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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Review: Maybelline The City Kits All-In-One Eye & Cheek Palette and Lasting Drama Eye Liner #Maybelline #TheCityKits #LastingDramaEyeLiner

(product photos courtesy of www.ulta.com)

The City Kits: All-In-One Eye & Cheek Palette Urban Light

The City Kits: All-In-One Eye & Cheek Palette Pink Edge
Maybelline The City Kits All-In-One Eye & Cheek Palette is a wonderful new fun kit that brightens the eye area up and highlights the cheek area contours. There are two kits: Urban Light and Pink Edge. I was given Urban Light to test out. I loved it so much I went out and bought Pink Edge. In these kits you get iridescent to edgy matte eyes, and can create an infinite number of makeup looks with these city inspired all-in-one makeup palettes. Each eye and cheek palette includes 8 creamy eyeshadows, 1 blush and 1 highlighter. The Urban Light Kit has the lighter colors, these are the more iridescent shades while the Pink Edge kit has pink and brown shades. Use both together to get a rockin' eye.

To Use:
  • Step 1. Apply color from the eyelid to the brow bone.
  • Step 2. Shade in lid.
  • Step 3. Add color to inner corner.
  • Step 4. Contour at the crease and line of eye
  • Step 5. Apply highlighter.
  • Step 6. Apply blush.
Here are swatches of The City Kits in Urban Light and Pink Edge:
swatches of The City Kit All-In-One Eye & Cheek Palette in Pink Edge

swatches of The City Kit All-In-One Eye & Cheek Palette in Urban Light

Here is a photo of me wearing both kits that I posted a few days ago:

Here I used both Maybelline The City Kits in Pink Edge and Urban Light on my eyes (the medium brown from the Pink Edge City kit in the crease, with the black in the transition and a little bit on the lower lash line, then I used the purple shade from the Urban Light kit on my lids and the bright pink shade below the brow), Lasting Drama Light Liner in Twinkle Black on upper lids, Moonlight Purple on lower lids and White Luster on waterline, Total Temptation Mascara.

Then for these photos:

Here I wore the light brown shade from Pink Edge in the crease, and the black-brown shade from Pink edge in the transition. Then I took the beautiful iridescent pink shade in Urban Light and used it on the upper lids and finally used the iridescent white under the brows. On the upper lids I am wearing Lasting Drama Light Eyeliner in Shiny Bronze. On my cheeks are the blush and highlight from the Urban Light kit. I am wearing Color Sensational Power Matte in Carnal Brown on my lips.

Lasting Drama Light Eyeliner Moonlight Purple
Lasting Drama Light Eyeliner Twinkle Black

Lasting Drama Light Eyeliner White Luster

Lasting Drama Light Eyeliner Shiny Bronze
Maybelline Lasting Drama Light Eyeliner brightens the eye up for eye-opening impact. This eyeliner illuminates and defines the eye with lustrous eye-lightening pigments. This is a long-lasting, smudge-proof and waterproof eyeliner! It comes in 5 shades: Twinkle Black, Moonlight Purple, White Luster, Shiny Bronze and Starlit Gold. 

To Use:
  • Step 1. Apply the liner along the upper lash line, along the bottom eye line, and at the waterline.
  • Step 2. For extra eye-brightening effect, line the pencil along the inner corners of the eye.
This eyeliner is gorgeous on. It makes your eyes look beautiful. I found it goes really well with The City Kits in Urban Light an Pink Edge. I am wearing the liners in the above photos. 

Here are swatches of the Lasting Drama Light Eyeliners:
swatches of Lasting Drama Light Eyeliners (Twinkle Black, Moonlight Purple, Shiny Bronze and White Luster)

All of these products can be found in mass market stores like Walgreens, Rite-Aid, CVS, Target, Wal-Mart and ULTA. Like Maybelline on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maybelline; Follow Maybelline on Twitter:@Maybelline; Follow Maybelline on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/Maybelline/; Follow Maybelline on Instagram: http://instagram.com/maybelline# and Follow Maybelline on Tumblr: http://maybelline.tumblr.com/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These items were sent for consideration)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: CVS Pharmacy Makes Commitment to Create New Standards for Post-Production Alterations of Beauty Imagery

(photo courtesy of www.nytimes.com)

CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE:CVS), today announced a commitment to create new standards for post-production alterations of beauty imagery it creates for stores, websites, social media and any marketing materials. As part of this initiative, transparency for beauty imagery that has been materially altered will be required by the end of 2020. 

The company also announced that it will introduce the “CVS Beauty Mark,” a watermark that will be used to highlight imagery that has not been materially altered. For this initiative, materially altered is defined as changing or enhancing a person’s shape, size, proportion, skin or eye color, wrinkles or any other individual characteristics. CVS Pharmacy will be working together with key brand partners and industry experts to develop specific guidelines in an effort to ensure consistency and transparency.

 “As a woman, mother and president of a retail business whose customers predominantly are women, I realize we have a responsibility to think about the messages we send to the customers we reach each day,” said Helena Foulkes, President of CVS Pharmacy and Executive Vice President, CVS Health. “The connection between the propagation of unrealistic body images and negative health effects, especially in girls and young women, has been established. As a purpose-led company, we strive to do our best to assure all of the messages we are sending to our customers reflect our purpose of helping people on their path to better health.

” This new initiative is being introduced in an effort to lead positive change around transparency in beauty as well as to allow customers to differentiate between authentic and materially altered imagery. The CVS Beauty Mark will start to appear on CVS Pharmacy-produced beauty imagery in 2018 with the goal of all images in the beauty sections of CVS Pharmacy stores reflecting transparency by the end of 2020.

 “We’ve reached out to many of our beauty brand partners, many of whom are already thinking about this important issue, to work together to ensure that the beauty aisle is a place that represents and celebrates the authenticity and diversity of the communities we serve,” Foulkes added. “We’ve been inspired by their willingness to partner with us to redefine industry standards around this important issue for the well-being of all of our customers.”

 "Girls Inc. applauds CVS Pharmacy’s leadership commitment to showcase and celebrate beauty in all of its forms. As the national nonprofit dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, Girls Inc. is honored to be a partner in CVS Pharmacy’s movement to counter limiting stereotypes too often faced by girls and women. Allowing diversity and natural beauty to shine will have an immensely positive impact on girls and women everywhere." said Judy Vredenburgh, Girls Inc. President & CEO. 

CVS Health has previously made significant changes in its retail stores with the health of its customers in mind, such as ending the sale of tobacco products, delivering healthier food options throughout CVS Pharmacy stores and committing to remove certain chemicals of concern from all store brand beauty and personal care items by 2019. To learn more about CVS Pharmacy’s new beauty imagery initiative, visit www.cvshealth.com/BeautyMark. About CVS Pharmacy CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health 

Review: Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Capsules #DesertHarvestAloeVera

(product photo courtesy of www.desertharvest.com)

180 capsules/$68.00
90 capsules/$36.00
New Customer Special/$108.00
Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Capsules are used for treating Interstitial Cystitis*, Painful Bladder Syndrome, Prostatitis, and Pelvic Pain. Super-strength, freeze-dried Aloe Vera Capsules have been shown in clinical trials to effectively reduce urinary frequency, burning, and pain that are a part of many bladder disorders, but especially interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS) (sometimes called prostatitis in men and chronic pelvic pain in women). The Urology Wellness Center in Rockville, Maryland, conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of Desert Harvest aloe vera capsules in IC/PBS patients. The results showed that 87.5% of the patients who completed the study received relief from at least some of their symptoms. 50% received significant relief from all or most of their symptoms and were able to return to a more normal lifestyle. Only one patient did not respond within the first 30 days.
Patients with interstitial cystitis should be cautious about using liquid aloe vera since it must be preserved with high concentrations of citric acid, which is irritating to the bladder. Freeze-dried aloe vera from the whole plant, with no additives, no fillers, and no heat treatment, has been proven to be the most effective type of aloe for treating interstitial cystitis, painful bladder syndrome, non-bacterial prostatitis, and chronic pelvic pain.
It is has been theorized that the aloe plant helps IC patients in several ways. When processed correctly, the powder maintains its high levels of the glycosaminoglycans (GAG). The first lining of the bladder destroyed by IC is a GAG layer. It is possible that aloe vera is working much like Elmiron, but with no side effects from a man-made drug. The aloe plant is also a natural anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, analgesic, and anti-microbial agent but only when used in its super-strength form.
Interstitial cystitis patients in the first double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial took 6 Desert Harvest super-strength, freeze-dried aloe vera capsules per day for three months, 3 capsules in the morning and 3 in the evening (about 12 hours apart) with a full 8-ounce glass of liquid. It does not matter whether you take the aloe vera with food or without. It works the same either way. However, it is important to drink 8 ounces of liquid with each dose. Avoid taking the evening dose at bedtime, or the liquid you drink will cause more frequent trips to the bathroom in the night. Based on our anecdotal findings with more than 50,000 IC/PBS patients, we plan to conduct a dosing study to determine which dose works the best. In the meantime, here are our latest recommendations:
  • First Month: 6 capsules per day (3 in the morning and 3 in the evening). If you are symptom free after the first 30 days, continue taking 6 capsules a day for the next 2 months. However, if you still have some symptoms after the first 30 days, then:
  • Second Month: 9 capsules per day (3 in the morning, 3 in the afternoon, and 3 in the evening). If you are symptom free after 60 days, continue taking 9 capsules a day for the third month. However, if you still have some symptoms, then:
  • Third Month: 12 capsules per day (4 in the morning, 4 in the afternoon, and 4 in the evening). If the symptoms do not respond within 3 months while following the 6/9/12 dosage recommendations, we assume that you are one of the 12.5% of patients who will not respond to the aloe vera at all. In our database of more than 8,000 IC/PBS patients, 75% received at least some relief and 42% had total symptom control, although symptoms can return if the aloe vera is discontinued.
  • Maintenance Dose: If you are symptom free after three months, the daily dose can be decreased by one capsule per week until symptoms return (for instance, week one take 5 capsules per day, week two take 4 capsules per day, week three take 3 capsules per day). When you notice symptoms, increase the daily dose by one capsule and continue on this maintenance dose. On bad days, a burst of 3 to 6 extra capsules at any time of day may bring symptoms back under control for many IC/PBS patients. It is safe to take 21 capsules or more per day.
  • Flare-ups: If you have a sudden increase in symptoms, we recommend 6 capsules every 4 hours until you have your symptoms back under control. Most people only have to take the first 6 capsules to see relief.
(*Interstitial cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome (IC/PBS) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder wall. The etilogy is unknown and there are no uniformly effective treatments. Symptoms are similar to an acute urinary tract infection, and include pelvic pain, urinary urgency and urinary frequency. However, urine cultures are negative and patients do not respond to antibiotics. An estimated one million people in the United States suffer from IC/PBS, 90 percent of whom are women, a conservative estimate because many people with IC/PBS are either misdiagnosed or go undiagnosed. The incidence of IC/PBS is similar to that of Parkinson's disease, yet few people are aware of the condition. IC/PBS may be associated with other conditions such as vulvodynia, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome.Epidemiological studies reveal that it takes, on average, five to seven years to obtain an accurate diagnosis of IC/PBS.)

Although I do not have interstitial cystitis, I have what is called a neurogenic bladder. That is when you have leakage, frequency and urgency due to nerve damage. My nerve damage is due to a tumor I had that was on my femoral nerve for 7 years and grew so big it damaged the nerve to my bladder. So I tried the aloe vera capsules to see if they made any difference for me. I only had a few days of treatment to try them but I can say that in those couple of days I did see a small difference. My symptoms are very similar to interstitial cystitis and that is what they thought I had for a while. I often get urinary tract infections though and have problems urinating. That is the main difference. 

I think these capsules work very well for the symptoms described above and are a natural way to help tend to the symptoms of IC, PBS, Prostatitis, and Pelvic Pain. Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Capsules come in a 180 count bottle for $68.00; 90 capsules for $36.00 or New Customer Special (Buy 4 bottles for the cost of 3 bottles for $108.00). Desert Harvest also makes skincare products, pet products and more. They are a diversified product company. To purchase, go to www.desertharvest.com.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This was sent for consideration)

Review: Derma E Hydrating Facial Wipes #DermaE #HydratingFacialWipes #Cleansing

(product photo courtesy of www.dermae.com)

25 wipes/$7.99
At the end of the day often I am too tired to spend the evening doing a full cleansing of my face. Which is why I am glad that skincare companies invented makeup cleansing wipes! Some cleansing wipes are better than others and each wipe has different qualities that make it better for your skin type than another wipe. For instance, right now my skin is drier and I need a cleansing wipe that is hydrating and soothing. Enter the Derma E Hydrating Facial Wipe. This is the perfect makeup cleansing wipe for dry skin to use during the winter. These pre-moistened ultra-soft facial wipes deliver a surge of natural hydration while lifting away makeup, oil and impurities. 

So, if you need a cleansing wipe that quickly and conveniently lifts away makeup, oil and impurities while thoroughly hydrating, softening and smoothing the skin then you need Derma E Hydrating Facial Wipes. Each freshly scented, pre-moistened wipe is infused with ultra-moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid that helps condition, soften and smooth skin, leaving it fresh and dewy. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant which holds 1,000 times its own weight in water. A humectant is something that draws moisture to the skin. Hyaluronic acid helps to moisturize and hydrate the skin. These wipes are fortified with superfruit extracts Grape Seed and Maqui Berry. These easy, one-step wipes offer antioxidant protection while keeping skin clean and refreshed. Plus, each wipe is 100% compostable and all outer packaging is 100% recyclable. They are hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, sensitivity tested, cruelty-free, GMO-free, gluten-free, soy-free and made with wind energy.

I have used so many different wipes and found some do not remove makeup as well as others. I liked these a lot because they remove makeup very well and leave my skin feeling very soft and not dry at all. My skin felt refreshed and hydrated. It did not feel like I HAD to use moisturizer afterwards. My skin has been feeling very dry lately and I usually feel like I need moisturizer after I cleanse my skin. With most facial wipes I do too. Not with these though. I think the addition of the Hyaluronic acid is what makes the difference. It helps attract water to the skin, making the skin feel softer and not as dry. I definitely recommend these facial cleansing wipes for any skin type, even oily and acneic. 

Derma E Hydrating Facial Wipes are sold online at www.dermae.com and anywhere else that Derma E products are sold. They retail for $7.99 but if you want to get them by subscription, then they only cost $7.19, saving you 10%. They are sold in mass market stores like Target, CVS, ULTA, Sally Beauty Supply. Like Derma E on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/derma-e-Natural-Bodycare/99271753546; Follow Derma E on Twitter: @dermae; Follow Derma E on Google +:https://plus.google.com/u/0/+dermaeNaturalSkincare; Follow Derma E on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/dermae/; Subscribe to Derma E on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DermaEBodycare and Follow Derma E on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/dermae/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This was sent for consideration)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Winter Skincare Tips For Beautiful Skin: Keep Your Skin In Tip Top Shape This Winter! #Winter #Skincare #Beauty

(the tips in this post taken from http://bit.ly/2FGpoET)

Winter Skincare Tips For Beautiful Skin

Every season takes its toll on your skin: summer causes the worst photodamage, spring and autumn bring out acne lesions because of the temperature changes, but winter can be especially bad for dry skin. Even if your skin isn't especially all that dry, it becomes drier in winter because of the low humidity in the air, the forced air heat that homes tend to have and the cold winds whipping at our skin. Skin on the face and body can become dry, flaky, dehydrated, itchy and it can get so bad that it can get cracked and become painful. Areas on the body that are especially inclined to cracking are the feet, hands and lips. Anyone would become susceptible to the problems of dry skin during this time. What do you do to keep skin looking its best during the winter? Here are some tips gathered from my 25 years of experience as a licensed Esthetician as well as an article I read by Julia Brucculieri in the Huffington Post ( http://bit.ly/2FGpoET).  

1. Keep Moisture in the Air: having a cold air humidifier in your room or a humidifier hooked up to your furnace can help to keep moisture in the air of your house. Skin is the only "barrier that keeps water inside the body, so when it is dry and cold, water evaporates off of the surface faster and easier.”", says Dr. Angela Lamb of director of the Westside Mount Sinai Dermatology Faculty Practice. You can also drink more water every day, say an extra glass or two. I tend to drink a lot of water every day. It does not have to be bottled water either. Try not to keep the heat so high too. The higher the heat, the drier the air. 

2. Change Your Skincare Regimen: In winter your skin is drier, more sensitive, so you want to use products that are more gentler on your skin. You will have to change your skincare regimen to fit the change in your skin. Cleansers may need to go from foaming, exfoliating cleansers to milky cleansers. Or you could use a more gentle foaming cleanser. When you need to exfoliate, and this is still an important part of the skincare regimen, you need to use an exfoliant that is suited for dry skins. Try AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) instead of physical exfoliants (scrubs). That is if you can use them. Make sure your serums and moisturizers are suited for dry skin. You will need a serum with hyaluronic acid in it. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant (a humectant is an ingredient that attracts water to the skin, honey is an example of another one), that holds 1,000 times its own weight in water. There are so many products that have this ingredient. You also want a moisturizer with ceramides and peptides. Ceramides hold moisture in the skin, such as Cetaphil does. Glycerin is another great ingredient, as it is a great moisturizer. Panthenol is good as it is soothing to the skin.

For the body, Dove makes a good body wash that is gentle on the skin and does not dry it out. For moisturizing dry skin, a product with shea butter is good. Queen Helene makes an amazing Shea Butter Cream that is super moisturizing and is not expensive. There is also one is Cocoa Butter too, which is very good, Any product that has a 'butter' or an 'oil' will be good because those ingredients hold moisture in the skin. If you develop cracks in your skin because of dryness then there are two options: Aquaphor, which helps to heal the skin because of panthenol or a product with urea. Urea is a great exfoliant and also helps to get rid of calluses on the feet, which also tend to build up in the winter. 

Make sure to take care of your lips too. Wear a lip balm during the day and at night to keep lips from getting chapped. The wave of matte lipsticks has created no shortage of chapped lips these days. EOS makes a nice wax free lip balm. Nivea also makes a nice moisturizing one and it has sunscreen. After you remove your matte lipstick, you can use Aquaphor to help heal and soothe your lips.  

3. Avoid Very Hot Showers and Baths: Although you may be so cold and it is tempting to take a very hot shower or bath, the hot water actually dries out your skin. The hot water literally creates cracks in the surface of the skin. This can create itchy skin, called "winter's itch". It's better to take a shower or bath with a lower temperature water, which will help to keep skin in better shape. Also, keep the door closed and moisturize right afterwards. Products that work well are the new products from Nivea and Jergens that you can use either right in the shower or after the shower on wet skin to hold the water in the skin. Or use a dry oil on wet skin, which can also hold the water in the skin too. 

4. Moisturize Your Skin, And Moisturize Often: While this seems like a simple thing to do, often it is the most neglected one. Ideally, moisturizing your body skin daily is the best thing to do. We moisturize our faces daily, right? So why not our bodies? Skin gets incredibly dry in the winter and needs a daily dose of moisture. I have incredibly dry skin that seems to be getting drier as I get older. I hate that it itches and when I run my finger over my skin I see white. But I need to moisturize my skin more and more. I mentioned ingredients that were good for the body skin above: shea butter and cocoa butter. Coconut oil and Argan oil are also two great ingredients that are wonderful moisturizers for dry skin. Argan oil is one of the best and works on dry hair and dry facial skin too. Make sure that if you are going to use something very thick, like an ointment, it is best suited to the feet and hands. Then you would want to cover the ointment in socks or gloves to keep it from getting everywhere and to have it soak into the skin.

5. Do Not Go Into The Cold With Damp Skin: This seems like common sense. Skin will chap very easily if you go out into the cold if you have just taken a shower, bath or just washed your hands. It is just like when your lips are dry and you lick them, making them chapped. In the winter it is best to wait until skin is dry and re-hydrated so that skin does not chap. 

6. Cold, Dry Air Will Dry Out Your Skin: During the winter, the cold wind will chap your skin. Have you noticed how the cold, windy air just chaps your lips and skin almost instantly? Skin doesn't even need to be damp for this to happen. This is a problem of just winter. Having a wind chill makes it even worse. The colder the air the drier it is and less moisture there is in the air. That means that it is going to kind of suck the moisture out of your skin even faster, the longer you are exposed to the cold, dry air. Make sure to bundle up when you are outside and do not expose the surface of your skin as much as possible. Make sure your face is moisturized so that the "natural moisture barrier" of the skin does not lose moisture and also make sure that you are wearing lip balm, this way skin stays moisturized and does not dry out as much.  

7. Exfoliate Less Often: I mentioned this earlier in the "Change Your Skincare Regimen" section. It is important that when skin is dry and especially if it is sensitive, do not exfoliate as much as you would in summer, spring or fall. Dry skin can be exfoliated, but less often and with different products. Maybe only do it once a week instead of twice or three times a week. AHAs work well, as they can be tolerated by those with dry skin but not by those with sensitive skin. A good one is glycolic acid. This one is tolerated by most people. Another one would be salicylic acid if you tend to breakout some. Even if you have dry skin you can still break out in acne lesions. Salicylic acid will kill acne bacteria and exfoliate at the same time. If you do want to use a scrub, and make sure it is a gentle scrub. I would not use one with natural ground up walnut shells or anything with natural ground up shells, as these are not smooth all around and could cause very tiny micro-scratches in the skin. Or you could use enzymes, such as papaya or pineapple enzymes. Those exfoliate very well and are okay for dry skin but not for sensitive skin. Exfoliation is important as it helps get rid of the dry, dead skin cells from the pores (hair follicles) on the skin. A bulid up of these can cause milia, whiteheads, blackheads and pimples. Yes, even on dry skin. Hormones still come into play and act up, causing acne lesions, even during the winter. 

8. Wear SPF30 Every Day: Yes. You still need to wear at least a SPF30 EVERY day. Even on the days when there isn't any sun. The sun is still there, the UVA/UVB rays still get through the clouds, you just don't see them. Ideally, a mineral sunscreen is best, such as one made with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Chemical ones are okay too. There are good ones from Aveeno and La Roche-Posay. My favorite sunscreen is from CeraVe. It is a SPF30 with InvisibleZinc Technology and is a mineral sunscreen. The best anti-aging tool in your skincare arsenal is a sunscreen. And it should be worn every day under your makeup or even without makeup. And it should be a Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB SPF30 or higher. 

I hope this helps you have more beautiful skin this winter. Skincare is extremely important and should be one of your higher priorities for the winter to keep yourself from getting your skin in bad shape. You don't want cracks in your feet, extremely chapped lips, or very dry itchy skin, now do you?

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

Friday, January 12, 2018

Review: Queen Helene Products For Face and Body #Queen Helene #OatmealnHoneyScrub #VolcanicAshMasque #AvocadoGrapefruitMasque #SheaButterFaceandBodyCream

(product photos courtesy of www.queenehelene.com)

Queen Helene® products have been around for as long as I can remember. When I was a little girl I remember going to the drugstore and seeing her masks and lotions and seeing my mother buying them to use on her face and body. The line has been a staple in the beauty business for 75 years! 

Founder Richard Estrin moved to New York, where he began as a beauty supply house salesman. Wanting to expand his knowledge of the ingredients used in the professional beauty industry, Mr. Estrin obtained a degree in Chemistry. He used his new degree to become a partner in Para Laboratories, a small New York City cosmetics laboratory. He traveled the country with two other sales representatives, Eddie and Sam. While on one of their trips to Oklahoma, Eddie’s wife was back in New York giving birth to a baby girl they named Helene. Mr. Estrin was extremely happy for Eddie and congratulated him by saying, "You now have a Queen Helene. At Para Laboratories, Mr. Estrin was inspired to create a line of hair and skin care products using the best ingredients, and the Queen Helene® brand was born. After successfully launching in beauty salons, Mr. Estrin brought the Queen Helene® brand to beauty supply stores. With modern equipment and a larger facility, the Estrins were able to meet the growing demand for Queen Helene® products, as the brand became a well-known name in drug stores and supermarkets. Queen Helene® now produces over 100 different products for the face, body, feet, hair and scalp. Some of these products have been consistently used since the early 1930s. They are committed to producing only the finest products available that can be used with confidence by your entire family.

Queen Helene® products are inspired by nature’s finest ingredients because they are safer, and often more effective, than harsh chemicals and unnecessary additives. They are proud to have created a full line of affordable and effective body care products that are still passed on from generation to generation. Queen Helene® uses natural elements like cocoa butter that are rich with vitamins and natural emollient properties to moisturize, soften and nurture your skin and hair. They use pomegranate oil for its antioxidant protection against the skin-aging effects of environment and essential oils to help relax tired muscles and ease tension. Many of their products take advantage of the unique qualities of nature’s finest ingredients to keep you looking your best. 

6 oz./170g $5.97
The Queen Helene Oatmeal 'n Honey Scrub is a wholesome facial scrub that helps to draw out impurities from the skin and also helps to remove dead, dry skin cells. Soothing Oatmeal and Honey nourish the skin and help improve its moisture retention level. Tiny crushed up walnut shells exfoliate the skin, leaving it feeling extremely smooth and soft after use. When you are done with this scrub, skin is refreshed and smooth with a healthy complexion. To give yourself an at home facial, use this scrub before using one of the Queen Helene masks. You will have skin that is brightened, exfoliated, smoothed and softened. This scrub is for normal to dry skin, but works well on oilier skins too.

Even though this scrub has crushed up walnut shells, they are not too harsh on the skin. I found it to be just the right amount of exfoliation. I love the way this scrub smells, as the oatmeal and honey make it smell yummy. This scrub is very nice and it is well tolerated by just about anyone except those with extremely sensitive skins.

6 oz./170g $3.95
The Queen Helene® Volcanic Ash Masque is a skin detoxifying facial masque that harnesses the purifying power of Volcanic Ash (also known as Bentonite) to deeply clean skin. Known for its ability to draw out impurities and pollutants in the skin, Volcanic Ash acts like a magnet for pollutants, bringing them to the surface of the skin so they can be washed away. The result is refreshed, renewed skin. This mask deeply cleans and purifies the skin. It is anti-pollution. This mask is for oilier skin types. I love the retro packaging.

How To Use: Apply over cleansed face. Avoid eye area. After 5 to 10 minutes, rinse with warm water. Moisturize with an appropriate moisturizer for your skin type. 

6 oz./170g $5.00
Queen Helene® AVocado & Grapefruit Masque is a gel-clay masque that lifts away impurities and nurtures skin with smoothing Avocado and antioxidant Grapefruit extract. After use, skin is refreshed and energized with a healthy radiance. This mask is mainly for normal to dry skin types. 

How To Use: Apply over cleansed face. Avoid eye area. After 5 to 10 minutes, rinse with warm water. Then apply a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type. 

Here is a photo of me wearing both masks, the Volcanis Ash Masque is on my T-Zone (where I still have problems with oiliness and acne) and Avocado & Grapefruit Masque is on my cheeks, which are very dry:

15 oz./425g $5.95
Queen Helene® Shea Butter Face & Body Crème is a nourishing crème that features rich Shea Butter to deeply hydrate skin. Packed with fatty acids, Shea Butter has been used for centuries as the ultimate moisturizer. Its inherent calming properties work especially well on sensitive or irritated skin. The result is smooth, supple skin. It also calms sensitive skin very well, if skin is dry and itchy.

I found this cream to be especially good for my very dry skin during the winter. My skin is extremely dry, so much that if you run your fingernail over my skin you will see white (dead skin cells). I have to exfoliate and moisturize a lot. Shea butter is very moisturizing and good for dry skin. It hydrates and moisturizes the skin and keeps it that way so that skin stays soft, supple and feeling wonderful during the entire year. I even have problems with dry skin during the summer. I just have to lighten up my routine a little so that I don't feel greasy in the heat. This is a heavy cream but it sinks into the skin quickly so that it doesn't feel so greasy. It also has an intoxicating aroma that I adore!!!! My skin gets very itchy too and this cream helps to calm the itchiness, making it feel soothed and calmed. I love it so much. The new masks have a retro look that is fun and very 1960's. 

Queen Helene Products can be found at mass market retailers such as Walgreens, Rite-Aid, CVS, Target and Wal-Mart. Queen Helene also makes other popular products such as Cocoa Butter Crème and the infamous Mint Julep Masque. 

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These were sent for consideration)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Review: Clairol Color Crave Hair Makeup Brilliant Amethyst #Clairol #ColorCrave #BrilliantAmethyst

(product photo courtesy of www.clairol.com/en-us)

1.5 fl.oz./45mL $10.99
Do you ever just want to color your hair for a day, not forever? Clairol has a product that would be perfect for you! It is called Color Crave and is hair makeup. Color Crave is temporary hair makeup that puts a little bit of luxe in your locks. Shimmering hair makeup instantly adds 1-day wow that is visible on any hair color. Even the darkest brunettes! Change your mind or your mood? Hair makeup washes away with shampoo. There is: no ammonia, no peroxide, no parabens and no commitment. With Color Crave there is no reason not to flaunt your fearless. Shake. Shimmer. Dry. Go.

The benefits to Color Crave over semi permanent or permanent hair color:
  • shimmering hair makeup lasts for 1-day
  • easily washes out with shampoo
  • works on even the darkest hair
  • precision sponge applicator for easy styling
  • ammonia-free, peroxide free, damage-free
  • available in 6 shimmering shades
Color Crave comes in 6 beautiful shimmering shades: 
  • Shimmering Rose Gold
  • Brilliant Amethyst
  • Brilliant Ruby
  • Shimmering Copper
  • Shimmering Bronze
  • Shimmering Platinum
I tried Brilliant Amethyst. Now I have bright copper red hair. It has been a couple of months since I have done my roots. My natural hair color is a very light brown, dark blonde. I applied the Color Crave to my natural hair color. I tried it a little bit on my red hair but it did not show up very much at all. It did show up on my natural hair color. I was sent this color. I think the better color for me would have been Shimmering Rose Gold, Brilliant Ruby or Shimmering Copper. Those would have looked quite beautiful with my red hair. It did look okay on my dark blonde/light brown hair. 

To apply color: first you shake the tube. Then you squeeze the tube until you see color in the foam applicator tip. Apply color onto hair and stroke downwards. Keep doing this. I have nerve damage in my good hand, so I had some trouble squeezing the tube. A bunch of it started to come out and it leaked all over my hands. So I had to apply a whole handful of the color to the top of my head and hair in order to avoid spilling it and wasting it. I still have a little bit of color left and I might use it again. Then at the end of the application process you use your blow dryer to set the color. To remove the color, wash hair.

Here is how mine came out:
Color Crave in Brilliant Amethyst
Color Crave Hair Makeup can be purchased in mass market stores like Walgreens, Rite-Aid, CVS, Target, Wal-Mart and Ulta. It retails for $10.99. Like Clairol on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clairol; Follow Clairol on Twitter: @ClairolColor; Follow Clairol on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/clairolcolor/; Follow Clairol on Instagram: http://instagram.com/clairolcolor and Subscribe to Clairol on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/clairol.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This was sent for consideration)

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