Guest Article Post in Kokoa Magazine – Tips and Tricks to Help You Spring into Beauty; Spring in to Action!!!

Hey Beauty Scholars!!! Yours truly has an article in Kokoa Magazine titled “Tips and Tricks to Help You Spring into Beauty; Spring in to Action” on page 29!!! The April issue is dedicated to all things beauty so be sure to check it out!!! Here is the link…http://issuu.com/mykokoa/docs/aprilissue/1

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Report Card Review for BB Cream by Gosh Cosmetics

Report Card Review for BB Cream by Gosh Cosmetics
A few months ago I took a trip to the Walgreens Look boutique and I was amazed with the new concept for their flagship stores in the beauty department. Not only did they have a nail bar for manicures but they also added new brands as well!!! In fact, I introduced you to one of those brands in January called Gosh Cosmetics, an up and coming brand from Denmark now available in the US.
If you recall, I introduced you to the Lip Marker by Gosh Cosmetics and while I loved the color, I hated the smell and I could not keep it on long enough to truly evaluate it so the final grade was 3 out of 5 smooches.
Today, I am here to tell you about their BB Cream. What is a BB Cream you ask??? Good question and I have an answer…LOL. BB Creams are a twist of a tinted moisturizer and makeup primer with skincare benefits. Some have an SPF, some help with anti aging, evening out the skin tone or moisturizing the skin or all of the above. You can wear them alone or under your makeup, as a primer or use a powder on top.
Now that you have had your refresher, let me tell you about the BB Cream by Gosh Cosmetics. It is a foundation, primer and moisturizer, which offers natural sheer coverage and it, adapts to the skin tone. Unlike the Lip Marker, it is perfume free (thank goodness) and has Phytosan as an active ingredient, which helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles (woo hoo…anti-aging benefits…count me in)!!!
Here are the pros: It is great for those no makeup days (which are usually on my days off) for moisture and sheer coverage. It is very moisturizing and great for this winter as my skin has been drier than usual. It feels really good on my skin and I can’t tell that it is there. I have gone to sleep with it on (yes, I am human)…LOL (as much as I try to wash my face every night…I too have those lazy moments) and I did not have a breakout in the morning as I have had with sleeping with foundation. It does not rub off on my clothes (ding, ding, ding…winning)!!! It can be removed easily with makeup wipes (not all the time as you miss the benefits of using a cleanser). It is a little darker than my skin tone but it does adjust very well and it has an SPF of 15.
Sounds perfect…right??? Well, I do have a few cons and here they are: It is moisturizing so on the warmer days, it is too much and my skin was kind of shinny by the end of the day. It is sheerer than my Smashbox BB Cream so I have to use it with a powder on top if I am working or going out, whereas I can wear the Smashbox BB Cream alone. It has an SPF of 15 but I prefer at least a 30.
Overall, I really like the BB Cream by Gosh Cosmetics. I will definitely use this as my go to BB Cream for this winter!!! My final grade is 4.5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! If you are interested in trying this BB Cream, you can purchase it at the Walgreens Look boutique for $22 and it is available in 5 shades.



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Check out my guest post on Cheap vs. Chic Beauty Products

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Favorite Products from 2012

So, I could not let the New Month of the New Year end without sharing my faves from 2012!!! These are the products that are my MUST HAVES…I use them EVERYDAY!!!
1. Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge – Every time I use The Beauty Blender, I receive tons of compliments on my complexion and how great my makeup looks (and we all know that every girl on earth loves a compliment or 3) *giggles*.
The sponge is latex, allergy and odor free!!! It works great when used wet especially with my powder foundation. I really love my Beauty Blender and I can’t live without it. Now, I only use brushes for eye shadow, blush and lips. The best thing is…there are no streaks or lines on the face like some wedge sponges can leave.
2. Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara – First off, let’s just say that I am totally smitten by the name alone and how clever it is. I love the unique packing of purple faux leather casing…just adorable!!! But I digress because the real question here is…did it work???
Here’s what I liked: It gave my lashes length that I have never experienced with any other mascara!!! I usually have to use 3-4 types of mascara to do the job of 1. As you can see, my lashes do not exists, so this gave me hope, faith and lashes…LOL. It also curls, gives volume, defines and conditions. I have been using this mascara for over a month and I can honestly say that my lashes do not fall out as much and my eyes are not irritated.
3. Smashbox Lip Stain – The stain last all day long and has an awesome burst of color. The lip balm gives a hint of beautiful color and shine. Worn together your lips will be topic of conversation from all the compliments you will receive from the evening.
Unlike other lip stains, the Smashbox lip stain applicator is great and easy to use. It is shaped like a felt tip marker and goes on with a glide.
4. Origins Checks and Balances Cleanser – This is my all time fave from Origins. Checks and Balances does exactly what the title says. It hydrates the dry areas and controls the oily areas to balance the skin. It is very gentle and very frothy!!! If you have combination skin…this is totally the cleanser for you!!!
5. No7 Quick Thinking 4 in 1 Wipes – I have used them on several occasions for those lazy nights when I don’t want to go through the whole skincare routine and I must say, these are by far the best makeup wipes that I have I used!!! They do what they claim and you can get it all done with the use of just 1 wipe. That’s right a full face of makeup in just 1 wipe. To validate my point, I used my Smashbox Lip Stain that I reviewed last week to put the wipes to the test and they worked!!! No traces of the lip stain were left on my hand as you can see below. And when I remove my makeup, I don’t have to use a toner and moisturizer afterwards. My skin is clean and does not feel dry!!!
6. Smash Box BB Cream – BB Creams are a twist of a tinted moisturizer and makeup primer with skincare benefits. Not only do some have a SPF but some also help with anti aging or evening out the skin tone. You can wear them alone or under your makeup as a primer or use a powder on top. I personally love my BB Cream by Smashbox!!! I wear it alone on my days off and with a powder for more coverage when I am working. This BB cream is available in 5 shades and I can get a sheer to medium coverage with a great even skin tone!!!
7. Juliette Has A Gun: Not A Perfume (not pictured here) – The name of the scent is Not A Perfume and when I tell you that the name is so fitting, please believe me because the scent is so much more!!! It is a sexy, alluring, glamorous, gorgeous and captivating scent!!! I wish the Internet had smell-o-vision just so you could be as enamored with the smell as I am. Not only is the scent amazing but it is allergen free as well.
Every time that I wear this perfume, I get compliments throughout the day. It is scent that lingers but it is not overpowering where you are like OMG…she has on too much perfume. It touches the male senses where the hugs linger and the women want to know where can they purchase a bottle. It is innocent yet sensual. The main ingredient is Cetalox, which is usually used, as a base note is now the lead note here.

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Product Review: Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm

Product Review: Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm
I am a fan of a lot of Smashbox products; I cannot tell a lie. They usually never let me down and this 3 in 1 wonder is just amazing!!! It is…
  1. Lip stain – can be worn alone for a matte look
Lip balm with color – can be worn alone for a natural look

Lip stain + a balm with color – can be worn together for a haute evening look

The stain last all day long and has an awesome burst of color. The lip balm gives a hint of beautiful color and shine. Worn together your lips will be topic of conversation from all the compliments you will receive from the evening.
As much as I love this product most lip stains do bleed into the lines of the lips and can be drying as well as hard to remove and this is no different. The balm does help but it is not enough. To make this your lip stain of choice, add a little gloss to provide more moisture and reduce the color bleeding.
Unlike other lip stains, the Smashbox lip stain applicator is great and easy to use. It is shaped like a felt tip marker and goes on with a glide. It is available in 5 shades and it cost $23. You can find this 3 in 1 wonder at most department or specialty stores as well as online at smashbox.com. Overall, I give this product: 4 out of 5 smooches!!! MUAH



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