Garnier Fructis Straight Hair Influenster VoxBox

Got to try out some Garnier Fructis products thanks to Influenster! I’m all for my hair. From treatments to masks, different conditioners for each season, and even massage oil therapy, my hair is pampered (even more than me!). But irons are a love-hate relationship because, on the one hand, it damages your hair but on the other hand, your hair looks better than Fabio’s after straightening it into perfection. So it’s always a good idea to use heat protectant hair products. This keeps ends from splitting, fraying, and frizzing. Just note, every flat iron is different! I use an Iron: AsaVea Hair Straightener Brush 3.0 to straighten my hair.

Check out my Tutorial using Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Flat Iron Perfector Straightening Mist 24 Hr Finish & Garnier Fructis Style Brilliantine Shine Glossing Spray!

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City Colour BeMatte in “Home Slice” Review

So excited to have tried out City Colour’s new Be Matte Lipstick in Home Slice! I LOVE this lipstick!! I wanted to go super glam with it, but felt it would be TOO easy. So I went with a mdoest look you could go to work with. Here is my review of the Be Matte Lipstick in Home Slice.

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Skintober With Arkadiance

I received four Arkadiance products complimentary recently and for the month of October, I decided to use only Arkadiance products during my morning and evening skincare routines. Having little knowledge about Arkadiance in particular but lots about skincare and decided to take a shot on the natural and exquisite mix that is Arkadiance

Smoothing Face Cream
A powerful mix of olive, coconut, shea, and essentials oils Arkadiance’s face cream adds a gush of moisture to my face that is not greasy or oily. Leaving my skin fully hydrated before my makeup or going to bed, this plant-based hydrating face cream ensured a silky-smooth finish that tones my skin left it pristine. The main ingredients the make Arkadiance’s face cream distinctly beneficial and different from other creams is its mix of Silk Amino Acids, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, and natural herbal components.

Silk Amino Acids is used as an additive on the skin for its high levels of serine which has excellent moisture preservation trait. The herbal and natural usage of coconut, shea, and olive provide a soothing relief for super sensitive skin. Alpha hydroxy acids are widely used as a topical treatment for extremely dry skin (xerosis).

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Healing Facial Tonic
Combines rose, witch hazel, cucumber, aloe, oats, and lavender hydrosol to provide a supertonic to brighten and nourish the face. Most tonics burn or even sting the skin, but Arkadiance tonic didn’t irritate my sensitive skin at all. What’s even better, it did not dry my already dry skin.

Witch Hazel is known to be an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, moisturizing component to prevent side effects of sun damage like peeling and flaking.Lavender hydrosol has shown to be a great ingredient to combat Acne because of its anti-inflammatory, skin soothing, antibacterial, and balancing the skin’s sebum which contributes to acne by clogging pores.

Bubbling Facial Cleanser
The richly citrus scented facial cleanser from Arkadiance has had to have been my most favorite product from them by far. (This was a hard choice since I can’t get enough of lavender hydrosol, lol!) Not only is this cleansing wash created with mild natural plantapon stepped in green and white tea to wash away dirt and extra sebum, but it gently removes even the toughest makeup! Waking up to wash my face or coming home to remove my makeup, this product was my go to for the better part of these first two week using Arkadiance products. I felt a morning refresh in the morning and then again before going to bed. It was heavenly!

Surfactants come in different types. Traditionally, we use soap surfactants which tend to use fats to lift dirt and grease off by absorbing water. Natural plantapon, however, is mild surfactant mixture that has good foaming properties and is suggested as the surfactant of choice for natural shampoos, shower gels and bath foams. Natural plantapon is suitable for sulfate-free, EO-free, PEG-free, and paraben-free applications which are ideal for baby care and sensitive skins.

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Omega-3 Radiance Capsules
I will admit, it was hard to remember to take this at times. However, when I did take them consistently, I saw a bump in sleep and energy levels. I woke up alert and not groggy. Most mornings I hit the snooze alarm to give me an additional 15 minutes of sleep (Which ends up being an hour..). Having taken the omega-3 capsules, I found myself waking up with ample amounts of energy but completely natural. No jitters. No side effects.

Made out of three different types of European fish oil, the Omega-3 capsules helped improved skin texture, tone, and radiance while increasing permeability of cell membrane in every cell of your body. It assists with chronic inflammation in joints, alleviated mood swings, and even helps with fall seasonal allergies. The capsules taken at night, help with catabolic rebuilding which is the process of the body breaking itself down to rebuild itself back up that occurs while you sleep.

I am all about skincare, but the science behind natural skincare is extremely fascinating! For centuries, men and women have used many of these natural ingredients for everything skincare issues and it’s only now that we see them more prevalent in modern day skincare. This is why when given the opportunity to conduct this month-long test, I jumped on the opportunity and boy am I grateful!

Arkadiance is all about fusing ancient wisdom with modern science, and I can’t thank Ami enough for letting me be a part of this truly breathtaking journey! Introduce your skin to the wellness-based skin care line that invests in YOUR inner healthy to unleash our radiance through nutraceuticals, topical skincare, and teas. Get the luxury experience with the science to back it up! Even the most sensitive of skin (like mine!) have seen results that will amaze you and make you confident is using pure and powerful nutraceuticals.

To be continued…

Volition Beauty: Creating Products Innovated By Beauty Enthusiasts Voted By You

Volition Beauty

Volition Beauty’s mission is all about collaborative and transparent innovation, but what does that actually mean? In a nutshell, Volition is an online collaborative platform where beauty enthusiasts can submit their own beauty products ideas or vote for ones already petition. Volition then works with the best labs to bring your beauty ideas into reality! What you get is new beauty products created by real people with real beauty problems.

When Volition Beauty’s site launched in 2015, they gathered hundred of ideas and had their community vote for products they really wanted to see on launch. Every Volition product was pitched by an Innovator who is a real person like you or me that thought of a great beauty product idea. Since then, the company has worked with labs to bring the 16 best ideas to life. Volition network of highly-respected chemists, R&D research labs, developers, and industry veterans in the cosmetics industry ensures significant experience in formulating beauty products. From concept, design, formula, and marketing you can feel quite confident in Volition Beauty’s execution in providing quality beauty products.

Volition Beauty

Behind every Volition product is an Innovator who comes up with a beauty product idea to tackle a real beauty problem. Often the problem comes with a real story. I got to try five of the starter products from the August 8th launch at Sephora.com (and soon to a Sephora store near you!) and boy am I excited! The products I received were voted by the community in 2015 and are now available for purchase at your local Sephora!

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Turmeric Brightening Polish ($38)

Turmeric (part of the ginger family) is an ancient powdered spice that has a wide range of therapeutic and cosmetic benefits. Curcumin, which is the active ingredient, is a natural antiseptic with antibact­erial/ antimicrobial properties that heals and prevents dry skin. It can also be used to treat eczema and acne! Turmeric has also been shown to slow the aging process and wrinkle formation and in India, turmeric has been used for centuries as a natural cleanser. It has been mixed with milk to bring a healthy glow to the skin and is traditionally used in daily face and hair care, as well as in Hindu celebrations. Volition Product benefits:

  • Unlocks brighter skin instantly!
  • Expertly formulated scrub gentle enough for the face but can be used for your body too!

Purchase your Turmeric Brightening Polish on Volition Beauty or Sephora.com!

Detoxifying Silt Gelee Mask ($60)

Black Silt acts as a nourishing and firming agent that when harvested from the depths of the pristine Finnish lakes is organic and mineral components provide nourishing treatment to the skin. Regular use helps promote cell oxygenation which imparts freshness, firmness, and uniformity to the skin. Volition Product benefits:

  • A unique, nutrient rich gel mask that draws out impurities and toxins while hydrating for softer skin!
  • The innovator, Takako Mohri McGowan, has a Masters degree in Biochemistry and is well known for being Vice President of a laboratory where she was responsible for stabilizing Aloe Vera for ingestible and cosmetic use! She is now the president of her own laboratory, TAKA USA, where she handles formulation and production of OTC and personal care products.

Purchase your Detoxifying Silt Gelee Mask on Volition Beauty or Sephora.com!

Oceanene: Youth-Boost Gel ($50)

Algae is known for various health and beauty rituals so it’s no wonder that its resistance to dry temperature and salinity become a vital ingredient for skin benefitting properties! Marine algae’s molecular bioactive are harvest for their potent skin rejuvenating properties. As a powerful active ingredient in the Oceanene Defense Gel, it aids in collagen and hyaluronic acid synthesis to assist in hydrating and smoothing skin to look younger! Volition Product benefits:

  • Lightweight yet powerful gel moisturizer combing marina algae with anti-aging bioactives to preserve and restore youthful looking skin.
  • Vegan
  • Vitamin C to brighten and even skin tone
  • Helps in collagen synthesis
  • Sodium Hyaluronate helps moisturize

Purchase your Oceanene Youth Boost Gel on Volition Beauty or Sephora.com!

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Helix AM/PM Restorative Eye Gel ($52)

You can have your serious night time eye treatment in the day too! Surprisingly enough Helix Complex comes from the use of snail mucin as a skincare treatment that dates back to ancient Greece! This ingredient has made its way to the Korean beauty product and now the western world! The Helix compound contains allantoin, collagen, elastin, and glycolic to help make skin look and appear brighter and smoother! Volition Product benefits:

  • Helix helps collagen synthesis and elastin
  • Help rehydrate and blur the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Clinically-proven to improve moisture levels by 67.8% within 24 hours and 78.8% after 4 weeks

Purchase your Helix AM/PM Eye Gel on Volition Beauty or Sephora.com!

Oil-Control Mattifying Mist ($29)

Need a lightweight mist of amino acids and natural humectant powder to make that oily shine go away? Forget dry, tight feeling skin and say hello to a weightless formula that gives you shine control Improve your skin moisture and prevent dryness! Volition Product benefits:

  • Instant Matte Finish
  • Shine control
  • Reduces appearance of oil production on face
  • Vegan

Purchase your Oil-Control Mattifying Mist on Volition Beauty or Sephora.com!

The best part about Volition Beauty products is most of it are holistic ingredients that have real beauty benefits! Join me on my journey of trying all these products via my Instagram!

Missed my unboxing of My Volition Beauty Products? Watch the Periscope below!

My Review on the Lancôme VoxBox

I got the chance to receive skincare and makeup complimentary to review . I am super proud and happy to have worked with Lancôme Paris to review the follow items!! I made a little unboxing video if you guys missed it… Feel free to ask me questions about my experience if you are considering getting them!

  • Lancôme Visionnaire Crescendo™ Progressive Night Peel
  • Lancôme Matte Shaker High Pigment Liquid Lipstick
  • Lancôme BIENFAIT UV SPF 50+ Super Fluid Facial Sunscreen

Lancôme Matte Shaker High Pigment Liquid Lipstick

I have to say the product design for this matte lipstick is quite impressive. To get this lip color you use a small applicator that resembles a triangular paint brush and shake it to coat it with this liquid that appears RED at first but comes PINK when oxidized. It also can be BUILD-ABLE which means as you apply layers, you can get a new phase of pink color. The more you put, the more vibrant it gets. The less you put the more it looks like a gloss.

Highly recommend.

Lancôme BIENFAIT UV SPF 50+ Super Fluid Facial Sunscreen

BIENFAIT is a great under makeup lotion with sunscreen. I prefer to purchase sunscreen that doesn’t smell like sunscreen, so having  this have a faint fragrance was very nice! When applied, it does have a powdery finish. I didn’t think sunscreen could be powdery! It makes a good base to apply makeup on.

Lancôme Visionnaire Crescendo™ Progressive Night Peel

I have some wrinkles, dark spots, and uneven skin around my checks and neck thanks to my age. I never thought I could avoid having to deal with it. I love makeup but sometime I want to go natural without people asking me if I’m tired.

I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I tried phase 1 for 14 days (granted I forgot some nights, but never more than 1 night.) Regardless, i did see visible difference in my skin tone and wrinkles. This didn’t help my dark circles but it did reduce dark spots on my face. I also recommend not putting this under your eyes. It does sting and that area is super sensitive for this kind of product.

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After Thoughts

Our of all the products, I do LOVE the Matte Shaker the most! I will probably get more colors in these. Also, I would like to know you have tried the peel what were your results? Let me know below!

Periscope LiveStream Using April Ipsy Glambag and Lancome Official Matte Shaker!

I did a Periscope with my April Ipsy glambag new Elizabeth Mott highlightand Lancome Paris Matte Shaker in Pink Power! Watch the vod by clicking below!

Current Beauty/Makeup Addictions

Its hard to find the right product for skin as dry as mine. All the coconut in the world can’t save it. Which means moisture needs to be in my makeup. Scratch that, it must. So far these products have done wonder to my skin and people think I’m not wearing makeup. (LOL) if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see these products. Follow on Snapchat to see how they look!

Amore Pacific

Amore Pacific Intense Vitalizing Eye Essence

With a name like Amore, you know you’ll fall in love. This stick is life. I use it twice a day and have a hereditary condition for dark circles. This baby makes them light and depuffs all my stress. I take my time in circles under the eye; about 3 minutes under each. The more the better though! I also use other creams to help lift and return collagen to the skin. You can get Amore Pacific Intense Vitalizing Eye Essence at Sephora.

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Chanel Rouge CoCo 444

Sometimes I don’t want to go matte. So I go Chanel Rouge CoCo 444. Not only is 4 my favorite Number, but now my favorite lipstick. I can never go back to any other. With eucalyptus as a main ingredient, my lips feel moist and soft when applied. Sometimes ill just dab a bit on my lips in the am when their dry. It comes in so many colors, that it can cause a slight addiction. Guilty! I got mine at Saks Fifth Ave!

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Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster

In addition to Amore, I also use Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster to really get collagen back into my skin. As we age, we loose collagen and it never comes back. As women, it is wise to take steps to bring back collagen to maintain moisture in our skins and keep the blood flowing. It has Vitamin C inside to help brighten the skin. It can sting, so it’s wise to use it sparingly compered to Amore Pacific eye essence. Use about twice a week.

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SMILE

Lip masks are a must have if you use lipstick often. Keeping them hydrated with certain lip balms are not the way to go because there is a chemical in most lip balms that make it dry. So the best remedy for super dry lips are masks and my favorite is SMILE’s lip mask in a variety of styles. Depending on what you want your lips to look like, you can use the mask to get. My go to is the White Pearl mask to give the lips a pearly shimmer that looks lush with just a bit of lip gloss. Stay hydrated!

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Kylie Matte Liquid Lipstick & Lip Liner

Now I know what I was doing wrong this whole time with my matte lipstick. I needed a liner, but not just any one that matched perfectly with my matte lipstick. Normally I don’t go wild for the current dab fab, but I knew something was up when Kylie’s cosmetics sold out of their lipstick in barely a couple week. Trying it out, I realized four things:

  1. It doesn’t cake on your lips like Tarte’s Tarteist matte lipstick.
  2. I don’t need to reapply often even after drinking or eating.
  3. It doesn’t come off easily especially when I smooch. ❤
  4. My lips don’t feel like the desert. Dry and in need of help.

Of course, there might be a matte lipstick out there better than Kylie’s, but after trying Tarte, Kat Von D, MAC, and Sephora’s line I was sold on Kylie’s. (Still haven’t grabbed a NYX or LOC, so this might change! Tehe)

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