Friday, April 14, 2017

These Wipes Could Change Your Life

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.

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How many different products do you use to remove makeup and clean your face at the end of the day? And more importantly, what do you use to aid these products? I usually use a liquid makeup remover, then a cleanser, a toner and serum before applying my moisturizer. Yes, quite a few steps.

Well the folks at Olay want to help you cut out some steps in your everyday routine. Like all things in life, your beauty routine should be simple and quick, cutting corners where you can, especially since you will probably be on the go a lot as we get closer to summer.

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I'm sure you're familiar with all the beauty wipes that are on the market by now. And yeah, they work for the most part but these Olay Daily Facials Daily Clean 4-in-1 Water Activated Cleansing Cloths could become your new summer BFF. The 4-in-1 part is that one cloth has the cleansing power of a scrub, toner, mask and cleanser to gently exfoliate your skin.

Each generously thick cloth has special cleansing pockets to gently break up and lift away dirt and makeup without stripping the skin.

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Of course I had to give these the ultimate test of removal and put one up against a liquid lipstick because we all know those are really hard to remove and it did, no problem! So you can replace your micellar water, pre-wet makeup remover wipes and liquid cleanser with these Olay Daily Facials Daily Clean 4-in-1 Water Activated Cleansing Cloths and know that your skin is getting really clean when you need it to be.

There are 33 in a reusable container and to use, just apply water, or I like to use a facial spray as I always have one on me when the temps go up. Visit Olay.com for more info.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay . The opinions and text are all mine.

 
Monday, April 10, 2017

Will This Peel Rejuvenate Hands?

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When it comes to aging, how much do you pay attention to the backs of your hands? They can totally give away your age or look old before your time. I usually apply sunscreen or leftover sunscreen from my face on the backs of my hands almost every day but I do forget sometimes.

I have not seen many products made especially for this area until now. EXUVIANCE Age Reverse Hand Rejuvenator ($65 @ neostrata.com, ulta.com) is a two-product system – the peel and the cream. I’ve been testing it out since early February so let’s check it out.

What It Is: This two-step intensive treatment restores smoother, firmer and younger looking hands. The 10% Citric Acid Peel gently exfoliates and lifts away dull rough patches, uncovering smooth skin and preparing for the rejuvenating cream treatment that follows. With potent anti-agers CitraFill®, NeoGlucosamine® and Apple Stem Cell Extract, the Hand Rejuvenator Cream helps diminish all the signs of aging on hands - crepiness, loose skin and dark spots, restoring hydration and firmer, younger looking hands.

My Take: Well as you can see from the below photos, there doesn’t seem to be much difference between the two. I swiped the Peel product with a cotton pad on the backs of my hands and then applied some of the Cream after every day for a solid 5 weeks. I feel like the skin on the back of my hands has not changed much at all. I’m surprised because of the ingredients it lists but this one is a big pass from me.

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

Friday, April 07, 2017

What's On Your Beauty List?

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Spring is finally here so perk up your parts with some new products. Are you ready? I am  and here’s how I'm doing it. 

1. Hands TOUCH GermBlock ($5.99/1oz @ walgreens.com) – this one claims to protect hands from germs for up to 6 hours! How do you know it’s working? Well, I can’t think of a way to test it so just have to take their word for it or better yet, test it out. Available in Unscented, OceanMist, Tropical Breeze, and Mint Green Tea Aloe.

2. Refresh - PIXI BEAUTY Vitamin Wakeup Mist ($15/2.70oz @ pixibeauty.com) – when temps rise I make sure I always have a face mist at the ready and Pixi just came out with a few news ones. This one sure wakes my skin up!

3. Skin ACURE Purifying Fruit Peel ($22.99/1.4oz @ acureorganics.com) – this one uses acids found naturally inside mangos, bitter cherry and raspberry, among others to exfoliate. A thin layer on the face and neck for 5 to 8 minutes 1 or 2 times a week is all it takes.

4. Hair CUVÉE BEAUTY Champagne Spray ($45/5oz @ revolve.com) – I find that when I spray this one and this one both on towel dried hair, I get the perfect blowout that lasts for a few days. A perfect tousled/piecey look!

5. LipsHIGHLIGHT Liquid Lipstick in Sahara Rendezvous ($25 @ highlightcosmetics.com) – lipstick is good but metallic lipstick is better this season! And this coppery/bronze shade will go with any tan. And this one dries down all the way but not dry like a desert.

6. CheeksBENEFIT GALifonia Powder Blush ($29 @ benefitcosmetics.com, macys.com) – a pinky blush with a touch of sunkissed gold and smells like grapefruit and vanilla. Yum!

7. ComplexionCOLORESCIENCE Tint Du Soleil Whipped Foundation ($54/1oz @ colorescience.com, ulta.com) – this is one of those all-in-one foundations that includes SPF30, nourishing vitamins for the skin, and it wear beautifully. Available in 4 shades.

8. Clean - LE COUVENT DES MINIMES 3-in-1 Micellar Water ($19/13.5oz @ ulta.com) – time to lighten things up now that the temps are going up! So gently remove makeup and clean the skin with this one.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

A Great Way to Clean Your Brushes

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I wrote about some REAL TECHNIQUES makeup brushes the other day on my site but I think the real star of their line has to be their Brush Cleaning Palette ($15 @ realtechniques.com, kohls.com, target.com). It’s made of silicone, and the part that holds the soap and water kind of looks like of like a soap dish in that the edges are raised up. On the bottom is a strap you slide your hand through to hold it. Then, just add some cleanser and a little water and scrub or work that brush along the textured dots and x’s on the surface and voila, clean brushes!

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And I like that I’m not wasting cleanser like I normally do when just using my hands as the surface to work the product out of the bristles. The cup shape keeps it all in one place as you clean brushes. Highly recommended.

Monday, April 03, 2017

I Didn’t Know I Was Addicted to this Hair Brush

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How long do you keep your hair brushes? I have a hard time throwing any out and I just recently I did with  the SPORNETTE Smooth Operator Tourmaline Ionic Bristle Hairbrush 3 ½” ($26.50 @ spornette.com). I had used it on and off for the past 2 years and the bristles were all bent and probably doing me no favors when it came to styling my damp hair.

Boy, did I not realize how dependent I had become on this brush! I tried others that I had on hand that and nope, they just were not cutting it and were actually creating more work for me. When I first got this brush, I remember laughing at how big it was and never thought I’d use it as much as I did.

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                                     The barrel size is a little bigger than some cotton rounds!

What I like about it - the barrel is made of ceramic so it helps with drying time and because the barrel is so large, I don’t have to worry about bends in the hair when using it to straighten. The bristles are made of nylon and even though my original one’s bristles were all bent before I tossed it, the bristles lasted a really long time.

Another thing you don’t have to worry about it the hair getting caught some place in the handle. There is no space between the barrel and handle, which is common in most brushes.

Needless-to-say, I have a new one now, so my hair is happy again. Is it crazy to be attached to a hair brush? Do tell in the comments!

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

Friday, March 31, 2017

Get the Best with Real Techniques

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Mirum Shopper. All words are my own. 

How much are you “in the know?” I get it, believe me, it’s hard to keep up. Having a family and a daily life makes it tough to stay updated with what’s good out there in beautyland, right?

You for sure want to know about the best-of-the-best, and if you think about it, the real beauty experts or Beauty BFFs on the Internet are those that create the products we use, like Sam and Nic, the duo behind the Real Techniques brand.

Both trained makeup artists in London, you’ve probably seen their YouTube videos and maybe didn’t know that they are the two behind the Pixiwoo channel. Yup, that’s them!  

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Best Flower of the Season

Nothing makes me think of springtime like roses! Here are three that having we whistling while using.

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PIXI BEAUTY Makeup Fixing Mist
($15/2.70oz @ pixibeauty.com, target.com) – makeup setting sprays are H-O-T right now. This one contains rose water and green tea to balance pH and hydrate.

KYPRIS Beauty Elixir I ($225/1.5oz @ kyprisbeauty.com, nordstrom.com) – this is the Rolls Royce of beauty elixirs. It contains 19 active natural ingredients, which includes organic and biodynamic Bulgarian Rose Essential Oil, and CoQ10, vitamin C, among others.

GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY Sí Eau de Parfum ($86/1.7oz, $112/3.4oz @ ulta.com, sephora.com) – I’m a fan of the original Sí and this one has a touch of rose to the mix.

CRYSTAL HILLS ORGANICS Crystal Love Body Serum ($58/4oz @ crystalhills.com) – I don’t waste my time with body oils that contain fillers like silicones. This one has a lot of great ones like rosehip, coconut, apricot kernel, and rice bran oils.

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

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Springtime with Physicians Formula

It’s officially springtime for PHYSICIANS FORMULA and they just came out with some cool new products. Let’s take a look at my picks from the bunch:

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($12.95/3.4oz @ physiciansformula.com, ulta.com) and #InstaReady Face Primer SPF 18 ($12.95/1oz @ physiciansformula.com, ulta.com) – We all know that along with good quality makeup brushes, prepping and finishing the face is key to having your makeup last throughout the day/evening.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Can You Really Put Confidence In a Compact?

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IT seems like IT COSMETICS is just everywhere these days, doesn’t it? I’ve been writing about them since 2008 and they were acquired by L’Oreal last year, so hopefully they were continue to put out innovative products in the market. Sometimes after a brand gets picked up the quality can fall by the wayside. So fingers crossed!

The latest release that has my attention is their Confidence in a Compact with SPF 50+ ($38/18g @ itcosmetics.com, ulta.com).

What It Is: Developed with plastic surgeons, Confidence in a Compact is your first-ever solid serum foundation—and delivers all the skincare benefits of the best-selling Confidence in a Cream, plus full coverage and SPF 50+ physical sunscreen, in one simple step! The groundbreaking solid serum technology combined with anti-aging hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, squalane, antioxidants and a super ceramide cream truly transform your complexion. Available in Fair, Light, Medium, Medium Tan, Tan, Rich and Deep.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

More Mattes From NARS!

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Love those fat matte lip pencils? NARS just came out with 10 new shades of their Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($27 @ narscosmetics.comsephora.com) shades. What I really like about these besides the smooth formula is the precision in lining the lips that you can only get with a pencil. The name may be Matte in the name but I feel like these are not the mattes out there in that the colors don’t look dry on my lips or dries them out. 

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