Monday, October 25

Bronze Eyed Girl

L'Oreal Magic Perfecting Base
Revlon PhotoReady Foundation
Revlon ColorStay Powder in Medium/Deep
Cargo Blush in Coral Beach

Nivea Moisture Kiss
Revlon Colorblast in Blush
Cargo Lip Gloss in Luxor

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
NYX Jumbo Pencil in French Fries
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips for Brown Eyes
  1. 1/3 Inner Corner of Eye Lids
  2. Highlight & Inner Corner
  3. 2/3 of the Eye Lids
  4. Crease, Outer V, Lower Lash Line
L'Oreal Linear Intense 
Sephora Lash Plumper Mascara

Thursday, October 21

Halloween Ideas

With Halloween coming up Sephora is making it easy for buyers to get the right makeup look with their beauty in a box.  Six Halloween inspired looks made easy. Check it out here
For a more affordable alternative E.L.F has a similar "beauty in a box" idea.  Check it out here.

Sunday, October 17

Best and Worst Dry Shampoos

Best and Worst Dry Shampoos
See which products will become your dirty-hair lifesaver and which actually makes your hair greasier.

Do you find that you have zero time to wash and dry your hair every day? Or do you just loathe the process and want to minimize your hair care and hairstyling time? If you answered yes to either question, you're probably the perfect candidate for dry shampoo. If you're already a fan, then we hope to expand your dry shampoo horizons a bit or validate your recent purchase. But, if you've never tried it, then you are so missing out because it is -- without a doubt -- a life changing hair care product.

Typically, it comes in a spray or powder form and not only soaks up oil, cleans hair sans water and leaves hair smelling lemon-y or floral-y fresh (i.e. not dirty-smelling), but also gives your hair a boost of volume. Well, that's what it's supposed to do anyway … you see, not all dry shampoos are created equal and our readers can attest to this. In fact, they are quite vocal about the hair care products that have forever simplified their lives, which ones are just OK and which ones make their hair look and feel even dirtier. Let's take a sneak peak of their mixed reviews:

"I still noticed greasiness even after I had just applied it …"
"My boyfriend said it smelled like bug spray …"
"This stuff was a nightmare!"
"I will never stop using this product …"
"It deserves a 10 …"
"Changed my life!"

There's quite a range of feedback on these hair care products, as you can see. So, you'd better check out the products they're referring to so you know which ones you should run (not walk) to the beauty aisle to stock up on and which ones you should avoid.

Check out our roundup of the best and worst dry shampoos according to our readers.
By Molly Roemer

Revlon Photo Ready

Product: Revlon PhotoReady Makeup... Be camera ready with this Photo Ready Makeup SPF 20 by Revlon. Looks great no matter the setting or the lighting!

Price:  $  $
I bought mine at Target for $11.99 but I've seen it as high as $13.99

Packaging:  ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Revlon PhotoReady comes in a 1 fl oz bottle with a black pump and black transparent cover.  I found the pump to be very easy to use and has great control.  That's good so you can pump as much or as little as you want.
Comes in 12 different shades.

Claim:  For poreless, airbrushed skin in any light. Photochromatic pigments bend and reflect light to erase every flaw. Complete, yet undetectable coverage. Soft, luminous finish.

Ingredient:  Titanium Dioxide 1.1%, Zinc Oxide 2.0%. Aqua ((Water) Eau), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Boron Nitride, Cetyl Peg/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Peg/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Nylon-12, Hdv Trimethylol Hexyllac Tone Crosspolymer, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Alumina, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Glycerin, Bis-Peg/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Trisiloxane, Methicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tribehenn, Methylmethacrylate Crosspolymer Cycloheptasiloxane, Silica, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, 77492, 77499), Zinc Oxide (Ci 77947). 21879.

  • Great Packaging
  • Gives a Soft Focus Look to Pictures
  • Fragrance Free
  • SPF 20 (One of the highest I've seen for a foundation)
  • Long Lasting
  • Ridiculously Glimmery/Shimmery in Sunlight
  • Emphasizes Dry Patches of Skin
Final Verdict:  ♥ ♥ ♥ 
It took me a long time to try Revlon PhotReady just because I had several that I hadn't finish yet.  After hearing some good reviews I couldn't help myself and bought it.
This foundation had some really good qualities about it.  Revlon hit a home run with the packaging.  I think most who wear liquid foundation wish that their foundation came with a pump.  The pump keeps things from getting messy and keeps from wasting product.  It's works smoothly so you have perfect control of how much you want to pump out.
Another great thing about this product is that it's fragrance free and has SPF 20.  If you've tried Revlon ColorStay, you know that it has a terrible smell.  Why? I don't know.  PhotoReady is not that way.  Not that anyone is going to be smelling you're face anytime soon but it's one less thing to think about.  Sometimes fragrances can cause breakouts or irritations on the skin.  The SPF 20 is one of the highest I've seen for foundation.  Sun protection is always good.
So what about the actual product?  I was a toss up for me.  It gives about a medium coverage.  I thought it was pretty long lasting (5-6 hrs) without being heavy or thick.  However, this foundation has shimmery specks mixed in it.  The good thing about it is that if gives you a soft focus/ glow to your face.  The bad thing is, it makes you look very shimmery in sunlight (via vampire from Twilight).  It was ridiculous how shimmery I looked.  Indoor in artificial or natural light it looks fine but once you step outside, you're a walking sparkle.  It's a shame because it does have SPF 20 and I don't want to go outside using this foundation.  It's called PhotoReady, so how does it look in pictures?  In pictures, indoors or out, it give a soft focus and glow effect to your face.  The shimmer isn't as obvious.  You don't look fresh faced or dewy, it's more like Photoshop and you placed the glow effect.  I didn't think that was a bad thing but other people might feel different.  I also notice that with this foundation I notice dry patches on my skin more then I do with my other foundations. 
So would I buy Revlon PhotoReady again? No.  It's not a bad foundation but I wasn't wowed enough to try it again.

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Thursday, October 14

Sephora Favorites

Sephora has some great gift sets on their website.  Each "favorite" set has a mixture of different brands.  These are products are some of best items they sell.  The sets are not only makeup but also fragerance and hair products.  These favorite box sets would be a perfect thing to buy and try different products at an affordable prices.  Check it out at 

Monday, October 11

St. Ives Naturally Clearn Green Tea Cleanser

Product: St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Cleanser
Price: $
I bought this product at Walmart for $4.97

Packaging: ♦ ♦ ♦
This cleanser comes in a plastic oblong bottle with a pump on the top. The pump works great and gives you perfect control on how much you want to dispense.  The tip of the pump is short so you need to hold the bottle at an angle to get the product out.  I'm not totally keen on the shape of the bottle.  I think it would have been better if it was a more circular tube for better handling.
The cleanser itself if a green liquid with the same consistency has any liquid soap.  It has a slight citrus-y scent.  I didn't find it bother some, I thought it smelled clean.

Clears breakouts and reduces redness. Salicylic Acid Acne Medication With 100% Natural Green Tea
This cleanser deep cleans to gently remove dirt and make-up and helps maintain skin's moisture balance.

Dermatologist Tested • Hypoallergenic • Non-Comedogenic • Dermatologist Tested • Not Tested on Animals • Does not contain animal ingredients • Formulated without Parabens and Phthalates

Ingredients:  Water (Aqua, Eau), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Hydroxide, Menthyl Lactate, PEG-150 Distearate, Disodium EDTA, Phenethyl Alcohol, Limonene, PPG-2 Methyl Ether, Linalool, Epilobium Angustifolium Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Ascorphyllum Nodosum Extract, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Methylisothiazolinone, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Yeast Extract (Faex, Extrait De Levure), Green 5 (Ci 61570), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Red 4 (Ci 14700), Red 33 (Ci 17200), Blue 1 (Ci 42090).

  • Smells Nice
  • Irritated my Skin at First
  • Slightly Drying
Final Verdict:  ♥ ♥
For a long time I was using Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Cleanser but I was running out.  I decided to switch things up and try St Ives new Naturally Clean Green Tea Cleanser.  I've used St. Ives before and liked them so I had good expectations for this product.  I found myself disappointed.  The first time I tried it, it felt like my skin was burning.  Not just a tingling sensation but irritating burning.  The product has 2% Salicylic Acid which my previous cleanser also had so I wasn't sure why it was burning.  I think it was because it was new product and my skin was use to my Neutrogena cleanser.  However, after the 2nd day it never irritated my skin again.  I've used this product for over a month now.
Another thing I've noticed about this product is it's drying.  I have combination skin so for someone with dry skin, this might not be something for them to try.  I've combat the dryness with my moisturizer but it's still a let down, especially since it claims to maintain skin's moisture balance.
As far as fighting acne, I've had better.  I don't normally have breakout but since I've used this cleanser I've broke out more then I've been used to.  Going from 1 or no zit a month to getting 4 or 5 is a difference.  Product can work differently for different people, and unfortunately this didn't work for me.  It's not horribly bad, it's just mediocre.  I don't recommend it.

Sunday, October 10

Breakthroughs in Luxe Beauty Products

Breakthroughs in Luxe Beauty Products

From LED light teeth whiteners to diamond-infused concealers-- see the hot-off-the-press technologies in beauty products.

We hold our breath in anticipation and excitement when Steve Jobs is about to unveil the latest Apple gizmo (unless of course it gets leaked on the internet first …), when the tents go up for New York Fashion Week, and when new technologies in beauty products are disclosed. The latter is naturally our personal fave, so with a dash of science, a little creativity and perhaps a bit of marketing babble, we bring you the latest breakthroughs in luxe beauty products.
By Molly Roemer

See luxe beauty breakthroughs now.

Wednesday, October 6

9 Best Eye Firming Creams

9 Best Eye Firming Creams

See which uplifting skin care creams, gels and serums will firm, tighten and smooth your eye area the most.

Each time the muscles around your eyes contract, the repeated folding action your skin makes contributes to wrinkles and fine lines (a harsh reality, but it's sadly true). When we're younger, these lines are only noticeable when the muscle contracts, like when we scrunch up our face, wink or squint. But ultimately (and unfortunately) the continual folding invites the lines to stay for good -- even when the muscles are relaxed. So is it possible to return to the smooth surface we started with? And can skin care products really help? Yep. The proof: three words … eye firming creams.
By Molly Roemer

See best eye firming creams now.

Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara

Product: Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara in Carbon Black.  It comes in 2 other shades: Black & Black/Brown as well as a waterproof version.

Price:  $
I got a free sample of this when I bought Neutrogena's makeup remover at Walmart.  Normally, it would cost $7.47.  It goes along the same price range as most Neutrogena products.

Packaging:  ♦ ♦ ♦
Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara comes in a long sliver tube with a screw on top.  The applicator is a long, thick, and dense bristle brush that tapers on the end.  I think the brush is a bit too long though.  It's almost the length of my eye.  Sometime if I'm not careful, I hit the wand on my cheek or nose  and get mascara on my face.

Claim:  This lash-enhancing mascara instantly builds lash volume by 400%. The patent-pending formula with a touch of olive oil penetrates and helps plump the core of each and every lash. The Visible Volume Brush coats and builds even the smallest lashes with rich, volume-building color. No clumps, smudging or flaking!  Also Dematologist & Ophthalmologist tested.

Ingredients:  Isododecane, Water, Beeswax, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glyceryl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Trimethylsiloxysilicate/Dimethiconol Copolymer, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Copolymer, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Copolymer, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Polybutene, Silica, Black 2, Ozokerite, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Leci-Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Propylene Carbonate, Propylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Trimethysiloxysilicate, Acrylates/Dimeticone Copolymer, Polyethylene, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Cetyl Hydroxyethycellulose, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (1396-67).

  • Did not Smudge, Flake, or Clump
  • Defined & Separated my Lashes
  • Safe on Eyes
  • Doesn't Dry Too Quickly
  • Didn't See Volume
Final Verdict:  ♥ ♥ 
This was the first time I've tried a Neutrogena mascara and I was kinda left blah.  The first thing I notice with this mascara was the size of the brush.  I like that it was thick but I didn't like how long the brush actually was.  I'm Asian, so I don't really have large eyes and the brush is as long as my eye.  Other then that, I like the brush.  I think it gets all of my lashes and applies well.  There's never too much product when you apply so it doesn't clump.  The mascara doesn't dry too quickly either.  This is good for multiple application so it doesn't clump.  I also didn't see any issues with smudging or flaking.
So why does this mascara make me feel blah?... Simply, because I didn't see any volume.  After all it is a "volume mascara".  I thought that it applied well and defined my lashes but I didn't think it gave me volume.  If they didn't call it a volume mascara, I wouldn't be as bothered by it.  But since they did, it didn't live up to it's name.  This mascara could be good for your lashes but it just didn't perform.  I think this mascara would be good for everyday wear but it wasn't anything special.

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Monday, October 4

Saving Money on Makeup & Other Beauty Products

With the economy as it is, we all want to get the most bang for the buck, even when it comes to our makeup & beauty products. I've learned a few tricks to save some money while still getting my beauty kicks.  The main point is saving money while still getting quality products.  Spending money on cheap products is like throwing money away.  Here are some things I've learned:

Palettes & Gift Sets:  A great way to get a lot of different products for a great price is by purchasing makeup palettes or gift sets.  You might get a smaller amount but they can still a long time (depending on use).  Don't buy a palette or set for the sake of buying it.  Make sure you can use what your buying.

Urban Decay's Deluxe Palette is a good example of getting  the most bang for your buck.  It cost $38 at Sephora.  The palette comes with 9 shadows with  that are .03 oz and a sample size of their primer potion.  It might not some seem like a lot but the shadows are pigmented that you don't need too much to make an impact, extending the time it will take to use it all.  A regular eyeshadow from Urban Decay cost $17 at .05 oz.  $38/ 9 = $4.2 per shadow at .03 oz.   That's a $12 separation in price on .02 oz difference.

Shop Sales:  Most stores are going to have a sale at one point even Sephora.  Drugstores will always have sales every week on beauty products.  Pay attention to sales they're a good time to stock up on products.  Because a sale is going to bring everyone out shopping, try not to wait too long or suffer getting left with scraps.

Join The Rewards Program & Email Subscription:  If you shop a certain brand or store regularly, joining their email subscription.  It's a good way to stay inform with what's going on; like sales and they also send out coupon codes to use with purchases.  Some stores have rewards program that give you point for every dollar of purchased.  You can used these points to get a free gifts or discounts. 

At Sephora if you are a Beauty Insider if you get 100pt. you get a free perk.  At 500 pt.  you could get a limited edition product.  They also send you a free gift on your birthday.  Get rewarded for shopping the things you like.

Travel Size/ Trial Size:  If you can get items at travel/ trial sizes you could save some money.  Travel size items can go far and you're getting it for a fraction of the price.  It's also a good way to try a new item without committing to a full size package.  Trial size items aren't just for drugstores, you can find them in Ulta & Sephora too.

Shop Around:  The internet has open the world of shopping to us with a click of a mouse.  Don't just look in all the usual places.  There are many site where you can buy name brand products for discounted prices and they're authentic.  For example: BeautyTicket, BeFlurt, ASOS, HauteLook. All these site sell genuine products like MAC, Stila, Lorac, Too Faced, and other well know brands.

Get Duped:  Dupes are also a great way to save on money.  If you can find a more affordable alternative for certain product, why not get it (as long as the quality is good)?  You can also go online to site that have list of products that you can find dupes for.  Also look at your own collection and make sure you're not duping yourself.  Don't buy a product that's a dupe for something you already have.  Save yourself some money & don't be redundant.
Drugstore brands have stepped up their game and are producing some great products that are very compatible to high end brands.  And drugstore brands are usually part of a mass sales aspect of a parent company that also sells luxury brands.  That means you can find similar products from expensive to affordable that are just packaged differently.  L'Oreal Group owns L'Oreal Paris, Garnier, & Mabelline along with Lancome, Shu Uemura, & YSL.  So if you're wondering why L'Oreal's Lineur Intense looks so similar to YSL's Easy Liner for Eyes or Eyeliner Moire it's probably because it's the same thing but a more affordable version.

Skimp & Spend:  I think there are certain product where you might want to spend more money on over others.  If your going to spend money on a product, learn to skimp on another.  You should spend your money that can benefit you in the long run.  Spending money on face or eye primers is worth it because it will make your make up look better and last longer, keeping you from wasting money on reapplying.  Brushes are also a good investment.  If your going to spend money on quality shadow, save yourself money with eyeliner.  I know you can find just as good eye liners at Walgreens as you would at Sephora.

Know What You're Paying For:  It really import to know what you're paying for when you buy a product.  Ask yourself if a product is really worth it's price.  Are you getting a good amount of product for what you're paying?  Is the product worth that money or is it the packaging that's causing the expense? Does the quality match the price tag?  Don't buy items for the sake of the brand, make sure you're getting your money's worth.  A high end product doesn't always mean it's a better quality just because it's more expensive.  Have a critical eye on what your buying.

Multi-Purpose Products:  If you can get some, multi-purpose products Nars The Multiple that can work in all 3 ways.  It also saves you time because you're grabbing one item instead of hauling a bunch of stuff.  Looks to see if  products that you might not think as being multi-purpose can actually be.  If you have a brown eyeshadow, it could also work as a brow filler or eyeliner.  Use your blush as eyeshadow for a more monochromatic look.  Be creative.

DIY:  You could save money by making you're own products.  A little extra work never hurt anybody.  The Internet has many Do It Yourself ideas, take advantage of it.  It might surprise you to learn that things you already have can also be used in your beauty routine.  Think outside the box.  We don't have to always buy the things we want, we can also make it ourselves.

It's important to remember that makeup is luxury to have.  It's a want & not a need.  It isn't a home to live in or food to feed ourselves.  People should not live outside of their means.  If we keep an open mind, we don't have to give up on the things we want.   We just have to be creative and be smart.
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