Wednesday, December 31, 2014

FYI : Brand updates, Launches, and Events….
Ring in the New Year with new color.....Melt Cosmetics is about to release their eyeshadows! Check out the flyer they posted and visit www.meltcosmetics.com

Monday, December 29, 2014

My Top 5 of 2014!


For the final week of 2014, I wanted to recap my top five buys and mini reviews.
If you haven’t read them or want to get more info just click the dated link to take you to the On The Shelf for that specific product. Of course I could have picked a dozen products but these were the ones that got some of the most attention not only by me but readers and visitors of the Cootie Beauty Closet. 
Thanks for a wonderful year!

beautyblender micro-mini 9/22/2014

Purchase Price $17.95 + tax

Retailer www.sephora.com

Check out www.beautyblender.com  for more product info

Beautyblender has done it again, these mini bundles of joy will truly change your life. Made of the same great open cell structure, water absorbing, soft and spongey quality material that doubles in size (just like its much bigger sister) that allows you to apply your favorite products in tighter places. Since size matters, believe me when I say being little in this case is a good thing, it fits perfectly in any cosmetic bag making it ideal for touch ups.


Lime Crime Lipstick Great Pink Planet 7/21/2014

Purchase Price $18 (Purchased NYC IMATS 2014)


Check out www.limecrime.com  for product info

This lipstick applies very well as it is super creamy. And of course a yummy scent of sweet vanilla always helps. This is one of those colors you’d see Barbie wearing, fun loving summer pastel pink with a unique twist. The formula is perfect in my opinion long wearing without drying your lips or staining which seems to happen with a lot of long wear colors.








Seaweed Night Cream 7/14/2014

Purchase Price $20 (1oz)

Retailer www.mariobadescu.com (Nordstrom, Ulta) 

Check out www.mariobadescu.com  for product info

The cream itself is not greasy or oily in any way and instantly made my skin feel so much softer to the touch. Overnight as it worked its magic I woke up to soft supple radiant skin fully feeling moisturized and ready for the morning sun. This is one of those magic in a jar potions that anyone with sensitive skin or concerns of moisture loss would highly benefit from. 



Vera Mona Color Switch Duo 5/26/2014

Purchase Price $19.99 + S/H

Retailer www.veramona.com  

Check out www.veramona.com for product info

When it comes to switching colors this nifty tool has so far beat any wipe or cleaner with no wait time to dry. As the dirty bristles come into contact with the sponge and are agitated back and forth you can see a little cloud rising to makeup heaven, oh we will miss you colorful particles!




MAC Candy Yum Yum Matte Lipstick 6/09/2014

Purchase Price $16 + tax

Retailer Local MAC

Check out www.maccosmetics.com for product info


 Being a bold neon hot pink with slight blue tones makes this the perfect color for medium, tan, and ebony skin complexions. Do not think this color is merely going to fade or not be as vibrant once applied. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

12 Wants of Christmas!


Trying to find that right shade of lip color can be overly complicated. So with this week’s wants I looked beyond the drugstore counter and found three I would love to find in my stocking this year!
Luscious lip products:

1.       Gerard Cosmetics Buttercup Lipstick
This lipstick apparently not only leaves an easy to apply nude color but has a distinct “creamsicle scent” that anyone would love. Jacklyn Hll, beauty guru and YouTube star, had a hand in creating this specific color as she has teamed up with Gerard Cosmetics and has her own line with them.








2.       Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture
YSL has been an iconic name in the fashion and beauty industry for decades. I came across this lipstick and fell in love with #10 Beige Tribute. Highlights to this designer lipstick are; “stay-true color”, “all day” wearability, and a “radiant satin finish”. Having so many shades you will find one you love as well!








3.       Jeffree Star – I’m Royalty
What more could you ask for if you are a Diva?! I don’t know…THIS LIQUID LIPSTICK!! Truly one color that will make a statement. “100% vegan & cruelty free” are great selling points but the best ones to me are it being “paraben” free as well!


Monday, December 15, 2014

12 Wants of Christmas!
  
For this week’s wants I thought about products that are for the face. Of course a foundation made the list but the other two are focused on skin care.

Flaunting face products:

1.    Mario Badescu Facial Spray – Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater
“A refreshing hydrating mist to use anywhere, anytime. Simply formulated with fragrant herbal extracts and rosewater for a pleasant pick me up for dehydrated, tight and uncomfortable skin. Spray your day and night creams for boost of hydration or use it to set makeup.“









2.    MAC Studio FIX Fluid – NW10
“A modern foundation that combines a natural matte finish and medium buildable coverage with broad spectrum uva /uvb spf 15 protection. Applies, builds and blends easily and evenly. Comfortable and long-wearing, helps minimize the appearance of pores and imperfections, giving skin a smoother more flawless look and finish.”






3.    Lush – Mask of Magnaminty
$12.95 - $24.95 www.lushusa.com

This is a deep-cleansing face and body mask made from China clay and fresh peppermint. Giving you that delightful tingly-clean sensation knowing the mint is working. Lush adds loads of aduki beans to exfoliate flaky dry skin, vanilla absolute to calm redness and honey to soothe. “This formula has been expertly rebalanced so there’s no need to add any synthetic preservatives- it’s completely self- persevering.” 

Monday, December 8, 2014

12 Wants of Christmas!
  
For this week’s wants I thought about products that are focused around keeping fresh and clean. So here are my Come Clean Top Three wants!

Keep It Clean

1.    Philosophy Pink Marshmallow Buttercream
Indulge in a marshmallow buttercream scent with this trio including; shampoo shower gel & bubble bath, body lotion, and high gloss high-flavor lip shine. The moisturizing formula leaves skin and hair feeling soft, while the sweet creamy scent wraps you in this holiday delight.





2.    Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove
The Sigma Spa Brush Glove was specifically designed as a quick, easy, and effective way to deep clean your makeup brush collection! This revolutionary device offers a variety of necessary textured surfaces for removing all the makeup from the bristles while only using a small amount of cleaning solution.







3.    Makeup Eraser
$19.97 + shipping www.makeupearaser.com
This cloth seems like a no-brainer as we all have to remove makeup from our faces. The Makeup Eraser is 100% machine washable and REUSABLE! Why buy makeup removing wipes that have chemicals? The Makeup Eraser uses no chemicals to remove products that include waterproof, smear-proof, and mascara.


Monday, December 1, 2014

12 Wants of Christmas!


Like last year, December’s posts will all be my most coveted makeup and beauty wants. These are products I have not yet tried but hope Santa delivers under my tree this year!

Eyes & Brows
1.    Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
Creamy, waterproof brow color ideal for defining and sculpting precise, smudge-free brows. Use with brush #12 for a completely effortless application.








2.    Melt Cosmetics Promiscuous
A beautiful color changing blue-violet. Use it alone for a wonderful purple shadow or combine it with a black base to reveal a completely different shade!











3.    NYX Doll Eye Mascara

Hello doll-face! For irresistibly fluttery eyelashes try this mascara on for size. Doll Eye mascara uses a unique blend of natural oils, vitamin E, and nylon fibers to extend eyelashes to almost faux proportions. Choose from lengthening, volumizing, or waterproof versions. 









***All pictures from IG or found on the internet.

Monday, November 24, 2014

On The Shelf

GlaMER Lips Balm – Cherry, Mint/Cocoa Butter, Lavender/Vanilla

Purchase Price $4.00 + shipping


Check out www.glamerlips.com for more product info

Product Review:

With the Holidays coming you can be sure winter won’t be too far behind. And in my opinion, there is no better way to keep your lips healthy and kissable this season without a little help from GlaMER!
Already being a huge fan of this company from last winter, and almost daily use of the GlaMER Lip Scrub there is no better way than to use follow-up with the GlaMER Lips Balm. My lips before this balm were so sad. I’m talking about chapped and flakey to the point the “ouchies” set in, so don’t even get me started how bad they felt if I had a cold! But with these 100% natural balms, which come in three flavors, you’ll definitely find one to soothe your lip worries away all year long. These all handmade tint-less balms are made specifically with chapped lips in mind. Here’s a short list of the helpful rehydrating ingredients; jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, vitamin oil, pure cocoa butter, and natural beeswax. Once applied after using the GlaMER Lips Scrub the moisture feels almost instantly locked in. And with a price point cheaper than most of the big-box names this is a win-win for product size and value.

My favorite flavor is the Mint/Cocoa Butter as you get a wonderful hint of cocoa and a tasty refreshing mint burst on your lips. Obsessed with this one I keep one at work and one in my purse at all times! Next would be the Cherry as it reminds me of Cherry Cordials around Christmas. I wear this primarily on the weekends around my boyfriend as Cherry Cordials are one of his favorite Christmas treats now along with these lips. Now if you’re not a fan of either of the above mentioned then you still have one more chance with the Lavender/Vanilla balm. I am not a fan of lavender, however I use this one nightly for that extra relax and replenished feeling.


Constantly hearing about the damage your lips go through and helping shield them from the daily environmental factors these balms are truly a God send. I’ve tried many other brands ranging in price from cheapest that can be found to the most ridiculous of prices imaginable, and none of them seem to compare to the benefits of using GlaMER Lips Balm. This lip balm is a constant reliable source for protection, moisture, and kissable lips 100% of the time. Get some for your shelf, but most of all get at least one for your lips ASAP!

Monday, November 17, 2014

On The Shelf

Overview: Amazing Cosmetics Concealer

Purchase Price $42 + tax

Retailer Sephora

Check out www.amazingcosmetics.com for more product info

Product Review:

This highly pigmented concealer comes in twenty shades making it a mixologist’s dream. If you can’t find your ideal shade you can surely mix it into existence. Being cruelty free and winning 2005’s Allure’s Editor’s Choice Award this purchase was a no-brainer. Plastered online as a great concealer for blemishes, rosacea, and broken capillaries this full coverage concealer did as promised. Amazing Cosmetics took its pride in this product one step further by adding helpful hints on its website on “how-to” apply, which in my book is a big plus. Unfortunately for me the amazing stopped there.

As a little went a long way I found this concealer left cakey spots even with a translucent powder. I had noticed it created fine lines to actually appear under my eyes! This water resistant concealer was such a hassle to wash off and it created an amazing oily mess on my face. As I inspected the ingredients list I found Lanolin oil and Parafinum liquidum as MAIN ingredients! This may answer why I had such terrible results.


My advice is sensitive-skin gals BEWARE. This concealer was extremely irritating to my skin and caused breakouts! This was far from “amazing” in my eyes and was returned for credit. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

On The Shelf

Overview: One n’ Only Argan Oil Styling Cream

Purchase Price $11.99 + tax

Retailer Ulta

Check out www.one-n-only.com for more product info

Product Review:

I keep coming back to this precious pump because One n’ Only isn’t just a catchy name it’s the truth! Company after company was capitalizing on the popularity of using Moroccan Argan Oil and I had found this years ago at a local Walmart, but then they stopped carrying it. Once again it popped up at other beauty supply stores and now I’ve found it at another mainstream chain store which makes me super happy.

I have nothing but positives from using this styling cream. It’s lightweight on damp hair and does not weigh my curls down at all after drying. Works great on coarse thick hair as it tames those pesky fly-aways and unwanted frizzies. After using a straightening iron this adds a great sheen and shield as I will spread a pump over my newly kink free locks. Having used this daily for nearly a week I found no build up issues or over-greasy feeling. My only word of caution would be to those with thin hair, use sparingly as to not weigh down your hair. Don’t worry as a little goes a long way. Your hair will soak up this off-white color cream. There is a distinct odor that is not too unpleasant, makes me think of clean salon products.


As I mentioned before this is no longer carried by Walmart but it can be found at Ulta and other beauty supply stores as well as some dot coms. The price is reflective of the amount of product and a great formula you receive. This will forever be a staple as long as I can keep my shelf stocked. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

FYI: Brand Updates, Launches and Events


INTRODUCING DARK ROOM!!!

Inspired from true loves first kiss co-creator Lora Ardellano's Dark Room takes form, sharing a bit of her love story with us. An ultra-matte texture that will melt on your lips in this vampiric magenta-plum is slated to be released this November, with much anticipation for those following the fall trends. But hurry for once this arrives it is a limited edition color.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FYI: Brand Updates, Launches and Events

MAC Class @ King of Prussia Mall, PA
“Alexa’s Favorite Things”

First off, I’d like to thank MAC Cosmetics store #12034 at the King of Prussia Mall for hosting such an informative event. Thanks to Store Manager Sherri who was a delightful hostess and excellent educator! And of course thank you to Alexa Hand for being such a bubbly model and reaching out to her followers on InstaGram about the class! Plus the fact I was able to get some product shots and candid application photos for my blog (unfortunately my digital photo skills are not up to Mr. Cootie’s quality so bear with me on these pics).


This was my first experience at a MAC class. I’ve been to instructional classes a few years ago that were hosted by Sephora at Cherry Hill Mall (NJ) but MAC of course outdid them with the interaction and not just trying to sell products. The class entitled: Alexa’s Favorite Things may not mean much to people who do not know who Alexa Hand is personally, by reputation, or even her name but those who do should have signed up for this class. My first encounter with Alexa was back in February of this year (mentioned on my Feb. 10th 2014 post). And it was by far THE best experience purchasing cosmetics that surpassed my expectations of a MAC makeup artist/consultant’s knowledge. Mind you I have been to many MAC stores/counters in CA, NJ, PA, and NYC.
MAC mascra wand
MAC mascara wand

A little background for those of you who don’t follow Alexa on IG, or other social media. She has a unique sense of style and edge which seem to fit with what MAC inspires through cosmetics. She was on the TV reality based show Jerseylicious (March 21-2010 – May 26, 2013) which aired on the Style Network (which has now since been acquired by Esquire TV) and she was known as “A2” as she assisted Alexa Prisco at the Glam Factory which had a spin-off show Glam Fairy (which originally aired from Oct 23, 2011 – Dec 16, 2012) where she could be seen as well. Of course not to be redundant but Alexa is a fantastic MUA!
Alexa being the model

The class was held inside the MAC location after hours on a Sunday evening making it very convenient and without interruptions from possible shoppers. Seating was made available and envelopes which contained MAC headed notepads were inside with pencils for taking notes on different products used and the techniques that were demonstrated. To add to the already great ability to take notes were preprinted papers that not only highlighted the products used but the order of application and brushes that were used listed by their corresponding MAC numbers. Sherri the Store Manager, beyond being a great teacher and hostess, put all of us at ease so any intimidation or fears were had about makeup disappeared. The class offered great insight to newbies and continued education for those with more knowledge by detailing step-by-step application and offering information on the products used. The class was encouraged to ask questions and share feedback which made it a great experience. To sum it up; Sherri knows her stuff!


There were so many products used I would love to list everything even in a short list but it would make this post three times longer LOL.

I highly recommend attending any classes that are held at MAC closest to you. The “fee” of $50 (which was used to not only reserve a spot but put onto a giftcard so you could later make a purchase) is quite reasonable considering the amount of product demonstration and interactive nature of the class. Plus most people going into MAC are usually there to make a purchase anyway!


Monday, October 27, 2014

On The Shelf

Overview:

MAC Mineralize Blush – Just a Wisp

Purchase Price $27 + tax

Retailer MAC Store King of Prussia Mall

Check out www.maccosmetics.com for more product info

Product Review:

Being relatively new to the blush game (better late than never) I’m always critical when selecting a shade. My first blush from MAC was called Dainty and it was AMAZING! Wanting another Mineralized product Dainty set the standard for me as I scanned the counter until Just a Wisp nearly jumped into my hand. Its pale pink luminous properties caught my eye as I smeared it on my wrist and watched as the pearlized finish came through. Just a Wisp is super sheer and the color is build-able without it having a heavy feel or caked on appearance. I had no irritation or blemishes from continued use.

Unfortunately, this does not come off as a blush to me. Once applied to my cheeks it game me more of a “highlighter” effect that looked like a frosty bold pink. Not the everyday look unless you are living in Arendelle with Elsa and Anna. Refusing to give up on this product I found an appropriate alternate use. I’ve continued using it as a brow highlighter or inner eyeshadow that provides a wide-awake look.


Price is what it is for a Mineralized MAC product. Packaging is the signature matte black finish with a clear window to view the product. I will not be repurchasing this even after finding other uses due to the fact there are less expensive products to fill those needs. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

On The Shelf

Overview:

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Maui Wowie

Purchase Price $18 + tax

Retailer Sephora in JCPenney

Check out www.urbandecay.com or more product info

Product Review:

A while back Urban Decay reformulated their eyeshadows and since I was fully stocked up on palettes and some of their single pans I paid no attention. But the time came to replace this personal favorite. I must say their new pigment infusion system is AWESOME. The trademark NYC Subway Coin compact is now more of a shiny gunmetal finish with a transparent lid to clearly see the color of the shadow. The new formula gives this metallic golden beige a softer feel yet it’s able to keep that pop of color I love. I found the old formula to be a bit tough to blend, as with all of UD’s glitter infused separates.

The blending capability of the new formula is much easier and the silver glitter doesn’t budge; so no fall out issues here just a strong dense lasting application of a great eyeshadow. Speaking of application I have found using finger tips or brushes both work well. Whether you choose to use this color dry or wet its rich decadent shade emerges intensely making it a real “wowie”. I found a great array of colors to work with in the Naked 3 Palette (March 24th review) and I found that burgundies such as MAKEUP GEEK’s Burlesque make great partners.


Loving this color is easy because it works so well on all skin tones. The uniform pigment gives darker tones an intense pop of color while those on the fair side will receive a playful sparkle. And as always Urban Decay created one of the better long lasting and crease free eyeshadow formulas this girl cannot say “No” to. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

On The Shelf

Overview:

Too Faced Primed and Poreless Pressed Powder

Purchase Price $30 + tax

Retailer Sephora

Check out www.toofaced.com or more product info

Product Review:

With this cutely packaged pressed powder compact, complete with sponge applicator, Too Faced 
cosmetics offers a “tried-and-true matte powder”. As I have used this powder as a standalone for a more natural look, I prefer it as a setting powder over my favorite foundations. The formula is Paraben and cruelty free which is a bonus to it being made without use of any fragrances or oils. This pressed powder is also offered in a loose form as well, but I love the fact that the pressed version travels so well with no worries about spilling into my cosmetic bag or purse.

With cameras everywhere, and snapping selfies running a-muck, many will love the fact that this powder seems to smooth out any uneven foundation without adding a heavy makeup look or chalky appearance. No need for any filters here as this powder makes your face picture perfect with a translucent and silky airbrushed finish; likely due to the user friendly formula that seems to make fine lines and wrinkles disappear. I found application of the pressed version best with a large foundation brush when applying over my liquid foundation. The results lasted all day when used in combination with any of the foundations I’ve used. The matte finish of this product definitely shows by controlling the appearance of excess natural oiliness that other powders seem to worsen. As this does state it is “poreless” which could be true if you have exceptionally small pores but for most of us this is not the case. This formula is not far off from making these claims as I can say my pores are less noticeable when I use this excellent matte pressed powder.


This is by far one of the BEST products I have purchased all year! Even at $30 I can say that it has been well worth the price and it will continue to be in my bag and on my shelf as a regularly used product. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

On The Shelf

Overview:

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Anti-Aging

Purchase Price $24.00 + tax

Retailer Sephora in JCPenney

Check out www.urbandecay.com or more product info

Product Review:

Being an eyeshadow fanatic having a good quality primer is the key for all day wear ability. I never apply any color to my lids without it. Primer Potion has been around for some time but when I saw “anti-aging” on the bottle it definitely caught my attention. Like its predecessor this crease-free formula is still a nude shade but a tad on the sheer side. It will still keep eyeshadows locked down on your lids until you’re ready to remove it.

Using this primer I still get the same intensity and pop from the shadows I apply as I did with the original. But now with the added benefits of anti-aging ingredients (Dermaxyl, Kalpariane) that improves the appearance of skin by plumping and smoothing making lines and wrinkles all but vanish. This is an easy to use product without harsh sulfates or parabens that may cause irritation like in other lesser quality products. Application is simple with a fingertip or if you feel the need to use a brush I don’t see any problem with that either. After drying apply your fave color and presto you are good to go! Using this almost daily for six weeks I have seen a noticeable difference in the appearance of my eyelids. The skin looks taut and creases have diminished making me wonder if there is magic in this little bottle. I’ve even started to mix this with my foundation as an allover face primer and love it! Removal is just as simple with a little pressure and a good cleaning wipe all traces of makeup and primer are gone.


“Good things come in small packages” totally sum up my thoughts on this Potion. This newer tube shape is so much easier to use than the old style bottle. With that said, a little goes a long way so the price point is right on the mark for the quantity and quality of this product. Oh and there are no worries as separation into an oily mess is not going to happen with this formula. This is a definite repurchase and this beauty blogger highly recommends everyone to go and get a bottle ASAP!