Friday, March 5, 2021

Review: The Chemistry Brand Heel Chemistry #Deciem #TheChemistryBrand #HeelChemistry #Beauty #BodyCare #FootCare #CrackedHeels #skincare #deciemproducts

 (product photo courtesy of chemistrybrand.deciem.us)

3.3 fl.oz./100mL $15.00

A couple of months ago I wrote about The Chemistry Brand Hand Chemistry (https://bit.ly/35M59Vkformula for hands and how well it worked on my hands. I have been waiting patiently for the Heel Chemistry formula to come back in stock, and finally my patience paid off. After what seemed like a lifetime, I received my small order of some items that had been out of stock for what seemed like forever. I immediately opened The Chemistry Brand Heel Chemistry formula and applied it to my hard, cracked feet. After a couple of weeks I saw results. Good results. 

What makes this product so different is that unlike traditional heel and foot creams, which focus on removing the hard skin, this one has a 19.5% active complex that hydrates the cracked skin topically while supporting below surface hydration to avoid the traditional hard skin cycle. It contains a marine complex that has been clinically proven to improve visible skin texture and hydration, while counteracting extreme dryness. It does not contain urea or acids. Heel Chemistry does contains an extraordinary 19.5% active ingredients. Their Antarctic Marine Complex increases skin health and moisturization, showing a significant increase of skin hydration of 90% in 14 days. Calendula provides a healing a regeneration effect for immediate and long-lasting results. The active complex contains: Pseudoalteromonas Ferment  Complex, Tremella Fuciformis, Purified Calendula Extract, Hydracol and Maze Propanediol. Heel Chemistry also contains the following ingredients that help to moisturize the skin of the feet: Glycerin, Serine, Sporocarp Extract, Soybean Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Propylene Glycol and Limonene. As you may already know, if you have read my blog before, Glycerin is a powerhouse humectant that attracts moisture to the skin and allows it to penetrate deeply to the dermis. Serine is a skin conditioning agent that allows allows moisture to penetrate the skin. Sporocarp Extract helps the skin retain moisture. Soybean Oil is rich in isoflavones, linoleic acid and Vitamin E, all of which help moisturize the skin. Tocopherol or Vitamin E, is an antioxidant that fights off free radicals and is a rich moisturizing agent. Propylene Glycol is another humectant that helps the skin add moisture to itself. Limonene is added to help ingredients penetrate the skin better. Menthol is added purely for a refreshing effect on the skin. 

This cream works best if used twice daily to dehydrated areas for 14 days. Continue application as needed. Can be use on heels, hands, elbows and other areas such as knees, that suffer from extreme dryness. If irritation occurs, discontinue use and consult a physician. Do not use on unbroken skin. Patch test prior to use. 

I have been using this product twice daily on my heels and have noticed that the cracks in my heels had dissipated somewhat. I would show pictures of my feet, but honestly I happen to have the ugliest feet in the world and I am completely embarrassed of them. Unlike other creams that exfoliate the dead, hard skin of the feet, this cream moisturizes the skin. I would still recommend removing some of the dead hard skin with a pumice stone or file, as it is just easier for the cream to penetrate skin that is softer and less hardened. Whereas urea and acids slough off the dead skin cells, this cream does not. It keeps the skin moisturized and has a slight cooling effect with the added benefit of menthol. I would definitely recommend it if you desire to add a little bit of extraneous work to your routine. Otherwise just applying the cream alone won't product the desired results I do believe. It will help to a degree but physical exfoliation helps too. All in all, the cream is very moisturizing but I still think you need to get rid of some of the hardened skin on the foot in addition for the most desired results. 

The Chemistry Brand Heel Chemistry can be purchased online at chemistrybrand.deciem.us for $15.00. Like DECIEM on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deciem/; Follow DECIEM on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deciem/ and Follow DECIEM on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/deciem

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
 




Thursday, March 4, 2021

4 Gift Ideas To Ask Your Partner For This Birthday

4 Gift Ideas To Ask Your Partner For This Birthday

If your birthday is coming up soon and you’re thinking about starting to drop hints to your significant other about what you might like to receive on the big day, then read on. This is a run-down of four gift ideas to ask your partner for ready for when your birthday rolls around.


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1. Makeup


With so many brands on the marketplace these days it can be really difficult - and expensive - to keep up with the latest trends. Therefore, what better birthday treat to receive than some new make-up?! Now, this can be a tricky product to expect your boyfriend or girlfriend to be able to buy confidently for you. So, if you’re determined not to ask for exactly what you’d like outright, then why not organise a spontaneous shopping trip a week or two before your birthday to help your partner scout out present ideas. You might wish to highlight the eyeshadow palette you have been longing after for weeks, or perhaps some natural beauty products you saw featured in a YouTube video?


2. A Trip Abroad


During the outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdowns and social distancing restrictions, nothing has felt more appealing than the promise of a trip abroad. Why not ask your partner to plan a holiday and treat you to the trip for your birthday? Most airlines and holiday package providers are offering flexible dates and refund policies at the moment to encourage people to travel again. Your partner will probably be able to get a really good rate! Having nothing to look forward to is never great for your mental health, so why not ask for this?


3. New Clothes


If your ASOS wishlist is starting to pile up but you haven’t got the cash to pay for it all, then it might be a good idea to hold off on your next haul and asking for some new clothes for your birthday. Hopefully your significant other is very familiar with your style and can be trusted to buy you something that will suit you. That said if you’re not sure that you’d like to take the risk, then there’s no harm in pointing out a few pieces that you’re fond of when you’re next out shopping - or even share your wishlist with him or her over email. I’m sure they would rather you got what you really wanted for your birthday rather than risk it and potentially waste their money.


4. Something Personal


Perhaps you aren’t much of a materialistic person or aren’t prepared to wait for a holiday and would much rather enjoy a surprise than ask for a list of specific gifts. If that sounds like you, then why not ask your partner to buy you something personal to you this birthday? It’s always nice when you can see that somebody has put lots of thought into a gift idea for you, so why not trust your other half to deliver the goods and leave yourself guessing about what your presents might be this year?


Until Next Time~


Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

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@iammakeupjunkie


Review: essence makeup Salut Paris Eyeshadow Palette #essencemakeup #salutparispalette #beauty #cosmetics #makeup #eyeshadowpalette #eyeshadow #eyeshadowpalettes #essencecosmetics

(product photo courtesy of www.essencemakeup.com

Essence Makeup is famous for its fun and inexpensive but quality cosmetics. I always try and get something from the brand that I cannot get here in the US, whenever I am in Greece. They happen to have a wonderful array of items that are fully pigmented and are at a great price point without sacrificing quality. I received a lot of their new items to try out recently and am pleased to report that I really liked everything I tried out, as usual. 

Here I will be reviewing the essence makeup Salut Paris Eyeshadow Palette. It is a 9 pan pigmented, long wearing eyeshadow palette. The shades are super blendable that feature Parisian rosé tones with matte and shimmer shades. As always, the product is paraben-free and cruelty-free. 

Here are swatches of the colors from the palette:



And here I am wearing the palette:



I found the eyeshadows to be very pigmented and not chalky at all. There was some fallout, but that is to be expected with any eyeshadow. Especially matte ones. For this look I stuck mostly to the pink and mauve toned shades, with a little bit of brown in the crease and transition. For mascara, I wore essence makeup Lash Princess Volume Mascara $4.99 over their Volume Boost Lash Primer $4.99 (which really does give me fuller, thicker lashes). This eyeshadow gives a nice defined look to the eye area, and makes my blue-green eyes really stand out. The lipstick is something I was testing out from another brand that I thought would look good with this look. I definitely received a lot of compliments on this look. It is kind of a goth/grunge meets modern look. By the way, the goth look is back in a big way. Dark smoky eyes with lots of liner and dark lips are really in for spring. 

Essence Makeup Salut Paris Eyeshadow Palette retails for $9.99. It is available online at www.essencemakeup.com and ULTA Beauty. Like essence makeup on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essence.north.america/; Follow essence makeup on Twitter: https://twitter.com/essencemakeup and Follow essence makeup on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/essencemakeup/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This was sent for consideration) 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Review: Miami Beach Bum Cream #MiamiBeachBum #Beauty #Skincare #Bodycare #microbiome #cleanbodycare

 (product photo courtesy of www.miamibeachbum.com)

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6 fl.oz./177ml $45.00


Miami Beach Bum is a company that was born from a marine scientist's need for a cream for her folliculitis. Because she was always in wet swimsuits, she developed rashes on her bum (folliculitis) and wanted a clean skincare solution. So, using her chemistry background, she created an at-home remedy using mainly plant ingredients. Voilà, Miami Beach Bum was born! It was intentionally made to be kind to the microbiome, the skin's own microbial system for protection (see below). Miami Beach Bum is crafted with the goal of bringing one's own skin health to the forefront of self-care and making women feel confident and comfortable, naturally. The line has evolved into a full collection of vegan products, that keep sustainability and good environmental practices in mind. 

The microbiome is comprised of microorganisms (bacteria, yeast, protozoa), that colonize your skin, intestines and essentially every surface of the body. It plays and essential role in the natural defenses and immune system of your body and helps to keep you healthy. Research shows that the microbiome has lost diversity overtime, and this had lead to a decrease in its ability to produce essential nutrients such as Vitamins A, D, E and K. When the microbiome is out of balance skin becomes dull, dry and diseased. This is where Miami Beach Bum comes in to play. Their products are formulated with a pH of 5-5.5 to fortify the skin's natural moisture barrier, plumping it and protecting it. Each product features clean, natural plant ingredients that balance the microorganisms and replace beneficial metabolites (Vitamins, nutrients and essential fatty acids) that result in healthy, resilient skin. 

Miami Beach Bum comes in three scents: Lemongrass, Orange and Mint. I tried the Lemongrass scent. Each cream has three key ingredients in it: oregano, aloe and jojoba. Oregano acts as a balancing agent. It has antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties that allow it to balance the skin's microbiome; improving common skin problems. Aloe is known to be very soothing and anti-inflammatory, as well as hydrating to the skin. It has antioxidants, natural enzymes and Vitamins A & C that help hydrate dry skin and fortify the skin's natural moisture barrier. Jojoba oil helps to improve the skin natural moisture barrier of the skin, it also soothes dry skin, has iodine in it to soothe inflammation, has Vitamins A, B, & E and is loaded with antioxidants. Other ingredients that are in the cream that are helpful are sunflower oil, which is high in Vitamin E. It is very moisturizing for the skin. So is shea butter, which is also very emollient. Next we have salicylic acid and tea tree oil, which are not only anti-bacterial but also anti-inflammatory, helping to prevent acne and folliculitis. The salicylic acid also exfoliates the skin. 

The lemongrass essential oil in the Lemongrass scent has antifungal and antibacterial properties. The Orange scent has orange essential oil which has Vitamin C and antioxidants that improve the texture of the skin by promoting clarity, radiance and smoothness while reducing the signs of acne and aging. The Mint scent has spearmint oil which is an anti-inflammatory agent that helps to soothe skin, heal acne, aid dry skin and heal dermatitis. It is also an antiseptic, thus it acts to heal infections. So each scent has distinct properties and works well for different skin conditions, depending on what you have going on with your skin. The Lemongrass scent is the original. Miami Beach Bum helps to prevent the following skin conditions: dry skin, dull skin, folliculitis, body acne, eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris and more. I would recommend the original Lemongrass cream for any skin condition mentioned above. The Mint would work well it you have body acne and some really bad folliculitis. The Orange would work well if you have some some hyperpigmentation you want to work on as well as any other skin conditions that are listed above, as it brightens as well as heals the skin. The Orange also improves the smoothness of the skin.  

I had a normal winter bought with dry skin and some usual slight keratosis pilaris (no redness but some bumpiness) and found this cream to be very good at relieving the dryness and bumpiness. And this is no surprise. The ingredients in Miami Beach Bum are great at relieving dryness, with wonderful moisturizing and emollient oils like sunflower oil, jojoba oil and the addition of shea butter. Add to that the aloe barbadensis leaf juice, which is such a great all around ingredient that helps to ease dryness, soothes eczema, acts as an anti-inflammatory for any skin ailment like acne, folliculitis, etc. The addition of the oregano extract aids as an all around skin balancing agent. It helps to keep the skin's microbiome in check, it is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, but needs to be diluted in the right amounts, as it is here. Salicylic acid is a renowned anti-acne agent and exfoliant that is used far and wide for the face, it is known to be very beneficial to use on the body for acne and psoriasis. Salicylic acid helps to remove dry hard skin, it helps with keratosis pilaris and soothes inflammation. I do happen to suffer from some atopic dermatitis too, but did not have any flare-ups while using this unfortunately, so I could not report on how well it would have worked. My atopic dermatitis flares up during the summer when it is hot out. All in all, this product did relieve my dry skin and helped with the bumpiness from my minor keratosis pilaris so I am very happy with it. 



The Miami Beach Bum line has branched out into a full-fledged line for the face, body and hair. Miami Beach Bum cream retails for $45.00 for 6 fl.zo./177mL and can be purchased online at www.miamibeachbum.com. Like Miami Beach Bum on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiamiBeachBum; Follow Miami Beach Bum on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/MiamiBeachBum/_shop/ and Follow Miami Beach Bum on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themiamibeachbum/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(this was sent for consideration)













Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Review: Dermalogica Active Moist #dermalogica #activemoist #beauty #skincare #microbiome

 (product photo courtesy of www.dermalogica.com)

1.7 fl.oz./50mL $42.00
Probiotics are a great way to help the body's microbiome. Everybody has a microbiome that is capable of keeping your body's entire flora/fauna in check. Without it, we would not be able to function. It is just now that most scientists are realizing the importance of the connection between the body's microbiome and how we function. The skin's microbiome helps to protect our body from invaders, and it actually functions as small ecosystem. When is does not function well, rashes and diseases start to pop up, such as yeast infections, eczema, etc. Skincare companies are starting to realize the benefit of helping to maximize the function of the skin's microbiome by putting probiotics in skincare products. I tried one product by Dermalogica, called Active Moist and you can read on for my review. 

Dermalogica Active Moist is a lightweight white gel-cream moisturizer with a  Probiotic Moisture Complex for normal to combination skin. It has a sheer and easy to apply formula that helps to improve surface texture and combats surface dehydration. The formula contains botanical extracts of lemon, cucumber and burdock to refine the skin's texture. With this moisturizer you will get effective oil-free moisture without a greasy-feel. The reason this moisturizer is so light is that is does not contain glycerin, which is a common humectant that is very hydrating in most moisturizers for drier skin types, instead it contains pentylene glycol and butylene glycol, which are lightweight humectants and skin conditioning agents that draw moisture into the skin. This makes it ideal for normal to combination and even oilier skin types (oilier skins can likely use this in winter) to protect against dehydration. I would not recommend this product for dry skin. I have dry skin and used it and it was not something that was comparable enough for me but feel that it might work better in the summer if my skin starts to feel more like "normal" skin again. The Probiotic Moisture Complex helps to keep skin hydrated, keeping the skin's microbiome happy and at a normal level. There are so many botanical extracts in this formula, but suffice it to say that the main ones in them are there to refine the skin's texture, evening it out. This is good if you have bumpy, uneven skin texture and will likely cause some exfoliation & purging of the skin. Purging means you might break out a little bit when first using this, don't worry, that means that it is working and that the product is actually ridding your skin of the dead skin cells in the pores, keep using the product and possibly add on a detoxifying mask to aid in exfoliation. In fact, increase your exfoliation by using the Dermalogica Microexfoliant, which is extremely gentle and works on just about every skin type (It happens to be one of my favorite exfoliants). Active Moist contains lemon fruit, lemon peel extract and citric acid, all of which exfoliate & detoxify the skin. Cucumber is soothing and very hydrating to the skin. Burdock extract helps to smooth and detoxify the skin. 

To use: apply over damp face and throat with light upward strokes. Best when used following Multi-Active Toner. Can be applied over or mixed with prescribed dermalogica concentrated booster for additional results. It used during the day, make sure to apply a SPF over the Active Moist. 

All in all, this is a great moisturizer for normal to combination skin or oilier skin and will be great for me in the summer months, as my skin is on the dry side right now. However, if you have skin that is mentioned above, try this now. It comes in two sizes, a 1.7 fl.oz./50mL for $42.00 or 3.4 fl.oz./100mL for $66.00. 

Dermalogica Active Moist is available from www.dermalogica.com. Like dermalogica on Facebook: https://facebook.com/dermalogica; Follow dermalogica on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dermalogica; Follow dermalogica on Instagram: https://instagram.com/dermalogica and Subscribe to dermalogica on YouTube: https://youtube.com/dermalogica.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(this was sent for consideration)

Monday, March 1, 2021

The Scoop on ZALA Clip-In Human Hair Extensions

 

The Scoop on ZALA Clip-In Human Hair Extensions

 


The history of hair extensions dates back to 3400 BC. The improvements made in these beauty products over time shows that hair extensions have come a long way. With the evolution of the beauty and fashion industries, extensions have seen many changes in quality, types, styles, volume, length, color, and manufacturing methods. While the many options means there’s something for everyone, many women understandably find themselves a bit overwhelmed when it comes to choosing the right type of hair extension.

 

Even though choosing hair extensions can seem a bit complex, a leading brand in this sector, ZALA, makes the process simple. The brand carries many different hair extensions types to cater to most women's needs and lifestyles. ZALA clip-in extensions are among the company's most in-demand extension types.

Human Hair Extensions vs. Synthetic Hair Extensions

ZALA’s clip-in hair extensions are made from the best quality, 100% Remy human hair from top to bottom. Unlike their synthetic counterparts, extensions made of real human hair have their cuticles fully intact and blend naturally with your own hair. As such, you don’t have to worry about the tangling of the hair strands. Also, you can rest assured that the hair will stay silky and smooth even after many months of use.

 

Stylists always recommend Remy clip-in hair extensions because synthetic hair looks fake and is easy to spot. Synthetic extensions are precisely as they sound: they’re made of stiff plastic fibers blended together to create the illusion of human hair. But they don’t blend with your hair naturally and stick out noticeably. It is for these reasons that ZALA manufactures only real human hair clip-in extensions. You can treat Remy human hair extensions just like your natural hair. You’re free to cut, style, dye, and wash them in the same way as you would your own hair.

 

Ease of Installation

Clip-in human hair extensions are available in multiple color, volume, and length options. But the best part of these wefts is that you can apply them by yourself without going to a stylist. The clips attached to the wefts make the installation process quick and easy. Just clip the individual wefts to your own hair, and you’re good to go! Each piece of the clips opens and closes effortlessly.

The clips also make it easy to remove the extensions and put them back whenever you need them. Other extension types, such as tape-in and sew-in, are more complex to apply, so you have to go to your stylist to have them installed. That’s not the case with clip-ins. With a little practice, you can master the technique and apply them within 10-15 minutes.

Least Damaging

Unlike their glue-in, tape-in, and sew-in counterparts, ZALA’s clip-in hair extensions are entirely safe for your natural hair. They’re not treated with any chemicals and don’t involve the use of special hair products, heat, adhesive, tape, or pressure during application. You simply clip them onto your hair and can unclip them instantly. As such, you can rest assured that clip-in wefts will not damage your own hair.

Low-Maintenance

Clip-in human hair extensions are very low maintenance compared to most other types of extensions. They don’t require washings as frequently as synthetic hair. The wefts typically only need to be washed after every 13-18 wears. And, you’re free to wash them whenever you notice product buildup to a point where you find it challenging to manage or style the hair. Also, real human hair extensions are easy to wash. You can shampoo, condition, and brush them just like your own hair and leave them to dry naturally.

Easy to Style

You can easily style your clip-in human hair extensions the way you want, just like your own hair. Curl, straighten, and dye them however you like — just be sure to set your heating tool to a lower setting when styling the extensions. It’s also a good idea to use some kind of heat protection spray before applying a heating tool to the wefts.

When it comes to brushing clip-in extensions, make sure to use a brush made specifically for human hair extensions. Start brushing from the ends and then gradually move to the base. Do not apply more pressure when combing your hair.

Long-Lasting

ZALA’s clip-in human hair extensions are created to last for more than six months. With proper care, they can even last for a year or longer. The life expectancy of your extensions also depends on how frequently you wear them. Make sure to take off your clip-in wefts before going to bed. By doing so, you can help to ensure they stay in great shape for a long time.


Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Review: essence makeup fruit kiss caring lip balm #essencemakeup #fruitkisslipbalm #beauty #lipbalm #cosmetics #makeup

 (product photo courtesy of www.essencemakeup.com)


There is nothing like a good lip balm to help take care of dry, chapped lips in the winter. Lip balm is essential any time of the year actually. Unfortunately the skin on our lips does not produce sebum, so we have to apply something to help seal in moisture. essence makes a wonderful lip balm that happens to be inexpensive and easy to use. 

essence makeup fruit kiss caring lip balm with a kiss of fruity flavor contains 10% almond oil to help seal in moisture so that lips will feel super-soft and irresistibly smooth in seconds. It also smells delicious. With delicate color application and subtle shimmer effect. Available in the following fruity scented varieties: raspberry, cherry, strawberry, coconut, lime and pineapple. This lip balm is vegan, paraben-free, preservative-free and alcohol-free. 

To use: apply to bare lips and feel them instantly become smooth and nourished. 

Here is a photo of me wearing the lip balm in raspberry dream:




This lip balm is nice because it comes in a nice light fruity flavor and a very light shimmer that that shows up nicely on naked lips, as you can see from the photo above. The lip balm is not too heavy but heavy enough that it wears for a long enough time that it doesn't wear off immediately. It has 10% sweet almond oil in it which helps to keep lips moist and nourishes them, making lips soft and kissable. 

essence makeup fruit kiss caring lip balm retails for $5.99. It is available online at www.essencemakeup.com and ULTA Beauty. Like essence makeup on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essence.north.america/; Follow essence makeup on Twitter: https://twitter.com/essencemakeup and Follow essence makeup on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/essencemakeup/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This was sent for consideration) 








Friday, February 26, 2021

Review: FACTORFIVE Anti-Aging Cream Mini #FACTORFIVE #AntiAgingCreamMini #Beauty Skincare

 (product photo courtesy of www.factorfiveskin.com)

0.34 fl.oz./10mL $65.00

Yesterday I reviewed the FACTORFIVE Regenerative Serum Mini (https://bit.ly/3krlhkXwith growth factors. Today I will be discussing their Anti-Aging Cream Mini, which is a smaller version of their popular Anti-Aging Cream. This product is a hydrating cream that has been shown to visibly improve signs of aging such as redness, fine lines & wrinkles, skin tightness, thickness and uneven skin texture. FACTORFIVE Anti-Aging Cream Mini combines powerful human stem cell derived growth factors with a comprehensive array of moisturizing ingredients to leave skin feeling rejuvenated and youthful. It is supposed to be suitable for all skin types and features a non-irritating formula. Results should be visible within 4 weeks. The formula has been formulated with humanity in mind, without parabens, mineral oil, sulfate detergents, phthalates, urea, DEA, TEA, and has not been tested on animals. 

FACTORFIVE Anti-Aging Cream Mini combines powerful human stem cell growth factors with a comprehensive array of moisturizing & anti-aging ingredients. Suitable for all skin tones and (supposedly) all skin types, this hydrating formula visibly improves the signs of aging. Human stem cell conditioned media is one of the main ingredients in this anti-aging cream, listed second on the ingredient list. These are the new hero products in anti-aging. This ingredient helps to reduce the look of fine lines & wrinkles, as it stimulates cell renewal and differentiation. Applying it to the skin helps to stimulate the repair of facial photo-aging resulting in collagen synthesis, thickening of the epidermis and the clinical appearance of smoother skin with less visible wrinkles. Aloe barbadensis leaf juice is next on the list of ingredients, and it helps to add moisture to the skin and soothe inflammation & redness. Glycerin, a powerful humectant that can reach deep into the dermis, is responsible for adding moisture to the skin. It also helps to reduce that tightness and dryness in the skin. Niacinamide gets rid of hyperpigmentation/redness and works very quickly. Shea butter is another ingredient that helps to moisturize the skin, helping to get rid of dryness and tightness. Bis (tripeptide-1) copper acetate has been confirmed in studies to have significant anti-wrinkle effects. Camellia sinensis leaf extract is also known as green tea and is a power antioxidant that has significant effects on free radicals and helps in cell-functioning. Palmitoyl tripeptide-37 is a peptide that has been shown to reduce wrinkles in as much as 88% in 28 days. Acmella oleracea extract has been shown to reduce the intensity of muscle contractions which leads to a relaxation of expression lines. Therefore, it is the perfect ingredient for facial skin care products, especially for smoothening crow's feet and wrinkles on the forehead or around the mouth. Acetyl octapeptide-3, also known as argilene, works to relax facial expression lines by lessioning muscle tension. It has been shown to reduce wrinkles by as much as 30%. Vitamin E is the final anti-aging ingredient included and is a smoothing and moisturizing ingredient that also helps to smooth acne scars. As you can see, this has a great number of anti-aging ingredients in it that work to reduce redness, fine lines & wrinkles, thickness, photo-aging, tightness and uneven texture. With regular use you should see results in 4 weeks.

Directions: apply a pea sized amount on clean, dry skin after applying the FACTORFIVE Regenerative Serum. Use AM and PM. If using in the AM, follow with sunscreen. 

I only tried a small mini version of this product, but definitely noticed how moisturizing and soothing it was immediately. This is not your ordinary moisturizer. It is a very nice anti-aging cream that worked over-time to significantly reduce the look of redness, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, expression lines and tightness in my skin. I noticed results in as little as 2 weeks, which was about how much time the little bottle lasted. It is light enough that I would recommend it for any skin type really, except for acneic skin. Even oily skin in drier weather would benefit from a cream like this. But this cream is mainly designed for those with dry, mature and normal skin types. I would recommend it for sensitive skin since it helps with redness and irritation, just purchase the mini and do a patch test first. 

The FACTORFIVE Anti-Aging Cream Mini retails for $65.00 for 0.34 fl.oz./10mL but is also available in a full 1 fl.oz./30mL for $189.00.  

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This product was sent for consideration)











Thursday, February 25, 2021

Review: FACTORFIVE Regenerative Serum Mini #FACTORFIVE #RegerertativeSerumMini #Beauty #Skincare #GrowthFactors

 (product photo courtesy of www.factorfiveskin.com)

0.34 fl oz./10mL $70.00

This is a mini version of the best-selling Regenerative Serum that deviates from the traditional anti-aging skincare products. This product has human stem cell growth factors. It targets the signs of aging: fine lines, wrinkles, photo aging, tightness, thickening of the skin, uneven skin texture and more. A potent regenerative serum combines human stem cell derived growth factors with copper peptides to help restore skin. The "FACTORFIVE Glow": their serum is known for giving a more hydrated and youthful appearance. Provides visible results in as little as 4 weeks. Formulated with humanity in mind, without parabens, mineral oil, sulfates, phthalates, urea, DEA, TEA and has not been tested on animals. 

The scientists behind FACTORFIVE have developed a powerful regenerative serum that nourishes the skin and helps to promote healthy cellular activity. Composed of concentrated human stem cell growth factors as well as copper peptides, the effective formula deviates from traditional methods of ant-aging skincare by targeting these 5 signs of aging: wrinkles, sun spots, tightness, thickness, texture and other signs of aging. These growth factors are either bio-engineered in a laboratory or culled from human stem cells. What these growth factors do is help to build collagen in the skin, which actually erases photo damage, wrinkling, uneven skin texture, dryness and thickening. Copper peptides help to do the same thing, they are just not as effective as the growth factors, which are seen as some of the best anti-aging tools on the market. Found in abundance throughout the body, growth factors are large proteins that float between cells communicating messages relevant to growth, healing and survival. They are made by all types of cells. In the skin this includes the keratinocytes and the fibroblasts (those in the stratum corneum and the deeper dermis). Fibroblasts are collagen factories. Growth factors are like keys that activate cells to do things: grow, divide and make more collagen and elastin. As we age (usually by our 20's) that mechanism has worn out and needs to be rejuvenated. Our body starts to produce skin that is less supple and thinner.

Directions: apply a pea sized amount on clean dry skin in the AM and PM. Use under FACTORFIVE Anti-Aging Cream and follow with a sunscreen in the AM. 

I was only able to use a mini version of this serum, which had enough product for about 2 weeks worth of use. I did pay attention to the ingredients list, and the first ingredient was the human stem cell growth factor. This means you are getting a significant amount of ingredient in this product. Remember, ingredient percentage matters. The next ingredient that would be significant is glycerin, which would help to hydrate the skin, relieving tightness and plumping up the skin. Then niacinamide, helping to reduce hyperpigmentation. Bis (tripeptide-1) copper acetate has been confirmed in studies to have significant anti-wrinkle effects. Acetyl octapeptide-3 is an anti-aging peptide that which is more stable than botulinum toxin and effectively relieves facial wrinkles. Acmella oleracea extract has been shown to reduce the intensity of muscle contractions which leads to a relaxation of expression lines. Therefore, it is the perfect ingredient for facial skin care products, especially for smoothening crow´s feet and wrinkles on the forehead or around the mouth. Camellia sinensis extract is also known as green tea and is an antioxidant. It has significant effects on free radicals and helps in cell-functioning. Palmitoyl tripeptide-37 is a peptide that has been shown to reduce wrinkles in as much as 88% in 28 days. Sodium hyaluronate is a humectant that is a derivative of hyaluronic acid and works to draw moisture into the skin. The molecule holds 1,000 its own weight in water. 

What about the anti-aging claims? I do think that this product would significantly work to reduce wrinkles in as little as 4 weeks, as the claims make, considering the ingredients. I noticed my skin skin felt smoother when using it and that my skin's hyperpigmentation lightened up. I have some very small lines above eyes that started to disappear when I used this. All of the reviews on the website are 5 stars except for one (she had yet to receive her order). Nineteen glowing reviews. 

FACTORFIVE Regenerative Serum Mini retails for $70.00 and the original size retails for $199.00 

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

How to Find Your Next Eyeshadow Inspiration

 How to Find New Makeup Inspiration



Even if playing with makeup styles and products ranks number one is your list of hobbies, losing inspiration can happen to anyone. This problem has been especially prevalent during the last year with our movement so limited. You have far fewer occasions to show off your looks and the all-around stress can make even the fun parts of your day feel draining.


With all of that in mind, this article is going to share some tips on finding your makeup inspiration again. This is less about specific places to find new looks and more about reigniting your internal spark. We’re going to try out three exercises that can get you thinking in new ways.

Match a Look to Your Jewelry

Using jewelry as inspiration is a great exercise when you’re stuck in a rut, putting on the same shade of lipstick every morning. This time, before you pick up your primer, select a piece of jewelry that’s interesting to you. It could be your favorite necklace, it could be a pair of cool earrings that never seem to match anything or a meaningful amulet that evokes your spiritual side. 


Now, put on your piece of jewelry, sit down in front of the mirror, and recreate the jewelry as a makeup look. Choose a color scheme that matches the tones of the chosen piece. Break out that metallic eyeshadow pallet to go with a bronze or golden bracelet. If you selected a floral piece of jewelry, maybe you can recreate the general shape of power petals as you work.

Create an Entire Outfit

If you’re feeling a little stuck on your makeup look, it’s common to feel similar about your apparel. It’s time to dig further back into your closet instead of reaching for that same piece of jeans that you’ve worn every day this week. 


For this inspiration exercise, put together an outfit that feels like a more idealized version of yourself. Put on the wild shoes that you love but feel like they’re “too much” or grab your favorite t-shirt that has too many holes to be seen in public. If your wardrobe isn’t fitting your dream look, take matters into your own hands and design a totally unique hat that nobody else could possibly own.


Now that you’re in dressup mode, see what style of makeup feels like the right match. You might discover that your ideal self’s makeup routine is pretty different from your usual choices. 

Look to Your Tattoos

Tattoos and makeup have a lot in common. They’re both avenues of expression, letting us decorate our skin for a day or a lifetime. In this third and final exercise, you’ll be taking a good look at your own tattoos. If you don’t have any, use your imagination and pick something bold that you might or might not ever consider in real life.


Check out those tats and see what elements could be interesting to borrow. Thick lines could be reflected in eyeliner and eyebrows. A shark tattoo or a mermaid might inspire an oceanic motif with sparkling blues and green. If there are lots of geometric shapes, see if you can play with sharply defined eyeshadow or bold cheekbones.


Creating new looks with your makeup collection can be a fun and rewarding form of self expression. If you’re feeling burnt out, don’t despair--it can happen to anybody, and these strategies are here to make you feel brand new.



Until Next Time~


Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

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