Review: Joico Humidity Blocker Finishing Spray


Joico created Humidity Blocker Finishing Spray to help protect hair from Enemy #1—humidity. I was extremely skeptical of this product working, I’ve tried anti-frizz cremes and serums and washed my hair with mayonnaise and you’re telling me all this time I could have bought a bottle of this stuff and saved myself years of hassle?

(Editor’s note—The second I laid eyes on this product, I KNEW Dilara would be the perfect candidate to test it, the midwest is indeed a very humid place! –Amber)

We had a week of pop-up showers and I gave this product a total workout. Morning walks to work were done under a cloud of humidity so heavy I had to re-apply my deodorant when I arrived at my desk. But my hair? Picture perfect. People were even casually saying “You have the best hair—it isn’t even frizzy.” [Read more...]

Review: Three Custom Color Specialists Transformer Duo in Champagne


I’m always been interested in learning tips and tricks from the stars, so how about this one: make-up artists often blend a “transformer” shade on top of lip color to get the perfect color for film sets and photo shoots. Wouldn’t it be awesome to get your hands on a transformer for your lip shades?  Now you can, thanks to 3 Custom Color Specialists.

Their Transformer Duo: A champagne duo compact has a split pan that contains a silver/white transformer and a golden/yellow transformer to allow you to cool down or warm up whatever shade you’re wearing. Play with different ratios of each color to make a custom blend all your own. You can even mix them both together to create a sheer-looking champagne color.  [Read more...]

Review: Dr. Jart Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask


Remember in 5th grade when you’d go to a sleepover and put that green stuff on your face? Maybe you’ve moved on from that beauty regime and if you haven’t, now you will. Dr. Jart Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask is the best reason to hide the tube of green goo and try something new.

This gel mask boasts that it will restore hydration to tired, dry skin. After a long day outside in the sun, I felt like my mug was perfectly parched to give it a try.

Start with clean, dry skin, peel off the backing and apply the mask to your face. It is extremely easy to apply—the mask comes in two pieces to ensure you get proper placement on your face. It was cool and refreshing. Although I did look like Jason from “Friday the 13th” I could have stayed in this mask all day. It felt so good. The mask recommends for best results to store it in the refrigerator before using, but I was too impatient to do that. However, next time I will definitely give it a shot because there will definitely be a next time! [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick


 

About six weeks ago, I got my hands on a sample of Tarte’s new Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick, and I didn’t want to let it go. I’ve since been dying to try them all—and the time is finally here! These new long-wearing lipsticks contain Tarte’s hallmark Amazonian clay, and they feel oh-so-comfortable on my lips due to all of the hydrating benefits of mango, avocado extract, and shea butter. But you know what’s even better than a lipstick that feels good on your lips? One that has incredible pigmentation too—and Glamazon lipstick is certainly not lacking in the pigment department!

Aside from the pretty wooden tube, Glamazon Pure Perfomance Lipstick has a lot going for it. Tarte says that Glamazon will wear up to 12 hours. So did it?

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Review: Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara


I have as many mascaras as I do shoes, and Too Faced’s Lash Injection Mascara is the newest member of my mascara wardrobe. You may already be familiar with Lash Injection, but this summer marks the introduction of an improved formula—promising length, volume, and DRAMA! Let’s check it out…

Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara

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Review: Make Up For Ever Eye Prime


I’ve tried a few eye primers before and always felt like they did an OK job—nothing really blew my mind.  That is, until I tried Make Up For Ever Eye Prime. I am talking AHHHMAZING. I have deep-set eyes so it goes without saying that I’m more likely to experience creasing. Add temperatures in the 90’s and I’m a greasy, creasy mess. To add insult to injury, my eyeliner usually ends up transferring to my brow bone and I look like a total wreck—remember Courtney Love’s make-up circa 1993? That’s usually me after a long hot day.  Needless to say, I was eager to give this stuff a shot.  [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: OPI Germany Collection for Fall/Winter 2012


In anticipation of the arrival of fall, OPI will release 12 new shades from their Germany Collection in August. Suzi and the gang created these shades to mirror the return to texture in fashion as the temperatures begin to drop; think velvet, beadwork, and faux fur. After checking these out all morning, I now want spiced apple cider and a cozy cowl-neck sweater! I have a long way to go (it’s in the nineties today), so it looks like the only things I’ll be cozying up to are some of the darker shades of Germany by OPI, and my cats for the time being instead!

“Designers showcased rich colors and striking textures for fall,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “The GermanyCollection beautifully complements these looks, with standout shades in various hues of red and burgundy – the season’s ‘new black.’ Sapphire, black olive and lime yellow are married with creamy neutrals in honey, taupe and nude rose.”

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How to Get Smooth, Sleek Style with Nexxus Frizz Defy


Nexxus Social Pinterest Banner 1During the summer, I usually don’t even try to wear my hair straight, because I feel like it just gets frizzy too easily. All of that effort goes to waste once I head outside, too—it’s like a sauna!

I recently put a few products from Nexxus to the test from their Frizz Defy lineup; the Frizz Protection Styling Creme and Frizz Protection Hair Spray to see if they would help me make it through the day with less frizz. Here’s how I created my smooth style!

I used:

  • Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Styling Cream
  • Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Hair Spray
  • Blow-dryer
  • Clips
  • Large round brush
  • Flat iron  [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: bareMinerals SPF 20 Correcting Concealer


I have been hearing the whispers about a new concealer from bareMinerals for a while now, and up until a few weeks ago, I wasn’t sure if it was really fact or fiction. I’m happy to say, it’s fact—and I finally got my little mitts on it! This new complexion product from the bareMinerals product lineup officially launches in August, and it’s called the SPF 20 Correcting Concealer. It’s quite different than their existing concealers, as these are actually creamy in consistency. Let’s take a closer look!

bareMinerals SPF 20 Correcting Concealer

The SPF 20 Correcting Concealer will launch in eight shades, five of which are pictured. They are very rich, pigmented, and super creamy, combined with sun protection. These multi-taskers also contain copper—a mineral colorant that helps disguise skin imperfections, while lemon peel extract works as a botanical skin brightener.

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