During The Makeup Show Chicago, I was introduced to Ruby Kisses, a revamped makeup line by Kiss Cosmetics and amazing makeup artist Danessa Myricks. Since I am always on the hunt for a good lip balm to help with my 24/7 chapped lips, the first product I tried was the Menthol Lip Salvation.
Ruby Kisses Menthol Lip Salvation
Due to the lack of authentic Japanese gel manicures in the Chicago area, UV gel nails have always been one of those things I love but can’t ever get enough of – literally! Which is why I finally decided to splurge on Nail & Harmony’s Gelish, one of the first soak-off gel systems.
Hand & Nail Harmony Gelish Soak-Off Gel System
Black nose strips have finally made their way to the US with Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strips!
Using a similar technology to the Luminizing Black Mask I previously reviewed, the Pore Purifying Black Strips are formulated with Activated Charcoal, Silica, Witch Hazel Extract, Peony Root Extract, Menthol, Jojoba and Willowherb to absorb excess oil and impurities, exfoliate, tighten pores and deposit potent botanicals and antioxidants into the skin.
British makeup artist Samantha Chapman, aka YouTube guru pixiwoo to most of us, has launched Real Techniques, a 10-piece makeup brush collection that claims to help you look pixel-perfect even in harsh light.
Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Travel Essentials Makeup Brush Set
For years, I have been using MAC Microfine Refinisher ($26.50) and I always go back to it.
The scrub contains “microfine crystals used in professional micro-dermabrasion to gently slough and refinish the skin, leaving it smooth, soft, naturally glowing”.
I use this on both my face and body and it is one of the most effective exfoliators out there. Although the beads are really fine, do not be fooled by their size as they can be quite abrasive.
A little also goes a long way and it always gets rid of all my flakes without irritating or drying out my skin, leaving it feeling oh-so-smooth. Everyone should keep a tube handy!
When I read that British singer Cheryl Cole swears by Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream – a British drugstore treatment to treat nappy rash – for blemishes, I was really tempted to try it out for myself. But the thought of applying something that is meant for your buttocks on your face (same as using Preparation H for undereye bags) just seems a little off to me. So once I found out that about the new Sudocrem Skin Care Cream, which by the way, has absolutely NO mention of buttocks anywhere, I immediately got a tube shipped to me straight from the UK.