If there’s two things I’ve learned about my 30-something skin, it’s that a) it loves Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and b) quality skin care is well worth the investment. Over the past year, I’ve started using products with AHAs, which has definitely made an improvement in the quality and texture of my skin. It’s the key ingredient in one of my newest favorite masks, StriVectin Instant Revitalizing Mask.
Masks are an important part of my skincare routine. I use a clay mask in the morning after the gym and then another mask 2-3 times a week in the evening. For the past few weeks I’ve been rotating StriVectin Instant Revitalizing Mask, and what I’ve noticed is that it really lives up to its name – after wearing the mask for the recommended 15 minutes, you’ll find your skin has an instant glow!
The mask works with a combination of skin brighteners and the aforementioned AHAs. It’s completely gentle and helps make your skin tone look more even over time. As with the StriVectin SD Advanced Concentrate moisturizer I reviewed a few weeks ago, the StriVectin Instant Revitalizing Mask contains the patented NIA-114 technology, which hydrates and makes the AHAs more effective.
I love this mask and I’m so excited because I have a bottle of StriVectin Instant Revitalizing Mask to giveaway to one lucky reader. To enter, simply fill out the Gleam widget below. This giveaway is open to residents of the USA and Canada and ends 8/31/2015 at 11:59 pm, PST.
My Final Thoughts: I really like the instant glow I get from StriVectin Instant Revitalizing Mask. This product is effective and gives your skin a nice, long-lasting boost. It’s earned a treasured spot in my mask rotation!
There’s no doubt that matte liquid lipsticks have captured the heart of the beauty world en masse.
When ColourPop recently released 24 of their Ultra Matte Lip colors, their site crashed and quickly went out of stock on the very first day.
Matte liquid lipsticks are beloved and fawned over. Is it the intense pigmentation? The promise of comfortable long-wearing color you don’t have to touch up frequently? The fact that they’re the complete opposite of glosses? It’s probably a little of all of the above, and I’ll admit I was one of those buyers crashing the ColourPop site because I had to have some of their matte lip colors on that very first day.
From Anastasia Beverly Hills, NYX, Ofra, Kat Von D, ColourPop, and L.A. Girl, I have swatches of a variety of matte liquid lipsticks to share with you today. In my experience, your mileage may vary when it comes to how well the colors last on your lips, and I’ll share my thoughts on how well the colors stand the test of time.
Keep reading to see swatches and get my thoughts on these gorgeous matte liquid lipsticks!
My Ipsy August 2015 Prep School Glam Bag arrived last week, and I’m legitimately extremely excited about the products I received this month.
While we’re in the middle of a certified heat wave and there are barely any traces of Fall, school starts in a week and I’m seriously having those end of Summer feelings. I want berry tones on my lips and nails. Now’s the time for rich, Autumn-inspired colors! Ipsy totally nailed that spirit of the season with this month’s Glam Bag.
This was the second month I did not take a single sneak peek at the contents of my bag. I’m glad I waiting because the surprise was worth it! From the adorable houndstooth pattern makeup bag to the contents, I’m really happy with what I received:
Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics Eyeshadow Primer (sample size) – I’ve heard great things about this primer, and it does not disappoint!
Ofra Cosmetics Lip Liner in Wine (full size, value $13) – Ooh, this is a gorgeous, gorgeous liner. And there’s a coupon code for 40% off. This is a lovely universal shade that reminds me of MAC Whirl Lip Liner.
Skinn Cosmetics Luxe Waterproof Eyeliner in Navy Seal (full size, value $9.50) – I’m officially wowed by this liner. It’s richly pigmented, smooth, and did not fly off of my waterline despite of the above mentioned heat wave. Plus, it didn’t irritate my eyes, which can be an issue with waterproof liners.
Hikari Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Merlot (full size, value $13) – Another product that truly impressed me, this gloss packs a punch! It’s glossy, pigmented, and stayed on my lips longer than many other lip glosses.
It’s the quantity of the full sizes (3!), but the quality of the products that won me over this month. These are products I’ll use over and over and want to repurchase. I’ll admit I have moments where I want to cancel my subscription of nearly 2 years, but I can’t bring myself to pull the plug. The contents of my Glam Bags have been pretty great lately that the $10 is a worthy cost.
One of the great features of Ipsy are the coupon codes for their products that you can use in the event you fall in love with something you’ve tried. There’s also a rewards system where you can cash in point from referring other members or reviewing products.
My Final Thoughts: Ipsy scored big time this month. The Prep School Glam Bag was entirely satisfying and left me with products I’m excited to use. A great value for my $10 investment!
Buttery is a key word that comes to mind when I think of the ColourPop Sheer lip colors. Fresh and juicy, as well.
As I said in my first post, it’s definitely a party on your lips!
Today I have swatches of Kiddo, Crunch, Safari, and Peackocky.
Kiddo – A really pretty light brown.
Crunch – A peachy coral.
Safari – A true orange.
Peacocky – A blue red.
My Final Thoughts: I might be the number 1 fan of ColourPop Sheer Lippie Stix. They’re so nourishing, glossy, and colorful. The one thing to note about the ColourPop Sheer Lippie Stix is that you have to layer the colors to get maximum color payoff. It’s not a big deal to me, but you’ll most likely use these colors up faster than the traditional ColourPop Lippie Stix.
I don’t know about you, but I adore a good tan in a can, especially when it looks natural, and not orange. I recently had the opportunity to try this self-tanner that’s exceptionally easy to use.
Formulated with organic ingredients, NKD SKN Tinted Tan Liquid is easy to apply, fades evenly, dries instantly, and has no tell-tale self-tanner smell thanks to Odor Remove technology. Yes, such a thing exists!
This tanning liquid comes with a mitt that makes application a snap. To make sure you get an even glow, make sure you exfoliate your skin beforehand, concentrating on your elbows, knees, and ankles. Spritz some tanner into the mitt, and blendaway!
The formula really dries quickly, but you have time to blend as needed. You are at no risk for any patchiness, which I really like about this tanner.
I also really like the instant color that you get from the liquid. I found that this initial color does wash off, which might be a bummer to some, but you do get a nice, natural color that develops over 4 to 8 hours if you apply at night, you’ll wake up to a whole lot of bronze. The color does not get on your clothes or sheets, which is a huge plus. In this photo, you can see the difference between the tanned and un-tanned arms.
While it’s claimed that the tanner will last for up to 7 days, I find I get 3 solid days of color that slowly fades away by day 4. The nice thing about NKD Skin is thatit looks so natural. There is nothing to give it a tell-tale fake tan look.
For two lucky readers, I have two bottles of NKD SKN to giveaway. This giveaway is open to residents of the USA and ends 8/31/2015 at 11:59 PM PST. To enter, simply follow the
directions in the Gleam widget below.
My Final Thoughts: NKD SKN was selected as a Women’s Health Beauty Award Winner for 2015, and it’s definitely a winning product. I’m really impressed with the ease of application and how natural the color looks. If you’re going for a self-tanned glow, it’s definitely
worth a try.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Infusion H2O. All opinions are my own.
My daily dose of water just got so much better with the new Infusion H2Owater bottle.
Several months ago I realized I was in need of extra water in my life. While I’ve been making health changes for over 2 1/2 years, it wasn’t until last September I got serious. Since then I’ve been making better choices with my food and most importantly, drinking a lot more water! Drinking more water throughout the day as a simple life changing decision that improved my overall well being, including the quality of my skin.
When the opportunity came up for me to try Infusion H2O water bottles, I was really excited to create some deliciously flavored water. This water bottle contains an inner basket where you can place fruits and vegetable that infuse the water with flavor, nutrients,and antioxidants.
I know for some water seems boring, but that’s not so! There’s lots of fun ways you can enhance your water intake without adding sugars, artificial sweeteners, or dyes. While citrus fruits lend their flavor quickly, it can take a while for melons and different berries, so fill your bottle and let it brew in your refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
Cucumber water is super easy to make, and I’ll spruce it up with the addition of lemon and mint.
I’m also loving a watermelon and mint combination, which, you can imagine, is entirely refreshing.
The possibilities are endless! I’m going to start experiementing with basil, lemongrass, and some other fruits to see what deliciousness ensues. The Infusion H2O bottle is a hit with my son, as well. I’ve been making cucumber water every day, which he immediately grabs and enjoys. Could this be a step to eating veggies? I sure hope so.
The Infusion H2O water bottle comes in 5 colors, including Teal and Pink that are featured in this post. It’s recommended you clean these bottles by hand and it’s extremely easy to take them apart and wash as needed. These bottles are sturdy, and what I love is the attention to detail, such as the hand grip on the side.
Other details included are a latch to keep the top secure, and a loop you can easily hook to a backback. The bottle itself is BPA free and is made from high quality Eastman Tritan plastic. It has a 32 oz. capacity and is easy to disassemble and clean.
This quick video shows you just how easy it is to fill and use the Infusion H2O bottle.
My Final Thoughts: I really and truly think this the Infusion H2O water bottle is an awesome idea! The past year has been one of making positive health changes. While I don’t mind drinking water plain, it’s nice to have a little change every now and then,and what better than with pure, natural ingredients?
When the mail arrived this past Monday afternoon, it brought my recent order from ColourPop filled with a delightful supply of lip products. I’m so excited to show you the colors, one of which includes ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Trap, a lovely neutral pink. In today’s makeup inspiration, I layered a glittery green gloss (really!) on top for dimension.
For more photos and product details, please read on!
Painted Ladies is six years old!!!! Or young, however you’d like to look at it. I’m going for the young. Ha ha!
For this very special occasion, I thought a professional photo session with a fancy back drop was in order. Maybe it’s just my normal set up with a roll of pretty wrapping paper I found at Home Goods, my favorite store lately.
The traditional gift for sixth anniversaries is candy, which made it the perfect opportunity to show off the gumball machine I bought a while back. If I could, I’d give everyone a gumball!!!
Thinking back at the past few years, there are a lot of life lessons I’ve learned along the way. However, the number one lesson I’ve learned in six years of beauty blogging is simply to be open to learning new things. There’s ALWAYS room for improvement. That’s part of the fun of it all!
I love makeup. I love writing about makeup. I love taking photos of makeup. And most of all, I love blogging about makeup. I’m so thankful I get to do all of this every day.
I say this every year, and I really mean it – the party’s just begun! Thank you for reading Painted Ladies. xoxoxoxoxoxoxxo!