Clarins ‘Ombre Iridescente’ Eyeshadow in Silver Ivory [Review]

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The new Clarins ‘Ombre Iridescente’ Cream-to-Powder Iridescent Eyeshadow in Silver Ivory (no. 04). This ivory shadow is absolutely gorgeous and comes off more yellow/pale gold in my skin tone. These new shadows are effortless as they give ease and comfort of a cream with the long wear if a powder.

Clarins have blended iridescent, soft-focus pigments with bamboo powder for stay-true brilliance and long-lasting wear. A Vitamin E derivative keeps lids comfortable. Casts a soft, pearlescent glow during the day; a stylized, high-voltage iridescence at night.

These shadows are gentle enough for sensitive eyes and are dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested.

PRSampleDisclaimer: I received this product at a Clarins Spring 2016 press event at Bloomingdale’s. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product.  A portion of the description was courtesy of Clarins.com. 

 

Clarins ‘Ombre Iridescente’ Eyeshadow in Silver Pink [Review]

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Clarins Ombre Iridescente Cream-to-Powder Iridescent Eyeshadow in Silver Pink (no. 05). This shadow is a very pretty rosey pink with a silver undertone. I think these give a more satin rather than sparkly and does not have glittery finish. This cream-powder shadow applies very easily and holds up on for at least 8hrs with or without a cream base with minimal creasing.  I always use an eyeshadow primer due to my oily lids.

Clarins have blended iridescent, soft-focus pigments with bamboo powder for stay-true brilliance and long-lasting wear. A Vitamin E derivative keeps lids comfortable. Casts a soft, pearlescent glow during the day; a stylized, high-voltage iridescence at night.

These shadows are gentle enough for sensitive eyes and are dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested.

PRSampleDisclaimer: I received this product at a Clarins Spring 2016 press event at Bloomingdale’s. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product.  A portion of the description was courtesy of Clarins.com. 

Clarins Multi-Blush in Rose [Review]

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Clarins Multi-Blush in Rose (no. 05). This is a natural, long-lasting blush for lips and cheek. It glides on with the ease of a cream that then transforms into a powder with the heat of one’s skin. Not sure how this powdery feature will work on the lips.
It moisturizes the skin with a blend of rose, mimosa and sunflower waxes. Also, has a ‘Light Optimizing’ complex that adds radiance. The blush is not quite the best as a blush for my skin tone but could be used with a light hand as a pink highlighter. 

PRSampleDisclaimer: I received this product at a Clarins Spring 2016 press event at Bloomingdale’s. This does not influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. 

Clarins Ombre Iridescente Eyeshadow in Silver Plum [Review & Swatches]

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The new Clarins Ombre Iridescente Cream-to-Powder Iridescent Eyeshadow in Silver Plum (no. 07) was released earlier this year as a part of the Spring 2016 Collection. This is a gorgeous purple taupe, a deep smokey lavender with a silver undertone.

Clarins have blended iridescent, soft-focus pigments with bamboo powder for stay-true brilliance and long-lasting wear. A Vitamin E derivative keeps lids comfortable. Casts a soft, pearlescent glow during the day; a stylized, high-voltage iridescence at night.

This shadow combines the ease and comfort of a cream with the long wear if a powder. It’s gives a sparkling not glittery finish. It is very smooth and the texture in the little pot is a cross between the Chanel Ombres and the L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows. This shadow does hold up on for at least 8hrs with or without a cream base with minimal creasing.  I do however always use an eyeshadow primer due to my oily lids. 

These shadows are gentle enough for sensitive eyes and are dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested.

 

PRSampleDisclaimer: I received this product at a Clarins Spring 2016 press event at Bloomingdale’s. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product.  A portion of the description was courtesy of Clarins.com. 

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector [Review]

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The new #Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector shades are no.07 Toffee Pink Shimmer and no. 08 Plum Shimmer. @clarinsnews
These are gorgeous shades and are super glossy with no detectable shimmer. The wear is comfortable and plum shimmer leaves a slight stain. Toffee Pink gives me the my lips but better look.

PRSampleDisclaimer: I received this product at a Clarins Spring press event at Bloomingdale’s. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. 

Valentia – True Glow Eye Cream & Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask Review


TRUE GLOW EYE CREAM
“This nourishing formula works fast to repair and refresh the eye area while protecting skin from the usual suspects of aging. Our natural and organic ingredients work to calm and reduce puffiness in the eye area revealing softer, more refreshed looking eyes. With continued use of this antioxidant treatment, you will start noticing a more rejuvenated, radiant, and brighter under eye area.” (Valentia). True Glow Eye Cream (1.18 fl. oz bottle) retails between $25 – $54.99 on Amazon.com or Valentia.com.

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Key Benefits: 
Diminishes fine lines & wrinkles, nourishes, hydrates, tightens the under eye area, brightens dark circles and reduces puffiness.

Key Ingredients:
1. Astaxanthin: A powerful antioxidant that increases moisture levels, smooths fine line and wrinkles, and restores elasticity to the skin.
2. Resistem: Natural Plant Stem Cells repair and protect the skin from harsh environmental pollutants and stress-related aging.
3. Vitamin C: Leaves the skin smooth and visibly brighter for a well-rested and bright eyed look.
4. Organic Rosehip Oil: Provides intense hydration to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
5. Arnica: A key anti-inflammatory agent to the restorative process that works to diminish the appearance of dark circles.

How to Use: After cleansing, apply True Glow gently around the area under the eye dabbing the skin with your ring finger in a circular motion around the orbital bone and moving towards the nose bridge. Apply twice a day.

My Thoughts: I like this eye cream for its texture and the fact that it does not have a strong citrus (Vitamin C) scent. It is very creamy and absorbs very quickly (see images below). I did notice that the area around my eye was softer, well hydrated and moisturized after use. It was a bit difficult to assess the improvements if any of the wrinkles and fine lines as the area around my eyes is very, very dry. I also noticed that the puffiness was reduced when applied in the mornings. Overall, I like this eye cream and will add it to my skincare regimen.

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ULTRA PLUMPING HYDRATION MASK
The perfect answer to your dry skin problems. This hydration mask features a unique blend of amino acids and potent antioxidants, like Japanese Green tea and Aloe Vera, to reduce fine lines, increase collagen production, and fight environmental irritants. Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, and Sea Buckthorn Oil flood skin with vital moisture, creating a softer more supple skin. Treat your delicate facial skin with nature’s most nourishing ingredients, and instantly restore radiance.” (Valentia). The Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask retails between $25 – $54.99 (4 oz jar) on Amazon.com or Valentia.com.

Ultra_Plumping_Hydration_Mask_with_BoxKey Benefits: Boosts collagen production, increases skin radiance, reduces fine lines, locks in moisture and reveals softer smoother skin.

Key Ingredients:
1. Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend: These natural miracles increase moisture content and help in the production of collagen and elastin which decreases the appearance of visible lines.
2. Botanical Hyaluronic Acid:Penetrates deep into the skin to secure moisture and plump skin from within.
3.  Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil: An anti-aging wonder berry that results in fewer fine lines, diminished sun spots, more even skin tone, and firmer more supple skin.
4. Japanese Green Tea:Contains catechins that provide anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-irritant effects to the skin.
4. Aloe Vera:This botanical moisturizers skin and fight aging by improving skin firmness.

How To Use: Apply to face evenly avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 15-30 minutes. Wipe it off with a damp cloth and warm water.

My Thoughts: This is not only a very hydrating but very plumping mask. It tingles for the first 5 minutes as indicated on the on the jar. It may be a bit too much if you have very sensitive skin or areas of dry patches (as I did with the latter). This mask can be applied with a brush or the fingers. I prefer to put a bit on the cover (just turn it upside down and shake) and use a brush such as the ELF synthetic foundation brush ($1) so as not to contaminate the jar. Once dried it looks transparent. After removal with a warm rag my face is noticeably brighter and softer. I am happy to add this mask to my mask collection as I do not have one of this consistency and function.

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Overall thoughts on the brand: I am a fan of this brand and am fortunate to be able to try a few products in the line. Valentia uses natural and organic ingredients i.e. the ingredients are simple and effective. Their products are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and are made in the USA. 

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Disclaimer: These products received from Valentia and their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. The overall description of the product, some images, the benefits, and ingredients were adapted from information provided by Valentia.  My Amazon review name is BEATS.

Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Hula Hula – review & swatches

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I purchased  this bronzer with the sole purpose of using it as a highlighter. It is absolutely gorgeous. I use is a few times a week. This bronzer is baked on a terracotta pan to create a beautiful domed product. Hula Hula gives the complexion a hint of bronzed color for a sun-kissed look. This bronzer appears to be shimmery or dewy but is actually matte so it does not make the skin appear shiny when applied. One just glows. This is gorgeous on tanned to dark skin. It is soft and blends easily into the skin. It typically retails for $9.00 and can be found almost everywhere even the grocery store. 

Swatches: Top photos with flash/bottom ones without flash.
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Milani Limited Edition Rose Blushes – Swatches & Review

IMG_20150816_223455I almost missed out on these quietly released limited edition Milani Rose Blushes. No.09 American Beauty Rose, No.10 Awakening Rose and No.11 Blossomtime Rose. Each retails for $7.99 and are still available online

American Beauty Rose is described as a  true rose pink with a soft gold pearl; Awakening Rose – a dusty rose with iridescent pearl and Blossomtime Rose – a peachy pink with gold pearl. It’s hard to describe the ‘pearl’. It is not really shimmery or glittery (it’s too fine) as it is hardly noticable int he pan and definitely does not show up when applied to the cheeks. 

These shades are very pretty although they come off very powdery/chalky while swatching and didn’t blend as well as previous Rose Blushes. However, when applied with a blush brush they blend beautifully and there is no powdery fall out. 

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