Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ulta Summer Beauty Shopping Guide

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Happy Hott Summer!! It's been 80 - 100 degrees here (SF Bay Area) lately, and while the heat usually makes people anti-makeup, I'm all about embracing bright colors and enhancing the glowy bronzed skin trend. I plan to do a full makeup look soon, but in the meantime, here's a pre-haul / shopping guide for a fab Summer Beauty look from Ulta:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture World Traveler Eye Shadow Palette ($30.00)
This palette is new from ABH and the shades are a gorgeous mix of neutrals and pops of color, I feel like this palette could be worn year round, but I'm especially excited for that blue! For $30, this is a great value, with 12 wearable shades in a mix of finishes.

NYX Cosmetics Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray in Dewy Finish ($7.99)
Makeup setting sprays are a must have for Summer Beauty, but personally I find a matte finish to wear not so flatteringly in the humid heat, so a dewy finish might look more natural but still hold up throughout the day.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer in Light ($8.99)
I have heard amazing things about this concealer, so I knew it would be great for brightening up the under-eye area.

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Bronzer in Bronze ($14.99)
I've previously purchased one of the Argan blushes and I am obsessively wearing all season, so naturally I must have the bronzer too! Yes, the glitter overspray won't last more than two wears, and yes, it smells a lil masculine, but I love the scent too much ;) The blush gives a flawless finish, so I'm hoping the bronzer will as well.

NYX Cosmetics Illuminator in Ritualistic ($8.99)
This is relatively new to me, but after I saw swatches of it online, I had to have it! I think a golden highlight flatters a bronzed beauty look so nicely.

NYX Cosmetics Cream Blush in Boho Chic ($3.50)
Cream blushes are perfection in Summer, not only are they more moisturizing on the skin, but they wear well during perspiration and are easy to reapply if needed. I figured this naturally flushed shade will compliment the bronzed look and nearly any eye look using that ABH palette.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent ($3.99)
A tried and true face powder, who doesn't love this product? :) It wears lightweight and is great for touch-ups.

CoverGirl Professional Remarkable Washable Waterproof Mascara in Very Black ($5.99)
Waterproof mascara is a necessity in Summer, no smudging, no raccoon eyes.

Catrice Longlasting Brow Definer in Chocolate Brow'nie ($4.99)
This is a new brand to Ulta, and one I have been itching to try for so long! I have heard brow pens are very natural looking and easy to apply, so I'm interested in seeing how it holds up during Summer heat and activities outside.

Vegas Nay Shining Star Lashes by Eylure ($6.99)
If you haven't heard of Vegas Nay, I encourage you to run over to Instagram and get inspired! She's teamed up with Eylure, a reputable brand, to bring up affordable glamorous lashes. I kinda wanted all the lash styles, but I figured the Shining Star style would go with every look, day or night.

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor lipsticks in Brazen Berry and Shocking Coral ($7.49)
Vivids are my favorite lipsticks for Spring and Summer, they are bold, moisturizing and a little bit staining so the color is long lasting even if you forget to bring your lipstick for touch-ups. I couldn't decide which shade would pair with the ABH palette, so I bought both! :)

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BioRepublic On The Glow Kit | Review

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The BioRepublic On The Glow Kit features four of their sheet masks, and offers two of each mask, a nice value for $35.99, considering each mask is $4.99 individually (approx $4.49 each in this kit). The serum saturated sheet masks are securely packaged for single use, saturated in skin soothing formulas.

Aloe Rescue Revitalizing Sheet Mask - "A skin revitalizing facial mask infused with natural aloe vera extract, phytocollagen, and vitamin e: Soothes dry skin, perfect for after sun use. Provides immediate hydration. For healthy, revitalized, and lush skin."

Cucumber Breeze Soothing Sheet Mask - "An ultra-soothing facial mask infused with natural cucumber extract, plant collagen, and vitamin e: Soothes stressed skin and improves complexion. Tightens pores and reduces appearance of fine lines. For calm, rejuvenated, spring-fresh skin."

Green Tea Detox Purifying Sheet Mask - "A purifying facial mask loaded with natural green tea extract and plant collagen: Provides a boost of anti-oxidants and helps remove excess sebum. Reduces the appearance of blemishes and imperfections. For clean, supple, and refined skin."

Pomegranate Crush Illuminating Sheet Mask - "A brightening facial mask infused with natural pomegranate and green tea extract: Brightens and energizes skin tone. Evens and smoothes complexion. For radiant, fresh, and balanced skin."

My favorite mask is the Aloe Rescue, I have very dry skin, but I really enjoy the other ones as well. I love that BioRepublic does not use parabens, sulfates, pthalates, and triclosan in their products - all that gunk we definitely do not want to be soaking into our skin. They are also cruelty-free, biodegradable and Dermatologist tested; my sensitive skin had no negative reactions when using all four of these masks.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner | Review

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*Let's preface this review with my hair background. I have very dry scalp, prone to flaking immediately after washing, itching by day two, uncomfortably dry and itchy so much so that I have to wash my hair every day or every other day to relieve the discomfort. My hair is not dry though, it is always soft, smooth, silky, shiny, and a bit oily by day two. So, trying to find hair care to meet my scalp needs without weighing down or striping my healthy hair is a struggle, and has been a headache for the past 3 years - basically ever since I had my son.

In comes the UNwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner, which in all honesty, I was skeptical of from the beginning. I've tried cleansing with conditioners and cleansing conditioners in the past and they all have similar results on me; conditioning for my scalp, but heavy on my hair, and the results would only last a day on my dry scalp.

Well, I'm happy to share my positive experience with Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner!! Not only is it a fabulous cleansing product that truly washes the hair without those sulfate suds and typical lathering feel, it is magically conditioning without weighing down the hair or frizzing! I know, sounds too good to be true, but trust me, it leaves the hair feeling amazing! There is a transitioning period in the beginning, getting your hair to go cold turkey off shampoo, but once you survive that, your hair adjusts and it's smooth sailing from there.

I can comfortably go two days between washes, that's a huge improvement for me! The only time I use a shampoo is when I've put hairspray in my hair because I use a strong hold and the Unwash isn't striping so it doesn't completely remove the hairspray residue. But pretty much, I'm just using the Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner exclusively and I'm in love! Surprisingly it lasts a few months, so I might need to buy another bottle next month. I use significantly less Unwash than I used to use shampoo, and I only need to cleanse it once in a session, whereas with shampoo I had to do it twice to get the clean feeling. Overall, I'm impressed with Unwash, and I'm curious to try the other products they have to offer.

Unwash is available on their website and in salons all over America.

The new movement in hair care is here. It challenges the conventional wisdom and vicious cycle of shampoo, condition, style, repeat. It actually cleanses without stripping—leaving hair more vibrant, more manageable, and simply more beautiful. Welcome to Unwash: a new method that cleans hair in a more civilized way, gently removing dirt and surface build-up while locking in moisture, extending the life of hair color, and upholding your hair’s natural integrity.


Friday, July 24, 2015

NEW ELF Skincare Products! (cleanser & scrub)

WOOHOO! Just my luck, I was on the ELF website about to order one of the new shades of their Matte Lip Color in Hot Commodity, and I happened to spot two new products to their Skincare line! :) I'm happy to see they brought back a face cleanser, I was using their mineral powder cleanser and then they discontinued it, so I'm hoping this new one will be a good replacement. I'm also excited to try that scrub, another type of product I'm all out of at the moment.

e.l.f. Skincare Daily Face Cleanser $7.00 (3.72 fl oz/110mL)
This gentle cleanser removes everyday impurities, dirt, and makeup for skin that feels clean and renewed. It's infused with Purified Water to help hydrate the skin with a refreshing splash of moisture. 

All e.l.f. Skincare products are free from Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates!INGREDIENTS: Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Xanthan Gum, Glycereth-7, Cocamide MEA, Glycol Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance(Parfum)

e.l.f. Skincare Exfoliating Scrub $8.00 (Size 3.8 fl oz/100mL)
This gentle exfoliating scrub helps polish away dead skin cells for healthy, glowing looking skin. Infused with purified water and vitamin E, its rich hydration leaves skin feeling smooth and looking more luminous. 

All e.l.f. Skincare products are free from Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates!INGREDIENTS: Water(Aqua), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Alumina Magnesium Metasilicate, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Sorbitan Stearate , Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tocopheryl Acetate(Ve), Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride, Triethanolamine, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum) May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

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