Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Most Repurchased Skincare

For regular readers you probably all this stuff already but just incase you need it all in one place...

Olay 4-in-1 Daily Facial Cloths

When I first started using these they were bigger, the pack was cheaper and they only came in one type. Alas, the price of progress. I love these to take on the go since they do a very good job of removing makeup.

As seen in Collins, Broad Street

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap 'Peppermint'

I have bought so much of these it's almost ridiculous. Next time Imma just get the jumbo size and call it wally. This product is a hit with the gents too.

Purchased from Jenn's

REN Clean Skincare Clarimatte T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel

Pricey but can't be beat when it comes to ingredients.


St. Ives Green Tea Gel Cleanser

For when I don't want to shell out the money for REN stuff.



Another hit with the gents.



The link above gives a nice comparison.


Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Antibacterial Bar

Hands down the soap I have repurchased the most.


If you're wondering about face or eye creams know that I mostly use samples. Eye cream samples take forever to go through! I am a fan of the Clinique All About Eyes gel/cream - I bought the full size for $134BDS LP after using a sample. For face moisturizers I usually stick with REN Clean Skincare again. Currently I'm using their Frankincense Revitalising Night Cream (when I remember) and their Vita-Mineral Radiant Day Cream. As well as the Mario Badescu Skincare Glycolic Skin Renewal Complex.


What skincare products are currently in your rotation?

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Moden Collabs

Hiya #Mavenz,

Making up for lost time... A blog a day is no joke.

I love working with different people. I'm always surprised when they know my work or compliment it. 

I perceive myself to be a minimalist; that aesthetic where makeup is concerned is not greatly treasured locally. The heavier the makeup the better, for most.

Enhancement is my love. However, I absolutely love some of the transformations I see on Instagram and Facebook. Before & after photos are my faves. Especially if the after is soft and pretty, not overdone, harsh or cakey. 

So when Larry Mayers asked me almost two years ago if we could do a shoot together I was super excited. Anderson, told me he was a superb artist highly skilled in photography and he has worked with some of the best in the business.

From Renee Ifill to Kamilah Codrington, Larry has had them onboard as the MUA's and made magic.

So one early Sunday morning, 2 years after our initial conversation (lol). We finally got it together. Larry brought Melanie to me to have her face #modenized lol. I was floored, she has fascinating bone structure, poreless, even skin and a sparkling personality in one.

We did a nude eye with glam lashes and a Milani 'Best Red' lip. Contoured the hell outta her sweet cheeks, and added a rich, golden highlight.

Here is a sneak peek:



I'll post face shots when I can. 

Xoxo
Heidi.

Treat yourself

Hi #Mavenz,

Hope you've been following all the quality info and finding this #marchmadness blogging hustle as exciting as we have. 

I've been doing lots of housework, sourcing furniture, starting two businesses, monitoring workmen and planning a big move. Ya know how it is leaving the nest. My main focus hasn't been makeup for the first time in about two years.

I always try to treat myself monthly by getting my nails or hair done. Or even buying a new makeup item. However I've been in the doldrums since construction started.

Being dusty and sweaty lifting blocks, cutting grass and some musty wild bush leaves little room for glam. 

So last week when Lucinda and I met up we had an impromptu girlie day slash, evening mini shopping trip.

We did some running around in the morning and then made our way to Get Set Makeup got an impromptu Moden haul. Then off to Cutters in the Crane, St. Philip for lunch, back to my house, beat her face and mine, filmed a video then headed to Sheraton.

Once there we browsed some shops a bit, then headed over to Inyouvations to see what they had for us to partake of. 

We stocked up on or #bathandbodyworks products then headed to Cafe Sol for some nachosssss!

Lucinda had hit up Anna over at House of Glam. So we linked with her after the nacho run and had a good chat about beauty products and trends. Oh yea, and we bought some Colour Pop items from her too! 

Ladies, my humble advice? Keep working on you! The trials of life can cause us to get stuck in a rut. So for your sake - especially and that of your spouse, family and workmates - keep it jiggy!!! Buy a lipstick, mascara, pencil. Get yourself a sheet mask or pedi. Invite your girlfriends over and have a spa evening or fave tv show/movie night. Or simply pour a glass of wine and savour it while curling up with a good book, or in this day and age a kindle lol. 

It's the little things that make us appreciate life more and when we celebrate them with each other, it makes life that much more special and blessed. Do you, and enjoy it!

Xoxo Heidi

Lucinda bought me 'Pitch' and I bought 'Grind' and 'Sunnies' eyeshadow for myself.

My #mini #haul: Bath & Body Works Candles, hand cream in Black Cherry Merlot and #colourpop cosmetics lippie pencils in 'Pitch' and 'Grind' and shadow in 'Sunnies'.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Organisation and Storage Tools available from Carter & Co. Ltd.

If you're like my girl Jodi and were wondering where your daily emails went let me just leave you with the old Yiddish proverb: "man plans and God laughs". Hopefully we can still knock out 31 posts this month. Pray for me.

The Sort Your Stuff version of this post got a lot of positive feedback last year so I wanted to continue in that vein. Carter & Co. Ltd. has a long history of doing business in Barbados dating back to 1880-1890. You can read all about it here. There are four locations, the biggest of which is the Wildey branch. The majority of the following photos were taken there but I will start with one I took at their High Street store.


Drawer Organizer $7.88 

3 Drawer Organizer in Violet $43.65
I have the Turquoise one and it holds a lot of lipsticks

2 Drawer Vanity Organizer $54.56

4 Drawer Cosmetic Organizer $54.56
I'm going to put lip/eye liners in mine

Single Drawer Vanity Organizer $39.58

Steel Mesh Expandable Drawer Organizer $66.10 
I currently have the non expandable version housing my lip/eye liners and lip glosses

3 Compartment Cutlery Drainer $5.14
This could be used for brushes, mascaras or lip/eye liners

2 Drawer Vanity Organizer $54.56 

Cosmetic Organizer with multi sized compartments $44.47

Cosmetic Organizer with two compartments and a drawer $40.61

Cosmetic Cup $14.51

16 Compartment Accessory Organizer $23.20

If you really go hard like Youtuber Tarababyz you might need a little something more heavy duty:

Tool Drawers from $256 - $580

They also have the popular Sterilite plastic organizers in various sizes.

I know these can really start to add up if you're thinking about getting several of them. Who woulda thought acrylic containers would cost so much.
Coming from someone who intends to get a couple Delux Beauty Boxes from the Original Beauty Box at $159USD each, I can tell you that storage/organisation can get pricey so please consider all your options.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Brand Awareness: Urban Decay


From Urban Decay's About Us page you'd discover that the company started in 1996 to provide customers with more colour options on the cosmetics scene. Not only their bold hues but the "outhere" product names took the industry by storm, especially the younger market. Through working with makeup artistes the brand has grown to a household name for beauty lovers. Urban Decay boast of being a cruelty brand that is working on going 100% vegan. L'Oreal acquired Urban Decay in 2013 taking over from Castanea Partners whom acquired it in 2009. In addition to bold colours and funky names the brand is also loved for its aesthetically pleasing packaging.

Best sellers

Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion has a cult following. The product did so well that they expanded the range to include three other shades. Their 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils had the coloured pencil market cornered for a while. But the brand must now mostly be known for its Naked range, which all began with the legendary Naked eyeshadow palette. Since that launch many other eyeshadow palettes have been added as well as cheek, lip and complexion products. It's almost a brand unto itself. Another popular release was their Revolution lipsticks. Their limited edition Vice eyeshadow palettes are always highly anticipated.

Naked Vault items

You can view the company's latest releases here. Urban Decay products can be purchased directly from their site, from Sephora's site, in Sephora stores and also other select retailers across the globe.

My recommendations

I've by no means tried a lot from this brand. I consider its prices to be mid range - not drugstore but not luxury (Guerlain-esque) - but due to lack of local availability I haven't gotten my grubby little hands on much. That said, I have enjoyed the 24/7 Glide-On Eye pencils (especially when they come in those 'Ocho Loco' sets, the Grindhouse double barrel sharpener, the All Nighter Setting Spray and 'Venom' and 'Anarchy' from the Revolution lipstick line. Those lipsticks have a very interesting formula: they're a bit thicker/stickier than say the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy, yet not heavy or uncomfortable on the lips in the slightest. The pigment is opaque like the Nars Audacious line and lasts very well on the lips. The sweetest part is that they're also cheaper than those others mentioned.

Regular readers know I'm not an eyeshadow connoisseur so Heidi would have to tell you how she finds those. We recently got their Smoked palette and from my limited use I can tell that they're pigmented but the jewelled tones do have a lot of "fall out". I guess that's why the Primer Potion is such a big seller.


So, what have you tried from Urban Decay? What would you recommend to a newbie? Let us know in the comments.

p.s. '69' is still available in the Marketplace.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Would I "Repurchase"? L.A. Colors Cosmetics Lash Building Mascara

From the time you see "repurchase" you know the deal, this was given to me.


From the site: "WATER RESISTANT.
LONG LASTING FORMULA.
SPECIAL BRUSH APPLICATOR.

Lash building mascara is specially formulated to maximize, lengthen, & thicken lashes. Special applicator brush separates each lash without clumping
".

This is available in four colours, I have 'Navy Blue'. It's always so interesting to read the marketing blurb on a product after you've tried it and formed your opinions. LOL. Sometimes it's downright hilarious. Anyho...

Pros:

  • the product, like most L.A. Colors products are very inexpensive. This retails for approximately $5 - $8 wherever this brand is sold locally
  • the mascara has a medium formula, i.e. not too wet or dry
  • the colour is a true navy blue. That's good for anyone not looking to have overly obvious blue lashes 
  • the natural bristles provide definition; it easily separates the lashes
  • I experienced no flaking while testing this product
  • the product works well with a lash primer
  • the stopper located inside the opening of the tube is a good one; it ensures that the brush isn't overly saturated with mascara
Cons:
  • the "special brush applicator" is huge. I found it very difficult not to get product on my eyelid. Don't even bother using this on the lower lashes unless you like a mess
  • this does not provide volume
  • this barely provides length. My lashes aren't short but I would image that persons with short lashes wouldn't find this to be much use
It doesn't clump after two coats but I wouldn't suggest going any further. I really think this would be a nice cheap everyday mascara if you wanted to add a subtle bit of colour to the eyes; but to get the most out of it a lash primer is a must.

Upper lashes: L.A. Colors Lash Building Mascara 'Navy Blue' + Lancome Cils Booster XL
Bottom lashes: L.A Colors Lash Building Mascara 'Navy Blue'

Monday, 9 March 2015

Support.


With International Womens Day just passed I wanted to take this time to talk a little about support. Support (verb) according to www.oxforddictionaires.com: 2.2 - "Give approval, comfort, or encouragement to"; 2.3 - "Be actively interested in and concerned for the success of". Very often women are criticized of doing the very opposite. We have become known for judging, tearing down and sometimes downright hating each other for whatever reason.

I'm not here saying we all gotta get along. While ideal, that's unrealistic. We have different belief systems, ethics, likes and dislikes but what we should all have in common is a mutual humane respect. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and all that. Which leads me back to support. I implore you to encourage one another. Many of us are trying to eek our way to success against some odds. Many times a simple positive word could improve someone's day immensely. It could literally save a life.

This could totally turn into a rant about big beauty companies preying on women's insecurities, people who only know what support is when they have a venture, people who seemingly believe they can spend your money but you can't spend theirs, etc. etc. but I'm sure we all have examples of what not to do.

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“Was it you or I who stumbled first? It does not matter. The one of us who finds the strength to get up first, must help the other.”
― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

“I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.”
― Amy Poehler.