Tuesday, January 12, 2016

N.Y.C. New York Color Introduces Demi Lovato's Capsule Lovatics Collection

This looks like it has potential! A 12-pan nude eye shadow palette for $4.99? I think those cheek tints are calling my name too! (note that it lists 4 cheek tints, but the press release only included 3 photos).

What’s wrong with being N.Y.C NEW YORK COLOR confident? Lovatics can now bring out their inner beauty and look like a star with Palette Eye Shadow, Lip & Cheek Tint, Mascara & Eyebrow Liner created exclusively by Demi Lovato.
As N.Y.C NEW YORK COLOR’s ambassador since January 2015, Demi Lovato is celebrating her first anniversary by launching the highly anticipated “Lovatics Collection,” as a thank you to her loyal fans, the Lovatics. Demi seamlessly manages to emulate her cool and fashionable lifestyle through the collection allowing fans the ability to create their own unique city approved looks. “I am so excited to share my first makeup line with N.Y.C NEW YORK COLOR. The Lovatics collection is a true representation of my bold style and provides endless opportunities to rock your own individuality. One of my personal favorites, the Palette Eyeshadow, is a must-have that allows you to create your own unique look with 12 versatile nude shades!” – says Demi Lovato.
The new fashionable Lovatics by Demi Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99) features 12 nude shades and allows you to channel Demi’s confidence all while showcasing your natural beauty. Your eyes will look naturally effortless with the Natural shades.

Lovatics by Demi Lip and Cheek Tint ($3.99) will have you blushing because of its’ unique see-through texture and color. Go ahead, apply two strokes on the apple of your cheek with a brush or your fingers and blend it in for an instantly upbeat look. Then apply on your lips, adding more coats to build color to create a bolder, sexier look. You will radiate as the long lasting formula adapts to your unique skin tone, matching your cheek and lips without missing a New York minute. N.Y.C NEW YORK COLOR by Demi Lip and Cheek Tint comes in these four seductive shades: 001 Cheeky Pink, 002 Cheeky Red, 003 Cheeky Strawberry, 004 Cheeky Berry
No collection is complete without Mascara. Up to 11X more volume and up to 64% more length will have you shouting for a Broadway encore. Get iconic length, extreme volume and Demi’s seduction in one stroke with the exclusive shaped Dual-Fiber Brush. The brush’s small and rigid black bristles catch and reveal even the smallest unnoticeable lashes, while long and flexible red bristles instantly pump up the volume lifting the curtain on your lashes. A high wax formula enriched with beeswax to build volume and carnauba wax further enhances your lashes for the stage. Lovatics by Demi Volume & Length Mascara ($4.99) is available in black.
Want that little detail that changes it all? The secret is out with new Lovatics by Demi Eyebrow Liner ($1.99). Complete your perfectly poised look like your favorite stylishly cool star and create a work of art with long wear color that easily defines natural brows in high definition. The pencil easily glides for color application while the built in brush enables you to groom and shape your brows for a masterpiece only suitable for the Met. Make the difference in shades Medium Brown and Dark Brown.
N.Y.C NEW YORK COLORLovatics Collection by Demi Lovato is available in January 2016 at Target and Walmart.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Jergens Shea Beauty Oil Review

Jergens Shea Beauty Oil is lightweight serum with a blend of Shea Butter and Argan Oil that adds a nice dose of moisture to my skin. I apply this right out of the shower when my skin is still damp, and it absorbs well. It took me a few tries to determine just how much I needed--it seemed I used either too much or not enough. Now that I've gotten that perfected, it works rather nicely! 

The dispenser is a pump-style, and the product itself is of medium consistency. It's an oil serum, so you want to be sure to rub it in until it's fully absorbed. It has a light scent that is very enjoyable, and gives my skin plenty of moisture so I don't feel the need to use any additional lotion. While it claims to give your skin 6x more radiance, I don't really see that happening. How does one measure skin radiance anyway? It does give my skin a hint of sheen though, and it definitely looks more supple and smooth. During the summer months when my skin is tan, the sheen is much more evident. You can also mix a couple of pumps of this in to one of your lotions for an added boost of hydration, should your skin become extra parched in the colder months.

Below is a look at the ingredients, and if you're opposed to Mineral Oil, you likely won't be interested in this product. I personally don't have any issues with Mineral Oil, but it seems that many people do.

For the money, I feel that this is a nice beauty oil. It does a great job of moisturizing my skin all day, it's easy to use, and it makes my skin feel and look healthy with a added touch of sheen and dewiness.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Target Launches Their First Private Line Of Nail Polish

Target is introducing their first private line of nail polish, beginning January 17! Read on for more.

January 6, 2016 - Looking for a long-lasting mani/pedi but don’t want the hassle of UV lights or have time to get to the salon? Searching for a stellar selection of colors that come with a sweet price tag? We were too! That’s why we’re launching defy & INSPIRE, a new nail care collection available exclusively at Target.
“Our guests love coming to Target because we make it easy and affordable for them to update their look, whether that’s a new throw pillow, skirt or fresh new nail color,” said Dawn Block, senior vice president, Target.com, mobile and beauty merchandising, Target. “defy & INSPIRE is the most recent addition to Target’s roster of exclusive brands, offering our guests access to the latest beauty technology and affording them the ability to achieve salon-quality results in the convenience of their own home.”
At just $7.49 a bottle, defy & INSPIRE features 38 stunning shades—all featuring tongue-in-cheek pop culture-inspired names like “Rose Ceremony” and “Real Housewife”—as well as a base and top coat. Plus, the line boasts a patented formula that delivers a no-chip mani/pedi without the hassle of lights or other tools (Read: you can take the polish off anywhere using any traditional nail polish remover!).


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Are there any "New to You" brands or products on your 2016 wish list?

The New Year has arrived, and often with that comes new thoughts, new changes, and new ideas. I am vowing to be more selective in my make up/skin care purchases, but we'll see how well that works out! The new Spring items are starting to show up, and while there are some beautiful things in some of those collections, so far I haven't been tempted by any of them. Yet.

There is one brand that I have been wanting to try for many months, and that is Charlotte Tilbury. I don't know why I'm so drawn to it. In fact, I don't even know what I want from that line. I just know I want to add both some make up and some skin care from that brand to my stash. So I'll be doing some researching on CT, looking at swatches, and reading reviews, and hopefully I can decide upon some items.

Do you have any brands or products that you would like to get in this New Year?


Monday, January 4, 2016

Milani Moisture Lock Lip Treatment Review

The Christmas cosmetics have been cleared from the shelves, and there are all kinds of new products at my local Walgreens! Milani Cosmetics leads the way with a dozen new items, all of which can be viewed on their web site here. I picked up some of their new eye shadow palettes, along with 5 of their new Moisture Lock Oil Infused Lip Treatments

There are 8 different treatments available, and the ones I did not pick up are Raspberry Oil, Grapefruit Oil, and Lemon Oil. These retail for $7.99 each, and there is 0.10 oz. of product in each tube. The tubes themselves are quite substantial, measuring 3/4" in diameter and 3.5" in length.  The display notes the target area for each treatment, such as infused with Vitamin E, rich in anti-aging properties (Peach Seed Oil Infused), or infused with Vitamins A & E, softens the appearance of wrinkles (Rose Hip Oil Infused)

Below are photos of the huge doe-foot-type applicator, and a side by side with a Cargo brand lip gloss to show a size comparison. The shaft and the applicator are nearly 2-3 times the size of half a dozen other various brands of glosses I pulled out to compare these to.  It doesn't hinder the application with such a large size, but  it certainly leaves a vast visual and physical void of product once it's pulled from the container. I pulled all of them out and let them settle for a couple of  minutes, and the base container is about half full without the wand applicator. 

Now let's talk color pay-off. There really is none, and I didn't really expect there to be much, although a hint of color would've have been nice. The bottom swatch is Pomegranate, and while you can see a touch of color, it doesn't really transfer to the lip. The other shades from the top are Grapeseed, Peach Seed, and Rose Hip. I didn't swatch the Coconut, the obvious clear one, but yes, they all look basically the same.

I picked these up last week, and have been using a different one each day, several times a day. I really don't notice any difference in each individual one's treatment properties. I was hoping one or two might stand out for me, but honestly, they all seem the same. They are all scented to their names, and while none of them are off-putting or overbearing, the Peach Oil and Pomegranate are my favorites in that department. Color-wise there is no difference, texture/feeling on lips there is no difference, performance-wise based on their description, there is no difference. You can view the ingredient list on Milani's web site.

These are extremely similar to Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils in the packaging design and intent in my opinion, but they are quite a bit less expensive for the same size product. The Clarins product is similar in feel once applied, perhaps ever-so-slightly thicker, but it also lasts longer on the lips. The Milani product has a bit lighter feel, but I find myself applying it at least every 2 hours, while the Clarins product lasts about 4 hours for me. My lips feel and look much more nourished with the Clarins, while the Milani simply makes them feel moisturized while wearing it, but really doesn't improve the look. The Clarins product has a stronger scent, so I prefer the Milani scents in that respect.

These do feel nice on the lips, and they impart a very glossy look initially, but that settles to a semi-glossy look and an almost balm-type feeling after about 15-20 minutes. I can't say that my lips feel any better or worse after using these for 5 days, so my final verdict is basic indifference with a hint of disappointment.

Raise your hand if you are always applying something to your lips, because I am that person too. I have at least 3-4 other similar products here on my desk at all times, so I will use these up. As pretty as they look sitting here however, I don't see a need to repurchase them when they're gone.


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Pür Minerals Cheek Stains in Prosecco and Peach Bellini

Pür Minerals Cheek Stains were a staple item for me this past Summer, and with their long-wearing gel-like formula, they give me a perfect dewy natural look. I tend to wear less make up during the warmer months, so these were a much-loved addition to my routine. When Fall rolled around, I started reaching for more of my powder blushes, but now that the bitter cold Winter months have arrived and my skin sometimes shows some dryness despite my moisturizing efforts, these little gems have found their way back into the rotation.

These cheek stains are available in four shades, and the two I have are Peach Bellini and Prosecco. They're packaged in a very portable twist-up case with a blending brush on one end, and the product on the other end, While the brush does work fairly well for blending, I prefer to use the e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush for my application. I'll discuss that a little more below. 

Processo (left) and Peach Bellini (right)

As you can see, the brush that comes with the product is dense, yet soft and comfortable on the skin. In theory, it's a nice addition to the packaging, but in reality, it's very difficult to get the cap back in place without pinching some of the bristles. I found myself fighting to get all of the brush contained back into the cap without damaging it, so that's why I use the e.l.f. brush instead.

Below is one swipe of each color, and it's very buildable for a more intense look. I never find that I need to reapply this product, and the color carries the same intensity throughout the day. 

This product can also be used as a lip stain, and I found that Prosecco worked best for me color-wise for that type of application. I would love to see this same gel product formula in both some highlighter shades, as well as a bronzer.

*Products featured were furnished for editorial consideration.


Saturday, January 2, 2016

New from Clinique: Lid Pops

Clinique continues to up their game, and following the success of their Cheek Pops, they recently released Lid Pops on their web site. I saw a brief mention about this product in February's Redbook magazine, so I did some Google searching and found little information on them. There are some photos on Instagram, and a Russian-based one showed 8 colors, while the U.S. Clinique site is only showing 7. There is always that possibility that the eighth color will be available soon. It looks like a medium olive shade, so I certainly hope we can get our hands on that. I did order some, so I'm excited to receive them, because I love my Cheek Pops.

Speaking of cute new products from Clinique, have you seen their new Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balms? I have those sitting here to review, and so far I'm really enjoying them. I want to give them a bit more of a workout, but I'm hoping to get them posted this coming week.


Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy 2016!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year, filled with love, happiness, and peace.