L’Oreal Paris Pore Vanisher-WOWEE WOW WOW I love this!

I’m a seasoned primer user and had been hearing SO SO much about the L’Oreal Paris pore vanisher from all sorts of people. It’s all over social media too….

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Here’s what’s on the package:

What is Pore Vanisher™?

Pore Vanisher™ is a fresh, airy cream that instantly minimizes the look of pores and shrinks actual pore size in 1 month.

How does it work?

Pore Vanisher™ works on three dimensions to shrink pores: depth*, number and size. Instantly pores appear virtually vanished and skin feels hydrated. Perlite absorbs excess oil for an all-day, shine free, smooth finish. In one day LHA micro-exfoliates to visibly smooth skin’s surface. In one month pores begin to snap back into shape as our highest concentration of Perline-P strengthens and tightens pore walls to shrink actual pore size. 

When Should I Use It?

Apply as the last step in your skincare regimen, AM and PM. Can be used alone or under makeup.

Recommended Regimen:

STEP 1: CLEANSE L’Oréal Paris Cleanser
STEP 2: TREAT Texture Perfector Serum Concentrate
STEP 3: MOISTURIZE Texture Perfector Day/Night Cream
STEP 4: FINISH Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher™ Cream

Formula Essentials
For all Skin Tones
Universal Tint
Suitable For Sensitive Skin
Non-Comedogenic
Dermatologist Tested

Ingredients:

DIMETHICONE • AQUA/ WATER • GLYCERIN • DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER • METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER • ISONONYL ISONONANOATE • ALCOHOL DENAT. • VINYL DIMETHICONE/ METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER • BUTYLENE GLYCOL • LAURYL PEG-9 POLYDIMETHYLSILOXYETHYL DIMETHICONE • BORON NITRIDE • SILICA SILYLATE • PHENOXYETHANOL • PEG/PPG-18/ 18 DIMETHICONE • PERLITE • MAGNESIUM SULFATE • CAPRYLOYL SALICYLIC ACID • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • MENTHYL LACTATE • LENS ESCULENTA SEED EXTRACT/LENTIL SEED EXTRACT • BISABOLOL • PARFUM/ FRAGRANCE • DEXTRIN • DIMETHICONOL • CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/IRON OXIDES • CI 77891/ TITANIUM DIOXIDE • SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE • EPERUA FALCATA BARK EXTRACT • FARNESOL • LIMONENE • DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE • ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE • CITRONELLOL • ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE

*so please note, there IS silicone in this product*

I’ve been using this for awhile now.  It’s awesome.  I like it for several reasons:

-I like that this absorbs quickly and is more ‘gel-like’ than liquid

-I love the texture of my skin after I apply it

-This product is oil free

-It makes my makeup SO MUCH EASIER to apply

-I don’t really need any foundation after applying it

-It ‘plays well’ with most of the products I’ve used it in combination with

-It doesn’t break me out!

This product is going to stay in my makeup basket until it is G-O-N-E, GONE.  Yup,  I like it that much….yes, I do.

 

One question-can anyone tell me whether this is similar to Benefit’s porefessional? I don’t use Benefit products…..

Would you try this?

#beautyunited Spring/Summer 2014 -looks!

*This is a #beautyunited post*
If you have picked up a fashion magazine, watched a commercial, or even passed by a billboard, 2014 fashion trends are EVERYWHERE! I was thumbing through one of my favorite magazines, Elle Canada and was inspired to recreate some of the looks from Covergirl and Olay.

 

The look that caught my eye the most was the Gilded Glory…..

So I watched this video to see how to put it together (sans the hairstyle since my hair is now short):

 

I really enjoyed the bombshell shine shadows and am hoping to put them into my permanent rotation. You already know how I feel about the CC cream. The jumbo gloss balm in Jam Twist was an instant favorite of mine!

on the eyes:

Covergirl Balmshell Shine Shadow in Gold Goddess

Covergirl Balmshell Shine Shadow in Color Me Money

Covergirl Balmshell Shine Shadow in Copper Flair

on the lips:

Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Jam Twist

on the face:

Olay Total effects CC cream

My only question is-where are all the models with short hair? Seriously, everyone is cutting their hair short (Coco Rocha recently cut her hair VERY short).

Take a minute to browse the different looks-What do you think of the looks? I like that they are wearable and don’t involve a lot of products. These looks are kind to the wallet too!

Addicted to all things pretty-The Luxe Oil that you need to know about!

I like oils for face and body. It’s that simple.

I chat with a lot of people on twitter. one of the lovelies I chat with (I discovered) has a line of oils for face, body, hair-I suppose they could be called “multi-purpose.”  I had to get my hands on some of this.

All of the products interested me but I restrained myself and purchased the LUXE oil (and yes, I asked for recommendations of what to buy before purchasing).

Luxe oil *photo used with permission

Luxe oil *photo used with permission

Here’s what the website says:

Not only only does LUXE OIL moisturize and nourish the skin but it also has healing properties and helps clear blemishes as well as scarring from small wounds, cuts, and burns and eczema. Some have reported a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles… just another benefit of LUXE OIL. With continued use you’ll see improvements in your skin.

*photo used with permission*

*photo used with permission*

How to use:
LUXE OIL is a very versatile oil that can be used many ways. One primary use is as an in-shower moisturizer with 1-3 pumps into a well lathered towel or body sponge. The amount needed varies since some use body soaps that are harsher than others, and some of us use soaps that are free of sulfates and detergents.  You can also use it on damp skin fresh out the shower as you would a regular body oil. Other great uses include; hair oil to seal moisture, cuticle oil, and face moisturizer.

Instructions:

– In-Shower Moisturizer
Add 1-3 pumps (more if you’re using the treatment pump that dispenses less product) into a well-lathered towel or body sponge
Wash as usual
Rinse
Pat dry with dry towel or prance around… allow the oils to absorb

– Body Moisturizer
Apply all over
Prance around… allow the oils to absorb

Ingredients:
Coconut Oil
Safflower Oil
Sea-buckthorn Oil
Avocado Oil
Olive Oil
(optional) Fragrance

There are many choices of fragrance for the oil as well as having the choice to skip fragrance!  Please see the website for a description of fragrances (there are SO many).  I chose ‘Scorned Nymph’ which includes notes of juicy plum and frankincense.  I describe it as a fruity scent with a warm, spicy, exotic finish…it kind of creeps up on you.

How do I use it LUXE oil?

I listed the ways to use the product above but my FAVORITE way to use it is fresh out of the shower-I pat myself with a towel so my skin is so damp, and apply luxe oil to trap moisture in my skin.  I know the instructions say to prance around.  Maybe I do and maybe I don’t. I’ll leave that to your imagination.  If you know me at all, you know I probably prance. It absorbs fairly quickly but I would give it a solid 2-3 minutes before putting clothes on.

I ALSO use it on my scalp the night before I wash my hair.  I know that there is some minor controversy regarding oiling the scalp but I find it incredibly beneficial-after all, that is the root of your hair, why not nourish it?

Overall thoughts

I know there are a lot of oils on the market. I’ve tried a lot of the oils on the market. Why do I like this one so much? It’s made with ingredients I can pronounce-there are many ways to use it, the scent is intoxicating, and someone I know makes this product.  All great reasons.  LUXE oil is definitely worth checking out-and it’s offered in several different sizes so it will fit into your budget.  Also please note, there are face oils, bath salts, scalp oils,and shea butter too!

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

 

Find LUXE oil:

on their website

on twitter

on facebook

 

I’m curious about…….pur minerals spring 2014 cleansing line

I have my favorites from pur minerals (and my not-so-favorites) and recently received a ‘look book’ describing the products in the line. I’m fairly curious about these products and would like to share the information I’ve received.  Keep in mind I do NOT have samples at this time of these products….this is more of a “Look at this-what do you think” type of post.

Pur minerals new cleansing line

Pur minerals new cleansing line

Claims:
Pur minerals skincare is clinically proven to correct, prevent and interrupt your biggest skin concerns for radiant results you can see.

Products:

Simplicity Gentle Cleanser-Normal, sensitive, oily and dry skin

Simplicity

Sulfate-free formula gently but effectively washes away oil, impurities and makeup without irritating the skin or drying it out. Featuring honey extract, shea butter, and Sepicalm, a combination of water lily and a key amino acide, this extremely mild daily cleanser helps hydrate and calm the skin as it cleanses.
My initial impression after reading description: One cleanser for all skin types? Is this possible?

In the Clear clarifying cleanser-Oily skin

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Multi-action cleanser that gently exfoliates, clarifies and soothes irritable and problematic skin. As lactic acide melts away pore-clogging surface debris, tea tree oil reduces the appearance of excess oil for a shine-free, matte finish. Sulfate-free formula is never harsh or over-drying; this clarifying cleanser calms and cools with a refreshing mix of lavender, peppermint and aloe.
My initial impression after reading description: This is a cleanser I’d like to have in my arsenal for breakouts!

Miracle Mist hydrating makeup spray-Normal, sensitive, oily and dry skin

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Containing over 79 essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids, this moisturizing mist infuses your skin with vital moisture to help soothe and refresh your face, hair and body and even set makeup.  Anti-bacterial sulfur keeps blemishes at bay for clear skin the face and body.

My initial impression after reading description:  Is this like my Urban Decay b6 spray? Or is it more like MAC fix+? Do I need 79 essential vitamins and minerals on my face?

Melt away makeup emulsifier-Normal, sensitive and oily skin

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All natural makeup remover that’s tough on even waterproof makeup, while remaining gentle on delicate skin.  12 essential oils, including Argan oil, Avocado, Macademia, and Jasmine Oils unite, eliminate makeup, condition skin and nourish lashes.  Oil-busting formula provides a thorough pre-cleanse as oil attracts oil to cut through excess oil and stubborn cosmetics.

My initial impression after reading description:  So is this an oil?  Sounds like it.  If so, I WANT IT. I’m a huge fan of pre-cleansing with oils or balms.  My only hangup may be the smell-as I’m not sure what a combination of Argan, Avocado, Macademia AND Jasmine oil smells like.  Any clues?

Dirty Girl detoxifying mudd masque-Normal, sensitive, oil and dry skin

DirtyGirl

Deep cleans and detoxifies your skin using a unique form of calcium bentonite clay.  This mineral mud facial mask unclogs pores and draws impurities out of your skin, leaving your complexion looking brighter, smoother and radiantly clean.

My initial impression after reading description:  A mud masque? Meh, why not….wonder if it’s like GlamGlow.  That’s one of my favorites.  How messy is it?

 

And there you have it. Anything you’re interested in?  Tell me in the comments section below!

Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser #influenster #voxbox

I was selected by Influenster to sample their mystery voxbox….3 products with a L’Oreal label and no idea what brand they were actually from.

I tried to guess what the brand was and enjoyed using the products….a shampoo, conditioner, and serum for split ends….but I wasn’t able to guess the brand until a follow up box of FULL SIZE products was sent several weeks later!

It was Garnier…and I have to say I certainly enjoyed using these products.  Since I’ve had my hair short, I haven’t felt the need to mask it,  but if I decide to give myself a Saturday night treat, this will be it.  All of the products smell great and work well.  I especially like the shampoo.  It lathers quickly and rinses clean.

Thank you Influenster for selecting me to participate! I enjoyed the products!

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