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review: lush r+b hair moisturizer.

{pot of island breeze}

anecdote:  my husband and i recently met a woman who smelled divine.  i could hardly pay attention to what she saying because her scent mentally transported me to an island; like an evening breeze of fragrant blooms.  i asked my husband if he noticed and he immediately replied, "i didn't want to sound weird, but yeah she smells really good."  that's actually a glowing fragrance review from him.  upon our next meeting i had to ask her, "what perfume do you wear?".  she replied, "oh, that's not my perfume, it's lush's r+b hair moisturizer."

i should have known lush had something to do with it! 

the lush site confirmed that the heavenly scent was a mix of orange blossom and jasmine (swoon!).  the product itself is a leave-in conditioner/styler for thick and curly hair, but i think of it more as a vehicle for smelling amazing.  especially since my hair is neither thick, nor curly.  still, i use it in place of conditioner and it's especially good on french braid days (nice hold), plus that magic scent lingers for hours.

$22.95 at lushusa.com.


new: NARS fall 2014 color collection.

NARS fall color collection for 2014 really feels like fall.  saturated, slightly moody colors, that make me think about pulling on a sweater and trekking upstate to pick apples.  i don't want summer to be over, but looking at this collection makes me realize how much promise fall holds.

{color my fall world}

i'm loving every bit of this collection, but the piece(s) de resistance of the collection are night flight night series eyeliners.  they offer a more wearable twist on NARS night flight shadows, which are deep midnight black flecked with micro-shimmer of either gold, green, blue or purple (depending on the shade).  night porter (black with green pearl) eyeshadow was a piece i was immediately drawn to, but that sat in my drawer untouched because i wasn't really sure how to wear something that dramatic on my lids.  having it as a liner makes it accessible. 

collection available now (where has the summer gone?!) on narscosmetics.com.


new: redken fashion waves 07.

{making waves}
salt spray can officially say it's made it when even redken has a version.  this june redken added fashion waves 07 to their collection of texture stylers.  the spray can be applied wet or dry to add beachy volume with medium control.

i applied it on saturday to dry hair, spraying somewhat haphazardly, then promptly forgetting i had done so.  on sunday (my day off from shampooing), nearly everyone was complimenting my voluminous waves.  "had i gotten a blowout?", friends, and even strangers asked.  at first even i was puzzled, "why was my hair looking so glam?"  then i remembered my salty secret

textured, easy hair is one my favorite looks for summer.  this product accomplishes that and requires no added styling time or skill.  available at salons nationwide, visit redken.com more details.

*please note:  sample received for review.  opinions my own.


best starter fake lashes: eylure.


british lash company, eylure, has a rich history (they've been creating fake lashes for half a century).  with that sort of legacy comes an understanding of how the product, and it's market, works.  eylure offers a huge variety of lashes, divided into categories similar to the mascara market - naturals, lengthening, volume, texture, definition...plus the more extreme categories that can only come from falsies, like exaggerate, dramatic, party, and festival.  there is truly a lashes for every occasion!  texture is my favorite because it introduces lashes that look slightly disheveled in a way that feels very natural yet glamorous, like bedhead for eyes.

in many categories they also offer the truly ingenious starter kit - with a lash applicator, extra glue, and a 3rd lash for practice.  it really allows the user to play with the product and get their skills down.  i could use this every time i apply lashes.

whether you are lash-obsessed, or just starting to experiment with falsies, eylure is worth checking out.  visit them online at eylure.com.


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