Posts Written On September 2016

Newest fragrance from Katy Perry – Mad Love

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Introducing Katy as the flirtatiously mischievous cupid. She shoots an arrow and casts a spell on everything around her. Whimsical and fun, her powerful love potion is irresistible with Katy Perry’s Mad Love.

Addictive from the start, this playfully sexy floriental fruity fragrance opens with the succulence of Lady Apple Sorbet and Mara Strawberry blended to perfection with freshness of delicious Pink Grapefruit.

Middle notes of Peony Petals, smooth Sun-Kissed Jasmine, and the hypnotic pull of the Bleeding Heart flower captivate the senses.

Indulgent warmth builds in the background with the allure of Coconut Wood, Skin Musk, and ever so sensual Sandalwood.

The essence of the Bleeding Heart flower is said to purify and strengthen the Heart Chakra, bringing an open-hearted attitude, soothing emotions, and and re-inviting the spirit of love into one’s body and soul.

Katy Perry’s Mad Love is now available at Kohls.com for $29.98.

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Fall Collection

 Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Fall 2016 Collection officially launched!

Alchemically Altered brings a decadent world of color this season with 6 NEW Lip Tars and 6 NEW Cosmetic Glitters.  The all-new Lip Tars are a mix of matte and Baroque metallics, and the ultra-fine, micronized glitters are fashion-forward shades that provide high-intensity metallic effects to any makeup look.  As with all OCC products, these are 100% vegan & cruelty free.0001 0002 0003

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Review: Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara

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I initially received a sample size of this mascara at Sephora (100 Point Reward). I used up the sample in less than two weeks and rushed to my nearest Sephora to grab a full-size, only to learn that the store that I had visited was sold out 😓 I immediately went on the Tarte website and to my surprise, there was a sale on 😍 So, I bought two Tarteist Lash Paint Mascaras, without any hesitation, and this is why 😀

I will begin by stating that I already have quite thick, dark and volumous curly lashes, so my purpose, with regards to using mascara, is to add more drama, length and volume as well as for lash separation. After applying one coat of this mascara, my lashes were instantly thicker, longer and more defined (in that there was more curl). However, this mascara, true to its name, has a paint-like consistency – it’ s thick!!! and takes longer than any other mascara I have ever used before to dry. While the mascara dries, it is crucial not to let your lashes touch your lids (especially if you have eyeshadow on!), as colour transfer is bound to happen and this product isn’t so simple to remove once it touches skin! I had to wait about 3 minutes before applying my second coat and thats when I really fell in love because I usually need at least 3 coats of mascara to achieve the look I go for and managed to get it in just 2 coats with Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara. Here is a picture of what my lashes looked like after two coats.

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I find I get better results when I apply this mascara after I have primed my eyelids and applied eyeshadow (I think the color that falls off and settles onto my lashes helps to build up the volume of the mascara).

This mascara stays put on my lashes for about 8-10 hours before I notice particles of it on my face. It seems fairly easy to remove with a (preferably, an oil-based) face wash/cleanser, although I have struggled to find a makeup remover that can get rid of ALL traces of this mascara. Despite removing my makeup with built for make-up wipes, and washing and toning my face at night, some mornings, I still wake up with black crud in my eyes and on random parts of my face 😬

Nonetheless, Tarte has outdone itself with this mascara which Tarte claims on its website is vegan friendly as well as safe for contact lens wearers.

Have you tried this mascara? Share what you think 🙂

Post originally featured on: https://empirikalsolutionz.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/review-tarte-tarteist-lash-paint-mascara/

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New Season, New Skincare – Spa @ Home

A change of season calls for a change in your skincare routine! Switch up your skincare routine and treat every skincare woe thanks to the new line of products from Spa @ Home by Masque Bar! Available exclusively at Walgreens and Target, these K-Beauty innovations are the perfect remedy to minimize pores, even out skin and soothe while cleansing deep down dirt!

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Smooth your completion with the Spa @ Home Pore Refining Crème Mask! This soothing crème mask gently smooths, exfoliates, and minimizes the appearance of pores with raspberry extract, lemon fruit extract, and vitamin E. ($9.99 for 3 mask sachets)

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Eliminate pore-clogging impurities while you brighten uneven skin tones using the Spa @ Home Oxygen Bubble Sheet Mask. Infused with collagen, papaya extract, and witch hazel, this foamy bubble mask is formulated to balance skin tone and even out texture. ($9.99 for 2 mask sachets)

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Gently cleanse skin during the cold, months ahead with the Spa @ Home Melting Cleanser. This luxurious, 3-in-1 cleanser deep cleans, soothes, and purifies with lavender extract, witch hazel extract, and aloe. ($19.99 for 4 fl.oz)

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Available at Walgreens stores nationwide.

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Review: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost ($47 CDN) is a new lightweight gel facial moisturizer that is water-based, packed with marine antioxidants as well as free of phthalates, mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulfates, gluten and parabens!!!

The first time I tried a gel moisturizer was two years ago when I was in Hong Kong. I remember being enthralled with the rose scent and wishing  thatI could have re-purchased the product when it finally finished, but I was NOT willing to pay exorbitant customs charges and could not find a local supplier ☹

A few weeks back, when I saw an advertisement for Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost on the Tarte website, I was hyped to learn it would be available in the Canadian market soon, because I couldn’t wait to test out this gel moisturizer.  Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost was released alongside a line of other skincare (including SPF and a cleansing gel) as well as make-up products and brushes. The packaging for these items is super cute – gold embossing on turquoise, pink and purple!

The moisturizer comes in a jar, which I prefer, since I can use as much as I need. However, be mindful not to leave lidded products open for too long as this usually compromises on their quality. The moisturizer is thick, clear and has a strong floral (lavender) fragrance.

Once I applied the gel onto my freshly washed and toned face, I noticed that it felt very refreshing and hydrating. It also absorbed quickly and easily into my skin.

I had no issues applying my regular makeup routine on top of this moisturizer although I did find that I looked “shinier” (the moisturizer I was using prior is advertised to reduce pores and sebum flow, and to be anti-shine and mattifying). I also used this as a PM moisturizer and found that my skin remained hydrated throughout the night.

Although I am not sure I will disregard all moisturizers I have used before (nor can I say that I will refrain from trying new products on the market), I can safely say that since I’ve been re-introduced to the world of gel moisturizers, I don’t know if I could return back to cream moisturizers. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost really provides a boost of hydration to my skin and feels refreshing and light. Not to mention, this gel is packed with anti-oxidants.

Currently, Rainforest of the Sea Drink Of H2O Hydrating Boost is only available either at Tarte.com, Sephora stores, or on Sephora.com

If you’ve had experience with this product, please share your thoughts.

Post originally featured on: https://empirikalsolutionz.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/review-tarte-rainforest-of-the-sea-drink-of-h20-hydrating-boost/

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Kryolan Professional Make-Up NYC Grand Opening

Kryolan Professional Make-Up is finally opening its first NYC store!

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LULU was doing live sketches at the opening party.

The new store is located at 277 Bleecker St at Jones St.
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About Kryolan:

Kryolan have been supplying the film, theater and television industries for over 70 years, which makes it one of the world’s first professional make-up brands. They’re still the number one choice for make-up artists today, thanks to their extensive range of over 16,000 high-quality make-up products and accessories.
Kryolan’s chemists have been developing their professional range from their headquarters in Berlin for over six decades. During this time, they’ve created and perfected 750 color-intense shades in over 16,000 products, which are currently used in more than 80 countries in every continent worldwide. Their qualified chemists are continuously developing new products and looking for raw materials with exceptional qualities – which led to the development of their Dermacolor range, attracting the attention of clinical dermatologists all over the world.

For more information, please visit https://us.kryolan.com/.

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