|Wearing Sway as a blush as well|
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Disclaimer: I purchased this.The elusive Le Métier de Beauté kaleidoscope. You always hope for one, and 10 months into this year's VIP subscription program, it finally arrived. Better late than never, I say.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Disclaimer: I purchased these.I've seen a fair amount of discussion online regarding the pH level of facial cleansers and how low pH is better for maintaining your skin's acid mantle/moisture barrier. Turns out cleansers that leave your skin squeeky clean may not be the best thing after all, which seems counter intuitive to this lifelong oily skinned person. Stripping skin of oil and damaging the moisture barrier can lead to more breakouts as the skin is not as resistant to acne causing bacteria, and a rebound oil producing effect by skin trying to get things back into balance. Now, that's a simplistic introduction and if you'd like a much more comprehensive look at this issue, I recommend this post for a balanced view of the whole low pH cleanser debate.
one) or looking for key words such as "gentle" or "protects skin's moisture levels", and looking at ingredient lists. Also, non-sudsing or low-sudsing cleansers typically have low pH levels, and some cream cleansers can make a good alternative to foaming cleansers as a second cleanser after using a cleansing oil to remove makeup.
A rich, luxurious creme cleanser that cushions and conditions skin while gently and effectively sweeping away impurities. Three key emollients help restore skin's moisture barrier, helping skin retain natural lipids. Ensures your skin's comfort from the very first step of your skincare routine. This is the pampering cleanser your skin has been looking for.
- Olive Fruit Oil: Contains essential fatty acids, including oleic, palmitic, and linoleic acids. It Phenolic compounds also provide antioxidant benefit.
- Glycerin: Humectant and moisturizer.
- Safflower Seed Oil: contains about 78% of linoleic acid, which is a principal fatty acid which can not be generated by the body. Helps skin retain moisture.
- Linoleic Acid: anti-inflammatory, acne reduction, moisture retention.
- Green Tea Leaf Extract: anti-oxidant, helps stimulate microcirculation.
- Barley Extract: Contains vitamin C, antioxidants, and minerals and helps improve elasticity of skin.
- Squalane: an antioxidant, prevents UV damage and the formation of age spots, promotes cell growth and is an antibacterial.
- Sage Leaf Powder: Antioxidant and antibacterial.
- Wheat Germ Extract: Helps support collagen production.
Fruit Stem Cell Complex and citrus Kombucha, rich in skin friendly probiotics and aminos, replenishes beneficial microflora. Clarifying willow bark and aloe vera gently foam to whisk away excess oil and dull surface cells, maintaining a healthy moisture barrier for clean, clear skin. Gentle and non-drying, for a healthy complexion.
- Willow Bark: Astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties soothe skin, neutralize bacteria, and promote cell regeneration.
- Lemon Juice: Gently clarifies by loosening surface oil and impurities.
- Sugar Cane: A natural source of glycolic acid, gently exfoliates.
- Kombucha: Active enzymes; improves immunity, neutralizing germs and bacteria.
- Aloe Vera: Soothes, oxygenates, and hydrates, advances dermal absorption of beneficial vitamins and nutrients.
barbadensis juice*, decyl glucoside, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate,
vegetable glycerin, sodium PCA, saccharum officinarum (sugar cane) and
citrus medica limonum (lemon) juices*, saccharomyces xylinum (kombucha)
black tea ferment, fruit stem cells (malus domestica, solar vitis) and
bioactive 8 berry complex*, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C),
vitis vinifera (grape seed) polyphenols, lippia citriodora (verbena)
extract, salix alba (willow bark) extract*, citric acid, tocopherol
(vitamin E), aspalathus linearis (rooibos) extract*†, allantoin, sodium
benzoate, potassium sorbate, ethylhexylglycerin, cymbopogon flexuosus
(lemongrass) oil, citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil*
Hada Labo Tokyo Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser is a hydrating, gentle foaming, creamy cleanser which purifies skin while protecting and locking in skin's essential moisture, leaving it clean, refreshed, silky smooth and healthy looking. Fragrance Free, Paraben Free, Soap Free, Alcohol Free, Dye Free.
In order to behave, skin needs to be cleansed (but not too vigorously), moisturized, detoxed, protected, and refreshed—every single day. Fortunately, this botanical-based cleanser can handle our skin’s long list of demands, giving it a thorough-yet-gentle clean that removes impurities and preserves moisture, all in a wonderfully sudsy wash.
Bottom line, all of these cleansers worked well for me. I think a gentle facial cleanser that does not strip my skin is the way to go for me, although I've got an arsenal of pH adjusting toners that I can use when I want to veer outside of low pH territory.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Disclaimer: I purchased this.I love wearing gold shades on my eyes as a neutral with a bit of bling, plus they complement my blue eyes. Julep's Warm Gold Shimmer Eyeshadow 101 shadow stick ($18) hits that sweet spot, although it's not without issues. Let's take a look.
A crème-to-powder shadow stick on top with a smudger on the other end. Expect huge color payoff and crease-proof, stay-all-day power.Warm Gold Shimmer can look lighter or darker depending on how heavy you layer it. Based on the arm swatch I was expecting smooth color, as applying and building it up was easy peasy. However, pictures of it on my lids told me a different story, as it looked slightly patchy. Still pretty, but not the smooth opaque color I was expecting.
What it does:
- Glides on evenly with excellent color payoff
- Blends easily before setting to a long-lasting finish
- Soothes and smooths delicate skin with plenty of vitamin E
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Disclaimer: I purchased this.I enjoy using the occasional sheet mask once or twice a week, but when I saw the FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) Mask Box on presale at Memebox for $39, I decided it was time to up my sheet mask game. I was able to use some MemePoints which knocked off $5, making this mystery box of masks even more attractive. Let's see what was inside, starting with these fun colored, albeit landfill cluttering little pods from Prelab. For the few masks I've already used I'll include a more detailed description.
|Prelab Skin Energy Mask - White Energy $2|
|Prelab Skin Energy Mask - Wrinkle Energy $2|
|Prelab Skin Energy Mask - Soothing Energy $2|
|Prelab Skin Energy Mask - Aqua Energy $2|
Ingredients: Water, methylpropanediol, glycerin, butylene glycol, sea water, trehalose, sodium hayluronate, allantoin, panthenol, peg-60 hydrogenated castor oil, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer, xanthan gum, tromethamine, carbomer, disodium edta, ethlhexylglycerin, chlorphenesin, ethyl hexanediol, 1,2-hexandiol, fragrance.
The most represented brand was Mediheal, and I'll start with the fancy masquerade themed Dress Code series, which allows you to play dress up while treating your skin.
|Mediheal Dress Code in Blue - Aqua Care $3|
|Mediheal Dress Code in Violet - Tone-Up Care $3|
|Mediheal Dress Code in Red - Ginseng Care $3|
- Trehalose: rehydrating and water binding properties, antioxident
- Betaine: humectant and anti-irritant
- Fig Extract: hydrating and provides enzymatic exfoliating action 10x greater than papaya
- Mulberry Extract: lightens age spots and uneven skin tone
- Gingko Biloba Extract: antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
Mediheal also has a more medical looking series of masks, no doubt connoting serious ingredients for serious skincare benefits. Or at least I'm hoping:
|Mediheal E.G.T. Timetox Ampoule Mask $4 (firming)|
|Mediheal I.P.I Lightmax Hydro Nude Gel Mask $4 (brightening)|
|Mediheal N.M.F. Aquaring Hydro Nude Gel Mask $4 (moisturizing)|
|Mediheal P.D.F A.C-Defense Hydro Nude Gel Mask $4 (acne and oil control)|
|Mediheal P.D.F. A.C Dressing Ampoule Mask $4 (heal and sooth irritated, troubled skin)|
|Mediheal Mogongtox Soda Bubble Sheet $4 (deep cleansing and exfoliating)|
|Mediheal I.P.I. Lightmax Ampoule Mask $4 (brightening)|
|Mediheal N.M.F. Aquaring Ampoule Mask $4 (moisture regulating)|
I think the most visually appealing set of masks to me is the Banobagi Vita Genic jelly masks. I like the simple and colorful design and that I can tell what each mask's primary purpose is at a glance, without having to look up acronyms (I'm eyeing you, Mediheal). These are currently $6 at Memebox, and I received 2 of each:
|Urban Dollkiss Welcome to Korea Be-light $2|
|Urban Dollkiss Welcome to Korea Impact Essential $2|
|Urban Dollkiss Welcome to Korea Moistful $2|
|Urban Dollkiss Welcome to Korea Solution $2|