Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tune in Tomorrow for Alayna's Beauty Talk at 12pm PDT!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Why You're Probably Not Getting Your Face Really Clean

I had some friends over the weekend of the 4th of July and one commented on, “that harsh brush thing for cleaning the face,” that was in my bathroom. And a few of the others in the room chimed in with agreement that they just looked like they would hurt. Unless you’ve tried one of these like the Clarisonic, then you too probably think that, but it’s so not true!

Take this PHILIPS PureRadiance Facial Cleansing System. Like the aforementioned, it’s made to use on the face so it’s not going to be harsh and I think most of think our skin is more delicate than it is. This mechanism uses Sonic technology plus Advanced Dual Motion, which are rotations of the brush head, to clean the skin from makeup and dirt, much more effectively than from just manually cleaning your face and all it takes is 60 seconds. I mean, I have no way to tell if I've removed all the day's dirt and makeup when I use my trusty washcloth but with this one, I know I pretty much have. 

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

4 Utterly Weightless Lipppies

There’s nothing better than catching a glimpse in a mirror to give myself a quick makeup check only to see that my lip color is still going strong. This got me thinking and concluding that I like when I can’t feel when I have a lippie on.

It seems that I’m having some luck when it comes to the weightlessness of a lip color with these liquid lip colors some of the brands are coming out with. I mean, the colors are nice and fresh, they don’t dry my lips out and the pigments are superb! But, not all liquid lipsticks are made the same and some formulas can bleed. So when it comes to weightlessness, which ones are my favorites? Here are 4 that are scoring big points from me. 

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KAT VON D Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick $19 @ sephora.com
Available in 12 shades and don’t look for any beiges or really light ones in this collection! One swipe of the wand across lips is pretty much all you will need but just know that these seem to set to a really(it) matte finish, so I would use a little bit of gloss on top but not too much as too much can start to break down the product on the lips.
Yes, these are matte but they don’t seem to dry lips out probably because they are made with vitamins A, C and E. And there are no parabens inside these. 

STILA Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick $22 @ stilacosmetics.com and ulta.com
10 colors available. Once these set, there’s no transfer and well, no heavy weight on lips! Yeah. No parabens, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals or phthalates inside but they do contain vitamin E and avocado oil for moisture. 

LIPSENSE BY SENEGENCE $25 @ sengence.com
As far as I know, this brand pretty much started the trend of long-wearing lip color. 69 shades strong – from light beiges to bright pinks and stark reds and there are sheers, mattes, sparkles and frosts finishes available. And to use this brand, it requires 3 coats allowing each coat to dry for 3 to 5 seconds before applying the next.
For the best results, I would also recommend dabbing on a little bit of gloss or balm as this one really dries to a matte finish. They also sell Ooops! Lip Color Remover ($10), if you make a mistake and need to remove some of it because once it’s on, it’s on for quite a few hours.

LIME CRIME Velvetines $20 @ limecrime.com
7 shades available with most selling out quickly so if you see the one you want in stock, don’t wait! These are a little different than the above ones in that I don’t think I would put them in the category of a liquid lipstick. I mean, they are closer to a liquid lipstick than not but what they are exactly still alludes me! I just know I like the 2 I’ve tried.
These too dry down to a matte finish but it’s a velvety finish and I don’t find I need to apply anything on top when wearing them. 

 

Friday, July 18, 2014

You NEED These DeFrizz Products!

It’s as humid has humid can be out here in SoCal and strands are just not behaving but who wants to wear their hair up all the time? Yes, it feels good on the neck but I just got a cute new cut that I want to show off so a serious defrizz product is in order! Check out the below recommendations to rock you do to the fullest this month.

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YES TO COCONUTS Curl Defining Hair Smoother ($7.99/3.8oz @ yestocarrots.com) – choose this one because it has nourishing avocado and coconut oil plus Cupuacu Butter.

HERBAL ESSENCES Moroccan Me a Miracle 7-in-1 Serum ($4.49/1.7oz @ drugstore.com and drugstores nationwide) – this one is the case of, “if it smells good, it must be good,” and in this case, it’s true.

L’OREAL EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System Frizz Taming Crème Serum ($8.99/1.9oz @ lorealparis.com, walgreens.com and drugstores nationwide) – I’ve never heard of sulfates inside a frizz-taming serum but as we all know, ingredients can disguise  themselves under other loooong names.

SALLY HERSHBERGER Hyper Hydration Spray Serum ($12.99/1.7oz @ cvs.com and drugstore.com) – this is the only one outta the bunch that you use after hair is dry. It uses SMART Keratin to give hair shine with no, and I mean none what-so-ever, greasy look or feel.

KARECO Large Thermal Brush ($22.50 @ kareco.com) – yes believe it or not the right brush can also help cut the frizz. This one is made with Ionic Tourmaline technology so this one coupled with one of these serums will leave your hair smooth as a baby’s bottom!

Or, if you’re like me and just tend to wash your hair less in the summertime so I don’t have to whip out the hot dryer, so these two from REDKEN have been my go to ones lately:

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Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender ($18/3.4oz) and Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer ($22/4.7oz)

Both @ redken.com for a salon near you.  

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