Makeup Review - Stila Convertible Colors


So I love Stila’s Convertible Colors. I was at The Makeup Show Chicago and they had these for $15 as opposed to $25, I had to stock up for my kit (and maybe a little for myself!). You can use these for your cheeks AND your lips.

I use these on any clients that wants a “glow” or anyone who has dry skin. Putting powder on dry skin is just no bueno. Its like telling the pores to jump out and have a party.

I swatched them above with a qtip and then again after smudging them in a bit. You aren’t going to put this on your cheeks without blending it so I wanted to show a real depiction. LOVE the Fuschia, its perfect for a night out when you want to brighten up the face. It may look intimidating in the pan, but trust me, its gorgeous on the skin.

These are also great the throw in your beach bag for a just a little color on your cheeks and lips when you don’t want to look done up.

Even though they are $25, they are so worth it cause they will last you a long time. Stila also makes compacts that have 4 eyeshadows and a convertible color in them that usually go on sale for $10 at Ulta or Sephora when they discontinue them and they usually discontinue them rather quickly because they are seasonal.

Colors from Left To Right

Gerbera (Nude Peachy Pink), Petunia (Bright Pink Coral), Peony (Mauve), Fuschia (Fuschia!)

Product Review - Hair Chalking


I’m sure you have heard of “hair chalking” if you are a fan of pinterest.  I thought it looked so awesome.  No commitment, looks easy and seems fun!  I bought a hair chalking color from one of the hair stores that you need a license for.  I was SO excited about it.  So, Saturday night, I decided to color a few strands pink.  I put a glove on and colored my hair, it really looked awesome!!  I took the glove off, sprayed the strands with hairspray to seal it as suggested on the box and then all of a sudden, the side of my face was pink.  Ok, no big deal, washed it off my face.  Well then it got on my hands, OMG, washed my hands again.  Then I looked on my counter…yep, all over my counter.  That was enough, I tried to wipe it off my hair with Kleenexes.  It was fine, my hair just had a tint of pink, still cool right?!?  Well it was until I woke up in the morning and my EAR was pink.  What. A. Nightmare.  Don’t touch this stuff, seriously.  Seems like an awesome concept but it just gets EVERYWHERE.  It’s like glitters cousin.

Makeup Review - Stila In The Light Palette


I am always buying makeup for my kit and not for myself so I decided to treat myself with this palette. We all know I am in love with the Urban Decay Naked Palettes so I thought I would give this Stila one a shot.

Well, it has Kitten in it, I LOVE Kitten, it is my favorite Stila eyeshadow of all time. Nearly anyone can pull this color off.

Bare-nice matte highlighter – nothing special, can buy this from any line
Kitten – LOVE
Bliss- I can do without, not many people can pull of this color, it made me look sleepy
Sunset – way too orange for my taste, I need a tan to pull this off and I am anti-sun
Sandstone-great brow color and rich dark brown
Bubbly – LOVE bubbly, a lot like Kitten with more gold undertones, great summer color
Gilded Gold – looks awesome in the pan doesn’t it? put it on and its a BIG FAIL, you can even tell in the swatch I did – bleh
Luster – another big fail, looked great in the pain and no color payoff
Night Sky – not a fan
Ebony – nice rich black

So all in all, not a great buy. I like a few colors. Wish they sold Bubbly on its own and Kitten is always available in a pan. Don’t waste your money on this one. Just buy Kitten and save a few bucks. The fallout of the shadows is also disappointing – I like the shadow on top of my lid, not under it, I already have enough issues with smudging mascara! 

Injectables, Restalyne, Not Botox


Injectable fillers are substances designed to enhance volume, erase wrinkles, augment lips, and overall restore the youthful 3-dimensional contour of the face.  There are many filler choices, Restalyne is one of them.Restalyne is a trade name for a hyaluronic acid injectable filler and is FDA approved.   Hyaluronic acid is produced by human genes inserted into a bacterium for reproduction.  It is a highly conserved protein, meaning that its genetic composition is almost exactly the same in 97% of animal species.  This gives is an extremely low incidence of allergic reactions, so there is no need for pre-treatment skin testing.  Hyaluronic acid also draws water very strongly to it, yielding a larger volume effect than the material would have by itself.  Restylane is manufactured by Q-Med (Swedish Company) and distributed in the US by Medicis.  Other hyaluronic injectables include Perlane and Juvederm.

Restalyne is primarily used to enhance the lips and diminish wrinkles in the nasolabial folds, marionette lines (the area that extends downward from the corners of the mouth to the jaw line), lipstick lines (the area below the nose and above the upper lip) and corners of the mouth.  It may also be used to pump up the cheeks. Restalyne is primarily used for the bottom half of the face whereas a muscle relaxing injectable such as Botox would be for the upper portion of the face.  The most interesting portion of their advertising is that you can achieve the “ideal lip” from Restalyne injections.  They even show an interactive slideshow on their website of an ideal lip and how it can be achieved.

The duration of the injection depends on the person but the Restalyne rep mentioned many times over that it will last 18 months and most injectables only last 6.  He also mentioned that according to a recent study, 94% of patients looked the same after 18 months as they did right after receiving treatment.  The rep neglected to mention that the lips have a lower longevity and only last 6 months as opposed to other areas of the face.  However, at 6 months after the treatment of the lips 70% of the subjects still showed results.

As stated on their website, treatment volume should be limited to 6.0 mL in wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, and limited to 1.5 mL per lip, as greater amounts significantly increase moderate and severe injection site reactions.

After treatment, you might have some swelling, redness, pain, bruising, or tenderness. These are typically mild and normally last less than 7 days in nasolabial folds and less than 14 days in lips. Swelling may be more likely in patients under 36 years, and bruising may be more likely in patients over 35 years.  Clinical tests demonstrated that after treatment, lips still feel and function normally.

Since it is an injection, Restalyne can only be performed by nurses and doctors, not estheticians.  In the Chicagoland area, you can expect to pay $499-$800 for one treatment, depending on the area of the problem site.