product review: roc retinol night cream

product: roc retinol correxion deep wrinkle night cream $23
uses: massage into face, neck, and d├ęcolletage to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles
verdict: this product is supposed to be one of the best non-prescription retinol products available. while i’m not able to reap all the benefits of this product (i am only 28, after all), the wrinkles i do have–i’m looking at you, forehead creases–i noticed slight improvement. beware though: retinol can be very irritating on skin–luckily they have a version for sensitive skin available! 3 out of 5
beauty tip: be proactive! women should begin incorporating anti-aging ingredients such as retinol in their beauty regimen in their mid-20’s. skin experts believe this can delay signs of aging. i began using retinol, the “best” wrinkle-fighter, 2 nights a week when i was 25. over the years i increased my usage & now i use some form of anti-ager 3-4 nights a week. like i mentioned earlier, some of these chemicals can be harsh so i like to give my skin a breather by interchanging pure vitamin e, argan, or coconut oil with the man-made wrinkle-fighters.

product review: benefit’s they’re real! mascara

product: benefit they’re real! mascara, $23
uses: to lengthen, volumize, curl, and darken eyelashes
verdict: okay. let me just say this: i am a COMPLETE mascara snob. complete… WHY? because i was cursed with skimpy, stubby, & sad eyelashes. i have tried basically all of the mascaras on the market–yes, i did say all. diorshow is my absolute fave, but this one is pretty good…i’m actually very impressed. i like the novel wand shape & how the non-waterproof formula stays put. plus, you don’t need an eyelash curler! 4 out of 5
beauty tip: wait a few minutes before you apply your second coat of mascara to lashes. after i apply my first coat, i busy myself with another part of my routine then come back several minutes later for the second coat. this way the first coat has time to dry so when the second coat is applied your eyelashes are darkened & defined easier–and therefore you use less product!

product review: josie maran matchmaker powder

product: josie maran argan matchmaker powder foundation spf 20, $34
uses: a light dusting on the t-zone instantly conceals redness & shine
verdict: i don’t like to wear face make-up, but with argan oil and spf i feel i am nourishing & protecting my skin with this powder. it conceals perfectly, & blends flawlessly so i look like i’m not wearing any make-up! i can work up to 16 hour days sometimes & it seems to stay put pretty well! it will not conceal zits or dark spots though–you’ll need something liquidy for that… 4 out of 5!
beauty tip: if you drop your compact, just glue the powder pieces together back in it with a little rubbing alcohol, let dry for 30 and, voila! almost good as new!

product review: benefit’s watt’s up

Watt's Up
product: benefit‘s watt’s up highlighter, sample size (lasts forever) $8
uses: to highlight under brow arch–can also be used on the face
verdict: this product is now a mainstay in my make-up bag. it is the perfect champagne color, blends easily, & does its job without fail! 5 out of 5!
beauty tip: i like to put a little bit of highlighter in the corners of my eyes near the nasal bridge–it really makes your eyes pop!