Current Obsession: OPI ‘I’m Indi-a Mood For Love’ Nail Polish

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Bronzer: Splurge vs. Steal

I am definitely a tan addict. As soon as fall arrives, I start worrying that I look pale or even green. But I don’t use tanning beds or spray tans because each freaks me out in its own way (cancer, zebra stripes). As you’ve probably guessed, bronzing powder has become an essential item in my makeup bag. It helps me avoid feeling that I look ghost-like and has definitely made a few people ask me if I just returned from a tropical getaway.

If you’re looking for something not too pricey, try Physicians Formula Loose Bronzing veil. It is conveniently packaged in a container with a built-in brush, making it especially perfect for on-the-go touch-ups. Those who are willing to spend a little more should check out Star Bronzer Poudre Soleil from Lancome. The thin compact also makes taking it with you in your purse hassle-free. The lid has a mirror, which is quite handy.

Star Bronzer Poudre Soleil ($36.50, Lancome) Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Loose Bronzing Veil ($8.97, www.drugstore.com)

Star Bronzer Poudre Soleil ($36.50, Lancome)

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Loose Bronzing Veil ($8.97, www.drugstore.com)

I actually own both of these products and alternate using them depending on which shade I’m in the mood for on a given day. In my experience, both products provide the skin with a just-right, not overly orange color and a smooth finish. Many makeup artists say you should apply bronzer to three areas on your face: jawline, cheek bones and forehead. On days when I feel I need extra enhancement, I ignore this rule and apply bronzer all over. Both the Lancome and Physicians Formula products get the job done equally well.

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Frederick Fekkai Technician Color Care Mask

Frederick Fekkai Technician Color Care Mask ($35, Sephora)

Frederick Fekkai Technician Color Care Mask ($35, Sephora)

Girls who dye their hair, meet your new best friend. It is always frustrating to see your color lose its shine and vibrance as it begins to wash out, starting about a month or so after you get it dyed. The Fekkai Technician Color Care Mask is a conditioning treatment that you apply for three minutes and then rinse off. Three minutes later, your hair looks rejuvenated, feels extra soft and, most importantly, looks like you just got it dyed.

I dye my hair every 3 months and use Technician Color Care once every couple of weeks to maintain the color. I definitely notice that regular use of the product helps me get more mileage out of my color. So, while $35 may seem overpriced for a conditioner, all I have to do is figure in the money I save by not having to go to the salon for a touchup to see that Technician Color Care is definitely a good investment.

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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Stila Kajal Eyeliner

Stila Kajal Eyeliner ($18, Sephora)

Stila Kajal Eyeliner ($18, Sephora)

In case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been during these post-less couple of weeks, I did not get eaten by a monster in the blogosphere. No, the truth is, I am a freelancer, which sometimes makes it difficult to juggle and stay on top of all of my projects at once. But fear not–your trusty “I’m looking fabulous at half the cost” guide is back.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, eyeliner is the most important item in my makeup bag. Can’t. Live. Without. It. The Stila Kajal Eyeliner is what I’ve been looking for for years. It is super soft, gliding on effortlessly without hurting the lashline. Dark, sooty eyes are the result.

With that said, it easily smudges, creating a smoky look; so if you’re looking for something that will provide a 100% smudge-proof, thin line, the Stila Kajal Eyeliner may not be the product for you. I find it helpful to periodically use a q-tip throughout the day to remove away any excess color fragments. To some, that may seem like far too much work. What can I say, I’m a slave to dramatic makeup.

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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Samy Hair Care Products

Samy Hair Care Products

Samy Hair Care Products

Before I tried the Samy haircare line, I had pretty much lost faith in trying to style my thin, stick-straight hair. Now I look forward to doing my hair every morning.

The Samy line offers a myriad of products for virtually all types of hair. Whether your hair needs texture, straightness, color protection or all-day hold, you’ll find the right tools for your styling needs.

I use the “Fat Hair” volumizing spray and iStyle curl enhancing mousse. What I love is that I don’t have to go to the salon to purchase these and other Samy products. They are available at my local drugstore and are priced in the $7-$15 range. For products whose quality and results rival those used at salons, this is more than reasonable IMHO.

Salon look without salon spending, whenever I want? Yes, please.

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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Olay In Shower Body Lotion

Olay Moisturinse In Shower Body Lotion with Shea Butter ($4.99, Walgreens)

Olay Moisturinse In Shower Body Lotion with Shea Butter ($4.99, Walgreens)

I bought Olay’s In Shower Body Lotion by accident. It was one of those days; I flew into the drugstore and grabbed the first thing that looked like bodywash. When I tried to use it later that day, I could not figure out why the product wouldn’t lather. BECAUSE IT IS LOTION! Taking two seconds to read the label helps. Fortunately, this silly blunder turned out to be the biggest blessing.

This moisturizer is meant to be applied in the shower after you’ve cleansed the skin and then rinsed off. By the time you step out of the shower and dry off, your skin will be luxuriously soft and smooth. What I love is that there is no more waiting for the moisturizer to absorb before I can start getting dressed. With zero greasiness, I can put on my clothes right away and I’m ready to go. Makes me feel ahead of the game.

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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Wet n Wild MegaSlicks Lip Gloss

Wet n Wild MegaSlicks 578 ($1.99, www.drugstore.com)

Wet n Wild MegaSlicks 578 ($1.99, www.drugstore.com)

Ok, this post will be a quickie. Just wanted to share that  my seemingly never-ending search for the perfect pink lip gloss has come to an end. I wanted something in the pinkest shade possible and without glitter.

If this sounds like what you’re looking for as well, try Wet n Wild’s MegaSlicks lip gloss in Sinless (# 578). It does have a pearly shimmer, as you can probably see in the photo below, but not actual sparkles (hate those, my lips are not a discoball). They should call this color “Flawless.”

Added bonus: it is not a budget breaker. Finding the perfect lip gloss that only costs $1.99 is not easy. If you haven’t tried this line yet, do it.

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat (Radiant Touch Highlighter)

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat (Radiant Touch Highlighter) ($40)

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat ($40, www.amazon.com)

Allow me to introduce you to my new “magic wand,” YSL’s Touch Eclat or Radiant Touch Highlighter to those of us do not parlent francais.

It’s marketed primarily as a highlighter, but boasts concealer powers as well. I suffer from horrendous dark circles no matter how rested I am and so for me, a good concealer is key. Touch Eclat features an brush applicator tip that you use to paint drops or streaks on the product onto your skin. It has a really fabulous texture that you can keep working and spreading around without it becoming cakey and muddy. In terms of masking circles and other imperfections, Touch Eclat gets 5 stars.

But that’s not to say that its highlighting capabilities are not noteworthy. Apply it to your t-zone and boom! Radiant, glowing skin is yours.

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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Tigi S-Factor Leave-in Papaya Moisture Spray

Tigi S-Factor Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray ($19.99, www.folica.com)

Tigi S-Factor Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray ($19.99, www.folica.com)

I’m not opposed to using all kinds of leave-in treatments that condition my hair, protect it from heat styling tools, etc. The problem is that so many of them smell horrible. I end up walking around for the rest of the day unable to escape the stench of the chemical cloud that seems to be following me.

Enter Tigi S-Factor Leave-in Papaya Moisture Spray, a heavenly potion whose tropical/fruity smell is to die for. My hair stylist introduced me to this product the other day, spritzing it all over my hair before he began blowdrying it. After he applied what seemed like half a bottle of the spray to my long hair, I asked him to use some more. The smell is just so yummy!

After blow drying, my hair was really soft and shiny, as if I just had a deep conditioning or glossing treatment. To think that your hair can look like that each time you dry it, no matter what type of hair you have. The spray works equally well on thin, straight hair as it does on thick curls. I’m hooked.

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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Fresh SugarLemon Body Lotion

Fresh SugarLemon Body Lotion ($28, Sephora)

Fresh SugarLemon Body Lotion ($28, Sephora)

If you are a citrus fiend who loves scents such as Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, do I have the lotion for you!

I present to you Fresh Sugar Lemon Body Lotion, which has a delightfully refreshing smell that is both tangy and sweet. In addition to absorbing instantly without leaving any greasy after-feel, it also has this magical power of cooling off your skin. As a result, I always apply it when feeling parched after a trip to the beach or a day spent walking around in the sun.

I’ll definitely be using this product, which I call “summer in a bottle,” this winter to remind my senses of warmer times.

StealThisDress! Rating: 4

StealThisDress! Rating: 4

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