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.
Contouring and highlighting has been a raging beast of
beauty with no signs of stopping, as clearly it is to stay. This technique can
be applied with a cream or powder. Since I feel powder comes off more natural
and application is easier, for me, I knew what powder was needed; enter, Kat
Von D. I already had my eyes on this palette during its initial release and
knew it would eventually be on my shelf.
For those who may be new to contouring; do not feel
overwhelmed as the palette may look to be a bit much. There are three large
varying color “Shade” pans which are great giving a diverse range of color
depending on your skin tone and time of year. Sombre, an almost chocolate
shade, can be used during your tannest summer days. Shadowplay, a golden brown,
for winter. And Subconscious, a peachy brown, for the transitions of fall and
spring. The only Shade I could not really use is Subconscious since I am so
fair skinned. I opted to use it as an eyeshadow which has worked great for me!
Moving on to the
three smaller pans, the “Light”, these are you highlighters. Lucid, is almost
peach in color, Lyric is a cool tone, whereas Levitation is a warm tone. Those
with a beige to olive skin tone will have much success with these colors versus
those with very fair skin. Ebony skin tones could use these as intended as
strictly just a “highlighter”, however, proper application would need to be
Overall this is a great investment for any makeup lover,
period. The pluses about its simple design with awesome integration of magnetic
lid and mirror are wonderful! The amount of product is great and even better
than the quantity is the quality. Once applied this product lasted all day
without any touch-ups. Whether you are a beginner or a pro this palette gives
you choices. Shade + Light is certainly going to be on my shelf or in my kit!
June 7th, I attended my first ever hands-on workshop, with
demonstration and instruction, given by Selda Asan-Rodriguez owner of NUR Makeup
Artistry. The main goal of this workshop was for a photo ready look. This was a
great experience as you were allowed to bring your own model to apply your
Selda was at
the front of the class with her barefaced model projected on a monitor for all
to see. Twenty women, with makeup and tools at the ready, watched and listened
intently as Selda began giving her demonstration. As she was worked, starting
with the eyes, Selda was eager to answer any questions while we followed along.
Next came a primary focus, the foundation and selecting the best shade for you
or your model’s skin tone. She recommended to swatch three colors that appear
close to the desired shade on the chest and pick the one that blends without
hard defined edges. This is where allowing time for the foundation to set if it
needed to be built was crucial. Having set the foundation Selda moved onto
contouring, my crux as I never learned how to properly use this technique
(learned so much from Selda though). Then, as this was completed she moved back
to the eyes and finished them with a personal touch of red shadow to give the
look a sultry finish.
There was a
definite weak spot for me in this workshop and that was attempting to use
techniques that were unfamiliar to me while watching and listening. Taking
notes in between applying makeup to my model and following along was a tad
difficult for me. However, this was an awesome experience that I learned so
much more than watching a ten minute YouTube video could ever have taught me.
Selda is naturally an excellent teacher and even commented on how her
techniques are what she uses to apply makeup. She definitely thinks about the
bigger picture and spreading not only the love of makeup but the true artistry
finished all the participants were given a certificate of completion and a bag
of merchandise that more than covered the actual price of the workshop. Not to
mention there were refreshments and the casual and friendly environment was
such a great girl’s day out for me and one of my besties! Also, Selda had a
raffle which was unbelievable for jewelry and makeup products. Believe me this
class was informative and I can’t wait until she has another one.
Being a diehard fan of Bdellium’s colorful bamboo (Bambu)
brush lines I decided to add one of their Maestro brushes to my ever growing
collection. The brush has the typical gloss black finished handle and aluminum
ferrule with a combination of natural and synthetic hairs.
As stated on Bdellium’s website: “Designed to sculpt and shape cheeks and temples
using powder, blush, or highlighter”, which I can attest to using all three
products with this brush. I found while using this brush it holds plenty of
product for blush and highlighter application without the need to double and
triple dip into product. The unique shape made it possible to perfectly apply
makeup under my eyes. The bristles are extremely soft and easy enough to hand
wash, and after doing so, the shape comes back with no irregularities.
The only issues I
had have been when using this brush for contouring. Like mentioned previously
this brush holds product, so I end up having an asymmetrical end result which
requires a lot of blending. However, the primary function of this brush, for
me, has been as a blending and setting tool. The price is reflective of the
overall quality of this brush. I would definitely recommend it for blending
after contouring. There is a high possibility of repurchase of this individual
for my shelf.
The much anticipated Everlasting Liquid Lipstick from Kat Von D beauty has finally launched at sephora.com . You can now find 16 shades including these personal favorites of mine there. Hurry and get yours now as these are still coming soon to your local malls, in store release date is July 24th.
Having tried, and enjoyed, other fiber face masks when I saw
the variety Sephora was offering I had to grab them. The bright and colorful
wall in store makes you feel like a kid in a candy shop so make sure to get
your favorites! If you have never used any face fiber face masks don’t feel
overwhelmed by the color or choice selection. This week’s On The Shelf will
break down the five that were in my pack with the usual mini review on each and
comments taken directly from Sephora and my own feedback.
First, these masks are created in such a way that they will
accommodate many face shapes with either simple snipping or just folding and
overlapping edges. Next, the masks are SUPER hydrated and they should not feel
dry to the touch. Lastly, after applying recommended time is fifteen minutes
but I usually leave them on for an hour. I have actually slept with a couple
overnight. For a more intense cooling sensation pop these well sealed masks in
your fridge for an hour before using, this can help reduce facial puffiness and
inflammation from environmental causes.
Honey Mask: “Nourishes and balances to soothe and refresh
I did not notice any improvement in my skin after use. This
mask was amply moist and a bit tacky from the honey.
Pearl Mask: “Perfects and brightens with natural-origin
pearl to create high luminosity.”
No distinct scent, was not irritating, good amount of
product, and did leave skin noticeably brighter.
Pomegranate Mask: “Awakens, energizes, and protects the skin
with antioxidant-rich natural pomegranate extract.”
Absolutely loved this fruity aroma of this mask from the
instant I opened it. After wearing this mask for an hour it left a lot of
excess on my skin, which I massaged for a couple minutes all over my face, that
was tacky but definitely felt suppler. The following day, I received many
compliments about how my skin looked as if it were “glowing”.
Ginseng Mask: “Tones and energizes while providing a
tightening effect for a plumped and supple complexion.”
My least favorite out of the five I tried. If you are a fan
of ginseng then go right ahead and give this one a shot. For me the smell was
overpowering and the product started to make my eyes water. The warming
sensation it created on my skin was not pleasant. If you have sensitive skin
perhaps this one may not be for you as I wore this mask for ten minutes had to
take it off and within another five minutes had to completely wash my face. The
irritation and discomfort this mask caused me was not worth the “tightening
effect” it did seem to produce.
Rose Mask: “Provides deep moisture and brightening
properties through natural rose extract.”
Love, Love, LOVE this one! The light rose scent is pleasant without
being overwhelming while wearing it. If you are not a fan of roses then avoid
this mask. This mask was drenched in product and I had no issues with irritation
to skin or eyes. Once applied it made my skin feel cool and refreshed. This
mask felt so good I fell asleep only removing it once it had almost dried out
mid-way through the night. My skin felt and looked amazing the next morning! This
will be a go to for many summer, and winter, nights to rejuvenate what was lost
from the elements.
I enjoyed all but one of these masks and have repurchased a
couple and as long as these are available they will be on my shelf.
Being a fan of all things Argon oil, and having tried
another product from this line, made this an easy choice.
The price point seems fantastic given the brand name and
amount of product when compared to typical salon choices like Redken, even when
on sale. Beyond price this product has many pluses when comparing it to other
conditioners. The smell is inviting and the product is easily dispensable with
a simple squeeze. The non-greasy formula rinses out of hair without feeling the
need to wash yourself or your hair again, as I have had this issue with other
conditioners. Made with Keravis protein and Argon oil, as listed on the bottle,
are the primary repairing agents in this product. After use my hair did feel
softer, however, this product did nothing for detangling. Like I said before
this conditioner has its benefits but this one let down is a big factor for me.
Although this may not be a repurchase for my shelf, if you
have straight hair or light curls with no tangling issues then I say give Eva
NYC a try. I for one will be buying the hair mask they offer as I received it
in an IPSY Glambag as a deluxe sample. But back to the Soften Up
Conditioner, it was good, just not great for me.
With the impromptu pool party or beach day just around the
corner waterproof eyeliner is a girl’s best friend. Although I bought this
eyeliner in black Stila offers an array of color, fourteen to be exact, that
include pink, white, and turquoise to name a few. As indicated this is
definitely WATERPROOF so use a good makeup remover during your facial cleansing
routine. Now as for application; this formula dries quickly so there is little
room for user error with this long lasting formula so make sure you have a
firmly planned look you want to achieve. The liquid tip is fine and is great
for smooth lines with no issues of skipping or smudging. After using this liner
for over a month the tip has certainly started to feather-out, and this does
make achieving winged out cat eyes a little more difficult, but not impossible.
I have never had any issues with eye irritation or with the liner itself drying
out, for these two reasons alone is why I have always repurchased for it my
shelf. One indication this eyeliner from Stila is going to “Stay All Day” is
how quickly it seems to sell out from my local Sephora. Luckily, purchasing
online at both Sephora and Stila has you covered if you can’t find the color
you want in store. The price is great considering the value you truly get. For
me I have used one eyeliner, daily, for over two months with no major issues.
Also, for those who love the pop of glitter on their lids, this liner goes on
perfectly over any glitter. I have had issues with other liquids not making the
cut in that regard.
Seeing the Makeup Eraser all over InstaGram last year
made me want to try this product for some time. The polyester cloth measures 16
inches long by 7 inches wide and for some reason I wish it were larger as I
find myself trying to use it in sections to make it last longer between machine
washes. The impressive claims of only needing warm water to remove makeup
grabbed my attention. But for some reason I felt as if it has to be drenched to
The material acts almost hydrophobic so manipulating
it under running water is a must. I also had to get the water much hotter to
stay “warm” while on the eraser. One side of the eraser it is supposed to be
used for exfoliating, but I didn’t see any difference in material or texture
when comparing the sides. Before the initial use the directions state you must
machine wash the eraser, so I did. I have been using the eraser going on three
weeks and it is a great first line of makeup removal. With this said, it has
its limitations; for example waterproof eyeliner is going to require way too
much effort and physical pressure, in my opinion, to be effective. When
removing eye makeup, including eye shadows, I found it better to use one of my
makeup removing wipes (chemical kind) and then the eraser to wipe any traces
Overall I found this to be a great first step in
removing makeup with only water. Next, it has its limits and the amount of
pressure and time to remove certain types of makeup on and around my eyes did
not seem worth it. Last, the size seems odd and I wish it were a little larger
to get more usage before needing to wash it. However it is great for anyone who
wears makeup as a first step to their face cleaning routine. I am glad to have
it on my shelf and feel it is worth a try.
I instantly fell in love with this blush once the MAC artist
applied it. Finding this shade was a bit of a challenge however since I already
own and named the two blushes which the MAC artist initially pulled out. So the choice was between Stay Pretty and a slightly deeper pink that I did not
This blush is build-able and results will vary depending on
how heavy handed you are. For me I like a nice pop of pink on my cheeks and
this fit the bill. A soft swipe and instant color for a simple look. But, if
intense color is what you want then this will not disappoint either in being
able to get a dramatic effect. I have had no problems with application or
blending using my Bdellium brush.
Since it is a labeled as MAC’s “Pro Longwear” it can be worn
for eight hours without worries. I would have to agree that the color has not
faded or lose its semi-matte luster after an entire day of wear. This was my
first time buying a “Pro Longwear” blush from MAC but not the last. I intend on
trying a couple other colors in the future. Price point is on the mark for the
brand, quality, and amount of product. That being said it is definitely a
repurchase for my shelf.
Once a week, usually on Sunday, I perform my “super skincare”
routine, which consists of multiple face masks that seem to have benefit me
when used in a specific order. Mind you all of the products I’ve used, so far,
have independently worked fine and do not have any adverse interactions in the
way I use them.
The Orange Tonic Mask was first received as a sample and I
have been using it for a few months. This light orange scented clay based mask
easily glides onto skin without any irritation. It is recommended, on the Mario
Badescu site, to be used if you have combination, oily and sensitive skin. I
whole heartedly agree however, I see no reason why normal skin types would not
also benefit from this product. This mask, like most, leaves the skin feeling
slightly taut after it dries fairly quick and washes away with no chunky or
clay mess when comparing this to other masks. My skin always appears a little
brighter, this could be from the Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) which helps to exfoliate
dead skin cells revealing a newer replenished surface. It is recommended to
wear for 15 – 20 minutes however, I have left this mask on from 30 minutes all
the way to an hour without any irritation or drying of my skin. Since it is
smoother and slightly thinner in consistency than other masks a little goes a
long way. I find the price for what it has done to be fair considering the
Since I have seen a difference in the appearance of my skin
I will continue to use this product. Let me put it this way; I am on my second
2 oz. container and it has become a part of the regular purchases for my shelf.
Need I say more?
Gerard Cosmetics has created another totally awesome
lipstick by teaming up with fashion blogger Sophia Chang. Keeping with their
creamy smooth formula, which glides onto lips effortlessly, I found Kimchi Doll to be a
peach sheen nude compared to the shimmer of baby pink Gerard advertises.
It took two coats to achieve a full coverage look. Unfortunately
this color, and most like it, seem to wash me out since I am so pale. The hues
were all wrong, for me, and the color of the lipstick did not resemble what appeared on
my lips. I believe this color definitely gives a nice polished end result with
a clean and more sophisticated makeup versus an edgy glam/rock look. Not to say
this has made my feelings about Gerard’s lipstick any different but this one
will be in my kit, for use on others, instead of on my shelf.
Curly girl hair problems will soon be in full effect since
spring has come, and right behind it humid summer days (varying on location).
My aunt who is also a California native is always on the
prowl for curly hair products. After she had spoken with a co-worker regarding
her new do my aunt was introduced to DevaCurl products and decided to send me
this set. I had seen the green and white label many times at my local Sephora
but paid no mind. Honestly, this set is the perfect way to see which products
work for you without breaking the bank. The set comes with four essential
components all made to harmoniously work together.
1. No-Poo™ Zero
Lather Cleanser - This shampoo made without silicones, sulfates, parabens, or
phthalates. This means you won’t get stripped or dried out locks. Also don’t
expect any suds or lather as you will be blue in the face from trying to create
some. I always associated lather with “cleanliness” before using any sulfate
free shampoos. This product is easily distributed throughout hair and feels
more like a conditioner when applying. The scent is strangely earthy to me, not
like dirt but herbal, maybe this is due to the hops and wheat amino acids. But
after washing hair the peppermint takes over leaving a tingly refreshed aroma.
I loved this shampoo so much I have already used the kit size and replaced it with
its full size counterpart. The price is hefty but well worth it for the
2. One Condition
Daily Conditioner - Award winning
product and for good reason. I really love the rosemary scent of this
conditioner. Rosemary, lemon grass, and olive oil are key ingredients but this
conditioner echoes the same non-additive chemical free formula as the No-Poo™
shampoo. This conditioner is thick and creamy without feeling slimey or messy
on hair. I found it worked much better in conjunction with the No-Poo™ versus
alone or with another shampoo. I would purchase the full size only if I had a
coupon or it was on sale as it has a price of $39.95 for a 32 oz.
3. Light Defining
Gel – OMG I need to just state the aroma of this sweet and fruity product
almost lasted ALL DAY! This gel is made without alcohol or mineral oils and has
key ingredients like; chamomile, wheat and soy proteins which are very popular
now. This did help define curls and was light weight but unfortunately left my
hair feeling dried out and more tangled than I expected. It didn’t leave the
texture of my hair crunchy like other gels but this fell short due to the
knotty mess I was left with.
4. Set It Free 24
Hour Moisture Lock – When I first used this product it was with all the products
included in the kit and saw no improvement or change. Actually I put this to
the back of my shelf until I had finished the No-Poo™ and One conditioner. Recently I pulled it out and used it solo
without any other gels or products out of the shower. My curls were absolutely frizz
free and I had ZERO tangles. I found it works best on damp hair but can be used
on dry hair to manage fly aways and frizz. My hair was left shiny but not
greasy. The smell follows suit with its “earthy notes” but is not overwhelming
or harsh. I would gladly repurchase this in the 3 oz. travel size for overnight
Overall this set is
a great investment for anyone with curly locks. If for nothing else, you can
try great products that can be used together or separately to see what works
best for your hair. As far as DevaCurl the No-Poo™ is a winner in my book and a
new staple on my shelf!
After many rounds of Sephora sampling (you can get three
in-store!), I finally purchased this foundation. Having an array of 18 shades
means if you are fair or dark there is a foundation you can use. The only
drawback I have had is my shade, 42 which is the lightest, consistently being
out of stock. So before you run out to buy this check Sephora.com first to see
it they have it available just in case.
The packaging is clever and all other foundations should
follow suit. With every pump the product is pushed up through the top and
clearly shows how much is left. This is a huge benefit that I love when preparing
to repurchase. “Formulated with 21% pigment” and “polysilicone-II” definitely plays
a crucial role in its long wear-ability. This brings me to my next point, which
is transfer. This product causes minimal transfer compared to other large
brands, and I should know considering I have to constantly change face masks.
I usually mix this with MAC Studio FIX fluid for a nice
matte finish. I love the full coverage and don’t even need a concealer when I
use it. Now the consistency is thick and dries quickly so time is not your
friend! I recommend using a beauty blender or a stippling brush to achieve the
This foundation does have an initial “chemical” odor which
quickly disappears. And a little goes a long way with this product so be
mindful of the pumping.
For me this is not an everyday use as it
is a “heavy” makeup product. The price is well worth it as there is no capping
issue or air exposure due to the packaging. I love the look this foundation
gives and it is by all means it is in a regular rotation on my face and my
shelf, as I’m on my second bottle.
This liner made its way to me courtesy of Benefit/Birchbox
promoting Wing Women Weekend, last year. Allure magazine dubbed this liner “Best
of Beauty” and “Breakthrough” for 2014. The exterior of the pen is sleek black
and attractive with pops of color. It is easy to hold and the amount held
inside appears to be a good amount.
By twisting the bottom of the liner, with the cap off of
course, the black gel creeps its way out of the angled tip. Now this is where
some may run into trouble. If too much product is twisted out the application
will result in a sloppy look, and not enough will need a second application and
may still result in a very amateur look. Best part about this liner is this way
of storing product within the pen applicator until it is ready for use, making
it fresh all the time. Worst part about this is making sure to clean the tip as
the gel will dry out and block any new gel from coming out. The previous step
IS a necessity and needs to be done every time you use this liner.
The angled tip is mean to “hug” your lash line, which I
agree it definitely gives you that close edge but, somehow does not apply as
smoothly as I would like. I like to do a winged/cat-eye look on occasion and
never had a problem until using this liner. I mean EVERY time I use this gel
liner I can never achieve the desired look. Another fact Benefit claims it is
quick-drying and smudge-free, perhaps too quick-drying and smudge-free as you
cannot simply fix little mistakes without using makeup remover.
I feel They’re Real is a definite breakthrough for the gel
liner market. However, the angled tip simply rubs me the wrong way in addition
to not being able to get a desirable look from what is a wonderful product, in
theory. Also if you are not comfortable with liquid or other gels this is not
going to work for you either. Once I finish this tube I highly doubt I will
ever repurchase this liner, unless it goes through a major change in formula.
After reading such wonderful reviews on beauty websites and being
a fan of Catastrophe Cosmetic I was ready to try another LUSH creation.
Unlike a majority of other face masks offered by LUSH with a
specific use by date Magnaminty is “self-preserving” meaning it does not need refrigeration,
and can last up to five months! Having had my black signature container for
three months I have not seen any change in color or consistency. This is a
minty-green chunky mask that does not look appealing in the container or on your
face but the minty smell wins for best aroma in a face mask.
Once on the face or body there is a slight tingling
sensation that is not overwhelming and does not last long. Being made with
China Clay, honey, vanilla, and fresh peppermint LUSH claims it will “pull dirt
from pores”, “calm redness and soothe.” For me these claims seem possible as my
face felt “clean” but the calming of any redness was not felt or seen. Leaving
this mask on for 10 – 30 minutes allows for it to stiffen on the face to an
almost rubbery texture which was somewhat difficult to wash off. The use of
warm to hot water was needed as the mask really dig cling to my skin. The Aduki
beans do feel like a natural exfoliator however cleaning up my sink was more of
a chore than a treat for me afterwards.
Final thoughts on this are not as glowing since I did not
feel like I benefited from this mask. Problem breakout areas seemed worse after
use and actually seemed as if it created more breakouts. However the price on a
fresh handmade product like this is great for the amount you do receive. Plus
since the container is a part of LUSH’s recycling program I will be able to put
it toward another product I like or want to try. But sadly, this will not be
making a return to my shelf.
Spring could not be getting here soon enough for this
chickadee to remind me warmer days are certainly head. But to shake those
wintry blues away, and almost fast forward to summer, the heavenly coconut
aroma of this spray will magically teleport you to your very own beach front bungalow…well
at least your hair.
This spray is simple to use on out of the shower wet hair or
dry as can be morning bedhead, as I’ve done both. On wet hair I get more
refined curls and spraying on dry hair has given me that simple beach wave look
this product boasts. I’ve seen a friend with poker straight hair achieve the
easy beachy tousled hair with no problems. It definitely adds shine to those no
shampoo days too, which is probably from the “hydrolyzed silk” and pro-vitamin
B5. As the Dream Waves mists onto hair it does not weigh it down or leave it
dull and crunchy the way other sprays sometimes do. So if you are looking for
that true “beach hair wave”, look no further Dream Waves delivers!
To sum up: 1. Affordable. 2. Product delivers on promises.
3. Demonstration on the Marc Anthony website on how to use (click link above).
4. Coconut smell is not overly chemically artificial. This was truly a dream
addition to my shelf!