September 2012 – Heather N King

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La Roche-Posay Cleanser, Acne Treatment, and Sunscreen Samples

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This week I had the pleasure of receiving some skin care samples from La Roche-Posay. I received a cleanser, acne treatment and sunscreen. They’re tiny samples, but they were big enough for me to try. I switched these three products with my currently skin care regimen for two days morning and night. Well, I didn’t use the sunscreen at night… you know what I mean. icon_wink-7057439

I really liked the La Roche-Posay Purifying Foaming Gel for Oily Sensitive Skin. Although I wouldn’t classify my skin as oily and sensitive, I do experience bouts of oiliness one week out of every month due to…um… hormones *wink*. Since I happen to be experiencing … um… hormones this week, these samples came at a good time. I used this cleanser two mornings and evenings in a row. The texture of the clear gel is very lightweight and foams easily. It had only a very light clean smell. So those of you who are sensitive to fragrance in their skincare would probably like this one. When I was my face, I tend to massage the product into my skin for at least a good minute. After I rinsed this foamy cleanser off, my skin felt super clean and even a little moisturized. I can see myself possibly buying this one to use during my hormonal week or even on just a regular basis. Thumbs up!

After I used a towel to pat my face dry, I followed with the La Roche-Posay Dual Action Acne Treatment. This formulation contains 5.5% benzoyl peroxide. Honestly, I haven’t put benzoyl peroxide on my face in years! Since I’m dealing with some hormonal breakouts right now, I figured my skin would respond positively and swiftly to this zit zapping ingredient since I no longer have a built-up tolerance to it. I was happily proven correct. When I woke up the next day, red bumps that were eager to turn into white heads had calmed down a little and the amount of oil on my skin had noticeable reduced.

After washing my face and applying the acne treatment, I followed with the La Roche-Posay Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid with SPF 60. I love sunscreen and use it everyday. I usually like to use something with at least a strength of SPF 30. If I consistently use a sunscreen weaker than that, I tend to tan. It’s frustrating to have to buy a new foundation every week because my complexion has darkened… again! When it says “ultra light” on the package, they are not kidding! When I squeezed out the sunscreen, it was so light, thin and runny that it almost ran off my finger! After I applied it to my skin, I couldn’t feel it. Ultra light! I also didn’t have a white mask on my medium/tan complexion. Bonus!

By the end of the two days, I decided to follow this routine one more time this morning. After going to work and then spending some time in the sun, I noticed that had some dry skin patches on my chin and along my jawline. Since I hadn’t used benzoyl peroxide in a number of years, I should have started by using it only once a day instead of two. My skin was very receptive to the acne treatment but it was also a bit sensitive.

Although I love the texture, feel, wear, and look of the La Roche-Posay Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid (SPF 60!), it is not moisturizing. That was predictable since it is after all a sunscreen and not a moisturizer. I will continue to use it; but I will also use a good moisturizer underneath it.

All in all my introduction to La Roche-Posay was a positive one and it is something that I will use again. I was given these samples for consideration but was not compensated for this review. This blog post documents my honest experience and opinions.

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Have you tried any of these products? What was your experience? I would love to hear your comments, questions and tips! Please comment and subscribe.

Until later,

Heather N King

Makeup Primer 101 Crash Course

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What is a primer?

Makeup primer is a vital step to take before applying foundation. Consistencies vary from company to company. Some have a silicone base and others are water-based. You can check the ingredient list on the packaging to determine which kind you are working with. Some may feel more comfortable on your skin than others, but they all serve the same purpose which is to enhance the appearance and wearing time of your foundation.

How does primer work?

Primer fills in any fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores on your face. By doing this, it provides a smooth, even surface so that your foundation will distribute flawlessly across your face without settling in fine lines, wrinkles or  making enlarged pores more noticeable.

How do you apply primer?

You can use a makeup sponge, foundation brush or your fingers. It mostly depends on your personal preference and the consistency of the formula. I find as a makeup artist, that silicone-based primers apply better using my fingertips whereas water-based primers allow for better application with foundation brushes or makeup sponges.

When you apply primer, start off with only a pea-sized amount. This oftentimes is enough for your entire face. If you find that you need more after using up that amount, you can always add more. When using your fingertips to apply a silicone-based primer, make sure to smooth it gently onto your skin. Don’t rub it in like a moisturizer. Excessive rubbing will break down the formulation of the primer and cause your foundation to go on unevenly. If you opt for using a foundation brush or makeup sponge to apply a water-based primer, use quick light strokes.

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Types of Makeup Primer

            Aside from primers being silicone- or water-based, there numerous other types of formulations such as:

  • Oil-Free: This kind is ideal for oily skin types that find that makeup “slides” off their skin throughout the day
  • Hydrating: Excellent for dry skin types as well as mature skin to not only enhance the appearance of foundation but give the skin a moisturizing boost
  • SPF: Usually this will consist of a standard primer formulation paired with a sun protection factor such as SPF 15
  • Illuminating: These give the skin a healthy glow that compliments the even tone that a foundation facilitates
  • Bronzing: Would you like to achieve a J. Lo glow? This is her beauty secret!
  • Color Correcting: Using color theory some primers will use green pigments to counteract redness, peachy tones to disguise freckles and purples to tone down yellow-cast hues
  • Anti-aging: These will often be formulated with peptides, antioxidants and vitamins to give your skin a healthy kick
  • Mattifying: Helps to control oil throughout the day. Great for oily skin types or combination skin with an oily T-zone

It seems every week that a new primer is introduced to the makeup world. Which one is the best? Only you can decided which one works the best for your skin and the makeup look that you wish to achieve. So get out there and get priming!

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Do you use primer? What has your experience been like? Questions? Comments? Tips? I would love to hear from you! Please comment and subscribe.

Until later,

Heather N King

BeautyBar.com Sample Society with Allure Magazine

     I am super excited about this and was just dying to share this with all of you. BeautyBar.com Sample Society with Allure Magazine is offering limited spots to become a member of the Sample Society! Each month members will receive five deluxe-sized samples of ranging from makeup and skincare all the way to hair care and high-end fragrance. Some of the brands they have cited as participating in this program are Murad, Stila, Alterna, Diptyque, By Terry, Kate Somerville, and Oscar de la Renta fragrance.

      The cost of the membership is $15 a month and can easily be cancelled at any time. BeautyBar.com Sample Society is even offering a full year subscription to Allure Magazine at no extra cost. Along with your monthly shipment of goodies to try, you will also receive a $15 gift code that can be redeemed on any purchase of $50 or more. That means your monthly membership fee pays for itself!

     When I saw the ad for the BeautyBar.com Sample Society in Allure magazine, I figured that all of the limited membership spots had already been filled since I was a bit late getting the new issue this month. But lucky me, I got in! I hope that you get in, too!

     The BeautyBar.com Sample Society also has a nice little charity program in place. They have agreed to donate up to $30 to charity for every person who chooses to visit their site and place their first order using the promo code HEAT290273. The charitable organization that they will make donations to is The Feed Foundation. Isn’t it cool to be able to do a good deed while pampering ourselves with retail therapy?

     My first shipment of deluxe-sized samples will be shipped October 10th. Once they arrive, I will try them out and do some reviews for everyone. I can’t wait!

Have you heard about this program or a similar one? I would love to hear about your experiences, comments, and questions. Please subscribe and comment!

Until later,

Heather N King

Urban Decay Vice Palette

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     The Urban Decay Vice Palette was already released on the 14th of September 2012 with a launch party at Sephora located in Times Square. It was available for one day only! Those lucky New Yorkers! But now the rest of us are lucky as well. This versatile palette becomes available TODAY! You can find it online at Sephora.com, Ulta.com, Macys.com and Beauty.com!

     The sleek design of this palette contains a double ended eyeshadow brush. The wider end is perfect for dusting eyeshadow all over your lid, while the thinner brush is excellent for applying color to the crease of your lid.

     Is eyeshadow your vice? Now you can really indulge! There are tweny different NEW shades!

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The Urban Decay Vice Palette contains the following eyeshadows:

Desperation – Taupe brown w/ satin finish
Muse – Deep sepia brown w/ multidimensional sparkle finish
Jagged – Metallic black gold w/ shimmer finish
Blitz – Metallic yellow gold w/ shimmer finish
Penny Lane – Metallic peachy bronze pearl w/ golden shimmer finish
Junkie – Dark green/blue pearl w/ golden shimmer
Chaos – Bright blue matte
Occupy – Metallic steel grey w/ multidimensional sparkle and shimmer finish
Unhinged – Metallic electric turquoise w/ shimmer finish
Black Market – Jet black satin
Provocateur – Light metallic mauve w/ multidimensional sparkle and shimmer finish
Rapture – Dark greyish purple w/ multidimensional shimmer finish
Vice – Deep eggplant purple w/ shimmer finish
Noise – Electric punch pink w/ gold sparkle and shimmer finish
Armor – Metallic dove grey w/ silver micro-glitter shimmer finish
Nevermind – Metallic cork w/ shimmer finish
Echo Beach – Pale wheat w/ shimmer finish
Anonymous – Opaque almond w/ matte finish
Free Bird – Pink champagne w/ silver micro-sparkle shimmer finish
Laced – Opaque pinky taupe w/ matte finish

    Urban Decay eyeshadows are among my favorite. They always invent vibrant colors that have excellent payout!

     Do you have the Urban Decay Vice Palette? What do you think of it? I would love to hear your experiences, comments and tips! Please comment and subscribe!

Until later,

Heather N King