Review: Pencil Me In Cosmetics Eye Accent Pencils

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I’d like to introduce you to an innovative company called Pencil Me In Cosmetics. Their eye accent pencils are formulated with natural ingredients, botanicals, and vitamins for a healthier option. Infused with antioxidants like green tea extract, pine bark extract, grape seed extract, and vitamins A, B3, C, D, and E, this eye makeup actually helps protect eyes from free radicals in the environment. Additionally, shea butter, cacao butter, jojoba oil, wheat germ oil, and safflower oil keeps delicate eye areas soft and smooth.

Also noteworthy are the clever pencil caps, which house a built-in sharpener. This award-winning idea is definitely handy. At first, I thought the concept was a bit flawed as I ended up with shavings stuck inside my cap. However, I discovered that the tip of the cap actually comes off, making the shavings easier to remove.

Pencil Me In Eye Accent Pencils come in 30 super fun colors including some subtle shimmers and metallic shades. The featured color this year is called Orchid Sparks, inspired by the Panton Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. They are paraben- and petroleum-free and are safe to use on the waterline.

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For this eye makeup look, I used Pencil Me In Eye Accent Pencils in Brownie, Boysenberry, and Snow. For the step-by-step instructions to create this brown and berry design, visit the tutorial on Babble.

After trying these pencils myself, I give them a thumbs up. I do wish they were a bit more pigmented but the color was buildable and once on, it didn’t budge. The texture is nice – soft enough not to pull on my aging eyelids but firm enough to not crumble easily. The product was easy enough to remove with my makeup remover wipes without too much rubbing, which is another bonus in my book. Most of all, I appreciate the healthy, natural ingredients, eco-friendly packaging, and reasonable price point. It’s nice to see companies responding to these consumer concerns.

Pencil Me In Eye Accent Pencils are available at Pencil Me In Cosmetics $6.99

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How to Create a Rope Braid

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The nautical craze in fashion is super fun. I’m loving all the stripes, boat neck collars, and nautical motifs. So, I got to thinking, “What would be a good hairstyle to compliment this trend?” Ropes and sailor’s knots came to mind and inspired this post.

Rope braids are really pretty and are super easy to create. In just a few minutes, you can transform a boring ponytail into a pretty twisted style reminiscent of heavy rope. Once you know how to create the braid, they can be worn as is or twisted into a bun for a quick and easy updo. For a nautical knot-inspired updo, visit this tutorial on Babble.

The step-by-step instructions on how to create a rope braid and a video to make it crystal clear are after the jump. Continue reading

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America’s Beauty Show 2014

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Martin Parsons on the Runway at America’s Beauty Show 2014.

Every year, thousands of beauty professionals attend America’s Beauty Show at McCormick Place in Chicago in search of inspiration. One of the largest trade shows in the industry, this ginormous event organized by Cosmetologists Chicago is co-housed with America’s Expo for Skin Care & Spa. Over the span of three days, hairstylists, nail techs, aestheticians, educators, and businesspeople gather to shop the exhibit floor, watch demonstrations, take classes, and watch their idols work their magic on the runway. Evening events include a kick-off party and the Stylist’s Choice Awards hosted by Mary Rector of Behind the Chair.

The show, which took place March 22-24, is always action-packed with so much to do and see.  A glimpse of my day is after the jump. Continue reading

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