Kenra Brightening Treatment Intense Violet Toning Masque

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I've been blonde my entire life but never really paid much attention to toning or brightening the color that I have. Over the years, my hair has gotten darker, so I have been coloring it a lighter blonde for quite some time now. My roots do tend to go brassy faster than I would like in between touch-ups, so maybe toning isn't such an inconvenient idea.

I was sent two samples of the Kenra Brightening Treatment Intense Violet Toning Masque for review from Influenster. Immediately, I noticed how dark the color of the mask is. The package says "Intense," and it's not kidding. The product is dark purples and has a pleasant coconut scent. I use this mask once a week (1-2 times a week is suggested) and leave it on for 3-5 minutes after I've shampooed my hair. The directions say to focus on the roots and work your way down, and that's what I tried to do each time. If your hair is anything like mine, then most of the brassiness will be towards the roots.

I noticed a huge difference after the first use. My blonde was much brighter. To be honest, I wasn't expecting to be able to tell much of a difference, but I really did! The picture below is from the second time I used it. I still noticed a difference, but it wasn't as drastic as the first use. I seem to get the most benefit from this mask by using it once a week rather than twice a week.
I was sent two 1 fl. oz (29 mL) samples of the Kenra Brightening Treatment Intense Violet Toning Masque, and I was able to get 4 uses out of each of them and still use a generous amount. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to sample this brightening treatment and am very pleased with how it performed. I do plan on buying a full size of this in the future.

Do you use any kind of brightening treatment or toning mask in your hair care routine?

Product was sent for review. Regardless, all thoughts and opinions are my own.



Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette

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Hey, everyone! I'm back again with another review! I got the delightful Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette for Christmas, and I've enjoyed it so much that I thought I would do a review. I love Laura Mercier's eyeshadows and have a few of the singles, including African Violet, and they are some of my most-used shadows. Typically, I wouldn't be too thrilled having an extra, but in this case, I don't mind at all.

The palette contains 12 eyeshadows with cool shades on the top row and warm shades on the bottom. Espresso Bean, Fresco, Plum Smoke, Truffle, Vanilla Nuts, and Violet Ink are the Matte Eye Colour formula. African Violet and Bamboo are Luster Eye Colours, and Guava, Kir Royal, Primrose, and Sparkling Dew are Sateen Eye Colours. 

Sparkling Dew, Guava, African Violet, Plum Smoke, Kir Royal, Violet Ink
Vanilla, Nuts, Primrose, Fresco, Bamboo, Truffle, Espresso Bean
As you can see, the lighter shades blend right on into my skin tone. Most of these are pigmented, but I wish Guava showed up a bit better. It tends to blend out into almost nothing. The luster shades, African Violet and Bamboo, are my favorites to wear on their own for a one color blend-it-out-and-go type of look. The matte shades are pigmented and blend well. I haven't had any fallout with these either, even when I have used Violet Ink and Espresso Bean as liners.

Here are a couple of eyeshadow looks I've worn using this palette. I love purples and neutrals, so it has been easy for me to pick up this palette and play with it.

African Violet on lid, Kir Royal in crease & outer v,
Violet Ink blended in outer v, Vanilla Nuts under brows,
Violet Ink used as liner
Bamboo on lid, Fresco blended out in crease,
Vanilla Nuts under brows, Espresso Bean used as liner
Overall, I'm really pleased with this palette. I appreciate that 6 of the 12 shades are matte. These colors are practical without becoming boring, and there's a nice mix of cool and warm tones. My main complaint is with the shade, Guava. I understand why it was included, but it's not pigmented enough to be useful. I wish they would have used a matte soft pink instead.

What do you think of the Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette? Do you own any of the single shadows?


Inspired Look: Princess Diana Makeup Look by Mary Greenwell

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Today I have a makeup look is inspired by the video on Lisa Eldridge's YouTube channel, THE Princess Diana Makeup Look - with Guest Artist Mary Greenwell. Mary Greenwell has appeared on Lisa's channel before, and I enjoy her light and easy approach to doing makeup. Her looks are wearable, effortless, and extremely practical. In the video, she was recreating a look that she used on Princess Diana for a shoot with British Vogue. She used the Bourjois Smoky Stories Quad Eyeshadow Palette in Over Rose, and the shades she used reminded me of my Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in The Truth. I absolutely love this eyeshadow quad, and it's my favorite for taking with me when I travel and need to pack light. You don't need this eyeshadow quad or the Bourjois. It's likely that you already have similar shades. 

I wasn't planning on photographing this look or blogging about, but I liked how it turned out and ended up with good lighting to photograph it on my face. I kept the makeup on my face light and easy and went with a more pink shade of lipstick than what was used in the video. Here's everything I used for my interpretation of Mary Greenwell's look. 

Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion SPF 30 - By far the best daily moisturizer with spf that I can find. I have been searching for a cruelty free one that matches this, and I cannot find one.  
Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer spf 20 - Fair - I'm bummed that Stila's discontinuing it because it's a really nice tinted moisturizer. It gives the perfect amount of coverage to even out the skin. Currently on sale at the Stila site, if you're in the market for a tinted moisturizer.
Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer - Meringue - Currently, my favorite undereye concealer. It has good coverage and blends easily. It has been compared to the NARS concealer. I don't have that one right now, but I plan to get it and see how similar the two really are.
Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch Concealer - 1 - I still had a little bit of darkness showing through under the inner corners of my eyes, so I blended a tiny dot of this over the Sephora concealer to cover it.
Jurlique Lavender Silk Finishing Powder - This transluscent loose powder does a nice job of getting rid of shine without making my skin look dry.
Bare Minerals Blush - Vintage Peach - Blends out easily and looks beautiful over almost bare skin. I love that it has a shimmer to it, so I don't need highlighter.
Tarte Park Avenue Princess Mineral Bronzer - One of my favorite bronzers. I've been working on this sample for quite a while, and I still haven't hit pan on it.

Bare Minerals Blush in Vintage Peach (peach poppy)
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer - Nearing the end of this tube, and it keeps on going! I don't think I'm ever going to run out of this. This is a great eyeshadow primer, so that's a good thing.

Top L-R: Serendipitous & Magnetism
Bottom L-R: Fate & Apropos
Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 - The Truth - I started by applying Serendipitous under the brows for a subtle highlight. Then, I applied Magnetism over the lid and blended it out into the crease. After smudging a bit of liner (see below) into the lashes, I used Apropos to blend it out and applied a bit to the lower lash line.
*Pacifica Natural Eye Pencil - Jet - Mary Greenwell used a brown gel liner, but I opted for a soft black. I thought this one would work for the look because it smudges out like a kohl pencil.
The Balm What's Your Type Mascara - I haven't tried many products from The Balm, but this volumizing mascara is pretty good.
Revlon Brow Fantasy - Dark Blonde - I used the gel of this duo to keep my crazy brows in place.

Milani Easy Liner for Lips - Most Natural - My lips are so thin that liner is a must for me. I like this nude pink to cheat my lip line a little bit.
Sonia Kashuk Satin Luxe Lip Color - Blushing - I'm such a fan of this natural pink color. It feels comfortable and doesn't wear off too quickly.

Here's the finished look. I like this look because it's done without being too much and nice for everyday. You don't need a lot of crazy colors, and you definitely don't need to run out and buy certain products. It's an easy look you can recreate using what you already have.

This type of look works with using colorful eyeshadows too. I used the same steps with purple shades, and I liked the result. You can use any color. While I love the heavy and complex makeup looks of Instagram, I find this to be an easy and refreshing break from that.

What do you think? Have you seen Lisa Eldridge's video?

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