Feb 15, 2015

Blowout for the Non Fussy


Let's be honest, I wish I could have a dry bar near where I live...but facing the facts, I don't, I never will, I probably couldn't afford to get a blowout every week. Due to this dilemma, some of us have to fake it and make it. I'll be true to you, and say "No, I don't blow dry my hair every time I shower." I actually love wearing my hair natural (another post on that soon to come), but some day require a blow dry (important meetings, presentations at work, special occasions).
I will also admit, I suck at blowdrying my hair, until I found a miracle brush, blowdryer (the blowdryer makes the world difference), and some clutch products. Today, I am going to walk you through the way I blowdry and get an effortless style.


1. On towel dried hair, I put two pumps of L'anza Keratin Healing Oil from the top of my ears down. After drenching my hair, I take the rest of what is on my hand and run the leftover product through the tops of my hair and bangs. **If your hair only reaches your shoulders or above, put in one pump of product. I take my tangle teezer and give my hair a good, gentle brush through.
2. After I take my Pureology Hair Treatment Spray and go crazy spraying this all over my hair. Then I run my Tangle Teezer through my hair once more to disperse the product.
3. I take my Sedu 6000i Blowdryer and on high-heat and high fan speed, I flip my hair down and give it a nice dry before attacking it with a brush.
4. Once my hair is 75% dry (I actually have no idea what this means, it just seems everyone picks this number when describing their a little damp, a little dry hair :)) I section off my hair in three sections like in the picture.
5. I start with the back section and do that in threes, as well as the front two sections (when I mean threes, I mean I take one section, and then proceed to divide that up in three sections to blow dry).
6. I take my Olivia Garden Ceramic Ion XL Paddle Brush with my hair on the inside and I pull the brush through, as I am following the my blowdryer.
7. I repeat step 6 everywhere, and once I am satisfied, I take my CHI Turbo Large Ion Ceramic Round Brush to my bangs to give them a little lift.

Feb 6, 2015

Friday Feelings #1

I decided to start a new series called Friday Feelings. I've seen people do this all across BlogLand, and I really enjoy the thought of looking back at my week, and hitting refresh for the weekend.
So here is my Friday Feelings: WARNING: THESE POSTS WILL BE PICTURE HEAVY, FOR ANYBODY LOOKING FOR A NOVEL, SKIP ON THESE.

#1
Blizzard Monday; Got hit with a HUGE blizzard on Sunday night, that carried over to Monday. The love of my life, Freddie Mercury had a photoshoot in the snow.

#2
Felt a little sluggish all week, not sure if it was the weather or not, but had to recharge with extra loads of coffee!

#3
Tried out the Tressemme Get Sleek spray again, and the results are outstanding! Stay tuned for a blog post.
#4
No shame in wrapping my Valentine's day gift in leftover Olaf Christmas paper, right?

Feb 2, 2015

January 2015 Favorites

Ummmm, is it really February? Already this year is flying by...Before you know it, it will be St Patrick's day! This month was a low maintenance month for me due to the vacation I took in the beginning of the year, and the gorgeous tan I got, but that doesn't mean I didn't have some products that kept appearing on my face (I said I had a gorgeous tan, not that I was gorgeous...)
The first two products are my face enhancers...

The first one; Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer has been under my eyes all month -even on holiday-. This shade Custard is a universal shade, as told by the woman at Sephora. This concealer is amazing and all the hype is unfortunately true. I say unfortunately, due to its $29 price tag. It is creamy, brightening and stays on for forever! Now, I love my Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer...but this stuff is definitely much better. 
Next up is a product that I sang praises to in this blog post. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation This is an affordable foundation, with higher end standards. It keeps oiliness at bay, and pores invisible for hours (a full work day-about 8.5-9 hours). It would be ten times better if it had a pump, because the product takes forever to drip down, but other than that this guy has been on my face, with no need for powdering.


Next up is a product that was on my cheeks every night during vacation. I brought three blushes and only used this one! It is the Tarte Cheek Stain in True Love.  This isn't a product to buy in hopes of something that stays on all day (3 hours is the most wear I get), but it is beautiful. Gives the cheeks illumination due to its creamy texture, and this color is a super natural "blushed" color. It also smells wonderful, and blends effortlessly.

Another set of products are the three items that played on repeat for my eyes. I fell in love with the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara.  This mascara isn't here to seperate or lengthen your lashes, but it gives you amazing volume, and makes it seem you have a million little lash babies! GORG!!!
The eyeliner/shadow duo is your stay on your eyes without primer all day duo. If you have oily lids, and things slip off even with primer, these guys are worth checking out. The Nars Larger Than Life Eyeliner came into my life during the holidays, and has made me kiss gel liners good bye. I never have found pencil eyeliners that don't crease or bleed during the day. I need to get all the colors in these eyeliners, because not only do they stay on all day, but they are super blendable and soft! My favorite color right now is Madison Avenue, I prefer greys over blacks, because black is too harsh on my small eyes. The Too Faced Bulletproof Shadow Eyeliner is a creamy shadow stick that comes with a sponge applicator on the other end to blend out the product. To be honest, I don't use this all over my lids, as once blended out it looks messy. What I do, is draw a thick line on my upper lash line and then do a thin line of eyeliner over it. The contract between the two is amazing, and this product also lasts all day long!


Jan 28, 2015

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder Foundation Review

This has been a long time coming. A couple of weeks back, when I purchased the Liquid Foundation, I bought the powder as well. I just wanted to see if I could break through my liquid foundation obsession and venture out to the powdery world.
I put this powder over foundation, on its own, and as blotting. I will explain my review in those three stages.




First, we will start the review of using this powder as a setting powder. I would NOT recommend this, unless you are using a very light tinted moisturizer, this as a setting powder is cake face x 10.  FAIL

Second stage, on its own. This foundation did not act like its liquid counterpart. It stayed on for maybe three hours and did keep the shine away, but didn't stay as long as the liquid formula. FAIL

Blotting and touch ups was our last test... It actually is an amazing touch up powder. Don't use the sponge it comes with, but rather apply it with a fluffy brush. As it kept me matte for a couple of hours, which is perfect for touch up time. SUCCESS


If you had to choose between the two, I would choose the Liquid Foundation, as it performs better for oily skin!



Jan 22, 2015

2015 Empties #1

These products have been sitting on my vanity for about two weeks. I was hoping to accumulate more, but I am not a super hoarder… The focus of this post seems to be lashes, and hair. Let’s start with lashes; the two mascaras that I have are the Benefit They’re Real, and the L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara. I loved both of these mascaras, but one more than the other. 



I definitely found myself reaching for the Benefit They’re Real more than the Manga. Benefit They’re Real is a fantastic mascara in defining the lashes, and making them seem extra long. In my opinion it is a wet mascara, and does transfer to the lid, if you have oily lids. It holds the curl to a certain extent but not all day. It is a great mascara for those who have short lashes, but does nothing for volumizing. Loved this mascara, but it definitely is not my favorite. 



The next mascara is the L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara. This mascara promised volume, and fell short. It definitely gave length, but there was no mangalicious volume. It was an okay mascara, but I could see why some people love it. It wasn’t my cup of tea and doesn’t go anywhere near my new favorite (Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara).

Next up are two hair care essentials.
First up is an item that I already have bought a replacement for…Pureology Colour Fanatic Hair Treatment Spray. This has been in favorites before, and is a trusty friend of mine. It is supposed to do 21 beneficial things to your hair.

PRIME

  • Hair Color Protection
  • Leave In Conditioner
  • Hair Detangler Spray
  • Blow Dry Spray for Quick Drying
  • Moisturizer for Dry Hair
  • Helps Reduce Hair Porosity
  • Conditions Weightlessly
  • Hair Cutting Lotion
PROTECT

  • Split End Treatment & Prevention
  • Hair Breakage Treatment from Daily Brushing & Combing
  • Strengthens Hair Fiber
  • Repair and Protect Heat Damaged Hair
  • Shields Hair Against Environmental Damage 
PERFECT

  • Hair Smoothing Treatment
  • Silky Hair Treatment
  • Seals Hair Cuticle
  • Reduces Dryness
  • Anti Frizz Hair Spray
  • Reduces Hair Static
  • Hair Refresher Spray for Restyling
  • Hair Shine Treatment
And boy, does it do all of those things. It also smells wonderful, and cuts my blowdry time in half, and also primes my hair so that it doesn’t get frizzy when I do blow dry it. I will NEVER stop buying this.


The last product is a cult favorite; The macadamia healing oil treatment. I use this on wet hair after I spray the Pureology spray, and not only does it smell wonderful, but it protects my hair against heat damage, and works so much better than my old trusty Moroccan Oil. I got this with a coupon code from Kendra Atkins on YouTube, and I  am waiting patiently to buy it again, but it is just so expensive. I keep telling myself it’s worth it, and it definitely is, but my wallet may cry…

Jan 16, 2015

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation Review

After a three week hiatus, I dipped into ULTA the other day just to pick up some body scrub. I promised myself I wasn’t going to get anything, because I didn’t need anything and I’m trying to save up for more important events like decorating my home, and well, my wedding.
I did pretty good, but unfortunately something did catch my eye. I have heard raves and rants about the Maybelline Fit Me foundation, but never was enticed to give it a go. This one was different. It said MATTE + PORELESS….two things that I struggle with gone? Of course, I had to purchase the foundation and the powder to take it to a spin. After all, who knew, maybe this could be my new favorite foundation at a good price!



So I decided to put this foundation to the test on two different days. Here is my breakdown of how the foundation performed, and if this is worth looking at!

I chose two different methods for the two days. The first day I applied it with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. It applied very nice, but didn't give the full poreless effect. The next day, I applied it with my beauty blender, and holy moly! My face looked like it was airbrushed over and over in Photoshop. It was unreal! The fact that the product doesn't have a pump is disappointing, as it takes forever for product to come out. A dime size amount was enough in both application methods. I did NOT finish off with a powder, which is crazy because I always have to.
The foundation definitely dries to a powdery matte finish, blurring all imperfections. The only thing I wished for was a blemish (weird, I know), just so I could see how it would cover any redness. But it covered my freckles that I got over vacation, so I'm assuming it would hold up nice over a blemish.
The color I chose was 310 Sun Beige, as I got a great tan over vacation, this matched me perfectly, which makes me happy to see that I can use it in the summer time, and put that to the test as well! 
As I mentioned before, the foundation doesn't have a pump, and comes in a glass bottle full of 1 FL oz. It isn't a heavy bottle, but I really do wish that it had a pump. It has no SPF, so I suggest putting on a lotion with SPF in it.
I checked my face throughout the work day to see how it held up...
3 HRS: No visible pores, still matte and still on. A little bunched up in dry areas but still looks great!
4 HRS: Still holding up amazing!
7 HRS: Still in tact, pores are a little bit more visible, but nothing too major. NO SHINE. Definitely clings on drier areas, which makes me believe this is not suitable for girls with dry skin. 

The biggest selling point of this foundation is that even with my combination oily skin, I had NO SHINE and I didn't even powder. That is absolutely crazy! I am in LOVE, and once I get back to my natural skin tone, will purchase a lighter shade. The foundation retails for $8.49.