What are the exact complexion enhancers and pigmented potions that I'm talking about? Three makeup products. The first being the Dior Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum--a white mascara primer that oomphs up the lashes for a more dramatic face. Truth be told it's both maximizing and plumping, but I tended to notice the most jolting drama on the volume front (but it could just be that my already ridiculously long eyelashes don't need the added plump). I haven't used this in ages, so the sensible part of me initiated a toss into the hoarder-status empty beauty products bin. As I finally part without it, I'll tell that you really don't need this; but we also don't need doughnuts, yet we eat them anyway (because they're good).
Also for emphasizing the 'windows to the soul' is the Urban Decay Primer Potion. You could say this purple genie bottle was a winner for diminishing the oil-production on my lids, keeping my pigment in place, and abolishing creases. A repurchase was on the cards, until I realized that this was the perfect excuse to try the NARS primer I've been swooning after. I told you I'm sane.
My summer makeup staple was this tube: theBalm Stainiac in Beauty Queen. I applied this pigmented pink and rosy gel onto my cheeks for a natural flush. The best part about this? The doe-foot applicator and gel like consistency--both characteristics that are usually non-existent in other cheek tints. Yet, although this is gorgeous, I'll have to hide my wallet, because I certainly don't need anymore cheek tints (either powder, cream, or gel).
On a surprising note, I've only used up one skincare product: the Aura Cacia Rose Hip Seed Oil. Darn, this stuff was amazing. It's relatively neutral pH made it a perfect accompaniment for those exfoliating toners and I can't apprehend from gushing that it helped fade my spot-induced scars much more quickly. I'm currently testing the Pai (pricey) version, but if you have a spare tenner and are looking for some rosehip seed oil, snatch this one.
For hair, I've come to the end of the Sebastian Shaper Fierce. Despite the clever and intriguing name, this is simply a high-hold hairspray that smells strongly of alcohol and chemicals. Did it impel my ballerina-bun hard-as-a-rock hold? Yes, which is exactly why a normal person shouldn't use this.
A tin of the Burt's Bees Hand Salve has also joined the ranks. This thick balm melts on contact with hands, yet still remains emollient, and coats the hands in a moisturizing layer. Yet, in spite of its incredibly thick feel, I don't find this as moisturizing as you may think.
I was also disappointed when it came to the moisturizing properties of the Soap & Glory Hand Food. It's a win that it sinks into the hands quickly, yet consistent and too few between applications queued that this lotion wasn't as moisturizing as I wished. Also, the scent: basically identical to Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, but a bit too strong for the likes of my nose.
Last, we're amidst the depths of winter (but still no snow where I am...) and I've been slapping on all kinds of body hydrators--the first being the Trader Joe's Coconut Body Butter. This is my second tub of the island-scented balm, but I don't think I'll be grabbing another--mostly because it's seasonal (and I don't think they stock it this time of year), but also because it's not as natural as the packaging claims.
On the other hand, the truly dreamy oil known as the Fresh Sugar Body Oil had me a little sob-induced as I threw away the pretty glass bottle. A gift from my birthday two years back, I made this thing last--and I'm glad I did. I'm here to say that this is the best body oil I've ever tried.
The beauty empties band-wagon has commenced for 2014. More empty tubes and containers, more hoarding trash in the depths of my bathroom cabinet. Shhh....