Tuesday, July 28, 2009

NYX Round Lipstick On-Lip Swatches: 27 Total

L-R: Margerita, Femme, Fire, Twist, Saturn, Doll, Hebe, Snow White, Ulysses








Snow White


L-R: Thalia, Tea Rose, Paris, Harmonia, Jupiter, Narcissus, Lousiana, Spellbound, Fusion

Harmonica (had to be applied with a brush, very difficult to work with)



Tea Rose






Circe & Honey are very similar but Circe is more orange & Honey is more yellow. B52 is just slightly less intense then Milan but basically the same color. Darling has more bronze then Ceto, I don't really like either color, maybe just because they are so frosty. Taupe is an awful color on me, it basically looks like I smeared chocolate all over my lips.

L-R: Summer Love, Circe, Honey, Mars, Milan, B52, Darling, Ceto, Taupe

Summer Love









Monday, July 20, 2009

Using Sea Salt to fight Acne

I've had constant moderate acne for about 8 years and I've tried a lot of different products. Most of them were quite expensive, and very few of them made any difference in my skin. Ironically the most effective thing is just about dirt cheap and has been sitting in my house all this time.

Why salt? Salt is a natural anti-bacterial. Its been used as a healing agent throughout history, and our bodies simply could not survive without it. Note: table salt is stripped of most of its healing minerals, and therefor may not be as effective. Sea salt, or salt crystals, is best.

I read about using salt masks to treat acne a few weeks ago. I started using it in the mornings as a cleanser/scrub, and when I can I'll use it as a mask in the evening. It can also be used as a toner over night, and as a body scrub if you have body acne (and even if you don't).

You can adjust the amount you use to whatever your skin needs, but I use

-1/2 teaspoon sea salt
-1 teaspoon water (warm preferably)
-cotton ball

I mix this together in a small bowl, soak it into the cotton ball and gently scrub it on my face. The first few times I used this it stung after a few minutes so I washed it off quickly, but after a few weeks it doesn't sting anymore and I can leave it on for a long time if I want a more intense treatment. If it stings a lot or you have sensitive skin use less salt in the beginning and wash it off sooner. Right after using the salt your skin will be a little red, but that's natural after using an exfoliant.

For overnight let the salt dissolve in hot water and apply it like you would a toner or put it in a spray bottle to spritz on your face. In the bath add half a cup to treat body acne (use moisturizer after). I also love adding this to St Ives apricot scrub, aloe vera gel, and a few drops of olive oil and scrubbing my skin (I do it quite hard) to make it super soft.

After 3-4 weeks of doing this my skin has improved a lot. I have very few breakouts, my skin tone is much more even, and my face is so much softer. Using it in the morning makes my foundation look better too. I'll need a few more weeks to see if this is 100% effective as my acne has good/bad cycles but so far I've seen good things and would recommend everyone try it.

To read more about the internal health benefits of salt visit WorldWideHealth.com

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Review: NYX 10 Color Palette Champagne & Caviar

Quality: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Size: 4.5 inches long
Price: $9
Where To Buy: nyxcosmetics, cherryculture, nonpareilboutique, ebay
Would I Buy Again: Yes

This new palette from NYX is a must have. It has 10 neutral colors that I think will work for most skin tones. There are 3 matte colors (white, chocolate, black) & the rest are a mix of satin and shimmers. This palette has all the colors you need to make a natural everyday look or a smoky chocolate evening look. The white color is pigmented but sheer enough to work as a brow bone highlighter. All the other colors are very pigmented and have a silky texture.

The compact is glossy and chic, but shows finger prints easily. The entire inside lid is a mirror so you can see what you are doing very well. Its about 4.5 inches long but there is plenty of each color. My only complaint about this palette is that its a little hard to open and I'm afraid of breaking my nails. This is really a great product and perfect for traveling, runs between $8 - $10 depending on where you buy it.

-can do several different looks
-works for many skin tones
-good for traveling
-has big mirror

-case is hard to open & gets fingers prints

Friday, July 10, 2009

TheSheSpace Swatches

These are from TheSheSpace.com, costing $4.50 for each 3 gram jar. I pretty much love them all, except Hot For Chocolate which is way too warm for me.

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Acidic Reign

Angel's Blush

Aphrodite Screams

Art Of Noise

Blaim The Rain

Bright Outlook

Chasing Mystery

Crack The Whip

Crushed Metal

Gothic Glamour

Hot For Chocolate

Mesh & Lace

Moral Enemy

No Scruples

Oh Precious Patience

Patent Leather Baby

Pristine Nature

Swim With The Fishes

Here are my older swatches of all the samples I have.