Friday, September 19, 2014

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

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Toni&Guy Styling Product Review

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.

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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
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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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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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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Get the Look: Surfer Chic at Jeremy Scott

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Perfect Beachy Wavy Hair: Surfer Chic at Jeremy Scott

The Jeremy Scott runway really nailed the laid back, pretty and no nonsense surfer chic vibe. I think that this look is probably best for spring and summer rather than the fall, but the no-makeup look was really perfected here (as well as the perfect beachy hair), and I wanted to share since I think it works year round!

Perfect beach waves from the Jeremy Scott Runway

The Hair
The hair was casual and the perfect result of a day at the beach, it really looks like hair was windswept. “I wanted to create a look based on surf culture that was relaxed and revealed the natural texture of the hair. Each girl had a unique look which was adapted to suit her individual style - a hidden braid, or a random crimped section; just something to set them each apart,” explained stylist Eugene Souleiman, Wella Professionals Global Creative Director of Care & Styling.

Products Used:
Wella Professionals Brilliance Shampoo and Conditioner
Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz
Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray
• Crimping Iron: I found this hair crimper and a lower priced option.

Get the Look:
1. Wash and condition hair with Brilliance Shampoo and Conditioner, then roughly dry the hair. While drying, put your head upside down and blasting the roots to create volume, roughly move your hands through your hair to move it around. Once dry, spray hair generously with Ocean Spritz for texture.

2. Take sections of hair and create any selection of the following:
• Random sections of crimped hair: Using a crimping iron on various lengths of the hair to provide points of interest.
• Thin braids at the back or front of the head: Using a fine tooth comb, back comb the end of the braid and spray with Finishing Spray to secure the braid without an elastic.
• Thick braids: Separate hair into 3-4 braids and secure each with an elastic. Spray each braid with Finishing Spray, apply heat with hair dryer and diffuser then unbraid for a beachy texture.

3. Rake fingers through hair (especially on the crown of the head) for a full, voluminous, textured finish.

Get the look of Jeremy Scott's Spring 2015 Runway, the perfect natural makeup

The Makeup
This is the natural, no-makeup makeup look at it's finest! It was created by MAC make-up artist Kabuki, and he did an amazing job! “I wanted the models to look like hippie surfers with sun-kissed faces... Dewy and young beach skin, super-casual with nothing obviously cosmetic.”

Products Used:
Fix + Spray
Matchmaster Foundation
Face & Body Foundation
Studio Finish Concealer
‘Keep It Loose’ Casual Color Lip and Cheek
Mixing Medium Shine

Get the Look:
1. Skin was prepped with a light moisturizer on the sides of the face (not the center) and neck. A light mist of Fix + Spray was applied all over, and then a light layer of foundation was applied. They used Matchmaster Foundation in the center of the face, blending out to the lighter weight Face & Body Foundation on the sides of the face and on the neck. Problem areas were hidden with a little Studio Finish Concealer.

2. To create the pretty glow seen on the cheeks of the models, one of the colors from the "Spring 15 Palette" was tapped onto the cheeks and bridge of the nose. This isn't available yet, so go with a pinky-peach cream product like the ‘Keep It Loose’ Casual Color Lip and Cheek pictured here.

3. The eyes were left bare with just a little bit of Shine Medium to add some sparkle. Lips were moisturized and otherwise left alone.

Jeremy Scott Spring 2015 Beachy Hair and Perfect No Makeup Makeup

Images c/o Wella
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