Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mac Hey, Sailor Blushes Fast Fleet and Launch Away Pics, Swatches and Review


The Mac Hey, Sailor! Collection includes two blushes, which I'm going to show you today. Both are labeled by Mac as satin formulas and both come in nautical looking packaging like the other items in the collection.

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Fast Fleet is on the left and Launch Away! is on the right.

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When I first read the descriptions on the Mac website, I was pretty sure I'd like Fast Fleet. It is described as a pinky golden coral. I like coral for the cheeks, I was a little worried about the golden part of it. Launch Away! is described as a true peach. That also concerned me as my face is good with coral but not with a true peach. I took a chance and I'm glad I did.

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The swatch of Fast Fleet was immediately pleasing. I don't see gold, which is good for me. I don't always like blush that has golden shimmer. The swatch of Launch Away! scared me half to death. It looks so chalky!! And so pale!! And I didn't really see peach in it. It was more of a white-pink toned whitish peach. Oh, I've heard of white peaches...that must be what they were talking about!!!

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I was thrilled with Fast Fleet and knew it would be a quick favorite, and scared by Launch Away! I almost didn't try it, and if it wasn't for this blog, I might not have, but I'm glad I did. I actually really like it.

Launch Away doesn't apply like a typical Mac satin blush, but more like a matte. The first time I used it, I put it on the apples of the cheeks, with Fast Fleet along the cheekbones, and it seemed so dry that I lightly misted Fix+ over it and really liked the end result. I posted the picture in this post featuring the Hey, Sailor! eyeshadows.
 


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I have since used Launch Away! by itself as the main blush of the day with a little Chanel Sable Beige bronzer, and I found it to be a nice flush of color, without even needing that spritz of Fix+. I never ever could have thought this blush would work for me based on description or swatch, but trying it on my face, I was pleasantly surprised. It's not just a highlight for darker skintones, like you might naturally assume, but provides a really natural color, despite it's apparent chalkiness in a swatch.

I'm really surprised that I am giving both blushes a thumbs up recommendation, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it!


Frugal Tips For Gorgeous Hair




I have a guest post for you today to help you take care of your lucious locks. I hope you enjoy the read!



We all know that our hair is our greatest accessory. A great cut, color or style can make or break an outfit. So how do we keep our locks in check without spending an arm and a leg, and possibly a torso? Don’t worry, you don’t need to cut it all off and hope for the best. Try these great tips to keep your tresses luscious and beautiful without breaking the bank.

Healthy Living

Changing your diet is the first and most important step you can take to insure your mane is always looking its best. The fatty acids found in nuts such as almonds and pistachios make your hair shine, and a diet full of protein keeps your hair strong and helps it grow faster and longer. Take a B-Vitamin supplement every day and within a month you won’t have any need for those pricy split-end treatments anymore. Staying hydrated work wonders for your hair as well as your skin and nails.

Shower Habits

The sensation of lathering your shampoo into your scalp while standing in a steaming hot shower is one of the most relaxing things in the world. It may be difficult but try to only wash your hair every other day. Shampoo can be harsh on your scalp and strips away your hairs natural oils which protect it from damage. When you do shampoo, only scrub your roots. The excess that rinses down your strands is enough to get the ends clean.
Rinse your hair with cold water and let your head air-dry about 75 percent of the way before using a blower. If you have to use a blower, set it to a cool setting. The cold rinse makes your hair cuticles close up so your hair will be less likely to frizz and the cool setting on your blower will help set your smoothness.

Instant Fix

For those in-between days, if you just don’t feel as clean up top without your daily lather, rinse and repeat; try sprinkling baby powder on your hairline and roots. This trick works great and is much cheaper than splurging on dry shampoo. Let the powder sit on your oily bits for a minute, brush through to remove any residue and you’ll look like you have freshly washed hair.

To get fantastic waves or “beach curls”, pour about 1/3 cup of salt into a spray bottle, fill the rest of the way with warm water and spritz on damp or dry hair. Scrunch with your fingers and voila! You have fantastic texture and waves without spending a dime.

Ever run out of smoothing serum on a rainy day? No worries just use your favorite lotion. Slightly dampen hair –if you get caught in the rain, skip this step- and squeeze a small dab of lotion into your hand. Rub your hands together a few times to absorb most of it then lightly run your hands across your hair. Problem solved.

You don’t have to spend a fortune or hire your own personal hair-dresser to look like you did so. Never spend your hard earned money on expensive hair products again. Basic, healthy habits with a few do-it-yourself tips will work far better for you –and your wallet-in the long run.


Marissa O'Donnell writes about beauty, finance & her credit report.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Mac Hey, Sailor Eyeshadows Barefoot, Jaunty, and Feeling Fresh Pics and Swatches!

During May, we saw the release of a Mac collection entitled Hey, Sailor! There were five eyeshadows in the collection, one being a repromote in the special packaging, and four new limited edition shadows. I'm trying to cut back so I just purchased three. :) Hey, that's pretty good for me!

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From left to right, they are Jaunty, Barefoot and Feeling Fresh. They are housed in some cute navy nautical looking packaging. I love the special release packaging Mac has. It's always cute and represents the theme of the collection well.

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Jaunty is a light golden beige frost, kind of a frosted wheat tone, the kind of color I collect like some people breathe air.

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Barefoot is a green toned golden shadow in the veluxe pearl formula. This shadow reminds me a lot of Gorgeous Gold without the duochrome. It's less green, and more antique gold in tone.

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Feeling Fresh is the color of freshly cut grass. It's called a frost without really being frosty. Instead, it has some micro sparkle particles within.

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You can see in the following swatch that with a finger, they apply lightly in color. They aren't real soft shadows, giving up a lot of pigment when you swatch with a finger, but applied, they work nicely and show up well on the lids.

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Here they are on the lids. Jaunty was placed heavily in the inner eye, Barefoot across the lid, and I think you can see where Feeling Fresh is. Nothing went in the crease. I did learn an important lesson while playing with these shadows: never, under any circumstances, should you attempt to text while lining your eye.

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I put the Hey, Sailor! eyeshadows together with the blushes and lip items that I purchased from the collection. I'll cover those in the next few days, but I have to say, I totally adore Fleet Fast blush!! It's the main color you see on the cheeks in the FOTD photo.

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The lips included Shore Leave Pro lip liner, To Catch A Sailor lipstick, and Blessedly Rich lipglass. All to be covered very soon.

I do like these shadows, although I have similar colors...not exactly the same, but similar. I'm not sure if I would have purchased Feeling Fresh if I'd seen it at a counter instead of ordering blind online. I don't wear bright greens often but perhaps I'll work this in now and then. If I don't, my husband will be mad I spent the money. :)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

How To Do An At Home Facial



Today, I'd like to treat you to a guest post that focuses on good skincare and can also be used as a guide to pampering. Enjoy your read!!





Getting a facial at a spa is a real treat, but it can be very costly and even time consuming. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t pamper your skin like a pro at home. After all, who knows your skin better than you do? If you’ve never tried doing a facial at home or just want to brush up on your skills, here are a few tips.
 

Cleanse

 
You should always begin by cleaning your skin with a gentle cleanser. Whichever company makes your favorite one, make sure that the cleanser of your choice is meant to be used by someone with your skin type. For example, if you have oily skin do not use a cleanser for dry skin or you’ll end up with more oil. Apply a dime sized amount onto your fingers and using small circles work the cleanser onto your skin for about twenty seconds. Once done, wash your skin with lukewarm water or use wet tissues to remove the cleaner.

Exfoliate


You’re skin works hard to look good and dead skin can make it appear to be dull. Using the same consideration in choosing a cleanser, select a cleaner that is made for your skin type. Most cleansers are salt or sugar based but you can also find ones that have oatmeal in them which also work wonders. Again, apply a dime sized amount to your fingers and gently make round circles on your face. The texture of the exfoliator will work to gently remove any dead skin that is sitting on your skin so that you are left with clean, fresh, revitalized looking skin.

Tone


Since you’ve cleansed and exfoliated you may wonder why it’s important to tone now. The answer is that the toner will remove any trace of dirt, makeup or oil that’s left behind. It’s also a good idea to user toner to clean your skin after a long day. You’ll be amazed how much dirt you’ll see on that little cotton ball.

Apply A Mask


Masks hydrate the skin, stimulate blood circulation and give you a deeper cleaning all while making your skin baby soft. There are many different types of masks that you can use on your skin so make sure to consider your needs before purchasing one.

Steam


Steaming opens your pores so that you can really prepare yourself to remove pimples and so that the moisturizer you apply later on will sink into your skin easily. Chamomile or lemon zinger tea should be added to the hot water because they give a sense of soothing aromatherapy and because they nourish your skin. Place a towel over your head and keep your face over the steaming water for five to ten minutes. When you’re done, pat, don’t scrub your skin dry.

Remove Those Pimples


If you have pimples, now is the time to gently squeeze them away. If you have a skin condition it’s better to allow a professional to do this so that you don’t damage your skin.

Moisturize And Massage


Last but not least it’s time to moisturize your skin. Keep in mind that as the seasons change so should your moisturizer. When it’s warmer out, be sure to use a lighter one that has spf in it so that your skin can breathe and so that you have some sun protection. When it’s cold outside, use a heavier cream. Apply the moisturizer onto your skin while massaging your face. This will help the cream to penetrate the skin while relaxing your muscles.

The process will take ten to twenty five minutes depending on how long you steam and how many pimples you have. At the end though, you will be left with healthy looking skin. Enjoy.

This post was written by Aleya who own Spontaneous Chick which is a makeup and beauty blog which also features health tips, d├ęcor inspiration and fashion tips for women.    (Image provided can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/foundryparkinn/3763643058/)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

OPI Spiderman Nail Polish Collection Swatches Plus Green Shatter The Scales Top Coat!

I was able to purchase the OPI Spiderman Collection of nail polishes a couple of weeks ago, however, there were no Shatter The Scales top coats in the city at the time. It took crossing three time zones for me to secure it at an Ulta, and boy was it worth it!! The deep emerald green shatter is stunningly gorgeous and none of the swatches I've seen, not even my own, have done it justice. Ha, ha, justice...superhero speak, lol.

The collection includes, from left to right, My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Your Web or Mine, Call Me Gwen-ever, Just Spotted The Lizard, Into The Night, and Number One Nemesis.

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My Boyfriend Scales Walls is a little bit of a grey toned white. It's a rich full color and spectacular under Shatter The Scales. Your Web Or Mine is a nice mid-toned rose colored pink frost. Call Me Gwen-ever is a great orange coral. Just Spotted The Lizard is a dead on dupe for Chanel Peridot. Save $25? Yesssss!!! It is a really pretty duochrome color, flashing shades of green and gold.

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Into The Night is one of the prettiest sapphire toned blues I've ever seen. It has a depth to it from it's lightly shimmering finish. Number One Nemesis is a complex color that is a steel grey color with micro sparkles of silver and gold. It's similar to Chanel Graphite, however, Graphite is a little darker.

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I was looking forward to applying Shatter The Scales on top of each color to see how they worked together, so I prepared my swatch wheel for when I would find the awesome green shatter. And it waited....and waited...

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Poor lonely little wheel. So I was pretty excited to be on vacation and finally come across that lucious emerald shatter. It's not a flat type of color, having emerald colored micro-sparkles in it. I'm guessing Dorothy wore this on her fingers when she entered the Emerald City. She just had to!

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Naturally, once I returned home, I swatched the lonely half of my wheel, coming to full Superhero completeness.

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And here I am in real life wearing Shatter The Scales over a lilac frost that was already on my fingers. Pardon my messy application, I just threw it on in the excitement to look at it, not with the intention of including it on my blog, but I haven't had the will to remove it yet, cuz I lurrrrve it.

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So what's with this newly re-written Spiderman story anyway? There's a lot of debate in my house about how it can really be Spidey with no Mary Jane. I'm not a real comic book nerd so I find the discussion amusing, but either way, I'm really looking forward to the new movie and their take on the new story. How about you?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup! Weekend of June 9, 2012




For the weekend of 6/9/12

From the best beauty bloggers on the net, this list will keep you reading for awhile. Enjoy!!



BareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 8.0 The Cocktail Hour Compact Swatches, Pics and Review


When Bare Escentuals released pressed eyeshadows, I was very excited. I love the colors of the some of the Bare Minerals loose shadows, but I don't always want to fool with the loose powders. With the amount of makeup I own, storage space is at a premium and I can store a flat palette with much more ease than a bunch of little pots. Playing with the Ready eyeshadows at the store, I was delighted to find that they were highly pigmented and smooth to apply.

One of the first pressed Ready shadow palettes I bought was the Ready Eyeshadow 8.0 - The Cocktail Hour.  8.0 means eight shades.  It is housed in a golden palette for the feel of sheer decadance.  It retails for $40, which is a great price for 8 shades, and comes with a dual ended brush.  The brush has a shadow side and a liner side, and I have found them both to be useable and created today's look solely utilizing that brush.


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You can see that this palette contains just about everything...blue, black, orange, seafoam, purple...I picked this one because I liked the challenge of deciding how the colors would go together. There is another 8.0 - The Playlist which I thought would be super easy to use, so I took a little more of a risk with this one.

Here's a little closer on the inside. These photos are taken in natural lighting.

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Inside the box, you'll find an insert that gives you a couple of suggestions on how to wear the palette.

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The BareMinerals Ready Eyeshadows make some wonderful claims about antioxidants and such and I'd like you to read those from the BareMinerals people themselves.

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The names of the shades are printed on the back of the palette.

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The first set of swatch photos are taken in natural light. The next two pictures are taken with flash.

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So let me tell you what I did with this today. I still wanted to challenge myself with the colors. It would be so easy for me to fall to the rose and purple, kind of a no brainer for me, so I chose a different path. I took the frosty sage, Invite Only, and brushed it on the lid. The frosty beige, Libation, was placed on the inner eye. I swept the shimmering coral, Spiked, into the crease and to the browbone. The bright under brow highlight is Icebreaker. I used the liner end of the brush to create an eyeline with the matte Black Tie Optional. It was different from what I've been wearing lately.

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I finished the look with Chanel Sable Rose Bronzer, Nars Liberte' blush, and MUFE Artist Natural Lipstick No. 9. I could swear it almost looks like I coordinated this on purpose! (I purchased my palette at Nordstrom, but it looks like the only place available to find it online now is the BareMinerals site. Link provided above for your ease of ordering.)

Have you tried any of the BareMinerals Ready eyeshadows yet? I really like them. Love the smoothness, love the pigmentation, love the variety!! They wore perfectly all day with no smudging, no creasing and no fading. Win! Win!

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