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FGW: Pencil Me In

As we all know, not all eye liner pencils are created equal. They range from the very soft to the very hard and wearability varies greatly. Most of our opinion is based on personal preferences, but there are some things we can all agree on: No poking our eyeballs out with a too hard point, enough colors to give us some choice, and it has to last. Anything else is frosting on the cake.

Readers, meet frosting. Pencil Me in Cosmetics offer a little something extra. I know you’re thinking of the sharpener built into the cap, right? And if you’re anything like me all you could think was “Gimmick”. When I received mine that’s just what I thought. Looking at it you see a pretty basic, no frills pencil. But this offers a little more….

Pencil Me In offers 30 amazing colors, the likes of which you haven’t seen before, including 6 shades of grey and black. There are some really nice colors in the bunch, the few that are exceptionally colorful aren’t over the top, and I know over the top. From Brownie(toasty brown) to Orchid Sparks(containing sparkle) there’s a representative for every color family in matte and frosted formulas. I would LOVE to try the platinum, since Prescriptives had a similar color years ago which they discontinued, and I’ve never quite found a close enough match. Initially I was worried that the firm core would be uncomfortable like some of the inexpensive brands you may have tried. But the color applies soft enough to avoid pulling while leaving a nice precise line. The staying power alone was average, but I did get a longer life from it with the addition of an eye base/primer.

In addition to the unique color offerings:

“Pencil me in” cosmetics has added natural ingredients and blended botanicals like Green Tea Leaf Extract, Pine Bark Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Lecithin, Shea Butter, Cacao Butter, Jojoba Oil, Wheat germ oil, and Safflower seed oil. It also includes Vitamins A (Retinyl Palmitate), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), C (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin D and Vitamin E (Tocopherol).

While I’m not sold on the benefits of an anti-oxidant in your eyeliner, I really appreciate that the liners have a non drying effect on your eyelids and don’t feel sticky or heavy. The color is very smooth and even.

And that sharpener in the cap? Well it takes a little getting used to so you don’t get your pencil stuck, and it’s small enough that it can be hard to hold onto, but since your liner needs a cap anyways and it’s always available, even on the run, with a little practice this is a worthwhile addition. Though the real selling point here is the colors!!

As a reminder:

“Pencil me in” is offering a special retail introductory promotion.  Buy 2, Get 1 Free.  Buy 4, get 2 free, and so on.  To take advantage of the promotional offer log onto:  www.pencilmeincosmetics.com and choose the pencil colors that you would like to purchase then proceed to the shopping cart page.  The cost for each pencil is only $6.99.  On the shopping cart page you will see in purple a link for this promotion.  Click on it.  The user name and password for this section is the same word:  Internet.  Choose your free pencils and proceed to check out.

July 30, 2008 at 8:24 am Leave a comment

Mythbuster Beauty Review: Baby Quasar and Baby Blue

Warning! The photo rejuvenation devices I am about to review are expensive! You may be better off being blissfully unaware of these rather awesome devices. I give you this warning because once you read about what the Baby Quasar and Baby Blue Photo Light Devices can and do for your skin; you will covet them until you finally own them!

What are the devices: Photo Rejuvenation and Acne Clearing Devices

How they work: The Baby Quasar (or BabyQ, as it’s affectionately called) is designed to deliver four light wavelengths (that is amber, red and infrared). The Baby Blue delivers only blue light. This is a picture of the Baby Quasar. The Baby Blue looks exactly the same, but emits a blue light.

What the devices do:   By following a series of photo rejuvenation sessions for six weeks, the Baby Quasar can enhance the skin cells’ circulation, stimulating collagen production and healing. The Baby Blue emits a blue light that kills the p. acne bacteria. Used together, they can reduce the inflammation and redness associated with acne or sensitive skin. The red light causes the release of nitric oxide, which is essential for healing. These devices are meant to enhance and improve the effectiveness of your skincare serums and treatments. Light Therapy is best for individuals with sun damage, redness, broken blood vessels and brown discoloration, including freckles.

My experience:

I was told to start by using the Baby Blue device first followed by a Baby Quasar session for six weeks to achieve the maximum benefits. I used both devices every other day for six weeks and each session lasted for about 35 minutes.

Both devices were easy to use. The warmth from the light felt good against my skin and there was no pain involved. I found the light therapy sessions very soothing, especially after using the Baby Quasar. I noticed that my blemishes seemed to heal more quickly and the number of my breakouts diminished while using both devices. I generally used the Blue Light as a spot treatment on areas where I tend to break out (nose, cheeks and chin), and the red Baby Quasar over the entire face.

I noticed that the Baby Quasar significantly helped diminish my skin’s redness. It was very soothing to my skin. Over the six weeks, I noticed more firmness and softened lines around my eyes, mouth and forehead. My pigmentation issues have improved and are less noticeable on my cheeks and chin. On my cheeks, I noticed some very dramatic improvements including some pigmentation spots fading and completely vanishing.  I have been trying to clear up some very deep small whiteheads on the apples of my cheeks for years, and while using the BabyQ and Baby Blue, these small whiteheads have slowly been surfacing and disappearing!   I have also noticed diminished pore size around my cheeks, chin and nose.

In short, I loved the Baby Quasar. You are going to love what these devices can do for your skin!

You will need to avoid shining the light directly into your eyes or around mucous membranes. I did get a few strange sores after exposing my nostrils to the light. Other than that, I noticed no other side effects or adverse issues while using the Baby Quasar and the Baby Blue devices.

Where do you purchase, and how much:

The price of these devices is very high. The Baby Quasar costs $449 plus $20 s&h at the Baby Quasar site. However, if you look at the cost of going to an esthetician or clinic for Photo Rejuvenation Therapy or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) a series of five treatments can cost between $1,000 – $2,000. To have a device that can be used at your convenience and indefinitely, you can see how these devices can be a deal. The Baby Quasar devices have a one year warranty from the manufacturer, and the company provides excellent customer support. You can also share the devices with other family and friends.

Special Discount Code: Baby Quasar is offering a promotional code, ‘mythbeauty’ that will give you an additional 10% discount off any Baby Quasar device.

Conclusion: The improvements are subtle and take time, but I have noticed some real benefits while using the Baby Blue and Baby Quasar. I highly recommend using the Baby Quasar.

[Here is picture I took today with a bit of makeup, (but really not that much), and no touch-ups! My skin isn’t perfect, but not bad for a 39 year old mother of five.]

If you are serious about getting the most out of your skincare, purchasing the Baby Quasar would be definitely a step in the right direction. BabyQ really rocks!

July 10, 2008 at 4:00 am 17 comments


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