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ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag

april ipsy

Love the bag this month, so cute and perfect for summer. On top of a super cute makeup bag this was filled with a bunch of great goodies and all for only $10 shipped! Its a tie for my favorite out of this collection. TheBalm Nude Dude shadow has become my daily color of choice. And the Klorane dry shampoo is fantastic. Refreshing and it leaves my hair smelling and looking great.

Can’t wait to see what comes next month.

 

bonita aruba

This polish covers well and the brush made smooth application a cinch. The color wasn’t something I would normally pick but its really growing on me.

aruba swatch
Bonita Salon Nail Polish in Aruba Full size
Bonita Cosmetics salon line offers salon quality colors with a thick brush for the perfect application. These polishes only require a one-coat application for opaque color on nails. Color selection is always on-trend and accentuates any style!

hikari blush

Very pigmented, the color is a pretty, bright pink and just a bit adds long lasting color to my cheeks.  The powder is soft and easy to apply.

Hikari Cosmetics Blush in Tango $15.00
Vibrant, easy to blend color that highlights the cheekbones. Designed to highlight your complexion, this weightless blush can be used lightly for a fresh look or layered for a dramatic look. An effortless application to the cheekbones that lasts all day!

klorane

Love a good dry shampoo to extend a blow out. This travel size is perfect for my gym bag or purse for on the og touch ups. Love the fresh scent and how well it worked making my hair look and feel clean.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with oat milk – natural tint Travel Size
The ultimate secret weapon to clean hair without water and to add amazing volume! Its natural tinted powders blend into the hair for an invisible finish. Perfect for on-the-go styling, post-workout and extending the life of blowouts.

thebalm shadow

A beautiful shade, this will get a lot of daily use. TheBalm shadow is a nice formula that is easy to apply, very pigmented and had great staying power.

theBalm Cosmetics NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single 
Get a quick look using any combination of these triple-milled shadows or dress up your look by adding water to transform your favorite shades into loyal liners. The shadows can be worn wet or dry and alone or layered for added intensity, so go ahead and cover (or uncover) your eyes.

crown brush

I have never used a brush for concealer until I received this. Starting to love how well it works for concealer and under eye treatments. Its soft enough to be gentle but still provide great coverage.

Crown Brush Oval Concealer Brush
The Crown Brush Oval Concealer Brush is made of 100% Flexible Japanese Torray Taklon Bristles (synthetic). The brush can be used for application and blending of all concealer formulas, emollient products and for applying cream based shadows. The tapered tip is for precision placement and great for use around the lip area to conceal when wearing bold colors.

 

This month was a great value and one of the reasons I keep my Ipsy subscription.  If you want to get your own Ipsy bag just click here to sign up and have a beautiful makeup bag full of fun products sent to you every month. And it makes a great gift!

 

Disclosure: I pay for my own subscription monthly, this post does include referral links.

Spring Makeup Bag Essentials

There’s nothing better than packing light for the week and spring cleaning your makeup bag. The things you need are ALWAYS quick hair tools, SPF, lip color + balm and a hair brush… They’re from Smashbox, Lumene, Conair and Scunci! LMK if you’re loving it and you too want to streamline your beauty picks!

spring beauty bag

(From left to right) Scunci printed barrette, Conair Detangling Brush, Travel Size Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Day Cream (for quick SPF touch ups!), Sun Bum SPF 30 Lip Balm (can’t forget about lips!) and Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liners…my fave trick to create a matte, bright lip that stays on FOREVER. Fill in and DONE!

conair detangling brush

 

Love this little brush, perfect for on the go touch up. And the flexible bristles make it easy to comb my hair wet or dry without damaging it.

Conair Detangling Brush
The Conair® Detangling Brush has soft, flexible bristles to detangle hair the gentle way. Ideal for kids, this detangling brush easily removes tangles and knots without snagging or pulling. Use the Conair Detangling Brush on wet or dry hair. Put an end to hair-brushing struggles and tears!

A travel size is so genius! Perfect for the warmer weather and touching up during the day to keep my skin hydrated and radiant.

lumene day cream vit c

Travel Size Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Day Cream
A fresh and moisturizing formula combines antioxidants from Wild Arctic Cloudberry and Vitamin C, which is highly effective due to a special encapsulation technology. The technology enables the Vitamin C to be released steadily and deeper into the skin making the benefits of Vitamin C even more effective on your skin. In combination the Cloudberry and Vitamin C make your skin look radiant and bright. They also protect it against harmful external effects, such as sunlight, that causes premature aging. This Vitamin C Cream is a perfect addition to a brightening daily regimen.

One of my kids and I favorite lips balms. They love all the great good enough to eat flavors. I love how hydrated it leaves our lips and knowing the SPF30 is protecting our lips from sun damage.

sun-bum-lip-balm

Sun Bum SPF 30 Lip Balm
Grab as many as you can because we literally can’t keep any of our lip balm flavors in stock. Our smooth SPF 30 sunscreen lip balm with added Aloe and Vitamin E will protect and moisturize your kisser all day long… just try not to lick it off.

smashbox always sharp

Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liners
A long-wearing, water-resistant lip liner that self-sharpens every time you twist the cap off.The Always Sharp lip liners have a tiny built-in sharpener in the tip of the cap, so they self-sharpen every time you twist off the cap.

Banish Brassiness with Clairol Shimmer Lights Hair Care

I decided a few weeks ago I would color my own hair. I figured I do root touch ups in between salon visits so why do I just save a few bucks and color my hair myself.  I picked up some box hair color for platinum blonde and made sure to get an ash based color so it didn’t go brassy.

Applied it per the directions and let it sit for the prescribed time. Hopped in the shower rinsed, conditioned and jumped out to find I had the most awful yellow brassy color. Imagine a pumpkin and a banana having a baby… that was the color of the top 4 inches of my hair. I quickly remembered why I leave platinum color to the professionals and went about a repair plan.

shimmer lights awatch

After googling hair SOS tips from every source available I headed to Sally Beauty Supply. Picked up a Wella Ash Toner and some Shimmer Lights Shampoo. After the toning treatment my yellow was mostly gone but I still had some brassy spots. In came the rich purple Clairol Shimmer Lights shampoo. I started applying every 3rd day instead of my regular shampoo and within a week the brassiness was gone and I was left with a beautiful pale ash blonde I had originally been shooting for. You can see from the pic above how thick, rich and deeply purple this shampoo is.

shimmer lights hair care

Love how great the Shimmer Lights worked to tone down the remaining brassiness. With every use I was amazed how much brassiness was toned down and I love the pale platinum color it left my hair.  For maintenance of my color I just apply Shimmer Lights Shampoo once a week. I like to let it sit about 5-7 minutes then I rinse and bye bye brassiness. I didn’t pick up the conditioner but think I will go grab it I love the shampoo so much.

 

 

clairol shimmer lights shampoo

Clairol Shimmer Lights Hair Care $10.99
Out with brassy and in with shimmer and shine! Shimmer Lights Shampoo and Conditioner are specialized hair care products specifically developed for silver and blonde hair, or brunette and red hair.

Shimmer Lights Shampoo
Protein-enriched conditioning formula tones down brassiness on blonde and silver hair, renews and refreshes faded highlights and ash-toned hair, removes the dull yellow in silver hair, and leaves hair shiny without residue. Also available in brunette and red formulas.

Shimmer Lights Conditioner
A rich blend of emollients, moisturizers and color refreshers. Brightens silver hair and neutralizes yellow as it conditions. Refreshes faded highlighted hair and tones down brassiness. Silkens coarse gray hair.

 

Find it in a store near you.

 

 


OSIS and Trend Spotting at Coachella – Spine Braid

Kate-Bosworth-Center-Part-Braid-Coachella

Image Source Instagram Bridgetbragerhair

The Spine Braid, first spotted on Kate Bosworth during weekend 1 of Coachella, has been a huge hit on the festival front.

For a guaranteed stop and stare style, follow this style breakdown:

Step 1: ​To add texture, ​start by prepping the hair with OSiS+ Refresh Dust ​​($22 at LoxaBeauty.com)​ and run OSiS+ Thrill ($23 at LoxaBeauty.com) through the hair that will be braided​ to keep it intact​.

Step 2: Take a half inch wide section from the center of the head back to the top of the crown, clipping down the sides for control.

Step 3: Create an inside out cornrow braid, securing with a small elastic.

Step 4: Comb OSiS+ Volume Up ($21 at LoxaBeauty.com) through the length and ends, softly shaking to loosen up ​locks and add bounce.

Step 5: Finish and polish the look with OSiS+ Elastic Flexible Hold Hairspray ($19 at LoxaBeauty.com).