If you're like me, & love chocolate, being tan, & saving a few bucks then listen up! I've been using Nars Laguna Bronzer for close to 6 years, I still love it, but a couple factors made me shop around a little bit. #1 Gas is $4 a gallon & rising. Can I really justify $33 for a bronzer...? #2 Im very oily & think maybe the shimmer in this bronzer maybe adding to my already "glowing" complextion. So, with my 15% off coupon to Sephora in hand I scoured the store to find the perfect alternative. Let me tell you, I came up smelling like chocolate! Yes, chocolate! Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder is not only $5 less then Nars Laguna, but it smells like scrumptious chocolate & is totally matte. Every other bronzer besides Nars Laguna is fake & orange looking-but Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder dare I say is even closer to a real tan! This bronzer is a great addition to my makeup bag & I'm sure it will remain a permanent staple.
Monday, May 2, 2011
I cant believe it's been a week since my last post! This was my first week back to work & its been very hectic balancing work, life, & finding time to things I'd like to do...I have no idea how mothers get everything done who work full-time! So, in honor of the working mother who feels crunched for time in the morning & says she has no time for makeup, this ones for you! This makeup look can be achieved in 10 minutes or less (I've timed it: I was able to apply this makeup look & do my hair in less then 15 minutes!)
Products Used on Model:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo Chocolate Kiss
Clinique Brush On Cream Liner Black Honey
Plant Love Eyeshadow Swan
Kat Von D Kat Eye Brush Set (Brushes used: Eyeshadow Blending Brush & Angled Brow Brush)
Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Mascara
- Using your ring finger apply an eyeshadow primer from lash line to below the brow
- With your eyeshadow blending brush apply the eyeshadow on the left side of the palette from your lash line to crease.
- Again using your blending brush apply the eyeshadow on the right side of the palette in your crease. Blending the color well into the other shadow, as to not leave any harsh edges.
- With your angled brow brush apply a thin line of your cream liner, extending the line a tad outwards for extra drama.
- Using your ring finger apply the Swan eyeshadow under the brow bone.
- Finish with black mascara on top & bottom lashes.
Makeup & Photography: Amy Evans
Stay tuned for my product reviews on: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder, Philosophy Help Me, & Rimmel Glam'Eyes Day 2 Night Intense Volume Mascara
Thursday, April 21, 2011
It may not be skin barring, summer weather yet-but it's so close I can almost TASTE it! My thoughts are filled with Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion, Spray Tans, & mad amounts of exfoliation! So much preparing so little time people! Where's a girl to start? Your body wash. To prepare your skin for your bikini-clad summer fun, pick up Dove's new VisibleCare Renewing Creme Body Wash. The commercials don't lie-your skin truly looks & feels softer in just one week of use. With its highest concentration of NutriumMoisture the body wash contains building blocks to help improve the look of your skin with everyday use. VisibleCare Renewing Creme Body Wash is so creamy that at fist use I didn't think it would lather when dispensed onto my lufa. But oh does it lather! It's so rich & creamy & the fragrance smells like pure soap so your man will have no problem using it either. Dove's VisibleCare Renewing Creme Body Wash has earned a permanent spot on my summer skin regime!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Today I'm starting back part-time with Clinique & I'm so excited! Just because I'll be working for Clinique now doesn't mean I'll be only blogging about that company. Being the beauty junkie that I am there is no way I could only use 1 cosmetic & skincare line...it would be sacrilegious!!! But I must jet-wish me luck people :)
Monday, April 18, 2011
Having received countless eye makeup removers as gratis from every luxury brand Sephora has to offer-I consider myself something of an eye makeup remover specialist. So does my favorite most effective eye makeup remover come from Sephora along with the expensive price tag? Absolutely not! It comes from your local Avon Representative. For as long as I've been wearing eye make up, Avon's Moisture Effective Eye Makeup Remover Lotion has been there taking it all off! Where as some of the outrageously expensive removers are greasy, they burn my eyes, blurs my vision, or doesn't get all my eye makeup off...Avon's isn't greasy, doesn't burn, doesn't give me cloudy vision, and removes every trace of eye makeup for only 4 bucks! Avon is always having specials & sales so you can usually get it for even less. Sometimes they have it on sale for a dollar- HELLO, now that's the time to stock up! Get in contact with your local representative (everyone knows someone who sells Avon) & give it a try. I promise you'll never go back to your old makeup remover-& I might have just saved you a boat load of cash! Your welcome people :)
|My computer is slowly dying of old age & wont let me upload pictures so I borrowed this one from amazon.com|
Saturday, April 16, 2011
With the warmer weather starting to show its lovely self its time for me to switch up my skin care routine with some oil control products. On my last sephora.com haul I purchased The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash ($11 for 8.4 FL OZ). This cleanser is best for blemished skin. Luckily, with my daily use of the Clarisonic my skin has been acne free-but I want to keep it that way by still using some acne fighting products. I've been using the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash for about 2 weeks & have no complaints. This cleanser lifts excess oil without over drying my skin while also clearing my pores of clogging impurities. Leaving my skin refreshingly clean! Packed with a triple blend of acne fighting ingredients: lemon tree oil, tamanu oil, & tea tree oil, breakouts don't stand a chance. All 3 of this ingredients have awesome antibacterial proprieties & naturally purify your skin. The tamanu oil is also great for those who have acne scaring, since it works to promote the formulation of new tissue. The Organic Commuinty Trade tea tree oil used in this cleanser is made with passion by The Kenya Organic Oil Farmers' Assosiation (KOOFA). This means that not only is the tea tree oil great for your skin but for the Kenyan community as well. Providing vital employment & protecting the base of Mount Kenya from further deforestation.
The Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash is formulated without the use of: GMOs, Parabens, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, or Tricolsan. One thing it does contain are Synthetic Dyes (Carmel, Yellow 5 Lake, & Blue 1). Personally, this was really silly on The Body Shop's part. I much rather my cleanser be without color then the vibrant green that it unnaturally is. This cleanser has great natural & organic ingredients & is formulated without so many bad things that it makes no sense to me that they wouldn't take out the synthetic dyes as well. Some people might not purchase this product because of it & they are missing out on alot of opportunity in my opinion. Not to mention it would be an easy fix to just take out the synthetic dyes-it would have no effect on the function of the product.
I would totally recommend giving The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash a try this summer to control any excess oil & prevent yucky breakouts. And hopefully in the future The Body Shop will realize it's totally not necessary to make the wash green...!