— LeRenda (@BeautybyLeRenda) September 13, 2013
I was sooooo happy to see Urban Decay Products on sale on HauteLook a couple months ago. When I logged on, I saw new Mattifying products and knew I wanted them.
I didn’t do any research before purchasing the products. I’ve used the DeSlick spray before and I remember it doing pretty well so I ordered two of those and 1 of each of the following : DeSlick Compact Powder, DeSlick Mattifying Gel, & All Nighter Spray. When I received my order, I was excited because it came right before my birthday and was like a present. Honestly, I’d forgotten about it because unfortunately, the downside of ordering items from HauteLook is that the shipping takes weeks to get to you. The first thing that I wanted to try was the powder. After opening the box I saw this really pretty packaging and instantly fell in love. I regretted not getting 2.
I was curious to see how it compared to MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder. At first glance, they look the same, however the texture and the effect is definitely different. I’ve used all of the products except the All Nighter Spray for a couple weeks now and I’ve come to the conclusion that the Urban Decay DeSlick Powder does NOT work as well as the MAC Prep & Prime Transparent Finishing Powder. It seems to be closer to the MAC Blot Powder.
It’s not bad and not a total bust, especially because of the pretty purple compact, but I won’t buy it again, and i was very glad I didn’t buy two. The three things I LOVE the most about MAC Prep and Prime Powder is #1 it has Corn Starch to really soak up the oil. #2 it’s jet milled & very soft which makes it easy to blend. #3 it helps to minimize the appearance of my pores. I didn’t get any of these benefits from this DeSlick Powder. I also noticed that if I apply too much, I appear ashy and can see the white powder. I don’t have this problem with the MAC Prep and Prime Powder. I actually prefer the loose version over the compact, just because it seems to keep me with a matte finish longer. The downside is the loose powder isn’t as travel friendly.
The DeSlick Gel worked ok. I really like the texture and how it feels on my skin. Unlike the MAC Matte Gel, it’s very light weight. Unfortunately I don’t make it past noon without having to blot so it’s not as effective as my trusty MAC Refined Skin Zone. I won’t purchase the Urban Decay DeSlick Gel anymore either.
I’m still up in the air about the DeSlick Spray. Some days it appears to make a difference, and others it doesn’t. I can’t do a fair report on it because it think the difference are due to me using other primers and Mattifying products. I’ll need to use the exact same regime over a period of time to honestly review it.
I didn’t realize that I was totally out of my favorite Ponds wipes and needed more ASAP. While on the way home from the gym earlier this week, I stopped at Kroger’s grocery store. Before leaving the store, I went down the cosmetic Aisle ( my favorite area of the store LOL!) to see if the Ponds Wipes were on sale. Unfortunately, they weren’t. Since they’re about a $1 cheaper at Target, I chose to just try a less expensive product. I noticed a new item by the Loreal skincare area. I picked up the pack of wipes and decided to give these a try since they’re cheaper than the Ponds wipes and I didn’t feel like driving to Target.
They’re a good size. Depending on how much makeup I have on, I can get a clean face with 3-4 wipes.
So the big question is would I recommend these wipes? My answer is yes. I like them, just not as much as my Ponds or Alcone wipes. They definitely get the job done. Most importantly, they didn’t burn my eyes even though I had a lot of eye makeup on. I do wish they were more moist and I’d prefer the fragrance to not be so strong. I also wish you got more than 20 wipes in a pack (whose idea was that?). Overall, I don’t regret purchasing them. It’s just unlikely that I’d buy them again, unless I can’t get to Target for my Ponds wipes.
Have you used the new Loreal wipes? If so, how did you like them?
I had the opportunity to visit the brand new Ioma counter inside Saks in the Houston Galleria Mall a few days ago. I’d never heard of the brand, however they’re really big overseas. The company started in 2000 and was soley geared towards dermatology. In 2009, they branched out into cosmetics. This counter is actually the 4th to open in the U.S. Ioma is exclusive to Saks.
The name Ioma is A moi backwards or if you looked at it through a mirror which means it’s mine. We should be able to look at our reflection in the mirror and feel proud to say that’s my beautiful skin.
When I got to the counter, I was expecting a rep to show me a couple of products and maybe a quick demo, give me some general info about the company, and that was all. Boy was I wrong. I received a thorough skin assessment, background information on the company, and a wonderful facial! Ioma is unlike any other cosmetic company I know.
I had the chance to meet with Ioma’s global trainer manager, Audrey, who came from Paris to train the staff here in Saks at the Galleria. She gave me historical info on the brand and explained to me how Ioma identifies 7 different skin concerns that have products assigned to address them.
According to Iomaparisusa.com, there are 8748 possible combinations that can be made to the specific skin concerns of their clients. Wow!!!
Kathy, the regional coordinator, described Ioma as “High Technology meets dermatology and cosmetics”. I would absolutely agree with this description.
For my demo, we began with a summary of the company. Then she used the Beauty Diag to accurately determine my skin type. She also asked me about my skin and the concerns I have. Now, if you know me or have followed my blog for a length of time, you already know that my major concern is oiliness. We went through the assessment anyway.
Very surprisingly, it turns out that my skin is dehydrated and actually a lot more dry than oily. Under the oily section, the Beauty Diag showed my skin to be normal. Who Knew???
After finding out my skin concerns, I received a list of recommended products to address those concerns. Instead of the workers just giving me the list and sending me home, I got to go to the very posh spa area of Saks and received a facial with Ioma products to help my problem areas.
While Audrey performed my facial, the ladies working at the counter sat in to observe. Afterwards, we all returned to the counter to see the progress.
Here we are together. The fact that I’m standing tall and proud without any makeup in the Galleria says a lot!! There was definitely an immediate change in my skin. As a result of the facial, my skin was smoother and a bit brighter due to getting rid of the excess dead skin cells. For the record, I wear makeup everyday and I especially try to look nice when I’m in the Galleria because you never know who you might run into. I was very comfortable in my skin ( I know that’s such a cliche’ but it was true).
Since Audrey and Jessica used the Beauty Diag to assess my skin, I didn’t experience the Iomasphere. It’s really not necessary to do both. The Beauty Diag provides a microscopic view of your skin and is more detailed. The Iomasphere provides a macroscopic view by using a camera. I was still curious how it worked, so the trainer and Jessica showed me how it’s used.
This is the scanner that is connected to both machines. It prints out your results as well as product recommendations. You can also pick up a product and scan it to find out what it’s used for. Pretty cool. Ioma uses cloud technology to store the database for clients’ info. This is nice because if I go to New York and can’t remember what products were recommended to me, they will have all of my info.
Okay, so if you read this entire post, you should have gathered by now that I’m very impressed with this company and I’d definitely recommend it. I love the fact that you have so many options to address multiple needs of your skin. Prices range from $60-200 which is very reasonable considering the advanced technology used to individualize your skin concerns to the products.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’ve been on a never ending search for the perfect make up remover wipes. So far Pond’s Original wipes have consistently been my favorite.
I FINALLY got my hands on the Alcone Make-Off Wipes at IMATS LA. I have heard soooo many great things about them. I’ve been intrigued for years after 1st learning about them from Erin of Scandalous Beauty.Check out the size of this wipe. It’s like a face towel. I LOVE IT!!!
So what are my thoughts? I like them. The only cons I have are the fragrance (which after using them for a while doesn’t bother me as much), the claim of all makeup being removed with only 1 wipe ( I need 2 which is good…but still needed more than 1) and the accessibility barrier ( I can only get them online or at trade shows).
These are the softest wipes I’ve ever used. They feel absolutely wonderful on my face. Every single one of these wipes is moist. Definitely a benefit of them being individually wrapped. My face feels clean without feeling dry. I recently used them on one of my clients and she was very pleased. I purchased the 80 pack. Wish I would’ve bought more. I didn’t want to get too many though since I had never used them.
Overall I’m pleased with them and I will buy more. Have you tried these wipes? What are your thoughts?
So what are my thoughts about the Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes? I don’t care for them. I’ll finish the pack because I don’t want them to go to waste, but I’m not pleased with them nor would I purchase them. One of my biggest issues with wipes is them not being wet enough. I know that sometimes when you get a new pack of wipes (except for my trusty Ponds wipes) the first few may be a little damp, but not wet but these seemed barely moist. I also didn’t like that it took 5 wipes for me to get my face clean. Even by the 5th wipe, it still wasn’t wet. It was just damp. :-( On a good note, They didn’t burn my face, lips, or eyes.
The texture reminds of me of the Neutrogena wipes. They’re pretty sturdy and soft. I’m sure they’d feel even better if they were actually wet.
Have you tried these? If so, what were your thoughts.