Wednesday, January 31, 2018

More NEW Great Maybelline Products...#Maybelline #NewItems #Cosmetics #Makeup #SuperstayMatteInk #MasterPrimebyFaceStudio #MasterChromebyFaceStudio #PythonMetallicLipKit #ColorSensationalPowderMatte

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Today I have a few more Maybelline makeup products to review for you. I received these last month and it has taken me a while to get all of them done for you. I must say that lately I am EXTREMELY happy with everything that Maybelline has come out with. They are breakng barriers with their makeup. It is fun, funky and vibrant. Definitely 2018. 

Facestudio Master Prime preps for makeup application by visually blurring away specific skin concerns. This skin-perfecting face primer is formulated with a water-soluble base and active ingredients that refine the look and feel of skin for makeup that lasts all day. This primer helps to hydrate and smooth skin so foundation goes on smoothly and stays put. Skin feels hydrated all day long without feeling dry towards the end of the day, as can happen. It has a lightweight formula and does not clog pores. To use, apply all over face before foundation or wear alone for a luminous effect. A good primer is essential for long-lasting foundation.

Highlighter has become so popular that everyone has something now. Not everyone does it well though. Maybelline does.Meet the secret to brilliant and luminous skin. Facestudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter effortlessly envelopes the skin in a molten metal sheen. I love how beautiful their highlighter just goes onto the skin and melts on the cheek, making it look amazing. This highlighter powder drenches skin in a melted metallic finish. Maybelline's pearl pigments leave a reflective finish for a brilliant glowing skin. It comes in Molten Gold, Rose Gold and new Holographic (iridescent).

To Apply: Apply with brush or fingertips. Then sweep onto targeted areas, such as cheekbones, brow bones, and down the bridge of the nose. Blend for a seamless metallic glow. Don't overdo it!

above: wearing Master Chrome Highlighter in Rose Gold and Holographic

With Color Sensational Powder Matte you can dare to be edgy in Maybelline's extreme matte lipstick. Now available with up to two times more mattifying powders than the Color Sensations Creamy Matte Lipstick in a collection of showstopping colors. In this lipstick you get a pure matte lipstick, it glides on effortlessly for a cool and edgy look and it is available in a range of daring shades. I tried Carnal Brown, which is a beautiful dark grayish brown. 

above: wearing Carnal Brown

This is one of my favorite matte liquid lipsticks. SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick gives you a flawless matte finish in a range of super saturated shades. Sixteen of them to be precise. This lipstick lasts up to 16 hours long and features a uniqes arrow applicator for precise application. It takes only one swipe to get good color laydown. To apply: apply liquid lipstick in the center of our upper lip and follow the contours of your mouth. Glide the liquid lipstick across the entire bottom lip. I tried three shades: Philosopher (a pretty lilac purple), Visionary (a deeper grayish purple) and Seductress (an autumnal rust).

above: wearing Philosopher

above: wearing SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Visionary

above: wearing SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Seductress

The Maybelline Lip Studio Python Metallic Lip Kit is awesome. It features duos in gorgeous lip colors and prismatic lip powders. You can be an artist with your lip color! Take on the hottest beauty trend with this kit. Make an impact in chromatic lip color with a python effect. First you apply the lipstick with either the base of your finger or a lip brush if you prefer to be more precise. Second, apply lip shadow with finger on top of lip color base and layer as desired to create your own look. It comes in 8 shades. I tried 2 of them: Valiant (purple and copper) and Untamed (black and green). 

above: wearing Python Lip Kit in Untamed

above: wearing Python Lip Kit in Valiant

What is surprising is these look a lot lighter in the photograph than they did in real life. In real life the colors look MUCH darker. I like them a lot and want more of them, definitely. 

I cannot wait until Maybelline comes out with more items. They are raising the bar for mass market cosmetics. You can find Maybelline cosmetics at Walgreens, Rite-Aid, CVS, WalMart, Target, ULTA Beauty and www.ulta.comLike Maybelline on Facebook:; Follow Maybelline on Twitter:@Maybelline; Follow Maybelline on Pinterest:; Follow Maybelline on Instagram: and Follow Maybelline on Tumblr:

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These items were sent for consideration)

Review: Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask #Influenster #GotItFree #LaszloGlow #HydraTherapySleepMask

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1.35 fl.oz./40mL $90.00
The legacy of Erno Laszlo may be rooted in the groundbreaking skincare discoveries of Dr. Laszlo, but behind his life changing products it has always been about Her. From Dr. Laszlo's first breakthrough, finding a cure for a Princess's acne, to his work with the most famous faces in Hollywoood, to our modern beauty rituals adored by fans all over the world. Erno Laszlo has always celebrated bold women, empowering us to all show our true glow. 

Recently Erno Laszlo came out with their Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask. Sleep Masks are all the rage right now. Why? Because it is a well known fact that the body recharges and repairs itself at night. So skincare companies thought why night try to get as much hydration put into the skin at night as we can? Sleep masks are usually used to put more hydration into the skin, although they can also be used to but more nutrients into the skin too. They are great for dehydrated skin such as skin that is dry and dehydrated from winter, from too many peels, too much exfoliation or is getting more mature. As we age water loss from the skin occurs much faster. 

This overnight formula goes on weightlessly, delivering unprecedented moisture and locking in vital nutrients while you rest. A true breakthrough in beauty sleep, its NASA-inspired memory gel texture melts into your complexion replenishing the moisture skin can lose overnight (up to 25% of its levels). You will wake up hydrated, restored and refreshed thanks to a repairing mix of their 24-hour Smart Hydrators, including: prickly pear, green ginger and mugwort extracts, all known as 24-hour Smart Hydrators (humectants) for their ability to attract water in challenging environments, to moisturize and protect parched skin. It also includes winged kelp extract, which is rich in omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids, that helps boost skin’s collagen and elastin, the keys to more resilient skin and the foundation of the skin's structure. Their fruit-derived dual-action Recovery Complex helps strengthen skin’s defenses as it brightens for a youthful, healthy glow.
This mask is wonderful. It literally melts into the skin, replenishing moisture in the dry winter months and helping to hydrate the skin from the sun in the hot summer months. Overnight skin repairs itself, so it is natural to use the best skincare you can. That is why a sleeping mask is a great idea. This mask help's to boost skin's moisture, leaving it feeling hydrated, soft, supple and downright younger looking in the morning. I used it a few nights in a row, as my skin was feeling dehydrated and wow, my skin was back to normal quickly. 
The best way to use this is after cleansing and toning and after using any serums. Yes, still use serums. Just wait until they have sunk into the skin. This  mask is very gelatinous, so use the stick that comes with it to get it out and then apply to the hand. Then rub it on your fingers for a few seconds to warm it up. Then apply to the face in circular motions making sure to avoid the eye area. It will sink into the skin almost immediately, even if your skin is oily. Make sure to apply to the neck region too. That area is often overlooked. In the morning, rinse and follow with your regular cleansing and moisturizing ritual. Use twice a week as part of your hydration cleansing ritual.

And that's that great thing about this mask, it is for every skin type, even oily and acneic skins. The goal of this mask is to hydrate and moisturize the skin. In the morning when you wake up, your skin will feel soft, supple and refreshed. You will like how soft your skin is and will likely keep touching it and wondering if it will stay this way all day. If you continue to use a good moisturizer with sunscreen during the day, a regular moisturizer at night and this product once to twice a week, it will. 

Erno Lazlo Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask is sold online at and is available at Erno Laszlo counters. Like Erno Laszlo on Facebook:; Follow Erno Laszlo on Twitter: @ernolaszlo; Follow Erno Laszlo on Instagram: and Subscribe to Erno Laszlo on YouTube:

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This item was received from Influenster)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Premium Fragrance Gifts For Her #ValentinesDayGiftGuide #PremiumFragranceGiftsForHer

Valentine's Day Premium Fragrance Gifts For Her
It is that time of year when feelings turn to love, passion and gifts for your sweetheart. That means, yes, it is Valentine's Day. That one day of the year when everyone wears red, we go out to fancy restaurants and we buy fabulous gifts for our significant others. All in the name of LOVE...

This year I have some wonderful gift ideas that I think you can hint about for your significant other or maybe he will see this and say, "hmm...that is a good idea for so and so". Either way, check out my list and see what you might like. Fragrances are always a great way to go for Valentine's Day.

Valentina Blush
80mL $120.00

The newest addition to the Valentina collection, Valentina Blush is an unpredictable and mischievous interpretation. Like the raw edge of fine silk, Valentina Blush subverts olfactory expectations while seducing the senses. The new scent establishes a place in the Valentina family defined not through intellect but through emotion, an intuitive new chapter in the Valentina story. Orange blossom is wrapped in indulgent notes of praline, in this unexpected vision by perfumer Alexis Dadier.

PRADA Miracle of the Rose
3.4 fl.oz. $160.00
Infusion Rose is a vital, fresh fragrance that continues the exploration of the paradox of simplicity and sophistication at the heart of all Les Infusions de Prada. Infusion Rose plays with the traditional interpretation of its core ingredient, moving away from the heavier, velvety notes usually associated with rose to create a fresh and breezy fragrance with a distinctly open-air quality. The result is a contemporary re-imagining of the traditional olfactory qualities of rose: delicately translucent, yet spicy and multifaceted, classic yet modern, at the same time tangible and abstract. INGREDIENTS: Rose Bulgare, Rose Turque, Rose Pétale infused in a perfumed water of Neroli, Mandarin and Gelbanum.

Good Girl: Carolina Herrera New York
1.7 fl.oz. $90.00
Black and white… dark and light… good girl, bad girl. Carolina Herrera introduces GOOD GIRL, a sensual, evocative fragrance born of the beautiful contradictions and the dichotomy of modern women and modern life. GOOD GIRL celebrates her spontaneity, complexity and power. She revels in her unapologetic duality – her femininity and sensuality, her timeless elegance and casual irreverence, her hopeless romance and fearless independence. If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun… it’s good to be bad. Created by perfumer Louise Turner, GOOD GIRL is made to capture a woman’s wondrous complexity with surprising ingredients. The sweet, alluring qualities of jasmine give the fragrance its brightness and femininity. The darker side of the scent is created with richly fragrant cocoa and intoxicating Tonka. Almond and coffee bring GOOD GIRL its immediate vibrancy. Tuberose, extracted in a new way that creates a rich delicacy, is what the perfumer calls the fragrance’s “wild card,” bringing “fluidity and femininity.” Key notes: Tuberose Jasmine, & Tonka Bean, Cacao

PRADA Candy Gloss
2.7 fl.oz. $96.00
Prada Candy Gloss joins the original Prada Candy, Prada Candy Florale and Prada Candy Kiss as the latest addition to the Pop-centric Prada Candy fragrance collection. The next fragrance in Prada’s olfactory epitome of the spirit of Nouvelle Vague expresses the most excessive side of Candy. Multi-layered, insatiable, flirtatious, Prada Candy Gloss is an expression of Prada Parfum’s obsessive search for refined indulgence. Prada Candy Gloss is an Eau de Toilette built around a gourmande core of Almond, redolent with velvety Vanilla notes, infused with tender, sensual Musk. This accord is wrapped in a bright Cherry top note, shiny and feminine, which is uplifted and lightened by Orange Blossom at the heart of the fragrance. Available at Sephora. 

Valentino Donna Acqua
2.7 fl.oz. $120.00
Valentino Parfums introduces two new fragrances: Valentino Uomo Acqua and Valentino Donna Acqua. One does not define the other, but together they represent an iconic and fearless new hierarchy of desire, charged with raw authenticity and a nonchalant attitude. An irreverent clash of lightness and indulgence composed by Sonia Constant, Valentino Donna Acqua is a collision between tender green almond and frosted pear.  The warmth of a frangipani rose accord meets a suggestion of sandalwood and hawthorn. Valentino Donna Acqua is presented in the iconic studded glass bottle, signifiers of defiant grace, while the outer packaging is resonant with that of the classic Valentino Donna fragrance. Valentino Donna Acqua is housed in a rose-pink box, creating a new expression of beauty in perfumery, the dissonant harmony of modern desire.

Jean Paul Gaultier Essence de Parfum
3.4 fl.oz. $115.00
Jean Paul Gaultier's tribute to women and corset is reimagined with the essence de parfum. He introduces a new eau de parfum concentration of his iconic fragrance classic, establishing a "haute parfumerie" version with a unique touch of complexity. Created by perfumer Daphne Bugey, Essence de Parfum reworks the story of Classique at the top. The fresh, spicy note of ginger is combines with the irresistible sweetness of orange blossom. The feminine heart of sambac jasmine sits on a warm, sultry base of precious woods, vanilla and chantilly cream. For the first time ever Gaultier introduces a modified version of the iconic bottle the curves have been sharpened to give a crystal perception and convey the bust in a more sculptural way. The cap is redressed in copper to match the signature metal can for a modern and sophisticated touch. 

These fragrances are available at fine retailers online and in department stores such as Macy's, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom's, Dillards, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, ULTA and Sephora. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day. Be sure to tell your sweetie what you would like. Believe me, often he is clueless unless you give him a hint!

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

Review: Eco Elicina Snail Mucus Cream & Eye XT Contour Cream #EcoElicina #SnailMucusCream #EyeXTContourCream

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Eco Elicina & Elicina XT Eye Contour Cream

Women will go to great lengths to make themselves beautiful. There is almost nothing will not do to make ourselves look better, especially as the ravages of time start to take over and make themselves more noticeable on our faces. As soon as we see wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, laxity in the skin or dullness in the face you can bet we are on the internet looking for the latest and greatest invention to give us better skin. 

In South Korea they are on the cutting edge of skincare. Which is why their skincare is so popular here. They have the best products and the best regimens. In South Korea they take skincare very seriously over there. A few years ago snail mucus made its way into skincare and became very popular. Yes, I know it sounds unusual but it actually works on wrinkles, skin firmness, age spots, unbecoming freckles, expression lines, scars (even keloid scars), acne marks, rosacea and stretch marks. Which is why it has now made its way to the United States. I tried two of the products and below you will hear about my review of them.

Snail mucus is not how it sounds. They don't just take it directly from the snail and put it into the product. It is purified and processed and then emulsified into creams. It is surprising that this ingredient would work so well on the skin but then again, so many ingredients that you would not think do work in skincare actually work very well. I am not opposed to do this. I just want to make sure no animal is harmed.

I received two products to try, Eco Elicina Snail Mucus Cream for the Face and Eco Elicina XT Eye Contour Cream. That is where the snail mucus really shines is around the eyes. Elicina snail mucus comes from the Chilean snail Helix aspersa. What makes the Chilean snail secretion so good for the skin is that its incredible combination of natural substances. Did you know that snail secretions actually heal the snail and its shell? Yes it does. And that is how it heals the skin. The snails expel the secretion to heal themselves from trauma. They can even re-build their shells if broken. Basically these small creatures are busy manufacturing labs of their own regenerative, reconstructive substance. The Chilean Snail contains:
  1. Natual Allantoin: Not like other dermatological product with obtain allantoin synthetically by laboratory means. Allantoin is what makes the regeneration of your skin possible. Scars and stretch marks disappear wounds heal quickly leaving no marks. 
  2. Proteins and Vitamins: Resulting in richness and softness of your skin.
  3. Natural Collagen and Elastin: The main components of the human connective tissue we call skin.
  4. Natural Glycolic Acid: This is what makes possible the skin exfoliation or peeling, eliminating dead cells that are on the surface of your skin, along with wrinkles and expression lines. Since the Glycolic Acid found in Elicina is not synthetic it does not irritate your skin.
Elicina was launched in South America in 1995. Customer reception to it was unprecedented. Popularity of the cream grew by leaps and bounds, based solely on the results users achieved. Today thousands of snails are carefully nursed and maintained in conditions close to their natural environment and no snails are harmed in the collection of their secretions. This cream is 80% snail mucin. That is a lot. Which also means the creams are worth the money you are paying for them, because they have such a high concentration of active ingredient. It is the first ingredient listed on the ingredients list. When you use a product made with snail mucin you are not only using an anti-aging product but you are using a prophylactic product that prevents aging too. It is always good to kill two birds with one stone. 

I found that the Eco Elicina Cream helped with my hyperpigmentation, skin firmness and some beginning wrinkles I had. It made my skin feel younger looking and made it look younger. The Eco Elicina XT Cream is a great eye cream. This helps with dark circles (of which I had been having problems from lack of sleep) and it got rid of them, it helps with small, fine lines and it smooths out the eyes, making them look very young and nice. I am very happy with the results of this cream and I shall keep using it.

The Eco Elicina Cream runs $47.99 and can be purchased at and The eye contour cream Eco Elicina XT Eye Contour Cream runs $29.70 and can be purchased online at and Don't purchase off of auction sites because that cream is usually old or has been replaced with another cream. With something like this it is important to purchase from a reputable source. Right now there are only a couple of sources. Amazon seems to have the same cream but I am a little wary. There are many other variations in sizes of the creams but I cannot list them all here. I just wanted you to know that this is a good product that works and can be purchased at reasonable prices.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These were sent for consideration)

Monday, January 29, 2018

Valentine's Day Gift Guide: PRADA Candy Florale Eau de Toilette #ValentinesDay #PRADA #CandyFlorale #EaudeToilette

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2.7 fl.oz./80mL $98.00
Fragrance is personal. Every woman finds fragrances that work for her and she usually sticks to that range of florals, citruses, woodsy notes, or orientals and she stays with them her entire life. Or you could be like me and love many different kinds of fragrance because of my grandmother's intense love of many different fragrances. She kept all kind of perfumes and fragrances on her dresser and I always went in to play with them. It was the best. Of course, when I grew up I was attracted to many different kinds of notes. Then I started getting migraines and could only wear lemon scented fragrances for a while. That finally dissipated and now I am back to wearing all different kinds of perfumes. Thank goodness. I like to wear different ones with my moods. I don't want to be pigeonholed into one perfume.

PRADA is one of the world's most recognized fashion brands and is known for defying the boundaries of definition. The brand constantly surprises its followers with visionary designs and revolutionary concepts, creating pieces that are icons of high style. The magic of the label is in the details, and now PRADA pays that same attention to its range of fashionable fragrances. Simultaneously reinventing and paying homage to the ancient art of perfumery, the Italian couture house creates bold blends that are "inspired by the past and embody the future".

For Valentine's Day I would like to suggest the perfect gift for the woman in your life. It is PRADA Candy Florale Eau de Toilette. This fragrance is sensuous and coquettish. Made for a young woman coming into her own and a voluptuous woman who knows how to get her way, Candy thusly declares her love for flowers. She takes on a new flirtatious game, where sensuality is pushed to the fullest. The delicately sweet smell of Candy meets a new, refined bouquet of sparkling cedrat (cedar) and blooming cosmos that intermingle with her elegant softness. Candy is blossoming. Meet Candy Florale

This scent is made up of several notes: sparkling cedrat, bouquet of cosmos, benzoin, caramel and white musk. What lasts on you is at the end is the caramel and white musk, which leave a gorgeous hint of Candy Florale behind. When you first spray it on you can smell the cedrat and cosmos. They are heavenly. Then they lighten up to a brighter note. It takes well over 15-20 minutes for the drydown to occur. This scent lasts all day long too. It does not give way quickly like other Eau de Toilette ones do. This is a long-lasting scent that will stay with you for hours. I highly recommend it. Another thing, it is not too strong. Yes, it is a floral but it is cut by the cedrat and that makes it less of a heavy floral that will bombard you with anything too dramatic. 

This product would make a wonderful Valentine's Day Gift. It also comes in two other sizes: a 1 fl.oz/30mL Eau de Toilette Spray for $60.00 and a 1.7fl.oz./50mL Eau de Toilette Spray for $78.00. Each one is very similar in appearance. It is good for any age and any woman would love this fragrance. This Eau de Toilette is perfect for just about any woman. 

PRADA Candy Florale Eau de Toilette can be purchased online at,, and Like SEPHORA's Facebook page: Follow SEPHORA on Twitter: @Sephora; Follow SEPHORA on Instagram:; Follow SEPHORA on Pinterest: and Subscribe to SEPHORA on YouTube:

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This was sent for consideration)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Nest Fragrances Japanese Black Currant Classic Candle #NESTFragrances #JapaneseBlackCurrantClasicCandle

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Burns 50 Hours/$40.00
Valentine's Day is the day to get something beautiful. Whether it is for your significant other, your best friend, your wife, mother, whomever, they deserve a wow gift to let them know how much you love them. Something from Nest Fragrances says wow. This line is amazing. They have everything someone would need for home fragrance. I will give you a suggestion though, if you are giving a gift to a woman, try the Japanese Black Currant Classic Candle. You cannot go wrong there. This scent is truly wonderful. It is fruity and floral at the same time. It contains the rich essence of Japanese Black Currant with Mirabelle Plum, Kadota Fig and Sandalwood. You can smell the Sandalwood mixed with the Fig, Plum and Black Currant drifting through the air when the candle scent is wafting though your nose. It really is intoxicating.

This candle burns 50 hours. I now that seems impossible because most candles made with one wick do not last that long. However, I used this one for at least 5 hours and it barely made a dent in the candle. It definitely burned some but you could hardly tell though.  

Here is a photo of the candle before it is lit and to show you how bit it is, making it well worth the money spent on it:

NEST gives you explicit instructions on how to handle your candles with care to make them last longer. Here they are:

The environment in which a candle is burned and how the candle is maintained are the most significant factors in how it will perform. Following the instructions and tips listed below will help ensure optimal results when burning your NEST Fragrances candles.

  • Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, high flames, smoking or sooting. Use a sharp wick trimmer or scissors to trim the wick. Using a dull tool will split the wick's threads, causing it to "mushroom" excessively.
  • Center and straighten the wick after blowing out your candle. A wick that has migrated to the edge of the candle glass will cause the candle to tunnel and may cause the glass to crack and break if it burns near or against the wall of the candle. Use a candle wick snuffer or tweezers to gently straighten and guide the wick back to the candle’s center while the wax is still melted.
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
  • Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
  • Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, fans or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, smoking or sooting.
  • Before re-lighting a candle, let the candle cool completely (a candle generally takes approximately two hours to cool). Trim the wick and check for unwanted drafts.
  • Burn regular sized candles for 3-4 hours at a time.Small votives should only be burned for 2 hours at a time. Burning for shorter periods of time can cause the candle to “tunnel” burn (leaving excessive wax remaining on the container’s sides). Burning for longer periods of time than recommended can create soot on the glass or cause the glass to become extremely hot.
  • Burn candles in an ambient of 65 – 75 degrees F.Colder or warmer environments will significantly affect the candle’s burn performance.
  • When burning multiple candles , place the candles at least 8 inches apart. This ensures that the candles do not affect each other’s burn performance with the heat they generate.
  • If a candle is burning unevenly and the wick is centered, it is in a draft. Rotate the candle 90 degrees periodically to keep it burning uniformly, or move it to another location.
NEST has a whole collection of Japanese Black Currant items: diffuser reeds, liquid soap, larger candles. They have around 33 fragrances that I am sure you would find something that you would like. Buy NEST for you next gift. 

NEST Fragrances are available online at Like Nest Fragrances on Facebook:; Follow NEST Fragrances on Twitter: @NESTFragrances; Follow NEST Fragrances on Pinterest:; Follow NEST Fragrances on Instagram: and Follow NEST Fragrances on Google+:

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(this was sent for consideration)

GUEST POST: Practical Uses for Lavender Oil Around The Home by #guestpost #lavenderoil #practicaluses

Practical Uses for Lavender Oil around the Home

Lavender oil is extracted by the distillation method from the flower spikes of the lavender herb. The oil is a popular essential oil with a fresh, floral and uplifting fragrance. With its wonderful scent, it is widely used in aromatherapy and various skincare products. The uses of lavender oil are innumerable and this makes it the perfect multipurpose essential oil.
Lavender oil is a versatile oil and offers a range of benefits for the skin and hair. A look at the benefits and you are sure to stock a bottle of the amazing lavender oil in your cabinet. Listed below are a few of the magical benefits of this essential oil.
Beautiful Skin:
Lavender oil is renowned for its skin enhancing properties. The oil possesses the ability to nourish the skin and unravel its real glow. The oil is used in various skincare products and a few drops of the oil can be added to your regular shampoo, lotions and soap to increase their effectiveness.
It has excellent skin-clarifying properties and the essential oil can be used to get a smooth and supple skin. It makes the perfect natural remedy for dry skin. However, before you begin to use the oil, be sure to test it on a small patch of your skin. If you have sensitive skin, dilute the oil before use.
Refreshing aroma:
Lavender oil is known for its relaxing properties. The oil can be used to make an uplifting massage blend. With its invigorating aroma, the oil can relax your body. The fragrance is divine and its calming abilities are simply amazing.
Gorgeous hair:
With its multitudinous benefits, lavender oil can be used for all types of hair with fabulous results. The oil can be combined with regular shampoo and conditioner for beautiful hair.  If you are looking for a natural remedy for shiny and nourished hair, lavender oil is ideal.
Natural Repellent:
The essential oil makes a natural insect repellent which is absolutely safe and effective. Diffuse it in the air and it will keep mosquitoes and bugs away. You can place lavender-oil-infused cotton balls in your closet to keep moths at bay.
Freshener and Deodoriser:
Use lavender oil in your laundry and your clothes will remain fresh and floral smelling. You can mix a few drops into your bath or make your own body scrub for a hint of the sweet floral scent on your body.  Or you can dab a few drops on the wrists and behind your ears to smell and feel great.
Spice Up Your Living Room:
In case you are throwing a party, keep some lavender oil in the oil burner of your living room. The fragrant aromas will keep your guests in good spirits and they’ll be thoroughly impressed. You can also occasionally use it to freshen up the interiors of your home.
Unwind with Lavender Oil:
Use lavender oil to pamper your senses. Put in a few drops of the oil in your bath or just soak in your tired feet and voila, you will come out of the shower fresh as a flower. You will immediately experience boundless peace and tranquillity.
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Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Review: Maybelline The City Kits All-In-One Eye & Cheek Palette and Lasting Drama Eye Liner #Maybelline #TheCityKits #LastingDramaEyeLiner

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The City Kits: All-In-One Eye & Cheek Palette Urban Light

The City Kits: All-In-One Eye & Cheek Palette Pink Edge
Maybelline The City Kits All-In-One Eye & Cheek Palette is a wonderful new fun kit that brightens the eye area up and highlights the cheek area contours. There are two kits: Urban Light and Pink Edge. I was given Urban Light to test out. I loved it so much I went out and bought Pink Edge. In these kits you get iridescent to edgy matte eyes, and can create an infinite number of makeup looks with these city inspired all-in-one makeup palettes. Each eye and cheek palette includes 8 creamy eyeshadows, 1 blush and 1 highlighter. The Urban Light Kit has the lighter colors, these are the more iridescent shades while the Pink Edge kit has pink and brown shades. Use both together to get a rockin' eye.

To Use:
  • Step 1. Apply color from the eyelid to the brow bone.
  • Step 2. Shade in lid.
  • Step 3. Add color to inner corner.
  • Step 4. Contour at the crease and line of eye
  • Step 5. Apply highlighter.
  • Step 6. Apply blush.
Here are swatches of The City Kits in Urban Light and Pink Edge:
swatches of The City Kit All-In-One Eye & Cheek Palette in Pink Edge

swatches of The City Kit All-In-One Eye & Cheek Palette in Urban Light

Here is a photo of me wearing both kits that I posted a few days ago:

Here I used both Maybelline The City Kits in Pink Edge and Urban Light on my eyes (the medium brown from the Pink Edge City kit in the crease, with the black in the transition and a little bit on the lower lash line, then I used the purple shade from the Urban Light kit on my lids and the bright pink shade below the brow), Lasting Drama Light Liner in Twinkle Black on upper lids, Moonlight Purple on lower lids and White Luster on waterline, Total Temptation Mascara.

Then for these photos:

Here I wore the light brown shade from Pink Edge in the crease, and the black-brown shade from Pink edge in the transition. Then I took the beautiful iridescent pink shade in Urban Light and used it on the upper lids and finally used the iridescent white under the brows. On the upper lids I am wearing Lasting Drama Light Eyeliner in Shiny Bronze. On my cheeks are the blush and highlight from the Urban Light kit. I am wearing Color Sensational Power Matte in Carnal Brown on my lips.

Lasting Drama Light Eyeliner Moonlight Purple
Lasting Drama Light Eyeliner Twinkle Black

Lasting Drama Light Eyeliner White Luster

Lasting Drama Light Eyeliner Shiny Bronze
Maybelline Lasting Drama Light Eyeliner brightens the eye up for eye-opening impact. This eyeliner illuminates and defines the eye with lustrous eye-lightening pigments. This is a long-lasting, smudge-proof and waterproof eyeliner! It comes in 5 shades: Twinkle Black, Moonlight Purple, White Luster, Shiny Bronze and Starlit Gold. 

To Use:
  • Step 1. Apply the liner along the upper lash line, along the bottom eye line, and at the waterline.
  • Step 2. For extra eye-brightening effect, line the pencil along the inner corners of the eye.
This eyeliner is gorgeous on. It makes your eyes look beautiful. I found it goes really well with The City Kits in Urban Light an Pink Edge. I am wearing the liners in the above photos. 

Here are swatches of the Lasting Drama Light Eyeliners:
swatches of Lasting Drama Light Eyeliners (Twinkle Black, Moonlight Purple, Shiny Bronze and White Luster)

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Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These items were sent for consideration)

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