NEW! Julep Plie Wand!

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This post is all about the brand new nail tool from Julep, The Plié Wand, available June 25th!

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Basically, The Plie Wand  is an extra long nail polish applicator that pivots to make doing your own nails easier, especially when painting with your non-dominant hand. Julep likens using this product to using a full sized pen after previously having to use a pen the size of a pen cap; much easier and much more natural feeling.

If you want to see a step by step on how to use The Plie Wand, watch the video below.

 

I think this is an extremely innovative product, and can’t wait until mine arrives in the mail! I would recommend getting the Nail Polishing System option because it is only $10 more and includes the wand, the striping tool, and the dotting tool.

The Julep Plie Wand Nail Polishing System can be purchased for $35 at : http://www.julep.com/shop/plie-wand/plie-wand-nail-polishing-system.html

If you don’t already have at least one Julep nail polish for some crazy reason, you’ll need to pick some up  (since the Plie Wand is only compatible with Julep nail polishes), which you can get here : http://www.julep.com/shop/nail-polish.html

Some of my favorites are Zelda (a bronzy yellow gold), Florence (a nude cream), and Saaya (an apricot).

Here is a link to a post from Julep’s Blog talking about their Top 10 Pro Tips : http://www.julep.com/blog/flexible-friday-top-10-plie-wand-pro-tips/

 

Lastly, here’s an exclusive video from Julep CEO, Jane Park :

 

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*this is not a sponsored video however, Julep contacted me and asked me to help them with their launch 🙂 *

MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection!

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This post will be reviewing the Aphrodite’s Shell Extra Dimension Bronzer from the new MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection for Summer 2014.

Unfortunately, I was only able to purchase this one product from my local MAC store because the other products I was interested in purchasing were already sold out at the time in store and online.

This collection features natural yet metallicized shades in unique metallic turquoise/aqua packaging with 3D water droplets.

Aphrodite’s Shell is described by MAC as a “golden bronze with a touch of fine shimmer”, while I would personally describe it as a light beige tan with rose gold.

I am in love with this bronzer because it give the most natural golden glow to my fair skin, while the rosey undertones give my cheeks a sun kissed flush. With that said, I would only recommend this shade to someone of fair to light skin tone for use as a brozner/blush. People with medium/deep skin tones might prefer this product used as a skin finish or even a golden highlight.

You can purchase products from this collection, including the bronzer ($33), for a limited time at MAC counters.

 

 

MAC Maleficent Collection!

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This post is all about the new MAC Maleficent Collection. I only purchased the eyeshadow quad from this collection because I’m not a huge red lip person, but I am still really excited about this collection because (1) its Disney, and (2) Maleficent is my favorite villain ever!

Although the packaging is on the plainer-side compared to most limited edition collections, I really like the ominous wings graphic and Maleficent logo across the packaging in this collection. It gives it a special feeling without being in-your-face Disney; although I would love that also!

The eyeshadow quad contains the colors Goldmine, Ground Brown, Concrete, and Carbon. Though these are currently shades in MAC’s permanent collection, I did not own any of these colors apart from Carbon, so I was excited to add these to my collection in fun packaging.

Goldmine is a frosted intense yellow gold.

Ground Brown is a matte deep rich warm brown.

Concrete is a matte taupe deep rich brown.

Carbon is a matte deep black.

Overall, I really like this quad and would recommend it to someone like myself who already has basic MAC colors, and is looking to add some new staples into their collection. You can purchase items from this collection, including the eyeshadow quad ($44), for a limited time at MAC counters or maccosmetics.com

 

Updated Skin Care Routine *

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This post is all about my updated skin care routine, as of February 2014. I have been using this routine for a couple months now, and I absolutely love it. It is a lot different than my previous routines that kept to a strict step by step system. While those are great for some skin concerns, I find that my skin, as well as the majority of peoples skin, is constantly changing and needing different things to keep it healthy.

As of now, my skin type is acne-prone (mainly cystic), susceptible to dryness and irritation at times, and susceptible to concentrated oiliness at times. I have moderate to severe scaring left behind from previous breakouts, and moderately sized pores on my cheeks.

**Disclaimer* I have been doing skincare routine videos/posts for years. Just because I am using something different now does not mean that I dislike the products mentioned in previous posts. Skin changes and acclimates to things (especially mine). This is just what is working for me now. **

Proactiv+ Skin Smoothing Exfoliator – is a thick cream with micro beads to exfoliate. It has 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide, as well as glycolic acid. I think this is a great cleanser for both morning and night because it does a great job of cleansing the skin gently without over drying. It has a light medicinal fragrance, and rinses clean without leaving any residue on the skin. When my skin is being particularly good, or when it is extra sensitive and needs a break, I will only use this product for that day. 

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – is a dual action acne treatment that has 5.5% benzoyl peroxide, 0.4% LHA, and soothing flower extracts. It has a thin cream consistency with no fragrance. I prefer this treatment over the similar Proactiv+ Pore Targeting Treatment because it has a higher percentage of benzoyl peroxide as well as many other better ingredients. I typically apply this in the evening only to the areas of my skin that have active blemishes due to the fact that it is extremely potent and can cause irritation to my skin if over-applied.

Proactiv+ Complexion Perfecting Hydrator – is a soothing gel/mousse moisturizer with 0.5% salicylic acid. I love this product because it is extremely soothing and leaves the skin looking and feeling healthier. It has a slightly medicinal scent with notes of cucumber and citrus. I use this in the evening after cleansing or cleansing and treating.

Mario Badescu Drying Cream – is a thick, clay-like cream that is used as a spot treatment for acne blemishes. It contains ingredients like aloe, beeswax, lemon extract, and colloidal sulfur to quickly dry blemishes, even erupted ones! I like that this product is slightly tinted to conceal problem areas as well. I typically use this product when I have a stubborn blemish that needs to be dried out.

Clinique Spot Healing Gel – is a concentrated 1.0% salicylic acid gel that is used as a spot treatment for acne blemishes. I use this product when I have a deep cystic blemish that needs a little extra help. Unfortunately this product is no longer available, so I will not ramble on about how wonderful it is.

Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturizer – is a gentle moisturizer that has a light milk and honey fragrance, and ingredients like sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, and avocado oil. Kiehls also has an identical product that contains an SPF, but I opted for this one so I can use it anytime for any occasion. I use this product every morning, and every time I apply makeup.

Dior DiorSnow UV Sheild – is a translucent SPF 50 PA+++ moisturizing cream. It has the most luxurious feeling to the skin, and has a convenient pump applicator. I usually mix this in with my Kiehls moisturizer daily, but I also apply a proper coat to my entire face and neck when I know I will be in the sun all day. This product gives fantastic sun protection.

Burts Bees Radiance Eye Cream – is a thick, hydrating eye cream that has ingredients like royal jelly ( which is “made of nectar, pollen, flower parts, vitamins, minerals, and other natural ingredients. It is a very precious, mysterious substance that honeybees produce for the queen bee”), cucumber, and chamomile. It has a strong smokey campfire fragrance that could be bothersome to people, but it does not bother me much as it dissipates fairly quickly.

Vitamin E Oil – whenever I am not wearing makeup for the day, or have extra dry skin or dry patches, or want to pamper my skin, I apply vitamin e oil. It keeps my skin super soft, smooth, clear, and healthy, and I would recommend this to everyone. I use the Derma E Vitamin E Skin Oil 14,000 I.U..

Where to Buy:

Proactiv+ – http://www.proactiv.com , about $40 dollars for a three step system. My sizes are 6oz for the cleanser and 3oz for the hydrator.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo can be found at drugstores like CVS and Ulta for about $36 dollars for 1.35oz .

Mario Badescu Drying Cream can be found at Ulta for about $14 dollars for 0.5oz .

Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturizer can be found at : http://www.kiehls.com/Ultra-Facial-Moisturizer/351,default,pd.html?start=16&cgid=face-moisturizers , for between $18 and $38 dollars depending on the ounces you choose.

DiorSnow UV Sheild can be found at Sephora for $58 dollars for 1.3oz .

Burts Bees Radiance Eye Cream can be found at drugstores like CVS and Ulta for about $18 dollars for 0.5oz .

Vitamin E Oil can be found anywhere that sells vitamins. I got mine at Sprouts market for less than $15 dollars for 2oz .

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation!

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This post is all about the new Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation. This product claims to be a primer, concealer, and foundation all in one. Though it is moderately long lasting, and does offer a nice medium coverage, I definitely would not consider this to be in any way a primer or concealer. Though that would be a miracle product…

I would not consider this product to have any primer-like qualities because primers offer both long lasting wear AND a smooth base. Like I said above, this foundation lasts a good amount of time, but not long enough to merit the label of “primer” and it in no way offers a smooth base. If anything it settles into pores and lines bit.

Also, I would not consider this product to have concealer qualities because while it can be buildable, when applied to concentrated problem areas, as you would a “concealer”, it leaves an unnatural finish and does stay in place.

So basically, this 3-in-1 foundation, is just a foundation. You will still need a primer and concealer of your own if you want the flawless face it advertises. You can buy this product for about $8 dollars at drugstores.

Overall, I would give this product 2 out of 5 stars.

Hourglass Immaculate Foundation Review and Swatches!

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This post as all about the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation. It is a mattifying, oil free foundation that offers a medium to full coverage velvet-matte finish, and is made with anti-aging phytostem edelweiss and lavandox.

If you have normal or dry skin, you better be sure that you moisturized your skin before applying this foundation. While it is amazing, and one of the best foundations I’ve ever used, it can be very drying and cling to dry patches. It’s weakness though, is also its strength. This foundation uses kaolinite clay to absorb about 75% of the oil your skin produces while wearing this foundation, which is a lot! It eliminates the need to powder, blot, touch up, or even check on your makeup throughout the day and night. This foundation will be a holy grail product to those of you with oily skin. And for those us of with normal or dry skin, just moisturize before application, and it can be a holy grail for you too.

This foundation applies best with a dense synthetic brush or a beauty blender sponge, but also applies well with a flat foundation brush or your hands. You can buy this product for $55 dollars at Sephora.

Overall, I give this foundation *5/5 stars*.

Maybelline Baby Skin Review!

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This post is all about the new Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. This product is essentially a primer that targets the appearance of englared pores, and is being compared to the Benefit Porefessional.

The main difference between the Maybelline Baby Skin and the Benefit Porefessional is that the Baby Skin is translucent in color, while the Porefessional is slightly tinted nude. Otherwise, both of these products are the same, in the ways that they are both heavily silicone based primers that “blur” and “erase” pores. I was not a huge fan of the Porefessional, due to the fact that I prefer more tacky, cream based primers, yet I still feel that the Porefessional is slightly better than the Baby Skin.

The Maybelline Baby Skin primer simply does not have good staying power. It tends to make dry patches and blemishes more prominent, and makes the makeup applied on top slide around. I also do not feel it does anything against the appearance of large pores.

Overall, this product deserves 1/2 a star out of 5 stars.

*This product deserves half of a star because if you have flawless skin, it does make for a smooth makeup application.

Rimmel Match Perfection and Stay Matte Foundation Review and Swatches!

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In this post I will be reviewing the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation and the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation. I love Rimmel foundations because they do exactly what they promise, unlike some brands who just “kind-of” deliver what is advertised.

The Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation claims to be a light perfecting radiance foundation with SPF 18 that offers “traceless coverage with Advanced Smart-Tone technology  for perfectly flawless skin under any light. Enhanced with Sapphire Radiance for an illuminating glow.” I can say from experience, this foundation is truly all of those glorious things. This product is medium buildable coverage, yet melts into your skin as if it was a light moisturizer. It’s “radiance” quality creates a subtle sheen to the skin without looking shimmery, oily, or unnatural in any way. This foundation simply creates flawless, healthy looking skin that last throughout the day. If I need it to last through the day into the night, I apply a primer underneath and bring a light powder with me for any touchups. And unless I have a major blemish, I do not need to use a concealer with this product. This product costs about $5 dollars at drugstores.

Overall, this product deserves *5 out of 5* stars!

The Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation advertises a “featherlight liquid mousse that blends flawlessly for natural looking all day shine control.” The two main positive things I have to say about this product is that it leaves an absolutely matte finish to the skin, and that it is very full coverage. Though, I cannot agree that this foundation feels or looks “feather-light” at all. While it can be sheered out nicely, it still settles into pores quite a bit when used without a smoothing primer. I, myself, do not enjoy this foundation, but I feel that someone who actually has the skin that this foundation is designed for (oily/very oily skin), would enjoy this product quite a bit with proper application. This product costs about $5 at drugstores.

Overall, I give this product 2.5 out of 5 stars. *

*There are many other mattifying foundations that are much better.

MAC Eyeshadow Gift Guide

Hey Everyone! I was recently asked which MAC eyeshadows would be good to give as a gift, so I decided to make a little guide as to which ones I think go well together. I had so much fun making this post because I found a ton of new combinations of eyeshadows that I had never thought to use together before; so whether you’re reading this as a gift guide for yourself or others, or you already have some of these colors and want to get new combo inspiration, I hope you enjoy 🙂

*I used four eyeshadows in each “set” because they are easily stored in a MAC Quad Palette. Each eyeshadow refill pan is $10, and the palette is $8. If you prefer to have the eyeshadows in individual casings, they are $15 each. *

THE NATURAL : 

Brule (a soft light beige) , Haux ( a soft rosy brown) , Naked Lunch (a frosty light peach pink) , Espresso (a medium/deep warm brown) .

THE PARTY GIRL :

Yogurt (a pastel light pink), Stars N’ Rockets (a medium bright purple with pink duo chrome) , Expensive Pink (a frosty orange-peach) , Honey Lust (a textured gold with bright gold flecks) .

THE NIGHT OWL :

Honesty (a sheer warm brown with gold glitter) , Folie (a warm reddened medium brown) , Sketch (a deep blackened eggplant with slight sparkle) , Mystery (a deep blackened brown) .

THE BEACH BABE :

Ricepaper (a frosty light yellow) , Soft Brown (a warm medium brown with slight peach) , Saddle (a warm brown with slight orange ) , Patina (a soft taupe with gold sparkle).

THE SOCIALITE :

Retrospeck (a textured slivery blonde), Vex (a silver with purple and green duo chrome) , Woodwinked (a golden bronze) , Shale (a mauvey plum) .

THE GLAM GAL :

Phloof (a frosty white with pink), Cranberry (a true frosted cranberry) , Sable (a bronzed plum with gold) , Twinks (a deep brown with plum).

 

August Favorites! *with a special bonus*

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Its that time again for my monthly favorites! *bonus below*

This month I was loving :

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Oil-Free – It has been extra hot this month, so I have been loving this primer to give my foundation/concealer extra staying power without breaking me out.

Neutrogena Crease Proof Eyeshadow in Lasting Taupe – This product is super quick and easy to use, which is great for the summer. This shade is a sheer cool taupe and is super creamy without creasing; even without a primer.

Covergirl Lash Blast Luxe in Black Cabernet – Even though I usually stick to plain black, I decided to try this color after seeing that it was on clearance just for fun. I ended up really liking the subtle difference and have worn it all month.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Oil Free Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes – I usually use the regular Neutrogena makeup wipes, but the store I was shopping at was out of those, so I picked up these and thought they were pretty good. I’ve used them this month, but will go back to my regular pick when I run out.

**BONUS**

This month I got my hands on the Kiss You Lip Polish in “Niall Loves…Cherry”. Yes, One Direction is making makeup now! And since Niall is my favorite I had to get his color. The packaging consists of a potted lip balm with a twist off top. The top has an old record on it in the corresponding color with the words “Kiss You Lip Polish XOX”, and the signature of the corresponding member. “Niall Loves…Cherry” is a sheer hot candy pink, with a (you guessed it) cherry scent/flavor. Although it is not the most amazing lip balm in the history of makeup, I’m thrilled to have it; especially because when I put it on I can pretend that I’m putting the essence of Niall Horan on my lips 😉

And Niall if you’re reading this, I love you ! ❤

P.S. Everyone should tweet this to Niall! @niallhoran