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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review: COLORWOW Style On Steroids Performance Enhancing Texture + Finishing Spray #COLORWOW #StyleOnSteroids

(product photo courtey of www.colorwowhair.com)

(Performance Enhancing Texture + Finishing Spray)
7 oz./262 mL $24.00
COLORWOW brings you the best finishing spray to date. It is an instant explosion of awesome, sexy texture without clouding your color. They bring you Style On Steroids. This product is the ONLY texturizing spray made just for color-treated hair. It provides a sexy, undone texture to the hair, in just a spray away. You can spray it on dry hair to safely add instant guts and glam to any style. It does not cloud the hair like some sprays. It is never stiff, sticky or brittle. Spray and play to revive second-day hair. Does not glue strands together when using heat tools. Record setting longer-lasting results. It also has thermal protection and may be used with heat styling tools. 

This product is my new hairspray, it is the only thing I use on my hair now for a finishing spray. It is so different than other products. I love it. It works great on my color treated hair and also is wonderful with my long frizzy hair. 

COLORWOW products are available online at www.colorwowhair.com and www.ulta.com or Ulta stores. They are also available in fine salons across the country. Like Color Wow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/colorwowhair; Follow Color Wow on Twitter: @ColorWowHair; Subscribe to Color Wow on YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/ColorWowHair; Follow Color Wow on Pinterest:http://www.pinterest.com/ColorWowHair/ and Follow Color Wow on Instagram:http://instagram.com/colorwowhair#.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(this product was sent for consideration)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Review: L'Occitane Terre de Lumière Shower Gel and Body Milk #LOCCITANE #TerredeLumiere #ShowerGel #BodyMilk

(product photos courtesy of www.usa.loccitane.com)

8.4 fl.oz./250mL $20.00
L'Occitane came out with a new fragrance, called Terre de Lumière and the scent is amazing. I love it. This is my favorite scent from L'Occitane. It is inspired by The Golden Hour, a unique moment in time right before the sun sets when the light embraces the sky. This new fragrance captures this special fleeting moment to make it last forever. It has zesty and aromatic top notes, this unique fragrance unexpectedly develops into delicate aromas of lavender, honey and almond from the South of France. What i smell most is the honey, it actually smells like honey to me. Enjoy a complete, delicious bath and body ritual that features the aromatic scent of the Terre de Lumière fragrance. The Shower Gel is completely indulgent, rich and full of decadent lather. It leaves my skin feeling soft and scented for hours with Terre de Lumière fragrance.

8.4 fl.oz./250mL $29.00
The Terre de Lumière Beautifying Body Milk is inspired by the Golden Hour, a unique moment in time right before the sun sets when the light embraces the sky. L'Occitane's new fragrance, Terre de Lumière, captures this special fleeting moment to make it last forever. With zesty and aromatic top notes this unique fragrance unexpectedly develops into delicate aromas of lavender, honey and almond from the South of France. Complete the Terre de Lumière ritual and moisturize your skin, with this body milk inspired by the fragrance. The body milk leaves skin scented like honey. its amazing. The scent smells like it could be poured over my morning yogurt. That is how much is reminds me of honey. It is delicious and beautiful. I adore this scent and will wear it often. 

L'Occitane is available online at www.loccitane.com or in boutique shops around the world. Like L’Occitane on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loccitane.usa; Follow L’Occitane on Twitter: @LOCCITANE; Follow L’Occitane on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/loccitane/; Subscribe to L’Occitane on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/loccitaneenprovence/featured; Follow L’Occitane on Instagram: http://instagram.com/loccitane# and Follow L’Occitane on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+loccitaneusa/posts.

Until Next Time~

Marie Seitz Papachatzis

(This was sent to me for consideration)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Review: LORAC Disney Beauty and the Beast Collection #LORAC #Disney #BeautyandtheBeast

(photos courtesy of www.loraccosmetics,com)

LORAC Cosmetics came out with a beautiful collection to go with Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" film. The collection contains an eyeshadow palette, a cheek palette a lipstick collection and a lip gloss collection. Read my review below.

This palette was inspired by Belle's strength and undeniable beauty. They created the LORAC Limited-Edition Eyeshadow Palette to take you on a magical journey of wonder and romance. Whether you’re well acquainted with their legendary PRO palettes or seeing them for the first time, you’ll be enchanted with these 16 all-new and exclusive shades of their best-in-class PRO formula. The velvety-smooth shadows are hyper pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line, and define your eyes like a pro. The palette is meant to look like a book, so it has a bookmark that flows down within, which merely a piece of ribbon and it has a magnetic closure to keep the palette closed. The eyeshadows are very pigmented and last forever, even without eyeshadow base. I really like how they wear and the colors all go together very well. Any one of these colors could be used with any one of the other colors to create a beautiful tableau.
The shades are as follows:
  • Dream It (silver white)
  • Time Keeper (silver gunmetal)
  • Our Guest (matte cadet blue)
  • Impress (matte cocoa brown)
  • Beast Mode (vivid shimmery blue)
  • Enchanting (light shimmery candle)
  • Swept Up (shimmery charcoal)
  • Look Beyond (matte cream)
  • My Castle (shimmery taupe)
  • Chip In (shimmery cream)
  • Romance (matte reddish brown)
  • Spell Breaker (shimmery dark brown)
  • Inner Beauty (matte lilac) 
  • Tea Time (shimmery silver)
  • Tick Tock (matte taupe)
  • Real You (shimmery pink)

This palette draws on hues of the iconic flower, this rose-inspired palette includes four new and exclusive shades of their Color Source Buildable Blushes and Light Source Illuminating Highlighters. The silky-smooth matte and satin blushes and highlighters are paraben free and infused with anti-aging antioxidants such as Pomegranate, Acai, and Vitamins A, C, and E. These complexion-enhancing formulas can be dusted on lightly for a soft, natural look or layered for dramatic results. The blushes have a lot of pigment to them and the highlighter looks great over the blushes. It makes a very pretty look on the cheeks. 

The shades are as follows:
  • See Beyond (true rose)
  • Fearless (golden shimmer highlighter)
  • Enchanted (very light pink blush)
  • Rose (dark rose colored blush)


What’s a princess-worthy look without the lip color to finish it? This set of 5 brand new shades of LORAC's lush, moderate-coverage MOD Cream lipstick turns all eyes to the pout and sets the heroine up for a beauty look strong enough to steady a beast. The lipsticks are very pigmented and wear for a long time. I love them. My favorite is True Beauty. It is beautiful. 
The Lipsticks come in Five Shades:
  • True Beauty (pink with gold shimmer)
  • Red Rose (red)
  • Belle-ieve (nude)
  • Tres Chic (dark brown)
  • Savoir Faire (peach)

What’s a princess-worthy look without the lip color to finish it? LORAC has this set of five brand new lip gloss shades inspired by Disney's remake of the storybook romance, Beauty and the Beast. The colors are very similar to the lipsticks, so if you are in the mood for gloss or lipstick you can decide on which you would like. The glosses are highly pigmented and look great on. They wear well and look nice on you can wear them over the lipsticks for more versatility. 

Shades They Come In:
  • True Beauty (pink with gold shimmer)
  • Red Rose (red)
  • Belle-ieve (nude)
  • Tres Chic (light brown)
  • Savoir Faire (peach)
Here are some photos of the lipgloss and lipstick swatches so you can see for yourself how alike they are and how they differ just slightly. Then I will post pictures of me wearing the palette, cheek colors and lipstick colors.

above: True Beauty, Red Rose, Belle-ieve, Tres Chic and Savoir Faire. 

above: True Beauty, Red Rose, Belle-ieve, Tres Chic and Savoir Faire

above: wearing Tres Chic Lipstick and colors from the eyeshadow palette

above: wearing True Beauty Lipstick and colors from the palettes

above: wearing Savoir Faire lipstick and colors from the palette

All of the Beauty and the Beast items are available at www.loraccosmetics.com, www.ulta.com and www.kohls.com. They are also available in Ulta and Kohl's stores. Like LORAC on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LORACcosmetics; Follow LORAC on Twitter: @LORAC_Cosmetics; Subscribe to LORAC on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/LORACCosmetics; Follow LORAC on Instagram: https://instagram.com/loraccosmetics/; Follow LORAC on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/loraccosmetics/ and Follow LORAC on Tumblr: http://carolshaw.la/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These items were sent for consideration)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Review: CeraVe Sunscreen SPF 30 for the Face and Body #CeraVe #SunscreenFaceandBody

(product photos courtesy of www.cerave.com)

Sunscreen is extremely important to me. It is the one thing I will not skimp on and the one thing that is absolutely essential to anti-aging skincare. If you use sunscreen then approximately half of your aging concerns will not exist. The other portions are not smoking and genetics. Using sunscreen from an early age is essential to keep your skin looking young and beautiful. I wish I had known this when I was little. The skin on my arms is so freckled is is unbelievable. My face is doing pretty good because I have been using anti-aging products for years now. My legs have been hidden by clothes and are white. Today I am going to review two of my favorite sunscreens, CeraVe SPF 30 with InvisibleZinc. 

2.5 oz./70g $13.47
This sunscreen is lightweight, oil-free and water resistant for up to 40 minutes. It also contains ceramides and niacinamide to help repair and restore the skin's natural protective barrier and support the skin's fatty acids which are essential for repairing and restoring the skin barrier. It can also soothe skin's redness. This sunscreen is like no other sunscreen you have seen. You get powerful sun protection from the zinc oxide, which is a mineral sunscreen, that comes in a lightweight formula with a clear finish and absolutely no white film on the skin. This is a high performance, water resistant formula, suitable for all skin types and is perfect for daily use. 

InvisibleZinc Technology uses a revolutionary naturally derived source of microfine zinc oxide to deliver its unique dry, clear finish for powerful protection against the sun's damaging rays. It contains Titanium Dioxide 3.7% and Zinc Oxide 3.5% total for the sunscreen to come up with a SPF30. They are both mineral sunscreens and are good for those who cannot handle chemical sunscreens. This is a broad spectrum sunscreen, meaning it will help to protect skin against UVA and UVB rays. UVA are the ones that you tan with and can cause skin cancer. UVB are the ones that burn you and definitely cause cancer. All sunscreens that you wear should be broad spectrum and should protect against both types of rays.   

What I like about this sunscreen is that it instantly sinks into the skin, which is unusual for a mineral sunscreen. It lasts for a long time and does not make the skin feel oily. It just feels like it has some lotion on it. Not heavy though. Skin feels protected and you can put your makeup on right after application. I am very happy with this sunscreen and it may be my new daily sunscreen for good. I personally prefer mineral sunscreens, because they are natural and there have been some studies that have linked some of the chemical sunscreens to some cancers. But titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are all natural and work wonderfully at reflecting the sun's rays away from the skin. Chemical sunscreens absorb the sun's rays.

3.5 oz./99g $14.22
This sunscreen for the body is similar to the one for the face. It also contains SPF30, which comes from Titanium Dioxide 3.67% and Zinc Oxide 3.5%. It is also a mineral sunscreen like the one for the face. It has the invisibleZinc Technology, which is used to keep the thick white film from forming on the body after application. Instead you have a revolutinary naturally sourced microfine zinc oxide that delivers its unique dry, clear finish for powerful protection from the sun's damaging rays. It also contains ceramides to help repair and restore the protective skin barrier. This sunscreen is a high performance, water resistant sunscreen that is suitable for all skin types. It is great for daily use on the even the most sensitive of skins. It is great for those who cannot tolerate chemical sunscreens. It comes in a lightweight formula that dries quickly and dries clear. Developed with dermatologists, this sunscreen is a breakthrough for many who cannot wear many sunscreens. 

I also like this sunscreen. It is lightweight in nature, water resistant to 40 minutes, and is great on the skin because you don't really feel it after you have applied it. It just kind of soaks in and the skin feels slightly like a lotion was applied. This is for those who cannot tolerate chemical sunscreens or who love zinc oxide sunscreens because they bounce the damaging rays off the skin. It is very similar to the facial sunscreen, so that is why I like it so much. In fact, I do believe that if I was in a pinch I could use this on my face. 

CeraVe can be found online at www.amazon.com. It can be found in mass market stores such as Walgreens, CVS, Rite-Aid, Target and WalMart. Like CeraVe on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CeraVe and Follow CeraVe on Twitter:@ceraveskin.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These were sent for consideration)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Review: HASK Argan Dry Shampoo #HASK #Argan #DryShampoo

(product photo courtesy of www.haskbeauty.com)

6.5 oz./184g $5.99
HASK Dry Shampoo collection contains various dry shampoos that are wonderful as removing excess oil, dirt and odor from your hair. I received the Argan one to try out. Removing excess oil is now easier than lather, rinse and repeat, because you don't have to do it while washing your hair! All you have to do is spray dry hair and wait, then brush through and voila! Hair looks and feels clean. Skip a wash or extend the life of your style with HASK Dry Shampoo. It contains Argan oil to leave your hair conditioned and even fresher than the first day after you wash it. Ultra-fine rice starch acts quickly to soak up oil, sweat and odor, leaving hair feeling revived, bouncy and clean. Saving time and never been this glamorous! To use: Shake well before and in-between uses. Section off hair, hold can 6-10 inches away from roots and spray onto roots. Wait 30 seconds then brush through or massage with fingertips. Style as directed. 

I have also tried the Charcoal version and that is more for oilier hair. I like the Argan version better because my hair is not that oily. In fact is is very dry and the Argan is great because it adds oil to the hair. I love dry shampoos and use them often. HASK is one is my favorites. It works really well. It mops up any oily residue that is in your hair but definitely leaves hair feeling soft, shiny and like you just washed it. 

HASK Hair products are available at mass market retailers and Ulta Beauty stores. Like HASK on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HaskHair; Follow HASK on Twitter:@HaskHair; Follow HASK on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/haskhair/  and Follow HASK on Instagram: https://instagram.com/haskhair/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This was sent for consideration)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Review: Treets Traditions Nourishing Spirits Shower Gel #TreetsTraditions #NourishingSpirits #ShowerGell

(product photo courtesy of www.treets.com)

6.76 fl.oz./200mL $15.00
What do you love about shower gel? What is the best thing about it? The scent. Followed by how moisturizing it is to your body. Well, Treets Traditions Nourishing Spirits Shower Gel is one of the most divine I've tried. Why? Because it is a foaming shower gel that transforms into a rich and soft foam when water is added. Yes. And traditional African Baobab oil helps to improve the skin's condition while Kalahari melon has strong anti-oxidants to help protect the skin. 

The Nourishing Spirits line comes from generations of African women that have preparted balms, butters and oils out of extracts from nuts and seeds of the local trees and plants around them to keep their skin soft and glowing. This beautiful tradition is the basis for these rich and nourishing products with a warm, sweet and spicy perfume. 

Treets Traditions respects mother nature. Their products are free of SLS, SLES, parabens, silicones, colorants and mineral oils. They have five lines of products with a characteristic for each line: Energizing Secrets (Moisturizing), Relaxing Chakras (Relaxing), Revitalizing Ceremonies (Caring), Nourishing Spirits (Nourishing) and Healing In Harmony (Healing). Products in each line are suited to those characteristics. 

I really liked the shower gel I tried. Mainly because it left my skin feeling soft. I have very dry skin and even in the summer you can scratch my skin and see white skin coming off my arms. My skin is dry. This shower gel left my skin feeling soft, supple and smooth for the first time in months. And you really don't need a lot, because a little bit lathers up a lot on the shower poof. I think you will like this and like its earthy warm scent too.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This was sent for consideration)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Review: Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 #Exuviance #PerformancePeel #gotitfree #peelchallenge

(photos courtesy of www.neostrata.com)

Exuviance Performance Peel AP25
6 week supply/$77.00

Exuviance skin care is clinically proven to reduce lines and wrinkles, increase skin firmness, smooth skin texture and even skin tone with a patented bionic blend of highly evolved Polyhydroxy and Alpha Hydroxy acids. Discover dermatologist developed skincare that has perfected the science of skin transformation by delivering full-strength anti-aging benefits without any irritation. 

The creators of the original, first Glycolic Acid peel introduce a high performance peel that is safe and easy to use at home. Take the #peelchallenge! The Performance Peel AP25 contains a 25% blend of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Polyhydroxy Acids (PHA) including Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid and Gluconolactone. The Performance Peel AP25 not only works at the skin's surface to exfoliate dead, dull surface layers, it also enhances cell renewal to reveal fresher, healthier-looking skin. With regular use, up to twice a week, this peel has been clinically proven to:
  • Refine pore size and smooth skin texture
  • Visibly diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improve skin clarity and brightness
  • Brighten and even skin tone
  • Provide an all-over healthy glow, suppleness and smoothness to skin
above: skin before peels

above: skin after peels
Results of use: 100% of users saw improvement in fine lines & wrinkles after one month of twice weekly use of this high performance Alpha Hydroxy Acid peel. This peel contains a 25% blend of AHAs and PHAs including Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid and Gluconolactone that exfoliates dead, dull surface layers, and enhances the process of cell renewal, to reveal healthier cells. Clinical studies after one month of twice weekly use when used with an Exuviance PHA regimen indicate that:
  • 100% of users saw improvement in fine lines and wrinkles
  • 94% of users saw a more even skin tone, texture and improved radiance

This peel contains 12 peels (a 6 week supply). It can be used up to twice a week on face, backs of hands, neck, chest and body. They are fragrance-free, dye-free and paba-free.

“With regular use, the Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 is an ideal way to significantly reduce visible signs of aging, improve the texture of the skin, and create a better starting point for any in-office procedures my patients choose to pursue. It contains alpha hydroxy acids - the same peeling agents found in many office peels - but at a level with minimal recovery time. These peels are a safe and easy way for patients to exfoliate their skin and maintain a healthy-looking complexion in between office visits.” -Dr. Julie K. Karen, a board certified dermatologist currently practicing in New York.

How To Use The Performance Peel AP25:
First, cleanse the face with a gentle, effective cleanser such as their Purifying Cleansing Gel.
Step 1. Apply a Step 1 Activator Pad over the entire face, avoiding eye area, lips and any area of sensitivity. Then discard pad. Carefully monitor the skin’s response to the Peel by observing any redness or discomfort, including stinging, burning, itching, tightness, tingling and peeling.
Step 2. Apply a Step 2 Neutralizer Pad to the face after 10 minutes, or sooner if you experience bothersome redness or discomfort. Apply over entire face (avoiding eyes and lips), and then rinse the face thoroughly with water.
You may leave the (Step 1) Activator Solution on your skin for up to, or as long as 10 minutes, and no longer than 10 minutes. Some people may experience some bothersome dryness or stinging during the 10 minute time frame the activator solution in on their face. For those skin types they suggest applying the (Step 2) Neutralizer Solution earlier than 10 minutes, or as soon as you experience the stinging sensation if you find it bothersome. As with all Hydroxy Acid peels, a slight tingling sensation is expected, but if this sensation is too much, they recommend neutralizing the peel sooner than the total 10 minute time.
Follow with a moisturizer such as Evening Restorative Complex.
The box contains 12 peels (a 6 week supply), which can be used up to twice a week on face, chest and back of hands where exposure to sun and the environment can lead to the first signs of aging. An extra peel is included for testing your skin’s sensitivity.

Developed by the original patent holders:
While developing new treatments for serious medical dermatology conditions, Dr. Eugene Van Scott and Dr. Ruey Yu discovered Glycolic Acid, a compound naturally found in sugar cane, with deep anti-aging benefits. Among the founding fathers and recognized leaders in the field of dermatology, they hold the first patent for Glycolic Acid and developed and patented the Glycolic Peel. The Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 is expertly formulated with a 25% professional level of Alpha Hydroxy and Polyhydroxy Acids, including Glycolic Acid, delivering maximum anti-aging benefits with minimal irritation.

Personally, I love this peel. It does a lot for the skin without any irritation to it. I found that my skin looked so much better after using this peel for a month twice a week. I noticed that my hyperpigmentation had lightened up significantly, my skin tone was much more even because of that, my skin was brighter and looked better, I had less wrinkling in between my brows (those furrows you get), even the wrinkling around my mouth was better and finally my pore size looked a lot better too lately. I really had a good experience with this peel. I would highly recommend it anyone who uses peels already and can withstand glycolic acid at least in a 10% strength. For me, I did not experience any irritation or any redness. Nothing bothersome in the least. But my skin is used to peels and AHA's. In order to use this peel your skin needs to be used to at least alpha-hydroxy acids.

The Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 retails for $77.00 and is available from www.exuviance.comwww.dermstore.comwww.ulta.com and www.skinstore.com.  Exuviance is one of the brands that is under the NeoStrata Skincare company. Like NeoStrata on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NeoStrataCompany; Follow NeoStrata on Twitter: @neostrataskin; Follow NeoStrata on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/neostrata/; Follow Exuviance on Instagram: https://instagram.com/exuviance/; Follow NeoStrata on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf_jdb_vpqIWkgUcNRHIWIA; Follow NeoStrata on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+NeostrataIncPrinceton.
Until Next Time~
Marie PapachatzisI Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This was sent for consideration)

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