Sunday, November 30, 2014

Pevonia Botanica Natural Skin Care Haul and First Impressions

Not too long ago, I was contacted by the lovely people over at Pevonia and was asked if I were interested in trying out some of their skin care products. I was instantly intrigued because I have been on the hunt for new skin care products and I loved that their products are all natural and made from botanical ingredients. They also offer a wide variety of lines for all sorts of skin concerns, which is great! Here's a little about the company: Pevonia was the first company to develop a Spa Skincare Line exclusively for elite spas and Professional aestheticians. Their products launched in 1991 and recognized that the safest and most effective skincare ingredients are found in nature. Pevonia is also the global leader in skin rejuvenation and health. 




Before receiving any products, I took a skin care questionnaire that was evaluated by a licensed esthetician and she then hand-picked the products that would work best for my skin and it's concerns. 

Here's a quick rundown of my skin:
  • Late 20's
  • Fine Lines
  • Oily
  • Sensitive
  • Acne Prone
Based on my skin evaluation, she recommended their Phyto-Gel Cleanser, Combination Skin Lotion, Intensifier - Collagen & Myoxy Caviar, Evolutive Eye Cream, Mattifying Oily Skin Cream and Blemish-B-Gone and they are to be used in that order.


Some or all products shown in this post may have been provided by the said brand(s) and/or website(s) for potential review and/or use. For more information, please read my DISCLAIMER.







PRIMARY BENEFITS:
Cleanse deeply, remove makeup and impurities thoroughly, and control excess oil without drying the skin with this sulfate-free, foaming cleanser.

WHO NEEDS IT:
For all skin types, especially for those that tend to be slightly oily.


My Thoughts: The Phyto-Gel Cleanser is one of Pevonia's best sellers and I can see why! The first time I used it, I wasn't expecting it to remove all of my makeup, including waterproof mascara but it did, and with little effort, too! I hate having to rub my eyes more than I need to to remove eye makeup and this cleanser does all the work for you. It lathers up nicely and you don't need very much, just a pump or two will do. It removes impurities and is sulfate-free too, which is great! The only thing I'm not too fond of is the smell of this product. It reminds me a bit of men's cologne and is a little strong, but the smell doesn't linger on my skin which is nice. My face feels clean and super soft after I use it.



PRIMARY BENEFITS:


Complete the cleanse, remove tap water impurities, prepare the skin for further treatment as well as balance oil and moisture with this non-drying, alcohol-free toner.


WHO NEEDS IT:
For combination skin with T-zone shine (oily forehead, nose and chin).


My Thoughts: This product is more of like a toner to me than a lotion. It's a liquid and comes out of a spray bottle. It's smell is a sort of herbal and fresh and has a bit of a cooling effect on my skin. It makes my skin feel lovely, hydrated and balanced. I love that it removes whatever makeup and impurities that might have gotten left behind by the cleanser. 



PRIMARY BENEFITS:
Prevent and smooth fine lines, nourish and hydrate the skin with this highly concentrated, rejuvenating, anti-aging serum.
WHO NEEDS IT:
For those who want to prevent or repair fine lines and wrinkles, and those with  skin that feels tight, dry and dehydrated.

My Thoughts: This stuff is INTENSE, but in a good way! The purpose of this product is to help diminish fine lines and smooth wrinkles. It is a unique bio-microemulsified gel rich in concentrated Marine Collagen Polypeptides, Caviar, and Hibiscus Esculentus Extract. Since I am in my late 20's, I am starting to notice the early signs of aging, especially around my eyes so I am really looking forward to seeing what my results will be in a few weeks. The product is a clear gel that is rich, yet thin enough to be absorbed by the skin quickly. My skin feels and looks amazing after using this.



PRIMARY BENEFITS:
Nourish, hydrate, smooth fine lines, firm, renew and protect the delicate skin around the eyes with this repairing eye cream.
WHO NEEDS IT:
For skin under 30 that lacks moisture, feels tight, dry or sensitive and is beginning to show the first signs of aging.


My Thoughts: I was most excited about trying this product because it is targeted for people my age that are showing the first signs of aging around the eyes, which is a concern of mine.The product is odorless and is very rich and creamy. It nourishes the delicate skin around my eyes without feeling sticky or heavy. I also like that it stays put and doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes.



PRIMARY BENEFITS:
Control oil and shine, hydrate, refine pores, prevent breakouts, and protect skin with this lightweight, noncomedogenic moisturizer.
WHO NEEDS IT:
For oily skin types or those who want a matte-look during the day.



My Thoughts: This cream is awesome! I absolutely love everything about it. It smells divine (reminds me of clementines!), and does what it's supposed to do. It moisturizes my skin while controlling oil at the same time. It visibly reduces shine and it doesn't interfere with my face makeup which is a huge deal for me. It's gentle and lightweight enough to use AM and PM. It absorbs quickly and it isn't greasy at all. I also like that this product comes with a little plastic spoon so I don't have to dip my fingers into the pot. It also has UV protection!



PRIMARY BENEFITS:
Quickly heal blemishes with this effective, yet gentle, targeted acne spot treatment that kills bacteria, clears away pore-clogging dead skin, reduces redness and inflammation, soothes, and prevents scarring and dark spots.
WHO NEEDS IT:
For teens or adults with acne and sensitivity who need a spot treatment to quickly combat breakouts.



My Thoughts: I have tried many acne spot treatments in the past and they have all been really harsh on my skin. This one works well and it doesn't irritate my skin or dry it out which is great. I first tried this out on a huge, volcano zit that I had on my chest (sorry for the visual, haha) and within a day or two, it was noticeably smaller and much less irritated. I don't really care for the packaging much because I have to squeeze pretty hard for the product to come out, and sometimes a bit too much comes out. I do like the rubber applicator, though. It's gentle on irritated breakouts.  

So far, I am enjoying these products and I have had a pretty good experience with them. I like that they are super easy to use and don't take up too much time. I know some people don't bother taking care of their skin because they think it's time consuming. It takes me less than ten minutes a night to remove my makeup and apply all of the other products after. Ten minutes is definitely doable no matter how tired or busy I am and my skin will thank me later.

The quality of these products is spectacular and I think they are definitely worth the higher price point. Not only are you getting professional quality products, but they are also made from natural ingredients. If I've learned anything about beauty, is that taking care of your skin is super important. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, so why not take good care of it? Skin care is a smart investment to make. If you want your skin to look radiant and youthful when you're older, you should take care of it now. It's harder to reverse aging than it is to prevent it. Preventative care is key! Of course, we cannot fight nature and gravity, but we can trick it and slow it down with products like these!

 I will have another blog post up in about 4-6 weeks with an update of my skin results! I'm excited about it because even though I've only been using these Pevonia products for about a week or two, I feel like my skin already looks better. It definitely feels like it does, at least! Also, I will be hosting a giveaway with Pevonia and giving away FIVE Pevonia sample kits, so stay tuned for that! 

If you are interested in Pevonia, please do yourself (and your skin) a favor and check out their website and what they have to offer. They have all sorts of products for every skin type and concern out there. Visit www.pevonia.com and see for yourself! 

I hope you all enjoyed this blog post and that you're doing well! If you've tried Pevonia products before, please let me know what you think of them and what are your favorite products. Thanks and take care!

XO,






Saturday, October 11, 2014

Lost in Limbo - Halloween Look

Meet Genevieve, a young, and beautiful woman that lived in NYC during the 1930's. She lived the life of her dreams and had everything she ever wanted - until one dark and dreary, stormy night. Genevieve and her boyfriend Grant were spending a Friday night together in their lavish, high-rise apartment. They had just gotten home from a night out on the town. They both had maybe one or two drinks too many, and were full of life, laughter and love. Grant had been wanting to propose to Genevieve for quite some time and even though they were both drunk, he felt so alive and happy that he felt the time was perfect. He glanced over at Genevieve who was walking towards the balcony. She was beautiful with fair skin, blonde curly hair and had piercing blue eyes. At this same moment, Genevieve slowly turned around, stumbling a bit, and gave Grant a smile. He was tall, dark haired and had eyes so brown they'd warm up even the coldest of nights. She loved him so much. They were dressed to the nines, and life couldn't get better. 
She invited Grant to join her out on their balcony. She loved gazing at the New York City skyline. She would tell Grant that the reason she loved New York City at night so much was because the twinkling lights of the city reminded her of the stars. She would tell him that it were as if the stars in the night sky were here on earth, just for the two of them and that it was simply magical to her. It also reminded her of the twinkle in his eyes. It was cold and wet, so she snuggled up to his chest. Grant knew this was his chance. He got down on own knee, presented her with a bouquet of roses that he was hiding under his coat, and replayed the night that they met five years prior at Coney Island. Her eyes filled up with tears of joy, and after he asked the long awaited question, she exclaimed, "Yes"! They hugged and kissed like they never did before. She paused for a moment to take the gorgeous, twinkling skyline and looked down at her new ring that had that same, dazzling sparkle.
She was feeling daring and sat on the edge of the balcony to absorb all of the beauty and magic of this moment. She held the roses up to her nose and took a deep whiff of the fragrant flowers. Suddenly, the wind started to pick up and it seemed like it dropped 50 degrees.The rain became torrential, and the clouds became thicker. Grant was trying to get Genevieve to come inside, but she wanted one last glance at the brilliant, wet skyline. Without warning, a huge lightning strike hit the building across from them and stunned Grant so badly that by the time he gained his composure, it was too late. Genevieve lost her balance and plunged to her demise. 
Genevieve is now stuck and lost in limbo, unaware of what happened to her, Grant and that unforgettable night.



FACE AND BODY:
  • Clinque Stay Matte Foundation in Linen #1
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Tako (matte white) used as a setting powder to get a pale, ghostly finish. I prefer using this method rather than using a stark white face paint/foundation because it gives a more realistic look and it photographs a lot better
  • Too Faced eyeshadows in Cashmere Bunny and Sexpresso and a little bit of Sugarpill's eyeshadow in Bulletproof to contour nose, cheeks, forehead, cupid's bow and underneath chin 
  • Spirit No-Smudge Face Paint in Black on fingers


EYES:
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk all over top and bottom lids as a base
  • Sugarpill eyeshadows in Tako and Diamonds Eyes on top and bottom lids, inner corners and brow bone
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Bulletproof and Too Faced eyeshadows in Cashmere Bunny and Sexpresso in crease, inner corners, inner brow bone, lower lids and outer corners
  • Urban Decay eyeshadow in Nooner mixed with Sugarpill eyeshadow in Love+ blended around the eyes 
  • Spirit No-Smudge Face Paint in White applied on brows and lashes with a small brush
  • Spirit Demon Blood


LIPS:
  • Wet N Wild Lipstick in Black Cherry patted on center of lips
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Bulletproof patted on center of lips


WIG:
  • "Lost Soul" Wig from Target


ACCESSORIES:
  • Hair piece from Savers Thrift Store
  • Black roses from The Dollar Tree
Was that story heartbreaking or what? I just HAD to come up with a backstory for this Halloween look. The tears of blood were added last minute before I washed this off and it took the creepiness level way up! I really enjoyed putting this look together and I loved the turnout. It has to be my favorite Halloween look I've done so far. 

I was inspired by the name of the wig, "Lost Soul" and the makeup in this photo:


I really hope you guys liked this creepy Halloween look! If you decide to do this for Halloween, please let me know and share your photos with me! I'd love to see them.

Take care and Happy Halloween!





Friday, October 10, 2014

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Collection Palette Review + Look

The much anticipated Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Collection palette is finally here! If you loved Sugarpill's last palette, Cold Chemistry (check out my review and look here), then you'll love this one as well. The style of this palette is quite the opposite of Cold Chemistry with it's cute, pastel-ribbon-kitten-sparkly packaging, and it's all around adorable and gorgeous! You get a nice array of unique, candy-like colors that are smooth, pigmented and beautiful - just what you expect from Sugarpill!

When I was done with this look, it reminded me of a colorful, modern twist of 60's eye makeup, which I think looks pretty neat, especially with a light color in the crease instead of a darker shade. It gives its a nice, unique twist.

FACE:
  • Clinique Stay Matte Foundation in #1 Linen
  • MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Light

EYES:
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk all over top and bottom lids
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Kitten Parade on inner half of top lids and under inner brow bone
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Hotsy Totsy on outer of lids and inner bottom lids
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in CandyCrush in crease, inner corners and waterline 
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Poison Plum on inner corners, above crease, and outer lower lids
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Frostine on inner bottom lids and brow bone to blend out Hotsy Totsy 
  • Urban Decay eyeshadow in Strange on browbone 
  • NYC Liquid Liner in Black 
  • Sugarpill Lashes in Spark 

CHEEKS:
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Kitten Parade 

LIPS:
  • Makeup Geek Lipstick in Shy with Kitten Parade patted on top

First off, please excuse these photos; my camera was acting up and I had to photograph the palette with my iPhone. Hopefully they're decent!

How adorable is the design on the inside of Sugarpill's shipping boxes? Cute in every way!

The palette comes packaged in a sleek and compact cardboard palette with a matching sleeve.

Seriously, how freakin' adorable is the design of this palette? I love it oh so much! Especially the bow ;)

Inside the palette, you get four full-sized eyeshadows and a nice sized mirror. The mirror isn't hinged so you'd have to prop it up against something or hold it if you want to use it to apply your makeup.

Kitten Parade is a super shimmery, peachy-coral shade with a beautiful golden sheen. This also works great as a blush and/or cheek highlight! This is the sheerest of the bunch, but is buildable especially with a white base.

Frostine is a frosty, pastel lavender that has a satin finish. This is the least shimmery of the four shadows and has a slight blue sheen to it.

CandyCrush is a super shimmery, pearly, light minty green-blue. 

Hotsy Totsy is my favorite shade in this collection! It's a bright magenta color with iridescent sparkles that can also be used as a blush.

From left to right: Kitten Parade, Frostine, CandyCrush and Hotsy Totsy - swatched on bare skin.
Overall, this palette is a must have for any Sugarpill or color fan. You get great quality eyeshadows and a nice variety of shades that can work together, on their own or with other shadows. A couple of these eyeshadows also double as cheek products, so that's another plus! You can always count on Sugarpill for bright, colorful and pigmented makeup that is of high quality. Their pigmentation is seriously amazing and they're so smooth and long-lasting. There's a reason why they're loved by so many! The Sparkle Baby palette is currently priced at $34. The shadows are also sold individually for $12 (you save $12 buying the palette and it's like getting one for free, wee!). Check out www.sugarpillshop.com if you're interested and also check out what else they have to offer!

I hope you guys enjoyed this review and look! I sure had fun playing with these gorgeous shadows and putting this look together for you guys.

Take care!



Friday, October 3, 2014

Glamorous Grunge

If you're into trends at all, I'm pretty sure you've seen grunge making a comeback. If you frequent tumblr like I do, you've maybe even seen the "soft grunge" look going around. I wanted to take a similar, yet different approach to the infamous 90's look, a "glamorous grunge". I know it's a bit of an oxymoron, but the juxtaposition of glam and grunge somehow work harmoniously together to create an amazing, head-turning look. This makeup is great for the colder months and I just love the combo of the deep reds and cool grays and silvers.




FACE:
  • Clinique Stay Matte Foundation in #1 Linen
  • MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Light

EYES:
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean all over top and bottom lids as a base
  • Kiss My Sass eyeshadow in Charcoal all over top lids and outer half of bottom lids
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Bulletproof on top and bottom outer corners and crease 
  • Sugarpill eyeshadows in Love+ and Poison Plum mixed together to create a deep, burgundy red applied and blended above crease, around the eye and lower lids
  • Sugrapill eyeshadow in Flamepoint blended around Love+ and Poison Plum very lightly
  • Sephora Glitter Liner in Silver on inner bottom lids with Glamour Doll Eyes glitter in Silver patted on top
  • NYC Liquid Liner in Black
  • Makeup Geek Gel Liner in Poison on waterline with Love+ patted on top to set it in place
  • Sugarpill lashes in Sinnocent 

CHEEKS:
  • Makeup Geek Blush in Bliss

LIPS:
  • Revlon Black Cherry Lipstick
I really hope you guys enjoyed this look! As much as I like bright and colorful looks, I'll always be a dark and smokey eyes kinda gal! Take care, and I hope you're enjoying Autumn (or Spring if you're in the Southern hemisphere)!

XO,