Sunday, October 31, 2010

Black Label Pure Boar and Nylon Bristle Brush Review + Contest!

This medium sized oval boar and Nylon brush is made by Brush Lab. I've tried some boar's bristle brushes before and honestly, I was never a big fan of them. I have pretty thick hair and they never seemed to quite make it all the way through my hair. This brush is different. The Nylon bristles helps it penetrate even thick or coarse hair and it detangles beautifully! The boars hair bristles really smooths out the hair shaft and helps distribute the oils properly so it diminishes frizz. The boar bristles also helps add shine.

The style of this brush is great-the handle is easy to grip and maneuver so you can use it while styling your hair. The Nylon bristles are heat resistant which make this a great brush to use mid-way through blowing out your hair.

This brush collection is a great alternative to some of the more expensive boar bristle brushes. It gives great results and would be a good option for any hair type!

Available at: Brush Love

Price: $17.98

This product was sent to me for consideration to review. I was not paid for my review, nor am I affiliated with the company in anyway. This is my honest opinion based upon my personal experience!

Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas!
Down-to-the-Wire Halloween Costume Idea

Don Draper's wife-to-be, Megan

Down-to-the-Wire Halloween Costume Idea

This is a make up article

I'm not a big fan of dressing up, but this year I decided to do a super easy, classy "Mad Men" inspired get-up.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Lush Calavera Bath Bomb Review

In celebration of Halloween this year, Lush came out with a few Limited Edition "Day of the Dead" products. This colorful Calavera bath bomb is one of them. This particular bath bomb is pretty fragile and did chip a bit before I used it in the bath but that didn't stop it from doing it's job! This was so pretty in the tub- it created swirls of pink, orange and green. As it dissolved, it also released about half a dozen marigold petals into the water. The scent is a lovely blend of citrus and a hint of floral.

The Lime oil in this bath bomb makes it particularly refreshing to use and it left my skin feeling very clean without being dry. This would be a great bomb to use if you're feeling a little rundown as Lime oil is known for it's therapeutic benefits of being uplifting and rejuvenating- it can also help improve circulation. This probably wouldn't be one of my absolute favorite bath bombs (I have about a dozen of favorites!) Lush offers but it was a fun one to use and in no way was it a disappointment!

Description: Sadly, there isn't any tequila in this brightly coloured bomb but we were sure to fill it up with marigold petals and zesty lime oil to make your bath time festive! Celebrate the season with burst of citrus and massive swirls of oranges, pinks and greens to lift your spirits out of this world.

Price: $5.95

Available at: LUSH Cosmetics
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween Makeup and Costume Inspiration!
Fresh, Fun and Funky Halloween Makeup and Costume Ideas

Get inspired by our 2010 costume ideas

Fresh, Fun and Funky Halloween Makeup and Costume Ideas

This is a makeup tips article

For each Halloween look, we'll give you the steps for completing your makeup, hairstyle and outfit.

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Daytime Eye Look

I did this simple look for a fun day out with the girls:-) I love the combination of golds and purples. I hope you like it!

Products Used:
MAC Bare Study Paint Pot
MAC Amber Lights Eyeshadow (Inner corners)
MAC Her Alter Image Eyeshadow (Lids)
MAC Vainglorious Eyeshadow (Outter corners and crease)
MAC Engraved Eyeliner
Rimmel Volume Flash Mascara

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I've been getting so much use out of my purchases from the venomous Villains collection! Have you been playing with the collection at all? What kind of looks do you love?
Sunday, October 24, 2010

Amazing Beauty Apps!
The 5 Best Beauty Apps

See which ones I'm downloading now

The 5 Best Beauty Apps

This is a make up article

Here are some life-changing apps that'll keep you in the beauty know.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Celeb Inspired Halloween Get-Ups!
Celeb-Inspired Hair and Makeup Looks to Try for Halloween

If you're not up for dressing up this year, let these edgy hair and makeup looks from Katy Perry to Dita Von Teese inspire you.

Celeb-Inspired Hair and Makeup Looks to Try for Halloween

This is a celebrity hairstyles article

From ghostly to glam, here are some celeb-inspired hair, makeup and nail looks that'll get your creative, Halloween juices flowing.

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Dashing Diva Polishes

Dashing Diva has come out with some gorgeous nail polish shades that were featured on the catwalks of Fashion Week Spring 2011! The three colors I received to review are Pier 39, Greenpoint Grunge and No More Alimony (pictured above from left to right). All three of these shades are really beautiful and unique looking. The formula wears well and applies without difficulty. You may need three coats (especially with Pier 39) to make them look their absolute best but you can get away with two coats when applying No More Alimony and Greenpoint Grunge! The application was quite smooth and streak free with all three polishes.

Pier 39 screams Spring to me and it would be so cute used in a pedicure or manicure! It's a beautiful aqua-ish color-kind of like a slightly greener robin's egg blue is that makes any sense, LoL. The formula on this one seems to be a bit thinner than the others but it wore beautifully and lasted a full 6 days with a proper manicure.

Greenpoint Grunge is an absolutely stunning shade that is fabulous for Fall. It's a rich dark olive shade with golden-bronze shimmer. It's beautiful on and wears very well. This one did chip a little bit faster than Pier 39 but only minor chips that were easily touched up.

No More Alimony is like a warmer platinum shade. It's really pretty and eye catching. A great option for anyone who loves the look of metallic nails! (This shade was hard to get a picture of because it reflects so much light!) This shade wears well and lasts a nice long time when using a base coat and top coat.


Pier 39

Greenpoint Grunge

No More Alimony

This product was sent to me for consideration to review. I was not paid for my review, nor am I affiliated with the company in anyway. This is my honest opinion based upon my personal experience!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pregnancy Safe Beauty Products
Best Beauty Products If You're Preg-O

Find out which pregnancy-safe products Total Beauty mommies are raving about

Best Beauty Products If You're Preg-O

This is a beauty products article

The products on this list are both safe for moms-to-be and help remedy gestational woes like stretch marks, acne and itchy skin. 

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No. 9: Avon Anew Clinical Professional Stretch Mark Smoother, $12.50 average reader rating: 8.1

"I've been using this stuff for about one week and I already have a great confidence boost from the results …"

No. 8: Lush Hair Hennas, $22.95 average reader rating: 8.8

"Especially good for when you are pregnant and need a touch-up …"

No. 7: Zoya Nail Polish, $7 average reader rating: 8.8

"Pregnant women, rejoice!"

Want to see what other products made the list? Click here!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Most Gorgeous Makeup Colors for Fall!
The Best Makeup Colors for Fall

Purple and red and khaki … oh my! Find out how to make this fall color palette work for you

The Best Makeup Colors for Fall

This is a nail care article

We show you how to incorporate our fave fall colors into your manicures and makeup routine.

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MAC Tartan Tale Color Story Collection (Update)

Launch Date:
October 28th, 2010 (US/Canada)
November, 2010 (International)

Lipstick $14.50
Cut a Caper- mid tone peachy pink
The Faerie Glen- pale neutral pink
Deepest Wish- deep creamy reddish brown
Full Fuschia- bright blue fuchsia
Courting Lilac- sheer lilac mauve with soft gold pearl

Dazzleglass Creme $18
Radiant Jewels- dark sparkly magenta
Soft Dazzle- mid-tone peach pink with gold pearl
Passing Fancy- bright orange coral with soft pearl
Lightly Prancing- light peach with gold pearl
Romancin- mid-tone lavender with multi dimensional pearl

Eyeshadow- $19.50
Golden Crown- light gold with bronze tartan striping
A Wish Come True- dirty mauve with bubblegum pink tartan striping
Follow Your Fantasy- mid-tone peach with chocolate tartan striping
Enviably Fun- grass green with dark green tartan striping
Semi- Precious- aubergine with chocolate tartan striping
Glamora Castle- dark grey with teal tartan striping

Pigment $19.50
Later- black with transforming purple pearl
Moonlight Night- blackened teal with teal pearl
The Family Crest- blackend bronze with bronze pearl

Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner $14.50
Petrol Blue- deep navy with pearl
Black Line- black with gold pearl
Undercurrent- teal with pearl
Black Swan- black with pearl
Lord it Up- bronze with pearl

Powder Blush $18.50
Her Blooming Cheek- bright iridescent blue pink
My Highland Honey- bright coral with soft gold pearl

Nail Lacquer $13
Sly as a Fox- creamy mid tone russet/burnt red
Style Clan- dark taupe with red pearl

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I love the look of the shadows and I'm pretty excited about these pigments and polishes! What stands out to you in this collection? Have you started making a list yet? Let me know!

Thank you to Lushious Beauty for these photos!
Thursday, October 14, 2010

Find Out What Your Skin Needs Now:
What Does Your Skin Need? Find Out

Summer yields skin damage, so here are some ways to repair it

What Does Your Skin Need? Find Out

This is a skin care tips article

Sun, alcohol, chlorine, saltwater ... summer was fun while it lasted, but how's your skin taking it? Find out some ways to quickly repair the damage.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

MAC Cham Pale Collection (Update)

Launch Dates:
US/Canada- 26 December 2010
International- January 2011

Flustered -frosted pale bronze
Quiet, Please

Bubble Lounge- sparkly pink peach
Straight To The Head- sparkly brown bronze
Sin-Tillation- sparkly pale icy pink
Luxure- off white with pink pearlized pigments

Caviar Dreams Quad
Et, Tu Bouquet?
Caviar Dreams - midtone frosted pewter

Paint Pot
Chilled on ice-frosted white gold
Vintage Selection-frosted midtone peach
Dangerous Curve-frosted cool grey
Let Me Pop-frosted light copper

Eye Kohl
I Get No Kick-metallic nude

Kohl Power

Chromographic Pencil

Studio Fix Lash
Black Fix

Special Reserve Highlight Powder
Chez Chez Lame- soft gold with silver shimmer
Rose Ole- soft pink with gold shimmer

Nail Lacquer
Soiree-sparkly light bronze gold
Very Important Platinum-midtone platinum

Complete Comfort Creme (Permanent, Limited Edition in Asia)-

Calms and soothes irritated skin immediately and over time and relieves sensitive skin while diminishing the appearance of redness, irritation and blotchiness. over time, the gentle, soothing formula helps reduce the appearance of broken capillaries and helps even out skin tone. it contains algae extracts that visibly reduce redness and blotchiness on the skin, both immediately and over time. kukui nut oil provides moisturization and emolliency, while kola seed extract acts as an anti-irritant to help soothe irritated skin. it contains wheat germ and barley extracts that help strenghten the skin's natural lipid barrier over time. it moisturizes and softens the skin immediately and over time and improves skin tone over time. its derm- and ophth-tested, non-acnegenic and suitable for all skint types, including sensitive skin.

Fix+ lavendar (Limited Edition)

LC SPF15 lavendar (Limited Edition)

TLC SPF15 lavendar (Limited Edition)
Calm Mode-light neutral beige

Thank you to SPECKTRA for this collection Info and for the photo! More Information and Pictures to come!

Anti-Aging Skin Tips!
How to Look More Youthful in 10 Days

These easy tips will have you feeling like an anti-aging warrior after 10 days

How to Look More Youthful in 10 Days

This is a skin care advice article

Life coach, Meredith Haberfeld, shares healthy habits that you can do for 10 days that will help you feel and look more youthful.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Perfect Formula's Perfect Color Nail Lacquer in Deco

Perfect Formula has come out with a gorgeous range of colors for Fall/Winter 2010, 6 in total including beautiful grays, lavenders and teals! The one I was sent to review is called "Deco" which is this beautiful Berry color. It's a gorgeous mix of plum and pink, an absolutely gorgeous shade for fall!

I applied two coats of this polish and that gave a nicely opaque finish. I didn't use a base coat or a top coat on one hand (Which I highly recommend using whenever you do your nails, by the way, I just always like to see how polishes stand up without them!) and did use both a base and top coat on the other. I was pretty impressed that I didn't get a chip until the 5th day without a base or top coat. Perfect Formula's polish stands up really well on it's own and looks better and last longer with a properly done manicure (Base and Top Coats)- No chips and the color was true for a full 10 days for me on that hand.

I didn't have any problems with application-in fact, I am lazy when it comes to my nails and usually just whisk polish on as quickly as I can and clean it up the next day or two. This polish applied quite smoothly and didn't streak. I would definitely recommend taking a peak at their full color range HERE!!! (Avant Gray and Futurist look stunning!)

Price: $15
Available: Now at Perfect Formulas


This product was sent to me for consideration to review. I was not paid for my review, nor am I affiliated with the company in anyway. This is my honest opinion based upon my personal experience!