Luminess Air : Airbrush Makeup System

Luminess Air

Using an airbrush makeup system is one of the best ways to get both an even and sanitary makeup application. Both professional makeup artists and professional photographers have been known to use airbrushed makeup on their clients.

This past month, I was able to try the Luminess Air : Legend Airbrush System and it was much different from my typical makeup routine!

Luminess Air Airbrush

How Does the Luminess Air Work?

The Luminess Air uses a constant air flow from a compressor. The air travels up a tube, through a needle inside the stylus and then comes out the end of the stylus. Foundation is squeezed into the stylus from a cup up top. (It doesn’t spray out unless you pull the trigger.) You use your finger to pull back the trigger on the stylus and the foundation is sprayed out evenly from its tip. Depending on how far back you pull the trigger, you get different amounts of product sprayed out.

How to Use the Luminess Air

  1. Shake up your foundation bottle.
  2. Hold the stylus like a pencil.
  3. Turn the compressor on.
  4. Squeeze 8 or more drops of foundation into the cup on top of the stylus.
  5. When you’re ready to use the airbrush, pull back the trigger and move your wrist in circular motions around your face.
  6. For more coverage, allow each coat of the foundation to dry and apply more.

Luminess Air Airbrush

How to Clean the Luminess Air

Here’s a video from Luminess Air explaining in-depth how to clean the airbrush system.

 

My Thoughts on the Luminess Air

I think the Luminess Air is fairly easy to use. It has decent coverage, but I wouldn’t say it has amazing coverage for acne prone skin. In my opinion, it would be best to use a concealer underneath if you tend to have spots. It does take a bit of practice to use but as long as your finger and wrist are loose, you won’t need to worry too much about using too much product at once. The main thing is to work in circular motions and not linger in one spot  for too long so you don’t have caked makeup.

Because you’re able to control the amount of product that comes out of the machine, you don’t need to worry about getting your hair and eyes covered in foundation. You’re not going to be blasted with product like you would with hairspray or something similar. It’s a nice even mist of product.

I like that the system uses water-based makeup so my skin doesn’t feel gross and oily. I really hate that feeling when putting on makeup. I think that’s why I like a lot of matte formula products that use either clay or water based makeup.

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What My Luminess Air Kit Included

Luminess Air Foundations

Luminess Air Matte foundation shades 1-4.

I chose to have the Matte airbrush foundations because I don’t really like having a shiny face. I received shades 1-4. Shade 1 seems to be great for my olive-toned skin – especially now that I’m slightly pale during the fall. I sometimes mix shades 1 and 2 together to create a different shade.

Primer, Brightening Glow, and Blush

Luminess Airbrush Moisturizer/Primer, which contains Vitamin E and olive extracts , Luminess Skin Brightening Glow, and Luminess Air Airbrush Blush : Tulip 3N

Luminess Air Cleaning Bottle and Charger

Luminess Air Airbrush Cleaning Bottle and Charger

There are several different Luminess Air systems to choose from which range in price from $169-$399. You can find their systems in different places like Amazon as well as their website. Luminess Air has everything from skin products to eyeliners, as well as lipsticks and lip glosses.

Luminess Air Legend Airbrush System

Because Luminess Air is so kind, they’ve allowed me to be able to give my readers a code to save 20% off their purchase. 🙂

Here’s the code! : 161450506

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Cult Perfumes Book and Elements Perfumed Candles

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If you’ve not seen the book Cult Perfumes: The World’s Most Exclusive Perfumeries, you should definitely get your hands on it. Cult Perfumes, by Tessa Williams, is an exploratory book that details more than 25 different perfumeries around the world. Not only that, but you get to know the history of perfumes – how far back they can be found, as well as what they were made of, how they’re made, and who made them.

In this book you learn that perfume has not only been a huge part of the beauty world, but it’s been used to cure illnesses such as the Bubonic Plague as well as depression, headaches, and other mental and physical ailments.

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Some of the perfumeries noted in this book are :

Diptyque (a Paris-based company who also makes candles)

Floris (England’s oldest perfumery – started in 1730! Also, the second oldest perfumery in the world.)

Jo Malone London (A brand that’s now owned by EstĂ©e Lauder but was started in an apartment by Jo Malone who aimed to bring new and uncomplicated fragrances out to the public. After starting a shop, her fragrances were noticed by high-profile celebrities and business took off. )

 Santa Maria Novella (First founded in 1221 and then officially opened publically in 1612, they make Pot-Pourri, soaps, as well as perfumes.)

If you’re a big fan of perfumes, I would highly recommend this book to you. It’s a well-written, and in depth look at perfume and exclusive perfumeries.


Along with Cult Perfumes: The World’s Most Exlusive Perfumeries, Tessa has created candles based on the 4 elements: Fire, Water, Earth, and Air. You can find them in both London at Roullier White and now in the USA at Scent Bar in Los Angeles! 🙂

Fire is meant to be reminiscent of sitting by a fire in a log cabin. It has notes of Vetivert (a tall grass found in India and Tahiti), Tonka ( similar to vanilla), wood, Patchouli, Coconut, Vanilla caramel and hints of smoke.

Elements Candles by Tessa Williams

Elements Candles by Tessa Williams

Water was made to be invigorating and to heighten the senses. You’ll find notes of citrus, Jasmine, and floral notes. Sounds like my type of fragrance 🙂

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Elements Water candle by Tessa Williams

Earth makes you think of walking trails and being outdoors. It has hints of Geranium, lemon and orange, pepper, Patchouli and Sandalwood, Cedar wood and leather.

Air reminds you of being on a tropical island because it’s citrus-y and invigorating. In this there are grapefruit scents, as well as ginger root, lemon grass, coriander seeds, and lemon peel.

Tessa is extremely passionate about both her book and her candles so if these sound like something you’d like, please support her by checking them out. 🙂

You can check out her website at: http://www.tessawilliams.co.uk/

and again, her candles can be found at Roullier White in London and Scent Bar in Los Angeles, California.

 CIAO! 🙂

*Disclaimer – This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own. 🙂

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I’m Back!! And I Have a New Family Member!

Hello! Hope all of you are doing well. 🙂 Things have been a little insane on my end. Hence, my not being on here for quite a while. I really hate that. Searching for a new place, loads of packing by myself, moving, and getting said place set up, nannying, and recently adding a new pet addition to my family! 🙂 He’s seriously the cutest!

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Ahh! So anyways, meet Bear. I’m in love with this dog. He’s really sweet and reserved, but also a goofball. He loves getting to know new dogs and he’s very friendly with people and likes being petted and loved on.

My husband and I had wanted a dog for about 6+ years and we’d been moving around a lot and been in apartments and places that didn’t allow pets. So, we really wanted a place we could have a pet and possibly start a family.Bear-1

We had looked at dogs for probably a full year or so until we decided on a breed of dog we really loved and got to know — and that was the Akita. 🙂 Our first thoughts were to get a Husky but I’m super happy with the choice we made. It seems like all the Akitas we looked at were all very sweet and loving and not very hyper, which we liked.

So far, things have been great with him. I’ve started working with him and his crate and trying to teach him to go in it and to sit and lay — as well as come. He’s learned a few commands super quickly so I’m really happy about that. Some things are a work in progress, but it’s been amazing having him in our home!  He’s so fun and sweet.

How have you all been? Any exciting news?!

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Jealous Body Scrub – Coconut + Coffee

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Happy Easter weekend, beauties! 🙂 It’s been so beautiful this week. I’m loving Spring!

After coming out of winter, my skin has been so dry. I’m sure most of you have had those issues. A wonderful company contacted me a few weeks ago called Jealous Body Scrub. They wanted me to try their Coffee + Coconut scrub and to share my thoughts.

First Impressions

I love the smell of coconut and I love the smell of coffee. So, you can imagine, I love the smell of this scrub. When I first opened the bag it smelled like roasted coffee beans..very relaxing, in my opinion.

I thought the packaging was cute. I love the brown paper bag look and the teal coloring of the logo. The inside of the bag has got a liner so everything stays together. I didn’t bring the bag into the shower with me just because I wasn’t sure what would happen so I put a handful of scrub in a mug and placed it on a shelf in the shower.

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Ingredients

Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

Sea Salt

Raw Brown Sugar

Robusta Coffee

Vitamin E and other Minerals

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How To Use

After you’ve wet your skin in the shower, take out 2-3 scoops of this scrub, rub in circular motions all over your body and leave it on for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, rinse it off.

Benefits

Exfoliates

Hydrates

Increases blood flow

Helps repair and replenish skin

Helps to diminish dry skin, varicose veins, acne, and other skin issues.

Over-all Impressions

 This scrub feels incredible. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first used this. Some scrubs can be very harsh – especially when you have dry skin. I found using this to be super relaxing 🙂 I used it in both circular and back and forth motions on my skin and both felt great. After my shower, my skin felt very moisturized and soft. Even after using my Olay body soap, my skin felt very soft still. I used this even under my arms so that I could get my lymph nodes stimulated and my blood flowing. I have had some issues in the past with swollen lymph nodes. I feel like this scrub has worked very well so far. I have no complaints that I can think of. It says it takes 4 weeks to really see results with varicose veins so I will see how that goes. It does get slightly messy in the shower but everything can easily be washed away. Well worth the tiny mess in my opinion. 🙂

Retail price: $17.95

Have you tried a body scrub like this?

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*Disclaimer: I received this body scrub free of cost from Jealous Body Scrub. All opinions of this product are my own.

Product Empties

Product Empties

I’m not one to really use up products that often.. so I thought I’d tell you my thoughts on some recent product empties.

Pure Silk – Rich & Luxurious Shave Cream: Raspberry Mist with Aloe

Pure Silk Shaving Cream Raspberry Mist

 It goes on very foamy and gives a close, silky shave. I have never cut myself while using this so in my book that’s great. I honestly picked it up on a whim. Sometimes I just pick shower items at random when I’m in a hurry but I’m really glad I chose this one. The shaving cream’s can is made of rust-proof Aluminum, which I love. One of the hardest things to ever get off the shower is rust rings. I actually didn’t read the can until writing this review so when I had it in the shower I’d pick it up daily to see if there were rust rings and would you believe there weren’t any? 🙂 Really like this stuff.

Dr. Carver’s Easy Shave Butter

If you’ve ever tried Whish Shave Crave shaving cream, you’ll know that shave butter feels so smooth and silky. Unlike regular shaving cream, shave butter is like a gel/lotion consistency. I got this Dr. Carver’s Easy Shave Butter as a sample with my subscription to Dollar Shave Club. (I will tell you about that later.) 🙂 You get a really nice close shave with this and it’s great for sensitive skin like mine because you don’t get razor burn. It contains: Golden Barley, Prickly Pear Cactus, Oat Extract, Black Willow Bark as well as Algae. Prickly Pear Cactus is used for skin to help with cuts, and bruises and contains vitamins. Algae has amino acids as well as antioxidants so it keeps your skin soft. Oats are also great for your skin. 🙂 This shave butter’s scent is more for men in my opinion. It reminds me of a cologne, but I didn’t mind because it doesn’t last long. You can find their shave butter here: shave butter  or their website at DollarShaveClub.com .

Kroger – Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena Body Wash

Kroger Pomegranate Lemon Verbena Body Wash
As part of a BzzAgent opportunity, I got to try a few of Kroger’s beauty products for free. I got a coupon for a free body wash and this is the one I chose because it smelled really good. 🙂 At the top, you’ll see it says “Compare to Dove® go fresh® Pomegranate Lemon Verbena Revive Body Wash”. It does have a similar feel to Dove body wash. I like that it lathers very easily and isn’t too thick. It also doesn’t stay on your skin or dry it out which is really nice. I have dry skin as it is, so using this didn’t irritate it or dry it out further.

Wen – Fall (limited edition) Ginger Pumpkin Cleansing Conditioner

Wen Fall Ginger Pumpkin Conditioner

I’ve used Wen in the past, but never used it for a long time so I couldn’t give an accurate review on this until now. Here is what Wen says this product is :

WEN® Cleansing Conditioner is a revolutionary new concept in hair care. A 5-in-1 formula, this one product takes the place of your shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler and leave-in conditioner. It cleanses hair thoroughly without lathering or harsh ingredients. It’s designed not to strip your hair and scalp of natural oils,leaving your hair with more strength, moisture, manageability and better color retention.

I usually have dry and damaged hair that can get tangled at times. When first using this cleansing conditioner, I felt like I had to wash my hair afterwards because it seemed heavy and waxy. I told myself to not give up using it just because I’m not used to it and after using it for a week or two, I noticed my hair seems clean, smooth, shiny and I don’t have to wash it very often. When I flat-iron my hair, I don’t feel like I’m drying it out or going to have breakage. It feels strong. Not only that, but it’s got shine. I’m very happy for that. I would recommend this to those who have dry hair. I’m not sure how it would work with other hair types. Other than that, I think it smells pretty nice. It smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, and cloves. I don’t love the smell of cloves, but I don’t think this is bad. You can buy this at Wen.com

Crest 3D White Toothpaste

Crest 3D White Toothpaste Radiant Mint

If I’m being 100% honest, I can’t say I’ve seen a huge difference in my teeth after using this. I used it every single day, night and day, for a few months and it seems like most other toothpastes to me.

Pros: Has a nice, minty taste that’s not over-powering like some whitening toothpastes.
Nice gel consistency.

Cons: Didn’t see much difference in my teeth after using whole tube.

Over-all, I liked most the products I bought and would recommend almost all of them. If you’ve found some great brands with similar products, I’d love to hear about them.

CIAO!

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