Saturday, February 6, 2016

Current Favorites from Rimmel London | Review and Swatches

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There is something inherently satisfying about being able to find high quality drugstore makeup brands that boast the performance, color saturation, longevity and high quality that is associated with department store brands, but at a fraction of the price. One of my very very longtime favorite drugstore brands is Rimmel London– to the extent that I routinely stalk their displays, and often pick up new finds.
Here are a few of my current favorite gems from Rimmel London that are perfect for the season:

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Foundation in Light Ivory ($6.99- $7.99 from Ulta, and Walgreens):

This is my current favorite drugstore foundation because it offers medium coverage with a very natural finish. My skin looks and feels hydrated, smooth and glowing. Rimmel claims that it is "party-proof, transfer-proof and leaves you with flawless looking skin around the clock" and lasts up to 25 hours, and I agree with all of these claims, except that I can't verify the 25 hour wear-time because of my unwillingness to sleep in my makeup.

Lasting Finish 25 Hour Full Coverage, our first long wear foundation with comfort serum for feel good, flawless skin that stays put morning to night. Stay-true makeup applies smoothly and evenly, concealing dark circles and imperfections. Leaves skin looking flawless all day long. Transfer resistant for up to 25 hours. New skin-friendly comfort serum for instant hydration, lightweight and extra comfortable wear all day. Vitamin E helps provide additional skin barrier from free radicals.

Available Shades: Light Ivory (Shown), Classic Ivory, Soft Beige, Classic Beige, True Beige and Sand.
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Talc, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Acrylates Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Magnesium Sulfate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Bis-Peg/Ppg-14/14 Dimethicone, Polymethylmethacrylate, Tribehenin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Laureth-7, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Trihydroxystearin,Chlorphenesin, Dimethiconol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Parfum/Fragrance, Alcohol Denat., Propylene Carbonate, Xanthan Gum, Glycerin, Disodium Deceth-5 Sulfosuccinate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium Edta, Laureth-30, Sodium Pca, Urea, Laureth-4, Hexyl Cinnamal, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Limonene, Trehalose, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzylsalicylate, Hexylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-51, Linalool, Geraniol, Bht, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Caprylyl Glycol, Triacetin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate. May Contain: Iron Oxides (Ci 77491,Ci 77492, Ci 77499).

Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sun Light 021 ($4.99 from Ulta and Walgreens):

This lightweight and natural looking bronzing powder, with a waterproof formula, that gives you the perfect sun-kissed glow anywhere you desire a touch of color.

According to Rimmel London,

Year-round radiance. Fall doesn’t have to mean giving up the glow—you can maintain a sun-kissed complexion all year with help from Rimmel London. Whether you want a natural hint of healthy color or stunning shimmer, Rimmel London has the bronzer you need for non-stop glow.
This natural-looking bronzing powder gives skin a warm glow the healthy way—without the sun’s damaging rays. The advanced formula combines the antioxidant properties of vitamin E with the moisturizing and soothing benefits of Aloe Vera for a weightless feel and flawless finish. Light reflective particles help to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving skin looking gorgeous in any light. Available in three shades with a slight hint of shimmer, Rimmel London’s Natural Bronzer mimics the subtle yet sexy glow of sun-kissed skin—even after summer is long gone.

Available Shades: Sun Bronze, Sun Light, Sun Dance

Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Black Brown 004 ($3.99 from Ulta and Walgreens):

This is such a great eyebrow pencil and an absolutely unbelievable price. The texture is more creamy than waxy, and therefore doesn't tug at the skin, and it is very richly pigmented. It is perfect for shaping and filling in brows, and once it sets it stays put all day. Furthermore, it includes a very useful brow brush for taming and shaping, and it does require sharpening.

According to Rimmel London,
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil is used to enhance and refine the shape of the eyebrows.  It can be used to fill gaps or lengthen the arc of the brow to create the desired look.

Available Shades: Dark Brown, Hazel and Black Brown (shown).

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in Gold Digger 010 ($4.49 from Ulta and Walgreens):

Having already successfully experienced Rimmel London ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Sticks, I was looking forward to trying more shades, and Gold Digger and Paranoid Purple definitely spoke to me.

Rimmel London ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Sticks are waterproof and budge-proof eyeshadow sticks that are gorgeous, long-wearing, and come in a beautiful array of richly saturated hues.

Gold Digger is a beautiful and infinitely wearable warm shimmering gold that can be worn as a simple wash of color, or incorporated into a more ornate look. It also works beautifully as an eyeshadow base.

According to Rimmel London, the jumbo applicator, "creates a dramatic look in just one stroke." It can be used as both an eye shadow or an eyeliner, and the creamy application effortlessly glides across the skin depositing color evenly. The ultra creamy formula blends effortlessly and boasts a gorgeous long wearing and fade-proof luminous finish. I get all day wear without smudging, creasing or fading, but I do not have oily eyelids. I wear it without a primer, but if you have particularly oily eyelids you will definitely increase your wear time with a primer. I did not test their 24HR wear claims because I never sleep with makeup on, but I definitely found that the formula was waterproof and smudge-proof. This formula can be used an eyeshadow or eyeliner.

Rimmel London Scandaleyes in Paranoid Purple 006 ($4.49 from Ulta and Walgreens):

Paranoid Purple is a gorgeous, richly pigmented darker purple that is perfect as an eyeliner or eyeshadow.

  • Rich, intense colour applies in a flash.
  • Jumbo applicator creates a dramatic look in just one stroke. Can use as an eye shadow or an eyeliner.
  • Creamy formula blends effortlessly for a luminous finish
  • Waterproof & Smudge-proof with 24HR wear.
  • Dermatologist & ophthalmologist tested.
Available Shades: Whiteness White, Guilty Grey, Bulletproof Beige, Bad Girl Bronze, Blackmail, Paranoid Purple (Shown), Blamed Blue, Gossip Green, Tempting Turquoise, Gold Digger (Shown), Bluffing, Naughty Navy , Teasing Turquoise Bootleg Brown, Trespassing Taupe.

Rimmel London Scandalizes XX-treme Mascara ($5.99 from Ulta and Walgreens):

Rimmel's ScandalEyes XX-Treme Mascara is formulated for lashes with extreme volume and length without clumping. The dual impact brush captures lashes, and removes excess mascara to prevent the formation of clumps. I tend to avoid extreme lashes, but I definitely love the length and volume that I am able to achieve in a couple of passes without getting spider lashes.

According to Rimmel London,

Create your boldest eye look ever with revolutionary offerings from Rimmel London. First, go for 360-degree eye-opening drama with ScandalEyes XX-Treme Volume and Length Mascara. With an innovative dual-sided wand and a high-performance formula, the mascara delivers elongated lashes that demand to be noticed. Experience infinite lashes with extreme high-impact volume and dramatic length with this mascara that does it all. Rimmel’s ingenious two-sided dual-action brush visibly thickens, lengthens, and separates lashes for an eye-opening lash look. The arched side of the applicator contains tiny, two-pronged bristles to deliver maximum, quick-load volume, while the flat side has longer teeth to eliminate clumps and define lashes. From root to tip, even your smallest lashes will look curvaceous and bold.

  • Arched side: Volumizes and loads up lashes for xx-treme look
  • Flat side: Defines and lengthens lashes from root to tip
  • No clumps
Available Shades: Black and Extreme Black.
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Red Alert 505 ($6.99-$749 from Ulta and Walgreens):

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipsticks are enriched with Vitamins A. C and E to moisturize lips while providing rich pigmentation. The formula is ultra lightweight and glides across the lips effortlessly, and it deposits color evenly without feathering or settling into fine lines. It has the perfect amount of cushion, and the finish has a nice sheen.

Red Alert is an absolutely gorgeous blue-based red that is Valentine's Day perfect! I get a hours and hours of wear-time, and it fades evenly. It has a fragrance that lasts for a few minutes before fading away, but it doesn't bother me in the least. If, however, you are very sensitive to any scented lip products, you may want to smell it before buying it. That said, it fades quickly enough that it won't likely pose an issue for most people.

According to Rimmel London,

New and improved vitamin-enriched lipsticks leave your lips feeling drenched in moisture with intense colour. Never settle for dry, flaky lips or a timid pout with new and dramatically improved Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick. The revolutionary new lipstick hits lips with punch of highly-pigmented colour and a downpour of hydration. With highly improved colour pay-off and a serious increase in moisturizing power, new Moisture Renew Lipstick glides on in 24 luscious shades that last.

  • Vitamin A,C,E enriched formula that drenches lips in intense colour and moisture.
  • Ultra lightweight, comfortable to wear all day.
  • A burst of brilliance in a rainbow of shades.
  • Reduces lip dryness without compromising color
  • Dermatologically tested.
Available Shades: To Nude or Not to Nude?, Pink Chic,  Oxford Street Fuchsia, Piccadilly Pink, Ringa Ringa Roses, Rose Blush , Latino, Dusty Rose, Tower of Mauve , Berry Rose, Crystal Mauve, Back to Fuchsia, As You Want Victoria, Diva Red , Red Alert (SHOWN), Mayfair Red Lady, Coral Garden, Coral Britannia, Summer Angel, Saved by the Bell, In Love with Ginger, Nude Delight, Let’s Get Naked, Notting Hill Nude, Amethyst Shimmer.
Rimmel's Moisture Renew Lipstick gives a brilliant burst of rich, pure color infused with a monsoon of creamy moisture. Ready to pamper your lips with luxuriously moisturized rich colour for a soft, cared-for and hydrated feel day after day?
Left to RightRimmel London Lasting Finish Foundation in Light IvoryRimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sun Light 021Rimmel London Scandaleyes in Paranoid Purple 006Rimmel London Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in Gold Digger 010Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Black Brown 004 and Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Red Alert 505.
Overall Assessment: Rimmel London remains one of my very favorite drugstore brands because they make so many truly wonderful products that are so affordable. I highly suggest checking out their products next time you pass their display! 

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PÜR Cameo Contour Stick | Review and Swatches ALL SHADES

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PÜR Minerals is a fantastic eco-friendly line that uses healthy and responsibly sourced ingredients in their makeup and skincare products that you can feel good about putting on your skin. Their vitamin, mineral and antioxidant-rich formulas nourish the skin while making it look and feel beautiful.

Pür Minerals Cameo Contour Stick is a dual-ended contour  and highlighter stick that comes with its own Contour Blending Sponge, and it is available in 5 shades.

Cream-based contour sticks take a lot of the guesswork out of contouring and highlighting, and they don't have the steep learning-curve that is often associated with contour powders. You can simply swipe the contour stick along the planes of the face that you seek to contour and highlight and use the sponge to blend to perfection.

The Contour Blending Sponge has a very practical angled surface that makes it very easy to navigate everything from the largest to the smallest areas of the face with great ease.

The contour sticks boast a thick and creamy consistency that spread and blend easily, but be advised that the formula is quite concentrated therefore apply a small amount and add more, if needed. The circumference of the stick, itself, is a touch wide to use directly on the smaller parts of the face, and I recommend applying the contour cream to those areas with your fingers and then blending with the sponge.

According to PÜR Minerals,

Meet the final word in flawless contouring. PÜR's dual-ended contour stick adds closeup-worthy depth and dimension to your natural features with a creamy formula that sets to a picture-perfect powder finish. With use of natural, light-reflective ingredients that resemble microspheres, this 2-in-1 complexion innovation emphasizes your face’s natural highlights and shadows while simultaneously blurring the look of imperfections, such as dark spots and fine lines. As you apply and blend one or both shades with the Contour Blending Sponge, your skin also absorbs in the skin-perfecting benefits of PÜR’s own Ceretin® Complex—a proprietary blend of hydrating ceramides and age-defying vitamin A!
 Left to Right: Light, Medium, Tan, Dark and Deep
Skin Tone Shade Descriptions:

Light: Porcelain & Light 4-in-1 Mineral Makeup; fair to fair with creamy ivory undertones.

Medium:  Blush Medium & Golden Medium 4-in-1 Mineral Makeup; medium beige with blush to golden undertones.

Tan: Light Tan, Tan, & Medium Tan 4-in-1 Mineral Makeup; olive with yellow, honey and caramel undertones.

Dark: Medium Dark & Golden Dark 4-in-1 Mineral Makeup; rich bronze with golden undertones.

Deep: Deep & Deeper 4-in-1 Mineral Makeup; warm with golden amber undertones.
For my particular skin-tone, I can use either the light or medium shades rather interchangeably, but during the warmer months I will likely gravitate toward the medium shade.
Directions: Apply the lighter shade to areas where light naturally hits your face (such as your cheekbones, brow bone, nose and chin) and the darker shade where shadows naturally occur (such as the hollow of your cheeks and beneath the brow bone). Use the ergonomic contour blending brush for flawless sculpting - even in hard-to-reach areas.

Step 1: Highlight
Center of the forehead
Under brow bone
Down the bridge of the nose
Under eye
Center of chin

Step 2: Contour
Around forehead hairline
Sides of nose
Under cheekbone
Under jawline

PÜR Tips: To get the most natural cheek bones, purse your lips to locate your natural hollow area beneath the cheekbone and apply contour shade. Apply primer then foundation prior to performing contour technique.
Key Ingredients:

Light-Reflective Microspheres: Spotlight the skin's natural highlights while blurring the look of imperfections like dark spots and fine lines.

Ceretin Complex: Nourish a more youthful radiance with a proprietary blend of mega-moisturizing ceramides and gently renewing Vitamin A.

Sodium Hyaluronate: Draws moisture to the skin's surface for a naturally plumper, smoother and softer look and feel.

Ingredients: Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Silica, Polyethylene, Bis-Stearyl Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Isopropyl Isostearate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, C10-18 Triglycerides, Squalane, Copernica Cerafera (Carnauba) Wax, Ceramide Ap, Retinol, Lactic Acid (L), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI77492, CI77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). Oil-Free Petrolatum-Free. PÜR does NOT test its products on animals.
Overall Assessment: If you are interested in fuss-free contouring, then the PÜR Cameo Contour Stick and Contour Blending Sponge is a perfect choice. 

$39.50 for .05 oz. from PÜR Minerals and Ulta (Affiliate Links).
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Top Pick Beauty Reads from The Beauty Spotlight Team

I just received an email plea for a little bit of Zeus to start out the weekend, and I thought that this rather demented picture would be perfect. Living with this kitty is a never-ending source of amusement and joy! I hope that you have a lovely weekend! xo, Helen 

Phyrra shares the Cruelty Free Beauty Brands at Sephora! No more guessing!

The quest to find the perfect pink highlighter can be tricky– many are too cool or too warm, or too glittery. However, Lola's Secret Beauty Blog discovered that HOURGLASS Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Iridescent Strobe Light is unmitigated pink perfection. It’s ultra-finely milled, it glides across the skin effortlessly, and it imparts a gorgeous ethereal glow.

Feeling dry and parched this Winter? Pammy Blogs Beauty refreshes her complexion with MIYU's Beauty Essences!

Lisa from Beauty Info Zone is intrigued with the fragrant combinations that she can create using Mix*o*logie Blendable Perfume Collection. Read to learn how wonderful these alcohol free vials can make your life smell better.

Getting ready for Valentine’s? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty will be wearing Besame Cosmetics Classic Lipstick in Red Hot Red and the 1930s perfume from Besame’s Decades of Fragrance collection to set the mood!

Have you ever tried any Korean beauty products before?! Geniabeme shares with you two fun skincare products from Peach and Lily!

It was love at first site when Christa from Perilously Pale saw the new MAC Flamingo Park Collection. So many pretty pinks! Check out one of her four reviews on the collection featuring the Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder, What I Fancy and Spring Flock blushes, and Long Legged & Fabulous lipstick.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Space NK Spring Beauty Edit February 11 | Overview & Details

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This February 11th, Space NK will host the “Spring Beauty Edit” event across all of our 25 US locations. I will be posting pictures of the actual gift bag as soon as I receive it this week!

During this special shopping event, customers will be perfectly prepped for the new season as we present the latest in spring trends and looks from our “Beauty Intelligence” spring campaign. Guests can meet with experts from some of our finest brands for makeovers, advice and tips. Event times, featured experts and services vary by location.

Exclusively for the event, and while supplies last, shoppers who spend $250 or more will receive a gift with a selection of must-haves from 25 of our featured brands (deluxe, travel and full-size items). For the first time, our loyal N.Dulge members will have early access to the gift on February 9-10 before the offer opens up to the public on February 11th. This gift with purchase will sell out in stores early, but will also be available to online shoppers at on February 11th (US only).

Valued at well over $400, the gift includes:

·         Space NK Limited Edition Cosmetic Bag
·         111SKIN Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel NAC Y2 (5ml)
·         Bumble & bumble Straight Blow Dry (15ml)
·         By Terry Mascara Terrybly in Black Parti-Pris (4g)
·         Chantecaille Bio Lifting Cream+ (5ml)
·         Diptyque Candle (assorted scents, 35g)
·         Eve Lom Cleanser (20ml plus muslin cloth)
·         Goldfaden MD Plant Profusion Regenerative Night Cream (7ml)
·         Juara Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel (59ml)
·         Kat Burki Complete B Eye Crème Concentrate (5ml)
·         Kevyn Aucoin The Eye Pencil Primatif in Defining Navy (0.024oz)
·         Lancer The Method: Polish (0.5oz)
·         Lilah B Divine Duo Lip & Cheek trio in b.real, b.fearless, & b.sassy (0.6g x3)
·         Lipstick Queen Vesuvius Liquid Lipstick in Vesuvian Candy (full-size)
·         Lord & Berry 20100 Crayon Lipstick in Intimacy (0.06oz)
·         Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser (15ml)
·         MD Solar Sciences Mineral Crème SPF50 (.25oz)
·         Mila Moursi Revitalizing & Beautifying Oil (8ml)
·         Mio Workout Wonder (30 ml)
·         Natura Bissé The Cure Sheer Cream (3ml)
·         Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream (15ml)
·         Philip B. Light-Weight Deep Conditioner (0.5 fl oz)
·         Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum (8ml)
·         Ren Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot (10ml)
·         Rodial Bee Venom Cleansing Balm (20ml)
·         Sunday Riley Good Genes (10ml)

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African Botanics Kalahari Desert De-Tox Bath Salts | Review

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African Botanics Kalahari Desert De-Tox Bath Salts are far and away the most amazing bath salts that I have ever tried. As is always the case, the innovative and visionary thinking at African Botanics results in the creation of products for which there is no precedent in the marketplace. This extraordinary company, and its founders Craig and Julia Noik, continually create ultra-luxe healthy skincare and wellness products that boast astounding efficacy, luxurious textures, otherworldly aromas, and sustainably resourced ingredients of the very highest quality.

African Botanics Kalahari Desert De-Tox Bath Salts nearly defy description in that they feel and smell unlike any bath salts that I have ever experienced. The mineral-rich salt is sourced from the Kalahari Desert, that stretches across Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, and it is responsibly harvested from an ancient underground dry lake. They are infused with a unique aromatic blend of botanicals from The Cape Floristic Region of South Africa, and among their attributes is their exemplary ability to remove toxins and boost circulation. Skin is left soft, smooth, supple, and hydrated– while the spirits are elevated and rejuvenated.

The aroma is a refined fusion of The Cape Floristic Region botanicals, and while the scent is an amalgam of their scents, the top notes are subtly informed by the slightly tangy Juniper Berry with its edges softened by the Cape Rose Geranium Oil, the Lemongrass Oil and the Marula Oil. The aroma is, itself, a complex, delectable, earthy, uplifting and intoxicating mood elevator that delights the senses.

Additionally, the caffeine acts as an effective diuretic that removes excess water-retention and softens the appearance of cellulite while the carefully selected blend of ingredients nourish the skin, relax the muscles and quiet the mind.
According to African Botanics,

This exquisite blend combines pure, mineral-rich salt from the Kalahari desert, sun-dried and harvested from a dry, ancient underground lake once fed by subterranean streams and laid to rest on a saltpan deposit. The magnificent aroma of our unique botanicals sourced from The Cape Floristic Region, located near the southern tip of Africa will help boost circulation and assist with the removal of toxins while drawing out impurities to leave your skin feeling soft and fully regenerated. Formulated to help balance the pH levels, re-mineralize the body, cleanse, aid in relaxation as well as dissolve muscular tension and stress while softening the skin and uplifting the mind.
Key Benefits and Results:

Oxygenating Seaweed is wild-harvested by fishermen from the thriving Kelp forests off the coast of South Africa, rich in iodine, calcium, zinc and copper as well as antioxidants like vitamin C, Seaweed has been traditionally used to help relieve skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne. Together with Caffeine they work to help break down cellulite and combat the build-up of toxins while stabilizing fluid levels in the body. Crushed African Buchu Leaf, known for its antiseptic and diuretic properties, develops a subtle yet sensual and mood-boosting scent.
Directions: Fill your tub with warm water, add a handful of salts (approx 30-50g). Immerse yourself and soak for 15-20 minutes to allow the salts time to absorb into the skin. Without rinsing, wrap yourself in a towel and relax under a warm blanket for 15 min, drink plenty of water to rehydrate and relax. For best results use 2-3 times/week.

I would definitely suggest following the directions, and cannot sufficiently underscore the importance of drinking plenty of water to rehydrate. I also love rubbing the salts on my wet skin before they dissolve because they effectively and gently exfoliate dead skin cells and therefore enable the nourishing ingredients to sink deeper into the layers of the skin.
Ingredients: Sodium Chloride (Kalahari Crystal Salt), Agathosma Betulina (Buchu)* Leaf Powder, Methyl Salicylate, Fucus Vesiculosis (Seaweed) Extract, Caffein, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula)* Seed Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Cape Rose Geranium) Essential Oil, Juniperus Communis (Juniper Berry) Essential Oil, Eriocephalus Punctulatus (Cape Chamomile) Essential Oil, Eriocephalus Africanus (Cape Snowbush) Essential Oil, Chamomile Martricaria Extract, Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemongrass) Essential Oil. *Certified Organic and Wild-Harvested Ingredients.
Overall Assessment: Absolutely the most extraordinary thing to happen to the bath! A+

$75.00 for 500gr/ 17.64 0z. from African Botanics and Net-A-Porter (Affiliate Links).
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Osmosis Colour Lipstick, Lip Gloss & Lip Glaze | Review

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If you are among the many people who seek healthier makeup alternatives, than the mainstream offerings, but you don't want to sacrifice efficacy or color saturation, then Osmosis Colour Makeup is very worthy of your consideration.

According to Osmosis

Osmosis Colour Makeup is part of the revolutionary line of unique, alternative and innovative products created by Osmosis Skincare and Dr. Ben Johnson. All of the products from Osmosis are created to be results-oriented, yet safe and gentle for everyday use. Osmosis Skincare uses holistic theories in its production of incredible, results-driven professional skincare products and its unique line of cosmetics. 

Osmosis Colour Makeup is a bismuth-free, mineral-based makeup line that's loaded with skin-nourishing antioxidants, amino acids and essential proteins, as well as zinc oxide for built-in UV sun protection. The special formulation goes on without that “heavy look” and it doesn't accentuate fine lines, wrinkles or large pores. It’s even safe for acne, rosacea and sensitive-skin types. 
I have only tested Osmosis Lipsticks, Lip Glosses and Lip Glazes, but I am so impressed that I definitely want to venture further into their makeup line.
Osmosis + Colour Lipsticks ($22.00-$25.00 each from Dermstore and skintrends): Osmosis Lipsticks have a creamy texture, the perfect amount of cushion and long-lasting wear-time. I would describe the texture as matte, but without drying out my lips. I get about 5-6 hours of wear-time from a single application, but that generally is mitigated by coffee consumption– which undoubtedly lessens its longevity. 

The two colors that I have, Skinny Dip and Passion, offer full opacity and rich pigmentation in a single pass. While they are formulated to hydrate the lips, my lips are currently perpetually chapped and I have been applying lip balm beneath all of my lipsticks and lip glosses. I therefore cannot currently weigh in on whether I find Osmosis + Colour Lipsticks hydrating. 

Osmosis Lipstick in Skinny Dip is a gorgeous nude.
Osmosis Lipstick in Passion is a stunning fuchsia pink.

According to Osmosis,

Designed for all skin tones, each irresistibly creamy lipstick supplies a veil of color that lasts through the day without the drying effects of most long wear color. The vegetable based castor oil provides this eco-friendly hydration, keeping moisture close to the skin’s surface. Each shade’s advanced mineral pigment color gives these lipsticks their intense vibrancy along with a matte, cashmere soft finish. Silica helps to affix these lush longevity pigments on the lips with no feathering or smearing, while green tea and vitamin E supply antioxidant protection. Perfect for day or night, each beautiful sleek tube will fit easily into any purse or pocket.

Key Ingredients:
Castor oil - creates the creamy, emollient texture
Green tea and vitamin E - supply antioxidant protection

Ingredients: Castor Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Silica, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Octyldodecanol, Ozokerite, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Extract (and) Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol (and) Phenoxyethanol (and) Hexylene Glycol, Flavor. May Contain (+/-): Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Blue # 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red # 22 Lake (CI 45380), Red # 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red # 30 Lake (CI 73360), Yellow # 5 Lake (CI 19140), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate (and) Silica (and) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Calcium Sodium Borosilicate (and) Tin Oxide (CI 77861), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite (CI 77019).
Osmosis Lip Gloss ($19.00 from Dermstore and skintrends): I love lip gloss, but I'm not terribly fond of the sticky variety that acts as a hair-trap. My preference is a slightly thickened formula that boasts longevity without being tacky, but that also delivers some opacity rather than simply offering sheer coverage. I was pleasantly surprised that Osmosis Lip Gloss checked all of my boxes. Their formula is slightly thickened to really coat the lips and to offer extended wear-time, but it isn't in the least bit sticky. The two colors that I have Aura and Pink Sapphire, offer great color saturation, and a lovely high shine finish. 

According to Osmosis,

The Osmosis Lip Gloss allows you to go from natural to high shine with transparent and rich lacquered colors. Keep lips soft and hydrated with a pleasant scent of grapefruit and strawberry. 

Osmosis Lip Gloss in Aura is a gorgeous nude peach.
Osmosis Lip Gloss in Pink Sapphire is rich and stunning mid-tone pink.

Ingredients: Polybutene, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Trihydroxystearin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Polyethylene, Bumetrizole, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Powder, Polymethyl Metacrylate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Flavor (Grapefruit/Strawberry), May Contain (+/-): Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850:1), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140:1)
Osmosis Lip Glazes ($18.00 each from skintrends): If you love high shine lip lacquers that aren't sticky and that feel exceptionally lightweight on the lips, then Osmosis Lip Glazes are a must-have! These beauties are gorgeous, long-wearing and a true pleasure to wear.

According to Osmosis,

These incredible long-wear lip glazes have a high shine lacquer look that will leave those lips glazed with color for the attention they deserve!

Osmosis Lip Glaze in Flirt is a mid-tone pink with a touch of violet.
Osmosis Lip Glaze in Desire is a stunning vampy plum.

Ingredients: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene (and) Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer (and) Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Polybutene, 2-Octyl Dodecanol, Isopropyl Myristate, Ozokerite, Beeswax, Fragrance, Olus Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Silica, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis {Almond} Oil/Lavandula Angusstifolia Extract/ Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Lavender Butter), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Bisabolol, Sodium Saccharin May Contain (+/-): Mica; CI 15850 (Red 6,Red 7, Red 7 Lake); Cl 15985 (Yellow 6); Cl 77891 (Titanium Dioxide); Cl 77491, 77492, 77499 (Iron Oxides); Cl 77742 (Manganese Violet); Cl 42090 (Blue 1 Lake); Cl 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake).
Overall Assessment: Osmosis offers lovely lipsticks, lip glosses and lip glazes that are a perfect alternative to their chemical-laden counterparts, and you don't have to sacrifice a thing.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

HOURGLASS Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Iridescent Strobe Light | Review and Swatches

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HOURGLASS Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders and the Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor are the latest releases from this phenomenal line, and they do not disappoint!

I will tell you that I am very impressed by the the three items that I received. The powders are ultra finely milled, they glide across the skin effortlessly, and they deposit pigmentation evenly. They neither settle into pores, nor do they emphasize fine lines. They are absolutely stunning, and leave skin with a gorgeous ethereal glow. 
• Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powders are formulated in a sheer base with concentrated ultra-fine mico pearl particles in varying sizes and refraction levels to give off a naturally luminescent highlight to the skin without a heavy metallic finish. 
• Developed with Photoluminescent Technology to capture, diffuse and soften surrounding light to refine the appearance of the skin.
• Can be used wet or dry for varying levels of intensity, taking you from day to night - from an everyday, wearable strobe highlight to a dramatic evening strobe highlight.
• Available in 4 universally flattering shades for all skin tones.
• Designed to be used with the Ambient® Strobe Light Sculptor for the most effortless application.
Left to Right: Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Brilliant Strobe Light (review forthcoming) and Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Iridescent Strobe Light. 

Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Iridescent Strobe Light is described as an "illuminating pink powder imparting a soft highlight." It is a stunning pale pink powder that is ultra-finely milled to the extent that it has a rather creamy consistency. This faint pink will flatter many skin tones, but I suspect that those among you with cooler-toned will be particularly elated by this shade since it is often difficult to find flattering illuminator shades for blue-based skin tones. It spreads across the skin and deposits color effortlessly and evenly, and it neither settle into fine lines, nor does it accentuate pores. Instead of depositing discernible glitter, that looks decidedly artificial, it leaves skin with a stunning ethereal glow. 
The Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders are formulated to be used wet or dry whether one opts to use a  brush or the Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor (full review forthcoming) that was created specifically for the Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders. HOURGLASS suggests that it is best applied with the Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor, and that whether used wet or dry one can easily "achieve varying levels of intensity, taking you from day to night."
Whether you prefer to use a brush or the Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor, these powders could not be easier to use.  You simple dip your tool of choice into the powder and sweep it wherever illumination is desired.
Initially, I thought that I might prefer using a brush to the Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor, but after some experimentation I concluded that the Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor offers greater precision than a brush. It is firm enough not to yield too much against the skin, and the angled side offers perfect placement wherever you want to highlight the face. 
According to HOURGLASS,

For a soft, sheer highlight - Sweep the angled side of the Ambient® Strobe Light Sculptor across the powder and apply to the tops of your cheekbones, bridge of nose and cupid's bow. Gently blend in with the flocked side for a smooth finish. 

For a more intense highlight - Dampen the angled side of the Ambient® Strobe Light Sculptor and sweep across the powder. Apply to the tops of your cheekbones, bridge of nose and cupid's bow. Gently blend in with the flocked side for a smooth finish.
Available in 4 shades:
Iridescent Strobe Light: An illuminating pink powder imparting a soft highlight.
Incandescent Strobe Light: An opalescent pearl powder bestowing a celestial highlight. 
Euphoric Strobe Light: A pearlescent beige powder bestowing a natural highlight.
Brilliant Strobe Light: A shimmering gold powder imparting a lustrous highlight.
One of my greatest surprises was that I actually prefer applying Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Iridescent Strobe Light wet rather than dry. One might surmise that it would create a metallic foiled effect, when, in fact, it creates a more luminous finish. Furthermore, I found that the damp application  accentuated the pale pink hue in the most flattering way.
In the indirect outdoor lighting one can see that it appears to be a cooler pink, but the direct sun transforms it into a less icy pink. It is, in a word, stunning.
HOURGLASS Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Iridescent Strobe Light swatches.
Whether you prefer the dry or wet application, the finish is elegant and luminous.
Soft focus to illustrate its luminosity 
Ingredients: Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Boron Nitride, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecanol, Silica, Dimethicone, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Alumina, Water/Aqua, Benzoic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Diamond Powder, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-7, Polyacrylamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tin Oxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate. May Contain (+/-): Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).
Ambient® Strobe Light Sculptor is, "an innovative highlighting tool uniquely designed to add light and dimension to the face to create a refined, natural highlight. Designed to be used with the Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powders, the dual-ended sculptor features an angled side to fit perfectly on the high points of the face, and a velvety-soft flocked side to soften and blend for the most natural and smooth finish."
The Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor is a wonderful angled sponge made to apply the Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders to the skin either wet or dry, and it is nothing short of a brilliant tool to apply these gorgeous powders. 

Suggested Use:

Sweep angled side of sculptor over Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powder and apply to high points of the face - tops of cheeks, bridge of nose, brow bone and cupid's bow. Can be used wet or dry. To use wet, dampen the angled side. Soften and blend using the flocked side.
Ambient® Strobe Light Sculptor Features:
• Cut at the optimal angle to effortlessly highlight the high points of the face.
• Velvety-soft flocked side softens and blends for a natural, smooth finish.
• Dense texture picks up the perfect amount of highlighting powder to achieve a natural strobing effect. 
• Composed of high-grade, anti-microbial material. 
• Can be used wet for a more intense highlight.
HOURGLASS Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders $38.00 each from HOURGLASSNordstromSpace NKBarneys New YorkSephora and Net-A-Porter.

HOURGLASS Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders $22.00 from HOURGLASSNordstromSpace NKBarneys New YorkSephora and Net-A-Porter

Overall Assessment: HOURGLASS Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Iridescent Strobe Light is just my kind luminescent highlighter. The texture is ultra-luxe, it is gorgeous whether applied wet or dry, and it is unmitigated pale pink perfection. This is one of the very few highlighters in which I am likely to hit the pan. Without hesitation, this earns an A+ from this college professor!

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