Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Review: Urban Decay Disco Queen Holographic Highlight Powder #UrbanDecay #DiscoQueen #HolographicHighlighterPowder

(product photo courtesy of www.urbandecay.com)

0.31 oz./9g (originally $29.00) $14.50
I really hope the highlighter craze doesn't end. I have about two large cases of highlighters and I want to continue to use them! I love using highlighters and strobing and think it makes a wonderful addition to my makeup routine. 

One of my favorite highlighters is Urban Decay Disco Queen Holographic Highlighter Powder. This is a beautiful highlighter. It is lavender purple in the compact but goes on a gorgeous rainbow opalescent hue. This holographic highlighter creates an iridescent, multidimensional sheen that looks amazing on any skin tone. Use a little for a subtly ethereal shimmer, or keep layering for an intensely holographic highlight.

Really take your glow into the next dimension with Disco Queen Holographic Highlight Powder.  It is a lightweight, insanely pretty powder that comes in a translucent, iridescent lavender shade which creates a luminous, holographic sheen. Tip: Use a little for a more subtle glow, or build and layer to achieve a high-watt highlight. Urban Decay infused this velvety formula with lustrous pearl pigments. There’s never any white cast, just a really pretty, luminous glow. And because this formula isn’t pressed, the feel is ultra lightweight. Try this powder when you want a true duochrome finish. If you’re looking for a more intense effect, pair Disco Queen Holographic Highlight Powder with Holographic Disco Stick (out of stock now). 



Here is a swatch of the Disco Queen powder and how it looks in the light:



Here is a photo of me wearing Disco Queen. It is hard to see because the light is not hitting it in the right spot. I am also wearing it on my lips with clear gloss on top. 


Currently Disco Queen Highlight Powder is on sale at Urban Decay locations. It is retailing for $14.50 , down from $29.00, right now. I would head out and get it if I could. It is the perfect opportunity to get this great powder at a great price. You can find online the products online at www.urbandecay.com, www.sephora.com,www.ulta.com,www.beauty.com,www.macys.com and at Urban Decay Flagship stores, at ULTA Beauty and at some Macy's stores. Like Urban Decay on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/urbandecaycosmetics; Follow Urban Decay on Twitter:@UrbanDecay; Follow Urban Decay on Pinterest:http://www.pinterest.com/urbandecay/; Follow Urban Decay on Instagram:http://instagram.com/urbandecaycosmetics#; Follow Urban Decay on Tumblr: http://urbandecay.tumblr.com; Follow Urban Decay on Snapchat athttp://www.snapchat.com/urbandecaysnaps and Follow Urban Decay on Google+:https://plus.google.com/+urbandecay/posts.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This item was sent compliments of Urban Decay)

Review: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup #NakedSkin #WeightlessUltraDefinitonLiquidMakeup #Foundation

(product photo courtesy of www.urbandecay.com)

1 fl.oz./30mL $40.00
Foundation is the base of your makeup. It covers flaws and imperfections. It lays down a canvas for your makeup, like gesso does for artists on their canvas. Foundation leaves skin looking lovely, better than it did prior to wearing nothing at all. I consider myself to be something of a foundation expert. I have to be because it is so darn hard to find foundations in my shade. It is getting easier, I must admit, now that companies are paying attention and making shades lighter and darker than they used to. 

Today I am going to talk about Urban Decay's most popular foundation, their Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup. This foundation comes in 26 shades, with the lightest being 0.5 to the darkest being 13.0. I wear 0.5 of course and it is a pretty good match for me. This foundation formula blurs imperfection for a flawless finish that feels invisible, but looks professionally retouched. It feels like you are not wearing anything yet this foundation transforms your complexion. Skin looks natural, illuminated and bright with a luminous demi-matte look. Just like the beautiful skin you were born with. Light-diffusing spheres provide a visible reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, blurring imperfections for beautifully perfected, ultra definition skin that looks completely real. 

In clinical studies, immediately after using Naked Skin Liquid Makeup:

  • 100% of participants had a measurable improvement in the appearance of skin imperfections. 
  • 96% had a measurable improvement in skin radiance
  • 90% had a measurable improvement in skin firmness. 
  • 93% had a measurable improvement in the appearance of fine lines.




Naked Skin Liquid Makeup provides truly buildable coverage that starts out as medium coverage with a weightless feel and a luminous finish. And it’s loaded with nourishing ingredients, including: Matrixyl 3000 (a powerful anti-wrinkle peptide), protective and brightening Litchiderm™, antioxidant green tea, and sodium hyaluronate for optimal skin hydration and nutrient absorption. The sleek, hygienic pump provides more control, with less waste of product. This foundation is oil-free and paraben-free. Of course it is cruelty-free. 

Naked Skin Liquid Makeup comes in a range of meticulously calibrated shades. And Urban Decay's precise shade numbering system makes it easy to find your perfect match. 

Shades ending in: 

.0 have warm undertones 

.25 have neutral undertones 

.5 have pink undertones 

.75 have golden undertones 


Because I wear 0.5 that is a pink undertone but actually my skin is more neutral but the other shades are too dark for me. However, this shade does not actually look pink in the bottle it looks more yellow to neutral. The nearest neutral undertone doesn't come in until level 3. I think that is a sin because plenty of light toned women have neutral undertones to their skin. I love this foundation though. It is a great foundation. It has buildable coverage, which starts out as medium coverage and can be built up to heavier coverage as needed. I also like that this can be mixed with The Velvetizer Translucent Mix-In Medium to add more coverage and make the foundation matte. There is also a concealer that you can purchase and use. 

Here is a photo of me wearing the Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

wearing Naked Skin Liquid Makeup
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup retails for $40.00 and can be found online at www.urbandecay.com, www.sephora.com, www.ulta.com,www.beauty.com,www.macys.com and at Urban Decay Flagship stores, at ULTA Beauty and at some Macy's stores. Like Urban Decay on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/urbandecaycosmetics; Follow Urban Decay on Twitter:@UrbanDecay; Follow Urban Decay on Pinterest:http://www.pinterest.com/urbandecay/; Follow Urban Decay on Instagram:http://instagram.com/urbandecaycosmetics#; Follow Urban Decay on Tumblr: http://urbandecay.tumblr.com; Follow Urban Decay on Snapchat athttp://www.snapchat.com/urbandecaysnaps and Follow Urban Decay on Google+:https://plus.google.com/+urbandecay/posts.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This item was sent compliments of Urban Decay)










Review: BUXOM Pillow Pout Creamy Plumping Lip Powder #BUXOMCosmetics #BUXOM #PILLOWPOUT #CreamyPlumpingLipPowder

(product photos courtesy of www.buxomcosmetics.com)


$22.00

The new look for lips out now is the blotted lip look, which I created back in high school. People are catching on to it now? After all these years? 

How do you achieve the blotted lip look? With lip powders. BUXOM Cosmetics makes a great one. It is called Pillow Pout Creamy Plumping Lip Powder and it is a unique, instantly-plumping lip powder that deliver a blotted, semi-matte finish for an all day, comfortable wear. 

Thanks to innovative wet powder technology and mess-free sponge applicators, this weightless, pout-plumping pigment glides effortlessly across lips, to deliver rich color that never, ever feels dry or tight. It is available in 10 vivid shades that are designed to build your perfect coverage; ranging from subtle nudes to bold berries. The colors are: Cozy Up, Cuddle Me, Darling Dolly, Kiss Me, Seduce Me, So Spicy, Soft Whisper, Spoil Me, Turn Me On and Want You. I have So Spicy and Soft Whisper. So Spicy is like a blotted terracotta. Soft Whisper is similar to a blotted peachy nude. The product launched online on July 19th, 2018.

How To Apply Pillow Pout: Pillow Pout is applied a little bit differently than regular lip products.

  1. Twist off cap to reveal the product-coated, sponge-tip applicator.
  2. Apply sponge tip directly to lips
  3. Reload sponge tip with more product by twisting cap back on
  4. Repeat application to build coverage, usually it only takes 1-2 tries to cover the entire lips 
I was surprised at how much I liked Pillow Pout and I like the blotted lip look again. I don't blot my lips anymore and love the look of full lipstick on lips. It does take a little bit getting used to, but I love the look achieved from Pillow Pout Creamy Plumping Lip Color and think that all of the colors look particularly beautiful on the lips. I like the look without much of a lipliner, just a lightly filled in top lip. 


Here I am wearing Pillow Pout in So Spicy:

wearing So Spicy
wearing So Spicy
BUXOM Cosmetics Pillow Pout Creamy Plumping Lip Color retails for $22.00 and can be found online at www.buxomcosmetics.com. Like BUXOM on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buxomcosmetics; Follow BUXOM Cosmetics on Twitter: @buxomcosmetics; Follow BUXOM Cosmetics on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/buxomcosmetics/ and Subscribe to BUXOM Cosmetics on YouTube: https://youtube.com/buxomcosmetics.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These were sent for consideration)



Monday, July 30, 2018

Review: BITE Beauty The Liquified Lip Amuse Bouche The Unearthed Collection #AmuseBouche #BITEBeauty #TheLiquifiedLip #AmouseBouche #UnearthedCollection #RootVeggies

(product photos courtesy of www.bitebeauty.com)


Not only is BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick EXTREMELY pigmented, but you will not find that in order to get these shades you might have to roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty. These shades are inspired by root vegetables such as Kohlrabi and Yucca. In fresh shades inspired by the natural, gritty beauty of young root vegetables just plucked from the earth, The Unearthed Collection of Amuse Bouche Liquified LipstickAmuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick is inspired by a melted Amuse Bouche Lipstick, and the indulgently creamy liquid lipstick upends expectations. Forget matte, dry, finishes. Unlike traditional liquid lipsticks, this award-winning formula features high pigment color, indulgently creamy wear and a satin finish that won’t suck the life out of your lips. Their secret? Skipping all chemical silicones in favor of melt-on-your-mouth monoi butter and coconut oil. Plus, you’ll love the precise applicator, for lip looks that won’t compromise on definition. Like all BITE Beauty products, Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick is handcrafted in small batches by BITE Beauty at the brand’s facility in Toronto. And, just like Amuse Bouche Lipstick, it features a fresh-pressed citrus flavor.

Here are photos of the product on my lips. To show you product you've got to wear it and show it off a little. So that is what I did. 


Amuse Bouche Liquified Unearthed Collection in Arrowroot

Amuse Bouche Liquified Unearthed Collection in Chicory

Amuse Bouche Liquified Unearthed Collection in Clove

Amuse Bouche Liquified Unearthed Collection in Daikon

Amuse Bouche Liquified Unearthed Collection in Jicama

Amuse Bouche Liquified Unearthed Collection in Kholrabi

Amuse Bouche Liquified Unearthed Collection in Lotus Root

Amuse Bouche Liquified Unearthed Collection in Sugar Beet

Amuse Bouche Liquified Unearthed Collection in Yucca

Amuse Bouche Liquified Unearthed Collection in Cassava

The great thing about these liquified lipsticks is that they have such wonderful pigment in them that the colors are so pronounced and bright. These are also such wonderful lipsticks because they are made with natural ingredients, and they are better for you because even the dyes in them are made from natural ingredients. With BITE Beauty you do not have to feel compromised for the sake of beauty. Another great thing is this has kind of a special applicator that makes for precise application. It is an offset hooked doefoot applicator. 

Here are a couple of looks I did with the products:


Wearing Arrowroot Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip from the Unearthed Collection

Wearing Daikon Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip from the Unearthed Collection
The BITE Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip lipsticks retail for $24.00 each and can be purchased from www.bitebeauty.comLike BITE Beauty on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bitebeauty; Follow BITE Beauty on Twitter: @bitebeauty; Follow BITE Beauty on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bitebeauty/ and Subscribe to Bite Beauty on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/bitebeauty.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These were sent for consideration)




Sunday, July 29, 2018

Review: BITE Beauty Spice Things Up Amuse Bouche Lipstick Collection #BITEBeauty #SpiceThingsUp #AmuseBouche #Lipstick

(product photo courtesy of www.sephora.com and www.bitebeauty.com)


$26.00
BITE Beauty Spice Things Up Amuse Bouche Lipstick Collection is a limited-edition collection that consists of eight warm shades of all natural BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in gorgeous shades inspired by the spice souks of Marrakesh, La Boqueria of Barcelona and the bazaars of Istanbul. Take your own spice trip with this beautiful collection of lipsticks in heady nutmeg-nudes. turmeric-tinged tints and smoky saffron hues. Wherever you're headed this summer, spice things up. 





Created and crafted by hand, BITE’s small batch, low-heat process preserves a balanced blend of lip-quenching nutrients, vitamins, and omega oils that are essential for achieving healthy-looking lips. Made with 12 nourishing oils and triple-milled pigments, this lipstick provides saturated lip color with weightless coverage and a citrus flavor made from fresh-pressed fruit. With unexpected undertones and richly saturated triple-milled pigments, its multidimensional shades offer a modern take on color. The small batch, low-heat process preserves a balanced blend of lip-quenching nutrients, vitamins, and 12 nourishing oils—essential for achieving healthy-looking lips—for lip color that is addictively creamy yet weightless. And, it features a mouthwatering flavor made from fresh-pressed citrus layered with notes of cherry, mint, mango and vanilla. Like all Bite Beauty products, Amuse Bouche Lipstick is handcrafted by BITE Beauty at the brand’s facility in Toronto, and is made with natural and organic ingredients, so you can feel good about your lipstick and indulge each and every color craving, guilt-free.

Here are the colors as the appear on my lips:

Amuse Bouche in Toasted Cardamom

Amuse Bouche in Pink Salt

Amuse Bouche in Star Anise

Amuse Bouche in Saffron Fire
Amuse Bouche in Smoked Za'Atar
Amuse Bouche in Lit Turmeric
Amuse Bouche in Crushed Chili
Amuse Bouche in Hot Harissa

Here are a couple of looks I did with a couple of the lipsticks. The first is Toasted Cardamom and the second is Saffron Fire. 

Look with Amuse Bouche in Toasted Cardamom


Look with Amuse Bouche in Saffron Fire

I find the Amuse Bouche line very pleasing to wear. It is easy to put on, very, very pigmented, lasts a very long time and wears a long time too. The lipstick can even be blotted and there is still a lot of pigment left on the lips. I find that the lipstick is reasonably inexpensive considering it is all natural and made with natural dyes and coloring. 

These are about the creamiest lipsticks you will ever encounter. They are super creamy and lush. Luscious even. I love the considering/inpsiration of spices and using the names to call attention to the colors. 

These are currently available online at www.bitebeauty.com and www.sephora.com. Like BITE Beauty on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bitebeauty; Follow BITE Beauty on Twitter: @bitebeauty; Follow BITE Beauty on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bitebeauty/ and Subscribe to Bite Beauty on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/bitebeauty.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These were sent for consideration)



Friday, July 27, 2018

Review: MyChelle Ultra Hyaluronic System for Fall 2018 #WaterMask #BeautyMist #BioFirmConcentrate #HydratingCream #HyaluronicAcid #DehydratedSkin

(product photos courtesy of www.mychelle.com)

By the time summer is over your skin will be dehydrated and in need of repair. Skin takes a beating during the summer, with the heat, humidity and wind not to mention the sun damage that comes along with it (either intentional or unintentional). I like to make sure that I go into fall and winter cold with my skin in tip top shape. So do the folks at MyChelle, which have come out with their Ultra Hyaluronic System for skin. These products use Hyaluronic Acid, which is naturally found in the skin and one molecule holds 1,000 times its own weight in water. The four products listed here are all new products that MyChelle has added to their line-up of Hyaluronic Acid products to make a nice line of products that hlep to rehydrate the skin and breathe new life into it. 

3.2 fl.oz./96 mL $15.00
This lightweight spray contains Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Hyaluronic Acid and plant stem cells to enhance moisture and refine skin. This mist instantly refreshes and hydrates skin with Cactus Water, Hyaluronic Acid, Citystem™ Plant Stem cells, and Niacinamide to help revive and rejuvenate the complexion. It has been made without GMOs, gluten, parabens, petroleum, phthalates, silicones, sulfates, ureas, artificial fragrances, and artificial colors. This product is vegan and cruelty-free. 

To use: Shake well before use. Lightly spray over face and neck. Use throughout the day to rehydrate and refresh skin. Use under or over make-up. 

I love just using this to rehydrate my skin throughout the day. It helps to keep my skin nice and plump. The spray comes out pretty strong though, I would hold it pretty far from your face. Otherwise you end up really wet, even your clothes. But it does dry quickly. 

1.2 fl.oz./35mL $16.00
When your skin is chapped and dehydrated, a soothing gel mask is called for in this case. MyChelle makes a wonderful one that works great on skin that is dry, dehydrated, chapped, sunburned, windburned or had too many AHAs. It is a refreshing hydration mask of moisture-binding Hyaluronic Acid, Blue Agave and Prickly Pear Cactus that smooths, conditions and soothes dull and dehydrated skin.  It can also be used as an overnight mask for skin that is extremely dry and dehydrated or for skin that needs an extra boost. This is made without GMOs, gluten, parabens, petroleum, phthalates, silicones, sulfates, ureas, artificial fragrances, and artificial colors. It is vegan and cruelty-free. 

To Use: Shake well before use. Apply a thin layer 1-2 times per week after cleansing. Avoid eye area. Leave on for 5-10 minutes. A slight tingling may occur. Rinse thoroughly. For overnight use, massage until absorbed. Rinse in the morning. 

This mask is great when skin is really and truly dehydrated. It immediately plumps up skin and allows for the Hyaluronic Acid to really do its job and to actually plump up the skin. I would use the Beauty Mist first, apply this, then apply then Hydrogel Concentrate and then the Hydrating Cream for best results. However, that this is only my best results scenario. 

1.2 fl.oz./35mL $45.00
After using the mask you need a serum/oil for your skin prior to using a moisturizer, it just makes sense if you have dehydrated skin. Something with Hyaluronic Acid will add more moisture to the skin, plumping up the skin more and allowing it to look younger. The Bio-Firm Hydrogel Concentrate is amazing. It is a serum in a gel form that contains a concentrated 2% Hyaluronic Acid. This is a moisture-binding gel with a potent dose of Alpine Nunatak™ Plant Stem Cells and Crocus Chrysanthus Bulb Extract that help to restore healthy tone and provide deep nourishment and hydration. Skin will appear instantly restored and refreshed. Made without GMOs, gluten, parabens, petroleum, phthalates, silicones, sulfates, ureas, artificial fragrances, and artificial colors. This product is vegan and cruelty-free. Serums may be layered for multiple benefits, then follow with your favorite moisturizer. 

To Use: Dot sparingly on damp face and neck twice daily after cleansing and gently pat into skin. Over-usage may cause 'tacky' feeling on skin. 

I love this serum/gel. It is wonderful. I love how it makes my skin feel. My skin ends up feeling soft and rehydrated, firm, bouncy, taught, smooth, more even toned and completely rejuvenated. 

MyChelle Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Cream
1 fl.oz./30mL $28.00
Finally it is time to moisturize your skin. Ah. Yes. Moisturizing and hydrating are two different things. Hydration is the amount of moisture in the skin. Moisturization is the act of putting moisture into the skin. This cream is a high-performance Hyaluronic Acid and Squalane-enriched moisturizer that delivers skin-quenching hydration combined with a nourishing botanical blend of Resistem™ Plant Stem cells, Blue Lotus, Rose Petals, and Freshwater Algae. This cream has been made without GMOs, gluten, parabens, petroleum, phthalates, silicones, sulfates, ureas, artificial fragrances, and artificial colors. It is vegan and cruelty-free.

To Use: Shake well before use. Apply 1-2 pumps to face and neck twice daily after cleansing for best results. Follow with sun protection during the daytime. 

Now this is a great moisturizer. It not only hydrates and moisturizes the skin but it also softens skin, helps to repair environmental damage, free radical damage, pollution damage and it helps to keep skin from getting damaged. 

All of these products are available now from MyChelle. Purchase products online at www.mychelle.com. Eventually it will be available wherever MyChelle is sold. Like MyChelle on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/MyChelleDermaceuticals; Follow MyChelle on Twitter: @mychelle; Follow MyChelle on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mychellebeauty/; Follow MyChelle on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/mychellebeauty/ and Subscribe to MyChelle on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/MyChelleSkinCare.


Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These were sent for consideration)








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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Review: LushLash Eyelash Growth Serum #LushLash #EyelashGrowthSerum #LushLashAddict

(product photo courtesy of www.meskinlabs.com)


5mL $69.00
For a limited time, when you purchase MeSkin Labs LUSH LASH Eyelash Growth Serum, you are also purchasing their MeSkin Labs MeSkin™ Age Defying Moisturizer FREE with purchase of LushLash™. MeSkinLabs is revolutionizing eyelashes with their carefully formulated Lush Lash Serum, which features a superior balance of growth factors and proteins to help stimulate cell regeneration, collagen and elastin production. It helps give you longer, stronger lashes. Currently both products are 30% off at $69.00 instead of $99.00

Directions For Use:
  1. Use on a clean face: remove any makeup or eye cream before 
  2. Apply a small amount of LushLash every evening before bed
  3. Start on the inner corner of the eye and move outwards, applying to the upper lash line along the root of the eyelashes, much as you would a liquid eyeliner
  4. Do not apply to lower lash line.
  5. Appropriate for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
Ophthalmologist and Dermatologist tested for your safety. Never tested on animals. A 5mL bottle of LushLash will last approximately two months.


50mL/1.7 fl.oz. $69.00

A moisturizer rich in neuropeptides, MeSkin Labs Age Defying Moisturizer reduces fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing and hydrating your skin. It also clears out pores and stimulates collagen production thus giving you naturally smoother, more radiant skin.

Directions For Use:
  • Use sparingly on a clean face. Remove any makeup or eye cream beforehand
  • Apply a small amount twice a day, morning and evening.
  • Avoid the eye area. 
Dermatologist tested for your safety. Never tested on animals. A 50mL/1.7 oz. jar will last approximately two months.

These are both great products and I do believe that the Lush Lash made a difference in my lashes, making them longer and thicker than usual. They definitely had more curl too. I would prefer to purchase this alone if it is going to be a little less expensive. Lush Lash is now my favorite lash growth serum that I have ever used it is the only one I have had results with. 

Here I am before using the growth serum for several weeks:

You can see that my eyelashes have virtually disappeared. 

Here are my eyebrows and eyelashes now. As you can see they have returned...


Now you can actually see my lashes and they have grown out a bit. I would highly recommend this lash serum. I think I had great results.

Both of these MeSkin Labs products are available online at www.meskinlabs.com. Follow MeSkin on Twitter: @meskinlabs; Follow MeSkin Labs on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/meskinlabs and Follow MeSkinLabs on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teamlushlash/. 

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These came with support from a sponsor)














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