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Monday, December 14, 2015

Youngblood Cosmetics Cobalt Blue Mascara Review - And Why You Really Need It



I've got a beauty secret I want to share with you.  Think of it as a Christmas gift from me to you.  You need a good blue mascara in your makeup arsenal.  I'd like to recommend that you add the cruelty free Youngblood Cosmetics Holiday 2015 Mascara in the Cobalt color, (.6 fl oz / $26).   Youngblood is a luxury mineral makeup line that uses minerals from the earth, rather than dyes and chemicals that can irritate eyes and skin.  You can read about the brand at this link.

I like to grab a cup of coffee or tea before opening presents, so let's have a cup of your favorite beverage together and talk about this mascara!!


Many years ago, I discovered the wonder of dark blue mascara.  I'm talking about a fashion forward blue, like the cobalt color of the Youngblood Cosmetics mascara, not a baby blue 70's kind of color.  I like to use either a navy or dark cobalt eyeliner to tightline my eyes, no matter what color theme I'm sporting, and/or a cobalt or navy colored mascara on the underneath part of my lashes, close to the lashline, and wiggle it in like a liner.  Why??  Because blue in a subtle form around the eye accentuates EVERY eye color.  Seriously, try it.  You'll see.  There is nothing like a deep bright blue to bring out your eye color.  And the Youngblood cobalt mascara is the perfect shade.

It's a little difficult to show the color of the mascara because it's on a black wand.  But let's try.  I've turned up the brightness on the first picture below so that you can see the color better.

Of the 50-some pictures I took just of the mascara on the wand, I felt like it showed best with no editing against my red pajamas.


I've swatched the mascara for you next to a black so that you can see the difference in color.


There are so many qualities about this mascara that are fantastic.  The color is the perfect depth of blue.  The formula of the mascara is outstanding!!!  It isn't goopy, doesn't flake, smudge or peel and applies like a dream.  The brush is perfect for seperating my lashes and the mascara lengthens them to just about the length of a false lash.

I normally only use blue mascara close to the upper lash line.  However, I can use the Youngblood Cobalt mascara all over, including my lower lashes.  Because it doesn't run or smudge, I can wear it all day without rubbing it all over.  I have an eye that's been weepy for the past year and this mascara stays put without wandering into the drizzle that I'm having such trouble with.

The mascara has a great feel on the lashes.  It's not heavy and it's just so smooth!!  I debated whether to post a picture of it on the eye just because the ones I took are without other makeup so that you can see the mascara and what it does for the lashes....but well, here we go.  My lashes are so long with this mascara!!


I'd love for you to try it.  I highly recommend it for application, wear, color and formula.  The formula includes moisturizing sunflower seed oil and conditioning emollients.  It feels great on the lashes.  The cobalt mascara is out for the holiday season 2015, so don't let it pass by.

You can purchase the Youngblood Cosmetics Cobalt Mascara online and be sure to read about the company.  Don't forget to follow them on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Now that I've told you my beauty secret, tell me yours!  What is one thing you do that you feel subtlely perks up your look?

Sunday, December 6, 2015

For A Beautiful Glow, Try Kardashian Beauty Incandescent Lightbox In Aurora; Swatches And Review

Have I got a treat for you today!! I bought the Kardashian Beauty Incandescent Lightbox, ($14.99), highlighter in the color Aurora when I first saw it at Ulta about a month ago.  It looked stunning in the pan and is no less beautiful on the skin!!!  I used to buy my Kardashian Beauty products at Fred Meyer when I lived in the PNW, and now I'm thankfully able to find them at Ulta.  This is good makeup, people!!!  It doesn't matter what you think of reality tv, the Kardashian Beauty line is one worth checking out.  I've purchased many of their products and none have failed to perform.  So let's look at the newest highlighter.


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If you whirl it around in different lighting, you can see the different aspects.  For instance, the above picture shows the base colors, while the one below shows more of the irridescence.

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With my dry skin, I'm all about that glow, as are the Kardashians, so I just had to buy this.  The size of the compact is very large, fitting across my palm, so it's a lot of bang for your $14.99, especially if you get it at Ulta this week where Kardashian Beauty products are buy one, get one 50% off!!!

Anyway, working from the inner most star to the outer, (right to left in the picture below), there is a peachy highlight, a gold highlight, and a pink toned highlighter.  You could use them seperately with the right brushes.  You can use them all mixed together, and you can mix them in a way that uses more of one color than the others.

I'm taking a guess at the creation of this product but to me, the peachy would be Kourtney, the gold is Kim and the pinky is Khloe.  Mix them all together and you have Mama Kris who embodies the essence of each individual daughter i.e. swatch color.

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On my hand, the colors are swatched the same way as you see the compact above.  The peach is on the right, the gold is in the middle, the pinky is on the left.  Beneath are the three colors together.  Isn't it beautiful!!  Each color shows a different aspect as you move through various lighting and lighting angles.

swatches, review, Kbeauty, Kim, Kourtney, Khloe

swatches, review, Kbeauty, Kim, Kourtney, Khloe

I like each color individually but I really love them combined.  The Incandescent Lightbox in Aurora lasts all day on me.  I have hope that more colors may follow since this one is named.

Two other Kardashian products that I love and find to be superior quality are the Radient Ombre blushes, and the Cabana Bronze Matte Bronzer.  The bronzer has fantastic neutral tones and I've used it to sculpt, highlight and contour with ease.  I've often gone out with just the Cabana Bronzer strategically on my face.  Nothing but nice quality products.

You can purchase Kardashian Beauty at Ulta, and Fred Meyer, and online at Ulta.com and KBeauty.  Be sure to follow the brand on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and let your inner Kardashian glow!!

Have you tried any of the Kardashian Beauty products?  If you have, what is your favorite?

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Urban Decay Naked On The Run Palette Giveaway - Beauty Blog Coalition Holiday Blog Hop

We're having a blog hop giveaway today.  Wait for the Rafflecopter to load to enter to win an Urban Decay Naked On The Run palette.  Once you've done that, hop around to the other blogs that are linked and enter to win some other great prizes!!   My giveaway is open internationally.

Edited to add:  I am really enjoying reading all your blog comments and holiday plans!!




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A total of 35 fabulous beauty bloggers have all teamed up to give away "A Few of Our Favorite BEAUTY Things!" to our readers! It was created to be a fun blog hop to give back to you -- our readers -- and hopefully help you discover new beauty blogs and makeup lovers along the way!

A total of 35 fabulous beauty bloggers have all teamed up to give away "A Few of Our Favorite BEAUTY Things!" to our readers! It was created to be a fun blog hop to give back to you -- our readers -- and hopefully help you discover new beauty blogs and makeup lovers along the way!

A Few of Our Favorite Beauty Things // Holiday Giveaway // Blog Hop // #holidaygiveaway #giveawayHere's How it Works: Each of the 35 blogs participating in this blog hop are giving away their own bundle of beauty items on their blog. Yes, you heard that right -- 35 separate giveaways that you have a chance to win! So after you've entered my giveaway, make sure you hop to all the other blogs (linked below) for more beauty products that you could win!
It Gets Better: As if that wasn't awesome enough...we've added a little something to make the giveaway even sweeter! For those gals who can't pass up on the chance to win beauty products...if you enter into all the giveaways in the blog hop than you're eligible to enter to win a $200 eGiftcard to Sephora or Ulta (winners choice!). If you live somewhere where Sephora or Ulta doesn't ship, no worries! You'll be given the $200 via PayPal to use at whatever beauty store you have in your country!
International Readers: There are a few blogs who do not have their giveaway open worldwide, but you can still enter to win the grand prize giveaway! For all the blogs in this hop that do not have their giveaway open worldwide, all you have to do is check out their giveaway, complete the one required entry, and leave them a comment on their giveaway post letting them know you're international but still did the required entry so that you can have a chance to win the grand prize!
You got all that? Any questions, just ask below! Let's get into this hop!



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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Block Island Organics Cruelty Free Vegan Formula Night Cream - Review Plus A Savings Coupon!



Today I want to share with you a moisturizer I've been using from Block Island Organics, a cruelty free organic company that includes all of the good and none of the bad in their night cream.  The team behind Block Island Organics wish to keep you informed about being safe outside from the sun's harsh rays all year 'round.  On their website is the best explanation of sun protection that I've ever read.  It explains the difference between typical sunscreen ingredients and what mineral sunblock is.  I'd highly recommend the read.  There is also a Q & A section about how UV rays work, which you'll find really interesting.  I really encourage you to read these sections and you'll feel the passion the company has to protect our skin.

So about the Revitalizing Night Cream, (2 fl oz./$29.99).


It comes in a nice white pump top bottle.  it has great skincare ingredients like the antioxidents vitamins C and E as well as organic ingredients like cocoa butter, rosehip, avocado, aloe vera, jojoba and more.  There are none of the things that are bad for us, such as parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalated dyes or artificial frangrance.  The cream has a barely detectible fresh scent, and I mean you have to smell it with passion to smell anything.  You can find a full list of ingredients on the website here.

It is recommended to use the night cream...well, at night.  It is fairly lightweight for a night cream and while it nourishes and moisturizes, it is non-greasy and absorbs quickly.  You can also use it during the day, which I do.  My skin is really dry.  I wait a little longer than usual to apply my primer and foundation, but it goes on easily and there is no conflict with the products using this as a day cream.

In the picture above, you can see the more hydrated area on my hand to the right of the cream blob where I rubbed some in...mainly because I was a spaz and forgot I was taking a photo and just thinking how dry my hands were.  I like to use facial moisturizers on my hands because hand cream doesn't usually have any sunblock to it.  At any rate, you can see that the right side of my hand isn't greasy or anything.  I wish I could show you how well it absorbs, but you'll just have to try it for yourself.

The story behind Block Island Organics is pretty cool.  It's a majority female owned family company that started on Block Island, Rhode Island.  It is their belief, as it is mine, that good skin care involves good suncare night and day because the sun is the leading cause of premature skin aging and damage.  They believe skincare doesn't need to be complicated, overly expensive or chemically manufactored.  They feel a passion to educate consumers while providing quality products and simplifying the skin care process.

I've been using this about six weeks.  I did something stupid and burnt my skin about 2 weeks ago with a product and had a cut by my eye, so I couldn't use anything, and boy did my skin miss this cream!!!!  I mean like it was screaming for moisture.  I was so thankful to begin using this again!! This is a night cream that I believe you will love the feel of as well as it's moisturizing and sunblock effects.

You can learn more about Block Island Organics on their website and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.   I think you'll really like this night cream and the company has provided my readers a discount when purchased from Wednesday, December 2 though Tuesday, December 8.  The 20% off coupon is "shelley" and isn't combinable with other codes.  That's right, twenty percent.    Be sure to check out all the suncare information.  You'll learn a lot!!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Disney Cinderella London Soho New York Cosmetic Bags and Orly Nail Polish Only At Walgreens.

Disney and Walgreens have collaborated for a large Cinderella collection just in time for holiday giving!!  I find it totally exciting.  I love Cinderella.  Be be sure to check out all the makeup offerings in my other Cinderella blog post.  This post is all about the cosmetic organizers and nail polish.

First let's talk about the makeup bags.  I LOVE these London Soho New York bags.  I've been collecting all the Disney variations from the beginning with the Snow White collection.  I love them so much and use them every day.  You may have seen my bag from the Disney Villans collection.  It holds my complexion gear...from primer to foundation to contour.  It's all in there.  


I received a super cute wristlet bag from the collection.  I'm going to use this one to hold my mascaras.  They're in about four different drawers right now.  It will be nice to have them all together.


The wristlet measures 8 in x .5 in x 5 in and has a silver strap.  It pictures Cinderella rushing to make her escape before her carriage turns to a pumpkin.  If you look closely, you can see that she's lost her glass slipper!!!


Run Cinderelly!!!!  Hurry!!!  The inside of the bag is as cute as the outside with the sillhouette of glass slippers and carriages.


These are adorable bags and highly collectible.  I confess, I have to go to Walgreens to get a couple more.  They are so handy!!!  I use them for everything and they always bring a smile to my face when I think of all the good times Disney has brought me.

I've got to show you my pictures from the rest of the collection in the store.  I've found out there is another wristlet but I don't have a picture of it.  It's a smaller version with the same picture as the train case, pictured below.


I am absolutely dying to see the print on the inside of the train case, ($11.99).  Each bag is such a unique and beautiful work of art.  And seeing the design on the inside is like an extra surprise for me.  I just love good art work.

The train case is 8.75" x 4" x 7", the same size as previous bags.  I use my earlier collection train cases for travel as well as for everyday use.  They've held up well and I can pack a ton in them and put them in my carry-on.

There is a 2 piece clutch set with the inner bag being inside a see through bag.  I can't tell you how many see through bags I've bought to put different sets of lip colors in them.  It's the only way I can keep my makeup straight!!  The outer bag measures 9" x 2.25" x 7.25".  The set retails for $9.99.


The final cosmetic bag in the set is called an Organizer bag, ($9.99).  It is also a good size, measuring 8" x 3.75" x 5.25".  I really think all of these bags would be handy, especially if your vanity space is really limited like mine is.  I'm dying of curiousity to know what's on the inside of these bags!!!


You've seen the Cinderella makeup collection, in my other post, now it's time to show you what Orly Nails has presented to us in the Cinderella nail polish collection.  I think every color is spot on Cinderella.  I love this collection!!

I'll show you the full sized Orly Color Blast nail polishes first, and just for the sake of post length, I've combined them into one picture.  There are three duos available, as well as three singles.  They are all the same size but the top row just looks smaller due to fitting more colors in the frame.


There are two mini four packs as well.


It's a great collection with very few repeats between the full size Color Blast and the minis.  I've picked up two colors so far.  The blue Cinderelly, Cinderelly! that has pink shimmer, and the champagne bronzey Stroke of Midnight.


The duo nature of Cinderelly, Cinderelly just captures her ballgown perfectly.  I have dreams of swishing around a dance floor in my fancy dress when I look at this polish.  It is the quintessential Cinderella color.  Thank you, Orly....I mean, Fairy Godmother!!!


That pink glow!!!!  I've been wearing this all week, without any chips.  It's held up as well as any Orly I've worn ever has.  I personally get outstanding wear with Orly.  Always.  The set of two full sized polishes retail for $10.99, and the mini 4-packs are $12.99.  I think I paid $6.99 each for the full sized.  I'll have to get back to you on that.

I think these items round out the Cinderella collection for Walgreens very well!  You can purchase the makeup bags online at Walgreens or in the store.   The Orly Cinderella Color Blast nail polishes are only available at your local Walgreens store.

Check out the Cinderella makeup collection and tell me what you think would be your favorite item between the three parts of the collection.  Let's have a little more FUN......how many of the previous Disney Walgreens collaborations can you name?

Don't Miss The Cinderella Makeup, Nail Polish and Beauty Bag Collection At Walgreens.

This holiday season for all princesses young and not-so-young.  The Cinderella beauty collection has some excellent gifting items at Walgreens.  Who doesn't love Cinderella!?!?!  Everytime I think about this collection, my mind starts singing "a dream is a wish your heart makes..."  The entire collection is super cute!!  The makeup, the Orly nail polish and the London Soho New York cosmetic bags are outstanding!!  Well, let me show you what Disney has instore for the holiday season with the Cinderella collection.  You may have seen me post a few of these pictures already on Instagram.

This post covers the makeup collection and you will be able to view the London Soho New York makeup bags and Orly nail polish collection at this blog post.

The largest piece in the Disney Cinderella makeup collection is an item that we haven't seen in any of the previous princess or villan collections.  It is a large eyeshadow palette called Ready For The Ball, ($14.99).  It contains 35 eyeshadows.  I've seen some excellent swatches on the web.  I did buy it, but haven't had the chance to swatch it for myself yet.

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To keep those eyeshadows in place, there is a tube of Past Midnight Eyeshadow Primer, ($2.99).  I haven't had the chance to open it to see the color yet but will add it in when I do.  And instagram it for you.

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If you've shopped the Disney Walgreens collaborations before, you might expect there to be a Beauty Book and there is. It is also called Ready For The Ball, ($9.99).  It contains 9 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, an eyeshadow brush that is simply charming, (lol), an eyeliner and a lipgloss tube.  That first row of shadows just grabbed me by the collar and the brush sold me!!

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On the inside of the beauty book, there is a faux mirror telling Cinderella to be sure to get home by midnight.

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There is also a three piece Crown Jewels liquid eyeliner set, ($4.99), to complete your eye look.

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In my opinion, one of the stars of the collection is the A Dream Come True All-In-One Highlighter.  It's just like the clock waiting to strike 12, and even comes with a brush.   It's a steal at just $4.99, and it's pretty big.  I'm not sure yet how it will work for shadow, but I've seen swatches of it and it's sooooo pretty.  Like Cinderella!

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One simply must have a princessy lipstick, right?  I apologize for the picture quality.  They're hard to photograph in the container.  ($2.99)  I didn't make the mush spot, by the way, and purchased the rose for my holiday princess looks.

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The collection contains this set of three lipglosses called The Gloss Slipper, ($3.99).

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Finish your Cinderella look with Fairy Glow Face and Body Illuminator, ($2.99).  We princesses are all about that glow!!

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How will you apply all this pretty makeup?  Well, with the Cinderella brush collection, of course!  Could it possibly be anymore princess-y?

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You might also like to use the Cinderella cotton swabs.  Only $1.99 and super cute!  Keep the container and use it for those hair bands and bobby pins that always stray.

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When Cinderella got home, I'm sure she wanted to erase all signs she went to the ball so her sinister evil step-mother wouldn't find out.  And I'm sure she probably reached for the Disney Cinderella Wish It Away makeup remover wipes, (25 ea/$2.99), another really outstanding deal.

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There are several Orly nail polishes to complete Cinderella's look, as well as a few London Soho New York cosmetic bags to carry it in.  Click this link to read all about the nail polish and makeup bags and see the pretty pictures.

This collection is available only at Walgreens, in-store and online.  I think it's totally adorable.  I've bought a few items but haven't had time to launch into them with Thanksgiving and decorating the house and all of that.  They sell out so fast that I just didn't want to wait.  The check out lady asked me, "how old is she?"  And I said my age.  And we both laughed.  I'll be back for more.

What do you think of the Disney Cinderella beauty collection?  Which Disney/Walgreens collection has been your favorite?

Some Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales You Might Have Missed

This is a quick post to tell you about a few Thanksgiving weekend sales that I'm not sure if you've heard about or not.

You've GOT to visit Nail Butter!!!  It is my number one cosmetic find for 2015 and you can read about my experience on this blog post.  Use the code BLACKFRIDAY to receive 25% off your order.  The Cyber Monday sale is BOGO 50% and the first 50 orders receive a Nail Butter tote bag.  Don't miss this wonder product!!

Algenist Skin Care is my favorite.  It has done wonders in the anti-aging department as well as some skin problems I have from celiac disease.  You can check my reviews here.  You can purchase this amazing line for 25% off thru Sunday night with the code ALGBLKFRI and receive free shipping as well.

Reviva Labs, another skincare favorite, has 20% off using the code annamarie15 and the sale ends at the end of the month.  I have some reviews you can view here.  Be sure to check out the Spider Vein and Rosacea Cream with Vitamin K.  It's even helped a couple of age spots that wanted to pop up!!

Elf Cosmetics had an incredible Black Friday sale and if you missed that, check them out thru Tuesday the 1st to receive 50% off everything using the code CYBER!! I've got a couple of reviews on the blog and will be having quite a few more in time.

Visit A Girl's Gotta Spa and with purchase of the Energizing Citrus Salt Scrub, you receive a personalized planner dashboard with a daily reminder that "You deserve to be Pampered" , a spa related bath and body sticker sheet.  The planner items were made my My Newest Addiction, on etsy.  Read about the essential oils and the Dead Sea salt in the scrub, and you'll be sold on this vegan, Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free item.  Sign up for the newsletter and receive a 15% promo code that can be used with this order!

Tweezerman has 10% off with several free items, two with qualifying orders.  They just continue to impress me.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, (OCC), will have their original packaging on sale for just $5 each for Cyber Monday.

Breakups To Makeup has really cute makeup bags!  They are having a special on Black Friday and Cyber Monday for 20% off with the code HOLIDAY2015.

Grace and Lace convinced me via Shark Tank that I needed great looking boot cuffs.  They were right.  Their holiday sale is pretty darned keen-o.  And they're having site-wide free shipping.

Every Indie nail polish brand I know of is having a sale this weekend.  Check them out for details.  I could never possibly list them all.

So these are a few things that I want to make sure you've heard of and haven't seen a lot of other places.  Have fun holiday shopping and be safe with packages in your car.  Always lock your doors.  Be sure to let me know the goodies that you've gotten!!

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Revlon Pro Collection One Step Hair Dryer And Styler Is A Time And Style Game Changer For Hair


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Let me introduce you to the Revlon Pro Collection One Step Hair Dryer and Styler, ($49.99).  This is the blow dryer that dreams are made of.  I'm so excited about this new way to dry my hair that I can hardly sit still long enough to write the review.  I want you to get this and to get one for everyone on your holiday list who has hair, doesn't air dry and doesn't use a diffuser.  It's CHANGED MY LIFE!!!

The Revlon One Step is a blow dryer with a brush on the end, all in one unit.

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I received an email that told me about it and I thought it might be a good dryer for me.  I've had trouble drying my hair for five years since I had a neck surgery, followed by a shoulder surgery and another neck surgery.  The use of my left arm to hold a dryer or a brush for long periods of time just wasn't available to me.  I went to my stylist for her to dry and straighten my hair for four years.  And this past year, my husband has done it for me.

Let me tell you about my hair....the short story is that it's thick, curly, unruly and gets frizzy with much blow drying.  If you have curly hair, you know what I'm talking about.  Before my accident, it would take me four hours to wash, dry and straighten my hair.  Due to the frizz of the curl, I'd have to dry for 15-20 minutes, wait about that long, and repeat until dry.  Then follow with the flat iron.  It was a long process and not one I particularly enjoyed.  This past year, it has taken my husband between 45 minutes to an hour to blow it out and then I flat iron it and spray the heck out of it and pray I don't wake up the next day curly.  It takes a lot of time and finesse so I only do it at night.  And now I have this new cut that is a little strange, and I've just wanted to pull all my hair out, rather than try to make sense of it.

So last night, my husband said "are you ready for me to dry your hair", (it's very sweet).  And I told him that I bought something new at Ulta and I thought I might start the process myself.  I figured I would dry for maybe two minutes to tame my bangs and then head to the livingroom where he'd finish, just like always.

*pause while we cue the singing angels*

I couldn't believe it.  I dried my hair all by myself.  I did it in around FIVE minutes.  And it was straight.  Ok, not four hours, mind you, about five minutes!!!  And it was pretty easy!!

And it was straight.

And there wasn't any frizz.  NO FRIZZ.  I had gotten frustrated with the amount of frizz in trying to dry this new 'do.  No frizz.  And I did it by myself!!!

I'm sorry this is so long, but this is a freaking miracle for me!!

I was worried that maybe if I used the brush under the hair to pull it to curl under, that it might cause the hair shaft to expand and frizz, but I did some of that, and it didn't frizz.  I used the dryer as if I was brushing my hair slowly and there was no frizz.  And it straightened so easily and I didn't even use 5 kinds of goo, like usual.

And it had shine!!  Totally unexpected.

I was so excited that I went to my personal Facebook and got in long discussions about why my friends need to buy this dryer.  So excited that I forgot to flat iron after it was dry.  But I got up this morning, and my hair was still straight!!!!!!!!!  It usually has part of it kind of curly and part of it sticking out, but I ran to show the hubby and he was impressed too.  All just with the Revlon One Step Hair Dryer And Styler and no flat iron.  Seriously amazing.

So about the dryer itself, it has cool pink racing stripes that just happen to match my hair.  From tip to tail, the whole brush measures almost 12.5" long.

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The brush paddle itself is really nice.  It measures 4.75" long and 3.25" wide.  The bristles are nice and flexible so that they don't knot up your hair.  The massaging tips are gentle to the scalp.

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At the end of the wand is the control switch.  Revlon suggests low for fine or thin hair and high for thick hair.  I used low even though my hair is thick and it worked very nicely.  There is a cool shock setting to "set the style in place".  I didn't use that function.  I never do...maybe I should?

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The electrical plug in has both test and reset buttons.

blow dryer, ionic, hair

A few more details about the dryer:  The two in one design was created to cut drying and styling time, and my experience is that it REALLY does!!!  It uses 1000W of power and has ionic conditioning to reduce frizz and boost shine.  Yeah, that's working too.  I'm really impressed.

Even the tangle-free cord doesn't tangle.  It swivles in the end of the arm.  You know how so many "tangle free cords" just end up really squirrly anyway?  This one doesn't.  I had no ackward encounters with the cord.  The One Step meets all of Revlon's advertised claims.  It is lightweight enough that I can use one arm, if I want.

It seriously just couldn't have been easier.

I'm really over the moon about this dryer.  Keep in mind, I've only used it once, but the ease of use and the results were so astonishing that I feel safe in saying it's going to change my life and the amount of time and hassle I've used with my hair.  If you buy this for pre-teen children, be sure to tell them that the paddle can get very hot so try to keep the hands from touching it.

You can find the Revlon One Step Hair Dryer And Styler at any merchant that sells Revlon hair items.  On my street, in less than 15 minutes, I can purchase this at  Target,  and Ulta where they both have it in stock.  I purchased mine online during an Ulta sale.

You've heard my hair story, now I'd like to hear yours.  What is your greatest challenge with your hair?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

6 Ways To Play Beautifully With Elf Cosmetics - Beauty Squad Report



I'm so proud to be a member of the e.l.f. Cosmetics Beauty Squad, bringing to you my unbiased opinion about the products.  e.l.f. stands for eyes.lips.face, and from here on, I'll be referring to it as Elf, just for ease of writing.   It is a cruelty-free company.  When I was chosen as a member, I discovered that my cousins are Elf-a-holics.  So we dished some about the products, why they've gone "all Elf all the time" and what their favorite products are.

Today I'm bringing to you an assortment of five products from Elf Cosmetics, with my honest review of them.

Elf shadow stick, lip balm, matte lip pencil, review, samples

I'm pretty excited about these items.  The quality of Elf is on par with Mac Cosmetics and most other upper end brands that you can think of.  These are now among my favorite items and I'll tell you why.

The Tantalizing Taupe eyeshadow quad, (.014 oz / $3.00), is just beautiful!!!  The kind of taupey browns that take your breath away.  And at just $3, it is a steal and there's not a lot of financial risk involved to check it out. I have two pictures of the quad; one outside and one with the sun shining right on it.  You can see the personality of the shades in the base color and then how the shimmers shine in the light.


So pretty!!  The shadows apply with ease and have great blendability.  I love brushes so I use those in my makeup application rather than the sponge brush which I used for the swatches.  The bottom shade is a matte and applies as smoothly as the shimmers.  These wear ALL DAY for me, without any creasing, flaking, drifting or fall-out.  I'm SO impressed with the quality of the shades.  The pigmentation is superb.


I can't get over how smooth and creamy the shadows are.  I've worn this palette more than any other that I have since I got it.  It will easily take you from day to nighttime, classic to smoky.  Seriously.  I mean, SERIOUSLY!!

This is an easy everyday look I did using the Tantalizing Taupe quad.  (Don't mind the messy curly hair.  I'm experimenting with this new cut.)


The next product I'd like to tell you about is the e.l.f. Perfect Finish HD Powder, ($6 / .028 oz).


There are a few things you should know as I review this powder.  I have tried most of the HD powders on the market.  HD stands for high definition and is a finer mill of product in order to translate well on television.  The other thing you should know is I have never found a powder I liked for my dry skin, and I've spent a lot of money searching.  So you can imagine I thought the powder would be a pass for me since I have years of non-powder experience.

I love this powder so much!  I really, really do.  It is a very finely milled lightweight powder.  It gives such a light and smooth finish that it makes me look more polished but without dry spots or "white powder hangover" anywhere.  This is huge to me.  The other powders I've used over the years always felt heavy and like they screamed "she's really dry" to me.  Get this powder.  Just get it!!  Used with a fat fluffy brush, this is something that I now use every day in my makeup routine.  I can't emphasize enough that this powder is so wonderful that I actually use it.  <<<<---- this from a former non-powder person.


The powder comes in a two part compact with a mirror and powder in the top side and a sponge applicator on the bottom.  It's complexion perfection.

Elf sent two lip products; a Studio Matte lip color in the color Wine, a lip balm stick and a shadow/liner duo pencil.

The Elf Studio Matte lip color in Wine, ($3), is a large size twist up lip color that never needs to be sharpened.  However, is does have a sharpener in the end if you want to use it as a liner.  It provides a pigmented long lasting color and is enriched with vitamins A, C, E, for hydration.  It lasts very well and is a nice merlot type of color; a red that is wearable any time of day.



In the picture above, you see the matte lipstick on the left and the Elf Lip Balm, ($3), on the right, in the color Pink.  This is such a great pink!!!  It gives a nice plump color and has SPF 15 to protect your lips from the sun's rays.  My lips burn really easily and most balms don't give enough color for me but this is one I can wear while running around outside and still feel pretty.


The third stick for review today is Elf Studio Eyeliner and Shadow Stick, ($3), in the color Black/Smoke.  It's also a wonderful item from Elf.  You have a soft gel liner on one side and a cream shadow on the other.  Both twist up and never need to be sharpened.  They have light reflecting pigments as you'll see in my swatches that reflect in a way to give fullness on the eye.  It creates interest as you easily craft a business-like or smoky eye.



I've worn this shadow/liner stick and it, too, lasted all day for me.  I regret that I don't have pictures for you.  I thought I did, but there's nothing on any of my cameras.  I had no creasing and found the gel liner easy to wing.  No creasing!!!  I do wear a concealer on the lids so I recommend some kind of primer, but this honestly just goes no where after you've applied it.

Swatches:


Do you see how with different lighting, at different angles, the properties of the shadow stick come out?  You won't have a dull one colored lid with these.  I just love, love, love the juicy look of the balm.  Isn't it such a pretty pink?!?!?!

Here again we have the shadow quad in use.  And, again, with the natural hair.  Another story all in itself, lol.


So here are some deets about Elf.  They have the best sales!!!  And regularly.  We're talking every week, so you HAVE to sign up to receive the emails from their website for notification.  They had a dollar sale a few weeks ago and I was able to get a ton of stuff, like eyeshadow quads!!, for just a dollar each!!!   They are also sold at Target in-store and online.  Elf has a ton of tools, BRUSHESSSSS, and new products coming out all the time.  I'm pretty excited for all the holiday stuff!

And, most exciting of all, they have started a subscription box called Play Beautifully.   There are a variety of different subscription plans so be sure to read about them and think about which exciting box of surprises you'd like to receive.  Really, go read about it!!!

Be sure to follow Elf on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.  And check out their hashtag #playbeautifully.

I'm going to leave you with my "sultry" face and ask you to share with me your favorite Elf products.


What have you tried from Elf?  What have you loved?  I'd love to hear your experience!

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