Friday, August 12, 2011

Candy Dipped Hair

A few months ago I shared with you guys a new look that I had done to my hair, the ombre effect. 
Recently, many celebrities have been playing with this look and applying different colors to the tips of their hair instead of the typical blonde. 

I am loving these bright styles:

Rachel McAdams with pink highlights 

Lauren Conrad with a rainbow ombre

Sienna Miller dyed her hair a pinky orange hue

Kate Bosworth with blue ombre

Katy Perry recently went all pink!

My best friend Gill with her version of the Lauren Conrad inspired ombre - My fave!

This is definitely a bold look to try but so pretty for the summer, especially on blonde hair

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Face Off

Experimenting with new makeup products can lead to some amazing results but there are times when it can turn into a complete nightmare. I recently tried a new face primer and ended up breaking out really badly from it. I went into overdrive to help clear up my skin and get it back to normal.

I decided to try a face mask and chose the Clinique Acne Solutions Oil Control Cleansing Mask

This clay-based mask works to control oil, clear up and heal blemishes and breakouts and clean out pores. I apply the mask all over my face and leave it on for 5 minutes. After washing it off with warm water my skin feels clean and oil-free and I can instantly see that blemishes are slowly clearing up. The mask reduces any redness which leaves behind a much more even skin tone. The formula is very gentle and does not leave your skin feeling overly dry or tight and I have not had any irritation from it (and I have very sensitive skin). 

This mask helped clear up my skin in just over a week after applying it every other day. This is truly a life saving product and on top of clearing up my skin - it's only 20 bucks! A must-have product that I will definitely repurchase once I run out of this tube! 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Cover Me Up in Chanel

In the summer I don’t like wearing heavy makeup so I opt out foundation for a creamy, lightweight concealer that offers long lasting coverage. This is especially important to me since I do have oily skin and I need a concealer that will hold up not only to my oily skin but also to the added summer heat.

This summer I have been loving the Chanel Correcteur Perfection concealer. This concealer is a gel-based formula that has amazing staying power. I use it on any blemishes or redness on my face and it leaves behind a smooth and velvety finish. This is a great concealer for discoloration or acne prone skin because it really evens out your face leaving your skin looking naturally clear. It feels lightweight on your skin but is pigemented enough to cover any imperfections you want to hide without being heavy or cakey. I’ve used it on the hottest of summer days and it stays in place for hours without needing any touchups. A new favorite for sure!

Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara

I adore big, bold and thick lashes and have gone through what feels like hundreds of drugstore mascara’s to always be left disappointed. I find that I can never come across a formula that I really love and they are either too wet and sticky or end up being dry and flakey. 

Since I have always had such bad luck with drugstore formulas I have been using department store brands like Benefit and Dior. But at $25-$29 a pop, I felt that I was spending too much on a product that I use so much of and go through so quickly. I had almost given up on trying to find a cheaper alternative to my all time favorite Benefit BadGal Lash when I decided to give Revlon’s Grow Luscious formula a try.

The mascara claims to help your lashes grow stronger and I’m not exactly sold on that claim but the wand and formula are almost identical to BadGal Lash and DiorShow and instantly made my lashes longer and added full volume and thickness. The wand is large and is extremely lush, allowing your lashes to be coated easily and volume to be created. I was blown away with the results! The only complaint I have is that the formula does dry out rather quickly, but it stays useable for about a month and a half.

I believe that I can confidently say I have found my perfect drugstore mascara! 

...and she's back!

I have been away for far too long!!

I promise to have some fun reviews up soon but in the mean time here are some inspiring pictures that I have found over the summer of looks I have recreated and are looking forward to trying!

I love the bronze and champagne colors used on her eyes, it really makes her blue eyes pop! This summer I have been doing the bronze smokey eye a lot

This is obviously not a wearable look but it inspired me to use different colored eye liners other than my typical black

I love the feathery eyelashes on this look and the contrast between the bright turquoise shadow on the top lids and the green on the bottom. Bright colors have been my go to this summer

Lush and full volume lashes - my fave!

Love the boldness of the bright lip colors with nothing else on the face

Chanel, zebra and leopard print nails - all in one! To die for

Lauren Conrad's bright fuchsia lips are so pretty and the winged black liner adds a bit of an edge to an other wise Barbie inspired look