Mar 8, 2014

MAC LE RiRi Boy Lipstick giveaway

If you missed out on RiRi Boy when it was released, you have a chance to win it! Head on over to my Facebook page to enter.

Feb 24, 2014

ESQIDO Mink False Lashes in Viola Review

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If you know me, you know I'm not a fan of the male construction worker look and I'm a sucker for the full, dramatic lash. I was lucky enough to receive a pair of ESQIDO Mink Lashes to review and let me tell you, there's not a male, nor even female construction worker in sight today ladies and gentlefolks. Unless construction workers suddenly got vampy and glam when I wasn't looking.

Ok enough of beating that analogy into the ground, check out these beautiful, lush naturally shed mink lashes.

From the ESQIDO website:

Well, hello there.

I have to say, I own a lot of lashes. Silk lashes, synthetic lashes and now these wonderfully soft mink lashes. The other styles just don't compare in my opinion. They came in a very pretty, luxurious looking box which is perfect to store them in. They are reusable up to 25 times, so the cost per use is comparable to synthetic lashes, which you usually only get 4 uses out of. Considering the quality and the look is superior, I think the cost is well worth it. The ESQIDO lashes feel feathery and light on my eyes and I don't have that stiff feeling that a lot of false lashes can give you. They feel a lot like eyelash extensions without the permanence and they look beautifully natural, blending seamlessly with my actual lashes. Obviously this style isn't for daily wear (for me anyway.. I know some of you love the dramatic lash on the daily!), but they have a lot of different lash styles, from natural every day lashes, more lush, voluminous lashes and full blown, vampy glamourous lashes. If you wear falsies a lot or even just want something for a special occasion, you'll get a lot of wear out of these.

I am extremely happy with my first Mink Lash experience and I am already eyeing the BFF lashes for my next. I highly recommend these false lashes for anyone who wants the look and feel of beautiful eyelash extensions, without the high cost. Do any of you use false lashes a lot? I haven't been lately, but I may just have to break them out more regularly now that I have these.

Feb 13, 2014

My Bloody Valentine Drip Heart Nail Art

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Something for the people that aren't into the cutesy side of Valentine's Day, here's my version of bloody dripping hearts for your viewing pleasure. It's the drip manicure, now with hearts!

I did 3 coats of Wet n Wild French White Creme (because it was streaky :( what's a good white polish??) and used Kiss Nail Artist Paint in Red to do the hearts and drippy bits and then did 2 coats of a red Color Club polish for the other nails. Simple and easy, but effective! It really gets that point across of having stabbed a heart against a wall. If that's what you're into.

Feb 11, 2014

Pink Heart French Nails

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One of the prettiest and most classic nail art styles that I think is perfect for Valentine's Day, is the Heart French. My nails aren't quite long enough to do a full heart, but I still think they look pretty cute! This is one of the easiest nail art styles to do and it looks clean and sophisticated.

I did one coat of Wet n Wild Megalast Private Viewing as a base and then used a pink Kiss Nail Art striping polish to do the hearts. I basically painted the two top curves and then filled in the bottom, super easy! A thick coat of quick dry top coat and you're set.

I think this is a perfect date night manicure, cute and sweet and not too distracting! I'll get to the not so cute, super distracting nail art a little later in the week ;) After all, gotta have something for everyone!

Jan 27, 2014

My Winter Hair Care Routine: How I Keep Dry Hair Hydrated

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In the Winter months dryness is the biggest issue for me when it comes to my hair, ESPECIALLY living in inland California, closer to the high desert areas... It is DRY, DRY, DRY and using the central heating on top of that. Also the tendency to not wash my hair for days (it's cold!) and ball it up in a bun adds tangles and rough texture to the equation. So, what to do when your hair looks like the rat's nest from hell and it's so dry that you can practically hear it crackle? You (or er.. more specifically *I*) start adopting a moisture-filled hair care routine which incorporates a range of hydrating products. One thing I have to be careful of is using products that leave my fine hair feeling greasy and heavy and these ones (when used the way I use them) leave my hair feeling soft and smooth, without the added grease.

1. nuNAAT Garlic Magic shampoo and conditioner

Use: Every 2/3 days

I've reviewed these before, and they've become my regular shampoo and conditioner. I just love the way they leave my hair feeling clean and soft and get rid of any oil or product build up without being too harsh.

2. Coconut Oil

Use: Once a week

You may have seen my Ombre Hair post where I use Coconut Oil to protect my hair from being fried by bleach. As well as being a wonderful protectant, it's also a great deep conditioning treatment. I usually saturate my hair until it's well coated, but not dripping, wrap it in saran wrap and either leave it in overnight or leave it in for a few hours and hit it with my hairdryer so that it really penetrates. Then I wash it out thoroughly with shampoo and conditioner.

3. Parnevu Hair Mayonnaise

Use: Once or twice a week

This is a beautifully thick and creamy product that I use as a mask or deep conditioning leave-in treatment. The main ingredients are Olive Oil, Egg Protein and African Herbs and you can see the little bits of herbs in there. This is a heavier treatment, so I try not to put too much on at once. I leave it in for a few hours and wash it out, or use a little bit as a leave in treatment on damp hair. It gives my hair that extra boost of moisture during the week.

4. Parnevu Extra Dry Leave In Conditioner for Normal Hair

Use: Daily

I use this leave in for every day styling, I put a little bit in damp hair and comb it through before applying heat or letting it air dry. It detangles, gets rid of frizz and my hair feels soft and smooth. I've noticed less hair in my comb when using this, so I do believe it helps with breakage. I also use this when I dye my hair, I mix it with the dye and apply it to my hair. It locks in the colour, gives me an extra conditioning treatment without being too heavy.

These are the products I've been using regularly throughout the Winter and they've helped my hair stay in good condition, shiny and soft even through all the dry weather, indoor heating, bleaching and dyeing!

Do you switch up your hair routine in Winter? What are some of the products you prefer to use in the colder motnhs?

Jan 23, 2014

PSA: Get the January Beauty Box 5 Free!

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Just to let you know, you can get the January Beauty Box 5 (which I reviewed here) for free this month! If you sign up before 1/31 for the February box, they will send you the January box free. This is a nice bonus if you were thinking of signing up :) You can subscribe monthly ($12), quarterly ($30) or yearly ($99).

Let me know if you do sign up and what you think of the box!

Jan 20, 2014

Beauty Box 5 January Subscription Box Review

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This month's Beauty Box 5 was a little less appealing to me than the previous months. I'm not huge on all skincare sample boxes and it seemed like the full-size products were of a lower value than the previous boxes.That being said though, I think that all the products are great for the dry winter weather. This box has you covered from head to toe, with body wash, moisturiser, exfoliating gloves, Nubar cuticle oil and coconut hemp lip balm.

I am extremely IN LOVE with both the lip balm and the cuticle oil and have been using them on the daily. I would have liked a full size cuticle oil and skipped the exfoliating gloves, but I'm happy that I got to try it anyway. I tend to not really use loofahs or scrubbing brushes in the shower, but I will give the exfoliating gloves a try because they seem like they'd be easier to use. I am interested in trying the body wash, the combination of red algae and aloe extract sounds like a lush mix for your skin. Overall, a nice skincare pamper pack for Winter and it couldn't have come at a better time. My skin is drying up like crackly dead leaf ;_; I need moisture, stat!

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