Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New Liptensity from MAC Cosmetics!

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just added new shades of Liptensity Lipsticks ($21 @ maccosmetics.com, ulta.com) and I have them here!

What It Is: A brilliant formula that pushes the boundaries of colour. Each lipstick holds intense amounts of pigment, resulting in extreme colour intensity, clarity and vibrancy. This luxurious gelled base melts on contact, providing fully saturated colour with a satin finish in one stroke.

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Yes, yes, and yes, these lipsticks seem to do all of the things in the description. I’m amazed at the one swipe of color and you’re ready to go!

The only thing I can’t seem to get used to since I’m so in deep with wearing liquid lipsticks regularly is trying to get used to the transferability of a traditional lipstick, which these are (an average of 3 vs. 8 or 9 hours). So I wore Clouds In My Coffee all weekend. Baby steps.

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From L to R: Ginger Rose (mid-tone blue pink), Fire Roasted (brick red), Brick Dust (neutral pink), Noblesse (purple), Clouds In My Coffee (nude pink).

And they also came out with new Liptensity Lip Pencils, which I’ll be swatching here shortly!

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

Monday, October 09, 2017

Contouring with Rouge Bunny Rouge

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         Darla just had to be in the cube while I was shooting the pics so I had to include her in this post!

I absolutely love the name of this next brand, ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE. Isn’t it sweet? This is my first experience with the UK brand and it’s been a good one. I tried their 'Shadow Play' Natural Defining & Contouring Liquid ($35 @ rougebunnyrouge.com, bloomingdales.com) and as much as I’m just not that into HAC-ing (highlighting and contouring), this one actually makes me want to do it! Is it because the color is so workable? Or is it because the color makes it so easy to do? Both actually. The wide puff is the perfect size to apply a strip down each cheek and along the hair line, and then, they recommend it, using your finger, just blend it in!

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The universal shade shown here is called Dusk and it’s a light brown with rose undertones. I’ve also been wearing it on my lids as a shade. Wherever you decide to wear it, just be sure not to wait long to blend your color in as this stuff stays put!

Did I pique your interest?

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

Friday, October 06, 2017

Let's Talk Teeth for #WorldSmileDay

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Teeth. So important to everything in life! And since today is #WorldSmileDay, I thought I’d focus on 3 products that you should be using to keep your pearly whites, well white, and healthy.

CREST 3D White Whitening Therapy ($6.99/4.1oz @ crest.com, target.com) – this is the latest whitening fluoride toothpaste from Crest that uses silica to break away stains on teeth. And I’ve always had a thing for the mint flavor of this brand’s toothpaste.

POP WHITE Whitening Primer + Toothpaste, Whitening Toner + Oral Rinse ($48 @ popwhitesmile.com) – this is actually a two-part whitener – first brush with the purple paste (think Barney the dinosaur purple!) and then rinse with the Oral Rinse (yup, also mega purple). Use morning and eve and within 14 days you should notice your teeth whitened. Purple neutralizes yellow (teeth) and they claim up to four shades! I'm rounding out the week now of week 3 and so far, so good. You’ll also save money by getting a subscription to their products too.

Radiant Toothpaste by Colgate Optic White ($7.99/3oz @ colgateopticwhite.com, target.com) – this too is a fluoride toothpaste and whitener in one. It uses hydrogen peroxide to help white teeth and its technology claims to help remove deep set stains below the tooth’s surface.

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

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The Ultimate Matte Lippie from Buxom

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One of my super tip-top lippies that acts-like-a-liquid-lipstick-but-is-a-matte-lipstick is from the BUXOM line. I’ve written about a few of these True Nude Lip Foundation ($20 @ buxomcosmetics.com) shades here and there since they came out but not all at once, so here they are, swatches and all.

The reason I think these act a lot like a liquid lipstick or are the closest thing to it that I’ve seen is that they are totally non-drying on the lips, wear for hours, yet they are not hard to take off like a traditional liquid lipstick. Also, these Buxom colors are not as thickly pigmented as a liquid lipstick. Otherwise, I feel like these act a lot like them or at least more than any other matte lipstick I’ve ever tried.

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One odd trait is the smell. The smell is not a dessert smell or cupcakes, it’s more like … crayons. Yup, the smell is sort of like Crayola crayons. ColourPop’s Lip Stix also have this scent, though lighter, and the packaging of these two are the same, hmmmm…

Lastly, they have a shade in this collection called Naked, which is colorless. I use it as a primer on lips before applying one of the colors.

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The one thing I pray to the lipstick Gods is that they make more colors with this formula. I’ve tweeted Buxom a couple of times so hopefully they’ll hear my prayers. Until then, I'll just bask in these ones!

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From L to R:

  • Revealed (rich brown)
  • Nude (beige pink)
  • Bare (chestnut brown)
  • Buff (nude beige)
  • Au Natural (cinnamon pink)
  • Undressed (mauve pink)
  • Naked (colorless)

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

Sunday, October 01, 2017

It Cosmetics Gets Into the Micellar Game

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It seems micellar water is my thing these days. I mean, what’s not to like? And I use them almost every day in the form of a water, a wipe or on a pre-moistened pad. The latest on the scene is  IT COSMETICS Miracle Water ($38 @ itcosmetics.com) and when they sent it to me to try, the first thing I thought was, “great, another micellar water. Haven’t we seen them all by now?” Well apparently not. This one contains a little sumthin’ extra.

The addition is called their Secret Sauce Fermented Complex (sounds like a cooking ingredient!). It’s a combo of 7 penetration-enhancing fermented ingredients, which help anything you apply afterwards on the skin really absorb deeply.

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So apply that super pricey serum or layer on that moisturizer and primer but just make sure you swipe on this first to really help it absorb into the skin nicely.

And this one doesn’t shy away from nourishing skin ingredients like anti-aging peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, chamomile and green tea, as well as their Drops of Light Technology Concentrate and diamond powder. So if you just give your skin a swipe of this and go, those last two ingredients will give your skin a little boost.

And the bottle is a huge 8.5oz!

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

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Are You Down with #SamsClubHairCollection?

Disclaimer: Post sponsored by Mirum. All opinions are my 100% my own.

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Where do you do most of your weekly shopping? Because I live in the city, there are not many warehouse stores nearby but I do make an effort to hit one up every other month when I visit my brother because I like to stock up on items like toilet paper, tissues, sneakers every few months, and of course hair care. They carry well-known Unilever brands like Suave, Suave Kids, Nexxus and TRESemmé. See more about the brands by clicking here

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I love hair care items by TRESemmé like the Repair & Protect Shampoo and Conditioner shown here. These protect from chemical, mechanical and heat damage and they are formulated with biotin to help strengthen strands.

And since we’re officially headed into the holidays, I know I’ll be entertaining at our home a lot and I never know who will show up at our doorstep! As a host, I need to be the three C’s at all times, calm, cool, collected, and I’m adding a word to this list, prepared! And it’s not just about having food at the ready. Keeping the guests bathrooms well-stocked is important as I always want my guests to feel as comfortable as if they were in their own home. That’s very important to me.

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And isn’t it all about getting out of the store as quick as you can? Well Sam’s Club offers a Scan & Go app where you can use their app to scan the bar code of each product as you shop, pay for the items through the app and then show your receipt as you exit the store. No more long lines to wait in!

Learn more about the Sam’s Club Scan & Go app by clicking here.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Pixi Beauty Wants You To Take It To-Go

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If there’s one thing I go through regularly, it’s toners. If I’m going makeup-free for the day, I swipe one all over 2 or 3 times a day. There are only a few I use regularly and one of them is the Glow Tonic from PIXI BEAUTY. This stuff is just sooooo great for giving my skin a quick clean without stripping it.

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What I like about this toner is that is contains 5% Glycolic acid, aloe vera and ginseng, to exfoliate, soothe and hydrate the skin instantly. In a world full of toner that contain alcohol, you can rest easy knowing this one is alcohol-free!

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And it now comes in a pad form called Glow Tonic To-Go ($18 @ pixibeauty.com, target.com) so I keep a container on my work desk and in the car!

And be sure to enter their #GlowTonicChallenge  on Instagram to win a year supply of this Glow Tonic. They pick one winner each week! Good luck.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Welcome Bath Season with LAFCO!

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If there’s one thing in beauty that I just love and actually collect, it’s soaps. I have about 20 stocked in my collection that I keep in my bathroom and beauty closet. And though I can’t seem to find the post right now, I know I’ve posted about keeping one on my beauty table just hold in my hand and smell here. They are just that enjoyable for me.

Have you ever thought about the soaps you keep for you and your guests to use in the sink and/or tub? I pay attention to this seemingly small detail and always have, so if you do, then you may recognize these Bath Soaps from LAFCO. Maybe it’s the name or their unique packaging they come in.

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The base of LAFCO Bath Soaps is a blended 100% vegetable base using refined coconut oil. Each is quadruple milled and contain perfume-grade scents that will last on the skin.

Shown here in Sea & Dune (grass, sand, ocean), Champagne (clean and sparkling w/notes of ginger, lemon), Feu de Bois (woody, smoky, warm). Even with regular daily use, each bar will last up to 4 weeks!

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In a world made up of gels, serums and scrubs cluttering the shower, isn’t it nice to revisit a simple basic? Choose from $17/8.5oz @ lafco.com.

Also be sure you check out their beautiful line of candles, body creams and more!

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

This Facial Oil Could Change Your Life

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How often have you seen a skin care line that’s been created by a jewelry brand? This next one comes to us from the lovely Stella & Dot line. Can you believe it? The brand is called EVER and my first experience from the brand is their Overnight Facial Cellular Renewal Oil ($88/10z @ everskin.com) and all I can say is wow! Allure magazine glowed about this line a few years back and I’m just catching up with it!

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So back to this oil. Like all the 12 products in the line, this one is formulated with their own LSR10 anti-aging complex and I’ve just fallen in love with it. I can’t think of the last time I was really wow’d by a skin care product. Makeup? That’s a given but I rarely fall head over heels in love with a product for the skin.

This Overnight Facial contains Retinol in a botanical oil to firm and even out the skin’s tone and I can’t get over the thickness of the actual oil and the nice scent it has. And I must say, I’ve never seen a Retinol that came combined with a facial oil. It makes it a lot less irritating for sure. New trend?

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They recommend using this 3 times a week and the bottle should last you at least 6 weeks.  

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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Testing Out the Hottest Mascaras!

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There seems to be a bit of buzz on the above mascaras:

  • BUXOM Big Tease Plumping Mascara
  • URBAN DECAY Troublemaker
  • L’OREAL Voluminous Lash Paradise

So I thought I’d do a post about all three comparing how they look, apply and last. First up is L’Oreal.

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L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise ($8.99 @ target.com) - Our 1st mascara for voluptuous volume & length now with even more black pigments. Soft wavy bristle brush holds maximum formula for a dramatic volumizing charge. 200+ bristles catch every lash for a full fringe effect.

My thoughts – I thought this one was good for a daytime work look. It doesn’t give over-the-top lashes but just enough on each hair. The brush reminded me of the one from Better Than Sex.

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Urban Decay Troublemaker ($24 @ urbandecay.com, ulta.com) – Get super-fat, super-long, sex-proof lashes. This mascara is so good it should be illegal. Urban Decay's Troublemaker Mascara delivers 13.7x the lash volume,* and sexy, fluttery, intensely black lashes. The failsafe formula volumizes and lengthens as it separates, while UD's custom brush grabs onto lashes, curling as it coats. UD loaded up this mascara with insane benefits - for thicker, impossibly long, perfectly fanned-out lashes.

My thoughts – I had super high expectations for this one and for me, it just didn’t deliver. My lashes were not as big as they could have been. I mean, look at the picture! I did try to build it and build it. If you are looking for definition, this one seems to do that well.

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Buxom Big Tease Plumping Mascara ($22 @ ulta.com) – (this one) instantly plumps lashes, delivering maximum volume, and noticeably longer lashes for a full and flirty look. A unique blend of 3 high-performing and perfectly calibrated waxes delivers a smooth and creamy application experience, coating every surface, from root to tip, resulting in heavyweight volume, length, & lift. A conical shaped brush releases just the right amount of product and allows you to reach base-to-tip intensity, while individual chisel-tipped fibers divide and conquer every lash for a non-clumpy, lash multiplying effect.

My thoughts – out of all three mascaras, this one delivered the most fierce and, well, plumped up lashes, however, it was also the most difficult one to work with. The conical brush helped but it was like applying 3 coats at one time and I felt a tad clumpy in places even though I went over and over areas. What I did like about this mascara is is that you can applying this mascara over already mascara’d lashes. Like go to work, come home, get ready to go out and use this mascara to create a night time sexy look. This one has a place on my makeup table.

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

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