Saturday, June 30, 2012


I was notified this week that Lime Crime will be releasing their next palette, "Aquataenia".

Photo © Lime Crime
Photo © Lime Crime

Aquataenia Palette is pearlescent and makes your eyelids sparkle like the sea. Five oceanic shades are loaded with shimmer & glitter particles to create that wet, glistening effect reminiscent of a mermaid's tail under the moonlight. Can be used on eyes or cheeks. Arrives encased in a deluxe purple tin.

Real mermaids pair it with Waterproof Eyeshadow Helper to stay beautiful on and off-shore...

Quoted from Lime Crime

Photo © Lime Crime
Photo © Lime Crime

Nautilus Prime – blurple (shimmer/sparkle)
Coral of the Story – true coral (shimmer/sparkle)
Seahorse Discourse – tropical green (shimmer/sparkle)
Pearl-ple – pearlescent lilac (shimmer/sparkle)
Atlanteal – seafoam blue/green (shimmer/sparkle)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Desert Island Essentials

Skin care regimes can get pretty complicated on occasions. With cleansers, exfoliants, masks, toners, serums, day creams, night creams etc It's easy for a daily routine to feel like a full blown spa facial, twice daily. Not only is this time consuming but it's not that great for the skin either. Loading it up with more products that it can handle leads to only one thing, acne. Something I am all too aware of. Also, over using products can make the skin lazy so it doesn't perform it's own natural functions as well as it should.

Sometimes cutting back to the most simplest regime can do wonders for your skin. Especially if you are a product junkie like me.

At times when my skin has acted out and my acne has flared up, rather than reaching for 'so called' acne treatments I've found the best solution is to cut out all the unnecessary products from my routine. Stripped back to the bare minimum amount of products I apply to the skin.

The result, my skin usually clears up in about a week. I can then usually start introducing one product at a time back into my routine.

This is where the idea of Desert Island Essentials comes into play. Either you're suffering with your skin OR you are in between routines and you feel your skin needs a rest from the constant swapping and changing of beauty products.

Take a week out and strip your routine down to your Desert Island Essentials.

Here are the rules, you are stranded on a desert island and only allowed to have 3 skin care essentials with you.

Things like dental care and personal hygiene items are already there - we wouldn't want people to not brush their teeth or use deodorant, that would be gross. We are stranded but we're not animals!

Here are mine and the reason behind why I chose them.

1. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Cleansing is the most important part of any skin care regime. Speak to any skin care professional and they will tell you this. If your skin is not kept completely clean then it is unable to perform it's own natural functions correctly. Incorrect or inadequate cleansing can lead to all sort of skin issue, including acne. It also means leaving traces of dirt & makeup in the skin, that any follow up product you apply to the skin is not able to do it's job properly.

It's important to pick a cleanser than doesn't strip away the skins own natural defences. I'm not personally a fan of foaming cleansers as they tend to contain SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) which can be quite harsh on the skin. Instead I prefer a cream cleanser, which is why I choose Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish hot cloth cleanser. Made on the Isle of Wight, which is a tiny island off the south coast of England. Which was a holiday destination for me many times when I was a kid. Suitable for all skin types, I love the clean, fresh fragrance and when my skin is going through a bad patch, it never fails to balance things out again.

2. Clarisonic Plus
Again keeping on the cleansing theme, my next item would be my Clarisonic Plus. It might seen a bit odd to take an electrical item on to a desert island with me. I live in an 'ideal' world and of course, it would have been fully charged before I got stranded. Plus I know from experience that a full charge is more than enough to last a week, as I recently took it on holiday with me without the charger (brave move). Since having my Clarisonic my skin has been transformed from almost daily breakouts, to hardly ever getting a breakout. It's such an amazingly efficient cleansing tool that I could not imagine being without it for week. I'd just have to hope I was rescued before the battery gave up on my.

3. Ginvera Nude Green Tea BB Cream
I'm a little obsessed with BB creams at the moment and this definitely one of the better ones I've tried. BB stands for Blemish Balm (NOT Beauty Balm) and are great as they provide hydration, sun protection, usually an anti-ageing benefit or two and light coverage all in one step. Obviously being on a desert island you need a multiple purpose product such as this and when you're rescued you'll want your skin to look it's best!

The problem with a lot of westernised BB creams is they are not strictly BB creams. The Ginvera BB cream comes from Singapore and is a very good example of a traditional BB cream. Some traditional BB's can be very light and not always suit western skin tones. This blends beautifully and matches my skin tone really well, even after a tan.

Obviously this is a bit of fun, you'd never get away with just 3 products in your everyday skin care routine. However by choosing just 3 products for your desert island essentials it may help you think more about which products are not necessary in your routine and therefore could afford to ditch for a week. What do you pick as your Desert Island Essentials?

Pampered Prince

Meet Andy - Guest Blogger

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Pampered Prince Beauty

Pampered Prince Beauty

I'm Andy, 30 year old British male beauty blogger. Living in Birmingham, England with my partner James and my cat Jasmine!

Although I'm a male beauty beauty, I don't just write about male grooming. I love writing about all aspects of the beauty industry for men and women. My passion though is for great natural skin care and I'm a huge supporter of British beauty brands. When I'm not blogging I like to keep fit with Kettlebell workouts, dining out with friends and watching a movie or two.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Good Morning America Undercover Beauty

One of the most important things to me in makeup is sanitation. I have worked with several makeup artists that completely grossed me out and I swore I would never repeat their habits in my makeup artistry. For example, I had one makeup artist drop a brush on a public floor, pick it up and continued using it like nothing happened. I had another makeup artist that used lip gloss and applied it straight from the application tip, dipped it right back in and used it on the next girl. Uhhh, that just gives me the heebie jeebies.

I always use disposable applicators when at all possible. I always cut off lipstick, place on a disposable palette and then apply with a sanitized lip brush. It is more costly, but to me it is worth the benefits of keeping my clients safe.

When Good Morning America did this undercover report, the findings were a bit shocking, but it goes to show how important it is to be sanitary with beauty products, especially if you are a makeup artist.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Influenster May 2012 - Part II

As mentioned in the intro video, this was my first Influenster Vox Box. I wasn't too sure what to expect, because honestly I didn't know much about the company, except that you had to sign up and get approved before you would receive your first box. I signed up on March 20th and was notified on April 18th that I should expect their spring box and will be updated in the beginning of May. On May 12th I got an email telling me to expect my box in the next week. I decided to do a few write ups and a few video reviews. Thank you to Influenster for giving me this opportunity. Hope you enjoy!
The front and back of the Influenster description card.

Aveeno Daily Moisture Body Wash

I always love how gentle Aveeno products are and this one was not a let down. I honestly didn't think it would bubble up and lather well, but much to my surprise it bubbled up very nicely and didn't leave a sticky ring around the tub. The bubbles felt soft and light. I didn't notice that my skin felt more moisturized than usual, but it definitely wasn't any dryer than when using my regular soap. The soap has a light smell that doesn't linger, which is good, even though I would still prefer if it was unscented.

Bath & Body Works Signature Collection- Fine Fragrance Mist - Moonlight Path

I'm not big into fragrance sprays especially on myself, but of course I tested it out for the blog. When I first sprayed it on, I couldn't smell a thing...I thought hmmm, very light smelling and I sprayed a few more times, thinking this is awesome. An hour later I went to the grocery store and about half way through the grocery store I started noticing the smell, which was stronger than before. I think this was because it was humid outside and toasty in the grocery store, so my body heat made the smell more predominant. The Moonlight Path scent reminds me a tad of baby powder, even though the top notes in the fragrance are bergamot, lavender, mandarin and coriander. Instead of using it as a body spray, I actually prefer to use it as a spray around the house, to make the house smell lovely.

Dr. Scholl's - Ball of Foot for Her

First and foremost, I absolutely hate high heels, so I love anything that helps make high heels less uncomfortable. These little gel pads are great! The pads stick well and will make loose shoes more snug, but vice versa, they do not work well in shoes that are already tight, as the thickness of the pads, will then make the shoes too tight. I have loved every product I have ever tried by Dr. Scholl's and this one is one of my new favorites. I actually went and bought another pair to stick in a pair of boots.
SoyJoy Bar

Sheer Cover Concealer - Light/Medium

ChapStick - Lip Shield 365

Sally Hansen Salon Effects - Laced Up

I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Skinnygirl Skincare

I was in CVS the other day and looked up to see the Skinnygirl Skincare line by Bethenny Frankel.  As you probably know Bethenny was on the "Real Housewives of New York City" and her own spin off's "Bethenny Getting Married?" and "Bethenny Ever After."  I'm not much into the Housewives series, but I always did watch Bethenny's spin off shows and I think she is such an inspiration.  She has proven that if you put your mind to something you can achieve anything.

Bethenny has been an advocate for a healthy lifestyle and went to college and graduated with a culinary degree.  In 2009 she launched Skinnygirl Cocktails which produces low-calorie pre-mixed cocktails.  It rapidly became a huge success and in that process Bethenny established her own brand and identity, which has now been carried over to the skincare line.  The logo (seen below) is absolutely adorable and simple at the same time.  Bethenny is now starting a new daytime television show, is still publishing news books and has plans for several other brands of Skinnygirl, including a clothing line.

Photo © Skinnygirl

I haven't explored much into the skincare line yet but I wanted to introduce it to everyone and get thoughts and feedback.  It looks like the line produces scrubs & masks, moisturizers, cleaning cloths and a variety of lip balms & plumping lip glosses.  Skinnygirl Skincare - Mommy has a few specialized products for expectant mothers, such as a belly cream and cooling foot spray.  I love the fact that the line is very affordable and will be available at Wal-mart...meaning I don't have to go around to specialized stores to hunt it down.  The line is animal-cruetly free as well.

I wish Bethenny nothing but success in her ventures, as I think she is an amazing woman with so much drive and ambition.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day with Moo

As always for Father's Day I wanted to give my Dad something special, but I can never come up with anything good!! My Dad is the hardest person to buy for, as he doesn't like sports or grilling.  And any technology gadget he wants, he goes and buys.

He recently sent me some pictures to get them printed of his favorite car, a wide body 1984, 911 Porsche.  I usually get prints from but I started browsing around at other sites and remembered and how great and unique their paper quality is.  Then it struck me....the mosaic frames for their mini cards.  I decided to make a collage from different images to create one large image.  Below is the mock-up of what the images looked like.  After putting it in the frame and arranging them accordingly, it ended up being the best present I've ever given him.  He loved it!!  ♥

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hairy Neck Piece anyone?

Every week I catch up on Odd News. This week they featured an artist over in the UK that has made neck pieces out of hair.  I can't even imagine having that on my skin....makes me itchy thinking about it.  I suppose if it was made out of my hair it might be better?!  I can appreciate the time, effort and detail that was put into these pieces, but other than that I can't find that these would be practical in any situation.

Check out the website: