Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Clarins Vital Light Day Cream

I received a generous sample of the Clarins Vital Light Day Illuminating and Anti-Aging Comfort Cream (two samples in fact, which gives me a total of a full ounce of product) which I have used in the past weeks. As I used up the last of the product today, I thought it only fitting to finally write this review.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sonia Kashuk Bamboo Chic Flat Shader Brush

Browsing at Target a couple of weeks ago, I spied this brush in the mark down bins. The Sonia Kashuk Bamboo Chic Flat Shader Brush, regularly $7, now 50% off. I thought, why not?

Friday, August 17, 2012

What I Have Learned About Buying Sunscreen

I've stood in front of a wall of sunscreen products at my local Target, trying my very best to figure out which product is the best one to buy. What is there to consider? The SPF rating, the brand, the price, these are the obvious. But I've learned a few other things along the way:

1. The SPF rating isn't everything. Now there's broad spectrum (protects against UVA and UVB), there's helioplex/mexoryl and some other stabilizing ingredient. The labelling itself is a science and the FDA has implemented new rules regarding the labelling of sunscreen products. There are more stringent tests for UVA and UVB protection before a bottle can be labelled broad spectrum. No one can use the terms waterproof, sweat-proof or sunblock anymore. While the ruling is already in effect, it has not been implemented in full force. Products with old labelling will likely remain on the shelves throughout the summer.

typical chemical sunscreen product with old labelling

Familiarize yourself with the differences between chemical and mineral sunscreens. Avobenzone and Oxybenzone are your typical chemical sunscreens. Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide are the usual mineral ones. If you know that you react to one or the other negatively, then you know what to avoid. You will want something broad spectrum (SPF 15 or higher to be able to reduce the risk of skin cancer and premature aging). Non-comedogenic means it won't clog pores and water-resistant is a good idea regardless of whether you swim or not.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie

The first Revlon Lip Butter that I tried was a vivacious red which I will not wear on a daily basis. Going back in, I wanted a more practical color and settled on the pink Berry Smoothie.

When I think of berries, I imagine a deeper, almost plummy shade of reddish pink. However, when I put this on, it turned out to be more medium pink with shimmer and much less opaque than Candy Apple.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mascara Quicknotes IV: Drugstore Edition

This is a post that I've had months in the making. I picked out three makeup brands that are available at my local Target and scoured my drawer for a mascara from each brand. In the absence of a Rimmel mascara, I purchased one of their latest formulas. Here's my take:

1) Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara in Very Black - made me think of Lancome Definicils. It has, perhaps, a slighly runnier/thinner formula that gave me good length but not volume, which is expected, as it is a lengthening mascara. It is easy enough to use and isn't prone to clumps. I had a tube from way back and it hadn't dried out so this is one you can stock up on if on sale since they seem to have a long shelf life. Once you open it though, I advise tossing after 2 months, not only because of a degradation in performance but also for hygiene purposes.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Detoxifying Scrub

I grew up with Aveeno products regularly present in the bathroom. I don't consider my skin very sensitive but I like the brand enough to be willing to try new products every now and then. Since I use a Clarisonic a few times a week, I use scrubs less and less. But when this product entered my shower stall, I stopped using the Clarisonic instead. The Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Detoxifying Scrub has been gentle enough to use daily. It comes out a nice creamy consistency, isn't too abrasive and leaves my skin feeling clean but not tight.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Of Bronzing Bases

If you don't usually rock a rich, bronzed look the entire year, summer is the one time where it's worth considering. It is much too hot to slather on heavy foundation and in scenarios where you know you're more likely to get a little sweaty, you're probably better off skipping powder bronzer. A bronzing makeup base is one option you could explore.

After playing with a tube of Too Faced Primed and Poreless Bronzing Primer, I thought I'd pick up samples of a few liquid bronzers for the face. At Chanel, I got a sample of the Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed and the Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base in Bronzing. From Guerlain, I brought home samples of the Terracotta Teint d'Ailleurs Tinted Moisturizer and the Terracotta Skin Healthy Glow Foundation in Blondes.

Of which one is best, it really depends on your purposes. It depends on your skin. But just to help you pick out something that might work well for you, I'd like to describe my experiences with each one.

The Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed turned out to be very sheer indeed. It adds virtually no color but there's definitely a little shimmer and that's about it. I don't know if this works wonders on a particular skin tone but it doesn't do much for me. I want some color and less shimmer. This begs to be layered over a real bronzing product.