Thursday, 10 July 2014

Should Your Cleanser Foam?

Straight up, skin care expert Caroline Hirons says no. "As a rule - stay clear of 'foaming' on the bottle (there is the odd exception, but they are few and far between) - to get foam you need to use a surfactant - and a surfactant turns your skin alkaline. Alkaline skin is like a petri dish for bacteria. The irony being that so many cleansers pushed on to acne/combination skins are foaming. Naughty, nasty companies should know better". And again, "In general, foaming is what you want Fairy Liquid to do. Not your cleanser. And to the brands: I am unapologetic".

She's the boss so I defer to her.

Before I knew all o dat I raved about the Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash.

posted on our Facebook page January 28, 2013
"REVIEW: Often I felt like regular Cetaphil doesn't really cleanse my skin; and while it's famous for being gentle it still contains parabens.
This formula however does cleanse and the zinc ingredients do assist with oil control without over-drying.
I do NOT understand why it's damn near $50 though.
(Product purchased from Collins) - LR"

Whatta thumbnail!

Mandy commented on that video with a better recommendation. Thanks luv!

Since then, I have tried other foam cleansers. Why? I already had them and wasn't just going to throw my money away. I am happy to report, these ones don't give the skin that "tightening" effect.

The Body Shop Nutriganics Foaming Facial Wash and L'Occitane Immortelle Brightening Cleansing Foam

Nutriganics Foaming Facial Wash ingredients: Aqua/Water, Sucrose*, Glycerin, Propanediol, Coco-Betaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco-Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Sodium Chloride, Sucrose Laurate, Sodium Benzoate, Salicylic Acid, Fragrance, Linalool, Citronellol, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil*, Buddleja Davidii Extract*, Thymus Vulgaris Extract/Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract*, Malva Sylvestris Flower Extract/Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract*, Arginine, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate.
*ingredient from organic farming.

The L'Occitane cleanser seems to have since been renamed 'Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam' and the ingredients are: Water**, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate**, Glycerin**, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate**, Decyl Glucoside**, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides**, Cocamidopropyl Betaine**, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract**, Helichrysum Italicum Extract**, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract**, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract**,Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract**, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Juice**, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract**, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract**, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate**, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Laurate**, Citric Acid**, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride**, Ethylhexylglycerin, PPG-26,Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil**, Potassium Sorbate, Hexyl Cinnamal. **Natural Origin Ingredients.

Some ingredients have been switched around, fragrance has been moved up :(, but it's basically the same product.

Both of these products were between $30 - $36 from Cave Shepherd. The L'Occitane was actually on sale because Cave Shepherd is discontinuing the line. I enjoyed both of these down to the last drop. The packaging is also much better than the Cetaphil one - after a while the pump on the Cetaphil cleanser became very stiff and weird.

For some odd reason, I prefer to have every type of cleanser in rotation at any given time; i.e. a foaming one, a cream one (errrr not so much), a liquid one and a physical exfoliator. Of those types I have found my Holy Grail scrub but I'm still looking for the best of the best, for me, in everything else. I like foam cleansers to wash my face at the sink, like when I'm not in the shower. And even now, knowing what I know, I won't swear that I will never purchase a foaming cleanser again. To combat any dryness, which I didn't experience with either The Body Shop or L'Occitane ones, I use the Jose Maran Argan Oil.

Soooooo to foam or not to foam? What do you think? Another YouTuber that I admire Josh Collier loves Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Cleansing Wash, and that foams.

Sensitive Gentle Cleansing Wash ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau (Water), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerin, Sodium Citrate, PEG 120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Phenoxyethanol, Aqua Mineralis (Mineral Water), Methylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Give-away #10

Half of 2014 dun already. Cheeee weeee.

Well the good news is that that means it's time for our Second Quarter Give-away. We analyzed the response from the give-aways last year and the one featuring lip products was a huge hit. You ladies love your lippies :D

#TeamModen is constantly seeking ways to show you how much we appreciate your continued support and attention in these fickle times plagued with ADHD - I kid I kid - As such, we decided to increase the prizes this quarter from two to four! *and the crowd goes wild*
We grouped them by colour so you can have more of what you really love or share the love with your friends.


L- R: Milani Anti-feathering Lipliner, 'LoveBrandie' from Exotica Makeup. Sleek gloss me 'So Berry Sweet!', M.A.C Lipglass 'Viva Glam Rihanna' (LE), and Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color 'Red Extreme'


L - R: Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm 'Shameless', EOS Lip Sphere, Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss 'Berry Tempting', Lancome Rouge In Love '381B' and Too Faced Perfect Lips Lip Liner 'Perfect Berry'


L - R: 'Back To Fuchsia' by Rimmel London (Moisture Renew line), Milani Easyliner for Lips 'Rose Pink', EOS Lip Sphere, Jordana Sweet n' Smooth 'Tasty Watermelon' and 'Coming Up' by Nicka K New York


L - R: L.A. Girl Creme Lipstick 'Rendezvous', NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss 'Miami Babe', Maybelline ColorSensational High Shine Lip Gloss 'Almond Crush', NYC Liquid Lipshine Lip Gloss 'Honey on the Hudson' and Jolie Runway Lips Lip Gloss 'Allure'

Along with your answer to the question below, state if you want the red, purple, pink OR nude prize. Yup, just one entry per person so pick which colour you'd actually get the most use out of. As usual, automatic additional entries for following Heidi (@modenmakeup) and myself (@lr_interlaceinc) on Instagram. (please include your user name in the comment).

How to enter:

1. Subscribe to this blog by entering your email address in the box under 'Keep In De Do'. We check.
2. Comment below stating if you prefer eye shadow pigments, palettes or singles.

Competition open to Barbadian residents only.
Winner will be chosen using, three weeks from today (July 25th).

Good luck!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

NYC Haul - Part 2

We're still debating if these hauls are a part of Make Out 2014...*tee hee*

These goodies were purchased in the flesh. This was my first time to the US in eons and my first opportunity to go into a Sephora store soooooo #IAintGawwTellYou

Heidi fag right out

Before I get caught up in the Rapture can we just take a moment to appreciate iHop...

Sweet baby Jesus.

I think the first store I went into that sold cosmetics was a Walgreens. My eyes were popping out from the time we entered. So many brands that aren't available in Barbados, wuh laus. Heidi kept telling me to pace myself because we'd see the items even cheaper at other stores. I only went for a face cleanser but I had to buy some sortta makeup right? Right?

The Motherload

The second set of makeup shopping was serious. We hit the Sephora on 34th Street and spend damn near four hours touching, testing, talking, swatching, oohhing, ahhhing...basically having the time of our lives. I had a list; I tell you it was serious! My primary focus was on skincare and foundations. That's where the lion share of my money went :( That whole not having the sales tax in the displayed price ain't fuh me yuh.

Expensive as $#&^
Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Vitamin C Brightening Serum and GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment

Many many many thanks to Trinice - the REN skincare representative - and Jessica and Janette from Soap and Glory. Those ladies were so much fun and extremely helpful :) Barbados could learn a thing or ten from Sephora's sample and gift-with-purchase policy.

All samples or gift-with-purchase

I can not tell you how great it was to be able to touch and try things that I've only been drooling over online. Sigh. The most incredible thing I felt was Hourglass eyeshadows. Heavens to megatroid. The Too Faced display had me in shambles and the Marc Jacobs nail polish display brought tears to my eyes.

I couldn't decide on which La Creme lipstick to get :'(

Looks like a picture I snuck before the security caught me

That day we also went through a huge Macy's. They had even more brands that were not available in Sephora. At this point, I was thinking it's a good thing I don't live in New York cause I would be broke as a joke.

The next set of damage was done at Bath and Body Works. Seems like I came just in time for the semi-annual sale. I swear I never wished to be rich like how I did when I saw that candle display.

Collective purchases, I swear. All the fun goes down on Instagram first.

I gave away some tings man. See? I ain't suh bad

Janelle, this one's for you!

Right next door, they had a sale too

On my last day I finally got into a Walmart and discovered that Heidi was not kidding; L'Oreal, Revlon, Rimmel London, CoverGirl, Physician's Formula, Maybelline etc. a plenty.

What an experience! One I'd certainly do all over again (with more money) :D

Of course, everything was purchased with review purposes in mind. So just to recap:

Face products:

L - R: Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (travel size) , Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Airbrushing Pressed Powder (Talc Free) 'Translucent', Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #N175, Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation 'Sable'

Eye products:

L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga 'Blackest Black' and Laura Mercier Caviar Stick 'Amethyst'

Eyebrow products:

Anatasia Beverly Hills Beauty Genius Clear Waterproofing Gel and Maybelline Define-A-Brow 'Medium Brown'

Nail products: 

L - R: Rimmel London - 'Blue My Mind', 'Mintilicious' and 'Sunny Days', L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel Lacque Steps 1 & 3, Formula X For Sephora - 'Enigma' and 'Phenomena' and NYC In A New York Color Minute 'Grand Central Station'

Lip products: 

L - R: Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil 'Rhubarb', Buxom Full-On Lip Polish 'Nicole' (gift with purchase) and OCC Cosmetic Colour Pencil 'Black Dahlia'


LaVanilla The Healthy Deodorant (travel size) 'Pure Vanilla' #YouTubeMadeMeDoIt

Tings dat doan belongst tuh me *wink*:

Milani Baked Blush 'Bella Rosa' and Too Faced Perfect Lips Lip Liner 'Perfect Berry'

Sincere thanks to Heidi and her family for showing me a great time <3

Beauty At Bmex 2014

Looks like this is becoming a thing...

I feel like in last year's post there was so much more to tell you about.

BMEX 2014 was around the middle of June and the beauty community's presence wasn't really felt. I went on the Saturday afternoon, so maybe there was more happening on the Sunday, and the only cosmetic companies that I saw were Essential Trends and Make-Up Doll Cosmetics.

Dee and Darren from Essential Trends are always fun to talk to.

Dee's makeup always looks flawless!

In addition to their usual offering of Sleek and e.l.f products Dee had cute compact mirrors

Darren also had his neck and bow ties on display from his brand new company Vie De Laselle. There were some very vibrant colours.

Last year I didn't get to speak to anyone from Make-Up Doll so I had to make amends. Shakita and Ebony were on hand to discuss the products with patrons as well as give recommendations. This brand became popular due to their lip glosses and have since increased their product range to include pigments, blushes and now brushes.

Assistants for the day wearing Make-Up Doll products

Yup, that's all I got for yuh. Seems like we need to organise our own "tradeshow".

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Four Or More Tag

YouTube vlogger Kirsten created this tag in 2012 and recently did an update.

After seeing Emily's take on it I decided to add my two cents. I think this is a fun way to show the products you've liked enough to repeatedly purchase. If you'd like to see an overview of anything listed please request it in the comments :)

Here's what I have four or more of:

NYX Butter Glosses - 4
Milani Color Statement Lipsticks - 8
Milani Baked Blushes - 5
M.A.C Pigments - 7
Revlon Lip Butters - 5

L - R: 'Cherry Tart', 'Pink Truffle', 'Fig Jam' and 'Sugarplum'

I currently can't find my 'Red Velvet'. 'Brown Sugar' is available in the blog sale.

M.A.C Limited Edition Lipsticks (in special packaging) - 5

L - R: 'Mystical', 'Feel My Pulse', 'Deeply Adored', 'RiRi Woo' and 'Ronnie Red'

T - B: 'Plum', 'Amethyst', 'Jungle', 'Pink Spark', 'Sapphire' and 'Sandglow'

M.A.C Single Eyeshadows - 9

Back row l - r: 'Rule', 'Amber Lights', 'Newly Minted', 'Brown Down' and 'Corduroy'
Front row l - r: 'Deep Truth', 'Stars 'N' Rockets', 'Barefoot', and 'Club'

'Digit' and 'Forgery' are available in the blog sale.

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids - 4

Clockwise: 'Vivid Rose, 'Hot Plum' and 'Fuchsia Flash'

The picture that includes 'Brazen Berry' is somewhere on my Instagram profile.

M.A.C Lipglass - 5

L- R: 'Girl About Town', 'Heroine', 'C-Thru', 'Viva Glam I' and 'RiRi Woo'

I also usually get the gift sets with the minis that come out in Christmas collections.

Essie Nail Polish - 17

From my Let's Talk Polish and Make Out 2014 challenge updates you probably figured I've amassed a lot of nail polish. Tis true; and the majority of it is Essie...for now.

Special mentions:

Rimmel London Apocalips/Show Off Lip Lacquers (wouldda had 4 but I gave 'Apocaliptic' away).
Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks (wouldda had 4 but 'Rush' is too light for me thus it's in the blog sale).

Off Beauty:

Y'all know Bath and Body Works got me hooked!

3 wick candles

The minis are getting up there too *facepalm*

PocketBac anti-bacterial hand gel

...not including the ones currently in use.

What products do you have four or more of?