Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Round Up - Week of February 22

For your lazy Sunday reading pleasure:

  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Destany tries out the Milani COLORstatement lipsticks in pinks and corals!
  • Blushing Noir: Are you a Betty or a Veronica? Check out the Caramel Sundae EOTD from MAC Archie's Girls and see!
  • TheFabZilla: Win a set of posture-correcting lingerie ($89 value) from Braologie. 2 Winners. Open international. Ends 3/5/13.
  • Emily Hudspeth, hair design and makeup artist d: Aqua & Red Stylized Bridal Shoot. Portfolio Image Building for Stylists
  • Endless Summer: Elena reviews and swatches new Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara.
  • Sweet Tart Beauty : Emmy over at Sweet Tart Beauty reviews Prescriptives new innovative online custom blend video chat
  • Beauty Professor: How many lipsticks can should one girl carry? Find out what's in the Beauty Professor's purse!
  • Painted Ladies: Painted Ladies has an exclusive Tarina Tarantino Beauty giveaway! Enter to win an Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Winter parched skin need an extra boost? If so, Lola's Secret Beauty Blog recommends Dermaquest Advanced B5 Serum for your cold weather skincare blues!
  • Mama Fashionista: Get Red Ruby Groovy with gud!
  • The Lacquered Lady: Accidentally put on too much blush? The Lacquered Lady shares some quick tips to fix the problem!
  • Polarbelle: Polarbelle finds a non-irritating retinol 4 piece system from Pevonia Spa Clinica. Check it out!!
  • D.G.S.Beauty: Barry M's Dazzle Dust will have you wanting some in your makeup collection.
  • Beauty Info Zone: Do you like being outside but worry about your beauty? Vault lip products solves that problem in a beautiful way.
  • Pammy Blogs Beauty: Emani Mineral Makeup review and Starter Kit Giveaway!!!
  • BeautyTidbits: Check out the review of Nuvosa Anti-Aging Skin Care Treatment Collection over at BeautyTidbits
  • Project Swatch: Emi from Project Swatch goes on a weekend trip - take a look inside her travel makeup bag!
  • Midnight Manicures: Swatches and Review of the new Milani Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liners. One vinyl and four sparkly long-lasting colors!
  • Peppermint Lips Beauty Blog: ELF Studio Baked Blush in Peachy Cheeky Review & Swatches!
  • Scottish Beauty Blog: Where did you have your best ever spa treatment? Sarah from Scottish Beauty Blog's was at the Lush Spa in Edinburgh. It was called the Good Hour but it ought to be called the Best Hour.
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    Friday, February 22, 2013

    L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer Review and Swatches (N-1-2-3)

    I am a big fan of the L'Oreal True Match line. I often have a hard time finding products that work for me as I am fair (but not extremely so) with a pink undertone. It can be hard to find cool tone products that don't make me look gray. I have being using the L'Oreal Super Blendable Concealer in C-1-2-3 since it debuted a few years ago and love it. I was both curious and excited when I heard about the crayon concealer in the same collection.

    L'Oreal True Match Crayon Concealer

    Color:  I was initially a bit hesitant to purchase this as I was unable to find it in the cool undertone line anywhere. I got so frustrated I finally went to the L'Oreal website and found out that they do not make any cool toned concealers in this variety. Frankly, I am a bit surprised by that. I know they are notorious for not producing deep tones, but L'Oreal normally has lots of good options for more fair tones, including pink undertones. I still wanted to try the crayon concealer so I picked up the lightest neutral N 1-2-3. Surprisingly, it worked really well. The neutral color works particularly well on any red spots on my face. That being said, if you are very cool toned, this might not be the best option for you.

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

    Beauty Fix: Too Much Blush

    One of my biggest beauty issues, or faux pas as some would say, is wearing too much blush. I am always afraid of looking like a little old lady who has smeared on too much rouge. Plus with my (somewhat) fair pink skin, blush really shows up on me. I cannot count the number of times I have applied blush in the bathroom and then seen myself in the car in natural light and been terribly embarrassed by how much blush I was wearing. Thus, I have accumulated a few tricks to help diffuse the situation.

    Too much blush
    Not what we are going for!

    #1 - DO NOT RUB!
    I repeat DO NOT RUB! This is my number one tip. Trying to rub off the rouge will 1) blend the rouge out to an even larger area and 2) make your skin ruddy, which then enhances the overly red effect.

    #2 - Apply Powder
    Applying powder on top of the blush can really help tone it down. Even translucent powder will help the blush look more diffused. This also helps the blush stay in place longer.

    #3 - Blot (if you are away from home)
    If you find yourself without any powder, go to the bathroom and get a paper towel. Blot your cheeks very gently. If that isn't enough, you can ever so slightly dampen the paper towel and again gently blot (not rub) your cheek.

    #4 - Highlight and Contour
    If you find that you have simply applied your blush in all the wrong places and don't want to start over or use makeup remover, you can again diffuse the look of the blush by highlighting and contouring. Apply a soft highlighter above the cheekbones and a slight bronzer or countour shade below. Be sure to blend into the blush with a fresh brush.

    More after the jump!

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Round Up - Week of February 15

    It's back! Check out this week's offerings from my fellow beauty bloggers!

  • Blushing Noir: The Guerlain Spring 2013 Coup de Foudre Ecrin 4 Couleurs might just be more wearable than you think!
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Check out an orange gloss and a lip pencil Destany got from Sephora!
  • Money Making Makeup Artist: Tips on ways to cut costs when stocking your kit as a makeup artist.
  • BeautyTidbits: BECCA's new Ultimate Colour Glosses are just the thing to add a subtle pop of color to your lips with a high glossy shine!
  • Peppermint Lips Beauty Blog: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipsticks Review and Swatches!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Prestige Cosmetics has the perfect pink makeup to grace your lips, cheeks and eyes this Valentine's Day, but Lola's Secret Beauty Blog thinks that it should be worn far more frequently!
  • TheFabZilla: Yet another Target sighting! TheFabZilla reviews Pacifica Natural Minerals Eye Shadows Palette. See if it's something that will interest you.
  • The Advice Sisters Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Website: For something really dramatic that you can DIY, try a "Fauxhawk" straight from the Fashion Week Runways for Fall 2103, Backstage report from the Advice Sisters
  • Pammy Blogs Beauty: Pammy puts Le Metier de Beaute's Ultra Hydration Eye Masks to the ultimate test as she tries them while in the midst of a bad cold. If these amazing eye masks can soothe Pammy's eyes in this condition, imagine what they could do for you!
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog reviews Anastasia Beverly Hills Bold and Beautiful Kit!
  • Mama Fashionista: Stay Glossy With Rimmel London!
  • The Lacquered Lady: The Lacquered Lady swatches the gorgeous Color Club Eternal Beauty from the Halo Hues collection.
  • Beauty Professor: While at the Neiman Marcus BH Trend Event last week, The Beauty Professor swatched all four shades of the latest Le Metier de Beaute lip gloss shades for Spring 2013!
  • Lipgloss Break: Check out this month's Glossy Box featuring The Man Repeller!
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    Thursday, February 14, 2013

    Schick Hydro Silk Razor Review

    I have become incredibly picky about my razors the past few years. This is primarily out of survival. I am terrible at shaving my legs. I always miss spots and have little scars to show for my extreme lack of coordination. My skin also does not react well to shaving gels or creams, so the new razor offerings with moisture strips that actually work have been a godsend for my poor legs. I was very pleased to try Schick's latest offering - the Hyrdo Silk - which appears very familiar in concept to the Gilette Venus and Olay razor that I adore. Let's see how the Schick Hydro Silk worked out.

    Schick Hydro Silk

    The Hydro Silk has five blades, a razor guard, a moisture strip on both top and bottom, and an ergonomic handle. The head pivots and is replaceable. The moisture strip is activated by water and is intended to be used without gels or creams (although the packaging indicates you can use those as well).

    There were several things that I really liked about this razor. Primarily, the handle is the most comfortable and natural handle I have encountered in a razor. It is easy to grip and has a comfortable place for your index finger to provide leverage when shaving. It worked well for both my right and left hand at all different angles. I was not at all concerned with slippage! I also really liked how the head pivoted. It articulates at about a 30 degree angle (to be specific), but is still firm against the skin. This really helped around the knees and in other areas of the body (such as the curvature of armpits). Finally, the razor was also very light weight and the head was compact for storage in the accompanying suction cup holder provided in the kit.

    More after the jump!

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

    Color Club Halo Hues Collection - Eternal Beauty

    Who doesn't love a good holographic nail polish? Honestly, there is nothing more beautiful on the nail than a true linear holo. It gives the nail so much depth and interest, plus you can't stop staring at your fingers! When I heard about the new 2013 Color Club Halo Hues collection, I was very excited to pick up a few bottles. I was not expecting, however, to be totally blown out of the water at how exceptionally beautiful the collection is. Today I have for you Eternal Beauty from this new collection.
    color club eternal beauty

    Texture: Holy Holo Batman! Look at that linear holo! What is most incredible about this polish (and the others from the collection) is that you see the holo in any form of lighting. Even inside my living room at night with indirect lamp light, I can see the prominent holo on my nails. Simply incredible!
    color club eternal beauty

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