Monday, February 29, 2016
Disclaimer: I purchased this.Gah, but I love me some blush palettes. I also like Urban Decay's Afterglow blush formula, and 6 of them for $45? So, when Urban Decay released the Gwen Stefani blush palette, I reached for my wallet immediately. Not so much because I'm a Gwen or No Doubt fan (I was more of a Seattle Grunge fan), but because "blushes!". After using the palette for 3 weeks, here are my impressions.
If I had to rank them on preference and how much I will use them, it would probably go this way: OC, Lo-Fi, Angel, Cherry, Hush, Easy. Bottom line, it's a really good palette if the colors work for your complexion, and for mine they do!
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Disclaimer: I purchased this.Lilac Lust is one of the two new purple hued Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayons by Maybelline, with Lavish Lavender being the second. Looking at online swatches prior to purchasing, one of them looked slightly warmer in tone and was the one I wanted, but I somehow picked the cooler toned Lilac Lust instead. Oh well, stuff happens. It's still pretty.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Disclaimer: This was a GWP.Wow, Plumberry Pop gives a nice shot of vibrant berry color! I think I was expecting something more sheer based on the "oil-balm" formula, but Plumberry makes quite the impact. I'm also loving how it feels on my lips, which are feeling the effects of what passes for dryer air here in Mobile. I swear, I must really thrive in a humid climate because anything below 70% humidity and my lips/sinuses start getting parched.
here). Good stuff!
Monday, February 15, 2016
Disclaimer: I purchased this.The Japonesque Pixelated Color Kit was a set I bought in order to make Ulta's free shipping limit and because I've got a thing for liquid highlighters. I like mixing them with my foundation to give my skin a bit of glow, so the Radiance Primer and Liquid Light intrigued me. There were no reviews at the time but I decided to take the plunge at their reduced price of $14.
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|