Lancôme Dream Tone – Bare Selfie

I took a dare… a dare to go bare with Lancome Dream Tone.

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Thanks for swinging by and visiting with me and supporting my sponsors!*

That right folks in this era of selfies and photobombs and ever moment being documented… us blogger type try to stay on point because ya nevah know when the photobug snaps a pic.

So going sans makeup… dare to be bare… psha!

But i took the challenge… and here we are… no makeup!

Ok so all jest aside, I dont wear a ton of makeup but I always wear makeup. Concealer is my best friend.

I was sent Lancome Dream Tone to test out for 4 weeks and then share my skin with you. 1.3 OZ retails for $98.

Here’s what:

There are a TON of potions and lotions out here in the beauty world which promise to make you look younger and get rid of wrinkles and fade away dark spots and make you 6 feet tall… you get my drift.

Introducing New DreamTone, 3 barely-tinted serums to visibly correct dark spots, color imperfections and uneven skin tone. This is what it does—>
DreamTone is the next generation of dark spot correction. So powerful, 72% of women dare to bare their skin.
IMMEDIATELY: 74% saw glowing skin*
7 DAYS: 70% noticed a more even skin tone*
4 WEEKS: 69% saw the appearance of dark spots reduced*
8 WEEKS: 78% saw color imperfections reduced* 
Color Correction specific to your skin tone: Imperfections like redness, sallowness and acne marks are visibly reduced.
*All results based on global self-assessments of women of multiple ethnicities in an 8-week study.  72% reflects 8 weeks of use. Customized for all skin tones: fair, medium & dark 

Here’s my review of Lancome Dream Tone.

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I picked the MEDIUM dreamtone. It matched my skin color best.

After immediate use… I saw nothing. So it took about 3 days before i noticed that maybe my dark spots were starting to fade a bit. A week of using this morning and night… i totally noticed that my skin was starting to even out. I have patching skin, my cheeks are white while my forehead is pretty dark. This started to look even. This maintained for a few weeks… then all of a sudden this week… VOILA… skin looked great and healthy and shiny in a good way and was pretty even toned.

Now… factors that might have contributed… matt and I started juicing. so we were drinking 3 – 4 16 oz juices a day for about 4 days. I started drinking water a lot more than I had been… like 2 glasses a day… instead of no glasses a day.

Does Lancome Dream Tone work… I think it might. I wonder if the results are different for women with fair skin. us brown-skinned girls sometimes have skin things that don’t even out so easily.

I always used moisturizer on top of my Lancome Dream Tone.

Lancome Dream Tone.jpgSo there ya have it mamas. It’s tough as you age. Your skin changes and suddenly every product that promises youth in some sort of way starts to resonate.

I hope my review helps you in your quest for fresh skin!

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Thanks for swinging by and visiting with me and supporting my sponsors! * no filters on the images above.*

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Summer Travel Beauty Must Haves with Elizabeth Arden

You know the beauty brand – Elizabeth Arden.. the red doors… the spa… the mini capsules that hold the fountain of youth… maybe your mom used it? Mine did.

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I was invited to a pretty fab event earlier this month – BLOG MEETS BRAND- more on this later. At this event I was asked to get a makeover and test out a handful of Elizabeth Arden goodies.

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Listen I am a glutton for beauty products and they DID say makeover.. so it was a win! These days between poopy blowout diapers that creep up through the NECK… I mean the NECK people. how does poop travel up the back and out the neck in a 5 month old?

I digress.

What I’m trying to say is… Mama needed a makeover and some beauty treats.

Alright, so I started with a beauty makeover at the Elizabeth Arden counter and the make up artist was the deal. I’m a snob when it comes to makeup artists – in my experience of being on broadway, off-broadway, commercials, music videos, stage and film, I have met their share of all kinds of make up artists.

I know my skin, I know my shade… I know what my makeup is supposed to do for me.

The makeup artist was fab. She matched my skin color SPOT ON! I have olive AND warm tones …this is NOT easy to match and often times I have to mix some potion to create my shade… but Elizabeth Arden did it… matched my shade, found a blush that matched, flawless finish and beautiful color…GASP! Good stuff.

Next – skincare.

I was given a generous supply of the Ceremide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum.

20130529-230349.jpgAlright so when I got home I tried this… it’s packed to the brim with hydration stuff. Ceramides comprise 50% of the essential lipids found in the skin and are essential in maintaining defense against sign of aging. You just pop the capsule and a super generous amount of serum comes out. I use is on my face and neck and decolletage! * first time I have EVER used that word* say wha!

I have been using it as a primer and this summer when we head off on our many travels… I think it would be a great addition to my beauty stash. It makes your skin look so great without makeup… might be my airplane look. Watch out!

I was also given a generous supply of Eight Hour Skin Protectant

20130529-230422.jpgThis stuff is pretty great. It was created by Elizabeth Arden herself back in 1930 and the formula has NEVER changed. So you know it’s a good potion. You can use this on your chapped hands, lips, elbows… all of it. It’s a thick vaseline type consistency and so far… i dig it. Easy to toss in your travel bag and head out to the beach!

I was also given a handful of colors in the Beautiful Color Luminous Lip Gloss 20130529-230401.jpg

All I have to say is My lip gloss is cool… my lip gloss be poppin. Yes. Great consistency, and stays for a bit also offers high-shine, increased moisture with Mango and Shea Butters with a light vanilla scent. I have been wearing these alone AND with a lip liner and blending it in. There is a mirror on the side of the lipgloss case and this makes it easy for those sailing trips or park trips or beach trips when you have to look all editorial for a hot second! But really… chasing around kidlets in this luxurious lip gloss works too.

So there ya have it. Elizabeth Arden products have found their way into my travel beauty stash this season. I would never..ever… have tried this brand if it wasn’t for this sponsored post.

But honestly –

  • The makeup stayed for about 6 hours and held up to drinks, lights and NY crazy weather.
  • The potions and lotions feel very hydrating… which is key in these coming summer months.

Give it a try!

This summer, while you are packing your travel bags don’t forget to toss in a few   Summer Beauty Products From ElizabethArden.

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*This post was sponsored by Elizabeth Arden, while i was paid for this post, all opinions are my own*

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Iman Cosmetics – review

My skin is not the easiest to match. And using a concealer or foundation that generalizes your shade results in some awkward colors on your face.

Iman cosmetics has a near perfect matching system that will match your color just right. I have a mix of Olive and Brown skin. My Indian skin changes color as the wind blows. My summer color is very different from my winter hues.

IMAN COSMETICS

I have been testing out Iman Cosmetics BB Creme for the past week and I dig it folks!

The Iman Cosmetics BB Creme goes on smooth and is a bit thick. Which in the end you kinda want that in a BB cream. I have normal to dry skin on my face and this worked really well. If you have oily skin this might be a bit thick coverage for you and may clog your pores. BUUUT.. bb cream is not meant to be slathered on you know. You should use it sparingly just to give you the right coverage. It’s not to be used as a foundation.

Overall I found it to be great… it is now a staple in my bag. One of my many jobs is reviewing toys for TimeToPlayMag.com — this is an on camera gig… I’ve been using my Iman Cosmetics BB Creme this whole last week and it’s been great. I’ve seen a difference in my skin but mainly there is not as much shine from the reflection of the cameras.

The Iman Cosmetics BB Creme has worked for me and my normal to dry skin.

Commitments scare you? You want to try before you buy?  Then go to a live in store makeup event Check out IMAN COSMETICS FACEBOOK PAGE for all the deets.

* Why I should tell you about makeup – I am a freelance beauty and fashion writer with my beauty, must have, trend pieces all over the web and print. I am also a dancer and choreographer based in NYC with experience on stage, film and tour in commercials, films and music vids. I KNNNOOOOOWWWW my makeup girls! I try stuff all the time and review TONS of goodies to share with you.. my reader*

*I was not paid for this post but was sent a sample of the Iman BB Cream for purposes of this review*

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Getting Pampered at Benefit Cosmetics

My dear friend Holly – The Culture Mom and MamaDrama – hosted an amazing event over the weekend at one of my favorite makeup boutiques – Benefit in SOHO.

I have been a HUGE fan of benetint – the wunder tint product that adds instant color to your cheeks and lips. Usually I can find this at a local Sephora and had never any reason to go into an actual Benefit store.

So here I was on a Saturday morning in SOHO, Lily and Matt headed over to see the preview of Rise of the Guardians in Times Square.

I was in for a treat. I had a makeover where the makeup artists told me about adding a bit of shimmer to my temples and bringing it down the side of my face and highlighting my cheekbones. Nice trick because these days the cheek bones are kinda hidden by preggy face puff.

I also had my moustache waxed by a fab gal who was from Georgia so we chatted about the panhandle and the beaches and the food while she cleaned up my hairy face. She also tinted my eyebrows… something I have never done before and didn’t really think I needed until I caught a glimpse of myself the NEXT day and was like, “oh hey girl hey… nice eyes” Who knew a little eyebrow tint could make such a difference!

Benefit uses natural dyes and natural products so my preggy self was safe from chemical harm.

Benefit stores also have waxing and spray tan services along with makeup consultations and applications. The wax that was used to “unhair” my face was really gentle and left NO bumps between my eye brows.. girls you know what I’m talking about right… that little red irritation… I didn’t have any of it.

As I left, I was gifted with a mascara and … BENETINT!! Which was great since I had run out.  So thanks Holly and MamaDrama and Benefit for my pampering Saturday.

*I was not paid for this post but was gifted some goodies from Benefit Cosmetics.  All opinions are my own.* 

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Hello Kitty – Sephora

If you don’t know, I am a closet Hello Kitty fan!

In my younger years I had waaay too many Hello Kitty things. Like tissues and books and lipgloss and even a humidifier!  While I am not a hard core Hello Kitty groupie, I am still always drawn toward that iconic kitty!

The fab PR gals over at Sephora sent me the latest Hello Kitty Graffitti Collection.

And I am in LUUURVE!!

I love this eye and cheek color palette! So cute, so fun and so very totally playful!


Be sure to check out WWW.SEPHORA.COM to get the full scoop on all things Hello Kitty!

PURRR!

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Lorac- Multiplex Lipgloss

my lipgloss is cool …my lipgloss be popping…

It’s lip gloss… and it’s 3-D… and has holographic reflectors, that give you mayjah shimmer… and they are not grainy… and the product is good…really good!  and it mixes well with a lip liner… and does not…repeat (hold your breathdoes NOT bleed.

Lorac Mutiplex Lipgloss is here girls and it is going to be a cult fave for sure. With the cold climate coming soon, this gloss has moisturizers to keep your smackers soft and smooth!

P.S. – on the green tip: It’s paraben free!

$22 at Sephora come in many different shades, I love em all!

* I love this gloss, I just want to share it with you, I was not paid for this post*

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Tokidoki

I was invited by Sephora to attend the launch of their latest makeup line TOKIDOKI, a line inspired by work of celebrated Italian artist Simone Legno. “a provocative and playful mix of colors, textures and must-have accessories define tthis exciting new beauty brand avaible exclusively at Sephora in may 2010”

What a fab event… with skateboarding girls, Tokidoki avatars, cotton candy and the makeup…you can’t forget about the makeup!

The Tokidoki line is so cute you just want to eat it, but you can’t…I guess thus the cotton candy!

The Tokidoki line is ‘Criminally Cute’, with it’s line of  bags, and cosmetics and t-shirts and usb drives…OH MY!.

My friend, who is also the director of the music video I am currently choreographing,  Michael Brian Lawrence came to the event with me. We also ran into my friend Holly Fink, @culturemomblog.

Me and Designer Simone Legno.

Me: What’s your fav product in this line?

Simone Legno: The compact is my favorite, the packaging is like a little toy.

The design of the Tokidoki line is so cute and so fun that my 5 yr old monkey thinks they are toys and I am being selfish by not letting her play with my Tokidoki makeup!

My personal Todidoki makeover.

My personal Todidoki makeover.

Favorite products from the line are:

The Lip Stain: This runs for $15 and is awesome. It lasted the entire evening, with drinks and cotton candy and all and has hydrating pamthenol. Comes in 5 shades.

I also love the Prisma Gloss: runs about $15 and is an uber shiny glassy gloss.

Listen up: I was not paid to write this review, merely invited to the event. Products were gratis in my swag bag. I am writing about this event to get some traffic to my blog and to tell you that I like makeup and know alot about it would like lots of it so I can use it for all the fab shows I create with my NYC based dance company…MariaColacoDance. Yes,  I am shamelessly pluggin my non-profit dance company…I know, but it’s either that or I talk about my vacuum cleaner… you decide.

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