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Monday, July 22, 2019

Sunday Riley Space Race Kit Review: Martian Mattifying Melting Water Gel Toner, U.F.O. Acne Treatment Face Oil and Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask

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Not Sponsored: Acne? Oil? I don't suffer from acne. I don't have oily skin. I have dry skin. I never thought in a million years, I would buy ANY of these Sunday Riley acne products. So what made me purchase this kit? My doctor prescribed an antibiotic for me. It cleared up the problem, but left me with 3 bad breakouts on my chin. These weren't just pimples. They were three deep pimples from hell. LOL I used my trusty REN Clear Calm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser on these bad boys (it usually clears up any type of pimple I may get) but it just didn't make any headway with these. So then, haphazardly I used Murad's AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser & Sunday Riley's Good Genes. They started drying up and sloughing away. But then the Good Genes deluxe sample I had ran out LOL So I placed a FULL SIZE order for Good Genes and this Sunday Riley Space Race Kit (can be purchased at QVC, Dermstore, Free People, Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Bloomingdales, Sephora, Urban Outfitters, Birchbox) that contains their Martian Mattifying Melting Water Gel Toner, U.F.O. Acne Treatment Face Oil and Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask. I've had some wonderful results and wanted to share them with you. I want to give you my perspective, especially from having dry skin.

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Sunday Riley | SATURN Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask- Sweet

The first product I used in this kit was the acne treatment mask. It contains 10% Sulfur. When I was a teen and bought OTC acne products, they would always dry not only the problem area out, but the rest of my skin as well. Well, not with this mask! I layered it all over my chin area and it only dried out the 3 stubborn pimples, the rest of my skin stayed the same. This promises to fight multiple forms of acne and prevent future breakouts. It DOES have a Sulfur scent! It is also a dirty green color. Alone, it is good but the real magic happens when you use the other two products in conjunction with this product.

Sunday Riley goes on to say, "This acne treatment mask contains maximum levels of sulfur to penetrate pores to dry and clear up existing acne while preventing new blemishes from forming. It treats multiple forms of acne, including blocked, congested pores, inflammatory acne, hormonal acne, and acne rosacea. Four percent niacinamide promotes clear skin, while boosting skin's healthy-looking radiance. Zinc PCA and bentonite clay help to clear impurities, reduce excess oil, and soothe the appearance of surface redness, without over-drying. Highly potent tea tree oil, standardized for high levels of terpinen-4-ol, partnered with manuka oil, purify the skin for a smooth and clear complexion after each use. Cruelty-Free, Sulfate-Free, Paraben-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Phthalate-Free, Fragrance-Free, Vegan"

Sunday Riley | MARTIAN Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner - Sweet

After washing the mask above off my face, I used the toner. This is wear I saw "bells and whistles". Again, green color. Sulfur scent. Phew! The toner is creamy and really sinks into the skin (fairly fast). It dries down and if you let it sit for a couple of hours those problem areas will start to slough off.  Again, it didn't dry out the other areas of my skin. It only dried up the pimples. These were so deep that it took about a week or two for them to go away. The lone bad one by my gland is almost gone. Have you heard of Manuka? It's stronger than Tea Tree Oil. It's just one of the effective ingredients besides Bentonite clay in this toner. This toner will also draw out any other impurities in your skin.

Sunday Riley goes on to say, "Martian toner is formulated to target oily and blemish-prone skin concerns. Bentonite clay instantly mattifies excess oil, while visibly reducing pore size. Marshmallow and green tea soothe and cool the signs of redness and sensitive skin, for a calmer-looking complexion, while cucumber and witch hazel extracts tone and tighten. Manuka (a stronger relative of tea tree oil), in conjunction with black cumin and magnolia bark extract, provides purifying properties to balance oily and problem skin conditions, promoting a visibly improved, clearer, smoother, shine-free complexion. Skin is visibly cleaner, mattified, refreshed, and prepped for further skincare or color application. Cruelty-Free, Sulfate-Free, Paraben-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Phthalate-Free, Fragrance-Free, Vegan"

Sunday Riley | U.F.O. Acne Treatment Face Oil - Sweet

After the toner dried down, I used the face oil on my chin area. Sunday Riley states this face oil dries down quickly. It dries down, but not completely. So I wouldn't apply and go straight to bed. Green in color. Sulfur scent. This face oil contains, 1.5% Salicylic Acid. It's a medicated oil that helps to clear acne and blackhead causing build-up and debris from congested pores. This is also suppose to help with old acne discolorations. It seems that Martian and UFO are a great team. Because by morning, the top layer of those problem areas would slough away. You can probably get away with using the toner during the day, but I would only use the mask and face oil at night. I really like this set because they give you enough product to really see if it works for you and is effective. I'm going to use these three products until I get to the "core" of the last pimple. Then I'm going to switch over to Good Genes (lactic acid) to diminish the dark spots. Below is a current picture of me. You can see how those problem areas have dissipated (except for one). Now I have to just work on the discoloration. But my skin is NOT DRIED OUT :)

Sunday Riley goes on to say, "Tea tree oil and black cumin seed oil support clear skin, while hexylresorcinol and licorice naturally brighten the appearance of old acne discolorations for a more even-toned complexion. Counterbalancing the potentially drying effects of salicylic acid, milk thistle, and cucumber seed oil nourish the skin and smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles, without leaving a greasy residue. Chamomile and neroli soothe stressed, blemish-prone skin."


Lancome Paris | Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation and Effacernes Waterproof Long-Lasting Undereye Concealer Review and Swatches

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Not Sponsored: I've just finished using my two bottles of NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation and umpteenth bottle of Too Faced Born This Way Foundation. I wanted to try something different (you know me), so I decided to get color-matched for Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation and Effacernes Waterproof Long-Lasting Undereye Concealer. I've always heard great things about their foundation and everyone that wears it always looks so beautiful. I've been testing it out for a couple of months, so let me share my thoughts with you below.

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Lancome Paris | Teint Idole Ultra Wear (320 Bisque W) - Sweet
(can be purchased at Net-A-Porter, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, Harrods, Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman)
When the lady selected this bottle of foundation I had an inner conversation with myself ... whoa, whoa, whoa! ... that looks a little LIGHT! HaHaHa When applying it to my face, she said its light but it OXIDIZES. I said to myself, I hope so! :D I took a picture of myself with no makeup on and then with the Lancome foundation. This is a light to medium coverage foundation (you can still see my freckles). It doesn't feel heavy on the skin. It has SPF 15 coverage. It provides up to 24 hour wear and is transfer resistant. Its a SOLID foundation that works and looks great on the skin. I used a makeup sponge to apply this foundation. I've been using this foundation with Bobbi Brown's Vitamin Enriched Face Base. I've been getting a lot of great wear out of it this Summer; the heat & humidity in Louisiana is BRUTAL. This foundation has held up through it all. Lancome offers this foundation in an array of shades and undertones, so I would definitely get color matched instead of trying to do it yourself. Overall, I'm very pleased with this foundation. You'll notice I have some darkness under my eyes and also my chin area. No matter what foundation I use I always need CONCEALER for those areas. So I asked the lady to pick out a concealer for me as well. How did that work out?

Lancome Paris | Effacernes Waterproof Long-Lasting Undereye Concealer (220 Clair II) - Bittersweet
(can be purchased at Nordstrom, Dillards, ULTA, Bergdorf Goodman, Harrods, Saks Fifth Avenue)
This is an under-eye concealer. She applied a small amount under my eyes and dabbed it with her fingers. It looked great. However since I've been using it and taking pictures, I feel it doesn't give me the coverage that Becca's Undereye Brightening Corrector and Tarte Shape Tape Concealer gives me. I even tried it on my chin area, but the coverage I need is just not there (you can see from my pictures below). It's a thick & heavy concealer, but its effectiveness is just not there if you really need COVERAGE. If you apply MORE, then it gets really heavy and cakey on the skin.


Saturday, July 20, 2019

Six Ways To Brighten Any Outfit

Most women look at their wardrobe and see tons of outfits, and yet they feel that they have nothing to wear. The things that they do have feel dull and repetitive. It's so easy to get sick of what you're seeing and want to start over again with a whole new shopping spree of clothes, but that can get expensive. Breaking the bank just to feel like you have an entirely new wardrobe isn't necessary, especially not when you can do a few DIY fixes and have your wardrobe refreshed all over again.

With well-planned outfit choices, you can look forward to feeling like your wardrobe is brand new every single day. You don't need many accessories in your wardrobe, and you also don't need a ton of jewellery: just some statement pieces when you shop Monday Merchant necklaces here. The clothes that you wear aren't just about looks, but about how they make you feel on the inside. Your clothes and accessories should make you feel bold, confident and ready for anything. With that in mind, let's take a look at six ways you can brighten up any outfit, transforming the way that you feel about yourself as well as the way that you look.

Funky Prints
It's so easy to get stuck in a rut with skinny jeans and a casual tee, isn't it? You can use as many different types of boots as you like, but it remains that you would still look the same. All you need to add to your casual outfit to make it more exciting is a printed jacket that is patterned and colourful. Once you add that, you've added some life to your clothes, and you'll look completely different without having to try! Try some large shapes, or go for a bold block colour to make your outfit pop. The transformation of an outfit that is cool and casual to one that is edgy doesn't take much - a red jacket like this would do!

Go Smaller
The necklaces that you buy? They don't need to be giant pieces. Smaller jewellery pieces can make a huge difference in what you are wearing. If you're not sure on a necklace, go for a brooch or a thumb ring. There are plenty of options out there for those who want to add some glitter and sparkle to an outfit. Make jewellery choices that suit your style, whether it's an outfit for the boardroom or an outfit you wear for lunch with the girls.

ABO - Amazing Black Outfit
Every girl needs a little black dress in her life. Timeless, classic and always fitting in, the little black dress is a must. However, you can change things up again by swapping out the dress for an all-black outfit. Add in a low neckline black top with a black leather skirt, and you've still got the all-black look while embracing something a little different this time. The amazing black outfit is born.

Makeup, Makeup
It doesn't matter what you're wearing here; makeup is so versatile. You can go subtle for your casual outfit, or you can really make your makeup pop and brighten anything you're wearing. Elevate those boring blue jeans with eyeshadow and a liner wing to die for. Choose a brighter, bolder lipstick just this once and change the way your skirt in the boardroom looks.

Prints & Bolds Together
If you have bold trousers or jeans, make them stand out with a patterned top or shirt. The colour block trend is real, but you can break up the monotony with pinstripes, dogs teeth or even psychedelic patterns that will really stand out.

Accessorize For Fun
Sure, they don't always match, but funky sunglasses will always stand out among any outfit you wear. As would headbands of different shades, shoes and boots of different heights. The bags and scarves you wear accentuate your entire look, and when you balance the colours and shapes well, you'll feel fantastic.

The way that you style your outfits will help you to feel calm, confident and ready to take on anything. Pay careful attention to the ways that your clothes and accessories make you feel, and take time to choose options that make you feel like you can walk in and own the room. Brightening your wardrobe takes skill rather than cash, so go out and be bold in your choices. Wear them well.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Eyeliner and Mascara Review

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Not Sponsored: It's no secret that Urban Decay's Perversion has been my favorite mascara since 2015. I always sing its praises! So I was SUPER EXCITED to hear that they came out with a WATERPROOF version of the mascara and an eyeliner. Why did it take so long Urban Decay? I've had a chance to test both out. Let me share my thoughts with you.

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Urban Decay | Perversion Waterproof Eyeliner Fine Point Pen - Sweet
 (can be purchased at Macys, Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, QVC)
This is a black, felt tip liquid eyeliner. It says fine point, but you can draw an array of lines with this eyeliner. From thin to thick lines, it should fulfill everyone's needs. Will it smudge? Will it budge? NOPE! Do you see how hard I'm rubbing my hand in the gif below? You do get a small amount of playtime to remove mistakes while applying, but when this baby sets it is on for good! So that's great for humid, rainy and crying days ;) Make sure you have a strong cleansing balm etc. It took my Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup Melting Butter a couple of times to remove this eyeliner. My Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm broke it down with ease. Urban Decay makes great eyeliners. I prefer their 24/7 pencil eyeliners, just because its easier for me to apply (with a steady hand) and I can smudge the line out. As I get older, I don't like very dramatic looks. But if you like liquid liners, then you should be pleased with this one.

Urban Decay | Perversion Waterproof Mascara - Bittersweet
 (can be purchased at Nordstrom, Ulta, Macys, Sephora, QVC)
Let's quickly talk packaging! I love the drops of water on the packaging that houses this mascara. It's so cool. Ahem, it's also on Too Faced's Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara. Just Sayin! Urban Decay's Perversion Waterproof Mascara is a little different than the regular version. The formula is different. I love a dry mascara, but this one is REALLY dry. The packaging & wand is longer than the original. The brush is fuller than the original. This mascara made both my upper & lower lashes longer, but there wasn't as much volume as with the original. There was also some minuscule clumping. It's ok, but I was expecting the same great original formula only WATERPROOF. So I was a little disappointed. It's nice. It's wearable. It looks great on, but I don't think it looks AS GOOD as the regular formula.


Thursday, July 18, 2019

It's The Small Things A Guy Does That Let's You Know He Loves You

Listen, if you are wondering whether the guy you are with is truly the one for you, know this...

It's the small things he does that will let you know he loves you.
He doesn't have to do anything extravagant to prove his love for you, such as serenading you in the park, shouting his love from the rooftops, or taking out giant billboard ads with declarations of affection.

You don't have to make him prove his love by getting him to search here for the finest diamonds, or by asking him to open his wallet when you're at the shopping mall.

While he might still do those things to show that he loves you, as we said, it is the small things you need to look out for.

It's during the moments when you catch him looking at you
You might be sitting together watching television, and you notice his eyes are fixated on you rather than the screen. You might both be with a group of friends, but you might notice he spends more time looking at you than the people you are with. It's during those moments when no matter how full the room is, and no matter how many distractions there might be, he is entirely focused on you, and nothing else will sway him.

It's when he prefers to spend time with you over his friends
You shouldn't forbid your boyfriend from seeing his friends, but when he actively chooses you over them, no matter how attractive their social suggestions are, you know that he probably loves you. He is making you his priority, and when he's sacrificing his time to be with you, despite missing opportunities to hit the bar, play video games, or watch the big game with his mates, then you know that you are the focus in his life.

It's when he actively listens to you
When you're talking to him about your day, he doesn't just nod his head in an attempt to make you think he cares about what you're saying. When you offload your worries and cares to him, he doesn't have one eye on you and the other on his phone. When you speak to him, he actively listens, genuinely caring about what you are saying with interest and concern. He wants to know more about you. He wants to help where he can. He listens to what you say, and down the line he remembers what you have said; another sign that he is probably in love with you.

It's when he shows you he cares about your life
He encourages you to pursue your ambitions in life, even when you consider sacrificing them for him. He supports you in your decisions and helps you think about other options if he's worried you are going wrong. He cares about your health and helps you give up your worst habits. He wants the best for you, and actively takes steps to help you achieve your goals. It's as if you were an extension of him, as by making you feel complete, he feels complete also.

So, don't worry if he hasn't yet bought you a fancy diamond ring. Sometimes, it is the small things he does that truly proves his love, and if any of the above is true in your relationship, then you know you probably have the right guy for you in your life.

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