MAC: NEW Studio QuikTrik Stick

“Transformation is only a swipe away with the new M∙A∙C Studio QuikTrik Stick. Offering endless options for highlighting, contouring, bronzing or just adding the perfect pop of colour, these double-ended multi-use chubby sticks debut in smart shades to enhance your look anywhere, any way you choose – and so portable too! Who doesn’t love a little face time? Any way you swipe is just right!”
AVAILABILITY
Online: October 13th
In-store: October 20th – December 15th 2016
PRICE:
$32.00 US/$37.00 CAD
PRODUCT COLORS AVAILABLE: 
SOFTLY DOES IT / TIGHT AND TAWNY: very light pink shimmer / light taupe
BARE END / EARTHNUT: light golden champagne shimmer / muted medium beige
A LATTE SHEEN / SEMI-SWEET: light copper with gold and silver shimmer / muted golden bronze
GINGER SPIKED / COUNTERPOINT: soft pink with fine-spun gold shimmer / mid-tone bluish pink
MISS CUPCAKE / TOMATO: soft pinky peach with fine-spun golden shimmer / vivid bright coral

ALL AFLUSH / HERE YOU GO: rose with copper sparkle / deep reddish burgundy

 

Target Exclusive: DESSANGE PARIS

“Jacques Dessange established the house of DESSANGE 60 years ago, in 1954 in the heart of Paris on the prestigious Champs-Elysées, instantly becoming a symbol of French luxury…Today, DESSANGE remains the number one luxury hair care brand in the world with a unique network of 400-plus salons in over 40 coun­tries, and seven training centers. DESSANGE is the long-standing Hair partner of the Cannes Film Festival and a salon choice for a wide array of glamorous A-list celebrities. In late 2014, DESSANGE entered new territory with the launch of its premium mass brand, DESSANGE Paris, in the US, bringing the luxury salon techniques to the homes of wo­men everywhere”

Product Information:

Five Collections: Purifying Clay, Oleo Miracle, Solar Blonde Naturale, California Blonde and Salon Color Restore.

Price: $9.99 – $11.99, and are available exclusively at Target.

Review:

I had the pleasure to review the Oleo Miracle line and let me just say my hair has its shine back and feels incredibly soft and smooth.  All the products in the line have three oils: argan, camellia and pracaxi which bring out your hairs natural beauty along with protecting it. The Oleo Miracle line was created to bring over-processed and damaged hair back to life! Sounds amazing right?!!??

Let me start with the replenishing oil because its my favorite from the three products. I have been using it a few times a week for 3 weeks and I saw results immediately. I apply one pump to my wet/damp hair more towards the middle to the ends of my hair because my roots tend to get oily if I use too much product. On days I just dry my hair and do not style it, my hair still has that softness and shine to it. When I style my hair whether it be with a curling or flat iron the over all appearance looks more polished and healthy. I adore hair oils and serums for that exact reason and this one does not disappoint.  The smell can be strong.  Its not bad but it has a perfume type of odor to it. So this may not be the ideal for some.

DESSANGE PARIS
Oleo Miracle Replenishing Oil

The Shampoo and Conditioner have the same perfume smell but because I saw such fabulous results it was something I was able to look past. The shampoo lathers well allowing you to feel like your hair is actually getting very clean.  The conditioner does not leave film or a heavy feeling to your hair at all. So not only are you getting the repairs your hair needs, it feels clean (even with three oils). The packaging gives off a luxury feel with the gold design and writing while the product bottles are very sturdy. Overall I have been enjoying all three products but the oil stood out for me as the winner.

Would you like to win this line to try these fabulous products for yourself?  See below for rules.

DESSANGE PARIS
Oleo Miracle Shampoo & Conditioner

Giveaway Rules:

  • Must be following me on Instagram
  • Must tag a friend on my Instagram picture announcing this giveaway
  • Write in the comments below on this blog post why you would like to try this product line out
  • Giveaway will run 10/7 -10/9 and winner will be notified by 10/10

That’s it! Good Luck everyone!!!

*This is a sponsored post however BPAMC opinions and review are my own and 100% honest. 

Eye Shadow that jiggles? Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss

“A new trick in your beauty arsenal, Butter London’s Glazen Eye Gloss is a breakthrough eye shadow that delivers a wet look shine, without being wet. This playful, pudding-like texture applies like a gel, but dries like a powder and lasts all day”

Product Information

  • Price: $24.00 and Available at Ulta
  • 4 Shades Available: Bronzed (rich sparkling deep bronze) pictured / Frosted (warm sparkling rose gold) /Oil Slick (sparkling chameleon) / Spark (warm sparkling champagne) pictured 

Review:

I am not going to lie these were very strange to me when I first opened them. I thought “an eye shadow that jiggles? Whatttt?” But the moment I swatched them I gasped! I absolutely love metallic shades for the eyes. I prefer just one swipe of a pretty shimmer that is going to give me a glamorous look without the hassle of spending a ton of time on my eyes.

When you dip your finger in (I just felt more comfortable using my fingers) its a strange consistency but its fun! I just started to pat on my eye and watched this Glazen Eye Gloss work its magic. It applies like a gel and dries like a powder so it takes a bit to get use to. I have tried this without a eye shadow primer since it states its crease resistant but like all eye shadows it creased on me and works best in my opinion with an eye shadow primer. They were a bit hard to blend with my finger but again it takes a bit to get use to working with this texture.

Would I recommend these? Absolutely! If you are into shimmer and or metallic eye looks you need at lease one.

Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss
Colors Top to Bottom: Spark and Bronze

 

 

*These were generously sent to me by Butter London. Opinions are honest and my own. 

20 Facts About Me Tag

After watching a ton of YouTube videos and reading Blog/Instagram posts, I decided I should do the 20 facts about me tag. I absolutely loved learning about all of you so I hope you enjoy this! Lets just jump right in……

  1. My name is Vanessa not beautyproductsaremycardio – lol!
  2. I grew up in Elmwood Park a suburb right outside of Chicago and the home of the best Italian Beef  the Chicago area has to offer but if you ask my Husband he will tell you I am bias. Whatever!
  3. My Husband and I met in Children’s Theater class at Northeastern Illinois University 12 years ago.
  4. I am mostly Italian and my husband is Palestinian. We have two kids. Our daughter is 3 and our son is 10 months
  5. My Bachelors and Masters Degree are both in Communications and I studied Flamenco Dance as my minor.
  6. My passion for dance started at the age of 9. I have studied Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Belly Dancing and Flamenco
  7.  I was allowed to wear makeup off the stage at the age of 12. My mom took me to the drugstore the summer going into Jr. High. We bought mainly Cover Girl. To this day if I open a Cover Girl blush the smell instantly brings me back to that moment.
  8. For my 16th Birthday I was introduced to MAC by receiving a black MAC makeup bag filled with blush, eyeliner, lipliner and lipglass.  Our relationship is now almost 20 years strong!
  9. Blush is my ultimate beauty weakness. I believe this obsession started because as a dancer my mom would tell me I need more blush for the stage….like ALL THE TIME. So I started to experiment with blush and the rest is history (picture evidence below HA)
  10. I worked in Disney World for a college internship and it changed me forever. If you are in college you MUST look into this program. I worked Retail in Magic Kingdom.
  11. Family is EVERYTHING!!!!
  12. Audrey Hepburn is my style icon.
  13. I started my blog 7 months ago, 2 days after returning to my full time job from being on Maternity Leave. It was something I had been thinking about for over a year and all of a sudden it all came together and Beauty Products Are My Cardio was born.
  14. I am an Academic Advisor by day and taught Public Speaking for 5 years at a Community College here in Chicago.
  15. I drink coffee…however 95% of the time its decaf. I just truly love the taste. Tall Decaf Non Fat No Whip Mocha.
  16. Next to blush chocolate is my other weakness.
  17. I HEART Pasta. Nothing beats my dads cooking … well except my grandparents 🙂
  18. I am trying to get better at eating cleaner and working out #momlife
  19. Black and Purple are my favorite colors
  20. I absolutely love interacting with each of you everyday!

Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure! I tag all of you 🙂

 

20 facts about me tag
Can we discuss this blush? But I will say I was always seen on stage (Thanks MOM!)

 

20 facts about me tag
Senior Picture: I was always into nude tones lol

 

20 facts about me tag
My Wedding Day: MAC everything

 

20 facts about me tag
My Ride or Die

Renpure Biotin & Collagen Collection: Review and Product Info

Renpure is a family owned company that creates hair care products without sodium chloride, sulfates, dyes, harsh salts, parabens, and gluten. Renpure Biotin & Colleagen Shampoo and Conditioner “formulas are meant to help deliver vital thickening and volumizing properties with our exclusive blend of Vitamin B7 Biotin, Collagen and Keratin that are known for being imperative to thicken, maintain and enhance your hairs volume, health, strength and shine!”

Price:

$4.99 (USD) per bottle -160z (size shown in picture) or $7.99(USD) per bottle – 32oz

Where to buy:

This brand can be found at Ulta, Walmart, CVS, Walgreen’s, Amazon and Target. Currently Target is running a buy 1 get 1 25% off offer till 11/5.  Shop here.

Review:

Does my hair look or feel thicker?? Yes! Just like my skin my hair changed after my kids. It lost its shine, bounce and overall healthy look. Unlike my skin I use multiple products on my hair all the time. I change things often because I can tell right away if its working or not. Since using the Renpure thickening Shampoo and Conditioner I can see overall results. My hair is shiner, appears thicker and looks much healthier.

The consistency is on the thicker side and is white in color. It lathers nicely and after rising my hair feels clean without a residue feeling. One thing that may throw some people off is the smell. Although I personally am ok with the smell it can be a bit overwhelming. The smell stays in my hair and I LOVE that! Even as the hours have gone by in the day my hair still smells pretty and that is a personal preference that excites me because it does not happen often with most hair products.

Would I recommend this shampoo and conditioner? Yes! These are most certainly #10orlesstuesday worthy as I say on my Instagram.  If your hair has been needing a pick me as of late, for the price and easy accessibility you cant go wrong with trying them out. There are quite a few different lines from this brand (see them here) so I would love to hear if you have tried them before and your thoughts!!

 

Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick: Swatches and Product Info

Top selling European cosmetics brand Catrice is now available in the United States and sold exclusively at Ulta Beauty. The most fabulous part? Every product is $10 or less!! Catrice offers everything to meet your beauty needs on a budget from nails, face products, eyes and lips! One product I want to share with you today is the Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick.

The Ultimate Colour Lipstick:

  • 12 shades available
  • Highly pigmented
  • Very creamy
  • Long Lasting
  • Paraben Free
  • $6.99 (USD)

Swatches of 5 shades from the Collection:

Reds:

Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick

Top to Bottom: 310 Red My Lips – 430 Hot n’ Spicy – 450 Legend Berry

Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick

Nudes:

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Top to Bottom: 240 Hey Nude – 380 Nude- Tastic

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Spot any you are loving? Leave in the comments below

 

** These were generously sent to me by Catrice Cosmetics. As always reviews are my own and 100% honest. 

SNEAK PEEK: MAC X Selena Quintanilla Collection

“The vivacity of Mexican-American singer, Selena Quintanilla, lives on through the passion of her fans and her impact on Latin culture and beauty. Inspired by the devotion of all those still touched by the iconic Latin legend, M∙A∙C Selena is a makeup collaboration tenderly curated with Selena’s sister. Selena not only taught us to move, she moved us – let’s keep that rhythm alive!”

Availability:

  • MACSelect Obsessed & Devoted Members exclusive pre-shop September 28th
  • Online October 1st 2016
  • In – Store October 6th – November 17th 2016

Product Details and Swatches:

Lipstick: $18.00 USD / $22.00 CAN

Mac Selena Collection

Swatches Top to Bottom:

  • Como La Flor – muted cherry red (amplified)
  • Amor Prohibido – pinky mid-tone brown (glaze)
  • Dreaming of You – deep wine (matte)

Mac Selena Collection

Eye Shadow: $18.00 USD / $20.50 CAN

Mac Selena Collection

Swatches Top to Bottom:

  • Is It The Beat – deep black (matte)
  • No Me Queda Mas – warm dusty brown (matte)
  • Selena – intense pearly violet (veluxe pearl)
  • Missing My Baby – light pinky nude beige (matte)
  • Fotos Y Recuerdos – bright warm pink (satin)

Mac Selena Collection

Blush $29.00 USD / $34.00 CAN – Brush $35.00 USD / $45.00 CAN

Mac Selena Collection

Swatches Top to Bottom of Techno Cumbia

  • Blunt – muted golden brown (matte)
  • Ven Conmigo –  beige pink (matte)

Mac Selena Collection

 

Opulash Mascara: $18.00 USD / $22.00 CAN

Color: Optimum Black – Intense Black

Mac Selena Collection

 

Liquid Eye Liner: $21.00 USD / $24.00 CAN

Color: Boot Black – Intense Black

Mac Selena Collection

 

 

 *These were sent to BPAMC for reviewing purposes by MAC Cosmetics. As always opinions are 100% honest and my own. 

FALL INSPIRED SWATCHES: Milani Metallic Lip Cremes

Fall is officially here  and Metallic lips are trending this season. What better way to try this trend with an affordable option. The Milani Metallic Lip Cremes are $8.99, have a variety of shades to choose from and are pigmented and long lasting.

According to the Milani Cosmetics website the lip creams “Paint your pout with gilded glamour. Bold and richly pigmented, these metallic liquid lip colors shine with a soft luster and dry to a smooth matte finish—without drying out your lips. Waterproof and kiss-approved, each Amore Matte Metallic Lip Crème delivers up to 16 hours of wear”

Fabulous right? You will definitely want to pick some of these up. Here are my picks from the Milani Metallic Lip Cremes Collection to get you fall ready.

Colors from Top to Bottom:

Pure Mattness (Brown Mauve) – Chromatic Addict (Beige) – Matterialistic (Rose Gold)  – Pretty Problemattic (Cranberry)

Swatches Milani Metallic Lip Cremes

Swatches Milani Metallic Lip Cremes

Which colors will you be picking up? Shop the collection here

REVIEW: MAC Liptensity Lipstick

“Liptensity Lipstick pushes the boundaries of colour. With the expertise of tetrachromat Maureen Seaberg — who has thegenetic ability to see up to 100 million hues imperceptible to the
average naked eye — M·A·C has created an unprecedented spectrum of 24 shades with extreme, undeniable colour intensity, using our groundbreaking High-Frequency Tetrachromatic Pigments technology”

When I swatched the Liptensity Lipsticks (see my swatches here) I could see the pigment was intense but after experiencing them for a week I am beyond impressed. They will be available online 9/20 and in-stores 9/21 through 11/17. You do not want to miss out on these limited edition lipsticks.

Review:

  • They last all day with minimal touch ups
  • Non drying with a satin finish and very comfortable to wear.
  • Gel formula allows for smooth application
  • The packaging makes it so simple to grab the color of your choice as the packaging matches the color!
  • Don’t be intimidated by the shape of the lipstick they go on easy and you do not need a lip liner
  • No smell or funny tastes which is a huge determining factor for me when choosing lipsticks

Colors I am loving:

  • Smoked Almond
  • Doe
  • Driftwood
  • Habanaro
  • Lobster
  • Burnt Violet

What colors are you thinking of adding to your collection?

MAC Liptensity

 

 *These were sent to BPAMC for reviewing purposes by MAC Cosmetics. As always opinions are 100% honest and my own. 

MAC LIPTENSITY: Swatches and Product Info

MAC Liptensity  are now in their permanent collection and I could not be happier! With 24 shades available in a satin finish there is a color for everyone! So what makes this lipstick special?

“Liptensity Lipstick pushes the boundaries of colour. With the expertise of tetrachromat Maureen Seaberg — who has thegenetic ability to see up to 100 million hues imperceptible to the
average naked eye — M·A·C has created an unprecedented spectrum of 24 shades with extreme, undeniable colour intensity, using our groundbreaking High-Frequency Tetrachromatic Pigments technology”

SWATCHES TOP TO BOTTOM:

**Click names of Liptensity to Shop – Read my review here

DOEDRIFTWOODMEDIUM RAREGUMBALLMAC Liptensity DOE - DRIFTWOOD - MEDIUM RARE - GUMBALL

MAC Liptensity DOE - DRIFTWOOD - MEDIUM RARE - GUMBALL

SMOKED ALMONDTOAST AND BUTTERCORDOVANDIONYSUSMAC Liptensity SMOKED ALMOND - TOAST AND BUTTER - CORDOVAN - DIONYSUSMAC Liptensity SMOKED ALMOND - TOAST AND BUTTER - CORDOVAN - DIONYSUS

GALAXY GREYHELLEBOREAMBROSIALMARSALAMAC Liptensity GALAXY GIRL - HELLEBORE - AMBROSIAL - MARSALAMAC Liptensity GALAXY GIRL - HELLEBORE - AMBROSIAL - MARSALA

FIREWORKSHABANEROLOBSTERPOSTMODERNMAC Liptensity FIREWORKS - HABANERO - LOBSTER - POSTMODERNMAC Liptensity FIREWORKS - HABANERO - LOBSTER - POSTMODERN

CLARETCASTEROS LIFE’S BLOODMULLING SPICEMAC Liptensity CLARETCAST - EROS - LIFE'S BLOOD - MULLING SPICEMAC Liptensity CLARETCAST - EROS - LIFE'S BLOOD - MULLING SPICE

MAC Liptensity DOUBLE FUDGE - BURNT VIOLET - BLUE BEAT - STALLION
 MAC Liptensity DOUBLE FUDGE - BURNT VIOLET - BLUE BEAT - STALLION
 Want More MAC Cosmetics Posts? See below:
* See the entire Shadescents line here 
* Swatches of the entire Strobe Cream line here
* Swatches of my favorite MAC Nudes here
*These were sent to BPAMC for reviewing purposes by MAC Cosmetics. As always opinions are 100% honest and my own. Some links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links