Review & Swatches: Tyra 4-Minute Tyover Set

Tyra 4-Minute Tyover Set

Attention America's Next Top Model fans! Ty Ty Baby is bringing you the beauty secrets from her very own vanity, and giving you the tools to get the America's Favorite Top Model look with her very own makeup line. I decided to hop on HSN and pick up some of the sets they're offering - the first of which is the 4-Minute Tyover Set! Here's what's inside:

Eyes In A Stick: This is one of the creamiest eyeshadow pencils I've ever tried! It applies smoothly across the lid, and easily blends out to provide intense pigmentation. The shade, Once You Go Brown, is a deep matte brown that's sure to flatter nearly every skin tone, and a little goes a long way! Be sure to check out the video above for some application tips. I don't typically have oily lids, so I didn't apply a primer before using the Eyes In A Stick, and only experienced minimal transfer. With a base, it wears perfectly all day.
Cheek In A Stick: In a stick format, this blush is ultra simple to apply. Just dab a few times on the apples of your cheeks, and blend back across the tops of your cheek bones, toward your hair line.  The shade, Sexy Hot Flash, is a berry tone with some serious intensity - great for building up for high impact pigmentation.
What Lipstick?: This lipstick is packaged very similarly to Too Faced La Créme Lip Creams, but has a satin/matte finish. The shade is similar to Sexy Hot Flash, and provides some comfort to the lips. While it's not long lasting, I noticed my lips feeling more nourished even after it had worn off.

Overall, I was impressed with how well these product performed. Not only do they create a well-coordinated face when worn together, but all of the products lasted beautifully through a full day's wear! Given the full retail value of these products, I think this set is a steal - definitely one worth checking out if you're interested in a sampling of the Tyra makeup line. 

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My Chicago Street Style

As a Texas transplant in the Midwest, I can say I've seen my fair share of diverse style. In Dallas, mile-high hair and rhinestone-studded denim reign supreme, whereas Chicago style embodies a sleek, functional feel – no need to sacrifice fashion for warmth! The fashion you see in each city is an extension of the art found throughout – both are an expression of who the city is, and what it's about, via the people who live in it. Perrier is celebrating the identity of a city with the launch of three limited edition bottles that feature artwork from world-famous street artists drawing inspiration from cities across the globe. They asked me to take one of the new bottles for a stroll in my city, and show off Chicago's street art. Keep reading to see where I went!

Much like the street style you'll see throughout the city, Chicago's street art reflects a creative hub that doesn't sacrifice beauty for functionality. I took Perrier to one of my favorite pieces of art in the city. While not necessarily street-side, it's a public spot I frequent nearly every week when I travel, yet never get tired of looking at it. The Good Stew mural by gallery37 at Chicago's O'Hare Airport is 144 feet of acrylic paint meant to capture the details of urban life that it's so easy to miss during day-to-day life in a busy city. Every time I walk by, I spot something new – something I hadn't noticed before. Placing a beautiful mural indoors, in an unexpected locale, reminds me that neither art nor beauty need to lose to functionality.

Likewise, fashion and style can't be stopped by plunging temperatures! One of my favorite street styles to rock in weather that would make even a penguin shiver is a dress with fleece-lined tights, and a long-sleeved button up. It's an outfit that provides ample warmth, along with the fun and flirtiness of a dress.

Keep your eyes open for Perrier's new bottles and consider taking it along for your own art walk, appreciating some of the hidden gems your city has to offer.

This post is sponsored by Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water in celebration of its new limited Street Art® edition. This limited edition packaging is a  collaboration between Perrier and three of the world’s influential street artists: JonOne, Sasu and Kobra. To see the full line of collectible designs and learn more about this exciting debut, visit and join the conversation with #StreetArtByPerrier

Where would you take Perrier's street art inspired bottles?

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Perrier via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Perrier.

4 Easy Hair Styles for Everyday

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #HeartMyHair

To the average person, my daily hair routine probably leaves a lot to be desired. Don't get me wrong - I can pin great styles with the best of 'em, but my ultra-fine hair doesn't leave a lot of room to play. Flat and straight is the name of my hair game, so I try to keep my routine quick and simple. Naturally, that can get old after a while. When I've fallen into a hair rut that's gone on too long (then again, aren't they all?), I like to change things up with a new hair gadget or tool. 

I took a stroll down Walmart's Health & Beauty aisle, to get some new inspiration. On the way, I picked up the Conair Infinite Pro Curl Secret, Infinite Pro 3Q Brushless Hair Dryer, a Classic Vintage Roll, and bobby pins (always a staple), and have seamlessly incorporated them into my daily routine! .
Here's how:

If I'm working with just-washed "first day" hair, my first step to achieving hair greatness for the day is a blow dry, and Conair's 3Q Hair Dryer is unlike any I've ever used. Designed to decrease drying time by up to 70%, and decrease heat damage to hair, it's upped my hair game immensely. Typically, I keep my dryer at a medium heat to avoid frizz and heat damage. But with this baby, I can crank it all the way to high speed, with maximum heat, to get a style that's dry and frizz free in minutes - seriously! I actually timed it out one morning, and found that the time it took my hair to dry clocked in at just over three and a half minutes. 

Next up: style. This is always my least favorite part, because I dread "first day" hair. Somewhere in between second and third day hair, there's a glorious moment where there's just enough product in my hair to hold style and body before it becomes a greasy mess. I'm always in the search of a product, or tool, that allows me to hang in that moment of hair perfection. Curls are a great way to get there!

Conair's Curl Secret is an automatic curling iron that pulls the hair into the barrel, holds it there for anywhere between 8-12 seconds, and releases it to reveal a perfect curl. With both a low and high heat setting, I always go for the highest because I find that it helps my hair hold curl best. The lower the time, the looser the curl, but I always opt for 12 second increments because I know my curls will ultimately fall into loose, bouncy waves. Not only does it get the curling job done, but it's turned the job into a one-handed task so I can multi-task while I'm at it!

When all else fails, I reach for a shortcut. Whether my hair is fully-curled, or miserably flat, something like the Classic Vintage Roll makes throwing my hair into quick, but polished style a breeze. The same goes for other often overlooked hair assets, like bobby pins and barrettes! In less than a minute, hair that seems hopeless can gain some structure and style. Check out the tutorials below for easy step-by steps! 

Get the look:

  1. Slip the Conair Classic Vintage Roll to the nape of your neck.
  2. Wrap hair around the roll, tucking it into piece. This doesn't need to be neat!
  3. Secure loose strands to the base of the roll. 
  4. Continue tucking hair into the elastic band surrounding the rest of the head.

Review & Swatches: Revlon Photoready Eye Art Duos in Peach Prism, Desert Dazzle, and Burnished Bling

Revlon's new Eye Art duos will have you doing double takes in your drugstore beauty aisles. These new liquid shadows look nearly identical to Revlon's polish duos, but contain a liquid eyeshadow on one end, and a liquid glitter on the other. I have the following shade duos:

Peach Prism: A metallic champagne shadow, with peach and gold glitter
Desert Dazzle: A metallic khaki green with an antique gold glitter in a clear base
Burnished Bling: A metallic bronze shadow with a copper glitter in a clear base

The liquid shadows are equipped with a doe foot applicator that lays a thick layer of product down. Although it dries down to a powder finish, there's about 30 second worth of play time to blend and distribute the shadow across your lid. Once dry, the shadow is weightless, but intensely pigmented. The lasting power with these isn't perfect when worn alone. I noticed increased flakiness when I didn't prep with a primer. With a base, these are easily worn both flake and fade-free all day long.

The glittery end has a thick brush to apply product. While not small enough to apply a precise liner, it's the perfect size for picking up enough product to sweep across the lid. Once it's dried, the glitter tends to make my lids feel a little more stiff. While not a deal breaker (especially given that they don't affect the wear time of the shadows), it's something those with sensitive eye lids will want to be aware of. 

Overall, these are beautiful products for the makeup lover that wants to ramp up the sparkle in their collection this winter. At $7.99 a piece, there's no reason not to give one a try!

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