Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Spring Hair Tips with Suave Professional #ad

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Now that it’s officially Spring, I’m super diligent about my hair and what I put in it since it’s generally too hot to wear a hat a lot of the time. One tip is using products specifically for what’s going on with my hair at that time. Since I just went back to a brunette from a redhead, I’m only using products that will strengthen my hair so I’ve been using Suave Professional’s Biotin Infusion Strengthening Shampoo and Biotin Infusion Strengthening Conditioner. I mean, I take Biotin pills daily to help strengthen my nails, so why not use products that highlight the ingredient?

And they have other hair products that specialize in fixing whatever ails your strands here

The other thing I do, or rather, don’t do in these warmer months, is that I lay off the blow dryer as much as possible. So lately before I hit the hay, I’ve been watching YouTube for some hair tutorials of styles I can rock that will look great and don’t have me breaking out the hot tools.

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And one of my favorite bloggers I follow on Instagram, Blushing Basics, is featured on the Walmart site in Suave Professional’s current campaign! Kristie shows how to create a Braided Twist on their site and the tutorial is wicked easy to follow.

So are you a #SuaveBeliever?

This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All words are my own.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Lippie That's More than a Lippie

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I’ve just been living in a liquid lipstick vortex for the past few months but trying out these TARTE COSMETICS Drench Lip Splash Lipsticks ($22/2.4g @ tartecosmetics.com and sephora.com) really brought me down to earth, and nicely I might add. They’re part of the Rainforest of the Sea Collection, which recently came out.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

An All-in-One Brow Tamer from Physicians Formula

I’m pretty much obsessed with my brows. Unless I just had them done, they always seem to need a trim or to be reshaped. With all the freakin’ products I own for them (pencils, pomades, combs, spoolies, setting gels, highlighter and more), all you really need are these included in PHYSICIANS FORMULA Eye Booster 4-in-1 Brow Boosting Kit ($14.95 @ walgreens.com and physiciansformula.com). Right now it’s only available in Universal Brown (the pencil color is this shade) but I’m maybe they’ll add more options if this sells well.

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

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Monday, April 11, 2016

#TruckMyPurse Campaign & Contest!

There are a few things about myself that I just know. One is that when I take a trip, I never take enough clothes; I’m an underpacker (that’s a subject for another post). Another thing I know is that if I’m in the car driving and I hear the ding of a new text or a call coming in, it takes everything I have not to sneak a peek. And I know that’s bad. We’ve all heard, “don’t text and drive,” and for the most part people probably don’t but now it seems that we have moved onto the next stage which is just looking at the phone. Like a new message or a Facebook feed. This is called distracted driving. And I know just plain looking at the phone like this is going to get me in trouble one of these days.

I know that the different car insurance companies and other sites have done a lot of studies on this topic herehere, and here and there’s even a website dedicated to it here. I even saw one insurance company asking people to put a red piece of tape around their thumb to show their commitment! Really?? Umm, just no to that.

Clearly no one has the answer so I started doing something I do when I buy McDonald’s French Fries. I know I can’t stop my hands from stuffing a few fries in my mouth here and there on the drive home, so a few years ago I started putting the whole bag of food in my truck so I wouldn’t be tempted. So with this action in mind, I recently started putting my whole purse, including the phone, in the trunk so I wouldn’t be tempted.

And since it’s in the trunk I don’t even hear the phone go “ding” anyway!

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So I thought I would see if I can get a few of readers to keep from being distracted when behind the wheel and partake in a #TrunkMyPurse campaign. As in, before you get in the car, put the purse in the trunk, and then be on your way.

And as an incentive, I’m attaching a contest to it! There will be 3 winners – 1 big winner and 2 runner-ups. And believe me, the prizes will be pretty amazing! I’m cleaning out the beauty closet to make way for all the spring and summer releases and all the new, unused, mostly (about 95%) full sized products must go!

Here are just some of the brands I'm giving away - 

Contest-items

Dove, St. Ives, Make Up For Ever, Zuca, Nyx, Pelo-Hair, Happy Hands, CoverGirl, Cailyn Cosmetics, Stila, Benefit Cosmetics, Maybelline, Mary Kay, Sephora, We See Beauty, Emani, Wet n Wild, Aroma Crystal, Estee Lauder, Votre Vu, Gleam by Melanie Mills, Beauty Addicts, Zuca, Spornette, Shiseido, KISS, Pixi Beauty, Bare Escentuals, Reese Roberts Beauty, Beauty 360, Urban Decay, Tarte, Flickable, Truth Vitality, Crown Brush, The Body Shop, Teadora, Redken, Physicians Formula, Tazeka, Shiseido, Nivea

~Just enter below and good luck~ and don't forget to remind yourself to #TruckMyPurse before you get behind the wheel!

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Friday, April 08, 2016

Step into Spring with Burt's Bees and EcoTools #ad

So it’s officially Spring! Are you ready? I always gravitate towards a lighter everything in these warmer months, especially when it comes to my makeup and what I put on my face.

With the help of Burt’s Bees® and EcoTools®, I wanted to create a Fresh Spring Beauty Look using some of their products.

Here is the breakdown:

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

The Makeup Show Haul

I attended The Makeup Show in Los Angeles a few weeks ago and picked up some products I’m uber excited to try out! Some I had not seen before and some I had on my list to pick up.

Since it’s tax season, I had to really be watchful on my dollars this time around and thankfully the show had a blogger preview so some of the products that were on my list were in the bag the show gave us. Yeah!! I've just started trying some of them out so do you see anything you like?

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1. ESUM Pro Finishing Sponges ($20/2 sponges @ musebeauty.com) – here’s a new twist on the makeup sponge – these combines the wedge and oval sponge in one so you can get every inch you’re trying to get to.

2. BÉSAME COSEMTICS Boudoir Short Hair Contour Brush ($48 @ sephora.com) – this one is in the same category as those oval brushes that are blowing up everywhere. It feels so nice on the skin and is able to get into all the angles on the face … flawlessly!

3. SENNA COSMETICS Lash Detail Mascara ($20 @ sennacosmetics.com) – I’m really picky about my mascara and don’t like many. I’ve worn this one twice and what I like about it is the super skinny fine brush that seems to be able to maneuver color on ever lash. If you’re looking for natural looking lashes, this might be one to try.

4. NYX COSMETICS Soft Matte Lip Crème in Transylvania ($5.99 @ bedbathandbeyond.com) – I’ve been needing this shade in my life since it came out and has been sold out at my Ulta since it came out.

5. SEPHORA PRO Press Full Coverage Complexion Brush #66 ($36 @ sephora.com) – this seems to be Sephora’s answer to the oval brush craze and I can’t wait to see how it performs!

6. SMASHBOX Photo Finish Primer Water ($32/3.9oz @ smashbox.com and sephora.com) – there’s been quite a buzz on this primer water since it emerged recently. Can’t wait to try this out!

7. VERA MONA Color Switch Duo ($19.99 @ veramona.com) – a genius product! Stroke your brush against the black to remove the color so it’s ready to dip into the next shade. And the white middle part can be soaked in water if you feel like applying shadow with a wet brush.

8. KAT VON D Tattoo Liner in Trooper ($19 @ sephora.com) – from the queen of liner. Need I say more?

9. PUR Browder Perfecting Brow Powder in Medium Brown ($22 @ purminerals.com) – this combines a powder with fibers to help fill in sparse areas. Interesting application pointer!

10. MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Sculpting Lip 2-in-1 Lip Sculpting Pen in #40 Carmine Red ($27 @ sephora.com) – quite a unique twist on giving lips a multi-dimensional look. Can’t wait to try this out!

Monday, April 04, 2016

A New Trend in Liquid Lipsticks!

Ok, we’re hit another trend wave in the category of liquid lipsticks and this one is different finishes and in this case it’s metallic and glitter.

I was at The Makeup Show a few weeks ago (a haul post is coming soon, I promise!) and CAILYN COSMETICS was there with their latest. I bought the Star Wave Glitter Tint in Scorpio and their Star Wave Mattalic Tint in Cassiopeia.

I was really looking forward to try these out. So how did they perform? Click the link after the pictures!

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

5 Unconventional Beauty Products

What triggered this post’s topic was seeing this YouTube video by NikkieTutorials and her declaration that Nivea Men Sensitive Shave Balm worked as a great makeup primer! It got me thinking of other items that have been used in ways other than intended.

So these are a few that I could think of off the top of my head. Do you have any to add? Let me know in the comments!

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1. Preparation H – I think this trend came from the drag world of using it for under eye bags, and well, to deflate them.

2. Credit Card – In addition to Scotch tape, I’ve seen a few videos of using a card to get the perfect winged eyeliner. Just place it at an angle at the outer corner of the eye as a guide when applying the liner pencil or liquid.

3. Spoon – I’ve seen this used like the above not only as a guide to get a good winged liner but also as a guide to getting a clearly defined line of color along the bottom of each brow.

4. Milk of Magnesia – Again I think this trend came from the world of drag and has been around for a long time. Some swear by this one as a face primer for keeping makeup on long and strong.

5. Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm – And as I mentioned, this one started the thought behind this post. And of course I will be trying it out!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

4 Favorite Spring Scents

My nose seems to come out of hibernation this time of year when the seasons change and everything just smells so much richer right now. Here are some of my favorites I can’t get enough of! What are some of your favorites? 

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CLEAN Blossom Eau de Parfum ($40/1oz, $72/2.14oz @ cleanperfume.com) – released early this year, this one seems to fit perfectly right now. This floral contains notes of neroli, lilac, orange blossom, lily and musk and sandalwood. Super feminine and a little heavier than a traditional floral.  

FRESH Rose Deep Hydration Cream ($40/1oz @ freshbeauty.com and sephora.com) – made for normal to dry skin, I almost like applying some of this each night just to smell the roses! This cream will increase the skin’s hydration by including hyaluronic acids in it as well as rosewater and vitamin E to nourish.

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO Emozione Dolce Fiore Eau de Toilette ($79/1.7oz, $99/3.1oz @ blomingdales.com) – this floral releases top notes of bergamot, grapefruit and white peach, heart notes of rose buds and peony and a base of white musk, vanilla and suede. Really unique and calming.

ST. IVES Nourished & Smooth Oatmeal Body Scrub ($5.99/9oz @ target.com) – this gentle body scrub uses walnut shell powder to slough off the rough winter skin to reveal a softer side.

 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Hurraw! for this Lip Balm! Seriously.

These balms have been taking my lips by storm since discovering them recently! They are called HURRAW! and might the best lip balms I’ve ever tried.

Available in 24 styles/scents/flavors/whatever you want to call it, know that each is vegan, not tested on animals, free of GMOs and made in the USA, not to mention some of the pretty fine ingredients inside them.

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You know when you are doing something and mindlessly start biting at some peeling skin on your lip with your teeth? Well, that doesn’t happen anymore.  I have no skin to pick at since I started using these! Seriously, my lips are really in good shape, which I really need right now since my obsession with liquid lipsticks is at a peek.

And some of the scents available remind me of Lip Smackers from many years ago: Black Cherry, Lemon, and Root Beer to name a few.

Since I’m a fan of swiping some moisture on my lips at bed time, their night treatment balm called Moon Balm is always on my nightstand.

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And if all that’s not enough, they seem to throw in an extra balm with each order. Now that shows how much they care about their customers, right? Highly recommended brand. $3.79 and $4.29 @ hurrawbalm.com

So tell me, are you in the market for some lip balms that actually work?  

Disclosure: I bought these. 

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