Monday, April 14

My Thoughts On: Bobbi Brown Corrector

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If you're anything like me, then you'll probably need cement to cover your dark under-eye circles. Fortunately, Bobbi Brown has got us covered. Literally.


COLOR MATCH

Bobbi Brown Corrector comes in sixteen shades to suit everyone's dark circle needs. That means we can all rock the well-rested façade. The most difficult part of using this product is finding the right shade. I highly recommend you go to your local Bobbi Brown counter and test them out or have a Bobbi specialist help you. I don't recommend color-matching yourself based on the online chart. The wrong corrector can actually emphasize your dark circles or make them look green ... even if the color generally matches your skin tone.


APPLICATION + BLENDABILITY

Once you have the Corrector, it's all about the three questions of application: When? Where? How?

When?
Apply the corrector before foundation and/or concealer. Once your dark circles are reduced, the foundation or concealer will help your skin all appear as one color.

Where?
Try only to apply the product to the dark areas under your eyes.

How?
Because this is on the stickier side, I've found it's easiest to work with it once it has melted a bit with the heat of my fingers. Give the product a good swirl with your fourth finger and dab it on to your dark circles.


COVERAGE

Although it doesn't completely conceal my dark circles, the Corrector is incredibly high coverage and definitely helps eliminate them.

FINISH

This product does have a tendency to crease, so you may want to remove excess product by gently rolling a cotton swab over the creased area. The Corrector will dry with a tacky finish, so I recommend either covering it with a foundation/concealer or lightly dusting it with powder.

 

WORTH THE HYPE?

Yes. Even on my no-makeup days, I tend to sneak this on right under my eyes. On the nights I haven't slept enough, it helps make me look like I've gotten ample sleep -- nice and awake. I've even inadvertently convinced several friends to pick up their own mini-compacts (just by putting this on in front of them). I've already repurchased this... so yes, yes and yes.


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xx Lauren

*This review was requested by Abbie O.

Wednesday, April 9

Best Drugstore Haircare

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I've been a bit of a haircare snob since early high school. In junior high, I primarily used drugstore haircare and realized that I was getting what I paid for. Once I made the switch to salon haircare, I noticed a massive difference in the health, appearance and manageability of my hair. I wasn't until recently that I've begun to dip my toes back into the drugstore haircare pond again, and my, have brands stepped it up!

I'd have to say my gateway product was Dove Daily Moisture Conditioner. My hairstylist recommended it to me over a year ago, and it now has a permanent spot in my shower. I've been blown away by it. Not only does it add moisture to my unfathomably dry (not damaged) hair, it also works as a fantastic detangler. If you've been reading my blog regularly, then you've already heard me sing its praises, so I'll move on.

L'Oréal Paris owns Kerastase, which is one of my all-time favorite salon haircare brads, so it should come as no surprise that the following five products are all from L'Oréal.

Since we're already on the topic of daily conditioners, I figured I'd mention my favorite drugstore shampoo-conditioner duo: L'Oréal Paris EverCrème Sulfate-Free Moisture System Intense Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner For Dry to Very Dry Hair. They're impressively hydrating; they smell like brown sugar and vanilla; and best of all, they're sulfate-free, which means you can use this shampoo worry-free if you have colored hair! (FUN FACT: Most conditioners don't / shouldn't have sulfates.)

Before we leave the shower (hmm... awkward), you'll want to deep condition. You're in luck -- L'Oréal makes two of my all-time favorite hair masks. The first, Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm, is for protein-needy (keratin) or damaged hair, and the other, Power Moisture Moisture Rush Mask, is for moisture-deprived hair. For the best results, leave either mask in your hair in your wet hair for as long as you possibly can. Sometimes, I leave it in after I shower when my hair really needs that extra sumthin' sumthin'.

The most recent, and perhaps most exciting, drugstore haircare favorite is the new L'Oréal Advanced Haircare SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heat Spray. Although it's meant for straightening, I use this product when I curl my hair. I picked this up at the recommendation of Kayley Melissa (YouTube's LetsMakeItUp1). If you're not already subscribed to her channel, you should be. In one of her videos, she demonstrated that this heat spray not only protects hair from heat styling, it actually helps hair hold curl. I've noticed it also gives my slippery, straight hair some texture. I can't even explain how fantastic this product is, but I can't recommend it enough. I find it works to hold curl best when I don't add hairspray after.


I always love learning about and trying new drugstore haircare products. Which ones are you loving from the drugstore? Comment below and let me know!

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xx
Lauren

Tuesday, March 25

Makeup Worth Repurchasing

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I consider myself a product loyalist. When I find something I love,  I will absolutely repurchase once I run out. While I go through haircare and skincare products fairly quickly, it's not often that I go through a makeup item. On the rare occasion I do, it seems that other my other products follow in its lead.

If you've been reading my blog on the reg', then you already know that the following four products are some of my holy grail, all-time favorites. Even though they're all on the pricier end, I haven't regretted a penny -- plus they all last a good, long while.


Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black

Apart from the fact that this eyeliner is long-lasting and deeply pigmented, it is the only felt-tip liquid liner I've ever owned that lasts over a month. As a matter of fact, each of the pens I've had have lasted six months. After using it for a while, I've noticed that I prefer it with a primer underneath; it makes the color more opaque. 

Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum

This absolutely has to be the best lash primer on the market. Although the results aren't obvious immediately, it makes my lashes longer and stronger. For more of my thoughts on this must-have lash product, ready my full review: Prime Time: The Benefits of Eyelash Primers and Conditioners.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

I've tried clear mascara. I've tried other clear brow gels. Nothing tops this. It keeps my brows perfectly in place all day long. This is definitely a product you won't understand until you try it, but it's absolutely worth the $22.

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque 

This does such a fantastic job covering up my dark circles. Even on my no-makeup days, I won't leave the house without this under my eyes and my Anastasia Brow Gel holding my brows in place. Read my full review: My Thoughts On: Bobbi Brown Corrector // Countdown: Top Discoveries of 2013.


There you have it: makeup I would repurchase, have repurchased and will continue to repurchase!

Comment below and let me know what products you shovel out the repurchasing dollars for!

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xx
Lauren