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Clarins Garden Escape Collection -it’s oh-so-pretty!

Sick of winter? Escape with Clarins!

It’s been a minute since I’ve reviewed any makeup from Clarins.  Let me show you these 2 little pretties:

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Let me tell you right now that the Instant Comfort lip oil has been my BFF this incredibly brutal winter season.  It’s in my purse on the way to work, it sits on my desk during the day, and is next to  my nightstand at night.  It applies like a dream and feels so great on my lips.  It provides immediate relief to chapped lips and long term moisture!  It contains:

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And check out this palette-screams spring, doesn’t it? You can count on Clarins eyeshadows to be pigmented, soft, and blend well.

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I give the Clarins Garden Escape palette and Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil 2 thumbs up.  They are well suited for eachother!  Definitely do not pass these up for spring (which WILL come eventually).

NYFW BEAUTY ALERT: REVLON FOR MARCHESA A/W’15 Runway Show

I don’t normally post this type of thing but check this look out-I love it!

 

New York: Wednesday, February 18th 2015

 

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Make Up by Revlon Global Artistic Director,
Gucci Westman
“This look was all about a cool modern take on old Hollywood glam. Taking inspiration from the New York Great Gatsby era, I wanted to create a more youthful interpretation appearing as though she had been dancing all night. Using Revlon Illuminance Cream Shadow in Not Just Nudes and Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks, I created a copper eye that was subtle yet elegant. As the focus of the look I created a bold dark lip using Revlon Lip Liner in Raisin with Revlon Super Lustrous in Black Cherry. For the final touch I used Revlon PhotoReady SkinLights to create a flawless luminous finish on the face and body.”

Nails by Celebrity Manicurist, Jin Soon

“Echoing a modern glam vibe, and to compliment the dark cherry lip, nails were filed in a natural oval shape and painted a deep blood red with Revlon Nail Enamel in Vixen. I wanted to highlight the focus of the face with a bold yet elegant nail.”

 

REVLON PRODUCTS TO GET THE LOOK:

 Face:

  • Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effects Makeup, $19.99
  • Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Makeup, $17.79
  • Revlon Cream Blush in Charmed, $12.59
  • Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Lights, $17.79

Lip:

  • Revlon ColorStay Lip Liner in Raisins, $10.49
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry, $9.99
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Snow Pink, $9.99

Eye:

  • Revlon Illuminance Crème Shadows in Not Just Nudes, $10.49
  • Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Java, Copper & Gold, $3.49
  • Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara in Blackened Brown, $10.49
  • Revlon Brow Fantasy, $10.49

Nail:

  • Revlon Nail Enamel in Vixen, $6.29
  • Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top, $8.49

 

PRODUCT AVAILABILITY: Available at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide.  More information: Revlon.com

Hard to believe this is Revlon, but it is.  Nice, don’t you think? Would you wear this? I sure would!

Summertime-how about an Almay picnic!

This was a fun event-and so well done.  I loved the picnic theme.  As per usual, I don’t want to talk too much.  I’ll let the photos do the ‘work’ for me and then summarize at the end 🙂  (You’re welcome!)

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isn't this cute? Reusable lunch bags contained the almay products for the 'hands-on' tutorial.

isn’t this cute? Reusable lunch bags contained the almay products for the ‘hands-on’ tutorial.

My lunchbag containing almay smart shade products for my skin, eyes, lips!

My lunchbag containing almay smart shade products for my skin, eyes, lips!

Jacquie demonstrates how to use almay smart shade eyeshadow on a beautiful invitee

Jacquie demonstrates how to use almay smart shade eyeshadow on a beautiful invitee

Some of my fellow beauty bloggers got in on the action too….check out @jillojello and @thebeautyblogca getting ‘hands on’ :

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Now let’s check out the products:

IMG_3714Quite a nice bag of products, wouldn’t you say?

Almay smart shade anti aging makeup with SPF 30 in light/medium; Almay smart shade CC luminous primer

Almay smart shade anti aging makeup with SPF 30 in light/medium; Almay smart shade CC luminous primer

Very excited about these 2 items right here. Let’s face it (eh, see what I did there…..? FACE IT! Don’t worry, I’ll keep my day job), a beautiful face starts with a great canvas.  These 2 products work together to ensure a smooth, even toned face!

Makeup removers from Almay

Makeup removers from Almay

I’ve been a bigger and bigger fan of makeup remover wipes….especially when I work alllllll day long and then want to look fresh for an evening out!  A couple of swipes and I’m ready to begin again.  I like the towelettes-they are unfragranced and don’t leave my skin feeling tight.

almay smart shade eyeliner

almay smart shade eyeliner

I do apologize for the blurry photo. I have to admit, at this moment-this product is my ‘stand out.’  Why you ask?  It’s the color, it’s somewhere between a copper and chocolate brown with shimmer. It looks so good at the base of the upper lash line.  Complements my blue eyes wonderfully!

Almay smart shade bronzer

Almay smart shade bronzer

This bronzer also intrigues me.  Haven’t delved into it just yet but I’m interested for sure.   I’m in love with it already just for the polka dots!

intense i-color volumizing mascara

intense i-color volumizing mascara

I’ll be ripping this product open when I remove my lash extensions. I have heard great things about it.

IMG_3719Hmmmm, out of everything I have to say this is going to be a tough sell for me. I am not in agree-ance that blue eye shadow “works” on the eyelid of a blue-eyed gal such as myself.  However, Jacquie did give me hope that this could work for me and in fact even demonstrated using this product WITH the sponge-tipped applicator. WHOAH.  *gasp*-yes it’s true.  Let’s keep in mind that she is a professional though.

Stay tuned for a closer look at the products-more specifically 2 products that I am REALLY enjoying for flawless skin.  I’m a bit surprised that I am liking these 2 products SO MUCH!

Thank you to the lovelies at Almay who invited me to this event!  Well done!

weekly recap!

Here’s what’s been rocking my world this past week!

 

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The Body Shop All in one BB cream: Wow, did they change the formula on this product. I had used it long ago, and it certainly wasn’t THIS good. This is a skin adapting formula, it dispenses white, and then changes color to suit skin tone.  It provides light-medium coverage, is SO light feeling and feels so wonderful on the skin.  It’s made with natural ingredients, and the first scent I get when applying is honey.

marcelletwistupMarcelle Twist Push-Up mascara: I’ve got major love for Marcelle mascaras but this this one holds a special place in my <3.  I selected this photo so you could see that the brush contracts.  The brush in extended position is for length and in the contracted position, provides volume. The formulas on Marcelle mascaras are AMAZING and I highly recommend you get your hands on some or make friends with someone in Canada (me) that can send you some.

diorespiegleDior addict lipstick in Espiegle: I sure can’t pronounce the name of this lipstick but I do love it.  It’s such a great shade of pink, sheer on the lips and hydrating.  The only ‘down’ side is that you WILL be reapplying and reapplying this lippie.

poppy citrine blossomCoach Poppy Citrine Blossom perfume is just about the perfect blend of florals for spring transitioning into summer.  I love that it’s a light fragrance but still lasts all day. It’s heavy on the floral upon application but has a crisp finish which I adore.

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I am so thankful for people like @jillojello who gift me fabulous items like the Crimson Amulet collection palette by NYX.  The shadows worked extremely well (with primer) but I fell hard for the blush (2nd from top).  It was just amazing!  I’m happy to have this palette and I”ll be even happier to have it for travel.  I could take this on my next trip and only need to bring a foundation! YES!

 

So what was rocking YOUR world this past week? Tell me in the comments below!

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.

lashmania

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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