7.28.2014

Makeup Wars: Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette

Sent for review. Contains affiliate links. 



Who doesn't get excited about new Too Faced Palettes? I know I wait with bated breath for each one of them! The Cat Eyes Palette is no exception; it's beautiful and full of twinkling shades, deep blacks and sexy sheens. With so many ways to wear a cat eye, why only complete the look with liner?


As with most Too Faced Palettes, you'll get the shades to complete a Day Look, a Classic Look and a Fashion Look. Each "look" uses three colors, all arranged for sheer ease. The Day Look uses bronze shades to create a suitable-for-work eye.



You'll also get a booklet that shows you the exact steps to get the look. Once you've mastered those, branch out, mixing and matching. You're going to use that black constantly. It's great on the waterline and smudged on the upper lid. Normally there are at least one or two shades I'm not that into, but that isn't the case with this palette (or with the LORAC Pro 2). All of the colors can be used wet or dry, which is great for creating a sharp line using the dark colors.


The Day Look includes the top row of shadows: Purr, Tiger's Eye, Leopard
The Classic Look includes the middle row: Meow, Pussy Cat, Jungle Love
The Fashion Look includes the bottom row: Kitten, Kitty Glitter, Panther



Because I have fairly hooded eyes, cat eye looks aren't always the easiest for me to pull off. So I came up with a different way to wear a cat eye. Call it an Egyptian Cat Eye or whatever you will, this is what works for my very hooded lids.



Take the lightest-colored shadow and place it from lid to slightly above the crease.

Then take the darker crease color and using a pointed, wide brush, make a line that would mimic the cat eye, but very wide from the outer corner of the lid, tapering down to the center of the iris. Blend slightly and do not apply any crease color.

This gives your eye the appearance of being stretched out and slightly wider, like an Egyptian Cat.



Try it and see if you like how it slightly changes the shape of your eye!

Pick it up wherever Too Faced is sold for $36.00.

For more Too Faced Cat Eyes ideas, check out the Makeup Wars tiles below!


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7.27.2014

Lipstick League: What Did You Love This Summer?


Question of the Week: What are some products that you discovered this summer that you’ll continue to use throughout the year (and beyond)? I am IN LOVE with the new "aqua" foundations. The lighter than air, consistency of water foundations that give amazing face. I'm talking about the It Cosmetics CC Veil in a Pan, 3Lab Aqua BB, BareMinerals bareskin and the new Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide. They change the way you look in foundations!

  Prime Beauty - is part of an EPIC blogger giveaway. Enter to win an amazing 30-pan MAC Eye Shadow Palette filled with each blogger's favorite shade!

  Phyrra - shows you how to achieve a sexy smokey eye with the new NARS NARSissist Smokey Eye Set!

  we heart this - Cocoa brown, toasted marshmallow, bright aqua, peacock teal; the Essie Haute in the Heat collection is all over the map and all kinds of gorgeous.

  Beauty Junkies Unite - Amber just checked out one of the L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints, they're supposed to be good dupes for Too Faced's Melted Liquid Lipsticks. Tell us what you think after this review and swatches!

  EauMG - Let’s take an olfactory journey to paradise! Here’s EauMG’s list of perfumes inspired by Hawaii. Fruits, flowers and sand...

  Gouldylox Reviews - Save 15% on the eyeshadows you've been drooling over. (They are so amazing...I want them all.)

  My Beauty Bunny - has found a magic balm that is great for every skin condition: EVER BALM!

  Pink Sith - Introduces you to Haughty Cosmetics, a cruelty free brand that gives back to help stop domestic abuse. Plus, there is a GIVEAWAY for US readers!

  (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
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7.25.2014

New! Tarte Rainforest After Night Palette

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Tarte recently released Rainforest After Dark, a new Cheek and Eye Palette. It was created to capture the orchid hues of the rainforest at sunset. Since the shadows and cheek color are made from Amazonian clay, the shadows sport an extended wear time and provide some oil control.


In other words, if you have oily lids, you need to start using products with this clay to help keep your shadows looking true and fresh.


With this palette. you'll get a mix of six matte and shimmering colors as well as a cheek color, highlighter and bronzer.


You can use Champagne (highlighter) or Park Ave Princess (bronzer) as a shadow as well, making this palette really versatile!


Each shadow can be worn on its own or blended with the champagne highlighter to add a little shimmer to the more matte shades.



You can blend quite a few beautiful colors with this palette if you don't mind letting your inner artist come out to play!


My favorite shadow in this collection is Up To No Gold. It's shimmering and perfect for the corner of your eyes, as a gentle wash of shimmering lid color or when used damp as a lower lash liner. It's gorgeous!


Pick up this palette anywhere Tarte is sold for $38. It's limited edition, so grab it while you can!


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7.24.2014

Five Reasons to Love Vincent Longo & Coupon Code for Major Savings

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Since 1995, Vincent Longo has been creating beautiful color stories, playing with texture and formulating amazing makeup. While there are a million reasons to love this brand, here are my top five.



1. Many of the powders look like they contain crushed gemstones, which shows up on the face as a hand-blended, complex color.



Say goodbye to flat, even colors and hello to creating your own individual look.
Try: Pearl X Eyeshadow in Novalei or Dew Drop Radiant Blush in Misty Blossom.



2. Vincent Longo doesn't shy away from playing with textures. Love the look of a stain, but hate that bright pink color EVERYONE sells? Or that red stain that only goes vampy? Me too. Vincent Longo offers stains in other colors besides that universal pink that never looks good on me. VL's version of a stain is sheer, gorgeous and has changed my mind about stains in general.
Try: Cupid's Bow (it's peach!)



3. They aren't afraid to change the rules. Most people think of eye primers as a cream applied from a tube or a pot. This is great, but you'll either get no color or a solid layer of color. If you want a softer look without a lot of makeup, one that you can build from later, you've got to try the Starlet Gel Eye Stain. Use it as a primer or as a standalone sheer color wash. It's a different way to play with colors!
Try: Starlet Gel Eye Stain in Ginger Lily to emphasize your eyes, especially if you have freckles.



4. They formulate products for multiple uses. Have you ever tried to wear a gel liner as an eyeshadow for a really sexy, femme fatale look? How'd that go when your shadow started to crack and break apart? Kind of ruins the illusion, doesn't it? Vincent Longo's cream liner is formulated so it not only shimmers to avoid a flat look, but also include rich compounds that help lock the color down, without rendering it inflexible.
Try it in Velvet Plum for a look that's still rich, but not quite as dramatic.



5. Want to envelope your lips in one quick slick of color while hydrating your pout? The Silk Velour Lipstick colors lips in one quick coat and keeps lips feeling hydrated and plump.
Try: Danea for a brownish rose color that looks perfect for date night.

Want to try any of these for yourself? Use coupon code BSBA9CM and save 15% off between now and Labor Day! Share with your friends so they can save, too!


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7.22.2014

I Did It: Going from Red To Blond with Olaplex

Olaplex was sent for review. Hair services and products paid for by moi.



I've been a redhead for the last 21 years. It's part of my identity. All of my bosses have called me Red more than my own name. Now that I'm not a redhead, many people I deal with on a daily basis aren't recognizing me. Ninety-nine percent of people whom I tell that I was naturally a blond don't believe me. But it's true. I only became a red head after I accidentally dyed my own hair red, trying to make it a honey blond after the sun had taken it platinum. But that is for another story on another day.

(My hair about 3 weeks before going blond. I know. It's really, really pretty.)

The reason I wanted to go from dark red to blond is because of my gray hair. I went gray really early. I started to turn before I got married; my naturally blond roots were speckled with gray sparkle. However, ten years later, the sparkle has taken over my entire head. And I'm certain the sparkle could be beautiful on it's own,.  However, when the roots start to show one week post-color, it looks more skunky than sparkly. This fact makes me insane. Sure, I could get some take-home color from my colorist, or stop by the salon every two weeks for a quick touch up. But it's so much work. And I'm just not that into dedicating a solid two hours to coloring my hair every other week. I'm busy. I have things to clear out of the basement/non-profits to create IDs for/friends to visit/dogs to walk/work/dusting/etc.

                                   

With a plan in mind to gently fade into my natural color to lessen the transition from red to gray, my amazing stylist at Laboratorie started added massive amounts of hand-painted highlights called balayage. I got lighter at a snails pace, month after month. Then Bethany started asking me if I had heard about Olaplex, a new chemical service additive that all of the celebrity stylists were raving about on social media. I hadn't heard of it and couldn't find anyone in my circles who had heard of it, let alone actually tried it.

Which made me want to learn more immediately.



Olaplex is a two-part salon (-only!) service that helps maintain the health of your hair when you color. If you've ever had highlights or bleached your hair, you know that you have to go slow or risk breaking and ruining your beautiful locks. Olaplex claims to stop the damage by adding a chemical to the color service and then conditioning with a special treatment before shampooing.

According to the company, "Go Blonder. Push the envelope further without compromising the integrity of hair. From the photo shoot to the salon chair, colorists are set free from the fear of damaged hair. From Base Color to Balayage, Olaplex multiplies bonds making hair stronger, healthier, while color lasts longer with more vibrancy."

When I arrived for my appointment, Bethany examined my hair and gave me two options:

1. Try to highlight around the other heavy highlights. This option seemed impossible to me. I would have zero patience to do that myself.

2. Bleach my entire head and hope nothing breaks at the scalp.

Since Bethany hadn't used Olaplex before and was only going on what she had seen posted on social media, she suggested I take the safe route. However, the Veronica Mars Product Sleuth I am was leaning towards the latter. After being reminded that my hair could break off really, really short, I took a deep breath and stayed the course. We were going to bleach my entire head.


Fifty minutes of processing later, my hair felt HOT and was starting to foam, which I'm told means it's usually finishing up the processing (I don't think this is normally how it goes). In the directions for Olaplex, it clearly states that you need to use a higher volume of lightener, allow the hair to process for longer and be patient. After 50 minutes, we decided it was time to rinse and see what was there.

Nervous with anticipation and the high hopes my hair didn't break off, we rinsed out the bleach. Next, we added a toner to add a little ash to combat some of the left over red. Bethany was not thrilled with how my hair felt post bleach, commenting that it "felt a little slimy and was angry." However, almost no hair was coming out when we rinsed the bleach. And almost no hair came out when we rinsed the toner. The final step was to apply the No.2 Olaplex conditioning formula to my hair and wait for five minutes. We rinsed again. My hair now felt like regular hair that had just been processed (or so I'm told) and very little hair came out in the sink.



                                   
There was zero obvious breakage. When I blew my hair dry, very little hair came out in the brush, too.


Over the next few days, my hair color began to settle down and the usual dryness that goes along with bleach began to make my hair very thirsty for all things moisture. My go-to is always Oi--nothing seems to help my hair more than the Beautifying Potion from Davines. I slathered on Coconut Oil, It's a 10 Keratin Spray, a Joico Treatment, a Davines Re-Plumping Treatment and some Wen Re-Moist. (Wow, writing out all of those options kind of makes me seem a little crazy. Oh well. It was working!) There is also a process your stylist can do in another appointment that involves more Olaplex without any hair color to help repair the hair. Ask your stylist (it's helped me more than anything else!).

I returned to see my stylist the following week for a cut. She was a little disappointed that my hair wasn't in better shape, dryness-wise. However, I can say that my entire head is behaving better than my highlights did in the weeks after the original highlighting. It's super shiny and very manageable when dry.

(This is me, yesterday. Something about that bronzer makes skin look amazing! I have to remember to wear it daily!)

It's quite a big change and I'm not sure I'm used to seeing it myself. It's been a really long time since I've been this blond! People's responses (but mainly, their lack of responses) have been very mixed. The first question everyone asks is, "do you like it?" Which is code for, "My god woman, you did that on purpose?"

For those of you that don't know, when you bleach out your entire head, you basically get what you get. Sure, you can tone it, but toning can't make you look like Gwen Stefani if you've got Connie Britton's hair color. In other words, going blond is an expensive, time-consuming project and the end results can't be guaranteed. Going from red to blond is one of the hardest transitions to conquer. I'm getting more accustomed to the color and as soon as we tweak it in a few weeks at my next appointment, I'm confident I'll love it 100%. In fact, I kind of love it already! (Even though one night I got up to go to the bathroom and literally screamed at my reflection, as I had apparently forgotten about it while sleeping.)

Before you go for highlights or a major transformation, ask your stylist about Olaplex. It truly minimizes damage as well as allowing your stylist to go farther than previously possible in one appointment. If you've tried it, tell me all about it in the comments!


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