Red Edition

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Ho ho ho babes! In the spirit of the holidays. I figured I would review Huda Beauty’s  “Red edition” liquid mini matte lip set. I’m a big fan of red lips and if you are too then this set is good for you. It’s also a great stocking stuffer for any lipstick queen.

They go on really easy and its lightweight unlike some other matte lip kits I won’t mention. You can layer the look to make it look bolder or even create an ombre look with them. I decided to go with an ombre with “famous”.

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The set includes “Showgirl”; which is a metallic red. This would be amazing to bring in the new year. Then “Famous” which is like a burgundy wine. Its a warmer tone red that looks great on almost every skin tone. Then there is “Heartbreaker” this one is one of my favorites. It’s a pinkish red but it looked more like strawberry to me. This one will look different on different skin tones. With that being said it will look good all year around. The we have “Material girl” for all those vampy suductresses out there. This one reminds me of plum wine.

Regardless which one it is, they all look fabulous. They last all day. Now don’t think this means that eating pizza or getting busy with your lover means this won’t smudge; it will. However, I still recommend them and I believe they are worth every penny. They are currently available on her site at Huda Beauty, for only $33.

That’s a swatch of the set showgirl, famous, material girl, and heartbreaker (from top to bottom). Let me know if there are any lip products you want me to test. I’ll be more than happy to be a guniea pig for all of you. Head over to my Instagram and check out my application process for this set @guiltlessglambeauty. Till next time lovelies! xoxoxo

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Visionnaire

Hi lovelies! I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend. ^-^ My weekend was extremely busy, besides the holiday I also had my brothers wedding this weekend. It was a beautiful ceremony.

Today I will be reviewing Lancome’s “visionnaire yeux” eye balm. I received a sample 20642580901-1through Sephora and I liked it so much that I went out and bought it to thoroughly try it out and give my wonderful followers my thoughts on it.

Visionnaire is supposed to reduce the appearance of crows feet, puffiness, and fatigue. I could already see a difference from the moment I tried it the first time.

It has a Hydrablur technology that blurs away imperfections. It also helps reduce the appearance of dark circles and wrinkles. To achieve these results it does take about 4 to 6 weeks of use.

It is good for all skin types and doesn’t contain any parabens or phthalates. I applied this religiously every morning and night. The only down side to this product is that Lancome only offers a .5 fl oz bottle for $65. The quantity is expected out of an eye cream but the price point is off for me. I would actually rather spend an extra $10 to purchase Bobbi Brown’s extra repair eye cream.

Even though I really liked this product and it was good. It also backed up its claims, it just did not have that wow factor for me. There are a lot of expectations for eye creams and this one just fell short. However, I still recommend this product to those that want to give it a try. For those that just don’t have that kind of money or want an extra rich and creamy eye cream then I would pass on this.

Leave me a comment below on what guys think. Would you try this product and if you did what are your thoughts? Also if there are any eye creams that you guys would like me to review let me know. I am more than willing to be a guinea for my lovely followers. Till next time everyone. xoxox

 

Light as a feather

 

Hi babes! Today I will be reviewing Ouidad’s “Advanced climate control feather-light styling cream. I have had the pleasure of previously trying and reviewing the entire Advanced climate control line. If you would like to read that post click the link: “Have a good hair day“. Thanks to Ouidad they sent me the newest product to the line.

My hair is semi curly. Meaning if left to its own devices I would look like I have a giant frizz ball on my head. So, I have to either straighten it or tame the frizz. My hair is extremely damaged to say the least from all the heat and coloring I have done to it.

However, thanks to Ouidad’s “advanced climate control” line, I can have natural curls without the frizz. My hair has been slowly restoring itself back to its former glory. I live in Florida and the humidity is something I have going against me. With this styling cream I can feel confident that my hair won’t go poof half way through it.

Anyone with curly hair will tell you that humidity is not your friend. The reason is that the structure of curly hair exposes the hair cuticles more than with straight hair. In a sense it leaves your hair vulnerable to unwanted volume, unruliness, and dullness.

The entire line helps combat this. The added benefit about the styling cream is that it does not weigh your hair down. It’s super light while leaving your hair feeling natural, without the  feeling like you have a ton of product in your hair.

The styling cream contain key ingredients that nourish your hair while sealing your cuticles to lock out humidity. It also has a UV filter to protect your hair against sun damage.

One of these key ingredients is Olive oil. This helps clean your scalp and tame your frizz. It also helps improve hair elasticity and helps prevent breakage. It also contains meadowfoam seed oil, which helps hydrate your hair and scalp. It also helps fight dandruff and aid with hair loss prevention. While soy bean oil helps your hair keeps its natural shine.

Like any product if you want to get the best results, use as directed. Ouidad has a good video on their site on they rake and shake technique. Here are the written directions to the technique: Divide damp hair into sections. Rake a nickel-size amount of cream through each section, using fingertips to seal and smooth the cuticle from roots to ends. When finished, hold the ends of hair in each section and shake to create curls. Let hair air-dry for more relaxed curls or blow-dry with a diffuser for more bounce.

Final results with combining the styling cream and their rake and shake technique:

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If you would like to see a tutorial on this look leave a comment below. Well till next time lovelies! xoxo!

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Clean Queen

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Hi babes! I’m back again for another review. Today I will be reviewing Tarte’s vegan deodorant, “Clean Queen”. I’m a big fan of Tarte and when I found out they had a vegan deodorant, I just had to try it out.

Clean queen is aluminum free and alcohol free. Why is this good? Well Aluminum has been found to be linked to certain types of cancer cells. Cancer runs in my family, so every little bit helps. Did you know according to the American Cancer Society, that nearly half of all men and a little more than one-third of all women in the United States will have cancer during their lifetimes. So, anything that helps you reduce the risks gets a thumbs up from me.

It is also a natural deodorant that have a ton of natural odor neutralizers without irritation. It conditions the skin and leaving your skin feeling smooth. This important for me because most women tend to shave and the skin in that area tends to be more coarse than normal.

It’s a cream to powder formula that is not supposed to leave any white marks. While it is cream and dries as a powder, if you put on a shirt while it is drying, it will leave a mark. I have yet to find a deodorant that doesn’t leave a mark.

It provides long-lasting daily odor defense, even on the most sensitive skin, with natural plant starches to fight odor without disturbing normal perspiration. This is also not the case. I started out with just the one application daily and I would suffer from BO by the end of the day. This was embarrassing to say the least and this was on one of my off days when I didn’t work out. The days I did work out, OMG it was the worst. I was grateful for working out at home.

At this point I couldn’t believe that Tarte would release such a bad deodorant. I read some reviews and people liked it. I decided to do research on natural deodorants. Apparently there is a transition period when you switch from normal deodorant to natural ones. Since everyone has a different body chemistry this time period can vary.

Aluminum to clog the sweat glands and block sweat from escaping. The experience can be different for everyone. You can let out under arm moisture like crazy, luckily this didn’t happen to me. This happens because once your glands are unclogged, they may release fluids previously blocked by aluminum in antiperspirants, causing an increase in moisture.

What I did experience was an increase in odor. This can happen to some, again it all depends on your body chemistry. Apparently when the the flushing of the system and increased apocrine sweat gland activity results in increased moisture and sweat which interacts with odor-causing bacteria.

There is also increased sensitivity. This also did not happen to me. With a hypothetical increase in bacteria and backup being released via the lymphatic system, it may be that some individuals experience increased sensitivity or tenderness as the body filters out undesired materials.

After learning everything about switching over, I was beginning to feel frustrated. I didn’t know what to do. The only resolution I came up with was to reapply it whenever I would start to feel excess moisture building up, in order to avoid the stink. At this point I was applying it 2 to 3 times a day on a normal day. On days that I worked out I applied right before and after my workout (if you go to the gym and don’t shower there).

The price point of this deodorant is $14 and is not availability in stores can vary. To be honest it was not worth it. I might give it another go to see if it was just the transition thing. Right now though I’m trying Native deodorant. I read really good reviews on it and Allure magazine named it as a natural deodorant that actually works. Till another time babes! xoxo

 

Bring On The Bright

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Hi babes! I’m going to be reviewing the “White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel” by Erno Laszlo. I was able to try this product for free thanks to Influenster and Erno Laszlo.

It’s a clarifying two-step peel. It gently polishes skin and lightens dark spots and discoloration. Your complexion instantly feels polished and new. Furthermore, you skin will look more radiant, brighter, and smoother. There are protective antioxidants and collagen booster; with these two combines it helps refine and renew your skin.

From the first time of use it has made my skin softer and smooth. I have slightly textured skin on my left side from acne I had during my pregnancy as well as some dark spots. They have lighten as well. I have been only using this product for a month and the results are amazing. I feel like if I keep using this product it will not only slow down the aging process but also make my dark spots nearly vanish. I will be posting and update once I have thoroughly used this product.

I did some research on why this peel worked so well. Some of the ingredients in it are pretty amazing for the skin. Before I get to that I always recommend that getting enough rest and water are essential to having great looking skin. Besides using SPF in your daily skin care routine, make sure not to get too much sun. I know that sounds ridiculous and hard to do but its all about how important you skin is to you. Your skin is the largest organ of the human body and the first line of defense; you should take care of it.

This fabulous peel contains vitamin C. Why is this important for you skin? Well that is because not only does it help with dark spots, dullness but it brightens the skin and contains a powerful antioxidants that help boost collagen levels that help combat the aging process.

Collagen is a structural support protein that is essential for firm, youthful skin. Overall, the amount of collagen in the skin tends to decline with age, an ongoing process that is accelerated by a number of factors like sunlight, smoking, free radicals, and inflammation. As the synthesis of new collagen slows down, topical vitamin C is one of the most effective ways to boost collagen synthesis and slow its degradation.

In Tibet during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), women who wanted to fight the outward signs of premature aging would rub sea buckthorn on their face and hands. The golden-orange berries of the sea buckhorn plant yield a deep-colored oil that is a major source of vitamin C.

It also contains carrot seed oil. This is important because it helps with by balancing dry skin, while helping with age spots and sun damage. Scientists think this has something to do with the “carotol,” a primary component found in carrot seed oil. Rumor has it that this can also help with sensitive skin as well. It can help moisturize dry skin and oily skin without clogging your pores. In other words this is great for all skin types.

Another key ingredient is lactic acid. This helps to exfoliate the skin without irritating it. This ingredient is controversial because some say it can lead to increased sun damage. While others say it can help reduce the appearance of aging, and they can be an especially good remedy against fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of premature aging from sun damage. Lactic acid is an alpa-hydroxy acid.

Not all skin texture problems can be solved with an AHA product. If your skin develops thick patches or there are areas of swelling and lactic acid doesn’t seem to be working, it’s time to see a doctor. Some skin conditions are caused by rosacea, skin cancer and other underlying illnesses such as diabetes, a vitamin deficiency or a thyroid problem.

AHA peels are used with good outcomes for people with pigmentation conditions such as melasma, lentigo or freckles, and may help reduce or improve the appearance of acne scars. The reason there is concern over lactic acid and increased sun damage is that using lactic acid creams, lotions and peels also increases your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so it’s important to be vigilant about sun protection, from regular applications of sunscreen to remembering to wear a hat, every day.

Like how I mentioned earlier this is a dual step process. Step 1: After you have washed and toned your face (Yes! tone before you use this product.), smooth peel over your face. Massage gently in circular motions for 3 minutes. Step 2: Mix the activator in your hands and massage onto your face over the peel. After one minute, rinse well with warm water and pat dry. At this point you can following with your face cream. You can do this once a week. I wouldn’t do it more just in case you might irritate your skin.

Another good things about this peel is that it does not contain any parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, sulfates and mineral oils. The peel costs $100 but it is worth it. You know I don’t really like over prices things that just do what other products do. However, this is something that everyone should be doing and it is a lot cheaper than getting a facial done at a salon. Well there you have it babes. Till next time. xoxo

 

Benefit’s Kabrow Vs. ABH Dipbrow

 

Hi babes!! I’m going to be doing a side by side comparison on Benefit’s Kabrow and Anastasia Beverly Hill’s dipbrow pomade. I’m a big fan of both products and I have both and I decided to blog about it just in case some of you were having a hard time picking one or the other.

Kabrow is a cream gel. It is buildable for however natural or dramatic you may want your brows to be. This depends on the look I’m going for with me. There is an angled brush that comes with it. Apparently it is supposed to convert to a full size brush but I haven’t been able to figure it out. I’ve been using it the way it comes. The application is still precise for me. It backs up the claims about lasting for 24 hours and being waterproof.

ABH’s dipbrow pomade there is a lot of hype for this brow product. It’s a buildaable matte pomade that is supposed to stay put. I have combination skin; the area around my eyebrows tends to be oily. I need a smudge proof brow product. Unfortunately, ABH failed the test when it came to this. Another down side is that if you don’t already have an angled brush, you need to get one. What is great about this product is that it’s available in more shades than the Kabrow. However, I really like this product for everyday use. If you’re trying to go for a natural look, then I definitely recommend this.

Well I leave it up to you babes. If you are an ultimate glam queen that needs smudge proof brows than go for Kabrow. If you like the more tone down beauty looks than I recommend the ABH dipbrow pomade. Till next lovelies!! xoxo

Sephora Birthday Gift 2017

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Hi babes!! I’m reviewing my Sephora birthday gift. This year you had the choice between a Tarte sample set; that brought a small blush and a lip paint mini. I already had those so I went with the Claudalie set. It came with the Vinoperfect radiance serum and the Vinosource moisturizing sorbet cream.

The serum is an anti-dark spot serum. Not only does it help lighten dark spots but it also helps with preventing them. It also helps boost radiance and even out skin tone. It’s an oil free product that is ideal for all skin types. In order to see results you should at least try this product for a minimum of 3 months.

It has definitely helped with my dark spots and has made my skin more radiant. I have that inner glow like when I was pregnant with my little ones. The bottle design was great for easy application. You put it on after you tone and before you moisturize; day and night. Like any product use as directed to get the desired results. If you’re looking to perfect your complexion then I recommend this hands down.

The cream melts right into your skin without leaving a residue. Its lightweight and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and hydrated. Thanks to its “quick break” lipophilic technology, this cream to gel moisturizer will go onto the skin as a cream & finish as a gel on contact, creating a patch of moisture to help soothe, hydrate and strengthen the skin.

My skin said “thank you”, because it felt to hydrated ever time I used it. My skin felt supple. It is indeed a lightweight cream, so, I felt very comfortable day or night. My skin was the perfect canvas during the day. I didn’t have to use a primer prior to my makeup application. You only need to use a pea size amount and you’re good to go. If you are looking to use less product on your face when you put on makeup then I recommend this product, other wise I’ll say you can do with out.

I always end up loving my birthday gift from Sephora. I recommend becoming a rewards members. You end up getting goodies just like this one. The serum is a must try; and the cream is something that I leave up to you. Treat yourselves from time to time and till next time lovelies!! xoxo