Tarte on Hautelook

Hello lovelies!  I wanted to let you know about an upcoming event on Hautelook.  
This is the excerpt from the Hautelook Tarte page.  
“tarte™ cosmetics is the leader in high-performance naturals™, a concept pioneered over ten years ago by Founder, CEO and Natural Beauty expert Maureen Kelly. tarte proves that glamour can be good for you by offering the widest selection of healthy cosmetics full of skinvigorating™ ingredients like fruit and plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, essential oils and other naturally-derived ingredients. From the award-winning natural cheek stains and LipSurgence™ natural lip tints to the Amazonian clay infused complexion products and luxurious eyeshadow palettes, tarte combines formulas created by Mother Nature with artistry-approved pigments and delivers clinically-proven results to the everyday woman.  As a socially responsible company, tarte supports cooperatives in the Amazon region. tarte is also helping to reduce environmental waste with eco-friendly and sustainable packaging, glamorous reusable components and unique customer recycling initiatives”

I have quite a few products from the Tarte range and enjoy them all.  I encourage you to join Hautelook if you haven’t already.  There are new beauty brands, as well as fashion and furniture brands, every week.  You have to be ready when the launch time hits because the best things sell out super quick.  :) 

Just as a disclaimer, if you click on any of the links in this post and actually sign up to Hautelook I get referral credit.  Thank you for looking and have a great day!   

Sleek Oh So Special Review, Tutorial and FOTD

I was lucky enough to get my hands on the Oh So Special palette!  A sweetawesomesexyhilariousfantastico person sent it to me!  It is SO pretty.  I decided to do some swatches and review it for you!  I would first like to start off by saying that I am glad that Sleek labels the shades (sort of) now.  My other 3 palettes don’t have any descriptive words to define any of the shades.  The fact they have names will help me remember what shades I like.  I am a name kind of girl.. I can’t remember a random place in a palette… 

I swatched in the exact placement that they are in the palette.  

I for one think that these shadows are pigmented.  Some are silky smooth while others are creamy.  Both are textures I enjoy.  Each of these swatches was done with just a couple swipes.  I think this may rival the Storm palette as my favorite… Not sure yet.. but we will see.  I played around with it for the first time today!  The sweet Anastacia asked me to do a picture tutorial with the palette so here it is.  Hope you enjoy! (It is my 2nd one.. I think it is the first decent one that I have done though!)  If you like these picture tutorials PLEASE let me know in the comments below.  I would like to do them if you enjoy them.  If you feel like it is something you can figure out on your own let me know that too.  I don’t want to fill my blog with content that my viewers find useless.  On to the tutorial.  
First, prep the lids by applying your favorite primer.  I used Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat.

On the lid, apply the shade called Gift Basket.

For the crease and outer v I used a mixture of Boxed and Wrapped Up.  I also applied it on the outer 2/3s of the lower lash line.

I blended the top part of the crease with The Mail and I highlighted the brow with Bow.  I highlighted the inner corner with Organza.  I did meet the Organza color up with the darker colors along the bottom lash line.  

I used a Bare Escentuals retractable liner on the outer 1/3 of my upper and lower lash line and applied mascara.  I applied it to the outer 1/3 because it can help define your lash line without closing the eye up.  I like to emphasize/enlarge my eyes as much as possible.  The mascara I used in this tutorial is Mally Volumizing.  I also applied a nude liner to the waterline to give my eyes a wide awake, fresh appearance.  

I really hope you liked the tutorial!  Now for a full face shot!  Or two…

It wouldn’t be a LauraJean396 FOTD without some crazy stray hair in front of my face, now would it? :P
FACE:
Shu Uemura Stage Performer
Missha Perfect Cover in 21
R&R Pressed Powder in Silk
R&R Blush in Lust
EYES:
Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat
Sleek Oh So Special palette
BE retractable liner in Black
Mally Volumizing
Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express palette
LIPS:
MAC Offshoot
Hope you enjoyed this post!  Please leave a comment below letting me know what you liked or didn’t like.  Also any requests are welcome as well.  I have lots of palettes and if you want a fresh take on a certain one I would be happy to concoct something. 

Bobbi Brown Metallic Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow in Starry Purple

Hello all!  I was sorting through my cream eyeshadows and I found this lovely little guy.  (I call all things little guys–I don’t know why…)  Starry Purple is a gorgeous cream eyeshadow in the pot.  It is a nice blackened purple with multi-color shimmer.  It is hard to photograph so I chose to use the out-of-focus ones to really pick up on the complexity of the color in the pot.  

As you can see, when swatched the color really looks mostly black or charcoal.  I will say that this color is pigmented, but very misleading.  The color in the pot looks like a deep purple and all that transfers onto the lid is a blackish sort of color.  I do still think that it lasts all day and is of good quality but it isn’t a color that I use very often.  
Thank you for looking and have a great day!  

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Illusoire

I just wanted to share with you a standout product that I have been using a lot recently.  I have been doing lazy makeup if I wear makeup at all recently and this has been the eye color that I keep going back to almost daily.  Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Illusoire is a perfect shade of purply-lilac-mauve-mink-taupe!  It creates a beautiful shimmer, almost metallic, finish on your lid.  It is easily my favorite color of this line of product.   
It has the MOST interesting texture ever.  It is like a cream/mousse/gel texture with a lot of bounce.  When you push down on this product it seems as though it springs back into place.  The texture is sooo fun.  Easy to spread on the lid (I use my finger) and throw some mascara on and go.  The feel of this eyeshadow on the lids is awesome too.  Compared to other cream eyeshadows this feels very light on the lids.  I find that most cream products sit heavy on the lids and sometimes feels cake-ish.  

I posted the out-of-focus picture to capture some of the multi-colored shimmer that shows up.  It is a truly gorgeous shade and I encourage you to try one if you haven’t already.  
Like I said, this has been my go to eye shade recently and I am sure it will continue to be for a while…  I am pretty sure you will see this in my monthly favorites!  
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Lysol Healthy Touch Antibacterial No-Touch Hand Soap Refill

I am by no means a person that is overly picky with cleanliness but I do have a major pet peeve.  I hate when I need to wash my hands and having to touch the pump to the soap.  Makeup fingerprints get all over everything and if this is in your kitchen,  chicken and other meats have touched your hands–so you definitely don’t want to touch anything.  I have said for years that no one thinks to clean the pumps of the soap bottle.  A year or more ago I found this at my local drugstore and was INSTANTLY intrigued.  It is like a home version of the automatic dispensers you find in public restrooms.  I am a big big fan.  I have bought several refills and I have never had to replace the batteries in the machine.  Also EVERYONE that comes over to my house and happens to wash their hands comments on how cool it is.
This is what the machine looks like.  You can see through the slot in the front how much product is left in the machine and how soon it will be before you need to change it out.
This is what the refills look like.  

The refills come in a few different scents and they all smell great.  I hope you go out and try this.  It is a truly wonderful invention that I plan to keep in my house for years to come.  I give it 5 stars and 2 thumbs up!
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day!  

Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat

I have always had poor brittle nails and I stumbled across what I like to call a “Miracle Product” while I was at Sally’s Beauty Supply a couple months back.  It is the Gelous gel coat.  I use it in conjunction with a few other products and it has really improved the look and the health of my nails.
This is marketed as a base coat but I like to use it as both base and topcoat.  As a basecoat it helps to prevent the staining of the nails from other polishes and it is a great nail hardener.  I have nails that peel and this has helped me with that issue as well.  As a topcoat it works well to seal in the layers of polish beneath it and leave a high shine finish.  
My favorite fact about Gelous is that it was less than $5.  That is almost half of what I paid for Seche Vite (which I have bought several bottles of overtime.)  Gelous does everything I want it to do and a little more.  I can give it most of the credit for my newly found interest in nail polish in general.  
Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Removing Glitter Polish

Hello beauties!!! I am doing this post from my cell phone. I downloaded the new blogger app from iTunes and I decided to give it a shot. No telling what it will turn out to look like–if it doesn’t seem close to the same as what my posts usually look like, I will likely not use it again.
Anyway!!! Today I wanted to talk about removing glitter nail polish. Glitter polish is notoriously irritating to remove. I was complaining about removing glitter polish a week or two ago and a friend pointed out an awesome method. I immediately put it into action.
FIRST– The things you will need are: nail polish remover, 10 cotton pads or cotton balls, and 10 strips of tin foil. The foil should be strips of 2″ x 3-4″.
SECOND– Soak a cotton pad/ball in remover and place it over the nail.
THIRD– Wrap the nail (cotton and all) with a strip of tin foil. Wrap it as tightly as possible and make sure to twist the ends tight so no air can seep in. This is really the key because the reason why just cotton soaked in remover doesnt usually cut it is because it can dry out before it has fully done the job. With the tin foil making the cotton air tight it can really soak off the glitter polish.
FINAL STEP– After waiting 3-5 minutes with your nails wrapped up like a tin foil burrito slowly remove the tin foil by twisting it off.

I am astonished at how simple, yet über awesome this method is to execute. Also you look like a REALLY cool person for 5 minutes with your tin foil fingers. LOL :P

OPI It’s My Year

OPI recently released a Miss Universe collection consisting of four colors.  The only one that really stood out to me was the It’s My Year polish.  It is quite breath-taking and I snagged it on ebay.  I actually purchased it on Amazon about two months ago and have only just now done a manicure with it.  *hangs head*  I do love it but there were other polishes that I wanted to get to first.  
When I first got it at home I literally sat and twirled the bottle in the sunlight because it is sooo pretty.  It is gold shimmer in a purple jelly base.  It goes on the nail very easily and is not goopy at all.  It only took two coats for optimal opacity.  I went out to dinner last night and the waitress asked me what was on my nails! >:o) I love glittery sprackley things! (Yes, I know I misspelled sparkly.  It is kind of my thing.)

These pictures were taken in a hurry therefore I didn’t clean my cuticles.  Sorry :/  The picture below is from a  friend from high school who is currently living in Hong Kong.  She posted it to Facebook and I found it in the news feed and it IMMEDIATELY reminded me of this polish… So maybe it is really her year! :)
Thanks for looking and hope you have a great day.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Pure Castile Soap

Hello lovely people!  I just wanted to share with you some of the awesomeness of Dr. Bronner’s soaps.  There are a million and one uses for this soap but my favorite one is as a brush cleanser.  I pour a little Dr. Bronner’s into a tumbler and the dilute it with water.  Usuaully 1 part soap to 3 parts water.  I then dip my brush in and work it into my palm and rinsing with water as I go to get the soap out.  
I made some videos with my iPhone a couple months back and I am going to link them below.  I am holding the camera phone and cleaning the brushes at the same time so it gets a little awkward.  And YES I am very southern so please don’t make fun of my accent too bad.  Thank you! <3
Hope the videos were helpful to you!  Thanks for looking!