I first want to apologize for being so absent. I have had a lot going on in my personal life, which could not be avoided. I’d like to regain your trust and let you know I will make every attempt for this not to happen again. Now on to the fun stuff!
WANDS FOR WILDLIFE
Think twice before throwing away those old mascara wands. Wands For Wildlife in North Carolina are collecting the wands and using them to remove fly eggs and larva from the fur of wild animals. The agency uses the wands as the bristles are close together.
Please make sure you thoroughly clean the wands in warm, soapy water to get rid of residual mascara. CAUTION – make sure the correct postage amount is on the package. Many of the packages are arriving with postage due in which the organization has to cover. Also, make sure you completely fill out the form, which can be found on their website – www.appalachianwild.org.
The ELF Cosmetic brand is known for good quality at reasonable prices. The ELF brand relatively recently introduced a jelly highlighter and a baked highlighter to the market. But which one is superior to the other?
First, let’s take a look at the Elf Baked Highlighter. It claims to create a “radiant” glow, giving your skin a sheer wash of shimmering coloring. It can be applied wet for a more vivid appearance or dry for a more subtle appearance. When I applied the ELF Baked Highlighter dry, I did not get any payoff. The baked powder was so pale I could not see any shimmer. Even after multiple layers, I still did not have any payoff. Now, when I applied the ELF Baked Highlighter wet, I received a light finish. It was not so wet where it was over the top, but had just enough payoff to appear natural. The ELF Baked Highlighter retails for $4.00, and may be purchased at Target, Amazon and www.elfcosmetics.com.
The ELF Jelly Highlighter was a different story. From the moment the highlighter jelly touched my skin, there was a luminous effect on my skin. What’s better, the ELF Jelly Highlighter is extremely versatile as it can be worn alone, mixed with foundation or over your makeup. I liked how the jelly gave off a silent shimmer. Just enough to give a subtle glow. I really liked the ELF Jelly Highlighter as the jelly highlighter gave a better glow-like finish. The ELF Jelly Highlighter retails for $6.00. It may be purchased at Target, Amazon and www.elfcosmetics.com.
If I had to choose between both highlighters, I would choose the ELF Jelly Highlighter. It gives off a beautiful glowing finish, and remains on the skin for a longer period of time. Go out and buy the ELF Jelly Highlighter today.
Used as a skin cleanser and makeup remover, including waterproof makeup, micellar water is a must have for skincare. But with all of the brand name micellar waters in drugstores, which do you choose? Personally, I have not only one, but three brands of micellar cleansing waters I enjoy using. So in no particular order, here they are:
1.) SIMPLE WATER BOOST MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER – this cleansing water is fairly new to the market. It is devoted to reducing the early signs of dehydration: dryness, roughness, tight feeling, dullness and dry dehydration lines. It leaves your skin revitalized and re-hydrated without irritation. The Simple Water Boost Micellar Cleansing Water is infused with skin-loving minerals and plant-extras, with no color, dyes nor harsh chemicals nor artificial perfumes. In fact, it works like a magnet, picking up dirt and makeup and leaving your skin revitalized and dewy fresh.
The Simple Water Boost Micellar Water is priced at $6.77 for 13.5 ounces.
2) L’OREAL MICELLAR CLEANSING MICELWATER – one of the better things that I can say about this micellar water is that not only does it clean your face from dirt and makeup, it intensely purifies. Even waterproof eye makeup comes off without any oily residue, and comes off in one sweep. If you suffer dry skin, like I do, this product is very hydrating. More so, the L’Oreal Micellar Cleansing Water provides no irritation, making it great for those with sensitive skin. Being soothing, gentle and effective is why I am attracted to the product, and recommend you try it too.
The L’Oreal Micellar Cleansing Water sells in a 13.5 ounce package at the cost of $9.99.
3) GARNIER SKINACTIVE MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER – almost everyone has heard of this brand. It is the most popular micellar water brand on the market today. This particular micellar water is paraben-free, fragrance-free, sulfate-free and silicone-free. The Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water washes off impurities from your skin without the tightening and drying effect that is very common with ordinary cleansers. Whenever I use this micellar water to rid the tough, long lasting makeup, it also removes the makeup residue left behind without any vigorous rubbing. Once I am finished removing the makeup and grime, my skin feels refreshed and revitalized.
But be warned, while the Garnier Skinactive Micellar Water is very tough on grime, this micellar water may cause your skin to be irritated and cause breakouts. And unfortunately, the Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleanser Water does not have a money back guarantee.
The Garnier Skinactive Micellar Water retails for $8.99 for a 13.5 ounce package.
All three Micellar waters remove makeup and grime without harsh rubbing. They even removes water-resistant and long-lasting makeup with just a swipe. I definitely recommend these drugstore micellar waters. Anyone will do a good job and meet your needs.
Everyone knows how quickly makeup brushes get dirty. And if you do not clean your makeup brushes on a regular basis, there is an increase in bacteria on your skin. Thus, making it difficult for proper makeup application. I have been guilty of this. And I quickly found out just how sloppy my makeup looks. Now I make it a habit of cleaning my brushes so that my makeup looks great. So here are a few ways to clean your brushes, and avoid looking like you applied your makeup with crayons.
1. Soap & Water – Wet the bristles of your brushes, but be careful not to soak the area where your bristles meet the handle of your brush. Moisture in this can cause the water to loosen the grip the handle has on the bristles, and ruin your brush. Once you wet the bristles, place a dollop of liquid handsoap on to a plate and swirl the brush around the soap. Finally, take a dish towel and squeeze the excess water out, and sit the brushes with the bristles hanging over the counter. Let them dry overnight.
2. Olive Oil & Antibacterial Dish Soap- Mix two parts dish soap to one part extra virgin olive oil on to a clean plate (do not use a paper plate as the paper will soak up the olive oil). Slightly wet the makeup brush. Then dip the brush in the soap mixture and coat it well. Swirl the brush around the palm of your hand making sure you rid the brush of all the makeup. Then rinse the brush underneath the faucet until there is no more soap on your brush. Finally, take a dish towel and squeeze the excess water out, and sit the brushes with the bristles hanging over the counter. Let them dry overnight.
3. Baby Shampoo & Water – For this easy and effective method of cleaning your makeup brushes, you will need one tablespoon of baby shampoo and one cup of warm water. Place both ingredients in a bowl and gently mix. Take a brush and swirl the tips of the brush into the baby shampoo mixture. Finally, take a dish towel and squeeze the excess water out, and sit the brushes with the bristles hanging over the counter. Let them dry overnight.
These are just a few effective ways to thoroughly clean your makeup brushes. As I said before, if you clean your brushes on a routine basis it will cut down on the amount of bacteria and lead to fewer breakouts.
Winter is here. No doubt about it. But when winter comes, so does dry and flaky skin. One of the better ways to attack this problem is with exfoliation and moisturizing. I have come across a large selection of handmade soap containing shea butter, mango butter and a loofah sponge at the Toadstool Shop on Etsy (go to Toadstool Soaps). The soapmaker, Cheryl and her husband have been making these soaps for a little over 15 years. The bases for these wonderful soaps DO NOT contain detergent soap, and they are batched made from weighing the oils, hand stirring, cutting and curing.
Cheryl has a variety of 27 soaps. Each soap has a unique scent and a beautiful color. I am currently using my fifth bar of soap named Dragon’s Blood. The scent is not an easy one to describe. It is exotic, has hints of amber incense and a touch of patchouli. According to Cheryl, if you like myrrh and sandalwood, you will like this particular soap.
Another soap I used was called Amazement. This soap is made of shea butter, mango butter and contains a loofah. It gave natural exfoliation to those rough spots, such as heels and elbows. The smell of the soap can be described as a sparkling, fresh, floral-white musk which blends into an aroma that cannot be missed.
Then there are the other 25 homemade soaps with shea butter, mango butter, other oils and loofahs. Scents include Nag Champa, Dozen Roses, Vanilla Mint, Cherry Blossoms, just to name a few. And should you suffer from dry, flaky skin as I do, these soaps are truly wonderful. I highly recommend this product.
As we know glitter eyeshadow is very fasionable right now. Especially when you are going out for the night. The glitter gives just the right amount of beauty and pizazz. So how does the Ulta Beauty Flashing Lights Glitter Eyeshadow palette compare to other glitter eyeshadow palettes?
Without a doubt, this glitter eyeshadow palette is very pretty. And with nine eyeshadow colors the number of looks you can create are ginormous. But unfortunately, this Ulta glitter eyeshadow palette did not exactly meet my expectations. The colors appear fantastic, but when I applied the eyeshadow I thought that the pigmentation was faint, and the glitter had tremendous fallout.
Even when the eyeshadow is applied wet, I found it did not help with the application of the product. And the sustainability of the Ulta glitter eyeshadow was extremely poor. My eyeshadow barely made it to the four hour mark.
Basically, the Ulta Beauty Flashing Lights Glitter Eyeshadow palette pales in comparison to that of its beauty competitors. I genuinely wish I could recommend this glitter eyeshadow palette, but unfortunately I cannot at this time.
In search of a foundation which is easy on your wallet and helps with the creation of a flawless complexion? Look no further than the nearest drugstore for the answer. I am sure you have seen the many videos on YouTube wherein the makeup artists create a look using nothing but drugstore cosmetics. This is because the quality of drugstore makeup has gone up. The products which are out have super lasting color, superior texture and expansive shade ranges. To help navigate in the process of choosing the perfect drugstore foundation for you, I rounded up the drugstore foundations which I think are worth a second look.
MAYBELLINE FIT ME MATTE AND PORELESS FOUNDATION – if you have normal to oily skin, this foundation is great for you. What is really great about this product is its micro-powders that help control shine and blur pores. The Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation goes beyond matching your skintone. This foundation has medium to full coverage, and the finish is gorgeous; it creates a soft matte effect which lasts all day without settling into pores. You’re not going to have to blot or powder as much throughout the day, due to its shine control. The Maybelline Fit Me Matte And Poreless Foundation retails for $8.00.
L’OREAL PARIS TRUE MATCH SUPER BLENDABLE MAKEUP – this 15 year old liquid foundation is not only blendable, but also gives medium coverage. It is free of oils, fillers and pore-clogging fillers. The L’Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup will make your skin feel very moisturized and provide an even coverage. In fact, it is so blendable you will not be able to tell where the foundation begins and where the foundation ends. This product retails for $10.95.
NYX HD STUDIO PHOTOGENIC – you are going to an event wherein plenty of pictures will be taken. Get ready by grabbing an HD foundation which will provide photo-ready coverage in 12 different, wonderful and highly blendable shades. There is also a bonus to the NYX HD Studio Photogenic foundation. You do not need to set this foundation with mineral and loose powder. It is also infused with tri-peptides that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and helps rejuvenate skin. The foundation retails for $18.00.
WET N’ WILD PHOTOFOCUS FOUNDATION – searching for a foundation which will go on with a soft, airbrush finish? Let me start by saying this foundation comes in 20 shades. It underwent major testing under seven different photo lighting conditions in order to present flawless, camera-ready makeup each time you put it on. The light-diffusing complex will always give your skin for that no-filter perfection appearance. And the best part about the foundation is that it is cruelty-free. The Wet N’ Wild Photofocus Foundation retails for $5.99, and may be purchased at your local drugstore.
L.A. GIRL PRO COVERAGE LIQUID FOUNDATION – this foundation is high-definition, ultra long wearing and illuminating. The product lasts all day without that dehydrating effects of a matte finish. The L.A. Girl Pro Coverage Liquid Foundation also has medium to full coverage, and lightweight in consistency. The paraben free formula with added antioxidants helps hydrate and improve the skin’s appearance. The foundation retails for $8.99.
MILANI CONCEALER + PERFECT (2 in 1 foundation and concealer) – this foundation provides buildable medium to full coverage. It is water-resistant foundation with a concealer providing no mess or drip. and The foundation will dispense the exact amount of fluid in order to get a flawless appearance. The Milani Concealer +Perfect (2 in 1 foundation and concealer) retails for $9.99.
So there you have it. Seven great foundations which are affordable and may be purchased at your local drugstore. Do you have a favorite drugstore foundation? If so, why is it your favorite?
One of the first signs of aging shows up around the eye area. Dark circles, wrinkles and puffiness are a few examples. Botox injections are helpful, but sometimes we cannot afford the injections or we would rather use skincare products. There are many skin care products for your eye area, but how many products target three issues in one bottle? Filgora Optim-Eyes is a formula which is dedicated to dark circles, wrinkles and puffiness.
So how does Filgora Optim-Eyes solve these three matters? When dealing with hyper-pigmentation, their formula is a mixture of Matrikines and Chrysin. The combo reduces the appearance of dark circles.
What about the dreaded puffiness? With highly powerful peptides, baggy eyes are visibly diminished. It also boosts circulation to visibly reduce puffiness.
And let’s not forget the wrinkles. Filorga Optim-Eyes utilizes a very potent blend of Hyaluronic Acid and NCTF (their exclusive complex), the vitamin rich cream visibly plumps your skin, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines at the eye contour area, and creates a refreshed appearance.
Filorga Optim-Eyes was inspired by aesthetic medicine. All their anti-aging skin care creams contain the exact same ingredients as used in the practice of medicine; hyaluronic acid and NCTF. Therefore, gliding effortlessly onto the contour area, this anti-aging eye cream defeats the signs tiredness by leaving your eyes youthful and rejuvented.
First I would like to apologize for the fact it has been a long time in between blogs. I’ve had some family issues which came up and needed to deal with.
If you recall it was not that long ago before face cleansing towelettes were introduced to the market. Now it seems nearly every skincare line has introduced their version of makeup removal wipes. So in no particular order, here are some of the top rated facial cleansing cloths.
A) NEUTROGENA MAKEUP REMOVER CLEANSING TOWELETTES – I found these towelettes to be extremely soft and saturated. The towelettes will remove all traces of makeup. including the dreaded waterproof mascara. The makeup remover features an effective formula that leaves your skin very clean with no heavy residue, so there’s no need to rinse. Designed to also remove eye makeup, these daily face wipes are formulated to be gentle on the eyes and are safe for contact lens wearers. And lets not forget the fact Neutrogena made their cleansing cloths affordable at $9.00 for 25 wipes.
B) AVEENO ULTRA CALMING MAKEUP REMOVING WIPES – if you suffer from sensitive skin, the Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Removing Wipes were made for you. And do not think that since the wipes are “ultra-calming” means it will not do a good of a job at removing makeup. Aveeno’s cleansing cloths will make things such as dirt and eyeliner disappear. So with ingredients such as Chamomile, relax and sit back knowing your skin is being taken of and on it’s way of being shown the way it appears naturally. The Aveeno Ultra Calming Maaakeup Removing Wipes is priced at $5.95 for 25 wipes.
C) SAM’S CLUB MEMBERS MARK WIPES – You probably would not have thought this particular brand would make it to the upper end of a hierarchy dealing with facial cleansing wipes, but it sure did. These cloths will not tug at your skin or leave it feeling dry. The wipes will do your skin justice with its thick, plush cloths. It will remove any stubborn makeup; and clean and moisturize in one step with its nonabrasive makeup wipes. And to top it all off these towelettes will not break the bank. For $13,96 you will receive 181 wipes.
D) BLISS MAKEUP MELTS – These makeup melts are like no other as it is oil free and contains Chamomile. The Bliss cleansing towelettes do not just contain Chamomile, but contains marshmallow root and aloe extracts. The makeup wipes get rid of the nasty, everyday grime which accrues, waterproof makeup and all that makeup at the end of the day. And these cleansing wipes are at the affordable price of $7.00 for 30 wipes.
These facial cleansing cloths can remove your makeup without breaking the bank. It will provide you with a quick and easy alternative to cleansing your face. They allow you to remove makeup and oil from your skin without using water or cleansers. They are widely available, convenient to use, and easy to dispose. And although facial wipes can be a time saver and are extremely convenient, they should not replace your daily cleansing routine.
Do you have a favorite cleansing wipe and why do you like it?
It happens to us, models, actors, etc. I am talking about facial redness or dark shadows under the eyes. And so we begin the journey of searching for the right concealer; a concealer which allows us to have an even toned complexion. But with so many concealers on the market, which one is the best for you? Well, I did a lot of research and I developed a list of the 2018 top concealers. So in no particular order, here we go:
NYX Professional Makeup HD Concealer Wand $6.00: This concealer is one of the lightest concealers on the market. The NYX Professional Makeup HD Concealer Wand comes in 23 shades, which makes it a lot easier to find the proper shade for your skintone. It blends easily and is non-drying.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Flawless Wear Concealer $29.00: Silky, creamy, spreads easily and flawlessly, the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Flawless Wear Concealer makes for a great concealer. It lasts for 15 hours and feels comfortable.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer $24.00: This concealer is super fantastic when you are battling dark circles. The It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer is very blendable, contains brightening antioxidants and hyaluronic acid to plump any lines.
Kat Von D It Concealer Creme $26.00: This concealer is a full coverage concealer. It is very rich, very creamy and offers full coverage which lasts for approximately 24 hours. The Kat Von D Lock It Concealer Creme blends smoothly, and it is crease proof and hydrating. It is a definite must for covering blemishes and correcting discoloration.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer $30.00: This is a medium to full coverage concealer which is buildable, corrects, contours, highlights and perfects your skintone. This is one of those concealers for all skin types. The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer can quickly hide imperfections, mass the appearance of wrinkles and lines, and help reduce redness.
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer $27.00: This concealer contains one thing hardly any other concealers contain, Amazon Clay. This clay will soak up skin oils to nullify midday slippages. The concealer provides full coverage. This creamy, easy to blend formula covers all imperfections and doubles as a highlighting product.
Revlon Photoready Concealer $10.99: Even though this concealer does not come in dozens of shades, it is a concealer which will get you looking picture perfect by hiding dark under eye circles, and camouflage any redness.
Whether you are hiding blemishes, camouflaging dark under eye circles or covering redness, choosing the right concealer for your skin is time consuming. But it is worth it in the end, because it gets you on the road to looking your very best.