July 23, 2014

Pacifica Nail Polish

Press Sample
Morning beauties! I can't believe we are already half way through this week, YAY! I'm hoping to squeeze in a pedicure today and will be sporting one of Pacifica's new 7-free nail polish shades on my tootsies. I'm a sucker for coral colored nail polish, especially in the summer. Whatever shades tickle your fancy, Pacifica has got you covered with one of their 25 new shades you are sure to find one you love. 
 Pacifica Nail Polish Vegan & Cruelty Free
Formulated without  parabensphthalatestoluenexylenecamphorformaldehyde or resin.  Pacifica Nail Polish is also 100%  Vegan & Cruelty Free!. 

Afterglow: Peach/Coral Cream 
 Pacifica Nail Polish Afterglow
Pale Blue Eyes: Pale Sky Blue Cream 
Pacifica Nail Polish Pale Blue Eyes
Both shades applied nice and two coats will give you even opaque coverage. If you have small nails you will like the brush which isn't super wide. 

Availability: www.pacificaperfume.com
Price: $9.00 

*I was provided with a sample of the product features, all opinions are my own. 

July 22, 2014

L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation

This post was sponsored by SheSpeaks/L’Oréal
#VLBlurfection


Happy Tuesday beauties, we are talking drugstore foundations today, specifically Loreal's Visible lift Blur Foundation

There was a time that I stayed away from drugstore foundations. One of the main reasons was I never knew you could return ones that didn't work out and being a woman of color it can be challenging to find the right shade without testing first. I still don't return things. I hate returning and usually If I guess my shade wrong I can always pick up another one and mix them, so I ventured back into the world of drugstore foundations and I have to admit a few brands are really ricking my world lately. 

Unfortunately I have bad news for my darker skin ladies. Whomp  whomp even though this line is available in twelve shades the darkest is Classic Tan. Depending on your undertone if you are in the lighter to mid caramel complexion area you may be able to get away with that one, it is the one I will be showing you. I was able to get away with it but even for me it was a smidge too light. 
212 Classic Tan
This is so annoyingly common with many brands and very disappointing because I loved this foundation. 
212 Classic Tan (blended)
The shade selection was the one negative about this foundation but there are many positives, so let's discuss. Although I always use a separate sunscreen this Opti-Blur foundation is Broad spectrum with spf 18. L'Oreal says this foundation is lightweight, will instantly erase the look of fine lines and is anti-aging. It's too soon to comment on the anti-aging claim but the other two delivered. This is a cream foundation that is in fact light and felt weightless on my skin. Instantly erase the look of fine lines, yup I would say it delivers on this claim as well.  I haven't been sleeping well the past few weeks so I am carrying some extra eye baggage but overall I was pleased with the coverage and finish of this foundation. This picture of me wearing it, is sans concealer or powder. 
Application is a personal preference thing. Lately I have been using a round buffing brush or a flat top brush to apply cream foundations and occasionally my beauty blender. All those worked well with this foundation but honestly the best application came from just using my hands. I don't know if warming it up in my hands was the key or not but I found it applied excellent with just hands, you can lightly buff out after that if you need.  I have combination oily skin so I did use a primer with this, the Skindinavia primer spray has been my go to. I got about 8 hours wear before a little shine started peaking through, which is good considering I didn't set my face with powder or a finishing spray. 

Final thoughts: This is a drugstore winner!. I wish it was available in a range of darker shades but I do recommend it. 

Availability: Leading Retailers that carry L'Oreal
Price $14.99 

*I was provided with a sample of this product through she speaks, all opinions are my own. 

July 20, 2014

JOLIE FEMME 24K GOLD SKIN CARE


I recently testes out several skin care products from Jolie Femme, today I am going to talk about the 24K Bio Anti-Aging Thermal Line, and the High Frequency Device. 

First up is the Bio Anti-Aging Thermal Line. This line contains three products which contain 24K Colloidal Gold, vitamins, and plant based anti-oxidants among other ingredients that work to relax facial tension. Over time the benefits include reducing the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. 
  • Allergy Tested
  • Fragrance, Paraben, & Alcohol Free
  • 24Karat Gold 
  • Dermatologist Tested 
  • Suitable for all skin types 
24K Bio Anti-Aging Thermal Mask ($525): This mask has an interesting texture, it was thick like a heavy night cream when I first scooped a bit out of the jar however as you start to apply it to your skin it thins out. The mask has a mild warming effect when activated with the Anti-Aging Serum. You apply this mask to clean, dry skin one to two times a week gently massaging it in. 
24K Bio Anti-Aging Thermal Mask ($525)
After about ten minutes you rinse it off with warm water. I found that it rinsed off decent but I did use a soft washcloth to make sure I got it all off. This mask was great at clearing up blackheads, I noticed a improvement after the first use in the area around my nose specifically and also the pores on my upper cheek area. 

24K Bio Anti-Aging Thermal Serum ($515): This serum is to be used in conjunction with the Anti-Aging Thermal Mask, I also used it with the High Frequency Device I will talk about later. 
24K Bio Anti-Aging Thermal Serum
The texture is nice and silky, it does not leave the skin greasy. After rinsing off the mask I applied a small drop into my hands and patted on my face, in the morning I was left with moisturized soft skin a\with a nice glow. 

24K Bio Anti-Aging Thermal Cream (499.99): This non-surgical treatment cream helps reduce the appearance of deep facial line and assist in bringing out softer, radiant, more youthful looking skin. This cream has a very nice light almost whipped texture that applied smooth and absorbed well. 
24K Bio Anti-Aging Thermal Cream
When massaging it in I concentrated to my problem line areas which are around the eyes and the smile lines around the mouth. After about two weeks I notice a minor improvement in the lines. The smile lines are my biggest headache as my makeup tends to crease into them and that hasn't happened as much since

High Frequency Skin Care System ($349.99): I was pretty eager and a little nervous to try this device which can help treat acne and aging skin. I have used an at home light therapy before but never a high frequency device.
High Frequency Skin Care System
After testing an unrelated product for a review my skin reacted negatively, and broke out really bad. I decided that this was the perfect time to go ahead and pull this device out of the pile of products waiting to be tested and I am so glad I did. 

The device comes with four attachments; 
  1. Scalp Electrode
  2. Behind Ear Electrode
  3. Face Electrode
  4. Under Eye Electrode 
High Frequency Skin Care System
So far I have only used the face electrode and the scalp electrode which I used with the 24K serum mentioned above. I treated the two sides of my face that had the breakout. The intensity of the frequency is adjustable, I kept it on low all the times I treated the area. After daily treatment for one week the breakout has improved. A few of the pimples were very large and painful. After the first treatment the inflammation of those was significantly reduced. The frequency treatment seems to have speed up the drying out of breakout, and I am hoping with continued use it will help to also speed up the healing and minimize the scares left. There was absolutely no pain associated with using the device, you do hear a a buzz sound when it first comes in contact with your skin and the device lightly hums as you use it. You must use this device with an oil, toner or lotion, not on dry skin. I have only used the scalp electrode a few times so no noticeable results yet, although it is very relaxing. I'll come back an update again after using the device for a few months. 

*Benefits
Those with congested and/or oily skin will greatly benefit from the detoxifying power of high frequency. The treatment gently infuses the skin with purifying oxygen molecules, eliminating harmful toxins and acne-causing bacteria and gently exfoliates dead skin cells. Other benefits include reduced pore size, an improvement in oily skin and a reduction in inflammation and redness. With continued use, the result is clearer, brighter, more vibrant looking skin!
  • Firms and tones sagging skin
  • Softens fine lines and wrinkles
  • Clears acne and refines large pores
  • Relieves area puffiness
  • Renews skin texture and tone
  • Promotes healthier hair growth
  • Enhances skin care product penetration
Have you ever used device like this before or had a treatment with one at a spa? I would love to hear your experience. The wonderful team at Jolie Femme would like to give you the opportunity to try the skin care line and has provided a set for one reader. Enter via the rafflecopter below. 
*Description from Jolie Femme 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

July 19, 2014

Regency Beauty Institute & Refinary29 #ShareBeauty


Thanks to Regency Beauty Institute for sponsoring today's discussion

I cannot recall a time in my life that I wasn't enamored with the beauty industry. I can still remember being so so nervous when I walked into the kitchen one evening to ask my parents if I could enroll in Cosmetology school. I'll be honest they were not thrilled with the idea at first, but we talked it over and knowing that I would still attend college they gave their permission for me to enroll. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend Cosmetology school while simultaneously completing high school. My parents knew I was into hair styling, makeup, and nails, my friends were always coming over to get their nails done or hair highlighted. My supportive brother even let me practice my clipper skills on him. His fade turned into a buzz cut but he took one for the team. It's funny because my family always considered this interest of mine just a hobby, they never took it serious as a possible career, well until they saw how well I was doing. I went on to be inducted into a Vocational Honor Society and participated in State Competitions, later graduating at the top of my class. 

I put my dreams of opening a salon on hold and went to college, later joining Corporate America. Eventually I want to get back into the industry but for now Beauty Blogging helps fill that void and keeps me in tune with the industry. The sheers in this picture are the ones I used for my first haircut on a client. Sixteen years later I still have them they are a reminder of a dream I left behind.
#ShareBeautyContest One beauty enthusiasts will win a VIP Beauty Treatment from R29 & Regency Beauty Institute valued at $2,000.

When I think back on some of the reasons I wanted to have a career in the beauty industry was to help people. When we look good, we feel good, and beauty industry professionals can help us get there. They have an ability to bring to the outside a little of what we feel on the inside.




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July 15, 2014

Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray Review

Press Sample
Temperatures have been in the mid 90's here for the past week and normally that would mean bad news for my makeup by mid day. The new silicone free makeup primer spray from Skindinavia has kept my makeup from sliding off my face by lunchtime. 
Summerproof your makeup with the Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray
I have used makeup setting sprays before, but never something like this meant to be used BEFORE applying makeup. This innovative vitamin based primer spray helps to keep skin smooth, reduces redness, reduces appearance of pore size and keeps makeup from settling onto fine line. There are two versions of this primer; regular and oil control. This spray is very unique, I'm used to applying cream type primers to my skin, so using a spray mist was different. This primer is weightless, it feels like nothing at all, yet sets the stage for a nice makeup application. 

How to apply: 
Shake well 
Spray 2-4 times in an "X" and "T" formation
Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray
I held the bottle about 2-3 inches away from my face, the mist is very fine and dries quickly, so there is no real waiting time before applying makeup. You can also mist directly onto your foundation brush, sponge and other tools to apply. The mist has no noticeable scent and is not sticky. This is primer spray is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive. I have been keeping my day to day makeup very simple with either no eyeshadow or a quick swipe of one color. This primer mist helps keep my lids from getting oily and any shadow from creasing. 

Thoughts: For someone like me with very oily skin this primer spray has been my saving grace. I used to scale back on the amount of makeup I wore in the summer because by noon it would literally be sliding off my face, NOT CUTE.  Over powdering even with blotting first would sometimes leave my makeup looking cakey. This primer spray has helped keep my makeup fresh all day, I am in LOVE.  I was pleased with both versions though I think I slightly preferred the oil control version. With the regular version most days I was able to get around 7 hrs wear before needing to blot a little oil coming through. The oil control version easily took me through the end of my day, not needing to blot unless I was out in the sun and starting to sweat a bit. 

Availability:  4oz $35 or 8oz $49 purchase at skindinavia.com
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