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January 18, 2018

Review: The Waterweight Line by MAC

Filed under: Cosmetics — luxebeaute @ 2:49 am

I didn’t really pay much mind to all of the hoopla surrounding the release of MAC’s waterweight foundation a few years back because I haven’t used a MAC foundation in upward 15 years. As I have gotten older so has my skin, and all of their foundations just began to sit heavy on my face and settle into laugh lines, even when they were lighter weight formulations. Per usual though, an impromptu stop into MAC and discovery of this lines recent expansion prompted my interest.

Studio Waterweight Foundation + SPF 30 ($35.00) This foundation is feather-light, yet somehow manages to provide a decent amount of coverage for me, and the SPF is a major perk. It plays well with other products, such as lotions, creams, and primers. The foundation itself is gel-like in consistency, feeling and acting more like a serum than foundation, which is great. I find it to be moisturizing, and it feels good on the skin. Wear time on this is slightly below average to me, and begins to somewhat fade out and off after about 6 hours. Even so, I am so impressed by the sort of “oomph” it gives my skin that I just utilize it for those mellow, medium active days. [For reference I am NC30 in this foundation]

Studio Waterweight Concealer ($23.00) This concealer is gel like and feather weight just like its big sister. I find the hydration on the concealer to also mimic that of the foundation. Truth be told, this could actually act as a better version of the foundation (providing more coverage). I find the wear time of this product to be a bit longer than the foundation; however, it does tend to crease just a smidgen around fine lines about 6-ish hours in. On the upside, its so easily bendable that you can just tap your fingers and smooth out the creasing without upsetting the coverage at all. On the downside, this contains no SPF – kind of a head scratcher to me, given that the delicate eye area really calls for protection. [For reference I am NW25 in this concealer]

Studio Waterweight Pressed Powder ($36.00) This powder is buttery soft, and somehow manages to feel hydrating. It evened out my skintone and seemed to smooth imperfections. It also leaves no powdery or dry look behind, which is a major plus. This is lovely be it used with or without foundation underneath. Used in conjunction with the waterweight foundation, it does set nicely and seems to give lasting power in terms of overall coverage. In terms of cons, the shade range is lacking which can make it difficult to find a match. Likewise, these are dual shaded powders with one half being slightly pink, and I found the first color I picked up which was a perfect match initially (Medium Plus) oxidized badly within the first hour and I had to exchange it and go lighter. However, once you find that perfect shade, you will be pleasantly surprised by how much the skin seems to love this formulation. This is one of the best feeling powders I have ever tried/used. [For reference I am shade Medium in this powder]

106 Triangular Concealer Brush ($25.00) This was a major miss for me. Although I was entranced with it via the application and usage via the MAC makup artist’s magical hands, once I got home and tried this on my own a couple times I was in misery. The bristles are really stiff, the shape is awkward,  and I found it to really pull and tug at the delicate eye area. This was a fail all around and I am betting this will be discontinued in a hot minute.

All in all, I am a fan of the Studio Waterweight line. So much in fact that I’d love to see expansion in the way of ultrahydrating lip products, as well as serums and the like.

 

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December 7, 2017

Très Chic Fashionistas: Luxe Blog Salutes Bianca Jagger

Oh Bianca, Bianca, Bianca! I am giddy just writing this. Halston’s muse, night life’s “it girl”, socialite AND human rights warrior.

While there are many women whose styles I respect, I like to keep the VIP Diva room in my mind down to Queen Coco, Marlene Dietrich, Catherine Deneuve, Joan Crawford, Rita Mareno, Dita Von Teese and Madam Bianca. While I am tempted to add Jane Russell, Elizabeth Taylor, Donatella, Tura Satana and Joan Collins in there, I am trying to avoid cat fights within the delicate walls of my hypothalamus. … Again for the record, no I am not a gay male. But I digress…

Here’s the interesting thing about the 1970’s- when I think of fashion icons of this decade, Other than Jerry Hall Bianca, nothing but men come to mind. Bowie for his crisp Berlin/Heroes look, Halston and YSL for their designs. So in a sense, perhaps Bianca just THAT much of a fashion guru, being that she kicked Le Smoking into high gear with edgy classic femininity. It would have been so easy fto have done it all wrong Annie Hall, in the decade of sequins and polyester, wouldn’t it?  Other than Dietrich, no one has ever rocked the menswear look like Mizz B. And quite frankly, no one since has either.

When you mix beauty, exotica, style, aloofness, mystery and brains, you get one hellofa devaliocious icon.

Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias Jagger: Luxe Blog solutes (and worships) you.

November 9, 2017

Purchase or Pass: The Genius Line by Algenist

Filed under: Purchase or Pass,Skincare (lotions/creams, masks, etc) — luxebeaute @ 6:06 am

Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Bi-Phase Peel ($85.00, 1.69 oz)

Claims: For the first time ever, this bi-phase formula combines the powerful effects of a peel with the nourishing benefits of Microalgae Oil. Glycolic and salicylic acids work together for gentle, highly effective skin exfoliation and renewal while Microalgae Oil leaves skin feeling soothed, nourished, and deeply conditioned. The two phases combine to offer an unparalleled experience – the effectiveness of a peel, with the luxurious benefits of an oil

Real Time Results:  I LOVE this resurfacing treatment! It does an excellent job of exfoliating the skin and leaves the complexion radiant. It packs an incredibly powerful punch (yes, it does sting) yet somehow manages to moisturize (likely the addition of oils). Would I repurchase? Yes. Matter of fact I have two backup bottles in my cabinet.

Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser ($38.00, 5 oz)

Claims: This unique, luxurious melting cleanser is the best of biotechnology and offers an unparalleled sensorial experience. The powerful formula combines both Alguronic Acid, a patented anti-aging breakthrough, and a new source of nourishing oil, Microalgae Oil, to visibly replenish and smooth skin. This transforming cleanser melts into a silky oil to gently and effectively lift away all traces of long-wearing makeup. Upon contact with water, this lightweight oil turns into a milky emulsion and rinses clean to wash away impurities leaving skin beautifully cleansed, soft and radiant looking. This new cleansing sensation delivers an unparalleled sensorial experience.

Real Time Results: I’m a little on the fence with this one… If we are to judge solely by the claims, then this is indeed an epic fail. This is grotesquely inefficient in removing makeup, and it absolutely does not rinse away easily. In fact, it takes a hellofalotta work to remove this product, and therefore is a terrible night cleanser in terms of interference of other products due to its thick sort of residual layer left behind. On the other side of that coin, it has a lovely scent (that sort of burnt coconut scent I am in love with) and contains beneficial oils – therefore I find this to be a nice skin treat for mornings when no makeup or additional products are to be used. Would I repurchase? No. But then again, I use it so infrequently this will last me forever and a day.

GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Vitamin C+ Serum ($118.00 for 1 oz)

Claims: this powerful vegan formula combines patented Alguronic Acid, our breakthrough anti-aging discovery, with nourishing Microalgae Oil, both naturally sourced and sustainably produced, and a potent Vitamin C derivative to help visibly brighten skin, minimize fine lines and wrinkles. The most fragile skin texture appears strengthened and skin’s youthful, even radiance is revealed. Replenishes, nourishes and delivers smoother looking skin, Lessens the appearance of wrinkles, Brightens skin, and Boosts brightness and radiance for a uniform complexion…

Real Time Results: Um…No. This product actually did so much of nothing that I was angered. And still am. I had extremely high hopes for this based on hundreds of incredibly stellar reviews and award winning status. However, I saw absolutely no change in tone or texture, nor any additional moisturization. After 3 months of use 4-5 days per week, both morning and evening, I should minimally have been left with less dryness. This was a complete let-down. I will not be repurchasing.

Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream ($112.00 for 2 oz)

Claims: Nourish your skin while boosting overall radiance and improving resilience and elasticity with Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream. The advanced formula combines alguronic acid with microalgae oil, which is a plant-based collagen, to help deliver a firmer, tighter, more toned appearance

Real Time Results: After 3 months of morning use, 4-5 days per week, I have yet to note any visible changes or improvements to my skin. However, I really love the lightweight feel to this cream, its whipped consistency, and the sort of roasted coconut scent of it is beyond intoxicating to me. I am a fan of this under oils, on hot days, and when there is no need for a heavy moisturizer. This also makes for a wonderful base under powder foundations. Will I continue to use this until empty most days? Yes. Would I repurchase? Yes, for summertime use.

Conclusions: While I liked a few of the products in this line, and can rate those I liked from “rockin enough to repurchase'” to “fawk yeah!”, I definitely feel this line is overpriced based on what is actually delivered. Truth be told, the products I rate highly in this line impress me more due to aromatherapy (that darn coconut scent!) than any actual results supplied (skin nourishment, moisturization). With the exception of the peel, as this one truly does deliver IMO. I could definitely live without the products in this line which I enjoyed using, and can certainly find comparable replacements if need be (and for less $$$). But if you have problematic skin, particularly if it is dry and/or texturized, along with extra cash burning a hole in your pocket, I say give the cleanser, peel, and facial cream a try.

 

July 6, 2017

Review: Urban Decay Heat Palette

Filed under: Cosmetics — luxebeaute @ 1:42 pm

Confession time: This is the first UD shadow palette I have ever purchased… I know, I know – but hear me out! I had no real need for the Naked 1, 2, or 3 because they were chalk full of neutrals and transitional shades that I already own a plethora of in single form from various cosmetic co’s. As for UD’s other palettes, they were either smokey (which is my nemesis) or (again) dupes of shades I already owned. Until I spotted this baby that is. When I saw this, it was impulse buy central – my inner warm toned adoring demon took over, and I went for it. This palette is on FIRE.

This is a beautiful palette consisting of 12 lovely neutral and warm shades. This palette is seriously the rainbow of warm hues – well, if one existed. There are ambers, browns, burnt oranges, rich siennas, copper tones, shifty bronzes, and rust shades. It consists of both mattes and shimmers, and can be worked into day or evening looks. The pigmentation is marvelous, staying power is excellent, and I got no creasing or fading. Dispite the fact there are so many similarly hued shades in this palette, the colors did not muddy at all. I see you UD, yes, I see what you did.

While I love the shades and performance, I am not a huge fan of the bulky packaging. However, I can get over that. I think this is an excellent and well priced palette for the warm shadow lovers out there.

naked heat

 

 

May 31, 2017

Beauty Heroes May Beauty Discovery: Circle of Protection By max and me

A guardian of skin and spirit, Circle of Protection is an exquisite body oil that works on a physical and energetic level to support radiance and luminosity, inside and out. Blended with highly vibrant plant materials and essences, every application is a baptism of light energy, shielding and strengthening the subtle body. Delicately fragrant vetiver, bourbon geranium, brightening magnolia, uplifting jasmine and  shielding manuka envelope the aura while high vibrations of litsea and silver fir, attract cosmic protection and white light. Skin looks more radiant and supple while mind and soul rediscover serenity. With a regular ritual, Circle of Protection helps harmonize our inner and outer worlds, bringing a sense of balance and peace. [Credit: Beauty Heroes website] 

This months Beauty heroes box included a full size Circle of Protection Body Oil and travel size with pump, and a sample of Enchanted Face Oil.

The Circle of Protection Body Oil by Max and Me is a lovely and luxurious body oil made up of a unique blend of moisturizing and antioxidant oils (to include argan, marula, and rosehip) along with a variety of additional potent plant ingredients. It also includes aromatherapeutic components of vetiver, bourbon geranium, manuka honey, exotic litsea, silver fir, and jasmine. I found this body oil to be unique in that its created not only to nourish the skin, but the senses for mood uplifting. This product soaked in quickly and left my skin feeling silky and quite moisturized. Although I am beyond overstocked in body creams and oils right now, they have nothing on the M&M oil, as they are perfumed and artificially scented, somewhat synthetic (IE Jo Malone, Diptique body oil, etc). Thus this green beauty is an excellent addition. I also find the scent of this product aids in relaxation, and its a perfect night-time, before bed scent. Subbies received both the full size version and a travel size – the full size version is 3.38 oz and retails at $75.00, while the travel size is 10 ml and retails at $15.00. Being that this was both the hero product and the sidekick, I have yet to open the larger size bottle – as I make my way through the travel size, its obvious this oil will last a very long time.

The Enchanted Face Oil is infused with argan, marula, wild rose, pomegranate and evening primrose oils. Its luxuriously scented through an infusing of jasmine, ylang-ylang, champaca, frangipani, wild mountain lavender and rose. I found it to be a unique facial oil, much like that of its big-sister oil: The scent is simply intoxicating. As for performance, well, its a face oil. And believe it or not, my face hates essential oil type oils and can only handle really simplistic oil blends in my oil mixes. I find that there are many alternative oil blends out there which my skin loves, and this one I would need to be quite sparing with in order to avoid irritation. Since this was only a 2 ml, $5.00 sample size, its a nice sort of addition to use on a pampering day down the road, as I could get a couple more uses out of it easily.

All in all I am quite happy with the body oil, as its something I likely would not have splurged on otherwise. This is also a great introduction to the brand Max & Me. May’s Beauty Discovery Box is valued at $95.

NOTE: Beauty Heroes Subscription box is paid for by me and only moi- it is not gifted, sponsored, or anything of the like. All opinions are solely my own. Prior to blogging and opinionatin’ on sub box products, I use them for the entirety of the month, and give my thoughts toward the end of the month in which products are received. 

May 3, 2017

Spotlight on: Makeup Monsters Cosmetics

Filed under: Cosmetics,Cult Beaute: Artisan Product Reviews — luxebeaute @ 10:14 pm

You want an amazing liquid lipstick in quirky uniquely fun packaging? Are you into bold and offbeat aesthetics? Do you need your lip colors in a wide variety to fit whatever mood you may indulge in on any given day? Well, Makeup Monsters is likely the answer to your vanity woes.

Makeup Monsters is an indie cosmetics company founded in 2015 in Spokane Washington. From their webpage:

“At Makeup Monsters, we embrace individuality and exude fun in everything that we do! After-all, in the end, makeup should always include fun. Our brand focuses on creating broad color selections to suit anyone’s tastes and high quality formulas that will leave a lasting impression. Our products are made with the highest quality ingredients and are vegan and cruelty free! When you purchase from our brand, you’re not only supporting a small business with a big heart, you’re becoming a part of a family that encourages individuality in the makeup community and stands against the testing and using of animals for beauty…

I purchased 6 of their matte liquid lipsticks ($15.95 each): Redwood, Cornucopia, Nefarious, Blackened Heart, Just Add Marshmallows, and Hook, Line, and Sinker. Every one of these applied and wore like a dream. One swipe coverage, completely opaque with an even finish, and I got no feathering. These wore 6 hours+ and through meals with minimal fading.  I did not find these to be overly drying at all – in fact, I felt they were quite light and comfortable. The formula is of a great and comfortable consistency as well – not too watery or thin, and not overly thick. Transfer is minimal, to the point I barely took notice. TBH, these liquid lipsticks are a wonderful alternative for those (like me) who have given up a certain brand’s LL’s for ethical reasons [AKA he who shall not be mentioned by name]. Matter of fact, the formulation and consistency, some of the colors, and packaging is incredibly similar to “you know who’s”, almost to the point I wonder if they share a manufacturer. The color range of these is impressive; while I stayed in the fairly neutral-esque zone (flesh, browns, bricks, and greige), there is a wide range from unique fun brights to neutrals and much in between. Full disclosure: The more I wear these MM liquid lipsticks, the more impressed I am. While Stila is still my #1, MM is only a hair behind.

If you are a LL fanatic or addict, and you are looking to support indie brands, you cannot and will not go wrong giving this brand a whirl.

 

 

April 29, 2017

Beauty Heroes April Beauty Discovery Subscription Box: Lil Fox (Jungle Glow Enzyme Cleanser + Mask)

In search of her own pot of gold, alchemist and LILFOX creator, Alexis Rose, ventured deep into the enchanted rainforests of Hawaii to discover a raw, multi-flower honey collected by a small tribe of loving beekeepers. This sweet nectar proved to be the perfect base for Jungle Glow, an exotic, skin-illuminating cleanser and treatment mask that gently exfoliates and stimulates with natural honey enzymes [Credit: Beauty Heroes website

This months Beauty Heroes box is mega exciting, and I could not WAIT for it to arrive. I have been eyeing the brand Lil Fox for quite some time,  so when I received the notification my sub box had been delivered, do believe that I rushed home giddily with some additional pep in my step!

Jungle Glow Enzyme Cleanser + Mask is a lovely and luxurious skin rejuvenating mask. It is power packed with rare honey from the Hawaiian rainforest, antioxidant-rich organic raw cacao, organic rosehip oil and maracuja oil , mineral-rich Amazonian white clay, vanilla, and neroli. This has an extremely gentle exfoliating effect, and is a rejuvenating dream for those of us struggling with dry and dull skin. My skin was incredibly moisturized, smooth, and radiant after JUST ONE USE. No lie. I also was able to skip moisturizer, as this product leaves the skin well hydrated via the honey. This mask can be used as often as needed or desired, and can be left on for anywhere btw 5-30 mn. I was not going to allow any of this melted gold to go to waste, and I prefer to allow for full effect via 20-30 mn per application. After only 2-3 uses so far, I can state without hesitation that this product is now in my top 5 masking products and I will never go without it in my beauty arsenal. Lucky for me, this was April’s Hero Product, and subbies received this in full size form (3.4 oz). This product retails for $75.00.

The Cleopatra Milk + Honey Mask is more of a detoxifying mask, although I would say its likely suitable for pretty much all skin types. It contains crushed rose petals, coconut milk, honey, French rose clay,  Papaya, pineapple, camu camu, and baobab. This is a dry/powder mask, meaning one can add the liquid of their choosing to take this mask up a notch or 10. Although I found this mask to be a luxurious and stellar product, it acts fairly similar to May Lindstrom’s The Problem Solver for me (another dry/powder mask), which I already have a lifetime supply of. Truth be told I would have loved some variation as opposed to two masks this month, such as a serum from the brand. Caveat: this is a personal opinion, thus likely not universal. This mask was the month’s side kick product, subbies did not receive it in full size (3.4 oz), but in 1 oz, which is still quite impressive and will last a fairly long time. Full size retails at $88.00.

The total value of this months box is $101, which as usual, is incredibly impressive (and double the cost of subscription). Once again, Beauty Heroes has hit it out of the park.

Interview with Lil Fox founder Madame here.

NOTE: Beauty Heroes Subscription box is paid for by me and only moi- it is not gifted, sponsored, or anything of the like. All opinions are solely my own. Prior to blogging and opinionatin’ on sub box products, I use them for the entirety of the month, and give my thoughts toward the end of the month in which products are received. 

 

 

 

 

January 7, 2017

Spotlight On: Scent Bird

Filed under: Uncategorized — luxebeaute @ 12:21 am

unnamedScentbird is a wonderful monthly subscription service for all of the perfume addicts out there, to include moi. For $14.95 per month, they will send you a 0.27 oz perfume of your choice – the perfumes come in a glass pray decant which is professionally labeled, which fits perfectly in their custom fragrance case, which is supplied for free as a gift with subscription.

Once you sign up, you simply begin browsing their scents and adding as many as you would like into your scent que; these can be put in order quite easily via drag and drop methods, so that you can receive scents in whatever order/month your lil’ aromatherapeutic heart and soul desires. If you are unsure about scents to add/purchase, there is also a sort of questionnaire in which one can take about preferred notes, and Scent Bird will make suggestions based on personal preferences. With so many scents to choose from, many do prefer to utilize this method. This is also an excellent “ease of use” sub service; it can be put on hold or discontinued at any time.

What I love most about scent Bird is the huge range of products and fragrance houses, as well as the generous sizing of decants one receives. While the amount is said to be a 1-month supply, I have never gone through 0.27 oz in this time period, because I rotate through scents depending on mood. As for availability of products, it’s almost overwhelming. If I had to list a con – and there is always a con with anything in existence – it would be that I often find that lesser known scents end up discontinued while in my que. Because this has happened numerous times, I now try to order these early on, instead of chucking them into my que to be sent down the road. Another con is that while there are tons of scents, not all scents from a certain fragrance house are available – for example, they offer the niche brand Montale, but only a handful.

I tend to utilize this subscription service in a few ways, for specific reasons… This is an excellent way to pick up certain high-priced niche scents in which I want to try OR have tried and like, but don’t love enough to shell out between $200-$300 for an entire bottle (or longevity isn’t up to price-par). Secondly, I love this as a way to supply up on designer fragrances that I like without having to make a full bottle purchase (which typically run $80-$120), because I tend to tire easily of designer fragrances. Last but not least, this is a great way to re-up on purse and travel sizes of scents which I own large bottles of.

If you follow my link to sign up (below), you will receive a free perfume – and so will I! https://www.scentbird.com/r/d/doloresantolin

October 8, 2016

The Master Palette by Mario for ABH

Filed under: Uncategorized — luxebeaute @ 9:32 pm

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After much anticipation, the limited edition Master Palette by Mario is finally available!

The palette is a collaboration between master celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic  and Anastasia Beverly Hills. Its chalk full of luscious warm shades, and the formula is beyond buttery. Dare I say I like this palette more than Modern Renaissance? Well, I do.

The palette sells for $54.00, and is available on the ABH website and through Sephora.

 

July 1, 2016

ABH Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette Review

Filed under: Cosmetics — luxebeaute @ 10:06 pm

Believe it or not, this is my first Anastasia Beverly Hills palette purchase. I know, I know, these have been all the rage since ABH first began cranking them out. Thing is, color and formulations (upon the good old fashioned swatch test) just never really made me swoon. Well, until this gem of a products release!

This palette is chalk full of striking warm toned and berry shades. These all apply like a dream and are easy to blend. These shadows are incredibly silky as well as opaque, This palette is a complete collection in terms of various finishes, and the inclusion of transition, brow bone, highlighting, and inner corner shade options.

Shades:  Tempera (beige with an ultra-matte finish), Golden Ochre (earthy yellow with an ultra-matte finish), Vermeer (iridescent shell with a metallic finish), Buon Fresco (antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish), Antique Bronze (metallic sable with a satin finish), Love Letter (raspberry with an ultra-matte finish), Cyprus Umber (dark coffee with an ultra-matte finish), Raw Sienna (neutral amber with an ultra-matte finish), Burnt Orange deep orange with an ultra-matte finish), Primavera (shimmery gold with an ultra-matte finish), Red Ochre (sienna with an ultra-matte finish), Venetian Red (crimson with an ultra-matte finish), Warm Taupe (earthy gray with an ultra-matte finish), Realgar (brick with an ultra-matte finish).

I find myself reaching for this palette near daily. The only con I have is that this formula is so buttery soft that I do get quite a bit of fallout, but hey, I can live with that.

This palette is said to be Limited Edition, although demand might change this. It can be purchased at Sephora and the ABH website for $42.00

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