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April 25, 2014

beauty scoop | nvey eco lip lustre

I’m not sure at what point I’m supposed to switch to being a bold lipstick queen, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a natural-lip-gloss-color-kinda girl.

I have to force myself to choose bolder colors for review and to take a chance on buying something not in the neutrals category, but for everyday wear, I just always reach for a my-lips-but-better gloss that doesn’t require a mirror to apply and that offers some moisture and shine.

One lip gloss I’ve been loving lately is Nvey Eco’s Lip Lustre in “Lolita,” a pretty, rose-coral shimmer that amps up the natural color of my own lips.

nvey eco lip lustre in lolita

{Nvey Eco sent me a sample of its Lip Lustre in “Lolita” for review. A 0.28-ounce tube costs $17.}

nvey eco lip lustre in lolita

nvey eco lip lustre in lolita

nvey eco lip lustre in lolita

Nvey Eco’s Lip Lustre in “Lolita” is an easy everyday color. I’m convinced it can look beautiful on any skin tone, and I love that the formula isn’t thick, goopy or sticky.

In fact, it’s quite thin without being slippery or sacrificing color. I chalk this up to the castor oil and beeswax combination that creates a perfect texture and delivers maximum moisture.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Ricinus Communis (Organic Castor) Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Dibehenate (Vegetable Oil Origin), Copernicia Cerifera (Organic Carnauba) Wax*, Cera Alba (Organic Beeswax)*, Organic Citrus Sinensis*, Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Glycerin. *Certified Organic Ingredient

May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), CI 77499 (Iron Oxide), CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77007 (Ultramarine Blue).

While I usually wear Nvey Eco’s Lip Lustre in “Lolita” alone, it’s also lovely layered over your favorite bold lip color. I love the dimension a light, neutral gloss can add to your lips — talk about insta-fullness!

At $17 a pop and readily available online or at Ulta, Nvey Eco’s Lip Lustre’s are an easy repurchase for me. I love the pretty colors (I also have “Berry Delight” c/o the brand and will be buying “Flirt” on my own — see, I can do color!) and soft texture of these glosses.

Plus, the certified organic ingredients inside make me feel just fine about having this on my lips all day!

Have you tried any lippies from Nvey Eco? Are you a gloss or lipstick kinda gal? Tell me in the comments section!

 

April 23, 2014

beauty scoop | gabriel moisturizing liquid foundation

It’s that time again … where I bare my face on the blog in the name of a legit foundation review!

Gabriel Cosmetics recently sent me its Moisturizing Liquid Foundation for review, and you can’t deny the beautiful, medium coverage it offers.

Behold:

before and after: kimberlyloc without makeup and kimberlyloc wearing gabriel moisturizing liquid foundation in natural beige

I’m prone to darkness around my eyes and redness around my nostrils, and Gabriel’s Moisturizing Liquid Foundation evened out my skin just like that.

This creamy complexion enhancer does feel a little slick on my combination / oily skin. I don’t really need a ton of moisture, and this is definitely a foundation you want to set with a powder to keep it from slipping around once you’ve completed your look.

If you’re a bit heavy handed (raises hand), remember to go slow and build your coverage only where you really need the help. You don’t need much of this medium coverage foundation, and it blends beautifully with a foundation brush (my favorite).

For those of you who like multipurpose beauty products, Gabriel’s Moisturizing Liquid Foundation contains SPF 18 thanks to titanium dioxide.

Here’s the entire ingredients list:

Aqua (Infusion of Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Sorbitol, OenotheraBiennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Crithmum Maritimum (Sea Fennel) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Limonene, Lecithin, Silica, Xanthan Gum, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Potassium Sorbate.

Quite honestly, I’ve been a bit lax with sunscreen on my face lately, relying solely on natural SPF that my daily facial oils offer in addition to my foundation, so this is a big bonus for me.

(Don’t yell at me! I just reordered my favorite sunscreen!)

At $28 for a 1-ounce glass jar that’s readily available at Whole Foods, Gabriel’s Moisturizing Liquid Foundation is a bargain.

It’s not on my repurchase list for spring / summer because it’s not quite right for my skin type — and I’m only going to get oilier as the weather gets warmer — but I’ll definitely consider purchasing this for fall / winter because of the added moisture it provides.

Have you tried Gabriel’s Moisturizing Liquid Foundation? What’s your favorite natural foundation? Tell me in the comments section!

 

April 1, 2014

beauty scoop | gabriel color lip gloss treatment

While I love a deep, red lip as much as the next girl, I’m much more of a neutral-lippie-kind-of-gal, especially during warmer weather.

I like to be able to swipe, smack and go, yet still look warm and put-together; the best color I’ve found to give my pout a come-hither glow is Gabriel Color Lip Gloss Treatment in “Ambrosia” by Gabriel Cosmetics.

gabriel color lip gloss treatment in ambrosia

{Gabriel Cosmetics sent me a sample of its Lip Gloss Treatment in “Ambrosia” to review. It retails for $16.75 for a 0.27-ounce tube.}

Ambrosia” has a pinkish-nude base that mimics the natural color of my lips, but amps up the kissability factor with a hint of gold shimmer that catches the light so beautifully that you can’t help but gaze a little longer.

While I’m pretty fair until summer hits, my yellow-undertone skin works well with this neutral, especially when paired with a brighter pink blush. I think “Ambrosia” would look even more beautiful on deeper skin tones — I love a shiny, neutral gloss against mocha skin.

gabriel color lip gloss treatment in ambrosia

Gabriel Color Lip Gloss Treatment in “Ambrosia” has a medium thickness but isn’t sticky. If you’re a bit heavy-handed with application, though, the color can look a little milky (likely due to the titanium dioxide included for an SPF 8). Layering is key!

Speaking of layering, “Ambrosia” can help you create a dramatic lip when layer atop a deeper color of your choice. Simply dab it in the center of your lips to create an illusion of thickness and depth.

gabriel color lip gloss treatment in ambrosia

Here’s what’s inside Gabriel Color Lip Gloss Treatment in “Ambrosia”

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Bisabolol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Crithmum Maritimum (Sea Fennel) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Iron Oxides, Mica, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract, Titanium Dioxide.

gabriel color lip gloss treatment in ambrosia

{I would have let Anya use some gloss, but she’s too naturally beautiful.}

I’m looking forward to trying more of Gabriel Cosmetics’ lip glosses — “Nectar” is next on my hit list!

So, bottom line, would I repurchase Gabriel Color Lip Gloss Treatments? Yes! At $16.75 a pop and readily available at Whole Foods, I am going to have to hold myself back from hauling them all!

What are your favorite lip gloss colors? Have you tried anything from Gabriel Cosmetics? Tell me in the comments section!

 

February 7, 2014

free stuff friday | jane iredale starter kit

I’m excited to present my first giveaway of the new year to you thanks to the sweeties at Jane Iredale.

When I received Jane Iredale’s new Starter Kit, the press materials contained this oh-so-true quote from Jane herself:

“I’ve always said makeup should be a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem.

How spot-on is Miss Jane in this thought?

While us beauty babes are minorly obsessed with makeup, skincare will always be my No. 1 concern because without a healthy complexion, no amount of makeup is going to look that great on your skin.

That’s not say that you must have perfect, pimple-free skin to have a healthy complexion; does that skin even exist?

It’s to say that you must treat your skin well first and then choose the healthy, clean makeup to layer atop it to enhance your glow.

And that’s where Jane Iredale’s Starter Kit comes in.

jane iredale new starter kit

{Jane Iredale shared its new Starter Kit ($55) with me and is offering one of my beautiful, lucky readers a chance to win a Starter Kit of her own!}

Jane Iredale’s new Starter Kit contains the essentials you need to enhance your natural glow, including Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener, Amazing Base SPF 20 Loose Mineral Powder, PurePressed Base SPF 20 Mineral Foundation, POMMIST Hydration Spray, a mini powder brush and a travel-size cosmetic case with extra-large mirror.

Primer is one of those things that’s a bit underrated when it comes to keeping your foundation smooth and in place all day. Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener glides on easily and provides a great base for your foundation.

Another step that I think is so important in achieving a luminous complexion is spritzing your face post-makeup application. Sometimes you can look a little too “done,” so misting on a hydrating spray, such as POMMIST, gives you a bit of dew and liveliness.

POMMIST is a great little product to have for refreshing your makeup after lunch and at the end of the day before you head to happy hour.

What’s in between — your loose or pressed minerals — is what gives you that even, healthy glow, and you’re definitely in good hands with both Amazing Base and PurePressed Base. I do tend to prefer a good pressed powder, but loose minerals give you that effortless look that sometimes hard to replicate.

So are you ready to get your hands on this lovely little Starter Kit from Jane Iredale?

To enter, use the handy-dandy Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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Giveaway begins Friday, February 7, 2014, at 12:00 a.m. Central Time, and closes on Friday, February 14, 2014, at 12:00 a.m. Central Time.

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February 7, 2014

beauty scoop | jane iredale purepressed base mineral foundation spf 20

As a skincare fanatic, one of my goals is to be able to bare my face to the world, showing off a healthy, blemish-free face.

While these days do happen every once in a while depending on my diet, stress levels, exercise habits and beauty routine, more often than not, I need a little help evening out my skin tone.

Lately I’ve been using Jane Iredale’s PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation in Warm Sienna for featherlight, semi-matte coverage that allows my skin to breathe.

jane iredale purepressed base mineral foundation

{Jane Iredale sent me a sample of its PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation in “Warm Sienna” to review. It retails for $52 for a 9.9-gram compact.}

Below is my “before” on the left and “after” on the right, taken inside and without Photoshop editing beyond increasing the exposure (because again, it was taken indoors under fluorescent lights and was kind of dark).

jane iredale purepressed base mineral foundation kimberlyloc before and after

You can see that I’m experiencing a decent skin week save for a few blemishes on my chin and some breakouts along my hairline that you can’t see thanks to my bangs.

In the “before” picture, you can notice some redness, darkness under my eyes and the blemishes on my chin.

After a light application of just the Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation in Warm Sienna, you can see in the “after” pictures how much more even and clear my skin looks!

Here’s what’s inside Jane Iredale’s PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation:

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 14%, Zinc Oxide 3%. Ingredients: Mica, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Plankton Extract, Algae Extract, Pinus Strobus (Pine) Bark Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Chromium Oxide Greens

I love that I’m getting SPF 20 with this lightweight foundation, but I’m even more thrilled that I really can use only Jane Iredale’s PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation as a foundation, concealer, touch-up powder and SPF all in one.

Talk about a multipurpose beauty product!

I’m typically very ritualistic when it comes to applying cream concealer before a powder, but I took my chance with this testing period, and it was surprising to me how much “less is more” rang true here.

I really didn’t need the additional layer of a cream base, and when you’re getting a decent skin day, it’s best to let it breathe as much as possible.

Bonus points to Jane Iredale for making a lovely pressed mineral powder that eliminates the constant state of mineral makeup mess my sink is always experiencing.

While I did receive a full-sized sample of Jane Iredale’s PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation to review, I’ve been a paying Jane Iredale customer for years and will happily repurchase this product.

I’ve had great experiences with other Jane Iredale foundations in the past, and PurePressed Base is no exception!

Have you tried Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation? What are your favorite pressed powders? Tell me in the comments section!

 



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