Monday, January 26, 2015

LIP LACQUER THAT'S GOOD FOR YOUR LIPS - Senna Lip Lacquer in Sugar Peach and Bling Bling

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I am a self-admitted lip lacquer addict.  And I have found a lip lacquer that is worth blogging about.

Senna lip lacquer contains Vitamin E, Jojoba Oil, Mango Seed Butter and mega vitamins to help moisturize and protect your lips.  I first found out about these lip lacquers at the IMATS convention in Los Angeles this month.  The applicator is a doe-foot applicator.  The lip lacquers are pigmented,  have a nice shine, and are long lasting.  Unfortunately, they are a tad bit on the sticky side.  It is not as sticky as MAC lip glosses, but at the same time, it is not a weightless formula.  However, since the lip lacquers last so long, I can take a bit of stickiness.  I purchased two colors: Sugar Peach and Bling Bling.  Sugar Peach is a peachy pink and Bling Bling is a deep gold color.
Senna Lip Lacquer Lipgloss protects you lip with Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E and other nutrients!

There is no noticeable taste or odor, which is a complete plus. And it has a terrific vanilla flavor.  Most glosses make your lipstick disappear in a short time. These lacquers last for hours. The best out there. If you cannot touch up your lipstick every few hours, these lacquers are for you.  There is a variety of colors you can choose from.  The colors are gorgeous, and you should get a ton of compliments.

Senna lip lacquers retails for $20.00.  It may be purchased from www.sennacosmetics.com and www.blush.com.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Best of the Beauty Blogazons for the Week--January 25, 2015



Friday, January 23, 2015

HIGH PERFORMANCE LINER - Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye Liner

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Looking for a waterproof liner? Tarte's Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner may fit the bill. The waterproof liner even comes with a custom, angled, double-ended bamboo liner brush to help create a precise line.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye Liner Makeup with Brush - How does it last?
I tried pencils and liquid liners, but I have come to love this product. The liner is a cinch to use and will not come off until you decide to take it off. It stays on smudge free for at least 16 hours. The formula is rich, creamy and pigmented. I got my liner in black. It is great for everyday use and you can amp it up for a night out.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye Liner Makeup with Brush - How does it last?
I wear contacts nearly everyday and this liner does not bother my eyes.

The brush is fantastic as well, wipe it clean after every use and you should be fine. Apply the liner immediately after dipping it into the gel liner so it will go on smooth. Follow these instructions and you are good to go. Definitely a great product if you like a lot of control and clean lines. Just replace the cap so it does not get dried out. It just makes it better that you do not feel guilty about the price.

This is the one of the best eyeliners I have ever used in my life! It is a dark, dramatic, black pigment. It glides right on, lasted until I washed it off and it did not budge even on the waterline. This product is beyond phenomenal.

The product retails for $21.00. It may be purchased at Sephora, ULTA, Macy's and www.tartecosmetics.com.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BRING OUT YOUR INNER MODEL - Model In A Bottle Makeup Setting Spray for Sensitive Skin With Essential Oils

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Need to set you makeup, but do not want the sting that some setting sprays have?  Well I submit for your approval, Model In A Bottle Setting Spray for sensitive skin.    With hydro essential oils of Lavender and Aloe Vera, this fragrance free sensitive skin formula adds moisture and helps control inflammation, while holding your makeup in place all day long.  Say good-bye to touch ups.

Model In A Bottle Makeup Setting Spray for Sensitive Skin includes Essential Oils of Lavender and Aloe Vera
This is one of the best setting sprays I have tried to date. This product truly sets my makeup for the entire day.  I got the sensitive skin formula because the original formula used to sting my skin.  This formula seems to do the trick.  I do not even have to touch up throughout the day, which is a miracle for me.  Also, it is great for when you wear heavier makeup in the evening.  It sets your makeup with no smudging or smearing.

I used to work at Sephora, so I have tried a number of setting sprays, powders, and primers.   This one so far blows them all out of the water!  I look the same in the evening as I do when just finishing my makeup after using the spray.  I have tried less expensive setting sprays with disappointing results.  The formula stung and had a tacky feeling.

There is one negative about this product and that is the spray pump.  It works well except it is a little splotchy when you spray it,

Overall, I would give this product an A-.  This minus is because of the problems with the spray pump.  Other than that, Model In A Bottle Makeup Setting Spray for Sensitive Skin is fantastic and I recommend it.  It retails for $22.00 for a 1.7oz bottle.  It may be purchased at www.dermstore.com, www.beauty.com and www.modelinabottle.com.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

TO THE MAX! - Wet N' Wild Max Volume Plus Mascara

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Pump it up!  Pump up the volume to your lashes with Wet N' Wild Max Volume Plus Mascara in Amp'd Black.

I recently found this mascara at CVS and decided to give it a try.  It provides 10 times the volume intensity of your natural lash, conditions with antioxidants from Macadamia Nut, Jojoba, & Olive Oils & Formulated with D-Panthenol to help strengthen lashes.  The brush has small bristles and a thin, tear shaped wand allowing for perfect application.
Wet N Wild Max Volume Plus Mascara Makeup plumps up your lashes and conditions with macadamia nut, jojoba and olive oil
I got great results with the Wet N' Wild Max Volume Plus Mascara.  When I applied the mascara, my lashes separated and did not clump.  Mainly due to the small bristles.  The formula itself is a very lightweight texture with a non-crunchy dry down no matter how many layers you apply. The mascara was deep black in color and very pigmented.  It wore throughout the entire day without any smudges or smears.  I wore two coats that day, but you can get away with one coat.
I definitely recommend the Wet N' Wild Max Volume Plus Mascara in Amp'd Black.  It gave me terrific results which lasted all day long.  It retails for $4.99.  It may be purchased at Walgreen's, CVS and www.drugstore.com.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

7 WAYS BAKING SODA CAN REFRESH YOUR BEAUTY REGIMEN

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You absolutely do not have to spend a fortune or expose your skin to harsh chemicals for a good beauty regimen.  Having a good beauty regimen is accessible to everyone, and you can get it at your local grocery store.  I am talking about baking soda.  I am sure you have heard of using it to clean your home, but did you know you can use it as part of your daily beauty regimen?  Below are a few of the ways baking soda can awaken your skin care regimen.
7 Tips for Using Baking Soda to improve your skin, hair, teeth, nails and more!
1)  Softer skin:  After a long day at work taking a bubble bath is always relaxing.  But did you know that by adding a half cup of baking soda can soften your skin?  Add the baking soda to your bath water and soak your cares away;

2)  Baking soda as a shampoo - By adding a tablespoon of baking soda to your shampoo you can get rid of the hair styling residue, and leave your hair more manageable.  Please keep in mind that you do not do this every time you wash your hair.  Simply use the mixture once or twice a month;

3)  Get whiter teeth - I am sure you have heard of this one before.  By adding a little bit of baking soda to your favorite toothpaste you can brush your way to whiter teeth.  Please keep in mind that this regimen is not recommend to people with sensitive teeth;

4)  Face scrub - here is an excellent way to exfoliate your skin.  Take one tablespoon of organic honey and mix it with one tablespoon of baking soda. You add a little water if the mixture is too thick for your taste.  Then simply rub the paste in circular motions on your face and rinse.  This mixture is great for the treatment of acne;

5)  Cleanse your makeup brushes - add one teaspoon of baking soda to one cup of water and soak your makeup brushes in the solution.  Rinse them off and let the brushes air dry;

6)  Dry shampoo - don't spend your hard earned money on expensive dry shampoo.  You can get the same effect by sprinkling a little bit of baking soda on you roots and tousle your hair. BAM!  Instant dry shampoo;

7)  Whiten your nails - keeping gel polish on your nails for too long can turn them yellow.  Get them looking white again by mixing baking soda and peroxide and scrubbing your nails.

So those are a few ideas on how to save money and add an everyday ingredient to your beauty regimen.  Do you use baking soda in your regimen?  If so, how do you use it?

Monday, January 12, 2015

CHI 44 IRON GUARD HAIR THERMAL PROTECTANT--HOW DOES IT PERFORM?

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I have extremely thick, wavy, unruly hair that just touches my shoulder.   I picked it up in the drugstore because I needed a new heat protectant.   Some people have given this product a poor rating.  As much as I like the CHI line, I am going to have to agree with their findings.  I bought this  for straightening my hair with a flat iron.   My style did not last even with the use of hairspray at the end.
One of the issues I have with the 44 Iron Guard is that is takes a little while for my hair to dry after spraying it with the product.  I used this product with my CHI flat iron.  The style looked fantastic for the first part of the day.  Then maybe after lunch my style began to turn to crap.  It was not curly, but it not straight either.  It was in that in between stage.  It dried out my hair so much, and made it tangled. It even made it hard to straighten. It was as if I sprayed a whole bottle of hairspray on my hair.  I gave it a second chance the next day.  I got the same results.

Also the scent smells similar to men's cologne.  And it is not a pleasant scent.  It is a heavy smell which seems to linger.  In small amounts, the smell is fine. But since it is a heat protectant, you have to spray it all over your hair, the smell becomes disgusting.

Finally, the price.  It is quite pricey for the results you get.  For $15.00 you should be getting salon quality results.

I would not waste your time or money with the CHI 44 Iron Guard.  Put your money towards something else.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Articles from the Beauty Blogazons--January 11, 2015


Friday, January 9, 2015

TAKE ON THE DAY WITH FERGIE WET N' WILD EYESHADOW PRIMER

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This perfect primer preps and brightens eyelids to guarantee ultra-vibrant color which lasts all day long!  The application is smooths and dries to a clear finish, and keeps your eyeshadow from creasing.  How could you ask for more?
This drugstore eyeshadow primer is worth a try: Fergie Wet N' Wild Take On The Day Eyeshadow Primer Makeup
The product itself seems to be somewhere between the consistency of a liquid and a cream, and is squeezed out of a small tube. It is flesh toned but sheer.   The texture is smooth, and the primer looks completely matte when dry (which is almost instantaneous).

I used to love Urban Decay Primer Potion and considered it a holy grail product.  However, when the packaging changed, I noticed my shadows were creasing and fading. I tried a few different primers that were rated high, and still got creasing.  I bought Take On The Day on a whim one day from Walgreens just to try it out. My lids are not super oily but shadow will crease without primer. I think with this primer you could go 24 hours with no creasing, and shadow that is as vibrant as when you first put it on. I have slept in this before without a budge.  Furthermore, it only takes the tiniest little amount for it to work. One tube is enough to last a really long time.  This stuff is gold!

If I had to mention one negative thing about this product, and this is stretching it, it dries clear and does not provide any coverage of veins or discoloration on the eyelids. But it does not really matter to me if anything I put on top of it stays put all day.

Short and sweet, this primer is AWESOME!  You can see the difference as soon as you put it on; it creates a smooth, matte canvas for eye shadow.  It makes any eyeshadow last all day long.

Fergie Wet N' Wild Take On The Day Eyeshadow Primer retails for $4.79.  It may be purchased at Walgreen's, www.drugstore.com and CVS.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A CLEANSER FOR BOTH DRY AND OILY SKIN - ORIGINS CHECKS AND BALANCES

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Origins Checks and Balances helps balance skin that suffers from both dry and oily areas without cancelling each other.  Broad Leaf Kelp Extract discourages and protects dry prone zones.  Tourmaline makes water more wet to more easily disperse dirt and sebum down the drain.  There is also Bergamot, Spearmint and Lavender to add a little pleasure to the cleaning process.  When I am done, my skin feels refreshed and not tight or pulled.
Origins Checks and Balances Facial Cleanser removes makeup and is good to your skin oily or dry
This cleanser is truly amazing! It does exactly as it claims. It balances my skin -- makes dry areas not tight, oily areas not greasy, etc. In addition, the overall experience of the citric aromas and slight cooling sensation that lingers on your skin products the most refreshing cleansing experience. I love to use this morning and night.

This really is a frothy face wash! I like to  I use it with my Clarisonic.  I wear a lot of makeup, and this takes everything off.  It lathers really well which is great if you have oily skin. It really breaks the oil and dirt down, and it leaves you feeling squeaky clean and fresh. I also love the spearmint scent as well--it is really refreshing! I did not find this too drying in the winter when my skin is a bit more dehydrated. It did not irritate my skin or cause any redness.  A little goes a long way, and the product lasts forever.

I'm all about simple, more natural products.  This is the most simple, yet effective face wash I have tried.   I do not have sensitive or acne prone skin.  But I do have dry, combination skin. I knew I had to try Origins Checks and Balances because they are all about more simple, mostly natural ingredients, and my skin loved it!

I do not have any problems with this cleanser although it has only been two months.  I hope my skin does not get used to it and stop working. The only con is the price. It is one of the more expensive cleansers on the market.  However, I have yet to find a foaming cleanser that does a job like this. I find foam cleansers really "blah;" they seem to just cleanse and that is all. But this one does everything, from cleansing your skin and improving it. It does what it claims. I highly recommend this cleanser.

Origins Checks and Balances retails for $12.00 (1.7oz) and $21.50 (8.5oz).  It may be purchased at Sephora, Macy's and www.beauty.com.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

SMOOTH, DEFINED LINES AT A GREAT PRICE - ELF LIQUID EYELINER

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Everyone wants to have the best looking eyes.  But not all of us have $15.00 or more to spend on eyeliner.  Well you don't have to spend a lot to look your best.  I submit for you ELF Liquid Eyeliner.  It is less costly and does just as good of a job as some of your higher end liquid eyeliners.
Looking for an inexpensive alternative for eyeliner?  ELF Liquid Eyeliner Makeup may be worth a look.
Let me talk about the brush for a minute.  The brush is a fine tip brush.  Now I will admit it is not as easy to control as a felt tip eyeliner, but it is still easy to use.  If you have trouble with fine tip brushes, I have a tip for you.  Line your eyes with a black pencil eyeliner, then go back and trace over your line with the fine tip liquid eyeliner brush.  This has helped me over the years and has helped me to achieve a straighter line.

I found the pigmentation of this eyeliner to be fantastic.  Especially when lining over eyeshadow.  Now the brush is thin, so if your hand is shaky it will be noticeable.  But if you use the above tip, you are covered. I adore this eyeliner because it lets you make a thin line, unlike many liquid eyeliners that go on thick. The eyeliner dries fast and lasts all day.  And at the price point of $1.00, it cannot be beat. Once you use it for a while, the fluid dries out and you have to kind of shake the bottle up. Other than that, it lasts very long.

This eyeliner does a good job for the price.  The fine tip and smooth liquid make it easy to draw a cat eye. It is a very deep dramatic shade of black. HOWEVER, this product can be streaky so you need to have some patience when applying it. I typically have to do a second coat after the first one is dry to make it a consistent black line.

Overall this product is not fantastic, but it is not terrible.  Once you get accustomed to using it, you are set. I would recommend this product to a friend.

The ELF Liquid Eyeliner retails for $1.00.  It may be purchased at www.eyeslipsface.com, www.drugstore.com, Target and Walgreens.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Articles from the Beauty Blog Coalition--January 5, 2015




  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: African Botanics Marula Shimmering Gold Oil is absolute hydration and shimmer perfection that can be used from head to toe! 
  • TheFabZilla: 31 days, 31 Ways. TheFabZilla shares how you can start 2015 with a NEW YOU!
  • beautyXposé: Looking for a new face product? Keep reading to see what Kristin thinks of Osmosis Colour CC Cream.
  • Painted Ladies: Sheila tested Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes and gives her unbiased thoughts on how this much discussed mascara works.
  • Beauty on the Bayou: 5 DIY Ways Lemon Juice Can Keep Your Skin and Nails Looking Great.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison's Best of Beauty for 2014.
  • BeautyTidbits: Looking to give Marsala a whirl? Check out these 10 prettiest Marsala-hued nail polishes to spice up your look in the new year!
  • Friday, January 2, 2015

    GET BEAUTIFUL HAIR WITH CHI ARGAN OIL PLUS MORINGA OIL

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    I tend to get the frizzies from time to time, especially when the humidity is high.  I found one product that not only tames the frizz, but protects my hair from thermal styling and UV rays.  It is CHI Argan Oil, and it is fantastic!
    CHI Argan Oil Protects Hair from frizzies, damage from hair irons and UV rays
    CHI Argan Oil is a lightweight, quick absorbing blend of Argan and Moringa oil, and is specially formulated to rejuvenate and moisturize dull, damaged hair while adding incredible shine and movement.

    A little about Argan Oil.  Argan oil comes from the fruits of the Argan tree.  Rich in vitamin E, it contains omega fatty acids. Both of these provide nutrition to hair.  The oil is not too heavy and absorbs fast.  The oil nourishes dry, damaged hair, and adds strength to the hair to help overcome damage from heat styling and UV Rays.

    Moringa Oil is known for its antioxidant benefits.  The deep penetrating oil is a natural supplement which increases the health and strength of the hair and scalp.  Morigna Oil restores vitamins and moisture back into the hair, giving shiny and healthy hair.

    The product itself does as it describes.  It nourished my dry hair, restored shine and protected it from heat styling product and UV Rays.  For those who dye their hair red, this is a plus since red hair fades quickly. I use it after I blow dry my air and it makes my hair smooth and silky,  I recommend this product if you have dry, damaged hair or use heat styling products on a regular basis.

    CHI Argan Oil Plus Morigna Oil retails for $19.00.  It may be purchased at www.drugstore.com and ULTA.

    Wednesday, December 31, 2014

    5 DIY Ways Lemon Juice Can Keep Your Skin and Nails Looking Great

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    Everyone is looking for ways to save money, so why not save money with your beauty regimen.  Below are my top beauty uses for lemon juice to keep you looking your best:
    1) Lemon juice is known for its vitamins.  It is also known for its cleansing properties.  Lemon juice can help with everything from cleansing, hydrating and clearing up blemishes.  And the best part is, you do not have to juice the lemon.  Simply cut the lemon in half, and rub it all over your face for at least five minutes.

    2) Use lemons to bleach your knees and elbows. You do not have to juice the lemon for this process either.  Cut the lemon in half and rub it on your knees and elbows.

    3) Uses lemons as a clarifying moisturizer.  Mix a few drops of coconut water along with a few drops of lemon juice.  The coconut will act as a moisturizer; and the lemon juice will clear and brighten your skin.

    4)  Got dandruff?  Lemon juice can help!  Simply mix water, ginger root, lemon juice and olive oil together.  Massage the mixture into your scalp and let it dry.  Then shampoo as usual.

    5)  Use lemon juice as a natural nail strengthener .  Gel manicures may be the in thing, but they can damage your natural nail bed.  Simply mix olive oil and lemon juice together, and soak your nails in the mixture.  The mixture is great if you have dry brittle nails, and it is great if your nail bed has turned a yellowish color.

    Do you have other tips regarding the use of lemon juice?  Please share!