Saturday, October 29, 2016

Mr Gotham's Review: Lootcrate Octubre 2016

¿Eres de los que disfrutan pasando miedo? ¿De esos que no pueden despegar la mirada de la pantalla mientras el resto de la sala se esconde en su butaca para no ver la matanza más sangrienta de toda la película? Si es así seguro que Halloween es uno de tus días favoritos del año.
Una fecha tan terroríficamente especial se merece un lote a la altura, y por eso Lootcrate ha llenado su edición de octubre con un pack de productos exclusivos tan aterradores como irresistibles. Una caja de pesadilla que te hará pasar la noche en vela con lo peorcito que la cultura popular puede ofrecerte. ¿Te atreves a abrirla? 

Mr Gotham's Review: Lootcrate October 2016

¿Are you one of those who enjoy being afraid? ¿Can't you help but keep watching the goriest carnage in the whole movie while the rest of the theatre squeal in horror? If that's the case, we are sure that Halloween is one of your favorite times of the year. Such an horrifying and special date deserves a crate that lives up to its name, and thus the Lootcrate team has filled October with the scariest items ever. An absolute nightmare box that will make you stay up all night with pure popular culture terror. Dare to open it?

Friday, October 28, 2016

New 100% Pure Cocoa Butter Matte Lipsticks Review and Swatches

100% Pure has just launched the new Cocoa Butter Matte Lipsticks. This is the brand's first collection of all-natural, matte lipsticks made with cocoa butter and fruit pigments. If you are a big fan like myself of their anti-aging pomegranate lipsticks (more about them here), I'm positive you'll fall in love with these nontoxic beauties. 

Keep on reading to get all the juicy details and swatches of this Insta-Worthy line!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Four perfect all-natural nude lipsticks

Have you been struggling to find a natural version of the nude look? Are you in the quest for the perfect my-lips-but-better nude color? Then this selection is for you: Four perfect and all-natural nude lipsticks with zero synthetic ingredients that happen to be vegan and cruelty-free. You can thank me later :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Aluminium salts in deodorants may be linked to breast cancer

Image via Pinterest

October is the month devoted to Breast Cancer Awareness. And although more research is being conducted on how to fight this illness, the best weapon of any woman is prevention. Regular self-check-ups, a good conversation with your OB/GYN if you feel any changes in your breast tissue, and an overall healthy lifestyle including a nutritious diet and regular sport are your best weapon against this illness. However, there has been one lingering question in the scientific community for years: Could deodorant have something to do with the apparition and progression of breast cancer tumors?

The beauty industry has long brushed off the accusations that aluminium salts in deodorants and antitranspirants could be linked to breast cancer . However, a group of researchers in Geneva has been able to demonstrate that aluminium salts in deodorants may be linked to breast cancer and could pose an increased risk for this illness. This study has recently been published in the International Journal of Cancer, a peer-reviewed medical publication with the latest scientific discoveries in cancer research.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Me Time with LATHER's Lavender Retreat

Thank Goodness winter is indeed coming. New York was spitting fire on Fashion Week, and my very dry skin didn't quite like it that much. Not that it likes extreme cold either! However, Autumn is my favorite season of the year and I celebrate its arrival with a bit of Me Time

Me Time is basically finding fifteen minutes a day to take care of myself tuning out of anything else happening in the world. It can be difficult with our very busy schedules, but there's nothing I like most in the world than taking a long hot shower at the end of the day and basically going mind blank. I recently discovered the latest launch by LATHER, Lavender Retreat, and it's one of my latest allies for my Me Time (along with scented candles, as the one pictured). This relaxing duo is infused with Bulgarian lavender essential oil, whose relaxing properties have been well-documented.

Lavender Retreat by LATHER consists of two products whose main active ingredients are olive oil and lavender: A body scrub and a whipped body cream. This means this dynamic duo takes care of dry skin while calming the senses. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Michael Todd SonicBLEND Makeup Brush Review

Great minds think alike, and it looks like the guys at Michael Todd decided to read my mind and create the perfect makeup brush, aka SonicBLEND. This beauty is the world's first antimicrobial sonic makeup brush that applies foundation with airbrushed finish—at a fraction of the cost. This instagrammable hi-tech makeup brush combines two of the unique features of Michael Todd's cleansing brush: The sonic technology and the antimicrobial treatment. 

Michael Todd SonicBLEND How-To

The Michael Todd SonicBLEND Makeup Brush comes in a neat little package that includes a USB charger, an instructional booklet, the main magic wand in one of the three colors available (pink, black, or tortoise) and a detachable makeup brush head. It also comes with a one-year warranty so you can purchase with utter confidence.

To get started, you need to charge the wand for three hours. It's not too bad, especially because a single charge can last up to 60 minutes (which in my case equals about a couple of weeks of use.) After charging the device, snap in the brush head and select your speed. 

To make the most of the Michael Todd SonicBLEND Makeup Brush you need to apply your makeup in thin layers and avoid pressing the brush too hard on your skin. Remember, the sonic pulsations will do the hard work for you! To get the best results, it is recommended to wash the Brush Head once a week and replace it every year.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Mr Gotham's Review: Lootcrate Septiembre 16

¿Eres un amante de la velocidad? ¿Te sientes más vivo que nunca con las manos en el volante, corriendo con la melena al viento o  en la cabina de un caza de combate? Si es así estás de enhorabuena, porque en Lootcrate han sabido combinar a la perfección la emoción de un buen acelerón con algunas de las mejores franquicias de la cultura popular. No, por degracia no encontrarás a Sandra Bullock conduciendo un autobús, pero no se puede tener todo. Pisa fuerte el acelerador y abróchate el cinturón, porque el mes de septiembre nos trae carreras, curvas, giros y derrapes suficientes para necesitar una buena parada en boxes tras este estupendo unboxing.

Mr Gotham's Review: Lootcrate September 2016

Do you feel the need for speed? Do you only find purpose to your life with your hands on the wheel, running with your hair in the wind or inside a jet's cockpit? If that's the case, well, it's your lucky day, because the Lootcrate merry crew knows how to perfectly merge that sprint thrill with some of the best popular culture franchises ever. No, unfortunately you will not find Sandra Bullock screaming inside an uncontrolled bus. You can't have everything.
So, put the pedal to the metal and buckle up, because September comes with enough races, turns and skids to make a long stop at the pit box after this amazing unboxing.

(Para la versión en español, pincha en este enlace)

Monday, October 3, 2016

How-To: Makeup Masterclass with Rae Morris

After nearly a decade working in the beauty industry, I've interviewed countless makeup artists and creators from all over the world. The one thing in common they all have is a simple piece of advice: If you want to do your makeup like a pro, start by learning how to make the most of your features.

If you feel a bit lost in the current makeup mayhem, fear no more. Rae Morris has just launched Makeup Masterclass, a 400+ page beauty bible featuring detailed instructional guides for every beauty woes you could ever muster, customized color charts and over forty step-by-step demonstrations on the faces of some of the most recognizable top models.  

Source: Rae Morris

As a beauty reporter I'm constantly bombarded with all sorts of novelties, techniques, and the next "must-have" for the season. I know how hard it's to keep track of all the latest trends, especially when everyone else is looking so rad and contoured to perfection on social media. However, I believe makeup is something to have fun with (and not something to worry about!) Rae Morris' Makeup Masterclass picks up on this idea and helps you explore the awesome world of color with the expert guidance of the longest-serving makeup director for L'Oreal Paris.