Friday, March 27, 2015

LOCK YOUR MAKEUP IN PLACE - Kat Von D Lock-It Featherweight Primer

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The secret for long wear foundation is a good primer. Kat Von D's Lock It Featherweight Primer preps your canvas with an invigorating shield which hydrates and primes skin's surface for an impeccable, even application. The primer contains Aloe Vera, Jojoba, Shea and Vitamin B5 for vital nourishing power. The flexible barrier keeps long-wear foundation comfortable all day. It is the essential first step to a lasting, flawless canvas.
I have been looking for a new primer for awhile because all the ones I've tried I could never notice a difference with it. I needed one that was going to keep my makeup on all day without looking patchy and worn off throughout the day and without having to touch up.

The Kat Von D primer is amazing! It seems to lightly moisturize without any residue and my makeup went on seamlessly. I also didn't have to use a large amount of product. I have tried plenty of primers since I started wearing foundation. Some were a complete disaster, and some lasted most of the day. But this foundation in particular made my makeup look flawless all day long.

I used this primer with the Kat Von D Lock-It foundation. When using this product with the Kat Von D foundation it kept my foundation on all the way, did not transfer at all. The primer is light-weight, dries quickly and is not oily. It is water-based and should work with many other foundations.

I had some trouble pumping the primer out in the beginning, just like some of the other reviews I read. But once I got it going, it was fantastic. I have fairly sensitive skin, and this primer didn't bother me at all. It's fragrance free, which is awesome. It really makes my Lock-It Tattoo Foundation go on much smoother and I only need one or two pumps of foundation to get awesome coverage.

The foundation primer is hydrating, water-based, weightless, fragrance free and oil free. I definitely recommend trying it.

The Kat Von D Lock-It Featherweight Primer retails for $32.00.  It may be purchased at Sephora and www.amazon.com.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

MY NEW FAVORITE CLEANSER - GlamGlow Thirstycleanse Mud to Foam

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When I first began this blog, I admitted to the fact that I hoard cosmetics.  Name the make-up brand and I most likely will have it in my arsenal.  What I have not told you, is that I also hoard skin care products.  It started when I visited France for the first time.  Most skin care products are sold in a pharmacy.  Well, I came across a two story pharmacy and went completely wild.  It is embarrassing to say how much I spent.  But let me tell you, TSA went through my suitcase because of all the bottles and jars.

Anyways, I recently came across GlamGlow Thirstycleanse Mud to Foam. Thirstycleanse is a revolutionary daily cleanser that combines the power of mud and the performance of foam for a new daily cleansing experience. It transforms from a luxurious mud into a moisture-rich foaming lather to gently and effectively rinse away makeup, dirt, and impurities while deeply moisturizing your skin.
This cleanser has been designed for everyday use.  It comes in a heavy cardboard cylinder container and has a pump dispenser.  I usually use three pumps to cleanse my face. Designed to create a hydrated, silky, and dewy fresh complexion, it helps maintain results of your current weekly treatments for healthy-looking, beautiful skin.

At first, the only thing keeping me from buying this was the price. I told myself I did not need another cleanser, but it feels so nice! My skin is so dry, especially in the winter, and this feels so soothing, but still leaves my skin feeling clean without stripping it of its much-needed natural moisture.

In the end, I love this cleanser. It is a great balance for those of us with dry skin. GlamGlow Thirstycleanse Mud to Foam retails for $39.00 for 5oz.  You may purchase the product at Sephora and www.glamglowmud.com.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SPRING IS IN THE AIR SO GET READY WITH MAKE UP FOREVER HIGH DEFINITION BLUSH

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Available in a wide range of colors, HD Blush has the perfect shade for every skin tone.  According to Sephora, the HD Blush combines the second-skin look of a cream with the ease of a powder. Created for HD technology, this formula blends into skin with no visible texture for a truly natural flush of color. It’s completely weightless and can be worn over or under powder to sculpt and highlight cheeks flawlessly.
This new creamy blush melts on the skin for an extremely natural flush of color with a long lasting result. It's blendable, second skin texture allows for easy, controlled application. This blush has a lovely texture that's creamy but it doesn't shine or look glossy/oily. It is perfect for dry skin like mine. It looks natural and sort of blends with just that little flushed look. A very slight application works very well for the "no make up" look.

It is easy to apply and lasts all day. I got it in 310, and a little goes a long way. I'll still be able to use it in summer when darker. With powder blush I found I was blush-less by the end of the day and wanted something that would stay put. And it stayed all day long.

This is one of the best blushes that I've tried. It goes on smoothly, and the color and results are flattering. There are so many great shades...one for everyone!

Make Forever's High Definition Blush retails for $26.00. It may be purchased at Sephora.

Friday, March 20, 2015

YOUNGER LOOKING SKIN WITH ROSES - Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask

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Want younger looking skin?  Why not turn to Rose Stem Cells.  It is cutting-edge plant biotechnology isolates and replicates the perfect rose stem cells for maximum anti-age repair.  Five rose stem cells are blended with four rose extracts in a cooling, rejuvenating gel to help stimulate cell turnover for younger looking skin.
I have been using Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Gel mask for about two weeks and the smell and texture of this mask is awesome.  I sometimes like to place it in the fridge for a cooling effect.  It feels so good this way.

To date, I have noticed that I have fewer skin imperfections and the texture of my skin is a lot smoother. It helps reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.  The mask regenerates, rejuvenates, hydrates, brightens, firms and tones.  I have not seen any redness or skin irritations to date. So I do recommend this to those with normal to dry skin.  I cannot say how it would affect people with oily skin, but I do not think it would create any harm.

You may also use this gel mask overnight.  I have not tried this, but from the reviews that I read, everyone stated they woke up to smoother, baby-soft skin and were extremely happy with the results.  I am a big Peter Thomas Roth fan now, and I am very pleased with this product.

Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask retails for $45.00.  It may be purchased at Sephora, ULTA and www.beauty.com.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

CORRECT THOSE DARK CIRCLES - BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector

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According to BECCA, it is the first of it's kind, a full-coverage crème corrector which completely eradicates under eye darkness by brightening and evening skin tone. The unique pink tone eradicates darkness and perfectly covers up extreme dark circles. Infused with ultra-fine light-reflecting illuminators, this rich, luminescent crème won't settle into fine lines or wrinkles and preps skin for smooth, even concealer coverage. It can be used either under concealer to correct dark circles or over concealer to provide a flawlessly brightened eye look. Provides long-wearing, transfer and water resistant coverage.
I was skeptical at first. But I decided to take the plunge and purchase this product. I'm always searching to find something to conceal dark circles/under-eye pigmentation and under-eye bags.  When I tried BECCA's Under Eye Brightening Concealer, it brightened my eye area, and I actually look younger! This takes care of the dark area and I look like I am well rested for once.  AMEN!

I use this with my concealer, but you can use it alone. I mostly use it under my eye but it looks great on the brow bone too.  It is very light, and has a smooth texture. It makes my eyes much brighter, awake, and youthful. I do apply a concealer or foundation on top and the shine shows through, but not harsh at all. It does crease in my fine lines at first, but I make sure to not use too much and use a dabbing motion with my ring finger, and I always use a setting powder so the product does not move. I am so happy I purchased this. It gives my face that extra radiance!

BECCA's Under Eye Brightening Concealer retails for $29.00.  It may be purchased at Sephora and ULTA.

Monday, March 16, 2015

CONTROL THOSE BROWS - NYX Control Freak Brow Gel

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I was on the hunt for a more affordable clear brow gel after using Anastasia Beverly Hills brow gel, and loving it.  I tried the Milani one and didn't think it did as well as Anastasia.  Then I came across the NYX Control Freak Brow Gel.  So far, I have to say I like it.  It is not Anatasia, but it comes pretty close, and for a quarter of the price!
I use this on my brows after I fill them in, it keeps my brows in place from morning until I take my makeup off at night.  The clear gel applies easily, and holds my brows in place without making them crispy or flaky.  It has great hold while still looking natural and doesn't look wet. I love that it has the perfect amount of product on the brush too.

This is exactly what I was looking for! I use Too Faced's eyebrow pencil and this on top.  Let me tell you that my brows have never looked better.  The opening of the bottle makes sure you have just the right amount of product on the spoolie, so you just pull it out and swipe it on. If I mess up, I can feel it on my skin for a few seconds, but there's nothing visible.

NYX Control Freak Brow Gel is a good product to keep brows in place without adding color. And it is a great alternative to higher priced brow gels.  This is one product I will purchase again.

NYX Control Freak Brow Gel retails for $5.99.  You may purchase the product at ULTA, www.nyxcosmetics.com and www.allcosmeticswholesale.com.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Essence Cosmetics Haul

Press Sample

So yesterday I received my first set of samples from Essence Cosmetics.  They must know my blog very well, because I received all eye and lip makeup.  So without further ado here are the products I received:

1) Essence Get Big Lashes Volume Boost - this mascara stretches out my lashes, thickens and separates my lashes making lashes appear full and long.  I did not notice any clumps either.  The mascara wand is large, but if you are careful enough with the application, you will get great results.
Essence Get Big Lashes Volume Boost retails for $3.99.  It may be purchased at ULTA and most local drugstores.
 2) Essence Gel Eye Pencil Waterproof - this eyeliner is fantastic.  It is creamy and glides across my eyes without any skips.  It is an automatic pencil, so there is no need to purchase an separate sharpener.  It does not smudge along the lash line, but I did have some problem on the waterline.  The cap to the eye pencil fits tightly, so you do not have to worry the cap falling off and the pencil drying out.  Essence Gel Eye Pencil Waterproof retails for $2.99.  It may be be purchased at ULTA and most local drugstores.
3) Essence 3D Eyeshadow in 03 Irresistible Choco Cupcake - this is a very pretty duo eyeshadow n a golden pink and chocolate brown.  Both colors are shimmery, and both are creamy smooth.  The lighter color can be used as a highlighter or an be placed across the lid.  The darker color looks great on the crease.  The pigmentation for this eyeshadow is wonderful and with the help of a little primer the color really pops.  Essence 3D Eyeshadow in 03 Irresistible Choco Cupcake retails for $3.49.  It May be purchased at ULTA and most local drugstores.
4) Essence XXXL Shine In Nude Kiss - this lip gloss has ultra shine without being sticky.  This lip gloss shiny and shimmery, but not that pigmented.  It is truly perfect for topping off your favorite lipstick.  It is not sticky, but unfortunately it does not have a lot of staying power (maybe last about 3 hours).  So you will have to reapply the lip gloss.  But that is the same with a lot of lip glosses.  So if you want a pretty lip gloss and save some money, I would purchase this one.  Essence XXXL Shine In Nude Kiss retails for $2.49.  It may be purchased at ULTA and most local drugstores.

I want to thank Essence for giving me the opportunity to review their products.  It is always nice to know there are companies out there willing to give new bloggers a shot.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TOP 3 FAVORITE MASCARAS

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Everyone has their holy grail "go-to"cosmetics.  Whether it be foundation, blush or lipstick, we have a favorite.  Well, when it comes to mascara I have three favorites.  They are my go-to, stand-bys, and here they are in no particular order:

1) L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes in Black Lacquer - this mascara makes my lashes appear longer, it doesn't flake and it stays on all day long.  The brush is a medium to large bristle type.  The color is a glossy black/blackest black.  The effect this gives me is a long, glossy, feathery look.  It definitely enhances my medium to long lashes and totally multiplies them.  L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes in Black Lacquer retails for $8.99.  It may be purchased at your local drugstore, Wal-Mart and Target.

L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Black Lacquer

L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Black Lacquer Wand
L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Black Lacquer Lashes
2) Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara - This mascara is very black in color, and the brush is shaped like an hourglass to help your lashes separate and curl, and give you tons of volume. You can get away with one coat, but I am a two coat kind of girl.  When I put on my second coat of mascara, BAM!  My lashes were deep black, curled and totally delish.  Too Faced's Better Than Sex retails for $23.00.  It may be purchased at ULTA, Sephora and www.toofaced.com.
3) Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils -  this is one of the more expensive mascaras that I own, but well worth the money.  It is not clumpy and the tip of the brush is perfect for fanning out your lashes.  They look fake, but natural enough to get away with it.  The mascara does not look clumpy or spidery. I love long lashes, but I wish for volume more than anything else.  This mascara gives me both.  Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils retails for $30.00.  It may be purchased at Sephora, Macy's, Nordstrom and www.amazon.com.
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils.  Does it deliver for your eye lashes?

Sunday, March 8, 2015

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

TWO DIY WAYS TO CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES

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Today it seems as if everyone is on a budget.  The last thing we want to do is spend our hard earned money on expensive makeup brush cleaners.  I have found two ways to clean your makeup brushes with ordinary household products.
DIY Way to Clean Makeup Brushes With Household Items
1)  Ingredients:
1 cup of warm water
1 tablespoon of dish detergent
1 tablespoon of white vinegar

Mix all of the above ingredients, then stir your brushes in the liquid.  If the liquid becomes too dirty, dump out the dirty water and repeat the ingredient process.  Do not worry about your brushes smelling like vinegar.  The dish detergent will prevent the brushes from smelling like vinegar.  Rinse your brushes in clear water and squeeze out any excess water.  Reshape your brushes and set your brushes on a paper towel to dry.
Clean Makeup Brushes With Everyday Items
2) Ingredients:
1 cup of warm water
1 tablespoon of Baby Shampoo

Mix all of the above ingredients, then stir your brushes in the liquid.  If the liquid becomes too dirty, dump the dirty water and repeat the ingredient process.  Rinse your brushes in clear water and squeeze out any excess water.  Reshape your brushes and set your brushes on a paper towel to dry.

It is extremely important to clean your brushes on a regular basis.  It will help prevent breakouts, get rid of excess color and residue, and keep your brushes looking new.

What is your favorite way of cleaning your makeup brushes?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

LET ME TELL YOU THE TRUTH - Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Anti-Aging Activating Rosehip Oil

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Face oils are the latest rage. And rosehip oil is no exception. Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil contains 100% pure rose hips oil activates the skin's natural reparative ability to reveal your skin's youthful state, bright, resilience and radiance.
Review of OleHenriksen's anti-aging rose hip oil with vitamin A, vitamin C and the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6
As you can probably surmise, rosehip oil is derived from roses.  The oil is a fabulous component of your skin care routine because it is full of beauty-boosting vitamin A, vitamin C and the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6.  Rose hip oil is full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that are known to correct dark spots and hydrate dry, itchy skin, all while reducing scars and fine lines.

I have become obsessed with skin oils because I have dry skin. After using Ole Henriksen's Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil my skin was extra smooth. This oil is great. This oil has helped immensely during the dry winter. One or two pumps are all I need. My skin looks exceptionally clear, with no reactions or oily residue, plus the refreshing citrus scent is a perfect pick-me-up first thing in the morning!
I love rosehip oil, but I especially love the citrus benefits that this oil provides. Aging skin definitely needs vitamin C, and I find that this oil has brightened up my dull, dry, skin. It has also helped decrease the redness/ruddiness of my skin.

I prefer to use this in the mornings, after I cleanse, but before my moisturizer. I don't find that it interferes with my foundation, matter of fact I think it keeps my skin moisturized which adds a nice glow to my overall routine. If you suffer from dry/dehydrated skin, and with the Winter we are having who isn't, I highly recommend Ole Henriksen's Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil.  It retails for $45.00.  It may be purchased at Sephora, www.olehenriksen.com, www.skinstore.com and www.amazon.com.

Monday, March 2, 2015

FINISH YOUR MAKEUP PERFECTLY - SKINDINAVIA MAKEUP FINISHING SPRAY (BRIDAL)

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We all want our makeup to last hours on end.  But for many of us, once we apply our makeup it is pretty much guaranteed that half, if not more, will be gone by the end of the day.  This is where Skindinavia's bridal makeup setting spray comes in.  Skindinavia is specifically designed to resist the effects of excess moisture.  Their bridal mist helps keep makeup looking flawless and photo-ready.  It absorbs quickly and lasts for up to 16 hours!!!  One more plus, it is for all skin types.  Also, did you that Skindinavia is the producer for Urban Decay's Makeup Setting Spray?  Just a bit of trivia.
Ever try a makeup setting spray?  Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray may be worth a look!
I have been using this product for about two weeks, and I really like it.  It lives up to its promises.  The product is very light, and I can barely feel it on my skin.  I spray my face a couple of times, and I am ready to face the day.  My makeup lasts for at least 12 hours.  When I go to remove my makeup, almost all of it is still there.  The product is odorless and so far has not created any break-outs.  Once the Skindinavia dries, you don't feel it.

I am completely hooked on this! It makes my makeup look so dewy and natural, even when I have a full face of makeup on. It increases the staying power so much, I do not have to constantly touch up during the day anymore.

The spray pump dispenses the product in a really nice fine mist, which means minimal product for maximum effect! I cannot imagine running out of it anytime soon.

I cannot vouch for its oil-controlling properties, seeing as my face literally never gets oily. But based on my experience, I'd say that it does not have any kind of mattifying effect. If you do have oily skin, try the Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray - Oil Control.

Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray (Bridal) retails for $29.00.  It may be purchased at www.skindinavia.com, www.amazon.com and www.beauty.com.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

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