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HD Beauty: Age Reverse System Review

IMG_8345Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of having the most amazing facial at HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique with the owner and Master Esthetician Melanie.  If you didn’t read about it, check it out.  After my facial she sent me home with an amazing gift bag of goodies including the HD Beauty: Age Reverse System a regimen that helps diminish the signs of aging and increase luminosity.  Which my skin could absolutely use and I decided I would try it out at home and see if my skin would continue to look amazing even after my facial.

I did take a pre-facial, no makeup picture before going in to the skincare boutique, so that I would be able to compare pre-treatment and post-treatment and for all of you to decide if my skin looked better.

The HD Beauty Age Reverse System has been developed by Melanie and are part of her own skincare line, that is a cosmeceutical skincare line.  She has several skin care systems and collections in addition to individual products that will help many different type of skin care concerns.

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(Photo Courtesy of HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique)

The Age Reverse System is 3 Easy Steps.  Step 1: is HD Pure, a gentle cleanser.  Step 2: HD Revitalize C-Serum 7 in 1 Rejuvinator, an anti-aging serum which improves brightness, texture and pores.  Step 3: HD Perform Multi-Complex Creme, an antioxidant moisturizer to reverse and prevent visible aging changes.

I have been using the system both in the morning and evening.  I love how the cleanser really cleans my face but it is a light cleanser so it doesn’t feel heavy afterwards.  The Serum 7 has a satin feel so I do have to say it is my favorite part.  In the morning I also add the HD Sunscreen on top of the moisturizer which Melanie was so kind to give me a sample of that.

After a week and a half of using the products, I immediately have noticed that my face is much more hydrated and the spots on my face where my skin was so dry it was flaking, and yes before I went to HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique, I was using a moisturizer daily and it was not helping.  My foundation is going on so much cleaner and smoother, which proves the point good skin makes makeup application much easier.  Another skin problem that I have is mild acne, a few key places that they pop up and that has diminished, and I could not be happier.  Also my line in between my brows, which drives me crazy looks better!  And I did not have botox, yet!

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(Photo Courtesy of HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique)

Curious about your skin type?  What could help your skin?  You can take the Skin Care Quiz and learn more or Melanie does offer Virtual Consultations and you can chat one on one and ask her questions, which is perfect if you are busy during the holiday season but need a professionals help.

How to Apply False Eyelashes

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Photo Courtesy of Ardell

Lashes are an amazing way to frame and make your eyes pop in person or in photos.  However, many of us are not blessed with long and lush lashes.   While a great mascara can help in your goal, sometimes nothing works better than false eyelashes.  Makeup artists use them for photo shoots, weddings, and event makeup, and they seem easy to apply when makeup artists use them. I promise that with a few great tricks and a practice run, you can do it just like us.

Picking Your Lashes: Decide what your overall look is, whether you want drama or just want to add to your lashes but not make them too big.  Ardell Lashes are a good choice and give you options such as individual or strips.  If you get a strip, an alternative use is to cut it in half and add lashes on the end for a winged look made easy. For a more natural look try Babies or #109.  For a more dramatic look, I love MAC Cosmetics #8, or their half lash #20.

Measuring – Testing:  Once you have picked your lash, take the lash out of the package and hold it up to your eye.  Based on your eye size you may need to trim it to fit your lid.  It is much easier to do this before you glue them on.

Prep:  To protect your own lashes apply a thin layer of mascara.  Squeeze a small amount of lash glue in a fine line.  Gently run the seam of the lashes in the glue. You do not need it to be covered in glue.  I recommend Duo Eyelash Adhesive in Black.  The glue will dry clear but while its drying it will blend in with your lashes and eyeliner.

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Photo Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

Apply:  Wait twenty seconds so that the glue gets a little tacky before you apply.  Position the false eyelashes as close to your lash line as possible.  It is easiest with a strip to start at the corner of your eye and move toward the center.  If you need to re-position, no problem.  You do not need to press on them, as the glue will do the job.  Wait a minute for glue to dry.

Once they are on:  Once you have got them both on, use an eyeliner to go over the seams.  This will give you a lined look, as well as conceal the seams of the strip.   Lastly, apply mascara to the lashes to blend them all together.

Removal:  An eye makeup remover will take them right off.  Just lightly apply some remover with your finger.  Focus on the outer corner to start and they will easily come off.

Nicki Minaj and MAC Cosmetics Collaborate on Two New Lip Colors

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Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics

Anyone who loved the first lipstick that MAC Cosmetics and Nicki Minaj created, they are back and working together to release two new lipsticks in September.  While the first one was a pink shade, these two new lipsticks are going to be nude shades.

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Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics

MAC Cosmetics is Coming to Ulta this Summer!

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MAC Lovers, great news is coming your way.  This summer you can get your favorite MAC products at Ulta.

MAC Cosmetics realized that it is not always easy for brand lovers to go get the products and they also heard customer requests to place it in Ulta Beauty Stores.

“This is a great opportunity to bring M.A.C. on stream to a whole new audience,” Karen Buglisi Weiler, M.A.C. global brand president, told WWD. “In my mind, there’s maybe a customer who shops at Ulta, but has never walked into a M.A.C. store. Maybe she’s never walked into a Nordstrom to purchase M.A.C. or maybe she’s never walked into a Macy’s.”

Ulta.com will have MAC Products available in May and customers will start seeing MAC in Ulta Stores mid-June.

 

SinfulColors Summer 2015 Collection: ‘Street Fusion’ Review

This summer, SinfulColors transports you across the globe with an on-trend collection of 29 hues that reflect the brant and eclectic chaos from around the world.  The fusion of saturated cream shades and dazzling neon appliques channel the pulsating energy of a summer evening.  The offbeat blend of spicy reds, oranges and cooling blues are perfectly paired with henna appliques and foil tips.  Juicy purples and pinks complement new matte glitter toppers that add a fashion-forward flair while graffiti-inspired splatter glitter topcoats capture the diverse and rebellious vibe of street art.

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24/7: Our hottest pink                                   

Black On Black: Dark-as-night black

Boom Boom: A pop of hot pink                   

Cherry Blossom: Metallic petal pink

Cinderella: An illuminating pastel blue           

Copper Pot: Glistening gold                         

Courtney Orange: Opalescent tangerine       

Curry Up: Iridescent lime                    

Daredevil: A pop of neon pink                         

Dream On: A brilliantly induced boysenberry     

Endless Blue: A deep wave of cobalt             

Fuji Fiji: Holographic silver glitter

GoGo Girl: Sleek & sexy candy-apple red         

Hazard: The creamiest of corals               

Hottie: Clear azure blue twinkling with silver      

Island Coral: A tropical burst of clementine

Keira Blu: Dazzling indigo                                  

Lavender: The perfect purple-y gray

Let’s Meet: Luxe lemon yellow                           

Love Nails: A gleaming turquoise            

Maroon Fine: High-shine metallic copper         

Mint Apple: A creamy teal with a touch of shimmer

Otaku Anime: Bright yellow with extra sheen     

Pink Ansen: Jagged glitter in punchy pink

Skylark: Opaque peach

Sky Tree: Sparkling teal                        

Snow Me White: Bright white

Sugar Sugar: Red-hot red

Why Not: A clear sky blue

PINATA BLAST GLITTERS

Baila Baila: Clear based peach & royal blue confetti flecks

Fierce Fiesta: Multi-hued red, pink & yellow confetti

Mamasita: Indigo splashed with ruby & white glitter

(Photo Credit: SinfulColors)
(Photo Credit: SinfulColors)
HENNA APPLIQUES
Foiled Again: Lustrous rose gold appliques

Henna I Do: Tribal-inspired delicate appliques

(Photo Credit: SinfulColors)
(Photo Credit: SinfulColors)

NEON APPLIQUES

Hot Tips: Pop-art pink and vibrant purple appliques

Neon Splat: A graffiti-style blend of electric neon appliques

Swirl: Color-blocked bright yellow, pink & violet appliques

I was fortunate enough to be sent five nail polishes from the collection; Let’s Meet, Endless Blue, Island Coral, Sugar Sugar and Neon Splat applique.  The colors are vibrant and stunning in person as they are in the photos.  The polishes go on smooth and to get the most vibrant color, I would recommend two coats of the non-glitter formulas.  The specialty glitters are perfect on top of a color or wear alone.  A great buy!

The SinfulColors Street Fusion is available for $1.99 each at Walgreens, Rite Aid and other mass retailers!  Want to be in the know follow SinfulColors on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the Look: Carey Mulligan’s 2015 Met Gala

Photo by: Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty Images Entertainment
(Photo Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty Images Entertainment)

 

The stars shined on Monday night as they attended the “China:Through The Looking Glass” Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015.  We are so lucky that our friends at Kiehl’s and Makeup Artist Georgie Eisdell have shared how to get Carey Mulligan’s beauty look.  As she definitely was a knockout!

“Carey’s look for the Met Ball was all about enhancing her natural beauty. I wanted her skin to glow but then I wanted a little drama on her lips.”

“I first prepared Carey’s skin with Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate, and then moisturized with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration and Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado for her eyes. Then I finished with Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector, I love this product so much. It’s the perfect base for makeup.”

“I then evened out her skin with Kiehl’s Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream in Fair/ Light.”

“Then, I used Tom Ford’s Illuminating Highlight Pen to brighten underneath the eye, and then used Tom Ford’s Cheek Color in Frantic Pink on the apples of the cheek for a natural flush to the cheek and then a touch of Hourglass’s Ambient Lighting Palette over the top for extra illumination.”

“I powdered really lightly, just on the high points of her face, with La Mer’s The Powder.”

“I enhanced Carey’s already perfect brows with Tom Ford’s Brow Sculptor in Taupe.”

“On Carey’s eyes, I left the lids bare of eye shadow. I just put a wash of translucent powder to even out the area, and then used Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Cocoa Mirage in the crease of her eye, ever so lightly, to create a natural contour to the eye.”

“I finished the eye with YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in Black and then a few Ardell single lashes to create a fullness to her natural lashes, keeping them looking defined and spidery.”

“I finished off her look with Tom Ford’s Matte Lip in Velvet Cherry, my favorite lip color at the moment.”

 

Kiehl’s New Technology Can Help Your Skin ASAP

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Our friends at Kiehl’s have a new skin care technology, that can help you determine your skin’s level of hydration.  Which can save you a ton of time and guessing .

Kiehl’s introduces our newest skin care technology, the Kiehl’s Dehydration Analyzer Tool (DAT), in Kiehl’s retail stores and select Kiehl’s department-store counters, to help customers determine their skin’s hydration.  Kiehl’s DAT is used by Kiehl’s Customer Representatives (KCRs) to help diagnose the health and hydration of the skin during a signature Kiehl’s Healthy Skin Check, a complimentary service offered.

The pen-like device employs bio-electric impedance technology to send an undetectable current through the surface layers of the skin, bouncing back to the device, measuring the water level in the skin by detecting the resistance to that current. The DAT is pressed gently to the customer’s cheekbone issuing a current–again, painless and completely undetectable by the customer–into the skin, which then bounces back to the device for the measurement.  Since water is an excellent conductor of electricity, the more hydrated the skin, the less resistance the current will have, so the faster the current comes back to the device, the more hydrated the skin.  A reading of 0-30% means skin is very dehydrated; 31%-50% means skin is somewhat dehydrated; and a reading of 51% and up means your skin is hydrated.

The DAT reading is quick and efficient—hydration levels can be read without any skincare preparation and over makeup.  Because hydration levels change over time, especially from season to season, we recommend that a Kiehl’s Healthy Skin Check every 3-4 months, to make sure you’re using the most appropriate products to maintain the health and hydration of the skin.

Every skin check begins with our KCRs using Skin Barrier Testing Tabs pressed onto the skin to measure the sebum level of the skin to determine skin type—normal, oily or dry. That is then followed by using the DAT to measure skin’s water level to determine the level of hydration. It’s important to remember that there’s a difference between dry skin and skin that is dehydrated. Dry skin lacks oil; while dehydrated skin lacks water. Any skin type, normal, oily or dry can suffer from dehydration.

Based on results from testing with the Skin Barrier Testing Tabs and the DAT, as well as an in-depth conversation with the customer about his or her skincare concerns and personal preferences, the KCR then recommends a personalized Kiehl’s Healthy Skin Routine to treat, moisturize and protect each customer’s skin.

If you’re interested in trying this out check at your closest Kiehl’s store.