Monday, August 17, 2015

On The Shelf


Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub

Purchase Price $26

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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

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

Purchase Price $46 + tax

Retailer Sephora

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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