Thursday, June 20, 2024

Lord & Berry Fixer Brow Pencil Review

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Lord & Berry Fixer Brow Pencil is an effective and easy to use brow wax that sets brows in place while conditioning them. It is clear, and therefore universal for all brow shades. Lord & Berry asserts that their Fixer Brow Pencil keeps brows in place for up to 24 hours, and while I did not time it I will say that my brows stayed in place all day and all evening.
According to Lord & Berry,

FIXER Brow Pencil is a clear, universal brow wax fixer formula that shapes and styles your eyebrows. Its gel-gliding texture with soft application and natural matte finish creates immediately styled and conditioned brows that stays in place up to 24 hours. Use a spoolie brush to blend the texture and set eyebrows in place. The product is hypoallergenic. It doesn’t contain mineral oil and is paraffin, paraben and fragrance free. It’s vegan and clean.

Features:

  • The spoolie brush blends the texture and sets eyebrows in place
  • Hypoallergenic and does not contain mineral oil 
  • Paraffin-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free.
  • Vegan and clean

Directions:  Brush you brow hair up vertically with the spoolie end. Use the point to define and shape the contour of your brows. Once brows are shaped, blend with spoolie brush to achieve your desired look.

Ingredients: Dimethicone, synthetic wax, octyldodecanl, polybutene, synthetic flourphlogopite, cetearly Behenate, disteardimonium hectorite, sorbitan, olivate, propylene carbonate, synthrtic beeswax, pentaerythrityl tretra-di-t-butyl.

Overall Assessment: If you have unruly brows, and you require a brow gel or wax, this one is definitely worthy of your consideration. It has definitely tamed mine!

$28.00 for 1.2 gr / 0.042 oz. from Lord & Berry and eCosmetics (Affiliate Links). Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE COMING SOON!

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If you are a Nordstrom shopper, like me, then you probably wait to do many of your purchases during their Anniversary Sale. Shop online starting at 12:01am ET, the first day you're eligible to shop. Preview starts June 27 at noon ET. More details about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale can be found HERE.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

HH Science Needle Free Serum Review

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HH Science Needle Free Serum is formulated to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by plumping and softening them. I cannot compare its efficacy to that of fillers– because I have never sought out fillers– but I can say that this serum does temporarily plump the skin and therefore decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic Acid plumps fine lines and offers serious hydration, and HH Science asserts that regular use improves/reactivates collagen and elastin synthesis. Niacimide is known to help reduce inflammation and the appearance of hyperpigmentation, as well as improving the overall texture of the skin, and therefore it works quite well in conjunction with Hyaluronic Acid. 

This clear serum has a watery consistency, it has no aroma, and it melts into the skin immediately. While I do not have deep wrinkles, I do I have some expression lines, and I definitely note a softening and plumping effect in those areas after using this serum for about 1 1/2 weeks. I apply it to my face and neck once a day, and as directed I avoid the eye area. My skin is left plumped, hydrated and luminous.

According to HH Science,

This advanced formula contains a powerful proline lysine copper complex, Hyaluronic Acid, and Niacinamide to fight against visible signs of aging and may improve the look of youthful skinThe revolutionary combination of ingredients delivers equivalent results to one injection of collagen filler in just two weeks of regular use by reactivating collagen and elastin synthesis.

Claims:

  • Reduces wrinkle appearance and volume by 15% in only 2 weeks
  • Firmness increased by 13 times in 15 days
  • A painless, topical alternative to Injectable fillers and toxins
  • 190% Increase in elastin production after 11 days
  • 179% Increase in collagen I production, and 194% Increase in collagen Ill production after 11 days
  • 85% increase in hyaluronic acid synthesis
  • 50% decrease in skin laxity after 28 days
  • Improvements sustained after two months of treatment
  • 80% inhibition of MMP enzyme activity (types 1 and 2)
  • Improves the skin's barrier function and shows a reduction in the appearance of rosacea over a 12-week period

Directions: Apply 4 to 5 drops onto your fingers and smooth over the face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Allow absorbing before applying additional products that can be used twice a day or as directed by a physician.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Methyl Glucoside Phosphate Proline Lysine Copper Complex, Glycosaminoglycans, Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Leaf/Stem Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Glucosamine HCl, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA.

Overall Assessment: I really like the way that this serum plumps fine lines and leaves my skin hydrated and luminous. As noted, I can't compare its efficacy to that of fillers since I have never tried fillers, but I like the way my skin looks and feels after using this serum, and I assure you that I will use this bottle down to the last drop.

$169.00 for 1 oz. from HH Science (Unaffiliated Links). Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.

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Monday, June 17, 2024

Denman Style & Shine Brush in Pink Crush Review

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I have loved Denman brushes since I was a teenager, and I have the same love for my most recent brush from this iconic UK brand. The Denman Style & Shine Brush in Pink Crush is a wonderful brush composed of natural boar bristles punctuated by nylon bristles. It feels exceptionally good against the scalp, it effortlessly detangles hair and it is lightweight– yet sturdy– in the hand. It magically smooths the hair and leaves it manageable and shiny. I am not at all sure how this is possible, but somehow it is– even on my naturally curly hair.

According to Denman,

The Style & Shine Brush is a cushion brush strategically filled with a mix of natural bristle and 'porcupine effect' nylon quill for excellent shaping and conditioning. It detangles whilst smoothing and polishing adding a healthy shine to your locks. This high-quality tool is lightweight with a perfectly balanced handle for everyday use. Ideal for use on dry hair, wigs, and hair extensions. Perfect for creating smooth preventative hairstyles like braids or a snatched bun
Features:
  • Detangle & shine
  • Plastic body, natural boar bristles and synthetic bristles
  • Adds gloss & shine to the hair
  • Gently detangles & smooths
  • Air cushioned pad
  • Light-weight balanced handle
  • Available in Pink Crush and Black
  • The synthetic bristles are safe to use on hair extensions and wigs
  • 8.62" x 2.44" x 1.54"
  • Made in the UK
Overall Assessment: This is an excellent brush, and it's quite affordable given its seemingly magical abilities. 

$29.95  from Denman, AmazonUlta and Nordstrom (Affiliate Links). Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.

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Saturday, June 15, 2024

The Beauty Spotlight Team Mid-June Week in Review

Lord & Berry Jamais! Sheer Lipstick in Sweet Talk is the perfect peachy pink shade for summer, and Lola's Secret Beauty Blog is completely obsessed with this beauty!

The Summer Solstice is this week and it's hot already in Detroit, Michigan, where Angie from Your True Self Blog lives. It's time to check out her style tips and outfit ideas for how to look cool in the heat of summer wherever life takes you!
 
Pamela from Style Yourself Confident says: linen pants are my summer heroes!  Linen (or linen blend) pants are ready to be mixed and matched for every eventuality and they work in every climate!

Barbie's Beauty Bits shares how HydraFacial Keravive, a specialized treatment focuses on cleansing, stimulating, and nourishing your scalp and hair follicles, promotes healthier-looking hair.
 
Lemons are packed with vitamin C and other nutrients that can contribute to a healthy, glowing complexion. Beauty After Forty discusses the 5 amazing benefits of drinking lemon water for the skin.

Friday, June 14, 2024

Lord & Berry Jamais! Sheer Lipstick in Taboo Review and Swatches

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Lord & Berry Jamais! Sheer Lipstick in Taboo, which is described as a Berry Pink-Red, is an ultra-emollient pinkish-red, or reddish-pink lipstick, that feels fantastic on the lips. It has a very creamy consistency, a high shine finish and it is very pigmented. While it is described as sheer, it provides ample color saturation and offers sheer to medium coverage. It glides across the lips with effortlessly, deposits color evenly and it doesn't migrate when I wear it. It is cruelty-free and made in Italy. While it lists fragrance among its ingredients, I neither detect a smell nor a taste.

In the tube, you would think that this was a classic tomato-red lipstick, but once it is swatched the color undergoes a visual metamorphosis.

According to Lord & Berry,

Jamais! Sheer Lipstick is a lightweight lipstick that delivers extremely comfortable, sheer to medium buildable coverage and a mirror-like shine finish. This high-shine sheer lipstick with smooth and creamy provides brilliant and super-pigmented lip color while taking care of your lips. Jamais! is enriched with Sunflower Oil that provides long-lasting moisture and nourishment to your lips. The shade range is designed to complement all skin tones. Jamais! Sheer Lipstick is paraben free, silicone D4/D5 free.

Against the Double Delight Rose, Taboo appears to be a plummy-red shade, but see its transformation against the white Iceberg Rose below.
In the tube, the bullet looks more like a warm tomato red– especially when photographed against the white Iceberg Rose.

Features and Claims:

  • Creamy and emollient texture.
  • Sheer to medium coverage formula with a wet shiny finish.
  • Tocopheryl nicotinate ensures a plumping effect.
  • Sunflower oil helps to achieve the smoothest finish possible.
  • Lightweight triglyceride delivers true comfort and emolliency.
  • Paraben-free, silicone-free, D4 or D5-free.
Once swatched, the pink undertone comes through, and it clearly isn't a tomato red as the bullet would suggest.

Ingredients: Octyldodecanol, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Polybutene, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer Polyethylene, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Triisodecyl Trimellitate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Mica, Phytosteryl Isostearate, Propylene Carbonate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables Tocopheryl Nicotinate, Parfum (Fragrance), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Dicalcium Phosphate, Bht, Linalool, Limonene, Tin Oxide May contain - Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 42090 (Blue 1), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5), Ci 15985 (Yellow 6), Ci 15850 (Red 6), Ci 15850 (Red 7), Ci 45410 (Red 28).

Overall Assessment: This is such a gorgeous, and inherently wearable, pink-red lipstick. I am in love with the formula, and can hardly wait to try more shades from the Lord & Berry Jamais! Sheer Lipstick collection. A+

$28.00 for 0.14 oz. from Lord & Berry, Macy's and Amazon (Affiliate Links). Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Lord & Berry Jamais! Sheer Lipstick in Hypno Review and Swatches

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Lord & Berry Jamais! Sheer Lipstick in Hypno, which is described as a Gentle Plum, is an ultra-emollient refined cool plum lipstick that feels fantastic on the lips. It has a very creamy consistency, a high shine finish and it is very pigmented. While it is described as sheer, it provides ample color saturation and offers sheer to medium coverage. It glides across the lips with effortlessly, deposits color evenly and it doesn't migrate when I wear it. It is cruelty-free and made in Italy. While it lists fragrance among its ingredients, I neither detect a smell nor a taste.

According to Lord & Berry,

Jamais! Sheer Lipstick is a lightweight lipstick that delivers extremely comfortable, sheer to medium buildable coverage and a mirror-like shine finish. This high-shine sheer lipstick with smooth and creamy provides brilliant and super-pigmented lip color while taking care of your lips. Jamais! is enriched with Sunflower Oil that provides long-lasting moisture and nourishment to your lips. The shade range is designed to complement all skin tones. Jamais! Sheer Lipstick is paraben free, silicone D4/D5 free.

In the tube, the bullet looks more like a blue-based red, but once swatched its plummy shade emerges.

Features and Claims:

  • Creamy and emollient texture.
  • Sheer to medium coverage formula with a wet shiny finish.
  • Tocopheryl nicotinate ensures a plumping effect.
  • Sunflower oil helps to achieve the smoothest finish possible.
  • Lightweight triglyceride delivers true comfort and emolliency.
  • Paraben-free, silicone-free, D4 or D5-free.
Note the luminosity in the swatch.

Ingredients: Octyldodecanol, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Polybutene, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer Polyethylene, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Triisodecyl Trimellitate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Mica, Phytosteryl Isostearate, Propylene Carbonate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables Tocopheryl Nicotinate, Parfum (Fragrance), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Dicalcium Phosphate, Bht, Linalool, Limonene, Tin Oxide May contain - Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 42090 (Blue 1), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5), Ci 15985 (Yellow 6), Ci 15850 (Red 6), Ci 15850 (Red 7), Ci 45410 (Red 28).

Overall Assessment: I love the color and consistency of this plum lipstick, and I am thrilled to be wearing it.

$28.00 for 0.14 oz. from Lord & Berry, Macy's and Amazon (Affiliate Links). Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

PERFECT ONE Focus Smooth Cleansing Balm Review

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I just recently discovered a new-to-me brand, PERFECT ONE, that makes a wonderful cleansing balm worthy of your consideration. PERFECT ONE Focus Smooth Cleansing Balm, which is made in Japan, is an effective cleanser with an uplifting citrus aroma.

About PERFECT ONE,

At PERFECT ONE US, we’re passionate about being more than just a company; we aim to be a lifelong companion, ushering in a revolutionary era of beauty and wellness. We’re dedicated to developing products and services that resonate with the evolving needs of our times. Our mission is to continually prosper, enhancing the joyous moments of your everyday life.

Our vision is to elevate PERFECT ONE to the pinnacle of global skincare, becoming the leading all-in-one brand worldwide. We’re committed to promoting a lifestyle of simplicity that brings smiles to faces across the globe.

Every day, may you find your beauty dreams fulfilled with each use, like a crystal radiating clarity and majestic strength.

PERFECT ONE Focus Smooth Cleansing Balm is an effective cleansing balm with a wonderfully uplifting citrus aroma. Formulated to deeply clean pores, remove dirt, sebum and makeup, this balm effectively cleans the skin and leaves it soft, smooth and supple. It can either be used alone, or as the first step in a double cleansing routine (followed by your favorite cleanser). You simply scoop a small amount of this balm into your hands, where it melts at body temperature, and then massage it into the skin with a gentle circular motion, then rinse with warm water. It has a delectable citrus aroma that is uplifting and refreshing.

According to Perfect One,

Crafted with advanced technology that swiftly dissolves at body temperature, this luxurious cleansing balm minimizes friction while melting away makeup and pore impurities, achieving a gentle yet effective cleansing experience.

Key Benefits & Claims: 

1. Our gentle 'Cleansing Balm' swiftly dissolves blackheads and makeup residue from pores upon application.

2. Enriched with carefully selected moisturizing agents and plant extracts, it nurtures the skin to a hydrated state while tending to pores.

3. Effectively removes waterproof foundation, eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick.

4. Infused with natural citrus essential oils, it offers a revitalizing aroma. Within the fresh citrus scent, subtle notes of sweet bergamot add to the gratifying cleansing experience.

Skin Type: Dry, Normal, Combination.

Warnings: 1. Be careful when using this product, making sure that there are no abnormalities on your skin. If the cosmetics do not suit your skin, i.e. in the following cases, please discontinue use. If you continue use, the symptoms may worsen, so we recommend that you consult a dermatologist. (1) If any abnormalities such as redness, swelling, itching, irritation, loss of color (white spots etc.) or darkening appear during use. (2) If the above abnormalities appear on your skin after exposure to direct sunlight. 2. Do not use on areas with abnormalities such as wounds, swelling, and eczema. 3.(1) Be careful not to get it in your eyes. (2) If it gets in contact with eyes, please wash it away immediately without rubbing. (3) If a foreign body sensation remains in your eyes, please consult an ophthalmologist. 4.Do not store in places of high temperature such as bathrooms.

Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Palmitate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Synthetic Wax, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Peg-5 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Kaolin, Talc, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Water; Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Papain, Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil, Inositol, Sapindus Trifoliatus Fruit Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Squalane, Isostearic Acid, Silica, Potassium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Collagen, Behenyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Myristyl 3-Glyceryl Ascorbate, Hydroxyproline, Isostearoyl Hydrolyzed Collagen, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Juice, Cysteine/Oligomeric Proanthocyanidin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Juice, Pvp, Algin, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Juice, Polyepsilon-Lysine, Soluble Collagen, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Crataegus Cuneata Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Succinoyl Atelocollagen, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Chitosan, Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract, Lithospermum Erythrorhizon Root Extract, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Polygamma-Glutamate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyglutamic Acid.

Overall Assessment: I love using cleansing balms, and this is a really nice one!

$25.00 for 2.64 oz. from Amazon (Affiliate Links). Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.

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