Friday, September 30, 2016

Review: Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation #LauraMercier #CandleGlowFoundation #Foundation


(product photo courtesy of www.lauramercier.com)


1 fl.oz./30mL $48.00
Available in 24 shades for almost any skin tone, Laura Mercier's Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation is the perfect foundation to give you a luminous glow to your skin. Look like you are in candlelight anytime of the day with this foundation. It does this with a calibrated blend of radiant pearl mica, embedded in an ultra-lightweight, sheer to medium buildable formula, that mimics the reflective glow of just lit candles. The mixture mingles with refreshing purified water to give skin a burst of hydration and helps foundation glide onto skin for lasting smoothness and natural luminosity. A luxurious blend of lightweight oils locks in this moisture to leave skin balanced, soft and beautifully lit from within. The color stays true without the formula settling into fine lines, wrinkles or pores.
 
The easiest way to apply the foundation is with a foundation sponge or with fingertips. I use my beautyblender. Definitely use over the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer. Place a small amount of foundation on the back of your hand and pickup formula with the narrow end of a dampened Laura’s Foundation Sponge or a beautyblender. Using the narrow end of the sponge, apply foundation to the face working on one area at a time. Laura Mercier recommends starting at the outer portion of the face and working inwards towards the nose. Avoid excess application around the contours of the face. Blend well with the wide end of the sponge. Repeat application until desired coverage is achieved.

I love that there is great coverage with this foundation. It is sheer to medium but it really does have more of a medium buildable coverage. And the foundation glows on the skin like candlelight. It looks amazing. This is one of my favorite foundations of all time. I tried Vanille (Fair to Light Neutral Undertones) and Shell (Fair with Cool Undertones). Shell looks pretty good on my very light skin, without any problems of the shade being too dark. Vanille was just a little too yellow for me. Shell was better suited for my complexion. This foundation wears well in normal conditions (low heat, low humidity). It lasts all day long. It applies well, blends well into the skin, so that you cannot even see it, it looks like you are not even wearing foundation. This foundation does not leave the skin looking too "glowy" either. It leaves the skin looking ethereal, which is why I like it so much. The skin glow but does not look too shiny.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation retails for $48.00 (1 fl.oz./30 mL). Like Laura Mercier on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lauramerciercosmetics?ref=br_rs; Follow Laura Mercier on Twitter: @LauraMercier; Follow Laura Mercier on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lauramercierusa/ and Follow Laura Mercier on Instagram: https://instagram.com/lauramercier/?ref=badge.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These were sent for consideration)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Review: Laura Mercier Eye Art Caviar Colour-Inspired Palette #LauraMercier #EyeArtCaviarColourInspiredPalette #eyeshadow

(product photo courtesy of www.sephora.com)


This SEPHORA exclusive palette features a curated collection of 12 shades that were inspired by the cult-favorite Caviar Stick Eye Colour. The mirrored palette features six matte shades and six crushed pearl-shimmer shades,m ranging from light to dark. This very versatile palette can take you from a nude look to a smokey eye in a seconds. The universally flattering, light reflecting crushed pearl-shimmer shades add dimension and enhance brightness. The outside features a slim, faux snake skin design that is both elegant and travel friendly. It makes a great item to buy for yourself and use or makes a great holiday gift for  a beauty obsessed friend.

 The shades in this palette are: Rosegold (pearl), Tuxedo (matte), Ginger (matte), Morning Dew (matte), Copper (pearl), Ganache (matte), Buttercream (matte), Khaki (pearl), Sandglow (pearl), Steel (matte), Amethyst (pearl) and Burnished Bronze (pearl). 

above: shades appear just as they appear in the case. (from left to right top to bottom) Rosegold, Tuxedo, Ginger, Morning Dew, Copper, Ganache, Buttercream, Khaki, Sandglow, Steel, Amethyst and Burnished Bronze.

Notice how pigmented they are. The shades are very pigmented, the mattes are extremely pigmented and the crushed pearl shades are very creamy. They are also quite pigmented. I love this palette, was surprised at how much I was loving this palette. More than I thought I would.

Here are some looks I did with the palette and with some Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lipsticks:

For this look I used Ganache in the crease, Tuxedo in the transition, on the outer edge of the upper lid and lining thee lower lid. I used Morning Dew as a base, and  Ginger on my lid. I used Velour Lovers Lipstick in Cocoa.




Here I took Morning Dew as base, Ganache in the crease, Steel in the transition then on the outer edge of upper lid and lining half of lower lid. Khaki on on lower lid and Rosegold on upper lid. On my lips O am wearing Velour Lovers Lipstick in Voyeur.




This palette makes a great gift for the holiday season coming up. Especially for all the beauty obsessed gals on your list. I LOVE this palette. It is so versatile. It is great for day or night. Laura Mercier has done it again. It retails for $55.00 and is available at www.sephora.com or in SEPHORA stores. Like SEPHORA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sephora?ref=br_tf; Follow SEPHORA on Twitter: @Sephora; Follow SEPHORA on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/sephora/; Follow SEPHORA on Instagram: http://instagram.com/SEPHORA; Subscribe to SEPHORA on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9YX5x_VU8gfe0Oui0TaLJg; Follow SEPHORA on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+SEPHORA/posts; Follow SEPHORA on Wanelo: http://wanelo.com/sephoraand and Follow SEPHORA on Tumblr: http://theglossy.sephora.com/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This was sent for consideration)








Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SEPHORA Launches Classes For Confidence Nationwide As Part Of Sephora Stands Social Impact Intiative #SephoraStands #ClassesforConfidence




SEPHORA, the leading prestige beauty retailer, announces the nationwide launch of Classes for Confidence, a series of complimentary, specialized in-store beauty classes developed to help inspire confidence in participants facing major life transitions. On Saturday, October 1st, more than 85 Sephora stores around the United States will partner with non-profit organizations in their local communities to offer a supportive environment where participants can have fun as they learn tips for creating a professional beauty look for entry back into the workforce. 
 
Classes for Confidence is one of three programs that comprise Sephora Stands, Sephora's social impact initiative. Sephora Stands is committed to using the strengths of Sephora for even greater good in our world and aims to inspire confidence and fearlessness. Research shows that the make-up a woman wears in a job interview can make a difference. In each class, Sephora educators go step-by-step from skin prep to color application, focusing on simple techniques that create a natural and professional appearance. Participants will leave with enhanced confidence and a selection of products to recreate their looks as they transition into the next phase of their lives.

"Classes for Confidence was born from our core strength of education, and utilizes the company's existing infrastructure and beauty classes programs for even greater good," said Corrie Conrad, Sephora's Head of Social Impact. "Our aim with this program is to connect with the community, have fun, and help those who partake feel confident, beautiful, and ready to face whatever challenges lie ahead." 

Through October's national launch, regional classes held earlier this year, and the pilot program initiated in 2015, Classes for Confidence will reach 2,000 people by the end 2016 via approximately 200 classes. By 2020, Classes for Confidence has a larger goal of inspiring confidence in 100,000 women and providing job opportunities where possible for interested participants.
To learn more about SEPHORA Classes for Confidence, log on to www.Sephora.com/sephora-stands, or follow @Sephora @SephoraStands #SephoraStands #ClassesforConfidence.

ABOUT SEPHORASephora is a leader in global beauty retail, teaching and inspiring clients to play in a world of beauty. Sephora has earned its reputation with its expertise, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit, and has been changing the face of prestige cosmetics since its debut in Paris in the early 1970's. A year after its acquisition by luxury group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 1997, Sephora expanded its empire to North America with a revolutionary store model that broke down the department store counter. Now with more than 430 stores in the Americas—including US, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil—plus 500 inside JCPenney, Sephora has become a leading international beauty destination with over 2,000 locations in 31 countries, plus an award-winning website and an intuitive mobile app. Clients have the opportunity to play with 14,000 products from 200 carefully curated brands, featuring indie darlings, emerging favorites, trusted classics, and Sephora's private label, SEPHORA COLLECTION. In store, the client receives personalized recommendations from the IQ system, and at the Beauty Studio she explores her look with makeovers, complimentary classes, hands-on events, and one-on-one consultations. Online she interacts with an inclusive beauty community on the award-winning Beauty Board, and interactive Beauty Talk. And as one of Sephora's 17 million Beauty Insiders, she feeds her beauty addiction with unique rewards and experiences. Sephora offers endless ways to explore beauty. For the latest, visit sephora.com     

Review: Vince Camuto Capri Eau De Parfum Spray #VinceCamuto #Capri #Parfum #Fragrance #EaudeParfum

(product photo courtesy of www.vincecamuto.com)

Vince Camuto Capri Eau De Parfum Spray
3.4 fl.oz./100 ml $82.00








Last year I reviewed Vince Camuto's fragrance, Bella. I love this fragrance. So I was sure I would love his new fragrance, Capri

 As we move into fall, we sometimes like to keep summer going with just a hint of fragrance. There are very few fragrances that can capture this essence of summer and work with fall weather. Vince Camuto Capri is one of those fragrances. This Eau de Parfum is like a passport to adventure and reminds one of spontaneous summer day and sultry summer nights. It is an effervescent, floral-fruity fragrance with citrusy top notes of Violet Leaves, Juicy Pear and Pink Grapefruit that is washed over a floral bouquet of Peach Blossom and Violet Flower to reveal a rich heart of Musk and Vanilla. An invigorating citrus blend washes over a floral bouquet of peach blossom and violet flower to reveal a rich mixture of musk and vanilla. Akin to the cool breeze of the Mediterranean Sea, Capri Vince Camuto will transport your senses. This floral fruity fragrance speaks to the serendipity of finding the place in the world where you are free to be your best self. The bottle is inspired by sea-glass and extends Vince Camuto's iconic signature fragrance collection design.

I love this fragrance. It is light, airy and definitely a scent for summer and early fall. It feels like the air, but with a heavier scent to it. And it does remind me of the Mediterranean, of my nights in Greece with my family. . The scent has the feel of a Mediterranean day, with sunshine and sand, and a cool breeze coming off the ocean. Take it with you into September, October, even November. Let it play with your memories of summer. Let it remind you of days gone by. It is a floral fragrances but not light enough that it is limited to summer only. I and my daughter wear this one year round actually, depending on our moods. That is the nice thing about a Vince Camuto fragrance: he captures a mood. He wants to evoke your mood and your heart. 

Capri Vince Camuto comes in a 3.4 fl.oz. bottle  and retails for $82.00. It also comes in a roll on for $22.00 and there is a gift set for $90.00. It is available now online at www.vincecamuto.com and where Vince Camuto is sold. 

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This was sent for consideration)

  

Review: Shiseido Bio-Performance Lift Dynamic Cream #Shiseido #BioPerformance #LiftDynamicCream

(product photo courtesy of www.shiseido.com)

2.6 oz./75mL $132.00
Shiseido Bio-Performance Lift Dynamic Cream is an anti-aging sculpting cream that helps to reveal a visibly firmer, lifted look to the skin. It is a rich moisturizer multi-benefit cream that energizes skin's natural restorative ability, giving skin a youthfully sculpted appearance. It supports skin's natural inner resources to restore the look of elasticity and moisture while reducing the appearance of visible wrinkles. 

This cream contains exclusive TruStructiv™ technology that helps to harness skin's natural restorative powers for skin that looks firm, lifted and resilient. Super Bio-Hyaluronic Acid Plus helps to replenish skin with deep moisture. RenoCycle System helps to encourage a smooth skin renewal process to further improve the appearance of skin. The rich, creamy texture absorbs quickly, leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and silky.

Immediately skin is smooth, resilient and deeply moisturized*. In one week skin becomes firmer and sagging appears to have improved*. In three weeks wrinkles are visibly reduces and facial contours appear to be more lifted*. (Results based on self-evaluation by 110-111 females)

To use: smooth evenly over the face each morning and evening after cleansing, softening, strengthening and correcting with Bio-Performance Lift Dynamic Serum. Follow With Bio-Performance Lift Dynamic Eye Treatment. In the morning, make sure to follow up with a sunscreen of at least a SPF30 or higher. Otherwise all of the anti-aging equivalent that you are doing will be undone by the sun!

I found this to be a very powerful moisturizer. It is very rich but sinks into the skin and absorbs quickly. It leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and silky but firm and resilient, like the test subjects said. I am only lacking a little firmness in my skin but enough to be annoying. i love this product. It does work. It really does moisturize well too. My skin is dry from the summer months for some reason, likely my summer trip to Greece and its being submitted to the hot Mediterranean sun. I needed this product bad. It helped bring my skin back to normal. I highly recommend this cream for those with normal, dry, mature and possibly combination skins. Not for oily or acneic skin types. It really deeply moisturizes skin and helps with fine lines and wrinkles too.

This product also comes in a 50mL size for $110.00. I tried the 75mL for $132.00. It is available through www.shiseido.com, www.bloomingdales.com, www.sephora.com, www.macys.com, and www.nordstrom.com. It can also be purchased at Shiseido counters at the brick and mortar stores of these stores listed above. Like Shiseido on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shiseido; Follow Shiseido on Twitter: @shiseidoworld; Follow Shiseido on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/shiseido/; Subscribe to Shiseido on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/shiseidousa and Follow Shiseido on Instagram: http://instagram.com/shiseido

Until Next Time~


Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This was sent for consideration) 





 

Review: Scalisi Skincare Name That Game Changer Serum #NameThatGameChanger


Scalisi Skincare Name That Game Changer Serum
#NameThatGameChanger 


I was sent a serum from Scalisi Skincare to try out. This is their new top secret serum that they don't have a name for but you can name yourself. I already posted how to do that previously. Now here is my review of the serum. This serum does a number of things.  

It is a very lightweight serum, so light that it sinks into the skin right away, is almost silicone in nature. Like silk. It glides right onto the skin, that is why I say it reminds me of a silicone type product even though it does not contain any silicones. The serum melts into your skin, leaving it feeling smooth, soft and feeling like satin. It instantly increases hydration to the skin so that more moisture is getting to the skin and skin is instantly feeling more hydrated and more moisturized. It also works to make your moisturizer more effective, which is a great boost. When I first tried it, I thought that was not possible. But I did notice a difference in how my skin felt the next day. My skin felt better. Much softer and smoother. This serum also brightens skin, evening out skin tone. Which I did notice it does. Also, it has no strong scent, so you are not getting a rush of any strong fragrance that might irritate you. I am very happy with this serum. I love it and think it will do well in the arsenal of Scalisi Skincare products. In fact, I use it every day now! What more can you ask for in this little bottle of wonderful?

Until the end of September you can go to the link here and enter to win $1200 worth of Scalisi Skincare beauty products. That is a year's supply. Just enter your name for the serum. Here is the link for the GIVEAWAY:
https://gleam.io/Oubqj/namethegamechanger

This serum will be available November 1st at www.scalisiskincare.com. It can be pre-ordered here: http://scalisiskincare.com/collections/skincare/products/coming-soon-our-serum-1-0-fl-oz. Like Scalisi Skincare on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scalisiskincare/; Follow Scalisi Skincare on Twitter: @ScalisiSkincare and Follow Scalisi Skincare on Instagram: https://instagram.com/jillscalisi/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This was sent for consideration)









Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Review: Phyto Phytokeratine Split Ends Repairing Serum & Phytodefrisant Botanical Straightening Balm #Phyto #haircare

(product photos courtesy of www.phyto.com)

Recently I had the privilege of trying out some of the finest hair care products market, Phyto hair care. These products are known for their fine ability to take hair and tame it, put it in its place. I tried the Phyto Phytokeratine Repairing Serum and the infamous Phyto Phytodefrisant Botanical Straightening Balm. Read below for my reviews.

1.04 oz./30mL $30.00
This lightweight serum is kind of like a liquid bandage for hair. It is a silky featherweight serum that visibly smooths away cracks and split ends, restoring softness to damages hair lengths and ends. It makes hair lustrous again by repairing the split ends while restoring silkiness to to damaged lengths. This silicone-free , fast absorbing formula has an instant effect to smooth away cracks and seal split ends by combining rice brand ceramides and silk peptides. A unique complex of lipid-rich Brazilian oils intensely regenerates, turning the most damaged, straw-like hair into healthier, silkier and extraordinarily shiny tresses.

I've used this several times and it never ceases to amaze me how well my hair turns out when I use this product. It goes from dry and frizzy to lovely and silky. Without fail. Well worth the money in my opinion. Definitely a great product.  

3.50 oz./100mL $16.00
The cult classic. The heat-activated botanical smoothing balm preps hair for the ultimate smooth, sleek and chic blowdry. Fresh, plant-based gel formula absorbs instantly to hydrate and protect hair during heat styling. 99% natural. Achieve the perfect blow dry with this award-winning, heat-activated smoothing balm. The 99% botanical formula, rich in ferula, horseradish and sage, hydrates, smoothes, and protects unruly hair; prepping it for a smooth and sleek result. 

I use this when I want my wavy hair to be stick straight. All I need is this, a blow dryer and maybe a brush. I might not even need the brush. Sometimes I use it sometimes I don't and I still get straight hair. The best way to use is to apply a walnut-sized amount to clean, damp hair. Distribute evenly using a wide-tooth comb and blow dry. Smoothing is cumulative with continued use. Phyto recommends mixing with a pea-size amount of 'Phyto 7' or 'Phyto 9 Day Cream' for added softness and shine. It can also be used to condition, enhance and define curls.

Phyto can be purchased online at www.phyto.com or in fine salons. Like Phyto on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhytoUSA; Follow Phyto on Twitter: @phyto_usa; Follow Phyto on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/phyto_usa/; Subscribe to Phyto on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/PhytoHairCare/ and Follow Phyto on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/phytousa/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These were sent for consideration) 








 



Review: Using evian® Facial Spray for the Big Day. Your Wedding Day that is. #evianspray

(product photos courtesy of www.brandbacker.com)






 So you are getting married? It is still hot out even though it is September. The sun is beating down on you and all you can think about is some refreshment. In the form of a cooling mist. Something to keep the makeup from melting off of your face. What is a girl to do? Grab some evian® spray! evian® is the perfect thing that will help keep a bride fresh as a daisy in this situation. You can even spray it over your hair to revive a wilted hairstyle. She can spritz some on her face and keep her makeup looking fresh. She can even spray some in her underarms too, to keep them fresh as well. Any area that is perspiring can use some freshening up via evian® spray. The spray is called the Facial Spray, it's generally used for the facial area. There are medium and full size canisters available too. But you can use it anywhere you need to feel fresh. Keep it in the refrigerator to keep it cool so that in the heat you will have the full effect of its cooling abilities. No worrying about perspiration. Facial flush will quickly disappear with a spray of evian®! Be sure to have a canister in the lounge goodie basket. Guests will all enjoy evian® Facial Spray’s beneficial cooling mist.
Also, makeup artists use evian® spray to help set makeup. After applying color cosmetics, a quick circular spray of its fine mist evens out complexion and creates a smooth, airbrushed look. evian® spray’s unique balance of minerals and neutral 7.2 pH make it the perfect product for all skin types.

Most of all- enjoying the honeymoon- the travel-size spray is TSA approved and perfect for on-board air travel where there is no moisture! Spray it  on the plane at various intervals to keep your skin moist. On the plane there is zero moisture and your skin becomes dehydrated quite easily. This way you can keep it hydrated and keep it from becoming too dry. When I mean spray, I mean spray often, like every half-hour. This way you will feel so much better when you get off the plane. Trust me on this one. evian® spray can be purchased online at www.evianspray.com

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

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