Beauty and the Real Girl: The Eyebrow Pencil for a Bold Look

Layla:

I am completely here for brows!!

Originally posted on Beauty High:

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Going backstage and learning tips and tricks from the professionals may be an adventure, but sometimes, the best tricks come from real girls. In “Beauty and the Real Girl,” we learn the best beauty tips, tricks and secrets from girls just like us.

Excuse the pun, but learning how to properly fill out your eyebrows is a defining moment, indeed. Bold brows frame your face and draw attention to your other facial features—and thanks to a certain runway model, they’ve made their impact as one of the trendiest beauty staples of today. Once you get it right, you never look back. But getting your brows to that standout yet shapely state isn’t as easy as growing out your hair. If you think about the thousands of products on the market, (gels, pencils, powders, and more) as well as finding the right match for your hair color, the process can get…

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So Fresh and So Clean: LA Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes

I should rename the blog to include something like “the lazy girl” or “tips for the tired girl”…something to that effect, because your girl is BONE TIRED. But it’s all good. I’m pleased with my grades for the fall term and it was worth the hard work.

A lot of people have been asking me what my plans are with my month of freedom. I’ve only got one concrete plan: sleep. In any of my free time, you can find me asleep or well on my way. But, I will try to post more for you guys (and myself because I love blogging) and I’ll be trying to figure out how I can post more regularly in the New Year. (That’s a convo for another post though dolls) Right now, mama just wiped her face straight clean and is dying to share deets.

You know how you get a sample and you’re kind of ho-hum about trying it right that moment but then months later you rediscover it or remember you had it in a pinch and you’re all, HALLELUJAH?! That was me tonight. I had received this in one of my Birchbox months and stowed it away quietly. Tonight, I was all kinds of in a pinch (forgot to re-stock my usual wipes) and too lazy to do a normal facial cleansing. Then..voila! I remember I had these babies and I was so happy to have remembered, I would’ve done cartwheels–that is if I knew how.

LA Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes

LA Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes Photo Courtesy, LA Fresh Group

There are a ton of makeup wipes, we know this. But what makes these different? Well for starters, they smell fantastic. I used the moisturizing formula which contains vitamin E)  It smelled like fresh spring day, outside spa treatments and rainwater fantastic. As much as I loved the fragrance, I was anxious that they’d be irritable to my very sensitive skin. Which brings me to another difference: no irritation–no scratching, burning, redness or stinging in my eyes.

Another great thing? They’re durable. They will stretch and fold and wipe and it will take a lot to tear them. Usually I have to sit for a little bit and really make sure to work the cloth over my face a few (dozen) times to feel that I’m actually getting clean enough to lay my face on a pillow. These removed my eyelid primer, brow pencil, navy longer eyeliner and Maybelline Full ‘n’ Soft Mascara (the non-waterproof formula) in no time. It did take a few swipes back and forth, but certainly nothing close to annoying.

To be fair and objective, I am very disappointed with one thing about this wipe (and it may be only this formula) but the second ingredient is Mineral Oil. Depending on your skin type, mineral oil can be very irritating and pore clogging. Additionally, there is dueling scientific positions about its overall level of harm when used in direct contact.

LA Fresh has a variety of wipes available, including Nail Polish Remover, SPF 30 Sunscreen, Antibacterial, Lens and Screen Cleaner and Hygiene Wipes (in varieties for men and women) to name a few. If you go to their website you can check out their entire line of wipe offerings. And for a limited time, you can score yourself a sample kit for only $4.95 and the shipping is free! No pressure to purchase something else when all you really want to do is try a few wipes first. I love that!

To learn more about LA Fresh, you can visit their Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages.

Have you ever tried these wipes or any other LA Fresh products? Leave me a note and let me know in the comments below.

Love ya for reading. xo

Layla

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8 Highlighters That Will Make You Glow, Not Sparkle

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There are staples in everyone’s bag of tricks that you wouldn’t think of leaving the house without. Some swear by mascara. Others refuse to leave home without a bold lip or the perfectly penciled brow. Consider adding a little something to your morning routine — highlighter.  If you’re an expert at the Kardashian-style contour, you’re already familiar with its magical properties. But, if you’ve been afraid of the stuff for fear of looking like you fell face first into tub of glitter, don’t worry. The highlighter of today is subtle and radiant — like the best kind of real-life Instagram filter.

With so many options on the market, it can be hard to figure out what’s going to work for your skin tone and your needs. We’ve done the work for you. Sit back, relax and scroll through our roundup of the best highlighters, and get ready to glow.

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New in Stores: L’Oreal Brow Stylist Sculptor

Cara Delevingne. Lily Collins. Joan Smalls. Anne Hathaway. Camila Alves. Hell, even Beyonce. Random? Nope. All these beautiful ladies have a particular facial characteristic that breeds envy for days. They give GOOD brow–no matter their difference in shape, color, or thickness. It’s just good. All. the. time.

“Fake it ’till you make it” works in a lot of situations so I figured why not for brows too right? Right. So begins the insane obsession with achieving my perfect brow. These days, my brows leave a lot to be desired. Due to the auto immune illness I have, I have already lost the hair on my head (save for a few spots) and my lashes are on their own weird little cycle (long and luscious for a few months, dismal and disappearing for others). But I could usually always count on my brows. Sadly, they need me to step in with whatever help I can provide.

I’ve tried a lot of things: pencils, powders, gels, waxes, DIY recipes and a fair amount of serums. I’ve learned a few things: pencils work best for me. Gels and waxes had better be sturdy or long wearing, otherwise they’d be gone from my face in hours due to my combination skin. Also, Jamaican Black Castor Oil helps a bit but smells awful. Still, I was determined to recreate the full, dark brown look that I naturally enjoyed when I was younger (we’re talking teens here.)

So imagine my delight when I see a display of new products and L’Oreal Brow Stylist Sculptor in Dark Brunette (365) proudly sitting under the brightest of lights. According to the packaging, this product is a precision tip crayon, soft brush tip and fixing wax all in one. Here’s what it looks like out of the package:

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Sculptor in Dark Brunette (365), $6.99 (drugstores)

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Sculptor in Dark Brunette (365), $6.99 (drugstores)

I really liked the idea of this: a pencil and filling crayon on one end and a finishing wax to hold your newly impeccable brow look in place all day. I had high hopes. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t meant to be. Now don’t get me wrong: this is a great product: if you have a decent amount of brow already. If you are like me and your brows are sparse or basically non-existent, you are likely to experience problems with this.

If you’re already blessed with good brow and are just looking for something to give you a more polished and/or amped up look, this is definitely your new (and quite affordable) beauty BFF. You basically can’t go wrong. The filling crayon is a great consistency: not too soft or hard and gives you control over how much color you want to deposit and where. And yes, the pigment is very buildable but you won’t have to spend hours in front of your mirror to achieve a strong look either. The brush is probably the super star though: it’s not too soft but it will not irritate or tug at your skin when you’re brushing. In fact, the brush is so good, I’m keeping the pencil just for the brush and actually using something else to create my brow look.

The finishing wax is…a finishing wax. Nothing extraordinary, but it will do the job. The only thing I’d say about this part of the pencil is that while you won’t see much of it, there will be a bit of color transfer from the filling crayon. Don’t freak out. Wipe it off or don’t–your call. And last but not least, for $6.99 (prices may vary depending on region and retailer) you get a good amount of product in this pencil that’s also small enough to pop in your cosmetic bag.

If you’re heading out the store, here’s what it looks like in the package. Remember to pay attention to the shade! Happy shopping.

L'oread Brow Stylist Sculptor in Dark Brunette (365)

L’oreal Brow Stylist Sculptor in Dark Brunette (365)

 

Have you tried this pencil? Got any brow tips? Comment below, I love to hear from you :)

 

Chat soon! xo-Layla

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NastyGal x MAC= Yes. Please.

I’m sick and slurping Chicken Noodle soup as I type. I spent 15 minutes contemplating writing this post or going to bed. Obviously, writing wins and it’s all because I can hardly contain myself. I’m going to literally explode of excitement at this news…when I saw the announcement, I squealed. Hear me: actual squealing happened.

Don’t judge me because if you love Nasty Gal, MAC Cosmetics, Sophia Amoruso’s story (as told in her NY Times bestselling book #GIRLBOSS, feeling that you are the Queen of the World or any combination therein, you’ll squeal too.

Let’s be squeal buddies…Nasty Gal teamed up with MAC to create a limited edition collection of 3 (badass!) lipsticks and a red nail polish to hoard forever.

I won’t re-hash the story that is #GIRLBOSS. We’ve got to get to the beauty gift that is happening here. The supreme Girl Boss herself worked with MAC to create three matte lipsticks that are basically a requirement for taking over the world. She also included a classic red nail polish. Quite honestly, I can take or leave the red nail polish, there are many other (more reasonably priced) options out there that are just as good and I’m a little in my feelings that she did matte lipsticks but didn’t carry it through to the nail polish, but I digress. The lipsticks make it for it.

All I can say is, I want them all. Gimme. So what, they’re so close to each other in shade and pigment, I don’t care, I don’t care. I can’t pick just one, so I won’t. I’m picking up all three shades when they’re available on December 4 and I’m justifying the entire hell out of it someway. I mean, one must have her lips properly painted in preparation for the never ending studying cycle no? You guys are right. I totally agree, LOL.

Peep the pucker picker uppers:

(l to r) Stunner, Runner, and Gunner, $16 each at MAC Cosmetics, available Dec. 4

(l to r) Stunner, Runner, and Gunner, $16 each at MAC Cosmetics, available Dec. 4

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Stunner is a beautiful, classic red that would look great on girls of all skin tones and undertones. Runner is a deep burgundy that is begging to be rocked this fall/winter and Gunner is an alluring deep purple that’ll have you painting it on and telling Lorde that she’s not the only one who can pull it off–so. there.

I’m not including a picture of the nail polish, see a few red nail lacquers, seen them all in my opinion, it’s not getting my blood going at all. But since I do feel bad for not liking the entire offering, I’ll pay my penance by dropping you a link to the MAC x Nasty Gal page at Nasty Gal’s site where you can enter your email address and be notified when the collection becomes available to shop. Here’s a tip: put it in your calendar, set a ton of auto reminders but also make sure you get an email sent to you. Trust me on this, just cover your bases. I did. You won’t regret it. MAC x Nasty Gal Email Signup

Are you excited for this collection? If not, what else are you excited for this season? Let me know in the comments below.

Whew. I can sleep in peace now. Signing off and jumping full body in my comfy bed. Until next time glossy loves.

Thanks for reading.

xo,
Layla

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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 :)

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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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