Chalk It Up To Fabulous

imageWhether you need to put the finishing touch on Halloween costume hair or you are just looking for a temporary, fun change – I’ve got you covered! Splat Hair Chalk is my new favorite thing. This is an easy to use, temporary hair color that can take you from blah to BAM!  It comes right out after one wash and does not leave any color residue in your hair. The possibilities are endless – you can do just your ends, a couple of highlights or frame your face. I love the color Sky Lavender, but it is also available in Midnight Blue, Dusty Rose and Sun Kissed. hair chalk

To use, spray the desired strand with hairspray, let it dry and then apply the chalk directly from the container to your hair. The fewer strokes that you do, the less intense the color payoff will be. If you are looking for a darker more intense color, then you will want to put on several layers. Once the color is correct, add a little bit more hairspray to lock it in. Remember, the color of the product is going to differ depending on the color of your hair – the lighter your hair is, the truer the color payoff is going to be, blondes, I am talking to you! So, if you are looking for a super fun, but temporary way to change up your look, I would definitely suggest giving this a try!

*Please note that this is a chalk like material, so you might want to lay a towel down prior to applying, as it will create some fall-out.

September Favorites

imageBumble and Bumble BB Prep $26 – this lightweight primer is designed to nourish hair and prepare it for styling. Jam packed with a vitamins, it makes hair silky and touchably soft. Use on damp hair prior to styling or work through dry hair to style your day old do. Check out your local Sephora for this and many other Bumble and Bumble options.

image John Freda Luxurious Volume Hairspray $5 - Hello pleasant surprise! I picked this up super randomly at Ulta and I am certainly glad I did. I have been using this in place of Spray and Play Harder by Big Sexy Hair recently and finding that it is a great quality product with an even better price tag. If you want big hair that will last, but can still be touched and brushed, I would definitely recommend this.

imageDiva by MAC $16 – This is a fall lip at it’s finest. Diva is a deep, matte ox blood red that is beautiful for this time of year. I love it and plan to wear it all the time. Some other great dark, fall lips from MAC are Rebel, Sin and Lingering Kiss.

Apply It Or Deny It – YSL Fusion Ink Foundation

YSLFor the latest installment of Apply It or Deny It, we are going to take an in-depth look at YSL’s most recent foundation venture, Fusion Ink Foundation. This foundation is designed to be very light weight, while still providing medium, to full coverage. It has a very unique finish that leaves your skin semi-matte without being chalky or powdery. I would not consider this product a liquid-to-powder, because the finish is not powdery at all, the only way I can think to describe it is velvety. It is soft and smoothe and all types of wonderful. The finish really is unique to this foundation. It claims to be formulated to fit all skin types, however, I find it to be suited more towards people with normal to oily skin. I would not recommend it to anyone with dry skin or dry spots, because I think you would find the foundation not wearing well throughout the day. It does wear quite well on my oily skin, and touch ups can be applied without causing the foundation to smear or rub off. The only problem area I have encountered with this foundation has been around my nostrils, the foundation separates a little bit, but a touch-up about half way through the day rids me of that problem. While this product states it has a 24 hour wear, I do not know that anyone is going to actually test that theory – but what I can say is that it wears well for a solid 8-10 hours when set with a little bit of translucent powder and can survive in the heat. I was wearing it while being outside all day and I found that sweat did not cause it run down my face.

The packaging is really pretty and sleek. It comes in .84 oz glass bottle with a pretty gold lid. Underneath the gold lid is a screw-off cap with a built in applicator attached. The applicator is not a brush, but just a little plastic stick, essentially. You can use it to dot the foundation on your face, or you can just skip using it, it is solely preference. I tend to just pour the foundation on the back of my hand and then dip my BeautyBlender or brush into it. This product is a little on the pricey side, retailing for $60, but it is a really good foundation and in my opinion if you are going to splurge on any one makeup item, it should be your foundation. It is the base to the entire look. Overall, I definitely say Apply It!

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Go Blonde, Stay Blonde

Being a color-treated blonde is a big commitment. Not only do you have to get your hair colored frequently to keep roots at bay, you have to maintain the color in between touch-ups to avoid dull, brassy lock. Keep your blonde, blonde by using a purple shampoo or conditioner weekly. A purple shampoo works as a toner to neutralize brassy, yellow undertones and keep your blonde looking the way you want it to. Let’s keep the brass in the marching band and not on our heads – here are some of my favorite purple shampoos and conditioners.image

Davines Alchemic Conditioner is my current favorite. While some purple shampoos/conditioners can be a bit drying, this is a great, deep conditioning formula that leaves my hair looking and feeling great. Apply after shampooing and leave in for approximately 5-7 minutes, then rinse and style as usual. You want to leave purple conditioners in a little longer than a normal conditioner, because they need time to neutralize the color.

Redken Blonde Glam Perfect Platinum is another great option for a purple conditioner. This was my very first purple conditioner, so it has a special place in my heart.  It is not quite as moisturizing as the Davines, so I typically use a regular conditioner after to help get rid of any tangles. It does a great job of getting rid of yellow, especially if used consistently (shoot for about once a week). Because purple conditioners are working as a toner, they are not a good everyday conditioners.

imageSo Silver by Matrix is a purple shampoo opposed to conditioner. It is doing the same job as a purple conditioner, it is just step one instead of two. Once again, you will leave this one longer than a regular shampoo (approx. 5 minutes). Once it has set, rinse and condition. As with the conditioner, you will only want to use this about once a week.

image imageSheer Blonde Everlasting Blonde For everyday blonde hair care maintenance, try something like Sheer Blonde Everlasting Blonde. While neither is a purple based toner, they are a shampoo and conditioner designed for everyday blonde care.

July Favorites

 

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July was a good month. So good that I could not narrow down my July favorites to just three! So here it goes, monthly favorites, the extended edition.

Daisy by Marc Jacobs

imageDescribing a scent on the internet is almost as difficult as committing to a new one, so I am not going to try. What I will say though, is I am in LOVE with this scent. It is light, fresh and perfect for summer. The packaging is super cute too. What can I say, I am a sucker for some good packaging. 

Urban Decay Naked Flushed

imageWhat is better than a 3 for 1 combo? Nothing. With the Naked Flushed palette you get a powder bronzer, a highlighter and a blush, all in one super sleek, compact package. Place the bronzer in the hollows of your cheeks, dust on your temples and under your jawline. Use the highlighter on the tops of your cheek bones and down the bridge of your nose, lastly apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks. Vitrually a full face in one product.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

imageI ran out of my usual MAC Pro Longwear Concealer and when I went to pick up a new one I decided to switch things up, and I am so happy that I did! This concealer is amazing. It wears well throughout the day, does not crease under your eyes and provides such a pretty, radiant finish. I also love the applicator – it is designed like a lip gloss traditionally is and it makes application easy and precise.

                                  Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer

imageSpray lotion – who knew it would be such a hit with me? No, pumping lotion from a bottle is not difficult, but there is something more fun about spraying it on. It is also super light weight and does not leave your skin feeling greasy. 

Vaseline Lip Therapy

This has been keeping my lips soft and moisturized all month long! It is a rather thick formula so I tend to only use it at night before bed, but I have been loving it. It also tastes delish. image

In the Nude

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A nude lip does not mean a boring lip. There are many shades of nude to choose from (only some of my favs are pictured above). Between pink- tone nudes, brown- tone nudes, nude liners and nude glosses – the combinations you can create are virtually endless! Trying to find the perfect nude combo, however, can be extremely difficult. Your skin tone, naural lip color and desired look all factor into what nude shade you should use.That’s a lot of factors, I know – that is why it can be challenging to perfect the nude lip. My advice is to try various shades and tones to find what colors suite you the best and what liners work with what lipsticks. The most important thing to remember when rocking a nude lip is to not wash-out your mouth, you do not want to walk around looking dead, right? To avoid this, make absoluetely sure that you pair your lipstick with a liner to give your lips dimension and to keep the natural shape.

Nude Perfection

My current go-to combo for the perfect pinky- nude lip comes from Urban Decay. I LOVE the 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils. They glide-on super smoothe and have great staying power. Ladies, get your sharpeners ready, becuase you will be in love at first swipe! Naked2 is my favorite. It is a great mauve tone that is slighty deeper than my natural lip color, so it is perfect for outlining. Next, I reach for my Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Native. Native is a really pretty nude- pink, with a touch of a mauve to keep it from being a barbie tone. Using a lipstick that is lighter than the liner is the best way to master a nude lip, if you ask me. Lastly, I top it off with Naked Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss in Walk of Shame. I personally like to add gloss to my nude lip and Walk of Shame has just a touch of color and tops off the look beautifully. Now, as I said before, not all nude looks suite everyone, so I have compiled a list of  other go-to nudes below. See if you can’t find your perfect match to go nude. Remeber to mix-and-match liners,lipsticks and glosses to get the perfect nude pout.

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Naked2

 

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Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss in Walk of Shame

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Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Native

 Nude All-Stars

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Jordana Cosmetics Retractable Liner in Tawny is a great, nautral, rosy nude. Perfect for a very subtle, everyday look. With this color you can even forego lipstick – just line and then fill completely in. You can pick Jordana Cosmetics up at Walgreen’s. These liners retail for only $1.99, so they are a great find!

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Jordana Cosmetics Retractable Liner in Rock N’ Rose is a great brown-tone liner. I like to pair it with a light pink lipstick to balance out the brown undertones.

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MAC Lipstick in Hue.

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Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park. I love a good lip pencil, because they are really easy to apply and they have a light, easy-to-wear feel.

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L’Oreal Infallable Lipstick in Nude Ballet is the perfect lipstick/gloss combo. Made uber famous by Kim Kardashian when she reportidly wore it on her wedding day (to Kanye). It is a great, great nude and you can pick it up at any drug store for around $8 bucks!

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Another great, affordable nude tone is Set Me Freesia by Flower. This is a brown-tone nude that pairs great with Rock N’ Rose liner if you are looking to achieve a brown-tone mouth.