ColourPop Smoke Show Palette

November 25, 2019 | Beauty, ColourPop | 2 Comments »

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ColourPop Smoke Show Palette

ColourPop Smoke Show Palette

ColourPop Smoke Show Palette

ColourPop Smoke Show Palette

ColourPop Smoke Show Palette

Swatches: Young Love, Smokin!, Stone Face, Slated

ColourPop Smoke Show Palette

Swatches: Star Struck, Ignite, Let’s Do It, Full Metal, Night Dream

I’ve been doing lots of work behind the scenes. I cleaned up my sidebar. I added a few new sections. Midwest Kitchen will feature new recipes, meal ideas, tips and tricks. Maybe even new food finds or the occasional treat share. I can’t take credit for this. A friend of mine kindly suggested it and I really loved the idea. Spotlight will feature new products, swatches, cool finds, or even just songs I’m loving at the moment. I might even throw in a rant. If you know me personally then you know I can be very ranty. I’m going to try and update these daily or at the very least a few times a week. So check back from time to time to see what’s new.

I also changed up the footer on my posts. I sectioned it off to display info on products mentioned in the post. I also added a look section where I list other products worn. I’m not going to lie, I tend to wear the same stuff quite often. However, I do change it up from time to time. Especially if I’m testing out a new product. I just thought it might be helpful. I usually only post one or two looks to go with my reviews. This way you get to see when and how I’m using these products again. And maybe see what products I really love. You’ll see ColourPop a lot. That’s for sure.

Speaking of ColourPop, remember when I said I was going to stop buying their palettes? Well, that was a lie. Not that there’s anything wrong with their palettes. They’re easily some of my favorites. The problem is I have so many! They all start to look the same after a while and I’m sure I own every shade they’ve ever made. Yet here they are with their millions of palettes named after various colors, fruits, and animals and I go running to scoop them all up. Because who doesn’t need a turkey palette? Seriously, ColourPop, don’t get any ideas haha!

Anyway, the Smoke Show Palette really caught my eye. I’m not one to shy away from color, but grays and blacks intimidate me. I always feel like my look turns muddy. But I caved and bought the palette because it was cute and I thought it might be fun to experiment with. The Smoke Show Palette contains 9 eyeshadows including 3 metallics and 6 mattes. They are nicely pigmented and applied and blended beautifully! I don’t think my look turned out muddy, but I did reach for a brown shade from another palette to tone it down a bit. You can see a look I create with the Smoke Show Palette below.

ColourPop Smoke Show Palette

Overall, I’d have to say I love the palette. You could very easily create a few looks without reaching for another palette. I personally feel more comfortable adding another shade, but it really isn’t necessary. My favorite shades would have to be Ignite and Night Dream. I’ll probably get the most use out of these two.

Did you purchase the Smoke Show Palette? What about any of ColourPop’s other palettes? It seems they are coming out with a new one every week. They have to run out of colors/food/objects eventually.


Product: ColourPop Smoke Show Palette
Price: $12.00


Face: MAC Prep + Prime Skin, MAC Pro Longwear Foundation, BareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder, Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic in Ecstacy, lilah b. Bronzed Beauty Bronzer Duo in b. sun-kissed, lilah b. Aglow Face Mist Eyes: Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes, ColourPop BFF Creme Gel Liner in Swerve, Kat Von D Brow Struck Dimension Powder in Graphite Lips: lilah b. Divine Duo Lip & Cheek in b. memorable

A hairy situation

November 11, 2019 | Beauty | 4 Comments »

I know I keep going on and on about my hair issues, but it truly has been a traumatic experience. I’ve been through a lot in my almost 40 years and while this problem ranks rather low on the list, it’s still a problem. You can call me dramatic all you want. I know there are very real problems in the world. But it’s never really JUST about the hair, is it?

You guys have heard the story a few times now. In the beginning of the year I decided to ditch the boxed dye and start getting my hair professionally colored. They always tell you to leave it to the professionals. They know what they’re doing. Well, over $300 later and a head full of fried hair, I’m left wondering what’s so bad about boxed dye. My ‘crappy’ boxed dye certainly never left me looking like this.

A hairy situation

Taken a few days apart.

When I arrived at my appointment at Hollywood Hair in Shiloh, IL, I was greeted by Josh. He sat me down and discussed our game plan. I showed him a photo of what I wanted and he assured me he could deliver. I was upfront about my use of boxed dye. He suggested we use a lift. He said I could skip it, but then went on to tell me how he’d literally seen hair melt without the use of this lift. Naturally I went with the lift. I told him to do whatever he felt was necessary. I also told him about my sensitivity to keratin based products. He assured me that there were other proteins we could use that wouldn’t negatively affect me. I honestly believed I was in good hands.

A hairy situation

Fresh out of the salon. Vibrant. Pretty. But not what I wanted.

When I walked out of the salon I was happy. There were a few things I didn’t like. For one, he cut my hair much shorter than we had discussed. No surprise there. Lots of these guys are scissor happy. The color was also off. I wanted more of a purple/magenta color and he had done a more vibrant red. I wasn’t mad at it, but it wasn’t what I really wanted. However, I felt refreshed and my hair was looking pretty good. That is until I washed it and the color washed out. Once my hair dried it crunched up and was so stiff. I was afraid to touch it. I frantically messaged Josh on Instagram and his response was so… rude. He basically told me that fashion colors need protein to hold onto and since he couldn’t use keratin my issues were inevitable. Funny how he failed to mention that during our game plan chat where I clearly stated I couldn’t use keratin based products. So much for those other proteins, eh? Then he went on to tell me how he knew I needed that product that he tried to upsell. I passed on it because we had gone so over budget and I wanted to ensure I had enough for a tip. Maybe if he would have told me ‘Hey, you’re really going to need this to put the color back into your hair because as soon as you wash it… adios vibrant red hair!’ Then again I probably wouldn’t have opted for the Paul Mitchell POP XG colors to begin with. Because they really do wash out rather quickly. But the gimmick is you have to purchase their ColorCraft which was ok to keep the color looking decent. However, it’s extremely messy and apparently discontinued now.

For the record, I’m no stranger to these so called fashion colors. My hair has been every shade of red and purple. The color does wash out over time. But I’ve never had it completely wash out in just 2 washes! It’s usually a gradual fade that lasts until my 6 week touch-up. The real problem is, he messed up and won’t own up to it. The lift was unnecessary. But it was an added charge so yay for him. The lightening was fine. I’ve had my hair lightened a few times. Sitting under the heat lamp for well over an hour… that was the problem. But I guess these guys had other things to do. And that’s how I ended up with this problem.

A hairy situation

Note the timestamps. That’s how long I was sitting under that heat lamp. Actually it was longer.

It makes me angry because I’m honestly a very forgiving person. Had he owned up to his mistake and offered to make it right I would have gone back for years to come. We could have worked on the other issues. But to brush it off like it’s MY fault? That really got to me. I’ve been holding onto this anger and resentment ever since. But I have to finally let it go. Move on. And trust that karma will catch up with him.

Just after the Hollywood Hair disaster, I visited another salon. Everything was going great until it wasn’t. I could go into detail, but I really don’t see the point. In the end it brought me here. Right back where I started. In the care of my husband. Before I got on this salon kick, my husband was my stylist. He colored, styled and cared for my hair. The moment I let other people put their hands on my hair was the moment things started going downhill. I’m his only client so he can take his time. He loves me so naturally he’s going to take very good care of my hair.


My husband’s work.

And now the healing process truly begins. My husband colored my hair exactly how I wanted. Not only does the color pop in the sunlight, but it even pops indoors. It finally shows up on my camera and phone! Although it does shift from purple to magenta depending on the lighting. Indoors it’s more purple. Outdoors it’s more magenta. Is it a perfect ombre? No. But considering the fact that he had to go in after these so called professionals to clean up their mess, I think he did an amazing job. Also, I can’t lighten it more due to the current state of my hair. We were able to safely lift all of the old semi-permanent dye before applying the new colors. I think any more processing would set back my healing process. Right now we’re just trying to do what’s necessary for upkeep and I’m completely happy with that.

A hairy situation

Loving the purple!

As for hair care, the only heat that is used is from my flat iron and curling iron. I never exceed 360 degrees. I’ll link all of the products I’m currently using down below. These are what I find work best for my hair type. My hair is naturally wavy and prone to frizziness. It’s long, thick, and textured. Up until fairly recently it felt like straw. I believe that was due to the weekly blow drying during my salon visits. During which I suffered a lot of breakage. My hair really doesn’t do well with those round brushes. I understand that the blow drying was necessary, but I have to wonder why my fragile hair wasn’t given a more gentle approach. Anyway, my hair is finally starting to feel more like hair. I do still have a few stubborn strands, but my hair is definitely more manageable. I’m already seeing improvement. It’s not much, but any step forward is still a step forward.

I think if you take anything away from this it should be this… if you’re happy with your current hair care routine, do you and to hell what anyone else thinks or says. During this whole process I’ve had people rudely remark how this is exactly why you should leave it to the professionals. Except a so-called professional is the very reason I’m even in this situation to begin with. Also, don’t be fooled by stylist’s Instagram portfolios. They’re only going to put their best work forward. No different from what us bloggers do. I’m not going to post my worst photos or looks. I want to put forth only the best. Naturally they are going to do the same. The difference is, when I look back and cringe over older posts, I choose to leave them be. Why? Because I’m not perfect. That’s where I started and I’m not ashamed. The cringing is just a natural reaction. Hah! With these guys it’s all an illusion. They’re not going to show you where they started. They’re not going to show you the client’s hair they rushed through so they could get started on the next. They’re not going to show you the poor girl’s hair they fried because they were too busy eating cupcakes and chatting it up. Please don’t get sucked in the way I did.

I promise this is the last you’ll hear of this. I just really needed to get it off my chest. And if I’m able to help someone in the process, even better.

Have you ever had a really bad salon experience?

lilah b.

November 4, 2019 | Beauty, lilah b. | 4 Comments »

PR Sample

lilah b.

lilah b.

Didn’t I tell you I would be back to my regular weekly posts once my hair situation got taken care of? I will be posting about that later on this week. In the meantime I want to share some new goodies with you all.

lilah b. is a new to me brand. I’ve never heard of them until recently. lilah b. keeps beauty simple with their minimalistic collection. Offering fewer products that still help you to achieve a complete look. I’m definitely all about color, but I’m really digging their minimalist look. Their packaging is so elegant. And you can tell they’re all about quality. These products have some weight to them! I’ll list each product that I got to try down below.

lilah b.
lilah b.

Bronzed Beauty Bronzer Duo in b. sun-kissed $42.00
The Bronzed Beauty Bronzer Duo is a bronzer and highlighter in one compact. The packaging is simple yet elegant. You slide the top upward to open. The bronzer and highlighter are silky smooth. They glide onto your skin effortlessly. The bronzer appears to have a bit of a sheen to it, but it didn’t look shimmery on my face. It made for a really nice natural looking contour. The highlighter is definitely more on the subtle side. I think I would have preferred just a little more glow, but given the whole minimalist approach I think it was meant to be subtle. Either way it’s a beautiful duo. One that can be used on the eyes as well.

lilah b.

Retractable Bronzer Brush $42.00
The Retractable Bronzer Brush is pretty neat. But I’m fascinated by retractable products. The brush is nice and soft. Much softer than many of my other face brushes. It’s also the perfect size for their Bronzer Duo. The compact design makes traveling with it that much easier.

lilah b.

Aglow Face Mist $48.00
The Aglow Face Mist can be used to set makeup or to keep your skin hydrated. It has a nice refreshing scent. The pump is super easy to use allowing you to spritz on just the right amount. I also like the see-through bottle so that you know when you’re running low.

lilah b.

Divine Duo Lip & Cheek in b. memorable $46.00
The Divine Duo Lip & Cheek is another multi-tasking product. It can be used as a lipstick, blush, or even eyeshadow. It’s nicely pigmented and super creamy. The shade b. memorable is the perfect wine shade. This lip shade actually surprised me. When I first saw it I thought it wasn’t really my kind of shade. Once I applied it I could tell I was wrong. I wear a lot of makeup and never really worry much about whether something really suits me or not. If I like it I wear it. But this? I swear this shade was made for me. It’s my perfect red. I applied it using a lip brush and it applied beautifully. It was incredibly comfortable and moisturizing.

You can see a look I created using all of these products below.

lilah b.

Overall, I have to say that I’m digging all of these products. The Divine Duo Lip & Cheek is my favorite of the bunch. For a clean and simple collection of products, they sure do make a statement. Have you heard of lilah b.?

*I received these products complimentary. I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review. All opinions are completely my own.


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