Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Elle February 2014

Two’s Company
Thicker Lashes  - After two coats of black Lancome Definicils Mascara, she uses a brush to paint the tops of eyelashes with metallic  L’Oreal Paris Infalliable never fail lacquer line 24H in Bronze.
The happiest red lip - start with a layer of the sheer pink lip smacker Dr. Pepper lip balm, then use your finger to press an intense red coal red eyeshadow on the center of the mouth.
The longest lasting blush  -  Apply a cream blush and then use a blotting papers to pat against the cream blush. The sheets will remove the sheen, dewy finish but leave behind a natural looking flush.

Lucky October 2014

Master Class : Tomboy Style
  1. Choose a well cut blazer - go for clean styles that aren’t nipped in at the waist and that have a defined line between the shoulder and the front of the lapel.
  2. When it comes to boyfriend jeans, be picky - a truly straight cut and a natural - looking wash are key
  3. Add a personal touch - something that adds a personal touch to your clothes, your initials
  4. Visit the men’s section - wear a menswear suit with heels or chunky oversize sweater with a little short skirt.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Self September 2014

How to wear the bomber jacket
Keep it  casual - play up the jacket’s athletic feel with track pants in an unexpected materials like leather or silk, plus a simple V-neck tee and classic sneakers.
Dress it up - elevate the look with a pencil skirt or a fitted, knee length dress in a solid color, plus stilettos. For jewelry, try something sleek and modern, like a brushed silver ring.

Fresh for Fall

Bold Brows-
The trend - brows are filled in and thick but natural - creating a polished look that’s perfect for work. Your brow hair already has a bit of sheen to it. New formula contains mica particles that add just enough shine.
The trick - using light stroke, fill in brows with a brow pencil and cream, starting at the arch. Deposit color there first, because that’s where brows are most dense and dark.

Flushed Cheeks -
The trend - a brown contouring shade enhances bone structure; peach (if you have cool undertone) or hot pink (for warm undertones) mimics natural rosiness. Brown creates a shadow, which makes your cheekbones look more prominent.
The trick - blend brown brush from your cheek to your ear to create a shadow effect just below your cheekbones.  Use a fan brush because it deposits a thin veil of color. Dust peach blush on cheekbones or pink on apples of cheeks.

Berry Lips
The trend - Apply matte raspberry or blackberry lipstick, applied with a light touch.
The trick - apply the lipstick with your ring finger. Rub finger on lipstick, then pat into your lips, starting at the center and working your way to the corners.  Concentrating color in the middle creates the illusion of fuller lips. And working it in with your finger helps the pigment sink in.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Stila Lip Glaze - Joy

I found this after doing Spring cleaning. I really need to go through my stash more often! I believe this was from Stila's 2014 Winter collection. The sheer bright bubble gum looks very Barbie like. I think I had mines a bit too long as the color started separating. Either way, it wasn't very sticky and while the color is sheer, it still makes a good clear  lip gloss.
Barbie like bubble gum pink

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

L'Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream

Photo Credit - L'Occitane

The rich cream is packed with 25% concentration of shea butter with a sweet scent of Jasmine. The whipped cream is packed with extracts of linseed, mallow, sweet almond and honey along with apricot oil and Vitamin E. The body cream is thick [perfect for the winter] but still light enough for the summer. It made my skin, soft, smooth and left a soft delicate scent on my skin. I love applying this after exfoliating [with Sundari Gotu Kola and Walnut Body Exfoliator] and then going to bed and waking to super soft skin.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Koh Gen Do Oriental Plants Emollient Cream

Photo Source - Sephora

I LOVE THIS CREAM! This cream is packed with 36 botanical extracts and vitamin A. This cream combined ancient botanical formulas with advance technology to create a cream that combines the tried and true with cutting edge technology. The emollient cream left my skin feeling rich, nourished, smooth and looking absolutely radiant. I love this cream but I am really sad that this cream is so expensive and my makeup addiction is leaving me so poor.  :(

Saturday, June 20, 2015

ELF Cucumber Melon Moisturizing Body Cream

I found this while going through my inventory and I decided since I no longer see on ELF’s webpage it is high time I used it up. The hand cream is packed with shea butter, aloe vera gel, hemp seed oil and vitamin b5. The creamy body cream does have a fresh crisp cucumber scent that reminds me being at the spa. It leaves my body smooth and soft but I noticed it doesn’t last through washing my hands. Overall, it was a decent  cream for the price.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Acure Cell Stimulating Body Wash Moroccan Argan Stem Cell + Argan Oil

This fresh scented body is packed with fair trade certified ingredients such  moroccan argan stem cells, CoQ10, organic argan, sea buckthorn and pumpkin seed oil. The 100% biodegradable promises to feed and restore cells. The formula is also vegan, paraben, gluten synthetic fragrance, silicone and phthalate free. The body wash gave a generous lather and left my skin feel smooth and soft. Overall, my favorite part of this product was the scent and my skin felt tingly like my cells were getting “stimulated” but that sounds so wrong.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw

The creamy full coverage bright brick red lipstick goes on smoothly. It leaves a nice matte finish and stains lips to give it an everlasting last.  The lipstick is fortified with vitamins A, C, and E to provide hydration to lips. I didn't notice any hydration benefit, though. I love the color but the stain didn't last very on me but the remnants of the color still looks pretty when topped with gloss.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

One Bath and Body Natural Body Soap in Blast from the Past

I bought this sweet scented soap on sale at this discounted beauty market. The sweet scent immediately made me want..no..need this in my life. The soap provided a generous lather and left my skin super soft and smooth. The only thing I didn't like is that the paper that the soap came in stuck to the soap. It took a bit before I could get half of it off. Granted, this could have been an issue with the place I bought the soap from. I would definitely get this again but in a different store.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam

The purifying cleansing foam has a creamy lather that purifies the complexion to bring out the radiance of your skin. The cleanser is formulated with multi-action brightening system that targets spots and improve clarity and luminosity in skin. I used a bit of this with my Clarisonic brush and it left my skin a bit tight at first. After following up with moisturizer my skin felt and look radiant. My skin look more bright and luminous but my dark spots didn’t completely vanish..sadly.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter

The creamy body butter is packed with nourishing beeswax, tropical virgin organic coconut oil and hydrating shea butter. Although, the body butter claims to have a tropical coconut scent; it smells more like cocoa butter to me. It also has the same consistency and melt in your skin texture. My skin felt soft and smooth but I didn’t get 24 hour hydration as promised. Overall, it’s a mediocre product. I feel like you can get the same quality from a jar of Palmer’s Cocoa butter from the drugstore without the $20 price tag.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Burt's Bees Spearmint & Lime Body Wash

The spearmint and lime infused wash is a gentle all - in - one formula. The gentle cleanser is made with coconut  and sunflower oils to create a rich lather. I love the fresh and crisp scent. It is perfect for size and scent to pack in my gym bag.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Iroha Nature Intensive Facial Cloth Mask Q10

This paraben free paper mask is packed with hyaluronic acid, Q10, collagen, and soy. Soybeans are known to prevent premature aging of the skin and retaining moisture. It is also known for its antioxidant properties such as fighting free radicals and promoting the growth of collagen. My face felt firm, supple, smooth and soft after I put the mask for the instructed 15 minutes. I did like after I finished remove the mask there was some excess serum left over and  I massaged into my neck so it can reap in some of the benefits too! I sometimes wonder how come they don’t make a mask that covers a the neck as well. Because I know some people who take really good care of the face but neglect their necks and the neck is actually makes people look older.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Lucky August 2014

The Perfect Glow-
Microfine pigments are responsible for the incredibly natural shades in  summer’s newest bronzers. To leave skin sun-kissed and healthy-looking with a powder, trace a backwards 3 shape with a fluffy brush, moving from the sides of your forehead to your cheekbones by lightly dusting down the bridge of your nose and chin. You can also use powders for your body - a little bronzer along your collarbone, under your triceps and down the front of your legs create a slimming effect. Liquids also work for both face and body: Dab a bit with your fingers or a foundation brush onto spots that the sun might hit, like cheekbones, then blend outward.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Self August 2014

Easy Beauty Fixes - Gorgeous Hair
Add Volume -  a thickening mousse that fights hair flattening heat and humidity. New formulations are lightweight and contain ingredients that expand the diameter of each strand. B vitamins, panthenol, polyquaternium-4 and hyaluronic acid are a few to look for on the label.  Rub a plum sized amount between your hands first, then run fingers through your hair from roots to tips. Use a wide toothed comb to spread it out completely.

Strengthen your hair -  a deep conditioning mask that contains amino acids, keratin or ceramides - all proteins and lipids naturally found in hair - will make strands stronger. The speediest way to use a mask is to sub it in for  your conditioner whenever you wash your hair. Squeeze the water out of your hair before applying, so it doesn’t dilute it. Rinse after a few minutes. If  hair is very damaged, try this at least once a week: smooth the mask on dry hair right when you wake up, ten minutes to an hour later, shower and rinse it out, then shampoo and condition as usual.
Soften Strands - Natural oils - argan, sesame, avocado - soak deep into the hair shaft. Before bed, distribute a tablespoon or two through dry hair.  Shampoo clean in the morning, repeat the process each time you wash until hair feels softer.  If hair is extra dry, try a leave-in conditioning spray with dimethicone in addition to the oil. It locks in hair’s natural moisture.

Boost shine - an at home gloss. Glosses deposit clear or sheer pigments and silicone that makes the cuticle layer lie flat again. Apply one to damp hair for 10 minutes, then rinse. To play it safe, use a  gloss only every few months. Some contain a small amount of peroxide which can be damaging if overused.

Easy Beauty Fixes - Luminous Skin
Bring out your natural glow - spotlight features with a highlighter or luminizer. The shimmery liquid, cream or powder reflects light, making any area you apply it to stand out. Use the same highlighter to show off defined muscles. Swipe it  on shoulders and down the fronts of arms and legs.

Hydrated your complexion -  a hydrating tone or essence. Old school toners used alcohol to dissolve oil and left skin dry. Today’s versions still control oil, but most are alcohol-free and deliver light humectants, such as hyaluronic acid, that draw moisture to the skin. If you are very dry, layer on a light moisturizer too. The toner primes skin to better absorb any hydrator you put on next.

Get smoother looking legs -  massage a cellulite treatment that contains caffeine into thighs for five minutes. Vigorous rubbing breaks up fibrous bands, so fat distributes more smoothly under the skin. And caffeine dehydrates fat cells, shrinking them so they look temporarily look less bumpy.