in San Antonio with my husband, two boys (ages 14 and 17), and three dogs. I discovered the world of fashion and beauty in my late 30’s and I want to share what I’ve learned with all of you!
Whenever anyone asks me what I recommend for skincare products, no matter what their age, skin type, area of concern or type of routine they favor, I always recommend Colleen Rothschild. You can’t go wrong with any of her products (yes, Colleen is both a brand and an actual person), but to help you get […]
The Sephora Spring Beauty Bonus Event is finally open to everyone-Rouge, VIB Members and Beauty Insiders, and if you’re still in the mood for some shopping inspiration, I wanted to share with you some of the highlights of my own Sephora Spring Haul from last week. I filmed a video of me applying everything I […]
Friday, April 26th kicks off the beginning of the Sephora Spring Bonus Event for the Rouge members, those lucky souls who get 20% off their purchase now through May 6th with the code HEYROUGE online (no code or secret handshake needed in store). The Event opens up for VIB members (15% off) and Beauty Insiders […]
One of the things I like to do at the start of every new year is get organized. I started going through my skincare collection and I noticed that I have quite a varied assortment of skincare from many different brands. They all serve a unique purpose and I can’t say that I’m partial to any one over another. The one thing they mostly seem to have in common is that I had gotten quite a few of them from QVC. They carry so many brands and different types of skincare, and they’re always offering amazing deals and special offers. If you’ve never ordered from QVC before, you MUST take advantage of the $10 off your first purchase with the code TEN4U. And in case you needed some ideas of what to order….here are a few:
Peter Thomas Roth Meet Your Mask Kit with Mask Tasker Tool
If you’re looking for a very budget friendly way to explore this brand and get SIX masks to play with, then you can’t go wrong with this set. This was actually the first PTR product I purchased, and I’ve gone on to purchase many more, including…
Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic 7 Piece Set
This is the same concept as the above set, except the mask sizes are quite a bit larger. You can get quite a few uses out of each mask, and the more deluxe size also makes this a great gift that you can break up and give to a few people (it’s not too early to start thinking about the holidays)!
Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Gel Mask
After getting a few of the mask sets, I have also purchased the full-sized individual masks. One of my favorites that is gentle enough for me to use everyday if I was so inclined is the Rose Stem Cell Gel Mask. It’s great for my dry skin, and if you want an extra morning wake-up, keep this in the refrigerator and apply in the morning. It feels GREAT on a hot summer morning!
Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask
I have dry skin, so sometimes charcoal masks don’t work well for me. However, this mask also has honey in it which means it’s perfect for my skin type. There is another version (click here) that’s better for more oily skin as well.
StriVectin Powerlift Instant Tightening Mask
I’ve talked about this one before-it literally feels like it’s sucking your face back into place. I’d like to think that gravity is not working against me, but it is. I use this one in the morning after I’ve had a long night!
Skyn Iceland Set of 8 Eye Gels & Eye Cream
Speaking of long nights…I am never without these eye gels! I always keep a set in my travel bag too. These are the best eye masks I’ve ever tried for the eye area and making me look more awake. What I really like is that they aren’t overly “gooey”, so they don’t leave a ton of residue on my face when I’m done.
Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief
I keep this out on my bathroom vanity. I spritz my face with it after I wash it, especially if I’m jumping in the shower next. It keeps my skin feeling moisturized and fresh feeling before I move on to apply the rest of my skincare later. It’s also great as a little pick me up later on in the day when I’m feeling a little tired-and my skin is showing it!
First Aid Beauty Coconut Priming Moisturizer
I haven’t actually tried this, but the whole beauty universe is abuzz about this product. I haven’t had the best of luck with traditional primers, but I feel like this one would work well with my dry, somewhat sensitive skin. Have any of you used this? What do you think?
QVC is also offering a great deal on a little bundle from It Cosmetics. I love these deals because not only do you save quite a bit of money over buying the products individually, but they usually include a good variety of items so you can either stock up on favorites or try out some new products you may have had your eye on. In this case, the It Cosmetics New Year, Your Most Beautiful Skin Collection includes the Confidence in a Neck Cream, Confidence in a Gel Lotion, Bye Bye Lines Foundation, and Heavenly Luxe Plush Paddle Foundation Brush. I’m really excited to try out the Confidence in a Neck Cream, because I am VERY guilty of bending my head down constantly to look at a computer screen, a laptop, my iPad, iPhone, or even a good old-fashioned book. I’ve gotten to the point where I can’t ignore what’s happening below my chin, and I think this cream is going to be perfect for me.
I haven’t tried the Bye Bye Lines Foundation past swatching it on my wrist and face (Fair was a PERFECT match!!), but I’m excited about how it blended into my skin and I’m VERY excited about the ingredients list. It’s infused with peptides, caviar extract, and hydrolyzed collagen, and it also says it has caviar extract and sea water. Does that remind you of another favorite foundation of mine? I can’t wait to put it to the test!
You can get the whole It Cosmetics New Year, Your Most Beautiful Skin Collection now for under $70 (plus shipping and handling), but if you bought everything separately it would be $174! That’s quite a savings! One more thing-if you order now through January 12th, they’re offering free shipping too!
Did anything I mention catch your eye? Do you have any skincare faves from QVC? The brands I mentioned are just a drop in the bucket-which ones do you want to hear more about next time?
Happy New Year, Friends! Are you ready for my yearly “Best of” series? My favorite video (or blog post) to create is the round-up of my monthly favorites, so of course the ultimate favorite is a best of the best post. In this case, I’ve gone through all my monthly favorites videos from 2018 and picked my all-time standouts from all twelve months and put them into one place-my Best of Beauty 2018. I’ve broken down the best into several categories-face products, eye products, lip products, skincare and “random”. There is not an item for every kind of makeup product. I’ve solely chosen to go with the ultimate faves for this list. Here’s a handy list for you if you’re out shopping, and if you keep scrolling, you’ll see all the pictures too! Make sure you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel too so you don’t miss the video! I’ve put it on the bottom of this post if you’d like to watch it here, too! And now that we’ve tackled Best of Beauty, stay tuned for Best of Fashion and Best of Lifestyle next!
Most people say that they love to travel, but I would not be one of them. That’s not entirely true-once I arrive at my destination, I am thrilled to be wherever it is that I am. But I am one of those people that gets a bit anxious at the thought of packing up my stuff in anticipation of all the possibilities, the contingencies, the “what-ifs” that may arise while I am not at home with my arsenal of products and comforts of home.
I’m not necessarily an overpacker, but I do like to have options, whether it’s a few extra outfits, two or three more eyeshadow palettes, or every hair tool I own. This can lead to a very heavy suitcase, especially when I try very hard to limit myself to carry-on luggage only. So while it’s essential for me to be able to pare down what I’m bringing as far as size and weight go, I still need to be able to count on my products to do their job well (which helps with my travel anxiety). Enter the T3 Featherweight Compact Folding Hair Dryer, which has been my loyal travel companion for many, many years now.
When I’m at home, I rely on the full-size version T3 Hair Dryer to blow dry my hair, but for travel I never leave home without the T3 Featherweight Compact Folding Hair Dryer. First there’s the obvious-it’s not only compact, i.e. “travel-size” but it actually folds into itself to make for a much smaller footprint in your luggage. Of course, that also makes it incredibly lightweight and easy to handle when styling my hair. However, don’t let the size fool you-it packs quite a punch and dries hair very effectively. It’s also incredibly quiet, which is nice when the whole family is crammed in one hotel room and everyone is on their last nerve. It has two heat settings and a cool-shot button, which I love to use once my hair is fully dry to help “set” the style, especially when I’m round-brushing a blow-out.
A few other fun facts about the T3 Featherweight Compact Folding Hair Dryer-it has a scratch resistant surface, which is helpful for those of us who are not too careful when tossing it into a full suitcase among souvenirs, shoes, toiletries, etc (my suitcase will never make it into one of those “organized pack with me” videos), it has dual voltage, which is great for the world travellers reading this, and, the best part…it’s currently on sale on QVC.com for $99 starting today and going through November 4th. It normally retails for $150 so that’s a great savings and it’s perfect timing before you start on your holiday travels. It comes in white or black with rose gold metallic accents or black with purple metallic accents, so the hardest choice you’ll have to make is which color to choose?
If you’re reading this blog post, then odds are good you’re a big fan of the beauty world-whether it’s the newest trends in cosmetics, hair tools, skincare, or beauty tools, you love it all as much as I do. I’m always looking to add the newest and trendiest product to my collection, but sometimes I don’t move fast enough and it sells out, or I learn about something too late and it’s already discontinued. That’s where eBay comes in! Yes, it’s still a great place for collectibles and auction items, but there is so much more to eBay, most importantly to me, mainly fashion and beauty!
I was lucky enough to meet with some representatives from eBay this spring and I learned so much about this retailer. I feel like I got the “Insider’s Guide to eBay” and it opened my eyes to a whole other world of shopping! Let me throw some numbers at you. Did you know that 81% of all merchandise sold on eBay is brand new? How about the fact that on any given day, there are 1.1 BILLION listings on eBay? And of those items, 69% of them ship for free!
So while all those numbers are very positive, they can also be a little overwhelming. They did share some tips to help narrow down the search. The first thing I’d recommend that you do is head over to the eBay Fashion homepage to see what’s new and trending. Another great spot is the eBay Daily Deals page. You can filter your results by category there as well. Let’s say you have something specific in mind. Maybe you really wanted the Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario but you missed out on this limited edition beauty (like I did). Just go to the Top Filters and set “Condition” to “New”, “Buying Format” to “Buy It Now” and then adjust “Guaranteed Delivery” to the timeframe that fits your schedule.
Even though all three items were listed with three separate sellers, I was able to add all three to my cart at once and pay at one time. All were brand new, and came in pristine condition in their original packaging in well under a week. Two came in three days!!
I know to the average person these purchases may not seem like a big deal, but to a beauty product junkie like me, it’s wonderful. It’s like getting my hands on a unicorn!
If you’re interested in chasing down other limited edition products, check out these options below:
If you’ve shopped with eBay before, I’d love to know what you’ve picked up. And if you have recommendations for discontinued or limited edition makeup that you think every good beauty lover must have in their collection, please let me know in the comments below!!
I love playing with makeup, but I get very lazy when it comes to styling my air. More often than not, I like to wash my hair at night, let it air dry overnight, then style it in the morning. I picked up a fairly new product at Sephora called the Living Proof In-Shower Styler. The idea is you wash your hair like you usually do, then apply this to your hair in the shower, lightly rinse it out, then let your hair air dry. This product is ideal for straight to slightly wavy hair, and it’s supposed to leave your hair less frizzy and more “styled” than if you left it to its own devices without the product. I have noticed a HUGE difference when I use this product, but let’s face it, I do not wake up in the morning with perfectly styled hair. There is still some work to do, but it’s far less than what I used to have to undertake. All I really need to do is whip out my T3 1 inch curling wand and quickly curl the top layer of my hair, then smooth out the ends and any really kinky under layers with my Paul Mitchell 1 inch Styling Iron. The whole process takes about 5 minutes, which is about 20 minutes less than when I don’t use the Living Proof In-Shower Styler. To me, that’s a game changer and totally worth it! The best part is that the style looks good the first day, but even better the second day and can last as long as four days if I avoid working out and rain!
I’ve listed the products I use when I’m creating this look. Keep scrolling down to see the video of me styling my hair once it’s dry!
Living Proof In-Shower Styler Demo | MsGoldgirl - YouTube
I first saw this concept in a video from Risa Does Makeup on YouTube and thought it was fabulous, and then LisaJMakeup texted me and asked if she thought we should give it a go. I love this concept because while all of us “beauty” influencers get sent a lot of free PR product, how many of it is so good that we’re willing to repurchase it? The original video idea was to pick 10 items that we would repurchase, but I went ahead and picked 10 products that I DID repurchase. There are far more than 10, but for the sake of space and time these are the top ten…at the moment! Please scroll down to see my picks, and if you’re interested in learning more about them and/or purchasing them, feel free to click on any of the pictures that interest you!
Top 10 PR Items I DID Repurchase | MsGoldgirl - YouTube
Most of the beauty obsessed (if you’re reading this I assume you are one of them) are well aware of Sephora’s two big Beauty Insider Events-the 15% off VIB Sale in April and the 20% off VIB Sale in November (slightly lower numbers for VIB and BI’s). But I was totally blind-sided when the news came out recently that Sephora had revamped their Beauty Insider program and to celebrate it, they were having another Event this month! VIB Rouge members will be able to get 20% off their purchases August 24th-September 3rd, and VIB and BI members will be able to shop the sale August 30th-September 3rd, saving 15% and 10% respectively. The codes are as follows: VIB Rouge=YESROUGE, VIB=YESVIB, and BI=YESINSIDER. Codes can only be used one time online but as much as you’d like for in-store purchases.
If you’re interested in learning more about what’s changed with the Rewards Program, I’d recommend heading over to their page where they break it down. They’ve also hinted at more changes to come in 2019. But for now, I’d like to go over some recommendations if you need some ideas to fill your shopping cart, as well as what’s on my wish list. I’m filming a haul video and that will go live on my YouTube channel on Thursday, August 30th. If you haven’t already subscribed to my channel, please consider doing so! As of writing this post I’m almost at 100,000 subscribers and as soon as I’m comfortably at that magic number, I have some BIG giveaways planned!! You can subscribe right here!
Now for my wish list…I reserve the right to end up hauling things not on this list, because like everyone else as soon as I get in-store and/or get online I will be distracted by a million other things and end up with something that was completely not on my radar. Who else falls victim to this?!
We all know I could go on for days with a wish list and recommendation from Sephora. Or from anywhere that sells beauty products. It’s our happy place! How fun would it be for us all to meet up at a Sephora and just hang out? Since that isn’t likely to happen, be sure to comment below and let me know what you’re eyeing for your shopping list! I’d love to get your recommendations too!