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.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Mission Skincare

A few rules to live by:

1) Stop touching your face
2) Use sunscreen and reapply
3) Drink plenty of water
4) Exercise
5) Get enough sleep

It's a mere five things but it seems that my current lifestyle has made it more than a little difficult to follow through on some of them. Call it a New Year's resolution. I was determined to try.

I used to tell my favorite associate at Chanel that I always felt like my skin looked better when I regularly apply makeup. She chalked it up to the skincare ingredients found in many makeup products. However, I think it's simply that when I regularly wear makeup, I really do stick to a routine. Lately, that just hasn't been the case.

Through the winter, my skin had been dry and flaky. Yet I was also suffering from a hormonal breakout that refused to go away. A little research led me to believe that if my good old spot treatment wasn't doing anything, it was necessary for me to employ a regimen that addressed it and improved my skin overall. I wanted to have clear skin that was more even-toned. So I started searching for products that would exfoliate and brighten. Out came the Clarisonic which I had dropped using to about once a month. I had to reintroduce that to my regular routine.

Leafing through the January 2015 issue of Allure magazine, I found a really good starting point for my mission. Reading about the routines that a dermatologist recommended for several women with several different issues (which if I could, I'd address them all), I found a nice list of products that I could try. The trick, I figured, was to know what each product did and how they worked in conjunction with one another. The cost wasn't really an issue but the less expensive options always take priority.

I adopted the exact set that the dermatologist prescribed for brightening skin (only the morning set) since those were the products I most easily located in the stores.

Breakfast is served!

The products I tested are pictured above. From left, the Pond's Luminous Clean Wet Cleansing Towelettes, the Vichy Idéalia Life Serum and the Patricia Wexler M.D. Skin Brightening Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 28. This post is my mini-review of these products.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Guerlain Météorites Perles de Blush

Have you ever been sucked in so badly by a brand that you would pay top dollar for a product that you don't think is worth it and still want to keep it? Sigh. Yes, I am the sucker who wanted Météorites as a blush that even after reading all the reviews that the product is packaged poorly (cardboard as opposed to tin) and is very, very tiny, I still ordered it anyway. And behold, when I opened the Sephora box that had my Méteorites Perles de Blush, I was still shocked that it was very... tiny.