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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Review: Alba Botanica Items For The Face #AlbaBotanica #dobeautiful

(product photos courtesy of www.albabotanica.com)

Recently I received some items from Alba Botanica to try out and review. I have been wanting to try the line for some time now, so I was very happy to get my hands on some of the items they have. Here are reviews on the items I tried. All of the products have vegetarian ingredients, are not animal tested, have no synthetic fragrances, no artificial colors, have no harsh sulfates, parabens or phthalates. 

6 fl.oz./177mL 
This face wash contains zit-zapping 2% salicylic acid and willow bark extract. If your pores are clogged with debris and sebum then this is the cleanser to break them free. It is extremely effective and lathers to unclog the gunk from the pores, helping to banish existing blemishes and to prevent new ones from forming. All you have to do is apply twice daily, add some water, later and rinse. It's maximum strength, oil-free, dermatologist-tested and non-comedogenic. This cleanser has proven results: fights breakouts even after you rinse and 70% tested saw clearer skin in just 7 days*. (*based on consumer evaluation)

I love this cleanser. It deeply cleanses the skin and leaves it feeling extremely clean, fresh and ready to take on the day. Do not use around the eyes though. 

8 oz./227g
This is a very powerful, effective scrub that is botanically based. It is dual-purposed face and body that is tough on backne but gentle enough for daily facial cleansing. This scrub has been formulated with powerful but proven zit-zappers such as salcylic acid and willow bark extract plus ground walnut shell. It buffs away dirt, oil, and pore clogging dead skin cells. This product helps banish breakouts for visibly clearer skin without over irritation. It is maximum strength, oil-free, dermatologist tested and noncomedogenic. What has been proven is that this fights breaksouts even after you rinse and 80% tested saw clearer skin throughout the day*. (*based on consumer evaluation)

This scrub is very nice. It is one of the better ones. This one does not use microbeads that harm the environment. It is a mild scrub, since is is for acne use, and can be use by those with active pimples. 

6 fl.oz./177 mL
Get rid of oily, blemished skin with this powerful, botanically effective cooling astringent that penetrates deep to help prevent blemishes before they start. It is formulated with proven zit-zappers such as salicylic acid and willow bark extract. This oil-dissolver unclogs pores for a visibly clearer complexion without over-irritation. Instantly skin is super-clean, without a trace of oil. In just 8 hours, breakouts are reduced. Over time, scars and acne marks fade. It is maximum strength, non-comedogenic and dermatologist tested. 70% of users saw clearer skin in just 7 days*. (*based on a consumer study)

OMG. This astringent is the best. I use it all the time to get my skin feeling like it has been exposed to ice. At least that is what it feels like! Your skin will feel refreshed and amazing after using this. Like your skin has just had an amazing facial. 


2 oz./57g
After using the other products, for cleansing and toning your skin, you need a lotion to hydrate it. But it needs to be blemish friendly. This one is. It is the ultimate acne-fighting, mattifying lotion. This powerful, botanically effective , oil-free formula keeps shine at bay while it weightlessly hydrates the skin. Formulated with salicylic acid and willow bark extract help this lotion take down zits and let you see a visibly clearer complexion. Never tight, never oily. Skin is smooth, fresh and prepped for your day (or night). This lotion is maximum strength, oil-free, non-comedogenic and has been dermatologist tested. It provides an all day matte finish. 

What I love about this lotion is that it does mattify the skin all day long. Most lotions do not do this. This one DOES. It is not a lie. Your face will not look oily unless you don't use the entire line of products here. 


6 fl.oz./177 mL 
Add indulgence to your cleansing routine. This soap-free milk cleanser gently removes any traces of makeup, dirt, oil and debris for a clean skin. Their botanically powerful Marine Complex, featuring sea lettuce extract helps to fortify skin and encourages an even skin tone. Spoil yourself with skin that is clean but never stripped of its natural oils. This cleanser is hypo-allergenic, soap-free and promotes an even skin tone. The even advanced line washes out dullness and promotes an even skin tone in general. It's the Marine Complex with the sea lettuce that helps even the skin tone. It is in all the even advanced products and it really does help get rid of dull skin and even it out. 

This cleansing milk is great for skin that is normal with some hyperpigmentation. It is hydrating, soothing and moisturizing. Skin will feel loved with this cleansing milk. It will feel soothed and happy. 


0.25oz./7g
When you need a really fast fix for a pimple, this tinted cream immediately blurs the offending blemish while willow bark extract, colloidal sulfur and licorice root work immediately to remedy the blemish and soon it will be gone. This product contains 6% sulfur to help treat acne blemishes, which is great and not irritating. It is also oil-free. The willow bark extract helps to hide and treat the blemish. This product is also hypo-allergenic. 
This helps get rid of pimples in no time flat. Use twice daily and make sure to not spread any bacteria from the blemish to another area of the face. 

0.25oz./7g
If you need a fast fix for thin lips, this moisturizing gloss immediately stimulates your lips with cinnamon, peppermint and ginger to trigger plumping and flushing with a hint of color and shine. The gloss leaves lips full, smooth and kissably soft. It instanly stimulates lips. It is pocket-sized and ready to go with you on a date or anywhere. The gloss is gentle and effective. 
This is for someone who really wants to put some va-va-voom in her lips. Personally, I don't like these kinds of serums but some do. I find them too spicy for my lips.  

0.25oz./7g
Undereye circles are a pain in the butt. When you need a fast fix for them, this vanishing yellow concealer neutralizes darkness to brighten tired eyes while apple fruit, white lily and caffeine help to maintain an even tone from below the surface. It’s magical brightening in the blink of an eye. This product is hypo-allergenic, it is gentle and effective and is great because it is pocket sized and can be taken with you wherever you go. And it works wonders!
This definitely is not too yellow for under the eye area. It blends into the skin and your eyes will look so good, especially when your makeup is finished.

Alba Botanica is available at Walgreens, Rite-Aid, CVS, Target, WalMart and many supermarket locations around the country. Use the store locator page to find a location near you. Like Alba Botanica on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/albabotanica/; Follow Alba Botanica on Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/albabotanica/ and Follow Alba Botanica on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/albabotanica/?hl=e.
Until Next Time~
Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These items were sent for consideration















Wednesday, October 18, 2017

MyChelle Conditioning Lip Hints in Nude, Berry and Plum #MyChelle #LoveYourNude

(product photo courtesy of www.mychelle.com)


0.2 oz./5.7 g $12.50

I have already written about the MyChelle Sheer Conditioning Lip Hint. That came out back in August. There are three new Lip Tints that just came out now. There are three colors: Nude, Berry and Plum. Let's talk about each:


Nude Conditioning Lip Hint: A versatile modern nude that warms any look. A very rich, melting balm with a decadent blend of thes, Kalahari Melon, and Meadowfoam Oil for a soft, dewy look that is never sticky. This 4-in-1 lip treatment nourishes, soothes, deeply hydrates, and primes lips to maximize the wear time of your lip color, or you can wear it alone for a sheer, gloss finish. It is definitely the most wonderful lip balm that you will ever wear. And you get some color out of it too!

In formulating their Lip Hints™ Conditioning Lip Balm, they traded the synthetic waxes, artificial colors, fake flavors, and petroleum-based ingredients of traditional lip products for pure plant oils and waxes, essential oils, and natural extracts. This lip balm was made without Phthalates, Parabens, Sulfates, Silicones, Ureas, Artifical Fragrances and Colors, Petroleum, GMOs, and Gluten. It does not contain any FD&C Dye. MyChelle is an all natural skincare line. 

To Use: For best color apply to lips for a hint of gloss or color, or as a hydrating primer under other lip color to intensify shade.

Berry Conditioning Lip Hint: 
The description and instructions for this are exactly like the Nude shade. Berry is just a shade that has some red in it and is somewhat sheer in nature. Below I will be showing photos of all of these and how they look on lips. It gives just a little bit of color that is pretty and sheer. 

Plum Conditioning Lip Tint:
As with Berry, the description and instructions are the same as with Nude. The color itself darker than Berry and warmer. It definitely lends itself to some color on the lips and makes them look alive. This color is pretty and sheer but has more depth to the color.

Photos:

MyChelle Lip Hints in Nude
MyChelle Lip Hints in Berry
MyChelle Lip Hints in Plum
I love how these make my lips feel. Soft, smooth and conditioned. Hydrated and definitely full of moisture. I have not had a feeling like this with any other lip balm before. I really like this brand and will keep using the Sheer at least. And the Nude. These are great under matte lipsticks. They help control how your lips feel so you don't get cracked, dry lips after wearing them all day. 

MyChelle is available from www.mychelle.com, Ulta Beauty, Whole Foods, certain supermarket chains that carry organic items like Wegmans and more. Check their store locator on the page. Like MyChelle on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/MyChelleDermaceuticals; Follow MyChelle on Twitter: @mychelle; Follow MyChelle on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mychellebeauty/; Follow MyChelle on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/mychellebeauty/ and Subscribe to MyChelle on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/MyChelleSkinCare

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie


(These items were sent for consideration)





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)









 






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