Sunday, August 18, 2013

Find of the Week: Smooth, Silky Hair

Sorry for the absence--I've been out of town but that hasn't stopped me from discovering great new products that I just have to share. It has been a rainy August so far and my new short do is acting up in the way of piles of frizz. So far, I've found this stuff to work the best to tame that mane: Extreme Smooth Combing Creme from Vidal Sassoon.

From Vidal Sassoon. com
It works great as a work-through when applied all over to damp hair and as a tamer to apply after the do is done and throughout the day to keep that frizz down! Also, only about $4 at your local drug store. How awesome is that? 

Downside: it isn't a hard hold so you may have to re-apply throughout the day rather than set it and done. If you like your smooth to last, I recommend a firm hairspray to keep the hairdo in place.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Find of the Week: Easy Smoky Eye

I love a good smoky eye but not everyone has learned the technique and sometimes it can turn out a huge mess. I am a big fan of Almay's Intese I-Color shadow kits because the colors are great for bringing out your natural eye color and they are a fantastic budget option. The new smoky eye kits take the guess work out of finding the right color for you and they had a how-to video right on their webpage so the application is nearly foolproof.

Courtesy of
The colors are lovely and build-able so you can have daytime eyes or nighttime eyes. I've always loved Almay for sensitive skin; back in the day it was all I could wear! All you need is a little liner--I like a dark black or brown shadow and an angle brush to line the top of the eye lid and lightly line the bottom.  So striking!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bronze Beauty: how to get that bronze glow without the sunspots

I apologize that my makeup Monday post is a little late--an out of town trip turned makeup Monday into do-over Tuesday. Nevertheless, since the summer is growing so much closer to ending (tear), I would like to share some of the summer's best bronzers that you can wear on your face year round.

High End:

Nars Bronzing Powder courtesy of Sephora 
Nars Bronzing Powder goes on smoothly and is the perfect kiss of sunshine. Apply it to the temples, sides of the cheeks and at the hairline with a buff brush to get just a hint of it tan. It comes in 3 great colors so you can match your skin.

Downside: It's $36 for the compact. It hurts the wallet but it does last a long time if used as directed (you never want an all-over-bronzed face or else you will be in danger of the Snooky look). 

Mid Range:

Tarte Mineral Bronzer courtesy of Sephora
Tarte Mineral Bronzer is skin-loving and good for you. It brushes on lightly and gives a healthy, natural glow. The minerals are good for your skin too! This is my go-to powder because my skin loves it and it blends perfectly.

Downside: not too many colors. They have had 2 or 3 different options available in the past but Sephora has only Park Avenue Princess right now which is perfect for me but might now be right for everyone.


Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder 
The Body Shop has some of the most luscious stuff and this is no exception. A matte bronze, this gives a hint of color for those who don't like glitter with their bronze. It comes in 4 colors so color matching to your skin is easier, at $19 regular price it is not so inexpensive, but it is on sale for the end of the season and at $9.50 it's a steal! 

Downsides: Not necessarily for sensitive skin. I've had mixed results with Body Shop makeup and some of it irritates my sensitive skin. Chances are this powder will be just fine for most. 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Bright, Rested Eyes

I am very happy to talk about this week's find of the week: Ole Henriksen Perfect Truth CC Eye Creme  with Broad Spectrum SPF 15. I usually try to stick to budget items for the find of the week, but this CC Creme was soooo fantastic I had to share.

Courtesy of Sephora 
Very lightweight and yet full of coverage, a little goes and very long way--making it worth the splurge. It is also moisturizing so if you don't have dry skin, this would be the only eye product you'll use all day. It even got rid of my tired, baby's-been-up-all-night bags. It covers, corrects, reflects light perfectly to give your eyes a rested glow.

Downside: the price. It is $36 an ounce at Sephora but you could save by not needing and eye cream + a concealer every day. Also, since it stretches so far it'll be a good 6 months before you need more, which is a great bang for your buck!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Biggest Foundation Mistakes and how to Fix Them

I've had my fair share of foundation flubs and have gone through dozens upon dozens of foundations over the years. Here are a few tips to help you find your perfect foundation and how to make it look flawless.

Find the right color

This is somewhat of a trial-and-error process and it may take a few tries to get it right. I myself found that most of the drugstore brands tend to be too orange on me so I had to go to the makeup counter for a more perfect match.

How to find a match: going for the right tone is the most important thing. I have a more yellow pallor so I choose foundations that are yellow or olive toned. If you have a more rosy complexion, go for cool toned foundations. Test a little on the underside of your wrist, where your tan line starts to appear. If the foundation blends into your skin, it's the right tone.

Find the right shade

Too light and you look like a ghost, too dark and you get a makeup line at the side of your face. Your skin is most likely dark in some patches and lighter in others--otherwise why would you need foundation? Find a shade that is between the darkest and the lightest--a happy medium--that way it should blend the dark areas with the light. Don't change shades between summer and winter, either. Use a light-weight bronzer for summer to warm up your complexion to match your new tan.

Make sure your concealer matches

Your under-eye concealer can be a little lighter than your regular skin to get rid of circles, but your spot concealer should be spot-on in color. Make sure it blends into your skin. It is just as much a trial-and-error as foundation and you should test the color on your arm first.

Choose a foundation that works with your skin

Whether powder or liquid, your foundation should choose one that has moisturizing properties if your skin is dry and matte-ifying properties if your skin is oily. I have oily skin so I choose powder foundation in an oil-free variety. If your skin is prone to dryness, go with a moisturizing liquid foundation.

Blend, blend, blend

Whether you go liquid or powder, you have to blend the lines at your jaw, the side of your face and anywhere the foundation stops. Make sure you make it so that the foundation completely blends into the skin so that there is no dreaded makeup line.

If you follow these tips, you should be on your way to a beautiful complexion in no time!

Find of the Week

Want shiny, nourished hair but don't want to pay an arm and a leg to get it? You don't need those spendy salon brands. I recommend Organix Macadamia Dry Styling Oil. Just a dime-sized amount worked through your damp hair and it is soft and shiny all day--and only for $7.99 at your local drugstore.
Courtesy of
Downsides: don't use too much. If you go overboard this could make your hair look greasy, so go easy.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Fall Color Preview

On this beautiful, and hot, summer day it is hard to imagine that fall is just around the corner, but these fall color palettes make the idea of crisp weather more than bearable. Some are a little spendy, but I've thrown in their budget equivalents for those of us with lighter wallets.

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush in Tease
Marc Jacobs' new palettes and lip gloss for Sephora are beautiful and rich. This lovely palette in "Tease" features bright purples and deep smoky hues--perfect for fall.

Down side: $59. Yes, it is a definite splurge. With richly pigmented color this is worth it--if you have the money.

Revlon Photoready Primer, Shadow + Sparkle 
Alternative: Revlon Photoready Eyeshadow palettes. They come with bonus eye primer for those of us that need the color to stay all day and a sparkle overshadow or "topcoat". They come in several shades, including this purple palette "Watercolors". Only $ 8 at most drug stores.

Marc Jacobs lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl
Marco Jacobs lip gloss--sorry, lip "vinyl"--promises shimmery color and a healthy champagne-grape infusion. Comes in 5 fantastic colors including this one in "Studded Kiss".

Down side: Price again. The lip vinyl comes for $28 at Sephora stores and online. Ouch. 

Burt's Bees Lip Gloss, courtesy of the Dermstore
Alternative: Burt's Bees lip gloss. Know for their natural products, this gloss is no exception. Nourishing with omega fatty acids, this is great for your parched fall lips. The colors are also amazing, like this one in "Starry Night". It also won't break the wallet at about $8.99 at most drug stores. 

So get those fall colors going and enjoy the changing of the seasons!