Month: December 2014

Video Tutorial: How to Use Dry Shampoo Properly

I get asked a lot about which dry shampoos do not leave white streaks in your hair, and in my experience, if you’re applying them properly, NONE of them should! So, I wanted to give y’all a quick video tutorial on how to use dry shampoo such that you don’t end up with the white streaks in your hair. Follow the tips in the video, and I promise, you’ll never see white streaks no matter what dry shampoo you use!


Products featured in this video:

  • Miss Universe Restage Dry Shampoo ($16, available for purchase here)
  • Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo for Dark and Deep Brown hair (comes in various hair color options, $8.99, available at Ulta and some drugstores)
  • Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion (available here or where Aveda is sold, $24)
  • Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment (available here or at Ulta and some drugstores, $6.99)

General tips for using dry shampoo:

  • apply underneath sections of hair
  • apply at night before sleeping so that the product has time to soak up any oil production overnight
  • use just after a fresh wash/blow dry as a styling product to “dirty” up hair, create texture, help add volume, and/or give a good base for teasing (aka back-combing) hair.
  • clean hair brushes regularly so as not to introduce old oil (from the fall out strands on your brush) into your hair
  • spot treat as necessary
  • spray on a bobby pin for a secure all day hold
  • if you accidentally use too much, massage in well and then use your blow-dryer to rid the excess
  • because dry shampoo soaks up oil, be sure to add the oil back into the ends

Hope you enjoyed these tips! Let me know in the comments if you try it or if you have any other dry shampoo tips!


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Review: Naked on the Run Palette by Urban Decay

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At first sight, this appears to be a very basic palette, and for the most part it is. However, Urban Decay really brings it with this one. With six ALL NEW shadows, bronzer, blush, lip gloss, eyeliner, and mascara, this palette is PERFECTION for traveling! Everything you really need (save for foundation and concealer) is all packed in one tidy box. The fact that it has a massive mirror in it is a huge added bonus! The packaging is strong and sturdy! You can always swap out your favorite gloss and liners in this case because they feature a full size version — how awesome is that!?

Urban Decay's Naked on the Run Palette, $54. Available at Sephora and Ulta.
Urban Decay’s Naked on the Run Palette, $54. Available at Sephora and Ulta.

My future sister-in-law, Jessie, and I decided to put it to the test! Given our different styles, we knew we’d both create very different looks. Here’s a breakdown of what the palette includes:

1. Perversion Mascara in “Blackest Black”

2. 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in “Stag”

3. Naked Lipgloss in “Sesso”

4. Eyeshadows (from left to right)

  • Dive (metallic rose with light gold mirco-shimmer)
  • Fix (soft matte taupe)
  • Resist (medium metallic grey/taupe/plum)
  • Dare (medium brown matte)
  • Stun (metallic bronze with gold micro-shimmer)
  • 5050 (cool bisque satin with slight shimmer that doubles as a highlighter)

5. Bronzer (medium matte bronze)

6. Blush (vibrant warm pink with slight shimmer)

One palette, two looks — the end result:

One Palette: Two Looks
One Palette: Two Looks

First, let’s talk about the eyeshadows!! Wow! I’m in love! They are super pigmented and soft, which makes them easily blendable. Urban Decay generally has the softest shadows ever, and these are no different. The colors are great for just about everyone. While we only created two different looks, this palette has the possibility to create thousands of different looks. I personally enjoy that there are two matte colors in this palette, which appeals to all ages and allows for a deeper look.

Candice's Look: I used Fix in the crease; Dare in the outer corner and along the bottom lashline; Resist on the eyelid; and a light dab of Stun on the outer "c" of the eye. I used the 24/7 liner in the water line and along the top lashline; the bronzer to contour, the 5050 to highlight; and the blush as normal. I also used one coat of the mascara, and then added a second coat with my L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess.
Candice’s Look: I used Fix in the crease; Dare in the outer corner and along the bottom lashline; Resist on the eyelid; and a light dab of Stun on the outer “c” of the eye. I used the 24/7 liner in the water line and along the top lashline; the bronzer to contour, the 5050 to highlight; and the blush as normal. I also used one coat of the mascara, and then added a second coat with my L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess.
Jessie's Look: Jessie opted for Resist in the Crease and Dive on the  Lid with the 24/7 liner on the top lashline and two coats of the Perversion mascara on the top lashes only. She also used the bronzer, 5050, and blush as I did. We think this look is a GREAT contender for her wedding day makeup!
Jessie’s Look: Jessie opted for Resist in the Crease and Dive on the Lid with the 24/7 liner on the top lashline and two coats of the Perversion mascara on the top lashes only. She also used the bronzer, 5050, and blush as I did. We think this look is a GREAT contender for her wedding day makeup!

Next, the blush bronzer duo. I really really liked this blush. It’s a warm pink, and it’s extremely pigmented, so a light hand goes a long way. As you can tell from the photos, it’s a color that works well with very different skin tones. The bronzer, however, was not my favorite. While it has good pigmentation, it’s very warm and has some red-orange tones to it. It can crossover as a blush for that reason. For me, I felt it was a tad too orange to use for contouring, but works well for a general bronze glow.

The eyeshadow in “5050” is gorgeous and doubles as a highlighter/luminizer! I loved it as a highlighter because it’s insanely subtle giving you that nice glow without looking like you’ve packed on the shimmer. This allows the light to reflect on the high points of the face giving you that “glow from within” look.

The Perversion mascara is really great, and featured here in a deluxe travel size. It’s a slightly wet formula with a lovely fluffy bristle brush. My personal opinion is that it needs a bit of drying out time to be amazing, but it gives you soft voluminous fluttery lashes. Jessie absolutely loved it. It was very much “her kind of mascara!” I’d like to give it another go in a few weeks when it’s had time to dry out a bit.

The 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is in a deep brown satin. This stuff goes on so smoothly and stays put all night long! Once it’s on, it’s on! If you are planning to use this for smudging with a smokey eye, I’d recommend smudging immediately after application, otherwise, you’ll be left with some smudge and a line.

The full-size lip-gloss is stunning. It’s that perfect rose shade for everyone — a “your lips but better” color. The sheen on the lips is soft shiny and beautiful. It’s a gloss, so it doesn’t stay put for long, but it works really well over a nude lipstick. (I used it over MAC’s Modesty later in the night so as not to have to keep reapplying.) The applicator is a little longer than most and slightly angled, which provides for smooth and easy application.

All in all, this palette is a must have if you are constantly on the go. It travels easily, and gives you so many options to transition from day to night wherever you are! Because everything in here is neutral, it’s a great gift for any skin tone, haircolor, or eyecolor! It’s limited edition, so snatch yours up before they’re gone!

Which look is your favorite? What will you create with this palette? Let us know in the comments! Thanks to Jessie for helping me out and modeling for this post! Love you!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!



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Easy Customized Gift Wrap

This is the simplest DIY project ever! And it’s perfect for the Christmas season! Customize your wrapping for the recipient with their favorite colors!

All you’ll need:
blank paper
wine cork (you can also use a pencil eraser for smaller dots)

Let your creativity run wild! Just wrap the gift and then use the cork as a stamp, and let dry for an hour. Add ribbon. Voilá!


If you create one, please tweet/tag me on social media! I want to see your creations!

Stay Glittery!


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Advice from a Bottle: Words of Dating Wisdom from Your Tipsy Friends

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Written by Candice Rodgers, Amanda Wicks, and Christine Halling

Welcome to the new series!! Here’s how it will progress: each installment will include a wine review and discussion of a dating topic from the perspective of the following scenario:

You and your friends have gotten together for drinks, and inevitably someone poses a dating question. Two bottles of wine changes the perspective…sometimes for the good, sometimes for the bad, but always for the funny. That’s where each post will begin.

There may be guest writers, co-writes, and group-writes throughout this series. I cannot promise you that we won’t be drinking wine when we write these. I hope you enjoy!


Caves du Fournalet Cotes du Rhone, $6. Available at Trader Joe's.
Caves du Fournalet Cotes du Rhone, $6. Available at Trader Joe’s.

This Cotes du Rhone by Caves du Fournalet (France) is a great drinking/table wine for the price. It’s only $6 at Trader Joe’s!!! It’s light, airy, and smooth, so it goes down the hatch easily. (You’ve been warned!) It’s a blend of Shiraz/Syrah, Grenache Noir, and Mourvedre. On the palate this has a lightly sweetened dark cherry and cinnamon spice (and everything nice) taste with hints of herbal citrus.  While it is a great drinking wine, it’s not the best for food-pairing. However, if you would like to try some pairings, I’d recommend it with beef, lamb, spicy foods, and/or hard cheeses. This is great wine to serve at dinner parties because the price point allows for the purchase of multiple bottles, and I’ve never met someone who didn’t love this one. Even if your guests are not big red wine drinkers, this could be a great introduction. Grab it. You’ll love it.


We’ve all been on that craptastic date where you can’t decide if you would rather eat the food in front of you or be the food in front of you. This topic just so happened to come up when a friend and I were chatting and drinking on the phone. Since we seem to be the only single ladies left in our group of friends, it turned into a pretty funny conversation. I know you probably don’t want dating advice from single people but, at the very least, it’s funny. So, join us. Our struggle is real.

I once went on a date that lasted nearly eight hours. I’m serious! WHO GOES ON AN 8 HOUR FIRST DATE??? WHO PLANS AN 8 HOUR FIRST DATE? I could go on about how preposterous this is, but I won’t. Going into it, I had no idea that it would be that long. The arranged plan seemed only to consist of about three to four hours, and I was genuinely looking forward to it. The guy was great – sweet, gentlemanly, intelligent, and humorous – but the chemistry wasn’t there for me, and I was getting clear vibes it was there for him. About four hours into the date, I began to get antsy because I felt like I was constantly (and nicely) thwarting off his very forward advances, and I felt awkward. I didn’t want to hurt his feelings or be rude because he was very much someone with whom I’d like to be friends. But it did not occur to me until the sixth hour that I could leave – like actually make up an excuse and leave the date. While this seems so elementary, I just never thought of it as a viable option. Eventually, in hour seven, I made an excuse that wrapped everything up so I could leave. Without it, I’m afraid I would still be on that date.

So, I posed this question to my girls and later on Facebook, and here are all the ways people have gotten out of a bad date:

Wine Consumption: 1 glass

  • If you’re not sure whether this date will go well or if you are meeting the guy for the first time, arrange to meet as individuals so you will have a vehicle at your disposal. If you want a car of your own, then make sure you know if you should buy or lease a car, there are more tips published here. It can be your vehicle or what I like to call a DDD (Designated Date Driver). Have a friend who is willing to rescue you at a moment’s notice to serve as your DDD. If those are not options for you, call a cab service and set it up for a specific time. You can always sneak to the bathroom and cancel your cab in the event the date goes well.
  • Pre-arrange a deadline or time frame within which you can meet. Try something along the lines of “I’d love to meet up with you, but I need to be somewhere at 9:00pm, so perhaps we could meet for 6:30 or 7:00pm?” If you know the date can only last an hour or two, you can see the end in sight.
  • Arrange to have a friend call or text you at intervals throughout the date to fake an emergency, giving you a good excuse to leave early without hurting anyone’s feelings. This could encompass anything from picking up your niece/nephew to a work situation.
  • Be honest. Tell the other person this isn’t going well for you. Offer to pay your portion of the bill (if there is one), and politely exit.
  • Feign illness, especially if your date is making you sick.
  • If you have kids, any excuse, even a tangentially kid-related excuse, should do the trick.
  • Have a friend miraculously be at the same place of your date, so she can crash the date upon a single “SOS” text, you can even say that your friend is recovering from a surgery with Dr. Fedele Cleveland Ohio and that she is needing your help.
  • If you have pets, you can use the excuse that you have to get home because you didn’t feed them, walk them, or your pet is recovering from surgery, etc.

Wine Consumption: 2-3 glasses

  • Immediately place yourself in the “friend zone” by offering to set him up with a friend.
  • Create a wardrobe malfunction. Break the heel off your shoe, break your bra strap, rip your pants or skirt, etc. This works as long as you aren’t wearing your favorite item, and you’ll get an instant out because you can’t very well walk or dance without a heel on your shoe. Am I right?
  • Be obnoxious so the other person leaves. I don’t recommend this one as it can come across childish and very passive-aggressive. Think à la Kate Hudson’s character in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. What’s his womanly weakness/hatred/pet peeve? Play that ish up.
  • Depending on how awful or offensive this date is, excuse yourself to the bathroom, find a compassionate waitress, pay your bill, call a cab, and slip out the back door – celebrity style. Let the waiter/waitress deliver the news. This one may only be suitable in extremely offensive/fearful circumstances.
  • Talk about your “cat,” and when I say “cat” I mean your seven cats. Hell, you may have even named them in honor of the seven dwarfs.

Wine Consumption: 4 glasses, AKA two bottles down!! Someone make a run to the store!

  • Just like in high school, you had to go home and clean up when you started your period. This works on dates too. The line, “I’m so sorry and this is insanely embarrassing, but I’ve just started my period and I really need to get home.” Guys hate period talk, so bring your best sincere grossness to the game.
  • Talk incessantly about your ex-boyfriend, especially how you plan to plot their demise. This is a fool-proof way to get this person super uninterested.
  • Use an app on your phone to create your future wedding photo, and talk incessantly about how much you NEED to be married.
  • Ask him/her to choose baby names with you, and to choose the best stroller with you like the bob 2016 revolution flex stroller. If you need more baby products, then check out this newborn baby boy clothes. Oh yeah. And pick the most putrid names you can think of and be really passionate about them. Or the simpler version, gush about your friends’ babies like they are your own, because let’s face it they might as well be.
  • Show him/her your recent matches on Tinder,, or wherever you happen to be trolling for people to date. But wait, what if this particular date already swiped left on Tinder? AWWWK-ward.
  • Tell him/her how much you hate sex because sex brings up emotions and you’re “like a super emotional person, but totally in a good way.” Basically, as they told Lexi Grey on Grey’s Anatomy, “Your heart is in your vagina.” I bet money you’ll be in the next cab/car heading home.

Thank you to all my friends who have shared their stories with me for this post! Love you all. Special thanks to Amanda Wicks (please visit her site here) and Christine Halling for their fabulous additions/edits to this post. Have you ever used any of these to get out of a bad date? If so, tell us about it in the comments! We’d love to hear your stories too!

Stay Glittery!



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Empties II: Makeup Empties

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We’ve made it to the last installment in the second Empties Series. Makeup always seems to be the smallest count, perhaps because I own too much of it, or it just takes a while to finish products in general. Nonetheless, here we go.

L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess

L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess, $7.99 available at Drugstores.
L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess, $7.99 available at Drugstores.

This is, by far, my favorite mascara, drugstore or otherwise. Ever since I stumbled upon this one, even my favorite high end brands cannot match it. It think that’s amazing considering it’s only $7.99. As you can see from the photo below, the brush is non-bristle and has a slight hourglass shape to it. It has the amazing ability to coat each and every lash for lengthening and volume galore! It doesn’t smudge or clump either!! I’ll let this one speak for itself with some photos from my Instagram. I will continue to repurchase this mascara until they decide to discontinue it, and even then, I’ll be stocking up like it’s the beauty apocalypse.

L'Oreal Million Lashes Excess Brush shotL'Oreal Million Lashes PicsSephora Collection Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner

Sephora Collection Daily Brush Cleaner. Available at Sephora. $8.50 (2 oz) -- $15 (6.75 oz)
Sephora Collection Daily Brush Cleaner. Available at Sephora. $8.50 (2 oz) — $15 (6.75 oz)

This is one of those products that you just need to keep around. I keep a small bottle in my every day makeup kit to clean brushes between uses so as not to blend colors unnecessarily. Admittedly, I haven’t tried a great deal of daily brush cleaners, but I do like this one very much. It does the job, and allows me a few extra days without having to deep clean my brushes. (If you want to know how I deep clean brushes, you can find that post here.) It’s antibacterial and good for sensitive skin. I will definitely repurchase this one. However, Sephora recently launched (I think it was recent, as I haven’t noticed it before) the Natural Brush Cleaner formulated by Parian Spirit made with citrus. It claims to even get makeup off of clothing, so I’ll definitely be trying that one before I repurchase this one.

L’Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighting Concealer

L'Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighting Concealer, $9-12, available at drugstores.
L’Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighting Concealer, $9-12, available at drugstores.

I love this creamy highlighting concealer pen, and I believe this is my third or fourth one. It’s great for highlighting while concealing, obviously. It’s super creamy, and blends impeccably. Usually, it’s a makeup faux pas to place any creams atop of powder; however, this blends well even over powders. It’s better when applied before the powder, but sometimes I forget and this is one of the few products that actually blends atop powder without getting cakey or crusty. The Magic Lumi Highlighting Concealer is also brightening without beings super shimmery. It’s more of a luminator that lightly conceals. It doesn’t quite provide enough concealing coverage for me in the undereye area, so if used in tandem with your regular concealer, it’s beautiful. If you’re interested in seeing how I use it, take a look at this tutorial post.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, $12 (travel size) - $20 (full size)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, $12 (travel size) – $20 (full size)

This is one of the best eyeshadow primers I’ve used. While I have dry skin, my eyelids tend to be oily and eyemakeup creases and smudges on me easily. The Primer Potion is a cult favorite and for good reasons. It is flesh toned so it doesn’t change the base color you work with when applying shadows. When I use this my shadow does not crease or slide the entire day. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but totally worth it. I did repurchase it, but I purchased the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion with Anti-aging. TIP: Apply eyeshadow while the primer potion is still tacky. It’ll grab the eyeshadow like a magnet, which, in turn, means you’ll use less product.

That concludes the second Empties Series! So, until I amass enough empties for another post, we will resume normal programming! Hope you enjoyed this series! What makeup products have you finished recently? Also, have you entered my giveaway yet? It’s open until December 11, 2014, and the details are listed here.

Until next time, Stay Glittery, Beauties!




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Favorite Holiday Lipsticks + Holiday Lip Giveaway

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With holiday parties in full swing, it’s time to bring out those gorgeous red lips! Here are a few of my favorites, and I’ve divided them into mattes and satins/glosses. Also, just for a little added holiday fun, I’ll be giving away a makeup bag and two of these lipsticks! Details on how to enter will be listed at the bottom of this post. Keep reading to find your perfect holiday lip and enter the giveaway!

Back (L to R) Bite Lip Crayon in Pomegranate; MAC Diva; Bite Lip Crayon in Winterberry Front (L to R): MAC RiRi Woo; NYX Alabama
Back (L to R) Bite Lip Crayon in Pomegranate; MAC Diva; Bite Lip Crayon in Winterberry
Front (L to R): MAC RiRi Woo; NYX Alabama

These mattes comprise my go-to for a bold lip. I generally prefer a matte finish on a bold lip because it adds that retro look, which I love. The formulas are all different, some with better staying power than others. So, let’s start from the back row.

Back row:

Bite Lip Crayon in Winterberry — I love this formula because it’s super creamy and extremely pigmented. While Bite markets it as a matte color, I find that the creamy formula doesn’t really give you that hard matte finish (compare with the MAC RIRi Woo), but it’s not a true satin finish either. It doesn’t have great staying power, so you will have to reapply, but it doesn’t dry out your lips like a lot of the matte formulations do. I did a full post on the Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix Holiday Gift Set when I picked up these mini versions. The Winterberry is such a beautiful deep fuchsia if you aren’t 100% enamored by red. This color is great for fair skin and olive skin. If you have deep red undertones, I might steer clear of this one and go more for a darker blue-red like the NYX one. Nonetheless, this color is perfectly suited for a holiday party bold lip. I imagine this one paired with an emerald green cocktail dress.

MAC Matte in Diva — I love this color, but it’s a “dare to wear” sort of color because it’s a little edgy. Diva is a deep red-plum-wine that leans more on the purple side than on the red side. It really takes me back to that 90s red-brown lip. It’s deeper and richer than the average dark red, and is great for olive toned skin. I find this one really hard to pull off when I get super pale in winter, so if you’re very fair, this might not be the one for you. While it has great staying power, it’s not drying.

Bite Lip Crayon in Pomegranate — This one is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Its a true red that leans on the side of pink. That works super well for my pale winter skin. This one would be killer with a little black dress!

Front row:

MAC RiRi Woo — This is my all time favorite red lipstick. Unfortunately, it’s limited edition from last year, and I will be so so unhappy when I finally run out of it. The formula is super matte, which can be really drying, so I exfoliate and heavily condition my lips prior to using this RiRi Woo. The super matte finish is super retro and very feminine. The red is a straight down the middle blue red, which always makes your teeth look whiter! While finding the right shade of red lipstick is like finding the right man, I think this one would flatter almost all skintones. Oh, and it lasts forever!! I went to brunch with a friend where we sipped mimosas, ate, and chatted for nearly two hours, and this stuff did not budge. While this particular color isn’t currently available, it’s near match from MAC is RubyWoo, which is always available.

NYX Matte in Alabama — As an LSU fan, it pained me to purchase a lipstick called Alabama, but when it comes to beauty, I cannot discriminate. Alabama isn’t as matte as the MAC Riri Woo, but it is definitely matte. The color is a little deeper and more orange-y than the rest featured here. With great staying power, and available at the drug store, this is one to add to your collection.

Not Pictured in the composite above:

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush — I didn’t include this with the Mattes composite picture because it’s not really matte and it’s not really satin, so it doesn’t fit in either category here. It’s a stain, as suggested by its name. This is a great stain for anyone who wants to be adventurous without going completely bold. Because it’s a stain, it lasts a very long time, and has a minty feel on the lips. While Revlon markets it as a moisturizing balm, it does not have the moisture I would hope, but to get the color payoff and the lasting power, you have to compromise somewhere! Crush is a light eggplant-wine based red which is great on fair skin!


Lips in 6 Mattes




Now, let’s take a look at the Satins and the Glosses!

Back (L to R): Estee Lauder in Scarlet Siren; Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet; Rimmel by Kate in 01; Revlon in Fifth Avenue Red Front (L to R): Rimmel Show Off in Big Bang; Givenchy Interdit Gloss in Rouge Passion #12
Back (L to R): Estee Lauder in Scarlet Siren; Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet; Rimmel by Kate in 01; Revlon in Fifth Avenue Red. Front (L to R): Rimmel Show Off in Big Bang; Givenchy Interdit Gloss in Rouge Passion #12

Again, we will start with the back row.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lasting Creme in Scarlet Siren — This is a beautiful true red. The Estee Lauder formula is so moisturizing that it can get a little slippery and bleedy around the mouth. For that, I’d recommend using a lip liner to help prevent the color from migrating. Otherwise, it’s a truly gorgeous red that almost looks glossy! A perfect match to your little black dress!

Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet — This might be the most moisturizing, long lasting, well pigmented color I’ve ever found. To combine all of those aspects into one lipstick is pretty impressive. What you cannot see in the photo is that this lipstick is nearly done. I may have a few more wears of it before I need to repurchase it. Because it’s so moisturizing and not super super bold, I wear it regularly in the fall and winter. It’s definitely not outright red, and wears on the plum/eggplant side. The picture does not do this color justice, despite the use of natural light. Because of the formula, it is definitely a build-able color so you can decide how dark you want it to get.

Rimmel by Kate Moss in 01 — Admittedly, I often forget about this one. I love it, but it doesn’t go on smoothly if your lips are in any way chapped or slightly dry. Nonetheless, it is a beautiful blue-red with a hint of pink that falls somewhere between a satin and a matte finish, without being too shiny or too matte. What I love about this Rimmel line is that they are extremely long lasting. So, if you’re headed to a party where there will be eating and drinking, this is a great choice. 

Revlon Fifth Avenue Red — This one by Revlon is the non-matte match to the MAC RiRi Woo/Ruby Woo. I love that I have that option to choose between matte or satin. Fifth Avenue Red is exactly what it claims to be — that bold red you think about with a bright red apple — Big Apple, anyone? This color launched with their Legacy Collection as their best color of 1958. I think that’s pretty cool — knowing I’m wearing a color that was legitimately popular in 1958. It’s super pigmented, and has decent staying power, but you will need to drop it into your purse because you will need to re-apply after a few drinks/eats.

Front row:

Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in Big Bang — Talk about amazing formula and applicator. I have several colors in this Rimmel line, and I absolutely love them. The doe foot applicator makes it a cinch to get on, and while it looks and feels glossy, it stays put ALL DAY LONG. Lacquer is the perfect way to describe this product because it has that intense color combined with high shine and the long lasting effect. However, this color is going to be a hint on the orange side of true red. Orange-y reds tend to look great on people with medium skin tones.

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Ultra Shiny Lip Plumping Effect in Rouge Passion #12 — Givenchy nails holiday with this color. The gloss is thick and bright cherry red with glitter in it. Don’t panic about the glitter…you know Givenchy is not going to have you looking like a 1997 JNCO-wearing glitter child. Think of it as sophisticated glitter usage — It’s just enough glitter to really reflect light to make your lips look larger and plumper to truly highlight that red lip! The formula also contains some Givenchy skincare ingredients so it leaves your lips super soft and kissable. You’ll notice that this one smells so wonderful. Sephora explains the scent as “top notes of bergamot, litchi, and red fruit; middle notes of rose, jasmine, and lily of the valley; and base notes of sandalwood, vanilla, amber, and musk.” Yes. Your gloss will make you smell great too! Perfect for finding some mistletoe to hang out under!


Lips in 6 satins and glosses


I hope you’ve enjoyed this holiday lip post! Now, let’s talk giveaway!!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! CONGRATS TO Tracy V. for winning the giveaway!

One person will win this makeup bag and two of these lip products! I’ll choose one person at random on December 11, 2014. The winner will receive one high end lipstick or gloss and one drugstore lipstick/gloss based on in-store availability. The rules are below, so get your entries in!!

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Giveaway Rules:

  • Must live in the USA or Canada

You’ll receive one entry of each of the following:

  • Comment on this post with your favorite Holiday Red Lipstick
  • Follow me on Social Media — Instagram (@BitterGlitterBlog), Twitter (@_Bitter_Glitter), or on Facebook (
  • Regram, Retweet, or Share this post from any of my social media
  • Post your favorite holiday lip photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #BGHolidayLips and don’t forget to tag me!

Have a safe and happy holiday season!!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!



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Empties II: Haircare Empties

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Welcome back to the third part of the empties series — haircare! This will be short and sweet, as for some reason I don’t have many this go round. So, let’s dive right in.

Herbal Essences Chamomile Shampoo, Shine Collection

Herbal Essences Shine Collection - Chamomile. $3.99, available at drugstores
Herbal Essences Shine Collection – Chamomile. $3.99, available at drugstores

Let’s all say it together, “I used that shampoo in junior high!” Me too! And honestly, it’s been a shampoo staple of mine since I was 13. Let me digress for just a second here and say who finishes a shampoo and conditioner at the same time? I always finish a shampoo first. Let me know in the comments what you finish first. I’m super interested to know!!

Ok, let’s get back to it.This line is available in two varieties — the Smooth Collection, which smells of rose, and the Shine Collection, featured here, which smells of sweet fresh chamomile. It lathers nicely and leaves my hair looking super shiny and extremely soft. I have tried a lot of high end shampoos, but I always go back to this one. It contains chamomile, aloe vera, and passion flower extracts, and does not contain silicone. (There’s a great debate about silicones, and whether they are good or bad, but generally they are said to be harmful because they coat the hair shaft so real nutrients cannot penetrate the hair. On the other hand, the position exists that some water soluble silicones are permissible because they can be washed away with water.) So, I won’t get into the silicone debate here, but this shampoo is silicone free and leaves my hair super shiny. With that said, if silicones are said to make your hair shiny, then this product does it without them, so there’s something to be said for that. And, at $3.99/bottle, that’s a hell of a deal for some kick ass shampoo that smells like a beautiful garden.

Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray Volumizing Spray Gel

Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray Volume Building Spray Gel. $8.99 on sale right now at Ulta

This is one of my all time favorite products for building volume. It’s a spray gel you use when your hair is damp, and for someone with fine limp hair, this product is pure gold. It was featured in my last hair care empties post because I believe I’m on my third bottle now. I love how it sprays a nice fine even mist to evenly coat the hair. I find it works best when sprayed into the roots and massaged into the wet hair near the crown for added volume. You can find it at Ulta, and it’s on sale right now. It’s generally $20.99 for 5.1 oz, but the link provided has it for $8.99. Looks like I need to stock up! And so should you.


Battle of the Leave Ins
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Product ($36), available at drugstores vs. Miracle 7 Leave in Mist ($22.79), available at Sally Beauty Supply

I decided to put these two to the test — head to head like Monday Night Football. To complete this little experiment I used each of them for one week straight alternating weeks for nearly two months. Surprisingly, these lasted me a long time despite the fact that I sprayed it on every inch of my long hair, and I have a lot of hair that absorbs product like a very fluffy towel. Nonetheless, I believe you’ll be surprised by the results! In the left corner we have the super hyped It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In Product and in the right corner we have the Miracle 7 Leave In Mist. Let’s compare the basics, and by basics I mean costs. It’s a 10! will run you $18.00 for 4.0 oz or $36.00 for 10.0 oz, whereas the Miracle 7 will run you $13.99 for 5.0 oz and $22.79 for 10.0 oz. So, on the larger size, we are working with a $14 disparity in price. Let’s see if it’s worth it.

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Product

Its a 10
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product. $18 (4 oz) or $36 (10 oz), available at drugstores and Ulta

This product has been super hyped and raved about by several foremost beauty bloggers over the last year, so, of course, I had to give it a go. This is a beautiful leave-in treatment. It’s a treatment used after showering on wet hair or as a styling product on dry hair to do a host of things:

  • detangle
  • condition
  • heat protectant
  • repair damaged hair
  • smooth and control frizz
  • stop hair breakage
  • create silkiness
  • enhance natural body
  • prevent split ends
  • seals and protect color

I don’t know that I can attest to seeing all of these results, but I did find it to be a great detangler, heat protectant, smoother, and it gave me great silky shiny hair.  Who can be upset about that? The spray isn’t as fine as I would like it, but it isn’t crap. Think of this one more like a drizzle than a mist. It smells lovely, and definitely does its job.

Miracle 7 Leave In Treatment

Miracle 7 Leave-In Mist $13.99 (5 oz) or $22.79 (10 oz), available at Sally Beauty Supply

I was in Sally Beauty Supply and the cashier recommended this to me, raved about it, and then handed me the sample. This is my second sample bottle I’ve used up, and I did a full review on it here. I love this product! Here’s what its claims are:

  • seal & protect color
  • repair dry damaged hair
  • stop hair breakage
  • prevent split ends
  • control frizz
  • add shine
  • detangle
  • enhance natural body

So, Miracle 7 claims to do the same thing as It’s a 10 The formulas are nearly identical, but the Miracle 7 contains only 17 ingredients, while the It’s a 10 contains 25. In looking at those ingredients, I realized that the It’s a 10 has keratin, keratin amino acids, and aloe leaf juice — some of those additional ingredients the Miracle 7 lacks. Based on ingredients, I would say the It’s a 10 performs better, but based on actual use, I preferred the Miracle 7. It felt lighter and less gunky in my hair. The spray of the Miracle 7 was finer and mistier (if that’s a word). They are very comparable products, so for the price difference ($14), I will continue to purchase the Miracle 7. But, if you have curly and/or super frizzy hair, you may want to go with the It’s a 10 because it contains keratin, which will help smooth curly/frizzy hair.

That sums it all up for the hair care empties! Hope you enjoyed this post! Makeup empties are coming next week! Stay tuned!

Stay Glittery!



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