Sunday, July 26, 2015

Summer Accessory: ONYX XOXO Signature Leather Ear Cuff

Summer is a great time to get playful with your look and one way I like to switch it up is with accessories.  This summer I've loved adding ONYX's Signature Leather Ear Cuff  because it's edgy and works with so many outfits.
Each one is a handmade, one-of -a- kind custom brass ear cuff with genuine leather, spike, and 14 karat chain designed to be worn on the right ear.  Needless to say, I was psyched to see PR considered my pink addiction and sent me one with gorgeous bright pink and white accents. 
Retail: $150.00
At first, it was a little intimidating trying to figure out how to put it on, but it only took me a few minutes (and if I can do it anyone can). 

Directions for wearing:  
 Align flattest part of the metal cuff behind top of right ear.  Twist counterclockwise around ear in one gradual downward motion.  Metal is adjustable to fit securely and comfortably

Wearing it was easy and comfortable, and the best thing about it-- no pierced ears needed!  Anyone can rock one of these.  I wish these had existed when I was younger before I had pierced ears, because I was always jealous of the girls with the long, dangly earrings. 
The soft leather straps add that pop of color and the chain and spike give it that funky flare.  It's perfect for your next rooftop happy hour, or for lounging in style on the beach!
The cuffs are also available in sterling silver and you can snag one here 
Check out more ONYX
What do you think?  Would you rock an ONYX ear cuff?

Friday, July 24, 2015

BeautyBox5: July Box Reveal

 It makes me sad to think the summer is basically half over < massive sigh>,  but not to worry, this month's Beauty Box 5, Summer Night Out themed box is here to keep the party goin!  For those of you that don't know, BeautyBox5 is a monthly subscription that selects five beauty industry favorites and delivers them straight to your door.  There are various subscription options to chose from, but my lucky self receives a complimentary box each month in exchange for my thoughts :) 
"You know when it's so hot that you can't even think about getting ready?  We feel your pain.  instead of slaving away at your vanity, swipe on sparkle for your nails, lips, and body and spend more time out on the town, soaking up beach vibes, or just sitting pretty near the A/C unit.  Wherever you spend your warm summer night, you'll look so colorfully cool"- BB5
Let's check them out...
Love Life Skin Love Life Skin Collection
Retail: $25.00- $30.00 1.oz- 1.7 oz.

OFRA Lip Gloss: Sunshine
Retail: $12.95

Pur~lisse Flash Tattoos
retail: $9.00

Nanacoco Nail Polish: Choco Spark
Retail: $3.00

OFRA Lip Liner: Nude
Retail: $13.00

 Overall, I was happy with the products.  I'm always down for some Nanacoco products and I love flash tattoos!!  They're the perfect summer accessory.  I'm also partial to the soft pink ORFA lip liner, it's very natural looking which I love.      
Do you subscribe to BB5?  What did you think of this month's box?   

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Review: ecobrow Defining Wax

I've always had difficulty coloring my brows, mainly because as a red head, it's tricky to find a color that matches and looks natural.  And since my brows are ridiculously light, adding color is really the only way they stand out, regardless of their shape.  
Which is why, I was eager to try ecobrow Defining Wax , created by celebrity eyebrow stylist; Marco Ochoa.  It's the first line of mineral based, 100% natural makeup for eyebrows whose formula blends and diffuses easily into the brow hair, and contains silica for oil absorption as well as nourishing Vitamin E.  It is also paraben- free which is always a good thing!
Retail: $26.00 
The color breakdowns help you pick a close match (list is below).  The color I chose to try was "Rita", designed for auburn, ginger, and strawberry red hair (ie; Julianne Moore, Jessica Chastain and Christina Hendricks). 
Since I'm mostly used to applying with pencils, I figured I might have some issues controlling the placement of the product, but it was surprisingly easy.  The color is buildable, but after testing it on my hand, I could I tell it was nicely pigmented.  So I made sure to start with a light layer, applying it with the angled tip of the applicator, and kept adding until I felt satisfied.  I used the bristled end to start blending it out.  Even though it's considered a wax, the texture was creamier and more pliable so blending was a breeze. 
I applied around 7am and the color was still visible by the end of my day around 5pm.  It definitely wore better then the pencils I've been using, which usually end up fading or rubbing off.

After: Color Rita

Overall, I loved this.  It made such a difference and it's great to finally have a color that works with my face. 
Colors available in:
Marilyn /Blond:
Think - Gwen Stefani, Meryl Streep and Kate Hudson
Suggested for: light brown, golden, ash, strawberry, and grey hair.
Think - Julianne Moore, Jessica Chastain and Christina Hendricks
Suggested for: auburn, ginger, and strawberry red hair.
Penelope /Brunette:
Think - Sofia Vergara, Angelina Jolie and Jessica Alba
Suggested for: Brown to medium brown hair.
Liz/Dark Brunette:
Think: - Zoe Zaldana, Salma Hayek, and Mila Kunis
Suggested for: medium brown to dark brown (almost black) hair
Get more ecobrow here   

Shop ecobrow at Sephora

Monday, June 29, 2015

Johnson's Dishes Beauty Tips for Every Season

I love learning new beauty tips, and last week Johnson's hosted a Season by Season Beauty event where they dished a lot of 'em!  Guests went from station to station experiencing the latest Johnson's products and genius ways to incorporate them into your routine for every season.  But of course the best part wasn't just getting the scoop, it was getting to try them out- tips on everything from hair, nails and make up!     


 Massage JOHNSON’S® baby oil gel with lavender into nail beds to help soften cuticles.
Apply JOHNSON’S® baby oil gel with lavender
on feet before putting on your socks right before bed. By morning, feet will feel hydrated, moisturized and baby soft.
Use JOHNSON’S® pure cornstarch baby powder with calming lavender in sneakers to remove odors.
Use JOHNSON’S® pure cornstarch baby powder with calming lavender in lieu of deodorant.
Use JOHNSON’S® baby lotion for a baby fresh scent.

Use JOHNSON’S® pure cornstarch baby powder with aloe & vitamin e to remove unwanted sand from ļ¬ngers, legs and toes.
Use JOHNSON’S® pure cornstarch baby powder with calming lavender as a dry shampoo.
Apply JOHNSON’S® baby oil gel with aloe & vitamin e to the ends of your hair to add shine.
Apply JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES® detangling spray to hair to remove knots after swimming and to moisturize hair on-the-go.
Brush JOHNSON’S® pure cornstarch baby powder with calming lavender on skin to remove stray hairs after brushing hair


Apply JOHNSON’S® baby powder on face to help prevent oil even on your busiest days.
Dab JOHNSON’S® baby oil gel on lips for a smooth and glossy pout.
Keep JOHNSON’S® hand & face wipes in your bag to help wipe away dirt and germs while on-the-go.
Use JOHNSON’S® baby moisture wash with shea & cocoa butter as a mild face wash.


Use JOHNSON’S® baby oil gel with shea & cocoa butter right after showering to lock in moisture and create a natural glow.
Dab or dust JOHNSON’S® baby powder around eyes to keep makeup fresh and prevent eye shadow fallout; great for creating the perfect smoky eye.
Use JOHNSON’S® baby lotion with vanilla oatmeal to moisturize with a warm, fresh scent.
Use JOHNSON’S® baby oil with shea & cocoa butter as a gentle makeup remover.
Use JOHNSON’S® baby shampoo to clean makeup brushes.
Apply JOHNSON’S® baby powder as a guide under brows to create the perfect arch with an eyebrow pencil

A special shout out to the darlings at Spa Chick who did my hair and makeup!  I loved the look so much and have already started using the tips on the baby powder and baby oil!!



Do you use Johnson's products?  Do you have a secret tip to share? Do tell!
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Photos by Karen Wise and provided by Johnson's

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Summer Essential: SwimSpray

Retail: $15.00
If there's one downside to cooling off with a dip in the pool, it's got to be those chlorine side effects.  It's harsh on your hair, dries you out and let's face it, makes you reek of chemicals. SwimSpray  was designed to combat chlorine odor and stop it from irritating your skin and hair.  
Invented by Andrew Chadeayne, a swimmer himself, it is a fragrance free liquid that's lightweight and feels like regular water.  It is 100% natural and uses vitamin C based technology.  The vitamin C (as Sodium Ascorbate and Ascorbic Acid) being the key ingredient because it neutralizes and breakdown the chlorine, which soaps and shampoos can't do.  
Directions state:
1.) After swimming, rinse off in the shower.
2..) Next, spray Swimspray on your hair, and skin.
3.) Shower normally with shampoo or soap.
(It also states you can skip the soap and just rinse off again with water).  This is good flexibility.  If you're at someone else's house you may not have the option to fully shower off.  Instead, just spritz it on and hose it off.
Easy enough?  
The 4 oz. bottle is advertised to last you 600 sprays, or 20-30 swims.  For me personally, that definitely sounds like enough to last me an entire summer and I'm looking forward to giving it a go!
Have you tried SwimSpray?  How was your experience?
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