All posts tagged: Beauty

B.A.D. Girl Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Beauty Addict Gift Ideas

I’m back with my second gift guide for this year (1st one here) and it is for the beauty lovers on your holiday shopping list! I love shopping for beauty items and they really do make the best gifts. Am I the only one who buys something because the packaging is so cute? Here are some of my top beauty items that I think will make kick-ass gifts!  The beauty blender will make a perfect gift for any female on your list ($39.95) Lime Crime makes the most pigmented lipsticks in the. best. colors. ($18) Ouidad’s Gift Sets have everything you need to be curl ready on the go ($27) A palette with the best shadow shades for everyday ($27) 12 mini nail polishes from Deborah Lippmann ($78) The cutest freakin’ perfume bottle: Dot by Marc Jacobs ($92) I’m dying for a Clarisonic brush and this kit is awesome! ($150) For those who like all natural  products this duo by Ole Herickson is great! ($10) A kit with samples of ALL of Benefit’s best sellers ($36) Sephora is hosting Cyber Week with …

B.A.D. Girl Beauty: My Top Tips for Achieving a Perfect Blow Out

This post contains sponsored content in collaboration with Unilever and Latina Bloggers Connect I taught myself to blow dry my own hair and after many years of practice I like to think I have mastered the art of blow drying. I  want to share with you all my personal styling tips for achieving results and helping to maintain your blow out. So here we go! Apply a Smoothing Serum to towel dried hair I really like the Keratin Infusing Smoothing Serum from TRESemme. It smells good, eliminates frizz and leaves my hair smooth and shiny without feeling greasy. Start by coating the ends and working your way up the hair shaft. Don’t apply too much and concentrate on dry spots. Air It Out Allow your hair to air dry for a bit (15-30 mins depending on hair thickness) or if you are in a hurry use your blow dryer to remove excess moisture. This will cut your drying time down significantly. Separate Your Hair Divide combed hair into sections and secure with hair clips. I …

B.A.D. Girl Beauty: My Current Beauty Product Obsessions {Video}

I find myself getting a lot more into beauty and make up lately and I want to share with you girls some products I am really loving! I made a video review and unfortunately my voice came out  low, but feel free to check it out anyway and please subscribe to my channel! Ouidad Define & Shine Curl Styling Gel Cream, $24 This is my absolute favorite product from the Ouidad line and its the only product I use to style my curly hair now. It helps prevent frizz and has great hold. No hairspray needed with this baby! Yes to Grapefruit CC Cream, $15.99 Love this product for days I want coverage without having to get done up. Its lightweight and smells yummy! Maybelline FIT Me! Shine Free Foundation Stick, $8 I currently use this as my everyday go to foundation. It is easy to apply, gives me nice coverage and helps keep me shine free! Beauty Blender Sponge, $19.99 I am a bit late on this product, but I am SO happy I …

B.A.D. Girl Link Love: Makeup Tricks, Being an Introvert and My New Shero Malala Yousafzai

Hey B.A.D. Girls! I hope you all had a kick-ass week! Here are the latest links I am loving! 10 really helpful makeup tips/tricks they teach you at Beauty School via Beauty Riot This was an interesting read: 23 Signs You’re Secretly an Introvert via Huffington Post Malala Yousafzai is 16 years old who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2009 for being an advocate of the right for girls to attend school in Pakistan.  She is my new Shero and I will always think of her bravery when ever I feel fear. Here is a clip from her 20/20 special that I saw on Friday. She is so freakin’ inspiring. Isn’t Malala a total B.A.D. Girl?! xo Nicole Let’s Connect:  Bloglovin  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  SHOP

B.A.D. Girl Tip: Get Better Results From Your Mascara

If I had to pick one makeup product to have with me on a deserted island it would most definitely be my mascara! I currently swear by Avon’s  SuperSHOCK Max Mascara as my ultimate favorite. It is so good especially for girls with long lashes because the brush is huge. So here are my tips to get get better results from your mascara and create perfect lashes. Purchase the Sally Hansen Sexy Curls Eyelash Curler. My sister introduced me and it is AMAZING.  You can find it at your local drug or beauty supply store.  You wont regret it. Throw your other one out and buy this one. Now. Use an eyelash comb to separate your lashes and curl them with your new Sally Hansen Eyelash Curler. Hold for 5-10 seconds on each eye. When you apply your mascara it is so important that you wiggle the mascara wand from the base of your lash line to the tip. So whatever you do, do not just brush your lashes with your mascara. You have to …

B.A.D. Girl Beauty Review: BA STAR Stardust Mineral Eye Shadow

BA Star Makeup specializes in creating products for chicas who are active and need makeup with staying power.  They sent me their Stardust Mineral Eye Shadow in Apricot and a  Body Shimmer Base that you apply to the area in which you want to add shimmer (or shadow) and this is what gives it the lasting wear. Its basically a sweat proof primer made to last all day! So I decided to test their products (made for performance) out by wearing them to the gym while I did my 2 mile run on the treadmill.   Here are my before and after the gym photos. Nothing changed except my skin got a lot more red lol. My eye makeup barely smudged though! Pros: Shadow colors are very pretty and affordable at only $8.75. The Shimmer Base helps the mineral shadow stay in place all day. Perfect for those long days when you go from work to play. Easy to remove. Cons: The shimmer base glue made applying the mineral shadow not as “smooth” as I am …

B.A.D. Girl Beauty Review: Philip Kingsley Styling and UV Protection Products

It’s so important to protect yourself from UV rays and most of us probably forget about our hair, right?! I know I did until I was introduced to hair care brand Philip Kingsley. which has an awesome line of products to protect your hair from sun damage. These products are especially good for you ladies who color your hair because the sun will definitely strip or change the color of your locks. I am mildly obsessed so I had to post a review. Philip Kingsley Maximizer ($22): This hair spray maximizes volume, body and bounce. I spray it on my roots and get nice volume. It also adds a decent hold and shine and contains the UV protector. Philip Kingsley Preen Cream ($34): This styling cream protects, seals and adds shine. Its perfect for smoothing out dry ends which I love. Its lightweight and contains the UV protector too! Philip Kingsley Weatherproof Hairspray ($29): This hairspray is a must have for color treated hair since it helps protect against sun damage and extends the life …

Bling It On! With Hpnotiq: Submit Your Glam Makeup looks to Win Prizes!

Hey B.A.D. Girls! I am back with phase 3 of Hpnotiq’s GLAM LOUDER contest and sweepstakes! This round is for all of you beauty and makeup addicts! Woop! Love glam makeup? From now until July 14th 2013, Hpnotiq wants you to show them how you GLAM LOUDER by submitting photos of  your glammest makeup look. Entries can be pictures you snap yourself or images you find online. So easy! image via Here is a photo of a glam makeup look that I really love! I am very simple when it comes to my daily makeup routine, but when it’s time to GLAM LOUDER  I really enjoy bold brows, dramatic eyeliner and a fierce lip color! The Prizes! $1,200 gift card to Sephora or Ulta A handbag of your choice up to $1,000 AND A chance to win the grand prize trip for you and three friends to go shopping with Khloe Kardashian in Los Angeles! The grand prize winner will star in a professional photo shoot for the chance to be in a real Hpnotiq …

B.A.D. Girl Must Have For A Pretty Pucker

Buying a new lip balm WITH an SPF has been on my shopping list for a hot minute and the other day I finally remembered to pick one up while I was in CVS. I’ve heard great things about ‘Baby Lips’ by Maybelline and was excited to see they offered an option with  SPF 20! Score! Why You Need It: SPF 20!! It is SO important to protect your lips from sun damage to keep your lips full and cancer free! Perfect for everyday use and even better to wear under or over your lipstick Keeps lips baby soft and moisturized for up to 8 hours It costs $4 bucks and can easily be purchased at your local drugstore!! Did I mention it has SPF in it??? Did you know the sun’s UV rays can impact the production of collagen in your lips, so overtime as you age your lips begin to thin out and wrinkle?! What product do you use to protect your lips? Buy Baby Lips Here. xx Nicole Let’s Connect: Bloglovin  Facebook  …

Coily Head Chicks Product Review

I was contacted by hair care company CoilyHeadChick to review some of the products from their line for curly-haired girls. Now, I don’t normally wear my hair curly because I find the maintenance to be too much with my hectic schedule. However, I do love trying out new products since my hair has changed as an adult. Here are the three products I used on my hair: 1. Ultimate Hair Treat – A concentrated leave in moisturizer that can also be used daily. 2. Hair Perfection– A multipurpose styling gel 3. Hair Martini– A refresher hair spray for your curls. PROS: All natural high quality ingredients My hair was frizz free Products did not make my curls feel hard and crunchy CONS: I am sensitive to smells and the products left my hair smelling like baby powder, which I did not like. Whenever I touched my hair I felt residue from the product on my hands – even after my hair dried completely. I will definitely give CoilyHeadChick another try and I am thinking about …