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Review: Batiste Cherry Dry Shampoo

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I  had the opportunity try out the new Batiste Cherry during New York Fashion Week and I loved it! It was perfect for last minute touch ups before shows to add some volume to my hair as I seemed to be going all over the city for the shows this season. My hair was getting weighed down and blown all over by arctic winds on the way to the different venues! All I had to do in the bathroom was make a few quick parts on the top of my head, spray it down the middle, rub vigorously and comb it out to absorb the excess oil. My hair looked fresh and bouncy…and also smelled like cherries! I love how the can looks on my dressing table as well. It’s so cute! From the Batiste website: “Batiste Dry Shampoo is specially formulated to banish away oily roots and revitalize dull, lifeless hair. Simply spray Batiste lightly onto your hair, massage in thoroughly with your fingertips and then brush it out. The special Batiste formula absorbs dirt, grease, and product build up while giving lifeless hair a quick boost in just a few short minutes.”IMAG1215_1

Dry shampoo doesn’t have to exclusively be used for absorbing grease and creating volume in your hair though! Charlotte Ronson’s collection at NYFW was about woodlands and romanticism. Lead hair stylist, Stephanie Hayes, used Batiste Cherry to create “lived in” bun looks with lots of headbands and hair accessories on the models!1517695_621448511237712_268489497_n1898071_621435291239034_235942814_n 1621957_621450927904137_2135879320_n 1798724_621435787905651_897389555_n 1796642_621450347904195_2142639580_n
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 Steps to create the look:
1. Create a defined center parting and apply Batiste Cherry to theroots and lengths to create texture. By spritzing at a distance, the look becomes lived in rather than dusty.
2. Sweep the hair into a low ponytail, keeping an inch section loose,and secure using a black velvet band. Lightly spritz with shine spray.
3. Twist the ponytail and then using a gold scallop effect band (not grips) lightly tie into a bun. Use the loose hair, originally left out,to then wrap around the bun to blend the two bands. The effect is aloose, unstructured bun that isn’t tight to the head.
4. Gently tease out hair around the front hair line and in the bun forthat soft dishevelled finish and then spritz Batiste for a soft fly-away effect.
My favorite hair looks of the show:
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BFF Beauty’s Covergirl Bombshell Eye Makeup Tutorial!

Covergirl Bombshell Eye Makeup Tutorial!

IMAG1386_1_1I recently tried out the Covergirl Bombshell line to make the cateye look that was popular during the recent New York Fashion Week shows. The products I used to achieve the cateyelook were:

-           COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast™ Mascara

-          COVERGIRL Bombshell Shine Shadow by LashBlast

-          COVERGIRL Bombshell Intensity Liner

You would be surprised what high quality these drugstore products are! The FIRST STEP was the Shine Shadow which was comparable to many of the higher end cream shadows on the market. I chose the color Ooh La Lilac which was a very subtle shimmery lavender. It can be layered to make it more purple if you are going for a more dramatic look. I applied it with my finger and rubbed it in from my lashline all the way up to my brow line. Using a q-tip, I cleaned up any excess I got over the inner and outer corners of my eye.  Available at drugstores and Walmart in six buildable, blendable, get-me-noticed shades, each shadow is easy to apply and leaves behind a creamy shimmer finish. Shades: Ice Queen, Platinum Card, Color Me Money, Gold Goddess, Copper Fling and Ooh La Lilac

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The SECOND STEP was the Bombshell Intensity Liner. This is my favorite product in the Bombshell collection. This eyeliner pen really makes precision easy, and the color 008 is a deep black is perfect for the cat eye look! I used a piece of scotch tape as a guide at the outer corner of my eye, which also allowed for mistakes. If you want a more geometric shape, scotch tape really makes it easy to get a straight line and pointy tail. There are also stencils you can buy for eye liner called Beauty Benders from Beth Bender. I would love to try those next! For now, scotch tape will do!

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THIRD STEP, mascara! The  COVERGIRL Bombshell Intensity Liner is definitely intense! With two layers, your eye lashes go from limp to luxurious! The base coat creates volume and the topcoat gives your lashes the deep color.  The wand comes with two different shaped brushes on each end with the basecoat and the topcoat so you really hit every lash! This is a longlasting mascara that will not crumble or smudge. I had to really work at getting it off with my favorite eye makeup remover pads, but it was worth it! I loved my cateye Covergirl Bombshell look and with these affordable products making it so easy…I just may make this my regular everyday look this season!

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Check out our Covergirl Bombshell Tutorial below!

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REVIEW: GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub Ruby Crystal Microderm Exfoliator

GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub

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Since it is ever so important to exfoliate no matter what time of year, we set out to find the most effective scrub with the least amount of harsh ingredients we could find. I think we found it in GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub! Inspired by treatments developed in Dr. Gary Goldfaden’s South Florida dermatology practice, the GOLDFADEN MD  line is the first physician-strength, dermatologist-developed, natural skincare line in the industry bridging the gap between the natural and dermatological worlds.. GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub is a powerful facial exfoliator that uses ruby crystals to polish away dull, dead skin cells. It is almost like an at-home microdermabrasion treatment depending on how hard and how long you scrub. Wrinkle-filling hyaluronic acid spheres hydrate and plump the skin, while seaweed and organic red tea extract fight free radical damage. With daily use, this treatment reduces pore size and fine lines, while creating a radiant, glowing complexion. I have used it for about a week and noticed that my skin is so much smoother and more radiant! My skin tone is also more even since using it may be allowing my other products I am using to work better. When used with my clarasonic, the results are amazing as well! My skin is so soft afterwards and even smells great. It contains jojoba oil which is one of my favorite smells of all time and also has a citrus based scent from the grapefruit extract.  The crystals do not dissolve which makes for an even more intense scrub. I could keep scrubbing for hours! Also, a little goes a long way so don’t waste it. A pea size amount is enough for your whole face and a little more if you are going to do your neck and decolleté. I would even recommend using this on your hands to make them silky smooth as well! This scrub also has squalene in it which is very moisturizing. Squalene not only provides hydration, but it can also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines due to its antioxidant properties. This means it is able to prevent free radical damage that causes the breakdown of collagen and elastin. Sometimes, I leave the scrub on for a little while before rinsing off like a mask which seemed to make my skin even softer. This scrub is what you make of it. To get the full benefits of owning this scrub, I would use it at least every other day, and you will see baby soft and smooth skin instantly! The ingredients are natural and the results are immediate.  A++!!
GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub Ruby Crystal Microderm Exfoliator $75
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Ingredients
Ruby Crystals, Distilled Water, Jojoba Oil, Apricot Kernel, Squalene(Olive derived), Hyaluronic Acid, Laurenth-7, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyacrylamide, Butylene Glycol, Seaweed Extracts, Phenoethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Oil of Grapefruit, Red Tea Extract.
Directions
Gently massage a liberal amount of exfoliating scrub onto damp skin in circular motions. Rinse thoroughly with Pure Start, Gentle Detoxifying Cleanser, to reveal fresh and radiant skin. For optimal results, use daily.About Dr. Goldfaden MDWrinkles. Discoloration. Dullness.
More About GOLDFADEN MD:
Dermatologists deal with these universal skin woes every day. It’s not every day, however, that they create amazing over-the-counter solutions for everyone to use. That’s just what Dr. Gary Goldfaden, a dermatologist and lifetime member of the Academy of Dermatology, decided to do in 2012. Inspired by treatments developed in his South Florida dermatology practice, GOLDFADEN MD is the first physician-strength, dermatologist-developed, natural skincare line in the industry. The collection’s highly efficacious, non-prescription solutions feature a unique mix of state-of-the-art technologies, active plant cells and antioxidant rich botanicals—helping to bridge the gap between the natural and (more science-driven) dermatological worlds. Targeting all of those common skin concerns—and then some—these results-oriented formulas bring together breakthrough, effective, medical-grade and naturally inspired ingredients—for results that are just as good as what you’d get with an appointment.
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Valentine’s Day Beauty Gifts For Your Special Someone!

Valentine’s Day Beauty Gifts For Your Special Someone!Valentines collage

Listen up! Here are some great beauty gifts that your special someone will love this Valentine’s Day!

Because he or she IS YOUR ROSE…give these rosy products from REN:

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‘Rose O¹²’ Moisture Defence Serum, $80

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‘Moroccan Rose Otto’ Ultra-Moisture Body Oil, $65

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‘Moroccan Rose Otto’ Bath Oil, $48

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‘Moroccan Rose Otto’ Body Cream, $44

 

Because you think he or she has ‘GOOD GENES’…buy this amazing serum from Sunday Riley:

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‘Good Genes’ Treatment, $105

 

Give this ‘SWEET’ lip color from Tom Ford’s  2014 Spring Collection and ask for a KISS right after!!:

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Spring 2014 Lip Color Sheer in ‘Sweet Spot, $49

Give this amazing mask from Clé de Peau Beauté to ‘BRIGHTEN’ UP YOUR VALENTINE’S DAY!:

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Intensive Brightening Mask, $125

Give a RED Aria Clarasonic so your Valentine will be reminded how much you LOVE him or her every morning and every night!:

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Red Clarisonic Aria, $199 

 

Because you think he or she is PERFECT…give this limited edition set from Chantecaille:

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‘The Perfect Three’ Set (Limited Edition), $275

 

Because you think your valentine is the most brilliant and organized person you know…give this Trish McEvoy Makeup Planner:

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Power of Makeup Planner® Collection By Trish McEvoy (Limited Edition), $165  

 

Lastly, if you’re not going to buy a diamond, at least give this ‘Crystal’ face oil from La Prairie instead!:

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Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Oil, $300

 

AND if you find yourself without a special someone this Valentine’s day…treat yourself because YOU have to love YOU too!!

Find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift in Beauty at NORDSTROM. Plus, get free shipping on every order.

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REVIEW: Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser vs. Eve Lom Cleanser

REVIEW: Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser vs. Eve Lom Cleanser

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Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser is a cleansing balm so similar to the wildly popular Eve Lom Cleanser that I had to do a side by side comparison. They are both similarly priced, boast natural ingredients, and they both come with a little wash cloth to follow almost the exact same steps with (Jane Scrivner’s is actually a terry cloth mitt). So what is the difference? Well,  to start, the Eve Lom Cleanser is $5 dollars more for .2oz more in the jar.  NOURISHING_CLEANSER_Luxurious_Cleansing_Balm_large

Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser, $75

The BIG difference is in the ingredients!

Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser uses over 87% certified organic ingredients with the balance of 13% (beeswax and essential oils)being totally natural. The ingredients of Jane Scrivner’s Nourishing Cleanser are as follows: Organic Jojoba Oil, Beeswax, Essential Oils of Ylang Ylang, Elemi, Eucalptus, Frankincense, Lemongrass, Lavender, Myrrh, Sandalwood and Sweet Orange…

 

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Eve Lom Cleanser, $80

Whereas the ingredients of Eve Lom’s are: PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM (MINERAL OIL), PEG-30 LANOLIN, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, ALUMINUM STEARATE, THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) SEED BUTTER, PEG-75 LANOLIN, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER OIL, EUGENIA CARYOPHYLLUS (CLOVE) LEAF OIL, EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF OIL, HUMULUS LUPULUS (HOPS) CONE OIL, PHENOXYETHANOL, METHYLPARABEN, BUTYLPARABEN, ETHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, ISOBUTYLPARABEN, EUGENOL, LIMONENE.!!!

The Eve Lom Cleanser has SO many more ingredients! The chemicals and parabens in it are not exactly great for your skin.  Both of these products work very much the same way except I would much rather be applying the simple list of ingredients in the Jane Scrivner cleanser to my face in the long run. Eve Lom’s Cleanser is good, but I prefer to use as much organic ingredients on my face as possible these days. Here is the instructional video from Eve Lom and from Jane Scrivner:


While the feel and the consistency of the product as well as the overall experience are similar, I feel the Eve Lom cleanser will have a long term detrimental effect on my skin with all those chemicals and parabens in it.  I also would not recommend the Eve Lom cleanser for someone with sensitive skin either. The Jane Scrivner cleanser has 11 simple ingredients which are mostly essential oils and is a great product for removing make up and keeping the skin nourished an hydrated.  I much prefer the smell of Jane Scrivner’s Nourishing Cleanser. Jojoba is my favorite! Jojoba is actually a wax ester, not a true oil. It is amazing for fine lines and wrinkles. The wax esters in our skin deteriorate as we get older, and their job is to retain moisture and keep skin smooth and elastic. Using Jojoba can help maintain these levels of moisture and elasticity. Bottom line: Sometimes it is better to go with the less hyped product with less ingredients!

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