Thursday, September 10, 2015
here). A medium warm toned rose with a satin finish, Rebel Rose gives me a healthy looking flush that stops just short of looking too ruddy.
here), which is an uber comfortable and flattering terra cotta.
here), which I've really been enjoying this summer. Another favorite was Maybelline's The Falsies Volume Express mascara, perhaps the best drugstore mascara that I've tried in a while
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Giorgio Armani's Lip Maestro in #400 (The Red) was part of a Sephora gift set available to VIB insiders that I picked up back in June (you can see reviews of Fluid Sheer #2 here and Black Ecstasy mascara here). It's a classic vampy red and boy is this baby packing serious color!
I do not wear red lips often and this one intimidated the crap out of me. In fact, I blotted it down several times before I left the house. Don't get me wrong - it's gorgeous and is a fantastic liquid lipstick formula. It's just too much for me!
I didn't experience any bleeding but I do think a lip liner is in order with such an intense color (I didn't use one). After blotting down a few times I was more comfortable with the look, perhaps because intense color+matte makes me feel less like my lips are screaming "look at me, look at me!".
This is an all day kind of color as it does stain the lips. I found the formula moderately comfortable, although my lips need some type of balm after wearing anything for 4+ hours.
Thumbs up on the formula but I need a less intense color, like maybe #500 (Blush). Or I need to get more comfortable outside of my comfort zone, more likely.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Disclaimer: I purchased this.I just finished a full-sized bottle of the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant by Paula's Choice ($28) and wanted to give it it's own review instead of lumping it together with my usual "Empties!" post. I've got mixed emotions regarding the product but in trying to educate myself about BHA exfoliants, I learned quite a few things that I was probably doing wrong when using a BHA, and maybe writing about it will help others avoid the mistakes I made. Or maybe I'll confuse us all even more, who knows?
So what was I doing wrong? I'm not sure I was waiting the proper amount of time after applying the BHA liquid before continuing with the other products I use at night. Why is this even important, you may ask? Apparently skin has to be in the proper pH range for the BHA to work, and applying serums/lotions/moisturizers right afterwards can alter that pH range. Or at least that's my understanding, feel free to chime in if I'm wrong.
So, after cleansing I would apply the BHA lotion directly to my face with my hands and then promptly apply my night moisturizer of choice. The change in my skin was minimal, at best. I'd been reading reading about BHA's and the reported "skin purging" phenomena that many people experience, but I wasn't. Considering how oily and congested my skin is, you would think there would be some difference, right?
Reading more online, I realized I needed to let the BHA liquid stay on alone for a while (20 minutes or so) before applying the next product of choice. My skin did then start reacting with the dreaded purge stage, which is when the gunk deeper inside the pores is brought to the surface. For me, that meant more than the normal number of whiteheads. I typically see a few of those every morning, but I was seeing lots more than a few. My pores also looked larger and more pitted, which wasn't the effect I was hoping for. However, after about 7-10 days of this, my skin started looking more smooth and the eruptions calmed down. Tada.
Ingredients: Water, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (anti-irritant/antioxidant), Polysorbate-20 (solubolizing agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent).
Monday, September 7, 2015
Lip Tar-RTW ($15) with a doe foot applicator makes it much easier (just remember a little goes a looooong way). So, another reason to stock up now would be to make your own portable lip tars (you can see how to do that on this post from Portrait of Mai's blog). I haven't tried it yet, but it looks easy and given my collection (34?) would be a great way to get more use out of them.
Friday, September 4, 2015
Disclaimer: I purchased this.Year 3 of Le Métier de Beauté's Beauty Vault VIP program began in August, and I continue to enjoy building my collection of these luxury products. The first month is always exciting as a little something extra is usually included for those renewing their subscriptions, so let's see what I got!
Le Métier de Beauté has started creating items just for the Beauty Vault VIP and those items are marked as such. This VIP palette contains a leopard print bronzer, a contour shade, a blush, and 3 eyeshadows. If I was to estimate the value based on how LMdB prices their singles, it would be around $230. Yeah, I know.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Disclaimer: I purchased this.Essence continues to impress me with their uber inexpensive line of cosmetics, and Autumn Peach did not let me down. From the pretty stamped design to the color to the performance, this is a great blush that could easily sell for 5 times it's $2.99 price and still be worth it.