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Clarisonic Review

It’s finally here!! My fabled Clarisonic review that I’ve been promising all of you since… forever.  Check out a preview and hit that link after the jump.

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Makeup and Beauty Blog; Nov. 2010-Jan. 2011

Here’s a compilation of all the posts I’ve done on Makeup and Beauty Blog.  While you’re there, check out all of the other great posts by Karen!

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The Sulphate Sensation

Anonymous asked my opinion on sulphate-free shampoos and which ones specifically I recommend.

Sulphates are evil, evil things!  These harsh cleaning agents are great for stripping built-up product off your strands, but also for stripping color right from em.  Although they are not the only aggressor against your colored locks (also blame UV rays, heat, volumizing products, and chlorine), they are definitely the most forceful.

Sulphate free shampoos are fantastic for preserving hair color, or at least helping to.  You’re not gonna get the bubbly goodness (these compounds are what cause the extreme lather in other shampoos), but neither are you gonna be the victim of dull, lusterless hair.

For any hair color: Try One ‘n Only Argan Oil Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner.  You can read my review of these wonderful products here.

As an alternative, try a color-depositing or color-enhancing shampoo.  Although these contain sulphates, they work to counteract the color-stripping effect by adding in a bit of semi-permanent dye to amp up your color and help it last longer.  Some even include light reflecting particles to make your hair look shinier and healthier.  The only ones I recommend, though, are:

For blondes: Shimmer Lights Original Conditioning Shampoo and Conditioner

For brunettes: Quantum Beautiful Browns Color Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner

For redheads: Quantum Riveting Reds Color Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner

With all of these, leave both products in for at least two minutes before rinsing to really allow their depositing properties to kick in.  All of the products mentioned here can be bought at Sally Beauty Supply.


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Foundation Routine

Rachel asked what my preferred method of foundation application is.

Fantastic question!

Beforehand, apply moisturiser/sunscreen and a primer if you use it, and allow each to absorb for five minutes or so.

Then, check out my entire post about it here!

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Natural Skincare Remedies

Dizzygano asked if I knew of any natural skincare remedies.

Check out my post on Makeup and Beauty Blog all about DIY natural remedies for skin and hair!

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Clarisonic Review

I know you’ve all been clamoring for a review on my Clarisonic Pro (I swear, half the questions I get are about it!), and it’s finally here! Kind of. I just sent my written review of such to Karen at Makeup and Beauty Blog, and I’ll post a link here when it’s up (should be pretty soon.)  I’ll probably also do a short video review.  I’m still trying to figure out my new camera.  It’s a serious one!  My last one was pretty nice, but mostly did stuff for me-a really good amateur camera.  This one is definitely pro-level, and all the settings are pretty much manual, which means I have a lot to learn before I’ll be any good at it.  I also kind of want a mini-tripod before I film, but I suppose I could do a few videos without it… Keep checkin’ back for that link!

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Preview of my review of Paco Rabanne "1 Million"

Here’s the opening paragraph of my review of the cologne 1 Million by Paco Rabanne.

You walk down the cement steps and step cautiously into the wall of lights.  Dance music makes the air seem to buzz as if filled with a cloud of angry insects.  Bodies meld into one another, indistinct forms of color and movement and flesh.  The bartender hands you a drink you don’t know the name of, but you take a sip anyway.  Across the floor, you see him.  He slinks between the amorphous crowds, the top two buttons of his shirt undone.  He looks at you; your eyes lock.  You stand transfixed, and he comes and takes your hand in his.  You make your way onto the raised floor.  Two bodies becomes one; indistinct forms of color and movement and flesh.

Just a taste of the sensation the fragrance creates. Have you guys seen my recent posts there reviewing Mario Badescu’s Silver Powder, my random assortment of makeup tips and its follow-up, and my mascara tutorial?  If not, go check em out and look around Karen’s awesome blog as well!

Lemme know what you think of this preview, and click here for the full review!

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Sally Girl Eyeshadow Connecting Compacts in Earthtones Review

Check out my guest-post review of the Sally Girl Eyeshadow Connecting Compacts in earthtones on Makeup and Beauty Blog.  Thanks again to Karen for posting this on her wonderful blog!!

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Review of One ‘n Only Argan Oil Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner

My review for One ‘n Only Argan Oil Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner has been posted by the lovely Karen on her blog!  Check it out here, and while you’re there, make sure to read through her other fantastic posts!

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Makeup and Beauty Blog…

So, hopefully all of you know about the wonderful Makeup and Beauty Blog.  And if not, head over there now, then come back and finish reading this.

So, after guest-posting for her once, Karen has asked me back to be a regular guest-blogger!  C’mon, how exciting is that?  Check out my first review for Aquolina Blue Sugar, and check back later this week for my review on One ‘n Only Argan Oil Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner (I’ll post a link when it goes up).  After that, my posts should be appearing weekly, so head over there often to give em a look, and to read through Karen’s own fantastic postings.  Happy blogging!

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