Thursday, March 31, 2016

MAC Lipstick - ALL FIRED UP [Retro Matte]



This signature MAC lipstick is another one of their gorgeous retro matte colors - All Fired Up. This bright, fuchsia, matte color is a bold and sassy color with a pink undertone. The matte finish gives this shade a beautiful, rich finish, It's that perfect hue of red and pink, giving that vibrant shade for any skin tone. It's definitely a shade that brightens up any makeup look. Definitely another shade that you need to add to your MAC lipstick collection. As always, their signature collection comes in the beautiful packaging and also soft scented.  Like mentioned in my other review (here), for a matte finish lipstick, it can be a bit drying but use a matching lip liner and it will make the application much more smooth. This is one of my go to lipsticks right now, the opacity is just too gorgeous!

This shade is also available in their lipstick collection called "Magic of the night".  
Available at the MAC store or online for $21.










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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

GM Collin Essential Oil Complex



This fluid complex, rich in essential oils effectively soothes and refreshes acne prone skin without causing dryness. It purifies oily skin with problems and improves localized imperfections and comedones. The skin is healthier looking, perfectly matte and soft to the touch. It also contains salicylic acid to help treat acne but quickly dries into the skin. I don't find it dries out the skin even though it contains salicylic acid, but can feel a little strong if too much is applied. 

Recommended to be used after cleansed skin using a cotton pad and applied only to the face avoiding the contour area (due to the salicylic acid). Can be applied morning and/or evening as recommended by your esthetician. Follow by applying your favorite moisturizer. 

Comes in a glass bottle so make sure to handle with care!  

Available at selected spas or on Amazon for $39 (50ml)






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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer


This hydrating foundation primer leaves an immediate moisture boost with a lightweight, oil-free formula. Whatever your skin type, hydration is essential for healthier, younger looking skin and creates a perfect canvas for foundation application. This primer contains a key ingredient, Hydraplex12 extract (which derives from desert plants) that quenches parched skin and also a protective barrier that fills fine lines and pores. 
I do have oily-combination skin and this primer does wonders in the Winter season while cold temperatures can make your skin more dehydrated and prone to dryer patches. It applies smoothly and does not make your skin look cakey nor greasy. The oil free formula allows your skin to get the hydration help without the oily feeling. Even using a pea-sized amount over cleansed skin, visibly shows a softer and smoother complexion. 

Contains no parabens


Available in-store or online at Sephora  or some local pharmacies for $50 (30ml). 










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Monday, March 28, 2016

Kiko Milano Invisible Powder



This anti-shine, transparent setting powder is made from micronized, invisible powder that sets your foundation without changing or transforming the color. Not only does it leave your complexion with a matte finish, but also perfect for any touch ups during the day. I do find it a little too mattifying and can give a drying effect even for my oily to combination skin. It does give a velvety look but it can also give a drying look if too much is applied or not blended out well. I do suggest starting out with very light amount in the brush and add if needed but always keep in mind that more is not better for this product in particular. I recommend using a large setting brush rather than the applicator in the cap as it does dispense more than you need and you also can't see how much product is actually there. The scent is a very soft smell, but has a particular chemical scent to it. 

For my all time favorite setting powder, you can see that review here.

Can be purchased at your Kiko Milano store for $19 (0.48 oz).






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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Fitness: My Week 5 - 8 Program



I hope I've been able to inspire you with my workout programs and let me tell you, I see and feel the results!

Still dedicating 2 days a week with each day being alternate workouts:
- Find your current RM 
- Must have 1 minute rest between each rep


Day 1 Workout:


At 5 sets of 6 reps each do the following workouts:

1) Barbell Squat Lunges
2) Flat Barbell Bench Press
3) Sumo Deadlift
4) Pull Ups/Dips (Super Set)
5) Bicep Curls/Tricep Extensions (Super Set)
6) Crunches & Leg Lifts 


Day 2 Workout:

At 3 sets of 12 reps each do the following workouts:

1) Barbell Squat Lunges
2) Flat Barbell Bench Press
3) Sumo Deadlift
4) Pull Ups/Dips (Super Set)
5) Bicep Curls/Tricep Extensions  (Super Set)
6) Crunches & Leg Lifts 


Always end each workout with a HIIT!  (High Intesity Interval Training)
- Makes the work out so much more complete and burns what we all want - FAT!

My current HIIT done 12 sets (with 5 reps/jumps each set): 
- Star Jumps (each set is doing a complete 360 turn - total of 5 reps/jumps)

*Don't forget to warm up & cool down for 2 minutes each. Also, stretching and keeping well hydrated to minimize muscle cramps. 


App used for my workout plans: FitNotes (Android) or Gym Hero Pro (ios)
App used for my HIIT: Interval Timer (both Android & ios)





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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel




This tinted brow gel is great to give your eyebrows the appearance of fuller and thicker brows and also keeps them stay put. The formula is a combination of a lightweight cream and gel texture and does not flake or fade. The formula is also fortified with botanical hair conditioners and essential oils. The packaging is in a sleek, portable tube and the mascara-like brush allows for a precise, natural application. Touch-up not required or necessary and is pretty long-lasting. Apply in light strokes and build gradually as needed. If too much has been applied use a clean spool and brush off in the same strokes.  

Available in 7 shades. The swatch above is in Espresso (rich dark brown).


Can be purchased online at Anastasia Beverly Hills or in-store at Sephora for $29.













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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Maybelline FIT ME Concealer



This concealer gives a flawless look with a full coverage that leaves skin looking natural, fresh and bright. It covers redness  and any darkness under the eyes. It's a nice creamy texture that blends out flawlessly. I use this under my eyes, around my nose and any other redness or corrections I want to conceal. It contains exclusive translucent base and lightweight pigments that allows you to build up and not look cakey. 

I can confidently say that this is THE dupe for NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer but much more affordable. Like all concealers, dot onto imperfections or under eyes and pat with ring finger or concealer brush to blend.

No oils or waxes, non-comedogenic, dermatologist tested, ophthalmologist tested and fragrance-free.


Available at your local drugstore for $6.99









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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil - CRUELLA



This long lasting, rich, vivid lipstick is also a jumbo lip pencil. It has a great pigment and also a velvety, matte finish. It's non-drying formula is enriched with vitamin E, emollients and has a creamy texture. Can be used for lining, all-over lip color, or pairing with another lip product.
You do need to always carry a lip sharpener (a jumbo size one) and that may be the only downfall thing I have about this product. I do recommend jumbo pencils that are twist more for convenience but the quality or texture isn't always the same.
Available in 15 different shades and the swatch above is in Cruella-scarlet red. Perfect for every skin tone. 

Can be purchased online at Nars or also in-store at Sephora for $26






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Monday, March 21, 2016

MAC Cream Color Base - PEARL




This Cream Color Base is a long wearing, creamy formula that is emollient-based and gives that sheer, dewy finish.  It's water resisant and can be applied on bare skin, including eyes, lips & face. It blends super easy even over foundation, moisturizer or powder. The high pigmentation also allows for easy blending and also buildable allowing you to create the perfect amount of highlight you desire without looking cakey.  
The swatch above is in the shade Pearl and is described as pale gold with icy shimmer but has a more pearlescent  finish (rather than glittery and sparkly like many highlighters).  I generally use this for highlighting on the cheeks, cupid's bow and underneath the eyebrows.
I also will use my ring finger to apply it and love the finished, natural look. 
It's fragrance-free, non-acnegenic and non-drying. 

Dermatologist and ophthalmologist-tested


Suitable for all skin types and safe for contact lens wearers. 



Available in-store or online at MAC $26


Friday, March 18, 2016

MAC Eyeshadow - KID [Veluxe]



This highly pigmented and matte eye shadow is described as a beige cashmere (soft beige) and my go-to blending eye shadow. No matter my eye make up look this eye shadow color is only shadow I use as a blending color in my crease like blending out a dark, smokey eye or any other harsh lines.  It's highly pigmented, that applies evenly and the perfect transition shade for most skin tones.  
You can see from the swatch above, it's that perfect hue, smooth textured color. 

In the signature MAC shadow case, it's a convenient and perfect size for travelling too. 
Available in-store or online at MAC for $19









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Thursday, March 17, 2016

NYX Matte Lipstick - PURE RED




This truly matte NYX lipstick is highly pigmented, richly formulated and long-wearing. It glides on smooth and even though not a lip stain, it stays put with a non-drying matte, velvet finish. 
I am a fair skinned and always on the hunt for a red that will complement my skin tone. I describe this shade as a vintage style, pure red. It has an orange undertone rather than the usual blue undertone found in other red lip colors. It's a fiery red that's flattering for any season. 

The packaging is standard but love that the middle part is transparent to easily see the color. It's in a sturdy case however, when closing, twist it all the way down and be sure to hear a click so that the lip color doesn't swivel up and smudge inside the cap. It has no scent and despite the simple packaging, the lipstick itself is gorgeous. For the price point, definitely worth it! 
If you're looking for a more matted version of a shade similar to this one, you can see another review here.

Definitely looking forward to trying more lip colors from NYX, their price points are great for their product quality. 


Available in 45 shades at selected local pharmacies or online at NYX cosmetics for $9.








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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

GM Collin Deep Cleansing Solution


If you are looking for a deep facial cleanse, no need to look anymore. This product is my only go to deep cleansing solution that not even a mask or exfoliant can do. It deeply cleanses the pores and purifies the skin by removing impurities and oil. The oxygen complex is complimented by an antimicrobial cleanser and formulated with Hexamidine Diisethionate, same action as Benzyl Peroxide but WITHOUT the same risks. It does not dry out the skin and also contains no alcohol nor fragrance. On cleansed skin, apply solution to a dampened, clean wash cloth and in a gentle, circular motion, lather all over the face but more so on the large pores and blackheads. Rinse off and then continue with your favorite skin routine

The ingredients in this solution brighten the skin and leaves your skin feeling very smooth. Used as a weekly treatment and recommended for normal to oily skin. 

Definitely worth the price for the size of the bottle, a little goes a long way. 

Available at selected spas or on Amazon. for $42 (7oz) bottle.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette



     Multi-Tasker (chocolate), Dreamer (warm brown), Force Of Nature (nude), Free Spirit (cream)




Bombshell (dark plum), Best Friend (mulberry), Natural Beauty (mauve), Caregiver (pale pink)


Fashionista (black), Power Player (taupe), Wanderer (light brown), Super Mom (ivory)

This all-matte shadow palette includes 12 exclusive eye shadows. These smoothe, diverse, pigemented colors are Tarte’s signature amazonian clay-infused eyes shadows. They are a mix of liner, lid, and crease shadow shades that blend beautifully and are also long-wearing. 
The sleek, slim packaging comes with a great sized mirror and perfect size for taking on the go. I also like how each color is labelled below the colors rather than on a plastic film. 

This product formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfates and gluten. It is dermatologist tested.

Above are the swatches and color descriptions (from left to right). 


Available online at Tarte Cosmetics or in-store as well at Sephora for $54.00








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Monday, March 14, 2016

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation




Do not get fooled by the "luminous" word if you have oily-combination skin!
This highly pigmented and perfectly balanced formula is a full, natural-looking coverage with unexpectedly weightless,16-hour wear. This oil-free foundation and its Even Tone Technology instantly neutralizes redness and dullness, while it works to reduce discoloration for more even, uniform, soft and natural skin. 
I love that it gives my skin the breathability and comfort yet smooths out my skin complexion. What gives the luminosity is the gold and green pigments in a perfect 4 to 1 ratio optically manipulate how light reflects off skin's surface. The green pigments negate redness on contact, while gold combats dullness.

The glass bottle provides a sleek packaging while the pump allows you to have precise amount needed for your desired coverage. 

I generally use 3 small pumps onto clean fingers and warm the product up before applying small amounts all over my face. Blending with my fingertips, I work it onto my skin in an outwards direction. Also, blend in sections as the foundation does set quickly. 

I do want to point out that it does cling onto dryer patches of the skin, so making sure your skin is well hydrated is very important when using this foundation. I can honestly say it feels light as air on your skin no matter how much you apply. This is the first foundation where I don't feel the need to blot by the end of the day. Although on the pricier side, it's worth every penny for the flawless results. 

The swatch above is in the shade: Santa Fe medium with peachy undertones. Perfect shade for me in the summer and fall.

Perfect for all skin types. Contains no parabens. 

Available in 20 shades at Nars online or in store at Sephora for $59 (1 oz)





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Friday, March 11, 2016

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish - Soft & Gentle

    



One cannot live without this luxurious highlight powder that is slow-baked, velvety soft and gives a radiant finish. The swatch above is in the shade Soft and Gentle. The picture doesn’t do justice to this beautiful shade...it’s a beautiful peachy bronze that gives a luminous and sheer glow to the skin. It features a 77-Mineral Complex and vitamin E and blends amazing into the skin. It has the perfect, natural looking amount of shimmer and long lasting. Packaging is a great size and since not a not a lot of product is needed to achieve that desired glow, product will last for a long time.  My favorite highlighter to date - a must have in your makeup collection!

Ophthalmologist tested and non-acnegenic.

Available in-store or online at MAC for $37







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Thursday, March 10, 2016

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream



This amazing cream delivers exceptional hydration with no greasy petroleum feeling. It's a thick, rich, emollient cream that intensely hydrates and penetrates providing immediate relief and visible improvement for distressed skin. It's a super-emollient cream with a spectacular whipped, non-greasy texture. It contains Colloidal Oatmeal (skin protectant) and Allantoin & Eucalyptus Oil (to heal & soothe). It also moisturizes and has a barrier protection which contains Ceramides, Glycerin, Shea Butter, Squalane and other key ingredients.

It's safe to apply all over the face and body and recommended for anyone with severely dry, scaly skin due to harsh winter weather, aggressive cosmetic treatments or any irritating skin conditions.


For ultimate absorption, I apply it morning and night after freshly cleansed skin.

Contains no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, harsh chemicals or colorants and safe for sensitive skin.



Available in various formats at Sephora or online at First Aid Beauty for $15(2oz), $37(6oz), $43(8oz) or $53(12oz).








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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Diorskin Forever Flawless Perfection Wear SPF 25

                        

Diorskin Forever is a luminous matte foundation with a sheer to medium finish. It doesn't compare to the Diorskin Forever Compact for coverage and finish (you can see that review here), which is a product I highly recommend. They also did change the color shades and formula a bit so it may not be as it used to be - which is what I am actually reviewing. 
This foundation lacks coverage for the acne-prone skin and needs a lot to cover redness. The whole point is to create that natural, bare skin effect but not so easy to achieve when it needs a lot of product. After a full day wear and frequent blotting, not sure this is recommended for the oily, acne-prone skin. The best thing about the product was how well it matches any complexion and the long-wear but that could be only because of the sheer coverage it offers. The scent is very perfume like but not too strong. Glass bottle is very sleek  and delicate. It's also hygienic because of the pump but since the pump doesn't come off, there is a lot of wasted product left behind in the bottle.
I am in the shade Cameo - 022. 


Available at most department stores and online for $62. 








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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Sephora Collection Colorful Shadow & Liner



This jumbo waterproof eye pencil can be used as an eyeliner or blended out as an eye shadow. I personally love it as an eye shadow base. It is a creamy, high-pigment formula that applies smoothly and also blendable. Since it is waterproof, it stays put so you do have to apply and blend quickly before it dries on. The color variety is great from deep blacks and rich, shimmery shades. Can be blended with a brush or clean fingers all over the lid. It also is long lasting and keeps my eye shadow stay put and also helps prevent from creasing. 

The swatch you see above is in the shade 05 - Beige, perfect base color. It's a warm, rose, peachy shade, It can also be used as a liner but the pencil tip is too large to do a thin line and also not recommended for water line - it's a tad too creamy for that.  

This product is not tested on animals.


 Available in 30 different colors for $18.00 in store or online at Sephora.







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Monday, March 7, 2016

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Matifying Fluid


If you are looking for an ultra-lightweight fluid that hydrates skin and controls shine, this is the perfect moisturizing fluid for you. It has an instant matifying effect and a long-lasting sebum-reducing action due its Grape water and Flax Powder formula. When applied morning and night and used on a daily basis, it reactivates skin’s hydration mechanisms and replenishes its water reserves, leaving the skin moisturized to perfection with a velvety and matte finish. Very soft and freshly scented. Does not leave the skin feeling tight but rather smooth and supple. 

Great for all skin types especially oily-combination skin all year round. 
Like every other moisturizer, apply to cleansed skin avoiding the eye contour area. 

Non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic. Also formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan.


Can be purchased at SephoraCaudalie or your local pharmacy for $40 (40ml).









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