It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Celebration Matte Eyeshadow Palette

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The Naturally Pretty Celebration palette is a matte eyeshadow palette with 14 matte shades! I do not have as many matte palettes as I do shimmery palettes so, this was something I had to buy!

It also has one transforming shade. The point of that is so, that you may sweep it on top of the matte shade and transform the matte shadow into a slightly shimmering pearly shadow. You may also cover your brush with a matte shade, then the transforming shade and then apply the shadow onto your lid. I thought that was pretty cool and convenient.

It comes in a shimmery silver case which is some sort of cardboard material. It looks cute but I do wish they had used metal though.

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The actual eyeshadow:

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Shades as described by It Cosmetics:

  • Snow Angel – matte soft cream
  • Champagne – matte pale peach
  • Cozy – matte soft ginger
  • Warm Wishes – matte beige
  • Pink Miracle – matte smokey melon
  • Peace – matte tea rose
  • Wonderland –matte smokey lavender
  • Hot Cocoa – matte mocha brown
  • Gingerbread – matte topaz brown
  • Toasty –matte smokey rose
  • Spice – matte cinnamon brown
  • Sugar Plum – rich matte purple
  • Starry Night – rich muted navy
  • Coal – deep matte slate

The colors lean more warm than cool. I definitely would recommend this palette to anyone looking for a matte palette. The shades are buttery and true to color! You can use them wet as a liner or dry as a shadow. And, the transforming shade is a plus!

Furthermore, the eye shadows have anti-aging properties as they contain:

  • Peptides.
  • Hydrolyzed collagen.
  • Silk anti-oxidants.
  • Hyaluronic acid

The shadows also have some other more natural ingredients such as:

  • Aloe leaf juice.
  • Avocado oil.
  • Olive leaf extract.
  • Grape seed extract.

This palette is limited edition but it can be purchased at:

Ulta-42$

It Cosmetics-42$

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Discussion of sunscreen and sunscreen recommendations.

The importance of sunscreen is often overlooked. But, the truth is that you need to protect your skin from sun damage regardless of whether it is sunny or not, the rays are still there even in the winter when the sun is not clearly visible!

Sun damage consists of:

  • Aging.
  • Spots-uneven skin tone.
  • Skin cancer.
  • Sunburn.

You may think that your skin looks just fine but things are not always as they seem; looks can be deceiving.

Check out this video which highlights just that.

 “How the sun sees you…”

If you have sensitive skin then be sure to look for a sunscreen that is fragrance free, oil-free and non comedogenic (not pore blocking). You may also get more natural based sunscreen if you prefer that. Opt for at least SPF 15 but 30 is better.

Yes, some foundations do have SPF but I am sure you do not put on pumps of makeup so, it won’t be enough.

Boscia Oil-Free Daily Hydration SPF 15 – is a product that I recommend. Ideal for all skin types.

Boscia

Full ingredient list: Water, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Leaf Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/leaf/stem Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Bishydroxyethyl Biscetyl Malonamide, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Hydrogenated Rapeseed Alcohol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sclerotium Gum, Aluminum Hydroxide, Potassium Phosphate, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide.

What I like about this product:

  • Oil control AND hydrating properties.
  • Anti-bacterial properties: Burdock Root; helps acne prone skin.
  • Anti-inflammatory and anti-irritation ingredient: Willow Herb; helps acne prone skin.
  • Matte finish.
  • Minimizes pores.
  • Anti-aging ingredients.
  • Paraben, sulfate, synthetic fragrance, synthetic dye, petro-chemical and pthalate free.
  • And, of course sun protection!

I have both sensitive and combination skin. This is one of the very few moisturizers with SPF that I do not find to be greasy or leave my face looking oily. The only downside is that it’s more costly than other SPF sources. This does not break me out or have a white ghostly look, lol. The texture is extremely light but creamy! It disappears into my skin so fast that sometimes I find myself putting on more.

This can be bought at: Sephora and Boscia 1.4 oz-$36.

A drugstore sunscreen that I recommend is:

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF 30 Sunscreen

Neutrogena

What I like about this:

  • Sheer-no ghostly white cast on face.
  • Oil-free, matte finish.
  • Not greasy, disappears into your skin fast. Dry-touch advertisement is accurate!
  • Affordable price.
  • Water resistant.

Can be bought at your local drugstore, Target-cheapest there, less than $10, Walmart, etc.

Don’t forget to protect your body from the sun’s rays, too! 🙂

Pomegranate!

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This is a fruit that has a sweet and tangy taste. The fruit looks kind of like little jewels. 😀
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There are many health benefits associated with pomegranates.

Iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, antioxidants, Vitamin B5, calcium and more.

Skincare correlations: anti-aging, collagen and elastin production, sun protection, cell regeneration, vitamin C and more.

Healthcare correlations : anti-cancer, immune system health, lower blood pressure, weight loss, lower cholesterol, blood circulation and more.

Remember that correlation does NOT imply causation!

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Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Creme

Hi guys,

I purchased the Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation creme and I LOVED it.

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It’s an oil free creme that claims to help with hyperpigmentation-skin discoloration AND anti-aging. It is recommended to use it twice a day but I used it once at night. I felt like it literally did transform my skin overnight. I woke up in the morning with a radiant look :). In fact, I received compliments about my skin looking brighter.

What I like about this particular creme:

  • Oil-free.
  • Paraben, sulfate, phthalate-free.
  • A lot natural ingredients such as: Sugar cane, Lemon fruit extract, orange fruit extract, sandalwood, licorice and more.
  • Vitamin C-brightens and stimulates collagen!
  • Gentle exfoliating properties from AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids), you won’t be left with dry or flaky skin.

Full ingredient list:

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Texture/feel:

  • Lightweight-doesn’t make you feel all oily and greasy; melts into your skin to make it more beautiful.
  • Makes you wake up feeling and looking radiant. Skin is noticeably smoother! Look at your skin under a magnifying mirror and you will see that the dry flakes are gone.

You can buy it at: Sephora

Price:

  1. 3 oz. 65$-sold out at the moment but it will restock, that just shows you how great this product is.
  2. 1.7 oz $40
  3. 0.5 oz $14-gives you the option of just trying it out. Sephora also has a wonderful promo code: WONDERS which allows you to get a 7 day sample of this product and 2 other Ole Henriksen Products which I might review later.