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Revisit | The Original Konjac Puff Sponge

Just an update. Last December I finally started using my Konjac Sponge in earnest. I promised to let you know how I got on with it so here it is: absolutely worth it. As I said in the original post , I think this is a great gentle exfoliator tool for those with sensitive skin. If you wear makeup daily I'd still recommend something more heavy duty like the Clarisonic but this could still be worked into your morning routine. I love the Konjac Sponge because it makes all my cream or gel cleansers last much longer. I think you can double the life of something like the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser. You already need so little of that product to do the job but with a sponge nothing is absorbed into the material and wasted. I can't speak for the other types of konjac sponges; some cost much less and thus are easier on the pocket to repurchase, but I am surely a fan of this brand. Mine is ready for retirement but in all fairness it has been in use since December and it was

Lip Product Declutter

Gotta make room for new products; even in The Marketplace ! Nothing pictured above was a bad product and the only thing I'm trashing is that old Revlon lipstick. It's just time for these to find new homes. Check out the links below for more information where applicable: Absolute New York Matte Jordana Matte Wet n Wild Mega Last  L.A. Colors L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Matte Lip Pens Maybelline Color Blur by Lip Studio Cream Matte Pencil L.A. Girl Lip Paint Free Spirits Cosmetics Milani Color Statement

#Anti-Haul | What I'm Not Gonna Buy

Kimberly Clark started this series and I think it's an amazing idea. Soooooooooooooooo many beauty items are hyped up and often we fall prey to the social media frenzy. Watch Kimberly's first video below to catch the gist: Imagine, me the shopaholic, talking about what I'm not going to buy. LOL. Right on the heels of sharing money saving tips - which are stellar if I do say so myself - then shopping down New York . Still, the reality is we all need to be more vigilant for what's really unique in the cosmetic and skincare industries these days. Disclaimer: nothing is wrong with any of these items and I am most definitely not telling anyone what to do with their money becausin nobody is could tell me wha to do wid mines. Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil - $98 USD image I had every intention of buying this. One selling point in the marketing blurb is that this smells like the Soleil Blanc Eau de Parfum Spray which costs $220 for 1.7

Collective M.A.C Haul

Y'all know of my ups and downs with M.A.C; they still make quite a few of my favourite products  but they've discontinued a few too . I'm an avid collector of their lipsticks in special packaging but I still think they put out a ridiculous amount collections each year. Gotta hand it to the M.A.C Barbados Staff though, it's their customer service that keeps me coming back. Thus, here we are: All The Right Angles Contour Palette 'Dark' / Cream Colour Base 'Improper Copper' Mineralize Skinfinish / Natural 'Naturally Enhanced' Mineralize Skinfinish 'Perfectly Lit' Vibe Tribe Satin Lipstick 'Hot Chocolate' Vibe Tribe Gleamtones Powder 'Dunes At Dusk' Zac Posen Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder/Pressed Chris Chang Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder/Pressed Chris Chang Matte Lipstick 'Plum Princess' Special packaging is the devil ennit? I'm still warming up to the new Mineralize

Product Rave | Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator

I love exfoliators , this is no secret. I've said countless times that it's one of necessities to rid yourself of hyperpigmentation. In this post I'm talking about a physical exfoliator. The first time I used this product I knew it was something serious. Only afterwards did I actually read the instructions: " Dampen skin with warm water. Slowly and gently massage cream onto skin for 1-2 minutes avoiding the eye area. Rinse well, pat dry. Best if used 1-2 times per week allowing 3 days between applications. " Yup, definitely not mild like my favourite REN Micro Polish Cleanser . This was akin to face sandpaper. I know that sounds very harsh but I don't want you to get the wrong idea. The granules aren't overly abrasive; they're just so fine and so many of them that it's effective. From the website : " 2012 Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner - Best Scrub The original skin exfoliating procedure. Contains aluminum oxide crystals, lactic acid a

Let's Talk Polish

Crop Over. "All Inclusive" Fetes. Sandal Season. If you don't get pedicures regularly this is the time to get on it. Y'all already know I mainly stick to bright colours for my pedicures , so here are a few more suggestions for Summer Pedicures: Sally Hansen 'Pretty Piggy' This is a gorgeous pinky coral and those always look great on our complexion. I've been loving matte glitter toppers lately; pictured is Maybelline Color Show Jewels 'Precious Pearl'. RGB Cosmetics 'White' White manicures and pedicures will always be appropriate for summer. O.P.I. 'Gargantuan Green Grape' Pastels are also very timely for Summer. Karolynn did a great job with the pedicure; bringing my feet back to life after the New York abuse. In that same pastel vein... Essie 'Mint Candy Apple' This formula was impressive. Seche 'Opulent' Can't be Summer without pink right? This hot pink would surely complime

Travel Essentials | Makeup

In efforts not to overpack, I've attempted to put only makeup essentials into one small bag. You should have already read the skincare version to this post. Here's what I took on my recent trip to New York : NARS 'Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi, Ce Soir?' Eye & Cheek Palette Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight 'Opal' M.A.C Prep + Prime Highlighter 'Peach Lustre' Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer '05 Deep' M.A.C Mineralize Concealer 'NC50' Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils 'Junkie' and 'Rockstar' M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish Natural 'Dark' bareMinerals Ready Blush (mini) 'The Natural High' NYX Butter Gloss 'Praline' M.A.C Pro Longwear Lip Pencil 'Staunchly Stylish' Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer '19 Party Pop' Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon 'Cafe' L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper 'Medium/Dark' NYX Wonder P

The Rest Of It

Y'all didn't think it was over right? Just like last year , we took advantage of being able to see and touch things in person. So of course we hit up the usual suspects: Ulta, Target, Walgreens, Saks Fifth Avenue, CVS etc. Surprisingly we barely went into any Sephora's this toss. I'd already bought most things I wanted in VIB sale anyways. Sidenote: if you're a shopaholic I encourage you to keep track of your purchases. Thankfully this blog helps me with that. If you're not a blogger you could utilize Instagram or go retro and just write everything down. Knowing when a product came into your collection gives perspective on when you should discard it (if you've even used it, that is). Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle  Macadamia Professional Activating Curl Cream Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Masque (not pictured) Q-tips Precision Tips Maybelline Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil 'Glossy Emerald' Nivea Lip Butter

Faves In Five | May 2016

This is technically April and May's favourites combined. NARS Monoi Body Glow II The only thing that could improve this is a spray nozzle dispenser. This smells amazing and leaves a gorgeous sheen on the skin. It's a "dry" oil so you don't have to worry about looking or feeling greasy. Just beautiful. Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Moisturizing Leave-in Conditioner My Wife put me on. This is amazing for detangling extensions - tried and proven in New York -, moisturizing the scalp and generally smelling amazing . I already have a back-up. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lotion Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Gloss '420 Reckless Bloom' Lipgloss is making a comeback. The sparkle in this gloss gives impeccable dimension to the lips. The formula isn't sticky or gritty but it does remain on the lips for a while. It has a pleasant scent, decent pigmentation and a practical plush applicator. The price is hot at $76 BDS DP ea

IMATS or The Makeup Show?

Short answer: it depends. Long answer... After attending IMATS last year  I wondered how The Makeup Show would be different. First off, The Makeup Show states that it's a "PRO-focused" event whereas IMATS caters to the general beauty loving public. " The Makeup Show is a PRO-focused beauty event open only to those in the beauty and fashion industry. Makeup artists, hairstylists, estheticians, cosmetologists, agents, models, stylists, photographers, industry insiders and anyone that works or studies in under the umbrella of beauty and fashion are permitted attendees. " 1 That said, I had no problems purchasing my tickets and at the door I wasn't asked to provide any credentials. N .B. I emailed prior to booking to ask if I would be granted entry and was told that as a blogger I was considered a part of the industry. As an extension of the first point, The Makeup Show is significantly smaller; I don't know if that's why they're less vendors