Friday, August 29, 2014

Review: Lush, Ro's Argan

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Though my attitude on this is subject to change, for the most part I don't really enjoy putting moisturizer on. I think this has everything to do with me not liking the sticky feeling that comes with most of them and though some products don't have that finish and are great, I am glad that I discovered Ro's Argan by Lush because this almost eliminates that issue completely. Ro's Argan is a body conditioner that you apply in the shower that does exactly what a hair conditioner does, but for your skin.

Above: The brand new LUSH location in Brea CA

After you wash yourself with a cleanser, you step away from the water and applying a coating of this product all over your body, the rose and Argan oil make it smell so amazing and gives it the most luxurious silky texture. Once it's all applied and rubbed in, you lightly wash it off with warm water. I place my shower head on a softer setting so it just glides off my skin without too much pressure, I also like to do this step at the end of my shower so the moisture isn't washed away with me standing in there too long. To towel dry, I pat the towel on my skin instead of rubbing it all over. If you would like, and it is recommended, you can apply your moisturizer ( or I would recommend a lush massage bar so you can get the full effect) or you can leave it be, without a lotion after the shower your skin will still be soft and moisturized to the touch.

The only down side to this product that I will mention is that it really sticks to your bathtub and grips onto dirt. I have to clean my tub right after I use it so it isn't dirty and also kinda slippery from the oils. So just be aware of that and keep your tub clean. But other than that, definitely a product worth buying again. My container is less than half way full and since I like to rotate products often, that's a big deal for me.

 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Haircare Haul/What is a Paraben?

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Hello beautiful readers!

I have been trying to think of the last time I purchased some hair products and I knew it had been a while because I really couldn't remember. I have this bad habit of getting over a product before I finish the bottle so I replace it and put the half/almost empty bottles under my sink and forget about them. Lately I've been dipping into that collection and using up some of my old stuff and I was thinking about how I really hadn't done any research on what was new. The only thing I've heard time and time again is that parabens are terrible and everyone is choosing products that do not have them. And I'm going to be completely honest, even though I now work for a skin care company, I had no idea what a Paraben was or why it's so bad. So I'm going to go over my haul with you as well as give you a breakdown on what parabens and sulfates are so you can make your own decision when purchasing hair care products. I'm going to give you a general definition for each based on what I've read about them. If you want more detail a basic google search can tell you all you need to know...

What is a paraben? A preservative used in cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food products chosen mainly for its bactericidal and fungicidal properties as well as it's low cost. They are also known to be more effective and preserving products than more natural alternative such as grape seed oil.

Why is it bad? Traces of parabens have recently been found in breast cancer and also have been linked with adding higher amounts of estrogen to their users and possibly causing pre-puberty in young girls.

What is a sulfate? A salt or sulfuric acid used in shampoos and cleaning products that essential create the "lather" of the product.

Why is is bad? There have been claims that sulfates link to cancer but that is not definite. What has been concluded is hat sulfates actually cause more frizz for your hair, especially curly hair and also is damaging to color treated hair.

Ok now that we have all of that out of the way we can talk about what I purchased. All of the products in my new collection are sulfate or paraben free or both. In my first haul which included a trip to planet beauty and nordstrom I purchased only Alterna and Living Proof products based on recommendations from friends. Then I paid a visit to an Aveda store and was completely sold on their conditioner and anti-frizz leave in. I'm listing the products purchased below as well as my first impression of them. I've used everything for about two weeks now so I feel like I am able to give honest feedback.

For treatment I picked up the Kendi Dry Oil Spray by Alterna and the Aveda Smooth Infusion leave in treatment. So far I like the Kendi spray, it leaves my hair soft and shiny and the consultant told me that it also gives the hair heat protection which is the real reason why I bought it. I'd say that it does make my hair feel softer after I spray it and it isn't too greasy which I really like, but it really is just a glorified heat protectant, it does it's job but for $25 you can get something from the drug store that probably does the same thing, I won't be buying it again. For the smooth infusion by Aveda, I've used that about 3 times and I like it, I feel like it leaves my hair smooth, but I will say that if you use too much you will feel like your hair is too weighed down and a bit greasy. I prefer to stay away from products like this because I only wash my hair about twice a week so I don't want it to feel heavy/greasy right after I wash it. If you're looking for smoothness this definitely works, I would just say use a light hand when applying. Then for texture and as a curl refresher I got the Bamboo Beach Ocean Beach Waves texture spray and I really love this stuff. It's a nice second day curl refresher and it smells amazing. You spray it in the hair and twist the curls in the direction you want them to stay and they really do stay put. It's a bit pricey at $20 but I'm not using it on a daily basis so it's worth the spend to me.


For shampoo I ended up with the No Frizz shampoo from Living Proof and a Deep Cleanse Clarifying shampoo from Bamboo by Alterna. If you're not sure, a clarifying shampoo is meant to get rid of all the build up in your hair from products as well as give it a deep clean. I will say that this one REALLY cleans the hair out, though the consultant assured me that this does not strip your hair, it did leave mine feeling really rough and dry. I'm sure this has everything to do with how bleached and processed my hair is, so I would say use sparingly (once a week if that) and make sure you deep condition after. For a daily shampoo, the living proof no frizz is working out really well. It doesn't dry my hair out and gives a good clean, it also suds up enough so I can feel it cleaning even though it does not have sulfates which is nice. I didn't know this when I bought it but that lines was developed by scientists at MIT, so if that information is impressive to you then you might wanna pick it up!


Lastly for conditioner I purchased a daily conditioner by the Aveda damage remedy line and I really like this one, it's very moisturizing but not too heavy, it actually adds protein to the hair to help rebuild it. For my color treated hair I've noticed that after an intense clarifying shampoo this product did its job in adding the moisture back. For my mask/conditioning treatment I purchased the Alterna Bamboo Kendi Intense Moisture Mask and I would have to say out of all of my products this was my least favorite. I really haven't felt like it moisturized my hair anymore than a normal conditioner and even to get that deep moisture feel I had to use a ton of product and my hair isn't even that long. Maybe if you have thin hair this would be a good product but I wasn't impressed, I definitely won't be buying it again.



Well that's my haul, please let me know if you have any feedback on these products or if you can recommend a good conditioning mask. Ive heard good things about Enjoy, Aveda and Cavier so those are next on my list. If you would like to know where you can purchase these products I'm proving a link to my polyvore page where you can buy them online or visit a retailer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Update: I'm Still Here!

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Hi everyone, 
I know it's been months since I posted on here and even though I've been super busy with things that really is no excuse and I apologize. Honestly aside of me being completely busy I have also found that I'm lacking some motivation/inspiration to create post. I try really hard to make sure that my posts are meaningful and are something that I as a reader would want to read and in the past couple of months I haven been able to conjure up anything worthy enough. I don't want to just make posts for the sake of throwing something up on the site, I want to put effort into them and give you the most informative and hopefully fun information I can deliver. 
With that being said I am in the process of completely changing my website as well as the blog to better reflect myself, my style and my lifestyle at the moment. I am currently working in the beauty industry as well as my new adventure into the plus size fashion industry and I want tho blog to now reflect that. I have been putting more time and effort into my outfits and would love to share those with you along with my usually beauty tips and tricks. 
Like I said I am still really busy so I am doing what I can to make some great summer posts for everyone so please stay tuned! I am still very happy and surprised at all the hits my blog continues to receive even with my absence and this is just more motivation to deliver more great posts. If you have any comments or suggestions I would love to hear them! Thanks for reading for continuing to subscribe :) ttys 


Fresh hair, makeup and necklace ;) 

Some style inspiration. More looks with better photography skills to come! 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday Rave: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation

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Good Evening! I promise at some point I'm going to start writing these in advance so they get posted in the morning, but until then you get evening raves ;)

I haven't mentioned this yet but I recently got a job in cosmetics at a department store, because of this I'm now able to test out a lot more products and most importantly products I probably would not have tested out otherwise. Being around brands I don't really gravitate toward has introduced me to some really awesome products, one of those being Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua foundation.
I think because Chanel has all this prestige I just assumed that the products were more about the brand name than the quality so I never really gave them a chance. However, I recently I tried the Vitalumiere Aqua foundation and I'm kind of obsessed with it. So reasons why it's amazing, first off it has that dewy finish that I love as someone with normal/dry skin. Second, it gives amazing coverage for being so luminous, I feel like sometimes with that finish you really have to layer the foundation, but with one application of this it covered really well and really even. It has an SPF of 15 and the formula is super light. It is also worth noting that even though it is "aqua" which makes it dewy, I didn't need to set it too much. I just put some MAC studio finish powder on my T-zone and I was good for the day. I blotted with a napkin a couple of times for my oiliness but no need to retouch. Overall I feel like this is an awesome foundation with a nice finish and great coverage. My only issues with it would have to be the smell. ALL of Chanel's products are extremely fragrant, and I wish they didn't add such a strong perfume smell to the foundation. Also of course the price point is kind of high, $48.00 for 1 oz. But if you compare some other high end brands, that's barely above the average price.



Left: I found that the B20 Beige color matched me the best. I'm also pretty sure there is also just a 20 Beige option, so if anyone knows the difference feel free to comment. 








Above: Me wearing the foundation with chapped lips, enjoy! 


Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday Rave: Philosophy Hope in a Jar A-Z Cream

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Monday Rave: Philosophy Hope in a Jar A-Z Cream


Happy Monday Everyone! 
Well it has only taken me a week to recover from Coachella and now I'm ready to get back to blogging. If anyone is wondering, I had the most amazing time while I was there! I'm thinking of doing a personal blog post about it, but I don't want to venture too far away from beauty. So if you are at all interested in that, please let me know in a comment. 

Now onto the rave and also tying right back into Coachella, I wanted to talk about Philosophy's Hope in a Jar A-Z Cream which is their version of a BB cream. I used this product all through Coachella and have continued to use it everyday since I got back and I have to say I really love it. As I mentioned in my previous post, I wanted something that had the SPF plus a foundation so I didn't have to worry about adding an extra step to my routine. After applying it once in the morning, I had no need to retouch it throughout the day and the SPF covered very well, I spent a lot of time in the sun and did not get a sunburn. 

I also really like the coverage, I would say it's in between light and medium coverage, but definitely the best coverage of a BB cream I've seen. The only thing I've had to do it spot conceal my really pronounced blemishes with a cream foundation (I've been using Cinema Secrets cream foundation). Aside from that, I've gotten a really even coverage with this BB cream and I love how moisturizing and lightweight it is. It gives you a dewy finish plus coverage so it's perfect for summer, I'm positive this will be my go-to foundation in the hotter months. I'm using it in shade Medium, and from what I've seen that is the shade that matches most. The only downside to this is that it does only come in 3 shades that don't vary too much in pigmentation, so their deep skin tone option is not very deep. If you wanted to add a darker tint foundation to it to match you better I'm sure that would work, but I haven't tried it. 

I bought mine at Nordstrom for $38.00, I know you can get it online, at Ulta, Macys, Sephora, a ton of places carry philosophy and I'm pretty sure the price is the same everywhere. I did initially think this was a bit pricey for a BB cream, because that's about what I pay for a full coverage foundation. But so far I'm only using 2 pumps a day and I think the tube will last me for a good while. I can update you guys on how long it lasts me so you can get a better idea of that. 

Conclusion, I love it! The proof is in the photo below, if you have any questions about it, please leave a comment below :) 


Above: Me with the A-Z cream on, I spot concealed with Cinema Secrets cream foundation and I used a light dust of Ben Nye powder to set it. 



Thursday, April 10, 2014

Coachella: What I'm Packing

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I can't believe it's been a year since I blindly bought my Coachella 2014 tickets on presale having no idea who was going to be performing and whether or not I was going to camp or stay at a hotel. All I knew was that I wanted to experience this festival at least once in my life and I was not going to BS on craigslist hoping to score a ticket last minute. So needless to say when the line up came out I was super pumped and ready for the adventure. Now here I am the night before, having spent the past two days running around like a mad woman getting my supplies together (because you know I didn't have a year to do all this shit) and now I'm exhausted, excited, and ready to go (we decided on camping!).

Since this is my first trip I asked my brother for advice on packing since he's gone the past 4 years now, but as an over prepared and paranoid woman I googled some check lists from other veteran festival goers just to be sure. After reading a couple lists I felt like there were a few themes with what was being packed and what could stay behind. So I'm letting you in a few "essentials" that seemed necessary and my makeup bag that I concluded on my own considering the elements and possible lack of a bathroom.


 Here's a list of a few odds and end essentials that made sense to me. 

1. Sunblock/tanning oil/aloe Vera - it's going to be an average of 95 degrees while I'm out there and my skin is as white as can be. My sunblock is SPF 110 because I'm dramatic. The aloe Vera is here because I know that not matter how much I put on I know I will still burn. And honestly I have no idea why I'm taking tanning oil, I don't tan and if I use it alone I will definitely burn. But I have it so it's going. 
2. Baby wipes - I know I can't function without a shower but I've read a few horror stories about the lines being 3 hours long. I have no shame in using these guys to keep the funk off. 
3. Deodorant - secret to me really makes the best one and I wanna make sure I have something powerful for the sun and the dancing. 
4. Aleve - I'm praying to the gods above that I don't get my period, but it's looking like a serious possibility (why, why?!). Aleve is the only thing that cures all my symptoms. I would be the worst person to be around without it. 
5. Tissues - I found these slim packs of 10 on sale at walmart. I read that sometimes toilet paper isn't always handy, so these are going in my bag. 
6. Hand sanitizer - for obvious reasons 
7. Burt's bees - I knew I needed a balm and to me Burt's peppermint is the holy grail so I sprung for the good stuff. 
8. Dry shampoo and boar bristle comb - I'm not bringing any kind of flat iron or blow dryer so there's a real possibility that I won't be washing my hair. This stuff is going to save my life. 
9. Gum - duh 
10. Allergy medication - dust storms are not unheard of and I don't want a sinus headache ruining my time. Plus this knock off Zurtec was only $.88! 


Now on to makeup! I'm really keeping it as simple as can be. I know I want SPF, an even skin tone, a brow, and some glow so my options were simple. 

1. Neutragena Clear Face Moisturizer with SPF - just in case I don't wanna mess with my BB cream, I wanna make sure I'm protecting my face. 
2. philosophy A-Z cream in Medium. This BB Cream has SPF, gives a really good coverage and helps fight the signs of aging. So I'm down with it. 
3. MAC prep + prime highlighter pen - to give me that glow 
4. MAC dip down fluid line and omega eye shadow - for my brows
5. NARS Santa Fe Powder and Orgasm Blush - to tone down shine and give me a glow that goes with any outfit. 
6. MAC pro longwear bronzed in nude on board - obvious reasons. 
7. MAC zoom lash 
8. Maybelline Fit Me concealer in light - I chose to bring this one along because it's got a wand on it for easy application and the texture is super creamy. It'll keep my skin looking dewy and not over done. 
9. I forgot to picture this but makeup wipes! I have no idea if I'll have the means to wash my face (I hope I do!) but if I can't I wanna make sure I can get it clean with a wipe. 
10. Urban Decay all nighter makeup setting spray - to help my face stay out for as long as possible. 
Lastly, we have clothing. I'm not going to go into too much detail about this. But what I will say is that I wanted to go for bohemian but also comfortable. I have 2 closed toe shoe options, Steve Madden boots and Toms in case the ground is too muddy and a sandal in case it isn't. I tried to stick with like colors except the daisy dress because I had to have it! But that's why it's paired with a hat to keep me cool. I'm hoping I can get some good outfit posts while I'm there, so look out for that :) 

Well that's basically what I'm packing! There were a few things I didn't photograph that I'm also bringing like a sleep mask, ear plugs, condoms (you never know!), bug spray, toilet paper and  other necessary toiletries like a toothbrush but that's pretty much it! It's almost 1:00am the night before I'm leaving so I need to get my ass to sleep. If you're going or have any other festival suggestions please leave them in a comment and maybe I will see you there! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Rave: NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Gold

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Monday Rave: NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Gold

So I did it, I found a way to look like I tried really hard with my makeup but really I didn't. It's with a colorful liquid liner! I know this concept isn't new to anyone, especially since I recently blogged about turning my Wet N Wild shadows into a liner, but I have been on the hunt for a pigmented liner that isn't outrageously expensive. I have officially found that in NYX's line of Studio Liquid Liners. I went to Ulta to see what was on sale and NYX was priced at Buy One Get One 50% off. I picked up a few lip pencils and I had been eyeing these liquid liners for a while and finally decided to try them. I grabbed 2, one in the color Extreme Purple, and my favorite, Extreme Gold. Surprisingly they are super pigmented and do not require a ton of coats to get the color to transfer. I definitely didn't give a thick color on the first swipe, but I would say after 3 coats of the color I was satisfied with how it looked. They we about $5.99 a piece, so I got 2 of them for around $10.00 which I'm really happy with. The next time they go on sale I will definitely be picking up a few more colors. I've received more compliments on my makeup since I've been using color liners than I did when I just went bare lids with a lip color, so to me it's worth putting in a little bit more time. 





Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday Rave: Sedona Lace Zip Up Brush Belt

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Happy Monday! Today I'm celebrating my brothers 27th birthday and it is also the day I received my Sedona Lace shipment! I've been eyeing this zip up brush belt for a while and have seen plenty of good reviews so I decided to try it myself. Currently I have a MAC brush belt and it works fine aside from my brushes slipping out if I put the belt in my makeup case. I'm also using the Makeup Forever brush holder that's shaped like a cup and I like that one but now I have too many brushes and they don't all fit in the cup. Now I feel like I'm perfectly happy with the zipper belt and the cup. The zipper belt holds a majority of my brushes except for the real techniques ones because the handles are so thick, so those go in the cup. 
The belt is leather and it zips up nicely without catching and brush bristles when I close it up. It also has a spot to hold business cards which Is super convenient! It holds the brushes nice and snug and I don't see any signs of them coming loose. So as a first impression I'm super happy with it. It's also nice that I bought it while they had a 25% off coupon code. If you're looking into a brush belt you really can't go wrong with this one. It's sturdy, has the zipper and at $19.99 the price is perfect. 


Zipper open, lots of room! 

Zipper closed, brushes aren't going anywhere. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday Rave: L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

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Monday Rave: L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara



Mascara has always been one of those things that I really refuse to spend a ridiculous amount of money on. It has to be replaced about every 3 months so I want to make sure that I'm purchasing a product that is great but also has a great price point. I have tried many, many, MANY different brands and I always find myself reaching for my L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara. If you look this product up you will see that this is no secret. Celebrity artist and Youtube Gurus have have raving about this mascara for years and it still reins supreme. It adds plenty of drama, it's long lasting, and it just gives the perfect full lash without flaking all over the place or looking too clumpy. I also really love the wand, I have not been a fan of the new wands that are coming out that are rubbery and have tiny little prongs on them. I like that this wand is heavy duty and fully coats my lashes. On days when I do not feel like wearing a ton of makeup, I just use this mascara with some concealer and blush and my face is done. It's really a staple and I see no reason in purchasing any other brand if you don't want to.


Friday, March 14, 2014

MOTD: Blue Winged Liner

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For yesterday's MOTD I really wanted to go with a pop of color for my liner but I don't have too many electric colors to choose from. This is exactly why I purchased a mixing medium so I can turn any of my powders into a liner if I wanted to. My go to product for this as of late has been Cinema Secrets Eyeliner sealer, I purchased this for $8.00 at Nigels Beauty in LA but you can get it on their website. I mixed the sealer with the blue shade in the Wet N Wild 'Drinking a Glass of Shine' palette and the color turned out amazing! I have how I mixed the product in pictorials below and my preference is to use a small, stiff angled brush like the MAC 233, but you can also use a thin eyeliner brush if you prefer that.





Eyes: 
Primer: Lorac Shadow Primer (not pictured)
Shadows: Orange and Tan colors from Wet N Wild Palette blended in crease, MAC Naked Pigment on the center of my lid
Liner: Cinema Secrets Eyeliner Sealer with Blue shade from Wet N Wild Palette
Under Eye: Clinique Eyeliner in Intense Chocolate with the brown color from the WNW palette.
Mascara: MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash


When you add a drop of the mixing medium, I like to let it sit for a minute so the liquid can settle in the powder and make it easier to mix. 


Then I transfered the liquid/powder mixture to my paw palette, or you can use the back of your hand but I didn't do that because this blue color will stain your skin a bit. 


Brows: 
Fill: MAC Espresso shadow mixed with Cinema Secrets Eyeliner Sealer
Concealer: Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Fair

Face: 
Foundation: MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC25
Concealer: Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Fair
Blush: Lancome Blushing Tresor
Contour: MAC Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder in Nude on Board

Lips: 
NARS Lipgloss in Stolen Kisses (Not Pictured)



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