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This summer I made it my mission to find the perfect bronze cream eyeshadow. I already had Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, but to me this shade leans more taupe than bronze, a color I prefer using in fall and winter rather than the warmer months.

Next I tried NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Gold, which was a disappointment as it was a bit too sparkly for my taste and creased even with the help of a primer. I also picked up Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Bronze because I just needed it after seeing a photo from the Nude Beach campaign. Although I do quite like this one and it is very long lasting, it still was not that perfect bronze shade I was searching for (I know, I’m nuts).

One day when I was perusing my local Ulta, I came across a product I had not seen before from Rimmel London – Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Stick/Crayon. To my delight, one of the shades I reached for was Bad Girl Bronze. The bronze of my dreams. When I got home I took off the eyeshadow I was already wearing, drew Bad Girl Bronze on my lids straight from the pencil, and blended with my MAC 217 brush. TA DA! Bad Girl Bronze is the deep bronze shade I had in mind plus, it never creases and really lives up to its long-wearing claim (read: will not come off without eye makeup remover). Added bonus? Run, do not walk to your local drugstore to pick this beauty up for only $4.49!

Check back soon for a swatch!

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I had a party to go to this past weekend, so I of course wanted to try out two recent makeup purchases from MAC – All that Glitters eyeshadow and Creme Cup lipstick (I know, I know, where have I been?!). I wanted to create a smokey eye using lighter colors for summer, and I was very pleased with how the look came out, which is why I am sharing it with you today!

For my base I used my favorite foundation as of late, Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk, paired with Rimmel’s Stay Matte powder in Translucent. I then applied my eyeshadow; I like to do this step prior to applying concealer, that way if there is any eyeshadow fall-out I can clean it away. On the eyes I used my finger tips to pat Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, and then applied Le Metier’s Dualistic Eye Pencil in Tamarack to my lids using rough strokes. Next I took my trusty MAC 217 brush to buff the pencil in (it is very creamy so this doesn’t take much effort). Using the 217 brush again, I swept All that Glitters over the pencil, which created a beautiful, shimmery taupe color. To finish off the eyes I used my Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen to create a thin line on my upper lash line, and then applied two coats of Maybelline’s the Rocket Volum’ Express Waterproof mascara to both top and bottom lashes.

Next I swept Diorskin Nude Tan bronzer in 002 in the hollows of my cheeks and on my temples, and tapped Le Metier’s Creme Fresh Tint for Lip and Cheek in Mystique right on the apples of my cheeks. This is the point at which I concealed using Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind concealer, and finished with a light dusting of powder overtop. 

Finally (whew!), I applied Creme Cup to my lips directly from the tube, and softened the look by pressing the lipstick into my lips with a fingertip. 

 

 
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I am one of those unlucky girls who has thin hair that requires regular washing. Even when I wash my hair at night, I would still feel a bit uneasy about leaving my house the following morning without another shampooing. This is why dry shampoo is my new best friend! I have tried many, and today I bring you three of the very best out there.

Furterer Paris: This stuff is pure magic. Magic in a dark green bottle. I found out about this brand when I was researching dry shampoos online, and I am sure glad I did. This product does not leave any weird white residue (I had this problem with Tresemme), adds volume, and leaves hair shiny and not the least bit weighed down. Furterer is more expensive than drugstore brands at $24, but in my opinion it is well worth the extra cash.  

Redken Powder Refresh: Another great find that absorbs oil and doesn’t leave white residue behind (I rhymed! hah..I’m lame). The 3.4oz bottle is $17.99, which is a better buy than Furterer’s 3.2oz. I still prefer Furterer’s product because I can go two days without shampooing when I have that handy, but Redken’s Powder Refresh is a close second.

got2b Dry Shampoo: Head over to the drugstore for this $5.99 bottle (with 4.3oz of product!!). This stuff is great for when you’re low on cash, however, I do find that it weighs hair down a bit. Despite this drawback, I’d prefer it any day to Tresemme’s formula. 

Which brand of dry shampoo do you prefer?

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I feel like makeup enthusiasts are always on the hunt for the best peachy-pink blush (or at least I am!). Today I bring you three peachy-pink blushes – one high end (*cough*, Tom Ford, *cough*), one in the mid-range, and one from the good ol’ drugstore.

Tom Ford’s Frantic Pink: A beautiful pinky-peach (more pink than peach) with gold shimmer running through it. There really isn’t anything bad I can say about this blush except for its price tag – $56, eek! It’s quite an investment, but the quality is there. It is so finely milled, easy to blend (read: NEVER patchy) and lasts all day. Great for an everyday look, and can easily be paired with any type of eye/lip look you’re going for.

Mac’s Immortal Flower: This one is definitely more peach than pink, but still just as gorgeous at $21. Very good color pay-off with this blush as well, but doesn’t last quite as long as Ford’s. I think this blush is perfect for summer, as it looks great with a tan and really does an amazing job at warming up the face.

NYX’s Pinched: A true peachy-pink with gold shimmer running through it, this blush is a STEAL at $5.99. NYX products are usually hit or miss, but this gorgeous powder blush is most definitely a hit. Definitely a bit harder to blend, but this isn’t anything a decent blush brush can’t fix!

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