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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jordan Essentials Bath & Body (products review & pictorial)

Hey dolls,

I was recently sent several product samples to try out and review by the lovely and generous Ms. Brooke from Jordan Essentials. I have done a product review for her before and she was even kind enough to sponsor my blog last blog giveaway with a full size product from her company. Before I even move onto the pictorial and review I just want to mention that if you decide to check out her fan page and order from her just know that I completely recommend her. She is very professional and reliable to answer any questions concerning her products and before you ask no she did not pay me to say these things or to give this review. I am simply giving you my honest opinion and recommendations. Having said all that let's move on to the review and pictorial.

All of the goodies she sent me to try:




First off let me just say I fell in love with the gentle exfoliant and clay mask. I typically do not have sensitive skin but I am extremely sensitive in the eye area and I actually was able to use the cleanser around that area without any irritation or breakouts. The clay mask left my skin extremely smooth and I did use both of the face products before I applied my makeup and you can even see in the picture below how great my skin looked afterwards.


(Product description):
Detox Clay Mask helps deroxify, deep clean, and pull pollutants from your skin. Recommended for all skin types and is made with Green Tea and Bentonite Clay.

Next up is the shower gel, and once you open it, it will instantly transport you to a relaxing spa somewhere. It smells so amazing!


(Product description):
Shower Gel is DEA & SLS free and is enriched with aloe for a complete clean without stripping the natural oils from your skin! 


The body butter is definitely a must have. It is incredibly hydrating and I loved how my skin retained the softness that it leaves. Some body butters absorb into the skin and then just fade and leave you feeling like you need to re-apply after an hour, but this one was a pleasant surprise for me.
(Product description):
Shea Butter is thick and luxurious and helps maintain moisture,  returns elasticity to your skin, and gives you superior moisture! 


The skin relief cream has been a life saver for my son. Since he was a baby he's had problems with severe dry skin and for a while it will go away and then it comes back. Well a few days ago it came back and he had extremely dry and flaky skin on the back of his neck and then I applied this cream on after his bath and when he woke up the next day, his skin was smooth and as if he hadn't had any problems at all. So I will definitely be purchasing a full size of this cream for my son. I also enjoyed the fact that it did not have any funky scent to it at all.
(Product description):
Skin Relief Lotion can help with eczema, psoriasis, diaper rash, minor cuts, extremely dry skin, stretch marks, bug bites, shingles, sunburns, and more! Made with natural ingredients like Green Tea, Chamomile, Seaweed, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and more!


She also sent me a sample of their popular lotion bar. I really like the feel of it. It was just like regular lotion but without all of the mess. I really think it is a cool and innovative concept for a skin care product.
(Product description):
Lotion Bar is made with beeswax and other natural oils that are beneficial to the skin. This solid bar of lotion helps seal in moisture, and lasts for months!

I was also sent two of the makeup products that they carry and I was very pleased by how they performed. At first I was a little concerned by the amount of shimmer in the mineral face powder but I decided to give it a try anyway and I am glad I did. Because as soon as I started buffing the powder over my foundation all the shimmer completely faded away and I was left with a very nice matte finish to the skin. I really liked the fact that I didn't need too much to get the job done. I used it as a finishing powder to set all of my makeup and keep in place.

My color was in Light/Medium.

The mineral eye shadow was definitely the star of the pictorial below but the pictures did not do this color any justice. Now I decided to incorporate the mineral shadow into a smokey eye look by using it wet, but you can definitely wear this alone all over the lid for a more quick natural look.

(color): Warm Peach

(Product description):
Mineral Eye shadow can be used wet or dry for your own unique look. Made from natural mineral pigments and other natural ingredients that allow long-lasting, light-weight coverage while allowing your skin to breathe! 



All I used to achieve this look was the mineral eye shadow pictured above and a small eye shadow quad by Physicians Formula in Canyon classics and a Maybelline color tattoo in Tough as Taupe.

-Step 1: I started off the look by prepping my eye using an eye primer to help the shadows last and prevent them from creasing. Then using the light browns from the quad and a fluffy brush I blended them into my crease to add depth to the eye. If you have hooded eyelids like mine don't skip this step.

Step 2: I added the creamy vanilla color from the palette onto my brow bone as a highlight. Next using a flat synthetic concealer brush I applied the color tattoo onto my lid as a base to intensify the look.

Step 3: The using the darkest shade out of the palette I applied it over the lid base and then blended it upwards and kept it below the crease color.

Step 4: Using the same concealer brush I sprayed it with a setting spray, but you can use water if you do not own one. I applied the mineral shadow to the inner corners of my eye lid and patted it down into place. 

Step 5: Finish off the eye look with a little more of that dark brown on the outer corner of the eye to give it a more smokey effect. Add your favorite liner and mascara and smudge a little of the dark brown under your lower lash line and you are done...

I really wish the pictures would have shown off the mineral shadow a lot more but my lighting was horrible that day. I apologize for that! I really hope you enjoyed the product reviews and the mini pictorial and as I said you can tone down this look if you are not into the smokey eye look and just wear the mineral shadow on it's own for a more appropriate day/work look add your favorite mascara and you are out the door. 


Feel free to leave me any questions, comments or requests in the comments below. Also go check out Ms.Brooke's products fan page. 



Brooke's links: 
http://www.myjestore.com/PamperYourselfWithJE
or
http://www.facebook.com/BotanicalBlissWithJE


Check out her page she always has product specials, fan giveaways and offers product samples if you are interested in the products. Don't forget to shoot her a comment and let her know I sent you! 
FYI she will be sponsoring my upcoming giveaway with one of the products mentioned above so stay tuned for that.


XoXo,
Alex

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Can't go wrong with a little gold glitter!

Hey dolls,

So I know I have been promising you all a new makeup pictorial for a while now and finally I made it happen. I hope you all enjoy it and try it out and of course don't forget to email me or tag me to your photos on twitter or instagram so I can check them out. I know that some of you might find the idea of using loose glitters a little intimidating but I promise with a little practice and patience it gets a heck of a lot easier...

So let's stat off with all of the products I used to achieve this makeup looks.


The star of this look is the gorgeous gold loose glitter by the brand Bissu.

Products list:
(Face)
- Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
- Covergirl outlast stay fabulous 3in1 foundation
- Maybelline Instant age rewind dark circle erasers in: light for under the eyes and brightener to highlight the bridge of my nose, forehead and cupids bow.
- Palladio rice powder in Translucent to set the makeup under my eyes
- Maybelline shine free pressed powder in Golden to set the rest of my face
- Bissu powder blush in Chabacano (basically any peachy pink blush will do!)
- City color contour effects palette (used for contouring)

(Eyes)
- Milani eyeshadow primer in nude
- Jordana 12hr made to last eye pencil in continuous almond
- Physicians Formula matte e/s quad in Canyon classics
- Bissu 8 pan palette in #5
- Covergirl shadow pencil in flamed out
- Bissu e/s in Violeta
- E.l.f. glitter primer (used as glitter adhesive)
- Bissu loose glitter in #19
- Maybelline Line stiletto liquid liner 
- Jordana made to last eye liners in black point and purple fix

(Brows)
- Nyx eyebrows kit for everyone
- Ofra cosmetics brow pencil in Universal


Now that I've listed all of the products I used let's move onto the step by step pictorial.



Step 1: Using the scotch tape technique that will help you get that perfect edge and perfect liner, apply any eye shadow primer of your choice. This will allow your eye shadows to last longer and prevent them from creasing.

Step 2: I added a matte cream shade as my brow bone highlight and then using the warm browns out of the Physicians formula quad I applied them into my crease and blended them to add depth and warmth to the look. 

Step 3: I applied the Covergirl eye pencil to the center of the lid and using a synthetic brush I slightly blended it. I added this step as a guide to show where the glitter is to be applied. This step will help ensure you do not add any color to that space. Of course it is unnecessary if you do not have a gold pencil or shadow.

Step 4: Using the bissu violeta shadow I applied it to both the inner and outer corners of my eye and then added a little more to my fluffy brush and blended it right into my crease, keeping it just slightly below the warmer browns applied earlier. During this step don't forget to blend, blend, blend and blend some more!

Step 5: Apply a touch of glitter adhesive or lash glue to the center of the lid. In this case I used the elf cosmetics glitter primer. I then applied the loose glitter right on top. You absolutely use different glitter and eye shadow combinations.

Step 6: I then went on to apply my black liquid liner, false lashes, mascara and a black pencil liner to my upper and lower water lines. 

Step 7: I finished off the look by using the purple liner and smudging some of it just under my lower lash line and blending it out with more of the purple shadow. 

Once you've completed that you are DONE!


Add a lip stick or gloss of your choice and you are ready!

I hope you all enjoyed this look and again I apologize for taking so long to post up another pictorial. 

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XoXo,
Alex



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