Archive | August 2017

Masks: They are Miracles for your Face and Eyes plus Darphin Eye Mask Review

The miracle of masks.  How can you live without these sheet masks, clay masks, hydrating masks and asks for every part of your body.  They even have masks for the smallest parts of your body like your lips or your eye area.  In this article, I will be reviewing an eye mask that I am currently using and my discovery of face masks.

I first discovered masks in my early twenties when I first entered the beauty industry.  I honestly don’t think it was going to work.  A clay mask a quick reduce my acne, make my pores look smaller and matify my skin?  Yeah right!  But I purchased it any ways, used that same night and then my world changed.

A bit dramatic I know, but when you had and still have problematic skin you’ll try anything.  I’m glad I stumbled onto masks ‘cause it’s change my world and my skin to.  Fast forward to now, where my skin has changed and now I use a hydrating mask for fall and winter and a clay mask for spring and summer.  I know my skin wouldn’t be looking its best without these face miracles.  Now I’m in my mid thirties and I’m stepping up my game.  Now I started using eye masks that helped to reduce my bags, refreshed the eye area and of course keep those pesky lines at bay.

Darphin Eye Sorbet Mask

This is my first eye mask that isn’t a patch.  It is a creamy texture that is soothing and refreshing, plus it helps to keep the wrinkles at bay.  And if you have used this line before you will be familiar of the ingredients that they use which are botanical and essential oils.  And of course they are from Paris.

I’ve used many products from this line before and was very happy with the results.  So when I started using this product I wasn’t surprised that it actually worked.  With green tea, watermelon, cucumber and

many more natural ingredients, it hydrates, it soothes and it leaves your eyes refreshed.  Leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes and you’re closer to brighter looking skin.

There isn’t a lot of high masks that are like this.  They tend to be the patches that you put under your eyes, which for me tends to get messy.  They can move everywhere, they have too much essence in the patch itself which leaks onto your face or even in your hair if your lying down.  I’m not saying their all bad, I’ve used to myself.  I just like how this Darphin eye mask is mess free and how easily it goes on.

So next time you wanna give yourself a spa treatment at home, don’t forget the eye mask.  Have a good week my beauties!

This entry was posted on August 26, 2017, in Skincare.

Givenchy Mascara Review

Givenhy Mascara

Other than my obsession with finding the right lip gloss or treatment, I have thing for mascara.  I know what I want it to do so I need to find that it mascara.  My latest mascara was given to me through a campaign by Canadian beauty bloggers.  It is the newest mascara by Givenchy the Noir Interdit

Over the years been in the beauty industry, you get to try on lots of different makeup and skincare.  That’s including mascara where I’ve seen them all and tried them all.  I’ve tried mascara with volume, length, definition or just natural looking lashes.  I’ve even tried brushes that are thick, thin, soft bristle and plastic like bristle.  I even had one that was vibrating.  That one was by Lancôme and years ago they came out with a mascara that the wand was softly vibrating your lashes.  It was a cool feeling, kind of ticklish but great results.

This Givenchy mascara comes out of the tube straight but can be bent at a 90° angle.  How cool is that?  I’ve never had a mascara wand that does this!  This is so cool but here I was thinking “is this going to be difficult to use?” so I had my doubts, but by the end of the first application I was hooked!  Not only is it super easy, but it gets all your lashes including those little pesky ones that you can’t seem to get.

Givenchy mascara

The wand itself looks like a handheld fan and fans out from small bristles on the outside to the big bristle on the inside.  This makes for getting all long and short lashes and easily combing the mascara through without it clumping.  Because of the comb like brush, there was no clumps left on my lashes.

It does have a slight scent and usually am allergic to it.  But I’ve been using it for the past couple days and so far I have not had a reaction.  Thank god because I would cry!  The packaging is very simple and rectangle, but the handle for me is a bit too bulky in my hand.  I have very small hands, so that’s a personal thing for me.  I’m sure a lot of women won’t have the problem, but it’s just what I observed.

As I said in the beginning of this article, I look for volume and length in the mascara.  This mascara gives you incredible length but also gives you

some volumes.  By layering it over and over again you’ll get the volume you want.  When I were throughout the day it did not flake off or smudge.  It’s long wearing and it comes off easily.  The pigments in this mascara is very bold and black which I love.

The moral to this story: even if you’re hesitant about trying something new, try it anyway.  I’m very much enjoying this mascara and its new brush.  So I hope this inspires you to try new things out, small changes or big changes, it’s scary at first but you’re glad that it happened.  Even if it’s just a mascara wand.  Have a good week my beauties!

Eye Makeup: the Holy Grail of Makeup, My story and a Review

estee lauder eye shadows

Eye makeup, to me this is the holy grail of makeup!  You can wear what ever colors you want not to mention there’s so many colors out there you’ll have fun trying it on.  Matte, metallic, sheer, semi- matte and you can even go all out in glitter.  The endless possibilities of doing up your eyes is an art form itself.  You can keep it simple or go glam, even paint on stars or cartoon characters.  You can even do a bigger, bolder version of the black line and pile on the mascara to give you that sexy, alluring look.  It’s all up to you the artist because there’s no limit to what you can do with eye makeup.

With me, when I started playing with makeup, I started with my eyes.  Since I didn’t have alot of money I started with mascara and black eyeliner and boy did I pile on.  When I entered the beauty industry I got more interested in doing more with my eyes.  And I have big, round brown eyes and I was encouraged by my coworkers to try on eyeshadows.  Apparently having big, round eyes is great in the beauty industry as it shows the makeup well.  And so when I decided to buy my first eyeshadows, I went big!  I went directly to lancome and bought a purple single eye shadow.  I think it was called lustre and but I remember how expensive it was ($21) when I first walked into a work with it on the women I worked with loved the new look.  That’s what solidified me into exploring more shades and  different looks.

Over the years I’ve gone through a lot of different looks, not to mention different shades (remember when orange was the rage?) My look has definitely and thankfully evolved since then.  But I’ve always come back to my simple black line and mascara or swipe on my purple eye shadow, my signature look.  That’s why when I got this palette from Estee lauder I fell in love with it.  So here is my review on this palette.

estee lauder eye shadow

Estee lauder pure color envy in envious orchid

I’m not one for palettes, especially eye palettes.  I just can never finish them all and it’s so frustrating and I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels that way!  So I do try to be picky when I want to purchase one. And if I finish 4 out of the five colors in the palette I’ll be happy.  That’s why I chose this eye palette because it has my favorite color purple and the other colors are very versatile to work with.

They are soft in color and blend easily into each other.  You can go from a day look, easily apply the dark purple or black and get a beautiful dramatic look.  The black eye shadow in this palette is a very different texture from the rest.  It has a very smooth texture like silk and if you dip your finger into the eye shadow just a bit, the pigments is very easily transferred onto your finger.  You can definitely use it as eye shadow or as an eyeliner.

The two purples are soft and matte, while the white and gray shadows have a soft shimmer to them to add dimension to the eyes.  Overall the shadows for me are soft and muted and I don’t have any eye palette like this in my collection.  I really have enjoyed this palette because it’s a more natural, softer side of purple for me at least! Because right now i have purples that are brighter and shimmery, even glittery. This is my first attempt to look like an adult, at least sometimes.

There really is no reason not to have fun with your eye makeup.  Try every color in the rainbow, play with different looks and be open to different color combinations.  Because remember you can always wipe it off and start over again.  And when you found your signature look, work it girl!  Until next week my beauties have a good week.

This entry was posted on August 12, 2017, in Makeup.

Thank Goodness for Concealers: Review and Tips on using Concealers

Makeup Forever Concealer

What are you concealing under all that concealer?  Are you concealing a lot or little?  Imperfections?  Discoloration?  Under eye bags?  For me, my concealer has to work because I don’t have time to do touch ups throughout the day.  Plus it has to be oil free, non comedogenic and give me full coverage.

I always went for concealer because it covered my under eyes bags and my breakouts.  When my skin got a little less oily, I started wearing a light to medium coverage foundation and not too much concealer.  So I switched to an illuminating concealer because of its fluid texture.  That was short lived due to my unfortunate allergies to them.  So now, I stick to a light to medium foundation and found a concealer that is light in texture but heavy on the coverage.  Here is my review of the current concealer I am using and I’m going to give you some tips on using one.

Makeup forever –extreme camouflage cream concealer

I am a huge makeup forever fan and every time I purchased a product from this company, I have always been quite happy with them.  So when I decided to buy this concealer from them I was a little hesitant as I wasn’t sure how this would work out.  I’m used to full coverage concealers being too heavy, making my skin look shinier and possibly make me break out.  But the description and people’s feedback on this concealer about it being oil free, non comedogenic and gives great coverage was all the requirements I needed.

I wasn’t used to the concealer like this so I had my work cut out for me.  First of all, it was 1 to 2 shades lighter than I’m used to and I kept putting on too much.  So I had to work on my mixing and tried to scale it back on concealer usage and after a while I fell in love with it and now I can’t live without it.  Believe it or not this is one of the few full coverage concealer that feels absolutely light on the skin and full coverage on the face.  It has no trouble covering my under eyes circles and my breakouts to give me that flawless look.

Tips

  • If your concealer is a shade or two lighter don’t worry it may work for you! You may have to mix it with a bit of foundation or apply powder on top of it after so it looks flawless.
  • Concealer vs. illuminator, they do the same thing but keep in mind that an illuminator is light in texture and really helps to brighten the face. So you may need to use the concealer to ensure maximum coverage just in case.
  • Use a tool of some sort. I use a brush because it blends very nicely and seamless into the skin.  Because it’s a small area you’re doing, blending the concealer is a must.  Use a brush or sponge it may be a little difficult with the fingers because it may not blend as well.  In the end it’s up to you and what you decide to use.
  • Over or under foundation. It really is your choice on this one because if you use it under foundation it’s a more natural look.  Over the foundation and you will get more coverage this way.  If you put concealer first you tend to move it around when you put your foundation after.  If you apply foundation first, then the concealer will stay where you put it.  Food for thought.
  • Under the eyes. I know sometimes concealers can crease and fall into the lines.  My suggestion is as soon as you’re done with your concealer, pat the area with powder.  I found that this has helped especially around the eye area.  Or you can use an under eye primer.

Now go and apply your concealer and make it look flawless just like you.  Until next week my beauties have a good week!

 

This entry was posted on August 5, 2017, in Makeup.