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PRODUCT REVIEW: THE TOOL YOU HAVE TO HAVE

10 Aug

SEPHORA’S PRECISION SPONGE

Happy Hump Day! (can you believe it’s only Wednesday?)

This past week I had an AMAZING shoot with photographer Lauren Cowart & models Nyne Lyves & Millie. We did 4 different looks, which was so ambitious, but we got it all done & they are GORGEOUS. Two of the photos are below, but I promise more amazing photos are to come!!

Millie

Nyne






















I used a new tool I picked up the day of the shoot when Lauren & I went out to run some errands. I had heard of the Blender Ball – $19.95, but since it isn’t carried in the Sephora store I went to, I opted for the PRECISION SPONGE – $12 instead. This sponge is AMAZING! That’s the only way to sum it up. I used it with NARS Sheer Glow Foundation and also with MAKE UP FOREVER INVISIBLE COVER FOUNDATION HD – $40. Unlike a brush, this sponge easily distributes all of the makeup evenly over the face & leaves it with an amazing airbrushed, glow-y quality. If you don’t have one – try it! I’ve been using it every morning on my skin instead of my fingers or a brush as I usually do.

Blender Ball

Precision Sponge


























My next purchase will be the Blender Ball because I’ve heard great things about it.

**PLUS – This is cheaper than a foundation brush from Bobbi Brown or MAC (two companies that make my favorite brushes). **

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PRODUCT REVIEW: MY NEW FAVORITE MASCARA!

3 Aug

I’d like to introduce you lovely ladies (& men) to my new favorite mascara…

If you remember I’ve done a few mascara posts siting such mascaras as Covergirl Lash Blast & Dior Iconic among other…BUT I’m now obsessed.. I repeat OBSESSED… with this new mascara.

Nuetrogena  Healthy Lengths Mascara – $7.49

This mascara does NOT clump at all, builds amazing, clean length, & comes off easily with any type of face wash (no makeup remover necessary although it is also formulated in a waterproof version as well.).







































I received an amazing package from Neutrogena & absolutely loved everything in it, but this was by far my favorite item. More reviews on Neutrona products are to come.

 

EVENT NEWS/REVIEW: PHILIIP KINGSLEY CLINIC

15 May

Sunday Funday!

I had a great week! On Thursday night I went to a Philip Kingsley event at his New York City clinic. The clinic is located on East 52nd Street between 5th & Madison. I had trouble catching a cab after work – since EVERYONE & their mom in Manhattan was trying to do the same thing. But I managed to find one after almost giving up & my PIC {partner in crime] Erika met me outside the clinic.

Philip Kingsley himself was in the building along with other great editors from the major magazine outlets. There were a few representative from the London office & we chatted with one of the NYC consultants who explained the Philip Kingsley products and mentality to us. First of all, they don’t do color, cuts, blow dry, style or anything of the sorts here! This is strictly a TREATMENT center for scalp & hair. Even if you don’t think you have a hair problem, you’ll shortly discover that you do 😉 .

A Little About Philip Kingsley:


  • Called “The Hair Doctor” by The Times and “The Hair Guru” by The New York Times, Philip Kingsley, born in London, has been a practising trichological consultant since 1957 and a Fellow and past Chairman of the Institue of Trichology.
  • The list of Kingsley’s clients reads like a world’s Who’s Who. He even created the product Elasticizer specifically for Audrey Hepburn.
  • Check out the site here.

A Little About the NYC Clinic:

  • There are two consultation rooms where you meet with Philip or another consultant who proceed to closely examine a strand of your hair. This is where they talk to you about your diet & how you currently maintain your hair. They work to make sure you are getting enough B12 & other vitamins essential to healthy hair & a healthy scalp.
  • There is a large room where quite a few hair stations are set up. For the event, there were gift bags for editors & online influencers so they could test products out at home. There are steam machines to sit under once product has been applied to your hair and/or scalp; this opens up the pours on your scalp (similar to a facial) & helps the product penetrate your hair & scalp.
  • The clinic is minimal & reminiscent of a doctor’s office, but WAY more fun. Everyone there was extremely knowledgable & helpful. I learned a ton & am so happy I attended this event!
A Little About What I Got:
  • I walked away with a wonderful gift bag. It had the ‘Moisture Extreme Jet Set’ pack & the ‘Soft & Shiny Jet Set’ pack.
  • I also received press materials from the PR agency LaForce + Stevens with some great information on Philip & the product

My Review:
  • I used the product last night & I’m already OBSESSED! I currently have extensions in my hair. About two years ago I cut my hair off into a pixie cut. As of six or seven months ago I decided I wanted to grow it out so I’ve had extensions in ever since. Next weekend I’m taking my extensions out & am even more excited to use the product. A little nervous to see how long my hair is. Wish me luck!
  • I loved the ‘Moisture Extreme Elasticizer Extreme’. This is a super-moisturizing treatment that you use PRE-shampoo. I learned that a pre-shampoo conditioner is just as important as a post-shampoo conditioner. You apply this to dampened hair & allow it to sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse it out & proceed with the prescribed shampoo & conditioner.

  • I also used the ‘Moisture Extreme’ shampoo and conditioner. Absolutely love this stuff. I can’t wait until I can use it on my entire head & not extensions.
I have tried so many products & this is HANDS DOWN the best product I’ve ever tried. I will be heading back to 52nd & 5th soon to re-up. Trust me – TRY IT! 
*UPDATED WITH EVENT PHOTOS

PRODUCT REVIEW: BRAD BIOPHOTONIC SKIN CARE

9 May

Happy Monday! 

My newest discovery goes by the name of BRAD BIOPHOTONIC SKIN CARE. I came across this skin care line whileI was reading one of my favorite online magazines – Allure. Allure said that this skin care line is the “newest cult following in L.A.” so I decided to check out Brad’s website. (P.S. I’ve become a skin care junky – having weird thoughts that I’m going to start getting wrinkles & dark circles. I’ll do anything to slow/stop this process…)

Brad launched this line in Spring of 2010 so it is still relatively new. I was instantly drawn  to his products because of the descriptions & decided I wanted to order the ‘Universal Cleansing Gel.’  I wrote Brad an email (being optimistic about getting a response of course) & I did get a response only a few hours later! I let him know how interested I was in the cleansing gel & asked if he had samples of other products. Unfortunately, Brad does not give out samples right now, but he did inform me that a gift came with it. The gift was the ‘Sea Minerals Ferment Supreme Healing Concentrate.’ Great name! I was sold. I decided to throw in the fact that I write run my own site & loved doing product reviews. Brad was so generous & decided to send me the ‘Hydrating Correction Intensifier‘ as well. LOVE BRAD! 

Anyway… I got these products only a few days later & I was so excited to try them. The cleansing gel is used once a day & the elixers can be used whenever you feel your face needs them (twice a day maximum). So far I love the ingredient list, the way the cleansing gel foams up, how clean my face feels after using the gel, & how the elixers are gel/serum based & do NOT leave me feeling oily which is super important with the summer approaching.

I’ll make sure to give you updates on my skin’s changes if you promise to make sure to check out BRAD BIOPHOTONIC SKIN CARE!

PRODUCT REVIEW: NARS OBSESSION

21 Mar

I absolutely love NARS. Here are some product reviews:

1. NARS Blush and Bronzing Duo in Hungry Heat $39/$40 – A great bronze/blush duo for lighter complexions. You can mix the colors together or use them separately.

TIP: I use a nice angled brush like MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush

2. NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Terre De Feu $25.00 – This is a color I purchased he other day & I love it. It’s still not the perfect red I’m looking for, but I’m getting warm!

TIP: I put on a light coat of lip balm & put on a lip pencil that matches my lip color or the color of the lipstick. This gives the lipstick a longer staying power.

3. NARS Blush & Bronzer Duo in Sin/Casino $39/$40 – I purchased this color recently & I LOVE IT! My new favorite blush is the Sin color. Great for olive to deep complexions looking for a warm natural flushed color. The bronzer is great & easy to layer on.

4. NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok $25.00 – A great color for fair & light complexions, or a deeper complexion looking for a pale, matte lip.

I hope some of you will try these products. They’re great & go on so naturally. It’s important to buy good brushes to apply the color the best way. I rely on MAC’s brushes – they’ve never failed me. Good brushes make such a difference in product appearance.