Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Kevyn Aucoin Scuplting Powder | Review

"Sculpting Powder?"...eh, more like cheek bones in a compact. More often than not, my football of a face needs a bit of sculpting, and, in simplicity, help. Without pulling the bronzer card resulting in an orange, oompa loompa like look, a reach for the Kevyn Aucoin Scupting Powder makes faking cheekbones effortless.

Being the case that it's me writing the review, of course the word "subtle" is going to show up somewhere, so I might as well go ahead and say it. This stuff is gorgeous and adds natural and subtle definition. I think it has something to do with the texture - not too soft, not too chalky...just perfect (for a lack of a better word.)

Texture aside, what about this color?! Supposedly a combination of reds, plums, greens, blues, and greys to create the perfect shadowed look....I don't know about all those colors, but what I do know is that this stuff actually looks like a shadow...just see for yourself below.

Ahhh...cheekbones in a compact. I think I've got a new name going on here. I was going to feature this in my February favorites, but I figured I already kind of had "enough" going in there, so check that out tomorrow for the crème de la crème of this months beauty stash.

How does this relate to my everyday makeup - this if I want a bit more of a sculpted look with some added definition and chic-ness. Bronzer if I'm needing a bit more warmth, but I've got to be careful, so not to much sculpting going on with that. Overall, if you like cheekbones, you gotta' pick this up.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Bioderma Créaline H20 | THE Cult Product

If you've been reading the blog a lot recently, you'll know that my wallet and my click worthy little fingers have caught the Bioderma bug and it now has a prime place in my skincare drawer. 

A cult beauty favorite, Bioderma is  what is called a "micellaire water." If you're just an ordinary gal like moi, then you may take a moment to scratch your head. In lame man's terms, a micellaire water is a water that holds oil and is effective in cleansing and removing makeup without that oily feel.

I use Bioderma in the evenings to remove my makeup and SPF and give my skin a little "pre-cleanse," if you will. It removes face makeup like a dream, but the eye makeup does take a little more work - especially the waterproof mascara. Normally, gently moving back and forth over my eyelashes does the trick of getting the majority of it off. Then, I just hold the cotton pad over the eye for a few seconds and off the rest of it comes.

If you can read French, then you can go ahead and just take a look at the back of the bottle below, but from what I can understand, it just says that Bioderma is the creator (pretty dramatic...) of micellaire solutions and it cleanses skin without soap...yah dah yah dah.

One of the most notable things about Bioderma, in my opinion is this - my skin is really prone to redness, so I often have to be careful about the products which I am putting on my skin, 
Bioderma being one of them. When it comes to be that time of the night when I open up the drawer, take out a cotton pad, and swipe this over my face - no new redness is introduced and it works like a charm.

Bioderma is really hard to get a anywhere but France. Yet, if you're in the mood for some cult, French, chic, non-oily, makeup removing goodness, you can get this on Ebay, but I have also seen it on Amazon. The Ebay seller I used is here, but if you're a bit wary, Amazon is always a great choice.

What is your opinion on Bioderma? Are there any other micellaire waters I should try?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Birchbox February 2013 | Red Carpet Ready

Although, more often than not, I tend to go the same two places everyday, a little bit of glamour in my life is always welcome. 

My sundays usually consist of a bit of pampering (scrub, face mask, bath...the works) and wednesdays usually also include a face mask, but with the help of a few bits from this month's Birchbox, a little more charisma is added to the routine.

Beauty Protector | Protect & Detangle
A nourishing and protecting product in one..j'adore.

Dr. Jart+ | Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm
You can bet that when I saw this in its black tube of goodness I jumped for joy. I've my eye on the Water Fuse BB for a good while now, but I just can't justify having two BB creams, as I already have my Boscia one. I really, really liked this *cringes at the thought of sample being gone and restraining from buying full size.*

Dr. Lipp | Original Nipple Balm for Lips
European? Oh la la! This stuff is THICK...even thicker than the Nuxe Rêve de Miel.

twistband | Thick Headband
I love the twistbands. Although my fine, slippery hair usually tends to fall out of them during the day, this is perfect for those face washing sessions.

Now - for a little update...
I also received a Ghiradelli chocolate square, but I ate that and didn't think that the vision of an empty wrapper would be too pleasing to the eyes...or the taste buds.

Also, this is going to be my last Birchbox post for a while. I decided to unsubscribe, as I didn't really feel as though the samples were worth $10 and I would rather spend the money on something else. My mom did get me the gift of a one month subscription to GlossyBox for Valentine's Day, though, so there will be an update on that soon...

Avoir for now!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Beauty Products Worth the Hype

As per my explaination in my "Beauty Products Not Worth the Hype Post," here I am with the products that took over my mind and left me a bit too excited and giddy. 

No surprises here, as these are pretty much products that I always, always go on about...

Starting off with tools -

The Real Techniques Brushes are really hyped up over in the UK, and I'm just going to hop on the same train because I think they're fab. I used to love the stippling brush, but I recently bought the core collection and I think the buffing brush is fab as well (an update on that will be coming soon).

Similarly, if you love anything beauty related, you'll know that the Shu Uemura eyelash curlers are a cult, makeup artist favorite. The shape of these are insane and get each and every lash from the inner corner to all the way out in Hoboken (for those of you who live in New Jersey, but, in lame mans terms, on the outer corner). 

Now, I'm not going to go too in depth about the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer because (one) I've already raved about it enough and (two) I did a review on it here. Plus, the fact that it's making an appearance in this post should be enough to convince you to go out and buy it...

Now, I've already gone into the obscenity that is this name, but I haven't really talked that much about NARS blushes - my personal favorite being Deep Throat, but I also have Luster. The texture of these are gorgeous and they deliver the perfect dose of color and a "sexy sheen" and are super easy to work with.

I'm always on the look out for moisturizing/color in one type of lip products and the Korres Lip Butters definitely fit the bill - my favorite being the shade Pomegranate, but I also have Wild Rose. I have my eye on the shade Quince, but I don't really need to do any more shopping.

The Rimmel ScandelEyes Eyeliners are also one of those beauty blogger favorites in the UK. I have heard Vivianna rave about these too many times and I was so close to buying one of these on EBay. Luckily, these were just released in the US, so you can bet your dolla' that I ran with this in hand to the till. The texture of these are so creamy and they last all day.

Onto skincare things - you can bet that this section of things took a lot of editing, especially since I take all my recommendations from Caroline Hirons.

Bioderma Créaline H20 - another makeup artist favorite. Well, you can go ahead and call me a makeup artist as well (even though I'm far from it), because I love this! My skin is really prone to redness from harsher cleansers and things, and this does nothing in the redness adding category. I will be doing a review of this soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

Glowing, redness reducing, spot healing goodness? Does that sound good to you? Say hello to the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. The effects of this pretty much follows the bottle, but I also did a review of this here.

More often than not, I can't help but look a little pasty white in the mornings, and the Origins VitaZing Moisturizer really helps sort me out - with out that dreaded Jersey Shore-ish orange tint. I also did a review of this here.

The only spot remover that really gets rid of a spot over night - the Origins Super Spot Remover. This stuff is really holy grail material and is something I will always have in my stash.

I'm sorry if that ended up being a bit too "ravey", but what can you do, eh? What are some of your favorite hyped up products? 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Beauty Products Not Worth the Hype

Although I do consider myself to be a rather optimistic person, I felt a bit obligated to do a post like this - a beauty products not worth the hype post that is. Although you may walk (or shall I say, click) away thinking I'm a bit of a debbie downer, hopefully this will be helpful and save you a few pounds, dollars, euros, etc.

After rummaging around both my drawer and my mom's makeup bag (aka reject central), I've been able to just round up a few products to make this post "post-worthy."

Stila Lip Glazes
I got a pack of these a really long time ago around Christmas time and have had them sitting around ever since. I find them to be incredibly sticky and give that kind of "jam on toast" look to your lips...not too flattering nor chic. My love obsession with the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer definitely over rules this by a god send.

Revlon Lip Butters
Now, I must say - I am extremely disapointed in myself for this one. It seems like everyone loves the Revlon Lip Butters...everyone except for me. Without getting into my loner like qualities, I found that these are not really moisturizing at all, the shade range leaves an empty whole, and the packaging (of course I had to mention it) just isn't too chic. I have the shades Berry Smoothie and Pink Truffle and I rarely ever use them. Perhaps another month and then they may make a trip to "reject central.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze
First up, I'm a bit of an eye shadow/product noob. I never wear it and all my eye products make up a very, very small part of my makeup stash. With my eye disclaimer out of the way, these Color Tattoos are really hard to work with. They're really hard in the pot, not very blend-able  quite sticky, and quite glittery. Not too fancy...

L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara
I'm going to keep this one short and sweet - can someone say clump-y?

First of all, the price of this sponge is around $25! You can buy the whole set of Real Techniques brushes for less than that and get four! I found that applying my base with this is a bit tedious and I much prefer using either the Real Techniques stippling or buffing brush.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle
I bet if you looked up people's top MAC products, I guarantee you this would be in it. It's not that I do't like it (which isn't too surprising, but lets not revisit my loner qualities), but I just don't think it's that good. The texture is quite chalky and hard. It's not too pigmented, and I just find it really hard to work with. I did a review of this here, explaining the more positive side of things, but I much prefer my other highlighters.

Aveeno Postively Radiant Moisturizer
I never really get on with drugstore moisturizers, and this one pretty much follows the rest of the bread crumbs. It smells terrible (like sunscreen) and really iritated my skin and made it quite red. It is pretty greasy and I much, much MUCH prefer my Origins VitaZing (although it's about three times the price...)

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre
This is kind of a makeup artist, cult favorite. The primer, moisturizer in one - yet it contains mineral oil. MINERAL OIL! Not too good for oily, acne prone skin...nor any skin for that matter. I can't believe this gets so much hype.

Phew! I need to go eat some chocolate or exercise now to get some positive endorphines going. Watch out on the blog, for my next post will be a beauty products WORTH  the hype.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Une Nuit de Ballet | The Sunday Post

What could be more French than a night at the ballet. Although no crépes nor champagne were in sight (thank god), with Marc Jacobs bag and opera glasses in tow (not really, but you get the idea), off I went, pirouetting and jeté-ing all the way.

The focus of my face, a red lip *gasp*, but as natural as a red lip could get with a little help of the Korres lip butter in Wild Rose.

For base, I went pretty simple and easy. A bit of the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint in linen, as I wasn't really in the mood for an all over dewy look...plus, this has a bit more coverage than the Laura Mercier, which I used to my advantage, especially considering the sun was setting. To add some shape to my more than football like face, some Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium and a bit of Laura Mercier Peach Whisper to add a bit more je ne sais pas to the cheeks. To add a bit more dewiness, Benefit Girl Meets Pearl, and boy - can you say DEWY!

Now onto more interesting things... Keeping the brows natural and très elégant with en peu of Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Granite - surprise surprise. Brightened up with the Rimmel ScandelEyes Kohl Kajal in Nude for my tired, red eyes -  tah dah! After a curl of the eyelashes, an amp up in the volume and length category is in store, all thanks to an ode to the Dior Lash Plumping Serum. A quick coat, or two of Maybelline Full' N Soft (perhaps my all time favorite mascara), and flirty lashes get a A+...too bad my companion was only my friend, Sophie. Flirty lashes, took second string, though, as soon as the moisturizing, rose goodness of the Korres lip butter in Wild Rose hit my lips. Kissably soft, yet not too kissable unless you want red pigment all over you!

On the more miscellaneous front, yet oh so still beauty related - perfume goes to Tocca Stella and the Bumble and bumble Surf Spray helped me create a messy pony. Working gloves off...

Avoir et merci to the ballet.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

February Empties

Yes, there is another empties post in store for you all, yet my only question is if this justifies the haul post that I did last week...or the one that is coming up? Either way, there is nothing I like more than pumping out that last bit of product and throwing it into the box (a Jo Malone box, in fact) and storing it away until I remember to document it up on here.

First up, for body moisturizer, I finished off (yet another) bottle of Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula. For cookie scented goodness and a good thick layer of moisture, look no further than the white bottle with the orange lable, yet beware - this contains mineral oil...not too fab. I'm on the look out for another body moisturizer, so I need your help.

For night time nourishment, the Yes To range is a great option. The cucumber night cream is perfect for more normal, combination skins, whereas the carrots night cream is definitely more for dryer skins. These are great budget buys, but I'm on the hunt for more nourishing things that pack an extra punch other than just moisture.

Toned I am (on my face of course), and I've used up a bottle of the Body Shop Tea Tree Toner. Although I can be quite "spotty" at times, I don't think this really did anything for my skin. The first ingredient is alcohol, which I can understand, as it is for oily skin, but even if you could fry an egg upon your face, you really shouldn't be putting alcohol on it.

As soon as winter rolls around, my lips go from drab to fab, thus explaining why I used a up pot of the LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub. The scent is probably more well suited for a five year old (not too chic, eh?), but it does the job. Plus - I've already repurchased...in the Popcorn flavor (which I think was limited edition). 

Speaking of winter and hydration, the Caudalie Beauty Elixir and Grape Water have become staples in my skincare routine. The beauty elixir is amazing as a toner or makeup refreshing spray. It reduces redness dramatically (no tomato faces here) and leaves your skin glowy and perfect. For hydration, the Caudalie Grape Water mixes hydration and soothing benefits in one. I did a post comparing both of these here, but (if I'm honest) I prefer to have both.

As the last stop on my "used up skincare routine," we're talking something that's got spots figured out. The Burt's Bees Deep Cleansing Cream is amazing when you'r feeling a bit oily and a bit spotty. It's really gentle, smells amazing, and leaves your skin feeling really nice. Although you may be rushing out the door now to buy this, I think there are better things (hello, Origins Super Spot Remover).

Natural mascara lovers, UNITE with the Model Co Fibre Lash Extend Mascara - a ridiculously lengthening mascara that gives you a ridiculous natural lash look. For my personal taste, I prefer more big Texas volume (not really, but you get the gist), so this mascara left me wanting more, but for those super duper über natural lash lovers, click and add to cart.

Now that you've seen the stocks, does this justify another haul? You tell me...because I'm open to a shopping buddy.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel Review | Step Away from the Brows

First skincare, then peachy-pinks, and now...brows? Although the bean pole brow used to make a show in my dreams there and again, I've set the tweezers down (except for touch ups, of course), and started to embrace the "natural brow" look (i.e. for me, it' the full brow).

With my natural brows in tow, I've pulled the Anastasia tinted brow gel in granite. What does this new product add to my daily visage? Subtle definition, keeping my brows in place all day, non-tacky, flexible hold, and (above all else) natural. Now, I would have snapped a picture of my tinted brows, but I try to avoid magnifying mirrors as much as possible. In other words, my brows aren't exactly "spotless" or ready for a close up.

Regardless of magnifying mirrors and all (let's not get into my weird habits) - a quick swipe of this graying, browish babe and I'm out the door. Easy enough? Although  you do need to be a bit careful, for why would you want to define those strays - the Anastasia tinted brow gel is the one and only brow product gracing my brows....for the past two weeks in fact.

For now, this tinted gel may have won me over, but being the "planner" (okay, okay - more like beauty obsessive) I am, I can't help but wonder what other bits my soon be charming me...

Brow Power

First of all, after my Tweezerman tweezers had an utterly impromptu and unlikely disappearance (thanks, mom), I can't help but want another pair. Currently using a pair of old Revlon ones (crap, I tell you!), these red beauties really really need a prime spot in my makeup drawer. Onto more of the "grooming" items, the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo seems like the perfect low maintenance, natural, and simple way of filling in the gaps (if you know what I mean)...

Onto more pencil type products, both the Anastasia Brow Wiz and the Laura Mercier Eyebrow Pencil seem to be, perhaps, the most simple way of filling in those imperfections (P.S. late nights and tweezers don't go together). Easy, or too easy?

Now that brows are over and done with, someone needs to tell me to step away from the brows. What are your favorite brow muses?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Origins VitaZing | Review

Once upon a time, I found little joy in buying skincare things, let alone a day moisturizer. My only requirement then - spf. I tried more oil-free things for my ever-so-slightly greasy skin, but tight, "malnourished", and flakey was not what I was going for. Following my first high-end skincare purchase of the Origins Checks and Balances face wash (P.S. I think I've found something better...), I left with more than enough samples in hand, one of them being my new favorite moisturizer.

Being the light coverage lover that I am, the Origins VitaZing hits the nail on the head. A sheer tint to add a bit of a "summer glow"? Check, but don't be frightened! For pale skin gals like moi, no orange toned Jersey Shore ish tint is in sight. If my skincare routine has been checking all the right boxes, my daily face will go as far as this and concealer. Simple enough? I think so, yet it may result in me being the worst beauty blogger out there.

For my normal (ish) skin, this moisturizer adds the perfect amount of moisture, while still being oil-free. At the end of the day, I don't look too oily, nor do I look too dry. Let me add something - from that swatch that I did on the back of my hand, I can't stop petting my little paw - soft as could be. Unless you have someone petting your face (how would I know...you might), this may not be a big deal, but it really does feel gorgeous.

Radiance in a bottle? Oh yes, not to mention moisture, tint, and glow that lasts all day. Although Origins VitaZing is pretty pricey ($35 to be exact), it should last you a really long time (I've been using mine everyday straight for the past two weeks and no dent is in sight) and I think it should be a staple in everyones skincare wardrobe - dark skin tones and pale alike.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Starting Up With Skincare | A Guide to Good Skin

If you've been reading my blog in the past month, you'll know that someone needs to hold the gun and make me commit to a skincare ban. On the other hand, why spend money on all this makeup, for you don't really need makeup if you have good skin.

Now, let me make something clear - I am NOT *repeat * NOT a skincare expert. I'm just an everyday girl, but I do like to research and I am able to form my own opinions. That being said, within the past month, I have noticed a dramatic difference in my skin (and my friends have too), but my skin is still transforming. Throughout the process, I've made a dent in cracking the code to my skin and I've had a few epiphanies along the way...and here I am to share them with you. (NOTE: get ready for a rambly one...)

Number one, being just an everyday girl, I pretty much fit right into the category of "ballin on a budget." I don't have thousands of dollars to spend on skincare. On the contrary, I cannot stress enough the importance of high quality skincare. Drugstore moisturizers, Clean & Clear acne products....most of it is all crap. They don't contain good ingredients - basically, I hate to break it to yah, but the are DESTROYING your skin! I used to use all drugstore products, but once I switched over to a higher quality cleanser (thank you, Origins), the change was so dramatic...just overnight! Imagine the difference your skin could make when you got rid of all those crap products and switched over to the good stuff...impecable.

Wallets aside, I also think it's really important to sample products before you buy them, so you don't waste your money. Places like Origins (I know) give out amazing samples. Even if I go in there to buy one thing, I leave with at least five samples. Over the weekend, on my window shopping trip (P.S. I passed), the lady at Origins was so nice and PRAISED us with samples "for taking care of our skin so early." My point exactly - sample, sample, sample!

Similarly, it is so easy to get lost in the skincare/beauty world - raves all over the place. What may work for someones skin may not work for yours, and visa versa. Along with sampling, I am sure to look up tons and tons of reviews before I buy something - people with dry skin, people with sensitive skin...before you know it, I've pulled an all nighter!

Now that you've sampled, looked up reviews, it's time to buy. I like to follow the general routine - remove makeup, cleanse, tone, serum, and moisturize. Removing your makeup is such an important step. Makeup is meant to last a really long time on your skin, and, more likely than not, one cleanse isn't going to cut it. You can double cleanse (which is not a bad thing if you're using a really good quality cleanser), or remove your makeup...or both! Also, a lot of my friends just will use makeup cleansing wipes to "cleanse" *cringes*. NO NO NO!!! Lord, help this girl! Toner is really important to prep the skin for the rest of your routine and to make sure all the "gunk" is gone. Serum, my favorite, really adds that extra booste to the skin for a specific problem: acne, dark spots, fine lines, etc. Last, moisturizing is really important - even if you have oily skin. Part of the reason your skin gets oily is because it has to find a way to moistrize itself! Amen!

Along with having all the works, I think it's really important to have a "working skincare wardrobe." No ones skin is the same all. the. time. Sometimes mine, for instance, is a bit more dry, more oily, a bit spotty, dehydrated...you get the gist. 

For the last paragraph, I'm going to make it short and sweet (congrats if you've made it this long) - 

The skincare goddess! She has served as an invaluble source in my skincare makeover. It is mandatory for you to check out her blog for a skincare over haul. She knows her shit (whoops - but really). She knows skin, even better than the dermatologist I was going to did (huhumm).

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post! I will definitely be doing a skincare update soon - once I've really cracked the code. If you have any questions about skin, my routine, ANYTHING...just leave a comment or (as always), you can shoot me an email.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Peachy Pink Edit

Someone needs to hold the gun and tell this girl *points finger at me* to step away from anything with an essence of peach, and of course, pink. C'mon! I have been obsessed with this color lately (and when I mean obsessed, I mean obsessed)...

Starting off with cheeks (are you surprised) - my new favorite at the moment (P.S. check out my latest haul here), Laura Mercier Peach Whisper. The perfect not too warm, not too cool color that has been gracing my cheeks rightfully so for the past week or so. Second, NARS Deep Throat blusher. Without going into the perhaps uncomfortable name that NARS has got going on here (you know it's bad when your 10 year old cousin picks this up and says she "loves the color of Deep Throat"...huhumm), this blush really is a beaute. Adding a fresh and effervescent (???) touch of shimmery, natural color to the cheeks - NARS, keep it up with colors, but you're names still need some work. As for highlighter (you gotta' love some shimmer on the cheeks), these two are all I really reach for. Benefit Girl Meets Pearl wins for impecable blend-ability  smoothness, and the perfect "je ne sais pas" addition to moi visage. If I fancy something a bit more stark and extra glowy, with a bit of a bronzy twist, I reach for Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow in Rose Gold. ROSE GOLD! Could you really say no?

Onto lips - most of the days, I can't be bothered with lip products. On the bright side, these are pretty much the only two that I reach for in my collection. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfecter in Rose Shimmer - the quitescential mix of subtle, non sticky goodness. Throw in a caramel scent, and I have to apprehend myself from buying the other two shades. Lastly, Revlon's Charm...peach. y. perfection - and that's all I'm going to say.

What are your favorite peachy-pink loves? I fancy a few more...until I read the beginning of this again...

Monday, February 4, 2013

Skincare and Makeup Tings' | Haul

Ahh - another haul has landed at SugartoGlitter. I must admit, I've been a very naughty girl. I just have had the shopping bug! On the bright side, I did have a lot of gift vouchers and money left over from Christmas, so I didn't feel like I was spending too much, as well as the fact that I've had a new year makeup clear out, so I felt like I needed to replenish my stocks a bit. Anyway, last weekend, a very enabling friend and I took a bit of a shopping trip - not to mention I talked in a British accent the whole time and got some pretty wanted attention...

You see! A naughty naughty girl indeed!

First up, I'll start with the skincare things...

The makeup remover that everyone talks about. Turns out I'm becoming the biggest beauty blogger cliché ever.... Since I've been reading a lot of Caroline's blog (aka the skincare goddess), I read up about the importance of taking off your makeup before you cleanse. That and lounging around at 9:00 at night with a face still full of makeup mixed with sweat and dirt, all while doing homework - not so classy...nor good for my skin. I bought this on Ebay here with free shipping!

Story time - I got a sample of the Origins Mega-Mushroom face lotion and I loved it. Correction, I loved everything except the smell (cat pee, anyone?) and the price tag ($60?). That being said, the only thing I liked about it was how it changed my redness prone, tomato of a face into yellow toned, no-redness-in-sight perfection. This La Roche-Posay one - $13 from Ebay (score!), smells amazing, and happens to be green (aka gives the same tomato tone decreasing effect).

I'm going to keep this short and sweet - I got a sample. I applied. I came. I purchased. A hint of color and coverage, SPF, and moisturizing goodness - yes please! I've been switching around between this and the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer all week for the base category. Good skin - be at the ready!

Now onto the makeup...
As I mentioned, I've had a major clean out AND even used a lot of things up *pats self on back*!

That's all I'm going to say - the title...and that I did a review of this here. Rave over...

After Tarte Natural Beauty went out of the stocks and to a friend, I decided to switch the obscene pink of that for something a bit more...subtle. Me to a tee? Peach Whisper - a perfectly matte, peachy pink blusher that seems to fit consummately into the "year round" category.

Although my brows have it made in the "fullness" pigeonhole, they do tend to fail when it comes to neatness and tidiness. ENTER - Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Granite. Adding a bit of definition and staying in place all day...a match made in heaven.

Along with the brows, my face gets a full on "F" in the cheekbone department. My basketball of a face needs some added definition. Pasty and bronzer just don't mix, yet luckily Mr. Aucoin must know me personally. Instant cheekbones as easy as a swipe and blend....gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

At last, we have come to the end. I may be in need of a few more actual necessities soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that along with an empties post. Well, technically this haul includes necessities too! Off I go to plan some reviews...perhaps followed by a "window shopping" session....*repeat* WINDOW!

Also, if you'd like to see  a little "skincare shakeup" post, let me know in the comments...a lot of things have changed around and I'm liking the way things are looking.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sunday Stuff | The Reading List

For any beauty obsessive, like me, reading blogs and watching youtube videos tend to be our favorite pass times. Forget the TV...although I probably should do some checking up on current events. For this Sunday Post, I compiled all of my favorite blogs which I continue to read day after day.

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What are some of your favorite blogs to follow? I'd love to add some new ones to my list!
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