Warby Parker Resort Line

Technically, I am supposed to wear glasses for reading, but I don’t because It is such a struggle finding cute glasses. I remember, when I was younger, actually wanting glasses so bad. In my mind it was an accessory that you HAD to wear everyday. Of course, things are not as great as they seemed. To my surprise, after receiving my prescription glasses, they didn’t turn out to be as cute as I thought they would be. Warby Parker is a game changer for the prescription glasses industry. From the comfort of my home, I took the short quiz to determine my style and picked out five frames. The frames will be sent to my home to try on.  I have five days to make a decision.  Oh, and they also have sunglasses too.

When I first heard about Warby Parker, I have to admit, I thought the name was really cool, but the idea is even better. Trying on actual glasses that you picked out at home, that is genius! They will allow you to test out five frames for five days. That is the perfect amount of time to decide if they are as cute as you expected. You will be able to ask your friends and family for their opinions, but I am sure you will naturally gravitate to your favorites anyway.

Every year when I get my eyes checked, I tell myself “this year I am getting prescription sunglasses”, but I never do.  I always tell myself I will come back and place an order later. Warby Parker is set up like a regular retail store. If I finally decide to order sunglasses, I can place an order online or go into one of the several locations just like any other store. This makes life so much easier for me.

Now, let’s pause here while you go check out the SUPER CUTE glasses they have! Don’t worry I will wait 🙂 Just this week they launched their Resort Collection which I am in love with. In this collection they are highlighting the mixed materials trend, and they do it so well! My favorite feature is the metal inlay that is visible only from certain angles. Sometimes you see it and sometimes you don’t. I have even seen people who love the glasses so much, they order them for personality glasses or just regular sunglasses. They are cute enough!

If you are in the market for new glasses (or sunglasses) check out Warby Parker. I mean you can’t go wrong. The price is great, they are stylish and on trend and you can try them on in the comforts of your own home. I ran into the store to pick out some of my favorites from the line, including a wild card that I couldn’t resist.

 

Product Review: Deva Curl

At my last hair appointment my hair dresser informed me that I need to stop using cheap hair products. Yes I admit I use whatever I can find on sale to take care of all this hair. I promise I have a good reason! Well I have a lot of hair, and I got through products quick. I would tell myself it is okay as long as I am not using heat on my hair. Well according to my hair dresser I need to use better products so I am starting with the Deva Curl line.

Deva Curl is a brand that emphasizes the curly girl lifestyle. According to the brand those ladies with curly hair have a story to tell and Deva Curl wants to know about it. Their products will help women with curly hair celebrate their curls in a healthy way.

I purchased the no-poo shampoo and the one condition. The no-poo shampoo is a shampoo marketed to cleanse hair without using harsh chemicals. These chemicals will hair avoid dryness and frizz, leaving you with healthy beautiful curls. The one condition is the mate to the no poo, that gives hair the most amount of hydration.

I am just going to jump in and tell you all this product is amazing. On my first use the no poo made my hair feel clean but not striped of all the moisture I am trying to hold on to. When it was time to use the conditioner, I became a believer.  I was able to detangle my hair with out clogging my tub, that alone is an amazing benefit! Running a comb through my hair and it being completely detangled, is the best feeling ever!

After washing and styling my hair, I have noticed less frizz and more moisture. Which is everything I have been looking for in a shampoo and conditioner.

Over all I recommend this product, and I think I even want to make a visit to one of the salon they have.

xx

Jazmin Mac

Review: Neutogena Healthy Defense Moisturiser

Neutogena Healthy Defense Moisturizer is a face moisturizer that is made with sunblock to protect the skin from damage caused by the sun. The packaging states that this product should be used once a day (clearly in the morning) after washing, cleansing, and toning. It should be applied with your fingertips, blending well all over the face. It can be worn alone or under foundation.

Neutogena is a skin care brand that I find amazing, I’ve used this brand off and on since I started a skin care regiment. Huge fan! Try the makeup wipes, ultra gentle daily cleanser, fresh foaming cleanser, makeup remover, and sunblock!

The package says it provides protection from skin aging effects of the sun, when used with other sun protection measures. It keeps skin hydrated all day. This innovative formula contains Helioplex® Technology that helps protect from the harmful UVB-burning rays and UVA-aging rays which can cause premature lines and wrinkles. This daily moisturizer has an exclusive anti-oxidant blend with pure Vitamin E, which helps prevent environmental damage. Lightweight, non-greasy, it’s powerful protection and hydration you can rely on all day, every day.

IMG_2626

 

There are a few things I like about this product which made me want to do this post. When applying this moisturizer, it acts like a primer, leaving a moisturizing layer on the skin. The layer of moisture gives makeup something to stick to, plus it has SPF. I also like the affordability, it can be found it at any drugstore, which is amazing because I can grab it on the go and not have to make a stop to the mall for a face moisturizer.

One thing I don’t like about this product is that it only comes in this small size. A small size is great when you are traveling but when me and Frank are using the same product it goes much more faster then when I used it on my own.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this product. I am finishing up my third bottle and already purchased my fourth. Last summer I had skin issues and went to the dermatologist. The doctor recommend this product which sold me on how amazing this product is.

If you have any question about this product feel free to leave a comment and I will answer, but you should just buy it, because it is amazing.

xx

Jazmin Mac

 

Blogmas Day 22: Holiday Hair and Makeup

It’s begenning to look a lot like Christmas! I start to get so excited when we start to get closer to the holidays… it’s countdown time 🙂 For those of you have have a few parties to attend here are some looks that will give you some inspiration.

First we are going to start with my favorite… Hair!

 

As you all know I have natural hair so this mohawk is so edgy for a NYE party. I am not sure if I would every pull it off, but those ladies who do… get it!

 

You can’t every go wrong with a sky high bun! Buns go great with just about any outfit… especially if you are wearing statement jewelry.

 

This bun here… gorgeous! Braided buns, are so romantic, effortless, and chic!

After the hair is done, we now have to do our makeup.

 This is by far my favorite makeup look. Natural eyes and a bold lip.

 

 This look is very glamorous and sultry, perfect for a Christmas party. Imagine wearing this with a bright red dress!

 

 

 

Bold lashes… enough said.

xx

Jazmin

Blogmas Day 13: Review – Dermatologica Skin Resurficing Cleanser

This is my second bottle of this cleanser. Which means a lot because I like to try out different products until I font that PERFECT product.

According the the Dermatologica label it states if you want to achieve superior smoothness and ultra-clean skin after just one use with this dual-action exfoliating cleanser. A highly-active Lactic Acid concentrate helps retexturize skin suffering from visible signs of aging by removing dulling surface debris and helping accelerate cell turnover. Antioxidant Vitamin E conditions, while soothing Rose Flower Oil calms skin. Use of this silky cleanser dramatically improves skin texture and properly prepares for maximum penetration of AGE Smart® products. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.

If you do decide to pick up this product be sure to use a sunscreen and limit sun exposure while using this product.

I was recommended this product by a makeup artist I have been going to for years. She knew my skin fairly well and noticed that my skin was break out so bad over the summer. Looking for something that would aid in exfoliating under my skin, this product would do the trick. As I stated, I purchased this product twice because it worked so well the first time. It helped clear up my skin an make it smooth. 

I highly recommend this product

Currently, I am using a more gentle product but I do plan on repurchasing this product.

IMG_2628

 

xx

Jazmin

Product Review: ExfoliKate

I suffer from Hyperpigmentation, so I am always looking into trying new ways to exfoliate my skin. Upon browsing on Sephora.com I saw they had a small bottle of ExfoliKate. So I thought to myself… Lets try it! ExfoliKate is an Intensive Exfoliating Treatment that is used to deep clean pores and balances hydration without over drying the skin. After just one use your skin will look brighter and healthier.  On the packaging it states that this product can be used morning or evening once or twice a week. According to Kate Somerville, if you used ExfoliKate in the shower the steam will help activate the enzymes, making it more effective.

This is my first product from Kate Somerville. Her products are made using the highest quality ingredients on the market with proven efficacy. Clinically tested and proven in the elite Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts Clinic. All products are formulated with a unique blend of scientifically advanced actives, nourishing botanicals & natural fruit enzymes. Made in the US and never tested on animals.

IMG_2630

Sounds like a winner right? IT IS! This product does everything it says. I have used it in the shower and out. In the shower of course is more effective, but using it at the sink worked just as well. You can use it at the sink then get in the shower, that works very well too. It’s not to harsh but it still makes you skin feel so soft after you use it.  What I don’t like about this product is that it is only best to used it a few times a week… the way it makes my face feel I wish it wasn’t to hard to used daily, but we can’t have it all I guess.

my over all recommendation… BUY IT, YOU WILL LOVE IT!

Review: Clinique City Block Sheer Daily Face Protector

I purchased this product looking for a daily sunscreen to wear under my makeup, because there are days that I opt for foundation over a BB cream, and I need the SPF. On Clinique.com this product is said to be a sheer, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB daily sunscreen. With a lightweight formula to help wick away perspiration and absorb excess oil. Is perfect alone or as an invisible makeup primer. Has no chemical sunscreens and is appropriate for eye area and sensitive skins.

The packaging states that this product should be used once a day (clearly in the morning) after washing, cleansing, and toning. It should be applied with your fingertips, blending well all over the face. It can be worn alone or under foundation.

IMG_2633

When picking this product out, I chose Clinique because it is a brand I have trusted over the past few years. Many years ago, I was obsessed with the Dramatically Different Lotion and Gel. Did you know Clinique was founded in 1968 as the first dermatologist-created, prestige cosmetic brand. Clinique is passionate about providing the highest quality and most effective products to enhance every skin type and concern, offering products for all ages and ethnicities. A good thing about their products is that all their makeup and skin care products are Allergy Tested and 100% Fragrance Free, with is great if you sensitive skin.

After expressing how much I love the Clinique brand, there was not much I liked about this product. I liked the idea and purpose of this product. Using it on the other hand, not so much. When I tested the product on the back of my hand a clear liquid came out first, then a tinted moisturizer consistency followed. Remember what the packaging said… this product needs to be blended. Putting it on my face it was WHITE being a woman of color, that would not work for me. I looked like a ghost on Halloween. Still being positive, I applied my foundation to a small portion of my face to see if it would cover well and it did not! So I proceed to tissue it off my face to move on with the rest of my make up.

I do not recommend this product

I think you may like this product, if you are on the pale side. Only because it leaves a white cast. I will be returning this product for a full refund. Although, I didn’t like this product, it has not tainted what I think of the entire Clinique brand.

No Good Deed

Friday I had a girls night and went down to the National Harbor and had dinner at one of my favorite restaurants… Grace Mandarin, of course I spent to much money but it was ohh so worth it. They have some of the most amazing Chinese food ever! Then after we went to go see what is arguably the best movie (at least I have seen) this year! No Good Deed was such a great movie with a twist at the end.

I love movies like this because, I like to think I am able to figure out the movie because I am that great of a movie critic (lol hire me if you like). This movie got me! I was completely bamboozled at the end, because I think everyone in the world should go see this movie, I will not spoil it for you.

Oh and I forgot… Idris Elba was in this movie! If me telling you how good it was doesn’t do it for you go see it to watch him.

Product Review: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

Hello Lovilies!

I am here to do a product review for you. About a week ago I made a “big girl purchase” and splurged on the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum. I heard so much hype about this product basically, making claims that any skin issues you may have it will cure. My issues with my skin is my hyperpigmentation.  For those who don’t know what hyperpigmentation is, basically when I get a pimple or blemish… a dark spot will be left behind and it will take an act of congress to make it go away… sigh. With that aside, lets do the review.

IMG_2446

Initial thoughts: Not impressed

The product seemed too light. I was not grasping the idea of how it would work. Then to use the product there is an eyedropper, which made me feel like I was using more product than I should have been. The next morning when I woke up, I saw no change. I guess for the price I was expecting to wake up with skin like a baby’s bottom, which was not the case.

 IMG_2447

One Week Later: Very Impressed

I still think it may be too early to tell, but I think I may have jumped on the bandwagon! I noticed it when, I was in the bathroom at work (probably on day 5 of using the product) that my skin looked so good. Granted I was wearing makeup, but my make up usually just covers my hyperpigmentation, on this day it also looked smooth! I have also noticed that my hyperpigmentation has seemed to lighten (slightly).

Overall, I am enjoying using this product and I recommend for those who are looking for a good night serum. I think it says something when I am laying in the bed at night ready to fall asleep and I will get out of the bed, because I am excited to use the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum.


Jaz