December 17, 2014

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

Sometime during the start of this year --during spring-- 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 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 reviews on products sitting in my dashboards draft box I'm reviewing it for you guy's 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 cost 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

December 16, 2014

Victoria's Secret NEW! Weightless Hair Oil

I purchased the New! Victoria's Secret Hair Weightless Hair Oil last week and have used it a few times already. One thing that struck me as an improvement from their other hair products was the scent. While it's not as creamy as I'd like --it's lighter and fresher-- it does smells really nice. Hair oil is perfect for dry split ends -- just be careful not to douse your crown with oil because it weighs the hair down.

This miracle oil does it all: conditions with intense moisture, helps mend split ends and eliminates frizz, all while adding healthy shine. Fragrance notes: Crushed leaves, freesia and water hyacinth.
 
Formula: I found the oil to be very lightweight and silky. In terms of the consistency it can be likened to Bumble + Bumble Invisible Hair oil --only more affordable. The scent is refreshing and a tad bit fruity but still contains a floral nose although it's soft and not a nauseating crisp type of flower. My best preference in applying this is on my wet hair right out of the shower. I apply a few drops to my palms, work it through then comb my hair --styling and drying as usual. If I need more on my ends --which I generally do-- I simply apply a little more at the tips. A small amount goes a long way with this so the giant five ounce bottle will last you quite some time. I definitely recommend you check it out. Who loves a shiny head of curls? Or straight and shiny -- either way.  Stay beautiful! XOXO

Availability: Victoria's Secret Hair Oil $14 5 ounces

December 15, 2014

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette

 HAPPY MONDAY GORGEOUS READERS!

The new Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette is a limited edition product available exclusively at Sephora. It's an ode to alluring colors inspired by the moon at dark. I know it sounds silly but the packaging alone is gorgeous --holographic-- and I'm a sucker for anything remotely galactic in beauty products. I find the cool-tones, neutral and silvery pearl range of shades always compliment my fair skin better --although I can wear both warm and cool colors-- somehow I'm attracted to the frosty shades more often.

A limited-edition eye shadow palette featuring 12 unexpected, celestial neutrals with shimmer and matte finishes. Experience the bolder side of neutral with this lunar-inspired palette of cool, cosmic colors. These 12 new provocative shades are brilliantly arranged into three quads, each featuring a large, versatile base or highlighter shade with a corresponding trio of accent hues—from irresistible silvers to moon-dust nudes and smoldering earth tones in pearl and matte finishes. These ultrasmooth eye shadows are milled with a triple-jet process to yield rich pigment in just one swipe while delivering ultimate blendablity and crease-free wear.This set contains: 3  Eye shadows in Gravitron (soft iridescent pink), Vast (pearlized taupe), Lycan (matte cream) 9 x 0.04 oz Eye shadows in Night Crawler (matte dusty beige), Dios (silvery gray iridescence), Lunacy (rich pearlized purple), Astrological (pale lilac sheen), Darkstar (purplish pewter), Orion (matte chocolate brown), 3am (metallic champagne), Moonshine (metallic silver), Killing Moon (matte black) All shades are infused with rose extract and vitamins A, C, and Vitamin E to keep eyelids hydrated and protected.

Formula: I didn't swatch these because they're like the same KVD shadows from other sets in terms of high pigmentation --and I'm really busy with other projects at the moment. They're more deeply concentrated in coloring from the photo --the flash washes them out-- and several have a lovely metallic sheen. There's no glitter with a high pigmentation, silky, creamy and bulidable formula. The top three shades can be worn alone or used as base/highlighter shades and are more semi-sheer than the bottom row shades. I have to mention the new cream formula doesn't even feel like cream. At first I thought it was a creamy powder shadow --this is an improvement in my opinion because the older cream shadows would harden up and turn dry. Major improvement! All of the colors are completely new here and my faves so far are Lunacy, Astrological, Darkstar and the creamy highlighter in Lycan. These shades are everyday wearable colors for all skin tones and perfect for layering when creating dramatic evening looks. Definitely a must have palette for neutral, cool-tone addicts. Let your INNERSTELLAR shine! Stay Beautiful! XOXO

Availability:Sephora Kat Von D Innerstellar Shadow Palette $46
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