Monday, July 27, 2015

Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm and Lip Liner Review, Photos, Swatches

Laura Mercier's fabulous new Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm lives up to all the hype. I adore the rich, succulent color and glossy finish. These new lipsticks are available in twelve truly delectable shades, so check out the swatches of my top three picks after the jump!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Kpop Inspired "Crazy" Voluminous Curls Tutorial

I have been listening to and watching more Korean pop music videos ever since my sister introduced me to the song "Crazy" by 4Minute. I absolutely love Hyuna because she's such a great performer, but more importantly, I love her signature red lip! My sis and I decided to try emulating her makeup worn in the MV and finished the look with some natural, loose, and very carefree curls. Instead of using the Bodywaver or Whirl Trio, we decided to switch things up with hot rollers!

T3's Voluminous Hot Rollers are my favorite! I've tried lots of different sets over the years thanks to pageants (both while competing and getting others girls ready), but it's difficult to find rollers that are able to give both volume and long-lasting results. I have also noticed T3's cause fewer split ends thanks to the velvet flocking. I take very good care of my hair, but it has been significantly weakened from a lightening aka bleaching treatment so I try to take extra precautions when it comes to split ends. If you've ever struggled to use a curling iron or curling wand and if you have very fine hair, do try these phenomenal hot rollers from T3! The clips take a little practice, but if you find the right placement for your head shape and hair type, you will not see indentations.

My sister and I used the same rollers to style our hair, but because our haircuts are so different, the results do not look the same! These T3 Voluminous Rollers are intended for shoulder length to long hair, but longer hair like my sister's will create a more similar effect to a curling iron. My hair turned out bigger and softer than I had expected, but I love the blow out effect! Tag us in pictures of your results so we can see and like!!

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Equitance Brightening Toning Lotion Review, Photos

I have used Equitance on and off for the last year. My favorite product from the brand is still the Brightening Cleansing Foam, but I keep coming back to the Brightening Toning Lotion because of the superb formula and instantaneous softening effects.

Toner was the first skin care product I ever fell in love with. A toning lotion is absolutely necessary for restoring and maintaining your skin's moisture balance, so I rarely skip it. My normal to dry skin is sensitive and easily dehydrated, so I normally avoid toners with alcohol. With the Equitance Brightening Toning Lotion, however, I find that the alcohol positively contributes to removing dull skin cells and traces of makeup and/or environmental pollution.

For those interested specifically in the brightening effects, the linoleic acid in this toning lotion does minimize the appearance of dark spots. I did not not expect results overnight, but when I used this toner for 4 weeks straight, it noticeably lightened my freckles and sun spots! Linoleic acid promotes the exfoliation of the stored melanin that forms discoloration, so use the entire bottle - day and night - to see best results. The other natural botanicals such as cherry blossom leaf extract and shell ginger extract boost the brightening properties of the toner and soften rough skin.

Some of you have asked how Shiseido's White Lucent Brightening Balancing Softener w (not the Enriched version, which is more hydrating with a slightly sticky finish) compares to the Equitance Brightening Toning Lotion. I used White Lucent for several years during college, so I am very familiar with it. All of these toners are made in Japan, I prefer the Equitance because it is intensely moisturizing but absorbs immediately. It does not leave a residue on the skin or leave my face feeling parched! The Equitance is $2 more, but it's worth the splurge.

This toner effectively restores luminosity to the skin, and this is a great toner for those just starting out and exploring Asian skincare. The Brightening Toning Lotion is an ideal fusion of Eastern skin care traditions and Western accessibility. It's easy to use with a brand name that's easy to pronounce. I highly recommend this toner, and even my picky grandmother gives it two thumbs up!

P.S. Equitance is hosting a 60 Day Brightening Challenge, which began on July 1, 2015! It's not too late to enter (last day is August 15), so take advantage of the FREE three-day trial offer of the Skin Radiance Dietary Supplement and a coupon for 50% off two full-sized bottles of Dietary Supplements for those who sign up for the challenge HERE. The clinical study results have shown that the supplements improved the appearance of dark spots on 100% of the participants in just 60 days! If you've been looking for natural ways to brighten and even out your skin tone, start improving your skin from the inside. This challenge has a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so share your progress on Twitter using #60DaysToRadiance! Good luck!!
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue Summer Soirée Recap + Fragrance Reviews

I was fortunate enough to attend the beautiful Dolce&Gabbana x POPSUGAR Summer Soirée this weekend, so I wanted to share some pictures from the rainy yet beautiful event! There was an incredible turn out despite the weather, and I found it quite generous that the manicure bar was offering free nail art services. I especially love the sophisticated, stacked gold design!

Fragrances and samples were displayed all over the venue, so it was absolute heaven for a beauty blogger like me! In case you haven't tried it, Dolce&Gabbana's Light Blue Pour Femme is a timeless fragrance that's especially well suited for warmer weather. I always think of my best friend Tammy every time I see a bottle because it's her signature scent. It is captivating and feminine but modern. I love that it's a fruity floral that isn't overly sweet or heavy. Light Blue has top notes of crisp apple balanced by Sicilian cedar. The heart notes are bamboo and jasmine with white rose. The base notes are citron wood, amber, and musk.

There's also a Light Blue Pour Homme in case you wanted to wear matching scents with your significant other! I adore the energizing top notes of juniper, grapefruit, and mandarin. It has a hint of pepper with oak in the base, so it dries down less citrusy. It is intoxicating yet lively. 

There are two new limited edition Light Blue Eau de Toilette releases this year, one for women and one for men. Sunset in Salina Pour Femme ($77 for 50mL) and Swimming in Lipari Pour Homme ($88 for 125mL) are now available at Sephora in case you're looking to change up your summer scent!

The rich amber orange color of Sunset in Salina is a fitting tribute to the Mediterranean's scorching hot sun. The vine leaves and yellow freesia have a strong presence in the bright opening, while the white musky notes allow it to dry down with more elegance and posh. The lasting power is quite strong for an EdT, approximately 4 hours. I like that Sunset in Salina feels more sensual and less floral than the original Light Blue because I can justify owning and wearing both!

Swimming in Lipari feels more masculine than the original Light Blue Pour Homme thanks to the sea salt and fragrant woods. It still feels easy to wear but just like Sunset in Salina, a little more grown up. They're both wonderfully different takes on the Light Blue saga. Pick up samples to see how they wear on your skin!

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Dolce & Gabbana through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select.
While I was compensated to write a post about Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue all opinions are my own.
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