Glow under UV lights with One Direction Makeup Kits

How about a little something to make you stand out under the black lights at the club this New Year’s Eve? This makeup collection by One Direction isn’t for the faint at heart, but it’s perfect for those who like a bold look, and of course for my tween daughter and her friends who think One Direction is the jam.

Let’s start with the Electro Glam Mascara. Three shades, including:

Story of My Life: amped canary yellow
Does He Know?: pinkest hot pink
Why Don’t We Go There?: shock of  blue

These super-pigmented mascaras work on lashes, brows, and hair. Lashes took about two coats to really show up, and brows only needed one. I used a cotton swab with makeup remover to clean up my brows. Same principle applies to your hair – take one small section and run the mascara wand through it. Washes out in your next shampoo.

Liquilights Glow Gloss also come in three shades:

Through the Dark: electric glitter poppy lip gloss that glows to neon red-orange under UV light
Kiss You: orange glitter rush lip gloss that glows to neon yellow under UV light
Taken: powerhouse glitter pink lip gloss that glows to neon orange under UV light

These are much brighter than I expected them to be! Usually gloss is just a hint of color, but these stand out as some of the more pigmented glosses I’ve seen. The wear is about what you get out of any gloss – you need to carry it with you for retouching.

The Rock Me Nail Kit includes three polishes and three glitters. Shades include:

Happily– UV iced blue glitter
Moments- UV neon pink
Diana- UV 3D holographic

And the glitters are:

Kicks- UV snow cone blue
Not afraid- UV electrified pink glitter
Star– UV holo glitter

The polishes are a jelly finish, which I love. Unfortunately, they don’t have the coverage that I […]

The best almond scented beauty favorites

I’m on an almond kick lately. From Italian sodas and tea to hand cream and shampoo, I’m on an almond bandwagon. But there isn’t much out there these days (I remember when Vidal Sassoon products smelled like almonds – that was the only shampoo I would use), so these are my current faves.

Simpatico Home Hobnail Glass Candle in Sweet Almond: this is a sweet almond scent in the coolest hobnail glass. It’s rather dark-peachy and rather retro.
Philosophy Shower Gel in Almond Glaze: I haven’t come across a philosophy product that doesn’t smell pretty good, so I wasn’t surprised to find this in their lineup. Sweet almond scented, rather than bitter almond.
L’Occitane Almond: soap, shower gel, hand cream, this line smells wonderful, and it’s amande in French. Just so you know. I’ve been walking around with this on my hands today, and it’s been heavenly.
Laura Mercier Eau de Toilette in Almond Coconut: Laura Mercier takes milk, coconut, almond, heliotrope, and vanilla and mixes it with musk. It’s a complicated almond, but perfect for summer. Creamy and rich.
Carol’s Daughter Dry Oil Mist in Almond Cookie: I’m obsessed with dry oils – they make my legs feel wonderful, especially after shaving – and Carol’s Daughter. Bring them together in one product, and I love it. Sweet almond, very powdery. Probably more than a little touch of vanilla – that creates the “cookie” smell, I think.
Heritage Store Aura Glow Massage Oil in Almond: the Heritage Store is based right here in Virginia Beach, and it’s part of the A.R.E, Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment. Never been myself, but Edgar Cayce lived right on the oceanfront, and they have preserved his house. People are really into it. Regardless of all that, this oil (divined by Edgar himself) is made of peanut oil, olive oil, […]

Makeup Wars: favorite beauty tech

This was super hard for me. There are so many cool beauty tech toys out there, that I had a hard time keeping the number down. But these are the three that I’m loving and using all the time right now.



Kiss InstaWave: This thing is seriously my jam. It looked a bit nerve-wracking when I first took it out of the box, but once I got the hang of it (two or three tries, tops), this hair-tech-tool-slash-curling-iron created the nicest curls that stayed in my hair for three days. I know, right? Keep a look out for a full review on this one coming up next week.
Tria Hair Removal Laser: at-home laser hair removal that really works. If you’re consistent and follow the directions carefully (shave, only use every two weeks, etc, etc), the Tria will give you complete and permanent hair removal. Seriously, it works. I would not lie to you about this. Do not make the mistake I did and use it on tattooed skin. You will blister, and it will hurt. Learn from my mistakes.
Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System: I know I just talked about this recently, but this is one of the best drugstore beauty tech products that I’ve seen. It’s essentially a vibrating surface that, along with the product-soaked pad, sweeps away dead skin cells and brightens your skin. It’s kind of jarring when you use it, but the results are worth it.

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Style Saturday: rose gold biker jacket lust

Ever have one of those moments where you see something and you know you just HAVE to have it? Oh, sure, it’s going to cost you – rent isn’t that important anyway, right? – but you know in your heart of hearts that it must be yours.

That’s how I’m feeling about this Korai Olympia Biker Jacket. I have a thing for motorcycle jackets anyway, and I have a platinum looking one that I wear constantly. But rose gold? Shut up and take my money.

The collection isn’t for sale quite yet – spring lines will most likely launch after the holidays. But when it does, watch out. I’ll have some holiday gift money to spend.

Smoky Eye Friday: greens with a small cat eye flick

If you haven’t had a chance to try Mally Beauty’s products, please stop what you are doing and go find something you think you would love. Her products never disappoint me, and that’s high praise. I’m picky about eyeshadow.

This is the Mally Beauty Citychick Smokey Eye Kit in Central Park. It’s a concealer, a light shimmery taupe, a shimmery mid-tone green, and a dark matte-ish forest green. An eyeliner comes with the kit, but it’s not pictured here.

After covering my entire eye area with the concealer (it’s not bad, really, for a concealer in a kit), I started with the taupe, applying it all over the eye with my Royal & Langnickel Silk Pro Angle Brush. I took my MAKE UP FOR EVER 228 Medium Precision Shader Brush
(I adore this brush – it’s great when you’re using bright shades) and patted on the mid-tone green. The brush is kind of pointed, so it makes it easy to get to the corners of the eyes. Then the darkest forest green was smudged on with my Royal and Langnickel Silk Pro Smudger in a half moon shape from the outer corner of the upper lash line, in a half moon shape into the corner of my brow bone.

Then it was time to blend, and then blend again. I feel very strongly about blending – you do not want a line of demarcation on your lids. BLEND IT. Layer on more color if you need to, but keep on blending.

The gorgeous eyeliner is NARS Eye Paint in Snake Eyes, applied to the upper lash line only with an anonymous bent liner brush. This eye liner/Eye Paint is exceptional, and if you are a gel or cream eyeliner lover, you should have tons of these in your stash. Snake Eyes is almost black with green […]