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Beauty Stop Online {Review}

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Some days (mostly on Sunday mornings when we’re running around frantic, trying to get the four of us presentable for 9am church) I truly envy the male species and the 2-5 minutes it takes them to do their hair.  Other days I think they really miss out on the opportunity to create a new look with an assortment of sweet smelling products and fancy tools.  Getting ready in the morning is sometimes like an art class, and I love being able to close the door, sit on a cute stool, and pretty up!

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Beauty Stop Online is a treasure trove of makeup, styling tools, nailpolish, hair care, you name it.  Anything you could want when it comes to dolling up, they’ve got it.  Beauty Stop Online gave me the opportunity to review their Hot Tools Nano-Ceramic Tapered Curling Iron Medium 1″, sold for $38.99.  I love this little weapon!

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Take note of the cone-shaped wand, and how it is tapered.  This creates larger curls at the top, and tighter curls at the bottom of the strand.  It can heat up to 450 degrees, and a new Pulse Technology allows the iron to heat up quickly and retain its heat with an “instant heat recovery” feature.  The tip is extra long, so you could really wrap a lot of hair in one twirl.  The temperature dial is easy to turn, but I think it can be budged higher or lower if you’re not careful.

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This tool comes with a heat-resistant glove, which is really a godsend for my frequently burned fingers!  I always seem to touch the barrel even if I’m consciously trying to avoid it, and wearing this glove allows me to style quicker and without feeling so paranoid about placing my fingers in the wrong place!

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What a useful glove!  I hate getting burned!  I think this also saves time I usually spend making sure the next spot I place my fingers isn’t going to fry me.  I just grab the section of hair and go.  This iron is the Medium size, and it tapers from 1″ to 1/2″, but Hot Tools also makes a Small and Large iron, ranging from 3/8″ to 1 1/4″.

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The tapered barrel really creates some fun crazy curls!  They are diverse and natural-looking curls, which are perfect for an updo!  My hair is naturally straight, but used on curly hair, this would control the curls and tame the frizz.

Thanks Beauty Stop Online!  Go check out their abundance of makeup, styling tools, nailpolish, and hair care!

*This posting was sponsored by Beauty Stop Online, but all opinions are strictly my own

Color Me Monthly {Review}

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Sometimes I have a hard time branching out and trying new trends.  I took an honest inventory of my closet and realized I don’t own anything purple or orange, and nearly everything I’ve sewn for myself this year was a shade of blue.  I tend to get stuck in a style rut, or refuse to accept that something new might look good on me.  You probably know people like this–an older relative or friend still stuck in hairstyles and clothes of the 80s’, convinced that this style or color still looks great on them, so why fix it?  I probably should put myself in this category more often than not.

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Take nailpolish.  If I were to go pick out a new bottle of polish every month, I would probably gravitate towards the pinks, corals, and creams every time.  Instead of going out on a limb once in a while, I would probably stick to something safe and familiar.  But where’s the fun in that?thumb.php

Color Me Monthly puts the fun back into your nail polish collection and takes out the selection-stress and shopping!  Sign up for a $7 subscription, and get a new, hand-picked and fashion forward color every month!  This month was a beautiful blue, called “Clear Skies Ahead”.  This color is so perfect for SPRING!!  I am really impressed with this polish.  After two coats, the color was thick and deep.  I only added one layer of top coat, and not a single chip or scratch for FOUR days now.  Very impressive!

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I LOVE the idea of not having to research what colors are in this month, and having something hand-picked show up at my door.  I also like being able to trust that I will be receiving something eco-friendly, made in the USA, and not a cheapy store brand.  This is high quality nail polish!  I imagine buying a bottle of this caliber on its own would be $10 or more, plus the time and effort to choose and buy it at a retailer.

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And hey, what a sweet gift for your mom for Mother’s Day!  If she loves doing her nails, a thoughtful bottle in the mail every month would remind her who her favorite daughter is every time she looks at her nails all year long :).  Thank you, Color Me Monthly!

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*This posting was sponsored by Color Me Monthly, but all opinions are strictly my own

Megan Miller Collection {Review}

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I LOVE to paint my nails!  I was totally the little girl who always had her nails done in bubble gum pink.  Pretty much every first day of school from kindergarten to college, I would paint my nails to match my first-day-of-school outfit!  I love seeing the new color every time I use my hands or glance at my feet.  Nail polish is one of those “makes me happy” objects I’d hate to live without.

 

Needless to say, I’ve been through a lot of nailpolish colors and brands over my lifetime.  At the bottom of the list would be the $.99 drugstore polish, and at the top would be the Megan Miller Collection!

  

First take note of the custom designed and molded bottles—I really appreciate a bottle that won’t tip over as I’m dipping the brush in and out.  I could also definitely tell a difference in the high quality brush.  It allowed for very smooth and consistent strokes, despite a shaky hand, so I didn’t have to make a single touch-up.

Probably most notable is the natural cork top that is great for gripping, and the 100% natural raffia hand-picked from Madagascar!  Extravagant, huh!

Simply fabulous colors!  First I chose “Latte”, and I’m so pleased with it.  I’ve been looking for a subtle color, not quite nude, and not too crazy, that I could wear with everything and still look professional, or atleast like a grown up.  (No more bubble gum pink.)  I loved the way it looked on, but I wonder if it would complement all skin tones.  It reminds me of a favorite pair of nude pumps that go with everything and look SO so classy with almost anything.  I think this color has the same effect of elongating the fingers, just like skin-colored heels lengthen the legs.

 

I just couldn’t resist adding some cheetah speckles 🙂 Pay no mind to my flip flop tan.

I also picked out “Foxy”!  I’ve been on the hunt for a good solid gray for months!  I didn’t want shiny silver, or anything metallic.  Just a pretty gray, not too dark, not too light.  Foxy = perfect.  I have only 2 coats on in this picture, and I think a 3rd would be just right.  I want to wear this on my fingers for the entire Fall season.  I think it would look great on the working woman and city girl!

On top of exquisite colors and quality, Megan Miller nail polish is also free of dibutyl phthalate, toluene, and formaldehyde—all dangerous chemicals found within the composition of other nail polish.  I’m usually not one to splurge on nailpolish, but I think $12 is well worth the price for one of these beauties.

You can follow Megan Miller Collection on Facebook HERE and follow the blog HERE, as well as on Twitter HERE.

*This posting was sponsored by Megan Miller Collection, but all opinions are strictly my own

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