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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The On The Fence Edit

With a constant overflow of must-have lists, product heavy videos, and ridiculosuly well written posts (Anna, I'm looking at you), my wishlist is ever growing and my bank balance is ever decreasing. Most of my purchases are fantastique and others fall short - otherwise thrown into my mom's makeup bag. Then, we have the special bunch - not exactly great, yet not too shabby, my mind bounces from left to right. Alas, we have 'The On The Fence Edit', showcasing a bounty of products, that, like the name suggests, I sit on the fence about. Let's just hope I don't fall and break my head...

First, we have the makeup products. You know how particular I am with my makeup. Some much raved about products will never land a spot on my wishlist - Laura Mercier Silk Crème (too high coverage), MAC 'Black Tie' Eyeshadow (let's be honest - I'll never wear a smoky eye), and Tom Ford 'Black Orchid' (you couldn't pay me enough). In laymen's terms, more than a bountiful amount of 'too full on' eyeshadows and iffy lip shades get thrown to my mom. MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle has been nearly handed over a few times, but I just couldn't do it. Although a swatch imparts a more-than-glittery like sheen to the skin, something about it is just too gorgeous to give away.

The Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Granite has been a firm addition to my makeup stocks, filing the brow product gap. Although it adds a touch of definition, fills in those pesky gaps, and keeps my brows in place, I find that the results can be a bit too full-on for my liking. Plus, heavy-handed gals, beware, as a slap and dash situation can lead to defined, unwanted hairs. As for makeup application, you know I'm a slave to my killer Real Techniques trio (Stippling, Buffing, and Contour...enough said), but I was quite excited when my mom gave me a package with a pink, raindrop sized, sponge to try out on my face. The Beautyblender, although is quite refreshing - as you're supposed to use it damp - I much prefer the effects of my Buffing Brush for some quick application.

To state the obvious, I'm picky with my skincare. Nevertheless, it wasn't until just under two months ago that I realized my apparent need for the Clarisonic in my everyday skincare routine was void. Yup - I said it. It turns out, the electric toothbrush for the face and a combination of too much exfoliation was wrecking havock on my skin. And I haven't touched it since... As for creams, liquids, lotions, and clays, the Lierac Diopti Calm Anti-Fatique Eye Balm is the only one that has me scratching my head. If it's been a really late night, then, come morning, chances are my eyes are pretty hot, puffy, and swollen. In this case, yes - I do think it does something, yet not enough. In reality, these days come far and few between and my little homebody self checks in no later than ten thirty on most nights.

All in all, there are some big *cue naughty words* favorites in my stash, but I'm saving these for my end-of-year favorites. In the mean time, I'll stick to talking about the ones that may or may not have me falling into the shark tank. Save me...

14 comments :

  1. You mean mean person. Throwing out there that you have favorites and then leaving us to dry. UGH. You must have really good skin, cuz I love my LM Silk Creme! The Beauty Blender is something that I'm on the fence about as well, I have no idea if it's an over rated sponge...for now, I'm sticking with my Sigma F80. xx

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  2. I really want to try the Clarisonic but I am so scared of that dreadful skin purging phase! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

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  3. Um - I'm not sure I understand what you mean. I've actually never tried Laura Mercier Silk Creme, but it's just not something that I'm interested in, as I much prefer light bases.
    xo

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  4. I never had a skin purging phase, but I think it was Caroline Hirons who said that if your skin is 'purging' because of it, then it's not for you. For the price, I'd just invest in some good chemical exfoliants.
    xo

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  5. Thats so useful to know, thanks! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

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  6. Ugh. I had the same problem with my Clairsonic.
    I think the brush is the issue.
    I think one brush per month or using it only once/twice a week is the limit.
    I'm writing a post about it soon.
    Caused an awful break out on my skin. -_-

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  7. Ughh - it's so expensive and I don't even think it's worth it, especially with one brush per month.
    xo

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  8. I think with the MAC MSF, it's best to use a very sparse brush because you can easily get that streak of glitter across your face. With the BeautyBlender, I love it but I reach for my RT Buffing Brush a lot more often just because it's quicker to use. I do love using the BeautyBlender when I have time though because it does give a completely different finish on my skin.
    I'm glad I haven't purchased the Clarisonic because now I'm starting to realize that it might not be worth the hype.

    xx
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  9. Haha, I mean, I have horrible scarring so I prefer bases that have more coverage. Like the Laura Mercier one, or the Estee Lauder one. I hope one day I'll be able to finally plunge into the world of light bases

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  10. Ahh good to know about the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel! I was about to buy it last week and then hesitated last minute. I have pretty big brows but still want something to define them a little.. The search continues!

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  11. Seems like we're on the same page, my dear!
    xo

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  12. Tell me what you settle on - I'm always on the search for a new brow product!
    xo

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  13. I love the Anastasia Brow Gel, though I understand what you mean. I always have to 'get rid' of the excess product on the rim and then apply it. But besides that, I love it a lot. I do recommend trying Pixi's Brow Duo. It's completely replaced my Anastasia Brow Gel (which I'd been using for 2 years, nonstop). For me the Lierac gel didn't do anything and I found that it also irritated my under eye area, which is odd as I normally don't react like that to skincare products. In to the bin it went...

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  14. I was so disappointed with the Lierac eye cream, especially since I've only ever heard good things about it. I'll definitely add the Pixi Duo to my replacement list; restraint in beauty, I tell you. xo

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