Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A massive beauty haul just took place!

I haven't had a massive beauty haul for some time so I'm super excited about this one. Buying new beauty products always puts me in a good mood. Here's what I got:

1. Urban Decay Naked palette - $48
There are no words to describe how excited I am about this purchase. I have been wanting to Urban Decay Naked palette since it first came out this past June. I have been actively trying to purchase this gorgeous set of eyeshadows since around Christmas, but it instantly became a clut classic and has been sold out everywhere! I finally found it at Macy's!
This nourishing protective oil was formulated to quickly absorb into the hair fibers and provide intense moisturization. It can be used on damp or dry hair before styling or as a pre-shampoo treatment. It's a fairly new product, but already a top seller at my hair salon, Wonderland Beauty Parlor. I'm hoping it will help prevent split ends. 

3. Lush Flying Fox shower gel 8.4 oz. - 17.95
This shower gel contains a mix of honey and jasmine and is good for controlling PMS! I needed a new shower gel so I figured Lush was the perfect place to pick one up. I love that all their products are hand made and contain natural ingredients. 

4. DiorShow Iconic mascara - $28
If you're a regular follower of my blog, you already know about my love for DiorShow Iconic. If you're new to Prettied Up, read me obsess about this mascara here

5. Ole Henricksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster .25 oz. - a free "100 point perk" as part of Sephora's Beauty Insider Program. This high-potency, anti-aging vitamin C serum is intended to correct and prevent wrinkles while promoting brightness. I have used this product before and really like it. I can't say that it actually corrects wrinkles but it does make the face feel extremely smooth.
I didn't really need a new blush but then again, I sort of did. See, I love Nars blushes, and generally wear a color called "desire," which is an extremely hot pink. Lately, I've been thinking desire looks too bright on me because I'm so pale. I am really excited to try out "deep throat," which is a gorgeous peachy-pink shade.

7. Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer micro fine finishing spray - $33
This is the ultimate hair spray and was named one of my top hair products of 2010! It provides a flexible hold and has the most amazing smell.

So, that's it for now. I think I'm running low on concealer so another haul might be in order soon. Do you use any of the products above?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I got a haircut! Come see...


So my hair was getting out of control long and split-endy. It had been more than five months since my last haircut, so I was definitely due. The length isn't much different now, but a lot of hair came off and the ends are all nice and clean. I also curled my hair differently in the "after" photo. It's more of a beachy wave, rather than a traditional, spiral curl that I usually don.

What do you think? If you all like the beachy wave look, I'll film a tutorial video.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Beauty test run: Batiste brunette colored dry shampoo

I was talking to my friend who has the most beautiful long, flowing hair the other day. I randomly asked her how often she washes her locks and her answer totally suprised me!

"Once a week," my friend said.

My mouth totally dropped. I wash my hair every other day and can't imagine going a whole week without sudsing up. So how does she keep her hair looking so nice between washes? Dry shampoo.

"It's a total lifesaver," she said.

I've been wanting to try dry shampoo for what seems like forever, but that conversation drove me to finally actually go out and purchase some.
I picked up this "Batiste" brand colored dry shampoo, which is specially formulated for brown hair, and retails for around $8. After using this product several times, here are my initial reactions:

Pros: The product blends well into my brown hair and does not leave a chalky residue at all. It soaks up the oil at my roots and makes my hair look and feel refreshed. It has allowed me to go an extra day between washes. Plus, it has a nice cocoa butter smell that freshens up the hair.

Cons: My hair still looks better after it's been freshly shampooed and styled. Also, I found it slightly difficult to wash out.

Overall verdict: This products works well for the price and I will definitely continue using it until the can has run out.

Do you use dry shampoo? Which brand do you like the best? Can you believe I'd never tried it before?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Want to see my perfume collection?

Ahhh, perfume. The pretty bottles! The yummy scents! What's not to love? Everyone has their preferences, but here's what I'm currently using on regular rotation:
1. Juicy Couture - Viva La Juicy 
A floral and fruity mix of wild berry, mandarin, honeysuckle, gardenia and jasmine. Touches of amber, caramel, vanilla, sandalwood and praline add a sweet touch. I got this perfume for Christmas because I'm a total Juicy Couture lover. The bottle is adorable and makes a great addition to any shelf or makeup stand. Plus, the smell is wonderfully girly. 

Perfect for: A girls night out. 

2. Banana Republic - Alabaster
This clean, fresh smelling fragrance is a combination of wild musk and natural florals. Delicate lotus flower, wild rose and warm musks make this perfume light and romantic. I could smell this all day, every day and be totally happy. This fragrance is very versatile and could appeal to anyone, regardless of age. 

Perfect for: Work. 

3. Christian Dior - J'adore 
This sensual, sophisticated fragrance combines the floral scent of orchids with plum and mellow amaranth wood. It's a unique-smelling perfume and a total classic. I bought this perfume en route to a Caribbean vacation so it will forever invoke fond memories of my trip to Punta Cana. 

Perfect for: Date night.

4. Ralph Lauren - Romance 
This feminine mix of wood, floral, and musk is a classic!  It's a combination of rose, marigold, ginger, chamomile, freesia, violet, lotus flower, day lily, patchouli, oakmoss and musk. Whew! Got all that? I have been wearing this perfume for about ten years and it still hasn't got old. It used to be my "signature" scent. I just love it. 

Perfect for: Anytime.

5. Gucci - Guilty
This mix of mandarin, pink pepper, peach, lilac, geranium, amber and patchoul "wakens the senses with a daring edge of sexyness and sensuality." This perfume just came out late last year, so if you haven't tried it yet, get yourself to Bloomies and give it a spray. When I first got this perfume I used to wear it all the time, but now I try to only limit it to special occasions. It's safe to say that this is my new favorite.

Perfect for: A special night out. 

6. Ralph Lauren - Blue
This soft, fresh scent it like a crisp button down shirt. It's a powdery, floral mix of jasmine, lily of the valley, lotus blossom, pink peony, gardenia, rose, musk and a hint of orange blossom. I've been wearing this fragrance for many years and sill find it feminine, yet refreshing. 

Perfect for: A summer day.

7. Tommy Hilfiger - Loud
Based on the "essence of a pulsating, energetic rock song," this energizing scent combines rose, lychee and patchouli. This perfume just came out late last year and I wasn't sure about it at first, but after wearing it a few times I fell in love. 

Perfect for: A concert.

So, those are my favorite perfumes of the moment. Do you agree or disagree with any of my picks? Which scents are you into right now?

P.S. I'm so sorry for being such a crappy blogger lately! I've been tremendously busy, but that's really no excuse for neglecting my readers. The good news, though, is that during my absence, I've stock piled a slew of new ideas for the blog, (including a new hair curling technique that I cannot wait to share with you all). Intrigued? Stay tuned! 
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