Peter Thomas Roth New Water Drench Line Review

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My fascination and mild obsession with Peter Thomas Roth started about 5 years ago with his facial cleansers, one bottle of which was supposed to last you a whole year. I have to admit I got by on a few samples from Sephora for about a month, but never got to buying the actual full-size product. I still regret it! So once I run out of all the facial cleansers I have, I am heading to the nearest store that sells them and buying whatever the newest bestest version is, because I believe PTR is the skincare god.

So what is all the hype about? Well first of all I was incredibly excited to receive samples that included description in Russian. Not like I need it, but I always get so excited/sentimental when I see it.

But more importantly I really needed to bring up my skincare a notch. Since turning 30 I noticed my skin getting dryer. Fine lines are becoming more visible an the elasticity that was once there is gone. Aging is no fun I tell you, but all of these new products are making it manageable and tolerable for me!

I started using WATER DRENCH™ HYALURONIC CLOUD CREAM HYDRATING MOISTURIZER a couple weeks ago. This concentrated 30% Hyaluronic Acid cream provides your skin with a continuous burst of intense hydration that lasts up to 72 hours. Three molecular sizes of Hyaluronic Acid, a potent hydrator that constantly attracts and retains up to 1,000 times its weight in water from moisture in the atmosphere, helps replenish skin to make it appear more supple, full and smooth. Ceramides help lock in moisture while ProHyal+® helps improve hydration for healthier-looking skin. Anti-oxidant-rich Elderberry helps defy the look of aging. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is visibly reduced, leaving a silky, hydrated and more youthful-looking complexion. This product is also oil-free, alcohol-free, and fragrance-free. As someone who likes to sleep on her stomach with my face buried in the pillow I need all the extra help I can get. Have wrinkly clothes? Talk about wrinkly face over here. But this definitely helps. Being a beauty addict that  I am, I look forward to using my cream every day.

A moisturizer is only as good as the serum it comes with. That’s why WATER DRENCH™ HYALURONIC CLOUD SERUM is a must have! This super concentrated 75% Hyaluronic Acid formula creates an invisible veil of deep, long-lasting hydration with Hyaluronic Acid, which constantly attracts and retains up to 1,000 times its weight in water from moisture in the atmosphere. Superpower humectants like Sodium PCA, Sea Algae, Honey and Yerba Santa from the Pacific Northwest to help replenish the appearance of dehydrated, aging and environmentally-damaged skin for a dramatically younger look and feel. Fine lines, wrinkles and roughness are visibly diminished, while proteins derived from pure silk leave skin looking and feeling smooth and silky soft.

In addition to using these wonderful products I am starting a 7 day #RetinoidChallenge! I will be using 3% Retinoid Plus Serum this week and post pictures on my Instagram for you to compare and for me to experience the difference it makes. It’s always exciting to see if the product actually works, isn’t it? So let me be your test subject before you buy! If you can’t wait, then head to your closest Sephora for your own bottle of this magic goodness.

What is your favorite skincare brand or a brand you’ve been dying to try?

Disclosure: This post is powered by BrandBacker. #Sponsored.

Is Becca Really The One?

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Today I am going to tell you a story of a $50 makeup brush ($49 + tax to be exact) that is going to change your life, and the way you apply makeup everyday. Becca brush is The One Perfecting Brush.

From start to finish, primer to powder, The One Perfecting Brush can be used with liquids, creams, powders and anything in between. Non-porous, high-quality goat hair allows product to sit on top of bristles rather than absorbing, ensuring a seamless application with no wasted product. It can be used effectively as a foundation brush, powder brush, contour brush, bronzer brush, stipple brush, blush brush, fan brush, concealer brush, kabuki, or sponge.

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Size matters: Have you seen this thing? It’s huge! And makes the application of my favorite Cover Girl loose powder so much faster! I save about a minute every morning!

Know your how: Using this brush is no piece of cake, make sure to read the instructions and use each side as directed. This is the most important concept of this brush. It’s versatility allows you to narrow your brush collection to minimum, but you need to learn to use it! And use it correctly.

With foundation:
-Using the broad side of the brush, sweep foundation horizontally across forehead and then move to cheeks and chin.
-Finish by sweeping vertically down the nose using the narrow surface of the brush.

With highlighter: 
-Using the narrow surface of the brush, sweep illuminator down the tops of cheekbones and down the bridge of nose.

With mineral bronzing powder or contour enhancer: 
-Using the narrow surface of the brush, sweep brush under cheekbones, down sides of nose, and around temples.

With blush or beach tint: 
-Using the corner of the brush, buff into apples of cheeks using a circular motion and blend out.

The brush is great, beauty bloggers are swooning all over it on Twitter and Instagram. I got it through my iFabbo membership (READ: free), and was definitely impressed. The brush doesn’t shed, the bristles are natural, soft to the touch and pleasant against the skin. This product has definitely been though through and marketed the right way.

But I am going to be honest with you, has this brush substituted all my other brushes? No! I can’t use a brush to apply powder that I have just dipped into my foundation. Even if it’s all the way across on the other end of it. I have been using it to apply powder and create finishing touches. I will keep using Becca brush, and love it, and play with it. And I am ever so grateful I was able to try it out for free.

Happy Wednesday!

Zhenya

For more information and to contact the brand, use these handles/hashtags – @BECCA_COSMETICS #BeccaTheOne

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See’s Candies Store Opening at Southdale Mall

 

 

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There are two things that will make me go anywhere after a full 10 hour day of work – FREE and CHOCOLATE! And this is exactly what happened last Thursday at the See’s Candies Store opening at Southdale Mall. It was a Minnesota blogger event, so I got to see some of the old faces and meet some new bloggers as well, and of course Sam was my plus one 😉

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It was candy galore, I mean all sorts and kinds, and as it was mentioned later that night, one candy is a meal indeed!

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See’s Candies was founded in 1921, and has been sticking to the 1920’s design ever since, from the black and white marble floor to the staff outfits!

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An interesting fact about See’s one of the episodes of I Love Lucy was filmed there, check it out:

So we all got a chance to recreate our very own I love Lucy episode and pack a box of candy! Remember when Forrest Gump said – Life is like a box of chocolate? You never know what you get inside? Well I knew exactly what was going into that box! I didn’t know what was inside the chocolates, but that’s secondary 😉 And not to brag or anything, I was able to put 13 pieces of candy inside the box instead of 12!

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And then to my surprise Sam goes for the hair net to pack his own box of candy!

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A couple more interesting facts:

– See’s candies offers free samples all day every day!

– See’s candies also holds the Guinness World Record for the Largest Lollipop!

“The largest lollipop was 3176.5 kg (7,003 lb), and was created by See’s Candies (USA) at See’s Candies Lollypop Factory in Burlingame, California, USA, on 18 July 2012.

The lollipop was chocolate-flavored and had the following measurements: 4 feet 8.75 inches in length, 3 feet 6 inches in width, and 5 feet 11 inches in height. The lollipop also included a stick which was 11 feet 10 inches tall, though the weight of the stick did not count towards the record.”

And a few more photos to make your Monday sweeter!

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Thank you so much See’s Candies for organizing this fun event for us! KJ, you were amazing, I loved talking to you! And thank you for all the candy we got to bring home! You were so so generous!
I also want to give a special shout out to the  Southdale Sephora! You ladies topped my night off! Thank you for the wonderful conversation and the compliments on my dress!
Xo,
Z

Blog Make-up Sale/ Распродажа косметики

Hi and welcome to my very FIRST BLOG SALE!

As some of you may know I used to work in cosmetics, and even though that stage of my life is over, the makeup reminds me of it everyday. Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to forget, I am trying to downsize! Plus it’ll be an awesome opportunity for you to try some products for cheaper.

Everything I am selling has only been used 3-5 times, some of the items are brand new and still come in packaging.

Here is how it works:

– Leave a comment under this post including what items you’d like, your full name and your email address that has to be linked to your pay pal account!

– If you are in the Twin Cities area, make sure to mention that, so we can do a simple cash and carry.

– If you are from out of state/area or international, please expect to pay for shipping, unless you are buying over $50 – then I’ll pay the shipping!

– The sale is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis 🙂

Have a great weekend and Happy Shopping!

Z

PS. Please spread the word! Tell your friends and family!

THE LIST OF ITEMS THAT SOLD:

Pixi Palette – sold

Sephora Moonshadow Baked Palette – sold

Rimmel Blush – sold

Maybelline Color Tattoo (both) – sold

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Всем привет, сегодня на моем блоге стартует первая распродажа косметики!

Многие из вас знают, что я раньше работала в косметическом отделе и косметики у меня накопилось море. Я решила устроить эту распродажу для того, чтобы освободить место в комоде и дать вам шанс попробовать продукцию по недорогой цене! Все эти продукты мне очень нравятся, но я не могу их все использовать.

Если вас заинтересовал какой-то продукт, оставьте пожалуйста комментарий под постом и укажите ваше имя, какой продукт вы хотели бы приобрести, и имэйл, к которому привязан ваш PayPal. Если вы живете в Миннесоте, то продукты я могу передать вам при личной встрече, чтобы избежать возни с почтой! Пересылка будет бесплатной, если вы купите продукты на сумму более $50!

Всем отличных выходных и удачного шоппинга!

Женя

Makeup No More

Happy hump day! How is your week going? Mine is pretty, well if we put it in my husband’s best friend’s words – shnazzy (is that how you spell shnazzy? I hope so!)

First of all, let me share something with you:

– Working in retail turns you into a mean, spiteful person, who constantly wants to make fun of other people, especially customers. So let’s all try and be a perfect customer to each other shall we?

– Working in retail turns you into a helpful and compassionate person, who is supportive and loving of his coworkers, so lets be that coworker to each other!

– Sometimes helping each other pays off, today it paid off in:

 

Another thing that’s been on my mind today and honestly for a while is

“I SHOULD STOP BUYING MAKEUP”

Here is why:

And this is how it’s all organized in and on my dresser:

Now being the geek that I have been this past week, I came up with some numbers. So my collection includes:

5 Blushes

3 Powders

2 Bronzers

2 Highlighters

1 BB Cream

1 Tinted Moisturizer

1 VitaZing

1 Foundation

11 Liners:

– 7 gel

– 1 liquid

– 4 pencils

10 Mascaras:

– 1 Primer

– 1 Clear

– 1 Blue

– 7 Black

Lipsticks:

– 1 Lipliner

– 6 glosses, plus whatever is at work (about 3, I think)

– 2 chubby sticks

– 4 lipsticks

2 Serums and 1 Primer (I know these are mainly skincare, but they have snuck in the pictures somehow)

5 Concealers:

– 1 Brightening

– 1 Dark Circle corrector

– 1 Acne corrector

– 2 regular ones

1 Eyeshadow base ( 🙂 )

34 Nailpolishes

4 Shimmer Powders

6 Eyeshadow singles

23 Eyeshadow Palettes, 10 of which include blushes, bronzer and/or highlighters, then 5 of these include lipsticks and glosses

Now you know why I am going to stop buying make up. I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to use those things up, some items will run out/expire faster than others, but the goal is to use up as much items as possible 🙂 And I will definitely keep you updated!

Also, please no judgement on my collection, it is what it is 🙂

xo,

Zhenya

PS. If you want to learn more about any specific item, or for me to post swatches and reviews on any of these products, please leave a comment below 🙂 Also most of the brands are listed in the tags cloud!

Sephora Blockbuster Challenge Day 6

Hi guys!

I am back with my Sephora Challenge Update, and even though I am not posting pictures every day, I want to assure you, that I am faithfully using my palette and it’s nowhere near to being all used up!

Today’s look includes eyeliner. I know that there are many different types of eyeliners out there, but the one I prefer the most is Maybelline Eyestudios. It’s a new one that they’ve just come out with! I have mentioned it several times before, but I really want to encourage you to give it a try and see if you like it. I was never good with liquid liner or pencil liner, so this, for me is my Saving Liner Grace!

This look is meant to make your eyes shine and glitter. I used bright almost highlighter shadows to create it!

I also have to say that I am really loving the Sephora Blockbuster lip sticks and glosses – I was very suspicious in the beginning, but I am totally in love now!

Hope you have a great day!
Love you all!
ZhenyAH!

30 Day Sephora Blockbuster Challenge

Here is what I have 

But do I use it?

So for the next 30 days I am going to mostly use this palette!

Why?

So that these eyeshadows don’t go to waste!

So that these lip sticks don’t go to waste!

And all the other products also get to put to good use!

And to get out of a makeup RUT!

Stick with me to see my every day looks!

Love,

ZhenyAH!

Twiggy Day

Let today be a Twiggy Day!

This is what I decided to do this Sunday morning, while doing the laundry!

Thinking about the icons of the fashion of the past – Twiggy comes to mind first. Maybe because of a recent UO (Urban Outfitters email newsletter. Yes, I am on the mailing list), or maybe because I’ve been doing all this research on the fashion of the past decades, I don’t know.But today is

TWIGGY DAY

These two pics were my inspiration:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are the products I used:

And this is what I did to myself, all in the name of TWIGGY!

Honestly, this was a lot of fun! And girls love to play dress up anyways! I now def know who I’m going to be for next Halloween!

XOXO