As you know from last week’s post, my beauty binge at Veer & Wander, a salon / apothecary in San Francisco, was so ugly I had to break up my beauty spoils into two separate posts. This week has given me more time to continue testing the products, but my opinions actually didn’t waiver from where I was at least week. (It’s called shopper’s instinct)
So I’m not playing mind tricks on you when I begin my product counting at 4 this week. Do the math. I went through 1-3 last week!
4. RMS BEAUTY – Living Luminizer($38): This luminizer / highlighter is a total game changer. I banished all my other highlighters to the beauty graveyard when I saw how this ultra-sheer highlighter literally made me look like I had just gotten an oxygen facial. There is no glitter or shimmering bullshit to make you look like you’re hitting the clubs; it just gives you a touch of light-reflecting glow. This stuff is so natural-looking I wear it during the day without any other makeup. I can’t help myself! I apply it to the tops of my cheekbones and pull it up to my temples, my brow bones, at my cupid’s bow and a small dab at the center eyelid above the lash to give my eyes a little sparkle. Oh, and did I mention it’s organic??
*Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Mica CI 77019] * Signifies* CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Results: Um, did you read the first paragraph? The results are I’ve had people compliment my skin wherever I go, and keep in mind I wasn’t wearing any other makeup. Total game changer.
Verdict: WILL BUY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!janna Tags Curly Hair, Dry Shampoo, Mousse, Organic Makeup, Oribe, RMS Beauty, Serum
Whether your skin freaks out along with your moods every month when PMS attacks, or, you’re going through “the change” and in addition to those fun hot flashes your skin breaks out in redness, blemishes and bumps — changes in hormones are to blame. In my case (as you know if you’re a regular Beauty Binger) I’m 5 months pregnant so my skin has fluctuated from desert dry to blackhead bonanza in the past few months– who said pregnancy wasn’t fun? I FINALLY found a serum to calm my bitchy skin and regulate its dramatic mood swings — Eminence Organics Eight Green Youth Serum ($42).
This ultra-gentle serum helped my skin retain moisture at its driest times (prior to using the serum, my skin was literally sucking up skin oils and thick creams within a matter of seconds) and made my skin less greasy during oily times, shrinking those ghastly blackheads that have taken up permanent residence on my nose. I use it twice a day right after my toner before my thicker serums and creams (don’t forget: you should always apply your skincare products thinnest to thickest to ensure maximum absorption).
Product Info from Eminence:
A lifting and regulating serum for breakouts and hormonally-imbalanced skin. A powerhouse of organic phyto-estrogens work to lift facial contours and reduce the signs of aging associated with collagen loss, breakouts, hormonal imbalances and menopause. Concentrated whole plant yucca extract, vitex angus castus, algae and flaxseed absorb deep into the dermis to tighten and brighten problem areas, and plump loss of skin tone.
Skin Type: From oily to hormonal, dehydrated, dry and devitalized.
All I know is this serum is magical when it comes to hormonal havoc. Now, if only Eminence could create a serum to calm my mood swings… Baby steps.Posted by janna Tags Eminence, Hormonal Skin, Organic Makeup, Pregnancy, Sensitive Skin
If you follow my blog you know Maria Luxen is a longtime BFF and has always been very generous with her mad makeup skills. The founder of Makeup Mayhem, Maria is a busy little bee doing makeup for fashion shoots around NYC including the likes of Vogue Italia and ASOS. Since I’m stranded here on the West Coast I miss out on product launches and such and since the NVEY ECO is a new makeup line I figured I would send the expert to the launch party…
When Janna asked me to attend the North American launch of NVEY ECO, an organic makeup line founded and based in Australia, I was psyched! I am yet to find an organic makeup line that has the texture and pigment I need as a makeup artist. Having done some research before I attended the launch party, I discovered that the line was founded in 2005 with the expertise of Rohan Widdison whose mother Helen Abicair founded the acclaimed Melbourne Beauty College in 1958. Rohan has been director of the Helen Abicair Beauty college for the past 21 years. With these credentials, I was sure this line was going to be flawless!
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I’ve fallen hard and fast. As usual, I discovered a new makeup line, and I way overbought. Who’s shocked? Surely not my husband. (Of course my eight items came in a small box so he had no clue the damage truly done.) Not only is the makeup beautiful, but it’s 70% Certified Organic ingredients and 30% mineral pigments. Everybody wins! Before splurging on full-size products (which mind you are priced very competitively, mostly falling between $20 and $30), I opted for their sample plan ($15 for 5 custom samples, with $10 off your future purchase).
So obviously I went hog wild and bought Cinder, Firefly, and Stealth in the Mesmerize Shimmer Eye Treatment, Flash and Smolder in the Mesmerize Eye Treatment (no shimmer), both Dazzle and Star in the highlighting Trick Stick, and Knockout in Siren Lipstick. The Mesmerize Eye Treatments are STUNNING. I’ve found that in my old age of 37 I can’t wear cream eye shadows anymore. They make my eyelids look crapey and droopy. UGLY! With Vapour, since their products are literally treatments — hydrating, antioxidant-packed powerhouses — I wanted to at least try, which is why I originally opted for the sample plan. Who wouldn’t want their makeup to not only mask their aging but fight it? I was tickled to find that Mesmerize gave me a youthful look (rather than the dreaded crapey, aged look), it blended well with other colors, and it gave a very natural sheer wash. The one warning — this is not makeup for night time. The directions tell you to set the Mesmerize with mineral powder for longer lasting results, but I kind of feel like it takes away from the whole glory of a sheer wash. So instead I VERY LIGHTLY (if you don’t have a feather touch, it will all end up on your finger) blended a couple of the colors together and I rocked a fresh, glowy eye all day.
I’m totally into the Trick Sticks. I mean come on, who doesn’t need more gold and silver highlighters? I use them under my brow bone, in the inner corners of my eyes and on my cheekbones. The colors are stunning and blend easily with both the Mesmerize Eye Treatments and other powder shadows. My one concern is longevity. Even if it looks fabulous for the first couple hours, I would rather use a powder shadow if it means the color will be with me all night.
The Siren lipstick on the other hand is va-va-voom color that parties all night long. You’ll have to kiss a few boys to make this color go away. It’s GORGEOUS! And, because Vapour is all about the multi-tasking, their lipsticks are also lip conditioners packed with hydrating and healing ingredients like rose buds, lemon balm, pomegranate, and jojoba.
Of course I ordered the wrong color. Knockout is sexy as all hell, but it’s not sheer by any means. It’s a dark, pigmented berry, with perhaps a tiny hint of frost (if that’s the right word for it). When I tried it on last night and showed my husband he just stared (it’s always a bad sign when he’s speechless).
I said, “Well, what do you think?”
He gave me a look like he wished I was asking if I thought the Niners’ special teams lost the game against the Giants…
“Perhaps it’s a bit aggressive.”
I mixed it with my Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey and it was to die for.
My next step is to raid their sample program again to find my perfect lipstick color and perhaps dabble in their concealer and bronzer.Posted by janna Tags Mineral Makeup, Organic Makeup, Vapour