Friday, November 7, 2014

Look no further for the perfect foundation - Hourglass Immaculate

I'm not a foundation person....until now!!  In the past, the cakey look as well as makeup lines really turned me away from anything but a simple blotting powder.  The only "coverage" I typically use is concealer for acne spots and under eyes.  I first heard about Hourglass when I bought their AMAZING blush.  This foundation is coverage without any signs of caked on makeup!  It basically disappears onto your skin in a perfect matte finish.  No shine, no line.

Hourglass
Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free





It's great for everyday use or just when you need that extra bit of coverage for a smooth finish.  Use an airbrush style brush to apply.  I use Sephora Pro Airbrush.  And you also have to work fast because it dries up very quickly.  It's an Allure Best of Beauty Winner for a reason...you will not find anything else out there like it!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

More Mascara Madness

For the first time ever I've got 4 mascaras in rotation right now. Good idea?...NO, because its pricey and I don't know if I will get through them all before its time to toss.  Fun idea?...YES, love trying out new mascaras and love all 4 I am currently using.


CHANEL LE VOLUME DE CHANEL

Does it all...lengthens, thickens, adds lots of drama.  You really only need a couple strokes to avoid clumping





















YVES SAINT LAURENT VOLUME EFFET FAUZ CILS



Love the false lash look I get with this one.  Do a couple coats in short feathery strokes






















DIOR ADDICT IT-LASH VOLUMIZING 


If you've read my blog before you know I'm obsessed with Dior mascaras. This one doesn't disappoint. I think its more for lengthening than it is for the bold drama.  It's a great daytime mascara! And the bottle is super-cute!



















SMASHBOX FULL EXPOSURE


Great for adding multiple layers with no clumping.  Less drama than Yves or Chanel but it's a really clean feel for this one.




















If I had to pick a winner....Chanel

(Sorry Dior...still love you :)





Wednesday, May 21, 2014

More Baby Fun! The Honest Company

Seems like every day there are more and more products out there for your little one, and I find it just as fun to buy for my babies as I do for myself!  ...Maybe even a little more fun.

I'm currently obsessed with the Honest Company.  Their products are free of any harsh chemicals and are perfect for your precious little guys and gals.  They are made with the safety of your kids in mind and offer a wide range of baby, bath, and cleaning products.

Here are some of their products I have tried and loved. (I probably own one of everything on their website, and its fair to say you just cant go wrong with them):

Organic Healing Balm

Great for the diaper area and anywhere you see dryness, redness and ouchies!












Multi Surface Cleaner
 What my baby touches and breathes matters too, and this cleaner definitely makes me feel better about not using toxic chemicals and still getting great sparkle and shine!




Conditioning Detangler

My 3 year old has very long hair and after every shower this is a great way to get those tangles out without a fight! It also moisturizes her hair, smells great, and she thinks it's really cool to "spray" her hair!








Sunscreen
 There are plenty of great organic sun care products out there. I find this one less greasy and strong enough to power through the day.











Baby Teether
It's super cute, and perfectly safe for your little babies teeth.  Easy to hold and munch on!!












Honest company comes out with new stuff all the time, and each item really takes into careful consideration what the needs of a natural and organic loving mommy are!  Cant wait to try more...

Monday, May 19, 2014

A Blush Sensation.... Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

For those obsessed with NARS blushes, yes they are some of the best out there, wait until you try Hourglass Ambient Lighting.  It will replace my NARS blush for good!

HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING BLUSH
http://www.sephora.com/ambient-lighting-blush-P384963?skuId=1581339





It comes in 6 gorgeous shades that I think will flatter a wide range of skin tones.  I use Mood Exposure, but am looking forward to trying the other colors as well.  This blush can take you from day to night.  There is no super-shimmery effect perfect for just that little color and definition you need all day, but layer on a little extra for a perfectly chiseled look at night.  Any time of day...you will GLOW!  It's got an illuminating effect I have not seen with any other blush.  It blends well, and really makes your entire face look radiant, even though the product is just on your cheekbones.

Buy it, Love it!!

I'm Back!

Sorry for the VERY LONG hiatus but I had another baby!  Love her, but she and her sister definitely take up ALL my time!!  However, being busy definitely did not change my love of finding new products to try.  I think my posts will be a little shorter (with work and kiddos taking up so much time), but the info, I promise, will be worth it!


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 drama...so 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!