Los Angeles: RUSK & Nancy O’Dell Event at Ulta 8/27

RUSK Nancy O Dell ULTA Event LA August 27 2014 RSVP ALS

Join me at ULTA, Midtown Crossing, next Wednesday, August 27th for a night of beauty! Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell has partnered with RUSK and will be there for a special meet and greet. Make sure to arrive early for the chance to get your hair & makeup done! There will be refreshments, giveaways, and a RUSK gift with purchase. A portion of all the RUSK proceeds from that night will go to the ALS Division of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

RSVP to receive your free ticket to the event ASAP! Hope to see some of you then!

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Knot Genie Detangling Hair Brush Review

Knot Genie Peaceful Purple Detangling Hair Brush Review

The Knot Genie

I recently snagged The Knot Genie at an event and was really intrigued to see if it would work for my hair. I know the Tangle Teezer is essentially the same thing, and is supposed to be amazing, I just haven’t gotten around to trying it. I was a long time advocate of The Wet Brush, but as of late, I haven’t loved mine because they’re impossible to clean. So, I had high hopes for The Knot Genie!

Knot Genie Peaceful Purple Detangling Hair Brush Review 2

The Knot Genie Bristles

This fluffy cloud shaped plastic brush has 3 different lengths of plastic bristles to really help detangle hair. I use it on both wet and dry hair, as it is super gentle! I find that the different bristle lengths really aid in detangling hair. They come in a bunch of different colors, mine is a super metallic (you can even see my reflection) purple, I’m currently eyeing the coral shade…closest thing to my orange, right? The fun doesn’t stop there, they have 2 different sizes, the regular Knot Genie and the Teeny Genie- perfect for kids! I can’t recommend this enough- I’m obsessed!

The Knot Genie retails for $19.99 online, and the Teeny Genie costs $14.99.

 

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Lip Product Addict Tag! (My Favorite Lip Products)| Video

Lip Product Addict Tag Questions Amelia Liana EssieButton

Lipstick is probably my #1 beauty vice. There are so many brands, colors, and finishes, I feel like you can never have enough! Today I decided to do the Lip Product Addict Tag, which was created by 2 of my favorite beauty bloggers, Amelia Liana and Essie Button. I couldn’t keep it to one product per question, as per usual, so get ready for a long & pic heavy post!

1. Favourite balm/treatment?

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm Lemon & Chamomile Swatch Review

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm in Lemon & Chamomile

My favorite lip balm is by far the Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm. I reviewed a few scents before, but my favorite is my latest addition: Lemon & Chamomile! Seriously smells like fruit loops. These keep my lips flake-free and also have SPF 25!

I also chose Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask as a fave treatment, because I recently got it and have been using it religiously. I already reviewed it here, but it’s a great mask to put over lip balm at night, and you will wake up with it still on your lips!

2. Best eye-catching red?

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso Swatch Review

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso Swatch

One of my newest favorite reds is Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso. The color itself is just your average blue based red, but I love the formula of it. It dries ultra-matte, which is great for such a bold lip color. Because it’s matte, it lasts so much longer than a typical lipstick. I definitely want to try more shades in the future!

3. Best luxury & best drugstore?

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain 8 Orange De Chine Swatch Review

Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain in Orange De Chine Swatch

My best, and only, luxury lip pick is the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in Orange De Chine. I hoard orange lip products hardcore, as they are my trademark. And when this innovative formula came out, I splurged. Love the color & the formula is unlike anything else. Kind of sticky, but the stain stays put for a long time- minimal reapplying!

And of course, I picked 2 drugstore products, because I just couldn’t choose:

NYX Pops Butter Lipstick Swatch Review

NYX Pops Butter Lipstick Swatch

Recently I have been obsessed with NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops. It’s such a perfect neutral with a bit of a pink undertone. I love matte lips, but this formula is nice and moisturizing, which I think is a better natural look on my lips.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick Don't Blink Pink, 24 Carrot Gold, Purty Persimmon, Cherry Bomb, Vamp It Up Review

Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick

My favorite line of lipsticks at the drugstore is the Wet N Wild Megalast Lipsticks. I love the wide array of colors, and you really can’t beat the price. The formula is a cream that isn’t too slippery, so they last a really long time. Only con is that the round bullet makes it hard to apply straight from the tube…ought to use a brush! I have posts (although super old/low quality) on my 5 shades: Don’t Blink Pink, 24 Carrot Gold, Purty Persimmon, Cherry Bomb, and Vamp It Up.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick Don't Blink Pink, 24 Carrot Gold, Purty Persimmon, Cherry Bomb, Vamp It Up Swatch Review

Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick Swatches: Don’t Blink Pink, 24 Carrot Gold, Purty Persimmon, Cherry Bomb, Vamp It Up

4. Best MAC lipstick?

THIS is the hardest question, because MAC lipsticks are what got me into lipstick in the first place. It is just so satisfying to collect those trademark black bullets, and who can resist the vanilla scent. I selected my most used shade, and my favorite formulation MAC makes.

MAC Media Lipstick Swatch Review

MAC Media Lipstick Swatch

My most used shade is MAC Lipstick in Media. I love the color, as it’s the perfect burgundy for fall. It’s a satin finish, so it goes on very creamy and has a creamy finish as well. This lipstick is what prompted my burgundy obsession a couple of years ago!

But, my favorite formulation of lipstick that MAC makes, is their matte lipsticks. They unfortunately don’t have the widest color range available (can I have a matte neon orange, PLEASE?!), but the pair that I have are well loved. I like this formula best because it is a true matte on the lips, and has a silicone texture so it isn’t very drying. They are also very long lasting for a lipstick!

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick Swatch Review

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick Swatch

First off, cult favorite, MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick. I picked this up once they made it permanent, that’s how popular it was! It’s the most neon pink ever, I love it.

MAC Lady Danger Lipstick Swatch Review

MAC Lady Danger Lipstick Swatch

My latest matte shade, MAC Lady Danger lipstick, is an orangey red that Miley Cyrus has worn. That sold it for me, but orange-reds are the most flattering red on me since I have yellow undertones.

5. The most disappointing?

I have been disappointed by very few products, as I am not too picky. If it’s pretty, I generally like it. But, there are 2 products that made it onto my beauty sh*t list in the past few years.

Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lipstick in Cinnamon Kiss Swatch Review

Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lipstick in Cinnamon Kiss Swatch

When I first tried out Too Faced La Creme Lipstick in Cinnamon Kiss, I loved it! It became my go-to neutral lip. I even gave it a glowing review on here, but my opinion has changed due to faulty packaging. The tube somehow broke after only a few uses, and it is jammed in some way so that I can’t get the lipstick out. The tube won’t close all the way, either! Bummer! Loved the formula, but wouldn’t repurchase any other shades until they fix the packaging.

My other disappointment, which I have no photo of, is EOS lip spheres. Everyone loves them, but they broke my lips out in a rash of bumps. I must be allergic to them or something, because it happened both times I tested them out. I was so excited to try them when they first came out, I was so sad when I couldn’t use them! I like their shave cream, though.

6. Liner – yes or no?

Best Lip Liner Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Clear Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip 17C Swatch Review

2 Lip Liner options: clear, or lipstick-matching

I am a 100% yes lip liner person. I don’t wear it on a daily basis, but I think it’s essential for certain lip looks. I think a clear lip liner like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Anti-Feathered Clear Cosmetic Colour Pencil is the 1 lip liner everyone should have. It prevents feathering, which is definitely a concern with bold lips. I also like to wear a matching lip liner shade for my lipsticks. My favorite formula I’ve tried is Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Liner. I use shade 17C under my orange lipsticks. It lasts so long, and it’s waterproof!

7. Best gloss?

If you’ve followed my blog or YouTube channel for a while, you know I’m not a gloss lover I much prefer a matte lip- I hate that sticky feeling, and am not even super crazy about glossy lips. I’ve had to try a lot of gloss to review for my blog, and here are my 2 picks:

Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Tender Swatch Review

Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Tender Swatch

The best higher end gloss, in my opinion, is Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss. I love this formula because it is not sticky at all, it’s moisturizing, just like the name says! They have a few really pretty colors. I don’t love shimmery glosses, so I lean towards shades like Tender (my favorite, above), Peony, Monaco (lost it :( ), Malibu, and Nude. These are sheer jelly shades & more pigmented cream shades that look amazing on the lips.

NYX Butter Gloss Cherry Cheesecake Apple Strudel Angel Food Cake Swatch Review

NYX Butter Gloss in Cherry Cheesecake, Apple Strudel, Angel Food Cake

For a drugstore alternative, I chose the NYX Butter Gloss, which so many people are raving about. I have tried a lot of the shades to review, but handed them off to my sister after photographing. Right now I have Cherry Cheesecake, Apple Strudel, and Angel Food Cake. These are great pigmented glosses at a cheap price. They’re a little sticky, but it’s bearable, as they last longer.

8. Something extra!

OCC Lip Tars Pool Boy Power Plant Banjee Mannequin Review

OCC Lip Tars in Pool Boy, Power Plant, Banjee, Mannequin

My extra something, an honorable mention, if you will, are the OCC Lip Tars. They are unlike any other product on the market, and I’ve watched the brand go from a cult-favorite, to being sold in Sephora. Amazing! These are so versatile. Wear on their own, or mix your own custom color. There are wearable shades, and not-so-wearable shades to suit everyone’s personal taste. I personally am a big fan of the out-there shades, even though I don’t think I can pull them off in public!

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Mannequin, Pretty Boy, Anime, Banjee, Androgyne Stained Gloss, Beta, Power Plant, Pool Boy, Roller Girl, Black Dahlia Swatch Review

All of my lip tars…I need more!

I have quite a few lip tars (although I’d love more), and have reviewed quite a few of them. They do separate a bit over time, but you can mix them back together easily. They last for YEARS, as a little goes a long way! I have Mannequin, Anime, Pretty Boy, Banjee (discontinued), Androgyne Stained Gloss, Beta, Power Plant, Pool Boy, Rollergirl, and Black Dahlia. I always have a running wish list of more shades, because they are so fun!

Phew! That just about does it for my go-to lip products. I think this may have been my longest blog post, ever…but if you read through the whole thing-thank you! I could talk about lip products for days…I guess I technically already do?

Share your answers to these questions in the comments section! Would love to know your go-to lipstick shade!

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LUSH Shark Fin Soap Review

LUSH Shark Fin Shark Week Sea Vegetable Soap Review

LUSH Shark Fin Soap

LUSH has partnered with Discovery Channel’s Shark Week to create this super cute Shark Fin soap. Don’t worry, no sharks were harmed in the making of this lime scented sea-inspired soap. This soap isn’t just inspired by the ocean, it has sea salt and seaweed inside to help scrub and soften your skin.

I love the scent of this soap- it smells kind of like froot loops to me! The citrus scent is definitely the best one I’ve tried from LUSH. I’m not the hugest bar soap person, but this is the best I’ve tried. And, this soap helps a good cause as well. 100% of the proceeds from the purchase of this soap go to United Conservationists, a non-profit organization that supports the protection and conservation of sharks through their Fin Free movement. And besides, who could resist the super cute wavy shape with a paper shark fin on top!?

At time of posting, LUSH Shark Fin Soap is sold out online. You can find it for $5.95 at a LUSH store near you until 8/16/2014, run before they’re gone for good! Don’t forget to sign the #finfree petition to aid this cause, even if you can’t get your fins on this soap!

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July Beauty Favorites | Video

Hey guys- quick post today to share my July Favorites. I figured it was better off late than never, especially if I can’t do one for August since I’ll be in Italy in the beginning of September and may not have time to film! I tried a lot of fun products this month, share your favorites in the comments:

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder
NYX Blue Color Mascara
Avon Super Shock Brights Mascara in Royal Shock
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso
Madam Glam Nail Polish in Flirty Mood
Contouring (Reviewed NARS Contour Blush)
LUSH D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap
Beautyblender Blendercleanser Solid

 

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