Sephora and Ross Beauty Haul

I went to Sephora today to get a new foundation and before I went, I had to do some research.  I have oily skin and that’s a main factor that helps me choose what foundation I purchase.  Choosing the perfect foundation is ALWAYS hard to do!  There’s always making sure that it goes with your undertone and skin tone.  That’s why I always go to Sephora or Ulta to get my foundations,  because at the drug stores you can’t test them out on the spot.  If you can’t test them on the spot,  there’s a HIGH chance that you’ll have to go back and exchange it.  So, I just stick with Sephora and Ulta for my foundations.

Well, I ended up getting some stuff at Sephora and my daughter wanted to go to Ross, so I found some skin care there.

Here’s everything that I purchased at both the stores, Sephora and Ross.

Sephora Beauty Haul

At Sephora I bought the Hourglass Immaculate Mattifying Foundation, GlamGlow SuperMud, GlamGlow YouthMud, and my Sephora VIB free product of Origins GinZing eye cream.

From Ross I bought Deseo perfume by Jennifer Lopez and two DermaPure Skin Lightener face cream.

Hourglass Immaculate Foundation

 Hourglass Immaculate Foundation for Oily Skin

On the Sephora website it says about the Hourglass Immaculate Foundation:

What it is:
A breakthrough liquid-to-powder foundation formula that absorbs oil, camouflages imperfections, and delivers a long-lasting, velvet-matte finish.

What it does:
This high-tech foundation incorporates cashmere kaolinite clay, which offers exceptional oil absorption—absorbing 75 percent of its weight in sebum while retaining the skin’s natural moisture. The oil-free, humidity-proof, and water-resistant formula transforms instantly from liquid to powder creating an all-day finish that camouflages imperfections and never looks dull or flat. Immaculate’s superfine treated pigments provide unsurpassed coverage without looking cakey or mask-like, and effectively eliminate the need for powder, blotting, or constant touch-ups throughout the day.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation is infused with clinical levels of two powerful antiaging ingredients—phytostem edelweiss and lavandox.

Research results:
In a four-week consumer study of 30 women with oily, acne-prone skin:
-100% reported an improvement in overall skin appearance and skin smoothness
-100% reported that the product worked without drying their skin
-83% reported a decrease in oil production and the need for touch-ups
-80% reported a visible improvement in acne scars
-70% reported a visible improvement in pore size
-63% reported a reduction in the severity of breakouts

GlamGlow SuperMud & GlamGlow YouthMud

GlamGlow

On the Sephora website it says about the GlamGlow SuperMud and GlamGlow YouthMud:

What it is:
A set of bestselling products in one innovative reversible gift box.

What it is formulated to do:
SUPERMUD™ Clearing Treatment helps fight all common skin concerns for mind-blowing results leaving you with seemingly poreless skin. YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment contains super antioxidants and minerals that work to tingle, exfoliate, brighten, tighten, and resurface in as little as 10 minutes, leaving you with a youthful-looking, radiant complexion.

This set contains:
– 1.2 oz SUPERMUD™ Clearing Treatment
– 0.5 oz YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

Research results:
In a consumer perception study on SUPERMUD™ Clearing Treatment:
– 97% agreed it improves skin’s clarity
– 96% agreed it detoxifies and unclogs pores
– 95% agreed it fights common skin concerns

In a consumer perception study on YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment:
– 97% agreed it left their skin smoother, brighter, and softer after 1 day of use
– 91% agreed it brightened their dull skin after 1 day of use
– 94% agreed it provided gentle surface exfoliation after 1 day of use
– 97% agreed it provided gentle surface exfoliation after using it 3 times during a 7-day period
– 100% agreed it brightened their dull skin after using it 3 times during a 7-day period

Origins GinZing Eye Cream sample

Origins GinZing Eye cream

On the website it says the Origins GinZing eye refreshing:

What it is:
A clinically-proven eye cream that instantly de-puffs and reduces dark circles.

What it is formulated to do:
Late night? Long flight? Look tired all the time? This natural, clinically-proven morning-after eye cream instantly reduces dark circles. Unsightly bags and puffiness virtually disappear. And Origins’ proprietary complex of caffeine from coffee bean, Panax ginseng, magnolia extract, and natural optic brighteners rapidly wakes up, refreshes, and restores radiance to tired eyes. Best for all skin types.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

What else you need to know:
Origins creates high-performance natural skincare products that are powered by nature and proven by science. Each uses potent plants, organic ingredients, and natural essential oils. Their longstanding commitment to protect the planet, its resources, and all those who populate it is reaffirmed by earth- and animal-friendly practices.

Research results:
– 86% brighter appearance
– 80% reduction in puffiness

From Ross I purchased:

DermaPure Skin Lightener

DermaPure Skin Lightener

On the DermStore is states this about DermaPure Skin Lightener:

What it is:

An anti-aging facial treatment that brightens the complexion.

What it’s used for:

Derma Pure Skin Lightener Multi-Ethnicity Creme lightens and rejuvenates the skin using a hydrating formula. Botanical extracts fade dark spots, freckles and sun damage. Highly concentrated and effective, it helps illuminate and even your skin tone.

Ingredients:

Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Butylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Polysorbate 20, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Diacetyl Boldine, Glycol Stearate, Jojoba Esters, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Polysorbate 60, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Acetyl Glucosamine, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Olivate, Alpha-Arbutin, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Fragrance.

Directions:

For best results, apply evenly to freshly cleanse dry skin in the morning. Avoid contact with eyes.

Deseo perfume by Jennifer Lopez

Deseo by Jennifer Lopez

That’s my little Sephora and Ross Beauty Haul I did this weekend at the mall.

I will be using these products pronto and I’ll let y’all know my 1st Impressions on them.

Have you tried any of these products?   What are your thoughts?

xoxo

FilipinaMacBarbie

Filipina Mac Barbie

Freya Intensive Anti-Aging Serum Review

I was recently sent a bottle of Freya ™ Scandinavian Skin Science Intensive Anti-Aging Serum from Freya ™ and Mommerce to test out and give my down and dirty opinions on it.  I’m so glad that they did!  I wouldn’t have tried this product otherwise, because I’ve never heard of the brand before.

Now look at this gorgeous bottle!
Freya Anti Aging SerumThe packaging itself is pure beauty!
It comes in a beautiful 30 ml/ 1 fl oz Aquamarine glass pump bottle.  It’s the epitome of a luxury skin care product.

Freya Anti Aging SerumFreya Anti Aging Serum
Packaging:
Like I stated above, it comes in a refreshing aquamarine colored 30 ml glass bottle.  They chose the perfect color for this product, especially this is an Arctic Antioxidant Correction product.  The color of the bottle just makes you happy by looking at it.
It has a pump that dispenses the perfect amount of anti aging serum out.  The bottle itself is quite heavy, so it doesn’t feel generic or cheaply made like some others.  

Consistency/Finish:
It is thick, off-white in color, and smooth, which is great because a little goes a long ways.  I just use one pump of the Freya ™ Intensive Anti-Aging Serum.  The finish is hydrating and illuminating.  It also has a light and refreshing fragrance.  I look forward to putting this on my face and neck.

Freya Intensive Anti Aging Serum

Application:
I’ve been using Freya ™ Intensive Anti-Aging Serum for three (3) weeks now.  I use it twice daily.  Once in the morning after I wash my face and again right before bed after I wash my makeup off.
I only use one (1) pump for my face and neck.  Like I said, a little goes a long ways and I want this bottle to last as long as possible.
I pump out the product on my middle finger and tap it with my other middle finger and I dab it on each side of my forehead, temples, below my eyes, cheeks, nose, chin, and neck.
Then I just tap it all over my face and neck softly with my pointer, middle, and ring fingers together without tugging and stretching my skin.  I let in absorb and penetrate in my skin for a minute then afterwards I apply a daily moisturizer.
When I apply it on before bed, I do the same, but I add my prescription acne cream in the routine. (I haven’t had any problems with mixing the three products together.)

Durability:
For me, I can feel the fullness and hydration of my skin all day.  I have combination more on the oily side type of skin in the summertime and combination skin in the winter.

For the product itself, the Freya website states:
When used according to instruction, each Freya product is designed to last approximately 60 days. An unopened container stored in a cool place will last up to 3 years. An opened container will remain good for 9 months.

Since I haven’t heard of this brand prior to me receiving it, I went to their website to read more about it.  Now that I’m in my 30’s, I’m taking care of my skin better than I did when I was younger.  I’m always looking for skin care products.  I live in Florida, so we get tons of sun, beach winds, coldness, and this year, it actually snowed and had freezing rain.  We get a lot of different environment elements here.  So, I’m paying more attention to my skin care routine and regimen.  I just wished that I started earlier, like in my early 20’s.  Better late than never though!

On the Freya website is states:

Experience the game-changing power of the LEXA™ complex in this, Freya’s most potent regenerative serum. By harnessing the best of Scandinavian BioMarine research, the Intensive Anti-Aging serum serves as an optimal tool to rebuild, restore, and revitalize skin on a cellular level.

Freya Intensive Anti-Aging serum contains the most powerful concentration of Nano-Encapsulated Marine Omega-3, the uniquely preserved and singularly pure ingredient which allows for reduced inflammation, heightened elasticity, and visibly improved skin tone.Skin is supple. Radiant. Visibly transformed.

BENEFITS:

  • dramatic visible reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • improved skin tone, reducing redness and the appearance of age spots
  • imparts an ageless radiance and luminosity

I’m glad that I’m able to use this Anti-Aging serum.

Good Things To Know About Freya™

  • A good thing to know before purchasing Freya ™ Intensive Anti-Aging Serum is that if you’re allergic to fish, you should not use this, since it contains active ingredients derived from salmon.
  • They do not test on animals
  • It is Paraben Free
  • Suitable for ALL types of skin

To learn more about Freya ™ Intensive Anti-Aging Serum, go to their website HERE and connect with them on the following:
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Until next time Dolls

How are you taking care of your skin?

xoxo

Filipina Mac Barbie

Filipina Mac Barbie

 

 

 

 

 

10 Beauty Habits I wish I started when I was younger

 

10 Beauty Habits/Tips I wish I started when I was younger.

I can’t believe that I’m already 35 years old!
I have my beauty habits now, but I wish I started them a long time ago!  Like in my early 20’s or even younger!
So, hopefully you take my habits/tips and stick with them at an early age, so you don’t end up like me regretting that I didn’t do these at a younger age and stick to it.

These are the Top 10 Beauty Habits/Tips on the top of my head.  I’m sure I’ll add to this list at a later date.

1- Get enough rest!

They don’t call it Beauty Rest for no reason.
I know, I know… When I was younger, I was out on the town at the wee hours partying it up or late night studying and cramming in all the information I needed for that test in the morning.
On the weekends, I slept all day until it was time to get ready and go out!
Your body and sanity needs the rest.  When we don’t get enough sleep, our face is a sure thing that shows it first.  Saggy eye bags and dark circles.  Who wants that?  Not I, said the fly!
While we sleep, our skin is putting in work.  Our skin is renewing skin cells and rejuvenating itself.
So get seven to eight hours of sleep each and every night!  Get a plan together and think when is the best time to sleep.  Maybe after your favorite prime time show.

2- Moisturize your face with SPF in it

I grew up in Sunny Florida and I’m a total beach bum!  Let me tell you, I regret not doing this when I was younger!
If the sun is out and it’s nice and warm, I’m at the beach!  Where I’m from, we literally have white sands!
Even if you’re not in sunny Florida, moisturize your face with SPF in it.  Your skin will thank you when you’re older.
Know what type of skin you have.  Be it, normal, oily, or combination skin.  Get the right face moisturizer for your type.
Think of your skin as if it were leather.  When leather is outside in the sun, what happens to it?  It gets dry, starts to fade, and starts getting cracks.
Now who wants that?
You want to make sure your face has enough moisture for the elasticity of our ever so changing skin.
So, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE!

3- Brush your teeth

I’m pretty sure I have paid for some of my dentist’s vacations with all of my visits to the dentist!
I remember always arguing about not wanting to brush my teeth before bed.
I’m also a heavy coffee drinker.
The Crest’s saying, “If you’re not whitening, you’re yellowing.” is so true!!
Get in the habit of brushing your teeth at least two times a day and floss.
When I first meet a guy, their smile and teeth are always the first thing I look at.  So, I can assume that’s the first thing they’ll look at on me.
I just started using Colgate’s Optic White toothpaste, so I’ll give you my review on this toothpaste at a later date.

4- Along with moisturizing your face, moisturize your body.

Best time to lather that body lotion is right after you get out of the shower or bath.
Remember not to rub your body dry with your towel, but to pat yourself dry with your towel.
Keep that moisture in and put on your body lotion or a body oil like Avon’s Skin So Soft oil in original.  That’s my personal favorite.  It’s also good for keeping those pesky Florida mosquitoes away.

5- Exfoliate your body

I exfoliate my face skin once a week with a face exfoliator and I use my Clarisonic daily to make sure that the dead skin cells are washed off my face.  Also, use a dry brush for the rest of your body.  Nothing feels better than a nice smooth body after you shower and smooth on your lotion.
Exfoliated legs makes for a smoother and close shaving experience.
Exfoliating also helps with our blood circulation.

6- Wear sunglasses when it’s sunny outside.

Trust me on this one.  As I stated earlier, I’m a total beach bum even to this day.  The whites of my eyes are not as white as they should be.  Your eyes, just like your skin, needs to be protected from the sun.  The white of your eyes will start yellowing from sun damage.  So put on your fancy over-sized sunglasses and strut away!  Keep your eyes white!

7- Wash your face.

Wash your face once you wake up and again right before bed.
I know from experience on late night outings, the first thing I want to do is take my clothes off and jump in the bed to crash!
The last thing on my mind is washing my makeup off.
Two things happen when you don’t wash off your makeup before bed.
1) You’re not allowing your face to breathe and let your skin do it’s job by renewing the skin cells while you rest.
2) You’re transferring your makeup to your pillow case.
You ever notice that you’re always having to dust around your house?  Dust particles are in the air everywhere!  They’re just floating around until it falls onto a surface.  Your face is also a surface, so you want to make sure that we’re washing all that nastiness off our fresh skin.

8- Have good body posture!

I have the worst body posture.  I’m always slouching!  Now that I’m trying to get good body posture, it’s so unnatural and feels awkward to me.
Having good body posture makes you look more confident and professional.  It also helps prevent having a bad back and sore muscles all the time.
If you don’t have good body posture now, there’s some great exercises and tips that you can do.

9- Leave that zit alone!

I’ve been so bad at this one.  I can’t help but stare at that zit on my face in the mirror.  It’s like a mission to get rid of the thing.  But don’t fall to temptation to squeeze or pop it.  Just put a nice warm compress on it  and let it run its course.  If you fall to temptation, you’ll end up with the leftover scars and popped blood vessels.  If you let them be, you won’t have to go out later to purchase skin whitening cream for those dark scars.  They’re not cheap either.
If you’re having a breakout, schedule you an appointment with a dermatologist to get the proper care for your skin.  Everyone is different and there’s a ton of different products out there.

Last, but definitely not least.

10- Hydrate!

Drink plenty of water!  Your body and skin will thank you!
We’re always putting some type of toxin in our bodies, and the biggest way to get them out is by them excreting through the pores of our skin.
If we don’t get enough water intake, our bodies get dehydrated and fatigued.
Water for our bodies is like oil for a car.
We need it for our muscles to function and move around.  We need it to flush out all the toxins in our body.  We need it to regulate our body temperature.
This may sound disgusting but if your urine isn’t almost clear, you need to drink more water.
The more your body can get rid of those toxins the better our skin glows and feels!
So, Hydrate,  Hydrate, Hydrate!

Well, that’s all for now on my Top 10 beauty habits/tips to a youthful looking self.

I hope you seriously consider these for yourself and don’t wait like I did to make them habits.   It’s so much easier to prolong your youthfulness instead of trying to turn the time around to get it back.

Until next time Dolls

xoxo

FilipinaMacBarbie

FilipinaMacBarbie

Is January’s Ipsy bag worth all the hype?

Is January’s Ipsy bag worth all the hype?

January Ipsy US

My January Ipsy bag finally landed in my mailbox today!
Keep in mind that Ipsy bags are $10 a month with free shipping to the US.

Let’s get into what all they selected for me this month.

Mica Beauty cosmetics – Tinted lip balm in #6 Fiesta
Briogeo – Don’t Despair, Repair! deep conditioning mask
Proactive+ – Mark Fading Pads
Nourish Organic – Lightweight Moisturizing Face Lotion
Elizabeth Mott – Smooth Shadow in Pearl

Mica Beauty cosmetics
We’ve received several different products from this brand and so far, I haven’t been enticed to use any of them.  This lip balm included.  I’m not a potted lip balm type of person, but if you are then you may like this one.
It’s not like any other tinted lip balm that I’ve seen because this one is SUPER pigmented.  It’s mauve in color and it’s semi matte to me.  I’ll most likely give this to my daughter or put it in my box of goodies that I don’t use and may do a giveaway with all the items in there.  I don’t want all of it just collecting dusk.
I couldn’t find this exact product on their website but the other lip balms are $14.95

Ipsy January's

Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow
Also included in this months bag is a Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow in the color Pearl.
Finally something out of this bag that I’ll use.  This is a very nice shimmery pearl color that glides on smooth.  For me, I had to swipe it twice to get the pigmentation that I like.  It’s a gel pencil that stays in place!
The cost is $14.99.
With that cost, I don’t think I would repurchase.  I’ll use it up until it’s gone though.

proactiv +
This is the 1st time that I’ve seen proactiv in an Ipsy bag.  I don’t care for proactiv products because when I thought my little monthly breakouts were bad, (They seriously weren’t) I used the proactiv set and of course the purging of all things nasty came about!  Then I totally freaked!  Stopped that mess!  Regardless what they say, “It always gets worse before it gets better.” this chic was not having that!
They included four (4) proactiv + Mark Fading Pads.
A pack of 15 pads is $41!!!
What! Are they mad? They done lost their minds!
Nope, not me, I wouldn’t pay that much money for that!

Briogeo
Don’t Despair, Repair! deep conditioning mask 10z
This is another item that I’ll try!  I’ll try about anything when it comes to a good hair conditioning mask.  I’ve put my hair through some serious dye jobs throughout my life.  I need to make sure I always have it nourished.
It has a light pleasant scent to it.
A full size jar is 5.25 oz’s for $26.
So, this 1 oz jar equals to $4.95 and I can see this being a good 3-4 applications.  I have super long hair.

Nourish Organic
Nourish Organic Lightweight Moisturizing Face Lotion 0.5 oz’s is the last product in the bag.
As you can imagine, if you’ve been following my posts, is that I’ve been in search of a good face moisturizer.  So, this will be in with the rest of the face moisturizers that I’m going to try.
Cost: $6.51
We shall see if it’s really deserves that price.

Well, for all 5 products the cost of this whole bag is:
$52.34

Not bad for a monthly cost of $10.

Until next time Dolls

What did you get in your bags this month?
Do share!

xoxo

FilipinaMacBarbie

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