Friday, April 28, 2017

Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm is a Miracle

To match my dry hands, my lips always seemed to be chapped, too. I may have gotten myself addicted to Chapstick, but not to worry, Dr. Lipp helped me out. I can thank BirchBox for introducing me.
Dr. Lipp's Miracle Balm is a multifunctional tool no human should go without. For your brows, lips, hands, eyelids, anything really, this balm is the fix. It can prime and shine all in one.

But be aware, this isn't a thin gloss. It's goopy and thick, but that's what gets the job done. And when I say goopy and thick, I don't mean it's going to look chunky on your lips. I mean you'll feel it on your skin, but you'll also feel it doing its work. 

Dr. Lipp has perfected a never-fading shine that will make your lips glossy for the day. I give it 4 stars.

It's available on www.birchbox.com for $16.50.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Nuxe Paris Treats Me like a Queen

I've always had a soft spot for hair oils so when Nuxe introduced their Huile Prodigieuse, I was dying to try it out. Leave it to the French to create the best products.
For this multi-use product, Nuxe combined macadamia, hazelnut, borrage, almond, camellia and St. John's wort oils to create the most moisturizing oil I've come across. Instead of sitting on top of your skin and creating a thin layer of grease, Nuxe's oil absorbs almost as soon as it makes contact with your skin. My hands felt smoother after just a few minutes.

But I wasn't totally sold on the product until I used it on my hair. I was in desperate need of trim; my ends were broken and splitting. A complete disaster. But when I applied this oil, not only did my hair smell amazing, but it looked amazing, too. I usually have pretty dull hair, but Huile Prodigieuse gave me the perfect, natural looking shine.

Though fainter than a perfume, the oil is distantly reminiscent oh Chanel No. 5.

I give this oil 5 kisses. (If I could give it 6, I would.)

It's available on us.nuxe.com for $29.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Last Kiss Stole My Breath

I found this lipstick at The Cosmetic Market here in Alpharetta, Ga. and after being drawn to the great colors Last Kiss/DMA offers, I learned about the creator, Dani Taverna, and her story. Taverna, a young woman from Florida, has been a bridal makeup artist for 13 and would hand out lipstick samples for brides to use for pictures and all their bridal occasions. She has since been inspired to create her own line of lipsticks and lip liners known as DMA by Duality Artistry, which has launched on her website.
And aside from her story, the product itself is great. Her lipsticks are smooth and creamy, a godsend for someone like me with dry lips.
I give Last Kiss/DMA lipstick 5 kisses.
Last Kiss/DMA Matte Lipsticks are available on her website for $23.

Monday, April 17, 2017

NYX Butter Lipstick Feels like Butter

NYX's Butter Lipstick and I had an immediate affair. This lipstick feels so great on. It's soft and smooth--just like butter. I found it didn't slide off my lips like most do and it lasted. I used the color "Lifeguard," which NYX describes as a deep, classic red, to give me the perfect night look.
I give the lipstick 5 kisses. But now, I'll give the floor to my millennial counterpart, Eileen.
Eileen here. Before NYX was the total rage, I invested in two of their butter lipsticks: "Afternoon Heat," a red, and "Thunderstorm," a deep purple. Like Carol, I fell in love with the lipsticks and for just $6, how could I say no? But as the day went on, I found my lipstick bleeding off of my upper and lower lip. Not a lot! But just enough that I would suggest purchasing the coordinating NYX lip liner with the butter lipstick.
I give the lipstick 5 kisses, too.
It's available on www.nyxcosmetics.com for $6.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Trish McEvoy Disappoints with Eye Shadow Primer

I had high hopes for Trish McEvoy's Eye Base Essentials Brightening Eye Shadow Primer. I wanted something to make my eyeshadow pop, make it look brighter and more pigmented, maybe to cover up my wrinkly eye lids.
So I opened up the primer and applied it to my lids and quickly learned that I need to exfoliate my eye lids. With the primer on my lids, my lids were flaky and dry. If you run into the same problem, I suggest using the Vic Face and Body Cloth--it's thin, rough cloth that's perfect for exfoliating any dry skin. So the Jury is still out on Trish McEvoy. Sometimes it seems too white for my skin, perhaps I have the wrong color for my skin. Either way, I'm not thoroughly impressed, but feel free to try it for yourself.
I'll give it 3 kisses.
The primer is available on shop.nordstrom.com for $29.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

New Plastic Surgery Record: the U.S. Spent $15 Billion


The U.S.'s budget for plastic surgery surpassed $15 billion, Reuters.com reported last month, giving the industry a new record of revenue. Non-medical procedures rose in popularity by 11% in 2016 so there's proof that our baby boomer ladies love their tummy tucks, breast augmentations and lip injections, but so do our millennials. 


Maybe we can look to personas like Kylie Jenner for that trend as our young adults try to preserve their youthful looks based on Instagram feeds and Snapchats.

Plastic surgery's revenue hit a new record with $15 billion spent in the U.S.
"Cincinnati-based psychologist Ann Kearney-Cooke, who specializes in treating women with body dysmorphic disorder, plastic surgery addiction and other disorders, said social media has added pressure to women striving to meet a standard of beauty defined by looking young."  
--Reuters.com


My response? Not surprised. With a feed of women who are constantly made up, photoshopped and ultimately flawless, plastic surgery has become the norm. The public's view of beauty has once again regressed in age with young celebrities' claims to fame, like Jenner, who launched her cosmetic line at just 18-years-old.

Jenner, like many, was instantly idolized at a young age for her image and by no fault of her own, helped to bring a new, not necessarily positive definition to the public standard of beauty. 

As a millennial, I've realized my personal Instagram feed is filled with makeup gurus, work out videos, and a luxury lifestyle, my Snapchat inhabited by videos of celebrities' private jets, their thin waists and thick hips.
"A 2011 Norwegian Social Research study of 1,597 people over 13-years-old found adolescent girls and young women who underwent cosmetic plastic surgery were more likely to suffer depression, alcoholism and other disorders." 
-- Reuters.com
I've deleted celebrities, including Jenner, off my social media feeds because I noticed it was making me feel poorly about myself. I started comparing my waistline and curves to people who make a living off their looks and then found myself comparing my body to immediate peers. It was a downward spiral, to sum it up.

So in other words, social media seems to have a direct influence in the depleting ritual of self esteem and rising popularity of cosmetic surgery, while cosmetic surgery in young adults has a direct correlation with mental disorders. Do your brain a favor and don't let your Instagram search page be the last thing you look at before bed.

Now of course social media and cosmetic surgeries have their benefits, but just remember ladies, as my elementary school health teacher used to say, too much of anything isn't a good thing.

If you're considered cosmetic surgery, make sure you're doing it for yourself, not because of your social media feed.

Read Reuters.com's piece here.

Monday, April 10, 2017

L'Occtaine Heals My Hands! Again!

Remember the last L'Occtaine hand cream I raved about? Well, here's another. The L'Occtaine Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Lotion, a necessity for anyone struggling to get through the winter with dry skin.
I always smell everything I apply to my body before I apply it, I think that's good general rule of thumb, and when I smelled this lotion, I knew it was going to be a good decision. The scent reminded me of baby oil and I instantly loved it. It was light, fresh and clean. I have to mention the lotion is a little greasy, but that's hardly noticeable because it absorbs so quickly. L'Occtaine works great on my hands.
I give it 5 kisses.
It's available on www.sephora.com for $32.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Use Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Concealer to Say Bye Bye to Under Eye Bags!

IT Cosmetics has produced the Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer and I couldn't be more excited.
I seldom buy makeup I see advertised on TV, but I did this time. I first got it in a little sample bag and quickly skipped over the directions because who needs those, right? The concealer was thick and hard to spread and I immediately didn't like it. But then I decided to give the directions a try. So it says to warm up the concealer in between your palms or fingers first, which solved my problem. I only needed a tiny amount for amazing coverage that lasts all day. It's by far the best concealer I've come across. And when you order the concealer from QVC, you'll get a free brush for application. It's a nice brush, but it has a cap that bends and breaks the bristles when you put it back on. I'll give the brush 3 kisses and stick to the blendSMART brush because it's gentle enough to blend this concealer with my foundation under my eye.
I give IT Cosmetic's Bye Bye Concealer 5 kisses.
It's available on www.sephora.com for $24.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler Redefines a Curl

For someone with straight eye lashes, this curler is a dream.
Its wide opening allows you to get every eyelash in the curler for the best and even curl. I actually heat my eye lash curler with a blow dryer for about 3 seconds before I use it and then hold it on my lashes for about 10 seconds. I've found that waterproof mascara holds a curl better than regular mascara does, but either way, I'll never go without my Keyvn Aucoin Eyelash Curler again. Thanks Kevyn!

I give it 5 kisses.
Available on www.sephora.com for $21.