Influenster: Kat Von D VoxBox

I was not expecting this one. O_O When I got the email from Influenster saying that I was selected for the Kat Von D VoxBox, I was so excited! And thankfully I didn’t have to wait long before the package hit my mailbox. I have to say…they did a really good job with this one!

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What’s in the box:

  • Lock-it Concealer Creme x 2 – one in Deep 31 Warm, and one in Deep 37 Warm ($26.00 each)
  • Lock-it Setting Powder in Translucent ($30.00)
  • Lock-it Concealer Brush ($24.00)
  • Lock-it Setting Powder Brush ($38.00)

* prices are from Sephora.com

The Lock-it Concealer Creme comes in 21 different shades, so finding the right concealer shouldn’t be much of a problem. Thank you to Influenster for sending two shades to work with! It is a creamy concealer that was a breeze to blend out. I had no issues with blending using the Lock-it Edge Concealer Brush, although I think it might be easier (for me, at least) to use a blending sponge instead. It’s great for covering up blemishes, dark under eye circles, and for contouring! The company mentions the Hydra-Boost Complex, making this concealer nourishing and hydrating, which is not something that you usually hear being associated with a concealer. And once you put this on, that’s it. It is not moving! I wore it for a few hours, and it did not settle into any fine lines or creases. So far, so good.🙂

Next up is the Lock-it Setting Powder.  I am so glad that this came in a translucent shade, because anything else has the potential to go really right…or really wrong. Play it safe with translucent, as that’s a color that everyone can use. This features what the company refers to as their Micro-Blurring Technology, diffusing pores and leaving your face “selfie ready.” That works for me! This loose powder is very lightweight, and I couldn’t feel it on my face at all when applying with the Lock-it Setting Powder Brush, which is honestly the softest brush that I’ve ever put my hands on! My goodness! It’s my new favorite brush.🙂 Application was smooth, my makeup was locked in, and I didn’t get that grey cast when taking photos with flash, which is also a plus. No looking ashy or chalky around here, thanks!

In all, I am in love with this VoxBox. Kat Von D makes great products, so I wasn’t surprised by the quality of the items above. In fact, one of my favorite lipsticks by her company is Homegirl. I have bought that one in multiples! If you have a chance to try any of the Lock-it products listed above, or any of the other products in the line, please drop by the comment section and let me know what you think of them!

*** I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Coloured Raine – Cherry Blossom & Roulette

Some of you may already know this, but one of my favorite liquid lipstick companies out there right now is one by the name of Coloured Raine. I love their Matte Lip Paints so much that I’m always recommending them to friends, family, and random strangers who will bother to listen! Granted, that last one usually happens when someone compliments me on the color that I’m wearing. I want everyone to try it! I want everyone to win!!!🙂

The two matte colors that I currently own are Cherry Blossom and Roulette:

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Cherry Blossom

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Roulette

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Cherry Blossom on left, Roulette on right

 

Cherry Blossom is the blue-based red that I’ve been trying to find for years! It’s absolutely gorgeous, and if reds that are blue-based look good on you, I’d strongly suggest that you try this one out. It also applies easily, and I did not have any problems with streakiness in the color.

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Cherry Blossom in direct sunlight

 

And while Cherry Blossom is one of my faves, it’s Roulette and its purple undertones that get all of the attention! People seem to really like this color, as I get compliments on it every time that I wear it. In fact, I keep a backup of this one, just so I won’t be without it when one runs out!😀 The first time that I bought it, it was actually a little streaky. I would prefer to only wear one layer of the lipstick, but with that one, I would always have to wear two in order to cover up the streakiness. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad, but I’m a little funny about my lipstick. It just wasn’t covering to my liking. The second tube, however, was perfect. No streaks, and the color applied like butter.

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Roulette in sunlight

 

As with other matte liquid lipsticks, neither of these lip colors budged, as long as nothing with even the tiniest bit of oil touched the lips. I learned quickly that eating while wearing these colors probably wasn’t the best of ideas. Drinking posed no issues, though. No lip color left on glasses or bottles, which was a plus. Removal of the color was pretty easy, as long as I used an oil-based remover, or actual oil (olive, coconut, argan, maracuja, they all worked). Another way to remove them would be with makeup remover wipes, but just remember that all makeup remover wipes are not created equally. The best one that I’ve found so far with regard to removing matte liquid lipstick would be either the Neutrogena makeup removal wipes, or the Walmart version of the Neutrogena wipes (the Equate brand is almost an exact dupe – save money!).

Coloured Raine Matte Lip Paints run for $17.00, and can be found on colouredraine.com, on rickysnyc.com, and in Ricky’s NYC stores as well.

If you’ve tried the liquid lipsticks from Coloured Raine, or are planning to at some point, please share your thoughts here! I’d love to know what you think about them!🙂

Influenster: ZzzQuil VoxBox

*I was sent these products for review from Influenster…

Insomnia is something that I’ve dealt with for a very long time, and it is rather tiring. When the rare day comes across where I can go to sleep without the use of a sleep aid, I’m absolutely elated! Normal sleep! But for those nights when I really need to get some sleep because of an important appointment or meeting, I need something that will allow me to sleep while not making me groggy in the morning.

Enter: ZzzQuil Night Caps.

I was sent a sample of this formula by Influenster for testing purposes, and I’m glad that they did. The package says that you will fall asleep in less than 20 minutes. While I’m sure that is true for some, there will always be those like myself who still have trouble actually getting to sleep when using a sleep aid! For me, the capsules took about an hour to completely work, but when they did…*sighs* Listen, I haven’t had a good night’s rest in a really long time. The Zzzquil actually did the trick. I slept through the nigh, waking up only once or twice, only to immediately fall asleep again. No crazy dreams, and I got some actual rest this time. I also was not groggy in the morning, which is always a plus.

I think that I will continue to use this on occasion, but it is definitely not intended for daily use. If you have occasional sleep issues, and you are not allergic to any of the ingredients (ALWAYS READ THE LIST OF INGREDIENTS!), ZzzQuil may be a good sleep aid to try! And always, if in doubt, or if you have any questions, please consult with your doctor before taking any medications, prescription or over the counter.

Have you tried ZzzQuil before? If so, what are your thoughts? I’d love to know!🙂

Current Wishlist: June 2016

These are some of the things that have caught my eye this month:

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Louis Vuitton Box It Bracelet (louisvuitton.com)

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Louis Vuitton Keep It Twice Monogram Bracelet (louisvuitton.com)

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Louis Vuitton Zippy Multicartes (louisvuitton.com)

MCM Berlin Series Crossbody

MCM Berlin Series Crossbody (mcmworldwide.com)

MSM Berlin Tote

MCM Berlin Tote (mcmworldwide.com)

 

And then, there was a bit of nostalgia. I am old enough to actually remember when Pan Am was in service, and I still have one of my Grampie’s Pan Am suitcases (still in fantastic condition) from way back when. It’s so much fun to see some of these retro items come back! Until you remember how old you are. *side eying life*

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Pan Am Explorer Bag (ebags.com)

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Pan Am Passport Cover (ebags.com)

RayBan Aviator Gradient

Ray-Ban Aviator Gradient – Gold and Light Blue Gradient (ray-ban.com)

Giuseppe Zanotti Suede Wraparound Zipper Sandals

Giuseppe Zanotti Suede Wraparound Zipper Sandals in Military Green (photo is from saksfifthavenue.com, but the shoes are out of stock.)

Review: My Professional Skin Care

*I was sent these products from My Professional Skin Care.

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Well, hello there! Long time, no see! You know that I absolutely love skincare products, and when I was contacted by My Professional Skin Care (myprosc.com) about sending a few of the products out, of course I was on board! I want to send a thank you to Diana for the opportunity to try out this line! This is a company based out of Israel, and with over 20 years of research and development put into their products, the seal of approval from dermatologists and surgeons in the country, as well as the ingredients used and quality control standards, I felt really comfortable with trying out these products. I was sent the Rejuvenation Face Cream Step 1, Tzalakton for fading scars, and the Margior cream.

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I decided to start out with one product, and then incorporate another, until I was using all three. The first product that I used was the Rejuvenation Face Cream Step 1. According to the website:

“This intensive night cream powered by lactic, glycolic and salicylic acids, which are known to visibly rejuvenate your skin, increase firmness and elasticity, reduce skin sagging and lines and wrinkles appearance for a morning awakening to a stronger and younger looking skin. 

This scientifically advanced formula deeply hydrates, rejuvenates and helps achieve a firmer, smoother, brighter, luminous and overall younger-looking skin while delivering ultimate protection against toxins and free radicals.”

I have mostly been using this cream at night after cleansing my face. I have occasionally used it in the morning as well, as it can be used in the AM and PM. I have to say that I really do like this product. When I use it at night, I wake up in the morning with glowing skin, which is always, ALWAYS a plus in my book. I’ve noticed that my skin looks hydrated, which I love, as sometimes the moisture gets sucked right out of my skin at night, which is amazing, as my skin is super oily. I’ve clearly been doing something wrong. But I’ve been doing something right by using this cream! This is a product that I want to continue using, especially during the summer (super humid) and winter (super dry) months. Also, I liked that the website mentions that this product is also suitable for Asian and dark skin tones. The fact that the company took the time to test this out on different skin tones and make this statement was absolutely appreciated.

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The second product that I incorporated was the Tzalakton, which was recommended to me when I mentioned that I deal with some hyperpigmentation. The website states:

“Tzalakton is a Perfect Treatment’s flagship product ─ a revolutionary preparation that helps to reduce the appearance of scars, caused by  multiple sources: burns, keloids, pimples and residual marks, post acne, chicken pox, smallpox, sun damage, marks from hair transplants, signs of skin exfoliation (scrubs), laser treatments, surgery and more. It also improves the appearance of blotches, freckles, and hue build-up (melanin).

Visible results after just a few weeks of proper use.

This preparation is non-invasive, does not operate through peeling, does not burn or sting. Also suitable for children.”

The website states that you can see results after a few weeks. I saw results after a few days. It’s not that it was completely removed in days, but there was such a visible difference that it kind of shocked me. I wasn’t ready! I now understand why this is the company’s flagship product – they have bragging rights on this one, for sure. However, as with anything else, results will vary with this product. It will depend on the severity of the issue that you are using it for, the amount of time that you wear the product before rinsing it off, and the length of time that you are using it for. For me, I use it every two or three days, and I only leave it on for 30 minutes. However, according to the instructions, you can leave it on for up to three hours. I have a few surgery scars from when my gallbladder was removed a few years ago that I want to try this on, and my mom wants to try it on a scar that she has from a stereotactic breast biopsy. Given the results that I’ve seen on my face in such a short amount of time, I’m expecting to see good results on these areas as well!

The final product was the Margior cream. The website states:

“Margior soothes and restore moisture levels for a smoother and healthy skin appearance. Margi-Or meets all skin needs for moisture and nourishment. Can be applied as a soothing mask.

Powered by Lavender oil which is known for it’s ability to relieve itching, decongest irritated areas, thereby accelerating the healing process. it also contains powerful antioxidants that fight harmful effects of pollutants on the skin. The Lavender oil is known for it’s burn healing properties. In addition, lavender oil also acts as a pain reliever.

Margior is enriched by Tocopherol – Vitamin E derivative that acts as a strong antioxidant.

Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.”

This is the one product that I had concerns about, only because one of the ingredients is Lavender oil…and I am allergic to lavender on some parts of my body. I absolutely cannot use anything with lavender on the back of my neck, wrists, legs (thigh area), or on my scalp. And it does something different in each area. Scalp area = rash, wrists = burning sensation, neck and legs = actual burns. So you can see why I have been avoiding using products with lavender on my face. But I decided to take one for the team this time, because I really wanted to try this product. Especially as it is recommended for use after both the Rejuvenation Cream and the Tzalakton. I wanted these products to work as optimally as possible. So I decided to try the Margior on my jaw line and just behind my ear to see if there would be any reaction. And guess what? No issues whatsoever. Guess who is slathering this all over her face? *points to myself!* The soothing/cooling/moisturizing effect with this product is absolutely real, and you definitely smell the lavender in this product. It is an absolutely lovely product, and I’m glad that I was able to try it out with no issues.

Product prices as of 6/12/16:

Rejuvenation Face Cream Step 1 = $79.00

Tzalakton (sold with the Margior cream) = $129.00

Margior (by itself) = $69.00

(The company ships worldwide as well)

I’m not the kind of person to say that I liked a product when I didn’t, and I believe in being respectfully honest about it. With that being said, I have really enjoyed using these products, and I can see them being some of my staple products from here on out. For me, they did what they claimed, and I am happy that they have worked out for me. If you are interested in trying any of the products,please go and check them out at myprosc.com