Wednesday, February 22, 2012

LUSH Henna Hair Dye

I was considering dying my hair but I'm hesitant in adding harsh chemicals to my fine thin hair. Chao Bunny made a really good point in my last post but I just really love that ombre! Well a new store opened in San Diego called LUSH. They are an all organic one stop shop for body, hair, and even cosmetics. I absolutely love them already. I took home a sample of the R&B leave in conditioner and I'll be coming back for much more. But enough about that.

A sales associate introduced me to their Henna hair dyes. 100% all natural hair dye that you can use whenever you feel like brighting or buiding your hair color. It actually covers your hair strands instead of killing the proteins in them and nourishes your scalp and hair.

"We use the finest Persian henna, which has been used since ancient times to dye the skin and hair. The leaves are dried and ground into a powder and it is this, mixed with conditioning cocoa butter, which forms the basis of our Cacas."

The website lists all the ingredients used and even has the pictures next to them. They also have directions on how to break down the dye which I have posted on here as well.

1. Cut henna up into small pieces and put in a heatproof bowl.
2. Add hot water and let steep. Mix to a yogurt-like consistency.
3. Put on gloves and apply from back to front, coating hair thoroughly.
4. Cover in cling wrap for a more vibrant red. Leave on for one to six hours.
5. Rinse, shampoo, and condition hair.
Tips: Always do a strand test first. Use face cream (or Ultra Bland) around your hairline and ears to protect skin. Wrap hair in cling film for a redder color. For darker, richer colors, leave on longer (up to six hours).

I've never heard about this but I'm willing to give it a try. For a safe, chemical free way to dye my hair to the color I want for about $25 makes me want to run over there right now. I'll probably be trying this out next week. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Have you tried any LUSH products? What are your thoughts on Henna?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

New hair style?

My poor hair is dry from winter and lack of trimming so I'll be heading over to the salon soon. I think I get my hair cut twice a year (I know I'm so bad!) but every time I do I like to try a new hair style. I'm wondering what I should do this time. 

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Perhaps a stunning ombre

Or sultry bangs

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Ryan is leaning towards this cute bob

Which one do you like?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Yummy Fur

Fur can be either tacky or if done right, very sexy. I'm 5 feet and petite so I get quite intimidated by the fur coat but I'm always looking out for one in my size. It looks so warm and luxurious. I would even settle for a cute fur vest but alas I want one that's under $50 and looks like it cost $500. Because let's be real here, if the material is stiff it's most likely going to look stiff and stay that way even after you wash it a million times. And if it's too soft you have the chance that it sheds until you don't have any fur left. So what's a budget girl have to do to find some good fur?

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Two tone coat that's classy and fun

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Color me pink. I adore the way she styled it.


Maybe I'll just settle with this and keep it in the bedroom.

Do you have any recommendations? 

Blog Hopping Sunday

It's been busier and busier these days but once summer comes I should be able to get on the computer more. This week is the start of a blog hop hosted by Blog Love Therapy which is a wonderful website that promotes new blogs. Are you down for it? I think it's exciting checking out new writers and encouraging community but that's just me.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Blazers in all shapes and colors

I think the easiest way to make any outfit chic is throwing on a blazer. I love how it brings a touch of masculinity and at the same time flatter any shape. Oh and you know how much I love things that are versatile. You can wear them with shorts, pants, leggings, skirts, you name it! 

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I love the way Selena wore it with a corset top and simple black pants.

Love this style...and that jacket!

The detailing on this blazer makes me swoon. It's unexpected and stunning. 

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Yes that's lace... I had to wipe some drool off my face before I posted this.

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One of my favorite types of blazers are jersey. They are as comfy as sweats but they sure don't look like them.

I find that for blazers the fit matters. Okay all your clothes should fit you but sometimes you can fudge it with the other stuff. Like you don't always buy petite jeans because you can roll them up or just have them hemmed. But you can't exactly do that to a blazer. The shoulders need to fit snugly and be careful if it's too loose, you lose shape and then it just looks frumpy. If it's too tight it will look like you stole it from your baby sister. Look for a curved seam on the side if you want a slimmer and more structured look. 

I have my eye on this one here
 Rebecca Minkoff Becky Jacket

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Lately edition

How was your Valentines? I spent the lovely day at work and school and ended with a nice dinner out with Ryan. It's been awhile since we ate out so we decided to spoil ourselves with pho. 

Here's what I've been up to lately: 

 Newest necklace.

The feathers are bothering me. Should I add one more in the middle or just take them all off?

the Balm Cranberry Invigorating Eye Cream

I bought this on sale from Hautelook and I'm hoping this will help my dark raccoon rings under my eyes. It's been the third day since I tried out this eye cream so watch out for a review on this in the next couple of weeks.

Loving the new MAC Restore Dazzle Cremeblend Blush

I might have just found my holy grail and this isn't something I would say lightly. If you have fair skin don't let this blush intimidate you. Applied lightly and with a stippling brush the results are fantastic. 
By the way I am wearing the Neutrogena's 3 in 1 concealer for eyes in this picture and I'm pleasantly surprised with it.

What have you been up to lately?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Charming Charlie Haul

Sorry I've been MIA these past couple of days. I've been bombarded with work, school, and little things here and there but that means I have a lot to share with you all. 

Charming Charlie is having a huge sale and when I say huge, I mean it. Any clearance jewelry or gifts are buy one, get one free and select purses are marked down to $5, $10, and $15. And you all know that accessories plus sales make me one very happy girl. 

I bought this green suede messenger bag for my best friend. I know she's going to love it.

It's been killing me that I didn't have a single envelope clutch. I've been using this everyday since I bought it and people keep asking me about it. I just get so giddy looking at her.

I'll always have a soft spot for lace.

I adore scarves. At work they call me the scarf lady. Grins
By the way one of these scarves will be part of a giveaway I'll be setting up so so stay tuned for that.

Got this cute red headband for my mom who all of a sudden loves them. 

And finally these adorable ear muffs for my other bestie who is currently in Japan and is freezing her butt out there. 

What did you buy this week?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Eco Tools bogo free mini haul

I seriously love you Nouveau Cheap. In a totally non-stalker way. I urge you to all check out her site. She posts all the drugstore beauty deals, reviews and more and I swear I've saved so much money because of her. But lets go on with the mini haul I got at Rite Aid.

Eco Tools at Rite Aid is buy one get one free including their gift sets. I think these are my favorite brushes to use to this day. I bought two 5 piece sets, foundation brush, and an eye shadow brush for less than $15. 

I choose this set because it had an eyeliner brush which I really needed and it's perfect for traveling. These are all full size and it comes with the blush, concealer, eyeliner, brow and eye shading brush all for $11 regular price. The bristles on all of these are extremely soft but at the same time dense enough to pick up any powder/color. I kept thinking are these really synthetic because they feel natural to me.

I realized that the eye shadow in the set is different from the one being sold separately. The one in the set looks more flat while the other one was more fluffy I guess. Not sure how to describe it but I like both. I use the second one as my blending brush and I adore it. I've been using my Crown eye shadow brush but it's been shedding like crazy and it's a bit too small for me. This one is prefect.

This is my first foundation brush from this brand and I am kicking myself for not getting this one sooner. This knocked out my Sephora and Crown brush out of the water. It distributes my liquid foundation seamlessly and I haven't had any problems with shedding like I do with others. I've washed this at least twice by now (I can't go for more then two days without washing my brushes).

Here's the back of the packaging which by the way is reusable so you can store something else if you wished. I love the fact this is 100% cruelty free, the travel bag is natural cotton and hemp, and the ferrules are from recycled aluminum.

Did you pick up any Eco Tools? What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Urban Decay free shipping

As some of you already know I'm always on the look out for a good lip product that doesn't dry my chapped lips and give me some color. For some reason it's hard to find a decent one.

Urban Decay is offering free shipping which I haven't seen in awhile if you purchase any of their Lip Love Honey-Infused Lip Therapy. I've never tried this but I quickly ordered it this morning knowing this is going to be sold out any minute now. If you sign up for their mailing list they will also give you 10% off your first purchase. You're basically saving $7.

retail price $16

Are you going to try any of these Lip Love Honey-Infused Lip Therapy? I got the color Taunt.