Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Is Debbie Meyer Your Answer?

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I know you come here for my write-ups on beauty but every once in a while I come across something in another category that is just so much better than the rest so I just have to share.

Ok, set the scene, you belly up to the kitchen sink to take care of the evenings dishes and like every night, you grab hold of that gross/stinky/disgusting/ insert your own word here, which is growing mold and teaming with bacteria and proceed to spread those germs all over your dishes, cutlery, glasses, not to mention my hands, eww.

So with my conventional sponge, I tried a few things like microwaving it, which I found on Pinterest. But I’m not too sure what I’m heating up and how safe that is so just I tried changing it out more frequently but then I felt wasteful, especially to the wallet.

Then, while flipping through the channels one day, I came across the DEBBIE MEYER GeniusSponge with Scrubber. The GeniusSponge is made of polyurethane and inhibits the growth of anything and can be cleaned in the dishwasher. And they claim that theirs will last 15 times longer than the traditional cellulose sponge not to mention it can suck up more water. So after I retire one from dish washing, I transfer it over to house cleaning.

And no, I’m not being paid to tout this, I’m just an average female that needed something more than those gross sponges I’ve had to suffer with.

Need more reasons to buy? When using the scrubber on eggs or baked on food, the residue will not stick to the sponge! Now I wasn’t used to that the first few times I used it but now I expect it.

Normally a set of 3 sponges cost an average of $3 so yes, @ $27.95/12 sponges or $2.32 per sponge is significantly more than you’re used to paying but since I get more “life” when I use one of these sponges, I think I’m getting a better value, or at least my nose and dishes are. I’m a convert. Get yours @ hsn.com

Monday, September 19, 2016

A Flawless Cat Eye Every Time

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It seems that Makeup Artist Beth Bender has made it her mission to help women easily create different eye looks. I wrote about these eye stencils a little while back and she’s back with a new product that’s getting a lot of attention right now.

BETH BENDER BEAUTY Eye Candy Starter Pack ($9.99/14 pairs) and Eye Candy Pro Pack ($19.99/36 pairs) and I’d say these are the easiest of all her products to use.

What it is: And eyeliner stencil made from a gentle adhesive material that is hypoallergenic, fits any eye shape or size, and made in the USA.

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And they are super easy to use – peel off one eyeliner stencil at a time, pulling it off from the outer rounded edge part or tear away the perforated piece located on the eye liner stencil sheet. Stick the adhesive side down on your eyelid keeping in mind how thick or thin you want the line to be. Smooth the whole stencil down with your finger so there are no gaps or lifts. They recommend applying both stencils before applying any color.

What I like: This is especially great for those with hooded eyelids, like me, since getting the perfect cat eye can be super difficult! Yeah, finally, I won’t have to struggle with getting the best looking cat eye I can as one eye always looks better than the other.

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As far as what the easiest way to apply the stencils to your eye? For the first time on this site, it’s hard to say since everyone’s eye shape is different. I’ve used these about 5 times and I don’t think I’ve applied them the same way each time.

I tried using these stencils with a powder, a cream, liquid and a gel and these work with all of them, so would I recommend these? A big YES!  Pick yours up @ bethbenderbeauty.com.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

5 Beauty Tools You Need

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1.
ARTIS Elite Oval 7 ($65 @ artisbrush.comspacenk.com) – A new addition to the brand, this one is a little bit smaller than my beloved Oval 8 so it's a tad easier to maneuver and I've almost exclusively been using it to applying my liquid foundation these days.

2. BEAUTY BLENDER Sur.face Simple ($30 @ beautyblender.com) – known for their cult-favorite sponges, I’m really hot on this palette to mix my Cover FX Cover Drops with its medium, tap out some mineral powders out of their tubes, or play around with some different creams to create a new shade for my lids or face.

3. MUA MAKEUP ACADEMY Lash Separator ($10.50 @ cvs.com and CVS stores nationwide) – I recently broke my Holy Grail lash separator but glad I found this one in its place. It is curved the same as your eye so easy to quickly run it through lashes.

4. URBAN DECAY Iconic Eyeshadow Brush ($24 @ urbandecay.com, nordstrom.com) – if you get one eye brush in your collection, make it a great one like this. It’s the perfect width and length and can handle a lot of different products.

5. REAL TECHINQUES #301 Flat Contour Brush ($21 @ realtechniques.com) from the Bold Metals Collection – this short, compact, and dense brush is great for applying liquid or cream foundations, blush and bronzers.

And I think I'm ready to add one of these to my Holy Grail list! Yup, it's the MUA Makeup Academy Lash Separator. I had one just like it on my list but this one is less expensive than that one and easier to get hold of. As you read above, I was ready for a new one so help me welcome MUA Makeup Academy Lash Separator to the Holy Grail list of beauty products! What's on your list? 

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

Friday, September 16, 2016

Your Answer to Long-Wearing Eye Color

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I recently decided to count my eye liners. I know, I know, I don’t know why either as I’m not really into counting my makeup! Not sure if I should be embarrassed or happy but adding up all my liners including shadow sticks, liquid liners, and lip liners, I have 168. In this day-and-age of makeup collecting, which  seems to be a thing now, I’m not sure if that is even considered a lot! What do you think?
Anyway, 3 I will be adding to my collection are these from NUDESTIX. I think these Magnetic Eye Colors ($24 @ sephora.com, qvc.com) came out last year or at least some of the colors did but I’m glad I came across them.

What it is: A 3-in-1 eye shadow, eye liner and eye primer that’s super long-wearing, waterproof, eye shadow pencil that provides intense color in satin and matte finishes, precise lining, and primes lids for all-day wear.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

#PamperWithPeony and Dove This Fall!

Disclosure: Post sponsored by Mirum Shopper but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.

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What I love most about the nights getting colder in September is creating a home spa in my bathroom. It gets darker earlier in the day and that alone just makes me want to curl up in a warm bath or soak my feet! While an overall bath with candles and a good book is always pampering, I find just focusing on a part of my body and giving it a “super treatment,” like my feet or hands, is what I seem to do most.

And what better way to pamper this season than with the exquisite scent of sweet cream and peony inside the Dove Purely Pampering collection in Sweet Cream and Peony. Have you ever smelled peony flower before? It’s a little on the rosy side and a little on the clean side and 100% feminine.

They just came out with a Body Wash and Beauty Bar in the scent and it's just for taking care of your parts this season.

 

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Why You Need to Try These Lipsticks

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It seems like all the major brands are putting out huge lip collections these days! And MAKE UP FOR EVER is jumping on that bandwagon too with their Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22 @ sephora.com). The collection is 15 Matte Finish Lipsticks (color name begins with the letter ‘M’) and 30 Satin Finish Lipsticks (color name begins with the letter ‘C’).

What It Is: 45-show stopping shades packaged in new signature packaging and available in two simple, but beautiful finishes – 31 lustrous creams and 14 velvety mattes. The range only features the best reds, nudes, pinks, berries and artistic lipsticks, providing everyone with the most flattering shades for their skin tones.

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Friday, September 09, 2016

A New Way to Mask @ Home

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It doesn’t matter how old I am and the fact that I’ve been out of school for a spell now, the thought of going back to school will always enter my brain sometime in the month of September.

What I do find odd though is that when I was in school, we all started the day after Labor Day but in California, it seems like they start as early as August! The horror!

But oh do I remember getting ready to go back to school each year. Everything had to be just right – the hair, the clothes, the shoes. And since we didn’t have a lot of money to spend, I really had to improvise. I found that if I had just one item that killed it, I felt pretty great about the first day.

So whether you’re in school or not, I’m going to go with the thought of putting your best face forward this season and want to introduce you to a new line call Spa @ Home by masqueBAR™.

 

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Use This To Pick the Correct Foundation Shade

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How do you pick out a foundation shade? Right now, there are two ways I select the correct shade of foundation. One is Sephora Color IQ and the other is the Temptalia Foundation Matrix. Overall, this is one area in the beauty world that the makeup companies have not figured out the answer to.

So when I was contacted by a PR company to see if I wanted to try the new MATCHCo, I jumped at the chance. Your complexion usually changes depending on what season it is – in the summer it’s darker and in the winter, it’s lighter.  

Enter MATCHCo, a company using technology to solve an age-old problem. No need to guess what your shade is. Simply download their app and it walks you through the less-than-4-minute process of finding your shade of foundation. And this time includes the purchase of it!

 

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Sunday, September 04, 2016

Why You Need to Be Using This Sunscreen

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I really thought I wrote about this one when it came out and I certainly could of back when Cybelesays.com was a monthly before May 2007. Well it’s good enough to write about again and I still  don’t know of any other sunscreen that comes in this kind of powder form. COLORSCIENCE Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 30 ($57/6g, $64/6g for SPF 50 @ colorescience.com, dermstore.com) comes in one of those self-dispensing tubes with a brush at one end. And it’s easy to use. Just move the brush in a circular motion and this will active the loose mineral powder to come in between the hair bristles.

And it has a retractable hard plastic brush sleeve that will help you close the tube after each use. So convenient for toting!

Apply this to your face, hands, body, everywhere really and each application gives up to 80-minutes of water-resistant UVA/UVB sun protection.

Probably my favorite trait of this is that it easily sweeps the protection over a made up face without messing it up like a liquid can. That’s worth it right there as I have not found any other sun protection product that will apply without messing up makeup. Look for about 90 days of protection with daily use.

This one comes in 5 different shades with just a hint of tint and there are matte and shimmer versions.

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


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Friday, September 02, 2016

Welcome to the World of Malia B

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I really like independent perfume brands. I mean, who wants to smell like everyone else? I recently experienced the Santa Barbara, CA-based MALIA B. line of fragrances and these are not your typical ones found in a Sephora or Ulta. The brand sells the fragrances as 1/8oz roll on using only perfume oils so it’s a very concentrated. And it lasts on the skin.

Malia – orange and jasmine with a fresh top green note

Soul – pineapple, papaya and coconut

Luv – white flowers, gardenia and vanilla

My nose most resonated with the Luv because it is just so feminine with the gardenia notes and Soul really grew on me after a few wears! And each paper label attached to the perfume is wildflower seeded paper so you can plant the piece of paper in soil and it will grow flowers. Nice touch!

$38 each and all 3 sampled for $2 @ maliab.com.

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

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