9.10.2011

Beauty Blog Link Love


Check out FabDiva20's Gold Stroke Recreation Look inspired by Fullybeatable!

Read all about Krasey Beauty's purple hair transformation!

Musicalhouses shows you the Sleek Au Naturel Palette swatches from the Nude Collection, the first neutral and permanent collection to be launched by Sleek Makeup!

At Musing on Beauty, Mariella can't help but go back for more Chanel Fall!

Jen from A Beauty Junkie in London is currently loving Carmex Moisture Plus!

Whitney's World of Beauty swatches, reviews and shares her FOTD with newer products from Physicians Formula!

$115 foundation!? Fleurissante checks if Sisley Phyto Teint Eclat is really worth it.

Back to school this week (or not), be sure to check out Shivani of Adorable On Your Vanity's top 5 natural glosses.

At Beauty Reflections, see how the new Sephora Smoky Kohl Eyeliner performs!

Do you suffer from dark circles or puffiness? Sherrie from Mirror, Mirror On The Wall is on the quest to find the best products for dark circles. Check out her RAVE review of Estee Lauders Cooling Eye Illuminator.

Is it that time of year already? Anita at Pleasureflush looks at Guerlain's Holiday 2011 collection: Belle de Nuit.

L from Beautifully Addicted To runs you through her must have Autumn and Winter nails.

Ready for fun new Fall makeup? Pammy Blogs Beauty scopes out the new Pixi Fall 2011 offerings and Pixi creator Petra's new blog.

Polish Insomniac has started cataloging her entire collection for insurance purposes - should you?

LaaLaa Monroe at Dolce Vanity is being enticed by the feathers of the peacock, and turns this desire into a nail art design.


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Do you have an awesome make up setup? If so, check out Spiced Beauty's new contest to win a OttLite Natural Makeup mirror.

Beauty Info Zone did a little shopping at MAC, found someMAC Me Over favorites, and chose some for a giveaway.

9.04.2011

Physicians Formula Review


I think I've fallen in love with this particular brand of cosmetics!
You'll see at the very end of this post that I did an FOTD using everything here.
I seriously could NOT even feel this makeup on my face! It is so lightweight, free of any parabens and it's hypoallergenic. I can actually FEEL the difference between this and other cosmetic brands.

Happy Booster™ Glow & Mood Boosting Powder

$13.95

Ultra-smooth, perfecting powder in a complementary palette of color blends together to even out skin tone with a flawless radiance.
Vibrant pink heart gives cheeks a healthy pop of color.
Infused with our Happy Boost Blend, featuring Happy Skin and Euphoryl, natural plant extracts which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of Endorphins and helping protect the skin from environmental stress.
The sweet scent of Violet provides a feeling of joy each time you apply.
Shade is Light Bronze
Hypoallergenic. Paraben free. Dermatologist approved. Non-Comedogenic.
Whitz Wordz:
I LOVE THIS BRONZER!!! It isn't at all orangey as you can see. It has a sheen to it, that is not an overspray (which is why I swatched it twice). I recommend this for fair to light skintones. I wish I had the other color to compare the two (Light Bronze and Bronze). All in all, I am VERY happy with this silky, smooth, buttery bronzer. It creates a glowy complexion without glitter and harsh chemicals.

Happy Booster™ Glow & Mood Boosting Blush

$11.95
Ultra-soft and blendable blushing powder features a fresh and vibrant mix of blushing tones infused with a pop of color to create a healthy glow.
Multi-reflective pearls provide a soft iridescence to highlight contour and add radiance to cheeks.
Infused with our Happy Boost Blend, featuring Happy Skin and Euphoryl, natural plant extracts which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of Endorphins and helping protect the skin from environmental stress.
The sweet scent of Violet provides a feeling of joy each time you apply.
Hypoallergenic. Non-comedogenic. Paraben-free. Dermatologist approved.
Shade is Rose
Whitz Wordz:
I'm loving these two Happy Booster products I was sent. This is the blush in Rose- I wish I had the other shade in Natural to do a comparison swatch. This has a ton of pigmentation so I recommend using a light hand while applying it to your cheeks. In all honesty, I didn't know if I was going to like this color but somehow it worked really well with my skintone and I was pleasantly surprised (see FOTD pictures at the end of this post). It is a warmer pink that can turn slightly peachy, which might work well with most skintones.
Use tips from Celebrity Makeup Artist Joanna Schlip to bronze and blush your way to a beautiful complexion!
Bronzer 101 – the power of 3
  • Bronzer can be applied anywhere the sun would naturally hit your face - a bit on the nose, cheekbones, etc. For a more concrete application method, I like to create a "3" by swiping from the temple to the cheek to the jawline. No matter WHAT - always, always, always blend bronzer well and extend to neck and ears. There is nothing worse than an obvious line where your product ends and natural skin tone begins. Hope this helps!
Use bronzers to give yourself high cheek bones and a thinner face – no surgery required!
  • Select an illuminating shade and apply on cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose and on the chin to create dimension and "slim" facial features. Voila!
In love with bronzers? Make it a year ‘round affair!
  • Personally I like a little color all year round, so I wear bronzer throughout the winter. It perks up the skin and makes you look refreshed. However, if you are afraid that your current bronzer might be a bit too dark (ie. too fake-looking) for the cooler months, try a lighter shade. If in the summer you might wear light to medium, bump it down to fair to light for more natural looking color.
Blush 101 – It will make you blush
  • The best way to blush is to simply SMILE, and apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. It instantly bestows a youthful radiance!
What’s the best shade of blush?
  • I tend to think blush is a fun cosmetic to play around with, regardless of hair color. A pop of pink or a punch of apricot will instantly wake up the face. That said, you don’t want to appear streaky or have it be too drastic against your skin, so definitely remember to blend, blend, blend. A buildable formula, like Happy Booster Blush, would be great… brush on a light layer and see what works for you from there.
Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio
$10.95
The perfect set of three eyeliners to enhance your eye color and provide glamorous definition!
Long-wearing, water-resistant and smudge-resistant formula for 24-Hour wear.
Hypoallergenic. Fragrance free. Paraben free. Dermatologist approved. Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
Shade is Brown Eyes
Apply eyeliner at the base of upper lashes. Layer shades together for endless looks. For more defined eyes, apply along lower lash line as well.
Whitz Wordz:
I am a huge fan of mechanical (or "twist-up") eyeliners. I am constantly on the hunt for waterproof mechanical pencils. I found another winner!! Well, technically I found three of them :)
In my FOTD, I use the purple shade and smudged it then applied the black to my upper-rim and close to the top-roots of my lashes. I put the purple on my lower waterline and espresso (brown) on the outer bottom corners. TALK ABOUT WATERPROOF! These are amazing! First of all, they go on soo soo silky and smooth- like butter. Once they dry, they don't budge. Plus. they are not irritating at all. 
Black
Espresso
Purple
Barely comes off when I was harshly rubbing and scrubbing my hand with water.
In fact, I had to use soap and water and it took my a long time to remove.


Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Jumbo Lash Mascara

BUY IT HERE

$9.95
100% of the Total Ingredients are from Natural Origin. 
47% of the Total Ingredients are from Organic Farming. 
100% Dramatic Volume & Glamour. 
OrganiSoy® Moisturizes and helps nourish lashes. 
Eco-Olive(r) a natural antioxidant, shields lashes from harsh environmental aggressors. 
 Hypoallergenic. Fragrance free. Opthamologist approved.
Whitz Wordz:
I've seen this mascara around the blogs and I was curious to try it out. In my opinion, a girl can never own too many mascaras! First off, the brush is HUGE- so if you aren't too keen on a large brush, then skip this product altogether. I was surprised at how much I liked this mascara. It actually held my curl and it isn't waterproof! It separates, lengthens and thickens. Now, my only rant is that it does smudge and you CAN cry this off (count on me in my third trimester of hormonal and emotional pregnancy to test that). It does not make your lashes crispy or hard, in fact it has ingredients that actually soothes and moisturizes. In the picture below I compare the size of the brush to a mechanical eye pencil.

Cashmere Wear™ Ultra-Smoothing Bronzer

$13.95
 Ultra-luxurious powder with the classic look and feel of cashmere leaves skin feeling smooth, soft and nourished.
Pearlescent bronze and gold are delicately woven together to deliver a rich, warm glow. 
 Skin radiates with a youthful bronze glow that lasts all day.
 Hypoallergenic. Fragrance free. Oil-free. Non-comedogenic. Dermatologist approved.
 Shade is Light Bronzer
Whitz Wordz:
I do like this bronzer but not as much as the Happy Booster one. This is so light it adds some color to the skin, but it is a little on the yellow side unfortunately. I used this after my foundation and powder, it gave me some color *NOT BRONZE. Maybe the other shade is more of a bronzer because this doesn't really do anything in the way of contouring or bronzing my skin. With that said, it doesn't mean it's a horrible product- I actually liked that I can put it all over to give me a boost. So for me, it goes after my powder and before my bronzer.

Mineral Wear™ Talc-Free Mineral Correcting Primer

$10.95
In one simple step, this versatile primer color-corrects imperfections, smoothes skin texture, fills in fine lines and boosts makeup's staying power. 
 Ultra-convenient twist-pen with attached brush applicator allows for easy blending and effortless application.
 Hypoallergenic. Fragrance free. Paraben free. Non-Comedogenic. Oil Free. Dermatologist approved.
 Shade is Pink Highlighter
 For first application allow 10-15 twists for product to flow through the applicator. After first use, twist 1-2 times for the perfect dose. Using the brush, apply to the center of the face, sweeping outward in upward movements. Gently use fingertips to blend into skin. Use alone or under makeup.
Whitz Wordz:
This is a product I didn't think I would like as much as I do- quite unexpected. The shade "Pink Highlighter" is literally a Pepto-Bismol pink! I like that this helps to brighten the skin. If you have alot of "brown-spots" or "sun-spots" then this is nice to help brighten those spots so they aren't as apparent. It is a light color-corrector and the makeup glides on really smoothly over it. I am interested in trying Nude!
What makes Mineral Wear® your ultimate choice in mineral makeup?
It’s the MineralsMineral Wear® features the finest selection of minerals:
  • Mineral Extracts, including Malachite, Rhodochrosite and Smithsonite help protect skin from environmental stress and enhance collagen production.
  • Mineral Water enriched with skin beneficial minerals, like calcium and magnesium, enables us to create mineral cream and liquid formulations
  • Boron Nitride for a soft natural glow
  • Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide provide natural mineral sunscreens
  • Mica, a gentle and lightweight mineral, provides a smooth, natural coverage
It’s the Natural WearMineral Wear® allows for a flawless complexion with a soft, luminous glow and a smooth, “second skin” feel and finish.
  • No shimmery, cakey finish like other leading mineral products.
  • No Talc for a non-chalky finish.
It’s the Minimalist ApproachMineral Wear® uses less ingredients to minimize the risk of irritation
  • Minimalist formulas allow skin to breathe and help reduce the risk of irritation and breakout.
It’s the Minerals AND VitaminsMineral Wear® formulas are infused with vitamins too!
  • Vitamins A & E derivatives, natural anti-oxidants which help protect and condition the skin.
  • Cream formulas are enriched with Mineral Water and Mineral Extracts to nourish the skin.
It’s from the Sensitive Skin Expert – Physicians Formula®
All of our products are Hypoallergenic, Fragrance-free, Dermatologist Approved and Safe for Sensitive Skin.

Our formulas are free of over 100 known irritating ingredients still found in many cosmetics on the market today.

FOTD
What I used
Left to Right:
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Correcting Primer (in Pink Highlighter), Jan Marini C-Esta Perfection Treatment Foundation (in Neutral), Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation (in 15 Opal), MAC Fix +, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (in Light/Medium)

 Left to right:
Cashmere Wear Ultra-Smoothing Bronzer (in Light Bronzer), Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Powder (in Light Bronzer), Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush (in Rose)

Left to Right:
Urban Decay Primer Potion (in Eden), Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio (in Brown Eyes), Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curler, Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Jumbo Lash Mascara

FTC Disclaimer:
The following products were sent to me for a product review.