The Wonders of Vaseline Review

20140403-024312.jpgWritten by NZINGHA for ZFACEINC,nyc

THE HISTORY OF VASELINE’s ORIGIN

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Robert Chesebrough, a British industrial chemist, was laboriously working to clarify kerosene from sperm whales. Whales and their body oils and even fluids in the early 1800’s helps to create balms, salves, creams, and various distilled oils.

In 1859, oil rig workers, reportedly found a substance that built up on the machinery, resulting in frequent mechanical malfunctions. They called it ” black rod wax”. The men who worked on those oil rigs used the remnant as ointment for their bruises and wounds. Chesebrough got wind of this unrefined ointment and then traveled to the United States to visit this Pennsylvanian rig. He found that the black rod wax could be distilled to form a light-colored gel.

Read more about the history of Vaseline. Love discovering something new to me but historical in its time.http://www.damninteresting.com/story-of-vaseline/
Mr Chesebrough obviously knew early on about marketing and eventually becoming a brand! Check out these ads over the years

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Obviously from its really early days

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This ad looks like it may have come in the 30’s-40’s

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This display looks like its from the 40’s or 50’s

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PACKAGE DESIGN OVER THE YEARS

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And now the packaging for Vaseline has this great new flip top and has 4 different scents ; original, baby, coco butter and aloe. Really cool! Love it and love the colours added to the newer scents labeling.

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Vaseline internationally. Kinda sad that its played into the obsession of skin lightening in India. I don’t see anything wrong with being brown! Guess its age old in the African American community we have always had lightening/whitening creams too.

20140403-041904.jpgI personally love the gels because I’ve got really dry skin and it just guzzles moisturizers as if it were nothing. Although it leaves the skin soft but you can see visible dryness, so love, love, love the gels. I also use them for glossy makeup looks. I keep a little squeeze bottle of it for my Pro Makeup Kit. Yeah!

20140403-041514.jpgHere’s that special “glo” you get from Vaseline in a fashion look. Really beautiful. Women used to wear Vaseline for eyeshadow in the 20-30’s all the time. It was used with black coal chips to make mascara (hence how Mabelline got its start).

In fact I learned that eye technique from my Grandmum who used Vaseline for 99 years (literally she died just before reaching 100). She used it as a night moisturizer(every night) and in all those years even at 99 she had minimal amount of wrinkles on her skin all over body.

20140403-151042.jpgSpecial packaging just for men. I guess it’s necessary because let’s face it men like packaging too. And in this era of designer this and that men like to see cool packaging on their shelves too, oh and have good skin as well.

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My least favourite product from Unilevers Vaseline brand are these sprays. HATE EM’!!!! And they’re relatively new however, I do not expect to see these on the market next year. The product gets everywhere but directly where it’s supposed to go…ON THE BODY GUY’s, ON THE BODY!! Not on my floors so I can skid on them accidentally as I’m walking by!

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The lip balm packaging now is so vast for Vaseline and has over the years added Color and flavours to the brand. I think it’s great!

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20140403-142734.jpgOf course the “millennials” love anything with bling to it (I’m a bit guilty of it too) so here’s a LIL’ bling thing for those that like a lil’ sparkle with their lip product

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The Skinny on Phat Lashes

Written by NZINGHA for ZFACEINC,nyc

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Finding your mascara
There’s always talk about mascaras…but two things I find most important in finding, purchasing and using a “good masacara”.

1) A good formula*
You want a good formula, one that gives the richest color deposit (shouldn’t be dull in color), long lasting (wears all day without flaking), eyelash conditioning (gel mascaras or silkening mascaras) and in some cases ones that are truly waterpfroof.

2) It’s always about a good brush*
A good brush begins with knowing how your lashes grow (the texture, length and how often you shed). If you don’t know your own lash you are liable to pick the wrong mascara expecting amazing results.

The bristles on the brush varies from brand to brand. You want to find the right brush for your lash type (short, medium, long, super curly, sparse, full, too straight, curl under…etc…I’ve seen them all).

20140402-200710.jpgAlso there are no rules when it comes to getting what you personally want from a mascara. The real question for you is..”What do you want the mascara to do for your eyelashes?” Have you just ever stopped before you shopped and asked yourself that question before making that $30 purchase?

Or have you just splurged because its a designer brand and you had to have it and now you’re angry and want to take it back because its not working for you? Don’t be mad at the brand be angry that you didn’t ask the right question before the purchase!

What the Pro Makeup Artists recommend

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Every Pro I know will recommend 7 brands that we all know of
1) Great Lash by Maybelline
2) Definicils, Extencils by LANCOME
3) Voluminous by LOREAL
4) Volume Mascara by Kevyn Aucoin
5) Georgio Armani by Armani
6) Cle De Peau by Cle De Peau
7) MAC Volumizer by MAC

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My personal fave mascaras…
1) Kevyn Aucoin Volume Mascara
2) Loreal Voluminous
3) Benefit They’re Real
4) butter London

*Rule Breaking Tip*
Let’s say you have one brands formula you like better than another but, you like another brands brush better for your personal lash….(here’s the tip)… buy both and simply switch out one brush for another provided the brush will actually fit in another brands bottle!

EYELASH CURLER
I’m going to give you another piece of advice (and this is for free)…invest in a good lash curler!

Why? Because it really does make a difference in how your lashes look and how your mascara will finish your look.

My personal favourite is the “Individual Eyelash Curler” (pictured bottom left). This curler gets into all the places that the big contraption ones don’t get (the inner and outer corners of the lashes)! I’ve found over the years that the contraption one curls the lash into an “L” shape (follow me ok) and the individual one curls the lash into a “C” shape.

You want a “C” shape curl so that the lash has a natural bend that lasts longer than your “L”…get it? Hope so.;)

Oh, and P.S. be careful using the heated lash curler on synthetic false lashes…honey they’ll crumble up like potato chips (you’re forwarned)… Moving on…
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Healthy Real (your own)Lashes

20140402-221643.jpgOkay so we’ve talked all about the products and tips and tricks now, lets talk real talk.

IT ALL REALLY STARTS WITH YOU!

You can add all the amenities you want to but the truth is it all starts with you, a healthy diet and common sense. Think about it like this. Your eyelashes, eyebrows and the hair on your head are ALL HAIR!

So just like you care for the hair on your head by getting treatments and moisturizers, the same goes for the hair on your face (lashes & brows). Does that make sense? Sure it does. So lets go ahead and get you started on a regime that’s all natural and just simply works…trust me on this!

Now, lets start by getting a plastic mini travel squeeze container (with a flip top). Plastic disposable mascara wands. A bottle of Castor Oil, Almond Oil and Coconut Oil.

To the plastic container you will add a 1/3 of each oil making sure to leave a bit of air in the top so when you’re placing the mascara wand in your tube you won’t have spilling.

Use this oil just like you would your regular mascara, only you are now deep conditioning and treating your lashes with care.

Trust me on this, in a matter of days you will see growth and even prevent lines around the eyes naturally. Why? Because its moisture. I usually do it overnight or during the day running errands with my UV sunglasses on. It’s all about eye care and skincare.

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Here’s another tip for lashes…Vasaline! Stay tuned for my next blog on this age old product…trust me in 3 days you can see a great difference with Vasaline and a mascara wand or just your fingertips.

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So, I know this was a long one but well worth it.

Paint On viZionaire, Paint On,
NZINGHA

TARTE Cosmetics Review

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TARTE Cosmetics review…
Written by NZINGHA for ZFACEINC,nyc

It all started for me when I used my FAVORITE product from Tarte called “The Little Blot Book”. This was my go to item while working live on set. It gave me the finish of an HD powder long before HD powders were popular.

Yes, it was a bit light and, you did have to add a bit of color to it but, boy it kept my Actors dry and smooth especially the ones you know will perspire and that the makeup will move.

I always highly recommended it to other Artists to make this well worthwhile purchase just to have it in their Pro Kits. I recall going through at least 3 books while working on Spider-Man 3

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Recently while at work one of my lovely clients walked in bearing gifts from Tarte!! I was in shock and felt as if I’d gotten an Oscar or something. It was just the thought and presentation that warmed my heart.

Honestly I’d totally given up on Tarte after they pulled my Blot Book off the shelves but this surprise gifting has had me take a second look at the overall brand and the inner workings of the actual products. Can I say “My how things have changed! For the better! Better?”

The bearer of my gifts placed all of the products in Tartes signature purple shopping bag and then had this beautiful nylon fuschia cosmetic bag to go with all the products.

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The first items amongst a host of items were these stunning makeup brushes…no matter how many brushes you may have you always can use more!! Each brush is different and has different purposes. And for me dual sided brushes are always winners,especially when I’m on set and want to cut down on carrying my whole brush roll (hate that!). I’m all about being compact, smart , organised and efficient.

The bamboo wood handles on these brushes lend a superb aesthetic and uniqueness that is now apparently becoming Tarte’s signature look. For a while it seemed to me that Tarte didn’t have its own unique voice amongst the sea of beauty brands…what made it special or even a “go-to” brand.

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After spotting and pulling out my brushes I was overwhelmed by a sea of products in this awesome packaging. They’d redesigned the packaging!! Wow! I’m truly impressed!

All women like products that look good on the shelf and so Tarte is winning on looks but the true test for me as Pro working Makeup Artist is the actual product. For a real working Artist packaging is nice but it don’t pay the rent, the product and its ability to work does.

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So, lets take a look at what’s happening with the 3 things I look for in a product:
1) Color Payoff
2) Pigmentation
3) Longwear

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Usefulness and smart packaging…yes!

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All in one Foundations and BB Primer’s great idea huh?

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Swatches for the BB Primer and Foundcealer

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I have to be honest I’m never a fan of bronzers. I don’t fancy people walking around looking like Oompah Loompahs…can you say scary and hilarious at the same time?! Now the average person is not successful at actually applying bronzers. Lets see about this one from Tarte.

It’s got a bit of shine to it but not too overbearing. Shine is always great for a nighttime look and in my opinion but, a no-no for older women.

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Tarte is known for their longwear blush stains and these Color options are also now a staple in their collection. After trying them they definitely have longwear however the pigments on range are still a bit sketchy. Great for Caucasian women but for women of deeper tones they still need work.

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Shadows

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Eyeliner and Brow Gel

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More…

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Okay, so after trying it all…my overall feeling is ….this brand is still carving it’s niche out. The packaging is awesome. The product itself needs more work.

The clay in the foundation is great for people who have oily skin and large pores. The foundation, BB Primer, the Foundcealer all are rather dry and have a tendency to lack warmth in color leaving the coverage a bit cold and flat. However I would use the line as an overall primer because it does leave the skin smooth and the natural body oils don’t readily push through.

After applying the makeup (which was easy and smooth). The surface of my skin was beautiful and clear. I always allow for time with makeup for it to “marinate” and become one with the skin but,…IT NEVER HAPPENED!

I however after several hours (12 to be exact) still looked smooth (to Tarte’s benefit, and it is truly amazing how long it actually stayed on) yet GRAY (I ultimately cheated later by blotting it down with rosewater and adding a touch more color from another brand.)!! And simply too light for my skintone.

Now if the Foundcealer & BB Primer were a half shade darker and a bit more red, it would be perfect. The BB Primer is great as a tinted moisturizer and is great for those who have good clear skin and are looking to do a “no makeup, makeup look”. If you have darkness under the eyes I would recommend still using a concealer.

I will also say bravo to the loose Smooth Operator powder that comes at the base of the twist off top of the cream concealer. It’s perfect and I wouldn’t change it at all. Though it’s pure white (and may seem scary…like Twilight vampire scary) in the container trust me it’s truly a lightener for dark circles yet transparent (can’t explain it but honey it works at setting that concealer).

The products color range are very safe and non obtrusive. Really you can’t go wrong with their rage of colors if you are someone who is a bit frightened by bright playful colors.

I will give another nod to the retractable black eyeliner that did not move for 12 hours and did not need refreshing AT ALL during those 12 hours…AMAZING!! No running or smudging AT ALL!!! The retractable eyeliner pencil I definitely recommend you purchasing.

The foundations would be great for Caucasian skin tones, yet again, still lack warmth in the undertones so, you might want to mix it with a warmer foundation just for perfect color.

I will say the Foundcealer and the BB 12 hour primer does what it says and stays on for hours and the coverage is good and smooth. Buuuuttt…

Unfortunately the darkest colored foundations (deep) are still not full range and tend to look flat and ashy for women of color. I found I needed to add more Color to my face so, I wound up using another brands finishing pressed powder.

Overall Tarte has mastered packaging! Awesome packaging and great conceptual ideas for the functionality. Yay Tarte!!!👏👏👏👍👍👍

Yet, honestly,…the actual products need work. :|The colors lack Luster and come across as flat and safe.🎨My initial introduction to the product was by way of The Little Blot Book and, even then the powder was a bit patchy and needed revamping and needed a color safer for darker skin tones.

After speaking with a group of African American and Caribbean women the general consensus is…”Ya gotta mix it with something else for sure.”, or “I just gave it away. Who does this work for?”, or just a flat out “Nahhhh!”.

In closing…you can do it Tarte…work it out! I want you guys to win!