NYX Illuminating Bronzer

NYX Illuminating Bronzers, $9 each. Pretty, yah- Copyright Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog: Makeup Reviews, Beauty Tips and Drugstore Beauty Finds | Read the full article

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Swarovski Elements Oriental Ear-Rings

I’m so lazy about changing my ear-rings and also super-fussy, too…usually I just wear a pair of plain gold hoops and really have to be in an ear-ring mood to be bothered to change them. Like many people, I can only usually tolerate gold without getting an allergic reaction, but have found that I can use Banana Republic ear-rings without a flare-up (BR jewellery is really worth checking out – it’s well priced and looks more expensive than it is). 

However, these little gems above from Swarovski Elements by Hely Designs are exactly the kind of ear-rings that would shake me out of my lazy ways.. they’re so pretty, so summery and so perfect to wear with a stylish maxi-dress; they make me think of holidays and hot days. They’re gold-plated and cost £59, here

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TanGro

Okay, so this isn’t the prettiest thing in the world, but it’s got to be one of the most useful. The TanGro, £34.26, is made from breathable 95% cotton and the concept is totally simple – it stops you getting self-tan on your sheets, your sofa or your chairs. One of the things that puts me off self-tanning is the inevitable brown patches on the sheets.. that’s really never going to look good, and also the wandering around naked while the tan dries – even when it does, it only takes a slight over-heat and any sweat mutates into pale brown stains. The Tangro is perfect for covering up and carrying on with normal life while your tan takes, and I love the idea of one piece of clothing that I don’t have to care about, but just shove in the wash whenever it needs it. I wish I’d thought of it. Find it HERE

On a side note, the DHA free Melvita self tan that I’ve been using gives me the most perfect, gentle golden glow, but didn’t react the same way on a much paler-skinned friend. She found it quite difficult to get a good colour going. I really wanted to find out why, so contacted Melvita to find out. Melvita sent me the answer, here:

 “There are 2 reasons why the product reacts differently to different skin types; 

 
> ·         If before tanning and during tanning preparation people
use soap or shower products with a PH around neutral this can cause the
product not to work as effectively as the Erythrulose does not react
properly with the skin. Ideally it is best to use shower gel or similar with a PH between 5.4 and 5.6. 


> ·         If people have fairer more fragile skin then often the
‘dead cell’ layer is thinner, resulting in a lower intensity in colour
as the active ingredients to not react as well to the top layer of the
skin. ”

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A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

Good news, you gorgeous golden jungle cat. You won’t have to prowl much further for a meow-worthy makeup collection (or a purse, for that matter) to go with that post-Memorial Day tan.

Part-time shimmery seductress, full-time toasty temptress, LORAC’s Wild for TANtalizer Collection ($39) roars on to cheeks, lips and eyes with shimmery eyeshadows, bronzer and lipstick in warm shades of bronze, beige, brown, gold and peach.

And after a successful hunt, the pieces in this pride of LORAC lionesses retreat to the safety of their very own canvas-like carrying case. The purse comes with the collection and holds everything a big cat needs — makeup, iPhone, perfume, hand/paw lotion. Ya know, the usual. A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection
In case you’re wondering, the striped pattern on the pan of Wild for TANtalizer Bronzing Powder is an overspray…

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection
Swatches from the left: Wild for TANTtalizer eye Shadow in Fierce, Tigris, Panthera and Saber; Wild for TANTtalizer Bronzing Powder, and TANTtalizer Lips With Benefits in Raoul

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

Getting to know the $39 LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection…

  • I hope you’re in the mood to shimmer, because everything here does it. The collection, which is more a kit, since everything comes together, seriously shimmers, so there’s not a lot of variety in terms of finish
  • Fallout hasn’t been an issue for the eyeshadows, which is nice, and I find them easy to apply and blend
  • I recommend using a light touch to apply these products, as I’ve noticed that when I go a little too far, they highlight my fine lines and wrinkles
  • The peachy golden bronzer also doubles as a blush (score one for flexibility!)
  • Oh, as a side, Raoul and I are in love… Yup, Raoul is the lipgloss. He looks fantastic as a peachy bronze in the nude, LOL!

PRICE: $39
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora and sephora.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-

Coming soon from MAC: Beth Ditto and Casual Color

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

“MAC” your calendars for June 7, fellow makeup-loving crazy cat ladies. That’s when two new MAC collections arrive, Beth Ditto (an American singer/songwriter) and Casual Colour.

Wait — what- New collections already- Didn’t Hey, Sailor! just arrive in port-

Actually, yes. But you know MAC. They like to keep us on our toes.

I think Beth Ditto looks like fun! Very pop art, and how can you not love polka dots- The 24-piece collection for eyes, lips, nails and face features a brand-spanking new line of products called the Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liners ($22 each), four dual-tipped pencils with an Eye Shadow on one end and a Greasepaint Liner on the other.

Should be perfect for smokey eyes. A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

BOOYAH!!

Literally. That’s the name of one of the five Pro Longwear Lipcremes in the release…BOOYAH!! Written like that in all caps with two exclamation marks.

Beep-beep-beep! Pardon me, but I think I hear the ’90s calling me on my pager, haha.

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

The second launch, a 17-piece release called Casual Colour, seems like my kind of collection, casual weekend colors for eyes, lips, cheeks and nails. For starters, I love the tagline, “Stilettos, Off! Hair, Down!” But I would have added one more thing (“Stretchy Pants, On!”).

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

The collection also introduces the Lip and Cheek Colour Pots ($20 each), another new product for MAC.

A Safari of Shimmer Awaits Cheeks, Lips and Eyes Wearing the LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Collection

I’m sensing a potentially good multitasker… I sure hope the eight shades deliver.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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Everything Is Better…

Tue, 05/29/2012 by Karen | Posted in: Daily Photo

…When I’m standing next to water. Even if it’s a fountain in Yountville.

I love the colors in this pic, the peaches, blues and greens. So soothing!

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Question: When Is a Liquid Also a Solid- Answer: When It’s the LUSH Godiva Shampoo Bar

Question: When Is a Liquid Also a Solid- Answer: When It’s the LUSH Godiva Shampoo Bar

For me, in the realm of suspicious things, a solid shampoo ranked right up there with men who wear thumb rings, and gray-hued, overcooked veggies (have you ever seen grey broccoli-).

So yeah…I eyed Lush’s Godiva Shampoo Bar ($10.95) with a healthy dose of skepticism.

Designed to clean and condition dry, processed hair, it suds up into a lather like a regular soap bar but also contains a whole slew of moisturizing oils, as well as shea butter and other botanicals like hibiscus, jasmine and gardenia.

As you can probably imagine, the directions make it sound pretty easy to use. Just wet your mane, run the bar across it a few times to get a good lather going, shampoo as usual, and rinse.

Sounds easy enough, right- But so do many 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner products, even the ones that leave my already dry, wavy, highlighted hair a tangled mess of crispy fried noodles…

That’s where the testing comes in. Question: When Is a Liquid Also a Solid- Answer: When It’s the LUSH Godiva Shampoo Bar

Question: When Is a Liquid Also a Solid- Answer: When It’s the LUSH Godiva Shampoo Bar

The first time I brought the bar into the shower with me I said, “WOW!” Talk about serious bubbles. And the scent- Trademark Lush. A big, bold tour de force of jasmine flowers, one of my favorite floral scents.

It might be too heady for super sensitive noses, but even my picky schnoz thinks it’s tops.

Ingredients

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Glycerl Stearate; Peg – 100 Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Hibiscus Extract (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), Stearic Acid, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimide, Camella Oil (Camella japonita), Organic Cold Pressed Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Organic Macadamia Nut Oil (Macadamia ternifolia), Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum officinale), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Cypress Oil (Cupressus sempervirens), Palmarossa Oil (Cymbopogan martini), Jasmine Flowers (Jasminum officinale), Cupuacu Butter (Theobroma Grandiflorum), Cocamide DEA, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Benzyl Alcohol, Geraniol, Limonene , Linalool

I dunno why, but I was really surprised that a solid shampoo would whip into such a frothy foam. Looking at this one, I just get a different vibe from it, almost like a loofah or a bath salt.

Then I checked the ingredient list, and wouldn’t ya know it- Right there at the top of the list, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (or SLS).

A few interesting (at least to me) things about SLS, should you ever find yourself on Final Jeopardy! First, what is it-

Good question. Question: When Is a Liquid Also a Solid- Answer: When It’s the LUSH Godiva Shampoo Bar SLS is an FDA-approved ingredient commonly found in personal care products like shampoos and even toothpaste.

It’s usually used as a surfactant — in a nutshell, it loosens bonds.

If you’ve ever used a bath/shower product that builds up into a sudsy lather, there’s a good chance it contained SLS.

Question: When Is a Liquid Also a Solid- Answer: When It’s the LUSH Godiva Shampoo BarAdded to shampoo, SLS makes hair easier to clean by loosening the bonds that hold dirt and oil to your hair.

The ingredient came under some scrutiny in the late ’90s when an anonymous email circulated online claimed a link between a related compound, SLES, and cancer. SLES, or Sodium Laureth Sulfate, is like SLS’s more expensive, slightly unscrupulous cousin. Both compounds essentially do the same thing, but SLES is now much less commonly used (source: SNOPES).

Shortly after the email incident, several hair brands started rolling out SLS-free products, leading some to suggest that the whole thing was a marketing ploy designed to sell more shampoo (source: LEDA).

I guess the most important question is, “Should you avoid hair products containing SLS-” Well, that depends on whom you believe. Over the years, several reputable sources (including the American Cancer Society and the International Agency for Research on Cancer) have said that SLS is noncarcinogenic, meaning that it doesn’t cause cancer. At most, they say, it could cause some skin irritation, but only under certain circumstances for a small number of users (source: How Stuff Works).

As a product junkie, I like to try a little bit of everything, which in this case includes the LUSH Godiva Shampoo Bar.

For the record, here’s what LUSH has to say about Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

I have mixed feelings about this bar…

On one hand, I love the jasmine scent and the sort of novelty of the bar, which is pretty small and fits in the palm of my hand. And I like the idea of being able to take it on plane trips without having to use up precious space reserved for liquids in my carry-on Ziploc bags.

Plus, it works! — which I guess is the whole reason for its existence. After using it, my hair feels squeaky clean, tangle-free, and looks bouncy, shiny and bright.

But it’s also a little thirsty, so that’s a drawback. As a conditioner, I don’t think it’s robust enough for my dry hair, and I feel like following it up with a dedicated conditioner.

The addition of SLS — actually, with it listed as the first ingredient — does strike me as a little unusual for LUSH, but it is followed by a long list of bodacious, more easily recognizable botanicals.

PRICE: $10.95
AVAILABILITY: Available now at LUSH stores and lush-usa.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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Nicki Minaj Look




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Check out my ‘Get the Look – Nicki Minaj‘ over at My Beauty Bunny!

“Nicki Minaj Look” was originally posted by Phyrra on Phyrra | Beauty for the Bold. Phyrra.net by Phyrra is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. If you are reading this anywhere other than Phyrra.net it has been stolen and is being used without permission. All rights are reserved by the author.

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SHADOW FOCUS: EYE COLOR

photos by getty, wire image, wenn; post by amy nadine; graphic design by eunice chun

Hazel eyes are also a dream for makeup because like brown eyes, most shades are harmonious next to them, but with their green undertones and hints of gold and even grey, hazel eyes sparkle and are hard to take your eyes off of! Here are a few of my favorite tips + palettes:

GO MATTE: As you can see on Mila, Dianna + Emily above, matte shadows create the most drama and invoke a moodiness that’s undeniable. Try Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Eye Palette or Sonia Kashuk Instructional Eye Palette.

FRAME IT BLACK: If you really want to demand all the attention to your eyes, frame them by rimming the inner waterline with a black kajal or longwear liner. Our favorites: Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal Liner in Blackened Black or Blackened Plum (perfect to contrast the hazel!) or NARS Larger than Life Liner in Via Veneto.

HAZY SHADES OF PURPLE: When you want to bring out the green part of your eyes, turn to lavender and violet like Nicole and Mara. Try Yves Saint Laurent Ombres 5 Lumieres Palette, the mecca in the world of purple palettes.

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Charlize Theron: Her Best Hair-

Tue, 05/29/2012 by Karen | Posted in: Hair, Just For Fun

Charlize Theron: Her Best Hair-

For someone so down to earth, South Africa-born Charlize Theron (born August 7, 1975) will be spending a lot of time in space this year. The Oscar winning actress plays a beautiful bureaucrat, a secretive suit who works for the nefarious company aboard the spaceship Prometheus in Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien prequel.

But before the ship takes off on June 8, she has to contend with Snow White and her handsome huntsman first in Snow White and the Huntsman, opening June 1. In the dark retelling of the famous fairy tale, which also stars Kristen Stewart as Snow White and Chris Hemsworth as Thor the huntsman, Charlize plays the magic-mirror-consulting evil queen, who this time around doesn’t have to pull her punches for a G-rated audience.

So she’s got these two certain blockbuster movies that are gonna be in theaters at the exact same time, but that’s not all the Oscar winner’s been up to. Charlize is also a new mom, having recently adopted a baby boy named Jackson.

Now that’s a busy spring. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen her look anything less than completely put together…except for maybe her character in Monster, but that was on purpose, LOL!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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Big Fat Box of Chubbyness

Big Fat Box of Chubbyness

Woah…. all the Clinique Chubby Sticks a girl could ever want! This box is at Selfridges and contains eight gorgeous shades of Chubbiness, plus, obviously, a rather lovely box to keep them in. It’s £110 HERE

Big Fat Box of Chubbyness

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