I have watched many youtube videos of beauty gurus recommending different whitening pens so I was pretty siked when I was asked to try out the new Colgate Optic White Toothbrush with Built in Whitening Pen. I was so excited I filmed my first vine!
Since I've started doing my nails myself rather than going to the salon I've slightly become addicted to nail polishes as evidenced by my growing collection... [Check it out on my instagram] As a result I have decided to keep a catalog of the different nail polish dupes out there and start a new series called "Splurge or Steal". Follow along my blog and decide for yourself whether or not you want to splurge and get the designer brand or steal and get the more cost-effective brand!
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So now that we've gotten that out of the way....
So I was invited by Midnight Velvet to try and review some items from their m.vie mineral makeup line. Plus, they graciously offered to do a giveaway for you guys as well! Now, if you've been following me then you know that I am no stranger to Midnight Velvet and their makeup line. I did another post reviewing other items from their online catalog here: Mineral Makeup vs. Regular Makeup: Read about M.vie. Overall they have quality products that were developed in cooperation by a celebrity makeup artist, Maureen Burke, with oodles of experience.
About Midnight Velvet
Okay, so if you're unfamiliar with Midnight Velvet they're a direct mail catalog and offer an array of goodies from makeup to home decor. They have a little something for everyone. MV also offers qualified customers a line of credit with interest rates as low as 5.75% in some states!
A natural mineral makeup line that is formulated with good-for-you ingredients without compromising on pigmentation and overall quality. All of their makeup is never tested on animals. Their makeup is light and airy so their products won't clog pores and give you buildable coverage that actually reflects light so you can use less product. Plus, the minerals give your skin all-natural sun protection!
So from their amazing collection I picked the m.vie Mini Nail Polish Trio in Pastel Punch, m.vie Lipstick in 14 karat, m.vie Concealer in Ivory, m. vie Lipstick in Do the Hustle, m.vie Waterproof Automatic Lip Pencil/liner with Lipstick Blending Brush in Pink Daiquiri, m.vie Duo Camofluff Brush and lastly the m.vie Mini Chisel Fluff & m.vie Deluxe Fluff Brush!
m.vie Nail Polish Trio in Pastel Punch
Inspired by the runway designs for Spring 2014, Midnight Velvet offers polishes with bright and fun colors that will make you yearn for spring! Each bottle is tiny, just .12 fl oz so they're perfect for jet-setters or to carry around in your purse for much needed touchups. The formulas are shiny and long-wearing. My diy manicure lasted for 3 days before chipping! The polish glides on smoothly but trust me, these are not "one-coater" polishes. You WILL need to apply two coats for full coverage. I absolutely love these colors but because this is so pricey I have to give it a slightly lower score.
m. vie Lipstick in 14 karat
Formulated with vitamins A & E, sweet almond oil and jojoba oils, m.vie's lipsticks don't just look good on you but will also improve the appearance of your lips while keeping them moisturized and luscious. I got this just as an accent lipstick to help make my lips look more defined and to wear as an impromptu eyeliner once in awhile. A girl's gotta improvise, right? This shade virtually goes with everything and the lipstick itself is very moisturizing. Whereas the shades persimmon and poppy were highly pigmented ,this shade is actually quite sheer so if you want a more pronounced golden color you'll have to apply several coats.
m. vie Lipstick in Do the Hustle $13.95
Nude lipstick is the color for this spring. That's why I just had to get my hands on one of m.vie's nude colors. I chose Do the Hustle which is a universally flattering muted brown, It kind of has the color of a Navajo clay pot. It goes on sheer with some sparkle. It's also a very shiny lipstick. To state it succinctly, I am in LOVE with this color! This will be my new go to shade this season!
m. vie Concealer in Ivory $15.95
This concealer is ultra creamy. It goes on smooth and stays opaque. I haven't used this to cover blemishes but rather when I contour. I use very little and pick up the concealer with the camofluff blush and use it to spread the concealer on places I'd like to highlight. Then to help diffuse the color and make it look more natural--like a glow from within look--I use my beauty blender wannabe. A little goes a long way with this stuff, use too much and you'll look like a drag queen. If that's not the look you're going for then a little is more than enough.
m.vie Waterproof Automatic Lip Pencil/liner with Lipstick Blending Brush in Pink Daiquiri $14.95
I love how this has a cap to protect the blending brush. I also love how it doesn't require a sharpener. What I am not a fan of however, is how much this brush sheds. Every time I use it at minimum three hairs come out. I also wouldn't go so far as calling this waterproof either. The term "water-resistant" is much more suitable. Although this doesn't come off easily, it does come off quite a bit while eating and drinking fluids. I must say that the color is gorg and highly pigmented.
m.vie Duo Camofluff Brush $16.95 This brush is divine. It blends concealer like a dream and is very soft to the touch. In fact all their brushes are pillowy soft but I've noticed a few of them tend to shed. I've been using this brush for weeks and have not seen a single hair fall! The fluff side gently blends makeup beautifully.
m.vie Mini Chisel Fluff & m.vie Deluxe Fluff Brush $14.95
Yet another great brush. I haven't seen any shedding in this brush whatsoever. It is soft yet very stiff enough that you have complete control of applying your makeup precisely. I love how the both ends pick up and hold a lot of the product so you don't have to keep dipping back into your shadows. They also help blend pencil liner effortlessly. This is well worth the price!
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Honestly, I have been stalking the konjac sponge for months on youtube. I've been watching reviews from other bloggers raving about this simple, unassuming sponge made from all natural plant fibers. Seriously? I was thinking...blah, blah, blah... these are inflated reviews... especially the one where the girl says this sponge performs as well as the clarisonic mia... *shocked face* I'm not saying any names...
But yeah, it was pretty unbelievable to me. I could never pull the trigger on buying one even though I really wanted one. So wasn't I super excited when Leonie asked me if I wanted to review their new product-----would I???.....ummmm... heck yeah!
Now, if you're not familiar with Leonie let me share a little about them. Leonie Skincare was started in 2013 by Fanny Phan. She built partnerships worldwide to bring products to the American market that were not only safe and effective but also vegan, all natural and cruelty free--but most of all FUN. Her first product launch was the Leonie Blackhead Removing Peel-off Mask. It is truly an amazing product and I like it way more than the biore pore strips and the holika holika pig nose strips (review + video) because this is just as effective yet you can apply it ANYWHERE and it's CHEAPER too! I'm a customer for life! To read more on my review for the Leonie Blackhead Removing Peel-off Mask click here!
The konjac root has been a staple in Asian beauty rituals for centuries! It is naturally alkaline and balances the acidity of the skin. The spongey texture gently exfoliates the skin and is even suitable for sensitive skin without losing its effectiveness in deep cleansing the skin. It is so effective you don't even need to use a cleanser. Just wet and swipe!
But I digress, Leonie has released a new line of four konjac sponges which are infused with ingredients that enhance the cleansing properties of the sponge:
Activated Bamboo Charcoal: For oily and acne prone skin. This sponge sucks out dirt, bacteria, toxins and oil from your pores while it gently sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal healthier, younger-looking skin with a natural glow.
Turmeric: Perfect for mature skin. Turmeric acts as an anti-aging agent by reducing the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles.
Naturally Bare: Best for sensitive skin. Can even be used on newborns! Now that's safe!
Green Tea: Especially for UV-damaged skin. It helps protect the skin from further free-radical damage. It also soothes and moisturizes the skin imparting vital moisture to fragile skin allowing it to keep its resiliency.
How to Use
This sponge is so easy to use even a caveman could use it!
First you run it under warm water until it plumps up. Once it has plumped up you squeeze the excess water out by placing the sponge between your two hands.
Gently run the sponge across your face in circular motions. Then rinse and hang to dry. That's it! Easy peezy!
My Review So as you can see, I chose the turmeric sponge. I wanted this one because I am getting close to 30 and I want to look as youthful as I can for as long as I can. So if I can stave off wrinkles and reduce the appearance of my dark spots I am all for it! The Packaging These products are shipped byAmazon so they come in a discreet box. [click the link to see it :)] The packaging of the product is a plastic box that protects it pretty well but the box did suffer some squishing en route. It comes with a pamphlet that tells you about the product [see cover photo at top]. The sponge itself comes in a sealed pouch which is easy to rip right open. The Sponge The sponge comes slightly damp and luckily doesn't have a weird aroma. I'm weird, I like to smell stuff before I use it. When wet, It has a weird texture that I can't really describe but it felt almost like rice balls and the texture looks like rice balls. I love the fact that this one has a rounded side and a pointed side. The pointed side is best for working around the eye area while the other side is for all other points of the face. All the other konjac sponges out there are completely rounded so they don't look like they would clean the eye area too well or gently. When dry it shrinks in size to like a third of it's wet size and it becomes kinda hard. I also love how this has a string attached so you can hang it to dry anywhere.
The Results So I used this sponge for a good 3 weeks everyday both with cleanser and without before I wrote this review because I hate getting a product and it works wonderfully for like two days and then you're written a glowing review and then weeks down the line it sucks monkeyballs and then you lose the confidence in your readers. And of course I don't want that! You're my fiercies!
Can you use this to remove makeup?
When I learned about this sponge several months ago I watched reviews that only showed the results of using this sponge on bare skin but never for removing makeup. So I thought I'd show you how I use this to gently remove makeup. It really makes removing makeup easier... especially waterproof eye makeup! Check out my video below:
For my makeup wearers:
My recommendation is to use this to remove makeup. To do so, apply your favorite makeup remover and use the sponge to gently breakup the make up. Then rinse the sponge really well and use a makeup wipe to remove the makeup off your face. Rinse your face and then use the sponge one more time to make sure all traces of makeup are completely removed. Then rinse with cold water to shut pores tight. By using this method I have cut down "makeup removing" time by at least 5 minutes, cut down on the amount of breakouts I have had, and eliminated the dreaded moment when you realize you still have eyeliner on and must go back once again to remove your eye makeup. Comment below if you've had this happen to you!
I have to say I'm pretty amazed by the results that I've gotten from this sponge. It just is so simple it's hard to believe that it's this effective. I use to have acne breakouts ALL the time. If you've been following me for awhile you know what I'm talking about. Since using this sponge I've only had two small breakouts of very small pimples but not the huge-all-you-can-see-is-the-zit-on-my-face kind of acne. My skin is more refined and my pores appear smaller. I haven't really seen a difference in the coloring of my dark spots but I'm hoping with continued use these spots will disappear. Pros *Gentle and soft *Removes makeup *Cost-effective *Gently exfoliates *Works without cleanser *If desired, just a dot of cleanser is necessary to clean the whole face *Scent-free *Perfectly contoured for the face *Travel-friendly--simply stick in a ziploc bag. Cons *Haven't seen a difference in dark spots *If you don't allow it to properly dry it develops a "dirty rag" scent, to correct this simply apply a little bit of facial cleanser, spread it on the sponge and squeeze to allow it to penetrate the sponge. Then rinse under warm water and continue squeezing the sponge under the running water for a few seconds. Squeeze out all the water then hang and let air dry. The next morning no smell :) Overall:
Would I buy this again? Sure will.
Does this stand up to the clarisonic? I don't know because I don't own one. But it does a pretty darn good job of cleansing the face... my pores can finally breathe. Plus like the clarisonic brush heads these must be replaced every three months... but these are WAAAAAYYYY cheaper!
I was extremely skeptical at first but now I am a believer. You've got to try one of these konjac sponges!
Where to buy?
These sponges are exclusively sold on Amazon. They retail for $12. To get your own, click the one you want below!
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So comment below, I want to hear Which sponge do you want to use in your facial care routine?