InTruBeauty: March 2012



                                                                                                               

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Urban Decay Naked 2 FOTD

I was playing around with my very versatile Urban Decay Naked 2 palette and I thought I would share a look with you. I've been lovin' on this a lot lately and it has a good mix of shadows you can create a ton of looks with! With the exception of an angled eyeliner brush, I used the brush provided which I thought was great quality.


Here is what I did:
1. Apply YDK all over the lid
2. With the fluffy end of the brush, apply BUSTED to the outer V area of the eye and bring into the outer crease by dabbing it in. I also applied a line of this to the lower lash line.
3. Apply TEASE in the crease and use the blending brush to blend the colors together
4. Using an angled eyeliner brush, take BLACKOUT which is a dark dark matte black and line the upper and lower lash line
5. Apply BOOTYCALL as a highlight up to the browbone






Before going out, I added some more of the black liner shade for a more dramatic look to make my eyes stand out! 

I love being Naked.....2! :)

Yours in Beauty, 

Jessica 





ENJOY Color Care Review & Giveaway!

Hello Beauties,

While Justina and Jessica tested ENJOY's Hydrating formula (click for the review), I tried out the Sulfate-Free Luxury Shampoo and Luxury Conditioner in the Color-Holding formula. I tried the Shine and Smooth as well. Here is my experience with the products:

The packing is totally cute. As they said in their review earlier, the bottles are tall and slim, so the fit in my shower really easily. That's particularly great for me since I keep tons of products in my shower. I also dug the line "Tested on hairdressers not animals" printed on the bottles. :)

I loved the smell of the shampoo and conditioner. It's a rich vanilla-coconut scent that lasts. I haven't used a scented shampoo in a while, and I forgot how much I liked it. Both the shampoo and conditioner were rich and creamy, which I think is the hallmark of a quality product.

The Shampoo
It smells much stronger than the conditioner. I wouldn't say it is "heavily" scented, but it might bother you if you're sensitive to fragrance. It works into an awesome lather and it left my hair feeling really clean. I have said in a previous post that even though I swear by sulfate-free hair care, I use a traditional clarifying shampoo about once a month because I have hard water. I was really impressed when this sulfate-free shampoo cleaned my hair just as well as my clarifying shampoo. I am seriously considering ponying up the cash to rotate this product into my shampoo collection, and ditch the clarifying formula.

As far as being color-safe, it's difficult to tell after only a few tries and smack in-between colorings. However, I have generally come to trust that sulfate-free products are the best for maintaining color.

The Conditioner

I love a thick conditioner, and this one is actually difficult to get our of the bottle! Once I get it out though, it's totally worth the effort. The directions say to remove most of the water from your hair before applying it. I actually picked up this tip from a stylist a while back, and it's a great technique for getting the most out of your conditioner. I keep a little hand towel in the shower and squeeze my hair with it a few times before I apply my conditioner. If your hair is damp, rather than wet, your conditioner will sink in better.

Shine and Smooth

I am surprised that Justina  thought this only smoothed without shining, because I thought it was amazing. I have really dry, frizzy hair that I have always wanted to tame. I dream of just being able to blow-dry my hair and go. This product is as close to that dream as I have come so far.




My hair using just Shine and Smooth and a blow-dryer.


It's serum-like in consistency and you just work it in to wet hair before blow-drying. I freestyle blow-dry and finish kinks with a straightener, but if you are a round-brusher, you will love this.

This is how my hair looked after going over it with a straightener and a thermal protector of my choice.

I got awesome shine without a heavy or greasy feeling. The only thing is, I can't do much else with this product except wear my hair straight. I do not get good results mixing this with mousse for volume or styling spray for curls. I will say though, that this is a great product for a low-maintenance straight look that feels amazing. (I could not stop touching my hair the first day I tried this.) It carried over well to the next day, I only had to iron out some bed-head kinks. By the end of the second day, my roots were starting to look greasy, but that is normal for me. (I only wash my hair every other day.)

Bits and Pieces

I was really amused that the bottles give alternate uses for the products. The shampoo says it is also a great body wash, and the conditioner can be used as an in-shower moisturizer. Since I loved the scent so much, I tried out both. The shampoo-as-body wash was awesome. Just a small amount on a loofah builds a great lather. The in-shower moisturizer was okay, but I still felt like I needed to lotion-up like usual after my shower. They say the Shine and Smooth can be a body moisturizer too, but I didn't think I would like the serum-y feel all over my skin, so I left than one alone. Plus I want to save it all for my hair!

Overall, I am very impressed with ENJOY. The products are great, but the price point is a little steep for me. If I did buy these, I would only use them once in a great while in my rotation to make them last.

Stay tuned for a giveaway of these very products starting 
on April 1st!!

Yours in beauty,

Lauren

Spotted: New Drugstore Spring & Summer Collections

In my trips to the drugstores lately, I've noticed some new Spring and Summer collections out, so I decided to go all over town looking like a crazy person taking pictures of the displays :) And all for you my lovelies! Most of the new products were new spring shades of nail polish, however, there were some other goodies I spotted. These were mainly from Walgreens, but Kmart as well.

Sinful Colors








New Lip gloss collection, soft pastels and glitters

Sally Hansen

GEM crush

Colored base coats with matching glitter top coat





L'oreal

5 different nail polish collections: trend setter, iconic muse, femme fatale, hopeless, and romantic


 


Maybelline 

Summer Glow collection with new bronzers and illuminators and Bouncy Bronzers!

$7.99





I want this one! It looks super pretty in person!
Limited Editions

Covergirl 

Limited editions

Limited edition

Limited edition

Revlon 

Limited Edition Tres Chic



Neutrogena


I've seen the 2 on the left before (cleanser and pore scrub), the two on the right I think are new (moisturizer and night cream)

Essie 

"no more film"

Have you tried any of these products or planning on getting any? Comment and let us know, we would love to hear from you!

Yours in Beauty, 

Jessica

Garnier BB Cream: Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector

Walgreens right now has $3 off of a lot of Garnier products, including their new B.B. Cream. They also had a manufacturer's coupon for $1 that was next to the product. This retails at $12.99, I ended up paying $8.99. My shade was Light/Medium and it was a really good match for my skin tone. There is one other color option for medium/deep skin tones. 

What is a BB cream? 
You may have heard people talking about BB products which stands for Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm. These are basically products that are suppose to provide some coverage while also containing a lot of great skincare ingredients. For DIY, you can get the same effect by using a tinted moisturizer or foundation  and mixing it with your skincare lotion with the same type of ingredients like Vitamin E, Caffeine, Essential Fatty Acids, Vitamin C, Minerals, etc. The BB cream basically makes this into a one step skincare and foundation/coverage. The Asian and European versions are suppose to far exceed the newer US ones.


Product Description: 
When it comes to the face, women have multiple and specific needs: they want to moisturise, even complexion, correct blemishes, brighten and boost skins glow and protect from the damages of UV.
BB Cream by Garnier, new Miracle Skin Perfector is the ultimate daily all-in-one solution for instantly flawless, healthy glowing skin.

Save time with just one multi-benefit product that offers advanced skincare and immediate skin perfecting coverage. This hybrid formula renews radiance, brightens complexion, evens skin tone, hydrates and protects with SPF 15 UVA and UVB sunscreen. Get results you can see and feel instantly

Instantly: Skin looks naturally more even, radiant and smooth.
After just one use:
90% had a more even complexion,
93% saw a more healthy glow,
96% saw smoother skin.


 

 



BEFORE: (no makeup besides eye makeup)

LEFT SIDE OF FACE ONLY:

ENTIRE FACE:

My thoughts
  • I like that the color was a perfect match for my skin
  • It definitely evened out my skin tone, eliminating some of the redness in my cheek and nose area 
  • Lightweight feel
  • Very faint scent, non-irritating
  • Light coverage perfect for summer days or days when your skin is looking pretty good on its own
  • I don't know if I would say this actually "boosted healthy glow" or not. I think it looks better mainly because it evened my skintone
  • Skin feels smooth after application
  • You do not need to use a lot of the product and it is buildable if you want a little more coverage. 
  • The size of the bottle is a good size because you don't need to use a lot of the product. I paid $9, I think it is a little small for the $13 normal retail price though.
  • The packaging has a before and after picture on it, but the small font says "simulated image", that makes me reluctant to trust the picture on the box which I'm sure gets a lot of people to buy this
  • I've had a horrible experience with Garnier Blow Dry Perfector which totally ruined my hair. This is the first Garnier product I bought in over a year because I've really been wanting to try it and I really do like it. 
I just bought this today, so I will update my post later regarding their  hydration claim and if this broke out or irritated my skin at all. Have you tried this or other BB products? I know Justina has the Estee Lauder one and Lauren has the Clinique one (which she didn't like). Leave us a comment, we would love to hear from you!


Yours in Beauty, 

Jessica


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