Monday, September 1, 2014

Gorgeous Cosmetics + International Giveaway Prize Pack (Valued at over $100! Ends 9/12)




I'm back with another review of Gorgeous Cosmetics product line up. I have to say I haven't been this impressed with any cosmetic line in a long time.  Their eyelashes have been staying on me all day, and their lipstick is not only "gorgeous" as the line suggests, but it have a formula that lasts all day.  

I created one look with all the products listed below.  Keep reading to find out how you can win all the products listed too!






It's very few and far between that I trust new eyeliners. They could break easily, melt, or the worst? Crease on your eyes.  The Carbon Black Ink Pencil ($24)  is a gel based pencil, so it goes on creamy and stays on all day. I am a  liquid eyeliner kind of gal, so for me to use a pencil it has to go on super black and work as well if not better then my favorite liquids.  The pencil is super easy to use, and it's almost impossible to make a mistake. This is by far my favorite find in a long time. Love this liner. As you scroll down you will notice putting this pencil on both the top and bottom of my eyes really makes my eyes pop.  Usually I would never put black in my waterline but this one was trustworthy.




Gorgeous Cosmetics Cotton Candy Lipstick ($25) is packed full of pigment. I should have known since my favorite candy of all time is delicious cotton candy that this would be in my top 5 of all lipsticks.  This is not a "Pink Pink" yet it's not red, it's more of what I call an "extremely wearable" pink. Anyone can wear this from the pale skin all the way to black skin.  I like to think of it as Pink meets Nude.  My two favorite colors for my lips is a bright Nude and a light baby pink.  This is a mix of the two, unlike any color I've seen.   It goes well with any lip gloss, but the gloss is not needed because this is a creamy non drying formula that packs a full punch of color and has at least a couple hours of wear. If Cotton Candy isn't for you, Gorgeous Cosmetics  has a ton of other colors to pick from. 







To apply my foundation, (foundation review will be next week) I used this gorgeous Foundation Brush.  ($40) Similar to a Sigma  it really helps make your foundation apply evenly and doesn't suck up all the formula like some brushes can. You can really tell the difference in a quality brush and a badly made brush. The bristles  are made out of synthetic fibers and if taken care of correctly can last years. 







My favorite has to be the Colour Pro Blush.($25)  Coral is  is a soft peach pink with a huge pop of coral. Again maybe it's the perfect color match or the formula is really top of the line. It made my cheeks pop all through the day. Remember to keep your makeup going strong a primer and a finishing spray should be used as well; my problem has always been with blush is it's longevity.  Why does my blush smudge off after a few hours?   The Colour Pro Blush from Gorgeous Cosmetics is finely milled with powder dusts so that there really isn't any micro shimmer, it's more of a matte color.  I can only compare it to the consistency of MAC, the only other blush I put on my face these days.



Right now one winner will win a huge prize pack similar to the one above valued at over $100 Make sure you visit Gorgeous Cosmetics website for sales and coupon codes. This Giveaway is International!


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Nina Dobrev Debuts The Red Carpet Rope Braid At The Teen Choice Awards








Nina Dobrev dazzled on the Teen Choice Awards Blue Carpet tonight debuting what stylist Riawna Capri calls “The Red Carpet Rope Braid. “ Riawna created the unique look by blowing drying Nina’s hair using the KMS California Freeshape Quick Blow Dry  to cut down on drying time leaving more time for Capri to style to the hair. Once the hair was dry, Riawna used the KMS California Freeshape 2-in-1 styling and finishing spray before curling the hair with a 1-inch curling iron in big sections vertically to make a messy beach wave. Then Capri flipped over Dobrev’s hair and sprayed the KMS HAIRPLAY playable texture liberally to saturate the hair and create a disheveled texture. 



 To construct the unique rope braid, Riawna separated the hair into three sections, twisted them clockwise and then took those twisted sections and braided them counter clockwise to showcase distinct texture. Capri then spread out the braid and pulled out some loose pieces to frame Dobrev’s face and give an effortless look, sprayed her final masterpiece with the KMS California HairStay medium hold hairspray to keep the it in place.



The KMV Hair Stay HairSpray will hold your gorgeous braids in place and I should know. I've used this on my braids several times and they've held up quite well.   Even if it's for the gym or a lazy day, my braids stay in their place.



You can find all the products mentioned above and more at your local salon.   It works well on curls too. I used it for my ringlet curls and it held all day. So make sure you pick some of this up, totally love! (Curls after 6 hours below)








Disclosure: A press sample was sent to me for consideration from PR for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Head & Shoulders Saved My Life + #PartOfOurFamily Giveaway!





I talk about hair a lot on this blog.  But what I don't talk about a lot is my husband's horrible dandruff. I get it sometimes too as the Summer months turn into Fall/Winter, but just a little bit around my forehead and ears. He has suffered from this problem for many years and we haven't found a way to get rid of it yet.   Just a couple weeks ago we tried something we probably should have tried a while ago but just never got around to it.

 Head & Shoulders Shampoo & Conditioner is a breakthrough formula to leave you with 100% flake-free* hair that smells amazing for an improved in-shower scent experience. In all honesty I don't think I've smelled a shampoo like this in a long time. It reminds me of my citrus lotion that I cover myself in at night to feel like I'm laying in luxury.  Think of the best smelling oranges and peaches mixed into a hair conditioning treatment. And after I wash out the formula, my hair is left smelling just as fresh. Did you know most conditioners on the market today wash out 70% of your scalp's  healthy natural ingredients? Head & Shoulders protects these crucial ingredients so that you're not left with unhealthy dry locks.



As most of you know I've been wearing 100% human hair extensions for the past few weeks and I have double the hair I had before.  It's extra thick which means extra problems and extra time to do my hair.  It gets extremely knotted and matted especially when I'm sleeping at night. It's also hard to wash every bit of my scalp so I'm left with dry flaky pieces of skin flaking off on to my clothes which is so embarrassing to say the least . There's nothing like wearing an adorable black top and having white flakes of dandruff all over. It makes it look as if I don't take care of my hair or just have bad skin. Ugh. Pretty gross right?

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Now that I've tried the Head & Shoulders Fresh Scent Technology Collection,  I can wear my hair long and on my shoulders without having to face the embarrassment. I don't "Only wear white" because I'm afraid of my bad dandruff. I can wear my hair like one of the hottest stars today, Sophia Vergara.  Head  & Shoulders has been in her family for over 20 years because of the amazing benefits. Now not only can these scents be part of your household, you can also enter to win a chance to meet the beautiful Sophia in the #PartOfOurFamily Giveaway.*


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"For a chance to meet Sofia Vergara, follow @HeadShoulders on Twitter and post a photo of your gorgeous, flake-free hair tagging #PartOfOurFamily #sweeps and @HeadShoulders Sweepstakes kicks off Monday, August 18 and will run until September 1August 18th through September 1st you can enter to meet Sophia Vergara live at an upcoming Head & Shoulders photo shoot."


My hair has never looked so healthy, I'm so happy that I'm not dealing with dry straw like strands anymore. Instead my hair has more volume, smells great and is all together healthier and best of all healthier looking! It's crazy how once your scalp and hair is healthy and conditioned it's so much easier to style, curl and straighten. Now my hair looks bouncy and fuller. I feel like a whole new person. So excited I got to try out and share my Head & Shoulders experience with you.








I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

HUGE Giveaway from Lionesse Beauty Bar + My "First" Experience with Hair Extensions Story



Sorry I've been away for a while, been super busy and really loving  and trying out new things with my new hair extensions.  I've always had thick frizzy unruly hair and it's always sat about to my shoulders.  I like to dye it blonde, straighten it and curl it and I've always wondered about hair extensions and what it would be like to have them.  They have always been too out of my price range and they seem like a huge pain from what I've heard in the past. First you have to find a good legit quality place to buy the extensions which is expensive and then you have to find a hairdresser to put them in for you.  But nowadays, extensions are getting easier to wear. Everywhere you look and turn they are being sold even in your local beauty shops, I even saw a pair in my grocery store!   So I knew I wanted to try a pair, I just had to find the right ones. I've always wanted to see what I would look like with long hair, and I knew if I was going to try it I wanted to go all out by getting 100% real human hair. I wanted the good stuff.



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Lionesse Beauty Bar is one of my favorite beauty companies for many different products. They sell a wide range of beauty products including skin care, hair products like curlers and of course hair extensions. They sell clip on and the micro bead extensions which is what I currently have in my hair. I had never heard of  Micro Beads before until I saw them on Lionesse's website.  It's a procedure where you need to have a licensed hair dresser put them in one by one with an instrument, which can be somewhat timely. (For me it took about 4 hours) But everyone is different and it depends on how much hair you want, how thick you want your hair and of course how long you want the hair.  

Thankful for me my cousin is an amazing hairdresser. So she gladly put them in for me free of charge. I can't tell you how much it would cost to hire someone, but I'm sure it ranges, and most girls have a friend that will discount something like putting in extensions. The big spending is finding the right extensions.  I've felt and sampled many different types of hair and Lionesse offers the best hair that I have found online and in stores.  The Micro Bead extensions are selling right now on their site for $1500 (yes expensive, but you get what you pay for) This hair can be used over and over again. As long as you take care of your extensions, wash them and don't kill them with too much product, once they grow out of your hair, you can put them right back in. So $1500 isn't really a huge purchase, think of it more like an investment for  a gorgeous head of hair. And after having the beads on my head for a couple weeks now I think if I had the money I would purchase these again.  Not only does your hair look healthier, but it just looks nicer and you can run your hands through  your long natural feeling locks. I can't even tell at this point where my natural hair begins and the extensions start.

Words can't explain how good this hair feels. It is so soft and shiny but does NOT look fake. I've received so many compliments since putting the micro bead extensions in my hair about how gorgeous and what a full head of hair I have. No one ever thinks I have extensions.  Although I have to give props to my cousin Amanda for cutting it and styling it so well, of course you will have to cut the hairs and make it blend with your original hair style. So here is the result:





Only downfall? Lionesse Beauty also gives you a free pack of beads to micro bead in to your hair.  They work well but I did have a couple fall out when brushing my hair. I went down to a beauty shop by my house and got the best silicone beads I could find.  With the silicone beads (around $28) we rebeaded a couple of the strands that popped out out, and they haven't came out since.  Still you CAN stick with the beads that come in the package, I have very tangled frizzy hair so brushing my locks was super tough before I put the extensions in so I've always had to pull and tug at my hair to get those knots out.  So I had much more of a risk of the beads popping out.   



The only other negative is the amount of time it takes to curl and straighten my hair.  Again you don't have to put the whole box of hair on your head, in fact my cousin took a couple strands and stuck it in her hair too (see below)  I have since taken the roll curlers that you put in your hair overnight so when I wake up I take out the curler and my hair is curled. This is the best way so I'm not spending hours each morning on curling my hair.  Plus not everyone needs their hair curled everyday like I do.  I know some people have naturally straight or curly hair and wouldn't need ALL that time to style their extensions. (By the way i'm super jealous of people that don't have my hair issues! Always wanted natural straight hair)



(This is my cousin who microbeaded a few strands into her black hair)


So if you read this entire post, I hope you take away from this the misconception about hair extensions and how they can be messy and expensive and look too fake.  After dealing with Lionesse and everything that came afterwards I'm obsessed with the hair extension world. If and when these start to go bad I will be getting another pair.  I don't know about the future but for now I really like how I look and feel with longer hair. I even feel more confident, never feel like I'm having a bad hair day, and overall just a more happy feeling since I've changed my hair up. I know that sounds crazy but doing something to enhance your looks can boost your self esteem and make you feel more positive about yourself, inside and out.

Are you impressed? The Micro Bead Hair Extensions are sold on Lionesse's website here And I'm super excited to announce we are giving away a full box of Lionesse's hair extensions in blonde only. I'm pretty sure you can dye the hair if that is not your color.



The retail value on this set is $1500 and yes that IS the price.  So Good Luck! USA only!



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Thank you to Lionesse Beauty for not only sponsoring this giveaway but providing press samples for the purpose of this review/giveaway. All opinions are my own.






Thursday, August 14, 2014

Reviva High Potency Elastin Serum Giveaway




As I've gotten older I've noticed the one skin problem that is really starting to irritate me. It's me losing my skin firmness.  Wrinkles and crow's feet are easily dealt with by botox.  Firmness is something that you can get rid of as easy, so that's why I've been on the search for the perfect product to firm up the bottom of my face. 

As you get older your skin starts to sag  , and lose it's "oomph" especially around your chin and mouth.  This is called Elastin.  Your skin starts to drag from the sun, high temperatures, stress, tobacco, booze and many other factors. It's a known fact that all the sagging starts around your jawline to your throat.  I've been praying that the doctors come out with a type of botox that helps with firmness. Last time I went to the surgeon's office, they told me there IS a type of firming procedure that can be done but its about two thousand dollars. Eeck.

Reviva is one of my favorite skin care companies.  Their prices are extremely affordable and the quality from what I've seen so far is pretty amazing. I've reviewed several of their products in the past, and when my current "problem"  I knew their High Potency Elastin Serum was something I was interested in.

Another interesting fact... did you know you can tell someone's age by looking at their hands? It's really true too! Look at a woman who maybe looks younger or even older then she really is. If you look at her HANDS, it tells all.  Reviva's High Potency Elastin Serum can also be used on the back of the hands to tighten the look.  Do you know anyone that wants bony hands? I sure don't.

Reviva's High Potency Elastin Serum is available on their website for $27.  Finally a serum I can afford that works and doesn't break the bank.

But if you still don't want to purchase this serum, we are giving one Bella's Beauty Spot reader the chance to win a full sized bottle of the Elastin Serum. To enter, fill out the form below, and Good Luck!! USA only.






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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Currently Loving: Drybar

 
This past weekend I had extensions put in my hair by my sweet cousin and I love them.  Shout out to Lionesse Beauty for sending me the 100% human hair extensions. They are super soft and are just like my normal hair.  But it took me almost 3 hours to blow dry and I can only imagine how long it's going to take to curl.  So yes long hair is a major pain in the butt, but it's so fun to run my hands through my hair and feel soft locks.  Another bad part is the long hair hitting  the back of my neck.  Nothing like hair on your skin leaving you super sweaty.
So having long hair that's sooo long and never having it before makes me want to have all the cool hairstyles I could never do when I had shorter hair.  The last couple days I've just been wearing it long, and when you're wearing your hair just "down" you want some texture. And I think I found the perfect hair product for the best texture.



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 Dry Bar has an amazing hair product called, Mai Tai Spritzer Salt Sea Spray.  This is the perfect product for your hair, especially having extensions, you get that sexy beach look without doing anything except applying a couple sprays, then boom you're good to go.   It's made with real Sea Salt so you really do get the feel you're on the beach with soft waves blowing in the ocean breeze.  This has been my favorite go to product this summer for a quick pick me up. Now that I have long hair, I've been trying to create that beachy look that is so popular now.  Just spray about 5 or 6 sprays on dry hair and mess it up a little bit and you create a look without the look of actually trying to do your hair.   I've always heard about Drybar products and how popular they are, but I didn't understand the craze till now.  This is perfect for gals with wavy frizzy hair like mine that never know what to do with their hair and don't want to apply heat to just make the problem worse. Sometimes you just don't want to curl or straighten your hair not only for time purposes but just all the damage it creates.  



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So do I love Drybar? I'm totally obsessed. The way the Mai Tai Spritzer textures my new hair and extensions is incredible and I recommend this for people with dull boring hair. People that need a little bit of a "kick" in their hair.  Make your hair look sexy wavy and just more gorgeous.


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Drybar Mai Tai Sea Salt Spray is available for $25 on Drybar's website.
And if you're interested in purchasing hair extensions, Lionesse Micro Bead Extensions will be up on their site soon at Lionesse Beauty.


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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Stila Fall 2014 Collection Sneek Peek









I don't know about you but I want the lipglosses! ! These are available now at Sephora and Ulta.


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