Beauty Blast: Getting Ombre Eyes with Avon

Beauty

You guys already know I’m a big fan of Avon, having the opportunity to try out their best beauty products.  One thing I haven’t taken for a test drive in a long while is their eyeshadow, one of my favorite type of cosmetic. Today I had my chance, getting inspired by their True Color Eyeshadow Single in Midnight Sparkler.  When I looked on the back of the small compact I saw the word “ombre” at the end of the product description and knew instantly I wanted that effect on my eyes.  This color was the perfect place to start, a dark yet sparkly navy blue shade that has a soft finish.  I scooped up two lighter blue shadows to complete the look, starting off dark at the lash line and lightening it up by the time you reach the brow bone.  The Avon Super Shock Gel Eye Liner pencil in black was the perfect finish, giving a smooth, medium sized line along my upper lash line.  It’s really easy to use and I can already see myself wearing this alone, creating a great cat eye!  I also had a chance to use their lip crayon in Sweetly Pink.  While the color gave me a subtlepink tint I found it to be a little drying, so that one was a bit of a letdown.  Next time I’ll opt for a nude gloss.

Face

  • Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer
  • Mally Beauty Cancellation Conditioning Concealer*
  • CoverGirl Press Powder in Tawny

Eyes

  • With a pencil brush, I applied Midnight Sparkler* from the lash line to the middle of my eyelids.
  • With my small, flat brush I applied the dark blue shadow from my CoverGirl Eye Enhancer’s Trio in Blazing Blues.  I started from the middle of the lid and blended out over the crease.
  • From that same palette, I swept the lightest blue shade from the creases to just below my eyebrow arches.
  • Once all the shadows were on, I used my finger to carefully blend everything in.
  • I lined my upper lash lines with the Avon Gel Eye Liner Pencil* and coated my lashes with Avon’s Super Extend Infinite Mascara*.

Lips

Avon Ultra Color Lip Crayon in Sweetly Pink*

Makeup Tips

Hair

I’m rocking my usual wash and go, using Organix Moroccan Argan Crème Shampoo and Tresemme Naturals Curl Hydration conditioner.  I’m totally in love with both of these products and a review will be coming real soon.  To cut down on drying time, I blasted my hair with blow dryer, gently tugging at my curls to stretch them a little bit.  My hair is getting thicker and it’s taking more than a day to dry on it’s own.  When I go to bed with wet hair, my curls get all limp and lazy so my ConAir has been getting a lot more play these days!

 

*FTC Disclosure:  These products were received previously as free samples for review.

 

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Beauty Blast: Curl Gel-les’c (Curl Jealousy) from Curls

Natural Hair Products

The PJ in me has been on a roll lately!  After keeping my obsession for hair products has been kept under control for awhile and found some great products that my curls love, I’m still itching to try new brands.  When the folks over at Curls, a hair care brand that caters to natural hair girls like me, sent over their hair gel, I couldn’t resist.  I’ve seen their products on my many trips down beauty aisles but hadn’t heard anything about them. I was also interested because I haven’t expanded my hair gel horizons, sticking to the only one that gives me the hold and shine my hair needs without flaking.

So what is Curl Gel-les’c  (pronounced Jealousy)?  It’s a cross between a gel and serum.  It promises to give curls the moisture and shine it needs while holding curls in place and banishing frizz.  You can use it on wet, freshly washed hair to keep your curls in place while they air dry or on 2nd (or 3rd!) day hair to get rid of frizz.  What I liked the most about it was how light it was, especially for the front of my hair.  My curls there are much looser, finer, and the first to frizz up.  So this gel was perfect for that section of my hair. I got the shine and hold I needs first thing in the morning without my hair feeling greasy and weighed down.  It worked well on the rest of my hair, though it’s much thicker so it needs a lot more gel.  It also smells great too, which is another plus!

 Have you tried any products from Curls?  I know I’m curious to see what other good stuff they have. 😉

 

Photo courtesy of Curls

FTC Disclosure:  The product mentioned in this review was received as a free sample.   All opinions are my own.

Beauty Blast: Organix Moroccan Argan Crème Sheer Hydration Leave-In Mist

Organix Hair Products

Ya’ll know how big of a fan I am of Organix hair products and jumped at the chance to try their Moroccan Argan Crème line.  The name alone just screams moisturizing creamy goodness, with Moroccan oil mixed into a lavish cream promising to deliver super soft and shiny hair.  All the products in this line are safe for all types of hair, including those of us who are rocking color without any of that sulfate business.

For over a month I’ve been using the Sheer Hydration Leave-in Mist.  It can be used on wet or dry hair as a detangler, heat protectant, and an anti-frizz spray.  The word mist is very misleading, the moisturizer more of a lightweight cream.  It smells amazing, like a creamy cocoa butter scent.  I used it as a daily styling product, giving my curls the moisture and shine they need to start the day.  It also left my hair super soft¸ not weighing it down or feeling greasy.

My only complaint is the packaging.  Because it’s not a mist, if you spray it directly on your hair it goes on as a strings of cream, taking forever to evenly distribute it through your hair.  I had to spray it into my hand first and apply it to my hair in small sections. With this hair, you can imagine how long that takes! The nozzle gets clogged quite frequently too, so you have to make sure you clean it off when you’re done.  An easy fix for that is putting this leave-in in a  pump bottle or a jar, like their masques.

The next on my list is the shampoo.  I bought it at CVS the other day when they were having a sale on their Organix products.  It was one of the few shampoos they had left so you know this girl was happy!

Have you tried any Organix products?

 

FTC Disclosure:  The product mentioned in this review was received as a free sample for review.  All opinions are my own.

Photo courtesy of: Organix

 

Beauty Look of the Day: The Liner Is Doing All The Talking

makeup tips

Natural Hair Daily

For today’s look I went to my Pinterest boardagain for some much needed inspiration.  I’ve been playing it safe and I needed to do something super different.  And let me tell you, this was way different for me!   I chose this pin  because it’s one of my all time faves!  Besides the fact that I’m loving her attitude in this pose, what caught my attention right away was the aqua blue liner.  Putting it on the lower lash line makes the whole look pop!  It’s not something you see every day.  She also doesn’t keep the rest of the look low key either, with thick black liner, rosy cheeks, and super sweet purple lip color.

makeup

Face

  • Mary Kay Medium Coverage Foundation
  • Mally Beauty Cancellation Conditioning Concealer*
  • Stila Covertible Color Cheek Cream in Poppy

Eyes

  • To make the inner corners pop, I applied the gold shimmery shadow from Maybelline’s Eye Studio Give Me Gold Palette with a pencil brush.
  • Now for the bold liner!  With a thin, angled paint brush, I lined my lower lash line with Make Up Forever Aqua Cream in Pastel Blue*.
  • I went over the blue with Avon Glimmersticks in Aqua Flash*.
  • For the upper lash lines I used Rimmel London’s Gel Liner*.  it’s my go-to product for a dramatic eye look.
  • To lighten up my eyes, I swept the light brown shadow from the Give Me Gold palette on my brow bone.
  • I finished up with Avon Super Extend Mascara* on both my upper and lower lashes.

Lips

Avon Glazewear Lip Gloss in Crimson*

 

type 4 curls

Hair

I’m rocking my normal wash and go but I’ve incorporated a new technique to my washing routineoil rinsing.  What you do is apply your favorite oil right after shampooing.  You can rinse it out and then condition, or apply your conditioner right after, which is what I’ve been doing for the past few weeks. My oil of choice is Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  I noticed a dramatic reduction in single strand knots and the amount of hair I lose on wash day.  Detangling is so much easier and the dryness I was experiencing is a thing of the past.

Another thing I’ve been doing not so much for something different but out of necessity is using my blow dryer.  With a toddler my days are super busy and the only time I get to wash my hair is at night.  So after applying my leave in from Cantu Shea Butter, I spritz on Frizz Ease Heat Defense Spray, and blast my hair with the blow dryer on each section of hair for no longer than a minute.  I lightly pull on my hair while I’m blow drying it so it can stretch the curls out. Then I continue on with my Shea Moisture’s Curling Smoothie, seal with olive oil, and apply a little bit of Shea Moisture’s Curling Souflee to hold my curls in place while they air dry the rest of the way.  It cuts my drying time in half and I have bigger hair on wash day.

 Have you done anything adventurous with your makeup lately?

 

*FTC Disclosure:  This product was received previously as a free sample for review.

 

How I Straightened My Natural Hair

Products for Natural Black Hair

Before I get into how I went about rocking straight hair, I have a confession to make.  I’ve tried straightening my hair three times before and they were total fails!  My hair would look great once I was done but as the day went the ends began to frizz and by bedtime, I had an a frizz fro going on!  It was so frustrating, I waited awhile before trying it again.  This time I did a lot of things differently. Not only was I able to rock straight hair for more than a day, I was able to keep it that way for a week and a half!

  1. I started on freshly washed and conditioned hair, using Organix Argan Oil and Shea Butter shampoo and Moisture Restore Mask.
  2. I dried my curls  with an old t-shirt section keeping my hair in  four sections.
  3. Instead of loading my hair with product like I did the other times, I just applied a little bit of Cantu Shea Butter’s Leave-In Conditioning Cream.
  4. Starting with a  sections in the back, I used John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease Heat Defeat Heat Protection Spray.  Love this stuff!
  5. Taking a small piece of hair, I used the tension method to blow dry.  All you do is pull your hair straight with one hand and move the blow dryer (set on low heat) slowly up and down until dry.   I don’t know why I haven’t used this method before!  It left my hair dry with very minimal frizz.  Granted it takes a lot longer to dry all this hair, but it was worth it in the end.
  6. Once that smaller section is dry, I twist it up and move on to the next one.

Now that my hair is all dry, twisted up and looking crazy, it’s time to flat iron. Normally I would just pass the iron twice and call it day.  However, this time I used the Chase method.

  1. I took down a twist and applied Smooth N Shine Polishing Silk ‘n Sleek Straighten Polisher as a heat protectant.
  2. I pass the flat iron through once.
  3. then I put a fine tooth comb into my hair about an inch from the root and place the flat iron right behind it.  Then I move both the comb and the flat iron down my hair.  The comb keeps the hair smooth so the flat iron can do its thing!

This method is great because it really got those pesky ends straight and the serum gave my hair great shine.

It took me about three hours from beginning to end but I loved how it turned out!  My hair had tons of volume and shine.  I could also appreciate the length I achieved since going natural.  Next task was making this hair last in this South Florida humidity.

  • I used Oil Moisture Restore Weightless Oil from Organix as my daily oil, applying from roots to ends. It kept my hair soft and shiny without weighing it down.
  •  At night, I put coconut oil on my ends to keep them smooth and hydrated since they are the first to frizz up on me.
  • To get my  hair to curl under without using a curling iron, I divided my hair in half and did too mini French rolls in the back before bed.  I just used hair pins to hold them in place and tied my hair down with a silk scarf.  In the morning, I carefully took them down, applied my oil, and I was good go!

African American Natural Hair

Straight Natural Hair

 

 

  • For a little wave action, I divided my hair into two sections.  I took each half, did one big twist and wrapped it around into a mini bun, using pins to secure.  In the morning I took them down and had some nice, moisturized waves.

Natural Hair

 

Natural Hair Styles

 

Have you straightened your curls lately?  How do you do it?

 

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