Every once in a while I come across beauty products that completely knock my socks off. That’s what happened when I tried Beauty & the Bees Tasmania Real Beer Shampoo Bar and Conditioner Bar.
To be completely honest, I was doubtful of how great a shampoo bar and conditioner bar would do on my curls. When I think of shampoo bars, I do not make an association with something my curls will respond in a positive manner. In fact, I was expecting the worst, but here I am after a two week trial period with supple hair that has not freaked out whatsoever. With curly hair, products that do not make your tresses freak out are highly value quality.
Beauty & The Bees Tasmania is an all-natural beauty brand from Tasmania, Australia that has newly launched an US division. The skincare and hair products are made from honey and beeswax of the Leatherwood flower, which is only found in Tasmania and is their single most important source of nectar. The shampoo and conditioner bars are sulfate and chemical-free, certified organic, and come from a GMO and insecticide-free environment.
The shampoo and conditioner do not run through quickly and after two weeks of washing my every other day, I still have a lot of product left to use. Overall I’m really pleased by the fact that they do not strip my hair of moisture and leave my hair feeling great. If you’ve never used a bar shampoo or conditioner, it feels a bit strange at first! I usually run the dampened bars over my hair in the shower and that is plenty to cleanse and condition.
The Real Beer Shampoo Bar is a concentrated cleanser with a low water content. It’s SLS-free and has tons of nourshing plant and nut oils, as well as the benefits from hops and beer. While I’m not a drinker, I know that beer helps add bounce, shine, and body.
The Real Beer Conditioner Bar is also concentrated and gives great shine with castor and coconut oil. This is something I was expecting to be a total dud, but it’s actually fantastic.
My Final Thoughts:Beauty & the Bees Tasmania Real Beer Shampoo Bar and Conditioner Bar are two new favorite hair care finds that leave curls cleansed and conditioned. I doubted how good these products could be, but they turned out to be two big winners. As a bonus, they are all natural and don’t use chemicals or plastic bottles.
Price: Shampoo Bar: $12.95, Conditioner Bar: $20.95. You can save 20% each when you buy 3 or more qualifying products.
There’s something to be said about an awesome neutral eyeshadow palette, and so I knew I had to create an Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Eyeshadow Tutorial.
This look is one of my favorites for the sole reason that it is so entirely versatile. You can build up the basic colors, add other fun colors, and even change up the liners. It’s that very pretty and classic 1940′s inspired makeup that just never gets old at all. Here are the basic steps to accomplishing this eyeshadow look.
1. Use an eyeshadow primer.
2. Use the Coastal Scents Pro Blending Fluff Brush to add Naked 2 and then Faint to the Crease. For hooded lids like mine, create the shape of a sideways “v” and blend right above your natural crease.
3. Use the Bdellium 773 brush to pat in Crave along the sideways “v” and blend it out. The brush is awesome and allows you to do that with ease.
4. Use a flat brush (I used the MAC 252) to apply Venus on the lid and Foxy on the browbone and inner corner of the eye.
5. Apply liner on the upper lid only. I used a pencil liner first to create a stencil and then applied Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Pen Liner on top.
I’m working improving my videos and the first step was the audio. I mean, I have gotten phone calls and emails about the audio, so that point was duly noted and I’m hoping the sound in this video is a step in the right direction! The quality of the videos is next and so I’m going to be investing in some lights soon. Let me know how the audio sounds!
At the beginning of the week I shared how my skin made major improvements as I made general improvements in my health. I also made a video and the number one comment I’ve heard about this video is that the sound is too low. I’m sorry! I’m trying to figure out the best way to make my YouTube videos and so far I’ve been using my laptop, which I’m realizing pretty much is the wrong way to go. Thank you for your patience with me as I work it out.
Here’s a look at my Ipsy bag. I received some decent samples, but I was really disappointed because they were all samples, and the bags used to be mostly full sizes. Whassup with that, Ipsy?
Enjoying the last 2 weeks of Summer vacation with pool time.
Shine bright like diamonds, ladies. As I’m getting healthier, I’m thinking back on a conversation I had at the beginning of my fitness journey. People love to share their opinions about your life, even if they might not be accurate. An acquaintance told me I had to lose weight to find a man, and to do this by eating 26 eggs week. I’m getting healthy, but not to have a man or by eating 26 eggs a week, which is pretty whack. And I really hope that when Mr. Right does come along, who I am on the inside is more important than having an hourglass figure.
Hot from my mailbox, it’s a peek at the Ipsy August 2014 Beauty Schooled Glam Bag.
Ipsy and I are in an interesting part of our relationship. While I was really into this beauty subscription box from the beginning, over time the appeal has faded and I’m not sure whether or not to stick this one out or let it go and move on to greener subscription box pastures.
First, a look at my loot!
Absolute You’re The Balm Lip Balm (full sized, $5.99 for a duo)
Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner (sample size)
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (sample size)
Coastal Scents Forever Blush Duo in Fresh and Elegant (sample size)
Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil (sample size)
It’s not the products per se that are the problem, because I’m interested in trying everything in this month’s installment, it’s the fact that my Ipsy bag used to contain 3-4 full sized items and this has diminished over time to 2 and this month only one. Things that make you go hmmmm….. In contrast to this month’s bag of mostly samples, here’s what I received in the December 2013 Ipsy Glam Bag.
Can you see why it’s a bit of a trip to disappointment-ville?
Pros of the Ipsy August 2014 Beauty Schooled Glam Bag:
Urban Decay Perversion mascara sample, of which I will be purchasing a full size.
Coastal Scents Forever blush sampler and 25% coupon code. I love this blush.
Cute bag I will definitely utilize.
I’ve always wanted to try Dr. Brandt Pores No More.
The Lord & Berry pencil liner is creamy as all get up, if a little hard to use because of the size.
Cons of the Ipsy August 2014 Beauty Schooled Glam Bag:
Nearly all sample sizes versus nearly all full-sizes from previous bags.
The value of the full-size lip balm ($3) doesn’t quite make this a tremendous value. At all.
So, I guess I don’t have that much to complain about, but I do really wish there had been at least another full-sized product, because initially, that is what really distinguished Ipsy from the other subscription bags on the market. Here’s a look I created with some of the products from the Ipsy August 2014 Glam Bag.
My Final Thoughts: While I’m glad to have the opportunity to try Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara, it’s just a sample size and the price of the lip balm, the only full sized item, isn’t quite worth the $10 cost of the bag. Better luck next time, Ipsy!
Upon first glance, a boy band putting out makeup kits doesn’t seem like a great fit, but when you think about it, what a great way to capitalize on their female fan base. I recently had the opportunity to try out the Makeup by One Direction Up All Night Collection.
These kits are manufactured by Markwins, which is the company that also produces Wet n Wild products. Knowing how much I like Wet n Wild lip and eye products, I was definitely looking forward to trying the Makeup by One Direction Up All Night Collection, which is one of three kits that will be available at Macy’s, Lord and Taylor, and other select retailers mid-August, 2014.
Housed in a handy tin container, this collection includes a matte lipstick, a glittery lip gloss, a cream eyeshadow stick, a 5-pan eyeshadow compact, nail polish, mascara, and stencils you can use to create designs on your face or body. Cute idea, no?
Let’s talk performance. Unfortunately, this kit as a whole isn’t the be all, end all of makeup products. It just isn’t. The lipstick is dry, the mascara is nothing to write home about, and the cream shadow pencil is grease city. Let’s take a closer look at the products.
The gloss, Taken, which I actually like, glows to a neon orange under a black light. I Should Have Kissed You is a bubblegum pink matte lipstick which is plain old difficult to work with.
The mascara, Little Black Dress, is just a plain old mascara, and didn’t provide spectacular results at all.
Stand Up, the shadow stick, can be used on the eyes and body, but be warned it has very little staying power. It worked best with the stencil and I’d still advise using a translucent powder to set.
Besides the gloss, I do like the nail color and eyeshadow set, which is well pigmented and smooth sailing like the Wet n Wild shadows I know and love.
Na Na Na is an aqua metallic nail varnish that needs two layers for maximum opaqueness.
The 4+1 Eyeshadow palette has some seriously creamy shadows that glide on your lids. The glitter … is something I’d avoid, but the powder shadows are a win.
My Final Thoughts: While this kit has some decent pieces, it is by no means a must have. At all. This is a collectible and a must only if you’re a hard core, die hard One Direction fan, otherwise, skip it!
Has this ever happened to you? Girl meets hair product, upon first few tries product seems perfect, then products proves to be an entire fail? That’s pretty much how I feel about Ion Curl Solutions Curl Shaping Cream.
Yes, it’s true, and I hate to send this to my beauty graveyard, but I just don’t think it’s worth the pain and future potential pain to my hair in the future. As a naturally curly haired individual, I’ve learned it’s best to be safe than sorry and risk a hair catastrophe.
That’s what happened about 4 years ago when I noticed the TIGI Curls Rock that I’d used for years wasn’t working right. In fact, it started gumming up my hair in the worst way, and I had to give myself apple cider vinegar rinses for days in a row to try to un-gum my tender locks. It was rough times, people, and I figured out that ‘cones were the cuplrit.
Yept, that’s right, my hair cannot take repeated exposure to silicones, lest a terrible backup occurs on my hair, and I mean terrible! It’s just not worth the pain. When I first picked up Ion Curl Solutions Curl Shaping Cream at Sally Beauty Supply for $5, it seemed great. It made (and admittedly still makes) my hair look glossy, frizz free, and defined on the first day after I’ve washed my hair. Alas, appearances are deceiving, and over time I noticed that my 2nd day hair results are in complete contrast to the freshly cleaned results. First day: glossy, gorgeous curls. Second day: complete rats nest.
If I’d paid closer attention to the ingredients I would have noticed that Ion Curl Solutions Curl Shaping Cream is chock full of silicone. And so this is being dumped. Unceremoniously. It’s time to move on to greener pastures with silicone-free products that will keep my hair in better condition with no need for multiple apple cider vinegar rinses.
My Final Thoughts: The next time I go hair care shopping, I’ll pay closer attention to labels! While the Ion Curl Solutions Curl Shaping Cream gives great first day shine and control, the ingredient list is worrisome and is apt to cause future hair drama. If your hair can’t handle silicone either, I’d pass on this one.
Availability: Online and Sally Beauty Supply stores.