30 June 2009
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The Product: L'Oreal HIP High Intensity Pigments Kohl Eyeliner
The Claim: A loose-powder kohl liner that glides on velvety-smooth, in gorgeous, rich, shimmering shades.
The Results: Loose kohl eyeliner reminds me of gypsies with dark smokey eyes and sexy allure. Unfortunately, that doesn't describe me in any way. I found the long handled applicator difficult to maneuver when trying to make a straight line, creating an uneven line that was too thick. I looked like a teenager trying to be Goth...and that was before the liner began to smudge and flake off. The colors I tried, Gold and Navy, were gorgeous and I would have loved them as an eyeshadow, but as far as the kohl liner went, it was just a mess!
29 June 2009
The Product: L'Oreal HIP High Intensity Pigments Color Presso Lip Gloss
The Claim: A fun, innovative way to create custom color...and your signature shade.
The Results: I tried the Trendy and Swanky colors, and I must say that they lived up to their names! These glosses consist of two separated tubes that can be mixed and matched to make your perfect color combination. It was easier for me, however, to either use the same amount of both, or just one of the colors. The blend of the colors was great, as were the individuals colors. Trendy, a mauve/light pink blend smelled delicious and gave a natural shimmer to my lips. Swanky, a bright pink/golden pink blend added a pop of color without being too overwhelming. The glosses are super-moisturizing, and I actually started using them instead of my regular chapstick--they worked that well!
27 June 2009
The Product: Ceramic 3-Barrel Jumbo Weaver
The Claim: This 3-Barrel Jumbo Waver creates beautiful waves in large sections of hair for a naturally wavy look. The ceramic coated barrels help hair to retain moisture for silky and shiny styles.
The Results: I still love the Remington Emi blow dryer for beach waves, but when I've overslept and don't have time to shower I turn to this curler for large "S" waves. Since my hair is naturally wavy, I just grab random 1" pieces and clamp the curler on the middle-to-end of the hair shaft. It's a quick and easy fix for beachy, beadhead waves.
25 June 2009
The Product: ChapStick True Shimmer
The Claim: This season's latest addition to ChapStick lip balm, ChapStick True Shimmer, offers the moisturizing benefits of a lip balm with the added bonus of a subtle, radiat shine, providing just the right accent for your lips on any occasion.
The Results: These chapsticks really moisturized while adding a hint of shimmer and color. This is a great summer substitute for lipgloss; I only wish it came with SPF. The Botanical Berry and Tropical flavors are available now, and the Peppermint Rush and Fruit Sherbet will be available in August. Here's a breakdown of the flavors-
Botanical Berry--This flavor provided a soft pink shimmer, and smelled (and tasted) like strawberry candy. Yummy!
Tropical--I'm actually not the best judge for this flavor. Due to a night with too much Malibu rum (sorry mom) I can not longer stand the smell of coconut. However, if you like the coconut sunscreen smell, you'll love the Tropical flavor. It leaves a pretty pale gold shimmer on the lips.
Peppermint Rush--I love minty, fresh smells on lips, so I was very excited to try this one out. Plus, I was sure the blue with pale silver shimmer would make my teeth stand out and look whiter. Not so much. Instead, I looked like I had a case of hypothermia.
Fruit Sherbet--This one had a light guava flavor, and the purple tint was actually very flattering. This scent was the most subtle of the four, and probably my favorite.
24 June 2009
I adore Victoria's Secret's So Sexy Natural Hold Hairspray. It's not the product itself that's amazing, though the hairspray works well enough for me, it's the scent. It's seriously like spraying perfume on your hair, with the added benefit of hold. It smells soooo good! When I walked into Victoria's Secret on Monday and they were having a sale on their So Sexy hair products, 3 for $24, I jumped at the chance to stock up for cheap. True, the salesgirl looked at my six bottles of hairspray like I was trying to bring the 80s back, buy what do I care? I'm going to be walking around town with delicious smelling hair!
23 June 2009
I prefer gloss that has a sponge tip instead of a brush, as this one does, because it's easier to apply without a mirror. Also, this gloss is not sticky at all, which I think is both good and bad. Good because you don't have to worry about your hair sticking to it, and bad because it doesn't last as long. Fortunately, the tube is so cute I don't mind having to whip it out more often to apply. My favorite shade is Fresh Squeezed--the perfect pink for summer!
• kiss you (clear fuchsia)
• fresh squeezed (pink grapefruit)
• i'm with the band (golden pink shimmer)
• friends in high places (sparkling raspberry)
• almost famous (copper penny)
• zone out (golden nude)
• who are you wearing? (passion fruit pink)
• life on the A list (first kiss pink)
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22 June 2009
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The Product: MaMa Lotion
The Claim: MaMa Lotion is the ultimate agent for those wanting clear, healthy skin. Its powerful formula is tough on wrinkles, acne, and scars, yet gentle on the skin. Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, fades acne scars, fights acne, and evens skin tone.
The Results: I have to admit I was a little put off at first by the name of this product. Mama lotion? Really? Turns out the MaMa stands for Mandelic and Malic Acid, which translates to 10% AHA. It's strong, so they recommend applying it every other day at first. After the first application I noticed my pimples dried up. After the second application, my skin was peeling and scaly and I was embarrassed to leave the house. After the third application, I woke up to amazingly smooth, clear skin. Hallelujah! In less than a week, my skin completely changed. After two weeks I noticed a more even tone to my skin. I can't vouch for any fading of acne scars, as that takes time, but this product is worth it for the pimple-drying effect alone. If it also fades my discoloration I am going to be one extremely happy camper. And, at $44.50, it's very reasonable for this type of product.
Side Note: I normally don't say things like "happy camper," but I just can't control my excitement over this product!
09 June 2009
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The Product: Royal Jelly Extract
The Claim: Pamper your skin with this concentrated liquid essence made from the nutrient-rich substance produced by honeybees. Rich in amino acids, including proline, lysine, and serine, this powerful age-defier helps boost collagen—skin’s major component for strength and support. Plus, a revolutionary extraction process allows the treatment to penetrate deeply, quickly, and thoroughly.
The Results: I am a HUGE fan of DHC products, but I must admit I was disappointed with this one. It wasn't bad, it just didn't do anything. I may as well have been rubbing water on my face. It didn't help the texture of my skin, or provide the 'glow' you know I always look for. Basically, it's an over-rated toner. Definitely not worth it.
08 June 2009
The Claim: Facial pores tighten, skin becomes much firmer, tighter, and smoother. A natural healthy pinkish radiance. Oily skin becomes less oily and dry skin less dry. Freckles and pigmentation lighten. Wrinkles become less visible. Sensitivities are lessened.
The Review: This product comes with a warning about a "healing crisis" that can include itching, dryness, peeling, or breakouts due to the release of toxins under the skin. I definitely had a "healing crisis," and it lasted a full week. A very long week with broken out skin. Just when I thought I couldn't take anymore, I awoke to smooth, clear skin. It made my skin unbelievable soft, and my complexion seemed a lot less blotchy than normal. However, I only tried a small sample bar so just when it really seemed to start working, it ran out. A week of skin detox followed by the beginning of amazing skin, only to be cut short. I was devastated. I want to try a full bar, but $40 seems kind of steep right now. Plus, I really don't want to go through the "healing crisis" again! What do you think? Should I just suck it up and buy it?
06 June 2009
The stars came out for the CoverGirl/MTV Movie Awards event at Byron & Tracey Salon, Beauty Junkies Unite was there!
It's 3 Custom Color Specialist Week on The Informed Makeup Maven who writes, interviews and reviews 3CCS. Don't forget to enter IMM's MAC Pack and Diorshow giveaways, and follow IMM on Twitter.
eye4style has the scoop on Sienna Miller's totally gorgeous MTV Movie Awards hair! Get the how-to here.
Boutique Flair features makeup with wonderful waterproof magic.
Meilily is giving away an eyeQuatic waterproof summer makeup set from tarte!
Beauty Anonymous reviews La Mer The SPF30 UV Protecting Fluid.
Celebrate Shawn Johnson's win on Dancing with the Stars... click here to enter to win a makeup bag full of her favorite goodies over at Beauty in Real Life.
Beautè Noire discovered the perfect anti-oxidant and moisture-rich SPF body lotion for summer!
Beauty Banter gives you the EXCLUSIVE step-by-step with top celeb stylist for creating spring's hottest hair 'do: the messy ballerina bun. Includes images of each step!
Addicted to Lipstick shows us How to Depot MAC Eyeshadows and Make Your Own Eyeshadow Palette using a candle.
Image and Style News Dishes on the Hottest Makeup and Hairstyles at the 2009 Mtv Movie Awards.
Maria at Beauty Is Within highlights a natural skin care company that gives back to the community.
It's almost summer.... time to wear those fun and fearless nail shades...Barielle has a unique line of colors that will last all summer long--"Driven" is my fave! Time to choose yours!!.
Enter for a chance to win one of two Men's Essential Kits by The Skin by Monica Olsen over at The Makeup Divas, but hurry contest ends soon!
LA Pretty is giving away Redken's brand new overnight treatment to two lucky readers. Get the all the details here.
Monique at Beauty Girl Musings reviews Caudalie Premieres Vendages Moisturizing Cream, an antioxidant-rich moisturizer that works for all skin types!
Lipgloss Break has 2 great giveaways this week - Enter to win KISS Everlasting French Nail Kits and David Babaii WildAid Shampoo & Conditioner!
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My Makeup Blog did a prom makeover for one reader!
04 June 2009
#1: Does Rumer Willis really think it's okay to roll out of bed, pull your hair into a messy ponytail, and then go walk the red carpet? Ugh!
#2: The usually fabulous Megan Fox was sporting a funky hairstyle that look like a slicked back mullet and too-orange foundation. What was she thinking?
#3: The first lipstick I ever wore was an unflattering shade of brick red that looked eerily similar to the one worn by Lauren Conrad. Did I mention I was 10 at the time? What's her excuse?
#4: Has Kristen Stewart ever heard of a brush? I have never seen her without her touseled, unkempt waves. It would be nice to see a sleeker style every once in a while.
#5: It's not the Audrina Patridge looks bad, she just looks so old--she looks like she's in her 40s!
02 June 2009
The Product: Hask Henna 'n' Placenta Dual-Action Pac
The Claim: Nature's most complete conditioning treatment. Strengthens and repairs dry, brittle, lifeless hair. An extra rich formula combining two of natures most complete hair conditioners - neutral henna and natural placenta. Together for the first time to quickly repair and strengthen dry, brittle, lifeless hair. And will not change hair color. The result is ravishingly beautiful hair with manageability you never before thought possible. Placenta extract, derived from animal placenta (Environmentally responsible formula), is combined with amino proteins to revitalize and protect every hairtype.
The Review: Just the thought of slathering my hair in placenta was enough to make me slightly nauseous, and more than a little skeptical. After shampooing my hair, I open the packet (the directions tell you to use the entire packet in one use) and started saturating my hair. There's a lot of product in the packet, so I sectioned off my hair and put them in buns. Then I covered it with a shower cap and let it sit for 20 minutes. After rinsing and styling, my hair has never been more manageable and frizz-free. It shocks me to say it, but my new go-to hair product is a $1.99 hair mask with 'Placenta' in the name. The next day I went to the drugstore and bought out the rest of the stock. You should probably go pick up a packet for yourself before I get to it...
01 June 2009
I also say "buh, bye" to my matte bronzer, and use a sheer bronzer with a touch of shimmer. I like Cargo Bronzer in Light--it has Mica to add a soft shimmer, and Kaolin to absorb excess oil to decrease shine.
When using so much shimmer, I like to leave my lips more natural by using Stila's Shine Lip Color in Sarah. It's a sheer peach glaze with SPF 20 to help prevent chapped lips.
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#1: Paris Hilton finally pulled off a glamorous vintage look without appearing like an over-the-top cartoon character. I was very impressed. Let's hope she keeps this up!
#2: I have yet to see Leighton Meester look bad. She has amazing style and beautiful features, and her smokey eyes and bronze cheeks look great with her new highlights.
#3: Vanessa Hudgens usually has the same look--monochromatic skin and lips paired with smokey eyes. Somehow she always manages to keep it looking fresh and young. I love it, though I wouldn't mind seeing her try something new every now and again.
#4: Ashley Tisdale had never looked so beautiful. My jaw literally dropped when I saw her. She's not trying to hard, but still looks pulled together and chic. And how does she get her hair that shiny? I'm so jealous!
#5: I'm not a Sienna Miller fan, but she really hit this one out of the ballpark. Her understated look plays up her dewy skin, and the loose waves are the perfect compliment for her Southern California glamour.