Wednesday, November 27, 2013

REVIEW: Laura Mercier Artist's Palette For Eyes




Top Row Swatches:
Left to right:  Sparkling Dew, Guava, African Violet, Plum Smoke, Kir Royal, Violet Ink

Bottom Row Swatches:
Left to right:  Vanilla Nuts, Primrose, Fresco, Bamboo, Truffle, Espresso Bean

Overview:  This palette contains 12 matte and shimmer shades of vanillas, plums, and rich browns.  Surprisingly there are 6 highly pigmented matte shadows and the rest are sparkly colors without the heavy fallout and glitter.  NO ONE will look like a shiny disco ball with these vibrant colors.  Since Fall is almost over, this palette can still transition into the coming Winter months and well into Spring.

What's so unique about this palette?  It's only available for a limited time and the eyeshadows have a smooth/velvety texture.  It's very difficult sometimes to find rich plums, browns, and purples with a warmer undertone.  It will especially complement med to darker complexions who have a hard time getting great color payoff with mainstream eyeshadow palettes.

Pros:  

-Excellent variation of mattes and high shine shimmer shades.  
-Elegant packaging with a thick textured case that's perfect for holiday travel.
-Wide length mirror for quick makeup application on-the-go.

Cons:

-For some, the price tag of $55.
-Limited edition but Sephora re-vamped the palette and it's now in a different packaging.

xo, Sharlene

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

REVIEW: MAC Cosmetics Cleanse Off Oil

You make think that because this is an oil-based makeup cleanser that it will make your skin oily but, nope!  It leaves your skin feeling balanced, moisturized, and silky.

What it is:  An oil-based makeup remover formulated with vitamin C, evening primrose, jojoba seed oil, sans mineral oil.

What it does:  This cleanse off oil removes dirt, bacteria, and makeup from the skin by activating with water to form a slight foam.  I use about 2 pumps for each half of my face and when I use water, the oil looks like a milky liquid that attracts the makeup like a magnet.  After massaging the oil on my skin and creating a milky lotion-type emulsion, I rinse off the product and follow up with my main cleanser by Boscia.  I NEVER use this oil to remove my eye makeup and only use a waterproof eye makeup remover.

Suitable for what skin type:  The M.A.C. Cleanse Off Oil is suitable for all skin types and does not clog my pores or cause breakouts on my sensitive skin.  My skin is left feeling smooth, refreshed, and squeaky clean without any residue if used with a separate cleanser.

Specifications:  The product comes in a 150 ml. 5 fl oz clear plastic bottle with a pump and retails for $28.

xo, Sharlene

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

REVIEW: Laura Geller's MATTE MAKER Invisible Oil Blotting Powder

Total Shine Control?


So now that summer is practically here, bring on the oily, shiny face...eeeek!  I got so frustrated with translucent powders and mattifying gels that claimed to prevent that shine throughout my T-zone.  There are countless products that may work for some, but many have failed and done nothing for me.  I have extremely sensitive skin and needed something that would control my shiny T-zone without causing breakouts.  So let me introduce you to Laura Geller's Matte Maker Invisible Oil Blotting Powder.

What it is:  It is a sheer powder that absorbs oil to produce an even, matte finish on the skin.  

What it does:  Even though it looks white in the pan, it goes on very sheer and smooth to set your makeup without a ghostly, caked on, powdery look/feel.  It can be worn under or over your primer, foundation, or tinted moisturizer.  It's different than a regular translucent powder because it feels like a silky veil on the skin and it blocks sweat and moisture as well.

Suitable for what skin type:  This product can be used for sensitive, oily, combination, and normal skin types.  For dry skin users, it's important to apply the product ONLY where you produce shine by using a large powder brush for a much more sheer application.  So far I have been using this powder for 2 months and have not had any clogged pores or breakouts anywhere.  I clean my makeup brushes every week and always use clean hands when applying my makeup.

Comparable to:  Urban Decay's De-Slick In A Tube Mattifying Gel and powder also work well to keep your makeup shine-free but  have caused severe breakouts on my skin.  This is the main reason why I stopped using that line of shine control products.  

Have you tried it? Comment below!

xo, Sharlene

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Shiseido Eyelash Curler, Worth The Splurge?



Now I know that it can be frustrating to find a good quality eyelash curler out there when there's a zillion different ones that claim to be THEE one. But what makes the latest Shiseido eyelash curler worth the $19 price tag?

What it is:

This beauty tool allows you to not only curl your lashes which is obvious from the description, but it also has a larger more broader curve than its previous counterparts. It also comes with a replacement rubber pad when the other pad wears out or if you lose it.

What it does: 
This larger curve allows you to curl your lashes without applying too much pressure to the lash line.  It also prevents the unflattering L shaped lashes or bent up straight lashes that most eyelash curlers produce.  The results you get are a more lifted and flared out curl with just a gentle squeeze of the curler.

Why so popular:

The Shiseido brand itself is known for high quality makeup, skincare, and beauty tools such as their eyelash curler. This tool will help you apply mascara with ease and help with false eyelash application. No longer will you have smashed or bunched up lashes after curling or no stray lashes sticking out of line.  False lashes can be placed more closely to the lash line without struggling because the hairs won't be bent straight up.


Tip:I also turn the eyelash curler upside down and curl my bottom lashes. I do this so that I can apply mascara on my bottom lash line without smudging or smearing my mascara by accident. It also provides a cleaner look to the bottom lashes without pinching or pulling on the eyelids.

Try it for yourself and let me know what you think =)

xo, Sharlene

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