Monday, August 31, 2015

Epique Blemish and Blackhead Extractor Kit




If you want to give yourself a professional facial at home, then you need to do so in style with the Epique Blemish and Blackhead Extractor. It helps get rid of the blemish core, which is key to getting rid of the blemish. You cannot do that with your hands as easily, and if you do then you usually end up getting the blemish extra infected, too strained or too bloody. A pro extractor does the job right the first time and every time. Keep them clean by using soap and water and then rubbing alcohol. Make sure to not use too much pressure so as not to cause a rupture around the skin. Use gentle pressure to get the blemish and use steam or a hot washcloth first to soften the blemish first. It sells on Amazon.com for $11.75: http://amzn.to/1N5IqoC. 

Review: Sinful Colors “A Class Act” Back To School #SinfulColors #nailpolish

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This year, go back to school with some fresh, new, lively nail polish colors! Sinful Colors has 27 new shades that are sure to be a hit with you. I tried out 10 of them and let me tell you, they are particularly gorgeous. I love how Sinful Colors has great payoff and lasts a long time. Their polishes are so good and the price cannot be beat. 

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(above, left to right: Chalk It Up, VIPeach, Blue Sensation, Casablanca, Fig, Glass Pink, Purple Diamond, Ice Dream, Night Owl, Sinful Sunrise)

Below I tried out the colors on my nails, which lately have not been in the best of shape. I also had my daughter try a couple of the colors out on her nails. They really are quite pretty and look sensational on the nail.

Wearing Sinful Colors A Class Act shades

(above: wearing Blue Sensation, Glass Pink, Chalk It Up, VIPeach and Ice Dream)

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(above: Blue Sensation with Night Owl on top)

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(above:wearing Sinful Sunrise over Glass Pink)

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(above: my daughter wearing Casablanca on fingernails)

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(above: my daughter wearing Fig on toenails)

Sinful Colors nail polishes are $1.99 and can be purchased at Walgreens and other mass market retailers. Like Sinful Colors on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sinfulcolors; Follow Sinful Colors on Twitter: @SinfulColors_NP and Follow Sinful Colors on Instagram: https://instagram.com/sinfulcolors.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis


(These items were sent for consideration)

PANDORA Jewelry Captures the Beauty of Nature in its New Autumn Collection #ArtOfYou #PANDORAstyle

PANDORA Celebrates Fall Fashion with Elegant Feathers, .925 Sterling Silver and 14K Gold, complete with Tips from Celebrity Stylist, Nicole Chavez

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PANDORA Jewelry, one of the world's largest luxury jewelry brands, kicks off the season with nature inspired pieces for women to easily transition their style to embrace this season's hottest bohemian and 70's fashion trends. Inspired by the popular resurgence of fairy tales and fables, where the past meets the future, the season's new collection is filled with innovative designs in .925 sterling silver and 14K gold.

Drawing inspiration from the mythical phoenix, PANDORA's new Majestic Feathers series echoes this autumn's fantasy-fueled trend. From chic stud earrings to a sophisticated necklace pendant, the beauty and serenity of the majestic bird is captivated in .925 sterling silver and cubic zirconia stones. 

Reworking this season's hottest runway trend, delicate lacework details are reinterpreted in a floral pendant, earring and charm crafted in 14K gold with micro-set cubic zirconia stones in the luxurious lace botanique series.  Classic stone cuts combined with innovative craftsmanship techniques translate a vintage appeal with PANDORA Timeless Elegance pieces for autumn. Classic rings, earrings and pendants easily add glam to both a day and night look, making a luxurious and feminine statement.

Autumn also brings the biggest event of the season and PANDORA is once again the official jewelry sponsor of New York Fashion Week.  To celebrate the event and show our fans how to be runway ready at a moment's notice, PANDORA has partnered with celebrity stylist, Nicole Chavez, who shares some of her tips for enchanting looks for both day and night:

  • This season is not about following trends but choosing pieces that enhance who you are - The PANDORA Majestic Feather earrings are the perfect bohemian accessory to accentuate your look
  • Fashion Week jewelry is all about layering to create a statement. Mix metals and layer to create a look that will go with all your looks especially from day to night
  • Score instant fashion cred by mixing prints and plaids, spots and stripes to create a crazy cool combo
  • The go-to fabric this season is suede; it adds a little boho and a lot of luxe to whatever you are wearing

The autumn collection jewelry pieces start at $35.  Self-creators are encouraged to share their Autumn PANDORA style with hashtag #ArtOfYou and #PANDORAstyle on their social channels and shop the collection online at PANDORA.net. Connect with us and join the conversation via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to check us out on Snapchat: @OfficialPANDORA.    

ABOUT PANDORA
World-renowned for its hand finished and contemporary jewelry at affordable prices, PANDORA designs, manufactures and markets jewelry made from high-quality materials. Designed to inspire women to embrace the self-creator within, PANDORA is a partner in helping to explore and craft a unique personal story to complement any style, every day. PANDORA's unique and detailed designs combining traditional craftsmanship with modern technology are sold in more than 90 countries across six continents through approximately 9,500 points of sale, including more than 1,500 concept stores. Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, PANDORA is publicly listed on the NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen stock exchange. Self-creators are encouraged to express and share their curated PANDORA jewelry inspiration with hashtag #ArtOfYou on their social channels and shop the collections at www.pandora.net.  Connect with us and join the conversation on
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Eyeshadow Palette with a 12 Brush Set




Given in exchange for an honest review. I like this eyeshadow palette. It comes with 14 large eyeshadow a in various shades, ranging from light pinks to pretty Blues. It also comes with a nice brush roll and 12 makeup brushes. The brushes are of decent quality. They are not the best I have ever used but they are ok. The eyeshadows are pretty pigmented and go on smoothly. I was surprised they went in so well. I like that they do not have a lot of fall out, considering the type of eyeshadows they are. These are baked eyeshadows, which means they were once liquid and were baked into the molds and then let to dry. The colors are all very pretty too. Not all in all a bad set. sold on Amazon for $19.50: http://amzn.to/1N1ZLPm

Review: Gerard Cosmetics Lipsticks #GerardCosmetics #lipstick

(product photos courtesy of www.gerardcosmetics.com)
Gerard Cosmetics Nude LipstickGerard Cosmetics Fairy Godmother Lipstick

There is an up and coming cosmetics line that has a cult following on social media, Gerard Cosmetics. It has some of the best lipsticks on the market right now. Their line is very pigmented and consists of 19 shades. These lipsticks are long-wearing and go on smoothly. I tried 2 of them, Nude and Fairy Godmother. Both are great shades. Nude is just that, a great nude shade for anyone to wear, it is a medium brown shade that would look good on any complexion. It is their famous Nude Lipgloss in lipstick form. It is a buttery full coverage shade that can be mixed with any other shade to create the most perfect shade of lipstick. Fairy Godmother is a light, bright bubblegum pink shade great for those with fair to medium complexions. It has a blue undertone and is a great shade for any princess. Both of these shades are matte textures, but not all of them are. Gerard Cosmetics lipsticks come in Satin and Cream formulas too. All of their lipsticks are Cruelty Free, Gluten Free and are Made In The USA. 


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(above: swatches from www.gerardcosmetics.com)


wearing Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in NudeWearing Gerard Cosmetics Lipstik in Fairy Godmother

(above: me wearing Gerard Cosmetics in Nude on the left and Fairy Godmother on the right)

Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick retail for $19.00 and are available online at www.gerardcosmetics.com. Like Gerard Cosmetics on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GerardCosmetics; Follow Gerard Cosmetics on Twitter: @gerardcosmetics; Follow Gerard Cosmetics on Instagram: https://instagram.com/gerardcosmetics/; Follow Gerard Cosmetics on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/gerardcosmetics/ and Subscribe to Gerard Cosmetics on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/gerardcosmetics

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis


(These items were sent for consideration)


NEW! Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick #lipliner #lipstick #CharlotteTilbury

NEW from Charlotte Tilbury: Matte Revolution Lipsticks


Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks
This unique formula is enriched with new-generation 3D glowing pigments for lips that look lit-from-within and an optical ‘matte-trick’ to create the appearance of wider, fuller lips. Enriched with orchid extract for antioxidant, SPF protection and hydration and seed extracts from “The Lipstick Tree,” a plant extract that is exclusive to Charlotte Tilbury, Matte Revolution does not dry the lips and stays put, unlike most other matte lipsticks. It has the feel of a nourishing balm but is power-packed with pigments for a high-performance finish that enables you to build up colour from a stain to a full block of pigment.
 

Layer and build the color to create the intensity you want, from a light-as-air matte stain to dramatic full-velvet coverage. Color glides on easily and precisely, thanks to the specially shaped square-tip, inspired by the classic shape of a lip brush. Available in 12 luminous modern-matte shades that suit every skin tone.
 
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipsticks

Available in: Lost Cherry, Sexy Sienna, Amazing Grace, Birkin Brown, Glastonberry, Bond Girl, Red Carpet Red, Walk of Shame, Love Liberty, Very Victoria, 1975 Red, Miss Kensington
 
Price: $32
 

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Accompanying the new Matte Revolution Lipsticks are five NEW shades of Charlotte’s bestselling Lip Cheat Lip Liner. Lip Cheat has the power to completely reshape, resize and balance your lips. These five new shades extend the current line to match seamlessly with the 10 K.I.S.S.I.N.G & Matte Revolution lipstick shades, ensuring your lipstick stays in place from desk ‘til dusk. The wax and oil rich texture glides on the skin without transfer or feathering, is water-resistant and lasts 6 hours.
 
Available in: Crazy in Love, Bad Romance, Hollywood Honey, Berry Naughty, Foxy Brown
Price: $22

 













Friday, August 28, 2015

Review: NYX Cosmetics Refine & Define Powder Foundation #NYXCosmetics #foundation #powderfoundation

(product photo courtesy of www.nyxcosmetics.com)
refine and define powder foundationThis medium to full coverage foundation is one of the best that NYX Cosmetics has ever produced. What is so neat about it is the crescent hint at the top that has a pearlecent deeper color that can be blended together for a customized color. NYX Cosmetics Refine & Define Powder Foundation comes in 6 shades: Fair (Yellow Undertone with Gold Shimmer/Fair With Neutral Undertone), Light (Light with Yellow Undertone and Gold Shimmer/Light with Pink Undertone), Golden (Golden with Olive Undertone and Gold Shimmer/Golden with Yellow Undertone), Beige (Beige with Deep Olive Undertone and Gold Shimmer/Beige with Peach Undertone), Sand (Sand with Golden Olive Undertone and Gold Shimmer/Sand with Peach Undertone) and Deep (Deep Orange with Gold Undertone/Deep Neutral Undertone). I tried the Fair Shade and found it to be a good match for my skin tone. I like the medium to full coverage. I used it dry and found the coverage to be buildable. This foundation is a nice foundation and is definitely one of their best tries. It is portable, comes with a sponge so that it can be used wet or dry. I prefer dry. Used wet you get a heavier coverage. Below you can see the foundation on my skin. 

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NYX Cosmetics Refine & Define Powder Foundation retails for $12.00 and can be purchased online at www.nyxcosmetics.com, Ulta stores or CVS stores. Like NYX Cosmetics on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NyxCosmetics; Follow NYX Cosmetics on Twitter: @NyxCosmetics; Follow NYX Cosmetics on Instagram: http://instagram.com/nyxcosmetics/; Follow NYX Cosmetics on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/nyxcosmetics/; Subscribe to NYX Cosmetics on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/nyxcosmetics and Follow NYX Cosmetics on Google+: https://plus.google.com/110336435589621384934/posts

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This item was sent for consideration)


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Enigma Products iPhone 6 Armband




If you need something to hold your iPhone 6 while exercising, I have something for you! Enigma makes a waterproof case that holds your phone. It stays in your arm, stays dry and is perfect for walking, running or whatever exercise you want to do. It is designed to stay on your arm and has breathable mesh. It is sold on Amazon.com for $9.99: http://amzn.to/1hj5q5L

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Review: Bebe & Bella (BeBella) Skincare Line #BebeBella

Bebe & Bella (BeBella) is a business owned a mother and her two daughters, Rose, Allison and Linda. Having had a lifelong commitment to taking care of their skin, they wanted to try their hand in the beauty business. The name Bebe & Bella is a merging of the names of the Allison’s daughters’ names, Bebe and Isabella.
 
The skincare line is based on using probiotics in skincare. The family was originally in the pharmaceutical business. There was a patent on an oral probiotic. The women often wondered if using probiotics in skincare would actually be beneficial to the skin the same way it is to the intestines. After much testing, they have found that if you take a probiotic and use it in skincare products it has a profound effect on wrinkles. When probiotics are cultivated, they leave behind a nutrient rich broth called ferment filtrate. This is the basis of the skincare line. Allison was curious to have the ferment filtrate tested to see if it possessed any hidden benefits. Based on in-vivo testing, a powerful patented amino acid polypeptide was identified as having remarkable skin nourishing attributes. They also use a fermented yeast extract to help turn back time, making skin look and feel younger. In clinical trials the products showed a significant difference in skin, that wrinkles and lines were softening, looking less noticeable. A remarkable skincare line was born. 
 
Facial Cleanser 4.2 fl.oz./ 120 mL $65.00
be bella cleanserTo me this is the best product that BeBella has in their arsenal. It is a rich, thick and purifying cleanser that thoroughly removes dirt, impurities and makeup from the skin. It leaves skin feeling moist and conditioned. The patented ferment filtrates coupled with the three fatty acids in this cleanser help to improve elasticity, returning skin to a balanced pH level. This cleanser visibly calms and smoothes the skin.  To use: Squeeze a small amount onto hand and wet fingertips. Massage over entire face and décolleté. You only need a small amount of this cleanser, as it turns into a rich and luxurious cleansing lather. It is designed to remove eye makeup too.

For me, this is my favorite of all the BeBella products. I think is is the nature of the cleanser that has me enraptured with the product. I love how the cleanser lathers up nicely and just removes all of my makeup in one fell swoop and leaves my skin feeling so nice and clean. My skin feels soft and silky after using this and it is definitely a great cleanser. The lather is amazing and you don’t have to use a large amount of cleanser either, only a dab will do. 

Purifying Facial Toner 5 fl.oz./150 mL $52.00
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After using the Facial Cleanser, apply the Purifying Facial Toner. This toner, works to remove any additional residue that might be left from the cleanser. It helps to improve the appearance of pores, making skin look clear and flawless.

BeBella toner is an important step to help optimize the absorption of the active ingredients in the other products. To use: Apply toner to a small cotton ball or pad and smooth over entire face and décolleté. Do not be tempted to skip this step as it is an important part of the BeBella regimen. The toner not only removes residue and helps to prepare for the other products, but it helps to refresh and revitalize the skin.
I normally do not use toner very often, so I had to learn to like this step. I found that it did make my skin feel better, as a toner normally does do that. Toners are very refreshing to the skin and this one was no exception. I like it and feel that it does do a good job of preparing the skin for the following products to be be used on the skin. 

Facial Essence 1 fl.oz. 27 mL $70.00
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BeBella Facial Essence Serum is a lightweight moisturizing product. It delivers a high percentage of active ingredients, the patented fermented filtrates. This innovative formula increases the natural flora defenses which, in turn, reduce the loss moisture in the skin. This serum is the first step in the effective layering of BeBella products. It also reduces the appearance and depth of fine lines. It nourishes and smoothes the skin. It also aids in providing an even skin tone. To use: Apply after cleansing and toning skin. Try one pump, apply to entire face, including under eye area, neck and décolleté.

I love how light this serum is and how it sinks right into skin. During the summer this is sometimes the only thing that is needed as the weather is too hot to have more than one moisturizer. This serum is great for skin that needs help with fine lines, wrinkles and an uneven skin tone. I did notice how my skin’s hyperpigmentation was helped out during the time I used this serum.

Hydrating Night Cream 1.76 fl.oz./50 mL $120.00
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 This night cream immediately melts into skin. It leaves skin feeling quenched and hydrated. Wake up to skin that feels moist and supple the next morning. The unique properties of this cream help it to lock in moisture, helping it to recover its own natural defenses during the night hours. It aids in healthy skin cell recovery. It restores radiance to the skin. And it also helps to make skin’s texture appear firmer. To use: Liberally apply with fingertips to cover your entire face, neck and décolleté. Avoid the eye area though.

What is so nice about this cream is how is sinks into skin and makes it feel so soft and supple. It is definitely a great moisturizer. I love that my skin feels so much softer in the morning after having used this.

Eye Cream .35 oz./ 9 g $65.00
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This product is one of my other favorite products that BeBella has out. It is an extraordinary eye cream. Perfect for the delicate under eye area, BeBella Eye Cream is a powerful combination of the patented ferment filtrates and Vitamin E that work together to improve the skin. It hydrates the skin around the eye, it reduces the appearance of fine lines, the cream repairs, protects and moisturizes the skin around the eyes, and it reduces puffiness around the eye area. To use: Gently apply a small amount of eye cream around the entire eye area using the ring finger. Apply both day and night. Use sparingly, this is a very rich eye cream and you don’t need much. 
 
I love this product. It is my favorite eye cream. I love how rich it is, because it goes on so nice and you only need a small amount to do the whole eye area. Even though the pot is tiny, it will last you a very long time. This is a great product that delivers on its promises.

Facial Essence Stick .13 oz./ 3.8 g $65.00
be bella hydrating facial stickThe BeBella Facial Essence Stick is a product designed to refresh the look for the woman on the go. Apply the stick, even over makeup, it instantly absorbs without smudging or leaving a greasy residue. Think of BeBella’s motto “Keep the laughter, not the lines”. This is a great stick to use when you need some moisture, some touching up. Use to add some “oomph” to your skin. Refresh your look. Give yourself some glow. Love this product. 

So this is the BeBella line. I am very happy with it and found it to be different but quite good at making my skin look radiant. I especially love the cleanser and eye cream. Those are my favorite products. And the Facial Cleanser has become one of my favorite products of all time. That is a great cleanser! I am going to put it on my HIT LIST this month. The Eye Cream is also an excellent product that seems like it would be just okay but is in fact phenomenal. 

BeBella is available online at www.mybebella.com. Like BeBella on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mybebellaessentials?_rdr=p; Follow BeBella on Twitter: @mybebella and Follow BeBella on Instagram: https://instagram.com/mybebella

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These items were sent for consideration)



















Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: NYX Cosmetics High Definition Foundation #NYXCosmetics #HighDefinitionFoundation #foundation

(product photo courtesy of www.nyxcosmetics.com)

High Definition Foundation by PA02
Achieve flawless skin without having to be on camera to do so! NYX Cosmetics has a High Definition Foundation that is infused with peptides and uses light-diffusing technology to enhance the appearance of silky smooth skin. Achieve a picture-perfect look anytime. It comes in 8 shades: Nude  (Porcelain), Soft Beige (Light with beige undertone), Natural (Light-Medium with neutral undertone), Sand Beige (Medium with beige undertone), Medium (Medium with golden undertone), Natural Beige, Warm Sand (Deep with olive undertone) and California Tan (Deep with slight red undertone). 

I tried the Nude shade. Below you can see how light it is. It is a medium to high coverage foundation. This means that you can get it to cover most of your blemishes and freckles in one fell swoop. If you need to build up the coverage, you can. I like how this foundation does cover quite well. I found that when I use my regular foundation sponge I can get the coverage I need immediately without having to build it up. I like this foundation a lot. Definitely a winner in my book. I am going to keep using it. See below for the look on my whole face. 

NYX Cosmetics High Definition Foundation in Nude swatch


wearing NYX Cosmetics High Definiton Foundation in Nude


NYX Cosmetics High Definition Foundation retails for $18.00 per 1.12 fl.oz./33.3 mL and can be purchased online at www.nyxcosmetics.com or at Ulta and CVS stores. Like NYX Cosmetics on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NyxCosmetics; Follow NYX Cosmetics on Twitter: @NyxCosmetics; Follow NYX Cosmetics on Instagram: http://instagram.com/nyxcosmetics/; Follow NYX Cosmetics on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/nyxcosmetics/; Subscribe to NYX Cosmetics on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/nyxcosmetics and Follow NYX Cosmetics on Google+: https://plus.google.com/110336435589621384934/posts.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This item was sent for consideration)


Monday, August 24, 2015

Keeva Tea Tree Oil




Keeva Tea Tree Oil is used for acne care. It is a little heavy I think, as most people with acne prefer a lighter moisturizer. I also found that this cream burned when applied, making my skin feeling as if I had menthol on my face. Definitely don't apply near the eye area. I don't think I would recommend this for acne care peruse but YMMV. I think it would be more successful if it was a lighter cream. 

Better Sleep




This definitely helps with sleep. It contains melatonin and a proprietary blend of GABA, Passion flower and lemon balm. Just take one and you are guaranteed to sleep better. It was made in the USA at an FDA approved facility. It does not make you feel groggy in the morning either. That is a definite plus.!!!!

Sells on Amazon.com for $14.99: http://amzn.to/1MOI0ms
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Andre Lorent Anti-aging Moisturizer



Andre Laurent Anti-Aging Moisturizer is a very nice moisturizer that contains peptides like Matrixul, Argilene, and anti-aging ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. All in one great cream. This cream helps with fine lines, wrinkles, and signs of aging. Use twice daily for best results. This cream works well and does a good job of helping to keep signs of aging at bay.



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