Kat Von D Glimmer Veil Review

Glimmer basically equates to glitter and with that I was already excited. To clarify though, this is not a chunky glitter type product. Quite the contrary actually. Think of a sophisticated shine of opaque color that can blind you from space. That's the KVD Glimmer Veil.

The glimmer veil is a liquid lip that can be worn as a topper or as a lipstick all on its own. It does dry down, so if you are looking for a glimmer gloss texture, keep on lookin'. They swatch and wear BEAUTIFULLY (photo below) and apply with ease. There was little to no mess during application, however when trying to take it off ...... lets just say it took a few wipes and a few extra minutes. It also stains if you use the pink/blue toned ones so be careful!

 

 

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Makeup Forever Color Paints: Your New Festival BFF

In honor of my Sephora store celebrating its 19th birthday, I decided to create an over the top, fun Carnival Masque look for my work day! Inspired by my handmade fascinator and @milk1422's face chart, this is the look I created with the Makeup Forever Aqua XL color paints (Lips, eyes, and dots on face!)! These are $25 each at Sephora, can be used anywhere on the face, have a range of finishes including matte and luminescent, and are waterproof! I absolutely love them, and fully recommend them for your next festival makeup look.

 #nofilter on the photo below! 

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Bleach/Purple Hair Dye Review: SPLAT on Dark Hair!

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Hey everyone! 

Since rainbow colors are such a popular hair trend, and the ability to achieve this look on dark hair at home is typically difficult, I decided to review a drug store box set from Splat when my girl Miranda bought a box. She has medium to dark brown hair depending on how the light hits her head, so this was a good trial!

Here are the steps we followed: 

1. Mix powder into liquid in bleach squirt bottle.

2. Weave strands of hair for highlights, and paint bleach onto strands while they sit on aluminum foil (think salon style). 

3. Processed bleach for about 45-50 minutes, checking on said strands every 15 minutes.

4. wash out bleach with Shimmer Lights Shampoo.

5. Add thick layer of Shimmer Lights shampoo on hair and let sit for 30 minutes.  This is to help rid of brassiness.

6. Rinse out Shimmer Lights. Cut Splat dye with conditioner at a 2:1 ratio. I do this with my ion color brilliance dye all the time with great color payoff results as well as smooth, moisturized hair, thus I added this step for the splat review. 

7. Add thick layer of dye/conditioner mix to bleached strands and process for one hour.

8. Rinse out dye/conditioner combo, then blow dry. 

Below are before and after photos. Overall it was a pleasant experience due to the fact that her hair didn't fry off with drugstore bleach, and her hair picked up the color in the end. The only downsides are that the bleach product was runny/watery and thus patchy in application, and the purple did not come out strong when cut with conditioner like salon brands Ive used in the past. Also, due to the patchiness of the bleach, the purple didnt stick well in some areas when compared to others. For $10 a box, you can do better. I'd rather spend $5 on a box of ion color brilliance at and spend a few bucks more on a better bleach/developer combo at Sally's for better results. 

 

Update: 8/6/17

Miranda added another round of splat color to her hair without adding conditioner and it came out very pigmented! (Photo at the end). So definitely don't add conditioner to this dye if you want a strong purple color instead of the advertized lavendar! :)  

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HOW TO SCORE 3 FREE KAT VON D STUDDED KISS LIPSTICKS!

Dear Kat Von D lovers, 

This is not a drill. Our fave lipstick of all time is now free in three FULL SIZED shades with your order of $75 or more this weekend through May 29th!

Just use the promo code STUDDEDKISS. Get 'em while supplies last! 

What can you spend that $75 on? You can easily make that happen with two classics and a hot new product: Ink Liner in the shade trooper ($21), Shade and Light face contour kit ($49), and the brand new Everlasting Lip Liner ($18). I recommend getting a nude shade liner if you are only buying one. That way you can use it with all of the lipsticks you will get for free!!!!!

Happy purchasing and let me know in the comments what lipsticks and products you chose! xoxo

The SINGLE Skincare Tip that Will Save Your Acne Prone Face!

Seems too good to be true right? Let me tell you I was surprised myself that this one tip helped me so much. 

I have acne prone skin and it sucks! So I decided to do a little experiment and see if what my mother has told me all these years rings true. My mother's advice? DON'T PICK AT YOUR SKIN!

Seem's easy enough right? But then you see all the little bumps under your skin, or blackheads on your nose, or blemishes ready to burst! So your first instinct is to 'get rid of them.' I decided to see if this was the right way to go, or if leaving them alone was the magic ingredient to my skincare routine that I have been waiting for. 

How did I run this experiment? Simple. I kept to my Skinfood skincare routine and only picked at blemishes like I normally would on the RIGHT side of my face. The left side I left alone and didn't pick at it. The results? They speak for themselves: 

The fact is, you can wash your hands and face as much as you want, but you are always going to be pushing in more bacteria and agitating your skin if you pick at it. Your are also delayed in healing process because you are constantly breaking the skin's barrier instead of just letting it heal from within. So follow my mama's advice (and advice from God only knows how many Dermatologists haha)....DON'T PICK AT YOUR SKIN!!! 

PS: If your skin is that congested and you feel like nothing is working skincare wise, I fully advise getting a facial and letting a professional do any type of "extra" exfoliation and "extractions." My favorite one is at Mohonk Mountain House called the Deep Cleansing Radiance Facial. Right after I got this, my skin looked and felt 100% better and did NOT break out afterwards like it does with other facials. This isn't a sponsored post, I just legit loved that facial haha

Skincare + Makeup for that Summer Oil Slick We Call a Face!

Oh summer how my skin hates thee. Every time the hot weather rolls around my face goes from a controllable adorable Welsh Corgi to a ravenous untamable BEAR. Out of nowhere, my combo skin turns into a straight up sebum celebration. Typically, only my T zone gets a little oily and the rest of my face is normal. Now however, my entire face is disgustingly slippery. 

What to do? I'll tell you! I've found some great products to keep my face in check and to keep the acne at bay. I've been using a number of these products for about a week now and have already seen a huge difference in my skin. Especially the SkinFood products and Kat Von D foundation!

Also, just be wary that using every single one of these products at the same time will dry out your skin (making the oiliness worse-yes I know, this is an annoying cycle), so choose one set at a time and see what works for you.

Details are below the slideshow for each product shown =)

Online Fabulous Fragrance Finds

If you're not a fragrance buff, finding a perfume for yourself in person is HARD. First you have the sales ladies in department stores stuffing paper cards saturated with perfume up your nose in the hopes for a hint of commission to hit their paychecks, Then while you are trying to be polite and sniff them all, they end up meshing together and smelling the same. Also, if you have no F*&^ing idea what fragrance "family" you want, you have way too many to choose from. 

In comes Sephora to save your G.D. day. Two words: FRAGRANCE IQ. Hundreds of bottles of perfume narrowed down to your tastes based on things like how you want to feel in it, and what seasons you like. Finally, some EASY Q's to answer! I ended up finding one of my fave perfumes, Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet!

But sometimes, we just don't want to even go to the store. Thus, I just went on the Sephora site to see what's hot, and what do I find? A quick and easy fragrance IQ type quiz right on the website.  Here are the steps and my finds! I am looking forward to trying the Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille for a more sophisticated sexy scent ;-)! Skip to the bottom to see what choices I picked!

Try it here on the home page: http://www.sephora.com/

Also! Use the code "SMELLME" for a free deluxe fragrance add on!

1. World Traveler 2. Trying Something out of the Ordinary