Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter from BeautyPopStop!



Happy Easter from BeautyPopStop!

I hope it's filled with love, family and plenty of chocolate!

And cute little bunnies of course ;)

XOXO, 
Doria

Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring Lips: Tarte Cosmetics Lipsurgence Lip Gloss Swatches & Review

Press Sample

tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss swatches and review spring 2014

Tarte Cosmetics Profile

Tarte Cosmetics is a cruelty-free brand that offers a wide variety of beauty products ranging from lips to skincare and everything in between. Tarte often incorporates ingredients believed to be beneficial to skin in many of their products.

This spring Tarte released 8 new lipsurgence lip glosses, which are meant to be a hydrating hybrid of a plumping gloss and lip tint. 

Price

These retail for $19 (.27 fl oz)

Where to Buy

These are available directly through Tarte Cosmetics as well as through Sephora/Sephora.com 


Tarte Cosmetics Lipsurgence Lip Gloss Review & Swatches

tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss swatches and review spring 2014

Product Type

These have a new lip gloss formula meant to remain hydrating while plumping and tinting lips--they contain lip beneficial ingredients such as vitamin E and jojoba oil. These are paraben- and pthalate-free. 

Scent/Flavor

While these weren't flavored per say, they all had the same scent. It reminded me a bit of a pleasant smelling sunscreen.

Shades

8 shades were introduced in Tarte's spring release of the new lipsurgence glosses. All are fairly transparent and most provide a smooth, somewhat subtle wash of color. Keep in mind that my lips have very little pigmentation naturally.

tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss blissful swatch
Tarte Lipsurgence in Blissful - transparent peachy-coral

tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss blushing bride swatch
Tarte Lipsurgence in Blushing Bride - a your-lips-but-better tea rose

tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss exposed swatch
Tarte Lipsurgence of Exposed - slightly brown-toned nude

tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss fearless swatch
Tarte Lipsurgence in Fearless - medium pink with orange-red and gold sparks

tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss flush swatch
Tarte Lipsurgence in Flush - smooth, glossy, transparent pink

tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss natural beauty swatch
Tarte Lipsurgence in Natural Beauty - transparent pink-red with gold and orange-red sparks

tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss true love swatch
Tarte Lipsurgence in True Love - glossy, transparent slightly pink-toned cherry red (this slightly settled into lip lines, but couldn't be seen from far away)

tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss tipsy swatch
Tarte Lipsurgence in Tipsy - milky slightly coral-toned pink

On the Lips

These were slightly tacky when my lips pressed together. The finish was glass-smooth, though I did notice that the pigment from a few of the colors appeared to settle into lip lines (not the actual gloss) up very close--not noticeable from a standing distance away. The fragrance on these was moderately strong and did seem to fade a bit with wear, but if you're very sensitive to fragrance you may want to check these out in-store prior to purchasing. 

I'm not sure if these have an actual plumping ingredient in them, but I did feel a teeny bit of tingling with these. These did not bleed or travel with wear.

Applicator

These have my favorite style applicator--a curved doe foot. These hug the lips beautifully in my experience and apply this formula perfectly.

tarte cosmetics lipsurgence lip gloss swatches and review spring 2014
 

Ingredients

Hydrogenated polyisobutene, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, octyldodecanol, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil,  copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax/cera carnauba/cire de carnauba, tocopherol, cetearyl ethylhexanoate, polyethylene, disteardimonium Hectorite, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hydrogenated polycyclopentadiene, propylene carbonate, silica, sorbitan isostearate, portulaca pilosa extract, sucrose cocoate, palmitoyl tripeptide-38, mica, tin oxide,  aroma/flavor, benzyl benzoate, benzyl salicylate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol.  May Contain/Peut Contenir/(+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), red 6 (CI 15850), red 7 lake (CI 15850), red 28 lake (CI 45410), red 30 lake (CI 73360), red 33 lake (CI 17200), yellow 5 lake (CI 19140), blue 1 lake (CI 42090).


Final Recaps


Price

These retail for $19 (.27 fl oz)

Where to Buy

These are available directly through Tarte Cosmetics as well as through Sephora/Sephora.com 

Final Thoughts

I like this formula. While I'm not in love with the fragrance, I think the overall affect and wear is lovely. On their own some of the colors are not hugely different even on my unpigmented lips, but over lipstick, liner or lipsurgence stain may have differing effects. If you're like me and like glosses that are super smooth and budget-proof (and don't mind a bit of tackiness) then these are definitely worth a try in my opinion.

I like that there were a mix of creamy colors and colors with little flecks in this collection. I think my favorite shades were probably Blushing Bride, Tipsy, Flush and True Love.

What do you think about Tarte's new Lipsurgence lip glosses? Which shades are your favorite?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand.

Zoya's Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange is Coming!

PR Info

zoya earth day promotion sale

Give the earth a helping hand by joining the healthy nail polish movement! Since its inception, ZOYA has been the pioneer of toxin-free nail polish, releasing the most beautiful colors in the healthiest formula available each season. With Zoya Nail Polish, you don't have to compromise a healthier lifestyle for a glamorous one. go worry-free with a formula that is BIG5FREE**
Now you can join smart, eco-chic women who are changing their world, one gorgeous Zoya Nail Polish bottle at a time! To help kick start your "color cleanse", the Zoya Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange is BACK for 2014. Not only is ZOYA making it easy to swap out old, unwanted color for the world's healthiest and longest wearing natural nail polish formula on the market, we will dispose of your old shades in an eco-friendly manner!

This offer is only good for 1 week - so hurry - Don't Wait!
Valid 4/21/14 - 4/28/14 (11:59pm EST)

YOU CAN VISIT THE ZOYA BLOG FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM DETAILS!
or visit zoya.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Skincare - Limited Edition Mika for Shu Porefinist Anti-shine Fresh Cleansing Oil Review

Press Sample

If you are caught staring at your screen with your jaw on the floor while reading this post I cannot be held accountable. The artwork on the packaging (box and bottle) is as amazing as the product I'm about to share with you and deserves a minute or two of your time in itself! I want to live in the candy-coated world of beautiful skin that is Mika for Shu. *happy sigh*

mika for shu uemura prefinist anti-shine fresh cleansing oil review

Shu Uemura Profile

Shu Uemura is a Japanese beauty brand that offers amazing cosmetics and hair products loved around the world, originally founded by makeup artist Shu Uemura. Shu Uemura created his first cosmetic product in the 60s--a cleansing oil--and the brand grew from there. 

When I think of Shu Uemura, I think of creative, often whimsical and forward-thinking beauty products with stellar performance. 

Shu Uemura collaborated with Mika Ninagawa, an incredibly popular, award-winning photographer and film director in Japan. There are multiple themes throughout the packaging of the Mika for Shu products--all are beautiful in my opinion!

I am a long-time fan of Shu Uemura, so when I was offered the opportunity to review some of the limited edition Mika for Shu products in some of our spring series for you guys I nearly died! Mika's aesthetic vision and Shu Uemura's fantastic products are a perfect marriage of beauty for the senses in my opinion. The first product I'm going to share with you is the Mika for Shu Porefinist Anti-shine Fresh Cleansing Oil.

Price

This product retails for $67 (450 ml) on the U.S. site.

Where to Buy



Shu Uemura Mika Porefinist Anti-shine Fresh Cleansing Oil Review


mika for shu uemura prefinist anti-shine fresh cleansing oil review

Product Type

This is a limited edition version of Shu Uemura's infamous cleansing oils. This is meant to wash away dirt, oil and makeup while addressing blackheads. This formula is meant for oil to normal skin types as well as those prone to acne. 

Scent

This has the most beautiful floral scent. It smells amazing! 

On the Face

This had a very light formula, it wasn't super thick like some other oil cleansers I've reviewed/used in the past. It smoothed over skin like silk and washed away even the most waterproof makeup I wore. I actually tested this while creating several tutorials and found it worked beautifully each time. My skin appeared clean and bright after use. It did not dry out my dry, sensitive skin. I should also note that this rinsed off beautifully. It wasn't difficult and it did not leave any residue behind. 

Packaging

Mika for Shu products are so beautifully packaged I spent quite a bit of time studying both the box and bottle. From every angle I was swept away into Mika's candy-coated world of prettiness! This particular product had amazing candy-themed packaging with little flowers and other pretty goodies peeking through. Peeps, lollipops, konpeito (soot sprites would be jealous!), ballerinas ... it's phenomenal! 



mika for shu uemura porefinist anti-shine fresh cleansing oil review
How gorgeous is this packaging?!


Final Recap

Price

This product retails for $67 (450 ml) on the U.S. site.

Where to Buy


Final Thoughts

I am completely enamored by Mika for Shu in general, but this product (gorgeous, gorgeous packaging aside) is phenomenal. It worked well, smelled lovely and looked so darn fun! If you've followed me for some time you know I absolutely love oil cleansers, which work very well for my skin type. I know some of you have expressed hesitation in wanting to give them a try because the thought of putting oil on your skin goes against everything you've been told in the past. If this is you, then this product is the perfect way to take the leap. It's almost as thin as water and washes away quickly and easily. It's the least oil-like cleansing oil I can remember ever using! 

This is a phenomenal spring product and a great way to get your skin clean and bright for this (mostly) warm weather! I highly suggest snatching this up the second you get the chance--and it's limited edition so hurry--because it is that amazing. 

What do you think of Mika for Shu? Have you tried cleansing oil in the past? Would you try this one?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own and have not been influenced by PR/the brand. 


Monday, April 14, 2014

Avoiding Counterfeit MAC, Urban Decay and Other Cosmetics

Hey, guys! I'm working my buns off on a special project, so I thought it might be a good time to put out an informative post on a really important topic in the meantime. I should be back to swatching and posting normal reviews/tutorials in the next few days, but until then give this a read!

I remember in high school I saw my first MAC counterfeit cosmetics on ebay. Ebay was far less popular than it is now and people actually scored insane deals--remember those days?

I remember browsing through and as a huge MAC fan ended up searching for some products that were no longer available. I soon stumbled across what was marketed as a MAC cream eyeshadow palette. I looked at it and the logo seemed right, but everything else seemed wrong. The eyeshadows weren't the typical MAC pan size, they were weird cream-powder hybrid formulas and they never showed the back label.

I remember looking it up and coming across a page dedicated to informing people about this crazy scam where people sold counterfeit MAC. I was shocked!

Who had the time or money to create counterfeit MAC? Why would someone destroy one of my favorite brands in this manner?

Since then I've seen an incredibly increase in counterfeits all over the web for not just MAC, but just about every popular brand out there--Urban Decay, Benefit, etc.

People want to explore these brands for the first time or score a hard-to-find product and they take the bait. Little do they know, so many of these are counterfeits. You have no idea what's in them, what nastiness they've been exposed to, etc.

Why is it so dangerous to use counterfeit cosmetics?

I think it's important to spread awareness about the dangers of purchasing and using counterfeits. That $5 you're saving by purchasing a MAC pigment on ebay could end with a nasty flesh eating bacterial infection--no joke--or rashes or poisoning. These products are not being tested, regulated or held to hygienic practices that legitimate manufacturers are held to. There's literally nothing preventing them from putting metal shavings into your blush or arsenic in your shadow.

Maybe you're thinking--but I've bought from the same ebayer/discount site a few times and never had an issue, so is it really a big deal? The problem is, some substances need to build up in your system before you see their nasty effects. Or perhaps you were just lucky the first few times. I personally don't really think it's worth the risk.

A bunch of articles have recently been milling around, but I saw one this morning that actually stated that Homeland Security is getting in on the fight against counterfeits and thought it was really worth the read. 

I strongly suggest giving it a read and re-thinking purchasing cosmetics from ebay, discount sites, etc. Amazon has a lot of authorized retailers, but they have a lot of individuals as well. I have a sibling who purchased a cleanser once from someone that claimed to be an authorized retailer and what he received was sealed but CLEARLY not the actual product--super watered down, smelled funny, etc.

How to Spot Fake Cosmetics

Honestly, I've read a LOT on the topic and counterfeiters are getting so smart that their products are sometimes identical looking to the real deal--down to the last mark. Sometimes there's no real way of knowing by the actual product, so the best way to spot fake cosmetics is to simply avoid them altogether. Only purchase from reputable retailers like Sephora, the brands themselves, Macy's, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Ulta, CCO, etc. 

Bottom line, be careful out there! Devious people are willing to destroy your gorgeous face for a few dollars--don't let them!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Beautisol Exscrub Me? Citrus Face Exfoliant Review

This product was provided by ifabbo for review

beautisol exscrub me citrus face exfoliant review

Beautisol Profile

Founded by Sinead Norenius, who also happens to be the founder of ifabbo, Beautisol is a brand best known for their popular cruelty-free self-tanning products. 

I was recently given the opportunity to review Beautisol's Exscrub Me? citrus face exfoliant. Prior to being given this opportunity I was unaware Beautisol offered exfoliating products separate from their kits, but I was interested to give it a try as I assumed a company that has developed such popular self-tanning products would have to do a decent pre-tan exfoliating system as well. 

Price

This facial exfoliator retails for $17 (2 fl oz)

Where to Buy

This is available directly through Beautisol.com


Beautisol Exscrub Me? Citrus Face Exfoliant Review


Product Type

This is a facial scrub meant to exfoliate all skin types. A small amount is meant to be applied to damn facial skin in a circular motion. It is cruelty-free and paraben-free.

Scent

This had a slight grapefruit scent with something else that I couldn't quite identify.

On the Face

The first thing I noticed about this scrub was its appearance. It had a white base with small, red beads that reminded me a bit of frosting with sprinkles in it--little things like that always thrill me. 

As I've mentioned in the past, I have very sensitive, semi-dry skin. I exfoliate every 3 days or so in addition to my normal skin care routine. The base of this exfoliant was incredibly abrasive, so unfortunately it was too much for my skin. As soon as I began to apply it I could instantly feel it was too much for my skin and had to remove it. If you do not have sensitive skin or you're looking for a strong exfoliant then this would definitely be along the lines of what you'd want and I think it would be quite effective. That being said, it worked very well on my hands, which are less sensitive than my face. This rinsed off easily and did not leave a film or residue.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Polyethylene (Beads), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Jojoba Esters (Beads), Behenyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Glyceryl Stearate, Sucrose Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Squalane, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Potassium Sorbate, Carbomer, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Tocotrienols, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Phytic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Alcohol, Tocopherol (D-alpha), Passiflora Incarnata (Passionflower) Flower Extract *Certified Organic


Final Recap


Price

This facial exfoliator retails for $17 (2 fl oz)

Where to Buy

This is available directly through Beautisol.com 

Final Thoughts

I wish my skin wasn't as sensitive and I could have used this a few times prior to reviewing. I understand that this is meant for all skin types, but I think if you have very sensitive skin like I do that you may want to be careful about using this exfoliant. I think it could be fabulous for someone with less sensitive skin and I definitely found it worked well on other areas such as my hands. 

Are you familiar with Beautisol? Have you tried the brand's exfoliants?

Note: Products in this post were provided by ifabbo for review, however, all opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by ifabbo or the brand. 

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster Review

This product was provided by ifabbo for review.


Dermalogica Profile

Dermalogica is a brand that specializes in skin care used by both professionals and individuals.

I was recently given the opportunity to try out Dermalogica's Skin Hydrating Booster Serum through ifabbo. 

Price

This product retails for $56

Where to Buy

This is available directly through Dermalogica.com


Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster Review


Product Type

This is a hydrating fluid meant to increase skin hydration and decrease the appearance of fine lines. It is mean to be applied on freshly cleansed skin prior to applying moisturizer.

Fragrance

This has a light, clean scent that is pleasant.

On the Face

This is a very thin hydrating fluid that is every so slightly thicker than water. It is not tacky on the skin and absorbs quickly without leaving a trade. My skin immediately looked slightly more hydrated with use even prior to applying my moisturizer. The fragrance did not linger long on the skin after application. I did not have any irritation with use on my sensitive skin.

Ingredients

Water/aqua/eau, Glycerin, Panthenol, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Glycolipids, Hydrolyzed Algin, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Sea Water, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Linalool, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil


Final Recap


Price

This product retails for $56

Where to Buy

This is available directly through Dermalogica.com

Final Thoughts

This worked nicely for me and gave my regular skin care routine a little oomph. I love products like this that can be added to existing skin care routines to make them a bit better. Especially if you have sensitive skin, being able to add one product to a routine you already know works for you can be a great way to freshen things up.

Overall, I think this is a solid product!

Have you tried this product or any products from Dermalogica?

Note: Products in this post were provided by ifabbo for review, however, all opinions mentioned above are my own based on my personal experience.