Sonia Kashuk Very Berry Satin Luxe Lip Color Review & Swatches

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Sonia Kashuk Very Berry Satin Luxe Lip Color ($9.99) is my new go to HG (holy grail) berry pink shade for Spring looks. This is one of those really lovely shades of rosy pink berry that quite looks like Lipstick Queen Jean Queen or Shiseido Perfect Rouge Tender Sheer in RD506 and at half the price with a fair more luxurious formula.

True story, Sonia’s Satin Luxe Lip Color is one of thee best budget lipsticks I’ve had the pleasure of using.

I’ve reviewed Sonia Kashuk Satin Luxe Lip Color in the past but it still remains one of the nicest lipsticks around for under $10 bucks. Honestly, applying it and wearing it you’d think it cost $30.

This is a super buttery satin lipstick with an SPF 16. The color glides across lips like melted butter and has a soft, creamy consistency that wears weightlessly on lips for a solid four hours without feathering or migrating. It has a subtle vanilla flavor to me although it is promoted as fragrance-free. The creamy texture lacks shimmer and sparkle and has an satin matte finish that lays on lips evenly offering full coverage on a single application with a nice sheen finish.

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2013 Golden Globe Hairstyle Trend Photos: Old Hollywood Glamour: How To Get Soft Textured Waves, Deep Side Parts

2013 Golden Globe Hairstyle Trend Photos: Old Hollywood Glamour - Soft Textured Waves, Deep Side Parts

Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage

What a spectacles of fashion and beauty at last night’s 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Last night’s award show hair trends had one thing in common: effortless Old Hollywood glam! Jennifer Lopez, Rachel Weisz, Rosario Dawson and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley all donned styles reminiscent of the glamour girls of Old Hollywood with relaxed side parts and flowing waves — all styled using Vidal Sassoon and L’Oréal Paris hair products! Read on to find out how to get these hair looks at home with step-by-step instructions from the hairstylists themselves.

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Jennifer Lopez

Hairstylist: Lorenzo Martin

Inspiration: Going into the night, Lorenzo was inspired by Old Hollywood to create a look that would complement Jennifer’s captivating Zuhair Murad gown. Lorenzo turned to a deep side part to modernize the Old Hollywood look of the romantic waves.

Step 1: Lorenzo prepped Jennifer’s hair with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Triple Resist Shampoo and Conditioner ($4.99 each). Then while hair was wet, Lorenzo used the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Triple Resist Ultimate Strength Solution ($6.99) to reinforce the hair prior to styling.

Step 2: Lorenzo applied a quarter size amount of L’Oréal Paris EverCurl Sculpt & Hold Cream-Gel ($8.99) to condition the hair and prep it for being curled.

Step 3: Curled using a 1-inch curling iron and then gently sprayed L’Oréal Paris EverStyle Texture Series Beach Spray ($6.99) to each section helping to hold the curl and add texture.

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Sun-Soaked Spring Look

The seasons have changed and we’ve got a special treat for you to ring in spring! Guest vlogger and fellow Benebabe Alexandrea Garza (a beauty artist in our Michigan store) shares her tips on how to achieve the perfect sun-soaked spring look. Take note & enjoy!

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“Spring is here! Whether you’re still watching the snow melt or dreaming of jet-setting somewhere for Spring Break, you’re probably looking for those few solid products that will make your skin glow. Think lounging by the pool or an evening walk on the beach. Here’s how to get this pretty coral & bronze look that’s perfect for welcoming spring:

Step 1: We want our skin to look naturally even and luminous, but we still need that protection from the harsh sun. That’s where big easy comes in! It’s SPF 35, medium coverage and a liquid-to-powder finish that’s lightweight & skin-safe!

 

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Step 2: Bronze baby bronze! Get out your hoola bronzer and contour your little heart out. Even if you’re not vacationing in a tropical paradise this month, just add a little bronzer and everyone will ask where you got your glowing tan!
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Step 3: Define those eyes! Don’t forget to line with some BADgal liner in black and load up on they’re real! mascara; I’m talking at least 3 coats!
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 Step 4: Let’s make those cheekbones pop! Pull out your favorite rose gold blush, rockatuer! Swipe this on the top of your cheekbones and across the bridge of your nose. Doing this will almost create a fresh-out-of-the-sun effect.
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Step 5: Put some bella bamba ultra plush lip gloss on that pout and you’re out the door!”
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xo—Alex Garza

Hairstyle Trend Photos 2013: How To Get Sideswept Waves, Deep Part – SAG Awards – Jennifer Lawrence, Amanda Seyfried

Hairstyle Trend Photos 2013: How To Get Sideswept Waves, Deep Part - SAG Awards - Jennifer Lawrence, Amanda Seyfried

Last night was not only a big occasion for actors at the 19th Annual Screen Actor’s Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, but a night for the next big trend in hair: the side swept wave! Hollywood’s hottest leading ladies including Jennifer Lawrence, Amanda Seyfried and Julianne Moore all sported this retro hairstyle with a modern twist.

Read on to see how Julianne Moore‘s hairstylist for the evening, Living Proof‘s Chris McMillan, gave her relaxed, Veronica Lake-type waves.

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“First, I applied Living Proof Prime Style Extender to her damp, towel-dried hair and combed it through. Prime Style Extender gave me the sleek, healthy hair I needed for styling. I parted the hair on the left and blow-dried it straight with a large round brush.

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On dry hair, I applied the Firm Hold Hair Spray as a heat protector and used a 1 1/2-inch curling iron to create a S-curve with her bang, accentuating her eyes and keeping her hair away from the face. I then used the same iron to bend the ends under, curling the iron in a counter clockwise motion. I wanted the look to be glossy, sleek and simple.”

Are you lovely ladies fans of this Old Hollywood side swept hair trend? Let us know by commenting below, which will automatically be posted to our Community Forum (click here to check it out!) where you can find other beauty related discussions! Don’t forget to also submit a photo to our Photo Of The Day (click here!) feature, where a new photo will be picked daily. Your photo just might be selected, so get going!

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Sisley Paris Phyto Cernes Eclat Tinted Eye Concealer Review!

There are definitely advantages to having a dedicated under eye concealer; lighter texture, light reflecting properties, hydrating qualities etc.  I am partial to a liquid concealer (I love Nars, Jill Stuart, Origins in particular) but they are for my facial blemishes.  I was pleased to try this eye concealer from luxe brand, Sisley, which is especially made for the under eye area.

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They say: This tinted concealer instantly camouflages dark circles and shadows to perfection, reduces puffiness and signs of fatigue, visually smoothes out wrinkles and fine lines and beautifies the eye contour area. Day after day, it helps significantly minimize puffiness. The supple, melting formula guarantees easy application, a natural finish and long lasting hold.

 

Sisley Paris Phyto Cernes Eclat Tinted Eye Concealer comes in three shades (I chose 03, the darkest) and comes with a synthetic brush.  At a pricey £58, it certainly is expensive, but I found it to be a very very good under eye concealer which seemed to care for the eye area too (in the sense that my eye area can get dry and flaky throughout the day and I didn’t get that when using this product).

So in the box you get this long brush (not a mini one like you sometimes get) which is great for blending in the product or applying it on other areas or on the lid, if you like to wear concealer on the lid (I do).  Otherwise, I found this product blended in nicely with just my warm finger.

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The tube had another nice feature which is a silver ended applicator (it’s a squeezy tube which is like a lip balm). The applicator is very cooling and soothing, and it helps reduce puffiness.  It was very welcome when applying to my tired, hot eyes.  It can also be used to massage a little, a bit like my beloved La Mer eye cream which comes with a metal ball applicator (I kept it, but never could bring myself to rebuy the eye cream).

I wondered if 03 would be the right shade for me – concealer that is too dark under the eyes looks pretty bad, but this worked really well without looking too garish or racoon like, as under eye concealers can.  It has a yellow-peach edge to it which covers my dark circles perfectly well and brightened up the whole area without looking too much.

It has a nice texture that is not as light as say, touché éclat, but isn’t as thick as a cream concealer or say, NARS liquid concealer.  It’s just right – thick enough to cover but thin enough to sink into the skin and not look heavy around the eyes.

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You can see the difference here (concealer applied on the left side – you literally only need 2 – 3 dots under the eye). I like how natural the finish is – brightening without being too obvious.

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If there was any criticism, it would be the price and that it can settle into deeper under eye lines towards the end of the day.  I don’t know any concealer that doesn’t.

This eye concealer costs £58 from various websites such as Spacenk – sometimes there are offers on for 10% off on websites like John Lewis. It’s expensive but it is really very good and I believe it would last at least 1 year with regular use.  I certainly don’t like all the liquid under eye concealers I use – they either don’t cover enough, or are too heavy, or the shade is way too pale – so I think this is a very good product because it doesn’t have any of the above problems.