July 2012 Favorites

It’s the last day of July, which means it is time for my monthly favorites video. Check out my favorites and let me know yours!

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Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation Review

I decided to do a review on the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour  foundation, because I feel like it gets no love! When I purchased this foundation, I wasn’t able to find very many reviews or blogposts on it. Luckily, I decided to step out on a limb and try it anyway. This long wearing foundation has  SPF 10 and is designed to hydrate the skin. According to the Smashbox website, is medium coverage but can be built up to full coverage. This comes packaged in a glass container with a pump on the top. It is available in 12 shades.

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Staple Hair Product Review Series: Curl Junkie Repair Me!

Today I will be reviewing Curl Junkie Repair Me! reconstructive hair treatment (also known as a protein treatment). Hair strands naturally have pores or holes in them. The size and/or amount of these pores are directly related to hair damage from heat, chemicals, etc. Protein treatments are used to temporarily fill in these pores which increases the strength of the hair strand. I use protein treatments because I have color treated hair which increases the fragile nature of my hair strands.

Curl Junkie Repair Me! retails for $29 for 12 oz. Now I know that sounds expensive, but a little of this product goes a long way. I am still on my first bottle and I have had it for almost a year (I use it about once a month). I think this is in part due to the very creamy consistency.

Unfortunately I am unable to buy Curl Junkie products where I live so I usually order from www.curljunkie.com or www.aveyou.com.

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Nail of the Day: China Glaze Peachy Keen

I love this color! China Glaze Peachy Keen is the perfect creamy peach nail polish shade. It is the only true peach nail polish I own. As with most of China Glaze’s polishes, this one is a little thick, but not overly so. It requires only 2 coats for full opacity. The only downfall is that for me, this is a little hard to apply because it is on the thicker side and initially it looks streaky. This shade is definitely in my top 3 favorite nail polishes in my collection.

Have you tried Peachy Keen? Do you know of any dupes?

Beginner Friendly Makeup Tutorial

Would you believe that most of my female friends and family don’t wear much makeup!?!? Some of them abstain because they just don’t feel like they need it (talking to you Mama!), while others just don’t think they are able to put it together in a nice way. I decided to make this video for the ladies who are not very experienced in makeup but would like to start dabbling in it more. In no way am I saying that women have to wear makeup, but if you want to, this video may help.

*Please see below for a full product listing and pictures

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Staple Hair Product Review Series: Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purification Mask

Today I’ll be discussing my deep conditioner/pre-poo, Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purification Mask (what’s with the long names Shea Moisture?).  This conditioner retails for around $10-$12 for 12 fl oz. It can be purchased at Walgreens and Target.

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Staple Hair Product Review Series: Shea Moisture Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo

I get quite a few questions regarding my normal hair routine, so I decided to start a blog series that gives an overview of my staple hair products (click here for a full listing). Each post in this series will give pros and cons for each of my tried and true products. I will be going in the same order as the items are listed on my Staple Hair Products page. Feel free to ask questions and comment on your experiences with these products because your input helps others!

Keep reading if you are interested!

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Nail of the Day: Essie Mojito Madness

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So, my recent green nail polish obsession led me to pick up Mojito Madness by Essie. The formula for this polish was nice and easy to work with; not too thick or thin. On the picture above, I used 2 coats and a base and top coat. The color went on pretty opaque. I’m not sure what I think about this shade on me. In person, the color looked a little lighter in the bottle. On the nails, this looks like a Starbucks green. I think that I kind of like the shade on me, but not really loving it.
What do you think? Have you tried Mojito Madness yet?