Thursday, October 23, 2014

9 Fab Fall Liners

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1.
AERIN Cool Gel Eyeliner in Essential Brown $28 @ aerin.com – bronzey-brown.

2. CHARLOTTE TILBURY Rock ‘N Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Elizabeth Violet $26 @ charlottetillbury.com – iridescent plum.

3. URBAN DECAY 24/7Glide-On Eye Pencil in Smoke $20 @ urbandecay.com – dark matte grey.

4. URBAN DECAY 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Chaos $20 @ urbandecay.com – vibrant bright matte blue like in the Electric Palette. So excited they put this color in a liner form!

5. SHU UEMURA Lasting Gel Pencil Liner in M Violet  $24 @ shuuemura.com – dark purple.

6. STYLI-STYLE The Stylus Liquid Eyeliner in Blackest Black $7.99 @ styli-style.com – yup, a very black black.  

7. NARS Velvet Lip Liner in Costa Smeralda $24 @ narscosmetics.com – medium pink.

8. URBAN DECAY 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner in Ether - $20 @ urbandecay.com – pale smoky gray shimmer w/violet & fuchsia micro-sparkle.

9. CAILYN COSMETICS Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner in Chocolate Mousse $21 @ cailyncosmetics.com – matte smoky brown/black. 

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Nail Hardener That Really Works!

Because I’ve tried everything to get my nails to grow, I’ve turned into a major skeptic as nothing has worked! And believe me when I say every thing but I hadn’t tried PROBELLE Touch N’ Grow Nail Hardener (Formula 1) and I’m a total convert. In almost 4 weeks, it has truly helped my nails not only grow longer but they are not peeling like usual. So how does it work? I looked at the ingredients but eesh, I don’t know anything about nail polish ingredients so I’m filing this one under who-cares-whats-in-it-as-long-as-it-works.

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And they also have a Touch N’ Grow PLUS Nail Hardener (Formula 2) but make sure you start with Formula 1 to build the nails because if you start with Formula 2, it won't work. I started with Formula 2 without knowing this. They recommend you use this 2nd formula to maintain nails after achieving the length you want. It contains garlic and lime – the garlic keeps fungus away and lime will keep the nails white. Strange ingredients but ok!! Again, it works so I’m in. $14 each @ pro-belle.com

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

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

3 Sheet Masks Helping Me Transition Into Fall

The temps are dropping so giving different parts of the body a little extra TLC is the priority right now. I like to give mine extra love in the form of a facial mask, but not just any mask. One that infuses the nourishing ingredients in a sheet. See below to see what I mean.

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KOCOSTAR Hair Therapy ($7 @ kocostar.ca) – now this is a unique kinda mask! To use this one, shampoo first and towel dry, then put all your hair inside the mask and close it with enclosed sticker. Leave it on for 15 minutes, really work the formula into the strands and then rinse. It uses keratin and amino acids to quickly penetrate strands and wow, it really softened my hair and kept the frizzies away for a couple of washes.

BIO REPUBLIC Cucumber Breeze Soothing Mask ($6.95 @ biorepublic.com) – if your skin is doing it or thinking of doing it, 1 of their 4 masks will heal it. Choose from the one that detoxes, revitalizes, illuminates, or soothes. This Cucumber Breeze one has kind of become a staple in my Sunday night routine the past few weeks. Buy them one at a time or you can try one of each in their masks in the 4 Mask Set for $24.95 or 2 of each flavor in their 8 Mask Set for $44.95. 

LA FRESH Eco-Beauty Good Times. Facial Treatment Mask ($20 @ lafreshgroup.com) – Hydration, hydration, hydration! You need to give skin more of it when temps drop. This mask uses a cotton and silk sheet (very luxurious!) and infuses it with hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5, cucumber, and grape seed, among others.

Are you into sheet masks?

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

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Friday, October 17, 2014

How To Get the Perfect Cat Eye Every Time

And it’s three words – BETH BENDER BEAUTY. I’ve had a lot of practice with all kinds of liners and even though I’ve put in the time, I sometimes find it hard to get the liner on each eye to match. And if I’m in a hurry? Forget about it! But with the Cat Eyeliner Stencil from BBB it’s easy every time. Seriously! 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I Finally Found a T-Shirt Bra!

I can’t even count on my hands the number of times I’ve tried on a bra that says it’s made to wear under a t-shirt only to put it on and see the outline of the top underneath my shirt. This has gone on for the past year so I’d all but given up, until today.

Being a D-cup, I’m pretty loyal to my Vanity Fair bras as I find them the most comfortable, long-lasting and reasonably priced.

I had some errands to do and decided to pop into Target this past weekend to pick up a few cleaning supplies. 

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Product I Never Thought I’d Try

I think at this point I’ve tried just about every category of product available. And even though there are a few things I don’t really like, there are very few things I flat out hate but I do have to say that waxing, as in waxing my legs or bikini area, is one that fall into that category. It just plain hurts every time! But brows? It’s a necessary evil to wax that area but it’s certainly not as bad as waxing a huge area like the legs or sensitive area like the bikini line.

So whenever I have received any kind of home waxing kit in the mail, it automatically went into the “giveaway bin.” I just know I won’t try it as I already know I’m not a fan. But for some reason, when I received the COMPLETELY BARE All In One Travel Wax Kit ($9.99 @ ulta.com), I didn’t automatically toss it into the bin. Instead, I opened it up and investigated. It’s doesn’t use any heat. It’s simply waxed strips (12 face strips and 6 bikini strips) that you rub between your hands to warm it up a tad, stick one side of the strip to the area, smoothing it on so you have full coverage, and then quickly ripping it off in the opposite direction of the hair growth. 

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Get Acquainted With… Juliette Has a Gun

JULIETTE HAS A GUN. Probably the most unique name for a scent line ever created! Founded in 2006 by the great grandson of Nina Ricci, Romano Ricci, he apprenticed in the world of perfumery for 4 years eventually working with famed nose Francis Kurkdjian. The story behind the name is that of the innocent Juliet of Shakespeare being transposed to the 21st century … with a gun, which can take on quite a few different metaphors. In 2011, he won a prestigious “Special Prize of the Board” award from the FiFi Awards.

 

While I’ve only tried a few of their scents, the line is 11 strong: Lady Vengeance, Miss Charming, Not A Perfume, Vengeance Extrême, Romantina, Citizen Queen, Calamity J, Midnight Oud, Mad Madame, Oil Fiction, and Anyway.

And the ones I’ve experienced? Well, they’re not ones for the faint at heart but more for those that like their scent to make a statement, which I usually do. And now that the seasons are changing, it’s time to whip them out again!

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So in my continuing curiosity about the others, I was able to get my hands 2 samples of other scents, Anyway and Not A Perfume.

Anyway is described as his “back to basics” scent with top notes of neroli and lime, middle notes of jasmine and base notes of musk and wood. Overall, if you blindfolded me and stuck this scent under my nose, there’s no way I would guess it was from JHAG. It’s really light and pretty mainstream and I can’t say I really smell the jasmine when it starts to dry down, and I’m a fan of jasmine. I’d give this a B-.

Moving over to Not a Perfume, which came out back in 2010, is aptly named as it is not really considered a perfume because it’s one single ingredient called Cetalox. From what I read about this note is that it’s typically used as a base note and first came to light in Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana. While this scent is velvety, musk-y, amber-y, and thick like I like, overall it’s not quite grabbing me and holding on so I’m just  trying to spend more time with it.

So there you have it! My experience with JHAG. If you like your scents strong like your martinis, which is why I like the brand, you may want to give their Vengeance Extreme, Romantina or Lady Vengeance a whirl.

The scents can be found @ juliettehasagun.com and luckyscent.com.

What is your experience with Juliette Has a Gun? 

Monday, October 06, 2014

What I’m Loving Right … Now!

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From L to R clockwise:

Nail Love - CUCCIO Colour Nail Lacquer in Java Va Voom and Cream & Sugar from the Café Cuccio Winter Colour Collection - $8.50 @ hbbeautybar.com - a really great quality nude is seasonless and this Java Va Voom one is the perfect shade of coffee with 2 creams in it and when you need a little extra zhoosh on tips or toes, Cream & Sugar is a darker nude with tiny flecks of multi-colored sparkle.

Cheek Love - BENEFIT Majorette - $28 @ benefitcosmetics.com and macys.com – and blush that gives you that sexy flush is never out(it) of season and this pinky-peach, cream-to-powder one will give you an instant boost. Wear it alone of under other blushes. And I love the slight tangerine scent to it!

Primer Love - NYX 'Honey Dew Me Up' Primer - $17 @ ulta.com – it’s certainly no secret that I love honey and seek products out that contain it, this one that uses it in a primer surprised me. First it’s in the gel form and it has tiny gold flecks that help with overall radiance. Ok I guess! What really impressed me is the way it felt while applying it and after applying it. Unlike most face primers, this one didn’t instantly disappear into my skin and actually did make it feel a tad dewy until it set. My skin really felt soft, smoothed out and “prepped” for the next step, which is an overall first. Big recommendation.  

Face Love - PACIFICA ‘Perfect Lotus’ Universal Powder - $16 @ pacificabeauty.com and beauty.com – this buildable pressed mineral powder really brightened up my complexion and I was really surprised how universal the Light shade was! It blended in nicely and didn’t sit on top of any lines in my face.

Fragrance Love - CARVEN L’eau de Toilette - $79/1.7, $104/3.3oz only @ saks.com – I’ve become quite the eau de parfum snob in that I feel I’m sort of wasting my time by choosing an eau de toilette as that scent is not as concentrated as a parfum version. Well this one may change my mind.
Aside from the lovely fresh, grassy, and totally feminine fragrance this one imparts, if I didn’t know any better, I’d say it’s the more concentrated version as it certainly wears like one! This release is considered the “younger sister” of the Le Parfum that came out in 2013 as they share the same bottle design and some of the same composition like sweet pea, freesia, white hyacinth and white woods, among others, this one is considered the “sweeter,” of the two.

Zit Love - COVER FX Blemish Treatment Concealer - $38/2.5g @ coverfx.com – I’m always so hesitant to put any makeup on a blemish for fear of making it worse but thanks to CFX, they want to take that fear away. The formula contains 10% Salicylic Acid to treat and Babchi Seed Extract to increase cell renewal. Check out the other new products in the blemish treatment collection.

More Nail Love - MILANI Color Statement Nail Lacquer in Mauving Forward $3.99 @   milanicosmetics.com – I’m finding myself not quite ready to jump into the fall just yet but am inching my way towards it with this shade of purply-mauve. 

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

Friday, October 03, 2014

Do You Have A Foundation Wardrobe?

You’ve seen my collection of fragrances, but have you seen my collection of foundations? They’re not as masterfully displayed as my scents and are more scattered about, but in counting how many I have, it’s close to 30 that I own, and currently I use about half of those. I know that is excessive but given this website, it’s kind of necessary! But it did get me thinking after I heard the term Foundation Wardrobing. And just what does this term mean? It’s the exact opposite of a “one foundation is suitable for all” in that you need to take into consideration different circumstances when deciding what type of foundation you need that day/moment etc., like the season, what type of skin you have, if it’s day or night, the coverage you are looking for, and even the occasion (you might not want to wear a full coverage foundation to a job interview, right?). So as an average person reading this, how many different foundations do you own?

Probably more than you realize if you really look at all of the types – the tinted moisturizers, the tinted BB Creams, tinted primers, ones with SPF, ones without SPF, and the list goes on. 

So how do you go about creating your Foundation Wardrobe? 

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Clinique Chubbs It Up with More Chubbie Makeup

CLINIQUE made one of my favorite on-the-go blushes a few years back that I so wish they’d put back in the line! I still have two of them that I keep in the car because they are just so convenient.

Anyway, the chubby … everything trend is not going away anytime soon and Clinique recently chubbed it up with their blushes and put out Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balms. And they are probably the easiest to use ever product that can be blended in with your fingers or a sponge. And it’s hard to overdue it with these, believe me!

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