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Makeup Wars: Favorite Hair Tools

 Makeup Wars: Favorite Hair Tools

This Makeup Wars we are talking about our favorite hair tools. Only, I think I should title mine “Hair Tools I Can’t Use Any More”. You guys might remember when I was lamenting the lack of plus size pixie cut pics. Well, I took the plunge and went under the knife, or scissors as it were, and now I have a hair tool graveyard in my bathroom.

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Goodbye my beloved InStyler. I know I was afraid to use you the first 7 months I owned you, but, I realized the error of my ways and will miss your whirring ways.

Oh, you glorious Sedu Clipless Curling Iron. I will miss that heat resistant glove and my wonderful waves.

And you, you HOT Hot Rollers! Your necessity and ability to produce bodacious curls are a must in any Southern girls house and I know that I am letting you down.

(I must also pour out a 40 for the magical Sedu Revolution 1.5″ Styling Iron, which was tragically lost in the Great Luggage Theft of 2012.) *kisses two fingers and looks skyward*

So, where does that leave me? *Luckily* I have a couple of small flat irons in my arsenal.

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First, I have my old teflon coated Remington flat iron (*link to new version). This never snags my hair & always allowed me to not use product in my hair, without speeding up any heat damage. My hair still glides thru this, years later.

Second, I have this *cute* ghd IV violet 1″ Professional Styler. At first, I thought that was all this iron was, a neat color gimmick. Boy, was I proven wrong – this wicked little thing will heat up in less than a minute and handle any of my flyaways *thatfast*. It’s really so much better than I expected, except that I can’t change the temp. But, I’m not doing big, long, drawn out things with it, just running it thru, so I’m fine with that.

Anyway, that’s my hair tools saga for now. Makes me realize that for a chick that wore her hair up pretty much 285 days of the last 365, I sure do have a lot of ways to fix my hair that I never used much at all. Oh well…

Now, what is your favorite hair tool? And after you tell me that, then go check out what the other lovelies use:

*Disclaimer: Some of hese products were provided by the company’s PR for editorial consideration and some I spent my own hard earned cash on.

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Makeup Wars: Summer Eye Look

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In this edition of “Makeup Wars” we are talking about our go to Summer eye look. Now, I know I talked about my Favorite Waterproof Products which were mostly eye products, so you have an idea about what I wear when I am planning on being out in the heat for extended periods of time. I thought today I would show you what is pretty much my go to products on the daily in the summer months.

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  • An eyeshadow base/primer: One of the main things that I do for my eyes is to swipe on a combo shadow/base/primer. It works on it’s own or you can layer powder shadows over it. My fave is my Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Stick (*obvs). I have these in a wide variety of colors, but the one I reach for the most is “Copper Rose”. It’s a great neutral on it’s own, but it makes a great base to brighten up powder shadows you put on over it.
  • A bright eyeliner: I love a bright eyeliner, but the two I reach for the most in the summer is my Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in “Caribbean Sea”, which is a green turquoise color that is a great pop of color with neutrals and goes well with other bright shadows, and my NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in “Via Appia”, which is a vivid Copper Brown that leans towards Bronze, which complements neutrals and give depth to other bright colors. I do swap out other colors, but these two are the ones that I reach for more times a week than others.
  • A brow pencil: Your brows shape and finish your face, so, you need to make sure that you are grooming and setting them before you decide you are done getting ready. Right now, I am using the it Cosmetics Brow Power pencil on mine. The fact that it is waterproof and smudge resistant makes it a good choice for these summer temps since it won’t melt away.
  • A bold mascara: High end, low end, drugstore, department store, waterproof, clump free, colored or extreme black. The mascara choices are *almost* endless. I say, find what you want, what you like and what you want to spend and go crazy, you crazy thing. I rotate thru so many mascaras, depending on what I feel like that day (*I love having that option!) it’s hard for me to recommend just one for my summer eye fave, esp since I don’t wear waterproof mascara on the regular, which I know is a MUST for so many of you in the summertime. I grabbed this Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara because it has been in heavy rotation lately, as I’ve been wanting big lashes to go with my lazy ponytails I’ve been “rocking” lately, but it’s not the only one I’ll be using this summer.
  • Bright eyeshadows: Summertime is a great time to experiment with bold, bright colors, even if its just adding an eyeliner or a swipe of a color you wouldn’t normally apply. I love to try new colors all the time, but no matter what I always end up dragging out this discontinued palette from Stila – the Stila Kitten Palette, at least once a summer. I just love the colors in it – I can go neutral or I can go bright and bold. AND, they go with my fave eyeliners sweetly! I’ve barely put a dent in it, so I’m sure it will still last me a while longer.
  • So, what is your go to summer eye look? Do you experiment more or do you have one set look that gets you thru the hot months? Let me know in the comments and then check out these other lovelies summer looks:

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    *Disclaimer: Some of these products were provided by the company’s PR for editorial consideration, but most of them were paid with my cold hard cash.

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    Makeup Wars: Favorite Sunscreen

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    With Memorial Day just past, we are now officially in the Summer season. So, in this edition of “Makeup Wars”, we are discussing our favorite sunscreens. Now, we all know that I tend to make sure that most of the products I use contain SPF, because this pale, freckled skin isn’t going to keep itself looking like this on its own, that’s for sure. Because of that, I didn’t really include any of those products, like moisturizers, but just the products that I tend to use for its sunscreen properties on their own.

    Coola Sport SPF 35 Citrus Mimosa Sunscreen Spray: Scent is a HUGE part of sunscreen to me. I swear, it goes back to growing up and smelling the Coppertone Coconut Oil wafting by the pools growing up, all SPF 4 of it! And not only does this smell like yummy citrus, it is actually good for you. It “will also nourish, repair and hydrate skin with 97% certified organic ingredients like Cucumber, Algae and Strawberry Extracts; and Red Raspberry Seed Oil, a natural sunscreen and anti-inflammatory rich in Omega-3 and 6″. Ridiculous, right? And it sprays really well, too.

    Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 100+: Is SPF 100+ overkill? Yes. Do we know that anything over SPF 35 is not any more effective? Yes. Does seeing the SPF so high help me mentally think that I am doing an amazing thing? Yes. And that is why I use this one. Plus, the ultra-sheer factor really does help this absorb super quick so it doesn’t feel like it is just sitting on my face. I will wear this on the days that I won’t be wearing any makeup and will be out in the sun. Roasting.

    Mario Badescu Lip Wax SPF 15: I know I have told you about my love for this lip balm before. It’s my holy grail lip saver, and the SPF makes it a necessity in the summer months when I venture outside.

    Dr. Denese SPF 20 Defense Day Lip Veil: Sometimes, I need to have a bit of a shine on my lips, but still protect them. That is when I will whip out my Dr. D Lip Veil – this is a high shine gloss (*that tastes good), and still protects with a SPF 20. I’m pretty sure that this is discontinued on the Dr. D site, but you can still find it around. It doesn’t take much for glossy coverage.

    So, what do you use for sunscreen? Are you a spray or lotion user? Let me know below and then check out the sunscreen favorites from the other ladies:

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    *Disclaimer: Some of these products were provided by the company’s PR for editorial consideration and some were paid by myself.

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    Makeup Wars: Favorite Waterproof Makeup

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    In this edition of “Makeup Wars” we are talking about our favorite waterproof products. This is perfect timing what with the temps starting to heat up. I think of these more as meltproof/sweatproof products than pure waterproof products, since I am not that much of a pool going gal, as my pale skin can attest. So, I decided to give you guys my quick and dirty look for the summer, and it will even work at the pool, if you are in to that kind of thing.

    Now, I don’t include any face products, because, well, none of those are waterproof & they are just going to sweat off of me no matter what I do, so I barely even try during the warm months. 110deg Oklahoma Summer will do that to a gal.

    I always tend to keep my eyes fixed, and these items keep them ready, no matter the moistness:

    Mally Beauty Waterproof Volumizing Mascara: If you guys remember, this was one of my “Desert Island” staples, so, if it is good enough for the island, it’s good enough for hanging out by the pool. (*If you are looking for a drugstore WP mascara, you might also remember that I’ve hung out at the pool in some Covergirl LashBlast 24 Hour Mascara, too.)

    Maybelline Color Tattoo Gel Shadow: I know I have told you about these over and over and over again, but they really are a great waterproof shadow option, especially for a drugstore brand – the variety of colors are amazing, but I generally keep a neutralish color around so I can play with brighter eyeliner.

    Pixi Beauty Endless Silky Eye Pen: These eyeliners are ridiculously great for my eyes. They glide on almost as easy as liquid liner, but with a pencil width and wear. And, their waterproof claim is no joke. I have got an eye that continues to water like a weeping statue, whether from allergies or just to annoy the hell out of me (*which it does). These pencils have become my go-to liner that stands up to my constant wiping, without staining my eyelid, nor fading away after first wipe and comes in a bunch of different, vibrant colors.

    As for my lips, we know that we can’t keep gloss or lipstick on for very long, and we need to reapply sunscreen lip products, esp hanging out by the pool/lake/ocean. The one thing I have found that keeps color on my lips and holds up to reapplication of lip wax is a lip stain:

    Covergirl Outlast Lipstain: This drugstore goodie is water-based so you won’t dry out your lips and still keep color on your lips while playing in the water. (*Fun fact: I use this to draw on my kids’ face for Spirit Days at school – it wears off overnight and lasts thru sweaty pep rallies!)

    So, these are the things that pretty much get me thru an Oklahoma summer. What are some of your favorite waterproof/meltproof/sweatproof products?

    And, after you tell me that, go check out what these other lovelies have picked as their waterproof faves:

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    *Disclaimer: These products were provided by the company’s PR for editorial consideration.

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    Makeup Wars: Favorite Masks

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    In this edition of Makeup Wars, we are talking about our favorite masks/masques – of which I love. I especially love sheet masks and was all set to tell you guys about a bunch of Asian sheet masks that my BFF brought back for me that address all kinds of concerns I didn’t even know I had! But. It turns out that my wonky, weepy eye decided that it wanted to makes friends with Pink Eye again, just like last last year. I totally think it is allergy related, but whatever, it’s annoying and it has turned me into Patchy McPatcherson the Pirate, rocking an eyepatch all over the place lately.

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    And because of that, my right eye is feeling strained and my left eye feels irritated from the patch. This means around my eyes need some TLC, so the I’ve been grabbing my go-to eye reliever, the Talika Eye Therapy Patches.

    I have told you about these a few years ago. And since then, I have tried other eye patches, like the bliss energizing eye mask, but I keep coming back to these. I keep in stock in the fridge for just in case sitches like this, thankfully. They don’t burn or sting, nor drip in my eyes. I can just chill in bed, or the bathtub and let them sit on my face for as long as I want. I may or may not fall asleep with them on. (*These are also great for airplane trips, too.)

    So, I’m going to go back to soothing my eyes, but in the meantime, you should tell me what your favorite masks are and then go check out the other lovelies’ favorites, too!

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