Friday, March 28, 2014

Empties #1

I absolutely love finishing up products, probably for two reasons: 1) I feel like I got my money's worth and 2) it means I can start using a new product!  Finishing up a product also allows me to decide whether I would buy the product again or steer clear of it in the future.

Bath & Body Works Fresh Picked Cranberries Hand Cream: This stuff smells so good it actually makes me hungry.  Smell aside, this hand cream does the job and leaves hands feeling soft... if only for a short period of time.  It also leaves a slight residue, a sort of tacky feeling, on the hands that eventually subsides over time.  Repurchase: No

La-Roche Posay Toleraine: Quite possibly the best face moisturizer I have ever used.  It isn't the cheapest of products, but by no means is it the priciest I've tried.  What's great about this product is that it is super simple, fragrance free, and doesn't cause breakouts.  The light texture that sinks in rather quickly and gives lasting hydration is a dream to use. Repurchase: Yes (and already have)

Lather Manuka Body Butter with Grapefruit & Juniper: Lather is a local Southern California brand with a super cute store in Old Town Pasadena.  Awhile back I got a four pack of trial sized body butters and scrubs and this body butter was the last of the four that I used.  The scent is amazing but I needed to use a lot of product to get soft skin because it doesn't really rub into the skin very well. Repurchase: No. 

Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream:  On the plus side super rich, super creamy, super hydrating. On the other hand, it takes a long (super, super long) time to rub in and left my hands with a thick film which made me afraid to touch anything for five minutes or so.  Not really practical for using while out and about. Repurchase: No.

While not the best of photos, I finished a few products today before writing this post.

Lush Ponche Shower Gel: Freaking amazing!! This is probably one of the best smelling shower gels I have ever used.  It also happens to be the first I've used from Lush and it did not disappoint.  It was a sad morning when I ran out of this as it is limited edition at Christmas time only.  While not the most hydrating the smell definitely makes up for that. Repurchase: OMG yes!!

Up & Up Acetone Nail Polish Remover: Standard nail polish remover.  If you feel like using a million cotton rounds, tons of nail polish remover and about twenty minutes of your day to take your polish off then this product is for you!  In all seriousness it doesn't take that much time but it isn't the best way to remove nail polish.  Repurchase: No.

Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life: Another delicious smelling product.  I love a good body scrub and this product is so nice to use.  It foams up nicely, it is gritty but not uncomfortable gritty and a little goes a long way.  Repurchase: Yes. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

In Flight Skincare & Makeup Essentials Bag

This post was meant to go up a few weeks ago before I left for my trip to Europe but as always time got away from me.  The concept of an in-flight skincare bag did not remotely occur to me before hearing about it on Lisa Eldridge's youtube channel awhile ago.  Like everyone else, my skin always feels tight, irritated, and dry after a flight and I am usually prone to getting multiple blemishes in the days after flying.  Once I saw Lisa's video I knew I had to give this in-flight facial a try the next time I was on a plane for a long period of time.  Cue my recent flight from Los Angeles to London.

I used one of my favorite cosmetics bag by Kate Spade and filled it to the brim with lots of skincare goodies.  I packed a travel size pack of Simple Skincare wipes to take off my makeup, a mini Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist for continuous moisture during the flight, several samples of Zelens Z Matrix because this stuff is so moisturizing, a small tube of Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet for any especially dry patches, Darphin eye cream and Eve Lom Radiance Cream just in case.  Most of the small samples I got from my favorite Space NK store in South Coast Plaza.  I love that when I purchase something there, or am just browsing, they always ask me if I want any samples to take home. Luckily when I said I was traveling soon they put together some of their most moisturizing products for me to try.

I also packed a hand sanitizer, hand cream, lip balm, hair cream, and travel perfume to cover all my bases. While I packed a few makeup bits like concealer, cream blush and lip gloss, I must admit I never used any of it because by the time I landed without getting any sleep I was too tired to do anything.

Was it worth it?  Largely yes.  I am certainly glad I took the time to do a little in-flight pamper session because it gave me something to do and because I did see substantial benefits.  After my first night in London I woke up and was able to put on makeup that didn't look super cakey and didn't feel awful on my skin.  Sure the good looking guy sitting next to me on the plane did give me a few weird looks but he didn't say anything about  and I kept on with my little routine.

Friday, March 21, 2014

New In: M.A.C. Morning Rose

These days I find most of the products I buy from watching videos or looking at blog photos.  The only bad thing about this is that products always look different on people.  Thus, every so often I'm not as happy with a product I've purchased because it doesn't live up to what I've imagined or how it looked on someone else. 

Recently I was watching one of Lily Pebbles' videos and noticed in the information links that she was wearing a lipstick by MAC called Morning Rose.  I was immediately drawn to the lip color she was wearing as it looked like a fairly bright pink color while still being on the nude side.  Several internet searches later and I discovered that this color was limited edition from last year, but luckily I found a store online that said they had three left in stock.  I immediately ordered it, waited patiently for it arrive in the mail, ripped open the box when it came and.... was slightly disappointed. While it looked pink in Lily's video, it has none of the brightest I saw in her video and looks far more nude on me (like a "your lips but better" shade).  I also was surprised that it has a somewhat frosty finish which I wasn't expecting, especially because MAC labels it a cremesheen.  I will wear it, and did wear it multiple days during the last few weeks I was in Europe, because it is creamy, moisturizing and easy to apply but it just isn't the exact color I was looking (and hoping) for.  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Makeup Selection: Europe

I'm going on a two week trip to Europe very soon and with only one free suitcase in economy class I definitely need to pack light... and that extends to the makeup I'm bringing with me.  All of the products shown below are fairly easy to apply, versatile and have enough lasting power to get me through even the busiest of sightseeing days.  Of course, this edited selection also fits nicely in my cosmetic bag and leaves plenty of room for all the products I plan on purchasing while I am over there.