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Friday, August 15, 2014

Review: L’Occitane Roses et Reines #L’Occitane #Roses

L’Occitane does it again. The new Roses et Reines collection is a large collection of rose scented products that are going to be on your shopping list. Reine means Queen in French. A beautiful collection reminiscent of a Provence garden in the heat of summer. Imagine a rose collection, softly scented with a sweetly seductive scent. In the south of France, the Provence region holds many fragrances but none hold a candle to the rose, which has many forms, Grasse, Bulgarian, Turkish and Moroccan. This collection is named after the daughters of the Count of Forcalquier, who were as beautiful as the roses they cherished. Each daughter, Marguerite, Eléonore, Sancie and Béatrix, married a king. These daughters became the four Queens of Forcalquier and inspired this rose collection.

I was able to try out two of the lovely products in this collection, the bath gel and the body milk. I love L’Occitane bath gel. It is luxurious, scents the skin with its luscious fragrance that stays all day long. Roses et Reines is no different. This collection is of very high quality, like others before it.

Roses et Reines Bath and Shower Gel 8.4 fl.oz. $20.00

rose et reines bath gel

Enriched with Rose Water, this bath and shower gel is a great way to leave skin feeling soft and silky all day long. The shower gel melts onto the skin, envelops you in an elegant rose scent. The skin is left scented with a delicious rose scent with extracts of roses from Grasse, Bulgaria, Morocco, Turkey and an unique rose extract from Haute-Provence. The Roses et Reine collection uses rose extract that is derived from enfleurage, made innovative from L'Occitane. The petals are steeped in oil, which becomes saturated with this scent of the roses. Use with the Roses et Reines Body Milk.



Roses et Reines Body Milk 8.4 fl.oz. $25.00

roses et reines bath milk

As with the bath and shower gel, this body milk also uses rose extract that has been derived from the enfleurage technique. Roses from various sources, Grasse, Bulgaria, Morocco, Turkey and Haute-Provence are combined in this Body Milk to leave your skin with a unique fragrance that will last all day long. Combine with the Bath and Shower Gel and your skin will have a beautiful scent that is reminiscent of a flower garden in the summer. This body milk leaves dry skin feeling soft and smooth, as it sinks in immediately.




Other products in the collection are:

Eau de Toilette $50.00

Bath Soap $8.00

Body and Face Mist $14.00

Bath Salts $24.00

Hair Mist $16.00

Eau de Toilette Roll On $22.00

Hand and Nail Cream $22.00

Pearlescent Body Gel $25.00

Pearlescent Shampoo $20.00

Pearlescent Conditioner $20.00

Shower Scrub $20.00

Solid Perfume $12.00

Radiant Body Milk $25.00

Perfumed Sachet $12.00

Candle $25.00

Bonne Mere Soap $7.00


Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These items were sent for consideration)




Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Laura Mercier Fall 2014: Sensual Reflections #LauraMercier #SensualReflections

laura mercier fall 2014 sensual reflections

This fall Laura Mercier introduces a rich, decadent color collection called Sensual Reflections. Think of colors like hunter green, rich plum and tempting chocolate. I was able to try out a couple of the items and I have my thoughts on them. Some of the items in this collection are as follows:

Satin Matte Eye Colour in Gold SeductionSatin Matte Eye Colour in Plum AllureSatin Matte Eye Colour in Sensual PinkSatin Matte Eye Colour in Tempting GreenCreme Eyeliner in Envy(2)Black Faux Lash MascaraCheek MelangeCreme Smooth Lip Colour in PlumberryLip Glace in Desire(2)

There are four eye Satin Matte Eye Colors $24.00 in shades like Gold Seduction, Plum Allure, Sensual Pink and Tempting Green. I tried out Tempting Green, which is a rich Hunter Green shade that goes on smoky and sensual. Crème Eyeliner $23.00 in Envy, a rich deep Emerald Green helps to add some drama to the eye. Black Faux Lash $24.00 mascara completes the look. There is also Cheek Melange $42.00 with shades of peach, bronze and light tan to tie the look together. Lips are dramatic with Crème Smooth Lip Color $24.00 in cherry (Plumberry) or Cocoa (chocolate) and Sienna (burgundy). Lip Glace $25.00 comes in Desire (burgundy with blue shift) and Bare Blush (light pink).

Laura Mercier Lip Glace in DesireLaura Mercier Lip Glace in Desire_swatchLaura Mercier Satin Matte Eye Colour in Tempting GreenLaura Mercier Creme Eyeliner in Envy

eyes with Laura Mercier Tempting Green eye shadow and Envy Creme Eyeliner_openeyes with Laura Mercier Tempting Green eye shadow and Envy Creme Eyeliner_closedlips with Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Desire


Sensual Reflections is the perfect fall color collection. It has all the right colors that we expect from a collection and the way the colors are put together is breathtaking. The cooler weather will be here before you know it! Laura Mercier is available from www.lauramercier.com, www.nordstrom.com, www.neimanmarcus.com, www.sephora.com, www.bloomingdales.com, www.macys.com and their brick and mortar counterparts. Like Laura Mercier on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lauramerciercosmetics?cm_mmc_o=dzgw_BBLCjCkzAyz%20Fwygbwy%20cw_lbfwCjCkzAyz%20Fwygbwy%20uBBfwyCjCkzAyz%20Fwygbwy%20uzgw_BBL%205zTw; Follow Laura Mercier on Twitter: @LauraMercier; Subscribe to Laura Mercier on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/LauraMercierCosmetic?cm_mmc_o=QBAaA_wCjCkzAyz%20Fwygbwy%20cw_lbfwCjCkzAyz%20Fwygbwy%20uBBfwyCjCkzAyz%20Fwygbwy%20YBAfA_w%205zTw; Follow Laura Mercier on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lauramercierusa/ and Follow Laura Mercier on Instagram: http://instagram.com/lauramercier?ref=badge.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These items were sent for consideration)


Monday, August 11, 2014

Review: CoTZ Natural Sunscreen #CoTZ #mineralsunscreen


 CoTZ is a company that believes in natural, healthier sunscreens for the face and body. By natural they mean no chemicals. The sunscreens they use are mineral based, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These are sunscreens that anyone can use and they are better for the body than chemical sunscreens. People are not prone to allergic reactions from these minerals, they are great for all skin types, the minerals will not irritate the skin, will not clog pores, they sit on the top of skin and deflect the sun’s rays so that they are not absorbed into the skin. The CoTZ mineral complex prevents heat build up on the skin, which can damage the dermis (top layer of the skin), it is also free of oils and fragrances. They have 7 different types of sunscreens. I tried out two of them, the Sensitive SPF 40 and the Natural Skin Tone SPF 40.


CoTZ Face For Sensitive SPF 40 $19.99

COTZ Sensitive SPF 40

This extra gentle sunscreen is great for all skin types. It has transparent zinc oxide that acts as a sunscreen and also to sooth skin and manage irritation. It blends easily and also sits on top of skin to reflect UVA/UVB rays instead of the rays absorbing into the skin, as would happen with a chemical sunscreen. This formula is 100% free of chemical sunscreens, oils, fragrances and preservatives. It is soft, sheer and is perfect for those who have acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema or lupus. It is also great for those that have undergone laser treatment, microdermabrasion, or chemical peels. The gentle formula does not sting the eyes either.

This is my new favorite sunscreen. It goes on easily, blends in like a dream due to the micronized zinc oxide and acts to reflect the sun’s rays for a good long while. It contains 20% zinc oxide, which is the highest level I have seen. Zinc oxide is also used to help sooth skin irritations, burns, chapped skin, etc. That is why this is so great for sensitive skins.

CoTZ Face for Natural Skin Tone SPF 40 $19.99

COTZ For Natural Skin tones SPF 40

This sunscreen has a tint to it and is good for fair, medium and dark skin tones. There is also one for lighter skin tones (that one would be perfect for me!). It has a great matte finish that blends in to the skin. The sunscreen is mineral of course, titanium dioxide 8% and zinc oxide 3.8%. It was a little too dark for me but it looks nice on and it good for those who don’t want to wear a foundation in the summer and who still want a little bit of color. It protects against sun-accelerated age marks. It also helps against heat build up on the skin which damages the dermis layer, helps to prevent pre-mature skin aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, sagging, age spots, and uneven skin tone. The mineral sunscreen reflects the UVA/UVB rays so that they cannot penetrate the skin. This gentle formula does not sting the eyes. This is gentle enough for those who have had laser surgery, chemical peels, etc., It is also good for those who have acne, rosacea, etc..



CoTZ has a few other sunscreens, all mineral of course, that are great for just about everyone. There is a pediatric sunscreen that has transparent zinc oxide, which is excellent for children. They also  make a lip balm, with SPF 45, that contains the mineral complex they are famous for. CoTZ is a great company that makes sunscreens people have been hunting for. Many people cannot use chemical sunscreens and mineral sunscreens are hard to find. CoTZ sunscreens are available from www.cotzskincare.com, www.dermstore.com, www.birchbox.com, www.amazon.com, www.ulta.com and www.skinstore.com. Like CoTZ on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cotzskincare; Follow CoTZ on Twitter: @cotzskincare; Follow CoTZ on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/cotzskincare/ and Follow CoTZ on Instagram: http://instagram.com/cotzskincare.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These items were sent for consideration)


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Review: BB+Plus Illumination #WhiteningLightning #BB+PlusIllumination

(photo courtesy of www.whiteninglightning.com)

Take your BB Cream to the next level with illumination. This formula has light reflecting particles and golden shimmer that impart radiance to the skin. It is easy to blend and wears a long time so that it will definitely become a staple in your makeup collection. Blur imperfections, correct discolorations and add a glow that will make you look younger. BB+Plus Illumination can be used alone, as a cream highlighter or mixed with your favorite foundation. It is customizable to your lifestyle. BB Creams are famous for their anti-aging, hydrating and brightening properties and with this boost of illuminating particles that will reflect imperfections you will look more vibrant than before.
This BB Cream was a little too dark for my complexion, but it did provide a nice bit of glow that is missing in many BB Creams. It does on very light and has buildable coverage. If you are looking for a BB Cream that will add some radiance to the skin, this is right up your alley. It does provide the regular benefits of a BB Cream with the added plus of illumination on the skin. The golden shimmer is not too much either, which is nice. This is good for all skin types except those with extreme acneic skins, which might find the shimmer too glowy much for their blemishes.
BB+Plus Illumination retails for $36.00 and can be purchased through www.whiteninglightning.com. Like Whitening Lightening on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whiteninglightning. Follow Whitening Lightening on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WhiteningLtning; Follow Whitening Lightening on Instagram:http://instagram.com/whiteninglightning# and Subscribe to Whitening Lightening on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/WhiteningLtning.
Until Next Time~
Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie
(This item was sent for consideration)

Review: Lifeline Daily Defense Complex #LifelineSkincare

lifeline daily defense complex
Lifeline Daily Defense Complex from Lifeline Stem Cell Skincare is a new and super potent formula that firms, tones and defends skin from free radicals and UV rays. The lightweight formula combines powerful concentrations of peptides from non-embryonic human stem cells with Ultrasomes and anti-oxidants that protect skin. These technologies correct skin and protect it from damage caused by UV rays. 

The benefits of this great product are that it increases cell turnover for a brighter, more even skin tone; it helps to stimulate collagen and elastin production to diminish fine lines and wrinkles; it provides cellular protection against UV damage; it repairs DNA enzymes and a full anti-oxidant panel; it helps prevent dehydration and replenishes moisture to the skin; it restores firmness, tightness and uses the body’s own natural repair mechanism to help the skin look and feel younger.

What I really like about this product is how it makes skin look and feel younger in a short amount of time. As we age our skin starts to go downhill after age 40. If you don’t have a good regimen going you will notice it pretty quickly. Even with a good regimen you need to keep it up or skin starts to look old quickly. This product has the new anti-aging rage, stem cells, which have been shown to help stop time in its tracks. Keep fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage and sagging at bay with anti-oxidants and stem cells. This is a nice, light lotion that sinks into skin quickly and leaves little to no residue. Use after serums make this the last product you put on at night. It is great for all skin types, for anyone who needs an anti-aging moisturizer.

Lifeline Daily Defense Complex retails for $160.00 if you purchase one time. Auto-ship is $144.00. This product is available from www.lifelineskincare.com, www.dermstore.com and www.amazon.com. Like Lifeline Skincare on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LifelineStemCellSkinCare; Follow Lifeline Skincare on Twitter: @lifelineskin and Follow Lifeline Skincare on Instagram: http://instagram.com/lifelineskin

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This item was sent for consideration)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Fall 2014 Makeup Trends… #makeup trends #fall2014 #fall2014makeuptrends #beauty

This Fall/Autumn 2014 makeup is going rich with shades of plum and burgundy. Most of the cosmetic companies are coming out with shades of intense plums, burgundy and hunter green. Fall is always dark and rich and this season is no exception.

Tarte Cosmetics

(photo courtesy of www.tartecosmetics.com)

rainforest after dark colored clay eye and cheek palette

Rainforest After Dark Limited-Edition Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette $38.00: this palette has six eye shadows, one blush, a highlighter and their infamous contouring bronzer. Part of a whole collection, the colors are rich and pigmented, lovely and they stay on quite well. I use this with the new Colored Clay CC Eye Primer Stick ($21.00). I love the plum shades interspersed with the gold, which complement each other quite well. You can do so many different looks with this palette. I have blue-green eyes and this palette really helps to bring out the green in my eyes, as purple is the complement to green on the color wheel. The blush (Unleashed) is a deep cool pink shade and looks great on my pale skin. Five of the six shades in this palette are matte, with the gold shade being the only shimmer. That is okay. Matte is still in this fall and shimmers are always in style. This is tarte’s best palette to date!

Too Faced Cosmetics

(photo courtesy of www.toofacedcosmetics.com)
cat eyes palette

Cat Eyes Ferociously Feminine Eye Shadow & Liner Collection $36.00: nine eye shadows rich in color that go on smoothly, stay on all day long, blending like a dream. Too Faced always has a great collection every season and this Fall is no exception. In fact, this season they have three new palettes out. The Cat Eyes palette is just the prettiest of all three in my opinion. The other two, Country and Rock n’ Roll have great shades too. The Rock n’ Roll palette also has some great shades that work well with this fall’s burgundy and plum shades. What I love most about these palettes is the looks you can get with them. The shades mix and match so well that there are innumerous looks available with each palette. Well worth the money.


(photos courtesy of www.narscosmetics.com)
dolomites duo eye shadowjardin perdu duo eye shadowunlawful blushbansar satin lip pencilmandore satin lip pencilnight flight night series eyeliner

Night Caller Collection: In this collection Francois Nars introduces two new eye shadow duos, a new blush, two new satin lip pencils and several new Night Series Eyeliners. I love the shades of the eye shadow duos. NARS always has great colors. They are Avant garde and look killer on the face. Jardin Perdu ($35.00) (lost garden) is a beautiful purple and silver duo that looks gorgeous on green eyes. Dolomites duo also brings out green eyes but is great for any other eye color too with its burgundy and pink shades. Unlawful blush ($30.00) is amber with silver pearl, and is the perfect complement to the eye shadow shades, I was not as happy with the Night Series ($24.00) liner that I received, as it broke off easily and is hard to sharpen back into an wearable shape. Also in the collection are two Satin Lip Pencils, Bansar and Mandore.

Urban Decay

(photos courtesy of www.urbandecay.com)
Pulp Fiction Eye Shadow PalettePulp Fiction Revolution LipstickPulp Fiction Nail colorPulp Fiction 24-7 Lip Pencil

Pulp Fiction Collection: Yes, it has been 20 years since the release of the cult classic film Pulp Fiction! To mark this momentous anniversary, Urban Decay has come out with a nice little capsule collection commemorating the release. The Pulp Fiction palette ($34.00) has four eye shadows, one of which is a dual eye shadow. It comes with a brush and is designed to be able to recreate the look of Uma Thurman’s character Mia Wallace.  The shades in this palette are variations on brown with a white and a black thrown in for good measure so that you can create a gorgeous deep, dark line or a deep dark look on the face. There is also a Pulp Fiction Revolution lipstick ($22.00), Pulp Fiction Nail Color ($15.00) and a Pulp Fiction 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil ($20.00). These latter three are a beautiful red that are not for the faint of heart. These shades are gorgeous on and are the perfect red for those looking for a red lipstick that has spunk.

Laura Mercier

(photos courtesy of www.lauramercier.com)
satin matte eye colorcheek melangelip glacecreme eye linercreme smooth lip colour

Sensual Reflections: This collection consists of rich burgundy shades interspersed with shades of hunter green and ivy. The Satin Matte Eye Color ($24.00) comes in Tempting Green. The Cheek Melange ($42.00) consists of a number of shades that you can swirl together to get a gorgeous glow on your face. Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Cocoa is a dark rich brown that will look gorgeous on just about anyone. It also comes in Plumberry and Sienna. Plumberry is a beautiful plum and Sienna is a dark rich burgundy. Lip Glace ($25.00) comes in Desire (burgundy with blue shift) and Bare Blush (light nude pink with shimmer). Crème Eye Liner ($23.00) comes in Ivy (dark ivy green) and Espresso (dark rich chocolate brown).

These are just a few of the collections that I have tried so far and loved. As more collections come my way I will share them with you!

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

Monday, August 4, 2014

Product Spotlight: Butter LONDON Cheeky Tinted Highlighter #ButterLONDON #Cheeky

(photo courtesy of www.butterlondon.com)

For Summer or even Fall, to emphasize your cheeks and bring a fabulous glow to them, use  

Butter LONDON’s Cheeky Tinted Highlighter. It comes in 3 shades:
    • Twit: bronze (just back from vacation glow) Slang for upper class snob.
    • Dishy: rose gold (look radiant from dusk to dawn) Slang for cool, hip, and very now.
    • Pence: gold (subtle sun kissed look)

The highlighter is lightweight, long wearing, transfer-resistant and is travel friendly. It comes in a convenient tube. This formula minimizes imperfections and gives cheeks a gorgeous glow.

Apply to cheeks or brow bones. Can be mixed with moisturizer or foundation for added luminosity.

I tried out Twit, the bronze shade. 

Butter London Twit Cheeky  Tinted Highlighter

(Below: wearing Twit Cheeky Highlighter with blush)
wearing Butter London Twit Cheeky Highlighter
Butter LONDON Cheeky Tinted Highlighter retails for $24.00. Available from www.butterlondon.com, www.ulta.com, www.sephora.com, www.nordstrom.com, www.macys.com, Ulta, Nordstrom and Macy’s. Like Butter LONDON on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/butterLONDON; Follow Butter LONDON on Twitter: @butterLONDON; Follow Butter LONDON on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/butterlondon/; Follow Butter LONDON on Google +: https://plus.google.com/+butterlondon/posts; Subscribe to Butter LONDON on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/butterLONDONofficial; Follow Butter LONDON on Instagram: http://instagram.com/butterlondon.
Until Next Time~
Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie
(This item was sent for consideration)


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