Haircut!

Not once in my life have I feared or been nervous to get a haircut.  Not once!  However, this was different.  As I mentioned previously, I used to have short, layered hair.  Not a pixie, but it was shorter than my chin and lots or layers.  It took be years to grow out, truly, close to three years to re-shape, trim, re-shape, trim, etc.  Now that my hair was long and my bangs were exactly how I wanted, I felt secure with it.  I look in a mirror and think that I look how I should look.  But here is the thing…my ends were so dry and split.

I have a friend who slays hair.  Her hair always looks good and she just has a natural ability to style and make it look killer.  I have been picking her brain for months now on what to do with long hair and regardless of the tips my hair would still look dry.

I knew it was time.

I made the appointment with my hairstylist and committed to cutting a chunk off to freshen up and liven up my hair.  As I got closer to the day I was more and more nervous.  My hair almost became part of my identity, a security blanket.

I was being dramatic and a friend came with me.  Not kidding, lol.  I go in and talk to my hairstylist about the trim and she agreed that since we worked so hard to get my hair all grown out we shouldn’t cut too much off but that I did need a trim.

I ended up cutting about 4-5 inches off.  I am still adjusting to the shorter hair and I am not sure I love it.  But what I do know is my hair feels so healthy and light!  So that right there is worth it.  Now I have a good re-start point to grow out even more healthy hair.

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SWATCHES: Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits

Swatch time, y’all! For the full review, click here.

In short, I truly love all of these. I think they are priced fair, the wear time is amazing and the comfort is next level. The range of neutrals is perfect for anyone.

As always, let’s get the basics out of the way. I have very fair skin, so these swatches might look different on me than you. Everyone has different skin tones and lip pigmentation, which does affect how the colors will look on YOU.

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Mary Jo K – Classic and beautiful nice red that will flatter anyone.

*Website describes as: true blue red.

Posie K – a true, classic pink!

*Website describes as: dusty, mauve pink.

Dolce K – a brown nude, pulls slightly gray on me. I have read other reviews that this is a perfect nude for deeper skin tones.

*Website describes as: medium beige nude.

Koko K – this is the lightest pink nude in the line. This is going to be a favorite for me and I will be most likely getting a back up!

*Website describes as: pale, pinky nude.

Candy K – a taupe pink, another lovely neutral.  This is close to Dolce K, but pulls more pink.

*Website describes as: soft, warm nude.

Instagram: No Filter vs. Filter

Once upon a time, I was going through my pictures deleting some I didn’t need. I ran across this side by side of a selfie I took. See below for side by side of No Filter (left) vs. Filter (right).

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So, what’s the big deal with filter hate? I used a filter here because I liked how it made my hair look when I was in desperate need of a color refresh. Anyone with died red or plum hair like me knows what I mean! The struggle! I also like how it added almost that overexposed light look. I am a fan of that. I like filters, they can be fun! It’s all in art and fun anyway, right?

One thing I hardly ever put a filter on would be a product or swatch picture. Only because that taints the true nature of the product and give it a different hue then intended.

Example of a product picture:

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Example of a swatch picture:

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What are your thoughts on filters? Do you love playing around with them or go #nofilter all the time?

I like a healthy balance of both. All things in moderation, friends.

Until next time, plant nothing but love.

 

Review: Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits

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Ok, let’s just get this out of the way. The Kardashian’s are pretty polarizing: you take them or leave them. If I had to be categorized, I would fall into the leave them bucket. Of course, I have seen the show and I know of their comings and goings purely because they are everywhere. That being said, I love two things they’ve come out with:

  1. The Kimoji’s
  2. The Kylie Lip Kits

Number one is neither here nor there; so let’s just say that this app is hilarious, with the funniest little pictures. As an emoji lover, I really enjoy the middle finger the most.

Number two however, really does impact my life. This sounds dramatic, yes, but as an avid makeup lover and specifically LIPSTICK lover…this is something I am happy to say is amazing and truly unique. I know, I know…get the eye rolling out of the way. Listen, I wasn’t on the whole Kylie lip train either. She’s gorgeous, no doubt, but these kits are no joke. Let’s break them down.

**This is the review. Full swatches and dupes will be posted in another blog entry soon.**

Colors I Purchased:

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The Price

Lots of the feedback says these are over priced at $29 per kit. I totally disagree with that. In each kit you get a lip liner and a liquid lipstick. Sure, you can get cheap liquid lipsticks, but most of them run on average $18-$20, some even $24, and that is sans liner. As for the liner, you can get some good liners from $4 at the drugstore.   So one way to break that down is you are paying $20 for the lipstick and $9 for the liner. Another way to look at it is to break the cost in half. With that example you are paying $14.50 for each the liquid lipstick (pretty cheap by market standards) and $14.50 for the liner, which by the way is still $2 cheaper than the best MAC lip liner pencil. Hence, the price is reasonable, in my opinion. Again, I realize there are cheaper options, but you get what you pay for and if you love makeup these really aren’t bad. I mean, one Tom Ford lipstick alone is $52 and isn’t long-wearing…just saying!

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The Color Range

If you see the pictures (I have all but True Brown K) they are all pretty much nudes other than the Red (Mary Jo K). This is not a huge range, but this range does provide wearable colors. You could literally wear any of these colors on any day with any face. The red is also pretty neutral as far as reds go. Since it’s blue based (as opposed to orange or brown), anyone can pull this off. Just a matter if YOU feel comfortable.

Left to Right: Mary Jo K, Posie K, Dolce K, Koko K, Candy K

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The Smell

What is that smell!!! Is it cake? Fruity? Strawberry shortcake? Cake batter? I can’t place it! This does have a smell, but as soon as the product dries you can’t smell anymore. I am super sensitive to smells, so trust me on that one.

The Application

Lip Liner: A smooth application, no skips. This had a good balance of wax/oil/pigmentation for it to apply smooth and easily.

Lipstick: I used what was on the applicator; I did not have to dip in for more product. It was thinner than say, Anastasia’s, but not as this as Jeffree Star’s. This was not a mousey texture though, definitely a liquid.   When using Mary Jo K, I did have to dip in for more products for it not to look streaky.

The Comfort

Ok, now this is so odd. As soon as the lippie dried…I couldn’t feel it. I mean it almost felt like a powder had been applied to my lips. How is that possible? I have tried many different brands liquid lipsticks and none have felt this way. I am not picky w the dryness issue anyway, but this was truly unique. When you touch your lip, you feel no tackiness. These are nailing the comfort category.

The Staying Power

The first color I ever tried was Candy K. I applied the liner and lipstick and went to get dinner. We got take out and here is what I had: a salad with pecans and apples, some stolen French fries (I regret nothing!) and half a piece of chocolate cake. We finished watching a movie and when I came to brush my teeth before bed it was still on. It did fade a little in the middle but it wasn’t a choppy fade. It actually looked ok. Wear time was good and very comparable to other brands.

Final Thoughts

 Honestly, 10 out of 10! These liquid lipsticks really were comparable to Jeffree Star, Kat Von D and Anastasia Beverly Hills. I was really impressed and pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t going to order these and then read all the raving reviewed which piqued my curiosity. I have to agree with all the great reviews…these truly kick some serious ass.

Did you pick up a kit? What do you think?

**Note: I did not order the first formula, February 2016 batch was my first interaction with them.**

 

 

Makeup in a Hurry!

It was Saturday morning, my husband and I had some plans for breakfast.  Our plan was to meet them at 8:30.  Typically we wake up at 7 when we can sleep in, so we didn’t set an alarm.  Morning rolls around and I feel a nudge, “Hey…Hey…Wake-up.”  I roll to awareness to find out that we overslept!  It was 8:30… OH NO!  We quickly changed, brushed our teeth and ran out the door to meet our friends.

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I grabbed some makeup and threw it in a bag to put on in the car.  The essentials!  Here is what I ended up with.

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  • MAC Studio Fix Powder – this is simple to put on to even on the skin tone and provide some coverage at the same time.  Boom, next!
  • Anastasia Brow Definer in Chocolate – this is a great new product from her that adds shading. Since my brows are decent to being with I can quickly brush this through and define the shape.  Plus, there is a spooley on the end so it has that added bonus.  Top and set with the tinted brow gel in auburn by ABH as well.
  • NARS Eyeliner in Via Veneto – Black eyeliner for the lash line to easily plump them up and add volume.
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the bronze – Easy swipe on with your finer to add nice wash of color.
  • MAC Shroom Eye shadow– Used my pinky finger to apply to the inner corner. I almost always do this to open up the eye.
  • Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara- Finish off the look with some good lashes.
  • Anastasia Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood – Finish the look with a quick coat of this long wear, matte lipstick.

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Done!  It took only a few minutes to apply this in the car and we had a lovely time at breakfast. Now the hair?  HA!  That was a different story, went right up in a messy pony!

What are your go-to items when running late?

Until next time, plant nothing but love.

 

 

Monthly Favorites: January 2016

How is it February?!  I can’t even believe it.  January was great.  We went on a mini-vacation to Kauai, the probowl, the ballet.  Lots going on in my house!  But here’s a couple things I’ve been loving this month.

Beauty:

Cover girl Ready Set Gorgeous foundation – This foundation is great. It is lightweight and gives a really natural finish, but have noticed you can build up. I usually apply with a brush, keeping it nice and easy!

Kat Von D Tattoo Brow – I can admit that there was a learning curve with this product. I received this as a Christmas gift and truly love it. Easy to use and really define those brows for all day wear.

Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners – the picture shows a purple color but overall I’ve been into these. I use demolition a lot, it is a dark brown and is perfect for waterline a and lash lines. The purple I use to mainly add something to the bottom lash line. These are great! **Tip: check Nordstrom Rack, I have seen them there.

Household Items:

 
Essential oil in wild orange – this stuff is so tasty and refreshing to freshen up water.  I also really look forward to putting a couple drops in my water for a workout.  And the smell!  So good.

Media (book/TV/film):

 
The Revenant – yep!  Go see it! This movie was so unique, not sure I’ve ever seen anything quite like it.

Share what you’ve been loving!  Until next time, plant nothing but love.