Tuesday, December 22, 2015

12 wants of Xmas


LE GRAND CHATEAU
LIMITED EDITION CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

Www.toofaced.com

3 palettes: Paris in Love, Paris After Dark, and Paris Au Naturale
18 pigment-rich eye shadows + 2 blushes and 1 bronzer
Deluxe Better Than Sex Mascara



Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Eyeshadow Palette

Www.sephora.com


Makeup Geek Duochrome Pigment


Www.makeupgeek.com
About Makeup Geek Pigments:
- These are all highly-pigmented – just check out the swatches!
- Jars are rated for 3 grams of product weight (which is required listing for jar and box), but the jars may actually contain about 6 grams of product.
- All our pigments are cruelty-free -- we do not test our products on animals
- These pigments are Talc Free
- See full ingredient listing.
- Made in the USA
- We ship worldwide at affordable rates




Gerard cosmetics
Www.gerardcosmetics.com

Ultra black, intensely pigmented and long-wearing! Our precise applicator allows you to create the perfect wing or whatever liner look you desire.





Sugarpill cosmetics
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS PALETTE
Www.sugarpillshop.com
A limited edition 25th anniversary eyeshadow collection that combines dark romantic shades with sweet suburban pastels inspired by the suburban fairy tale.

*All photos from brands ig or website.



Saturday, December 19, 2015

12 Wants of Christmas 

Makeup geek blush pan -Head over heels

'What could be better than the perfect pink to make someone fall Head Over Heels! This exquisite shadow is finely milled for a rich buttery texture mixed with intense pigment for an astounding color payoff. This shade adds the perfect flush to your cheeks, giving them a soft radiance that is sure to make everyone around you fall Head Over Heels.'

The Bottom Line:
Light Bubblegum Pink with slight shimmer
Www.makeupgeek.com


Becca x Jaclyn hill shimmering skin perfector pressed.
This was this year's must have highlighter.
Many makeup lovers were pleased to see this YouTube fan favorites take on such a product. Sephora exclusive only.
Www.sephora.com


A staple of this brand , and the best smelling bronzer you'll ever find. Definitely a sweet tooth lovers dream, chocolate scented makeup. Yes please.

Www.Too faced.com




 

Christmas festivities aren't complete without this vegan treat. Lush brings Christmas with this cranberry face mask.

Www.lushusa.com


Monday, December 7, 2015

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!

Top three lips for Xmas 2015:


Jeffreestar cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub.

A new product launched this year from this up an coming brand celebrating its first year with much success. These scrubs come in a variety of flavors strawberry gum as scene above , root beer , spearmint , mojito.
'This product is vegan. 100% cruelty-free , paraben and gluten free'


$12. Www.jeffreestarcosmetics.com 





Gerard cosmetics Serenity Hydra-Matte Liquid Lipstick

A collaboration with YouTuber Manny Gutierrez , a must have for all "mannyacs".
As quoted from the site. 'A beautiful warm pink  , with hints of brown , a very comfortable non-drying matte formula that feels as if there is nothing on your lips.'
$20. Www.Gerardcosmetics.com


Pretty Zombie Cosmetics Tombstone Liquid Lipstick

Surely to please all Christmas ghosts future , past , and present . 
This dark grey is made for cold winter nights. 100% vegan.

$12.  Www.prettyzombiecosmetics.com


*All pictures are directly from brands website.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Makeup events

BeautyCon NYC
-October.17.2015

The makeup show Chicago
-November .7-8 . 2015

Imats Sydney
-November.14-15 2015

International esthetics,cosmetics,spa conference Florida
-November.15-16.2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

On The Shelf


Overview:

Mario Badescu  Enzyme Cleansing Gel

Purchase Price $14 + s/h



Product Review:

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. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

On The Shelf


Overview:

Make Up For Ever- Mat Velvet Matifying Foundation

Purchase Price $38 + tax

Retailer Sephora

Check out http://www.makeupforever.com for product info


Product Review:

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 size product.
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 highlighter. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

On The Shelf

Overview:

NYX Color Mascara (Perfect Pear, Mint Julep, Pink Petals)

Purchase Price $7


Check out www.nyxcosmetics.com for product info

Product Review:

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 remover.


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. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

On The Shelf

Overview:

Sephora Collection Green Tea & Lotus Face Mask

Purchase Price $6 + tax (ea.)

Retailer Sephora

Check out www.sephora.com for product info

Product Review:

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! 

Monday, August 17, 2015

On The Shelf

Overview:

Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub

Purchase Price $26


Check out www.mariobadescu.com for product info

Product Review:
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 skin.


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. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Brand Updates, Launches and Events




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.
Photo credit: IG -@meltcosmetics 


Monday, August 10, 2015

On The Shelf
  
Overview:

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

Purchase Price $46 + tax

Retailer Sephora

Check out www.sephora.com for product info

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 learned.


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!

Monday, August 3, 2015

FYIBrand Updates, Launches and Events


Jeffree star cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick UPDATE:

August 15th 12 noon (pst) Blow pony and Posh Spice will make their debut! These two new shades are sure to sale out so make sure to save the date.
Unicorn blood and celebrity skin will also be restocked. If that wasn't enough to entice you, free US shipping for 24hrs, limit 2 per customer.

Photo credit:IG @jeffreestar @missjazminad

Monday, July 27, 2015

FYI: Brand Updates, Launches and Events

NUR Makeup Artistry Workshop

Cost: $100
Selda with me on her shoulder :)
Last month, 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 work.

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 behind it.


As we 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.

Monday, July 20, 2015

On The Shelf


Overview:

Bdellium Tools Maestro 974 Tapered Powder

Purchase Price $24


Check out http://bdelliumtools.com/maestro for product info


Product Review:

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. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

FYIBrand Updates, Launches and Events

 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.

Photo credits: @thekatvond IG 




Monday, July 6, 2015

On The Shelf


Overview:

Sephora Collection Face Mask 5 Pack

Purchase Price $24 + tax  ($6 each)

Retailer Sephora

Check out http://www.sephora.com/face-mask for product info


Product Review:

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 dry skin.”
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.


Monday, June 22, 2015

On The Shelf

Overview:

Eva NYC Soften Up Conditioner

Purchase Price $8.99 + tax           

Retailer Local Ulta

Check out www.ulta.com for product info


Product Review:

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. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

FYIBrand Updates, Launches and Events






Product update, Jeffree star cosmetics will be launching three fabulous blues tomorrow. June 20the noon pst.
These vegan and cruelty -free liquid beauties will surely sell out so make sure to save the date to not miss out !

Check out wwwjeffreestarcosmetics.com for more info
 (photo credit IG: @missjazminad @jeffreesttarcosmetics)

Monday, June 15, 2015

On The Shelf

Overview:

Stila Stay All day Waterproof Eyeliner – Intense Black

Purchase Price $20

Retailer Sephora Local Mall

Check out www.stilacosmetics.com for product info

Product Review:


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. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

On The Shelf


Overview:

The Original Makeup Eraser

Purchase Price $20 + shipping (The Makeup Show NY $17)


Check out www.makeupearaser.net for product info.

Product Review:

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 work properly.

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 left behind.


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. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

On The Shelf

Overview:

MAC Pro Longwear Blush – Stay Pretty

Purchase Price $26 + tax

Retailer MAC counter Macy’s

Check out www.maccosmetics.com for more product info.

Product Review:

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 like.

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. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

On The Shelf

Overview:

Orange Tonic Mask

Purchase Price $18 + shipping


Check out www.mariobadescu.com for more product info.

Product Review:

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 skincare brand.


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? 

Monday, May 4, 2015

On The Shelf

Overview:

Gerard Cosmetics Kimchi Doll Lipstick

Purchase Price $19


Check out www.gerardcosmetics.com for more product info.

Product Review:

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.