Thursday, July 30, 2015

Givenchy Le Rouge À Porter in 206 Corail Décolleté

Summer has gone by in a flash. It's half over! If I've learned anything, it's that summer is such an awful time to wear makeup. I've decided that great skin, an awesome pair of large sunglasses and a good lipstick are really all I need to look good in summer pictures. Ok, add a good concealer if you can make it stay put. Then toss in some brow grooming.

So it's time to pick out a pretty coral lip color and I decided to pull the trigger on a slim Givenchy Le Rouge À Porter in shade 206 Corail Décolleté.

Monday, June 1, 2015

A Few Cleansers to Consider

So there's the idea that if you want your serums to penetrate the skin better, you'll need to exfoliate. Personally, I'm terrified of acid peels and the like so I steer clear when I hear that a bunch of acids (glycolic, alpha hydroxy etc.) are the active ingredient in a product. However, I'm more familiar with salicylic acid and it's the active ingredient in my spot treatment that I use when I get the occasional breakout so I thought I'd give the Vichy Normaderm Triple-action 3 in 1 Cleanser a try.

After the first use, I got so worried because it dried out my face so much! The instructions say that you can use it as a regular facial wash, a scrub and mask. I thought a quick washing would be good but maybe in the winter, there's just not much sebum and oils to remove that it dried me out terribly. I resorted to using it as a spot treatment. While I never saw instant results (like a zit going down in size considerably or redness disappearing), I would slowly start to see peeling of the top layers, which is what I usually experience with other spot treatment products that contain salicylic acid. What does this tell me? That basically, it's just another salicylic acid wash and clearly wasn't worth the $$$ I spent on it. Having said that, now that it's hot and humid, I have been able to use it without such disastrously drying results. But it's definitely not on regular rotation. Reserved for excessively oily, acne-prone days.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Clinique Cheek Pops Melon and Heather Pop

So I was going to take the Melon Cheek Pop to the beach and guess what? I didn't even have a second to put on any makeup. I barely had time for sunscreen but of course, I had to make time for that. The day after we got back, I had set up our family photo session. It was a poor time to do it but I had signed up for some Amazon Local deal (which was the only reason we were even doing it at this time of year, with this mall photo studio) and that deal was expiring that very day. In a rush to do anything and everything, I grabbed the first blush I saw in the drawer and used Melon Pop. That was a very good choice, thankfully. It applied beautifully and looked so natural in pictures. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the other shade I ordered, Heather Pop.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New Obsessions, A Few (Dozen) Unreviewed Items

I am guilty of parking my almost two year old on a comfy chair with an iPad so I can write a really quick blog post. There's a part of me that's thinking, "you should be playing with her! why is she on the iPad?" but there's that other part of me that sees I haven't written a post in a couple of months and the pictures are piling up on my computer.

I've been into masks lately. Been trying ones here and there. $6 Sephora masks, an SKII mask that I've decided was worth another buy. I think I'll try a different Shiseido one next time. I've turned to the Shiseido Brightening line for a few products. Love that cleanser! And I'm rediscovering their foundations and powders. But I'm still having quite the love affair with oh so pricey Guerlain. A new bronzer in a coral silicone sleeve? I'm in! Contouring, I have to try that. Kevyn Aucoin or Becca? Marc Jacobs Beauty... I have to try that too. And of course, I need that new cream eyeshadow from Chanel. Caroube? Got it!

I'll be off to the beach soon. It's always a dilemma. We're going to take lots of pictures. Shouldn't I be wearing makeup? Yes, I'm going to pack that new sunscreen and a dozen other ones because I haven't decided which one I'm going to use. But will I actually have time to put on makeup? The heat and humidity will just make it slide off. I know this already. But I'm going to pack a few things. Hmmm... I think I'll go with these to start...

Chanel Double Perfection Lumière Compact Powder and Fresh Effect Eyeshadow in Caroube 

Chanel Caroube swatch

Friday, March 13, 2015

Guerlain Terracotta Natural Healthy Glow Powder Duo in 01 Clair-Brunettes

This arrived at my doorstep today. And while I'm pleased to have received it, I am somewhat worried that I'm not going to like it as much as I'd hoped.

I'm a bit of a Guerlain devotee, especially when it comes to the Terracotta line. I have several of their bronzers and I love each one. Maybe some more than others but I find their quality to be unparalleled. On the surface, this feels like Guerlain attempting to jump into the Bonne Mine bandwagon and frankly, I don't think that they ever needed to do that. But I may yet eat my words since this just arrived and I haven't used it.