Review of Dorco Shai 6 Razor

I have to admit that I received this Shai 6 razor several months ago for an unbiased review (not sponsored), and I have been a bit slow (very slow actually) in posting my thoughts.  There are several reasons for this: 1) I have been very busy; 2) I wanted to see how this razor performed over time; and 3) my teen aged daughter wanted to test it out as well.  So…all good reasons but the time has come to share my thoughts.

Looks pretty too!

Looks pretty too!

First impressions

The packaging was appealing, although nothing too different from the Bic or Gilette razors that I typically buy.  Upon opening it, however, I noticed a difference.  It was EASY to open.  What do I mean by that comment?  You know how it can be a struggle and sometimes dangerous to open plastic packaging even when products contain “easy open” systems?  Well, this package was true to that name.  It opened quickly and without risk of receiving a plastic (paper) cut!  Big points earned here!

 

Package was easy to open! No plastic cuts on fingers!

Package was easy to open! No plastic cuts on fingers!

Now for my first thoughts after the opening challenge – the razor felt rather solid if a razor can be considered solid. That is, it had a notable weight to it without being heavy.  I felt like I was holding something in my hand – something important.  The handle also had a slightly tacky but cushioned grip to it.  In short, this razor felt really good in my hand.  No worries of it slipping out of my hand while in the shower and no sharp edges where they should not be sharp.  I also have to add that the color was pretty.  What do you think?  The section the held the blade was also solid feeling and did not rotate all over the place as is the case with another razor that I have owned.

Handle feels comfortable and is easy to hold

Handle feels comfortable and is easy to hold

First Uses

So how didi it handle?  This razor is a nice combination of shaving closely without feeling like it is exfoliating at the same time, and I mean that in the nicest way.  A good balance of getting close enough to the roots of the hairs on my legs etc., but not scraping away at the skin.  I have a few other razors that have extra pieces on them to help lubricate as you shave.  This seems nice but they often do not get as close of a shave, which is irritating to me.  I want a close shave but not one that takes aways the upper layer of my skin!

In use, I really liked this razor: close shave, nice feel to hold, and I felt like I could navigate easily around my ankle bones and knee caps.  This razor fits all my needs but how does it hold up over time?  Keep reading…

Over Time

I was sold after the first use, but I also did not want this razor to be one that does a good job only once or for only a few uses.  I want one that lasts at least 2-3 weeks.  I also keep my razor in the shower so I need it to be able to survive in water soaked elements.  And…this one did.  I was able to get a nice (almost daily not counting the times I was out of town on a business trip) shave for 3 weeks before the blades started losing some of their shaving gusto.  How long do your razors typically last?  This works for me!

Reports from a Teenager

One of the toughest critics, and almost anyone with teens will agree, is a teenager especially a 16 year old girl!  So what did my daughter say?  She really liked this razor as well but for some different reasons.  She often does not shave in the shower but does that dreaded “dry shave” just minutes before she has to walk out the door.  A bit of hair conditioner (yes that does work well!) and a quick skim of the razor over her legs and she is done.  My daughter gave this razor very high ratings and was disappointed when it dulled to  a less than close shave quality – which was 3 weeks for her as well.

Final Thoughts

This Shai 6 razor is a great find!  I know I will be ordering some for both myself and my daughter and will put one in my travel bag as well.  It is priced right (and I have a code too – see below) and not only shaves well but looks pretty and feel nice to hold as you shave.  Here is a direct link to this razor.  Check it out and let me know what you all think too!

Coupon Code: BeautyNest20
Discount: 20% Off Each Item
Exp: 9/30/16
This coupon code will be not be applicable to sale items.

 

 

 

Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Review

Are you surprised that my search for a fun, new foundation continues?  Well, it has, and I have recently tested and reviewed the Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint with SPF.  So what did I think?

 

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Let me start by saying I was so intrigued by the descriptions of this Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (I tested the color Groeland) product (matte, skin like, long lasting, packed with SPF), and I do LOVE Nars products – even at their elevated price ($44 for this product)!  In fact, one of my favorite foundations is the Nars Sheer Glow!  I also recently have started discovering their blushes and lipsticks but that is another posting.

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Quick backdrop for this review.  I have dry skin right now (due to my use of Retin A).  I have quite a bit of hyper pigmentation on my lower cheeks and easily get redness in patches on my face especially around my nose.  And, of course, I have fine lines and wrinkles…

Did it live up to my expectations?……….Ummm – sadly – no.  The greatest fail for this skin tint is that it never became one with my skin.  Instead, it just sat on top and looked like something on my face.  I tried numerous primers and no primer and various application methods all with different formulas of moisturizer – should one have to work that hard though?  The second greatest drawback for this skin tint was that it ITCHED my skin so much that I could not wait to wash it off!  Ugh…this was not a fun test and a less fun review.

I do not know what happened because I hear such wonderful glowing reviews from others.  Perhaps it is my sensitive skin?  For example, I cannot wear BareMinerals powder foundation as it makes my skin crawl and itch like crazy.  I have never before had itching from a liquid foundation (like) product however.  Even without the itch factor though the appearance it created was not flattering and just sat on my skin – no blending or marriages between my skin and the product at all.  I even experimented with different setting sprays to see if I could get it to work.  Nothing seemed to make it both look flattering or feel comfortable.  On top of it all, I am not thrilled to purchase a product that you have to stand on one foot, hold you hand at a 37 degree angle, and say “pretty please” ten times!

Any thoughts or recommendations?  What are your experiences with this product?  Sorry that I could not be more favorite to it. Regardless, I still LOVE Nars products!

If you want to see my video review and demo application, click below.

Marc Jacobs Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder

I have been hot and cold to contouring but mainly because it never worked for me. Another hypothesis (and a very viable one) is that I did not know how to do it well and have the right products. To end this turmoil and resulting muddy looking cheeks, I started on a quest – a quest to find the right contour for me and to learn how to apply it on MY face.

I have followed the craze of buying the multi-color palettes out there such as the Kat Von D Shade & Light contour palette, the Tarte Tartest Contour Palette, and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour palettes. I even ventured to trying the Nyx contour products. In the end, they all ended up not quite working as well as I had hoped OR only two of the colors in the palettes worked for me. Have you encountered this?

So…that is the history behind my pursuit of a contour palette. And, now, I ventured into a different quest. Contour palette – yes; but the focus here is on finding the compact that holds only the powders that I really like and work for me (sometimes those two goals are not mutually exclusive!).

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IMG_0837It is beautiful, isn’t it? The case feels so rich and wonderful and who does not love that little button to open it? The size is quite large but it is so thin – sort of reminds me of my 13” Mac Book Air! And the mirror inside is wonderful and large enough to actually use! The feel of the compact reflects the price tag though – at $49 it is pricy – but on par with the other palettes that I had purchased and not used all the products inside (well the Tarte one is rather nice all around!). Okay, so the compact is divine but that is not what I bought it for, right? How does it work and how are the powders?

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There are three different color options with this palette: Mirage Filter 40 – light gold/ light bronze; Dream Filter 20 – soft pink/ medium bronze; and Hi Fi Filter 60 – warm peach/ deep bronze. After consultation with the Sephora associate, I opted for the Dream Filter 20 with the subtle pink highlighter and medium bronze contour. This actually surprised me because I intended to purchase Mirage Filter; however, after trying them on we decided that the yellow toned highlight was aging on me! See, I told you I am not great at picking out the colors!

I was so excited to try this out on my own after seeing how wonderful the contour powder looked on my skin! And the powders were so smooth and blendable but still showed up on my skin without looking muddy. The real test though is whether I can make it look right as well and…it worked! I was so thrilled with the result of the contour! The highlight however works for me color-wise and helps sharpen up the color I apply under my cheeks (mega chisel look) but does not play well with my under eye area unfortunately. That is okay though as I am starting to shy away from applying anything to that delicate (and aging quickly) area.

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Overall, I am very happy with this palette and can definitely see me using it and ALL of it! The size worries me a bit though in regards to traveling but I will see what happens there and let you know. Although I am thrilled with the Marc Jacobs Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder, I do have the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder on its way to me…the search has not officially ended I guess..

Here is my video review so you can see it in action too!

Thanks for taking part in this quest! What is your favorite contour palette or compact?

Hourglass Modernist Eye Palette in Atmosphere Review

To be honest, I have been drooling over the Hourglass Modernist Eye Palettes for a LONG time! I held out testing it out for a few reasons: very expensive and mixed reviews of the product.  As you can see, however, the magnetic pull to this palette won out and here it is!

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Hourglass Modernist Eye Shadow palette is beautiful but does it work well as an eye shadow?  There are seven available Hourglass Modernist palettes :

  1. Obscure is earthy tones and includes: cream, smokey brown, rose gold, coffee, and cool bronze
  2. Monochrome is rose tones and includes: warm ivory, rose nude, peony pink, light mauve, and dark chocolate
  3. Infinity is warm neutrals with warm ivory, dusty rose, bronzed mauve, cool taupe, and dark cocoa
  4. Graphite includes smokey tones warm ivory, copper gold, deep brown, gun metal,and silver
  5. Exposure is plum based with champagne, aubergine, bronze, black violet, and lilac shadows
  6. Color Field is olive and has warm ivory, champagne gold, taupe brown, golden olive, and forest green
  7. Atmosphere has cool neutrals such as pale ivory, pale pink, taupe, espresso, and charcoal – this is the only all matte palette

I chose the Atmosphere selection – and if you know me you would have guessed that since it is the only all matte palette. The colors in the palette are so appropriate for me and, in reality, the only colors that I really wear.

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So…what did I think about this palette?

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I LOVE it!!  It is so beautiful to view and that does not end there.  The colors are so creamy-ish and apply/blend flawlessly.  There is definite fall-out but that happens in almost all my palettes and does not bother me at all!

The fact that there are no true dividers between the colors may not appeal to all.  I find it as a non-issue with me and lends to the beauty of the palette.  What I do not know, however, is whether it will crack when you start to hit pan in an area.  Does anyone know?

Some reviews I analyzed reported that the lighter colors did not hold much pigmentation and/or were more dry than the others.  I did not find this with my palette at all.

Another question is longevity.  I use eye shadow primer with my Mac Paint Pot (in painterly) my favorite item to use to serve this purpose.  Using primer (I also tested it out with a Smashbox and Urban Decay primer), the shadows last all day (10+ hours) with little, if any, fading or creasing.  So happy!!

A lingering question is…how much?  Okay – take a seat because this is startling (at least it was to me).  The Hourglass Modernist palettes case $58 but before you shut the door, remember that you can (hopefully) find a palette that has all colors that you will USE – not one of those loaded palettes that you typically use only 1/3 of the colors (at least that is what happens with me!).  The quantity of shadow for each color is also greater than what you often receive in larger eye shadow palettes, which is important when they are colors you love and use regularly!  The colors in this palette also lend to creating several different looks even though there are only five options.  Do I sound convinced that this is a good buy?  Well, for me it really is!  I adore it and am so happy with my leap of faith to purchase it!  Hourglass rocks again!

See my video review in the link below and then let me know what you think!!

Thanks so much!!  Enjoy!

 

Best of 2015!

Happy new year!!  As promised, here are the products that fall into the category of Best of 2015!  Did any of these make your lists?  If not, what products did you love across 2015?  So excited about 2016!!!

Miscellaneous Items:

 

Skin Care

Makeup:

What were your favorites across 2015???

December 2015 Favorites and Fails

Wow!  December is already here (well past now!) and here are my favorites and a few fails (for me).  See if these products are on your favorites list. If not, what ones are?  Did you have any regrets or fails this month?  Happy new year!!

Products I mentioned:

Fails:

  • Nyx Highlighters/Illuminators – in Ritualistic and Enigmatic  – http://goo.gl/Ux1lty – $8.99
  • L’Oreal Magic Perfecting Base – http://goo.gl/dWwnw3 – $11

Favorites:

What were your favorites and not so favorites during December?

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation Review

Foundation can make or break your day (or the bank!).  In my current pursuit for finding the best foundation for me, I have tried many, many products.  The Nars Sheer Glow foundation hits so many of the marks of excellence!  It misses the mark in two ways though.  See what I think about it and also how it works for mature skin!

Pros:

  • So blendable!  I love the finish that the Beauty Blender provides but a brush also does the trick just a bit heavier coverage.
  • Lovely finish – just what I want.  I am going to describe it as slightly dewy satin.
  • A big color range.
  • Last well across the day
  • Did not emphasize my fine (not really fine but for this posting I will say fine) lines or pores or the texture that my skin has from past acne etc.
  • Needed a slight powder to set but I always powder to set my foundations.
  • Felt light on my skin
  • Great for my skin in spring and summer
  • It has hit Holy Grail foundation status in my makeup bag of tricks!

Cons:

  • Pricey!
  • If you want a pump, you must purchase it separately.
  • I cannot think of any other cons to this foundation for me!

Have you tried it?  What are your thoughts?  I wish I could upload some photos of me wearing it, but all the photos are lost – well erased by accident from my external hard drive (another long and stressful story).  My YouTube video shows me wearing it though.  Sub while you are there!

Love to hear from all of you too!

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion

I am always on the look out for drug store beauty products and always on the look out for new foundations.  The effect of this is what I have here – a drug store foundation option – or not?  See what I think.

Yes, I test out a great deal of foundation.  One reason is that my skin keeps changing.  In part because of the seasons and in part because of the products I am using on my skin (Retin A has made my skin so dry!).  Regardless, I still love a good foundation!  Right now, I am starting to embrace a more glowy or dewy finish – but not too much or I will have flashbacks to my earlier years when my skin was SO oily!  I also want a nice level of coverage.  I do like the look of natural skin but not necessarily my natural skin.  On the other hand, I do not want a mask on my face nor do I want to feel the foundation on my skin.  Finally, it must last throughout the day and behave on my mature skin.  Not too much to ask, right?  I think you understand why I am always searching…

At present, my Holy Grail foundations are: Nars Sheer Glow, Make Up Forever Ultra HD, and Too Faced Born this Way.  (I have reviews on all of these and will link them once I get them uploaded.)  Yes, it is nice to have this line up but they do not all play well with my skin all year long. My Nars Sheer Glow works so well in hotter more humid weather as does my Make Up Forever Ultra HD.  Cooler (i.e., dryer skin days) weather aligns perfectly with my Too Faced Born this Way foundation.

So…how the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion foundation work?

Pros:

  • Lovely finish!
  • Easy to use and blend especially with my Beauty Blender
  • Nice customizable coverage
  • Works well with mature skin (does not sit in my fine lines)
  • Nice packaging
  • Less pricey than my other foundations
  • Feels nice on skin
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Wearing the Lumi Cushion foundation

Cons:

  • It does not last – see photo of it wearing away from around my nose in just three hours.  This happened no matter what primer I used!
  • For the quantity of the product, it can be considered pricey

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As you can imagine, the lack of longevity in wearing power is a strong strike against this foundation and what a shame!  I really liked the finish, coverage, and all the extras.  I cannot use a foundation, however, that wears away to such a degree in just  few hours though.  Has anyone else found this as an issue?  If so, did you find a “fix” for it?  I would love to hear so I can move this product up into my “Like a Lot” drawer!

My search for foundations continues!

 

Too Faced Born this Way Foundation

Too Faced Born this Way foundation

Have you tried it?  What do you think?  I would love to hear!

Too Faced Born this Way Absolute Perfection foundation – http://goo.gl/aWXUsc – $39.  I am wearing Natural Beige.

Tarte Timeless Beauty Essentials Review

Holidays and limited edition sets are starting to show up everywhere!  The Tarte Timeless Beauty Essentials is a beauty and is exclusive to Ulta.  I hope this helps you decide if you should add to your holiday shopping list (for giving or receiving!).  Click here to go to the link on Ulta for the Tarte Timeless Beauty Essentials.

The Tarte Timeless Beauty Essentials limited-edition set ($36) that is exclusive to Ulta includes:

  • Timeless Smoothing Primer (0.067 oz.) – Deluxe sample
  • Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Timeless (peach melon) (0.2 oz.) – Full size
  • Blush Brush
  • Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Angelic Nude (0.1 oz.) – Full size
  • Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara (0.16 oz.) – Deluxe sample

So what did I think?  This set of products from Tarte is amazing and so worth the money – actually it is a great value!

The Timeless Smoothing Primer really surprised me.  It has a thicker consistency (reminded me of the new Make Up For Ever primers and Benefit’s Porefessional) but applies easily.  My foundation glides right on top and the finish is matte but alive – if the makes sense.  I cannot say it makes my makeup last any longer than any other primer but I am on board with it!

I love Tarte blushes and this blush in Timeless one was no let down.  I love how well they apply and blend and they remain consistent throughout the day.  Timeless is a peachy-melon shade that will probably work well for anyone?  I love, love it!

The blush brush is not only beautiful – look at the design on the handle (!) – but it applies blush flawlessly.  It is somewhat soft but full bristled, which is perfect for me for applying blush.  I also adore how pretty it is!

I have had very limited experience with Tarte lipsticks but that will not last!  I love the feel of them!  The Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Angelic Nude that is part of this set is a beautiful pinky-nude color.  What I love the most, however, is the feel of it.  It is so moisturizing and glides on your lips!  I am not as fond of the cardboard lipstick tube but at least it is cute.  As for longevity – it last but not for a long, long time.  I do not mind this though because I love applying it!

Finally, the mascara…I have not had much luck with Tarte mascaras before.  That means, that I never thought they out-performed any of my other favorites, which typically are from the drug store (e.g., L’Oreal Butterfly mascara is amazing!).  I also prefer waterproof mascaras.  The Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement mascara from this kit is different.  I really like it!  It is a bit “wet” in consistency but between the product and the brush it does some magic!  I definitely will use this sample, but I am not sure yet if I will purchase a full size any time in the future.

So, big “thumbs up” to this limited edition set!  I love it and am so happy with each piece included in the limited edition collection.  I would highly recommend it as a gift or as a purchase for yourself.  Has anyone else tried it?  I would love to hear your thoughts!  What other kits are on your gift list?

Until next time, I will keep my eye out for other potential gift items!  If you want to see my video, please click below (and sub too!).  I have a new goal of getting to 500 subscribers!  Share as well!!

Hoping all is well!