Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Leave of Absence

I apologize for not writing sooner.  I am going to need to take a leave of absence until Feb 3, 2013 for personal reasons.  I hate having to do this as I have come love all my viewers but this is something I need to do.  I hope you understand and wish me luck.
Thank you and I will see you Feb 3, 2013.

Erica

Friday, January 10, 2014

MARVELOUS! - bareMinerals Hot to Trot Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss set

I know that the holidays are over, but I just had to write about the bareMineals Hot to Trot Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss set.  So far, I really like this set.  Usually when I put on lipgloss and try to have a conversation, the lipgloss is gone as soon as I am finished speaking.  With the Hot to Trot Marvelous Moxie, I do not have this problem.  I can have an actual conversation without worrying about reapplying my lipgloss after the conversation is over.

bareMinerals Hot to Trot Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss

The glosses are pigmented, glossy, thick and sticky.  Once the lipgloss is on your lips, you will feel a slight tingling sensation as your lips become plump with a wonderful minty smell and flavor.  The set has six lipglosses ranging from a shimmery nude to a dark berry color.

bareMinerals Hot to Trot Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss Swatches
From Left to Right: Maverick; Crowd Surfer; Smooth Talker; Firecracker; Smarty Pants and Dreamer
The bareMinerals Hot to Trot Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss set is equipped with a slight slant which allows you to you saturate your lips with color in a single swipe.

bareMinerals Hot to Trot Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss Wand

The six piece collection leaves you with lush, pouty, fuller-looking lips, complete with a luminous shine.  How can you resist lipgloss like this?  Personally, I like this set and would recommend it to a friend.

The bareMinerals Hot to Trot Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss set retails for $25.00.  It may be purchased at Nordstroms, Ulta, Dillard's and www.bareesscentuals.com.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

REVENGE IS MINE! - DERMAdoctor Wrinkle Revenge 1

Want to start the process of getting rid of those breakouts?  Wrinkle Revenge 1 is calling your name.  The facial cleanser rescues you from the ravages of daily life that can prematurely deprive it of youthful, vibrant glow.

DERMAdoctor Wrinkle Revenge 1 facial cleanser

This is actually a great cleanser for people with oily skin.  I will, however, tell you now that it will NOT stop your face from producing oil.  However, it will help you with your break-outs.  The secret to all of this is the glycolic acid used in the product.  For years glycolic acid has made break throughs for those who have oily skin.

To clean your face with this product you must first always remember to start off with a dry face with no makeup.  If you have makeup on, try using your favorite oil mix cleanser, pat your face dry, and then use the DERMAdoctor Wrinkle Revenge 1 facial cleanser.  Always remember to use this product on a dry face because using it with water will neutralize the glycolic acid, and you will have a useless product.  I should note that glycolic acid is not known for sudsing up, so do not expect suds like some other cleansers on the market.  After washing, you can always use a serum or moisturizer.  After using the DERMAdoctor several times, some users have seen their skin clear up and have a youthful glow.

TIP:  If you are worried about your sensitive skin, I would go to a store which retails this product (i.e. Sephora) and request a sample of the DERMAdoctor Wrinkle Revenge 1.  The sample is free and you do not lose any of your hard earned money.

DERMAdoctor Wrinkle Revenge 1 retails for $25.00. It may be purchased at Sephora, Macy's, Nordstrom and www.dermadoctor.com.

TOO FACED CANDY BAR POP-OUT MAKEUP PALETTE

As you have already noticed, this palette is not the same Candy Bar as seen in most stores.  This Too Faced Candy Bar palette comes with an IPhone 5 Series case.  Since I am an Android phone user, I do not get to use this, so it will be passed down to a good friend (I feel so left out).  The palette comes with 11 eyeshadows, one bronzer and one blush.

Too Faced Candy Bar Pop Out Makeup Palette

From the outside, the palette looks like an unwrapped chocolate bar.  On the inside, the entire palette has been infused with cocoa powder, giving the palette a sweet smell of hot chocolate.  YUM!  The palette is  just small enough to fit in your purse.  But just because it is small do not think it comes packed with as much finesse as the larger chocolate palette.

Too Faced Candy Bar Pop Out Palette Eyeshadow Swatches
11 Eyeshadows

Too Faced Candy Bar Pop Out Palette Bronzer Blush Swatches
Blush and Bronzer
This palette creates a nice neutral day look to a smokey-eyed, sultry evening look.  The colors are highly pigmented, but there was a little fall out with the eyeshadow.  The matte colors and the shimmery colors blended well, and went on without creasing.

The palette includes Too Faced's famous bronzer Chocolate Soleil to help give you that sun-kissed glow in this harsh winter weather.  Also, the palette has a pinkish-coral blush.  The blush is nice, but since I cannot wear coral well, it really doesn't fit me.

The pans area is a little small, and I did have some problems with colors mixing together.  But overall, this palette is good.  I would gladly carry it in my purse for a touch-up or to create a look to go out in.

The palette retails for $25.00.  It may be purchased at Ulta, Macy's and www.toofaced.com.

Monday, January 6, 2014

BRIGHT UP YOUR LIFE - Pop Beauty Eyeshadow Palette

Looking for a palette to help you achieve an everyday look to a smokey eye for night?  Then this palette of bare must-have eyeshadows will make it easy to bring out and enhance the natural beauty of your eyes.

Pop Beauty Cosmetics Bright Up Your Life Eyeshadow Top

Pop Beauty Cosmetics Bright Up Your Life Eyeshadow Inside

The Naturally Bare kit is anything but boring!  It is shimmery but definitely not overkill.  The shadow is highly pigmented and does a great job at half the price of the Naked palette.  The colors blend well and worked nicely into my skin.  Also, the shadows stayed in place without creasing or smudging.  The colors are great and diverse. The consistency is fantastic and the shadows went on easily.

Pop Beauty Cosmetics Bright Up Your Life Eyeshadow Swatches

Pop Beauty Cosmetics Bright Up Your Life Eyeshadow Swatches

Let's talk about the packaging.  It is slightly flimsy and the shadows come in your standard round pots.  The bottom is rubber, which is a change for me.  I did find that it trapped dirt and smudged easily.  But that's the bottom where you hardly anyone looks.

I would recommend this to a friend.  The colors are great and easier on the wallet than some others you may find.  However, if you are not a fan of shimmer, then you may not want to buy this palette, but you may find something with the other two palettes.  I am a huge fan of this palette.

The Bright Up Your Life Naturally Bare palette retails for $24.00.  It may be purchased at Ulta, www.beautybridge.com and www.birchbox.com.

Friday, January 3, 2014

STICK vs. BRUSH. WHO WILL WIN? Covergirl+Olay Concealer Balm and Becca Radiant Skin Creamy Concealer

Two concealers.  One in a brush format, the other in a stick format.  So which one is better?

I will start with the CoverGirl+Olay Concealer Balm.  I have to admit that I have become obsessed with finding the right concealer.  So far, I have not found a good concealer.  I really don't have dark circles to conceal, but I want something that will give me a finished, flawless look.  I saw a good review of the CoverGirl+Olay Concealer Balm and decided to try it.  What sets this apart is that it really goes on like a balm.  It is very creamy and soft.  Lately when I have used a concealer, it gets cakey.  It does not matter what serum or how much moisturizer I use.  But with this product I did not experience any caking.  It went on smoothly, and it evens out and finishes my skin tone.

Cover Girl+Olay Concealer Balm

Now what about Becca Radiant Skin Creamy Concealer?  Well, in one word it sucked.  When I initially used the concealer, it took a long time for me to get the product on the brush after turning the bottom.  Afterwards, when I applied the product, it came on so thick I could not blend it.  It settled into every crack and fine line on my face.  It was not a pretty sight.

Becca Radiant Skin Creamy Concealer

In the end, CoverGirl+Olay Concealer Balm wins.  You don't always have to spend a lot of money to get great results.  So save some dollars and go and get  your CoverGirl+Olay stick.

CoverGirl+Olay Concealer Balm retails for $10.49. It may be purchased at WalMart, Target and your local drugstore.

Becca Radiant Skin Creamy Concealer retails for $32.00.  It may purchased at Sephora, www.dermstore.com and www.beccacosmetics.com.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

HOURGLASS VEIL MINERAL PRIMER

First, I just want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!  I wonder what this year will bring?

Almost everyone today uses some type of primer before using their foundation.  But since there are so many primers on the market, which one is the best to use?  Try Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer has an SPF of 15 and is also a corrector.  The primer is white, looks and feels like a lotion.  But when you put it on your face....OH MY LORD!  It is so soft and silky making your face feel luxurious.  For those that have oily skin, your face will feel less oily and more fresh and dewy looking.


There are other pros for using this product.  It will mask your pores and will help control shine in the T-zone area.  The Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is water resistant which makes your makeup last all day.  It is fragrance free, and you only need a little bit when applying, so your bottle will last longer.  Also, when you use the product and place your foundation on top, the foundation will feel smooth and silky.

The primer is in a sleek glass bottle and comes with a dispenser.  It dries quickly and doesn't feel sticky when applied.  The trick to using this product is to let it dry BEFORE you apply your foundation.

I found the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer to be matte.  It perfected my foundation, helping it last for hours.  If you are oily the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer will help your foundation go on smoothly.  If you have dry skin, I suggest putting on your favorite moisturizer first and letting it dry.  Then put the primer on and let that dry.  Finally, put on the Hourglass primer.

The Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer gave me a flawless glow, and I am sure it will do the same for you.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer 1 oz. retails for $52.00.  It may be purchased at Sephora, Barneys New York and www.hourglasscosmetics.com.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

PHOTO OP - Smashbox's Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette Softbox II

When I first started wearing higher end make-up (makeup not in a drug store) I wore Smashbox.  It was my favorite brand for a long time until I discovered Too Faced and Urban Decay.  Smashbox fell to the waste side because it seemed as if they were not evolving with the change of makeup.  Fast forward to the current year.  I have come across a couple of palettes by Smashbox that I found worthy of blogging about.  The one I want to talk about today is Smashbox's Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette Softbox II.

The palette comes in six neutral shades, includes a double ended brush and full sized mirror.  The back of the Smashbox container includes a QR code and a "peel here" label which gives tutorials on how to achieve certain looks.

Smashbox Photo Op Shadow Palette Softbox II

As I mentioned there are six neutral shades: russet, truffle bare, juniper and sumatra.

Smashbox Photo Op Shadow Palette Softbox II Swatches
 Colors from left to right: russet, truffle, bare juniper and sumatra
I found the shadows to be creamy, very pigmented and they had long wear; especially when worn with a primer.  The colors are a mixture of shimmer and matte.  I can easily see how these colors can be taken from day to night very easily. 

If I had to pick a favorite color, it would a a toss up between Juniper and Sandstorm.  I especially liked using Sumatra in the crease area and as a liner.  If you are wondering if I had a least favorite I would say no.  I found all the colors to be usable in their own right.  So basically all of the colors are fantastic and will make you pretty either day or night.

Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette Softbox II retails for $39.00.  It may be purchased at Nordstroms, www.beauty.com and www.smashbox.com.

Monday, December 30, 2013

EYE PERFECTION - Stila Portrait Of A Perfect Eye

This past holiday season, Stila came out with an eye palette in neutral colors called "Portrait Of A Perfect Eye."  I have always been a huge fan of Stila's lip glosses, but never really ventured into their eyeshadows.  But when I was shopping and saw this palette, I decided it was time to try something new.

Stila Portrait of a Perfect Eye Shadow Palette Outside

Stila Portrait of a Perfect Eye Shadow Palette Inside

Stila Portrait of a Perfect Eye Shadow Palette Swatches
Shades from left to right: Rosewood; Antique; Linen: Vintage; Organza; Parchment
I really like all of the colors that come in the palette. I found that the colors had very nice pigmentation, and had a great creamy consistency. I would use caution when using the darkest brown. I found that the color appeared muddy when I applied it.  The shimmery shades were not too shimmery. I tried using these eye colors without a primer and did not have any problems with creasing!  The colors in this palette would be great to travel with, especially if you need a quick look.

However, the eyeshadows are the size of a dime and with regular everyday use this palette may not last long.  I wish Stila would have provided everyone with larger eyeshadows.

The case is a little funky too.  I like that it is magnetic, but I feel it might not hold as well as it should.

Overall, this palette is just okay.  If you have the Naked Basics palette then you may want to pass on this palette, unless you love the colors in this Stila, Portrait Of A Perfect Eye.  Together these palettes would create a ton of beautiful looks.

The Stila, Portrait Of A Perfect Eye retails for $16.00  It may be purchased at Ulta, www.birchbox.com and www.stilacosmetics.com.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

SHIMMER SHIMMER - bareMinerals Show Me The Shimmer

Before we begin the review of the lip glosses I wanted to apologize to all viewers for the lack of blogs last week.  I was involved in s serious car accident wherein I re-injured by back.  I was in a lot if pain and I didn't feel well enough to write.  But I am feeling a little better and ready to get back in action.

I love holiday makeup sets.  I get so excited about the lip sets.  You get so much bang for your buck.  BareMinerals came out with Show Me the Shimmer.  It is a set of six mini moxie lip glosses with tons of shimmer.

bareMinerals Show Me The Shimmer Lip Gloss Box

bareMinerals Show Me The Shimmer Lip Gloss

bareMinerals Show Me The Shimmer Lip Gloss Swatches
From Left to Right: Scene Stealer, Head Turner, Femme Fatale, Crowd Pleaser, Super Star and Icon

When it comes to lip gloss I want shine.  There is a range of colors that is great for any occasion.  The glosses look fantastic by themselves or over your favorite lipstick.

I love the shimmer in the lip glosses, and this set is much better when it comes to sparkle.  The peppermint oil in the ingredients gives a peppermint scent along with a cooling sensation when you apply it.  The glosses wear comfortably on the lips because of the Shea Butter and Avocado Butter.  As each gloss fades with wear, you are left with some sparkle.

If you were to ask me if I had a favorite, I would have to say it is a tie between Crowd Pleaser and Super Star.  So shimmer lovers of the world rejoice!  These marvelous lip glosses will satisfy your cravings for sparkle.

bareMinerals Show Me The Shimmer retails for $25.00.  It may be purchased at Sephora, Nordstrom, and www.bareescentuals.com.

Monday, December 23, 2013

SMASHBOX PHOTO FINISH vs. LAURA GELLER'S SPACKLE TINTED UNDER MAKE-UP PRIMER ETHEREAL

Laura Geller's Spackle Tinted Under Make-Up Primer Ethereal and Smashbox Photo Finish. Both are good in their own right, but which one is better than than the other?

Laura Geller's Spackle Tinted Under Make-Up Primer Ethereal
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
We will start with Laura Geller. This oil-free primer prepares the skin for make-up application by smoothing and perfecting your skin's texture.  It helps makeup last longer, keeps color true and gives an opulent glow.  It can be used alone for an opulent glow and a brighter complexion.  Laura Geller's primer made my skin feel silky.  This primer also has a brightening complex that makes my complexion glow.  It turns your face from blah to amazing!  It goes on smoothly and dries silky soft.

Let's move on to Smahbox's Photo Finish .  "Worn alone or under foundation to increase it's longevity, this unique, vitamin packed formula helps to reduce the fine appearance of lines and pores for visibly softer skin with a velvety smooth finish."  I personally am not a fan of Smashbox's Photo Finish.  It makes many people break out, so if you are prone to break-outs I would not use this product.  For me, during the winter my skin becomes dehydrated.  It did nothing to make my makeup look better.  The makeup ended up creasing around my eyes and nose.  It looked horrible!  I cannot recommend this product. It is just not a good performer.

My vote is for the Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Under Make-Up Primer Ethereal.  I love this primer because it brightens my dull, dry skin, and I like the texture and consistency.  So go out and get some Laura Geller today.

Laura Geller's Spackle Tinted Under Make-Up Primer Ethereal retails for $30.00.  You can purchase Laura Geller's Spackle Tinted Under Make-Up Primer Ethereal at Ulta, www.qvc.com and www.laurageller.com.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

X MARKS THE SPOT - Murad Acne Spot Treatment

The other day someone pointed out I have not done a blog for those people with oily skin.  For that I apologize.  It was purely unintentional.  So to make up for that error, I am going to talk about acne spot treatments.

Now even though I have dry skin, I do get the occasional pimple.  When that happens the first thing I reach for is Murad Acne Spot Treatment.  It is a 3.0% sulfur acne treatment, and is truly fantastic.

Murad Acne Spot Treatment 3% Sulfur

While I was using it I found that it worked best on pimples that were not too big, but already had come to a head. I would dab it with the Murad Acne Spot Treatment first thing in the morning and then in the evening.  It took three to five days for the pimple to disappear.  Now while the sulfur is the reason why the pimples disappear, the smell is tolerable for me and not too invasive.  One gets the occasional hint of a whiff of sulfur, but it doesn't linger.

The Murad Acne Spot Treatment is a brilliant product!  It is shockingly one of the few acne treatments that I actually notice makes difference.  If you are looking for a product to get rid of pimples fast, then try Murad Acne Spot Treatment.

Murad Acne Spot Treatment retails for $18.00.  It may be purchased at Sephora, Ulta, and www.skinstore.com.

Friday, December 13, 2013

MAKE-UP ALL DAY LONG

Wouldn't it be great if there was a foundation which lasted all day?  Well, there is....Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h make up will wear all day without any retouches.  The foundation is divine!

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h Makeup

As you know I have dry skin, and not oily.  Therefore, I don't have to worry about the makeup melting/running off.  I do have to worry about caking.  With this foundation I did not have this problem, nor did the foundation settle into fine lines.  Lancome's 24h foundation does not settle into pores and allowed for buildable coverage.  When you first put on the foundation, it is about a medium coverage.  From there the makeup can be built to full coverage without looking cakey.

I have some freckles.  I enjoy the fact that Lancome's 24h does not mask them.  It just evens out the skintone all the while still looking great under my eyes.  It is not too dry and doesn't settle into any fine lines.

The color of the foundation is a perfect match for me.  It was easy to apply and blends in like a dream.  It dries quickly, so I don't have to wait around to complete my look.  I have a little redness around my nose and the Lancome 24h foundation covered it perfectly.

Lancome Teint Idole Ulta 24h Makeup is one of the best foundations I have tried.  I wore it for 12+ hours and it still looked amazing!  In fact, it stayed on until I took it off.  So this is one highly recommended product.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h foundation retails for $45.00.  It may be purchased at Macy's, Sephora and all other Lancome counters.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

KISS & TELL

I was taught to never kiss and tell, but with  BareMinerals' Kiss & Tell lipstick set now I can.  The Marvelous Moxie lipstick smoothes on a vibrant surge of creamy, pigment-packed color for fiercely fully, ultra-hydrated lips that wont' quit.  This collection of bold, beautiful hues includes five shades of sass to match your every Moxie mood.

BareMinerals Kiss Tell Lipstick Set

BareMinerals Kiss Tell Lipstick Set

So far I am loving this lip set.  The lipsticks are small and so tiny that you feel you wasted your money.  This is entirely NOT true.  The lipsticks are what they claim to be - creamy, pigment packed in color and ultra hydrating.  They were not greasy, but more velvety in texture.

As for the colors,  it ranges from a nude pink to a hot pink.  The color wore four to five hours before I had to reapply.  So they wear well, just not super great.  The colors, in my opinion, are universally appealing, and anyone with any skin tone can wear the set of lipsticks.  My favorite shade is Be Bold, a beautiful reddish-maroon.

BareMinerals Kiss Tell Lipstick Set Swatches
From Left to Right:  Go All Out; Be Bold; Get Ready; Break Away and Speak Your Mind
I have never worried about the quality of BareMinerals.  They have done a great job of maintaining a standard of quality in their makeup.  It appears the same can be said about the BareMinerals Kiss & Tell collection.

BareMinerals Kiss & Tell collection retails for $29.00.  It may be purchased at Ulta, Sephora and http://www.bareescentuals.com.