Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 Obsessions/Favorites

Can't believe 2015 is almost here!  I've done quite a bit of exploring with beauty products this year and there are SEVERAL that have become my go-tos in 2014.  So here they are.  My favorite products of 2014.



COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation

This foundation is my favorite.  Not only is it affordable, but the quality is comparable to a boutique or professional brand.  Its also easy on the skin and doesn't cause my acne prone, sensitive skin to freak out!






Olay Pro-X Anti-Aging Starter Protocol Products

I have veered away from these products (Olay Pro-X Wrinkle Smoothing Cream and Age Repair Lotion with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30) to try other skincare lines and I always come back to Olay.  Motherhood has aged me more than any past partying or sun exposure and I can't help but notice younger looking skin when using these products.






Revlon Balm Stains

Long lasting lip color and moisture in an easy to apply stick.  Loving the colors Honey and Enticing.








MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Blush in Gleeful

This is the ONLY blush I use on a regular basis.  There is just no beating it.  Great color, luminous, and can be blended for a natural look or applied for a bold look.










Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara

One of my favorite mascaras to use. Especially great when I'm in a hurry.  I get a great look with just a few swipes and don't have to worry about a mascara mess on my face from applying too quickly (you all know what I'm talking about.)










COVERGIRL Professional Super Thick Lash Mascara

This mascara comes very close to Mally's look and is another no mess solution.  If you're iffy about spending the money for Mally's mascara, this one by COVERGIRL is a great option to try out.











MAC Keepsake Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

This is a limited edition product (part of the 2014 Holiday collection) so get it while you can.  I use this almost daily and love all of the colors.










Foreo Luna Mini

This is another product I tend to come back to often.  This T-Sonic Scrubber doesn't receive the attention it deserves in mainstream beauty outlets. I use it once a day and it keeps my skin bright, clear, and smooth.









Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask

Got a monster blemish?  Use this mask as a spot treatment overnight and see a noticeable difference.  Love. It.










Mally In The Buff Eyeshadow Palette

This palette is AWESOME and even comes with an eyeshadow primer. Love the quality of Mally's eyeshadows as well.  No fallout here.


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

One Very Important Tip in Getting your Way

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!
In a couple of days the after-Christmas tradition of returning items and shopping for those gifts you really wanted will commence. As you're dealing with return policies, inventory, and the crowd at the mall... I ask you to please keep this in mind. Not only now when shopping.. But in all aspects of life.  The people you may deem to have unimportant job titles (sales associates, assistants, flight attendants, etc.) actually have much more power than you give them credit for.

Now I'm not saying everyone demeans or speaks down to these employees because they're "just a [insert job title here]" but there are definitely those that do. And its definitely more common than most would think.

I have held a few long term clerical jobs in my pre-mommy days and for a couple of them "assistant" was located somewhere in my job title. Now I don't know what it is about that word but some people automatically see it as a way to say " you mean nothing" when in fact, if you have a great boss and you do your job well... You actually mean a whole lot.

The "assistants" (sales associates, flight attendants etc) are usually the ones who keep things running smoothly. They are leaned on and a vital part of the system.  They are your first point of contact and can often be the difference between you getting what you want and getting a resounding NOPE!

Maybe those that yell, scream, and boarder line verbally abuse these employees fail to realize there is always a bond between coworkers. They see each other often, usually daily, and you... You are just someone no one knows coming into their work place causing a disturbance. You see the blanket of "the customer is always right" simply doesn't exist in customer service anymore. It can't when so often times these days the customer is oh-so-blatantly wrong.

I had a boss who was amazing to work with. Yes, the job was demanding at times (most of the time) but he made sure to form a bond of trust with his coworkers. His perspective was that since I was his assistant, I was an extension of him. Often times I was his eyes and ears and, to him, anyone being disrespectful to me was also disrespecting him.

I can't tell you how many times people underestimated my worth at the company because of that simple "a" word in my title. People would actually be taken aback when my boss would back my stance or explain to someone that it is unacceptable to speak to me in that manner.

You see, if someone was cooperative, friendly, and nice about an inquiry or request I would go way waaaay out of my way to help them out...maybe even talk to my boss about bending a rule or compromising for them by highlighting how professional and kind the approach was and how simple a compromise would be.

If someone was rude during an isolated incident but was usually cooperative I would chalk it up to a bad day and still give them the benefit of the doubt, even explain to my boss that they were usually very easy to work with.

If someone flew off the handle ... I would try to help them the best I could...but when my boss eventually asked how the interaction went (and he always did) I would state straight facts about the disrespectful behavior and leave it at that. And you know what that means. No rule bending. No compromising.

I should point out I also did A LOT more in these situations to help the customer/vendor/client than most in my position did.  Most would do the bare minimum to help that type of customer/client. I really would try...but I wasn't going to suggest a compromise or an exception to the rule to my boss. Not for someone who obviously didn't know how to at least keep it together in a professional setting.  And, yes, any interaction you have that has to do with an exchange of money or an interaction with a business/organization is a professional situation and you should conduct yourself in a respectable manner.

(I should also point out that tantrum throwing is a great way to show that you are someone who will probably abuse any compromise or rule bending you receive. )

Simply being nice and friendly in order to get what you want is relevant in so many situations its ridiculous.  Another example? I have a friend who can ALWAYS get tickets to exclusive business and networking events.  Does she have a PR contact? A big shot hook up? Nope. If you ask her what her secret is she will simply state "I'm always super nice to whomever answers the phone. Then they usually direct me to the correct assistant. And then... I'm nice to them as well" and just like that she and a plus one are put on the list.

Even if you feel a staff member is not doing their job correctly... being nice about it will get you much further in a much less stressful manner than causing a scene will. 

So when you're frustrated from all of the holiday aftermath and chaos... Remember this. If you're not going to be cordial to staff members just for the sake of being a decent human being...at least be nice as means to having a better shot at getting your way. You won't be unnecessarily adding to the stress of the season and everyone will walk away having a better day.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday Style: Kiss InstaWave


SO excited about this product!  Watch the video below for a simple, quick, easy way to get beautiful hair for the Holidays.

About this product:

KISS InstaWave is a fully automatic tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful curls

Easy for anyone to use, from any angle, with any hand

Features a Curl Dial with left/right curl directions

Automatically shuts off after 90 minutes

2 heat settings with a low/high switch with maximum temperature of 420F (Professional Grade Temp)



Go to http://www.KISSInstaWave.com for more info

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Style Guide: Simply Gorgeous Hair by Aussie

We all know I am completely out of my realm when it comes to hair.  My hair is straight and pretty low maintenance, but it pretty much does what it wants... and I don't usually fight with it.  It doesn't normally hold a curl and I get frustrated pretty quickly when trying to get it into a fancy party/dress up do.  Luckily, Aussie Haircare sent me some super easy (seriously... if I can do it... its pretty fool proof) but universally beautiful Holiday hair hacks.  Check them out below. (I also have my own personal results below!)


Trim Your Topknot – When you’re running from the office to the holiday cocktail party, your everyday work topknot may become your default party style. Add instant holiday sparkle with an eye-catching accessory.
o   QUICK #HAIRHACK: First grab your Aussie Instant Freeze Aerosol Hairspray and spray your brush before throwing your hair up. To change the look to an evening chic style, spritz across the roots and smooth the can over for a flawless, no-frizz finish. Then throw on a glam vintage-inspired headband for the ultimate party hair in minutes!

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v  Gift Exchange Glam - A big, bouncy style with extra volume is a nod to old Hollywood, which always reminds me of the glamour of the holidays. But I rarely have time for a fresh style with the shopping, planning and celebrating!
o   FUN #HAIRHACK: Set your hair the night before with Aussie Sprunch Aerosol Hairspray and sleep with your hair in a loose topknot. Wake up, throw on a cozy sweater and head to work in your messy topknot. Right before the holiday gift exchange, pull down that bun for voluminous, “photo ready” hair!

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v  Snow Bunny Style – The hairstyles throughout the 1960s were so fabulous- filled with volume and curls!
o   SIMPLE #HAIRHACK: To bring this look into 2014 first try shifting your part this holiday season. A center part can be oh so chic. For volume in your crown, spray Aussie Aussome Volume Hairspray under the roots, tease and set in large 2” hot rollers.  When your hair has cooled slide out the rollers for big, soft waves. Gather the top half of hair at the crown and criss-cross bobby pins to secure for holiday hair happiness!

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My Results (Gift Exchange Glam)

 Very doable 3 second topknot/messy bun set with Aussie's Sprunch Spray



Letting my hair down after only 6 hours of having the bun in


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Beauty Queens, Kings, and In-between - Sephora


More gifts, more products, and more great values. This time from Sephora.  I love Sephora because you can find so many different gift options in one place.  As you'll see in the list below, there is makeup, skincare, fragrance, and more.

For the Skincare Enthusiast



Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask Magic Kit 
 This kit include an array of some of the most sought after Anti Aging products on the market.








Ole Henriksen Unwrap Your Radiance Collection
 Looking for bright, radiant, smooth skin?  This collection of must haves is perfect for someone working on their complexion. 



For Him
 Sephora Favorites Cologne SamplerThis set will keep him smelling sooooo good.  Designer scents (including one of my favorites - Giorgio Armani Acqua Di GiĆ² ) fill this set.



 

For the Lippy Lover
Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip
 This collection has lacquers, tints, balms, lipsticks, creams and more. 






For Glam Eyes
SEPHORA COLLECTION Chroma Color Eye Palette
54 Eyeshadows, 12 Eyeliners.  Enough said.









For the Girl Who Wants Everything
SEPHORA COLLECTION Color Festival Blockbuster Palette
 This palette has everything.  Blush, eyeshadow, and lip color. 





For Permanence

Tria Precision Hair Removal Laser
 This nifty little device is an amazingly simple and effective way to get rid of unwanted hair... forever!






 For the Body and Bath Enthusiast
L'Occitane Voyage En Provence Set
This beautiful set has everything need could need for pampering at home.

Monday, December 1, 2014

November Obsessions and Favorites


December is here!  You know what that means!  Another month gone, another list of favorites.



Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner  leaves my hair soft, tangle free, and smelling a little bit like coconut!  All for an affordable price - love it!

Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask calms and heals any existing blemishes and quickly zaps any trying to make an appearance.

Origins Clear Improvement Mask cleans out my pores leaving a bright, smoother complexion.

Sephora's Ultimate Brightening Serum evens my complexion and tone.  I've replace my night cream with this serum and see a noticeable difference.  It also helps heal blemishes (probably due to the salicylic acid in the product. )



Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment with Sunscreen SPF 15 by Fresh protects and moisturizes lips while leaving a naturally rosy tint.










BLOG OBSESSION:  Tinderella
 New blog to follow.  I obsessively read all of Tinderella's posts within two days of discovering this Sex and The City type blog.  Using tinder to find her dates, Tinderella details her entire date with each match from what she wore to how many minutes they spent together. I am currently awaiting her next post. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Traveler - The Shores Resort & Spa

And the gift guide continues! Those who prefer experiences to material items  may require you to become a little more creative with your gift giving.  Theme Park tickets, concert tickets, and spa gift cards are great gift ideas but I highly recommend a stay at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores for your travel loving friends and family members.

Our Wedding at The Shores Resort & Spa
My husband and I decided a couple of years ago that instead of getting each other gifts during our anniversary, we would put that money towards spending time and doing something special together.  This year we decided to go back to the place where our married life began.  The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores.

Though we were married several years ago, this resort is still my favorite hotel I've ever been to.  I had such a terrific experience planning and celebrating our wedding day at The Shores that I will forever hold this resort high above the rest.  A day that is commonly stressful and full of Murphy's Law experiences for many was completely tranquil and smooth for us.  Our entire wedding day was completely perfect thanks to the wonderful staff at The Shores Resort & Spa.

Outdoor Lounge Area and Tiki Hut Bar
The last time we stayed overnight was our wedding night, though we have visited the restaurant on site many times since then.

Just like the day of our wedding, we were greeted by a friendly, professional hotel staff  the moment we stepped foot on property for our first child free night together in two years.  Everyone was very helpful, approachable, and genuinely warm.  It was great to see the resort still had amazingly inviting customer service.

As we entered the lobby I had the "we're on vacation" feeling- Even though we were only staying for one night.  There is something about the classy atmosphere of The Shores that instantly relaxes and pampers its guests. From the lobby the bar, spa entrance, and restaurant can all be accessed; making it incredibly easy to get around the hotel. 

Our room was decorated with a breezy, light elegance and included a balcony with an oceanfront view.  We stepped out to view the ocean and even spent some time relaxing,  listening to the waves and watching the people below.

Latte from Azure at The Shores Resort & Spa
We headed downstairs to have our lunch at Azure, the onsite restaurant, and we were not disappointed. We both ordered the grilled cheese and tomato bisque. The food is beyond delicious and fresh.  The chef seems to take such classic dishes and create flavorful additions without removing the comfort factor.

One of my favorite aspects of The Shores Resort is the outdoor eating and lounge area.  Its a perfect place to relax, take in the beautiful ocean sounds and sights, and enjoy a delicious latte (which, of course, I did.) Nothing says "Good Morning" like a salty beach breeze and a great cup of coffee.

During the warm months, the pool and lounge chairs are the perfect place to take a load off and just enjoy the beach life.  The cooler months are perhaps my favorite time to visit The Shores.  This resort features beachfront fire pits that are the perfect place to snuggle, sip hot cocoa, and make smores (smores kit available in all resort rooms for $10) when there is a bit of a chill in the air. 

My husband's favorite part of The Shores Resort? The beds.  Seriously, these beds and pillows are some of the most comfortable we have ever slept in.  And for tired parents looking forward to getting one night of truly restful sleep... comfortable beds are VERY important. The room's quiet, tranquil atmosphere made it very easy for us to deeply sleep through the night and awake pleasantly rested.

We had an amazing time visiting The Shores. I wish we could've stayed longer.  We may just head back with our son once Spring hits to enjoy a little family time at this spectacular hotel.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide:For the Sentimental - Charismatiq Photography Family Photos

Ever wonder what to get that person in your life that has EVERYTHING?  Or the one that truly doesn't need or want anything? Or just have someone who is extremely hard to buy for in general?  Sentimental gifts are the gifts to give here.  You can't go wrong with a gift that tugs at the heart strings and professionally done family photos are not only appropriate for your own use during the Holiday Season, they also make great gifts. Whether you want to gift a session to a family or gift nicely framed photos from your own session, there are plenty of gifting options perfect for your loved ones.

This year was the second that we had our photos done by Charismatiq Photography and once again, I am extremely happy with the experience and results.  If you remember from last year, my entire family seems to find photoshoots a little awkward. And if my son is not in the mood to take photos or cooperate... then he is just NOT in the mood.

Of course, the day we were taking photos my son was in one of those moods. Knowing Charishma is great with kids, I figured we would try and see what happened.  I'm glad we did!  Despite my son's frosty demeanor, Charishma ended up capturing some enchanting moments and getting some beautiful photos.  Friends have even compared our family photos this year to "the ones that come with the frame."

I HIGHLY reccomend using Charimatiq Photography if you are in the Central Florida area.  Especially if you have kids or feel awkward taking photographs.  Charishma has such a warm, friendly demeanor you will instantly feel at ease and comfortable- Making for some gorgeous photographs.





Below are some of Charismatiq Photography's pricing options.  Definitely affordable and a great value.

15 Minute Holiday mini sessions with 5-7 images included - $70 
(Mini sessions are seasonal and prices vary from season to season)

30 Minute sessions with 10 images included - $95

1 hour sessions with 20 images included  - $165


For scheduling and more information contact Charismatiq Photography at
http://www.charismatiqphotography.com/
https://www.facebook.com/charismatiqphotography
cclicks15@gmail.com

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Beauty Queen - MAC Holiday Collections

It's about that time! It's time to start looking for holiday gifts for loved ones... and maybe even for yourself.  I'm starting off my gift guide with a brand that is one of my personal favorites and that has a reputation for being one of the best out there.  I'm, of course, talking about MAC Cosmetics.

MAC is doing it BIG for the Holiday Season this year with not one, not two, but THREE collections. First of all, lets just talk about how gorgeous the packaging for each of these collections is. You have glitter.  You have the cameo medallions.  And you have pearl strand inspired textures.  Classy, fun, and glamorous.

Objects of Affection/ Pink and Rose Pigments and Glitter
Objects of Affection is a line that is especially loved by beauty pros and bloggers.  This collection is a gorgeously put together series of mini kits featuring color, glitter, and high quality. Some kits contain pigments and glitter while others contain color coordinated lipglasses. Objects of Affection/ Pink and Rose Pigments and Glitter is truly an elegant collection of pink shades ranging from somewhat "nude" pinks to more prominently rosy pinks to an almost plum-pink color. This collection has just enough sparkle to be used to impress during a holiday party or get together.

Keepsakes/Beige Eyes
MAC's Keepsakes Eyes Collection is right up my alley.  We all know I love eye makeup.  And we all know I love the "Nude" eye makeup trend.  The Keepsakes/ Beige Eyes is the perfect combination of two of my makeup related obsessions.  This compact is small enough to fit in your purse, packaged so beautifully that you'll be itching to take it out, and contains such versatile colors that you'll use it again and again. Keepsakes also comes in "Smoky Eyes," [pictured] and "Plum Eyes."  Keepsakes/Plum Eyes is especially appropriate for the holiday season with its rich shades of purple that often coordinate beautifully with the dark greens, golds, and greys worn during the holidays.

Keepsakes/ Smoky Eyes
Now to the Heirloom Mix Collection.  This collection is all about giving that little extra sparkle. Literally.  The Heirloom Mix Lipstick is perfectly contained in a black, silver sparkled packaging.  The color "Sparks of Romance" is true red matte frost.  Its exactly what I think of when I picture the perfect lip look for Christmas Dinner or New Years Eve Party.

The Heirloom Mix Cremesheen Glass also features the black with silver sparkles packaging. With 5 shades ranging from "Romantic Overture," a clear base with sparkles, to "Courting Chic," a deep berry red with gold sparkles, there is a complimentary color for every skintone and style. ("Ceremonial" pictured.)

The Heirloom Mix Mineralize Blush features a pearlized shimmer with buildable coverage. Sweet Sentiment [pictured]  is a rosy pink that I will definitely be using throughout the cooler months to give a my lighter colored skin a cool flush.

The Heirloom Mix Pressed Pigment Minis are great for those who like to have lots of color in a small, easily transported package. These can be applied dry or to damp skin for a more pronounced, dramatic look.  With a creamy texture and radiant shimmer, these pigments are the definition of stunning. ("Victorian Plum" pictured.)

Make sure you head to your local MAC counters, boutiques, or online here to check out the rest of the amazing products in the Objects of Affection, Keepsakes, and Heirloom Mix Collections. Happy shopping! 





Monday, November 10, 2014

Mommy Holiday Tips

Mommy post ahead!  Although, this may be an entertainment piece as well since I will be explaining how I came up with these tips... Hint - We had quite the experience with our little one during last year's holidays.

If its your first year with your bundle of joy, you may be wondering how the holidays will change for you.  You may be anticipating some changes or maybe you haven't even given it much thought.  Either way, this post is meant to help my fellow mamas have a less stressful, smoother holiday experience.



Problem:  Thanksgiving Dinner. You may not get to eat with everyone.
 

Personal Experience:   Ok.  I will admit I was blind sighted by this one.  First let me state that I am lucky enough to not have to cook a full Thanksgiving dinner.  We have family on both sides that cook this dinner whether we attend or not... We, of course, show up with a side, dessert, or appetizer; which I usually prepare. But for the most part we get to enjoy the company of family during a delicious feast. 
Last year was my son's first Thanksgiving.  I was fully expecting to have him fuss since he used to get overwhelmed in a new environment with a large group of people around him. But my little boy was full on crying and screaming most of Thanksgiving day.  I tried to put him in his pack n play with his favorite snacks, a bottle, books, and toys during dinnertime... It was a no go.  I ended up taking him into another room and rocking him until he eventually fell asleep. By the time I was able to put him to sleep in his pack n play, everyone else was finished eating.  So I hurriedly ate my lukewarm dinner while carefully listening for my son to wake up. 

Solution:  This year I plan on waking my son up early that morning so that he will take his nap during our hour and a half drive.  We will bring the pack n play just in case but I'm mostly hoping napping before hand will make him a little (ok, a lot) more relaxed.  I'm also planning on brings books, toys, a DVD, and the iPad for him just in case.



Problem: Gift Giving Stress

Personal Experience:  Not only does my family celebrate Christmas, my son's birthday also takes place during that magical month.  So my gift giving/buying duties are doubled.   Last year I did pretty well with buying items on sale and planning spending so that it fit our budget.

Tip: Start buying gifts during sales NOW.  I know its hard to get into the gift buying mood, but it ends up costing you less money and stress when you buy little by little over a series of months instead of buying it all over the course of a couple of weeks. Also take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!

Buying gifts - I did very well with.  Storing those gifts until Christmas and Birthday time.... I did not do so well on that.  I had gifts stashed in every closest in our house.  This made it very overwhelming to find those gifts when it was time to wrap them.  Not to mention making our living space feel like a mess. At one point I was just putting gifts where ever I could tuck them away.  I even forgot about some of them until we were in the process of packing and moving.   I also waited until the last minute to wrap the gifts.  Not fun.

Solution:  This year I have stuck to buying gifts as they go on sale throughout the year.  I have also designated two HUGE Rubbermaid bins for my son's gifts.  And they are in the garage.  This way I can go out and look through what I have periodically, have everything in one place, and not clutter up the house.  I have also vowed to begin wrapping little by little the first week of December.



Problem:  Opening gifts is surprisingly stressful.

Personal Experience:  Maybe its just me, but I imagined watching my son open his gifts as I sipped my coffee and we all had one of those blissful childhood moments.  What really happened?  We opened a couple of gifts, my son wanted to play with one, we told him no so that we could continue open the rest of his presents.  Bad idea. He was then upset, hung up on that one toy and we ended up rushing to open the toy so he could play with it anyway.

Solution:  This year we will help my son open his gifts.  If he gets stuck on wanting to play with one specific toy, we will then open it and let him occupy himself playing with it while we open the rest of his gifts and show them to him when he is more receptive. I know this isn't what the traditional "opening of gifts" experience is... but I'll take a smiling toddler over a crying one... especially since forcing your child to open gifts when he is not interested seems odd.

I'm hoping these changes will not only give us a less stressful holiday season, but also help you mamas as well!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

October Obsessions/Favorites

Its already November?!?!?  Loving it!  But this year is flying now.  You know the drill... here are my favorite products from last month.


1. Clinique's Almost Lipstick in Honey
I've had this product for awhile but recently rediscovered it as I was looking for an every day "Fall" lip color.  I love how its not too heavy, has a slight gloss, and a smooth, moisturizing balm-like texture.

2. Garnier Frutis Sleek & Shine Shampoo

My hair is super long now.  Meaning sometimes it just looks a mess throughout the day.  This shampoo helps keep my hair shiny, straight, and in place.  No more major fly-aways or frizz.

3.Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo

I've always thought dry shampoo was a special combination of gross and awesome.  I mean think about it.  Its a product we buy because our hair is dirty, oily, greasy... and we either don't have time to wash it or don't particularly feel like washing it.  So we spray in this amazing substance that makes our hair look, feel, and smell clean in just a few seconds.  I had never used dry shampoo... until I became a mom and really didn't have time to wash and dry my hair before heading out for an event or night out. The best part - Big Sexy Hair's Volumizing Dry Shampoo also adds a styling aspect to the mix.  This dry shampoo not only makes my hair look and feel fresh after a few sprays, it also gives my hair a bit of a lift and plenty of volume - making it look like I spent a lot more than 2 minutes styling my hair.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

MAC Brooke Shields Collection

She has been a household name for both her looks and talent since I can remember.  Throughout my childhood  I remember Brooke Shields being the standard for an effortlessly glamorous beauty.   Not only does this woman have a great look; she also has the brains, charisma, and relatability that makes up an amazingly strong female role model. 

So, its no surprise MAC and Brooke have collaborated on a line modeled after the actress and mother.  I love this collection for its versatility.  It can be used for an every day "running errands" look but can also create a wedding, date night, or night out with the girls look just as easily. 

The Brooke Shields lipstick in "Excite" is the perfect example of this collection's flexibility. Creamy, highly pigmented, and bright enough to be worked as a bold look if desired, this lipstick is both moisturizing and long lasting. 

One piece from this collection that I can see myself using often (especially during the Holiday season) is the Brooke Shields Studio Nail Lacquer in "Pricey."  This nail lacquer dries quickly and streak-free.  The color itself is a dark, sophisticated red.  It is different enough to not feel generic but not so outrageous that it is ever inappropriate.

Lastly, I see the next piece as being a staple for those looking to keep their Summer glow throughout the cooler months. Brooke Shields Bronzing Powder in "Scone" is a tinted sheer powder that has just enough oomph to give the skin a natural, soft  radiant look.  It is also a great product to use for contouring and highlighting purposes.

Overall, I see this collection as being a great, every day line with multiple uses and looks. It is without a doubt one of MAC's more sophisticated and refined collections - which I am  absolutely loving.

Get the Brooke Shields Collection now available at your local MAC counters, boutiques and online.