Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer





It's without reason why this Veil MIneral Primer from Hourglass is the Winner of the InStyle Best Beauty Buy award for Best Primer for 2014, 2015 and 2016. This mineral-based, water-resistant primer neutralizes the skin, minimizes shine, and creates a smooth and uniform prep for a flawless makeup application. It's weightless, satin finish formula does more than any other primer does by concealing redness (even rosacea), hides visible pores, fine lines and wrinkles and doesn't leave that tacky feling. It also contains SPF 15 with minerals, Titanium and Zinc Oxide.
A little goes a long way, I use a small amount, 1 1/2 pumps and I get good coverage. It feels super light on my skin and evens out my combination skin complexion. It really does extend the foundation longevity from cream, liquid or powder and keeps my skin matte all day without the dried or faded look. I do suggest to shake the primer well before use as it does seem to settle if not used regularly.
Like all primers, always make sure to apply to clean, moisturized skin for optimal effect. 

Contains no parabens, fragrance, sulfate, nanoparticles, oil, phthalates, gluten, synthetic dyes, and also vegan (not tested on animals).

Available at online or in-store at Sephora in 3 formats: $60 (1oz), $83 (2oz) and a perfect travel size at $21 (0.33oz).






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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Fitness: My Week 9 - 12 Program


Results have been outstanding! Still keeping at it with more determination! I've decided to switch it up a bit keeping both days at the same amount of sets and reps. Some weeks, I added an additional day for just a HIIT run for 20 minutes.

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


Day 1 & 2 Workout:

At 4 sets of 10 reps each do the following workouts:

1) Barbell Pulse Squat
2) Dumbell Chest Fly
3) Cable Kickbacks
4) Lat Pulldown
5) Pull Ups/Dips (Super Set)
6) Star Jumps (my HIIT)
7) Dish 

I've been incorporating my HIIT in my workout this time around which is doing a complete 360 turn - TWICE (total of 10 reps/jumps per set).
Makes the work out so much more complete and burns what we all want - FAT!

*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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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ducray Elution Dermo Protective Shampoo



Your scalp can be weakened during or after an anti-dandruff treatment. Ducray Elution Dermo Protective Treatment Shampoo is particularly recommended as an alternation or as a follow-up to treatment shampoos, in particular after an anti-dandruff treatment, when scalp is weakened and needs to be soothed. Elution shampoo gently cleanses your scalp and reduces the risk of recurring dandruff thanks to its very gentle cleansing base combined with soothing active ingredients such as dermo proteins which are enriched in Vitamin B5 creating a natural protection and a moisturizing film at the surface of hair. This film is effective against attacks, but it does not lead to reactional hyperseborrhea.

It is recommended to be used as often as wished. Apply to a damp scalp, rinse then reapply and leave on for a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly.  Has a soft and delicate smell and leaves your hair feeling soft & clean. Follow with your favorite hair mask or conditioner. I love using this shampoo once a week to help re-balance and soothe my scalp. 

Paraben-free.

Can be purchased at your local pharmacy for under $15 (300ml).







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Monday, May 16, 2016

Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint - NAMASTE





This ultra pigmented, lightweight, moussey liquid matte lipstick comes in many shades. This swatch above is in the color Namaste. It's a beautiful nude, with a slight pink hue. 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. For an immediate dry and to set, blot lips after application is finalized.


Dermatologist tested and vegan friendly. Contains no parabens or phthalates


Can be purchased at Sephora or Tarte Cosmetics for $24







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Friday, May 13, 2016

Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator



This Deep Cleansing Exfoliator provides deep skin renewal and effectively purifies and refines the skin, leaving it smooth and radiant without drying it out.  The key active ingredients have a multi-action effect from the Grape pulp (moisturizes and smooths the skin), Menthol (delivers freshness) and most importantly, exfoliating micro-particles (deeply cleanses and unclogs pores). The texture feels ultra rich, like whipped cream and the scent smells so soft and fresh, with hints of grapefruit and peach.  For best results, I suggest that when using this exfoliator, gently and slowly massage in a circular motion all over the face and neck. Use twice a week on damp skin with a pea-size amount, then rinse with warm water. You need to allow the ingredients in this exfoliator to do its work rather than over scrubbing which could feel harsh on the skin. As always after any skin treatment, apply your favorite serum then moisturize.

Suitable for all skin types and leaves the skin soft and glowing without the tingling nor burning.

Contains no parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates,  GMOs or triclosan. 

Can be purchased at SephoraCaudalie or your local pharmacy for $39 (2oz).






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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Kiko Soft Focus Compact Mineral Foundation



This Kiko wet & dry micronized powder compact mineral foundation is great for normal to oily skin leaving your skin naturally matte with an even finish. Its silky and smooth texture allows for different applications from a natural to a complete coverage adding brightness to your complexion and help minimize blemishes. It is formulated with sunscreens but not confirmed how much SPF it actually contains. For the natural & ultra-fine finish, apply by blending on the face and neck with a kabuki brush or a foundation brush. For a medium coverage, apply with the dry sponge provided and for a greater coverage, dampen the sponge. I do find that if your face is not well moisturized the finish can look blotchy. Although it is lightweight, the finish does feel a little on the heavy side and can start to look cakey especially if used with a sponge. Coverage is not long-lasting and does need to be touched up a few times during the day. For an superior compact powder foundation , you can see my recommendation here.
The packaging comes with a mirror and sponge compartment perfect to carry along with you in your bag for touch-ups during the day. The swatch above is in the shade 02 (Peach Pink). The swatch on the left is the dry application and the swatch on the right is using the damp effect.
Available in 14 tones to be suitable for every skin tone at Kiko Milano for $19. 
Hypoallergenic  & non-comedogenic.






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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hanae Mori Butterfly - Eau de Toilette



Every parfum bottle has its ray of scents and also depending on the persons natural scent. If you're looking for a scent that is natural and delicately elegant, you should try this fragrance called Butterfly from Hanae Mori. It's a scent that captures the essence of femininity. Launched in 1996, the great lady of Japanese fashion and Parisian haute couture, introduced this fragrance which is a rare blend of berries and flowers, with a distinctive tone of strawberries and almond, giving an subtle scent of mild vanilla.
The exclusive & subtle composition of scents are Strawberries (from Southern France), Bilberries, Black Currant, Bulgarian Rose (from Hawaii), Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Sandalwood, Almond (from Hawaii) & Praline.

The bottle's top is distinctly made from glass, a first for any spray fragrance. This parfum comes in Eau de Parfum that has a high oil concentration, having a more long lasting scent or Eau de Toilette which has a lower concentration of perfume oil, having a perfect concentration, easily worn on an everyday basis and that can be reapplied throughout the day without overpowering. 

I personally prefer the Eau de Toilette because it feels more natural and the fact that I can spray onto clothing, skin, and hair. I spray it across my body in a V-shaped motion targeting the neckline.

It's my go to fragrance and always get complimented on the beautiful scent.

A fragrance you should definitely try which is available at most department stores or online at Sephora.

Available in these sizes:

1.7 oz Eau de Toilette Spray $90
3.4 oz Eau de Toilette Spray $126
0.33 oz Eau de Parfum Rollerball $31
1 oz Eau de Parfum Spray $90
1.7 oz Eau de Parfum Spray$126








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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Ducray Squanorm Anti Oily Dandruff Shampoo




This anti oily dandruff treatment shampoo Squanorm by Ducray eliminates oily dandruff, normalizes sebum secretion and purifies oily scalp. There are many factors that can contribute to the appearance of dandruff such as pollution, hormonal imbalances, certain medicinal treatments and the use of unsuitable hair products. These various factors cause the spread of a yeast called Malassezia furfur, which creates an imbalance to the scalp and triggers irritations and itching. Oily dandruff is large, yellowish, oily, thick flakes that stick to the scalp because the condition is accompanied by hyperseborrhea of the scalp. To eliminate the oily flakes that stick to the scalp, this shampoo uses a complete formula such as kerytol, salicylic acid and Sabal Serrulata to detach adherent flakes and provide rapid, long-lasting relief from redness. Its purifying cleansing base gently washes and oxygenates the hair and scalp.

Apply to a damp scalp, rinse then reapply and leave on for a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Suggested to be used twice a week for 6 weeks. Avoid contact with eyes or damaged skin.



Paraben-free



Can be purchased at your local pharmacy for under $19 (200ml).






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Monday, May 9, 2016

MAC Lipstick - DIVA [Matte]






This signature MAC lipstick is another one of their gorgeous matte colors - Diva. This Intense matte reddish-burgundy color is a deep, bold & classy color with burgendy brown undertones. The matte finish gives this shade a beautiful, rich finish. It's that perfect hue, giving that fierce yet wearable look for any skin tone, from fair to dark skin with blonde to dark hair. 
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. It's also quite long wearing and creamy and true to its color. For another matte MAC color, you can see the review & swatches here.
 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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Friday, May 6, 2016

Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner


For that super matte, intense color liquid liner that is smudge-proof and waterproof, you need to try this gel formula Maybelline Eye Studio Eyeliner. The oil-free formula is highly pigmented in a clear gel base. It gives you any look you're trying to achieve from the defined look to the dramatic look with easy application. It glides on smooth and doesn't dry out or flake. Removes easily with eye makeup remover, you can see my favorite and recommended product here.

The shade above in the swatch is the Blackest Black but also comes in 3 other shades: Brown, Charcoal & Eggplant. The pot is in a glass packaging and comes with a liner brush as well. I do prefer using my own angled brush only because it gives me a more precise line. I do suggest when applying a gel liner to apply small strokes across the lash line and build the intensity from there. It's very important to make sure that after each use, to clean the rim of the pot and close tightly to keep the gel in optimal texture. 

Ophthalmologist tested. Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wear. 

Available at your local drugsore or beauty supplier for under $9. 









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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion


This longwear, creamy eyeshadow primer potion has all the benefits you need in a primer for that vibrant color, crease-free look and smoother application. The key ingredients include Dermaxyl, which helps smooth the appearance of wrinkles and also Kalpariane, which plumps, firms and hydrates the skin to improves suppleness and elasticity.
The shade is similar to the Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion, which dries down invisibly, but also has a tiny bit of sheer pigment to even out and color-correct the skin.
Although they did slightly change their packaging (by adding an applicator), the formula blurrs pigments giving the subtle, soft-focus effect that instantly gives you that brightening glow and minimizes the appearance of redness and other imperfections.
The gorgeous packaging is very classy with a faceted, jewel-like cap. Can be applied using the wand applicator or squeezed directly from the tube and using your ring finger for an even application. For a longer wear, apply to the whole eyelid from eyelash to under the brow to keep any eye shadow from budging. Make sure the potion is completely dry before applying any eyeshadow. Definitely one of the best eyeshadow primers out there.

Contains no parabens but for the gluten sensitive, this may contain gluten.

Can be purchased in store or online at Sephora or Urban Decay for $17 (0.6oz) or $29 (0.33oz).






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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick - LOLITA





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 Lolita and described as chestnut rose. It's beautiful and versatile with a nude, pink undertone. It's a perfect hue, giving that wearable, natural shade for any skin tone. It's a beautiful color 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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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Marc Anthony Kinky Girls Conditioner


We're always on the look out for having that healthy looking hair no matter what hair style we try to achieve. Hair treatment is a necessity for keeping the hair conditioned and protected against hot tools and the other harsh treatments we do to our hair. If you have thick, curly or wavy hair, this sulfate free hair conditioner from Marc Anthony is one of those conditioners you should try. This richly hydrating, curl defining conditioner moisturizes and detangles dry, thick, unruly curls and waves into soft, manageable, frizz-free curls with shine. It's Ultra-rich Shea Butter, Coconut, Argan and Avocado Oils delivers hydration and also de-frizzes as well as blocks humidity for those extra hot days. I like that you really feel the softness it leaves your hair with no build-up feeling. Used after shampooing, I suggest using this conditioner as a hair mask rather than just a regular conditioner. You really see and feel the benefits leaving it on for at least 5-10 minutes, then rinse well. It's a thicker consistency and smells fresh too. 
Sulfate free and safe for colored hair.
Can be purchased at your local drugstore or certain hair salons for under $9 (250ml).







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Monday, May 2, 2016

MAC Lipstick - MEHR [Matte]



This signature MAC lipstick is another one of their gorgeous satin colors - Twig. This soft muted matte color is a beautiful and versatile with a dirty nude, blue undertone. The matte finish gives this shade a beautiful, rich finish. It's that perfect nude hue, giving that wearable, bold natural nude 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 a beautiful, sleek, bullet design with a silver shimmer and also soft scented. 
For another nude looking lipstick shade you can see my review here and here. It's also quite long wearing and creamy, not so 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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