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Saturday, July 10, 2021

Review: Garnier Micellar Foaming Gel Cleanser

(product photo courtesy of www.garnierusa.com

6.7 fl.oz./200mL $8.99

Cleansing your skin this time of year can be demanding. Summertime is hot and humid, leaving skin feeling dirty, polluted, full of makeup and oily. Even if your skin is dry it can still feel like this. I happen to have dry skin and my skin still feels like this. After removing my makeup with a heavy duty cleanser, if I do wear makeup in the heat, I like to have a really good cleanser to help cleanse my skin and make it feel clean yet soft. My favorite cleanser for this is the Garnier Micellar Foaming Cleanser. It even works for light makeup. 

The Garnier Micellar Foaming Cleanser contains micelles, which are like magnets at attracting, capturing and lifting away dirt, oil, and makeup without any harsh rubbing or over-drying of the skin. Micelles are molecules of detergents in a colloidal solution that are much gentler on the skin than many other detergents. Because they are ionically charged, they attract makeup, dirt and oil easily.  

This All-In-One foaming gel face wash is powerful, yet ultra-gentle to skin. The fragrance-free formula is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin. In one easy step, it gently foams to remove makeup and impurities, leaving skin perfectly cleansed and refreshed. It rinses clean without any harsh rubbing of the skin. 97% of people who used this agreed that Micellar Foaming Face Wash leaves skin perfectly clean.

To use: apply on wet skin and gently massage into a lather. Rinse off. In case of direct eye contact, rinse thoroughly with water. Use morning and night.

I thoroughly enjoy a cleanser that removes all traces of makeup, dirt and oil in seconds flat. And does it so without feeling like skin gets dried out, That is because one of the main ingredients is glycerin. Glycerin is a cosmetic chemist's dream ingredient. It is inexpensive, hydrates like a dream and can be put in virtually anything. Once used, it stays on the skin to help hydrate and moisturize the skin to decrease symptoms of dry skin such as tightness, flakiness and pulling. Moisturizer and serum  goes on evenly and because skin is already primed with moisture, if it is the summer you might even be able to skip your essence. 

Either way, this cleanser does a wonderful job of cleansing the skin. I love how clean it makes me feel and leaves my skin feeling dewy and soft. That is not something I expect from many cleansers. However, with this one, I feel as if I can get both instead of just one or the other. 

Garnier Micellar Foaming Gel Cleanser retails for $8.99. It can be purchased online at www.amazon,compurchased online at www.garnierusa.com. This product can also be purchased at Walgreens, Rite-Aid, CVS and Wal-Mart stores. Like Garnier on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/garnierusa; Follow Garnier on Twitter: @garnierUSA; Follow Garnier on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/garnierusa/; Follow Garnier on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/garnierusa/; Subscribe to Garnier on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/GarnierUSA and Follow Garnier on Google+: https://plus.google.com/s/garnierus/top.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Review: Pacifica Beauty Cocoa Cinnamon Dual Exfoliant

(product photo courtesy of www.pacificabeauty.com

6 oz./170g $14.00

My skin has been on a journey lately. Turning 50 made me realize that if I couldn't afford Botox I had to turn a few things around and make some decisions. So I decided to go back on Retin-A and only use it every other night, this way it would give me results without killing my skin. And I found a new product that has been giving me a glow in this humidity and heat. It is a scrub that is actually made for the body but is gentle enough for the face. 

Enter the Pacifica Beauty Cocoa Cinnamon Dual Exfoliant. I discovered this one day when I placed an order from Pacifica and wanted some of their sale items. I found this and quickly looked at the ingredients list. It looked innocuous enough. So I decided to try it out on my face, even after have used Retin-A. Yes, I have some sensitivity and peeling skin going on right now but my skin is going nuts with this humidity and heat since my air conditioning broke. 

The scrub is very gentle. More gentle than any other scrub I have ever used for the face. It was originally made for keratosis pilaris and therefore is great for dry skin, like mine tends to be. My skin happens to be on the normal to dry side right now. It contains the following ingredients in it: cocoa, cinnamon, sunflower seed oil, cocoa seed butter, and glycerin. This happens to be a scrub that is perfectly acceptable to be used on the face, as long as you don't have sensitive skin, some of the ingredients may not be friendly to sensitive skins. Cocoa and cinnamon are both antioxidants that work extremely well to help kill free radicals (fighting the signs of aging) and exfoliate at the same time. Cinnamon is also known for its antiseptic effects, so it helps with acne. Sunflower seed oil, cocoa seed butter and glycerin are extremely hydrating to the skin, helping to give dry skin new life. 

I like this scrub so much because it is so gentle and found that I can use it in conjunction with my Retin-A without feeling like I am going to scrub off my facial skin. It is a creamy paste without much of a "scrubby" feel. But it does exfoliate well. Well enough that I can use it daily and still not feel as it I am exfoliating too much. 

Here are pictures of my skin taken today. This is after two weeks of using the Retin-A and this scrub:

As you can see, my skin is more even toned and has less acne. That is because the Retin-A compound also has tranexamic acid and niacinamide in it. Plus I stay out of the sun completely. I still have some photo damage that will never go away, but my skin looks better than it ever has. The dewiness in my skin is from the heat and my summer SPF40. 

Pacifica Beauty Cocoa Cinnamon Dual Exfoliant retails for $14.00 and can be purchased online at www.pacificabeauty.com and at Target. Like Pacifica on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PacificaBeauty/; Follow Pacifica on Twitter: @pacificabeauty; Follow Pacifica on Instagram: PacificaBeauty; Follow Pacifica on Pinterest: ilovepacifica and Follow Pacifica on TikTok: @pacificabeauty.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

Friday, June 25, 2021

Review: DERMA E Blue Light Shield Concentrated Serum

(product photo courtesy of www.dermae.com)

2 fl.oz./60mL $22.50

DERMA E is one of the rare skin care lines that I use that has been proven clean, is cruelty-free, vegan, recyclable, gluten-free, soy-free, has wind energy certificates and is GMO-free. It is a line I like to use because they have so many items dedicated to many different skincare concerns, such as acne, aging, itchy & flaky skin, discoloration & scarring, dehydration & dryness and hair & dandruff. Their skincare is complete. They now have products concerned with blue light, which is a concern, especially if you work around computers or a phone many hours a day. 

Blue light can be very draining on the skin, causing dullness, discoloration, uneven skin tone, dehydration, dryness and fine lines and wrinkles. Essentially the same things that photoaging causes. DERMA E has done something about this and created two new products to help defend your skin against blue light. First there is their new serum, DERMA E Blue Light Shield Concentrated Serum and DERMA E Blue Light Shield Spray. This concentrated mineral-rich serum delivers skin-boosting moisture to defend the skin against environmental aggressors while neutralizing the look of photoaging. It revives skin's appearance because it is rich in antioxidants, softens and deeply moisturizes skin while antioxidant-rich Blue Green Algae Extract, softens and deeply moisturizes skin, helps to purify and Ginseng Root re-energizes a shield from blue light. Powerful Activated Charcoal helps purify skin, while Ginseng Root re-energizes and brightens. Lutein is an antioxidant that helps to protect skin from excessive blue light exposure while supporting healthy hydration. Give yourself a digital detox. With this you can definitely give yourself beautiful looking skin!

I like this serum because it is one of the first to address blue light photo aging, which is a newer aging problem that we have to deal with. Now that we use computers and smartphones a lot our faces are in front of screens all the time instead of being out in the sun. That does not mean I am saying lay off the SPF. You still need a SPF30, worn every day on the face, underneath your foundation or instead of foundation. That sunscreen needs to be broad spectrum too. However, this serum can be worn underneath that SPF during the day (and night) to help with photoaging. This serum is light and sinks right into the skin. You should notice results after about 3-4 weeks of use. The results you should notice is that your skin should appear brighter, discoloration (hyperpigmentation) should appear decreased, fine lines and wrinkles should appear lighter, dryness should decrease and skin should look and feel better all around. I noticed my skin looking better after about 3 weeks of use, my skin was not as dull. I don't have any fine lines or wrinkles, but I do have discolorations and they appear lighter too. I would recommend this serum for any skin type and that includes acneic skin because it is so light that even acneic skin can benefit from it. 

DERMA E Blue Light Shield Concentrated Serum retails for $22.50 and can be found online at www.dermae.com or  or in many stores across the United States, such as Whole Foods, Target, CVS and Sally Beauty Supply. Go to the store locator to find Derma E near you: http://dermae.com/locations.html. Like Derma E on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/dermaenaturalskincare; Follow Derma E on Twitter: @derma_e; Subscribe to Derma E on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/DermaEBodycare; Follow Derma E on Instagram:http://instagram.com/dermae# and Follow Derma E on Pinterest:http://www.pinterest.com/dermae/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This item was sent for consideration) 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Eyeshadow Guide 2021

At the point when all fizzles, transform it into anything but a smokey eye! Among every one of the most recent trends, the smokey eye was a hit. Eyes, for some, are the most fascinating piece of the face, and to give it a stunningly better and more keen look, cosmetics assume a critical part. Actually, like the body positivity movement, I believe that makeup isn't just about looking lovely yet; in addition, feeling it.


Putting on wonderful eye makeup makes you look bold yet additionally causes you to feel like it. It is likewise not just about being fearless. You can feel and be anything you desire to be simply by swinging your brush across your eyelids. Only a bit of training and a little patience, you can be whoever you want to be. Be it a slight sparkle on the eye or a dim smokey eye. In this article, we will talk about everything you need to know about eyeshadow! So, don’t worry, you don’t have to be an expert in the field. 

What Is an Eyeshadow? | (2021 Guide) 

Eye shadow is a cosmetic that can add profundity and dimension to one's eyes. It can complement one's eye tone and cause one's eyes to seem more significant. It can help promptly cause you to notice the eye. Eye shadow comes in various tones and surfaces. 


We will discuss the variety of forms in which eyeshadow is available in the market. After reading the description below you will surely be able to choose which is the best for you.

Powder Eyeshadow

Powder eyeshadow enjoys a significant benefit in view of the flexibility of tones they have on the lookout. Matte and sparkle, they have everything. On the off chance that you are an amateur, this is the best arrangement for you.


A large portion of these eyeshadows come as a range. Powder shadow is helpful from various perspectives as it permits you to make multiple layers and make looks that need more than one tone, easily. It can likewise be utilized as a multi-reason restorative since it tends to be used as a blush and eyeliner. Be that as it may., one downside of the powder eyeshadow is that if not applied with the legitimate method and on dry regions, it can cause the arrangement of wrinkles and lines.


Cream Eyeshadow

The texture of the cream-based eyeshadow is truly blendable in the skin. It's anything but a long-wearing recipe and gives a shimmery completion. They can be utilized without the preliminary in light of the fact that the smooth base saturates the dry regions all alone.


Even though these eyeshadows are exceptionally blendable, giving a more dramatic look with multiple shadings is somewhat of an errand. Likewise, the accessibility in the assortment is low, and it additionally has more shots at wrinkling. In the event that you are searching for a more matte look, this probably won't be the ideal item for you.


Liquid Eyeshadow

Liquid eyeshadows have a base like a foundation or a lip shine and typically arrive in a tube, similar to that of a lip gloss. It is accessible in all types of finishes, including matte, glittery and metallic.


They dry rapidly but are lined close to the powder eyeshadows as far as application as these are both simple to apply and consummate beginning for fledglings. They are not recommended for people with oily eyelids. Notwithstanding, master applying a liquid eyeshadow is something that requires some time and patience.


Loose Powder Eyeshadow

These eyeshadows are profoundly pigmented and are typically utilized by cosmetics specialists and experts. These eyeshadows are incredibly hard to use in light of the fact that they are accessible in free powder and get exceptionally chaotic now and again.


Nonetheless, they help make an unusually vivid look and are profoundly pigmented. When applied, they will, in general, give a more dry look. Subsequently, individuals with effectively dry skin will typically not incline toward utilizing this kind of eyeshadow.

Stick or Crayon Eyeshadow

The most straightforward application is that of the stick eyeshadow. They are long-lasting and can be mixed just by sliding the stick across the eyelid. Another benefit of the eyeshadow stick is that it's anything but works as a primer and is pigmented too.

Baked Eyeshadow

Baked eyeshadow is called so on the grounds that the eyeshadow is baked in the sun during its processing. In spite of the fact that these are accessible in different tones and finishes, the more significant part of them is metallic and marbled.


The greatest advantage of this eyeshadow is that it very well may be applied in two ways. A wet completion gives a more stunning and striking look. Then again, a dry completion gives a gentler and natural look.

How to Apply a Powder Eyeshadow?

In the wake of picking what sort of eyeshadow suits you the best, the following stage is to realize how to apply the picked eyeshadow. You don't need to be a specialist to paint some tone on your eye. Everything necessary is a little practice and the proper technique. 


Step 1: Apply a primer on your eyelids. This helps provide a smooth surface and allows the eyeshadow to stay for a more extended period.


Step 2: Apply a neutral base color with the help of a flat brush. You can also use compact powder or translucent setting powder.


Step 3: Use any bold, vibrant, or natural color of your choice on top of the base and blend it.


Step 4: Use a powder brush or a beauty blender sponge to apply a layer of translucent powder or setting powder under the eyes. 


Step 5: You can dust off the extra powder with the help of a powder brush.


How to Apply a Cream Eyeshadow?

  1. The first step is to apply a primer to the eyelids. This will prevent the eyeshadow from smudging and creasing.
  2. It is essential to use a synthetic brush while applying the cream eyeshadow because it helps the eyeshadow to manipulate the look effortlessly.
  3. You can start applying the eyeshadow into the center of your eyelid and then begin blending it into the corners 
  4. To give a more dramatic look, one can also apply a lighter shade near the inner eye.


How to Apply a Liquid Eyeshadow?

Step 1: To make your eyeshadow last, prime your eyelids properly.


Step 2: Before using the liquid eyeshadow, it is better to apply a base powder across the eyelid


Step 3: To begin with the liquid eyeshadow, draw a line across the crease with the help of the brush from the liquid eyeshadow. 


Step 4: After applying on the crease, using a round eyeshadow brush, fill the remaining area by blending the crease inside.


How to Apply Loose Powder Eyeshadow?

Step 1: Scratch or pour a tiny amount of eyeshadow on the lid of the box.


Step 2: Apply the scratched-out powder on the brushed and dust off the extra. Pat the brush on the eyelid to put on a layer of the eyeshadow.


Step 3: It is advisable to put a cloth underneath the eye to catch the extra loose powder.


How to Apply Stick or Crayon Eyeshadow?

  1. Start coloring the outer side of the eyelid. Make sure not to go over the eyelid crease.
  2. Put the brush at the outer corner of the crease and then back to the inside corner.
  3. By using a brush, smudge the applied eyeshadow in the eyelid crease.
  4. Repeat the movement of the brush to get a lovely shade and touch. 


How to Apply a Baked Eyeshadow?

  1. Apply primer to give a smooth base.
  2. Apply the eyeshadow with your fingertip or a brush.
  3. To highlight the desired spot, blend the eyeshadow in that area.


Matte Eyeshadow or Shimmer Eyeshadow?

Matte eyeshadow doesn't contain any shine. It doesn't change when the light hits it or give any indications of sparkle. There are various variations of matte, as certain shadows have wonderful sparkle particles that make a silk-like completion. In any case, genuine matte is absolutely gleaming-free and smooth.


Glitter eyeshadow has tiny sparkle particles that get the light and shimmer. The sparkly colors are frequently so finely processed that the shadows sparkle and flash rather than sparkle. Frequently, the undertone is additionally uncovered when you apply a glittery eyeshadow.


Different Basic Eye-makeup Styles to Try

Natural eye-makeup where you can define the crease of your eyelids with natural color.

Cut-crease eyeshadow looks, crease defined by a darker color, and the rest blended with more natural colors.


Smokey Eye, choose a darker pigment, line the eyes, and blend out the eyeshadow for a bold look.


Shimmer eye, Use subtle eyeshadows that brighten your eyelid.

Sharp-edged eyeshadow, use tape, and draw a line with the help of eyeliner. Fill the eyelid with the desired color.


Brushes to Buy

Realizing the ideal eye shadows that praise your eye tone has its significance; however, what might be said about consummately applying the shadows. When choosing the eye shadow brush, consistently pick synthetic brushes over regular brushes as the previous ones are not challenging to wash and keep up. Additionally, attempt to utilize cruelty-free brushes since the vast majority of them are produced using animal fur.

You do not have to be a craftsman to be acceptable at doing your eye cosmetics. Simply select the right brush, get the right eyeshadow and style your eyes the manner in which you have for the longest time been itching. Appreciate while you do it and practice to be a perfectionist.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I AM THE Makeup Junkie

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