we heart this http://weheartthis.com Los Angeles Lifestyle and Beauty Blog, Makeup Reviews and Swatches, Fashion, DIY Projects and more Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:24:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 The Newest Must Have Beauty Products for Summer 2014 http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/25/the-newest-must-have-beauty-products-for-summer-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-newest-must-have-beauty-products-for-summer-2014 http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/25/the-newest-must-have-beauty-products-for-summer-2014/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:00:43 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=121943

Glam Summer Beauty Board 2014 Summer’s in full swing. Have you changed up your beauty routine in its honor? It’s the perfect time to experiment with a brighter blush, tousled waves, a glossier lip or an upgraded version of a...

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Glam Summer Beauty Board 2014

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Summer’s in full swing. Have you changed up your beauty routine in its honor? It’s the perfect time to experiment with a brighter blush, tousled waves, a glossier lip or an upgraded version of a staple. As a member of the Glam Beauty Board, we got a peek at some must have beauty products that will do just that, and more!

So grab a cold bev and get ready to meet some new favorites…

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First things first, there’s one thing I do every year that just signifies summer to me – buy a brand new razor! That first zip of it across my legs is like the equivalent of a checkered flag being waved. Summer…GO.

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If the Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor ($12.99) wasn’t in this box, it most likely would have been the one I picked for myself. I’ve been wanting to upgrade to 5 blades for a while now. I mean, why wouldn’t you want more blades?! Especially one that’s developed for a closer shave and minimal irritation.

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It boasts 8 times more glide boosters than most razors. Those are the moisture strips that make for a smooth zip, and this razor is loaded with them (the whole outer green border and the top blue strip.)

Pair it with the dye and fragrance free Gillette Satin Care Ultra Sensitive Shave Gel ($4) for the smoothest summer legs you can imagine.

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Another summer must have for me is a pop of popsicle-like color. Estee Lauder Pure Color Cheek Rush ($30) delivers. I got to try X-Pose Rose, a bright raspberry pink.

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They describe the consistency as “cellophane” and that exactly right. Its sheer and bright gel formula allows your skin to shine through, leaving a matte (but not dry) burst of buildable color on your cheeks. So summery!

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Lip product junkie that I am, I have fallen HARD for Bite Beauty BB for Lips ($24). Much like BBs for your skin, this BB for lips is a multi-tasker too. It adds shine, feels moisturizing like a balm, primes lips for lipstick (should you choose) and protects them with an SPF 15. Oh, and it smells gorgeous; like a lemon cupcake!

Tawny is a sheer, light and warm red, and Natural is clear.

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But perhaps the area where I change things up the most in the warm months is my hair. Flat irons get banished to the cabinet, only to be replaced by beach sprays and cute accessories that do double duty to keep hair out of my face.

I love the VERB Sea Spray ($14). It gives me tons of texture with minimal crunch. The light summery scent lingers in my waves too. A few spritzes through my dry hair with the adorable chevron-printed Remington Soft Hairband ($5.29) to hold back my bangs, and I look like I just spent a day at the beach rather than the office.

But one product I need regardless of season is a good leave-in conditioner. My dyed locks demand a detangler in all temps! The Alterna Caviar Replenishing Moisture Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray ($30) smells clean and slightly lemon-y, and hydrated my dry hair to the point that I didn’t even need another styling product in it. (Almost unheard of for my hair!)

I’ll fill you in on the details on the other products as I try them, but I definitely found some new faves to heat up my summer! we heartsters, anything appeal to you?

Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.
skin tone: NC 25/30
skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea
favorite beauty product: high end skincare and lip products

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Jouer Little Black Dress -Swatches and Review Every chic and stylish woman needs basics. Basics, like a little black dress, are classic pieces that stand the test of time, and are still cool among the sea of changing fashions. Being...

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Every chic and stylish woman needs basics. Basics, like a little black dress, are classic pieces that stand the test of time, and are still cool among the sea of changing fashions. Being a Gemini, I am drawn to wild, stand out pieces, and am lacking where basics are concerned. I have a purple faux fur, pink Manolo Blahniks, and enough shadow colors for a peacock, but ask me for a basic black pump or a LBD, and I have nothing for ya!

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This is why I need more Jouer Cosmetics in my life. Jouer is the little black dress of makeup. (They even have a palette to prove it; Little Black Dress but we will get into that in a minute.) Founder Christina Zilber believes make-up should be “classic and effortless, enhancing a woman’s natural beauty, never overpowering it.” This line has all the basics and perfect colors every woman needs to have a classic makeup wardrobe.

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Each color is soft and timeless and will enhance any woman’s natural beauty. Even better is each eye shadow, blush and lip gloss can be ‘clicked’ together to make your own customizable palette. And clicked apart for use or travel. How ingenious!

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With my need for an everyday look, I was thrilled to try Jouer’s Little Black Dress ($68). The palette is ‘easy elegance at its best’. The palette has four products – two shadows, a blush and a lip gloss – that can be used as individuals, or fit together to create an easy to carry, do-it-all palette. So, I could complete various looks with these four products!? Nice.

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LBD comes with a Pink Champagne, a pinkish nude eye shadow, Licorice, an inky black shadow, plus a soft (fits everyone) blush in Rose and a matching lip gloss in Divine.

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The color payoff on the shadows and blush is luxe and long-wearing. The gloss is subtle and glides on nicely with a handy doe foot applicator. Each product has some snaps, or slides on the other product to neatly fit together in a nice palette.

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I already had Jouer’s Praline, a shimmery shadow I use daily as a highlighter which I eagerly snapped onto my foursome as well. The packaging is sturdy, and SO innovative as it snaps or slides together.

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As a Gemini, the Jouer line may just have what I am looking for – timeless basics for a chic look that I can customize to fit my changing needs! I love versatility in a product, and being able to create your own palette by simply clicking together my favorite shades. I look forward to adding to my palette pieces just like I would a timeless wardrobe!

Readers – have you ‘clicked’ with Jouer yet? What are your favorite products?

photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC25/30 skin tone

Stephanie was born in France and travels there every year to visit her mom and relatives. She now lives Stateside with her two kitties; Winston and Pippa. Makeup is her passion (she worked as a makeup artist for Laura Mercier), she also loves to cook, do artsy stuff and garden.

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The Kitchen Cosmetician: Oatmeal http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/22/kitchen-cosmetican-diy-oatmeal/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kitchen-cosmetican-diy-oatmeal http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/22/kitchen-cosmetican-diy-oatmeal/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:00:53 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=121906

What’s the deal with oatmeal as a DIY beauty ingredient? As a Kitchen Cosmetician, I am always exploring beauty myths, legends and folklore – so you know I am an avid label reader too. Lately I’ve noticed a plethora of...

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What’s the deal with oatmeal as a DIY beauty ingredient?

As a Kitchen Cosmetician, I am always exploring beauty myths, legends and folklore – so you know I am an avid label reader too. Lately I’ve noticed a plethora of products include that breakfast staple: oatmeal. I decided it was time to explore this not-so-favorite of mine.

As a child I felt like an oatmeal bath was more of a punishment than a spa treatment. (Not that I had idea what a spa treatment was.) But my opinion may have been clouded under flu, fever and other illness so I decided to test this DIY staple as a (spa-loving) adult.

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Oatmeal is a simple and humble ingredient found in many pantries. It is not considered sexy, exotic or cutting edge. Nobody is bragging they ate it or did anything with it. Yet, If you read labels oatmeal is in more beauty items than you would think – especially those labeled calming, soothing and/or natural.

I started out at the bulk section on my local grocery store where I stocked up for my oatmeal adventure. Next I got out my Magic Bullet and ground it into a fine powder.

Fun Fact: Did you know finely ground oatmeal is called colloidal oatmeal? I shake my head when I think of various makeup counters and spas trying to talk me into something because it has colloidal oatmeal.

Right on cue, I happened to get an allergy flare-up and felt itchy all over. I figured this was a good as time as any to try out the oatmeal bath. I took one cup of “colloidal oatmeal” and added it to my hot bath water. I made sure I mixed this in the water because I did not want oatmeal clumps or worse a bathtub that needed cleaning when I was done.

I will say an advantage to having the oatmeal so finely ground is that it did mix well in the bath tub with little effort. Even better the oatmeal bath soothed my skin and reduced the irritated itchy feeling I had. I did feel better!

Tip: When you make the colloidal oatmeal considering putting one cup in individual ziplock bags. This saves time, mess and portioning.

Mom had the right idea when she “sentenced” me to an oatmeal bath as a child when I had poison ivy, a bad sunburn or chicken pox. And I continued to use this family tradition. Not two weeks after my oatmeal experiment, I came down with shingles, which is the same virus as the chicken pox. It was not pretty or glamorous just very itchy and painful. I took an oatmeal bath almost every single day for relief.

So pull the oatmeal out the next time you feel itchy: you know if it makes shingles feel better it will also great on dry chapped skin and eczema.

Pros:
Inexpensive natural solution
No side effects

Con:
A bit messy

Readers – Have you used oatmeal for any beauty related DIYs? Share your favorite uses in the comments!

Holly is a Midwestern gal living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She loves gardening, animals and is a skin care junkie. Holly is always on the quest to try something new or old and live the best life possible.
skin tone: NW 20
skin type: a true combo; normal, dry and oily
favorite beauty product: skincare

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Essie Haute in the Heat – Swatches and Review Though I look forward to it every year, most of my summer is spent looking at pictures of white sand beaches while I sit in my overly air-conditioned office and try...

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Though I look forward to it every year, most of my summer is spent looking at pictures of white sand beaches while I sit in my overly air-conditioned office and try to convince myself that having a California Club for lunch counts as “enjoying the summer.” No fear, fellow cubicle dwellers. Essie has our back with its second summer collection

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Introducing Essie Haute in the Heat; a mini collection of six shades that are just as appropriate for the beach as they are for the boardroom. (As long as your boardroom doesn’t frown on green nail polish.)

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Haute in the Heat – hot guava

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First up is Haute in the Heat’s eponymous hot pink creme. While gorgeous enough to lend its name to the collection, it’s very close to other deep, raspberry polishes, especially Essie’s own Watermelon. This was the only color in the collection that I didn’t have to apply more thickly; Haute in the Heat was nearly opaque in one coat, but all the others needed two coats to hide bald spots from a sheer but fast drying formula.

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Strut Your Stuff – cobalt aqua

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Strut Your Stuff is a bright blue creme that would be perfect for a pop of color in a boring neutral office outfit…a minor nail rebellion! I’ll put together those TPS reports with my red Swingline stapler, but I’ll have fun, super shiny nails while doing it.

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Ruffles & Feathers – peacock teal

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Ruffles & Feathers is described as a peacock teal, but I think it looks awfully similar to Emerald, Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year. This light jade has just enough neutral in it to keep it from being too bright or giving a sickly cast to your skintone.

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Roarrrrange – bold orange

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There is nothing neutral about Roarrrrange; a bright, bright orange that almost leans toward a crelly. Orange cremes tend to remind me more of pumpkins than their juicy citrus namesake, but Roarrrragnge is just sheer enough to avoid being flat and boring.

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Fierce, No Fear – cocoa mahogany

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The color of the most perfect cone of dark chocolate gelato, Fierce, No Fear is a surprisingly lovely cocoa brown. (I mean look at it – I just want to take a bite out of the bottle!) This will be a year-round favorite of mine; I can’t wait to pair it with a gold glitter topper, or as part of a reverse moon mani with a soft pink.

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Urban Jungle – alabaster orchid

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I was fully prepared to hate Urban Jungle. Described as an alabaster orchid, this looked like boring off-white in the bottle; you could maybe call it toasted marshmallow if you were feeling fancy. However, on my nails Urban Jungle picked up a classy, rosy hue that I fell in love with.

Okay, so no nail polish can substitute for cool, blue water and margaritas, but bright, fun nails can make the heat a little more bearable. You might be in Dayton when you want to be in Daytona, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pick up a little sultry and sexy color from the Essie Haute in the Heat line.

What’s YOUR summer daydream, we heartsters? Think any of these colors might help you beat the heat?

photos: Alyssa and Stef for we heart this

Alyssa is kinda geeky, kinda girly and all the way in love with her cowboy husband who can say words like, “ornery” with a straight face. She live in Texas and is working on her Masters, being a good cook and the art of looking cute in the morning AND being on time for work. Visit her blog Kind of a Mess.
skin tone: NC42
skin type: oily to normal
favorite beauty product: nail polish and mascara

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Question of the Week: Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. What do you do? Answer: This would never be a scenario in my life. I’m much too protective of my makeup to loan it out!...

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Question of the Week: Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. What do you do?

Answer: This would never be a scenario in my life. I’m much too protective of my makeup to loan it out! I gift makeup often though. And then it’s on you, homes.

Here are the links for this fine week…

Prime Beauty – is not very adept in the kitchen, but she can make BECCA’s Beach Tint Shimmering Souffle present beautifully!

Phyrra – Love Urban Decay? I share my Omen Tutorial, plus we’re giving away a ton of Urban Decay Eyeshadows! Open Worldwide.

we heart this – calling all blush addicts; Ellis Faas has something you’re going to want to see…

Beauty Junkies UniteTake a sneak peek at the newest hair color innovation from Garnier, Color Styler. Now you can rock bright, bold hair hues without the commitment or damage of traditional hair color!

Clumps of Mascara – gifted a reader with her own personal post of makeup tips from beauty bloggers!

EauMG – shares her most complimented perfumes of all time! Some of the ones that made the list will surprise you.

Gouldylox Reviews – I love you guys! Find out why and enter to win a $2000 VIP Beauty Treatment! Please enter, I really want one of you to win so you’ll tell me what a $2000 beauty treatment is like!

My Beauty Bunny – Remember how I raved about Onsen Secret last week? Try it for yourself by winning a $1000 shopping spree from my new favorite skin care line.

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

we heartsters – would you ever loan a friend your makeup?

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Tonight is a good night – simply because I ordered a pizza. You’ve got to take some joy in the little things – and I mean really, how great is it to get a piping hot, cheesy pizza delivered right...

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Tonight is a good night – simply because I ordered a pizza. You’ve got to take some joy in the little things – and I mean really, how great is it to get a piping hot, cheesy pizza delivered right to your door? I could (and would) eat pizza everyday, so this week let’s play 3 things and talk about my favorite dish!

Thick or Thin Crust? The thinner the better!
Standard Topping(s): Black olives and fresh tomatoes is my go-to duo.
Fave Place On Earth To Get A Slice: I haven’t had a slice from Bruno’s in over a decade, but it is the slice of pizza perfection I dream about. This Pennsylvania pizzeria was THE place to be on a Friday night while I was in high school – and coincidentally served well priced, absolutely delicious slices. I may have had even better tasting slices later in life in Philadelphia or New York City, but Bruno’s is the pizza I yearn for living in Los Angeles.

Your turn, we heartsters. Cut and paste the following and tell us these 3 Things!

Thick or Thin Crust?
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Fave Place On Earth To Get A Slice

Tyna, co-founder and co-editor of wht, worries about becoming a crazy cat lady, reads at least a book a week, checks in at a Flyers fan forum every morning and is forever (some say obsessively) organizing her closets and drawers.
skin tone: NW 20/25
skin type: combination
favorite beauty product: eye shadows and lip balms

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Is The Perfect Blush Just A Click Away? http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/17/ellis-faas-blush/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ellis-faas-blush http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/17/ellis-faas-blush/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:00:19 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=121845

Ellis Faas Blush – Swatches and Review Imagine a world where a perfect flush is just the click of a pen away. Imagine that perfect blush is a universally flattering pop of color with just the right amount of shimmer...

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Ellis Faas Blush – Swatches and Review

Imagine a world where a perfect flush is just the click of a pen away. Imagine that perfect blush is a universally flattering pop of color with just the right amount of shimmer that blends like a dream. Lucky for us, Ellis Faas imagined the same thing!

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As some of you may know, Ellis Faas is a photographer/makeup artist that has created a line of cosmetics that is inspired by the colors that naturally occur in the human body, delivering products that flatter each and every skin tone. The line is housed in sleek, silver bullet-like click pens (except for their compact powder and bottled foundation).

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There’s no need for separate applicators or clutter, just a need for streamlined beauty at its most luxurious. This line is a favorite of mine because it’s truly foolproof. Best of all, it’s cruelty-free. As Ellis Faas claims “these gorgeous products are only tested on supermodels.”

Tip: As with all Ellis Faas products (and most click pen cosmetics), store this point-side down. It helps cut down on the clicks needed to dispense the product, saving you time. (The more you know!)

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As a blush-o-phile (yes, I made up a word, but I’m going with it), I was excited to test two of the four shades of Ellis Faas blush ($32):

S301 – shimmering peachy nude
S302 – shimmering rosy coral

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The blush itself is the consistency of an opaque gel with a pearl-like shimmer. The applicator tip is a small brush (an update from their former slanted, sponge tip) which is really only used to deposit the blush; you use your fingers to blend it.

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I will say that I do feel their color descriptions are a tad bit off. I’m not sure if the blush appears differently on different skin tones, but I did not feel the shade descriptions truly matched the blushes. S301 is described as a “warm, dusty pink”, but it appeared to be a peachy nude with a hint of bronze on me. While S302 is described as “fresh coral”, I found that this appeared as more of a rosy nude shimmer on my pale skin.

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Both are still very natural and flattering on me. There is no discernible fragrance, which is nice as I hate anything too perfume-y. The wear time is excellent: I got a solid 5 hours on my oily skin, which is fantastic for a liquid gel formula. Also worth noting: this didn’t cause my sensitive skin to breakout. Huzzah!

Pros:

    Designed to flatter every skin tone and delivers
    The shimmer imparts an ethereal glow without being over the top
    Blends easily and then sets quickly without staining fingertips or leaving streaks on cheeks
    Extremely portable and perfect for touch ups and travel

Cons:
I wish there were more shades to choose from (four is not enough blush for this girl)
Shade descriptions are a little off

we heartsters – have any of you lovely ladies tried blush from Ellis Faas? Has anybody tried the S304 shade (Mulled Wine) and if so, do I need it? Chime in and enable me, loyal readers!

photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC25/30 skin tone

Krista resides in the middle of nowhere with her bff/hubby and a puppy that makes feral capuchins seem mellow. She has an irrational fear of ax murder, owns more than one machete for home defense/the zombie apocalypse, and goes to sleep serenaded by the sounds of the Chupagobbler, a mythical turkey beast that roams the woods around her house. Krista has been in the Bermuda Triangle twice and still hasn’t vanished. She is super proud of that.
skin tone: NW15
skin type: sensitive/oily
favorite beauty product: Blush, lots and lots of blush

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Found: An Equal Opportunity Concealer http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/15/evolutionman-conceal-treat-swatches-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=evolutionman-conceal-treat-swatches-review http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/15/evolutionman-conceal-treat-swatches-review/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:00:08 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=121822

EvolutionMan Conceal & Treat – Swatches and Review Ladies, before you pass this off as a guys-only brand, hear me out! EvolutionMan is all about sustainability, green packaging, ethical business practices and multi-tasking products with proven ingredients. All that plus...

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EvolutionMan Conceal & Treat – Swatches and Review

Ladies, before you pass this off as a guys-only brand, hear me out! EvolutionMan is all about sustainability, green packaging, ethical business practices and multi-tasking products with proven ingredients. All that plus a mid-range price point and free of testing on animals. Sounds good, right?

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They’ve produced a handful of simple but elegant and carefully thought-out skin, lip and nail products. And if that’s not enough to get you crushing hard on this brand, the founder of EvolutionMan is Marco Berardini, a world-class hairstylist, groomer and makeup artist.

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One of his hair/makeup clients was none other than BRITNEY SPEARS, and he’s currently touring South America with Jennifer Lopez. If he can hang with those ladies, you can be sure that I am more than willing to try his products. And the guys are loving EvolutionMan too – their Wash & Buff was named best Face Scrub by Men’s Health magazine, and the Conceal & Treat was featured in DETAILS magazine.

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I tested out the EvolutionMan Conceal & Treat concealer ($22), which is available in a small black matte twist up tube in three shades: Light, Medium and Medium Dark.

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The medium shade was just about perfect for my NC30ish skin. Sorry darker skinned guys and gals – there isn’t a shade for you (yet), since Medium Dark is probably about NC35-40. But if you do happen to find a shade that works for you, the Conceal & Treat concealer does exactly what it says it will do – conceal and treat!

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Beeswax, Vitamins A & E, and Green Tea Leaf extract hydrates and rejuvenates your skin and soothes irritation, while salicylic acid (2.0%) treats and prevents acne through chemical exfoliation. The formula glides easily onto skin, blends well, and then dries down nicely. It’s also formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, GMOs or triclosan.

evolution-man-conceal-treat-7Conceal and treat in light, medium and medium dark

I liked that this is creamy and very pigmented, but doesn’t feel heavy on my skin, and lasts well throughout the entire day. There’s no medicinal scent to it either. It’s small enough that you can throw it in your purse for emergency cover up situations. I also appreciate that a little bit goes a long way.

evolution-man-conceal-treat-8Conceal and treat in light, medium and medium dark – slightly blended

evolution-man-conceal-treat-9Conceal and treat in light, medium and medium dark – fully blended

I also received a few EvolutionMan samples including their Nu Noir face & body cleanser (smells masculine in a divine way and cleanses perfectly without drying), their Moisture Protect SPF 20 moisturizer (a good sunscreen for acne-prone individuals as it dries down nicely), and the Cleanse & Shave shaving cream and face wash (luxuriously rich for shaving.)

Overall, I’d say EvolutionMan has some really nice products perfect for the man in your life (or keep them all for yourself!)

we heartsters, have you ever used a product labeled for men? What did you think?

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Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. Marilyn blogs about makeup and fitness over at her blog, Lipgloss and Spandex.
skin tone: NC25
skin type: oily, acne-prone
favorite beauty product: eyeshadow

Found: An Equal Opportunity Concealer

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Get Your Polish Motor Running With Chrome Girl http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/14/chrome-girl-nail-polish-swatch-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=chrome-girl-nail-polish-swatch-review http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/14/chrome-girl-nail-polish-swatch-review/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:00:45 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=121759

Chrome Girl Nail Polish and Nail Care – Swatches and Review Sometimes, summer can send me into a minor tail-spin. The search for the perfect swimsuit to flatter, the perfect hair product to deal with humidity, the perfect facial product...

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Chrome Girl Nail Polish and Nail Care – Swatches and Review

Sometimes, summer can send me into a minor tail-spin. The search for the perfect swimsuit to flatter, the perfect hair product to deal with humidity, the perfect facial product to battle sweat and UV rays… It’s almost enough to make you miss winter. (Almost.) At the very least, I have my manicure covered with Chrome Girl.

Recently launched in February 2013 by Melissa Ravo and Jaime Boreanaz (wife to Buffy/Angel alum David Boreanaz), Chrome Girl is a 4-free polish line with on-trend colors in a long-lasting formula. While I didn’t get to test the polish at the beach (pity) I did find that they lasted at least five days with minimal chipping.

I tested six shades in the Chrome Girl line ($12 each), as well as their Melon Cuticle Oil and Genie Polish Remover.

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Salty Kisses – Bright pink coral creme

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Salty Kisses is a sweet and bright color that will appeal to any pink fan, this one included.

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Makin Waves – Cobalt blue shimmer

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Makin Waves is impossible to ignore, and my favorite of the bunch, the polish practically GLOWS.

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Tan Cheeks – Rosy toffee creme

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Tan Cheeks reminds me of the Naked 3 palette packaging; just a hint of rose in a tan base.

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Summer Storm – Deep denim blue creme

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However, it and the lovely deep Summer Storm both gave me slight staining, so a basecoat is a must.

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I Scream – Minty pastel green

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I Scream is a subtle light jade creme that gave me some trouble with application…

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Beach Undies – Bold yellow-green creme

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… as did the gorgeous and nearly neon Beach Undies.

Overall the Chrome Girl formula is a dream; I got full opacity with two coats, and only needed one for Summer Storm. But a top coat is needed if you want your polish to shine in the summer sun – while the formula was extremely quick-drying, it’s not high shine.

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The Melon Cuticle Oil ($14) helps hydrate dry cuticles and nails, with a subtle scent, almost like sun-warmed melon.

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Meanwhile Genie ($15) is genius: non-acetone remover pads that do triple duty as a paraben-free cuticle conditioner and nail strengthener. I was able to use one pad per hand to gently remove my polish, and my nails did not have that parched feeling that acetone polish leaves behind.

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I would not use this to remove polish with glitter but the hydrating powers, plus a yummy pina colada scent, make this my favorite product of Chrome Girl.

Chrome Girl may be a new line, but they have made a fan out of me. I may not be able to find the perfect swimsuit, frizz-buster or melt-proof makeup, but at least I have a great beach ready manicure!

What do you think, readers? Which Chrome Girl color screams summer to you?

photos: Alyssa for we heart this

Alyssa is kinda geeky, kinda girly and all the way in love with her cowboy husband who can say words like, “ornery” with a straight face. She live in Texas and is working on her Masters, being a good cook and the art of looking cute in the morning AND being on time for work. Visit her blog Kind of a Mess.
skin tone: NC42
skin type: oily to normal
favorite beauty product: nail polish and mascara

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The Lipstick League – week of 7.7.14 http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/12/lipstick-league-week-7-7-14/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lipstick-league-week-7-7-14 http://weheartthis.com/2014/07/12/lipstick-league-week-7-7-14/#comments Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:58:08 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=121791

Question of the Week: You can only wear one shade of lipstick for the rest of your life – name it. Answer: I really love MAC Marquise D, a nude with a hint of peach and a champagne sheen that’s...

The Lipstick League – week of 7.7.14

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Question of the Week: You can only wear one shade of lipstick for the rest of your life – name it.

Answer: I really love MAC Marquise D, a nude with a hint of peach and a champagne sheen that’s limited edition (of course) and my go to nude.

Here are the links for the week…

My Beauty Bunny – If your skin could use some moisture and pampering, you need to check out Onsen’s Milk Lotion Cleanser. Based on the skin rejuvenating powers of Japanese hot springs, this gentle wash does both beautifully!

Pink Sith – reviews the BVLGARI Omnia Coral EdT and is offering a full size one as a giveaway thanks to the folks from ShopAtHome.com. Enter Today! (US only)

Prime Beauty – loves the budget friendly Japonesque makeup brushes but did you know they have a fabulous line of color cosmetics too? Check it out!

Phyrra – shares her best Summer Hair Care Tips!

we heart this – is giving away the BPAL Pretty Deadly perfume oil collection; seven gorgeously kick ass bottles!

Clumps of Mascara – is in love with black eyeliners. Like…a lot. Here’s a list of some of her favorites.

EauMG – has a new favorite “beach” scent. Now she just needs a beach vacation to go with the fragrance!

Gouldylox Reviews – Makeup Wars is all about the best black liner. Waterlines, smudging, liquid – you name it, we’ve got the right liner!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Your turn we heartsters, you can only wear one shade of lipstick for the rest of your life – name it.

The Lipstick League – week of 7.7.14

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