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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: NYX Cosmetics Items #NYXCosmetics

(product photos courtesy of www.nyxcosmetics.com

Recently I received some items from NYX Cosmetics to try out and review. I absolutely adore NYX Cosmetics and have been using the line since it was first introduced to the USA years ago and first becaame popular. It is a line for makeup artists and makeup enthusiasts alike. The line keeps their prices reasonable and the product quality is amazing. I love NYX Cosmetics, which is named coincidentally after the Greek goddess of the night. 

Brighten up your complexion and let some shine in! The radiant shimmer of this illuminator diffuses light so your skin looks vibrant and refreshed while adding a subtle glow. Available in 5 radiant colors: Chaotic, Enigmatic, Magnetic, Narcissistic and Ritualistic. I tried Enigmatic (soft pink with gold sheen) and Narcissistic (champagne with gold sheen). They go on beautifully and make your cheeks look amazing. Can be used as blush or over blush for best results. 

A mineral finishing powder that sets your favorite look with a flawless finish; skin appears fresh and radiant throughout the day. Just a hint of color provides enough coverage to be worn over makeup or on bare moisturized skin. Comes in two shades, Light/Medium and Medium/Dark. Wears all day long and keeps skin mattified all day too. 
Color-match your skin using NYX Cosmetics perfecting and correcting palettes to conceal correct or contour. With six shades to choose from in each set you can cover up problem spots even out imperfections and accentuate your best features in a flash. Use these buildable colors on their own or combine them to create the ideal tone. I received the medium palette, which was too dark for me but the light palette would be perfect for me to try out, I am very light complected. Sometimes I can handle a medium, say in a powder but not in a cream. 
Prep and brighten your complexion in just one simple step. Start off your routine with NYX Cosmetics Born to Glow Illuminating Primer, the next generation of their fan favorite Illuminator. This two-in-one primer ensures the smoothest makeup application while also delivering an exquisitely radiant finish. Skin will have an amazingly radiant look and you will wonder just how she got it. 
Baked to sheer perfection this luxurious formula is packed full of pigments to provide a natural glow and highlight to the face. Uniquely designed to be used wet or dry depending upon the makeup statement you want to make. When used dry with a brush the look is light and fresh. Want more color? No Problem! Apply wet with a makeup sponge for more intensity. Comes in 12 shades that are all reminiscent of candy. So your cheek will glow with a beautiful candy colored glow.

Prepare your canvas with this silky primer. The Studio Perfect Primer formula is easily absorbed and creates a smooth surface for foundation. It also ensures the longevity of your makeup. 
I tried the clear shade. I like that it has some silicone to it, so that it slips on the skin and foundation goes right over it and stays on right over it without coming off. This is a very nice primer.

Available in 3 shades:

Clear - to cover fine lines and large pores

Lavender - to brighten and illuminate yellow undertones

Green - to conceal redness


For today I am just reviewing the facial items that were sent to me. Tomorrow I will do the eyes and lips that were sent to me. NYX Cosmetics can be purchased online at www.nyxcomsetics.com, www.ulta.com and Ulta Beauty and CVS stores. www.nyxcosmetics.com, at Ulta and CVS stores. Soon to be available in NYX Cosmetics Flagship stores. Like NYX Cosmetics on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NyxCosmetics; Follow NYX Cosmetics on Twitter: @NyxCosmetics; Follow NYX Cosmetics on Instagram: http://instagram.com/nyxcosmetics/; Follow NYX Cosmetics on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/nyxcosmetics/; Subscribe to NYX Cosmetics on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/nyxcosmetics and Follow NYX Cosmetics on Google+: https://plus.google.com/110336435589621384934/posts

Until Next Time~
Marie Papachatzis 
I Am THE Makeup Junkie
(These were received for consideration)



Monday, March 27, 2017

Review: SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier #SkinCeuticals #HAIntensifier

(product photo courtesy of www.skinceuticals.com)

1fl.oz./30mL $98.00
In skincare we are always preaching the benefits of a good hyaluronic acid serum. Hyaluronic acid is produced in the skin and depletes as we age. Adding it back into the skin helps moisturize and hydrate the skin. A hyaluronic acid molecule can old 1000 its own weight in water. Imagine how much moisture it adds to the skin? 

SkinCeuticals has come up with a killer serum that helps takes the work out of adding hyaluronic acid into the skin from the outside. H.A. Intensifier is a multi-beneficial corrective serum proven to amplify skin’s hyaluronic acid levels. This unique formulation contains a high concentration of pure hyaluronic acid, proxylane™, and botanical extracts of licorice root and purple rice to support skin’s hyaluronic acid levels and deliver surface hydration, helping improve the visible appearance of firmness, smoothness, and facial plumpness. This hyaluronic acid serum may be used as part of a home skincare regimen after dermal fillers; always consult with your physician for individual at-home advice.

Here is what this serum does. It does extraordinary things:
  • Amplifies skin’s hyaluronic acid levels by 30%.
  • Reduces the look of crow’s feet, nasolabial folds (parenthesis look around the mouth or laugh lines), and marionette lines (lines from the corners of the mouth down to chin) for smoother, firmer skin.
  • Delivers long lasting hydration to visibly improve skin’s texture.
  • Unique serum-gel texture format creates a smooth canvas on skin.
  • Paraben- and dye-free, ideal for all skin types.
  • Can be used as home care after dermal fillers; always consult with a physician for individual regimen recommendations.
Directions for use: unscrew cap and pull pipette out of bottle. Squeeze the bulb and while squeezing the bulb, put cap back into the bottle and slowly release the bulb to draw up product into pipette. Twice daily, apply 4-6 drops to face.  

I have not been so surprised by a serum like this in ages. It really goes the distance and does so much more than any other product out there. My skin has never felt so hydrated and moisturized, smoother, firmer and just in glowier in general. I look great lately. I am not bragging, it's just that my skin just looks better than it has in months. If there were one thing I'd recommend lately, it would be this serum. 

SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier retails for $98.00 per (1 fl.oz./30mL).
It can be purchased online at www.skinceuticals.com. It can also be purchased in many physician's offices that carry the Skinceuticals line. Like Skinceuticals on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/SkinCeuticals; Follow Skinceuticals on Twitter:@SkinCeuticals; Follow Skinceuticals on Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/skinceuticals/; Follow Skinceuticals on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/skinceuticals/; Follow Skinceuticals on Google+:https://plus.google.com/+skinceuticals and Subscribe to Skinceuticals on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/skinceuticals.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This was sent for consideration)




Review: Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk #DryShampooOatMilk #Klorane

(product photo courtesy of www.klorane.com)

3.2 oz./150mL $20.00
Most people wash their hair every day. You really don't have to do that. In fact, most hairstylists recommend that you not wash it every day to give the natural oils in your hair a chance to work with your hair and coat the shaft. I cannot wash my hair every day, or it gets incredibly frizzy. I wash it at most twice a week. In between washings I use a dry shampoo to help with any oily feelings I get on my scalp (which aren't that many, my scalp is not that oily). Dry shampoo helps to absorb dirt and oil so that hair looks freshly shampooed again. There are many dry shampoos on the market and they are all okay. But there is one in particular that I am enamored with. I love it because it works so well on even my dry scalp and hair and it makes my hair feel fresh.

Klorane's Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk is Allure Magazine's 2016 Best of Beauty Winner: Best Dry Shampoo. It is also known in many circles as the best dry shampoo around. Why? Because it works so well on hair. It has Oat Milk in it, which is cultivated in France, and extra gentle oat milk softens, protects and moisturizes all hair types. The soothing and protective properties of the oat respect the natural balance of the scalp and the hair shaft, making it ideal for daily use and suitable for the entire family. Klorane's Dry Shampoo adds volume and texture to hair, it extends the life of blow-outs and hair color, it is ideal for people on-the-go, frequent travelers, after the gym, busy moms and for your office desk. It is sulfate, paraben and sodium chloride free. To use, just shake well before use and spray evenly, about 10 inches away from hair, focusing at the roots. Leave on for 2 minutes and then brush thoroughly until the powder is removed. 

I love using Dry Shampoo and if I had a choice, I would always use Klorane's Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. That is my number one choice in a heartbeat. It is better than any other dry shampoo product I have ever tried. It gets rid of dirt, debris, oil and anything in the hair that is weighing it down. After the 2 minutes are up and you brush your hair, it feels like you just shampooed it. Seriously. I am not kidding. The effect lasts at least 2 days. I love this product and could not live without it. It is key in my beauty arsenal. My only wish is that it came in a larger container. 

Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk retails for $20.00 and can be purchased online at www.klorane.com. It's also available online at SEPHORA, Birchbox, Beautyhabit, Net-A-Porter.com, www.soap.com and www.skinstore.com and Lovely Skin. Like Klorane on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kloraneusa; Follow Klorane on Twitter:@kloraneusa; Follow Klorane on Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/kloraneusa/; Folllow Klorane on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/kloraneusa/ and Subscribe to Klorane on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/kloraneusa

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This was sent for consideration)


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Review: PIXEL Cosmetics #Pixel #PIXELCosmetics

https://www.facebook.com/pixelcolorcosmetics(product photos courtesy of www.pixelcosmetics.com)

PIXEL Lip Gloss, Lip Butter and Lip Tints
Recently I received a few items from PIXEL Cosmetics to play around with. I love their colors. They have such beautiful colors to wear. I received two Lip Butters, two Lip Glosses and two Lip Tints. Below is a review of these items.

PIXEL Lip Butter $6.99
in Animated and Gorgeous

PIXEL Lip Butter contains mango butter, grape seed oil and Vitamin E. It is basically a buttery balm meets a glossy shine. It has a rich creamy texture. 

PIXEL Lip Gloss $5.49
in Defiant and Sensitive


PIXEL Lip Gloss has an ultra glossy shine, smooth texture without a sticky feeling, and contains mango butter, grape seed oil and Vitamin E. 

PIXEL Lip Tints $6.49
in Addictive and Elated

PIXEL Lip Tints have brilliant lasting color, an ultra rich gloss, and they contain mango butter, grape seed oil and Vitamin E. 

Here are swatches of all of the above, with the Lip Butters first, followed by the Lip Glossses and the Lip Tints.

 above: Gorgeous, Animated, Sensitive, Defiant, Elated and Addictive. 

wearing Lip Butter in Gorgeous

wearing Lip Gloss in Defiant

I loved all the items I was sent to wear. I especially loved the lip glosses. They have duochrome colors and beautiful shine to them. All of the products wear well and have great pigmentation to them. I like the price point of the products and feel that they are of good quality. I would consider the quality to be at the mass market level. I think these are nice products and I would recommend them.

PIXEL Cosmetics can be found online at www.pixelcosmetics.myshopify.com. Like PIXEL Cosmetics on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pixelcolorcosmetics and Follow PIXEL on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/pixelcosmetics/

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These were sent for consideration)

Review: Eptex Professional Acne Treatment Products #Eptex

(product photos courtesy of www.eptexskincare.com)

Recently I received some samples of Eptex Acne Relief Products. I received samples of two products, Controlled Release Acne Wash with Benzoyl Peroxide 4.5% and Controlled Release Acne Relief Lotion Salicylic Acid 2%. These are both great ways to help rid your skin of acne lesions. Both of those ingredients are beneficial with acne lesions, either if you are a teen or an adult. 

6 fl.oz. $19.95
Eptex™ Controlled Release Acne Wash is ideal to cleanse your skin, helping to stop the bacteria that cause acne. Eptex™ Controlled Release Acne Wash targets the source of acne-causing bacteria with a unique sub-micron encapsulation system, delivering 4.5% benzoyl peroxide deep into the follicle where bacteria reside. What is great about a 4.5% benzoyl peroxide is that it is non-drying to the skin, it kills the bacteria and leaves the follicle clear of debris that clogs the follicle in the first place. Also, Intelli-Target benzoyl peroxide eliminates skin irritation with gradual release over time, and Eptex Acne Wash contains a unique mixure of 3 essential lipids to help repair the compromised skin barrier.

4 fl.oz. $19.95
Eptex™ Controlled Release Acne Relief Lotion contains a pharmaceutical grade active ingredient that helps to unclog the pores and essential lipids that help keep your skins natural barrier healthy. Its patented delivery system slowly releases these ingredients over time, making it appropriate even for sensitive skin. Salicylic Acid is perfect for just about anyone, as it gets rid of the debris clogging the hair follicle, kills bacteria and helps to prevent new acne. It acts in three ways. It exfoliates the skin, so that is how it helps to prevent new acne from forming. That is also how it unclogs the debris from the pore (follicle). Saiclylic Acid is effective at the 2% level also. 

I tried both of these because as a 45 year old adult, I still get some acne lesions from time to time. These did help calm those lesions down. And I would expect that they would. The ingredients in these products are perfect for mild to moderate acne. If you have more severe acne, it might not work for you. 

These products can be purchased from the following place: www.skincaremarketplace.net. Remember, these are pharmaceutical grade products and are definitely worth giving a try if you have acne that is mild to moderate. Like Eptex on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eptex/

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These were sent for consideration)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Review: Finesse Restore & Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner #finessehaircare

(product photos courtesy of www.brandbacker.com) 

Finesse Restore & Strengthen Haircare

This is your chance to try Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner's secret to their amazing hair, Finesse! Kendall shared that she found out about Finesse from Kim in the October 2016 Allure Magazine, and now it's your turn to see if it works for you too!

Finesse Restore & Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner
Specially formulated for hair that’s dry, damaged, stubborn, or sometimes frizzy, Finesse Hair Care products, infused with active proteins, replenish natural moisture, leaving hair healthier, stronger, and more alive. This hair care line is especially popular amongst women with wavy (medium curly hair). That's someone like me. My hair is wavy enough just to be annoying. Because the wave turns to frizz. Just the slightest bit of humidity in the air and my hair is all frizz. I've lived with it my whole life and I've battled it my whole life. I've found some products that worked, sure. But they are a fortune. The Restore & Strenthen Shampoo works. It's perfect for hair that is wavy and all frizz.
Lather into something wonderful! Finesse’s shampoo enriches & moisturizes hair deep down to the root leaving it smooth and easy to manage. The Restore & Strenthen Conditioner leaves hair coated in a silky moisturizing shine that battles frizz away, leaving it tangle free. A moisturizing conditioner that replenishes and penetrates deep into hairs’ roots. The perfect balance between softness and manageability! Finesse shampoos, conditioners, and styling products are available at super affordable prices at top mass, drug, and food retailers nationwide. The brand is now available at over including over 3,400 Walmart stores plus Walgreens, Rite Aid and grocery chains such as Kroger, Shoprite, HEB, and Publix. The cost is about $3.59 for each bottle. Approximately.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review: PÜR Cosmetics PRO Eyelashes #PUR #FalseEyelashes

(product photos courtesy of www.purcosmetics.com)

PÜR Pro Eyelashes were curated with celebrity makeup artist Mélanie Viger @MUAVEE to bring the best industry knowledge to our lash development. PÜR’s 3D lashes are handcrafted with the finest luxury silk to provide ultra-lightweight, natural-looking fuller lashes. These cruelty-free lashes are durable, reusable and safe for contact wearers. 

To Apply:
Measure your lashes against your natural lash line. Trim the excess lashes carefully, one lash at a time. Curl and apply mascara to your natural eyelashes. Apply a thin line of lash glue to the lash band and wait 30 seconds for the glue to become tacky. Place the lashes as close to your lash line as possible. Use your fingers to press down on both corners of your lid to secure lashes. 

Here are photos of all six lash styles. They are all equally different in how beautiful they are on. 

above top right to left: Socialite, Flirt, Diva, Bombshell, Trendsetter and Jetsetter. 

Here are some photos of me with the various lashes on:
wearing Flirt Lashes

wearing Diva Lashes

wearing Jetsetter Lashes
wearing Trendsetter Eyelashes

PÜR Cosmetics PRO Eyelashes retail for $14.00 and are available online at www.purcosmetics.com. . Like pürminerals on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PurBeautyCosmetics/; Follow pürminerals on Twitter:@purcosmetics; Follow pürminerals on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+PurmineralsUS; Subscribe to pürminerals on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5sIrqjvZLPO5Dj3Jpa2T6Q; Follow pürminerals on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/purcosmetics/; Follow pürminerals on Instagram: https://instagram.com/purcosmetics.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This item was sent for consideration)


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