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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Shu Uemura and Spornette Tame Strands

I’m pretty religious about using a hair mask each week and lately I’ve been using the new SHU UEMURA Essence Absolue Nourishing Taming Overnight Serum $69/3.3oz @ I’ve been a fan of their hair care products for some time and this one doesn’t disappoint. It’s a light cream you apply right before bed so it can do its work while you sleep. I was worried that it would get all over my pillow but it seemed to absorb pretty quickly and left no residue behind. And this is a no-rinse serum so don’t worry about having sticky, crusty hair the next morning, as it all gets absorbed.

This one really added moisture and frizz resistance (they claim 24 hours). It can be applied on wet or dry hair and use a comb to distribute it evenly down the hair shaft.

Styling has become a breeze with SPORNETTE’s latest release, the Square Heat Styler ($25 @ It comes in 4 different sizes, Small, Medium, Large and Extra-Large, so choose depending on the length of your hair. The square shape is ideal for getting high volume styles, super straight strands and even that flip at the bottom of the hair. The barrel is ceramic and tourmaline, which I have come to expect these days with a styling brush! The combo of these traits help the center heat up quickly and retain the heat, as well as leave hair super shiny afterwards.

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

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Shu Uemura Gives It To Us Redheads

It seems like I will go to the ends of the earth to keep my burgundy hair color bold and bright, so anytime I hear about a collection made just for color-treated hair, I have to investigate. SHU UEMURA ART OF HAIR just came out with the Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Collection and was inspired by painters and how old works of art are often restored and protected by the use of oils on the canvas.

SUAOH interprets the canvas as the hair and how water and elements can break down its natural protective element, so this collection uses refining lipids to restore the hair’s natural varnish and protect the hair color from fading and getting damaged.


Included in the collection are your basics, the shampoo, called Color Lustre Sulfate-Free Brilliant Glaze Shampoo ($48/10oz), the conditioner, Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Conditioner ($58/8oz), a hair mask (my favorite product in the collection), called Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Treatment Masque and a leave-in called Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Thermo-Milk ($38/5oz).

Besides protecting your hair color and nourishing the strands, these products also give your nose a thrill with the rich Musk Rose Oil. They call the scent Rose of Japan and it includes notes of mandarin, black-currant, Cardamon, freesia, violet and sandalwood, musk and vanilla.

If you color your hair, you probably spend a pretty penny on it so don’t you want to keep it looking as vibrant as long as you can?

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Are These Really the Best Tightlining Pencils Around?

Lining the waterline with eyeliner or as some call it, tightlining, is a really big trend these days, especially if you’re looking to do a really, really smoky eye. It requires you to line the top and bottom waterlines of your eye. Not sure what the waterline is? This site has a great illustration of it.

I have to admit my curiosity was majorly raised after reading Canadian-blogger, Beautezine's, declaration that SHU UEMURA Drawing Pencils ($24 @ were, “the best waterlining eye pencil on the market.” That’s a pretty bold statement, so I had to put them to the test as I’m pretty obsessed with eyeliners in general and applying color on the waterline but finding ones that last is the challenge. 


They come in 18 shades, made from a silicon polymer that is able to stay on the skin, and are made to be used anywhere really, not just on the eyes. And they mix it up with the finishes like this palette does by including ones in matte, pearl, metallic and glitter (the letter before each name below tells you what the finish is).

So how did they work? Click after the pic to find out!


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What I'm Loving Right ... Now, The Makeup Edition


From L to R clockwise:

Matte Lippie Love - CAILYN COSMETICS Extreme Matte Tint in #3 Illusionist - $19 @ – matte lippies are my thing right now, what can I say and this rosy nude goes great with everything.

Shadow Love - DOLCE & GABBANA Perfect Mono Cream Eye Color - $36 @ and – this is the first go-around in the category of cream shadow for the brand and I must say they’ve done a good job – 14 long-lasting shades with great textures and finishes like matte and pearls to choose from. Color picks: Dahlia (shown here) and Cocoa.

Hot Pink Lippie Love - SHU UEMURA Vision of Beauty – Rouge Unlimited in Fuschia - $30 @ – I’m a sucker for hot pink lippies and this one from Shu, with its hybrid pigment, is a really nice surprise for fall.

Nude Gloss Love - AERIN Weekday Lip Gloss - $30 @ – it’s not often that I reach for a lip gloss but for some reason, a true nude lippie makes your look, well, look the most polished. And this nude gives color! Nothing worse than a nude that skimps on the pigment.  

Primer Love - COVER FX Calming Primer - $38/1oz @ – if your skin is sensitive or you have Rosacea, this face primer was made just for you. The Endothelyol inside relieves redness and they’ve also included St. John’s Wort inside to handle inflammation.

Face Illuminator Love - MIRABELLA Faerie Sparkle Swirling Pearl Brilliant - $40 @ – holiday parties are upon us, so why not add a touch of pearly glow to your cheeks and décolletage? This mineral-based highlighter is one of the better quality ones I’ve seen in some time.  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

9 Fab Fall Liners

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

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

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

4. URBAN DECAY 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Chaos $20 @ – 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 @ – dark purple.

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, August 23, 2014

What I’m Loving Right Now, the Hair Edition

1. OLIVIA GARDEN FingerBrush Vented Hair Brush ($13.96/small, $14.76/medium, $15.56/large @ – I’ve never really turned to a hair brush to give me a great scalp massage but this one really does! The curved shape helps it hug the scalp and it has ionic bristles to help hair dry fast when used with a blow dryer.

2. OSCAR BLANDI Polish Blow-Out Crème ($25/4.2oz @ – Never does a blow-dry session go by where I don’t use a defrizz product. And this one from OB is doing it for me right now. The Jasmine Calming Complex it help repel humidity keep frizz and flyaways far away.

3. SHU UEMURA Detail Master Directional Fixing Spray ($38/6.3oz @ – I’ve been practicing my 40’s vintage hair waves lately and this spray really helps hold it the style in place without being crunchy.

4. KERASTASE Laque Dentelle Micro Mist Fixing Hairspray ($20.50/2oz, $36/8oz @ – a product that can be used with heat tools seems to be a rare find these days but I’m really loving this one as it helps my hair curls last longer than without and no product crunch when using it.  

5. ECRU NEW YORK Acacia Protein Hair Masque ($25/8oz – with all that we put our hair through these days, a quality hair mask is simply essential. This one contains Acacia Collagen, sunflower seed oil, Shea Butter and Marine Extracts to repair strands.

6. DEVA CURL My Deva Towel ($12 @ – are you still using a regular ol’ towel on your hair when you get out of the shower? Terry cloth towels promote frizz and are poor at drying the hair and this can be used on any type of hair. 

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


Tuesday, August 05, 2014

A Cult Favorite Gets A Sister! Is It Just As Good?

This is one of the best hair oil/defrizzers I’ve ever used and I’ve tried a lot of them in the past 13+ years (hmm, Hall of Fame bound perhaps?). I remember when their website couldn’t keep it in stock when it came out as there was such a buzz on it. And since I covet it so, it’s gone into the category of, “for special occasions only,” so I only break it out when one pops up. Well SHU UEMURA just released a new one called the Essence Absolue Body Nourishing Dry Oil for Body and Hair. Yup, hair AND body … cuticles, dry spots etc. Squee!


Besides how well the original works on my strands, I really look forward to smelling the leftover oil on my hands and now I can apply it to my skin and let the scent continue! It contains great smelling and(it) working oils like camellia, sesame and almond and it has no silicones or parabens (a nasty preservative)  in it. But note that with this one, it seems to primarily be for the body and then with the excess on your hands, you run it through dry strands for added shine. The original is applied to towel-dried hair.

So will this come in the form of an eau de parfum next? It could happen. I mean, this one is built like a perfume with top, middle and base notes. Top: sparkling grapefruit, green almond; middle: fleur-de-lis, camellia petals; bottom: velvety musk. I’d buy it! $68/5oz @

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

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Happy 13th Year Blogiversary! And Shu Uemura News!

Wow, can you believe it? 13 years ago today I launched one of the first beauty blogs on the Internet; before the word "blog" even existed! Time really does fly as I didn't even remember this milestone until late last week.

Have you ever looked at my archives that are listed at the end of each page? The site used to be a monthly, publishing a new issue on the 1st of every month and this is what it looked like.

This week also brought some other good news. I was chosen to be one of the "shade-finder" faces for Shu Uemura's new Lightbulb Fluid Foundation and the launch went live earlier this week. Posted below is a screen shot or click here and here to see if on their site (click the below pics to see them bigger). 

And do you see who is right below me in the top shot? Leesha/Xsparkage! So I'm in good company, huh? I will be on the US and Canadian sites for the rest of 2014 with the foundation. I was so excited to be asked to do this and the foundation is pretty great, so phew on that front. 



So here's to another 13 years!!

All my blush, 


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Makeup Product Picks

Chances are you are going to be hitting up a few holiday parties in the next few weeks and part of what I love about this time of year is the permission to kick your makeup look a little. A little dab of shimmer, iridescence or gleam is a great way to show your holiday spirit. Below are the items I’m using to do it up right this season. Ho! Ho! Ho!


Clockwise from L to R:

HARD CANDY Shadow Dancers Liquid to Powder Eyeshadow in Bold & Beautiful ($6 @ - both shades contain luminizing pearls to make eye really … dance!

GLEAM BY MELANIE MILLS Body Radiance in Rose Gold ($15/1oz, $30/2oz, $40/3.5oz @ – this all-in-one moisturizer and body glow is nice for highlighting the fronts of the legs and décolletage.

6 Heart Princess Love in Wink by Takashi Murakami for SHU UEMURA False Eyelashes ($30 @ – Lashes add glamour to any look and these unique ones are adorned with a heart on each one and combines brown and pink lashes. How fun!

BARE ESCENTUALS Touch To-Glow ($14 @ – for when you want a little luminosity, not glitter or harsh sparkle, this one will do the trick.

URBAN DECAY Naked Illuminating Shimmering Powder for Face and Body ($29 @ – a gorgeous shimmery powder that only UD can make perfect. I feel like this should have come with some kind of puff instead of a flat brush. Still nice though.

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

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Shu Uemura Volume Maker

Shu-Uemura-Hair-Volume-Maker-Invisible-Texturizing-PowderWomen seem to be quite obsessed with volume – mainly eyelash volume and hair volume. Well they do say, the bigger the hair, the closer to God.  The latest out there for hair volume is SHU UEMURA’s new Volume Maker ($48/2g @ It’s an invisible hair texturizing powder that comes in a click tube with an application brush at one end. You just click-click to dispense the powder to where you want volume on the root area and rub it a circle.

The formula uses state of the art texturizing polymers encapsulated in micro-particles to adhere to each strand surface. I have had some experience with a powder sort of like this here. I liked how it performed, however, after posting that feature and continuing to use it here and there, I realized the dry powder itself was kind of like fingernails down a chalkboard for me when I would have to rub into the hair. This formula  seems to remind me a lot of it but thankfully I can use the brush quite a bit to rub it in. And then I make use of a comb to do some backcombing to really work it in. Phew!

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

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