Lashes and glue. . .

I have a love/hate relationship with fake lashes.  Sometimes I LOVE them, and sometimes I can’t be bothered.  They’re kinda a hassle, but when done right, can look amazing. My favorites are the Ardell Wispies.  They can be found at the drugstore and are super affordable.  I’ll never be the person who wears them EVERYDAY, but let’s be real –  I do love a good fake lash. 😉

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I have SUPER sensitive eyes and have always had an issue with lash glue. Hello, swollen lids.  Not cute.  I had heard a lot of good things about the House of Lashes glue, and had to give it a try for myself.  The verdict: AMAZING.  It smells good, keeps your lashes in place, and most importantly removes easily.  I haven’t had any issues with sensitivity. House of Lashes also makes beautiful lashes.  You know, if you’re into that sorta thing.

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What are you thoughts on fake lashes? Take them or leave them? I want to know.

Happy Hump Day! xo

TKP

Dragon’s Blood. . .

No.  I’m not a wizard.  I’m also not a skin care expert but apparently Dragon’s blood is a type of sap/resin from a tree.  It seems that is has been used for years in skincare and has healing properties.  Who knew?  Hyaluronic acid is a regular ingredient in a lot of skincare products.  It acts as a humectant, which is just a fancy way of saying it helps skin retain moisture.  Skincare is just so so important.  As I get older, I have been noticing changes in my skin.  I have more dry patches and things just seem less, well, firm.  I did a bit of research and these two things kept coming up as key ingredients when it came to firming, plumping and maintaining moisture.  I’m in.

Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic By Rodial

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Dragon’s Blood Fix Mask by Nip + Fab

I’ve been using both of these the past few months and O.M.G.  The difference in my skin is amazing.  I have SUPER oily skin, but also used to have several dry patches around my nose and on my chin.  Dry patches = gone. I am very self conscious about the wrinkles on my forehead (what can I say – I’m super animated)  and I have noticed a significant improvement. I use the toner/tonic twice a day (am and pm) and the mask about once a week.  Let the mask sit on your skin for about 10 minutes and rinse.  You can also leave it on overnight for more intense hydration.  I did that once, and woke up with a pimple.  I wash it off after 10 minutes.

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This pic (above) is with no makeup (obviously) and taken while binge watching House of Cards.  Chevy looks as shocked as I felt while watching it.  Whaaaat?! I chose this pic so you could see that skin looks pretty smooth, even without makeup. Woo! Of course it’s not going to make imperfections/wrinkles disappear, but it really does help.

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If you’re looking to up your skincare game, try using products with either one of these ingredients, or both.  Makeup and filters also really help. 😉

Note: always make sure to do a test patch before trying any new skin care to make sure you’re not allergic or have an adverse reaction to any of the ingredients. . .

Happy Monday!! xo

TKP

 

 

Color correcting & Peeps. . .

Color correcting is the new “in” thing when it comes to makeup.  Everywhere I turn, I see new color correcting powders and concealers.  The colors are super pretty and remind me of Spring, but what the heck are you supposed to do with PURPLE concealer? I mean, really?  Makeup artists have been color correcting for years, and so I thought I’d let you in on a few tips/tricks.

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Ultimately, makeup is just art, and your face is a blank canvas.  If you think back to elementary school, color theory and the good ole color wheel, it’s really quite easy to figure out.  Opposite colors neutralize each other.  Most people are worried about a few things on their skin = redness, dark circles, veins or a sallow/yellow complexion.

Here’s the easiest breakdown:

Dark blue/purple = peach – orange  concealer (depending on how dark) Also works to cover tattoos.

Redness = Green concealer

Sallow/Yellow = Purple concealer

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I did NOT wake up like this.

So for example, if you have SUPER dark/blue under eyes, use a creamy peach/orange concealer under your eyes. There are a ton of different ones out there.   I like MAC, NYX or Benefit’s Erase Paste.  Make sure to apply your regular skin toned concealer over it.  Color.  Neutralized. I would recommend a beauty blender or a sponge to apply concealer, but you can also use a brush.

Big red pimple? A little green concealer. Done and done.  You get where I’m going with this. 🙂

The key is a) not going crazy and using too much and b) once you’ve used the color corrector, and regular concealer – setting it with a powder.  (My favorite is the Coty Airspun Powder, but any translucent powder will work. . .) Ta da!

Note:  If you just slather purple concealer on your face, you’re gonna look like a crazy person.  The truth is that most people don’t really need to used color correcting concealers, but if you really feel you need to –  try it.  It works.  Now you know.

I had to use a little extra under eye concealer today.  Yesterday was Easter and I had too many peeps. And by peeps, I mean – wine.  Who doesn’t love peeps? Especially large purple ones.

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Happy Monday! xo

TKP

Some liquid lipsticks and a lawsuit. . .

Liquid lipsticks are all the rage.  I have a love/hate relationship with them.  I love how they look – but hate that they can be so drying and suck the life out of your face.  Not cute.  I have tried many different brands and formulas.  Of all the ones I’ve tried, 2 brands really stand out.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics

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I love love these liquid lipsticks.  The formula is AH-MA-ZING.  They are pigmented, long lasting and do not dry your lips out at all.  Best.  Thing.  Ever.  Done and done. Colors shown: Masochist and Dirty Money.  Yep.  Green liquid lipstick. I know – not for everyone, but I LOVE it.

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Dose of Colors

The Matte Liquid Lipsticks by Dose of Colors are also really great.  They are a bit more drying than the Jeffree Star ones, but as long as you moisturize your lips, you’re good to go.  They have a lot of amazing colors, but my favorite is Desert Suede.  Taupe lipstick sounds sorta weird, but it’s so pretty on.  Every time I’ve worn it, I’ve gotten a ton of compliments.  Brown/grey lips for the win.

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Liquid lipsticks can be a pain in the butt to remove, so I’ve been on the hunt for a good oil based cleanser/remover.  I recently received a $25 gift card from The Body Shop as part of a settlement in a class action lawsuit.  My sister always says I’m lucky because over the years, I’ve gotten quite a few gift cards and checks from various class action lawsuits. Gotta love lawyers.  😉  Shopping time! WOO!

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I’ve heard really good thing about the Chamomile Silky Cleansing Oil from the Body Shop.  Since it was essentially free, I HAD to try it! If you wear a lot of makeup (especially foundation) you really should use an oil or remover to take off your makeup in addition to washing your face. I love this.  It removes all of your makeup, and doesn’t leave your face feeling greasy or with an oily residue.  I have extremely oily/acne prone skin so I’ve always been nervous about putting oil on my face.  BUT, I think using this has actually caused my skin to produce LESS oil.  Crazy, right?  I’ve heard some people have issues with leaky packaging, but so far it hasn’t been an issue. (Fingers crossed!)  So. Good.

What have you been loving lately?

Happy Monday! xo

TKP

 

Acceptance. . .

Someone told me (in a not so nice way) that it was stupid to be both a makeup artist and a lawyer.  I think it’s stupid to not be nice to people.  It’s people who say things like that that make me want to be the best I can be – at both my jobs.  So this morning, I took a deposition with a blue smokey eye using the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette, and my beloved KatVonD Shade & Light Palettes. More to come on that at a later date.  LOVE.

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I felt compelled to write this today, because there are always going to be people in life that tell you what you’re doing is wrong or stupid.  Not everyone is a fan of makeup. I get it.  Okay, I don’t.  But anyway. . . I’ve come to learn that most of what people say to you, or about you, doesn’t have anything to do with you.  It’s about them, and a projection of their own reality.  Maybe this person was just having a bad day, week or month. . . Maybe I’m reading into all of this a little too much.  It doesn’t really matter. All I know is that I really love being BOTH a lawyer and makeup artist – AND that I really liked my makeup today. I know – I’m deep as a puddle.

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I had a friend who was really good at summing up life into quotes and analogies. One of my favorites was “What Susie says about Sally, says more about Susie than it does Sally.” So I guess my point in all of this is: when in doubt, wear the bright lipstick. Rock the smokey eye.  Because people will always talk about you.  You might as well give them something to talk about. <3

xo

TKP

Gwen. . .

I grew up listening to Gwen Stefani and No Doubt.  I have very vivid memories of riding the bus in middle school with my walkman (yes, cassette tapes. . .) blasting SPIDERWEBS.  When I heard that Gwen Stefani was collaborating with Urban Decay my immediate reaction was: I  WANT IT ALL.  Let’s be honest, that’s pretty much my reaction when it comes to makeup in general. I know.  I have issues.

Growing up,  Gwen was the epitome of cool.  She was even able to rock braces.   I on the other hand, seemed to think it was a good idea to wear my dad’s clothes. Yeah.  Not so cool. 🙂

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The collaboration consists of an eyeshadow palette, blush palette, 8 lipsticks, 6 lip pencils and 2 brow boxes.  I recently tested out the lipsticks.  They range from nude to BRIGHT purple/pink and come in 3 different finishes: sheer, matte and cream.  After playing with the colors, I decided on Wonderland.  It is described as a dark pink red cream.  OMG.  It is so so pretty.

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I wore it on a night out in Vegas and got a ton of compliments.  AHH.  I just love this color so much. I would wear it everyday if I could.  It’s bold, without being super overpowering and ridiculous.  It has a blue undertone so it helps make your teeth look whiter (yes!) and the color is opaque and comfortable on the lips.

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If you’re looking for a new lipstick, I would definitely check these out. NO DOUBT, you’ll love them as much as I do.  Okay, I’ll stop.  I may or may not have the a majority of the collection.  More posts to come.  Get.  Excited. I know I am.  Happy Thursday! xo

TKP

They just had to go. . .

I rarely return makeup.  Rarely.  But recently there have been a few purchases that were just so no bueno that they had to go.  Yeah.  Buh-bye.  Fortunately, Sephora has a good return policy and it’s not a major hassle.  One of the things went back to Rite Aid, which also has a great return policy when it comes to makeup.

L’OREAL True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation

Cushion foundations are all the rage.  They have been popular in Asia for years, and are finally finding their way to the U.S.  It’s basically a sponge soaked in liquid foundation and put in a compact.  I’ve tried a few different ones. My favorite is actually the MAC Matchmaster Shade Intelligence Compact, but that’s another post.

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I had been stalking my local drugstore, and finally got my hands on the color N2 Classic Ivory.  The color was way too light, but that wasn’t the issue.  The formula just did NOT work for me.   It clung to my dry patches like nobody’s business and made my pores look HUGE. ACK.  So gross.  It’s never good one someone says “um, you have something on your chin.”  Ugh. Returned.  Never been so happy to get $16.99 back.  Which, btw seems expensive for a drugstore foundation.  There are a lot better options in the $10 range.  Just saying.

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The next 2, I didn’t even keep long enough to take a picture of.  If you look at the picture in my previous post, you’ll see my post bronzer orange face.  Not cute.

Hourglass Ambient Bronzer

Let me start by saying that this bronzer is $50.  FIFTY DOLLARS.  Yeah.  I know.  As a general rule, Hourglass makes beautiful high end makeup.  Their ambient lighting powders are amazing, gorgeous highlighters that are perfect for brides.  I had high hopes for this bronzer.  The formula is creamy, finely milled annd turns you orange.  ORANGE.  OOMPA LOOMPA. Orange.  It’s not just me.  Read the other reviews on the Sephora website.  ORANGE. Okay.  Enough said.  It had to go.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refining Primer

Apparently this primer has somewhat of a cult following. Who knew? In fact, it’s currently sold out at sephora.com.  I was on the hunt for a pore minimizing primer, partly due to the LUMI foundation which made me super self conscious about my pores.  This was just OKAY.  It didn’t minimize my pores or make my foundation last considerably longer than normal.  For $45 (Again. I know!) it just wasn’t doing it for me.  Returned. ::happy dance::

That’s it for now.  Lots of new posts coming soon.  Stay tuned!

What products have you been disappointed with lately?

I wanna know!

XO

TKP

Drugstore Eyeshadow Palettes. . .

I don’t discriminate when it comes to makeup.  If it’s good, it’s good.  I don’t care if it has a designer label, or I got it for a dollar at the drugstore.  I LOVE drugstore makeup and when I find a gem, it makes me happy.  I’m simple.  I know.  I’ve been on a eyeshadow palette kick lately.  $10 for a palette of shadows?  Sold.  I recently picked up a couple of palettes at Walgreens and CVS.  One is a definitely hit.  The other. . .eh.  It’s not BAD. But it could be better.

No7 Mini Eye Palette

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I got this on a trip to Chicago at the most GIANT Walgreens I’ve ever seen in my life.  It was a makeup lovers dream.  There was so much to choose from that I didn’t even know where to start.  I decided to be adventurous and try a brand I’ve never tried before.  The rest as they say. . .is history. (Too dramatic? Okay.  Moving on. . . ) No7 is a UK based brand.  Their products are apparently sold at Walgreens, and I’ve also seen them at Target.  For some reason, I don’t really see this available anywhere online.  It is available here for $43.00 if you really want it, but I’d pass and check your local Walgreens.  You never know what you’ll find.

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The colors are so so pretty.  They’re neutral and diverse enough that you can basically create any look.  There is a nice mix of matte and shimmery shades.  The shadows themselves are a bit powdery and not as pigmented as they could be.  When applied they were a bit patchy, but with a little blending I was able to achieve a look that I really liked.  Like I said – not bad for $10, just not AMAZING.

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The e.l.f. Prism Shadow Palette (Sunset)

This palette on the other hand, is definitely one of my favorites.  The colors are so creamy, pigmented and just gorgeous.  I got it at CVS on a whim.  SO happy I did.  All of the shades are definitely shimmery.  If you are looking for a matte palette, this probably isn’t for you.  There is also a more neutral palette (Naked), but I opted for the cool toned/pinky shades.

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I’ve been wearing it the past few days, and have been happy with it every time.  TIP: use a wet brush for even more intensity.

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I was having a terrible hair day in this pic, but it was fine because my eyeshadow was so pretty.  Also, I was wearing a bronzer that I ended up returning because it turned me ORANGE. (Can you say OOMPA LOOMPA?) It was bad.  We’ll leave that for another day.

Has anyone tried these? What’s your favorite drugstore palette? I want to know!

xo

TKP

You get what you pay for. . .

Most of the time.  But SOMETIMES, especially with makeup, you can find some really great products that are SUPER affordable.  Can you tell I’m EXCITED? Okay, I’ll stop with the CAPS. 🙂

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E.l.f. Cosmetics has always been on my radar as a super affordable brand (when I say affordable, I mean like – dirt cheap)  with surprisingly good products.  Their products can sometimes be hit or miss.  But when you’re only spending between $1 – $3 per product, you don’t feel that bad if the product is a dud.   My one and only Black Friday purchase this past year was the e.l.f. perfect pout lip set.  It’s normally $10, but was on sale for $8.  Score.  It came with 3 lip glosses (Brian, Brett and Luke) and 2 lip balm tints. 5 products for under $10.  You can’t really beat it.  The lip balm tints are not my favorite.  They have no real color, and don’t seem to be that moisturizing. They would be perfect for a pre-teen or teenager who is just getting into makeup.  They’re not bad, just not that exciting.

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from left to right: Brian, Brett & Luke

The EX-tra lip glosses however: O.M.G.  I love these so much.  They are extremely pigmented, smooth, creamy and just A-MA-ZING.  I’m in love.  They’re not super sticky (sticky is so annoying!) and feel great on your lips.  You can buy them individually for $2.  TWO DOLLARS.   I’ve seen them at Target and CVS, and you can also order online. Today the weather was crap and I was having a bad hair day.  My lipgloss however, (Brett) was super pretty and that made me happy.  It’s the little things.

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Has anyone tried these? What are your favorite e.l.f. products?

Happy Monday! xo

Irresistible Me. . .

DISCLAIMER: Okay, let me start out by saying that I was contacted by Irresistible Me and asked if I would like to try out their hair extensions.  I was given the hair, but was not paid or given any compensation in exchange for a positive review.  All opinions are my own, and I tell it like it is.  Obviously.  I had to get that out there because I feel like in the world of blogging/social media, you’re not quite sure what to believe.  Do people actually LOVE products, or just love that they are free, or the $ that comes with branding and advertising?  It’s hard to tell.  I have no reason to exaggerate or lie about anything – love it/hate it, I’ll tell you. Now that that’s out of the way. . .back to the hair.

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I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with hair extensions.  I’ve had them on and off for several years.  I didn’t find the maintenance that bad.  The worst part is really the time it takes to put them in (hours and HOURS) and the sticker shock each time you get them done (that’ll be $1000, please. . .) Okay.  I take that back – I never paid $1000 for hair, but that’s only because my friend is a hairdresser and gives me a hefty discount. (It’s still not cheap. . .) Like anything else, you get what you pay for.  If you can’t afford to get it done right, just don’t do it.  No need to look like you have doll hair. Not to mention the damage it can cause to your real hair if they’re not done properly.  No one wants that.  NO one.

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The next best alternative is clip in extensions.  Enter: Irresistible Me.  The good thing about clip in extensions is that you can take them in and out of your hair when you want, and not have to worry about damage to your real hair.  They’re also a lot cheaper, and assuming you take good care of them, you can reuse them as many times as you want.  The hardest part is matching the color to your natural hair and picking the length and density that is appropriate for you.  The website and pictures are pretty accurate, and there are guides that help in picking the length.   I tend to be more conservative, and would rather have it be a bit shorter than look ridiculous.  That’s just me.  And hey – if that’s the look you’re going for – all the more power to you.  No judgment.

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I eventually chose the Silky Touch Hair in Silky Ash Blonde #10 in 18 inches and 140g.  They come in 14, 16, 18, 20, 22 and 24 inches, and 100g, 140g and 200g.

They arrived in my office nicely packaged and ready to wear. In the set I received, there are 10 different pieces in various sizes to fit around your entire head.  TIP: If you’re a complete beginner, I recommend having someone put them in for you – or going somewhere like Drybar and getting your hair styled. They will also put the hair in for you, for an extra fee.  This is especially nice if you’re going to an event or party.  Hair extensions in general are kind of a pain to put in.  I would watch some videos on how to put them in yourself, or if you don’t want to pay/splurge – have a friend help you. NOTE: I should have taken pictures from the back – it’s really hard to do that yourself.  I promise, they blended really nice and looked really good from behind.  Let’s be honest, nothing is ever going to look 100% completely like your own real hair.  Also, sorry about the crap lighting.  Late night bathroom photo shoot.  Good times.

 

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Before (duh)

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I received them several weeks ago, but wanted to make sure I used and played with them enough to give an accurate review.  The verdict: If you’re looking for a set of nice hair extensions that look and feel natural (as natural as fake hair clipped to you head can be) give these a try.  They match and blend in with my hair almost perfectly and style great. Using a curling iron on them is not an issue.  The quality of the hair is nice, (100% natural remy hair) and I’ve really been enjoying them.  When I feel like I need a little extra hair in my life – I’ll definitely be putting these in.  The prices start at $37, so you can experiment and not feel like you’re making a down payment on a house.  If you do give these a try, let me know.  I want to know what you think!

Happy 2016!

XO TKP