MD Confidential: Get That Glow Brightening Cream
More than just a cream — a treatment and primer in one! In the morning, the cream not only treats skin discolorations, hyperpigmentation, age spots and acne scarring, but also acts as a primer for foundation. There's a reason the word 'glow' appears in the product name. Talk about luminosity! The formula is pearlescent in color and delivers instant radiance. While it treats minor skin discolorations, it is gentle. It does not contain Hydroquinone, but it does contain arbutin (to gently lighten discolorations and act an anti-inflammatory), dithiaoctanediol and gluconic acid (clinically proven skin lighteners), beta-carotene (natural anti-oxidant) and sutilains (increase cellular turnover). Used nightly, the cream can easily be layered underneath a moisturizer. Again, super gentle and non-irritating. The brightening aspects of this cream are two-fold, which is why it's so special.
Diba: Maxed Out suede boot in beige
While I mainly use this boot for TV and photo shoots, it's the perfect color to add to so many outfits in my closet. It's getting a lot more use than anticipated. As versatile as this boot is, the comfort is just not what it should be. Cushioned inserts make a huge difference!
JK Jemma Kidd: I-Sculpt Shadow and Liner in charcoal
The i-sculpt applicator is a great tool to have in your make up arsenal. If you are like me, you admire a make-up artist with the ability to draw a perfect line across the eyelid without looking as if it were applied in the dark. The i-sculpt shadow duo is a work of art when it comes to the applicator. The angled liner end of the pencil allows you to apply a straight line with precision and ease. The pencil provides a dark, non-blotchy line with the right amount of texture and pressure. It takes a bit of practice to use eye liner pencils. However, this particular applicator allows the novice the ability to apply like a pro. The other end of the pencil has a very nice silver color. The applicator sits inside of a reservoir which allows you to apply the shadow heavy or light. The applicator is very comfortable and provided full coverage without having to go over the first stroke to experience the real effect of the color. The only problem is that after a couple of hours, it started to fade and required a refresh more frequently than I would have liked for a girl who has very little time. I tried the product with an oil-controlled base moisturizer and translucent powder which aided in making it last longer.
Rilastil Make-Up: Volumizing Mascara*
Want major lashes? Then you want this mascara. One coat is all it takes to create volume. The formula is so hydrating, too. Extra product does tend to build up on the end of the wand, but it's easy to swirl it back into the tube. As a result, there's a tendency for glumpiness if you're not careful. Though, I am thrilled to report there's no smudging, smearing or flaking with this mascara.
Twisted Silver: Lucky Penny necklace
This is one necklace I won't lend out. I love it so. It's one of the easiest necklaces to wear. It's long. It's lightweight. It goes with almost everything in my wardrobe. And I love the 1970s minted penny captured in time on this antiqued brass bead chain. Super cool.
Almay: intense i-color in smokey-i kit for browns
If you have difficulty putting eye shadow colors together, look no further. Almay has taken the guess work out of the process with their Intense I-Color Powder Shadow. I love the shape of the actual packaging which indicates which color is used for brow highlights verses the contour of the eye and lids. The consistency of the shadow is smooth and goes on without caking. The texture has a nice shimmery look which really pops and adds a bit of flare. I received a ton of compliments, too! This particular palette is more appropriate for evenings out due to the high shimmer and worked well against my dark skin. The shadows did not fade or smudge.
lululemon: Run: For your Life Tank
I am a huge fan of lululemon. And I am especially ecstatic over their no-stink line, with knitted silverescent® mesh woven in for anti-stink properties (the silver fibre also inhibits growth of bacteria). This particular top is perfect for almost any form of exercise. It supports you while you run, yet moves comfortably with you during hot yoga. The only difficultly I have with the top is that it doesn't lay flat at the bottom while running. It tends to move up, no matter how tightly I cinch it. It helps to wear a different fabric, like cotton, against it. One of the best surprises are the motivational sayings sewed into the inside bottom of the tank. Love!
JK Jemma Kidd: Smoke It Up i-Kit
Jemma Kidd make-up gives you more than a fresh look, but a great feeling that you are contributing to a vision which translates into helping people around the world. The JK VISONFund is reaching out to assist people suffering in Ethiopia to fight against devastating diseases and makes me feel that my beauty regimen is also contributing to a good cause. I found the product line to be young and fresh with a great sense of what women really want. The Smoke it up i-kit has a very nice look and feel to it and the packaging is charming and stylish. The color palette is contemporary and provides a great daytime smokey eye (not over-the-top for the office). The longevity of the product was very good, as I only required an end-of-day touch up, for which I added a bit more of the darker color in from the palette.
The team of testers are not paid to review products. However, products are supplied as samples for review purposes.
*Available at Jeffre Scott in Charlotte