Monroe Misfit Makeup | Beauty Blog: 2018

November 07, 2018

Tone your Face with Suzanne Somers FaceMaster & Organic Skincare

This post is in partnership with PRIMP Network. Products have been provided by Suzanne Somers. All opinions are my own.
 
Suzanne Somers, originally known for the Thigh Master, has a brand new product - the FaceMaster! It is used to tone and lift the face without any invasive treatments. As I embrace my mid 30's, with that comes aging. This isn't a bad thing, it's normal! I have noticed my smile lines and the lines near my eyes slightly more pronounced. I have said it before, but I am not a believer in plastic surgery. Botox, fillers, or any extreme anti-aging treatments are not in my future. I have seen so many women fall in to the media and social media trap of needing invasive procedures in their 30's-40's and they either look older or unrecognizable. My aim is to age naturally and treat my skin to an anti-aging skincare routine that makes me feel good at any age. Alongside the FaceMaster, I am trying out more products from Suzanne's organic skincare line which I am still loving!

Suzanne Somers, an actress, author, singer, and businesswoman, was diagnosed with cancer, and immediately decided she needed to cut toxins from her life. She was shocked to discover how many chemicals are used in the name of beauty. After overcoming many personal obstacles, she aimed to give herself and others healthy alternatives, by launching the SUZANNE Organics line. Suzanne strives to reduce chemicals and dangerous substances from our lives, and this is something we can get behind. Now with dozens of natural products, Suzanne advocates the benefits of chemical-free beauty and at-home treatments that are valuable to women.


Suzanne Organic Skin Care won't strip the skin’s precious moisture. Designed to nurture with antioxidants and hydrate. Look and feel your best with the super food treatment moisturizer, loaded with natural botanical active ingredients like CoQ10, Argan Oil, and Sea Buckhorn Berry. Now that there is a dry chill in the air I have turned to the BioActive Moisturizer once again. It really is effective when cold air and indoor heat suck the life out of your skin. I love how this moisturizer sinks right in to the skin with out the heavy, greasy feel that some anti-aging moisturizers can have. It works beautifully for my Combination skin.


The anti-aging eye cream diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and improves microcirculation, decreasing the appearance of dark under-eye circles. I often have trouble with eye cream because of my sensitive eyes. This doesn't irritate my skin or eyes and keeps my under eyes feeling hydrated.


Another skincare winner in the Suzanne Organics line is the Recovery Mask. Relax your skin with this plumping, calming, anti-aging formula Recovery Mask designed as a stress antidote for your face. It helps skin to maintain its tone and smooths out the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. While this has the appearance of a traditional mud mask it is much more soothing and hydrating.


Pop the Lip Balm in to your cart too! It is super hydrating, lightweight, and moisturizing with just a hint of orange vanilla scent. This has become a Fall staple, I put it under all my lip colors.


Suzanne was looking for a natural process without the surgery, and came across this incredible new microcurrent facial technology! It's an all natural way to target the visible signs of aging by lifting, tightening, and toning! Like a non surgical facelift, microcurrent therapy is used in the world's most elite spas and cosmetic medical offices to fight wrinkles, crows feet, and puppet lines. If any one knows how to age gracefully it's Suzanne!

It is no secret that I love beauty gadgets. I could not wait to try out the FaceMaster! Anything that looks safely crazy is awesome in my book. I thought the device might be intimidating at first but it really wasn't at all. The instructions were easy to follow and I had the hang of it pretty quickly.


The FaceMaster gives you professional style treatments with the affordability and convenience of an at-home machine. The medical and technical team behind the revolutionary creation of FaceMaster have compiled years of research on how FaceMaster, with Advanced "Wave" Microcurrent Technology, can deliver affordable and beautiful results without invasive procedures. The only drawback to Microcurrent Therapy in the past has been that it's expensive - but with the FaceMaster Facial Toning Device, that's not a problem any more.


FaceMaster helps support the skin's firmness, texture and reduces the appearance of fine lines. It contains a proprietary, specialized bi-phase symmetric square wave waveform specifically designed for optimal face muscle toning. It tightens all 22 face muscles!


The two wands are dipped in to a serum before you start. The serum feels nice on the skin, light and not sticky. The wands are easy to maneuver and the feeling is of a gentle facial massage. There is no pain or odd sensations, just a pulsating feel with light pressure.


What is unique about the FaceMaster is you can use it near the eyes which a lot of other devices can not do. Mine, and many women's wrinkle concerns are the crow's feet and small lines around the eyes that makeup annoyingly settles in to and makes us look older. The wands massage the serum right in to those little lines plumping them up as if they didn't exist at all.


The idea of tightening your facial muscles makes a lot of sense. I mean we work out to strengthen our body muscles why not our face? While I do not have significant loss of firmness in my face or deep wrinkles at this point. I do have smile lines, though to me that is just a sign of a happy life. Some light forehead wrinkles and and under eye lines. As I have been using the FaceMaster I have noticed a a firming around my smile lines and my forehead smoother. My skin felt plumper and looked more refreshed.


I can see myself adding the FaceMaster in to my anti-aging routine a couple times a week too. Seeing a difference with just the first use I am hooked. It is one of those tools I can take out while watching Sunday night TV for 15-20 minutes in the same way I would do a face mask. I think I will to pass this on to my Mom for a bit to see how it works for her too.

Aging doesn't have to be scary! With the addition of great skincare like Suzanne Organics and the FaceMaster and it actually makes it a little fun! Hey, beats the acne of our teens right? Now I just wish they made a body version of this...oh wait, they do! The ThighMaster! :)

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October 18, 2018

Urban Decay NAKED Cherry Collection Review & Swatches


The wait is over! The highly anticipated Urban Decay NAKED Cherry Collection is here and it's sultry and ripe for a picking! The most sultry naked palette yet contains 12 never-before picked neutrals. This cherry-hued palette will inspire your most tempting eye looks ever! Also in the collection are three new VICE lipstick shades, two 24/7 Liners, Naked Cherry Highlight Palette, while All Nighter Setting Spray gets a cherry scented upgrade that you're going to LOVE! Lets check it out!

Can we just have a moment for this awesome PR packaging. This has to be the sweetest way to package a collection I have ever seen!


Urban Decay NAKED CHERRY Eyeshadow Palette ($49)
This is our wildest way yet to look better Naked…Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette has a sexy vibe that’s more tart than sweet. With 12 never-before-picked neutrals, this vamped-up cherry-hued palette is sure to bring out your sultriest, most tempting eye looks ever.


These 12 all-new shades include of-the-moment soft mattes and sizzling metallic, ranging from creamy ivory and shimmering rose gold to the most intense black cherry. We’re addicted to Bing—a deep mauve matte that is right on trend. And we can’t get enough of Drunk Dial, a shimmery metallic burgundy that takes smoky looks to a smoldering climax.

Because serious staying power and shadow that doesn’t flake or fade out on you are non-negotiables, each shade is made from our mind-blowing formula that gives its velvety texture, rich color and blendability.


Adorned with a row of metallic cherries, the crimson compact includes a full-size mirror and double-sided brush—ready for precision application on one end and seamless blending on the other. Whether you’re at the office, in between flights or getting ready at the apartment, Naked Cherry spices up everything from chill neutrals and sexy shimmers to super smoky eyes.





This palette totally embodies cherries, though some may say it's a bit more cranberry. Sometimes UD describes their palette one way and it ends up totally different. Hello, the not-cool-toned BackTalk palette. NAKED Cherry hits the mark in color palette.

Where it falls short is in pigmentation. NAKED Cherry doesn't stand up to par with previous Naked Palettes. The matte shades were much more dusty and chalky than I have experienced from my other Naked's in the past. That aside, it's still really good. My favorite colors in this palette were the shimmers Turn On, Ambitious, and Drunk Dial. I also really liked the matte shades Feelz and Devilish. Both shades have a gorgeous warmth to them that really make them pop as a crease shade. Being fair, cool toned cherry red shades can look a little sickly on me. This is not he best palette for me personally, but I still really loved the cherry cola color palette.

NAKED Cherry Highlight & Blush Palette ($34)
 Creating a luscious glow is as easy as pie with our Naked Cherry Highlight and Blush Palette.This sweet-and-tart trio includes one highlighter, a universally flattering blush and a super-sophisticated iridescent complexion topper that can be worn solo or as a shimmering overlay to add the ultimate luminous glow. Use these lightweight, jet-milled shades separately or mix them together to create your own custom glow (with a luxurious, flawless-looking finish).



This palette is similar style to the one released with Kristin Leanne. It houses two highlight shades and one blush. The blush is a warm, candy apple red that looks like a pretty just in from the cold flush. The swatches of the highlight shades do not do this justice. It is INTENSE. The white has a soft pink shimmer and the champagne is super flattering with a hint of gold. They look lovely mixed together too. As i wore this through out the week...I hated it! WHAT? The blush is so hardly packed in that when you try to apply the blush it just sits in one big cherry spot on your cheek. It does not blend out AT ALL. The highlights are pretty, but super intense even with the lightest hand. If you are looking for an extreme highlight you will love this, but don't get it for the blush.



24/7 Eyeliner Pencils Black Market & Love Drug ($21)
Intensify your Cherry eye look with two all-new eyeliner shades in Urban Decay’s award-winning, waterproof formula. Love Drug is a deep, metallic wine shade, and Black Market is a rich, black with a satin finish (each shade sold separately). Both look amazing as winged liner or on your tight line. UD 24/7 are my favorite pencil liners. I really loved Black Market because it is slightly less intense than their other black liners Zero and Perversion. It has more of a matte, satiny finish that isn't overpowering. Love Drug is pretty too! There isn't too much red in the color and it also has that somewhat softer color finish.


Naked Cherry VICE Lipstick ($18)
Make it a real treat and finish your juicy Naked Cherry look with three limited-edition matching shades of Vice Lipstick. Our cult-favorite formula delivers super-creamy texture, rich payout and superior color dispersion.

Yummy shades include Juicy, a light peach-pink with copper micro-shimmer; Devilish, a berry pink with tonal micro-shimmer; and Cherry, a deep berry wine.


You can never go wrong with VICE lipstick, ever. They are my favorite lipstick's and I really don't use anything except UD for lipstick any more. I have to say though I wasn't that floored by these shades. Yummy looked exactly like the LE released from the Beached Collection, Devilish too similar to Big Bang, and Cherry like all of the rest of the dark vampy wine's UD already offers.


I really wish they would have ditched the look at me mettalized finish and brought us a gorgeous juicy cherry pink or an actual shade similar to the eyeshadow shadow Devilish in Naked Cherry. I know they can make some awesome eclectic lip colors, but why neglect a great classic wearable pink or berry in the process? Of the three I would get Cherry, it's a luscious creamy wine lip color that you can't go wrong with in the Fall.

All Nighter Travel-size Cherry Scented Setting Spray ($15)
Don’t have a meltdown: The All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray you know (and are obsessed with) gets a cherry-scented upgrade. This Travel-Size All Nighter Cherry Scented Makeup Setting Spray looks fresh as hell and is made to travel, so it slips easily into your purse or beauty bag. Made with patented Temperature Control Technology and suitable for all skin types, the bestie-in-a-bottle always delivers a microfine mist that keeps makeup looking gorgeously just-applied for up to 16 hours. Our favorite setting spray cherry scented? yes please! I'm not normally a fan of scents in makeup in any way, but I do like Too Faced Sweet Peach stuff a lot. I was hoping it would be like that. No, it smells like cherry Nyquil you guys. Very fake chemical scented. Luckily it fades pretty quickly.

NAKED Cherry Collection will top your makeup list! So my final thoughts on this collection are: The NAKED Cherry Palette is a fantastic selection of cranberry shades. It is not an every day palette, but definitely specialty colors that work beautifully together. The highlight palette is a no-go and I would skip the lipstick's if you already have something similar. Pick up the setting spray if you need an on the go travel setting spray for cold season! ;) 24/7 Eyeliners are always a safe bet and these two shades are no exception. NAKED Cherry Palette is the real star of this collection, and as it should be!


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October 03, 2018

SUNDAY RILEY Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment Review


As a serum junkie Sunday Riley's Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment has been at the top of my skincare wishlist on SEPHORA for awhile now, but I will admit the price is a teensy bit hard to swallow. Now that I have switched to a less is more approach with makeup I figure spending a little more on skin care is worth it when you're buying less makeup. Every one wants the unmistakable look of having "good genes". This amazing pharmaceutical-grade, lactic acid based treatment is an instant complexion booster, plumping fine lines and exfoliating to reveal brighter, newer skin. Yes please!


So a little bit embarrassing...but I first discovered Sunday Riley because of some blurb in a magazine where Hilary Duff said she used SR products on her skin at night. Girlfriend has some too freakin die for skin so the name just sat in my mind equating itself to luminous healthy glowing skin.


I was a bit torn on what to buy first from the line, Good Genes or the LUNA Sleeping Oil? I combed over the reviews on SEPHORA before deciding that Good Genes had more of the elements that I was looking for. Keeping fine lines at bay while brightening the complexion.
Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment is formulated with high potency, purified grade lactic acid that immediately exfoliates dull, pore-clogging dead skin cells, revealing smoother, fresher, younger-looking skin. Fine lines appear visually plumped while the skin looks more radiant. With continued use, the appearance of stubborn hyperpigmentation and the visible signs of aging are reduced for a healthier-looking complexion. Perfect for all skin types and all ages, this treatment is enhanced with licorice for brightening, Good Genes clarifies, smooths, and retexturizes for instant radiance.


Licorice reduces hyperpigmentation while lemongrass increases circulation for immediate radiance. Long term use will help restore damaged skin, reduce hyperpigmentation and scars, reduce the depth and number of lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone, and increase epidermal firmness. Great for all skin types. Can be used daily or as a mask.

Good Genes is more of a lightweight cream than the serums that I'm used to. The way it applies over the skin feels absolutely luscious. I am not big on scents in skincare, okay I hate them, so when the overpowering scent of Lemongrass came through I was like..womp womp. The lemony fresh punch isn't totally offensive, but I do wish they would have knocked the scent down a notch.

At night I apply one pump all over my face after cleansing and toning. I actually find a half of pump will do. You can even use it as a mask for 15 minutes. Seriously, check back in the mirror after 15 minutes and this stuff is already working miracles on your skin. Hydrating, brightening, and plumping up your skin right before your eyes. Some nights I only apply the serum, but I have been following up with the Fresh Rose Cream for added moisture since we're heading in to the chillier months. This has been a solid combination for my combination/sensitive skin. Next time I am at SEPHORA I plan on picking up the LUNA Sleeping Oil to alternate with.


My main concern and what had me all about getting Good Genes was hyperigmentation. I have two annoying dark spots on both of my cheeks which I developed over the Summer. I tried the MURAD Skin Lightening Serum with some improvement but didn't like the idea of using hydroquinoine often. Good Genes helped more in one week than Murad's did in an entire month. My hyperpigmentation spots faded significantly and it even faded the little sun freckles from my nose. I just love how radiant and plumped this makes my skin look. If you need a little pick me up or to revive stressed skin Good Gene's is your answer. I can even deal with the slightly unpleasant smell for these results.

Sunday Riley Good Genes is one of the most effective skincare products I have tried. Results are immediate and long lasting. It is one product that I will be keeping in my anti-aging skincare routine for the long term. Yes, it is on the pricey side but worth the investment. The amount of makeup I need to wear has lessened and it has added some life back in to my dull, weather-changing complexion. I would definitely check out the Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit at SEPHORA. You get both Good Genes and LUNA Sleeping Oil, it is the perfect way to try out two of their top products!

September 10, 2018

Urban Decay ELEMENTS Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches


If there was ever a palette that was more "me" it's the new Holiday 2018 Urban Decay Elements Eyeshadow Palette. I am element and zodiac obsessed to a slightly nutty level. I check at least three horoscopes every day and must know what the sun, moon, and tides are doing before I can even live my life. Now that we are winding down on Summer, Holiday Collections are already here! Yes, already! The unbelievably gorgeous Elements Eyeshadow Palette spans space and time with 19 mystical, never-before-seen shades in a celestial, ultra-sleek compact. Lets have a look!


With gilded details and a crystal-like case, this orb-inspired compact is your key to the next dimension. Slip it into your purse or gift it to a fellow mystic…Elements is the perfect palette to summon your inner goddess.


Be warned though, this palette is GINORMOUS. It is like a powder compact on steroids and that makes it a bit difficult to store let alone slip in to your purse! The packaging is mesmerizing though. It's layed out beautifully and the mirror is so huge you could easily use it to do all of your makeup.


Inspired by the elements—Air, Earth, Fire and Water—a constellation of unique colors orbit around Luna, an ultra-iridescent transformer shade. The 19 new multidimensional pigments include bright mattes, holographic shimmers and molten metallic. We predict you’ll love Fortune Teller, a metallic magenta with green 3-D sparkle and shift. Hex Remedy is an iridescent purple that really raises our vibrations.
 (Swatches over NO Base)
Since you deserve serious staying power and shadow that doesn’t flake or fade out on you, every shade in the Elements Eyeshadow Palette is made from our mind-blowing formula that gives each shade its velvety texture, blendability and rich color that lasts. Sometimes Holiday releases can fall short on that beautiful blend and high pigment we expect from UD. Elements hits the mark though, all of the colors applied with ease and full coverage color. My favorites were Electric Air and Silver Burn, they capture my Amethyst birth stone and look sooooo good on green eyes! That matte pink Dream Weaver, WOAH. I will never wear it but it is a shockingly good matte hot pink.


Most unique to this palette is the heart of it. Luna, the center shade that all the eyeshadows orbit around. Luna is an iridescent transformer that transforms any shade in to a real sparkler. I applied Luna over Heavy Water the teal shade and it turned it in to an icier shade of blue. I can see myself reaching for this a lot to tone down too bright shades. How cool is it to be able to transform any eye shadow in to something completely different?


I am loving the Elements palette! The color-palette captured all of the elements while working to make them cohesive and look good together. The pretty pops of shimmering color pair up with shades that easily transition in to Fall and the Holidays. Also, EVERY one of the 19 shades is a new one. It is heavy on the shimmer and light on the matte, but at this point we have matte shades from one of the many other UD palette's that can be paired with it.


I know all the buzz right now is of the soon to come NAKED Cherry Palette, and rightfully so. Doesn't it look amazing? NAKED HONEY and NAKED AF Palette are also supposedly in the works. We won't be crying over the demise of the OG Naked for too long. I really hope they will do coordinating lip colors with both of those! All the Naked stuff aside, don't sleep on Elements! You get a very well-rounded color palette with all new shades that isn't just one color family. There are also some really great kits to come with this Holiday 2018 release that will make perfect gifts. Can you believe we're talking Holiday 2018 Collection before Fall? Oh makeup world you so crazy.

Urban Decay Elements Eyeshadow Palette ($56) is available at urbandecay.com and QVC
Other retailers later this month!
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