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Stila Curacao Sparkle Eyeliner Review & Swatches

Stila Curacao Sparkle Eyeliner
Stila Curacao Sparkle Eyeliner

At Last – Stila Curacao Sparkle Eyeliner

As promised, Curacao! ūüôā It’s so pretty, I couldn’t just slide it into the original post without some sort of fanfare! Stila describes Curacao as a sparkling violet blue. I found it more blue than violet, though. At best, you might argue indigo, but I think it’s more of a rich, navy blue with electric blue shimmer. It’s bright without being neon; dark without being black. ¬†Curacao has nice color pay off and glides on as easily as the other shades in the Sparkle Eyeliner family. ¬†It’s an impressive formula, and if shimmer in your eyeliner is your thing, you’ll probably enjoy Stila’s new liquid liner.

For a full review of the Sparkle Eyeliner formula, please check out this review.

Have you tried Stila’s Sparkle Eyeliners?

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Fresh Soy Face Cleanser Review, Photos

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ($15.00 for 1.7 oz. / $38.00 for 5.1 oz.) is recommended as a daily cleanser for all skin types as an “ultra-gentle face wash” that also contains “nourishing amino acids, rich soy proteins, and soothing botanicals to hydrate, calm, and tone.” According to Fresh, despite being a gentle cleanser, it “effectively removes every last trace [of makeup], even around the delicate eye area.”

It’s taken me months to flesh out this review, because I like this cleanser overall, but it’s hard to quantify why. (I usually jot down notes as I test products, then do some summary points at the end to later write a review with.) I wouldn’t say it’s the best cleanser I’ve ever tried yet I reach for it whenever I’m in-between cleansers. I think those who go heavier on the eye makeup will find it lacking in comparison to cleansing oils or dual-phase removers. I don’t find it breaks down longer-wearing products like eyeliner well enough to warrant skipping the eye makeup remover–good but not perfect.

As a general cleanser, I love it–it feels gentle and leaves my skin clean without being dry. It does do a good job of breaking down face makeup like foundation and tinted moisturizer, though. When I use my toner, it’s easy to see how effective the cleanser is, because there is really nothing left behind, except for around the hair line (which I don’t always get cleanser far enough up, just because I don’t want it in my hair, ha, so that’s more user error!). One of the best things about this cleanser is that it is incredibly gentle on the eyes; no burning, clouding, or stinging at all for me.

Fresh describes it as a creme gel formula. ¬†It’s a semi-opaque gel that squeezes out of the tube, and while it foams, it doesn’t foam as much as your typical gel cleanser would. It’s more like a cross between milkiness and full-on lather. I’ve heard some complain about the scent, but I really like it–it smells like fresh cucumbers to me with a little hint of soy. It comes in two sizes, and honestly, I wouldn’t bother buying the larger size (at least not initially), even though it is less expensive by the ounce. It’ll take you several months to work through the 1.7 oz., and it might be better to 1) see how long it takes to get through a tube and 2) be able to get a fresh tube more regularly than using the same one 3 or 4 times as long. I use about a pearl-sized drop of product each time.

ingredients: Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) Distillate, Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Water, Water, Coco Glucoside, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, PEG 7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Xanthan Gum , PEG 120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Glycine Soja Germ Extract (Soybean), Glycine Soja Oil (Soybean), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Rose Flower Oil, Borage (Borago Officinalis) Oil (Borago Officinalis), Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Extract, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Helianthus Annuus Oil (Sunflower), Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polymethyl Methacrylate, PEG 40 Sorbitan Peroleate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Methylparaben, Sodium Propylparaben, Polysorbate 20, PEG 35 Castor Oil, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, BHA, BHT

5 Great Coral Lipsticks

5 Great Coral Lipsticks

Reader Angela thought to be cruel to me by suggesting coral lipsticks–because picking a favorite coral is like picking your favorite child! I will say that the closest to all-time favorite coral would be Guerlain Gems, which was limited edition and no longer available, but the below five are all near and dear to my heart! ¬†Want more corals? ¬†Check out our swatch gallery of coral lipsticks.

What’s your favorite coral lipstick?

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Win It! John Frieda’s Full Repair Collection


John Frieda’s Full Repair Collection

Win It! John Frieda’s Full Repair Collection

Congratulations to Luisafer, Lisa, and Danielle!

To kick off the launch of John Frieda’s Full Repair Collection, celebrity hairstylist Harry Josh is holding a 30-minute webcast from 6pm to 6:30pm (EST) on Wednesday, June 8th, and you can sign up on Facebook. Each participant who signs up will be asked to submit a question for Harry Josh and in return will receive one full-size product from the Full Repair collection: Those with fine hair will receive a Perfect Ends Sheer Mist and participants with thick hair will receive a Perfect Ends Deep Infusion. During the webcast, Harry Josh will answer submitted questions!

We asked about summer hair trends and how to incorporate the new products.  To get waves, Josh suggests beginning with John Frieda Full Repair Perfect Ends Sheer Mist before blow drying to protect tresses from the heat and seal the cuticles for flawlessly shiny waves. Then while blow drying with a round brush, curl each piece carefully and set it to keep the shape. Once hair sets for a few minutes, take out the pins and brush out the curls slightly to create a soft and sleek wave throughout. Spritz with a light hair spray for a stronger hold. John Frieda Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer can also be used, which weightlessly smooths flyaways for a polished red carpet look.

The Full Repair Collection is all about repairing hair that’s overworked, weakened, broken, dull, or flat. ¬†The idea is that these are styling products that give you the styling formulas you need along with repairing ingredients to restore your hair. “The salon-inspired collection specifically addresses an issue stylists are seeing with increasing frequency: short, broken hairs, flyaways and damaged ends caused by constant styling. ¬†The formulas weightlessly mend fried strands while protecting hair from high-heat tools, so she can continue to style and get the look she desires. The products leave hair with movement and body as well as the ability to hold style all while repairing past damage and preventing future breakage.”

Three lucky winners will receive the set of the Full Repair Collection, which includes Full Body Shampoo ($6.99), Full Body Conditioner ($6.99), Protecting Root Foam ($6.99), Perfect Ends Deep Infusion ($9.99), Perfect Ends Sheer Mist ($9.99), and Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer ($9.99).  The approximate value of the prize is $50.

To enter, leave a comment below (on this post) by telling us what question you would love to ask hairstylist Harry Josh.  (And hey, consider submitting for the webcast!)

This contest is open to U.S. residents only.  Please see official rules for full details.

For official rules…¬†

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