Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Is this the Best Drugstore Liquid Lipstick?

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I’m in lippie heaven right now. Seriously! There have been a bunch of new releases to hit my desk in the past week plus some I bought that just came out so if you love lipsticks as much as I do, be sure to check back.

First up, MAYBELLINE SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick ($9.49 @ maybelline.com, walgreens.com, target.com) What It Is: SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick gives you a flawless matte finish in a range of super saturated shades.

My take: Wow, just wow. I think I may have found my favorite drugstore liquid lipstick! The colors are simply fab (favorites right now have to be the dark pink of Lover and the bright orange/red of Heroine) and I really like the formula. Here’s the breakdown - These dry down matte but not dessert dry. They have some tact to them but the color is totally non-transferable. I just got the new NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments the other day and immediately tried one and that one has a slight tact to them but these seem to have more, which I kind of like. The super dessert dry ones have become like nails down a chalkboard for me and I just can’t wear them anymore.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Meet the Face Cream that Beats them All!

This is a post sponsored by Olay. All words are my own. 

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Skin care. It's a huge subject and no one really has the answer when it comes to what anti-aging products work and which don't. I mean, I think we've all tried or at least been enticed by the super expensive lotions and potions that promise the moon. But do they actually deliver? Some would say yes. Some would say no. I say, the proof is in the pudding.

And that is this is the main reason I started my blog over 15 years ago, to give my opinion if beauty product do what they say, plain and simple.

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Another place that's been around forever and has become quite the powerhouse is Good Housekeeping (GHK). They have a Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI) where they have been doing consumer product evaluations for over 100 years. And for a product to receive the Good Housekeeping seal of approval is a big deal as they rigorously test products and evaluate them based on performance, ease of use, safely, durability and design.

This year the folks at GHK tested Olay's newly re-engineered Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream against 10 other creams and guess what? It performed better than the others, which had price tags ranging from $26 to $440. That's amazing! I'm sure you can think of a face cream that costs upwards of $300-$400, right? So again, Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream at just $26.99 works better than all the more expensive brands tested! 

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You can't argue with results like these! One of the statistics that stood out in the documented study was how long skin stays hydrated and plump. That's important when it comes to keeping your skin looking ageless.
 
Key ingredients in the Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream include:
  • Carob Seed Extract to repair and regenerate
  • Niacinamide (vitamin B3) to help boost cell turnover and maintain skin's moisture barrier
  • Amino-peptide (pal-KTKKS) helps decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Panthenol (vitamin B5) to sooth and moisturize
  • Vitamin E an oil-soluble anti-oxidant which protects against free radicals
  • Olivem - comes from olive oil to increase the penetration of anti-aging ingredients to the skin's stratum corneum (the outer most layer of the skin). 
  • Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid, powerful humectants with intense miniaturization properties. 
Now a lot of the above may be Greek to you as most of it was for me, but I feel the average person should start becoming even more familiar with ingredients so they won't get caught up in the hype of a product. I know I do sometimes!
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                                                           Olay is the light under the Stars!

And this is so perfect for summer! The temps are regularly hitting 80 degrees and up and keeping skin hydrated during these hot months is important and I was stunned by the study that found this cream increased moisture by 50% over a 24-hour period. So when using this in the morning, I apply some before sunscreen and at night I apply a little after cleansing and toning my face. 
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Did you know that in a study by GKI, 155,000 women showed that 80% of skin's anti-aging destiny is within a women's control and not related to genes? So you better start arming yourself with something powerful like Olay's Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream if you want to make a difference in your skin. 
 
Read more about Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream @ Olay.com and read the study for yourself @ goodhousekeeping.com

I partnered with Olay on this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Why You Should Use Micellar Water

My first ever micellar water was Bioderma Solution Micellar and it achieved cult status rather quickly and it seems like it was some time before another one came along like this one and this one. So what exactly is micellar water and why should I care? It's tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules called micelles suspended in soft water. It won't dry or strip the skin and they clean beautifully. Now they won't remove waterproof mascara but they do a nice job otherwise. 

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Here are some I recommend from L to R:

EMBRYOLISSE Micellar Lotion $26/8.5oz @ target.com

YES TO Cucumber Micellar Water $8.99/7.77oz @ ulta.com, walgreens.com

L'OREAL Micellar Cleansing Water $9.99/13.5oz @ target.comulta.com

SEPHORA Triple Action Cleansing Water - $12/6.76oz @ sephora.com

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And it also comes in wipes now with SIMPLE Kind to Skin Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes $5.99/25 wipes @ target.com, and a super remove-it-all-even-liquid-lipstick VICHY Micellar Oil $18/4.2oz @ dermstore.com, target.com

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