Thursday, February 04, 2016

It's Open! 15 Minutes, The Store

You may have noticed that I'm a little less present the last few weeks. Part of that is just stuff at home (my daughter turned 5!), but I'm also hard at work on something new and fun!

For years I've loved playing with Graphic Design. I'm a girl with thousands of fonts, I play with textures and graphics for fun. I've finally decided to do something with all of those designs, I've opened a store! It's called 15 Minutes (because, well, I couldn't think of a better name), and features all sorts of items. There are mugs, t-shirts, laptop cases, iPhone cases, passport covers, etc. I have designed funny sayings, different patterns for items, you name it!

The store just opened and I'm sure my designs will evolve and improve over time. But, in the meantime I'm pretty proud of what I've created so far. If you like what you see, but have a request, let me know!

Go check out 15 Minutes!

Monday, February 01, 2016

My Favorite Beauty Splurge vs Steal Products

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My Favorite Beauty Splurge vs Steal Products

Today for Makeup Wars we are sharing our favorite splurges and steals. I thought that rather than just showcasing a few items that are dupes, I would do something that a lot of readers have asked for via email lately, create a couple of complete makeup kits!

Here's a peek at how I would create these kits, I'm going for a fairly neutral look, but with a fun, bright pink lip. In real life, I use a combination of products from each of these price points. When applying, note that I apply products in the order that I've listed them here, and I usually require 2 color correctors (green for any redness, pink/peach for undereye circles), though I don't have a luxe version of the green. All of these products are ones that I have and use myself!

Luxe Makeup Bag Picks

1. Tinted Moisturizer: Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets BB Cream Skintone Perfector
2. Color Corrector: Giorgio Armani Master Corrector
3. Concealer: Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser Dark Circle Concealer
4. Powder: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact
5. Blush: Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blush
6. Shadow Primer: No Luxe Pick
7. Neutral Shadow Palette: Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Uptown Girl
8. Eye Liner: Charlotte Tilbury The Classic Eye Powder Pencil
9. Mascara: Chanel Le Volume Mascara
10. Brows: No Luxe Pick
11. Highlighter: RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
12. Bright Pink Lippie: Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain in 15 Rose Vinyl

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Splurge Makeup Kit Basic Products

1. Tinted Moisturizer: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+
2. Color Corrector: FACE Stockholm Corrective Concealer in Neutralizer Blue and Neutralizer Red
3. Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer
4. Powder: NARS Pressed Powder
5. Blush: Urban Decay Afterglow Blush
6. Shadow Primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance
7. Neutral Shadow Palette: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection
8. Eye Liner: Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner
9. Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
10. Brows: IT Cosmetics Brow Power Super Skinny
11. Highlighter: NARS Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross
12. Bright Pink Lippie: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Anarchy

Shop Splurge Picks

Best bargain makeup products

1. Tinted Moisturizer: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-In-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector
2. Color Corrector: Maybelline Cover Stick Concealer in Green
3. Concealer: L'oreal True Match Concealer
4. Powder: L'Oreal Paris Cosmetics Infallible Pro-Matte Powder
5. Blush: Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink
6. Shadow Primer: NYX Cosmetics Eye Shadow Base
7. Neutral Shadow Palette: CoverGirl Roses TruNaked Eye Shadow Palette
8. Eye Liner: CoverGirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner
9. Mascara: L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara in Blackest Black
10. Brows: L'Oreal Paris Cosmetics Stylist Definer Brow Liner
11. Highlighter: L'Oreal Paris Cosmetics True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator
12. Bright Pink Lippie: L'Oreal Paris Colour Caresse Wet Shine Lip Stain in Berry Persistent

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Wash Your Hair in Reverse with TRESemmé

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Tresemme Reverse System Shampoo and Conditioner review

Have you seen the tips on Pinterest about "correctly" washing your hair? And have you noticed that lately, a lot of those tips have recommended conditioning you hair before you wash it? It's a great idea. Add some much needed moisture to your hair, and follow it up by using shampoo. It removes excess conditioner, which weighs down your hair, but still lets your hair be moisturized.

While reverse washing sounds great in theory, it turns out that in reality it can be a bit difficult to pull off. There are many lightweight conditioners that don't hydrate quite enough to be used as a first step, and there are many shampoos that strip your hair too much to be the last step. I tried reverse washing with my regular shampoo and conditioner (a salon brand color safe option that I currently having hanging out in my shower), and the results weren't so good. My hair was frizzy and difficult to style. It was less shiny and difficult to style.

But, when done right, reverse washing really can give you amazing hair!

To make it fool proof, TRESemmé just released their Reverse Wash Hair Care System. A conditioner and shampoo that are balanced to do the reverse wash the right way. The conditioner is the first step, and it is a hydrating conditioner that makes my hair incredibly soft and shiny! The shampoo is gentle and washes away the weight the conditioner adds, but without stripping my hair. The shampoo has a very light conditioner in it, so When I style my hair afterwards, it is shiny, soft and has great volume.

If you want to try it out for yourself, there's an offer that starts today at CVS!

1/31/16 – 2/6/16
Get $5 ExtraBucks® Rewards when you spend $15 on participating TRESemmé products.
2/$8 WITH CARD TRESemmé shampoo, conditioner or select stylers
2/$10 WITH CARD Select premium TRESemmé shampoo, conditioner or select stylers

2/7/16 – 2/13/16
Get $2 ExtraBucks Rewards when you buy any 2 participating TRESemmé products
Buy 1, Get 1 50% WITH CARD on participating TRESemmé products

Want to try the TRESemmé Reverse Wash Hair Care System?

1 lucky 15 Minute Beauty Reader will win the TRESemmé Reverse Hair Care Shampoo & Conditioner!

Click the Your Style, Your Way link and comment on this post what TRESemmé regimen you would like to try. Leave your email address as well. Entry through 2/13, complete rules are here.

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