Entries from May 24th, 2012

Review: LAQA & CO Nail Polish Pen


We have all seen the polish pens before, be it at the local drugstore or a high end retailer. They all seem really exciting and like an awesome concept until you actually use them. Once you have spent your money on them (bummer!), then they don’t perform like you expected.

I have tried a good handful of these ‘pens’ and have been disappointed with all of them; until I saw LAQA & CO. at The Makeup Show NYC. I tried the polish pen and was intrigued so I exchanged business cards with them then went about my day. Well, imagine my excitement when I got an e-mail from them asking if I would like the products I tried at the show sent to me!

So what is it? Exactly what it claims to be. It’s polish in a pen that actually performs like a polish wand from a bottle and the polish holds like regular polish (I’m going on 7 days on my toes and no chips!). The colors are funky, intense, and trendy.

My husband and I were on our way to a wedding and I mentioned, frantically, that I forgot to polish my toes. I then remembered I had this in my bag. It took me about 3 minutes for perfectly polished toes. Best part? I needed just one coat (VERY pigmented color) and it dried super fast.

I will definitely be getting these in many colors and stashing them in convenient places. Also, they have polish remover pads that are in a little tin you can keep in your purse and they smell like vanilla (not polish remover). How many times have you found yourself out and about for the day hiding your nails because they’re chipped and you forgot to take your polish off the night before?


When it comes to convenience these pens are #1 in my book and they easily outperform their competitors with flying colors.

Awesome product LAQA & CO!










Photo Credit: http://laqaandco.com/home


Full Disclosure: The products in this post were provided by the manufacturer for consideration. For more information on my disclosure policy, please see my disclaimer page.

Three Steps to a Longer Lasting Blowout


A few months ago while getting my hair done, my stylist recommended I get my curly hair blown out once a week. Why, you ask? She said a professional blow dry will cut down on heat styling through out the week and last longer. That sounds just great and all–who wouldn’t want to plop in a chair once a week and let someone else deal with torturous task of blow drying hair (seriously..have you ever heard anyone say “I loveee blow drying my hair!”). But it’s not realistic for most of us on a budget.

Ahh the first day blow out (missing my longer hair looking at this picture...new cut pic to come!)

Fret not. There are ways to extend the life of your blowout without taking weekly trips to the salon:

1) Your new best friend is dry shampoo. I live by my can of Batiste. There are a ton of them out on the market, but this is one of the cheaper and better ones. The real trick is to not wait until your hair is greasy–spray it on roots before hand, say second day of blowout, to prevent oily roots.

2) Rediscover the scrunci. Yes, I know you burned it along with your New Kids On The Block tape (which also kinda sorta made a comeback), but put your hair up at night in a high ponytail with it to prevent dents that form in the hair from regular hair elastics. However, if I see you out the house with it on–you will promptly be cited and ticketed.

3) Embrace the pony (tail). Slightly dirty hair is the best for a slick ponytail. High/low…it’s your choice! Just slick back, secure, and you’re done. Werk.


Vitamin C All-Star Lineup: 4 Products to Get Glowing and Chance to Win!


There’s nothing like turning 30 that makes you re-evaluate your skin care routine. For some reason the very same day you turn 30, you start analyzing your face and suddenly you see lines possibly forming or your skin doesn’t look as fresh and vibrant as it did last year. Panic (or old lady nerves) sets in and the previously laughable notion of Botox now is a viable option.

Thankfully, dermatologists have narrowed down the essential vitamins needed to help restore and maintain our youthful glow. At the top of the list is Vitamin C. There’s a whole rundown of all the benefits of Vitamin C, but all we really care about is that it helps with collagen production and hyperpigmentation.

I’ve been using them for about a year contentiously now and my skin looks better than it did 5 years ago (ahem..I get carded on a regular basis these days). Here are 4 of my favorite products that contain Vitamin C for a glowing complexion.

from left to right(top): Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster, $48- lightweight, but powerful this is great for underneath your makeup routine in the morning. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Avanced Brightening Sleeping Facial, $48- slather this cream before you go to bed and wake up with radiant and soft skin.

from left to right (bottom): Intensive C Radiance Peel, $49.50- need an instant boost of radiance? Murad has you covered with this easy and quick peel with fast results.

Neutrogena Visibly Bright Facial Cleanser, $7.49- a great cleanser to add to your daily routine–non-drying and rinses clean.


Vitamin C All Stars

And to help you start your journey to brighter skin, we are giving a lucky reader a chance to win Murad’s Intensive-C Radiance Peel! Starting at 12:01 AM on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, like “A Beauty Loft” Facebook page for your chance to win. Contest details below. Good luck!

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Products featured in this post were sent for consideration. This, however, is not reflected in the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review. This is a sponsored giveaway.

Tutorial: Understated Glamorous Eyes Using Naked Cosmetics’ Sierra Nevada Set


This past weekend we (Renee and I) spent the whole day at The Makeup Show NYC and it was absolutely incredible, but also completely overwhelming. We spent about 3-4 hours shopping, browsing and exploring and found ourselves with arms full of heavy bags. We regrouped over lunch and then went back for more. 3 more hours!

I spent the last hour exploring all the booths I had walked past about a dozen times because they had been packed and found some serious treasure!

A brand I spent a lot of time trying and learning about is called Naked Cosmetics and this line is nothing short of amazing! They offer sets that come in sleek black sleeves and contain 6 different colors. The color set I chose is called Sierra Nevada and the colors range from a matte black to shimmer ivory with 4 other shades thrown in the mix. This set could be used on a bride or a Playboy Bunny, the colors are perfect for sexy glamour. 

I have decided to do a tutorial primarily using this set. I was completely thrilled with the performance and outcome of these shadows. This set is like a one stop shop and will take you from church to a Saturday night dance session!

Here is my tutorial for understated glamorous eyes (I wear this daily!):

A) Stila‘s Prime Pot in Taffy. (Available at StilaCosmetics.com for $20)

B) Using your finger, apply primer from lashes to brow and from corner to corner.

C) Sonia Kashuk Small Multi-purpose Powder Brush. (Available at Target.com for $10.79)

D) Apply Shade #SN-01 (iridescent ivory) to the inner corner and shade #SN-02 to the brow bone (shimmer cream/pink).

E) Sigma Beauty‘s Eye Shading- E55 Brush. (Available at SigmaBeauty.com for $9)

F) Using the above brush, apply shade #SN-03 (metallic copper) with a damp brush to the entire lid.

G) Cozzette Brush D200- The Bullet Brush. (Available at RoqueCozzette.com for $14)

H) Using the above brush, apply shade #SN-05 (medium brown) to the crease and outer corner.

I) Sigma Beauty‘s Precision Round- P82 Brush. (Available at SigmaBeauty.com for $14)

J) Using the above brush, blend all brown shadow until there is no hard line.

K) Using the E.L.F. Gem Shadow Brush ($2, no longer available for sale), apply shade #SN-06 (matte black) to the outer corner and pull it in along the crease without putting anymore shadow on the brush.

L) Use Sigma‘s P82 Brush again to blend the black shadow until there is no hard line.

M) Kryolan‘s Professional Round Brush in size # Art.3501. (Available by special order from Kryolan.com)

N) Using the above brush, draw a line along the lashes in shade #SN-06 (matte black) with a damp brush. Pull the line slightly out past the lashes and angled up to create a winged effect.

O) Using the same brush and shade # SN-05 (medium brown), line within the lower lashes.

P) LashControl‘s Purple Squeeze 2x Black Volumizing Mascara. (Available at LashControl.com for $20)

Q) Apply LashControl Mascara to bottom lashes first, then top. Wiggle the wand slightly at the base of the lashes, then pull through the entire lash.

R) Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics‘ Lip Tar in Memento. (Available at OCCmakeup.com for $14)

S) Using Apt. 5‘s Eyeliner Brush (it works better for lipstick), apply Memento to the entire lip (I cannot find this brush online anywhere, but I purchased it at Duane Reade).

T) Ta-da! The final product!


I hope you give this look a try and if you decide to try the Naked Cosmetics Sierra Nevada kit, I hope you love it as much as I do! Please let us know (in the comments below) if you try this look and what your outcome is.

You can purchase the Naked Cosmetics Sierra Nevada kit at MilazzoBeauty.com for $59.99.  Whatever colors you choose, I highly recommend the Naked Cosmetics pigments. They can be used as blush, shadow, lip gloss, nail polish and even temporary hair color! Amazing.






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