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Product Review: CoverFx Contour Kit

  
Product Review: CoverFx Contour Kit (shade N Deep)
 
Product Description: This Cover FX Contour Kit features four ultra-blendable shades of the pro-contouring favorite Total Cover Cream Foundation. The Contour Kit comes in six global shades based on depth and undertone so that every skin has an ideal match, it includes a step-by-step instruction card to ensure perfect results. I swatched my shade which is N Deep. 
  
 
Packaging: It comes in a square palette with four shades which makes it really handy to carry around with you!
 
Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Silica, Synthetic Beeswax, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Cera Carnauba, Cire de carnauba), Squalane, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, Triacontanyl PVP, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Tocopherol, Tribehenin, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Bisabolol, Phytosphingosine, Ethyl Linoleate, Ethyl Linolenate, Ceramide NG, PEG-10 Phytosterol, Ethyl Oleate, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Triethoxycaprylylsilane (+/-) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288). 
 
Application: So full disclosure, when I first received the product I wasn’t exactly sure how I was suppose to use all four shades on just my one face. It was obvious what the contour color was, but I wondered why I had THREE other highlight colors. My first time applying it I only used shade 4 to contour and shade 2 for a shimmer highlight. I didn’t know how best to apply it so I just went ahead and used my fingers. My results were just ok. Flash forward to a week later, I tried the product again after “talking shop” with some makeup artists about how it could be used. This time I used a short dense foundation brush to apply it and opted to skip the foundation under it. Instead I used shade 1 to highlight under my eyes, shade 3 for spot concealer coverage, shade 4 to contour and shade 2 as a highlight. The result was surprisingly amazing!! I was able to do a full face using only one product. I’m not sure if this is how it was actually designed to be used but it works great for me! This product is now a must for me whenever I travel because I can carry one product instead of four and not have to worry about caring any liquids.
  
 
Price: $48.00
 
Rating: 4/5
I love this product and will definitely use it as a staple when I am traveling. The only thing I don’t love about this product is the way the packing starts to get a little messy the more you use it. It’s very hard not to get any makeup outside the circle of the palette, which goes against all the kindergarten lessons of not coloring outside the lines. Overall I would recommend this product. If you’re interested in trying it you can get it at Sephora
 
 
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What’s in Her Makeup Bag: Jackie of FiveTwoBeauty

As much as I love sharing my favorite beauty products, I enjoy learning about other people’s favorites just as much! Sometimes I see someone with great makeup and wonder to myself..what’s in her makeup bag?? So with that in mind I decided to start a new series interviewing real woman and the products they use the most. First up is Jackie of the beauty blog, Fivetwobeauty. Keep reading to see what product she currently keeps with her on the go.

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What type of “bag” actually makes up your makeup bag (I.e cosmetics bag, ziploc bag, items floating around the bottom of you’re purse, etc.)

I grab for a huge cosmetic bag when I know I will be out a lot throughout the week. And if I am just carrying a small purse, I grab my essentials and just stuff them in my purse.

If you had to guesstimate, how many items are currently in your makeup bag?

Without looking right now I have more than 10 items.

What are these items?

  • CoverFX concealer
  • Mally Beauty Dark Circle Corrector
  • Juicy Couture perfume sample in Hollywood Royale
  • Pacifica Coconut Water cleansing wipes
  • Bath and Body Works Pocket Bac Anti-bacterial hand gel in Vanilla Berry Sorbet
  • CLEANSE 1 facial cleansing wipe sachet
  • Inglot Felt tip eyeliner
  • Jessie’s Girl liquid liner
  • Sephora 5-pc travelling eyeshadow brush pen
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
  • Supergood Sunscreen
  • Nars satin lip pencil in Rikugien
  • OCC lip pencil in Lydia
  • ColourPop Lippie pencil in Bichette
  • Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion
  • POPSUGAR Mystery mascara sample (it was revealed this is the Benefit Roller Lash)
  • Mistura brush
    Jackies makeup bag

How often does it change?

Every few weeks. The products I have right now in my bag, I have been using for the past 3 weeks.

What’s your biggest “splurge” item?

Biggest splurge would be the Hourglass Ambient Palette. *I received a giftcard and so I didn’t hesitate and went for it!

Without a giftcard my next biggest splurge would be my Charlotte Tilburry Luxury quad Palette in Vintage Vamp and Cheek-to-Chic blush in Love Is The Drug

What’s your best “fancy frugal” item?

My best fancy frugal item would be my Marc Jacobs “The Starlet” palette and Hourglass “Dim Infusion” lighting blush which I bought from Poshmark for a really great price. *Both items I guarantee you are the real products and not imitations.


God forbid your makeup bag was lost or stolen; which item would you be most upset about losing?

I would be most upset in losing my ABH Brow Wiz pencil.
Why?

Because that is my favorite brow pencil of all time!


If you’re running late and don’t have time to do your typical makeup routine, what item do you quickly put on before running out the door?

I quickly put on some Cover FX Concealer, Mally Beauty Poreless Perfection glowing foundation then finish off by highlighting with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette and some lip balm.

Why?

I have a lot of acne scars I would like to cover up and some redness to conceal. The Ambient Lighting Palette gives back some glow to my skin which makes it look healthy even I am lacking blush or lip color.

What if anything do you think your makeup bag says about you?

I think it says I can’t leave the house without a lot of these products! I am surprised how much I do still need because in my head I thought I really can go throughout my day without a lot of the products I have in my makeup bag!

Read more about Jackie and her favorite beauty products on her blog Fivetwobeauty.com Comment below and let me know what you think about her makeup bag?!

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3 Spring 2015 Beauty Trends From SS15 Fashion Week

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Spring is officially here although winter seems to be having a few last words. To help kickstart my spring beauty looks this year I took a look back at the Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Week shows. Keep reading to see my roundup of the three biggest beauty trends sure to be loved this season.

Tamed Tresses: The middle part is a must for hair this spring. Opt for either silky sleek texture or wind blown wisps and tousled. If hair has to go up, keep it in a relaxed updo- unless it’s a tight low bun which is still a classic (think Dolce & Gabanna). Simple styles such as side braids with ruffled texture are also an option this spring.

No Makeup Makeup: Less is more, and even less is even better. Take a cue from Marc Jacobs SS15 show where models were sent down the runway practically make-up free. Vibrant skin with natural tones on eyes and lips will have people believing you really “woke up like this”.

Line by Line: To compliment your fresh face look, eyeliner is a must. Cateyes were seen on several runways during SS15. If bold color is a must, do like CUTECIRCUIT and smolder eyes with a bright turquoise, but keep lips at a natural color. For bold color, the keyword is balance; pick either the eyes or lips to pop, but not both.

 

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3 DIY Simple Ways to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Let’s face it, when you use your makeup brushes every day there comes a point when they could definitely use a little TLC. Don’t worry, no judgments here because we have all been there! Luckily, we have some simple and inexpensive tips to help restore your brushes to their former glory.

1. Our first simple and easy way to clean your favorite makeup brushes is to use a bar of soap. Of course not just any bar of soap will do, we recommend a bar of unscented Dove soap because it does not contain the harsh ingredients that other bars do and it also contains conditioners and moisturizers that will help keep the bristles of your brushes soft. Simply wet your Dove Beauty bar under the faucet and then wet the bristles of your makeup brush. Be extra careful not to totally submerge your makeup brush in water, because if you get water into the barrel of your brushes your bristles could begin to fall out. Eek! We definitely wouldn’t want that! Simply massage the bristles of your brush onto the Dove bar and gently rinse them off. Shape your brushes back into your desired shape and then lay them flat on a towel to dry overnight.

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2. If our last method didn’t quite strike your fancy, try these easy steps to get your brushes fabulous and fluffy again. Just mix 1 ½ cups warm water, 1 Tbsp. of diluted baby shampoo, and 5 drops of tea tree oil in a small dish. All you need to do is scrub off any old makeup, rinse well, shape and then lay flat to dry.

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3. Our last tip for cleaning your makeup brushes is also our simplest. Fill your sink about ¼ of the way with warm water and add Ology’s Lavender Pure Castile Multi-Purpose soap (you can easily find this product at your local drugstore). Mix the soap around with your hands until you see suds beginning to form and you’re ready to begin cleaning. Use your fingers to scrub off the makeup and then rinse well. Just like our other steps, form into your desired shape and lay flat to dry.

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With these easy steps, your brushes will be as soft and perfect as the first day you bought them. Not into DIY? You can also purchase ready made brush cleaners like the Sephora brand daily brush cleanser or this MAC brush cleanser. What you choose to do, just remember to try and deep clean your brushes at least once or twice a month to help keep your skin radiant and clear. Happy cleaning!

Comment below and let us know how you keep your makeup brushes clean?!

xoxo,

Lindsay

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7 Hair Myths That Aren’t True

Hair is as personal as it is public, that’s probably why so many women and men pay plenty of time and attention to maintaining their mane throughout their lifetime. How many times have you sat in a hairstylist’s chair and have been told conflicting hair tips? Blast your hair with cold water at the end of your wash to seal the cuticle for shiny hair, or when your hairstylist says to make sure you come back within 3 months for the next trim to promote hair growth and health. With so many opinions on hair maintenance, who knows what to believe?

We’ve compiled some hair tips that we have all heard time and time again, but after some research we have come to find these tips may not be as helpful as we thought.

Myth #1: If one gray hair is plucked, two more will grow.

If you pluck away one hair strand, only one will grow back no matter what color the hair is.

Myth #2: Regular, frequent trims will help hair grow faster.

Hair growth is based off hormones, not hair trims. Hair grows about half an inch a month whether it is cut regularly or not.

Myth #3: Wash your hair every day.

It is not necessary to wash hair everyday. In fact, washing it every day can cause natural hair oil to build up, resulting in the opposite effect.

Myth #4: Hair should be shampooed twice during one wash.

Shampooing more than once in the same shower can strip hair from its natural oils, resulting in lackluster, over burdened hair.

Myth #5: If your hair is naturally oily, skip conditioner.

Oily hair is caused by the excess production of sebum in the scalp. Using conditioner will not contribute to more oil production.

Myth #6: Sunrays don’t damage hair.

The UV rays from the sun can dry out hair causing it to feel weak. Use a hat on the beach to avoid the risk of sun burning your sensitive scalp.

Myth #7: Switch shampoos regularly to see best results.

Hair will not get used to using the same shampoo over and over again. It is not necessary to keep changing shampoo types and brands in order to maintain healthy, optimal hair. 

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5 Ways to Look Great When You’re Running Late

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We’ve all been there (some of us this very Monday), whether it’s missing your alarm, snoozing too many times or staying up too late the night before. Whatever the issue, you have only 10 minutes to get out the door and hopefully look great doing it. Don’t worry, we got you covered! Keep reading to learn five simple tips to help you look flawless quickly.

  1. Put Away the Bags: Apply a quick mix of eye cream and tinted BB cream under your eyes to help you look awake and alert. This trick will help you look fresh all day and it’s good for your skin.
  2. Tame the Mane: Look like you spent all morning working on your hair (but really only spend 30 seconds). Try spraying some dry shampoo onto the roots and mid-shaft of your hair to help remove any excess oils then pile it high into a chic top knot bun. Bonus: the dry shampoo will give it extra texture and hold so you won’t be battling fly aways all day.
  3. Rock the Latest Craze: Feeling a little adventurous? The hair trend that has been seen just about everywhere these days is the half-up top knot. This look is simple, chic and incredibly easy to master. Just take the top portion of your hair and twist into a top knot. Pull gently on the ends to create your perfect messy look and you’re ready.
  4. Play up Your Sassy Eyes: When you’re pressed for time the perfect tip to accentuate your face is to add a touch of volumizing mascara to your lashes. If you can get your mascara brush close enough to your lash line, you can even create the illusion that you had time to add eyeliner.
  5. Liven Up Your Lips: Our last quick tip is to apply a pigmented moisturizing lipstick that will complete your effortless look. My favorite way to look like I spent time on my makeup is to add a bold red lip.This pop of color is the “cherry” that tops off your quick morning routine and instantly makes your face look done.

 

xoxo,

Lindsay

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DIY ST. PATRICK’S DAY NAILS

With spring right around the corner and St. Patrick’s Day coming up, what better way to polish up your nail painting skills than with some festive, Irish-themed nails? If you’re a beginner, don’t worry. These designs are easy enough to conquer and you have the luck of the Irish in you!

1. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/15551561185878377/

For the first design, we’re going to start out with the basics. What’s St. Patrick’s Day without some shamrocks? For the base, choose any light nail polish of your choice and apply one or two layers. I prefer CHANEL’s “Frenzy”. Then, take either a tooth pick or dotting tool with any green polish to make the clover. Apply topcoat.

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2. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/63191200997488621/

For this look, apply two layers of green polish. I love Butter LONDON’s Sozzled since it’s such a beautiful green. I can’t find anything like it! Then, apply a green glitter polish onto your ring finger and using the skills you learned in the first look, add a few silver shamrocks onto your middle finger. Apply topcoat.

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3. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/70931762857319387/

For the third and final look, take green, white and gold nail polish and paint accordingly. I am loving Sephora by OPI Only Gold for me at the moment. Use a striper brush to paint horizontal lines on your index finger. To make is easier, place your hand on a table and then move your finger slowly, keeping the brush still. Then, add a four-leaf clover at the tip and apply topcoat and Voila!

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Hope you like these designs! Let us know if you try any of these shamrockin’ looks!

Product Review: Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner

Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner

 

Product Description: Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner allows you to create a bold & graphic eyeliner look with more control than a traditional liquid liner. This pen style liner with a fine brush tip applicator makes it suitable for both pros and beginners.

Packaging: I love the simple yet effective packaging for this product. The pressure suction cap keeps the eyeliner from prematurely drying out, making it last much longer.

Experience: This liner has been my Holy Grail liner for the past year and half. Through this long period of time, id like to think I’ve gone through it all with this liner- both the good and the bad. Let me tell you the good out ways the bad. Let’s start with the bad; the list is short so this shouldn’t take too long. For one, there isn’t too much product in the pen. I go through one of these bad boys in a couple months. I use it around 3-4 out of the 7 days in a week and by the end of 3 months it’s already running low. The only other negative is the steep price. Compared to other 10-15 pen style liners, coming at $20, this liner is definitely an investment. Now lets talk about all the great things this product has to offer. The color payoff is AMAZING. With one swipe it’s as dark as it needs to be. I don’t find myself constantly needing to layer product, which means my job gets done a lot quicker. Also, the fine brush tip applicator allows me to create really clean graphic lines with very little effort. Another amazing feature is how fast this product dries. There’s nothing worse than doing your liner and then accidently smudging it. Thankfully I’ve never had that problem with this liner. When it’s on it’s on. That’s not to say you can’t fix those tiny mistakes with a Q-tip and some water. The last thing would be the super trendy vinyl finish this product has. Some liquid liners tend to dry with a powdery matte finish that looks similar to heavily packed-on eye shadow. However, this liner keeps that semi-wet and shiny look all day long with a dramatic and eye-catching vinyl finish.

Interested in trying this liner? Get the Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner here. Comment below and let me know if you’ve used this liner before?!

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Zaynab
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Monthly Beauty Favorites

Feb Beauty Favorites

 

- Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation: I’ve been a fan of Bobbi Brown since college so when I was looking for a new foundation and the makeup artist suggested I try their new stick foundation I was totally game. I love that the foundation coverage is buildable and comes in a vast variety of shades for all skin tones. My shade in the foundation is 6.5 golden almond and my contour shade is 10 espresso. In general stick foundations tend to be my formula of choice. New to stick foundations? Check out my tutorial on how to apply them here.
- Benefit Roller Lash Mascara: This is the “it” mascara of the moment and I definitely see why. The benefits of this mascara (yes pun intended) go on and on. So much so that I did a whole review of only this mascara and why it’s everyone’s current fav.
Smashbox Lip Lacquer in “Off Duty”: I’m obsessed with nude lips and bold red; there is no in between in my life. So when I lost my favorite “my lips but better lipgloss” I marched myself to Sephora the next day to find a replacement. Twenty-two lipglosses later (plus some pretty sore lips) I finally found a shade in a formula that I liked.
- FAB Facial Radiance Skin pads: So you know how you’re suppose to tone your skin in between your wash and serum/moisturizer step? Well I (like most people I assume) often skip right over this step. These little pads make it quick and easy to do, all while gently chemically exfoliating your face. It’s safe for sensitive skin and reminds me of a 90’s Noxzema commercial so yea, I’d say they are pretty “fab”.
Elf Radiant Glow Primer: You guys already know all about this one (and if you don’t here’s the review). Goddess glow for $6?? What’s not to love?
Comment below and let me know if you’ve tried any of these products? What products were you loving this month?
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