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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Beauty Lab


Maybe it's just that I've been watching too much Breaking Bad, but testing makeup, skincare, and haircare tidbits has a new name: beauty lab. Although I'd love to have a few Erlenmeyer flasks and a name like "Heisenberg," I'm void. Instead, my testing center is comprised of products that I'm figuring out how to use, deciding my opinions on, trying to grab more often, or am a little scoffed about.

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.

27 comments :

  1. I think I may have declared this earlier.. but I am DYING to try the Buriti bronzer.. the colour looks so complex and amazing.. but now that you have mentioned the application issues I am on the fence! :( Patina is my most loved most used MAC color so amazing! I have a thing for complex colors! :D

    TheConscienceFund

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  2. Love the look of your MAC quad, such a beautiful array of colours! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD | ASOS or Feelunique £25 Voucher Giveaway

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  3. I might need to get my hands on the Lush Toner! It sounds great as of what you described with on your skin and I have similar problems. Also, it is great how the product is vegan! No harsh chemicals!

    Janine Maral from http://www.janinemaral.com/

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  4. I need to get my hans on some lush face stuff! Love your mac quad x

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

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  5. the rms buriti bronzer is really nice, makes my skin look better as well. I am also a fan of their foundation x

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  6. I have never tried Breath of Fresh Air (mainly because I don't like the smell, haha), but I had issues with the Eau Roma toner from Lush,. The only one I get on well with is the tea tree one. I wonder why that is as well!

    Sofia // PALE LILY

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  7. ha fab post! I've still not found anything to fill the gulf left by breaking bad! Xx

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  8. I love the name of this post!

    Patina is my favourite eyeshadow of all time! It's such a wearable shade that is appropriate for daytime and nighttime wear, depending on what you pair it with.
    LUSH Breath of Fresh Air is on my radar but with my blemish prone skin, I've been using the LUSH Tea Tree Water instead. Shame that Breath of Fresh Air didn't work for you. xx

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  9. Wow i'm disappointed that you didn't like the Lush Toner! I was hoping to pick it up, might have to pass on it now :(

    http://www.chelsealeigh.ca/

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  10. I love seeing custom MAC palettes, every one ends up being so unique from the rest even if the colour scheme is similar!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  11. Those annoying textures on the forehead! I had it lately and I also found the culprit this weekend. Sure enough, the day after my skin was all good!

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  12. If you're still interested in chemical exfoliation, you might prefer lactic acid over glycolic. I've read that lactic tends to be gentler, but the source may have been biased.

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  13. Concerning the Buriti Bronzer, I think that if you really want it, you'll use it anyway despite the fiddle with the application. And complex colors are always the best! x

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  14. Thanks, Maddy! x

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  15. I know--it almost sounds too good to be true! I think I'll use it as a pillow spray instead. x

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  16. I need to get my hands on some LUSH...everything! I really want to try their Ocean Salt and the Ro's Argan Body Conditioner. And thanks, Aerin! x

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  17. It's stunning! It's nice to know that other people think so, too. x

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  18. Really? I adore the smell! x

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  19. Haha! I'm currently on Season 3 (and I've only been watching it for a week...eek). When it finishes, we'll suffer together. x

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  20. Ah, thanks, Celina! I really wanted to get the Tea Tree Water, but they didn't have it in stock when I went. And Patina is gorgeous! x

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  21. I was a little disappointed, but, judging from the earlier comments on this post, other people seem to love it. Maybe try the Tea Tree one; that's the one I'm lusting after. x

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  22. They're so pretty, aren't they? x

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  23. I have no idea what it's from; it's like I've tried everything. x

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  24. Thanks, Ellen! I always trust your skincare advice. (: x

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  25. Aww, you're welcome! uwu

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  26. My experience with the Lush Tea Tree Toner was similar to your toner experience - I thought it was helping clear my skin, until I quit using it, and then I realized it was the source of some random eczema issues I'd been having. :(


    If you find anything else that helps with texture, please do share!


    Melissa | M is for Melissa

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  27. Wow, that's awful. These cute, black bottle seem so innocent, it's hard to convict them. And I'll keep you posted on the texture issue. x

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