Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Superfood for Hair from Pureology

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Lotta buzz around the word ‘superfood’ lately, or at least on my blog, and we have one here for the hair. When I think of superfood, I don’t really think of something for the strands but it makes sense but the PUREOLOGY brand has come out with their definition of it with these two Superfood Treatments for hair. One is the Hydrate Superfood Treatment and the other is Strength Cure Superfood Treatment.

Both are vegan and silicone-free and great for this time of year.

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  • Hydratemade with coconut and avocado oils to nourish hair with moisture.
  • Strength Cure made with goji berry extract oil to protect and olive oil for smoothness and shine.

And these only require 5 minutes in the hair to do their work! While these didn’t do much when it came to detangling, it really made my hair soft and it just felt healthier overall. Like all Pureology products, these are made just for those who color-treat their hair.

$44/6oz each @ pureology.com, ulta.com.

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

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Urban Decay x Kristen Leanne Kaleidoscope Dream Palette

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In continuing coverage of the URBAN DECAY x KRISTEN LEANNE Collection, we come to this  Kaleidoscope Dream Eyeshadow Palette. This palette is full of a lot of accent colors and I just love it so far! The pressed powders are all buttery smooth and seem to blend well. I wore Spitfire, a bright pink satin w/purple shift and the holographic green pearl shift shades called Leo, last night and they really kicked my eye look into overdrive.

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As with most UD products, they’re not afraid of bright or bold colors and every color in this palette just seems to go so well with the co-creator. I’m just ecstatic about this palette, if you can’t tell, and the price tag of $39 is so reasonable.

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I do have to wonder about the “stay gold” written on the mirrors of this palette and the other two. Is it a reference to The Outsiders movie? I’m going to tweet her to find out.

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Urban Decay always seems to pay attention to the brushes they include with a palette. This one has a nice blending brush on one side and a crease brush on the other. Nice!

Is this something you will be adding to your collection? Available @ urbandecay.com.

Click the below link to check out the swatches.

 

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Saturday, January 06, 2018

Just Out! UD x KRISTEN LEANNE Collection

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Just out from URBAN DECAY is the UD x KRISTEN LEANNE Collection. I previewed the collection on my Instagram Stories and archived them, so please check the pics out and hopefully I can get the items reviewed quickly!

What it is: Kristen Leanne is a cruelty-free beauty influencer known for bright colors, glitter, beautiful tattoos and her full-of-life personality. Her videos range from everyday wearable looks to over-the-top glam tutorials, utilizing her artistry and creativity every step of the way. We tapped into Kristen's amazing makeup talent and discovered what inspires her. Then we bounced color ideas back and forth until we created her perfect makeup collection.

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First up, the ud x KRISTEN LEANNE Vice Lipsticks ($17 @ urbandecay.com). I just love all the holographic colors of the packaging! From the box to the hot pink caps, they really paid attention to detail to make it all Kristen Leanne. And her name on the body of the lipsticks is also a nice touch.

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Colors:

  • Spellbound (deep plum) mega matte
  • Cloud9 (magenta) comfort matte
  • Bun Bun (nude) comfort matte – Bun Bun is the nickname of her bunny, Brixton!

Like all VICE lipsticks, these are smooth as can be with the mega matte lasting longer on lips than the comfort mattes.

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From L to R above: Spellbound, Cloud9, Bun Bun.

Pick up the whole collection on January 6, 2018.

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

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

CoverGirl Melting Pout Mattes

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This review is all about the scale as in 10 being the best and 1 being the worst and how each trait of these COVERGIRL Melting Pout Mattes ($6.99 @ covergirl.com, target.com) tests out. I’m going to rate each aspect of these liquid lipsticks on that scale.

The formula of these liquid lipsticks is a mousse and when it comes to pigment, these were about a 6, which is sometimes a nice alternative since there seems to be a competition between who can out-pigment who these days!

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On the comfort scale, I’d give these a 8 (1 is suffocation and 10 is I’m not wearing anything on my lips).

Like most liquid lipstick, the lighter colors wear better (less streaky) than the darker colors. I did find with a few of the berry shades like All Nighter, that after I apply them, I quickly blot and then it’s even on the lips and looks better.

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On the longevity scales, the lighter shades of these didn’t seem to last past about 4 hours, which is not that great, and the darker shades wore about the same.

Overall, I’d give these a 6 out of 10. So they didn’t fare the best but I really did like the All Nighter “stain” out of the bunch as seen in the picture.

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Shades L to R: 300 Secret, 305 Ballerina, 310 Coral Chronicles, 315 All Nighter, 320 Back Talk, 325 Never Say Never

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Shades L to R: 330 Seismic, 335 Champagne Showers, 340 Current Nude, 345 Paradise Lost, 350 Super Model, 355 Gray Matter

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

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

A #RefreshedRoutine for the New Year!

This post is sponsored by Mirum, but opinions expressed are my own.

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New year, new resolutions, right? With the few that you make each year, have you ever done a skin care resolution? Like, “I will remove all my makeup at the end of each day,” or “I will exfoliate my skin 2 times per week,” or, “I will just take better care of my skin this year.” I’m not a big fan of resolutions; rather, I like to make ones that are not going to be hard to stick to. I mean, you have to clean your skin anyway, so why not get yourself into a new makeup removal routine and start the year off right? And it couldn’t be easier as you can pick up all you need at your local CVS and cvs.com. They carry all the major brands like POND’S®, St. Ives, Noxzema and Simple® and have big, easy to browse beauty aisles.

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If there is one thing that is so important, it’s removing your makeup at the end of each day. Believe me, there is not shortcut around it! So make sure you use something like Simple Cleansing Micellar Water to get it all off. It effectively cleanses the skin of makeup and oil while unclogging pores. Did you know that this formula is made with triple purified water, hexylene glycol and is infused with vitamins B3 and C? Yet, it’s good on all skin types, including sensitive. Yup, not your average micellar water and I’m such a fan of this one that if I’m going makeup-free on the weekend, I swipe this one across my skin a few times a day.

Then, after removing makeup, time to clean with something like POND’S Cold Cream Cleanser. I’ve been using this one for years and was introduced to it in our family bathroom as a child. It removes stubborn makeup, even waterproof mascara, and since it’s actually 50% moisturizer, I don’t really need to apply a face lotion after using this one, which I like.

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Another I like to use sometimes in place of POND’s is Noxzema Classic Clean Original Deep Cleansing Cream. It too removes dirt, makeup and oil and cleans pores and this one is made with eucalyptus so my skin has a slight tingle to it afterwards.

Lastly, I recommend incorporating a facial exfoliator into your weekly routine. St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub has achieved somewhat of a cult status among beauty lovers. It uses corn kernel meal and walnut shell powder to exfoliate the skin and is also ok to use on sensitive skin. I like that after I use it my skin is soft and not tight from over-cleaning it.

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And because we are hitting a new year, CVS wants to help you celebrate so check out the deals available 1/1 to 1/6:

  • Buy 1, get 1 50% off all POND’S, St. Ives, Noxzema and Simple skin care products
  • Get $5 ExtraBucks when you spend $15 on participating POND’S, St. Ives, Noxzema and Simple skin care products

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And don’t forget to bring your CVS Reusable Bags with you shopping. They are durable, collapsible, made of cotton and are eco-friendly. How about the New Year’s resolution of remembering to bring your CVS Reusable Bag? That would be a good one too.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Is Cleansing Oil Your Answer for Clean Skin 2018?

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When it comes to cleansing my face, I love a cleansing oil and with the temps on the cold side of the spectrum, altering my skin’s pH too much is not what I want to do. Enter PAULA’S CHOICE Perfect Cleansing Oil ($25/4oz @ paulaschoice.com, dermstore.com, nordstrom.com).

It’s made up of five plant oils, which are effective at removing makeup and dirt while keeping the skin’s moisture balance – sunflower, coconut, meadowfoam, jojoba and grape seed are individually great for the skin but combined together, they work wonders. No need for tugging or rubbing to remove makeup though it might not be the best for taking off waterproof mascara. But for everything else, I give this a thumbs up. And the price is so right!

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

Pic by @nycfrog1408

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Serious Glitter & Glow from Stila

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I got my paws on some of STILA’s Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow ($24 @ stilacosmetics.com, ulta.com, sephora.com) recently and wanted to review and swatch them here since they have quite a buzz around them! I wrote about these recently that are great for when you want to line with a glitter but these are made for when you want to cover more surface area.

What it is: Long-wearing sparkle eye shadow combining the perfect mix of pearl and glitter to lavish eyes with incredible luster and shimmer. With its uniquely lightweight, water-infused texture, Glitter & Glow glides effortlessly, then dries down smoothly, locking in maximum sparkle with minimal fallout, for eyes with a real “wow!” factor.

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My take: Yup these are pretty wow on the eyes! Metallic, sparkle and glittery makeup is all the rage right now and these are a great way to add a little jush to your look, day or night. The biggest challenge with wearing glitter on the skin is always getting it to stay put but since the glitter is suspended in a water-base, there wasn’t much fallout. And with the three that I tried, they pack a punch in the amount of glitter per inch. In other words, they didn’t skimp!

These three shades are from the ‘Written in the Stars’ set that was put out over the holidays so the versions shown here are the 2.25ml sizes but you can buy the full sizes of these, which are 4.5ml.

I tried these on my lids with a primer and without and the one with the primer did a little better when it came to the wear time but not enough to write home about. Overall I got about 6 hours with these.

Now one thing I do want to say about the fallout. While this formula stayed put pretty well, it doesn’t mean that it’s not transferable aka flallout because these do somewhat. Since the glitter is suspended in a liquid, it does set a little when it dries down but it’s not like non-glitter products I’ve tried that dry down and then don’t move at all. Maybe it’s not possible to get a full dry down when a product contains glitter? That would obviously be the most ideal but I think we are one step closer to getting there with these.

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Shown here L to R: Smoky Storm (light pewter w/silver sparkle), Diamond Dust (sheer silver w/multi-color sparkle), Kitten Karma (champagne w/silver and copper sparkle).

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

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Is this Fenty Beauty Lippie Worth It?

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This is my first product I'm trying by FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA! This line has pretty much been the talk of the town since launched a few months ago so of course I was curious.

Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Unsensored ($24 @ sephora.com, jcpenney.com) is described as the perfect universal red and I must agree. Every woman should have a red lippie in their arsenal and if you don’t, this is one you should pick up tout suite!

Ok, so let’s get into the details. This is a liquid lipstick that that dries all the way down but has some transfer. It’s really pigmented so you only need one swipe with the wand. Speaking of, they really put some extra attention into the application wand. It’s shaped like a typical pointed doe foot but they widened the top and made one of the sides roundish and flat. This totally helps with getting full coverage on the first pass.

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So how does this red compare to other reds in my liquid lipstick collection as far as wearability? It performed better than most but was not the top one. I love how comfortable it is but since it is a tad transferable, I have to make sure I don’t mindlessly rub my nose or something possibly transferring color to it or elsewhere, which I’ve done many times before! That’s why I’m not a huge fan of ones that transfer.

In the handful of times I’ve worn this, it didn’t fair very well when it came to eating/drinking and wore off in the inside lip line, which is pretty typical for most liquid lipsticks. If I didn’t eat/drink anything that touched my lips, I got about 7 hours of wear with this one before needing to touch it up. 7 hours is certainly not the longest but this is red and red seems to be one of the toughest shades for brands to get super longevity out of like lighter colors. The blue-red of Unsensored is just a gorgeous pinup red shade so I’m working with what it offers just to wear it.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Fizz Your Troubles Away with Sky Organics

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How much do you love to take a bath? I do and before I get into the water, I almost treat it like a soup as in, what am I going to put in the water? There’s so many options! How about this Bubble Box Twinkle Twinkle from SKY ORGANICS? It’s a nice sampling of their line for a reasonable price.

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Here’s what inside the box:

  • Pumpkin Apple Butter Bath Bomb
  • Candy Apple Bath Bomb
  • Oatmeal Milk & Honey Bubble Scoop
  • Peppermint Shower Steamer (great for when you have a cold and need to open up your nasal passages!).

Such cozy scents! And all their products are made in the USA, vegan, sulfate-free and use organic ingredients, to name a few standouts. Are bath bombs your thing? $19.25 @ skyorganics.us. And you can also order a subscription of these to arrive monthly!

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

Monday, December 18, 2017

Truly Natural with NaturALL Club

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How much do you pay attention to what’s in your beauty products? Specifically, hair care products? I do somewhat because of this website but the long list of ingredient names can be a little confusing, so here is NATURALL CLUB to help take some of the guess work out of it.

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I recently tried their Fresh Avocado Deep Conditioner ($19/4oz = two servings @ naturallclub.com) and I have to say with the two times I used it, I was delighted each time. Since we are in the dead of winter, my strands can use the extra moisture that these deliver. Check out the ingredients in the Dull Hair Solution one I tried: avocados, water, shea butter, extra virgin oil, avocado oil, honey, coconut oil, tea tree oil, lavender essential oil, vitamin E, guar gum (made of actual beans and used for its thickening and stabilizing properties) and citric acid. That’s it!

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And while I’m only giving this a B when it comes to detangling, I found the soft and smooth strands it gave me made up for it.

What I also liked about this conditioner is that it is applied to damp hair (you leave it on for 20 to 40 minutes). So no need to jump in the shower, wet your hair, jump out, apply the mask, wait and then get back in the shower to rinse out. They do recommend storing the conditioner in the freezer between uses, which they recommend every two weeks (I wrote the date I need to use it next right on the package), and then using a dime size of the shea butter leave-in-serum once a week.

Choose from the Dry Hair Solution, Damaged Hair Solution, or a Dull Hair Solution.

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Buy each product separately or join their monthly box club and save. Starts at $25/month and here are the contents of your Fresh Avocado Deep Conditioner Solution Box:

  1. NaturAll Club Deep Conditioner
  2. Spray bottle (only included in the starter box)
  3. NaturAll Club Hair Serum
  4. Hair Tie
  5. Hair Cap
  6. Ingredient Info Sheet

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

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