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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: Bioré Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser

Skin Care

Ya’ll this skin isn’t what it used to be!  Despite keeping the same regimen I’ve had for years, my skin is breaking out more than ever.  Recommitting to my fitness goals has me sweating more than ever too! My old one just wasn’t doing the job anymore, so this review was just in time!  I had the opportunity to use Bioré’s Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser for the past month.  It promises to wash away pore-clogging dirt, oil, and makeup that cause breakouts with salicylic acid and pore-opening warming clay.  It’s also supposed to treat the blackheads and acne that’s already there.

The cleanser itself comes out thick, a dime-sized amount enough to do the job.  When you rub it between your fingers, it warms up instantly much to my surprise!  The heat unfortunately doesn’t last once you apply it to your face but you can feel the dark blue exfoliating beads.  After rinsing it all off my skin felt refreshed and clean, my cotton ball not picking up much dirt when I followed up with my toner.  It also does an awesome job washing away makeup.  As for breakouts, I haven’t seen much of those.  In fact I can only remember one time where a pimple was trying to show its face but I quickly nipped that in bud!

Do you use Biore?  What products are your favorites?

 

PS:  You still have time to enter the #PlusSizeGiveaway.  You don’t want to miss a chance to win a $250 Gift Card now, do you?

 

Photo courtesy of: Biore

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

Beauty Blast: Pixi Beauty Products

Makeup

While I love trying bright and bold looks, it’s always nice to get to the soft, subtle side of beauty life every now and again.  I mean let’s face it, I’ve traded a lot of my nights out with friends to days out with toddlers and families.  So a clean, but still fun day look is what I need.

That’s where Pixi Beauty comes in!  Created by makeup artist Petra Strand, their motto Makeup to Wake up is evident with ingredients like caffeine and chamomile infused into their beauty products. Keeping the busy woman in mind, they offer flaw-fixing and youth-enhancing cosmetics that can pull double (or triple!) duty.  My life has definitely been crazy lately, including this past weekend.  So this was the perfect opportunity to put the Perfection Palette, Crayon Combo, and Tinted Brilliance Balm to work!

Friday Morning’s Look

Makeup Tips

Most of my mornings are spent hanging out with my little girl and Friday morning was no exception!  We hit the library for a story time program, which means a lot of moving around (and singing!).  I went straight to the Perfection Palette to create a classic day look – highlighter shade on the lids, a slightly darker shade on the brow bone, and a dark shade in the creases.  I had 16 shades to choose from, with the lightest shades on top graduating down to darker ones.  The lightest shadows were too light for my complexion, so I had to go a little darker for a highlighter shade.  I went with a shimmery brown color for my brow bone and the dark, chocolate shade for the outer creases, which had the richest pigment out of the three.  Included in the same palette are three cheek powders and I applied the first one.  The color looked great in the package but had a hard time showing up on my skin.

To keep things soft and subtle, I used the Tinted Brilliance Balm in Nearly Naked.  It’s packed with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Jojoba oil, and Rose Extract to keep lips moisturized. It goes on soft and smooth and my lips feel fantastic!  Not only that, the color gives them the right amount of color for a nude lip look.

Saturday Afternoon Look

Natural Looking Makeup

The next day it was a 1 year old birthday party (are we noticing a trend, here? LOL).  While I was looking forward to celebrating my daughter’s friend’s big day, I knew I had an afternoon of chasing her around in front of me.  Not only did I need to my makeup to look nice and appropriate for the occasion, it needed to last so I didn’t look as tired as I would feel at the end of it!  Time to see if my Crayon Combo would give me the soft smoky look it promises.  I used the medium bronze color to fill in my lids.  It goes on smooth and blends easily,  however it blended in too well and you couldn’t see it.   So I went over them with a lighter, shimmery shadow from the palette.  I had much better luck with the liner, a deep chocolate brown color that glided on smooth, giving a soft, smudge look sans the smudging.

I gave the blush another go, choosing the second one and that worked much better too! I could see the hint of soft purple on my cheeks, which is exactly how I like my blush.

Also in the palette are two face powders, a highlighter and bronzer.  I dusted the bronzer all over my T-zone, the color playing very well with my foundation.  This type of powder always seems to be a hit or miss for me so I was thoroughly impressed!  I’m also happy to report that my makeup survived the party without a hitch!

Sunday Afternoon Look

Makeup

And the events don’t stop!  Yesterday was my cousin and his wife’s baby shower.  I hadn’t seen that side of the family in a long time so I wanted to up the makeup ante a little bit.  For my highlighting shade I wanted a punch of color, so I went with the shimmery burgundy color in the palette.  I then dusted a matte brown shade in the creases to make sure my lids stood out.  I loved the liner in the Crayon Combo so much I had to use it again and the same went for the bronzer.  Out of the three looks, this one was my favorite. 🙂

Have you tried any products from Pixi Beauty?

 

Oh, and don’t forget to enter the #PlusSizeGiveay!  There’s $500 in gift cards up for grabs so you don’t want to miss that! 

 

Photos courtesy of Pixi Beauty

FTC Disclosure:  Products mentioned in this review were received as free samples.  All opinions are my own.

Beauty Blast: Molton Brown Skincare Products

Since I was pregnant my skin has gone through some major changes!  It breaks out a lot more often and the dark circles around my eyes are insane.  While facial masks and a great concealer can help the problem, this work at home mom doesn’t have the time for all that!  I need something that I can easily add to my beauty routine and give me the results I’m looking for – cleaner skin and brighter eyes.  When the people from Molton Brown reached out to be about their Pink Toronja Refining Toner and Vita B3 Eye Concentrate Anti-Wrinkle Cream, I was very interested in seeing if these two products fit the bill.  After using them consistently for a month, here’s what I thought!

Skin Toner

Pink Toronja Refining Toner ($42)

This toner promises to get rid of excess skin oils with its fruit based ingredients.  Pink Toronja  grapefruit extract exfoliates skin and lime fruit does the toning.  The toner is alcohol and has a nice floral scent.  After cleansing, I put some toner on a small cotton ball and gently scrubbed my skin.  It feels a little tingly at first but refreshing.  What surprised me the most was how much dirt my cleanser missed!  Craziness!  The toner picked up all of that, leaving me with fresh and super clean skin.

Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

Vita B3 Eye Concentrate Anti Wrinkle Cream ($69)

Formulated with Vitamin B3 and ash bark complex as well as a Tetra-peptide complex, dark shadows, puffiness, and wrinkles promise to go bye-bye with this cream.  Feeling more like a serum than a cream, a little goes a very long way.  All you need is a small dot to cover both eye areas.  I admit, I was very skeptical that this product would get rid of these dark circles.  However, I was pleasantly proved wrong!  After a month’s use, I saw a significant decrease in the darkness around my eyes.  Pure awesomeness!

 

Overall, I was very pleased with both products, so much so that the higher end price tags don’t bother me too much.  They’re both very good at what they do and after using them for a month, I still have plenty of both products left over.

Have you tried any Molton Brown products?  What did you think?

 

Photos courtesy of Molton Brown

FTC Disclosure:  Products for this review were received as free samples for review.  All opinions are my own.

 

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