About two months ago I was introduced to Emme Diane by a fellow beauty blogger named Jen (MyBeautyBunny). She raved about how great the Emme Diane Tinted Mineral SPF 40 was and I knew that I just had to get my hands on the product and try it out for myself. Living in such a warm climate like Hawaii, I was immediately smitten over the Emme Diane Tinted Mineral SPF 40, so much so – that I had to share it with all of you.
The Emme Diane Tinted Mineral SPF 40 retails for $46.00. First, I wanted to touch base on the packaging of the product itself. I’m all about that easy to dispense life and the product is easily dispensed through a pump that makes application a breeze. I just wanted to put that out there, because the “no fuss, no muss” life is for me.
Okay, now that I have gotten that out of the way – let’s talk product. The Emme Diane website states that this tinted mineral sunscreen has a cult following and boy, let me just say – I can see why. Living in Hawaii, I want to make sure to help protect our precious coral but I need the protection from the sun that we experience more than 90% of the year. Emme Diane offers this Physical sunscreen with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide to not only protect our skin but also our ocean wildlife. The sunscreen applies so effortlessly and I love that it glides onto my skin without any issues.
The product is soft and silky and applies easily with my fingertips or using a brush. I tend to put it on after applying my moisturizer each day and while it is tinted, it offers a soft tint to help even out skin tone which is perfect for me. Emme Diane suggests applying it every 80 minutes after swimming or sweating, but I love using it on its own when out running errands or during a normal day for that sun protection that my skin needs. It is also suggested to apply at least every 2 hours.
The Emme Diane Tinted Mineral SPF 40 offers you a sheer, mattifying look to the skin while leaving your skin feeling silky smooth (so it’s perfect for applying before makeup). I love that because it is non-comedogenic I haven’t had any breakouts and I have had minimal white cast when using this product. It blends into my skin tone perfectly. I have been dealing with many sensitive skin issues the last few months due to some health complications, so I really wanted to try something that would be gentle on my skin and this has been it. I’m not lying when I say that I LOVE this sunscreen.
I want to try out the Illuminating Tinted SPF next because with summer on its way, I’m all about that glow.
Have you tried anything from the Emme Diane line? If so, comment below and let me know. Emme Diane has been gracious enough to provide a discount for my readers and followers.
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As a child growing up in the 80s and 90s, Suzanne Somers was kind of a household name. A popular figure in infomercials and television shows, we knew the name and the face all too well. I still remember the first time my mom bought her first Thigh Master and it was a product she enjoyed tremendously. Till this day, my mom has purchased several and still has one in her possession. Between a fruitful career and various skill levels, she’s definitely an icon. This gorgeous being (who happens to be 70 years old and looks incredible) started her own cosmetics line called Suzanne Organics. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and beat it, but that also gave her the inspiration to create this gorgeous line of All Natural Makeup and Skin Care called Suzanne Organics.
I had the opportunity to try several products from the line and if I had to sum up my thoughts on all of them in one word, I would use – Awesome! As many of you know, my PCOS has been flaring up tremendously, so I’ve been trying to find products that not only work well with my skin issues but also don’t cause me to break out more. I’ve been impressed so far with everything I’ve tried. Let’s chit chat about each one I’ve used.
I wanted to make sure I selected a wide range of products and a skin care item I think is absolutely essential to me is body lotion. I have extremely dry skin that is also Eczema prone so I really wanted to give the Suzanne Organics Nourishing Body Lotion a try. The lotion comes sealed with a cap but it came with a pump which I was excited for. This lotion has become a favorite, leaving my skin silky smooth without the greasy feeling you can get from other products. It left my skin feeling soft the entire day and I’ve been using it daily since first getting my hands on it. As the first product I tried, I definitely was impressed right from the get-go.
Suzanne Organics has a great selection of anti-aging and skin care products. I also picked out the Suzanne Organics Anti-Aging Eye Cream because a great eye cream is something I can’t get enough of. This eye cream is their Top-Rated, organic and all natural anti-aging cream that is packed with some of the most rare, expensive and targeted ingredients like Swiss apple stem cells and sea algae extracts. The first time I used this product I was quite amazed. I don’t think I have a lot of problems with my under eye area but lately, I’ve been looking tired and this product helped to reduce my dark under-eye circles while also brightening the under eye area. My minor crows feet wrinkles seemed less prominent and overall my eye area appeared more youthful with use.
Suzanne Organics Liquid Oxygen Therapy Facial Serum is an elixir that soothes the facial skin and helps reverse the signs of aging. This product is basically like an expensive Oxygen Facial Treatment in a bottle. It hydrates the skin while revitalizing and rejuvenating. This serum helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and combats free radicals from environmental stress. All of this while promoting clear, smooth, healthy-looking skin and soothing my irritated and sensitive skin. They key ingredient is suspended oxygen (Perfluorordecalin) which bathes oxygen on the skin and helps to promote clear skin. I’m really enjoying this product. It’s completely lightweight which I love and soaks into the skin, without a sticky icky residue left behind and leaves my skin feeling moisturized all day long and soothes my dry skin.
Suzanne Organics Sheer Flawless Foundation was a product I just had to try. I got it in the color Medium Honey. Since I have been dealing with a vast amount of breakouts the last few months due to my PCOS, I thought giving this product a whirl would be great to put to the test. While most foundations coat the skin with a variety of dyes and fragrances, this tint uses nourishing actives and rich minerals with superior blending capabilities to color-match a range of skin tones. Made without PEGs, parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. This product uses no plastic or petroleum fillers and is gluten free. I was amazed to find out that it is made with organic botanical actives like soothing Aloe Leaf Juice, Tea Tree, Jojoba and Grape Seed Oils for a flawless skin with a smooth, velvet touch. Filled with antioxidant-rich super juice blend of pomegranate, goji, acai, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry and more.
I applied the foundation using a damp beauty sponge. The application was easy and while the foundation looked a little on the pink side prior to application, I was impressed in how well it blended with my skin tone. This foundation is very lightweight and definitely sheer as it’s name suggests, but I found it to be build-able, which is perfect for me. Since I haven’t really used foundation in a few years, I truly enjoyed that I could decide whether I would go light or build up on my coverage when I wanted to. I didn’t experience any oxidation while using this foundation which great and on average I found it lasted for most of my day through the hot Hawaii weather. I set this foundation with the Suzanne Organics Sheer Pressed Powder in Medium/Dark and it helped to add additional coverage while keeping my makeup in place all day. I find that this pressed powder is great for setting but a tad bit too light for all over coverage and for me to use in place of the liquid foundation, but it is nice and I enjoy using it.
I set this foundation with the Suzanne Organics Sheer Pressed Powder in Medium/Dark and it helped to add additional coverage while keeping my makeup in place all day. I find that this pressed powder is great for setting but a tad bit too light for all over coverage and for me to use in place of the liquid foundation, but it is nice and I enjoy using it. It’s lightweight, smooth to the touch and silky, but I like that it applies easily without the extra work.
For additional coverage, I use the Suzanne Organics Perfect Finish Concealer. It’s a creamy concealer in a mini compact (with a mirror) and is perfect for spot concealing and even brightening up the areas to even out the coverage of the foundation. I love how lightweight this product is and tapping with the tip of my finger to apply or using a small synthetic brush makes application a breeze. While this concealer is a creamy type product, it sets like powder and I like that I can use it beneath my foundation or above for added coverage without worrying about moving. All day wear is another benefit I like and I find that I can use this on its own when needed too.
I got to try some gorgeous eye shadows as well. The Suzanne Organics Eyeshadow Essential Neutrals Quad offers four gorgeous shades to create an everyday or glamourous look. This quad features the colors Ivory, Flesh, Cocoa and Charcoal. Using organic ingredients and no artificial dyes, plastic or petroleum fillers, you rest assured you have pigmented eye shadows for any show stopping look.
I found that the texture of these shadows is quite different than I’m used to. While they are all very pigmented, they have a drier feel than the buttery shadows I’m accustomed to from other brands. Does this mean this is bad? No of course not. The drier texture and feel of these actually mean they have better longevity and performance on my eyelids and I find that the apply and blend quite easily. Over a primer, these shadows last all day. You can use them to apply a quick wash of color on the lids or build up the shades for an intense and dramatic look. I also find that since the formula of these shadows are drier than I’m used to, the darker shades apply wonderfully as a liner to the lids and lower lash line.
I also tried the Suzanne Organics Lengthening Mascara. This organic mascara has a pointed style tip to allow me to define each lash. I love the brush on this mascara because it allows me to apply the product to each of my little lashes. This mascara has held up on my lashes without much or any smudging, but I do notice that when my eyes tear up – it will run. It is a gorgeous black and really helps to define and somewhat lengthen each of my lashes for a pretty look. Like all of the products from Suzanne Organics, this is without all the funky things you can get in other cosmetic products.
Lastly, the Suzanne Organics Multiple Stick in Sunrise has been such a treat. I wanted to make sure I had a blush or lip color from the brand but found that if I picked up the All-In-One Makeup Stick, I’d have a plethora of options. This product can be used on the eyes, cheeks, and lips and adds a perfect highlight and color to the areas you need it.
In my easy makeup look above, I’ve utilized all of the Suzanne Organics Cosmetic products to create what you see. From foundation and concealer, setting powder and eye shadow, everything I used was from the Suzanne line. This line is perfect for day or night and simplistic to create. I also used the black color in the eye shadow quad as liner for the look and finished it all off with the multi-stick on my lips for a little color and my cheeks for some highlight.
Overall – I am loving this line. I’m not a fan of foundations but found that I’m really enjoying this one. I also love the performance of the products overall. As mentioned previously, Suzanne Organics products are free of all dangerous toxins that other cosmetics use. You get only healthy ingredients that your skin can absorb and the products are manufactured with certified organic ingredients. No plastic or petroleum fillers and the formulations are made without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. The products are completely Gluten Free and of course, no animal testing is done.
Makeup and skin care are just a small part of what Suzanne Organics offers. You can get facial oils and deodorants as well as a variety of things listed on the site.
I’ve been sitting on these products for a while now, testing and trying out all the shades and I finally feel like it’s time for me to share. Beauty Junkees is quite possibly one of my favorite makeup brush brands and now I can call them one of my favorite “makeup / cosmetic” brands too. Their beauty brushes and sponges are by far some of my favorites and are practically dead on dupes for my higher end ones. So, when they started releasing eye shadows and other makeup products (which you can read about here), I was over the moon. Stay tuned in the coming weeks because I’ve been sitting on their blushes too and a few other products that I simply can’t wait to share. Today I’m going to chit chat with you about the Beauty Junkees Eye Shadow Singles, so hang tight and let’s have a some colorful fun, shall we?
Let’s talk about affordability without sacrificing quality. For $119.00 you can get 28 single eye shadow pans and a really good magnetic makeup palette. The shadows come in individual pans that can be organized in the included empty magnetic palette to help keep them organized and portable. I’ve talked about this palette before in another post, and it’s really one of my favorites. The palette includes a duo ended eye brush and not just any brush, but a really good “Beauty Junkees quality” brush. The pans are 26mm and fit into the palette without any issue. No need to pick up additional magnets or do any funky depotting (which I hate to do).
Now, let’s talk about the eye shadows themselves. There are a total of 34 gorgeous shades in a range of cool and warm tones (which we all know I love). They are buttery soft and definitely something worth looking into. Buildable and blendable color and I love that they shadows are quite easy to work with. Each eye shadow is triple milled and pressed, allowing you to use them wet or dry. Each shadow individually retails for between $6.00 and you can select between matte, satin and shimmer shades. I find that these shadows apply nicely and I was beyond impressed with how buttery the matte shadows feel. I didn’t really notice much fall out when applying and used over primer gave these shadows great longevity.
I have swatches I want to share with you on the shades available. I am very impressed with the matte shades and I love the color range that is available.
Left to Right (top row in my custom palette): Victorian Gold, Vanilla Freeze, Peachsicle, Cosmetic Peach, Peach Vanilla, Stay Golden, Winter Wheat
Left to Right (second row in my custom palette): Iced Lace, Tiki Shed, Sugared Shortbread, First Snow, Beams of Light, Tiger, Gold Flicker
Left to Right (third row in my custom palette): Dash of Curry, Tuscan Rose, Raspberry Glaze, Crushed Velvet, Love Affair, Rose Beige, Penny Lover
Left to Right (last row in my custom palette): Sonic, Ripe Olive, Brew, Stingray Gray, Brown Canyon, Blue Slate, Black Leather
Beauty Junkees also offers their Eye Shadow Quad Kits that include four shadow magnetic refill pans. This is the perfect way to grab a few shades that you know you’ll use. I am a fan of individual shadows because I love to customize my own palettes so that I’m sure I’ll use them instead of having some shadows untouched. I also absolutely love the quality of these as well as the price point. Overall – the pigmentation and quality are really nice.
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Cruelty Free, Made in the USA, Paraben, and Gluten Free all make these products worth checking out. Beauty Junkees also offers a guarantee that if you try it and don’t like it – you can return it for a full refund up to 30 days after you receive it. No questions asked. They have also been compared to Makeup Geek (though I couldn’t tell you from personal experience since I don’t own anything from MG).
Since my original post on Instagram I have been asked time and time again to reveal my overall thoughts on this product line. Let’s face it, I’m all about saving a buck if I can and I know that Beauty Junkees makeup products will continue to remain a staple in my makeup arsenal. I didn’t include the additional shades that didn’t fit in the palette, but don’t worry – they are just as gorgeous as the others (I’ll update as soon as I can with swatches of those too).
You can purchase Beauty Junkees products on their website or via their Amazon Store. If I get a discount code in the future, I’ll be sure to share and post here.
If I get a discount code in the future, I’ll be sure to share and post here.
So what about you? Have you heard of Beauty Junkees or have you tried any of their products? I definitely suggest it if you haven’t already. The ratings on Amazon are good for great reason… Beauty Junkees really is great!
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted throughout.
Let’s talk a bit about how I’m loving Pixi Beauty skin care products lately. I’ll be honest, over the last few years I’ve actually been using Pixi Beauty makeup and cosmetic products, not so much their skin care – so I had no idea how much I would absolutely enjoy the products I have been using over the last few months. A few recent additions to my skin care regimen from Pixi are the Glowtion Day Dew, Glow Mist, Beauty Sleep Cream and 24K Eye Elixir and I thought, since we are in the midst of the winter… what better to talk about then some products that can give you that glow during the colder months.
The Glowtion Day Dew ($22.00) is a radiance-boosting moisturizer for a lit-from-within glow. This moisturizer is lightweight and soothes the skin while blurring imperfections & giving you the glow your skin tends to lack during the winter months. It offers an advanced illuminating skin-perfector finish and nourishes while giving a boost to dull skin. I love how hydrating this product is and since my skin is absolutely death dry, this product really helps to keep it moisturized through out the day. My skin looks healthier and much more even.
With lavender oil to help calm the skin, kaolin to help purify and mica to add a luminous and brightening glow – this product has literally been my go-to over the last few weeks. I use it in the morning and apply a really thin layer to my cleansed and toned skin. To add a little extra glow, I simply dab a little extra onto the high points of my face for a luminous finish. Since I don’t use foundation, I love to use this product on it’s own, but it works well under your foundation or BB Cream and makes a great base for your makeup.
The Glow Mist ($15.00) is a mist-on anytime type of mist that has 13 natural oils and propolis. I LOVE this thing. Again, since my skin is so dry during the winter months – this mist is the perfect travel companion. I use it to help refresh or revive my makeup or to hydrate my skin while out and about or at home. I have my eyes set on the Hydrating Milky Mist and plan to get my hands on that too (more on that in the future). Anyway, back to the Glow Mist… this product gives your skin a glowing, luminous and smooth complexion. With natural oils plus propolis, aloe vera and fruit extracts to help hydrate, protect and nourish your skin. It’s a multi-use mist and you can use it for setting your makeup or to add a dewy finish to your skin. Looking to protect your skin, refresh your makeup or add some extra glow? Well, this is the mist for you. I especially love that it is suited for all skin types.
I literally spray this mist in the morning and night when needed. It’s easy to use, just shake to mix it up, close your eyes and mist over your face & neck. It is a light weight mist, smells refreshing and earthy and it’s not sticky at all. With the additives of Tea tree Oil, Jojoba Oil, Macadamia Oil and so much more I get all the benefits of some of my favorite oils and hydrated skin when I need it.
Beauty Sleep Cream ($24.00) is a great nutrient-rich nighttime essential to help protect and nourish your skin. This is a great addition to any winter time routine, especially for those with dry skin – because it is not only nourishing but comforts and soothes your skin, prepping it for the next day. Fast absorbing and rich in nutrients, this product is a great night-time essential to help hydrate your skin while you sleep. Made with 100% natural mango butter, oils of lavender, lemon and bergamot and other great ingredients – this product is the perfect night time moisturizer.
I apply a thin layer to my clean and toned skin at night prior to bed and let it do it’s trick. When I wake up in the morning, my skin is soft and supple and hydrated to start the day.
Lastly out of the bunch is the Pixi 24K Eye Elixir ($22.00) has been a favorite for me the last month. I use eye creams, gels and roller balls in various sorts under and around my eye area to keep it hydrated and help with any fine lines I have from allergies and I have found this product is a great one for all of that. This elixir is an anti-fatigue peptide serum that massages away puffiness as it smooths and refreshes the eye area. A multi-tasker of sorts that is infused with powerful age-defying ingredients to help refresh eyes and prevent the signs of fatigue. With Collagen to help repair the delicate eye area, peptides to help plump fine lines and raspberry to tone the skin – you get a great all in one that’s perfect for everyday use.
I love putting this elixir in the fridge for a while to cool the product and the rollerball applicator to help awaken my senses and my eyes each morning. The applicator is cool and soothes the eye while encouraging circulation. You can use this in the morning or at night and it’s as easy as rolling the applicator under the eye from inner to outer corner approximately 2-3 times. Since I don’t have any heavy wrinkles, I do notice a big difference in how hydrated and awake my under eyes look as well as the de-puffing in that area (though I do not have really bad puffy eyes). This product is perfect for me to use on days when I woke up after a restless night or if my allergies are bothering me.
I think, like with all skin care – it really is about the person’s individual tastes, skin type and what they want to do for their skin. Pixi products are reasonably priced – a little higher in price point then your standard drugstore finds, but I have been loving their products thus far. I’m very impressed with this particular products because winter is when my skin is most delicate, sensitive and finicky and when I can try a set of products without any issue – I consider that a win in my book. Each of these products offer your skin some glow while keeping it hydrated and luminous and let’s face it – your skin is most dull in the winter months so anything that will give you luminosity, is a huge plus. If I had to choose just one product out of the four that I can’t simply live without, I think the Glowtion Day Dew would probably be it and of course, the 24K Eye Elixir is a must-have in my book. All of the products are wonderful regardless and if you’re near a Target or love to shop online, I highly suggest checking them out.
You can learn more about Pixi Beauty on their website at: https://www.pixibeauty.com/ or at your local Target store.
Have you tried anything from Pixi Beauty? Any of these products on your must-have list? Looking for more information on other Pixi products? If so, check out these links for other reviews and features I’ve done for Pixi in the past.
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A Smart Mirror? Hmmm… I shall say that I definitely do love trying out new tech gadgets, especially when they have to do with beauty, but I honestly didn’t think I’d be trying out a cool “tech mirror” in this day. I was quite excited to get my hands on this product and put it through the testing and trying I do with all my products and today I’m finally sharing my thoughts on this product with all of you. The HiMirror is what we are chatting about today on Honeygirl’s World.
So, what in the world is the HiMirror anyway? This interesting device was created to help you assess and analyze your skin’s conditions – including wrinkles, fine lines, your complexion and dark circles and spots, red spots and pores. This interesting device helps you to effectively and efficiently target your problem areas so you can move toward your ultimate beauty goals. How many products out there can you attribute to actually recognizing and identifying problem areas so you can adjust your skin care routine accordingly?
This mirror is basically your in-home beauty consultant that helps you get your skin care in check. The HiMirror weighs just 5.5 lbs and is built with an HD (High Definition) camera to allow you to use the mirror with facial recognition and to take your photos for results and comparison. This camera also allows you to close it when not in use, so you don’t have to worry about being filmed while the mirror is on or plugged in. It is perfect for daily use since you can close the camera lens after you’re done. You can use the mirror by operating with hand gestures or by voice commands and I love that you have the option of also using the “mirror” as an actual mirror when you’re not using the technological aspect of it.
Using the mirror and getting the hang of it is all a part of the fun, but I’ll be honest – it can all be a challenge while you’re getting the hang of it. My first challenge was trying to figure out how I can mount the mirror so I can use it with ease. I rent my house, so I couldn’t permanently drill any holes and the sticky adhesive provided by HiMirror did not like the compressed board door we have in our house, so my husband and I had to get a bit creative. However, once it was mounted, the fun began.
Starting with downloading the app to my cell phone (Android) and then setting up the WiFi connection with HiMirror took a little bit of time, but once the settings were inputted – the mirror was able to be used. It was just a matter of reaching directions and following them step by step to get everything going and an important reminder is to be patient. The HiMirror is new and because of this, they are still making updates consistently. That’s a great thing about being connect to WiFi though, the updates download when ever they are available – no need to download plugins, drivers or anything of the sort to update it.
The HiMirror analyzes the skin based on the following categories: Clarity, Texture, Firmness, Brightness and Healthiness and provides you with a comprehensive analysis of your skin so you can understand where your individual needs are: Dark Circles, Red Spots, Fine Lines, Complexion, Pores, Dark Spots, and Wrinkles. I was excited to see how I was doing with my skin care and loved that a product as this can give me a little help. Winter and colder months tend to really damage or take a toll on my skin and from the first use of this mirror a month ago to my current reading, I found that the cold definitely changed my skin dramatically. Breakouts, dark circles and a change in my skin’s clarity and texture have all changed over the month most likely resulting due to change in weather. Each time you use your mirror – you are provided with a breakdown of your skin’s analysis and you get to see an outline of your problem areas directly on your photo. I also enjoy that you get to compare your new photo (recently taken image) to your original picture.
As a beauty blogger, a product like the HiMirror really helps me to see what products are working or those that are not and see how the results are affecting my skin care at any given moment. The mirror provides me a break down of each category I mentioned and gives it a score from 0-100 to show you the areas that will need some improving or none at all.
The HiMirror also allows you to keep track of the products you use daily so that you can compare your skin care results with your products and taper your routine accordingly. Again, this is quite beneficial for someone like me who tends to try a variety of products at any given time. I can literally check out the products in “My Beauty Box” feature so that I can continue using what works or discontinue what doesn’t.
The HiMirror allows you to scan your products using the barcodes or taking a photo and entering in each product manually. Unfortunately, many of my products have barcodes on their original packaging (which I no longer have), so I had to skip this portion and plan to input and photograph the products to put into My Beauty Box at a later time. The process to do this is lengthy and you can use your cell phone app (to scan the barcode) or the actual camera on the mirror (to photography the product or scan barcode) to do this task, but I didn’t have much time to devote to inputting all of my products so I stopped after testing a few at a time.
With updates and a few tweaks to the HiMirror’s interface, I can see this mirror easily becoming a part of my skin care routine and assisting me with analyzing beauty products for my blog. The mirror offers a variety of awesome features that I have been enjoying checking out and playing with. A few of the features are: Internet Radio, Tracking and Managing your Weight with Smart Body Scale, News Feed and Headlines and Weather.
The music feature on this device is awesome and I have listened to a few fun internet radio stations while getting ready which is great. They are in the works of adding Spotify to the mix which I am looking forward to and I do love that you can use the Smart Body Scale and sync with your mirror to help analyze and work on your BMI, Weight Management, etc. When you turn on the mirror you also have the option of seeing a News Feed and Headlines which is cool and of course, you have the Weather and degrees in your location that you set up. All of these options are great and I love that they are available. I’ve spent so much time figuring out the skin care portion of this mirror that I haven’t devoted much time to learning these special options, but look forward to using it.
I think the HiMirror is definitely a fun and genius tool to explore. I really like it and have enjoyed using it the last month, while looking forward to getting to know it better. Since it’s fairly new – there are some things that I am not too fond of. Let’s talk about the hand gestures… my right arm has gotten a HUGE workout in using and getting to learn this mirror. Since the mirror is mainly controlled by gestures – you must get it spot on as the mirror is sensitive. I would have loved if it was touch screen and would have worked with the mirror being dirty. It’s a pain in the butt, but something that I have been able to work through with practice and using the mirror consistently. The power cord is VERY short. I have needed to plug in an extension cord in order to truly use the mirror where I am comfortable. I would love to see them make a longer version of the cord.
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But, I do like that the mirror has so many neat features. The mirror is a sophisticated device that is protected against spraying water or humidity, which makes it safe to install in the bathroom. The Quick Command Touch Keys on the side will not cause electric shock when touched with wet or damp hands. The HiMirror provides a skin analysis each time you use your unit, so you are able to keep track of what you need and while it is an investment, considering what you are getting with your mirror and the consistent updates to make improvements, it’s a pretty good investment if you are interested in skin care analysis.
Here’s the deal, the HiMirror can be considered a costly item… but you are stuck with your skin for a lifetime, so taking the proper care of it is ultimately important. If you’re a skin care lover then I think you’d enjoy something like this. The software and features are definitely a learning curve, but you get a product that could definitely change the beauty industry. I look forward to seeing the updates and improvements that HiMirror offers in the future.
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Have you heard of the HiMirror? If so, what are your thoughts on this product? If not, what are some cool beauty technology devices that you have seen that are interested to try?
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Oh Mascara… a product that really makes your eyes pop but that I’m so critical of when it comes to finding and trying new brands. I’ve been told by so many people that mascara basically is the same for each brand, but that the wand is what makes a difference. I truly beg to differ. I am the only one out of all of my siblings that got stuck with the itty bitty lashes from birth. There’s absolutely no hope in finding them longer over night and while some lash conditioners and strengtheners may work, it’s always temporary. Because of this, I’m constantly on the hunt for a mascara that I can consider a holy grail and that will work for my hopeless lashes. Over the last few months I had the opportunity to try out a mascara I had never heard of before: Bellimisa Masterful Eyes Mascara. And, today I share my overall thoughts with all of you.
Bellimisa Masterful Eyes Mascara is the signature mascara from the brand. The company states that the mascara lengthens, shapes and defines your lashes – giving them an immediate volumizing effect with a water-resistant finish. It has film forming agents that provide maximum quality and staying power while vitamin E and peptides keep your lashes healthy and conditioned. Masterful Eyes Mascara is also safe for sensitive eyes (like mine) and cruelty free. Bellimisa Masterful Eyes Mascara is free of Parabens, DEA/TEA, Propylene Glycol and Harmful Preservatives. It yields various benefits like Vitamin E which is an antioxidant and lash conditioner and Peptites that help enhance growth and restructuring of the lash.
Color – Black, Net. Weight – 0.27 oz./8mL
Aqua/water, Cera Alba/beeswax, Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) wax, Glyceryl Stearate, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil/Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Pvp, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Silica, Sorbitan Sesquiloeate, Palmitic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Phytate, Myristic Acid, Lauric Acid, Oleic Acid, Ppg-26-buteth-26, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Alcohol, Apigenin, Oleanolic Acid, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1
MAY CONTAIN (+/-): CI 77891/titanium Dioxide, CI 77491/iron Oxides, CI 77492 Iron Oxides, CI 77499 Iron Oxides
Now that you are armed with all the information on the product itself, let’s talk details – shall we? Bellimisa is an interesting mascara and so far after using it the last month or more I’ve been enjoying the brush/wand hourglass shape, it’s really allowed me to get close to my natural lash line and coat from the root to the tip. However, since I have such small and thin lashes, I feel like this mascara just doesn’t have enough oomph to really coat my lashes and give them the affect I’m looking for.
I’m used to a mascara that has a mousse like texture that allows for coating of my lashes while providing length and grasping each of my tiny little lash hairs. This falls short in the length and the volume aspect when it comes to my lashes. I feel like the color is not dark enough, and it doesn’t add to my lashes, but makes my already small lashes look small. Layering this mascara or building it up can also pose a problem, because while it is water resistant, the more layers you put on, the quicker the mascara starts to leave little bits of product on my cheek bone and below my eyes.
Here’s the deal – we all know I keep it 100 here and I love sharing products I adore, but I’m also realistic, not every mascara will work for me and my needs. I have crappy lashes – plain and simple and there are few mascaras that can yield great results for me that are on the market today. But, here’s what I do love about Bellimisa – over the last month and a half or so of using the product, I have found that my lashes seem stronger, much more conditioned than before and I do notice that there is less shedding of my lashes than previously. While this mascara doesn’t necessarily give me the va-va-voom look I yearn for in a mascara, it’s a perfect (one to two coat) mascara that I can use daily to lightly enhance my eyes while still conditioning and strengthening my lashes.
Bellimisa offers a cool subscription service which allows you to replenish your mascara either monthly or bi-monthly at a discounted rate of just $16.00 a tube or you can decide to pay by a one-time purchase of $28.00 per tube if you decide not to go with the subscription. You also have the option of customizing your subscription with additional products from the line like the Natural Fiber Brow Gel, Hydrating Silk Remover or Cleansing Sponges should you decide you want more.
Honestly, I think that it’s great that a mascara offers so many great benefits and I think that someone who has longer lashes will most likely love this mascara. It’s not the mascara’s fault that I ended up with small lashes when I was born, but it also means that I tend to be a lot more selective when it comes to mascara. I think that ultimately – you won’t know if a mascara works for you unless you try it for yourself… and in my case, this particular one helps with the health of my lashes, but doesn’t offer me the benefit of length and volume that I seek.
Want to learn more about Bellimisa? Check out their website: https://bellimisa.com
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So, what about you? Have you heard of Bellimisa before? If so, have you tried any of the products? Do you have short lashes and if you do, what are your favorite mascaras to use for length and volume?
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Happy Tuesday loves. Today I’m coming to you with a review on another Michael Todd Beauty product. If you’ve been here on my blog for a while now, you know that I have an absolute crush on the Soniclear Cleansing Brush so I am excited to share with you my thoughts on the SonicBLEND Antimicrobial Makeup Brush.
Retailing for $99.00, the Michael Todd SonicBLEND is the first of its kind makeup brush that applies your makeup at sonic speeds up to 200 times per second. It also has built in protection against microbial contamination so that your brush stays cleaner, fresher longer. This brush is intended for comfort and control with an ergonomic design. SonicBLEND uses gentle sonic movements to help easily sweep on foundation without leaving lines or streaks. This brush is ideal for applying foundation, blush, contour, highlight, setting powder and bronzer. It is said to effortlessly blend your favorite liquid or powder makeup in extra fine layers for natural looking airbrushed-like results each time you use the brush.
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
SonicBLEND is also designed to provide you with better coverage so you use less makeup. And, with it’s antimicrobial brush head, SonicBLEND can help you improve the overall healthy look of your complexion by minimizing the possibility of clogging pores as well as irritation from rubbing, stretching the skin and other things that can occur with traditional makeup application.
Cordless, rechargeable sonic brush handle
Antimicrobial makeup brush head
USB Charging Cable
1 year warranty
Sonic bristle movements oscillate thousands of times per minute to ensure an airbrush-like finish
The SonicBLEND system or base unit I shall say is available in three different colors/designs – black, pink (which I have) and a cool leopard design. There are two types of brush heads available for purchase separately as well – the Natural Round Top Universal Brush Head No. 4 and Flat Top Replacement Universal Brush Head No. 8. The SonicBLEND unit comes with the standard makeup brush head.
So let’s chit chat about all the details of this product, my thoughts and what I think about the product overall. First of all, I absolutely love the fact that this unit does not require any batteries… it comes with a USB cord to charge your brush and you can plug it into your computer or it’s perfect for on the go. It’s an interesting product and something I think I’ve been kind of enjoying for contouring lately. The brush is so soft… so so soft. Using the brush is really easy – simply apply the product you want to use with it and turn the unit on. I have been enjoying this brush for my contour and bronzing most of all. I have tried this brush with a number of different products – BB Cream, CC Cream, Foundation, Highlighter, Blush and Bronzer. I found that out of all the products, it worked best for me when using with a bronzer (both powder and cream work fairly well).
Since I don’t often use foundation, I wanted to test and see how this product worked with those types of products. The brush really likes cream and liquid products it seems. While it worked to apply the foundations and creams to my face, I found that it moved the product around a lot. I’ve been trying this brush now for about 3 weeks consistently and found that the weight of the handle may be making it a challenge for me to apply. Nonetheless, I continue to apply and test this out to see how it works. The brush doesn’t spin so you don’t have to worry about foundation splashing or splattering anywhere. The sonic vibrations help to get the product (liquid or cream foundation) into the lines and pores for even and better coverage – but I just found that it was a lot of work and the product did move around more than I would like. After talking with a few friends that own this brush – I think it may have been due to my use and the fact that I haven’t been able to get the hang out of using it for foundation type products.
When it comes to contouring and bronzing, I really enjoy how this lays down the product and then going back with the brush it blends it out effortlessly. I honestly think it may be my use of the brush that is making it a challenge. I love that this brush doesn’t soak up product so you definitely use less of it. One big positive for me is how my foundation looked on the skin once I was able to actually apply the product the way it was needed to be. There was no creasing, the look of airbrushed makeup was definitely achieved. But, since I’m impatient, the learning curve in applying product can be a hassle for me. Oh – did I mention that I didn’t get any shedding… I have washed this brush three times since using it and haven’t had any shedding that I could see with my own eyes. I thought that was definitely a good thing, especially with a brush you use to apply foundation.
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
I think SonicBLEND and Michael Todd could benefit from a brush that is less compact and dense. This brush makes for a great kabuki style, but I just felt that it was a bit uncomfortable with applying. A brush head that has longer bristles and is less compact would make a big difference in applying foundation. I’m looking forward to Michael Todd releasing more brushes for different and various uses. I would love to see a brush head specifically for chiseled contours, a fluffy blush brush, a fluffy powder brush and a flat top kabuki style brush that is compact, but less dense as the current one that offers longer bristles for a great application.
Each replacement brush head retails between $26 – $30. I love that the brush heads are antimicrobial… this makes it perfect for my sensitive skin so that I don’t have to worry about irritations and I did notice that the irritations and breakouts I get from regular brushes (even if clean) was not occurring with the SonicBLEND. This brush however, is an investment. I think it’s great that you can get more brush heads and reuse it. I think it would be great for travel – take a few brush heads and the unit and you’re good to go. But, the price point is a bit hefty. I have expensive makeup brushes in my collection that could easily be replaced with this brush if there were a few changes made. I’d love to see a collection of brush heads in the set and a small brush handle would make it easy for me to use with my carpel tunnel. It’s a neat invention and definitely something I think worth checking out if you have the opportunity.
I think new tools for beauty are always a great find and at $99.00 this is a pretty hefty cost, but something to check out and see if it works for you. I have several friends that own the unit themselves and swear by it… while I’m still on the fence of whether or not I think it’s something I would NEED. I look forward to seeing what else Michael Todd will come out with to compliment this fun brush for sure.
What about you, have you heard of the SonicBLEND? Have you tried it before or is this something you think you’d enjoy? Comment below and let me know.
I talk a lot about skin care here on my blog and I love sharing new products I haven’t heard of before with all of you. So, today – like any day is especially “special” because I’m sharing a product line that is new to me but something that offers multi-purpose skin care for anyone. BOOM! By Cindy Joseph is the first pro-age cosmetic line designed for women of every generation. This line is built on the principle of celebrating all ages as beautiful and her products don’t intend to “fix” or “cover-up” – but instead, enhance the color, glow and natural radiance of every woman.
Whether you are looking for a minimal and simplistic approach to makeup for that fresh faced look or want to use cosmetics that are made simply and healthy with non-toxic ingredients, or you want to get your skin ready to handle the harsh elements that Fall and Winter can have – this skin care line is definitely worth checking out. Beauty is about natural color, glow, moisture and happiness (joy) so why not try something that can be absolutely fabulous for your skin.
“You don’t have to ‘put on’ your face anymore. You already have one.” – Cindy Joseph
BOOM! By Cindy Joseph is a line that includes a number of multi-purpose beauty products that can be used on cheeks, eyes, lips and elsewhere on the body for a natural look that works for both day and evening, at work or play or something that will quickly become essential to your beauty routine. Her products are perfect and proven to compliment every skin tone, race and generation which helps to dramatically pare down your overstuffed cosmetics bag.
Since I don’t really use foundation unless it’s a special event or I’m looking to really dress up some, I thought this line would fit perfectly in my “natural makeup” look that I’ve been sporting lately. I also love these products because Cindy Joseph worked with friends in Hawaii to create her products. Let me share with you the details of the products I was able to try out and you can decide if it’s something you want to check out for yourself.
BOOMSILK (2 oz. – $21.00 / 4 oz. – $36.00 / 8 oz. – $58.00) is a moisturizer that you can use for your entire face and body. This moisturizer can be applied to delicate skin around your eyes, to your lips, your face and your neck and can also be smoothed over your entire body. When using this product, you are applying only the most protective, safe and healing ingredients to your skin.
Ingredients: BOOMSILK contains only the most beneficial ingredients and nothing more: Purified water, organic extra virgin olive oil, beeswax with propolis and pollen, raw Pupekea wildflower honey, and d-alpha Vit E (no soy).
BOOMSilk feels great on the skin. At first, I thought it was a bit oilier than I would have liked, but once it smooths into the skin, it soaks up into the skin so quickly, it disappears leaving your face and body hydrated and smooth. I truly enjoy using this product and have found that I’m using it often – much more than I had expected. If I had to make a note with regard to ingredients, since I’m a coconut lover myself, I would have loved to see coconut oil used in place of the organic extra virgin olive oil, since it works so well with my skin already.
BOOM Cotton (2 oz – $32.00 / 4 oz – $54.00) is a unique non-oily moisturizer. Your skin will absolutely drink this product up, yet leave no trace of oil or shine on the skin. Your skin will be left with a gorgeous healthy glow and feel quenched and moisturized. But, this non-oily moisturizer can also be used on your entire body. And, like the BOOM Silk and the rest of the products from BOOM, it is handmade in small batches by bee keepers in Hawaii. Boom Cotton is organic and pure. There are no emulsifiers, binders, parabens, phthalates, colors or perfumes in the formulation. Boom Cotton is also cruelty free and gluten free.
Ingredients: BOOM COTTON contains only the most beneficial ingredients and nothing more: Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Organic Witch Hazel Extract, Organic Beeswax, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Wilelaiki (Christmas Berry) Honey, Vitamin E Oil (Tocobial Liquid)
This moisturizer is probably my favorite out of all the products I’ve tried, and I do enjoy them all – but there is something about this one. The texture of this product is quite odd, but interesting. When applied to the skin, it feels light and almost cooling. This product will be perfect for year round to help sooth dry skin or great to apply during the summer when it’s hot, because it just feels so cool and calming on the skin. I love this and if you can only try one product from the line, I highly suggest this one.
BOOM Touch (2 oz. – $28.00) is something for those sensual beings. Women of every age can now enjoy using a safe product that enhances sensual pleasure while providing extra lubrication. This product naturally enhances sensation, is safe to use internally and to ingest and it doesn’t include any additional scent of flavor. It offers long lasting lubrication. The benefit of this cream vs other products for vaginal lubrication is that it is natural and therapeutic. The olive oil is a great natural lubricant and the bee propolis contains the anti-bacterial effects that normal vaginal fluid provides prior to menopause. With repeated use, BOOM Touch decreases vaginal irritation and inflammation while providing lubrication. Gynecologists recommend BOOM Touch, so I highly suggest checking with yours to see if he/she has heard of it.
This product includes the same pure ingredients as BOOM Silk, with less honey! It will eliminate any concern for those prone to vaginal yeast infections and it’s safe for women of every age.
Ingredients: Purified water, organic extra virgin olive oil, beeswax with propolis and pollen. No extra packaging. No animal testing. No parabens or phthalates.
I know it’s a lot of information to soak up here and some of this stuff may be a bit TMI for your liking. But, we all know I like to keep it 100 here – so I wanted to share this with all of you too. This product is not sticky and provides long lasting lubrication. I do not like to use it often, but when I need to have a little more lubrication down (well, you know where), this product works for me.
“It’s about women, it’s about beauty, it’s about time!”
BOOM Mask (2 oz. – $42.00 / 4 oz. – $56.00) is a deep penetrating facial mask that will nourish and heal your skin while naturally and gently pulling impurities from your pores. This mask is a rejuvenating, cleansing, and nurturing facial mask made from all natural and organic ingredients. There are no man made chemicals, fillers, Sodium Laurel Sulfate, parabens, pthalates or fragrances. BOOM Mask is handmade by the bee keepers on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. They use raw Hawaiian wildflower honey, organic diatomaceous earth, French pink clay, Hawaiian blue green algae, royal jelly and propolis.
Ingredients: Propolis: A natural antiseptic which eliminates unhealthy bacteria. It’s nutritive value also feeds and nourishes your skin leaving it beautiful, radiant, and healthy. Honey: A natural antibiotic which also hydrates the skin. Diatomaceous Earth: Gently exfoliates, removing dead skin cells which smooths and tones your skin. French Pink Clay: Detoxifies and cleanses the skin. Hawaiian Blue Green Algae: Enhances skin elasticity. Royal Jelly: Nourishes your skin with vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
I honestly wasn’t sure that I would like the mask when I first tried it. But, I love a mask that I can apply a light layer onto my skin and it does the job. I didn’t have any sensitivities or flare ups and my skin felt smooth, looked bright and felt clean but moisturized. I definitely think this mask is nice and worth checking out. The color is a tad bit off-putting, I’m used to green, gray or black masks, but it’s still fun – I think of it as chocolate for the face.
The BOOMStick Trio (Glo, Glimmer and Color – $76.00, 8 grams each tube) is a fun little collection of cream treats for your skin. These three creams are all you need to give your skin that dewy, radiant, colorful look of joy. It’s literally a whole cosmetic bag in just three easy to use sticks. Use these for lipstick, eye shadow, skin luster, highlighter and moisturizer for the eyes, face, lips, cuticles and more. These colors are formulated to blend perfectly with every skin tone. This set is a great value and makes a great gift. If purchased separately – you will pay $81.00 vs the cost of $76.00 for the trio.
These sticks are little multi-taskers for the cosmetic bag. I love the BOOM Glo for use as a cuticle moisturizer or used on the lips. The BOOM Glimmer makes a really pretty soft and natural highlight and BOOM Color blends out gorgeously to add a natural flush of color on your skin. Each product leaves your skin looking naturally flushed and pretty and it’s the perfect trio for busy women who want a little color and pretty without putting on a lot of makeup. These can be used all over the body, including your lips and eyes, so I make sure to use a makeup brush when applying to different areas or clean fingers so that I’m not contaminating the tube.
Also, don’t let the BOOM Color fool you. While it does have a rich burgundy look to it, it blends out to create the perfect shadow look and flushed color for any skin tone. Apply as much or as little as you need to create the look you desire.
BOOMSTICK GLIMMER Ingredients: This product is paraben and phthalate free. This is a lipstick formula. In plain words, it is deemed by the FDA as safe to ingest. Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lanolin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Lanolin Oil, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ozokerite, Ceresin, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT. Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 774499).
BOOMSTICK GLO Ingredients: Moisturizer in a stick. BOOMSTICK GLO contains only the most beneficial ingredients and nothing more: Organic extra virgin olive oil, beeswax with propolis and pollen, raw Pupekea wildflower honey, d-alpha Vitamin E.
Cindy Joseph worked as a professional make up artist for over 27 years and she has learned the skin on our bodies is the same from the top of our head to the tip of our toes. To protect, nourish, and moisturize your whole body, all you need is one product, as long as it’s safe and does the job.
BOOMSTICK COLOR Ingredients: This product is paraben and phthalate free. This is a lipstick formula. In plain words, it is deemed by the FDA as safe to ingest. Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Acrylates/Stearyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Octyldodecanol, Canola Oil, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Polyethylene, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Silica, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Ozokerite, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Tridecyl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Neopentyl Glycol/Dicaprylate Dicaprate, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Red 33 (CI 17200), Red 30 (CI 73360), Blue 1(CI 42090), Red 40 (CI 16035)
I love cosmetics, I love makeup and all the colors they offer and every single thing in between… but I’m a believer that while I do enjoy the pretty and sparkly things – I love natural beauty on me as well. Society dictates beauty on many levels and many times it’s superficial. With teenage girls dealing with their own personal issues of self esteem and women in society struggling to find their groove, I love that a cosmetic and product line offer products like these to enhance what is already gorgeous and natural beauty.
This line initially was designed for the Baby Boomers (ages over 45), but I think it would be a wonderful line for anyone who loves great and simple skin care or products. I love how easy each product is to use and the price point is reasonable. When you think about your cosmetic or makeup routine, skin care routine or just your every day life, could you use a little simplistic approach to things. Like I said before, I love the pretty things that the makeup industry offers, but as we get older, less is more sometimes and since I’m 36, I’m always looking for preventative products as well as great ones to help me on my journey. I love looking natural and these are definitely products I think I’ll enjoy for years to come. I love BOOM! products so much I’m picking up a few sets for my loved ones, my mom and mother in law will surely enjoy them and so will other friends and family members. These will make great gifts for sure.
Have you heard of or tried anything from BOOM! by Cindy Joseph? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, is this something you will check out.
To learn more about the product line and the founder Cindy Joseph, head on over to the website: http://www.boombycindyjoseph.com/
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
When it comes to Max Factor, it’s a brand name I have used back in my teens and one of the first makeup brands I was interested in because of it’s line of fun and funky eye shadow colors. It’s funny to think that a brand I hadn’t seen in my local stores in about 10 years holds such a place in my memories… but I remember seeing gorgeous eye shadows in the displays as a teenager and it was an impression I hadn’t easily forgotten. I’m excited to say however, that Max Factor is returning to the United States, offering their Max Factor USA Capsule Collection and for a limited time, you can get your hands on some of these gorgeous beauties.
Working with Pat McGrath, Global Makeup Artist and Design Director, Max Factor released a limited edition capsule collection that includes four fabulous products: The Masterpiece Max Mascara, Masterpiece High Precision Liquid Eye Liner and two Colour Elixir Lipsticks in Simply Nude 725 and Maroon Dust 735. This gorgeous collection of treats was released in August (yes, I’m aware that I’m a bit late to the game) and are available to purchase at select Target, Walmart and Walgreens locations (you can also purchase online on Amazon and Drugstore.com for a limited time). I have just recently started seeing this collection in my local stores as of the end of September, so hopefully it will stick around for my makeup lovers to get their hands on them.
Now, if you are a part of the younger generation of makeup addicts, you may not be familiar with Max Factor or the brand itself. Let me clear that all up for you… Max Factor was the original inventor of modern makeup and the very first artist to start his own brand. The capsule collection that you see here was specifically created to be a limited edition collection to the United States, featuring a select edit of glamour essentials for all beauty lovers. Since Max Factor didn’t just invent new ways for women to explore and express their glamour, he changed the beauty industry and paved the way for all artists, creators and makers you love and follow today.
Let’s start with the Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara ($9.99). A high volume, high definition mascara that offers high impact volume in one swipe. The brush for this mascara delivers volume and definition to offer bold and thick lashes. It’s smudge proof and touch proof and I love that it leaves my lashes feeling soft and feathery. If you are like me and have very sensitive eyes, I think you’ll enjoy this mascara because it is a great one for that purpose.
“Max Factor, Academy Award Winner and Visionary Make-Up Artist, comes a line of make-up that created the most glamorous looks of Hollywood’s Golden Era.”
Now, I have oober sensitive eyes and my lashes are pretty much hiding from the real world. Because of this, I tend to wear false lashes as much as I possibly can and I’m very particular with my choice of favorite mascara. The Masterpiece Max Mascara definitely helped to coat my lashes to add length and I like that the wand is small enough to still grab on to my teenie tiny lash hairs. I do need to wear it layered with another mascara that offers more volume, but nonetheless, it gets the job done and like I mentioned previously, it works great on my sensitive eyes.
The Masterpiece Precision Liquid Eye Liner ($9.99) is a high precision liquid eye liner. This liner is said to transform your look with a bold, intense liquid liner that will offer the precision of a pencil. With Black Velvet formula, this liner glides on smoothly and dries quickly. This liner was created to allow you to create two glamorous looks from one versatile and unique paddle shaped tip.
“You are not born glamorous, Glamour is created!” – Max Factor
Now, I’ve tried a liquid liner from another Drugstore brand similar to this one before and in all honesty, it’s a liner I consistently have used over the last year or so. So, I wouldn’t call this “unique” since another brand has similar on the market. I do however, enjoy the formulation of this liner. If you are looking for bold and black color, you’ll definitely have that here. The liquid dries really fast, which is always a great thing. And, I love that you have the option of going thick or thin just by the flick of the wrist to create the look you desire.
Since I’ve used another eye liner like this one before, I’m quite familiar with how to manipulate the liner to create the looks I want, but I can totally tell you that if you haven’t used anything like this, it may take a bit of getting used to, to get this to work in your favor… unless you are just a pro at getting things down. If you are looking for a liner that can offer you bold and deep color, I think you’ll enjoy this a lot. Start with a thin line and carve out your wing or your liner and then turn the liner on the side to color in the gaps… that’s the best way I can explain it to work for you if you are struggling.
While this is a pen liner, it has a very liquid like consistency, so a light hand is best when applying it. It dries quickly, but that also means you will need to work pretty fast. The bold color can give you all day wear, which is great, but that also means that if it does start to move on you, it will be so noticeable because the color is so bold. While I didn’t notice much smudging or running of the product on my eyes – I can say that if you tear up – it will move on you… so I reserve this liner for days that my allergies are not crazy on me.
The Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipsticks ($13.99 retail – prices vary at different locations) in Maroon Dust and Simply Nude are probably my favorite in this collection of treats from Max Factor. Let’s face it, I have more lipsticks than any one person should own, but it’s one of my favorite makeup products to have. These lippies are said to have the same formulation as their original ones but have slightly different packaging from what we had seen from Max Factor before. I actually like the gold packaging, it gives the product a luxe feel. These lipsticks are said to have “active moisturizing ingredients” to help transform your lips into looking luscious and full as well as giving you that look of smooth, plump and soft lips. These colors are said to be complimentary, which I actually like since I know I can get use out of each shade. Maroon Dust reminds me of a nude Terracotta like shade that is perfect for Fall (or year round) and Simply Nude is a gorgeous nude shade you can use daily or year round. Each of these lippies are quite comfortable on the lips and have a pretty decent wear time. With eating or drinking, I definitely need to touch up – but considering these are creamy, I still get about 3-4 hours of wear time. If you tend to have drier lips, I highly suggest exfoliating (sugar scrub or a toothbrush) because these are so creamy they can really exaggerate the lip lines.
I also think these are quite expensive, even for a roll out of new products – they are still pretty up there in the Drugstore cost range. If these are too much for you – I would go for Milani Color Statement lipsticks (nude cream being one of old school favorites and a similar shade to Simply Nude). I’m sure if I look through my vast Milani lipstick collection I’ll find a dupe for Maroon Dust. Don’t get me wrong, these are gorgeous lippies, but at the cost point, I’m not sure I would gravitate towards purchasing them if I hadn’t tried the formulation out first. I have however, been getting a lot of use out of both of these shades and I think they look great with Spice Lip liner from Milani.
I’m absolutely ecstatic that I had the opportunity to try this capsule collection. Let’s be honest here for a moment, there are some brands that I will always remember and will have a place in my heart as those that I have loved at first look. Max Factor is definitely one of those brands. I would love to see the entire line make a come back to the United States, but I’m definitely happy that I was able to reminisce of my teenage years with a brand I enjoyed. Who knows, we may see this brand pop up more in the coming years.
Have you tried anything from this collection? If so, what was your favorite? If not, do you remember Max Factor and seeing it in your local stores?
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration and/or feature. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
It’s no secret that I’m an island girl, born and raised on the beautiful island of Maui and still currently living here while raising my family. Island living is a part of who I am and while I may decide to move away one day to further my journey, Maui (Hawaii in general) will always be home. As an island native, a hawaiian girl true to my roots, I have learned to utilize nature and all of it’s fruitful bounty to my benefit. Whether it be swimming in the oceans for tranquility or sport, catching my own fish or diving for lobster to feed my cravings and my family or picking fern to make gorgeous head adornments (we call them leis here) or salads to eat – living in Hawaii is a culture and an experience all its own. Passed down generations, I’ve learned different techniques for skin and body care that I can also use for myself and my family. For example – we have several aloe plants growing in our yard to help aid in sunburn or any type of burn and for healing, something my dad taught me. I believe that Hawaii is not only a destination for visiting and play, but it’s land is rich in benefits many are only now beginning to discover. Recently I was introduced to Eavara Skin Care, a company that includes eco-ingredients from Hawaii and places all around the world and today, I’m going to share it with you.
Eavara (“e-a” meaning life, air, breath and “vara” meaning the best or most excellent) got its name by melding two ancient words to represent “Eavara” which represents “Giving the Best of Life” and Eavara strives to do so in every way when it comes to health and beauty.
Their mission is simple but makes an impact:
“To combine the best of Nature and Science by creating skin care products that dramatically improve your appearance and protect your skin against the effects of aging with only the finest ingredients. Their goal, to keep you looking healthy, youthful and beautiful.”
Eavara was inspired by the natural wonders and beauty of Hawaii where they carefully selected organic, natural and eco-ingredients from locations around the world in places called Paradise. Prior to development of new products, each ingredient selected is put through a rigorous testing for quality, potency and effectiveness. Whenever possible, Eavara sources their ingredients from local organic growers in Hawaii and they are commited to supporting local farmers, sustainability practices and sourcing beneficial ingredients for your health and wellness.
Eavara is dedicated to NEVER using these ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Petroleum Distillates, Formaldehyde, SLS (Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfates), Parabens, Phthalates and other harmful chemicals.
Today they offer their Age Defying Moisturizer, which is what I had the opportunity to try. Let’s just say the last two months since I’ve been using this product has been divine. Since I have sensitive skin (I know, I know – you know… lol), I was worried that my face would suffer from some form of reaction as it does with different products, but it’s been two months with no issues.
The Eavara Organic Age Defying Moisturizer retails for just $29.95 (1.7 oz/50 mL) and Eavara offers Free Standard Shipping on all USA Orders. This product includes a blend of the finest organic oils and tropical botanical plants from paradise to sooth, moisturize and protect your skin. Nutrient-rich antioxidants like Coconut Oil (we all know that’s my holy grail product right there), Shea Butter, Kukui Nut and Avocado Oils offer skin loving ingredients that are reported by medical journals to help visibly diminish fine lines and wrinkles as well as the signs of aging.
The Eavara Age Defying Moisturizer has helped to improve my skins texture and provides my skin with a boost of radiance. My skin looks smoother and brighter, but also leaves my skin feeling soft. I have tried a plethora of skin care items over the years and I can honestly say this has become one of my favorites. Besides, you can’t beat the cost of this product… it’s worth it to give it a try. Over the last two months I have noticed that my skin overall just looks and feels great. Furthermore, even with a vast amount of sensivities, I haven’t noticed any adverse reactions, break outs or flare ups. My naturally dry skin feels great and is moisturized all day long. I’m impressed and well, in love with this product.
This Eavara Moisturizer seems to work fairly well with other products I currently use from other brands and I’m absolutely ecstatic at the fact that it includes Hyaluronic Acid whic his something I use daily to infuse moisture into my dry skin. With some of my favorite oils like jojoba, coconut and kukui nut, my skin feels so rejuvenated and fresh.
It’s common knowledge here at Honeygirl’s World that I do not use Foundation unless I feel the need to and that’s usually just a handful of times a year, if that. But there are times when I do feel like my skin looks a little dull or lack luster. After using Eavara for the last two months, I found that my skin just looks like it’s glowing and many have commented on the fact as well. But, what really excites me about the product is that I noticed how much my skin was moisturized and felt quenched after the first use.
So – let’s chit chat a little about the product in my own words, shall we. First of all, if you have dry skin like I do… I honestly think your skin will drink this up like it’s fresh water from a waterfall. The cream is cool (reminds me of a cold cream), but smooths onto the skin and is lightweight with no residue. It dries quickly and soaks into the skin just as fast. I like that I can literally feel it soaking into the skin after applying it and I am free to apply any serum or other over my skin as I would my regular routine. I have tried using this day and night but find that I like it best in the morning and then follow up with my normal oils that I apply to my skin as part of my night routine. If you have combination oily skin, this moisturizer may be too much for you, but honestly, at the price point – I suggest trying it. With the ingredient list, I would expect the additional moisture and your skin may just drink it up.
Considering this comes from a Hawaii based business, I’m excited and look forward to trying more product that Eavara will create. This product is really nice and affordable and worth taking a gander at to see if it is something that will work for you. I have already sent a few friends and my mom to check it out and I look forward to hearing back from them on how they liked it.
Have you heard of Eavara before? If so, is this something you would enjoy? If not, are you planning to check it out. I highly suggest checking out this product and joining the Eavara ‘Ohana (family in Hawaiian). They offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and it’s risk free. I know I will be a customer for life, so I look forward to seeing what Eavara comes out with next. I can honestly say, Eavara is this island beauty’s secret to great skin.
Check out this moisturizer and keep up to date with products from Eavara here: http://eavara.com/products/eavaras-age-defying-moisturizer
Try Eavara for yourself, get a 15% discount with code: HONEY15 at check out.
Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. This is not a sponsored post. Affiliate links are listed through out.
In my opinion, nothing says natural radiance, sexy and empowered like a woman who knows what she wants and goes after it. There’s just something about a woman who takes charge and makes things happen. That’s what immediately intrigued me about Raul E New York Mineral Cosmetics because it is a brand that is offers gorgeous cosmetics that are perfect for the empowered women in the world.
I received three products from Raul E New York to try out for myself. Immediately upon receiving the items, I fell in love with the sleek black packaging. It’s simple, shiny packaging with a Copper Gold logo imprinted on the cover, but I love it… very sleek and chic. I received the Mineral Silk Radiance Powder, Signature Eye Shadow Quad in Hypnotic and Creamy Blush in Sangria. Raul E New York offers a variety of cosmetic items to create a stunning and powerful look… from eye shadows to cream liners, lipsticks to gloss and everything in between – you get a wide variety to choose from and can create a whole look from base to highlight with this brand.
Our designer, Silvana Penavić prides herself in offering an elegant, timeless and classy selection of mineral based makeups. Silvana understands first hand just how important is to use makeup that supports balance & harmony in one’s daily life, which in turn promotes conscious living.
You can consider this brand to have a highend price point. Their single shadows are $24 each, mascaras are $30 each and their mineral liquid powder foundation is $44, so the costs are what you would expect to spend for a highend cosmetic line. Raul E New York also sells apparel and clothing, gifts, etc. so it is a brand that offers a variety of products at your finger tips.
Let’s talk highlight since it’s one of my favorite cosmetic products. The Mineral Silk Radiance Powder $44 (net wt. 0.28oz / 8g) comes in two different shades. I got the shade Seychelles. This gorgeous mineral powder has become one of my favorites over the last few months (I’ve had these cosmetics in my possession now for a few months) and I’ve gotten a lot of use out of it. It has a floral embossment that offers different shades that you can either pick individually to use or swirl your brush all together to create a different shade. I absolutely love how silky this powder feels on the skin and how nicely it wears. It offers my tan skin tone a gorgeous highlight that can either be showstopping or soft and subtle depending on how heavy handed I am.
The Mineral Silk Radiance Powder applies smoothly onto the skin and blends out well but it can leave glittery shimmer on the skin. It’s not the type that will leave much fall out and doesn’t feel gritty, but it will enhance lines as you can see in my photo above. I highly suggest using a light hand when applying this product for that soft and “lit from within” kind of glow. The radiance powder is quite pigmented and a little goes a long way. Tap your brush into the product and swirl – then tap your brush before applying to the face to dust off some excess product. Apply to the cheek bones for a gorgeous glow.
Next is the Signature Eye Shadow Quad in Hynotic $44 (net wt. 0.25 oz / 7g). This particular quad is gorgeous… though Raul E New York offers the quads in four different shade ranges (including this one). The colors offer a selection of four shades that can create a gorgeous look of greens and golds. I particularly loved this color range because greens are so gorgeous year round and something that can play up any eye look. Each shade is shimmery so you do not have any matte colors, but creating a look is simple.
The colors are very pigmented and gorgeous. They can be used wet or dry and apply with gorgeous color in one swipe. Because these are mineral shadows, they can kick up a bit of dust (especially since they are shimmer), but they pack on the eye lid really nicely, blend out well and have great longevity over a primer. I love the colors in this quad because you can opt to use one of the green shades all over the lid, in the crease or on the lower lash line as a pop of color. They are gorgeous and offer bold color but can also be used as wearable shades for an every day look.
The Raul E New York Creamy Blush $29 (net wt. 0.10 oz. / 2.8g) is a gorgeous blush. I have mine in Sangria which is a lovely shade, especially for my particular skin tone. I LOVE that it has golden shimmer within, but the cream blush is very comfortable on the cheeks, blends well and leaves my skin with a gorgeous rose hue for a soft pop on the cheeks. You can build the color up as you see the need for more pigment or use naturally for a little touch of color on the skin. This cream blush really is creamy and feels so wonderful to the touch. I love to apply this with my fingers and the blend or use a small stippling brush like my ELF Small Stippling brush to stipple the color on and blend it to look effortless. This is a great blush for me to use year round and Raul E New York offers four gorgeous shades to choose from.
You can easily have all day wear with this cream blush if used over a primer or over your foundation. I found that it faded on me after about 6 hours on my bare face. The blush itself is quite pigmented but offers a sheen from the gold shimmer. The shimmer looks very nice, not cakey or glittery so the blush can be used on its own to add some color to the cheeks and illuminate your cheekbones as well.
Choosing which of the three products I’ve tried from Raul E New York as my favorite would be a bit of a challenge. I enjoy all of them, but I think I like the Mineral Silk Radiance Powder the best. Let’s be honest here, we all know that when it comes to highlight… I love to glow and highlighters are some of my favorite makeup products. I have been enjoying the cream blush to use on its own or under a powder blush and I really think the eye shadow quad has gorgeous shades.
The cosmetics I’ve tried so far are quite nice and I’ve been enjoying them. They are a bit on the costly side, but considering the quality I think it’s fairly reasonable. They are definitely not Yves St Laurent or Tom Ford, but if you are looking for quality mineral based products, I would check them out. It’s a little high on the price scale than what I would pay – even if the quality is nice, but overall I think I’ve tried some really good products from the brand. It’s nice to see that there are so many cosmetic brands out now that offer mineral cosmetics. I love when products feel great on the skin and are good for you too.
You can purchase Raul E New York Cosmetics here: https://www.raulenewyork.com/product-category/collections/raul-e-new-york-mineral-cosmetics/
Have you heard of Raul E New York brand before? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, do you think it’s something you’d check out?
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased, as with anything featured or talked about on this site. Affiliate links are listed through out.
Summer and Winter are the seasons that tend to take a beating on my lips each year. The Summer months leave my lips chapped and dry because of the heat and humidity and the Winter months leave my lips chapped and dry and sometimes cracked because the cold tends to really dry my lips out. Because of this I tend to really gravitate towards lip balms that I know will rescue my pout and leave it looking and feeling it’s best. Recently I was introduced to some lip balms from Palmer’s Cocoa Butter called the FlipBalm. Now, I’m a huge fan of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter brand and products so I was very excited and ecstatic to give these products whirl. I have been using them now for about 3 weeks and I’m finally ready to share my thoughts of them with you. Without further adieu, let’s learn more about the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter FlipBalm shall we?
Retailing for about $3.50 to $3.99 – the Palmer’s FlipBalm is a fun and colorful way to moisturize and hydrate those lips of ours. Available in three delectable flavors, vibrant packaging and ingredients – you can easily find one that will work for you and help protect your pout this season or always. The FlipBalms are available in Juicy Watermelon, Creamy Coconut and Ripe Mango. I have the Juicy Watermelon on my desk and the Creamy Coconut in my purse, my son uses the Ripe Mango. These cute little balms offer your lips much needed ingredients to help moisturize and protect them and they are so affordable, you could pick up each flavor if you wanted. Let’s chit chat a little about each one, shall we?
Juicy Watermelon includes incredients like: Natural Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E and watermelon extract to help instantly hydrate your lips and provide ultra lip moisture. It has a sweet scent and feels really nice on the lips when applied. With natural watermelon extract that is rich in Vitamin C to help promote cell renewal, this lip balm has been a go-to for me to use in the morning to prep my lips for other lip products like lipstick.
Creamy Coconut is probably my favorite. With ingredients like natural cocoa butter, vitamin E and coconut oil – this makes this one a must have for me. As many know, coconut oil is something I use in my daily skin and hair regimen and it’s my secret weapon so a product that has it makes it a must-have. The flavor of this lip balm has a coconut sweetness and scent but it is light and I love it. The pure coconut oil it is formulated with is packed with proteins and fatty acids to soothe dryness. I use this lip balm particularly at night to help rejuvenate my lips from the day and also purchase one for my purse to use while on the go.
The Ripe Mango is a favorite of my eldest son. It has a sweet tropical mango scent and flavor. With natural mango extract that’s bursting with moisture to help prevent dryness and restore elasticity, natural cocoa butter and vitamin E, my son has been enjoying this product. He naturally has dry lips due to his allergies and finds that this immediately soothes his lips and provides them with the much needed moisture to keep from cracking.
The Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula FlipBalms feature a revolutionalry “flip to open” packaging design for easy application with one hand. They are so fun and genius that they even won the “Best Product Award” for the most innovative packaging at ECRM in February 2016. This patented, award winning and one-of-a-kind flip top applicator make applying this product easy and quick so it’s perfect for on the go.
Each lip product is made with pure Cocoa Butter, raw Shea Butter and Vitamin E as well as their additional ingredients stated above. They are clinically proven to moisturize your lips for over 8 hours and I find that I usually apply them to my lips 2-3 times a day. Once in the morning when prepping my lips for a lip product, once in the afternoon after eating lunch (if I remember) and once before bed to protect my lips.
The FlipBalms contain ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients and are free of Parabens, Phthalates, Petrolatum and Gluten. These little colorful pocket-sized treats will help protect and heal dry lips and come from a brand loved by consumers like myself as well as celebrities. You get all the great benefits in a lip balm that you love, but in a tiny little package ready to take with you.
These juicy goods are available at stores like Target, Kmart. Five Below and Palmers.com – so if you spot them, I definitely suggest checking out at least one of them if not all. If you love lip balm as much as I do – I think you’ll enjoy these as much as I have been. I enjoyed these so much that I’ve already picked up a few for my “Give Bags” that I donate to the local shelters so that others can enjoy the benefits of this yummy tasting lip balm.
If you’ve been a reader of Honeygirl’s World a while or follow me on YouTube, then you know that for a long time I have been a fan of lip balm spheres from other brands. The difference I’ve noticed of this particular lip balm from Palmer’s is that it is much softer on my lips when applying and it really leaves my lips instantly moisturized. I also LOVE the flip top which makes it easier to use – I’ve had to throw out a lip balm or two because I’ve dropped my cover on the ground while trying to apply on the go. Everything you need for this lip balm is attached so it makes applying with one hand quite easy.
Have you seen these lip balms hit your local stores yet? If so, have you tried them or have been interested in trying them. They are colorless so they work perfectly to use over or under any other lip product and I think you’ll surely enjoy them.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
A year or so ago I was introduced to deVine Beauty in an Ipsy bag and have been intrigued with their products so naturally when they reached out to me to test a few I was definitely excited. Who wouldn’t be excited to try something that is all natural and has anti-aging benefits packed into a lip balm? Capturing the magic of Red Wine Grape, deVine offers a variety of lip products that have antioxidants to help promote healing while offering delectible scents, colors and flavors to leave your lips feeling soft and beautiful. deVine Beauty also offers skin care products like body lotions and hand creams, bar soap and more.
With Resveratrol, Grapeseed Oil and Red Wine Antioxidants to help promote healing, the deVine lip products come in a variety of colors and flavors and offer you great products that are made in the USA. Each item is hand-picked and packed from Westmont, Illinois. The company believes in women, wine & everything deVine and strives to offer you a delectable elixir of products for women (and men) to enjoy. I had the opportunity to try out three different products from deVine: The Rose Glycerin Bar Soap $6.95 each (4 oz.), deVine Lip Shimmers $6.00 and Sangria Lip Shades with SPF 15 $4.00.
The Rose Glycerin Bar Soap is a nice Glycerin bar that leaves your skin feeling moisturized and soft. I enjoy using this during my morning shower to help awaken my senses and really just soften my skin to prep for my day. It has a light hint of rose fragrance, not strong enough to cause my allergies to go crazy, but still fragrant enough so that I can smell the sweet scent. I really like this soap and overall I think it’s something worth checking out.
The deVine Lip Shimmers are a nice addition to my lip balm collection. I got them in Bordeaux and Cabernet. Each lippy has a light hint of color, offering your lips sheer color for when you’re on the go and want a little something extra. I like that they are hydrating and since I have tried these before via my Ipsy bag a year or so ago, I think my opinion on them are still the same. They leave my lips feeling nice and soft but I love the hint of color they offer. They have a light scent and taste to them, but not enough for me to pin point a particular flavor or fragrance. I’m quite amazed with the color they offer and since I don’t use makeup daily, these make great additions to my every day look and really perk up my lips.
The Sangria Lip Shades with SPF 15 are colorless but I really like the flavor of these. They are what I throw in my purse on a daily basis to use along side some of my favorite lip balms. They not only offer that SPF products that I love, but they are so handy to have and easy to take on the go. Though they don’t offer any lip color, these are perfect to use beneath your favorite lip shades to give you that extra protection your pout needs, especially during the summer months.
Sadly, I couldn’t find the full list of ingredients on their website, but overall I do enjoy the anti-aging benefits and ingredients I do know about. I have noticed with the lip products that my lips feel softer and take on lip color very nicely and evenly since I’ve been using these products. My lips seem to love them and while they are not my only lip balm I use, I do reach for these often and especially the deVine Lip Shimmers on days when I am not wanting any makeup but need a little color to my lips.
If you are looking for something that is reasonably priced that offer ingredients that are good for you – I definitely suggest checking these out. A lip product that offers Resveratrol and red wine antioxidants is surely something I don’t mind using on my lips. I love that my lips feel plumper, look less stressed and aged and feel nice and soft thanks to the great ingredient of Resveratrol in these lippies. The bar of soap is definitely a great thing and I look forward to trying some of the other body care products available from deVine Shimmer soon.
What about you, have you heard of or tried anything from deVine beauty before? If so, what have you tried and if not – what do you think about this brand offering you the benefits of wine?
You can purchase these products and more at: http://www.devineshimmers.com/
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. This is not a sponsored post. Affiliate links are posted through out.
Beauty trends are something that are constantly changing and evolving and sometimes – we even throwback to fun trends and ideas from our past that are timeless. When it comes to trends, I absolutely love trying the new ones when they make their way to the spotlight and test them for myself to see what the hype is all about. One that has made its way to different beauty outlets and brands is the “spray on nail polish” trend. Using a polish in a spray can (similar to spray paint), the concept is to spray the nail polish onto your nails for a quick and easy manicure. I was immediately taken by this concept – being a mother and knowing that waiting for a coat of polish to dry is literally like watching paint do the same, so I definitely thought it was cool. There are several brands out there that offer similar products, so when Spray Perfect sent over a few for me to try, I was excited to give it a go.
Spray Perfect retails for $19.99 (an additional shipping & processing fee of $4.95). The website states they are having a special “Double Offer” which gives you a choice of 2 colors + 1 Base/Top Coat. If you purchase outside of their “Double Offer” then they are regularly priced for $19.99 each. Spray Perfect offers 7 shades – Racy Red, Sexy Silver, Naked Nude, Party Pink, Passion Purple, Whimsical White and Black Beauty. I received Sexy Silver and Naked Nude as the colors to try out.
Note: For my Hawaii readers – Spray Perfect’s website states they can only offer Continental US shipping only. Since we are used to these types of situations, it’s probably because of the flammable shipping.
Sleek packaging reminiscent of a spray can, the concept is simple and easy to grasp and use. Using the product is also quite simple and I really like the ease of use. It’s as easy as using a base coat to apply to the nails, then spraying your polish color of choice and topping with the top coat (which happens to be the base coat too). Spray Perfect says they offer the world’s fastest manicure that dries in under a minute. It’s new technology offers color that only adheres to nails and washes easily from your skin. You get quick, complete coverage on your nails & only your nails. With a little rubbing to remove the excess polish from your skin, you are going to save money and stop going to the salon for a mani that’s quick and easy.
So let’s chit chat a bit about the process. The first time I used the products, doing so was really easy and the directions were easy to follow. I painted my nails with the base coat / top coat and allowed them to dry. It states on the bottle not to “blow on your nails” to help them dry but let them dry naturally. That was easy to follow. Once the base coat dries, spray your nails the desired color.
Spraying my nails was quite easy. The nozzle was easy to press and the bottle is small enough to still offer you good control using both your left and right hand regardless of whichever is the dominant one. I was quite impressed with the overall feel with the product while I used it. I opted to spray my nails with two coats to make sure the color was bold enough for me to see. Immediately after spraying my left hand, I realized that the color really does stick well to the parts where I painted with base coat and it started to lightly flake off or rub off on the other parts of my fingers. But, after one coat and then spraying the second coat, I could tell that the colors were not the same as the swatch on the bottles. Each color – the Naked Nude & Sexy Silver were different in shade than the swatch portrayed on the bottle as well as the swatches on the website page.
The silver really reminded me of a spray paint type of texture and applied unevenly – whether with one or two coats. I tried it with three coats, but it didn’t seem to fix the issue so I assumed it was just the formulation of the color. The nude one seemed to apply much more evenly, though, each one definitely had a rough or matte like (like spray paint) texture on the nails before I applied the Top Coat. Once the Top coat was applied, it seemed to leave an even texture with a glossy finish. You could still see any patchy places that the paint did not apply well, but it wasn’t bad.
After spraying the two coats of each color, I let it dry a few minutes and then painted with the top coat. I didn’t clean up my fingers from the over spray till after the top coat dried completely. The total process from base coat, to two coats of color and the top coat took about 15 minutes. But, I liked that each of the polishes and base/top coat dried fairly quickly. Once it dried, about two minutes each layer, I moved onto the next layer and once the top coat dried – about 2 minutes after painting the last nail with the top coat, my nails seemed like they were dried well and I could be on my way if I wanted to.
Washing off and removing the over spray on my fingers was really easy. I simply washed my hands and with a little rubbing (literally), I was able to get off the over spray and my manicure was good to go. Any place on my nails that did not have the base and top coat were left clean. The entire process, while there were some extra steps than a traditional manicure, went by fairly easy.
Now – let’s talk about the longevity of the manicure. I wash dishes several times a day and I’m pretty brutal on my hands. I actually liked the fact that they didn’t chip in the first 24 hours like many nail polishes can do, depending on the top coat. But, it did chip on me by the end of the 2nd day – not dramatically, but I noticed it. I don’t think anyone would have really noticed it unless I showed them, but I noticed it when it did chip.
Besides washing off the excess polish and over spray, I didn’t really need to do much clean up. I didn’t go through and clean up any edges of the polish so you could see how much of it was covered and how much was removed. Taking off the nail polish to change colors was easy! It removed with my basic nail polish remover without any issues. Acetone remover or non-acetone, it didn’t matter, both removed them easily and without any issues.
Oh – one note I forgot to add… it smells like a nail polish and spray paint blend, so this is something you definitely want to do in a well ventilated area. I also suggest protecting your furnishings because the over spray can definitely stain other things.
Overall – I think the concept is definitely fun. It’s convenient and while the process is lengthy, I really loved the drying time on the top coat and the polish. Right after putting the top coat on and it drying, I was able to wash dishes and fold clothes without any smudging – it was completely dry. Because of this, I think this would be a nice option for a night out or something where you could devote 15 minutes to a nice manicure but have it ready to go for a night out. It’s costly however, if you don’t get the deal – then you are looking at spending $20 for a spray on polish which requires the base/top coat to get the job done. Like with all things, I think it really is up to the user and it could be something fun and useful for anyone that likes this kind of stuff. The concept is cool and definitely interesting. Would I buy it or purchase another color? Hmmm… I think I would if it shipped to Hawaii or if I was able to get the Double deal. It’s definitely something fun for a sleepover or a night out where you need a nice manicure that sets in a short amount of time. I think that it’s fun to check out, but I would only do so with a good deal, otherwise, it’s something I would pass on. It’s a bit pricey for just one bottle on its own.
You can check out Spray Perfect for yourself and see if it’s something you may want to check out. Head on over to their website here: http://www.buysprayperfect.com/
Have you heard of Spray Perfect before? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, have you seen this spray on nail polish trend?
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. This is not a sponsored post. Affiliate links are posted through out.