#DaretoDarken with Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara + Tutorial

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Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara

Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara

Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara

As someone who’s always had very fair eyelashes and eyebrows (practically blonde), I can’t leave my house without mascara. It is my number one must-have and go-to product if I am running late. It was always bizarre to me how a small product like that could make all the difference.

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been using the new Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara that is meant to gradually tint eyelashes over time (at minimum, 2 weeks of daily use). Today I wanted to share a simple tutorial using a couple other Rimmel London products to show you how I go from a day-to-night look with mascara!

I am going to stick to 3 products for this eye look: Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara, Coulour Precise Eyeliner, and Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Opener (all available at Target).

Step 1: Start by preparing your face. I usually use a CC cream and some powder for a matte effect. I also always make sure to define my eyebrows, they are a frame of your face!

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Step 2: Apply Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in the inner corners of your eye and along the bottom lash line if desired. Blend it out.

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Step 3: Apply Colour Precise Eyeliner. I really liked this product, even though I’ve never tried or really heard of it before. It has a very fine tip, making application a lot easier. It also lasts a very long amount of time. I wore it in the pool yesterday and it never got smudged (but of course I wasn’t doing any diving, just some light swimming).

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Here are some tips when it comes to eyeliner application, especially if you don’t want it to smudge or go in your crease:

  • Prep your eyelid with some eyeshadow primer
  • Brush eyeshadow or powder over it, I use powder, it makes the look more natural, yet more dramatic
  • Apply the liner by starting out in your inner corner, then outer, and meeting in the middle.
  • Try not to blink until it is dry 😉

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Step 4: Time for mascara! On a day-to day basis I only apply mascara to my top lashes, but adding it to my bottom ones always makes my eyes look so dramatic!

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Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Like mentioned above Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara not only tints lashes over time, but also provides instant volume.

Tips on using the mascara:

  • To see the most intense tinting effect make sure to use this product daily
  • Visible results after 2-4 weeks
  • This product contains a lasting lash-tint complex with natural colorant that gradually darkens your lash color, plus a unique combo of creamy, ultra-black lash volumizing formula.

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

To learn more about the product – go here. And don’t forget to take advantage of a Cartwheel offer – 25% Off all Rimmel Eye featuring Volume Colourist Mascara!

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Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Nexxus New York Salon Care Collection Review

Disclosure: “This post is sponsored by Nexxus New York Salon Care, a product of Unilever, as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.”

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Summer is finally here and I am so glad to be spending all my free time outside, but with the sunshine, the heat and the humidity comes the question of hair care. While some would say – why bother? I think it’s extremely important to take good care of your hair, especially in the summer months. Besides, if the products you are using leave you feeling like a celebrity, who can say no to that?

You know you are Russian when your hair products are infused with caviar! But I wouldn’t have it any other way! Therappe and Humectress line by Nexxus New York Salon Care is a replenishing hair care line with caviar complex! Nothing fishy here, not even the smell! The line includes a line of shampoo, conditioner, lightweight conditioning mist, masque and serum infused with caviar complex to help your hair retain moisture. It’s perfect for normal to dry hair. My hair has been on the drier side, especially since I started getting balayage, so this line is my new go-to. I look forward to washing my hair so much more now, and actually have to remind myself not to do that every day. The products are enriched with concentrated Elastin, Keratin and Wheat Proteins to increase hair’s strength and manageability. In addition, new Protein Care Actives penetrate the hair fiber to repair protein structure, making hair stronger from within.

I am absolutely in love with the masque and caviar serum. The masque has a butter like texture that you won’t want to wash out, I use it once or twice a week depending on my hair condition, so if I spent too much time at the beach, or outside, I know my hair will need that extra masque boost.

The serum is the very first serum Nexxus has ever created! How awesome is this? It features concentrated conditioning oil encapsulated in pearls and suspended in a water-based rebuilding serum rich in nutrients and protein. You can use this serum on damp or dry hair. The best part is you can use it as often as you want, no harm in that, only benefits.

Now as important as hair care is, you can’t forget about styling. I stick to one simple rule of summer hair style – make it as easy and effortless, as possible. And Nexxus has a line for that. I was able to test Finishing Mist, Dry Shampoo and Mousse by Nexxus New York Salon Care.

Finishing Mist with fluid-fix complex helps me lock my waves in place if I am using my curling iron, as well as provides a lasting hold with a brushable finish.
Mousse with Keratin Protein offers styling with natural movement and beautiful fluidity, perfect for my on-the-go lifestyle.

And finally, the dry shampoo with pearl extract is truly a godsend. Dry shampoo would be one thing I would take to a deserted island, it’s that big of a necessity. I especially like this one, because it offers a quick refresher, without using too much of the product!

Nexxus New York Salon Care has turned my summer hair care routine around, making my hair more manageable, touchable, and fluid!

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The Brow Studio Lash Extension and Brow Shaping Experience

Disclosure: I received complimentary service in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own. 
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Kelly Baker Brows

Kelly Baker highlighter brush, highlighter and brow pencil in blonde, Lavish Lashes eyelash and brow extension cleanser and Black Diamond coating sealant

Last Thursday I had the most amazing opportunity to go check out The Brow Studio in South Minneapolis. I had an appointment for lash extensions and brow shaping. And while I’ve had my brows done before, I never had lash extensions, falsies for a night yes, but nothing more.

I got to have my appointment with Brook Schlosser, who is the local lash pro. She is the owner and lead esthetician of The Brow Studio. She’s attended Kelley Baker’s first master class in LA and one on one trainings. The Brow Studio also carries Kelley Baker products exclusively in Minnesota.

I did some lash extension research before the appointment. My biggest concern was the after care, but I was able to find answers on The Brow Studio’s Facebook page! Which made me realize how few companies post helpful information on their social media these days!

My appointment for lashes was about 2 hours long. I admit I did take a nap during. Brook went over everything with me before she started. The application process, how she picks the lashes for application, what the lashes were made of, literally everything. I had a lot of questions. And when I finally got to open my eyes I was wowed! I’ve never had better, longer lashes like these before.

Now emotions aside, what has it been like? I couldn’t get my lashes wet for the first 24 hours. After that I’ve started using a wash cloth to wash my face, because it’s easier not to get too much product in the eye, and go around the lashes. Brook also sent me home with eyelash extension cleanser, as well as Black Diamond Coating Sealant (which I’ve been using every other day) to help maintain the extensions. Those products are definitely a must-have if you want to extend the life of your extensions. When getting lashes done it’s important to remember that they will fall out as your natural lashes go through their life cycle. That’s why touch ups are always a good idea.

I still can’t get over the fact that I don’t have to use mascara. I look ready for the day when I wake up!

Now for the brows, it was the quickest, most useful brow shaping experience I’ve ever had! After Brook waxed and trimmed my brows, she taught me a couple new helpful tricks, that I wanted to share with you!

  1. Start with highlighter under your brow, draw a line along the bottom of your brow (the full length of your brow, not just under the tip like I used to).
  2. Blend it out with a flat brush.
  3. Follow that same line you’ve just created but with a brow pencil. Then continue to outline  the rest of your brow.
  4. Now fill in the outline you’ve just created.
  5. Brush and blend it out.

I can definitely say I’ve been looking more put together after my visit to The Brow Studio, and I love it!

The Brow Studio is located at 616 W 54th Street, Minneapolis, MN. For more info check out their website and Facebook page. And make sure to follow them on Instagram!

Jean Jacket

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A jean jacket can make or break an outfit. I have been wearing this one by Silver Jeans Co a lot lately. I think it’s the combination of sweatshirt sleeves and denim vest that really appeals to me in this one. The denim part of the jacket is distressed, the sleeves are made of light and soft fabric, the hood is detachable. What more can I want?

Chan and I had a lot of fun shooting this look in downtown Minneapolis, especially in front of all Nicollet Mall construction and demolition. I have to say photos in front of the Stop sign are my favorite. They remind me that sometimes we need to stop, look around, capture the moment. With only about a month left in Minneapolis, that’s definitely on my list!

Outfit details: Jacket (c/o Silver Jeans Co) // Skirt (H&M) // Top (H&M)

Photography: Chan Shin Photography

Aixallia Skincare Review

“This post was sponsored by Aixallia as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

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Taking care of my skin in the summer has never been easy. Between my regular trips to the beach, sailing and hanging out on the town, I can never seem to achieve a lifestyle balance, and end up using a wide plethora of products aiming to tame one skin condition or other (seriously everything from wrinkles to acne to sun damage, throw in some stress rash and you have, well, my skin).

But maybe there is hope for a lost cause like me! I was recently introduced to a French brand Aixallia, which was founded in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur of Southern France. Aixallia combines a unique proprietary ultra-pure water with Mediterranean botanicals to produce fresh and rich products that help cleanse and hydrate, it is formulated with locally harvested, organic French Mediterranean botanicals, and is ECOCERT French organic certified.

I got to try out the initial line of Aixallia products, which includes:

  • Rose and Argan Revitalizing Eye Cream $45 for 0.5 oz (shea butter, organ oil, rose water, apricot kernel oil) 
  • Green Tea Protective Day Cream $48 for 1.7 oz (olive oil, vitamin E, rose water, green tea) 
  • Lavender Soothing Night Cream $52 for 1.7 oz (lavender water, sea heather) 
  • Olive and Rose Hydrating Hand Cream $20 for 1.7 oz (olive oil, shea butter, beeswax, floral rose) 
  • Rose and Almond Hydrating Body Lotion $28 for 6.8 oz (amino acids, Vitamins A, D, E, K, almond oil, Provencal honey, floral rose water)
  • Five Plants Emulsifying Make-Up Remover $28 for 5.1 oz ( floral cornflower water, plant extracts, mallow extract, red vine and blueberry organic floral waters) 
  • Coconut and Calendula Exfoliating Shower Gel $16 for 6.8 oz (fine coconut powder, calendula extracts)

The greatest thing about Aixallia products was how easily I could incorporate them into my daily routine. From moisturizing to cleansing, to removing makeup I got all the bases covered, with an exception of a face wash. I love the slightly scented products, I strongly believe in the power of fragrance, and how it can affect one’s daily mood. So far it’s only been positive with Aixallia.

Aixallia day, night and eye creams are conveniently equipped with pumps, making it so much easier to dispense and eliminate the unnecessary contact between the product and air. When we had a dog, I always used to find its hair in my skincare creams, and even before that twist off lids were one of my biggest pet peeves.

The hand cream has quickly occupied a permanent spot in my makeup bag and gets transferred from purse to purse. I try not to leave my house without it at all. Bonus perk – it can also be used as a foot cream! I am all about multi-purpose products this season!

And finally, the exfoliating shower gel is perfect for the summer, especially after long days at the beach. The extra coconut powder particles really help get all the impurities out and smooth the skin to prepare it for all the intended and unintended tanning.

Aixallia is proud to support charitywater.org, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations, by donating 1% of net product sales revenue.

If you would like to try out some of the Aixallia products make sure to use code Blog20 to get 20% off of your online order! Just a little bonus something for you for following me and my blog!

What kind of skincare do you use in the summer?