Confessions of a Make up junkie!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Moroccan Oil Hair Products!

So as I have blogged before, I have been hunting for hair products - mainly hair treatments - ever since my favorite hair treatment mask from Fekkai had been discontinued. I did a post on some products that I found that were helpful, but that can not compare with the products I just tried out fairly recently.

And these products are... (drumroll)

                                                       MoroccanOil hair products!!!

Now I had heard of this brand before, but I didn't pay any attention to it since I had my trusty Fekkai hair mask to keep me company. But since oils these days are all the rage in beauty, I decided I needed to find out more. (Including oils for the face and body, but that's a post for another day) ANYWHO, I tried out this line at a salon since I didn't want to buy the whole product/s without knowing if I actually liked it.

Well I did. A lot. Mainly the hair treatment mask and the treatment oil. The shampoo and conditioner I can live without and I think anyone can. Just stick to good ol' drugstore shampoos and conditioners, ladies. Your wallets will thank you. Not to mention it is unnecessary as long as you have a good weekly deep conditioning treatment/mask to keep your hair's health in check. But this is a total personal choice. If you feel you need it and don't mind spending the extra cash, then by all means go ahead.

The products I fell in love with and purchased are:
Treatment Oil and weekly repairing mask

These two are the ones I'm loving and so is my hair. I'm soooo glad I found these. What I do is that I take 1 tbsp of the mask and mix it with a few drops of the oil. I leave it on my hair for 10 minutes and then wash it off. I follow it with my favorite conditioner to seal in the treatment. My hair has never been so shinny and strong! Even my sister noticed a great change in my hair, and she sees me everyday. I have no frizz when my hair air dries so I don't have to use heat tools if I don't want to. Oh, by the way, I use this once a week only. The instructions say that once hair is healthy, you can use it less frequently.  ^_^

So do I recommend this? Hell yeah. It's pricey and a little hard to come by, but totally worth it in my opinion.


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Smashbox bb cream review

I had the pleasure of receiving a deluxe sample of Smashbox's bb cream from Sephora.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB cream

Available at Sephora full size for $39.00


This is the description on Sephora's website:

What it is:
A five-in-one formula for achieving flawless skin on camera and beyond.

What it is formulated to do:
- Oil-controlling formulation with emollients and optical pearl pigments to provide hydration and visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles after only four weeks
- Features SPF 35 sun protection
- Comes in five shades

This multitasking tinted cream formula with SPF 35 moisturizes, primes, perfects, controls oil, and protects for flawless skin on set and beyond. Formulated with emollients and optical pearl pigments, this BB Cream gives skin a glowing, ethereal look and provides a hydrating veil for the complexion to maintain moisture on the surface of the skin.

What I say:

Shade:
First, color match-wise I think it runs a shade darker. It's very noticeable once it oxidizes. (When liquid makeup oxidizes - when exposed to air- it usually turns darker). The shade I got was Light/Medium. Usually, those kinds of shades would suit me. But in this case, it only suits me when I'm tanned. Perhaps the next shade up will suit me (light) year round. This may be a problem for very fair skinned people.

There are 5 shades to choose from:
Fair
Light
Light/Medium
Medium
Dark

Finish:
The finish is satiny matte. Very flattering and looks great on photos (hence the "camera ready" part of the name). It'd be great for those hot summer days when your skin is oilier than usual. Only, you have to be careful upon application. You can't apply too much because this bb cream is a bit on the heavy side. Other than that, I think normal, combination, and oily skin types can benefit from using this bb cream. I wouldn't recommend on dry skin as it may seep into fine lines and look very dry when in oxidizes. Make sure to moisturize beforehand if you plan on using it if you have dry skin.

Coverage:
This is a bb cream. So keep in mind it will in no way be as covering as a full foundation. However, amongst the bb creams I've tried, this one has very good coverage. And I mean very good! While I don't have a lot of blemishes, those that I did have were basically erased. And it looks very natural, as long as you don't go overboard with application. ;)

Lasting ability:
I'd say its long lasting. I didn't use any powder to set it and it lasted me for a solid 6+ hours. I only used blotting paper on my nose once, but that was it.The finish stayed true. Matte and all. One night, I used it over Smashbox's Photo Finish primer (original) and it stayed on allll night. Through drinking and dancing. But mostly drinking. :P


Travel size primer available at Sephora for $15.00


Overall:
I think this is a great bb cream for all kinds of skin types. Which is really rare. While I reach more for my Bobbi Brown bb cream because none has matched me quite as well as hers, I'd be lying to you if I said it was better than Smashbox. I think that if I'd found a great color match I would use this one more. Especially since summer is basically upon us, and I have found that Bobbi Brown bb cream makes me oily sooner. I haven't used it recently because of this.

Anyway, check out this bb cream. Your camera, facebook and face will thank you for it.