Friday, August 19, 2016

Take Urban Decay Out for an All Nighter

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I heard about this after having lunch with a fellow blogger. Her skin looked amazing and this was the catalyst! URBAN DECAY All Nighter Liquid Foundation ($40/1oz @ urbandecay.com, ulta.com) is the latest to come out and this is a, wait for it, full coverage one. Yeah! I’m so used to sheer or medium coverage these days that it’s nice to see a serious one come down the pike.They say that this one won’t quit after just a few hours, hence the name. It has a matte finish but don’t worry, it doesn’t look flat like primer paint, and a little goes a long way. One pump is good for the whole face and because it’s full coverage there’s no need to build up multiple layers.

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I used my Artis 6 brush with this one when I first tried it and woah, too much, my face looked a little cakey in different areas, so I tried this Sephora brush and then this one from Cover FX and neither worked well, so I tried a damp Beauty Blender and it did the job nicely. I would advise using a moisturizer before applying this foundation so it goes on smoothly.

And I know it is a small detail but the airless pump really is a great delivery system. Not only does it dispense the right amount each time but it keeps it free from contaminants. 

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

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

When In Doubt, Mask It!

I seem to go in and out when it comes to using face masks. I know it's good to give the skin some extra attention with specific ingredients but like washing my hair, it's work and I've just been uber lazy the last few months! On the other hand, I have seen some good results alternating between the below ones this summer so I'll be keeping it up!

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CHELLA Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask Kit ($30/4 sets @ chella.comdermstore.com) – great for a quick under eye pick-me-up that will depuff and lessen dark circles. It’s a two-part system where you squeeze out the activator packet onto the pads and then apply them to the skin for 15 minutes.

H2O+ Oasis Moisture Lock Mask ($42/2oz @ h2oplus.com, ulta.com) – this one smells sooo good and is a summery blue color! Hydrate and smooth the skin all in 10 minutes.

H2O+ Infinity+ Youth Reveal Peel ($44/2oz @ h2oplus.com, ulta.com) – I know this one doesn't fall straight under the face mask category but I've been using it as one. It seems a little more intense than the above one and does its thing in only 3 minutes. In addition to super hydration, this one also exfoliates using alpha hydroxy acids. 

TATCHA Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask ($28/single mask, $95/four-pack @ tatcha.com, net-a-porter.com) – have you tried a sheet mask yet? I see some people on Instagram that swear by them, like @missfamenyc on Instagram. This particular sheet mask contains Red Algae from Japan’s Okinawa and the brand’s signature HADASEI-3 Bioactive complex, which smooths skin out using coconut fruit, green tea and royal jelly extract, among others. I like putting my sheet masks in the refrigerator to cool my skin down this summer.

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

Monday, August 15, 2016

Kahina Giving Beauty Gives Us a Unique Rose Product!

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When you think of a luxury product, what kinds of ingredients do you think of? Roses? I totally think of roses and this unconventional product from KAHINA GIVING BEAUTY is all about it. It’s called Moroccan Rose Beldi Soap ($46/8.8oz @ net-a-porter.com) and contains just two ingredients: saponified olea europaea (olive) oil and rose damascene (rose) flower oil.

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Now first, let’s discuss what Beldi soap is as I had to look it up myself. It’s a soap paste made from olive oil that has a light lather and is rich in vitamin E. The olive oil is saponified (this is what the process of soap making is called) and combined with rose oil and looks and feels like a gelified green goo. Beldi soap was made specially to be used in Turkish baths or Turkish steam rooms.

 *On a side note, when I was looking up what Beldi soap was, I saw quite a few tutorials on how to make Moroccan Savon Noir (Beldi) soap. Just google it!

You only need a quarter-sized amount so this 8.8oz jar should last you a while or it can also be used like a body mask for super moisturizing. All I kept thinking when I was typing this is what a unique gift this will make around holiday time, dontcha think?

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

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Snap Skin Back Into Shape with AmLactin

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

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One trend I’ve seen take off lately is spot masking for the face. This has risen in popularity because not all skin on the face should be treated the same (hello T-zone!?), and that can be said about the skin on the body. I mean, my knees and elbows are certainly not as smooth as the skin on my shins or forearms. So thankfully there are products that can gussy up those areas, so to speak! All AmLactin products contain alpha-hydroxy therapy, which helps to exfoliate dead skin cells, while hydrating the area with emollients, which seems like what every cream out there should do, right?

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So in looking at the different parts of my body, I recently realized that I didn’t own a foot cream! Can you imagine - 101 products in the beauty closet and no foot cream? So I was glad that they sent me the foot cream to try out for this post. It contains their patented ULTRAPLEX, which exfoliates and hydrates to prevent cracks (eww!) and after using it before going to bed every night for just one week, I can happily say that I’m back in strappy heels. Dry cracked heels make me shutter so I’m glad I discovered this one. You can get this @ Amazon.com.

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Last year I discovered that I had Keratosis Pilaris on the backs of my arms. Also called chicken skin bumps, it’s a form of eczema. I immediately sought out something to relieve it. While they don’t hurt or itch, they are just kind of unsightly and don’t feel good under the tips of my fingers when I run my hands over my skin.

I had been using an expensive cream prescribed by my dermatologist and then I read about AmLactin’s Moisturizing Body Lotion. I’ve been using it exclusively for the past year and have never looked back! It contains 12% lactic acid, which boosts the skins own renewal process. While there is no cure for KP, this one keeps the chicken bumps at bay, which is good enough for me. Hello tank top in public! And I love that I can pick it up @ Amazon.com.

Be sure to keep up with AmLactin on their website http://amlactin.com/ and like them on their Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/AmLactin 

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Get Your Superhero on with It Cosmetics

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Mine came in this cute pouch with pins on it!


I’m not sure how I feel about shimmery/glittery eye shadows these days. I’ve been so all about mattes that I almost forgot they existed! So when the new IT COSMETICS ‘Superhero’ Eye Transforming Anti-Aging Super Palette ($42 @ ulta.com) was sent my way by their PR team, I thought, “ok, time to move out of the mattes!”

This uniquely shaped palette is quite fun in the packaging department and serious about the product inside. Each superhero-inspired shade was developed with plastic surgeons (not sure which one/s) and infuses anti-aging properties inside. Hmmm, not sure if I’m applying enough of it on my lids to reap that benefit, am I? Well it sounds fancy.

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Monday, August 08, 2016

5 Drugstore Favorites

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MUA MAKEUP ACADEMY Double Ended Foundation & Concealer Brush ($14 @ cvs.com) – Every once in a while a brush comes along that just becomes a staple in your collection, and that’s this one. Both sides of this brush can be used to apply both creams and liquids and the size of each head, especially the foundation size, is just perfect! This brand is on a roll for me lately.

2. CERAVE Moisturizing Cream with Pump ($17.99/16oz @ walgreens.com) – you ever just want a super basic cream with no strong perfume or scent? Yup, this one is it and it contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid. And how convenient is this pump? Love it.

3. PANTENE Air Spray Alcohol Free Hairspray ($5.49/7oz @ walgreens.com) – this one is starting to rival this one as one of my favorites. I mean, it is for the summer, for sure though. It acts sort of the same in that it gives great hold yet it’s brushable. And this one is alcohol-free.

4. COVERGIRL Lash Blast Plumpify Mascara ($11.99 @ ulta.com) – I’m tough on mascara and pass on probably 80% of the ones I try. This one, however, gets some high marks from me as it really does plump-ify each lash.

5. MAYBELLINE Super Stay 24 Lip Color in Very Cranberry ($10.49 @ maybelline.com, target.com) – remember in this post how I mentioned how all colors are not created equal, even when they are in the same collection? Yup, that is the case here. I can’t stop wearing this shade of rosy rose. Great for a summer day!

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

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Beauty Bam! Battle of the Makeup Remover Pens

I’ve speculated a lot over the past few years and was just about to add the one to elf to my Holy Grail list when I saw this one had just come out and whoa, are they similar. I had been using the Remover Pencil from Shu Uemura for years until I discovered the ELF one. The Shu stick is kinda greasy and smeared makeup while removing it while the oil-free one from ELF was able to take off makeup mistakes easily and without messing up the rest of my makeup.

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So welcome to the ring - MUA MAKEUP ACADEMY Makeup Correcting Pen ($8 @ muapro.com) and ELF COSMETICS Makeup Remover Pen ($3 @ target.com, ulta.com) to a showdown and the best one goes into my Holy Grail list!

Each of these has an air-tight cap to keep the removable fiber tip from drying out. Both are oil-free and don’t mess up makeup when removing a mistake. MUA one’s first ingredient is mineral oil (boo!) but it also comes with 3 new tips. No scent to either one.

Overall, these both seem to work really well at removing makeup without messing up your looks. One thing I don’t like about either of these is that the tips actually keep the makeup on them after removing it from your skin. So I keep a paper towel on my makeup table so I can wipe the tip before/after using it. There doesn’t seem to be any other way around that; it’s just part of the way these pens work.

So with all the other traits so close in comparison, the only thing working against the MUA one is the price, but the ELF one doesn’t come with 3 new tips, so I’m going with the one from MUA.

Welcome to my Holy Grail list of products MUA MAKEUP ACADEMY Makeup Correcting Pen!

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

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Monday, August 01, 2016

It's Simple To Remove It All #WMSimplyClean

Disclosure: Post sponsored by Mirum Shopper but all opinions are my own.

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I keep a running list of products I want to check out in the note section of my phone. I mean, how hard is it to remember what you came to the store for in the first place let alone remember items you wanted to investigate in person? Believe me, it’s hard and it doesn’t get any better with age.

Like if I read something on a blog about a new eyeliner or in a magazine about a new face mask and it looks interesting, I’ll put it on my list. And then each list is filed by store name that I know carries it. Even better if it’s off to the grocery store and I have a coupon for the item!

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So how often do you try new products? I tend to be more chancy when it comes to food rather than what I put on my face but I know I shouldn’t be. I mean, there are a lot of brands that carry products for your face and body that would be great but you just have to be open to trying them instead of zoning in on what you’re used to using.

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Walmart has a great selection of the latest and greatest products at low prices in the beauty aisles and now they carry the Simple’s new formulas – the Hydrating Cleansing Oil and Dual Effect Eye-Makeup Remover. Be sure to check them out too @ walmart.com

You know I’m a makeup remover connoisseur and surprised whenever I come across one that stings the eyes but know that neither of these do.

The best way to use the Cleansing Oil is to squeeze 3 or so drops on hands and then massage it onto the face in circular motions to clean and remove the day’s makeup and dirt.

I find the best way to remove makeup using the Dual Effect Eye Make-up Remover is to saturate a cotton ball/pad and gently press it onto your closed eye for about 15 seconds. The formula will break down mascara, eye shadow, liner, all of it, so that you’re not rubbing and tugging to get it off. This would be a big no-no when it comes to taking off makeup.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Latest Technology In Makeup Mirrors

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Whyyyy do I get so darn excited by beauty accessories? Hair tools, styling tools, nail accessories, it’s all so much fun to try out! So with that said, I’m here to introduce you to the latest one to hit the market. I think all of us have applied a full face of makeup and gone outside and saw that the foundation-shade was way off. Oops! Well this one can help put an end to that ever happening again.  

The J.O.I. Just Own It Spotlite HD Personal and the Spotlite HD Professional are lighted makeup mirrors that mimic natural daylight and claim to be 10 times brighter light than other illuminated makeup mirrors. Wowza, that’s a lotta time brighter!

So what are the benefits of this mirror? Here is the breakdown of each model:

  • Portable
  • Cordless (comes with recharge plug)
  • Dimmable
  • Premium LEDs for econ power consumption
  • 360° Mirror Rotation
  • Flexible makeup tray
  • 5x magnification mirror
  • Neoprene travel pouch (Professional)
  • Rechargeable batteries (Professional)
  • 10x magnification mirror (Professional)
  • Power adapter (Personal)
  • Power charger (Professional)
  • Glossy Chrome hardware (Personal)
  • Trending Rose Gold hardware (Professional)

And you can choose from three different colors of the body – 50 Shades, Blush (shown here) and Pearly.

The inside 1x magnification mirror is 6” tall x 7.5” wide and because you really need to see super up-close sometimes to tweeze that stray brow hair, they include a magnification mirror that has a magnet in the back and sticks directly to the main mirror. So cool.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Get to Know the 3 P's of Self-Tanning

Have you heard of the 3 P’s of Self Tanners? Yup, it’s a thing, well at least I’m making it a thing right now, so learn more about each below. And while the formulas are getting better these days, I really wish there was more progress when it came to that darn tanner smell! Yes, some are able to mask it better than others but it's still there. 

In the meantime, let's check out the 3 P's!

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Primed - SKINNY TAN Tan & Tone Kit ($54.99 @ skinnytan.com) – if you are looking for the whole kit and caboodle, this might be your answer. This one includes an oil-free skin exfoliator, Pre-Tan Primer, so you get the smoothest application you can. And the 7-Day Tanner gives skin an instant bronze loo that develops into a tan shade in a few hours and sticks around for up to 7 days. And make sure you give a healthy helping of this on your backside as they didn’t put the name Skinny in the name for nothing.

 

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