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sample society + allure.

{box o' beauty}
sample society has tasked the editors at allure with curating their monthly beauty box.  the five item red boxes from now forth will be cherry-picked by the allure team to include their favorites.  each delivery will also include a mini-magazine with tips on using each product.  i received the summer box (pictured above), and was happy to see some old favorites, plus discover a few new favorites.

inside the summer sample society box:

  • fekkai PrX reparatives intese fortifying masque
  • butter london nail lacquer in bobby dazzler, the old bill or champers (i received champers)
  • maison fracis kurkdjian paris aqua universalis eau de toilette
  • l'oreal paris extraordinaire by colour riche liquid lipcolor in various shades (i got coral encore)
  • laura mercier matte radiance baked powder in highlighter 01
i loved the variety - a mix of high and low brands, plus a good span of products - hair, nails, color, fragrance, and many full-sized. for $15/month it's definitely a good value.  visit beautybar.com to learn more.


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.


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