December 19, 2014

THE BODY SHOP: LAST MINUTE GIFT GUIDE!

HAPPY FRIDAY GORGEOUS READERS!

I have some exciting news to share with last minute shoppers and procrastinators alike! Publicity over at The Body Shop sent me some gift tips and ideas to share with my members. There's something on the list for everyone in your life and it's not too late to receive your items by Christmas. Plus don't forget --The Body Shop is cruelty free and has teamed up with War Child, the global charity for children affected by war, to grant the wish of an education in war torn communities --so your purchase helps others. Have a fabulous weekend! Stay Beautiful! XOXO
 
For the Super-Indulgent Sweet ToothGive your loves something perfectly sweet to obsess over with The Body Shop Vanilla Brûlée Tube of Treasures ($20).  This gem includes your favorite Vanilla Brûlée products including travel-sized body butter, body polish, full-sized shower gel and bath lily in our exquisite candy striped tin – no wrapping required!
For the Mani-ManiacGets hands on with one of the Handy Manicure Sets ($20).  This The Body Shop Handy Manicure Set with will be fulfilled with a rich, full-sized hand cream (in Hemp, Almond, Absinthe or Wild Rose), nail clippers, buffer and a file! 

  
 For the Flirtatious FriendGive your friends a reason to pucker up with The Body Shop Candy Kisses ($20) that offer a selection of 5 luscious lip butter flavors! 

   

Or  Blush over The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Doll ($16)  the ultimate 2-in-1 accessory that fits in her stocking and her purse! 

 For The Dapper Mo-Vember Man Who Kept His Beard Celebrate facial hair by giving him The Body Shop Modern Gent’s Shaving Kit ($40  Who said men are hard to shop for?

  
 Available in-store and online, these gifts (and so much more) are the sweetest delights any one could wish for!  

Availability: The Body Shop

December 18, 2014

Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo Foundation Light 42

I reviewed the Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo Foundation in Shade Light 42 last year and although the color was a perfect match I had some issues with the formula so I returned it. After experiencing some issues with other dry foundations I realized there are certain techniques in working around the matte type formula so I figured why not give it another chance. Of course this particular light shade was sold out and rumors of the color being discontinued forever was the talk of fair skin beauty bloggers. I took a chance and added my name to the Sephora wait list just in case they stocked it again and a year and a half later I received a buy now email. And to my surprise the formula --while still on the dry side-- has been greatly improved upon.

 A high-pigment foundation for full coverage with long-lasting, beautiful finish. Kat created this foundation to provide exceptional coverage, without compromising a smooth, striking finish. Formulated with 21 percent pigment, powerful formula was developed to match a broad range of skintones with bold coverage—the proprietary pigments can effectively cover tattoos. The combination of raw materials and best siliconic elastomers and siliconic esters provide 24-hour wear with transfer resistance. Natural polymers absorb oil for a matte, soft finish and the added emollients provide a velvety texture for perfectly smooth, hydrated skin. This foundation has been formulated to work synergistically with Kat’s Rehab Priming Elixir, Tattoo Concealer, and Lock ‘N Load Setting Mist. 
 
Formula: Being highly pigmented --you need just the barest amount at a time-- so if you need to build up coverage I suggest you work really fast because it drys down matte to a powder-like finish rather quickly even though it seems like a better formula allowing for a smoother application. It provides light to medium coverage and feels lightweight on the skin while giving you decent all day long wear. However be warned this is best suited for very oily skin types as something in the formula is meant to keep oiliness at bay. I don't really consider myself as having dry skin -- it's more like normal/slightly dry in the winter and oilier in the summer --so while this this foundation absorbs rapidly I was able to counteract the issue with a really good serum booster and a moisturizing primer before application. KVD makes a primer elixir that is meant to work with this make-up. I have yet to try it but I'm mentioning it here for those who wish to use the two products in conjunction. It's also very tricky to apply -- you need the right brush and after several attempts -- I found that a firmly packed round airbrush foundation brush works best and it's better applied by blending the product in circular motions. Trying to stipple the foundation with a flat head foundation brush just increased the pasty look of the formula. Another great application technique is by using the Beauty Blender sponge -- keeping in mind to pat the make-up quickly with the sponge. I would refrain from trying to use this on skin with dry patches as it looks best on days when your not experiencing any issues. Shade: Light 42 is a perfect match for fair skin --with no red/beige/dirty yellow pigments-- it's slightly neutral even though the description says pink undertones. While the formula feels like an improvement in my opinion --it could use a little more moisture-- but with patience and practice you can get away with the minor flaws here. Who else has been waiting for this foundation to go back in stock? Stay Beautiful! XOXO

Availability: Sephora Exclusive Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo Foundation $34

December 17, 2014

S.M.A.R.T. SKIN PERFECTING SERUM+PRIMER

Sometime during the start of this year I came across an interesting product, S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting Serum + Primer. Being one who likes to try new things I checked out the website and the description on this intrigued me even more. Alas the price point seemed ridiculous for a primer at the time. After noticing they were having a huge sale at some point I figure why not splurge since it's discounted but found it was listed as sold out. And every time I check it's always sold out --as a matter of fact it's still out of stock today. Really? An entire year has passed and its still not available. Anyhow in a strange coincidence a friend of mine had two unused bottles and was nice enough to sell me one at a discount. I ended up paying way below half the retail price. This was back in early July and after using it for over two months it completely slipped my mind to review it. Since I'm trying to finish product reviews in my dashboards draft box, I'm reviewing it today.

 This smart new serum is an easy-to-wear formula made to work with all skin types, including oily and very sensitive skin, with or without makeup. The Serum+Primer combines natural moisturizers, fruits, and botanicals such as squalane from brazilian sugar cane, apple, watermelon, lentil, rice and soybean protein; it delivers a serious daily anti-aging treatment that also works hard as a makeup primer, providing all day perfection starting at the skin. The Serum+Primer may also be used under the eyes and on the lips for immediate line smoothing effect.

Formula: This serum/primer has a very water like fluid consistency. It's not like your typical velvety primer but because of it's fluidity the product will last you longer. My bottle lasted almost three months. It's devoid of any scent and and it's non-irritating on my sensitive skin. As a serum it didn't really add any moisture probably due to the super rapid absorption but it leaves a really matte finish behind. If you have super dry skin and prefer a little more glow on your face then this isn't your ideal product. As a primer I found it interfered with my foundation and what I mean is that after applying this then my foundation -- it was hard to smooth out the make-up on my skin. This serum acted as some type of barrier that made my skin too dry to blend other products evenly --although wearing it on it's own was no problem. As for using it under my eyes to lighten dark circles --which is what the site claims is one of the serum's best feature-- after almost three months of use twice daily no under eye lightening results were seen. For  my skin type --normal/dry combo-- it's not a good match. I don't think I'll be buying this in the future and I'm grateful my friend allowed me to try the product for less the cost. In my honest opinion the price isn't justifiable from the results or lack thereof that I have experienced. Has anyone else tried this? That's if you actually found it while it was in stock. Stay Beautiful! XOXO

Availability: Grand Central Beauty SMART SERUM+PRIMER $68 1.7 oz
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