Saturday, April 19, 2014

beauty review: Maybelline Eye Studio Master Smoky shadow pencil + Master Drama eye liners

if you're anything like me, you j'adore wearing a smoky eye but don't always have the time to spend creating it. thankfully, a gorgeous, easy to use product exists to help create that perfect smoked out eye look with hardly any effort ~ if you can line your eyes and smudge that line, you can create it with Maybelline Eye Studio Master Smoky Longwearing Shadow-Pencils.

i bought two in shades Emerald Fury and Smoldering Violet ~ they are simply gorgeous! i love a smoky eye {in case i haven't expressd it enough…}, and these shadow-pencils make it so simple to do {i think i've also mentioned that, too, right?}. the creamy, highly-pigmented formula applies smoothly and the sponge smudger perfectly blends out the color...

the Master Smoky liners are available in a total of 6 shades, so you can create any look your mood desires. i definitely plan to, as it is famously said, "collect them all". :)

other eye-defining gems from Maybelline that i've been using are the Master Drama liner pencils. two specifically: Midnight Master {black} and Coal Commander {a deep charcoal}, both of which i can't get enough of. i always tightline the top of my eyelids with the black. not only to define and create a look of fuller lashes, but to disguise the inevitable inky marks left after applying my mascara du jour. the coal shade is a fabulous alternative to brown when i want to keep my eye look neutral or don't feel like wearing a colorful eye.

in any case, it's all about Maybelline on my eyes these days... for definition and drama at least.

for now

because we beauty gals aren't always so faithful to one eyeliner, right??

tell me: what liners are you loving right now?

you cn find these at your local drug and mass retailer {i bought mine at, you guessed it, target.}. visit for more info!

products featured purchased by me; pics taken by me :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

hair therapy: Jenny Balding shares solutions for the 5 common hair issues

 with over 18+ years experience, Cutler/Redken stylist Jenny Balding {on twitter @jennybalding1} has graciously shared how you {and i} can overcome 5 most common hair issues.

take a look...

#1: lack of volume
"this is caused by a variety of reasons but mostly using the wrong shampoo/conditioner for your hair type, followed by using conditioner all over instead of just the mid-length to ends. it’s an easy problem to fix and makes a huge difference ~ talk to your stylist about the best regimen for your hair." Jenny suggests trying Redken Body Full regimen.

Jenny Balding
#2: damage control
"an easy way to prevent damage is simply being gentle when detangling your wet hair. use a large toothed comb or a brush designed to detangle wet hair as wet hair is very fragile and most damage can be created at this point."

#3: dulling hair
"product buildup can cause dull hair when a lot of product is used constantly overtime. make sure to use a clarifying shampoo {like Redken Hair Cleansing Cream} once a week to rid of buildup and this will bring back life into your color and bounce back into your hair."

#4: constant split ends
"even if you love to keep your hair really long, make sure you are having it trimmed every 8-12 weeks as this will really help to keep it in healthy condition as dry, damaged ends split, and travel further up the hair shaft if you don't remove them."

#5: i just want healthy hair
how can you make your hair more lustrous, thick and healthy? "it really makes such a difference if you eat a healthy balanced diet, drink plenty of water and take a multivitamin each day. like your skin, your hair represents what you put into your body."

many thanks to Jenny for her hair-loving tips ~ i love sharing and hope you've learned something new!

you can learn more about Jenny by visiting her page at {which features a fabulous q & a that includes everything from what inspires her, must-have hair tools, and personal questions like fave color, place to visit and so on…love it!}

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

3 expert tips for creating perfect eyebrows

Joey Healy {prominent eyebrow stylist, professional makeup artist and licensed esthetician} made a special guest appearance earlier this week on Veria Living Live {on the Veria Living TV Network} to teach viewers how to master the art of the eyebrow in a special “ask the expert” segment. 

Joey's unique approach to creating the perfect brow has made him a favorite among celebrities and companies including Kyra Sedgwick, Aviva Drescher and Carole Radziwill of "The Real Housewives of New York", Andy Cohen of "Watch What Happens Live", Sean Young of "Blade Runner", the New York City Ballet, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bravo!, Neiman Marcus, Dress for Success, MTV and many more…

Joey Healy

check out Joey's 3 fabulous tips for creating the perfect brow, then watch the video to see the results!

#1: find your browbone!
many women have flat eyebrows, which shorten their face, but the the goal should be to elongate the face. to do this, use your brow brush to hold against the bridge of your nose {where your eyebrow should start}; put your brow pencil diagonal towards your outer eye ~ this is the bare minimum of where your eyebrow should end. you should create an arch 2/3 of the way out.

#2: color & tweeze!
use a brow powder or brow pencil for fixing gaps in the eyebrow. use a light hand, and color IN vs. OUT; Joey also advises to never wax! he believes tweezing gives better detail and less room for error.

#3: instant eye lift!
Joey’s "high rise" spotlight highlighter helps take 10 years off your face. highlighting the brow bone gives a youthful radiance; apply just below the arch of your brow for an instant eye-lift; it can also be used under the eyes to camouflage dark shadows!

visit for more info on all things brows, learn about his product collection, and book an appointment at one of his studios {if you live in or are visiting NYC}.

images via Facebook

Sunday, April 13, 2014

hair therapy: John Frieda Full Repair collection

hope you're enjoying your weekend, beauties! it continues to be busy here in my corner of the world {and my daughter is on spring break this week}, but i thought you' like to know about the John Frieda Full Repair collection. this set looks like just the right set of products to get hair in shape for the upcoming summer season.

i think every product sounds fabulous and what beauty girl doesn't love new hair products?!

take a look...

 Strengthen + Restore Shampoo ~ this strengthening formula makes use of Inca Inchi Oil, which is touted to contain 47 times more omega-3 than Argan Oil, helping to restore resiliency without adding weight. with daily use, hair is protected from breakage and split ends right in the shower for full, bouncy styles.

Strengthen + Restore Conditioner ~ promises to weightlessly restores damaged strands to sleek, smooth health. the essential fatty acids from precious Inca Inchi Oil create a smooth and flexible film, wrapping broken strands to strengthen and replenish while still maintaining coveted volume. 

 Repairing Oil Elixir ~ this is a nourishing oil formulated to smooth hair while strengthening and adding shine. for use: distribute one pump into palms, rub together to warm, and spread through wet or damp hair. it can also be used as a final style finisher by applying a few drops to dry hair to tame flyaways and boost shine.

Hydrate + Rescue Deep Conditioner ~ for more intense conditioning, the Full Repair offers this  revolutionary deep conditioner to instantly improve the look and feel of damage with just one use {it's also packed with Inca Inchi Oil}. lightweight in texture, this non-greasy formula quenches dry, damaged hair for the ultimate in softness and shine without weighing it down. hair is 90% smoother in just one use.

what do you think of these new products, beauties? i have yet to try any of these, but given i have a positive history with other John Freida products, i'm especially excited to try them {soon}!

visit for more info.

images and info courtesy of the brand's PR

Saturday, April 12, 2014

beauty girl tv: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Treatment Concealer

bonjour, beauties!

hope you're enjoying your day! if you have a couple of minutes, i'd love for you to check out my latest video review. it's my thoughts regarding Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Treatment Concealer!

enjoy and thanks for watching…

have you tried this yet? leave me a comment and share your thoughts!

visit for more info :)

product featured purchased by me. :)