Monday, May 15, 2017

Are You In On the Latest Hair Trend?

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Texture is king these days and since I get the heebie-jeebies from those sea salt sprays, I am always on the lookout for other that will give my hair some. Here are 3 that are tops in my house right now.

KÉRASTASE V.I.P Volume In Powder ($37/6.8oz, $20.50/2.5oz @ kerastase.com) – this one can be used like a dry shampoo and I use this along my part to give the hair on either side of it a little lift. And this one is perfect to use on second-day hair.

ORIBE Dry Texturizing Spray ($46/8.5oz, $22/2.2oz @ oribe.com, nordstrom.com) – Yes, this one is a tad expensive but it has a huge cult following so it must be something, right? I like using this on dry hair to give my hair some grip so it’s not so smooth. And I love that this one doesn’t make my hair tangle, which texturizers can sometimes do.

IGK ‘Sold Out’ Curl Priming Basecoat ($27/5oz @ igkhair.com, sephora.com) – this is a good one for conditioning and defrizzing wavy and curly hair. Since my hair has a slight wave, I like to use products that can help show it off once-in-a-while and this one helps me do that. Use on wet hair before styling or dry to re-activate the style. And I love that this one has what they call the IGK New York scent, a blend of black pepper, blackberries, violet, geranium on a base of leather accord. So this could also be your hair perfume!

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

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Have You Chosen A Summer Fragrance Yet?

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To say that I have grown to be a huge fan of the ELIE SAAB perfume collection is an understatement. I mean, I’ve featured so many of her fragrances on the site over the years and I don’t seem to be slowing down.

The latest one is what’s being ordered up for summer, The Resort Collection. And again it’s created by renowned perfumer Francis Kurkdjian. And I’d call this a fruity floral. Just look at these notes: white flowers, red mandarin, open the scent, frangipani accord, pomegranate, and orange blossom, jasmine are at the heart and Indonesian patchouli is the base. 

So how does it fair against the others? Some days I love it and other days, I don’t. I have a handful of fragrance in my collection where I have to be in the mood to wear it and this one seems to fall into that category. Now I’m really into fruity florals but this one is a heavier one than what I’m used to and again, I have to have an outfit at ready to go with this scent because when it works, it really works!

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Are you in the market for a new lush summer scent?

$98/3oz @ nordstrom.com.

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

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

NARS Sheers It Up with Their Latest

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You're experienced with The Multiple from NARS, right? Now we have the Sheer Multiple and two limited-edition ones with  Pop Goes the Easel Sheer Pop Multiple ($39 @ nordstrom.com). This is part of the Summer 2017 collection and like the regulars, these are buildable, weightless, and can be worn anywhere, but they’re a little sheerer than the standard ones. Great colors!

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Côte Basque – shimmering poppy pink

Motu Tane - pink

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

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Sunday, May 07, 2017

Is This the BEST Liquid Lipstick Out There?

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As a beauty blogger, it’s fun to compare notes with other bloggers on what they’re using, loving, hating etc. Recently, I had an email conversation with Courtney from phyrra.net and since I know she too loves her liquid lipsticks, I had to ask her what her favorites are. And she stated two that I had not tried out yet: Jouer and Sugarpill. Since the Jouer ones had been high on my list, I decided to buy a few of those.

So here we have JOUER Long-Wear Lip Crème Liquid Lipstick ($18 @ dermstore.com) in Rose Gold, Fraise Bonbon, and Blush.

So how did these do?

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These are some of the most comfortable liquid lipsticks I’ve ever worn. So much so that I’d put them in the top 5, for sure. They dry down all the way to a 100% non-transferable matte finish. In this case matte does not equal desert as these dry down but not too far down where the color is uncomfortable to wear on the lips. It's like the color is not even on the lips, that's how comfortable these are. I know, yeah!

Shown above L to R:

  • Blush – a nice YLBB pink
  • Fraise Bonbon – cool berry red
  • Rose Gold – rose gold

As far as wear-time, the Blush lasted the longest, then the Rose Gold and of course, red being a super hard shade to get longevity out of, the Fraise Bonbon.

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The doe foot of the applicator is pretty basic and my only complaint would be the square cap. The cap houses the wand and you hold it to apply the color. I find it’s pretty small so you have to make sure you have a good grip before applying. Then again, maybe I’ve become accustom to all the round caps out there!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Does Urban Decay's Latest Really Melt Makeup?

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I must say that I'm surprised by the latest releases from URBAN DECAY. I mean, when I think of skin care, I don't think of Urban Decay. I think of makeup! And darn good makeup at that. But being that I'll try anything once, I give you the Meltdown Makeup Remover Collection.

Comprised of:

Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil Stick $26/1.58oz @ urbandecay.com, sephora.com, ulta.com
Meltdown Makeup Remover Lip Oil Stick $15/.06oz @ urbandecay.com, sephora.com, ulta.com
Meltdown Makeup Remover Dissolving Spray $26/3.38oz @ urbandecay.comsephora.com, ulta.com

So let’s talk about the good news first. The Cleansing Oil Stick. Love. It. The deodorant-looking tube houses an oil-based balm that removes just about any kind of makeup you put on. And it contains the hottest ingredient of the moment, turmeric, as well as vitamin E and sunflower seed extract.

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Just start rubbing the balm onto skin directly from the tube; no need to wet skin first. Easy peasy!

I wish I had better news about the other two products here. They simply didn’t perform as well. I had pretty high expectations for the Lip Oil and all the different types of lippies out there. I tried two different kinds of liquid lipsticks and a traditional and it didn’t even get the traditional one off well.

And the Dissolving Spray? Hard pass.

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

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Try This Method of Hair Removal!

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There’s nothing I hate more than seeing a great swatch photo and to see arm hairs in the shot. Not sure why this bothers me so much but it’s one of the reasons I remove the hair on my arms. And my preferred way to remove it is with depilatory creams. They seem to last the longest and keep skin smoother and hair-free the longest.

And wow, have come a long way since the 70’s and the awful smell that came along with using one; they usually smelled like rotten eggs. Ewww! The latest one I tried is from COMPLETELY BARE.

Easy Off! Foaming Hair Removal Spray – This melts that hair quickly and contains volcanic ash and shea butter to keep sensitive skin protected and moisturized.

Not Feeling It Pre & Post Numbing Mist – can be used before or after waxing, shaving or depilatory creams. Contains Lidocaine and is hypoallergenic.

When it comes to the foaming spray, here is what I liked about it – quick removal of the hair (left on about 4 minutes), no burning during or after use on my arms and no smell. I didn’t have to use the numbing spray as I thought I might afterwards. Big plus!

What I didn’t like – when dispensing the foam, it went on my arm but also sprayed foam randomly off in the air around bathroom, so it was a little messy. My cats go into my bathroom so I don’t like that a droplet of this remover could splash on the floor and they could step in it. Yeah, this could happen with any product, really, but this sprayed more than a little off target.

Also, remember this method I wrote about a while about for getting truly soft legs for days? I still use it to this day!

$10.99/5oz each @ ulta.com in early May.

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

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Is This Game-Changing Sunscreen?

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Around Easter is when I access where I am in the sunscreen department for the upcoming season. Did you know that sunscreens expire? Yeah, check yours because they do.

So why don’t you replace yours with these fun foaming ones from COPPERTONE? A first of its kind with over 5 years in the making, is their WaterBABIES Pure & Simple Whipped Sunscreen SPF 50 ($10.99/5oz @ target.com) and CLEARLYSheer Whipped Sunscreen SPF 30 ($13.99/5oz @ walgreens.com, target.com). Each of these comes out as a foam instead of a lotion or oil. As you can see from the picture, it really looks like shaving cream! But know that it sinks into skin pretty quickly and there was no scent to either.

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I’m pretty weird about my sunscreen in that I hate when I can feel it on my skin and this usually only happens on my body, not face. And because of this, I tend to stick to two brands I know don’t make me squirm but I’m delighted to report that these two did not feel like a layer on my skin. The WaterBABIES one felt a tad chalky to the touch after it dried down but other than that? These get the thumbs up from me.

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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

IT Cosmetics Comes Out With Major Glow

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The temps are officially starting to warm up so the timing of these is great as I’ve had the sun-kissed look on my mind and so does the rest of the beauty world, it seems.

IT COSMETICS Confidence In Your Glow ($32 @ itcosmetics.com, ulta.com) – What It Is: Get the look of an instant all-over vitality-filled glow, plus a boost of brightening and radiant warmth, in one simple step! From the sensorial experience of the fresh orange scent to the powerful vitamin C-infused radiance-boosting and brightening formula, Confidence in Your Glow™ transforms the look of your complexion with high-performance, anti-aging ingredients and talc-free, ultra-luxe pigments. Combined with proprietary Drops of Light Technology™, your skin will feel instantly softer and smoother with a younger, airbrushed appearance! Developed with plastic surgeons and perfect for all skin types and tones, this compact is truly your one-step wonder for your most beautiful-looking skin.

 

Click here to read more

Monday, April 24, 2017

Will This Be a New Skin Care Trend?

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Charcoal seems to be quite a common beauty ingredient in the last few years whereas a powder face exfoliator like this one is more uncommon. I've come across a powder ones like this and this a few times over the years, so is it safe to say that a powder exfoliators are going to be a new trend in skin care? Only time will tell!

DERMALOGICA Daily Superfoliant ($58/2oz @ dermalogica.com, ulta.com) is a powder exfoliant that’s activated when mixed with water. It contains alpha hydroxy acids and a new anti-pollution technology, which uses Binchotan Charcoal, to help purify the skin from daily toxins from the environment. And then it uses Niacinamide, red algae and Tara Fruit Extract to keep new exterior toxins at bay. The environment is a major anti-ager with all that the skin has to face! So to give your face a thorough cleansing with this one, they recommend mapping out the face and massaging the activated product in small circles around it. There is a brochure inside the box that goes into more detail. 

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What I like about this one is that it stays fresh until you activate it so no rush to use it up in a specific amount of time.

Just tap out half a teaspoon to wet hands and create a creamy paste. Then rub around the face for about 1 minute and rinse. And it’s formulated without fragrance, color or parabens.

Are you ready for a new trend in the beauty category?

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

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Perfect Gift for Mother's Day from Aprilis

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All words are my own.

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Quick! What are you getting your Mom for Mother’s Day? She has enough socks. She has enough pictures of you. So why not give her the gift of relaxation in the form of a bath bomb from Aprilis? Each 3.88oz bomb inside the Aprilis Bath Bomb Gift Set is made with 100% organic essential oils as well as dried flowers. The scents inside the box are: Green Tea, Milk, Rose, Lavender, Osmanthus Frangrans, and Pot Marigold.

Never experienced a bath bomb before? Just start the bath water, wait until you are about half way full and just drop one in. It fizzes away from the bicarb inside each and releases the oils and other nourishing ingredients into the bath water to help make your skin super soft.

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And I love that Aprilis individually wraps each of the bombs in ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­a very thin non-toxic paper. It’s nice not to have to guess which scent is which, right, because each is labelled on the outside? And these are really fragrant! Like so strong that you can smell them through the box and into the room!

And they are running a contest on their Facebook page just for Mother’s Day! They are giving away 30 of the Aprilis Bath Bomb Gift Sets. Click here to enter.

And they are also offering 30% discount on Amazon if you use this link to purchase and use the code UJ47F2XF at check out.

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