I was recently in a check-out line and saw a bottle of “Crack”. I had to look. The clever description made it impossible to resist. So , what is “Crack”? Well, it’s not what you’re thinking (I would never condone drugs). This is a hair care miracle. Named Crack for it’s addictive, habit-forming properties, this cream does everything you need it to do. Formulated with acai extract and silk proteins, this product moisturizes and protects hair from dryness and chemicals, including chlorine. It offers thermal and UV protection, and moisturizes from the hair cuticle to the ends. And this wonder blocks the effects of humidity and eliminates up to 95% of frizz and curl.
As you can see (and no, this isn’t me), it really does work. From the first application, my hair was shiny, more manageable, and very silky. And I can also vouch for the humidity claims. This summer has been one humid mother, and this product keeps my hair smooth all day long. Applied to towel-dried hair, Crack makes blow-drying a snap. The brush glides through hair and makes the whole process much easier. I’m left with hair that has tons of volume and looks smooth as glass. I’m already addicted. But a warning, a little bit goes a long way.
available at Ulta
I’m all about glowing skin, but for me it’s a fine line between glow and a greasy shine. I’ve tried so many products that promise radiance and luminosity, but have often been left disappointed. Then I tried Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Intensive Glow Pads Brightening Treatment. At first I was not a fan. They solution is a little sticky and I didn’t notice any change. But I stuck with it and am so glad I did. These pads are a targeted treatment that brightens and renews your skin, delivering superb luminosity. They bring back your natural radiance and improve skin tone and texture. How, you ask? Powered by Activesoil Complex and infused with potent vitamins and minerals, cell turnover is increased letting the real you shine through. The sixty pads are double-sided. Use the smooth side daily and the textured side when you need a more intense experience. I use them at night in lieu of toner and just apply in a circular motion. Like I said, they are a bit sticky, but once dry (seconds really) you don’t notice it. There is no retinol, so for those of you that find retinoids too intense, this is a great alternative.
Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Intensive Glow Pads Brightening Treatment $35 for 60
available at all Bare Escentuals locations, as well as Sephora, Ulta, and all major department stores.
PS. For those of you interested in Sephora’s Lip Reveal, it is available in stores now!
I have to admit I was very happy with Pantone’s “Color of the Year” selection. “Tangerine Tango” (or Pantone 17-1463) is the perfect shade of reddish orange and is a color that really is flattering on everyone. Pantone is the authority on color and is the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer. In other words, the color trends each season begin with Pantone.
Color of the year- Tangerine Tango
I guess it only makes sense that Sephora and Pantone would collaborate on a collection. Sephora+Pantone’s color trend-forecasting is a collection of the season’s top shades in easy-to-wear variations and finishes. The collection is made up of everything from makeup to accessories and the colors are simply fabulous. Here’s a look at my top picks. Everything is very limited edition, available only at Sephora, and I’m sure will sell out quickly.
Color of the Year Blush Duo $26
Two complimentary shades in a micro-fine pressed powder. This formula is light, yet creamy to the touch.
Color of the Year Chrome Blush in Apricot Brandy $16
This is a luxurious velvety blush that has the best elements of baked, powder, and cream blush formulas. The color goes on like a second skin and the apricot color is wonderful on all skin tones.
Color of the Year Creme Lipstick in Tangerine Tango $18
This is an amazing lipstick that smoothes, hydrates, and protects lips. This is the shade to have this year and it is stunning.
Color of the Year Lip Gloss Set $20 ($60 value)
Four high-intense colors based on the color of the year. This gloss is hydrating and long-wearing, all while imparting crystal refelctions.
Color of the Year Nail Enamel Set $24 ($40 value)
Four tangerine-inspired shades in long-wearing enamel formula. Your tootsies will draw major attention with this varnish!
These tangerine shades scream summer and make me want to break out the flip flops and beach towels. Some items are coming soon and some are available now. Please visit Sephora for more products and information.
As a young woman, I could not get enough eyeliner. That seems to still be the trend in the land of youth. As a more elegant woman (I refuse to say mature), I’ve come to realize less is more. Eye makeup can give away your age quickly. It has a tendency to settle into fine lines and creases or smudging onto the brow bone. But sometimes a lady does need a little definition and color. Enter the wonderful eyeliner/ shadow stick from E.L.F.
This combo is a dream. The eyeliner is so slim it’s virtually fool-proof. It has twist-up ease, so there’s never a need to sharpen (just make sure you twist it back down before capping). This soft gel liner makes it a breeze to create dramatic definition and the light-reflecting pigments help line the eye subtly but effectively. Because of my eye shape, I often get mascara along my upper lash line, but one swipe of this hides those mistakes. The smooth glide shadow stick provides a soft, highlighting color that compliments the liner and really makes my eyes pop. Again, I just do one swipe and have instant and flawless color. It wears really well and never ends up where it shouldn’t be. It’s available in 6 shades, which makes achieving a smokey eye super easy.
Eye Liner and Shadow Stick $3.00
available at ELF and most major drugstores (I got mine at Target)
I realize I have posted about dry hair and split ends before, but if you’re like me, you want to know about any products that can repair these issues. And boy do I have a miracle worker for you. I’ll tell you up front-it’s not cheap. But believe me when I say it is worth every penny.
Kerastase’s Fiber Architecte is new and amazing. It is a must have for sealing and repairing brittle, very damaged lengths and split ends. It is a serum and gel in one product and the combination of ingredients revitalizes damaged hair from the inside out. It is heat activated so you apply it on dry hair. There are a few ways I use it. First, if I’m just blowdrying, I do it at the very end. Once my hair is dry, I apply it to the ends and then use a round brush and blowdryer to seal it. If I’m using a flat iron, I put it on the ends before going over it with the iron. Same for when I’m using a curling iron. A little bit goes a long way. I only use one pump and this coats all of my ends. If you have thicker hair you can use a little more. Your hair will get healthier fast and you’re left with silky, shiny, and smooth locks. I do recommend shopping around. I found a salon in Minneapolis that sells it for $10 less than the Kerastase website. But honestly, I would pay full price. It’s just that good.
Kerastase Fiber Architecte $42
available at Kerastase Usa (I got mine at The Hair District)