The ladies of Makeup Wars are a varied bunch in our taste and especially with our hair. We all have different styles, lengths, textures and desires when it comes to how we like our hair. KEUNE hair care has provided each of us with a haircare line that suits our taste. What you’ll see in our posts this time are the products that Keune carries so that you can find the ones that suit your needs and your life style.
I’ve had straight hair my entire life though it’s never been that glass like straight that you see in advertisements. After an illness my hair suddenly went from straight to crazy. I lost a huge volume of hair and is it regrew it came in kinky and then settled into some funny waves that went every which way. That’s when I got serious and started having Keratin treatments. I have them about every 9 months because I want to retain my youth (obviously) and have straight, easy to care for locks.
KEUNE CARE LINE KERATIN SMOOTHING is the line I chose as it’s listed under “Smooth and Manageable” which describes what I am looking for to a tee. There are 4 products in the line and are all highly recommended if you want smooth hair and could use the benefits of keratin added to the products you use.
I have to start with how much I love the packaging of the Keratin Smoothing line. Fuchsia and charcoal look stunning together and perfect in my gray, white and black bathroom!
KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING SHAMPOO is a very mild shampoo that cleanses without any stripping. It’s great for both color-treated hair and for chemical treated hair. There’s no fragrance to most of the line. Here’s some information from Keune about the shampoo: “The Quat Complex protects against Hair Fiber Breakage and ensures smooth wet combing. Keratin repairs and protects the hair structure. Provitamin B5 penetrates deeply into the hair shaft and regulates the moisture balance and gives shine.”
KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING CONDITIONER is a perfect day to day conditioner. It’s creamy and leaves my hair easy to comb and protects from breakage. It contains shea butter for extra conditioning and shine.
The KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING SERUM is where we start getting really serious! The serum is what smooths my hair and keeps it from getting frizzy. This is an amazing serum that contains active keratin and argan oil. I love this serum. I need 3 small pumps for my shoulder length hair. I rub it through then brush with my wet brush and I’m ready to go. I usually don’t have to do anything else after I messily blow dry. It keeps my hair straight throughout that process. It also protects from the heat of my dryer or my flat iron. On second day hair I’ll use one pump smooshed in my palms and run it through my hair before using a flat iron.
I have to really rave about the KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING TREATMENT. This makes my hair behave like nothing else. I end up with the softest and straightest hair on the days I use this. I use this just once a week though I know I could use it more often. With this treatment it’s best to apply it after shampooing and then bundle your hair up in a towel for 5 minutes. You can do that in the shower if you want while you are shaving and washing up. I typically use it without the towel though and just step out of the water stream to let it condition and repair my hair. This has what they call “Zipper Technology”. The Treatment is great to rebuild, repair and protect any damage you have with your hair. It’s wonderful if you plan to flat iron after blowdrying since it’s so protective.
Keune is a salon sold line that’s easy to locate with their salon finder. I just put in my state and it showed 2 salons close to my home and 4 others that are within reasonable distance. I just hope they carry my choice of Keratin Smoothing.
I’m thrilled that Keune chose to work with our group of Makeup War bloggers since it introduced me to a haircare line that I wouldn’t have known about but now love. Have you tried anything from Keune? — Marcia
*some items were sent for consideration, some were purchases
Today’s Makeup Wars is all about summer highlighters, bronzers and glowing products. As someone who doesn’t tan and rarely even uses bronzers I have to be all about the glow. The 6 products I love for this all happen to be creams that I haven’t shared with you yet (or much).
I love cream products since I believe they can be less aging on me. I’m lucky that they wear well on me too and for the most part don’t fade away. When I was in the midst of crazy hot flashes I had to step away from a lot of powder products because they’d look awful after I finally stopped flashing. That’s when I started trusting cream products more. Yes they’ll fade after a major flash but they don’t look cakey on me and they are easy to repair.
Out of my slew of cosmetics I picked some that I’ve been using a lot in the last month and that I know will continue to serve me during the summer.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY is a brand I’d been lusting after for a very long time. When it became available in the US (Nordstrom.com and CharlotteTilbury.com) I sort of froze since the amount of products were overwhelming to me. I purchased a few here and there but it was when the Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadows ($32) were released that I knew it was time for me to splurge. I currently have Jean (also known as Norma Jean) and Marie Antoinette but Verushka is on its way to me too.
Jean/Norma Jean is the one I’ve been wearing the most and I absolutely adore it. I start with an eyeshadow primer and let it set for a while. Then with my finger I apply the color smoothing it lightly over my entire eye most days. Before I do anything else I let it set longer since I’ve read that some people get creasing with it. I never have and I’ve used them a dozen times. This applies lighter and more golden than CT’s swatches because I sheer them out. I love to wear Norma Jean with some brown or khaki eyeshadows in the outer corner. “Jean a gorgeous, sparkling-pink champagne inspired by the iconic beauty Marilyn Monroe.”
Marie Antoinette is an antique oyster gold hue inspired by the hypnotizing beauty of the infamous Queen of France according to the website. I find that it looks deeper in the jar and on my finger swatches than it does on my eyes. I like to wear this alone on my lid for an easy summer look but it’s just as beautiful anyway I use it.
After my perfect glowy eyes are applied I need to do my face. During a previous Makeup Wars and Top Ten Tuesday post every blogger except for me raved about BECCA BRONZING SKIN PERFECTOR GEL ($36). Well that couldn’t be. If they all loved it that much then I wasn’t going to be left out. This is wonderful for this very pale blogger who keeps out of the sun. I can mix it into my foundation for a perk me up when I’m feeling wan or I can spot use it to act as my bronzer. It’s a cream to powder formula that is infused with pearls to make it more radiant. It’s not glittery though, it’s just glowy. It loves me and I love it.
YOUNGBLOOD COSMETICS makes LUMINOUS CREME BLUSH ($27*) that I love to pieces. These are staples for me and I even have backups. Two that are ideal for summer are Champagne Life and Tropical Glow. I use them all year round but they get more love in summer. What makes these so special is their texture. They are very firm to the touch and never are tacky on me. They are among the longest lasting cream blushes I own. Champagne Life looks darker in the pan than it appears on me. I use this as a champagne highlighter at the top of my cheekbones. I love pairing it with Tropical Glow too. Tropical Glow is a peachy pink glow that has become one of my true loves. They say it has golden shimmer but it’s the kind of shimmer that’s embedded within so that you just see the special color it creates.
These are oil free so they won’t clog pores. They contain Vitamins C and E which work together to help protect against oxidative stress. They are extremely emollient due to the Jojaba Esters.
TOM FORD CREAM CHEEK COLOR in PINK SAND ($65) is my absolute splurge item. The more I saw it on other blogs the more I wanted it. I’ve resisted a ton of Tom Ford products because of the price but I just had to have this peachy pink cream blush.
The elegant white packaging, the Tom Ford name, the Nordstrom description “Tom Ford Cream Cheek Color instantly brightens your face for a healthy glow and a natural burst of color. The pearlized, peach-pink shade gives cheeks gorgeous luster and a stunning radiant finish.” and triple points on my CC all added up to me owning this. It’s a very light blush and it’s not long lasting but I don’t care. I’m happy to reapply this. It’s limited edition along with the rest of their summer collection and I didn’t want to regret not owning this.
Now you’ve seen my favorite glowy products and I hope you like them. Are any of these in your collection? What do you recommend I add to mine?
Let’s see what the other Makeup Warriors chose by visiting them. — Marcia
*youngblood received for review purposes, rest are personal purchases
Makeup Wars has decided to feature a favorite new product. I actually have three but I’m narrowing it down to just one very special one: Murad Invisblur Perfecting Shield. This primer is everything to me and I’m thrilled to use it daily and choose this as my special feature. Mine came from Beauty Brands* which is a wonderful website that I discovered when a blogger mentioned a sale they were having. I love sales and specials and I find that Beauty Brands always has something going on. They carry lines that are both established like MURAD and independent ones.
My blog partner Lisa is all about primers and I’m all about serums but I’d heard so many wonderful things about Murad Invisblur Perfecting Shield that I just couldn’t wait to use it. Once I got it I realized it’s much more than a primer. It’s a moisturizer, sunscreen, anti-aging treatment and blurring product wrapped up into one fabulous product.
The texture of Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30/PA+++ is what makes this unique for me. It’s gel like and feels soothing on my skin. I find I need the smallest amount of it to cover my entire face. I can use this over a serum or without one, I can use this under moisturizer or use it as my moisturizing product. It’s designed to promote total skin perfection. It’s even wonderful for those days we are running around without foundation because it provides so many benefits as well as protective ingredients (see below).
One of the reasons I didn’t use primers that much previously is that I found too many of them balled up when I’d put on BB/CC Cream or foundation. There’s never a problem with that with Murad Invisiblur. Plus it makes my foundation last so much longer. Since I’ve been using this (just under 1 month) I don’t have to touch up foundation ever. I can put on my makeup in the morning and other than touching up blush, lips or eyeliner I’m done.
Invisiblur is gluten free and non-comedogenic. For me one of the main benefits is that it helps blur the large pores on my face. I work hard to keep those to a minimum and Invisiblur works hard to make them look like they aren’t there. There’s never a greasy feeling plus I don’t have to wait for it to set before applying anything else. If you want a touch of luxury that takes the place of at least 3 products in your morning routine, then Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30/PA+++ is the answer to your dreams, just like it is to mine. — Marcia
Now let’s see what products rock the world for my friends
-Mushroom Peptides: Fight visible signs of aging to help restore youthful-looking firmness, elasticity, and skin resilience.
-Soft-focus Complex: Smooths skin and blurs imperfections for improved tone and texture to create an ideal canvas for makeup application.
-Barley, Sunflower, and Cucumber Extracts: Enhance skin’s ability to retain moisture.
Isododecane, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Methicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Homosalate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Octocrylene, Diethylhexyl 2, 6- Naphthalate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Polyglycerides, C15-23 Alkane, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Cake, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Extract, Octyldodecanol, Octyldodecyl Oleate, PEG -8 Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Alcohol, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract*, Butylene Glycol, Lentinus Edodes (Shiitake Mushroom) Extract, Mucor Miehei Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Silica, Sodium Propoxyhydroxypropyl Thiosulfate Silica, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Solidago Virgaurea (Goldenrod) Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral,Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldhyde, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance
*provided by Beauty Brands for review consideration