Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Jord Fieldcrest Maple Wood Watch

Jord Fieldcrest Maple Wood Watch

Hello, my lovelies! Today I have something a little different to share with you and I truly hope you'll enjoy it. I was recently contacted by the Jord Wood Watch company and asked if I would be interested in receiving a watch from them for review. Now, to be honest, I haven't worn a watch in years. I was fully expecting to politely decline their offer, but when I went to their website and checked out their designs, I was intrigued.

Jord watches are designed in St. Louis Missouri, which is a city I've always thought of as a second home, as I've spent so much time there. Plus, you know how much I love shopping locally and supporting independent designers, right? All Jord watches are made from real wood. I picked out a maple wood watch because it's the palest shade they offer. It's a perfect summertime accessory for when I'm trying to stay away from wearing all black in the hot sun.

Jord Fieldcrest Maple Wood Watch

I love the simple, androgynous and modern design. The band is adjustable, which is great because I have teeny-tiny wrists and always find that watches and bracelets and things are usually too large for me. I was surprised at how lightweight the watch actually is. It feels like it's barely there.

Each Jord watch comes with its own square wooden box, which I think is a delightful way to store your watch when not in use. If you're wondering, as I was, how to pronounce "Jord," it's actually a Scandinavian word with a nearly-silent "r," sounding like "yode."

The Jord Fieldcrest series is available in Maple, Natural Green, or Black and sells for $120 USD.

Check out the full selection of watches for both men and women at Jord Wood Watches.

Jord Fieldcrest Maple Wood Watch

Jord Fieldcrest Maple Wood Watch

Jord Fieldcrest Maple Wood Watch

Watches Made From 100% Natural Wood by JORD

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sneak Peek: Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

Urban Decay Naked Smoky

UPDATED: Urban Decay Cosmetics has announced the Naked Smoky palette for Summer 2015! The official US launch date is July 8th, 2015. The palette is a combination of satin, matte, shimmer, and micro-glitter finishes. It won't be a greyscale palette though -- this palette contains muted shades of pink, purple, orange, and brown.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette colors

Big news makeup lovers! A sneak peek of the upcoming Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette has recently surfaced on Instagram. Wende Zomnir, a founding partner of Urban Decay Cosmetics posted this image to her Instagram account just a few hours ago and Urban Decay fans everywhere wanna know more. There's been no word as far as I can find as to when this palette is due for release, but I'm speculating Summer, 2015.

Happy lusting, UD fans!

Monday, January 26, 2015

TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner review

TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde review

Surprise! Not only do I love having pink hair, I also love having blonde hair! I tend to flip back and forth between the two colors, always seemingly wishing to be the one I'm currently not... So, right now I'm blonde! One thing that makes being blonde fun is getting to use the Bed Head Dumb Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner by TIGI - because it smells deliciously sweet like fruity CANDY!

Now, I rarely buy the same shampoo and conditioner two times in a row. I just like variety and trying out different brands, but I always buy professional brands at the salon store. Using high quality hair products is really important to me, since I spent so many years working as a professional hairdresser. Additionally, I always buy the matching brand and type of conditioner and shampoo. They're formulated to be used together, so why ruin your good shampoo with the wrong conditioner?

Bed Head Dumb Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner

I always shampoo twice, a habit I've retained from cosmetology school. It's partly because I put off shampooing by using a dry shampoo on no-wash days. So, when I do wash my hair, it's always rinse, lather, repeat. That means I go through my shampoo a little faster than my conditioner, which you can probably tell from the photos. The Dumb Blonde shampoo is formulated specifically for chemically treated hair like mine, balancing out the pH and reconstructing it with proteins, helping to strengthen it. Plus, it contains vitamin E which adds moisture. It's a shimmery pale pink color which helps keep brassiness at bay, something we blondes strive for! This isn't their toning shampoo though, that one is Bed Head's Dumb Blonde Toning Shampoo, not reviewed here. This shampoo is just a whisper of pink, the faintest of colors. I can't exactly pinpoint the scent, but my boyfriend says he thinks it smells like a passionfruit. Maybe a hint of pineapple? How about candy!? I think it smells sweet like the tiny purple flowers on dead nettle, you know, that little purple flowering weed in your yard. The conditioner actually says on the bottle that it's a reconstructor. It's a thicker consistency than other similar products, formulated without silicones to keep fine hair soft and light. It gives my hair a silkiness that I love!

Bed Head Dumb Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner

These smaller white bottles are the ones I used up last year, it's the same product, just different packaging. I loved it so much I bought the big bottles after using up the previous products I had.

I purchase all of my hair products from professional salon stores. It's the only way to ensure my products are what they say they are. They are guaranteed only when sold in professional salons. That means if you purchase these products at your local drugstore or grocery store they may be expired or counterfeit, either of which could be potentially damaging to your hair. Don't risk wasting your money at the drugstore with expired or counterfeit products. Forget about buying them on Amazon or at Walmart and buy them directly from your hairdresser or local hair salon! Visit the Bed Head by TIGI website to find a local salon that carries these products.

Bed Head Dumb Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner

Now please excuse me while I go eat all these Skittles I've just scattered!


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Favorite Beauty Products of 2014

Favorite Beauty Products 2014

Here they are, my Favorite Beauty Products of 2014!

Now, in comparison with previous years, I have purchased far less makeup and my wallet is much happier for it! Sure, I picked up some duds, like everyone else, but almost all of my purchases are worthy of being favorites! So I've whittled it down to the best of the best, the products I pick up time and time again!

Earlier this year, I combed through my collection of old MAC products and took advantage of the Back To MAC program to recycle old products and collect some free lipsticks! I picked up MAC Red (again), MAC Please Me, and MAC Relentlessly Red.

Back To MAC recycling program free lipsticks

For my birthday I was given a gift certificate to Sephora by my dear friend Michelle, so I finally snatched up the Urban Decay Naked3 palette, which is a lovely collection of rosy pinks in a variety of finishes!

As far as lipsticks and lipglosses go, aside from MAC, my favorites are Too Faced Melted Lipstick and Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick. I also love my EOS lip balms!

I made a meager effort to find a decent dupe for Make Up For Ever's HD Foundation in shade 117, trying out Benefit Hello Flawless and a Sephora brand, but in the end, just came back to it as my favorite foundation! If anyone has a suggestion for a MUFE 117 dupe, I'd love to hear it! As far as foundation primers go, I'm currently loving my Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.

Finding my perfect foundation match

NYX Wonder Pencil was on my lust list for so long and I finally picked it up for the first time last year. It's a must-have for brightening my waterline on days when I'm feeling particularly lackluster. This past summer I picked up Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets and was so pleased with them in the heat of the sun! I received a sample size mascara with one of my Sephora purchases (I think) and have been loving a Lancome mascara in Noir.

In October I was gifted some Chanel nail polishes from Dave Lackie, and I just loved them so much I ended up wearing Chanel Exception 639 for three manicures in a row! Zoya is one of my favorite nail polish brands, so this year I have to say my favorite are both gold - Zoya Ziv and Zoya Maria Luisa!

Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo Eyeshadows are a decent substitute for MAC Paint Pots. Since they tend to go bad before I finish even half the container, the drugstore version is a much better choice for me personally. I've been loving (55) Inked in Pink, (70) Barely Branded, and (110) Sunwashed Sky.

So, those are my beauty loves for 2014! Leave me a comment with suggestions for 2015!


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Starting over in 2015: A Return To Blogging

Returning To Blogging

Dear precious readers, makeup addicts and beauty bloggers,

I've been absent from blogging for quite a long time now. My ancient computer finally went down for good...  But, in November, I bought myself a brand new MacBook Air and a new external hard drive! My old camera had the resolution of a potato... so I bought myself a Canon Rebel T5 camera the first week of January! Both of these purchases are essential to maintaining my online business, asoftblackstar, and should put me back on track to regular blogging! (Cue cheering crowds...)

I have ahead of me the task of re-photographing my entire store catalog. (Some of the photos have not been updated since 2008! Eek! Have I really been in business that long?) I'm coming up on my seven year anniversary this April and I'm planning sales... and giveaways... and newsletters... Oh, and I've grossly neglected my Instagram! The chores seem endless... But I have to-do lists, schemes, designs, sketches, doodles, endless ideas... And a shipment of brand-new fabrics!

Returning To Blogging

If you read my moleskine post from last year you might remember that I like to start my books out with quotes! Here are the two quotes I've chosen for 2015:

"A multitude of small delights constitute happiness." - Charles Baudelaire
"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect." - Anais Nin

Next post: favorite beauty products of 2014!