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July 10, 2018

Urban Decay Born To Run Collection Review & Swatches


Urban Decay Born To Run Collection is your most wanted makeup for wherever life takes you. Whether you're a total road warrior, a weekend escapist or a staycationer—this collection has everything you need when you're Born To Run! I was not expecting any more Summer releases from Urban Decay after Beached so this was an awesome surprise! Born To Run takes us through Summer travel season, around the world, and back home with some Fall makeup vibes. Let's have a look!


First up: the all-in-one Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette ($49) lets you create nude makeup looks, add in pops of color and play with brights, no matter where you're going. With an assortment featuring 21 of-the-moment eyeshadow shades, you've got every possible eye look covered in one sleek makeup kit.


Can we talk about this gorgeous Summer packaging? The photography or UD Employee's trips is such a cool tribute and it's total Vacation worthy. This also isn't a cardboard palette. The palette is a hard plastic that is very sturdy with a spacious mirror. I will say I miss the added eyeshadow brush and eyeliner and I think for a travel palette they should have included it.


When it’s time to grab your carry-on and dash off to the next big adventure, you’ll want to pack light. Enter Born To Run, an all-in-one eyeshadow palette that has everything you need to create neutral looks, add in pops of color and play with brights, no matter where you’re going. With 21 of-the-moment shades—from jewel tones and modern neutrals to more colorful shadows—you’ve got every possible eye look covered in one sleek kit. Made from our mind-blowing formula that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color and blendability, Born To Run’s Eyeshadow shades hold tightly onto pigment that stays put.

Breakaway (warm ivory shimmer), Stranded (pale rose gold with tonal micro-shimmer), Blaze (light metallic peach with pink shift), Weekender (light neutral beige matte), Still Shot (bright peach), Riff (brown-nude matte with floating micro-sparkle), Good As Gone (deep brown with iridescent micro-shimmer)
 Hell Ride (deep fuchsia matte), Baja (burnt orange matte), Accelerate (reddish copper metallic), Guilt Trip (smoky purple shimmer), Ignite (rose gold metallic), Smog (deep coppery bronze shimmer), Wanderlust (forest green with gold micro-shimmer)
 Wildheart (bright fuchsia), Punk (red-brown matte), Double Life (metallic rust), Jet (black with deep shimmering purple shift), Drift (charcoal satin with tonal micro-sparkle), Radio (deep emerald satin), Big Sky (frosted green shimmer with iridescent micro-sparkle)


When I first saw the promo images for Born To Run I wasn't WOW'd. I am not one for colorful eyeshadow these days and the shades just didn't seem to go together very well. That all changed once I got in to this palette! The quality is exactly what we expect from UD. Rich, bold, pigmented eyeshadows that blend effortlessly. Upon first glance this palette looks warm and colorful, and it is, but the shades are surpisingly wearable and a more sophisticated take on color. It has a late Summer/Early Fall essence about it and many of these shades will take you straight in to Autumn.


My favorites were of course the top 4 peachy neutrals. Followed by the shimmering pairing of six in the bottom right hand corner. Smog is an OG from the Naked days that I couldn't live with out. I really loved Drift, Radio, Wanderlust, and Big Sky. They have a dusky smokiness to them that is beautiful. There are 16 all new shades in here which I appreciate. I did notice quite a few shades resembled the BEACHED Palette. This makes sense as it was also a Summer release. I would spend the few extra dollars for Born to Run for the extra color choices.


The perfect complement to the Born On The Run Eyeshadow Palette, these three brand-new, limited-edition shades of Vice Lipstick pair with anything from neutral to smoky and bright to sultry eye looks. With three new lip colors (a bright rose sparkle, a rich mauve-nude and a dark berry).


Born To Run Vice Lipsticks are designed to complement your everyday (and even the not-so-everyday) looks. Just one swipe provides an unbelievable laydown of color—with soft and supple texture, rich and even coverage, and long-lasting pigment.


These are not your typical Summer shades and I kind of love that. Though, I do wish they would give us coral lovers something too every once and awhile! Ready? was my favorite. The rose with mettalic pink shimmer glitters with out being gritty. I love how this looks under the cushion lipglosses for a super sparkly look! 66, a deep mauve nude and Marfa a rich egglplant berry will be fantastic come Fall.


Keep the adventurous vibes going with fun-loving shades of Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. From a reddish-brown and a dark copper to a deep green metallic, these versatile shades will pair perfectly with any bold eye look you can dream up.The best Eye Pencil ever, ever, ever! Never before has a pencil this creamy and brilliant been waterproof, too. Velvety-soft, this never-before-seen formula stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries down to a long-lasting finish that WILL NOT budge.


For pencil liner I buy nothing but the 24/7 Liners. There isn't anything better. The Born To Run Collection features three 24/7 Liners in Doublelife (reddish-brown metallic), Lucky (mettalic burnt orange), and Overdrive (deep green metallic). Both DoubleLife and Lucky are softer alternatives to black liner. They are somehwat similar, with Lucky having more copper undertones. I don't think you need both. OverDrive is the standout. It is the most gorgeous deep forest emerald green.

When it’s time to grab your carry-on and dash off to the next big adventure, be sure to lock in your look using Urban Decay’s Born To Run Travel-Size All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. Wanderlust leaves no time for touch-ups. Your endless adventures may be a blur, but your makeup shouldn’t be. Mist on this weightless spray to give your makeup serious staying power. All Nighter keeps makeup looking just-applied for up to 16 hours without melting, fading or settling into fine lines. This is my favorite makeup setting spray and I love that they made it travel size! Perfect for putting in to your carryon bag.


Born to Run is an awesome collection for wherever life takes you! While I wouldn't call this my all-in-one travel palette it has some beautiful shades to take you through Summer and in to Fall. You will want to RUN and get it!


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July 06, 2018

Get Smooth Skin for Summer with TRIA Beauty Hair Removal Laser Precision


Get permanently smooth skin this Summer with the TRIA Hair Removal Laser Precision — a slim and ergonomic wonder device designed to remove unwanted hair from smaller, more sensitive areas like the bikini line, face, and underarms.Who hates having to shave allll the time once Summer rolls around? I know I do! I have used the Tria 4x Laser in the past with great results so I was excited to get started with TRIA's new, slimmed down streamlined version!

 
At-home hair removal has never been easier. Portable, lightweight and FDA-cleared, the Hair Removal Laser Precision uses the same diode laser technology preferred by dermatologists for in-office treatments. This Tria Hair Removal Laser targets and permanently disables the hair follicle to stop hair growth on the face and body for permanent results.

Small, lightweight, and compact, the Tria Hair Removal Laser Precision is convenient to use both at-home and away, so you never have to miss a treatment. Its contoured design is perfect for small, more sensitive areas like the bikini area, underarm, and face.

Before getting started you will need to activate your device either by phone or online. Most importantly is to read over the guidelines and make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for your skin tone. Laser Precision is safe and effective on skin tones 1-4. Being as I am pretty much the palest skin tone out there, I was good to go. Take extra measure to stay out of the sun and use SPF when treating as it can make your skin more sensitive. Also, refrain from any waxing or tweezing in these areas as the hair root needs to be visible to be destroyed. Shaving is the best way to go during treatments.


Scared that it will hurt? Don't be! There are three levels to choose from low/med/high. I always treated on high and never had any pain. If you do I would recommend the Smooth Start Calming Gel. I used it with the 4x and it comes in handy on areas like the under arms and bikini line that can be a bit more sensitive.

For best results, treat the area once every 2 weeks until desired result has been reached. A good tip to remember is to always charge your TRIA up after you have used it so it will be ready to go for the next time. I designate one day a week to "me time". A day of skin masks/exfoliation, bubble baths etc. While indulging in bad t.v. I do my TRIA treatment. It's super quick, easy, and painless!

Treatment time is quick and easy on small areas like the lip, chin, and bikini line. The Laser Precision perfect for these areas because it's a lot easier to hold than the larger Tria 4x model. The downside is the battery life is a lot less. About 15 minutes. I would use this for treating small areas one at a time and the 4x for more extensive areas like the arms or legs.

I noticed results two weeks after my first treatment. Hair that was more dense was finer, less course, and growing in sparser and at a slower rate. This is similar results to what I saw with the 4x. An initial 20-30% reduction and around 70% over 3 months. It's important to remember hair doesn't just stop growing forever. It grows in cycles, so it does require continued 3 month use for best results. Being able to pop out my Tria for rogue hairs or when I want to shave less is super convenient. Use it on your upper lip or bikini line before vacation means no worries of itchy bumps/ingrown hairs from waxing or shaving. It is awesome just for the effect it has on keeping my sensitive skin from becoming irritated.

Having the power of professional laser hair removal in the palm of my hand. Literally! is fantastic. Laser Precision is easy and painless to use, not to mention it's great for on the go and storing easily on your beauty table. I will be using Tria's Hair Precision over the next few months and updating you with my results!


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June 30, 2018

Treat all your Menstrual Symptoms with Pamprin Multi-Symptom

 This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

That dreaded time of the month. Nobody wants to talk about it, but we should be! It's funny because in some imaginative universe I thought as I got older my symptoms would diminish...WRONG. Since I hit my 30's my menstrual cycle has literally been a pain. Your body is doing a lot – so it’s normal to have symptoms. Pamprin Multi-Symptom treats all menstrual symptoms: bloating, pain and cramps, and irritability – not just pain. It is a monthly favorite I couldn't be with out!

The week before I have all the classic PMS Symptoms. Emotional, hangry, cramps, bloating, weight gain, irritability, boobs hurting, backaches. I use the My Days tracker app basically to know when I will be miserable and hate everything and everyone. It really should send out alerts to everyone in your contacts. It is an onslaught of awful. But there is help!

 
Pamprin Multi-Symptom contains three active ingredients: an antihistamine to relieve irritability, a diuretic to fight against bloating and water weight gain, and a pain reliever to alleviate cramps, headaches, backaches, and muscular aches. I can gain 5 lbs. during my monthly cycle. I swear my body is like a sponge becoming a water balloon. The diuretic helps rid any water weight while the antihistamine makes me feel more pleasant and less irritable.


Pamprin Multi-Symptom goes beyond pain and treats other menstrual symptoms: bloating, cramps, and irritability. If chocolate had a counterpart, this would be it! Though, I still couldn't be with out my HALO Top and Brownie Brittle! It doesn't treat chocolate craving's and I am perfectly okay with that.
 
 
In the past I had always taken Tylenol for cramps. Pamprin Multi-Symptom has the same strength as Extra Strength Tylenol PLUS the added benefits of fighting against bloating and irritability. So you get all the benefits in one. I pick mine up right at my local Walmart.


For me, it's important to not just have a pain reliever but one specifically formulated for women. Women are tough and we endure a lot – every month. That’s why a tough, made-for-women product is needed. Our bodies go through a lot, and our significant others too!  Pamprin addresses ALL pains of PMS.



I really enjoy that there is a caffeine-free formula. I like to take this one at night so that my sleep doesn't get interrupted. With the help of Pamprin that one week every month is a lot easier to get through. There is no shame in needing a little help with getting through it. With a combination of Pamprin, hot baths, a massage, and and endless supply of chocolates what is there to complain about? We can enjoy woman hood.


Do you suffer from PMS? What steps do you take to make that time of the month more tolerable?

June 29, 2018

Say Goodbye to Unruly Hair with Hair Remedie Frizz Eliminating Towel

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I am pretty sure I have tried every product under the sun to combat my frizzy hair. It truly is at the top of my beauty frustrations! Product after product have made little difference or were to heavy on my fine, color-treated hair. When I had the opportunity to try the Hair Remedie Frizz Eliminating Towel I jumped at it! The towel is made of of a combination of jersey knit and cloth (80% Cotton, 20% Polyester) that helps hair dry quickly while eliminating frizz and damage. 


I have long heard of people using old t-shirts to dry their hair over bath towels. It makes a lot of sense as towels can be harsh and really rough up the hair cuticle. I never gave it a try though so I am really excited to see if I see a difference in my overall hair health and frizz level with Hair Remedie. 


The next generation of hair towels that works to protect your hair while drying it faster without the frizz or damage is here. This super-absorbent towel removes excess water and results in healthier hair that requires less styling and products. The outer cotton fabric protects your hair while the inner layer of ultra-absorbent cloth soaks up all the excess water. Your hair will look great every time and require less effort with better results.

It is great for all hair types and lengths, including color-treated. I have highlighted, fine, thin, medium to long hair that is naturally curly and prone to frizz. I love the Pacific Northwest, but the weather sure does a number on my hair! Hair Remedie keeps curls intact, waves stay together and straight hair doesn’t get the added frizz.


Hair Remedie is a generous 39 inches across and 25 inches wide (approximately). Large enough to dry even the longest, thickest hair. Made in the USA - Machine Washable - Dryer Friendly - No Added Chemicals. Available in 3 colors: Lavender, Onyx and Azul.


How to use:
  • For best results wash in cold water and dry on low before first use
  • Use towel to dry wet hair
  • Wrap hair or scrunch dry with towel
  • Style as usual.
My hair was a lot smoother and the breakage I have laid flatter after drying and wrapping my hair up with Hair Remedie. It also cut down on drying time. My hair air dried much faster so I didn't have to use the hair dryer for as long. Less heat damage and anything that cuts down the amount of time it takes me to get ready is golden.

I am excited to see how this towel benefits my hair over time and if my stylist notices a differences. Right now, I'm sold. With out having to add a bunch of products to my hair routine my hair felt and looked less frizztastic just from using this towel. Amazing!


Not only is Hair Remedie great for home use but also take it to the gym for the after workout shower, pool or beach side to dry wet hair. It fits great into a gym bag, suitcase or beach bag. I know I will be popping this towel in to my bag after the pool or beach all Summer!

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June 11, 2018

Urban Decay Complexion Rescue! Drop Shot, Velvetizer, & All Nighter Spray


Urban Decay has all your complexion needs covered this Summer! I will say, UD is not one that immediately comes to mind when I think skincare. They are most known for super badass get the job done and look fierce makeup That all changes now! All Nighter Setting Spray has been a mainstay in my makeup routine for years and now they have introduced a slew of other products to keep your skin looking fresh, matte, dewy, basically just fantastic looking all day long!


Drop Shot Mix-In Facial Oil ($34)
Create your own luxurious, skin-softening complexion cocktail with Drop Shot Mix-In Facial Oil. Add a shot of this oil to foundation for conditioned skin and a dewy, radiant glow. Our lightweight, nourishing oil blend helps makeup apply smoothly and blend easily, leaving skin soft, not greasy, and feeling plumped. For perfected skin, mix one drop with All Nighter Liquid Foundation, Naked Skin Liquid Makeup or Naked Skin One & Done, then apply as usual. Once you try Drop Shot as a mix-in, you’ll want to use this multipurpose oil other ways too. Wende loves to apply it under her night cream for added benefits. Drop Shot can also be worn alone for a fresh glow or under makeup as an amazing base.

Ohmygosh I love this! I did not expect to enjoy this facial oil, or have it make as big of difference as I did. One drop applied to my skin before foundation creates the most luxurious soft, luminous skin. As I get older my skin has become more dry and dull and I am always looking for ways to combat that. This made my foundation look so fresh, but did not make me greasy or oily. It feels lightweight on the skin with a fresh, herbal scent that fades quickly. Even after I had removed my makeup my skin still felt hydrated and plumped. I have combination skin and it worked beautifully and I could see it being even more beneficial to dry skin types. I do not know what they put in this stuff, but it is pure magic!

The Velvetizer Translucent Mix-In Medium ($34)
Instantly get a velvety foundation texture with The Velvetizer Translucent Mix-In Medium by Urban Decay. Just mix a dime-size amount of this product into Naked Skin Liquid Makeup (or Naked Skin One & Done) for an extra velvety feel, a matte finish, and more coverage. The Velvetizer makes it easy to instantly transform your complexion whenever you want—without disturbing the color in your other products. The result: a silky, airbrushed finish.


This powder has an ultra-fine, addictively radiant feel. Urban Decay’s high-tech formula provides a smooth, soft-focus effect for your most perfected complexion. It even doubles as a finishing powder when used alone, setting your makeup for a flawless finish. Free of oil, alcohol, and fragrances, this velvety powder comes in a gorgeous, double-walled jar with a velvet label and a highly metallized gunmetal lid debossed with the Urban Decay icon. Inside, a custom gunmetal sifter (shaped like the Urban Decay design) dispenses just the right amount of powder.


When I first saw Velvetizer I thought, oh cool a setting powder. As if UD would give us just another setting powder. No, it's a powder to mix in to your foundations to create a matte, velvet look. It can also be used as a setting powder though too. Now, I'm not one for a matte finish, but it does do what it says. Transforming any foundation in to one that is matte and velvety. I used this powder as a finishing powder and it mattified my skin well. Velvetizer is a pass for me, I found it dulled and looked chalky on my pale complexion. That could just be because I prefer a more natural, luminous look to my skin though.


All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray ($32)
 Is makeup meltdown ruining your midnight mojo? Mist on this weightless spray to give your makeup serious staying power. Developed in an exclusive partnership with SKINDINÄVIA, this groundbreaking, clinically tested formula is suitable for all skin types and features patented Temperature Control Technology. It actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep foundation, eyeshadow, blush, and concealer in place—even in hot and humid or cold and windy conditions. The result? Smoother-looking skin and vibrant makeup that lasts all day (or night) without melting, cracking, fading, or settling into fine lines.


It's no wonder All Nighter is the #1 Setting Spray. I haven't been without it in my makeup kit since it was released. A misting over my face has been how I set my makeup every time I put it on. The difference is makeup that lasts, doesn't fade, crease, or wear off as easily. It will take your makeup through the day and beyond. I passed this on to my Mom as I have multiple bottles. She always has a problem with her eye makeup running. Now, it stays put. So, this isn't just for making your foundation stay put, it will also help your eye makeup stay in place as well. How cute is the personalization? I think UD knows all of its bloggers are FAITHFUL to the Setting Spray.


All Nighter Pollution Protection Environmental Defense Setting Spray ($34)
Make your makeup last up to 16 hours AND help protect against oxidation due to pollution. All Nighter Pollution Protection mists on weightlessly to keep makeup looking just-applied, without melting, fading or settling into fine lines. Our light-as-air formula acts like a protective barrier throughout the day—to guard skin against whatever the day throws at it.

This amped up version of All Nighter gives you the same results of long-lasting fresh makeup with added pollution protection. What does that mean? It means it protects against oxidation that pollutants can cause. We all know what oxidation looks like, especially on pale skin. ORANGE. I feel like this spray works pretty identical to the original All Nighter. I will opt for this when I know I will be spending more time outdoors in the polluted high-density city areas. Setting with this spray feels great. There is no sticky feeling and it cuts down on the powdery look.


Quick Fix HydraCharged Complexion Prep Priming Spray ($32)
 Reduce the look of a late night out with this priming spray. Once you cleanse your post-party complexion, balance and reinvigorate your skin with Urban Decay’s Quick Fix Hydra-Charged Complexion Prep Priming Spray. The soothing, prep-priming spray is light enough to use throughout the day—without messing up your makeup, and it also hydrates and softens skin. Use it in the morning to prep and reawaken your skin before applying makeup. Use it at night before your treatment, or anytime you need a quick boost.

Created in an exclusive partnership with Skindinavia and inspired by the Korean water trend, this spray is even more hydrating than B6 Prep Spray. This energizing formula is versatile enough for every skin type, and it’s loaded with skin-nourishing ingredients like vitamin B3, Sepitonic™ M3, and coconut water. Treat your skin to intense moisture as you prep, prime, and balance your complexion

Quick Fix is like a cool, drink of water for the skin! I have always been a fan of Skindinavia Setting Sprays so I knew this would be another winner. Rebound refreshes your skin and adds hydration with out having to put on heavy lotions or creams. I like using this before my makeup for hydration and set with All Nighter after I'm finished. It's also a wonderful mid-day pick up for stressed, or dehydrated skin.


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