Thursday, February 23, 2012

Review: Mineral Hygienics Starter Kit

 I recently discovered Mineral Hygienics makeup, and was given the opportunity to try out a starter kit. Mineral Hygienics offers 100% natural mineral makeup. The tan starter kit included four foundation shades, a mineral enhancer in Warm Kiss, a mineral finishing powder in Sheer Perfection Silk Translucent, and a Kabuki XL brush. Take a look:

Benefits of using this product:
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  • Perfect for all ages and skin types
  • Provides complete coverage that feels as light as air
  • Gives skin a natural luminosity that lasts all day long
  • Deflects light to minimize the appearance of fine lines, large pores, and other imperfections
  • Non-acnegenic, non-comedogenic – so it won’t clog pores or create acne lesions, thus allowing for a flawlessly smooth complexion
  • Recommended by physicians, estheticians, and dermatologists
  • Chemical-free SPF sun protection – zinc oxide and titanium dioxide offer natural, broad-spectrum sun protection effectively blocking harmful UVA and UVB rays
  • Helps protect skin from oxidative stress
  • Offers adjustable coverage, so it’s easy to use as much or little as you want – it never looks “cakey”
  • Natural anti-inflammatory properties help to heal, calm, and reduce redness in rosacea and acne-prone skin types
  • Zinc oxide soothes and calms irritations and redness from rosacea and sensitive skin
  • Used extensively for post-operative application (whereas other make-up provides inferior coverage and may cause harmful damage to sensitive post-surgery skin)
  • Designated cancer patient safe (always check with your physician first if you are undergoing any cancer treatments)

 Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxide, May contain: Mica

Choose your starter kit according to your skin tone. I chose the starter kit tan since I occasionally indoor tan and self tan a lot.  The tan kit includes four shades:

1. light tan
2. medium tan
3. dark tan
4. dark golden tan

My favorite foundation shade from the starter kit was the medium tan. I feel like it matched me perfectly!!

 The mineral enhancer/bronzer for the tan kit is Warm Kiss. Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides, May Contain: Mica. It adds a glowy warmth to the face. You can use it as a bronzer, blush, or to contour.

Sheer Perfection comes in two shades: Matte and Silk Translucent. I received silk translucent which gives a dewy finish to my face. Ingredients: Mica, Silica, Rice Powder, Magnesium Stearate, Iron Oxides. This gives an airbrushed look to my face, which I love!! I use this as my final step and I'm amazed at how long my make up lasts.

REVIEW: This was my first time trying a mineral makeup so I was very excited for the opportunity. I have always been hesitant on trying mineral makeup. I indoor tan occasionally and self tan a lot so finding the perfect foundation has been hard for me. I was very pleased with the kit and found that medium tan fit me very well. I love how it looks and feels on my face. It's very light and I will definitely wear it on days when I want to go light. Try it out for yourself and if you don't like it, they offer a 45 day money back guarantee!!

  •   45 day money back guarantee 
  • easy to apply
  •  great staying power
  • a little goes a long way
  • buildable
  • no cakey look

  • may cause your skin to breakout(it did with my skin at first)
  • pricey if you are on a budget 
  • light to medium coverage(I prefer full)

RETAIL: $59.99 for a starter kit and can be purchased here.  Use code brandypate10 for 10%. Expires 04/20/2012

Have you tried Mineral Hygienics?? 

Disclaimer: I was sent these products for consideration to review. I am in no way affiliated with Mineral Hygienics,  nor am I being compensated for this review. As always, these are my honest opinions.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

NOTD: Wet N Wild Sparked

Since having my acrylic nails removed a few months ago, I have been wearing glitter polishes. My nails look horrible and have I found wearing glitter nail polish helps conceal the damage. This is one of my favorite glitter nail polishes. I purchased it at CVS for $0.99.

Any recommendations for products to help my dry, brittle, short nails nails grow??

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Review: L'Oreal Technique Feria Professional Color Moisturizing Treatment

Product Description:  A deep conditioner designed to maintain the beauty of your Feria professional hair color. The rich, creamy formula detangles and moisturizes hair. Brightens and maintains beautiful color shine and intensity after each shampoo. Use as often as needed after regular shampoo to brighten and maintain silky hair.  

Directions: Apply to damp hair. Allow to sit for 3-4 minutes then rinse.


REVIEW: Although I don't dye my hair I totally love this treatment as a deep conditioner. I remember as a little girl stealing my moms tubes of conditioners from her hair dye boxes. I always loved how soft it made my hair. I was so happy to discover that Sally's Beauty Supply Store sold tubes of this product. It's amazing and I highly recommend it even if you don't dye your hair.

  •   detangles and moisturizes my hair 
  •  lightweight
  • makes my hair soft and silky 
  • smells good
  • use as much as you like with no build up

  • I wish it came in a bigger tube!! 
  • pricey if you are on a budget

RETAIL: $8.79 without beauty card, $7.99 with beauty card for 6 fl oz and be purchased here

Have you tried this product?? What are your favorite hair treatments??

**Disclaimer: this product was purchased by me, I was NOT paid to review this product. this was all on my own behalf**

Monday, February 13, 2012

Review: Aussie 3 minute miracle deeeeep conditioner

Product Description: With intense, fortifying conditioners, Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner is a seriously simple fix for dry, distressed tresses.

Directions: Work conditioner through clean, damp hair and leave on 1-3 minutes depending on extent of distress. Rinse with warm water. For extra shine, follow with a cool water rinse.

Ingredients: Water (Eau) , Stearyl Alcohol , Cyclopentasiloxane , Cetyl Alcohol , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Dimethicone , Ecklonia Radiata Extract (Australian Sea Kelp) , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice , Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil

REVIEW: I have been using Aussie products off and on for the past five years. I found out about this deep conditioner through a friend. I then decided to look up reviews online. I was amazed at how much everyone raved about it. I knew I had to pick it up. I'm sooooo in love with this product. It's a great deep conditioner and I highly recommend it!! 

  • cheap
  • great detangler
  • lightweight
  • makes my hair soft and silky 
  • smells good

I wish it came in a bigger bottle!!

RETAIL: $2.87 for 8 fl oz and be purchased at most drugstores/supermarkets

Have you tried this product?? 

**Disclaimer: this product was purchased by me, I was NOT paid to review this product. this was all on my own behalf**

Friday, February 10, 2012

My top 4 favorite fragrances!!

1. Victoria's Secret Pure Seduction Fragrance Mist-A passionate romance of succulent red plum and sweet freesia. Refreshing formula is infused with conditioning aloe vera and calming chamomile.

**I LOVE this scent from VS. I discovered it about four years ago and have been hooked ever since!! It is so light and smells so good. It's a very sweet fruity smell. I always get compliments when i use this. My BOYFRIEND loves it. One of my favorite things about VS mists is they last all day. Just spray once or twice and you are good to go for the day/evening. I have the body wash, body butter, and lotion in Pure Seduction as well. Retails $12 at Victoria's Secret. (photo courtesy of Victoria's Secret)

2. Victoria's Secret Love Spell Fragrance Mist- A vibrant, irresistible blend of lush cherry blossom and juicy peach. Refreshing formula is infused with conditioning aloe vera and calming chamomile. 

**This is my second favorite mist from Victoria's Secret. This mist reminds me of the scent of grapefruits!! It is very light but can be overbearing if you spray too much. I usually do one spray and I'm good to go for the day/evening. I have the body wash, body butter, and lotion in Love Spell as well. Retails for $12 at Victoria's Secret.(photo courtesy of Victoria's Secret).

3. Flora by Gucci-A lovely floral fragrance, Flora is an enchanting blend of citrus, peony, rose, osmanthus flower, patchouli and sandalwood.

**I received this as a gift from my boyfriend last year. This perfume is very feminine, light weight, flowery fragrance. The staying powering of this perfume is not that great. I like to wear this on a date night out with the boyfriend. Retails for $70 at Dillards .(photo courtesy of Dillard's)

4. Happy by Clinique-A hint of citrus. A wealth of flowers. A mix of emotions. Our best-selling women's fragrance interplays fresh, vibrant notes—ruby red grapefruit, bergamot—with soft, sensual ones—Hawaiian wedding flower, spring mimosa.

**I have been wearing this perfume since I was in middle school. It's definitely my go to perfume if I can't decide which scent to use. It's very light weight and not overpowering. I just wish the staying power was a little longer. Retails for $46 at Clinique.(photo courtesy of Clinique) 

What are your favorite fragrances??

**Disclaimer: this product was purchased by me, I was NOT paid to review this product. this was all on my own behalf**

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Review: Proclaim Argan Oil Hair Treatment

I discovered Sally's Beauty Supply store about six months ago and have been hooked ever since!! I'm always on the hunt for new products to help strengthen and tame my long hair.I have heard so many good things about Proclaim products and that they were somewhat similar to Moroccan Oil but way cheaper. I decided to pick up the Proclaim Argan Oil Hair Treatment at Sally's for $5.00. I'm sure glad that I did!!

Product Description:Uniquely formulated with argan oil and natural ingredients that condition, help repair dry, damaged hair without weighing it down, eliminates frizz and infuse brilliant shine.

Directions: Apply a small amount to your palm and distribute evenly through damp or dry hair. Style as desired.


REVIEW: This is the best $5.00 I have spent in a long time. I like to use this treatment once a week after I wash my hair. I apply this treatment right before I blow dry my hair. My hair is to the middle of my back and a dime size is sufficient. I apply it to my hair from the ear down. I usually have just a little small amount left on my hand after applying so I rub in little on my roots. This product is wonderful and I love it. I will definitely repurchase more in the future. 

  • adds shine
  • alcohol free
  • a little goes a long way
  • cheap 
  • great detangler
  • helps tame frizz
  • lightweight
  •  makes my hair soft and silky
  • smells good

  • If you use too much of the product, it can make your hair greasy!!

RETAIL: $6.99 without beauty card, $6.29 with beauty card for 3 fl oz and be purchased here

Have you tried this product or something similar?? What are your favorite hair oil treatments??

**Disclaimer: this product was purchased by me, I was NOT paid to review this product. this was all on my own behalf**

Monday, February 6, 2012

Review: Tan-Fan Paraben Free Self Tanning Lotion

It’s the sexier, sleeker, smoother tan you’ve always wanted. Get the bronze skin of an island getaway from our Self Tanning Lotion. Tan-Fan™ lotion delivers amazing results as the hot selling self tanner. It’s an easy-to-use pump for on the go tanning. Apply to a clean, dry body to enjoy uniform color. Once you’ve reached your ideal shade, use the lotion one to two times a week to maintain your look. Achieve that summer glow with the best dark self tanning lotion. This revolutionary paraben free self tanner blends beautifully with a variety of skin tones, from fair to medium. Be sure to continue using a day moisturizer to hydrate your face and use sun protection cream after sunless tanning.
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DIRECTIONS: For best results, exfoliate your skin first, Apply to clean, dry skin over your entire body. Wait 4 hours before using body lotions. For a deeper tan, wait 4 hours and re-apply. Keep out of eyes and wash hands afterward. 

INGREDIENTS: De-ionized water, HeliantusAnnus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Soja Hispida (Soya Bean) Oil, Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), Propanediol (Zemea), Capric/Caprylic Triglicerides, Butyrospermum Parkii (She Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa), Seed butter, Emulsifying Wax NF, Palm Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe), Leaf Juice, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Camellia Sinensis (Japanese Green Tea),  Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol. NO PARABENS.



REVIEW: I have an obsession with self tanners. I'm always on the hunt for the best ones and always willing to try out new self tanners. I was very happy when I got the opportunity to try out this lotion.

  • Absorbs quickly and dries fast
  • Contains Vitamin E
  • Doesn't stain your clothes
  • Doesn't streak
  • Doesn't turn you orange
  • Gives a nice golden, natural tan
  • Paraben free

  • The product is a little thick, which makes it hard to blend in. 

I think this is a great self tanner and I will definitely purchase more after I use up my bottle.

RETAIL: $19.00 for 4 fl oz and can be purchased here

What is your favorite self tanner??  

Disclaimer: I was sent this product for consideration to review. I am in no way affiliated with Tan-Fan,  nor am I being compensated for this review. As always, these are my honest opinions.