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I appologize I haven't posted as much the last couple of weeks as I have the previous month or so, I just got a new job so I've been kind of busy getting stuff ready before I start. I do have quite a bit of things coming up to post though including a Colour Pop review! 

I will also have another Giveaway posting soon as well so keep an eye out for that! I plan to have giveaways regularly now consisting of both large and small amounts. 

I hope you are all having a fantastic day!


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This review is on the InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel, Youth Express Eye Serum, and Retinol Moisturizer. Since I have three products to review in this post I will be splitting it up into sections!

Anyway onto the photos!

InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel, Youth Express Eye Serum, & Retinol Moisturizer

InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel
What the website says:

Description

Youth Express Eye Gel

  • Youth Express Eye Gel contains a potent combination of ingredients for maximum results. Hyaluronic Acid hydrates the skin and plumps it up with moisture, while Matrixyl 3000 firms the skin and Plant Stem Cells enhance its strength to protect against sun damage and other external aggressors

  • Diminishes Dark Circles & Puffiness - This gel provides all around care and protection to the eye area. This powerful formula will help reverse the signs of aging and revert your skin back to its natural youthfulness. It will help you tackle dark circles, eye bags, crow's feet, fine lines, sagginess and puffiness so you can obtain a healthy and radiant appearance.
  • Safe and Natural Ingredients - We are proud to use natural ingredients in our product with NO parabens, sulfates or alcohol. It is also full of organic ingredients and safe to use on ALL skin types.
  • Apply to your cheeks and forehead as well to moisturize your skin and prevent premature aging. Improve your tone and texture to attain a smooth and brilliant complexion. Made in the USA in our FDA Registered Facility to ensure top quality for our customers.
  • Manufacturer Warranty -  InstaNatural backs their products with a Lifetime Money Back Warranty, no matter where you buy our product.

Our product provides absolute care to the eye area. It is enriched with Plant Stem Cells, Hyaluronic Acid, Matrixyl 3000, Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil to help with dark circles, puffiness and sagging skin. This blend of powerful ingredients increases elasticity and enhances the tone of your skin to provide a firm, plump appearance.
  •     Provides ultimate care and protection to eye area
  •     Goes on gently and is safe for all skin types
  •     Reduces appearance of puffiness and dark circles around eyes
  •     Contains organic ingredients and is 100% natural

Key Ingredients: 

Hyaluronic Acid
Plant Stem Cells
Amino Acid Complex
Peptide Complex
Matrixyl 3000

Full Ingredients:

Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe, Matrixyl 3000, Palmitoyl Triepeptide-3, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Plant Stem Cells, Cucumber Hydrosol, Organic Jojoba Oil, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Silk Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, L’Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Wildcrafted Vinca Major (Periwinkle), Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice), Wildcrafted Euphrasia Officinalis (Eye Bright), Wildcrafted Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi), Organic Gotu Kola, Boswellia Serrata (Frankincense), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin

InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel
InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel
InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel


My Rating:  10 out of 10 Feathers

Cost:  $19.97 for 17 fl oz/ 50 ml

Availability:  www.instanatural.com

Formula:  Gel texture.

The Packaging:  Tube with pump top.

My Final Thoughts:   I have extremely dry skin and in the winter time it even worse, my skin is fair and I have fine lines and dark circles with hyper pigmentation spots around my face. This product is fantastic as it leaves my skin really soft and hydrates as well as helping to lighten the dark circles.

I used this product in the morning and at night before bed and I did notice that it seemed to help my fine lines and wrinkles and it did help to reduce the puffiness as well.

Would I purchase again?  Yes! This gel has a nice cooling feeling when applied, it leaves my skin extremely soft and helps to lighten my dark under eye circles.

InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Serum
What the website says:


Description

Youth Express Eye Serum

  • Powerhouse Formula – With a combination of Vitamin C, Plant Stem Cells, Astaxanthin, Kojic Acid, Caffeine, Hyaluronic Acid and more, InstaNatural’s Eye Serum is uniquely formulated with innovative key ingredients to help reduce bags, wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin and more.
     
  • Diminishes Dark Circles & Puffiness – Caffeine provides a stimulating constricting effect that helps to reduce puffy, tired-looking eyes. Meanwhile, Niacinamide and Kojic Acid work to prevent pigmentation from forming to lighten and fade away those stubborn dark circles.
     
  • Lightweight Yet Effective – InstaNatural’s Youth Express Eye Serum is lightweight so it absorbs easily into the skin to quickly deliver antioxidant benefits, and it can be used under makeup as well. Each bottle contains no harmful parabens, sulfates or alcohol.
     
  • Manufacturer Guarantee – InstaNatural is proud to back their products with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee Policy, no matter where you buy the products. If you are not completely happy with your purchase, please contact InstaNatural for a refund – no questions asked.
InstaNatural’s Youth Express Eye Serum contains a supercharged blend of antioxidants and other nourishing ingredients that help restore health and youth to the eye area. Vitamin C, Plant Stem Cells and Astaxanthin help to prevent premature aging of the fragile skin surrounding the eyes, while Caffeine absorbs excess water and provides a constricting effect. Simultaneously, Niacinamide and Kojic Acid act as skin lightening agents while Hyaluronic Acid deeply moisturizes the skin to reduce problems that occur due to age.

InstaNatural’s Youth Express Eye Serum absorbs in seconds to quickly deliver these nutrients that help give you dramatic results: reduces the appearance of dark circles, puffiness & saggy eyes; diminishes the appearance of wrinkles & fine lines; increases elasticity, firms and plumps the skin around eyes; provides improved tone and texture of skin; hydrates the delicate eye area to prevent premature aging; helps you achieve a more radiant, brighter complexion.


Key Ingredients:

Vitamin C
Plant Stem Cells
Astaxanthin
Kojic Acid
Passionflower
Caffeine

Hyaluronic Acid

Full Ingredients:

Deionized Water, Organic Aloe Vera, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Matrixyl 3000, Palmitoyl Triepeptide-3, Plant Stem Cells, Vitamin E (d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate), Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Undaria Pinnatifida Cell Culture Extract, Astaxanthin (Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract), Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Wildcrafted Reishi, Organic Passionflower, Caffeine, Organic Gotu Kola, Wildcrafted Horsetail, Wildcrafted Dandelion, Wild Geranium, Sucrose Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Lecithin, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Serum
InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Serum
InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Serum

My Rating:  10 out of 10 Feathers

Cost:  $21.95 for  1 fl oz/ 30 ml

Availability:  www.instanatural.com

Formula:  Liquid serum.

The Packaging:  Glass bottle with dropper.

My Final Thoughts:   I have extremely dry skin and in the winter time it even worse, my skin is fair and I have fine lines and dark circles with hyper pigmentation spots around my face. I also found this product was very helpful with making my under eye circles disappear. 

It has a pleasant almost orange smell to it but not strong enough to where it lingers. It really helped my under eyes feel soft and smooth and reduced the puffiness I experience in the morning. I used this product morning and night after washing my face and using a toner.

Would I purchase again?  Definitely, yes! This serum is really fantastic especially for the price point, most products like this tend to run a lot higher than this and you get quite a bit of product. It really did make the delicate skin under my eye hydrated and helped reduce puffiness and the dark circles.

InstaNatural Retinol Moisturizer

What the website says:

Description

Retinol Moisturizer


  • Maximum Strength Retinol – With a 2.5% concentration of Retinol (Vitamin A), InstaNatural’s Retinol Moisturizer provides a strong dose of this renowned anti-aging antioxidant to deliver optimal results. It is the Perfect Night or Day Cream to Reduce Wrinkles and Other Signs of Aging – Hydrates Skin and Restores Even Skin Tone & Texture for a Youthful Radiance
  • Fights Wrinkles, Fine Lines & Hyperpigmentation – Vitamin A, along with Vitamin C and Green Tea, provide strong antioxidant power to fight against the signs of aging. These nutrients work synergistically to reverse the effects of sun exposure and other aggressors that damage the skin, leading to the development of wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, and more. Use night and/or day to even skin tone and texture for a youthful radiance.
  • Reduces Blemishes and Breakouts – Vitamin A has also been known to help with blemishes. By removing dead skin and unclogging pores, Retinol can help control breakouts so you can achieve a clearer, smoother, flawless complexion.
  • Hydrates Skin – InstaNatural’s Retinol Moisturizer formula contains a creamy blend of nourishing ingredients, such as Jojoba Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, and Shea Butter, which keeps skin well hydrated. Once applied, the retinol cream will leave your skin feeling soft and supple throughout the day.
  • Manufacturer Guarantee – InstaNatural is proud to back their products with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee Policy, no matter where you buy the products. If you are not completely happy with your purchase, please contact InstaNatural for a refund – no questions asked.

Harness the extraordinary power of retinol with InstaNatural’s Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer… perfect for night and day. InstaNatural’s restorative cream contains a robust formula of handpicked ingredients designed to improve your complexion. Retinol (Vitamin A) promotes healthier skin and helps to reverse the signs of aging, while Vitamin C & Green Tea strengthen skin to protect against external aggressors that cause damage. In addition, Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil & Shea Butter deeply moisturize the skin to provide long-lasting hydration.

Using InstaNatural’s moisturizing cream daily will help to transform older, damaged skin into a healthier and youthful appearance by: diminishing the appearance of wrinkles & fine lines; reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, such as sun spots, age spots and dark spots; helping control breakouts and reducing blemishes, restoring firmness and elasticity of skin, evening skin tone & texture; and delivering ultimate moisturize for soft, supple skin.


Key Ingredients:

2.5% Retinol
Vitamin C
Hyaluronic Acid
Jojoba Oil
Shea Butter
Green Tea

Full Ingredients:


Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Sunflower Oil, Retinol, Palm Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Organic Jojoba Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Shea Butter, Wildcrafted Green Tea, Wildcrafted Propolis, Vitamin E (d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate), Vitamin B5 (Panthenol), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid


InstaNatural Retinol Moisturizer
InstaNatural Retinol Moisturizer
InstaNatural Retinol Moisturizer
My Rating:  10 out of 10 Feathers

Cost:  $24.75 for  3.4 fl oz/ 100 ml

Availability:  www.instanatural.com

Formula:  Cream.

The Packaging:  Tube with pump.

My Final Thoughts:   I have extremely dry skin and in the winter time it even worse, my skin is fair and I have fine lines with hyper pigmentation. This moisturizer is amazing, it made my skin feel so soft and smooth as well keeping it hydrated. I used this product once a day at night and my face was still just as soft the next day.

It doesn't have a strong smell, and it's an unpleasant smell to it. This product gave my skin back it's radiant glow as well, most days before I felt like my skin was horribly dull and this just completely changed that.

I did notice a slight reduction in my fine lines and wrinkles, it may be because I need to use it longer. As far as the dark spots on my face from sun damage I did notice it helped fade those a little as well along with some blemishes I had.

Would I purchase again?  Definitely, yes! As previous stated in all my skincare reviews, I have horribly dry skin that is even worse in the winter and this moisturizer gave me soft supple hydrated skin. It also took away the dullness and gave me a nice radiant glow to my skin again. I will for sure be keeping this one in my skincare routine!


Do you own any of these? What are your thoughts?

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This review is on the Paula Dorf Perfect Color in Ecstasy, I received this product to try out and review. It's described as an eye, lip, and cheek product.

Anyway onto the photos!

Paula Dorf Perfect Color Ecstasy
Paula Dorf Perfect Color Ecstasy
Paula Dorf Perfect Color Ecstasy

 What the website says:

Description

Perfect Color

This versatile multi-tasker performs triple results: for eyes, lips and cheeks. Light and creamy in flattering shades. Convenient and portable for on the go application. The variety of looks is infinite, and the effect is always natural and luminous. Directions Use Perfect Color to create subtle shimmering accents, dynamic highlights, or dramatic contours.


Ingredients


Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Silica, Beeswax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ozokerite, Nylon-12, Microcrystalline Wax, Octyldodecanol, Cetyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Water, Propylparaben, Ascorbyl Palmitate.  May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica, Carmine, Chromium Oxide Greens, Ultramarines.



Paula Dorf Perfect Color Ecstasy
Paula Dorf Perfect Color Ecstasy
Paula Dorf Perfect Color Ecstasy
Paula Dorf Perfect Color Ecstasy


My Rating:  9 out of 10 Feathers

Cost:  $32.00 for 0.30 oz / 8.50 g

Availability:  www.pauladorf.com

Formula:  Cream stick.

The Packaging:  Twist up tube.

My Final Thoughts:  The color I was able to try out is a very gorgeous almost baby pink, the product is creamy when applied and very pigmented before blending. It doesn't have any specific smell to it that I noticed, once on I didn't smell anything at all and it didn't have a weird taste either since I was wearing it on my lips as well.

When I applied this in a blush type method it blended out really well and is definitely something I will be using again. The twist up tube makes it easy to use (mine was cracked and and was broken in half where the twist part was due to the post being rough on it, I was still able to hold it down to get it to twist up though).

When I applied it as a lip product it again went on smooth and creamy with no issues, it also is awesome for staying power. I did the kiss test to see if anything would come off and it didn't even with moderate pressure. I definitely love how this shade looks on my lips and I will for sure be wearing it again.

Lastly I tried this on my eyes, it applies beautifully and blends out easily. I wore it alone on the lid without a primer under to see how it would stand up since it's supposed to be an easy versatile product. 

I found it did tend to crease and fade a bit, it's possible if it were on top of a primer it might last longer. I think this would work really well as a base for an eyeshadow, I really did love the way it looked on my lid since it's a really gorgeous shimmery pink.

I would still recommend this product if you're looking for a beautiful cheek and lip color though for sure.
 
Would I purchase again?  Yes! This product is a perfect pink for my lips and cheeks. I love the fact it doesn't come off easily and stays put even when given the kiss test. Although it did fade a little bit and crease on my eyes I think this product would make a great base for another shadow.




They also currently have a code you can use with purchase right now as well!

**With each purchase receive a gift of the mini No Color Glimmer, a gorgeously soft, lightweight powder to complete your look! The perfect accent to Ecstasy.**


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Paula Dorf is giving away a makeup kit full of some of our favorite products! You can enter for a chance to win this Paula Dorf makeup kit ($125 value) below



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This review is on the Milani Cosmetics Runway Eyes Eyeshadow in the shades #14 Antigua, #15 Golden Touch, and #16 Peaches & Cream I received these a while back so they were long over due for a review!

As a side note the first set of pictures were taken with my old camera because I had already swatched them before I received my new camera.

Anyway onto the photos!

Milani Cosmetics Runway Eyes Eyeshadows

Milani Cosmetics #14 Antigua
Milani Cosmetics #15 Golden Touch
Milani Cosmetics #16 Peaches & Cream

 What the website says:

Description

Buildable and seriously beautiful, these eyeshadows are baked on Italian terracotta tiles to deliver – ultimately - a lustrous effect. First applied, there’s a flash of pearl and shimmer, which quickly shifts to a more luminous, lasting finish. They can be used as shadow or liner - and wet or dry, depending on the amount of drama you’re after.

Ingredients


Talc, Mica, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Dimethicone, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Zeolite, Dipentaerythrityl Tetrahydroxystearate/ Tetraisostearate, Isopropyl Isostearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol , Sorbitan Palmitate, Silica, Octyldodecanol, Methylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tin Oxide, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben , Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, BHT, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Isostearyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). +/- May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide CI 77510). 

Milani Cosmetics #14 Antigua, #15 Golden Touch, #16 Peaches & Cream
Milani Cosmetics #14 Antigua, #15 Golden Touch, #16 Peaches & Cream
Milani Cosmetics #14 Antigua, #15 Golden Touch, #16 Peaches & Cream


My Rating:  10 out of 10 Feathers

Cost:  $7.99 for 0.07 oz / 2.1g

Availability:  www.milanicosmetics.com

Formula:  Baked shadows.

The Packaging:  Compact style with curved dual ended brush/sponge applicator.

My Final Thoughts:  These are really great shadows for the price point, all of them are very beautiful shades. I opted to apply mine over the Milani eyeshadow primer and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy which is the normal way I apply my shimmer and metallic shadows. You can apply it over just a primer though for a softer look if you prefer that instead. I do want to note that because it only has an overspray of glitter once the top layer is used up the glitter will no longer be present.

I never use the applicators in my shadows as I find most are very scratchy and I'm not really fond of the sponge tip ones either. I'm not too found of the packaging on these shadows but for the price point and fact this is a drugstore brand it doesn't deduct from the rating for me. 

#14 Antigua It's described as a shimmering antique green with glitter overspray, it's a fantastic color and applies smooth and pigmented. It's a gorgeous shade and you can definitely see the antique green with shifts of gold, I can absolutely see using this one wet as an eyeliner.

#15 Golden Touch This shade is described as a shimmering light gold with a glitter overspray, it's definitely a gorgeous pale golden shade with a smooth and buttery texture.

#16 Peaches & Cream It's described as a shimmering peachy pink with glitter overspray, it's a beautiful soft peach color and would work great on the lid. It applied smooth and blends easily.
 
Would I purchase again?  Definitely yes! These are really smooth and pigmented shadows especially for the price point. You can use them wet or dry as well which is really a plus if you want a softer look or a more intense payoff.





Do you own any of these? What's your favorite shade?


Purchased By Me


This review is on Lime Crime Lipstick in the shade Poisonberry, I purchased this when it first came out in the Alchemy Collection, the collection is no longer available to purchase but you can still purchase Poisonberry separately.

I will also have a review of a few more Lime Crime Lipsticks coming up in the shades Babette, and Geradium as well as some Velvetines.

Anyway onto the photos!



Lime Crime Poisonberry Lipstick
Lime Crime Poisonberry Lipstick

 What the website says:

Description 

Deliciously dangerous berry-purple with a violet glow. Same intense coverage, new lustruous sheen! This shade combines lipstick and lipstain for prolonged wear. 

Bold. Opaque. Recklessly loaded with pigment. For lips that speak louder than words.

Ingredients 


Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, DI-PPG-3 Myristyl Ether Adipate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ozokerite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Vanillin, Polyethylene, Microcrystalline Wax, Silica, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain [+/-]: Mica CI 77019, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77492 CI 77491 CI 77499, Red 7 Lake CI 15850:1, Yellow 5 Lake CI 19140:1, Blue 1 Lake CI 42090:2, Red 6 CI 15850, Red 28 Lake CI 45410. VEGAN/CRUELTY-FREE

Lime Crime Poisonberry Lipstick
Lime Crime Poisonberry Lipstick


My Rating:  6 out of 10 Feathers

Cost:  $18.00 for 0.12 oz

Availability:  www.limecrime.com

Formula:  Lipstick/Lipstain.

The Packaging:  Round shaped lipstick tube twist up.

My Final Thoughts:  This lipstick seemed to have a different texture than Serpentina did, it applied more patchy on me and seemed a tiny bit more drying. The color was pretty but it just didn't work for me, I tend to have very dry skin and lips as is even after using a lip balm. That being said it might work on you if you don't already have dry lips. It is noted as being a combination of a lipstick and a stain so it's possible that is why it's more drying as well.

This one did have the same pleasant scent though as Serpentina and I do really love that about Lime Crime lipsticks, I wish that Poisonberry had the same consistency as Serpentina though.

I do love the packaging as always but then again I love unicorns so I'm biased on it, I know some people think it looks too kiddish but my personality is fun and young no matter how old I get so I love it.

Would I purchase again?  Probably not. For me it was just not working on my lips, I tend to have dry lips even after using a lip balm before hand. That being said what didn't work on me may still work for you, so it's up to you if you want to give this one a try. I still really love Serpentina and that formula worked amazing on me so it would be awesome if Lime Crime found a way to make the lipstick formulas consistent.



Do you own Poisonberry? What are you thoughts?