Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lise Watier Quatour Imagine Eyeshadow Quartet - Review, Pictures, Swatches


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I was sent the Lise Watier Quartour Imagine Eyeshadow Quartet along with the blush I reviewed earlier. This limited edition eyeshadow quad has a blend of warm and cool shades all in one compact. The mixture of Ivory, Pink, Marine Blue and Charcoal Grey are all frosty shades that blend well and have decent pigmentation.

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The shadows are not too soft and not too hard, but they can be slightly on the powdery side if you aren't careful with application. The shadows went on smoothly and lasted fairly well when I used an eyeshadow base underneath them.

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While the colors were pretty and I am able to develop many different eye looks form these 4 colors, I felt that this selection wasn't very "Spring" like at all. It felt closer to a Winter collection to me. In fact, since we are JUST getting into Spring, I wore this quad a lot during the Winter, but it can make the transition from Winter to Spring quite well because of the pastel nature of some of the shades.

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Speaking of Winter, I just saw the move Frozen for the second time...under protest. I really do not like Musicals let alone DISNEY Musicals. They are always so dang tragic...and the songs....ugh. I just don't like musicals. I can tolerate The Wizard Of Oz as a musical and perhaps...West Side Story, but that's about it. It's just...no one breaks into song and a choreographed number at the drop of a hat, especially in times of crisis. I just can't deal.

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Then there is the Disney part of the equation. Now I know Frozen was adapted from a Hans Christian Andersen story and good old Hans had it in for parents and had some sort of Orphan fetish, but does every parent have to die in every dang Disney story? Can you name me one Disney musical where at least ONE parent wasn't dead? No. You can't. (If you can, please e-mail me so I can plausibly deny any knowledge of being wrong in the comments section of this post.) In the Frozen musical BOTH parents eat it at the bottom of the sea in a shipwreck. (Note that the Little Mermaid, Ariel, swims among the lost souls of that shipwreck like the evil leviathan that she is.) So now we are left with 2 orphan princesses, one of which has special powers to freeze things that she is oppressing...no thanks to her parents.

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Oh my gosh, they were THE WORST parents EVER! After getting a bunch of rocks to save one of their daughters' life the parents do the EXACT OPPOSITE of the advice they were given for dealing with a child with "special needs"(...heh. I just realized that Elsa really IS a "Special Snowflake"!) That boulder told them that LOVE thaws and LOVE heals. But what do these nimrod parents do? They tell Elsa to bury her feelings deep down inside of her, causing her to have control issues and a "freedom complex" until she finally loses control of her powers and practically destroys her entire Kingdom. Stupid twerps! What was it they drilled into that girl's head? Oh yeah, "Conceal. Don't Feel." That's EXACTLY NOT what that talking pebble told them to do. I don't remember that boulder telling the parents to lock Elsa up in a castle until she is safe to be around? I don't think that verbalizing gravel told the parents to teach Elsa to be scared of herself. It said PURE LOVE HEALS! AND Another thing! Why didn't that Swen guy remember when the KING AND QUEEN went to his "adoptive" cobblestone parents for help to "cure" their afflicted daughter all those years ago? I think that would be a memory that would stay with you for some time. Right? Well, maybe not. After all, he hung out with articulating stones...I'm sure he saw weirder stuff than that. And what the heck happened to HIS parents? But I digress.

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My POINT is, Disney Musicals are always so screwed up. Aside from the insipid singing, the dead parent(s) and easily avoidable misunderstandings from foreshadowing, I thought Frozen was a decent story. In other words. I only like the parts with Olaf the talking snowman.

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So what does my rant have to do with the Lise Watier Quartour Eyeshadow Quad? Nothing. I just needed to get that off my chest.

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Do you NEED the Lise Watier Quartour Imagine Eyeshadow Quartet? Maybe. It has some pretty colors, but they aren't unique so you might have a dupe of them in your collection already. As I said above, the quality is decent and the shadow lasts fairly well when using an eyeshadow base, but at $36 for the compact, I'm not sure if this is a MUST HAVE. You certainly could do worse for even more money, so if you like the colors and want a limited edition item, this might be the one to pick up. You can purchase the Lise Watier Quartour Imagine Eyeshadow Quartet directly from the Lise Watier website.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Clean Your Skin Care Routine

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Now that the warmer weather is FINALLY starting to make an appearance, it's time to start thinking about your skin care routine. Your skin may undergo some changes from the change in the weather/humidity/temperature, but it might also undergo changes because of age and hormone levels.  Here are some reminders for making sure your skin care routine keeps up with the seasons.


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1. Sunscreen
I know a lot of people skip it in the Winter (even though they shouldn't) but now is the perfect time to re-introduce a sunscreen to your daily skin care routine.  I prefer a chemical sunscreen but you can use a physical or combo chemical & physical sunscreen, whatever works for you.  Read more about sunscreens HERE.


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2. Cleanse Twice Daily
Going to bed in your makeup will age you tremendously. As you can read in this article, sleeping in your makeup will cause premature aging, skin agitation and discoloration. So if you are so dead tired you can't bring yourself to the skin before you crash, at least keep a packet of makeup removing wipes on your bedside table. I prefer Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Removing Wipes because they don't leave a greasy film and are fairly effective. But cleansing twice a day to remove makeup at night and in the morning to prep your skin, will have you glowing in no time.  And no, you don't need to scrub your skin squeaky clean every morning. Most days I use a Micellar Water like Bioderma and a cotton pad to remove last night's moisture and grime. Read more about Micellar Water HERE.


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3. Moisturize
Just because the weather is getting warmer doesn't mean you should skip moisturizing. You still need a daily moisturizer to keep your skin healthy. Moisturizer acts as a barrier to the surface of the skin and an maintain a health pH balance.  It also plumps up the skin making fine lines less noticeable.  I really love the Kiehl's Skin Rescuer Stress Minimizing Daily Hydrator. It's a clean and simple moisturizer that calms my skin and just makes it happy. You can read my review HERE.


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4. Hydrate From The Inside Out
I know everyone nags you to drink plenty of water, but it really is essential for healthy skin. The less dehydrated your body is, the less dull and dehydrated your skin will look. Lotion alone cannot make up for a dry body.  If you're sick of plain water, I found adding a few squirts of STUR water enhancer helps a lot. It's not overly strong and it uses stevia (a natural sugar- free sweetener) to lightly sweeten the water.  You can buy STUR HERE .


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 5. Clean Brushes
If you are Spring Cleaning, don't forget to clean your makeup brushes as well. I found myself putting off cleaning bushes more and more until I started using Cinema Secrets Brush Cleanser.  I pour a little in a small bowl, swish my freshly used eyeshadow brush in it, wipe off the excess with a clean paper towel and viola. a clean makeup brush ready for my next use.  Since I started to regularly clean my makeup brushes I have noticed the instance of acne decreasing on my skin. You can purchase Cinema Secrets Brush cleanser from a variety of places. I got my last bottle HERE .


What sort of changes do you make to your skin care routine when the seasons change?  Share your tips in the comments section!




The Lipstick League – week of 4.7.14




Question of the Week: I own more of this brand than any other...

Answer: Chanel. Considering all the blushes, eyeshadows, lip glosses & lipsticks I own.  Yup. Chanel is my "most have" brand.  What about you?

Lipglossiping - counts down the days until she can welcome the summer with a punch of seasonal colour from Deborah Lippmann!

My Beauty Bunny - Feeling lucky? Go ahead and enter to win a shopping spree at Nurture My Body The Grand Prize winner will have $300 to spend on cruelty-free products!

Nouveau Cheap - Attention lip balm fans: have you seen the new Softlips CUBE yet? If not, you must click here!

Pink Sith - has made a confession. She is a Concealer Adulterer. Read all the sordid details about her affair with Joe Blasco Concealer and Neutralizer!

Prime Beauty - visits the French Riveria, indulges in chocolate and gets a tan with no burn all with the Too Faced Limited Edition Bonjour Bronzing Wardrobe, a must-have for pale girls!

Phyrra - shares her picks for the Top 10 Best Pink Lip Products!

we heart this - hearts Mad Men almost as much as beauty products! You too? Check out our Mad Men dictionary, then join us every Monday as we recap the final season.

Clumps of Mascara - is totally that girl that >wears lipstick when she works out. And red lipstick at that!

EauMG - There’s a new feature on EauMG, In the House. There are so many brands out there; it can be intimidating. In the House is a quick introduction to a featured indie/niche brands. Come check out the first installment!

Gouldylox Reviews - I've got new lippies and skincare and I am obsessed! Especially with this eye cream and face oil. If fine lines are your concern, I've got answers!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Lipglossiping - I do love a comprehensive brush review, and this post on Wayne Goss’ Foundation Brush from MyWomenStuff left me scrolling through the archives like a woman possessed!

Beauty Spotlight


Is Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in Strange Magic true love, or a true miss for Lola's Secret Beauty Blog ? How did it compare to Tom Ford Nude Vanilla?

Carrie from eyeliner on a cat shares her love of multi-tasking products in her Spring Skin Care Round-Up-- and she also has an exclusive discount code just for her readers!

Find out why Jessika from polish insomniac has fallen in LOVE with the new FingerPaints Pastel Rain collection!

The Pink Sith lives up to her moniker with her Top 10 PINK Lipsticks. Check out what made the list!

Mostly Sunny thinks technology really has made the world a better place! For example, with YSL Fuchsia Désinvolte Baby Doll Kiss & Blush, you can now use one product on your lips and cheeks and look fabulous for hours on end!

Prime Beauty visits the French Riveria, indulges in chocolate and gets a tan with no burn all with the Too Faced Limited Edition Bonjour Bronzing Wardrobe, a must-have for pale girls!

Beauty Info Zone wants you to rethink your Easter basket with Lush's Funny Bunny set. Look Ma, no cavities!

Win It!!! Head over to Pammy Blogs Beauty to find out how you can win a "Year's Supply" of Dove products!

Phyrra wants us to kick back and have a drink with the new Silk Naturals Happy Hour Spring 2014 collection!

drivel about frivol examines the evolution of a beauty junkie, through a selection of Kate's baby pictures, including baby's first FOTD. With wings.

As the cosmetic industry keeps upping it's game lip products continue to become more and more impressive. Perilously Pale shows us the new Lancome Lip Lover and what makes it such a standout on the market right now.

Want to plump? Your lips that is. 15 Minute Beauty has shared a luscious way to do so with Bliss Pout-O-Matic.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Joe Blasco Concealer and Neutralizer - Review, Pictures, Swatches

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We all have something to hide. I don't think there is anyone on this planet that doesn't have some sort of secret or something they want to cover up. I have been looking for a great cover up for years. I have found many that met my needs at the time, but I am a fickle woman and move on quickly to the next great thing. I'm faithful in love and friendship, but when it comes to cosmetics, I'm an adulterer.

I am going to admit something I have never admitted before on this blog..(maybe I have but after ~1,700 posts I forget stuff).

I
Am
A
Concealer
Adulterer

There! I said it. It does not make me feel any better admitting it. There is no relief in telling the sordid truth. I just need to live with this "flaw" for the rest of my life and hope against all hope that you will forgive me and my lowly behavior.

My latest concealer affair has been with Joe. Joe Blasco actually. A stage and professional makeup brand, Joe Blasco, a makeup artist who got his start with ABC and NBC television and went on to work as a makeup artist for stage and movies, has risen to worldwide fame and now has his own line of makeup for professional artists and those not so professional, like me.
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Concealer on left. Neutralizer on right.

Let's first talk about the Joe Blasco Neutralizer. I use the Red Neutralizer 1. I purchased it because I needed something other than green makeup to cover up the multitude of red marks on my face from acne scars and active pimple. Green cover ups always made me look ashy and never blended quite well enough for me. This red neutralizer looks fairly yellow but does have a slight greenish cast to it. It is incredibly light and is actually lighter than my normal skin tone. The consistency of the solid cream is smooth and never cakey. It lasts for many, many hours if set properly and I have yet to experience any irritation or breakouts from using it. The best part is, A little goes a long, long way. I have been using this neutralizer since February and have not even noticed a dip in the pan. This Neutralizer is highly pigments and lasts all darn day! I make it work by using a small, pointed concealer brush and spot covering specific red marks on my face as well as near the sides of my nose, which always seems to look red. I then use a fluffy concealer brush to buff the color and make it blend into my skin then I cover those spots with Joe Blasco Dermaceal Light 1 Concealer.

The Joe Blasco Dermaceal Concealer is a waterproof concealer. It is also house in a small pot as a solid cream. The high pigmented formula has been able to conceal my acne scars, a light birthmark on my cheek, some freckles, and my dark under-eye shadows. The consistency is smooth and creamy but not oily or runny at all. The color for me has a bit of pink in it which goes well with my skin coloring and actually matches it quite well. The never cakey concealer does not settle into the fine lines around my eyes as long as I set it with powder. The lasting power is super and wears well almost all day long. A little goes a long way with this one too. I have been using this since February with no noticeable dip in the product! I use a fluffy concealer brush, swirl it on the concealer and lightly buff the areas I wish to cover.
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Concealer on left. Neutralizer on right.

Do you NEED this? YES, if you have tried every other concealer or neutralizer and they do not last or do not cover well. (Check out the neutralizers, they come in a multitude of colors for almost any issue). YES, if you are very light skinned like me and can't seem to find a concealer that doesn't look dark orange on you. NO if you have severely dark under eye circles and even stuff like Dermablend doesn't work. The Joe Blasco concealer is as pigmented as Dermablend (So I am told) but if you are looking for something that shows no trace of the dark under eye circles you might never find it, and you won't find it with this concealer....however those with moderate under eye circles will find this concealer very useful!

I purchased both Joe Blasco items from a website called Makeup Mania. Not only did they send a confirmation super fast, the package was delivered in half the time that it takes to get a package from Camera Ready Cosmetics! Super Fast Shipping and good customer service make me a happy customer. The Joe Blasco Neutralizer retails for $12 USD and the Joe Blasco Dermaceal Concealer retails for $19 USD.

What say you? Are you a concealer adulterer? Time to confess!
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