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I’m curious about….Marcelle Spring 2014 products!

Oh I love me an interesting press release. Check out some of the new products from Marcelle for Spring!

*Please note, I don’t have any of these products (yet)-I’ve just received a press release.  I’m highlighting the most interesting (in my opinion) products from the press release!*
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Marcelle is introducing the NEW Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel, an ultra-mild and non-foaming facial cleanser which is gentle enough to be used on the eyes to remove make-up. Enriched with aloe vera and glycerin, the gel is gentle and protects the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Benefits:
-Suitable for all skin types, ideal for sensitive and dehydrated skin – SUITS THE WHOLE FAMILY!
-Gentle, hydrating and non irritating
-May be used as a facial cleanser and make-up remover
-Formulated with aloe vera, glycerin and glyceryl oleate for superior hydration and soothing effect

My initial impressions: YES YES YES-I can not WAIT to try this.  I love a cleanser I can use on my face AND eyes! I’m wondering about the texture since it’s non-foaming. 

In terms of cosmetics, Marcelle is focusing on the eyes!

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NEW – Marcelle® Xtension Plus + ProLash Growth Complex Mascara
$14.95
9 mL

This is the Marcelle® Xtension Plus Mascara (winner of the 2013 ELLE CANADA/ELLE QUEBEC Beauty Grand Prix in the Best Mascara Under $20 category) infused with a multifunctional conditioner to stimulate the growth of healthy lashes. The soft polymer brush, with a row of longer bristles, reaches even the shortest lashes and stretches them from root to tip to reach their maximum lengthening potential for a lash-extension look.
Benefits:
-Lengthening formula with glycerin, panthenol, vitamins, amber extract and peptides
-Prevents breakage and visibly enhances growth
-Visibly noticeable changes within 2 weeks
-Specially shaped dual-sided brush
-No clumping or flaking
-Tested under ophthalmological control
-Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
-Paraben free
-Hypo-allergenic and perfume free

My initial impressions:  Well, I do like the Xtension plus mascara….and now this version may nourish my lashes.  Pass it over!

NEW Marcelle® Eyebrow Pen

$13.95
1,4 mL
Create the perfect brow shape, an ultra-natural look and a long-lasting impact!

Benefits
-Felt pen glides on skin and hair to enhance eyebrows or cover-up grey hair
-Results look natural
-Slender tip creates soft strokes that imitate natural hair and look of brows
-Easy to use pen and fast-drying formula

Benefits:
-Long-lasting (12 hours + ) and smudgeproof formula
-Tested under ophthalmological control
-Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
-Paraben free
-Hypo-allergenic and perfume free

My initial impressions:  My brows are my biggest makeup hangup-I have so much trouble filling them in properly…..and I do prefer a pencil.  Hmm, maybe. Wonder if it will step up to my Anastasia Brow Whiz?

New shades – Marcelle®2-in-1 Retractable Eyeliner
Here’s a good make-up tip: the easy-peasy creamy and already-sharpened tip of this waterproof eyeliner. Use the integrated soft sponge to turn any line into a smoky eye.

Key features
$10.95
Now in 6 hues!

-Waterproof, long-lasting (12 hours + ) and smudgeproof formula
-Integrated sharpener and sponge
-Tested under ophthalmological control
-Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
-Hypo-allergenic and perfume free

My initial impressions:  I’m a fan of the smudgers.  Smokey eyes are so much easier when I don’t have to work so hard.  I could be talked into the purple liner. 

 

And there it is? Anything you see here that you’re interested in trying? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Essence S/S 2014-the event, the products, my birthday….

I love essence.

There. I said it.  I know I’m not alone….and why would I be?

essence is about to blow your mind with their newest collection.  I attended a preview event for the collection recently and wanted to share some photos with you…..you need to get excited about this collection!

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can't help myself-the setup was so ....pretty!

can’t help myself-the setup was so ….pretty!

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There are SO MANY STANDOUT ITEMS IN THIS COLLECTION I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN!  So I will highlight a few of my favorites:

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essence metal glam eyeshadow: soft texture, high coverage, metallic finish creates bold looks that will add twinkle!  Available in 6 colors.

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essence get BIG! Lashes triple black mascara.  Innovative fiber brush offers maximum volume and adds density to lashes.

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essence LASH mania reloaded mascara. Elastomer brush with star shaped bristles separate and grip lashes to give them volume AND length.

crystal

essence crystal eyeliner. long lasting, gel-based formula with precision applicator which can also be applied as a sparkling top coat for lashes.  Available in 5 colors.

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essence nail art effect nails.  Nail art with a 3D effect-check out my application at the event:

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essence sun club all-in-one bronzing highlighter.  Take one look at this-what does it remind you of (Clarins or Arden LE powders anyone?)  Bronzer and highlighter come together for a shimmering sun kissed glow or tan finish!  Soft powder texture is easy to apply.  Available in 2 shades.

I was so impressed by the new products for Spring and Summer…..and my birthday is TODAY so I thought I would pass along some gifts to YOU!!! Please fill out the Rafflecopter below!  *Please note* there is a requirement to subscribe to my blog.  New subscriptions will be recorded.  Those individuals choosing to unsubscribe after the giveaway ends will be ineligible for future giveaways!

IMG_0764Thanks to Faulhaber communications for inviting me and hosting a fabulous event at a fabulous space (Luxe Beauty)-girl power!!!

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WHOAH-check out this look…..Holiday or everyday? Tell me!

I don’t often do this, but I like this look SO DANG MUCH, I have to post it so you can see it and duplicate it!

Lego_Email_Blast2.1.1This look is beautiful for your latest  office party….or the evening mass, or New Years Eve (of course).  If you’re me, you would wear it to work! Isn’t it beautiful? It’s the perfect blend of gold and smokey….I just adore it.

So obviously I’m late posting this. Honestly, I am going to replicate this for my next ‘special occasion’-I just can’t stop staring at it!

Tell me about your latest look or your ‘go-to’ party look…..have any suggestions for me?

My favorites from……Revlon!

We all know Revlon’s been on ‘the scene’ for awhile now….and for me, this brand had always been around but nothing I was running after anyone for (especially after the lip butters).  However, there are several products from Revlon that I do truly adore and thought I’d mention!

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Revlon Colorstay whipped foundation in 200 sand beige

Revlon Colorstay whipped foundation in 200 sand beige

If you watch my YouTube channel, you’ll  know this is one of the foundations I’ve been going on about.  I absolutely love it….the finish, the texture, the application are so easy and flawless.   This foundation is a medium to full coverage, and I apply it with my Urban Decay Good Karma brush.

Revlon Photoready cream blush in flushed

Revlon Photoready cream blush in flushed

This was one of my first cream blushes. I originally bought it because I wanted to try cream blush but didn’t want to invest in a more expensive one (although I’m quite certain I bought a MAC version around the same time).  This color may look intimidating but never fear, its sheer!  I like this blush because it’s super blendable and easy to layer with other colors!

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick from L: Black Cherry, Foxy Lady

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick from L: Black Cherry, Foxy Lady

I’ll call these my ‘latest loves.’  Back in High School-and I won’t tell you what 4 years that was…..my standard lippie was “Wine with Everything” which is a color that Revlon still makes and I’d still wear.  However, I’m not sure if they have reformulated these or what but I am loving everything about these 2.  They have great payoff and are soft on the lips.  I’m definitely fall-ing for fall colors (GROAN-terrible pun).

So there you have it, my Revlon faves……I know you’ve got some of your own.  What are they?  Let me know in the comments section below.

 

 

 

My favorites from….Too Faced

I actualy don’t have a lot of TooFaced but recognized them for their ‘box’ type tin palettes and of course, Shadow Insurance.  However, some items I really truly enjoy come from this brand so without further ado,

 

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Of course, mostly palettes!  So let me start with one of my very first, that just happened to be a gift from a YouTuber (Stacysunnysidemakeup and yes, check her out). This palette contains beautiful neutrals and divides the colors into day, fashion and night looks.  I’m not one to follow the rules much so I use whatever colors I feel I want to rock that particular day.  This palette is a beautiful addition to any neutral lovers collection!

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When I saw this palette I had to grab it.  Just so much going on in one tin!  I do adore it for its versatility but I find that out of the 3 palettes I have from this brand, this is the one I reach for the least!  I’m not a huge fan of shadow insurance which is why that is still sitting there….for some reason, I have some ‘staying power’ issues with the shadows.  Love the blush though!

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This is my latest addition from TooFaced and let’s just say I AM A FAN.  I was just about to pull the trigger on the UD Smoked when I saw this. Based on the pink alone, I knew I had to have it.  Surprisingly, I haven’t touched the pink …..yet.  This palette (like most other Too Faced palettes) comes with cards that explain different looks.   The look I like the best so far from this palette is 9 to 5 rebel.  The colors are strong and vibrant and the glitzy/girly one will surprise you.  So many different combinations to be had with some quality shadows.  This is a must and I’m glad I picked it up!

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No one will be surprised when I say that I picked this blush for the packaging alone.  It’s surprisingly sheer but I don’t see that as a bad thing.  I appreciate the different tones in this blush…but will say if you don’t like shimmer, pass this one by.  The heart shaped packaging is an added bonus in my eyes 🙂

And there you have it….not too many products but enough for me to form an opinion. Overall I like TooFaced and plan on engaging with them more in the future 😉

I can’t get enough of……. Olay regenerist eye cream and lash serum

Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events.

Opinions are mine, and I’m not making any $$$ from writing about this!

If you watch my YouTube channel, you  may remember a ‘teaser’ video I posted about an event I attended a while ago called Beauty United.  The event itself was incredible-I learned a lot, and of course left with some items as well.

Surprisingly enough, I actually had this product (still in its box) tucked away in one of my Alex drawers.  So when I saw it in my Beauty United gift bag, I thought “Now’s the time, the universe is telling you to use this product!”

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I’ve been using this for almost a month now.  Normally I try things for 2 weeks-I feel like that’s a decent amount of time to love, hate or feel ‘meh’ about a product.  So how do I feel about this product?

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I like it!  Here’s why:

-dual ended: 2 products, 1 device.  I love that this is your eye cream AND your lash serum.  Not 2 separate products, no fumbling.  Everything is right there.

-the eye cream can be used on your eyelid!  I don’t know of many eye creams that can go on the eyelid.  Many are quite thick and I would worry about irritation if it got into my eye.

-eye cream is the right consistency.  I always feel like I’m in the middle of the 3 bears story with my eye creams. “This one’s too thick” , or “This one’s too thin” BUT the Olay is “juuuuussssst right.”  It stays where it needs to, hydrates, but feels light-especially if you’re going to put this on your eyelid, you don’t want anything too heavy!

-lash serum WORKS!  Not that I can necessarily guarantee that it does BUT I have seen a definite difference in my lash length. My right eye lashes tend to be shorter and skimpier than my left and I’ve noticed that they are more lush. My lash cycles are shorter-I don’t spend large amounts of time feeling like I have bald spots or patches.

-this products ‘plays well with others’ which is always a MAJOR concern of mine. I don’t want to waste more time trying to find products that will live in harmony together forever and ever (hashtag #overdramatic).

This is definitely worth the price-it’s available now and you should go try it!

 

My favorites from…..the Balm!

There’s NO WAY I could do this series without the Balm.  Although I don’t have a large number of favorites from this brand, there are several stand out products that I think you should know about.

My faves from the Balm

My faves from the Balm

Nude Tude eyeshadow palette

Nude Tude eyeshadow palette

Palettes

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Balm’s palettes and will almost always speak very highly of them.  There is one that isn’t pictured (Meet Matt(e) Nude) that I’d like to give an honorable mention. I’m still learning to use matte shadows properly and while I do like the palette, I haven’t used it enough to include in my favorites!  Moving on, my first favorite palette is Nude Tude. It’s a lovely assortment of neutrals both matte and satin/shimmer finish.  The shadows are soft, buttery and well pigmented-my favorite.

Balm Jovi

Balm Jovi

One reason I love the Balm is because they make what I like to call “everything palettes.”  This particular one has practically everything you need for your face included.  The bottom of the palette has some ‘how-tos’ in case you need assistance coming up with a look but honestly, these colors all work wonderfully together. I stuck my finger in ‘Vanilly’, how unfortunate.  Overall this palette is well done with it’s rock and roll theme!

 

time balm concealer

time balm concealer

I need a concealer now more than ever and this one from the Balm is awesome.  It’s on the thicker side so go lightly when applying.  The thing I like MOST about this product (and I haven’t heard of any other products that are similar) is that you can actually use this as an eye treatment…..yup, you read correctly.  You can apply this as an eye treatment under your eyes.  While I’m not a fan of having concealer on my eyes while I sleep, if you’re in a pinch or forget your eye cream while travelling, this will come in handy.

Instain Blush

Instain Blush

This is one of my more recent acquisitions-and this particular one is a gift from a fellow YouTuber (Julie-so thank you so much for that). There is a rant below and I want to talk about the product first and give you the opportunity to skip the rant in italics.  I love this product because of the pigment and the staying power.  Period.  My one suggestion to you is that if you are contemplating purchasing these, go and swatch first so you can get an idea of how much is too much and think about your application technique.

I was actually VERY annoyed when I saw these on Emily Noel’s channel as she reviewed them prior to them being released and that they were released MUCH later in Canada.  I hate hate HATE when bloggers and YouTubers talk about products they received but aren’t yet available to the rest of us.  I try to avoid doing that….I’m all about building excitement for a product but this whole blogger/vlogger-on-a-pedestal thing has got to go.  Some of them think they are celebrities!

And there you have it! My favorites from the Balm.  Do you have any favorites from this brand? I bet you do….tell me about them in the comments section below!

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