A Vampy Red: Julep Scarlett

By on 7-28-2014 in Manicures

Julep ScarlettRemember when I went to the opening of the San Francisco Dungeon?  Well I had just removed a somewhat unsuccessful manicure that was specific to an event I went to, and I needed something quick and appropriate.  I decided to look through some of the polishes I have got recently that I haven’t had a chance to use yet.  Julep Scarlett jumped out at me as appropriate for touring the San Francisco Dungeon – vampy, sparkly, and simple.  Simple both in that it would be quick to put on and wouldn’t be a lot of work for a manicure that no one would really notice.  This was not an event where anyone was likely to compliment my nails, or even see them, really, so I just wanted them to not be bare!

Had it been up to me, I don’t think I’d ever have bought this polish on my own.  I received it in the Golden Ticket Mystery Box a while back, hence why it was kind of filed away and not used.  I find that I don’t wear red that often, but I also have quite a few variations on the basic red.  The Julep site describes Scarlett’s finish as a “Metallic/Chrome”, but I totally disagree.  Metallic, a bit, but I would not classify this as chrome in any way.  When I think of a chrome finish polish, I think of Sally Hansen Colorfoils or OPI Gwen Stefani Collection Nail Lacquer Push and Shove.  The color description is much more accurate, describing Julep Scarlett as a “Vibrant red micro-glitter metallic”.  

This polish is very similar to an older polish I have in my collection – Maybelline Express Finish Fast Dry Red Comet.  It’s not a dead on dupe as Red Comet has a darker, more “ruby slipper” feel to it.  Julep Scarlett is more vibrant.  So they can both live in harmony in my collection!

Have you tried Younique?

By on 7-25-2014 in Beauty, Guest Posts

Hello, TrishaLyn.com readers! I’m Kacie Kersey, a hair stylist, makeup artist, breast cancer activist and Halloween enthusiast who resides in the SF Bay Area with one boyfriend, three cats and hundreds (if not thousands) of books. I can be found around the internet at @kaciedoeshair on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook.com/kaciedoeshair. Like any Type-A Crazy, I am not content with the status quo (or with having a car payment) so while I build my hair empire I have a couple of side gigs, including Younique!

I was introduced to Younique products by a friend in March. Younique was founded in 2012 by a brother-sister  team, centered around the core values of simplicity, positive influence, and the celebration of inner and outer beauty. Less than two years old and they are on track to become one of the fastest growing direct-sales companies EVER. And in April I pulled the trigger to become an Independent Distributor. Why? Pretty much because of one incredible product: their Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes! This ain’t your momma’s mascara, that’s for sure! It’s two tubes, a three-step process that combines collagen transplanting gel and all natural green tea fibers to create truly incredible thickness and volume! I mean LOOK at this before and after (spoiler alert, no other makeup on, after working out. I swear sometimes I look cuter than this picture leads you to believe).

Kacie Kersey wearing Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Masacara

SO — how does it work? The instructions in the package say to start off with a coat of your regular mascara — I don’t. I start with clean, naked lashes, and do a coat of the Transplanting Gel, then while that is still wet I do a full coat of the Fibers. Give that a few seconds to set up and seal those bad boys on with a second coat of Transplanting Gel. You can do as few or as many coats as you like; I tend to do about 3 when I want some attention on my eyes, or if I am having a lazy day and don’t want to bother with shadow, liner and the whole thing. I get away with lashes, tinted moisturizer and lipstick about 4 days a week, which is essential in the hot summer months. The 3D Fiber Lash mascara is $29, which is on par with most department store mascaras.

Pros

  • Crazy long lashes. I see a remarkable difference, even with one coat.
  • The look of falsies without the glue, heaviness, corners popping off, etc.
  • No damage to your natural lashes.

Cons

  • The gel dries quickly, making it difficult to do both eyes at the same time. This is a quick fix, but it’s hard to retrain 18 years of putting on mascara!
  • It is a multi-step process, so even one coat adds a minute or so to your beauty routine.
  • If you’re too generous with your fibers and don’t remember to seal them in with another coat of transplanting gel it could result in little black fibers hanging out on your cheekbones. Not a look I enjoy!

Younique has a host of other products in their lineup, from BB Cream, to foundations, blushes and eye pigments. Everything I’ve tried has been excellent quality, especially considering the price point (pigments are just $10 while foundations top out at $32 — in fact no single item is over $32, however there are some things that come in sets and collections)! I am a makeup junkie and the pigments hold up to the quality of MAC, especially color payoff and blend-ability.

Some people would say that only being able to get a hold of the 3D Fiber Lashes and other Younique products through an Independent Presenter is a negative, but I disagree. People like to do business with people they know, like and trust. I am obviously excited about this product, people know they’re getting a great product with an unconditional LOVE IT guarantee, and my friends and family know I wouldn’t steer them wrong, especially with my background in the beauty industry! Couple that with my commitment to build a team of like-minded women that are dynamic and filled with integrity… well, I wouldn’t stand behind a product or company that was anything less.

If you’d like to purchase your own 3D Fiber Lashes or any other Younique products you can do so at LashingOut.net, and if you’re interested in learning more about the Younique opportunity contact me at [email protected]!

JustMySize.com Active Skirtini Two-Piece Swimsuit Review

By on 7-22-2014 in Reviews

Trisha on her Giraft at Shadow CliffsBig thanks to Hanes Brands, who recently upped my swimsuit game by sending me an Active Skirtini Two-Piece Swimsuit in Black/Fuchia. Being a lady of a certain size, I’ve had lots of trouble finding swimsuits that both fit and don’t make me feel like a beached whale.  I’m a fan of the skirted swimsuit to add some fabric that takes away from the bulk that is my thighs.  For years I had a one piece black suit, but the annoying thing about a one piece suit is the difficulty in taking it off when using the bathroom.  If you think peeling a wet suit off in a bathroom stall as a standard size woman is a pain, imagine being shoved into the stall even in dry clothes!

I did recently get a two piece “tankini” suit that makes that so much easier to use the restroom, but it isn’t really good for aqua Zumba because there’s a lot of movement and the flowing top starts to float to the top. So I was very excited to try this swimsuit that is designated for active women in hopes that the fabric would be covering but adhere enough during working out to not start riding up.  When the Hanes Brand representative gave me the choice of which design I wanted the Active Skirtini Two-Piece Swimsuit in, I picked the black and hot pink racing stripe design because it had a nice pop of color, but nothing too crazy or outlandish that might draw even more attention to me.

As you can see, I decided to let my awesome A&W “Giraft” I bought for $5 at a yard sale like 8 years ago draw plenty of attention to me as it was!  So glad Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area allows inflatables!  Several kids asked if we bought it at the shop there that sold all manner of inflatables (dolphins, cars, dragons, etc.) and their faces definitely showed the disappointment when I told them I’d brought it with me.  Heck, the raft was made before they were even born (it’s dated 1984)!

Pros

  • Suit is more form-fitting and does not float up when inactive in water.
  • Snug fit, but not too tight.
  • Skirt gives just enough room to cover thighs and butt without getting in the way.
  • Built-in Bra cups.

Cons

  • I wish the top had been slightly larger and not quite so form fitting.  Just another inch or so to avoid cling.
  • Only half of the inside of the bottoms are lined – which leads me to not really be sure if that’s supposed to be the front (I think so, right?) or the back.
  • The built-in bra is not tacked down at the bottom band, making it a bit difficult to put on over your head.

Verdict: Great for Active Swimming

Right now the Plus Size Active Skirtini Two-Piece Swimsuit is available for only $49.00, which is actually a very good price for a plus-size swimsuit.  Mine is a 5x, and typically I wear a size 30 pant, so take that into consideration when wondering if it’ll be too form-fitting for you.  Starting tomorrow, 7/24/14, you can save on shipping and have your order shipped for just $3.99 through 7/31/14. Disclosure: I was provided this Just My Size Cotton Active Skirtini Two-Piece Swimsuit complimentary for review.  This opinion is 100% my own.