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Tuesday

Who Wears It Well?????

I am sure with a title like this you would like to know the answer to the question, "Who that wears it well?"  I will tell you that the "who" is me now that I have been wearing The She Wears It Well Eyeshadow Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills!  A few weeks ago I received a package in the mail.  As soon as I opened the package and saw this palette I knew it was love at first sight.  I have other nude shadow palettes, but I must say this is the one I have been using every day since I received it. 

First let me start by telling you what makes this palette so special.  That would be the colors!  The colors are so gorgeous and really brighten up my eyes.  The colors are - Trophy; Glow; Latte; Foxy (MY FAV); Sunset; Frosting; Almond; Onyx; and Toffee.  The colors Almond (taupe), Toffee (brown), and Onyx (black) are matte shades.  The others are not loaded with shimmer and have just the right amount of sheen.  I am so addicted to using Almond all over the entire eye, Foxy in the crease with a little bit of Onyx over top, and a bit of frosting or sunset under the brow.  I have even used Sunset as a cheek bone highlighter.  This palette really has something for everyone.  The color payoff is fab and they stay on all day even without a base.  This palette comes with a big mirror which makes it easy to travel with.  I will be honest and say that I usually discard the brushes in palettes the minute I open them up.  This was not the case with this.  I actually use it if I am on the go and want to add a little more Onyx to go out for the evening.  Here is a photo of this gorgeous palette -


See how gorgeous this is!  The top photo show the promotional goodies that I received along with the palette.  The cards show looks on the back.  The last photo with the lipstick and foundation is a photo that I posted on Instagram (@makeupdetective).  The tag was to choose your 3 favorite beauty products and post a pic.  As you can see this palette was one of my top 3! 

I was informed that this palette will only be available for the next 3 weeks so I suggest you hurry up and scoop one up!  It can be found at Sephora and Sephora.com - http://www.sephora.com/she-wears-it-well-eye-shadow-palette-P374932 This retails for $34.00 and is a $90.00 value! It can also be found at Anastasia's website where it will be featured, along with videos, right on the home page - http://www.anastasia.net/

This palette is described as - Classic Hollywood glamour meets modern moxie with this array of shadows that impart a sophisticated smolder to the eyes. Anastasia's Illumin8 formula features Youthful Synergy Complex®, clinically proven to illuminate, firm, and hydrate the skin.  What more could you ask for out of an eyeshadow palette!

Just a little secret that I have uncovered, please keep it to yourself because I wasn't supposed to tell, Anastasia will be coming out with a new palette for holiday - "Want You To Want Me", AND "Kisses On My List" gloss set!  Stay tuned for those because if they are like everything else that Anastasia creates, those will be must haves. 

In the case of uncovering the answer to the question, "Who wears it well?" - This case is SOLVED

Detective Kathy

Saturday

nuNAAT Hair Care Product Review

If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter you know that I get sent products for review.  I am contacted by someone who offers to send me their products, or products that they sponsor to review.  One thing I will never do is accept a product that I would not purchase with my own money.  With that said, that is why there will be NO review of contact lenses with the Italian Flag or smiley faces on them in my blog! 

Hair products for me are a touchy subject since I have holy grail products that I have used for years.  I usually deny the hair products but there was something that made me want to try this line called nuNAAT.  It started with a survey and a conversation with Stephanie who helped me choose the correct products for my natural curly and unruly hair.  Stephanie was so kind to send me the entire line of Karite Special with Shae Butter products for dry, damaged, and broken hair.  Let me start by saying that I thought it was about time to review these products as I was on the website trying to purchase replacements!!!

Here is a photo of the products she sent me -
From left to right - Karite Special Combing Cream; Karite Nourishing Shampoo; Karite Reconstructive Conditioner; Karite Anti-Frizz Thermo Activator; and Karite Special Hair Mask. 

I have been using these products since the beginning of August and must say I am SOLD, I guess you can tell when you read above that I was purchasing replacements.  In the summer my hair is very dry and damaged due to the sun, pool, and the highlights that I get.  I began using the shampoo and conditioner and immediately saw a difference in the texture of my hair.  I use a little of the Thermo Activator mixed with my normal styling cream and then dry my hair with a diffuser.  If I have any frizz pieces or pieces that need to be tamed, I add a little of the combing cream and it takes care of that situation.  Lastly, I like to actually put the mask on my dry hair at night, about once a week, and sleep in it.  I have done this for years with various products.  I feel like my hair is more hydrated when I do this.  My hair has really never looked more healthy and frizz-free, especially for hot humid summer days.  The recommended use for the mask is twice a month for 15 minutes but I like to say, when it comes to my hair, go big or go home!

I can honestly say that these products are amazing!  I still have the shampoo and conditioner left but want a back up just in case I run out!  As for the other products, these will last me a while longer.  The mask comes in that huge tub.  With all of these products a little goes a long way.  I wash and condition my hair every day so these products tend to go first with me.  For reference the mask comes in a 17.6 oz tub! 

Ok now are you ready for the best part ..... I feel like there should be a drum roll......these products are sold at Walgreens, Sally Beauty Supply, and Drugstore.com.  Just for reference the Combing Cream is $2.49! 

As I mentioned above I usually pass on the hair products, especially an entire system, but I am so happy I said yes to these products.  Don't worry if you don't have curly or dry hair, they have a product system for every type of hair out there.  They even have a do it yourself Brazilian system!  The website walks you step by step through to help you find the products that suit your hair care needs.  You can choose by ingredients, hair type, or category.  Check it out at -  http://nunaat.com/productline/karite-special-with-shea-butter/  You will be so happy you did! 

In the case of finding a new product line to help my dry,damaged, and broken locks - This case is SOLVED!

Detective Kathy

Stay tuned because there will be a giveaway happening soon with your chance to win your very own hair care system from nuNAAT! 

Monday

Tia Cosmetics Review

So friends and fellow beauty lovers I feel like I have been away forever!  With the smell of fall in the air, and the temperature of my pool being below 70, I am BACK on the blog circuit.  I have a ton of goodies that I have received over the past month that I need to share with all of you. 

I am starting it off with a line of cosmetics from a 15 year makeup veteran Bettina.  I actually met Bettina on, where else, the social network that I love Twitter!  From Twitter it went onto Instagram where I am also a huge fan.  I started talking to her and ended up on her website.  With her help, and my constant addiction to all nude lipsticks and glosses, I decided to get a lipstick along with a gloss to wear over top.  I bought the Micro Bubble lipstick in Nude, and Lip Lacquer in Cooper Topper.  I have to say that I have been wearing this combo every day since I received it.  The micro bubble lipstick is so creamy, moisturizing, and long wearing.  I have had a problem this summer with my lips due to the sun.  My lips have been so dry and wearing my favorite nudes had been a problem until this formula graced my pout.  I use it straight from the tube, which means it is a wearable nude.  I then put a little Copper Topper on top to give it a sleek shine.  The combo is just gorgeous and makes me very happy!  Here is a picture of the colors -
See I told you....just gorgeous!  While I purchased the two lip products, there were two goodies that were added into my order for me to try out.  One is a gorgeous eyeshadow duo in the most gorgeous shade of purple I have ever seen. As you can see below, this color gorgeous and goes on so soft and blendable.  It also is a long wearing formula that lasts all day!
The next product that she sent me is a product that I almost ordered but was unsure if the color would be dark enough for me.  It is the Mineral Sheer Tint SPF 20, in the color Deep.  I immediately used this the minute I received it and have to say it is absolutely amazing.  First of all you only need a little to cover your entire face.  This multi-purpose foundation is oil-free, hypo-allergenic, and contains sunscreen and antioxidants.  It nourishes, protects, and moisturizes for a flawless and even look to the skin.  I love products that are multi-purpose and this does not fall short! 
Here is a photo of the products all packaged in their cute black bags the way they came to me.
Well there you have it my friends, a product review FINALLY!  If you are interested in Tia Cosmetics, which you definitely should be, they can be found at -
http://tia-cosmetics.myshopify.com/

You can also follow her on Twitter - @tiacosmetics

In the case of finding another beauty website to spread my hard earned $$$ around - This case is SOLVED!

Detective Kathy