Nov 182014
 

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I received the Beauty Treats Green Tea Makeup Cleansing Tissues in a goodie bag that I won at The Makeup Show Dallas Pre Mixer hosted by Faith of OnlineWithFaith.com at The MUA Project in Houston.  She was allowed to pick some of her favorite products from this store and these wipes were part of her faves.

By now, you should know about my love for makeup remover wipes and how I’m always on the hunt for new ones…even though I ALWAYS return back to my beloved Ponds wipes. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical of these wipes because I’d never heard of them.  I also wasn’t sure about the Green Tea. I was worried the fragrance would be too strong.

image These Beauty Treats Green Tea wipes are actually good!!  They are a nice size, as seen in the above picture.  They do a good job of removing all of my makeup. On average I use 2 or 3 depending on how much makeup I had on that day.  The fragrance is just enough to notice, but not overwhelming.  I like the packaging.  The seal opens and closes without any problems.  I’ve had some wipes that have seals that don’t stick or lay down properly which causes the wipes to dry out.

Overall I like these wipes and may purchase another pack.  The only downside was that the first few wipes weren’t as moist as the middle and last ones. This is one of the major reasons I consistently use the Ponds wipes. They are wet from beginning to the end.

Nov 052014
 

I learned about the Muji Face Lotion Sheets, or Compressed Facial Masks Sheets as it’s listed on the Muji Website, in Feb of this year when I worked New York Fashion Week assisting Celebrity Makeup Artist AJ Crimson. We used them on the models as a part of the skin prep.

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I didn’t get a chance to purchase any then, but I made it a point to get some of these masks when I returned to New York Fashion Week in Sept of this year.  Before using these sheets, I had no idea Muji made anything else besides organizing products. When I went to the Muji store, I found out they sell a wide variety of items including an entire skin care line.

I’m so fascinated with these masks! I think it’s super cool that they start off as these little pellets but then expand after you wet them.  imageimage

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image Here’s what it looks like fully unfolded and on the face.

image I like to take time to spread it out to really make it fit on the face, but it was hard to do that while holding my phone trying to take a picture. LOL! Also, my client had just gotten her hair done and I didn’t want to put the mask on her hair.  Below is the finished makeup application. image

I really like using these masks during my makeup application appointments.  I view them sort of like an added VIP service.  They make my clients feel more relaxed during the makeover.  The Muji masks also helps to provide some instant hydration to the skin and leaves it smoother; which also means the makeup looks better. I’d highly recommend these.

Jan 262014
 

The newest installment of MAC Viva Glam lipstick and lipglass was released this week. The newest Viva Glam Spokesperson is Rihanna.

2014-01-03 10.18.091390806106815I purchased the lipstick and I love it. It’s a different red than the other MAC lipsticks.  It’s a pretty red frost. Here it is below.Viva Glam Rihanna ContainerThe box has Rihanna’s autograph

Viva Glam Rihanna LabelViva Glam Rihanna Lipstick TubeI Love this red packaging! The texture of the case feels really smooth. Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick Here’s what it looks like on my lipsViva Glam Rihanna lip applicationViva Glam Rihanna on lips close

Wearing VG Rihanna Lipstick 1Viva Glam Rihanna looking downViva Glam Rihanna Head shot tiltedViva Glam Rihanna holding tubeViva Glam Rihanna Head Tilted Yep, I’m very happy with this lipstick! Rihanna and her team did a great job picking this color.  I know a lot of people dislike frost textured products, but this one is really pretty and isn’t overly shimmery. Somehow it has just the right amount of sheen.  I worked at the counter today and sold quite a few of these Rihanna Lipsticks and Lipglasses.  I can honestly say I haven’t seen it look bad on anyone.  It’s a very wearable red.   It also has great staying power.  There’s not an official guaranteed time frame as far as how many hours it will last, but this is my 3rd day wearing it and I don’t have to touch up throughout the day until I eat.  Even when I drink water, the color stays true.

I’ll be buying more of these before they’re gone.  As a heads up it’s only available for a year. Also keep in mind all proceeds of MAC Viva Glam lipsticks and lipglasses go to the MAC AIDS fund.   You’re doing a good deed by purchasing these products so go get you some. :-)

Jan 062014
 

I have several Wet n Wild lipsticks, mostly the matte lipsticks.  I’d never tried the Megalast liquid lipsticks until I got this one.Wet n Wild Back to the FuchsiaI purchased this one from CVS while they had a sale on Wet N Wild Products that was Buy One Get One half off! I also purchased some lipsticks from the Fergie collection.  To see my review of those lipsticks click here for Ferguson Crest Cabernet and here for Pagan Angel.

Back To The Fuchsia is a gorgeous color…but I haven’t figured out how to apply it evenly without it caking and being too dry. Wet n Wild Back to the Fuchsia on lips In the picture above I have about 3 coats of it.  I love that the color gets bolder the more you apply, but it also gets cakey and cracks. I’m still trying to play with it to figure how to apply it and prevent this from happening.  It seems like if I could get it on with one smooth stroke, it would be ok.  That’s just hard to do.  When I use the applicator I go across the top lip moving up and across then down and next I fill it in.  On the bottom lip I use the applicator going down and across then back up to the other side then I fill it in. This liquid lipstick dries pretty quickly so if I go back and apply more in the middle it’s no longer smooth.  It’s different than how you can apply a lipgloss where you can just go back and forth across your lips.

Anyway, below is the look I wore with this lip over the weekend. FOTD feat Wet n Wild Back to the Fuchsia  Angle viewFOTD featuring Wet n Wild Back to the Fuschia Ha ha! A silly pose belowFOTD feat Wet n Wild Back to the Fuchsia silly pose

This last picture is with a flash and I added Stila Lip Enamel in Giggle to add an extra pop of pink to the middle and to take away some of the dryness. FOTD feat Wet n Wild Back to the Fuchsia full viewFace

  • Cover Girl Queen Collection 3 n 1 Liquid Foundation in Brulee’
  • Cover Girl Queen Collection Matte Powder in Golden
  • Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronze as Contour
  • Nars Blush in Albatross for Highlight
  • Black Radiance Baked Bronzer in Gingersnap as blush

Eyes

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion Original Formula
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk on lid
  • Black Opal eyeshadow in Illusion on lid
  • MAC eyeshadow in Embark in crease
  • Black Opal eyeshadow in Ring A Ding above crease
  • Black Opal Foundation Stick in Kalahari Sand to shape brows, brow highlight, & under eye concealer
  • Maybelline Clear Mascara on brows to hold them in place
  • Stila Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Black
  • #138 False Lashes

Lips

  • Wet N Wild Megalast Liquid Lipstick in Back To The Fuchsia
  • Stila Lip Enamel in Giggle in the middle of lips

Dec 312013
 

Ofra bag My 1st time hearing about Ofra Cosmetics was at The Makeup Show Orlando in 2012.  I remember seeing Ofra giving a presentation as I walked by.  I intended to go by their booth, but for whatever reason, I just never got back around to doing it.  Fast forward to this year at The Makeup Show New York.  While working with AJ Crimson, I got the opportunity to meet the owners David and his wife Ofra. They are wonderful people. Super friendly and they love meeting makeup artists.  I was amazed at how many products they had and couldn’t believe I’d never heard of them before.  They have skin care, tools, education materials, and of course lots of makeup.  To learn more about Ofra go to ofracosmetics.com. I’m going to do a series highlighting some of my favorite Ofra Products so stay tuned.

In this post, I’m going to show you my Face Of The Day (FOTD) featuring Ofra cosmetics and Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette.  I’ll walk you through how I completed the look.Ofra and Naked before pic

First I primed my skin with the Ofra Primer Ofra PrimerI decided to do my face first so I could test out my new Elf shadow/mascara shield.  Here’s what I used on my face below.  I applied the Cover Girl Queen Collection 3 n 1 Foundation except under my eye area.  I used my Black Opal Foundation stick under my eyes as concealer and set it with Ben Nye Banana Powder.  I also used these two products down the middle of my nose and middle of forehead as highlights.  Ofra and Naked 3 Face products

Then I went to my eyes.  These are the products I used

Ofra and Naked 3 Eye Products I used the Maybelline clear mascara on my brows to shape them and hold them in place.  It’s a great alternative to MAC’s brow set.  Elf has a good dupe as well. Next I used the Black Opal Foundation Stick to clean up my brows.  Then I applied the Ofra Eye Primer Gel from my lash line to brow bone. Afterwards I began to apply the Naked 3 Shadows, the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Perversion, Rimmel Mascara and beauty supply lashes.  See below for the steps I tookNaked 3 Darkside I used Darkside in my creaseNaked Darkside blended in crease Next I blended limit right above my crease as my transition color. Naked 3 LimitNaked 3 Limit blended above creaseNext step was adding Strange as my brow highlightNaked 3 StrangeNaked Strange blended as brow highligh For my Lid, I used Dust.  This color has quite a bit of shimmer and has big specks of color so I used my Elf Shadow/Mascara shield to reduce fall out. Naked 3 DustNaked 3 Dust with Elf Shadow Shield Here’s what my eyes look like so far.  There was still some fall out, but a lot less than if I wouldn’t have used the shield. Naked eye look before eyelinerNext I added Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Perversion as well as Rimmel Volume Flash MascaraOfra and Naked 3 look b4 lips and lashesNext step was lips.  I used Ofra Purple Haze lipstickOfra and Naked 3 look with mascara and lips done I added  #43 false lashesOfra and Naked 3 lash application 1st step Ofra and Naked 3 Lash application 2nd step Ofra and Naked 3 Lash Application 3rd step Here’s the finished look! Ofra and Naked 3 finished look 1Ofra and Naked 3 finished look 2Ofra and Naked 3 Finished Look 3

So, I’m absolutely in love with Ofra Cosmetics. I’ve enjoyed using everything I have from them so far.  I also really like the Naked 3 palette.  I can definitely see myself using this one more than the 1st on.  I honestly forgot that I had the 1st one until people started talking about the 3rd installment of the palette. LOL!

Dec 282013
 

I saw these 5th Ave Fashion Star Makeup Remover Wipes when I was at Ross in Orlando a few months ago. They come in a variety of fragrances (which I really don’t care for) with different colors.Fashion Star wipes

When I first picked them up, I thought wow 60 wipes for only $4.99!!! This is a great value! They seemed to be a nice size as well so I figured I’d give them a try.

fashion star wipes on handWhen I opened the pack I was pleased to see that they are indeed a nice size. I can get my makeup off with 2-3 of these.

Pros:

  1. Inexpensive
  2. Nice size
  3. Removes makeup
  4. Doesn’t burn my eyes

Cons:

  1. Not moist enough
  2. Would rather not have a fragrance, but if I had to have one, I’d only want a fresh scent.
  3. They taste really bad. No I didn’t put it in my mouth. LOL! But when removing my lip products I could taste it. Yuck!