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The Spring Forward Series provides tips and news for seasonal allergy sufferers to stay clear and beautiful during spring allergy season.
We already covered how to wear mascara and moisturize dry noses this allergy season, but what about wearing eye liner when your eyes are red, watery or itchy? Or eyeliner that won’t flake onto your contact lenses? Facial skin is most sensitive around the eyes, so during any allergy attack or illness I highly recommend NOT wearing any makeup on eyes. Potential bacteria could make your eyes worse or contaminate your makeup.
If you MUST wear eyeliner, here are some great tools to keep you sleek without smudging, running and won’t give the dreaded smeared raccoon eye:
Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof & Tearproof Eyeliner
Purchase: $18 ulta.com
This waterproof double-sided eyeliner includes a pencil on one end and a beveled smudger on the other end to intensify the look. It’s like a liquid liner in a pencil and won’t smear. The paraben free, mineral oil free, and paraffin free formula is perfect for sensitive skin, allergies and contact lens wearers.
Ingredients: Perfect Black, Perfect Brown, Perfect Peacock: Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG/PPG-19/19 Dimethicone, Synthetic Wax, Hydrogenated Polydicyclopentadiene, Nylon-12, C20-40 Alcohols, Perfluorononyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Polyethylene, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol, Mica. May Contain/Peut Contenir/(+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288).
L’Oreal Voluminous Eyeliner
Purchase: $8.49 drugstore.com
This is my go-to “liquid liner for dummies!” This angled pen glides on moist, then dries in 60 seconds giving you a sleek line all day without smearing, cracking or flaking. The dual angle pen lets you create a thin outline or thick sweep, perfect for achieving a winged or cat eye. Note: it does contain parabens.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua) (Eau), Acrylates Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lignosulfonate, Sodium Laureth 11 Carboxylate, Phenoxyethanol, Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Laureth 12 Sulfate, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, EDTA (Ethylenediamine-Tetra-Acetic Acid), May Contain (+/-): (CI 77266), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090) (CI 42090), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035) (CI 16035)
Smashbox Jet Set Eye Liner & Brush
Purchase: $22 sephora.com
Dip the included angled eyeliner brush into these pots for a creamy alternative to an eye liner pencil. Best for those who aren’t handy with a pencil and still want a sleek even look that won’t run. The waterproof formula will keep you smudge free even through those pollenated tears. Formula is paraben free.
Ingredients: Isododecane, Polyethylene, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Lecithin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Barium Sulfate, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Carmine (CI 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007)].
What is your favorite eyeliner for contacts or allergy season?
Taste the beautiful life ~ Alicia
This month Birchbox teamed up with Teen Vogue for a fun, playful and spring formal event-prep box of samples. Teen Vogue’s beauty guru Eva Chen also provided great makeup and hair tips for special occasions and everyday glam. Great sensitive skin and allergy-friendly brands like Tarte and Essie return with bright colors for spring. There were also great alternatives for the sporty girls, and anyone transitioning from processed hair to natural hair.
Take a look at some great finds for your next special event or to add a pop of color:
Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Lucky
Champagne Rating: 4 out of 5 bottles
I was looking for a pale pink matte, and this came just in time! The giant crayon glides on smoothly with a texture in between a lip balm and matte lipstick. It has moisturizing vitamins A & E with a hint of color, clicks to refill (no pencil sharpener needed), and so sheer it actually looks nude. Perfect to wear alone or a great primer for lipstick or lip gloss. Be forewarned the strong peppermint oil smell and tingle, but has a sensitive skin-friendly formula: paraben free, sulfate free, mineral oil free.
Ingredients for Lucky: Octyldodecanol, candelilla cera/euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax/cire de candelilla, C12-15 alkyl ethylhexanoate, isopropyl palmitate, cyclopentasiloxane, silica, nylon -12, VP/eicosene copolymer, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax /cera carnauba/cire de carnauba, phenyl trimethicone, disteardimonium hectorite, hydrogenated coco-glycerides, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, caprylic/ capric triglyceride, propylene carbonate, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, dimethicone, caprylyl glycol, sorbitan stearate, benzophenone-3, tocopheryl acetate, sodium saccharin, castor oil bis-hydroxypropyl dimethicone esters, retinyl palmitate, salicornia herbacea extract, dimethyl isosorbide, palmitoyl hexapeptide-14, tin oxide, mica. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), red 6 lake & red 7 lake (CI 15850), red 27 lake (CI 45410), red 40 lake (CI 16035), yellow 5 lake (CI 19140), yellow 6 lake (CI 15985), blue 1 lake (CI 42090).
Kate Spade New York Perfume in Twirl
Twirl is the perfect name for this scent, it’s a mixture of flirty and fun with fruit and floral notes. Light enough to wear during the day for work or brunch, yet stimulating for wear in the evening for cocktails or a date. Each spray makes me want to dance, either with a cupcake or a cutie
Ingredients: alchohol denat, parful/fragrance, water/aqua/eu, propylene glycol, benzyl alcohol, benzyl benzoate, butylphenyl methylpropional, citral, citronellol, farnesol, geraniol, hexyl, cinnamal, hydroxycitonellal, hyrdoxyisohexyl, 3-cyclohexene carbonxaldhyde, limonene, linalool, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, ethylhexyl, methoxycinnamate, ethylhexyl salicylate, orange 4 (ci 15510), yellow 10 (ci 47005)
Kérastase Elixir Ultime
This nourishing oil can be used as a leave-in conditioner or pre-blowout heat protectant, but I used it as a shine serum on curly hair. It’s thick but not greasy or heavy. It smoothed top-side frizz and added a hint of shine when applied to dry curly hair.
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Zea Mays / Corn Germ Oil, Argania Spinosa Oil / Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Camellia Kissi / Camellia Kissi Seed Oil, Pentaclethra Macroloba Oil / Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Coumarine, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum / Fragrance.
Twistband Hair Tie
This fun evolution of the hair tie causes little breakage and maintains elasticity even when wet after the gym. It did leave a dent on curly hair, perhaps straight hair has better luck. Great for rosés transitioning from perms to natural hair, and athletes who don’t want breakage after a workout.
Essie LuxeEffects Collection in Set In Stones
Wear this glitter nail polish alone for a silver disco ball effect or as a top coat for a blast of bling. The formula is free of formaldehyde, toluene and DBP. Great for sensitive skin, and safer with out toxic chemicals. I’ve tried plenty of glittery nail polishes and this is one of the easier ones to get off without having to scrape your nails.
Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Silica, N-Butyl Alcohol, Polyacrylate-4, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Benzophenone-1, Polyurethane-11, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate [+/- May Contain / Peut Contenir, Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Ci 15850 / Red 7 Lake, Ci 77000 / Aluminum Powder, Ci 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, Ci 60725 / Violet 2
What is your must have for a formal spring event?
Taste the beautiful life ~ Alicia
*All images via Birchbox
*All Items can be purchased on Birchbox for a discount with membership
St. Patrick’s Day is a time to celebrate the luck of the Irish, your favorite brew, and the childhood past time of pinching the lame kid who didn’t wear green. This year, instead of simply wearing green…GO GREEN! Beauty is more eco-friendly than ever, so do your part for the environment, your skin and don’t get pinched.
These brands are either organic, natural, fair-trade, or derived of eco-friendly ingredients, get lucky and GO GREEN for St. Patty’s!
Zoya Nail Polish in Midori
Purchase: $8 zoya.com
Zoya is the pregnancy safe brand that is free of irritating chemicals and carcinogens like no formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, and camphor. This vegan friendly formula also lasts long (like shellac long!) and dries quickly. GO GREEN with this metallic apple green color with a hint of gold shimmer, the perfect spring accessory.
Lamik Beauty Eye Decor Eyeshadow in Awkward & Mula
Purchase: $18 lamik-beauty.com
Lamik is an “eco-chic” make-up brand carrying facial care, cosmetics and lashes. This richly pigmented eye shadow has a velvety texture that is talc free (think baby powder) and paraben free. GO GREEN day to night with this olive or turquoise-green shadow packed in recyclable containers.
Cheers to Organic Beer (and Wine!)
Purchase: Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, natural health food stores
Your local restaurant, stores and even bars are offering more organic and healthier options for destroying your liver…err having a drink. Get GREEN tastebuds with these organic libations and remember to recycle your bottles!
Bison Brewing’s Organic Chocolate Stout
Wolaver’s Organic Brown Ale
Frey Vineyards – Biodynamic Sauvignon Blanc 2009
What is your favorite eco-friendly product or drink?
Taste the beautiful life ~ Alicia
Thursday night, curly hair experts Miss Jessie’s celebrated the grand opening of their newest salon in Soho called Miss Jessie’s CurlBar. The salon resembles a Parisian hotel, complete with plush chaise lounges, crystal chandeliers, and floor to ceiling mirrors. Glowing shelves filled with the salon’s own delicious curly products, ranging from sudless shampoo, conditioners, creams, and multi-texture gel stock the bars throughout the salon.
CurlBar opens TODAY, Monday March 12th, and offers “Quick Service. Great Prices.” Stylists use Miss Jessie’s award winning product line to cut and condition a variety of textures including wavy, kinky, curly, and even straight hair. The ingredients are great for sensitive skin and allergies: paraben free, mineral oil free, and no irritating sulfates.
Salon owners and product pioneers Titi and Miko Branch were on hand to greet guests and give impromptu consultations as guests sipped sparkling blanc de blancs and exchanged hair stories. The event was produced by The PR Circle, check out pics below:
Alicia with owner Titi Branch
(L to R) Owners and sisters Miko and Titi Branch
Bartenders in front of the product bar
Essence ladies: Nicole Melton and Tia Williams (welcome back Shake Your Beauty!)
Nicole Melton’s fierce up-do and Jewelry Jam earrings
Chandeliers add a luxurious touch to the Curl Bar lounge
Miss Jessie’s brand products at each vanity
Featured Hair model Sean Denizard
Miss Jessie’s Curl Bar is located at 441 Broadway, 2nd Floor, NY, NY.
What are your favorite Miss Jessie’s products?
Taste the beautiful life ~ Alicia
Nothing’s better than getting a fresh hair cut or a new style at your favorite salon. You go in cloudy, then walk out sunny, complete with jazz hands singing “I’m coming out, I want the world to know, got to let it show!” Now comes the dreaded Day Two, and as you attempt to reconstruct your stylist’s meticulous blow drying technique, you finally concede to the fact you are not a Hollywood hair magician.
Despite your lack of a cosmetology license there are great products that will not only keep your look fresh, but keep your hair moisturized and scalp clear from build up.
1. Fine-Straight Hair
Recommended Product: Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo
Purchase: drugstore.com $23
Keep that bone straight blow dry or voluminous blow out popped with dry shampoo. It absorbs grease and dirt, keeping hair light and scented like a fresh appointment. This spray goes on clear so it won’t flake or distort dark hair.
Absorb excess oil and product build-up
Vitamin E and Wheat Proteins
Strengthen and protect the hair
Provides a fresh, clean fragrance
2. Curly-Wavy Hair
Recommended Products: Curls Unleashed Second Chance Curl Refresher
Purchase: sallybeauty.com $12.99
Organic Root Stimulator’s new brand debuted this winter, and is free of parabens, mineral oil, and sulfates. After your appointment, sleep with a bonnet (tying down with a scarf will ruin curl pattern). The next day pour a quarter sized amount in your palm and lightly run your palm through your hair front and back – don’t use fingers, they will separate the curl and cause frizz. Another method is to mix the formula with water in a spray bottle and give your roots a few sprays.
Ingredients: aqua (water), glycerin, propylene glycol, ppg-5-ceteth-20, peg-12 dimethicone, honey extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, hydrolyzed wheat protein, panthenol, camellia sinensis (green tea) extract, amodimethicone, trideceth-12, cetrimonium chloride, hydroxyethylcellulose, acrylamidopropyltrimonium chloride/acrylamide copolymer, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, parfum (fragrance), amyl cinnamic alcohol, lilial, linalool, ci 15985 (yellow#6), ci 140700 (red #4), ci 17200 (red #33).
3. Styled or Up-Do’s
Recommended Product: Aveda Brilliant™ Emollient Finishing Gloss
Purchase: aveda.com $26
If you just went to prom, a formal gala, or simply had a great style you want to keep, make it sparkle like diamonds with this shine serum. On your first night tie hair with a silk or satin scarf (never cotton – it will dry your hair out) like you would a bandana. In the morning, smooth on this silky fragrant gloss with your fingers, and lightly brush the surface with a soft bristle. Aveda uses gentle natural plant ingredients, and this also works great to smooth frizz or split ends.
Ingredients: Include Extracts of Rice Bran Oil, Vitamin E, Jasmine & Rose
What’s the longest you’ve ever kept a hairstyle going?
Taste the beautiful life ~ Alicia