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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Review: Studio Gear Dual Identity Wet/Dry Mineral Foundation #studiogearcosmetics

(product photos courtesy of www.brandbacker.com)

Studio Gear Revitalizing Serum and Dual Identity Wet/Dry Mineral Foundation

Dual Identity Wet/Dry Mineral Foundation is a true revolutionary advancement in the beauty industry. Loose minerals provide benefits that you have come to expect of a normal mineral foundation, enhanced with improved application, feel, look and performance. It's versatility that makes it the perfect makeup for all seasons. One foundation can be used four ways:
  1. Mineral Powder: Keep it simple and buff Foundation into skin on it's own or over primer.
  2. Serum Foundation: Mix it Up with Revitalizing Day Serum to create custom, super moisturizing coverage. (Tip, you can also mix with your favorite SPF)
  3. Mattifying Finishing Powder: Take it on the go to set your liquid make-up and stay matte all day.
  4. Cream Contour: Mix up darker and lighter shades with Protective Day Lotion for creamy, blendable, custom contour.
This foundation is incredibly easy to use. It either gets buffed over the skin on it's own, then blended in. Or you mix it up with the Revitalizing Day Serum to create custom coverage. Those are the two main ways to use it. It can also be used as a Mattifying Finishing Powder or create your own custom contour shades. It comes in the following shades: Bisque, Cream, Linen, Natural, Sand, Wheat, Praline and Raw Sugar. I used Bisque, the lightest shade. It comes with a Domed brush to help buff the color into the skin. 
 Studio Gear's Dual Identity Wet/Dry Mineral Foundation retails for $28.00. The Revitalizing Day Serum is $40.00. These can be purchased at www.studiogearcosmetics.com.
Until Next Time~
Marie Papachatzis
(These items provided by Brandbacker)




Review: NYX Cosmetics Lip Lingerie #NYXCosmetics #LipLingerie #Lipstick

(product photo courtesy of www.nyxcosmetics.com)


NYX Cosmetics is famous for makeup artist quality cosmetics. They are also famous for having some of the finest lip cosmetics on the market today. Lip Lingerie is a seductive, weightless liquid lipstick with a plush matte finish. Available in a range of 12 color-kissed nudes, from cinnamon pink and chocolate brown to warm mahogany red and classic nude beige, each sultry shade will coat the curves of your lips with irresistibly creamy color.

I tried Satin Ribbon, a nude beige. Below are photos of the color. A swatch on my arm as well as me wearing it on my lips. The color is beautiful. It is a light nude beige that wears well on the lips and looks good with just about anything. 

I love the Lip Lingerie line. It is an amazing line of lip products that has not only great color choices but I love the matte finish that is very long-wearing and is waterproof. Matte is huge right now. Not only that but nude lips are also huge too. They are very in. So not only do you have matte but nude, a 2-in-1 product that takes care of both trends at once. What I also like about this product is that it is non-drying to the lips. It goes on very creamy but dries to a powdery matte finish.

(above: Lip Lingerie in Satin Ribbon)

(above: wearing Lip Lingerie in Satin Ribbon)



Lip Lingerie is one of NYX Cosmetics most popular products right now. All over Instagram and Pinterest you see photos of Lip Lingerie, swatches of all of the colors and pics of the product. It's often sold out in stores and online.
   
NYX Cosmetics Lip Lingerie retails for $7.00. It can be purchased online at www.nyxcosmetics.com and www.ulta.com. NYX Cosmetics can also be purchased at NYX Cosmetics stores, CVS, Ulta and some Bed, Bath and Beyond 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

(This item was sent for consideration)





Monday, August 15, 2016

Review: NYX Cosmetics Liquid Cream Suede Lipstick #NYXCosmetics #LiquidSuedeCreamLipstick #MatteLipstick #Lipstick

(product photos courtesy of www.nyxcosmetics.com)

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick is a matte formula cream lipstick that comes in 24 shades. The shade range is from demure to kick-ass rockin'!What I love about this cream lipstick is not only the shade range but it's matte formula that is extremely long-wearing but non-drying to the lips. It's also waterproof. What more could you want from your lipstick?
I tried three shades: Tea & Cookies, Respect The Pink and Sway. Below  are swatches of all three along with photos of me wearing them. In a a few photos I tried some ombre looks with them.  It is a little bit harder to do ombre looks with matte cream lipsticks because they dry so quick. But I tried. They did not turn out so bad. 
(above left to right: Tea & Cookies, Respect The Pink and Sway)
 
(above: Sway and Respect The Pink mixed)

(above: Sway)

(above: Tea & Cookies on the lip rim and Respect The Pink on the inside of the lip)



(above: Tea & Cookies on the lip rim and Respect The Pink on the inside of the lip)

(above: Sway)
 
(above: Respect The Pink)

(above: Respect The Pink)



NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick retails for $7.00. It can be purchased online at www.nyxcosmetics.com or www.ulta.com. It can also be found at Ulta stores, CVS, NYX Cosmetics stores and some Bed, Bath and Beyond 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 sent for consideration)

 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Review: Maybelline Master Contour by FaceStudio #Maybelline #MasterContour #FaceStudio

(product photo courtesy of www.maybelline.com)




One of the hottest beauty trends that you have likely seen everywhere is contouring. Contouring is very hot right now. It's back from the 80's, but it's much better. Better than ever I'd say! Every company has a contour kit. Don't be scared of contouring, it's not that hard to accomplish if you know what to do. 

Maybelline Master Contour by FaceStudio is amazing. It makes contouring simple, fast and easy. It comes in three shade choices, with two shades in each stick. It's a V-Shaped Duo Stick, that contours for structure and highlights to enhance. It glides on easily and blends like a dream. I tried two of the colors, Light and Deep. It also comes in Medium. You will love using this because it makes contouring sooooooo easy and quick. There is no need to purchase a kit with six or eight colors in it, this is really all you need. And if you want, you could get all of these colors to make up your contouring kit.

When you contour, you are trying to enhance certain features and hide others. You use the lightest shade on the cheekbones, middle of the forehead, down the nose, and in the middle of the chin. The dark shade is used under the cheekbones, on the side of the nose, maybe on the end of the nose, on the side of the forehead, under the jawline and on the side of the chin. You can also take the dark shade all the way down the cheeks, making them slimmer. Once you have applied the shades, you blend them in either with a brush or a sponge. Blending is the key to successful contouring. If it isn't blended well, then you will not look right. 

Here are two of the shades, Light and Deep:
(top to bottom: Light, with the lightest shade on top; then Deep, also with the lightest shade on top) 






(above: Here I am wearing Master Contour in Light. I am showing you how the contour and highlight should be applied. You can see the darker shade easily, but the lighter shade blends in with my skin tone closely.) 

(Here my face is contoured and highlighted)
 
Maybelline Master Contour by FaceStudio retails for $10.99. It may be purchased on www.maybelline.com, or at mass market retailers such as Walgreens, Rite-Aid, CVS, some Bed, Bath and Beyond stores and Wal-Mart. 

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These were sent for consideration)

Review: Maybelline Master Strobing Stick by FaceStudio #Maybelline #StrobingStick #FaceStudio

(product photos courtesy of www.maybelline.com)

 

One of the biggest makeup trends right now is called strobing. What is strobing? Strobing is highlighting areas of the face, in a clean, not over-the-top way. It's about adding light to the face where it's needed. It's not about adding "excess" to the face. Areas to highlight are the cheeks, right at the top of the cheekbone, under the brows, the nose, the forehead and the chin. Strobing adds dimension to your face. It can slim your face down and it can add contours to the face with highlights.

One of the best ways to accomplish this is to use Maybelline's Master Strobing Stick by FaceStudio. It comes in two shades, 100 Iridescent and 200 Nude Glow. The Iridescent shade is a light pink shade and Nude Glow is a peach shade. Honestly, I like both. For my fair skin it would be recommended that I would use the Iridescent shade and that deeper skin tones would use the Nude Glow shade. However, I also think it depends on what skin tone you have too. I think that warmer skin tones can use the Nude Glow shade and that cool tones can use the Iridescent shade. The Master Strobing Stick has micro-fine pearls and a creamy formula that make you look as if your skin was lit from within. 

What I love about this product is that it's just the right amount of glow. Not too much. Your skin looks lit from within, like it is supposed too, not overly done with highlight. You can see both in the photo below. I think it depends on your mood and what kind of highlight you are after. Personally, I love both of them.
Top: 200 Nude Glow Bottom: 100 Iridescent







(above: wearing Strobing Stick 100 Iridescent in all photos)

Maybelline Master Strobing Stick by FaceStudio retails for $9.99. It can be purchased online at www.maybelline.com and at mass market retailers nationwide, such as Walgreens, Rite-Aid, CVS, some Bed, Bath and Beyond stores and Wal-Mart. It works really well when worn with Master Contour by FaceStudio (review to come).

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These were sent for consideration)


Friday, August 12, 2016

Review: bliss triple oxygen instant energizing foaming mask #bliss #oxygenfoamingmask

(product photo courtesy of www.blisspa.com)

triple oxygen instant energizing foaming mask 3.4 fl.oz./100mL $89.60/Set of 2
Has your skin been looking kind of dull? Sallow? Is is not as "bright" as it used to be?  We all go through this. It is due to a lack of oxygen in our skin that happens as we age. This can happen as early as our 20's! It starts off with the "party" lifestyle and ends up increasing because of sun damage, smoking and aging due to free radical damage. 

One thing that will help keep your skin looking beautiful, bright and pink is bliss's triple oxygen instant energizing foaming mask. This self-activating mask is formulated with multi-action CPR technology, Vitamins C & E and grape seed extract to instantly revitalize, energize and supercharge skin's natural defenses, resulting in healthy, glowing and youthful looking skin. bliss has poured the expertise behind "triple oxygen facial" treatment into this bottle, so you know you will get spa worthy results at home. CPR technology stands for: clarify, protect and revitalize. This mask clarifies and brightens with Vitamin C. It protects and defends skin by enhancing skin's natural moisture barrier. Finally, it revitalizes by energizing skin 's glow with three oxygen boosters.

What does the mask do for the skin? It instantly takes skin from dull to radiantly beautiful and divine looking with one application. Keep using it and you will see a huge difference in your skin. It revitalizes tired and damaged skin from environmental aggressors, aging and stress with CPR technology. And, it energizes and supercharges skin's natural defenses. 

Based on an instant consumer perception study of healthy women aged 36-62, 100% of women agreed their skin felt refreshed after using this mask. 97% agreed their skin instantly looked revitalized. 94% agreed skin instantly looked and felt smoother. 91% agreed their skin instantly looked healthy. 88% agreed their skin instantly looked radiant and clearer. 

This is one of my favorite masks. It really does work. Skin looks so much better after repeated uses, even after just one use! You will notice a huge difference in how your skin looks after you use it. It will have a beautiful glow to it. 

This 2 bottle set normally costs $112.00 but is now 20% off and is now $89.60. The mask is available from www.blissworld.com and Kohl's. Like Bliss World on Facebook.com: https://www.facebook.com/BlissSpa; Follow Bliss World on Twitter:@blissspa;Follow Bliss World on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/blissspa/ and Follow Bliss World on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bliss_spa/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This was sent for consideration)







Thursday, August 11, 2016

Review: Milani Amore Matte Lip Crème #Milani #AmoreMatteLipCreme

(product photo courtesy of www.milanicosmetics.com)

Matte lipstick is in, it's back and it is better than ever! Amore Matte Lip Crème has arrived. This revolutionary, highly saturation liquid-to-matte formula dries to a soft, velvety finisnish for fuller-looking lips.It has a douled-sided , flexible plush applicator that hugs the contours of your lips, working to lock in bold, opaque color. This lipstick is non-sticky, smooth and ready for all-night wear. It wears for up to 16 hours!!!! You can go clubbing, eat breakfast and go to work and still have your lipstick on.This is the ultimate transfer kiss-me matte. 

The best way to use this lipstick is to use the double-sided plush applicator and glide the liquid matte across your lips smoothly, starting at the cupid's bow in a criss-cross pattern, then along the outer corner of lips and the bottom of lip. Next, fill in the r est of the lips as if you are connecting-the dots.



I tried three shades of the Amore Matte Lip Crème: Craze (bright orange), , Loved (nude pink) and Obsession (dark plum). It goes on easily, give s you enough time to work with it before it dries and dries smoothly, so it does not look cracked or funny looking. I like how you can build up the color too, so you can have on a couple of layers to make it really stand out. 

swatches in: Loved, Craze and Obsession

Craze

Loved

Obsession
 
These lip colors run $8.99 and are available from www.milanicosmetics.com, Walgreens and CVS.  Like Milani on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Milani; Follow Milani on Twitter:@milanicosmetics; Follow Milani on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/milanicosmetics/; Follow Milani on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/milanicosmetics/ ; Subscribe to Milani on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Milani and Follow Milani on Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/milanicosmetics.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These were sent for consideration)
  





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