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Friday, May 04, 2018

3 Ways to Turn Up Your Beauty Look

You have an event coming up and you want to find the perfect dress, the highest heels, a good blowout, and oh, what should you do with your makeup for it? While you decide, here are a few products that can add a nice touch to your look that you might not have thought about.

No matter what trait you are looking to show off, I have some suggestions that have totally worked for me below.

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*LEGS*

Make legs look silky smooth – temps will be warming up soon so skirts will be getting shorter again. Give legs and extra extra with one of these. It makes you look like you are wearing stockings when you’re not. VOTRE VU Silk Stockings in Classic Bronze ($38/3.38oz @ votrevu.com) or NARS Monoi Body Glow I ($59/2.5oz @ narscosmetics.com, sephora.com).

 

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Friday, April 06, 2018

Take My Face Off ... Huh?

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I am a true and trusted washcloth user. Most of mine are black because of makeup and I spend quite a bit on soft ones. I’ve tried those dry, use-this-cloth-to-remove-makeup before, and though they were ok, and thought these were that but they are not. I’m not a fan of these aforementioned ones as I feel like they pull and tug too much and I don’t like doing that around the eye area. However(it), these are NOT those that you just use raw, without any cleanser, or product, on them.

This is, TAKE MY FACE OFF and here’s the lowdown -

The Makeup Mitty ($38.50/3) – instead of using a makeup wipe or washcloth, these are meant for you to use for your whole face and is meant to be used with your favorite cleanser all over the face.

The Mitty Blackout ($42.50/4) – these are the eye makeup removers and a tad smaller than their sister above. These are to be used instead of wasteful cotton balls/wipes and these Mitty’s are probably even softer than cotton!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Trying Out Lashify

I couldn’t decide if I should even post this post about Lashify with all that went down recently between MannyMUA and the Founder of Lashify, even though I bought their kit a few weeks ago with the intention of reviewing them here. Yes, he didn’t use them correctly and the Founder publicly retaliated. Not cool on either side. Since people will probably be searching on what Lashify is, I hope this post will clearly explain the system. Like every product, it won’t be for everyone but there will be ones that it is for.

gos•sa•mer – a fine, filmy substance consisting of cobwebs spun by small spiders, which is seen especially in autumn.

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False lashes, lash extensions, magnetic lashes … the category is bigger than ever, and now there’s another way do lashes called LASHIFY! Since I’m all about trying a new way of doing something, I immediately bought them. Yes, they seem a tad pricey at first @ $125 but hear me out on this one.

What it is: a lash extension system made of Korean PBT silk, the clusters of lashes (called Gossamers) use a microflex technology, contain biotin, and won’t damage existing lashes. Can be worn up to 1 week.

 

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Hello Schick Intition f.a.b.

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I can hear it now – young girl starts work with Schick with the thought of, “I’m going to create a razor that shaves back and forth.” Years later her dream comes true, she’s promoted and everyone is happy. Yup, that day has come with the SCHICK Intuition f.a.b. Razor ($7.99 @ walgreens.com, target.com).

This razor is customized with their unique bi-directional blades where the top blades (3) shave up and the bottom blades (2) shave down. And this one seemed to do the job as it moved over the hills and valleys of my body. I reluctantly tried it in my armpit as this kind of movement is just not natural. It worked fine but was a little awkward. I’m sure as I use it more and get used to it, I’ll be able to do it quicker each time.

Now the big question is, will this catch on? Up until now we’ve all been accustomed to shaving in one direction as moving the razor back and forth would cause cuts. So can you train an old dog new tricks? Only time will tell with this one.

Is this something you want to try out?

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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

A Great Way to Clean Your Brushes

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I wrote about some REAL TECHNIQUES makeup brushes the other day on my site but I think the real star of their line has to be their Brush Cleaning Palette ($15 @ realtechniques.com, kohls.com, target.com). It’s made of silicone, and the part that holds the soap and water kind of looks like of like a soap dish in that the edges are raised up. On the bottom is a strap you slide your hand through to hold it. Then, just add some cleanser and a little water and scrub or work that brush along the textured dots and x’s on the surface and voila, clean brushes!

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And I like that I’m not wasting cleanser like I normally do when just using my hands as the surface to work the product out of the bristles. The cup shape keeps it all in one place as you clean brushes. Highly recommended.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Are These the Best False Eyelashes Out There?

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So did you make any beauty resolutions this year? I have a friend who proudly declared that 2017 would be the year she learned to apply false lashes! So how has she done? Well, I just checked with her before writing this post up and she hasn’t practiced that much. I’ve tried to tell her, there are all kinds of tools and tricks to help but in the end, it really just does take practice.

 

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Take That, Chest Wrinkles!

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Have you ever given a thought to how you could be damaging your skin while you sleep? I know, what next? If you’re a side sleeper, like me, or seem to forget to apply sunscreen and other anti-aging products to your décolletage, like me, you probably already have wrinkles and age spots there. It’s for sure become something I am self-conscious about it the older I’ve got.

Welcome SiO (pronounced see-oh), a three-step beauty regime to help temporarily get rid of wrinkles. I tried something like this, or actually, very much like this here a few years ago but their process also preps the skin beforehand and treats it after using the disc.

Step 1 - Decollete Cleansing Discs ($45)

Step 2 - Sio SkinPad ($99.95/2 pads)

Step 3 - Decollete Serum ($135/1oz)

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Katching Up with Kleenex

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Are you up to speed on the KLEENEX brand? I know, what’s to get up to speed on when it comes to tissues? Well, they’ve quietly expanded the line with moist Eye Makeup Removers, moist Facial Cleansing Wipes, Shine Away Sheets, Cotton Soft Pads and Exfoliating Cushions. Where have I been?

I was quite excited to try the Exfoliating Cushions and moist Facial Cleansing Wipes. Now, I don’t know about you, but I kinda get excited over beauty “tools” like these and love trying new ones out.

Let’s talk about the Exfoliating Cushions first. These 3” round discs infuse a provitamin complex into the cotton pad so while you’re exfoliating, you’re also getting good-for-skin ingredients.

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If you look at the pad, one side is, what they call, a polishing wipe, and looks like little bumps on the cotton, and the other side has holes cut out of the white pad revealing a blue pad underneath, and is the gentle exfoliating part.

The ingredients are activated by water and all you have to do is decide which side you’re feeling, use and toss. It’s that easy. And they sell a dispenser for these for $9.99/12 Cushions and Refillable Dispenser and then $4.99 for Refill Packs @ kleenexfacialcleansing.com, target.com.

The other product I tried from the brand was the moist Facial Cleansing Wipes. Now I’ve all tried a lot of wipes at this point and I mean a L-O-T of them! What I liked about these is not only how my skin felt after using one of the textured wipes (very soft, not stripped dry), but also how the wipe itself told me it was, well, used up. Not only by the dirt or makeup that showed up but that the wipe itself short of shriveled up a little and didn’t look so new. I sometimes feel like I have to keep using a wipe on other parts of my body or the table in front of me just to feel like I got the most out of it. Do you ever feel like that?

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These wipes also contain a provitamin complex, as well as aloe and vitamin E, and is delivered in a water-based formula so there is no residue left on my skin.

Pick these up for $9.99 for 25 Wipes and Refillable Dispenser and $4.99 for a Refill Pack @ kleenexfacialcleansing.com, target.com.

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

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

All I Want for Christmas!

Are you ready to start Christmas shopping? Check out these 5 Awesome Holiday finds from Cybele Says.



It seems like the holiday season arrives earlier and earlier each year, dontcha think? Or do I just say that each year? Since we are all so inundated, I don’t begin my holiday gift coverage until the day after Thanksgiving but I have been known to run an early post here and there, so consider this one of those posts.

So how did I pick these? I really looked at each selection as a, “would I love to receive this as a gift?” So below are ones that I so approve for anyone on your list.

1. BUXOM Stone Cold Babe Set ($42 @ sephora.com) – I’ve always said that if you are looking to buy yourself some new makeup, the holidays are some of the best times to do it and you can really score some serious deals like this set from Buxom. This set contains their limited edition Fire & Frost Eyeshadow Palette with 12 gorgeous shades and a Mini Buxom Lash Mascara.

2. ARTIS Palm Brush ($65 @ artisbrush.com, dillards.com, spacenk.com) – really any brush from the Artis line would be considered a gourmet gift to me. The latest release is this brush that can be used to apply lotion, self-tanner, face cream, really anything that needs max coverage. It was designed to fit comfortably in your hand and feels so luxe on the skin, like you’d expect only from Artis.

3. PIXI BEAUTY Rose Oil Blend ($24/1oz @ pixibeauty.com, target.com) – anything with roses is always an acceptable gift and this one is just so good for the skin. It contains almond, jojoba, rosehips, rose geranium, orange peel and pomegranate seed oils, among others. Use this as an additive to your existing moisturizer.  

4. J.O.I. Spotlite HD ($59.95) Spotlite HD Professional ($89.95) – what you use to put on your makeup is just as important as the makeup you use. Believe me, I know. I grew up with one of those 3-tiered poorly lighted  mirrors that probably did more harm than good! This J.O.I. portable mirror I wrote about a few months ago will make sure you to always have the right lighting at the tip of your fingers. Both @ wearejoi.com

5. MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Mini Lipstick Kit ($35 @ maccosmetics.com, dillards.com, nordstrom.com) – no makeup brand does holidays better than MAC! And every recipient on your list is sure to open this cute box with 4 lippies in it and say, “ohhhh!”. Guaranteed winning set here.

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

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Friday, May 13, 2016

iHome Gets Into the Beauty Game

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There’s a new makeup mirror in town and it comes from the electronics giants, iHOME. They just came out with 2 different Vanity Mirror Speakers. Yup, it has speakers! It’s is just crazy how far this mirror shows us we have come. Not to mention how connected we are to our cel phones.

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