Thursday, July 25, 2019

Review: SEPHORA COLLECTION Lip Stories #SEPHORACOLLECTION #lipstories #lipstick #SEPHORA

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Last year SEPHORA came out with a line of lipsticks called Lip Stories that are out of this world beautiful. Each Lip Story is for celebrating your everyday life. The adventures, moments and memories. These are highly pigmented, lightweight lipsticks that provide full-coverage color in one swipe. Currently there are 56 shades in the line and there are three finishes: Matte finish, Metallic finish and Satin finish. My favorites are the metallic. I absolutely love them. I also like that this lipcolor comes in so many non-traditional shades. I like to wear them, yes even at age 48. Especially silver. 

SEPHORA has determined that these shades are "festival" ready: After Hours (23), Desert Trip (39), No Cell Service (42) and Trippin (50), while these shades are great for a dip at the pool: Celebrate (12), Hot In Havana (37), Popsicle Lips (28) and Coconut Grove 13). I tried the following shades: Somewhere in Spain (4), Festival Lights (51) and Golden Gate (31). Somewhere in Spain (4) is a Satin Finish yellow based beige. Festival Lights (51) is a beautiful metallic copper. And Golden Gate (31) is a gorgeous matte dark plum. 

Here are swatches of the colors I received. You can see how pigmented they are in one swipe of color:
above: swatches of my Lip Stories colors

Here are the colors on my lips:

above: Festival Lights

above: Golden Gate

above: Somewhere in Spain
I really love these lipsticks. I hope they expand the color selection and make this their main lipstick line. What I really like is the color selection you have with this line. They wear a long time, the colors don't bleed and they go well with just about any skin tone too. 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Lip Stories are available from and SEPHORA stores. Like SEPHORA on Facebook:; Follow SEPHORA on Twitter: @Sephora, Follow SEPHORA on Pinterest:; Follow SEPHORA on Instagram:; Subscribe to SEPHORA on YouTube:; Follow on Google+: Sephora/posts; Follow SEPHORA on Wanelo: and Follow SEPHORA on Tumblr: 

Until Next Time~ 

Marie Papachatzis
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Review: SEPHORA COLLECTION Green Tea Face Mask #SEPHORACOLLECTION #GreenTea #FaceMask #SheetMask

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Since Americans have started using Korean skincare, sheet mask usage has become de rigueur. I alone have a ton of them and not only are they less messy than regular masks but they have usually have a ton of serum in them that allows you to let is soak into the skin. You can also find sheet masks with mud in them, ones that bubble and fizz, or ones that have also have peeling capabilities. The possibilities are endless when you think about it considering that they can do almost anything they do with regular masks. 

All SEPHORA COLLECTION products comply with the most rigorous international laws on product safety, going beyond satisfying European and US Cosmetics regulations. They also satisfy the strictest internal requirements of development, quality, traceability, and safety, and lead by example with a Restricted Substance List that excludes more than 1,400 substances. That means that this product is safe and does not contain any substantially harmful ingredients. 

SEPHORA makes some wonderful sheet masks and I have tried a few of them. Today I would like to discuss the Green Tea Face Mask, which is mattifying and anti-blemish. It is a natural lyocell fiber mask that has been designed to perfectly hug facial contours for better and more even penetration of the active ingredients. This mask mattifies, purifies to soothe skin, minimizes shine and reduces the appearance of breakouts. It is recommended for any skin type, even dry. Green Tea helps mattify the skin, reduces the appearance of imperfections and helps make skin clearer. Kaolin is a clay that removes impurities. Botanical extracts help soothe the skin.

Photo of me wearing the mask:
above: SEPHORA COLLECTION Green Tea Face Mask
This mask is wonderful. As first sheet masks seem a little cold but in the end they warm up to your face and look fantastic. Unfold the mask and apply to clean skin. Lay back and relax. The mask will take about 15 minutes to do its job. Remove the mask and pat in the remaining serum. DO NOT RINSE. After patting in the remaining serum, continue with skincare regimen. 

Currently there is a Buy 3 Get 1 Free Promotion with Masks: 

To redeem your offer:
1. SELECT FOUR MASKS: Choose any 4 eye masks. Duplicates of the same masks are allowed.
3. GET A DEAL: Discount will be applied at checkout.

Note: Each item will display separately with the original price when added to your basket. When applied, the discount will display above your order total. 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Green Tea Face Mask retails for $6.00 at and SEPHORA stores. Like SEPHORA on Facebook:; Follow SEPHORA on Twitter: @Sephora, Follow SEPHORA on Pinterest:; Follow SEPHORA on Instagram:; Subscribe to SEPHORA on YouTube:; Follow on Google+: Sephora/posts; Follow SEPHORA on Wanelo: and Follow SEPHORA on Tumblr: 

Until Next Time~ 

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie
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(These items were sent for consideration) 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Review: SEPHORA COLLECTION Matte Perfection Full Coverage Foundation #SEPHORACOLLECTION #MATTEFOUNDATION #FullCoverage

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1.01 fl.oz./30mL $20.00
Foundation is the item in your makeup routine that usually has to be the most expensive because it has to match your skin. However, it doesn't have to be the most expensive item in your kit. There are good foundations that are out there for around $20.00 that do a great job. One that I can think of is SEPHORA COLLECTION Matte Perfection Full Coverage Foundation. This foundation, like most that have come out recently is full coverage, long wearing and has a matte finish. That is what is very popular right now. It is lightweight, smooth and doesn't settle and look or feel like a mask made of foundation. It is also waterproof and smudge-proof. In the summer heat that is essential. It comes in 22 shades. I wear the lightest shade, 04 Light Porcelain. 

As you can see from above, this foundation is extremely pigmented since it is full coverage. You only need a small amount of it to cover your entire face. I take a damp beautyblender, apply a few small dots to my face and then blend and stipple like crazy. 

Here is a photo of me wearing the foundation:

above: wearing SEPHORA COLLECTION Matte Perfection Full Coverage Foundation
I love this foundation because it wears great. I find that I can sweat, get hot and my foundation doesn't budge. It is definitely long-wearing and waterproof. Plus, I vouch that it is smudge-proof too. I can also vouch that this foundation is easy to remove with just a makeup wipe. It comes off easily and doesn't leave any residue. 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Matte Perfection Full Coverage Foundation retails for $20.00 and is available online at and in SEPHORA stores nationwide. Like SEPHORA on Facebook:; Follow SEPHORA on Twitter: @Sephora, Follow SEPHORA on Pinterest:; Follow SEPHORA on Instagram:; Subscribe to SEPHORA on YouTube:; Follow on Google+: Sephora/posts; Follow SEPHORA on Wanelo: and Follow SEPHORA on Tumblr: 

Until Next Time~ 

Marie Papachatzis
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(These items were sent for consideration) 

Review: essence makeup In Love With Rose & Mermaid Eyeshadow Box palettes #essence #essencemakeup #inlovewithrose #mermaideyeshadowbox #eyeshadowpalette

essence makeup In Love With Rose & Mermaid Eyeshadow Box palette
$4.99 each 

Here are the two palettes, they are not on the website anymore as they are being discontinued but you can still find them at Ulta and This was the alternative on the way to essence finally making some real eyeshadow palettes now. The one on the left is the Mermaid in A Box palette and the one on th right is the In Love With Rose

above: In Love With Rose Palette

above: Mermaid In A Box Palette
Each of these palettes has 10 eyeshadow in a mixture of matte, shimmer, and metallic shimmer eyeshadows. All of which are either pigmented and wear well and are good enough to wear as many coats of color as you want. Personally I think In Love With Rose has more pigmented colors than the Mermaid palette. On they look lovely too, here are some pictures of me wearing the In Love With Rose palette:

above: wearing In Love With Rose Palette

essence makeup In Love With Rose & Mermaid Eyeshadow Box Palettes run for around $4.99 each. They are available online at and Ulta Beauty nationwide. Like essence on Facebook:; Follow essence on Twitter: @essence_US; Subscribe to essence on YouTube:; Follow essence on Instagram:; Follow essence on Tumblr:; Follow essence on Pinterest: and Join essence Beauty Friends:

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie
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(These items were sent for consideration)

Sunday, July 21, 2019

My SKIN CANCER at 48: I Have A BASAL CELL CARCINOMA #SkinCancer #BasalCellCarcinoma #BCC

lesion before biopsy was taken: a confirmed basal cell carcinoma
In my life I have accrued a lot of sun damage. I'm not going to lie about it and act like I didn't go out in the sun a lot when I was little. My mom and grandmother took me to Nags Head Beach on the Outer Banks, NC when I was 5 and I got sun poisoning. I remember being very sick and having the worst sunburn. The sunburn blistered and I had a fever, vomiting and a very bad headache. And a lot of itching. 

Then when I was older I would go swimming and not reapply, although I would always start out with sunscreen. At least my mother or grandmother meant well. They knew me. They knew with my blonde hair, very fair complexion and blue-green eyes that I couldn't go into the sun at all. After all, my genetics was believed to be all German and some British and Scottish at that point. With my very fair complexion, blonde hair and blue-green eyes, I'm a Fitzpatrick I on the sunburn and skin cancer risk scale. That means I have the most risk for skin cancer. 

I continued to stay out of the sun in my teens and had a couple of bad burns in my early 20's when I was in Greece with my Greek husband, who has enough melanin in his skin that he turns black in one day of being out in the sun, whereas I turn into a lobster after 15 minutes of being out in the sun. So in Greece they use yogurt as a method to help soothe and heal the skin (more later). That was the last time I ever burned in the sun because ever since, I never stay out in it and I always wear a SPF30 of higher when I am in Greece or anywhere like Florida, Myrtle Beach or the Dominican Republic. And I make sure to reapply.

However that didn't seem to stop the damage that had already accrued in my skin, which took what looked like a regular mole and changed it into what I thought was a squamous cell carcinoma (and what the dermatologic nurse practitioner thought was a hemangioma or blood tumor) into their office the very next day after I noticed it. I was lucky to get in the next day I thought. I didn't think it looked like a basal cell carcinoma or a melanoma at all. When I went in, he said it looked like a hemangioma, because it looked like it had stalks to it. But two days ago I got a call saying that the lesion was a basal cell carcinoma and that I have to go back in, get the rest of the margins excised and get some stitches. Just look at the photo, you can see the lesion amongst the keratosis pilaris on my arm. 

Here is a photo of it after they left the scab from taking a biopsy:

excision after biopsy was taken

Here is a larger view of my lesion, along with my keratosis pilaris (lol):

lesion before biopsy was taken: a confirmed basal cell carcinoma

Here is a view of my stitches and my scar:

above: stitches after tumor was excised

above: scar after stitches came out.

I know it's kind of hard to see the lesion. I'm going to see if I can get the photos that the dermatologist's office took. The lesion was close to my shoulder and even with steadying my camera it looked blurry. As you can see the lesion is red, irregular, it bleeds and it is slightly painful (which the nurse told me is usually good). It used to be a mole. Then all of a sudden it turned into that very suddenly and one day I woke up and saw the lesion there. It couldn't have been more than a couple of months because I looked at my arms all winter and didn't notice anything different. Even after getting most of it out now, it still hurts when I press on it. 

That is where they have to get the rest of the margin out I suppose. I did find out that it was called a granular basal cell carcinoma. There are three kinds of basal cell carcinomas and that it the kind I had. Mine seemed to be in Stage II. The scar will lighten up over time and I am not really worried about it. It is kind of my badge of honor now. Besides the scar will not turn out that bad. MOHS surgery is much worse. When they went back in for more of the tumor it was easy for him to see where it was and where it was needed to be cut out. The biopsy came back clean. 

Your risk for skin cancer is at the heart of the Fitzpatrick scale: This scale was designed by by John D’Orazio, Stuart Jarrett, Alexandra Amaro-Ortiz and Timothy Scott. 

Here you can see the palest of the pale have the highest skin cancer risk because they have very little melanin in their skin and they burn and do not tan, you can also take into account eye color. 

  • Type I (scores 0–6) always burns, never tans (palest; freckles).
  • Type II (scores 7–13) usually burns, tans minimally
  • Type III (scores 14–20) sometimes mild burn, tans uniformly
  • Type IV (scores 21–27) burns minimally, always tans well (moderate brown)
  • Type V (scores 28–34) very rarely burns, tans very easily (dark brown)
  • Type VI (scores 35–36) never burns (deeply pigmented dark brown to darkest brown)

The Fitzpatrick classification schema for human skin color was developed in 1975 by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick as a way to estimate the response of different types of skin to ultraviolet (UV) light. It was initially developed on the basis of skin color to measure the correct dose of UVA for PUVA therapy, and when the initial testing based only on hair and eye colour resulted in too high UVA doses for some, it was altered to be based on the patient's reports of how their skin responds to the sun; it was also extended to a wider range of skin types. The Fitzpatrick scale remains a recognized tool for dermatological research into human skin pigmentation.

I am always a Fitzpatrick I on the scale and my risk for skin cancer is very high. I have known this since I started studying skin in my teenage years. I have tried to avoid the sun and used sunscreen as much as I can but I know that my time in Greece didn't prepare me for the Mediterranean sun. My ex-husband is a VI on the scale and luckily our daughters are a Type III or Type IV. Depends on the daughter. 

I did my Ancestry DNA. Turns out I am much more fair-skinned than I thought. I am only 30% Germanic Europe, 57% England, Wales and Northwestern Europe, 5% Ireland and Scotland, and 5% Swedish 3% Norwegian. I don't even know where the Swedish and Norwegian came from. But all of this does explain why I am so fair and it explains why I don't tan at all. I am of mostly Northern European extraction. The German in me explains why I am 6'1" and that could also be explained by the Swedish and Norwegian but the paleness of skin could be explained by every darn genetic extraction I have. 

If I get a bad sunburn what should I do to heal it? Well there are a couple of things you can do for it. Take an anti-inflammatory med like a NSAID (aspirin, ibuprofen). That will help with the pain and inflammation. It should help take down some of the redness too. If you have it aloe vera juice soaked cloths would be good to lay on the sunburn. Those will help soothe the sunburn and ease the peeling, the redness, etc. If you don't have aloe vera, get your hands on some regular Greek yogurt. Spread it on the burn. It will help soothe and ease the pain with the lactic acid in the yogurt. Greek is good because it is thicker and more potent. 


Until Then~

Marie Papachatzis
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Monday, July 15, 2019

Review: TULURA Skincare #TULURA #Skincare #TULURASkincare #WarmSeason #ColdSeason

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($138.00 per duo)
Tulura Skincare is different from other skincare brands you will find. This brand bases its skincare routines on one thing: the seasons. They have a skincare kit for the Cold Season and the Warm Season. There is one cleanser, a Revealing Botanical Oil Cleanser. In each skincare kit for the season there is a Vitamin Peptide Serum and a Botanical Facial Oil. I received the Warm Season to try out since it is summer now. TULURA does not animal test, use parabens, fragrances, synthetic preservatives and no weird chemicals. Their products are made with vegan, cold pressed, unrefined ingredients.

4 fl.oz./120mL $64.00
This cleanser is a 2-in-1 makeup remover and gentle cleanser for all skin types. It is one of the very few cleansers that has been formulated with salicylic acid. Add the addition of tea tree oil to help remove dead skin cells and keep acne bacteria at bay. I like how it lifts away makeup, impurities like pollution, dirt and excess sebum. This cleanser leaves skin feeling moisturizes without an oily residue on the skin. Another great thing about this cleanser is that there isn't any water in it. TULURA does not use any water in their products. 

I love this cleanser because it really gets my face clean and lifts away dead skin cells, makeup and all impurities while leaving it feeling fresh, soft and smooth. The salicylic acid is a good ingredient to have because it is soluble in oil and is a great exfoliant. Not only that but it kills bacteria. So does Tea Tree Oil. Tea Tree Oil is an antiseptic. It kills bacteria, gets rid of sebum and helps with acne. These two ingredients will keep acne at bay and help keep your skin looking good all summer long. 

1 fl.oz./30mL $74.00
The Vitamin Peptide Serum contains eight botanical extracts and five powerful peptides that combat the signs of aging in their best selling blend. With hydrating hyaluronic acid, free radical eradicators like Vitamin C and Ferulic Acid. There is also exfoliating AHA lactic acid. All in a lotus water base. The serum sinks into the skin immediately and nourishes instantly. It is also pH balanced so you can skip the toner. This serum is for every skin type, even acneic skins. 

I love this serum. It makes skin feel like silk and helps it look amazing. I like how it exfoliates lightly with the lactic acid to help make the skin more prepared for the Vitamin C and Ferulic acid, which help brighten up the skin, get rid of free radicals and even out skin tone. Hyaluronic Acid helps to plump up the skin and make it feel soft and look beautiful. 

1 fl.oz./30mL $74.00
The final step in the 3-step system is the Botanical Facial Oil. It may seem like something heavy, but it actually is not. You need the oils to keep your skin balanced and protected. It provides a nurturing blend of hemp, marula and tamanu oils to soothe and moisturize the skin. Essential oils of rose, neroli, mandarin and helichrysum come together to provide a therapeutically uplifting scent to start and end the day. This oil is especially good for oilier skin types, anyone who prefers a lighter oil that sinks into the skin leaving it hydrated. 

This oil is amazing. It smells divine and goes on incredibly well and just sinks right into the skin without any residue left over. Skin feels good and looks good. This is good for all skin types, even acneic skin. It is definitely a good decision to use this with sunscreen during the day, as this does not provide sun protection at all. After using this oil and letting it soak in, please use at least a SPF30 during the day. 

TULURA Skincare can be purchased online at Like TULURA on Facebook:; Follow TULURA on Instagram: and Subscribe to TULURA on YouTube:

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
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Review: essence My Only 1 Lipstick Palette #essencemakeup #essencecosmetics #MyOnly1LipstickPalette

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Lately essence cosmetics has been coming out with large palettes of eyeshadows and now lipstick too! Today I am reviewing their large My Only 1 Lipstick Palette. This lipstick palette comes with 22 lipsticks in various shades that give you almost an infinite number of choices as to what you would like to make. It even comes with a lip brush and small mixing zone for you to mix your lip color creations in. 

This palette comes with nude shades, red shades, pin and berry shades, as wells as white to illuminate, black to darken, and gold and silver as lipstick toppers in the palette. I think the other shades are all quite beautiful and are shades that you would typically pick to use or ones that are good and easy to mix together with other shades. The pigmentation of the colors is quite good and is normal for essence quality, which means that it is very good. Essence has great quality for the price. I also like how long the shades last on the lips, which is about a few hours with normal wear (no eating, etc.). 

Here is a photo of one of the nude colors I took and mixed it with the silver shade in the middle to get a pretty look:

The essence cosmetics My Only 1 Lipstick Palette is currently available around Europe and ULTA Beauty. Like essence on Facebook:; Follow essence on Twitter: @essencemakeup; Follow essence on Pinterest:; Follow essence on Instagram:; Subscribe to essence on YouTube: and Follow essence on Snapchat:

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Review: The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque #AbnormalBeautyCompany #TheOrdinary #SalicylicAcidMasque #DECIEM

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1.7 fl.oz./50mL $12.00
If you have not heard of DECIEM skincare, then you are in for a treat. DECIEM is becoming the HOTTEST brand around because they focus their products around one-two main ingredients and add very little other ingredients, only those that help make the product viable for sale and voilà, have the perfect product. And their prices are extremely reasonable. Especially for Americans shopping in Canada, where our dollar is about 30% higher than the Canadian dollar is right now (July 14, 2019). 

Today I would like to discuss one of their products that is devoted to acneic skins, their Salicylic Acid 2% Masque. It contains the following: activated charcoal, kaolin clay, salicylic acid and phytic acid. Activated charcoal absorbs sebum, and helps kill acneic skin bacteria. The kaolin helps absorb sebum from the pores (hair follicles), exfoliates the dead skin cells clogging the pores and causes the skin to be much smoother and has more clarity. It leaves skin feeling refreshed. Salicylic acid is an excellent exfoliant, removes the skin cells clogging the pores and kills the acne bacteria that cause pimples. It can be drying to the skin, so use in titrated steps to get used to it or alternate days. 

Here is a photo of me wearing the masque:

It is definitely one of those masks that you can see. And you might not might wearing it in front of others. I don't. Here is how you wear this mask.

Skin after wearing the masque:

Apply a thin to medium layer to DRY skin around face avoiding eyes, lips and mucosal membranes. It must be on clean, DRY skin. Let sit for no more than 10 minutes at the most. If it becomes uncomfortable, rinse off immediately and talk to a physician. Salicylic acid can cause allergies in some people. If pregnant, ask if this is safe to use. When done, wet skin and scrub then rinse.

If you would like to use this for your wedding, in goodie bags, it makes the perfect summer gift. I find that because my skin, even though it is dry, does have a slight bit of oil product in the summer, which is good. That means my hormones haven't given up yet. Be careful when going out in the sun if you decide to use this product. Or if you are on other acids too. This will give you sun sensitivity and cause you to burn faster than usual. 

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque can be purchased at,, some SEPHORA stores, check DECIEM for other locations. Like DECIEM on Facebook: and Follow DECIEM on Instagram:

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
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