Thursday, December 29, 2011

DECEMBER 2011 favorites

Hello beauties,
As promised I am going to reveal my top 5 favorite products of the month.
In addition I will share one fail item, luckily it was not expensive.
Here we go:
#1 -  Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM


Wow! Maximum results with minimal irritation! So true! I'm blown away!
At $65 per 1oz I was not in a rush to purchase this but I am so sorry I'd waited so long!
My skintone has evened out, it is much smoother, my fine lines and wrinkles have diminished. Highly recommend it!

#2 - Make Up For Ever HD  Invisible Cover Foundation
My shade is 120 (soft sand).
The truth is that this is my old reliable stand by foundation.
It is lightweight, it does a good job perfection my skin leaving it with a pretty satin finish.
It applies easily with my stippling brush, it is definately ONE of my MANY favorite foundations.

#3 - Hard Candy Crush Baked Blush in Honeymoon

Unfortunately if you want this to act as a blush you will be disappointed, this has very little color payoff however there is still good news,  it works as an amazing highlighter!
It gives a beautiful light peach-pink highlight aka "healthy glow" which is spot on for my pale winter skin.

#4 -  Giorgio Armani Master Corrector #1 (pink)


This is a fantastic corrector! It blends amazingly into my skin & is a perfect first step to fight those narly undereye circles.

Finally, a shocker!








# 5 - CETAPHIL Gentle Skin Cleanser!
I love that it is so gentle but it still removes most of my makeup and even leftover stubborn mascara (I start with L'Oreal eye makeup remover first)!

This is how I work my Cetaphil (pay attention!).
I pump a few squirts into my dry hands, rub my palms together to emulsify the product, turning into a milky lotion.
Next, I begin massaging it onto my dry face.
This will gently remove some makeup, dirt, etc.
Take your time!!!
Add a little water to emulsify it further but keep massaging the product with your fingertips.
Finally, wash it off with lukewarm water.
I always follow up with Clarisonic & any cleanser I desire at the moment since I have an army of those! :-)

For the grand finale, here is my "FAIL" of the month:

Physicians Formula Eye Enhancing Shimmer Strips Shadow & Liner Candy Collection, Hazel Eye Candy.



Well, where do I start?
No pigmentation, all the shimmer, sheer finish, flimpy applicator, the fact that it did nothing for my hazel eyes?
A lesson learned and luckily cheaply.
The set is on clearance at CVS at the moment, marked down to 75% off.





I AM WISHING YOU A YEAR OF HAPPY DAYS!




Saturday, December 3, 2011

NOVEMBER 2011 BEAUTY FAVORITES

This is a bit late but the Holiday time is the busiest around here!
I have not really endulged into anything exciting however I would love to highlight one very special product here!

Here it goes:
 La Mer Treatment Fluid Foundation SPF15

This silken, lightweight fluid provides flexible medium coverage, a luminous and flawless finish, as well as long-lasting benefits. The exclusive Blue Algae Lift Ferment™ immediately adds radiance while working to improve firmness, clarity and brightness. SPF 15.



Why do you ask especially given an $85 price tag?
Well, my dry skin is a brat and this is the most superior foundation, in my humble foundation junkie opinion, out there that satisfies its needs.
Trust me, I've tried them all!

My skin feels and looks moist and radiant without being greasy or shiny.
Unlike any other treatment foundations out there, the coverage is phenomenal.
It is just light enough to cover some issues (redness, scars, sun spots, minor acne) yet not too heavy where is feels like it is suffocating my skin.
My color IVORY is yellow based hence it rids of any redness in my skin.
(for your reference I am about NW/NC 20 in MAC shade chart)
It is also so comfortable.
I don't feel it, I don't think about it!
Once put on in the morning it stay put all day, no touch-up's needed!
Finally, giving the reactive (sensitive) nature of my skin, the treatment aspect of this product comforts my skin all day long.
How many foundations do you know that  make your skin feel amazing upon its removal? 
This is my favorite foundation of all time!
Umm...at least for now! :-)

Hope this was helpful and informative enough.
PLMK if you have any questions.
Have a very happy & healthy Holiday Season!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I have found new love and the name is ZOYA

I have been going off the makeup tangent to only find the next best thing to makeup which is nail polish!
Yes, my newest beauty obsession is nail polish in particular one brand - Zoya!

Here is why:

"Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) - chemicals that are known to cause cancer and birth defects. Zoya Nail Polish is vegan friendly".

It is fun, it is safe and my nails are actually much healthier with nail polish on!
Go figure this one!

I have accumulated a small collection of Zoya polishes thanks to the fact that the site is very generous when it comes to special promotions & deals.
It further helps that Ulta has started carrying the brand.
I enjoy them tremendously & recommend the brand wholeheartedly!

I would absolutely love to share my top ten Zoya polishes:
(please keep in mind I prefer very conventional aka neutral colors)

#1 Miley
#2 Jana
#3 Caitlin
#4 Dove
#5 Portia
#6 Jolie
#7 Erika
#8 Pasha
#9 Astra
#10 Luna

I will indeed post pictures of my mani's in the future.
Hope this will help some of you.
Happy paintings!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Monthly Favorites: OCTOBER Favorite Beauty Products

I had not done September monthly favorites because my favorites had stayed the same however there have been three stellar products that needed their own mentioning.
#1 Laser-Free Resurfacer™ with Dragon's Blood Complex
Ok ladies you all need this!
This is a lightweight creamy lotion which blends right in and absorbs easily.
Within a few days I did notice a more even tone to my complexion and my skin had a little glow to it.
The best part my reactive skin has been very happy with it as in no breakouts!
I am wondering how I lived without it... :-)

#2 Un-Wrinkle® Makeup-Less™ Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

This is an amazing product that does exactly what it claims to do!
A one-shade-fits-all skintone corrector and sunscreen moisturizer with antiaging properties.
I love it. It takes all 60 seconds to apply it. It gives me a healthy color and natural glow. It is chemical free (how awesome!) and has SPF30!
Another winner c/o PTR!

#3 Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Taupe
Well, where do I start with this one?
Do I tell you how special the color is?
How this *plum brown silver* combo brings a certain sophistication to any eye makeup?
How smooth, creamy & long-lasting the formula is?
How lovely & soft it makes my eyes appear?
I seriously believe it is a Chanel must-have!

Have a lovely fall season everyone!
Cheers!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September Favorites 2011


#1 Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
#2 Peter Thomas Roth  Laser-Free Resurfacer™


#3  Bobbi Brown Corrector
 

#4 E.L.F. concealer brush
 
#5 MAC Face & Body Foundation



#6 CHANEL Bronze Universal


#7 MAC Brush # 109

#8 MAC Crystal Avalanche eye shadow (an awesome way to brighten inner eye corner)

#9 L'Oreal Eye Makeup Remover

#10 China Glaze Rainbow nail polish


Here's a little bit of everything that I have been loving this month.
Hope you found this as much fun as I did!
Have a wonderful fall season everyone!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Beauty Favorites of the Month: AUGUST 2011

Hurricane Irene has the makings of a historic storm that will make this month of August a memorable one indeed.
 People up and down the Eastern Shoreline are stocking up and battening down for the storm.
I think we are ready but I have never seen anything like it and I hope I will never have to again.

On a lighter note, my emergency pouch is fully stuffed:
What's in it?  You may ask.
Well, it's my August favorites of course!
Most are travel size products (containers):

#1- Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
#2 - Burt's Bee Facial Towelettes With White Tea
#3 - L'Oreal Eye Makeup Remover (green bottle)
#4 - Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads
#5 - Josie Maran Tinted Moisturizer SPF30
#6 - Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer
#7 - Merle Norman Luxiva Mineral Makeup SPF25
#8 - ELF concealer brush ($1)
#9 - Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blushes (Pin Up + Honeymoon)
#10 - Jimmy Choo Eau de Perfume ( a separate blog post will be coming up!)
#11 - MUFE Smokey Lash Mascara
#12 - Milani Liquif'Eye eye liner (black + brown)
#13 - Nivea lip balm
#14 - BBW anti-bacterial pocketbac® sanitizing hand gel

I think that's all for now!
I will update with my favorite frag's post!
Stay safe!




Tuesday, August 16, 2011

TAG: What I Love About You!

Here's a fun little tag that has originated on YouTube.
Do you have a favorite YouTube Makeup/Beauty Guru?
Do share please!
I am always on a lookout for new and exciting people to watch! 

Now, let's get to the tag QUESTIONS:
Q1. Who would you trade hair with on youtube?
http://www.youtube.com/user/LolaMarie7
Q2.Who is someone who's videos are a first watch? (you have to watch them first when they are in your subscriptions)
http://www.youtube.com/user/lisaeldridgedotcom
Q3. Who has amazing style to you?
http://www.youtube.com/user/hrhcollection
http://www.buynowbloglater.com/
Q4.A favorite guru who lives in a different country than you.
http://www.youtube.com/user/pixiwoo
Q5.Who is someone you feel like you can rely on?
http://www.youtube.com/user/LisaLisaD1
Q6.Who do you think has great confidence?
http://www.youtube.com/user/MsGoldgirl
Q7.If you could be best friends with someone on youtube, who would it be?
http://www.youtube.com/user/MsGoldgirl
Q8.Who has the cutest username?
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBombshellSuite
Q9. Who is the most down to earth?
http://www.youtube.com/user/jalapena2007
Q10.Who would you love to go shopping with?
http://www.youtube.com/user/LisaLisaD1
Q11.Who is someone you have watched from "the begining"
http://www.youtube.com/user/MakeupGeekTV
Q12. Who do you relate to/is most similar to you.
http://www.youtube.com/user/MsGoldgirl
Q13.Who has the prettiest smile?
http://www.youtube.com/user/hrhcollection
Q14.Who has the prettiest room?
http://www.youtube.com/user/hrhcollection
Q15.Who would you want as a "big sister"
http://www.youtube.com/user/lanaindiana
Q16.Who do you always learn something from?
http://www.youtube.com/user/pixiwoo
Q17.Who makes the most creative videos?
http://www.youtube.com/user/kandeejohnson

That was fun!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Beauty Favorites of the Month: JULY


This is going to be a hot summer day makeup "survival kit" favorites.
If going barefaced isn't your style, this Make-up Survival Kit    
will guide you in the right direction.

#1 - Boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27 PA++  (or any BB cream that multitasks)
#2 - a cream bronzer & blush (Chanel - Bronze Universel De Chanel Sun Illuminator  & MAC cream color base Hush)
#3 - Waterproof Mascara (Molly volumizing mascara)
#4 - Waterproof Eye Liner (Milani or Urban Decay)
#5 - a lip balm with SPF (Banana Boat or EOS)

Lastly, the best trick to be cool this summer ☛ drink cold bottled water!
Stay cool, safe & gorgeous!


Monday, July 4, 2011

TAG : 13 questions






I'm taking this hot steamy summer day as an opportunity to stay indoors and do this 13 Questions tag that I guess has originated on YouTube :

1. What do you order at Starbucks?
★ Skinny Vanilla Latte (Venti)


2. What's one thing in your closet that you cannot live without?
★ Jeans

3. What's one thing that most people don't know about you?
★ I'm fluent in multiple languages


4. Name one thing that you want to do before you die?
★ Hold my grandchild

5. What's one food you cannot live without?
★ Cottage Cheese

6. What quote/phase do you live your life by?
★ "People don't change!"


7. What do you like and dislike about the YT community?
★ like: same interests ★ dislike: cattiness
8. What's your number one most listened to song on iTunes?
★  n/a
9. What kind of style would you define yourself as having?
★ casual/classy


10. Favorite number?


11. Two hobbies?
★ reading & healthy life style (trying my best)

12. Two pet peeves?
★ rude people & sloppy eaters

13. Guilty pleasure?
★ dark chocolate



Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Beauty Favorites of the Month: JUNE

When it comes to makeup for the sweltering summer months I am all about easy breezy choices.
The quick and easy summer makeup look is one of my favorites and the one I tend to wear the most.
Without any further due, here's my top ten must-have summer products:

#1 Silk Naturals Vitamin C Peptide Serum

#2 Boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27 PA ++
#3 Bobbi Brown corrector
#4 Bare Minerals Well-Rested for eyes

#5 MAC 225 brush

#6 CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara

#7 Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
#8 Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base ( Face Bronzer SOLEIL TAN DE CHANEL)

#9 MAC Lipglass in Young Thing
#10 Avon Eye Makeup Remover Lotion
Have a safe, happy and fun summer everyone!