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Tuesday
Jun252013

Bronzer with Cocoa Powder: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil.

How great is bronzer? I feel like I talk about it all the time, but I can't help it; I'm a bronzer girl. I have a list of my favorite bronzers, and even though I most often use drugstore bronzers, I don't turn my nose up when browsing new ones. This new bronzer from Too Faced caught my eye, or well, my nose. That's because this Chocolate Soleil Bronzer is made with real cocoa powder and it smells so good.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer Review | Beautiful Makeup Search

Chocolate Soleil is a darker medium-deep shade that is perfect for both contouring or all over bronzing because of the matte formula. I like matte bronzing formulas the best, because they look very real on the skin. I have to be careful with matte formulas though, as I've definitely tried some that look too powdery or chalky. This formula is great. I don't know if it is because it contains antioxidant rich cocoa powder or it's just the pure bronzing pigments. The color is real and natural looking.

I like to apply this bronzer with a big fluffy brush and apply it in place of powder to add a bit of a tanned look to my skin.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer Review | Beautiful Makeup Search

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer Review | Beautiful Makeup Search

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer is available for $30 at Sephora, Ulta, Macy's and toofaced.com now.

Monday
Jun242013

Makeup Wars: My Favorite Summer Manicure.

My summer manicures are always bright, but they almost always have another thing in common too - they're pink. I love pink. It works with my skin tone and it looks great on my nails. L'Oréal Paris is launching a summer collection called Colour Me Pink next month, and all of the products are in pink tones. It's as if it were made for me.

L'Oréal Paris Colour Me Pink Nail Color | Beautiful Makeup Search

The nail colors:

  • Berry Jealous!
  • Sugary Sweet
  • Taste of Romance
  • Pink Attitude
  • Rosy Macaron
  • Hella Pink

I selected two of the shades for my summer manicure so I could have an accent nail, with a bit of a design. I used Pink Attitude as the base and accented it with Sugary Sweet on my ring finger. Pink Attitude is a beautiful, creamy geranium pink-red shade; Sugary Sweet is a sheer, light pink with a subtle shimmer that is only really visible in bright light.

L'Oréal Paris Pink Attitude and Sugary Sweet | Beautiful Makeup Search

First, I applied two coats of Pink Attitude. After they were dry, I taped off (using band aids because I am such a novice and never thought of using tape, which would have given me a much more clean edge) a vertical line on my ring finger, and applied three coats of Sugary Sweet. I left that on for about 30 minutes before I removed the guides. Finally, I took a little self adhesive crystal that I had left from a craft project, and placed that on my nail with tweezers. I finished with top coat.

L'Oréal Paris Nail Art Tutorial | Beautiful Makeup Search

My summer manicure:

L'Oréal Paris Nail Art | Beautiful Makeup Search

Be sure to check out all the summer manicures that my beauty friends created.

Monday
Jun242013

Restore and Go Fresh with Dove this Summer.

It's time to lighten up and go fresh this summer when it comes to bathing. Put away those heavy, overly scented rich body washes and grab a scent perfect for summer. My suggestion? Restore - the newest fragrance addition to the Dove Go Fresh line up of products.

Dove Go Fresh Restore Collection

Imagine feeling a warm breeze brush against your skin to listening to the sound of crashing waves. Yes, summer is a time to invigorate the senses and that is just what Restore is. The Restore scent is created with a luscious blue fig and bright, floral orange blossom scent. It is designed to further inspire the senses and will leave your skin smelling and feeling delightfully fresh and hydrated all summer long.

The Restore collection includes:

  • Dove Go Fresh Restore Body Wash - $5.99
  • Dove Go Fresh Restore Beauty Bar - $4.49 for 2 bars
  • Dove Go Fresh Restore Anti-Perspirant Deodorant - $4.99

Shop for the Dove Go Fresh Restore collection at your favorite drugstore or mass retailer now.

Friday
Jun212013

Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer.

Benefit Cosmetics just added a new member to the Flawless family of products, and it is different. It's a primer. Now, a makeup primer is not different. Makeup primer is an essential product for long-lasting makeup. This primer is different because it comes in stick form. Can you believe it? Say hello to Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer.

Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer | Beautiful Makeup Search

This is the first primer that I have ever used in a stick form and I sort of cringed when I first saw it. I have a love hate relationship with makeup sticks. They are either really good or really bad. I quickly learned that this one is really good.

Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer | Beautiful Makeup Search

Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer | Beautiful Makeup Search

Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer glides over skin with ease. I simply glide it over my cheeks forehead and chin, then blend away with my fingertips. There is at least a minute or two of play time, meaning blending is really easy. It feels moisturizizing, but also has a matte feeling to it, if that makes any sense. It slightly blurs imperfections as well.

After a few minutes of wearing, I knew it was good. It is like one of those primer and perfectors in one and whether I used it with a CC Cream or foundation, both looked better than without it. At the end of the day, makeup looked great, even around my nose where I sometimes notice it fading.

The stick is good sized and I am sure I could get 5 - 6 months of use out of this, if not more. A little really goes a long way.

Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer | Beautiful Makeup Search

Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer is available at Benefit counters, Sephora and benefitcosmetics.com now. It retails for $32.00