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Makeup That Made Me Say Meh: Spring 2015

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I haven't done one of these posts in forever! I try so much makeup and report back on what I love that I don't always get to tell you what didn't work for me. There's only so much time in the day and I'd rather share what you SHOULD try instead of telling you what not to try. I'm a glass half-full girl! (Or at least I try to be.)

Here is what was a total flop for me this spring.

Living Proof Curl Enhancing Mousse:
I really wanted this to transform my bleachy, damaged waves into glorious hair that would require no styling at all for the summer. Asking to much, you think? My expectations were too high and this mousse did nothing to set it apart from it's $2.99 drugstore counterparts. Now that Living Proof Straight Spray, that is another topic!

Becca Beach Tint Summer Souffle:
I had such high hopes for this cheeky product. I thought it would deliver a sheer wash of color that would leave me with a lovely flush and a touch of shimmer. It left me with no color, no shimmer, nothing. More like just washed instead of awash in color. Boo.

Make Up For Ever Sculpting Duo in Light:
I thought this highlighter would be amazeballs. Everyone raved about it. Sure the contour color is a shade away from orange, but the HIGHLIGHTEROMGITSAMAZING! It wasn't. No color payoff, not much shine. It swatched beautifully in the store and ate donkeyballs on a makeup brush.

LANCOME Shine Lover Vibrant Shine Lipstick:
It sounds shiny, right? Meh. It looked like every other lipstick I own, didn't last long on the lips and wasn't even that shiny. It's way expensive to be that blah.

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes EXTREME:
I'm going to guess there was a reason they didn't do a big PR push behind this product. Too Faced is one of my favorite brands of forever and this did not deliver longer lashes or anything else. It was a mess.

Urban Decay Naked On The Run Palette:
How many more semi-shiny brown shadows do I need? The blush was too pink for me. I loved the gloss, but not almost $60 worth of love.

What made you go "meh"? You know I'm dying to know!

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Summer Smoothing Series: Split End Repair from Brazilian Blowout

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I'm all about fighting frizz, especially since I've gone blond. This summer, I'll be investigating, trying and reporting on all kinds of smoothing options. My first post in this summer series starts below!

About a month ago, I got a Split End Repair treatment from Brazilian Blowout at Studio 921 in Baltimore. The treatment claims to repair split ends by repairing the broken bonds in the hair. This is totally different from a traditional smoothing treatment in several ways. 

Utilizing a proprietary Thermo-Marine Bonding System™, this treatment fills in and binds broken hair fibers together, instantly mending split ends while a Brazilian Super Nutrient Complex prevents future breakage by surrounding each strand with a protective coating, defending against daily styling and environmental stressors.

The results last up to 4 weeks. You'll get the best result if you don't wash your hair more than twice per week and avoid sulfates. I noticed a real difference for the first two weeks. My hair was easier to manage. I didn't have as many yucky ends and it was a little faster to dry. My hair also did better in the humidity. However, after two weeks, I wasn't able to tell much of a difference. That could be because I was accustomed to the change or because my hair needs something stronger to keep it manageable. I do have a lot of damage from all of the bleach!

My hair, one week later. Still looking lovely!

If you've had this done, tell me all about it! The treatment retails for around $50 and is worth it if you have a special event coming up or if you just need to get your ends to behave.

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Weekend Beauty Haul: Retrodiva and Gouldylox

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This weekend, the Retrodiva herself--my sister from another mister, Meredith--came up to hang out, go shopping, watch some movies and relax. Of course, two beauty bloggers can't be left alone for long before a drugstore or Sephora trip happens. I'm always up for trying new things and Meredith has tried everything. What products piqued our interest? What couldn't these two seasoned beauty lovers live without?

Our first stop was CVS/Pharmacy, where I could spend hours looking for the latest and greatest. I also randomly got coupons for deodorant and makeup, so I had to shop.

I grabbed a Dove deodorant to replace the Dove Dry Spray I had been using. I like the ease of the spray, but the actual regular deodorant works better for me. Thanks for the savings, CVS ExtraCare Beauty Club!

We also took a small detour into comparing lipliners and got OBSESSED with finding the right one. We landed on grabbing a Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner in Innocent and it's the perfect shade of a barely tan nude liner. The liner itself is a little soft (so don't expose much of the liner). It's also a little tacky, which is great for really keeping your lipstick in place!

I needed a new cleanser and squeed when I realized that my CVS/Pharmacy now carried Nip and Fab. I had heard their Glycolic Fix Cleanser was fantastic and I grabbed the last one of the shelves.

I also had run out of my John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Conditioner and needed more. I add a touch of this conditioner to my normal conditioner and it adds extreme shine and brightens the tone of my hair. I love this stuff.

Obsessed with split ends, Meredith convinced me to try Redken's Extreme Anti-Snap to help control my damaged hair that favors cotton candy on most days. My friend Jayne told me that she loves the Redken Extreme Length Sealer and since Hair Cuttery was having a sale, I grabbed both.

We finished at Sephora where, oddly, we didn't see anything we couldn't live without. I did pick up a Kat Von D Lock It Concealer because I was gobsmacked at how natural it looked while not creasing under my eyes. It's a really elegant formula with serious staying power.

What did you haul this weekend? Loving it or returning? Tell me all about it in the comments below!

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How Do You Glow? Too Faced #BronzerWardrobe

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I like my uber-pale skin. I don't tan and very rarely wear self tanner. Now that I've gone blond, I thought maybe I should push my normal routine to the bronze side. But honestly, I didn't know where to begin.

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