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Sunday, February 07, 2016

Yup, Charcoal in Beauty is a Thing

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I first heard about the use of charcoal in beauty products with this one here a few years ago. Many praise its ability to draw out toxins and impurities from the skin, so products infused with it are great for those with acne. Here are a few products that highlight the ingredient.

BIORE Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser ($5.99/6.77oz @ CVS stores and amazon.com) – This black goo is infused with Japanese Skin Purifying Technology that acts as a strong magnet to remove 2x’s more dirt than the average cleanser. It doesn’t hurt that it smells nice too!

DEW PUFF Pure Plant Fiber Sponge Bamboo Charcoal ($8 @ walgreens.com) – I wrote about this other one in their line a few years ago and enjoyed it!  This one infuses bamboo charcoal and is great if you’re trying to limit the amount of products you use on your skin because of flare-ups.

YES TO TOMATOES Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask ($15.99/2oz @ amazon.com) – New to the Yes to … brand is this black mask for those with acne. It uses salicylic acid and a botanical blend of ingredients to help treat it and get rid of it.

EARTH THERAPEUTICS Cosmetic Blending Sponge ($6 @ kohls.com) – This sponge is actually made with bamboo charcoal so it will stay contaminate-free longer than your other makeup sponges. And they have other charcoal focused products in the line, so check the others out too.  

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

More Gift Giving Suggestions

Still stumped on what to gift your bestie? Or yourself? Here are some more suggestions.

Votivo-Soy-Wax-Candle-in-Red-CurrantVOTIVO Boxed Glass Soy Wax Candle in Red Currant ($28/6.8oz=60 hr burn time @ nordstrom.com) – I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this Red Currant scent. And a quality candle is always a great gift to yourself or someone else.

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

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Sometimes I use the holidays to give a beauty gift of luxury; something I just don’t see that person buying for themselves necessarily. Here are 5 that will dazzle and delight!

1. TOO FACED Mr. Right Perfect Powder Brush ($36 @ sephora.com) – never underestimate the power of a quality makeup brush! It just feels so nice to sweep one across the skin, right?

2. BARE MINERALS ‘Precious Gems’ Lip Oil Balm Trio ($26 @ bareescentuals.com) – these are some of my favorite tinted balms and I always keep one tucked in my purse. Each has a hint of color you can actually see (hate when one promises tint and there is none!).

3. SEPHORA COLLECTION Ombré Obsession Eyeshadow Palette ($25 @ sephora.com) – OMG, how great is this palette?? I’d say it falls into the Product As Art category for sure. And what a great value at $25 (they claim it’s worth $175!). I can’t put enough exclamation points in this blurb about it!

4. HOURGLASS Nº 28 Lip Treatment Oil in Icon ($42 @ nordstrom.com) - lips are always center stage so you’ve got to keep them looking great in these cold temps. And this one has a dash of color in it.

5. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Contour Cream Kit $40 @ sephora.com) – I know I’ve tried using bronzers, eye shadows and other dark shades to contour with. Pick her up the right products to use for it, ok?

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Major Development in Foundation Application!

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I guess it was only a matter of time. I mean, I use this one to clean my face, this one to clean my body, this one for my teeth, and now this one to apply my foundation!

What It Is: DOLL 10 blendSMART Rotating Makeup Brush System ($59.97 @ qvc.com) – The first and only automatic makeup brush that offers a flawlessly, even makeup application. With its patent pending design, Doll 10 blendSMART rotates 360 degrees to deliver 190 revolutions per minute for complete, even and natural looking coverage in a snap. Perfect for beginners and professional artists alike.

Your box comes with:

  • BlendSMART Rotating Foundation Brush
  • Universal Foundation Brush Head #1
  • CR123A 3V lithium battery

Want to find out my thoughts? Click after the jump!

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

5 Favorite New Beauty Releases

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PIXI BEAUTY Full Coverage Foundation Brush ($15 @ target.com) – such a compact head but don’t let the lack of length fool you. It still does a great job at getting your liquid products into those corners and contours.

2. OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS Crème Colour Concentrate in Discipline ($23 @ occmakeup.com and nordstrom.com) – described as a bruised-bronze, this multi-tasking creamy color can be used on the eyes, lips, and cheeks (note that not all 17 shades can be used in the eye area).

3. L’OREAL Infallible Powder Eyeliner Pen in Purple Smoke ($9.99 @ drugstore.com and drugstores nationwide) – if the packaging says ‘Infallible’ on it, I’m in! Seriously though, their Infallible line is flawless. And these fat liners are great for applying a smoking eye in seconds.

4. BENEFIT COSMETICS the POREfessional: License to Blot ($20 @ sephora.com) – this is the latest addition to the POREfessional collection and will be great for the upcoming season. It’s an instant blotting stick with tiny invisible spheres that will mattifying any oil your face puts forth. 

5. BEAUTY 360 Shape-Defining Nail File ($4.99 @ cvs.com and CVS stores nationwide) – this is my new favorite file! I’ve noticed that sometimes a file has to be “broken in” so it’s not too harsh on the nails. This one arrived perfect and ready to use. 

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Is Bare Escentuals Complexion Rescue for You?

I’m not quite sure if the brilliance lies solely with BARE ESCENTUALS new Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream ($29/1.18oz), the Smoothing Face Brush ($28) or if it’s the combo of the two.

First, let me break down this Gel Cream for you.

What it is: A versatile gel cream that combines skincare benefits and naturally radiant coverage in one. 

  • Mineral-based formulation that combines the best of a BB, a CC, and a tinted moisturizer to provide increased skin hydration after just one week 
  • Features SPF 30 sun protection 
  • 10 shades available

So what’s my take? Click after the jump to find out!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Q's Answered on the Most Game-Changing Product of 2015

I had a few questions emailed to me from readers after this feature the other day on the hows and whats of COVER FX’s Custom Cover Drops so I wanted to address them here. When it comes to HOW to apply it, I consider this product kind of an at-home beauty experiment; a DIY, if you so please, in the sense that you should apply it however is comfortable for you.

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Here are a few different ways I’ve tried: above I'm showing a drop next to some plain sunscreen on a tray I use to mix paints on when I’m crafting. On a side note, literally hours after I took this photo, I got Beauty Blender’s Sur.face Pro, which is great because it’s made just for mixing makeup! Now I have a tray for each.

So you can mix your Custom Cover Drops with your product on a tray or add the drop/s to a product in your hand, or if you’re mixing it with a primer, I’ve also put a squirt of product and a few drops on the back of my hand and then mixed them together with the brand's Liquid Foundation Brush ($38). But I nixed that after I started thinking about how the products might just be sinking into the back of my hand so I switched back to mixing on the tray.

So I guess it’s up to you on HOW you want to mix the drops and a face product together.

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The other question I received was with WHAT can you mix it with? I’d say 99% of your face products! Like I’ve been mixing a few drops with products I’ve been trying in the past few weeks - Cover FX’s Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment ($38/1oz @ sephora.com), Murad’s Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($65/1oz @ nordstrom.com and ulta.com) and Tarte’s Maracuja Neck Treatment ($49/1.7oz @ tartecosmetics.com and sephora.com). And the pigment drops blend in beautifully and tints them all my shade!

If you have any other questions about Cover FX’s new Custom Cover Drops, I’ll be having a Twitter Party tomorrow, Friday, March 20th from 3pm to 4pm EST, just to talk about them! Join the chat by using the hashtag #dropportunity and looking forward to talking to you then! And I'll be giving away some bottles of the Custom Cover Drops.

Read more about the new launch @ coverfx.com and all their other products @ coverfx.com

Friday, February 27, 2015

5 February Faves + 1

These were my favorite beauty products for February! See any you’ll be trying?

From L to R:

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EYLURE Brow Crayon in Nº 20:Mid Brown $8.99 @ ulta.com.

L’OREAL Infallible Pro-Last Lipcolor in Continual Crimson $12.99 @ drugstore.com.

IT COSMETICS Hello Lashes Extensions $24 @ itcosmetics.com.

NUDESTIX Lip & Cheek Pencil in Flesh/Soul $24 @ sephora.com.

BOBBI BROWN Brightening Brick in Coral $46 @ bobbibrown.com and nordstrom.com.

ULTA Oval Blending Sponge $2.49 @ ulta.com

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Product Picks – Makeup!

Ok, ramp up the parties and get gorgeous with any of these that were put out just for the holiday! Well, almost all of them (one I couldn't resist putting it in here). Which would you choose?

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TARTE ‘Brushed with Destiny’ Set of 5 Bamboo Brushes & Makeup Bag - $44 @ tartecosmetics.com

PIXI BEAUTY Nail Colour in God Jul! $8 @ dermstore.com

CHANEL Reve D’Orient Quadra Eye Shadow - $70 @ chanel.com

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlights - $25/3-5g tubes @ amazon.com 

FERRO COSMETICS Mojo Glow Mineral Bronzer - $25 @ ferrocosmetics.com

DOLCE & GABBANA The Bronzer Collector’s Edition in Desert $51 only @ Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Macy's locations. 

ARDENCY INN MODSTER Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner Trio - $29 @ ardencyinn.com and sephora.com

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Gift Pick: For the Beauty Lover Who Has It All

SnowmanWhat It Is: BECCA COSMETICS The One Perfecting Brush - $49 @ lordandtaylor.com.

Why I Like It: I was recently introduced to this brush even though it’s been out for a while, I know, I know, gimme a break on this one, and I’m flummoxed at just how diverse it is; I haven’t met one like it … ever! You ready? It can be used with your cream makeup, powders, self-tanner, and liquids like lotions and you can go from each one of those without cleaning this brush in-between applications. Pretty unheard of.

The secret, or not so secret, to it is the non-porous goat hair bristles. Any product you use with it sits on top of the bristles instead of absorbing into the hairs or deep in the brush near the base.

It measure 3.5” wide, fits snug in the hand and I have to say that the bristles are just perfects spaced out so whatever product you use with this one will get a nice application.

And just for the holidays, they made it in a limited-edition chic gold. 

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