LORAC Cosmetics: Spring 2015 Collection

LORAC Cosmetics has unveiled their 2015 Spring Collection! I am not sure what I love most in this new collection but the Unzipped Gold Palette and Dazzling Dozen are calling my name loud and clear!

 

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Unzipped Gold Palette ($42) – a sequel to the best-selling Unzipped Palette, GOLD is filled with 10 highly pigmented, ultra-rich shimmer and matte shadows for natural, head-turning looks

 

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POREfection Concealer ($24) – the newest extension to LORAC’s iconic skincare category, this oil-free, paraben-free and fragrance-free concealer is infused with anti-aging antioxidants for a healthy, youthful and radiant complexion

 

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POREfection Baked Perfecting Powder ($33) – get a flawless, smooth and matte finish with our popular, paraben-free powder, now available in three new shades

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Pocket PRO 2 Palette ($15) – this travel-friendly PRO artistry palette includes 1 shimmer and 2 matte eye shadows from the cult-favorite PRO Palette 2, so you can keep your eyes looking glamorous on-the-go

 

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Unzipped Cheek Palette & Alter Ego Lipstick Set (Ulta Exclusive) ($30) – a super-sexy pearlized palette with 2 matte and 2 shimmer blushes as well as an ultra-pigmented lipstick for the best natural flush

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Alter Ego Lipstick Collection (Kohl’s Exclusive) ($35) – this limited-editon collection comes in 5 gorgeous shades to create any look you covet

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Dazzling Dozen 2 Eye Shadow Collection (Ulta Exclusive) ($39) – get stunning eyes with this extensive eye shadow collection that contains 12 individual shadows in LORAC’s silky-smith and long-lasting PRO eye formula.

 

The series launched January 15th, 2015 and will be available for purchase at www.loraccosmetics.com.


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Surviving Winter Hair Woes with Shu Uemura

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If you hair is feeling the effects of winter and is looking dull and dry you will want to check out the new Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze line from Shu Uemura. It’s Pure decadence for winter ravaged hair. The products smell amazing and they have made my hair soft and silky without weighing it down.. Check out the different products below and my thoughts on each.

SHU UEMURA ART OF HAIR introduces a new innovation to preserve color vitality – the new COLOR LUSTRE BRILLIANT GLAZE line. True to the brand’s DNA, COLOR LUSTRE draws inspiration from painting and art restoration, applying a unique approach to hair care and color protection.

SHU UEMURA ART OF HAIR looked at how artists meticulously care for their masterpieces, often restoring a canvas by employing a varnish of oils to protect the painting against its main attacker – water. Similar to a canvas, hair has a natural protective varnish which creates a hydrophobic barrier along the fiber. However, the hair coloring process and regular washing break down this protective layer, leaving the fiber rough and causing color to fade, resulting in damaged, dry and dull strands.

With this in mind, COLOR LUSTRE is the first color-treated line specifically formulated with a powerful refining lipid that restores the hair’s natural protective varnish to limit color washout, leaving it vibrant and polished with maximum shine.

KEY INGREDIENTS:
Drawing from the brand’s oil expertise, the line is infused with refining lipid (18 MEA) to polish the hair, and reveal true vibrancy and color radiance. Additionally, COLOR LUSTRE is formulated with rare and precious ingredients to prevent oxidation and illuminate hair:

  • Goji Berry Extract: the most concentrated natural source of anti-oxidants for protecting color
  • Musk Rose Oil: rich in omega and other fatty acids to nourish the hair

 

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Just a small coin sized amount and my hair is left clean and smelling amazing. I love that it doesn’t have sulfates so it won’t dry my hair out or leave it frizzy.

Color Lustre Sulfate-Free Brilliant Glaze Shampoo $48
This sulfate-free formula provides delicate cleansing of color-treated hair, while giving it a polished touch.

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I love how smooth and silky this conditioner leaves my hair. It leaves a gorgeous shine and never weighs my hair down.

Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Conditioner $58
A nourishing conditioner that adds vibrancy to hair color for a polished touch from roots to ends.

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A weekly ritual now, Color Lustre Brillant Glaze Treatment helps mend hair from daily abuse. I love to work a dollop through my hair then put a hair cap on and let the treatment go to work. Its the perfect deep conditioning treatment while I am relaxing a a warm bath and it leaves my hair so smooth and shiny.

Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Treatment $68
A treatment masque for added nourishment, shine and color preservation that can be used daily in place of a conditioner on thick hair, or as a weekly treatment for fine hair.

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I have naturally curly, fine hair so I have to be really careful to not damage it when I use hot tools. I have used the Brilliant Glaze Thermo-Milk a few times now and can definitely see a difference. It doesn’t weigh down my hair like many pre-treatments I have tried. And it really protects my hair so its still smooth and shiny even after blow drying and straightening.

Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Thermo-Milk $38
This lightweight leave-in milk is concentrated in refining lipid. It instantly provides a glazed finish for long-lasting heat styling, shape memory and brilliant

 

You can learn more about the Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze line and purchase at www.shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com.

 

 

Disclosure: I was sent complimentary samples for review. I was not paid to write this post and all thoughts and opinions are from my own use of these products.


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Dove Hair Launches #LoveYourCurls Campaign and Film

 

My hair went from wavy to spiral curls at puberty and since then I have to admit I have hated my curls more often than not. When I get my hair highlighted and my stylist straightens it I love how perfect it looks smooth, and straight.

As a mother of a now 10 year old girl I see how early they start to judge themselves and I want to be an example. I am working to embrace my curls and my whole body and lead by example. I love this campaign and the way Dove is helping women of every age embrace and love themselves.

In a recent global study, Dove Hair found that 1 in 3 women in the US have wavy to curly hair, yet the traditional standard of beauty is often considered straight and sleek. In fact…

  • Only 10% of women in the US with curly hair feel proud of their hair
  • Only 4 in 10 girls with curly hair think that their hair is beautiful
  • Little girls are 7X more likely to love their curls if people around them do

The Love Your Curls Film powerfully illustrates the relationship young girls have with their curls (which can often be a source of anxiety, frustration and dislike), and what women can do to help inspire future generations to love and embrace their curly hair.

For more than 10 years, Dove has been committed to creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence and not anxiety. The Love Your Curls campaign promises to be a first in the beauty industry – one that urges women to love their curls in an unprecedented way that will have a powerful cultural impact for adult women, and help set the stage for the next generation to feel more confident about their coils.

 

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Along with using better products to bring out my curls I have finally weaned myself to only washing my hair every other day and it has made such a difference in my hair and curls. I always need a little something to freshen up and I am addicted to Dove Dry Shampoo!.

I get lots of cool products to sample one of them being Dry Shampoo and I have tried so many brands, some that cost close to $40. But my favorite remains Dove’s, in fact I just hit Walgreens this week to grab another can. I love how clean and light it is. It gets rid of any grease in my hair and leaves it smelly and looking great and the best part it doesn’t ruin my curls! And if you want to do a big messy bun this is your new best friend. I spray it around the crown of my head let it sit for a moment then work it in. It adds the perfect amount of volume for a beautiful bun look that people will think you took forever creating not two minutes.

 
DOVE REFRESH+CARE INVIGORATING DRY SHAMPOO $4.99
Better style comes through better care. That’s why Dove has reinvented its styling collection to nourish and protect hair for a long-lasting, beautiful style.

Our weightless formula absorbs oil to transform hair from lifeless to bouncy so you enjoy style that looks and feels refreshed with a freshly-washed scent, even when you skip your regular wash.


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Introducing a new product from Colgate that will whiten your teeth in just two days!

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Colgate® introduces a new breakthrough product to the Optic White line, Colgate® Optic WhiteTM Toothbrush + Whitening Pen. The toothbrush contains a built-in whitening pen for convenient whitening. It’s as simple as BRUSH.WHITEN.GO.™

* Brush: Brush as you normally would with your toothpaste.

* Whiten: Turn dial at bottom of pen and apply gel. It takes only seconds to apply and adhere to your teeth. No waiting, no rinsing.

* Go: Store pen inside brush.

Also new to the Colgate® Optic White® line is the Colgate® Optic White® PLATINUM Whiten and Protect™ Toothpaste which deeply whitens more than three shades while sealing out new stains and the new Colgate® Optic White® WhiteSeal™ mouthwash which protects against future stains with advanced stain prevention technology.

Colgate® Optic White TM Toothbrush + Whitening Pen SRP: $14.99

A clinical study shows that using the Colgate® Optic White TM Toothbrush + Whitening Pen twice daily will help users achieve whiter teeth in 2 days*. Use with new Colgate® Optic White® PLATINUM Whiten and Protect™ Toothpaste and Colgate® Optic White® WhiteSeal™ Mouthwash for whitening results even faster – brush, rinse, whiten and go – for whiter teeth in 1 day.

The new Colgate® Optic WhiteTM Toothbrush + Built-in Whitening Pen provides effective whitening, affordability, AND convenience…all from one product. Perfect for everyday use! The Optic White® toothbrush is specially designed with stain removers and polishing bristles to help remove surface stains. The gel in the built-in Optic WhiteTM Whitening Pen contains hydrogen peroxide, which is clinically proven to provide effective whitening beyond surface stains. Its unique stay-on gel formula adheres to teeth to begin working immediately for whiter teeth in 2 days.

I have been using this product for over a month yet, and the results are CLEAR. This product WORKS! I was not paid for this product. It was sent to me to review for the site, and this is my honest opinion.

I think Colgate makes some of the best whitening products on the market. In the age of coffee-lovers like me, I’ve found this so helpful!

 


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