Wednesday, December 31, 2008

J.Lynne Cosmetics

Jess, the creator of J. Lynne Cosmetics sent me a lovely batch of samples to try out and review.

J.Lynne mineral makeup products are cruelty-free and 100% natural. The J.Lynne Cosmetics collection includes mineral foundation & powders, mineral blushes, mineral eye shadows, all-natural lip products and more!

I was sent some samples of the Satin Pearls e/s, the Gloss FX Natural Lip Glaze, and the primer and finishing powder, which I haven't try yet because my skin is a little crazy right now.


This is the entire Japanese Garden Collection, which I LOVE!

Samples are $1.25: 1/16 tsp. in a 5 gram jar
Full Size are $8.00: 10 grams net vol (2-3 grams net wt) sifter jar

These are some of the nicest pigments I've ever tried. They are perfect if you don't like lots of shimmer but still want something that is just a little reflective and glowy. They go on like butter, very smooth and soft. The colors are soft but easily layered for a stronger look. Its very easy to blend and I haven't gotten any fall out. As soon as I used up these samples I'll probably buy a few of the full size colors.

Ingredients: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). May Contain Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).


This is the lipgloss samples, all of the neutrals, peaches, and reds

Samples are $2.00: 1/4 tsp (approx.) in a 5 gram jar
Full Size are $12.00: .35 oz net vol. tube with wand applicator

These glosses are pretty sheer, only the darkest colors show up on my lips. They have lasted half the day without disappearing and are pretty moisturizing. The biggest con for me is the strong orange-sugary smell that lasts forever. I wouldn't mind so much if the faded but it seems to last just as long as the gloss does. Over all I do like these glosses, but I won't use they very often because of the smell.

Ingredients: Lanolin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Beeswax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil. May Contain Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).


This look was done with:
Kuzu (inner 2/3)
Mikage (outer corner)
Mokuren (highlighter)
Avon Daring Curves mascara


This look was done with:
Mimoza (all over lid)
Fuji (crease)
Kuzu (outer crease)
Mokuren (highlighter)
Rimmel black e/l
Avon Daring Curves mascara

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I just want to say Merry Christmas to all my wonderful readers.

Have a great day and be safe.

Monday, December 8, 2008

FOTD: Earthy/Christmas Greens

Face: Almay Clear Complexion foundation

Cheeks: Avon Cool Plum blush

Lips: Avon glazewear l/s Pink Tiara

Eyes: UDPP
NYX upm Lime (inner 1/2 of lid)
tkbtrading Cyprus (outer 1/2 of lid)
theshespace Over Coiffed (highlighter)
Smashbox cream liner (upper lashes, very sheer)
Maybelline Great Lash mascara

What I used:

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Review: Remington Sleek & Curl Flat Iron

Quality: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Size: 1 inch
Price: $35
Where To Buy: Target, Wal-Mart

-Includes Bonus Styling DVD developed by Professional Stylists!
Shows “how to” create numerous looks & styles
Full with tips & tricks
-Tourmaline + Titanium + Ceramic Coating for superior heat transfer and wear resistance
-Locks in the hair’s natural moisture
-Incredible Lasting Frizz-Free Shine
-Digital Precise Temperature Control with Temperature Lock
Set and lock-in desired temperature setting
-Salon High Heat 430°F
-30 second heat up and Turbo Boost Mode
-Automatically sets to the highest temperature if desired
-Auto Shutoff after 1 hour
-Dual Voltage for travel
-Hinge Lock
-6 ft. Swivel Cord
-4 year warranty

Let me start by saying, this flat iron ROCKS!

Last week was having a discount and I was planning to buy the BaByliss nano flat iron for $80. I didn't really want to spend all that money on one item, especially at this time of the year when I'm buying christmas presents for 10 people and birthday presents for 4 people, so I thought I'd try a cheap one from Target before I spent tons on a high end iron. If it didn't work out I'd just take it back. I looked on the Target website, read their reviews, and picked out a iron that looked promising (and convienently pretty!). Then I went to the store and picked up the Remington Sleek & Curl flat iron.

It was the best thing I ever did.

The first thing I did was watch the instructional DVD it comes with. It has video tutorials on how to achieve 5-6 different curly looks that are super cute and pretty easy to do. I didn't think I'd really be able to duplicate any of the looks but to my surprise on the first try my hair curled and looked totally cute.

I set the temperature to 360 degrees and it takes me about 25 minutes to curl all of my hair. The curls stay in ALL DAY! The very bottom layer of hair straightens out because everything on top smooshes it but everything else is super curly to the end of the day. Straightening only takes about 5 minutes and you only need to go over each section once for it to be pin straight.

-heats up very quickly, less then a minute
-changeable heat settings
-there is a key pad lock so you don't change the temperature while curling, just hold the (-) key down for 2 seconds and the lock symbol comes up on the screen
-curls and straightens hair with just one pass
-makes hair shinier (not tons but enough to be noticed)
-doesn't pull on the ends of your hair, glides down with no problem
-the dvd shows you how to do some really cute hair styles
-the iron itself is very cute and seems to be very sturdy, its small and doesn't take up much space
-4 year warranty, if it stops working Remington will replace it

-around the plates gets very hot, but you can still touch the ends

If you are looking for a flat iron GET THIS ONE its really great.