Friday, August 29, 2014

ERASE THAT SHINE WITH DR. BRANDT'S BB MATTE WITH SHINERASE

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This is the first time I decided to try Dr. Brandt's BB Matte with signature Shinerase.  It has broad spectrum with SPF 30.  It controls shine, even tones and is oil-free.  The BB Cream is non-greasy and made for oil/combination skin.  It provides instant matifying coverage and oil-control for flawless, youthful and healthy-looking skin.
Dr Brandt's BB Matte with signature Shinerase

It is known for the following:
  • Regulates sebum & erases shine;
  • Smoothes & hydrates
  • Evens oil skin texture and tone and correct; 
  • Protects against YVA/UVB; and 
  • Non-Comedogenic
I found out about this product through a sample I received one day. I liked it so much I decided to buy the full sized product. The application of Dr. Brandt's BB Matte with Shinerase went smoothly, provided great coverage and left me shine free throughout the day.

People who have used this product have reported fewer break-outs and better looking skin overall.

I've tried many different BB products, and if you're like me, you hate the shine they leave. Dr. Brandt takes the cake with this one. It blends nicely and has great coverage-and no shininess after! My only complaint would be with the product packaging. I really wish he did a tiny pump version. The tube makes it a bit hard to control how much cream comes out.

You may purchase this product for $39.00 at Sephora, Ulta, www.drbrandtskincare.com and www.amazon.com.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

OLDIE BUT GOODIE EYE BROW PENCIL - Too Faced Brow-nie in Browne-y

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There is a flood of new makeup coming out these days, but what about the ones that still work and are a great stand-by?  Today I selected Too Faced Brow-nie in Browne-y.  This is an awesome eye brow pencil and a terrific go to brow pencil.

Too Faced Brow-nie Eye Brow Pencil

This two in one brow tool is perfect to sculpt and groom arches on the go. The double-ended multi-tasker combines a smooth, water-resistant pencil on one side to define and fill in brows.  Then there is a grooming brush on the other side to tame wild hairs and blend the color.

Too Faced Brow-nie Eye Brow Pencil Applied
I really like this pencil. I have auburn hair with dark brows.  This pencil is dark enough for my brows.  If you are a blonde there is a taupe-ish color called Blondie which may work for your color.

I use this pencil with a light hand when applying.  The color lasts a long time, so there is not "half-brow" at the end of a long day.

The spoolie brush is one of my favorites because it is soft and does not scrape like some of the other cheaper brands do.  The pencil is soft and smudges easily.  I quickly, but gently draw in little tiny hairs where I need filling in, brush through with the spooly, which is conveniently located at the other end, and I've got beautifully shaped brows that don't look harsh. It takes only seconds! I like that it's got a slightly thicker point than the self sharpening pencils and the point is always just a little bit rounded. I think it provides a softer shading effect.

So if you are in the market for a new brow pencil, skip the new ones and go to one that is reliable.  Choose Too Faced Brow-nie in the color Browne-y or Blondie.

You may purchase Too Faced Brow-nie for $20.00 at www.toofaced.com, www.beautybridge.com, Sephora and Ulta.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A PERFECT PAIR - BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Rise Up and Lip Gloss in Risk Taker

Purchased by Me

It is already football season, well pre-season, and school has started.  That means one thing, fall is about to start.  Are you ready for the cooler weather and the marvelous autumn colors?  I am.  And I am also ready for the new season of fall palettes, lip colors and blushes.  Today I bring to you what I call a perfect pair; a lipstick and lip gloss which look fantastic together.  It is the BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Rise Up and Lip Gloss in Risk Taker.

The Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Rise Up is creamy, super saturated and highly pigmented.  The color is a luminous bronze with kind of a golden sheen.  The lipstick has an ultra-fine texture which glides on with little effort.  Your lips appear full and sexy.  The infusion of minerals revitalizes your lips for a healthy looking pout, while a moisture-loaded hydrating complex will help nourish and condition with Abyssinian Oil and Omega Fatty Acid for baby-soft lips.
Bareminerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Rise Up

Bareminerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick Swatch

The Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Risk Taker is pretty and natural.  It conditions as it tingles.   This makes your lips appear finished without looking overly made-up.  This color is lighter bronze with a light shimmer.  It is very similar to your natural lip color, but fills in and polishes your lips perfectly.  The applicator is a "bent" doe foot applicator.  I love this gloss, the way it plumps the lips, and the minty taste.  It contains natural ingredients, exotic oils, biotanical extracts & antioxidants.  It has a refreshing formula that nourishes lips for exceptional comfort.  It provides sheer and vibrant color with a full satiny and shimmery finish which lasts for hours.
Bareminerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss
Bareminerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss Swatch

Together these make a perfect combo.  A saturated lipstick and a sheer and shimmery lip gloss on top always look fantastic.  The duo lasts for hours and is complimentary on many skin tones.  Of course, you could always wear them separately.

Bareminerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss and Lipstick

The Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Rise Up can be purchased for $18.00 and the lip gloss in Risk Taker for $18.00.  Both may be purchased at www.bareescentuals.com, www.beauty.com, Sephora and Ulta.

Friday, August 22, 2014

BE FLAWLESS & STAY FLAWLESS - Benefit's Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer

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Want to take flawless into overdrive? Benefit's instant long acting primer acts like a magnet to lock on your foundation for up to 15 long-lasting and flawless hours. This invisible stick primer glides directly onto your skin for optimal wear for a smooth, natural-looking finish. Simply glide this innovative primer stick directly onto skin, then immediately apply foundation, blending together on face.

Benefit's Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer
Benefit's Stay Flawless does all that it promises to. My only stipulation is you have to be sure to apply it lightly, and then blend. Putting too much on caused my skin to feel a bit sticky and heavy on my skin. Once I began applying a very thin layer, I have seen nothing but great results. Coverage lasted all day and night.

This primer is great if your live in a hot and humid climate. As you know, New Orleans is world famous for its humidity. But with this primer, my foundation stay fresh looking even after a hot and humid afternoon in New Orleans.

I did do some research for those individuals with oily skin. My conclusion is that people with oily skin will enjoy this product. I know that women with oily skin strive to find a primer that will control oil while still keeping their makeup natural looking. I recommend you try using this product with the Benefit Professional product. Your makeup with still on all day long and look as if it was just applied.

I definitely recommend this product to everyone. This product seems to work well will all types of skin, and I think you will like it as much as I do. You may purchase Benefit's Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer for $32.00 at Ulta, Sephora, and www.birchbox.com.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

THREE TIMES A CHARM....Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio

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Illuminate, contour and highlight in one easy step with Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio.  Instead of buying a bronzer, highlighter and blush separately you get all three in one case.  How easy and fantastic is that?

In this case, I purchased the color #840 - 3 x A Charm.  I really like this product with my light/medium toned skin.  My favorite thing to do (although probably not proper) is to swirl my brush across all three color and apply.  I have such a blast doing this.  The colors are baked, soft and pigmented with a soft shimmer.  The blush shade is more of a bronze/coppery shade and has a lighter more neutral bronzer. The highlighter is almost a light, shimmery gold. But the shimmer is not over the top.  The texture of Hard Candy's Contouring Face Trio is lovely and smooth.  The colors are quite pigmented and I wore the trio a long time; nearly 10 hours.  

Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio
This is probably one of my favorite Hard Candy Products for their 2014 Spring line (yes, I am a bit late in reviewing it - sorry).  The brand itself tends to be hit or miss.  However, I am extremely impressed with their new Contouring Face Trios.  These trios are pigmented and blend easily which makes it convenience to use.  And at the price point, who can turn it down?

You can purchase the Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio $9.00, and comes in five different shades.  It may be purchased at Wal-Mart or www.walmart.com.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GIVE US A KISS - Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Thin Lizzy

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Smooooooch.....looking for a fabulous red lipstick with blue hues that will look fabulous on a night out with the girls or that special someone?  Well I have found what you are looking for, and it is called Kat Von D's Studded Kiss in Thin Lizzy.  The lipstick is a beautiful, deep red with tiny flecks of gold. It is without a doubt beautiful.
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Thin Lizzy
The packaging is fantastic.  The lipstick case is studded, thus the name "Studded Kiss".  The plastic does feel somewhat cheap, and feels a a bit light. The formula is a bit dry and does tug slightly on my lips. So if your lips tend to be on the dry side, make sure you wear a lip primer or a lip balm.  But I did not have any problems with coverage.  And the color is very pigmented and lasted somewhat through the day.  I had to reapply after eating lunch and again towards the end of the day.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Thin Lizzy Swatch

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Thin Lizzy on Lips
As I said, Thin Lizzy is beautiful.  And I get tons of compliments anytime I wear it.  If you are like me with light/medium skin with pink and blue undertones I definitely recommend Thin Lizzy.  I could not ask for a better red color.

The studded kiss line comes in 30 fantastic shades.  The colors range from pinks, nudes and reds to a colorful blue.  There is even a slight hint of smell of vanilla to the lipstick, which I really enjoy.  Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick is infused with vitamins A, C, and E, an antioxidant complex.

You may purchase Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Thin Lizzy for $21.00 at Sephora.

Monday, August 18, 2014

SUN PROTECTION FOR YOUR HAIR - Rene Furterer Protective Summer Fluid KPF 90 Protection Waterproof

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Hi everyone!  We are now onto another product I purchased in Aix-en-Provence.

We always seek sun protection for your skin, but what about your hair?  Especially if your hair is colored?  Four weeks ago I got my hair dyed again and my stylist suggested seeking a protective fluid for my hair.  Now there are protective oils for your hair, but she suggested the fluid since it is lighter and you only need a little bit for coverage.

While shopping in Parashop, I found Rene Furterer Protective Summer Fluid KPF (Keratin Protection Factor) 90 Protection Waterproof.  Spray a few squirts through your hair and comb through.  This product does work very well in an extremely sunny and humid place, such as New Orleans. It allows your hair to stay healthy from the damages of the sun. It is light, so it is easier to apply.  If you have highlighted or colored hair, this is one product you definitely need. Especially in summer months or while vacationing in southern climates.

Rene Furterer Protective Summer Fluid KPF
The product gives intense protection for your hair.  Sesame oil, a natural protective ingredient, is mixed with a UV filter to ensure intense protection for exposed hair (ocean, pool, sun, etc).  The Keratin Protection Factor reaches 90%.  The non-oily, Protective Summer Fluid provides light hydration all day. 

I really like this product.  I did protect my auburn hair all day long from the hot sun and did not weigh it down.  At the end of the trip, my color faded only slightly.  The Rene Furterer even has a nice, light scent.  It kind of smells like grapefruit and apricot.  I would definitely recommend this hair product.

You can purchase Rene Furterer Protective Summer Fluid KPF 90 Protection Waterproof for $24.00 at www.beauty.com, www.amazon.com and www.skinstore.com.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

PLUMP IT UP - Uriage Isofill Intense Replumping Serum

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As promised I am blogging about one of the products I purchased in Aix-en-Provence, which is available in the United States.  It is called Uriage Isofill Intense Replumping Serum.  You apply the serum in the morning and/or evening before you moisturize to intensify its effectiveness.  One to two doses are sufficient.
Uriage Isofill Intense Replumping Serum
Uriage Isofill Intense Replumping Serum is an anti-aging treatment which promises to boost the basic mechanisms of youth.  It contains hyaluronic acid and peptides (which nourish the skin in a deep and effective manner) and the complex Bio-Active ISO-3R reinforced by the exceptional minerality of Uriage Thermal Water to revive the three fundamental anti-aging mechanisms:

1) Strengthens capital of Hyaluronic Acid;
2) Reactivates power antioxidant; and
3) Boosts collegen production

It takes about 4 weeks to begin to see results.  I've been using it about 1.5 weeks.  But according to the package wrinkles are visibly smoothed, and your skin becomes radiant, plump and toned for a long period of time.

To date I have noticed that some of the fine lines around my eyes are beginning to disappear and my dry skin is softer.

Unfortunately, the product is hard to find.  But I was able to locate it at the following website for $46.90. Go to the following site now and start looking younger today; http://www.natural-herbsmarket.com/product_info.php?currency=USD&cPath=74_78_91&products_id=1364&osCsid=hn1lmkcc5ceacl0qldmklbnc76

Thursday, August 14, 2014

CREATE A FALSIES LOOK WITHOUT FAKE LASHES - L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Black Lacquer

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It was not that long ago that I blogged about the creation of the look of having false lashes.  Now I am back to blog about it again.  L'Oreal has come out with Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Black Lacquer in the color black lacquer.  And it is FABULOUS!

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
L'Oreal's new mascara is a lash sculpting fiber formula that adheres to lashes for a volumized, sculpted lash effect.  Your lashes, therefore, appear fuller, longer, sculpted and curled at every angle.  It is clump free, flake free, smudge free and fragrance free.

I love this mascara. It makes my lashes look longer, doesn't flake, and stays on all day long.  The brush is a medium large bristle type, and the color is glossy black/blackest black.  The effect this gives me is a long, glossy and feathery look... it definitely enhances my medium-long lashes and totally multiplies them! The closest look this gives me is what Buxom lash or Tarina Tarantino's mascara would give.

This mascara does not perform like Fiberwig. Even though it is technically a fiber mascara, it performs much more like a volumizing mascara, and a darn good one at that.   It's lengthening, volumizing, and doesn't clump. The formula is not too thick or thin, and you can build it up for a more dramatic look.

This is a grade A mascara.  My favorite thing about this mascara is that the brush is so good at getting your desired look. Good mascara wands are tough to find. I will totally replenish!

You may purchase the L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Black Lacquer for $8.99 at your local drugstore, Wal-Mart, Target and Ulta.

COVER THOSE COLOR IMPERFECTIONS WITH HARD CANDY SHEER ENVY COLOR CORRECTING PRIMER

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A lot of us suffer from redness.  Whether it be from acne, broken capillaries, etc. Hard Candy has come up with a quick fix with its Sheer Envy Color Correcting Primer.  The color correcting primer neutralizes red undertones while balancing the skin's complexion.  It creates a flawless canvas for even makeup application while extending the wear of your makeup.  You are to apply the primer with your fingertips, blending it into your skin.  Let it dry, then apply your makeup.  The product comes in a 1.3oz squeeze tube. The color is pistachio green, and has a cream-to-powder finish.

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Color Correcting Primer


Hard Candy Sheer Envy Color Correcting Primer Swatches

What can I say about this product?  It is alright. It is a better primer than it is a color correcting primer.  There was a little bit of difference in the amount of redness on my face, but I would not say I was completely impressed.

The consistency was great.  It is not too runny or too thick.  However, it did pill during the application.  As for helping my makeup stay on, I would say it helped a bit. So far I haven't had any break outs from this product. It does have some heavy duty silicones in the mix which means it will blur the appearance of pores.  Which is good for those with larger pores.  But with the pilling, the application may not work out so well.

This is an okay product at $8.00.  If you want to give it a shot you may purchase this at Wal-Mart.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

PUT YOUR SHINE ON - Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick

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Hi everyone!  It is so good to be back to blogging.  I've missed playing with makeup and skin care products and telling you all about them.  Today I am blogging about Mally's High Shine Liquid Lipstick, in the colors Blossom and Super Natural.  Blossom is shimmery, medium pink.  Super Natural is pinkish-brown.

Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick
Left-Super Natural; Right-Blossom
Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick Swatches
Left-Super Natural; Right-Blossom
OMG!  These liquid lipsticks are to die for!  Now Mally calls the product "lipsticks."  I personally find them to be more of an opaque lip gloss.  If you are looking for lipstick type coverage then you may be slightly disappointed with this product.  If you are a gloss girl, they you will absolutely fall in love with Mally's High Shine Liquid Lipstick.  I should also state this does not come in a wand form.  In order to get to the gloss you "click up" the color into the brush and put it on your lips.  But this does not bother me.  You get your money's worth with Mally's High Shine Liquid Lipstick.

I would go as far as to state that this is one of my favorite glosses.  The product is gorgeous, shiny but not sticky and has a nice scent. Some people have reported that the gloss has an after taste, but I did not taste anything.  It comes in over 20 colors (how many cosmetic companies can say that?) to choose from and is priced well.  I definitely recommend this lipstick, or should I say lip gloss?

You can purchase Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick for $20.00 at www.qvc.com, Ulta, www.mallybeauty.com and www.beauty.com.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

ELF BAKED BLUSH - Is It Worth Your Time?

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So I am back from the South of France. If you have not been try and go. My favorite place was Aix-en-Provence. It is about a 2-3 hour train ride from Paris. Consider it a mini Paris. There was this store which was dedicated to Face creams, cleansers, serums, etc. It is called Parashop. I will go through the products which I purchased and find the ones you can buy in the United States and blog about them.

So on to my review of ELF Baked Blush. I am going to be completely honest everyone. This is not a very good blush. Why I decided to purchase this, I will never know. Bad move on my part. There's no pigmentation at all, not even sheer. When I used my brush to pick up the blush, nothing came out. To be honest when I bought this blush, I didn't have much expectation in terms of its color payoff, but I thought at least surely it still can be used as a highlighter right? Nope, it's redundant even as a highlighter. I have fair-medium skin, and I assumed it would have better pigmentation (like the Milani baked blushes), but it just did not deliver.

ELF Baked Blush
Overall I'm pretty disappointed in this blush, but feel silly saying so considering it's such a bargain price. I thought there must be something wrong with my item because I ran the brush over it a heap of times, and there was no color at all on the brush. I gave the blush a light sanding with the other end of my brush in-case there was a film on the top, but even then hardly any color came off. So I gave it a decent scrub with a tissue and a lot of color came off, but it was hard to apply to my face with a tissue! It's a shame there isn't more color payoff as it's a great color at a really affordable price.

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

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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.