I've been basically living on Pinterest these days! Are you following me over there yet? Here is my addy: http://www.pinterest.com/cybelesays. Anyway, there are so many tips and tricks over there that covers all different categories so here are 5 of my favorites right now:
I should have known the 2015 Craft & Hobby Conference & Trade Show (2015 MEGA SHOW) was going to be huge when I saw it took place over the span of 5 days, not the typical 3 that I’m used to when it comes to beauty shows. So to say the least, this show was huge, so much so, that I wasn’t sure the one day I had allotted would be enough to see everything.
The CHA was held at the Anaheim Convention Center from January 9th - 13th and since I’ve decided to expand my site into including more DIY and craft tutorials, the timing was great! I grew up in a household with an artist mother so we were alway creating something with clay or paper or paints and using them in a lot of non-traditional ways, so it's only natural for me to include what I do on the side in this blog. So expect to see more in this cateogry.
Anyway, back to the MEGA SHOW!! The show floor is comprised of 400+ exhibitors and 140+ distributors in the craft and hobby world and they covered the pretty much every category you can think of – paper crafts and scrapbooking, polymer clay, paint/spray paint, yarn, craft organization, cake making/cake making supplies, beads, glues/adhesives, jewelry supplies and many other categories. And they also had exhibitions, special guests like authors and known crafters and some companies had hands-on workshops where you could make your own item using their product.
I love most things that have to do with the hair, especially hair tools and hair accessories. When I was young I got really involved in making those ribbon barrettes and my fascination with anything I can stick in the hair has not waned! So consider this a tribute to my DIY ribbon barrettes I used to make.
I can’t believe it’s been 15 years since the debut of TARTE COSMETICS! I remember writing about their first-ever product, the iconic cheek stain. So to celebrate, they are putting out a whole bunch of new products under the 15 Year Anniversary Collection tag.
First up? The Park Ave Princess Contour Palette ($34). Makeup contouring really took off as a trend in 2014 and doesn’t seem to be slowing down in 2015.
I’ll admit it, I’m tease-challenged when it comes to giving my hair some good root volume. I just can’t seem to get the tease to go the distance, which I attribute to having fine hair. I’ve seen some people just use a plain ol’ comb but I’m just not that talented, so thankfully there are some products and tools out there to help. Here are my 5 Favorites...
1. VOLOOM Hair Volumizing Iron $129.99 @ voloom.com
2. SPORNETTE Little Wonder Boar-Nylon Bristle Teasing Brush $8 @ spornette.com
3. CRICKET Amped Up Styling Brush $5.99 @ folica.com
4. BIG SEXY HAIR What A Tease - Backcomb in a Bottle $19.95/4.4oz @ ulta.com
5. TOOL STRUCTURE 3 Row Styling Comb $2.49 @ sallybeauty.com
I’ve been a tad obsessed with two things the past few weeks – the Dollar Tree and Pinterest. The DIY Craft category on Pinterest is just loaded with good stuff to try and tips to getting the most out of your craft projects.
And the Dollar Tree … need I elaborate? I’ve probably made about 10 trips to about 5 different stores since Thanksgiving and on one trip I saw these Barbie busts in the toy section that I just had to buy. I didn’t know what I would make with them but I knew I’d think of something.
Then I started seeing more of these, these and these and thought I’ll make those at some point but I bet a Barbie busts would look fab on top of the two glass jars I just picked up at the Dollar Tree!
I knew I already had the glue, paint and embellishments in my crafting box, so all I needed was the time and I had it now between Christmas and New Years. Yes!
So how did they turn out? Click after the jump to see. This is a picture-heavy post!
Being a long-time fan of the original INSTYLER, I was excited to hear that they just came out with the InStyler MAX. Gotta love improvements to an existing product, right? Or did they take it too far? Hmmm, click after the jump to find out if this new one is better or if you should skip it.
The new MAX still uses tourmaline ceramic smoothing plates as the original and you can still do your straightening, soft curls, root boost and flip out the bottom, and has the auto safety shut-off, but there are a few new traits they have added with the new one so let’s compare a few key ones.
What It Is: PIXI BEAUTY Sheer Cheek Gel ($18 @ pixibeauty.com) - a sheer, translucent gel creates a super natural flush of colour. Applies easily with fingers for a fresh & healthy burst of colour on cheeks and lips. Oil-free, fragrance free and hypoallergenic.
My take: I love a great stain and there are very few of them out there that are a) actually a true stain and b) last on the skin. Well I’m excited to report that this one does both!
It comes in 5 shades (Rosy shown here) and they say you can use it with your fingers but I find I get a better application, not to mention no stained fingers, by using a sponge as I feel I get better control when I can buff it on for that realistic flush. Big recommendation.
Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.
It seems like I will go to the ends of the earth to keep my burgundy hair color bold and bright, so anytime I hear about a collection made just for color-treated hair, I have to investigate. SHU UEMURA ART OF HAIR just came out with the Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Collection and was inspired by painters and how old works of art are often restored and protected by the use of oils on the canvas.
SUAOH interprets the canvas as the hair and how water and elements can break down its natural protective element, so this collection uses refining lipids to restore the hair’s natural varnish and protect the hair color from fading and getting damaged.
Included in the collection are your basics, the shampoo, called Color Lustre Sulfate-Free Brilliant Glaze Shampoo ($48/10oz), the conditioner, Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Conditioner ($58/8oz), a hair mask (my favorite product in the collection), called Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Treatment Masque and a leave-in called Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Thermo-Milk ($38/5oz).
Besides protecting your hair color and nourishing the strands, these products also give your nose a thrill with the rich Musk Rose Oil. They call the scent Rose of Japan and it includes notes of mandarin, black-currant, Cardamon, freesia, violet and sandalwood, musk and vanilla.
If you color your hair, you probably spend a pretty penny on it so don’t you want to keep it looking as vibrant as long as you can?
Get them @ shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com.
I’ve decided that going into 2015, I’ve done with less-than-desirable dry shampoos. So what constitutes a less-than-desirable one? Mainly a dry shampoo that makes strands look ashy, or ones that leaves residue or white flakes behind. No one has time for that!
Yes, I’ve had some luck here and there with them, but overall, most seem to be a big fail. One tip I read in Allure recently was if you were giving a new one a shot, put it back on the shelf it one of the ingredients is talc. Ewww…
So in reading all the products that one a Best of Beauty award from Allure, I decided to give a shot – DOVE Refresh + Care Volume Dry Shampoo. So does this one win my vote? Yup! Everything about this one just works – invisible-in-the-hair formula, helps my blowout last a little longer, and the price is super reasonable. Is this one you think you’ll be trying out? $5.99/5oz @ walgreens.com.