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New! Illamasqua Gel Sculpt

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Nothing changes a girls life like the day she learns about contouring. Such a simple way to bring out the best in your face and help accentuate bone structure. I have used quite a few powder highlighting and contouring products but the Illamasqua Gel Sculpt was my first time trying a gel product.

When you first pop it open the color is very dark, a little frightening for a fair skin girl like myself.  I applied under my cheek bone and the color on my skin was much tamer than I expected. The gel was easy to work with and I blended upward creating a nice contrast to bring out my cheekbones.

 

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After I did my cheeks I ran the gel stick lightly along the very edge of my face from my ear down along my jaw and across to the other ear. Just a light rub to blend it in. And instantly my jawline has definition and looks slimmer.

 

before and after gel sculpt

Sadly the pictures don’t do this amazing product justice. The color is so easy to work with and creates great definition. And the best part it lasts all day and into the evening. Unlike powder formulas that dissipate throughout the day Gel Sculpt looked just as great at the end of the day as it did when I applied it. Such an amazing beauty tool to bring out the best in your face. This will definitely be a staple in my beauty routine.

 

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Illamasqua Gel Sculpt in Silhouette 
A unique contouring gel creation that offers subtle definition to cheeks with ease. The hue of Silhouette creates a delicate shadow under cheekbones and along the jawline which can be blended with ease to achieve beautiful, natural contours.

Application Technique
Using your fingers or the Highlighter Brush, apply Gel Sculpt across the temples, hollows of the cheek and jawline and blend gently. To be applied prior to setting foundation.

Artist Tip
Use a small amount of Gel Colour over the lips to deepen your natural lip colour.

 

Press Sample: I was sent a complimentary sample for review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are 100% my own.

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.

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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.

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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.

Introducing Lancôme Miracle Cushion

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Can’t wait to check this out!!!

Lancôme Miracle Cushion
Welcome to a true cosmetic revolution. Already a Korean beauty sensation, the liquid-in-cushion beauty phenomenon comes to the U.S. in new Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact by Lancôme. The most talked about Asian innovation is now yours to enjoy thanks to Lancôme’s refillable smart cushion compact featuring an exclusive big cell cushion, lightweight liquid formula, fresh pad advanced face applicator and precisely engineered air-tight closing system.

Effortlessly achieve complexion perfection like never before with this next-generation compact. Miracle Cushion delivers the ultimate fresh, luminous, rosy look plus soft, hydrated, evened out skin. With buildable coverage to refresh, enhance, and correct skin on contact you can create the most flawless looking complexion with ease. Miracle Cushion delivers the best formula pick up to date, giving you perfect control for the most even application and natural, fresh, dewy-faced results.

THE CUSHION
Discover a liquid formula suspended in an exclusive big cell cushion sponge. The custom sponge features 800,000 pores for the ultimate soft cushion feel, greater application comfort and a one-of-a-kind lightweight, sensorial experience.


THE LIQUID FORMULA

Enriched with brightening actives, this fresh, weightless formula creates glowing luminosity for light to medium coverage. Symwhite and Adenosine help to brighten and exfoliate, while Ester Oil and Glycerin hydrate and nourish the skin.* The formula also has an instant cooling effect once it is applied, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and glowing. And, the advanced air-tight compact maintains formula freshness, prolonging the lifespan of the compact by preventing the formula from drying.

CUSTOM PAD APPLICATOR
The advanced applicator pad provides pressured control releases for the perfect amount of formula to create subtle, buildable coverage with no mask-like effect.

HOW TO USE
Refresh your complexion in just seconds with buildable coverage to cover imperfections and create a radiant, healthy glow. Create an ultra-luminous skin finish and touch up makeup quickly and easily with just a simple tap.

For a touch-up during the day, use gentle taps on the cushion to add formula to the surface of the pad. Apply on the middle of the forehead and then blend outwards. Repeat the same gestures on the nose, cheeks and chin – or anywhere a touch-up is needed.

For everyday makeup application, use moderate taps on the cushion to add formula to the surface of the pad. Tap the pad from the center of the forehead to the exterior of the face. Repeat in areas to build coverage

For extra coverage, add a large amount of formula by pressing the pad down onto the cushion. Apply using strokes. Work with the pad from the center of the face outwards. Layer to build coverage.

SHADES
11 healthy glow tone-to-tone shades for all ethnicities

110 Ivoire (C), 140 Ivoire (N), 220 Buff (C)

250 Bisque (W), 310 Bisque (C), 320 Bisque (W), 360 Bisque (N)

420 Bisque (N), 450 Suede (N), 500 Suede (W), 555 Suede (C)

PRICING & AVAILABILITY:
Available for $47.00 beginning April 29, 2015 at www.lancome-usa.com and Lancôme counters nationwide


OSIS and Trend Spotting at Coachella – Spine Braid

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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).