Friday, July 19, 2013

Bed Head Must Have

Fighting frizz is a daily issue for many as well as myself!  Many products claim to do it, but few actually truly leave your hair with zero frizz AND no greasy product weighing it down. 

I recently discovered Bed Head by Tigi After Party

I apply about a nickel size amount all thru my hair after its washed and still damp.  After a very quick blow-dry, my hair is silky smooth but not greasy at all for up to 3 days!  No frizz, great definition in my layers, and really only need a touch of dry shampoo on the front scalp if I'm trying to go into day 3 without shampooing. 

I have tried many products that claim to diminish frizz by applying before blow-drying AND leave no sticky residue AND give you an at home finish you can normally only get at a salon.....mostly more pricey than this one.  But only Bed Head actually worked! Love it!!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mascara Madness - My Top 10

May 26, 2013 is Nordstrom's Mascara Madness where you can buy any 2 mascaras and get 1 free (mix and match from any cosmetics line).  In honor of the event, I've creating a list of my Top 10 mascaras....

#10 Lancome Hypnose

An old fav that is still one of the best even years later when so many other mascaras have taken over the market including its own offshoots (one appears below).  Great volume, little clump, small bristles reach every lash.

#9 Buxom Lash

A thick teeny tiny bristled brush helps to create a fuller look.  And if you are looking for something natural, it's got no parabens, sulfates, phthalates!

#8 Sephora Outrageous Volume Mascara

When the $24-$30 price range on these mascaras seems a little steep, head for this $15 mascara by Sephora.  Its creates lots of volume and length without hurting the wallet! ...And it performs right there at the top with the rest of these.

#7 Givenchy Noir Couture 4 in 1 Mascara

Gotta try this one just because the brush is so fun and different.  "4 in 1" is promising volume, curl, length, and nourishment...meaning some long term improvement of your naked lashes themselves.  It should say "5 in 1"...because I think definition is the main thing you get from Givenchy.

#6 Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

I am NOT a fan of adding mascara to your bottom lashes unless you really feel like you need it...too much of a raccoon eyes hazard for me.  However this is a great mascara for top lashes when you want just that little bit for a quick trip out of the house. Just to add a little something special to your look without the drama that you get from all my other choices.

#5 Lancome Definicils

I had to include this grandmother of mascaras because I think it was my first love over 15 years ago! If you don't want too much drama but want basic definition, this is still a great staple! I like the I've moved on, but it deserves the credit!

#4 Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara

This is the newest mascara in the Diorshow family.  And after much hesitance due to the other offshoots being less than expected, I tried it and loved it!  Length, length, length...that's all you need to know!

#3 Lancome Hypnose Star

I tried this on the recommendation of a friend and it really is a Lancome's newest success!  Great for fuller lashes because of the super black shade (lots of pigment) that helps to create major umph!

#2 Benefit They're Real! Mascara

Falsies without real falsies!  See my prior post ("I cheated on my mascara").  A true 2nd runner up!

#1 Diorshow
THE ORIGINAL, THE BEST, THERE IS NOTHING LIKE IT!  Again...just look at my previous post on why I love it so much.  DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA... 'Nuff said!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

BB Cream Update

In an earlier post I ranted about how I wasn't falling into the BB Cream (or CC cream for that matter) hype...because I didn't like the multiple uses in 1 idea. 


I got a sample recently and I got hooked!

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

I tried it and loved it for the SUPER lightweight coverage.  I am NOT a foundation user and don't want to be one, but this goes on like any other face cream (so you don't have to worry about lines) and it basically fades right in without any cakey feeling.  So how the heck does it add a slight coverage?...who knows, but it sure does for this girl!  I use the light shade and it's just right for priming and evening out skin tone.  Also doesn't hurt to add SPF and oil control (I still also apply an oil control SPF moisturizer before applying this for added oil control).

I haven't used it long enough to see if it has any over time skin improvement effects, but it's become a staple now in my everyday routine! 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

How do all these little treasures travel?! Makeup bag review

After many a random makeup case has been sitting in my bathroom (mostly from some sample give-a-away), I finally decided maybe I needed a more chic traveling makeup bag.  Normally my caboodle-like carrier does the trick...but lets face it...its not pretty.  :(  And how can all this beautiful, pricey goodness not travel a little more luxuriously.

I started by looking at bags by Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, etc...However, while these are all super cute, its really just a bag with no organization and little space.  And that's just not good enough for a makeup junkie!  So I settled on this...

Sephora Collections Large Hanging Travel Bag (Retail - $48)

The one on top is the closed view, the one to the left is the open view. 

Its a big bag...bigger than it looks here, but PERFECT to carry everything you need.  Especially brushes...which I like to keep as clean and upright as possible. Those suckers are pricey!!  It's also nice to use all the different pockets for clear, quick-use organization.  I haven't used the hanging feature yet, but I assume it may come in handy for a hotel with little counter space. 

And...Sephora has a "chicweek" coming up.  15% off between April 11-22!!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Diorshow Saga Continues...

Every time I enter my fav makeup seems that another Diorshow mascara spin-off has been born. And if you read from my earlier post...I have hated them all as none compare to the original.  Plain old Diorshow that I love more than any piece of makeup I own!  The rest are either too clumpy, do not act as promised, or difficult to use.  Well, here we are again with...Diorshow Iconic Overcurl.

It promises '"spectacular" volume and curl.  Here's what else the Sephora website description from Dior says...

"Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara embodies a host of key technologies. Its K-Polymer Formula combines lifting, coating, and fixing polymers for instantly dramatic curves and long-lasting wear. Its waxes and oils offer a volumizing complex that boosts adherence, coverage, and smoothing for a dramatic lift. A lipid complex of abyssinv oil and pseudo-ceramid strengthens lashes to prevent breakage, while plant nectar boosts the development of keratin, reinforcing lashes. Skinsoy supports natural cellular regeneration for maximum lash growth and vitality. "

I don't really know what any of that means except that it's promising quite a lot of happy stuff that I am skeptical of.  I have tried its sibling Diorshow Iconic which I did not like at all as I felt the brush truly did nothing amazing for my lashes and clumped.  So if this is an offshoot of an offshoot, I'm not too convinced.  However, the Sephora reviews look good (claiming lots of volume and curl) and because I'm a sucker for Dior, you know I will be trying it and getting back to you on what I think!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Coveted Eye Cream Guide! (and a little tip)

It's about that time I tread into some murky waters...a heavily forrested area and hotly debated war zone.  Okay, its not that serious. But, if you have ever found yourself in search for the perfect eye cream, you kinda get my point!!  There are so many choices out there, all with varying promises depending on your concern, lots of different price points, and no way to truly know what works best for you until you try it out. And trying it out, means several weeks to notice a difference.

On top of all this, it's the most concerning area when it comes to preventing the signs of aging.  Wrinkles around the eyes, bagginess, dark circles...are every girl's worst enemy.  And let's be real...most of this will never fully GO AWAY with some cream, because so much of it has to do with genes, sun exposure, diet, hormones, etc.

But a girl can try!  Or at least try to prevent it from getting any worse, and looking younger for as long as possible!!!  As you should know, I have tried many, many an eye cream, and am ready to share with you my favorites.  Remember, everybody's face is different, and so they may not all work for you.  But if you have been navigating the oceans that are eye creams, these may give you a little guidance.

Kate Somerville CytoCell

This is my current favorite eye cream. It's a dark circle corrector but also works on wrinkles. The key is a collagen stimulator that fills in lines while also brightening the eye area.  I have noticed a vast improvement on my eye area in terms of overall brightness and hydration.  It goes on very lightweight, so you don't feel too much goopiness.  And guess what it doesn't have...
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

Pricey but totally worth it!

Clinique All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage

All About Eyes is far and away the BEST eye massage you can give yourself!  Yes, I said eye massage...because everyone needs one of those on an exhausting day.  This cooling roll-on feels so smooth and cold, it instantly feels like you are de-puffing a long day or a late night. I don't think it has long term effects like the anti-aging eye creams, but it does have caffeine.  Another important ingredient in brightening and fighting puffy eyes.  I use it because it's just so lovely to put on!

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist 24

Fights EVERY SINGLE wrinkle, past, present, future :) Or so it claims!  However, it's quite potent and attacks crows feet, lid creases, undereye creases, you name it!  It's quite rich in its consistency so I do not use it everyday.  Just once a week or so and I definitely haven't seen any new lines.  It's good for hydrating and doesn't clog under your makeup.  Very important if you are using your eye cream during the day as well as night.

Give them a try and see what you love best!  These have really worked for me. I have yet to try the oh so coveted La Mer, but am working my way up to it! 

And here's my fun little TIP:  Back in the day the best eye makeup remover and arguably even still today was cold creams.  All your moms used them and they actually did pretty well in removing those last traces of liner.  We've all graduated to the more directed removers now, but why not use a little dab of your eye cream on your cotton ball to remove that last little bit. It really works!!  It's cooling and soft, it takes off mascara, and you are gonna apply that eye cream there anyway!  Just don't go overboard, its not a great way to use these pricey creams, and remember, they can be heavy. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

To BB or not to BB (cream)

In the last year or so, I cant help but constantly see new product guides that include a BB Cream.  That's because every brand has jumped on the BB Cream bandwagon and is rolling out their version as we speak.  But what the heck is a BB cream...

BB in its origin means beauty balm or blemish balm.  It was first formulated in Germany but became ridiculously popular when it reached the Asian market. It's basically an all-in-one product...moisturizer, primer, foundation, anti-aging serum, SPF.  Or as some reviews call them, "tinted moisturizers on steroids". 

So basically instead of layering on all your products, you may be able to achieve the same affect with just one.  However, key word is "may".  I have yet to try one and am kinda against it.  Remember when you thought Pert Plus the shampoo and conditioner (all in one) was cool because you didn't have to wash and rinse your hair twice, but then every magazine editorial said these were no good because they just don't perform the way separated hair care does?  Well, I believe it!!  I just don't think that this one product, no matter what brand, can give me the same results I expect and actually get from each single product I use.  Mind you, products I've scoured the market for and finally settled on as perfect for each need and/or concern.

If you have tried one, let me know your thoughts.

If you really want to try one, I have read that some of the most effective are by Smashbox, Clinique, Too Faced, and Estee Lauder. 

While I have seen BB creams come out one after another, what I have not seen is consistent positive reviews and/or beauty editor ravings about them.  I think it's a fad that may carry on for awhile but will not amount to a miracle product.  Miracle = retinol (remember?)  See previous post on my "drug" of choice. :)