I Found It! My Favorite Quick-Change Makeup Brush Cleanser

Make Up For Ever Instant Brush Cleanser

While I was down and out, recovering from my surgery — I had plenty of time to research a new brush cleanser — which I needed (and wanted) desperately. The problem with most instant brush cleansers is that they’re loaded with a ton of alcohol, or contain other chemicals that reek of something like gasoline. Also, so many of them leave your brushes damp, when all you wanted was a quick change. I don’t like trying to go from a darker shade to a lighter shade, only to find my brush is now wet. Blah.

I set out to find the perfect instant/quick change cleanser out there, and behold:

MUFE brush cleanser

I know the Make Up For Ever Instant Brush Cleanser is a little pricey at $22 for 4.9 oz., but it works! So many people love it — but here’s why I do.  [Read more…]

T3 Twirl 360 Motion-Sensing, Auto-Rotating 1.25” Curling Iron Review, Photos

t3 micro Twirl 360 curling iron

I’m one of those gals that has several curling irons and sets of hot rollers. Why? Because I swear I have some of the most difficult hair in the world to hold a style, let alone a head full of Victoria’s Secret model-like curls. I keep buying irons and hot roller sets  — because each new one I see has the branding and packaging to make me think, OH! THIS will finally be the one!

Womp womp womp.

That’s why my bathroom cabinet is full of tangled cords in a curling iron graveyard. I only have one that works to my liking to be honest, and it snags the heck out of my hair. So when I was offered the opportunity to try the new T3 Twirl 360 Motion-Sensing Auto-Rotating Iron — I figured that nothing bad could happen — and it may be the answer to my problems. I had nothing to lose!

power button

This is a new, one-of-a-kind curling iron, because it has gyroscopic-technology. To explain it a little better — do you know how your smartphone automatically changes the screen layout from portrait to landscape when you hold your phone at different angles? This is kind of the same idea behind the technology of the T3 Twirl 360.

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Make Applying False Lashes Easy with the Ardell Pro Lash Applicator

ardell pro lash applicator 2

One of my favorite new things is trying to wear false lashes. (Trying being the key word.) Maybe not everyday, but sometimes I like to look like I put forth a little more effort than usual. Usually though, those attempts are futile and my $5 lashes wind up in the trash can because I totally ruined them (and my eye makeup) while trying to put them on. I’ve tried the tweezer trick (and subsequently ruined tweezers with the glue), and just about any other trick there is.

But this—this is different, and it totally works for me. Ardell Pro Lash Applicator, where have you been all my life?

ardell pro lash applicator

Its clamp is somewhat shaped like an eyelash curler, which is more ergonomic for me instead of using lash applicators that look like this. (Those never work for me.) [Read more…]

What’s Hot Now: Covet These New Products & Tools from Drybar

When Drybar founder and long-time professional hairstylist, Alli Webb opened her first location—she probably had no idea what she was in for. The Drybar concept was easy—no cuts, no color—just blowouts, at an insanely affordable price. Her popular concept has grown at a fever pitch, with new locations popping up all over the United States, in a very short window of time due to client demand. I am one of those insane Drybar clients, I frequent the one in my neighborhood whenever I need a guaranteed great hair day. There’s nowhere else locally that I can go to get a great blowout, watch a chick-flick, and have a drink for $35!

Taking her great blowout concept even further, Alli has recently released a line of take-home products to ensure the great blowouts continue, even when you can’t make it into the salon. She dedicated a considerable amount of time developing the line.

“After trying nearly every product line out there,” says Webb, “I just couldn’t find what we were looking for to meet our very specific and rigorous demands. So I partnered with some of the best labs in the world to create exactly what we needed at Drybar.”

So without further ado—meet a few of the brand new (and what you should covet) products and tools from Drybar! You’ll find them at Sephora, and for take-home retail at Drybar locations nationwide.

Happy Hour Blowout Shampoo & Weightless Conditioner

Start your blowout off super fresh and clean with this paraben and sulfate-free, residue removing Happy Hour Shampoo. It lathers very generously, and leaves hair feeling light and bouncy. The Happy Hour Weightless Conditioner is the perfect partner in crime, with a detangling formula and the perfect amount of moisture that won’t get in the way of a fresh and bouncy ‘do. –$23 each [Read more…]

Anastasia Beverly Hills Bold & Beautiful Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

Beauty by the book!

I’ve always known that Anastasia is the queen of eyebrows, but I hadn’t tried any of her eyeshadows until recently. In this new set, the Bold & Beautiful Kit, you’ll find two palettes—or volumes—that slide into a sleek decorative holder. Kind of like a little library for your eyes!

Vol. 1 is all about bold brows. It contains brow powder, brow pomade, a mini set of Anastasia’s signature tweezers, and her duo brush with a spoolie.

Vol. 2 contains a combination four matte and shimmering eyeshadows that can be used wet or dry, and a mini duo eyeshadow brush. Let’s check it all out! [Read more…]

Holiday Gift Inspiration 2012: Beauty Gadgets

Fit for the ultimate beauty junkie, check out these beauty gadgets for the girl who has everything!

The gadgets…

T3 Source In-Line Shower Filter

You would be SO surprised to find out just how damaging the chemicals in city water can be to your hair and skin! This shower filter fits with any shower head and uses Copper, Zinc, Calcium to work together to convert and remove free-chlorine, improving filtration and pH balance. This filtered water is much kinder to your pricey hair color jobs, and helps make your skin softer! t3micro.com, beauty.com  [Read more…]

Currently Loving: Too Faced Eyeshadow Brushes Essential 3-Piece Set

In my early twenties, I used to work as a department manager at an upscale department store, and one of the perks of my job was a generous house discount. At the time, I thought my salary was pretty kick-ass for my age (and with no college degree, to boot). The joke was on me, because NOW I know that I was getting paid peanuts for all of the hours I logged (and tears I cried). That job made me so broke, in so many ways, that I couldn’t even pay attention. I think we’ve all been there at one point or another in our lives.

Nearly every morning during my break (that would inevitably last too long), I would find excuses to saunter on down to cosmetics and chit-chat with the girls there, probably a little more often than I should have. And it was there that I had the same conversation with one of the counter managers, over and over again. [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Eyeshadows (Reformulation) & Build Your Own Palette

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the big surprise from Urban Decay—and in case you missed it, they were such a tease to us last week with the whole empty token thing on Twitter! It didn’t take me long to figure out that it had something to do with the eyeshadows, but I was a little confused—because really, how can you make an Urban Decay eyeshadow even BETTER? I had zero complaints about the original formula, so an improvement to me seemed nearly impossible.

Well ladies, I’m here to tell you; last week, I had the chance to feast my eyes on ALL of them in-person (and touch their buttery, velvety goodness). My verdict is in…they’re AMAZING. You’re probably wondering why I only have three to share, and it’s because these were the three I absolutely couldn’t live without. (I’ll be building my future UD new shadow collection slowly but surely, and very thoughtfully.) These were the three I had the most emotional response to, but believe me, with 68 total shades in 5 finishes—it was HARD to decide. I chose Mushroom, Freelove, and Loaded.

The new token/eyeshadow component has a chromed gunmetal finish, and is a new take on the classic Urban Decay NYC subway token concept they’ve always had for the eyeshadow containers. It took them 18 tries to get this one right! Each shade now pops out from the bottom to fit into a new Build-Your-Own Palette system (which I’ll show you in a minute).  [Read more…]