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Current Favorite Face Masks

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Current favorite face masks! http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Are you enjoying this never-ending winter?  Here in the Midwest there is still a TON of snow on the ground, but at least we’re beginning to see the sun.  Since it’s still dry outside I’ve been using face masks more frequently.  Here are a couple of my current favorites.

BeautiControl Tierra Azul Thermal Fango Masque

This has to be one of my all-time favorite masks.  With ingredients like marine mud, grapeseed oil, olive oil, and and fig extract, this mask draws the impurities from your skin and leaves it feeling amazing!  Plus it’s a warming mask so it feels incredibly relaxing to apply.  It doesn’t dry on the skin, forcing you to scrape and scrub in order to get it off.  It leaves my skin feeling hydrated but not oily, which is important for a combination/oily girl like myself.  At $24 USD for 5 oz this baby is definitely worth picking up!  If you’re not sure where to order this in your area, you can find it here.

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask

Filled with clary sage, this does as it says.  It is incredibly hydrating, but again does not leave the skin feeling or looking oily.  Very easy to apply, leave this on the skin for 5-10 minutes and then rub in or wipe off excess.  This is also noncomedogenic and won the Allure 2013 Best of Beauty Award.  The cost is $15 for 4oz of product and can be found at most drugstores or by clicking here.

I love the ingredients in these masks.  You will find no parabens or dimethicone.  The Burt’s Bees mask is 99% natural.  While I have not found the fango mud mask rated on ewg.org/skindeep or goodguide.com, I know that the company seeks to keep products more natural and low-toxin while staying effective.  Plus both masks also have anti-aging properties-bonus!

Interested in DIY face masks and scrubs?  Below are a couple of recipes I posted on YouTube last year.

If you try these products let me know.  What are your current favorite skincare products?  Leave a comment below.  Thanks for reading.

“Oh LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.” Psalm 84:12

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Natural, Everyday Makeup ft. MAC Magnetic Nudes

Natural, Everyday Makeup ft. MAC Magnetic Nudes

Hey Babes!

So I’ve finally gotten around to filming a requested makeup tutorial using the products I picked up from the MAC Magnetic Nudes collection.  This is a very natural, everyday look and I absolutely love it.  Hope you do, too!

Leave a comment below, thx for reading/watching!

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3

MAC Stereo Rose: Is it worth the hype?

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As you well may know, MAC’s beloved, cult-favorite mineralize skinfinish Stereo Rose is being repromoted yet again with the Fantasy of Flowers collection (releasing online January 30th, in store January 6 U.S.).  There is so much hype surrounding this product (yes, I have a penchant for stating the obvious).  But is the hype well-deserved?

I picked this beauty up last go-round.  At my most pale I’m an NW 22ish, so I use SR as a blush rather than a highlight. It’s described as a “coral with golden bronze and a high frost, metallic finish.” Basically it’s a warm peachy color with gold shimmer and a very slight hint of pinky-rose tones (depending on the veining). The shimmer is definitely there but not disco. What’s great is that it will suit multiple skintones because the pigmentation is there. Due to the shimmer factor, you may want to avoid applying it on the apples of your cheeks if you have large pores. I think both warm and cool people can pull this off, although I think it flatters warm skintones better. But do I think it’s worth the hype? Not necessarily.

Perhaps it’s because I have a very cool skintone, but for me Stereo Rose is just okay. I like it. I’m glad I own it, and I use it with a fair amount of regularity. But I don’t love it, nor do I consider it holy grail. I gravitate more toward peachy-pink blushers than peachy-orangey ones. I prefer either matte or sheertone shimmer finishes to the metallic finish.  Milani’s baked blush in Rose D’Oro is similar but not a dead on dupe (and it’s not as smooth).  Stereo Rose can be a must-have for warmer or deeper skin, but I certainly wouldn’t overpay for it as some eBay sellers would have you do (I’ve seen this product listed for $100 USD!). Overall, I think there are many other fish in the proverbial sea; if you miss it, it’s not worth stressing about.

What do you think? Am I way off base? Or do you agree? Leave a comment below. Thanks for reading. p.s. it’s available and in stock right now on the Macy’s website if you want to get it early bird 🙂 click here

“You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.” Isaiah 26:3

Decluttering My Vanity…and My Life

Decluttering My Vanity…and My Life

So I thought I would kick off the new year by getting rid of things I have lying around that are seldom used and gathering dust. Makeup, clothes, home decor, and toys were making their way into the “donate” pile. This quickly became an exercise in self reflection.

At first I felt the urge to justify keeping things, thinking, “Oh I’m sure I’ll use this soon.”  But as my stack began to grow, the buzz of having more space and simplifying my home began to kick in.  Before I knew it, I was happily tossing things in. I began to feel more energized, and it occurred to me just how long it had been since I felt that way.

I realized that not only did I need to declutter my house, I needed to declutter my life.  It wasn’t just about “things” zapping my energy.  Unhealthy habits, relationships, and priorities can throw everything off kilter. They steal our time, energy, and quality of life. And just like justifying the keeping of unnecessary things, we legitimize those habits by saying, “It’s not that big of a deal.” We defend unhealthy relationships with family, friends, and partners, thinking, “It will get better.” We excuse skewed priorities with, “I’ll get to it later.” But later never comes.  Not that way.

Later is now. This moment is what we have to work with.  Maybe “it” is that big of a deal.  And how can things get better without correction?  Ask yourself honestly what (or who) needs to go, needs to change. Even if the one who needs to change is you. Change is scary, but what scares you more? Changing…or staying the same?

What will you “declutter?” Leave a comment below.  Thanks for reading.

MAC Magnetic Nudes Collection: Review, Pics, & Swatches

MAC Magnetic Nudes Collection: Review, Pics, & Swatches

MAC has been busy lately, launching multiple collections the day after Christmas.  My favorite is the Magnetic Nudes collection.  This collection is all about looking very natural and glowy.  My favorite!

This extra dimension collection consists of 3 mineralize skinfinishes, 3 blushes, 5 eyeshadows, 3 fluidlines, 4 lipsticks, and 5 lip glasses.  I love the extra dimension formula as it gives a beautiful sheen without being glittery, chunky, or emphasizing skin texture to the extreme.  I didn’t grab any glosses (I need a new gloss like I need a hole in the head, you know?), although steel kiss looked very unique.  Overall I love this versatile collection.  I get so much use out of these everyday, wearable colors.  Below are descriptions and pictures of what I picked up (for reference, I am currently an NW22).  If you are more into a bold look then you may want to check out Punk Couture which released the same day.   It has dramatic, vampy lippies and bright, 80’s style pigments.

MSF’s

Superb (a repromote) is described as a peachy nude with multidimensional shimmer.  To me it looks like a gorgeous champagne color that would suit just about anyone.  It is very pigmented and long lasting.  One swipe on the cheekbone with a fan brush and you’ll be glowing all day as if you just stepped off Mount Olympus.  It’s beautiful, and if you like highlighters you will enjoy this product.

Fairly Precious is described as a peach with green pearl.  It’s a true, warm peach highlight.  This would best suit lighter skin tones in my opinion.  Like Superb, it has a smooth texture.  There was also Magnetic Appeal, which is a warm coppery color that would look beautiful on deeper skin tones.

MAC MSF Fairly Precious. Photo by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

MAC MSF Fairly Precious. Photo by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Blushes

Autoerotique is described as a dirty coral rose.  This is a warm, easy to blend blush.  As with all extra dimension blushers, the color payoff is subtle but can be built up.  This is a very pretty and unique color.

MAC Autoerotique Blush. Photo by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

MAC Autoerotique Blush. Photo by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

At Dusk (repromote) is a stunning blush described as a dirty cool pink but does not look grey on the cheek.  This is very flattering on lighter skin tones.  Again, it gives a light wash of color but can be built up.

MAC At Dusk Blush. Photo by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

MAC At Dusk Blush. Photo by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Left to right: Superb, Fairly Precious, At Dusk, Autoerotique. Photo by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Left to right: Superb, Fairly Precious, At Dusk, Autoerotique. Photo by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Eyeshadow

Amorous Alloy is described as a deep terracotta copper color with a metallic finish.  I had not intended on purchasing any extra dimension eyeshadow from this collection, but the girl at the counter sold me on this unique color.  It’s warm but not so warm that cool people can’t pull it off.  This is another product that will look great on an array of skin tones and eye colors.  The other eyeshadow colors were very pretty but seemed quite dupable to me.

MAC Amorous Alloy eyeshadow. Photo by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

MAC Amorous Alloy eyeshadow. Photo by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Fluidline

It’s Physical is described as a brown with purple pearl.  This has a lot of purple shimmer in it, more than you can see in the pot.  I prefer using this all over the lid rather than as a liner.  It’s a really lovely color that would suit many eye colors.  The other fluidline that caught my eye was Our Secret, a metallic brown with red pearl.  This is another beautiful color that I had set out to purchase, but once swatched it reminded me of Constructivist paint pot.  I swatched them side by side at the counter and they looked identical on my arm so I did not buy it.

MAC It's Physical Fluidline. Photo by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

MAC It’s Physical Fluidline. Photo by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Lipstick

Morning Rose is described as a soft, cool rose creamsheen.  This is a very wearable, everyday dusty rose shade (again, suitable for multiple skin tones).  The rest of the lipsticks were mostly nudes, and since I don’t need any more nude lipsticks I did not purchase any.

MAC Morning Rose Lipstick. Photo by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

MAC Morning Rose Lipstick. Photo by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

From Left to Right: Fairly Precious, At Dusk, Autoerotique, Amorous Alloy, It's Physical, Morning Rose. Photo by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

From Left to Right: Fairly Precious, At Dusk, Autoerotique, Amorous Alloy, It’s Physical, Morning Rose. Photo by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Did you pick anything up from this collection?  Or is this not your style?  Leave a comment below.  Thanks for reading.

My video on this collection with live swatches:

LUSH Collection and Storage

LUSH Collection and Storage

LUSH Collection and Storage. Photo by somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Hello Friends!  I had a request to do a Lush storage video and decided to do also a collection video to make it a more interesting two-fer.  I know some people like to use their Lush items as decor in bathrooms in vase-like containers.  This can look very pretty.  A caveat to that is being careful of using more than one kind of bath item in that way.  The scents can get melded together as they absorb each others’ aroma.  They can also get a bit messy if the items begin to crumble (unless you don’t care, then go ahead and throw caution to the wind!  After all, these are just bath products we’re talking about).  So if you are interested in seeing my current (ish, I recorded this in October) Lush collection, click on the video below.  Many of the items were purchsed during the December 26 buy 1 get 1 free sale.  As always, thanks for reading/watching!

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Toxic Makeup Best & Worst: Revlon review

How toxic are Revlon products?  Pic by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

How toxic are Revlon products? Pic by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Since my last toxic makeup review was on a high-end brand (Urban Decay-to read it, click here), I thought I would review a popular drugstore brand next.  Below is a quick rundown of some of Revlon’s best and worst rated makeup products.  The ratings were obtained from the Skin Deep database by the Environmental Working Group (which can be found at www.ewg.org/skindeep).  The rating scale is simple, ranging from 0-10 with 10 being the most toxic product score.  As always, please keep in mind that formulations in cosmetics are constantly changing.  Consequently, I encourage looking up product ratings before you buy them either on Skin Deep or www.goodguide.com (which also includes the company’s eco and social responsibility ratings).  While Revlon has quite a few low-toxin products (168 out of the 1022 current products rated), overall most of their products were in the moderate or high toxin range.  For the sake of brevity I did not list all 1022 products, but here are various examples of Revlon’s products and their ratings, starting from the worst scores.

10: Hair color.  Do you really want this absorbed into your head?

9: Colorstay Mineral Blush in Roseberry, Colorstay Blemish Concealer, Silky Powder Bronzer in Sunkissed Bronze, Age Defying Makeup Foundation with Botafirm for Dry Skin

8: Certain Moondrops crème lipsticks

7: Some Super Lustrous Lip Glosses (ex. shade Nude Lustre 040), Photoready Powder, ColorStay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin

6: New Complexion One-Step Compact Makeup, Nail Care Liquid Quick Dry, Cream Blush in certain shades (ex. shade Rosy Glow)

5: Nearly Naked Makeup (ex. shade Warm Beige), PhotoReady BB Cream Skin Perfector, Illuminance Creme Eye Shadow (ex. shade 725 Va Va Va Bloom), Just Bitten Lip Stain & Balm (ex. shade Dawn),  ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick (ex. shade Flashing Lights), Colorstay for Normal/Dry Skin Makeup with SoftFlex (ex. shade Sand Beige), ColorStay Liner For Lips

4: Matte Eye Shadow (ex. shade Vintage Lace), Colorstay 12-Hour Eye Shadow quads in certain shades, Luxurious Color Eye Line (ex. shade Black Velvet), Lip Butters (many hearts may be breaking over this, these are so popular!)

3: Certain shades of  PhotoReady Concealer Makeup, PhotoReady Cream Blush (ex. shade Coral Reef), PhotoReady Mousse Makeup in certain shades, ColorStay Whipped Creme Makeup in certain shades, Colorstay Aqua Mineral Finishing Powder-Translucent,  ColorStay 16-Hour Eye Shadow Quad (ex. shade Bombshell), Age Defying with DNA Advantage Cream Makeup, and nail polishes scored at least 3, at most 9

2: Super Lustrous Lipstick in many but not all shades, here’s a few: Sky Pink, Wine with Everything, Violet Frenzy, Peach Me, Smoky Rose, Coffee Bean, Apricot Fantasy, Sassy Mauve, Just Enough Buff, Cherries in the Snow; Photoready Kajal Intense Eye Liner & Brightener (ex. shade Purple Reign), Grow Luscious Waterproof Mascara, Custom Eyes Duo Shadow & Liner Palette (ex. shade Naturally Glamorous 020), Custom Eyes Mascara (ex. shade Blackened Brown 003), ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in many but not all shades, here’s a few: Nude, Perfect Peony, Premier Pink, Prized Plum, Stellar Sunrise, and more; PhotoReady Eye Primer & Brightener, PhotoReady Makeup foundation (all shades)

1: ColorBurst Lipstick in the following shades: True Red 090, Rosy Nude 065, Fuschia 030

0: Remover for Lash Adhesive, Color Allure Nails, Medium nail glue

Please note I did not include products considered by Skin Deep to have an old formula (more than 3 years old), and also that not all shades of the same product will have the same score.  Approx. 16.4% of the products I viewed were low toxin, which is honestly more than I thought there would be.  But Revlon can certainly do better!  Poor scores resulted from toxic ingredients such as multiple parabens (linked to reproductive toxicity, hormone disruption), BHA (linked to cancer, organ toxicity, hormone disruption), methyl methacrylate (linked to developmental toxicity, for example, fetal exposure in utero, breastfeeding infants, direct application exposure while still developing), and many more.  Good Guide (www.goodguide.com), which rates product health, social, and environmental responsibility 0-10 (but with 10 being the best, no-toxin score) gives Revlon the following overall ratings: Health 1.9 (extremely poor), Environmental 3.9 (poor), and Social 3.9 (poor).  Visit their website for more information.

Do what you wish with this material.  Perhaps it will spur you on to changing your Revlon purchasing habits.  If you feel inclined to take further action, there is a form letter on the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website that you cane-mail to Revlon asking them to remove harmful chemicals from their products.  They also have more information on the kinds of toxic ingredients in Revlon products as well as their linked health concerns (and much more).  Here is the page: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5500/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=15670

What did you think of Revlon’s ratings?  Were you surprised?  Please leave a comment below with your thoughts, questions, and requests for other brand reviews.  Be good to one another and thanks for reading.

Resources/For More Information:

www.ewg.org/skindeep

www.goodguide.com

www.safecosmetics.org

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