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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Shu Uemura and Spornette Tame Strands

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I’m pretty religious about using a hair mask each week and lately I’ve been using the new SHU UEMURA Essence Absolue Nourishing Taming Overnight Serum $69/3.3oz @ shuuemuraartofhair.com). I’ve been a fan of their hair care products for some time and this one doesn’t disappoint. It’s a light cream you apply right before bed so it can do its work while you sleep. I was worried that it would get all over my pillow but it seemed to absorb pretty quickly and left no residue behind. And this is a no-rinse serum so don’t worry about having sticky, crusty hair the next morning, as it all gets absorbed.

This one really added moisture and frizz resistance (they claim 24 hours). It can be applied on wet or dry hair and use a comb to distribute it evenly down the hair shaft.

Styling has become a breeze with SPORNETTE’s latest release, the Square Heat Styler ($25 @ ulta.com). It comes in 4 different sizes, Small, Medium, Large and Extra-Large, so choose depending on the length of your hair. The square shape is ideal for getting high volume styles, super straight strands and even that flip at the bottom of the hair. The barrel is ceramic and tourmaline, which I have come to expect these days with a styling brush! The combo of these traits help the center heat up quickly and retain the heat, as well as leave hair super shiny afterwards.

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

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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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Tarte Foundation Paddle Vs. Tarte Foundation Brush

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It’s a battle of the brushes with two from TARTE!

In the left corner it’s the Full Coverage Companion Foundation Paddle ($28 @ tartecosmetics.com)

What it is: a flat “brush” with a silicone applicator, resulting in zero product waste for fuller coverage that looks natural.

 

In the right corner is Paddle to Perfection Foundation Brush ($28 @ tartecosmetics.com, ulta.com)

What it is: a cruelty-free & vegan paddle foundation brush with supersoft, densely-packed bristles.

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I’m pretty used to the bristle brushes, as we all are, and these silicone sponges have been all over Instagram in the last year. I tried one a few months ago but not sure I really gave it a fair try, so I welcomed this challenge.

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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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Monday, July 31, 2017

Say Hello To Sexy Legs ... Seriously!

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Quite a few times in the last few weeks I’ve found myself wanting a little boost in color but I have just not been in the mood to smell the self-tanner. Then I met SAY HELLO TO SEXY LEGS Tinted Glow Gel ($38/5.1oz @ sephora.com, qvc.com). It’s a wash-away-with-soap-and-water gel lotion that gives skin instant color and once it dries down is completely transfer-resistant.

And this is great for two reasons – sometimes I just want instant color before heading out for the evening and it dries down in 3 to 5 minutes! Yup, you don’t have to stand there waiting and waiting to get dressed. The other reason is that the color itself is really nice and doesn’t look fake at all. I am usually hesitant when it comes to these instant tints because it’s a one-size-fits-all when it comes to the shade but I have to say they pretty much nailed it with this one.

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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.

Monday, April 03, 2017

I Didn’t Know I Was Addicted to this Hair Brush

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How long do you keep your hair brushes? I have a hard time throwing any out and I just recently I did with  the SPORNETTE Smooth Operator Tourmaline Ionic Bristle Hairbrush 3 ½” ($26.50 @ spornette.com). I had used it on and off for the past 2 years and the bristles were all bent and probably doing me no favors when it came to styling my damp hair.

Boy, did I not realize how dependent I had become on this brush! I tried others that I had on hand that and nope, they just were not cutting it and were actually creating more work for me. When I first got this brush, I remember laughing at how big it was and never thought I’d use it as much as I did.

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                                     The barrel size is a little bigger than some cotton rounds!

What I like about it - the barrel is made of ceramic so it helps with drying time and because the barrel is so large, I don’t have to worry about bends in the hair when using it to straighten. The bristles are made of nylon and even though my original one’s bristles were all bent before I tossed it, the bristles lasted a really long time.

Another thing you don’t have to worry about it the hair getting caught some place in the handle. There is no space between the barrel and handle, which is common in most brushes.

Needless-to-say, I have a new one now, so my hair is happy again. Is it crazy to be attached to a hair brush? Do tell in the comments!

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Get the Best with Real Techniques

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Mirum Shopper. All words are my own. 

How much are you “in the know?” I get it, believe me, it’s hard to keep up. Having a family and a daily life makes it tough to stay updated with what’s good out there in beautyland, right?

You for sure want to know about the best-of-the-best, and if you think about it, the real beauty experts or Beauty BFFs on the Internet are those that create the products we use, like Sam and Nic, the duo behind the Real Techniques brand.

Both trained makeup artists in London, you’ve probably seen their YouTube videos and maybe didn’t know that they are the two behind the Pixiwoo channel. Yup, that’s them!  

A full review and look at the new Real Techniques brush lines available at Walmart.
A full review and look at the new Real Techniques brush lines available at Walmart.
A full review and look at the new Real Techniques brush lines available at Walmart.

A full review and look at the new Real Techniques brush lines available at Walmart.

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