Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Monday, February 8, 2016
Disclaimer: I purchased this.I got Tarte's Moody ($24) back in November as part of a customizable set they were offering. I chose it because I thought it would be perfect for the fall season and because I wanted to step outside of the usual peachy pinks I gravitate towards. Turns out it was a great color choice!
Friday, February 5, 2016
Disclaimer: I purchased these.I go through phases where I'm really good at using facial masks and other times when I completely forget all about them. Prior to the new year I was in a "use them regularly phase", and I'm especially good on holidays, when I've got extra time to
|Clinique Meet Your Mask gift set ($29.50)|
restore radiance and revitalize dull, dehydrated looking complexions.
First, a mini-rant: this mask has some great ingredients in it, so why does Clinique make their ingredient lists so hard to find online? I threw the box away and it took a bit of digging online to find what is actually in this. Fortunately, beautypedia.com came to the rescue (they give this one 5 stars, incidentally):
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, PEG-100 Stearate, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Isopropyl Isostearate, PEG-40 Stearate, PEG-8, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Rosa Roxburghii Fruit Extract, Porphyra Yezoensis (Algae) Extract, Sucrose, Yeast Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Isohexadecane, Caffeine, Nylon-12, Sodium PCA, Oryzanol, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sodium RNA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 80, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Sulfite, Calcium Chloride, Carbomer, Sodium Metabisulfate, Trisodium EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide.
So, this has moisturizing (sweet almond oil, squalane), antioxidant (birch bark, apple fruit, barley, cucumber) and anti-inflammatory (turmeric) ingredients galore. Although my skin is quite oily, I'm now of the mindset that it still needs intense moisture on occasion and non-pore clogging levels of moisture all the time. I'm actually seeing a reduction in the amount of oil my skin produces now that I've upped my efforts in hydration.
- Nitroffeine™ 14%: Provides an immediate temporary ‘zing’ sensation; provides awakening and fatigue reduction.
- Juvelane™ 2.5%: Designed to activate retinol-like activity without the disadvantages.
- Dihydroxymethylchromone: Supports natural collagen synthesis and reduces its breakdown.
- Cyclicpeptide: Fights visible signs of aging.
- Troxerutin: Supports natural capillary microcirculation.
- Ectoin: Repairs and defends.
- TEAOXI™ Peppermint Technology: Activates sensory trpm8 cold compression to de-puff eyes; helps skin look noticeably smoother and brighter.
It's okay, but nothing I would lay out that kind of money for. Online reviews are decidedly mixed, so I'm sure your mileage may vary (YMMV).
- -Silicone Dioxide: Extracts dirt and excess oil and absorbs sebum.
- -Salicylic Acid: Helps loosen blackheads and unclogs pores.
- -Glycolic Acid: Exfoliates and softens skin.
- -Eijitsu Rose: Helps tighten pores.
I personally have never found anything that completely eliminates the blackheads on my nose area, but this one did absorb oil and temporarily tighten my pores. If I was good about using it regularly, it could have potential. Considering I only have a trial size and $47 is more than I want to pay...
|Post-facial + makeup|
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Disclaimer: I purchased these.There are certain colors I gravitate towards on a regular basis (hello amber), and occasionally it's nice to do a monochromatic makeup look using variations on one color. Today I'm going to show you a look featuring various products from Clinique, Makeup Geek, Revlon and Estee Lauder.
|Clinique Ample Amber shadow stick|
here), a gorgeous copper in a blackened base. So glad I got my hands on one before they disappeared.
|Bottom: Wired Copper|
|Brown Sugar + Wired Copper|
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Disclaimer: I purchased these.There are two skincare ingredients I'm currently enamoured with, and Manuka honey is one of them. Beyond honey's nutritional and immune boosting benefits, it also has antibacterial and skin soothing properties. Manuka honey has all that on steroids, apparently, as honey from bees that feed on Manuka (or tea tree) bushes have much higher levels of enzymes than regular honey. These enzymes help create a natural hydrogen peroxide, hence the antibacterial properties. Some strains of Manuka honey also contain methylglyoxal and dihydroxyacetone, making it extra special.
So, when I noticed Manuka Secrets on sale at ulta.com, I bought the serum, night creme, and exfoliant. After using them for a month I thought I would share my impressions.
First of all, I'm loving that these contain a variety of skin loving ingredients. Manuka honey is definitely high on the list and is UMF+18, which gives me confidence that it's the star and potent, but I'm happy to see things like CoQ10, aloe vera, rosehip seed, and hyaluronic acid as well.
|Night Creme ingredients|
Second, I like that the serum and night creme come in pump containers. However, I had a glitch with the serum pump, as it stopped working once I was about an inch down the bottle. Turns out that the bottom is supposed to move up to compress the ingredients and that wasn't happening with the serum. Turning the bottom upside down is working for now, but that's not optimal and hopefully mine's a fluke as opposed to faulty packaging. The night creme is working fine. But that's why you see the serum upside down in these pictures :-)
Based on a month's usage, I'd say the serum and night creme will last 3-4 months. I use the exfoliant about twice a week so it should last considerably longer. The serum says to use it 3-4 times a week but I use it daily, sometimes 2x's a day.
The consistency of the serum ($39.99) is thinner than the night creme ($20.99), but both feel relatively light and soak into my skin without leaving a greasy after feel. I think it's perfect for oily skin in that respect, and I've had no issues with it clogging my pores or causing breakouts. It also plays nice with my sunscreen and foundation. In fact, my skin likes all three of these a lot
The exfoliant ($18.74) has very fine granules composed of two sizes of bamboo plus jojoba pearl and white clay to gently lift and remove dry flaking skin and assist new skin regeneration. To be honest I wasn't expecting much, but it leaves my skin so soft, no doubt also because of the moisturizing ingredients like coconut oil, cacao butter, glycerine, rice bran oil, flaxseed oil, and shea butter.
Prices listed are what I paid at ulta.com and I got the exfoliant and night creme on sale, and I'm noticing that only the exfoliant is available now. I'll be sad if they've quit carrying this already, although it looks like drugstore.com and walgreens.com are also distributors, but I'm not seeing the full range there. Now I'm tempted to hoard this stuff, but I'm not going to. I am going to set it aside for a month or so while I test some other items with the second ingredient I'm fixating on (snail goo). Maybe I'll find another purchasing source by then.
Monday, February 1, 2016
|Brand spankin' new|
|After a month of use|
|Most used colors|
|Scarlet Siren mattified|
|Vanilla Truffle + Nectarine|
|Bois de Rose mattified|
|Top left clockwise: Lover's Blush, Alluring Rose, Mauve Mystique, Bronze Goddess|
|Lover's Blush + Bronze Goddess + Beige lipstick|