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London was wonderful. There were so many sites to see, parks to explore and palaces to view. Not to mention the shopping. I made it to Harrods. About the only thing I was able to afford was a bottle of perfume. Harrods is definitely for the rich and famous. If you are a commoner, I suggest you save up before going there. However, there are plenty of boutiques and markets to purchase makeup, clothes and other goods, which brings me to my next subject. I purchased so many cosmetics, that I have to brake it down into several parts. When I was purchasing cosmetics, I wanted to get things I could not get at home. I came across several brands, so I begin with Part 1.


1.  Seventeen Miracle Matte Pressed Powder – I purchased this pressed powder at Boots pharmacy. It was in the color Silk Beige. It gives a matte, silky finish and up to 16 hours of shine control. You simply dab the powder onto your skin concentrating on the t-zone area. This pressed powder is perfect for when you are on the go. It’s great for those with oily skin. A lot of powders give you a cakey look and they dont last long enough. But with this powder it looks natural and your skin stays matte for hours. You may purchase this product at Boots Pharamcy, London £3.99

Seventeen Miracle Matte Pressed Powder

2.  Seventeen Instant Glow Medium Bronze Bronzing Power – I also purchased this bronzing powder at Boots pharmacy. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this bronzing powder. This bronzer does not have a lot of pigmentation, so you have to use quite a bit of bronzer to get the look you desire. Also, the bronzer has no shimmer to it, but has more of a matte finish. One good thing is that is has a fairly slim container also fits in my small make up bag easily, so you can carry it in your handbag. £4.59

Seventeen Instant Glow Medium Bronze Bronzing Power

Between the two products, my favorite is the Seventeen Miracle Matte Pressed Powder. The Instant Glow Medium Bronze Bronzing Powder does not have a nice finish and has little pigmentation. But the Miracle Matter Pressed Powder does the job I really need.


I made it to London!  It is a fantastic place to site see, explore and shop.  I have had such a great time.  There were so many sights to see that I chose a few photos which I thought everyone might enjoy.  While I do have to admit that I did not enjoy the food as much as the shopping, I can say that the people of London were very generous and could not have been nicer.  I just cannot believe that I am leaving tomorrow .  I have enclosed some pictures I took of while I was on vacation. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.

1) Buckingham Palace


2016 Buckingham

2) Green Park – park which leads to the front of Buckingham Palace

2016 Green Park

3) Park Gates – Gates at the end of Green Park leading to Buckingham Palace

Gates to park

4) An official British mailbox


5) Hyde Park.  This is the park where Kensington Palace resides.

Hyde Park London

6. Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace London

7.  Harrod’s of London

How cannot I not leave London without going to Harrod’s.  It is a beautiful AND expensive store.  They even have one room dedicated to just fragrance.

Harrods of London

My vacation here has been incredible, and I cannot wait to blog about the products I discovered during my travels!



The Beauty on the Bayou blog will be on vacation beginning Saturday, May 14, 2016 through Thursday, May 26, 2016. I will be traveling in London and hope to share lots of photos with everyone.

Thanks and I will see you soon!!!



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Since I have reached my early 40’s, I am beginning to see fine lines and puffiness around my eyes. I used serums and while it did work, the serums took a few days before I saw a difference. And since I like instant gratification, I was disappointed with the fact that I had to wait. Then one day after doing some research on Korean skincare, I came across a Collagen Eye Patch produced by Etude House. Once I received it, I was a little skeptical about whether or not it was going to give me what I wanted….instant results. I place the eye patch under my eyes as directed and waited about 20 minutes. You could have knocked me over with a feather when I saw the results. The collagen plumped my fine lines, brightened the area under my eyes and got rid of the puffiness. It is a dream come true.



The area underneath my skin became baby smooth. It was very hydrated and intensified the elasticity of the skin under my eyes. The eye patches tightened the skin around eyes by intensifying sheet made of especial natural fiber. Etude House also states that it will brighten and care darkened eyes with essence containing collagen and vitamin.

To use the patches, you simply remove the clear film from the patches and then you place the adhesive side to the area underneath your eye area. Wait 15-20 minutes and remove the patches from your eyes. You should feel a coolness and comfortable feeling. When time is up and here is any residue left, simple tap the residue into the area of your eye. You should see immediate results in the eye area.

I am a big fan of the Etude House Collagen Eye Patch. It is great if you are having some issues with the skin under and around your eyes.

The Etude House Collagen Eye Patch retails for $1.30 per set of eye patches. You may purchase the collagen eye patches from www.etudehouse.com or purchase 10 packs for $9.98 at www.amazon.com.


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Dream of cleansing, nourishing and moisturizing your skin at the same time?  Well with TonyMoly Floria Nutra Energy Cleansing Oil, it is possible. This TonyMoly cleansing oil contains argan oil, so it does not dry out your skin after washing your face. It features a cushion-like, fluffy microfiber texture which reduces irritation to the skin. Also, this cleanser contains rich, nourishing ingredients to help reduce any skin irritation with its smooth texture. The cleansing oil has fast liquefying cleansing power. It liquefies upon contact with water, and it effectively removes impurities from pores and dead skin cells, thus making skin look clean and clear. The oil removes heavy makeup gently while moisturizing at the same time.


The TonyMoly Floria Nutra Energy Cleansing Oil has a pleasant, light floral scent. I found it to liquefy with only a little but of water and left my skin feeling soft, clean and moisturized. The texture was smooth and mild. If you suffer from dry skin like I do, then this cleansing oil is perfect. It does not dry out your skin, and the argan oil helps keep your skin moisturized even after cleansing. It effectively removes impurities from pores and dead skin cells, making skin look clean and clear.

I am new to Korean skin care products. This cleanser was one of the first Korean cleansing oils I tried, and I was very impressed. This was a strong cleansing oil, and yet it maintained a softness to my skin. All of my makeup was removed, and my skin did not dry out. This product is definitely worthwhile. It would make a great pre-cleanser and a cleanser to wash your face with first thing in the morning.

The TonyMoly Floria Nutra Energy Cleansing Oil retails for $20.30. It may be purchased on www.amazon.com.


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Spring is in full force and before we know it, Summer will be here.  And as with any change of seasons, we change the color scheme of our makeup.  Personally, I wear more pinks during these two seasons than any other season.  Pinks often soften our face and give a sense of romance.

While going through my makeup, I realized there were five pink lipsticks which I mainly choose to wear.  These colors compliment my medium skintone and can be worn day or night.  So in no set order, here are my five favorite lipsticks for Spring and Summer.


1.  MAC Cremesheen Hot Gossip – This MAC lipstick is a pinky plum.  The lipstick is infused with pearlized pigments and a moisturizing serum blend.  The shimmer in this lipstick reflects nicely and would instantly brighten anyone’s face.  This lipstick glides on easily and lasts a long time.

2.  Urban Decay Revolution lipstick in Manic – Manic is a soft wine color.  This lipstick has a buttery feel to it and rich in color.  The lipstick glides on without skipping and hydrates your lips all the while making my lips appear fuller.

3. Inglot Lipstick in #140 – This lipstick is a matte lipstick which is fuchsia/hot pink in color.  This hot pink lipstick contains Vitamin E and apricot kernel oil which keeps the lips moisturized for hours.  Because of the color of the lipstick, I would wear it in the evening rather than during the day.

4.  Chanel Rouge Allure #93 Exaltee lipstick – Exaltee is fuchsia in color.  This color can be worn during the day or night as the pigmentation is not as deep as the Inglot lipstick.  It is extremely moisturizing and has just the right amount of blue/red tones.

5.  Urban Decay Naked Revolution lipstick – This lipstick is a nude/pink in color.  The Revolution lipstick line feels rich and buttery on your lips. The lipstick has a good amount of pigment to it, and glides on with little to no dragging.  It is the perfect lipstick to wear on a daily basis.


These are my five top lipsticks for Spring and Summer.  These lipsticks are moisturizing, have good pigmentation and complimentary with nearly all skintones.

MAC lipsticks retail for $18.00 and may be purchased at www.maccosmetics.com.  Urban Decay lipsticks retail for $20.00 and may be purchased at Sephora and ULTA.  Chanel lipstick retails for $36.00 and may be purchased at Neiman Marcus, Nordstroms and www.chanel.com.  Inglot lipstick retails for $13.00.  It may be purchased at www.inglotcosmetics.com and www.beautylish.com.

What is your favorite pink lipstick for Spring and Summer?


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I suffer from dry skin. Somedays I appear completely dehydrated; almost raisin like. Okay maybe I am being a little dramatic. But I do have dry skin. I recently got a facial where some of Jan Marini’s products were used on me. The one which stands out the most was the Jan Marini Bioglycolic Face Cream. What does glycolic acid do for your skin? Well, glycolic acid falls into the category of Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA). It is the most common AHA and one of the safest. Glycolic acid removes the outer layer of dead skin cells and helps bring out the newest layer of skin. This is great if you are looking to start an anti-aging regimen. But as with all acids, be sure to wear sunscreen after use.

As for the Jan Marini skincare line, I personally think it is fabulous. Their Bioglycolic face cream extremely moisturizing. The product was meant for night time use, but I do sometimes use it during the day as my skin is very dry. I put this on after cleansing my skin, and it leaves my skin soft, glowing and erases some of the fine lines around the corners of my eyes. I noticed this changed after one to two weeks of use. Now I will tell you there was some tingling involved when I first began to use it, but it did go away. This is the best cream for areas of the face that tend to get build up of dead skin and oil.


The moisturizer goes deep quickly; not greasy or oily. Over a few weeks, the texture looks more refined, and my skin feels hydrated and plump. Emphasis on the hydration. My skin always feels well hydrated, but not greasy, and it’s always soft to the touch.  Jan Marini’s Bioglycolic Face Cream is a cream I can use at night that doesn’t leave my skin so greasy the next day my makeup slides off. One of the benefits of glycolic acid plus moisturizer

The Jan Marini Bioglycolic Face Cream retails for $80.00. It may be purchased at www.janmarini.com, or www.dermstore.com.