March 2013 – Heather N King

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Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara

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     Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara is one of the new additions to Essence Cosmetics’ permanent line. I am not a fan of mascaras that leave my lashes looking natural. Extreme crazy volume? Yes, please! I had positive results with their Get Big Lashes Volume Boost Waterproof Mascara, so I decided to give this one a try as well.

    First off, I love the pink and black packaging. So girly and fun! The name grabbed me as well, but what about the mascara brush?

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     Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara has a big ‘ole fat Covergirl-style mascara brush. The bristles are spread apart far enough to be able to grab your lashes individually to coat them with a creamy black layer of color.  My modus operandi for applying any mascara is to wiggle the brush at the base of my lashes to deposit a fair amount of the formula. Then I pull the wand from base to tip to distribute the formula. What’s my opinion of this mascara? Is it “Extreme Crazy Volume”? Take a look at my before and after pics:

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     Did Essence promise too much? Absolutely not! This is my new favorite mascara until I find the next affordable mascara that promises me “Extreme Crazy Volume”.

     Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara retails for $4.99.

     Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara can be found at Ulta and Ulta.com

Do you love Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara? What do you think? I would love to hear from you! Please comment and subscribe.

Eat healthy. Drink lots of water, and get lots of sleep.

Until later,

Heather N King

THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST. Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara HAS BEEN PURCHASED USING MY OWN FUNDS.

Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro Gel Mask

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     Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro Gel Mask was one of the goodies featured in my February 2013 GLOSSYBOX. I was excited when I saw the word “snail” all in capital letters on the front of the pouch. I was impressed and curious when I saw that the pouch boasted that it contained 5% snail slime extract. Just when you thought you heard it all, right?

     Snail slime is slowly crawling it’s way into mainstream skincare products such as masks, serums and facial creams. Why? “The slime contains proteoglycans, glycosaminoglycans, glycoprotein enzymes, hyaluronic acid, copper peptides, antimicrobial peptides, copper, zinc and iron” (Read more: About Snail Cream | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_5711009_snail-cream.html#ixzz2OmXzYSnJ).

     In other words, snail slime naturally contains a lot of goodies that we often put into the formulations of our skin care. The effects of some of these ingredients include increased hydration, decreased redness and inflammation, “promote the natural healing process, enhances skin’s ability to recover, dissolves dying cells, triggers skin regeneration and repair and helps the skin produce antimicrobials that fight infection” (eHow.com).

     For once reading about the promises of a skin care product is actually making me feel better about my own skin. It sounds like I’m in pretty good condition. The directions on the back of the pouch are pretty simple:

  1. Wash your face.
  2. Apply a toner (I skipped this step).
  3. Leave on for 20-40 minutes (I opted for 40 minutes while playing the Sims 2 on my old school PS2).
  4. Remove mask and pat the excess into skin to absorb the rest.

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The snail mask instantly felt wet and cool on my skin. It had actually felt quite nice and soothing. Although I looked like a total freak, I felt relaxed and comfortable. For your viewing amusement, here is a pic of me wearing  the Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro Gel Mask. Forgive the fuzziness. It’s an iPhone pic. The mask is actually divided into two cloth sections that are drenched in all kinds of hydrating goodness. I snapped this pic before I settled in with my Playstation 2. My game froze on me twice during the 40 minutes that I wore this. Definitely time to upgrade to the next gaming generation, huh?

After 40 minutes of wear, I peeled it off. There was excess snail slime gel on my forehead, cheeks and chin. I took about 30 seconds to tap the excess into my skin with my fingertips. My skin felt sticky to my fingertips; however, I didn’t not notice the stickiness unless I was directly touching my face. I have rather normal skin right now. Not overly oily or dry. Just right for me. Although I did notice the the pores around my cheek area looked smaller, this mask gave me a hydration overload. Simply way more moisture than I need on average.

So if you oily skin, I recommend that you follow up with a toner and avoid moisturizer that day. If you have normal/combo skin, this may be a little too hydrating in the T-zone. Again, just follow up with toner where needed. If you have dry skin, you will love this mask. After you tap in the excess snail slime, you may follow up with a moisturizer if desired. If you have sensitive skin and are prone to redness and inflammation, this may be the mask for you. However, proceed with caution and check the ingredients as well as with your doctor if you have one.

I enjoyed trying out this mask, but I feel that it is not a good match for my skin type. Simply too much hydration for me. All in all it’s definitely worth trying once. It’s a nice way to pamper oneself with an uncommonly used beauty ingredient.

Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro Gel Mask retails for $6.

It can be found at Glossybox.com.

Have you tried this? What was your experience? I would love to hear from you! Please comment & subscribe!

Eat healthy. Drink lots of water, and get lots of sleep.

Until later,

Heather N King

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – 13 Brand New Shades!

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     This morning Urban Decay unveiled their 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Vault online.

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     This is a sleekly designed metal box containing all 40 of their colorful, waterproof, and long-wearing eyeliners. Although the hefty price tag of $295 may seem excessive at first, that actually allows you to receive each pencil at a discount. Individually, these eyeliners normally cost $19 each. Buying them in the bulk amount offered by this vault collection means they each retail at the bargain price of approximately $7.38 each. However, don’t get too excited. Urban Decay made of 50 of these babies available on their website and it sold out within a few hours of release.

     On the upper hand for the rest of us (including yours truly), who missed out on this eyeliner collection we can still indulge in all 40 shades one at a time. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils now come in 13 brand new shades. Let’s take a gander:

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     Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils retail individually for $19.

     They are available online at UrbanDecay.com.

     The new shades will also be available later next month at Sephora, Ulta, Sephora.com as well as Ulta.com. 

      Are you sad that you missed out on the Vault collection? Me neither! Building up my collection little by little has always worked better for my budget. What do you think of the new shades? I’m loving the matte formulations! My favorite stand out shades are “Chaos” and “Cuff”. What do you think of the Vault collection? Any opinions on the new shades? I would love to hear from you! Please comment and subscribe.

Eat healthy. Drink lots of water, and get lots of sleep!

Until later,

Heather N King

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