This cleansing gel is my wake-up call, due to its refreshingly
sweet botanical aroma. I absolutely love this scent! There is something that
makes it just smell healthy for your skin. The gel formula is non-foaming which
is easy to apply and less likely to make a mess on the vanity if you decide to
use it multiple times daily. After letting the enzymes work their magic, for
about two minutes, I use a Clarisonic and my skin feels smooth and refreshed.
It is definitely the combination of ingredients like papaya and grapefruit
extracts that have exfoliating properties due to Alpha Hydroxy Acid. AHA aids
in breaking down oils and grime allowing new skin to be revealed.
A dime size amount is what I found to be needed for a
thorough cleaning of my face. I have not felt like this has left my skin dried
out or feeling irritated, so I would say all skin types would benefit from its
use. Price point is great and for me the bottle lasted a few months, and that
is with daily use in the morning. Needless to say, this is on my shelf and
already a continuous repurchase.
Having purchased MUFE HD foundation years ago, with less
than stellar results, I was hesitant to try this foundation. However, I went to
my local Sephora and asked for a sample which lead to the purchase of the full
First, since I am so pale finding an exact match for my skin
tone is difficult but the color of their lightest shade is amazing and perfect
for any porcelain skin tone out there. The product is very lightweight and a
little goes a long way! I found this foundation to have a medium coverage with
a semi-matte finish. The formula is non-irritating and easy to remove with a
simple makeup removing wipe.
Second, this foundation formula did not last beyond three
hours before it began to oxidize creating an oily mess. Additionally I had fine
lines appear more prevalent do to the strange oiliness it created. I assume
building to a full or heavier coverage would cause more problems so those with
combination to oily skin should probably avoid this product.
Last, I have found a great use for this product as a
highlighter of sorts on top of another base foundation. I am not completely
dissatisfied with this product as I can see practical uses for it when makeup
may be worn for shorter durations. Unfortunately Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet
did not make it onto my shelf, but it is still in my makeup case for use as a
NYX is my favorite drug-store brand since they offer so many
great products that are budget friendly with fantastic results. After using the
blue colored mascara (May 12, 2014 On The Shelf) I knew if NYX was to offer
more colors I would love them, and I do! The colors are true to their tube, as
what you see is what you get.
The long wear-ability is comparable to higher end formulas
and since I have not had any rub-off or transfer issues these new colors have
been in a regular rotation for me. The application was initially an issue as
the formula appears to be very thin, almost like water. Plus the applicator
wand itself has changed and been made smaller. I like the previous version of
NYX formula in regards to thickness and the included wand. These are the only
two issues I can find with these new colors. However, I have had no issues with
irritation to skin or eyes during application or while wearing. Some of the
colors are tough to simply wipe off the lashes and require a quality makeup
Overall, the price per tube is great! The thin formula can
be managed with proper application technique. You can achieve a colorful pop
that will last all day. For now the array of color will remain on my shelf, but
I would love if NYX would use the previously included wand as I believe this
would make application so much easier.
The Green Tea mask is specific for blemished and breakout
prone skin as it “mattifies and purifies to soothe skin, absorb sebum, and
reduce the appearance of outbreaks”, according to Sephora. My results for use
of this mask were excellent. I noticed a vast difference in the appearance of
my blemishes in size and redness. An added bonus and pick me up was the clean
and refreshed feeling my skin now had after application. Wearing this mask
overnight once a week definitely helped with my mid-day oil production as I
noticed less need to blot my face or reapply and touch up my makeup. The
formula in this mask has a mild scent and was non-irritating to skin or eyes. I
noticed a slight tingling sensation on application but the cooling sensation
took over after only a few minutes.
The Lotus mask, as stated on Sephora’s website, “refreshes
skin and reduces signs of strain and fatigue”, with that said, I had mixed
results. I can agree with the “refreshing” part, however, I saw no significant
changes in the appearance of my skin. The scent was subtle and like all the
masks in the Sephora Collection ample product for complete hydration for the
face. This mask caused no irritation but I do not think it will be repurchased
as I have had better results from Sephora’s other masks.
Overall both these masks were refreshing, as any facial
product should be, but the Green Tea lived up to its promises and completely
delivered. I suggest trying one and seeing if you reap the same benefits I did.
Way to go Sephora for another spot on my shelf!
Earlier this year I attended the Makeup Show NYC and I
wish I had gone sooner, as this was their 10th anniversary in NYC. One
of the many great brands in the skincare and beauty world, Mario Badescu, was
there to sell everything that was available, even before some products were to
be sold by other retailers. In this case it happened to be the Botanical
Exfoliating Scrub that caught my attention as it was seated front and center.
The sales representatives were extremely polite and knowledgeable answering any
questions I had.
Having a good facial scrub is a necessity in my book
as I use it two to three times a week. I will apply this scrub either right
before I hop into the shower in the morning or after I have removed my makeup
at night. The Botanical Exfoliating Scrub is made with a combination of great
ingredients that help promote a brighter complexion, unclog pores, which will
leave skin feeling supple. The exfoliator in the scrub is ground Ecuadorian
palm seeds that aid in removing dead skin cells. There is a truly fresh
botanical scent that is light and pleasant as the clear gel formulated from
coconut, aloe, green tea, and ginger work harmoniously to achieve revived new
This is such a great product for everything it offers
but another huge advantage is its cost savings. Many competitive products
either have harsh exfoliators or you have to use a large amount of product for
it to be effective. Using less means saving money. And that means buying more
of Mario Badescu’s products! Obviously this is a new addition for the shelf
that will be repurchased as needed.
Dana and Lora creators of Melt cosmetics did it again. The Nood Collection launches online tomorrow at 12pm pst . With a limited release at this past June's Phamexpo this became a instant hit across social media. Instagram lovers could not get enough of this perfect foursome.
A beautiful range of nudes that took three years in the making in hopes of achieving the perfect shades/color to complement a range of skin tones.
Expect the same great vegan quality with these and set your alarms as they will surely sell out.