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Product Review: Hair Rehab with Ouai Hair Masques

Real talk, who wouldn’t trust celeb stylist Jen Atkin with their hair? Exactly. So when our hair needs serious TLC post-color, we turned to her Ouai Hair Treatment Masques for some damage control. Here’s what we thought:
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What it is: This pack comes with eight treatment doses (meant to be used twice a week), to restore and heal hair in a matter of minutes:

What it does: Uses ingredients like artichoke leaf extract and jojoba to nourish and repair strands. Just apply to hair, comb through with your fingers, wait 5 to 10 minutes, and then rinse out.

What we liked: Our ends were seriously parched from over-styling and color. This mask is bringing it back to life. After one use, we noticed much softer, bouncier ends without feeling the least bit weighed down. We also like to apply to our ends before a long gym session so we’re ready to go once we hit the shower. The light floral scent that makes the treatment feel extra luxurious.

What we didn’t like: The amount felt right for shorter hair, but we can imagine it takes more than one if you have super long and thick hair. Let us know if you tried it in the comments and what you thought too!

Price: $32 for 8 packets

Availability: theouai.com

glamglow
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This Chrome Mask Says it Can Give You Sexy Contours – But Does It Work?

We’ve tried peel-off masks before, but what we were most interested in this one was testing its claims to give you “more toned, sexy contours” (their words, not ours).
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What it is: A brush-on, peel-off treatment mask to firm and tone skin.

What it does: Helps to lift, tone, and tighten skin.

What we liked: We loved that this comes with a mini brush that easily spreads this gooey, marshmallow-like mask over our skin. Just make sure you avoid the eye area, brows, and hair line since it might be tricky to peel off from those areas. This mask felt otherworldy – it could have been that it sets to a brilliant, Tin Man-chrome, or maybe the light coconut-ey scent got to us. Whatever the case, after 30 minutes, the mask easily (and not painfully!) peels off to what we felt after a few uses was a brighter, tighter result.

What we didn’t like: Admittedly, it took a few go’s for us to really appreciate it (and because we might have mistakenly tried to wash it off the first time instead of peeling it off – it is water-soluble so it did dissolve but after a few minutes of scrubbing over the sink). Our skin did feel more behaved and glowing after peeling off – we’re not entirely sure if it was the silver residue from the chrome. That said, “sexy contours” might be overstating it. Basically, don’t expect miracles but it is a good mask for a weekly reset…and your next Instagram pic.

Price: $69

Availability: glamglow.com

palette
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On the Go: Tarte x Styled by Hrush Palette

We haven’t made our affections for makeup artist Hrush a secret. But there’s good reason for it – girl knows beauty. Understandably, when she partnered up with Tarte to come out with her own mini-palette, it sold out quicker than you can say Styled by Hrush. Good news is, you can still purchase it at Ulta.com. Here’s what we thought about her limited-edition palette:
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What it is: A palette co-created with celebrity makeup artist Hrush Achemyan containing three shimmery shades (including a limited-edition white gold one), three matte shadows, and one peachy-pink blush.

What we liked: We loved the pigmented colors that you can use matte for a sophisticated day time look, or blend with the lusters to amp it up as a liner or shadows for an evening look. The colors are a universally-flattering combo for all-over, crease, and highlight shades. We love to use the peachy “Pinch” for everyday, the brown “Kitty” for our crease, and the decadent “Royal” purple as a hint of liner. The shimmery “Bliss” and “Smitten” add a nice pop of bling that’s so very Hrush. Not to mention, a peachy-pink blusher that gives us the prettiest flush to our cheeks. It has personality, with still very wearable colors. The size is perfect to throw in your purse — the sleek faux-crocodile leather embossed cover even makes it look like a mini-wallet.

What we didn’t like: What’s not to like?

Price: $30

Availability: ulta.com (Get it while you can!)

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My First Impressions on the Flirt Lash Applicator!

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Hey guys! So my team came across this new Flashes Lash Applicator by Flirt everyone’s been buzzing about that kind of looks like a White-Out pen…but it dispenses lashes!
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It’s supposed to make lash application easier, so I thought I’d give it a try and share what I thought of it. I dove right in (without reading any instructions at first!) to see if it was easier to use than strip lashes — did it pass the test? Watch the video to see my full first impression on it!

Have any of you tried it? What did you think? The Flash Lash Applicator is available for $28 on flirtcosmetics.com.

eyeliners
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Add a Pop of Color With These Black Up Liquid Liners

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What it is: An inky, waterproof liquid liner that you apply with its pointy sponge tip, and dries matte.

What it does: Line your lids to emphasize eyes with the black, or add some drama with the new colorful options that are also long-wearing.

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blackup eyeliners swatches

What we liked: Normally when we hear colorful liquid liners, we’ve seen the muted plums, hunter greens, and maroons. This is not that. The black is a sophisticated matte, while the colored liners are vibrant and elegant. The blue is the most royal of blues (perfect to bring out darker eyes), and the purple, teal, and yellow adds brightness and fun to any skin tone. We love the pigmented colors and beautifully curated hues.

What we didn’t like: It does take a couple go’s to get a perfectly opaque line, but when you do, it’s worth it. And although it’s waterproof enough for everyday wear, some did wipe off after a particularly sweaty session at the gym.

Price: $24

Availability: blackup.com

nars
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What to Love About Nars Latest Velvet Lip Glide

Nars’ latest lip collection gives an impressive color payoff and comfortable wear for someone who’s undecided if they’re Team Gloss or Team Lipstick. Here’s what we thought:
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What it is: A smooth hybrid of a lipstick and a lip gloss, and a gorgeous edited color range.

What we liked: The Velvet Lip Glide is aptly named – it’s soft, and glides on saturated color for a semi-matte finish. The consistency is not-tacky like most glosses, but is creamier than most lipsticks (see why we don’t know what to categorize it as?!). It has a faint vanilla scent, nothing distracting. It feels buttery-soft and plush on our lips that makes it so fun to apply. There’s a color for every occasion and every mood – right now we’re feeling sassy in their siren red No. 54, but we like Bound’s muted mauve for every day (it wouldn’t be Nars if the names weren’t provocative).
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(Above, top to bottom: Swatches in Unlaced, No. 54, Playpen, and Bound)

What we didn’t like: You might have to put more than one coat to get an even finish for some of the colors, which is normal for a lot of lip products. It lasts for a few hours (longer than most glosses), but don’t expect it to stay put when you drink your morning cup of coffee – it’s not supposed to be liquid matte lipstick, after all. Other than that, not much…it’s found a happy place in our makeup bag.

Price: $26

Availability: sephora.com

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Is This Golden Body Oil as Good as Celebs Say it is?

We were first introduced to Cocoa Brown when we tried their Tough Stuff Body Scrub. If you like your scrubs strong, we’re pretty sure you’d love it as much as we did (and the light Tahitian Gardenia scent didn’t hurt either). Founder Marissa Carter knows her tans so well, even the Kardashians’ makeup artist picked up tips on 3D tanning from her. So, we were excited to check out their Golden Goddess dry oil (a favorite of Khloe Kardashian), which looks like gold sand in a bottle of oil. Here’s what we thought:
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What it is: A dry body oil with gold flecks, especially good to highlight a tan.

What it does: Gives you a golden sheen, while the coconut oil helps hydrate skin. It also gives a very subtle hint of color.
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(Above: After applying oil on the left)

What we liked: We love the instant golden bronze (read: not orange) shimmer this gave to our shoulder, décolletage, and legs (we’ve already worn it to the beach and for nights out). It’s a dry oil, so it won’t leave you feeling greasy after rubbing it in thoroughly. Make sure you shake the bottle thoroughly before applying as the oil and gold separate when sitting unused. The healthy looking-tint and subtle shimmer has made it a must whenever we have exposed legs. Plus, the oil has a tropical floral and coconut scent that we’re not mad at.

What we didn’t like: Prepare to have glowing palms immediately after applying (and not in a good way). Don’t be surprised to find traces of golden specks left behind even after washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water. It wont stain too much after setting but expect a good amount of rogue gold particles left behind.

Price: $20

Availability: rickysnyc.com

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Is Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray Worth the Hype?

We’re all busy people, aren’t we? Naturally, we take the final step in our makeup routine very seriously, especially when we’re counting on it lasting all day. Urban Decay’s All Nighter has been a cult favorite to set makeup, but is it worth the hype?
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What it is: A makeup setting spray.

What it does: This setting spray is said to actually lower the temperature of your makeup to keep your makeup looking smooth in humid or cold conditions without settling in lines or caking for at 16 hours.

What we liked: It’s not really a spray as much as it is an even mist. Your skin with be lightly dewy as it sets and then it gives a nice, even sheen to your makeup. And our makeup actually does last a lot longer when we use this. Also one of our favorites to use after a good baking session.

What we didn’t like: Aside from some occasional oil slick on our forehead and T-zone area, not much. The price tag is a little steep but considering it’s also around how much full size makeup setting sprays run, it’s worth the investment. Our advice: go light and let it dry first before layering too much, or you might risk running your makeup. Best for dry to combination skin types.

Price: $30

Availability: urbandecay.com

nars-oil
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This Body Oil is a Beach Vacation in a Bottle

We don’t get enough beach time in our lives. This oil has a gorgeous scent that makes us feel like we do. Just a few drops gives skin this alluring sheen we can’t get enough of. It doubles as a light moisturizer, and gives us summer glow we crave for a night out. We especially love the glow it gives our décolletage, shoulders, and legs.

NARS Monoi Oil
What it is: A lightweight, gardenia-scented body oil.

What it does: Hydrates skin with a light, natural fragrance and gives it a glow. Also helps to prevent peeling.

What we liked: The light fragrance of the Tahitian gardenia indigenous to French Polynesia makes this oil smell like someone bottled up a tropical vacation. The oil is light with a luxurious feel, and our skin practically drinks up the coconut oil. Unlike the original Body Glow I from Nars, this won’t give a skin a little extra bronze shimmer, but it will give a smoothe, silky look and feel to skin where applied. Plus the little tiare flower in each bottle is a nice touch.

What we didn’t like: The price tag. We’d bathe in this every day if we could, but for now, we’re rationing every last drop.

Price: $59

Availability: narscosmetics.com

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A Dream Product for Natural Looking Brows!

We love Bobbi Brown’s range of wearable shades and high quality products, and her Long-Wear Brow Gels are no exception. But where does it stand in the spectrum of eyebrow needs? Here’s what we thought:

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What it is: A waxy, tinted brow gel housed in a sleek mini, black compact.

What it does: With the help of a brow brush, waxy pigmented gel can easily help fill in sparse areas of the brows.

What we loved: True to the Bobbi Brown spirit, this is best for a more natural approach to brows. The combo of pigment and beeswax helps achieve a natural, fuller look. It feels a bit like pomade for brows. We found it’s best for filling in sparse areas of the brows without looking like overkill. The color range (17 total) are also very close to natural hair colors (we love Saddle for brunettes) and shades for highlights to give hair the look of texture.

What we didn’t like: While great for filling in brows, because of its waxy nature, it’s not the best for buildable, detailed work (such as defined strokes mimicking the look of natural hairs). A good pick if you’re looking for a little more volume with a more natural approach to brows. Also note, while it is water-, sweat-, and humidity- resistant, it can still rub off by mistake.

Price: $26

Availability: bobbibrowncosmetics.com

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