Tuesday, March 29, 2011


OMG!! Can i say that my skin is in heaven!!! i was having some funkyness going on on my face a few months back and nothing was working until i found this stuff. i had heard about ORIGINS in the past but never actually stopped by to try it because my trusting Mary Kay products always got the job done.
A short history on what i was actually experiencing: i have combination skin, meaning normal to dry on most of my face with an oily T-Zone. i had started experiencing dryness (more than usual) in small spots on my cheeks, my right eyelid was dry and the skin under my eyebrows was also dandruff..HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! CAN YOU SAY WEIRD!!!!
how does one eyelid get dry and how in the heck do i justify buying a bottle of head and shoulders for my eyebrow dandruff??? well you dont! You go out and buy some of this ORIGINS stuff. this weird weather here in SoCal sure did kick the moisture out of my skin but this stuff showed the weather who was boss. LOL.

a little bit about the brand and why it is soooo amazing:
(this info was taken directly from the Oigins website.)

The Origins Mission:
to create high-performance natural skincare that is powered by nature and proven by science

Origins Purity;
products are formulated with natural and certified organic ingredients and 100% natural essential oils. and formulated without parabens, phthalates propylene glycol, mineral oil, PABA, petrolatum, paraffin, DEA and animal ingredients. we manufacture using a combination of renewable resources, wind energy and earth-friendly practices.

On one of the bottles it even said that they do not test on animals rather they use a volunteer panel to try out their awesome is that!?!!

here are the products i have used and have fallen completely in love with:

Checks & Balances- frothy face wash
5fl. oz $18.50US
This face wash is amazing!! it is a thick consistency face wash which means that you do not need much once you start to lather with water. this face wash is formulated with broad leaf kelp extract which discourages excess oil production and wheat protein which balances and protects dry prone zones. this is perfect for combination skin. the way to use it is to start with a small amount and lather with warm water. if you need more face wash feel free to use what you feel is right. Origins calls it a frothy face wash and i would say that is very accurate. at first sight i thought that the water would just dissolve the small amount face wash i had on the tips of my fingers but it didnt. the lather is so wonderful. after playing with the right amount of face wash with the right amount of water i have worked up a lather much like shaving creamy without the heaviness. the smell of the wash is pleasent. it smells minty but not overpowering. after rinsing it off, your face feels brand new. it does not feel too dry nor does it feel tight. after the first wash i noticed a difference compaired to my old face wash. after using the Origins face wash my skin tone appeared more even and without as much redness. i use this as both my morning and night face wash...gotta love a 2-in-1... overall an awesome product and for the price you cant complain. if used right, this will last you quite some time.

A Perfect World- antioxident moisturizer with white tea
1.7oz $39.50US
this is another product where a little goes a long way. this moisturizer is mostly for those with dry skin. it is formulated with white tea which helps intercept free radical damage before is causes early signs of aging and it keeps the skin looking younger longer. i had a few mixed emotions about this when i tried it out at the Origins counter at my local Macy's. i wasnt to fond of the smell. although it doesnt smell bad; it has a mild citrusy scent. i am more of a mint or sweet scented kinda gal. the good thing is that its not going to make you smell like oranges all day long. another thing that i wasnt too sure about was the consistency and feel after it was applied. i loved that it was thick but didnt leave the skin feeling heavy at all. the feel of it after it was applied i thought would be oily because my skin was a little shiny at first. however once it set into the skin it left a nice glow with enough moisture for the day without looking greasy. i did notice that i had to wait just a few more minutes for it to settle into the skin before applying make up compared to my old moisturizer but the pay off was more than amazing. my foundation went on much smoother and my imperfections were hardly noticeable. after using the product for a week i must say i love it and my first impressions were completely off of what this product had to offer. i used this product in the morning daily and every other night. overall the quality of this product is amazing! and it really did help after the 2nd day with my dry eyelid and dry spots on my face. the only downer is the price. although you literally only need very little to fully moisturize your face paying nearly $40 is a bit high. however, price aside, i do highly recommend this product and i will more than likely purchase it again.

Drink Up Intensive- overnight mask to quench skin's thirst
3.4fl. oz $21.00US
i have never been a big fan of face masks, especially overnight ones, because i hated the whole concept of something drying hard on my face and making a mess. i know...pretty lame...but its true. not to mention i havent tried many face masks to say i have like one more than the others in particular. when i was explaining to the lady at the Origins counter what i was experiencing she immediately guided me to the face wash and moisturizer. then she mentioned that she had a mask with a similar feel to my night time moisturizer i was previously using that i might like for an extra ooumphh of moisture for my skin. i had her show me this mask that i didnt believe was a mask if it felt like my old night moisturizer. my old night time moisturizer was clear, light weight and left the skin feeling...well...moisturized all night. it never dried, got hard or made a mess. how could a mask do something like that if its a mask?? well gee was i wrong. she told me that i would love it and again she was right. this mask is formulated with apricot kernel oil which quenches compromised skin and avocado oil and mango butter which Origins says builds a reservoir of moisture for tomorrow, and on top of that it has japanese seaweed to prevent future moisture loss. believe it or not a lot happens at night time when we are asleep. for those that have used night cremes or moisturizers and wake up feeling like you never put anything on the night before...thats because of dehydration. this mask is the solution. the sweet smell of mango is also a plesent smell to fall asleep to. once you have applied it all over your face you might feel a little sticky in some areas like the eyelids and around the nose but dont worry. it will soon make its way down to a dewy very moisturized skin feel; but not uncomfortable. it will not make a mess all over your pillows at night and it doesnt make you itch(from feeling something on your face). in the morning when you wake up your skin feels just as dewy and moisturized. when you wake up simply rinse your face with warm water and you will feel the mask coming off and start your day all over with the frothy face wash. i use this mask every other night (the other nights i use the moisturizer) after i wash my face with the frothy stuff and call it night from there. the price is right, the quality is great...overall amazing. i highly recommend this and will buy this again.

so there you have it. my long review on my new Origins products. i can honestly say that i love them all. for those of you who are a little more conscious of their budget you might want to consider something less expensive(stay tuned for some at home remedies that are super cheap) or look at this purchase as one that will give you better results for your money. i must admit i was a little hesitant to pay the price for these products and even after i did, i left the Origins counter hoping that it was money well spent. turns out that it was more than just money well spent. for me who has suffered from dry sensitive skin finding a good product that works as fast as this does and as well as it does the price was no longer a huge factor.

well i am off to bed with the scent of my mango mask


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

WOW! WOW! Wednesday

in the world of make up artistry we all know we are always on the constant buy. as an MUA you always wanna make sure you have the latest and greatest to offer your clients; and for your own success you must always have the essentials.

that being said we all know that always having to buy new things or restocking on old favorites can nonetheless get pricey. thankfully, our most trusted cosmetic companies offer pro artist memberships. yeah i know....ubber exciting!! what is even more exciting is that for the "newbie" MUA's (myself included) is that we dont need to have a gazillion years of experience under our brush belt.

keeping all that in mind i started my hunt for all the pro memberships i could get my hands on. here are some of the amazing things i found out about pro memberships (for those who dont know too much about them):
  • you can get discounts from 10%-40% (some depend on your level of expertise)
  • you get the latest info on whats going on in the industry (such as newsletters, articles, etc.)
  • you generally get to get your hands on the newest products before the general public
i could go on and on about how wonderful these memberships are and why you need to go out there and get your hands on them. please know that you dont have to be solely a MUA in order to get them. most pro memberships also offer their discount to other professions that are related such as but not limited to:
  • photographers
  • aestheticians
  • models
  • cosmetologists
  • hairstylists
  • nail technicians
  • performers
  • fashion stylists/designers
  • students
so you cant wait to get your hands on these...well....good because here is the info on the pro memberships i have applied for and you should too!!!

****special note to all my GlamSisters- your KJ Glaminar pro certification is a form of professional criteria that you can use for these membership applications. i have not encountered any issues thus far using mine.****

I have made the names of the cosmetic companies links so that you can easily start applying...ok ok lets get started:
  1. MAC Pro (this was my first ever pro card...YAY!!!) all you need to do is download the application, fill it out and mail it back with two pieces of professional criteria and a photo ID. the cost: $35US and $45CDN annually. the discount: 40%
  2. Dinair on the home page look under the professionals tab and click on the pro card apply now link. fill out the application online or download it. if you do it online all you have to do is fill it out and click submit. they will email you with the rest of the info that your need to provide. if you download it, print it out, fill it out and mail it in with a copy of your photo ID and two pieces of professional criteria. the cost: $25US annually. the discount: 20-30%
  3. Smashbox at the bottom of the page click on the smashbox pro link. download the application, print it out, fill it out and email or fax it back to smashbox with a copy of your photo ID and 2 pieces of professional criteria. the cost: none listed on application. the discount: 20-40%
  4. Senna Cosmetics this one is a little tricky. i could not find their application on their website but i know that they do offer a pro membership. i got my application at TMUS is LA this past weekend. i also dont know if there is a cost or what the discount is. however, i did get a chance to see their make up artists work on people at TMUS and i did get to swatch their product even though i did not purchase any and the color pay off on their shadows are great and the feeling of their foundations is amazing. i encourage you to do your own research on their site and to contact them if you would like to get an application. maybe they can send you one in the mail of via email. their number 800-537-3662.
  5. Stila <----click there and start filling out your application. it only takes a few minutes. when your are done, allow 4-6 weeks for processing. you may need to provide additional info at a later date. the cost: none listed on the site. the discount: 20-40%
  6. The Powder Group when you visit their site click on the little box that says TPG Pro Membership. there you will see all that they offer and let me just say its super amazing. this is why i saved it for last. this website will keep you up to date on the latest news of the industry, give you automatic entry to some of the harder to get pro memberships, exclusive offers on special events and they will even give you a spot on their site where other people, professional or clients, can contact you for work. its like advertisement for your sevices. not only that but you can also see what everyone else offers so if you are looking for models for work just look for one in your state. yup thats right...they have even made it easier for you to find people near you. there is so much more to say about them but i will let you find some more surprises for yourself. the cost: $125US and $65US for students annually. the discount: varies. i know its the most expensive of them all but i think its sooo worth it. so go check out their website and see what you think.

well my friends that is all i have to offer for now. if you know of any other great deals or programs please feel free to post them in the comments section below.

much love and wows...your cindy