Friday, July 1, 2016

PHYTO PARIS Huile Suprême Rich Smoothing Oil | Review

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My mad love of beauty oils extends to oils specifically intended for use on the hair and scalp, and as a person with naturally curly hair, nourishing high quality oils have long been among my most coveted haircare essentials. PHYTO PARIS Huile Suprême Rich Smoothing Oil is a rich oil that deeply nourishes dry hair, tames frizz and fly-aways, and leaves hair ultra-manageable, soft and shiny.  It can be applied to wet or dry hair, and works beautifully whether used before blow frying or air drying. If you have curly hair, as I do, Huile Suprême defines curls to perfection. It has a light and pleasant scent, but it dissipates soon after application.

Huile Suprême Rich Smoothing Oil is Silicone-free, Paraben-free, sulfate-free and Phthalates-free. 99% botanical formula.

According to Phyto:

A rich beautifying oil that delivers sublime nutrition to dry, impossibly thick hair with a bit of devolumization, leaving it smooth, sleek and totally manageable. 99% natural.

Huile Supreme is a rich, beautifying treatment oil that instantly absorbs into the hair while delivering deep down nutrition. The versatile formula can be used prior to blow drying or as a finishing touch to discipline thick and rebellious hair. Just a few drops creates perfectly defined curls and reduces excess volume. 99% natural, silicone-free formula will turn the most unruly hair into healthier, smoother, shinier, more manageable tresses.

How to use: Start with one pump and rub between hands. Apply more if needed. Distribute evenly concentrating on mid-shafts and ends.

• Pre-Blow dry: Apply to towel-dried hair, comb through and blow dry as normal for additional protection.
•Finishing:Work into the ends of the hair to control frizz, smooth and style.
•Touch-up:Apply a drop to ends throughout the day for a touch of shine as needed. Creates beautiful, perfectly defined curls and reduces excess volume. Do not overuse.

Ingredients: Coco-Caprylate, Zea Mays (Corn) Germ Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Alcohol Denat, Squalane, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Lipids, Bixa Orellana Seed Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Flower Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Leaf Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Limonene, Linalool, Coumarin, Geraniol, Tocopherol, Botanical and natural origin.

Overall Assessment:  I love that this is a silicone-free hair oil. and it works so well that it is my most reached-for hair oil. I will definitely buy a replacement bottle as soon as I finish this one.

$40.00 for 3.4 oz. from Phyto, Nordstrom, Sephora, and John Lewis (£26.50) (Affiliate Links).

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Empties Post Volume XLV: June 2016

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I am not entirely sure why June was such a slow month with respect to Empties, but for some reason I 
really did not finish many products compared to previous months. I did, however, manage to finish up several full size products. Here is what I used up:

Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask ($5.99-$9.99 for 6 oz. from NeutrogenaDrugstore.comAmazonWalgreens and Target. Reviewed here): This mask offers dry or over-processed hair intense moisture without leaving it heavy or limp. Whether you have naturally curly hair, colored hair, or hair that you subject to flat irons, blow dryers or curling irons, then this is a great rescue mask to help those traumatized tresses recover.

Neutrogena recommends that  you use it weekly, or as often as needed, and you only need to leave it in for about 5 minutes. I will say, however, that I have left it in for up to an hour, and it leaves my hair silky soft, frizz-free, shiny and remarkably moisturized. It has a light, yet pleasant, scent that seems to fade very quickly. I am picking up another jar on my next trip to the drugstore!

PediSpa Intensive Moisturizing Foot Mask ($9.99 for two pairs from Target. Reviewed here): is an ultra-hydrating foot mask that noticeably softens and moisturizes parched feet, and aids in the repair of cracked and calloused skin. Used in conjunction with the PediSpa Exfoliating Foot Mask, this mighty duo makes feet pedicure and sandal-ready in no-time. 

PediSpa Exfoliating Foot Mask ($9.99 for 1 pair from Target. Reviewed here): is a gentle foot exfoliant in the form of two treatment-filled booties that are worn like socks for the duration of the treatment cycle. This foot mask eliminates calluses and visibly removes dead skin cells within two weeks of use.

Within a few days of use, skin begins to peel away revealing soft and supple skin. This is a more gentle formula than some exfoliating foot masks, but you can amplify the results by soaking your clean feet in warm water for a few minutes to soften up the skin before applying the foot mask to your feet. Furthermore, using the PediSpa Intensive Moisturizing Foot Mask less than a week after the PediSpa Exfoliating Foot Mask helps to accelerate the peel by delivering serious hydration to your feet. 

L'Occitane Peony Shower Gel ($20.00 for 8.4 oz. from L'OCCITANEReviewed here): The scent of the fresh Peonies is neither too sweet, nor is it overpowering, instead it is light, pleasant and refreshing. The Peony Shower Gel is delectably scented and uplifting lathering gel that delights the senses. The formula moisturizes the skin, while gently cleansing, and it leaves it soft and supple. The scent sits close to the skin, but fills that bathroom with an enchanting light floral scent.

TOM FORD Private Blend Café Rose Eau de Parfum ($220.00 for 1.7 oz., $300 for 3.4 oz. and $535.00 for 8.4 oz. from Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Sephora, Bergdorf Goodman, and Neiman Marcus): I loved this scent so much that I purchased a 3.4 oz. bottle that makes me deliriously happy. It is a warm and exotic rose that is so fetching that I basque in it every chance that I get!

TOM FORD asserts,

Convention is abandoned and unexpected ingredients converge with bewitching and intoxicating results. Iconic seasonal flowers open, dropping innocent façades to reveal the subversive beauty and fierce elegance normally kept hidden.

Enticing, exotic, seductive. Café Rose descends into a hidden labyrinth where the finely bred rose gives way to darker pleasures.

Lifetherapy Escape Hand & Body Wash ($24.00 for 12 oz. from Lifetherapy and Open Sky. Reviewed here): This non-stripping hand and body wash leaves skin moisturized, soft, and supple. The fragrance fills the shower and thankfully lingers in the air for a while so that the enjoyment doesn't end when you finish showering. This also works beautifully for shaving legs and underarms!
The scent is a delectable fresh scent that I cannot get enough of!

Frizz Keratin Conditioner sample packets: Not enough use to comment on one way or another.
Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment ($85.00-$175.00 from Nordstrom, Sephora, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. Reviewed here): Kate Somerville's Exfolikate is a seriously powerful exfoliating treatment, it is so effective (and potent) that you only need to leave it on your face for 30 seconds and voilà your skin is smooth and bright, and your pores are deeply cleaned. It is like getting a super effective 30 second facial. I like to apply mine in the shower about 2 times a week to keep my skin in tip top shape. If you have very sensitive skin then this is likely to be too strong, if not irritating, for you. For those with sensitive skin try Exfolikate Gentle instead- you will find it far more gentle. I have tried both and prefer the strength of Exfolikate. This definitely tingles and you may find that your face becomes a bit red after use, but that usually subsides after a few minutes. However, if you find it unpleasant or uncomfortable that is a good indication that the formula is too active for your skin. I already have a replacement tube, it's that good!

RADICAL Skincare Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum ($190.00 for 1 oz. Available from Radical SkincareSpaceNK USSpaceNK UK (£125.00), Barneys New YorkSephoraDermstoreBeauty BarNet-a-PorterBloomingdale's & Harrod's £125.00. Reviewed here): It is a very potent antioxidant rich anti-aging serum that not only protects the skin, but also moisturizes and imparts an unmistakable ethereal glow. The richly packed peptides increase collagen production and the antioxidants work overtime protecting the skin against the damaging effects of free radicals. The Trylacel suspension technology maintains maximum potency of the antioxidants, and that makes Radical Skincare products exceedingly effective.

RADICAL Skincare Youth Infusion Serum ($170.00 for 1 oz. from Radical SkincareSephoraBarneys New YorkSpace NKBloomingdale's, Saks Fifth AvenueDermstoreHarrodsSkin StoreQVCBeauty Expert (UK) and Look Fantastic (US & CA). Reviewed here): This is, without question, one of my most reached for serums because it delivers noticeable results. Conceived to rejuvenate aging skin, this serum, which features plant based stem cells, promotes skin cell turnover without drying the skin, and it simultaneously reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, Algae extract, which boosts collagen production, helps to tighten and lift that has started to become slack. Hyaluronic Acid hydrates the skin and plumps fine lines, while Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice soothes irritated and inflamed skin. The result is ultra-hydrated skin with vastly improved moisture retention, with overall improved skin tone, noticeably lifted skin, and the diminishment in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Furthermore, I noted that my skin was far more radiant, soft and supple.

What did you finish up, give away, toss out or return in June? Were there any dud or praiseworthy products to report? Do tell!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Hair La Vie Revitalize Shampoo and Restore Conditioner for Healthy Tresses | Review

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Having used Hair La Vie's Revive Deep Conditioning Mask (Reviewed here) with great success, I was thrilled to test out Hair La Vie Revitalize Shampoo and Restore Conditioner.  This mighty duo thoroughly cleanses, without stripping, and leaves hair soft, silky and hydrated. After only a couple of uses, I noticed a radical reduction in frizz and fly-aways, an increase in manageability, and a lustrous shine. I neither have damaged, nor thinning hair, and therefore cannot speak to its efficacy in this regard, but I am quite impressed by what this par has done for my hair. The list of ingredients can be found here

According to Hair La Vie,

We've formulated the only natural hair care system that completely rebuilds and protects the health of your hair from outside in, using a rare combination of 21 natural oils, extracts, vitamins, proteins and amino acids.

Revitalize & Restore offers your hair a complete repair that can not be found anywhere else on the market today.

  • Healthier Hair
  • Softer Feel
  • Cleaner Scalp
  • Damage Repair
  • Deep Hydration
  • Frizz Control
  • Helps Prevent Hair Loss
  • No Harsh Sulfates
  • No Parabens
Overall Assessment: I really like this duo, and am very pleased with the way that my looks and feels. Hair La Vie is definitely worth trying.

$49.00 from Hair La Vie (Unaffiliated Links).
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Stowaway Cosmetics Products to Covet | Review and Swatches

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Stowaway Cosmetics is an innovative makeup line that features products that are about half the size of regular makeup. That their products are diminutive in size not only makes them infinitely portable, but also about half the price of normal department store makeup. This indie line offers travel-friendly products that are made small enough to actually finish them up before they expire, and this paradigm shifting thinking is as economical as it is smart. Furthermore, Stowaway Cosmetics is a line free of Parabens and Phthalates, and is also Cruelty-Free and EU compliant.
About Stowaway Cosmetics,

Stowaway was born over breakfast (and too many cups of coffee), when Chelsa Crowley and Julie Fredrickson were comparing makeup bags and venting over never finding the cosmetics they loved in the sizes that better fit their lives. Both were frustrated by the large, heavy items that always expired before they were finished. Julie had what she liked to call a “free gift with purchase problem” and bought sets and subscriptions just so she could get to the sizes she preferred. Knowing they weren’t the only ones fed-up, they decided to create Stowaway.

Luckily, together they had the perfect skillset to create a brand. Chelsa who began her career as a makeup artist, worked in-house at Clinique for many years and more recently worked on editorial and online content for Bobbi Brown. Julie spent her entire e-commerce and entrepreneurial career in digital marketing. They joke that they are the yin to each other's yang and came together to offer smart beauty solutions to women just like them.
Stowaway Radiant Complexion Beauty Balm Cream in Light ($22.00 for .85 oz. from Stowaway Cosmetics): This lightweight and silky-smooth BB Cream not only primes the skin and reduces the appearance of pores and fine lines, but it also moisturizes the skin and makes it look and feel so good! While the coverage is buildable, I tend to prefer to apply less in order for my skin to show thorough. It perfects the appearance of the skin– while maintaining a very natural finish.

This multi-tasking BB cream moisturizes, primes, conceals, and visibly reduces the appearance of pores and fine lines. The best news? You don't need much for flawless skin and if you need a little extra help, add more for buildable coverage.

Available in: Fair, Light (Shown), Medium and Tan.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylyl Methicone, Pentylene Glycol C20-40 Pareth-3, Isocetyl Behenate, Lactobacillus Ferment, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Silica, Dimethicone, Steareth-21, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Isohexadecane, Steareth-2, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Xanthan Gum, Mica, Polysorbate 60, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Adenosine, Aminomethyl Propanol, Ammonium Polyacrylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, 2-Ethylhexanoic Acid, Arachidyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Alumina, +/- May Contain Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
Top to Bottom: Creaseless Concealer in Light & Radiant Complexion Beauty Balm Cream in Light

Stowaway Creaseless Concealer ($16.00 for .15 oz. from Stowaway Cosmetics): This is an ultra-concentrated concealer that effectively conceals under-eye circles, hyperpigmentation and blemishes without an unnatural appearance. The formula hydrates and conditions the skin, and leaves it soft, smooth and supple.

According to Stowaway Cosmetics,

Our creaseless formula effortlessly camouflages discoloration, blemishes, and under-eye circles. It's highly concentrated formula melts into skin and, seriously, a tiny dab goes a long way! Go ahead stay up all night, no one will know.

Coconut oil improves skin texture overtime and keeps skin conditioned. Glycerin and hyaluronic acid naturally attract water to restore moisture and reduce the appearance of dry, damaged skin. Silica naturally absorbs excess oil and reduces the visibility of pores.
Want the best undereye coverage? Try bumping up your shade rather than going too light. Trust us. Looking for a great lipstick base? Add just a smidge to your lips to create the perfect canvas for your lipstick.

Available in: Fair, Light (Shown), Medium and Tan.

Ingredients: Petrolatum, Mica, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Boron Nitride, Triethylhexanoin, Microcrystalline Wax, Silica Silylate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Lauroyl Lysine, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Glyceryl Behenate, Polyglyceryl-6 Octastearate, Methicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance +/- May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
Stowaway Cosmetics Cheek & Lip Rouge in Peony ($15.00 from Stowaway Cosmetics): This multitasking pot rouge has a creamy consistency, it glides across the skin effortlessly, and deposits color evenly. It neither dries skin, nor does it emphasize fine lines or pores. Peony is a gorgeous mid-tone pink that can be sheered out for a subtle wash of color, or built up for intensity. It is available in three shades: Burnt Rose, Peony and Cantaloupe.

According to Stowaway,

One-third the size of an average blush, our pot rouge makes touch-ups in tiny spaces a breeze. This smooth formula softens into a cream at body temperature, giving you buildable color with a silky, matte finish.

Cocoa seed butter, shea butter, and apricot kernel oil are natural emollients to keep your skin softly, conditioned and provide the perfect slip in the formula for easy application. Grape seed oil is a natural antioxidant and was added to soothe your skin.
PRO TIPS: Lightly dab on the apples of your cheek and blend for a flushed, natural look. Try applying on lips for a matte stain or under a coat of gloss for soft color. This cream formula can double as a base under your regular powder blush or can be applied over top of a bronzer for those winter months.
  • Heavily pigmented, buildable color
  • Cream-to-powder finish
  • Doubles as a matte lip stain
Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Mica, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Beeswax, Ozokerite, Tricaprylin, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Isocetyl Stearate, Octyldodecanol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Glyceride, BHT, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol +/- May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), 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).
Stowaway Cosmetics Creme Lipstick in Champagne and Muted Plum ($15.00 from Stowaway Cosmetics): What a gorgeous ultra-hydrating lipstick formula! While it boasts beautiful pigmentation, it has the feel of a highly nourishing balm with the wear of a lipstick. Champagne, the perfect peachy nude, and Muted Plum, a stunning neutral plum, glide across the lips effortless, deposits color evenly, it do not settle into lip lines. Furthermore, they leave lips hydrated, soft and supple. They boast the perfect amount of cushion– making them exceedingly comfortable-to-wear lipsticks, and in spite of their emollience, I get several hours of wear from a single application. Whether you prefer a sheer wash of color, or a more pigmented intense lip, this lipstick delivers.

Available in seven shades: Champagne, Peony (Reviewed here), Scarlet, Fig. Cranberry and Muted Plum.
Top to Bottom: Champagne and Muted Plum

According to Stowaway Cosmetics,

Our highly pigmented, long-wearing cream lipstick delivers smooth color that works as hard as you do. Full of nourishing ingredients that keep your lips hydrated even on the longest day. Our favorite part? It's small enough to go where you go and one swipe will do with this super opaque color.

Formulated with a high percentage of pigments and polymers for intense color and extended wear. Butter derived from wild mango nourishes and moisturizes lips. Added emollients for glide and lip conditioning.

PRO TIPS: One coat will do with this super rich formula. Before applying, add a smudge of concealer to your lips for the ultimate canvas.
  • Highly pigmented
  • Buttery cream formula
  • Extra hydrating
Ingredients: Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Octyldodecanol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polyethylene, Diisostearyl Malate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polybutene, Microcrystalline Wax, Synthetic Beeswax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ethyl Vanillin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Irvingia Gabonensis Kernel Butter, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides +/- May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 6 (CI 15850).
Stowaway Tinted Lips Gloss in Petal, Rosewood and Honey ($8.00 each for .19 oz. from Stowaway Cosmetics): I have always been a lip gloss girl, but I definitely favor non-sticky glosses that are long-wearing, boast the perfect amount of cushion, and have an enviable glimmering shine. Stowaway Tinted Lip Glosses check all of those boxes, and leaves my lips soft, conditioned and moisturized. The colors are gorgeous alone, or are perfection when paired with a lipstick.

Apply one alone for a wash of wearable every-day color, two coats or more for added color pay-off or over lipstick for added shine.

According to Stowaway Cosmetics,

The size of your ring finger our tinted lip gloss pampers & brightens your smile. Infused with rich oils to keep lips soft, healthy and gorgeous, it is made with safety conscious ingredients like coconut oil, vitamin E, and pomegranate oil to deliver superior moisture and protect your lips against damage caused by free radicals.

A gorgeous gloss is a must have for any purse Its ring finger size means you can carry it in the tiniest of clutches or even carry all three colors with you for when your mood requires a change of color! Plus, nothing is worse than the stink of a gloss gone off. With our right-sized tube you will get exactly the amount you need to finish it before it expires! Subscribe so you will always have one on hand. It's never been easier to feel.
  • Coconut oil delivers moisture to your lips
  • Honey pairs well with our Champagne Lipstick, Petal is a terrific accompaniment to Raspberry or Peony while Rosewood is gorgeous on it's own or even over our Burnt Rose Pot Rouge
  • Coconut oil and vitamin E were added to keep your lips hydrated
Left to Right: Tinted Lips Gloss in Petal, Rosewood and Honey
Stowaway Effortless Eyeliner in Spice ($10.00 for .005 from Stowaway Cosmetics): This tiny eyeliner is absolutely the perfect size for carrying in a makeup bag, and it is such a joy to use. Not only does its diminutive size allow for greater control, and a more precise application, but applies effortlessly without any tugging. It glides across the skin with great ease, it deposits color evenly without skipping, and it sets in about 30 seconds– which gives you ample time to work before it sets. I don't have oily eyelids, but once it set it neither migrated, nor did it smudge. Spice is a wonderful brown shade that isn't too red, as are many brown liners, but if you prefer a black liner it is also available in Jet.
According to Stowaway Cosmetics,

Enhance your eyes with our ever-sharp liner that's the size of a q-tip. Our effortless formula glides on smooth and sets in 30 seconds for all-day wear.

Silica provides smooth, tug-free application and smudgeable before it sets. Pigments added for intense color, all-day color.
PRO TIPS: Twist eyeliner to reveal its tip and apply to your upper and lower lash line for definition. Try smudging lash line for a softer smokey look. Don't forget to twist liner down before putting the lid back on!
  • Highly pigmented
  • Smooth, tug-free application
  • Sets in 30 seconds
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polyethylene, Ozokerite, Mica, Octyldodecanol, Synthetic Beeswax, Cyclomethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Lauroyl Lysine, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, +/- May Contain: Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
Stowaway Cosmetics Extreme Lash Mascara ($12.00 from Stowaway Cosmetics): This mascara, which is only available in black, defines and lengthens lashes without any smudging or flaking. The brush effectively separates lashes, and it neither clumps nor does t smear. Furthermore, it contains no irritating fragrance, which often makes my eyes itch, and therefore I can wear it all day long without incident.

According to Stowaway Cosmetics,

The Extreme Lash Mascara is formulated without thickening fibers so the focus is on length. The aqueous consistency pairs perfectly with the silicone brush and together they hug each lash for extreme definition—no lash left behind!

Excellent building ability, from subtle to dramatic lashes, this formula coats each lash with precision and is resist smearing. The deep glossy black color will stay put, even on oily-skin types.

PRO TIPS: Start from the base of your lash line and shimmy the brush back and forth along your lashes. Try waiting 15 seconds before applying a second coat for more impact.
  • Silicone brush hugs each lash for extreme coating power
  • Lengthening, defining, and long-lasting
  • Added film formers make formula resistant to smearing and smudging
  • Paraben, Phthalate, and Gluten-Free
  • Always EU compliant and Cruelty-Free
Overall Assessment: I love that Stowaway Cosmetics creates products that are small enough to finish up, so gorgeous that you actually want to finish them up, and that are such a pleasure to use. I have no doubt that I will finish every single one of these beauties, and that isn't something that I often do with my makeup. If you have yet to try anything from Stowaway Cosmetics, I highly recommend trying out some of their goodies– you won't regret it!

Have you tried Stowaway Cosmetics yet? If so, do you love it? What are your favorite products?

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Monday, June 27, 2016

RIMMEL LONDON Fab Picks for Summer | Review and Swatches

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RIMMEL LONDON remains one of my all-time favorite drugstore lines, and I am such a fan of their products that I often reach for their affordable gems over their luxury department store counterparts. I have put together a collection of some of my favorite RIMMEL LONDON products for the summer season. Whether or not you are new to RIMMEL LONDON, I urge you to take a closer look at this high-quality, high-style line that boasts so many innovative formulas.
RIMMEL LONDON Lasting Finish Primer ($7.99 for 1 oz. from Ulta): If you seek an excellent primer at drugstore prices, then you this is definitely a great choice. It leaves skin so smooth, minimizes the appearance of pores and does an excellent job blurring imperfections. Furthermore, my skin does appear brightened, as RIMMEL suggests. It transforms from white to completely clear once it warms up against the skin. I find that it is quite concentrated, and that only a very small amount is needed for the best results. It really extends the wear-time of my foundation, and even when the weather is warm I can forgo makeup touchups.

According to RIMMEL,

Rimmel's Lasting Finish Primer visibly blurs and minimizes pores and imperfections. This primer helps skin look instantly smoother and appears brightened.

RIMMEL LONDON Fix & Perfect Pro Primer ($7.99 for 1 oz. from Ulta, Kmart and This primer has light pigmentation that evens skin tone, but doesn't alter the color of the skin. It brightens, smoothes out the overall appearance of the skin and mattifies. It also effectively prolongs the wear time of foundation.

According to RIMMEL,

Smoothes. Resurfaces. Brightens. Mattifies. Protects. 5 in 1 results. Skin-perfecting formula for 5-in-1 results: smoothes, resurfaces, brightens, mattifies and protects. Prolongs foundation wear. 

Directions: Apply to clean skin. Wear alone or under foundation.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Talc, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Vinyl Dimethicone, Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, PEG 10 Dimethicone, PEG 10/15 crosspolymer, Magnesium Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Lecithin, Punica Granatum Fruit Juice, Vitis Vinifera Juice (Grape), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Retinyl Palmitate, Sorbic Acid, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Dipropylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Tocopherol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Silica, Dimethyl Silylate, BHT, Butylene Glycol, Sapphire Powder, Palmaria Palmate Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hexylene Glycol.
Left to Right: RIMMEL Lasting Finish Primer and RIMMEL LONDON Fix & Perfect Pro Primer.
NEW RIMMEL LONDON Match Perfection Foundation in 302 Golden Honey ($5.99 for 1 oz.): This foundation, which has an SPF 20, is formulated to provide invisible coverage and visibly perfected skin. It provides a soft focus to blur imperfections, and it leaves skin smooth and hydrated. Golden Honey is a bi too warm and dark for me– therefore I need to test a closer match in order to evaluate the longevity. I will say that it feels wonderful and utterly weightless on the skin.

• Invisible, mistake-proof foundation for visibly perfected & healthier looking skin.
• Weightless, smooth texture blends with skins real tone instead of masking it.
• 24HR moisture complex leaves skin feeling hydrated.
• Soft-focus powers help reduce imperfections, pores & dark circles.
RIMMEL LONDON Match Perfection Foundation in 302 Golden Honey
RIMMEL LONDON Natural Bronzer in Sun Light 021 and Sun Glow 025 ($4.99 from Ulta and Walgreens): If you are seeking a sun kissed glow this summer, then take a look at RIMMEL'S high quality, waterproof Natural Bronzer. It applies smoothly, has buildable coverage and offers a natural sun-kissed glow.
According to RIMMEL,

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 and Sun Shine.
Left to Right: 021 Sun Light and 025 Sun Glow
RIMMEL LONDON Brow This Way Brow Gel ($4.49 each for 0.17 oz. from Ulta): This lightweight brow gel keeps brows in place, adds a definition and fills in brows. I never find that it flakes, but I do find that a lighter hand renders the best results– otherwise it can end up looking artificial.

According to RIMMEL,

Rimmel's lightweight Brow This Way Brow Styling Gel tames and defines your brows whilst maintaining a natural and groomed look. Dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested.

 Perfectly groomed eyebrows in an easy, smooth application
 Defines, fills and fixes brow all day with a tint of shine
 Comfortable lightweight texture

Ingredients: Aqua / Water / Eau, PEG / PPG-8 / 3 Laurate, Polyethylene, Sodium Polyacrylate, Mica, Paraffin, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein / PVP Crosspolymer, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Alcohol Denat., Lauric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium Deceth-5 Sulfosuccinate, Laureth-30, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium Edta, Tocopherol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

RIMMEL LONDON Brow This Way Brow Sculpting Kit in 002 Medium Brown ($4.49 from Ulta): This effective two-step brow kit is easy to use, and delivers polished-looking brows.

Brow This Way Brow Sculpting Kit gives defined high impact brows in three easy steps:
Step 1: With the angled brush apply the wax to define and set your eyebrows
Step 2: With the other side of the brush blend the powder to fill in sparse areas
Step 3: Finish by using the combing brush to perfect your look

Ingredients: Wax: Polybutene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cera Alba / Beeswax / Cire D'abeille, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Cera Microcristallina / Microcrystalline Wax / Cire Microcristalline, Copernicia Cerifera Cera / Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax / Cire De Carnauba, Talc, Mica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alumina, Glycerin. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Powder: Mica, Talc, Dimethicone, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Magnesium Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Silica. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
Rimmel's Brow This Way Brow Sculpting Kit shapes and fills brows for a defined and high impact look. 
Brow This Way Brow Gel in 002 Medium Brown and 001 Blonde
Left to Right: 2 Left Swatches from Brow This Way Brow Sculpting Kit in 002 Medium Brown, Brow This Way Brow Gel in 002 Medium Brown and 001 Blonde.
RIMMEL LONDON Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick ($4.49 from Ulta and Walgreens): 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.

According to RIMMEL, 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.
  • 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 Stay True Shadow 24HR Kohl Kajal Liner in Queens of A Bronzed Age ($8.00 from ASOS): This double-ended eyeshadow and eyeliner features creamy textures that glide across the skin effortlessly, and blend beautifully. The kohl eyeliner and shadow are very pigmented and long-wearing. Furthermore, they are waterproof, transfer-proof and crease-proof.

• Create endless combinations in 2 easy, mistake-proof steps
• Long lasting formula will stay true all day
• Waterproof, crease proof, transfer proof
• Available in three shades
Left to Right: Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in 001 Witness White, 004 Guilty Grey, 014 Bootleg Brown 015, Stay True Shadow 24HR Kohl Kajal Liner in Trespassing Taupe and Queens of A Bronzed Age.
Available ShadesScandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick 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 Super Curler 24 Mascara ($5.99 from Ulta): I am very inconsistent in my use of an eyelash curler, and I was pretty surprised to see that it actually lifted my lashes. On me, it offered a slight curl that I would more apply describe as a lift the widened and opened the appearance of my eyes. It also gave me full and voluminous lashes in one coat without clumping.

According to RIMMEL,

Rimmel's Super Curler Mascara has a formula containing curling and fixing polymers to instantly push up lashes to a perfect 90 degree curve with up to 24 hour hold. The curved, eye-shaped brush lifts lashes up at the root and extends the curl from the tip to give full, curvaceous, clump-free volume. Say bye bye to lash curlers. Dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested.

RIMMEL LONDON Lift Me Up Eye-Widening Volume & Lift Mascara ($8.49 from Ulta, and Target): The first things that I noticed about this mascara was the light cucumber scent and the fantastic hourglass shaped brush. The formula is enriched with Argan Oil to condition the lashes, and it feels lightweight on the lashes. I neither experienced clumping, nor did I experience any flaking.

According to RIMMEL,

Rimmel's Wonderful Wonder'Lash Lift Me Up Mascara is the first mascara that smoothes and defines lashes with zero clump volume, while conditioning with Moroccan argan oil. The conditioning formula adheres instantly and dries quickly. Feels lightweight, soft and flexible so your eye-catching look won't weigh you down. Even after you remove the mascara, lashes feel smooth and conditioned for days.

RIMMEL LONDON Scandalizes XX-treme Mascara ($5.99 from Ulta,, Kmart, Walgreens and 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,

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.
Top to Bottom: Super Curler 24 Mascara, Lift Me Up Eye-Widening Volume & Lift Mascara and Scandalizes XX-treme Mascara.
Left to Right: Super Curler 24 Mascara, Lift Me Up Eye-Widening Volume & Lift Mascara and Scandalizes XX-treme Mascara
RIMMEL LONDON Kate Nudes Lipstick in #045 Rose Nude ($5.79-$9.50 each exclusively at WalmartWalgreensTarget and ASOS): Rimmel London claims that you will get 8 hours of wear out of these lipsticks, but as an avid water and coffee drinker I don't experience that level of longevity. There is also a sheen to these pretty lipsticks that means that there is more transfer to my cup as I sip my water and coffee throughout the day. I will say that the formula feels fantastic and hydrating on my lips, and it boasts excellent pigmentation in a single pass.

These lipsticks have the same fruity scent that Rimmel London Lipsticks are known for, and while I don't find it overpowering– people who prefer fragrance-free lipsticks may want to smell them first to see if it is too much for them.
According to RIMMEL,

Ready to go bare? No one knows better than Kate that neutrals create a gorgeous and understated look, transcending day to night and demure to sexy. What’s more, there is a perfect, flattering nude for Each and Every skin tone – perfect for boosting your natural glamour.

Nude lips are having a major moment. Whether you’re a delicate rose or a caramel beauty, every girl needs the perfect au naturel lipstick. The Nude Collection stars ten new shades of Lasting Finish Lipstick, each carefully created by Kate. The lipstick’s ultra-elegant design makes it a must-have. The soft peach nude pack echoes the shade palette with the Kate signature emblazoned on the cap in chic white.

Up to 8 hours of long lasting nude colour.
There is a nude for every girl! Find your perfect nude.

#040: a pale nude 
#041: a pink nude
#042: an apricot nude
#043: a tan nude
#044: a coral nude
#045: a rose nude (Shown)
#046: an olive nude
#047: a brandy nude
#048: a dark nude
#049: a coffee nude

Add warmth to skin with three pretty nude pink shades: #040, #041 and #042. You’ll love the tan nude hue of shade #043, flattering for girls with warm undertones. Brighten-up your look with coral-hued #044, rose-tinted #045 and olive nude #046. Or give dimension to lips with the brandy, chocolate and coffee tones of #047, #048 and #049. Find your fave then go nude with total confidence and a full-on London attitude. 
Talking about her Nude Collection, Kate says: “I want every girl to feel great in her own skin and find her prefect nude. Makeup is all about having fun and experimenting with both natural looks and red carpet glamour.  But, for this collection, I really wanted to go back to basics, so I have designed a perfect palette of nudes to suit everyone. I think we’ve truly got a shade for every Rimmel girl.”
RIMMEL LONDON Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in 032 Innocent ($6.99 from Ulta): This soft and creamy lipliner offers fantastic pigmentation without bleeding or migrating, and it is the perfect nude neutral to accompany Kate Nudes Lipstick in #046 Rose Nude. It has a mess-free twist-up applicator.

According to RIMMEL,

Rimmel Exaggerate is a soft-textured, automatic lip liner that delivers rich color and precise definition.

Top to Bottom: Kate Nudes Lipstick in #045 Rose Nude over Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in 032 Innocent, Nude over Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in 032 Innocent and Kate Nudes Lipstick in #045 Rose Nude.
Overall Assessment: RIMMEL LONDON is such a great quality line, and their products are proof-positive that the gap between drugstore and luxury brand cosmetics continues to tighten up. It is no exaggeration to state that I really, really love RIMMEL LONDON!

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