7.20.2012

Werq That Hair

The weather this summer season has been particular to say the least. As a Southern Californian I shouldn't be complaining because it has been significantly grueling everywhere else in the country. But my hair has just been a unhappy mess because of the abrupt changes. 

To relieve it of its frizzy, tangled, and dryness I've been using these four products.

Phyto Phytovolume Actif Volumizer Spray (for Fine and Limp Hair)
Naturally, I have very thin and flat hair. I dream of having locks a la Zooey Deschanel and Sarah Jessica Parker. And I've never mastered the practice of back combing so I have to rely on other help. I picked this product up to help me with volume and I have to say that I haven't really found much difference before and after. I'm not sure if I'm using it correctly, but I'm not fully satisfied with the results. Also my hair was left feeling as though it had product in it(I usually like it when hair product is undetectable). I also wish the spray cap was a continuous spray like hair spray bottles but you have to constantly press the spray cap to release the product. But I'm going to try and use it all up just so I don't feel its a total waste. This product retails for $28 for 4.2 oz.

Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil
I absolutely LOVE this product. In comparison to the many choices of hair oils these days, I believe this one smells the best. Mind you, my hair is quite long so using a product that smells like car fumes or sugar can leave me with a headache because I do have to use a lot of it to cover the length of my hair. In the past I have used the Macadamia Natural Oil brand and Moroccan Oil (I have yet to use Argan oil, but is it the same as Moroccan?), and in my opinion these all work to keep the hair looking healthy. But the smell of this Organix is significantly better than the others. Organix also has a moroccan oil, but the smell isn't as wonderful. Not to mention this brand is a lot cheaper than its counterparts, his can be found at CVS for about $8.

Moroccan Oil Frizz Control
I got this bottle from the spring New Beauty TestTube. I haven't used all that much until recently and I've been really liking it. It helps tame the frizziness and also add a bit of hold(or maybe that was because I used it in conjunction with some hairspray). I usually spray this on the ends of my hair because those parts are usually the most uncontrollable. The ends are also dry as hell because they have been over-died and over-processed. I bet this product would work really well with curly/wavy hair. My hair is straight with a little waviness at times. It's probably safe to say that I could find a similar product on a cheaper scale but this was a welcome surprise in my TestTube. I believe this retails for $32.

It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product
I don't know who doesn't get tangles after washing your hair, but my hair is completely unmanageable after washing it. I seriously have one hairbrush that I CANNOT live without because it is the only thing that will untangle my hair after the shower. But this product is a great addition in helping untangle my hair. I'm not sure it was meant to be a hair detangler but this is what I've been using this product for. This product also came in the New Beauty TestTube(my favorite beauty subscription service) and I believe the 2oz I received retails for $12 but I've seen them at Nordstrom Rack for less.

Did you guys find a great hair product recently? Let me know!

7.18.2012

Current Obsessions

1. Doing my nails!
I love painting my nails as much as the next girl, when I'm good I usually change it maybe every week. These are my instagrams and for the past week or so I pretty much have a new color on my nails every two days. 

2. Body Mists
I have a small travel size Victoria Secret body mist in the scent Appletini that I cannot stop using. I've been obsessively using it for the past month or so and take it everywhere with me! lol Once I'm finished with this bottle I am heading to the nearest Victoria Secret or Bath and Body Works. 

3. DJ Khaled - Take It To The Head




4. Spotify
I love this app. It really has just about EVERY song ever. Very easy to use and am currently debating on whether or not to sign up for the monthly service for my iPhone. 




7.17.2012

Nars All About Cheek Palettes

L-Joie de Vivre R-Danmari
I think it's completely brilliant that Nars has been putting out cheek palettes. Acquiring these blushes/highlighters/bronzers one at a time would seriously put a large dent in my pocket so it's like they heard my wishes and with a discount I could collect a nice selection of them!

I loved the Danmari palette from winter and now through Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale they have put out the Joie de Vivre palette. And the color selection is just perfect! They both contain Orgasm but who wouldn't want more of that? ;-P
I've been using Luster in the Joie de Vivre palette a lot lately. It gives me a sun-kissed glow perfect for summer. It's so gorgeous. Joie de Vivre also contains the famous Laguna bronzer. 

The Danmari palette contains Hungry Heart Duo (II), Casino, Orgasm, Super Orgasm, Desire, and Sin. The Joie de Vivre palette contains Albatross, Gaiety, Luster, Laguna, Orgasm, and Angelika. 

These palettes are perfect for anyone who wants a taste of Nars blushes. The Danmari palette is no longer available but the Joie de Vivre is currently a Nordstrom exclusive. If you are interested I would go get one asap as the Danmari sold out pretty fast. It retails for $65. 

7.11.2012

It's Getting Hot In Here

Hot in, so hot in here! So hot in, hot, oh!
With a little bit of, uh uh, and a little bit of, uh uh

wow...i'm liking that a bit too much right now.

In honor of summer and the ever growing list in my head here is my summer wishlist.

Summer Wishlist
From upper left clockwise:

Sheer Lipsticks (especially the Giorgio Armani's)
Victoria Secret Rio Push-up Bandeau Top
Jo Malone Wild Bluebell
Dolce Vita Imogen Loafers
Zara Sleeveless T-Shirts
Oribe Apres Beach Wave & Shine Spray
Prada Sunglasses
Frye Delia Saddle Oxfords

7.08.2012

Chanel Foundation/Powder Brush #7

For a while I was obsessed with duo fiber brushes.

Yah, that's a sentence DEFINITELY coming from a makeup/beauty addict. I mean who says that...

Anyway, I wasn't joking. I really was obsessed for a bit. I have this Borghese duo fiber brush that I became consumed with and always used it for foundation/blush/primer. And then I would talk about it incessantly to my bff, because I swear it had magical powers.

So then my birthday rolls around and she decides to get me the Chanel duo fiber foundation brush to I guess shut me up because every time I passed by those brushes at the Chanel counter I would always ooh and ahh. 

Now I've been using this brush ever since then for about 3 months now and let's just say we've had our ups and downs. 
First, I observed that the #7 brush was made in China. While the eyebrow brush #12 (reviewed here) was made in France. I suppose I haven't really seen a major difference in quality between the brushes (I also have the #13 eyeliner brush which is made in France, and the touch up/kabuki brush which is made in China). But I am kinda bummed out that they are not all made in France. Not that I have anything against things made in China. It's just I buy into the hype of anything made in France. 

So when I first started using the brush there was A LOT of fallout with the bristles. I didn't experience this with my other duo fiber brushes so I was a little miffed. But after 2-3 washes/uses there was no longer any fallout. 

This brush is soft and is excellent with the application of foundation/primer. These past few weeks I've been reaching for this brush pretty much every time I wear foundation. Overall, I would have to say that this brush is just ok. This brush definitely lost points with me through the whole bristle fallout and made in China thing. Maybe if the price point was a little less then it would be more worth it. But then again I didn't buy it...and I like free things.

The #7 brush retails for $54 and can be purchased at Nordstroms or chanel.com.

Any recommendations for other duo fiber brushes?

P.S. I still haven't found a permanent camera solution yet. These pictures were taken quite a while ago when I did have a camera at my disposal. 

7.04.2012

Hey There Stranger (from you to me)

I cannot tell you how much I really wish I could blog more consistently but unfortunately I have been sans camera. And I really don't want to post crappy pictures through my iPhone because well isn't there enough of those on the internet?... 

Not to say that mine are better than others, because I'm the first to admit that I suck taking pictures. But I want y'all to see that I try =D

Hopefully I'll be figuring out the camera situation soon. 

In the mean time I hope everyone has a fun and most importantly SAFE fourth of july! 

<3 Jackie



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