Sunday, August 2, 2015

Nail Polish Catalogue

Guerlain Nail Lacquer in Baby Rose

Since we're in the thick of summer, we really do need to talk nails. My manicures are limited by the fact that I'm still changing diapers and I don't like the upkeep so I simply don't. But sandal season means pedicures are a must. In a typical summer, I get no more than three pedicures. I tend to remove polish after four weeks and trim the nails and then let them grow out a little before the next pedicure if possible. I just like the idea of letting the nails breathe.

Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Lady

Prior to writing this post, I had purchased Guerlain Baby Rose (top picture) and Dior Lady (above). Both satisfied my need for easy to maintain neutrals that I could wear any time of the year. Baby Rose is super sheer but Lady is spot on. It's opaque in two coats, looks great on fingers and toes. The hint of pink is perfect. It's probably my favorite color this year.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown

The last time I had a good Sephora coupon, I purchased what would be my summer stash, or so I thought. I included a tube of Guerlain Météorites Baby Glow, a Sephora brush on sale, the previously featured Givenchy Le Rouge À Porter in Corail Décoletté, a concealer pen, brow pen and two bottles of nail polish.

Notable in this purchase are two items repurchased for they are simply irreplaceable. I literally haven't found anything I like better than these two. It's rare for me to repurchase anything because I tend to find new and better products all the time. The Givenchy Mister Light Instant Light Corrective Pen in Mister Macaroon, however, remains an exception. In my book, best concealer pen ever. And there's the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash, which I find makes my brows just right. It's the easiest pencil to maneuver. With it, I can create the smallest and most realistic strokes. I also like that it doesn't need to be sharpened and has a nice spoolie on the other end.

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.