Ciate London Makeup Review

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I was excited to see an email that  was getting a box of goodies from Influenster.  I’ve never heard of Ciate London brand before so was happy to try something new .

I received 3 products to try a highlighter balm, eyeliner, & mascara.  You can find these products at Sephora. These products are cruelty-free, vegan, and free of gluten.

Wonderwand Intensely Volumizing Mascara $22

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What it is:
An intensely volumizing, smudge-free, flake-free mascara that creates five times more volume in one application.

What it does:
Create the ultimate fearless lashes with 24 hour, all day wear with Ciaté London’s Wonderwand Intensely Volumising Mascara. This ultra-black, dramatic formula creates five times more volume in just one application. Its unique, lash-hugging, volume boosting brush makes lengthening, defining, and curling more quickly and easily than ever. The highly blendable, clump-free formula is specially designed to stay-put and maintain that freshly applied look all day. For effortless, and even enjoyable removal, try Ciaté London’s Makeup Melter Murumuru Makeup Remover Balm for lips, lids, and lashes—formulated with conditioning murumuru butter—to instantly, completely, and effortlessly remove all long-wearing makeup.

What I thought:

While I did like that added volume to my lashes, I didn’t notice anything else.  I didn’t notice lengthening or curling.  The brush made it easy to apply to my lashes,didn’t clump, & helped separate the lashes. I didn’t notice any flaking all day . I liked it but not a mascara I need in my makeup routine.

 

Dewy Stix – Luminous Highlighting Balm in Glow $26

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What it is:
A highlighting balm that adds a gorgeous wet dewy glow to any skintone.

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What it does:
Instantly bring a lit-from-within-glow to your complexion with this low shimmer, dewy, wet-look illuminator. Formulated with murumuru butter and hyaluronic acid, this weightless, non-tacky balm provides natural, healthy-looking radiance on any skin. It’s the perfect finishing touch on bare skin or on top of makeup.

The balm’s unique formulation has been perfected to ensure maximum comfort and longevity. The convenient stick makes it easy to get a glow on the go with a brushless application. Apply directly on bare skin to impart a fresh, dewy finish, or if wearing on top of makeup, swipe fingers over the balm, and then place it on your skin using the pads of the fingers in a rolling motion. Try sweeping your favorite powder highlighter over the top to amplify your radiance.

Suggested Usage:
-The finishing touch to your make up regime. Use on bare skin or on top of makeup.
-Gently dab or swipe onto the high points of the face (cheek bones, brow bones, down the center of the nose, and the Cupid’s bow) to add instant radiance and naturally accentuate your features.
-Wear on collar bones, shoulders, décolletage and down the center of bare legs for head to toe glow.
-Gently pat over your favorite blush to create a dewy luminous finish.

What I thought:

I’ve been using dewy stix on my cheek bones as final touch for a healthy dewy glow. I use alone or add my favorite powder highlighter on top to amp up the radiance. The good thing about this highlighter balm is you can apply in many places ( collar bone, legs, chest etc) . I’ve never used a a highlighter balm and was worried it might be sticky or tacky but this wasn’t. It glided on nicely and gave a natural glow. Though, I do prefer dabbing the product on for better results . I realized sometimes it “pulled” my makeup under it when using it in stick form. It’s also formulated with hyaluronic acid & murumuru butter which feels nice on the skin. It leaves skin looking natural

Fierce Flicks Precision Tip Liquid Liner $19

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What it is:
A precise, felt tip liquid eyeliner.

What it does:
Become a liner pro with Ciaté London’s Fierce Flicks Precision Tip Liquid Liner. Formulated for intense, super-black color pay off, the perfect dramatic wings or cat eye looks are no challenge for this easy to use precision tip.

What I thought:

It like that it has a felt tip which helps get a precise line and makes a wing super easy. Now only if it could make me do my eyes completely even … I’d be set! lol I’m about to just bedazzle a eye patch for all the times I fail at the other eye. The color pay off is great with an intense black. It stays in place all day.

 

 

Have you heard of Ciate London before? Have you used their products? Which is your favorite?

  • I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.
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Jan Marini Clean Zyme cleanser & Skin Zyme mask review

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About Jan Marini:

 Founded in 1994, the San Jose , CA-based Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc. (JMSR) is a recognized leader and innovator in skin care that is committed to continually expanding and improving the professional skin care market. JMSR’s two primary focuses are to provide innovative technologies that deliver proven measurable results and an unwavering commitment to our customers.

About these products:

Clean Zyme cleanser and Skin Zyme mask are supplemental home care exfoliation products that have the ability to remove dead skin cells without harming sensitive or irritated tissues. Use anytime for an immediate polished look! Intended to be used as a pair. Both products are also great when used as part of a comprehensive skin care regimen.

The key ingredient is Proteolytic Enzyme – Papain from Green Unripened Papaya. I’ve heard papaya is a wonderful & natural exfoliant for the skin.  This duo can also be used on all skin types.

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My thoughts: 

This duo is good for acne & anti-aging. The process is easy and isn’t messy.  The cleanser smells really good and it the scent is familiar, I just can’t put my finger on it. I even had my mom smell it and we were trying to figure it out.  I was surprised that both items were green! After taking off the cleanser, I applied the Skin Zyme . Make sure you use the Clean Zyme to help take off the Skin Zyme. It helps loosen it up & makes it easier to come off.  I like that even though it was on 15 minutes, it wasn’t hard or stiff. My skin wasn’t red and I didn’t feel any irritation while using this duo. I did enjoy the cool refreshing feeling when washing it off.   After using the duo , my skin felt clean, soft, plump, and healthy looking. I have had some blemishes pop up and while using this noticed that they have gone away quicker.   Make sure to follow me on Instagram ( ThatThriftyChick) where I post updates & mini reviews.

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How to use:

Clean Zyme should be applied in place of regular cleanser and left on 1 to 2 minutes. Remove with a clean, wet and wrung out washcloth using lukewarm water. Blot dry.

Apply Skin Zyme in a thin even layer over entire face (and neck, if desired) and allow to remain for up to 20 minutes. To remove Skin Zyme, apply a small amount of Clean Zyme to face and massage very gently to achieve emulsification. Remove with a washcloth and splash face 10 to 15 times with lukewarm water. Blot dry and follow with usual Skin Care Management products and/or moisturizer.

Find out more here: https://www.janmarini.com/skin-care-products/exfoliate/clean-zyme-skin-zyme

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Marc Jacobs Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon

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These Marc Jacobs highliner matte gel eye crayons are full of pigment. What I love about these , is how they glide on so easily for precise application.  They also have 15 seconds of play time before setting in place. These stay on very well…all day.  You can great versatile looks depending on what you want.

Use it in four techniques to create endless looks: 
-Line: Define your eyes with amazing glide.
-Smudge: Working quickly, smoke out Highliner to instantly smolder.
-Layer: Add dimension by shading with multiple hues.
-Design: Create graphic looks with lines and color.

Line to define your eyes, smudge it before it sets to an instant, smoky eye, layer as an eyeshadow base, or draw on artistic graphic liner looks. Its waterproof gel formula makes it well-suited for lining the inner rim. It’s designed with a clever sharpener, hidden in the base of the liner to allow for a precise point.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

You can find them at Sephora for $25

 

I received 2 shades of this highliner from Crowdtap to try for free. Pink of me which I used on my waterline & (Earth)Quake  that I’ve been using to line to define my eyes and also have been smudging for a smokey look.  I love how smoothly they go on, it makes applying them a breeze.  They are on the pricey side so its a #TreatYoSelf purchase . They do pay off with pigment & easy application. Plus it comes with a sharpener

 

I received these products for free for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Julep Cushion Complexion review

Julep Cushion Complexion 5-in-1 Skin Perfector with Turmeric is a multitasking skin perfector that has a natural, demi-matte finish with buildable medium-to-full coverage that conceals, corrects, illuminates, blurs, and brightens. The convenient cushion tip applicator allows for easy and precise application, even on the go. Crowdtap & Julep were generous to send me 5 different shades to try. Crowdtap & Julep were kind enough to send me 5 shades to try.  Out of the shades Nude was best for my skin color.

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Benefits:

  • Turmeric extract provides long-term brightening benefits and contains anti – inflammatory properties.
  • Camellia seed oil (sourced from Jeju Island, Korea) contains skin – calming properties and provides nourishing & moisturizing benefits.
  • Soft – Focus Powders blur the look of fine lines & imperfections while creating a smooth, demi – matte finish that’s never flat.

Tips to use:

Dot and blend outward with fingers or cushion tip. Layer on more product to build coverage where needed.

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I like that Julep cushion complexion helps even out my skin tone & is easy to carry with you. The applicator is soft and gentle on the skin and once you get it going the perfect amount comes out. Its easy to build coverage. I would say its light medium coverage. Overall I was happy with the results and will continue to use these ( and give away the colors that didn’t work) . You can find this product at Ulta Beauty.

 

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I received this product for free for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Beach Hair Don’t Care

I was sent HASK’s New Hawaiian Sea Salt Beach Texture Collection to try.

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The shampoo, conditioner and texture spray are formulated with a combination of lustrous pearl extract to nourish locks and coconut oil to hydrate.

No time or money for a vacation? You can get those beachy waves with Hask’s new Hawaiian Sea salt beach texture collection. The Hawaiian sea salt enhances your “ocean-sprayed” waves while an infusion of blue seakale helps protect hair, leaving it healthy and strong so you can achieve vacay-inspired locks all year round without the elements taking a toll.

Main Ingredients:
HAWAIIAN SEA SALT: provides minerals hair craves.
PEARL EXTRACT: deeply nourishes to cater to hair’s summertime needs.
COCONUT OIL: replenishes moisture to damaged hair.
BLUE SEAKALE: fights environmental stress.

Hawaiian Sea Salt Beach Texture Collection is FREE of: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten and artificial colors.

Hawaiian Sea Salt Beach Texture Shampoo $7.99
Bring the shore to your shower all year long with this luxurious texturizing shampoo. Formulated with Hawaiian sea salt for beachy texture, lustrous pearl extract for nourishment, coconut oil for moisture and blue seakale to help protect hair. Surf’s up!

Hawaiian Sea Salt Beach Texture Conditioner $7.99
Let your hair hang loose with this lightweight, texturizing conditioner. Hawaiian sea salt adds texture and enhances loose waves, while a nourishing infusion of lustrous pearl extract and hydrating coconut oil adds shine. Blue seakale helps protect and leaves hair feeling healthy.

Hawaiian Sea Salt Makin’ Waves Texture Spray $7.99
Make waves with this unique dual phase formula infused with Hawaiian sea salt for piecey, touchable texture and coconut oil to help nourish. Say Aloha to a soft, sexy, un-done style.

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My thoughts:

I like to use hair products a little bit more before giving an opinion. On top of that I just cut off 10 inches of hair! So I’m getting used to my hair and my hair is sort doing its own thing lol  So here is a quick take on my experience so far.

The shampoo & conditioner left my hair smelling good . I could tell that it did help my waves stay intact.

The texture spray I think is good for when you want to do a style and your hair is too ‘clean’ . I think this product would help hold a style more and help curls stay … if you have problems with that. It was ok but not my favorite texture spray I’ve tried ( so far anyway) . I could feel the product in my hair and didn’t like that feeling.

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Neostrata Sheer Hydration SPF 35 review

Moving to Florida I make it a point to wear sunscreen daily.
I’m always look for a good face SPF because I want my skin to look healthy & young.

Neostrata Sheer Hydration SPF

You can buy it on their site www.neostrata.com for $48

About this moisturizer :
NeoStrata Sheer Hydration SPF is a light, oil-free daily hydrator that helps control and reduce oiliness, while providing broad spectrum sunscreen protection. This sheer formula also helps even skin tone and improve skin firmness while providing broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Formulated with patented NeoGlucosamine which is clinically proven to help diminish the appearance of dark spots, for a more even skin tone, and improved texture and firmness. Broad spectrum sunscreen protects the skin from burning and further sun damage, while Phytotal, a botanical blend, helps to control and reduce oiliness without irritation. Oil-free, fragrance-free. Non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic.

What it does:

– Helps control and reduce oiliness
– Evens skin tone and improves skin firmness
– Provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
– Oil-free
– Non-comedogenic

How to use: Apply liberally to face and neck daily, 15 minutes before sun exposure. Use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating. Reapply at least every 2 hours.
Sun Protection Measures. Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a broad spectrum SPF of 15 or higher and other sun protection measures including: Limit time in the sun, especially from 10am – 2pm, and wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats.

Key ingredient: NeoGlucosamine, Phytotal, Broad spectrum sunscreen

Recommended usage: Daily/AM

What I thought:

Neostrata Sheer hydration was easy to use in my morning routine. The pump was easy to get product out and easy to get the right amount I needed . It has a light scent of sunscreen but went away quickly. My skin did look a little oily when I first applied it to my skin but it absorbed quickly. My skin just looked and felt hydrated. My foundation went on top nicely along with other makeup  and didn’t pill up. I used it daily and didn’t break out.  Overall I think this is a great product that hydrates & protects skin without leaving skin feel greasy.

 

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Sinner or Saint?

Sinner, Saint….or maybe both?

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Influenster hooked me up with 2 fragrances by Kat Von D. Sinner & Saint which fans have been begging to be brought back. Now, the resurrection is too real: the beloved Saint + Sinner collection has returned more special than ever. The same scents but revamped bottles Kat Von D hand sketched. ( the full sized bottles are gorgeous, these are just deluxe samples)

 

Saint & sinner share the same floral soul , Saint  with a sweet and gourmand twist & Sinner  with a bold, spicy twist. Different experiences, shared heart—these sister-scents can be worn alone or layered together.

Saint Eau de Parfum

Meet Saint – dreamy, romantic and alluring, this candied floral fragrance is inspired by Kat’s own duality. Our fearless leader is tough and tattooed on the outside, but totally sweet at heart! This gourmand perfume fuses jasmine and Tiaré flower top notes with a delicious heart of mandarin, caramel, and sparkling Mirabelle plum. Vanilla, sandalwood, and creamy musk build to the romance of the fragrance, imparting a warmth that reminds Kat of falling in love for the very first time

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Key Notes:
Vanilla, Musk, Jasmine

I liked this for every day wear. I could smell the jasmine. It was light, romantic, floral, flirty.

 

Sinner Eau de Parfum

Meet Sinner — dark, sultry, and empowering, this addictive fragrance is inspired by Kat’s own duality. A little sweet, a little spicy, and undeniably fearless! Cinnamon spices up vanilla and white florals at the heart of the fragrance, while base notes of vetiver, patchouli, and wood form the deeper, darker nuances.

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Key Notes:
Patchouli, Wood, Cinnamon

Sultry, Spicy, Warm. A perfume I would wear on a date or night out. A little strong for my preference though. I can see why its called sinner, it just puts you in a mood where you might want to be a little naughty.

 

Looking for a new scent?

Apply scents to your pulse points and decollete.

Dab, don’t rub that causes fragrance to fade.

Eau De Toilettes have the lightest scent concentration, making them good for layering.

Eau Parfums & pure perfumes have greater intensity.

When testing out new perfumes, clear nose between each scent by smelling something neutral ( like the collar of your shirt …or those coffee containers they usually have near by)

 

I received these products for free for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.