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Favorite Holiday Lipsticks + Holiday Lip Giveaway

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With holiday parties in full swing, it’s time to bring out those gorgeous red lips! Here are a few of my favorites, and I’ve divided them into mattes and satins/glosses. Also, just for a little added holiday fun, I’ll be giving away a makeup bag and two of these lipsticks! Details on how to enter will be listed at the bottom of this post. Keep reading to find your perfect holiday lip and enter the giveaway!

Back (L to R) Bite Lip Crayon in Pomegranate; MAC Diva; Bite Lip Crayon in Winterberry Front (L to R): MAC RiRi Woo; NYX Alabama
Back (L to R) Bite Lip Crayon in Pomegranate; MAC Diva; Bite Lip Crayon in Winterberry
Front (L to R): MAC RiRi Woo; NYX Alabama

These mattes comprise my go-to for a bold lip. I generally prefer a matte finish on a bold lip because it adds that retro look, which I love. The formulas are all different, some with better staying power than others. So, let’s start from the back row.

Back row:

Bite Lip Crayon in Winterberry — I love this formula because it’s super creamy and extremely pigmented. While Bite markets it as a matte color, I find that the creamy formula doesn’t really give you that hard matte finish (compare with the MAC RIRi Woo), but it’s not a true satin finish either. It doesn’t have great staying power, so you will have to reapply, but it doesn’t dry out your lips like a lot of the matte formulations do. I did a full post on the Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix Holiday Gift Set when I picked up these mini versions. The Winterberry is such a beautiful deep fuchsia if you aren’t 100% enamored by red. This color is great for fair skin and olive skin. If you have deep red undertones, I might steer clear of this one and go more for a darker blue-red like the NYX one. Nonetheless, this color is perfectly suited for a holiday party bold lip. I imagine this one paired with an emerald green cocktail dress.

MAC Matte in Diva — I love this color, but it’s a “dare to wear” sort of color because it’s a little edgy. Diva is a deep red-plum-wine that leans more on the purple side than on the red side. It really takes me back to that 90s red-brown lip. It’s deeper and richer than the average dark red, and is great for olive toned skin. I find this one really hard to pull off when I get super pale in winter, so if you’re very fair, this might not be the one for you. While it has great staying power, it’s not drying.

Bite Lip Crayon in Pomegranate — This one is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Its a true red that leans on the side of pink. That works super well for my pale winter skin. This one would be killer with a little black dress!

Front row:

MAC RiRi Woo — This is my all time favorite red lipstick. Unfortunately, it’s limited edition from last year, and I will be so so unhappy when I finally run out of it. The formula is super matte, which can be really drying, so I exfoliate and heavily condition my lips prior to using this RiRi Woo. The super matte finish is super retro and very feminine. The red is a straight down the middle blue red, which always makes your teeth look whiter! While finding the right shade of red lipstick is like finding the right man, I think this one would flatter almost all skintones. Oh, and it lasts forever!! I went to brunch with a friend where we sipped mimosas, ate, and chatted for nearly two hours, and this stuff did not budge. While this particular color isn’t currently available, it’s near match from MAC is RubyWoo, which is always available.

NYX Matte in Alabama — As an LSU fan, it pained me to purchase a lipstick called Alabama, but when it comes to beauty, I cannot discriminate. Alabama isn’t as matte as the MAC Riri Woo, but it is definitely matte. The color is a little deeper and more orange-y than the rest featured here. With great staying power, and available at the drug store, this is one to add to your collection.

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Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush — I didn’t include this with the Mattes composite picture because it’s not really matte and it’s not really satin, so it doesn’t fit in either category here. It’s a stain, as suggested by its name. This is a great stain for anyone who wants to be adventurous without going completely bold. Because it’s a stain, it lasts a very long time, and has a minty feel on the lips. While Revlon markets it as a moisturizing balm, it does not have the moisture I would hope, but to get the color payoff and the lasting power, you have to compromise somewhere! Crush is a light eggplant-wine based red which is great on fair skin!

MATTE SWATCHES:

Lips in 6 Mattes

 

 

 

Now, let’s take a look at the Satins and the Glosses!

Back (L to R): Estee Lauder in Scarlet Siren; Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet; Rimmel by Kate in 01; Revlon in Fifth Avenue Red Front (L to R): Rimmel Show Off in Big Bang; Givenchy Interdit Gloss in Rouge Passion #12
Back (L to R): Estee Lauder in Scarlet Siren; Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet; Rimmel by Kate in 01; Revlon in Fifth Avenue Red. Front (L to R): Rimmel Show Off in Big Bang; Givenchy Interdit Gloss in Rouge Passion #12

Again, we will start with the back row.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lasting Creme in Scarlet Siren — This is a beautiful true red. The Estee Lauder formula is so moisturizing that it can get a little slippery and bleedy around the mouth. For that, I’d recommend using a lip liner to help prevent the color from migrating. Otherwise, it’s a truly gorgeous red that almost looks glossy! A perfect match to your little black dress!

Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet — This might be the most moisturizing, long lasting, well pigmented color I’ve ever found. To combine all of those aspects into one lipstick is pretty impressive. What you cannot see in the photo is that this lipstick is nearly done. I may have a few more wears of it before I need to repurchase it. Because it’s so moisturizing and not super super bold, I wear it regularly in the fall and winter. It’s definitely not outright red, and wears on the plum/eggplant side. The picture does not do this color justice, despite the use of natural light. Because of the formula, it is definitely a build-able color so you can decide how dark you want it to get.

Rimmel by Kate Moss in 01 — Admittedly, I often forget about this one. I love it, but it doesn’t go on smoothly if your lips are in any way chapped or slightly dry. Nonetheless, it is a beautiful blue-red with a hint of pink that falls somewhere between a satin and a matte finish, without being too shiny or too matte. What I love about this Rimmel line is that they are extremely long lasting. So, if you’re headed to a party where there will be eating and drinking, this is a great choice. 

Revlon Fifth Avenue Red — This one by Revlon is the non-matte match to the MAC RiRi Woo/Ruby Woo. I love that I have that option to choose between matte or satin. Fifth Avenue Red is exactly what it claims to be — that bold red you think about with a bright red apple — Big Apple, anyone? This color launched with their Legacy Collection as their best color of 1958. I think that’s pretty cool — knowing I’m wearing a color that was legitimately popular in 1958. It’s super pigmented, and has decent staying power, but you will need to drop it into your purse because you will need to re-apply after a few drinks/eats.

Front row:

Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in Big Bang — Talk about amazing formula and applicator. I have several colors in this Rimmel line, and I absolutely love them. The doe foot applicator makes it a cinch to get on, and while it looks and feels glossy, it stays put ALL DAY LONG. Lacquer is the perfect way to describe this product because it has that intense color combined with high shine and the long lasting effect. However, this color is going to be a hint on the orange side of true red. Orange-y reds tend to look great on people with medium skin tones.

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Ultra Shiny Lip Plumping Effect in Rouge Passion #12 — Givenchy nails holiday with this color. The gloss is thick and bright cherry red with glitter in it. Don’t panic about the glitter…you know Givenchy is not going to have you looking like a 1997 JNCO-wearing glitter child. Think of it as sophisticated glitter usage — It’s just enough glitter to really reflect light to make your lips look larger and plumper to truly highlight that red lip! The formula also contains some Givenchy skincare ingredients so it leaves your lips super soft and kissable. You’ll notice that this one smells so wonderful. Sephora explains the scent as “top notes of bergamot, litchi, and red fruit; middle notes of rose, jasmine, and lily of the valley; and base notes of sandalwood, vanilla, amber, and musk.” Yes. Your gloss will make you smell great too! Perfect for finding some mistletoe to hang out under!

SATIN & GLOSS SWATCHES

Lips in 6 satins and glosses

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this holiday lip post! Now, let’s talk giveaway!!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! CONGRATS TO Tracy V. for winning the giveaway!

One person will win this makeup bag and two of these lip products! I’ll choose one person at random on December 11, 2014. The winner will receive one high end lipstick or gloss and one drugstore lipstick/gloss based on in-store availability. The rules are below, so get your entries in!!

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Giveaway Rules:

  • Must live in the USA or Canada

You’ll receive one entry of each of the following:

  • Comment on this post with your favorite Holiday Red Lipstick
  • Follow me on Social Media — Instagram (@BitterGlitterBlog), Twitter (@_Bitter_Glitter), or on Facebook (Facebook.com/BitterGlitterBlog)
  • Regram, Retweet, or Share this post from any of my social media
  • Post your favorite holiday lip photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #BGHolidayLips and don’t forget to tag me!

Have a safe and happy holiday season!!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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Empties II: It’s all about that body! Plus, Tips on Avoiding Dry Winter Skin!

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No real need for an introduction here, other than to say welcome back to the Bitter Glitter Empties Series! Today, I’ll go through the body care products I’ve used up! So glad you stopped by, so without further ado, lets get started!

You Need A Blooming Shower. Your Nose Smells Like Rose Body Wash by Anatomicals

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I received this in a Glossybox, and I loved it! Anatomicals makes this great little rose smelling body wash that foams nicely and bubbles marvelously if used as a bubble bath. I often added a few drops of lavender oil when using it as a bubble bath, and it was glorious! It smells like an afternoon walk in an English rose garden, but it’s not over-the-top. If you’re anti-rose smelling scents, this is not for you. The scent is subtle yet freshly floral with a hint of jasmine that lathers nicely. All in all, it is a great body wash with great value for money as it ranges from $5 to $9.50, depending on where you purchase it. You can find Anatomicals at Asos. I will definitely get this one again! It’s one of my all time favorite body washes!

Lemon Zest Energy Body Wash from Bath & Body Works

Energy by Bath & Body Works. DISCONTINUED.
Energy by Bath & Body Works. DISCONTINUED.

I am so incredibly disappointed that Bath & Body Works discontinued this scent from its Aromatherapy line. I have searched everywhere for any extras, but only managed to find it on Amazon with one left, and at a very inflated price. Nonetheless, It was a beautiful morning body wash to wake you up with bright notes of lemon and ginseng. It was the antithesis to the Sleep line, and they worked really well in tandem as day and night companions. Since then, Bath & Body Works has introduced the Orange Ginger fragrance as a substitute, and while I’ve sniffed it a few times in-store, it’s not as great to me. I guess sometimes in the beauty industry we have to say goodbye to some of our favorites and let them go. C’est la vie! But, Bath and Body Works, if you’re reading this, I’d be happy to purchase any leftovers you have in your warehouse. Just Sayin’.

Sleep Lavender and Chamomile Body Wash and Luxury Bath by Bath & Body Works

Sleep Lavender Chamomile Body Wash and Luxury Bath, available at Bath & Body Works for $13 and $16, respectively.
Sleep Lavender Chamomile Body Wash and Luxury Bath, available at Bath & Body Works for $13 and $16, respectively.

Admittedly, this is constantly in my bathroom. You may have figured by now that I have a lavender obsession, and it’s borderline crazy. I know. I love this line, the body wash is lovely and foamy, and the luxury bath is milky and moisturizing. The luxury bath makes the largest, most fun bubbles, too. It really is luxurious. I highly recommend it for a nice relaxing bath, as lavender has the ability to calm and relax you. However, if you would rather a different version of this, Bath & Body Works also has Lavender Vanilla within its Sleep line. Since the Lavender Chamomile stays in my rotation, it’s safe to assume I’ll be repurchasing these again very soon.

3-D White Multi Care Whitening Rinse and 3-D White Luxe Multi Care Whitening Rinse by Crest

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I figured this would go under body care because, well, teeth are part of the body, and who doesn’t want beautiful white teeth?! As you can tell, I go through a decent amount of mouthwash, and this line from Crest is my favorite. It contains baking soda (which you cannot taste!) so it really gets into the spaces between the teeth for deep rinsing and whitening. You can actually see it foaming in the little crevices of your mouth and between your teeth. Sorry if that’s a little graphic or gross, but it’s true. It’s one of the things I love about this product – I feel like I can SEE it working. I have noticed that my teeth are getting whiter as a result of this product, but it’s not a super bleaching situation. If that’s what you are looking for, you’re better off using the Crest Whitestrips or visiting a Dentist for a professional whitening. But, this tastes lovely and super minty – not peppermint, but real mint! I didn’t find a difference between the regular and the luxe formula here. Either way, it’s a win if you’re int he market for a new mouthwash.The price varies depending on size, but these run anywhere from $3-$8 at any drugstore. I’ve already purchased another one of these!

ProHealth Clinical Mouthwash by Crest

Crest Pro-Health Clinical Mouthwash, available at drugstores, and varies in price depending on size. $3-$8
Crest Pro-Health Clinical Mouthwash, available at drugstores, and varies in price depending on size. $3-$8

Obviously, I use a lot of mouthwash — twice daily! I picked up this one thinking I was grabbing the 3-D White formula, and by the time I got home and realized it, I didn’t want to go return it. This one claims to be Crest’s “most advanced rinse ever.” While that may be true, I preferred the 3-D White formula. They’re very very close in formula by feel, but from what I observed, I believe this one is more targeted at gum issues (i.e. gingivitis) and plaque, whereas the 3-D white focuses more on whitening and combating plaque. I suppose your choice would depend on which issue you would like to target.

Well, that’s a wrap for the body care empties! It’s approaching winter now, so I’ll leave you with some tips to avoid super dry winter skin.

  • Avoid super hot showers and baths (hot water tends to dry out skin), use warm water
  • Close your bathroom door when showering or bathing to lock in steam/moisture
  • Exfoliate with gentle exfoliators — NO gritty scrubbing!
  • Add coconut oil or jojoba oil to your bath for extra moisture
  • Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize immediately after patting skin dry
  • Avoid products with alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)
  • Choose creams or ointments over lotions (i.e. body butters)
  • Use a humidifier, if necessary
  • Use a quality lip balm

Hope you’ve enjoyed this Empties Post! Stay tuned for more! We still have two more installments to go in this series!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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BITE BEAUTY Best Bite Remix Holiday Gift Set – High Pigment Lip Pencil

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I picked up this little set at Sephora for $25, as I had never tried the Bite Beauty line. I’ve heard other bloggers rave about it, so this limited edition holiday gift set was perfect for me to dabble with their products. And just in time for the holidays, I think this would be a great idea for a stocking stuffer or gift for a friend/girlfriend/wife/mom/aunt/cousin.

Bite Beauty Best Bite Holiday Set 2014 High Pigment Lip Pencil, $25 in Sephora stores (Sold Out online)
Bite Beauty Best Bite Holiday Set 2014 High Pigment Lip Pencil, $25 in Sephora stores (Sold Out online)

I love that it comes in this little tin. It reminds me of the Altoid tins. I was so surprised to find that the tin contained a mirror, too! Now, that’s just awesome and totally reusable for your handbag. Each tin contains 4 mini-high pigment lip pencils (full size is regularly priced at $24 each) in some very lovely colors — Winterberry (“festive raspberry red”); Sable (pink-toned nude); Rhubarb (“plum rose”); and Pomegranate (“rich red”). The only two colors not available in their regular collection are the Winterberry and Sable, according to the Sephora website.

from L to R: Pomegranate, Rhubarb, Sable, Winterberry
from L to R: Pomegranate, Rhubarb, Sable, Winterberry

Generally, the Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencils are similar to the Clinique Chubby Sticks, but they are slightly more moisturizing and way more pigmented. I was truly surprised by the pigmentation with the amount of creaminess of the formula. Well done, Bite Beauty! The company bills them as a matte lip color, but I don’t find them to be super matte. They do have a slight sheen due to the creaminess of the formula, but it’s definitely not a super shine lip product. The formula does NOT contain parabens, sulfates, or phthalates, and is free of synthetics, polybutenes, and petroleum by-products. Basically, these lip pencils are made with food-grade ingredients, which considering it will be on your lips, is a really fantastic thing!

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So far my favorite is the color Rhubarb (shown below) because it’s a “your lips but better” color. I always have trouble finding those colors because my lips are naturally dark, so I end up with a lipstick that is lighter than my natural lip leaving me with a nude lip rather than a slightly more natural looking lip. This color really hits the bullseye for me. I will definitely buy it in the full size when I run out of the mini. I think it could be a great every day, year round color, especially if you’re one of those ladies who does not do bright or colorful lipsticks.

Rhubarb

The set is limited edition in Sephora for the holidays, and we all know those sets go so quickly! I spoke to Sephora online this morning and they are sold out online. So, if you want one of these, head down to Sephora pronto and grab it. At $25, it’s definitely a little set worth grabbing.

Have you tried any Bite Beauty products? If so, let me know in the comments what I should try next from their line.

Stay Glittery (and warm) this Holiday season, beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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Empties II: Skincare Part 2

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Welcome Back! This post will serve as Part 2 of the skincare empties! So, let’s get right to it!

Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex by Fresh

Fresh Youth Preserve Face Cream, $42. Available at Sephora and Ulta.
Fresh Youth Preserve Face Cream, $42. Available at Sephora and Ulta.

Admittedly, this is my second or third empty of this particular face cream. It’s been in the rotation for a long time — pre-blogging. I love the Fresh line — all of it! This moisturizer is light and fluffy, yet manages to provide long lasting moisture. The formula contains sodium hyaluronate, which is a salt of hyaluronic acid – an ingredient I always check for when purchasing a moisturizer. In non-scientific terms, this ingredient aids in sloughing off of dead skin cells to fill lines, wrinkles, and plump skin. In addition, it contains lotus flower extract (improves skin texture and appearance); limonene (for brightening and fast absorption); fig extract (deep moisturizing); citrus oil (for brightening, Vitamin C); and cucumber (for soothing), among other ingredients. I use this one as a day cream, and it leaves my skin feeling fresh (no pun intended), clean, and glowing. I will continue to keep this one in the rotation. You can find it at Sephora or Ulta, and it will run you $42 for 1.7 oz, which is totally worth it for a quality moisturizer.

Omega Daily Moisturizer by SoPhyto

SoPhyto Omega Daily Moisturizer, $40-50 on Amazon.com
SoPhyto Omega Daily Moisturizer, $40-50 on Amazon.com

I absolutely LOVE this moisturizer, but it’s so hard to find! This is my fourth empty of this one, and honestly, I hate hunting it down. But, alas, I have found it on Amazon. This one is super natural and fabulous for sensitive skin. I started using it after a very bad allergic reaction to benzoyl peroxide, and it really helped to rehab my skin! Not only is it a great moisturizer, but it also functions as a great primer for foundation! When a product pulls double duty like that, I get really really happy! Keep an eye out at TJ Maxx, as they do sell it on the cheap from time to time. Otherwise, here’s the Amazon link!

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm, $50-100 depending on size. Available at FeelUnique.com or EmmaHardie.com
Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm, $50-100 depending on size. Available at FeelUnique.com or EmmaHardie.com

Oh, Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, how I love thee. I could sing the praises of this cleansing balm for paragraphs on end. But, I won’t. This is my winter skin go-to cleanser. If you’ve never used a cleansing balm, it’s a different beast than most cleansers. It’s got a vaseline-jelly-like consistency. All it takes is about a quarter size dollop, and you simply massage it into dry skin. It takes off ALL of your makeup, including eye makeup, and cleanses your skin beautifully at the same time (there’s that double duty again!). Next, all you have to do is rinse or wipe your face gently with a warm wash cloth. It leaves my skin feeling softer than a baby’s bottom, and the refreshing feeling it leaves behind makes me think my pores and skin cells are having the most relaxing spa experience ever created. Oh, and it smells heavenly. I’d buy it in a perfume if the smell came in a perfume because it smells slightly floral, but so clean! It contains grape seed oil (aids in regulating sebum/oil production); almond oil (helps to reduce irritation); bergamot oil (treats acne); citrus oil; sunflower oil, and a host of other natural oils/ingredients. The packaging is sturdy and beautiful. It’s truly a luxury product, all around. Unfortunately, Emma Hardie is not sold in the United States; however, you can purchase it online from England, as I do. It’s not cheap, but I PROMISE YOU it’s worth it. My tub of 3.4 oz lasted me a little over 5 months. Yes, nearly half a year. It also comes in a 6.7 oz option. You can find it at FeelUnique or on the Emma Hardie site. I’m going to reorder this tomorrow, actually. I miss it so much.

Cosmetic Lad by LUSH

Cosmetic Lad by LUSH, $23.95 for 1.5 oz
Cosmetic Lad by LUSH, $23.95 for 1.5 oz

This is one of LUSH’s moisturizers for men. I’ve included it in this empties series because I got a little sample (pictured in the composite picture at the top) for my brother who has terrible eczema, and part of my sisterly-beauty blogger duty is to help him find products to make his skin better. Nonetheless, my brother purchased the full size and actually used it. He says that when paired with LUSH’s Dirty (their men’s shaving cream), he found great improvement in the hydration of his skin. When I tell you his eczema is terrible, I truly mean it. We have searched everywhere and tried so many remedies for his skin, including slathering him with lotions and wrapping him in plastic trash bags. (He’s going to kill me for making that fact public.) But, when I find a product that he actually likes and uses on a regular basis that gives him some relief, then I’m a happy happy sister. Cosmetic Lad contains lavender oil (for soothing and reducing redness); chamomile (soothing); and cocoa butter (for deep moisturizing). I highly recommend this for the guy in your life. I’ll keep repurchasing this one for my brother as long as he will continue to use it.

Truffle Therapy Serum by Skin & Co.

Truffle Therapy Serum by Skin&Co. $80 available at Skinandcoroma.com
Truffle Therapy Serum by Skin&Co. $80 available at Skinandcoroma.com

Skin & Co. contacted me on Twitter just prior to their USA launch, and were kind enough to send me this serum and a few other products. I absolutely fell in love with this serum. When we had a super super cold snap in South Louisiana that resulted in iced over roads for days on end, my skin went super dry and nasty. This serum really helped to revive my skin and bring it back to its baseline. The packaging is super sturdy and I love that it has a pump. It looks and feels super luxurious, not to mention, it smells incredible! The truffle oil is straight from a family business in Italy, and is super nourishing for skin. Who ever thought truffle oil would be a skincare product? I sure didn’t!  I loved how quickly it absorbed into the skin without feeling super greasy or leaving an oily residue. (Generally oils take a few minutes to absorb, and do tend to stay a tad greasy after absorption.)

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The only gripe I have about this product is this — the inner  “straw” of the pump did not extend all the way down to the bottom of the bottle. So, I couldn’t easily use up all the product. Small manufacturing issues like this make me question whether it was intentional or a manufacturing defect. If it’s a defect, I’m more forgiving, but if it was intentional, all I can say is WHY???? Why leave that much product left in the tube? I loved this, and I wanted to use it all, but even banging the bottle around on my hand, I couldn’t retrieve the last bit of product. It was such a disappointing moment, and if I had paid for it, I’d likely have been angry because it’s expensive. It’s a lovely product, but I am not necessarily willing to spend $80 on a serum, considering I have been using oils in place of serums lately. Overall, I loved the product and everything about it, but the price, I just can’t justify it right now.

Blue Green Algae Toner by Michael Todd True Organics

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This is probably one of my favorite skincare products of all time. It’s a simple post-cleansing toner that smells like lavender (my favorite). It contains all organic ingredients including lavender oil, blue green algae, kelp, aloe vera juice, willow tree extract, and tea tree oil. It penetrates deep into the skin to flush out toxins, which really helps in keeping your skin clear. I noticed a huge difference in my hormonal breakouts while using this product, and many of my friends have purchased it with the same results. It also contains hyaluronic acid — one of my favorite ingredients so it works as a natural exfoliant. Exfoliating toners are on the rise in the beauty industry, and they are not your grandmother’s alcohol based toner (ahem, anyone remember Sea Breeze? HA!). The Blue Green Algae toner does not contain any alcohol, and it’s all natural ingredient makeup leaves your skin feeling refreshed, exfoliated, and properly cleaned. I use this one in the morning and at night because it’s very gentle on the skin and feels super refreshing.

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Even more, the packaging is great. It has a small hole at the top to regulate how much product you use in each application. I love that because it really lasted me a while. I will continue to purchase this product over and over again. You can find it on the Michael Todd True Organics website, and it’s super affordable at $18.50 or in the trial size for $4.50.

Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water

Caudalie Cleansing Water, $14-28 depending on size. Available at Sephora.
Caudalie Cleansing Water, $14-28 depending on size. Available at Sephora.

This is another repeat empty for me! I buy the travel size often because I like to keep it in my every day makeup bag. It’s great for a quick cleanse on a no makeup day because it’s super refreshing. It takes off eye makeup, but not very well, so I wouldn’t recommend it for that, but you could use it for that in a pinch. It’s also great as a post-cleanse toner. Caudalie makes really beautiful products, and this one is no different. Cleansing waters, as a general rule, are made for makeup removal, but I find so many other uses for this one — makeup removal, toner, small clean ups for eye makeup mishaps, and as a quick swipe after an overnight face mask. It doesn’t contain a lot of unnecessary ingredients, and is made with grape water, chamomile, and citric acid. It smells beautiful too. It’s a great product to keep around. The travel size is 3.38 oz for $14 and the 6.7 oz bottle is $28. A makeup bag staple for certain!

I hope you’ve enjoyed part 2 of the skincare empties! Please let me know what product you’re looking forward to trying! Be sure to check back next week for the next installment in the empties series!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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Empties II: Part 1 Let’s talk about skincare!

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The empties series is back with four full installments! I have learned that I go through WAAAAYYYYYY more skincare than I do any other category of product. Due to the fact that I have 18 products here, I’m going to break this post into two parts. I’ll do seven products in this post, then another eight in the next post — that doesn’t add up because one product has a total of 4 empty containers. Read on to find out.

I suppose I have so many because I have travel versions of products I use (that I know will not irritate my skin) on the go or on a trip. For example, the It’s Potent eye cream, Caudalie cleansing water, and Josie Maran Argan Oil Light lived in my everyday makeup bag in my handbag. You never know when you need to redo your whole face or take it all off — like before a workout or pre-happy hour after a long work day.

So, let’s just dive right in and get started!!

1. Angels on Bare Skin by LUSH

Available at Lush stores (or online). Ranges from $13.95-$33.95 depending on size
Available at Lush stores (or online). Ranges from $13.95-$33.95 depending on size

I have gone through 4, yes FOUR, containers of Angels on Bare Skin in the last 8 months, as this one is always in my travel bag. It’s one of those products that I will always have in rotation. Here’s why:

  • It’s all natural and fresh
  • Great for all skin types, including sensitive (yay for me and all my sensitive skin girls!)
  • Has kaolin clay, ground almonds, lavender flowers, lavender oil, and rose oil
  • Ground almonds and lavender flowers are both great for exfoliation (even after your regular cleanser. bonus!!)
  • Lavender oil smooths and calms the skin
  • Rose oil reduces redness
  • It smells heavenly, or what I imagine heaven smells like

I love using this as a cleanser on its own, or as an exfoliator after I cleanse. It always leaves my skin soft and looking super healthy. It does have a gritty sort-of mealy texture, so don’t expect a lotion, gel, or foam here. It’s more like damp brown sugar. (TIP: I keep a pack of Popsicle sticks in my bathroom for this. They’re cheap and come in handy for all types beauty maneuvering!) If you don’t have a LUSH store where you live, you can always order online.

2. Love Lettuce & BB Seaweed Fresh Facemasks by LUSH

Love Lettuce & BB Seaweed Fresh Facemasks, $6.95 each
Love Lettuce & BB Seaweed Fresh Facemasks, $6.95 each

These fresh face masks are available at LUSH in their refrigerated section. They are so fresh that you must keep them refrigerated. Why? They do NOT contain any preservatives, but DO have an expiration date. However, each one is 2.1 oz and usually gets me 4-6 masks. These are 2 of my 4 favorite go-to masks!

Love Lettuce

A great choice for all skin types, so definitely a winner in my book! This one also smells so good because of the lavender oil in it for soothing and calming, but it also contains ground almonds for exfoliation. It’s more dense with the ground almonds than the Angels on Bare Skin cleanser, so it really gets into the pores to wash away dead skin, scoop out dirt, and force out unnecessary oil. It also contains honey, which helps to nourish and soften skin, and seaweed, which balances oil production in the T-zone. Personally, this one is my absolute favorite LUSH mask! My skin is usually at its best when I’m using Angels on Bare Skin in tandem with this mask and coconut oil steam treatments. (If you’re curious about that, you can get that info here.) LUSH is super affordable, so at $6.95 per pot, who can say no???

BB Seaweed

I love to use BB Seaweed when my sensitive skin starts freaking out. This mask is specifically formulated for sensitive skin to calm, soothe, and moisturize. Each batch of BB Seaweed made contains seven pounds of seaweed! Seven pounds! Seaweed is known for its soothing effects, and I can attest to its almighty green power! This mask also contains finely ground almonds for ultra gentle exfoliation. In addition to that, the copious amounts of aloe vera gel and rose target sensitive spots while the honey and olive oil surge the moisture into your pores. This is one of those masks that saves me if I try a new product and have a less than favorable reaction.

3. Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer by Anatomicals

Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer Patches of collagen goodness, $11, available at Glossybox.com, Asos.com, and Amazon.com
Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer Patches of collagen goodness, $11, available at Glossybox.com, Asos.com, and Amazon.com

Puffy 2

First, let me say that I love the cheeky (and adorable) way that Anatomicals names and labels its products! Nearly every product in their line is just super catchy. I think this one is just so clever, and it makes me smile. But, I do really like this little product. Basically, they are jelly filled collagen stickers to help decrease under eye puffiness. I’ve gone so far as to wear them on my way to work after a night of intense ugly crying…and they WORKED! I kept them in the refrigerator to add a little chill to enhance the de-puffing process, and while cucumber slices always work, this is great for the girl on the go. And, it contains grape seed oil, aloe vera, collagen, green tea extract, and plum extract — all fabulous ingredients for hydration, soothing, and de-puffing. I’d say these are useful when hungover, having an existential ugly cry meltdown, during allergy season, or whenever you just haven’t had enough sleep and need to look rested. You can purchase them through Glossybox.com here for $11.00, or from Asos.com here for $11.37, or on Amazon, where they sell the full individual Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer overnight eye mask! (Seriously, I now want this overnight mask!) Here’s a little example of my trial with Puffy and her minions.

On this day, I was having allergy problems, but in the picture on the left you can tell how swollen my under eye area was. I wore these on my way to work that morning.
On this day, I was having allergy problems, but in the picture on the left you can tell how swollen my under eye area was. I wore these on my way to work that morning.

4. Glam Glow Youth Mud Facemask

Glam Glow Youth Mud Face Mask. Available at Sephora, GlamGlow.com, and Amazon.com
Glam Glow Youth Mud Face Mask. Available at Sephora, GlamGlow.com, and Amazon.com

This product is one of those cult beauty products that took off like a rocket earlier this spring. I received a free sample of the Youth Mud (there are several GlamGlow varieties from which you may choose to suit your skin type/target issue). The Youth Mud is designed for all skin types and claims to have you movie-star-camera-ready in just minutes. Yes, it’s AMAZING, and does make your skin look incredible afterwards. It lives up to the hype…almost. But first, let’s chat about the ingredients. Youth Mud contains kaolin clay, green tea extract, chamomile, marigold, cucumber, ivy, comfrey herb, lavender, and volcanic rock. The combination of these ingredients makes this mask a superstar. It exfoliates, nourishes, plumps, soothes, smooths, and gives you that all over glow, hence the name. The volcanic rock serves as the exfoliation agent while the French sea clay (kaolin) detoxifies, purifies, and leaves good natural oils in place. The herbs and tea extracts provide antioxidants to boost skin’s plumpness and revitalize it. While I absolutely love love love this mask, I did find the tingling sensation a bit harsh (but I do have pretty sensitive skin), and at $69.00 for 1.7 oz, I find it to be a tad on the pricey side for a face mask. I was able to get two masks out of this sample if that’s any indication. Therefore, I’d recommend this one wholeheartedly (a) if you have the extra cash to spend or (b) if you’re willing to splurge for an upcoming event (i.e. wedding, prom, big interview at your dream job, etc.)

5. Garnier Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil

Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil, $7.99, available at drug stores.
Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil, $7.99, available at drug stores.
Garnier 2
This packaging has taken a bit of a beating. I apologize.

When I first saw this in Walgreens, I knew I HAD to try it. I’m a huge fan of naturally occurring oils as a makeup remover (i.e. coconut oil or olive oil), and this one contains jojoba and macadamia oil. I’m OVER THE MOON about this product. It’s all of $5-7, depending on where you purchase it. When I stumble upon amazing, and yet affordable products, my inner couponer gets insanely excited. Nonetheless, this is probably the BEST product launch of the skin care year for me. So, let’s talk about the pros and cons. Cons first — I like to end things on a positive note. The packaging could use a little help. I’d pay an extra $5 for Garnier to up their game on the packaging. I love the pump, so I hope they don’t change that – EVER, but it leaks at the seal. And when I say leaks, I mean you will have cleansing oil on whatever you put it in, and you will find it EVERYWHERE! I traveled with it on a road trip and everything in my overnight kit was just soaked in this stuff. BUT, I use it every single night to take off my makeup. Two pumps takes off everything, including eye makeup, and just feels so nice on the skin. I do use my regular face wash after, though. And while this is my only empty of of this, I’m almost done with my second bottle and I have another one ready to go under my counter. I have recommended it to every girl I know because it is an insanely fabulous product. The oils not only clean your skin, but they also nourish your skin.

Jojoba oil is giving coconut oil a run for its money. It’s great at fighting acne as it dissolves the bad oil in your pores that cause breakouts. How cool is that?? (I have noticed less breakouts, especially hormonal breakouts since I started using this product.) Jojoba oil also functions as a moisturizer, antibacterial, and anti-aging oil due to its superfluous amount of natural antioxidants. Sold. On the other hand, it’s companion, the Macadamia oil, is a lesser-known oil in the beauty industry (at least to me), and its greatly known for quick absorption for deep moisturization. In addition to that, it contains a ton of good fatty acids which help in repairing skin damage from sunburn or age. Basically, it gets in quickly and fights the good fight. Sold.

I’ve spent some time on this product in this post because I believe in it. My skin loves it. It’s great for all skin types, including oily (don’t forget – like attracts like – the proper oils on oily skin is OK!). Garnier has really really nailed it here, and I truly hope they leave the formula alone because it’s brilliant, but I would like to see stronger packaging.

6. It’s Potent Eye Cream by Benefit

It's Potent Eye Cream by Benefit, available at Sephora, Ulta, and Benefitcosmetics.com
It’s Potent Eye Cream by Benefit, available at Sephora, Ulta, and Benefitcosmetics.com

I often find myself going back to this eye cream, specifically keeping it in my everyday makeup bag to apply just before my foundation. It’s really great at noticeably decreasing dark circles. It contains botanical extracts and a peptide complex that aids in brightening to combat dark circles. Out of all of the eye creams I’ve tried that claim to reduce dark circles, this is the ONLY one that actually performs. It’s not going to completely erase your dark circles, but it certainly does decrease them. While it is a tad on the pricey side, at $34 for 0.5 oz (which is much larger than the travel size pictured in this post) I still find it to be worth the money. It’s very light and airy in texture, and moisturizes well. I will continue to purchase this product, but since it’s not my night and day eye cream, I like the travel size for my makeup bag.

7. Josie Maran Argan Oil Light

Josie Maran Argan Oil Light, available at Sephora or JoseiMaranCosmetics.com
Josie Maran Argan Oil Light, available at Sephora or JoseiMaranCosmetics.com

Josie Maran 4

I tried this product after trying the Josie Maran Argan Oil, which I love, but felt to be a tad on the heavy side. If you have never used an argan oil product, it’s such an awesome oil. It can be used on your skin and on your hair! I like the the lighter texture of this oil from Josie Maran’s line. I tend to use an oil after I’ve cleansed my face thoroughly and before I apply moisturizer. Of course, you don’t need an oil and a moisturizer, but you can substitute an oil for a serum. It’s 100% argan oil so don’t let the “light” notation fool you. Light, here, refers to it’s quicker absorption rate and, as a result, less sticky feel after application. Similar to other naturally occurring oils, argan oil hydrates, decreases sebum production, and helps reduce fine lines. I keep the travel version of this in my everyday makeup bag for application just before my foundation (and along with the It’s Potent). I find it to be a great skin prep for makeup allowing my skin a hydrated smooth canvas on which to paint. The packaging is super sturdy, and it comes with a little dropper. You only need a few drops to cover your whole face so it lasts for quite some time! It ranges in price depending on what size you purchase – $16 gets you 0.5 oz (pictured); $48 for 1.7 oz; and $96 for 4 oz. I love that you don’t have to splurge to try it! Grab the 0.5 oz bottle and go for it. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Even more, Josie Maran’s line is just so giving — she seeks to empower women, give back to communities in need around the world, and really tries to create products that are both good for us and good to the Earth. Who can argue with a mission statement like that? Right now, if you head over to her site, you’ll find that 50% of the Argan Oil Hair Serum sales will be donated to the More Than Me Foundation which is currently helping to fight Ebola. Natural beauty that gives back? Count me in every time!

Please come back next week for the next installment, where I’ll walk through all the other products shown in the first photo! It’s been a skincare year for me and I hope you enjoyed this post. What was your favorite skincare product of the year? Let me know in the comments! My number one favorite that I purchased this year will be in the next post. Can you guess which one?

Until next time, Stay Glittery Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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Miss USA 2014: What Happens After the Crowning? and Saying Goodbye to Erin Brady

Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.
Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady
© Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.

Tonight a new Miss USA will be crowned LIVE from Baton Rouge, Louisiana on NBC at 8/7c. But what happens next? What does she receive? What does Miss USA do?

The Miss USA Prize Package Includes:

  • Luxury accommodations in an apartment in NYC, including living expenses and a salary
  • Gifts from the official sponsors
  • Consultation with a professional wardrobe stylist and access to an appearance wardrobe
  • A one-year scholarship from the New York Film Academy
  • Professional skin and hair care services as well as fitness services throughout her reign
  • Representation by the Miss Universe Organization and Rubenstein Public Relations
  • Modeling Portfolio by leading fashion photographer, Fadil Berisha
  • The chance to travel the world as a goodwill ambassador
  • The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that opens professional doors that would not otherwise be accessible

After the new Miss USA is crowned she will attend a press conference, then fly from Baton Rouge to New York City where she will meet with the Miss Universe Organization family. She’ll move into her new apartment next to Central Park to live with her roommate, Gabriela Isler, Miss Universe 2013. Next, she’ll begin her media training and media training during her first week as Miss USA.

During her reign, Miss USA will work to raise awareness and funding for breast and ovarian cancer research with organizations that are champions in the fight against these diseases. Specifically, she will work with Bright Pink, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, and Gilda’s Club. In addition, she will work closely with Project Sunshine, Best Buddies, and provide support to the USO for our troops.

This year we will be saying goodbye to Miss USA 2013, Erin Brady, who became the first woman from Connecticut to capture the Miss USA title. A former number cruncher and financial accountant for Prudential Retirement, the 26-year-old East Hampton native graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a degree in Finance and a minor in Criminal Justice. Erin was raised in a tumultuous household where she witnessed alcohol and substance abuse, and has taken that experience to champion and advocate for children who have been exposed to similar situations. She became a role model for her two younger sisters, and made the decision to live on her own at age 17. Erin says this decision taught her to be independent, self-sufficient, and emotionally strong. As a very resourceful young woman, Erin paid her way through school by waitress and became the first person in her family to obtain a college degree. Erin is engaged, and had to postpone her wedding as it was originally set for the same date she competed in the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, Russia. As for their wedding day, Erin’s fiance said that he’d be “happier than the girl who wins the Miss USA 2014.”

From Bitter Glitter, Congrats on your achievements, Erin and best of luck in your future!

Miss Connecticut USA 2013, Erin Brady, gives a final look as one of the top 6 finalists with music by DJ Pauly D during the 2013 MISS USA Competition at PH Live in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday June 16, 2013. She is competing for the title of Miss USA 2013, the coveted Miss USA Diamond Nexus Crown, and the chance to represent the USA at the 2013 MISS UNIVERSE Competition in November. Photo Credit: © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP.
Miss Connecticut USA 2013, Erin Brady, gives a final look as one of the top 6 finalists with music by DJ Pauly D during the 2013 MISS USA Competition at PH Live in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday June 16, 2013. She is competing for the title of Miss USA 2013, the coveted Miss USA Diamond Nexus Crown, and the chance to represent the USA at the 2013 MISS UNIVERSE Competition in November.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP.
Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP

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Miss USA 2014 Preliminary Competition and Top 15 Predictions

I had the luxury of attending the Miss USA 2014 Preliminary Competition this past Wednesday night, and it was fantastic! The final round airs live from Baton Rouge, Louisiana on NBC this Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 8/7 central, and I don’t think you want to miss it! The stage is absolutely beautiful this year, reflecting the rich culture of Louisiana and combining it with the glam of Miss USA.

Miss USA live from Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Miss USA live from Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Miss USA live from Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Miss USA live from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The preliminary competition features the swimwear competition and the evening gown competition. At the live event on Sunday, the top 15 will be announced. The top 15 will then compete in swimwear and evening gown. But there’s a new catch this year!! Using the hashtag #savethequeen, you’ll be able to vote for and possibly save your favorite contestant during the live show. From the top 15, the top 6 will be announced. The top 6 will then go on to compete in the interview portion of the competition, and the winner will be crowned from those 6.

After the preliminary competition, here’s a little run down of my favorites who I think could land in the Top 15 spots! Let’s hope I get a few right! (in alphabetical order/numerals are not ranking)

1. Miss Alabama USA 2014, Jesica Warren Ahlberg, 24, Selma — Jesica will be starring in the upcoming Sci-Fi film “Selfless,” and tells BitterGlitter that her favorite beauty product is her NARS blush in “orgasm.” (I agree. Great blusher, lady!)

Jesica Ahlberg, Miss Alabama USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014. The 51 contestants will compete for the title of Miss USA 2014 during the final telecast airing on June 8, 2014 LIVE on NBC at 8/7c from The Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Jesica Ahlberg, Miss Alabama USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014. The 51 contestants will compete for the title of Miss USA 2014 during the final telecast airing on June 8, 2014 LIVE on NBC at 8/7c from The Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Jesica Ahlberg, Miss Alabama USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Jesica Ahlberg, Miss Alabama USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP

2. Miss Alaska USA 2014, Kendall Rae Bautista, 21, Eagle RiverKendall started the first Alaska chapter of the “Queen for a Day” Foundation, and as the director, she aids in giving therapeutic experiences to chronically ill children by dressing them up and having tea parties! She also tells BitterGlitter that her can’t live without beauty product is the Miss Universe Style Illuminate Flexible Hairspray. (I can’t wait to grab that!)

 

Kendall Bautista, Miss Alaska USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Kendall Bautista, Miss Alaska USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Kendall Bautista, Miss Alaska USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014. Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Kendall Bautista, Miss Alaska USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP

3. Miss California USA 2014, Cassandra Kunze, age 20, San DiegoThe beauty product she can’t live without is MAC’s brow pencil in “fling,” and says she never leaves home without her brows on! (And what a very personable young lady! She’s definitely one of my front runners!)

Cassandra Kunze, Miss California USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Cassandra Kunze, Miss California USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Cassandra Kunze, Miss California USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Cassandra Kunze, Miss California USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP

4. Miss Florida USA 2014, Brittany Oldehoff, age 25, Fort LauderdaleShe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and wants to be a part of the Secret Service when she’s not walking the runway on Project Runway and at Michael Kors shows.

Brittany Oldehoff, Miss Florida USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Brittany Oldehoff, Miss Florida USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Brittany Oldehoff, Miss Florida USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Brittany Oldehoff, Miss Florida USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP

5. Miss Hawaii USA 2014, Moani Anna Marguerite Hara, age 24, HonoluluShe’s a professional model and hula dancer.

Moani Hara, Miss Hawaii USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Moani Hara, Miss Hawaii USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Moani Hara, Miss Hawaii USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Moani Hara, Miss Hawaii USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP

6. Miss Illinois USA 2014, Alexis Atkins, age 21, ChampaignShe began taking acting classes upon the advice of Bill Murray, and will be starring in an upcoming television show.

Lexi Atkins, Miss Illinois USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Lexi Atkins, Miss Illinois USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Lexi Atkins, Miss Illinois USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Lexi Atkins, Miss Illinois USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP

7. Miss Louisiana USA 2014, Brittany Alyson Guidry, age 21, HoumaShe’s a working print and runway model who tells Bitter Glitter that her favorite beauty product is the Image Skincare Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement Complex.

Brittany Guidry, Miss Louisiana USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014. Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Brittany Guidry, Miss Louisiana USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Brittany Guidry, Miss Louisiana USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Brittany Guidry, Miss Louisiana USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP

8. Miss Massachusetts USA 2014, Caroline Lunny, age 23, HollistonShe loves acting and broadcasting, and one day hopes to host her own television show.

Caroline Lunny, Miss Massachusetts USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Caroline Lunny, Miss Massachusetts USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Caroline Lunny, Miss Massachusetts USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Caroline Lunny, Miss Massachusetts USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP

9. Miss Nebraska USA 2014, Amanda Marie Soltero, age 22, ColumbusShe holds a degree in broadcasting, and is currently the spokeswoman for Sammy’s Superheroes, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding research for childhood cancer.

Amanda Soltero, Miss Nebraska USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Amanda Soltero, Miss Nebraska USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Amanda Soltero, Miss Nebraska USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Amanda Soltero, Miss Nebraska USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP

10. Miss Nevada USA 2014, Nia Sanchez, age 24, Las VegasBeware of this gorgeous beauty, she holds a 4th degree black belt in karate! (This girl is definitely in my front runner group!)

Nia Sanchez, Miss Nevada USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Nia Sanchez, Miss Nevada USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Nia Sanchez, Miss Nevada USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Nia Sanchez, Miss Nevada USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP

11. Miss New Jersey USA 2014, Emily Shah, age 19, EdisonShe’s been a stunt team worker for the films Captain America II and Fast and the Furious VII, and Clint Eastwood once asked her to be his bodyguard.

Emily Shah, Miss New Jersey USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Emily Shah, Miss New Jersey USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Emily Shah, Miss New Jersey USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014. Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Emily Shah, Miss New Jersey USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
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12. Miss New York USA 2014, Candace Kendall, age 24, RochesterThis beauty graduated magna cum laude earning a bachelor’s degree as a double major in finance and accounting, in addition to being an accomplished dancer and model.

Candace Kendall, Miss New York USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014. Photo Credit; © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Candace Kendall, Miss New York USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit; © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Candace Kendall, Miss New York USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Candace Kendall, Miss New York USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP

13. Miss North Dakota USA 2014, Audra Mari, age 20, FargoShe’s a hockey player who takes a strong stance on bullying, and even appeared on the Dr. Phil show to talk about bullying. (Another one of my front runners!)

Audra Mari, Miss North Dakota USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014. Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Audra Mari, Miss North Dakota USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
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Audra Mari, Miss North Dakota USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Audra Mari, Miss North Dakota USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP

14. Miss Oklahoma USA 2014, Brooklynne Young, age 19, NormanBrooklynne is the youngest of seven children and enjoyed helping to design her pageant gown with her older sister who is an evening wear designer.

Brooklynne Young, Miss Oklahoma USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Brooklynne Young, Miss Oklahoma USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
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Brooklynne Young, Miss Oklahoma USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Brooklynne Young, Miss Oklahoma USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP

15. Miss Rhode Island USA 2014, Christina Palavra, age 19, ProvidenceThis Brazilian and Cape Verdean beauty loves writing poetry and encouraging children to find confidence through academics. (Another BitterGlitter front runner! Smart & beautiful  stunning!)

Christina Palavra, Miss Rhode Island USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Christina Palavra, Miss Rhode Island USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Christina Palavra, Miss Rhode Island USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Christina Palavra, Miss Rhode Island USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
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16. Miss South Carolina USA 2014, Christina Isabelle Zapolski, age 22, CharlestonChristina is a tall beauty at 6 feet tall, and is signed to Ford Models and has appeared in SELF and Fitness magazines.

Christina Zapolski, Miss South Carolina USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Christina Zapolski, Miss South Carolina USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Christina Zapolski, Miss South Carolina USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Christina Zapolski, Miss South Carolina USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP

17. Miss Texas USA 2014, Lauren Guzman, age 24, LoredoLauren is one of a kind who holds a degree in forensic science and is a part of the local and state law enforcement supplemental team for disaster relief. (This one could take the crown!)

Lauren Guzman, Miss Texas USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014. Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Lauren Guzman, Miss Texas USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Lauren Guzman, Miss Texas USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014. Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Lauren Guzman, Miss Texas USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP

18. Miss Utah USA 2014, Angelia Nichole Layton, age 22, MantiAngelia was previously on Survivor Philipines, and also attends the Art Institute of Salt Lake City majoring in retail management.

Angelia Layton, Miss Utah USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Angelia Layton, Miss Utah USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Angelia Layton, Miss Utah USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014. Photo credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Angelia Layton, Miss Utah USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP

19. Miss Wisconsin USA 2014, Bishara Dorre, age 24, MilwaukeeThis daring darling is a Fox Sports Wisconsin television personality who once repelled 340 feet off Lambeau Field for charity.

Bishara Dorre, Miss Wisconsin USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014. Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Bishara Dorre, Miss Wisconsin USA 2014, competes in her Kandice Pelletier swimwear and Chinese Laundry shoes during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo Credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Bishara Dorre, Miss Wisconsin USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.  Photo credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP
Bishara Dorre, Miss Wisconsin USA 2014, competes in her evening gown during the 2014 MISS USA® Preliminary Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday June 4, 2014.
Photo credit: © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP

So there are my 19 guesses for who I think has a good shot at the top 15. Do you have any predictions? Who’s your favorite!? Comment below!

Tune in Sunday, June 8 to see who gets crowned LIVE from Baton Rouge on NBC at 8/7 central!

Stay Glitery, Beauties,

and Geaux USA!

xoxo,

Candice

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