Teami Skinny Tea

// // National day(s) of complete diet obliteration ...also known as "the holidays," is almost upon us. As much as I am looking forward to unlimited pumpkin pie and stuffing, I know that beginning the day after Thanksgiving, all I am going to want to do is detox. This year I am one Read more

The Results of Softer Skin #AveenoDailyChallenge

I partnered with AVEENO® on this post. All opinions are 100% my own. I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge for three weeks. For the last three weeks I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge using both AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash + AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion. The goal was to follow a daily Read more

Can Ultrasound Improve the Look of Skin?

I'll be honest, I was not very familiar with the world of cosmetic ultrasound treatments when I decided to try the Mira-Skin Ultrasound device. Upon doing my research, I learned that ultrasound is a non-surgical/non-invasive treatment that counteracts the effects of time and gravity on your skin. Ultrasound uses the body's Read more

Say Goodbye to Dry Skin This Winter with #Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Deep Moisture Jelly Cream

Although I absolutely love this time of the year with the brightly colored leaves and crisp fall air, I dread it at the same time. It seems all of my time is spent trying to prep all the livestock for the winter, insulating the house, cooking and freezing all Read more

3 Myths About Using Toner

Toner is one of the biggest misunderstood skin care products out there. And to be honest, at one point when I was younger, I also believed some of these myths. What about you? 1. Toner is a cleanser. This one bugs me the most. I've read blogger reviews where the person clearly Read more

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Review: Too Faced Matte Eye Shadow Collection

Whenever I wear makeup I always tend to hide from eye shadow.  Not because I don’t like eye shadow or have an allergy or anything like that, but simply because I am terrible at applying it.  I would love to wear any sort of an eye; matte, smoky, gold…anything. But whenever I make an attempt at eye shadow application, I fail miserably and always end up just wiping it off and going with a naked eye.  I decided to give Too Faced Eye Shadow Collection a try because it comes with three how-to lesson cards that give you step by step application instructions for creating the looks on the cards which include a Fashion Eye, a Classic Eye and a Day Eye and also combines both warm and cool tones.

I decided I would first try the classic eye.  The instructions were absolutely very easy to follow and took me about five minutes…maybe even less than that.  The colors were  really silky and easy to blend  so I did not end up with three different lines of color on my eyes. I have to admit I was a bit leery about applying  matte navy and matte stone grey shadow to my lids and imagined I may look like a caricature of myself, but the look I ended up being a mixture of  soft, pretty and a little saucy.  I have not tried the other two eye looks as yet, but I am definitely planning on trying out the fashion eye on Valentine’s night.

Have you used this eye shadow palette?


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Clinique Lid Smoothie Antioxidant 8-Hour Eye Color

Clinique’s Lid Smoothie Antioxidant 8-Hour Eye Color ($19.50) is a creamy eye shadow that promises no creasing for up to eight hours and says it will “coax fine lid lines into a blanket of smoothness”. The only thing Lid Smoothie coaxed my eye lids to do was itch like crazy.

I tried Clinique’s eye color out over several days, with a day off in between to be sure that it was the culprit for irritating my skin. It was/is. I am officially allergic to Lid Smoothie. Perhaps I am unusually sensitive because I have read that Clinique allergy-tests every product 12 times on 600 people and reformulates if a single application out of those 7200 incites an adverse reaction.

I think that the culprit might be an anti-caking agent. Ironically, since this is likely responsible for the much vaunted no crease of Clinique’s Lid Smoothie. There isn’t much information on HDI/trimethylol hexyllactone crosspolymer, but its material safety data sheet (MSDS) says that it may cause eye and skin irritation, including itchiness and redness. MSDS information refers to 100% concentrations and I am clearly not being exposed to it in its pure form. However, there may be enough in Lid Smoothie to make this product too uncomfortable to continue to wear.

It has a couple of potential partners in crime, including dimethicone/PEG-10/15 crosspolymer, which should not be used on damaged skin as it is suspected of skin and sense organ toxicity, according to the EWG. Another common irritant in Lid Smoothie is bismuth oxychloride, a white pigment whose tendency to cause allergic reactions is increased by sweating due to its molecular crystalline shape.

As far as the antioxidants go, I don’t think I’m going to be missing much. There’s a handful of perfectly nice botanical extracts, including antioxidant-rich spinach. Clinique has also given Lid Smoothie a bit more anti-aging oomph with the peptide that reduces expression lines, acetyl hexapeptide-8.

Performance of Lid Smoothie is a bit moot in my case, since the discomfort of using this product and an overriding concern that things that irritate should never be used anywhere near the eyes puts it firmly on the reject list. However, I can say that it does what it says on the can – it doesn’t crease. And the color I tested, pinkgo biloba, is a subtle pinky brown that gave a rather good highlighter effect that made my eyes look wide open. I’ll miss that part.

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Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Methyl Trimethicone, Trimethylsiloxyslicate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polysilicone-11, Glycerin, Magneseum Myristate, Copernicia Cerifera, Wax, Silica, Microcrystalline wax, Butylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Cucumber fruit extract, Carrot Root Extract, Spinach leaf extract, Broccoli Extract, Blueberry Fruit Extract, Caffeine, Aloe Barbadenisis Leaf Water, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Ozokerite, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, | +/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides

Posted on by Marta Wohrle in eye shadow, Makeup 3 Comments