Monday, November 24, 2014

Top 10 DIY Beauty Uses For Coconut Oil

Purchased by Me

Coconut Oil is all the rage.  But what are the best ways to use it to help yourself look your best? I love the smell too! Well here are the top 10 beauty uses for coconut oil:
10 DIY Coconut Oil Uses to Keep You Beautiful and Help You With Hair, Makeup, Skin, Lips and Wrinkles
1) Shaving lotion - instead of soap and water or shaving cream which can be drying, try shaving with coconut oil. It gives you a close shave and moisturizes your skin at the same time;

2) Highlighter - after applying your foundation and blush, take a dab of coconut oil and place it along your cheekbones for that perfect highlighter;

3) Eye makeup remover - takes a cotton ball or pad and dip it in some coconut oil to remove your eye makeup. Not only does it remove all the makeup, it strengthens your eyelashes;

4) Do you use heat styling products on a regular basis? Use coconut oil to restore your hair. Before you go to bed, take some coconut oil and rub it into the palms of your hands. Then rub your hands your hands through your hair, working your way to the end of the strands. Now place a shower cap on your head. Leave on overnight, and when you wake up, shower and condition as normal. Because of its fatty acid nature, coconut oil is able to penetrate the inside of the hair shaft;

5) Hand Treatment - take care of your hands. Rub coconut oil into your hands and cuticles for a moisturizing effect. It is great for dry, flaky cuticles too;

6) Frizz fighter - battling frizzies and and fly-away hair? Use coconut oil to tame your tresses. Place a tiny bit of coconut oil into your troubled hair areas. I did some research, and the coconut oil helps repel moisture which causes your hair to frizz and fly away;

7) Use as a skin brightener - mix one part coconut oil with one part baking soda. Rub the mixture in circular motions gently on your face. This makes a great face scrub and helps brighten your skin;

8) Moisturize your lips - cannot find your chapstick? Place a little bit of coconut oil on your lips. It appears shiny at first, but after it sits, it will become matte in appearance;

9) Helps fight dry skin - throw away your pricey body lotion and use coconut oil instead. Rub the oil into your skin every night. The coconut oil sinks in fast and leaves your skin baby soft;

10) Help fade wrinkles - fine lines starting to appear? Dab some coconut oil to the affected area to rehydrate skin and fade those lines.

So those were the top 10 best beauty uses for coconut oil. What are some of your favorite beauty uses for coconut oil?

You can purchase coconut oil virtually anywhere. I got my jar through EBay even though you can get it from Trader Joe's too. However, it should be noted that coconut oil does have an expiration date, so make sure you use it by the stamped date.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BROW CLEAR GEL WARS - Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel vs. ELF Wet Gloss & Brow Clear Mascara

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It is the brow clear gel war; Milani vs. ELF (For more on the ELF Wet Gloss & Brow Clear Mascara click here). Which on will come up on top?  Which does the best job of keeping your brows looking great? Read on to find out the winner of the brow clear gel war!
Milani claims to set, define and hold brows all day long. It works on all hair colors, can be used alone or with a Milani brow product. Even better yet Milani is non-sticky, and does not flake.

Milani is one of my favorite drugstore makeup brands, so I was excited to see they released a brow gel. This is an excellent brow gel at an excellent price! The hold is great, and I have not experienced any flaking or crunchiness. Milani claims it was a light to medium hold, but I would say it's more medium to strong.

Apply gel in short upward strokes in direction of hair growth. This gel works very well with their Easy Brow Pencil. I also like wearing it on its own.

ELF is also in this competition. It holds my brows in place pretty well. I use the lash side first because I believe that the formula does not dry as hard as the brow side. I then shape and fill in my brows with either a brown matte shadow or my Anastasia Dip Brow. Finally, I finish it up with the brow side of the wet gloss.

This is a hard decision. Both perform well and have great results, so it is nearly a tie. But based on price, I am voting for ELF Wet Gloss Lash Brow Clear Mascara. ELF retails for $1.00, whereas Milani retails for $4.49.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DUPE FOR YSL TOUCHE ECLAT? Hard Candy's Lite Bright Whipped Brightening Concealer-Hmmm?

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According to Hard Candy, the Lite Bright whipped concealer is a brightening concealer which illuminates, corrects and helps reduce the appearance of dark circles over time.  How does this compare to YSL's Touche Eclat?  Both claim to correct and brighten, and with Hard Candy you save $$$.  But is the product worth the savings?
Can the makeup mavens at Hard Candy Lite Bright Concealer Dupe Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat?
Assuming this product was going to be as fabulous as Hard Candy's Glamoflauge concealer, I picked this product up without batting an eye. Boy, was I in for a disappointment.  I truly wanted to like Hard Candy's Lite Bright whipped concealer, but the product dries too fast to work with, and the texture is very thick.  I have some fine lines under my eyes that it sinks into throughout the day. I like that its a drier concealer that is unlikely to cake up, but it dries on your skin way too fast, so I find myself scrambling to blend it out immediately after application.  Also, the coverage was spotted, and it did not brighten as promised on the package.
 
The packaging is also a mess because the brush at the end is constantly clogged with nasty dried up concealer.  I do not appreciate having to wash the brush off before I want to get product out. Also, they force you to waste the little product they give you because too much comes out every time you click the pen.
I bought this in the shade light/medium.  I have light/medium skin that leans more medium in the summer, so I figured the light/medium color would be a good match. Wow, was I ever wrong! This stuff goes on with the color and consistency of Elmer's glue. Seriously, it is so thick, impossible to blend, and snow white in color! I haven't been this disappointed in a product for a long time.

So instead of wasting your money, save those dollars and purchase something which really works; YSL's Touche Eclat which can be purchased from Sephora (not an affiliate link) for $41.00.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Round up of the Best Weekly Articles From the Beauty Blog Coalition--November 16, 2014



  • TheFabZilla: This week I'm sharing makeup techniques I don't do anymore. Why? the answers are here.
  • Painted Ladies: Sheila shares an easy eyebrow grooming tutorial and video featuring Paula Dorf 2 + 1 Brows.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: African Botanics Pure Marula Oil is a poetic and delectable nectar of the gods! Learn why!
  • I Know all the Words: Forget looking for the perfect concealer- Find the perfect Concealer Dream Team!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Simple elegant manicure
  • Color Me So Crazy: Come view the 2014 Jetsetter Collection from Barielle with me as we float into the fall.
  • beautyXposé: COVERGIRL knows that #GirlsCan do just about anything. Read on to hear about their new campaign and see a FOTD.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison shares her tried & true makeup picks for holiday 2014 gift ideas
  • Makeup Life and Love: Tis' the season to be giving. It is that time of year again my friends, and Jamie has a AWESOME gift guide for every budget in store.
  • Beauty on the Bayou: Can ELF Dupe the competition with this Blush and Bronzer?
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: If you're looking for a knock-out of a fall nail polish collection, Jessica at Be Happy And Buy Polish shows you the Barielle Jetsetter collection.
  • BeautyTidbits: Going Gray? Check out 7 Tips to cover up & prevent gray hair!
  • Friday, November 14, 2014

    FOUNDATION THAT GIVES A NATURAL GLOW - MARY KAY CC CREAM

    Looking for a foundation which gives sun protection and a natural glow?  Look no further, Mary Kay's CC Cream is here!  Mary Kay's CC Cream has a SPF of 15 and takes care of your skin.

    The CC Cream is more of a tinted foundation than a regular foundation.  It has light coverage and feels very moisturizing while it is on.  The product does contain some beneficial ingredients for skin like niacinamide and vitamin C. It's also fragrance-free, which is a plus for most people.
    MARY KAY CC CREAM MAKEUP
    What is the difference between a BB Cream and a CC Cream?  Well, BB stands for "beauty balm," and it is a non-brightening primer, light foundation, moisturizer and sunscreen in one, with built in anti-aging properties.  CC stands for "color corrective," and it contains a skin brightening primer, light foundation, moisturizer, sunscreen, anti-aging ingredients and sometimes collagen boosters.

    Mary Kay's CC Cream is light weight and gives a natural looking finish.  It is an easy out-the-door option without the made-up look, and is suitable for most skin types.  It evens out your skin tone, and it is not heavy or oily. To top it off, it has sunscreen. I put it on in the morning, and I am out the door.  It gives my skin a beautiful luminous finish.

    However, I do wish that the SPF Factor was at least 30, and the CC Cream came in more colors.  Other than that, it is a great choice for a CC cream, and I would recommend it.

    Mary Kay's CC Cream retails for $20.00 for 1 fl.oz.  You may purchase it through your local Mary Kay representative.  If you do not have a representative, you can find one at www.marykay.com.

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

    SHOULD YOU WIPE AWAY YOUR DAY WITH KLORANE MAKEUP REMOVER WIPES?

    Klorane makeup wipes are made with Klorane cornflower floral water (known for its soothing, softening and decongesting qualities).  The extra-gentle wipes are great when traveling by wiping away your day's makeup with one clean swipe, and leaving a pleasant refreshing feeling.  The product is makeup free, Paraben free, biodegradable and great for sensitive skin and eyes.
    Should Klorane Makeup Remover Wipes be part of your end of day routine?
    These are great for beside the nightstand, in your gym bag, in your beach bag or travel bag. They are very effective, yet gentle on my skin. They are not completely effective at getting stubborn mascara off or removing eye makeup very well.  I had to scrub my eyes so much that they felt kind of roughed up by the time the makeup was removed. On the plus side, it did not burn and was not oily.

    I love the packaging of this product, it feels nice in your hands and is small enough to fit in any purse.  The wipes are very moist, maybe a bit too moist.  But if that is your preference then these wipes will work for you.

    I have sensitive skin that tends to be on the drier side (minus my moderately oily t-zone) and prone to occasional break-outs, and this wipe still does the trick with no irritation whatsoever. My skin feels clean and fresh after using this at night to remove my make-up, and helps speed up the cleansing process. Also great to use as a "toner" after cleansing for an extra squeaky clean.

    These remover wipes aren't greasy, and they are very non toxic which is great. I wish that they could just be slightly stronger to get rid of all the residue.

    Monday, November 10, 2014

    THE DYNAMIC DUO - ELF Contouring Blush & Bronzer

    Purchased by Me

    According to the ELF website, you can create a healthy and natural glow all year long with the Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder. The Blush highlights the cheeks to add a flush of color, while the Bronzer accents and contours cheekbones for beautiful definition. This convenient compact has just what you need to achieve a gorgeous glow anytime, anywhere.  But does their claim hold true?
    Can the makeup mavens at ELF dupe the competition with the Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder?
    ELF Contouring Blush & Bronzer makeup swatches
    The bronzer in here is a little dark for me, but you really cannot beat what you get at this price point.  The blush is a beautiful peachy-pink shade that gives your cheeks a wonderful tint that works well everyday, and has a bit of a luster to it. The bronzer shows up matte enough for contouring and has great pigmentation. It also goes on well.  The bronzer is awesome and looks natural on me. It is not orange, and I believe it has enough warmth and cool in it to look good on me. However, I can understand it may not be for everyone.

    ELF did a great job with this!  I got it as a dupe for the NARS Laguna and Orgasm bronzer/blush duo. And I was stunned to see that the ELF combo was so close.  The color lasted all day with only one touchup.

    I have medium tone skin, and it works well. I use it as a contour and an overall bronze.  I enjoyed this product. I could use this every single day. 

    ELF Conturing Blush & Bronzer retails for $3.00.  It may be purchased at WalMart, Target, most drugstores and www.eyelipsface.com.

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

    Thursday, November 6, 2014

    RADIANT, LUSCIOUS LIPS | JUICE BEAUTY REFLECTING LIP GLOSS IN ORGANIC PINK

    Purchased by Me

    According to my research on Dermstore, Juice Beauty's organic beauty solutions were masterminded by a California team passionate about healthy lifestyles and whose organic products are backed by powerful science.  Juice Beauty’s mission is to bring high efficacy, authentically organic, and pleasurable beauty solutions to people worldwide and is proud to fulfill this mission with their clinically validated products. Their eco-values include the support of USDA certified organic farming and over 80% of Juice Beauty products are manufactured using California’s sun (solar power). 100% Certified Organic Juice Base.

    I have not had that much experience with Juice Beauty, so I thought I would start off with one of their lip glosses, Organic Pink.  Juice Beauty Reflecting Lip Gloss wraps your lips in luminous and radiant sheer pigment as it nourishes and conditions. Agave nectar leaves your lips with a non-sticky sweet finish.

    Juice Beauty Organic Reflecting Lip Gloss

    Juice Beauty Reflecting Lip Gloss Swatch
    I love the concept behind natural makeup and am always willing to try companies that use natural ingredients in their products. This lip gloss is creamy and has a nice sheen---not overly glossy. It feels good on my lips and the muted shades are a good choice for me. I like its ease of application.  The scent is light, slightly sweet and fruity, nothing overpowering. And the weight of gloss is just right, very light.  It also moisturizes and doesn't leave a thick, sticky feeling to my lip.

    Does it last hours.. no... but what lip gloss does?  I love that it feels great on my lips. It has just the right amount of color and shimmer. It really makes my lips look fuller. It also does not make my lips chap.  It is one of my new favorite lip glosses!

    Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss in Organic Pink retails for $15.00.  It may be purchased at Ulta, www.juicebeauty.com and www.skinstore.com.

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    CLEANSE AND TONE IN ONE STEP - Biotherm BioSource Fresh Foam Hydro-Toning Cleanser

    Purchased by Me

    Do you have normal to combination skin and want to cleanse and tone without over drying your skin?  With BioSource Fresh Foam, your skin is clean and fresh, and in seven days, more radiant.  All you have to do is lather the product with water in your hands before applying to a wet face, then rinse with water.  As always, avoid the eye contour area. Beautiful skin starts with clean skin. Part of Biotherm's daily hydra-mineral moisturizing ritual, this non-aggressive cleanser is specially designed to be gentle on the skin while effectively removing all surface impurities from your face.
    Biotherm BioSource Fresh Foam Hydro-Toning Cleanser
    I purchased this for my normal/combo skin.  I often have issues with irritated skin or with my cleansers that make my skin too dry.  I've been using this for a few weeks now, and while I have not noticed a huge difference in my skin, I do notice that my overall complexion is slightly smoother. The cleanser does a good job of getting all the dirt and grease off. It comes out creamy and then turns into a soft, puffy mousse when massaged onto my face.  This cleanser has a really nice texture, and scent. It cleanses properly, but is a little bit too harsh for sensitive, or dry skin.

    The texture of the Biotherm Biosource Fresh Foam Hydro-Toning Cleanser is rich and creamy.  The smell is that of nice and clean.  Almost like an ocean smell.  My skin felt super hydrated after use and a whole lot cleaner.  It does aid in the removal of makeup, but I did find I had to use it twice to removal ALL traces of makeup. It’s especially great for using in the morning so that your face doesn’t get as oily during the day.

    While not in the cheapest range of cleansers, it feels rich and luxurious when you apply it, and your skin feels amazingly clean and smooth after rinsing.

    Biotherm BioSource Fresh Foam Hydro-Toning Cleanser retails for $22.00.  It may be purchased at http://www.biotherm-usa.com.

    Monday, November 3, 2014

    KEEP THOSE BROWS PERFECT & PRECISE - Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade

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    Everyone knows that perfect looking brows polish off your look.  Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade is a waterproof brow color, which is ideal for sculpting, defining and carving precise brows that will not fade.  The smudge-free, creamy formula glides onto your skin and adheres to the hair.  If you have oily skin or live in a humid climate, this is a must have.  The product comes in eight different colors ranging from blonde to ebony.
    Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

    Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade on Eyebrows
    A few weeks ago, I saw this product at Sephora and decided to try it. I can honestly say this has changed my life. If you have sparse sad brows like me, do not be afraid to try this. It will be your new best friend. I used an angled brow brush.  You need a miniscule amount. It's better to use less and add more if needed. I applied in small strokes to mimic hair and blended. This stuff dries down to a powder and once it is dry, and it does not budge. It is waterproof, resistant to sweat and does not smear.  I have finally found my holy grail brow product. I would recommend buying a color one shade lighter than you think you will wear. I wear the the dark brown pomade. It matched my reddish-brown hair perfectly.

    I absolutely love this product.  I was previously using either the Too Faced Brow Box or a pencil, but now I do not have to use anything else because this has a lot more staying power, is easier to apply and also just looks absolutely flawless. The only con I can think of is that it is easily applied too heavily so you do have to practice with it before you decide to use it as your everyday brow but once you have the hang of it, its perfect!

    My eyebrow game is so strong now because of this product. And it stays on until I take it off, I've worn it for 16 hours without a smudge. A little goes a long way with this product, so I think it's going to last me a very long time. And the fun thing is that I can change up the shape of my brows with the dipbrow pomade and build up the color intensity.  I can't rave enough about this product. I'm so happy I found this.

    The Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade retails for $18.00.  It may be purchased at Sephora, Ulta and Nordstrom.

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

    The Best Articles of the Week from the Beauty Blog Coalition--November 2, 2014



  • Endlessummer Blog: Need to moisturize and protect your skin from cold weather? Looking for a product suitable for the whole family? Check out a best-selling skin care product from Japan - Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream!
  • Grow It Girl: Tiki served us a little face this week with her Natural Eyes and Ombre Lips.
  • TheFabZilla: Lemming for matte lipsticks? Check out TheFabZilla's review of Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in Pussycat and Velvet Cherry
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Want gorgeous brows? Here are a few must-have products to achieve perfect brows effortlessly!
  • Painted Ladies: If you are a fan of neutral eyeshadow colors, you need to take a look at this blog post and video of the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette!
  • beautyXposé: You’re such a peach! Read on to see what Kristin thinks of her new Robert Matthew purse.
  • Color Me So Crazy: Look What I Have From the 2014 Midnight Beauty Collection from NYC New York Color
  • Beauty by Miss L: Does N 4 Lumiere d’hiver Super Comb Prep & Protect leave in spray live up to its promises?
  • Beauty on the Bayou: Intensify Your Eyes With L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza
  • Never Say Die Beauty: L'Oreal came out with a new addition to the Voluminous Butterfly Mascara line with a wand Allison can actually use, yay!
  • BeautyTidbits: Banish those stubborn breakouts with these 10 beauty tips for acne-free skin!
  • Friday, October 31, 2014

    BE BULLETPROOF WITH TOO FACED BULLETPROOF 24 HOUR EYELINER

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    Want to go from a regular lined eye to a smokey eye in seconds!  Too Faced's Bulletproof 24 hour eyeliner locks down in seconds for waterproof wear that will not crease, smudge or even budge.  You can create a high-impact, precise line which will stay put all day.  Or you can apply it to the entire lid and blend with Too Faced's unique "Blending Ball" to create a quick, smoldering and smokey eye.  The color locks down in about sixty seconds for 24 hour bulletproof wear.
    Too Faced's Bulletproof 24 hour eyeliner
    Too Faced's Bulletproof 24 hour eyeliner swatches
    Left: Eyeshadow  Right: Eyeliner
    What do I think?  The Bulletproof eyeliner comes in eight exciting colors, including a matte white and a silvery white.  The color I am reviewing is Purple Rain.  Draw along your lash line with the pencil to illuminate or smudge with the exclusive blending ball to create multidimensional looks that last all day long. Featuring a built-in sharpener, this multipurpose tool works as a liner or a smoky shadow.  At the other end is the Too Faced's blending ball to create that smoldering look.  This product is perfect for the woman on the go.

    The pigment for Purple Rain was fantastic.  But when I attempted to blend out the liner, it did lose some of its vibrancy.  I don't like the sponge blending tip. It seems to remove color instead of blending it. But I've got finger tips and other make-up tools for blending so that's not a big concern.  And if you layer it, the color becomes more bold.

    In my opinion, the eyeliner is top notch.  Once it is applied, it isn't going anywhere.  When I applied the liner, I did not have to tug and pull on my lid.  I did not exactly try the 24-hour test, but the Purple Rain liner lasted from 9am to 10pm.  Not bad in my opinion.  I even had a slight struggle to get it off with my makeup remover.  Definitely waterproof.

    Too Faced's Bulletproof 24 Hour Eyeliner retails for $22.00.  It may be purchased at Sephora, Ulta, www.beauty.com and www.toofaced.com.