Skin care

Review: Aveseena Honeyactive Beauty Mask

March 23, 2017

AveSeena is a new skincare line that combines 100% naturally-derived ingredients with the scientifically formulated ingredients. Developed by Dr. Ebru Karpuzoglu, MSc, PhD, this line seeks to deliver anti-aging and other beneficial results without estrogenic and endocrine disrupting chemicals, as well as eliminating reliance on synthetic chemicals and preservatives (including parabens).

One truly extraordinary product that I wanted you to know about is the AveSeena Honeactive Beauty Mask ($67/3.34 oz).  Holy results-this chipped some serious years off my winter-dried, dull-skinned face in just over ten  minutes. This added moisture, took off dead skin layers, and created zero irrigation. My skin just looked so youthful and pretty. You can even say I glowed. 

Inside this quiet little jar is a very thick paste that smells a little heavenly (and yes, tastes pretty fabulous too if you get a touch on your lip area). I had to use the spatula to get this out of the jar. Warmed with my fingers, it spread on quite well. 

It’s hard to convey how much better my skin looked compared to how it started. It plumped, gently took off an unneeded layer, brightened and softened. When it came off, I had a touch of pink that I had not seen for a few weeks. If you’d like to de-winterize your skin, this is highly recommended. According to the packaging, you can use this 1-3 times per week.

Here’s the actual ingredient list (click to enlarge):

I’m loving this introduction to the line. A truly hero product. AveSeena’s Honeyactive Mask is all love. Available here.

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Review: Vitabrid C12 Face Brightening Powder

March 8, 2017

Vitabrid’s C12 Face Brightening Powder ($60/ 0.11 oz. powder) is a nice way to add a topical Vitamin C into your skincare routine. As you likely already know, Vitamin C helps to prevent melanin formulation from UV rays, adds anti-oxidants which helps preserve the skin, and has anti-aging effects. Vitamin C serums are a wonderful way to get these benefits. However, some suffer from some downsides. First, these serums can be unstable on exposure to light and prone to spilling. Also, some aren’t as well-absorbed by skin as they could be.

Vitabrid C12 Face Brightening 12H Vitamin C is formulated to solve these concerns. Although I’m not a scientist, according to Vitabrid, this powder product is more stable, more easily absorbed more deeply into the skin, and therefore is more beneficial. By using mineral carriers, Vitabrid’s formula is said to deliver 12 hours worth of Vitamin C once applied to the skin. This is from the brand’s website.

The formula also includes Niacinamide 5%, Adenosine 4%, and Allatoin 0.25% to assist in brightening and healing the skin.

To increase stability, the product is a powder. You simply put a touch into your moisturizer, serum or simply water and apply twice a day. The powder is very fine and dissolves very quickly and easily.

If you aren’t sure how much to use, there is a small scooper enclosed to let you know the appropriate amount for a single application. It’s quite easy to use. I’ve been using this in my Chanel Le Lift, and it’s quite easy to mix together on the back of my hand.

Overall, I enjoyed using Vitabrid C12 Face Brightening Powder has been a quick and easy additive to my twice-daily skincare. I’ve used it for about a week, and I haven’t noticed any drying or irritating effects that sometimes occur with Vitamin C additives. This is a lovely formulation and an efficient, travel-friendly way to get your Vitamin C skincare dose.

This is available at Amazon.

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Becca Concealer

Review: BECCA Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector in Peach

March 5, 2017

Becca’s Backlight Targeted Color Corrector in Peach ($30) has been knocking around in my makeup bag for a few months at this point. As you might know from back in the day when I did this post, I have blue discoloration in my under eye area that requires some color correction that I apply before my concealer. Last sprint when I was running low, I thought that I’d give Becca’s Backlight in Peach a shot.

My favorites to correct this area are Giorgio Armani in #2 Orange ($40) and the Tom Ford Illuminating Pen in Amber Eclat ($52). That’s still true, even after working my way halfway through the Becca Peach.  I find the texture of Giorgio Armani’s and Tom Ford to be more elegant for the eye area for someone of my age range.

I will say that Becca Peach does correct blue like nobody’s business. It can be sheered out on any blue-based area of discoloration on the face or in the underage and wow–under a concealer–it really does cancel. After a side-by-side test, I can say that Becca Peach works even better than Becca’s Under Eye Brightening Corrector, it’s pink-tone shimmery brightening product, for cancelling out blue-based under eye shadows. So if you are completely over worrying about blue-undertones making you look weary, Becca Peach does deliver. In other words, if the Tom Ford and Armani are just not deep enough to cut out the blue, then the Becca is the right choice. The texture of the product just is not formulated quite as well for the delicate-skin under eye area as the others, so if you don’t need that strength of correction then you don’t need to go there.

If you are the type of person who gauges these things (I’m not), the amount you get for the price, of course, with Becca Peach is generous with 0.16 ounces (compared with Armani’s has .14  and Tom Ford has .11 oz.). As you can see from this swatch, Becca Peach is a robust orange.

You don’t need a bullet proof concealer to cover it, but you definitely need something medium. I’ve had no problems using Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer or Clarins Instant Concealer. However, some denser formulas like Tarte Shape Tape seem to be too much–together, these two get a little too thick and cakey to look natural in my opinion. And it would be a rare person, I think, who would need both this very powerful Becca corrector AND Shape Tape. It’s probably overkill on most.

Overall, Becca Undereye Brightening Corrector offers serious correction. The texture is a little on the thicker side, so unless you really need this level of correction, I’d stay with the other options.

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Foundation Skin care

Review: It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact Foundation

March 3, 2017

It Cosmetics just introduced a line of foundations called Confidence in a Compact ($38 each). In my opinion, this is a niche foundation that is going to be absolutely perfect for certain skin types. If your skin is perfect and looks fabulous foundation-free, perhaps this is not the foundation for you. Rather, this one was developed with the help of plastic surgeons to incorporate anti-aging ingredients while providing full coverage. The ingredients include hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, squalane (yay!), antioxidants and a super ceramide cream.

Confidence in a Compact Foundation (available in seven shades) is described as a “solid serum” formula. It feels like a solid but is easily picked up and has a bit of liquid slip as you pick it up with your fingers (it doesn’t feel like silicon, but more like a tinted moisturizer). the product comes in a compact with an sealed lid to keep the product fresh. As the name suggests, it has the texture of a serum which can be picked up from the compact with either a brush, sponge or finger. The product has two lids–one, the silver overlaid which looks pretty on your vanity or in your travel bag. Second, there’s an inner plastic lid which holds a sponge and keeps the product fresh. Here’s the inner lid:

You can see the head of the Heavenly Skin™ Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush #704 ($48) on the left above. This well-designed, well-made brush is a beautiful foundation brush that picks up and applies this solid-serum beautifully.  It has a silver handle, and a soft dense head. This head has more “give” compared to most foundation brushes, which seems to work well with this softer foundation formula. Another shot of the Heavenly Skin brush is on the left below (it’s has a nice, solid feel with bristles that don’t seem to budge out of their ferrule).

It’s been my experience that foundation with significant skincare ingredients creeps up into the $100-200 range pretty quickly. At $38, Confidence in a Compact delivers anti-aging benefits at a far lower price point. Essentially, the idea is to give you full coverage with the ingredients to help keep skin young. It’s based on IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream ($48/ 2 ounces), a very rich, nourishing moisturizer that can be applied twice per day. This moisturizer is serious–it has the rich feel of Chanel Sublimage ($400) at almost 1/10 the price point. No, they aren’t dupes. However, IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream has a similar rich feel and delivers super-moisture that feels both healing and refreshing.

In my option, the Confidence in a Compact foundation easily delivers on its claim of full coverage. You will want to start with a touch less than you think you need, as this pigment-rich formula definitely covers it all. This moisturizing foundation with skincare ingredient will soothe and plump the skin. In fact, I was having a bit of irritation from some new skincare. With a combination of the Confidence in a Cream moisturizer topped with Confidence in a Compact Foundation took care of those dry spots right away. Those dry patches were gone in sixty seconds. The overall texture had glow.

The coverage lasted all day, with nothing peeking through. When I used both products together, I got my typical forehead glow from my combination skin (this was less pronounced when I used the foundation alone). To be honest, using both on my combination skin was a little too much moisture. I suspect that those with dry skin that needs coverage will adore that combination.

These colors run a little on the lighter side, and of course with this full coverage a good match really does matter. As a Chanel Cameo/Ivoire, MAC NC 15/20, I matched pretty well with Light. I used Medium for a little contouring. As you can see from these swatches, the line could use more shades on the deep end.

Overall, It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact is ideal for those seeking anti-aging benefits at a mid-price point, particularly those with drier skin and a need for medium-to-full coverage. This is sold at Ulta Beauty and IT Cosmetics website.

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Ingredients: ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: TITANIUM DIOXIDE 9.0% ZINC OXIDE 6.3% INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: DIMETHICONE, AQUA/WATER/EAU, SNAIL SECRETION FILTRATE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CANDELILLA CERA/EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX/CIRE DE CANDELILLA, OZOKERITE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, ARBUTIN, CERESIN, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, SORBITAN OLIVATE, POLYGLYCERYL-4 ISOSTEARATE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, HEXYL LAURATE, STEARIC ACID, SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE, GLYCERIN, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SQUALANE, ADENOSINE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, SODIUM LAUROYL LACTYLATE, CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT EXTRACT, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL EXTRACT, POLYSORBATE 20, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, CERAMIDE NP, MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA (TEA TREE) LEAF OIL, GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, CHOLESTEROL, PHYTOSPHINGOSINE, CERAMIDE AP, MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL, CARBOMER, XANTHAN GUM, BETA-SITOSTEROL, GLYCERYL LINOLEATE, CHOLETH-24, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, CETETH-24, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, GLYCERYL LINOLENATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, NIACINAMIDE, GLYCERYL ARACHIDONATE, PANTHENOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SODIUM LACTATE, LECITHIN, HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, UBIQUINONE, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL, PUNICA GRANATUM SEED OIL, COLLOIDAL OATMEAL, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER WATER, PERFLUOROHEXANE, SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, RETINYL PALMITATE, PALMITOYL HEXAPEPTIDE-12, POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE, OPUNTIA FICUS-INDICA EXTRACT, CORNUS OFFICINALIS FRUIT EXTRACT, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER WATER, HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN, MAGNOLIA KOBUS BARK EXTRACT, LACTOBACILLUS/HONEYSUCKLE FLOWER/LICORICE ROOT/MORUS ALBA ROOT/PUERARIA LOBATA ROOT/SCHIZANDRA CHINENSIS FRUIT/SCUTELLARIA BAICALENSIS ROOT/SOPHORA JAPONICA FLOWER EXTRACT FERMENT FILTRATE, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) SPROUT EXTRACT, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) LEAF EXTRACT, PENTAFLUOROPROPANE, BIOTIN, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER EXTRACT, STEARETH-20, CHRYSANTHEMUM INDICUM FLOWER EXTRACT, PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-1, HYDROLYZED SILK, CERAMIDE EOP, PALMITOYL TETRAPEPTIDE-7, MORUS ALBA FRUIT EXTRACT, PUERARIA LOBATA ROOT EXTRACT, CINNAMOMUM CASSIA BARK EXTRACT, ARTEMISIA PRINCEPS LEAF EXTRACT, SODIUM BENZOATE, DIOSPYROS KAKI LEAF EXTRACT, POTASSIUM SORBATE, N-HYDROXYSUCCINIMIDE, PALMITOYL PENTAPEPTIDE-4, COPPER TRIPEPTIDE-1, ACETYL HEXAPEPTIDE-8, CAPRYLHYDROXAMIC ACID, ASCORBIC ACID, NIACIN, TOCOPHEROL, PANTOTHENIC ACID, THIAMINE HCL, CHRYSIN, CARNITINE HCL, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, CYCLOMETHICONE, CITRIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA, PERFLUORODECALIN, CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) PEEL OIL, EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF OIL, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL, CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA (LIME) OIL, PINUS SYLVESTRIS LEAF OIL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) PEEL OIL, PHENOXYETHANOL, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM/ MINERAL OIL/HUILE MINERALE, ALCOHOL, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CHLORHEXIDINE DIGLUCONATE, [+/-: IRON OXIDES (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499)].”

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Blush Eyeshadow NARS

Simplifying Travel Option: NARS Pro Palettes

January 27, 2017

Last year, NARS introduced their Pro Palette line of products and palettes , a way to pack an incredible way to re-experience the brand. Although I’ve always loved the brand, having the option to fill these slim, travel-ready palettes opens up the usability of their line exponentially.

The palettes themselves are very slim. They come in two sizes, small and large, and together you can take enough options to last you for months and months. Their magnetized backing allows you to re-arrange the items, so that you can select your favorites and take only one if you choose. I typically slip two of them into the same padded slot in bag as my Apple MacBook Pro, side by side. Easy, easy, easy.

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Perfume Uncategorized

First Look: Louis Vuitton Perfumes

January 6, 2017

This past Fall, Louis Vuitton expanded its luxury range to include Les Perfums, a series of fragrances. I was fortunate enough that a loved one gave me the Miniature Set ($290) for the holidays. As I’m living a bi-coastal life at present, this was particularly thoughtful because it gives me a variety of fragrances that I can keep in one home, while I have my larger perfume collection in another. The presentation box is quite understated.

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Lipstick NARS

NARS Audacious Rita (Holiday Edition) Giveaway….

November 12, 2016

nars-rita-2Those lovely geniuses at NARS sent us an AUDACIOUS gift–a Holiday-themed Audacious Lipstick in Rita (swatched here). It’s a gorgeous red in an amazing party-ready tube. Although Rita is a permanent color, the holiday-themed version is a Sephora Exclusive (no surprise, sold out). Although there’s a chance of a re-stock, no worries! Cafe Makeup is running a giveaway for U.S. readers that will end at midnight on December 2, 2016.

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Skin care

Nuxe Dry Huile Prodigieuse Paris Limited Edition

September 13, 2016

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I’m in the process of getting my life back in order, and hopefully back to more regular blogging. I’ve missed it greatly.

In the meantime, I wanted to flag this too-adorable version of Nuxe’s Dry Oil, especially as the cooler weather approaches. I’ve loved everything about this body oil–the scent, the quick-dry texture, and the deeply moisturizing effect. Now I can be reminded of my favorite place in the world every time I use it.

This limited edition Parisian spray bottle is priced at $45 (3.3 ounces), which should last me well into next summer.

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