Tuesday, February 20, 2018

How Do I Get the Static off my Hairbrush?

This is a super frequent question I get at the salon, so I will answer it here too! It't not uncommon for your hairbrush to create static with your hair. Static electricity can be created by rubbing one object against another object. This is because the rubbing releases negative charges, called electrons, which can build up on one object to produce a static charge. So when you brush your hair not only are there thousands of hair strands rubbing against each other but the bristles are rubbing those strands as well as the paddle of the brush. So the issue of static forming around your hairbrush is not uncommon.

Here are a few things you can do to get rid of static electricity on your hairbrush.

1- Clean Your Hair Brush

The best way to do this is to remove all the hair that may have built up on the paddle of the brush. I like to use the tail of a weave comb (or rat tail comb) to do this, by sliding the tail under the hair and then lifting it up. You can then use your fingers to pick out any left over strands. Then use warm water and shampoo to clean it of debris. You will want to let your brush dry after this.

2- Use a Little Leave-In

Get a good spray on Leave in conditioner a spray it directly on the bristles of the brush. This gives slip to your brush, which eliminates friction during brushing that causes static, and it will help to smooth your flyaways. I highly recommend the Redken Frizz Dismiss  Smooth Force Spray, which is lightweight and smells amazing!

3- Beauty Hack

Dryer sheets have a kind of leave in conditioner on them for clothing. You can use one of these by opening it and just VERY LIGHTLY rubbing it over your hair and brush to help eliminate that static as well.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

REVIEW: Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil

Packaging - 4 (very good)
Longevity - 5 (excellent)
Ease of Use - 5 (excellent)
Wear - 4 (very good)

I am going to be pretty brief in my breakdown of this product. The Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil is supposed to be incredibly easy to use for filing in your brows. It has a gel-like feel to me, but it is super light and buildable.

The packaging is a little bit of a miss for me. Benefit redid their brow line to have this sort of chrome look, which I dig. But then they threw this circus theme to it, that I am not a fan of. Over all though the circus aspect of this product is understated so I gave it a 4. A little goes a long way, and I really do feel like it's easy to use. If you make a mistake you can blend it away fairly easily. Now does it stay all day? If you use a brow gel, it stays longer. I feel like on it's own it fades after about 5 hours, which isn't bad. With a brow gel it is a full day look. Overall this is dynamite product for natural looks and for beginners.

Friday, February 16, 2018

REVIEW: Fenty Beauty LIpstick

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Shade Range - 5 (excellent)
Longevity - 2 (not very good)
Hydration - 2 (not very good)
Wear - 1 (awful)

I was so bummed out by this lipstick. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna has been KILLING IT. From their insanely amazing foundation (you can read about that here) with it's wide and inclusive shade range, to their stay-all-day stunning highlighters, people have been falling for Fenty. I was skeptical of the brand at first, attributing it's success to hype from RiRi fans. But when I did finally dip my toe in, I was hooked. So I was expecting something amazing from this lipstick too which advertises itself as long-wearing, matte, hyper-pigmented, weightless, and not drying.

When I put this on its was a smeary mess. Feathering for days! It was lightweight, the ads got that right. But I had to put on a few layers to get full coverage so I wouldn't call it hyper-pigmented. And the transfer! It was on my clothes, my chin, my sandwich, my tissues. It was EVERYWHERE! I had to reapply it multiple times throughout the day. So yes, airy and matte-ish (I wasn't a bold matte, it was kind of in between matte and satin), but not a good lipstick. You'd be better off with several other high end brands such as Urban Decay or MAC.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

RECIPE: Quinoa Chicken Bowls

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Length - 5 (excellent)
Flake Free - 5 (excellent)
Volume - 3 (average)
Clump - 0 (awful)

I was so stoked to try this new mascara from Benefit Cosmetics! This is a spin off of their classic Bad Gal Mascara, called Bad Gal Bang! It touts that it gives mega volume that is flake free for 36 hours!

So here is the breakdown. I did NOT wear this mascara for 36 hours, I take my makeup off at night, so I wasn't willing to test that factor. BUT I did apply it at about 7:30 a.m. and it is still flake free by 7 pm, so that is good enough for me, and definitely impressive. I love the packaging. It's functional and fun. Benefit is known for their quirky packaging and I am not always in love with it, but this one as a fun feel, while still looking high end. And MAN does it add length!

But it wasn't all good. The fatal flaws with this mascara is its clumpiness and volume. It really didn't make my lashes that much thicker, but I had like 9 eyelashes by the time I was done applying this. It didn't seem to matter if I used a little, or if I layered it on. Even when I used a clean disposable mascara wand to pry my lashes apart, it didn't work. The mascara is also very wet, which meant it got all over my lids and under my eyes. But once it is dry my lashes feel like plastic. So between the messy application and the clumped look, I am going to pass on this one over all. I will continue to use it, and update this is my opinions change after 5 days of we

Monday, February 12, 2018

REVIEW: Kenra Silkening Mist

Packaging - 5 (very good)
Scent - 5 (very good)
Shine - 5 (very good)
Oil Control - 4 (good)
Longevity - 6 (incredible)

I am a little obsessed with this product. It just adds shine, that is all it does, and it is wonderful! Especially after styling my hair with thermal tools, my hair tends to look dry and touch frizzy. This makes it look hydrated and luscious in just seconds! It smells amazing, and a little goes a super long way earning it a 6! 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

REVIEW: Monat The Champ Dry Shampoo

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Scent - 4 (very good)
Oil Absorption - 4 (very good)
Texture - 6 (incredible)
Longevity - 3 (average)

Monat is a direct sales brand that specializes in luxury hair care. I have gotten my hands on several of their products and I will be reviewing them over the next few weeks. Please note that I do not sell Monat and I do not make any kind of money or commission off of the sale of products purchased through any links on this post.

The packaging of this product, I love. It's sturdy, it's pretty, it looks high end. I love the cap. It's plastic, but it looks like metal and it doesn't scratch easily and it's a heavy duty, sturdy plastic. The product has a crisp yet floral scent. It's not my favorite, but it's not bad. I bumped it up because the scent dissipates after 3 minutes so you don't have to deal with it for long.

So let's get down to actually using this product. It did absorb the oil in my hair, however I did have to use a little more than I would have liked. It rarely caused a white or ashy effect, which was nice. My favorite thing was that even though I had to use a little more, I couldn't feel it in my hair at all. The texture in my hair was soft and natural feeling. I did have to reapply it after about 6 hours though, so it didn't last me all day.

You can learn more and get yours here. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Brand Breakdown: Benefit Cosmetics

The Story: 

Jana and Jane Ford are two twins that were raised on a farm in Indiana. They moved to San Francisco to start a new life for themselves. They had two business ideas - a cosmetics company that delivered high quality product with fun, fresh, youthful and adorable packaging OR a casserole cafe. Thank goodness that coin landed on tails or we wouldn't have Benefit Cosmetics today. Jana and Jane built their company around the idea that "makeup doesn't have to be serious to look good" and firmly believe the idea that "laughter is the best cosmetic".

They began by opening a small cosmetic shop in California called "The Face Place" in 1976. In 1990 the company was renamed Benefit, and the first Benefit Beauty Counter popped up in a New York City department store! They went international in 1997 and in 1999 the company was acquired by Louis Vuitton!

You can read more about the companies story here.

The Brand:

Benefit Cosmetics stands out by having funky and unique packaging and marketing. Most high end companies try to make their packaging look sleek, clean and expensive. Benefit's founders believe that makeup shouldn't be so serious, so they created silly names and quirky packaging to bring a smile to every beauty lover. If you go to Benefit retailers on the days that new products launch, you'll often find employees wearing silly props to promote the new products.

The Products:

Benefit has over 200 products ranging from cosmetics to skin care. The following are my personal opinions of a few of their products.

They're Real Mascara is an award winner and a Benefit staple. This product is accompanied with ad campaigns and product posters featuring women with obviously fake breasts taking lie detector tests and sporting handcuffs in front of a line up wall.  This mascara isn't one of my favorites. To me it makes my lashes clumpy, but I know it's a fan favorite. You can read a more in depth review here. You can purchase it here. I also have to mention the They're Real Push Up Liner which is another innovative product from them. You can ready my review on it here, and buy it here.

Another award winner from Benefit is Air Patrol. This is my die-hard favorite eye shadow primer. This primer protects your eyes from pollution, the sun (it has spf!), it hydrates and conceals as well. It's a BB cream for your eyes, which I love! It also locks on eye shadow. I love multifaceted products like this one. You can read my love letter to Air Patrol here. Then you can buy it here.

The next Benefit product that is a best seller is Hoola. They have a whole Hoola line now which includes the original matte bronzer, Hoola Lite (a lighter version), The Hoola Zero Tanlines, and the Hoola Bodess Cream. I have actually tried all 4 of these. The bronzers are soft and creamy in texture, they are a powder though. They come with a brush that is honestly dreadful. It feels awful and falls apart quickly. But even without the brush they are nice. The packaging for them is a box, so it is a little harder to work with than a compact, because the product is set into the box. The Zero Tanlines is a hero product to me. You can read my full review here. It is so easy to use, it works, and it is the highest rated product on my blog. The Bodess cream smells amazing and is cute, but I honestly bought it thinking it was the Zero Tan Lines. I do not see the need for expensive lotion. It's nice, but it's nothing special. If you click on the product names above you can purchase them.

They have a few foundations, none of which I am a fan of. The Hello Flawless foundation oxidizes to look different on your face 10 minutes after applying it. I felt the coverage wasn't there and it wasn't long lasting. You can see more here. The Big Easy BB cream is also lack luster in coverage as well as wear. It also has limited shades, however it is very hydrating. You can pick that up here.

Next on the list is Porefessional, which is a bomb primer. It is super soft and cushioned feeling, and it fills in fine lines and wrinkles and gives your face a flawless and smooth appearance. I am in love with it. It's a killer primer for gals with big pores, scaring or pock marks. Pick it up here.

Another one on my list is the Benefit Bene-Tint. This is an original product sold by The Face Place way back when. It was originally developed for an exotic dancer who anted something to tint her nipples to make them look more appealing. This lip and cheek stain is sheer and supposed to be universally flattering. I am not a fan of any of their tints. I feel they don't have great coverage and tend to be streaky and sticky. You can see more about it and pick it up here.

Last but not least Benefit has a brow bar! You can find Benefit Brow bars in stand alone stores, Ulta Beauty locations and some others. They have a whole line of brow products to compliment these brow bars. I personally love the BrowZings, which are a dual powder and tinted gel compact with brow tools (get it here). But the real hero is Benefit's Goof Proof, which is a soft gel like pen that fills in brows with subtle shadow-like color and is so easy to blend and build it is practically goof proof! Pick it up here.

The Recap: 

Some people may not love the quirk that these products bring to the table, but overall I think it's safe to say that the Ford sisters have created a legacy. Not every product can be dynamite, but this brand is peppered with hero products. Head over to an Ulta Beauty or a Benefit Boutique to test out some products and get your hands dirty today! Comment below if I failed to list your favorite benefit product, or if you disagree with any of my reviews.

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