Thursday, April 30, 2009

*Review* Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer


I first purchased this a few months ago only because it was on sale and because I had a $2 off coupon from the MNY guide otherwise I'm not sure I would have purchased it. Regular price is $9.99 for a 5.5ml tube which I think is a lot to first try something out especially when my skin reacts to a lot of makeup. I got the first tube for $6.99 plus tax which isn't bad but its more then I usually spend on one makeup item. I must say though it was well worth the money.
The store had testers so I could test the shades first but I already pretty much knew what shade I would need. I had to buy the lightest shade they had which was the 0-1 Light colour. It matches my skin tone perfectly so you can't even tell when I use it which is great since it takes me forever to find a concealer that doesn't look fake on me. They have a huge selection of shades which is perfect because chances are you will be able to find the one that matches your skin. They also take into consideration warm and cool skin tones which is why I think they have such a large number of shades to pick from.
Since purchasing it I haven't used anything else to conceal imperfections I am in love with this concealer it provides natural coverage and it even has a slight shimmer which adds to the natural look because it keeps the areas you cover from looking flat and covered up. It also didn't irritate my skin which is great since I end up allergic to something in most products. I also love the natural ingredients as well as no preservatives which may contribute to why it didn't break me out. The packaging also says that it contains no wax or pore clogging ingredients and that it contains chamomile to soothe skin. I was also told by a makeup artist that mineral makeup was more friendly to acne prone skin then other makeup as well which is why I decided to switch over to mineral makeup to see if I could notice a difference in my skin.

Pros:
  • is cheaper then most other mineral makeup on the market
  • comes in a shade perfect for my skin tone
  • large selection of shades to suit everyones skin tone
  • provides natural looking coverage
  • doesn't look fake or cakey
  • doesn't irritate my skin
  • natural ingredients
  • will probably last awhile since you don't use it on your whole face
  • there were testers in the store (may not be all stores but the three I stores I have bought the mineral makeup in had testers set up)
Cons:
  • a bit on the pricey side if you are used to buying non-mineral makeup (but worth it if it lasts awhile and does the job!)
  • doesn't contain preservatives so it will expire faster then other makeup
  • cant remember the list of ingredients because they only have the ingredients listed on the packaging not the tube
  • doesn't provide as full a coverage as a cover stick
  • not sure about some of the listed ingredients on the package and if its really 100% mineral makeup or only partially
Overall I would give this product a 9.5/10!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Matchstick Herbal Essences Campaign


I recieved 10 coupons in the mail awhile ago for 10 free bottles of Herbal Essences new shampoo and conditioner line from Matchstick a word of mouth company that regularly has promotions like this for blog owners to test out and blog about the products. The coupons were to hand out to friends and family so that they could try the shampoo and conditioner. The product was already out in Canada by the time I received the free coupons so I had already purchased it as well as tested it out for a magazine company before the coupons arrived, so I handed out the coupons to friends and family and kept a couple for myself since I love the new line! My sister and I haven't purchased any other brand or type of shampoo or conditioner since getting the test from Elle we love it that much!

This stuff is amazing! I have been using the Self-Targeting hydralicious line for the last few months and I have to say its probably the best thing to happen to my hair!
My sister is also addicted to this shampoo now. She uses the Featherweight because she has fine thin hair and needs the volume.

I got 6 bottles (shampoo and conditioner from each line) to test for Elle Magazine a few months ago and now I am hooked! This is the only stuff I will be using from now on. I also ended up receiving the 10 coupons from Matchstick after receiving the test from Elle so yippy! Shampoo and Conditioner for everyone that lives with me or close to me!

There are three different types to choose from: Featherweight (for fine thin hair to give it volume), Reconditioning (for dry damaged hair), and Self-Targeting (for normal hair).

Normally I have the type of hair that has to be washed daily or it looks horrible, I have dry ends because I straighten my hair, but I also have oily roots because my skin/scalp is naturally very oily. If I don't wash my hair daily it ends up looking greasy and really bad and hard to style. I have noticed since using the Self Targeting shampoo I can skip a day washing my hair if I want to because it doesn't look so greasy as fast as when I was using sunsilk. Another plus to this shampoo is that it smells amazing! You may actually be tempted to eat it...though I really wouldn't recommend doing that.

Overall I would give it a 10/10!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

dkMommy Spot JASCO Mineral Makeup Giveaway

'One of the most common ways women are exposed to dangerous chemicals is through their health and beauty products! Things like parabens, pthalates, and a host of other unnatural substances are added to a multitude of the products many of us use on a daily basis. It only makes sense, therefore, to start reading the ingredient labels on all the products we may be taking for granted, assuming they’re safe. Turn over some of your makeup containers next time you’re getting ready in the morning. What’s listed in the ingredients? If you can even read the teeny, tiny print, you may notice you don’t know what the vast majority of the items are in there. But take a look at a company like JASCO Organics, and you’ll find shorter, safe lists of natural ingredients."

go here to enter to win a mineral makeup set that includes: foundation, a bronzer, and a blush, a $45 value!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

CybeleSays Win Gwen Stefani's Too Faced Products

This showed up in my email inbox today and I didn't want anyone to miss out on entering it!

"Who? We will randomly pick 5 winners to receive all the products Gwen personally requested from TF's Founder Jerrod - Mood Swing Lip Gloss, Lash Injection mini, Lash Injection Pinpoint, Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, Girls Dig Pearls Lip Gloss, Lip of Luxury Lipstick, Insurance Policy. A $127 value!"

go here to enter the contest!

Friday, April 10, 2009

When to Clean Makeup Brushes

You should wash all brushes that you use on a regular basis at least once a week if you use them less often then once a day you can go a couple weeks without washing them. I do mine about once a month depending on how often I actually use them since I don't do makeup that often. When washing your brushes you should use a mild shampoo (baby shampoo works best) then roll the brush in your hands till it lathers then rinse under luke warm water. Rinse well until the water runs clear (you will notice all the makeup tinting the water when you first start rinsing the brush). Reshape the bristles and lay the brush horizontal to dry (like on the counter) with the bristles hanging over the edge to dry.
If you want to you can wipe the brushes off with baby wipes daily to prevent makeup build up then throughly wash them every month. Over washing can wear out your brushes faster and cause the glue to wear away causing the bristles to fall out.
Don't use any product that contains alcohol/peroxide/saylicylic acid those will all dry out the bristles and make them dry and brittle.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Tips for Smooth Straight Hair

Find a Straightner with temperature control settings. This way you can have it hotter if your hair is thick and difficult to straighten or cooler if you have fine thin hair that straightens easily. You don't need to spend too much on a straightner if you don't plan to use it all the time. Most cheaper end straightners have temperature control settings too. My new one was regular priced $22.99 and it has tons of different heat settings for different hair types and it works great. Most of the time you learn by trial and error which heat setting is perfect for your hair. I keep mine on around 4 or 5 not very high but my straightner gets really hot really fast and I usually only straighten my bangs a bit and leave the rest unless I wake up with that weird hair bulge (you know what I'm talking about).
Use a protective cream on your hair. This will seal the hair and keep it from being too damaged by the heat of the straightner. I use a cream from Alberto that cost around $5 and it works pretty well. You can use it on wet or dry hair (my straightner is a dry straightner only though). It leaves your hair shiny and healthy looking and it protects against the high heat. Just don't use too much of it or you end up with greasy looking hair instead of shiny (from experience).