The Sephora Haul in Stop Motion Video

When I say “Sephora Haul” I really mean it! Here is a one-minute video of my largest haul during the Spring Bonus Event. It took me a while to finish this video. Enjoy!

 

Products in the video:

Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit– still testing them because I used both of them the same time on sensitive skin – and you can guess it wasn’t a good idea.

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Blaquer – my favorite eye pencil! so smooth and stays really good. The color is true black without any greenish undertones that I hate. By the way, Highliners are also available now in glitter finish, and I can’t wait to test them!

Dior Fix It 2-in-1 Prime & Color Correct in 200 Apricot  – perfect for days when you had enough sleep and just adds a wash of peach color to cancel the blue undertones of your undereye area.

Tom Ford Lumière Lip – full review here.

Tom Ford Boys & Girls Lip Color in Nina – lipstick in mini with shiny semi-transparent finish.

Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin Perfect Skin Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 50 in 020 Light –  this one is just so good, makes your skin look so perfect and glowing! But the major drawback is the Octinoxate 7.00%.  – Here is why I’m so stressed about it.

Kiehl’s SINCE 1851 Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado– full review here.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – a really nice lip mask that preps your lips for morning. Now available in different flavors.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette – natural shades that will work for any complexion and any occasion.

SHEET MASKS

Laneige Water Pocket Sheet mask – good moisturizing mask

Dr. Jart + Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal– this one is literally black sheet mask! felt refreshed after use.

Dr. Jart + Water Replenishment Cotton still sitting in my cabinet.

Dr. Jart + Brightening Infusion Hydrogel– still untouched.

Dr. Jart + Shake & Shot™ Rubber Hydro Mask –  this is a really interesting mask as you need to prepare it first by mixing two ingredients. it Makes my skin so soft and supple after!

Dr. Jart + Dermask Water Jet Vital Hydra Solution™ – still in my cabinet.

Saturday Skin Spotlight Brightening Mask–  leaves the skin so glowing. Unbelievably glowing!

Saturday Skin Quench Intense Hydration Mask  – will be trying today!

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair – a 10-minutes mask that preps your skin for a whole week ahead! Love it.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Hair Cap System – This mask comes in a pack of 4 ( Sorry, I used two by the time I was filming this!). They come with hair caps so you can extend the time you keep your mask on from 20 min to 1 hour for even better results!

 

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments!

 


 


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If any of the products cause irritation, discontinue use immediately.

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Josie Maran New Vibrancy Argan Oil Full Coverage Concealer Fluid Review

With the increased awareness of ingredients in cosmetics and Sephora’s CLEAN initiative, I find myself leaning more towards natural skin care and makeup.

As a beauty blogger, I try to be reasonable with the choice of makeup that I use and share in my blog, but at the same time, I barely can find any CLEAN makeup in my collection.

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For several years, there has always been a problem with natural makeup, since natural ingredients are least likely to be stable and the formulas usually don’t stay well. Nevertheless, more research is put into this subject, and we can definitely witness more and more natural companies emerge on the market with a lot of really good products.

Today, I’m sharing my review on newly released Vibrancy Argan Oil Full Coverage Concealer Fluid from Josie Maran. This is my first makeup product with the CLEAN at Sephora seal.

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I’ve just received this concealer, so I’ll do my best to test it by several criteria including how well it stays compared to my currently favorite NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer that stays all day.

The Formula

One of the most important criteria for any product is its formula. This concealer is infused with Argan oil – the staple ingredient of Josie Maran brand. This oil is non-comedogenic and contains vitamin E, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids all known for their skincare benefits. Besides, there are also antioxidant-rich blueberry extract, de-puffing raspberry seed oil, and brightening elderberry flower. Together, they promise to combat dark circles, under-eye puffiness, and discoloration, while covering scarring, and blemishes.

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The concealer is dermatologist tested, safe for sensitive skin, vegan, and cruelty-free. Besides, it is noncomedogenic – which is really important for me as I easily get my under eye area pores clogged and it is hard to exfoliate this delicate skin.

It was also suitable for all skin types.

Ingredients

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Water**, Methyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride**, Trimethylsiloxyphenyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Sodium Chloride**, Glycerin**, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide**, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Propanediol**, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate**, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract**, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Sodium Gluconate**, Tocopherol**, Lysine**, Magnesium Chloride**, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil**, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract**, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Seed Oil**, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil**, Sodium Metabisulfite, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract**, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Dehydroacetate

MAY CONTAIN: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)**, Iron Oxides (CI 77491)**, Iron Oxides (CI77492)**, Iron Oxides (CI77499)**.

*Organic **Natural

The list of ingredients is good and natural as expected, except for several compounds that are highlighted in bold. Dimethicone, for instance, a silicone-based polymer with skin conditioning and protecting functions has a score of 3 (moderate hazard) at EWG database. Sodium Metabisulfite (4), Phenoxyethanol (4), Benzyl Alcohol (5) are the preservatives that keep the product in place. Even though they have a higher rate of moderate hazard, they are listed at the bottom of the ingredient list, which means, a smaller concentration and quantities of these ingredients are used in the product. I can’t comment on the exact amount of chemicals used, but since the product has the Sephora CLEAN seal, it means the concealer has less than one percent of synthetic fragrances, which in particular, Phenoxyethanol is.

The Coverage

This is a full coverage radiant concealer with buildable coverage. Even though it gives a medium coverage with the first swipes, it is already covering my dark circles. I accidentally put too much the first time, and when blending, I noticed that it also blurred my pores on my cheeks – another big plus to this concealer. Even after applying another layer for full-coverage, it still gives me a natural finish.

The Color Range

This natural concealer is available in seven colors from Fair to Deep. Each shade of the concealer is designed in a way it can match Vibrancy Foundation shades seamlessly. It a fairly scarce selection compared to other brands.

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For my light-to-medium complexion, I chose the Light shade.

This is how it compares to other fluid concealers in my collection.

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The Packaging

The concealer comes in a recyclable plastic bottle and has a flat and flexible applicator. I really like this applicator, it is super soft and easy to use.

 

 

The Feel

It feels pretty creamy when I apply it but once it dries, there is no feeling of oiliness or dryness. I like how it conceals discoloration, but I still feel like it creases a bit in my deeper fine lines.  I tried it with a beautyblender and a brush first which obviously doesn’t really work with this concealer. It is recommended to be applied with fingers, which gives much better results than with the brush. For more seamless blending, I still use the beautyblender to smooth out the edges.

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Close-up of my fine lines while wearing one layer with this concealer

Setting this concealer was also a bad idea for me. I generally don’t set my concealer because it makes my fine lines even more profound and the under eye area dry. I applied NARS Concealer to another eye for comparison. To my surprise, they look really similar! I have to admit that both of them settle in my fine lines slightly. I think it has something to do with application and the amount of product used in that area. I try to get the least amount of product around my line. Using a moisturizer before concealer is another good tip for a smoother look. Make sure you blend it out well immediately because once Vibrancy concealer is dry, it won’t move.

I don’t have that much puffiness under my eyes to check how it de-puffs the eyes.

My under eye area felt quite moisturized after few hours of wearing the concealer and it stayed pretty well, same as NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.

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Comparing NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer to Josie Maran Vibrancy Concealer, from left to right (1 layer of each)

Bottom line

This is a good natural concealer infused with “ingredients with benefits“. It does smooth out the skin, conceals discoloration and gives a nice dewy-natural finish. On the other hand, it settles in fine lines, however, as much as the NARS concealer does, so most likely I need to improve on my application a little more, rather than claiming that it sets.

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Overall, it has more pros than cons and made a good first impression. As for the settling in lines, it’s my usual problem with concealers, so I’m willing to use it more to see how I can minimize the crease. Once I find the right way of doing this, I’ll definitely share it with you!

The Vibrancy Concealer is available at Sephora and Josie Maran Cosmetics for $28.

What do you think of the “clean” makeup? Let me know in the comments down below.


This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer is here.

If any of the products cause irritation, discontinue use immediately.

Let’s chat! Follow me on Instagram @sunkissedblush_blog

PAT MCGRATH LABS Skin Fetish Highlighters: Hit or Miss?

If I had to create a list of the makeup brands that excel in quality of formulas and pigments Pat McGrath Labs would be definitely among the first who comes to my mind. I’m totally obsessed with MatteTrance lipstick that I’ve shared in one of my  videos reviews on Youtube.

This summer, Pat McGrath Labs released a line of new highlighters that includes both a pallet with 3 pressed highlighters and 3 dual end cream-sticks. They were first launched at Sephora with Early Access for VIB Rouge members, and as it always happens with this brand, most of the products were sold out within minutes.

Thankfully, there are back in stock now.

Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio ($50, Buy Now)

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Highlighter in Iridescent Pink 003 (opalescent pale rose), Fine Gold 003 (glittering yellow gold), Bronze Nectar 003 (gleaming soft copper)

The formula of these highlighters is considered as gel-powder, which is basically a combination of creamy and powdery textures. Even though the highlighters come as a pressed powder, neither of them feel too dry or flaky on my skin. The powder is so fine, it indeed imitates a cream or liquid texture on the skin with tiny glitter which is visible only when direct light hits the highlighter. Each highlighter is pearl-infused and adds multi-dimensional effect to the skin as it melts into the skin contributing to glowing complexion.

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Diffused Light
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Direct Sunlights

When compared to my favorite Sugar Glow Kit from Anastasia Beverly Hills, it feels less creamy and more powder-ish. But when you apply it to your skin… here is where you see the dramatic difference.

As I said before, they blend really well filling all the lines of skin texture, which is even better than when swatching highlighters from Sugar Glow Kit. If I could measure the shine, I’d say it is probably twice stronger and the coverage is better falling somewhere between medium to full compared to Sugar kit or any other highlighters I have in my collection.

This is that very moment when the camera can’t actually show how gorgeous the highlighters are.

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Comparing Highlighting Trio to other products in my collection. From top left:

Iridescent Pink 003 from Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio

Gumdrop from Anastasia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow Kit

Fine Gold 003 from Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio

Marshmallow from Anastasia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow Kit

Bronze Nectar 003 from Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio

Darker shades of Mini Shimmer Brick in Bronze from Bobbi Brown

When I first received this pallet, I doubted if the first two iridescent shades with purplish and greenish casts would be wearable and I actually ordered it because of the Bronze Nectar 003 shade – a true Sun Kissed Blush color.

Honestly, I was surprised to find myself using Iridescent Pink 003 shade quite often keeping the rest of the makeup in nude range and matching the highlighter with my Pat McGrath Labs Lust Lip Gloss in Pale Fire Nectar.

The highlighter is recommended to be applied with your fingers or with duo-fiber brush in circular motions. Depending on the brush you’re using, you either can create a narrow sharp line on your cheekbones, or use a fluffier brush for more airbrushed effect. I used the Buffer 003 Brush in the photographs presented below, which blends the product pretty well, however, causes some glitter fallouts around. The fallouts are not seen in diffused soft light, but you’ll definitely going to notice them in the direct harsh light.

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From top to bottom: Iridescent Pink 003, Fine Gold 003, Bronze Nectar 003

Did you know that your cheekbones are not the only area where you can use these products? Try to put a bit of highlighter on your nose bridge, under your brows, on the center of eyelids and the collar bones.

By the way, all of the three shades can be used separately or mixed all together to create a nice rose gold shade – the fourth shade that you’ve seen on swatches.

The packaging

The trio comes in a cardboard pallet that opens two ways and closes on magnets, while also has an elastic closure. It doesn’t have a mirror but has a clear plastic with names of each highlighters on top of the pressed product. The packaging of all the products from Skin Fetish Collection looks like a page from a newspaper or fashion magazine.

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List of Ingredients:

Fine Gold 003:
Alumina, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Mica, Glycerin, Tin Oxide, Silica, Squalane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 20, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Chondrus Crispus, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

Iridescent Pink 003:
Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Squalane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 20, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Chondrus Crispus, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

Bronze Nectar 003:
Mica, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Squalane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 20, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Chondrus Crispus, Xanthan Gum, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dicalcium Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Carmine (Ci 75470).

The ingredients list looks pretty good, except for couple of ingredients in bold.

Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio is available at Sephora and PatMcGrath.com for $50.

Buffer 003 Brush ($25, Buy Now)

This is a synthetic duo-fiber brush – the only brush featured in this collection.

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To be honest, I’m having mixed feelings about this brush. I have other duo-fiber brushes and compared to them Buffer 003 seems more fluffy. However, after playing a little more with it, I’ve noticed that it gives a nice airbrushed effect when you use in circular motion. Lately, I prefer to apply highlighters either with fingers or with fluffy angled brushes like the one from Bobbi Brown. By using an angled brush I feel like I have more control on spreading the product, as the Buffer 003 brush let some fallouts of glitter to happen around your highlighter. As I said, they are only seen when the direct light hits those areas.

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Nevertheless, what I noticed about this dual-fiber brush is that you can control the intensity of these blinding highlighters and build them up.

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The Buffer 003 Brush is available at Sephora and patmcgrath.com for $25.

Skin Fetish Highlighter + Balm Duo ($48, Buy Now)

I was especially excited about this particular product in the collection. It’s a two end stick with colored highlighter on one end and a transparent reflective balm on the other. Skin Fetish Highlighter + Balm Duo is available in 3 shades: Bronze, Nude and Golden. I decided to try Golden.

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The highlighter in Golden matches my skin tone and has warm undertones. The texture is more creamy than the Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick from Hourglass, and blends in more seamlessly. If you prefer no-makeup makeup look, use your finger to apply and blur the highlighter.  Alternatively, you can use the Buffer 003 brush or any other brush of your choice.

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Compared to the Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio, this highlighter is very subtle and is perfect for everyday use.

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The balm on the other end comes the same in all variations.

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It is transparent and reflective and the formula is infused with aloe and argan oils as well as hyaluronic acid. The combination of these ingredients not only looks and feels good but also benefits your skin. I swatched it on one hand, and now I feel that my skin there is smoother compared to the other hand.

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If you like dewey, bare skin look, you’ll like the balm a lot.  Did I mention how good it smells?

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Comparing to other highlighters in my collection:

Nudestix Nudies All Over Face Color in Illumi-naughty

Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Highlighter + Balm Duo in Golden

Milk Makeup Highlighter

Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick in Champagne Flash

You can apply them separately, or layer them for intensified shine. By the way, by layering highlighters from the trio over the balm, you can blind somebody with the strobing glow.

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From top to bottom: Balm alone and Balm + Highlighter

Some people say that applying the balm and the highlighter straight from the stick on your face can ruin the foundation that you already have and it works best when applied with fingers. I was testing these highlighters with Armani Silk Foundation and I let it dry pretty well before applying the balm, trying both methods. I can’t say I noticed that my foundation was swept away when I tried swiping a product from the stick, but just personally I prefer to apply it with my fingers. This is how I usually apply all of my highlighting sticks.

As well as with the Highlighting Trio, you can use this highlighter duo on different parts of your face and body.

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List of Ingredients:

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Diethylhexyl Adipate, Dimethicone, Mica, Polyethylene, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Candelilla Cera), Talc, Silica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Octyldodecanol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Cholesteryl Hydroxystearate, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid, Nylon-12, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491).

The ingredients list looks pretty good as well, except for ingredients in bold which fall in Moderate hazard rate at EWG (3-4).

Skin Fetish Highlighter + Balm Duo is available at Sephora as well as patmcgrath.com for $48.

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Overall, Pat Mcgrath Labs stay true to their quality. I’m especially surprised with the pigments of Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio. For me, it is definitely a hit and I’m glad I have it now in my collection as these highlighters are worth every penny. I’m not sure about the brush though, but I believe I’m going to give it another chance.

Did you have a chance to try these highlighters? Let me know in the comments down below!


This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer is here.

If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

Let’s chat! Follow me on instagram @sunkissedblush_blog

BLACK IS WHITE: CURAPROX Whitening Toothpaste Set & BLACK Chewing Gum + Ultra-fine Interdental Brushes Set

I have a long story of combating my teenage complex of smiling and working hard on achieving a beautiful smile. That’s while I’m obsessed with my dental health and I always search for options to keep my teeth healthy.

Several years ago, after visiting my dentist every 2-3 months with sudden and overwhelming caries problems, I was recommended to try Curaprox toothpastes and brushes. Honestly, since then, I didn’t have any cavities and I have been using their toothpastes twice a day for at least 3-4 years. I’ve already mentioned the toothpaste in my Empties post and received some new products from Curaprox for test.

Why they are so good

Curaprox is a Swiss brand that is using SLS-free mild formula with enzymes that helps the saliva do the magic that is already programmed in our bodies by mother nature. Fun Fact to mention here: your saliva can actually repair your teeth enamel!

Curaprox has several different types of toothpaste with different amount of sodium fluoride that helps with tartar and cavities, including my favorite one with 1450 ppm of sodium fluoride which is hard to match at any other brand. Yes, you may say that fluoride can be bad for your overall health, however switching to fluoride-free toothpastes is not an option for me, at least for now.

If you are concerned about fluoride in toothpastes, Curaprox has a toothpaste called Enzycal Zero that doesn’t contain fluoride or menthol oil but has all the good enzymes to keep your mouth and teeth healthy.

BLACK IS WHITE Toothpaste & Toothbrush Set

With this being said, I’ve been using Curaprox Enzycal 1450 ppm for a while until I discovered their newly released Black is White Toothpaste two years ago.

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Toothpastes with charcoal have been booming all over the web, however, I was really concerned about the safety of using the charcoal over my enamel. As I said in the beginning, my obsession with my teeth makes me really caution of whatever teeth products I’m using. Trusting Curaprox quality and ingredients, their black toothpaste was obviously the only product I could think of trying and I’m so glad I gave it a try.

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The toothpaste comes with a Black CS 5460 ultra soft toothbrush. This type of toothbrush has also been recommended to me by my dentist before for being small and gentle enough for my gums and teeth.

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This black toothpaste really brightens the teeth and does it without abrading or bleaching. There are no tough particles that I was concerned about that could potentially scratch the enamel. On the contrary, this black toothpaste has a smooth consistency with tiny blue sparkling filters that add cooling refreshing sensations as you brush your teeth.

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It can get a little messy though, so using it with a black toothbrush makes the whole process more esthetic.

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As for the ingredients, this paste is also SLS-free and contain Sodium Monofluorophosphate 0.095% (950 ppm). As well as other Curaprox toothpastes, Black is White also contains enzymes that protect against tooth decay while supporting your saliva in doing its work. Besides, it also contains nano hydroxylapatite (950 ppm)  – a chemical compound that is already present in our bones and teeth (Boskey, 2007) and is known for it remineralizing properties for tooth enamel (Grewal et al, 2018). Moreover,  hydroxyapatite also seals exposed dentine channels.

The toothpaste doesn’t contain triclosan, bleaching agents or plastic particles.
Can be used as a regular toothpaste without any limitations.

Here is the before and after pictures of my teeth after first use.

The difference may not look dramatic on pictures, but after the first use the teeth are visible brighter and more polished. From my previous experience with this toothpaste, I find the effect more noticeable with continuous use.

Full List of Ingredients and Drug Facts:

The toothpaste is sonic friendly and has a pretty good looking list of ingredients, except for Aroma (Flavor) and Limonene that is added to the toothpaste for taste and score 4-8 and 6 at EWG relatively. However, the level of toxicity depends on many factors, including the amount of chemical used, which I cannot comment on.

The Black is White Toothpaste and Tooth Brush set is available at Curaprox.com for $29.99.

BLACK IS WHITE Chewing Gum

Ever heard or seen black chewing gum? Me neither.

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This Gum is from the same collection as the above-mentioned toothpaste and is infused with activated charcoal, hydroxylapatite and contains Xylitol which also helps to prevent tooth decay.

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What I like about this gum, is that it is sugar-free and is not super tough when you bite it first and it has a nice refreshing mint flavor that lingers on my palate for a while.

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I’m not sure if I noticed any obvious whitening effect as it gets really hard to chew a gum when you’re an Invisalign patient and have to wear trays at least for 22 hours. Nevertheless, I really liked this one for taste and also because it creates an awe when your friends see a black gum for the first time. Worth trying!

Full list of ingredients and nutrition facts:

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The list of ingredients is really good! Besides, the chewing gum is vegan as well.

The Black is White Chewing Gum can be found at Curaprox.com for $6.95.

CPS PRIME 150 INTERDENTAL BRUSHES SET

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This is a set of five interdental brushes with different diameters of the brush since the gaps of your teeth will differ and you’d need different brushes to clean the space where your toothbrush can’t get through. The best way to determine the right size is probably talking to your dentist, because if you choose too small you’ll under clean, if it’s too big you can damage your gums.

I was pretty sure I don’t need interdental brushes because I use a floss, however after trying one, now I know that I need to add it to my hygiene regime as well. Better late than never!

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My regular dental appointment hasn’t yet approached so to be safe with my super tight teeth I tried the smallest brush in blue and honestly, I really liked it! The round handle is very comfortable to hold and the brush has a cap so that I can carry it in my purse. Each brush features ultrafine tapered bristles with umbrella effect and a patented surgical wire for the smallest interdental spaces.

The brushes are promised to serve you long and the brush head can be easily exchanged since all of the interdental brush holders feature a click system. I haven’t used them long enough to say exactly for how long it will last.

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The set is available at Curaprox.com for $10.95.

Overall, Curaprox is maintaining its quality and the chewing gum and the interdental brushes don’t disappoint so far. I really like the flavor, list of ingredients and the right level of softness of the chewing gum while the smallest interdental brush is very easy and comfortable to use.

Curaprox is also sold in Azerbaijan! You can get more information about the distributors on their official website.

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I’d like to thank Curaprox for sending me these products for test.

 

References:

Boskey, A. (2007). Mineralization of Bones and Teeth. ELEMENTS, VOL. 3, PP. 387–393

Curaprox.com (2018). Oral Health.

Grewal, Navneet & Sharma, Neha & Kaur, Nirapjeet. (2018). Surface remineralization potential of nano-hydroxyapatite, sodium monofluorophosphate, and amine fluoride containing dentifrices on primary and permanent enamel surfaces: An in vitro study. Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry. 36. 158.


This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer is here.

If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

Let’s chat! Follow me on instagram @sunkissedblush_blog

 

First GIVEAWAY on Instagram!

WIN a gorgeous travel mirror from Kat Von D Beauty!

The Mirror’s design is inspired by the wax seal used in letters for centuries. This design makes it especially easy to hold and chic to use in public. I’m so excited to start my first giveaway with such a beautiful product!

Participating is easy:

  1. Follow @sunkissedblush_blog on Instagram ( will be checking!)
  2. Like the photo
  3. Tag your bestie

The contest is open for the US residents only. It starts on July 25th at 12 pm CT and ends on July 26th at 12 pm CT

For more details check our rules here: http://bit.ly/SKBgiveaway

 

Good Luck! 

 


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Allure x Kat Von D Beauty Box REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

For the June beauty box, Allure  partnered with Kat Von D Beauty to create a beauty box together. I’ve already shared before how much I like Kat Von D eyeliner, so I was happy to get a whole box with different goodies from this brand.

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The box consists of five products, four from Kat Von D and one from Ole Henriksen (I’m a little puzzled how the scrub from Ole Henriksen ended up in this collection though).

Let’s go through each and every product in the box:

Kat Von D Beauty

As I said before, my love for Kat Von D beauty starts with the Tattoo Liner. If I need to elaborate more on this subject, I’d mention the quality of the products that I’ve tried so far and its ingredients along with the beautiful floral design of the packaging.

Tattoo Eyeliner

 mini ($20 for full-size, Buy Now)

The liner in Black Trooper (previously Trooper) is a highly pigmented liquid eyeliner with a comfortable tip. You can draw a line with this liner as thin or thick as you like. It dries pretty well and stays well all day thanks to its waterproof formula. The liner is really easy to work with since if something goes wrong with your line, you can easily touch it up with Q-tip and micellar water. This eyeliner is an absolute must-have for beginners and pros.

Everlasting Lip liner

Full-size ($19, Buy Now)

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This automatic lip crayon is now one of my favorite products. The product is so creamy that it covers the lips pretty well and even can be worn alone as if it’s a matte lipstick. It also stays pretty well, however not as good as those from Pat McGrath Labs. The last ones are almost impossible to take off.

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From top: Tattoo Liner in Black Trooper, Lip Liner in Lolita and Studded Kiss Creme Lipstick in Double Dare

Lolita shade is a brown nude shade also described as “chestnut rose” with a satin-matte finish. It is not really my type of color, but it can be worn under any nude shade.

Since the quality of the lip liners is so good, I’m definitely going to check other shades as well.

Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

mini ($19 for full-size, Buy Now)

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I was so obsessed with the studded packaging when I’ve just received the box! This is a satin-matte finish lipstick with a nice creamy formula that smells like vanilla candy. I also like the shade of the lipstick – it’s more on a red brick side when compared to the brown Lolita lip liner and warms up my complexion a little bit.

 

From left to right: Lolita alone; Lolita + Double Dare; Double Dare alone

The formula glides on pretty smooth and doesn’t settle in lines. Moreover, the tip of the lipstick is very comfortable to put the product on my lips from the bullet without using a lip brush. Plus, it makes my teeth look a bit whiter which is another good thing to consider.

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Comparing to other lip products in my collection 

Here is the lip products in similar shades (from left to right):

Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Birthday Suit

Kat Von D Lip Liner in Lolita

NudeStix Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balm in J Mama

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Creme Lipstick in Double Dare

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in American Woman

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Kathryn

CLE Cosmetics Melting Lip Powder in Desert Rose

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wearing Double Dare

Travel Mirror

Full-size ($18)

This is a very extraordinary travel mirror I’ve ever had! I’ve already had the same mirror  – I’ve got it on my points at Sephora in last December.

The design of the mirror is inspired by wax seal used for centuries in letters writing. Interestingly, but this design also makes it easier to hold the mirror compared to a regular round one. It can easily fit in your purse and looks really chic to use in public.

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Since I got the same identical one, I decided to do my first giveaway! Join me on Instagram on July 25th to take a part in this giveaway! Details here.

Ole Henriksen

Transforming Walnut Scrub

Full-size ($28.00, Buy Now)

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I’m still surprised with this particular full-size product in this box. This is my second time I’m trying this scrub – my first impression was not really exciting because of my concern about how big the particles of the scrub are.

There is an assumption that bigger particles can be damaging for your skin, so you need to be gentle when using these type of scrubs on your face. After giving this scrub a second chance this time ( and using it gently on wet skin) I really can tell how smoother and softer the skin feels right after. However, I still feel concerned about the particles not being fine enough.

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The formula is infused with walnut powder, ginseng and chamomile extracts. This product does not contain parabens, sulfates, or phthalates and can be used unto 3 times per week.

About Allure Beauty Box

The total value of the June Box: $70

I’m really loving these Allure beauty boxes, and I’ve already shared my insights about this subscription service here. If you like exploring more of beauty products every month, I can definitely recommend it to you. Signing up is easy and as a new subscriber, you’ll get a mystery gift in your first box! Use this link here to sign up.

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What is your favorite product from Kat Von D Beauty? Let me know in the comments down below!


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If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Top 9 Beauty Finds

This is the annual sale event held at Nordstrom for three weeks! While Nordstrom Card Members had Early Access and some of the items are sold out already, the Anniversary Sale is open to the public on July 20th through August 5th.

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While you can get a lot of interesting deals, you can also find some of the merchandise created exclusively for this event.

For sure you can look through the Nordstrom catalog, however, to save your time and to make the most of this event, particularly from the Beauty Department, here is our top 9 finds you can’t miss during this event.

LA MER The Mini Miracles Collection ($85, Buy Now)

Value: $156

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I’ve mentioned several times about these products in my blog and on Instagram, and I think I’ll keep talking about them over and over again because they are worth every single penny spent! This Eye Concentrate is one of my favorites as it works magic with the dark circles under my eyes, while the Moisturizing Soft cream is another luxurious rich moisturizer I wish I would never run out of. This combo comes at a decent price since usually only 0.5 oz of Moisturizing Soft Creme comes with the same price tag and you also get a nice green pouch with this combo!

BEAUTYBLENDER® blend.cleanse.carry Set ($35, Buy Now)

Value: $60

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One of my favorite tools comes in this amazing set that includes two of the beautyblenders, a soap to clean the sponges and the brushes and this amazing new holder for drying and storing the sponges. With the total value of $60, it’s a crime to miss this deal.

MAKEUP ERASER

2-Pack The Original Makeup Eraser ($25, Buy Now)

Value: $40

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Another amazing deal this time on Makeup Erasers cloths! I’ve shared how wrong I was about this product and I’m so excited to add this combo of two full-size Erasers is available for $25.

GUERLAIN Terracotta Sous les Palmiers Bronzing and Blush Powder SPF 15 ($65, Buy Now)

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The whole idea of this blog started, perhaps, from the bronzing and blush powder from Guerlain several years ago.

Just look how gorgeous the package and the pallet of this oversized product is. You can use a blush and a bronzer separately, or mix it together for an amazing sun-kissed glow.

slip for beauty sleep Slip Silk Pure Silk Queen Pillowcases ($110, Buy Now)

Value: $158

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These pillowcases have been on my wishlist for a while, and I’m so glad that now they come in two! Silk pillowcases are considered more gentle for your skin and hair so that you might want to consider them as well.

DEBORAH LIPPMANN Gel Lab Pro Nail Color Set ($29, Buy Now)

Value: $60

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I’ve posted about the nail polishes from Deborah Lipmann on my Instagram account and I couldn’t help myself from sharing this set with you. The set features five nail polishes in neutral tones which makes them especially wearable.

DIPTYQUE Candle Set ( $55, Buy Now)

value: $75

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I’ve recently found small Rose candle (2.4 oz) from Diptyque on Amazon, and I’m so excited that the set of small candles is finally back on sale at Nordstrom. The price is also good for a collection of five candles like this. However, don’t be surprised with a small size of each candle – it’s only 1.23 oz per perfumed candle.

SIGMA BEAUTY Classic Copper Essential Brush Set ($50, Buy Now)

Value: $74

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Sigma makes one of the best makeup brushes, so getting a set like this for $50 is a really good deal. This set will cover your basic needs for eye makeup to shade, enhance and define your eyes, while the foundation brush will help you achieve even tone. F80 and E35 brushes have been in my collection for a while and I really love them.

Binge-Masking Treatment Set FRESH ($79, Buy Now)

Value: $120

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A set of skin care products from Fresh contains cult favorite masks, a polish and a cleanser. I’ve already tried (and loved!) the Rose mask and the Black Tea Overnight Firming mask, so this set is definitely worth to be on this list. You can find some of the reviews in my Instagram Highlights.

 

Are you excited about the event? What is your favorite thing on the list? Let me know in the comments down below!


 

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If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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BareMinerals New GEN NUDE® EYESHADOW PALETTES Review

BareMinerals is one of the pioneers when it comes to makeup brands with the wide range of foundation shades. Besides, the brand is also known for its mineral ingredients that are really good for your skin.

After their successful release of 60 shades of nude lip colors in 4 finishes (as always, with a range of complexions in mind), BareMinerals decided to take their skin-tone matching expertise to the next level, releasing a complete eye collection for four types of complexions.

I’m lucky to receive some of the products from the GEN NUDE eye collection and I’m really happy to share my review on these goodies. The Gen Nude Collection includes eye shadow pallets, mascaras, brushes, eye pencils and creamy eyeshadow + primer. In this post, I’ll share my review about the new eyeshadow pallets and will keep the rest for the upcoming posts.

NEW GEN NUDE®
EYESHADOW PALETTES

This collection consists of 4 different neutral eyeshadow pallets for every skin tone. Each pallet is designed with a specific complexion type in mind, which makes the idea of finding the right color palette for your skin tone much easier. Meanwhile, you can always mix and match shades from different pallets as well, but if you are unsure, you already have the guide for it:

Rose GEN NUDE® Eyeshadow Palette for fair to light skin tones.

Neutral GEN NUDE® Eyeshadow Palette for light to medium skin tones.

Copper GEN NUDE® Eyeshadow Palette for medium to tan skin tones.

Latte GEN NUDE® Eyeshadow Palette for dark to deep skin tones.

If you look at each pallet, you can see that each of them consists of six shades presented in metallic, satin and matte finishes. The eyeshadows are also infused with anti-age formula, particularly cucumber extract (soothes and depuffs), moisturizing borage oil (to soften), and antioxidant-rich algae (to protect the skin).

In each column of the pallet if you look from top lightest shade to top darkest you’ll see a guide for a complete eye look! This will be really helpful for beginners or people who are not so make-up savvy. Moreover, each pallet includes a booklet with step-by-step guides for three different looks.

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I have received Rose and Latte eyeshadow pallets.

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First Impression

I’ve swatched these eyeshadows when they just got released at Sephora and before I received them for review. I was really surprised by how packed the pigment is! You don’t really need a lot to get a shadow out of the pallet. Just a slight touch and the color is already of your fingers or your brush.

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This kind of pigment is possible due to the cold-press technology, that also saves all the nutrition. According to bareMinerals, this collection is the creamiest eyeshadows they have ever created. And indeed, they feel like butter. However, if you take too much on your brush don’t forget to tap it off – the pressed pigment especially of metallic shades can cause fallouts under your eyes.

Color and Formula

ROSE PALLET

It a little tricky for me to describe the eyeshadows in Rose pallet. Some people felt really misled because of the wrong shade interpretation at Sephora’s website where the colors are obviously more pinkish than in real life. To my eyes, the Rose pallet is more about muted rose shades with ashy undertones.

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Interestingly, but eyeshadows in the left column has slightly warmer shades compared to the right column.

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To describe the pallet more precisely, I’d say that the Rose pallet resembles me of Urban Decay Naked3 pallet. Here is a quick comparison of shades:

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bareMinerals Rose Pallet swatches in white, Urban Decay Naked3 in black

When swatched, both Naked3 and Rose pallets have a similar color pay off.

When applied to the eyelid, they indeed feel smooth and the softness on my skin remained even after I took the makeup off. The pigment is rather soft and blendable which is good from one point of view since it’s so hard to ruin your eye look with these eyeshadows. For better color payoff you would need to use an eye primer underneath or wet the brush with the setting spray.

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The pigment in satin finishes seems less intense compared to mattes and metallics.

For my light-to-medium complexion with brown eyes, the Rose pallet gives more as a smokey eyes kind of look with a hint of graphite undertone. It’s more on the cooler side than on a warm side, however, the shades are still within the neutrals which makes them still workable for me. Again, even with the darker shades, it is so hard to overdo your eyes, which is especially good when you’re preparing for work in early mornings. The eyeshadows are very blendable and you can actually build up a pigment for a nighttime look.

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I used a primer underneath for better color pay off

LATTE PALLET

Latte pallet has more golden-amber shades with overall warm undertones.

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The left column has more yellow undertones, while the column on the right has cooler undertones.

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The shade selection reminds me of Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Pallet.

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bareMinerals Latte Pallet swatches in white, ABH Soft Glam in black

When compared, matte eyeshadows of Soft Glam pallet seem slightly more pigmented, however the difference is barely noticeable. The rest of the eyeshadows are similar in color and pigment payoff.

Interestingly, bareMinerals highlighted that the shades in Latte have greater depth of pigment in order to match darker skin tones. This is explained by having 4 metallic shades out of 6 in a pan.

Same as with the Rose pallet, when applied to the skin the eyeshadows from Latte pallet are soft and blendable, keeping your look in a neutral range. The color selection of the Latte pallet gives my skin more of a sun-kissed look, especially when I place the golden foil shade in the middle of my upper lid.

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Since the eyeshadows are soft, I like that I’m not getting a crazy amount of glittery pigment on your lids. This kind of metallic eyeshadows will also look good on mature skin. At the same time, you can use fingers instead or spray a brush with a setting spray to get the most from the pigment.

Ingredients:

In general, the ingredient list stays true to bareMinerals, except for the added dyes which according to some reviews, can cause irritation to people with extremely sensitive eyes. Nevertheless, the eyeshadows are ophthalmologist tested and safe for contact lenses.  I didn’t get any kind of irritation after trying these eyeshadows.

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The eyeshadows are paraben-free, phthalate-free, talc-free, gluten-free and fragrance-free. Here is the complete list of ingredients for both pallets.

ROSE PALLET

Stargazer:
Mica, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Lauroyl Lysine, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Lithothamnion Calcareum Extract, Magnesium Myristate, Caffeine, Mannitol, Diatomaceous Earth, Silica, Zinc Sulfate, Chlorphenesin. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Pixie, Soul:
Mica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Boron Nitride, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Myristate, Silica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Lithothamnion Calcareum Extract, Caffeine, Mannitol, Diatomaceous Earth, Zinc Sulfate, Chlorphenesin. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Boho:
Mica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Boron Nitride, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Myristate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Lithothamnion Calcareum Extract, Caffeine, Mannitol, Diatomaceous Earth, Tin Oxide, Silica, Zinc Sulfate, Chlorphenesin. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Free Spirit:
Mica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Boron Nitride, Magnesium Myristate, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Lithothamnion Calcareum Extract, Caffeine, Mannitol, Diatomaceous Earth, Silica, Zinc Sulfate, Chlorphenesin. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Haze:
Mica, Boron Nitride, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Myristate, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Lithothamnion Calcareum Extract, Caffeine, Mannitol, Diatomaceous Earth, Zinc Sulfate, Chlorphenesin. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

LATTE PALLET

Destiny, Firefly:
Mica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Boron Nitride, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Myristate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Lithothamnion Calcareum Extract, Caffeine, Mannitol, Diatomaceous Earth, Tin Oxide, Silica, Zinc Sulfate, Chlorphenesin. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Feels, Solstice:
Mica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Boron Nitride, Magnesium Myristate, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Lithothamnion Calcareum Extract, Caffeine, Mannitol, Diatomaceous Earth, Silica, Zinc Sulfate, Chlorphenesin. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Fringed:
Mica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Myristate, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Lithothamnion Calcareum Extract, Caffeine, Mannitol, Diatomaceous Earth, Tin Oxide, Silica, Zinc Sulfate, Chlorphenesin. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Spirit:
Mica, Boron Nitride, Silica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Myristate, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Lithothamnion Calcareum Extract, Caffeine, Mannitol, Diatomaceous Earth, Zinc Sulfate, Chlorphenesin. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Packaging

Each eyeshadow pallet comes in a beautiful plastic package with marble design on top and the full-size mirror that can be fixed in the desired position. The size of the pallet fits into the palm, which makes it less bulky to store and more travel-friendly. The total net weight of eyeshadows is around 6.6 gr/0.18 oz.

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In some of the reviews, I’ve found out that people are struggling with opening the package. It was a little hard to open first too, but here is the trick how to do it fast and without ruining your manicure or using a knife.

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Use your thumb to press the right side of the pallet away from yourself while using the thumb on another hand (not your nail!) to lift the lid.

From another point of view, such latch protects the eyeshadows during transportation.

Bottom Line

Both of the pallets work really well with my complexion even though Rose pallet is designed for fair to light skin tone, while Latte is initially for dark to deep skin tones. This highlights the fact, that you can choose whatever color pallet you like most and since all of the shades fall under a range of neutral shades, they will still suit you. The pallet is quite small and the selection of neutral shades makes it indeed travel-friendly.

I especially like that the eyeshadows are formulated with anti-aging elements and how my skin feels moisturized after using them. Since they are so soft and blendable they are really good for days when I’m running late (which happens quite often, my husband can tell!) but still will give enough definition for my eyes.

According to bareMinerals guide, my perfect pallet would be Neutral since my complexion is light-to-medium. However, I really love the shades that I’ve received – no surprise I had Naked 3 and Soft Glam in my collection!

With this in mind, I’m having quite a hard time picking between Rose and Latte – one can help me create nice smokey eyes or add a bit of definition to my eyes while the other can spice up my brown eyes and the highlights in my hair.

The eyeshadows are available at bareMinerals.com, Sephora, Nordstrom and Ulta for $29.

Which of these pallets do you like the most? Let me know in the comments down below!


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If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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KIEHL’S SINCE 1851 Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque Review

Calendula & Aloe Mask is one of my favorite products from KIEHL’S SINCE 1851. It is my skin savor, especially on the days when it is irritated by different external factors, such as after being exposed to heat and humidity (inevitable results of spending time outdoors!) or after using clarifying or peel (acids) masks.

I’ve got this mask in a small size as a part of Kiehl’s Holiday Mini Mask Sampler Set, and would probably repurchase it in full size when it’s finished.

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Why it’s so good?

First of all, it is extremely lightweight. Secondly, it is a gel mask formulated with hand-picked calendula flower petals and aloe vera. Both of these ingredients are known for their soothing and calming properties, while aloe vera is especially good for hydrating irritated skin. The mask is suitable for all skin types. Since it’s a wash-off mask, you only need to keep it on your face for 5-10 minutes, however, you can keep it even longer – it’s is quite gentle for your skin and least likely to cause irritation. I have a sensitive skin and  I’ve never had any problems with this product.

I also like how it smells, especially the citrus notes seem very uplifting to me.

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Ingredients

The mask has a decently good-looking ingredient list, with lots of plant extracts and natural oils. However, we need to pay attention to the ingredients in bold.

Water, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylene Glycol, Ppg-26-Buteth-26, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Carbomer, Calendula Officinalis Flower, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Limon Peel Oil / Lemon Peel Oil, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Citral, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol.

The ingredients in bold score 3-4 (Moderate Hazard) in EWG Hazard Level, which is still not that bad, except for the Citral which is labelled as High Hazard (scored 7). This is the reason, it’s not totally a natural product, and therefore, doesn’t have the CLEAN Sephora seal.

Application

As I said in my previous post, the right application will either make you fall in love with a product or make you loathe it from the bottom of your heart. To get enough hydration from the Calendula & Aloe mask, use a generous amount per application, enough to see it on your face. As you see in the photos, it is quite transparent with some inclusions of tiny, almost invisible, calendula flower petals.

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Keep it for 5 minutes and rinse it off with warm water massaging in a circular motion and pat dry with a soft towel. Since it is so gentle, you can use it up to three times per week and it is said that you can get even better results with continuous use!

Because I have so many different products to try, I’m really bad in sticking to a particular product for a complete regime ( which is quite bad), but I use this mask whenever I feel I overdid my skin and need to calm it down and restore.

Bottom Line

Overall, it’s a nice soothing mask. To make the best of it, you’d need to use a generous amount every single time, so most-likely a full-size jar of 3.4 oz/ 100 ml won’t last you long. If you are seriously concerned about the ingredients, you may want to skip on this one.

In my experience, the mask is really good in calming down the skin and works perfectly as one of the steps in your skincare routine.

You can find it at Sephora and Nordstrom for $45 or you can get a small size product in the Mini Mask Sampler Set for $39.

What is your favorite soothing mask? Let me know in the comments down below!


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If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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4 Beauty Products I Hated First But Love Now

The relationship with some beauty products may not always be a love from the first sight. Sometimes, you really need to understand the formula and find the right way of using the product before you can make your judgmental decision.

I test a lot of products on myself, and honestly, “it’s not always rainbows and butterflies“. I usually get rid of the products I don’t like right away. However, after starting this blog, I’ve become more open-minded, especially after learning about the basket/pan projects and accepting its philosophy  – understanding the product and its formula as you use the product continuously till you hit the pan. Moreover, fair return policies in my favorite stores are very supportive in discovering the products more thoroughly. With this in mind, it makes more sense to try the “failed” products again, and to my surprise and excitement, some of them are really worth giving a second and even a third chance. Here are my four recent discoveries.

 

‘The Original’ MakeUp Eraser

I got a sample of the MakeUp Eraser in my first Allure beauty box, and as you might have understood already, I didn’t like it. I was surprised to find it was really soft, but I didn’t see myself replacing my two-step cleaning routine with a piece of wet towel. Moreover, I found it harder to clean eye-makeup and it me took longer to finish the cleansing. After trying the MakeUp Eraser for a couple of days, it went back to a plastic it came with and was left in my drawer for a while.

A week ago, I decided to give this product a second chance and to my excitement, it came in handy removing the residues of eye makeup without putting cleansers into my eyes.

The life-changing tip about this cloth is that you need to use a warm water and continuously make it wet since it dries much faster than you think. Moreover, you should start with the “short-haired” side as it is designed to remove waterproof makeup. Yes, both of the sides are different and should be used for different purposes!

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The MakeUp Eraser indeed cleanses your face without any product. It is super travel-friendly, easy to wash and will last you for up to 5 years.
I’m definitely not dumping all my cleansers, but I’m going to use it more frequently than I thought I would.

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The Original’ MakeUp Eraser, $20 (Buy Now)

By the way, you can get a sample of this one for free ( along with other 14 different samples) when you shop at Nordstrom! Check this link for more details.

Benefit BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara

I got this mascara the same week it was released and when I tried it for the first time, I remember texting my friend saying how terrible this mascara was. I had a sample size, so it kept sitting in my makeup bag for a while. A couple of months later, I decided to try the mascara one more time before I can toss it, and it felt and looked completely different.

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Benefit BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara, $12-$24 (Buy Now)

What has changed in my understanding, is that in the beginning the formula was too fresh and once it dried out a little in the tube it became as it was supposed to be. It really lengthens, curls your lashes and this curl stays for the whole day! I especially like how black this mascara is and now it’s one of my favorite products.

Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment

I tried the avocado eye cream in a sample for the first time, and I didn’t like the thickness of the product. Moreover, with any eye cream, I expect the product to help me in getting rid of my dark circles. Unfortunately, this product is not designed to brighten up the under-eye area, and therefore, I didn’t consider it as a right product for me.

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Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, $29–$48 (Buy Now)

I was looking for an eye cream I can use under concealer and after seeing tons of positive reviews, I decided to give this product a second chance. And I’m so glad I did because it is much creamier and smoother than it was in that sample – it probably dried out there before I even had a chance to experience the real formula.

I’ve also posted about this product in a separate review. You may want to check it out here.

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque

I got this mask in a set with other masks from Kiehl’s during the winter sales. The set of 5 different masks was a perfect deal to try different products for a decent price.

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Kiehl’s ‘Rare Earth’ Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, $33 (Buy Now)

I’ve heard different opinions about the pore cleansing mask from praises to allergy reactions and breakouts. When I tried this one for the first time, I didn’t notice any difference in my pores and I was a little disappointed. As well as the other products, it kept sitting in my drawer until I decided to give this mask a second try to be loved. After trying it for the second time, I’ve realized that it really worked and now I use it regularly. It indeed cleanses my pores within 10 minutes without causing irritation to my sensitive skin.

What I think I didn’t do right the first time is probably the timing. Because I wasn’t sure about the reaction it can cause, I probably kept it for less than 10 minutes.

These are my recent re-disroveries. For sure, it’s not always the case with the products that I didn’t like from the first application. There isn’t a guarantee that all of the so-called “failed” products will actually perform better with use. However, as long as there is no serious irritation from the product, I’m willing to give it another chance.

What is the one product that you’ve changed your negative opinion about after trying it for a while? Let me know in the comments down below!

P.S. You can support my blog by using the links in this post to purchase these products!


This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer is here.

If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

Let’s chat! Follow me on instagram @sunkissedblush_blog