Friday, November 30, 2012

Soap & Glory Flake Away

I have heard tons, tons, tons about the Soap & Glory brand, which I guess is why I was so interested in trying some of their products.

Of course, I am extremely jealous of the wide selection they have in the UK, but what can you do, eh? Sometimes eBay is your best friend.

The Flake Away scrub is an exfoliator created with sea salt, grapeseed oil, almond oil, sugar, and peach seed powder. Sounds good? Plus...this. smells. AMAZING. I know I say that everything on this blog "smells amazing" (my words exactly), but this is different.

It has such a sophisticated, yet still feminine scent. Some say that it smells like Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle perfume or Dior Cheri, but I have smelled neither so I guess I'm not the best judge. 

In the tub, the scrub really doesn't look that great, except for the fact that you have all those precious oils floating along there. When you use it, the bits and pieces in the scrub dissolve as you rub, letting you know the perfect time to rinse. As you rub, it forms into a milky lather that feels amazing on your skin.

Based on this product alone, I will definitely be trying more Soap & Glory products, let alone repurchasing this one.

What Soap & Glory products are your favorites? Are there any other body scrubs I should try?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow | Birthday Suit

This is my second Benefit product (I also have their Girl Meets Pearl highlighter, which I love). I feel like their products are a tad overpriced, but the cute packaging catches my eye every time.

I don't have any other cream shadows, except one Bobbi Brown one which I don't really love, so I didn't have high hopes for this one.

On the other hand, my opinions were quickly swayed to the contrary...

This shadow is amazing! It's so light weight, it doesn't crease, it lasts all day, and it has the perfect dose of shimmer. If you like cream shadows, you're going to love this! It is the perfect makeup base for more dramatic eye looks or just swept all over the lid for everyday.

The texture is so smooth and buttery and blends like perfection.

As you can see from the swatch, you can really build this up or put it one quite sheerly. It does have a bit of shimmer, but it's definitely not overboard. It just looks like a really pretty (obviously that's the only way I can describe it.)

I would highly, highly recommend these cream shadows!
Have you tried any of these? What are your favorite colors? Any other cream shadows I should try?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Birchbox November 2012

Another Birchbox post...

I'm incredibly sorry that this is so late, but what can you do? Better late than never, eh?

This is supposed to be used as a dry shampoo, a category of which I haven't had much experience. I have to wash my hair everyday anyway because of the countless number of buns I must put in. I found it did get rid of the greasy feel of second day hair, but not the greasy look (what I nice explanation).

Being the chocoholic I am, this was definitely great to receive in my box. These would make great gifts!

Supposedly, this mascara is supposed to have little fibers that attach to your lashes as you apply. I found it was very lengthening and didn't look clumpy at all!

This serum infused primer has a really thick consistency - j'adore. I'm not sure if it masks diffuses imperfections like it says, but it works really well as a smoothing primer.

That name! This. Smells. Amazing. Honestly, if you like rose, you're going to LOVE this! The full size is $75-$195 (depending on the size you get), which is a bit much for my liking, but I can dream (you never know what may happen...) Birchbox also did a cool video on this perfume here.

Pretty good, eh? What did you get in your monthy beauty boxes?
Which boxes do you subscribe to and are your favorites? I'm really interested...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

What I've Been Wearing #1

I've decided to give these posts an official name: What I've Been Wearing!

For base, I'm testing out a sample of the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation and so far I really, really, really like it. I'm not sure if that's a good or a bad thing. I also used my tried and trusted Clinique Redness Solutions Powder and Bobbi Brown Touch Up Stick. I used NARS blush in Deep Throat and Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow in Rose Gold on my cheek bones. Oh! I hit pan on this!!!! Anyway, recently, I've been using a mixture of the two shadows, ebony and earth, from the Stila palette (just black and brown) on an angled brush and using it as liner (it's the two shadows shown in the palette in this picture). Then, I used Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit all over the lid and The Balm's Mary Loumanizer on my inner corners. Just a quick swipe of L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, and that's it!

What have you been wearing recently? Have you tried any of these products?

Long Overdue | Stila in the Know Palette

Yes, the title pretty much explains it all...this is long loung (that was my attempt at some cool accent), overdue. I guess it's fair to say my laziness got the best of me (or if my mom is reading this...my homework). I got this all the way back in August - August!! Yet, here she blows - strong like a bull.

Top Row (left to right):
air, wind, desert, clay, earth

Bottom Row (left to right):
driftwood, fire, rain, smoke, ebony

earth, clay, desert, wind, air

ebony, smoke, rain, fire, driftwood

Now, let me note some of my favorites, shall I...

Earth and Ebony
I have been using these mixed together on an angled brush to use as eyeliner and, so far, I have been really liking the way it looks! Earth alone is a bit too light. Ebony on it's own is a bit too dark. And the perfect color is born!

This is probably my most used color in the palette. It is gorgeous in the crease for a little bit of definition, or pretty lightly dusted over the lid for a smoky eye. I'm not sure if they sell this shadow individually, but if they do...just guess what I'm going to say.

Overall, this palette *hands down* contains my most used eyeshadows. Do you have this palette? What are some of your favorite colors? Are there any other Stila shadows I should check out?

Uh Oh | Rose Obsessed

I used to hate *repeat* hate rose scented things. Don't say I'm crazy, but now, I just can't get enough! Here are my favorite rose products.

The Body Shop's Moroccan Rose Body Mist
This scent was introduced to me by Elizabeth over at Wunderkind and the minute I smelled it, I just couldn't get enough. I spray this on my clothes, hair, body, room, pretty much everywhere and probably more than I should. It is rosy, but it has a little bit of a musky undertone so it's not too girly.

Korres Wild Rose Lip Butter
Smells like roses, looks really pretty, is really moisturizing, could you ask for anything more?

L'Occitaine Desert Rose Hand Cream
I'm rationing off every last bit of this, for it was limited edition, but it smells like roses and is super moisturizing.

Melvita Rose Water MistI like using this as a setting spray or as a mid-day refresher. I really want to try more Melvita stuff, but I have to get my skin under control first.

LUSH Turkish Delight Body Smoothie
Moisturizing (let's not even go into the smell). Besides telling you that I really really want to buy the full size of this, I'm saving the sample container so I can open it and just smell it all the time. What else are you supposed to do with this?

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector
I'm sure you guys are all probably desperately sick of hearing me talk about this, but the color is called rose shimmer (and I may or may not have just wanted to take a picture of the packaging again.

what are your favorite rose products?

Nuxe de *Amazing* Miel Lip Balm

Now, spending $20 0n a lip balm is not something I take lightly, but luckilyI had racked up a couple Birchbox points, so I got his for barely anything.

This lip balm may be THE best one I've tried and *trust me* when I say that I have tried A LOT! It is incredibly hydrating, it feels so nice on the lips, and it's luxuriously thick.

The smell may be the only thing that really bothers me. It is quite orange-almond, but it does smell expensive...which it SHOULD!

First, you actually have to dig into the pot to get some out - not just daintily run your finger over the top. When you put it on, it has little sand-like pieces in it which melt into your lips as you rub it in - maybe it's supposed to be exfoliating as well.

It stays on for quite a long time, about an hour for me if you're talking "I can still feel it on my lips when I rub it together", then an hour. Yet, it keeps them hydrated for much, much, much (did I say much?) longer.
Perhaps time will tell - this may be my new holy grail lip balm. Try it out for yourself here!

What are some of your favorite lip balms? Have you tried this one?

Skincare Trend | Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid

It seems like I've seen a bit too many Hydraluron bottles around (unfortunately, they can only be found and bought easily in England), but I wanted to see what all the hype was about. The answer - hyaluronic acid.

First, I must make a little disclaimer. I am not a scientist, I am not a dermatologist, in fact - I barely even know how to control my own skin, but I do know how to do research.If you're anything like me, you may freak out when you hear the word "acid". Don't fret! Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occuring substance in the body (sounds pretty science-y eh?). It is especially evident in the eyes and joints, where most moisture is needed. As you age, the level of the compound decreases causing osteoporosis and *huhuhmmm* DRY SKIN!!!Now, besides hydrating your skin, it also improves the tone and texture of skin, helps add a natural glow, and above all else, is all natural. You know that feeling (that I seem to have more often 
than not), your feel like you are just putting chemicals on your skin? Well, let's hope this solves it.

It seems like I've seen a bit too many Hydraluron bottles around (unfortunately, they can only be found and bought easily in England), but I wanted to see what all the hype was about. The answer - hyaluronic acid.

First, I must make a little disclaimer. I am not a scientist, I am not a dermatologist, in fact - I barely even know how to control my own skin, but I do know how to do research.If you're anything like me, you may freak out when you hear the word "acid". Don't fret! Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occuring substance in the body (sounds pretty science-y eh?). It is especially evident in the eyes and joints, where most moisture is needed. As you age, the level of the compound decreases causing osteoporosis and *huhuhmmm* DRY SKIN!!!Now, besides hydrating your skin, it also improves the tone and texture of skin, helps add a natural glow, and above all else, is all natural. You know that feeling (that I seem to have more often 
than not), your feel like you are just putting chemicals on your skin? Well, let's hope this solves it.

I may not have aging skin, but I sure do know that any product with this on the list will be in my cabinet...soon....maybe after the spending ban (oh - I mean "reduced spending").

Battle of Caudalie | Grape Water vs Beauty Elixir

I'd say that the Caudalie Beauty Elixir is one of my most loved ("holy grail" if you will) products. I have found that it has done wonders for my skin, and that explains why I am almost out of it. I saw the Grape Water when I was about to buy another one and, seeing that they both had grapes on their bottles, I decided to pick up the Grape Water.

For price comparison, they are both travel size and the Elixir (1 oz) costs $18 and the Grape Water (1.7 oz) costs $8. Obviously, the Grape Water has much more bang for the buck. Now, let's do a side by side comparison...

Caudalie Elixir
The main ingredients in this bad boy are bitter orange, rosemary oil, peppermint oil, balm mint oil, rose oil, and grape extract. All of these combined are supposed to tighten pores, reduce redness, and supply glowing skin. Personally, the tightening pores aspect isn't that important for me, nor do I notice a difference, but the main reason that I love this product is because I have found it drastically reduces redness in my skin. After doing a bit of research, I found that this may be owned to the grape extract, which the Grape Water has. One more thing...this as a makeup setting spray is also AMAZING! It gets rid of that "powdery" look and adds sheen without it being  shiny. The scent of this also bothers some people, but it doesn't really bother me.

Caudalie Grape Water
This only contains two ingredients: grape water and grape juice. After a few days of using this I have found that....it DOES  reduce redness in my skin. I also find that it does supply a bit of moisture as well, but not tons. It doesnt really have a scent (although some claim it smells like grapes).

Overall, I find that I do prefer the Caudale Elixir, but I think I may buy the Grape Water more just because it is sooooo much cheaper. That means - if you've got the money (which I don't, but I just plan to ignore that), definitely *definitely* get the elixir, but if you don't definitely go with the grape water. Or....just get both.

Have you tried any Caudalie products? Which ones are your favorites?

Another Tarte Blush | Natural Beauty

Maybe you remember my last post of a Tarte blush in "exposed"...well, I've loved it so much that I just had to get another one. When I saw essiebutton (if you haven't realized yet, she might as well start her own advertisement company, because I would be sold on everything), talk about this shade, I just couldn't resist.

It looks quite scary in the pan, not to mention it is soooo pigmented. Although it is kind of scary for a blush conscious kind of girl like me, all it takes is one tap in the pan and BOOOMMM - you have the most gorgeous cheek color IN THE WORLD! This is the prettiest blush I have ever seen or used.

Like I said - this stuff is pigmented, but it gives the most subtle, natural, flush. I cannot get over it. If you are ever near where these blushes are sold, I COMMAND YOU to look at this one.

What are some of your favorite blushes? Do you have any Tarte ones?

Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow | Rose Gold

After seeing both Estee (from EssieButton) talk about this, as well as pretty much every other UK blogger, I knew I just had to get. I added it to my never-ending wishlist, but then it was 30% of from FeelUnique (which is a UK online beauty store that does free worldwide shipping), I just had to get it. Unfortunately, since there is no more Jemma Kidd, I'm not quite sure where you will be able to find it, but check out ebay.

The color is a really pretty, gold toned highlighter, but to really describe it, I would use two words - rose gold. Oh, sorry for the "dent" in there. I just couldn't help myself but to use it. As for application, I definitely recommend using your fingers for this one. It warms up the product quite nicely and also blends into the skin flawlessly. Did I mention the packaging is really pretty too? Really sleek and thin...like the kind of thing you just want to throw in your purse.

Pretty, eh? I like how it isn't quite shimmery or sparkly, it just has a little sheen. It looks really pretty. Have I said that enough? I would not really recommend this for pale skinned people though, for it may come up quite orange. All in all, this is a gorgeous highlighter!

What are some of your favorite products?

Real Techniques Stippling Brush

This is pretty much the beginning of my *professional* brush collection. I don't really have that many and I was in desperate need of a blush brush. I have head so many amazing things about the Real Techniques Brushes, I decided to get one myself.

I decided on the stippling brush because it seemed like the perfect versatile option. You can use it for foundation, blush, and highlighter. I have tried it with all 3 and I was AMAZED. It blends foundation so effortlessly and it looks like you're not even wearing any! For blush, it applies the perfect amount-not too little, and not too much. It blends it effortlessly as well. As for highlighter-well, I'm just not even going to go into that because I'm pretty sure you know how I will describe the results. Pretty consistent, eh? I definitely want to try more Real Techniques brushes. They are so soft and work so well.

|Have you ever tried any Real Techniques brushes? What are your favorite brushes in general?|

Au Naturel Joue avec Tarte Exposed

Oh yeah, people! Just practicing my French. If you're wondering what's with all the product reviews, it's just because I'm in that kind of mood. Anyway, let's get on with it shall we?

You all know about how I'm always talking about "natural" this and "natural" that. Well, this pretty much is the definition of my infinite amount of descriptions. *ENTER* Tarte Amazonian Blush in Exposed! This blush delivers the prettiest, natural flush. It is quite subtle....but my gosh, is it a beute?

The swatch above is pretty heavy, so it really is pretty natural. I think this is the perfect blush for Autumn, don't you?

What are some of your favorite blushes?

September Empties

What better way to spend a Sunday than with an empties post, eh? If you are unfamiliar with posts such as this, basically it is a review of the products that you have used up recently. So, grab your cups of coffee people and pap-a-squat!

Organix Morrocan Oil Shampoo: I talked about how much I loved the coconut milk one of these, but that was a long time ago...okay, it was just a month, but my opinion has changed. First, the whole Organix brand of shampoos don't actually get your hair clean. With loads of hairspray jammed into my hair everyday, my head of hair is pretty much the idea test for these shampoos. Unfortunately, while using these shampoos, I got out of the shower to find a head full of flakes from broken down hairspray that resemble...well, dandruff. They also made my scalp soooo itchy. I hope that clears some ground up. I promise the rest of the products are more positive.

C.O. Bigelow Mentha Body Lotion: I really like the idea of this cream (and so will any lover of icy hot like me), but this does nothing to moisturize my skin.

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray: I really loved this. It really did keep my makeup all. day. long. My makeup was less shiny when 3 o'clock came around and everything was a bit less...smeary. I will definitely be repurchasing this again in the future, but for now, I'm going to try out some other makeup sprays.

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate: I actually liked this, but I know that there are definitely some scrubs with the same quality that are just as good.

Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara: I really (repeat: really) liked this mascara, but I feel like paying a lot for mascara is kind of a waste. There are so many good drugstore mascaras, I just don't really see the point. Also, this one isn't waterproof and, judging from the back of my leotard during ballet class today, I need waterproof.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment: I have this product in the Honey tint, but I received this as part of my birthday gift from Sephora and oh boy, do I like it! It is the perfect night time treatment (and morning too) that leaves my lips so soft and smooth. I'm so sad to see this go, but I really want to buy the full size, but I have another product like this that I want to try first.

Birchbox September 2012

First of all, I want to apologize for all the changes in scenery lately, that is the appearance of my blog. It is a bit of trial and error, but hopefully this one's here to stay. Now, introducing the September Birchbox! Mine got here a bit late, but it is what it is (in fact it didn't get here until Thursday....what a joke). Anyway, here is my little $10 surprise of the month!

Vasanti Brighten Up Enzymatic Rejuvenator: "this exfoliating cleanser uses professional-grade microderm crystals and papaya enzymes to brighten dull skin." I'm not quite sure why Birchbox keeps on sending me so called "brightening products", but I really like this cleaner, but not necessarily for it's brightening qualities. The micro-crystals fell amazing when you rub it into your skin and overall I think it is a nice cleanser and it is not too harsh for my skin (and didn't make it red).

Color Club nail polish in "tweet me": "we teamed up with Color Club to create this custom shade, inspired by the Fall 2012 collections." I never wear nail polish, but for those who do, I would definitely recommend this one...except not in this color. I would describe the color as witchy-cauldron-acid-yellow. Yes, I know, not exciting. If I finally decide I really want some nail polish, I'll definitely be picking up this one in "put a pin in it".

La Fresh Eco-Beauty Nail Polish Remover: "leave the cotton balls and acetone behind. These convenient pads dissolve polish with a natural mix of botanicals and soothing aloe vera." I tried these out just for this post, again, since I don't wear nail polish, and I actually love them! They smell amazing (like blood orange) and remove nail polish with ease. I feel kind of bad that I wasted one, but oh well. Can you use these for anything else?

kate spade new york Twirl: "a blend of fruity and floral notes, this modern classic feels joyful and carefree." I have mixed feelings about this perfume. With first spritz, it smells sooooo sweet, which isn't quite my taste. The way it dries, though, is really, really nice...think subtle floral. That is about as far as I'm going to go to describe the scent. I'm not quite a perfume connoisseur...yet that is. Who knows where this spending urge will go?

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint: "this SPF 15 oil-free tinted moisturizer blends in beautifully to even out skin and control shine." You know how you read the labels on things as they entice you in. You pull out the wallet, spend the cash, get it home, and realize it's terrible? Well, forgot that with this product. It's official...I'm obsessed! I will definitely be buying the full size of this. It moisturizes and keeps my face matte all. day. long. No joke!

Mighty Leaf Tea Company: this post is getting pretty long, so bottom line is, if you like tea, you'll love these! Forget the Bisquick...tea lovers, unite!!


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