Thursday, June 28, 2012

New styles added to Just Fab's 2 for 1 sale!

Sephora Bestsellers and Favorites

Don't know if you can see them, but I'm wearing hair clips from Mistress Rae's Decadent Designs!

Sephora Favorites - Sephora's Bestsellers   
Though it seems that unfortunately the kit is sold out, at least online (you might want to try in store if you have one nearby) you can still get the items individually - and they DO have tons of other cool "Best Sellers" kits available!

In the video I give a more in depth review of each product, but I'll give you a brief synopsis. Needless to say, every product in here was a winner. Literally everything you need to doll yourself up!
Philosophy Hope in a Jar 0.5 oz
I don't care what anybody says elsewhere, I still think this smells funny (medicinal?) when you first put it on. But no mind, the smell fades really quickly and what you're left with is skin to die for. The light squishy (!) formula glides on like air but still moisturizes in a heavenly fashion. Rich enough for winter but airy enough for summer. WACKY! And now they make a version with SPF for daytime use! YAY!

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Sin 0.05 oz
Long lasting, velvety, crease free, highly pigmented. What more can I say? Oh, and the color looks GORGE!

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube - Original Original 0.37 oz
The original and still about as good as it gets. The new squeeze tube is FABULOUS, no more wasted product, unless you're like me and will take hand tools to the hard packaged items to get the bits out...... Until I got some of this, I never realized how fast eyeshadows creased on me. I just thought that was how it was supposed to be with my greasy eyelids. No more! I have been known to remove my eye shadow and start over if I forget my primer first, it's that much a necessary part of my routine, especially with two jobs- my makeup has to last LITERALLY all day!

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Original 0.4 oz
Another "how did I live without this?" product. Makes pores visibly smaller and keeps your makeup in place for hours longer than without it. Keeps you streak free and in my case, helps keep it from sliding off! For those with super oily skin or during  the super humid months, the new Light version is really good too. (see previous review.)

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light Light 1 oz

SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Cream Lipstick The Red 04
I LOVE this lipstick! It's a perfect blue red, which is awesome for cool skin tones like mine (if you have warm tones, I'd go a lipstick that has a slight brown or orange component.) It doesn't feather and stands up to eating and drinking and smoking (I never said I'm a nun!) Usually reds seem to bleed on me, but this one stays put.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Nude 1.5 oz
Hands down THE BEST TINTED MOISTURIZER EVER. Okay, well that I've used anyway. When I use this I don't feel the need to wear foundation, simply a little concealer on my cheek scarring. It's a perfect nude and I love that it evens out my skin tone but still lets my freckles show through (hey, I LOVE my freckles!)

NARS Illuminator Orgasm 1.1 oz
This stuff is world famous the post coital glow that it gives your skin. I reflects and refracts the light to give you a lit within look. This shade is absolutely lovely on those with tan skin. On my albino skin I still prefer

high beam
for it's otherworldly, angelic sheen.

Buxom Buxom Lash Blackest Black
I suppose it's the shape of the brush, but this goes on so beautifully! oOe coat gives the same look as two coats of other brands, I can't believe how thick and full it makes my lashes. It actually gives the same effect as using a lash primer. It also seems to give them extra curl. Perfect for a night out.

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Stingray 0.01 oz

A good smooth liner that makes a perfect tight line and I can even use on my waterline which a total rarity for me. Wore this to the pool and after a day of swimming, no raccoon eyes, however it comes off quite easily with makeup remover. I love that it's a twist up so no sharpening is needed. Stila products in general make me smile :-)

Marc Jacobs Daisy size:0.24 oz concentration:Eau de Toilette formulation:Rollerball

A light scent that's perfect for summer or the office. Pretty and inoffensive, though it might not have enough oomph for you if you want prefer bold scents. I think of this as a daytime scent. For evening, switch to Marc Jacob's Lola (which actually layers on top of this pretty smoothly.)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Peek Inside Josie Maran's Purse

   Josie Maran’s resume makes us want to pull up the covers and go back to bed. This model-actress/cosmetic line creator/activist is constantly adding new titles to her name. Maran, 31, a cover girl and eco-goddess, grew up in Northern California, the daughter of a natural beauty of a mom who never wore a stitch of makeup. After steady work as the face of Maybelline for over 10 years and after logging several hundred hours in the makeup chair, she created her own line and made green-living synonymous with gorgeous. Her eponymous eco-chic cosmetic line, Josie Maran Cosmetics, is chock-full of organic and gentle ingredients (including avocado, coconut, beeswax, and shea butter), and special formulas that allow them to look and feel just like high-end luxe brands.

How does Josie, who works tirelessly but never fails to look fresh-faced, do it? We asked her to rummage around in her makeup bag and spill the beans. Read on for her model-makeup secrets.

Brand: Josie Maran
Product: Argan Oil
Price: $14

Josie Maran Argan Oil with Bonus Color Stick
Josie Maran Argan Oil with Bonus Color Stick
What is it: This is the signature product that all other Josie Maran products are based on--100% pure organic argan oil from Morocco. Also included is a bonus Rosey color stick for your lips and cheeks. Who is it for: Anyone who wants to reduce dry skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. It makes your skin feel velvety smooth. Why is it different: The argan oil is pure and organic with no chemicals and no fillers. Your skin knows what to do with it because it has one ingredient. It's also high in essential fatty acids. How do I use it: Put a few drops in your hands. Rub them together and pat onto your face, neck, hair, and everywhere. Use the Rosey color stick on your lips and your cheeks and rub to blend in. From Josie Maran. Includes:

Brand: Clarisonic
Product: Skin Care Brush
Price: $195

Clarisonic Facial Cleansing System
Clarisonic Facial Cleansing System
What is it: Sonic skin cleansing. Sonic technology first changed the way we clean our teeth--now it's changing how we cleanse our skin! This cleansing method is so gentle and effective, it is used and recommended by leading spas and dermatologists. Who is it for: All skin types. Why is it different: This sonic micro-massage gently cleans pores--loosening dirt, makeup and oil as it reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles. It's proven to remove six times more dirt, sebum, and makeup than traditional, superficial cleansing, allowing your serums and moisturizers to absorb better. Skin is left soft, pampered, radiant, and younger looking--without harsh abrasion or chemicals. It's so gentle, you can use it twice daily. You can also use it on your face, decollete, and body, if desired. How do I use it: Use for one minute twice a day, every day. It's waterproof, so you can even use it in the shower or tub. Pair it with any non-abrasive cleanser. Prior to first use, charge unit for 24 hours. Remove eye makeup. Wet your face with warm water and apply cleanser. Wet the Clarisonic brush head with warm water, press the power button, and gently move the brush in circular movements across the face. It is recommended that you use the brush for 20 seconds on the forehead, 20 seconds on the nose and mouth, and 10 seconds on each cheek. When you are finished, rinse the brush and place back in the charger. From Clarisonic.

Brand: Lulu Organics
Product: Hair Powder
Price: $9.50

Brand: Shu Uemura
Product: Eyelash Curler
Price: $19

Brand: Josie Maran
Product: Protect Daily Sun Protection Argan Oil Infused SPF 40+
Price: $32

Brand: EcoTools
Product: 5-piece Brush Set

Bamboo 5 Piece Brush Set
Bamboo 5 Piece Brush Set
This earth-friendly brush set includes 5 essential makeup brushes made with bamboo handles, synthetic Taklon bristles and a ferule made from recycled aluminum.

Price: $10.99

Brand: Josie Maran
Product: Argan Bear Naked Wipes
Price: $12

Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes 30 Wipes

Brand: Duchess Marden
Product: Damascena Pure Rose Water
Price: $25

Brand: Josie Maran
Product: Argan Tinted Moisturizer
Price: $38
Josie Maran Argan Tinted Moisturizer w/Full CoverageConceal
Josie Maran Argan Tinted Moisturizer w/Full CoverageConceal
Some days you need a little, some days you need a lot. Whatever coverage your skin requires, the lightweight formulas in this set--both infused with nourishing, organic argan oil--deliver a natural, flawless finish. The tinted moisturizer is a sheer, SPF 30 foundation, while the full-coverage concealer helps hide dark circles, redness, sunspots, and uneven skin tone. From Josie Maran. Includes:

Brand: Josie Maran
Product: GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara
Price: $22