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Monday, March 31, 2014

I Am THE Makeup Junkie’s March Hit List #iamthemakeupjunkie #hitlist

This month’s HIT LIST is all about some of the best products that I have come across this past month. Run to your store and grab these great products while you can get your hands on them because these are some of the best of the best! I have chosen 5 of the best things that I have come across this past month.

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette 
This summer Urban Decay, the hippest cosmetic brand around, introduces an electrifying pressed pigment palette. This palette of 10 high pigment eye shadows is just about one of the best I have ever used. All of the pressed pigment eye shadows in the Electric palette are so highly pigmented that I am agog. This palette is not for the faint of heart. You must want to be bold and beautiful to wear this. Eight of the shades are new. Chaos (a bright blue), from the Vice palette is back and so is Revolt (metallic silver shimmer) from the Anarchy Face Case.

The palette also comes with a great double-ended eye shadow brush that allows for excellent pressed pigment application. The shades are velvety smooth with great payoff and very little fallout. Urban Decay developed a new formula just for these eye shadows, to get this crazy amount of pigment. Each eye shadow has the Pigment Infusion System™, which is their proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.  See my review: http://bit.ly/1pG5BW4

$49.00 Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette is $49.00 and is available online at www.sephora.com, www.ulta.com, www.macys.com, www.beauty.com and www.urbandecay.com and from Sephora, ULTA and select Macy’s stores.
Paula’s Choice The Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette
Paula's Choice The Nude Mattes (open)
If there could be something akin to a perfect eye shadow palette, The Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette would likely be it. I read about this palette online and immediately had to order it. The famous YouTube makeup artist Wayne Goss had a large role in deciding the contents in this palette and let me say “thank goodness!” 
This palette consists of 12 buttery smooth eye shadows and a flat rounded synthetic bristle brush for applying the gorgeous shadows. Did I just mention that these eye shadows are gorgeous? Well they are. Beautiful . Buttery. Smooth. Amazing. This palette is the best thing since sliced bread. Not only are they great eye shadows, but all of the colors are wearable. They are blendable and have little to no fallout. How perfect is that? All of the shades are highly pigmented. This includes even the lightest shades, which is refreshing. Usually palettes have light shades that are just slightly pigmented. This palette has light shades that have turned up the notch on pigmentation and are perfect! 
The Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette is available at www.paulaschoice.com for $40.00.
Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask
malinandgoetz detox face mask
I received the coolest mask in the PopSugar monthly box the other day. It is the MALIN+GOETZ Detox Face Mask. The Detox Face Mask. This 5 minute wonder is the winner of Allure Magazine’s Editor's Choice Best of Beauty Awards (2008) Best Deep Cleansing Mask. An easy and innovative mask that has oxygenating cleansing agents to replace harsh detergents and drying clays. The wonderful gel mask foams up as it stays on. What is so great about it is that it gives your face a deep-pore-cleansing: lifting dirt, oil and make-up away from the skin without irritation, while creating a physical barrier to seal hydration. Complex amino acids and natural almond extract gently and effectively purify, clarify, balance and soothe the skin. It also has stable Vitamin C, antioxidants Vitamin E, green tea extract, and soy protein to help firm aging skin while brightening the complexion. Ingredients like squalane, glycerin and sodium pca are excellent at moisturizing and hydrating the skin. Then panthenol firms and soothe the skin. This mask is great for brightening skin, giving it clarity. 
It can be used as a mask or as a cleanser! Just apply a thick layer then wait 5 minutes or until the dissipation of the foam begins, up to twice a week (in place of a cleanser), twice a week.  If used as a mask, oilier skins should use at night and apply a thin layer on the skin for deep cleansing and oil control (remove with warm water and a washcloth). Drier skins can apply a thin layer daily in place of cleanser (tissue off without water). 
Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask 4oz. / 118m $40.00 is available on www.malinandgoetz.com and various stores that carry the brand.
L’Oréal Youth Code™ Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher™
Youth Code Pore Vanisher Pore Vanisher™ is a fresh and light airy cream that works to instantly diminish and vanish the look of pores on the face. It also works to shrink actual pore size in one month. How does it work?  Pore Vanisher™works on three dimensions to shrink pores: depth, number and size. When it is first applied instantly pores appear almost completely vanished and skin feels hydrated. Perlite absorbs excess oil for an all-day, shine free, smooth finish. In one day LHA micro-exfoliates to visibly smooth skin’s surface. In one month pores begin to snap back into shape as the highest concentration of Perline-P strengthens and tightens pore walls to shrink actual pore size. 

I’ve been using Pore VanisherTM for over a month now and I can say with certainty that my pores do appear smaller. They have not completely shrunk in size to appear invisible, but they are much smaller in size than they were a month ago. I do think that the ingredients that are in the formula do help decrease pore size somewhat. Prior to using this product I would have said that was impossible. Pores (or hair follicles as they are really called) cannot usually be shrunk in size once they have been dilated. Sebum and dead skin cells clog the follicle, increasing its size and causing it to look larger. Then you usually have oxidation of the contents in the ‘pore’, which are blackheads. So, to decrease pore size is everyone’s wish. It seems as if L’Oréal has actually gone and found a way to accomplish this! Apply Pore Vanisher as the last step in your routine prior to foundation, as it works best as a primer. You will notice a difference in about 3 weeks. I think it works fairly well, enough that you will be happy with it. See my review here: http://bit.ly/1ff3NSs.

L’Oréal Youth Code Pore VanisherTM retails for $24.99 and is available from www.lorealparisusa.com, www.ulta.com, www.drugstore.com, www.walgreens.com, www.cvs.com, www.walmart.com, www.riteaid.com and mass market retailers  nationwide such as Walgreens, Wal-Mart, CVS and Rite-Aid.
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
first aid beauty facial radiance pads

I am a HUGE fan of alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids. I firmly believe that exfoliation is one of the better keys to looking young and vibrant. So, whenever I receive a product to tryout that has AHA’s or such, I am a happy camper! The Facial Radiance Pads from First Aid Beauty (FAB) are a great example of how you can incorporate AHA’s into your daily skincare regimen.
The Facial Radiance Pads brighten, tone and exfoliate the skin with just the right amount of lactic and glycolic acid, so that even the most sensitive of skins will be able to use them. They help to diminish fine lines, help to reduce pore size and improve skin clarity. The pads also contain cucumber and Indian gooseberry to tone the skin.  Lemon peel and licorice root leave it bright and glowing (kind of like a light bulb!). The pads do not contain any parabens, dyes/colorants or harsh chemicals.

I have tried many brands that have “exfoliant pads”. I would definitely put these pads on par with the other brands. Why? Simply because this product is great for sensitive skin. It was designed to exfoliate yet be gentle enough for someone with sensitivity issues. It is very difficult to make a product like this, as AHA’s in general are harsh and can cause severe irritation in sensitive skin. In addition to the other botanicals in the formula, there is also hyaluronic acid, mandarin orange extract and feverfew extract. The hyaluronic acid helps to add moisture back into the skin. The mandarin orange extract helps to soothe the skin. The feverfew extract is an anti-inflammatory. I think that this formula has been made to be as gentle as possible. I’ve used the product for a month now and have found it to be a good exfoliant. I like that it is gentle and I think it will be great for those with sensitive skins who desire to chemically exfoliate their skin, rather than with a physical exfoliant. If you are looking for such a product, then this is the perfect choice for you!  See my review here: http://bit.ly/1pG78vo.

First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Pads are $30.00 for 60 pads and are available at www.firstaidbeauty.com, www.sephora.com, www.beauty.com and www.skinstore.com.
So these are my picks for the month of March. These are all items that I reviewed this month and I believe are very exceptional products. I hope that you like them as much as I do!
Until Next Time~
Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie


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