Let's Get Social!

 photo twitter_zps394ac1c7.png  photo facebook_zps5fd68500.png  photo google_zps3463a2a5.png  photo pinterest_zps0b02c191.png photo tumblr_zps50bcf1d7.png  photo bloglovin_zps01ab9908.png  photo instagram_zpsc55da521.png  photo rss_zps35b67037.png

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Review: essence cosmetics autumn/winter 2016-2017 #essence #cosmetics #waterproof #essencecosmetics

(photos courtesy of www.essencemakeup.com)

I tried out items from the essence cosmetics Autumn/Winter 2016-2017 Collection and some items that are from their regular collection. Below are my reviews of the items I tried out. I love this brand. Not only do they make great cosmetics that are affordable but they make some of the best items on the market in their category. They have unbelievable items. Just great cosmetics. If you have never tried essence before, then I implore you to try it out now. It is a great line. What are you waiting for?

Intensify your eye shadow color with this long-lasting light rose eye shadow base that helps eye shadow look as great all day long as when you first applied it. I love this base. It really does help eye shadow stay on all day long. The base is easy to apply, dries quickly and does not show up under eye shadow. It is one of the best bases I have used for eye shadows. In all the photos below I am wearing this eye shadow base. It really does work quite well and I am very happy with it.

These soft, long-lasting velvety textured eye shadows glide onto lids comfortably and can easily be blended, built up or varied in intensity ranging from sheer to full coverage. They come in 9 shades. I tried 3 of them: you better mauve, Mr. mocca bean and fluffy clouds. The colors work to together to create great looks. They are all color coordinated.  But they are very pigmented and go on smoothly. I find them pretty creamy for matte shadows. See below for the look I did with them. 

above: wearing essence the velvets eyeshadows in you better mauve, Mr. mocca bean and fluffy clouds.

above: wearing essence the velvets eyeshadows in you better mauve, Mr. mocca bean and fluffy clouds.

Eyeliner perfectionists, rejoice! Pull off ultra long lasting and high coverage eyeliner looks with this special applicator that is safe and easy to use. Also available in a non-waterproof version. This makes putting on eyeliner, and getting the perfect winged look, easy as pie. I love how easy to use this eyeliner is. It goes on smoothly, with perfection and has great pigmentation. How awesome is that? Pretty awesome. Below are some photos of me wearing DIP eyeliner waterproof.

above: wearing DIP eyeliner waterproof

above: wearing DIP eyeliner waterproof

Precise and extremely long-lasting eyeliner styles are easier than ever to create with this thin felt-tipped smudge and waterproof pen. Waterproof without any stain effect, any line you create from subtle to dramatic will remain intact. This is also a great eyeliner but has a more fine line to it than the DIP eyeliner. It is superfine, and can the line can be thickened. It creates great cat eye effects. This eyeliner also is waterproof and lasts all day long. It is pretty awesome too. Below are some photos of me wearing this liner.

above: wearing Superfine eyeliner pen waterproof

above: wearing Superfine eyeliner pen waterproof

Black to basics! Create your favorite classic line with a high-shine finish. The easy-to-use brush glides seamlessly across lids for a flawless look. This eyeliner is high is pigmentation and looks amazing on. It makes for a great classic look, winged look or a cat eye. Do your flick. Look great all day long, because this liner will last all day long. 

The ultra-pigmented and ultra-versatile khôl liner you love in black is now available in white and brown. Use the pointed tip as a precise eyeliner, rotate to the side of the cone to swipe over the lid as an eyeshadow for an intense, smokey look. It glides on smoothly and conic shape of the tip eliminates the need fo a sharpener. Now available in 3 shades: black, white and brown. I tried white. White liner makes a good look with gray or taupe shadows. It opens up the eyes and makes them look larger. You can also use this on the lower lid or on the waterline. It lasts a long time, much longer than most liners do. Below I have some photos of me wearing the liner on my upper lids. On my lower lids I am wearing the smokey eye pencil in black.

above: wearing smokey 2-in-1 khol liner

above: wearing smokey 2-in-1 khol liner

Smokey eyes that will take your breath away are easier than ever before to create with these pencils. The integrates sponge applicator makes the waterproof, soft texture easy to blend for a look that will last. These pencils are soft, easy to apply and last forever. They are waterproof, so they will last all day long. Create a great smokey eye in 4 shades. I tried back to black. This one creates a very smokey eye. Use the sponge applicator end to blend in the liner and smudge it to create the smokey effect. Boom! You have your trendy eye look and it is rockin'. 

This is an awesome set. This foolproof kit contains all you need to shape, define and fill brows. Simply use the stencils to get your perfect shape, mix the two shades for your ideal color, then apply using the slanted brush. It comes in two shades: blonde and brunette. I tried brunette. I am a redhead but I usually use brown or brunette colored brow products for my brows, mainly because it is difficult to find auburn brow products. I like this little kit. What I really like are the stencils that are included. This kit is small. Very small. You wouldn't think they could fit stencils in but they did. The stencils allow you to experiment with different shaped brows. And the brunette color is not bad. I can mix or use just one of the colors on my brows to get what I need. What a great little kit for such a nice price. 

This creamy eye pencil creates magic effects on the eye with its metallic finish. It creates long-lasting and bold eye looks in the 4 beautiful colors it comes in. I tried it in gold-digger. It is gorgeous on. The color just illuminates the eyes. These are good for all eye colors because they help bring out flecks of color in each eye shade. And the pencil is creamy yet long-lasting.

The rebel sister of Forbidden Volume Mascara features a chaotic fiber brush to further boost lashes for an intensely voluminous look. Get tons of volume and don't spend a fortune. This mascara is awesome, I love how well this performs and how long this lasts. In all of the photos above I am wearing this mascara.

With these longlasting lipliner pencils you are allowed to accurately trace the contours of your lips, giving you your best lip shape. The soft, creamy texture provides intense and long-lasting color that will not streak. It is also retractable for easy touch-ups when you are on the go. Available in 9 shades. I tried lovely frappuccino (a creamy nude pink brown). I love this lip liner because not only is it easy to use, it lasts forever but it is also very creamy. I would not consider it waterproof but it is darn close to it. This is one of the best lip liners I have ever used. I would love to see more colors of this product.

This balm lipgloss has a high shine texture and leaves a beautiful color finish on the lips. Enriched with shea butter and Vitamin E, a soft and pampered pout without any stickiness is now possible! This is available in 5 shades. I tried Sweet Dreams, a bright light peach. I like how this makes the lips feel. It is completely different than anything I've ever used before. It makes your lips feel like butter: soft and supple.

This lightweight lip oil has a very light texture that instantly melts and leaves lips with a subtle shiny finish and sweet taste. The formula contains jojoba oil, which ensures that lips are moisturized and smooth lips without any stickiness. Available in 3 shades. I tried SOS, My Heart (a light pretty red red that goes on clear). 

There are so many other wonderful new things out this year from essence cosmetics. They have so much new stuff I cannot name it all here. All you have to do is go to www.essencemakeup.com to see it all. essence cosmetics can be purchased at www.essencemakeup.com, Ulta Beauty, Shoppers Drug Mart and Fred Meyer and at many other places around the world. I know I like to get my hands on it when I visit Greece. What I love about essence is their dedication to putting out quality cosmetics at such reasonable prices. Like essence cosmetics on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essence.north.america; Follow essence cosmetics on Twitter: @essence_US; Subscribe to essence on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/essencecosmetics; Follow essence cosmetics on Instagram: http://instagram.com/essence_cosmetics#; Follow essence cosmetics on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/essencecosmetic/ and Follow essence cosmetics on Tumblr: http://essence-cosmetics.tumblr.com/

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These items were sent for consideration)



Monday, October 24, 2016

NEW! GIVEAWAY: Dessange Professional Hair Luxury Purifying Clay Balancing Pre-Shampoo Mask & Balancing Shampoo #Dessange #Giveaway

Hello and Good Day!
I've got a great giveaway below. First off though, the week of October 30th, all DESSANGE products, including their Purifying Clay collection (details below), will be 25% off. That is huge! The Purifying Clay Collection is for oilier scalp and hair types. But back to the giveaway. I am giving away the two products below. All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter below.

DESSANGE Professional Hair Luxury Purifying Clay Balancing Pre-Shampoo Mask
This first clay-in-mask pre-shampoo regulating treatment specifically targets an oily scalp with a breakthrough skin purifying technology. The 30% mineral green clay concentration works to absorb sebum excess and regulate oil production over time while the professional application brush, allows for even, targeted coverage. The scalp is left deeply purified, helping to drastically reduce excess oil production. Dating back to ancient times, the virtues of clay have been used for centuries in cosmetic and therapeutic remedies to absorb sebum, eliminate toxins and serve as an antiseptic. Use once a week on dry hair, applying it generously to the roots with the application brush. Leave on hair for five to ten minutes and rinse thoroughly.
Price: $11.99; available exclusively at Target nationwide


DESSANGE Professional Hair Luxury Purifying Clay Balancing Shampoo
The second step to the Purifying Clay system, the pro-vitamin b5 enhanced shampoo helps to minimize oily roots and produce soft, perfectly balanced hair. The pro-vitamin b5 is known for its protective properties of the fiber capillary, helping repair and soften the hair from roots to ends. Your hair and scalp will become rebalanced and with the added benefit of a light cherry, violet, and vanilla scent. After using the pre-shampoo mask, rinse hair with the regulating shampoo to help balance hair.
Price: $9.99; available exclusively at Target nationwide

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

Review: Niucoco Hydrating Shampoo & Smoothing Conditioner #Niucoco #shampoo #conditioner

(product photos courtesy of www.niucoco.com)

I get to try out a lot of shampoos and conditioners as a blogger. It is a great job. I love to try out so many different types of products. One trend is natural, organic and vegan products. I recently tried a new brand called Niucoco. Their hair care is geared toward the more natural and is definitely vegan. I tried the Hydrating Shampoo and Smoothing Conditioner. Below are my reviews. As always, they are unbiased and I always try and find something good to say about a product.

Niucoco Hydrating Shampoo 8.5 fl.oz./250mL $29.00 
This shampoo is sulfate-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free and gluten-free. It is 100% vegan. It contains no artificial fragrances, so it is safe for daily use. The milky natural formula is purported to be the best shampoo that you will ever use. That is what Niucoco says. It has been created with extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil, which is a natural source of Vitamin E, which helps produce glossy, voluminous hair with movement and shine while enhancing color. Natural plant extracts nourish and produce moisture. It also contains extract of watermelon, orchid, rosemary and green tea. This shampoo is great for colored and chemically treated hair, dry & damaged hair, coarse & curly hair, fine & fragile hair, and hair that is naturally straight in texture. This shampoo has gentle, safe and healthy ingredients like you have never experienced before for glossy, voluminous hair with shine that also enhances your hair color.

The best way to use this shampoo is to shake well before using, as some of it might settle. Dispense desired amount into hand, then apply onto wet hair. Massage into a light lather. Rinse and repeat as needed. 

Is this the best shampoo I have ever used? I don't know if I can honestly say that. But I can say that it is pretty darn good. It makes my hair shiny, glossy, and soft. The lather is rich and it is rich a number of different hair types, which is also very good. The fact that it is great for color treated hair is excellent and that it enhances color treated hair is also good. I like that it has natural ingredients that are meant to make hair look and feel good. 

Niucoco Smoothing Conditioner 8.5 fl.oz./250mL $33.00
Just like with the shampoo, the conditioner is sulfate-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free and gluten-free. It is 100% vegan. The conditioner does not contain any artifical fragrances, making it safe for daily use. Restore flexibility and prevent hair brekage. This conditioner has a velvety-rich weightless formula that is created with cold pressed coconut oil, a natural source of Vitamin E. It is fortified to nourish thirsty strands while helping to improve manageability and end damage. Enhances softness while creating movement without weighing down the texture of hair. Not only does it contain extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil, it contains behentrimonium methosulfate, a sophisticated and elegant detangler. It also contains extracts of watermelon, orchid, rosemary and green tea. Hydrolyzed rice protein gives hair extra strength. This conditioner is great for colored and chemically treated hair, dry & damaged hair, coarse & curly hair, fine & fragile hair, and hair that is naturally straight in texture.

To use, after shampooing with Niucoco Hydrating Shampoo, apply to dampo hair. Distribute evenly, concentrating on the ends. Leave on for 2-5 minutes, then rinse. 

Hair will be softer, more manageable and shinier than you have ever imagined. It will also be easier to brush through, because of the detangler. This conditioner is great. I absolutely love it. The coconut oil is really the star of the product. Actually, it is the star of both products. Having it in the shampoo and conditioner makes it make have amazing results on hair. I am very happy with how my hair turned out with both of these products. It is shiny, soft, manageable and my color stayed in. No fading. I love Niucoco products.

Niucoco products are available online at www.niucoco.com. Like Niucoco on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/niucoco; Follow Niucoco on Twitter:@niucoco; Follow Niucoco on Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/niucoco/ and Follow Niucoco on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/niucoco/

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These were sent for consideration)



Review: Rimmel London Brow This Way Highlighting Pencil #RimmelLondon #BrowThisWay #HighlightingPencil

(product photo courtesy of www.rimmellondon.com)

Get beautiful brows and bigger eyes with the Brow This Way Highlighting Pencil. It lifts and illuminates the brow arch. And it also highlights your brow bone for added eye impact. The jumbo pencil makes application quick and easy. The soft formula has a smooth application and is easy to blend. You can also use it on the inner corner of your eye to add light and make your eyes look even larger and brighter! This pencil can be used under the eyes on the waterline to make eyes look larger and fuller. 

It has a lot of uses. Don't think it is just for the brows. Also use it in the lip area too! It can be used in the cupid's bow to add highlight and make the lips look bigger. Just line right above the lips on the cupid's bow for added impact and glow. Also, use on the lips in the center for added highlight to make the lips look fuller.

This product is available at the following locations: WalMart, Walgreens, Target, CVS/pharmacy, Meijer and Rite-Aid. Like Rimmel London on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/RimmelLondonUS; Follow Rimmel London on Twitter:@Rimmellondonus; Follow Rimmel London on Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/rimmellondonus/; Follow Rimmel London on Tumblr:http://rimmellondonus.tumblr.com/; Follow Rimmel London on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/rimmellondonus/ and Subscribe to Rimmel London on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/RimmelLondonUS.


Review: Rimmel London Brow This Way Eyebrow Sculpting Kit and Brow This Way Eyebrow Gel #RimmelLondon #BrowThisWay

(product photos courtesy of www.rimmellondon.com)

This awesome little kit, available in 3 shades, sculpts the perfect photo-ready, high impact brows. In 2 easy steps: Apply wax to shape and fix. Layer powder to set. Comes with pro brushes for precise application. Long lasting formula feels lightweight and comfortable all day long. The shades are Blonde, Medium Brown and Dark Brown. I used Medium Brown (shown here in the photo). Brow powder is for those who need to fill in more of their brows due to overtweezing or who just have sparse brows to begin with. What is so great about this kit is that it is small, so it is portable and great for travel. Also, the colors are great too. I have red hair, so the Medium Brown works well for my hair color. The wax works well to hold brows in place and then it is easy to apply the powder on top of the wax to get beautiful brows in seconds. 

If you want something a little bit lighter, then try their brow gel. It styles your brows into the perfect shape. You get perfectly groomed eyebrows in an easy, smooth application. The eyebrow gel defines, fills, and fixes brows all day with a tint of shine. And it has a comfortable lightweight texture. It also comes in 3 shades: Blonde, Medium Brown and Dark Brown. I prefer Medium Brown. This is different than the brow powder and is for brows that already had most of their shape already filled in but just need some shaping and hold. As mentioned above, brow powder is for those who need more filling in for their brows. This is for those who just need some hold and a little bit of color. Luckily Rimmel London has two products that fit the your eyebrow needs perfectly. 

I think you will love both products, it just depends on your needs. I am partial to the Brow This Way Eyebrow Sculpting Kit, myself. I have very sparse brows from years of overtweezing when I was young and now I am left with almost nothing that needs my full attention every morning. So I use the kit. See below for how it looks on me. You can see my brows done here with the Brow This Way Sculpting Kit in Medium Brown.


These products are available at the following locations: WalMart, Walgreens, Target, CVS/pharmacy, Meijer and Rite-Aid. Like Rimmel London on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/RimmelLondonUS; Follow Rimmel London on Twitter:@Rimmellondonus; Follow Rimmel London on Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/rimmellondonus/; Follow Rimmel London on Tumblr:http://rimmellondonus.tumblr.com/; Follow Rimmel London on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/rimmellondonus/ and Subscribe to Rimmel London on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/RimmelLondonUS.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These were sent for consideration)


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Review: Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Masque #calmdown #Skinceuticals

(product photo courtesy of www.skinceuticals.com)

Intensive Calming Botanical Masque
2 fl.oz./60mL $55.00
The Phyto Corrective Masque is a multi-purpose and multi-functional gel mask has been clinically tested post-procedure to effectively reduce visual redness, discomfort and heat. It contains highly-concentrated botanical extracts, a calming dipeptide and hyaluronic acid to intensely soothe and replenish temporary skin reactivity. It delivers immediate hydration to the skin. This intensive calming facial mask cools on contact, comforts skin sensitivity and restores natural radiance and smoothness. This versatile botanical facial mask has multifaceted uses post temporary skin reactivity: 
  • Daily: it can be used post workout to calm and rehydrate the skin.
  • Weekly/Seasonal: it can be used to calm and rehydrate skin post travel, to rid the skin of chlorine/salt water from swimming, to calm skin from windburn during winter activities. 
  • Post-procedure: it helps calm skin post-peel, to calm the skin after laser resurfacing, to calm the skin post extractions, to calm the skin after photodynamic therapy (PDT), to calm the skin after intense pulse light therapy (IPL) and for use after other in-office procedures. 
To use: Apply a generous amount to coat a clean face, neck and chest avoiding the eye and lip area. Allow mask to remain on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Use 2-3 times a week or as needed. Apply post-procedure as directed by a physician. 

This mask has been recommended for dry, normal, combination, oily and sensitive skin types. It really is a great mask for just about any skin type. It helps calm the skin down with its botanical ingredients. I have found that for me, it works really well post-peel. I use it after I do an intense peel on my face. It helps bring my pH level back to normal and rehydrates my skin, keeping it from dehydrating too much. Peels naturally dehydrate the skin, so this mask naturally helps add moisture and hydration back into the skin. This mask also calms the redness associated with a peel. This way my skin is not too red after the peel. Also, I use it after extractions. Yes, I do my own extractions at home. I am qualified, as I am a licensed Esthetician. I do my own facials at home so if I need to do any extractions this mask is very helpful in getting rid of any redness in the skin after extractions. It calms the skin down quite quickly. This mask is kind of a wonderful all around great mask that does so many great things. 

The Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Masque retails for $55.00 for a 2 fl.oz./60mL jar. 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)


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Review: Surya Brasil SAPIEN Women Facial Scrub #SuryaBrasil #SAPIEN #FacialScrub

(product photo courtesy of www.suryabrasilproducts.com)

3.38 fl.oz./100 mL $8.50
Surya Brasil's SAPIEN Women Facial Scrub is made with Amazonia Organic ingredients and 100% natural exfoliants. This scrub is made from coconut bark and organic Buriti*, which removes dead skin cells and impurities. It leaves skin feeling silky smooth, soft and well hydrated. This scrub is ideal for all skin types except those with eruptions. Use it soon, as it expires within 3 months. The scrub has a delightful fresh coconut and mango scent. It does not contain any ethyl alcohol, sulfates, silicone or any plastic microbeads. It also does not contain any GMO's, and is free from BHT, EDTA, parabens, sulfates, phthatlets and synthetic fragrances. 

(*Buriti, which is extracted from fruit of a palm tree in the Brazilian Amazon, has the highest occurrence of pro vitamin A available (carotenoids). The oil is also extremely rich in Vitamin E (tocopherol). Combined with anti-oxidants it gives it an incredible ability to moisturize and re-hydrate. The oil restores moisture lacking in sun-exposted skin and because of its color possesses a naturally occurring SPF factor. The rich unsaturated fatty acids in buriti oil help rebuild and hydrate new skin cells.)

If you like natural scrubs, you will love this one. It is a physcial exfoliant, meaning that the exfoliation comes from a source that is natural in means, such as ground up nutss, seeds, etc. Chemical exfoliants are alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, etc. Physical exfoliants remove dead skin cells by sloughing them off with friction. You actually scrub the skin to get the dead skin cells off and thus the skin looks fresh and new. Pores are also cleared of debris, dead skin cells and sebum. It is important to do this at least once a week for clear skin. It depends on your skin type and level of sensitivity. If you have dry skin that is not sensitive, you can do it up to 3x a week. Oilier skins with acne can only do it 1x a week but need to supplement with chemical exfoliation. This scrub is wonderful because it is not too harsh nor is it too soft to do a good job. 

To use, apply to wet face with palms of hands and massage gently. Scrub for at least one minute. Rinse with warm water. Dry face. Notice how soft and smooth it is. Bask in the glow. 

Surya Brasil SAPIEN Women Facial Scrub retails for $8.50 (originally it was $16.99) for a 3.38 fl.oz./100 mL tube. It can be purchased on www.suryabrasilproducts.com. Like Surya Brasil on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suryabrasil; Follow Surya Brasil on Twitter: @suryabrasil; Follow Surya Brasil on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/suryabrasil/; Follow Surya Brasil on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suryabrasilbeauty/ and Subscribe to Surya Brasil on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/suryabrasil 

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This was sent for consideration) 


What Is Your Skin Type? Take The Quiz To Find Out!

Most Popular Posts!