Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review: Cover Girl The Super Sizer by Lash Blast Mascara & Cover Girl Intensify Me! Liquid Liner

The fine folks over at Cover Girl sent me two of their newest products to try out, The Super Sizer by Lash Blast Mascara and Intensify Me! Liquid Liner. Cover Girl is a drugstore brand that I have been using since I was a young teen and continue to use until this day because of their consistent, high quality and affordable products. I always get excited when they launch new products, and since I have had a few weeks to try these out, I thought I'd review them for you guys.


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.

The Super Sizer by Lashblast Mascara has a unique brush which is more of a lash styler, that is meant to be twirled when you apply it. This helps you build length, volume and also helps sculpt your lashes. The Lash Styler claims to transform even small lashes. The description makes some pretty bold claims so I definitely wanted to put it to the test to see if any of it is true. I was pleasantly surprised! My natural lashes are pretty normal in length and are naturally curled and this mascara helped bring out the curl while adding volume and length. When I apply this mascara, I like to use the shorter bristles of the brush and apply it directly to my roots to deposit a good amount of mascara. Then I wiggle my way up and I use the longer bristles to distribute the product, sculpt and also fan out my lashes. You can get away with a single coat, but I like to wear two coats for a more dramatic effect. Since the design of the Lash Styler is sort of comb-like, it helps to keep your lashes from clumping together. I've worn this many times and have worn it for many hours without it wearing off and it's totally flake-free. The formula isn't too wet or too dry. The hypoallergenic formula removes easily, even with makeup wipes.


I was instantly intrigued by this liner because of the applicator. It isn't a brush and it isn't a marker tip. It's shaped like a paddle which is unlike any other eyeliner I have yet to try. The shape allows you to easily create thin or thick lines. I had a little bit of trouble the first few times while using this because I'm used to the traditional brush-tip liquid liner, but after a few tries, I got it. The two main problems I have with this liner is that I wish the tip were a little bit more flexible so it can flow with the natural contours of my eyes better (it's a bit stiff) and I wish more product was deposited while applying. I had to bend the applicator a bit to force some of the product to come out. Other than that, I really like how easy and effortless this liner is to get really close to the lash line, especially if you want a more natural look. I feel like the design of this liner would be great for someone who is a beginner with liquid liner because it gives you a lot of control. The formula dries fast and matte and is smudge-proof. For me, it stays put for most of the day but starts to fade towards the end of the day, especially in the inner and outer corners of my eyes. It removes easily as well.

Wearing both The Super Sizer by Lash Blast Mascara and Intensify Me! Liquid Liner.

Overall, I think both of the products are great and worth a try! I especially love the mascara and I will definitely be purchasing it in the future. The liner is not really for me, but like I mentioned before, I feel like it would be great for someone who has trouble with liquid liner.
I hope you found this review helpful! Take care!

XO,


Monday, June 8, 2015

Muse Album Cover Series - Drones

To celebrate the release of Muse's 7th studio album Drones, which has finally released worldwide today, I decided to bring back my Muse Album Cover Series! I had a lot of fun creating all of the other looks in the series and combining two of my passions only makes it that much more special. A lot of you seemed to enjoy it as well, so I'm super excited! I'll also be creating a look for their last live album, which is Live at Rome Olympic Stadium, so stayed tuned for that!

Unlike the previous six albums, Drones is Muse's first conceptual album. The album tells the story from the perspective of the protagonist that loses hope and love and becomes a mindless killing machine controlled by higher forces and then breaking free and revolting. The term "Drones" in technology refers to radio-controlled pilotless missiles or aircrafts (such as military spy planes) and/or any sorts of remote-controlled robot vehicles. Matt became intrigued by these machines and was therefore inspired to create an album based on his ideas and thoughts on the matter. From Matt: “To me, 'Drones' are metaphorical psychopaths which enable psychopathic behaviour with no recourse. The world is run by Drones utilizing Drones to turn us all into Drones. This album explores the journey of a human, from their abandonment and loss of hope, to their indoctrination by the system to be a human drone, to their eventual defection from their oppressors." Also for Matt 'drones' is a modern metaphor about losing empathy and not care about what happens around the world.

Muse also wanted this album to have more of a three-piece-band sound rather than messing around with too many effects and extra sounds like they've done with the last few albums.

The cover artwork was designed by photographer, illustrator and film director Matt Mahurin.  It depicts mind control, brainwashing, and turning people into sheep which goes well with the themes and concept for the album.


Not only did I take inspiration from the colors of the album, but I also wanted to create something that was strong and bold, something that to me fit with the themes of the album. I combined a smokey eye with pops of red and thick, bold liner on the top and bottom lids to create balance and orderliness. I feel like the sharp lines and edges paired with the soft smokiness of the red mimics the story of the protagonist and antagonist of the story being told throughout the album. Maybe that's a bit of stretch, but it kind of makes sense to me :)

Before the album was released, Muse posted a series of teasers on their Instagram page of old photos of the band with their eyes blacked out which created a huge buzz within the fan base. Fast forward a few months and their first single "Dead Inside" was released and the stars on the music video featured, dark, soulless eyes as well. Super creepy, and totally fitting. 


I wanted to create a similar effect but I don't own sclera lenses and they're a bit pricey so I tried my hand at editing some virtual ones to get the same look:


As for my favorite track off of Drones, it's hands down "The Handler". It's so dark and heavy and reminds me so much of Absolution-era Muse. It's quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite songs from them!



FACE: 
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in 1.0
  • Maybelline Fit Me Powder Matte in Porcelain

EYES:
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk all over lids
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Tako mixed with Sugarpill eyeshadow in Diamond Eyes on brow bone and inner corners
  • Sugarpill eyeshadows in Tako and Bulletproof (mixed to create grey) on center of lids
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Bulletproof in crease 
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Love + above crease and on lower lids
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Soot & Stars on outer corners and lower lids 
  • Makeup Geek Gel Liner in Poison on waterline 
  • Cover Girl Intensify Me! Liquid Liner in Intense Black (review soon!)
  • Cover Girl The Super Sizer by Lash Blast Mascara in Very Black (review soon!)
  • Dollar store lashes

CHEEKS:
  • Milani Blush in Luminoso

LIPS:
  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw with Soot & Stars patted on outer corners and blended in 

I hope you all enjoyed this post and look! If you're into alternative rock that's a little different from the rest, then do yourself a favor and check out Drones and the rest of Muse's albums. See you soon!

XO,


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Scentbird Review - Monthly Perfume Subscription

Growing up, I remember admiring my mother as she got ready to go out. She was always dressed so stylishly, her makeup was on point and she loved her perfume collection. She had all sorts of perfumes from high end to lesser known brands displayed beautifully on her vanity on a gorgeous tray. I would ask her for a spritz or two so I could feel as glamorous as she looked to me. To this very day, she still loves her perfumes and it's all she ever wants for her birthdays, Christmas, Mother's Day, etc! I too am like my mother and I LOVE me some nice perfumes. I have tried many throughout the years and some were hits and some were misses. As you many know, perfumes can get super expensive and it can add up pretty quickly.



When I was contacted by Scentbird, I was legitimately impressed and excited! They are a monthly subscription service that offers a 30-Day supply of a designer fragrance for only $14.95 a month. They offer 350+ designer perfumes that are 100% authentic. Each month you get a generous 0.27 oz/ 8 ml spray (which is almost equivalent to a rollerball size) that is sent in their sleek and travel friendly luxury case that contains the perfume vial. After the first month and you get sent a refill of you've decided to purchase another month of perfume. Here's how to get started:

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.

Step 1: Sign up and take their simple and quick quiz to determine which perfumes are the best match for you. 

Step 2: Enter some of the perfumes that you already know and love, and/or select from the list to get an even better perfume match.


Step 3: After signing up (which is free), review your recommended results and select your perfume match. You can also filter perfumes by types of scents (floral, fruity, citrusy, etc), perfume personality (sexy, mysterious, flirty, etc), occasion (office, everyday, date night, etc), or you can check out the perfume of the month. 


The case that the perfume comes in is really neat and easy to use. It also comes is a pretty black velvet bag. All you need to do is twist the top, spray and enjoy! Once you run of perfume, you can easily remove the vile by twisting and pulling the nozzle on top and replace it if you choose to purchase another 30-day supply. 


When I first signed up and took the quiz, one of the recommended perfumes I got was Dot my Marc Jacobs. I absolutely love Daisy by Marc Jacobs and most of his other fragrances so I went ahead and ordered it. Once it arrived I was definitely not disappointed! It smells divine. It's bright, lively and versatile. I feel like this scent can be worn everyday and also for a night out. It's intricate, yet simple. It has notes of red berries, dragonfruit, honeysuckle, jasmine, coconut water, orange blossom, vanilla, driftwood and musk. This is totally my type of fragrance. It's sweet, yet deep and lasts for hours on my skin. It isn't overpowering either which is always nice! 

So if you're a perfume lover like me, or if you're just someone who doesn't want to drop a small fortune on a designer perfume just to try it out, then check out Scentbird! It's a great way to discover and try new fragrances or if don't like to commit to only once fragrance. You're bound to find one that you like. The only downsides for me are that they currently only offer women's perfume and they only ship to the US, but hopefully that changes soon! 

If you're interested, then visit www.scentbird.com.

I hope you found this review helpful! What are your favorite perfumes? Mine are Daisy by Marc Jacobs, Modern Muse by Estee Lauder, Beyond Paradise by Estee Lauder, Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture, Amor Amor by Cacharel, Candy by Prada and so many more. I think I have to add Dot my Marc Jacobs to my list now. I've really been enjoying it!



Take care!

XO,



Friday, January 16, 2015

Pevonia Botanica Natural Skin Care Six Week Results, Final Thoughts and a Giveaway [CLOSED]!

Six weeks ago I blogged about my first impressions on Pevonia's Botanical natural skin care products and today I will be posting about my six week results! If you're interested in my first impressions review, then check out my previous blog post here. I loved the products right away, but what really mattered was the end result and if they truly lived up to their claims. Many people have had success with Pevonia's products and have seen a difference in their skin, so I was definitely excited to see if I was going to have great results as well. 



Here's a recap of my skin concerns:

  • Late 20's
  • Fine Lines
  • Oily
  • Sensitive
  • Acne Prone
  • Some redness
The products that were sent to me were specifically chosen for me based on my skin concerns by a professional esthetician. Along with the products, I was sent a personalized step-by-step guide on how to properly use the products and in which order. I followed these steps consecutively for six weeks and I began to see a difference after the first week. 

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. 

Phyto-Gel Cleanser: When I first used this I didn't really care for the smell. It reminded me of men's cologne, but it grew on me. I still love how effortlessly this removes my makeup, even stubborn waterproof makeup and without using too much product also. I've been using this with a silicone facial brush and it's lathers up nicely and helps get rid of extra dirt and makeup. My skin feels so soft and refreshed afterwards!

Combination Skin Lotion: This is one step that I did forget to do sometimes but when I did use this, my skin felt amazing and balanced. I love how it also removes and makeup and/or dirt that might have gotten left behind by the gel cleanser. 

Intensifier - Collagen & Myoxy Caviar: During the first week or two of using this, my skin broke out. I'm assuming it's because this product is so rich and concentrated and my skin is so sensitive. But after those breakouts cleared, my skin looked radiant and it glowed. My redness diminished and my skin appeared more supple, firm and younger looking. My pores even looked smaller!

Evolutive Eye Cream: I had to be extra careful not to get this in my eyes because it burns, but this works wonders as well. It delivered much needed moisture to the contours of my eyes and after about a month or so, I started to notice that the fine lines around my eyes were less visible which was incredible. My dark circles also seemed to lighten.

Mattifying Oily Skin Cream: This has to be my holy grail moisturizer. It smells SO good, (kinda citrus-y) and it leaves my skin feeling nourished, moisturized and leaves me with a gorgeous matte finish and helps keep me matte throughout the day. I like to use it day and night and I also use it as a primer for my foundation. I love it!

Blemish-B-Gone: After the breakout I had using the Collagen & Myoxy Caviar, I used this to help battle the blemishes and it totally helped heal them quickly. Usually I have red marks for a while after a breakout but I feel like this helped them diminish a lot faster. It never burned either.

Here are my before and after shots. This is after six weeks of use:

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As you can see, I am not wearing an ounce of makeup in these photos. In the before shot, you can see the fine lines around and under my eyes are more visible and my dark circles are more pronounced. My pores were larger and my skin was noticeably redder. In the after shot, my skin appears all around brighter and more radiant. My pores are smaller and my skin is a lot smoother and feels firmer too. It's clear to see that these products have made a visible change in my skin. I am seriously impressed and I am so happy that Pevonia's products have worked for me so well.

Overall, I am highly impressed with Pevonia and their products. Not only do these products work, but they are made from safe, natural and botanic ingredients which is great. They also cater to so many different types of skin concerns that you'll most likely find something that can work for you. Pevonia's products are a bit on the pricey side, but if you are willing to make an investment in your skin, I recommend you give them a try! Visit www.pevonia.com and have a look to see what they have to offer.




GIVEAWAY TIME! Here is your chance to win some Pevonia products of your very own! Pevonia and I have teamed up to giveaway FIVE value kits depending on your skin concerns. Five kits means five winners (one kit per winner)! These kits are valued at $42.50-$72.50! If you want to browse through the kits, click HERE. All you need to do for a chance to win is be at least 18 years of age, a US or Canada resident, sign up for the Pevonia Life Advocate Program (which is free) and leave a comment on this blog post telling me about your skin concerns. These two steps are mandatory in order to win and are worth five entries each. You can have an extra 7 entries if you decide to do the optional steps! Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below and please make sure to read the terms and conditions thoroughly and enter all of the mandatory entries. If you decide to share this giveaway on Twitter, make sure you use the hashtag #PevoniaLife. GOOD LUCK!

XO,



This post was created in partnership with Pevonia. I have been compensated and/or given product for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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,