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Colour Pop: Metamorphosis Collection


Purchased by me.



I love Colour Pop. I basically pick up everything they release which is, honestly, an extreme amount of Colour Pop. Despite being sick of the green/bronze duo chromes that seem to be the most popular  duo chrome color in the history of the world*, I could not love this collection more.



For this collection, Colour Pop collab'd with Youtuber Coffee Break with Dani, who is the cutest thing ever. Metamorphosis contains four custom Colour Pop shadows for $20. Here's what you'll get:



Bravery- True medium brown in a Matte finish

Strength- Soft peachy caramel in a Satin finish

Hope- Radiant opal with pink, violet, blue and silver duo chrome in a Sheer Opal finish

Kindness- Warm red brown undertone with a gold, green and blue duo chrome in a Sheer Opal finish



Here is why you need this collection. Strength is the perfect transition shade for fair and medium skinned women. Bravery is a lovely brown that isn't too warm or too cool (but brings out the best in light eyes) and works as a smudgy liner and crease shade. Hope is gorgeous on the inner corners and looks lovely if you use a slanted liner brush to apply right above the cupid's bow of your lip. Kindness is gorgeous, despite being a color you've seen before. Ultimately, it's all super easy to wear and a very versatile collection.


 



And for $20, you can't lose. Grab it before it's gone from www.colourpop.com!



*Seriously. Almost everyone who makes makeup has this exact color in their collection, back to 1997, when MAC launched one.


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Lipstick League: What Is Your Favorite Deep Conditioner?


Question of the Week: What are your favorite deep-conditioning hair treatments?



This is the easiest question ever asked. I've found the holy grail for damaged hair. I've tried everything and I've found the answer! If your hair is damaged and in need of keratin, Hair Redemption by Zerran Beauty is the answer. They've made the molecules SMALLER so they work better and can actually penetrate the hair. It's amazing stuff. After one use, your hair is visible redeemed.


If your hair needs a complete overhaul? Obliphica is the only thing you'll need. It's like magic. Forget fancy coffee for the month and give Ulta all of your money and buy the entire line. I may stop testing hair products after this. (That's crazy talk, but I don't know if any thing will ever be better.)

  Love for Lacquer - Are you a highlight fanatic? Jess shows us an EXCLUSIVE first look at the new Jaclyn Hill & Becca Cosmetics Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector! Plus, she compares it to some very popular highlight shades.

  My Beauty Bunny - Love vegan beauty? Join us weekly for Veganlicious Beauty Mondays. This week we explored the delightfully scented Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Shampoo and Conditioner, they are happiness in a bottle!

  My Newest Addiction - Laura has been OBSESSED with Taylor Swift Bad Blood so she created an inspired look based on the video!

  Nouveau Cheap - The Softlips + Hello Kitty collaboration will hit stores this July, but here’s my advance review of the collection (you know, so you can have you shopping list ready).

  Prime Beauty - likes to use cream blushes in the summer heat. The new Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Cheek & Lip Colors impart an impressive West Coast Glow!

  Phyrra - Need inspiration? Check out Phyrra's new bayalage Pravana Purple Hair!

  we heart this - check out which two drugstore products just earned solid spots on Stef's must-have list.

  Beautygeeks - If you’re sick to freaking death of contouring tutorials, you need to see this quick-and-clever enhancement technique that helps create sky-high cheekbones! No YouTube paint-by-numbers faces here.

  EauMG - has discovered one of those few vanilla perfumes that has enough depth to be worn in the cooler months BUT ALSO has enough “light” to be worn in the summer.

  Glitter.Gloss.Garbage - Check out swatches of all the new Summer 2015 Wet n Wild palettes!

  Gouldylox Reviews - Wonder what happens when bloggers get together? It's lemmings galore! Find out who inspires who in this week's Makeup Wars!

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

  Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Love for Lacquer - Chelsea from the blog, Olive & Ivy did a review on a few Charlotte Tilbury items and they look amazing! She is definitely a HUGE enabler and I think you will adore her! (Plus, her photos are to die for!)
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Top 5 Must-Have Beauty Products for Summer


Sent for review. Purchased by me.


I get asked almost daily about what summer products I can't live without. Specifically, I get asked about BB Creams, sunless tanners, skin-smoothers and SPF. Let's discuss!

                                                    

5. Beautisol Sunless Tanner ($37): This is the only sunless tanner I'll use. There is next to no smell, it never looks scaly and it's so easy to apply. It's a no-brainer.


4. It Cosmetics CC Cream ($38): I get asked about CC's and BB's daily. A BB is essentially a tinted moisturizer named after a popular fad in Asia. Sure, some of them are actually what you think they are, but others are just re-labeled tinted moisturizers. CC Creams are supposed to have more skincare included in the formula. My absolute favorite is, hands-down, It Cosmetics CC Cream. Either the Radiant or Regular version--both are amazing.


3. Kae Hammam ($20): I can't stand skin that looks patchy. Anywhere. To ban patches of dry skin (and to prep for sunless tanner) you need a hammam. It's a mitt that removes dead skin like a boss. You'll wonder why you've wasted all of that money on scrubs when one mitt will do the job for years.


2. Neutrogena Ulta Sheer Liquid SPF 70 ($10): I picked this up on a whim and I love it. It's light, there is no smell, it's got broadspectrum protection and it's not expensive. It's all that and a bag of (baked) chips.


1. My Solemate ($13): This genius foot-fixer is the brain child of my lovely friend, Lori. It's a wonderful soap and a serious pumice stone, joined together with a genius design. The new Lemongrass is back in stock and you need to grab it before it's gone.


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When Beauty Gets Bizarre


I get loads of pitches, each day. Many of them are new launches from companies I love and I'm so thrilled to be the first to know. I am. But then there are the oddities. I don't mean the pitches I get for resorts or other non-related stuff. I'm talking about the beauty stuff that is straight up strange. Maybe it's not strange to everyone. Maybe I'm not cool enough to get excited by these things or maybe they just aren't for me or my aesthetic. Are any of these for you?

My favorite pitch of all time was for a belly button smell remover. Apparently, a lot of people go through life with stinky belly buttons. I imagine those whose regimens lack detailed hygiene could fall prey to belly button stink. Or maybe people with cavernous belly buttons can't reach the nooks and crannies of their own tiny cave. I don't know. But is that something we need? I hope not, because as of today, their site NavelFresh Spray.com is defunct.

Yesterday, I got a pitch for the woman who doesn't have time to manage her own hygiene. I get it. It's hard out there for a woman. You've got to be perfect, all of the time. And not just perfect in how you act towards others, or even in the kindness you show yourself. You've got to be magazine-ready, all of the time. Which is why a new "common" procedure to inject botox into your scalp to stop sweating during your workouts to save your blowouts is gaining traction in my inbox. Now I love a good blowout as much as the next girl. And I'm fortunate that my head doesn't sweat excessively. But I'm not sure I want to live in a world where you need to stop your head from sweating to preserve your blowout. I just don't know that we need to take things that far. Maybe it's a great idea for the woman on the go with no time to manage her hair (and trust me, I know all about scheduling hair time). Maybe your head is supposed to sweat for a reason? I'm not above using botox on smelly feet, dank arm pits (no beadazzling there either, please) or on your face. But maybe you have to choose between being perfect at hot yoga and having the perfect blowout. Maybe we can just agree that perfection is a high standard to maintain, let alone achieve a few times in our lives. Maybe. However, one reader just pointed out that a recent study cited preservation of hair styles as one of the leading reasons that kept some women from exercising. So maybe this is a viable alternative?

And then there is the pitch from the Japanese company, Marai Clinical. They've apparently been hard at work figuring out how not to smell like an elderly person. The pitch goes back and forth between discussing banishing noneal smell (the smell of older folks) and banishing vaginal odor, as if they are both the same thing. Their website is filled with information about how not to smell like an older person (no, I'm not sure how old you have to be to smell). Apparently, persimmon is the key and that isn't wildly available in the US. I'm not really convinced they didn't buy up the lot of left over belly button stank be-gone and repackage it. Maybe this is a thing people care about and I'm just not there yet. Maybe they think I'm old and need to rid myself of my own smell. Or maybe the Japanese are just light years ahead of us when thinking we aren't good enough as we are.

Either way, I'm willing to be it's not true. You don't need a botoxed scalp or smell remover that goes beyond proper hygiene*. Even if you aren't quite perfect.

Do you need any of this? Thoughts?


*obvs if you have a medical condition, you may want to seek treatment. But I'm betting you are fine as you are. 


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#LiveRadiantly with St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion This Summer


Sent for review. Sponsored. 


Remember how you used to comb the drugstore as a teen and look for the best products to transform you into the girl who would get asked to the dance by THE guy of your dreams? Ok, maybe that was just me. But the IT product everyone used was St. Ives Apricot Scrub. It was the best way to get smooth, glowing skin.

Flash forward a few years and guess what? St. Ives just launched the St. Ives® Smooth & Glow Apricot Spray Lotion. It's like one of my first beloved products was made into the perfect spray lotion for 2015. I seriously could not be more excited!



St. Ives® Smooth & Glow Apricot Spray Lotion contains all natural moisturizers, like shea butter and glycerin and smells like apricot, freesia and passion fruit. It's a fantastic pick me up anywhere, any time! It's so easy to throw in your beach bag and take with you for whenever you need a hit of hydration or want to smell delicious! Freesia and apricot in the summer? Yes, please!

If you're worried that the spray lotion is globby or patchy, have no fears. Not only does it spray evenly, even upside down, it delivers a fine mist to hydrate instantly. You don't even need to rub it in! It actually hydrates my arms and legs for 24 hours. From shower to shower, I know my skin will never feel tight, itchy or scaly. Talk about feeling comfortable in your own skin!

If apricot isn't your jam, check out the Hawaiian-inspired St. Ives Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract Fresh Hydration Lotion. It's also made from 100% natural moisturizers like coconut milk, glycerin and shea butter to naturally moisturize dehydrated skin, eliminating dry skin flakes, scaly skin while giving skin a gorgeous glow. This smells more like an island retreat (and feels like you just had an amazing spa experience on vacation).



Either one of these is great on the go. There is no mess and no leaking. Just silky, smooth and hydrated skin. Grab St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion for around $8 and get ready to #LiveRadiantly this summer!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of St.Ives. The opinions and text are all mine.



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