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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Review: NEW essence makeup for fall/winter 2017/2018 #essencemakeup #fallwinter

(product photos courtesy of www.essencemakeup.com)

NEW essence makeup for fall/winter 2017/2018
essence makeup has so many new things for fall and winter. I was sent a couple of new things to try out and I am going to review them here for you. I love essence makeup. It is one of the highest quality cosmetics lines with the lowest price points. You really get your bang for your buck with this line!

This is a very light color correcting liquid concealer that helps to hide discolorations under the eyes, around the nose, etc. It comes in three shades: pastel pink, pastel yellow and pastel green. I tried pastel pink, which is perfect for under my eyes. It makes my eyes look bright and like they are wide awake. It is easy to blend too. I have very light skin and almost no discoloration under my eyes which is why this shade is perfect for me as a regular concealer. 

The extreme lasting eye pencil is long-lasting, waterproof and comes in 6 shades: blacklove, but first espresso, black midnight sky, nighttime in the jungle, rockin' taupe and silky nude. It goes on like silk, does not tug at the eyes and does not smudge once it is set. I tried it in blacklove and it is a beautiful dark black shade. 

the metals eyeshadow is a beautifully textured metallic eyeshadow that is baked with a glam effect. It has a smooth texture and when applied dry is lighter but when applied wet is even more intense and metallic. It comes in 9 shades: ballerina glam, frozen toffee, chocolate frosting, deep sea shimmer, silver twinkle, rose razzle dazzle, vanilla brilliance, rockin' glamour and patina glow. I tried ballerina glam and chocolate frosting (the two shades above). I love how beautiful they look on the eyes. You can create a really nice smoky effect with them. 

This eyeliner is one of the best I have ever used. It is called the cushion eyeliner and is a gel eyeliner inside a cushion, similar to the latest foundations that are currently out on the market lately. Dip a brush into the eyeliner and apply to the eyelid. You might have to dip a second time, as the liner dries quickly. But it is worth it for how beautiful it is. It goes on easily, looks like a perfect winged liner and is coal black in color. This is one of my favorite products. 

Here are a couple of photos showing me using the products mentioned above. I am also wearing other products not mentioned but I will tell you where I am wearing the essence makeup products:

above: chocolate frosting in the crease, ballerina glam below brow. cushion liner on upper lids, extreme lasting pencil on lower lid and colour liquid correcting concealer. 

above: chocolate frosting in the crease, ballerina glam below brow. cushion liner on upper lids, extreme lasting pencil on lower lid and colour correcting liquid concealer.

essence makeup is available online at www.essencemakeup.com and at ULTA stores in the USA. Like essence on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essence.north.americal; Follow essence on Twitter: @essencemakeup; Follow essence on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/essencecosmetic/; Follow essence on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/essence_cosmetics/; Subscribe to essence on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/essencecosmetics and Follow essence on Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/essence-beauty.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These were sent for consideration)

Review: Mucinex Maximum Strength & Mucinex DM Maximum Strength #Mucinex #MucinexDM

(product photos courtesy of www.mucinex.com)


'Tis the season. Not for the holidays but for coughs and colds. Already I have had one cold this season (the first in 5 years!) and thank goodness I had received these samples of Mucinex and Muicnex DM to sample. I have long been of fan of these products. If you have any kind of congestion at all, you need an expectorant and Mucinex is the one to have. It is amazing. 

Mucinex and Mucinex DM are two different products but both do essentially the same thing: they are expectorants that relieve chest and nose congestion, thin and loosen mucus secretions and Mucinex DM has the added power to control cough. Mucinex has the active ingredient in it called Guaifenesin. I received the 12 hour kind so it has 1200 mg of the active ingredient. The Mucinex DM has 1200 mg of Guaifenesin and Dextromethorphan HBr 60 mg, which is a cough suppressant. It also lasts 12 hours. Mucinex and Mucinex DM comes in packs of 14, 28 and 42 bi-layer caplets. They are to be taken by adults 12 years and older. Do not use for children under 12 years of age. It is important to consult a physician if you have emphysema, chronic bronchitis, a cough from smoking, asthma or a cough accompanied by too much phlegm. 

When you take either of these pills, make sure to take them with a large glass of water (at least 8 fl.oz.). You will notice that your congestion starts to clear up, your secretions start to loosen up and thin out and you will stay this way for 12 hours long. You may still cough with the Mucinex, but it will be easier to expel the phlegm. That is what an expectorant does. If your cold or cough lasts more than 7 days, a cough comes back, or occurs with a fever, rash or persistent headache, you need to see a physician. These are signs of something more serious such as a sinus infection, strep throat, scarlet fever, pneumonia, etc.  

Next time you have a cold or cough, think Mucinex or Mucinex DM. You will not be sorry! Mucinex Maximum Strength retails for around $18.49 and Mucinex DM Maximum Strength retails for around the same price. They can be found at mass market retailers nationwide, such as Walgreens, Rite-Aid, CVS, Target and Wal-Mart. Like Reckitt Benckiser on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/discoverRB; Follow Reckitt Benckiser on Twitter: @discoverRB and Subscribe to Reckitt Benckiser on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/RBworldwide.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These were sent for consideration)

Holiday Gift Guide: Google Home #HolidayGiftGuide #Google #GoogleHome #GoogleHomeMini #GoogleHomeMax

(product photo courtesy of www.google.com)

Google Home $79.99 (Holiday Special)

The Google Home, priced for sale right now at $79.99, is a home assistant that one uses to ask to play music, find directions, the weather, etc. It does so many things I cannot list them all here. I will try to do my best but it is literally impossible to list ALL the things a Google Home does, because it does so many things. 

When you get it, first unpack the box and plug it in. Then download the Google Home app from the App Store either on your iPhone or Android phone. The app will help to set up the device. It connects with it and you enter your wi-fi password, settings, which music app you want to use (it can connect to either Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora or You Tube Music. I chose Google Play Music because it is free and you do not need an account and I wanted to try it out and see how the stations were. I think I am going to change it to Pandora or Spotify, because whenever I try to listen to Classic Rock (my station of choice, it sends me to some kind of really old music that I am not interested in listening to at the moment). So I tried saying something like "Hey Google, play The Doors" and I get all kinds of classic Doors, live tunes, Led Zeppelin and Classic Rock. A lot of it is B sides that I have never heard which is interesting. 

It also matches your voice so that it knows who it is speaking to when you ask it,"Hey Google", which is how you wake up the device. The device asks for payment information to be stored in the Google Home app just in case you make any purchases, say from www.walmart.com or another store. All in all it took about 4-5 minutes to set up, which I thought was very easy. The app did the work, asked me all the questions I needed and voilà, my Google Home was set up and ready to go!

You can ask Google Home to set an alarm and wake you up everyday or just the weekdays at say 5 am. Ask it to play some jazz. Personally Dave Brubeck is my favorite. Ask it questions like you would www.google.com, such as "Who invented the internet?" or "What sound does a cow make?" I like to set up my alarm, ask it the weather for the next day and ask the latest news briefings. It also has hands free calling. You can even ask it how to say words in other languages! For me that is so much fun since I love to speak other languages. Add your Google Calendar, Reminders, make a shopping list, the choices are just about endless. 

Add smart home features with add-ons to your home that you can purchase from Lowe's or Home Depot. Set up your appliances, thermostat and lights so that they can work with Google Home and have them turn on or off at your convenience. 

New features are being added to it all the time, almost every day and week. That is the great thing about this device, it updates itself and keeps updating itself. Who knows what features will be added next... 
Google Home Max
Google Home Mini

There are other versions of the Google Home available too. There is the Google Home Mini ($29.00), which is just a mini version of the Google Home and the Google Home Max ($399.00). These are current prices and may reflect holiday deals. The Google Home Max was built for music and is the ultimate is high fidelity. It has smart sound, which uses machine learning to automatically adjust the equalizer settings to match the acoustics of your room. This gives you the most balanced sound, wherever you put it. The Google Home Max also has acoustically transparent fabric; dual 4.5" woofers for deep, balanced bass; rigid housing to keep the audio composed and custom tweeters for crystal‑clear highs. 

I'm very happy with the Google Home. It does everything I need it to do. I would like to get some of the smart features enabled to see how those work. My only concern is that those can be accessed through their wi-fi passwords easily, so I am a little uneasy but I think it might be worth it in the end to control a few devices in the house, such as the thermostat, at least. 

The Google Home would make a wonderful gift this holiday season. It is priced right and can be a great gift for anyone. And I mean anyone. Get yours from Verizon this holiday season, as they have dedicated staff that are very knowledgeable about the Google Home.

Happy Holidays!

Marie Papachatzis

(This was sent for consideration)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Dome Beauty Holiday Gift Sets #HolidayGiftGuide #DomeBeauty #HolidayGiftSets

(product photos courtesy of www.domebeauty.com)

This holiday season Dome Beauty has come out with two great gift sets that you are sure to love. They have a brush trio and a Holiday Gift Set that I will review below. These are great gifts to give to anyone interested in beauty: a certified beauty junkie such as myself, a makeup artist, your sister, best friend, mother, daughter, girlfriend, aunt, etc. Dome Beauty is known for their avant garde sensibility and beautiful products. 

$35.00 (Originally $65.00)
The right makeup starts with the right brush. Without the right brush, your application will falter and and you will be frustrated. These brushes are designed to respond to varying contours of the face. And these brushes provide the control you need for a fluid, flawless application. The Eye Brush Set includes: Eye Blender, Eye Shadow and Eye Liner brushes protected by our exclusive BEAUTY BRUSH ARMOR. These brushes are made from 100% synthetic hair.

The best way to use the blender brush is to 
gently sweep and blend the eyeshadow color to achieve your perfected look. You can also use the blender brush to highlight just below your brow bone for a glistening finish. 

Dab this brush into eye jewel for a one sweep of color finish or use with diamond shadow to provide dimension to your smokin' look. Have perfect application every single time. 

For that perfect line, every time, use the super tight tip for a defined line or use the side of the brush to perfect that sultry smokey eye. This brush provides precision in eye lining whether smokey, defined, cat eye or winged.

I tried them out and found each brush to be fantastic. Worth every penny. These are great brushes. High quality. 

$70.00 (Originally $90.00)

This set INCLUDES:
This perfectly pigmented mousse-like shadow illuminates your eyes by providing flawless crease-free application and long wear luminescence formulated to moisturize the eyelids. The Eye Jewel light, airy formula allows for a quick dry, non-sticky or heavy feeling that will last all day long.

Using  the Dome Eye Shadow Brush, apply a pearl size amount of the product to the center of the lid and inner corners of the eye, then blend lightly across the lid. For a full glam look use this as your eye liner. 
A unique cake formula eyeliner that defines eyes in as little as one stroke. The silky-smooth application delivers adjustable coverage for day or night. 

Using the Dome Eye Liner Brush, tip into Black Out Gel Eye Liner and follow the lash line beginning at the outer corner of the eye. Boost your look by wetting the brush and creating a more dramatic line.
This unique formula is derived from olives. It provides volume, length, curl and separation. With the addition of Keratrix™ and WideLash™,  Dome Beauty Magnetic Mascara creates a superlative effect that repairs damage, maintains elasticity, lengthens and strengthens lashes. This heavenly mascara will never clump or flake due to the extraordinary brush design that grabs and coats every lash in one stroke.

Developed for everyday use, place the brush at the base of your lash line and lift upward. Use small zig zag motions with the wand to grab every lash. The distinct brush design will distribute product evenly without clumping and form to your lashes, making them longer and fuller. In one fell swoop you will have lashes to die for.
Here are two photos of me wearing the products I received:

After I tried these products I was amazingly surprised at how good they were, Dome Beauty puts out great quality items. This is a company that makes items for consumers that know their makeup. 
Dome Beauty is available online at www.domebeauty.com. Like Dome Beauty on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/domeBEAUTY.CHICAGO/; Follow Dome Beauty on Twitter: @domebeauty; Follow Dome Beauty on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/domebeauty/ and Follow Dome Beauty on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dome_beauty/.
Happy Holidays!
Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These items were sent for consideration)

Review: OLEHENRIKSEN So Nurturing Cleansing Cloths #OleHenriksen #SoNurturingCleansingCloths

(product photo courtesy of www.olehenriksen.com)

30 Cloths/$15.00
Sometimes at night I am just too tired to do a full cleansing routine. It is then that I am thankful for cleansing cloths. I am really thankful for OLEHENRIKSEN So Nurturing Cleansing Cloths. These wonderful cloths nourish dry and sensitive skin and remove makeup in ONE easy step. They have a multi-vitamin blend of ProVitamin B5  and Vitamins C and E, they gently clean, soothe and hydrate the complexion. Every satiny makeup remover wipe instantly sweeps away dirt, oil, makeup and impurities. They contain indulgent moringa and borage seed oils, which are rich in essential fatty acids. Those help to comfort and soothe the skin. Your complexion will look fresh and hydrated with a healthy looking Ole Glow™! Ole believes everyone should feel their best at all times, so he created these cleansing cloths as a “portable spa” to freshen up, calm and soothe skin throughout the day. Personally, I just use them to remove my makeup at night. For me that is their perfect use. 
In a consumer study on 38 women after 1 week of use:
  • 100% of users agree this product gently cleanses
  • 95% of users agree this product refreshes skin
  • 95% of users agree this product softens skin.
  • 92% of users agree this product conditions skin
  • 92% of users agree this product soothes skin
  • 92% of users agree this product smooths skin
Directions for Use: Gently massage a single cloth over face in a circular motion, taking care around the eyes. No need to rinse. Great for removing makeup, dirt, oil and impurities. Follow with the OLEHENRIKSEN products of your choice. For external use only. Use as directed. Avoid contact with eyes. In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately.

I think these do a wonderful job of removing makeup. Some cleansing cloths leave behind traces of makeup and you need to use a toner or astringent to get rid of the excess makeup. Not with these cloths. I found that these cleansed the skin well enough that I did not need to do that. They come in three sizes: 10 cloths for $8.00; 30 cloths for $15.00 and 100 cloths for $30.00 (which is a steal BTW). 

OLEHENRIKSEN So Nurturing Cleansing Cloths can be found online at www.olehenriksen.com, www.sephora.com and SEPHORA stores. Like Ole Henriksen on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/olehenriksen/; Follow Ole Henriksen on Twitter:@OleHenriksen; Follow Ole Henriksen on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/olehenriksen/; Follow Ole Henriksen on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ole_henriksen/ and Subscribe to Ole Henriksen on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCekD0vi0biqmC2HegotdN1g?sub_confirmation=1.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These items sent for consideration)

Review: La Roche-Posay Sunscreens Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer UV SPF 30 & ANTHELIOS Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 60 #LaRochePosay #Sunscreen #Moisturizer #ANTHELIOS #TOLERIANE

(product photos courtesy of www.laroche-posay.us)

2.5 fl.oz./75mL $19.99
When you want your bang for your buck you go for as much as possible in a product, right? Well, if you want the best in sunscreen you go to La Roche-Posay. In La Roche-Posay's Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer UV SPF 30 you get more than your bang for your buck. Not only is it a anti-aging repairing moisturizer that you wear during the day, but it is also a SPF 30 sunscreen which is the perfect combination that I always think cosmetic companies should be doing in their day products. This product comes form 5 years of research and 13 clinical studies in partnership with dermatologists. New dermatological research in skin has demonstrated the importance of a healthy microbiome: the population of microorganisms found at the skin surface. It has now been discovered that prebiotics can feed the microbiome. The SPF 30 comes from the following sunscreen ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 5%, Octisalate 5% and Octocrylene 7%. These are all chemical sunscreens and if you are allergic to any of these do NOT use this product. These are not mineral sunscreens. This product is for all skin types, including sensitive skin.It is oil-free, won’t clog pores and is non-comedogenic. It is also fragrance-free and paraben-free. The product has been allergy tested and Dermatologist tested.

This moisturizer has been formulated with a high concentration of La Roche-Posay Prebiotic Thermal Water and carefully selected skin care ingredients, Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer UV SPF 30 helps protect and restore the natural skin barrier for healthy looking skin. Used in conjunction with Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer at night, it has a unique prebiotic action on the skin microbiome. Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer UV SPF 30 is a daily facial moisturizing lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 to hydrate, protect, and help reduce visible redness. This moisturizer with SPF 30 contains:
  • Ceramide-3: an essential ceramide naturally found in skin.
  • A high concentration of La Roche-Posay Prebiotic Thermal Water: with hydrating, soothing, and antioxidant properties.
  • Glycerin: a moisturizing agent that naturally attracts water to skin.
  • Niacinamide: a form of vitamin B3 with soothing properties.
This product has won various awards for its efficacy. It won the Allure 2017 Best of Beauty Award. It also won the Redbook 2017 MVP Best Beauty Award and 2017 Self Approved Beauty Award

Directions for use: Use as a daily moisturizer to protect against UV rays, apply to the face and neck in the morning. For best results and the most prebiotic benefits, apply the Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer at night. It has an oil-free, lightweight texture that absorbs instantly when applied. The bottle should last about 3 months with everyday use. This product should be worn all year round, yes even during the winter months. There is still sun in the winter and snow actually reflects the sun off of the snow causing sunburn. 

I love this product. It goes on easily, absorbs quickly and is the perfect moisturizer for daytime. It is exactly what I have been asking for from companies. A moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30. All skincare companies should have one. Everyone should wear a SPF 30 daily. It is very important for anti-aging purposes to wear this daily. Even during the winter and during rainy days. The sun is always there. Except at night. This product helps to keep aging at bay with the prebiotic microbiome complex. And it actually helps to turn back the clock with its ingredients. It also has Niacinamide, ceramides and thermal water. All of these things together create a nice anti-aging product. 

1.7 fl.oz./50mL $19.99
Another great product from them is their ANTHELIOS Clear Skin SPF 60 Sunscreen. It is a Dry Touch Sunscreen, meaning that it applies to the skin, absorbs instantly and you will not feel the sunscreen. This product absorbs pore-clogging oil, even in heat and humidity, and won't cause breakouts. It has Cell-Ox Shield™ XL antioxidant technology, an optimized combination of UVA/UVB filters chosen for its more synergistic effect to deliver broad-spectrum protection. This product is 100% oil-free, has SPF 60 and has been formulated to be highly wearable, including for those who typically are reluctant to wear sunscreen. It is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. The SPF 60 comes from the following ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 15%, Octisalate 5% and Octocrylene 7%. This sunscreen has an optimized combination of UVA/UVB filters chosen for its more synergistic effect to deliver broad-spectrum protection. It also has a powerful antioxidant complex to help protect skin from free radicals caused by UV rays that can cause premature skin aging, thus helping to prevent line and wrinkles. Finally, it has an Anti-Shine complex, which is a combination of Perlite and Silica to absorb pore-clogging oil, even in heat and humidity.

While developing this unique formula La Roche-Posay looked at the most common excuses for not wearing sunscreen, to ensure ANTHELIOS CLEAR SKIN Sunscreen would be the right answer, even for those who always have a “good excuse”:
  • Excuse #1: “Sunscreens cause breakouts”
  • Answer: ANTHELIOS CLEAR SKIN Sunscreen is proven non-comedogenic so it won’t cause breakouts.
  • Excuse #2: “Sunscreens makes my skin look oily”
  • Answer: ANTHELIOS CLEAR SKIN Sunscreen is formulated with a unique oil-absorbing complex with Perlite and Silica providing anti-shine properties to help absorb excess oil and keep skin matte.
  • Excuse #3: “Sunscreens make my skin feel greasy”
  • Answer: ANTHELIOS CLEAR SKIN Sunscreen has a dry touch texture that provides a clean feel.
  • Excuse #4: “When it is hot and humid out, wearing a sunscreen makes my skin oilier and shinier”
  • Answer: ANTHELIOS CLEAR SKIN Sunscreen has been tested even in heat and humidity and proved to reduce the appearance of oiliness compared to bare skin.
  • Excuse #5: “Sunscreens have oily textures”
  • Answer: ANTHELIOS CLEAR SKIN Sunscreen is 100% oil-free so it doesn’t feel oily or greasy on skin.
This product has won several awards. It won the 2017 Allure Best of Beauty Award, the 2016 TotalBeauty.com Honorable Mention Best Face Sunscreen, the 2016 O: The Oprah Magazine Best Beauty Products, the 2016 Real Simple Best Face Sunscreen for Acne-Prone Skin and the 2016 Glamour Best Sunscreen. It is recommended for Oily skin and can even be used on sensitive skins. It is paraben-free and fragrance-free. 

Directions for Use: Apply generously to the face and neck 15 minutes prior to sun exposure. Reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating. Immediately after towel drying, at least every 2 hours. Do not use on children under 6 months of age. 

La Roche-Posay is sold at some Walgreens stores in the United States. In Canada they are sold through Shoppers Drug Mart. Like La Roche-Posay on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaRochePosayUSA; Follow La Roche-Posay on Twitter:@LaRochePosayUSA; Follow La Roche-Posay on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/larocheposayusa/ and Subscribe to La Roche-Posay on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/LaRochePosayUSA.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This was sent for consideration)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Review: Novafab Personal Grooming Razors For Men #Novafab #PersonalGroomingRazorsForMen

(product photos courtesy of www.nova-fab.com)

Novafab Personal Grooming Razors For Men

Novafab makes personal grooming razors for men. They make three types. There is the SoloTrim, the RazorComb and the 2 Pack Combo. The SoloTrim is $1.90 each or $18.99 for a 10 pack on Amazon.com (http://amzn.to/2ByVjbB). It is used mainly for trimming mustaches or beards. It is small, lightweight and can be easily taken for travel. Also just as small and easily used is the RazorComb, which is used for precision trimming, such as eyebrows and sideburns. Women could use this too. It is also $1.90 or $18.99 for a 10 pack on Amazon (http://amzn.to/2yf54FN). This too is great for travel. Finally we have the 2 Pack Combo, which contains both razors in one pack! This is a great value and is $3.40 or $16.99 for a 5 pack on Amazon (http://amzn.to/2kmpYOk). 

My husband used both of these razors and found them easy to use, sharp and able to remove hair with precision and ease. He liked them very much and thinks they would be great for smaller areas such as eyebrows, sideburns, a goatee, a Van Dyke or a small mustache. He did not think they would work for thicker hair or larger beards or mustaches. 

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These were sent for consideration)

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