Sunday, July 29, 2018

#DryDaysofSummer with Dry Sprays from CVS

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It's been especially hot this summer so for a lot of the weekend days so I've been just wanting to stay home in the AC. However, it's summer and there are a lot of great things to be outside doing like dancing! Every summer in Los Angeles, the city has themed dance nights downtown every other weekend and I just love going. It’s a great way to meet up with different groups of friends I maybe haven’t been in touch with lately.

Last week I did salsa with an old neighbor and his new fiancée and next weekend will be Bollywood from about 8 former coworkers. I like how fun and open the crowd that attends seems to be, the free lessons to remind you of key steps, and the food trucks they have available to keep the crowd hydrated and fed throughout the night. above pic courtesy of grandparkla.org

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Urban Decay Born To Run Collection

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What a whirlwind July has been! I’m finally back home for a few weeks and can at last sink my teeth into the URBAN DECAY Born To Run Collection. And these are all new products/colors!

The collection is comprised of:

  • Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette ($49)
  • Born To Run Vice Lipstick ($18) in 66 comfort matte (nude mauve), Marfa comfort matte (dark berry w/pink micro-shimmer), Ready? matte (bright rose sparkle).
  • 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($21) in Lucky (metallic burnt orange) and Double Life (metallic reddish-brown), Overdrive (metallic green).
  • Travel-size All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray ($15/1oz)

All available @ sephora.com, ulta.com.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Self-Tanning with Isle of Paradise

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I think the summer of 2018 has been the season of the self-tanner. I have tried a lot of them, and some were ok and others blah! One new line that scored high on the list and that adds a little something different is ISLE OF PARADISE. By now, we’ve all heard of color-correcting makeup but have you heard of color-correcting self-tanner? Throwing all the one-shade-fits-all thinking out the window, they’ve put out a 6-product strong line and it’s rolling out in the US at Sephora and when Sephora adds a brand to their line-up, I pay attention!

 

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Thanks for the Added Confidence Dove! #FreshForSunFun

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I’ve never been one for heights so this year I decided it would be the year for me to get out of my comfort zone and conquer it. You may recall me mentioning in my different social media platforms that I went to Kauai 2 months ago and when my friend and I were looking for activities to do outside, she brought up zip lining. Are you familiar? It’s where you are suspended by a pulley in the air (usually quite high up!) and propelled from one platform to the other, which are usually attached to trees, and you zip from one tree to the other.

It was probably one of the better options to choose to help with my fear or heights as it wasn’t too jarring. We had been really looking forward to doing some awesome outdoor activities on this trip and this was one I really wanted to do.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Col-Lab Fairy Nudes Face & Eye Highlighting Palettes

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I thought I was just about over the highlighting trend in that I have enough of them to last me a few lifetimes but then I saw these huge potted palettes from COL-LAB.

Fairy Nudes Face & Eye Highlighting Palette ($16.99 @ sallybeauty.com) in Warm Glow (for medium to deep tones) and Fresh Glow (for light to medium tones) seem to be the only highlighter palette I will ever need!

 

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Monday, July 02, 2018

Pixi by Petra Liquid Fairy Lights

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What’s your favorite type of shadow to wear? I tend to gravitate towards mattes but lately, especially at night, I’ve been leaning towards these kinds. Like those, these PIXI BY PETRA Liquid Fairy Lights ($15 @ pixibeauty.com, target.com) are super glitter shadows with dynamic staying power. It’s max glitter without any of the fallout. Like these, the glitter is suspended in a cream so it stays on the skin nicely after it dries down, which is important as they don’t call glitter the herpes of crafting for nothing.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Superfood Face Care from Lather

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The word superfood is everywhere these days, in the obvious place, foods, but it’s also cropped up in skin care like in these two from the LATHER brand. Now I expect a lot out of my skin care products that I use. Multi-tasking is the name of the game!

I’ve been using their Caviar Lime AHA Cleansing Crème ($21/4oz @ lather.com) and the Australian Plum Night Crème ($43/1.8oz @ lather.com) for the past 6 weeks and I think the brand is onto something with these two.

Here’s the breakdown:

Caviar Lime AHA Cleansing CrèmeWhat it is

Reveal a smoother, brighter and more even-looking complexion with this luxurious and creamy foaming cleanser infused with Caviar Lime, a small yet powerful citrus fruit from Australia. Also known as Finger Lime or Microcitrus Australasica, Caviar Lime is especially rich in precious alpha hydroxy acids that gently exfoliate the skin’s surface to reveal more supple and radiant skin. The fruit also contains brightening, skin-protecting antioxidant Vitamin C.

With the addition of water, the thick cream transforms into a velvety soft mousse to sweep away dirt, excess oil and makeup. The formulation is enriched with nourishing botanicals that include meadowfoam seed oil, an excellent source of Vitamin E, and sodium hyaluronate (from hyaluronic acid) to keep skin’s moisture in balance.

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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.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Models Own Liquid Metal Matte Lipstick

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Another day, another liquid lipstick! Today it’s MODELS OWN Liquid Metal Matte Lipstick ($6.99 @ ulta.com) and here are the deets!

What it is: lightweight, full coverage color formula dries down quickly and comfortably on lips for all day wear.

 

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Vinegar Hair Rinses from Pureology and Redken

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I use vinegar to clear a lot of things around my house but I never really thought of it for beauty, until now. These two here contain apple cider vinegar to soften color-treated strands as well as give strands a boost in freshness and balances the hair’s pH.  Since I’m hesitant to use any kind of clarifying shampoo on my colored-hair, these are completely safe to use on it as they also remove build-up and won’t strip it.

Just squeeze out excess water after shampooing, squirt some on, rinse, and then apply conditioner as usual.

REDKEN Color Extend Vinegar Rinse ($24/8oz @ ulta.com)

PUREOLOGY Vinegar Hair Rinse ($29/8.5oz @ ulta.com)

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