Monday, April 14, 2014

(Part 1) How I Prepare For A Sunless Tan

Good morning everyone! Today on Makeup Monday, I wanted to share How I Prepare For A Sunless Tan. I'll be doing a 3 part series on sunless tanning. This first part will show you how I prep my skin for a fake tan, the second part will show you how I do the application, and the third part will show you how I maintain and take care of my tan. 

The first thing I do is exfoliate my skin in the shower. My favorite body scrub is the Kiehl's Creme de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Body Polish. It's gritty enough to remove dead skin, but isn't abrasive so my skin never feels irritated afterwords. Using your hands works just fine, but I find I get better results when I use Exfoliating Gloves with the body polish.

The next step I will do is moisturize my body. You have to make sure not to use anything sugar or oil based as it can fuss with the tan. My go to is the Xen Tan Scent Secure. It's designed to use one hour after sunless tanning to block out self tanning odor, but I prefer to use it a few hours before fake tanning. I find it makes my applications go on smoother because my chest and legs are usually dry. This is an optional step, and I don't always do this, but I do notice a difference when I do.

After waiting a few hours after a shower, and I am ready to start the fake tan process, I'll prep my drier skin again. This is a newer product to me, I've only used it twice, but I'm liking the results. It's the Kardashian Sun Kissed Color Maximizer. This prepares the skin even more for a sunless tan. It contains vitamins that allow the fake tan to "latch" on better. You do have to wait about 1 minute for it to dry (this one is a gel) and soak in. A major plus of this product is that I love the way it smells...juicy & tropical. It's not a must have in my routine, but I like it so far.

How do you prepare for your sunless tan? Stay tuned for Part 2 next Monday!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Benefit Brow Bar: My Experience


Today on Makeup Monday, I wanted to share my Benefit Brow Bar experience inside an Ulta.

A little about my brows...I typically prefer to upkeep my own brows with tweezing and brow razors, but I can get a bit lazy and wait too long to groom them. Other times, I've gotten them done at nail salons for around $8-10. I've never had an issues with how they've turned out, but the last place I went to made me seriously consider going to a place like the brow bar. I'm pretty sure the girl at the nail salon double dipped the wax which is grossly unsanitary, and to be honest I wasn't sure if she was licensed. After that I pretty much stuck to doing my own.

However, I've always passed the Benefit Brow Bar at Ulta and never gave it much thought. I can't think of what made me decide to try it, but I finally did this evening.

I was kind of expecting a lot because their website makes it sound like you get a lot for the $20.00 price tag. They talked about "brow mapping" which helps the waxer figure out the best shape for your face. I never got this, nor was it mentioned. I also brought up the scar in my right eyebrow and she never gave me tips or suggestions on how to fill it in. All she asked me was if I liked the current shape they were in, and I said I was open to her suggestions. This would have been the perfect intro to the "brow mapping". I'm disappointed I didn't receive this service that is supposedly part of a wax. You can see it described in detail on Benefit's website here

It was also a bit awkward because her and a salon girl were gossiping about another employee while she was doing my brows. This time should have been spent giving me advice on how to perfect my eyebrows or at least try to tell me about the products. I'm happy I didn't receive a hard sell or pushy nature, but I was a bit surprised she didn't fill me in about the products I should take home. Hmm.

The end result was good though and I am happy with how they turned out. The wax wasn't too hot and she worked in sections. The waxer also applied a soothing lotion after to calm the redness. Once that was dry, she filled in my brows with the gimme brow product but in my opinion as a makeup artist, this would have been a key time to have me look in the mirror to watch.

Overall, I'm kind of neutral. They turned out good and a fresh brow wax always looks clean and polished, but to be honest I didn't see a huge difference in the outcome from the nail salons. I think a lot of this feeling comes from that I didn't get the experience that I expected. It could have been the girl, but I'm disappointed I didn't receive the brow mapping or any other added value that would make the $20.00 price tag worth it. I'd be open to going again, but won't go to the same brow bar as I would have appreciated more individual attention and the full service as the website explains I'd get.

I want to believe that my experience probably wasn't the norm. Benefit, if you are reading, please let me know that it's not!

Have you tried the Benefit Brow Bar?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Do-It-Yourself Beauty

Today on Makeup Monday, I wanted to share some of my beauty do-it-yourself shortcuts. Can we all agree it's expensive being a woman? There's quite a bit we have to do to maintain our appearance. Here are the ways I save money on common beauty upkeeps.

HAIR REMOVAL...I'm fortunate not to have much any facial hair at all. I do however get a little light peach fuzz on my upper lip and chin area. It's probably not noticeable to others, but I prefer it to be removed. This isn't a process I have to do often as this hair doesn't grow back quick. I like doing this at home so I have control on what is removed and how my skin is affected.

Nad's Facial Hair Removal Creme is a nice alternative for those who either don't want to get waxed at a salon, or perhaps don't feel comfortable doing so. With this product, make sure to follow instructions and do not leave this on longer than the recommended time. To remove, I use a baby wipe and then follow up with a gentle face wash. Once my skin is dry, I will use the soothing face balm that is included. This helps with redness, calming the skin, as well as delaying hair growth! FYI this is not for the eyebrow area.

EYEBROWS...I love the way my eyebrows look after a wax at the salon, but with that comes the fee and the redness. The biggest thing for me though is I worry about the person shaping them. Will they wax too much? I'll still do a wax every now and then if it's convenient, but with doing my brows at home I have a lot more control in the way they turn out!

Tweezerman Slant Tweezers are the best tweezers I have ever used (Anatasia Beverly Hills are great too! I found these pink ones on clearance so that is why I went with this brand). They are excellent for precision and really grabbing those fussy brow hairs. It may be hard to justify the price point, but seriously once you use a quality set of tweezers, you will notice a huge difference.

Brow Shavers are an interesting product that are good for someone who wants to be quick. You do have to be careful not to nick yourself because these are a blade. I find I prefer tweezers for under my brows, and these razers for between my eyebrows and sometimes above them. They are also very affordable (less than $5.00) and can be found at Walgreens in a set. You can also use these shavers for a quick fix for the upper lip area!

What do-it-yourself beauty routines do you practice?

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Favorite Wet n Wild Products

Today for Makeup Monday, I wanted to share my favorite products from Wet n Wild. This brand has come quite a long way in the past couple of's pretty amazing. They are no longer your cheap semi-ok products they were back when I was in high school. There are quite a few gems and a few of them have become favorites that I reach for often! Here they are...

Coverall Foundation and Pressed Powder...Absolutely amazing powder. I was so surprised when I tried this just how create it is. It has the right amount of coverage, blends easily, and does not oxidize on the skin. The foundation is very long lasting and works for me colorwise when I am very self tanned. It's on the thicker side, but looks good once it sets. You can read my full reviews of each product and see photos here & here

Color Icon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana...pump the brakes! This is not by any means a bronzer, but rather a great subtle highlighter. It's not too pink, yellow or too's very wearable on the skin. You can read my full review and see photos here

Fergie Creme Lipstick in Fergie of my favorite nude lipsticks. It's a wearable color and the lipstick formula itself is creamy and not drying at all. There's also no scent like a lot of the other Wet n Wild lipsticks have. I've worn this one for many special occasions! You can read my full review and see photos here 

Wet n Wild Mega Liner...this has been my go-to liquid eyeliner for years. Let me tell you...the applicator brush is super hard to use...especially when you want to be precise. BUT! When you use a angled brushed with the liquid itself it's magic. It stays put all day!

"Nutty Eyeshadow" a beautiful taupe eyeshadow that would look great on any skintone. I'm a sucker for taupe eyeshadows as you know, but this is one that is not only pretty, but affordable!

What are your favorites from Wet n Wild?

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Recently Discovered

Today on Makeup Monday, I wanted to share a few products that I've recently discovered. Who doesn't love trying out new things? I know I do! Here's what I've found...

Bite Beauty Creme Luminous Lipstick - These lipsticks are amazing and quite frankly, there is something that separates them apart from every other lipstick I've used. They are creamy, hydrating, richly pigmented, and come in such a flattering range. What's unique is that these lipsticks actually have an antioxidant called resveratol in them. This ingredient claims to fight free radicals and offer anti-aging benefits. The biggest thing for me though is how these lipsticks feel on my lips. My lips are always dry and this is never an issue when I wear Bite Beauty. They are quite pricey at $26.00, but if you can find your perfect shade, I think treating yourself to a tube is completely worth it. My favorite shades are Cava, Fiano and Shiraz.

Xen Tan Perfect Bronze - I have not put this bronzer down since I first opened it. I'm a huge fan of Xen Tan's self tanner line (it's my favorite by far) so I figured why not try their bronzer. It's amazing just like the self tanner because on my skin it really does mimic a natural tan - it's not orange and it's not too brown, but still has that warm terracotta to it. One of my favorite features of this is that it's a sheer powder. It's a product you build up to your desired bronze, and because of that it's near impossible to over do it. Here are some other Xen Tan reviews, Dark Lotion, Moroccan Tan, Face Tanner Luxe, Transform Luxe

Urban Decay b6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray - I'm a loyal user of the Urban Decay All-Night Setting Spray (my review), and when this came out I knew I wanted to try it. I have noticed my skin feels a lot more "refreshed"before a makeup application, and it calms down a flushed face.

blowpro Heat is On - I found out about this spray in leave in detangler and heat protectant through one of missglamorazzi's YouTube videos. I had been using the same leave in conditioner for awhile, so I had the itch to try something new. I took a gamble with this and now I love it. It's so lightweight on my hair so it doesn't feel like you even put product in it. It not only detangles my long knotty hair, but it also protects it from blowdrying. Since using this, my hair feels healthy, is easier to comb through wet, and seems to blow dry faster too!

Olay Regenerist regenerating serum fragrance-free - UM this is literally amazing. I've known about this for years but don't think I had ever used it. I was totally missing out. It might be too early to tell, but the fine lines around my eyes (ok they aren't that bad) seem a lot smoother...actually my whole face does. I've been using this before bed after washing my face, and also get my makeup primer! I've got to say, this has been my go-to face primer before foundation and it makes a huge difference in the application. It's not sold as a primer, but I honestly think it's even better than most of the face primers I've tried. It also doesn't break me out, or feel greasy or tacky on the skin either. I really think it's a must me, it's anti-aging benefits and a primer in one! Here's the review that made me not only buy this, but try it as a primer too.

What products have you recently found that you love?

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Tips To Amp Up Your Hair

Today on Makeup Monday I'm here to share my tips on how to amp up your terms of volume, texture, refreshing and well...that oomph. A little bit about my's super long, one length and heavy. So as you can imagine, it's hard to get any added volume or lift. BUT, I have found a few special products to do just that...

L'Oreal Advanced Hairstyle Boost It High Lift Creation Spray is an affordable product that I like to use after I curl my hair to "make it big". I will spray it at the roots and crown for lift, and hold up the sides of my hair and do a quick spray. It sprays on like a hairspray, but doesn't leave a sticky residue. I suggest doing short quick sprays, to work in sections, and not to go excessive. You can also use this for backcombing or teasing.

Bumble and Bumble BB Thickening Dryspun Finish is a pricey spray, but works really well. I find myself using this one on second day curls to make them look thicker and restyled. I'd almost say this is a hybrid product - part dry shampoo/part texture spray.

Comparison: The Bumble and Bumble is lighter on the hair and is powder based. I find it works similar to a dry shampoo, and adds texture to the hair. The L'Oreal aerosol spray is more so a finishing product to add volume. Be careful with how much you spray because too much can bring knots and frizz.

Bumble and Bumble Pret-A-Powder is ahh-mazing! It touts itself as an all in one hair styling product - "dry shampoo, style extending, and volume benefits" and I totally agree. This is my go to pretty much everyday. It prolongs my style, soaks up excess hair oil, and I don't have to wash my hair as often. This is great because my color lasts longer too! In my opinion, this is a must buy!

Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo is my favorite dry shampoo. I'm not a fan of spray formulas because I honestly have never found one that works. I find powders absorb hair oils better, and actually make your hair look cleaner. This one smells great too. I did a full review if you'd like to read more.

Comparison: Both are very similar, but I find the Bumble and Bumble is more of a style extender and quick lift, where as the Oscar Blandi is a better as a dry shampoo that cleans and refreshes oily hair.

What do you use to amp up your hair?

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Save Your Skin: Winter Skin Help

Today on Makeup Monday, I will share my tips on how to protect, hydrate, and save your skin in the winter. Depending on where you live, the winter can take a harsh toll on your skin. I live in the Midwest, and it's been an absolutely brutal winter. It's not only been cold, windy, snowy, icy, etc, but it's also been extremely rough on my skin...especially my hands. I wanted to share my personal tips on how to salvage your facial and body skin! Here are my suggestions...

When the winter months hit, my hands always pay the harshest toll. They become extremely dry, chapped and prone to splits. It's as painful as it is unpleasant to look at. The biggest savior has been my Earth Therapeutics Moisturizing Hand Gloves. I slather on my favorite hand cream, Mary Kay Fragrance-Free Satin Hands Hand Cream and slip my hands into these gloves right before I fall asleep. Fragrance free lotion is a must (fragrance can further irritate the skin), and this lotion is creamy, not greasy, and is gentle on my chapped hands. Another good choice is the Aquaphor Heating Ointment. This one is very thick and heavy, but is very repairing. As I mentioned, my hands can get splits. This happens when it's windy and bitterly cold. I get the splits mostly on my knuckles, and they are very painful. Sometimes they will even bleed, so I make sure to use Neosporin to help heal the cuts. I also make sure to always wear gloves (I prefer mittens because they keep the hands warmer) when going outside!

Come winter months, I opt for a thicker face cream as my skin tends to be a lot drier and patchy when it's cold outside and dry inside. I've been using the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream for years and it's a great all around moisturizer. If my face gets flaky or just needs some extra TLC, I like using the Fresh Rose Face Mask. It's very hydrating, smells great and makes my face feel baby soft when I remove it. My lips chap easily year round, so I like to use a waxy balm to help moisturize them. I have a lot of favorites, but I really like putting on the Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 before going to sleep. 

In the shower, I love using The Body Shop's Shea Shower Cream. This soap-free body wash feels more like a lotion and smells amazing. I've found that this is also great for extending the life of a spray tan. Before doing my makeup, I've been trying out the Caramance Facial Mositurizer. It adds a mist of hydration and helps get rid of any patchy areas on my chin or around my mouth. For extra tips on making your makeup last longer, read last week's Makeup Monday post: How To Make Your Makeup Last Longer. 

What do you do to help your skin fight the effects of Winter?

Monday, February 17, 2014

Make Your Makeup Last Longer - Prep, Prime, Set

Today I wanted to share my tips on how to make your makeup last longer. I like to think of the face as a "canvas". When you prep and prime your skin first, every other product you use after will perform better! Here are my suggestions...

I've really been liking the Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray. This is a light mist that you spritz all over a clean face. The spray refreshes, claims to absorb oil, minimize pores and calm redness. Next, I'll apply the Sephora Silicone Free Foundation Primer (my review) all over my face. I prefer silicone free face primers for sensitive or acne-prone skin, but also like the silicone-based, Smashbox Photo Finish Light Primer. It's oil-free, silky, oil absorbing, and gives a matte finish. For the eyes, my current favorite eyeshadow primer is the Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion. The formula has a nice soft almost velvety finish. Your eye makeup will not only last longer, but the colors will be more vibrant and smoother.  

If you have patchy or unruly brows, try the NYX Eyebrow Shaper. This wax stick will make brow pencils/powder glide on easier, and will help tame hairs. For lips, I like to use a flesh tone liner to completely fill in my lips. This not only gives lipstick something to adhere to, but makes lips look more defined. My favorite is the NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Nude Beige (review here). If you wear a dark or red lip, I'd suggest using a similar shade in your lip pencil. The NYX pencils are great and come in so many colors!

After foundation/base, I like to set my face makeup with a translucent powder. I use the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder because it's silky, lightweight and keeps shin at bay. The Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray (my review) is the last step in my routine. I tell clients that this product is essentially "hairspray for your face". It helps lock in your look and extends your wear. 

What steps do you take to make sure your makeup lasts?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Makeup Mondays on Purple Shampoo!

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Time To Refocus

I'm back!! finally happened...I hit a blogging lull.

After much thought and constantly going back and forth in my mind, I have decided to take a blogging break. Don't worry...this isn't goodbye and I'm not quitting! I really didn't want to write this post, but I also didn't want to leave you in the dark (hey! where did she go?!)

I knew I didn't want to stop writing completely, but this blog has slowly become lackluster for me. I want it to be so much more...but I just don't have a grasp yet of what that "more" is. I love beauty and writing about my great finds, but right now it's quite a project to maintain a consistent posting schedule. I thought that maybe re-doing the design of Purple Shampoo would change my mind, but it honestly didn't. The layout (that I paid for) didn't go as planned which was bummer! *The one you are now seeing on here is the new one I purchased!*

With that said, I'm finally admitting to myself and you, that I need to step back and refocus. In a way I am proud of myself for recognizing this! I have a lot of ideas going on in my head, on how to move this blog forward. If you are interested, I'd be open to sharing those with you. You can reach me at

See you soon!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Jordana 12 HR Made To Last Eyeshadow Pencil

Today's post will feature the Jordana 12 HR Made To Last Eyeshadow Pencil. I picked up the shade Endless Emerald many months ago and haven't put it down. I'm a sucker for any emerald liners and this one delivers. The shade Tenacious Brown is a very wearable deep dark chocolate. I've been wearing this one a lot for work, or if I don't want to wear black.

These pencils are richly pigmented (see swatches below) and for me, the jumbo size can give more control and a quicker application. I do find them to be long lasting and haven't experienced any issue with smudging. They are touted water-resistant and crease proof.
Jordana 12 HR Made To Last Eyeshadow Pencil
(Top) Tenacious Brown (Bottom) Endless Emerald

I found mine at Walgreens for $3.99. There offer 8 shades total, so I may pick up another one or two. There is also a pink, purple, blue, and a neutral. One of my favorite blogs, Beauty Broadcast also did a review of these. Check out her review here to see her thoughts & swatches of the other shades.

What are your favorite Eyeshadow Pencils?

Monday, December 30, 2013

Top Beauty Finds of 2013

Today's post will feature my Top 10 Beauty Finds of 2013. These are beauty products that I specifically found & bought this year in 2013. I narrowed it down to just 10 (seriously I probably had like almost 20 things) to really make this the best of the best. 

I labeled all of the products by number for easier reference. Also, if I have already done at a review or mention of the item, I will link that post as well. Enjoy!

1) Essence Long-Lasting Eye Pencils - At $2.49 these are a steal. Excellent pigmentation and are true to the long lasting claim. Great color selection too. Check out my review for photos & swatches.

2) Jordana 12HR Made To Last Eyeshadow Pencil - Specifically the shade "Endless Emerald" o.m.g. I'm a sucker for any emerald eyeliners and this one is amazing. It's very smooth, easy to work with and pigmented. I just picked up the brown shade too. Stay tuned for a full review soon.

3) Wet n Wild Coverall Pressed Powder - My go-to face powder when I want a little more coverage or to set my liquid foundation. This powder is only $2.99 (I found on sale for $1.99) and is very smooth and doesn't oxidize (that is huge!). Read my full review for photos & swatches.

4) Essence All About Matt! - I haven't reviewed this one yet on my blog, but this little wonder was perfect for the hot & humid summer months. It absorbed shine without adding excess powder. This blot powder also comes with me for touch ups for long days & special events. Essence has a been a great brand find for me this year!

5) Jouer Matte Moisture Tint - The best tinted moisturizer I have ever tried. I'd say it's more coverage that you would typically get, but still looks very natural on the skin. I did a full post raving on this product, you can read my review here.

6) Sunlabs Self Tanning Micro Mist (Ultra Dark) - My favorite spray formula for self tanning. To get my sunless tan the darkest I always opt for a lotion, however sometimes with time & well laziness I prefer a spray formula. Sprays dry right away and you can work very quickly in sections. Out of all of the sprays I have tried, this one takes the cake. Very fine mist and believable dark tan. Check out my review for before and after photos too.

7) Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo Powder - I honestly don't know how I lived without this product. I never found a spray on dry shampoo I thought worked, so I pretty much gave up on them. This one not only amps up my second day hair, but it adds volume and freshness too. Here's my review on it!

8) Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle Foundation - A European cosmetic brand that I found out about from The Beauty Professor. This foundation is great in so many ways: color (they run yellow!), finish, and still looks like your skin. A full review and swatches of all of the shades will be up on the blog very soon!

9) ELF Maximum Coverage Concealer - The best $3.00 I spent on concealer all year. This one has a satin-matte texture that has been great for covering minor post blemish scars and acne. I was surprised at the pigment in this one too! My full review has swatches and photos.

10) IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness - If I could have only picked 5 things for this post, this would for sure be in there. This has honestly been a life changer in my makeup routine. It coveralls all of my redness, blotchyness and acne scars! I use it as a spot "treatment" before I put on my foundation. It makes my skin look more even, and I also don't have to use as much foundation either. I love the little kabuki brush it comes with too. Here's my full detailed review here!

What were your favorite finds of 2013? Share below! 

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