Friday, October 31, 2014

NEW! Jurlique Holiday Sets! #Jurlique #Holiday

These are great sets for gifts or for yourself!

Jurlique Holiday Sets

Jurlique GLOW Precious Rose Duo
Share the precious gift of rose with your family and friends.  This delicately-scented pair rebalances your skin and your spirit.
Set includes:
• Rose Hand Cream 1.4oz
• Rosewater Balancing Mist 1.0oz
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Price/Availability: $30 ($40.75 value) at on 11/1.
Jurlique GLOW Aromatic Rose Duo
Share the gift of rose this festive season. Let the enchanting scent uplift your senses!
Set Includes:
• Rose Hand Cream 4.3oz
• Essence of Rose Roll on Fragrance Oil 0.3oz
jurlique aromatic rose duo
Price/Availability: $55 ($71 value) at on 11/1.
Jurlique Limited Edition Rose Body Oil
Jurlique’s deluxe edition Rose Body Oil will help you glow this festive season.  Deeply nourish and soften skin.
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Price/Availability: $68 ($96 value), (limited edition size, 6.75oz) at 11/1.
Jurlique GLOW Youth Defence Favourites Set
Powerful forces are at work with potent botanicals and antioxidants helping to smooth fine lines and even skin tone to deliver fresh, revitalized skin. The best-selling Herbal Recovery range boosts cellular recovery, reversing and preventing environmental damage that accelerates skin aging. Infused with Vitamins A, C and E to help immediately restore skin clarity.
-Set includes:
• Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Gel Mask 3.3oz
• Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum 1.0oz
• Balancing Day Care Cream 1.4oz
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Price/Availability: $100 ($146 value) at on 11/1.
Jurlique GLOW Purely Age-Defying Essentials
Share the beauty of our customized Purely Age-Defying favorites with high performance anti-aging botanicals that help smooth wrinkles, even skin tone and deliver a younger looking complexion. The Purely Age-Defying Essentials are a clinically proven anti-aging skin care regimen that contains ingredients like Blue Algae and Rock Samphire, powerful natural alternatives to retinol and peptides. Includes a sneak preview of our new Purely Age-Defying Firming and Tightening Serum, launching in January 2015.
Set Includes:
• Purely Age-Defying Firming and Tightening Serum 1.0oz
• Purely Age-Defying Ultra Firm and Lift Cream 1.7oz
• Purely Age-Defying Eye Cream 0.5oz
jurlique glow purely age defying
Price/Availability: $138 ($198 value) at on 11/1.
Jurlique GLOW Hydrating Favorites
Jurlique’s best-selling products bring potent plant oils and antioxidants together to hydrate, restore and protect skin, while improving dryness and dullness.
Set Includes:
• Rosewater Balancing Mist 3.3oz
• Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum 1.0oz
• Skin Balancing Face Oil 1.7oz
jurlique glow age defying fave
Price/Availability: $98 ($139 value) at on 11/1.
Jurlique GLOW Petite Hand Care Collection
Jurlique’s collection of favorite hand cream miniatures that deeply hydrate with rich formulas and powerful essential oils. Four gorgeous scents will invigorate your senses.  
Set Includes:
• Rose Hand Cream 0.5oz
• Lavender Hand Cream 0.5oz
• Jasmine Hand Cream 0.5oz
• Citrus Hand Cream 0.5oz
jurlique glow hand set
Price/Availability: $32 at on 11/1.
Jurlique GLOW Petite Lavender Duo
Breathe in and relax with the calming scent of lavender.  Potent plant oils and antioxidants refresh and revive tired skin on-the-go.
Set Includes:
• Lavender Hand Cream 0.5oz
• Lavender Body Care Lotion 1.0oz
jurlique glow lavender
Price/Availability: $13 at on 11/1.
Jurlique GLOW Indulgent Oil Trio
Share the collection of luxurious, nourishing body oils this festive season. Crafted with rich jojoba and macadamia oils  for deep hydration and delicately scented with essential oils.
Set Includes:
• Lemon Body Oil 3.3 oz.
• Rose Body Oil 3.3 oz.
• Lavender Body Oil 3.3 oz.           
jurlique glow indulgent
Price/Availability: $95 ($144 value) at on 11/1.
Jurlique GLOW Ultimate Skin and Body Collection
This perfect package of star products contains everything you need for revitalized, glowing, luminous skin from head to toe.
Set Includes:
• Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum 3.3oz
• Herbal Recovery Eye Cream 0.5oz
• Replenishing Cleansing Lotion 6.7oz
• Daily Exfoliating Cream 3.3oz
• Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Gel Mask 3.3oz
• Balancing Day Care Cream 1.4oz
• Skin Balancing Face Oil 1.7oz
• Rosewater Balancing Mist 3.3oz
• Rose Hand Cream 1.4oz
• Rose Body Oil 3.3oz
jurlique glow skin and body
Price/Availability: $350 ($522 value) at on 11/1.

Review: Emjoi EpiSlim e18 Hair Remover #EpiSlim #Emjoi

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emjoi epi slime e18Many years ago the Emjoi Epilator came out and took the hair removal world by storm. It was great because it removed hair by the root and results lasted weeks at a time. I purchased one and used it many, many times. My only qualm with it was that it was a little painful, but that is to be expected any time hair is removed by the roots!
Recently I was able to try out the new Emjoi EpiSlim e18 hair removal tool. This new product is for areas such as the face, underarms and bikini area. It promises to removes hair by the root while minimizing discomfort and providing long-lasting results. The compact design features 18 of the same patented 3-disc tweezers that have made Emjoi products the go-to choice for removing unwanted hair, even as short as 0.3 mm! After hair is removed it lasts up to 6 weeks. The eRase glide technology provides disc opening at an optimal 14 mm and operates at 540 strokes per second, allowing for a smooth gliding motion that goes back and forth for hair free skin in seconds. This also allows for the majority of the hair to be removed at the first pass, keeping skin irritation to a minimum. What is nice is that this tool is great for travel too! It can be a great item to give as a gift or can be purchased for oneself. It is also battery operated, requiring two AA-batteries that are not included.

I tried out the Emjoi EpiSlim e18 for myself to see how well it performs. I wanted to get a good idea so I used it on all three areas that it is recommended: the face, underarms and bikini. Let me preface the results with this: it is not completely pain-free. When removing hair by the roots there will always be some discomfort but it depends on how thick the hair is and how much pain the person can handle. Personally I can handle some of this discomfort in some areas. I am used to waxing so I am familiar with the pain. I tried it first on my upper lip, and found that it did remove the thicker hairs quite well right away but it took a couple of passes to get the white, almost invisible hairs that were harder to see. There was very little discomfort as I am used to waxing my upper lip. Then I tried it out on my underarms. I am lucky in that I don’t have very much hair there. I had let it grow out there, which believe me was hard to do! The discomfort there was more difficult as I do not wax that area but shave it instead. The hairs came out very easily with the tool. Finally, I did the bikini area and found that the hairs did not come out right away but took a few passes. That is likely due to the fact that the hair there is thicker. The discomfort level was also more intense. I don’t wax there but usually shave that area. All in all, the Emjoi EpiSlim e18 was a good hair removal tool that I can see myself using. I think that I would use it more on my face than other areas, as the discomfort was minimal there. The hair was removed and discomfort was not too painful, which is what you want in a hair removal tool.

The Emjoi EpiSlim e18 retails for $34.95 and is available from It is available now online and makes a great gift idea. You can also see the review I did on the Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano Callus Remover ( 

Until Next Time ~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This item was provided for consideration)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review: boscia Cool Blue Hydration Essence #boscia #skincare

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boscia cool blue hydration essence
One of my favorite skincare lines is the Japanese based boscia. This line is based on ancient wisdom, well known ingredients and science. I love their cleansers, especially the purifying Detoxifying Black Cleanser, which leaves skin feeling clean, purified and soft as a baby’s bottom.
I was so excited to try out their new Cool Blue Hydration Essence. This is an innovative hydrating gel that is great for those with sensitive, dry or irritated skins. It is formulated for all skin types but it works even better for those skin types mentioned above. What makes it so special? It has a high concentration of nourishing ingredients and instead of being made up of 60-80% water like most skincare products, it is only made of less than 1% water! The essence absorbs instantly, leaving no residue or greasy feeling and leaving skin feeling incredibly soft, smooth and silky. It delivers concentrated, long-lasting hydration to the skin and calms and firms the skin. The cooling feeling is interesting and refreshing. 
This product contains a fermented yeast filtrate that is derived from sake, which provides unparalleled, intense long-lasting hydration. It also is vitamin and mineral-rich, immediately increasing skin’s brightness and moisture. A complex called DayMoist CLR, derived from plants, promotes strengthening of the skin’s Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF). It also improves skin’s own moisturizing power, improving skin’s hydration for at least 8 hours. Sea Whip, an extract that is marine harvested from sea algae, is known as the world’s most powerful natural anti-inflammatory ingredient. This marine extract helps to soothe and calm the skin by blocking inflammation caused by irritants and allergens that can cause damage to the skin’s stratum corneum barrier. This ingredient is an even better anti-inflammatory agent than OTC hydrocortisone! Caffeine is another powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant that helps to soothe and detoxify the skin. It also enhances the skin’s renewal process, promoting firm skin, brightness and better skin texture. Peppermint derived Frescolat is an ingredient that gives a long-lasting cooling and refreshing sensation on the skin to make tired and dehydrated skin feel revitalized. Cool Blue Hydration Essence also contains boscia’s Proprietary Botanical Blend of Jojoba Leaf and Willowherb. Jojoba Leaf helps to prevent free radical damage while nourishing the skin. Willlowherb helps to calm skin inflammation and reduce visible redness and irritation. To use, apply 2-3 drops in the AM or PM prior to a moisturizer. It can also be used as a hydrator prior to makeup.
I think this product does exactly what it says it is going to do. It hydrates skin and calms inflammation, redness and irritation. It has a refreshing feeling, from the Frescolat (peppermint derived ingredient). Immediately upon application skin feels cool and refreshed and the gel sinks right into skin. I like to use it after I have given myself a peel, to calm skin and any irritation. Redness is reduced significantly. Skin is immediately moisturized and hydrated. This gel is great as it does not contain hardly any water, so the ingredients are there to do their work. The ingredient list contains many natural extracts. I am very happy with this product and will definitely continue to use it throughout the winter months as my skin dries out from the heat, cold and wind. I think that any skin type would benefit from this product. Those with very dry skin, sensitive skin or mature skins would especially benefit from this product. I would even recommend this for those with suffering from acne inflammation, as it would help to ease the redness and irritation. 
See my other reviews of boscia products, such as the Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder (, the Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel (, the Daily Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA +++   (, the Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask (, the Luminizing Black Mask (, A Comparison of boscia cleansers (, the Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal ( (, the Konjac Cleansing Sponge (, the Green Tea Oil-Control Mask (, the Cool Blue Calming Mask (, the Tsubaki Beauty Oil ( and my favorite Detoxifying Black Cleanser ( 
Cool Blue Hydration Essence comes in a 1.7 fl.oz./50mL bottle and is $48.00. It is available from, and SEPHORA stores. Like boscia on Facebook:; Follow boscia on Twitter: @bosciaskincare; Follow boscia on Instagram:; Follow boscia on Google+: and Follow boscia on Pinterest:

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This item was sent for consideration)


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Review: Algenist Algae Brightening Mask #Algenist #skincare

Algae Brightening Mask
I  recently became a fan of Algenist skincare. The line uses alguronic acid, from microalgae, as one of their main ingredients in all of their skincare products. This acid demonstrated significant anti-aging properties when compared to other anti-aging ingredients. It minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, firms the skin and makes skin appear smoother and more radiant looking. Alguronic acid has been shown to increase firmness of skin by 32% and to decrease hyperpigmentation by 26%!
Algae detoxifies and nourishes the skin. 

The Algae Brightening Mask is a luxurious mask that harnesses a rich composition of two types of algae, microalgae and macroalgae. It exfoliates the skin with leaves from sea kelp. Blue-green algae with a silt base creates a visibly more radiant and even toned complexion. The formula is designed to brighten, smooth and hydrate the skin while also pampering it. This mask also instantly brightens the skin, it immediately looks more hydrated, feels smoother and appears more even toned and more radiant looking. *100% of those subjects tested noticed that it smoothed skin, 98% said that it brightened the complexion and 98% said that this mask visibly improved uneven skin texture (*self-assessment results seen in a test of 60 women after 3 applications of the mask in 10 days).

To use: smooth generously on cleansed skin in a circular motion. Leave on for 5-10 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. Use up to 2x a week. This mask uses six different kinds of microalgae and macroalgae with many active ingredients in a water base. If you find water floating to the surface, stir it back into the formula and apply as directed.
Be sure to take a look at my review of the Algenist Purifying & Replenishing Cleanser (, my favorite cleanser!

Algae Brightening Mask comes in a 2 oz./ 60 mL tub and retails for $59.00. It is available from and anywhere that Algenist products are sold, such as www.sephora,com,, and SEPHORA stores. Like Algenist on Facebook:; Follow Algenist on Twitter: @Algenist_SF; Subscribe to Algenist on YouTube: and Follow Algenist on Instagram:

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Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie


Hallo-Rockin'-Ween Looks, No Costume Required #MiaBeauty #GerardCosmetics #Halloween

Hallo-Rockin’-Ween Looks

This Halloween, you don’t have to go costume crazy to dress like your favorite top-charting artists. From Lana Del Ray to Lorde, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry – get the look with Mia Beauty and Gerard Cosmetics for a Hallow-Rockin’-Ween.
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Lana Del Ray
No summertime sadness needed.
Gerard Cosmetics 1995 Lipstick / $19.99
Mia Beauty – Fashion Flowers – Peonies with White Lights / $29.22

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Royal treatment not included.
Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in / $24
Gerard Cosmetics Brow Bar To Go / $28.00

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Lady Gaga
Watch out for those paparazzi!
Gerard Cosmetics 1995 Lipstick / $19.99
               Mia Beauty Hair Bow Harmon stores / $10.00

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Cause baby you’re a firework.

Gerard Cosmetics All Dolled Up Lipstick / $19.99
Mia Beauty Clip-n-Dipped Ends / $10

Review: nelsonj beverly hills Argan Oil 7 moisture healing 5 in 1 Shampoo and 7 in 1 Conditioner (rosemary mint scent) #nelsonj

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nelsonj Argan Oil Moisture Healing 5 in 1 Shampoo (rosemary mint scent) $16.00
This 5 in 1 formula is supposed to be great for dry, damaged or color-treated hair. It is best for hair that has been weakened by color, chemical processing or heat styling. It is the first Argan Oil based shampoo that gently cleanses and infuses each strand of hair with anti-oxidant rich Argan Oil. It also repairs hair with a highly reparative keratin, proteins and other nutrients. The 5 in 1 formula is good for: hair and scalp, it is a shampoo, it is a weightless detangler, it is a color protector, it adds shine with Argan Oil and it is a moisturizer. 

I have tried the non-foaming formula and compared to that one, I like this one better. I like a foaming shampoo. Suds are nice and for me, make me feel like my hair feels cleaner. It may be psychological, but it is a nice feeling to have a formula that suds up. This shampoo is nice. It cleanses the hair well and leaves it feeling soft. I tried it alone, without the conditioner but my hair still definitely needs the conditioner afterwards. It did not detangle as much as I would have hoped. My hair is very thick and needs conditioning as it is very damaged from coloring. No matter what shampoo I use I do always have to use a conditioner afterwards to detangle and make my hair soft and frizz free, I have yet to find one that can leave my hair fully functional. I did find that this helped to keep my color protected though, I do have red hair which fades very fast and I liked that it did not fade as fast as it usually does. 

nelsonj Argan Oil Moisture Healing 7 in 1 Conditioner (rosemary mint scent) $16.00

This conditioner has a 7 in 1 formula that gently detangles hair and leaves it feeling soft, shiny and more manageable. It is infused with replenishing nutrients such as anti-oxidant rich Argan Oil, Vitamins A & E, and red algae that leave hair hydrated and optimally conditioned. It is gentle enough for daily use. This conditioner is best for normal and color treated hair. The 7 in 1 formula is a conditioner, detangler, color protector, gives shine with Argan Oil, is a moisturizer, acts as a smoothing serum and is also a heat protectant for hair. 

I found that this conditioner is indeed good for my color treated hair. I used it in addition to the shampoo and it helped detangle, smoothed the frizziness in my hair, added a good amount of shine to it and helped as a color protectant. I don’t use a straightening iron on my hair but this would also help protect hair from the heat of a blow dryer, which can damage hair. I like this conditioner enough that I would buy it on its own. I think that it works fairly well and I do like the rosemary mint scent, which I find refreshing.

nelsonj beverly hills hair care is available on See the previous review I have done on the nelsonj hair care line here: Like Nelson J Beverly Hills on Facebook:, Follow Nelson J on Twitter: @nelsonjhaircare; Subscribe to nelsonj on YouTube:; Follow nelsonj on Instagram: and Follow Nelson J on Pinterest:

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These items were sent for consideration)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Holiday Offerings from butter LONDON #butterlondon #holiday

This holiday butter LONDON has a huge offering of gifts for you to either purchase for yourself or someone special in your life. I know there are a few fun items I have my eye on! Read on to see all the lovely items they have this holiday season!
All of these items will be available at

butter LONDON Lips & Tips


These sets include a full size nail lacquer coupled with a coordinating LIPPY Liquid Lipstick. Available in:
 Gears & Cheers: Nail lacquer in Dodgy Barnett, LIPPY Liquid Lipstick in La Moss
 Lockets & Lace: Nail lacquer The Full Monty, LIPPY Liquid Lipstick in Tea with the Queen
PRICE: $18
LAUNCH: November 2014

butter LONDON Heavy Metal Collection – Gilded Gears


These fashion-size lacquer sets include crème and glitter lacquers for a touch of sparkle. Includes:
 Nail Lacquer in West End Wonderland, Earl Grey (NEW), Goss, Clockwork Heart (NEW)
PRICE: $28

LAUNCH: November 2014

butter LONDON High Fashion Lacquer Collection – Clockwork Couture


These fashion-size lacquer sets include crème and glitter lacquers for a touch of sparkle. Includes:
 Nail Lacquer in Come to Bed Red, La Moss, The 444, Brown Sugar
PRICE: $28
LAUNCH: November 2014

The Posh Pout – 4 LIPPY Liquid Lipsticks


This set includes four long-wearing LIPPY Liquid Lipsticks that deliver irresistible, high impact colour and shine.
 LIPPY Liquid Lipstick in Toff, Come to Bed Red, Trout Pout, Yummy Mummy
PRICE: $28
LAUNCH: November 2014

Midnight Gander – WINK Eye Pencil Collection


Five extra soft pencils that glide on effortlessly to deliver stunning colour in a precise line that stays put all day.
 WINK Eye Pencil in Earl Grey, Inky Six, Indigo Punk, Union Jack Black, Brown Sugar
PRICE: $32
LAUNCH: November 2014

Steampunk Ball Lacquer Collection


A fashion-size lacquer set including crème and glitter lacquers for endless holiday manicures.
 Nail Lacquer in Full Steam Ahead (NEW), Pinkies Up, Brass Goggles, Baroness, Barkers, Bric-A-Brac
PRICE: $39
LAUNCH: November 2014

The Art of Alchemy – Bespoke Looks At Your Fingertips


A fashion-size lacquer set including crème and glitter lacquers along with a dotting tool and long striping brush to create the ultimate holiday nail art look.
 Dotting Tool, Long Striping Brush, Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds, Brown Sugar, Pillar Box Red, Chocka, Goss, Full Steam Ahead (NEW)
PRICE: $65
LAUNCH: November 2014

Crème & Glitter Lacquer Duo


A full size nail lacquer duo – wear alone or layer for an edgy look. Available in:
 Golden Yard: Nail Lacquer in Come to Bed Red, West End Wonderland, Nail File
 Silver Expectations: Nail Lacquer in La Moss, Stardust, Nail File
PRICE: $15
LAUNCH: November 2014

Gears & Gadgets Ultimate Lacquer & Tool Trunk


A limited edition train case filled with every nail essential and 20 nail colours.
 Twenty fashion-size nail lacquers, 4 fashion-size nail treatments, 5-piece Tool Set, Nail File & Buffer, 5 Scrubbers in a Train Case.
 Nail Lacquers included: All Hail The Queen, East End, Brick Lane, Queen Vic, La Moss, Pink Ribbon, Trout Pout, Molly Coddled, Macbeth, Slapper, Lovely Jubbly, Giddy Kipper, Dubs, Knees Up, Baroness, Earl Grey, Petrol, Clockwork Heart, Brass Goggles, Right As Rain
PRICE: $150
LAUNCH: November 2014

The Apothecary Lacquer Set
Holiday ready nails are now easy to achieve with butter LONDON’s limited edition Apothecary Set. This travel-friendly collection of nourishing treatments acts like a medicine cabinet for your nails. Strengthen, protect, repair and hydrate for perfectly manicured nails on-the-go.
• Melt Away Cuticle Remover, Horse Power Nail Fertilizer, Nail Foundation Flawless Base Coat, Hardwear P.D. Quick Top Coat, Matte Finish Shine Free Top Coat, Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil
PRICE: $39
LAUNCH: December 2014

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