Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Long-Wear Professional Mirror-Shine Eyeshadow 381 Millenium Review

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Applying cream eyeshadow is a great way to a quick achieve a quick and easy complete eye look. More and more makeup brands are coming out with cream eyeshadows in a variety of textures and finishes. For today's review, I have the Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Long-Wear Professional Mirror-Shine Eyeshadow 381 Millenium to show you.






I purchased this eyeshadow a couple of months ago and have been using it a lot lately, so I thought it was time to review it. The Dior cream eyeshadows have a mousse-like texture that they describe as a gel-foam, but it is a texture very similar to the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre shadows. It feels very lightweight on the eyes. You can build up the color or sheer it out. I have worn it on its own and with eyeshadows over it, and this cream shadow works beautifully both ways.  Millenium is a unique color which is mainly why I chose this color -- an olive with gold sparkle and a hint of antique gold.

Millenium worn alone

Millenium worn with shadows from the Lorac Unzipped palette

This eyeshadow comes with an applicator, but I prefer to apply it using my fingers. The applicator does work well if you want to line your eyes with this eyeshadow. It worked nicely to apply around the lower lash line. This product is long wearing and doesn't crease on me, but I always use some sort of eyeshadow primer, even under cream eyeshadows.

I like to store cream eyeshadows upside down to keep them from drying out quickly, but be careful with this one. Mine started to fall out of the container, but it is staying in place now that I have used it a few more times. It doesn't feel dried out, so my guess is that it is just a very delicate product.

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Do you have a favorite cream eyeshadow that I should try? Have you tried any of the cream eyeshadows 
from Dior? 

-xoxo Lauren

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OPI Glitter Off Base Coat Review

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A nice manicure with an accent glitter nail has become a trend that appears to be here to stay. As lovely as glitter nails are, I must admit that the removal process makes me think twice before I apply. Even the foil method seems like a hassle to this lazy beauty blogger. When I heard that OPI released a base coat just for glitter nails, I knew I had to try it to find out if it really makes glitter nail polish easy to remove. Could this really be a miracle nail product?


To apply, thoroughly coat to the nail, and let it dry completely before applying glitter polish. The main thing to remember is to let it dry. It is not difficult to determine when this base coat dries because it goes on white and dries clear. The sides and tips of the nails dry first, so the base coat looks like it's shrinking! That's what I thought at first, but that's not the case. I was impatient with one slow-drying nail and noticed some puckering in the nail polish after I applied, so it is important to wait. After it dries you are ready to apply your glitter nail polish! I used the Maybelline Color Show in Gilded Rose. This color was featured in my last haul with the Glitter Off base coat HERE.

Maybelline Color Show--Gilded Rose
2 coats
I am in love with this nail polish!

To remove the nail polish, you simply peel it off. I found the best way is to push it up around the base of the nail. It seemed to peel off easier that way. Most of the nail polish did not come off in one piece. It was more like two pieces, but it all came off completely. If you miss a spot with the base coat, then that nail polish will not come off. That's why it's so important to get the entire nail with the base coat.


Because I was curious, I also tried the Glitter Off base coat with a non glitter nail polish. The nail polish applied without an issue and looked great, but the removal was not as easy as it was with my glitter nail polish. The nail polish and base coat would not peel off as easily, and instead of coming off in two big sections per nail, it came off in small pieces. This base coat does work best with glitter nail polish.

I really love how the OPI Glitter Off Base Coat works for me, but it is not without it's issues. Because the base coat allows you to just peel off your nail polish, it is so easy to chip. I'm talking about a large piece of the nail polish coming off, not a tiny chip. I chipped two nails just opening containers in my kitchen the same day and another one again the next. I change my nail polish frequently enough and enjoy glitter nail polish enough that I am not incredibly bothered by it. Because you can just peel of the rest, it makes it so easy to just repaint the nail. If you are someone that likes to get a lot of wear out of your manicures, then this is not the product for you.

The damage

What do you think? Will you be giving the Glitter Off base coat from OPI a try? Have you tried it? Let me know what you think!

-xoxo Lauren
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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Haul

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Today, I want to share with you some things I got at Ulta and to tell you about their 21 Days of Beauty. Ulta will be having special deals on at least one item every day until April 5. You can go here to see the calendar of special deals. Since it just began, there's still plenty of time to snag some deals! Let me show you what I got!




The reason I went to Ulta was to pick up the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara. Normally $19, it was the steal of the day for $10. This mascara is usually one of the deals every time Ulta does a 21 Days of Beauty, so I try to wait until this event to get it. It was before noon when I went to Ulta, and the display where these were set out was completely empty. I had to ask a salesperson if they had any more. Luckily, they did! Two other ladies came in and asked for it after I did, and they were completely sold out by the time I left. Go early if there's something you want that you don't want to order online.


Because I had a coupon, I went looking around to see what was new. I had heard about OPI's Glitter Off Natural Nail Base Coat, so I was happy to find it in a little display by itself. This claims to make your glitter nail polishes just peel right off to remove. I used it as soon as I got home, so stay tuned for a full review! 

I fell in love with the Maybelline Color Show nail polish in Gilded Rose as soon as I saw it. It is a gold metallic nail polish with rose gold glitter. What could possibly be better? I might be obsessed with this nail polish. Of course I used it over the new OPI Glitter Off base coat as soon as I could!

Because it was on sale and I was curious about this brand, I got the Seche Nail Lacquer in Audacious. I have used multiple bottles of the Seche Vite top coat, so I have been eyeing the nail lacquers ever since I saw them introduced in Ulta. Seeing them on sale convinced me to try one. It was between this and a dark blue color, but I am on the hunt for the perfect mid tone pink for me. You've seen my nail polish collection, so you know I have more pink nail polishes than should be legal. I just cannot seem to find one that is flattering on me. I put this color on my toes today, and I really like it!


As if I wasn't happy enough finding everything I went in to get and more, I got a free It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in Plus Keratin treatment when I checked out. I am not sure exactly how I qualified for it, but I'm not complaining! I have used the original It's a 10 before and really liked it. This is a large sample, and it has a $5 off coupon on it for any It's a 10 purchase from Ulta!

My trip to Ulta was successful all around! Do you plan to get anything from Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty? 

-xoxo Lauren
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Seeing Green: Two Makeup Looks For St. Patrick's Day

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Green is a color that is rarely given any thought in terms of makeup, so I thought I would give the color a little love in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Today, I have two different looks featuring green eyeshadows. One is a smokey green more appropriate for a party or a parade, and the other is a neutral look with a pop of green.

Because I love the dramatic, I will begin with the smokey green. This is what I would wear if I were going to a party or if I were in a St. Patrick's Day parade. Let me admit that this look is inspired by a look I saw on celebrity makeup artist, Lottie Star's, instagram. She did a green smokey eye on a client for an Oscar party that was beautiful. Here's my spin on the look!




I used the same makeup on my face and lips for both looks, so I only changed the eyes. Here's what I used for the first look!




On my face:
Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector Combination to Oily Skin Light/Medium mixed with 
tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation Fair
Rimmel match Perfection Concealer Fair
Hourglass Superficial Mirage Bronzer
MAC Mineralize Blush Warm Soul

On my eyes: 
Too Faced Shadow Insurance (not pictured)
Sonia Kashuk Eye on Glamour palette - bright green on lid and white under the brows
tarte True Blood palette Moss in crease, outer corner, and smudged on the lower lash line
Milani Shadow Eyez 01 Winter White on waterline
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Zero
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara 01 Black

On my lips:
Dior Lipliner Pencil 169 Grege
Nyx Butter Gloss Maple Blondie

Since the first look is dark and dramatic, I decided to do a look that uses more neutral eyeshadow colors with just a pop of green on the lid.





All of the products I used on my face and lips are exactly the same for this look. I changed up the eyes and just used one eyeshadow palette.

On my eyes:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance (not pictured)
Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Palette Drinking A Glass Of Shine (Limited Edition) -White on the inner third of eyelid - Green on lid - Tan color in crease - Brown on outer corner - Light Flesh Tone under the brows
Elizabeth Arden Eye Pencil Black Brown
Benefit They're Real Mascara

I hope you all have a great St. Patrick's Day! Let me know if you have a favorite green eyeshadow and if you do a special makeup look for the holiday.

-xoxo Lauren




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Hask Keratin Protein and Argan Oil Hair Care

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I am so excited to tell you about two hair care lines from a company called Hask. The fact that their products are free of parabens and sulfates made me jump at the chance to try some things. I try to use more natural products whenever I can.

The Keratin Protein line claims "Keratin Protein will give dry, frizzy hair a miracle makeover by strengthening & smoothing every strand from the inside out." I have long hair that gets heat styled regularly, so it sounds like my hair could use that! 


Keratin Protein Smoothing Shampoo and all of the other products in the Keratin Protein line have a beautiful fruity berry scent.  The shampoo foams up nicely and cleans without giving your hair that crunchy tangled feeling that many more natural sulfate free shampoos do.

Keratin Protein Smoothing Conditioner is a bit difficult for me to explain, but difficult in a good way. This stuff is thick and feels very luxurious when you apply. I feel like the product actually absorbs a little into your hair to strengthen it. I don't mean in a way that leaves buildup but in a way in which it gets in there and actually does something. The conditioner rinses out nicely, but I can tell that it gave my hair a boost and made it feel really smooth.


The Keratin Protein Smoothing Deep Conditioner comes in a packet and is meant to be used like a hair mask. After shampooing, you apply this to your hair and leave it on for ten minutes. The product is very thick and does a great job of coating the hair. This deep conditioner makes my hair feel very soft and smooth. There are several uses worth of product in the packet, so I do wish it was resealable. I put mine in a Ziploc bag, so that the product would not be left exposed.


The Keratin Protein Smoothing Lightweight Shine Oil comes in a small tube with a lid and is indeed lightweight. Smoothing this oil through the length of your hair will give you extra shine and softness without the weight. I used this on wet hair before blow drying and again on dry hair before heat styling. My hair felt smooth without feeling heavy. A little goes a long way when using oils, and there are many uses in the small tube.


There's not a huge difference between the the keratin Protein line and the Argan Oil line, but I do notice some differences. The Argan Oil products claims to "Revive & restore the look of dry, damaged & rebellious hair."


The Argan Oil Repairing Shampoo has a pleasant citrus scent. Like the Keratin Protein Shampoo, the Argan Oil Shampoo foams up nicely and leaves the hair clean without stripping it of moisture. I really like how gentle this shampoo is on my hair and scalp.

The matching Argan Oil Repairing Conditioner is thick and nourishing. It does feel different from the Keratin Protein Smoothing Conditioner in that my hair didn't feel quite as smooth. That is to be expected because this is not a smoothing conditioner. My hair was left soft, but it still had volume. The Argan Oil Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner are great options for those of you that have fine, damaged hair. They will moisturize your hair without adding weight.


The Argan Oil Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment is a ten minute treatment to be used after shampooing. It comes in a large packet which, again, I wish was resealable because of the generous amount inside.This hair treatment is very thick and moisturizing. After using this, my hair felt incredibly soft and manageable. The crunchy feeling was gone!


The Argan Oil Healing Shine Hair Treatment oil is lightweight and adds shine without the feeling of buildup. As much as I love hair oils in general, they are usually either are so heavy that it's easy to over apply or so lightweight that they don't do anything at all. These oils have the right balance of softening and smoothing the hair without adding too much buildup and weight.

Overall, I am extremely pleased with all of the products from Hask. I really appreciate that they are a more natural hair care line. All of the products worked really well on my color-treated hair, and my sensitive scalp didn't have any negative reactions. I like to use the Keratin Protein products when I want to style my hair sleek and straight and use the Argan Oil products when I want a style with body.

For more information about Hask products including a list of retailers, please visit their website www.haskbeauty.com.

Let me know if you have tried any of these hair care products and what you think of them.

-xoxo Lauren

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Theatrical Makeup -- Queen of the Night

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The majority of my makeup knowledge stems from theater and opera and taking a few workshops on stage makeup. I have always loved makeup, but it wasn't until learning a few things from stage makeup artists that I understood exactly what makeup could do to transform and create a look. While I am not a makeup artist, I have done my own stage makeup more times than I can count and have helped colleagues out with their own. 

I've been wanting to add more creative and theatrical elements to this blog, so I decided to tackle a character from an opera. For this first opera look, I decided to chose the Queen of the Night from Mozart's The Magic Flute.  Here's what I would do if I were creating a look for this character!












On my face:
Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher - to prime
Makeup Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ Matifying Foundation (shade 20, I think)
Origins Multi-Grain powder in Light
Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder - used under the eyes to catch eyeshadow fallout
CoverFX Camouflage Concealer in X-Light
MAC Blush in Strada - to contour
MAC Blush in Plum Foolery

On my eyes:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Wet N Wild Shimmer the Night Away palette - dark black shade on the eyelids and blue taken out and blended in the crease
Milani Shadow Eyez pencil in Winter White
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara

On my lips:
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless

Had I more materials at my disposal, I would have added some wild false lashes with gemstones or feathers and applied some rhinestones to the outer corners of the eyes. A long black wig would have been nice too.

It is so much fun to play and create characters through makeup. I hope to do more of these here on this blog! 

-xoxo Lauren

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February Favorites

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The month of February seems way too short every year. It was a struggle for me to determine whether or not to do a favorites post because I haven't been into doing elaborate makeup looks. I can't be bothered with all of the trouble. Quick, easy, and simple has been my makeup philosophy at the moment. Mostly, simple skincare has been my main focus.


The Glam Glow Youth Mud mask is fabulous! I look forward to using it every week because I notice such a difference in my skin. I have a full review of this mask here.


My skin had a couple of small breakouts, so I started using some of my gentle oils. I love the Aura Cacia Rosehip Oil and the Sibu Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil to help gently moisturize and repair stressed out skin. I will always go back to these oils when my skin needs some extra love.


I am so late to jump on the bandwagon with this product, but I finally purchased the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone eyeshadow palette. It really is as nice as everyone says it is! All of the colors are pigmented and blend easily. It makes putting a look together so easy, and easy is what I have been after lately!


The Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Leave-in Spray is really nice. I like this so much because it does not weigh down my hair. I can use this when I dry my hair and again when I style it, and it doesn't get heavy in my hair.

These are my no-fuss product favorites for the month of February. What have you been using and loving?

-xoxo Lauren

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