Friday, July 25, 2014

GOING ON VACATION

Hi everyone!

I wanted to let all of my readers know I will be on vacation for about two weeks in the South of France.
My blog will return on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

Thanks for all of your comments and support!  I truly appreciate it!

Erica

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NOW YOU CAN FREEZE TIME - Lumene Time Freeze CC Anti-Age Color Correcting Cream

Lumene Time Freeze CC Anti-Age Color Correcting Cream smooths and creates flawless skin with their moisturizing and caring anti-age cream.  Broad spectrum SPF 20 protects your skin from UV rays which helps to prevent premature signs of aging.  This long wearing, air light formula perfectly evens out the skin tone and covers those imperfections.  You can use it as a day cream, under your foundation or all by itself.

Lumene Time Freeze CC Anti-Age Color Correcting Cream

I first became aware of this product in a beauty sample box I received a couple of months ago.  Now I have been using the Lumene CC Cream in the color medium for quite some time, as it is great for my dry, sensitive skin.  In the past I have had problems with BB creams staying on throughout the day.  Not with this CC cream.  I get at least 8-10 hours out of it.  The cream itself sets within 15 seconds of buffing it into your face, from a cooling sensation to a wondrously powdery dry. I use my fingers, and it does the trick, so no extra tools needed.  The Lumene CC Cream has nice medium coverage but it feels light on skin.

The amount of pigment it offers in this ultra-light formula was a big surprise for me. It provides medium coverage, and is really great for blending uneven tone, just as promised.  It layers well over moisturizer without balling up or emulsifying other layers off. The finish is very natural looking, neither matte nor dewy, and it goes over the aging skin texture without making things look worse than they are (so pores and fine lines are eased). This product replaces foundation for me. I love how weightless it feels on, especially compared to the average foundation.

This is now my go to makeup product. I wear it with a little concealer and a light dusting of translucent powder. It's very matte with powder, and semi-matte/satin finish without.  I have a medium skin tone with pink undertones.  The pigmentation is practically a perfect match to my natural skin tone.

Love this! Lumene Time Freeze CC Anti-Age Color Correcting Creme is definitely not as moisturizing as a BB cream. However, the color payoff is so perfect, and high SPF. It neutralizes the redness around my nose and camouflages my under eye circles. There is a light scent, but I have been using for a week now, and it hasn't caused any breakouts on my sensitive skin. The only downside of this product is the lack of colors.

You may by this product for $14.99 at ULTA (www.ulta.com); Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) and www.drugstore.com.

Monday, July 21, 2014

IT'S LIKE BUTTER - NYX Butter Lipstick

NYX Butter Lipstick, it's smooth as butter and goes on like butter.  Imagine pampering your lips with a hydrating kiss of smooth Butter lipstick; which comes in 22 shades by the way.  This delicate lipstick is highly saturated in color, long wearing and looks absolutely beautiful on many skin tones!

NYX Butter Lipstick
NYX Butter Lipstick Swatches
These lipsticks are so creamy and moist, yet wear for several hours. And I love the pigmentation!  I chose the color BLS17 Pops.  I have medium, cool-toned skin.  The color looks fantastic with my complexion.  I love these lipsticks so much because they go on soft and lightweight, yet don't bleed and disappear an hour later!  For daytime looks I apply the color and then gently blot/wipe it off for a nice natural stain of color. And for a night out I wear the color bold.  I did find that some of the lighter shades needed a few more swipes across the lips.  Therefore, the darker colors have better payoff than the lighter colors.

These are just amazing. They are so creamy, moisturizing and pigmented. I skipped out on a few of the nude shades just because I knew they wouldn't show up on me but all the other shades are just on point.  It really doesn't feel as if I am wearing lipstick!  It can be worn without lip balm and still moisturizes my lips. It looks really pretty with any makeup.

There are several pros to this lipstick.  It is easy to use, it is a great value, it is lightweight and has good color payoff.  I think that this is an amazing product for the price point.

You may purchase the NYX Butter Lipstick for $6.00 at www.nyxcosmetics.com, Ulta (www.ulta.com) and many pharmacies.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

GET SOME GOOD KARMA - Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush

Having a difficult time looking for the right brush which will give you a natural, soft-focused finish?  Urban Decay's Good Karma Optical Blurring brush is your answer.  Skin tone looks smoother than with sponge application, and the densely packed shape distributes product very evenly.  Fine lines seem to disappear.  And like all of the Urban Decay Brushes, it is cruelty-free.

I totally love this brush!  I use the Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush for not only foundation powder, but with liquid foundation. I put the liquid foundation onto the back of my hand and then dip the brush into the foundation.  I swirl the product all over my face, and it blends the foundation into my skin absolutely flawlessly with minimal effort.  There are even zero patches!   If you have some blemish areas, I would stipple the product on then swirl on the rest for a beautiful finish.

Now, the brush head looks small but this actually works really well to maneuver around the nose and eye areas.

I have had it for about two months now, and it is in perfect condition, same as when I bought it. It is soft, fluffy, and applies my foundation delicately and evenly. The Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush allows you to put a thin layer of foundation on and keep it all even.  I give this brush a shampoo once or twice a week and it withstands that.   This is a really soft, dense brush and for the price, you can't beat it. It is a great quality and beautiful piece for your makeup bag.  It truly has become a tool necessary for creating a flawless face.

You may purchase Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush for $25.00 at Sephora (www.sephora.com); Ulta (www.ulta.com); Urban Decay (www.urbandecay.com) and www.beauty.com.

Friday, July 18, 2014

IT'S A CELEBRATION - IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation

Everyone is looking for the perfect powder foundation. And if you are still searching, It Cosmetics' Celebration foundation may be your answer.  IT Cosmetics creator Jamie Kern Lima states the company spent several years working with plastic surgeons on a full coverage, powder foundation that is full of powerful anti-aging technology and ingredients, including peptides and collagens.  The powder foundation is designed to give you the power to look and feel your prettiest.

It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation
It is a creamy, crease proof powder foundation which glides on easily and lasts for hours. This foundation helps treats your skin with anti-aging benefits designed to give you a more youthful radiant complexion while concealing imperfections.

This foundation goes on great and feels good on my face. I went with the light medium, and it is perfect.  I have sensitive skin, and this foundation doesn't irritate or cause breakouts. I just have wonderful clear coverage.

The coverage is so nice that you feel like it is your skin.  You get wonderful compliments on your skin that translates into giving you an extra boost of confidence.  When you wash your face at the end of the day, it feels clean and soft.


I love this IT Cosmetics' Celebration foundation.  It goes on easy, covers well and stays on all day; even in the extremely high humidity of New Orleans, Louisiana.  I will absolutely buy this product again.

IT Cosmetics Celebration foundation may be purchased for $35.00 at Ulta (www.ulta.com); QVC (www.qvc.com) and Nordstroms (www.nordstrom.com).

Thursday, July 17, 2014

OH SO NATURAL - Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Collection


Ever dream of an eye shadow palette where you can wear an effortless and flawless look during the day or after work for cocktails?  Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eyes Shadow Collection has answered your dreams with this highly pigmented set of eye shadows which blend naturally and beautifully, and last for hours.  It even comes with a "Glamour Guide" which gives step by step instructions on how to achieve a great look in three minutes! Yes three minutes!


Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Collection
Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Collection Swatches
Shades from Left to Right: Heaven, Silk Teddy, Nudie, Cashmere Bunny, Push-Up, Honey Pot, Sexpresso, Erotica and Chocolate Martini
So what do I think?  Too Faced has always been known for producing well-made and high pigmented cosmetics which last for hours.  This is no exception.  The colors in the Natural Eyes Shadow Collection are blendable, luxurious and silky smooth, and if done correctly you can achieve an air brushed look.

The colors are all in the brown family.  Some of the colors sparkle, about four or five, and the rest are matte.  The shadows go on very easy and quite complimentary.  It has everything you need for a natural eye and a dark enough brown for a smokey look. I love the light gold shade all over the lid, and the mattes for transition.

Now I will warn you gals with fair skin.  This palette may not be for you.  The colors in this palette are on the darker side and may look better on someone with medium to darker skin.  But don't let that stop you.  If you like a smokier look, please give it a try.  Or you can try the Too Face Naked Eye Collection.

The Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Shadow Collection palette is so incredibly beautiful it makes me want to cry. Push Up and Honey Pot are so gorgeous, I can't stand it. I love to use Sexpresso or Chocolate Martini as an eyeliner.  I actually love all the colors in this collection.  The Too Faced eye shadows have great staying powder and endless color combination possibilities.  You won't regret purchasing this high value palette.

You may purchase Too Faced Natural Eyes for $36.00 at Sephora (www.sephora.com); Ulta (www.ulta.com); Too Faced Cosmetics (www.toofaced.com) and www.beauty.com.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BARE ESCENTUALS BUXOM LIP TARNISH - Scandal, Mug Shot and Extortion

Yes, it has been out for a little while, but for the life of me I cannot remember too many bloggers writing about the Bare Escentuals Buxom Lip Tarnish.  So I went ahead and devoted this blog article to the lip tarnish in the colors Extortion, Mug Shot and Scandal.

Bare Escentuals Buxom Lip Tarnish
Bare Escentuals Buxom Lip Tarnish Swatches
From Left to Right: Extortion, Mug Shot and Scandal
First, I love the consistency of this thick creamy pencil. It goes on great, and there is more lip cover than a topical lip stick. It has a warm feeling after application, and it seems to last much longer than any of my other "regular" lip sticks. It is definitely not a lip stain, I have purchased many "lip stains" and can't find one that doesn't either dry out my lips and look flaky or crumble off with a lip gloss and get patchy looking.

This product is a dream to apply. It glides easily on the lips to deliver an even coverage. The texture feels a little like creamy wax, and is closer to that of very soft chap stick than lipstick. It also feels very light on the lips. I don’t have to use a lip moisturizer under this.  The product gives my lips this minty, tingly sensation when applied, as a lot of plumpers do, which goes away after a few minutes. It’s a slight sensation that is not particularly bothersome and the minty feeling is actually quite refreshing.  Oh did I mention that it has its own built-in sharpener?!!?

When I first tested this lip tarnish in the mirror and you see a nice shiny gloss look with that Buxom tingle to plump your lips. It was so pretty that I bought it without hesitating.  And I highly recommend you try it without hesitation.

You may purchase Bare Escentuals Buxom Lip Tarnish for $19.00 at Sephora (www.sephora.com); Bare Escentuals locations (www.bareescentuals.com) and Amazon (www.amazon.com).

Monday, July 14, 2014

FOR THE PARTY AFTER - Bed Head TIGI After Party

We have all been there, we go out and party all night then have to wake up early to be somewhere early.  But your hair, the one which smells like alcohol and cigarettes are not going to pass the boss's sniff test.  So I have a temporary solution.  Of course use your dry shampoo.  But afterwards use this product, Bed Head TIGI After Party.  It is smoothing cream for silky, shiny, healthy looking hair.

Bed Head TIGI After Party
It is the perfect party favor!  It is a styling aid for de-frizzing hair and can be used for any length or texture of hair!  To control the funky fly-aways and silk-ify your hair by smoothing on dry hair and carrying on with your day or party for that matter.
As you know I live in New Orleans and every year we get heat along with humidity.  When using this product, my hair stays relatively frizz-free all day. This lightweight cream adds shine and keeps hair soft, much better than the "crunchy" feel you get when using gel or mousse. I have made a few impulse TIGI buys in my time and find that sometimes the products have annoyingly sweet and somewhat chemical smells, and the products themselves have not wowed me.  This is different. The smell is sweet, but not annoying. I literally just put a tiny dab and run it through my hair--simplicity itself.

I have tried so many different hair care products but this one by far is the best for those who color their hair all the time and want their hair to be soft enough to run their fingers through! It will also give your hair a shine. You must get this!!

You may purchase Bed Head TIGI After Party at most pharmacies as well as Ulta (www.ulta.com) or www.drugstore.com.

OUI TO LIERAC DÉMAQUILLANT VELOURS - Lierac Velvet Cleansing Melting Oil/Cleansing for Eyes and Face

We all know the French are authorities when it comes to skin care.  So when I came across this product in Paris last year I bought it and loved how it felt on my skin.  When I got home, I immediately Googled the product, and yes it was available in the United States.  So on to my review of this product.

LIERAC Démaquillant Velours

Lierac is a silky soft cleansing oil which is ideal for all skin types.  It has a lightweight texture that transforms into a milky emulsion upon contact with water to gently remove makeup and other impurities without stripping essential moisture from your skin.  Ecoskin complex blends probiotic botanicals and honey extracts to maintain your skin’s lipid barrier and prevent dryness and irritation. Macadamia and jojoba oils promote a soft and glowing texture.

Lierac immediately smoothes and softens.  It leaves your skin perfectly cleansed, and the Jojoba Oil calms and provides protection.  It is alcohol and paraben free.

To use, shake well before application. Apply to dry skin and massage gently with fingertips, then emulsify with a little water.  It can also be applied with a damp cloth. After application, rinse with lukewarm water.  It is ideal as a makeup removal.

When I did my research, the reviews were mixed.  Personally I liked the product.  I found it to be very gentle on my skin and would recommend it for that reason.

You may purchase Lierac Démaquillant Velours for $26.00 at DermStore (www.dermstore.com) and Skinstore (www.skinstore.com).

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Dr. Brandt Light Years Away Whitening Cream | Is it worth the price?

There are a lot of whitening creams on the market.  Dr. Brandt's Light Years Away Whitening Cream is one of them.  It is an an intensely moisturizing whitening cream that controls discoloration while promoting a more even skin tone.  This intensely moisturizing whitening cream targets and controls hyperpigmentation, and fades existing discoloration while preventing new dark spots.  It also contains moisturizers like Hyaluronic Acid and botanicals like Lavender and Honeysuckle Extract to make this a product that encourages healthier, as well as lighter, skin.

dr. brandt light years away whitening cream

It is recommended that you apply Dr. Brandt Light Years Away Whitening Cream to your face and neck twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening.  It is also recommended that you use a 30 SPF or higher sunscreen to aid and preserve the lightening effects. 

But does it work?

Some of the advantages of this product is that is was developed by a dermatologist and has some great moisturizers. 

I would not recommend this product to a friend.  It is VERY expensive.   I could barely find any reviews for this product, making that much more difficult to recommend this product.  It has lavender oil which can irritate some people's skin.  The jar packaging is unsanitary and may cause the active ingredients to oxidize, rendering them ineffective.

You may purchase Dr. Brandt's Light Years Away Whitening Cream for $110.00 at The Skin Store (www.skinstore.com); Sephora (www.sephora.com) and Derm Store (www.dermstore.com).

Monday, July 7, 2014

THE REAL PUSH-UP LINER | Benefit's They're Real! Push-Up Liner Lash Hugging Gel Liner Pen

I did not hear of Benefit's latest gel eye liner pen until I was wandering in Sephora and saw it.  It looked cool, and when I read the description of the product I decided to purchase it.  Unlike many of the make-up bloggers and those who give tutorials on how to make a cat eye, I have yet to master this.  And I am o.k. with this.  As long as I could master a regular gel liner look, I felt as if I could blog about this liner.

According to the package of the product, it is 91% long wearing, 81% waterproof; 86% lashline hugging and 84% of the customers stated it made their eyes look visibly longer.

Benefit There Real Push Up Eye Liner

It has a rubber tip with a hole in the middle.  You twist the base to push up the gel liner to the tip.  Then slowly guide the tip along your lash line.  The color is a very deep black with no shine. There is no mess because the texture is a lot like a gel product.  However, it is not messy like some of the other liquid, pen-style liners.  The product stays where you put it and gives you time to smudge the liner until it sets.  It does not budge at all, which is pretty incredible considering my eyes tear like crazy from allergies. When you're done, it looks absolutely spectacular with mascara......almost like you're wearing false lashes.



I never would have thought you could create a product that is as user-friendly as liquid liners but as opaque and waterproof as gels. And yet here it is - They're Real seems to be a cute little baby of the two, inheriting mostly the best features from both parents (or worlds should I say).

Because I just recently starting using it, the one thing I don't know about is how long the pen will last, in other words how long it will take to dry up or go through all the product.

In the end, I think I will give this product an A.  I like what it has to offer and have been pleased with the results.

You may purchase the Benefit's They're Real Push-Up Liner Lash Hugging Gel Liner Pen for $24.00 at Sephora (www.sephora.com); Ulta (www.ulta.com); and HSN (www.hsn.com).

OH LORD, RELEASE ME | Philosophy's Just Release Me

How many of you are still in search of a good eye make-up remover?  You know, the kind that is not oily and leaves no residue behind.  Well ladies, I have found what you are looking for...Philosophy's Just Release Me eye make-up remover.  Your eye make up remover can be spackled on, and this eye make-up remover will take off your make-up.  The product is fragrance free too, for those with allergies.

Philosophy Just Release Me
First, you must shake the bottle before use.  Place some of the liquid on a cotton ball and swipe across your eye.  BAM!  No more make up.  This is one of the best eye make-up removers I have used.  I have tried many drugstore brands which promised to remove every stitch of eye make-up.  These brands lied to me.  None of the drugstore brands were as gentle and effective as the Philosophy Just Release Me eye make-up remover.

The product contains natural aloe, cucumber extracts, and chamomile.  These ingredients help make it so gentle that even people who wear contacts can take off their make-up without worry.  I am a contact wearer, so I have to be careful about what I put on my eyes.  This formula is very soothing and works to calm and refresh your eye area.  I have never had a problem using this product in conjunction with my contacts.  It gets every speck of eye make-up off my eyes and never leaves an oily residue. The best part about it is that I hardly have to tug on my eye area to get off the make-up.

Philosophy's Just Release Me eye make-up remover is wonderful and removes the toughest of eye make-up easily.  It is just that simple.  I will definitely purchase this product again.

You may purchase Philosophy's Just Release Me for $18.00 at Sephora (www.sephora.com); Ulta (www.ulta.com) and www.drugstore.com.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

TONE & CORRECT - ELF Tone Correcting Powder

Ever want to tone down the shine on your face, but at the same time get rid of that redness or shallowness?  Well, I found the powder for you.  It's ELF Tone Correcting Powder.  I use this as a setting powder.  When I use it under my eyes, I get a "lightened" appearance.  I also use it around the area of my nose where there is some redness, and the redness is reduced.

ELF Tone Correcting Powder Top
ELF Tone Correcting Powder Inside
Right after I put on my concealer, I put on ELF'S Tone Correcting Powder to make the areas more natural.  A little bit of powder goes a long way. This pressed powder lets you get the right amount of powder on your brush for the areas that you need.

I use the green shade on any dark redness I may have on my face.  I use the yellow shade under my eyes after concealer, and it helps to cover up my dark circles, and helps my concealer last longer.  I mix the blue and pink to create a lavender shade that can be used as a powder highlighter. 

Using this ELF powder after placing on your foundation will make your face nice and matte, and it will have good staying power.  Even though it is inexpensive, this product delivers a lot of bang.

The packaging is nice and sleek.  It does what it says, and gives you the flawless look that you always wanted.  As I said, it corrects redness.  It also corrects yellow, orange and gray pigments.  The application is easy, and there is a large mirror that is unlike any other compact powder.  The only problem I have found is that the product does not come with an applicator.

You may purchase the ELF Tone Correcting Powder at www.eyeslipsface.com for $3.00.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GET ACTIVE AND BLOCK THAT SUN - Frezyderm Active Block SPF 25 Anti-Aging Photoprotective Cream

So we all know that we have to wear sunblock when we go out.  But what we don't want is that thick, goopy sunblock so that when we apply it, it feels as if we as are spackling it on our face.  But I have come across a facial sunblock that works.  It is Frezyderm Active Block SPF 25 Anti-Aging Photoprotective Cream.

Frezyderm Active Block SPF 25

The product is formulated with peptides for the activation of genes youth.  It provides photoprotection with UVA and UVB  sunscreen filters, hyaluronic acid (gel used to treat wrinkles and folds), and anti-aging agents to ensure the complete care against the first sign of aging.  It helps prevent the first signs of aging, and helps to keep the skin on your face and neck smooth, firm and young.  It also increases the metabolic and regenerative functions of skin cells.  IT REDUCE WRINKLES!  Praise the Lord!

It is a special anti-aging day cream in that it contains moisturizing ingredients in addition to sun protection. Frezyderm is completely integrated to protect against fine lines, wrinkles and dull complexion.  When you start using this product, you will see your skin maintain a smooth, firm and youthful appearance.

Frezyderm, Active Block SPF 25 Anti-Aging Photoprotective Cream comes in a 50ml container. This is the first time that I recommend something you have to purchase from overseas. I recommend going to the UK Amazon website to purchase it.  It is available at www.amazon.co.uk for UK£20.15.