Holistic Beauties Your Best Face Friend

October 15, 2018 | Beauty | No Comments »


Holistic Beauties Your Best Face Friend

Holistic Beauties Your Best Face Friend

A few months back I won the Best Face Friend (BFF) Electric Facial Pore Cleanser from Holistic Beauties. Thanks to Lulle from beaumiroir.com for hosting the giveaway.

First I’ll tell you a little about the BFF and then I’ll talk about my personal experience with it. The BFF is a facial cleansing tool that uses sonic high frequency vibrations technology to release blackheads, clogged pores, dirt, and oil. It has 15 adjustable intensities along with 3 different bristle textures. It’s also waterproof. It comes in the colors pink and blue. Using it is fairly easy. You just turn it on and adjust the setting via the plus/minus buttons. Apply your cleanser and gently rub the BFF over your face like you would any other cleansing tool. Cleaning it is even easier. No special cleansers or tools needed. Just run it under hot water and you’re all set! The best part? They claim it holds a charge for up to a year! The only downside to this is you have to remember where you store your charger. Which conveniently plugs right into your computer’s USB port or into your outlet if you have a USB adapter.

Holistic Beauties Your Best Face Friend

It took a while to arrive. They do mention this on their website though. The BFF came in a plain white box that housed the BFF and the charger. I thought it was a little odd that there was nothing on the box. I usually end up tossing the outer packaging in the recycling bin anyway, but opening your goodies is an experience. The packaging is definitely a part of that experience. Digging in I was happy to see that the BFF was already charged and ready to go. I made sure to place the charger in a safe place. Right away I noticed a sticky substance at the bottom of my BFF. My bottom finger was resting at the bottom of the BFF so it was noticeable. Although nothing a little alcohol couldn’t fix. It did require a lot of scrubbing though. I wouldn’t have bothered going through so much trouble, but any time I set it down it would stick to the surface. And any time I would pick it up it would stick to my finger. Very odd.

Holistic Beauties Your Best Face Friend

After I got that situation under control I went to my email to watch the how-to videos. They are quick and to the point. Finally the time had come to put this baby to use. They do mention that your skin can get red after the first few uses, but assure you that it’s nothing to be alarmed about. I was alarmed. My skin did get very red after the first few uses and that redness really lingered. I find that it’s not so bad when I use it on a fairly low setting on the sensitive bristle side. There are two sides. One side containing smaller bristles suitable for sensitive areas on your face and the second side containing larger bristles for the non-sensitive areas.

For those of you who don’t know, my skin is super sensitive. I was recently diagnosed with rosacea too. So I have a whole lot going on. If you have similar skin issues I would be careful going in with the BFF. While I agree that it’s much gentler than say the Clarisonic, the silicone bristles can be just as harsh on your skin if you aren’t careful. But that goes for any kind of rubbing. Your hands can even be too harsh. My advice is to go in with a non-foaming cleanser, use one of the lowest settings on the sensitive side, and gently go over your face using circular motions. They suggest 20 seconds each section. I’d say more like 5 seconds if you’re super sensitive. Then rinse clean with lukewarm water and pat dry. There is no one-size fits all when it comes to skin care. This is what worked best for me.

Holistic Beauties Your Best Face Friend
Holistic Beauties Your Best Face Friend

They also claim you can use the BFF every day. I only use mine maybe twice a week. If your skin isn’t as sensitive as mine you can probably use yours daily without any issues. But I’ve been hurt before and sadly my skin is still paying for it. But I really love the way my skin feels after using the BFF so I definitely keep it in my skin care routine, but as a weekly treat rather than a daily ritual.

Overall, I’d have to say that this is a handy cleansing tool. I think it’s much gentler than other facial cleansing tools on the market, but you should still be careful if you have super sensitive skin or any other skin conditions. I think it’s very cool that it’s a fairly low maintenance tool that doesn’t require brush heads, daily charges, special cleansers, etc. I highly suggest checking out the BFF if you’ve found other cleansing tools to be far too harsh for your skin. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. If I had one negative thing to say (aside from that sticky substance) it would be the lack of better packaging. I just feel like this is a missed opportunity. While I do recycle most outer packaging I do proudly display/reuse some of the prettier ones. That and such a great product should come packaged like the treat that it is. Of course that’s just my two cents.

Have you heard of the BFF? Do you currently use any facial cleansing tools?

Info

Product: Holistic Beauties Your Best Face Friend
Price: $99.99
Purchase: holisticbeauties.com

e.l.f. Chromatic Eyeshadow Palette in Posh Peacock

October 8, 2018 | Beauty, e.l.f. | 5 Comments »


e.l.f. Chromatic Eyeshadow Palette in Posh Peacock

e.l.f. Chromatic Eyeshadow Palette in Posh Peacock

e.l.f. Chromatic Eyeshadow Palette in Posh Peacock

Swatches

I received the e.l.f. Chromatic Eyeshadow Palettes back in May. I’ve been meaning to play around with them and create a few looks, but it was difficult finding the time. Now that I’ve got more free time I’ve had the chance to test them out. It was really difficult choosing which one to test out first so I sort of used both. This look will feature both palettes, but Posh Peacock will be the star of the show.

There are 2 Chromatic Eyeshadow Palettes. There is Birds of Paradise and Posh Peacock. Today I will be talking about Posh Peacock. It contains 7 eyeshadows in both matte and metallic finishes. I took the photo of my hand swatches like this so that you could see the color shift on the last 2 shades. The metallics swatched beautifully. For the most part the mattes swatched just as beautifully, but that teal needed a little help. As you can tell from the swatch it’s a bit patchy and needed some building up.

In fact I reached for Posh Peacock first because I wanted to test out that beautiful teal shade along with that last shade. I already had a look in mind. I applied the teal shade on my lid. I had a feeling that would be the best use for that shade. I applied that last shade on top with a dampened brush. I applied the 4th shade on my lower lash line. I’m really happy with how my look turned out. Everything applied and blended fairly easily. Although if you’re planning to add that teal shade in your crease you might have trouble blending it out. It really does make for a beautiful lid shade though.

You can see Posh Peacock in action below.

e.l.f. Chromatic Eyeshadow Palette in Posh Peacock

My look lasted throughout the day, but I did experience a bit of creasing after about 6 hours. Overall, I’d have to say it was a fun palette to experiment with. Some of the shades are unique in my collection and I will definitely reach for them. I love that this palette also comes with a dual-ended brush. I really like e.l.f.’s brushes so even the brush will get some use. I will say that I wish it included another matte shade. Out of the 7 shadows only 2 are matte. I know it’s a ‘chromatic’ palette, but it would have been nice to maybe throw in a decent transition shade. Which is why I reached for the Birds of Paradise Palette. I’m sure you could still create a full looking using just Posh Peacock, but I wasn’t so sure I could pull it off myself. So I reached for another palette.

Which shades would you have used to create a full looking using Posh Peacock?

*I received these products complimentary. I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review. All opinions are completely my own.

Info

Product: e.l.f. Chromatic Eyeshadow Palette in Posh Peacock
Price: $12.00
Purchase: elfcosmetics.com

ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow Palette in Give It To Me Straight

October 4, 2018 | Beauty, ColourPop | 5 Comments »


ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow Palette in Give It To Me Straight

ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow Palette in Give It To Me Straight

ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow Palette in Give It To Me Straight

ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow Palette in Give It To Me Straight

ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow Palette in Give It To Me Straight

Swatches: Matter of Fact, Up Front, Straight Up, BS, Frank, Candid

ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow Palette in Give It To Me Straight

Swatches: Forthright, Downright, Truth Hurts, Be Blunt, TMI, Actually

I know I said I wasn’t going to buy any Fall-type palettes because I already have so many similar shades, but… I lied. I saw swatches for the ColourPop Give It To Me Straight Pressed Powder Shadow Palette in a Facebook group and decided I needed it in my life. Plus it was my birthday month. That and this palette has my name all over it!

Give It To Me Straight contains 12 eyeshadows which includes 7 mattes and 5 metallics. It’s full of warm coppers and beautiful mauves. I’m digging that it contains more mattes than metallics. I like a few different finishes to be included in palettes, but I personally prefer there to be more mattes than anything. It also includes a really nice brow bone shade. You can easily create so many looks with this palette without having to reach for another palette.

I absolutely love this palette! It’s nicely pigmented. The shadows apply and blend beautifully. TMI and Actually were a little tricky to work with, but not impossible. In fact TMI is one of my favorites. I also think this palette is perfect for Fall. For me anyway. I love wearing burgundy, mauve, and copper shades. And this palette is full of them!

You can see a few looks I created with the Give It To Me Straight Pressed Powder Shadow Palette below.

ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow Palette in Give It To Me Straight
ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow Palette in Give It To Me Straight

I really need to stop buying palettes, but this time I’m glad that I caved. I ended up moving Give It To Me Straight to my most reached for items drawer.

Info

Product: ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow Palette in Give It To Me Straight
Price: $16.00
Purchase: colourpop.com

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