Wednesday, September 20, 2017

This Facial Oil Could Change Your Life

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How often have you seen a skin care line that’s been created by a jewelry brand? This next one comes to us from the lovely Stella & Dot line. Can you believe it? The brand is called EVER and my first experience from the brand is their Overnight Facial Cellular Renewal Oil ($88/10z @ everskin.com) and all I can say is wow! Allure magazine glowed about this line a few years back and I’m just catching up with it!

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So back to this oil. Like all the 12 products in the line, this one is formulated with their own LSR10 anti-aging complex and I’ve just fallen in love with it. I can’t think of the last time I was really wow’d by a skin care product. Makeup? That’s a given but I rarely fall head over heels in love with a product for the skin.

This Overnight Facial contains Retinol in a botanical oil to firm and even out the skin’s tone and I can’t get over the thickness of the actual oil and the nice scent it has. And I must say, I’ve never seen a Retinol that came combined with a facial oil. It makes it a lot less irritating for sure. New trend?

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They recommend using this 3 times a week and the bottle should last you at least 6 weeks.  

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided by Octoly for review purposes.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Testing Out the Hottest Mascaras!

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There seems to be a bit of buzz on the above mascaras:

  • BUXOM Big Tease Plumping Mascara
  • URBAN DECAY Troublemaker
  • L’OREAL Voluminous Lash Paradise

So I thought I’d do a post about all three comparing how they look, apply and last. First up is L’Oreal.

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L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise ($8.99 @ target.com) - Our 1st mascara for voluptuous volume & length now with even more black pigments. Soft wavy bristle brush holds maximum formula for a dramatic volumizing charge. 200+ bristles catch every lash for a full fringe effect.

My thoughts – I thought this one was good for a daytime work look. It doesn’t give over-the-top lashes but just enough on each hair. The brush reminded me of the one from Better Than Sex.

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Urban Decay Troublemaker ($24 @ urbandecay.com, ulta.com) – Get super-fat, super-long, sex-proof lashes. This mascara is so good it should be illegal. Urban Decay's Troublemaker Mascara delivers 13.7x the lash volume,* and sexy, fluttery, intensely black lashes. The failsafe formula volumizes and lengthens as it separates, while UD's custom brush grabs onto lashes, curling as it coats. UD loaded up this mascara with insane benefits - for thicker, impossibly long, perfectly fanned-out lashes.

My thoughts – I had super high expectations for this one and for me, it just didn’t deliver. My lashes were not as big as they could have been. I mean, look at the picture! I did try to build it and build it. If you are looking for definition, this one seems to do that well.

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Buxom Big Tease Plumping Mascara ($22 @ ulta.com) – (this one) instantly plumps lashes, delivering maximum volume, and noticeably longer lashes for a full and flirty look. A unique blend of 3 high-performing and perfectly calibrated waxes delivers a smooth and creamy application experience, coating every surface, from root to tip, resulting in heavyweight volume, length, & lift. A conical shaped brush releases just the right amount of product and allows you to reach base-to-tip intensity, while individual chisel-tipped fibers divide and conquer every lash for a non-clumpy, lash multiplying effect.

My thoughts – out of all three mascaras, this one delivered the most fierce and, well, plumped up lashes, however, it was also the most difficult one to work with. The conical brush helped but it was like applying 3 coats at one time and I felt a tad clumpy in places even though I went over and over areas. What I did like about this mascara is is that you can applying this mascara over already mascara’d lashes. Like go to work, come home, get ready to go out and use this mascara to create a night time sexy look. This one has a place on my makeup table.

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sephora Welcomes Antonym Cosmetics

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Have you heard of the ANTONYM COSMETICS yet? I wrote about them a while ago here and then their name popped up again when Sephora added them to their store last month. Yup, when Sephora adds a brand, I pay attention!

So what are they about? Antonym Cosmetics is an Ecocert certified, cruelty-free and eco-friendly. And they take it one step further. See the packaging in the eye shadow quad? It’s made of bamboo, as is the makeup brush handles.

They saw a gap between an organic line and one that performs. So how do the products perform? See below!

 

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