Michele's Makeup Blog

I love makeup!  And whether you love makeup or not, chances are you wear it at least sometimes.  Don't you want to make sure you're getting the best value for your $$$?  That's what this makeup blog is all about. 
I try products and services and give you an honest review.  From drug stores to department stores, I try different brands at different price points to give you the scoop. 

A Little About My Perspective...
- Quality is more important than quantity.
- Just because it costs more doesn't mean it's better.
- Multitasking products are a very good thing.
- Have fun...if a look doesn't work a little soap and water makes it all better.

Posts from July 2012


A Peel Off Mask That Won't Peel Off
My most recent New Beauty Test Tube included a number of fun products that I've been trying for the last several weeks.  Today I'm going to tell you about the Bright White Mask from Boscia

Boscia as brand is new to me.  I've started seeing it around recently, so I was excited to be able to try something from them.  According to their website Boscia is "preservative-free, botanically-based skincare."

I was excited to try the Bright White Mask, because over the last few years in particular I have noticed a dullness to my skin.  Not to mention the uneven skin tone.  This product is supposed to even the skin tone, brighten, moisturize, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

I've now used it twice.  The product comes in a tube, and it's white and very thick...kind of like toothpaste.  According to the directions, you're supposed to apply an even layer to the skin (avoiding the eyes) and let it dry.  It's supposed to then peel off. 

The first time I used it, it wouldn't peel off at all.  I just had to rinse it off with water and a washcloth.  I decided to try again, and this time I applied a thicker layer of the product in hopes that it would peel more easily.  I did manage to get most of the forehead area to peel, but the rest of my face was a lost cause.  I used a wash cloth again.

As for results, I have to say I really tried to see some.  However, I just didn't notice anything particularly different about my skin after using it.  Now the Boscia website lists consumer study results after four weeks, so I'll have to try it a couple more times and see if I notice anything.

Over all I got much better results with Philosophy's Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Retinoid Pads (I reviewed them in February). But if you REALLY want an incredible result for your skin, you'll have to read my next makeup blog about the Glycolic Acid Peel.  The results were amazing.
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Cleanser and Exfoliator in One
My last New Beauty Test Tube came in May (if you don't know what I'm talking about check out my blog entry from February), and one of the products included was Bliss Fabulous Foaming Wash

Bliss Spa is originated in New York City and now has a number of locations around the world an a line of products.  I've only used one other Bliss product (Bliss Naked Body Butter), and I love it.  So when the deluxe sample of the Fabulous Foaming Wash arrive, I was excited to try it. 

First of all, it's blue.  It looks refreshing and energizing before you even squirt it into your hand.  Second of all, it's a cleanser AND an exfoliator in one.  That's nice!  I'm always in favor of a product that kills two birds with one stone.  It has a nice, fresh scent.  It's definitely not unscented, but it's also not too perfumey (and I'm pretty sensitive to smelly skin products).
You can feel the little beads as you're washing your face.  They are small and smooth, so it's not going to tear the skin in any way.
The product had no problem taking off all of my makeup, and when I was done my skin felt clean and fresh.  I have issues with dryness, but this product did not seem to strip my skin like some can.
According to the website the product is oil-free and works for all skin types. 

Overall, I really liked the product and would definitely use it again.  My favorite thing about it is the combination of cleansing and exfoliation.  However, I just purchased a new super-size bottle of my current cleanser, so it will be at least a year before I try something new on a permanent basis. 

You can find the Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash online at www.blissworld.com or at Sephora or Ulta here in Springfield.
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Tweezers to Go
A good set of tweezers is invaluable.  The best are Tweezerman.  There's no debate, it's just a fact.  All you have to do is try a pair of Tweezerman, and you'll never use another brand again.  Seriously!  You'll wonder why you've wasted so much time trying to pluck hairs when it could have been so, so easy.

Tweezerman quality is great, and they are meant to last a long time.  In fact, you can send your tweezers in any time to have them sharpened free, and if for some reason they can't be sharpened they will send you a coupon to get new ones at half price.

Slant® TweezerI recommend the Tweezerman Slant Tweezer.  It's their biggest seller, and the main one that wins all the awards.  It runs $22, and  you can find it at pretty much any drug or discount store.  Could you find less expensive tweezers?  Yep.  But they won't be anything close to the Tweezerman. 

I've had my original Tweezerman tweezers for years and years now.  I recently thought I'd lost them, so I bought another.  Naturally I found my originals shortly after that, but I figure now I'll just send them in for sharpening, and I won't have to do without. 

They also have a smaller version that's perfect for your purse that's $12.50.  Happy tweezing!

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Blond Hair without the Damage
We've all been trained to believe that having blond hair means having unhealthy hair, and up until now it's been true.  That was before Blondme.  Blondme is a brand new color and care system at BJ Grand Salon & Spa, and it means some really great things for your hair.  One of the major perks of my job is I get to try brand new things before everyone else, and I recently tried Blondme for some summer highlights. 
Some of the advantages of the Blondme products...
- It's the first and only line of color and care products that actually leaves your hair stronger than it was before.
- It can "lift" more color than ever before, so you can get a lighter color than ever before.
- The Blondme care products are specifically formulated to keep the color true.  Platinum stays platinum...golden stays golden. 

I love my Blondme highlights!  I have very dark hair, and Blondme had no trouble lifting the color and giving me a great look for summer.  Best of all...my hair is still shiny, strong, and healthy.  I mean who wants blond hair if it looks like straw?  Not me!

Blondme also has a deep conditioning treatment you can have done at the salon.  Unlike conditioner you use at home that affects the outside of your hair, this deep conditioning treatment actually penetrates the hair to make it healthier from the inside out.  I had it done, and my hair felt fantastic when I was finished.

Check out my video below.  My awesome hair stylist, Kirsta, was kind enough to explain the Blondme system so we can all learn more about it.  (And you can see my highlights!)


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