XO, Noelle

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Two Ways to Instantly Thicken Your Hair | Toppik Hair Building Fibers + Colored Hair Thickener - Reviews

XO, Noelle Thursday, September 3, 2015
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"Hi. My name is Noelle and I have thin hair." "Hi Noelle!" I know you've guys have heard this before but as we all know, I have thin hair. I know you guys have seen me try out various shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments before but most of those have results that aren't necessarily fast or instant - and who doesn't like instant results, am I right?

Lately, I've been trying out the Toppik Hair Building Fibers as well as the Toppik Colored Hair Thickener. They both achieve somewhat of the same results but in different ways. Let's get to it!

So first, we have the Toppik Hair Building Fibers (in dark brown). Remember, you should always match the fiber shade to your root color because that's where you'll be putting the product. The building fibers themselves are made of all-natural, keratin protein that blend into your hair to give it the look of full, thick, natural hair.

To apply, start off with completely dry hair. You can either sprinkle the fibers straight from the container to the thinning areas but it can get a little messy. I like to use the Toppik Spray Applicator for a more precise application instead.

To use the Spray Applicator (which took about a half an hour to figure because I refused to look at the directions), simply unscrew the cap and then pull of the sifter. Legit, I was convinced it would not come off but it eventually did! Then screw on the applicator and you're good to go! Spray away, babe!

(I can assure you it's not normally this awkward-looking. Unless you, too, take pictures of you using it.)

I feel like this is optional, but you can also insert the teeth from the Toppik Hairline Optimizer into the hairline for a more realistic look. It's basically a hair stencil but works well if you have thin hair near your forehead.

After you've applied the fibers, gently pat your hair to disperse the fibers and then finish with the Toppik FiberHold Spray. This spray basically keeps it put (even in rain, wind and sweat!) and strengthens the bond between your hair and the fibers. Think of it as a special hairspray for the fibers.

Before / After (but before patting to disperse the fibers)

If you don't want to use fibers, you can also use the Toppik Colored Hair Thickener. This spray a dry, colored powder into your hair to fill in any thin areas - kind of like a colored dry shampoo! 

Start with completely dry hair. Because my hair is more thin on the sides, I like to lift my hair right above my ears and spray there about 4-6" away from my head. After it's applied, you can style your hair or reapply for more volume. 

Overall: If you're looking for thick hair - fast - I highly recommend this! Keep in mind that this does not permanently change or put any help towards long-term results with thick hair. That being said, I'm okay with that. I personally like both options when it comes to choosing to use the spray or fibers. The spray, to me, is just like a colored dry shampoo which I'm used to. The fibers are a little bit more realistic if you have a lot of thinning. Both wash out in the shower. Which would you use?

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JORD Sully Red Sandalwood & Maple Watch | Review

XO, Noelle Thursday, September 3, 2015
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I love watches! I'm not a huge jewelry person and do find myself wearing the same pieces every day but there's just something about wearing a watch that makes me feel a little more put together. Welcome to the family, JORD Sully Redwood & Maple Watch, I think you're here to stay.

The Sully Red Sandalwood and Maple Watch comes with a bubbled bezel, fun, larger numbers and a wide, chunky band that has been pretreated with tung oil. The mix of a darker wood with a lighter wood makes it so fun and casual. The wood gives the watch such a rich, luxe feeling. I absolutely love it. 

Also, this watch can hang, y'all! It's splash-proof (although they don't recommend getting it soaked) because y'know, sometimes it happens. Whether you're caught in the rain or your son spills his drink, it's nice to know it won't get ruined. The glass is a mineral scratch-resistant glass which is also very nice because I'm rough with my hands. I'm constantly cleaning, picking a child up, doing errands and hey, my jewelry goes through that with me.

The Sully watch comes in four different colors to chose from (the dark sandalwood + maple is GORGEOUS!) and - get this! - JORD will size the watch for you before it's even shipped out to you! 

Are you a watch kind of person? Would you rock a wood watch?

JORD | Sully ($139)
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ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks | Buds, Highball, Sundae, Mars & Drive-In - Swatches + Review

XO, Noelle Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Hi love muffins! I'm back again with the fifth and last review of the ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks - phew! If you missed them, make sure to check out the lightsthe nudesthe purples and the brights! Alrighty. Onto the bright, bright pinks! 
(Sorry for the darker lip swatch pictures!)
  • Buds - a shocking neon pink. Holy neon, y'all! Buds is more true to color in the arm swatch picture in the bottom right corner. It's a total neon Barbie pink with a blue undertone. So pretty!
  • Highball - a hot-red pink. Highball reminds me of a liquid version of MAC Candy Yum Yum, am I right? But way more pigmented and longer lasting.
  • Sundae - a vibrant pink magenta with subtle blue violet undertone. Sundae is so unique to me. Not only is it a fun shade but then there's a super subtle blue shimmer undertone that isn't quite shimmer-y at the same time. It's really weird to describe. It adds such a nice dimension to the shade.
  • Mars - a red fuchsia. Have you guys ever seen a picture of the planet Mars? It's mostly yellow, orange and black but it does have some red in it that totally matches this lipstick. I feel like this is more of a fuchsia-red emphasis on the red. The fuchsia is more of an undertone.
  • Drive-In - a mid-tone bright magenta. I wish the pictures could show how flattering this is! It's almost a berry-magenta and is so pretty in real life. This is also the only purple from this collection that didn't give me any streaky issues.
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

The #BBCChallenge (August) | Mermaid

XO, Noelle Sunday, August 30, 2015
Sometimes there is nothing more fun than shaking it up a little and trying some new things. As a beauty blogger, it's fun to stretch outside the box and get creative and show you guys a little something different. That's why myself and some of my favorite blogger babes are getting together at the end of every month and challenging ourselves to create something fun (whether it's with our makeup, nails or hair - whatever!) inspired by whatever the topic of the challenge is. Have an idea for a challenge? Leave a comment below! 
This month's challenge is: Mermaids! 

The Look:

  • Face: It Cosmetics CC+ Cream (Light) mixed with Rouge Bunny Rouge Seas of Illumination (Sea of Tranquility) for foundation. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (NC20) under the eyes. I used a blue and purple from Coastal Scents 88 Original Palette (who remembers this one!? old schoooool!) for contour and around the forehead. BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Highlighter + So Susan Highlighting Crayon for highlight.
  • Eyes: Almost every lime green, purple and blue in the Coastal Scents 88 Color Palette. Liner is a purple from the palette mixed with MAC Fix+. Mascara is YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara. The champagne liner underneath the cat eye and in the inner corner is the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Highlighter mixed with MAC Fix+. 
  • Brows: Sigma Beauty Dual-Ended Eyeliner in Daydream
  • Lips: ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Koala
  • Nails: Julie G. Cabana Boy
  • Hair: Irresistible Me Extensions 22" / 200g (medium brown) in a loose Elsa braid 
I can't wait to start on next month's challenge because it's October and ANYTHING can happen in October! ;) What would you like to see?

Also, make sure you check out my beauty bloggin' babes take on the mermaid challenge below! :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks | Donut, Solow, Bumble, Seesaw & Koala - Swatches + Review

XO, Noelle Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Part four of five - almost there - of the ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks Collection! PHEW! So far, we've reviewed/swatches the redsthe nudes and the purples/darks - run and check them out if you haven't already ;) Alrighty. Today we're doing the pinks/lights! 

  • Donut - a bright peach. Who doesn't want a lipstick called 'Donut'? Right? Just me? Okie dokie than. Donut pulls slightly orange on my pale skin but I still think it's wearable and fun.
  • Solow - a neutral nude pink. I think Solowi is Donut's slightly cool-toned sister. So if you're a little worried about Donut pulling orange-y on you, Solow is the way to go. It's the perfect "your lips but better" shade.
  • Bumble - a dusty warm terracotta. Bumble is SUCH a fun and unique color! I love that it pulls a little brick-y but is rosy at the same time. It's got some brown tones, red tones, pink - it's basically got everything!
  • Seesaw - a pastel lavender pink. Seesaw is just one of those shades that works universally on everyone. Is it groundbreaking? Eh, not really. But it's always nice to go back to the basics with a pretty light pink.
  • Koala - a vibrant pastel lavender. Sweet Lord, this is NEON in real life, guys. Koala is amazeballs if you're looking to stand out in a crowd. 
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks | Lychee, Zipper, Tulle, Limbo & LAX - Swatches + Review

XO, Noelle Thursday, August 20, 2015
Hey munchkins! Today I'm bringing you installment tres of the ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick swatch-a-thon. Previously, I swatched the nudes and the reds but today it's all about the purples/darks. Let's go!

Okie dokie, my loves. So out of these five, I really only had two troublemakers: Lychee and Zipper. Both applied kind of streaky and patchy. Zipper bled within a few minutes of application as well. Tulle is a freakin' allstar though and unique in color. You need this lipstick in your life. Right now. Limbo and LAX are also pretty amazing and I recommend them as well. Tulle, Limbo and LAX played pretty well and all lasted around the six hour mark.

  • Lychee - a bright, warm violet. The picture does this no justice. It's way more bright in real life (see the arm swatch for a truer portrayal). That being said, it did apply patchy at times. I think this one of those shades where if you love it enough, you can make it work.
  • Tulle - a dusty, mauve burgundy. HELLO GORGEOUS! Lip pencil: Lady
  • LAX- a vampy, darkened red. Lip pencil: Creature
  • Zipper - a deep, blackened purple. Lip pencil: Leather
  • Limbo - a deep, chocolate brown. Lip pencil: Pitch