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Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer

In makeup on August 13, 2015 at 12:38 am

  Everyone who uses concealer, especially under their eyes, knows about all of the concerns that go along with a concealer search:  Will it match?  Will it crease?  Will it give enough coverage?  Will it change my life?  The list goes on.  Now, while I don’t have dark circles per se, I do need a little illumination under my eyes.  I have tried many products – some of which were ok and others that were a complete fail but I never stopped searching for a concealer that would give good coverage and provide a bit of a “matte” highlight .  So when Sephora recently launched their new Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer, I gave my usual side-eye.  Like many other concealers, It promised to brighten, treat and smooth but it had a $14 price tag so I decided to go ahead and give it a try.  I applied some under my eye and wore it for a day to see if it lived up to it’s hype.  And my standards.  It did.  Not only did this lightweight concealer give good coverage and brighten, it didn’t settle in any fine lines, or fade away at the end of the day.

Having said all of that, I will say that there is room for improvement with the applicator wand which isn’t as “juicy” meaning the wand doesn’t grab much product.  I have to keep pumping the wand to grab enough product to apply under my eye.  Other than that, I really like this concealer.

Available in 20 shades at sephora.com

Cleansing Oils – Are They Worth The Investment?

In beauty, makeup, product reviews, skincare on June 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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You know the importance of cleansing your face every day, especially at night before going to bed.  To be able to quickly and efficiently cleanse your face of the daily layers of makeup, dirt and other environmental pollutants can sometimes be a feat in and of itself.  Sure you can use tons of your favorite cleanser, scrub, or makeup wipes to take all of that off, but if you wear a lot of makeup, including lipstick, eye shadow, liner and etc, using the traditional method of facial cleansing can waste a lot of product.

A method of cleansing that can be used alone or in conjunction with your traditional way of cleansing is to use a cleansing oil.  What?  Why?  Why would anyone want to use oil to take anything off the face?  What if you are oily already?  Won’t that make things worse?  These may be some of your initial concerns but I encourage you to give it a try.  Using an oil cleanser, which is not a new concept but has gained a lot of traction over the past couple of years, is a great way to to break down everything on the face without stripping the skin.  And if you are oily like me, remember, oil cancels out oil and can actually balance the skin, leaving it less oily.

There are many oil cleansers and balms on the market to choose from. Generally speaking they perform the same way by binding with the good oils in your skin to remove the bad oils thus rinsing away impurities.  They also contain skin friendly ingredients such as botanicals, extracts and vitamins to help your skin.

I must say it took me a while to even get on the facial oil bandwagon.  I use Nude Progenius Treatment Oil and have found that my skin is actually more balanced.  Go figure.  It still took me some time thereafter to use a cleansing oil.  I thought it was going to be – well- messy.  Not so much.  Its great actually.  Again my skin tends to get oily throughout the day and I wear makeup so a good cleanse is a must.  I am currently using Clinique Take The Day Off Oil Cleanser.  Simple and lightweight, with just a few pumps, it breaks down my makeup in seconds.  With an oil cleanser, you can just rinse off and follow up with your moisturizer however, I actually prefer to rinse/wipe off and then follow up with my regular cleansing method (Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser and Eco Tools Cellulouse Facial Sponges works wonders for my skin.)  I find that my skin doesn’t feel as dry after cleansing and my skin looks radiant even before I moisturize.

So are cleansing oils worth the investment?  They can be but don’t take my word for it.  Try an oil cleanser for yourself.  I would love to hear what you think.

Im Back!!!

In beauty on January 2, 2015 at 5:56 pm
It’s been quite some time since I have been here.  I’m surprised I remembered my password!
I have been going back and forth with whether or not I should continue with this blog.  I love what I do and 2014 was an amazing year for me.  I have grown in leaps and bounds as a woman, an artist, and businesswoman and although I have had a few setbacks (like the move to LA that didn’t happen) I have had many successes.  I moved to a new city, started writing for Facon Magazine as their online beauty contributor, grew my image and wardrobe consulting business (find me at khalilahneals.com) and have been on a consistent health and fitness plan with which I have lost weight and have become leaner, faster,  more agile and vivacious.  I even cut all my hair off – again.  I believe it is symbolic as to what is going on spiritually.
It dawned on me that I should be sharing these real time experiences – this evolution of sorts.
There may even be a name change (for this blog – that is).  I will revisit that later.
I will continue sharing my thoughts, experiences, and ideas as it relates to makeup artistry, beauty, fashion, lifestyle, etiquette and so forth.
onward…
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