Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Are These Really the Best Tightlining Pencils Around?

Lining the waterline with eyeliner or as some call it, tightlining, is a really big trend these days, especially if you’re looking to do a really, really smoky eye. It requires you to line the top and bottom waterlines of your eye. Not sure what the waterline is? This site has a great illustration of it.

I have to admit my curiosity was majorly raised after reading Canadian-blogger, Beautezine's, declaration that SHU UEMURA Drawing Pencils were, “the best waterlining eye pencil on the market.” That’s a pretty bold statement, so I had to put them to the test as I’m pretty obsessed with eyeliners in general and applying color on the waterline but finding ones that last is the challenge. 

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They come in 18 shades, made from a silicon polymer that is able to stay on the skin, and are made to be used anywhere really, not just on the eyes. And they mix it up with the finishes like this palette does by including ones in matte, pearl, metallic and glitter (the letter before each name below tells you what the finish is).

So how did they work? Click after the jump to find out!

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

5 Essential Beauty Tools That Make Life Easier!

I’ve tried different versions of the below items in their categories and here are the ones I have found to work best. Yes, some may seem trivial (a nail clipper, really??) but only when I’ve used one that’s crappy, do I actually think about it. And now, you don't have to!

Do you have any beauty tools that you stand by? Do share in the comments!

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Best Foot Exfoliator and Nail File - FAN OUT Foot Scraper (small $35, large $42) and Nail File ($42). Both @ fanout.com – when did I write about both of these? Wow, back on September 7, 2011 and both are still going strong and I use them quite regularly! Now that’s proof in the pudding.

Best Nail Clipper - REVLON Deluxe Nail Clipper - $2.49 @ ulta.com and bedbathandbeyond.com - I’ve tried a lot of different nail clippers over the years and these from Revlon truly are the best. They're always sharp and never break. I keep one in the house, one in the car, one in my purse. I think I own about 6 of these total!

Best Tongue Cleaner - BREATH RX Gentle Tongue Scraper - $6.99/3 scrapers @ breathrx.com – I know, I know, who wants to talk about something as sexy as cleaning your tongue? Food can get caught in there and simply using your toothbrush to clean it just doesn’t do the job so invest in some of these scrapers and really get that tongue clean.

Best Hair Styler - INSTYLER 3-1 Rotating Iron ($99 @ getinstyler.com) – a great tool for quickly taking out bedhead kinks in the morning. And they just came out with a new MAX version. Details coming soon!

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

Friday, November 14, 2014

'Tis the Right Season for Heathilocks

Beauty products that promise us healthy skin and to slow the signs of aging will always exist but have you ever thought about anti-aging hair care products? Actually, I think I have, one time. Though I can’t remember the brand, I do remember hearing about how our hair ages as it gets longer and blah, blah, blah… have no idea what happened to the line or what their name was.

Anyway, a new brand of hair products by the name HEALTHILOCKS has risen amongst us and distinguishes themselves as the “ultimate in anti-aging hair care & repair.” The products were created to complement an in-salon treatment that goes by the same name and repairs the hair by adding a safe healthy protein, called PlexProtein, to strands. This protein coats the hair and retains water, which is good in this case, so no more dry fly-aways! See their site here to find a salon near you that does the Healthilocks procedure.

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Now I have not had the treatment but I’m sure liking the products as they seem to really soften and tame my flyaways better than the shampoos and conditioners I’ve been using of late. And with the humidity being sucked out of the air right now, my hair needs to extra TLC this trio brings.

Healthilocks Daily Shampoo $22/7oz

Healthilocks Daily Conditioner $24/7oz

Healthilocks Leave in Conditioner $38/3oz

Also in the line not shown here is a Heathilocks Hair Clarifier available so check out their site @ healthilocks.com for more info about the line. 

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

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