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. 

Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask – Review



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“Not your ordinary mask, this clay mask removes excess dirt and oil from the skin caused by makeup, environmental toxins, and everyday contaminants. Kaolin Clay helps pull dirt and oil to the surface, offering a deep cleanse that leaves skin clean and clear. Added Hibiscus and Cranberry Fibers make this mask unique, providing an extra layer of skin exfoliation, leaving skin feeling and looking smoother, and softer. This Detoxifying Clay Mask reverses and clears away skin damage, giving you stronger, firmer and healthier skin.”  The Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask retails for $35 (1.18 oz bottle) on Amazon.com or Valentia.com.

Key Benefits:
* Draws out dirt, oil & other skin impurities
* Improves skin tone & texture
* Leaves skin feeling instantly smoother & refreshed
* Enlarged pores will be reduced
* Firmer & more strengthened skin
* Clearer skin with less breakouts

How To Use: Generously apply on face carefully avoiding the eye area. Leave on your skin for 15-20 minutes or until mask dries. Wipe it off with a damp cloth soaked in warm water. As the mask has natural fibers use circular motions to remove the mask helping to slough off dead skin and exfoliate.

Key Ingredients:
Kaolin Clay: Clay minerals draw impurities, improve skin tone, and tighten pores for smoother firmer skin.

Plant Stem CellsNaturally decreases the level of pro-aging toxins and works to soother the skin, reduce redness, and improve evenness.

Spirulina: A botanical stimulant full of vitamins that hydrates the skins surface and contributes to tissue regeneration of the skin.

CoQ10: Lessens the appearance of wrinkles by reducing free radical damage and stimulating health collagen production.

Hibiscus & Cranberry Fibers: Both lend their anti-aging properties to firm and reinforce the skin, helping to reduce the creation of new wrinkles.

Full Ingredient ListDeionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Kaolin clay, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract (plant stem cells), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetapeptide-7, Undaria Pinnatifida Cell Culture Extract, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Hibiscus Fibers, Cranberry Fibers, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cellulose Gum, Purified Smectite Clay, Cranberry Fragrance, Haematococcus Pluvialis extract (Astaxanthin), Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip Seed Oil), Wildcrafted Panax Ginseng, Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry), Organic Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry extract), Organic Viola Tricolor (Violet), Wildcrafted Prunus Virginiana (Wild Cherry), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry), Citrus Limon (Lemon Essential Oil), Organic Rheum Palmatum (Rhubarb), Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Spirulina Maxima (Spirulina), Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp), Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed Oil), Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), Wildcrafted Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Wildcrafted Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion), Wildcrafted Geranium Maculatum (Wild Geranium), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Sucrose Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Lecithin, Tocopherol.

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My Thoughts: This mask smells delicious. The ingredient list shows quite a few berry extracts and oils that all contribute to its amazing smell.  This clay mask serves a dual purpose (1) As a detoxifying and cleansing clay mask. Nail in clay contains high amounts silica, which is useful in removing dead skin, it pulls out oils and other toxins, purifying and moisturizing the skin. (2) As an exfoliator. Massing in circular motions while applying and removing the mask also helps to remove dry, dead flaky skin.

I am a big fan of clay masks and this one was pleasant to use. The only minor issue was that the oils had separated from the clay and it had to be mixed. In addition to the amazing smell I like that the product had a soft pudding like consistency unlike the typical hard/more firm clay masks. Overall, I enjoyed using this mask.

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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.

Leaders Korean Sheet Mask Haul/ 한국어 시트 마스크

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I definitely took advantage of the recent Leaders Cosmetics USA  50%off sale to restock and try a few new masks. Leaders is a South K0rean brand created and tested by a team of dermatologists of the Leaders Skin Clinic. Leaders was founded in Korea, in 2004, by two leading dermatologists from Korea’s top university.

Daily Wonders  are premium grade cotton masks made from natural cellulose, that contain gentle and effective ingredients to target and treat specific skin concerns.  I got Bye Bye to Dry and Pore be Gone for Good Masks.

Leaders StepSolution. I couldn’t find anything specific about this particular line other than it is a premium grade cotton masks. I stocked up on a few of the PoreScaling Black Aqua Masks. I think this mask may be reformulated in the near future as it has been on sale for awhile and the others in this ‘line’ have been upgraded. 

Leaders InSolution masks are made of ultra fine and thin silk cellulose. This line serves to address unique skin concerns. InSolution masks are safe, effective to use as a part of daily regimen for optimal skin health. I tried the Aquaringer Treatment, and stocked up on the Teatree Relaxing Renewal, Aloe Soothing Renewal and Collagen Boosting Renewal Masks.

Leaders Mediu stands for Medicine for U. These Amino masks contain 17 different types of amino acids, which are natural moisturizing factors. The masks in this line help to moisturize, protect, and soothe the skin by replenishing  essential ingredients for healthy skin composition. I picked up the Amino Lifting and Moisture Masks.

I have other Leaders masks in my collection; at least a pair of the each InSolution in the old packaging and a 7 Wonders that I picked up at Ulta. 

My favorite is the Teatree Relaxing Renewal mask for whenever my skin is acting up and I always have one in my stash. I haven’t tried it in the new packaging yet. I am a big fan of this brand. 

My attempt at translating this post into Korean with the help of Google. Translating back into English makes for quite a fun read. It is a dream of mine to be fluent in Korean one day.

나는 확실히 재고 보충 및 몇 가지 새로운 마스크를 시도하는 판매 떨어져 최근 지도자의 화장품 USA 50 %를 이용했다. 지도자는 지도자 피부 클리닉의 피부과 의사들로 구성된 팀에 의해 만들어지고 테스트 사우스 K0rean 브랜드입니다. 지도자는 한국의 최고 대학이 선도적 인 피부과 의사에 의해, 2004 년 한국에서 설립되었다.

매일 불가사의는 대상 및 특정 피부 문제를 치료하기 위해 부드러운하고 효과적인 성분을 함유 천연 셀룰로오스로 만든 프리미엄급면 마스크입니다. 나는 건조하고 모공이 좋은 마스크에 대한 사라질 이별을 얻었다.

리더는 StepSolution. 나는 그것이 프리미엄급면 마스크입니다 다른 것보다이 특정 라인에 대한 특정 아무것도 찾을 수 없습니다. 나는 PoreScaling 블랙 아쿠아 마스크의 몇 가지에 사들였다. 나는 잠시 판매하고있다이 ‘라인’에서 다른 사람이 업그레이드 된 바와 같이이 마스크는 어쩌면 가까운 미래에 재 공식화 생각합니다.

지도자 InSolution 마스크는 초 미세하고 얇은 실크 셀룰로오스 만들어집니다. 이 줄은 고유의 피부 문제를 해결하는 역할을한다. InSolution 마스크는 최적의 피부 건강을 위해 매일식이 요법의 일부로서 사용하는 것이 효과적이고 안전합니다. 나는 Aquaringer 치료를 시도하고, 갱신 마스크를 밀어 갱신, 알로에 수딩 갱신과 콜라겐을 휴식 Teatree에 사들였다.

Mediu은 미국에 대한 의학의 약자 지도자들은 이러한 아미노산 마스크는 천연 보습 인자이다 아미노산의 17 가지 유형을 포함하고있다. 이 온라인 도움말의 마스크는 수분을 보호하고 건강한 피부 컴포지션의 필수 성분을 보충하여 피부를 진정합니다. 나는 아미노 리프팅과 수분 마스크를 집어 들었다.

나는 내 컬렉션에 다른 지도자 마스크를 가지고, 기존 포장의 각 InSolution 내가 Ulta에서 채취 한 7 대 불가사의 중 적어도 한 쌍.

나의 마음에 드는 사람은 내 피부가 연기되고 난 항상 내 마리화나에 하나있을 때마다의 Teatree 휴식을 갱신 마스크입니다. 나는 아직 새로운 포장에서 그것을 시도하지 않았습니다. 나는이 브랜드의 큰 팬이다.

 

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Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum [Review]

Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum

Clear-Lift-Serum_BOTTLE_46f78640-1347-4a1b-b5ec-5ed5edc230f9_1024x1024Valentia’s newest serum is a potent and luxurious lactic acid serum that supports natural circulation. This revitalizing treatment is formulated to bring out your best self. Infused with a unique blend of botanicals, essential oils, and vitamins, this serum supports circulation and reoxygenation. The skin is left hydrated, more even, and resilient to future damage.  Valentia´s Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum is a transformative addition to any skin care routine. Daily use will improve the skin’s circulation.Valentia). The Clearlift Revitalizing Serum retails for $35 (1.18 oz bottle) on Amazon.com or Valentia.com.

 Key Benefits of the Clearlift Revitalizing Serum:
* Renews texture & tone
* Deeply moisturizes
* Minimizes fine lines
*  Brightens & corrects 
* Evens Hyperpigmentation
* Increases skin cell turnover & elasticity

Suitable for: All skin types but is highly recommended for normal to oily or acne prone skins.

Key Ingredients:
Wakame Bioferment (Seaweed): Increases skin oxygen consumption to detoxify and boost antioxidant defenses.
Gotu Kola: Lessens the appearance of scaring from acne and hyperpigmentation, and increases skin firmness.
Lactic Acid: A natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that increases skin cell turnover, for healthier renewed skin.
Licorice: Lightens unwanted pigmentation & corrects skin discoloration.
Argan Oil: Naturally rich in Vitamin E, this oil reduces water loss and protects skins resiliency and elasticity.

Full Ingredient List:
Citrus Aurantium (Orange Hydrosol), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract (plant stem cells), Sodium Lactate (Lactic Acid), Undaria Pinnatifida Cell Culture Extract, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice), Wildcrafted Arnica Montana (Arnica), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan Oil), Proprietary Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Citrus Clementia Hort ext Tan (Clementine Essential Oil), Camellia Oil, Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip Seed Oil), Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), Wildcrafted Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Wildcrafted Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion), Wildcrafted Geranium Maculatum (Wild Geranium), Alcohol, Lecithin, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

 

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How To Use: Apply 1-2 pumps evenly to face and neck each evening after cleansing skin thoroughly. After absorption, follow with moisturizer and eye product of choice.

20160407_150059~2_resizedClear Lift Serum has a consistency slightly thicker than water; it glides on smoothly and absorbs rapidly. The color is slightly off-white, and a touch yellow from the natural oils like; Jojoba and Vitamin E.

 

My Thoughts: I have used this serum twice daily for the past three weeks and I must admit that my skin does look brighter and my pigmentation especially on my cheek is getting lighter.  It absorbs super quickly and does not leave any residue. It works well under makeup. 

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Disclaimer: This product was 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.

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. 

Clarins and FEED 10

Clarins has teamed up with Lauren Bush Lauren’s FEED again for a great initiative,  National Million Meal Mission.

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Clarins and FEED are proud to have launched the National Million Meal Mission. This new, exciting venture aims to provide 1,200,000 meals to children around the world in 17 days. This campaign started on April 22nd, and will end this coming Sunday, May 8th. Retailers supporting this great cause are Macy’s, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales. Each will be offering will be offering a variety of  FEED 10 pouches filled with deluxe Clarins products. The FEED pouches are available at least online at Macy’s, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Saks depending on what you purchase. Bloomingdale’s – with the purchase of any two full-size Clarins products; Nordstrom – with your $75 purchase; Macy’s – any $75 Clarins purchase. They are most likely available in store as well.
This is a great cause and I encourage everyone to pick up a FEED pouch. Food insecurity is a growing problem in developed countries can you imagine how hard it is for children in poorer countries to receive proper and sufficient nutrition. If you can’t pick up a bag you can still help by volunteering at your local food bank and food drives.

To date Clarins has provided over 10 million meals through the FEED initiative. That’s 10, 109,165 meals to be exact. Clarins strongly believes that beauty come from the heart and is expressed by actions directed to helping those less fortunate. 

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Each pouch provides 10 meals to children, helping them grow, learn and thrive – an investment in their futures. The images and info are courtesy of Clarins and the above-mentioned retailers. I am not being compensated. I love supporting great causes.

 

Feed your skin, FEED your soul

When ‘The Last Choice’ Sheet Mask Review

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When’s The Last Choice Bio-Cellulose Sheet Face Mask  Perfect for when your skin feels dry and in much need of moisture. This is an all-natural coconut jelly sheet mask made from coconut juice which is gentle enough to treat burn patients. The serum is slightly opaque (not an emulsion), non-greasy, non-sticky and lightweight. It contains hyaluronic acid (a sugar molecule that has the ability to hold moisture and strengthen the skin), saccharide isomerate (water-binding agent and emollient to provide intense hydration) and ginseng extract to keep the skin healthy. Bio-cellulose mask sheet can hold essence 100 times its weight, that is 10 times more than fabric or paper mask sheets. 

Suitable for: All skin types that undergo periods of dryness

What does it do? Moisturizes/Hydrates

How to Use: After cleansing and applying toner, apply mask evenly onto face. Leave on for about 30 minutes. Remove gently and pat remaining essence into the skin.

Type of Mask: Bio-Cellulose

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Citrus Grandis Seed Extract, Bambusa Textilis Stem Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Archilea Millefolium Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Colloidal Platinum, Ginsenosides, Fragrance, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil.

Where to Purchase: Retails for $7.00 at the following places Sephora, Ulta Beauty,  Anthropologie (online only), Beautychoice.com (online only), Birchbox (online only), Rickys NYC

Country: Made in Korea

Would I purchase? Yes. It has a slight limeade scent that goes away after a minute. The fit of this mask is better than most gel masks. I did not need to cut the nose bridge and the eye slits are the right size. When masks are not formulated with parabens, sulphate, and phthalates. They are also vegan and gluten-free. The Last Choice mask was very comfortable and my skin felt very moist and soft afterwards.The sheet adheres very close to the skin, which is good as it reduces serum wastage and allows 100% sheet-skin contact. The serum was not sticky and absorbed well into the skin. There is about a 1/4 tsp. if serum in the packet. It comes layered between a paper and a plastic film. 

 

About the Brand: When, launched by J.C People in July 2011, is a premium face mask brand taking extra care of your skin at anytime, anywhere, in any situations. High-quality and unique, our face masks have been receiving overwhelming responses from overseas buyers. Headquartered in Korea, we have successfully started our international expansion in November 2012 by launching in the US via the world’s largest cosmetics sales channel, Sephora. We have further expanded to reach Europe, China, and the Middle East. We strive to become a worldwide leading face mask brand.

Check out the brand’s Youtube Channel to get the latest on When masks and how to tips:

 

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Disclaimer: This product was received from When 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 When. My Amazon review name is BEATS.

Proganix quench Hair Care Line [Review]

20150913_011337~2_resizedTransform your dry, parched hair into hydrated, silky perfection with this unique supercharged, lightweight blend infused with coconut water, electrolytes and coconut oil.

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Shampoo – Don’t let the gentle lather fool you—this unique formula is full of powerful ingredients and infused with coconut water, electrolytes, and coconut oil. Drench your dry, lifeless tresses with lightweight moisture to help make your hair look healthier and make you feel unstoppable.

Conditioner – In just a few minutes you can help transform your dry hair into luscious locks with this powerful formula infused with coconut water, electrolytes and coconut oil.

Moisture Balm – When flyaways pop up, use this moisture balm to help calm them down.

Leave-in Moisture – Looking to transform thirsty hair into silky, shiny perfection? This leave-in spray infused with coconut water, electrolytes and coconut oil will do just the trick.

Where to purchase? Any major retailer/drugstore/grocery store e.g. Target, Ulta, Walgreens, CVS, Safeway etc.

My Thoughts: I enjoyed using this haircare line. The shampoo and conditioner were thick and left my hair feeling soft and bouncy. It is not have the stripping effect on the hair that other brands have. My favorite products were the the Moisture Balm and Leave-in-Moisture. These were amazing and added so much moisture to my curly hair, while reducing frizz. I like this coconut scent. It was refreshing and very pleasant.

 

PRSampleDisclaimer: These products were received from Proganix 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 products, some images, the benefits, and ingredients were adapted from information provided by the company.

Ralph Lauren ‘Tender Romance’ [Review]

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“Created for the woman who believes in the promising hope of new love, Tender Romance celebrates the sweet and gentle moments of falling in love for the first time. Tender Romance is the first white, luminous oriental scent – a delicate caress of pure white magnolia and silky soft cashmere. This enchanting scent captures the story of an intimate, unforgettable moment.” Description is courtesy of Sephora.com

Tender Romance evokes both the sweetness and innocence of falling in love for the first time.”—Ralph Lauren

Notes: Ginger, Pear Accord, Bergamot, White Magnolia Accord, Jasmine, Ginger Lily Accord, Cashmere Woods Accord, Benzoin, Musk.
Style: Promising. Enchanting. Intimate.

My Thoughts: This is a very pleasant fragrance (EDT). It is perfect for a cool but gloomy rainy day. This is cozy sweater scent. The enchanting warmth comes from the cashmere and musk. The musk is just right in Tender Romance. As far as I can tell this fragrance is only available at Sephora. It retails for $54 (1 oz), $76 (1.7 oz) and $96 (3.4 oz).

 

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Disclaimer: The product has been received from Ralph Lauren and their representatives through Influenster for review considerations. This does not influence my opinion and this review is based on my personal opinions and experience with the product.