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Monday
Aug192013

Makeup Wars: My Must Have Hair Tools.

I am obsessed with a great blowout. If I could have a professional blowout everyday, I would be one happy gal - with great hair. Seriously? Don't you feel better when you're rocking a beautiful bouncy blowout? Luckily, I have learned to do my own blowout at home. The key to the perfect blowout is the right tools and products.

For products, I like a product that initially smoothes my hair, as in defrizz and seals the cuticle to prevent it from fizzing in the first place. I use the original Moroccanoil Treatment for that. I also like a volumizing mousse, because I like a lot of volume and need the extra hold it gives. My current mousse of choice is Dove Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse. Finally, I need a hairspray to hold my style in place, and I only use L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray (unscented) for this finishing touch.

For tools, I need a great hair dryer and brush. The best hair dryer I have ever tried is from the famed blow dry bar, Drybar. They only do blowouts, so I trust that their tools are the best.

Must Have Hair Tools and How to Get the Perfect DIY Blowout

I use the bright yellow Buttercup Blow Dryer. This professional hair dryer has a powerful 1875 watts of power that is surprisingly quiet. It delivers a powerful airflow while being gentle on hair. It has three temperature settings, two speed settings, a self-locking Cool Shot button, and a narrow concentrator for fast styling. It is super lightweight, so my arms never get tired. My hair is dry faster with this dryer than any I have ever tested as well.

See also: My At-Home Hair Color Disaster

Along with the dryer, I depend on the Full Pint Medium Round Brush. This helps to smooth my hair while adding in big soft curls.

To aid in drying my hair in sections, I use the Drybars Hold Me Clips. These have a self-locking system that allows for large sectioning. They grip the hair gently, so I never experience pulling.

To do a great blowout at home, work in small sections. This is where the clips are essential. I usually work with seven or eight sections, but only clip off four sections at a time, on each side of my head. I dry each section at a time. I hold my hair taut with the brush making sure I point the dryer nozzle down toward the hair to seal in the cuticle. Once the section is dried, I wrap the ends around the round brush and again, pointing the nozzle down, add extra heat to the the section I am curling for about 10 seconds and then hit the cool button for about 30 seconds to lock in the curl. I move to the next section until my hair is completely dry. After all the clips are out, I curl back a few of the pieces that need more curl, again using the round brush and a quick heat/cool blow. When finished, I usually flip my head over and spray with my favorite hair spray and then flip back upright. I then just use my hands to separate some pieces and then make sure every hair is in place before I give it another mist of hairspray.

This is me after about a ten minute DIY blow out session with the Buttercup, Full Pint Brush and Hair Clips.

The hair dryer and clips can be purchased from QVC in their Drybar Blowout In-a-Box kit for $169.00. It also contains two different nozzles and an extra filter.

The Full Pint Medium Round Brush can be purchased at Sephora for $40.00.

Check out my Makeup Wars blogger friends to see their must have hair tools.

Monday
Aug192013

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara Limited Edition Collection.

Maybelline New York is putting a stylish twist on its classic Great Lash Mascara. For the month of August, they have added six limited edition shades. As we saw at New York Fashion Week, the fall season is going to include a lot of jewel tones and a lot of beautiful makeup. These limited edition mascara shades will complement that, as they are the hottest jewel toned shades themselves.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara Limited Edition Collection

The six shades:

  • Green with Envy
  • I See Blue
  • So Very Berry
  • Teal Appeal
  • Vision in Violet (not pictured)
  • Wink in Pink

Great Lash Mascara conditions, as it thickens for thick, lush lashes. Use the new shades on their own, on top of your favorite black mascara, or be subtle and just paint the tips a fun colorful shade.

See also: Great Lash Mascara is 40 Years Old

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara Limited Edition Collection available August only.l to r Green with Envy, I See Blue, So Very Berry, Teal Appeal, Wink of Pink

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara Limited Edition Collection : left to right Green with Envy, I See Blue, So Very Berry, Teal Appeal, Wink of Pink

Maybelline New York Great Lash Limited Edition Collection is available now for a suggested retail price of $6.40. It is being carried at select retailers, through the end of August only. If you find them in a store, let me know. I hit up about a dozen drugstores and all of the mass retailers in my area, but did not see the collection once.

Friday
Aug162013

Fall 2013: CHANEL Superstition Makeup Collection. 

The new CHANEL Superstition Makeup Collection is in a word - beautiful. With shades of khaki, which can be worn by everyone, and matching pairs for cheeks and lips, this one has me yearning for fall and cooler weather now.

A firm believer in luck, Gabrielle Chanel surrounded herself with her favorite charms and talismans, as much for good fortune as for inspiration. The symbols that warded off superstitious fears now serve as silent muses for an enchanting Fall makeup collection. Sumptuous khaki tones are set off by new ‘lucky charm’ duos: entrancing, shade-matched pairs for cheeks and lips.

Fall 2013: CHANEL Superstition Makeup Collection

I love makeup shades that match, and pairing up cheek and lip colors are genius, especially when you want everyone to look at your eyes. Trust me, with these shades, that is where you want the focus to be, because the quad and shadows (Gri-Gri!) are intoxicating. I can't get enough. I think the pairs provide the perfect balance and help those that have problems when selecting coordinating colors, especially when going for a bolder lip and eye.

CHANEL Superstition Makeup Collection

The collection:

LES 4 OMBRES Quadra Eye Shadow - $59.00
The metallic and khaki shades in this palette are captivating. Like I mentioned above, you want the eyes to take center stage when using a palette like this. The colors are so incredibly beautiful, no matter how you wear them.

  • Mystere - Golden Khaki, Golden Ivory, Silver Taupe, Matte Khaki 

I have been wearing Golden Ivory on my brow bone, Silver Taupe all over my lid with Golden Khaki in the outer crease. Matte Khaki is perfect as a complementary liner.

OMBRE ESSENTIELLE Soft Touch Eyeshadow - $28.50
Eyes are beautiful with these chic powder shadows in soft lavender and luminous taupe. Gri-Gri is going to be one of my all time favorites, I already know. The shimmering taupe shade reflects the light so beautifully. Pair the shades together for a soft, shimmering neutral fall eye.

  • Gri-Gri - Metallic Taupe
  • Hasard - Matte Lavender

LE BLUSH CRÈME DE CHANEL Cream Blush - $38.00
This innovative blush features a powder-cream formula made up of sheer, yet vibrant pigments. The silky texture offers a longwear satin finish that can be applied with fingertips or a brush.

  • Destiny - Golden Beige
  • Presage - Apricot
  • Revelation - Soft-shimmering Pink
  • Inspiration - Soft Blue Pink
  • Affinite - Intense Blue Pink
  • Fantastic - Burgundy

STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF Long-Lasting Eyeliner - $30.00
This smudge-proof bronze khaki eye pencil looks beautiful with the quad as well. It offers a slight bit of metallic to it, but nothing too overpowering. I love how it lasts all day with no smudging.

  • Khaki Precieux - Khaki with Bronze Tint

LE VOLUME DE CHANEL Mascara - $30.00
Lashes go bold while finishing the khaki look with this bronzed shade of khaki. I like using it with the liner, but over a base of black.

  • Khaki Bronze - Khaki with Bronze Tint

See Also: Le Volume De CHANEL Mascara Review

ROUGE COCO Hydrating Crème Lip Colour - $34.00
Delicate beige and bright apricot shades dress lips to charm. These creamy colors coordinate with the cream blushes and feel so nice on the lips.

  • Icone - Golden Beige
  • Mystique - Apricot

ROUGE COCO SHINE Hydrating Sheer Lipshine - $34.00
Soft shades of pink pair beautifully with their creme blush counterparts. Pink looks unexpectedly gorgeous with khaki. It is not a color I would have thought to pair up. You can see how beautiful in the CHANEL beauty image above.

  • Secret - Soft Shimmering Pink
  • Instinct - Soft Blue Pink

ROUGE COCO SHINE Hydrating Colour Lipshine - $34.00
In deep pink and burgundy, lips take on an intense new glow to create a similar attention grabbing look to the eyes. I like these with the Gri-Gri and Hasard shades best.

  • Rendez-vous - Intense Blue Pink
  • Esprit - Burgundy

LE VERNIS Nail Colour - $27.00
The final touch of intrigue makes the collection complete with the three new polishes. Alchimie, a gorgeous golden khaki, shade is a must have this fall.

  • Elixir - Milky Pink
  • Alchimie - Golden Khaki
  • Mysterious - Deep Khaki

Shop the CHANEL Superstition Fall Makeup Collection at department and specialty stores, as well as on chanel.com now. 

LES 4 OMBRES Quadra Eye Shadow - MystereLES 4 OMBRES Quadra Eye Shadow - Mystere

OMBRE ESSENTIELLE Soft Touch Eyeshadow - Gri-Gri and HasardOMBRE ESSENTIELLE Soft Touch Eyeshadow - Gri-Gri and Hasard

STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF Long-Lasting Eyeliner - Khaki PrecieuxSTYLO YEUX WATERPROOF Long-Lasting Eyeliner - Khaki Precieux

LE VOLUME DE CHANEL Mascara - Khaki BronzeLE VOLUME DE CHANEL Mascara - Khaki Bronze

LE BLUSH CRÈME DE CHANEL Cream Blush

ROUGE COCO Hydrating Creme Lip Colour - Icone, MystiqueROUGE COCO Hydrating Crème Lip Colour - Icone, Mystique

ROUGE COCO SHINE - Esprit, Instinct, SecretROUGE COCO SHINE - Esprit, Instinct, Secret

LE VERNIS Nail Colour - Alchimie, ElixirLE VERNIS Nail Colour - Alchimie, Elixir

Thursday
Aug152013

Getting Healthy with Nutrisystem: Week 3.

I had a stressful week. I went away three times in the past month. At the beginning of the week, the goal was to get caught up. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes at Beautiful Makeup Search. I get over a hundred emails a day - sometimes many more. (As of right now, I still have over 400 unread emails.) I need to open boxes, sort products, photograph products and try products. I have to edit the pictures and finally write about the products. I have a pile here yet to even be opened. And I need to talk to you guys! I have neglected social media. I am behind. It stresses me out.

Then things got worse.

We had a pretty big leak in our home. We thought we could dry out walls and carpet, but the carpet was just too soaked and it began to smell. Ugh. So we are tearing things up and putting in new floors. This is definitely not what I didn't want to be doing these last few weeks of summer.

On top of that, the most terrifying thing happened. My mom had a trip to the emergency room. She seemed to be okay and I thought things were under control. 36 hours later, she had to go back. You know that phone call when you know something is wrong? I was scared out of my mind when she called me because I could hear it in her voice. This time she was admitted.

Needless to say, things have been hectic and like I said, stressful. Do you ever feel like you have weeks and weeks of just one thing after another - nothing ever going right? That has been my life since June!

See also: Getting Healthy with Nutrisystem Introduction

Over the week, I have not kept to my Nutrisystem plan. Both my eating and exercise suffered. I only got in two long walks. I missed meals and planned healthy snacks that usually keep my fueled throughout the day. I didn't drink all the water that I needed to. I was not prepared. I had run out of meal bars that are normally something great to depend on in situations like this. I finally placed an order and will be keeping a few in my purse from now in, just in case. Eating healthy at the hospital cafeteria was not an option. You would think it is the healthiest place to eat, but it is not.

Learning to stay on track while having stress is something I am going to have to learn. I know it is not the end of the world. Every day is a new day and while not on track, I know I didn't over eat. So there is that! I just didn't stick to the plan. Even with the week not going my way, I reluctantly got on the scale. This week I lost 1/2 pound for a total weight loss of -8 pounds so far. I guess it goes to show that eating less does not equal more weight loss. There are a correct number of foods to eat and calories that must be consumed in order to be successful. I am hoping to do better next week and hit my one month goal of losing ten pounds. Wish me luck!

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog.

Disclosure: As part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, Nutrisystem is providing me with the Nustrisystem program, free of charge, which includes food and support, in exchange for my honest opinion of the program. No other compensation has been given. All thoughts are my own.