It’s no secret that high-end cosmetic brands are often counterfeited. But buying fake copies of popular items can not only make you feel tricked and upset, it can also pose a very real danger to your health.
Some knock-offs are so bad that no one would mistake them for the real deal. But there are also lots of highly sophisticated counterfeits out there that are much more difficult to spot. One way to ensure you are getting the real thing is to visit the manufacturer’s website and see if the product you’re looking at is exactly the same as the picture online.
Even the smallest mismatch like the font, the color or size of the packaging, or even the weight of the product is a sign of a counterfeit. Of course, weighing the product in the shop is not a good idea, but you can spot a fake even by just holding it in your hand. If the item feels light as a feather, then you can be sure you’re holding a replica in your hands.
If the product is a counterfeit, then the first 2 or 3 digits of the bar code may not match the country of origin listed either on the packaging or product itself. Also, the serial number is most often missing. Before you buy something, make sure that the serial number on the product itself matches the number on the box. Also, authentic products always have their ingredients indicated on them. Genuine high-end cosmetic brands often provide their customers with additional information in several languages. If the packaging has very little information about the product, then it isn’t authentic.
Authentic cosmetics shouldn’t have any kind of strange substances or inappropriate sparkles in them, especially when the product is matte. Creamy cosmetics should not separate or contain any impurities. Fake lipsticks typically look less attractive and have some imperfections. A genuine designer mascara always has a very light pleasant smell to it. If the product has a bad odor or is heavily perfumed, then it’s not authentic. Also, the wand of the fake mascara may look different.
Christmas has past and now it is time to play with all the new goody’s I received from some of my clients. The first is my new strobe creams. From MAC Makeup.
The ultimate quick fix for skin now in shades of pink (original), peach, silver, red and gold. Super-powered with potent botanical’s, it boosts the look of dull, flat or tired-looking skin with nutritious vitamins and a mega-dose of green tea. Brightens and clarifies with iridescent particles and antioxidants. Adds the softest glow to skin in sunlight to spotlight.
A moisturizer that boosts the look of dull skin and luminizes with iridescent particles to wear by itself or for a part of your makeup applications. All the cremes have a tint to it that I find suitable to use all over the face over moisturizer and under foundation to give the skin a smooth natural glow.
A look at the five new shades which include different undertones in the shimmer:
Silverlite has a cool-toned silver sheen
Goldlite has a warm yellow gold undertone
Peachlite has a soft flesh peach tone
Redlite has a pink red flash
Pinklight is the original with an opal iridescent color
Rich, lightly moisturizing, and beautiful with or without makeup. Also, loaded with antioxidants and vitamins that are good for skin. What’s NOT to love?
It is a must to start off with a clean makeup free face! That is why I recommend Neutrogena makeup wipes. A must in every bathroom and makeup case.
Gentle enough for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
Works on waterproof mascara
Helps leave skin clean and fresh in 1 easy step
Leaves behind no heavy residue
The makeup wipes are cost effective and we all know we are always buying supply’s for the salon our kits or the bathroom. I rely on this product and it does the job. I have been using these for years and I feel they are the best makeup remover out there. Works for eye makeup and has never irritated my skin or eyes. The opposite actually: very nourishing. I use half a towel per use, so they last a pretty long time! It’s just a breeze with these wipes. They completely take off every trace of make up, including waterproof anything and leave my clients skin soft not greasy.
After removing the makeup I also use Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub a lovely and gentle cleanser for the skin. Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub is the daily cleansing scrub with Beta Hydroxy proven to clean deep down into your pores, yet is gentle enough to use every day. Skin looks and feels soft and smooth after just one use. Beta Hydroxy formula penetrates deep into pores to remove blackhead causing dirt and oil. Gentle micro beads exfoliate dull, dead surface skin. It’s rich foaming creamy lather rinses clean. Skin is instantly softer, smoother, healthier looking and refreshed. Dermatologist tested formula. Non-comedogenic.
Microbeads gently exfoliate
Beta hydroxy formula penetrates deep into pores
Dermatologist tested formula
Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
And when all of these process are finished I like to use a toner on the face especially if the client has oily skin. I then turn to my trusted ally. Neutrogena Alcohol Free Toner.
Gentle non-stinging formula won’t strip skin of its natural moisturizers. Neutrogena alcohol free toner is specially formulated to provide clean, refreshing toning without the harsh effects of alcohol. Special mild purifiers gently remove impurities and recondition your skin. And because it is alcohol-free, this formula will not strip delicate facial skin of its own natural moisturizers. Your skin will feel fresh and clean without tightness, dryness or stinging.
And that is how I prep my faces for makeup services!
When you are dealing with the eyes you have to have the right equipment for the job. Below are are a few of my favorite tools to use.
Tweezerman EyeLash Curler
For eye-opening, expert curl. Ergonomically designed with pinch-proof precision, the narrower top bar is curved to fit most eye shapes. The doubled-body design and contoured finger loops provide ultimate strength for comfortable, easy curling. The thick, rounded silicone pad won’t stick and ensures always-intense curl without creasing lashes.
Eyebrow Shaper Touch Up Razor
The B Beaute Expert Brow Shaper Touch Up Razor is specially designed for shaping the eyebrow area. This razor features a comb design with a protective skin guard to minimize irritation.
What it does:
Positively the finest general use tweezer in the world—top eyebrow artists always recommend our original, award winning Slant® for expert brow shaping.
What else you need to know:
The perfectly aligned, hand-filed tips are slanted to grab every hair, every time with the smoothest, true precision. In classic stainless steel or stainless steel with enamel color finishes.
Fall is a wonderful time for all new types of clothing styles and hair styles and makeup. Having a lot of time this past summer to try out a lot of store bought makeup I would love to recommend some of the new Rimmel Lipsticks. I have used the this past summer and have had no problem with lasting, or smudging or fading.
The 1st Lipstick collection created by Kate Moss High intensity color for up to 8 hours. Formula infused with Black Diamonds, reflects light like never before. Captures all the flair, edge and timelessness of Kate’s unique look. Lovely to work with. Holds well for camera and film. Never needed to touch up my applications.
High color impact for up to 8 hours wear. Color that turns heads ! Intense long lasting color up to 8 hours +25% color impact ! Smooth creamy texture for comfortable wear all day long. Lovely colors and smooth sheen to them.
Give them a try Rimmel has some lovely fall colors.