Thursday, November 16, 2017

#MatteMetallics from Maybelline

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Metallics are all the rage and why shouldn’t they be? Metallic colors are just plain cool looking! And fall seems to be the best season for them. MAYBELLINE just came out with Color Sensational Matte Metallic Lipsticks ($7.49 @ maybelline.com, ulta.com) and while I’m not much of a blue lipstick wearer, theirs makes me want to rock it!

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As much as I like the shades in this collection, they are just your basic lipsticks that don’t last a super long time like liquid lipsticks, however, they are comfortable to wear and don’t require the commitment. So there is a trade-off. Which do you prefer?

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From L to R by number: 950 White Gold, 954 Pure Gold, 958 Copper Spark, 962 Hot Lava, 966 Copper Rose

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From L to R by number: 970 Molten Bronze, 974 Silk Stone, 978 Smoked Silver, 982 Gunmetal, 986 Serpentine

One question regarding the numbers of these shades and all Maybelline lipstick shades – does the brand go in some kind of order and started at 1 and they are at almost 1,000 different shades of lipstick since their creation? Let me know if you have the answer!

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Get Wickedly Divine with LA Splash Cosmetics

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just came out with a new liquid lipstick, Wickedly Divine Liquid Silk Liquid Lipstick ($18 @ lasplash.com). They claim the formula to be one of, “the SOFTEST wear on the market.” I’m not sure exactly what that means, a soft wear, but I have some guesses!

What I liked – Each truly felt like I had nothing on my lips! Now that’s amazing and I think I’ve only experience that with one other brand, so big plus. In addition, these all toe the line of being too drying on lips but are not. And combine that with the “I-feel-nothing-on-my-lips,” and this is the perfect combo for me, the exception being the Dragon’s Blood color. Hot pink is one of my all-time favorite shades to wear on my lips but this one was sadly too drying.

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What I didn’t like – the packaging makes it hard to see which shade is which. I understand the creativity with the packaging and appreciate it but I just think these would have been better in clear to help with functionality.

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Since I used to work at Swarovski, I am a crystal snob and the crystal on top of the wand is a cute detail but it’s plastic, and not Swarovski. A nice addition overall but again, I’m a crystal snob.

As far as each color, the tubes have a white sticker that looks like they just stuck them on at the last minute and they don’t even fit properly on the bottoms, and some have come off. So combine a missing sticker with the hard-to-see-through packaging, and ugh!

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They seemed to have changed the doe foot. The Infectious shade has a basic one and the rest of the lippies have a hole in the middle of it. I think the one with the basic foot is from the initial release of these and they upgraded when putting out more colors. Big plus!

As far as colors, this one includes quite a few shades (38) and effects to choose from including straight up mattes, metallics and also a few duo chromes.

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L to R (no reason for this order): Wrath, Evil Darling, Evil Queen, Dragons Blood, Infectious, Vanish, Blood Thirst.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

#HolidayHairHowTos with CVS

This post is sponsored by Mirum, but opinions expressed are my own.

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The holidays are pretty much upon us and last minute get-togethers will be common place so I wanted to create a cool hair style for when these crop up. I love that I can get all I need to create any style at my local CVS. Their hair care aisle is bursting with all the latest hair care products from brands you know like TRESemmé®, Suave® and Dove.

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I’ve been wearing my hair in a bun lately but when I make a top knot, the bun part is kind of boring so I found a way to jazz it up with braids and what I call the braided bun. It’s really easy to do!

What you will need for this tutorial:

  • Elastic band
  • Lots of bobby pins
  • Hair spray
  • Dry shampoo

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The key to this style is sleek and polished. The bun itself can be a little disheveled but the rest of the hair should be smooth. I achieved a really smooth finish without being crunchy with TRESemmé TRES TWO Extra Hold Hair Spray. It gives me max control and tames those frizzies beautifully. This is a key product in this tutorial.

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After putting dry hair into a high ponytail, divide the hair in half and make a braid with each side. Before making each braid, spray some dry shampoo along the hair in the ponytail. I like to use Dove Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo to give strands some grip, which will help hold the braid longer than without.

You don’t have to elastic the ends of each braid since you will be tucking them inside the bun, but you can if you want to.

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Then, wrapping one braid around the middle and then the other, pin with bobby pins as you go around. Make sure you are always holding the ends of the hair as you go around so they don’t become unraveled. Top with more TRESemmé hairspray to seal it all in, and you’re done.  

CVS has some great deals on the TRESemmé and Dove products I used plus others but they won’t last long!

Here are the offers valid from 11/12/17 to 11/18/17 and these are only good with your ExtraBucks® Rewards card:

  • Select Suave Hair Care 2 for $6
  • Select TRESemmé Shampoo, Conditioners & Styles are 2 for $8
  • Select TRESemmé Premium Hair Care products are 2 for $10
  • Buy 1, Get 1 50% off select Dove Hair Care products
  • Get $2 ExtraBucks Rewards when you buy any 2 participating TRESemmé products

 Offers valid from 11/19/17 to 11/25/17 good with your ExtraBucks Rewards card:

  • Select Suave® Hair Care products are 2 for $6
  • Get $4 ExtraBucks Rewards when you buy any 2 participating Suave® Hair Care products

Love a good BOGO? Check these out! Offers valid from 11/26/17 to 12/2/17

  • Buy 1, Get 1 50% OFF WITH CARD Select TRESemmé products.

Offers valid from 12/3/17 to 12/9/17

  • Buy 1, Get 1 50% OFF WITH CARD Select TRESemmé products.
  • 2/$6 WITH CARD Select Suave Hair Care products (excluding Dry Shampoo)

And here is the final simple look. Do you like it? 

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Photos by Kathleen Dimpfl @nycfrog1408

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