Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesdays - Top Ten "Green Products" for Earth Day

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Today is Earth Day and I'm celebrating by taking a look at ten of my best "green" beauty treats. Using products with natural ingredients, organic, and recyclable materials is not only good for you, it's good for our planet!  So jot down these Earth Friendly beauty products for your next shopping trip!


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1.  Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser (review) - 100% Natural and Vegan


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3. TARTE Power Pigment Lip Crayons -Eco-Friendly, Cruelty free, Formulated without Parabens and Phthalates


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5. KORRES White Grape From The Vineyards of Santorini Shower Gel - Free of propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic dye, silicones and parabens


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6. Urban Decay Good Karma Brushes -Vegan and Cruelty Free


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7. Klorane Soothing Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover -Paraben-free, silicone-free, and sulfate-free


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8. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores - Formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, and Triclosan


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9. Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Anti-Aging Nail Lacquers (review and review) -  DBP, Toluene & Formaldehyde free, and cruelty free


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10. Boots Botanics Organic Rosewater Toning Spritz -100 percent organic


Do you have some favorite Eco-friendly beauty products? Share yours in the comments section.

Check out these great blogs for more "Green" Beauty!



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Monday, April 21, 2014

NARS Contour Blush in Olympia - Review, Pictures, Swatches

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I am NOT the queen of contouring. While I have tried on a few occasions to talk about contouring, I don't feel like a master contour professional like some Makeup Artists and Bloggers are. I am, however, a regular, normal person that wishes for sculpted cheeks and a jaw line made of stone, just like everyone else.

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In the past, I have had to use very light blushes to contour. Regular contour powders were too dark for my very fair skin. Alternatively many of my friends with dark skin had a problem finding contour powders that would even show up on their skin. Now, thanks to Francois Nars and NARS Cosmetics we both have a proper and beautiful solution to our contouring woes. The NARS Contour Blush!

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The NARS Contour Blush comes in thee distinctive shades. Olympia (The lightest) which is an Ivory and rose combination. Paloma (The medium) which is a pink beige and deep rose combo, and finally, Gienah (The darkest) which is a honey and amber combination. Finally women of all colors have a suitable contouring powder that won't make us look like we smudged dirt on our faces, or gives us an ashy complexion. WIN!

As you know I usually look like THIS without any makeup on my face.

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After about a pound of foundation and concealer, I am ready to add contour to bring out my non existent cheek hollows and thin down my too wide nose. I also follow the video from NARS on How to: NARS' Contour Blush. Once all that is done, I am left looking like this:

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Not too bad huh? It's amazing what a little makeup can do for a woman's self-esteem. I say I actually feel like Gisele Bündchen after using my NARS Contour Blush in Olympia. That makes me one happy Sith!

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The powder is firm and very fine. It does not have powder fallout and the pigmentation is generous but sheer. Application feels like silk and it blends amazingly well. No stripedy faces with this powder. The deeper shade really helps to enhance the definition to the face, and the lighter shade helps illuminate the high points on the face.

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NARS recommends using their Contour Brush #21 in the hollows of the cheek and then use Blush Brush #20 for the lighter shade to be swept across the cheekbone towards the temple. I use the Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Pointed Foundation Brush #121 to contour and then I use the Sonia Kashuk, Kashuk Tools Synthetic Flat Foundation Brush #05 for the highlight. Whatever brush you use to apply , this a truly a fool proof contour powder and as long as you get the right color you should look like THIS:

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Rather than THIS:

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Do you NEED this? YES! IF and only IF you want to contour. The NARS Contour Blush really does make contouring VERY easy and almost foolproof! While the results may be subtle, it does make a marked difference in how you look.

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As you can see the palette is larger than a blush compact so you do get more product. It retails for $42 USD and can be found at narscosmetics.com, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Nordstrom is having a 10% discount right now so the retail for them is $37.80 USD.

Now if NARS would only make a FULL BODY Contour Powder. I could finally wear my Slave Leia Costume. As it stands now, I look like this in it:

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I NEED body contouring.

If you wish to see swatches of the Paloma and Gienah contour blushes check out Temptalia HERE and The Style & Beauty Doctor HERE.

What say you? Is this the straw that breaks the camel's back in your proverbial battle to decide on contouring or not? Do you currently contour and think this NARS Contour Blush might work better for you? Are you dark skinned or light skinned and haven't yet found the ideal contour powder? Do you think this might be "The One"? Let me know in the comments section.

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I apologize for the quality of my "selfie" photos. They are not my best. I have fixed the lighting issue I was having and they are as accurate as possible. But your own personal monitor settings might make me look like Emperor Palpatine, Gisele Bundchen or Jabba the Hut for some reason.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fragrance Flashback


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Because I have no original ideas and the best stuff on the Internet is stolen from someone else I decided to steal...be inspired by a question that my beauty blogger buddy, Louise from Get Lippie posted on FaceBook.

What fragrance(s) did you wear as a teenager?

I racked my brain and realized I was as fickle then, as I am now. I wore a lot of different fragrances.  Some I still remember how they smell and others I have completely forgotten. 

Let's start with the one I first remember wearing:

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A powdery abomination introduced in 1974 and still being worn today. The main fragrance note is a Powdery Floral. Today I don't think I could even stand it but back then I felt VERY sophisticated as it was my first fragrance.  The advertisements...well they were just creepy

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AmIRight?  Yikes! That would NOT fly in today's advertising world!

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Oh the bottle is what sold me. It was the ultimate preppy fragrance.  The deep red glass square bottle was very unique to me and the scent?  Well let's just say that I DOUSED myself in it.  One of my first blog posts was about this fragrance and a story about a kid named Jose and pistachios.  You can read more HERE.  Created in 1978 this fragrance was Ralph Lauren's first fragrance for women. The feminine, floral bouquet had green top notes and dried down to a powdery base of wood and spices. The heart of this fragrance contained rose, carnation and violet. Rose was soon to become my favorite scent of all time.

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The opaque glass and metal bottle intrigued me, but the fact that my parents wouldn't purchase this fragrance for me made me want it even more. They probably didn't buy it because they knew I didn't need it or thought it was too expensive, but either way, I still remember wanting it so bad.  This scent was created in 1978, but I remember wanting to wear it much later than that. Maybe mind 1980's?   I have forgotten what it smells like but looking it up on the Internet it seems that it has all the makings of a scent I would have liked at that age.  According to fragrantica.com "Anais Anais is a ultra-feminine fresh, rich and romantic bouquet of flowers. Transparent orange blossom with heady hyacinth open the composition. The intensive floral heart blends sweet rose, delicate white lily and magical jasmine. The base is composed of comforting amber, warm sandalwood with a tender touch of mysterious incense."  Sounds perfect to me. I might sniff it today and be repulsed, but I might also just pick up a small vial for nostalgia.

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Another Cacharel fragrance. They were quite the powerhouse in the 70's and 80's.  Lou Lou was a very popular fragrance and one of the top selling perfumes of the 1980's.  Created in 1987 this fragrance had a dividing effect on people. You either loved it or hated it.  I thought I remember it being slightly powdery but floral as well. A rich scent that could be easily overwhelming.  The Tiare Flower at the heart of the perfume is what divided people. The Orris combined with vanilla and balsam that makes me remember the powder. Again, the bottle design was one of wonder. Opaque powder blue glass with a red spiked top. How exotic!

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Oh this was the HEIGHT of sophistication for me.  A "Real" perfume that you had to purchase in a department store.  Ysatis was a fragrance I loved for not only the bottle design which had sharp edges and reminded me of a modern take on Art Deco, but the the richness of it.  Marketed as the scent of Luxury, the mid 1980's was the perfect time for this fragrance. While it was created in 1984, I didn't discover it until 1988.  The top notes of citrus gave way to the heart of jasmine, rose and iris. The base of amber and vetiver and sandalwood made this a heady scent that I wouldn't even dare to wear today. My white floral and rose preference has ruined me for anything so bold now a days.  But this is a scent I have even dreamed about. Wearing it made me feel seductive and sophisticated.  I will HAVE TO find a small vial to keep on hand to sniff once in a while to transport me back to the 1980's asymmetrical hair cuts, pegged jeans and new wave music that was my foundation.

What about you?
What are some of the scents you remember wearing as a teen into your early 20's?  If you are a teen or in your early 20's what sort of fragrance are you currently enjoying? I would love to read your comments!




Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lise Watier Quatour Imagine Eyeshadow Quartet - Review, Pictures, Swatches


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I was sent the Lise Watier Quartour Imagine Eyeshadow Quartet along with the blush I reviewed earlier. This limited edition eyeshadow quad has a blend of warm and cool shades all in one compact. The mixture of Ivory, Pink, Marine Blue and Charcoal Grey are all frosty shades that blend well and have decent pigmentation.

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The shadows are not too soft and not too hard, but they can be slightly on the powdery side if you aren't careful with application. The shadows went on smoothly and lasted fairly well when I used an eyeshadow base underneath them.

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While the colors were pretty and I am able to develop many different eye looks form these 4 colors, I felt that this selection wasn't very "Spring" like at all. It felt closer to a Winter collection to me. In fact, since we are JUST getting into Spring, I wore this quad a lot during the Winter, but it can make the transition from Winter to Spring quite well because of the pastel nature of some of the shades.

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Speaking of Winter, I just saw the move Frozen for the second time...under protest. I really do not like Musicals let alone DISNEY Musicals. They are always so dang tragic...and the songs....ugh. I just don't like musicals. I can tolerate The Wizard Of Oz as a musical and perhaps...West Side Story, but that's about it. It's just...no one breaks into song and a choreographed number at the drop of a hat, especially in times of crisis. I just can't deal.

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Then there is the Disney part of the equation. Now I know Frozen was adapted from a Hans Christian Andersen story and good old Hans had it in for parents and had some sort of Orphan fetish, but does every parent have to die in every dang Disney story? Can you name me one Disney musical where at least ONE parent wasn't dead? No. You can't. (If you can, please e-mail me so I can plausibly deny any knowledge of being wrong in the comments section of this post.) In the Frozen musical BOTH parents eat it at the bottom of the sea in a shipwreck. (Note that the Little Mermaid, Ariel, swims among the lost souls of that shipwreck like the evil leviathan that she is.) So now we are left with 2 orphan princesses, one of which has special powers to freeze things that she is oppressing...no thanks to her parents.

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Oh my gosh, they were THE WORST parents EVER! After getting a bunch of rocks to save one of their daughters' life the parents do the EXACT OPPOSITE of the advice they were given for dealing with a child with "special needs"(...heh. I just realized that Elsa really IS a "Special Snowflake"!) That boulder told them that LOVE thaws and LOVE heals. But what do these nimrod parents do? They tell Elsa to bury her feelings deep down inside of her, causing her to have control issues and a "freedom complex" until she finally loses control of her powers and practically destroys her entire Kingdom. Stupid twerps! What was it they drilled into that girl's head? Oh yeah, "Conceal. Don't Feel." That's EXACTLY NOT what that talking pebble told them to do. I don't remember that boulder telling the parents to lock Elsa up in a castle until she is safe to be around? I don't think that verbalizing gravel told the parents to teach Elsa to be scared of herself. It said PURE LOVE HEALS! AND Another thing! Why didn't that Swen guy remember when the KING AND QUEEN went to his "adoptive" cobblestone parents for help to "cure" their afflicted daughter all those years ago? I think that would be a memory that would stay with you for some time. Right? Well, maybe not. After all, he hung out with articulating stones...I'm sure he saw weirder stuff than that. And what the heck happened to HIS parents? But I digress.

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My POINT is, Disney Musicals are always so screwed up. Aside from the insipid singing, the dead parent(s) and easily avoidable misunderstandings from foreshadowing, I thought Frozen was a decent story. In other words. I only like the parts with Olaf the talking snowman.

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So what does my rant have to do with the Lise Watier Quartour Eyeshadow Quad? Nothing. I just needed to get that off my chest.

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Do you NEED the Lise Watier Quartour Imagine Eyeshadow Quartet? Maybe. It has some pretty colors, but they aren't unique so you might have a dupe of them in your collection already. As I said above, the quality is decent and the shadow lasts fairly well when using an eyeshadow base, but at $36 for the compact, I'm not sure if this is a MUST HAVE. You certainly could do worse for even more money, so if you like the colors and want a limited edition item, this might be the one to pick up. You can purchase the Lise Watier Quartour Imagine Eyeshadow Quartet directly from the Lise Watier website.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Clean Your Skin Care Routine

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Now that the warmer weather is FINALLY starting to make an appearance, it's time to start thinking about your skin care routine. Your skin may undergo some changes from the change in the weather/humidity/temperature, but it might also undergo changes because of age and hormone levels.  Here are some reminders for making sure your skin care routine keeps up with the seasons.


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1. Sunscreen
I know a lot of people skip it in the Winter (even though they shouldn't) but now is the perfect time to re-introduce a sunscreen to your daily skin care routine.  I prefer a chemical sunscreen but you can use a physical or combo chemical & physical sunscreen, whatever works for you.  Read more about sunscreens HERE.


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2. Cleanse Twice Daily
Going to bed in your makeup will age you tremendously. As you can read in this article, sleeping in your makeup will cause premature aging, skin agitation and discoloration. So if you are so dead tired you can't bring yourself to the skin before you crash, at least keep a packet of makeup removing wipes on your bedside table. I prefer Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Removing Wipes because they don't leave a greasy film and are fairly effective. But cleansing twice a day to remove makeup at night and in the morning to prep your skin, will have you glowing in no time.  And no, you don't need to scrub your skin squeaky clean every morning. Most days I use a Micellar Water like Bioderma and a cotton pad to remove last night's moisture and grime. Read more about Micellar Water HERE.


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3. Moisturize
Just because the weather is getting warmer doesn't mean you should skip moisturizing. You still need a daily moisturizer to keep your skin healthy. Moisturizer acts as a barrier to the surface of the skin and an maintain a health pH balance.  It also plumps up the skin making fine lines less noticeable.  I really love the Kiehl's Skin Rescuer Stress Minimizing Daily Hydrator. It's a clean and simple moisturizer that calms my skin and just makes it happy. You can read my review HERE.


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4. Hydrate From The Inside Out
I know everyone nags you to drink plenty of water, but it really is essential for healthy skin. The less dehydrated your body is, the less dull and dehydrated your skin will look. Lotion alone cannot make up for a dry body.  If you're sick of plain water, I found adding a few squirts of STUR water enhancer helps a lot. It's not overly strong and it uses stevia (a natural sugar- free sweetener) to lightly sweeten the water.  You can buy STUR HERE .


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 5. Clean Brushes
If you are Spring Cleaning, don't forget to clean your makeup brushes as well. I found myself putting off cleaning bushes more and more until I started using Cinema Secrets Brush Cleanser.  I pour a little in a small bowl, swish my freshly used eyeshadow brush in it, wipe off the excess with a clean paper towel and viola. a clean makeup brush ready for my next use.  Since I started to regularly clean my makeup brushes I have noticed the instance of acne decreasing on my skin. You can purchase Cinema Secrets Brush cleanser from a variety of places. I got my last bottle HERE .


What sort of changes do you make to your skin care routine when the seasons change?  Share your tips in the comments section!




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