I have been using Paula’s Choice products for a few years now. I have even gotten my Mum hooked on some of her products too! I am always drawn to well-thought out, well researched skincare brands that rely on hard science when making their formulations. Paula Begoun is one of the better known skincare experts in the cosmeceuticals industry. I like that her products have simple ingredient listings i.e. there are not a lot of ‘filler’ ingredients, added fragrance and are made for use by people with skin sensitivities. She also gives you ingredients that are in high enough concentrations to be effective. The last thing that is pretty unique about PC, is that she includes published research from medical journals that support her decisions for using particular active ingredients.
Paula’s Choice Products – Video
In this post I will be talking about the 3 products that I have been using from Paula’s Choice. These are the Paula’s Choice RESIST C15 Super Booster 15% Vitamin C, RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA & RESIST Intensive Repair Cream. For more details on each individual product, please check out my video below.
Paula’s Choice Products – Ingredient Review and Product Usage
Paula’s Choice products are cruelty-free, contains no added fragrance or dyes and manufactured in the USA.
Paula’s Choice RESIST C15 Super Booster 15% Vitamin C (USD$49 for 0.67 fl. oz.)
Image via Dermstore
This product has a very watery consistency with a distinctive citrus smell and a very pale yellow/orange tint. I apply it directly to skin after toning but it can also be added to your moisturiser. It comes in UV safe packaging. Once your product has deepened in shade, it is time to be thrown out. I use this right after cleansing and toning in the morning.
Active Ingredients: L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
L-Ascorbic Acid is found in multiple levels in the skin and is vital for the production of collagen. This is how Vitamin C is helpful in the reduction of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also attacks the oxidants (free-radicals) that damage the structure of skin which also causes wrinkles.
Vitamin C is also protects against the damage from UV exposure. It attacks the free radicals that are activated by sun exposure therefore it protects the skin and it also prevents photo-damage, which includes overproduction of melanin. This leads to brightening of the skin (not whitening) and it had help those with hyperpigmentation.
The year is going by really fast, and summer in the northern hemisphere is quickly fading.
September is already upon us and there are lots of things that are happening over the next few months. But…here are the events that are taking part in the next week or so that I am excited for.
New York Fashion Week S/S’18
Fashion Week here in New York started yesterday. I expect a little bit more buzz and lots of long-legged models running from one show to the other.
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna
(Video via Fenty Beauty…check all that melanin!)
Yo! I have been waiting for this launch for…..ever!! The promo video was fiyah and full of melanin goodness! This is the Bajan princess Rihanna’s step into the beauty world launches today (at 3am PT) on the Sephora website, in stores and international retailers in 17 countries. It’s a permanent line but I expect there to be a mad rush on products and a few temporarily sold out items. She is changing de game! More info at fentybeauty.com or Fenty at Sephora. And check this, there will be 40 foundation shades! Come thru Rihanna!!!!!!
After years of testing and teasing her fans around the world, Pat McGrath or Mother, as she is affectionately known, will finally be launching a full, permanent makeup collection. No more limited release. She’s been playing with different formulas and packaging, trying to see what people liked and how the products performed. If you don’t know, Pat McGrath is one of the best makeup artists in the world. She has been a permanent fixture backstage at Fashion Week for years and she has be behind the scenes collaborating and advising many makeup brands and products. I am glad to see that she is finally getting the public adoration and appreciation that she deserves. And as a woman of colour with an MBE, this makes it even more amazing! On September 16, the first phase of her line will be released at Pat McGrath Labs and later released on October 3 at sephora.com and select Sephora stores.
I recently did an unboxing and swatch demo of her latest limited release of her MatteTrance lipsticks. I believe that this formula and packaging will be available in her permanent line. Check out the video and the swatches below.
I have been natural since 2008 and I immediately began to search for products that were gentle, suitable for naturally kinky hair and made of natural ingredients. Back then, there were not a whole lot of options but I discovered the Aubrey Organics GPB Balancing Protein Conditioner at Whole Foods.
But why do a protein treatment? Hair is made up of chains of proteins. And the chains are made of up layers. The top layer of hair reminds me of fish scales. When they all overlap properly the hair feels smooth and it efficiently retains its moisture. When we manipulate our hair by combing, braiding, dyeing etc., the outer layer can become damaged and the ends can split. The outer layer can lose its ‘scales’ and there will be breaks or gaps on the surface of the strand. Adding a protein treatment can repair and fill in some of the spaces or holes in the hair.
Aubrey Organics GPB Conditioner – Video
If you want to head straight to the video review, here you go. Otherwise keep scrolling for photos and more details.
Aubrey Organics GPB Conditioner – General Product Details
Aubrey Organics’ GPB Balancing Protein Conditioner is a pale yellow, thick creamy product with a slight pearlescent sheen. Very mildly scented. Naturally sourced ingredients and it is vegetarian (not vegan), gluten-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free and cruelty-free. It also contains 70% organic ingredients.
The most noticeable ingredients are two proteins and a hydrator. Glycoproteins and milk proteins are the strengthening and repairing factors and aloe vera provides hydration.
Aubrey Organics GPB Conditioner – Packaging
Comes in a classic plastic squeeze bottle that is recyclable. I have no problems with dispensing the product.
Over the last few months, more and more people have begun using silicone beauty ‘sponges’ or applicators. They are popping up everywhere! I received the Makeup Drop ™ a few months ago in a goodie bag. They call themselves “The Original Silicone Beauty Applicator”. Truth be told, I gave it a ‘cut-eye’ or ‘side-eye’. Was this just a gimmicky tool making its way around social media? How is a piece of silicone going to smoothly apply foundation? Fast forward weeks later and I decided to give it a try.
For the Makeup Drop review and demo video, click here.
Makeup Drop ™ Product Description
According to the website, this is “The Original Silicone Beauty Applicator”. They aim to reduce makeup waste and shake up the beauty industry.
It is made of smooth, clear silicone, which should not be a problem for people with sensitivities. The Makeup Drop ™ looks just like what it sounds like – a teardrop, actually a flattened teardrop. It’s about 1 inch thick and fits in the palm of your hand. The surface is smooth but there is an extra bit of silicone on the back side of the product and I am not sure why it is there. It does not affect the efficacy. It is also cruelty-free, non-toxic and paraben-free. After filming this video, they came out with a new product called the Makeup Drop+ ™, which is pink and it has a textured surface that allow you to use it to apply other makeup such as eyeliner. There are no pores on the surface of this product so that it will not absorb your makeup products hence cutting down on wastage. This is often a complaint when using traditional makeup sponges. This product is suitable for use with liquid and cream products. Another thing that is notable about the design of the applicator is that because it is made of silicone, it can just be wiped down with a clean towel or tissue to remove any residual makeup and can be immediately used again in another product. So it is one product that is multi-use within the same sitting. Add a little 70% rubbing alcohol to disinfect it you are going to use it on more than one person. For a more thorough cleaning, you can use a little bit of mild soap and water.
Makeup Drop ™ Product Packaging
The Makeup Drop ™ comes packaged in a plastic sleeve with is place in a white box with a window on the front so that you can see the product inside. I did not have a problem with the way it is presented. Simple, minimal packaging.
So, I am placing my video review here. If you want to continue reading my review, keep scrolling.
For the past few weeks, I have been discussing on the blog, different options to waterproof your makeup. Now time to put it all together! This waterproof makeup tutorial uses some of my favourite products and brands, and some that are new to me. A graphic blue liner look! I kept the rest of the look simple and neutral. This can be worn with your Carnival costume or if you are just feeling a little bold! Of course you could chose the liner colour of your choice. And take your time!
So lehwe go!
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