3.27.2017

Spring Makeup Palettes That You Need Right Now

Ok y'all, I am not feeling spring at the moment. It's exactly 3 am and I'm coming to you live from underneath a blanket, my home for all of this weekend. Dang pollen! But the idea of spring--the colors and the newness, I am most certainly all about.

Since I'm sick, I'm keeping this short and sweet. So today I've got a few new spring palettes that have popped up on my radar--I am resisting the urge to use spring and flower puns, y'all--that you need to check out:

Too Faced Natural Love Eye Shadow Collection

$59, which is ridiculous, but look how many shades you get and how pretty it is!!


Tarte Make Believe in Yourself 
Eye & Cheek Palette

$40--Tarte, you get me with that packaging every time. The middle shade is a highlight for cheeks or ryes.


Pony Effect Master Eye Palette #Pastel Master

$35, I included this one for the K-beauty fans out there!

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette

$45, Now y'all know it's not an ElleSees post without a highlighter in it!! And because I want a glow pretty much any time of year. I can't wait to swatch these next month when it hits stores.


Nars Narsissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

$59--a gorgeous mix of shimmer neutrals and the pigmentation is so good. I don't think I own any NARS shadows, just blushes, but this makes me want to see what the fuss is about.

Maybelline The 24K Nudes Palette

$12--FINALLY an affordable palette on here, right? Now we're talking. Each of these shades has golden shimmer built right in, so I this as a complement to any regular neutral palette.

NYX Lid Lingerie Shadow Palette

$10--Remember the NYX Lip Lingerie line that came out last year? Here's the lid version--I think it's clever and for $10, you can't bear it! The top middle shade could be used for a contour maybe?

Which of these caught your eye?

Extra Elle:
Pretty much slept all weekend with this cold(?) that I picked up from the kids at work. I didn't do much of anything. I hope you had a great one!

3.24.2017

Here's Why You Need A HiMirror Plus



Happy Friday, y'all! Let's talk about skincare for a sec--what's your routine? I am always testing out new products for mine, and that includes embracing whatever the latest technology is, to see if it really is worth the hype. You might remember a few months ago when I shared the HiMirror--a smart mirror that analyzes skin to develop a skincare routine.

Well, y'all, they are back with the HiMirror Plus, and it is better than ever.

It basically knocks the original out of the park.

I can't wait to share what's different!









The HiMirror is a whole new concept which combines a household beauty device with a skin care consultant. This is groundbreaking in the beauty world. And I'm so excited to share it with y'all!

The Basics:

HiMirror is a two-in-one mirror + virtual beauty consultant. 

The mirror comes with an HD camera that takes high-quality pictures of your face and analyzes the images to detect any concerns such as pores, dark spots, redness, dark circles, fine lines, etc. 

Based on your concerns it will then suggest skincare products to use to improve the appearance of your skin. 

Users can add the beauty products they own into the system through the My Beauty Box feature, and HiMirror can create a beauty routine based on them.

HiMirror records all the information every time you analyze your skin, so it can keep track of progress, allowing you to evaluate how well your skincare products are working. 

All the data is anonymous and secure.

Let's talk about cosmetic changes--

The HiMirror Plus now has ambient lighting--you can change customize it to whatever situation you are doing your makeup in: like the outdoors, the office, or restaurant to name a few. You can see the lights in the pic below (I have them off):











You can mount it to a mirror, like in your bathroom, to the wall, as I have, or even a stand. HiMirror sells a stand now!



Setup is SO much easier--I think that was one of the biggest frustrations from other users. The process has been simplified. It takes 5 minutes and you're done. Make sure to download the app to help. The app is an easy way to access your info, too. 



Technology has improved! Thanks to feedback from users like me, everything has been updated to give the HiMirror Plus a stronger wireless connection. It's a hands-free mirror, so you use hand gestures, but you can use voice commands as well!

Now up to 6 users can use the HiMirror Plus, so everyone in the family can be included! The interface colors can be changed too. You can even record video messages for yourself.


But one of the coolest things is the HiSkin device. This is brand new! You hold it to your skin and it works in conjunction with the HiMirror Plus to give you the most accurate skin analysis possible.

Use HiSkin to detect and analyze your cuticle moisture and pigment precipitation, non-invasively. Through HiSkin's analysis, you will learn how seemingly little changes in your diet and lifestyle impact your skin, and be prompted towards youthful, glowing skin.

It takes seconds to use. As someone who is consulted to develop skin care products by brands, I can tell if something is accurate and I know what to look for. This does a fabulous job on finding those skin care issues. I was very impressed.

You can go shopping for skincare products with HiSkin. HiSkin can display multiple records on demand to help you see which product will make a difference to your skin, saving you money and time!







And just like before, you get the news, the weather, skin care tips, and MUSIC! You can even stream your Spotify playlist. All in all, I'm a very enthusiastic about this update! If you are really serious about skin care and want to reach those beauty goals, give HiMirror a go!

I wanted to include my video from last time again to show how to use it with the hand gestures:


Interested in one for yourself? Check it out here:
Use my discount: 5% Discount Code: ICJN7

What do you think of the update?

Extra Elle:
I had the dentist and taxes this week, so I'm taking it easy this weekend.

3.23.2017

I Tried This Dry Mask So You Don't Have To (Charlotte Tilbury INSTANT MAGIC FACIAL DRY SHEET MASK)


Y'all.

We need to talk about this mask. 


I'm serious.

So, I think y'all know by now that I am obsessed with masks.

Give me all the masks! Paper masks, diy masks, I don't care, I am drawn to them. 

And today's mask is dry. 

Yes, you read that right. 

Daily readers might remember this post, where I talked about the latest products that you're going to have to try. This mask was on the list.

It was just released this month, and I had to order a mask the second the email hit.


Let's get into the details on this mask:


$22 for one ($80 pack for 4, but um, I passed on that)

Can be used THREE TIMES

Claims:

--hydrated, brighter, smoother, wrinkle-reduced skin

Why it's fancy:

--It's DRY (no mess). It has an in-built technological 5 Skin Solution IQ which tailors to your skin, feeding it exactly what it needs.

--Bio-mimetic revolutionary system gives a prolonged release of the ingredients, giving it time to immerse into your complexion for up to 8 hours.

And now, for scary mask pics.
You were warned.


I told you. CREEPY. After several attempts (smile with teeth not recommended) this was the best I could do. Anyway...

So basically you open this very soft, dry, and durable mask. It's in two segments, but it's connected, and you join the loops from each section over your ears.

Y'all, this is the best-fitting mask I've ever, ever tried. It wasn't uncomfortable at all.

How do you use it:

--Apply the mask and massage it for a few minutes to activate the ingredients.

--Wait 15 minutes and remove. No need to wash your face. You can use it up to three times.



Thoughts:

I could sort of tell something was on my face after, but it wasn't oily or greasy. I don't know how to explain it. I definitely had my wrinkles reduced, but the effect wasn't 8 hours. I did feel hydrated and my skin looked glowy. 

The mask doesn't harbor bacteria, so it is fine to use it 3 times. It really is dry! It's crazy. While $22 is pretty steep, I definitely would buy it again for a special occasion.

Have you tried this mask before or heard of it?


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