A Match Made in Heaven: Sephora + Pantone Color IQ

Hi guys! xx

It’s been much too long since we last had a chat, grab a snack. Let’s gab.

So, if you’ve been reading this blog at all you know that there are two things I struggle with all the time: my skin and my foundation color match. I’ve been really working on trying to get these two things right and let me tell you, it’s been rough. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when on a little break from a work trip, I pop into Sephora at Columbus Circle. I went in knowing that I wanted to be color matched but couldn’t remember the fabulous tool I had heard that Sephora and Pantone teamed up to bring us. Picture it: I’m standing in the middle of the floor, stammering to the poor saleswoman when something I garbled must’ve clicked for her and she says “Color IQ?” *cue all of the cherubs and harp music*

Okay, Layla you hear angelic music in a beauty store, what’s new? I know, I know. I’m getting to it. In case you haven’t heard of the Sephora + Pantone Color IQ tool, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. It’s a handheld gadget that when placed gently over a few areas of your face can identify your (Pantone) Color IQ number and match you up with a few foundations based on the type of formula you ask for at the top of the service. GENIUS.

If you’re thinking you won’t find your match no matter what, I politely disagree with you. There are over 1,500 formulas in Color IQ’s database–your match is basically destined.

A couple of things:

  • If you’re germophobic (read: like me) you’ll be fine. My saleswoman very openly disinfected the tool with a sanitizing wipe. I’m not 100% sure but I think there is also a detachable plug in: think the casings they use for ear thermometers at your doctor’s office.
  • If you suffer from hyper pigmentation of any sort between your face and neck (read: also like me) then I suggest you also ask that the tool be run over the other area that you want matched. I did this and I feel my results were more accurate because of it.

In case you’re wondering, I asked for a medium coverage foundation. Between my face and my (darker) neck, here are my results (all of which can be purchased at Sephora):

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation in Deep 74, $34

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation in Deep 74, $34

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Pecan, $48

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Pecan, $48

Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 in Golden, $27

Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 in Golden, $27

Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free Makeup in Amber, $23

Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free Makeup in Amber, $23

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in (Shade) 10, $62

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in (Shade) 10, $62

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Rich Chestnut 5C1, $37

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Rich Chestnut 5C1, $37

Diorskin Nude Skin Glowing Makeup SPF 15 in Amber 063, $49

Diorskin Nude Skin Glowing Makeup SPF 15 in Amber 063, $49

Lancome Teint Visionnaire Skin Correcting Makeup Duo in 500 Suede W, $60

Lancome Teint Visionnaire Skin Correcting Makeup Duo in 500 Suede W, $60

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 in Warm Almond 6.5, $48

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 in Warm Almond 6.5, $48

See anything you want to try? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next chat–keep the snacks handy.

xo-Layla

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10 Lovely Desktop Wallpapers To Make Your Laptop Prettier

Layla:

Season’s are changing, change up your desktop too :)

Originally posted on StyleCaster:

Let’s be honest—most of us spend an unhealthy number of hours on the computer. With Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and much, much more it’s hard not to check up on the social media world just about every 5 seconds or so.

MORE: 18 Stylish Techcessories to Dress Up Your Gadgets

Since we spend so much time on our laptops, we figure that we might as well be looking at something pretty! This is where desktop wallpapers come in handy. We’ve searched the web for the more adorable and inspiring wallpapers to make your computer that much prettier!

Click through the slideshow to check them out. Let us know which is your favorite!

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The New Beauty Products You Need This September

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Sad as we may be that summer is coming to an end, the blow is lessened by the fact that September means all kinds of new, daring beauty trends. From metallics to minimalistic manicures to graphic liner, the fall 2014 beauty trends have us giddy. Not to mention, now’s the time when beauty brands come out with all new skin and hair care products, too.

This September, innovation has hit hard in terms of products. Between roll-up gel eyeliner and a gel-serum hybrid for ultra hydration, no stone has been left unturned. Take a look at our favorite new fall beauty products above, then tell us which you’ll be trying in the comments below!

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Bella Thorne’s Unbelievable Beauty Habit
Breaking Down Makeup’s Expiration Dates
Fall 2014 Trend Preview: Everything to Know for a New, Daring Look

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Doo You Bop?: My Thoughts On DooBop’s Monthly Club

Hey glossies!

Happy weekend. Hope you’re all kicking your feet up and binge watching at least a few episodes on Netflix.

I myself have just taken a trip down to the mailbox to retrieve a package of goodies from none other than my new beauty obsession, DooBop. Oprah is a big fan, so naturally I had to check out this special entry into the beauty retail category. I’m so very happy that I did.  DooBop itself is a unique online retail destination. Sure, you’ll find familiar brands but you’ll also find lesser known but phenomenal brands as well, including the hair and skincare line Georgia which was created by DooBop’s co-founder, Jodie Patterson.

They’ve also just introduced an “online beauty club”: think your favorite monthly subscription service with steroidal levels of customization and customer service. The customization and customer service is what sets it apart. A few days after signing up, I received an appointment to chat with Jodie, who then created a beauty profile for me by asking very thorough questions about my skin and it’s type, tone, and condition to what sorts of things I’d like to try in the makeup department. Jodie is quite personable and her knowledge of the industry comes through clearly and confidently. I was nervous but she’s delightful and quickly put me at ease. You’ll feel like you’re having a chat with your coolest girlfriend. Jodie works with other experts in Hair, Makeup and Skincare and together they pick products that they think will be effective for you.

Fast forward to about a week after the call, and I received a delivery of samples in a cute, silver metallic package. The key thing to understand here is that as the months roll on, your deliveries will only get better and more customized for you based on your feedback. So while I had never heard of most of the brands I received samples of, it’s important to have an open mind in order to really embrace the discovery that is sure to occur with this club. Here’s what I received in my first delivery and what it typically retails for:

  • Taut Gold Standard Collage Infusion Mask (1 mask): $50 (for a box of 5)
  • Earth’s Nectar Hair Care Honey Curls Curling Agent: $23.50
  • Miracle Skin Transformer SPF 20 Face in Tan: $48
  • Baume D’Amour Pour Le Corps Loving Care Body Balm: Price Unavailable
  • Ahava Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate Moisture and Radiance Boosting Serum: $60
  • Rahua Shampoo and Conditioner: $32 and $34, respectively
  • Kahina Night Cream: $105
  • Skin Regimen Hydra-Juvenate-Pro Face Kit: Price Unavailable

I haven’t tried it all, but the mask, body balm and SPF are nice. The mask was actually indulgent for me so I enjoyed that and was sad when the time had run out.

This is my second month of subscription and a few days ago I was emailed a list of products with instructions to choose one that I’d like to receive. That’s where we come back to today’s delivery: a complimentary full size bottle of Dermablend’s Long Wear Makeup Remover and 2 samples (standard for every order). I have to stop using face wipes so much at night so this will be a good incentive to do so. My samples were another Miracle Skin Transformer SPF Face in Tan, and Supergoop’s Everyday Sunscreen SPF 30.

*We now interrupt your regularly scheduling programming…* People, I will never stop saying this: you can always use another bottle of sunscreen! Nevermind about expiration dates: the key is to be wearing sunscreen so religiously that expiration dates are irrelevant because the product is gone before it even gets a chance to think about expiring. *Now back to your program*

My final word? For the price of about 3 trips lattes a week at the ‘Bucks or an impromptu run to the cosmetic aisle of the drugstore–$15–you can have customized beauty delivered to your door and feel like a VIP because it’s all actually tailored to you. Right? Right.

If you’re interested, sign up here: Doo You Bop?

Let me know how your experience goes in the comments below.

 

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The Best Fast Dry Top Coats Your Nails Need Now

Layla:

At home manicurists rejoice!

Originally posted on Beauty High:

Between cutting our cuticles, filing down our fingernails, picking the perfect polish, and drawing up the coolest design – doing our nails is no joke. When we finally have things looking the way we want, it’s as if we have the world at our fingertips, because our nails just look that good.

However, all it takes is one smudge or chip for our universe to come crashing down. Keeping things together can be a struggle to say the least, but rest assured it’s nothing we can’t handle. Applying the right top coat is the finishing touch we should never skip, since it’ll be sure to protect and extend the life of our nail polish.

While patience is a virtue, it’s a tough one to keep – none of us are fans of waiting around, especially when it comes to waiting for our nails to dry. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the best…

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How to Shape Almond Nails

Layla:

Great post and tutorial. I’m trying this tonight. Who’s with me? ;)

Originally posted on 10 Pretty Fingers:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHappy Friday everyone!!!

Today I wanted to share with you all how to shape almond nails. I would love to show you myself, but my nails are not currently long enough and I don’t want to go to the nail shop to get them done. Sooooo, what’s the next best thing? YOUTUBE! One question I have always heard is how to tell the difference between Stiletto Nail and Almond Nails. Well, Stiletto nails are pointier and usually longer than almond nails. Although they both can get pretty long, I prefer the Almond nails. Stiletto’s remind me Cruella Deville. :) and who better to give us an illustration than Rihanna herself.

Stiletto Nails

Stiletto Nails

Almond Nails

Almond Nails

Any who, here’s the video that describes the shaping process for long almond nails. Please not that you can adjust the length. I prefer the short ones.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE!!

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Best Ways to Groom Your Bikini Line Without the Wax

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Woman in bikini

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As we indulge in the summer heat and head out for some fun in the sun, it’s best to slip on our itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikinis and leave all our worries at home. You’ve been working out all winter and you’ve finally got your beach body just right, so what could possibly kill your vibe? None other than pesky bikini line hairs can certainly do the trick. While waxing can be effective in getting rid of that problem, just the thought of it alone can also be terrifying. Luckily, there are some alternative routes you can take to ditch those annoying hairs, pain-free.

Gillette Venus and Olay Bikini Kit

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This kit literally has everything you need for easy hair removal; a trimmer, Venus Embrace razor, and Olay bikini lotion. The battery-less trimmer is perfect for quick touch ups, while the razor comes equipped with…

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