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Friday, March 30, 2012

Reviva Labs Rosewater Facial Spray

Since reviewing the Reviva Labs Makeup Primer in January, Reviva Labs has been very generous in allowing me to try more of their products! I chose to try their Rosewater Facial Spray--I've never tried any type of facial spray before so I was really looking forward to testing it out! I've been using it for a month now and it is definitely another fantastic product!
If you'd like some background on Reviva Labs do make sure to check out my last post HERE!

It's a pretty huge bottle. I've been using it almost everyday (sometimes multiple times a day) and it looks like I've hardly made a dent! One thing I noticed is that it says it is "for normal to dry skin." My skin is usually combination/oily: I get very oily in the t-zone but with the dryer weather the last few months my cheeks have been lacking in moisture. I think this product would be great for ANY skin type, even oily. It didn't make my skin feel or look oily at all despite adding more moisture to the skin. I noticed that whenever I used the spray, my tzone actually was less oily than usual!

I love love love that it is paraben free and that it contains lots of vitamins and herbs that are good for your skin. Rosewater is known for having soothing, healing, and even antibacterial benefits--many use it to improve skin tone (such as redness, soften wrinkles, or help even skin tone) and it can be used on sensitive skin types!

The Reviva Labs Rosewater Spray says you can use it to:
-Refresh Skin and Set Makeup
-Spray Away Perspiration
-Moisturize Skin and Hair in Dry Weather
-Use as a Sensitive-Skin Tonic

Here's the ingredients and directions.
I've found myself using it multiple times throughout a single day. Firstly I've been using it to set makeup. I know many swear by Mac Fix+ and Urban Decay Setting Sprays to set their makeup after it's all done but I haven't tried those products so I can't compare, sorry! I've been using it specifically for setting my mineral makeup. I really like my Laura Mercier loose mineral foundation--I think it gives wonderful coverage and is easy to apply. Unfortunately, I felt like it didn't always blends flawlessly into my skin and would cling to any flaky skin--therefore I didn't use it as much as my other foundations and it would unfortunately get neglected. After applying the Laura Mercier foundation, I gave my face a few sprays of the Rosewater Spray and I was completely shocked. The foundation literally melted into my skin! I couldn't believe it. My skin looked fresh and dewy and the "cakey" look was completely gone. I use my mineral foundation all the time now because of this spray! I use it to set my other foundations (like my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer) however it doesn't have as dramatic of an impact--it seems like it was MADE to set powder or mineral foundations.
I also use it to refresh my skin throughout the day. If I put makeup on in the morning, I can spray it on at night and I don't feel like I need to redo my makeup--I feel refreshed and it makes my skin glow! It takes away the oiliness in my tzone yet makes my skin feel supple and moisturized. The spray is also wonderfully refreshing if i feel tired or dehydrated-- I especially love using it after workouts. After I get home from the gym the spray feels soooo nice and soothing! Really I just spray it whenever I feel like it just for fun because it smells so nice and makes my skin feel so soft! You can also use the spray before your moisturizer so you can really let the rosewater sink into your skin. I've noticed that any dry, flaky skin (especially from blemishes!) seems to lessen when I do this. I mostly prefer to use the spray to set my makeup or refresh my skin throughout the day though.

I'm also excited to report that the spray (thankfully) does not break my skin out at all!! That is always such a huge concern for me whenever I try new products. On the contrary, my skin feels tremendously soft and looks healthier.

I know this review is pretty long but I really can't say enough good things about this spray. It makes my skin feel incredibly soft and smooth and it doesn't make me look greasy. The one major con to the product that I can foresee with some people is the rose scent. I personally love it and find the light rose scent lovely--not overwhelming at all to me. It lingers for a little while after applying but soon dissipates. However, not all noses are the same! If you are really not a fan of rose scents, it could be a distracting detail. You may be able to look past it though since the scent does not stay for long. Lastly, if you are a much oilier skin type, you may do better trying their Lindenflower toner (see HERE) which I believe it targeted towards normal to oily skin. I'm quite curious to try this as my skin usually leans towards the oily side--let me know in the comments if you have!

The Reviva Labs Rosewater Spray retails for $9--amazing price for such a large bottle! You can buy it HERE from Reviva Labs. I've also seen Reviva Labs products at my nearby Ulta so you could possibly find it there as well.
Also, make sure to check out the Reviva Labs Facebook Page and Twitter. They always update with information about their products, reviews, and also link to giveaways for their products too. Andddd thanks again to Reviva Labs for giving me the opportunity to try yet another wonderful product!! Thank you for being so generous and allowing me to give my complete honest opinion on the products.

What do you think about the Reviva Labs Rosewater Spray?? Do you use anything to set your makeup or refresh you skin in the middle of the day!?

Disclaimer:  The product was sent to me by Reviva Labs to review for free. I am not affiliated with Reviva Labs, nor am I paid at all to endorse their products. My views are completely honest and influenced by my personal experience only. 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Mac Pearlglides: Undercurrent and Black Line

Last month Mac released the Vera Collection which included a product I've been very curious to try for a longtime: the infamous pearlglide eyeliners! I've been wanting to venture into other eyeliner colors besides black and with the pearlglides boasting great weartime, rich color, and easy, smooth application, I knew I'd have to check them out! I purchased Undercurrent when the Vera collection released at my local Mac store in February and was SO excited when I found Black Line at a nearby Cosmetic Company Outlet (for cheaper!) this month!

Here's the two colors I got. There are a couple other gorgeous colors but I wanted to try colors I don't own anything like!

Undercurrent is a bright blue-green teal with gold shimmer.
Black Line is a very dark, blackened olive green with lots of gold shimmer

L-R: Undercurrent, Black Line & Sephora Jumbo Liner 12HR in kaki for comparison. Kaki is much lighter and greener than black line. I didn't have anything similar to Undercurrent!
These eyeliners apply like a dream!! I am usually quite hesitant to use eyeliner pencils because most of the ones I've tried do not apply as smoothly as my gel eyeliner--so I usually stick to using gel/cream eyeliner with a brush. These eyeliners reallly impressed me. There was no tugging on the eyelid whatsoever! I do like the L'oreal Hip Chrome eyeliner pencils and the Urban Decay eyeliners--they are some of the creamier pencils on the market but I definitely like the pearlglides best.

The pigmentation of the pearlglides is wonderful--you don't have to go over and over to make the color appear---one stroke and the color is rich. I also love that the gold shimmer is so present. You can really see it on the lids when you apply it--the gold shimmer adds an extra ooomph! I personally had no problem wearing them on my waterline however my eyes have never been sensitive to eyeliners with glitter--so just a warning to those with sensitive eyes as the glitter could irritate!

These eyeliners also have the perfect amount of drying time. After applying the eyeliner you have just enough time to smudge it before it sets. I love applying the eyeliner to the upper lashline and smudging it with a Mac 219 pencil brush so the color is diffused and sparkly. On the other hand, you can sharpen it to a point and apply it along the lashline--wait a few moments and that eyeliner is not going anywhere. The staying power is fantastic and  both Undercurrent and Black Line stay on my lids until I take them off at the end of the day.

I've read online that the pearlglides are now a permanent product at Mac stores--which is fantastic!!! They retail for $15 at Mac stores. I recently found a few pearlglides at my CCO (and many other products) for a couple dollars less so I'd definitely recommend searching there as well if you live near one! You can check HERE to see if you have a Cosmetic Company Outlet near you!

What do you think of the Mac pearlglides!? Do you like to wear colorful eyeliners or do you stick to neutral colors?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Shimmering Green and Bright Coral Lips

I know I'm wayyyy late for St. Patrick's Day, but I did a quick green look the other day! As you probably know from reading my blog I am completely obsessed with olive greens! I always like pairing greens with coral or peachy lips--Mac Vegas Volt is the perfect coral lip color now that the warmer weather is coming! I'll have to do a separate post on it soon because I love it so much!

Inglot 419 on the lid and lower lashline, Mac Smut in the outer-v and crease, Mac Femme Fi on browbone

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Laura Mercier Translucent powder
Reviva Labs Makeup Primer
Garnier Anti-Dark Circles Rollerball
TooFaced Chocolate Soleil
Illamasqua Lover Blush
Dior Amber Diamond
Anastasia Brow Powder in Brunette

Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Inglot 419 (see swatches Here)
Mac Smut, Femme-Fi
Mac Pearlglide Eyeliner in Black Line
Covergirl Lash Perfection

Mac Vegas Volt Lipstick
Mac Enchantress Lipgloss (used to tone down the Vegas Volt a bit since it's so bright!)

What do you like to pair with green eyeshadow?! Any Vegas Volt lovers out there? I will definitely do a post on it soon! :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Soft Purple Toned Neutrals FOTD

I wanted to do a soft neutral look with my new inglot shadows! Here's what I came up with!! Hope it's not too boring ;) I also tried lining my lower waterline with a nude eyeliner instead of black! What do you think!? They say nude eyeliner helps make your eyes look bigger and brighter!

Inglot 354 on lid, Nars Ashes to Ashes on center of lid, Inglot 358 in crease, Inglot 376 on outer v and lower lashline 

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Laura Mercier Translucent powder
Reviva Labs Makeup Primer
Bobbi Brown Corrector
TooFaced Chocolate Soleil
theBalm Cabana Boy blush
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Anastasia Brow Powder in Brunette

Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Inglot 354, 358, 376 (see swatches Here)
Nars Ashes to Ashes
Covergirl Lash Perfection
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink
Nars Rue Bonaparte Eyeliner on lower waterline

Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake

Happy Tuesday!! Let me know what makeup you've been wearing lately! I've been in a neutral rut!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Inglot Eyeshadow Swatches!

*Please also see updated January 2013 swatches posted here

Inglot is a fantastic makeup company that I discovered last year. They originated in Poland and have become more and more popular in the United States despite the small number of stores available. Inglot has all types of makeup products, but so far I've only tried the eyeshadows--but I am completely infatuated with them. I've had them for a long time but am finally getting around to posting about them now!
Inglot has an absurd number of different colors to choose from subtle neutrals to vivid brights. The quality is absolutely amazing--every single eyeshadow I've bought from Inglot is buttery smooth with insane pigmentation! Even more amazing is the price tag--$5 a shadow! They are particularly famous for their mattes--they aren't chalky or dry at all and like the other finishes, blend effortlessly. All the finishes last all day over a primer. Honestly, i think they are more pigmented and smoother than my mac eyeshadows (and more affordable). I just love them so much!!

Here's a list of the Inglot finishes so you can have a better idea of their eyeshadow categories:
Pearl: a pearly, shimmery sheen that doesn't contain glitter
Matte: contains no glitter, shimmer, sparkle, etc.)
Double Sparkle (d.s.): matte with A LOT of sparkle (and you can actually see it on the lid too!!)
AMC (advanced makeup component): semi-matte with glitter (doesn't seem to be as glittery as the Double Sparkles)
AMC Shine: Very shiny and frosty...similar to the Pearl finish

I've tried a variety of the finishes and love them all--though my favorites are definitely the pearl finishes and mattes!! Also one last note before the photos is that you can pick and choose what eyeshadows you like (just like a Mac palette). They call it the "freedom system" so you can pick the eyeshadows you want and organize it in their magnetic cases. Additionally, the eyeshadows are not named--they go by numbers!

Now onto the pictures!! All shadows were swatched without a primer and only one swipe from my finger!
Here are two 10 palettes. They come in different sizes: 20, 10, 5, 3, 2, etc. 
L-R, top to bottom: 354matte, 330matte, 463d.s., 11amc shine, 342 matte
358 matte, 465 d.s., 344 matte, 402 pearl, 423 pearl

354matte: pale pink/white 
330matte: creamy peach beige
463d.s: creamy gold nude with gold sparkles
11amc shine: warm gold (but not too warm that it turns orange!) 
342 matte: neutral cool brown

358 matte: soft, neutral purple/brown/grey
465 d.s: medium brown with warm sparkles 
344 matte: soft pink/plum brown (similar to 358 but more warm pink toned rather than purple) 
402 pearl: shimmery taupe brown. gorgeous, unique brown!
423 pearl: warm burgundy/chocolaty brown 

L-R, top to bottom: 454 pearl, 434 pearl, 376 matte, 482 d.s., 325 matte, 419 pearl, 471 d.s., 414 pearl, 338 matte, 340 matte

454 pearl: an almost warm grey, looks like it has a bit of brown to it
434 pearl: beautiful purpley-grey taupe. One of my favorites!
376 matte: blackened blue/purpley grey
482 d.s: gorgeous bright blue with lots of purple shimmer
325 matte: warm, bright purple! amazing texture!

419 pearl: beautiful mix between antique gold and olive green
471 d.s: deep army green with gold sparkle (I just can't get enough of green and gold lol!)
 414 pearl: rich pine green with a touch of teal
338 matte: a bright, clear turquoise
340 matte: the most beautiful, rich dark teal. Love that it's not so dark that it turns black when blended. It is stunning. (I have one FOTD here where I used 340!)

Here's a photo of the Inglot palette. It has a clear top that is attached by a really strong magnet--I love that you can see through it so you know what colors are in the palette. They are also stackable. The top comes off completely by sliding it. I like the way it was designed but you may have to get used to sliding it on and off (and make sure you don't nick any of the eyeshadows in the process!) The palette is very very sturdy and really do keep the eyeshadows safe. The little eyeshadow spaces are magnetized but the magnet is SO strong you have to make a real effort to get them out. As you can see from the photo I like to use the corner of the magnetized top to sort of lift them out--it can be a little more time consuming than palettes where you can pick them out with your fingers. 
Advice before you put them in: make sure you think ahead of time how you want your eyeshadows organized because they are not the easiest to rearrange!!! If i'm having trouble getting them out sometimes I'll knock on the back of the palette to get them out ;) If you are someone who likes to reorganize your palette often, maybe look into something like the Z palette!

I really feel like Inglot has somehow matched the quality of more higher end/expensive brands while being incredibly affordable. The eyeshadows are $5 each (compared to $11, I believe, for a Mac pro pan!). I was able to get 20% off with free shipping during their Black Friday sale in November! I'm not sure how often they have sales though--hopefully once in a while!?!

Since Inglot isn't readily available everywhere (especially the United States where there is only a few stores) I'd definitely recommend googling for swatches on the internet if you want to place an order online. I've found that swatches from youtubers or bloggers are much more helpful and accurate than the swatches provided on the Inglot site! Here's the link to Inglot if you want to check them out! They have a few boutiques in New York City where you can easily swatch and test out the shadows to your hearts content ;)

What do you think of Inglot? Have you tried their eyeshadows or any other products from them? Please 
let me know if you have any questions about the colors or anything else!

*Please see updated January 2013 swatches posted here!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Birthday FOTD!

Hey everyone! Today (the 3rd!) was my birthday! Yay! I took a few quick photos of my makeup (and undried hair--oops!) so you could see what I decided to wear before heading out! Today was pretty casual so I didn't want to do anything really dramatic. My Hourglass Exhibition duo (see here) has been getting a lot of love from me lately that I couldn't help but use on it on my birthday: you can't really go wrong with the combination of taupe and deep purple in my opinion!!

Hourglass Duo: left side on lid, right side in outer-v, Urban Decay Virgin to highlight brow bone

Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer mixed with Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Laura Mercier Translucent powder
Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer
Bobbi Brown Corrector
TooFaced Chocolate Soleil
Nars Oasis Blush
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Anastasia Brow Powder in Brunette

Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough As Taupe--I LOVE how this made the taupe side of Exhibition even richer!!
Hourglass Exhibition Duo
Urban Decay Virgin
Covergirl Lash Perfection
Essence London Baby Gel Eyeliner

Mac Angel Lipstick
Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Pink Whisper

Are you as much of a taupe fan as I am!?? Hope you all have a great weekend and as always, thanks for reading! :)


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