Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Easter Pamper

It's Easter. Some reserve it as a time to be with family while others reserve it as a chocolate, candy eating massacre. Although I'm not quite sure which one this Easter ended up being, I do know that no matter how old my brother and I may get, there's still immense joy in waking up and seeing plastic eggs lined down the stairs. After the eggs have been found and a huge dent has been made in the Cadbury chocolate, I'll sneak off for a dip in the tub - most likely while my mom cleans up the remnants of the ham and my brother and dad watch Top Gear...standard.

Normally I opt for more relaxing bath time treats, but this time I'll turn to the more 'fruity' side. As soon as the warm water starts flowing out of the faucet, I'll add a capful or two of the Fresh Sugar Body Oil and a few drops of Aura Cacia Lemongrass Essential Oil. Lemony, yet not too sweet, this oily duo does wonders for moisturizing skin while also smelling like you're floating in a spa.

Along with my oils, there's nothing I like more then getting some good grit going in the bath. The Soap & Glory Flake Away scrub is gentle enough to not irritate the skin, while still being gritty enough to slough off a weeks worth of stress. To make sure my bod is getting über clean, a bit of the Korres Shower Gel in Guava on a loofah makes sure everything is left clean, but not stripped. Not to mention it is incredibly foaming, rich, and adds a bit of guava-ness. A towel dry off, and you better guess which moisturizer I'm going for. I'll down myself in the Fresh Sugar Body Oil again, throw on the pyjamas and off to bed.

Fruity scents are no longer reserved for adolescent shampoos or girly cocktails. With the help of the numba's above, a lemony drift-like soak on a rainy night is in store...chic.

Friday, March 29, 2013

March Favorites

It seems as though all us beauty nuts tend to adore the same things. Shopping, for example, or, perhaps, monthly favorites. I'm not quite sure what it is that makes my heart beat a bit faster when I see those two words, but we'll leave my cardiac history and assesment for another time and move onto 'March Favorites' *hand jitters*.

A good sunday night pampering sesh has become a rather common occurence (and I'm a rule breaker, so perhaps it has been going on on some weekday nights too...). Bath salts, oils, bubble bath...you get the jist. Everything is on rotation - except for these two babes- the Origins Clear Improvements Mask and Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask.

Think of the Clear Improvements as an extra kick up the derrière  yet for your skin. I wasn't quite sure how I felt about this at first, but a few eruptions across my face during vacation and my heart was yearning for it. Clean, refreshed, detoxed... I wouldn't recommend this for dry skinned or sensitive gals, but for those of us who visit 'Mt. Vesuvius on my face Anonymous', it's a good un'. 

The skincare hunt continues and yet another discovery has entered the laboratory - my skin is dehydrated. Although I was tempted to have (yet another) skin care overhaul, I resisted and simply decided on the Drink Up Intensive Mask. Gawd! It smells amazing (like peaches), is super moisturizing, and did I mention that it is so easy. Just pop it onto the end of your regular skincare routine as a moisturizer and that's it! No waiting, timing, or any of that jib jab. I really like using this after the Clear Improvements to add an extra bit of hydration to my skin and (oh boy) is it good.

I'm not a nail person. I hate the look of chipped nail polish, so my digits end up looking good for all of thirty seconds. Hit on walls, tables, and who knows what else...let's just say I'm not you're Essie girl. On another hand, when you're studying for exams, you find all sorts of things to distract yourself with. In other words, I spent a bit too much time staring at my hands to figure out that my cuticles were horrendous. I dug into my nail product 'stash' and found the Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme. It does the trick. It dissolves the cuticles and moisturizes. Pristine nails without the polish (or a lazy girl's manicure).

I was never that into BB creams. '18 in 1' Really? They seemed a bit too good to be true. If you read my review of the Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB Cream here, then you would know that it is too good to be true. My love for Dr. Jart has been proclaimed and it's pretty much the only thing my face has touched this month. Not to mention it's a fabulous weekend dream...

My OCD has been revealed. I may not wake up in the middle of the night to clean my room anymore, but I'm still a clean freak all the same. The Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap is fab for all types of cleaning. It makes a super moisturizing body wash, a milky bath product, and a ridiculous foamy makeup brush cleanser that leaves your body and brushes über clean. 

I'm a fan of the 'dewy but not sweaty' look. Perhaps I cross that line a bit time and time again, but it's hard to with the L'oreal Lumi Magique Concealer. A highlighter and concealer in one, as the name would suggest (duh, Lillian), it adds a simple veil of concealing and brightening underneath my ever-growing dark bags...underneath my eyes that is. Non-creasing and a cheap rip off of the YSL Touche Èclat (shhh, don't tell), it's a bit of luxe in a twelve dollar tube.

We all know were I'll be later - off cleaning my brushes, topped off with a facial and some cuticle nourishment. Tomorrow morning I'll reach for Dr. J...my life is too predictable.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed | Edit

My morning appearance has been described far too many times (blurry eyed bases, anyone?), I won't go any further, but five minutes later after a slap of a few morning faves and I'm looking as good as nine hours of sleep (ahhhhh).

The squinty eye situation has been made clear (and I've been asked if I'm Asian far too many times, not that I'm against it), so the lashes get curled and the mascara gets coated. The eyelash curler of pick - the cult classic, the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers. For waterproof freaks like myself, the L'oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara (phew, that's a mouthful), holds a curl really nicely and adds a nice balance of volume and length. For those who avoid getting frustrated with the pulling and tearing with Bioderma on a cotton pad, the Lancome Hypnose Mascara offers curl and length like (you guessed it) doll lashes.

There has been a noticeable difference in the under eye area in the past six months. I'm trying to ignore the dark circles and bags for the while until I'm able to buy a new eye cream, but they are being slightly covered by the L'oreal Lumi Magique Concealer. Highlight and concealing in one, it offers a good bit of natural coverage on the  bags and resists creasing. Most beauty freaks like myself know about the white eyeliner in the water line trick. Me and my subtle mind is more drawn to the nude tone idea, so the Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in Nude is cheap, cheerful, waterproof, and bloody amazing. I'm not too keen on this as a cheek highlight, but the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle is gorgeous as an inner corner highlight.

If that's not enough eye bright for ya, just revert back to a good nights sleep. Nights out or history tests (ughhh), all end the same way - blurry eyes and a slap of these good ol' products of tricks.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB | Review

At the end of each week, there is a new visible dent in the tube. I figured it was about time I wrote a review on the Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB. 

I've had a few small dabbles with BB's in the past- the Boscia one which left me a little too red faced, the Dr. Jart Premium BB which was nice, but I felt it was a bit too heavy for my skin, and the Smashbox one offered a bit too much coverage. The winner of the past line up? Definitely the Dr. J one (by a barge poll!), yet the sample size was soon to hit the dust.

When I spotted that Dr. Jart had a BB for more oily skin gals, out I whipped my wallet, but it had the help of a Sephora gift card and free shipping.

The round up on the application left all the tick boxes checked. A nice combination of dewy and matte? Check! Natural looking coverage? Check! You get the gist, but I'll continue. All the redness in my chipmunk-y cheeks was covered, but in the most natural way possible. It covers most of my spots and all of my scars. It doesn't feel too heavy and never goes cakey on the skin. It's easy to blend. Controls my 'shiny' face, matches my skin quite well (and I'm quite fair)...is just good all around.

The one thing I would say is slightly lacking is the lasting power. By the time I take a peek in the mirror for the first time since application when 3 o'clock rolls around, I find that the redness is starting to glow through again and I'm not looking as 'fresh' as I would hope, but for all the other things that it's got going for it, it's a gorgeous product.

Lasting power aside, it's been awesome enough that I have only reached for my trusty Laura Mercier about three times this month. That concluded, it's passed the everyday base test, as well as the weekend product must have.

I've got to force myself to put this down, but how could you when it's as easy as one two three...especially when you're a bit blurry eyed in the AM, which is pretty much me everyday. Oily skin gals who need a bit of a tint, Dr. J has got yo' back!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Makeup and Toiletry Bag | Travel Beauty

Here we are with the second installment to the 'Travel Beauty' series. Ironic how I'm definitely not the jet setter makeup artist nor the know it all air compression freak, but chances are that you are a bit snoopy, so go ahead and take a look into my makeup and toiletry bag. Psssttt...you can look in my hand luggage here as well.

To get the ball rollin' we're starting with makeup- For bases, I'm keeping it really light and really simple and bringing along the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free. Chances are my skin may go a bit bazerk as well, so the spots and baggy eyes will be hidden with the MAKEUP FOREVER Full Cover Concealer. As for cheeks, no surprises here, as I'm brought along what I like to call the tried, tested, and truely gorgeous cheeky assortment. What may these be? Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Peach Whisper, Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder, NARS Deep Throat blush, and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle. To touch on the Soft and Gentle a bit, I don't love it as a cheek highlight, but it makes a god gorgeous inner corner pop and works lovely as an eyeshadow...quite multipurpose. 
For the last of the dregs, the Stila In the Know palette for creating any eyeshadow look under the sun and the Clinique Redness Solutions Powder for any oily combat. I've thrown in my most moisturizing bunch of lip products as well - Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer (of course), Burberry Lip Mist in Nude Peach, Estée Lauder Pure Color Gloss in Pink Innocence, and, surprise surprise, the NUXE Rêve de Miel Lip Balm (otherwise known as lip hydration in a tub).

For the bath, body and hair bits, I'm bringing the Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap. I've got the peppermint scent and not only is this amazing at cleaning makeup brushes, it is über moisturizing as a body wash as well, makes a great moisturizing bath, and can be used as toothpaste. I've not tried the latter, as I'm bringing my own tube, but it's multi-function in a bottle. To add to the hydration, the mini sample of the Laura Mercier Soufflé Body Crème in Ambre Vanille is finally coming in handy. For more of the cleansing bits, the Aveeno Body Bar and Molton Brown Conditioner fit the bill...which reminds me that I've got to pick up a mini shampoo. The Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave in Conditioner will add the little bit of extra added hydration and, laste but not least, some contact lens solution just fits into the necessity category.

Quickly onto skincare, I've rambled about these bits enough so I'll be sure to keep it snappy. I've thrown in the Clarisonic Mia, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair and Origins Mega Bright Moisturizer. In the little pots, I've got some REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser, Cetaphil Cleanser, Origins High Potency Night A Mins, and some Origins VitaZing which I was so close to not bringing, but cracked in the end. I've also decanted a bit of Alpha H Liquid Gold.

It's a long one, but a good one and you've officially seen all of the bits and bobs prone to leakage and spillage in the depths of my suitcase...just my luck. Be sure to check out part one here.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Hand Luggage | Travel Beauty

You may know by now that I'm embracing the subtle 'spring like' weather, yet how ironic it is that I'm jetting off to a snowy location for a good ski vacation. Me and snow boots may to go together like me and beauty, but we'll put that theory to the test. 

I haven't been a plane since the summer, i.e. the pre-skincare era. The whole travel beauty essential thing is rather new to me, so I looked to the queen of beauty herself, Lisa Eldridge, for some tips. With her help and my wallet (huhumm), I've compiled my own hand luggage beauty essentials.

You know me and my light bases, so I've brought along the Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB for the easiest base on the planet with a good dose of hydration....blended in with no other than the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I do love some sheer coverage, but I don't have perfect skin...especially at the moment. I've rediscovered my love of the Bobbi Brown Touch Up Stick - creamy, covering, and easy to apply. Onto my squinty eyes, the Shu Uemura Eyelash CurlersMaybelline Full ' n Soft mascara, and Rimmel ScandalEyes Nude Eyeliner are the everyday essentials that have their names written all over sticky notes around my house. To calm the 'werewolf' brow situation, the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Granite adds a bit of definition and color in one. To save a little space, I'll use the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rosé for a creamy lip and cheek multitasker.

I'm not the best flyer, so I always carry around the trusty old Dramomine...not too chic, but I'm not sure getting sick is better. Regardless, hopefully perhaps my maturity is evened out by a mini of the Balenciaga FloraBotanica Perfume. My hands get quite dry, not to mention how dry they will get with all that cold weather, so I've been sure to pack the Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle CreamAveda Hand Relief Cream, and the Bath and Body Works Pocket Bac in Peach Bellini to bust those germs. 

Onto more of the skincare bits- Did I mention an 'in flight facial' will be in the works? I plan on applying the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask in the morning and keeping it on all throughout flights and layovers, refreshing in between with the Caudalie Grape Water and tone at the end with the Caudalie Beauty Elixir (a reunion that I will fully enjoy). The Beauty Elixir will also serve as my toner while I'm gone. Of course, the Bioderma and my trusty ol' Origins Super Spot Remover get chucked in the bag without a doubt. The Origins Ginzing Eye Cream and Blistex Lip Medex ought to keep my peepers and lips moisturized and juicy all throughout.

For now, I must be off to print my boarding passes, but keep your eyes out - my next post will be a peek into my makeup and toiletry bag.

Monday, March 18, 2013

New Evening Skincare Additions

A few more samples have hit the dust and instead of rejoicing as I toss some more empties into the bin, a whole in my heart was carved and remained...until I zoomed off to buy the real 'tings. Perhaps it all sounds a bit too much like a soap opera, but my skin sure is playing the lead role and is liking everything that's getting rubbed, rinsed, and cleansed onto it.

Although I do love makeup, more often than not, I go a little cake-faced by the end of the day I've recently been noticing that makeup settles into my pores quite quickly. I few search terms into Google and a few hours passed and the verdict was that my skin was dehydrated....as well as 95% of other people on this planet. I've had my eye on this for a while, but my recent research finally pushed me to buy the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. Sure enough one use and as soon as 4:00 rolled around the next afternoon, my makeup looked a lot more fresh and natural. Besides that, it smells amazing, is packed with a shed load hyaluronic acid (well, it's little cousin), and makes your skin glow...oohh la la!

Also from Origins (aka skincare lover's heaven), I picked up the Origins High Potency Night A Mins Oil Free. I was a little bothered with my current night lotion (review here) and decided to take the blow with some Valentine's Day moolah. I sure am glad I did! As with all Origins products, it smells gorgeous, adds a good dose of hydration, leaves glowy skin, and doesn't feel heavy. I think it may have also helped clear up a few spots...

I've saved the best for last - the one and only Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. Shall Iet go ahead and list all the wonderful things this beauty editor's favorite has done for my skin? Bluntly, it cleared up all of my spots, got rid of dark marks and acne scarring within a few days, and hydrates the skin beautifully. Oh. my. gosh. Is there anything that this serum can't do? I've even got my friend turned onto it too...although she loves it, her wallet weeps, but it isn't hyped for nothing.

I'll keep you posted on how the 'new additions' end up working out, but I'm really liking them thus far. Another landmark has been passed along the skincare voyage...until next time.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Über Simple | 5 Product Face

It's Friday and our minds are set and ready for countless movies and some good ole' pancakes in bed....of course mine will be complimented by some Youtube watching. Maybe some gh0stparties, perhaps some icovetthee...this is for another time, though.

Regardless, this is a beauty blog...yet I may be the worst beauty blogger in the world when it comes to actually wearing a lot of makeup. No surprise, it was pretty simple for me to edit things down for a five product face. Little did I realize that it's my go to weekend routine...as well as monday, and perhaps a few more days to follow.

New to my makeup base stocks, the Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB. Part skincare, part makeup, it's super easy to put on, offers just the right amount of coverage, and leaves your skin dewy and glowy - not to mention it's like perfection with the good ole' Real Techniques Buffing Brush. Ahhhhh *insert angel voices*! If you actually saw my face, you'd also see that the angels never graced me with sculpted cheekbones. Fair enough, but in the meantime I'll make do with the Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium. Make do? More like love...leaving the perfect amount of shape and sculpt to my more than football like face.

A coat of Maybelline Full ' N Soft Mascara adds just the right amount of definition and volume and holds a curl nicely. This reminds me I need to pick up a new tube... My crazy brows always need a bit of controlling, as their like a two year old child (not that I would know). The Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Granite keeps them in place all day. I've decided I'm not too crazy about the whole 'tinted' part, as my bushy brows don't need any more bushing (???), but I'll make do for now. Finally, (surprise, surprise) the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 Rose Shimmer has made yet another appearance. I'll spare you this time and leave it at that.

Somehow, someway, this has turned into more of a 'bash my face' session, but these five miracle products have left me looking a bit more put together...exactly what I need. especially if you saw me in the mornings. Here I go with the bashings again!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser | Review

You've heard the skincare stories, some turning out more like nightmares than anything else. Once upon a time, my skincare wardrobe consisted of Clean & Clear acne products and the adjectives to describe my skin would be anything but clean or clear. First Origins and then a few following purchases and now those stripping acne products have gone in the trash and I'm left with skin that is left  seriously clean and clear...ironic.

The cleanser that really turned my skin around is this - the REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser. A lot of "c's"and I'm not quite sure what the "3" is for, but for those with acne prone skin, look no further.

Near everyone's familiar with the standard clay mask, yet no one may guess that you could get that in a cleanser. The consistency - like clay (no way *sarcastically*), a bit weird and strange compared to other cleansers. Regardless, it works...like a dream. I had a sample of this and used for a week straight. As soon as I ran out, the spots started popping back up and there I ran to the  nearest store to pick myself up the full sized tube. 

I've got a bit of combo skin goin' on up in here, so the idea of an "acne" cleanser sounds a bit...umm, terrifying! A little later, after a good use, I was was pleasantly surprised. Not stripped, not dry, in fact, quite nourished. It's a win win!

As for application, I use it two ways. The first - layer a bit all over the visage, let sit for a 5'er or so and then massage with warm water and rinse. For the latter approach, I'll do the same layer and wait routine and then follow up with my Clarisonic. It's doesn't froth or foam at all, but I personally don't mind, especially considering all the other good stuff it's got going for it.

REN as a skin care brand has left me starry eyed *insert heart eyed emoji here*. I fancy a few more bits, but I think I'm covered on the skincare front for now.

In conclusion (wow! I successfully turned this into an essay!), if you've got acne prone skin, I highly highly recommend this cleanser....you know what, just go buy it right now. If you're a bit combo and just tend to get a few spots here and there every once it a while, I still think you should have it, just to use around any time of the month when you need a little bit more breakout fighting goodness...perfection.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Spring Beauty Haven | The Spring Edit

I've made no effort to hide my love of dewy skin, peachy-pinks, and sheer bases. Naturally, you could probably gather that my makeup wardrobe looks a bit too similar to vary. Nevertheless, my discerning eye is specially trained to pick out the differences. Thus, here lands spring beauty product haven.

Firstly, without getting into my recent spending habits (P.S. you can probably guess what kind of post will be coming up soon), I recently picked up the Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB Beauty Balm. No odes shall be made yet, but I'm getting out my buffing brush and blending away. 

Carrying on with the dewy bases, editing down the highlighters sure did take the best of my decision making skills...to choose one out of my three highlighters that is. Anyways, I finally decided upon Benefit's Girl Meets Pearl. Observations - a more subtle version of High Beam. No pink hue, just sheer dewiness.

Short and sweet - Origins Vitazing. Pale skin girls, don't fret. Wearing the lightest shade in the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, this leaves no orange-y-ness nor spray tanned faces in sight. Review? I dare you to peek, as it's quite a ravey one and it comes with a fair warning to hold your wallets.

Cheeks and lips....ahhh! Première, NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny. Cheap, cheerful, and bloody amazing. Costing your wallet no more than $2.99, a matte bronzer perfect for contouring, and simply just bronzing.

An all year round beaute? Perhaps, yet somehow and someway, Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Peach Whisper has found a way to creep itself back in...back into yet another blog post that is. Although it may leave a little bit to wish for in terms of shimmer, the peachy color just is too good to be true. 

Last but not least for cheeky favorites (I've got quite chubby cheeks, so I like my cheek products) - NARS Lustre. Its been buried in the dust for too long, but I have dreams of walking around the city, bronzed cheeks, pinky gloss, dewy skin, and Lustre atop in all it's bronzy, shimmery bliss.  *Correction* more like chic shimmer. Part bronzer, part blusher, it just seems like the obvious choice.

It wouldn't really be an edit or any type of post really without mentioning the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01. I've got 'Rose Shimmer' on the go at the moment, but perhaps another months use and I may crack to buy 'Apricot Shimmer', or perhaps one of the new shades! That's for another time, but for now, I'll be enjoying this one in all the glistening perfection of a perfector that it is.

That's it - take a peek into the bottom of the makeup mayhem and collect some of those good un's that have been collecting dust all winter. I'm putting the subtle berry tones and ghost like tinted moisturizers away (well, not really), but I may need to hit the sun for a bit of a natural bronze, yet first I must overcome the fear of burning...

Sunday, March 10, 2013

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Moisturizer | A Bit from France

You're probably sick of hearing about my tomato-toned face, so without getting into that, I wanted to do a review on the La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Moisturizer. The reason? When I was looking to buying this product there were no reviews on it. Thus, I got out my camera, inserted the memory card, and snapped away.

You'll notice that this review isn't too, too ravey or "happy", but I am here to speak the truth...not act cool or chic, because we all know that I'm neither of those things.

The packaging...chic. Chic and French (for lack of a better pair of words), but this isn't a blog on how to package items, but I do like the packaging. Okay, enough, enough.

This moisturizer is supposed to help with redness (as you could probably gather from the title), but I found that it didn't do anything at all to help it. Perhaps it gave a bit of moisture, but not much at all, as my skin is rather dehydrated and I really need something a bit more nourishing. Perhaps this would be good if you had oily skin and didn't need to much moisture, but for my skin (which is combination/normal), it didn't really work in the moisture category nor the anti-redness category.

From the picture below, you can see that this moisturizer is green. Green! It makes sense, as green is supposed to cancel out red, but it just kinds of blends in clear anyway. The smell of this is quite nice - citrusy, and I haven't found that it irritates my slightly sensitive skin.

So there - a review checked off my list and a little bit of info for future Rosaliac buyers, yet beware. Follow the comments above and thou shalt not be disapointed. If only I could visit a pharmacy where they stocked a lot of La Roche-Posay...heaven.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Real Techniques Core Collection

A picture of my brush stash would be completely useless, as it tends to  be a big mish moshed collection of no name brands, and (of course) Real Techniques. First the Stippling Brush, and now I've added four more brushes to the little green and blue vase sitting atop my vanity.

At first glance, you may hear the cost conscious voice inside your head saying, "I won't use that brush." Little do you know that you will find a personal use for every. single. brush. in this collection. From blogger to blogger, the uses vary, creating an unsaid competition for the most creative, but perhaps mine will spur some new utilitarian uses.

First up, if you read the blog on a regular basis, it's no surprise that I'm starting off with the Buffing Brush. Hallelujah! Tinted moisturizer, BB cream, foundations...everything. It does it all, and effortlessly I may add. Enough about it. Just know that it's worth it to buy these brushes just for this one.
When I've got a bit of a pesky spot that glows right through my light base, the Detailer Brush is like a magnet dying to be grabbed up. This little diddy brush is amazing at doing a 360 all the way around those spots. Not too pretty of an image, but you get the idea.

I normally save the Contour Brush for highlighter, as I find it doesn't really blend contour too well. On the other hand, it somehow fits right atop my nearly nonexistent cheekbones perfectly. It nearly screams MAC Soft and Gentle, as it works perfectly with that.

Last, but not least - the Pointed Foundation Brush. These sort of brushes for applying foundation seem to be a thing of the past, but it's put to good use once to twice a week when used in junction with a face mask. No black clay coated fingers here.

If you haven't tried any of the Real Techniques brushes - baby, you must be living under a rock! The Stippling Brush also has a spot at the top of my beauty stash, so pick and choose as you will...wisely.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour | Peach Whisper

Laura Mercer Second Skin Cheek Colour in Peach Whisper (longest name ever, eh?) is the perfect everyday sort of blush. Perfect for Mondays, Tuesdays, Sundays...and all the days in between. Not to mention, it's good enough that it's all my blush brush has touched since I bought it - over a month ago. I guess it only makes sense that I'm doing a review. It's about time!

Keeping in mind that my cheeks tend to get a bit red (but I have found something that really helps...hello Alpha H Liquid Gold, but that's for another time), Peach Whisper adds the perfect touch of  warmth and a bit of a "healthy glow" (like I haven't said that before) to my skin. 

As for the texture - think butter in a compact...but in powder form. Not that I'm trying to create oxymorons, the texture of this product is amazing - everything you'd ever want in a blush.

At $24 a pop, these are a bit on the pricier side, but you really don't need that much product at all. I tap my brush into the pan three to four times...that's it! Unless you're a circus clown and use a ton of product each time you want to get some cheek color goin' on, this will last you a pretty long time.

Ah, Peach Whisper - where have you been all my life. I would say I'll let you know when I use this again, but it's probably a bit more fitting to change it to the contrary. In that case, I'll tell you when I go a makeup-face day without wearing this babe. Avoir...perhaps for a while, as my blusher rotation has come to a halt.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Skincare Shakeup

Cringes of my Winter Skincare Routine post and skincare shopping obsessions aside, my skincare routine has had a bit of an overhaul. Besides doing a rambly old haul post that may be a bit confusing considering the other unnecessary things I've checked out with recently, I'm letting you feast your eyes on what I'm treating my skin with recently.

I've just started using these things so these aren't really things I would recommend...yet that is. I will be doing a follow up later on once I use them a bit more and can really go into depth about them. Although I'm not running over to the sink and getting the warm water running, you may want to put the kettle on because this is going to be a long one. 

As for my skin type - I find it is quite normal, yet it leans a tad on the oily side and tends to be a bit dehydrated. It is quite acne prone and I have tons of scars left over from previous spots...not too chic a description, eh? I also have a lot of redness around my cheeks and have recently discovered that I have really clogged pores. Is that enough of a maze for you?

Now, onto the AM routine...

With the warm water running, I apply the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser to dry skin and really massage it into the skin....like really massage. I find that this does the job, as my skin really isn't that dirty in the mornings, plus it's darn cheap! Next, I sweep a bit of the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner all over my face (even on my cheeks, as this doesn't make it more red) to really get all the gunk out of my skin...satisfying. A quick spray of the Caudalie Grape Water on my cheeks, which is where I tend to be the most dehydrated, and a smooth over with the Origins Mega-Bright Serum on my forehead (which is where I have the most scarring). I think this serum is something I've used the most out of the lot and I think I can vouch for it really helping.

As for moisturizer - if I'm having a pale day and feel like I want a bit of color in my skin, then I go for the Origins Vita-Zing (which I did a rather ravey review of here), but if I'm using a BB cream or something that is a little bit darker, then I use a bit of the Origins Brighter by Nature Moisturizer. For my puffy little eyes, I pat a bit of the Origins Ginzing Eye Cream around the orbital bone. This has little reflective particles in it, which I found really helps make my tired eyes a little bit more awake - sounds right up my alley.

When the day is done and my sweaty, tired body is ready to wash up and hop in bed *enter PM routine*...

I take all my makeup off with the Bioderma Créaline H20 (which I did a review of here) then follow up with a cleanse using the REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser. That's a lot of "c's", but this stuff is seriously da bomb! It has helped SO MUCH with my spots, yet doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped at all. In fact, it feels really nourished after I use it. I spread it over my skin and leave it on for about a minute or two and then massage it in for about another minute. Wash it off...and whoala!

Last, the same routine with the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner and the Caudalie Grape Water as in the morning, then I follow up with a layer of Ziana. This was prescribed to me by my dermatologist to help with acne. I was quite wary of putting this in here, for it isn't something that you can go out and buy, but if you have the La Roche-Posay Effeclar Duo, this is very similar. I don't own that, but I'm DYING to try it and it's the same idea. A quick follow up with the Origins Mega-Bright Serum and then a dose of moisture thanks to the La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Moisturizer. This stuff is quite watery, so I think it would be fantastic for oily skin gals, but if you're a bit on the dryer side of things, I'd steer clear. If my eyes need a little bit more moisture, I'll use the Origins Ginzing Eye Cream again, but most of the time I'm too lazy to bother.

We're onto the last lap ladies and gents!
As for the "extras"...

You may be wondering where my Clarisonic is...well, here it is. I only use this every other day now with the REN crazy "c's" cleanser because the other days I use Alpha-H Liquid Gold. If you're a bit obsessed with UK beauty blogs like I am, you'll know that this is super hyped up over there. What you do is you cleanse your skin like normal, then put this on a cotton pad and spread it over your skin like a toner and that's it..you go to bed. I've only used it a few times, so I can't really say that much about it yet, but I used it last night after the Origins Clear Improvements Mask (which is a really good mask for clearing pores) for an intense treatment and my skin has never felt so smooth and soft. If I've got a spot, the Origins Super Spot Remover is what I reach for, as this is the best spot treatment I've found.

Phew! Kudos to you if you've made it to the end, but I hope you've enjoyed seeing what I'm treating my skin to. If there's one thing I'd recommend, it would be the REN cleanser, but as for everything else, I'll be doing a follow up soon.

I really want to try some more REN things, so what are your favorites? I'm also missing a good SPF and a hydrating serum or something so I may be adding those to the mix. Do you have any suggestions?

Friday, March 1, 2013

February Favorites

The roses have died and I finished the box of Godiva chocolates this morning, so it's no surprise that it's the end of February and it's time for favorites.

You could say this has definitely been the month of the growing skincare wardrobe and peachy pinks....fitting. 

Starting with skincare, you're probably not surprised to see a bottle of the Bioderma Créaline H20, as this has just been an absolute god send. You're probably sick of hearing about it at this point, but this is just amazing at removing makeup. Review here.

For cleanser, the REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser is amazing! It's fantastic if you're acne prone, but not particularly oily, as I find this is so nourishing and clears spots like no other. It works so well, in fact, that I would no longer classify my skin in the acne category (yup, I said it). This has also replaced my Origins Frothy Face Wash. IT'S THAT GOOD! Okay, Lillian...calm yourself and take the finger away from the caps lock.

Another product you're probably not surprised to see is the Origins VitaZing Moisturizer. It smells amazing, makes my skin look gorgeous, adds just the right amount of color, doesn't make me look orange, and is just amazing. I did a review of this here, but, again, you're probably sick of hearing about it...I'm even sick of hearing about it, but I love it.

For the skincare makeup hybrid, the NUXE Rêve de Miel in all its buttery, nourishing, golden goodness is making an appearance. If you've got chapped lips, look no further than this glass containered babe. Luxe at its finest.

On to the makeup...
There have been some serious butt kicking, lashy favorites this month, starting with the Shu Uemura eyelash curlers. This is one of those cult, beauty editor favorites that I was lucky enough to find buried deep at the bottom of my mom's drawer. Of course they were snagged up and I now use them everyday. They reach every lash and are simply amazing. If you like curled eyelashes, you gotta' check these out.

For mascara, I think I have finally come to the conclusion that the Maybelline Full' N Soft mascara just rules supreme. It adds just the right amount of length, volume and just looks so natural, yet eye catching. It's also really build-able, but this is seriously such a great mascara.

Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Peach Whisper, why do you have to be such a beaute? This is the only blush I've worn all month....ALL MONTH! It's subtle, yet adds such a pretty, natural touch of color to the cheeks to make you look healthy and glowy.

Going along with glowy favorites, it's fair to say that I have rediscovered the Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Cream in Rose Gold. I'm so sorry, but this is nearly impossible to find anymore, but it is so good! I really hate the fact that I like it, as I can't get another one, but this is just the most gorgeous highlight ever.

Last but not least, the Real Techniques Buffing Brush has ruled supreme. I used to use the Real Techniques Stippling Brush, but now, I much prefer this one. It's so soft, blends tinted moisturizer effortlessly, is so easy to clean...I'm going to stop myself, as  I have homework to do...

As sad as I am to see that last piece of chocolate go, I'm so excited for spring and I'm so happy March is near...wait, it is March. Would you like to see a post on my top beauty picks for spring?
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