Korres Body Milk Does You Good

Korres Body Milk
I’m trying to catch up with everything in my inbox. The hardest part is trying to manage how I will get to everywhere I want to do while retaining my sanity and getting sleep. I feel like I need a stunt double to assist!

In the meantime, I’m doing short posts about long posts to come, especially about products getting me through this time of where I don’t always have time for myself. For example: the Korres Body Milk in Basil Lemon is my new savior. I have been having some seriously dry skin lately. The smartest hypothesis to why this happens I can create so far, is that from sweating, cooling down, and rubbing against clothing, the skin is irritated far more than usual and is moisturized far less. Not all the lotions in my drawers seem to work their magic on my unhappy skin. It comes as no surprise though, that Korres doesn’t disappoint.

The scent isn’t too much, but the sensation is just right. The lotion isn’t thick, nor watery. It applies pretty smooth and cools the skin with appropriate moisture for a good period of time. I have a sweating problem so I usually sweat out my lotion rather than run out of moisture (if that makes sense!), so I can’t judge how long the lotion keeps you moisturized for until winter comes around.

Have you tried any Korres Body Milks?

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Korres Never Fails

MOJ Loves KorresEverytime I post or find a product from Korres, I am equal parts in love and addicted. At first? I was a bit skeptical. What does this organic product have to offer for me? Now? Well, now I know the answer is everything!

From skin care to lip treatments, I have been turning to the brand for guaranteed happiness. This is exactly what I got when I purchased my first Korres blush (44 Orange). I bought it way back when I was at the Artist Summit in Miami, so you’ll understand the urge for me to showcase it to you. I’ll put this bad boy into action soon, and of course, you’ll be the first to hear about it. Check out the swatch after the jump and let me know what you think!

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Let me say as much as I love fancy or witty packaging, I also love when a brand knows just how to be a perfect minimalist. Where the product is simple – a square with not much show about it, and just a simple font describing the product. Still looks pretty awesome, doesn’t it? Success!

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The top is one swipe and the bottom is two. The color is very buildable and can be blended to a glow similar to that after just the right amount of time in the sun, to whatever depth you want it to be.

Want to get it? Purchase the Korres  blush here: mine is 44 Orange.

What do you own from Korres? Have a favorite blush?

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Chanukah Giveaway Day 3

PhotobucketSo this is hopefully the last of the late catch up posts. Check out the giveaway details for this day (and check out day 3 below) and make sure to come back at 8pm EST to check back for the remaining days of the giveaway!

Three lucky winners will get a Korres Soft Eyeliner in Black. I love these suckers because not only are they completely natural, but they are the smoothest pencils I’ve ever come across. The liner is thin but is super creamy and is perfect for the waterline. I like using it for the outer corner of my eyes for a nonsmudge effect. Of course, it is great for lining your lids as well, and for a quick smokey eye if you use a shader right after lining.

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Let me know what your secret method for lining your eyes is and you just may win!

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Why I Oughtta Wipe Your Face Out With… Korres

PhotobucketI have been a long time follower of the use a cotton square to remove makeup from your face. As far as the removing agent? Either a cream or an oil (hello Mr. Olive) did it well. Then I started buying makeup wipes.

First I bought makeup wipes for the ease of use when cleaning makeup brushes. Just pull out a wipe and you can quickly run your brushes along it to clear ’em up. By no means is this the way you should clean your brushes all the time (thorough cleanup and drying is necessary from time to time as far as I’m concerned).

Then I started buying more and more packs of these time saving wonders when swatching products and taking photos. This was much easier to do at the desk than to have to lug everything with me to the bathroom. I had found a winner for the ease of use but I was still skeptical about using these for my face. See, I was buying cheapie wipes (read: Dollar Mart) and am not chemically blessed to understand if the cheaper versions are any better than the pricier ones. So I just kept to my old time techniques for face war paint removal.

Being that this post is here though, you understand that the story doesn’t end there. Following the first Bloggin’ Beauts get together, all the Beauts went home with a pack of the KorresPomegranate makeup wipes.

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Packaging: 4 out of 5
Price: 4 out of 5 ($12.00 from site, Amazon, etc.)
Quality: 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

The wipes are significantly thicker than any other I have tried before. When they are applied to the face they are much softer and can pick up more makeup without feeling like you’re dragging your forehead down to your chin. Plus, as per my previous Korres review, the product smells great.

I did a picture at half a face painted.
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Now I realize this doesn’t look like a lot of makeup on. My problem with makeup is that if I put on enough to see in a picture, then it’s more than overdone in person. The solution? I took a close-up while using the wipe to create temporary face graffiti.

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There you go! Now you know I had plenty war paint on. 🙂

I’m pretty skeptical with wipes because I always think they leave a lot of product on your skin that you may not see. So I checked with my handy dandy cotton squares and olive oil and saw barely any remaining product. I have trouble removing mascara with the wipes because I feel like I’m always attacking my lashes, so I use olive oil there. I also make sure to rinse my face after using the wipes just to make sure.

The wipes come in a pack of 25, so naturally, my qualm with the product is the price. I feel like I could pay a little less for it, but with it’s efficiency call it a worthwhile splurge. Even if you can’t afford this for regular day use, I’d suggest purchasing a pack for an almost fool-proof plan for travel (plus I’m not sure if these count as liquid or not when packing).

Check out the after & the damage control with the wipe:

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Do you use wipes? Tell me your experience(s) with wipes & you might win a pack of these babies!


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Artist Summit Miami

PhotobucketHow could I continue and introduce brands and events, if I didn’t at least share what my new camera captured in Florida?

While smaller than the NY Makeup Show in size for commerce, the lessons and seminars were of the most value. As I continue with new knowledge and inspiration, I hope you enjoy the images of the brands that both break through into the market to continued jaw dropping reactions, as well as the brands who never fail to amaze year in and year out, from quality to customer service.

The best part of these shows for me? Realizing that this is much more than just makeup. The search for the perfect product to accentuate and work well with every person’s beauty is evident from the product selection, to the dedication from even the creators (who are almost always present at each show!).

I’ll be doing some in depth reviews and intros to some brands, while others, the pictures will be worth plenty words.

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Inglot Cosmetics – watch out for my review

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Crown Brush – the best quality for the cheapest price

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owner of Pencil Me In Cosmetics showing that her pencils aren’t just great for shadowing and lining the eyes – but making fancy hairstyles too!

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Danessa Myricks showcasing her brand (I Make You Beautiful) of dvd’s & makeup. And her fab hair y’all!

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My girl Britt from ClumpsofMascara showcasing Naked Cosmetics!

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OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics)

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Ruby Room aromas & sprays. Stay tuned for an intro and review.

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Always a fave, Korres

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A new fave, Yaby Cosmetics

p.s. this is a new & very loved camera for me – What y’all think about it? Snazzy photos?


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Moisturize Me Softly…

PhotobucketAfter reading a past issue of Marie Claire (I’m painfully behind in my reads), I was most intrigued by the article concerning beauty practices around the world. Ning Chao wrote about her experiences throughout Japan, learning about the practices of Japanese women, and sometimes comparing it to American habits.

Ning mentioned vinegars and shrinking techniques, but what hogged my attention was the skincare regimen.

The Japanese approach to skincare is the opposite of American antiaging, where we try to peel our way back to the past. “We think our skin is very delicate,” says MC’s Moriyama. Here, stripping toner is replaced with a “softener.” “Removing too much of the top layer of the skin gets rid of all its protective-barrier functions, including the inhibition of water loss,” explains Dr. Chita Katagiri, a research scientist for Shiseido. The Japanese beauty giant’s latest skincare line, Future Solution LX, has an Extra Rich Cleansing Foam, Concentrated Balancing Softener, and Total Regenerating Cream, all designed to keep the skin’s surface in peak condition. According to Katagiri, a healthy outer layer prevents problems like dryness, environmental damage, inflammation, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. To maintain perfection, Japanese women religiously wear sunscreen and foundation every day. Smudge-, sweat-, and humidity-proof, the formulas here are heavy duty, but the payoff is flawlessness.

It made me beckon back a month or so to when I started my regimen on kindness to my face. It involved more natural products, and a much more disciplined night and morning routine.I received this product at the NYC Bloggin’ Beauts event, and after learning more about the brand and product with the rest of the Bloggin’ Beauts, I felt braver about trying it out.

Korres Wild Rose 24-hour Moisturizer

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&nou=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=myowju-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&m=amazon&f=ifr&md=10FE9736YVPPT7A0FBG2&asins=B000IMPD3O• Wild Rose oil, a potent, natural source of vitamin C, significantly diminishes fine lines, hyper- pigmentation and resurfaces skin, revealing a soft and radiant complexion
• Imperata cylindrica a desert plant extract, ensures 24-hour long-lasting hydration by continually regulating the cellular water equilibrium
• Pure vitamin C inhibits free radical damage and brightens the skin
• Phytic Acid, a natural skin lightener, helps illuminating sun damage and acne scarring
• Grape seed extract, rich in Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, helps promote a healthy and youthful complexion
• Olive oil, almost identical in chemical structure to our skin lipids, provides ideal hydration, while allowing the skin to breathe

Within days of using this cream morning and night, my skin was practically praising the Athenian concoction. First of all, it smells great. There are so many creams and gels out there that promise to do many things. While some succeed, and equally as many fail, there are few and far in between that smell good.

One of the reasons that I started to shy away from a disciplined nighttime routine is because I wanted my face to be kissable after it. I didn’t want the medicinal smell and turn into some ice queen. I’d take some wrinkles for more kisses with my honey y’all. My old creams would have to be applied not so liberally and with plenty of time to dry before bedtime.

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You would understand then, why I call the Korres Wild Rose Moisturizer a godsend, as it:
dries in under a minute.

  • smells amazing.
  • leaves skin soft & not sticky.
  • doesn’t make anyone who comes in contact with you recoil from the taste (plenty people kiss cheeks goodnight, right?!).
  • moisturizes skin until morning
  • and though it contains a small amount of SPF.

That last bullet point is for the ladies who sometimes forget or skip the step in the morning (guilty), this is a small layer to protect your skin as compared to leaving it bare against the elements.

Apart from smelling great, this product really delivers. It goes on nonsticky and dries quick, but it doesn’t just evaporate into thin air, leaving you wondering about whatever happened to your night cream. When you wake up (especially from a short slumber that is more appropriately Photobucketcalled a nap), your face is always looking refreshed. This is the magic formula for me. I can sleep for two hours, and Korres will make you think it was 18. Hours later, as my yawns give me away, my skin sits back with my sleepless secret at hand.

Currently, the KorresUSA website is sold out of the Moisturizer (but has plenty other goodies), but I have posted up the link for Amazon (they both sell it for $32.50), and you can take advantage of their trio of skincare products ($49) as well.

Do you use moisturizer? How has it worked out for you?


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Fall Makeup for 2009

PhotobucketIn the midst of all this Fashion Week madness, one can’t deny the change in the air. The streets aren’t as warm anymore, there are more sleeved fashions paraded about town, and scarves are coming out.

To me, scarves are the epitome of Fall and colder weather in general. When scarves came out as a trend for summer as well, you could find me looking all bewildered at everyone and their momma because it didn’t make sense. Scarves are an accessory with both an aesthetic and physical function. It serves as a great neckpiece, converts great into a shawl, or even a bow tie, but it also has the potential to keep you warm.

Something else to usher in the fall? Makeup! Now, I’ve briefly covered trends for the fall, and will definitely revisit the topic, but I’d like to share what some companies are ushering in for the new season. As we all know – seasons come with different colors, and wearing neons and bronzer may not be the most appropriate look for when the thermometer starts to dip.

Check out some of the other new products for fall in makeup and nails below. These include great ones from fan (and my) favorites from Too Faced, Stila, Benefit, Smashbox, Korres, etc.!

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Anything you’re falling for? 🙂


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Hautelook Rock & Republic Sale & Tarte FF!

Clearly this is another week full of great sales. Click on the images and links below to save some money!

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Come join HauteLook for your sample sales and cheap designer duds.

Click here for your special invite!

Don’t forget that when you when you sign up through this link, you get a $10 credit to spend on whatever you please!

If the link is not working, copy and paste the following link in your browser: http://www.hautelook.com/invite/missyaya

Also! Tarte is having a Friends & Family Sale!
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Tarte: 40% off with code FF09 !!!

And don’t forget Korres!

Korres 30% off Code: MYOWNJUDGE


Tell me what you get!


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Finally! Bloggin’ Beauts

So how long has everyone waited for me to say something about the Bloggin’ Beauts event? To be the cohost and planner, you’d think I’d be right on top of it right? …. crickets

With sensitivity to the fact that many of my readers are not NY based, I have started a new blog for the NYC Bloggin’ Beauts. I will probably mercilessly reference the upcoming events and such, but everything else will be on the blog. That kind of treaty work?

Now! Without further ado, I present to you the companies that worked with us. Want more details? Scurry your butt over to the NYC Bloggin’ Beauts Blog!

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My Pretty Pink Box

and check out the My Pretty Pink Box Blog for updates!

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and check out the Jennifer Paige Designs Blog for updates!

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check out the Purple Lab Blog here!

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check out my Arbonne page to learn more & shop!

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check out the Zoya blog here!

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check out the Stila blog here!

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check out the Thevi blog here!

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check out the Tarte blog here!

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check the Solerra blog here!

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check out the 3Custom Color blog!

Please note that most of these companies are up on the blog craze and are utilizing their blogs to reach out to their customers/fans as well as offer promotional codes and discounts!