Tuesday, July 29, 2014

total beauty: top 18 hair treatments

beautiful hair is coveted by us all, and while we take care of hair, you may be seeing all that fun in the sun is taking its toll. while there are a plethora of treatments on the market to help treat any damage you may have done, we just want to know which ones are the best, right? i know i certainly appreciate knowing what works before i make a purchase.

as you've already guessed, my favorite review site, Total Beauty, is one place i go to find fabulous, honest reviews ~ i love that they assemble those reviews into lists to help...

so, if your tresses are in need of some TLC, check out this list of some of the best products for your hair!


See which treatments revived reviewers' damaged, dry hair

18 Best Hair Treatments for Healthy Hair
This is a TotalBeauty.com Hair Care article

Sometimes, you need to give your hair a little TLC. Especially in the summer, when heat, sun and chlorine exposure can leave your hair damaged and looking a little rough. Reviewers swear by these hair treatments to reverse their summer-fried hair.


TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9.0

"It makes my hair silky, soft ... conditioned but without any oil[y] feel," writes one reviewer.


TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9.3

This treatment "does an amazing job moisturizing ... without build up," says one reviewer.


TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9.3

"Using a little bit eliminated any need to put in leave-in [conditioner] after my shower," says one reviewer.




beauty review: e.l.f. Mineral Booster Powder + Kabuki Face Brush


it's always a good day when my e.l.f. beauty bundle arrives in the mail, and for good reason: new beauty goodies!

this current bundle was themed "Birthday Best Sellers" to celebrate the brand's tenth anniversary. after going through the products, the Mineral Booster Powder {the large size, in Sheer} and Kabuki Face Brush were the two items i decided to try first…


 being a huge fan of e.l.f. brushes and the Translucent Mattifying Powder, i was beyond thrilled when i used and felt the uber-soft, fluffy brush and saw the beautiful finish the loose powder gave my skin.




the Sheer Mineral Booster can be used alone or as a setting powder to keep oil under control and leave your skin looking flawless. infused with key vitamins A, B and E, it's also free of paragons, preservatives and chemical dyes. the kabuki brush is a synthetic haired Taklon brush that can be used to apply all your favorite powders, bronzers and highlighters. use it with wet or dry products, for sheer to full coverage. :)

if you have $15 {plus tax} i highly recommend you purchase these beauties for your personal makeup collection.  

and by the way, if you're unfamiliar with the e.l.f. Beauty Bundlei suggest you take a look {it's fabulous!} and discover it for yourself. :)



i bought this; pics taken by me :)

Monday, July 28, 2014

manicure du jour: LAQA & Co. in Bobby Dazzler


hope you enjoyed a gorgeous weekend, dolls! i'm currently recovering from family vacay, a quite enjoyable time, but am definitely glad to get back to my usual routine…

on my tips at the moment is a fabulously bright and happy-making shade called Bobby Dazzler from Laqa & Co. this cheery, coral shade is certainly summer-friendly, but i can see it on my toes come winter {i do live in california after all…}.



Laqa & Co nail polishes apply beautifully, the formula is smooth, and i have yet to have an issue {i have two other polishes from them}. this particular shade is a creme, but dries to a matte finish. since i'm not the biggest fan of matte, i added a top coat {an easy fix for any matte shade}, giving me the super shiny manicure i always love.

for more info and to buy, visit laqaandco.com 




product featured sent to me for review consideration; pics taken by me :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

5 lippies i'm loving right now...

you may have noticed that it's all about the lips right now. no matter your preference, it's summer, so experimenting is completely allowed. bright, glossy, bold, matte; neutral, pink, purple, orange, red

the following lippies are fabulous and i think you would love them as well. take a look...

City Lips
these lippies are a gloss-but-better {each is actually a treatment for your lips that you can wear anytime ~ including to bed ~ for added lip-pampering benefits}! they offer high shine without stickiness and a fuller-lip look without sting. i already have naturally full lips, so i don't really see much of a difference in the plumping department, but the high shine does offer a fabulous illusion. the smell and texture are truly beautiful and, unlike some glosses, these beauties never leave my pout dried out hours later.


Palladio Herbal Lip Lacquer
these bold, bright shades you see are amazing both in color and finish. the creamy texture keeps my lips smooth, glossy and they blend beautifully with other lip products. vitamin E helps to hydrate and protect from free-radical damage while coconut and sunflower oils aid in nourishing by forming a protective layer to prevent water loss in the delicate lip area.


NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color
not quite a lipstick, not quite a gloss, these creamy lippies have a pleasant, slightly vanilla scent that delivers a gorgeous color payoff. while these aren't super long-wearing, they last longer than typical glosses. i love that the color is buildable and the crayon form makes it easy to line the lips a bit before filling them in. 


Lacqa & Co Fat Lip Pencil
this smooth, buttery lip pencil is called Lambchop {pictured with one of the brand's nail polishes called Bobby Dazzler} and  it's an overachiever! it coats lips in stunning color like a lipstick and the finish is slightly matte; it's long-wearing and is the perfect pink to suits many skintones. i love the packaging, too. fyi, all LAQA & Co's packages are designed by up and coming designers, with a percentage of the product profits going directly to the artist. love it!


Essence Longlasting Lipstick
bright shades are definitely hot for summer, but i love a low-key look year round. these shades, Dare to Be Nude and Wear Berries! are great for grab-and-go application {no mirror required!}, feel fabulous and have been uber-pampering on my lips.


what lipsticks and glosses are you loving right now?


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

hair therapy {how-to}: Tri-look Ponytail


when it comes to the standard ponytail, it's all about being creative. celebs like Jennifer Morrison, Behati Prinsloo and Iggy Azalea have taken things to another level when it comes to the standard ponytail by adding braids, some volume, texture, sometimes a fun accessory...

of course, these ladies have the help of their personal hair gurus, but thankfully, i know the fabulous Mario Russo, owner & lead stylist of Mario Russo salon in boston. he's shared with me his take on this trend, complete with step-by-step instructions {and lots of pics!} to create a gorgeous, summer-friendly, tri-look ponytail! it's totally DIY-friendly and something you can do at home.

take a look...

1. to start, curl hair with a wide-barrel curling iron or opt for a straighter yet full pony by blow drying hair with a large round brush.


2. slightly tease hair at the top of head to give the style some height.




3. on one side of the head create anywhere from 1-3 small braids, incorporating the hair along your scalp as you braid {similar to a french braid-style, you want the braids to be against your head}; secure each braid with a clear elastic to later be pulled into the pony.


4. gather hair into pony with all of the braids in it and secure with a clear hair elastic.



5. take a piece from under your ponytail, wrap around elastic and secure with a bobby pin that matches your hair color.

6. use a rat tail comb to loosen and pull up teased portion of hair that may have been flattened when you secured the ponytail.


7. use Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray just on the ponytail to make it look fuller and more textured.

8. to hold look, use Oribe Superfine Strong Hair Spray.



love it!

 remember, don’t be afraid to get creative and have fun ~ try different braid and twist variations until you feel the style is complete and chic!

if you try this ponytail, let me know! find out more about Mario Russo and the salon at mariorusso.com; for more hair inspiration and tips, follow on twitter and Facebook!




info and images courtesy of Mario Russo salon.