Monday, June 3, 2019

REVIEW: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Foundation

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Coverage - 5 (excellent)
Wear - 5 (excellent)
Longevity - 5 (excellent)
Overall:


I have been so impressed by this foundation. The packaging is a gorgeous frosted glass bottle with a silver finished pump and lid. It is described as an "invisible finish" which I thought would mean a tinted moisturizer look. But instead I got a gorgeous medium coverage that built to a full coverage with two layers. But even at full coverage my skin looked like skin. It doesn't have the caked blurred poreless look some people love, so if that's what you are after you should keep looking.

It really lasted so much longer than most of my other foundations, and I rarely have to touch it up. One pump covers my whole face (when applied with a Juno & Co Microfiber Velvet Blending Sponge) and a second gets me at a fuller coverage look which super impresses me.This is my new go-to choice.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Summer Beauty Essentials

June is here and summer is in full swing! In the summer my look changes dramatically. Gone are the vampy berry lips, full coverage foundations and sweaters, and out come the sandals and beach waves, along with a lighter more natural look. To achieve a softer look that is more suitable for the beach and quicker on vacation, I have some essentials I literally don't leave the house without. I went for a hike this morning and these were the things I put on to prep, I am talking bare minimum here. Enjoy.


COTZ Flawless Complexion 
mineral tinted sunscreen 

I am obsessed with this product. I have been a die-hard user and wearer of COTZ for years. This product never breaks me out, it has just a touch of tint that evens out my complexion without making me look like I have a full face of foundation. It has always protected me from sunburns and rosacea. It's my go to summer essential and you can pick it up directly from COTZ by clicking here.


Rarity Nails
100% polish nail wraps

Suns out toes out right? My feet are not cute, especially after being shut away from months during the winter. And I really don't have the time (or flexibility) to paint my own toes and let them dry. That's why nail wrap are amazing. They adhere like stickers (no heat necessary), and give your nails are perfectly polished and done up look. These make my nail game so much easier and they take less than 10 minutes to apply. The picture on the left has Enchanted Mermaid being shown but they have over 70 different designs. You can get yours for only $5 here.


Simply Smita
Original Lip Balm

This lip balm is the bomb. I am so hooked. My lips stay feeling hydrated for hours, a little goes a long way and it just works. Plus it has all the ethical things that make you feel good about buying it. It uses fair trade shea butter, has recycled packaging, is hand made in a small batch, made in the united states, cruelty free and organic. What could be better? Oh yeah, it's only $3. So what are you waiting for? Get hooked. You can click here to pick your up now.

Karity
Brow Goals

This three in one brow product is seriously amazing. You will not want to miss out. It has a brow pencil to fill in gaps and sharpen your brow look, along with a matching powder to gently fill your brows. It also has a spoolie end that allows you to brush them as well as to distribute and blend product. You'll never need another brow option again. I get the Totally Taupe but they have a few shades, although I do think the blonde bombshell is a little to yellow, and the Hot Cocoa has a red tone I did not expect. But the taupe is the perfect shade for most people, and if you have a darker complexion the Dark Chocolate is great. Pick up yours and get Brow Goals for yourself here.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

REVIEW: Color Edge Hot Spray

Packaging - 2 (not very good)
Scent - 3 (average)
Longevity - 5 (excellent)
Finish - 5 (excellent)
Heat Protection - 5 (excellent) 
Overall:


I am going to start out by talking about the things I adore about this product and address the low points later. This is a a heat protection spray, but it is completely detection-less. It is weightless and matte, so your hair isn't heavy or shiny after. It is perfect for those with fine or greasy hair. A little goes a long way too which is so nice. It has become m go to for fine haired clients.

So the packaging got 2 stars and those were because it is functional and durable. I love the fine mist quality of the spray nozzle. But I hate everything else. The print is hard to read, and the bottle is translucent, which shows off the muddy green hue of the product that isn't super attractive.

The other thing that brought the score down is scent. I actually adore this scent. It has a musk to it that I love and an earthy tone like wet cement after it rains. It kind of reminds me of freshly laundered towels. But I have found that not all my clients and coworkers like the smell. And I have yet to find someone whose response to it is "it's okay". People seem to either love it or hate it. Regardless the smell doesn't linger long, and if you've been on the hunt for protection for your fine and greasy hair, this is likely your solution.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Review: Johnny B Mode

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Scent - 5 (excellent)
Hold - 4 (very good)
Texture - 5 (excellent)
Longevity - 5 (excellent)
Overall:


Johnny B mode is the brands #1 best seller and has quickly become my favorite men's product in the salon. The packaging is clean and classic. They have two sizes of tubes (the one pictured being the smallest option) and two sizes of tubs (which have far more product in them), so no matter how much or how little you use, you are covered.

The scent has that clean kind of masculine water fragrance. I love it, but it's fairly light weight. However the brand makes tow spin-off versions of this called "King Mode" and "Mode Lucky Boy", which have different fragrances. The Lucky Boy version is green and has a stronger earthy fragrance with that kind of leafy grass scent and the slightest hint of mint. The King Mode is purple and has a strong classic musky scent that will last all day. So no matter if you like a classic strong fragrance, earthy notes, or something super light, Johnny B has got you covered.

What I love most about this product is of course the performance. It has a light moderately whipped texture which helps to prevent clumpy spots of concentrated product as well as aids in even distribution. But it also makes you need to use less so a little goes a longer way. It has a nice hold, but it isn't plastic. It feels and looks like hair. It has a bit of shine, but not a glossy finish. It's become a fan favorite of ours here, and I know you will love it too.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

New Looks from Rarity Nails

In the last month Rarity Nails has added more than 15 new design choices, and I am LIVING for them! Here are just a few of my favorites, which you can pick up at RarityNails.com




Rose Gold Glass is a stunning iced pink with a deep rose and gold confetti glitter ombre. It's classic, classy and stunning. I love how it bridges the gap between fun and classy. This could totally be worn to the beach, girls night at the club, or a wedding. This is hands down my favorite new release.


Another major hit is In Bloom. the above picture shows the light mint shade "Summer Swinging" underneath it, but on it's own In Bloom is a clear strip with ombred white daisies. This is a super cute look that can be done a million ways. I have been seeing In Bloom on it's own, or on an accent nail. You can cute the strip so that you are only using the middle to get a nail covered in flowers as opposed to the ombred effect (which is done on the middle finger in the above picture).

 Next up is my personal favorite from the mermaid set. When Rarity Nails launched it had the set Enchanted Mermaid Tales of Time, a classic mermaid set featuring blue, purple and green glitters with a black scale striping. But this year three more similar looks were added including a green set classed Siren Song, an orange and gold look called Aquata and my favorite look featured above called Arista. Arista is my favorite because I love the delicate look of the white opalescent glitter and the mint scaling.

I am not a major camo girl, but I know that these three sets were heavily requested and have been a huge hit since release. We have three sets each featuring camo patterns and two solids shades to compliment the print.


Last of all I love the fun simplicity of this set called Electric Youth, hopefully I will have a better picture to post here soon as I just got my set in the mail today.

Don't forget to pick up your sets by clicking here.


Monday, May 13, 2019

REVIEW: Verb Ghost Hairspray

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Scent - 3 (average)
Hold - 5 (excellent)
Longevity - 4 (very good)
Flexibility - 5 (excellent)
Overall:


I am just going to jump right into breaking down my ratings for this one. The packaging got a 5, it has a classic metal pressurized can with a plastic cap, but I love the sleek black and white packaging that is so on brand for Verb. It smells like hairspray honestly. Verb tries to be more natural and not to fill their products with artificial fragrances and junk, so the basic scent isn't a surprise honestly. This is a medium hold hairspray that is supposed to be flexible. So it has just that. A medium hold that reinforces your style but isn't stiff or strong. It is flexible. I can still touch my hair and feel it after use, and I love that. It's perfect for curls that you have to brush out too. The longevity got a 4 only because it is medium hold so if you need a decent amount of hold you have to use extra spray, or another choice. Overall I dig this hairspray.

If you are interested in this or any other Verb products you can use my affiliate link to purchase and get 16% off your first order! Click here to shop now! 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

REVIEW: Deck of Scarlette

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Pigment - 4 (very good)
Variety - 4 (very good)
Value - 4 (very good)
Full Face - 3 (average)
Overall:


I finally tried Deck of Scarlet and I was honestly surprised by how much I liked it. You spend $30 for a palette every month and it usually includes one or two other goodies like an eyeliner or brush. Their first palettes always looked like the picture to the left, 3 eye shadow shades, one blush and a highlight (that could also be used on the eyes) as well as two creamy lip colors. But recently their bundles have shifted sometimes featuring an all eye shadow choice and surveys asking about full blush palettes and more.

The packaging is nice. It's a sturdy cardboard but it has magnets that keep it closed. Like the image shows they usually have a mirror on the inside and the palette has two openings, one for the powder choices and one for the cream lip makeup. The actual face of the palettes change every month but usually feature an artsy geometric style picture of a woman.

I was actually surprised by how pigmented this product was, it definitely needs a good primer, but it had all day wear for sure with that reinforcement. There is a decent amount of palettes to choose from. When you sign up for the service you get to pick whichever palette you want to be sent that month, and then after that they send you an email monthly saying "this is this month's palette" and you can choose to get it or skip it. If you skip it you can choose another option instead. And right now they only have 14 choices, but since they come out with a new one monthly it's safe to say you won't be running out of options anytime soon.

The biggest issue I had with this is that $30 for a palette is a fairly normal deal. I didn't feel like I was saving money, but it isn't insane either. I also feel like the palette itself is pretty one note. I rarely get a palette with the variety to actually create a full face look with no help from any other products. The palette above is probably one of the most diverse. I got the edition #7 my first month which I am picturing on the right. This set has a fun blue pop, a fudge brown and basic matte nude, along with a pink blush and a yellow gold highlight. The darkest shade on this palette is still pretty light and I always needed to grab another shadow to deepen the outer corner or crease of my look. But I like that the blue pushed me out of my comfort zone. I actually wore the blue shadow several times and got a lot of compliments on it. And I really liked the long wear and creamy feel of the lipsticks, although they do get a little messy in the palette.

If you are wanting to try this out I actually do recommend it. It's a fun choice, and where you can skip whatever month you'd like it's really not a gamble at all. Plus I am posting a link below that will give you $10 off your first month. This makes it a stellar deal honestly. You get the three shadows, 2 face choices and two lip shades along with whatever extra bonus product for only $20. That's a steal. You can click here to get $10 off today.