Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Skincare products I must try in 2015

Hi everyone!!

This year I'm on a mission to eliminate acne and brighten my complexion. I am not totally in love with how my skin looks sans makeup. But I love how fresh faced I look after a good cleansing, mask and moisturizer. I do know that any damage I've done by abusing my skin can be repaired and healed over time. Diet and exercise will play a huge part, so I'm working on that. Also, taking my Hair Skin and Nails supplement from Nutrilite still helps. I've been doing a small amount of research and I'm happy to share my findings.

As always some of these products may not be available locally, but feel free to contact our sister company T.E.A.M Imports and they can have a quotation in your hands/inbox within 2/3 business days.

Onto the products:

I love colouredbeautiful her style, artistry and online personality are cool, relaxed and confident. Naturally I checked her channel out for skincare ideas and she did not disappoint. Here's what she uses in this video from May 2014:

Now I love a good cleanser. I don't generally use make up wipes to remove my makeup so a good high quality skin enhancing cleanser is a must for me. It doesn't hurt that this one has anti aging properties AND added moisture. With this acne prone skin, I need to keep the pimples at bay and the dryness at a minimum. 

"Ageless skin begins here. Introducing the revolutionary antioxidant Vinanza Grape, a quintessential from New Zealand's sauvignon blanc grape seed that helps repair free radical damage and is scientifically shown to have amongst the world's highest levels of antioxidants from grapes.
Lavender and blue chamomile soothe sensitive skin"

The ingredients:

Olea uropaea (olive) oil*, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter)*, cera alba (beeswax)*, linum usitatissimum (harekeke flax) oil*, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil*, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil*, aqua (water), silica, lavendula officinalis (lavender) oil, theobroma cocao (cacao butter), vitis vinifera (Vinanza Grape grapeseed) extract, tocopherol (Vitamin E), matricaria chamomilla (blue chamomile) flower extract, hibiscus sabdarifa (hibiscus) flower extract, naticide (natural preservative) *certified organic

Brand New Day Microderma Srub & Masque from One Love Organics is in powder form. Colour me intrigued, I love playing chemist and mixing things so this is right up my street. 

The ingredients and directions for use:

"For exfoliation, add Brand New Day Microderma Scrub & Masque to your choice of warm water, Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser or Skin Savior Waterless Multi-Balm to form a paste. Gently massage onto damp face and throat using small, circular motions. Remove with water. For a masque treatment, mix 1 tablespoon of Brand New Day Microderma Scrub & Masque with 1 tablespoon of plain, greek yogurt and/or raw honey. Leave for 15-20 minutes. Remove with warm water

Organic Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Organic Pisum Sativum (Sweet Pea) Flour, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Organic Ananas comosus (pineapple) fruit extract, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, proprietary natural & organic fragrance compounds"

On my last trip to Sephora in June, I reallllly wanted to try the Murad line of skincare. However since Lucinda and I were waylaid by the darn cosmetics, all I ended up buying was a gloss from Soap & Glory (which I adore by the way). So in my last shipment from sephora.com I received a Murad sample of their three (3) step acne fighting system. Yet to use that.

Having watched my newfound love borderhammer I am convinced to buy into the hype on this line of products. 

You can watch her video here: 

She is clear, concise and FUNNY as heck. Sound advice though, she's the real deal.

Here are the Murad products I want to try: 

Murad Clarifying Cleanser - I definitely have to try this one.

According to Sephora, here is what it is:

"A maximum-strength gel cleanser that combats acne and skin breakouts".

And what it does:

"Clarifying Cleanser’s rich lather strips away pore-clogging grime, oil, and irritants, while encapsulated salicylic acid provides a sustained release of medication for hours of acne treatment, even after rinsing. A bestselling Murad product for nearly 20 years, this cleanser is recommended as the first step in any Murad acne routine. Clarifying Cleanser is formulated to improve skin’s health as part of Dr. Murad’s Inclusive Health® system of care".

You better believe I will try this one. Acne fighting? yesss gawd! 

Again according to Sephora, here is what it is and what it does:

"An extra gentle antiaging acne cleanser featuring sustained-release salicylic acid to help clear skin and restore youthfulness.

Time Release Acne Cleanser’s low foaming formula delivers sustained-released acne medication and improves skin’s appearance. Encapsulated salicylic acid technology provides a long-acting acne treatment that stays active even after rinsing. Amino acids and hyaluronic acid bind moisture to skin to optimize hydration and restore suppleness while antioxidants neutralize free radicals to preserve a more youthful appearance. Time Release Acne Cleanser is recommended as a step one cleanser in any Murad® antiaging acne regimen. It clears skin and restores youthfulness as part of Dr. Murad’s Inclusive Health® system of care".

Notice a pattern? Anti aging (I'm 30 this year) and anti acne. BOOM!

I am also intent on getting rid of my dark spots AND perking up my skintone. Having an even skintone is definitely high on my list of priorities. So this Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is going to be my answer to that. It ain't cheap, so I really hope it works. I first saw it on Pinterest, then Sephora and finally borderhammer. It's begging me to buy it no?

At a whopping US$79 this ish betta werkkkk!!

And FINALLY, bentonite clay!

Never heard of it? Me either til today. I just want to try it because I love anything clay like on my face. It helps to draw out impurities AND minimizes that oily, clogged pore situation I tend to. 

Essentially the clay detoxifies and it provides a clear even canvas. While it's working/drying it is said that users can actually feel the product 'drawing' all of the gunk out. SOLD! 

Bentonite Clay - I'm checking Jenn's and every other healthstore in Bim
So that's it! For now all the products I must try this year. What about you? Any skincare goals or interesting products? Share!

Comment below, we'd love to know what you're using or planning to use!


Monday, 19 January 2015

Project 15 Pan - Heidi

 Lucinda S. alllllways stirring up the pot.

This lady KNOWS good and well that I am notorious for buying things, not using them for a while and either giving them away OR they end up in my kit. Hitting pan? pffft, jokes.

So for her to issue this 15 pan challenge is not only cringe worthy, it is tantamount to INSANE. However, in my effort to be a more avid and focused beautyblogger, I will place here my contributions and attempt to at LEAST get more use out of these products. Also because I love her and she realllllllllly loves me too :D All of these items are necessary to my daily/weekly routine, but more than that, some of them have been sitting around for so long, I clean forgot they existed.

Just so that you understand my predicament, this drawer contains a small fraction of the product I have purchased/was given to review or just bought to try or just bought cause I liked, you get the idea right?

And there are two full baskets at the back (HELP)!!

The Estee Lauder products I've used, extensively though. P.S. Couldn't pull the whole drawer out (smh).

I've been a fan of Proactiv since my teenage years. It really does the trick to keep my pesky pimples at bay along with a good balanced diet and plenty water. BUTTTTT, for some reason, the toner is never on my radar. I use the cleanser, the repairing lotion and the mask, but I've had this full 6 fl. oz bottle since early last year. UGHHH! Reading this post from our girl Kee Squires has inspired me to return to it, so I will use it til it's done.

Proactiv - one of my fave products for acne & oil control.
Now I looove lotions, oils and any type of smell goods to keep my skin soft. So I bought this on my last trip to NY in June from Victoria's Secret for $10. It is pleasant, moisturising and the packaging is minimalist and matches my bathroom decor. Downside, when I spray it, it lands on my skin and on the floor, plus it's kinda sticky. Soooooooo, because of the moisturising effect, I will use this. And buy this one, since it seems to be discontinued now. Or is that not our goal here? LOL

VS Spray Lotion - Apparently discontinued. 
I'm not a huge fan of liquid/cream products apart from foundation. Granted I only got this in December from Lucinda. I do love it, but it's my first Becca product AND it is soooooo pretty on my skin that I only want to use it on special occasions. So my trade off: once I'm leaving home to go out out, I'll use this baby. 

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector - Spotlight - Champagne Gold
(Left) Straight out of the tube, blended on the right.

Mascaras are life. I received this MUFE sample from Sephora as my birthday gift. Let me tell you the brush is legit! It's full with lots of bristles and a nice tapered end just like I like it for my top lashes, and the formula while heavy is actually non-clumping and doesn't flake inna me yeyeballs after a few hours (shade to L'Oreal mascaras, ANY OF THEM).

Love love love that brush! 

Lucinda was right to call me out on my lip products. I have a few. And this one I used once. Mac's Modern Lure from the Alluring Aquatic Collection. Modern Lure is no longer available but the Seducing Sound shade is still on their website. 

You can see me in this shade here.

I adore Mac Paintpots. This was recommended to me by Ackeem Francis - MUA. Had this one for a year and some and abandoned it for my Urban Decay Primer Potion and Smashbox 24 Hour Eyeshadow Primers. It dries so fast I have to blend it with Fix Plus AND use it sparingly. But it works just like NYX Eye Shadow Base in Milk.

Here's a generous swatch.

Layin' Low. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills will always get my money. I'm trying my best to use this Dipbrow Pomade in Chocolate on a regular basis, but it's much easier to grab for my Brow Wiz and fill in these raggedy brows sparingly. I'll give it a go though.

Glitters!!! I have so many and tend to only use gold and silver. I'm going back to colour though, inspired by my girl Kamilah Codrington of I Heart Makeup. So this Ruby Glitter on the Go from Bhcosmetics will be used!

BH Cosmetics - Ruby Glitter on the Go
Elemis Tea Tree SOS Foot Spray.
This Elemis Spa @ Home Tea Tree SOS Foot Spray was a Godsend for my diseased big toe. And apparently my mother and aunt found that out as well. SO they hijacked my first bottle. I have a second one stashed in my product cupboard so into the abyss I shall delve and use this on a daily basis, to ward the fungi away! 

I bought this from the Moden Makeup Marketplace from our makeup enthusiast friend Shara annnnddd I do love it, I just don't reach for it often. It's time to change that!!

Kat Von D - True Romance Eyeshadow in Dreamer.

Well call me bougie or high falutin, but I love my Ben Nye Final Seal and Skindinavia setting sprays. I hardly reach for this e.l.f mist and set, because frankly it mists, but doesn't set jack. I CAN use it to dampen my brushes before eyeshadow application and to run through my brows to de crisp them after brow set, or before I set my face to take away that powdery effect, when I'm out of Fix +.

ELF Mist and Set - Oldie but goodie for anything but setting! 

I used to BELIEVE in Kiss eyelash glue. Then the beauty supply stores here ran out of stock for a long time and I was hooked on Star Glue, which I fully intend to get back. BUT I actually had this one in a shopping bag and I almost forgot I had it. So in use it will go!

Kiss iEnvy 16hr Strip Eyelash Adhesive - Jet Black.

When Paradise Beauty had their $2 table going on I jumped onto these Milani polishes. And I haven't painted my toe nails with them yet.

Now this beauty is a recent acquisition, she is CUCCIO colour in 'Bali Bliss' $9.95 from Colleen's Beauty Supply. I included her because she's pretty and I need to use more pastel colour. Plus I just gave my mum an acrylic overlay and finished with this and it is soooo soooo gorgeous!

Cuccio Colour - Bali Bliss.
And that is IT! I know I have plenty more in my collection that I need to use, but this is a good start! Will you join us? Hit the pan!! 


Saturday, 17 January 2015

Simple Highlight and Contour


Been on Instagram lately? A multiplicity of mini tutorials and diagrams and you name it exist on the highlight and contour technique.

Simply done it can truly enhance your overall look, but the heavier you pack the products on, the stranger it can become. Exaggeration, in my humble opinion should be reserved for the stage and film. But I'm just saying.

When we came up with the idea to host a highlight and contour workshop, it forced me to think hard about what to include: the products we should use and the tools. More and more I was concerned with keeping it as easy and straightforward as possible with maximum impact and beauty still at the forefront.

So here are my top ten tips for a pretty and effective highlight and contour.

1. Make sure that your foundation matches your skintone. Otherwise it's all shot to hell.
2. Powder sets cream or liquid. We live in the tropics, don't set the makeup, you'll be a goopy, runny mess. TRUST.
3. Moisturize and PRIME (please note Milk of Magnesia is NOT a primer. It simply mattifies the skin, just a thought) your skin, then use MAC Fix+ or NYX Matte Spray, THEN set with your Ben Nye Final Seal or Model in a Bottle.

Ben Nye doesn't only sell Banana Powder.
MAC Fix + is one of my absolute favourite products! Pleasant smell and it really helps to melt and blend the makeup when sprayed on completion. Softens that powdery finish beautifully.

4. L.A. Girl Pro Conceal is fabulous for highlight and contour but good grief, half the tube? #overdo
5. Ben Nye Banana Powder ain't for everybody.

Doesn't work for all skintones. Believe me! 

6. Use a wedge or beauty blender to set the undereye area. PLEASE.

One of my fave tools for blending and powder setting hands down! 

7. Black eyeshadow for contour is not a good idea, unless you can blend that ish into oblivion. #ijs
8. Using a translucent powder to set is a good option. AS long as the result isn't Casper like. #boo
9. Not everyone needs a golden highlight on the bridge of the nose, and if you have a larger forehead, do NOT pack on the contour shade all the way to the eyebrows. #nothot
10. Less is more.

As I'm trying to give you real life visuals in my blogposts, I hope you like the photos below of some of my work using this technique! Comment below if you want to be a beast at the highlight and contour!

Tanisha loves simple, but glam. And we added a little glow on the cheek using SLEEK Sugar blush in 'Turbanado'.

Tanisha's under eye creases so using the Beautyblender to set is essential! 

I highlighted my browbone, under eye, forehead and nose.
She wanted a very light highlight. I also contoured below her lip to make them appear extra pouty.
Natalie specified a heavy, serious h&c for her BCC grad look. I think we nailed it. One of my best looks on her to date.


Not All Cotton Rounds Are Created Equal

If you only use cotton rounds to assist in removing nail polish this post will mean nothing to you. But if you're like me and hate the ones that easily fall apart leaving the world of lint on your face, read on.

I have tried many brands; many many brands so trust me when I tell you that they're not all the same. Below I'm sharing a few types with you, all of which state that they're made of 100% cotton. If you have had a similar or completely opposite experience with any of these mentioned please share your thoughts in the comments.

I mostly use these things to apply toner but I've come to discover that the real test of their durability is how they stand up when applying the Philips Milk of Magnesia (MOM).

Fitzroy Cotton Wool Pads

Approximately 100 come in a pack. These "dual faced" rounds are marketed as "produced to guarantee a soft and gentle feel - just perfect for applying cosmetics, make-up removal and general cleansing". They're ok for toner and barely passable with MOM. The second best thing about them is the price. Second only to their density. Unlike the other rounds I will mention, the edges of these rounds aren't secured so if you wanted to you could pull them apart.

As seen in Massy Stores Warrens

Swisspers Cotton Rounds

Speaking of a great price...These ones come four-in-a-pack from Pricesmart for $15.99BDS; 80 count per pack. Unlike all the others mentioned these have the same "embossed texture" on both sides. Passable for toner but MOM does obliterate dem.

Berkley & Jensen Cotton Rounds

For a long time these reigned supreme in my heart. "Luxurious feel. Quilted for strength. Interwoven layers. Lint free". Yes, yes, yes, YES. Another 100 count pack available from Shopsmart for approximately $7BDS and Bio Beauty for $12BDS. I buy these two or three at a time. These are the first cotton rounds that actually stood up to MOM application without leaving a speck of lint on my face. Unlike the Fitzroy ones, you can clearly feel the difference in textures between the two sides.

The Body Shop Organic Cotton Rounds

"Double sided, textured and twice as nice. With a textured surface to effectively remove make-up or nail polish and a smooth side ideal for gentle cleansing". I got these in Antigua and I am so upset that I only picked up one pack. These are constructed very similar to the Berkley & Jensen ones but are much softer. If you have sensitive/dry skin to the point where applying toner would cause some skin to flake I suggest these. For a 100 you pay $3USD on The Body Shop site; I don't remember what I paid for them in store. Cave Shepherd really ought to expand the line here; we're missing out on the good stuff.

This post would not be complete without mentioning the Rolls Royce of cotton pads: Shiseido Facial Cotton.

Heidi gave me a couple of these to try and they are indeed the thickest, softest set o' cotton put together that I've ever come across. Are they worth $9.50USD for 2.8oz? I guess that depends on how fast you go through them.

There's a brand available from Collins which the name eludes me presently. I will update this post on Monday with a picture but do not buy those. They don't even feel like cotton and are lint city; a total waste of time.
***update*** The offender:

Friday, 16 January 2015

ItsJudyTime Palette Review

Hey Lovies,

I purchased this product in November and used it everyday til Dec 31st. 

The End.


BH Cosmetics and ItsJudyTime hit the nail on the head with this palette. At first I was dismayed, no bright colours. No I was devastated. But truth be told there's no need! 

Now I'm a huuuuge Judy fan! And I plan on doing first impressions because of her. She's like the product whisperer, she knows when she has a gem!!

If you're a bright popping peacock eyeshadow lady, pass on this. But if you're in the market for an inexpensive, pigmented, neutral compact palette, go for it. And the brown and golden shades? Gorgeous on deeper skintones!!

Hardly any fall out, and might I add that BH may have created a special formula for this palette. The shadows are creamy and glide on easily and blend seamlessly with or without primer or a white cream based shadow for added pop. It feautres satins, shimmers AND mattes. bang for buck? umm yea! 

I must also say that they apply beautifully with my ring finger and my crown brushes? Perfection! 

Rarely do I rave about shadows, but this one? It's a beaut! 

Want to see some looks I created with this palette?

If you bought it, let me know; I got mine on sale too. Unfortunately it's sold out on their site, but you never know, some enthusiast may have extras on ebay or Instagram for sale! 

Comment below if you love eyeshadow like me!!