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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fifty insane facts about hair!

November 25, 2014 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Many people believe that today’s society is obsessed with hair.  I think it's fair to say that humans have been obsessed with hair for a very long time!  Did you know that during the Renaissance, it was fashionable for woman to pluck their hairline to give them a higher forehead?  Or that a man spends the equivalent of 5 months shaving in his lifetime?
Luckily for you, this infographic lists some interesting facts about hair, including facts about: hair biology, hair colour, hair beauty and hair history.

50 Insane Facts About Hair

I hope you enjoyed these 50 insane facts about hair.  Which fact/s surprised you the most?  Let me know in the comments section! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A guide to make-up brushes: Which ones to use and when

November 19, 2014 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

Trying to pick out the right make-up brush can be intimidating.  
With so many options,  and little explanation,  you can feel pretty overwhelmed.  This is completely understandable, not many people really know what each brush is actually for.  Sometimes, you come across two brushes that seemingly look the same, but are not quite identical.

With all the different types of brushes and brands out there, The Salon Outlet thought it would be great to have a visual breakdown to the basics!
  They created a list of the basic brushes you need in your arsenal to perfect a flawless look.  The picture below shows which brush is for what and why it is ideal for the cheeks, eye-shadows, blending, lining, etc.

All brushes are available for purchase here.
Make-up Brush Guide:


Eye Shadow Brush  - 
Basic eye-shadow brush used to apply colour on lid or brow-bone.

Angled Eye Shadow Brush -
Use to apply and blend eye-shadow along the crease.

Eyeliner Brush -
For precise lining with gel liner, perfect for close tight lining of the lash line.

Eyebrow Brush - 
For creating a soft, natural arch on the brows.  Can also be used to line your eyes with gel liner.


Powder Brush -
Use to apply lighter coverage powders, like blush, bronzer or loose powder.

Round Blooming Brush -
For a natural pink flush, apply in a circular motion.

Flathead Brush -
Perfect for tinted moisturisers and liquid foundation for a flawless look.

Concealer Brush - 
Keeps those fine lines and blemishes cleverly hidden.

Foundation Brush - 
For foundation application, apply in circular motion for best results.

Universal Flathead Brush -
Use to apply concealer or liquid foundation.


Angled Contour Brush -
For precise contouring along the cheekbones.

Lip Brush -
To shape bold lips.

I hope you find this guide helpful!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fruit Acid 15% Gel Peel Review

November 16, 2014 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

I was given the opportunity to try out the Fruit Acid 15% Gel Peel Enhanced with Kojic Acid by Refresh Skin Therapy.  In this post I will tell you everything you need to know about the product and I'll also share my experience and photos of my results so far.  So let's get started...

Product description:

Fruit Acid 15% Gel Peel  Enhanced with Kojic Acid - 1 fl oz / 30 ml

A Professional At-Home Alpha Hydroxy (AHA) Chemical Peel of Glycolic, Lactic, and Pyruvic Acids.
  • Ideal for age spots, dry dull skin, freckles, sun spots, increasing skin radiance and luminosity, acne scars, skin lightening, post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, melasma, reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Enhanced with Kojic acid, a natural skin brightener / skin lightener with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, naturally used in the making of Sake, Japanese rice wine.  Kojic Acid fades dark spots and inhibits melanin production, a safe and natural alternative to hydroquinone.
  • Glycolic Acid, naturally derived from sugar cane, increases skin's natural collagen production and levels of dermal hyaluronic acid (skin's natural moisture barrier) promoting a more youthful appearance. Successfully addresses uneven skin tone, skin laxity, and skin clarity.
  • Made in the USA, High quality product produced in an FDA-registered facility certified GMP - Good Manufacturing Practices Product, to guarantee quality and safety of the product.
  • Alcohol free
  • Paraben free
  • Phthalate free
  • Vegan
  • No artificial colors, fragrance, or preservatives
  • Not tested on animals


$32.95 from Amazon
£29.95 from Amazon UK


Cleanse skin.  Spread a thin layer of Fruit Acid Gel over entire face and neck using fingers or gauze, leave on for 1 to 3 minutes, depending on tolerance.  Can be layered for deeper exfoliation.  Rinse with plenty of cool water to neutralize the solution.  Recommended for all skin types.  Can be layered on top of other peels to increase their effectiveness.  Can be used 3-5 times per week.


Purified Water, Natural Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic & Pyruvic Acids), Xanthan Gum.


Dry rough skin, uneven skin tone, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, dark spots, melasma, hyper-pigmentation, enlarged pores, comedones, clogged pores, acne, post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, rosacea, sun spots, age spots, stretch marks, photo-damage.

My experience:

I have done professional herbal peels before and I was extremely disappointed with the whole experience.  Not only were they painful and uncomfortable, I also didn't see any improvement in my skin.  However, I've never used an at-home peel before and I must say, I was very eager to try this product but a little nervous at the same time.  When I read on the box, "FOR PROFESSIONAL USE ONLY" I couldn't help feeling worried.  However, I followed the directions and I was actually very surprised at how simple the peel is to use.  

I apply a thin, even layer of peel on my face, using a cotton ball.  The cotton ball does not soak the peel up because the peel is gel based.  The first time I used it I left it on for 2 minutes  but by the second use I was able to leave the peel on my face for  3 minutes without any irritation.  After 3 minutes I rinse my face well with cold water and apply pure Aloe Vera gel to prevent dryness.

The second time I used the peel,  I felt my skin tightening (about ten minutes after I rinsed my face) but the feeling only lasted for a few short minutes.  I haven't experiences any redness, irritation, itching or flaking with this peel, I was prepared to feel some sort of discomfort but fortunately I did not!  

By the end of my first peel my skin felt softer and smoother.  Did I see any big results?  YES!!  My skin is glowing.  My active acne has drastically improved and so did my acne scaring! 

Refresh Skin Therapy claims that with this peel "complexion is noticeably brighter and more even after first application" and  "it erases fine lines, shrinks pores, improves oily and problematic skin, clears pores and prevents breakouts."  I can say that it really does what it claims to do!  I am highly impressed with this product and can’t wait to see what it will do for me in the future as I keep using it.

Overall, I've had a wonderful experience with this product.  My skin is brighter and softer.  If you're looking for a gentle product to eliminate acne scars, dark spots and even fight the signs of ageing, this peel is worth giving a try. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): A hint of love

November 15, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today's post is a nails of the day; I haven't done a NOTD post in months!  This is what I'm wearing on my nails today...  

I applied two coats of essence colour & go in 169 - a hint of love.  I forgot to apply a layer of top coat before I took the photos.

The colour & go range has a gel-shine finish and an extremely short drying time.  The "quick & easy" brush is flat for an easy even application.  The colour-coded cap corresponds to the nail polish colour. 

absolutely love this nail polish; it's a perfect colour for the coming festive season.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Taylor's Wonderland eyebrows

November 12, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Have you seen the latest Wonderland cover yet?  Everyone is talking about Taylor's eyebrows.  She went for a totally different look on the cover of Wonderland magazine (Nov-Dec issue), rocking darker, bolder brows.  It’s kind of amazing how eyebrows can change a person’s entire appearance.  Sure, Taylor's skin looks way tanner than her natural fair skin-tone but, it’s really her dark, bold brows that completely transform her face.  

Overall, it’s a big change for Taylor, who usually has fair eyebrows, like she sported on the cover of British Vogue magazine (November issue).  

What do you think of Taylor Swift’s look?  Are you a fan?  I just LOVE bold brows.  Share your thoughts below! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

FOTD: An autumn look

November 11, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

My first Face Of The Day (FOTD) post was my current everyday make-up look.  Today's FOTD is an autumn make-up look.  

Here's a list of everything I used:

Face - 

Eyes - 
  • Active Cosmetics Professional Eyeshadow Palette
  • Yesensy Retractable Eyeliner in 01 Black
  • L'Oreal Lineur Intense Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black
  • Yesensy Volume Up Mascara in 03 Transparent
  • L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black
  • Accent False Lashes

Eyebrows - 
  • Essence Eyebrow Designer Pencil in 02 Brown
  • Yesensy Volume Up Mascara in 03 Transparent

Lips -
  • Sibella Lip Balm
  • Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in 95 Royal Raisin 

I really love this look!  Let me know what you think in the comment section.  Hope you enjoyed this post.  

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Thursday, November 06, 2014

VIVANT SKIN CARE Mandelic Acid 3-IN-1 Exfoliating Cleanser Review + Giveaway

November 06, 2014 11 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I'm reviewing the VIVANT SKIN CARE Mandelic Acid 3-IN-1 Exfoliating Cleanser and my US readers can also enter the giveaway!

Vivant Skin Care is from the scientist who made skin look healthier... James E. Fulton M.D. PhD, the researcher, cosmetic surgeon and dermatologist who developed vitamin A acid, later known as Retin A.

Product description:

VIVANT SKIN CARE Mandelic Acid 3-IN-1 Exfoliating Cleanser - 8 fl oz (236.58 ml) or 16 fl oz (473.176 ml)

Combines exfoliating beads with Mandelic Acid to restore healthy skin.  Great daily face and body cleanser for adult acne with oily skin.  Helps prevent ingrown hairs.


$33 (8 fl oz) and $59.50 (16 fl oz) from Vivant Skin Care website 

Skin Types: 

Combination, Oily.


Start usage every other day.  Shake well before use.  Apply in circular motion to face, neck, chest and body.  After several minutes, rinse thoroughly with water.  Increase to once or twice daily as tolerated.

Key Ingredients: 

Smooth Granules, Mandelic Acid, Green Tea Extract, Kiwi Fruit Extract, Honey Extract, Grape Extract.

The Benefits of Vivant Skin Care Mandelic 3-in-1 Wash:

This powerful yet gentle antioxidant wash has Mandelic derived from almonds, green tea extract, grape seed, kiwi fruit and honey extracts.   Mandelic is ideal for adult acne because of its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.  On blotchy skin it "lifts" skin discolorations and dark spots, while also having the beneficial side effect of rejuvenating fine lines by helping to generate new collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.
A powerful yet gentler form of Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Mandelic is also ideal for treating sensitive Black, Hispanic, and Asian skin that becomes irritated by harsh benzoyl peroxide products.

Helps ingrown hairs and can also be used as a shampoo on scalp to control dandruff and acne.

My experience:

I tried various high-end facial cleansers for my acne prone skin and I must confess, I love this product.  Besides exfoliating gently, it also has the ability to correct uneven pigment while clearing pores.  Not only does my face feels smoother, it also looks much smoother.  Oh, and did I mention that the Vivant Skin Care Mandelic 3-in-1 Wash also prevents breakouts.  My skin has never looked better!
I recommend this cleanser to anyone dealing with adult acne.  It really works!
Also, you can check out their whole line, here.

I’m excited that one of my US readers is going to get to try this as well, thanks to Vivant Skin Care!  Leave a comment below, then click here:
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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

How to create your own make-up

November 05, 2014 4 Comments
Hello everyone!

If you are not new to this blog you already know how much I love DIY beauty recipes; natural recipes that do not contain any of the harmful chemical ingredients found in most store-bought beauty products.  That is how I came up with the name Cosette's Beauty Pantry

Health Perch has put together an infographic on how to create your own make-up, and I thought you might enjoy it!  Check it out:

Ditch The Chemicals: Create Your Own Makeup Infographic
"Ditch The Chemicals" on Health Perch

I will definitely be trying out some of these natural make-up recipes.  Are you interested in trying out some of these recipes too?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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Saturday, November 01, 2014

FOTD: My everyday make-up look

November 01, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

This is my first Face Of The Day (FOTD) post!  My current everyday make-up routine is so easy that I thought I'd share it with you.  This is also a very minimalist and speedy look!  

Here's a list of everything I used:

Face - 

Eyes - 
  • Yesensy Retractable Eyeliner in 01 Black
  • Yesensy Volume Up Mascara in 03 Transparent
  • L'Oreal Extra Volume Collagen Mascara in Black

Eyebrows - 
  • Essence Eyebrow Designer Pencil in 02 Brown
  • Yesensy Volume Up Mascara in 03 Transparent

Lips -
  • Sibella Lip Balm
  • e.l.f. Mineral Lip Gloss in Trendsetter

Hope you enjoyed this kind of post.  Do give me feedback in the comments below and look out for future FOTD posts.  

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