Friday, February 28, 2014

RUSK DEEPSHINE COLOR CARE INVISIBLE DRY SHAMPOO* - REVIEW

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*Sample provided free for review. All words and opinions are my own. Please review my disclaimer for further details.
Hello, beauties! When it comes to color care, most people believe it begins and ends with a good shampoo and conditioner. Those of us who are a little bit more hardcore about our hair might limit sun exposure or only wash with cold water (it works, y'all!). However, what about the other products we use in our hair? Do we make sure that everything from our hairspray to our mousse is formulated to protect our color? I know I haven't been. So when I got the opportunity to trial Rusk's Deepshine Color Care Invisible Dry Shampoo*, I jumped at the chance. After dying my hair red, I'm excited to try anything to help prolong this notoriously fussy color!

Rusk Deepshine Color Care Invisible Dry Shampoo*, price varies, is just the thing to add a bit of extra protection to color treated hair. Formulated with ChromAveil, this dry shampoo protects your tresses from harsh UV rays that can sap the color out of our dye jobs. It also sprays on invisibly, so no worries about having powder scalp! The dry shampoo itself whisks oils away to help revive your hair and prolong the time between washes, which is definitely helpful for keeping our color looking fresh!

I was already a fan of Rusk,, and this product is no exception to the rule. I can remember as a teenager buying their men's shine spray because I loved the heady scent and how it made my hair look. This dry shampoo has much the same masculine scent, and I love it as much now as I did then! It's warm, sensual, and absolutely delish! After applying, my hair feels much cleaner and less oily, leaving me confident that my hair isn't a stringy mess on days I don't wash it. It also helps to create a bit of texture and grip if you want to style your hair.

As for the color protection, I've definitely noticed that my color stays more vibrant and holds better than it did prior to me using this dry shampoo. I'll be honest, if you aren't caring for your color treated hair otherwise, this product isn't going to work miracles for you. However, if you are looking for an extra layer of protection, this is an easy product to add to your line up!

I really like this product, so I can heartily recommend it. It does all that it claims to do, and makes my hair feel and smell fantastic! The price varies depending on the point of purchase, but it tends to go for between 15 to 19 dollars. It's a touch more expensive that your average drugstore brands, but even a smaller can lasts a good while. Plus, you are paying for the quality, which is top notch! You can pick up your own Rusk Deepshine Color Care Invisible Dry Shampoo* at Ulta, as well as at licensed salons in the US and Canada.

Do you use dry shampoo? What are your faves? What's your color care regimen?

Stay gorgeous, peaches!
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

SNAG HER SWAG | LADY GAGA'S EDGY NEUTRALS


Mother Monster, Lady Gaga, was recently spotted stepping out in Manhattan in this edgy, but girly neutral number. Perfect for spring, this white moto jacket paired with a blush hued mini and matching pumps would be a great Easter outfit for the more glam minded. Throw in the sheer white tights, and you could even wear it to church for Sunrise Service! I love how she adds a bit of vintage with the rounded sunnies to keep this ensemble grounded and easy to wear. Now show your teeth, y'all!

Faux Leather Moto Jacket, Body Central, $49.98
Scuba Skater Skirt, Nasty Gal, $38
Women's Mossimo Platform Pump, Target, $14.98 (clearance)
Nude Round Sunglasses, ASOS, $18.82

Next up for Gaga is a video for her single G.U.Y. (Girl Under You). And for all my Aussie beauties, Lady Gaga has just announced an Australian tour in August for her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball! Get your dance on, little monsters!
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Friday, February 21, 2014

DR. JART+ PREMIUM BEAUTY BALM - REVIEW

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Hello, pretties! In the past couple of years, BB creams have burst onto the scene in the western beauty world. Imported from Asia, these beauty balms are not only meant to help even skin tone, but many are filled with all sorts of goodies like sunscreen, serums and peptides making them part skincare, as well. I tend to prefer heavier coverage, but I couldn't pass up the chance to try this new trend. After several misses, I finally came across today's product, and now I see where the BB cream love comes from!

Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm, $39.00, is a Korean import that can be found at your nearest Sephora. Not only does it help balance your skin tone, but it keeps your face safe from those damaging sun rays with its added 45 SPF sunscreen. The Premium Beauty Balm also boasts a brightening, firming, and hydrating serum, and bio-peptides and adenosine to restore skin's elasticity. I'm a huge fan of two-in-one products, and I love how this BB cream helps my skin as I wear it, all the while making my skin look beautiful each day.

With other BB creams I've tried, the "light" shade is always too dark and orange. The Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm is the first I've tried that actually matches my pale skin. It does make my skin slightly ashen, but I chalk it up to the zinc oxide in the sunscreen. As for the formulation, it's a bit thick in a similar consistency to a mid-weight cream. This allows for an application that is neither slippery, nor difficult to work with. The coverage leans more towards medium, in my opinion. It covers my stubborn redness,  but isn't heavy enough to cover any spots I may have. Still, it gets me as close to clear, natural-looking skin as I could hope for from a BB cream!

The only true negative is in the packaging. The bottle looks quite sleek, however the design issue is in putting the pump at the bottom. This wouldn't seem like such an issue, except for the fact that if you try to pump it into your hand like normal, it doesn't dispense properly after a while. It's much like having a pen that won't write upside down. This means that you have to dispense the product awkwardly. Sometimes, because of this, the product sputters out and flies everywhere. Personally, I'd rather have a squeeze bottle than the current bottom pump bottle. Outside of this, I really love this product.

In the end, this is one of my fave products. I'd consider it for HG status, but I'd like to try a couple more BB creams before I make the call officially. If you are looking for a BB cream that provides light to medium coverage, great skincare benefits, and you are a fellow pale lady, I'd definitely recommend giving the Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm a try. It's a bit pricey, but I feel it is well worth the cost for how lovely it makes my skin look and feel!

Do you use BB cream in your daily routine? Which BB cream is your go-to? I'd love some suggestions of which ones to try next!

Stay gorgeous, peaches!
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Monday, February 17, 2014

CATTY-CORNER | MEET ZOEY!

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cat-ty cor-ner [adj.]
          : Southern slang for "being diagonal to/from"

cat-ty cor-ner [noun]
          : A new series giving readers an inside peek at the lives of my four kitties: Zoey, Hailey, Sophie, and Sheldon.

Hello, darlings! Welcome to my new series featuring my four sweet little fur babies! You might be wondering why I'm creating a series based around the lives of my pets. Well, last year during a lifestyle bloggers chat, many bloggers mentioned that they loved reading about people's pets, and that they wished more bloggers would post about their animal friends. Having four cats definitely makes for an interesting life, and I wanted to share their crazy antics with all of you!

I decided to start now for a not-so-happy reason. Saturday, my eldest cat (and the one you'll meet today), Zoey, suddenly lost the use of one of her back legs. We had to rush her to the vet, and she is now at an emergency vet hospital. I'll touch more on this at the end of the post, but I wanted to go ahead and start the series now as I don't know what the future will hold, and I want to make sure she gets to be a part of this series. She means so much to me, and I can't imagine a world where I couldn't include her. So now, I am pleased to introduce Miss Zoey!

Zoey (also known as Zoeybug, Zowie Wowie, and Miss Wee) is an 11-year-old shorthaired tortoiseshell. I received Zoey as a present from my dad and step-mother for my 16th birthday. I'd had loads of cats as a kid, but prior to her, it had been a good six or seven years since I'd had one, and I'd been dying for a new kitty. I moved in with my mother soon after, and Zoey came along with me.

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She was my constant companion. Not only would she sleep in my bed at night, but she would climb in beside me, nudging her way under my arm so I could cuddle her much the way you would a stuffed animal. She'd be so content as she fell asleep that she'd drool on me like a baby! When I would leave the house, whether to take out the trash or to go out with friends, she would patiently wait at the front door until I returned home to her. She was my furry shadow.

Then, I went off to college. The first few weeks she was so mopey. My mother told me that she seemed so lost without me there. When I transferred closer to home after my first semester, she was so happy! She didn't leave my side when I was home. Through illness, heartbreak, and happiness she was there, always knowing when I needed a cuddle. When I moved away again after getting married, I had to leave her behind and it was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I would miss her so desperately that I would burst into tears when the feeling became overwhelming. Needless to say, when my husband and I had to move in with my mom last year when I became ill, it was an emotional homecoming!

Zoey was a rambunctious baby! She loved to play fetch, chase bubbles, and attack "bed mice" aka your feet when you are in bed. That all gave way to an incredibly chill adult kitty. Now her most energetic time is when she comes racing into the kitchen to beg for a treat. Afterwards, she flops onto her side, exposing her belly for rubs. She's a bit of a chubster, so we call this pose her "mana-kitty" pose! So cute!

We've had so many good years together. Her being sick now has left me feeling incredibly lost and helpless. The prognosis is fair. Originally, it was believed that the weakness in her leg was from a blood clot due to heart disease. However, tests have shown that her heart is perfectly healthy. Instead, the x-rays have shown a mass in her lungs. We're still awaiting the results to determine whether she has lung cancer or strange growths from lungworms/heartworms. All are treatable.

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The pressing issue is her leg. It is possible that she won't regain function in it, and they'll have to amputate the leg. The real threat is that she'll regain blood flow to the leg too quickly causing her muscles to release a sudden, fatal burst of potassium. We're told that this is uncommon, but it's something we have to be aware of.

Now we're racing against the clock to find the money for the surgeries that she is going to need. We've drained our savings, we're all taking on extra work where we can, we've applied for a health care credit card, we're looking into loans, charity grants, and even planning a fundraiser. Anything to help get her cared for. The doctor believes that with the surgeries she'll have a long life ahead of her, so we're just trying to do the best we can to get her the care she needs.

And, don't worry. I won't be asking my readers to give towards the fund. I'd feel horrible asking for money from readers, so I just wanted to make it known that this post isn't trying to get money from anyone. We'll be doing the fundraiser through family and friends. I just wanted to go ahead and start this series and include her first to get as many of those memories down as possible seeing as how things are so dire for her.

I'm miserable without her, and desperately want her home. The idea that she might not return home is devastating to me. Pets become such an intrinsic part of your family, and losing them is much like losing any other family member. Absolutely heartbreaking. I'm not ready to lose her just yet, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she comes home soon, and will be a part of this series for a long time to come!

Next time on Catty-Corner I'll introduce you to one of my special rescue babies, Hailey! She's proof that black cats are definitely not bad luck! See you then, lovecats!
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Monday, February 10, 2014

URBAN DECAY BROW BOX - REVIEW

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Hello, beauties! So, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Before last year, I practically never did my brows. Oh, I'd wax here, pluck a stray hair there, but filling in my brows? No way! I'd given it a go once and felt like I looked especially cro-magnon! Needless to say, that was the end of my brow filling days for a good long while.

Then last year, my best friend, Adrienne from Late Night Nonsense, turned me onto Urban Decay's infamous Brow Box. I'd been fiddling with pencils, but powder was described to me as the true magic of brow sculpting. In a leap of faith, I bought one of these wonder kits, and I've never looked back (and my brows have never looked better! Thank you, bestie!).

Urban Decay's Brow Box, $29.00, is a handy dandy little kit boasting all the products and tools you'll need to score brows that would make even Cara Delevingne mega jels! Before we delve into the product itself, can I just say that I adore the packaging on this baby? It is perfectly compact for on the go touch ups, and the metallic purple design on the lid is so funky and livens us any vanity!

Inside, the Brow Box has two shades of powder, setting wax, a small angled brush, a small pair of tweezers, and a compact mirror. I have medium to dark hair, so I chose my Brow Box in Brown Sugar. My brows are lighter than my hair, so I tend to reach for the medium brown powder for the most part, and leave the dark powder for when I'm looking to do an especially dramatic look. The powders are ridiculously pigmented, and they stay on all day come hell or high water.

The angled brush, while small, is perfect for creating those expertly filled and shaped brows that are always on trend. Meanwhile, the tiny tweezers snatch up every last stray hair until you've tamed those bad boys into submission! I've yet to try the wax as my brows are rarely unruly, but I let my mom have a whack at it and she reported back that it kept every hair locked into place. I'd say we have a winner on our hands!

In the end, this is a product I highly recommend. I think it is the best suited for those who've got a bit of experience with shaping and filling their brows as I find powder more fussy than a pencil. I believe the price to be well justified for a superior quality product. While I've never used Benefit's Brow-Zings, I've heard that the two are comparable. So if you are looking to branch out, give this Brow Box a go!

Do you use Urban Decay's Brow Box? What products do you use to get your brows in top shape? I'd love to hear your tips on how you achieve the perfect brow!

Stay gorgeous, dahlings!
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