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.

Fierce Natural Hair: Long and Curly

*Warning. This post can cause some serious hair envy*

One of my initial goals when I stopped relaxing my hair was to get it grow longer than what it was when it was relaxed. Back then it would reach the tip of my ear and break off.  Now I’m happy to say that after 3 years of leaving the relaxer alone, my hair is the longest it’s ever been.  I definitely reached that goal but that’s not to say I don’t want to go longer!  That’s what today’s hair feature is all about.  It’s true that there isn’t a magic product or hair style that will make your hair grow any faster but that doesn’t mean we can’t wish there was, right?

Natural Hair Styles

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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: Purple Supernova

Fall Beauty Trends

While I may not always be on board with every fashion trend that comes along, I’m really feeling this Fall’s beauty trends.  I guess it’s because almost everyone can pull them off and purple eyeshadow is no exception!  It’s one of my favorite colors to play with so it’s only right I kick off this month’s BLOTD with a purple eye look.  One of the first products I grabbed was an old favorite of mine – Meteor-Eyes Baked Glitter Eyeshadow in Supernova from Hard Candy.  The color is so rich for a drugstore brand, with fun specks of purple glitter.  I also love the fact that you can use a wet brush to get an even deeper pigment and really see those light purple specks.  Pairing it with my summer time fave Painted Purple from Maybelline and another fall color silver, I’m finally settling into this Fall season business!

Makeup Products

Face

  • Mary Kay Medium Coverage Liquid Foundation
  • Revlon PhotoReady Concealer
  • Avon Cream Blush in Pink Melon*

Eyes

  • With a small, stiff angled paint brush, I applied Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr Eyeshadow in Painted Purple from the outer crease to the middle of the lid.
  • From the inner crease to the middle of the lid, I used Silver from the TooFaced Smoky Eye Palette with a pencil brush.  With my finger I blended it over the purple shade
  • Hard Candy’s Baked Glitter Eyeshadow in Supernova* went in the creases blending it out a tad into the brow bone with a small flat brush.
  • On the brow bone I swept Amethyst from Smashbox’s Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Telephoto* with a blending brush.
  • I lined the upper lash line with Avon’s Glittersticks* in Black
  • Finished up with NYC Big Bold Mascara in Black.  Been awhile since I used this one!

Lips

I wanted something light and pink so I went with Avon’s Totally Kissable Lipstick in Lovey Dovey*.  I admit, I’m not totally sold on the color but it was the only thing I had in my crazy stash that was the closest to what I was looking for.  (looks like I need to go shopping!)

Natural Hair

Hair

Remember last time I told you ladies I was having some moisture issues with the back of my hair?  Well so far, the only thing that’s alleviating this problem is doing twist outs.  Now you know I’m not a big fan of it on my hair simply because I don’t get the fullness I love with a Wash N Go.  My hair is so fine.  But the dryness and coarseness was driving me nuts so last week I did a bantu knot it, thinking that curling the twists would give me some volume.  It came out okay but I did the knots too small and applied too much holding product.  Today I just did a twist out, using a lot less product and making bigger twists (about 11 in all).

  • After washing and conditioning my hair with my favorite Organix products, I wrapped my hair in a T-shirt and let it soak up all that water for a good hour.
  • Once I took my hair down it was 80% dry, really soft, and stretched.  I applied Cantu’s Leave In Conditioning Cream and followed up with Olive Oil to seal in the moisture.
  • For each twist I used Cantu’s Twist and Lock Gel (which is more of a cream than a gel but has great hold!), combing the product through before twisting.
  • After sleeping with a satin cap overnight it was time to take them down.  I applied Oil Moisture Restore Weightless Oil on each twist before unraveling them.
  • Once they were all down I did a lot of fluffing and carefully separating the twists.  Still not happy with it, I pinned back the sides with clips, letting the front do it’s thing!

If I can get more volume as the days go on, then I wouldn’t mind doing this style more often!

 

What Fall beauty trend do you look forward to wearing?

 

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

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