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Beauty Test Kitchen - Cosmetics Roundup

Monday, November 17, 2014 HALFSTACK MAGAZINE

Hey readers!

Happy Monday ya'll. I just wanted to share our latest episode of Halfstack Beauty Test Kitchen. In this episode I am sharing a round up of beauty products I have been testing out. These are all products that I thought would be helpful to you all depending on your needs. The products range from lash and eye brow conditioners, tinted brow gel, a new primer I've been testing, an amazing under eye concealer, to a bronzer.

I've been battling some hormonal stress related issues and to be honest, my body has been reacting in a scary way. I know I laugh about it a bit in the video, because honestly, what else can I do?! I'd rather laugh it off then worry about it and make the stress worse :)! So, yeah I've been losing my hair. In particular it has affected my head and my eyebrows. I think that surprised me the most. As a latina, I've had thick eye brows my whole life, so when all of sudden I'm losing my eye brow hair, I kind of freaked out a bit. So, I've been trying to balance out and destress as this is all related to my hormonal issues. Now, when I find something that I notice a great deal of difference from, I need to share it. Of course, I have to start internally - diet, health and exercise, but anything that helps extra that I can do, is something I am all for.

So, that is where Revitalash comes into play. We shared this brand back in October for Breast Cancer Awareness month, but I finally got my hands on some product and it is working wonders. The brand was launched by Dr. Brinkenhoff (an ophthalmologist for 30 years) and was inspired by his wife Gayle who lost her battle to cancer last year. He wanted to create products that would help her feel revitalized and that were inspired by her. From that comes a line of products could help meet the aspirations of others seeking to enhance their natural beauty, build their confidence. All in all, a great brand with a heart. Through philanthropic endeavors – Athena Cosmetics is a proud supporter of breast cancer research and education – and a commitment to the environment – all packaging now bears the Eco-coalition logo earned for being 100% recyclable – the company proudly continues its focus on responsible and compassionate business practices.

So, I gave the eyebrow conditioner a try and I am really happy with the results over the last couple of weeks. My brows are looking healthier and fuller and not nearly as sparse as they have been. I use it in the morning and at a night. I also use the tinted eye brow gel after I fill in my brows. Great products, with a great message. They also carry products for your eye lashes.

The next set of products come from Jane Iredale. This is a brand that isn't just about cosmetics, but that also combines skincare. They are a mineral based line. The active light under-eye concealer creates a soft-focus effect on your skin. It conceals and brightens and has ingredients that help to nourish and depuff your skin under your eyes. The quad bronzer is a great 4 in 1 tool that you can use on your cheeks, lips and eyes. You can use the darker shades for contouring and lighter colors for an all over radiance.

Finally, let's talk about Sugar's "I Dream of Sugar" all over face palette. This is a kit that has some beautiful shimmery colors for winter. It's compact and perfect to just throw in your bag or as a companion kit for traveling when you don't want to bring a ton of makeup along, but still want necessities. The shadow colors are a bit light, but when applied wet, the pigmentation is quite a bit darker.

I hope you enjoyed this roundup! If you like what you see, please take a minute and subscribe to our YOUTUBE Channel! Let us know if there is anything you are interested in hearing more about!

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