Sunday, May 24, 2015

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Friday, May 22, 2015

THE TERRIFIC TWO - Sarah Happ Lip Scrub and Vaseline

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It is summertime and a lot of us get chapped lips.  Well I have found a formula which will keep your lips soft and supple, without costing you a fortune.

The first part of the formula is a good lip scrub such as The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ.  There are a couple of flavors for this scrub, but I happen to like Almond Creme.  You massage your lips with a generous amount of lip scrub with a firm, circular motion.  Then wipe away with a tissue.  I personally like using a damp tissue.  The scrub can get kind of sticky if you accidentally get some of the product on the outside of your lips.  There are other flavors that are available: 1) Blood Orange; 2) Brown Sugar; 3) Vanilla Bean; 4) Creme Brulee and 5) Vanilla Bean to name a few.
Sarah Happ Lip Scrub and Vaseline
After swiping the extraneous lip exfoliate from your lips, take a dab of Vaseline petroleum jelly with cocoa butter on your lips for moisture.  Of course, you can use regular petroleum jelly, I just prefer the smell of the cocoa butter. Plus if you get generic, it will be cheaper than the name brand.
Sarah Happ Lip Scrub and Vaseline
I like to follow these steps at night before I go to bed.  But there is no hardcore rule as to when you can do this procedure.  All that matters is that you have soft lips in the end.  Which means your lipstick and gloss will go on smoother.

The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ retails for $24.00 for 1oz.  You can purchase the lip scrub at Nordstrom.  But you may purchase it Ebay or Amazon.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

GET READY FOR SUMMER WITH GLO-MINERALS SUEDE MATTE LIP CRAYON

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Summer is coming quick and it is time to dump that winter makeup, at least for now.  I came across Glo-Minerals Suede Matte Crayon when I went into a makeup boutique called Make Me Up on Magazine Street in New Orleans, LA.  I completely fell in love with these crayons and wanted to share it with you. I chose two colors to represent this blog, and I hope you like them as much as I do.
GLO-MINERALS SUEDE MATTE LIP CRAYON DEMURE SWATCH
The first color is Sorbet. It is a beautiful Fuchsia.  The crayon comes equipped with its own pencil sharpener.  It is a matte long wear color which contains anti-oxidant Vitamin C and E as well as conditioning Mango Oil and Shea Butter for nourishing protection.  The color has a high intense payoff with a velvety-smooth finish.
GLO-MINERALS SUEDE MATTE LIP CRAYON SORBET SWATCH
The second color is Demure.  I just love the name.  The color is mauve with a matte finish.  I should say that all of the lip crayons have a matte finish.  But as I said before, it is velvety-smooth.  The crayons have a touch of peppermint that lends a refreshing scent and offers a cool sensation, reviving the senses while soothing and nourishing the lips.  The crayons glide on effortlessly and provide smooth, velvety color.
GLO-MINERALS SUEDE MATTE LIP CRAYON DEMURE SWATCH
I highly recommend these lip crayons as they go on smoothly and stay on your lips all day long.  If you want, you can add a little bit of gloss in the center of you lower and upper lip to add a beautiful shine. There are a total of six colors to choose from, all which glide on smoothly and stay on all day.

The Glo-Minerals Suede Matte Crayon retails for $16.00.  If you are in the New Orleans area you may purchase them at About Face and Make Me Up.  Otherwise, you may purchase the product at Amazon.

Monday, May 18, 2015

WATERPROOF IT - NYX Proof It Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer

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If you have oily lids or watery eyes, then you know what a pain it is when after spending so much time putting on your eyeshadow it begins it crease and come off.  Well, NYX has come up with a way to take care of this issue.  It is their waterproof eyeshadow primer.  It turns ANY eyeshadow into a waterproof eyeshadow.
Watery eyes?  Oily eyelids? NYX Proof It Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer may be worth a look.
To use, apply the product to your lids like any other shadow primer and POOF!  Your eye makeup becomes waterproof.  You no longer have to worry about your eye makeup in humid weather or when lounging by the pool under the noon day sun.

I suffer from watery eyes.  And I cannot tell you how many times my eyeshadow began to rub off after only a couple of hours of wear.  This product was incredibly easy to use.  When I tried this product, I applied it on my eyelid and beneath my lower lashes.  I then let it dry and put on my eye makeup.  Wouldn't you know it; my makeup stayed on all day long and looked fresh.  For me, it was a mini miracle.  At the end of the day, it came off with regular facial cleanser. 

Now I would like to come out and say that I highly recommend that you allow the primer to dry completely before you begin to put on your eye makeup.  I found it does not work as well, unless you let it dry completely.

This is a really great primer, and at the price point you cannot beat it.  The NYX Proof It Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer retails for $6.99.  It may be purchased at ULTA, Target some drugstores and Amazon.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CAMOUFLAGE UNDER EYE IMPERFECTIONS - ELF High Definition Undereye Setting Powder

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ELF has introduced a way to camouflage fine lines, dark circles and imperfections with high definition under eye setting powder.  The powder is a good way to keep your concealer in place.  I am in my early 40s, and have normal to dry skin, but for some reason my eyelids are oily. I use waterproof mascara every day of the year, and always use a primer both on my lids and under my eyes.  However, I still experience some run by the end of the day. I use a primer under my eyes, and top it with this powder to get zero makeup smudges under my eyes..  So far, the powder does not settle in my fine lines.  It does what it is supposed to do, and that is keeping my concealer in place.  It also helps any under eye makeup.
ELF High Definition Undereye Setting Powder Makeup for fine lines
The best way to use this product is to only use it under your eyes and in a small quantity because it is white and somewhat shiny.  It is also soft and soothing.  A little goes a long way and I really like how it can diffuse light, making it perfect for picture taking.

I do not use the brush that comes with the product.  I prefer to use a slightly fluffier brush because it does a better job of blending.

The price is amazing and proof that you do not need to spend a lot of money to look fabulous.  The ELF High Definition Undereye Setting Powder retails for $3.00.  It may be purchased at www.eyeslipsface.com and Target.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

PUT A LITTLE ZING IN YOUR SKINCARE - Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser

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This is a two-in-one cleanser and exfoliator that refines and smooths skin. According to Origins, this cleanser is a multi-tasking scrub that instantly wakes up your tired skin with energizing Panax Ginseng and coffee beans.  The grains smooth and refine your skin.  It is best for all skin types, the uplifting 100 percent natural essential oil blend of grapefruit, lemon, and spearmint perks you up so you are ready to face the day.
Origins-GinZing-Refreshing-Scrub-Cleanser-Exfoliator enhances with Panax, Ginseng and coffee.
This product has zero parabens or sulfates.  The scent of the GinZing is truly amazing.  The scrub is not intense.  It has just the right amount of intensity, and it does not dry out my skin.  The beads in the cleanser are very gentle and help to brighten skin.  It gives me terrific clean skin when I wash my face in the morning and helps wakes me up.  It helps makes mornings bearable.  The GinZing definitely lives up to its promise.

I read somewhere about someone using the GinZing with her Clairisonic.  I would not recommend this as it may me too harsh for your skin.  Your fingertips will be just fine.

In the end, I love the product.  It has a pleasant citrus smell.  The exfoliation is gentle and works well on my skin allowing it to feel clean for makeup application.

Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser retails for $19.50 for 5 oz.  You may purchase the product at Sephora, Macy's and www.origins.com.

Monday, May 11, 2015

POWER TO THE C - Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x 30 Sleeping Mask

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Treat while you sleep.  What can be better?  According to Peter Thomas Roth, the Camu Camu berry is a potent superfruit from the Amazon which provides 30 times more vitamin C per ounce than your typical orange.  This highly concentrated vitamin C has superior absorption properties due to its low molecular weight allowing to better penetrate the skin and improve collagen.  The intensive treatment sleeping mask with Camu Camu and Arbutin helps improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles as well as brighten, smooth and firm the look of skin.
Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x 30 Sleeping Mask--Vitamin C for Skin
I have been using this product for close to two weeks.  I use it every other night.  No particular reason, just do.  But I do like the results I have seen from using the Camu Camu sleeping mask.  After application, I place a towel over my pillowcase to catch any extra moisture and go to sleep.  The next morning I awake to the softening of fine lines, I find it provides moisture all day long following the next day, it brightened my skin and created a wonderful base for my makeup.  Worried about the sleeping mask being too oily?  Fear not. The texture is fantastic.

In addition to moisturizing your skin, it helps with any redness and scarring you may have.  You will see the difference in a few days. When doing my research I read that it does help with any acne scars.  In time the product will hydrate your skin, give you a luminous lasting glow, and help even out your skin tone.  I definitely recommend this mask.

The Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x 30 Sleeping Mask retails for $62.00 for 3.2oz.  You may purchase this product at Sephora, ULTA and www.amazon.com.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

GET YOUR INNER GLOW ON WITH RITUEL DE FILLE INNER GLOW CREAM BLUSH

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I was just recently introduced to the Rituel De Fille line of makeup.  Once I discovered that this product is formulated with all natural ingredients and is cruelty-free, I jumped at a chance of blogging about the cream blush.  I choose the color Lovesick, a deep rosy-pink color which really complimented my medium toned skin.  I do have to mention that this color may be a little too dark to those with fair skin.  But fear not, this line of cream blush has six other colors to choose from.
Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream Blush Makeup
Rituel De Fille's Inner Glow Cream Blush is highly pigmented and lasts for a very long time once blended on your cheeks.  Because of its consistency, I would apply this blush with a stipple brush rather than your fingers.  You will get a more natural, dewy appearance.  It makes for a nice inner glow.
Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream Blush Makeup Swatch

The Inner Glow Cream Blushes are true to the eye.  I love how the blush is rich in color, and the packaging has a celestial look to it.  The company spent years perfecting their formula by hand, and using a minimal amount of ingredients.  This all leads to beautiful, rosy cheeks which is the perfect look for summertime.

Rituel De Fille Inner Glow Cream Blush retails for $24.00.  It may be purchased at www.ritueldefille.com.

Monday, May 4, 2015

A CLEANSER WHICH DOES NOT DRY OUT YOUR SKIN - Biotherm Biosource Hydra-Mineral Cleanser Softening Mousse

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Because I have normal to dry skin, I am always in the market for a cleanser that is not drying.  With Biotherm's Biosource Hydra-Mineral Cleanser Softening Mousse 70-mineral complex and fortifying magnesium, it cleanses and softens without drying out my skin.  It is a soap-free cleanser with a light fragrance. I have been using it for about 5 days now.  According to Biotherm around day seven or eight, I should see a healthy glow.  I can say, that so far I am beginning to see some great changes in my skin from using this product. My skin does not feel dry and tight, and I can see the beginning of a glow.  Several of my friends asked what I have been using on my skin because of the glow.
Biotherm Biosource Hydra-Mineral Cleanser Softening Mousse
This product does a wonderful job of erasing any traces of makeup. And I love the creamy texture to the mousse.  All you need is a few drops. Mix it with water, and you can clean your entire face.  It is great to see when a little bit of product is all you need to make it work.

When I was researching this product, I came across several statements made my different people that they could tolerate this cleanser even though they had sensitive skin.  So if you are one of those individuals with sensitive skin, do not hesitate to use the Biotherm Biosource Softening Mousse.

I should put out a warning, however.  Please be careful when using around your eye area.  It burns like you would not believe you get it too close to your eye.  Trust me. I made this mistake and thought I was going blind.

Other than the eye problem, I recommend this cleanser.  It retails for $23.00.  The Biotherm Biosource Hydra-Mineral Cleanser Softening Mousse may be purchased at www.biotherm-usa.com, www.amazon.com and www.beautyencounter.com.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

DOWN COMPUTER

I apologize for the inconvenience, but my hard drive crashed and it will be another 2 to 3 days before I can have it up and running.  I will try to post from my husband's computer as often as I can.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Erica K

Thursday, April 30, 2015

EXFOLIATE, CLEANSE & RENEW...GLAMGLOW YOUTHCLEANSE DAILY EXFOLIATING CLEANSER

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GlamGlow YouthCleanse Daily Exfoliating Cleanser is an anti-aging exfoliating cleanser which transforms into a gentle and effective foaming lather which dissolves makeup and impurities, all the while removing dead surface cells.  It is designed to gently exfoliate, cleanse and renew skin to create a more youthful, glowing  and radiant complexion.
Check out my experience with Glamglow Youthcleanse Daily Exfoliating Cleanser
YouthCleanse is a revolutionary mud to foam daily cleanser that combines the power of mud and the performance of foam for an innovative cleansing experience. YouthCleanse is formulated with French Sea Clay to boost cellular renewal to revitalize your skin.

I try not to spend a ton of money on cleansers.  I usually save it for serums, moisturizers, oils, etc.  But I did a little research and saw the glowing reviews for this product, so I decided to go ahead and try it. After using it for about a week, I have come to the conclusion that this cleanser is one of those cleansers that is worth the money you spend.  It does everything that it promises.  After using GlamGlow YouthCleanse my skin feels clean, soft and healthy-looking.  And this is before I use my serums and peels.

Now I cannot give testimony for the benefits of long-term usage of this product.  I have only used it for a little while.  But so far, it is one of the better cleansing products I have used.  And since you get 5oz. for the price, you do get some bang for your buck.  This is one great cleanser and I definitely recommend it.

GlamGlow YouthCleanse Daily Exfoliating Cleanser retails for $39.00.  It may be purchased at Sephora and www.glamglowmud.com.

Monday, April 27, 2015

ARGAN BLUSH THAT'S NOURISHING, BUT DOES IT WEAR WELL?

I recently tried Physician's Formula Argan Wear Blush in Natural. It claims to be an ultra-luxe formula, which features luminous, light-reflecting pigments that deliver a skin perfecting effect for a youthful and glowing radiance. The blush is infused with 100% Pure Argan Oil.
Physician's Formula Argan Blush Review
The Physician's Formula Argan Wear Blush looked absolutely beautiful in the package. I was attracted to the blush right away, and figured the multi-colors of pink would look beautiful when swirled together. When I first tried it, there was a ton of glitter to the blush. However, when I brushed the glitter away, the pink color came through. The consistency of the blush is okay, but it is definitely not someone I would go to first in my arsenal of blushes.
Physician's Formula Argan Blush  Review
The Physician's Formula Argan Wear blush is so-so. The blush has a soft-powdery consistency and lightly pigmented, so I would used it as more of a highlighter than a primary blush. So while it is decent, I cannot fully recommend it.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

TOP 7 DIY BEAUTY USES FOR BABY OIL

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Some of us have not used baby oil since we were babies and some of are parents who use it on a daily basis.  But baby oil is not exclusive to infants.  In fact, there are many beauty uses for baby oil that you can incorporate into your beauty regimen.  
7 Great Uses of Baby Oil for Your Beauty Regimen
 Here are a few examples:

1) One of the most common use is using baby oil as an eye makeup remover and a false eyelash remover.  Simply put some baby oil on a cotton ball, and gently wipe across your eye.  Off comes the makeup and off comes the false eyelash.

2)  Shave your legs with baby oil.  I mentioned in one of my blogs about using coconut oil to shave your legs.  Well you can also use baby oil to shave you legs.  Smooth a light layer of baby oil on your legs and shave.  Be sure to rinse your razor in between shave swipes.  This way your razor does not get blocked up with oil.

3)  It is summer time and it is time to wear sandals.  Like many of you, I get cracked heels.  So before going to sleep, I rub baby oil on my heels and put on socks.  In the morning, I take off my socks and I have soft heels.

4)  Use after a manicure.  Many of us give ourselves a manicure at home.  One way to moisturize your hands if rub a little bit of baby oil between the palms of your hands and massage the oil into your hands.  Before your know it you have soft hands and cuticles.

5)  Use baby oil the next time you want to soak in your tub.  Pour a few drops into your bath water, climb in and soak away.  Not only do you relive stress you are moisturizing your skin.

6)  A lot of us suffer from dry skin underneath our eyes.  Try using a touch of baby oil underneath your eyes to protect your delicate skin.

7)  Doing an at home massage?  Save some dollars by mixing baby oil with a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil for an inexpensive massage oil.

Those are just a few beauty uses for baby oil.  You may purchase baby oil at your local drugstore, Target and WalMart.