BeautyAddicts: Might as Well Face it, I’m Addicted to Color

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In the middle of dreaming about a warm impending Spring vacation, I always find myself wanting to shop for maxi dresses, sarongs for island vacations, beautiful sandals, and make up that makes me feel like a sweet summer breeze is about to kiss my weary winter blues away.

Enter: BeautyAddicts, a fun line of colorful shades that brings life to a snow drenched winter funk. Thanks to the PR gurus at Y Communications for sending product our way. Here are our top picks for those of you looking for a new line of beauty for your next vacation in the tropics or the city!

EYESHADOW ($15.50) – With a creamy formula that goes on and blends beautifully, these shadows offer a burst of long-lasting, shimmery color. Ingredients like super fine crushed pearls allow for a smooth creamy application and provide a radiant end result.

Emerald City – A rich, deep emerald green

Créme de Mint – A lighter, sea green color with gold, undertones

Yacht Club – A dark, bold navy blue

Eye Candy – An iridescent, candy pink

LIPSTICK ($18) – Packed with ingredients like Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter and natural peptides, PLAY lipsticks will hydrate, firm and plump the lips. The colors are creamy and long-lasting.

Frenchie – A girly, pure matte rosy pink

In The Buff – A soft, semi-matte cinnamon-beige

LIPGLOSS ($17) – Similar to the lipsticks, these glosses contain Jojoba Butter, Vitamin E, and natural peptides to plump and nourish the lips. PLAY lipgloss is a creamy, high-shine gloss that provides full coverage.

Addict – A midtone, peachy-copper

Socialite- A light, warm pink

EYE PENCIL ($16) – This eyeliner has a creamy formula that allows precise application with enough PLAY time to smudge and define your lash line.

Masquerade – A dark, edgy jewel-tone green

GlimmerSHEER, is another great product from their line to check out. A duo balm designed to highlight and luminize eyes, face and cheeks, it catches light in all the right places and will leave your skin with a fresh, youthful glow. Available in four shades, it holds a softly pigmented highlighter and a clear tinted luminizer to add subtle radiance wherever you apply it for a sun-kissed, elegant sheen and sheer hydrating glow. 

www.beautyaddicts.com

How to Get Vacation Hair… is Here

Healthy Sexy Hair's

Healthy Sexy Hair’s Soy Renewal Beach Spray

It may be winter, but there’s no reason that I can’t have summer vacation hair. So, recently, we decided to put some products to the test and here are our picks for the best sea salt hair sprays on the market. Not only do they smell delicious, but a little goes a long way to reviving our curls and making flat frizz look like tousled sea hair. After all, if we can’t escape to the tropics, we’d like our hair to look and smell like we have.

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray

First and foremost, Healthy Sexy Hair’s Soy Renewal Beach Spray smells delicious and you’re tempted to just keep spraying, but you only new about 3-4 spritzes to liven up your do. It provides all the body and light hold you need to nourish and heal hair damage with the power of our favorite hair oil: Argan Oil.  It creates that undone texture that looks and feels like you¿ve spent a day by the sea.

Retails for $10-$21

Healthy Sexy Hair’s Soy Renewal Beach Spray

John Masters Organics

John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray with Lavender

John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray with Lavender 

One word: organic. Okay, three more words: sea salt & lavender. This spray is one of your lighter sprays and leaves the hair with a mist of low salted lavender that smells like a shower and a day in the Hamptons. We like it because the quality is high, it’s organic, and the effect is light and natural.

Retails for $15-$26

John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray with Lavender 

Not Your Mother's

Not Your Mother’s

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray

What can we say? This one is the sleeping giant. Not only is it a complete steal, but we’ll admit that we love the branding and every time we spray it on our curls we feel fresh, alive, and so hip it’s like we just stepped off the beach in Tulum after listening to DJ Tiesto. We also included a shout out for their Beach Babe Texturing Hair Cream as it complements the spray nicely. With this product a little goes a long way. All we needed was a dime sized dollop and with 2-3 sprays we were good to go!

Retails $6-$12

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray

Travel Beauty’s Latest Pick Me Ups

Advanced-B5-Hydration

Destination Hydration

Prepare for travel-induced dry skin with glōtherapeutics B5 Hydration.  This moisturizer balances moisture content and prevents transepidermal water loss, all while nourishing your skin.  In a 1 oz. bottle, it’s small enough for your carry on but a little goes a long way so you’ll have enough to enjoy from your vacation to your staycation all summer long.

Revive-Mist

First-Class Fresh

To invigorate tired travel skin, try glōminerals Revive Hydration Mist, a travel-sized facial spray with peppermint, lavender, and rosemary essential oils that stimulate the senses.  Spritz on before applying makeup for instant hydration, after applying makeup to get a polished look, or whenever dull skin just needs a refreshing pick-me-up.  It’s perfect to revive skin from the drying effects of an airplane cabin!

Terrific Tresses

Don’t get stuck using the hotel’s mini bottles of questionable hair care products.  Buy some empty travel sized bottles and stock them with Keratin PerfectCleanse Shampoo, a gentle cleanser that is scented with honey nectar blossom leaves and leaves hair with a relaxed, smooth appearance (later frizz heads). Pair it with their Keratin PerfectSilk Conditioner, a detangling conditioner that nourishes and protects hair from heat damage and is perfect for color treated hair.

My Latest #Beauty Obsession… #Curly Sexy #Hair

CurlyCurlingCreme[1]As someone always looking for the right product for my curly sexy hair, alas… I’ve found a product that doesn’t break the bank like my other favorite, Kerastase, or give me crunchy curls!

Enter….

Curly Sexy Hair Curling Crème, $16.95

This conditioning crème tames unruly curls and gives them strength, shape, and definition. Curls will retain moisture and hold, resulting in smooth, frizz-free curls. This product also works great to refresh second day curls. A vacation must-have.

ReVitalistic by Vanessa Williams… Who Knew?

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My latest secret obsession (well, not so secret now, eh?) is, you won’t believe it… Vanessa Williams’ ReVitalistic Re-Start Skin Serum. It’s sold on QVC, but I was sent some product to review for my blog and was surprisingly impressed. Normally, I’m skeptical about a celeb skincare line, but this serum smells delicious and doesn’t clog my pores.

Consistently rated 5 out of 5 stars, 89% of reviewers also said they would recommend the product to a friend so, apparently, I’m not alone.

The product glides on, works great under make-up, and a little goes a long way. People also claim that they don’t need a moisturizer, anti-aging cream, and primer as this can replace all of them. I happen to agree. It manages to moisturize and nourish without the need for extra product to slather on. As someone who travels frequently, that’s, perhaps, it’s biggest selling point. More room in the suitcase for local gifts and souvenirs!

ReVitalistic by Vanessa Williams retails for $68 and can be purchased on the QVC website here.

One of My Favorite Shampoo and Conditioners Yet

Some of my loyal readers know should by now that I have curly hair that requires a lot of attention. Well, okay, maybe attention isn’t the right word. It’s more like… moisture. Mama needs moisture!

This is particularly true when I travel and even more so in the wintertime. But… just like there’s no universal foundation shade, there’s no universal hair product. From extremely porous to tightly curled, let’s just say that ethnic hair types present their own unique set of challenges, but the pain is worth the “You’ve got really cool hair” reward. Which is why I was over-the-moon about Philip Kingsley’s latest innovation, the new Moisture Extreme Shampoo and Moisture Extreme Conditioner, developed specifically to address the styling, processing and nourishment needs of ethnic textured hair, reducing breakage and protecting against friction. The great thing about this product is that my mom tried it too and, although she doesn’t have ethnic hair (in fact, she’s got baby fine slightly wavy hair), she fell in love with it too. It smells delicious and left my hair the softest it’s been in years without any greasy buildup.

Based on 55 years of Trichological expertise, these new formulations provide the perfect amount of hydration for hair like mine, which often suffers from low moisture content and elasticity shortcomings.  The formulations help lower the surface tension of hair and give extra surface glide, making it beneficial for chemically processed and synthetic hair, too, including extensions. Without stripping the natural oils from the hair, it uses mild cleaning agents while the Moisture Extreme Conditioner contains a combination of four naturally derived oils that work together to condition the hair from the cortex to the outer layer, including, Almond OilWheat Germ Oil, Avocado Oil, and Babassu Oil.

I’m in haircare heaven, guys. I mean it. And yes, these bad boys come in handy travel sized packaging, as well.

Retails for $22-$27.

PhilipKingsley.com 

Travel Beauty: Rodial’s Dragon Blood!

I’m a sucker for all things travel and beauty so when I came upon Rodial‘s new line of product called Dragon’s Blood, I was anxious to dig in. How cool is this? Dragon’s Blood is sourced from the red sap of the ‘sangre de drago’ tree in South America, and works to form a second skin­like film, protecting against environmental damage and containing anti-inflammatory properties. Dragon’s Blood Hyalouronic Moisturiser, which has built-in SPF 15 that works hard to plump and firm dehydrated skin for 24 hours. This light and easy-to-apply cream soothes and protects sensitive skin while providing long lasting moisture and tightening fine lines; a must­ have for thirst quenched summer skin. Plus, who can’t resist a line of product called Dragon Blood? I bet that’s what the khalessi on Game of Thrones wears. Duh.

Retail price is $60.00 at www.nordstrom.com