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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Glossier Cloud Paint Storm: Review and Swatches

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Not Sponsored: This week, I've been reviewing some Glossier products my good friend from Little Luxury List blog sent me for Christmas. I've never tried anything from the brand Glossier and I have been pleasantly pleased with the products I was gifted. You can read my reviews on Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser and Glossier Futuredew Oil Serum by clicking on the links. Today, I would like to review Glossier's Cloud Paint Seamless Cheek Color Blush in the color Storm. Glossier describes their Cloud Paint collection as "a seamless, buildable gel-cream blush that's enjoyable to apply and easy to wear". "Simply dab on cheeks and tap into the skin for a natural, flushed from within glow." I found this easy to apply. YOU ONLY NEED A DAB! That's it!!! I show a lot on the back of my hands, but that was so you could see the color & consistency of the product. A little goes a long way with Cloud Paint. It's buildable! So start off small and if you need to add more, you can do so. I found that it applied and blended out well. There was no struggle. This is a blush/cheek product, but I found that it worked really well as color on the lips. And HIP HIP HOORAY!!!, the color never transferred to anything. We're going into Spring & Summer. I like to keep my makeup light and with Covid and mask-wearing still in place this is just what I need. I also tried it on my eyelids in the pictures below, and although ok I wasn't quite a fan of it on my lids. So I'm going to stick with it on my cheeks (as a blush) and lip color. Speaking of color! I love the color STORM. It's considered to be a Warm Rose. There are 8 shades all together and Glossier shows each shade on various models (white, black, etc.) so you can get an idea of what it will look like on your skin-tone. I'm a huge fan of Nudestix makeup for its simplicity and minimal packaging; and I can see I'm going to be a huge fan of Glossier's Cloud Paint. I can't wait to try more colors. As I try them, I will swatch them for you :)

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Glossier Futuredew Oil Serum Review

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Not Sponsored: This week, I'm reviewing some Glossier products my friend from Little Luxury List blog gifted me for Christmas. I spoke about how much I loved Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser. Now, I want to tell you about Glossier's Futuredew Oil Serum. This is a product, I feel you will either hate or SUPER LOVE! If you have dry skin, keep reading. If you do not, stay tuned for my next review. I have dry, sensitive and reactive skin. I SUPER LOVE this product! It turned really cold here in New Orleans. When its not cold, my skin is dry. When it turned super cold, little areas around my face started flaking. I was applying Bobbi Brown's Vitamin Enriched Face Base and Hydrating Water Fresh Cream like there was no tomorrow. Those are the heaviest moisturizers I have on my beauty shelf :) So, I said let me try Glossier's Futuredew Oil Serum. It's a pretty heavy serum (with some stick to it), but it easily pumps out the bottle. I applied the serum to my face and I'll be honest, I thought it would be too heavy for my skin (your skin looks glossy when you apply this serum). But I was pleasantly surprised! Within a minute or two, my dry skin absorbed this serum. The serum creates a barrier or shield for your skin. My skin felt protected. It felt nourished. It felt moisturized (without feeling oily or greasy). I didn't have any dry patches or flakiness. I used it at night and woke up to glowing, healthy looking skin. When you smile in the mirror at yourself, you know its a good thing. My skin had such a healthy glow. This stuff is like magic! It's my new favorite cold weather product. I will definitely purchase this product again. This is my cold-weather skincare savior. It will have you SINGING! Yes, I love it that much! It's Vegan. It's Cruelty Free. Glossier states it has plant-based extracts that provide nourishment and are moisturizing. The moisture lasts for 12 hours and I have to agree with that statement. Give it a whirl! Your skin will feel so protected, nourished and have a beautiful NATURAL glow!

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   Glossier Futuredew Oil Serum is Supersweet

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Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser Review

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Not Sponsored: For Christmas, my good friend from Little Luxury List blog sent me several popular Glossier products. I thought it was so sweet of her (she's a really genuine, nice and sincere person; she's always been a really good friend). I've been blogging since 2012, and have never tried ONE Glossier product. I've always wanted to try products from the brand, but always put them on the back burner because I didn't think they would work for my skin type. I have dry, sensitive and reactive skin. That's quite a combination and many times a lot of products don't work for me. So how did things work out? Surprisingly ... Really ...  Really ... Well! Let me cover each product separately in a blog post for you, because I have a lot to say about each one. One of the products that she sent me was Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser. I've been using this cleanser for a little over a month now and I am super impressed. On Glossier's website it states it is a pH balanced daily cleanser that has five skin conditioners. Whenever I see jelly or gel, I automatically think the cleanser is super-drying. That has been my experience in the past with gel cleansers. Well NOT the case with this cleanser. It's anything but drying. It's pretty thick and adheres well to the face. I used it on wet skin (face), applied it in circular motions and rinsed. My skin felt thoroughly CLEANSED (not stripped whatsoever ... there is a difference). After a month of using this, my skin never felt dry. I never experienced any redness or irritation. Just great clean and supple skin! This cleanser can also be used to remove makeup. You can use it on dry skin. I love that this product is Vegan and Cruelty Free. This cleanser also has an excellent price point. So what held me back from giving it a Supersweet rating? I use REN Skincare, and their Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk (Bloomingdales, Sephora, Revolve, Selfridges) helps keep my breakouts under control. It seems to be the only cleanser so far that keeps my adult acne at bay. Yes, I'm 49 and still have break outs. Also, Glossier states their Milky Jelly Cleanser is Ophthalmologist Tested (the same gentle cleansing agents found in contact lens solution make it safe for eyes) and won't cause irritation; but I beg to differ. I had to keep my eyes tightly closed while using this cleanser, because one time it did sting my eye. But other than those two things, it did an excellent job. I was really impressed and would purchase this cleanser on my own. Its really good. Definitely give it a try!

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Eye Base

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Not Sponsored: I've raved for years, about how much I love Bobbi Brown's Vitamin Enriched Face Base (reviewed here). I've been using it since 2016. Its an excellent face primer, as well as moisturizer. Well, now Bobbi Brown has come out with a Vitamin Enriched Eye Base (Bloomingdales, Macys, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, QVCJCPenney, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom). It's an eye cream & primer in one. I love how she has come out with this, but thought isn't this kind of EXTRA? Do we really need this? Isn't Face Base enough? In 2016, Face Base was enough for me. Now, we're in 2021 and I just turned 49. I already had dry skin, but I've been mentioning in various posts how I was a little drier under my eyes ... a little darker under my eyes ... and have some fine lines under my eyes. I've been using Bobbi Brown's Hydrating Eye Cream and it has helped A LOT. It's very nourishing to my eye area. I wish I would've used eye creams/moisturizers when I was younger. I felt they weren't necessary. I felt a face moisturizer was enough. I want to stress to you how important skincare should be in your beauty regime. Know your skin type (oily, dry, normal, combination)! Going to a dermatologist, will help you correctly determine your skin type. Buy skincare products that are tailored to your needs! That's why the first step is so important. I've used Mary Kay, Cetaphil, and now REN Skincare with much success. Don't be surprised how your skincare regimen will change as you get older. And finally, don't neglect your ears, under-eye area, neck or decollete. Those areas are often overlooked. I should write a post about those areas ... I think I will. Well Eye Base has been working like a charm for me. It has Vitamins B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, Sodium Hyaluronate and Shea Butter. Bobbi Brown's website states that Eye Base will awaken, replenish, provide immediate and long-term moisture to your under-eye area. I've been using it for a month now and I definitely see a difference. My under eye area is plumper, more hydrated and brighter. It's really helped with my concealer application (and I'm using less concealer). I use Becca's Under Eye Brightening Corrector. Has everyone heard about Becca Cosmetics? They're ceasing operations September 2021 :( I liked them. I will have to stock up. So, I say all of this to let you know to put more emphasis on your under-eye area. A face moisturizer may seem like enough for you right now, but later on it won't be enough. The under-eye area needs more nourishment. Its a thinner layer of skin than the rest of your face. I love this primer + moisturizer combo and feel you will as well.

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   Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Eye Base is Supersweet

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream Review

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Not Sponsored: I reviewed Bobbi Brown's Hydrating Water Fresh Cream Moisturizer Tuesday and in that review I teased another product you should pair the moisturizer with that I felt was SUPERSWEET. That product would be Bobbi Brown's Hydrating Eye Cream (Macys, Bloomingdales, Harrods, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Sephora, QVC). I've been using both products together and loving them. I've reviewed a number of eye creams, but this one takes the cake. The texture is cool, smooth, white and creamy. It's lightweight. It's not heavy, oily or greasy. You just take a dab with your finger and apply it to your under-eye area. It feels SO GOOD! A long time ago, I use to think moisturizer was enough for both your face and eye area. Maybe when you're young you can get away with that, but as you get older underneath your eyes needs more attention. I just turned 49 the other day, and over the past couple of years the area underneath my eyes have been a little drier and a little darker (maybe too much twitter LOL). They need extra attention. This eye cream has felt so nourishing to that area. I've seen improvements. Increase hydration. Plumpness. My makeup is laying better in that area. I love it. Bobbi Brown's website states this eye cream is, "Formulated with our signature Enriched Mineral Water Blend to hydrate, balance and revive skin. Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel extract, Jojoba Seed, Avocado Oil, and Squalane help skin feel comforted and conditioned." I love that it is lightweight, but SO MOISTURIZING. I LOVE THIS STUFF! I use it both day & night. Its really good. The only other eye cream that I gave a Supersweet rating was Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado (Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, ULTA, Nordstrom, Sephora, Harrods, Macys, Kiehls, Bergdorf Goodman). Its great as well, but a little heavier than this eye cream. I would use the Kiehl's in the Fall/Winter and this in the Spring/Summer.

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Amazing Hacks For A Million Dollar Smile

Having a winning smile is very important, and this can go a long way toward improving and boosting your beauty regimen moving forward. There are so many ideas that can be used to help you when it comes to making the best decisions here. You’ve got to focus on doing as much as you can to try to get the best possible smile to help you improve your health and beauty regimen.

Try to do as much as possible to think about the best ways of making the most of this right now. Thinking about what you can do to make your life better, as well as focusing on the best hacks for a successful million dollar smile. There are a lot of ideas that you need to make the most of when it comes to focusing on the best ways of being able to get that winning smile.

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Good Teeth Maintenance

The first and most obvious place to start is with excellent teeth maintenance, and this is something that plays a major part in this process moving forward. You should floss and brush your teeth on a regular basis as much as possible, and there are so many ideas you should be looking to use when it comes to good teeth maintenance. And you need to do as much as possible to help you work on making the most of this moving forward. Looking after your teeth and thinking carefully about what you are going to be eating and drinking in order to help you look after the quality of your teeth, and this is something that you need to come up with as much as possible.

Regular Checkups

Regular checkups at the dentist are an important part of the process when it comes to improving your teeth and making sure they look great as much as possible. You are going to have to make sure you take some great steps that are going to allow you to make the most of this right now. Try to think about the best choices you can make that will help with this, and things like Invisalign braces are a crucial part of the process when it comes to helping you make the right decisions for your oral health and well-being.

Teeth Whitening

You also need to think about some of the best options you can use to focus on being able to improve your teeth, and there are a lot of reasons to consider this. Make sure you do your best to make the most of this, and it is really important to think about some of the best ways of being able to do this. You can buy home teeth whitening kits that you can use from the comfort and safety of home, providing a pandemic-proof way of being able to take care of your teeth.

These are some of the best options you need to keep in mind when it comes to making the right decisions and being able to improve your smile as much as possible. Having a strong health and beauty routine is vital, and this generally will involve you being able to work on your smile and make sure it is as amazing as possible as often as possible. Try to come up with some wonderful ways of achieving this moving forward right now.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Introduction To Super Ideal Princess Cut Diamonds

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Diamonds all vary tremendously from stone to stone, and as a result, the two American diamond grading authorities, GIA and AGS, allow a fair range between the bottom of one grade and the top. This can mean that two diamonds rated 'Excellent' (GIA's top rating) or 'Ideal' (AGS's equivalent rating) can be visibly different for one another. While GIA is satisfied with this state of affairs for all cuts other than the round brilliant cut, for which it offers an overall rating that takes these differences into account (so one of the diamonds in the example above would rate lower than the other, despite, on paper, being 'the same'), AGS is not so sanguine. They have introduced the 'super ideal' rating which can be applied to diamonds of all cuts, including the increasingly popular princess cut, which can be found listed in the inventory of Whiteflash diamonds.

What is an Ideal Diamond?

In order to qualify as an ideal or excellent diamond, the diamond must be of very good color and clarity, with a cut that has made the very best of an already good stone. Carat-weight for the purposes of rating can be ignored, as at this stage it is merely a marker of size. Later it will dramatically impact on the price! Color usually must be F or at a pinch G, clarity should not be lower that very slightly included, and the cut should be symmetrical and even all the way through.

So… What is Super Ideal, Then?

Super ideal diamonds take the above criteria and apply them even more rigorously. Tiny variations in symmetry are no-nos, G color stones are rejected (if such a word can be applied to what is still a very good diamond!) and inclusions must not impact on the brilliance, fire or scintillation which, in a super ideal stone is perfectly balanced and symmetrical, all light being directed out through the table (the top surface) due to the minutely mathematically precise cut which channels and directs the light reflection and refractions.

More Details about Super Ideal Diamonds

A super ideal diamond, when being examined under intense scrutiny, will have no flaw, no break in light and scintillation patterns and will be cut to such a precise mathematical model that the light is directed entirely where the cutter intends it to escape (usually out through the top of the diamond, which is called the table) and nowhere else. Ideal diamonds will often have minor flaws or errors in the cutting that impact upon the light performance, even if to so small a degree that most people will not notice them – these issues are entirely lacking in super ideal diamonds.

How Do They Make a Super Ideal Cut Diamond?

Often, super ideal cuts happen through serendipity. Invariably, the cutter would have started the process with a very good quality stone, which would allow him or her to use the maximum 'meat' of the stone, without needing to excise flaws, exclusions, fractures or inclusions. And the cutter will then have make a perfect cut, getting every one of the 58 or so facets exactly right to enhance light performance.

Should I Look for Hearts and Arrows on Super Ideal Princess Cut?

Hearts and arrows are a light reflection pattern found only on round brilliant cut diamonds, and princess cut diamonds, even if cut exquisitely, will never show that particular design. Instead, look directly down at the table of the stone, and see if you can spot a series of chevrons which form an X shape – sort of a four-pointed star. If the X is crisp and clearly visible from the outer corners to the center of the diamond, you probably have a super ideal princess cut stone. If the X is fractured, feathered, or blurred, that is a sign of a poorer cut. The bigger the princess cut stone, the more chevrons will appear, giving you a loose rule of the thumb when it comes to the carat weight of your super ideal princess cut stone!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Water Fresh Cream Review

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Not Sponsored: My longtime readers know I've been a SUPER-FAN of Bobbi Brown's Vitamin Enriched Face Base for years (Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Harrods, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman)(reviewed here). You slather it on your dry skin & lips and they will sing for joy! Did you know there's a jumbo (deluxe) size jar of it now? Yes! (Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Macys, Neiman Marcus, QVC). Every time Nordstrom has their Anniversary Sale, I buy it. It's a primer, but I've been using it as a moisturizer since 2016. My super dry skin loves it. I tried Bobbi Brown's Hydrating Face Cream and did NOT like it. I said to myself, maybe the Vitamin Enriched Face Base is it ... the best Bobbi has. Well, there's another SUPERSTAR in the family you guys! It's Bobbi Brown's Hydrating Water Fresh Cream (Nordstrom, Macys, QVC, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, Selfridges, Harrods, Bergdorf Goodman). I LOVE IT! EQUALLY with the Vitamin Enriched Face Base. So what's the difference in my own words. Vitamin Enriched Face Base (even though it is considered a primer, also works exceptionally well as a moisturizer) is slightly heavier than Fresh Cream. If you have dry skin, you will love Face Base. You will also love Face Base in the Fall & Winter. I used Face Base in the Summer, but I didn't use as much. So I was always looking for a slightly lighter moisturizer to use in the Spring & Summer months. That's where Hydrating Water Fresh Cream comes in. HALLELUJAH!!! The cream you guys is lightweight. Think, a fluffy cloud or marshmallow WITHOUT the stick. Apply it to your skin and like water your skin will drink it up. But this is the thing! It's MOISTURIZING! But there's no oiliness, heaviness or stickiness. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this moisturizer! It worked well with my makeup. I use it both day and night. Bobbi Brown's website touts it is "100 hours of non-stop hydration". I AMEN THAT! It reduces redness. It creates a smooth canvas for makeup. It minimizes pores. It has probiotic technology to protect the skin's barrier against irritants. Its ideal for dehydrated skin (That's ME!). I see all skin types loving this moisturizer (not sure about oily skin types ... maybe use less). But it makes your skin feel REALLY GOOD! So SOFT! So SUPPLE! Your skin will feel NOURISHED! Give it a twirl! In my next post, I'm going to tell you what you should pair with this moisturizer. So stay tuned, because I gave it a SUPERSWEET rating as well. You can read all of my Bobbi Brown reviews, by clicking here.

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