Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Let's Talk Polish

Milani Glitter polishes to be precise...

It's been awhile since a Let's Talk Polish post I know. Lemme tell yuh, these are pretty hard to compile; but it's definitely overdue.

If you follow us on Facebook and Instagram you know that Paradise Beauty Supply are selling out some of their older stock. These Milani glitter polishes were $2 but then they raised them to $5. Still that's half of what you'd pay in #1 Beauty Supply etc.

A section of the sale table in Paradise Beauty Supply

The reason is that Milani has repackaged their nail polishes so it's literally a case of 'out with the old in the new'...if only more stores in Barbados would shed their dated stock in this fashion.

But I digress, the news of this sale table is definitely a hit amongst us Mavenz and I most certainly got a few of these polishes to try for myself. I also got a few, along with other Milani items, to use as gifts-with-purchase for our Marketplace shoppers ;)

I don't know why I didn't try the Milani polishes before - apart from the obvious reason that I already have too many polishes - but at that price, I couldn't resist.

Jewel FX 'Lavender' and 'Teal' 
3D Holographic 'Cyberspace'

Within the glitter range there are some differences: the holographic ones and some others are densely packed with micro shimmer so they can be worn alone. The Jewel FX range (some aren't labelled as that but look very similar in the bottle) are made up of large and mini hexagons and look better as toppers.

I haven't worn all the ones I got yet,

'Fuchsia' and 3D Holographic 'Hi-Res'
3D Holographic 'HD' and 'Diamond Dazzle'

but so far wear time seems to be the average three days without chipping. Again, I don't baby my hands so you could have better results if you do. At $5 I think they're great for accent nail polish options. Paired with a good top coat the shine is incredible. Create statement manicures for cheap!

Have you tried any of these Milani polishes? They're still a few left in Paradise Beauty Supply if you wanna check them out. I've seen the new bottles in iMart Bridge Street for $10.95. Do you think that's a fair price? Lets discuss it in the comments.

L- R: Jewel FX 'Lavender', 'Lavender Fix', 'Twinkle', 'Teal', 3D Holographic 'Cyberspace', and 'Pink Flare'

Monday, 18 May 2015

L'Oreal 'The Scrublet' As A Brush Cleansing Tool

If you've ever tried any of the cleansers from L'Oreal Go 360 Clean range you know about The Scrublet. According to L'Oreal, the "Easy-to-use: Scrublet cleanses pore-by-pore with a fuss-free cleansing process". image

I've used one of the cleansers before but decided to pick up another one in March after I realised that it looked very similar to a Sephora Collection Precision Pore Cleansing Pad which retails for $6USD. image

Both these items are marketed as face cleansing tools but I figured they could also be used to clean brushes. Think about it. Don't they look like a section of the Sigma Spa cleaning tools? Albeit, a very small section of those things.

So I gave it a go. While I don't think it makes the wash time any less it certainly cleans the brushes better than just swirling them around in my palm. 

How do you clean your brushes? Is this tool something you would try? Do you think the Sigma mat and glove are over priced? Lets discuss it in the comments.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

IMATS New York 2015 Experience

Now that all the hauling is over and the pretty things are put away I thought it was time to say a few things about the actual experience of going to IMATS. When we committed to going Sharalee, being the meticulous person that she is, had already printed the floor plan and made a list of the booths she wanted to visit. This was sound advice, later reiterated by one of the YouTube vloggers that I watch religiously Tina.

I had heard all about the crazy long lines that form to enter the event as well as to purchase things from the more popular retailers and that was the number one thing I was not looking forward to. If you've read last month's posts you know that I had already done a lot of shopping and walking before we even got to IMATS i.e. yuh girl was already tired...but very excited none the less.

Thankfully, we decided not to be apart of the early morning madness and arrived close to noon. There wasn't a line in sight.

We reach!

To give you something local to compare it to; IMATS is like BMEX on LSD. It's a huge convention/tradeshow where literally thousands of people come to buy, learn and generally have a great time with their like-minded beauty-crazed friends. Tickets were $60USD per day for the Saturday and Sunday. Friday was 'PRO night' but yuh know that doan apply to me.

There were numerous stages set up where panels discussions were taking place. Educators and Keynote Speakers such as: Neill Gorton, Ricky Wilson, Kevin James Bennett, Eva Von Bahr, Joy Fennell and Eve Pearl etc. were sharing their experiences and taking questions from the audience. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet industry leaders.

Had we had more time we would have definitely checked more of those out but the focus this trip was on deals.

Lit Cosmetics display 

Viseart display

Embryolisse display at the Alcone booth

Juvia's Place display

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow display 

Stila display

Dose of Colors display 

There's a host of pictures on my Instagram profile

We did encounter a lot of lines at very popular booths like Sigma, Dose of Colors, Morphe, NYX Cosmetics, Anastasia Beverly Hills and Lady Moss. I mean nuts! We opted to keep looking around until the crowd died down 'cause there was just too much to see and touch to spend hours in one line. That in my opinion, was the best thing about the trip; being able to swatch items that you could only ogle online previously.

Lime Crime Velvetine swatches

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks swatches 

Another great thing was the artistry present. Anyone that doesn't think that makeup is art needs to get their head examined. These men and women are soooooooooo talented!

Temptu Pro model

Mehron Makeup model

Make Up For Ever Academy model
Love her spirit!

Make Up For Ever model

Graftobian model

Another fun aspect of this type of tradeshow is that you never know who you're gonna meet. Yuh know we Bajans don't go around "fangirling" over people but I was still pretty excited to see Donna, Tina, Renelyn and Tatiana..I didn't go up to them but still. One lady that I saw passing by that didn't just let us go along was Crystal. I was so pleased to see that she is as sweet in person as she is in her videos; and her husband is just the most supportive and patient guy. 

That totally was the icing on the cake. 

Outside I ran in Juice and Sande as they were arriving. They were so cool. Speaking of outside...

I thought Patrick Starrr and Manny MUA were doing a meet and greet outside. Little did I know that they were actually asked to leave IMATS because the crowd assembling to meet them inside got massive.

One more thing I wanted to note: for all the drive to boycott Limecrime that I saw on YouTube and Instagram I didn't think their booth would have been so heavily populated. They even ran out of bags!

Day 2 seemed a little less crowded but truly there were still loads of people around. A lot of people only buy tickets for the Saturday thinking that by Sunday most of the items would have sold out. Some items did sell out very early in Saturday. 

Heidi joined us and it was interesting to see what a makeup artist gets excited about in terms of the products and deals available.

Heidi and Sharalee knew about brands that I had never heard of:

Gleam by Melanie Mills


Jordan Liberty


Special shout out to Smith Cosmetics, a Canadian brush company that debuted at IMATS. Their brushes felt amazing!

It was truly an experience that I am very grateful to have had. My sole disappointment: I was surprised that more companies weren't doing samples or gift with purchase deals. I know I know, it costs a lot to exhibit at these things and of course the set up costs to have your products and staff there must be insane. Especially if you don't have a store in the host city. I dunno, I just thought there would have been more deals/bundles. 

All in all, I'd do it again...with a lot more money in muh purse though.

Til we meet again IMATS!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Product Rave: Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser

I bought this in Sephora during my recent New York trip and began using it that very night. 

From the site: "Details - Named the best natural cleanser at the Natural Health Beauty Awards, this luxurious foaming cleanser is enriched with anti-aging botanical extracts like naturally antioxidant-rich african red tea and Vitamin C. Its soothing, non-drying formula is strong enough to remove makeup, but gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. Regular use will elevate your skin to new levels of clarity and luminosity.

Benefits - African red tea Strengthens the skin’s outer layer, slows the aging process, calms and soothes the skin
Borage seed oil Moisturizes with gamma linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid, and acts as an astringent and anti-inflammatory
Vitamin C Stimulates collagen synthesis and fights environmental damage
Grapefruit, orange and tangerine extracts Purifies and brightens with astringent, antiseptic and aromatic qualities.

Formulated Without -

How To Use - Massage one or two pumps of cleansing foam onto damp face, then rinse thoroughly. Follow with your preferred tonic, serum and moisturizer. Use morning and night.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Methvl Cocovl Taurate, Cocamidopropvl Betaine, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Cocamidopropvl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, PEG-8 Dimethicone (and) PEG-B Ricinoleate, Limonene, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract (and) Citrus Aurantium Dulcie (Orange) Peel Extract (and) Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Extract (and) Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin (and) Water (and) Larrea Divaricata Extract, Glycerin (and) Water (and) Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glycerin (and) Water (and) Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Calcium Ascorbate, Aspathalus Linearis Leaf Extract, Butvrosoermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Ribes Nigrium Seed Oil (Black Current Seed Oil), Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Boraoo Officinalis Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil".

This products in either the 1.5 fl. oz. size for $9USD* or the 7 fl. oz size for $30USD*. 
* Price before tax.

The orange solution easily forms a white foam when dispersed. The pump functions well; two pumps sufficiently cleansed my face.

Where most foaming cleansers are crucified for stripping the skin this formula does not. I think testing it in the cold "Spring" weather in New York gave me a great appreciation for this product. After a day out with that biting wind being all manner of disrespectful to my skin it was a pleasure to wash my face with this. It adequately removed all traces of my sunscreen - when I wear makeup I always use a makeup remover wipe/oil before going in with a cleanser - without leaving my skin feeling dry or tight.

If you check the reviews on for this product you'll see one fact mentioned repeadly: it smells AMAZING. I don't know if it's due to blend of fruit seed and peel oils - Black Currant, Grapefruit, Orange, Tangerine and Sweet Almond - or if that's how the Red Tea leaf extract smells but lemmetellyuh it is delightful.  
I am very sorry to be at the end of this mini size. Who's headed to Sephora soon?

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Letting Go

Been awhile huh?

All this hauling really makes you do two things: appreciate sleek storage solutions and analyse what old products you're not using.

Here are some things that gotta go and why.

Casualties: Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow palettes 'Pink Petals', 'Skinlights' and 'Wild Orchids'
Reason: I had these for eons

These are the like OG of cream shadows. Revlon improved the packaging over the years but the formula stayed pretty much the same. I guess I was holding on to these more for sentimental value than anything else; they were among the first eyeshadows I ever purchased.

Casualty: Botanics Soothing & Calming Eye Base
Reason: I never use it

There's absolutely nothing wrong with this product, I just never remember to use it. I kept it in the fridge along with some lipsticks that I also neglect.

Casualty: Revlon Lip Butter '085 Sugar Plum'
Reason: Faulty packaging

This one is a bitter pill to swallow since I really love this formula and colour. Somewhere along the way the clear panel at the top fell out. It's just too much hassle to tote around; so I put it in the fridge. Yuh already know what happens then...

Casualties: NYC In A New York Minute '202 Grand Central Station', 'Nail Tek II Intensive Therapy' and 'CND Stickey Base Coat'
Reason: They all got thick before I got a chance to finish them.

Funny enough, I've already repurchased each of these so it's not like I'm giving them a good ole Bajan wash off. Still, I thought their change in consistency was worth noting. The CND being the worst of the lot since I barely used any of that. Somehow, it leaked through the cap. Jury's still out on if it's better than Orly's Bonder. The NYC top coat is a great inexpensive quick drying one but please make sure your polish is already dry before you apply it.

Casualty: Revlon ColorStay Lip Color '20 Plum'
Reason: Just plain old

#TBT or nah?

Maybe the packaging was to mimic cigarettes?

Casualty: Glass nail file from Beauty Exchange
Reason: It lost its "edge"

I guess all glass files aren't created equal. After a while the surface became smooth thus making the file useless.

What items did you break up with lately?