Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Rodial Smokey Eye Kit | Review and Swatches

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Longtime readers are aware of my love of Rodial Skincare, but did you know that they also make equally phenomenal makeup?? They do, and Rodial's The Smokey Eye Kit is an amazing starter set to introduce you to their makeup.
RODIAL The Smokey Eye Kit Includes:

GLAMOLASH™ Mascara XXL ($28.00 Value. Full Size. 13ml/0.4 oz): Achieve supercharged volume to the eyelashes with this intense black colour concentration for a more dramatic wide eyed look. With a long-wear formula this ensures eyelashes are maximized from day to night.

Smokey Eye Pen Black ($21.00 Value. Full Size. 1.2g/ 0.04 oz.): Create a bold eye with this kohl eyeliner. With super-rich pigment and gel-effect definition, this long-lasting soft formula can be easily blended to create a dramatic smokey eye.

Sharpener: Custom designed sharpener with dual blade and pull out blade cleaner.

N.B.: The Smokey Eye Kit that I received includes the Instaglam Magic Pen Eye Glow, and that is not part of the Smokey Eye Kit available in the US at Space NK and Rodial. Therefore, I will discuss the Instagram Magic Pen, but will remind you that it is not a part of this set, and has to be purchased separately, if it appeals to you.)
According to Rodial,

Say hello to every glam girl’s ultimate holiday gift; The Rodial Smokey Eye Kit. This kit contains all the essential products to achieve the perfect smokey eye.
GLAMOLASH™ Mascara XXL ($28.00 Value. Full Size. 13ml/0.4 oz): This is a gorgeous, intense black mascara that volumizes lashes without any clumping, smudging or flaking. If you love gorgeous, full lashes– then this is definitely a mascara worthy of your attention.

According to Rodial,

Achieve supercharged volume to the eyelashes with this intense black colour concentration for a more dramatic wide eyed look. With a long-wear formula this ensures eyelashes are maximised from day to night.

Contains beeswax for lash conditioning, carnauba wax for even adherence to prevent clumping and soluable collagen to provide full body to lashes with added shine.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water/ Eau), Synthetic Beeswax, Acacia Senegal Gum, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Cire De Carnauba), Glyceryl Stearate, Polybutene, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Soluble Collagen, Myristic Acid, Arachidic Acid, Behenic Acid, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Oleic Acid, Mel Extract (Honey Extract, Extrait D Miel), Sodium Pca, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Glycogen, Serine, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).
Smokey Eye Pen Black ($21.00 Value. Full Size. 1.2g/ 0.04 oz.): I am obsessed with high quality, classic black eye liner pencils, and this is one of my new favorites! This is a very pigmented, rich black pencil that glides across the skin effortlessly, and it does so without any tugging, pulling or skipping. Furthermore, it deposits color evenly, it does not migrate or bleed, and it is very long-wearing. I have sensitive eyes, and am very pleased to report that this did not irritate my eyes in the least bit. It offers buildable coverage, and once it sets it doesn't budge.

According to Rodial,

Create a bold eye with this kohl eyeliner. With super-rich pigment and gel-effect definition, this long-lasting soft formula can be easily blended to create a dramatic smokey eye.

Tips: Draw generously to the upper and lower lash line and along waterline. Blend the line using the eye smudge brush onto the eyelid and into the outer socket line to create a 'winged' effect for a modern feline flick. Smudge the bottom lash line using the eye smudge brush to create a smokey eye look.

To sharpen the Smokey eye pen, use a makeup sharpener or try our Smokey Eye Pen and Sharpener Black kit.

Ingredients: Isododecane, Synthetic Wax, Hydrogenated Polydicyclopentadiene, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Polybutene, Glyceryl Tribehenate/Isostearate/Eicosandioate, Nylon-12, Polyethylene, Perfluorononyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Synthetic Beeswax, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Carnauba Wax), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).
Instaglam Magic Pen Eye Glow (Not part of The Smokey Eye Kit. $13.00 for 3g./0.10 oz. from Rodial): I have only just begun experimenting with Instaglam Magic Pen Eye Glow, but will say that it most definitely brightens the eyes– particularly when it is blended in the inner corner of the eyes.

According to Rodial,

Fake a good night's sleep with a touch of magic light with this pearly white, creamy texture pencil that blends easily to create a bright eyed wide awake look, helping to erase signs of fatigue. A well known trick used by makeup artists, add to inner corner of eye to add a pop of colour to widen and enlarge their appearance.

Directions: Blend around outer and inner corner of eyes to add brightness. Apply along the waterline to counteract redness and open up the look of eyes. Blend under arches of brows to lift and define their shape.

Ingredients: Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Mica, C10-18 Triglycerides, Octyldodecanol, Silica, Myristyl Lactate, Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Polyglyceryl-2 Oleate, Lauroyl Lysine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbic Acid, C.I. 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).
Swatches Top to Bottom: Instaglam Magic Pen Eye Glow and Smokey Eye Pen Black.
Overall Assessment: A lovely set featuring a very high quality mascara and eye liner that are both a pleasure to use, and are intensely flattering. The Instaglam Magic Pen Eye Glow is a really effective eye brightener that is very flattering, and it will come in handy during the holiday season when I am constantly on the go!

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Aromatherapy Associates London My Treat Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil | Review #GiftGuide

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Aromatherapy Associates My Treat Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil is a delectable luxury bath and shower oil that has the soothing aroma of Rosemary punctuated by citrus and Eucalyptus. By simply adding a couple of caps to your bath, or massaging a few drops onto strategic zones of your body (torso, arms etc.) before stepping into the shower– your senses are enveloped by the many benefits of this otherworldly aromatherapeutic experience. It restores a sense of well-being, balances the bond and body, and soothes muscular tension. The charming Christmas ornament gift box makes this a wonderful stocking stuffer for those hard-to-shop-for people on your holiday list!
According to Aromatherapy Associates London,

Using the purest natural ingredients, Aromatherapy Associates' blends of essential oils calm the mind, balance the emotions and ease strains and muscular tension in the body.

Experience the revitalizing power of nature and wake up to a refreshing blend of grapefruit and rosemary essential oils.

Perfect to use if you struggle with waking up in the morning, or if you are detoxing. Also helps to start your day with a positive frame of mind.
Directions: Indulge in bath time by adding two capfuls to your warm bath or massage a capful onto your torso, focusing on any areas of concern. Cup your hands, bring them to your face and inhale deeply 3 times. Step into a warm shower and enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy.
Overall Assessment: This beautiful little bottle provides the perfect antidote to the frenzy of the holiday season, and it makes a great gift.

$17.00 for 9ml. from Space NK (Affiliate Links).
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Rodial Glam Balm Lip | Review

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It is no secret that I am obsessed with high quality lip balms, and I use them all of the time, but this time of year I use them with far greater frequency. The colder weather can wreak havoc on the lips leaving them dry, chapped and often peeling. While I have many beloved lip balms– from drugstore to luxury brands– I am always on the lookout for more that are covet-worthy. My latest lip balm obsession is the Rodial Glam Lip Balm, and from the moment that this wondrous rose scented balm touched my lips, I knew it was true love.  

Rodial Glam Balm Lip is a medium weight, ultra-hydrating lip balm that utilizes advanced stem cell technology to hydrate, soothe and calm dry, chapped and irritated lips. The Hyaluronic Acid filling spheres plump up and volumize fine lines and retain moisture– leaving lips soft, smooth and supple. Glam Balm Lip has a lovely light sheen– therefore I often use it in lieu of a lip gloss. Applied lightly, this balm serves as a remarkably effective base for lipsticks (Read: this season's on trend matte lipsticks won't dry out your lips if you use this as a base).
According to Rodial,

Delight this Christmas with this beautifully designed tree decoration containing our much loved rose scented lip balm that uses advanced stem cell technology to soothe and hydrate dry chapped lips. Hyaluronic filling spheres volumise and plump up the lips for the perfect pout.

Ingredients: Hydrogenated Polybutene, Diisostearyl Malate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Olus (Vegetable) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Synthetic Wax, C10-30 Cholesterol/ Lanosterol Esters, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Aroma (Flavor), Phenoxyethanol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Aqua (Water), Mica, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Tocopherol, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Isomalt, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hexylene Glycol, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Beta-Carotene, Rhododendron Ferrugineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Lecithin, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ci 75470 (Carmine), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.
Overall Assessment: I love this lip balm, and recommend it to anyone looking for a new ultra-hydrating balm that plumps fine lines, and leaves lips soft, supple and silky smooth. If you love the scent of roses, then this balm will be a feast to your senses. 

$16.00 for 0.35 oz. from Space NK (Affiliate Links).
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light and Ambient Lighting Edit Brush | Review


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Given my considerable penchant of HOURGLASS Cosmetics, I was utterly gleeful when I received the spectacular HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light and Ambient Lighting Edit Brush. I have many products from their iconic Ambient Lighting range, and this does not disappoint!

HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Edit - Surreal Light (Limited Edition Holiday 2016. $80.00 for 0.30 oz. from Space NK) is an utterly stunning limited edition face palette that features a highlighting powder, two blushes, a bronzer and a finishing powder. Each of the powders is ultra-finely milled, and they glide across the skin effortlessly, deposit color evenly, and they neither settle into fine lines, nor do they emphasize pores. Furthermore, this palette features all new shades made expressly for this limited edition holiday palette, and therefore you don't need to be concerned about the potential of unwanted repromotes.

The palette is elegant and subtle, and imparts the perfect luminous glow. This is definitely one of my favorite palettes from HOURGLASS, and it is a dream for fair to medium complexions. I am also smitten with the faux Carrara Marble compact in which it is housed!
According to Space NK,

Discover the most covetable Ambient light yet. Introducing Surreal Light – a sheer nude powder evoking the magic hour of perfect lighting where the sun brings the softest, most flattering glow to the complexion. These never-before-released shades of powder, bronzer, blushes and highlighter are available exclusively this holiday season.
Closeup:
Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light contains 5 exclusive shades:

Surreal Light: "a sheer nude powder evoking the magic hour of perfect lighting." I would describe it as a light, and nearly translucent golden beige with ultra-fine gold shimmer. It is intended as a setting, or finishing powder, and it effectively blurs imperfections.

Surreal Bronze Light: "a neutral tan shade fused with Surreal Light, for a subtle, natural warmth." This is a beautiful ethereal bronzer that is a neutral-leaning rosy brown with a refined and subtle golden shimmer. Unlike many bronzers that oxidize into an unflattering orange shade, this one remains both try and stunning. It offers buildable coverage, but I tend to prefer wearing it lightly.

Surreal Glow: "a pale peony pink blush mixed with Surreal Light for a delicate flush." This is a spectacularly beautiful warm peach that has a luminescent satin finish. It is semi-buildable blush that gives skin a natural glow from wishing effect.

Surreal Effect: "a cool, pink rose fused with a soft, warm peach for a pop of flattering color." Surreal Effect is a beautiful, cool pink blush with an undercurrent of coral. Depending on the veining in your palette, you may find that yours could lean more pink, or more coral, but I found that I had enough of each that I could easily use them independently or blend them. The satin finish offers enough luminosity to create a lovely glowing effect.

Surreal Strobe Light: "a glimmering peach powder imparting an alluring highlight." This is a lovely warm-leaning golden peach highlighter with subtle golden shimmer. I found that this shade runs sheer, and isn't very buildable, but that doesn't bother me in the least because the more subtle the effect, the more natural and healthy the glow.
Click to enlarge ingredients list.
Left to Right:  Surreal Light (Finishing Powder), Surreal Glow (Blush), Surreal Effect (Blush), Surreal Bronze Light (Bronzer) and Surreal Strobe Light (Strobe Powder).
Note the luminosity in each of the powders as the light shifts
Directions:
• Finish: Apply Surreal Light finishing powder all over the face.
• Bronze: Contour along the temples, hollows of the cheeks, and jawline with Surreal Bronze Light.
• Blush: Apply Surreal Glow to the apples of the cheeks for a delicate flush of colour.
• Blush: Layer Surreal Effect to the apples of the cheeks for a brighter pop of colour.
• Highlight: Apply Surreal Strobe Light to the high points of the face – tops of cheeks, bridge of nose, brow bone and cupid’s bow. Can be used wet for a more intense highlight.
HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Edit Brush ($46.00 from Space NK) is a two phenomenal brushes in one that was created to use in conjunction with the Ambient Lighting Edit. The synthetic, Cruelty-Free brushes are the perfect size to fit in this palette, and boast the perfect shapes for flawless application. Both brush heads are soft enough to feel heavenly against the skin, but are firm enough to pick up and lay down pigment effortlessly and flawlessly.

According to HOURGLASS,

A multi-tasking brush featuring two versatile brush heads that can be used for an array of products including powder, blush, bronzer and highlighter. This double-ended brush can be used with powder, cream and liquid formulas for the most flawless finish. Perfectly-sized to be used with the Ambient® Lighting Edit.

Key Benefits:
• The rounded end is ideally shaped for applying finishing powder and adding bronzer to the temples and hollows of cheeks, while the tapered side is shaped to flawlessly apply blush and highlighter.
• Features PETA-approved, high-grade, ultra-soft Taklon bristles.
• Weighted metal handles provide control for effortless blending and application.
• Perfectly sized to work with all Ambient® Lighting Palettes and travel-sized compacts.

 To Clean: Gently clean brush with mild soap and water. Lay flat to dry
Overall Assessment: This is my favorite face palette of the season, and perhaps of the entire year. It is perfect for fair to medium complexions, and delivers on the high quality that one expects from HOURGLASS Cosmetics. I also find the brush to be the perfect accompaniment to this palette in part because of the high quality, but also because the heads are perfectly sized for this palette. For me this is a homer, and definitely a palette worth having before its limited edition status makes it disappear. The video below demonstrates how best to use this lovely palette, and I urge you to watch it if you are thinking about purchasing this palette, or just want to learn some great tips!

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Nerium Age-Defying Eye Serum | Review

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Nerium’s Age-Defying Eye Serum, is described as an "advanced, multifunctional age-fighting Eye Serum" that was formulated to deliver a range of short and long-term benefits.It contains SIG-1191, a proprietary ingredient, that is described as a super antioxidant skin hydrator that was specifically developed to target the signs of aging around the eyes.
Nerium Age-Defying Eye Serum is formulated to reduce the appearance of fine lines around the eyes, and to combat the appearance of dark circles and puffiness with continued use. 
Suggested Directions: 
Use Nerium Eye Serum twice each day, apply in the morning and in the evening. After cleansing your skin, place one pump of the eye serum on your finger and apply gently around your eye area. After applying, the serum will begin to attach to the skin and fill your fine lines.
After several seconds of product application, allow it to dry for 30 seconds.  Make sure the serum is dry before applying makeup.  Smooth makeup around your eyes and use a fingertip to blend it in.
This lightweight serum immediately hydrates the delicate skin under the eyes, and I noticed that it softened the appearance of fine lines. I generally do not get under-eye puffiness, unless I don't get enough sleep, but I did try this serum one morning when I did awaken to puffiness, and it did reduce the swelling. I periodically get dark under-eye circles, and while this serum did not eliminate them, it did soften their appearance.

According to Nerium,

Nerium Eye Serum ingredients contain SIG-1191™, developed by a Princeton University professor. SIG-1191 is an exclusive, patent-pending ingredient that hydrates the skin and provides benefits as an antioxidant. Nerium Eye Serum also contains I-FLI4R™, created from white lily and Brazilian ginseng. This exclusive ingredient works to lessen the presence of dark circles, puffy skin and fine lines around the eyes.

Select Ingredients and their attributes:

  • Aloe barbadensis leaf juice: Highly emollient and a well-known source of moisture and hydration.
  • Advanced peptides: Support the skin’s natural collagen and elastin, which helps skin look fuller and plumper.
  • Caffeine: Helps stimulate circulation.
  • Jojoba esters: Lightweight, natural moisturizer for long-lasting hydration.
  • Green tea: A well-known antioxidant that guards against environmental damage.
  • Sodium hyaluronate: Naturally present in the skin, binds water to the skin to aid in volume and firmness.
  • Vitamin E: An antioxidant that helps protect the skin from free radicals.
  • Vitamin C: A vitamin known for its antioxidant and skin-brightening properties.

Nerium Age-Defying Eye Serum is free of parabens, colorants, dyes, DEA, propylene glycol and fragrance.
Overall Assessment: I will need to use this eye serum longer to determine the extent of the long-term benefits, but I like what I see so far. 

$60.00 for 0.3 oz. from Nerium (Unaffiliated Links).
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Monday, December 5, 2016

TATCHA Ready For Glamour Limited Edition Set | Details and Review #TATCHA #GiftGuide

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If you are seeking a beautiful, ultra-luxe skincare set for yourself, or someone on your holiday gift list, then the TATCHA Ready for Glamour Limited Edition Set is worthy of your consideration. I have used all of the products in this gift box, and love each of them tremendously. TATCHA has also included a very elegant folding mirror that is perfect for travel or your vanity.
According to TATCHA,

Create a perfect canvas for your glamorous look this holiday season. The Firming Eye Serum gives eyes a brightening boost while the set of Deep Hydration Masks gives you a lifted look. Our beloved Dewy Skin Mist works under and over makeup for a luminous complexion anytime, anywhere. Our Ready for Glamour Set is complete with a washi-wrapped mirror that can be set to stand or folded flat for easy travel.
Detail of the gorgeous gift box
This set includes:
  • LUMINOUS Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum ($95.00 for 0.50 oz. Reviewed HERE)
  • LUMINOUS Dewy Skin Mist ($48.00 for 1.35 oz. Reviewed HERE)
  • LUMINOUS Deep Hydration Lifting Masks ($95.00 for a Set of 4. Reviewed HERE)
  • Limited Edition Tatcha Fold-up Mirror 
TATCHA LUMINOUS Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum (Reviewed HERE): is a lightweight and fast absorbing serum that delivers immediate hydration, reduces the appearance of fine lines, reduces puffiness, and visibly lifts and firms skin. The Okinawa Red Algae, Honeysuckle Leaf and Caffeine visibly firm the skin while reducing puffiness, and at the same time this combination plumps fine lines, and delivers intense hydration.

The innovative cooling ceramic tip applicator, in conjunction with the fine dust of 23-karat gold, serve to "brighten and diminish shadows under the eyes without adding shimmer." When I haven't gotten enough sleep, I periodically awaken to puffy eyes, and massaging this area with the ceramic tip and serum has an immediate, and sustained, cooling effect that radically diminishes puffy eyes.
While this is a serum, I find that it delivers enough hydration that I don't actually need to use an eye cream, but if your skin is particularly dry you may want to use an eye cream as well. This serum leaves my skin lifted, fine lines diminished, puffiness eradicated, and skin is left with a pronounced clarity and luminosity. It is an utterly superb eye serum that delivers real results, and is such a great pleasure to use.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Peg-400, Squalane (Olive Origin), Sericin (Silk Extract), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Origanum Majorana Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Leaf Extract, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate (Licorice), Caffeine, Royal Jelly Extract, Thymus Serpillum Extract, Gold, Algae Extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Inositol (Rice Extract), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lysine, Natto Gum, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta, Sorbitan Stearate, Dimethicone, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate, Carbomer, Mica, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Behenyl Alcohol, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol. Formulated without: Parabens, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, sulfate detergents, urea, DEA, TEA or phthalates.

TATCHA LUMINOUS Dewy Skin Mist (Reviewed HERE): Among TATCHA'S wildly popular products is their LUMINOUS Dewy Skin Mist, and once you try it you will not ever want to be without it! This is no ordinary misting spray, but instead it is a silky smooth lightweight liquid moisturizer. When misted on the face it offers the perfect veil of moisture, soothing hydration, and a gorgeous otherworldly luminosity.

In order to use LUMINOUS Dewy Skin Mist you simply shake the elegant bottle and then spray the semi-opaque milky emulsion. The soothing fine mist is so pleasant to use that you might be tempted to use it more often than needed, but it feels so amazingly hydrating and calming that I use it every single time that the spirit moves me. There is no need to be concerned that it contains alcohol and that it will be drying as a result-- the alcohols used are employed as emulsifiers and do not dry out the skin, and as TATCHA asserts this product is ideal for dry and combination skins. While it is perfection for my combination skin, I have a very good friend with dry skin who has made the pronouncement that this is one of her all-time Holy Grail products because it keeps her skin glowing and perfectly hydrated.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Squalane (Olive Origin), Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Triethylhexanoin, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil,  Inositol (Rice Extract), Algae Extract, Sericin (Silk Extract), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil,  Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Red Algae) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Thymus Serpillum (Thyme) Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, PPG-5-ceteth-10 Phosphate, Trideceth-12, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sorbitan Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Fragrance (Natural), Sodium Hyaluronate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol.
Formulated without: Parabens, Mineral Oil, Synthetic Colors, Synthetic Fragrances, Sulfate Detergents, Urea, DEA, TEA or Phthalates.

TATCHA LUMINOUS Deep Hydration Lifting Masks (Reviewed HERE): The TATCHA LUMINOUS Deep Hydrating Lifting Mask is nothing short of amazing. You simply apply it to clean, dry skin, massage the remaining serum into my skin while the mask is still on your face, and then remove it after 15 minuted. Once removed, I squeeze out the last bits of serum from the mask, discarded the mask itself, and then massage it into my neck and d├ęcolletage. Not only is my skin left indescribably luminous, but it also appears more even-toned, and my fine lines are plumped. Skin and left it so soft, supple and luminous! Use this mask before any special event, or whenever you want to see your skin at its very best. I am truly astounded by the results.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Alcohol, PPG-6-Decyltetradeceth-20, Inositol (Rice Extract), Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Eicosanedioate/Tetradecanedioate,  Polyglyceryl-10 Isostearate, Chondrus Crispus (Red Algae) Extract, Fragrance (Natural), Sericin (Silk Extract), Xanthan Gum, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Algae Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Thymus Serpillum Extract, Phenoxyethanol. Formulated without: Parabens, Mineral Oil, Synthetic fragrances, Sulfate Detergents, Urea, DEA, TEA or Phthalates.
Overall Assessment: This is a fantastic gift for those hard-to-shop-for people on your list, and it is a great gift for yourself. Furthermore, it is a great value because you are receiving all four items for the cost of the LUMINOUS Deep Hydration Lifting Masks and LUMINOUS Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum. Therefore the LUMINOUS Dewy Skin Mist, Fold-up Mirror and elegant gift box are essentially gifts with purchase.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Makeup Wars! My Favorite Concealers

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When the Makeup Wars! team decided to feature each of our favorite concealers, I knew it was time to revisit some of my old favorites, and to see whether any of my recently acquired concealers would make it onto my short list of favorites. After tremendous deliberation, I narrowed the list down to six of my all-time favorites. I should also note that the holiday season is the perfect time to pull out your concealers, or find a new one that is more effective– especially given the amount of time that we spend socializing, indulging in excesses, and often losing sleep given all of the holiday reverie.

Concealers are, quite possibly, the greatest unsung heroes that pull together every makeup look. They  conceal dark under eye circles, hide pimples, cover up sunspots, and make broken capillaries disappear. Furthermore, they even-out overall skin tone and camouflage discoloration. In short, a good concealer can address a plethora of skin concerns, but finding the right one can be a challenge. On the one hand, there seems to be an abundance of concealers that dry out the skin, and make it appear crepey and aged (no thank you), and on the other hand, there are many that are so emollient that they seem to slip right off of the face. Both types can settle into fine lines, and can emphasize pore size– therefore finding the right one can become an expensive trial and error venture.
Personally, I have spent years trying to find the perfect concealer that looks like skin, rather than like concealer, and frankly all too many of them really look like the concealer is wearing you rather than doing its job to hide or blur imperfections.

One of the best things that you can do to assure a good skin tone match, particularly with under eye concealers, is to be sure to avoid selecting a concealer that is too light because it will give you the much-dreaded raccoon eyes. Concealers that are too dark may neutralize discoloration, but they will also stand out like a sore thumb. Choose a color that matches your skin tone in order for it to blend effortlessly with the rest of your face.  If you have serious discoloration that needs to be camouflaged, then invest in specifically targeted color correcting concealers, and then blend your skin toned concealer on top to create a natural finish.

I tend to apply concealers with my ring fingers, but periodically use a nice and soft synthetic brush. One of the chief benefits to using your fingers is that you can warm the concealer up between your fingers which enhances its emollience, and it makes it glide across the skin without pulling or tugging. If your under eye area tends to be quite dry, then apply a touch of eye cream or a beauty oil to your skin a few seconds before applying your concealer to prep the skin. When my skin is dehydrated, I add a tiny amount of one of my favorite face oils to the tip of one finger and mix it with my concealer before applying it to my under eye area. This not only adds needed moisture, but it also gives the skin a gorgeous ethereal glow.

Here are my current favorite concealers:
Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser Dark Circle Concealer: This lightweight liquid-like concealer has a silky-smooth texture that lightly illuminates the skin and effectively brightens the eye area. It offers buildable coverage, and a lovely natural finish. It is also said to gradually fade the blue tone of dark circles, and that it moisturizes eyelids. N.B.: I have been using this concealer for years, and it is becoming very difficult to find, but it is still available at Neiman Marcus.
Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick: The TOM FORD Traceless Foundation Stick is a great foundation, and it makes a fantastic concealer. In fact, it offers buildable coverage with a flawless, semi-dewy natural finish, and it is lightly hydrating. As a concealer, it radically diminishes the appearance of imperfections, and it neither settles into fine lines, nor does it migrate. The soft and creamy texture lends itself to finger application for perfect coverage.
Susan Thompson Cosmetics Concealer Pot (Reviewed HERE): Susan Thompson Cosmetics Concealer Pot is a luxuriously silky-smooth cream concealer that offers full opaque coverage, but can easily be sheered out when less coverage is desired. It has a natural nearly matte finish that doesn't announce that you are wearing a concealer, as many do. It spreads across the skin without tugging, and doesn't settle into fine lines. It can be applied with a finger or with a synthetic brush, and both ways offer a perfect finish. I am able to get all day wear out of a single application, but it may also be set with a finishing powder to increase its staying power. Not only do I get the perfect natural finish with this concealer, but it neither irritates my eyes, nor does it ever give me milia. Rather than drying my skin out, I actually find that this concealer imparts a bit of added moisture without being so emollient that it undermines its ability to adequately conceal.
IT Cosmetics Eyelift in A Tube (Reviewed HERE): IT Cosmetics Eyelift In A Tube is Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer & Hello Light Liquid Brightener in one. It is a full coverage, anti-aging concealer and brightener that corrects imperfections and eradicates dark circles. If you are prone to dark circles, like me, then you will absolutely love this concealer/luminizer duo. I like to use apply a few light dots of the Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer under my eyes, and then I gently blend. Once blended, I add a dot of the Hello Light Liquid Brightener to my dark circles, and they magically disappear. Furthermore, the brightener creates that highly sought-after healthy subtle glow from within. The overall effect is natural, and my eyes look refreshed, luminous and free from dark circles.
It also contains key ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, niacin and vitamins C, A, & E that nourish and hydrate the skin.
Osmosis Age Defying Treatment Concealer in Silk (Reviewed HERE) is a revelation in concealers, and it is unquestionably one with which I am obsessed. It is a two-sided concealer with a moisture stick on one end and the concealer on the other. One simply has to lightly apply the balm to hydrate and plump the delicate skin around the eyes (and the lips for that matter), and it serves as a perfect base for the concealer. The concealer boasts buildable coverage, and maintains a natural finish– even when built up for maximum opacity. I simply apply the balm sparingly, slow it to melt into my skin, and then I apply the concealer. The antioxidant-rich formula nourishes and hydrates the skin, and efficiently covers dark circles and any other imperfections that you seek to conceal (on the face or body).

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Concealer (Not pictured above because I forgot it at a friend's house out-of-town. Reviewed HERE): Maifanshi Moisture Concealer is a lovely moisturizing concealer that offers many color correcting possibilities to conceal dark circles, spots, and unsightly blemishes. The three shades can also be custom blended to create the perfect color match with a natural slightly dewy finish. It does have the obvious limitation that it will only work for pale and medium complexions- a true pity since this formula is so lovely and would appeal to a great many more people.

As a person who often gets dark circles, I first apply the dark shade to that area (either with a concealer brush or with my finger) and blend it in. If I am particularly tired I do often have to apply a second layer and blend it until the dark circles are neutralized. The concealer is very creamy and spreads very easily without any tugging or pulling, and it offers buildable coverage. Afterward I mix the three colors and apply it to the remainder of my under eye area until I achieve just the right color so as to look natural.

I find that the Moisture Concealer does not crease, fade, or settle into fine lines on me, but your mileage may vary. Many concealers dry out my under eye area, and then they look unnatural with a terrible flaky finish. but this is not at all the case with Moisture Concealer thanks to the Shea Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil, Perilla Ocymoides Seed Oil and Olive Squalane.

What are your concealer tips? Do you have any favorite concealers that you can't live without?
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