Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Beauty Reads

Phyrra has the Best Mascaras You Seriously Need to Try Now! Don't buy another mascara until you read this!

Find out the Top 10 Nails Color for Fall over on polish insomniac!

Carrie from eyeliner on a cat has been spoiled by a mini of a devastatingly beautiful luxury face cream from Tatcha. Find out exactly why her skin was living the charmed life while it lasted.

Beauty Info Zone is giving away $940 of Onsen Secret Skin Care. Enter now and you could be one of two lucky winners!

If you seek a magical balm, with amazing ingredients, that is good for all that ails you--then Lola's Secret Beauty Blog recommends the truly amazing Heaven + URTH Beelieve Hydration Balm!

Prime Beauty shares 6 Beauty Problem Solvers that will curl your lashes, remove deodorant stains, untangle your tresses and get every last drop of product out of the tube!

Sunny from Mostly Sunny is officially a Dior Diorskin Star convert! Find out more about the foundation, concealer, and Backstage Blender. Maybe you'll find your new holy grail, too!

15 Minute Beauty shares her favorite cuticle products to keep her hands looking perfect, no trips to the salon required!

Looking for a polished adventure? The Painted Rogue has the scoop on a neon pink and shimmering orange quest through the heart of a volcano with Sephora Formula X and Nailstation Paris loot!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Toni&Guy Styling Products: Taking Them For a Spin!

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Do you remember back when Toni&Guy hit Walgreen's and I was completely obsessing over their Volume Whip? (If not, the post about why you need Toni&Guy Volume Plumping Whip is here.) I love that their products are super easy to buy now that they're in Walgreens! They offered to send me a few more styling products to try out (yes, please!), all of which you can buy at your local Walgreens.

Toni&Guy Glamour Volume Plumping Whip: This is the product that I previously reviewed, though I've gone through 2 tubs of it now, so I was pretty happy that they sent me another one! This is an amazing product for adding volume, even when you have a ton of hair like I do that gets weighed down easily. It has an interesting lotion-mousse feel, and it isn't at all sticky. It's most similar to a whipped body lotion/cream in consistency.

I use a grape sized amount, I just lightly distribute it throughout my roots before I dry my hair. Then I dry and style my hair as usual. The Whip does add a lot of volume, so you actually need to be careful when using this product! It's easy to end up with too much volume! I love that I get that volume without any teasing, it isn't sticky at all (I can't feel it in my dried hair) and it lasts all day.


Toni&Guy Classic Shine Gloss Serum: This is a pretty basic shine serum. It just works. I recommend applying just 1 pump at a time to your dry hair, it is pretty easy to overdo it. I have a bit more leeway if I apply to wet hair, I can do 2 pumps then. I avoid my roots since the shine can make my hair look a little greasy, but I start a few inches away from my roots and apply all the way down to the tips of my hair. It's very lightweight and once I've distributed it evenly you can't even feel that it is in there.


Toni&Guy Prep Heat Protection Mist: Heat protection is a must. have. Yes. Ever since I fried my hair a few summers ago, on the one day I forgot to use it, I've been a fanatic about heat protection. Even if I'm letting my hair air dry, I spray on a heat protectant. Why? Who is to say that I won't decide to do a 2nd day hair style that involves heat styling? Just in case, I always use a spray like this one on my wet hair. It's very lightweight, you can't feel it in your hair later, and it won't interfere with styling at all. I'm able to spray on a little extra before heat styling if I want, something that not all heat protectants can do without making your hair look a little... stringy. This one is invisible. Perfect!


Toni&Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray: I admit that I have a hard time with Salt Sprays. I think it is because I just have so much hair, that the effects are easily weighed down. Used alone, this salt spray just seems to add a little texture to my hair, so it is easier to keep my hair in a braid or a pony tail, but it definitely isn't enough to add a few waves. But when I combine it with the Spray Gel.... Yes! It's perfect.


Toni&Guy Casual Forming Spray Gel: The aforementioned spray gel. It's lightweight but has enough hold for my heavy hair, and it isn't sticky. I do combine it with the sea salt spray if I want to let my hair air dry into a few waves, but a few sprays when blowing my hair out straight offers just enough hold to help keep frizz at bay.


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Softer In One Shower? Putting Dove Body Wash To The Test

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Softer In One Shower?  Putting Dove Body Wash To The Test

I've used (and liked) Dove Body Wash in the past. It is gentle but gets my skin clean, it is hydrating and in general works great for me. So when I found out that they updated the formula, I wasn't sure what to think. It turns out that all they did was make it better! They've added a little more of the cleanser ingredients, and it is just as moisturizing as it was before. I love that there is a nice lather as well, and everything rinses off easily. The differences are subtle but there, I can definitely recommend the new formula!

Dove is claiming that after just one shower you will have smoother, softer skin! And yes, after my shower my skin was definitely softer than before my shower.


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You can get a sample of Dove's new Body Wash to try for yourself! Just watch Dove Beauty Expert Jeannine Morris's tips on how to show off beautiful skin and receive a free sample of new Dove Body Wash here.


Dove also has a great giveaway for 15 Minute Beauty readers! There are 5 Dove Prize Packs up for grabs, each has the body wash, deodorant, a loofah and a gift card! Open to those over 18 years old and in the US.

Dove Body Wash - 15 Minute Beauty

Watch Jeannine's Tips Here!
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Sleep Naked Tonight! Swisspers Twitter Party

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What: I'm having a party! Or, a twitter party. With other bloggers. You can come hang out with me and a few other great bloggers!
When: The third annual National Sleep Naked Night is Thursday, Sept. 18, from 8:30-10:30 p.m. ET
Hashtags: #SleepNaked and #Swisspers
Our lovely hosts:
@Nikkiphillippi
@Jseverydayfash
@FashBoulevard
@NataliaLSimmons
@agirlsgottaspa
@15minbeauty

Prizes: There are six regular prizes (six one month supply of Swisspers and a $50 gift card) plus one grand prize winner (one year supply of Swisspers and $100 gift card).

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Favorite Contouring and Highlighting Products of Makeup Artists

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Favorite Contouring and Highlighting Products of Makeup Artists

Recently I wrote a piece for Babble, Optical Illusions 101: Highlighting and Contouring Tips from the Pros. I asked the pros in the piece what their favorite makeup to contour with is, and they spilled! I love seeing what products the professional makeup artists think works best. Which ones will you add to your shopping list?

"I really like using Bobbi Brown's bronzer (1) to contour with. It isn't too orange, and is perfect for contouring."
- Brianna Gonzalez, also blogs at Briksia

"When contouring the cheeks I tend to gravitate towards big paddle brushes or fan brushes. My very favorite is the It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Fan Brush (review, 2)."
- Laura, blogs at My Newest Addiction, and she is available as a makeup artist

"Benefit's Hoola bronzer (3) works well for almost every skin tone and surprisingly, the included brush works well for sweeping the initial color under your cheek bones as long as you blend it out with another brush afterwards. I love highlighters right now and one of my favorites is NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross (4). A great duo would be LORAC TANtalizer Highlighter & Matte Bronzer Duo (5)."
- Ivy Boyd blogs at Wake Up For Makeup

"IT cosmetics makes an amazing highlighting and contour palette (CC+ Radiance Palette) (6)."
- Christina Farrell also blogs at The Makeup Blogger

"Tom Ford's Highlight and Shader Duo (7) is the best for both pros and everyday people. It is so natural and easy to blend, I love using this to create a new face."
- Dimitri James founder of Skinn Cosmetics

"My favorite foundation to contour with is Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation (8). I discovered it during my trip to Sephora."
- Meg Raiano

"I love Senna's Face sculpting kit (9). It was originally developed for the cast of Desperate Housewives and it's basically all you need in order to contour and highlight. I also use Kevyn Aucoin's Sculpting Powder (11) and Tom Ford's Highlight and Shader Duo (7)."
- Lindsey Rivera

"Bobbi Brown makes a great stick foundation that is easy to contour and highlight with (10)."
- Shannon Van Horn


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