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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Review: FARMAESTHETICS Sweet Milk & Orange Peel Exfoliate #farmaesthetics #exfoliant #exfoliate

(product photo courtesy  of www.farmaesthetics.com)

FARMAESTHETICS Sweet Milk & Orange Peel Exfoliate 4 oz./51 g $14.00

Farmaesthetics is committed to "Sustainable Beauty". All Farmaesthetics products are 100% natura, l utilizing certified organic herbs, flowers, oils & grains from American family farms. The founder, Brenda Brock, was named one of TIME magazine's "Green Style & Design 100: The People & Ideas Behind Today's Most Influential Green Design" and she was named one of "The Purists" in Luxury Spafinder's feature of the "Five Entrepreneurs at the Forefront of the Natural Beauty Revolution". Farmaesthetics was also recognized by Women's Wear Daily, making their "It List" of "The Green Brands Defining Organic Skincare".
This product is basic. Basic is sometimes very good. It is made with three ingredients: dried sweet milk, ground orange peel and fine yellow cornmeal. These three ingredients create a great exfoliant for the skin. To use, pour some in your hand and mix with water to create a paste. Then apply to the face and massage in circular motions. Then rinse. Avoid eye area. Or, it can be mixed with a cleanser and used that way. It leaves skin looking brighter, feeling so much softer and the skin's texture has changed from bumpy and rough to soft and smooth. This product is great for oilier skin types.

This is a great exfoliant because you can control how much exfoliation you get, light or heavy, depending on how much of the product you use. The powder is finely ground, so it is easy to customize your exfoliation to your tastes. That is just one of the things that makes this such a great product. The other goes back to the lack of ingredients. In this case that is a good thing. It is a basic product that performs a function easily and masterfully but without a lot of hoopla.
The product also comes in Sweet Milk & Lavender and Sweet Milk & Chamomile. Farmaesthetics products are available from www.farmaesthetics.com and www.universalcompanies.com. Like Farmaesthetics on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Farmaesthetics/124119010934505; Follow Farmaesthetics on Twitter: @Farmaesthetics ; Follow Farmaesthetics on Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/farmaesthetics/ and Follow Farmaesthetics on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/farmaesthetics/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This item was sent for consideration)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Review: KAT VON D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad and shades of Everlasting Liquid Lipstick #KatVonDBeauty #ShadePlusLightEye #EverlastingLiquidLipstick

(product photos courtesy of www.sephora.com)

Shade + Light Eye Plum
Shade + Light Eye Sage
Shade + Light Smoke
Shade + Light Rust

Finally, Kat Von D Beauty introduces eye shadow quads that correspond to her shade + light theory of beauty, which in turn comes from art. These are eye shadow palettes designed to transform your eyes through the art of color contouring. Step up your contoured eye looks with the Shade + Light  Eye Contour Quad. Featuring four specially curated palettes with matte shades, these quads spotlight Kat Von D's high pigment, silky and blendable eye shadows in a covetable, coffin-shaped palette. Bring out the best in your eyes with a neutral base, and then use the contour, define, and highlight shades to create your ideal eye shape. Each quad includes an easy-to-follow how-to-insert, illustrated by Kat Von D, so you can lift, define, widen, and narrow eyes with color. 

These come in fours shades: plum, sage, smoke and rust. They also work incredibly well with the Shade + Light Eye Contour Brush ($29.00). The shadows go on like silk. They wear incredibly well and blend like a dream. I like how pigmented they are, they are extremely pigmented. I think that these quads are almost better than some of her palettes. This is my first time experiencing Kat Von D's matte eye shadows and I am very happy with them. They are definitely some of the best matte eye shadows I have ever tried. 

I used these quads with various shades of Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00). I tried Mother, Susperia, Lolita II, Lovesick and Requiem. 


Lolita II



Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is a long-wearing, full coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth, matte finish. It comes in 28 bold shades. Everlasting Liquid Lipstick gives lips long-lasting wear and high pigment color. It's creamy, color rich formula glides over lips like a gloss but dries to a true matte finish. It is infused with natural comfort-enhancing ingredients, including Vitamin E and sunflower seed oil so you can flaunt lasting matte color that leaves lips feeling comfortable. Susperia is a bright lavender. Lolita II is a terra cotta nude. Lovesick is a mauve nude. Mother is a dusty mauve pink. And Requiem is a soft lilac. 

Below you will find photos of me wearing the Shade + Light Eye Contour Quads, either the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick or shades of Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Gel (that I am going over in another post). I will show you examples of all four contour palettes.

 Plum w/Susperia and Requiem


Smoke w/Marc Jacob Anais

Sage w/Lolita II and Lovesick

 Rust w /Marc Jacobs Sonic Truth

I definitely love the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Quads. They go on so smoothly, have great pigmentation and last forever on the eye, especially when combined with eye primer. Add to the look the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick and you have the perfect look for the day. Or go with another lipstick if you see fit. Either way you cannot go wrong with these eye quads!

These are available online at www.sephora.com and www.katvondbeauty.com. 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 SEPHORA on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+SEPHORA/posts; Follow SEPHORA on Wanelo: http://wanelo.com/sephoraand and Follow SEPHORA on Tumblr: http://theglossy.sephora.com/. Like Kat Von D Beauty on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katvondbeauty; Follow Kat Von D Beauty on Twitter: @katvondbeauty and Follow Kat Von DBeauty on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katvondbeauty/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These were sent for consideration)


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ralph Lauren Celebrates Launch of The Collection Fragrances and 888 Madison Fragrance Salon

Ralph Lauren Celebrates Launch of The Collection Fragrances and 888 Madison Fragrance Salon


WHAT: On Tuesday, June 14, Ralph Lauren celebrated the introduction of The Ralph Lauren Collection Fragrances and the opening of the first-ever Ralph Lauren Fragrance Salon at the 888 Madison Avenue Ralph Lauren flagship store. 


The Collection Fragrance Salon is a new, permanent destination, drawing on the signature richness and warmth of Ralph Lauren’s boutiques and home designs. Customers will be offered unique one-to-one consultations to engage and guide them on a scent journey through the ‘worlds’ of Ralph Lauren.  An additional immersive experience is found on the new Collection Compass app, which provides details on inspiration, craftsmanship, products and accessories. 


The Ralph Lauren Collection Fragrances feature 10 Eaux De Parfums inspired by the spirit of the destinations that have most influenced Ralph Lauren. Crafted from noble ingredients of the highest quality, each fragrance is composed around a signature scent emblematic ofone of Lauren’s luxurious settings, including A Portrait of New York, Riviera Dream, A Legacy of English Elegance, Song of America and Treasures of Safari.



WHO: Ralph Lauren Fragrances was joined by top fashion and beauty influencers and tastemakers including:

·         Arielle Charnas, Something Navy

·         Blair Eadie. Atlantic-Pacific

·         Helena Glazer, Brooklyn Blonde

·         Zanita Whittington, Zanita Studio

·         Krystal Bick, This Time Tomorrow

·         Jamie Beck, Ann Street Studio

·         Andrea Maria, Dear Milano

·         Ronja Furrer, Ralph Lauren Icons Campaign Model

·         Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar

·         Stellene Volandes, Editor-in-Chief of Town & Country 

·         Joyce Chang, Editor-in-Chief of SELF


WHERE:  Ralph Lauren - 888 Madison Avenue (72nd Street Entrance), New York City






Review: emerginC scientific organics peptide booster serum #emerginc #scientificorganics #peptideboosterserum

(product photo courtesy of www.emerginc.com)

emerginC scientific organics peptide booster serum is an advanced active peptide booster serum with Colhibin PF™ peptide, silica-rich bamboo extract, pomegranate concentrate, red algae, kombucha and super-antioxidant asthaxanthin. This serum is synergistically crafted to improve skin tone and texture, hydrates, brightens and actively fights the appearance of fine line and wrinkles. It works for all skin types. Not only does it brighten skin and hedp with fine lines and wrinkles but it firms and moisturizes the skin all while fighting off free radical damage with its super anti-oxidants.
I used this serum for 6 weeks and definitely saw an improvement in how my skin felt and looked. My skin felt softer and smoother, with my texture becoming much more smoother over the course of the six weeks. It also looked better too, with fine lines looking better and moisturization of the skin being improved too. Skin looked brighter and just better in general. I would definitely recommend this serum and think it is one of the better ones out there. 
To use: Apply on clean skin. Follow with your favorite serum or cream from emerginC. Makes sure to use day and night for best results.
emerginc scientific organics peptide booster serum retails for $85.00 and comes in a 1fl.oz./30mL bottle. Like emerginC on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emerginc; Follow emerginC on Twitter: @emerginc ; Follow emerginC on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/emerginC1234/ and Follow emerginC on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emerginC/.  
Until Next Time~
Marie Papachatzis
(This item was sent for consideration)


Monday, June 20, 2016

Review: NEW Caress Enchant Forever and Mystique Forever Body Wash Scents #EnchantForever #MystiqueForever

(product photos courtesy of www.houseofcaress.com)

Caress came out with two more scents to add to their Forever collection, Enchant Forever and Mystique Forever.  With the Forever Collection you get small scent beads that release scent upon the skin when it is touched for up to 12 hours after showering and bathing. The scents are long lasting and the body wash is very moisturizing to the skin.

Enchant Forever 13.5 fl.oz./400 mL $6.99
With Caress Enchant Foorever your skin will experience the Fragrance Touch Technology. It releasess an alluring blend of honesyuckle and satinwood that will put everyone under your spell. The Forever collection won Allure's Breakthrough Award for 2015.

Mystique Forever 13.5 fl.oz./400 mL $6.99
 Leave a lasting impression with Caress Mystique Forever. Its breakthrough Fragrance Touch Technology releases bursts of Imperial Iris and addictive amber for up to 12 hours, captivating the senses and leaving other wanting more. The Forever line is an Allure Breakthrough Award winner for 2015. 

The body wash is amazing. It leaves the skin feeling soft, sensual and fragrantly scented. And it stays this way for many, many hours. I love the way this body wash can leave the skin feeling and smelling so good. It has become my favorite around here. I buy it all the time, all the Caress scents. 

Caress Forever Body Wash is available at any mass market retailer such as Walgreens, CVS, Rite-Aid, Wal-Mart, Target, and online at www.soap.com and www.target.com

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These were sent for consideration)



Lip Smackers on Tour With Meghan Trainor #LipSmackers #MeghanTrainor

Lip Smacker­­­­, the beloved lip balm brand known for its authentic flavors and delicious scents, is proud to mark a new chapter in its continued commitment to bringing smiles to girls of all ages. The Markwins Beauty, Inc. brand will sponsor the highly anticipated 2016 Untouchable Tour of multi-platinum singer-songwriter, Meghan Trainor. Lip Smacker's partnership with the winner of the 2016 Grammy for Best New Artist is the brand's latest stride to honor young female trailblazers. 
With over 40 years of girl power history, Lip Smacker is committed to empowering girls to reach their full potential while also recognizing those who accomplish milestones in their industry. In line with Lip Smacker's mission, Meghan Trainor is continuing to conquer the music industry with her powerhouse voice and distinguishable lyrics that celebrate individuality and strength. Trainor, who broke out in 2014 with her #1 Billboard Hot 100, double-platinum debut single "All About That Bass," kicks off her latest headline tour in July where she will perform all of the hits from both her platinum debut 'Title' and recently released sophomore album 'Thank You.'  
"Meghan is an incredibly talented artist who serves as an inspirational leader through her music," said Bill George, President of Markwins Beauty Brands. "Lip Smacker is a brand that stands behind the goals and achievements of our customers, whether big or small. Staying true to our history, we're honored to be joining Meghan for the next step in her career where we will celebrate this exceptional artist who is inspiring women everywhere."
"I'm so excited to have Lip Smacker join me on The Untouchable Tour," said Trainor. "Not only am I a fan of all the different delicious scents and flavors, but I also love their commitment to empowering young women and girls!"
To learn more about the brand's partnership with the Untouchable Tour, visit LipSmacker.com, or find them on facebook.com/LipSmackerBrand; instagram.com/lipsmackerbrand or twitter.com/Lip_Smacker. 
About Lip Smacker
Delivering the "Best Flavor Forever" since 1973, Lip Smacker specializes in flavored lip balms and long-standing partnerships with icons such as Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper, Disney, SKITTLES® and STARBURST® brands. Featuring a variety of over 400 flavors, the high-quality products are made in the USA. Visit the website for more info at www.lipsmacker.com. Lip Smacker is a registered trademark of Markwins Beauty Products Inc. (www.markwinsbeauty.com). 
About Markwins Beauty Brands, Inc.
Based in City of Industry, California, Markwins Beauty Brands, Inc.  is a global leader in color cosmetics, cosmetic accessories, and beauty collections. Founded by CEO, Eric Chen, over 30 years ago, the privately-held company is recognized as a Top 20 purveyor in the global cosmetic industry and is the largest privately owned cosmetics company in the US. Markwins brands cater to and reach consumers of all ages, ethnicities, economic statuses, and skin tones. The Markwins brand portfolio includes wet n wild®, Physicians Formula, The Color Workshop, The Color Institute, Black Radiance, POP, Bonne Belle and Lip Smacker amongst many other internal brands and licensing deals. Markwins brands can be found in over 50,000 retail outlets including Department, Specialty, Mass, Drug, and Food stores, and are available in more than 60 countries, spanning 6 continents.
About Meghan Trainor
The Nantucket-born and bred beauty released three self-recorded albums before landing a deal with Epic Records where, she most notably, released her smash debut single "All About That Bass." That single celebrated the curves of women and went on to claim coveted number one spots on music charts such as the Billboard Hot 100 list.  Trainor's Untouchable Tour will carry through September with stops in key cities like New YorkLos AngelesBoston and Houston.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Review: Garnier Whole Blends for Hair #Garnier #WholeBlends #Hair

(product photos courtesy of www.garnierusa.com)

Whole Blends is Garnier's new line of hair care. It is based on wholesome ingredients that are added into the products to help repair hair and make it easier for hair to be more beautiful. They have lines for damaged hair, frizzy hair, normal hair, etc. I was able to try out a couple of the lines, Honey Treasures and Green Apple & Green Tea. Below are my reviews of the products I tried.

The Honey Treasures line repairs and heals damage that your hair could do without. The creamy, lush formula blooms with a delicious fragrance of royal jelly, honey and propolis; bringing to life their wholesome care that strengthens hair and helps prevent split ends and breakage*. (*when used with the shampoo and conditioner together) This line is particularly for damaged hair.

I love this line. The shampoo makes my hair feel very nice after washing, not dry and definitely hydrated. The scent is intoxicating. It also comes in a a 22 fl.oz. size bottle for those that want a larger bottle size. I really like how my hair feels after shampooing.

This creamy, lush formula has the delicious fragrance of royal jelly, honey and propolis. Garnier's wholesome care is brought to life, and hair is strengthened while split ends and breakage is prevented when the entire range is used together. This is particularly for damaged hair.

To use the conditioner, apply to hair and work through from roots to tips. Then rinse. Hair will be soft, shiny and bouncy. It will definitely be in better shape than prior to use. This conditioner also comes in a 22 fl.oz. size for those that want a larger size bottle. After conditioning and drying my hair, it was soft, bouncy, just all around better. I like this a lot. Out of all the shampoo and conditioner duos I have tried lately this one is the best.

This rich reconstructing system, blooms with the delicious fragrance of royal jelly, honey and propolis. It brings to life the wholesome care that helps mend damage and brittleness, strengthening strands for renewed, healthier hair. This is particularly for damaged hair.

After shampooing apply a generous amount of treatment to hair. Gently work through hair, especially making sure to cover ends of hair. Wait 3 minutes then rinse thoroughly. Hair will be soft, ends will be mended and repaired. Honey has healing properties that definitely help hair. This reapairing mask is great for helping hair that is in desperate need of some healing. It really gets hair feeling good.

For normal hair, this invigorating formula blooms with a fresh, crisp fragrance of green apple & green tea, bringing to life their wholesome care that revitalizes hair and boosts shine.* It is also available in a 22 fl.oz. size for those that want a larger size. (*system used with the conditioner too)

I have dry damaged hair, so this is not really for my hair, but it does smell wonderful. My daughter got more out of it than I did. It makes hair feel soft and look shiny after using it.

This conditioner, for normal hair, has an invigorating formula. It blooms with a fresh, crisp fragrance of green apple & green tea. It revitalizes hair and boosts shine. It also comes in a 22 fl.oz. size. When used in conjunction with the shampoo, hair will be shiny and bouncy. 

To use, after shampooing apply a generous amount of conditoner to hair from root to tip. Gently work through hair. Then rinse. For extra shine and softness, use the Refreshing 5-in-1 leave in treatment. 

Those are the products I tried. They also have items with Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk, Cocoa Butter and Avocado Oil. It is available online at www.ulta.com, www.walgreens.com, www.walmart.com, www.riteaid.com, www.cvs.com, www.drugstore.com and www.target.com. It is also available  in mass market retailers such as Ulta, Walgreens, Target, CVS, Rite-Aid, and Wal-Mart. Like Garnier on Facebook: http://facebook.com/garnierusa; Follow Garnier on Twitter: @garnierusa; Follow Garnier on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/garnierusa; Follow Garnier on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/garnierusa; Follow Garnier on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/GarnierUSA; Follow Garnier on Google+:  https://plus.google.com/s/garnierus/top.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These items were sent for consideration)


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