Today I’m going to be showing you one of the coolest skincare items I’ve tried this year, if not EVER. Dermovia’s Lace Your Face Mask is an ingenious new mask innovation. First, the mask has a lace pattern, which, looks infinitely cooler than a regular sheet mask. Also, there are built in ear and chin straps that loop over your ears to keep the mask in place- no slipping and sliding! The Calming Chamomile (which is all they have out currently) contains soothing chamomile, tahitian seawater extract, apple stem cells, squalane, and dew grass extract, which combine to form a restorative mask for all skin types.
Here’s a silly photo of me wearing the Calming Chamomile mask. This mask was really soothing & hydrating and didn’t irritate my skin at all. And, the mask stays put thanks to the handy chin/ear straps! Each mask has 30ml of serum in the package, which is enough for 2 uses! I was able to use this mask twice, and it stayed moist in between uses! Color me impressed! The mask is a bit expensive at $15 each, but you’re paying for some pricy technology and a genius idea. I look forward to seeing when they release new masks, as having one for acne prone skin would be amazing in the summer!
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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, so I wanted to provide you with some easy nail art ideas that don’t take a lot of time! In the video, learn how to recreate my 3 nail looks: gold glitter, red ombre, and graffiti x’s and o’s!
For all of these nail looks, I started with Orly Bonder as base coat, followed by 2 coats of Jessica Conch Shell, a bubblegum hot pink.
Gold Glitter Nails
I love how the chunky gold glitter flakes look. To get this look, apply a layer of clear nail polish that has a thin consistency. I used NCLA Flawless Top Coat. Then, dump on some glitter! I got mine at a trade show, but Glitties Nail Art Glitter Flakes are pretty similar. Make sure to remove any pieces that aren’t completely on your nail, and press down on the glitter to make sure there are no air pockets.
The Classic Ombré
Getting a seamless ombré is pretty hard, but with this technique and a bit of practice, it becomes a lot easier! First, decide if you want to use a synthetic brush or cosmetic sponge to apply. I think a sponge would be easier for most people. I dampened mine. Then, mix a drop of red nail polish like OPI’s Big Apple Red with a lot of clear nail polish (I used the same NCLA one as before). Brush/sponge it on the bottom 2/3rds of the nail, then mix a bit more red into the polish and repeat on the last 1/3. I also added Big Apple Red by itself to the free edge of my nail and blended it with a sponge. Definitely one of the best ombré’s I’ve done!
Graffiti X’s and O’s
Writing on nails seems so hard when you’re not a nail art expert. But, the Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pens solve all of that! I chose the black, and wrote some messy x’s and o’s on my nails. In order to get a pattern, apply xox in one row, then oxo in the next row and repeat! If you mess up, they wipe off with water before applying base coat!
Then, after the nail art is dried, I applied a thick coat of my favorite top coat Seche Vite! This is the best top coat because it dries super fast and doesn’t smudge nail art at all, leaving a gel-like shiny finish! Don’t forget to clean up any sloppy edges with some nail polish remover on q tip or angled brush!
Hope you guys loved this tutorial, and hope your Valentine’s Day is full of love!
When typing into Google “do bloggers…” each option that pops up has to do with money. One question is: “do bloggers pay taxes?”- and the answer is YES. In the past few years that I’ve been blogging I started working with brands, and then had to pay my taxes. It took me a while to wrap my head around the idea, and I thought to myself “why don’t they teach this in high school?”- good question! That’s where TurboTax comes in, and their new Absolute Zero promotion.
Like the graphic says, TurboTax Absolute Zero promises 0 hidden costs to file both federal and state taxes for the first time with TurboTax Federal Free Edition. No other company or service provides that, but this year TurboTax is opening Absolute Zero up to 60 million Americans. The main thing I love about TurboTax is that you don’t need to know anything about taxes, but can still file on your own. As both a student & self employed blogger, this is a life-saver!
TurboTax even has a page of Tax Tips for Bloggers, which I definitely recommend you to check out if you’re a blogger and make money from it. The first time I had to pay taxes was a few years ago, and my dad got me TurboTax and I was easily able to do it myself, and I was surprised at how simple it was. And now with Absolute Zero, TurboTax is making it even easier!
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If you guys know me, you know I’m a huge Miley fan. So, when I heard that MAC was partnering with Miley for Viva Glam, I was so excited! I couldn’t wait to find out what color she picked, see the advertisement, and fast forward to now and it’s finally out! Check out my video to see my first impressions & live swatches!:
As you can see, I think MAC and Miley did a great job on this lipstick and lipglass. There’s really something for everyone!
The MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick ($16) and Lipglass ($15) line features a popping hot pink hue in a buildable lipstick and disco-ball inspired lip gloss. I like how the lipstick and lipgloss aren’t completely the same, so no matter what your beauty taste is, you can find something with this duo.
Here’s what the lipstick & lipglass look like on my sassy face. Great combo, don’t you think?
Check out all that glitter! The glitter specks are both a cool toned silver and pink. Miley herself said it was inspired by a disco ball! I also like that the gloss doesn’t mess up the appearance of the lipstick- it doesn’t get streaky or anything!
The lipstick by itself, is a creamy hot pink that feels very natural. Miley said she didn’t want it to feel like a lot of lipstick, and even enlisted her little sister Noah to try it out. And, bonus: the lipstick wears amazingly because it stains!
The lipglass has a sheer pink color and is packed with that glitter. I was happy that the glitter didn’t feel gritty at all, but as usual, MAC lipglasses are pretty sticky. But, as a person who doesn’t normally love lipgloss, I didn’t think it was too sticky. This gloss is great for a pre-teen and above to wear if they can’t wear a ton of makeup, but it still spices up your look!
If you aren’t familiar, MAC’s Viva Glam line donates 100% of the proceeds to the MAC AIDS Fund which helps out those affected by AIDS. So, whether you’re a fan of Miley or not, definitely pick up one or both of these lippies, rock a bold lip, and support a great cause!
As a blogger, going to industry trade shows is always a ton of fun for me. I get to see some of my favorite brands in person, and meet with new brands to see the latest beauty releases. ISSE is a salon and spa expo where professionals in the hair, nails, and spa categories go to learn and find new product to purchase. For myself, I was there to check out and see if there are any interesting products that I could possibly review on this blog! I attended ISSE 2013, so you can check out my posts from that. Thankfully this year I did essentially no shopping, which is always a hard thing to resist! I got to hang out with some blogger buds Stephanie, Alyson, Mai, and Romy. Show their blogs some love! Anyways, here’s a peek at a few of the best brands & most exciting products that I scouted.
Glycelene is a 100% natural, organic, and vegan skin care line created by makeup artist Kim Borio. I hung out at Glycelene’s booth for quite a while and got a demo of quite a few of their products. I was super impressed by their Luxury Face Oil (I need it!), Seatox Mist, and yet-to-be released eye oil.
I also tried their No. 1 Natural Parfum oil, which is also new. It contains citrus notes such as lemon and neroli, blended with jasmine. It’s inspired by Sorrento, Italy- which was a match made in heaven for me since I stayed there for a weekend when I was studying abroad there. I received a sample size of the Rejuvenation Creme pictured above, and although I’ve only used it once- I’m already a fan! My skin was baby smooth overnight!
An exciting makeup product I tested was Cailyn Cosmetics’ Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint. These matte liquid lip colors are all the rage right now, and I think one of the biggest trends I’ve seen to start off 2015- and I’m all over it! They were kind enough to give me a shade to try, so you’ll have to wait to see my thoughts, besides the fact that I want them all & they should release a wider range of colors ASAP!
Yet ANOTHER Cailyn Cosmetics product that I found was their new Cocoon Lip Stain line. This product is unlike any other lip stain you’ve ever seen or tried! You apply the stain gel like a mask, wait 10 minutes for it to try, and then peel it off to reveal a gorgeous stain! I’m DYING to get my hands on the orange color (okay, all of them) to do a video demo for you guys.
New brand Caption Polish promises gel-like shine without the UV lamp. I was in love with their display (first picture in this post), and all of their colors are gorgeous. I had this amazing glitter polish Shizaaam! applied over my nude nails- can you say amazing? This was 1 coat, and it dried lightening fast! Definitely hoping to get my hands on some of these polishes for a review- already impressed!
Those are the main brands that I was blown away by at ISSE, but I checked out a lot more brands, but I don’t want to go on forever so I’ll keep it brief! Hover over the images to see my thoughts & click to enlarge photos.
Overall I was pretty thrilled with ISSE this year. I’m highly considering applying for a press pass for their biggest show- Cosmoprof in Las Vegas this summer! I think it would make for great networking- and who can resist Vegas?