Keranique Review

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My hair has always been “fine’, but I had at ton of it, so that was its saving grace. I love to keep my hair long, experiment with color and highlights and have it styled for fun. It was horrible and shocking for me to discover that a particular prescription I was taking started to cause hair loss.

My hair was everywhere.

I absolutely panicked! How could I reverse the damage this drug had caused to my beloved hair? Watching TV one night, I saw an advertisement for Keranique, a hair care system for women with fine, thinning hair. The deal was sweet! For just a few bucks, I could order the entire system and cancel if I didn’t like it or it didn’t work for me.

Well, here’s my review…

The trial package was generous. Two full bottles of shampoo, two volume sprays, and a foam to apply to your scalp and a comb.

The shampoo and conditioner have a minty smell and I must admit that the body of my hair looked and felt thicker after a few uses, but nothing was happening to stop my hair loss or make my crown look fuller. In fact, I was losing more hair! I figured it would take time to start working, so I kept using it–and I kept losing hair!!

As an “experiment”, I decided to stop using the system for a while and just stick with “regular” shampoo and conditioner. (I just used up all of the 1/4 full bottles in my shower- a mix of Dove Oxygen,a bunch of L’Oreal Sulfate Free shampoos and some cheap V05 2 in 1 that i had for quick mornings.) After a few days, I noticed a considerably less amount of hair in my brushes, on my shower drain and all over my house. I couldn’t believe it! Here is a product marketed tho women who have thinning hair and it actually causes hair loss. I was DUPED!

Dealing with Keranique’s customer service was terrible. They charged my credit card despite the fact that i had cancelled my account. I called my credit card and in turn they called Keranique. (It seems they have this problem all of the time.) The representatives at Keranique were stubborn and rude. I finally got things worked out and consider it a lesson learned. When something is too good to be true, it probably is!

Have you had the same or perhaps, a better experience with Keranique?

What was the worst infomercial beauty product you ever tried?

…Put on Some Lipstick and Pull Yourself Together…

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“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together.”

~Liz Taylor 

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We’ve all been there. We’ve all been through periods of sickness, bereavement, exhaustion, depression and countless other circumstances which make us feel like simply taking a shower is just too exhausting. For the past few months, I’ve been ill. If you follow my personal blog My Enchanted Life, you know that I am a cancer fighting, single mama who loves her skinny jeans and black winged eyeliner. Recently, however, I’ve been through the flu and step throat simultaneously, followed by a sinus infection and symptoms of my lymphoma returning.

I started to let myself go.

When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I made a promise to myself that I would put on my face and get dressed everyday. My Oncologist called me “Hollywood”, I got so many compliments–not about the way I looked, but that I hadn’t given up. This time around, I found myself giving up. I was ordering new products like a mad woman from Sephora, Nordstom and Ulta and never even bothered to open them. (Lots of views to come!) I would throw on a hat over my dirty hair and big ol’ sunglasses to pick my daughter up from school. I didn’t feel good. I don’t mean physically well; that is a given, but I din;t feel good about myself and that’s when I decided to give myself a talking to.

“Suzy Queue, you are beautiful. You are strong and you LOVE hair and, makeup and clothing! Why are you doing this to yourself? Don’t let yourself go!”

I remembered a quote I had once heard by the beautiful Elizabeth Taylor “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together.” Besides the drinking part (I wasn’t feeling well enough for  a drink despite needing one very badly…) I did just what Ms. Taylor said. I got up and pulled myself together. So ladies, it’s not easy to keep your beauty spirits up when you’re feeling sick or blue, but I’ve learned the little things you can do that will help you baby step your way back from glum to glam!

Start Small: Get Back into a Routine

There were days that a shower felt overwhelming to me! Well, there is no shame in admitting that laying around in bed with greasy hair feels fantastic when you are not, but indulge in some of your favorite body wash, shampoo, conditioner and pouf and take a long hot luxurious shower. Afterwards, wrap yourself up in your favorite terry robe and if you don’t have one, get one! You deserve it! My shower recommendations:

 Method Pure Naked Body Wash in Surfside: It smells so good, lathers well and leaves you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

L’Oreal Everpure Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner: So, this isn’t exactly my favorite shampoo and conditioner in the world, but I need to protect my colored hair and I just love the smell and how soft my hair is after washing. Nothing like a clean head of hair to rejuvenate you!

Oh, and don’t forget, despite the fact that it’s winter, shaving your legs makes you feel a million times sexier!

Getting Bigger! Treat Yourself!

I don’t get professional manicures. I’m way too impatient. I have aThursday night ritual of doing them myself.  I do, however, love to get a pedicure, and I hadn’t, since AUGUST! I decided to indulge in a winter pedicure. Sure, nobody can see my toes through my snow boots, but I know they’re there and that’s all that matters.

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My Ombre was turning orange, my bangs were past the tip of my nose and I kept putting off my hair appointments because I felt so sick. I finally couldn’t take it anymore and went to my stylist for a cut and color. I left the salon feeling so much better about myself. My hair is now a chocolate brown with dark caramel highlights and I can see through my bangs! I don’t know why I waited so long!

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The Final Steps!

So now I was feeling much better, but I was still neglecting what I loved most–my daily makeup routine! Even if it’s just some BB Cream, Eyeliner and Lipgloss, it makes a world of difference in how I feel! I have purchased so many products, I want to use them all! I want to perfect my smokey eye and try out some different eye shadow colors! Last week at my daughter’s birthday party, I had on a full face complete with false lashes and grot so many compliments. I felt great!

And finally, it’s ok to roll around in your sweats every once in a while, but if you find yourself getting into a rut, get out those skinny jeans and boots! Hell, throw on a sweater dress and stockings! You’ll feel so much better about yourself–mentally and physically.

So ladies, I’ve been a way for a while, and after reading this, I hope you understand why. If i have inspired one lady out there to “pull herself together…” I feel like I’ve conquered the world.

Till next time…

Love Always,

Suzy Queue

xoxo

The New Love of My Life: MAC Prowear Lipcreme: Love Forever

I thought, many times before, that I was in love with a lipstick.

I was wrong.

It wasn’t till I tried MAC’s Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Love Forever that I knew the love was true.

I purchased it online and waited until today to try it. It goes on super smooth and lasts all day long. It’s non drying and the color is BAM!! A bright shot of berry fuchsia on a dismal Brooklyn day.

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The only drawback with this Lipcreme is that it is a flat slanted, so to get the perfect Cupid’s bow, you will need a liner, but just like in every love affair, nothing is perfect.

But this is as close as you’ll get.

More pics to come.

Live & Eyeliner,
SQ
xoxo

My Twenty Minute Too-Faced Face (Updated with Photos!)

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Hello beauties! I had this idea that because I have so many products from so many brands, that I would do my face using one brand exclusively to see the results. Today I threw on a quick Too-Faced face using only Too-Faced products. I didn’t have a lot of time and was so tired today, but my daughter wanted to go out, so I had to put on my face.

I always moisturize, so I used my Garnier Skin Renewal Daily Moisturizer- the only Too-Faced product I didn’t use. Next, I used Too-Faced Tinted Beauty Balm in Vanilla Glow. I purchased this some time ago, but because I have so much product, I’ve never used it. I have to say, I was really disappointed. It was a thin, watery consistency and provided very little coverage. I’ll use my Dior BB Creme any day over this Beauty Balm. I’m going to return it.

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The BB provided such little coverage, I decided to try my new Too-Faced Cocoa Powder foundation over it. The shade “light” looks much darker in the compact than on the skin and it made a great difference in the coverage. It still didn’t cover the dark circles under my eyes, but I was so tired, I don’t think anything would have covered those circles. It smells really good and worked well, so while I’m not a fan of powder foundations, I will definitely keep this one.

Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation in light.

Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation in light.

I wanted to try a little contouring, so I used Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Peach Beach underneath my cheekbones. I swirled my brush around all three glittery shades and it acted as a bronzer. On my cheeks I used the same blush in Candy Glow. I blended them so there was no definitive line and they looked lovely and natural. I want to try real contouring now! These blushes are amazing. You can go for a hint of color or build up a dramatic look. They’re keepers!

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I didn’t have a lot of time, so for my eyes, I kept it simple with a sample palette I received in my Too-Faced “I’ll Stop the World With You” kit. It came with the eyeshadow, Peach Beach Blush, A small Melted lipstick, eyeshadow primer and a full sized mascara. I used the lighter shade all over my eyelid and then used the gray shade in my crease then blended. It didn’t come out so great, but I didn’t use primer and I was in a rush. I like this mini palette. I think Too-Faced makes some of the best eyeshadows out there. Perhaps with a bit more time and primer, it would have come out better, but was acceptable since I was going to be wearing sunglasses anyway. I adore the 3-Way lash lining tool. I created a deep, thick winged eye and it pulled the look together. I love black eyeliner! Lots of it. I piled on the Better Than Sex mascara and found it to be ok. I thought it was a bit clumpy but after running the wand through my lashes a few times, it looked ok. Finally, I threw on some Melted Lipstick in Peony. I love this color!

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So that’s my 20 minute Too-Faced Face. It took me far longer to write this review than to apply the makeup and I hope it helps you decide on the Too-Faced products you’ve had your eye on! Until next time…

Love & Eyeliner,

Suzy

xoxo

Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer

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Hello lovelies! I’ve been on a makeup shopping spree for the past couple of months (I think following all of these beauty blogs has contributed to my shopping addiction!) and I’ve purchased a ton of new cosmetics. I wear foundation or BB Creme everyday, and despite the fact that I have several foundations, I was intrigued by Stila’s Stay All Day Foundation and concealer.

This is a medium to heavy coverage foundation, which I like. I purchased the shade “#3:Light” and because I purchased it online, I was a scared that it wouldn’t be the best match, but lucky me, it was!

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This foundation is definitely unique in it’s packaging. It comes in what looks like a “normal” foundation bottle, but the top comes off and inside is a Spackle wand. The directions state to place a small amount of the foundation on the brush, which is included and use downward strokes to apply the foundation. Then you flip open the cap and there is a concealer with a mirror hidden inside.

I’m used to piling on light coverage foundations, so I used a bit too much, but I was able to blend it in to my entire face leaving a perfect high coverage finish. I didn’t use a primer with this foundation because it’s a long wearing foundation and felt it would stay in place–and it did! This foundation lasted from 6:45 AM until I washed it off at 8:30 PM. I did do a little extra cleansing to make sure that all of the foundation and the blush, bronzer and highlighter I piled on top of it came off.

I wasn’t crazy impressed with the concealer. It was fine. I like cream concealer sand since Cover Girl discontinued my favorite, I’ve been searching for a good alternative. This one will do for now until I find a new favorite. Any Suggestions?

For a medium/high coverage foundation, this one is amazingly natural looking. No caking whatsoever. Yes, you will look like you’re wearing makeup, but that’s what makeup is for! I do have one warning-because it comes with the spackle wand and no pump, it can be a bit messy.

If you’re looking for a medium/high coverage long wear foundation, I would recommend this one. It’s $44, which is a definite splurge, but I would be willing to return some of my other recently purchased foundations to keep this one.

Here is a photo of the finished face. Sorry if the photo is a bit blurry, but the lighting in my apartment is terrible, so it’s the best I could do.

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Love & Eyeliner,
Suzy
xoxo

September Birchbox Review

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Hello lovelies! Yes, September is almost over, but it’s been such a crazy month for me, I haven’t had any time to review my September Birchbox, pictured above. (Photo provided by Birchbox, not my photo!)

Initially, I was rather disappointed with my box. There wasn’t any makeup, another despised fragrance, a body moisturizer, full sized lip balm, facial peel and a leave in spray hair conditioner. As the month went by and I tried the products pictured above, I changed my feelings about the box. There are some good products in there! (All products pictured above .)

Number 4 Super Comb Prep and Protect

Full Size: $32.00

I use a lot of leave in conditioner sprays and have become obsessed with Agave oil, but after trying this spray, I’m in love! It left my hair so super soft, shiny and no buildup! I’m not sure if I would spend $32.00 on a conditioning spray, but I did spend $24.00 on my Agave oil and this leave in conditioner has that beat.

Score: 10/10

Harvey Prince “Hello” Perfume

Full Size: $55.00

I’m not even going to review this product because I despise fragrance. I’m just a soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, moisturizer type of girl. I don’t feel there is a need for more fragrance on top of that. Seriously, if anybody out there wants my million perfume samples, email me your address at loveandeyeliner@gmail.com and I will happily send them your way!

An Aside: I apologize for being remiss in sending out my samples for those of you who requested them after my Sample Giveaway Post. They’ll go out today! Promise! 

Click Here For My Sample Giveaway Post!

Perlier Body Cream

Full Size: $28.45

Since I’m a Self-Tanning junkie, moisturizer is really important to me. This body cream smells great (I received the lavender scent–my favorite!), is non greasy and absorbs into the skin quite well. I would recommend this product.

Score: 9/10

Full Sized Pixi Lip Balm in Ripe Raspberry

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I love lip balm. I mean, I can’t live without it. Did you know that there is a real and true lip balm addiction? I was excited to try this tinted lip balm, but was a bit disappointed. It’s really round which makes application kind of tricky. I also found that it actually flakes and dries out a bit as it wears off. It’s not soft, nor silky and hydrating, however, I will keep it on my bathroom shelf for those mornings I need a quick swipe of color as I run out the door. I don’t know the full price on this as the Birchbox website sells them in a batch of four balms. Needless to say, it doesn’t quite matter to me, because I don’t plan on buying it again. I’ll stick to my Sugar tinted lip balms.

Real Chemistry 3 Minute Peel

Full Price: $48.00

I can’t review this product because I haven’t tried it yet. I’m scared of peels! But I promise, I will face my fears and try this peel tonight and manned this review tomorrow.

Overall, I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t receive any makeup products in this month’s box, but there is always October!!

Stay tuned for my latest Sephora haul, A Makeup Mashup Review, How to Stay Beautiful When You’re Feeling Blah and another Drugstore vs. High End Review.

Love & Eyeliner,
Suzy Queue
xoxo

I’m Still Here!

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September has been a super crazy month for me and I haven’t had much time to post, but I have so much to share and review with you all, as I’ve been going a bit nuts with the makeup purchases.

Posts to come:
September Birchbox Bomb!
My Too Faced Face: All Too Faced Products & Reviews
How to Stay Beautiful When You’re Just Not Feeling So Beautiful!
My Benefit Face: All Benefit Products & Reviews
Mac’s Face in a Box: Review
High End VS. Drugstore Brands: Eyes & Lips
The Ten Minute Mommy Face

Ack! I have so much to write about, a ton of photos to take and am looking forward to it!

Have a fabulous weekend, lovelies!

Love & Eyeliner,
Suzy Queue
xoxo

My Benefit Giveaway!

Such a sweetheart! Love her blog!

Clare's Beauty

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Firstly I just want to thank each and every one of my followers. Especially the people that I now consider friends within this amazing little community we have here! It’s nice to feel apart of something and feel appreciated for what you do. I didn’t realise when I started this blog in May that I would have the reaction I’ve had. It started out as something to do while I was going through a rough time, now it’s something I look forward to doing.

Some of you may know that a couple of weeks ago, I said that when I reached 200 followers that i would do a giveaway. I’ve been racking my brain to try and think of a product that everyone would like… But then I thought, why not let them choose? As benefits is a big brand that everyone loves with amazing quality items, I thought i…

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Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

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Top: Nude Full Size Bottom: Peony Deluxe Sample

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Bottom: Peony Deluxe Sample

Left: Nude Right: Peony

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Right: Peony

As you all know, I’m a Too-Faced junkie! I love their palettes and recently discovered their new line of long wearing lipsticks “Melted.” I have mixed feelings about this product, but in the end, I think it’s a keeper. 

I purchased the Too-Faced “I’ll Stop the World and Melt with You” Fall 2014 Full Face Collection, which i will review soon, but couldn’t wait to try the melted lipstick as it came in a pretty pink shade. I also ran out and purchased the nude shade, which i haven’t tried, but will wear with my “Full Face” review.

“Melted” goes on like a gloss and dries into a lipstick. That.s it’s one downfall…it may be a bit too drying. It does last a long time, but I have to reapply at least once in a long day. Because it’s a bit drying, it doesn’t go on as smoothly the second time around. At $21, it’s more expensive than a MAC lipstick, but it’s so interesting and the color “Melted Peony” is a new favorite. It’s just perfect for me.

Sorry for the blurry picture!

Sorry for the blurry picture!

I can’t wait to try the entire “I’ll Stop The World” Kit and do a full Too-Faced Face Review. I’ve been on a bit of a spree recently, with lots of new products, so many posts and reviews await you! Thanks for reading!

Love & Eyeliner,

Suzy Queue

xoxo

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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I’m a baby beauty blogger, so I was super surprised to be nominated for this award by the lovely Jadie. Thank you Jadie!

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The Rules

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.

2. Put the award logo on your blog.

3. Answer the ten questions they have set you.

4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.

5. Nominate ten people

Jadie’s Questions

1. If you had to live with ONLY 1 make-up product what would it be and why?

Eyeliner, Of Course!

2. Name the beauty brand you’d most love to be a spokesperson for?

Wouldn’t it be a thrill to be the face of Dior or Chanel? But realistically, I love Too Faced Products, so I choose that brand.

3. What is your absolute favorite perfume?

None! I never, ever wear perfume!

4. What’s your best beauty tip?

Wash it all off at night!! 

5. Are you a heels or flats girl?

I think it depends on the outfit. I love the look of heels and the comfort of flats.

6. Would you ever tattoo make-up onto your face and why?

I have so many tattoos on my body, I think I will hold off on tattooing makeup on my face, besides, then I would miss one of my favorite activities–putting on my face!

7. Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?

Since I have cancer and had to go through six months of chemo, I am TERRIFIED of losing my hair! I would much rather never be able to cut it again!

8. Would you rather wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter?

I much prefer summer clothes, but New York City winters can be brutal. Still, I say summer clothes.

9. If you had $1000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or makeup?

I think I would split it. I love clothes as much as I love makeup! $600 for clothes and $400 for makeup.

10. I am on an endless quest for the perfect _________?

Red Lipstick!

My Ten Questions

1. How did you come up with the name of your blog? Do you regret your choice?

2. Can you apply false lashes? If yes, can you apply both the strips and singles or strips only?

3. What was the first makeup purchase you ever made?

4. Are your beauty products neatly organized or a big ol’ mess?

5. What is your favorite beauty tool? (Hair, Nails, Tweezers etc.) Why?

6. Where is your favorite place to purchase cosmetics? A drugstore? A makeup store such as Sephora or Ulta or Department stores?

7. Do you have any homemade beauty tricks such as masks or hair conditioners?

8. What is your favorite brand and shade of nail polish?

9. Do you experiment with a lot of eye color (ex: purples, blues) or do you prefer a more natural eye?

10. Do you wear a winged eye? How long did it take you to get the hang of it?

I Nominate

I haven’t been blogging for too long, so I am going to nominate the lovely ladies who have followed me over the past few weeks. If this is your second or third nomination, Sorry!

http://rosemeregildo.wordpress.com/

http://beautybaseline.wordpress.com/

http://amodelintheknow.wordpress.com/

http://lifebeinggirly.com/

http://wondersreviews.wordpress.com/

http://anita1030.wordpress.com/

http://beautybyjena.wordpress.com/

http://pluanna.wordpress.com/

It’s only 8, but as soon as I find two more beauty bloggers whom I can nominate, I will!

Thanks again http://jadiebeauty.wordpress.com/

Love & Eyeliner,

Suzy Queue

xoxo