EssentialDermCare.com, OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel /Review/ And FOTD

Hi everyone!

Today I'm going to tell you about another great product irreplaceable for the summertime. This is OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel.

OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel
Image from EssentialDermCare.com

For my review I received a bunch of  OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel samples kindly provided by EssentialDermCare.com, an authorized on-line retailer of professional skincare products.

 Image from EssentialDermCare.com

What company says: OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel is a revolutionary product that helps control facial shine. The mattifying gel absorbs excess oil continuously for up to 8 hours. The product contains Acrysorb micro-particles that are designed with copolymer technology and work to permanently encapsulate up to 6x their own volume in oil without compromising the skin’s natural moisture. Usage of OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel will result in an even-toned and shine-free complexion. The product is best suited for those with oily and acne prone skin. (Info from EssentialDermCare.com)

Directions: Gently cleanse and dry the skin. Apply a thin layer of OC Eight (OC8) Mattifying Gel every morning as a part of your daily skin care routine. Gently massage OC8 into the skin using a light circular movement. Apply OC8 after moisturizers and sunscreens, but prior to oil-free makeup. OC8 has been formulated to work up to eight hours; however, you can re-apply during the day if required.

For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, rinse thoroughly with water.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Acrysorb (Brand Of Acrylates Copolymer), Propylene Glycol, PEG-400, Carbomer 940, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA.  (Info from EssentialDermCare.com)

Price: $36.90 / 1107 rub. for 1.6 oz. / 45 g.

My experience: As I said earlier, I received a bunch of  OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel samples from EssentialDermCare.com

OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel / sample  

Each sample contains 0.04 oz / 1 g of product and this quantity is enough for 2-3 applications. I love that full sized product comes in a tube because it is hygienic. 

The texture of the product is great. It's a white-colored gel easy to spread other the skin. It takes 1-2 minutes for this gel to be absorbed into the skin / dry. This gel has a specific smell, which might seem unpleasant to many people. However it doesn't contain fragrance, so I'm OK with the smell.

  OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel / swatched on the hand

I use OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel after my moisturizer and prior to my mineral makeup. It's stated on the label that it's better to use water-based moisturizer and oil-free makeup for best results. You can also use OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel without makeup, it will provide the same matte finish. 

Using this product, I am amazed at the results. My combination skin stays matte and  my makeup looks fresh applied for 5-6 hours even on the hottest and most humid days and this is the best results I've got from mattifying products so far. OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel makes the most shining parts of my face (forehead, nose, around the nose area, and chin) matte and doesn't dry out other parts of the face (cheeks). These results are possible because OC Eight works mechanically, not chemically, with its ACRYSORB® micro-particles that are specially designed with copolymer technology and work to permanently trap up to 6X their own volume in oil. These particles trap facial oil after it comes out of the pores. So if my cheeks don't produce facial oil, there's nothing to be absorbed by these particles, but they don't draw the moisture from the skin. Brilliant!

And this is my FOTD with OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel.  

FOTD / OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel 

I hope you can see how fresh and matte my skin looks, in spite of the aviators and bangs covering half the face (sorry, I don't have a better photo). This photo was taken abour 4 hours after I have applied my makeup and it was very hot and humid day - the sun was shining in between the storm and the air was full of evaporation.

I think makeup primers and mattifying products are two categories of products you can make a decision to purchase based on trying sample sizes because you see the results immediately. What about   OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel, after trying several samples I will definitely repurchase this both for professional and for personal use. I would highly recommend this product to everyone! If you are interested in purchasing, OC Eight is available through Dermatologists and other qualified skin care professionals, and at  EssentialDermCare.com!

Just a friendly reminder - EssentialDermCare.com has a rewards program in which you are given 10 points for every dollar you spend! You can redeem your points for E-Gift Certificates on a future purchase! Details here.

I received OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel samples from EssentialDermCare.com for review purposes

Heidi Yi Mineral Bronzers And Blush Or Bronzer Brush /Review/ + FOTD (But Not Mine)

Hey guys!

This is my second blog post about Heidi Yi and it is about her Mineral Bronzers and Blush or Bronzer Brush

Heidi Yi Mineral Bronzers 
Image from HeidiYi..com 

Heidi Yi Blush or Bronzer Brush
 Image from HeidiYi..com 

What company says: 

Heidi Yi Mineral Bronzers - Mineral Bronzer is very versatile, darker shades can be used to contour face shape and can even be used as eye shadow or mixed with blush. The Mineral Bronzer can be applied on the face as well as the body. Mineral Bronzer has a shelf life of 2 years. 

Heidi Yi Blush or Bronzer Brush - Flat brush used for dusting mineral bronzer or blush. (Info from Heidi Yi brochure)  

Directions: Using the Heidi Yi Blush or Bronzer Brush, building up the layers gradually until the desired bronzing effect is acheived. (Info from HeidiYi.com) 

Ingredients:

Heidi Yi Mineral Bronzers - Mica (CI 77019), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), may contain (+/-) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

Heidi Yi Blush or Bronzer Brush - not stated.

Price:

Heidi Yi Mineral Bronzers - $39.00 / 1170 rub. for 0.18 oz. / 5 g.

Heidi Yi Blush or  Bronzer Brush - $39.00 / 1170 rub.

Heidi Yi offer FREE postage & handling Australia wide.

My experience: Heidi Yi Mineral Bronzers come in plastic sifter jars with silver toned lids with white Heidi Yi logo on the top.

Heidi Yi Mineral Bronzers and Blush or Bronzer Brush

Each bronzer has a label with it's name and ingredients on the bottom of the jar. 

  Heidi Yi Mineral Bronzers / the labels on the bottom of the jars

 These bronzers are high pigmented and very rich in colors. They have a very nice shimmer. Heidi Yi offer 2 shades of bronzer: Sunshine and Sunkiss. Sunshine is light bronzer that adds a healthy glow to dull skin, it has some pink undertones. Sunkiss bronzer is a darker bronzer for contouring face shapes, it's a true bronze color.

  Heidi Yi Mineral Bronzers / in the jars
  left - Heidi Yi Mineral Bronzer Sunshine
 right - Heidi Yi Mineral Bronzer Sunkiss 


Take a look at my swatches.

Heidi Yi Mineral Bronzers / swatched on the hand / top - daylight / bottom - direct sunlight
  left - Heidi Yi Mineral Bronzer Sunshine
 right - Heidi Yi Mineral Bronzer Sunkiss 

On my own face I prefer using Sunkiss bronzer because it looks gorgeous on my tanned olive skin. I don't have any problems while using Heidi Yi Mineral Bronzers. They are applied easily, very blendable and long-lasting colors. It's a perfect way to emphasize the tan or to add some healthy color to the pale complexion.

What about Heidi Yi Blush or Bronzer Brush, it's a lovely one. With its matte black handle, silver-toned ferrule and brown bristles it looks professional. It also has silver Heidi Yi logo on the handle.

 Heidi Yi Blush or Bronzer Brush

As you can see from the photo, it's a flat top brush. I love using flat top brushes with loose mineral makeup products because they don't create as much fly away of the product as dome shaped brushes do. At first sight the brush seems to be a bit big for a blush / bronzer brush but surprisingly it works very well for contouring as well as for applying bronzer all over face or body.

It isn't stated if the bristles in this brush are natural or synthetic but they seem to be natural to me. So while cleaning this brush I used not only shampoo / facial cleanser but also my regular conditioner in order to make bristles soft. I noticed a bit of shedding during first cleaning but it was the first and last time I saw shedding on this brush. So I'm happy with this brush and use it everyday.

A couple of closeups.

    Heidi Yi Blush or Bronzer Brush / closeup 

      Heidi Yi Blush or Bronzer Brush / closeup 

And finally, FOTD featuring Heidi Yi Mineral Bronzer. Thanks Nastya for modelling!

 FOTD / Heidi Yi Mineral Bronzer in Sunkiss, applied with Heiedi Yi Blush or Bronzer Brush

On this photo Nastya is wearing   Heidi Yi Mineral Bronzer in Sunkiss, applied with Heiedi Yi Blush or Bronzer Brush.  Sorry for no mascara and lipstick look) This photo was taken in the process of my work and I love how she looks like a bronzed goddess.

That's all for today! Thanks for reading and stay tuned! Next week I will post my third (and last) review on Heidi Yi products, that review will be about her gorgeous blushes and thre will be a surprise for you!

See you soon! 

I received Heidi Yi Mineral Bronzers and Blush or Bronzer Brush from Heidi Yi for review purposes 

Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Shampoo And Conditioner

Hi everyone!

Today I'd like to tell you about my experience with Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Shampoo and Conditioner. I've found that here in Russia Pantene Pro-V has a range of products titled Nature Fusion while in the rest of the world Nature Fusion line is devided into two more lines: Moisture Balance and Smooth Vitality. Nature Fusion line that we have here in Russia is somewhere between Moisture Balance and Smooth Vitality.

Image from Woman.ru 

What company says: 

Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Shampoo - Pantene Pro-V formula with Cassia extract helps to restore your hair from roots to tips, so they look strong and healthy.

Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Conditioner - Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Conditioner helps to make the hair as smooth as silk, and they look strong and healthy.

Directions: 
 
Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Shampoo - Apply to wet hair, lather, rinse. In case of eye contact, flush with water.

Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Conditioner - Apply to wet clean hair, rinse.  In case of eye contact, flush with water.

Ingredients:  

Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Shampoo - Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Cocamide MEA, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Parfum, Dimathiconol, Cassia Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicilate, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Sodium Diethylenetriamine Pentamethylene Phosphorate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Etidronic Acid, Linalool, Tetrasodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Propylene Glycol, Methylchlorisothiazolinone, CI 19140, CI 15510, Lactic Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-9, Potassium Sorbate. 

Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Conditioner - Aqua, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behenamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glutamic Acid, Bis-Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum, EDTA, Citric Acid, Cassia Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicilate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Magnesium Nitrate, Propylene Glycol, CI 19140, CI 15510, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Magnesium Chloride, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Lactic Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Trideceth-9, Zingiber Officinale Extract, Potassium Sorbate.

Price:  I paid about $10 / 300 rub bor both Shampoo and Conditioner and I got 6.76 fl. oz. / 200 ml of Shampoo and 6.07 fl. oz. / 180 ml of Conditioner.

My experience: Pantene Pro-V nature Fusion Shampoo and Conditioner come in white plastic bottles with light green flip caps.

Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Shampoo and Conditioner / the bottles

I was surprised to see that both shampoo and conditioner are yellow! The conditioner is a very thick cream while the shampoo is more runny but it's thicker than many shampoos anyway. The scent of these products is traditional for Pantene Pro-V - undescribable synthetic fragrance. Luckily, it doesn't cause headache.

  Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Shampoo and Conditioner / swatched on the hand
  right - Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Shampoo
left - Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Conditioner 

I used the shampoo and the conditioner twice a week and also I used the conditioner for co-washing and I loved the results. It's said on the label that this line is for thinning and damaged hair. Well, my hair is damaged but not thinning in any way but results were great! My hair became more manageable, smooth and the ends stopped to stick out in different directions. BTW, I noticed that feeling like I have more hair with these shampoo and conditioner than without them. 

But I guess the reason to these great results is silicones and Cassia Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride - naturally derived, multifunctional polymers for use in conditioning shampoo formulations offering unique sensory experience, improved deposition and enhanced conditioning. Here's a fusion of silicones with nature) I'm not sure that this is good for the hair (and for the health). And what do you think? Have you tried Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion haircare products? What was your experience?

ps Somehow I finished the shampoo faster than the conditioner although usually I do the opposite - finish the conditioner faster. The shampoo bottle is empty and there's third of conditioner in the bottle... 

piCture pOlish Blog Fest - Marine

Hey everyone!

Today is 'piCture pOlish blog fest' and I'm so excited to be a part of it! 

Image from piCturepOlish.com.au 

First I'd like to tell you a bit about piCture pOlish. It's an Australian brand and it was created when two girls dream't of giving their family & friends a thank you gift that would capture a special occasion. What better way to relive a moment than with a personalised nailpolish, that was quirky & vibrant, that stands out from the rest!
 
piCture pOlish has now grown to include our own brand, with a beautiful range of fashion forward colours. Every shade tells a story! (Info from piCturepOlish.com.au)  

The shade that I received is titled 'Marine' - deeper and deeper, see the blue sea! It's a very special color for me because I live in the seaside resort and I can literally see the sea through my window)

 piCture pOlish - Marine
Image from piCturepOlish.com.au  

What company says: With a choice to create your own range, personalise for a special memento or just to paint your nails! Our nail polish is better than chocolate! It's Australian Made, 100% fat free and has no artificial fragrances or flavours! A week on your tips and never on your hips!  (Info from piCturepOlish.com.au)  

Directions: Keep your piCture pOlish away from heat, flame & children. Always shake your piCture pOlish gently before use. Apply 2 to 3 coats or how you like it.  (Info from piCturepOlish.com.au)

Ingredients:  Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Propyl Acetate, Tosylamide/Formaldehyde Resin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Tripenyl Phosphate, Trimethylpentayl Disobutyrate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Ethyl Tosylamide, Diacetone Alcohol, Benzophenone 1, Citric Acid, Dimethicone.

May Contain +/-: CI 15850:1 Red 7 Lake, CI 15850:2 Red 6 Lake, CI 77499 Black Iron oxide, CI77891 Titanium Dioxide, CI 15880 Red 34 Lake, CI 77019 Mica, CI 77163 Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 77491 Red Iron Oxide, CI 77510 Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 19140 Yellow 5 Lake, CI 77000 Aluminium Paste, Silica, CI 60725 Violet 2, CI 75170 Guanine.  (Info from piCturepOlish.com.au)

Price:  $9.90 / 297 rub. for 0.39 fl.oz. / 11 ml bottle.

piCture pOlish ship Worldwide and reward their 'loyal customers' with a gift! Purchase two times with piCture pOlish and you will receive your very own never ending discount coupon to use time and time again!

My experience: I love simple and stylish of piCture Polish nail polish. It is a chunky rectangular shaped bottle with a matte black cap. The little story on the lable is so cute)

   piCture pOlish - Marine / the bottle
   piCture pOlish - Marine / the bottle

The formula oif the polish is great - it's not too thick and not to runny, it's just right. The shade I received is very pigmented, it gives an opaque coverage with just one coat and in two coats it shows itself in all its glory. It was not streaky at all even though my nails aren't the best ones, they have a lot of ridges and their surface is uneven. The brush is very easy to use even for my small nails. The smell of this polish is not as bad and intensive as smell of other polishes.

I love the color so much! For me, this color is somewhere between sea blue and turquoise. This is a very fun and bold color for summer, it looks amazing on my tanned olive skin! Take a look on some swatches! I'm wearing two coats of piCture pOlish - Marine with Orly Top2Bottom as a base coat and top coat.

 piCture pOlish - Marine / the bottle and the swatch

    piCture pOlish - Marine / the swatch / daylight

   piCture pOlish - Marine / the swatch / direct sunlight
 
   piCture pOlish - Marine / the swatch / tungsteen  

I didn't use any fast drying top coat so drying time in my case was long but it can be solved easily with a fast drying top coat so it's not a problem. 

So if you're looking for some quality nail polish with fun and unique colors check out piCture pOlish

ps They also have OZOTIC polishes in their online shop!

I received piCture pOlish - Marine from piCture pOlish for review purposes 

Freebies And Winnings /June/

Hey guys!

Take a look a the freebies I received in my mail last month!

Yves Rocher Jardin Des Nymphes Eau De Toilette Sample x2
Hello Kitty Nail Stickers from Born Pretty Store
D.J.V Beautenizer Volume Las Mascara

This cute wallet is from Poketo. I won this in the giveaway at Brixton Street. Now it's constantly in my bag) It's so bright and fun, very summer-appropriate)

Poketo Wallet from Brixton Street

Another prize I received last month was It Cosmetics Nail Love Nail & Cuticle Care Pen. Thanks to Marcia and Lisa from Beauty Info Zone!

  It Cosmetics Nail Love Nail & Cuticle Care Pen from Beauty Info Zone  

Products I Finished /June/

Pur-Lisse Jet Set / Starter Kit
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster
Avon Clearskin Pore Penetrating Clay Mask

JTshop Mineral Makeup /Review/

My dear readers, I've told you about this terrible heat we are suffering now... So one day I gave up and turned on an air conditioner) Once the temperature in our apartment went down and sweat stopped to flow down my face I was able to create a makeup look! Ta-da!

That makeup look was created with mineral makeup from JTshop. JTshop first started business on eBay in 2007. They distribute a wide variety of small plastic cosmetic jars, mineral makeup and natural skin care products.

Image from JTshop.co.uk

All product from JTshop are formulated by cosmetic formulators, chemists and licensed estheticians and tested and approved by a board of licensed estheticians and aromatherapists. All products are made in USA.

For those of you who are not familiar with mineral makeup here are some of its benefits, just to name a few:
  • Will not clog pores 
  • Virtually no allergy risk 
  • Natural sun protection screen for both UVA and UVB protection 
  • Anti-inflammatory, helps to calm and soothe irritated skin 
  • Very water resistant, last well throughout the day without touch-ups 
  • Provide complete coverage for acne, rosacea and redness following treatments like chemical peels and laser resurfacing 
  • Will not crease, settle in wrinkles or smear (Info from JTshop.co.uk)  
For my review I received samples of JTshop Mineral Foundations, Setting Powder, Blushes, Bronzers and Eye Shadows - all that is needed to create a makeup look!

 Image from JTshop.co.uk

What company says: 

JTshop Superior Mineral Foundation - Look flawless with the perfect coverage.

JTshop Mineral Setting Powder - Setting Powder is a loose and essential product for every woman at any age. It extends the life of any foundation throughout the day and supplies a smudge resistance. If you want to have full coverage that is long lasting and doesn’t “slide” off your face before the end of the day, this setting powder is for you.

This extremely light and silky powder will aid in oil absorption and give your face a smooth, matte finish, along with a slight sun protection. It is chemical-free.

It can even be used as a face powder for those who need very light coverage.

If it is being used with mineral foundation or liquid foundation, it enhances and adds silkiness to your skin's healthy appearance.

JTshop Superior Mineral Blush - The dazzling colour of our blush is a perfect compliment to your cheekbones.

JTshop Superior Mineral Bronzer -  Just a touch of our silky smooth Bronzer will wake up a tired or pale complexion and give you a warm, soft glow. It is sun protection all in one, due to using Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.

JTshop Superior Mineral Eye Shadow / Liner - Perfact lightweight eyeshadow for a little extra flair.  (Info from JTshop.co.uk)

Directions: 

JTshop Superior Mineral Foundation - As a powder, for a light to medium coverage, apply to face with a soft and fluffy powder brush.

As a foundation, in order to achieve a medium to heavy coverage, we suggest using a foundation brush or sponge. Applying with a damp sponge will give you still darker, heavier and more intense coverage. You may keep adding layers until you've reached your desired coverage.

JTshop Mineral Setting Powder - Apply over face after your foundation. Apply a small amount to your brush and spread evenly over your entire face in outward motions making sure to blend. Can also be used alone.

JTshop Superior Mineral Blush - Use a soft, fluffy brush and knock off any excess powder. Then, depending on the look you want to achieve, apply the blush directly to the areas of your cheeks you would like to accentuate.

Because there are no chemical dyes, our blush can be applied to the eyes and lips as well.

JTshop Superior Mineral Bronzer - After your foundation application, apply the Bronzer with a large powder brush to the areas you would like accentuated.

This Bronzer can double as a face powder if it matches your skin tone. It can also be used for eye shadow, all-over face shimmer, lip shimmer etc. Add some to your favourite lotion and apply for an all over body glow!

JTshop Superior Mineral Eye Shadow / Liner - To be applied dry for a more subtle colour or wet for a bolder look. They can be moistened with an eye liner brush (or even a lip brush) for use as a liquid liner. Can also be used as lip liners, nail polish, blush and body shimmers.  (Info from JTshop.co.uk)

Click here for more Mineral Makeup Tips from JTshop!

Ingredients:

JTshop Superior Mineral Foundation - Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Mica, +/-Zinc Oxide.

JTshop Mineral Setting Powder - Mica, Aloe Vera.

JTshop Superior Mineral Blush - Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Carmine, +/- Iron Oxide.

JTshop Superior Mineral Bronzer - Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxide, +/-Tin Oxide.

JTshop Superior Mineral Eye Shadow / Liner - [ +/-Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxide, Carmine, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Tin Oxide, Glitter, Chromium Oxide].

Price:

JTshop Superior Mineral Foundation - £9.50 / 475 rub. for 0.35 oz. / 10 g.

JTshop Mineral Setting Powder - £6.70 / 335 rub. for 0.28 oz / 8 g.

JTshop Superior Mineral Blush - £7.60 / 380 rub. for 0.14 oz. / 4 g.

JTshop Superior Mineral Bronzer - £7.60 / 380 rub. for 0.14 oz. / 4 g.

JTshop Superior Mineral Eye Shadow / Liner -  £4.60 / 230 rub. for 0.07 oz. / 2 g.

I listed only prices for full size products. JTshop offer mid sizes and samples as well.

JTshop does ship worldwide! Postal Discount will be given for multiple purchases.

My experience: For my review I received a bunch of samples from JTshop. When they had arrived, I was surprised that each sample was packed in a small jar! And each small jar was packed in a separate small zip lock bag, then they all were packed in a big zip lock bag and in a bubble wrapper. So when you purchase mineral makeup from JTshop you can rest assured that your order will arrive safely and jars won't be broken.

Let's start with JTshop Mineral Foundation and Setting Powder. I received 5 shades of the foundation for skin with yellow undertones - from fair to medium dark: 1.1 Ease, 1.3 Delight, 1.7 Fancy, 2.4 Special, 2.8 Bliss. I also received a sample of their Setting Powder.

 JTshop Superior Mineral Foundations and Mineral Setting Powder / in the jars
top row / left to right - JTshop Superior Mineral Foundations 1.1 Ease, 1.7 Fancy, 1.3 Delight,  2.4 Special, 2.8 Bliss  
bottom row - JTshop Mineral Setting Powder  

These foundations are fine milled and well pigmented powders. First time I opened the jars and swatched the foundations I thought they were so shimmery and the shades seemed too pink for my taste. But to my surprise when I tried them on my face they blended with my skin tone perfectly and shimmer was not OTT, it was just that healthy glow we all strive for. However if you have combination skin (like me) or oily skin you need to use mattifying cosmetic products (cream, primer or powder) prior to applying this foundations so you can avoid mishap of looking shiny instead of glowing. What about coverage, I think JTshop Mineral Foundations provide light to medium coverage but you can add layers until you achieve desired coverage. Staying power is also great.

Swatches:

 JTshop Superior Mineral Foundations and Mineral Setting Powder / swatched on the hand
left to right - JTshop Superior Mineral Foundations 1.1 Ease, 1.7 Fancy, 1.3 Delight, 2.4 Special, 2.8 Bliss, Mineral Setting Powder  

JTshop Mineral Setting Powder is a silky smooth white colored loose powder. It helps your foundation to last longer while providing oil absorbing properties. When applied to the face it's absolutely lucent so it won't change your skin tone.

JTshop Mineral Blushes and Bronzers are a great way to liven up your complexion. I received 2 shades of blush - Pink Glory and Summer Peach as well as 2 shades of bronzer - Sunglow (Light Bronzer) and Sunshine (Dark Bronzer). 

JTshop Superior Mineral Blushes and Superior Mineral Bronzers / in the jars
Left to right - JTshop Superior Mineral Blush Pink Glory, Summer Peach, JTshop Superior Mineral Bronzer Sunglow (Light Bronzer), Sunshine (Dark Bronzer)   

JTshop blushes and bronzers are well pigmented and the colors are amazing! They have gorgeous shimmer! It's very easy to apply and blend them and they don't fade throughout the day. Take a look at my swatches:

 JTshop Superior Mineral Blushes and Superior Mineral Bronzers / swatched on the hand
Left to right - JTshop Superior Mineral Blush Pink Glory, Summer Peach, JTshop Superior Mineral Bronzer Sunglow (Light Bronzer), Sunshine (Dark Bronzer)  

JTshop Mineral Eye Shadows / Liners are available in 49 colours! I received 5 of them: ES21 Seagreen, ES44 Autumn Gold, ES39 Midnight Purple, ES1 Matte Slate Blue, ES28 Matte Black. Only 2 JTshop eye shadows from all 49 colours are matte - ES1 Matte Slate Blue and ES28 Matte Black. Other 47 colours are shimmering. 

JTshop Superior Mineral Eye Shadows / Liners / in the jars
left to right -  ES21 Seagreen, ES44 Autumn Gold, ES39 Midnight Purple, ES1 Matte Slate Blue, ES28 Matte Black

I love all the colours I received. ES21 Seagreen is a shimmering silvery mint colour, very light and fun, great for summer. ES44 Autumn Gold is like true gold, it's not as shimmering as ES21 Seagreen but still has some shimmer. Right now when I'm tanned, it's perfect neutral colour for me, I will use it a lot for everyday looks once the temperature go down and I'm be able to wear makeup) ES39 Midnight Purple is a spellbinding dark purple color with a delicate shimmer. ES1 Matte Slate Blue is a sophisticated grey clour with a hint of blue. ES28 Matte Black is a true black color, it's very intense, great as an eyeliner - use with a dry eyeliner brush for soft line and with a wet brush for more dramatic and sharp line.

All eye shadows are well pigmented and very blendable. They last all day withou creasing or fading.

Swatches:

JTshop Superior Mineral Eye Shadows / Liners / swatched on the hand
left to right -  ES21 Seagreen, ES44 Autumn Gold, ES39 Midnight Purple, ES1 Matte Slate Blue, ES28 Matte Black

And finally I want to show you the makeup look I created with JTshop Mineral Makeup. I'm wearing JTshop Superior Mineral Foundation in 2.8 Bliss, JTshop Setting Powder, JTshop Superior Mineral Blush in Summer Peach. I used JTshop Superior Mineral Bronzer in Sunshine (Dark Bronzer) for contouring and JTshop Superior Mineral Foundation in 1.1 Ease for highlighting. For the eyes I used JT shop Superior Mineral Eye Shadows / Liners in   ES21 Seagreen, ES44 Autumn Gold and ES39 Midnight Purple and ES28 Matte Black was used as an eyeliner with a dry brush.

JTshop Mineral Makeup / on the face

  JTshop Mineral Makeup / on the face

    JTshop Mineral Makeup / on the face

       JTshop Mineral Makeup / eye closeup  

I hope you like the look I created!

All in all, I'm pleased with the quality of JTshop Mineral Makeup - it's well pigmented, long lasting and the colors are lovely. And don't forget that mineral makeup has a natural SPF that is essential during hot summer months. I would highly recommend JTshop Mineral Makeup to everyone! For those of you who are not sure which colour to choose they offer Mineral Makeup Samples and Mineral Makeup Sets / Kits.

Thanks for reading! Have a good day!

 I received JTshop Mineral Makeup Samples from JTshop for review purposes 

Heidi Yi Mineral Foundations And Kabuki Brush /Review/

Hey everyone!

My todays post is about Australian mineral makeup brand - Natural Mineral Makeup by Heidi Yi

 Image from HeidiYi.com  

Heidi Yi mineral makeup is all about security, confidence and the ability to present yourself in the best possible light - so that you look gorgeous all the time! This collection is a celebration of the modern woman who wants the best care for her skin. Using revolutionary products, the Heidi Yi range will transform the way you look at make up. Just some of the mineral makeup in the Heidi Yi product range includes, mineral blush, mineral foundation and mineral bronzer. Natural mineral makeup and cosmetics by Heidi Yi.

Heidi Yi is also the author of 'Pro Make Up by Heidi' an Australian book about make up and beauty. This comprehensive book can teach you how to emphasize your best features and create simple, great looks for everyday natural make up. This book is a must-have for women of all ages!
(Info from HeidiYi.com)

Heidi was so sweet and sent me 3 Mineral Foundations, 2 Mineral Bronzers, and 3 Mineral Blushes, as well as gorgeous Heidi Yi Kabuki Brush and 2 Blush or Bronzer Brushes (she also included some nail stickers). Since there are too much products for one detailed review, I'll post three separate reviews. And todays review is the first of them and it's about Heidi Yi Mineral Foundations and Kabuki Brush

Heidi Yi Mineral Foundations
Image from HeidiYi.com

Heidi Yi Kabuki Brush
Image from HeidiYi.com

What company says: 

Heidi Yi Mineral Foundations - Mineral Foundations come in various shades. The light-weight, water resistant, sweat proof and high pigmenetd formulation will give you the superior coverage which will last throughout the day with SPF 20+ sun protection. (Info from Heidi Yi brochure)

Heidi Yi Kabuki Brush - Foundation Brush.

Directions: Finding a colour to suit yourself or a client apply a small amount of mineral foundation along the jaw line, if it blends in and there are no obvious lines, then it’s a perfect match. There are 6 shades to choose from so there is something to suit every skin tone. 
  • Always apply minerals in thin layers, two is usually sufficient.
  • Make sure your Anti Shine Foundation Primer or moisturiser has absorbed before you apply mineral powder. 
Turn the jar over, tap the bottom with your finger, turn right side up, and open.

You should find a small amount of Heidi Yi Cosmetics Mineral Powder Foundation in the lid.

Swirl your Professional Kabuki brush in the foundation, and tap the excess back into the lid.

Begin applying with short, feathery, downward strokes and/or light circles.

You want the fine hairs and pores of your skin to lay flat, so try and finish with light downward strokes.  (Info from HeidiYi.com)

Ingredients: 

Heidi Yi Mineral Foundations - Mica (CI 77019), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), may contain (+/-) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

Heidi Yi Kabuki Brush - Synthetic Bristles. (Vegan Friendly!)

Price: 

Heidi Yi Mineral Foundations - $49.00 / 1470 rub. for 0.35 oz. / 10 g.

Heidi Yi Kabuki Brush - $44.00 / 1320 rub.

Heidi Yi offer FREE postage & handling Australia wide. 


My experience: Heidi Yi Mineral Foundations come in plastic jars with silver toned lids.

Heidi Yi Mineral Foundations and Kabuki Brush

They have Heidi Yi logo on their lids.

Heidi Yi Mineral Foundations and Kabuki Brush
I received 3 shades of Mineral Foundation: Soft Beige (for fair light skin tones), Warm Beige (for light olive tones), and Medium Beige (for mid skin tones). 

Heidi Yi Mineral Foundations

I love the texture of Heidi Yi Mineral Foundations. The powder is finely milled and silky smooth to the touch. It is high pigmented as well and it has a delicate micro shimmer, you you can see it on swatches below (they are clickable!). 

Heidi Yi Mineral Foundations

Heidi Yi Mineral Foundation provides medium coverage, however it is very buildable, you can add layers until you satisfied with coverage or you can use a concealer (Heidi Yi Trio Concealer would be great) to cover your blemishes - it's up to you. I love the fresh and matte finish provided by this mineral foundation and I love that it lasts for good 4 hours without touch-ups. Believe me, in our hot and humid climate (and on my combination skin) it's a very good result! This powder looks very natural and not cakey at all, and it passed water and sweat test! One day I was caught in the rain and when the rain was over I just patted my face with a tissue to ged rid of water and my Heidi Yi Mineral Foundation was in its place. And what about sweat, I deal with this everyday in summer, most of the sweating on my face are on the forehead and above the upper lip. I just pat these areas with a tissue and it never ruines my makeup. Speaking of the summer, these foundations contain SPF 20+ that is essential for this time of year! And last but not least, since Heidi Yi Mineral Foundation is very pigmented, you need a tiny little bit of it per use and the 10 g jar will last you a long time.

Here are some swatches:

   Heidi Yi Mineral Foundations / swatched on the face
 left to right - Soft Beige, Warm Beige, Medium Beige
top - daylight / bottom - direct sunlight 

My skin tone is somewhere between Warm Beige and Medium Beige and usually I mix this two foundations together and then apply the 'mixture' to my face. On the next photo you can see me wearing Warm Beige, right now it's light for me but it's a gorgeous olive tone and I will use it a lot in winter when my skin tone is lighter. I didn't want to create the whole look for this photo, I just wanted to show you the coverage. Photo was taken with flash and it showed that subtle micro shimmer (on my cheekbones).

   Heidi Yi Mineral Foundation - Warm Beige / swatched on the face  

If you wonder, I applied the foundation with Heidi Yi Kabuki Brush. I'm sort of addicted to kabuki brushes, I have several of them so far and I'm always happy if I have the chance to add one more to my collection. Heidi Yi Kabuki Brush is a jewel in my collection)

  Heidi Yi Kabuki Brush

It's blinged, it has a silver handle and two-toned bristles and overall it feels like it was made for a princess) Besides its cuteness it has many other good properties. The brush is surprisingly full for it's medium size, the bristles are soft and the density is ideal. It proves itself great in applying mineral foundation and in blending blushes and bronzers for natural look. 

Heidi Yi Kabuki Brush is synthetic and that means vegan friendly! Taking care of this brush is very easy! You can wash it using warm soapy water and then then let it dry overnight. There's no shedding while washing and while using which is another big big plus.

Below you can see photos of this brush at different angles.

Heidi Yi Kabuki Brush

Heidi Yi Kabuki Brush

Heidi Yi Kabuki Brush

Overall, I am much impressed with the quality of Heidi Yi Mineral Foundation and Kabuki Brush. If you have olive skin tone when you know how it's difficult sometimes to find the right shade of foundation that is not too pink, too red, too orange... So check Heidi Yi Mineral Foundations, I'm sure you'll find your shade!

I received Heidi Yi Mineral Foundations and Kabuki Brush from Heidi Yi for review purposes 
 

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