Jul 22, 2013

Osis+ DUST IT texture Mattifying Hair Powder - Review and Pictures.

Press Sample

Do you remember in the good old days, baby powder was the go-to fix for oily roots? And for those of us with darker hair, we ran the risk of having a white, ashy cast, looking like we just came off second best in a fight with a bag of flour. Then came the dry shampoo sprays, which honestly leave my dandelion fluff fine hair feeling sticky and stringy. Now we're onto the next big thing, texturising hair powders!

Hair powders seem to be the big thing this Summer; in addition to the got2b POWDER'ful powder I reviewed previously, I got to try this new hair texturising powder from Osis+. It's supposed to add matte texture and volumise at the roots.

From Ulta.com:
Dust It
Dust It by Osis is a mattifying, multi purpose powder
  • Incredible root lift.
  • Light-weight powder to texturize.
  • Soft matt effect.
  • Control & separation.
  • Long lasting hold & texture.
  • Versatile control effect: the more you apply the more control you get.
  • Ingredient Know-how: Innovative formula with Silica is responsible for the strong matte feeling & volume which makes this product unique and a must have. 
  • Directions
    For instant root lift and volume, sprinkle small amount adding more where needed. For more texture and control, rub the powder into your hand, and apply to desired areas. Apply to dry hair. Style and texture as preferred. Finishing tip: Turn the head up-side-down, apply like salt & pepper, distribute into the roots for a strong and wild finish. For a stronger matte look apply product into damp hair. Rake into shape and leave to dry naturally.

    Before Osis+ DUST IT texture Mattifying Hair Powder 
    After Osis+ DUST IT texture Mattifying Hair Powder
    I applied the powder to dry hair, mostly to the roots and finger combed through to the ends. I didn't use a lot of product, but I'm happy with the result I got. The powder gives you a fluffy, matte textured volume which I think is perfect for beach days and Summer pool parties, it also works really well as a dry shampoo, soaking up any oily bits in your hair. I think it gives a bit more control and lift as opposed to the got2b POWDER'ful and lasts a bit longer. The volume still falls a bit flat after about 4/5 hours though, and you can reactivate it the same way by rubbing your roots. The matte, fluffy texture lasts the whole day though, without going stringy or clumpy.

    I have been using this as my daily styling product, just a little bit for natural volume and texture. For a more dramatic look, you can use more and go crazy fluffing it up!

    Jul 19, 2013

    Wedges Wishlist: Wedges up to 80% off at GoJane.com!

    So I was on Facebook and I saw Rie posting about some beautiful teal sandals she got from GoJane. I went immediately to their website to attempt to find them, but unfortunately they must be store-only now :( Rie said they only had size 6 left... What I did find was that GoJane is having a big wedges sale right now, there are shoes up to 80% off!  ^_^ Of course, as I perused the sale I found a bunch of shoes I absolutely LOVE and because I can't buy all of them, I've compiled a list to have on my blog and cuddle at night, wishing I had unlimited funds.


    $48.60$15.9567% OFF



    $44.80$24.9544% OFF


    $32.20$25.9519% OFF


    $20.50$13.9532% OFF


    $35.90$17.9550% OFF

    Gaaah I'm so tempted to just buy all of them! They have lots of wedge sneakers in different styles and crazy colour combos, plus a huge amount of other trends like studded, strappy and heel-less wedges. I'm such a hopeless shoe addict, I buy them and then they mostly sit in my closet while I wear the same nude flats day in and day out =_=;; Oh well, at least I can have these to look at and covet.

    You can check out all the other wedges on sale here. Let me know if you get anything from the sale!

    Jul 17, 2013

    Revamp Your Style: Add Instant Glam to Nails with Rhinestones.

    There are so many weddings, beach parties, and other special events in the summer that it's the perfect time to revamp your style and add a little glam. Adding rhinestones, and maybe a little glitter, too, to manicures is a super easy, yet effective, way to bump it up to a sparkling new level.

    Rhinestones are an affordable and easy to find nail art material. You can find wheels of the crystals in many shapes and sizes at any beauty or nail supply store for under $5.

    Check out these ones from Born Pretty Store!

    It's as easy as...
    1. Paint your nails with 2 or 3 coats of your desired shade.
    2. Pick up a rhinestone with tweezers/a wet toothpick and place it on your almost dry polish. You can  make a pattern, such as a flower or bow, or place one at the top of your nail for a modern glam look.
    3. Seal with a thick layer of top coat and viola! It adds an extra dimension to a boring old style.
    4. Done!

    TIP: If you place the rhinestone and dont like it, just push it into place gently with your tweezers/toothpick. It should move easily, as long as your polish isn't too wet.

    Below you can see a couple of ways I've added rhinestones to enhance a manicure look.

    The rhinestones and the glitter gradient that you can see in my first manicure example above, are super easy, pretty way approaches to nail art. They add that extra something to both looks that instantly glams up the manicure. This is such a simple trick to add a bit of sparkle, I can see myself using it time and again for special events.

    The rhinestones are quite durable in the nail polish. I've never had an issue with one coming off or chipping. The rhinestones I've used in these examples are also small enough to be practically unnoticeable in daily activities. I'm a big fan of over-the-top deco Japanese nail art, but sometimes the designs are complicated, and a little impractical. A simple rhinestone design is reminiscent of the deco style, but a lot more manageable.

    What do you like to do to give your nails a bit of instant glam?

    This post is part of BlogHer's Revamp Your Style editorial series, made possible by Schick Hydro Silk.

    Jul 11, 2013

    Bold Lashes, Pink and a bit of Glam: Photoshoot Makeup and Nails.

    Wow, it feels like forever since I've blogged... Between 3 web design jobs, a kidney stone, 3 kids and just life in general, I haven't had time to edit photos or write at all. I haven't even been wearing makeup or doing my nails =_= Not that I have any nails to do at the moment, with the whole kidney stone ordeal (going to the hospital with excruciating back pain, being laid up in bed, taking care of the kids) I started biting my nails again and I currently only have 4 nails that aren't little nubby remnants. Luckily I received some imPRESS press on nails that I'll be trying later in the week (stay tuned!).

    This past weekend I went over to help out the lovely Amber of Angel's Boutique with product photos for her new website. Amber makes beautiful jewelry and does decoden phone cases, pill boxes, contact cases and LOTS of other things. You might remember my post on her cases a while ago, she is super talented!

    I had lots of fun being her model and wanted to show you my makeup and nails for the day.

    Amber wanted pink and girly, with some dramatic lashes and a cat eye. I'm not so great at doing dramatic cat eyeliner, but I tried..... It's a mini cat eye. The lashes were a little more dramatic than I was expecting, but they look pretty good! They are Ardell 105 Black lashes and felt very soft and natural. I kept the rest of my makeup fairly light and neutral so as not to clash with the bright pink lips. The lipstick is a Kat Von D one that Amber had (she is a huge Kat Von D fan, although she insists she is not a stalker :p). I can't remember the name, but it's a creamy, opaque shade that I love! I may have to pick up some of her makeup. I'm also wearing my Macaron Brown circle lenses.

    For my nails, I layered a sheer sparkly mother of pearl shade from Sinful Colors over ORLY Choreographed Chaos and placed a rhinestone at the top of the nail. On my ring finger I used China Glaze Glistening Snow and placed rhinestones in a flower design (ridiculously easy, but looks pretty). Because I had been biting my nails, the ones on my right hand are fake ones that I painted. My nails matched perfectly with this beautiful flower ring that Amber made!

    Here's one of her cases, she actually took this to go and meet Kat Von D and showed her the case (which Kat loved!). I told you she was a big fan lol :)

    I love the intricacy of her designs and all the little details she adds. Anyone can do decoden, but I think it takes talent to make really pretty designs and to make it all look clean and cohesive. They are super sturdy too :)

    I had lots of fun hanging out with Amber, we have a shared love of Hello Kitty, Decoden and K-Dramas! Sorry I've been a little MIA, you can follow me on instagram or twitter for daily updates and I'll be doing a post with the rest of the photos from the photoshoot soon.

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