Monday, September 30, 2013
On the skincare front, my cleansing staple has been the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. As the name suggests, it takes the day's stuff off--no, but really. From waterproof mascara to a simple morning cleanse, it's good. Review here.
Although using products up leaves me with slight anxiety considering the money-saving-fiend I am, but I must remember that they, also, make room for better products. Example--the Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-On. It's the only thing I've found thus far that rids of the wake-up puffiness, and, oh boy, is it cooling.
I've fallen in a love affair with the Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion. It may sound like your normal spot treatment, but it manages to keep cystic spots from touching the surface and deflates, calms, and aids the regular ones on their way to recovery. As for the post-spot scars, the Aura Cacia Rose hip Seed Oil has been helping them fade more quickly. It wasn't until a sick day home and a little boredom that I decided to dose myself up and load on the orange oil. After it had sunk in, the scars looked a little bit better. And that was the moment it landed a spot on the favorites roster.
I'm mending quite the addiction to Coconut Oil. Why it's called 'oil' when, at room temperature, it resembles more of a balm is beyond me but, not only does it smell amazing, but it makes a skin-friendly treat loaded into a tub of warm water (of course, complimented by a few candles...), applied post body wash for an in-shower moisturizer, as a hair treatment, and even in my most recent DIY session--a body scrub. Now, all I've got to test it for is cooking....
And, about that candle, the Voluspa Mokara Candle has been my favorite burn. Think floral, but still chic, test my running love by confirming how many times you see it in my upcoming photos.
Makeup-wise, my favorite base pairing has been the Smashbox Photo Finish Light Foundation Primer (review here) and the Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream. With a lasting power that concludes later than myself, just the right amount of coverage, a non-oil-slick finish, and wicked color match (what you always have to consider when you're pale), it's not faulty and has been loooveeellyy.
T minus a year, the MAKE UP FOREVER Full Cover Concealer earned a spot in my stocks. I thought it was okay, but nothing special. Run through a few other concealing options and I'm back to report. It's amazing. Full coverage, yet not cakey; über long lasting; and (again) a 'wicked color match' means it's time for a revival..and for you to pick one up for yourself.
My lashes have been loving Benefit They're Real! Mascara at the moment. Although it doesn't advertise as so, it is waterproof; but it also isn't as volumizing as my normal lashing choices, but imparts a more 'my lashes, but better' appearance--balancing volume, length, and curl. And, just for a tip, don't apply in the typical 'zig-zag' from the roots, manner, just brush from root to tip *avoids clumpy mess*.
I'm still slightly in the midst of a makeup brush discovery, but my recent find has been the MAC 129. The MAC specialists approve use for bronzer, powder, or blush, but dipped into cream or powder, it delivers insane pigment to my cheeks. Not too big, nor too small, say hello to my new blusher love.
Well, that's the 'Parisian To Be', biggest favorites yet. Oh no! I forgot the..... I kid, I kid.