My Amazing Blow Dry Secret Review


my amazing blow dry secret

I am a former hairstylist that absolutely hates blow drying my hair! You’d think I would be a total pro at it by now, and if I take my time, I can give myself a pretty decent blow out. But I don’t necessarily like it—because it feels like it takes forever, and by the time I finish I’m totally sweating in my hot bathroom. Even worse, the hair on my neck is often drenched again. If someone launches a product that speeds up drying time, trust me—I’m all over it!

blow dryerMeet the latest innovation in hair styling technology—My Amazing Blow Dry Secret. This trio of products promises to cut blow dry time in half, while adding silky shine, and a nice bounce. It’s not hocus pocus, there really is a science behind this—the Virgin Coconut Oil Hydrosol (VCOH) Accelerating Dispersion Matrix. This matrix disperses water throughout the hair, to help it evaporate faster.

The secret:

  • Natural, fractionated, cold processed virgin coconut oil hydrosol, a special form of coconut oil with super-fine molecules, disperses quickly through the hair, taking the water with it and helping it evaporate much faster.
  • When the water evaporates, the ultra fine coconut oil clings to the hair, carrying the moisturizers, heat protectants, frizz fighters and shine enhancers, so they remain on the hair even after rinsing.  [Read more...]

Sneak Peek Review: Urban Decay Limited Edition Nail Color in Vice & Addiction


Urban Decay Nail Polish Color Vice Addiction

It’s about time! I’m so happy about the upcoming fall releases, and I’m testing out some exciting new products from Urban Decay which I’ll be bringing to you soon. But one thing I couldn’t wait on, was the new limited edition nail colors. These will be extremely limited I’m told, so I wanted to make sure you saw them in case they were all scooped up quickly!

Way back in 1996 when Urban Decay launched, the line debuted with just 12 nail polishes and 10 lipsticks. I totally remember the nail polishes, and I purchased several of them. I remember at the time, the polish colors were sort of out there, and they were some of the first shades I ever owned that were truly “outside the box”. These days, the sky’s the limit with nail polish shades, so they’re not so shocking anymore! But back in those days, they were very, very cutting edge.

Urban Decay Vice Addiction Nail Color Polish

Addiction, Vice

Since then, Urban Decay went the way of releasing mini sets of nail polishes here and there, but the demand has been high for new full size shades. Happy to indulge us in our desires, they’re going to bring us two full size, limited edition shades every season, hand-picked by Wende herself! [Read more...]

MAC Favorites: Tropical Taboo Collection


MAC Tropical Taboo Collection

Now that we’re in the swing of things for summer, it’s the perfect time to share some of my favorites from the MAC Tropical Taboo Collection. This collection boasts some gorgeous shades, but these were the ones I gravitated towards the most. Let’s check them out!

MAC tropical taboo 2 MAC Tropical Taboo Collection

mac tropical taboo 1

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle, Lust

In the past, I haven’t had much luck with the Mineralize Eyeshadows, so I was a little concerned with being let down with them this time around. Luckily these two worked really well for me! These baked eyeshadows were generously pigmented and easy to blend. [Read more...]

Review: Dermalogica Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum


dermalogica ultrasmoothing Eye Serum(Editor’s note: After a brief absence, Dilara is back! We won’t have her for long, as she’s awaiting the arrival of baby #2, but I love having her here!)

As far as skin care goes, Dermalogica never seems to let me down. Their new Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum is no exception to the rule either. This new serum promises not only to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, but also make the skin around the eye firmer and smoother. I’ve been noticing my eyes are showing more wear and tear lately so I was eager to give it a try.

At first glance the serum was a little thinner than I would have expected. I also expected it to be clear, but it had a yellow-ish tint to it. The serum itself has a slight medicinal, botanical scent to it, which I find in most Dermalogica products and kind of like.

This serum contains Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, which is a fancy name for water-soluble Vitamin C. This helps prevent redness, stinging and sensitivity around the eye area. Hexapeptide 11 is another ingredient in the serum that promises to firm the skin, improve elasticity and reduce fine lines. There are also several botanical ingredients as well that help moisturize and reduce puffiness. [Read more...]

What’s New: Perlier Italian Lemon Sorbet Crackling Ice Body Water


Perlier Italian Lemon Sorbet Crackling Ice Body Water

Get ready to chill out!

It’s officially summer, and warmer days are here. Around this time last year, it was over 100 degrees for a week straight, and as luck would have it—our air conditioner went out. We suffered all week while we waited for a new unit to arrive, and then be installed on our roof. I thought I would just die during the hottest points of the day, and don’t even get me started about how hard it was to sleep at night! At one point, I was even taking ice cubes, wrapping them in a towel, and draping it around my neck and shoulders.

lemonsYou know would have made me a little less grumpy about all of that heat? If I had a refreshing body product like this new one, from Perlier—their Italian Lemon Sorbet Crackling Ice Body Water. It wouldn’t have cured my ails, but it definitely would have gave me a little comfort during the hot points of the day! [Read more...]

Nicole by OPI Tink Collection Inspired by Tinker Bell Review, Photos, Swatches


Nicole by OPI Tink Collection

Inspired by Disney’s Tinker Bell

This is a new collection from Nicole by OPI, inspired by one of my favorite childhood characters, Tinker Bell. The Tink Collection features six new limited edition shades, and I’m so sad I only have four of them to share—because I feel that the two I’m missing are what pull this collection together and really make it “Tink”!

The shade breakdown from Nicole by OPI:

  • Pixie Glitter* — This clear gloss is sprinkled with tiny rainbows.
  • How Fairy Nice of You!* — This sweet pixie pink gives me wings.
  • Tink’s in the Pink — This happy fuchsia makes me, well…happy!
  • Sweet on Pete — This lime green is the “key” to Pete’s heart!
  • Fairy Fairy Quite Contrary — Not, it’s NOT orange…it’s tangerine. So there!
  • Half Charming / Half Alarming — This coral is perfect when you’re feeling unpredictable.

* not pictured

 A few things I noticed…

  • Sweet on Pete is definitely a three-coater. After two, it was just okay, but needed a thin third to compensate for its thinner formula. This shade also stained my nails slightly, so I gently buffed it off.
  • Fairy Fairy Quite Contrary had a nice flow and consistency, and leveled easily. The first coat had me worried, but after the second and top coat, all was fine.
  • Half Charming/Half Alarming is kind of a chameleon. It’s like it wants to be a creme, but it’s not in my opinion. Not quite a jelly, not quite a creme, I’m dubbing this one a gloss. It has a thinner formula, but looks great after two coats.
  • Tink’s in the Pink is your typical creme formula, two coats for me, and all was fine.

(All swatches shown with Seche Vite top coat.)

Swatches…

nicole by opi sweet on pete swatches

Sweet on Pete — bright lime green creme [Read more...]

Jouer Cosmetics Summer Escapes Collection Review, Photos, Swatches


jouer cosmetics summer 2013 Collection

Summer Escapes Collection 2013

My love affair with Jouer didn’t take long to develop. From the very first time I was introduced to the line, my immediate thoughts were—elegant, timeless, and affordable. I haven’t been let down since! Each collection that has launched since my first impressions have incredibly remained all of the above. I kind of think of Jouer Cosmetics as an unsung hero, too. You may not hear about them as much as other prestige brands, often Jouer remains in a league of its own.

jouer components

Many of Jouer’s products connect for easy portability.

The founder and creator, Christina Zilber is totally hands-on with Jouer. After meeting her in-person, I can see her chic and classic touches all over this line! Aside from being a feminine and undeniably pretty collection, it’s also very practical. You don’t need to have pro makeup artist skills to blend her products’ pigments to perfection. Plus—most of the components connect so you can take your favorite Jouer pieces with you, and you don’t have to dig in your bag for them one by one. Can you tell I’m a Jouer Girl by now? Let’s check out the new collection!  [Read more...]

China Glaze Sunsational Collection Review, Photos, Swatches


china glaze sunsational collection

I hope this makes you laugh, but as I was unboxing the new China Glaze Sunsational Collection to prep it for swatching, my husband looked over and said he really liked the colors. Obviously, he just knows TOO MUCH about beauty in this house, because he commented a second time—hours later, when I was editing the photos. “Ooh, I really like that collection!”

I kid you not.

So this collection is already Mr. Beauty Junkies approved! But will it be Beauty Junkies reader approved? I’ll have to let you decide on that for yourself—but I’m happy to be able to bring you these 12 new shades.

china glaze sunsational

China Glaze Sunsational Collection

Sunsational is like two collections in one. Six of the shades are jellies, and six of the shades are cremes. With that in mind, I’ve broken them down into two sections in the swatches, so you can see what shades are of which category. If you’re not a jelly fan, I urge you to steer clear of those shades in the store, because looks can be deceiving in the bottles. There were a few that I couldn’t even decipher from a creme until application—please keep that in mind and double check if you’ve picked a jelly or creme before purchase. [Read more...]

COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara Review, Before/After Photos


covergirl flamed out mascara

I always get super excited when I see a new mascara from COVERGIRL, because I’ve typically had really good luck with them. In the past, I was such a mascara snob! It was always a prestige brand for me—you name all the $30 & up ones, and I’ve tried them! But I’m so pleased that in the last few years, mass brands have stepped up the mascara game. When a new mascara comes out from my fave mass brands, it is my personal mission to put it to the test.

covergirl flamed out

The newest display at my CVS features a slew of new COVERGIRL “flame” themed products. One being this little ditty right here—Flamed Out Mascara. Flamed Out promises up to three times the volume versus bare lashes, and the ability to reach every last lash. It also promises that the formula sets quickly, and that it resists smudges and smears. [Read more...]