Friday, February 28, 2014

Paris Wishlist

La-Roche Posay Cicaplast Mains (and lips and baume)

I am heading to Paris for three days during my trip abroad.  I will be with my mom who has never been to Paris, so obviously the most important part of the trip is to fit in all the sights in a super short amount of time.  However, in my book a trip to City Pharma is a sight worth seeing.  I plan on picking up these few essentials and then adding to my bag whatever strikes me on the day because I figure you can't go wrong with French skincare. 

Oh and maybe, just maybe, I might splurge on a new bag.... Depends on how much I spend in City Pharma!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Morning Skincare

Skincare: what got me hooked on blogging and YouTube and spending far too much money.  Most of these products were bought thanks to watching and reading other bloggers, so my skincare routine is hardly what you would call original.

Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser: Browsing Space NK one day and having some N.dulge rewards to spend, I picked up this cleanser mostly because the packaging is gorgeous and the cleanser is bright pink.  This cleanser is definitely a gel and is distinctly different in feel to any other cleansers I own. Because I only use this cleanser in the morning when I don't take a shower, I can't say whether it does everything it claims to.  However, I kinda love the fact that it only has six (yes, six!) ingredients and always leaves a glow to my skin. 

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel: Following Vivianna Does Makeup's lead, I purchased this cleanser after finishing my tub of Emma Hardie.  I intended to use this in place of Emma Hardie to remove my makeup and cleanse at nighttime.  While it says it can remove makeup, I'm not sure it is intended to be used on the eyes... however, I did and it wasn't pleasant (at least for me.) Since then, I strictly use this in the morning, when I shower, as I keep this in the shower and the Indie Lee cleanser under the sink.  For all other purposes than removing eye makeup, this cleanser is great.  It gives a great glow, is super gentle and is uber luxurious in the way it sort of melts into your skin. 

Pixi Glow Tonic: Oh Pixi Glow Tonic, I spent hours online searching for a way to purchase you with no luck.  Luckily just before Christmas I saw it on the Pixi website in the US.  Slightly disappointed that the packaging doesn't look like the UK version but I can't be too picky, can I?  Before Pixi Glow Tonic, I used Aveda Exfoliating Toner (also recommended by Caroline Hirons) but didn't really see any difference.  While it is still early days, I can see a slight difference in my skin, especially where I sometimes get dry patches, and it feels so much better on my skin than the Aveda.  I'm hoping with continued use the texture of my skin where I still get pesky bumps will improve. 

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater: I use this after the glow tonic to inject some moisture back into my skin.  This was actually my mom's but she never used it.  As it turns out, after she gave it to me I didn't use it either.  To me it was sort of a blah product, nothing bad nothing good.  Lately, I've forced myself to use it so as to not waste it and it has definitely grown on me.  Loving it now as a moisturizing toner, a fix for cakey makeup and as a way to help my skin if I feel it becoming dehydrated later in the day.  

Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado: Ran out of eye cream awhile back and proceeded to use all my eye cream samples before purchasing anything full size.  I have extremely sensitive eyes so most samples were irritating and those that weren't didn't contain enough moisture.  That is until I reached for my last sample... Kiehls Avocado!  A little goes a long way with this super hydrating, non-irritating, funny green colored eye worker miracle.  As soon as I ran out of the last drop of sample, I headed to Bloomingdales with a gift card in hand to fix the eye cream sized hole in my skincare drawer. 

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Soothing Protective Care: Here is what I like in a face moisturizer: light but not super light, hydrating, non-irritating, doesn't cause spots, helps sort out dry patches where needed and not tacky after applied.  This checks all the boxes.  I loved the moisturizer I was using before this but with a steep price tag, I needed something that worked the same and wouldn't cause me to cringe when repurchasing every few months.  

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46:  My dermatologist told me to use this sunscreen because it would not cause breakouts.  I don't really care much about sunscreen as long as it does its job, which it does, so I will continue to slap on some of this everyday before makeup. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

UK Wishlist

London is calling.  In less than a week and a half I will be able to get my hands on some of the most blogged about beauty products.  Be still my heart. 

Here is a small snippet of my ever growing UK beauty wishlist.  I swear I can justify these purchases: concealer - because I am running low, mascara - because I only have one left in my drawer, texturizing spray - because it is so much cheaper than Oribe, pre-cleanse oil - because Caroline Hirons talked about, cleansing balm - because I ran out of Emma Hardie, rosehip oil - because it is supposed to help with acne scars, hydraluron - because all skin needs more moisture, mask - because this isn't like any of the ones I own... you get the idea.  

The current list on my computer is probably three times the size of this but my justifications are wearing thin.  I just keep telling myself it is totally acceptable because how often am I in London, right?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Top 5 Lip Products: Everyday

Lipstick Queen Butterfly Ball in Trance: I swatched this lipstick in Space NK multiple times before buying but I am certainly glad I finally got it.  It is the pinkest and most shimmery of the bunch but I love the cool toned pinky-blue, which always manages to make me look more lively even on the worst of days.

MAC Lipstick in Syrup: The first time I saw Lily Pebbles wearing this in a YouTube video I knew I had to pick it up immediately.  The color matches my lips quite well so I find I wear it the most on days when I am in a hurry and can't be bothered to think about what color to wear.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Plum Jam: Super shiny, moisturizing and easy to wear.  This gloss stick is great for creating a winter (or in my case, anytime of the year) berry lip without being full on like a lipstick.

MAC Cremesheen Glass in Deelight: One of my first inspired by a blogger purchases, I bought this after Fleur De Force said it was a great your lips but better type product.  This is so much of an everyday product of mine that I no longer need to apply it while looking in the mirror.

Maybelline Color Elixir in 065 Caramel Infused: I took forever to decide which color to buy, but in the end it's no surprise that I went for the one that looks so much like MAC Deelight because "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."