6.25.2016

Summer Glow With Pur Cosmetics

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Summer Glow With Pur Cosmetics
Where To Purchase: Ulta, Dermstore

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Pur Cosmetics

Pur Cosmetics is a new brand for me so when I received a few products for review purposes, I was very excited about it. I'm reviewing a few of the products today, I will list them down below: 


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Pur Cosmetics Hydra Fluid Water Serum Foundation, Correcting Primer Illuminate & Glow, Pressed Powder

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Pur Cosmetics Hydra Fluid Water Serum Foundation Ingredients


Pur Cosmetics Correcting Primer Illuminate & GlowThis primer preps your face for smooth makeup application with nourishing ingredients like Shea butter and vitamin A. Pur Cosmetics Correcting primer adds a instant glow to dry dull dehydrated skin and It minimizes the appearance of pores. It contains Shea butter, mica and silver ear extract which helps hydrate your skin and give it a healthy glow with a smoother dewy soft finish. The texture of this primer is very light and creamy, it does provide some hydration to the skin however I don't think this is a primer you should use on a daily basis. I always wanted to achieve a dewy glowy looking base and this primer is definitely a must if you like a dewy finish look. It applied evenly leaving my skin smooth and a little shiny, I noticed my foundation went on very smoothly and it didn't exaggerate any dry patches. I didn't notice any color correcting I don't think its meant for that, it just left my skin smooth and ready for a flawless foundation application. You can use this primer with powder foundation as well as liquid foundation. I have large pores and I tend to stick to something like the Benefit Porefessional and my HG Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer and this one is a little too shimmery for my liking. Then again its great for days when you want to get that perfect glowy base, also it contains AHA which means you must wear a sunscreen while using this primer. I personally could do without the AHA in my primers but this is a brand that focuses on skincare that goes into your everyday makeup. In conclusion this is a great primer for all skin and specially for those who loves a beautiful glowing skin.  

Pur Cosmetics Hydra Fluid Water Serum Foundation- This is a new foundation from Pur Cosmetics which is meant for dry dehydrated skin, acne prone skin, mature skin, sensitive, oily and normal skin. Its packaged in a tube with a clear tip, I love the packaging its very easy to use and it allows you to avoid any mess. I usually shy away from dewy/glowy foundations cause they never worked for me in the past due to my combination oily skin. My skin have been dry lately since I started using Retin-A so this was the perfect time to put this foundation to test. This foundation is formulated with a water complex sourced from Swiss Alps, it delivers your skin with long lasting hydration. It is also formulated with Ceretin Complex and Vitamin E, these ingredients helps smooth, firm, nourish and deeply hydrate your skin. For the past two weeks I've been testing this foundation and I immediately fell in love with the light weight, silky smooth texture. It has a watery consistency like the Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation ( Review here ). The thing I love most about this Water Serum foundation is that it blends very easily giving you almost a skin like finish, which makes this foundation perfect for everyday look. This foundation have light to medium coverage and I prefer that when it comes to foundations, this can be layered without being too cakey. I did use a concealer, this alone didn't do much for my dark circles and also it didn't oxidize on me. This foundation comes in five shades Light, Medium, Tan, Dark and Deep.  I received the shade Medium which was teeny bit peachy on me so I have to get the shade Tan and mix them together for a perfect match. For a light coverage foundation the wear time of this foundation kind of impressed me, I got a total of 8-9 hours of wear. 

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Pur Cosmetics 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 15

Pur Cosmetics 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 15- This Pressed Mineral Powder is a another winner in my book, it has great coverage, its lightweight, blends easily and its very long lasting. This powder is packaged in a thick compact and I have a bad habit of dropping things, I've already dropped this twice and somehow it survived! You can wear this powder alone or use it to set a liquid foundation. On days I feel lazy and I want minimal makeup on my face I reach for powder foundations and this is a perfect option for that. This Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation comes in eleven shades, I received the shade Tan, this is a pretty good match it will be even a better match now, since I tend to get a little dark during summer time. I also received a Powder Brush which I didn't get the chance to use due to me being lazy, I didn't get the chance to wash it. I used a Sonia Kashuk flat top brush to buff out the powder and I did notice some products kick up. It didn't cling on to any dry patches it just left my skin with a subtle matte finish while covering my imperfections. This would be ideal for oily skin as well as dry skin, just be sure to prep your skin well. 

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Pur Cosmetics Browder Perfecting Brow Powder 

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Pur Cosmetics Browder Perfecting Brow Powder 

Pur Cosmetics Browder Perfecting Brow Powder- This Brow Powder is meant to give you a effortless natural look to your sparse uneven brows. Browder Brow powder comes in three shades Blonde, Medium Brown, Brunette. I received the shade Medium Brown, its a perfect shade for me however I don't think the packaging is very realistic. The product itself is really good its very pigmented, blends easily, long-lasting, gives your brows a natural look but the powder goes all over when you pull the applicator out. I figured out a way to avoid fallouts on my face, I take the applicator out on top of a tissue that way it falls on the tissue and then I use a angle brush to apply the powder, after that I lightly go over my brows with the applicator. Overall this Brow Powder is pretty good but I just wish it wasn't so hard to work with, I'm hoping Pur Cosmetics will change the packaging in the future. 

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Pur Cosmetics Hydra Fluid Water Serum Foundation, Correcting Primer Illuminate & Glow, Pressed Powder

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Summer Glow With Pur Cosmetics 

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Summer Glow With Pur Cosmetics 


Overall
I'm really impressed with Pur Cosmetics products, The Water Serum Foundation and The Pressed Mineral Powder are both a hit. The top picture is taken with flash and the bottom is without flash, I didn't notice any flashback which is a plus and the brow powder did give my brows a soft natural look. All the products contains AHA along with other ingredients that's beneficial to your skin so if you're looking for a makeup line that contains skincare benefits then look no farther, Pur Cosmetics got you covered. Whats your favorite product from Pur Cosmetics? Please leave a comment below, I would love to check them out.



Disclaimer* These products were sent to me for review purposes, as usual I tested out all the products intensively before sharing my honest opinion. I hope you found this review helpful!




6.17.2016

Skincare Edit: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream Review

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream
Price $38.00 for 1.7 oz
Where To Purchase: Sephora.com

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream

Key Ingredients:


- Glutaline-In-Tense: Firms and smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

- Niacinamide: Improves the bouncy look of skin.

- Sodium Hyaluronate: Hydrated and moisturizes for more youthful appearance.

- Colloidal Oatmeal: Reduces the appearance of flakiness and helps skin appear more comfortable.

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream

"An overnight facial cream that moisturizes for smoother-looking, hydrated skin."

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream

I've been on a skincare kick lately as I'm getting older I've realized, taking care of my skin will only help me on the long run. I started using a Retin-A cream recently and my skin went from oily to dry and parched! Which I didn't mind at first to be honest I have dealt with oily skin all my life so this is was nice change believe it or not. After a few days, I realized I need something soothing and moisturizing for my skin cause I was going through the peeling phase at that time. That's when I came across this gem! I always loved First Aid Beauty products, my all time favorite product is the Instant Oatmeal Mask, I even got my mom, sister and friends hooked on that mask as well. I finished two deluxe size sample tubes of this Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream before purchasing the full size jar. The consistency of this cream is thick but doesn't feel heavy on the skin, it does look a little oilyish but I love how it hydrates my skin within just one application. Keep in mind a little goes a long way with this product, this does contain Shea Butter so I apply a thin layer but for those with very dry skin you can apply a second layer. I have very sensitive skin and I was a little hesitant at first because of the thick rich consistency but surprisingly it didn't cause any breakouts. What I most love about this product is how my skin looks when I wake up in the morning it feels soft, plumped, hydrated, overall my skin just looks and feels better. Some nights I pair this Sleeping Cream with the Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum and the result is just as good if not better! This Sleeping Cream is free of Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates, Its also allergy tested and free of artificial fragrances.

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream


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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream


Overall
This Sleeping Cream really helped my skin, specially with the changes my skin was going through due to the Retin-A cream. I was layering night cream, serum, oil and nothing helped like this cream did, this would be ideal for all skin. I didn't notice any firming but it did help with the dry patches, smoother looking skin and moisturized my skin immensely and that's exactly what I was looking for. I think this a great product which is also affordable and it can be used all year around, you can pair it with your favorite serum or use it alone and wake up to smoother appearance. Have you Tried this Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream? If so please leave a comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts. 



6.11.2016

Givenchy Les Saisons Healthy Glow Bronzer Extreme Saison Review

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Givenchy Les Saisons Healthy Glow Bronzer Extreme Saison
Price $52.00 for .35 oz
Where To Purchase: Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Barneys

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Givenchy Les Saisons Healthy Glow Bronzer Extreme Saison Ingredients 

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Givenchy Les Saisons Healthy Glow Bronzer Extreme Saison

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Givenchy Les Saisons Healthy Glow Bronzer Extreme Saison

Givenchy Description
Poudre Bonne Mine, based of new-generation technology, the formula is a baked gel which transform into powder when applied. The Healthy Glow Powder naturally enhances the skin color. Its a daily indulgence that gives the complexion a perfectly "nude-skin effect" and healthy glow, thanks to its totally weightless texture, without any powder veil. 

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Givenchy Les Saisons Healthy Glow Bronzer Extreme Saison

Summer is right around the corner and with that being said, its raining bronzers! Every brand is launching great bronzers and I happened to stumble upon this gorgeous Givenchy bronzer. I have very few Givenchy beauty products in my collection so I wasn't sure what to expect but I took my dear friend Bubblymichelle's advice and went for it. The star embossed powder had me swooned not to mention the beautiful soft gold tint it has which will give you that perfect radiance. This Bronzer is housed in a sleek black compact, with the rose gold Givenchy logo on top. There are total of  five shades, three of them are bronzers and two which can be worn as a highlighter/blush, I purchased the darkest shade, 04 Extreme Saison. The texture is very light just like Givenchy promised, it feels extremely soft and blends very well, its nicely pigmented and although its shimmery there isn't any chunky glitter. In the description they mentioned it can be used to contour but I don't see myself using this for contouring, however if you're light skin this will be a great option for you. For me the sole purpose of this powder is to give me that healthy glow, this Givenchy Healthy Glow Bronzer is free of talc and parabens.

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Givenchy Les Saisons Healthy Glow Bronzer Extreme Saison

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Givenchy Les Saisons Extreme Saison & Mac Cosmetics Refined Golden Bronzer

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Givenchy Les Saisons Extreme Saison & Mac Cosmetics Refined Golden Bronzer

I don't own a lot of bronzer, that's cause most of them turns orangeish on my NC40 skin tone, one of my favorite is the Benefit Hoola Bronzer I've been hooked on that for years. The only dupe I can find in my stash is this Mac Cosmetics Refined Golden bronzer, which looks a bit orangeish next to Givency Extreme Saison. Needless to say I barely reach for the Mac Refined Golden bronzer due to the orange hue. So I'm really happy to have found a nice bronzer that gives me the perfect sun kissed glow.


Overall
This is a great bronzer, specially for those who has lighter skintone and because of the weightless formula, you can even get away with layering this bronzer without it being muddy or patchy. I just wish they'd create more darker shades, for women of color cause if you're NC43 or more then this wont work as a bronzer, which is very disappointing but it may work as a highlighter due to the lovely gold sheen. What I mostly love about this powder is how well it blends and the silky satiny texture, its a must have for all bronzer lovers! Have you tried this bronzer yet? If so, please let me know what you think of it on a comment below. 



6.06.2016

blendSMART Automated Makeup Brush System Review

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blendSMART Automated Makeup Brush System
Price $69.00 
Where To Purchase: Sephora.com 


Sephora's Description
A-first-of-its-kind automated rotating makeup brush that includes a soft, premium, interchangeable brush for your favorite liquid or powder makeup.

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blendSMART Foundation Brush Head Starter Set

This Set Contains:
  • Motorized Brush Handle
  • Foundation Brush Head ( removable/interchangeable )
  • CR123A lithium -metal Battery ( non-rechargeable )
  • User Guide 
  • 1 Year Warranty 

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blendSMART Foundation Brush Head

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blendSMART User Guide

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blendSMART Foundation Brush 

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blendSMART Foundation Brush Head Starter Set


BlendSMART is a rotating makeup brush, which claims to blend your makeup evenly and effortlessly and it gives a natural-looking result while using less of your favorite makeup. I'm always on the hunt for the next best gadget so I was very excited to have received this interesting brush for review purposes. I must admit I was skeptical at first but after I put this brush to test I realized, this is a pretty handy little brush. I had no problem installing the battery it was a very quick and easy process. To prepare this brush to use, unscrew the bottom cap insert the battery + side into the compartment and screw on the cap. Before you install the brush head make sure the on/off switch is off, insert the brush head into the handle until the brush head clicks into place. When it comes to foundation brushes I don't prefer duo fiber brushes, that's cause I'm used to using flat top kabuki brush for applying foundations. However this brush did live up to my expectations, it blended my foundation seamlessly and the best part is it didn't take no more than a minute. You can use blendSMART with both powder and liquid foundations, I used my favorite Makeup Forever HD foundation. I dotted some foundation onto my face and moved the brush up and down and side to side, within a minute my foundation was blended. I used this to apply light and heavy foundations and each time it blended my foundation flawlessly. For everyday look I prefer a light layer of foundation and blendSMART definitely helps me achieving that natural skin like finish. This brush does feel a little heavy than your regular foundation brushes but since it does a fantastic job on blending foundation in very little time, I don't find the weight a big issue. I have already washed the foundation brush head twice, it was very easy to get the foundation out of the bristles and it didn't shed at all


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blendSMART Foundation Brush Head Starter Set


Overall
This brush performed really well, I use less foundation with this brush, it cuts back foundation application time in half and I love the air brush finish it gave me. One con about this brush is the light buzzing sound, its not very loud but some might find it a bit irritating. One brush head is recommend to use up to 6 months to a year but I'm sure with care you can use it a little longer. I'm really impressed with this brush and I hope they'll come out with a flat top kabuki brush in the future.



Disclaimer* I was sent this blendSMART starter kit for review purpose, as usual I tested this brush intensively and shared my honest opinion. I Hope you found this review helpful.