Maybelline Snapscara – a review

 

Maybelline’s new mascara made for easy removal.

Volumizing mascaras are great. They make your lashes look longer and fuller, all without using glue! But removing some them is like removing glue. Snapscara (I may get a commission from this link) by Maybelline is a new washable mascara that is supposed to be easy to take off. It’s also the first wax-free mascara.

I hate mascara because I have sensitive eyes and mascara always seems to bleed under my eyes, making me look like a raccoon. I picked this up in Pitch Black to try.

The good news: It is easy to remove. I used my regular overall makeup cleanser and it removed the mascara without any tugging or scrubbing.

The bad news: About 3/4 through the day it was under my eyes.

Snapscara comes in four different colors and retails for $7.99. Right now at ULTA you can get a free makeup bag with your Maybelline purchase  of $15 or more.

Swimsuits are back at VS

 

 

VICTORIA’S SECRET ANNOUNCES RETURN OF SWIM ONLINE

Victoria’s Secret is announcing a return of swimwear to its website. The lingerie retailer stopped selling both swimwear and clothes in 2016, to focus more on bras, panties and sleepwear. No word yet if swimsuits will also be sold in the stores.

The 2019 Swim collection at Victoria’s Secret starts at $62 and includes one-piece and two piece suits from Seafolly, Banana Moon, Lascana and La Blanca and of course, Victoria’s Secret Swim. The collection also includes swimsuit coverups and a new line of VS sunglasses.

 

 

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Find the perfect pair for your swimwear. 😎 Introducing new VS sunglasses.

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The Opté Skincare System has dropped, here’s what it will cost you

If you hate wearing foundation, the Opté Precision Skincare System is for you.

Early this year at the CES show in Las Vegas, Proctor & Gamble previewed a magical new skincare device. The Opté Precision Skincare System combines a digital camera, LED scanning with a serum inkjet printer to give your face a flawless surface. Just run the wand across your face and its tiny scanner finds dark spots and then covers them up with a mineral pigmented serum. You do not need foundation! Just add your blush, eye makeup and highlighter and you’re ready to go! It’s basically an inkjet foundation printer for your face.

Now the scary part, the price. If you want to purchase it straight out, the price is $599 for the starter kit. You get the wand, accessories and one serum (basically the “ink”). A refill costs $149 and is supposed to last two months with daily use. Now, if you don’t want to spend $599, you can go with the installment plan, $84 for 24 months. The installment plan also includes periodic shipments of serum. Now, we all know the price tends to go down over time. Remember airbrush makeup systems? Here’s hoping for a really good Black Friday sale.

Have you tried this out? Tell me about it below.

Fall beauty treats for lips and skin

In most of the country it’s still too warm for pumpkin spice lattes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t gear up for fall. I have selected four beauty picks that are great for both warm and cool temperatures. First off we have the Yes To Charcoal Paper Mask. I got this skin clearing mask at Dollar Tree for $1 but you can find them everywhere from general merchandise stores to beauty boutiques. Charcoal is a natural skin detoxifier and has become a popular ingredient across the facial mask spectrum. I personally do not like to spend time putting on gooey masks and even more, I hate removing them. This mask is no fuss – no muss,  and cleans out your pores, all for a good price. FYI- it may tingle or burn a little bit depending on the sensitivity level of your skin.

Next up is Revlon Color Charge Lip Powder in Peach Pucker. This has been around in short supply at different stores this summer. You can use this cool powder to create depth and highlight your lips without messing up your lipsticks/glosses. Use a sponge applicator or finger to apply and cover with a clear gloss if desired. It is also available in a palette of pinks and purples called “High Fever” and costs around $8 each. Ulta has a similar exclusive version with purple cases as part of the “Electric Shock” collection.

Eyeshadow sticks are amazing but can be really expensive. I got hooked on NARS’ Goddess at a cost of $29 each and have been auditioning replacements ever since.  America’s favorite value cosmetic line E.L.F. has come up with a pretty good alternative. I picked up the E.L.F. COSMETICS No Budge Metallic Eyeshadow Stick in Pearl at CVS (They also sell a Rose Gold version) for just $4. Frankly, I couldn’t really tell the difference and will snapping up a few more.

Finally, here is my favorite fall find. I love Pixi by Petra‘s Glow Tonic. It speeds exfoliation and smells really good. The newest tonic, Pixi by Petra Retinol Tonic is taking its place. This jasmine scented tonic is infused with time release retinol and peptides that tackle two major skin issues (for me anyway), acne and fine lines. I have aging skin and using stronger retinol creams has been a nightmare of peeling skin and redness. This tonic has just a micro dose of retinol thats helps clear skin and reduce fine lines. In less than a month of use, it has cleared my weird chin acne and minimized lines. It’s just $15 for a 3.4 oz bottle at Target.

Hydrating your skin from the inside with hyaluronic acid and ceramides

Hyaluronic Acid is my go to when it comes to skincare. I can’t enough of it. I have night creams, day creams, masks, lip balms and mascara, all formulated with the magic ingredient. Hyaluronic acid is the main ingredient in injectables like Restylane and can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. What does it do for you? It plumps up your skin in major way!

Glow Matrix Advanced Skin Hydrator by Neocell (I may get a commission from this link), goes an extra step with a formulation made with Vitamin A, Ceramides, GLA and coconut water. Easy to use capsules help to build by collagen by boosting moisture and improving the body’s skin barrier.

Neocell gave me a sample of Glow Matrix Advanced Skin Hydrator to try, and here is the verdict. The package instructions say to take three capsules a day. Divided by 90, that gives you a 30 day supply. The first thing I noticed is that it turns your urine yellow! I guess you know its going through you! Within the first couple of days I noticed my skin was firmer, lines were less noticeable and my skin barrier was improved. Now skin barrier is hard thing to pin point so I like to give the example of how children’s skin is so smooth and even to the touch (that’s part of why it looks so good). A strong skin barrier is important to both the health and appearance of your skin at every age. I suffer from Rosacea so keeping that skin barrier strong helps reduce my symptoms.

In addition to my face, I also noticed improvement in the softness and suppleness of my skin on my neck and body. This supplement also helps to diminish that dry “crepey” skin you get as you age. I think Glow Matrix would also work great in the winter to combat dry indoor skin. You can get Glow Matrix for about $25 for a one month supply, which is a pretty good value. You can get in online at Neocell.com as well as Amazon (go Prime!), Costco, GNC and the Vitamin Shop.