we heart this http://weheartthis.com Los Angeles Lifestyle and Beauty Blog, Makeup Reviews and Swatches, Fashion, DIY Projects and more Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:43:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Pastel Perfection from Salon Perfect Nail Polish http://weheartthis.com/2015/04/18/pastel-perfection-from-salon-perfect-nail-polish/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/04/18/pastel-perfection-from-salon-perfect-nail-polish/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:43:43 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=127091

All that and more in The Lipstick League, week of 4.13.15 Hey chicks, peep this! (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.) It’s the spring 2015 launch from Salon Perfect Nail Polish. Sold exclusively at Walmart, these pretties will only cost you...

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All that and more in The Lipstick League, week of 4.13.15

Hey chicks, peep this! (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.) It’s the spring 2015 launch from Salon Perfect Nail Polish. Sold exclusively at Walmart, these pretties will only cost you about $4 each. Get all six and still have some money to clean up on 75% off Easter candy.

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From left, they are: Cold as Ice, Put A Ring On It, Mint Julep , Georgia Peach, Lilacking Control and Mellow Yellow. Check out the gorgeous swatches at Colores de Carol.

Ok, time for the League…

Question of the Week: What are your favorite multi-purpose makeup products?

Answer: I definitely reach for NARS The Multiple in Copacabana a lot. For eyes, cheeks, lips, even body. It’s the perfect silvery pink highlighter.

Here’s what happened this week in the beauty blogosphere…

Prime Beauty – loves it when she can find one retailer to fulfill several of her beauty needs. LATHER carries olive oil soaps, bath & body, hair care, skincare, hair care and aromatherapy!

Phyrra – Is your mascara just not cutting it for you? I’ve got 6 of the best mascaras plus application tips on how to get great lashes!

Vampy Varnish – There has been much talk of the new NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundationsince it came out, see if I liked it or not!

we heart this – check out which mascara we just crowned our Product of the Week!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber switched to Paula’s Choice skincare products for 3 weeks, here’s what happened!

Clumps of Mascara – is head over heels in love with Paula’s Choice products. Look at all of these glorious skincare products!

Gouldylox Reviews – Looking for the next great mascara? Makeup Wars asked their elite team of warriors what mascaras are the best and I’ve got the answers!

My Beauty Bunny – Your favorite spring 2015 lip product is here! Stop the world and click here to get your First Look at the Too Faced Melted Metal Lipsticks.

My Newest Addiction – Clarins has three new routines: 5, 10, 15 minute makeup. Laura shares the details on the products and don’t forget to enter the Clarins Instant Beauty giveaway!

Nouveau Cheap – Maybelline turns 100 this year and, to commemorate the occasion, they’ve released a special limited edition collection with new Baby Lips, Colorsensational Lipsticks and more.

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

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Prime Beauty – Style expert Deborah from Fabulous After 40 is a woman who has embraced her age and is ultra chic. Her motto? “I believe dressing should be fun. Life is too short to be frumpy!” She has written several books and her site is packed full of tips for fashionistas of any age.

we heartsters – what are YOUR? favorite multi-purpose makeup products?

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12 hour fragrance with Caress Love Forever http://weheartthis.com/2015/04/17/12-hour-fragrance-with-caress-love-forever/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/04/17/12-hour-fragrance-with-caress-love-forever/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:00:13 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=127101

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I’m probably the only perfume aficionado who regularly leaves the house without wearing any. Honestly, I’m so rushed most days that I’m lucky I even have pants on. So there I sit, the scentless perfume lover.

But, not anymore! Introducing the Caress® Forever Collection, the world’s first body wash with fragrance touch technology. Activated by touch, the “Fragrance Release Pearls™” deliver a burst of perfume every time you touch your skin. So, for up to 12 hours you can rub your skin to reactivate the scent for a perfumed pick me up.

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There are two scents in the collection, both with rose notes. Caress Adore Forever™ has touches of melting honey, vanilla and amber, infused with elegant petals of “Angel Face” rose. Caress Love Forever™ has my name all over it: a rich floriental sweetness blended with lush dark berries and freshly picked scarlet red rose.

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For my fellow fragrance aficionados, here are the Caress Love Forever™ notes:
Top note: Mandarin Orange and Peach
Heart note: Scarlet Red Rose, Peony and Freesia
Base note: Sandalwood and Vanilla Musk

In addition to the impressive technology, there’s an impressive name behind the collection as well. You might not know Loc Dong, but you certainly know his work. The list of perfumes he’s developed looks like a “who’s who” fashion and fragrance house directory! And now, he’s added the Caress® Forever Collection to that list.

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Both scents are “Inspired by the confident and sensual modern woman” and I can attest to that feeling. When I use Caress Adore Forever™, all I need is a quick rub of my wrists and the rich scent gives me a boost of fragrance to tackle the day.

The Caress® Forever Collection delivers long lasting fragrance for a long lasting impression. I may just start skipping my perfume on purpose!

Explore more about how to be unforgettable with @Caress. #CaressForever

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we heart this: Benefit Roller Lash review http://weheartthis.com/2015/04/16/we-heart-this-benefit-roller-lash-review/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/04/16/we-heart-this-benefit-roller-lash-review/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:00:15 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=127061

Here’s why it’s our Product of the Week… Name: Benefit Roller Lash ($24) What it does: The mascara’s Hook ‘n’ Roll brush catches even the smallest lashes to separate and lift, while the formula curls and holds them. Why we...

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Here’s why it’s our Product of the Week…

Name: Benefit Roller Lash ($24)

What it does: The mascara’s Hook ‘n’ Roll brush catches even the smallest lashes to separate and lift, while the formula curls and holds them.

Why we heart it: If you would have told me Benefit would come out with a mascara that I’d like as much as They’re Real (easily one of my top 3 favorite mascaras) – I wouldn’t have believed you. But they have, and I do!

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As with all Benefit products, the retro packaging is adorable. The rubber cap is not only comfy to hold, but it reminds me of my Grandmother’s pink plastic curlers.

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But the magic in this product is in the deceptively simple brush. A slightly curved wand with small plastic bristles (hooray for small plastic bristles, why do they even make any other kind anymore?) that hide tiny barbs that hook and grab your lashes. The other side has even tinier ones that you can use for the corners of your eyes.

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The formula is no slouch either. As it dries, your lashes curl. Skip the barbaric curler, you don’t need it!

Here’s the proof in before and after photos. I’m wearing no make-up other than the mascara (well, and some brow powder because I’m not a heathen.)

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That’s with just one quick coat of Roller Lash and nothing else. Impressive, no? If you want to get fancy, Benefit says adding a coat of They’re Real on top of Roller Lash is just like a big ol’ cherry on top.

Benefit, you complete my lashes.

we heartsters, have you tried Roller Lash yet? Share your thoughts!

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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Phytomer Oligomarine Flawless Skin Tonic Review http://weheartthis.com/2015/04/15/phytomer-oligomarine-flawless-skin-tonic-review/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/04/15/phytomer-oligomarine-flawless-skin-tonic-review/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:00:53 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=126989

Get That Ocean Glow From Your Landlocked Bathroom I’ve always been fascinated by anything with a marine theme – mermaids, seaweed, pirates – I can’t get enough of the stuff. Maybe it’s because my name was originally going to be...

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I’ve always been fascinated by anything with a marine theme – mermaids, seaweed, pirates – I can’t get enough of the stuff. Maybe it’s because my name was originally going to be Marina, but at the last minute my parents decided it would be too weird because my dad worked… wait for it… at a marina.

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Why am I telling you this random fact? Because I have a new marine-based obsession, Phytomer Oligomarine Flawless-Skin Tonic ($46).

This deceptively simple alcohol-free toner hydrates and removes dirt, oil and makeup, calms skin and diminishes inflammation. As devoted as I am to my skincare routine, toner was my least favorite (and often skipped) step – but this take-it-or-leave-it attitude changed the minute I tried Oligomarine.

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Have you ever spent a day swimming in the ocean, and marveled at the way your skin felt afterwards? It’s as if nature gives you a deep-cleaning facial, and the sea salt extracts all the impurities from your skin.

That’s the effect of Oligomarine. Not only does it whisk away traces of makeup my cleanser failed to remove, it leaves my skin soft and soothed, and a tiny bit tightened without feeling dry.

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Phytomer aims to harness the benefits of seawater on the skin by creating marine-based products using ingredients extracted through natural procedures. In other words, even if you can’t take regular dips in the ocean, Phytomer’s products can bring the ocean to you.

Phytomer Oligomarine Flawless-Skin Tonic contains a bevy of powerful ingredients such as witch hazel (purifies, tones and tightens pores), Vitamin B3 (improves texture and reduces water loss) and sea salt. EPS AMM (“Absolute Marine Matifier”) gives skin a matte effect without dryness. It works so well, I think AMM should stand for “Absolute Marine Magic.”

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I’ve been applying just a little bit on a cotton ball after washing and before moisturizing morning and evening, and my skin looks and feels extra-smooth. Although this product is recommended for oily, combination and blemish prone skin, my normal-to-dry skin is loving it. Even sensitive skin types and contact lens wearers can use Oligomarine without fear.

If you appreciate a multi-tasking product as much as I do, you’ll be happy to know that Oligomarine can also be used as a soothing aftershave and a waterproof eye makeup remover. And it has a light floral scent with an undertone of something wonderfully beach-y.

Now more than ever, I’m a believer in the power of everything marine. Maybe it’s not too late to change my name.

Readers – Are you ocean-obsessed too? And have you tried Phytomer?

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Melissa loves road trips, bargain shopping, drive-in movies, lip gloss and rock ‘n’ roll. She lives in Baltimore with her two precious pups; Zeus and Bellarina.
skin tone: NC25
skin type: dry to normal
favorite beauty product: skincare

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Pixi Fairy Dust Favourites Swatches and Review http://weheartthis.com/2015/04/15/pixi-fairy-dust-favourites-swatches-and-review/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/04/15/pixi-fairy-dust-favourites-swatches-and-review/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:00:47 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=127040

Some Sparkle for Your Inner Tinker Bell I have a little fairy in my house that loves to sprinkle fairy dust all around, casting magical spells. So when mommy got some fairy dust of her very own, in the form...

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Some Sparkle for Your Inner Tinker Bell

I have a little fairy in my house that loves to sprinkle fairy dust all around, casting magical spells. So when mommy got some fairy dust of her very own, in the form of the Pixi Fairy Dust Favorites Light Catchers collection, it made this little fairy very happy.

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Pixi by Petra was a brand I wasn’t very familiar with but quickly learned it was started by Petra Strand, who has more than 20 years of experience as a makeup artist and product developer. Founded over a decade ago, the British line infuses their products with botanicals and beneficial ingredients.

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Petra makes a variety of products, including makeup and skincare, and I had the pleasure of testing their Pixi Fairy Dust Favorites ($12), a collection of five of their best-selling loose powders, that can be used on eyes, cheeks and lips.

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What’s really cool about this collection, is not only are you getting all of the customer favorites in this set, but they are all screwed together in one unit so that you won’t lose tract of them. Really cool packaging. I love this concept because they travel well and don’t get buried in the bottom of my makeup bag.

The Fairy Dust Favorites contains five multi-use loose powders:

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Snow Sparkle – glimmery white
Gold Dust – candlelit gold nude shimmer

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Brightening Bare – medium nude sheen
Mocha Magic – warm tan shimmer

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Copper Sheen – rich metallic copper

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I love how versatile all five of the colors are too. I focused mainly on using them on my eyes. And I tried the two lighter shades on my cheek bones, as a highlighter, which worked well. You can wear them on your lips as well, though I found them a little too shimmery for my taste. I’ve never been particularly good at applying loose pigment to my lips however, so if you’ve mastered this art you might really like these color options.

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My favorite of the bunch is Brightening Bare which is a beautiful nude sheen that goes with everything. A close second was Mocha Magic which is also a really pretty warm tan.

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Pigment concentration is decent in these and while they didn’t have the staying power that some shadows do, they did last a good amount of time throughout the day. I liked that they were a little more subtle, which made them a great daytime option. You can also layer these powders to create more dimension…Gold Dust and Brightening Bare look amazing layered!

If you want to check out some Petra Products, Target carries them and you’ll be happy to know that they are very reasonably priced. (This little set is only $12 for all five which made them even more appealing to me.) I was really happy with my first experience with Petra and I’m ready to try more!

we heartsters – Are you ready to channel your inner fairy and sprinkle some Pixi dust your way?

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Erin is a secondary science teacher who adores makeup and fashion. She spends her free time pursuing her other passions which include cooking, antiquing, and decorating.
skin tone: NC30
skin type: oily to normal
favorite beauty product: lipglosses and bronzers

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Review http://weheartthis.com/2015/04/14/neutrogena-hydro-boost-gel-review/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/04/14/neutrogena-hydro-boost-gel-review/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:00:49 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=126996

Splash Some Life Into Skin With A Drugstore Must Have! As I get older, moisturizer has become my best friend. My skin just looks so much better when it’s properly hydrated. When it’s dry, it’s just…less than cute. I’m being...

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As I get older, moisturizer has become my best friend. My skin just looks so much better when it’s properly hydrated. When it’s dry, it’s just…less than cute. I’m being generous in describing it that way. It’s more like I’m the starring creature from a low-budget horror flick. True story.

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As an oily-skinned gal, you wouldn’t think I need moisture, but you’d be wrong – my aging skin manages to be both oily and less supple at the same time; it’s like I won the worst lottery ever. I find that to put my best face forward, I need a heavier cream in the colder months and a lighter moisturizer in the warmer months.

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Entering my skin care repertoire this spring is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. It’s a thin gel moisturizer that keeps you looking fresh and hydrated all day long. For those in need of a richer formula, check out the Hydro Boost Gel Cream for extra dry skin.

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Neutrogena’s latest offerings boast their latest innovation, the Progressive Release System Formula, which provides a “hydration reservoir” to keep skin balanced and fresh from the start to the finish of your day. Containing beautifying ingredients like hyaluronic acid (releases water back into the skin), olive extract (fortifies and prevents moisture loss), and glycerin (rebuilds skin’s moisture), these moisturizing gels are also both oil-free and non-comodogenic.

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My first impression is that the jar is very solid plastic – it is reminiscent of prestige brands and feels more posh than your typical drugstore moisturizer. I can’t help but wish this was also available in a pump bottle, my preference – but the jar is substantial.

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I tested the regular Hydro Boost Water Gel and inside it is just that: a water-filled gel. The icy blue gel is cool to the touch and has a good bit of slip. It has a fresh, herbal fragrance that fades after about 30 minutes. Once applied, this absorbs quickly and dries to a baby-soft finish. My pores appear smaller and my skin seems to glow more, too. YAY!

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I didn’t test it, but the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream for extra dry skin should offer the same results in a slightly heavier and creamier formula.

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My makeup applies like a dream over this – this almost acts as a light primer – which is a no-brainer since the second ingredient is dimethicone. Sadly, I have some sensitivity to dimethicone (it triggers breakouts for me), so I do find that I can only use this in the morning to keep my skin clear.

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Overall, I do feel like this really shines as a product when worn under makeup. My full face of makeup appeared much fresher well into the evening when I applied this gel beforehand. I also can’t help but wish this had some sort of spf, too – that would transform this from a great product to an amazing one.

Readers – Is anybody else out there in search of a lighter moisturizer for spring and summer? Have you tried Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gels yet? Let’s hear about it!

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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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Mad Men Musings: New Business http://weheartthis.com/2015/04/13/mad-men-musings-new-business/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/04/13/mad-men-musings-new-business/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:58:27 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=127007

If you’re a Mad Men fan, join us regularly for Mad Men Musings – a space to discuss selected highlights, low points, or just plain water-cooler worthy moments of each episode. Transactions are the name of the game this week,...

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If you’re a Mad Men fan, join us regularly for Mad Men Musings – a space to discuss selected highlights, low points, or just plain water-cooler worthy moments of each episode.

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Transactions are the name of the game this week, tying in perfectly to the episode title “New Business.” Everyone’s out to beg, barter or steal what they want, or what they feel they are owed – some returns are tangible, like money or sex, but others are more ephemeral in nature; it’s hard to put a price on dignity, or regret, or grief. Let’s see how many ways we can split this bill.

Don, Diana, and Megan: After seeing the boys, Betty and Henry, Don is reminded of the family life he no longer has. (Plus, Betty is going to pursue a Master’s degree in psychology and I really want her thesis project to be titled “Shooting the Neighbor’s Doves While Smoking: A Exploration of Marital Constraints”).

Don’s divorce to Megan is at the financial stage, and there’s aggressive lawyering going on. Megan leans on her family for support, bringing her mother and sister to NYC so they can help her pickup her clothes and furniture. My personal favorite line here is when Marie spies the wine stain on the carpet and sniffs, “It’s a wonder you don’t have syphilis!”

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This “support system” backfires a bit – Megan calls her weepy sister a “ghoul” and Marie ends up jacking ALL of Don’s furniture. We’re talking a serious “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” situation. Marie calls Roger to help foot the bill, and then she pays him back fully – in the obvious way, but in addition she is apparently leaving Megan’s father, so Roger gets a…bonus there.

Megan enters a transaction of a different kind when she meets Harry for lunch – she seems to think he has all this genius agent-y advice for her. GIRL, NO. After gushing over her beauty, Harry puts a hammy paw on her and suggests they conduct their business upstairs, in his room. Megan flatly tells him she’s not interested, calmly swills the rest of her wine, and stalks out.

She is in no mood to negotiate when meeting with Don and his lawyer to work out settlement details, but can’t help calling him out: “Why did I ever believe you…You’re nothing but a liar. An aging, sloppy, selfish liar.” Don counters by apologizing and offering her a whopping pay out via a million dollar check. That won’t buy Megan back her innocence, but damn, a million dollars? Don’s guilt is worth a fortune, apparently.

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Part of this fortune seems linked to Don’s new lover, Diana; it seems as though he wants to be free and clear to move on with her, Megan’s opposite. If Megan always seems suffused with light, Diane is shadowed and subdued. He tracks her down to the new restaurant where she waitresses and learns that she had left NYC and gone back home to Wisconsin to get a divorce. Now, she’s back, and she is drawn to Don’s darkness, capitulating to him with a casual fatalism. She’s broken and blank, a virtual bruise of a woman, and when she confides to Don that her daughter died of the flu two years ago, her darkness makes sense.

Don’s deep pull towards her makes sense, too: her sorrow emanates from her like bitter perfume, and he just can’t help but inhale. When they are in bed together, he sniffs her hair and asks what the scent is, and she says, “Shampoo. Avon…I bought it in my ranch house, with my two car garage.” Such a safe, pedestrian, American-family litany of her old life, a life that Don once had with Betty. Really, many of the Mad Men characters were pursuing that life when the series began, and now those good old days are long gone. That shampoo is a Proustian touch, almost an olfactory elegy for what life was, once upon a time.

The plot thickens, however, when Diane tells Don that she actually has a surviving daughter, a daughter that she left behind. She asks Don if he wants to know why she left her daughter, but Don says he doesn’t. And then Diane ends things: “I told you about my heart. I don’t want to feel anything else. When I was with you, I forgot about her – I don’t ever want to do that.” It’s a bit ironic that Don has been the analgesic for Diane, since it’s usually the woman providing the pain-killing power for him. Don leaves without a fight, but I get the feeling their story is not over, and I’m curious to see how this will play out.

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Peggy/Stan/Pima: So, I’ve always harbored hope that Stan and Peggy will end up together. They don’t make sense on paper, but there’s always been something there, barely glimmering, between them. Here, that something between them (haha) is Pima, an Annie Hall-ish photographer Peggy hires for a Cinzano advertisement. (Sidebar: Pima is played by Mimi Rodgers, aka the ex-Mrs. Cruise, and she is pulling some Dorian Gray realness). Pima is all about making transactions – she plays on Stan’s desire to be a talented photographer, and she attempt to ingratiate herself with Peggy, the boss of this operation.

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After seducing Stan in the darkroom, she moves on to Peggy, all “Let me take your picture.” Pegs is flustered and seemingly flattered, but as it becomes clear that Stan was also given the Pima treatment, Peggy announces that Pima is a “hustler” and that she won’t be getting any more agency jobs. It’s an interesting callback to the last episode, where Joan was objectified; here, Peggy is experiencing a variation on that theme.

Extra Musings:
* Y’all know I hate Pete, but I felt a tiny bit sorry for him when he told Don, “Jiminy Christmas. You think you’re going to begin your life over and do it right. But what if you never get past the beginning again?”

** Betty’s explanation of why she is interested in psychology: “They [people] seek me out to share their confidences.” (Flashback to Betty snipping a lock of her hair for Glen – the first thing Betty needs to study are BOUNDARIES).

*** Meredith wants to know how Harry sleeps at night in California, what with all those Manson “brothers” running around.

Readers: Do you want Diane to stick around? Are you ready to book a counseling session with Betty? Anyone else ship Peggy and Stan?

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Amity writes and teaches in Central PA. Her obsessions include: Rodarte (she can’t afford any Rodarte, mind you, but a girl can dream), espresso, books, vintage/thrift fashion and fountain pens. She thinks you should dress like a weirdo once in a while, just to shake things up.

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L’Oreal Quick Dry Primer Spray – a blowdry game changer! http://weheartthis.com/2015/04/11/loreal-quick-dry-primer-spray/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/04/11/loreal-quick-dry-primer-spray/#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2015 16:27:27 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=126972

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All that and more in The Lipstick League, week of 4.6.15

What you’re seeing above is a Blow Dry Game Changer. The L’Oreal Blow Dry It trio is impressive. The Longwear Blow Out Spray is a dry shampoo that extends the life of your blow out and the Thermal Smoother Cream tames flyaways and keeps it looking smooth.

But it’s the Quick Dry Primer Spray ($4.99) that I’m in love with because it does exactly what it claims: cuts down on dry time and protects hair from heat. All that for under 5 bucks! Plus, anything that can get me away from my hairdryer faster is a Godsend in my eyes. I’d say this cuts down my usual 20 minute dry time by AT LEAST 5 minutes.

If you have thick hair that takes forever to dry, you’re welcome.

Let’s see what happened with the League this week, shall we?

Nouveau Cheap – G. put the new Maybelline The Blushed Nudes palette to the test (and compared it to other popular rose-gold eyeshadow palettes). Is it a must-have? Click here and you be the judge.

Prime Beauty – gives you the skinny on the Top 10 Beauty Products you’ll need for Spring Break or vacation!

Phyrra – The new Urban Decay Summer Nights Collection is hot! Phyrra shows you all the Afterglow blushes, Revolution lipglosses and Duotone eyeshadows in action. What’s on your must have list?

Vampy Varnish – Urban Decay Summer 2015 has landed at VVHQ and you are going to want to check out all the amazing goodies!

we heart this – hearts the Awakening collection from Cirque Colors Nail Lacquer. Especially Hatch, which looks like a speckled bird egg!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Urban Decay is putting their money where their mouth is — they’ve giving 100% of the purchase price of this new product to women’s charities, as part of their new philanthropic initiative, The Ultraviolet Edge. This is the eyeshadow primer you’re going to love using, and feel good about your purchase too!

EauMG – It’s a new season and it’s time to update your fragrance wardrobe! Click through to see Victoria’s Spring 2015 Perfume Picks.

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage – Aprill could not resist purchasing Maybelline The Blushed Nudes palette. Did she love it? You have to read to find out!

Gouldylox Reviews – Thinking about the new Too Faced Melted Metals collection but worried you can’t wear the brights? Me too! I created 8 different looks that make each one of these totally wearable, even for those of us that are color shy.

My Beauty Bunny – Talk about spring cleaning! We’ve got the chance for you to WIN a Michael Todd Soniclear – the first antimicrobial sonic-powered cleansing tool on the market. You (and your skin) will love it.

My Newest Addiction – Laura has found a way to get her beauty routine in while her daughter naps! Check out the 10 Things To Do While Your Baby Naps and enter to win a $100 gift card.

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

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Nouveau Cheap – I’m trying to embrace purple eyeshadows in 2015 (they’re often difficult for me to pull off) and Krissy over at Addicted to All Things Pretty just gave me yet another reason to finally place my first ColourPop order.

we heartsters, how long does it take you to blowdry your hair?

L’Oreal Quick Dry Primer Spray – a blowdry game changer!

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Cirque Colors Nail Lacquer – The Awakening swatches and review http://weheartthis.com/2015/04/09/cirque-colors-nail-lacquer-the-awakening-swatches-and-review/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/04/09/cirque-colors-nail-lacquer-the-awakening-swatches-and-review/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:00:29 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=126886

Isn’t it an exciting time to be a nail polish lover? Back in the day when I was a budding lacquer lover, we’d be lucky to get a slighty different mauve or peach every once in a while. Now, we’ve...

Cirque Colors Nail Lacquer – The Awakening swatches and review

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Isn’t it an exciting time to be a nail polish lover? Back in the day when I was a budding lacquer lover, we’d be lucky to get a slighty different mauve or peach every once in a while. Now, we’ve got glitters, we’ve got jewel tones, we’ve got holographics! We’ve also got a slew of indie brands doing some cutting edge things. Cirque Colors is at the head of that pack.

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The New York based line, with creator Annie Pham at the helm, is making hand-blended nail lacquers with gorgeous pigments and raw materials that are truly original. Take the limited edition Awakening collection, for example. It’s based on the change of the seasons, winter to spring specifically, which Cirque poetically pegs as “the rebirth of mother earth and the revival of the human spirit.” And the results are as pretty as that sentence is.

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The five shades are colors found in nature. But don’t expect blue sky and sand, expect Mediterranean sea and rose quartz, electrified by something that they call “sparks,” mica-like bits that are not quite glitter, not quite flakes. The best I can describe them is micro flakes; tiny irregular shaped flashes of metal. They remind me of vintage glittering formica, which is a good thing!

All shades are shown with two coats for consistency and have a uniform formula (not too thin, not too thick, just right!)

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New Moon is a medium dove grey with golden silver sparks. They say the shade “symbolizes the vernal equinox and a renewed sense of self.” I say the shade goes with everything and has the perfect amount of edge to it.

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If you want to get edgier, reach for Gaia, a jet black with gold flakes (these are bigger than their sparks.) I’ve been reaching for this shade a lot since its arrival, for everything from fancy occasions to just hanging around.

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My absolute favorite shade though is Hatch, which honestly surprised me. I am forever on the hunt for a white polish that isn’t chalky in appearance or application. THIS is it, a creamy white with dark grey speckles reminiscent of a wild bird egg. LOVE.

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Love Stone is a light, creamy peach with golden sparks. It’s not quite as beautiful on as it is in the bottle, the shimmer gets lost in the base when applied. But even so, it’s a stunning color.

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Finally, Qi is a bright blue with gold sparks -the color you’d pick out of the crayon box if you were drawing a globe and its beautiful oceans.

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Spring has sprung, are you ready for the Awakening?

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

Cirque Colors Nail Lacquer – The Awakening swatches and review

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A Visit to the Spoke and Weal Aveda Salon http://weheartthis.com/2015/04/08/a-visit-to-the-spoke-and-weal-aveda-salon/ http://weheartthis.com/2015/04/08/a-visit-to-the-spoke-and-weal-aveda-salon/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:00:46 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=126860

Plus Our Review of the Aveda Color Conserve Hair Care Collection Living in Los Angeles has its advantages; within just a few miles I can always find the latest fashions, buy the newest beauty products or eat and drink at...

A Visit to the Spoke and Weal Aveda Salon

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Plus Our Review of the Aveda Color Conserve Hair Care Collection

Living in Los Angeles has its advantages; within just a few miles I can always find the latest fashions, buy the newest beauty products or eat and drink at the current celeb hot spot. The one necessity that has alluded me? A chic, dependable and affordable hair salon.

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But things are looking up as Stef and I recently had the opportunity to visit the Spoke & Weal salon here in West Hollywood. As a long time fan of anything Aveda, I knew we could expect a great experience at any location bearing the name of this beloved brand.

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Walking into Spoke & Weal we were immediately impressed with the gorgeous space – and enveloped with that distinctive Aveda scent! The large, airy and bright salon manages to merge a modern industrial feel with warm woods and golden light for a chic, yet cozy feel.

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Besides the fabulous art hanging on the walls, my eyes were drawn up to the coolest electrical system I’ve even seen. A track line spanning across the ceiling, with hanging cords that could be pulled to any station for blow dryers, flat irons and more. Neat.

Aveda-Spoke-Weal-5Also pretty neat? The Triumph parked in the lobby!

After being greeted by the staff, Stef and I were whisked to a changing room where we donned cozy grey tees to wear while being worked upon. Once seated at the station, we were both treated to an ah-mazing head and shoulder massage that instantly relaxed my body and mind.

I then had a chat with my master stylist, Lindsay, about my hair desires. I had recently gone fairly blonde and was happy with the color, but was in need of a fierce bang trim and all over shaping. Lindsey and I decided upon long blunt-cut bangs to frame my face, and a little bit of layering in the front would suit my wash and go styling.

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The results? A sleek, simple not-quite-bob that I love! It is a breeze to ‘style’ – especially after using the Aveda color conserve Strengthening Treatment, my hair is infinitely more behaved.

Speaking of color, Stef met with color director Christine (also a co-owner of the salon.) She’s growing out her light blond, so Christine used a grey blending technique to hide anything peeking through her roots, popped in a few low lights, and Stef was set, and happy!

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To keep our hair color fresh and to help stop fading, the experts at Spoke & Weal recommended the Aveda color conserve line. The four product collection is your weapon to help fight fading color and dull hair.

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My newly blonde hair was just starting to show signs of fading when I added the color conserve Shampoo and color conserve Conditioner to my routine – and stopped the dullness in its tracks.

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I’m in love with this duo – and not just because they helped Tyna get her shine back! The shampoo lathers up into a fabulous foam and rinses easily leaving my hair clean – but not squeaky clean. A touch of the conditioner helps tame flyaways and easily lets me comb through my fine hair without a single knot.

Together they keep my hair happy and healthy without weighing it down. And, of course, both products, contain that signature Aveda scent which always helps to calm my spirits as it fills my shower.

Not in Los Angeles? The Spoke & Weal has locations in New York and San Francisco too! And for those in other areas, make sure to check out the color conserve line to keep your hair and color in the best shape possible.

Readers – What are YOUR favorite Aveda products and salons?

photos: we heart this, unless noted.

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

A Visit to the Spoke and Weal Aveda Salon

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