4.18.2014

Fab Five Friday: Big Curls, Weak Nails, Great Stick



I had to think long and hard about what products I've been really loving this week. Despite hitting all of my usual stores, not much has really caught my eye. But still, a few products managed to make an impression. This week seems to have been the week of my furbabies wanting to get in on the action. Bean is out of control, always asking to "help" during photos, but then not really liking it. Not sure what I'm talking about? Check out this video.


1. TIGI Catwalk Curls Rock Curl Amplifier is giving my hair major curls. Ever since I started going blond, my bleached bits have been weird. They are air-drying really wavy. My good friend Holly suggested I try TIGI's Curls Rock to really amplify them and WOW. While they air-dry in beachy waves that are easily brushed out, when I use my hot rollers with hair that's been dried with this cream, I get crazy Carrie Underwood-sized hair. Or so my boss, who notices nothing, tells me.


2. Roux Porosity Control and Corrector Conditioner makes the list again. While not hydrating, this is dramatically improving the overall health of my hair, really quickly. My cuticle seems closed, my hair isn't overly frizzy and the change is dramatic. 

3. Bobbi Brown's Skin Foundation Stick has been updated to include a transparent base and skin correcting pigments. I had to pick up Alabaster, the lightest color made, so my skin wasn't yellow. It does look amazing and wears much, much better than the previous version. 


4. I just received this new nail strengthening system from Trind that I'm excited to try out. You apply a balm to your nails, allow it to dry and then seal with their keratin based top coat. I'm using the Protector and Restorer. It doesn't look like you are wearing polish, instead your nails looked buffed. Hopefully this will help strengthen my nails after wearing gels for several weeks. I'll update you in a few weeks. I'm hopeful that using Trind will help!

That's all I have for this week. Sorry. Here's a picture of Dirk Diggler making a face to make it up to you.



What did you love this week? Anything?

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4.17.2014

New! Pardon My French Set by Too Faced: Rehabbed or Better Than Ever?


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I'm still palette obsessed. Last week, I picked up the Pardon My French Kit by Too Faced, which contains an adorable makeup bag, a mini primer, mini Lash Injection Mascara, a black liner and the Bon Jour Palette.



This appears to be the third time Too Faced has released a VERY SIMILAR palette. The difference is usually one or two shadows.

The palette above is the Bon Jour Summer Palette from this year. It's quite different from the original, back in 2012. Or is it?

(courtesy of BloominBeautyBlog.com)

The above palette was released in 2012 as the Summer Eye Palette. In 2013, Too Faced released a newer version of their Summer Eye Palette, as shown below. The colors are very similar.

(courtesy of Phyrra.com)

In 2014, the Bon Jour palette is basically the same, with a few changes. I love the color Firefly and never had the others, so I picked it up.


To me, it looks like shadows get slightly tweaked and stick with the same name. Firefly was the shade that sold me. It's a gorgeous bright copper.


While I wish the colors were more original and not a rehash, I still love it. Even when Too Faced slips a little, I still love them more than almost any other brand. Based on the photos and my memory of the palette last year, Plumeria is a different shade, as is Toasted Coconut. Sunbeam is slightly more of a matte shade than last year as well. There is a touch of sparkle in Sunbeam, but it looks different than last year.  New this year are Firefly and Sand Dollar.

Picking up or passing? You do get the cute bag, a liner, mascara and mini primer for under $50. What do you think? Tell me in the comments!

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4.16.2014

WOW! Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer

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I'm currently going through a bout of stress right now and getting a good night's sleep isn't always something that is in the cards for me. I try, but it doesn't happen. Many days I end up looking (and feeling) less than well rested, which isn't fun for anyone.


Enter a new concealer from Laura Mercier. High Coverage Concealer is a three-in-one product that delivers serious, natural-looking coverage, brightens the area under the eyes and assists in de-puffing your luggage. True to its claims, this concealer wears until you remove it. I did notice that I had a little bit of creasing, which is unusual, but a quick tap-tap-tap of the fingers and I was perfectly blended for another 4 hours. I would suggest using a hydrating eye cream underneath. One day, I didn't and the concealer did tend to magnify a few lines a little more than I liked. On days when I wore it with my Perricone, I looked lovely for about eight hours.

High Coverage Concealer contains vitamin E, honey and fruit acids, along with blendable pigments to create a lovely canvas over an area that is often hard to cover. This is available at Laura Mercier counters now and is available in 12 shades. Pick it up for $28.

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4.15.2014

One Palette, Two Looks: Too Faced A La Mode Eyes & Phyrra


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Phyrra and I are both addicted to Too Faced and their palettes. A few weeks ago I picked up the new A La Mode Eyes and I'm addicted to the bright Monaco color.


However, it's not the easiest color to wear, especially if you aren't used to wearing brights.  I came up with a way for anyone to wear Monaco and it takes only a few minutes to do.

Check out my tutorial for a simple daily look.



Check out Phyrra's tutorial for a bolder look.




You can't go wrong with either. Pick up the palette for yourself for $36.

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4.14.2014

Makeup Wars: Favorite Blush for Spring/Summer 2014





This week's Makeup Wars focuses on the must have item of the spring and summer. Blush. Blushes are everything right now and I can't just pick one. Clinique, Bombshell, It Cosmetics...which is your favorite?

Right now, I'm loving slightly sculpted cheeks with no blush or with just a pop of bright color. Think old school Ralph Lauren ads for the latter. A defined cheek with serious highlights and bronzer is the perfect look for a work party or event. It commands attention and demands that you be taken seriously. Or opt for a quick pop of color to look playful and full of youth. You can't go wrong with either.

Here are my favorites for both looks.


Coral is now and will forever be the color of summer cheeks. You just can't go wrong.

Clinique Cheek Pop In Ginger Pop (b) is a sheer pop of coral that is perfect for warmer skintones.

Be A Bombshell in Love Me (a) in a bright pop of coral that leans slightly cool.

It Cosmetics Vitality Powder Cheek Stain (c) wears until you take it off. It's the first cheek stain in a powder!

Sculpting your face is an art form. That doesn't mean you can't take a breezier approach and wear it daily. A light touch and the right products are all you need!

Tarte Cosmetics Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer Park Ave Princess (e) is an easy-to-use stick that allows you to quickly contour and blend. This blends beautifully and never looks too dark. This is also very forgiving, as it needs to be set to stay in place.

Be A Bombshell One Stick in You Glow Girl (h) is a great, shimmering pearl highlighter. Use this on your cheeks, eyes or even your lips.

Sonia Kashuk Illuminating Bronzer (d) was one of my favorite bronzers last year. This sheer bronze goes on like a thin veil of sunshine and good times.

L'Oreal True Match Powder (f) is a great contour if you really want to get to business. Choose the True Match powder in a darker skin tone for easy but effective contouring.

It Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Creme Illuminizer (g) stays on for hours and hours, unlike most other highlighters. It's perfect if you want your skin to look lighter in areas, but not scream shimmer.

WOO HOO! Be A Bombshell just offered us a 20% off coupon code off of your Bombshell purchases! Just use code "beauty20" at checkout. Thanks, BABC!

Want more inspiration? Click on the tiles below for more from the makeup wars soldiers.




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