Cosmetics Lust List #1

Cosmetics Lust List #1

Julep facial mask
nordstrom.com

Urban decay eyeshadow
urbandecay.com

NYX makeup primer
$10 – selfridges.com


This list of cosmetics products dropping into stores this fall (or that already have) that I’m super excited for and want them SO BAD! Includes Julep which is FINALLY getting into Ulta as two super cool sets including the Night Shift Sleeping Mask which is my absolute fave for bed! Also, Maybelline has released another nudes palette with NEONS! Time to let my 14-year-old self loose with the blue eyeshadow! It could be considered a dupe for the Urban Decay Moondust Shadow palette, but this one seems to have more shimmer to it! OF course to make that shimmer stick, I’ll need some glitter primer. NYX’s has gotten so popular in the last 2 months that it’s sold out in most store and can only be found online at NYX’s site or Ulta’s. Ugh. I’ve been trying to find some dupes for it, so I’ll let you know if I do. I hope everyone’s week is getting off to a great start!

Happy Sunday!

-Dymond M.❤

Shopping Alert: Ulta Fabulous Flash Sale


Happy Hump Day everyone! Inhabe great news! Ulta is having an amazing online flash sale until midnight tonight! There are tons of deals and although some are exclusive to Platinum members, there are plenty to go around! Some of the best I’ve seen so far are the free shipping over $35, the Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded palette for just $35, and 30% off Real Techniques brushes! It’s today only so be sure to go check it out! 

-Dymond M.❤

Shop My Looks!

 

Since I started school last week, I wanted to plan out a few of my outfits in advance because last year I felt as though I was getting into a bit of a style rut. I went into my old Polyvore, but I was kinda annoyed with what I saw ( you know what it’s like logging back into any social media more than a year old) so I decided to make a new one and keep all of my planned outfits in there. I tried to keep it limited to items I already had in my closet, but hey, if it goes with an outfit, it goes! So here are two of the outfits I planned and then wore this week!

First Day of School

Animal print t shirt

$13 – etsy.com

Forever 21 synthetic leather jacket

thredup.com

Lucky Brand boot-cut jeans

luckybrand.com

Rag & bone high waisted flare jeans

intermixonline.com

Boot-cut jeans

simplybe.com

Steve Madden suede ankle boots

stevemadden.com

Étoile Isabel Marant velvet booties

forwardbyelysewalker.com

Pave jewelry

houseoffraser.co.uk

Red Camel white pearl necklace

belk.com

Maybelline palette eyeshadow

target.com

MAKE UP FOR EVER lipstick

sephora.com

Minnie Mouse Outfit

 

Minnie Mouse Outfit by thevinylprincess featuring bobbi brown cosmetics


Miss Selfridge cotton t shirt

missselfridge.com

Acne Studios jean jacket

mytheresa.com

Bomber jacket

$78 – emp-online.co.uk

Bomber jacket

$78 – emp-online.co.uk

Alice Olivia denim jacket

aliceandolivia.com

Blue jeans

$110 – zalando.fr

Brunello Cucinelli midi skirt

marissacollections.com

Converse shoes

housershoes.com

Mac cosmetic

bloomingdales.com

Bobbi brown cosmetic

bergdorfgoodman.com

Lip makeup

colourpop.com

Beauty product

$5.82 – marksandspencer.com
 

Hope you all enjoyed! Gotta keep you fashion fiends on your toes!

Happy Monday!

-Dymond M.❤

 

Product Review: TONY MOLY Bubble Mask Sheet

Hello, dear readers! Happy Saturday! I made it through my first week of senior year and I must say, I’m thoroughly unimpressed. Oh well. Another thing I was unimpressed with was this mask. No! A mask I didn’t like? I’m sorry to say it’s true. But before I explain, let’s let Justin from the Asian Beauty blog Juskin break down the ingredients in this mask!


Irritants

Cocamidopropyl Betaine: This ingredient is derived from coconut oil, and has multiple functions. It is able to work as a surfactant, allowing the product to be washed away easily if needed.  Cocamidopropyl Betaine can also be used as an emulsifier, stopping other ingredients in the product from separating. In doing so, it thickens the formulation and reduces irritation from other ingredients in the product. This ingredient also allows the product to foam and provides some light moisture to the area applied.  This product is listed as an irritant because it can worsen dermatitis & eczema conditions with repeated use.

Phenoxyethanol: Is used for its antibacterial properties, and as a preservative in skincare/cosmetics. This ingredient has side effects if the dosage is high in products. However, is non–toxic when applied on a dermal route (the skin). This product is considered an irritant because it can cause severe discomfort to the human body if ingested. This is sought of irritation is unlikely for cosmetics, as there is not enough Phenoxyethanol a product to cause such irritations.

Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract: This ingredient is a powerful antioxidant and has antibacterial properties. However, also has a fragrant component, possibly causing skin irritation.

Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract: Primarily used in cosmetics as fragrance, and has tiny antibacterial properties. Studies have shown Lavender Extract can cause cell death topically, and reduce collagen count over time.

Stars

Glycerin: Is found naturally topically on our skin, and helps our skin stay soft & supple. It ‘draws’ water from beneath our skin layers to the top. This will result in this ingredient treating dry skin conditions topically. However, when too much pure glycerin is added in a product, this can actually be negative for you. Needless to say, too much of pure glycerin will continue to take water from our layers underneath our skin, until it is dehydrated.

Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids: These amino acids are derived from apple juice. It allows the product to create a dense amount of foam/ lather.

Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether & Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether: This ingredient is the heart of Tony Moly’s Bubble Sheet Mask, and are commonly called perfluorocarbon. This ingredient bubbles up and supplies extra oxygen topically on the skin. The oxygen contained in the bubbles is then massaged into to skin. The idea behind this product is to replace the oxygen levels within our skin, because as we age our oxygen levels in our skin decreases. Oxygen gas is needed because it provides a useful function in producing collagen. Additionally, oxygen in our skin can help with killing bacteria, and help with anti-aging. However, scientific studies have shown that there isn’t enough oxygen in these ingredients to provide these benefits.


Well, Justin, despite all of the star ingredients in the Tony Moly Bubble Mask Sheet, I just couldn’t do it. The whole mess got started when I first pulled the mask out of the package. There was no sort of film or netting in between the folds of the mask to separate it, and while that may be fine for some of the thicker paper masks, for a thin charcoal mask that is coated in serum that begins turning into bubbles upon contact with oxygen and skin, time is imperative, and I just couldn’t unfold the darn thing!

It took me a full minute to get it onto my face and even once I get everything folded down, it was ridiculously oversized. I guess it thought I had Homer Simpson lips or something. Plus, the upper lip section kept sliding down onto my actual lip which was disgusting once the bubbles started forming. I let the bubbles form almost completely, but I eventually took it off after about 5 minutes for fear of accidentally ingesting the stuff. And to add insult to injury (or maybe the other way around) as soon as I took it off, my upper lip, under my eyes, and my eyelids (don’t even ask me how the bubbles got up there) began itching and tingling like crazy. I chucked it and washed my hands and face thoroughly!

I really hate I couldn’t like it. The fun factor is WAY up there! I mean bubbles for your face? It’s the Santa beard in the bathtub whenever you want! But in execution, I just wasn’t feeling it. However, thanks to a giveaway from @thevaintreasures I’m going to have 13 other sheet masks to try out for you guys, so stay tuned!  Also, don’t forget to go check out Justin’s blog and the last post he also contributed to! You won’t regret it!

Have an awesome weekend!

-Dymond M.❤

Product Review: Too Cool For School Egg Cream Sheet Mask

Hello, everyone! I haven’t done a product review in a while, so I finally whipped out some sheet masks I’ve been saving for a rainy day since I won @vaintreasures  Memebox giveaway on Instagram! So I’ll have plenty of new sheet masks to play with later. I’ve been making some new friends in the AB community and I’m very excited to be collaborating on this post with Justin from the amazing AB blog,  Juskin! Justin gives an interesting take on all the products he uses by highlighting the beneficial and detrimental ingredients in each product! Since I’m more of a “face value” kind of reviewer (no pun intended) so I asked for his help in dissecting the ingredients in not only this mask, but my next mask as well (Tune in later this week for that). So without further ado, here’s Justin’s take on the ingredients in the Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask (Hydrating).


Irritants

Butylene Glycol: This is a multi purpose ingredient, it helps keep the product from drying out, and enhances skin penetration to other ingredients. Butylene Glycol is a possible acne trigger if applied in its pure form. Numerous studies have been conducted on this ingredient, and have deemed it appropriate to be used in cosmetics/skincare.

PEG-32: This ingredient act as an emulsifier, and stops ingredients in the products from separating. PEG – 32 is a safe product, but is an irritant to open wounds.

Dimethicone: Is an ingredient that forms a barrier over your skin. This product has hydrating properties and is supposed to smooth out lines and wrinkles on your face. Thereby, it provides the skin with a protective layer, which helps prevent moisture loss and moisturise the skin. It is of a silicon formulation, so imagine this as almost like a hydrating primer (without the clogging of pores). When applied, this should leave the skin smooth and silky. This product is further enhanced by the addition of Cyclopentasiloxane (the fifth ingredient).

Cetearyl Alcohol: Is a fatty alcohol known for its various uses.  This ingredient conditions the hair/skin,  softening the skin with additional uses. Cetearyl Alcohol will give the product the ability to spread on the skin’s surface, while keeping the product from separating apart. This ingredient is non-irritating to the skin, but dermatologists suggest that sensitive skin individuals should avoid it.

Albumen Extract (egg white): This ingredient works by leaving a film over the skin. In doing so, it will tighten the skin to extract dead skin cells and sebum. However, this constriction can also cause irritation.

Stars

Glycerin: Is found naturally topically on our skin, and helps our skin stay soft & supple. It ‘draws’ water from beneath our skin layers to the top. This will result in this ingredient treating dry skin conditions topically. However, when too much pure glycerin is added in a product, this can actually be negative for you. Needless to say, too much of pure glycerin will continue to take water from our layers underneath our skin, until it is dehydrated.

Sodium Hyaluronate: If you ever see this ingredient in a product, it’s just a fancy way of saying hyaluronic acid (can treat burns, bed sores, wounds, and skin ulcers when applied topically). This ingredient can hold up to 1000x times of its moisture content, and sadly can only work topically to keep the skin hydrated (this only applies if sodium hyaluronate is not in a serum). This ingredient works best as a serum, so it can penetrate deep in your skin!  Always keep this in mind.

Niacinamide: A derivative of Vitamin B, and helps in the reducing  melanin production in the skin. Melanin causes age spots & hyperpigmentation, which is further enhanced from being in the sun. Niacinamide can also help with reducing fine lines, improving elasticity, prevent water loss in the skin, and has anti-inflammatory properties (good for acne minimisation).

Egg Yolk Extract:  This ingredient binds water to our skin. It is made majorly from water and fatty lipids, making it an excellent emollient (having the power to make soft or supple).


See what I mean? It’s super informative and helps me understand better what I’m putting onto and into my skin for the best results! As for me, I really enjoyed this mask. It was completely soaked in serum that felt almost entirely like egg yolk, so it was very moisturizing. The sheet fit my face almost perfectly which is a big pro in my book because I hate it when a mask slides around on my face too much. I do think the eye holes were a little small, and had they been any smaller, the serum could have gotten into my eyes which would not have been very good. I left it on for about an hour, and it was adequately dried out so I didn’t feel like I was wasting any product. The price point wasn’t my favorite. At $6, that’s too much when I could get the Tony Moly They’re Real masks for under $4 at Ulta. Maybe if I bought it in the 5-pack I could save some money and grab a couple, but unless I have a gift card, I probably won’t go out of my way to get any more. Unless you guys wanna get me a gift?😉

You all should TOTALLY go check out Justin’s blog and subscribe! He’ll give you serious insight into Asian Beauty products in a way that’s easy to understand and if you’re afraid to make the leap into AB he’ll reassure you if the product you’re eyeing is good for you! Until next time!

-Dymond M.❤

Glossier Giveaway Winners

Hey, guys! Thanks for your patience concerning the announcement of the winners! I start school on Monday and it’s been crazy hectic! Anyways, this is the most participated in giveaway I’ve done yet, so thanks to everyone who entered, and there will be another one soon! So without further ado, the winner of the Glossier Spa Pack is Gina A. from New Jersey  and the winner of the Glossier Glowing Pack is Shannay from South Carolina! Thanks again to everyone for playing, and for those who didn’t win, don’t forget you can get 20% off your first Glossier purchase using my referral link. And if you’re not sure about buying, be sure to read my reviews on all of the Glossier products! The funds from this referral link always help me run my next giveaway to be even bigger and better, with more winners! I hope you guys have an awesome Friday and congrats to the winners!

-Dymond M.❤

Saturday Links

This is an old post that I’m bringing back because throughout the week, I really do read some amazing articles, and when you guys have the chance to relax, I think you should read them too. Some are funny, some are videos, but to me, they’re all chock full of information and random trivia. So give it a go! You never know what you could learn today! Also, don’t forget, tomorrow is the last day to enter my Glossier giveaway! The link in the the sidebar and will be open until midnight tomorrow! 

-Dymond❤

90s Supermodels Backstage Video Clips (Refinery 29)

Top Shelf: Eva Alt, Glossier Social Media Editor (Into the Gloss)

Interview with R.J. Hernandez, author of An Innocent Fashion  (Racked)

2016 MTV VMA Nominations (Teen Vogue)

A History of the Victoria’s Secret Catalogue (Racked)

Do We Have a 90s Nostalgia Problem? (Man Repeller)