The Spice Must Flow…Through Covergirl Clean Glow Bronzer in Spices

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Covergirl Clean Glow Bronzer in Spices

Spices: for adding flava to your look.

OK, that was corny…

Like spicy corn salsa. :)

Covergirl’s Clean Glow Bronzer in Spices ($7.89) is a matte powder bronzer with a bit o’ kick to it. It may not pack enough heat for darker skin tones, but it’s got a little somethin’-somethin’.

Use the peachy brown, tan and dark taupe-brown separately, or mix them together to contour and warm up the skin.

I actually don’t use this as a bronzer, but rather as an improv matte eyeshadow palette.

Yup, that’s right. I think the medium and dark shades make fantastic crease colors, and the lightest shade does a bang-up job as a brow bone highlighter.

Gotta love those multi-taskers (especially when they cost less than $8).

If you’re interested in spicing up your life with Spices, you can find it now at drugstores, supermarkets and online.

Covergirl Clean Glow Bronzer in Spices
Covergirl Clean Glow Bronzer in Spices

Covergirl Clean Glow Bronzer in Spices

From the left, the three shades swatched individually; on the far right, all of the shades mixed and swatched together

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray Is the Stuff of Hair Helping Legend

Published in: Hair, Oribe, Product Reviews

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

Warning: addiction ahead! Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, $21.50 for a 2.2-oz. Purse Size bottle

Oh, fudge!

Oops! There goes another quarter into the beauty product-related swear jar (I don’t actually have one of those, but sometimes I think I should).

Seriously, Oribe, why’d you have to make me fall in love with your Dry Texturizing Spray when you knew the last thing I needed in my life right now was another bank-breaking hairstyling product?

How rude!

Cue Beauty Wayback Machine. Destination: one month ago…

Spinning.

Spinning.

Spinning.

BAM! Bright light, aaaaaand, we’re here. :)

It’s mid August, 2014.

I’m just about to haul my cookies out of the salon after getting my roots touched up when I realize that I need (“need,” air quotes) a small travel-size bottle of dry shampoo to bring with me on my upcoming trip to LA (it was still upcoming at the time), so I ask mini Stevie Nicks (which is my inside voice nickname for the gal who works behind the front desk counter, on account of the witchy, floaty outfits she’s always wearing) for a recommendation. She points me to Oribe’s Dry Texturizing spray with the following caveat: “You gotta be down with grit. If you want smooth and silky, you’ll need something else.”

Since I am down with grit (I think), I grab the small 2.2-oz. Purse Size for $21.50.

As I hand mini Stevie Nicks my credit card and the bottle, I hear my penny-pinching mother’s voice in my head. “Hooey, put that down! Let’s go to Rite Aid instead and get an extra large bottle of Aqua Net for $2.”

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

I do my best to ignore her. “I cannot get addicted to this,” I tell myself, walking out the door. If the little bottle is $21, I don’t even want to think about how much the big bottle costs (side note: it’s $42).

Sadly for my wallet, it’s love at first spray.

Fast forward to today…

Volcanic volume at the roots, tremendous texture, legendary lift, and UV filters

This stuff is kinda magical. It does a little bit of everything, too, and it does it all well.

  • As a dry shampoo — I use Dry Texturizing spray between washes to absorb oil and refresh my janky-smelling roots. Like the other Oribe products I’ve tried, it smells elegant and expensive, like a light yet complex jasmine floral perfume.
  • As a finishing spray — Whenever I curl my hair, I spray Dry Texturizing on the middle sections and the ends for shine, hold, bounce and texture.
  • As a root lifter — When I spray it on my roots, ERMAHGOD! The volume is volcanic. Its lift is the stuff of legends. I’m talking big frickin’ hair, man.

On top of everything else, it also includes UV filters to protect color-treated hair against sun damage.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
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Simplify Your Look With the Right Highlighting Palette

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup Tips/How To, Revlon, Sponsored Post

Walmart Simply Beautiful

Revlon Rose Glow 02 Highlighting Palette (1)

Wearing the Revlon Rose Glow 02 Highlighting Palette, available now at Walmart for $9.97

As a participant in the Totally Her program, I’ve received product samples and/or compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Looking for a new full-coverage, layered makeup look to wear during the last days of summer?

Uh…wait.

That’s not right. How ’bout this instead?

Looking to simplify your late-summer/early fall looks with something light and fresh? The Revlon Rose Glow 02 Highlighting Palette ($9.97) can help. It works well as a highlighter, blush and an eyeshadow, all rolled into a single useful palette.

Revlon Rose Glow 02 Highlighting Palette (2)

Revlon Rose Glow 02 Highlighting Palette (3)

Here’s the simple step-by-step:

After filling in my brows and applying foundation and concealer, I apply the shimmery taupe shade (it’s the one in center of the palette) on my lids with a flat eyeshadow brush.

Revlon Rose Glow 02 Highlighting Palette (4)

Revlon Rose Glow 02 Highlighting Palette (5)

Next, I load a fluffy tapered eyeshadow brush (because a regular blush brush would be too big, and would also pick up the neighboring colors) with the pink shade, second from the top, and buff that on the apples of my cheeks for a fresh wash of summery color.

Revlon Rose Glow 02 Highlighting Palette (6)
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If You Have Eyes for Copper, Plum and Burgundy Shades, Try Covergirl Queen Collection Eye Shadow Pot in Dazzle Q185

Published in: Daily Photo

Covergirl Queen Collection Eye Shadow Pot in Dazzle Q185

Covergirl Queen Collection Eye Shadow Pot in Dazzle Q185, $4.49

Dazzle Q185, meet the Dupe Alert 3000.

Dupe Alert 3000, meet Dazzle Q185.

I had high hopes that Covergirl Queen Collection Eye Shadow Pot in Dazzle Q185 ($4.49) would be a respectable, dramatically less expensive dupe for MAC Mulch, but according the Dupe Alert 3000, “BEEP! Subject is a little too coppery red. BEEP-BOOP! Match negative.”

Oh, well.

That doesn’t stop Dazzle Q185 from being a beautiful shade in its own right. It packs plenty o’ pigment and looks even more intense layered with a reddish copper cream shadow. I really dig it with Laura Mercier Burnished Copper or Chanel’s New Moon.

I think it also goes well with colors that contain plummy and burgundy tones, like MAC Sable, Twinks and Sketch.

So there, stupid Dupe Alert 3000. Take that. :)

Covergirl Queen Collection Eye Shadow Pot in Dazzle Q185

Covergirl Queen Collection Dazzle Q185 (left) and MAC Mulch (right)

Covergirl Dazzle Q185 (left) and MAC Mulch (right)

This Berry Blush Is Blissfully Grinding: Smashbox Halo Longwear Blush in Blissful

Published in: Daily Beauty

Smashbox Halo Longwear Blush in Blissful

In a way, these Smashbox Halo Longwear Blushes ($24 each) are a lot like potato chips.

It’s really, really hard to have just one. :)

Smashbox calls this beauty Blissful. It’s a berry with a subtle golden sheen. A very fall-friendly shade.

I think it looks super pretty with berry and wine matte lips.

It’s available now at Smashbox counters and online.

Smashbox Halo Longwear Blush in Blissful

Smashbox Halo Longwear Blush in Blissful

Smashbox Blissful Swatch

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