FYI: Brand Updates, Launches and Events…
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This completely new shade
and a few, for now, mysterious ones will be launching for the fall. If this “sneak
peek” having such a provocative name in an ELECTRIFYING blue doesn’t have you
interested you need to get your pulse checked! I for one can’t hardly wait to
see what is in store for the future. But for now this and all the other fantastic
shades will be in stock and available sometime in September.
MAC Studio FIX Powder Plus Foundation
Purchase Price $27 + tax
Retailer MAC Store (local mall)
Check out www.maccosmetics.com for this and other product info
MAC has become a MUST for all makeup lovers, artists,
and those who set a brand establishment as a high priority. Venturing to my
local MAC store and hunting for my shade feels like stalking a gazelle, you see
what appears to be it then turn it over and the “wah wah” trumpets play. The times I do find it I feel as though I need to throw my arms up in the victory pose, but then everyone would stare at me wondering, "Why is she standing in the victory pose?" I don’t
blame anyone at the specific store only because on the retail side of it would
you rather see an empty shelf or a full one? Unfortunately more times than not I end up
going home without this fantastic powder in hand. But no worries…INTERNET TO
THE RESCUE! Since MAC does have their entire lineup up for sale online worrying
about availability is never a concern (unless it is a limited run).
Currently I am using the N3 shade which was color
matched closest to me and still is a tad dark but is a worthy buy. Even with
this said, it is my go to pressed powder since it works as a foundation. And that’s what keeps me buying this time and
time again, IT WORKS. The full coverage flawless porcelain look I end up with,
using a Royal & Langnickle foundation brush, is completely smooth and wears
well all day when applied over a good primer.
Using this powder most of the year is not an issue.
During the summer I apply this last over a primer and liquid foundation. There
have been few if any drawbacks to this product. And it is with my skin and not
the powder directly. But when I wear it solo like most makeup it will smear in
humid and hot conditions, for me it was around my nose which by the end of the
day made it feel extremely cake like. Regardless this is the one that goes in my
bag and is on my shelf at all times.
On The Shelf
Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel PM
Purchase Price $38 + tax
Check out www.olehenriksen.com
for this and other product info
Like most women I was looking for anti-aging/anti-wrinkle
anything when it came to preventative skin care products. Unfortunately most “cosmeceutical”
companies make claims that don’t and could never be proven out of a laboratory
setting on a real person’s face. Sad news is that most people are duped by the
mythical phrases like “anti- aging serum” or “skin renewal formula”. Because
these products are not regulated by anyone they can make claims that are so
unbelievable you would have better luck of hitting a multi-million lottery
jackpot than these products actually stopping the aging process. Here’s some
good news, not all companies just spew out products by the dozens and make
claims with million dollar T.V. and magazine ads.
The Ultimate Lift Eye Gel states it can reduce
appearance of puffiness and wrinkles. Guess what? IT DOES! I am in total agreement
with the claims made on this little jar of miracles. For those who suffer from
seasonal allergies you may benefit greatly like I have from this. It reduces
the puffiness without adding any irritation to your eyes. The fine lines that may form crow’s feet down the line appear diminished in appearance after
using this gel nightly. The gel does not
have any noticeable smell and it simply feels like a gel. During the summer
months put the jar in the refrigerator and it makes the nightly application
that much more enjoyable and relaxing for your tired eyes.
After using this nightly for almost a year I am a firm
believer in Ole Henriksen and I can’t wait to get more of their skin care
products on my shelf!
On The Shelf
NYX Eye Shadow Base
Purchase Price $6.99 + tax
Check out www.nyxcosmetics.com
for product info
Being a true NYX fan and having many of their eye shadows,
lipsticks, and lip glosses got me really excited to see this eye shadow base.
Of course NYX being known for their affordable makeup can make you wonder if
inexpensive means cheap. In my opinion, not at all. The price points are set so
even the budget minded, when they find a product that doesn’t work for them,
don’t feel that buyer’s remorse and of course it’s not a purchase that is going
to break the bank.
NYX claims the eye shadow base will give a hundred times
more vivid color which I can agree with for most eye shadow shades. I noticed
when applying the texture was odd and reminded me of butter or margarine. It
was oily to the touch and then as it was rubbed onto my eyelid it felt slightly
less oily and creamier. If you have dry skin this may be up your alley and
worth trying, but those with combination to oily skin be warned and try
something different. Unfortunately for me this product did not do its intended
job. Regardless the amount of base I used it was messy for me on fresh clean
eyelids. A few minutes after application it started to crease without any eye
shadow! This has never happened to me before with any other eye shadow base. As
I tried to give it a chance I was checking all day long the condition of my eye
shadow and only hours, three to four at most, my eyelids were full of creases
or the shadow was smearing all over. It actually made my eye shadow look worse.
Needless to say I was bummed out by this experience and this
is not going back in my closet.