Friday, April 29, 2016

MAC Studio Conceal and Correct Palette






This long wearing MAC concealer palette comes with four concealers and two corrector shades to match any skin tone. This palette swatch is in the color wave Medium and also available in 3 other color waves: Light, Deep Medium and Dark. They are enriched with antioxidants and great for any skin type. They can be used individually or combined to match any skin tone. The formula gives medium to full buildable coverage in a natural crease-proof finish. This palette helps to correct skin tone or conceal dark circles, blemishes, moles, tattoos and even birthmarks.

This palette contains the following 4 concealer shades (see swatch above from left to right) NC30, NW25, NC35 & NW35. It also comes with 2 correcting shades: Mid Yellow & Mid Peach.

Can be applied directly to the skin with a ring finger or a concealer brush but I recommend blending out with a beauty blender or a ring finger. Set lightly with your favorite setting powder.

Dermatologist and Ophthalmologist tested. Non-acnegenic.

Available in store or on online at MAC for $48.






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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

SEPHORA COLLECTION Daily Brush Cleaner



For those moments where we have no time to clean our cosmetic brushes the right way, this cleaner works wonders to clean any brush, from synthetic to natural bristles. Not only does it clean, it also conditions and protects the brushes from 2 key ingredients: a blend of sandalwood and amur cork tree bark extracts. With a few gentle rubs, it thoroughly removes pretty much all the dirt and excess makeup from cosmetic brushes. 

It's suggested never to spray directly on brushes, instead spray to a dry towel and gently rub the brush head over the towel until the bristles rub clean. Remember, if you are cleaning synthetic brushes, clean in a circular motion but if they are natural brushes, use back and forth motions as the fibers are more delicate. Repeat these steps until cleaning desire achieved. 

Contains no parabens, sulfates or phthalates. 

Available in store or online at Sephora in 2 sizes: $10.50 (2oz) or $19 (6oz)










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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

MAC Lipstick - HAVE YOUR CAKE [Matte]





This MAC lipstick is one of those magenta hues that goes well with any skin tone. This shade is described as a bright magenta. Although, as you can see the swatch above, it looks more like a medium magenta with a cool undertone. It is part of the matte collection but goes on as a semi-mat finish. It has a great bold pigmentation, like all their lipsticks do, with a velvety texture that applies smoothly on the lips. I love the muted finish it gives to any make up look from a natural, spring look to a smokey eye. 

As always, their signature collection comes in the beautiful packaging and also soft scented. 
Definitely a shade you need to add to your lipstick collection.

Available at the MAC store or online for $21.






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Monday, April 25, 2016

Caudalie Vinoperfect Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20





This oil-free, hydrating SPF20 three-in-one tinted moisturizer is not only a skincare treatment but also a complexion enhancer. The mineral pigments blend amazing with the skin to help cover skin imperfections such as dark spots, redness, acne scars and blemishes. It's formulated with a high concentration of Viniferine, which is more effective than vitamin C, leaving the skin smooth with an even, radiant complexion. It's also formulated with a blend of mineral pigments that help blend beautifully into the skin leaving a natural-looking finish. Available in only 2 tints, Light and Medium and suitable for any skin type. 

I love that it's light and oil free, perfect for my combination skin giving that natural glow finish. It's also a nice texture and smells great. Keeping in mind that since it is a tinted moisturizer, for more coverage, I simply add a few drops of my custom cover drops, which you can find that review here. I suggest going for the lighter shade than your skin tone because you can always darken the shade with your favorite products (ie: foundation or bronzer). 

Suggested to be applied every morning to the face and neck but always avoiding the eye contour area. 

Contains no parabens, sulfates or phthalates. Non-comedogenic and Dermatologist tested. 

Can be purchased at SephoraCaudalie or your local pharmacy for $49 (40ml).





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Friday, April 22, 2016

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer




This very easy to use Concealer is a great concealer considering it's a drugstore product. It's super concentrated formula creates a radiant, refreshed and natural look. The key ingredients are goji berry and haloxyl both which help erase the aappearance of dark circles and fine lines and also diminishes the appearance of puffiness around the eyes. It's has a great consistency with medium coverage that doesn't excessively crease nor cake up. It has a great staying power and does not dry out under the eyes. It blends well, applies smoothly and like any other concealer, set it lightly. 

Use the applicator to apply concealer directly to under-eye area, blending in an outward motion with your clean ring fingers.  Blend to your desired look and set. 
I personally only use the applicator to apply the concealer and use my fingers or a beauty blender to blend evenly. 

Comes in the following shades: Fair 110, Light 120, Medium 120, Neutralizer 130 and Brightener 160 .

The swatch above is in the shade Light 120.  The neutralizer shade is recommended for extreme dark circles and the Brightener shade adds a luminous touch. 

I love that it's a drugstore price but pays off like high end product. 
Available at your local pharmacy for under $12.





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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Infusium23 Miracle Therapy Leave-In Serum




No matter what hair routine you have, you need to finish with Infusium 23 Miracle Therapy Leave-In Treatment Serum. It's a treatment that not only rebuilds your hair but also leaves your hair feeling and looking beautiful, gorgeous without the greasy look. The key ingredient in this serum is the Moringa Oil extracts as well as exclusive i-23 Complex enriched pro-vitamins, proteins and amino acids. Moringa Oil is derived from the most nutritionally dense plant that is enriched with nutrients and minerals. 
I love that it's light and it also makes my hair more manageable and protects my hair from getting damaged no matter what hairstyle I achieve leaving no residue or sticky build-up. 

It's recommended to apply on wet or dry hair. On wet hair, comb through to ends to completely protect. Do not rinse and style as usual. On dry hair, apply to the hands and then in  a combing motion, comb through the ends and flyaways.  Can be used throughout the day.

Not tested on animals.
Made with hypoallergenic ingredients.

Available at your local pharmacy for under $6 (118ml).





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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics



This versatile, matte eye shadow palette contains 6 full-sized, taupe-hued matte neutral shades. The shadows are perfect shades for any skin tone to create a neutral matte eye looks an also with your favorite bolder shadows. Like all the other eye shadows from Urban Decay, each shade has the velvety, buttery texture, rich color, blendable and also longwear. The packaging is a sleek, soft-touch case that has a suede-like feel and a slight sheen. It’s small and compact - perfect for your go-to travelling neutral shadows. The shade Stark is a great crease blending color and the shade Skimp is great for highlighting and blending out any color.

From my swatch photo above, here are the names (from left to right):

- Skimp (pale nude satin)
- Stark (nude-pink matte)
- Frisk (warm gray matte)
- Cover (muted red-brown matte)
- Primal (muted brown matte)
- Undone (deep, smoky brown matte)


This palette is formulated without parabens.



Available online at  Urban Decay or Sephora for $36.








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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Dove Refresh + Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo



Dry shampoos have become a girls best friend when it comes to hair styling. It absorbs oil between traditional washes so it makes hair look and feel refreshed. It's weightless formula also transforms lifeless hair, giving volume to hair and also that fresh look even when you skip your regular wash. It's light, no residue and also not sticky. Although it did the job of volumizing my hair, the scent was just too strong and can be a little too offensive throughout the day. I also found that this product does not last long, using 3 to 4 quick sprays with only a few uses.

It's suggested to shake well before use. Hold 8-10 inches from hair. Spray directly onto oily roots or areas of desired volume. Let dry and rub in using palm and then brush out.


Available at your local pharmacy for under $5.






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Monday, April 18, 2016

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick - JEFFREE





This Everlasting Liquid lipstick is is a creamy formula that glides over the lips like a gloss but sets to a high pigmented, matte finish. It also contains natural moisturizers that include Vitamin E and Sunflower Seed Wax. The swatch above is called Jeffree and described as a medium, bright pink with warm undertones. It's a beautiful color great for the coming Spring & Summer seasons. The Liquid Lipstick is truly pigmented and long wearing, but like most long wearing or matte products, they can be a bit drying, however, the pigmentation outweighs the drying. It doesn't flake nor does it enhance the lip lines. Once applied it doesn't feel sticky but clears to a smooth, matte finish.

To apply, it's recommended to outline the lips with the applicator tip, fill in the lip with the angled part of applicator. Keep lips still for a few seconds and if desired, a second coat can be applied for a more pigmented look, but one coat is sufficient for that gorgeous, rich finish.

Contains no parabens and 100% Vegan.

Available at Sephora in-store and also online at Kat Von D Beauty for $24



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Friday, April 15, 2016

MAC Lipstick - TWIG [Satin]






This signature MAC lipstick is another one of their gorgeous satin colors - Twig. This soft muted brownish-pink, semi- matte color is a beautiful and versatile with a nude, pink undertone. The semi-matte finish gives this shade a beautiful, rich finish. It's that perfect nude hue, giving that wearable, natural shade for any skin tone. 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. 
For another nude looking lipstick shade you can see my review here. It's also quite long wearing and creamy, not drying like the Retro Matte collection where you can find those reviews here or here

Definitely a nude shade you need to add to your lipstick collection.


Available at the MAC store or online for $21.







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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Lise Watier Skin Radiance Exfoliating Gel





If you're looking for an exfoliator that is super natural, the Lise Watier Skin Radiance Smoothing Exfoliating Gel a product you should try. The gel is formulated with natural ingredients from extracts of grapefruit, pineapple, hibiscus and jojoba plant microspheres. It has a very fresh scent and feels fresh on the skin. It's a gel that gently removes impurities and gently cleanses the skin leaving the skin smooth and soft. The skin looks brightened and revitalized and doesn't feel drying or tight. The mix of fruit acids and microbeads do not feel harsh on the skin or irritating yet helps removes dead skin cells.

Recommended to be used one or twice a week. Apply the product on moistened skin and gently massage using circular movements all over the face avoiding the eye area. Rinse off, then as I always recommend, follow with a serum to re-hydrate and refuel the skin and apply your favorite moisturizer thereafter.


Perfect for normal to combination skin. Paraben free.


Available at your local pharmacy for $28 (75ml)







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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner



Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Pak conditions the hair and also restores the hairs moisture from it's vital nutrients. It leaves your hair shiney and soft for any hair type. It  also has a very fruity & fresh smell. I often like to change my hair conditioner regimen depending on the weather and seasons. This conditioner helps treat split ends, damaged or dry and brittle hair but if your're looking for a deep hair treatment as a mask, I'm not sure this does it, it's not as intense like an actual hair mask, especially for chemically treated hair. I do have a few that I'm still comparing, but will definitely keep you posted.

It recommends to apply a generous amount to hair and comb through for thorough distribution after shampooing. Place a plastic cap over the hair and sit under a warm dryer for 10-15 minutes or leave on the hair for 45 minutes to 1 hour without heat, then rinse thoroughly. 


Can be purchased at Walmart or your local pharmacy for less than $8 (12.25 oz) or even as a sample size.









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Monday, April 11, 2016

Tarte Stroke Of Midnight Brush Set


This gorgeous brush set features 5 high-performance, full sized brushes including a beautiful, limited edition sequenced brush case. The case is a great size that can also fit more brushes including the collection. The brush bristles are top quality brushes that are dolled up in the glamorous gold, rich & sturdy handles. This is one of my favorite brush sets I own - very versatile!

The collection brushes includes these limited edition brushes (from left to right in picture): 
The Buffer™ airbrush finish foundation brush, Complexion brush, Blush brush, Concealer brush & the Eyeshadow brush. 

The price and quality of these brushes is a great value and a perfect starter brush set too!  Please note that it is a limited edition but still available to purchase. 


Still available on Amazon for $78 ($156 value)








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Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15





It's without a reason why the Fresh Sugar Lip treatments are 2014 award-winning best beauty buys. Their ultra nourishing and protecting exclusive ingredients soothe the lips and provide 6 hours of significant moisture for soft, supple lips. The unique formula contains a blend of moisture-preserving sugar, nourishing precious oils, antioxidant-rich polyphenols and essential SPF protection.

This Tinted Lip Treatment comes in different hues giving a buildable, different finished look. The ingredients include: Sugar (a natural humectant known to prevent moisture loss), meadowfoam and black currant seed oils (helps moisture), Grapeseed oil (helps to smooth and soften) and SPF protection.
My personal favourites are the Sugar Rosé Tint (for a natural rosy tint) and the Original Sugar Lip Treatment (great for a base lip treatment).

Available in 13 different hues with a soft & citrus scent.
Contains no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, petroleum, mineral oil, and lanolin.

Can be purchased online at Fresh and in-store at Sephora for $28







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Friday, April 8, 2016

Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint - TBT



This ultra pigmented, lightweight, moussey liquid matte lipstick comes in many shades. This swatch above is in TBT. It's a beautiful opaque, mauve rose color.  This liquified lipstick comes with a soft and slanted applicator wand for easy and precise application. It is matte finish and non-drying and also has a soft, peppermint scent. I did find that it extenuated my fine lip lines but a lip primer did help alleviate that problem. The velvety texture was full coverage and the concentrated mineral pigments felt smooth on the lips and didn't have a sticky feeling to it. This liquid lipstick does need re-application after eating or drinking unlike other lipstains. When first applied, it's creamy enough to rub lips together then dries to a very comfortable, matte lipstick. 

To apply, use the precision felt tip to trace pigmented color to the upper and lower lip line,  then shade inside the lip line using the flat applicator surface.

Dermatologist tested and vegan friendly. Contains no parabens or phthalates 

Can be purchased at Sephora or Tarte Cosmetics for $24






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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Rusk Shining Sheen and Movement Myst



This non-aerosal myst gives you that natural-looking sheen to any hairstyle. When activated with heat, hair is protected by exclusive ingredients to protect the hair and increases ease of movement and softness. Can be used alone as a styling product – spray evenly throughout length and ends of hair and blow-dry for maximum sheen or even use as a finishing spray. 
After shampooing, towel dry and spray on a small amount then blow dry to infuse body and sheen. Also after drying, lightly mist for optimal shine. I love the soft, clean smell it leaves your hair and doesn't feel heavy or weigh down the hair. This is my go to finishing hair myst! A little goes a long way. 

Great for all hair types.


Can be purchased on Amazon  for $27 or your local hair salon.









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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Caudalie Divine Legs




This lightweight tinted body lotion is the perfect solution for a self-tan and sun-free natural tan. It gives you that perfect amount of color you want with a sun-kissed glow and beautiful radiance. I love that it's a universal tint that blends with all skin tones, melts into our skin and fast drying. I apply it all over my body and love the beautiful, soft fragrance. The signature fragrance is described as grapefruit, rose, pink pepper, vanilla, cedar, and white musk. 92.8% of the ingredients are natural and include: Chicory Extract (provides an immediate tan effect only 60 seconds after application), Carob Extract (prolongs tan), Grape Oil (moisturizes and nourishes) and also Copper and Golden Pearlizers (leave a delicate, radiant finish on skin). 
I love that it's not too shiny nor too matte and also streak free. I also suggest, use a small amount at a time to have a perfect, blended finish. The best part is that you don't need to worry about the lotion rubbing off onto any clothing and any staining, just make sure lotion is completely dry before getting clothes on, although, keep in mind that it's not waterproof. I do actually wish they made this product as a waterproof bronzer. 
I love the beautiful, bronze finish for all year round! 

Apply to clean & dry skin and apply as desired to legs and rest of the body as you wish. Like every other sun-less tanning product, for best result exfoliate skin before application.  

Contains no parabens, sulfates or phthalates 

Can be purchased at SephoraCaudalie or your local pharmacy for $40 (3.4oz) 









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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

NYX Matte Lipstick - SUMMER BREEZE




From a great lipstick review done hereI decided to go out try a new color shade from the NYX Matte Lipstick called Summer Breeze. It also is highly pigmented & richly formulated with a blue toned pink. From the swatch above you can see how it's a non-drying matte and velvet finish while still providing moisture. 
Like previously mentioned, 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! 
Great for any complexion, even my fair skin tone. This playful pop of color is just what your spring wardrobe needs!

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










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Monday, April 4, 2016

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser

                                                


This face wash has many great benefits to gently cleanse the skin removing excess oil and makeup. With their cleansing technology it also protect the skins natural moisture as well. With daily use, it seems that a second wash is needed to fully remove the excess makeup therefore can be a bit drying as any face wash by the second wash. It also has a strong smell that takes getting used to as well. Unfortunately the product does sting the eyes, so not sure it's recommended for the sensitive eyes. Although it gets the job done, unfortunately not at the first try. The price seems pretty affordable too at $9.97. For a face wash & makeup remover that I recommend, you can see that here.

Available at most drugstores.






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Friday, April 1, 2016

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask




It's without reason why this product is a 2016 award-winning for Elle Beauty. This detoxifying mask draws out accumulated toxins and impurities from clogged pores and also revitalizes and invigorates the complexion. It's enriched with grape marc to detoxify, pink clay and coffee to clarify, papaya enzymes for a boost of immediate radiance and eight essential oils to nourish the skin.  It goes on as a light coral color and once dried will turn a nude color. This mask smells very pleasant and delicate and you can see how it shrinks the appearance of pores once washed off. Definitely a product to repurchase and on my current weekly skin routines.  

Apply a thin layer on cleansed and dry face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse well. Always follow with a serum to re-hydrate and refuel the skin and apply your favorite moisturizer. Many masks can make your skin feel tight and dry whereas this mask is so great even for the sensitive skin as it leaves your face feeling soft, moisturized and glowing. Suggested to be use twice a week.

Contains no parabens, mineral oils, sodium laureth sulfate or phthalates. Also noncomedogenic  and great for all skin types. Free of harmful chemicals, the clay formula is also eco-friendly and gentle on your skin. 

Can be purchased at SephoraCaudalie or your local pharmacy for $39 (75ml).






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