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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Review: SEPHORA PRO Palette in Warm #SEPHORA #PROPaletteinWarm

(product photo courtesy of www.sephora,com



This deluxe eyeshadow palette with 38 warm color story shades comes complete with a how-to tuturorial pamphlet written by the SEPHORA PRO ArtistsLeading artists, limitless expertise. Fifteen top makeup artists were handpicked for their superior skill, unprecedented creativity, and ability to inspire through education make up the Sephora PRO team. They are influenced by fashion, photoshoots, and social media. Sephora PRO Artists came together for the first time ever to present this PRO eyeshadow palette for any photo-ready need. It features 28 high pigment, high performance shades in chrome, matte, shimmer, and satin finishes to create endless looks in rich, velvety warm shades and golden textures that light up your eyes. The palette comes with simple instructions and application techniques written by the SEPHORA PRO team so you can achieve unique looks with ease.

Matte shadows feature kaolin to absorb skin oils for a long lasting matte finish. Nylon Powder helps contributes to the smooth texture and soft feel of these matte powders. Each one contains antioxidants vitamins A and E. Coconut and safflower seed oils offer conditioning properties and allow the satin shadows to spread evenly. Sericite has been added for a smooth, silky texture. High impact pearls add to the vibrant finish of the shimmer shadows. Emollient esters have been added to enhance the luxurious texture of this powder and boost adhesion. Each one contains anti-oxidant vitamins A and E.


This set contains the following shadows:

Pro Pigment Shades in Canvas, Oat, Biscotti, Camel, Ochre, Saddle, Auburn, Sand, Brass, Clay, Copper, Bronze, Adobe, Sandstone, Hazelnut, Khaki, Peach, Brick, Terracotta, Burnt Umber, Chestnut, Brown Sugar, Caramel, Sepia, Coconut Shell, Cocoa, Cedar and Obsidian.

Here are some swatches I took of the palette:
These are the top 14 shadows in the palette

These are the bottom 14 shadows in the palette. 



Here are some photos of me wearing colors from the palette. Notice how the colors go with my green eyes:








I LOVE this shadow palette. It has the most gorgeous colors. They are all so beautiful and so me. I love golds, ambers, browns, some reds and all in between. Used with the other palette together, you can have the best eyes anywhere. As you can see from these photos the palette colors look really good on me. I would advise you that if you look good in autumn colors to get this palette and use it wisely. 

This palette is sold through www.sephora.com and SEPHORA stores. It retails for $68.00. There is also an editorial palette with more bright colors suited for editorial makeup work. Like SEPHORA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sephora?ref=br_tf; Follow SEPHORA on Twitter: @Sephora, Follow SEPHORA on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/Sephora/; Follow SEPHORA on Instagram: http://instagram.com/SEPHORA#; Subscribe to SEPHORA on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9YX5x_VU8gfe0Oui0TaLJg; Follow on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+ Sephora/posts; Follow SEPHORA on Wanelo: http://wanelo.com/sephora and Follow SEPHORA on Tumblr: http://theglossy.sephora.com/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
 
I Am THE Makeup Junkie
 


(This item was sent for consideration)







Review: SEPHORA PRO Palette in Cool #SEPHORA #PROPaletteCool

(product photo is from www,sephora.com)

This deluxe eyeshadow palette comes with 28 cool color story shades, complete with a how-to tutorial pamphlet written by the SEPHORA PRO Artists. Leading artists, limitless expertise. Fifteen top makeup artists handpicked for their superior skill, unprecedented creativity and ability to inpire through education make up the Sephora PRO team. Influenced by fashion, photoshoots, and social media, Sephora PRO Artists came together for the first time ever to present This PRO eyeshadow palette for any photo-ready need. It features 28 high pigment, high performance shades in chrome, matte, shimmer, and satin finishes to create endless looks in cool mattes and gorgeous iridescent textures that epitomize sophistication. The palette comes with simple instructions application techniques written by the Sephora PRO so you can achieve unique looks with ease.

The matte shadows feature kaolin (a clay) to absorb skin oils for a long lasting matte finish. They also contain Nylon Powder, which contributes to the smooth texture and soft feel of these matte powders. Each matte shadow contains antioxidants vitamins A and E. Coconut and safflower seed oils offer conditioning properties and allow the satin shadows to spread evenly. Sericite has been added for a smooth, silky texture to the satin shadows. High impact pearls add to the vibrant finish of the shimmer shadows. And emollient esters have been added to enhance the luxurious texture of this type of shadow powder and boost its adhesion. Each type of shadow contains anti-oxidants vitamins A and E.

This set contains the following colors: Linen, Powder, Seashell, Tulle, Latte, Flax, Violet Gray, Ballet, Cashmere, Tea Rose, Pink Champagne, Rosé, Orchid Mist, Croquis, Ash, Mushroom, Fog, Graphite, Heather Grey, Mauve, Orchid, Moon, Rosewood, Hot Chocolate, Espresso, Sketch, Obsidian.

Here are swatches of the colors:


SEPHORA PRO Cool Palette Top 28 Shadows


SEPHORA Cool Palette Bottom 28 Shadows

Here are pictures of me using this palette:







This palette is fantastic. It has so many gorgeous colors in pinks, grays, metallics, satins. you name it. I love how pigmented the colors are and I love how well they stay on. This palette is worth every penny. And I am going to say the same of the warm palette too. Both are exquisite. It is very good what the artists did. They put together some great colors and expecations to be met and SEPHORA met them. My favorite color in the Cool Palette is Orchid Mist. It is a gorgeous silvery mauve that looks great with green eyes. A lot of the items look great with green eye too. Makes me happy. 

This palette is sold through www.sephora.com and SEPHORA stores. It retails for $68.00. There is also an editorial palette with more bright colors suited for editorial makeup work. Like SEPHORA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sephora?ref=br_tf; Follow SEPHORA on Twitter: @Sephora, Follow SEPHORA on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/Sephora/; Follow SEPHORA on Instagram: http://instagram.com/SEPHORA#; Subscribe to SEPHORA on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9YX5x_VU8gfe0Oui0TaLJg; Follow on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+ Sephora/posts; Follow SEPHORA on Wanelo: http://wanelo.com/sephora and Follow SEPHORA on Tumblr: http://theglossy.sephora.com/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
 
I Am THE Makeup Junkie
 

(This item was sent for consideration)

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Review: Items from Vintage Cosmetic Company #VintageCosmeticCompany #BeautyTools #Vintage

(product photos courtesy of www.vintagecosmeticcompany.com)

Do you remember getting into your grandmother's things when you were little and thinking how pretty they were? Wishing you had items like that? Well there is a company based in United Kingdom that makes Vintage Cosmetic items. It is called the Vintage Cosmetic Company and they have almost everything you could think of that is vintage. I received three items to try out and I enjoyed everyone of them. Let us see the reviews below.


The Vintage Cosmetic Company Dolly Bow Makeup Headband is perfect for holding back your hair when applying make-up or even when you want to kick back and relax with a face mask. It is made from super soft towelling in a pale pink polka dot print. This comfy headband will keep hair out of your way while making you look every part the 1950’s glamour queen! It has a pink polka dot design with a large bow, the elasticized band allows it to stay securely in place, the headband measures 180mm X 90mm X 35mm. Below is a photo of me wearing the headband. I love it. It is so cute and retro. 



Save your blow dry with this cap. The Vintage Cosmetic Company Vintage Design Floral Shower Cap has waterproof lining, an elasticiszed opening to keep hair enclosed while showering and it has been designed with a beautiful pretty floral print in soft satin. With a pale pink trim and this cap is perfect for keeping hair dry as a bone. It is approximately 271mm X 263mm X 40mm.

For Best Results: 
  1.  Brush hair and if it’s long, gently clip it up.
  2. .Pull the shower cap over your hair and tuck in any loose strands ensuring the cap is pulled just over the hairline.
  3. .Enjoy your shower knowing your hair is safe from drips!
  4. .Once finished, hang up your cap to dry.
Here is a photo of me in the cap:

A blemish wand is used primarily by Estheticians but can be used by normal people to get out blackheads. I would avoid pustules, any sort of acne lesion where there is pus. Whiteheads are different and blackheads and milia are different. Whiteheads usually come out easily if steamed, as do blackheads and milia. Pustules need to be left to professionals as there is bacteria, an infection and a core to the pustule. 

However is is a useful tool to safely extract blemishes without marking or scarring. It come in two shaded: Rose Gold and Pink. Durable and Easy to Use. Made from high quality stainless steel. Approximately 120 mm x 5 mm x 4 mm. It has a soft touch handle that can be held without slipping. These Blemish Wands feature a small loop for blackheads and larger flat loop for whiteheads. 

Step by Step

1. Hold a hot towel over your face to open pores, or alternatively, extract after showering.
2. Once you have selected the most suitable loop, position the end around the center of the blemish and press down gently to extract it.
3. When finished, use cold water or astringent to close pores.
Caution: This tool should not be used on deep pimples or acne. Please seek advice from a dermatologist.
Always clean your Blemish Wand after each use to prevent the spread of bacteria.
Purchase Vintage Cosmetic Company items online at www.vintagecosmeticcompany.com or at Ulta! Check your Ulta first to find out.if they carry them.





Thursday, October 5, 2017

Review: Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Eau de Parfums #KatVonD #Saint #Sinner #EaudeParfums

(product photos courtesy of www.sephora.com)

Imagine two fragrances that have been created to epitomize love. They work alone or together. These two fragrances are immersive, they take you into their world, making you feel as if you have been to paradise. Kat Von D has created two fragrances that are the epitome of sexiness, whimsy and love in each bottle. I love to do fragrance reviews because you can be very creative in describing how the fragrance smells, how it affects you and generally what the fragrance is like. These two are some of my favorite fragrances. I mean that. I am hopelessly in love with Saint and Sinner. Wearing them makes me feel special. Let us start with a description of Saint, shall we...


1.7 fl.oz./50mL $65.00
Kat Von D Saint Eau de Parfum is a floral fragrance that by itself is soft, alluring and dreamy. It is a gourmand fragrance that sweetens a bouquet of jasmine, tiaré flower with notes of mandarin, caramel and sparkling Mirabelle plum. It also has vanilla, sandalwood and creamy musk that builds to the romantic essence of the perfume, imparting a wonderful warmth that reminded Kat Von D of falling in love for the very first time. Saint is a poetic exploration of the lesser-known, softer side of Kat Von D. This fragrance shares the same floral soul as Sinner, with a sweet and gourmand twist. Different experiences, shared heart notes, these sister scents can be worn alone or layered together. This fragrance is vegan and cruelty-free.

This scent was originally created in 2009 and has been resurrected with a completely reimagined design. Kat Von D poured herself into drawing the filigree scrollwork that encases each bottle, hand-sketching for months until every detail was perfected. She chose the glass flacon because it reminded her of a human heart when she held it in her hand. It was important to her that the bottle be just as beautiful as the fragrances inside. 

Worn alone, Saint is light and airy. It is floral and sexy. The jasmine and tiaré flower work together to create a beautiful light floral scent that I have never seen in another fragrance. Add in the mandarin, caramel and plum and you have a sparkling floral that is still light and sweet. Add the base notes of vanilla, sandalwood and musk and you have a fragrance that is impossible to not fall in love with.

1.7 fl.oz./50mL $65.00

Kat Von D Sinner Eau De Parfum is a warm & spicy scent that comes from her most requested collections of all time. She has remade the scent along with Saint, both better than ever. Sinner is dark, sultry and empowering. It has an enticing bouquet of jasmine and orange blossom with notes of vanilla, mandarin and Mirabelle plume. Spicy cinnamon envelops white florals at the heart of the fragrance, while the base note of vetiver, patchouli and wood form the deeper, darker nuances. Experience confidence in a bottle. Sinner is the embodiment of the edgy, unapologetic, and outspoken Kat Von D we know and love. Sinner shares the same floral soul as Saint, with a bold, spicy twist. Different experiences, shared heart—these sister-scents can be worn alone or layered together. The fragrance is vegan and cruelty-free.

I mentioned above that Kat Von D had orginally created this fragrance in 2009 and she brought it back now, working on the scrollwork and the filigree on the flacon, both. They are the same scents just reimaginaged a little bit. 

Sinner is dark and bold. Definitely spicy and warm. I prefer this scent to Saint. Mainly because it is stronger. Sinner is like having to stay in on a cold winter's night cuddling by the fire with a special someone.

I like to mix the two together to create a new scent. Ultimately that is the most fun. Spray a bit of both fragrances to create a scent that is both floral and spicy. These fragrances wear a long time too. I have noticed that they wear the majority of the day. Especially when mixed together. Both of these would make a great gift for the holidays too. Keep them in mind for the holiday season. The price point is very reasonable for the 1.7 fl.oz/50mL size. There is also a 3.4 fl.oz./100mL size for $85.00, which is extremely reasonable and a 0.34/10mL size for $22.00. 

The fragrances are available from SEPHORA and the Kat Von D website. Kat Von D cosmetics are available on www.sephora.com and SEPHORA stores. Like Kat Von D on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katvond. Like SEPHORA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sephora. Follow Kat Von D on Twitter: @thekatvond; Follow SEPHORA on Twitter: @Sephora; Follow SEPHORA on Instagram: http://instagram.com/SEPHORA#; Follow SEPHORA on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/sephora/ and Subscribe to SEPHORA on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/sephora/tutorials.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These were sent for consideration)









 






Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Review: Michael Todd Beauty AntiMicrobial Sonic Makeup Brush #MichaelToddBeauty #Antimicrobial #SonicMakeupBrush

(product photo courtesy of www.michaeltoddbeauty.com)

The Sonicblend is the first of its kind makeup brush that uses sonic technology to apply makeup. It is faster and more powerful than  any other rotating makeup brushes, the Sonicblend applies makeup flawlessly at up to 400 micro-movements per second. This brush easily sweeps on foundation, blush, contour, highlight, setting powder and bronzer without lines or streaks for a natural looking airbrushed-like result every time. And, the Sonicblend comes with built in protection against microbial contamination so the brushes stay cleaner, fresher longer. It comes in four colors: white, tortoise shell, bright pink and black. 

Intended for comfort and control, the ergonomically designed Sonicblend uses gentle sonic movements to easily sweep on foundation without leaving lines or streaks. It is ideal for applying foundation, blush, contour, highlight, setting powder and bronzer. Effortlessly blends your favorite liquid or powder makeup in extra fine layers for natural looking airbrushed-like results every time. This brush creates better coverage too so you use less makeup. And, the Sonicblend can help improve the overall health and condition of your skin by minimizing clogged pores as well as irritation from rubbing and stretching the skin, which can occur with traditional makeup application.

Smart 3D Flaw-FillTM
  • • An intuitive patent based technology that uses sonic movements to prevent clumping by dispersing individual granules of makeup into wrinkles, enlarged pores & fine lines for a 3D flawless makeup application.
  • • Sonic bristle movements oscillate thousands of times per minute to ensure an airbrush-like finish.
  • • Ideal for applying foundation as well as applying blush, contour, highlight, setting powder & bronzers for a seamless, perfectly blended makeup application that mirrors results of what professional makeup artists can achieve.

Here are some photos that show what is in the box and what comes with the brush:

above: box, brush with head, charger and instruction booklet.

above: brush with head, charger and instruction booklet.

above: brush with head

above: charger 

I really like using the Sonicblend brush. I notice that makeup goes on so smoothly, it does look airbrushed. And other makeup such as highlighter and blush looks fabulous too. I have no concerns or comments to make on this product. It can be used a fairly long time before it needs to be charged again too. I have it in tortoise shell, which makes me feel fancy. It is very easy to use too, it does not go too fast nor too slow. It applies makeup perfectly. 

The Michael Todd Beauty Antimicrobial Sonicblend Makeup Brush retails for $79.00. It is available fromwww.michaeltoddbeauty.com. Like Michael Todd Beauty on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/MichaelToddBeauty; Follow Michael Todd Beauty on Twitter: @MichaelToddBeau; Follow Michael Todd Beauty on Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/MichaelToddBeau; Follow Michael Todd Beauty on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/michaeltoddbeauty/  and Subscribe to  Michael Todd Beauty on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/MichaelToddOrganics.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This item was sent for consideration)



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Review: Tan-Luxe The Gloss & Sleep Oil #TanLuxe #TheGloss #SleepOil

(product photos courtesy of www.tan-luxe.com)

0.68 fl.oz./20mL $53.00
Meet the ultimate overnight tanning treatment! It works together with your skin's natural overnight regeneration. Sleep Oil rejuvenates, stimulates and hydrates your skin while you sleep and delivers a natural looking, radiant glow by morning. It uses Natural Tanning Actives, Triple Tan Technology, Moisture Balance Complex, and Odourlite Fragrance Technology to give you a tan by morning. It contains the following: Natural Tanning Actives, Triple Tan Technology, Moisture Balance Complex, and Odourlite Fragrance Technology. Sleep Oil is free from the following ingredients that could cause harm to the skin: parabens, mineral oil, chemicals, sulfates and methylisothiazolinone. To use, thoroughly cleanse skin before application. Apply 6-10 drops directly onto skin, massaging in circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Tan-Luxe advises a patch test 24 hours before use. Do not apply on broken or irritated skin. Avoid contact with eyes. If reaction occurs, discontinue use immediately and seek medical advice. Does not contain sunscreen and will not protect against sun exposure.

I think this product works great. I used it and in the morning my skin had a light tan to it. My skin does not tan profusely from products but does tan a little bit. It looked nice and glowy. At the end I will show a picture using the Sleep Oil and The Gloss together. 


2.54 fl.oz/75mL $51.00
Introducing the ultimate highlighter, instant-tanner in one, The Gloss. You can create luminous skin radiance in a flash, delivering color and glow in one sweep. It is designed for use on both face and body. This is a summer skin essential, this multi tasking stick instantly adds richness, depth of tone and highlight to your tan. It is a unique blend of Raspberry Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, and Shea Butter that leaves skin feeling instantly hydrated and nourished. It contains Natural Tanning Actives, Triple Tan Technology, and Moisture Balance Complex. This product is free from the following that could harm your skin: parabens, mineral oils, chemicals, sulfates and methylisothiazolinone.
It is advised that you should not apply on broken, irritated or highly sensitive skin. Avoid contact with eyes. If a reaction occurs, discontinue use immediately and seek medical advice. Does not contain sunscreen and will not protect against sun exposure.

Gently exfoliate and moisturise skin daily to maintain an even, luminous glow. I love the way this stick makes my skin look glowy and pretty. It is gorgeous. It has a beautiful light, summery scent to it and it goes on light and is easy to blend. The Gloss is one of those products that is just right and perfect for any season to add color to the face or cheeks.

wearing Sleep Oil & The Gloss

Tan-Luxe is available from www.tan-luxe.coma and www.sephora.com. Like Tan-Luxe on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tanluxe;  Follow Tan-Luxe on Twitter:@tan_luxe; Follow Tan-Luxe on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/tanluxe/ and Follow Tan-Luxe on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tan_luxe/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These were sent for consideration)























 


Review: Baldwin Moisturizing Lotion for Men #Baldwin #MoisturizingLotion

(product photo courtesy of www.amazon.com)

3.4 fl.oz./100mL $19.95
A few months ago I wrote about Baldwin Nourishing Cream for Men. Today I am writing about Baldwin Moisturizing Lotion for Men. This lotion comes in a large tube, smells wonderful, like a forest, and contains the following; Dead Sea Minerals and natural oils that will help keep your man's face and skin from feeling and looking too dry. The Dead Sea Minerals are the true power of the earth from the lowest place in the world the minerals of the Dead Sea can do magic for your skin. It was important for them to make the formula with Dead Sea minerals to empower the natural effects that the minerals have on the skin to create the best face moisturizer for men. You don’t need to fly to get those minerals anymore you have it right here with the Baldwin Best Face Moisturizing lotion. As part of their system, they use only natural oils that they hand pick to revitalize and repair the damage men face on the skin. They use Argan oil, Jojoba, African Shea Oil, and Centella Asiatica from the tender leaves of the Centella plant. This is a special plant that is actually know for it's reparation properties to the skin.

This lotion makes skin feel soft to the touch. Soft like a baby's botttom. With all the nautral minerals the earth has to offer.  They also use natural ingredients to make a lasting sexy scent just for men, that will linger with them all day. It is made just for men. They understand a man's face and how it will be affected by shaving and the elements. With their natural and special formula for men they address those special needs. It is a skin lotion that is not made with harmful parabens. The natural oils are quickly absorbed by the skin and will guard it from the effects of the elements. The damage from wind and sun as well as pollutants. In the form of vitamin E and C, it will stop free radicals in it's tracks. Saving the skin from premature wrinkling and creases. As well as saving it from drying out. It will moisturize the skin with Dead Sea Minerals leaving it looking fresh as the morning dew. This is their secret to create the best face moisturizer for men. Glycerin: This keeps the skin moisturized on a deep level and protects the skin from contaminants and organisms that cause damage to the skin. Allantoin: This is a natural chemical compound produces by living organisms which provides a soothing effect on the skin. If you shave and chafe yourself, then you won't feel it. It's an anti-irritant and a natural healer. Argan Oil - An unusual oil, produced from nuts grown just in Morocco, which nourishes the hair and the scalp with wetness. African Shea Oil - This oil is actually known for anti aging and is hypoallergenic. It slows the aging process of the skin so your skin looks and feels younger. Centella Asiatica - This is the extract from the Centella Asiatica leaves. It is known for deep skin renewal for it's anti aging benefits. It can even repair injuries.

My husband used this product and liked it very much. He has normal skin and said it made his skin very nice and hydrated. It left it very normal and not oily at all. The scent was not overpowering and it faded by the end of the day but was not too strong to begin with. He liked the way it sunk into the skin when applied. He liked this better than the Baldwin Nourishing Cream. 

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This was sent for consideration)






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