Jun 12th, 13
I don’t really bother with waterproof mascaras anymore. Most of them aren’t truly waterproof, and even if they are, I always find that I don’t like the texture of them. For a girl like me who doesn’t feel “put together” unless I have mascara on, the absence of waterproof mascara in my life is a little limiting in the summer.
One of my favorite summer memories is from a trip I took to the beach last year. My friends and I took tons of photos, but every single one of us has raccoon eyes in all of our beach pictures. This year, I plan on looking amazing in my photos by using the Femme Couture “Get Waterproof” Top Coat.
It’s genius—you can use whatever mascara you want all summer long and just top it off with a clear, reliable, heavy-duty top layer before you go someplace where you’ll be in danger of getting splashed! This tiny tube is a lifesaver for vacations, pool days, or even for movie dates to see romantic tear-jerkers. It’s only available this month, so stock up!
Feb 25th, 13
Have you noticed the BB Cream craze? It’s seems like they are popping up all over!
BB Creams (the BB stands for beauty balm) have been popular in Asia for years and now are popular here in the States. These multi-tasking wonders combine skincare and cosmetics to create an all-in-one product. Have you tried one yet?
I got a chance to try the new Beyond Belief BB Cream, which is a 5-in-1 Skin Perfector. It primes, perfects, hydrates, corrects, and conceals, which really means I don’t have to use a separate moisturizer, primer, concealer, and foundation when I use it. I told you that BB Creams were multi-tasking wonders!
Not only does this save me so much time in the morning, but I love that I am able to get a smooth finish with only one layer of product! The Beyond Belief BB Cream comes in three shades: Light, Medium, and Medium-Dark. Each shade blends easily, so I was able to make it look even and blend with my skin tone. After applying, I just move on to applying my powder cosmetics.
Beyond Belief BB Cream will be in your local Sally Beauty store starting in March (that’s this Friday!), so be sure to try it out and let us know what you think about BB Cream!
Jan 15th, 13
At the beginning of a new year, we all resolve to live differently. We vow to treat ourselves better, work harder, and kick our vices to the curb. As for me, it’s day 15 and I haven’t done much yet.
One thing I have done is given myself (and my makeup routine) a makeover. I have always been a little self-conscious about my skin. Whether I wake up to find a breakout, excessive redness, or new wrinkles that have appeared out of nowhere, I am always at a loss as to how to conceal my flaws and make myself look natural. However, I have recently discovered some amazing products for creating a flawless face and a fresh, healthy glow. Femme Couture has launched a new line of products that make my routine easy and fast. Their “Get Flawless” 8-in-1 Foundation is a true gem. It saves time by acting as a primer, concealer, moisturizer, foundation, color corrector, and more. It leaves my skin looking perfect, which is really saying something. I also picked up a Bronzer/Blush Duo from their new “Velvet” collection, which comes with two perfect shades for faking some color. I finish off my look with the “Get a Glow” Finishing Powder, which gives just the right amount of subtle shimmer to highlight my non-existent cheekbones. I’ve noticed that when your skin looks good, you don’t need to put on much else! I add a little mascara and finish my morning routine in no time…and actually feel good about the way I look!
If you’re anything like me, you may not have signed up for a new gym membership yet, but maybe all you need is a little confidence to kick-start your year!
Apr 18th, 12
Have you ever heard of “The Lipstick Rule?”
What’s “The Lipstick Rule,” you ask? It’s simple. Any two shades of lipstick worn together creates a fabulous, flattering color. I don’t know why it works, but trust me when I say it’s amazing.
If I have two lipsticks I feel kind of “meh” about, I’ll try wearing them together and it’s always instant love.
What about you? Do you follow “The Lipstick Rule” and wear multiple shades of lipstick at once? What’s your favorite color combo?
Mar 28th, 12
You might have noticed that the packaging for some eye shadows state they can be used wet or dry.
Have you tried wet application of your eye shadow?
Take a look at the picture. The shadow on the left is dry, and the shadow on the right is wet. See what a difference a little water can make?
Check the packaging to make sure your eyeshadow can be used wet. We LOVE Femme Couture Mineral Effects Eye Shadow!
Wet the brush, not the eye shadow. A brush with stiff bristles is best to keep control over the application.
Run the bristles under water from the faucet. If a sink isn’t nearby, water in a cup will work fine, too.
You want a damp brush, not a wet one. Use a tissue to blot off the excess water.
Rub the brush in your eye shadow, then apply it just as you would with a dry brush. If you’re using more than one color, rinse the brush between colors.
After you’ve created your makeup masterpiece, rinse your brush thoroughly.
That’s all there is to it!
If you’ve never done this, try it and let me know what you think!
Mar 14th, 12
We know that a lot of you are huge fans of false lashes. Well, lash lovers, get excited! Ardell Professional has taken it to the next level with their new Double Up Lash collection.
Love the looks of those famous reality show sisters? Then these are for you. They’re two sets of regular false lashes on one band, and they give your eyes MAJOR oomph and twice the flair and drama, with half the effort it takes to apply two sets!
Ardell Professional Double Up Lashes are available in 6 different styles, exclusively at Sally Beauty.
Feb 6th, 12
Lately I’ve been busier than ever juggling all of the things I need to do during the week. I think we can all agree that there simply aren’t enough hours in a day. That’s why I jump at any opportunity to multi-task. Working while eating lunch, reading my emails while talking on the phone, and even applying mascara while driving —I’m guilty of them all.
One thing I don’t have to feel bad about is spending money on one of the many 2-in-1 products that seem to be everywhere lately. I’m obsessed with Femme Couture’s Get Rosie Lip and Cheek Stain Duo. This product is a true lifesaver if I’m running low on time in the morning.
Not sure if I’m alone on this, but I’ve found most other “stains” to be really difficult to use—though I’ll admit that it may have something to do with the fact that I’m the messiest/clumsiest person ever.
The idea of trying to blend a runny liquid onto my cheeks or lips before it stains (and, by the way, I’ve learned that they’re called “stains” for a reason!) is a little terrifying. That’s why this product is a nice surprise.
One side is a twist-up blush stick, the other, a lip gloss wand that perfectly applies a gel-like stain that smells delicious. The best part is that both look completely natural and last through my whole day—from running out the door for work to sweating my buns off at the gym.
Now all I need is a product that will help me sleep and burn calories at the same time!
Jan 9th, 12
Sadly, my favorite holiday of all, New Year’s Eve, has come and gone. I think one of the reasons I love it so much—aside from the champagne—is the excuse it gives me to get all dressed up and to try out some fun glitzy make-up! In my opinion, there is no way to over-do the sparkle on this special night. But just because it’s January doesn’t mean the party has to end! Here are a few ways to keep the sparkle going the whole year ‘round, regardless of your make-up style!
Dramatic: If you’re like me, you love trying out fun new make-up trends, and you’re never afraid of a little color…or sparkle. Femme Couture’s new Eye Drama Glitter Eye Pencils are just the thing for you! They come in a variety of colors (yes, even black and brown if you don’t want to get too crazy) and give you just the right amount of sparkle for a special night out. And, for the whole month of January, you can get 2 for only $5—a steal!
Unexpected: Another fun way to try out sparkle is on your lashes! It may sound a little wild, but it’s actually a pretty understated way to shake up your normal look. Try swiping on some Femme Couture Lightening Lash in “Black Tinsel” over your regular black mascara. Now go on and bat those beautiful lashes—the boys won’t know what hit ‘em!
Subtle: Over-the-top glitter not your thing? Don’t worry, there is even a way to make the most demure girl shine. Try Femme Couture Lip Luster in “Pink Sparkle”. This gorgeous light pink gloss will give you shiny, irresistible lips with just a hint of shimmer.
Aug 8th, 11
I just returned from a beautiful weekend in San Diego at the BlogHer conference. I met some truly amazing women bloggers and had the best time socializing and learning.
After finding out that I was with Sally Beauty, the first question out of everyone’s mouth was, “What’s your favorite product?” So, I decided I should do a round-up of my Top Five Favorite Sally Beauty Products.
In no particular order:
1. Ion Color Brilliance Permanent Creme Hair Color in 3G – My hair has been a lot of colors over the years, but this has to be my favorite shade. It’s shiny, has just a hint of red for warmth and makes my hair feel and look super healthy.
2. Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat - I refuse to paint my nails without this. It gives my polish a glass-like finish, dries in a snap and keeps them from chipping. I apply it every couple of days to keep my manicure looking fresh.
3. China Glaze Refresh-Mint – You know how newly engaged women constantly hold out their hand to admire their ring? That’s what I do when I wear this polish.
4. Miracle 7 Leave-in Conditioner - Now here’s a product that actually lives up to the hype. It’s ahhmazing. I love it because I have fine hair that gets weighed down easily, but needs a lot of conditioning, and Miracle 7 takes care of it.
5. Palladio Liquid Eye Liner in Black Forest - I always made a mess with liquid liner until I tried Palladio. The brush is super easy to work with and lets me draw perfect lines. Black Forest is a great color because it’s dark without being as harsh as black.
What beauty products can you not live without? Please share in the comments!
Jul 29th, 11
As a mom of three girls, I know that beach bag musts go far beyond a towel and umbrella. A perfectly lovely day at the beach can turn ugly fast when a few of these are forgotten.
Sunscreen – we cover every last inch of our bodies with it, or so we think. Sunburned lips are no picnic and can really hurt. Keep lips covered by making sure your lip balm has sunscreen. Pucker Up carries one with Aloe and SPF15 or a medicated one with SPF30.
Salt water can create some great beachy waves until you try to comb through them. Bringing a wide tooth comb and leave-in detangler helps you get through tangled hair easier and also keep hair from drying out in all the sun. I love the Plugged in Shower Comb because it has a hook to hang it from in the shower and my kids love the smell of the Beyond the Zone Last Call Leave-In Conditioner. Also make sure that any ponytail tie you use is snag free.
It’s also a good idea to bring some makeup remover wipes. Not that I expect you head to the beach with much makeup, but it is a great way to remove sunscreen at the end of the day. I generally keep a pack of the Fria Makeup Remover Towelettes in my beach bag. These have vitamin E which can help soothe and refresh skin.
So there are a few tips from a seasoned mom on how to make your trip the beach a little bit nicer. I would love to hear any other tips you may have.