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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Review: Beauty.com Lela Rose Clutch GWP #LelaRose #GWP #beauty

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I was given the opportunity to review the latest GWP offered through Beauty.com. It is a Lela Rose embroidered bag filled with many samples from various brands. The bag is yours with a $150 purchase while supplies last.

This is a designer bag from Lela Rose, a beautiful black clutch featuring embroidered roses in shades of grey and white on a black background. Lela Rose is a fashion designer who graduated from the Parson’s School of Design in 1993. Her career has been by the aesthetic of adding whimsy to elegance through brilliant color and hand crafted details and has brought a fresh view to modern American fashion. The Lela Rose collection philosophy is to create hand finished clothes that exude casual luxury and refinement with embellished fabrics that act as the foundation, all with a nod towards the era of elegance and glamour.

So what fun and wonderful things are in the bag? So many amazing samples! Below is a list of the samples that literally fill up the bag.

The Lela Rose GWP for Beauty.com contains the following samples:

  1. H2O Face Plus Oasis Shine Neutralizing Gel
  2. Origins Mega Bright Night Mask
  3. bareMinerals 5-in1 SPF 15 Barely Nude
  4. Phytocitrus Mask
  5. L'Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil
  6. Paula's Choice Vitamin C Spot Treatment
  7. Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Plump N' Thick Creme Conditioner
  8. Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil
  9. Beautyblender Mini Liquid Blender Cleanser
  10. Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
  11. Skyn Iceland Eye Firming Gels
  12. FusionBeauty LipFusion XXL
  13. Frais Pocket Sanitizer
  14. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
  15. Hugo Boss VOC
  16. CLEAN Fragrance VOC, Skin
  17. Alessandro Nail Polish (shades vary)
  18. A gift to you from Beauty.com: $10 off a purchase $50 or more!

Lela Rose embroidered clutch for beauty.com GWPsamples for beauty.com GWP_1samples for beauty.com GWP_2

A few of these products I have tried before and really like, such as the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, the Beautyblender Mini Liquid Blender Cleanser, the Phytocitrus Mask, the L'Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil and the Skyn Iceland Eye Firming Gels. The product samples in this GWP are very nice. These are all things that I would use. Sometimes you get one of these bags that have samples in them with stuff that you would not use, stuff that is not your shade or items that are not your taste. Well, this bag is not like that at all. What I love about this GWP is that all of these samples are fabulous. They are all high end products in deluxe sample size that are of use to me.

As you can see from the photos above, the bag itself is quite cute too. It is a bag that I would use for on a night on the town because I usually wear black and this is a nice black bag. The embroidery on it is beautiful too. Very chic and nice. The bag is large enough to be accommodating for quite a few things, such as a small wallet, sunglasses, keys, a cell phone and a lipstick. There is a small pocket on the inside of the bag for placing an item or two. Definitely a useful bag.

So next time there is a GWP, take advantage of the offer to get a nice bag with some samples. This offer has expired, as I found out they ran out of bags.  But Beauty.com comes out with these GWP bags every couple of months. If I were you, I would save up for some of the items I want, wait for one of the GWP specials and then purchase from Beauty.com. These bags are definitely a great special gift to get. I think the sample sizes alone are worth it but add in the bag and that just makes it an even better deal.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This item was sent for consideration)


Review: [re] Fresh Fruit Acid Peel #fruitacidpeel

refresh fruit acid peel

I am a huge fan of Alpha Hydroxy Acids for use in anti-aging skincare. They do a great job of making the skin look and feel years younger. But, they need to be used the right way. [re]fresh Fruit Acid Peel is a great product that does a good job of helping to make skin look and feel years younger! It is an excellent exfoliant. The peel contains 15% glycolic acid with a touch of kojic acid for brightening. It also contains Lactic, and Pyruvic acids, to create an effective, professional-grade peel. This peel effectively removes the outer layers of thickened or damaged skin to improved its texture and tone, thus revealing noticeably smoother, healthier skin. The kojic acid brightens skin, reducing dark spots, age spots and inhibits melanin production. It has a natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effect from the kojic acid to prevent acne and rosacea flare-ups. It reduces fine lines and wrinkles and other signs of aging. The peel lessens the appearance of hyperpigmentation, acne scars and melasma. It is alcohol free, paraben-free and has no added added artificial colors, fragrance, or preservatives. It is also vegan friendly. All the ingredients are botanically derived and this was never tested on animals. It was also made in the USA.

I found this peel to this peel to be very good at its job. I would not recommend using it if you are on retinol. Stop using the retinol or Tretinoin for a few days prior to use of this peel. Those products increase sensitivity or could cause this product to be much stronger. My skin can stand up to strong peels, and I still had some good peeling from this on my neck and forehead. It definitely works and peels the skin, but afterwards skin looks and feels soft, less pigmented and much younger.

It sells on Amazon.com for $29.95: http://amzn.to/1ccPjnt. This is a great product and if you desire to do peels at home I think it would be a good choice for you.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Review: Quick Stitch Sewing Kit

quick stitch sewing kitEveryone needs a sewing kit to keep around the house. Just in case you need to sew a button, a hole in something, to fix a hem or something else, it is a good idea to have a kit around the house just in case. This kit has everything you need for a quick stitch. It has needles, thread, tape measure, scissors, fabric tear, some buttons, etc, Buy one and give it to your son or daughter when he/she goes off to college. It is an essential thing to have around. Make sure that your child has the basic necessities for life. I like that this kit is not too expensive either.

I tried out the kit myself and found everything worked great. I sewed a button on a shirt. The needles were sharp and the scissors worked great. The items in the kit all worked well. No problems with any of the items that come in the kit. This kit is available on Amazon.com for $11.95: http://amzn.to/1F2vPcG

Friday, May 22, 2015

Review: NEW Milani Cosmetics #Milani #MilaniCosmetics

I was asked to test out some of Milani's new cosmetics. I can say with certainty that these new items are fabulous! I am in love with their new Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick and Rose Powder Blush. See below for my review of these fabulous new items!

Eyeshadow Primer $5.99

eyeshadow primer

The Eyeshadow Primer that Milani has is very good. So good that I have just been using this one for a while now. It is just about the best one out on the market. Why? Well it gives at least 8 hours of wear and it turns every eye shadow that you put on your eye into a longwearing eye shadow. Regardless of the formula. The lightweight, non-sticky color-intensifier and crease-minimizer goes on nude and once it dries down, it’s invisible. It is the perfect eye shadow primer.


milani fierce foil eye shine


Fierce Foil Eye Shine $9.99

This is not an eye shadow. It is a shiny gloss to wear on the eyes. The extraordinary, eye-enhancing game changing gloss should be swept on bare lids. Just tap the applicator on to the color and then glide it over the eye. Start close to the lash line and work up from there. Then simply blend and build with the applicator or your fingertip. It is very easy to get a glowing look with this gloss. The hardest thing you will have to do with this product is actually picking a palette! It comes in four shade quartettes named for Italy's starriest, most beloved cities. They are: Milan (soft pinks and taupes), Rome (a pack of rich lavenders and purples), Florence (think copper, bronze, gold) and Venice (icy white and cool blues). Sexy and glamorous, the Fierce Foil Eye Shine is a runway inspired "real way" designed fun product.

I tried out Rome, which is a beautiful set of purples, looking very pretty on the eyes. I did have some trouble with creasing the first time I used them. So I tried them out with the Eyeshadow Primer and did not go out over the lid. This way they could not crease.

wearing Milani Fierce  Foil Eye Shine

(wearing Fierce Foil Eye Shine in Rome and Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Liner)

Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Liner $8.49

Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Liner

I love liquid liner and I am always on the hunt for a good one. What I like about the Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Liner is that is is versatile. It has an extreme felt tip that you can line your eyes with in three different intensities. Try thin, medium and heavy. Just by switching up the angle you hold it. The formula is waterproof, non-feathering and glides on smoothly in a single stroke. The color it comes in is Blackest Black.

I like that this liner does not skip during application. The applicator is great because you can use it three different ways. I like to try and create a thicker line on my lash line and then create a small wing that flicks upward and out.


Rose Powder Blush $7.99rose powder blush

Gorgeous petal soft pigment that looks amazing on the face. It has a natural-finish powder that shapes, contours and highlights. Does not streak and is easy to use. In ultra flattering shades. I tried out Romantic Rose and Coral Cove. Love these beautiful shades of blush. They are extremely pigmented and last all day long on the cheeks without fading.

These rose powder blushes are extremely pretty on. The Coral Cove is my favorite shade, as it provides a beautiful bright cheek that looks good with just about any lipstick. Romantic Rose is a matte dark pink/dusty mauve that also looks good with a good number of lip shades.

Wearing Milani Romantic Rose Powder Blush

(wearing Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose; Eyeshadow Primer and Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Liner in Blackest Black)

Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick $5.99

color statement moisture matte lipstick

This is your fantasy matte lipstick. It not only feels fantastic on your lips (yes it is that good), but it lasts for hours and hours. It has an "a-mazing Instagram Selfie" written all over it! This lipstick is infused with grape seed extract imported from Italy. It is a smear-proof lip soother that delivers mega-color that will not budge, even after eating or drinking. It comes in 8 go-the-distance shades, from oh-so-sweet pale pink Matte Innocence to the va va voom fiery-red Matte Passion. I tried out 3 of them: Matte Naked (matte neutral beige), Matte Diva (matte bright pink) and Matte Confident (matte dark red). This matte lipstick is killer!

My favorite shade is the Matte Naked because I love nude shades. However, I also love Matte Diva, because it is so loud and fun. Matte Confident is for doing a Hollywood glamour look.


Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick in Matte Diva

(Milani  Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick in Matte Diva)


Milani Cosmetics can be purchased online at www.milanicosmetics.com or in Walgreens and CVS stores. 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://instagram.com/milanicosmetics/ and Subscribe to Milani on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Milani.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These items were sent for consideration)


Sanrio And Softlips® Cube Lip Balm To Launch Hello Kitty® Limited Edition Collection Summer 2015 #HelloKitty #Softlips

sanrio soft lips
Sanrio®, parent company of Hello Kitty®, and The Mentholatum Company's Softlips® Cube 5 in 1 Lip Care will partner to launch a new supercute lip balm collection beginning in July 2015. Packaged in a sleek, colorful, glass-like cube, each unique flavor is inspired by some of Hello Kitty's favorite things.  The Softlips® Cube Hello Kitty collection will hydrate, replenish, smooth, protect with SPF 15 and add a subtle sheen. Designed to fit discreetly into a small purse while remaining easy to find in any bag, this collectible limited edition is a must have for Hello Kitty and Softlips® Cube fans alike. 
"Hello Kitty's sweet personality and supercute visual style are the inspirations for the new Softlips® Cube Hello Kitty collection," said Jill Koch, Sr. Vice President of Brand Management and Marketing of Sanrio, Inc. "The limited edition collection pairs Hello Kitty with Softlips'® unique cube design and premium lip balm to provide a unique product that fans will enjoy."
"Softlips® has provided premium lip balms with a flavorful twist to women for over twenty years, and we are thrilled to team up with Sanrio for the new Softlips® Cube Hello Kitty collection. This collaboration is the perfect fit for Softlips® Cube, the lip balm that combines function and style, and Hello Kitty, the cute and sophisticated pop icon," said Jean Legros, VP of Sales and Marketing, The Mentholatum Company.
The collection will debut with two Hello Kitty® personalities and corresponding flavors, "Smart" with a crisp Apple flavor and "Pretty" with a sweet Passion Fruit flavor, followed by "Cute" with a delicious Strawberry Banana flavor in September. The fourth and final flavor, an exclusive mystery flavor, will be available as part of a four-piece gift set starting in November.  Whether it is Smart or Cute Hello Kitty, everyone can find their favorite!
The individual Softlips® Cube Hello Kitty balms will retail for $3.49 each and the four piece gift set for $12.99, at retailers nationwide.
About Sanrio®
Sanrio is the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty®, who recently celebrated her 40th Anniversary. Home to many endearing characters including Chococat® My Melody®, Badtz-Maru® and Keroppi®, Sanrio was founded on the 'small gift, big smile®' philosophy – that a small gift can bring happiness and friendship to people of all ages. Since 1960, this philosophy has served as the inspiration for the broad spectrum of unique products and experiences. Today, more than 50,000 Sanrio-branded items are available in over 130 countries and upwards of 15,000 U.S. retail locations including department, specialty, national chain stores and over 80 Sanrio boutiques. For more information please visit www.sanrio.com and www.facebook.com/hellokitty.
About The Mentholatum Company
The Mentholatum Company is a global health and wellness company located in Orchard Park, NY, and dedicated to providing effective solutions to consumers' personal care needs. For more information please visit www.mentholatum.com.
SOURCE The Mentholatum Company
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Demystifying Adult Acne #adultacne #acne

Below you will find a link to Health Perch’s new infographic on adult acne. What causes it, what to do about and every piece of information that you may need on it.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Almay Simply American' Campaign Simply Not True #almay #TINA

Ad Watchdog Files Complaint about Deceptive Made in USA Claims

almay campaign not true

More than 95 percent of Revlon's Almay line of cosmetics sold on its website fails to meet the legal standard for a "Made in the USA" claim, but the company's broad-reaching "Almay Simply American" marketing campaign including television, social media, and Internet ads laden with patriotic symbolism unquestionably implies just that. Tuesday, ad watchdog truthinadverting.org (TINA.org) filed a deceptive advertising complaint against Revlon with federal and state regulators for violating the FTC's Made in the USA standards.
"Almay's implied, unqualified claim that its cosmetics are made in the USA is false advertising," said TINA.org Executive Director Bonnie Patten. "Its marketing is unfair to consumers and to companies whose products really are 100% made in the U.S."
Though the ads reference Almay's "American Science" and feature countless waving flags, plenty of red, white, and blue and a heavily promoted tie-in with American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood, the company posts no disclaimers on its website or in its Almay Simply American commercials about the origins of its products. Instead, the company boasts that it's proud to be a "truly American brand."
Consumers can only find out where some of the products are made if they have them in their hands and attempt to read the tiny fine print -- some of which is illegible -- on the labels. A majority of Almay's products have labels that say "made in the USA with U.S. and non-U.S. components," but do not indicate where the components are from nor how much of the foreign components are in the product. Of the seven products featured in the Carrie Underwood Simply American commercial, three are wholly made in foreign countries.
Last week TINA.org asked that Revlon stop deceiving consumers with its Made in the USA marketing. The company denied the campaign was deceptive and requested TINA.org discontinue any further inquiry into Almay's advertising. 
TINA.org subsequently filed complaints with both the FTC and the New York Attorney General urging them to take action and hold the company accountable for its deceptive marketing messages.
About TINA.org (truthinadvertising.org)  TINA.org is a non-profit organization based in Madison, Conn. that uses investigative journalism, education, and advocacy to empower consumers to protect themselves against false advertising and deceptive marketing.
SOURCE truthinadvertising.org

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