Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Medium Glow & Tan Glow : Step by Step Review + Swatches

From the company:
Tanning and pantyhose are so yesterday. Now you can give your legs a makeover in just seconds. No sun. No salon. No streaks. Just flawless-looking, irresistible, sexy legs. This lightweight leg makeup, enriched with Palmaria Extract, enhances the coverage of freckles, veins and imperfections. It’s water and transfer resistant. Bare legs are nice. Airbrush Legs are irresistible. Find Airbrush Legs in the Sally Hansen section at your local retailer.

This spray is basically a leg makeup, and after spraying it on my hands and very quickly blending it on my legs, I saw how even my legs looked. It was like apply foundation for your legs. I wasn't sure what shade I was, so I tried both colors of each leg.

The application was very easy :
1. Shake well
2. Spray on hands
3. Apply
4. Let set

My hands were brown by the time I even out all the products on my legs, but it washed off with no stains ! 

The product was cold when sprayed on to my hands. I recommend spraying little by little, even it out, then if needed, apply more. 

Medium glow evened out my leg skin tone, while Tan glow was able to even out my skin tan and provide a natural wash of additional tan on my legs.

After letting both legs to set, I tried the transfer test. Not only did the colors not smudge, they stayed well put and didn't crease. 

There is some subtle golden shimmer in both colors as well. Not very noticeable, but up close, you can detect it. 

This spray is great for any of those who need to cover any unwanted spots on their legs, as well as add a hint of glowy tan without the hassle and mess. 

Top : Medium Glow Bottom: Tan Glow

Rate : A

Available at your local drugstores $12 (4.4 oz) 

Disclaimer : This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by the brand or its PR firm.  I don't do paid reviews. All pictures and reviews are my own.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Freeman beauty- Avocado & Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask Travel Size Review

From the company:
Let’s take it to go!!! Perfect size to take to the gym, on airplanes or drop in your purse!

Nourish and purify with one amazing mask! Rich clays dive deep to purge dirt and oils from pores. Nutrient-rich Vitamin E, Avocado and Oatmeal moisturize for lasting skin softness. Skin looks and feels squeaky clean and is soft to the touch. Perfect for normal to combination skin.

Directions: Apply mask to face and neck, avoiding contact with eyes. Let dry and rinse with warm water. Use two times a week or as often as needed.

Avocados are know as super foods - and a moisturizing ingredient in the beauty world. While I can't say much for the pore purging since that isn't my biggest issue, this mask has nourished my face almost as intense as my moisturizer. The texture is thick and creamy, it smells of fancy lotion( didn't detect any oatmeal or avocados). Once applied on the skin, I left it on for 15 minutes, and rinsed it off. My skin felt so soft, as if I had just applied a heavy cream for my dry skin.

** This is a travel size,but it also comes in a bigger size (which is a better value as you can see the size difference) 

You can read my other review of the Golden Grain facial brightening mask (travel size) , Dead sea minerals mask (full size) and the Cucumber peel off mask (full size)

For you dry skin ladies out there, check this mask out, as well as a moisturizing face wash from the freeman beauty line : Kiwi & yogurt cleanser

Rate: A

Available at  Freeman & Ulta $1.99 (0.5 fl. oz.) 

Disclaimer : This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by the brand or its PR firm.  I don't do paid reviews. All pictures and reviews are my own.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape: Review + Swatches

From the company:
This buildable, blendable blush hybrid provides the natural look of a cream blush with the long-lasting 14-hour hydrating color of a gel stain. Infused with 50% pure Coconut Water, it instantly hydrates while nourishing with the powerful benefits of Vitamin E-rich Argan Oil.  Like a refreshing sip of Coconut Water for your skin, this moisture-packed blush instantly drenches cheeks in a cool veil of color.

“Living on the beach in Oahu, I became a devotée of coconut water—and noticed that drinking lots of it seemed to make my skin and hair glow. I created Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée to bring that hydrating color to my face, and yours. Have a sip of coconut water for your face with this blush that's cool to the touch.” —Josie Maran 

I got this lovely blush for my birthday ( I've been lusting for this product as soon as it came out!) Pink Escape is described as a "cool toned pink" With dry skin, I lean towards cream and water/oil based blushes, as powders tend to accentuate my dry patches. Another thing I would like to mention is that this product contains argan oil. You can read my review on the Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream that I still use to this day. It's a holy grail product for my skin. The great thing about this brand is that Josie Maran cosmetics is known for her eco-friendly products, with the headline "beauty with on conscience" 

All the cheek gelees come in a fancy glass like jar. Each cap matches the color of the blush. As shocking as Pink Escape looked in the jar, (a bright red), once swatches on my hands- it looked like a warm raspberry color. The product was sheer, but because it is so lightweight, its very buildable. Don't expect a high intense color payoff from this color, because this is suppose to give a natural color to the cheeks.

I love the texture, color and packing of this blush. It's also great to know the benefits of this product on my skin with the argan oil. 

Rate: A +

Available at Sephora $ 22 (0.18 oz) 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Freeman Beauty - Golden Grain Facial Brightening Mask Travel Size Review + Swatches

From the company:
Let’s take it to go!!! Perfect size to take to the gym, on airplanes or drop in your purse!

Glowing skin is worth its weight in gold! This illuminating gel mask with natural Golden Grain helps lift moisture levels for a dewy-smooth look and feel. Triple skin benefits of Vitamin C are known to help control the formation of dark spots, firm, and brighten. Perfect for dehydrated skin.

Directions: Apply generously to face and neck, avoiding contact with eyes. Leave on skin for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Use two times a week or as often as needed.

Since this packet had enough for two facials, I was able to try it out two days in a row. The facial comes out it a clear gel with golden shimmer. I've never seen a shimmery facial before! 

Once applied on my bare face, its clear and I can hardly detect any shimmer. No worries, the shimmers you see won't feel gritty at all.

My skin drank up any hydration it provided. After rinsing it off, my face felt very smooth. However, two uses didn't result a brightening result for me. Since I have some acne spots, I will buy the full size of this and use it continuously and see if it does any wonders for them.

As for now, this is a great hydrating mask. It also comes in a bigger size (which I think is a better value, but if your traveling or adding this to a goodie bag, this packet is best) 
I reviewed the Freeman beauty facials which were both full size in  Cucumber Mask and the Dead sea minerals mask

Rate: A

Avaliable at Ulta & $ 1.99 (0.5 fl. oz.)

Disclaimer : This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by the brand or its PR firm.  I don't do paid reviews. All pictures and reviews are my own.

Freeman - Eclos Daily HydraPrimer SPF 30 Review + Swatches

From the company:
Prime, hydrate, correct, and protect for the ultimate flawless finish! This silky, skin-correcting primer with a tone-balancing tint is exclusively formulated with Apple Stem Cell Technology, clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin texture in 2 weeks.* Soy helps hydrate and firm for renewed, revitalized skin. Sodium Hyaluronate minimizes dryness, roughness, fine lines, and wrinkles by helping skin hold on to moisture. Lightweight, tinted formula creates a polished look by smoothing out imperfections, and SPF shields against skin damage and premature aging.

Formulated with:
• Apple Stem Cells to help reduce appearance of wrinkles + improve skin texture.
• Soy to hydrate and firm.
• Iron Oxides provide a light tint; Broad Spectrum SPF provides UV defense.
• Antioxidant Vitamin E helps scavenge free radicals.

Directions: Apply to clean skin or over Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream. Blend into skin and follow with your foundation.

I usually apply foundation after my moisturizer, because my skin is very dry, and any makeup (cream,liquid, or powder) will easily accentuate any dry patches on my skin. This primer is set to reduce wrinkles. While that may not be my concern right now, early prevention is best. The ingredient in this primer (soy) claims to hydrate the skin. This primer also consist of a good amount of sun protection. 

When I first applied it, I thought it would be a tinted moisturizer, as it comes out a medium skin tone color. However, once blended on my face, it showed a very sheer wash of color. There is a mild scent once applied, but it goes away after. For one week, I applied this primer, let it set for a minute or so, and continued on with my foundation routine. 

This primer doesn't have that silicone feel to it, but makes my foundation glide on very smoothly. Based on how my foundation set on my skin, I see that the primer has helped with the dryness, especially my trouble spots on the chin and cheeks, where most of my dry patches are located. 

If you are looking for a primer with great sun protection and filled with skin care benefits, this primer will be right for you! 

Rate: B+

Available at Ulta & $15.99 ( 1 fl oz)

Disclaimer : This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by the brand or its PR firm.  I don't do paid reviews. All pictures and reviews are my own.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Freeman Beauty : Kiwi & Yogurt Facial Moisturizing Cleanser Review

From the company:
It's a super-hydrating smoothie for skin! This silky cream cleanser with crisp Kiwi and cooling, non-dairy Yogurt cleans away oils and impurities -- without stripping or drying skin. Perfect for normal to dry skin.

I've been using this cleanser for 9 days now, as a mourning and night time cleanser. This smells lightly of exactly what it contains, yogurt and kiwi (smells yummy!). As a person with really dry skin, I have yet to find a moisturizing cleanser. Many face wash out there strip off my natural oil, leaving my skin tight and dry within the second I wipe off the water on my face. 

This Kiwi & Yogurt cleanser consistency is quite thin, in between a cream and a gel. It doesn't soap up into foams or bubbles. Because of the texture of this cleanser, it glides on my skin and washes off easily. Just to test it out, it didn't sting my eyes when I got a bit of it in my eye area. I can safely assume its good for sensitive skin as well, since my skin hasn't had any irritations after using it. 

So did this live up to its claim? YES! After rinsing it out with lukewarm water, I lightly patted my face and waiting a few minutes before I follow up with my traditional toner and serum. My skin felt moisturized, cleansed, and pure. 

For your dry skin ladies, I would definitely give this nourishing cleanser a try. Another thing I want to mention is the price and the size of this product. For six ounces, it retails for $3.99. That is an incredible deal, who doesn't love affordable beauty ? 

The only concern I have is that because it's a squeeze tub packing, I can't control how much or how little I want the cleanser to come out. 

Rate : A

Available at Ulta &  $3.99 (6 fl. oz) 

Disclaimer : This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by the brand or its PR firm.  I don't do paid reviews. All pictures and reviews are my own.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Batiste Dry Shampoo - Lace ; Review

From the company:
Batiste Lace is for the woman who loves the vintage look with a chic flare! This elegant fragrance is oh-so sophisticated yet oozes seduction and style. Batiste Dry Shampoo is ideal for creating body you crave, while ditching the dirt, oil and grease as it freshens hair in minutes and brings life back to dull, lifeless hair! Simply spray lightly and evenly, massage through with your fingertips, brush out, and voila, strikingly revitalized hair! 

We all have those moments where we find ourselves in a rush out, only to stare unhappily at our not so clean second day hair. My past experiences with dry shampoos only left me with a greasier residue and unwanted white "flakes" 

Batiste dry shampoos come in different scents. I was sent "seductive & elegant" Lace. For you ladies out there, you will love the packaging! Lace is pink with black roses and laces, very modern and chic.

I skipped a nigh of washing my hair, and after 2 days, my scalp became greasy and my hair became more flat.

After giving the bottle a good shake, I spritzed the dry shampoo approximately 30 cm away from my hair as the instructions on the back says, and combed it out with my fingers...

I was amazed at the results. Taking a closer look, the oil that has collected overnight was gone, and my thin fine hair seem to have a bit more volume, which is saying a lot, since my hair is pin straight. 

So if you don't like washing your hair every single night, or just don't have the time for it, keep a bottle of Batiste dry shampoo. A few spritz and your hair will be clean and fresh!

Rate: A + 

Available at Ulta and 

Disclaimer : This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by the brand or its PR firm.  I don't do paid reviews. All pictures and reviews are my own.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment Review

From the company:EradiKate Acne Treatment quickly calms flare-ups and is specially formulated to help prevent future breakouts while reducing the appearance of redness.
  • Sulphur, an effective acne-fighter, aids in eliminating existing imperfections and keeping new ones from occurring.
  • AHAs are designed to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.
  • Zinc Oxide, a natural mineral, provides oil control by absorbing excess sebum production. 
I picked this up at Sephora hoping this would help with my blemishes. As soon as I opened the packaging a sticker reads " DO NOT SHAKE" I was quite confused as I see that there are 2 layers of products. On the top was what seemed to be water, and at the bottom was pink and thick. After washing my face at night, I used a q-tip and dipped all the way down to the pink products and applied it on my blemishes. It did slightly sting (as with most acne treatments) , but it was bearable. After 3 weeks of use, I can honestly see a dramatic difference. These kinds of spot treatments don't work over night, consistent application is a must for results. When applied, it dries up and I didn't notice any pillow smudging or smears. Once I wake up. it easily washes off with my mourning cleanser. Another notable thing to mention, after I opened the box, it included a sample size of the Kate Somerville Oil Free moisturizer! This is a great way for me to try another skin care product from the Kate Somerville line, what a great little surprise. 

Rate : A+

Available at Sephora, Nordstrom, and $22  ( 1 fl. oz) 

Eylure Naturalites Double Lash

Naturalites Double Lash
Full lashes with depth and texture for one of the most adventurous lash looks possible! Be daring, go double! Naturalites Double Lashes are a street-ready version of a popular make-up artist and celebrity trick of applying two+ pairs of lashes to add lots of extra texture to the lash line. Retail price: $5.99

Now these are the dramatic lashes that make eyes pop! Each lashes are thick and dark, and the lash line has a double band for that added volume. This comes with a little tub of glue, and is contact lens friendly as well as reusable. 
I recommend gently removing the lashes and take a warm cloth or napkin to remove any smudges of glue and makeup, and placing it back in the packing for the next night out or just another day to have volume blasted lashes. 

When applied on my friend Christina, it didn't feel light weight at all. Then again, neither of us are used to wearing full on lashes! If you are a huge fan of lashes, your eyelids are probably used to them already. 

Whats great about Eylure lashes is the versatile range of lashes is has to offer. Their lashes are 100% natural as well. 

Rate : A-

Available at Ulta and $5.99

Disclaimer : This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by the brand or its PR firm.  I don't do paid reviews. All pictures and reviews are my own.

Eylure Katy Perry Lashes in Darling

From the company:
This style is ‘Darling’, a full and fabulous style for a classic evening look. A great style for defining the eye and the self-adhesive strip makes this so quick to apply. All Katy Perry lashes by Eylure are handmade, 100% natural and each style is reusable. Latex Free.

When it comes to full sets of lashes, I always have to slightly trim the ends to match my eye shape. These are quite dramatic, and work well for special occasions or a night out. I tried these lashes on my friend Christina. While wearing these lashes, Christina added some eyeliner on the top and bottom of her eyes to give that slight smokey effect that pairs well with the Katy Perry look. It was noted that these lashes felt heavy on the lids, but if your used to lashes and want to amp up your lashes, these will certainly do the job. 

Rate: B+ 

Available at Ulta and $ 6.99

Disclaimer : This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by the brand or its PR firm.  I don't do paid reviews. All pictures and reviews are my own.

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro; Review + Swatches

From the company:No More Basic Lip Balm!8HR Hydration with a Neon KickElectric color pigments in our exclusive lip renew formulaIn 6 New Tinted Shades

  • Electric color pigments give your lips a sheer jolt of neon color
  • Protects and moisturizes for a full 8 hours
  • In 6 New Tinted Shades
  • Visibly renewed lips in 1 week*
  • 88% Had Smoother Lips*
  • 82% Had Less Dry Lips*
  • 70% Had More Supple Lips*
  • 83% Had Better-Looking Lips*

When the original baby lips came out, I fell in love with the packaging. Looking back, I have went through at least 6 babylips lip balms. Quench is my favorite, both hydrating as well as great sun protection, with an spf 20 included. I have really dry lips, as these are a must have for me.

Maybelline has done it again with the noteworthy packaging with these Electro baby lips. 

I picked up 2 at Ulta, "Strike a rose" and "Pink shock" 
Both performed well in terms of hydrating my lips, as well as providing light-medium color on my lips. They are just slightly more pigmented than your average sheer balm. The smell of these balms remind me of sweet taffy, which can be bothersome to some, but I like it!

The only thing with these lip balms is the short time wear. I notice some fading within 1-2 hours. So if you don't mind reapply throughout the day, this shouldn't be a big problem. 

Rate: A-

Have you tried the baby lips electro? 

Available at your local drugstores $2.99 

Eylure Individual Lashes Review

From the company:  
Individual Lashes
Single flared pieces can be built up to gorgeous full lashes. These are brilliant for giving lashes a natural looking fullness where needed. Just a couple at the corners (and they are pretty easy to put on!) can give you a cute little flick or a full set applied across the lash line will give you amazing long lasting lashes!

This set comes in 3 different lengths ; short, medium and long. Depending on the occasion, how dramatic or settle you want your lashes is up to you. It also has lash glue and glue remover included as well. 

These lashes were so easy to apply. With these individual lashes, I only apply from the middle lash line towards the end, for that extra flare ( I used 3) . Below is a picture of me wearing the "short" lashes. As you can see, they are wearable for an everyday look and look very natural.  
If you are new to the market of lashes, these are something worth looking into! Great for beginners, as well as 3 choices all in one kit.  

I recommend taking a pair of tweezers to get a steady grip on the lashes, apply a small dab of glue and wait 15 seconds for it to get tacky. You don't want the glue to slip right of your lashes! Slightly place the lash as close to your natural lash line as possible and go ahead with mascara if desired.  

Rate: A 

Available at Ulta and   $5.99

Disclaimer : This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by the brand or its PR firm.  I don't do paid reviews. All pictures and reviews are my own.