Masque*ology -Brightening with Arbutin Product Review

I recently tried a sample of Masque*ology, a mask “Researched and Developed by Top Dermatologists in Korea.” The one I used was Brightening with Arbutin which is formulated to diminish the appearance of dark spots.

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A rayon cellulose single use facial mask saturated with advanced multi-functioning ingredients that contours to your face leaving your complexion brighter and refreshed.

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his mask contains ingredients to revitalize and even out the appearance of your complexion. It diminishes the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Immersed with more than one ounce of ingredients, it is a luxurious, intense treatment that softens skin’s overall texture and enhances the appearance of your complexion.

I opened the packet and extracted a very slimy thin sheet, carefully I unraveled it and put it on my face. The picture in the package looks pretty, this is what the mask actually looks like:

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The mask does have opening for the eyes and mouth, but you can close those flaps if you want the ingredients to work in all your face. Once you put it on, you will lie down and rest for 20 minutes, then take it off. It was weird to put it on my face since its saturated by a gel-like substance and it’s cold, I felt a very slight tingle after the first 10 minutes. The convenience of this mask is that once I take it off there is no need for rinsing, just throw away the mask, and massage the remaining product into face and neck. The end result is a softer, very refreshed and relaxed face.

The Brightening Mask is just one of the products Masque*ology offers, this is their complete line:

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Beauty trends for the new year

It’s a new year – and fashion has never looked so good!  This year, we can expect to see a healthy dose of ladylike pieces mixed with tailored menswear.  The overall look will be polished, sophisticated, and vintage-inspired.  Which means, hair and makeup trends for Spring 2013 are more refined, yet modernly cool.

Spring 2013 makeup trends

Kenzo, MCMG Max Azria, Stella McCartney & Chanel

Spring 2013 hair trends

Jenny Packham, Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein, & Jil Sander

*Photos courtesy of Fashionising

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Sephora Lash Stash

A few weeks ago I mentioned the holiday mascara collection Sephora Favorites Lash Stash, I was running low on mascara so I decided to buy the collection and as I did in previous years I will use them all, rate them and tell you which one I thought is best. And in this case you can trust me, I have the worst eyelashes ever and what works well on me will work wonders in normal eyelashes. These are the mascaras I will be trying on:

Buxom Lash

 

This vitamin-enriched formula deepens, darkens, and thickens from root to tip. The curvy hourglass-shaped brush holds the ideal amount of mascara to ensure every lash is coated evenly with our silky, clump-free formula.

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Stila – Stay All Day

 

Waterproof Volumizing Mascara

Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara is an innovative, long-wearing mascara that contains a special polymer with an extremely high resistance to water. The rich formula pumps up the volume of lashes, is buildable, and unlike other waterproof mascaras, leaves lashes soft, supple, and shiny without smudging or flaking. The unique 3-D triangular brush utilizes three wells to dramatically load a generous coat of mascara onto lashes for extreme volume and three rows of combing bristles to lift, lengthen, and define each and every lash for eye-popping results.

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Korres – Athens

Volcanic Minerals Volumizing Mascara

 

This Obsidian black is formulated with volcanic minerals for the deepest, darkest color and an explosive increase in lash volume. These rich pigments blend with natural film formers to create a flexible yet strong coating that covers every lash. Volcanic Minerals Volumizing Mascara provides a glossy, luminous finish with a flexible conditioned feel, without any smudging or flakes for optimal, long-wearing benefits. The tapered brush head with unique cross-hatch bristles ensures smooth, clump-free application that grabs even the tiniest microlashes.

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Benefit

They’re Real!

 

This mascara features an exclusive brush specially designed to maximize the performance of the long-wearing, glossy formula revealing lashes you never knew you had! Staggered bristles grab close to the root, boosting length and volume beyond belief. The precision bristles on the custom-domed tip lift, define, and curl even your tiniest lashes. The end result is luxurious, silky lashes that won’t smudge, clump, or dry out.

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Lancôme

Hypnôse Drama

 

Instant Full Body Volume Drama

Hypnôse Drama creates full body, high-volume lashes in a single stroke. The full contact brush, with its S-shaped curve, grasps and loads lashes for a fanned out, eye-popping, full body fringe. It works magic on tiny lashes. Even dramatizes corner lashes other brushes miss—or worse, mess.

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Sephora Collection

Outrageous Volume Mascara

 

This mascara’s unique triple load brush intensely coats lashes in one easy stroke for a full, luscious look. The thick, Ultra Black formula is enriched with hyaluronic acid—an ingredient recognized for its moisturizing properties. Use the brush’s reservoirs to intensify lashes from root to tip, separate lashes with the “spiked” areas, or achieve a curved effect by pressing the brush lightly against the tips of the upper lashes.

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Clinique

High Impact

 

Get instant drama! Pump up the volume and length of each lash for a look that’s lusher, plusher, and bolder. Dress your lashes in pure, deep color—wear it once and you’ll feel naked without it.

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Tarte

Lights, Camera, Lashes!

 

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! 4-in-1 Mascara could be considered a push-up bra for your lashes—a 4-in-1 (lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning) dermatologist- and clinically-proven to increase the appearance of lash volume by 424% after applying giving dramatic, thick and sexy lashes.

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Smashbox

Full Exposure Mascara

 

Inspired by Smashbox’s on-set technique of layering fiber mascara over volumizing mascara for the biggest, longest lashes on camera, Full Exposure Mascara creates a 104% increase in lash volume for scene-stealing lashes at every angle without smudging, clumping, or flaking.

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d.j.v. beautenizer

Fiberwig LX

 

This glossy, black formula contains double the fibers to lengthen lashes. As the formula goes on smoothly without clumping, it gives the appearance of naturally longer lashes and forms a film coating that prevents smudging caused by oils and perspiration. The active ingredients consist of several natural botanical essences, a silky fiber ingredient, and panthenol to help nourish and strengthen lashes.

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Tarte

MultiplEYE Clinically-Proven Natural Lash Enhancing Primer

 

Prep, prime, and for the first time increase the appearance of lash volume by 739%, while also increasing the appearance of lash length, with multiplEYE™ Natural Lash Enhancing Primer. The groundbreaking, high-performance natural formula combines natural plant waxes and film formers to extend and volumize the appearance of lashes, while the proprietary and clinically proven HydroPlant™ peptide (a soy-amino super protein) helps improve the appearance of lash length and growth. For even more volumized and lengthened lashes, use with multiplEYE clinically proven natural lash enhancing mascara for an incredible 1102% increase in the appearance of lash volume! The precision bristles of the cone-shaped brush separate and evenly coat every last lash, while also delivering conditioning nutrients to stimulate lashes from root to tip.

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Sephora Collection

False Eye Lashes – Flutter

 

Because the eyes are the windows to the soul, we thought they deserved some extra glamorous options when it comes to lashes. From classic black flares to glitter-encrusted, beaded, or foiled finishes, these must-have accessories for eyes will instantly transform your look from ordinary, to extraordinary in seconds.

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This will be fun!

Happy New Year!

It’s a new year!  Lets start 2013 with an updated look and while we’re at it – lets try something a little risky!

 

2013 fashion trends

 

What we’re loving for 2013

Bold pointed-toe pumps: look great paired with cuffed skinny jeans and a basic top – classic and simple, but very chic.

Prints on the bottom half: trade your printed top for patterned bottoms for a modern and edgy look.

Collarless coat: perfect with with a cable knit sweater, skinny denim and loafers for a classic/preppy look.

Statement necklace: Go big or go home!  Statement necklaces look great paired with a crew neck sweater or a classic button down top – very modern and funky.

Berry colored lipstick: flirty and fun.  A great way to add some color to your overall look and looks great on most skin tones.

Cross body bag: lose those oversized satchels and opt for something a little smaller.  Cross body bags are urban and will update any look.

Happy 2013!  Hope everyone has a fun, safe and stylish NEW YEAR!

Best TV Shows for 2012

Still need a holiday gift that’s a little more personal than a box of chocolates, (not counting chocoholics)?  Or got some holiday cash to get what you really want?  Shop from these twelve best of 2012 TV shows on DVD and share, relive, or catch up with pop culture’s suspense filled to laugh out loud moments from Game of Thrones to Big Bang Theory.

Twelve Shows for 2012

  1. Game of Thrones: Season Two 
  2. Dexter: Season Six
  3. American Horror Story
  4. Parks and Rec: Season Four
  5. Big Bang Theory: Season Five
  6. NCIS: Season Nine
  7. 30 Rock: Season Six
  8. Homeland
  9. Criminal Minds: Season Seven
  10. The League: Season Three
  11. Two and a Half Men: Season Nine
  12. Deadliest Catch

Cheers to beating cabin fever and catching some great TV hits!

Nail Colors for Winter 2012

New nail polish colors….need I say more? Let’s start:

OPI

Skyfall

Absolutely gorgeous shimmering metallic colors in homage to the new James Bond movie. As part of the collection OPI is featuring “The Man with the Golden Gun” a top coat with real 18k gold flakes that adds a gold leaf texture to any color.

 

 

 

 

Nails, Inc

Bling It On Rocks

A great way to add embellishment to your nails, I have similar kits and from experience I can tell you that people will touch your nails!

 

Sephora by OPI

Jewelry Top Coat Set

Glimmering mix of purple, silver, magenta and turquoise top coats to be used on top of any color or on the bare nail.

 

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Tinsel Town

This amazing set will get you ready the holidays with a mix of Sephora by OPI’s bestsellers, trend shades, and basics.

 

Good Tidings We Bling!

Lovely and perfect for the holidays a top coat with red and green glitter. This would be perfect to enhance Christmas nail art!

Ciate

Caviar Mini Bar

This is such a great value, in this set you get four nail polish colors and four caviar pots, great to mix and match!

 

So far I’m drooling over the Skyfall collection, I’m powerless, I need to get some of them!

‘Tis the season for boots

It’s boot season!  Whether you’re into classic riding boots or something with a little more edge – there are boots for everyone and looks to suit your personal style.

Here are some of our favorite looks to pair with this seasons hottest boot trends.

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chelsea boots

 

platform booties

 

lace up booties

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