First is the RMS Buriti Bronzer*. The shade is the perfect mix of bronze without being tinged orange, but my problem with this is application. I've tried applying it with fingers and hands, but it ends up looking too messy; applying it with the Real Techniques Stippling Brush is just not effective. Nevertheless, the winner thus far is applying it with a Space NK Kabuki Brush. Dipping the brush into the pot is a little difficult, but it buffs into the skin nicely to a barely detectable finish, but with a healthy, glowy, and contoured completion. I've been wanting to get into my MAC palette, as it's gorgeous, but I never use it. With the shades Naked Lunch, Era, Patina, and Quarry, it's a nice array of neutrals, perfect for everyday wear. Now, I only have to get my brushes in those pans.
Skincare-wise, I'm having the most trouble with establishing an exfoliation routine. I tried implementing an exfoliating toner, used at night, into my routine once again, but my skin didn't get on with it--which is really surprising since we were basically married to each other (with a perfect skin baby) last summer. Albeit, I've opted for the manual variety. I've been using the Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask twice a week, and I like the results, but I still have some clogged skin around my chin area (like gravel bumps). The texture has improved since I opted for this exfoliator in comparison to the Derma-E Glycolic Acid Toner, but I'm wondering to what extent I can exfoliate without being on overload. The product that I'm most surprised about is the LUSH Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water--surprised that I don't get on with it. I was having texture issues on my forehead and I tried to cure it with the aid of exfoliation and cleansing mask, but nothing seemed to do the job. Then, I took this out of my skincare routine (as I was using it morning and evening) and my skin looked so much better, even within a small eight-hour period. Now that I know I can't use it, I'm fine with setting it aside--as well as relieved that I know the source of my texture woes. But I don't understand why we didn't get along; the ingredients list is pure, pure, pure (and it's vegan) and contains soothing ingredients like aloe, rose oil, and patchouli oil.
So far, my research is rather conclusive and I'm making immense progress. And writing blog posts is far more fun than writing formal lab reports.