Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sephora Glitter Liner And Mascara Duo - Product Review

I purchased this back in the Summer when I went into Sephora to claim my birthday gift. I love glittery things, and glittery makeup. It thought that this was an interesting idea, so I got it. It cost $14.00

Sephora Glitter Liner And Mascara duos are very showy under lights. Here they show off in the sunshine.
Sephora Eyeliner And Mascara Duo in Evening Blue.


I will say that it does in fact glimmer and glitter when it's on. I always get compliments when I wear it. The cosmetic-grade glitter particles reflect light very well, but this product burns like Hell if it gets into your eyes. Yea, you don't want to wear this stuff if you are going some place where you are going to shed tears! Lol!!!

I first wore it when I went to see KÀ performed by Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas back in August. The theater was dimly lit with most of the lights focused on the performers on the stage. The constant dimming and brightening of lights in a otherwise dimly lit area was a bit much for my sensitive eyes, so, they began to water. All I could say is, (throws up hands to the Heavens) thank God I had dry tissues in my purse, because hunty my eyes were not having it! LOLLLL!! It felt like I rubbed pepper into them. My eyeballs were on fire!!!!

The mascara part doesn't seem to do much in my opinion since it is not a lengthening formula of sorts. If you are looking for some length or fullness with this, I suggest you use a primer, or apply it to falsies, then you would get that "oomph" or pop in the eye area.
Sephora Glitter Liner And Mascara Duo: Does not lengthen or give fullness, it just coats the lashes with glitter that will show up under lights and flash photography.
The brush for eye lining is thin and this makes application easy and precise. 

Sephora Eyeliner And Mascara Duo in Evening Blue.



Removing the liner is easy too, comes clean off with your favorite makeup remover wipes, cream, or facial wash.

After my eye-burning experience (LOL), my technique for applying this is to first line my eyes with a sweat and transfer resistant liner, and then apply the product directly over it. This will create what I would call a little 'retainer wall' and gives the product something to cling to so it has less of a chance of running into the eyes.

See the color chart here, but I recommend you visit your local Sephora for a better appreciation of the colors available.

For N.Y.E makeup ideas, click the Makeup Tutorials tab at the top of this blog.




Mineralize Skin Finish - I Love Me Some Gold Deposit!














It is described on the website as "A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Smoothes on: adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face".

Indeed it does do that! What I love about this product and this color in particular is that it gives the skin a natural glowing highlight. Unlike some other powders that are used as highlighters, you cannot tell that this is a powder that is on there, it gives the skin a "polished look" and does not matte and ash.



I left my skin bare so that you can see the effects of the MSF on bare skin. Smooth edges like cheekbones and shoulders are a great place to apply this powder. It adds glamour to the skin. Finish your makeup with Gold Deposit, and add some extra glam to your look for New Year's Eve.
Smooth soft glow with a hint of shimmer when applied to the shoulders.
It can be used wet or dry. When used wet (damp brush with water or mixing medium), color intensifies and will not transfer or fade.

Hair bundle of brush dampened with a hint of water and product applied. The result, a smooth shimmery,  color-intensified even application.
MSF is great for people who have dry skin, and works well if you are a person with more mature skin. MUAs reading this -  these MSFs will be a great addition to your kit for clients of all skin types, and those of your who do HD work.

To create that polished look to the skin, MSF is best applied with a flat top kabuki brush.

Mineralize skin finish comes in a variety of colors and cost $30.00. This is a great way to complete a glamorous New Year's Eve Look.

For N.Y.E makeup ideas, click the Makeup Tutorials tab at the top of this blog.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Cover Girl Whipped Foundation Fails!


I saw this in one of my Essence Mags back in Spring I believe. Janelle Monet was wearing it in the ad ( or so they said). I decided I would like to try it, but it was kind of difficult to find. When I did find it (at a Walmart), I realized that this foundation does not offer a wide array of colors at all. In this day and age, one would think that cosmetic brands that are carried by mass merchandisers would have a wide range of colors that would be able to compliment any skin tone! See their Whipped Foundation's complete 'range' here.

In the magazine's ad, it stated the color that JM was wearing was 365, so I looked for the color 360 that was just lighter than hers, which is too light and has the wrong undertones for me, but her color is too dark for my skin. (Bear in mind images for print (magazines) are ALWAYS altered!!!) There is no color in between those. *rolls eyes*. I can get away with it if I use a bronzing powder all over my face, to neutralize the excessive pink tones. My undertones consist of yellow and neutral ones. Not pink or red. Honestly, I really don't know what Cover Girl's story is with this foundation line. *rolls eyes*.

Let me show you. The proof of the pudding is in the flash photography!
Left: Without flash photography.                                    Right: With flash photography.
As a makeup artist this certainly WILL NOT do! No way hozay!

Left: Without flash.                                        Middle and Right: With flash
An old trick us MUAs use when foundation does not match the skin tone well leaving it looking ashy, is to use a red based powder to neutralize. This is the result of me using a warm, red toned bronzer, but that still wasn't good enough. It is always best to get your skin color correct, rather than try to correct it!


Left: MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in C6.   Right: Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Dark.
The Studio Fix is what I normally use, and I sometimes use the bronzer as blush or a contour. The mess that this product made on my face, I had to use the bronzing powder as a face powder to attempt to correct the pink, and ash created on my face by this foundation.

However, for the price it feels more luxurious than you would think. It has a velvety feel, goes on like a cream, and dries quickly to a matte finish; but it does not work well in terms of matching skin color, at least in my case. It definitely will not pass the flash photography test! It gives I would say, up to medium coverage.

This is the reason I do not buy foundations or face powders from the grocery or drug store. First of all you usually cannot test them, and they really do not do a great job of matching someone's skin color properly. You always find this out when it is too late after you take a picture with flash photography, as demonstrated above. I have seen all the grey and ashy looking faces and stupid pursed lips I need to see posted all over the internet. I am so over it! I dunno, I guess they think they look cute like that.

It costs about $6, but you definitely get what you pay for here. The bottom line is, if you are a woman of color, I do not recommend this for you. Skip it, put the extra dollars together and get something that matches and won't embarrass you when you take a picture.

YAY! Heroine Is Back, For Good!

Click on this image to shop Heroine.
When I saw this on Monday (December 16th) I was ecstatic and I placed my order immediately! When this was launched initially it was part of the limited collection Fashion Sets launched back in Spring, and it sold out quickly. This color was the breakout favorite. Unfortunately for me the first time around, I was unable to get my hands on her because she was snatched up online! Ha, ha, but not this time!

She was a best seller, and is back for good now. You can get her online right now, and she will be available in stores from January 2014 when she joins the rest of the girls in the permanent line! International locations will have to wait for two to four weeks when the new year starts for Heroine to show up in stores.

I shared the print image on Instagram and on my Facebook page on Monday (December 16) as soon as I saw it, but I decided to wait to post the good news here for those of you who are not connected with me on those social sites, so that I could swatch it and show you what it looks like on. 
I am wearing Heroine by Makeup Art Cosmetics alone. I rarely ever wear lip liners.

She looks sort of like a very deep oxblood color in the print picture, but she is actually a vibrant blue/cobalt purple. I just love it!


Left: W/o flash. Right: With flash.
The texture is matte, so you will get the full color opaqueness and coverage that a matte lipstick provides.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Product Review: Jergens Crema Shea Butter Moisturizer With Oatmeal













I got a sample of this in one of my Essence Magazine subscriptions along with a coupon to get $1.50 off. After using the sample, I decided to get the jar since I ran out of my True Blue Spa butter from Bath And Body Works.

It says it helps repair extra dry skin leaving it nourished and radiant. As you can see, the consistency is thick and the video shows how quickly it is absorbed into the skin, leaving it deeply moisturized, just like it says it would do.

It has that heavily scented pleasant generic scent that Jergens is known for, but this one has nutty overtones.


video

Jergens Crema Shea Butter Moisturizer can be found where ever Jergens products are sold, and costs about >/= $6.00. I got mine from my local Walmart, and after the $1.50 discount, plus tax, I paid about $4.58. I like it, recommend it and will buy it again. There are other formulas, but I chose the Shea Butter since we're going into Winter, and I needed something to keep my skin moisturized. Shea Butter is great at that. 

This is also great for the soles of the feet, which tend to be the driest part of the body. The Lords knows! LOL!

These are the ingredients:
Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Ceteareth-20, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Mineral Oil, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Dimethicone, Cetyl Esters, Fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin, Carbomer, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Methylparaben, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Propylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caramel, Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Health And Fitness Tips

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Video Inspiration: Beautiful Baby - A Holiday Video From The Kids Of St. Jude Research Hospital.

St. Jude Childrens' Research Hospital operates on the premise that no child should ever be turned away because of his/her family's inability to pay for treatment. 

Donate today to make sure that this stays that way. You will find a permanent link in the side bar of this blog where you can make a donation. Giving is always great, especially when it helps someone in need.


              

Creme Of Nature Argan Oil Line - Products Review

Earlier this year (April) I won the entire Creme Of Nature Argan Oil line from a contest I entered on You Tube hosted by TwinGodesses, and sponsored by Creme Of Nature.

Since then, I have used some of the products and I am ready to give my opinions on them. This picture below shows everything I received as the Grand Prize winner:

I did not use the products that contain mineral oil since I do not use products with that ingredient in my hair. I gave away the Oil Moisturizer and the Deep Conditioner. I kept the Oil Sheen Spray to use on skin.

To see a complete list of the things I got, please read this article.

Products I loved and will repurchase:

1. Foaming Wrap Lotion - Oh yes! This gives my roller sets life, and my hair never feels crunchy or weighed down, it has lots of movement.
No additional product added, just the foaming wrap lotion and the rods. Definition to the Gods! LOL! In these images, I am 9 weeks post relaxer treatment.
Second-day curls/waves.

2. Moisture And Shine Shampoo - is a sulfate-free shampoo that cleanses gently without stripping. Hair remains soft and smooth, with a noticeable sheen. Hair feels soft and smooth after shampooing, and smells heavenly!

3. Perfect Edges - I don't use products to slick down my hair line, simply because I don't need it, but I tried this and what I liked about it is that is holds the hair in place without leaving it hard, and there is no flaky residue. It conditions the hair while it holds it in place. This see-thru, yellow-gold, solid gel-like product goes on smooth and adds sheen to hair. I use this product a different way from its original intentions. I put this on my hair after styling it as insurance for my fly-aways. It keeps them at bay, and my hair still has movement if it is left open.


Products that worked well, but may not (subject to change) repurchase:

1. Oil Treatment - works like a serum for finishing hairstyles, and may be used as a hot oil treatment. This works ohkay, but I feel like it didn't really keep my hair moisturized when used as a serum. It definitely didn't stop my hair from reverting after straightening. LOL!



2. 100% Argan Oil - the debate is that Argan Oil should be stored in dark bottles so as to preserve its potency. This oil comes in a clear plastic bottle. The Argan Oil can also be used on skin or as a cuticle softener. It has a medium-thick consistency, but it is light-weight. Kinda like me! LOL!


3. Perfect 7, 7-N-1 Leave-In Treatment - can be used for all of these purposes: 
  • as a heat protectant
  • as a moisturizer
  • as a detangler
  • as a breakage defense
  • as a frizz-controller
  • for preventing split ends
  • for adding exotic shine
This is a great product for traveling, it takes the place of several products that you may need for styling and maintenance. However, it's first ingredient is water, so if your hair is naturally curly/kinky and you are trying to maintain a straight style for a couple of days, I don't recommend using this.

4. Gloss And Shine Mist - it claims to control fly-aways, but it didn't do that for mine. I am not even sure if the shine lasted after it was initially sprayed. No need for this if you use Oil Sheen Spray, or a glossing polisher. 

5. No-Lye Hair Relaxer Kit in Regular Strength.

6. Strength And Shine Leave-In Conditioner - this left my hair feeling crunchy which I absolutely do not like. That happened because I used to much the first time around. This product just needs to be lightly misted on the hair when it is towel dried after your shampoo routine. I use this when I am air drying my hair without a roller set and it just emphasizes the texture in my 'texlaxed' hair. This will probably work well for someone who wears their natural curly/kinky texture, and wants to define their curl/wave pattern.
Air-dried hair with Strength And Shine. Product needs to be shaken to mix ingredients. It looks like milk when this is done. - Looks like milk and smells like vanilla, but please don't drink it! Hahaha! In this image, I am 12 weeks post relaxer treatment.


The reason why I will probably not purchase those listed above is because I already have natural oils that I use, and similar staple products. I have seen comments made about people getting cut while trying to open the 100% Argan Oil bottle. Though I myself didn't experience this, I would advise that you be careful when handling this bottle. Though made of plastic, the edges around the cover are sharp. As for the relaxer, it did work very well, but I just prefer No-Lye ORS regular strength. I have been using that since 2011 and it does good for my hair. I order the twin tub package which only contains the relaxer, developer, gloves and the mixing stick, which sells for $10.89 at select Sally Beauty Supply stores or Sallybeauty.com. The moisturizing deep conditioner and neutralizing shampoo that come in the package, I have in the large bottles. They are staples in my regimen.

I have yet to use the Hair Color.



As mentioned earlier, the Oil Sheen Spray contains mineral oil in the form of C 13-14 Isoparaffin, so therefore I would not use it in my hair. I have found another use for it though. I use it as a light moisturizer for skin, on models at photo shoots and fashion shows to give their skin a healthy glow. 




Products I did not use:
Moisturizing Deep Conditioner
Oil Moisturizer

Again, as mentioned above, I gave these away. I was unwilling to try them because they contain mineral oil.

All of the C.O.N. Argan Oil products have a distinctive scent to them. It is a warm vanilla smell, which is absolutely delicious! This line has products for both relaxed/chemically treated and natural hair. As you can see, some worked for me, and some didn't, but I do recommend this line. Everyone's hair is different and as a result may experience differences when using the same product. That is to say, the way it worked for me, doesn't necessarily mean that it will work for you the same way. Always keep your receipts, so that you can return the item (once it is returnable). 

Of the styling products I reviewed here, I don't think any of them can stand up to the dryness that textured hair experiences when it comes to the colder months if they are used alone, so I would suggest that you have your regular heavy moisturizers (butters) on hand, and your natural oils of choice for sealing in moisture.