Saturday, August 30, 2014

Nails Of The Week


OPI - Lincoln Park After Dark

We don't say hate in my family, but let me say that I extremely dislike summer!!  I know it isn't a popular opinion, but I am completely fed up with it!  That is why I have such dark nails this week.  I'm dreaming of fall and winter :)  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Spa Gift Certificate Giveaway!!



Thanks to my wonderful Esthetician, Kayla, I have TWO $25 spa gift certificates to giveaway!  I have been seeing her once a month since May and I have had excellent results!  She is very kind and knowledgeable, and provides a calm, comfortable, and relaxing environment.  If you are in the Columbus area, don't miss out on this great opportunity to have some me time!  Click Below :)

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Review - The Lorac Pro Palette, Plus 3 Eye Looks!

I have been wanting this palette for a LONG time.  I remember around the holidays, I went to Sephora to buy it.  They had just sold out of it, and said that they weren't going to be carrying it anymore.  That same month, I had bought my first Urban Decay Naked Palette, Naked 3, and wondered if I would like the original naked better than the Pro Palette.  After researching both, I decided to buy the Lorac palette, because it has 8 matte shades and 8 shimmer shades.  The naked palette only has 2 mattes, with a total of 12 shades.  It also retails for $12 more.  Plus, the Lorac palette has some great colors that are jewel toned, not just neutrals.

Here is the packaging.  It also came with a 0.19 oz. of the Lorac Behind The Scenes Eye Primer.  Even though this is a small sample, you need such a small amount, that it will last a long time.  This primer does help my shadows stay on all day.  My eye looks do not budge!  It has a silky feel, and goes on clear.  It does not conceal any redness or veining that you may have.  This was a nice little bonus to get along with the palette.



So, let's get to the main attraction.  There are 16 shadows in total.  The top row are the mattes and the bottom are the shimmer shades.  As you can see, they range from white all the way to black.



Let's start by taking a closer look at the mattes.  They are as follows (from left to right) white, cream, light pink, mauve, sable, espresso, and black.  Below you can get a better look at the way they swatch. 


The shimmer shades are as follows (from left to right) nude, champagne, gold, light bronze, pewter, garnet, deep purple, and slate.



You can see from the swatches how pigmented these are, and they are very buttery.  I have had no fallout at all, and they blend out beautifully.  These are definitely high quality shadows.  

With so many colors, the looks you can create are endless!  Here are three looks that I recently created, 2 are more daytime, while the last one is a more dramatic evening look.


Colors Used:
Lid - Champagne (shimmer)
Crease - Taupe & Mauve (matte)
Outer V - Espresso (matte)
Brow Bone - Cream (matte)
Inner Corner - Cream (matte)



Colors Used:
Lid & Inner Corner - Nude (shimmer)
Crease - Taupe (matte)
Outer Crease - Mauve (matte)
Brow Bone - White (matte)




Colors Used:
Lid (inner) - Nude (shimmer)
Lid (outer) - Pewter (shimmer)
Crease - Sable (matte)
Outer V - Deep Purple (shimmer)
Brow Bone - White (matte)
Lower Lash Line (outer half) - Deep Purple (shimmer)
Lower Lash Line (inner half) - Pewter (shimmer)

I used no liner for any of these looks.  I did use shadows as my liner for this last look.  I used them dry, and still got a very pigmented look.  The key to all these looks is blending.  Always use a blending brush to blend where the colors meet.  This will give you that gradient affect, like one color seamlessly transitions to the next.

I think this palette would look great on everyone no matter your hair, eye, or skin color.  It is universally flattering.  With so many possible daytime and evening looks, this also makes a great travel palette.  You would need NOTHING else for your eyes!  Not even liner!  The palette is very thin and lightweight, and takes up minimal space whether you are packing it in a suitcase or just your everyday storage.  It also has a good size mirror, which is very convenient.  You can purchase the Lorac Pro Palette at www.ulta.com for $42.00.  Now, I have more drugstore makeup than I do higher end makeup, but I must say that this palette in size and quality is unmatched to anything that you will find at the drugstore.  In my opinion, it is well worth the $42 price tag.  With 16 shadows, that turns out to be only $2.63 per shadow!  

If you are in the market for a new palette or have been thinking about purchasing this one, I hope this review helped.  Have a great weekend!!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Review - Live Love Dew's New Slick Lip Dew Natural Lip Gloss

From top to bottom - Black Cherry, Sundewed, Dew Love Pink, and Tequila Sunrise

Live Love Dew is starting to venture out into makeup, and I am so glad, because I love their skin care and all natural makeup is definitely hard to find!  They do have Tinted Lip Dews, but these are different.

Let me start by saying that I have worn these for two weeks, so they have been thoroughly tested.  There are six colors to choose from.  I tested out Black Cherry, Dew Love Pink, Sundewed, and Tequila Sunrise.  They also offer Clear and Plum Wine.

So, let's look at the colors......


Black Cherry


Black Cherry With A Pink Lip Liner


Dew Love Pink


Dew Love Pink With A Pink Lip Liner


Sundewed (darker neutral shade)


Sundewed With A Neutral Lip Liner


Tequila Sunrise


Tequila Sunrise With A Neutral Lip Pencil

As you can see, these glosses give a sheer wash of color and a lot of shine.  You can deepen the color if you like by using a lip pencil.  These would also be great to top off any of your favorite lipstick colors.  The slick Lip Dew's are very moisturizing and hydrating.  There is no thickness or stickiness like so many lip glosses. 

 These are lightweight, sheer,  and easy to apply.  I love to throw these in my bag for a quick application on the go!  They have a hint of peppermint oil, which naturally plumps the lips, and makes them look fuller.  It also brings out your natural lip color, because it encourages blood flow to that area.  After application, you will feel a SLIGHT tingle.  It is in no way irritating like some lip plumpers I have tried.  Because there is no stickiness to this formula, these are not a long lasting gloss, so you will need to reapply throughout the day.  

I think these are perfect for preteens and teens, who are just starting to experiment with makeup.  I also think these are great for a more natural everyday look.  They are versatile, and you can get so many different looks depending on how you choose to wear them.  

I am wearing the black cherry with a lipliner, for my recent natural face of the day.

Be on the watch for 3 - 4 more colors to be released!  These are currently available to order online at, www.livelovedew.com and at any events/shows that Live Love Dew attends.  They typically retail for $10.00 a piece, but try them now at an introductory price of $8.50.  If you have never worn natural makeup or natural lip glosses, this is a great product to try!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Health Tip Of The Week - The Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar!

I have heard about the benefits of ACV for years, but just recently decided to try it.  ACV is made in a two step process.  First, crushed apples, or apple cider, is fermented and turned into alcohol.  Then, bacteria is added to the alcohol, which further ferments it, turning it into acetic acid.  The main compound in vinegar.  ACV has so many health and beauty benefits, but is also great for all natural cleaning and deodorizing.  Here are 9 reason to start using ACV today!


1.  Natural Cleanse/Detox - This is why I started using ACV.  I have had problems with this my entire life.  I was tired of senna, stool softeners, and laxatives, all which only work temporarily if at all.  For  three weeks now, I have taken one tablespoon in a glass of water twice a day.  During this time, I have not taken a single senna, stool softener, or laxative.  I am so happy this has worked for me, because I have never found anything that works as well.

2.  To Regulate The PH Balance To Your Skin - Dilute ACV with two parts water and apply over your face with a cotton ball.  This will take the place of your toner.  You can use this in the morning and evening after cleansing your skin.  Apply a small amount overnight to help fade dark spots.

3.  It Helps To Balance Your Entire System - Our bodies are always trying to achieve balance.  ACV helps the body to achieve a healthy alkaline PH balance.  Research show the the lower your PH balance the more likely you are to feel fatigued, and get infections.

4.  Improves Your Lymphatic System - ACV helps to breakup mucous and cleanse the lymph nodes.  Research has shown that it can actually improve allergy sufferers, because of it's ability to break up mucous and help combat sinus infections, sore throats, and headaches.

5.  Aid In Weight Loss - Drink two teaspoons in 16 oz. of water, and sip throughout the day.  Research shows that in 12 weeks, subjects saw significant declines in weight, abdominal fat, and triglycerides.

6.  Whitens Teeth - Rub ACV on your teeth and rinse with water.

7.  Soothes Sunburns - Add one cup to your bath and soak for ten minutes.

8.  Room Freshener And Cleaner - Mix 1/2 cup of ACV with one cup of water, and use this solution to clean kitchen surfaces, microwaves, windows, and glass.  To refresh your toilet, pour ACV into the toilet and allow to sit overnight.  It can also be used as a substitute for dishwasher detergent.  No more worrying about toxic fumes and chemicals in our cleaning products!

9.  Keeps Your Hair Shiny And Full Of Body - Use ACV as a rinse after shampooing.  Recycle a shampoo bottle and add 1/2 tablespoon with one cup of cold water.  Use several times a week for great results!

When choosing an Apple Cider Vinegar look for one that is organic, raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized, and "with the mother".  ACV is naturally gluten free.  I have been using Bragg's ACV, but it can be hard to find.  I got mine at Kroger, but not all of them carry it.  Click Here to find retailers close to you.  You can also purchase at braggs.com or amazon.com.





Quote Of The Week

The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it. - Tricia Cunningham


Saturday, August 16, 2014