Translucents

Hello fellow make-up junkies! I want to pick up a translucent powder as I have switched to a liquid foundation but want that setting power. I could use some feedback. I have a 20% off coupon for Ulta and I am ready to splurge! What do you love/hate/recommend and why? Please include brands, skin tone and type (oily, dry, etc) along with price point and performance. Thanks!! PinkPiper

Fe-Blog-Uary Day 15 – Highlighter Smackdown

A great highlighter test! As much as I love Benefit, their highlighter shows up dark orange on my fare skin in certain lights so I cannot use it. Does anyone have a favorite highlighter they would like to share?

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When it comes to highlighters, I am not seen without it these days! It’s a life saver during the winter when your skin looks full and dry and you need a pick-me-up on your face so that you don’t look like you’re drying up rapido!

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However, is it worth getting a high end highlighter when there are so many other alternatives in the drug store? Let’s take a look at two of of my favourite highlighters which I use alternatively everyday to see which one comes out on top!

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Sleek Contour Kit in ‘Medium’ £6.49 (0.48oz)
When I first bought this product from Sleek, I got it for the brown powder for contouring however, I’ve since ditched the other side and have completely fallen in love with the highlighter that comes with it! An amazing goldy-nude powder highlighter which is so buttery and smooth to apply, that it makes your…

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The Hats of Downton Abbey, Series 4

A great blog entry about the hats of Downton! Love the 20s, don’t you?

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We’re over halfway through the fourth series here in the states, and you know what that means? It’s time for our next installment of my ongoing series “The Hats of Downton Abbey.” (Original here, men’s hats here, season three here.)

We’re thoroughly into the 1920s now, and the hats are morphing to match.

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Yup. Hats are out in the Jazz age. Not to say women aren’t wearing them to go out–they are. But the new big thing is the headband.

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Benefit Beauty

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In honor of Valentine’s day, I want to talk about the most romantic beauty line out there, my favorite beauty brand, Benefit. If you have not tried Benefit products, I would advise you to put it on your list of must-haves after payday. Please. You can go to Ulta or Sephora and at their check-out lines they have samples of Benefit’s products for under $10 (usually) so you can try them out. They are pricier than what you get at the drug store, and they are WORTH it. Here are a few favorites of mine:

Hello Flawless! SPF 15 Powder Foundation

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A wonderful foundation that is butter smooth and light

That Gal Primer

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Smells great and keeps that makeup in place

Maybe Baby Fragrance

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Smells like a dream

Erase Paste Concealer

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The BEST concealer out there

Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation

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Super light, great coverage

Bathina Body Balm

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Smells like Maybe Baby, soft and shimmer body balm

Benefit also has a great line of eyebrow products, mascara, cheek eye and lip color, and a cleansing/moisturizing line that smells and feels like heaven.

It is costly, averaging $25-30 per product, but the quality is magic. I like to purchase 1 or 2 products a month, slowly building my collection.  They have super cute packaging and everything smells divine. You won’t regret it!

PS – the company started out when an exotic dancer wanted to tint her nipples pink – yup. Their product Benetint.

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Check it out. It is now marketed as cheek and lip color, but you know what it really is. 😉

Braided Fringe and a Knotted Updo: Two New Hairstyles That Will Dominate Pinterest

Addicted to braids

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At Nanette Leopre, lead hairstylist James Pecis for Beauty.com created two different looks for her Fall 2014 show—a braided fringe style paired with wavy long locks and a knotted updo. Partly because they’re so DIY-able and partly because they look amazing in pictures, we’re sure these styles will quickly dominate Pinterest.

A “gypsy caravan traveler” was the inspiration Nanette gave James, but via literal fabric swatches, photos — even poetry — and these two hairstyles were how he translated that message. To recreate the cool braid look above, begin by prepping dry hair with Alterna Bamboo Volume 48 Hour Sustainable Volume Spray from roots to ends. Then, section by section, spray the hair with Alterna Bamboo Volume Uplifting Root Blast and blow dry with the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i to add volume. Next, spray the Alterna Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo all over…

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