Friday, December 30, 2011

confession: my daily must haves

There is only two things I'd have really, really, really hard time living without: lip balm and hand cream. I really didn't realize how majorly obsessed and needy I am for those two things until my sister pointed it out to me on our trip to NY… somehow I assumed every female out there loves her lip and hand products as much as I do… I stand corrected :)

I need a lip balm. I have a couple of favorites, sometimes I venture and try something new. But at all times I have a lip balm of some kind on me along with lipstick and lip gloss. I apply it several times a day… I crave something on my lips… otherwise I feel they go all dry and I start to go a bit nutty… Sometimes I'll sleep with lipgloss on. Is that equivalent to going to bed with makeup on???

I also get all itchy without hand cream. I need it year round. I absolutely have to moisturize after every-single time I wash my hands (sometimes in between)… that's around 20 times a day (I counted). I go through a lot of hand cream. I have a bottle in my washroom, a jar on my desk at work, and a tube in my purse. If any of those have less than half of the volume left, I need to purchase a backup for peace of mind.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

two favorite pieces of jewlery...

both from Tiffany... both gifts from Jay... since the day I received them I've been wearing them practically every single day... they are just so easy, no thought process required when putting these on... they work with everything...

I am putting into rotation, other pieces I own and a couple recently received that are pretty special...

the two pictured though are the staple of my wardrobe :)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

La Roche-Posay Physiological Shampoo

I am so in love with La Roche-Posay products that I've also decided to try their shampoo. They make only one type.

This 400ml bottle retails for $19.00 CAD and I feel it's worth the value.

Formulated for normal and fine hair, it is great for anyone with sensitive scalp. This shampoo is soap-free, alcohol-free, dye-free, and paraben free.

The scent is light and clean. It lathers nicely, and rinses clean. Does not weigh down my hair and I'm quite happy with yet another La Roche-Posay product.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Foaming Cream

This is the last product I purchased from La Rochay Posay for my face routine. I'm posting it last in my series of reviews because this is the only one I don't use every single day.

I only use this cleanser about once or twice a week when I feel my skin needs some extra deep cleansing.

Of course it's all about cleaning and tightening those insufferable pores. This is a thick cream, that lathers really well, and feels awesome on my face. However it leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean, and I mean squeaky… and I'm just worried that I'd be over cleansing if I used it everyday, hence only once or twice a week.

Because the amount needed is tiny, and the frequency of use is sporadic, I will not be needing to repurchase this for at least a year I'm guessing. And even when the tube runs empty, I'm not sure if this will be repurchased, I just might try another cleanser in this range, one that doesn't strip my skin of everything.

Monday, December 26, 2011

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Cream

This cream is formulated to help skin heal after minor dermatological procedures. It is anti-bacterial, fragrance-free, and paraben-free. It contains a copper-zinc-manganese mineral complex that simulates production of new cells and accelerates the reconstruction of the skin barrier. As well as "madecassoside to encourage proper cell organization and procure fast, high-quality epidermal repair".

I haven't had any procedures but I feel acne inflamed skin could use something that speeds recovery. I haven't regretted my purchase. This stuff is amazing, non sticky, soothing, and invisible. I apply it last, and use it as a primer before makeup. I do believe Lisa Eldrige used it in one of her videos.

It tends to smooth out the texture of my face upon application and this might be all in my head but somehow I feel it protects my epidermis :). It doesn't have a scent to it really either.  Love this stuff...

Saturday, December 24, 2011

La Roche-Posay Effaclar M

This a daily mattifiying moisturizer. I apply it every morning and sometimes at night. It's very light, yet it does the job of keeping my skin hydrated. As the day progresses my skin will become a tad oily eventually, but not as excessively as it used to.

This is yet another product in the LP range that targets the size of your pores. It contains 0.3% of LHA, an ingredient I'm starting to think of as acne cure; vitamins to protect skin from environmental aggressors; and zinc which controls shine.

This oil free moisturizer is a winner for me, even here in Canada, when winter weather can be so harsh (but I might be speaking too soon here. I've been only using this for two months, January-February will be the true winter test months). It's feels good upon application, it helped restore a semblance of balance to my face, and it is formulated for sensitive skin types.

Worth a repurchase.

Friday, December 23, 2011

La Roche-Posay Effaclar K

Formulated for adult acne, imperfections and breakouts. This is another treatment product that I added to my line up. I smooth this onto my face after Effaclar Duo.

This also aims to smooth the skin with LHA - "a keratolytic active ingredient that performs precise, fine, targeted mircoexfoliation without irritation."

And I suppose I agree with that statement. This stuff is awesome, in conjunctions with Effaclar Duo this has really help with the uneven texture of my skin. I only hope it doesn't stop working for me.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

This product is formulated to help dry and clear up existing acne, and to penetrate the pores to prevent clogging and future breakouts.

I apply this morning and night on my cheeks and forehead, after I have cleansed and toned my skin. This product is non-greasy and quick absorbing. It has really helped heal my skin, and somehow the breakouts are disappearing but my face doesn't feel dried out and tight. My skin has gotten so much smoother. I still have bumps, this is not an overnight miracle cure, it will take time, but the overall texture has improved immensely.

I've read some negative online reviews for it. But we're not all the same, what works for one, might not for the other. For me at least I am happy to say, this  has tamed my adult acne like nothing else has. I love this product, and for now I'll be sticking with it.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Astringent Lotion

This toner claims to tighten pores and reduce pore blockage. It contains "sebum-regulating and purifying ingredients as well as micro-exfoliating LHA".

This is the best toner I've tried to date. I always felt, I cleanse my skin pretty well, and past toners used to confirm that, because there be no trace of makeup on my cotton pad once I wiped my face. But this proved otherwise. I'm not harsh when I wipe a cotton pad soaked with this over my face, I don't scrub, and I haven't changed my cleanser, but every single night, there is some residual foundation left on the cotton.

So maybe some of my breakouts were due to dirt still left on my skin. I was thinking my face was clean when it was not. Also I need to look into purchasing a better cleanser, than the one I currently use.

This product will be repurchased soon. I love how it makes my skin feel, blockage definitely reduced, pore size about the same though :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

La Roche-Posay Routine

My skin has been a pain in the butt for ever it seems like. I've tried so many things, it really boggles the mind… I'm sure I'm not alone here.

Some things were nice, felt good, did not make drastic changes, but didn't worsen the condition… but nothing was really working after a while. I needed an everyday regimen to compliment my masks that would finally give me some results…

Two weeks before our wedding day, I overhauled my daily routine. I know it was risky but I decided my face couldn't get worse than it was. My only regret, regarding my new routine was that I didn't start it sooner.

I've been coming upon La Roche Posay reviews online more frequently in the past months it seemed. All the reviews seemed favorable… so I decided to invest in the line and stick with it for at least 30 days… It's been close to two month…there is a definite improvement, and I'll be sticking with these products for now... I just hope they keep on working...

La Roche Posay is available in Shoppers Drug Mart (that's where I purchased mine anyways), and I would categorize it as a medium priced line…

Below what I use daily (except one which I use occasionally). In the coming days reviews and my thoughts on each one…

Monday, December 19, 2011

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector

this was the second item that was part of the Clarins gift with purchase, a mini version of their lip perfector. I've been reading up online about it, it seems to be all the rage among those who try it, so I was quite happy to get a little sample.
it has a nice sponge applicator, just like the full size version
and the color of my sample was the popular Rose Shimmer 01, a milky light pink shade.
I'm not posting swatches of this product on my lips, because it's nothing special on when it comes to color. It adds a beautiful sheen to your lips but that's about it. Can be worn alone or over a lipstick. 

It is non-tacky, moisturizing, and has a lovely light sweet scent. It even tastes good, so while it might have some staying power, I have a hard time keeping myself from licking my lips :) I'm really enjoying my sample... and I am seriously considering actually purchasing this product once I run out.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

This little jar was part of a gift with purchase at a Clarins counter. I've wanted to try it for the longest time. But I already have too many primers and couldn't justify 30something bucks for 0.5oz of product.

This product claims:
1. to be non-comedogenic - that's true no breakouts
2. allergy and ophthalmologist tested - no reaction to it either
3. smooths skin and refines pores - yes it does

It sort of reminds me of Loreal's Magic Base (which I really like), but better. As it should be for the price. It looks thick and heavy, but feels soft, light and non-greasy. I find patting it on instead of rubbing it in works best for me.

It makes bare skin look polished, and if I had near flawless complexion I'd wear it on it's own. But I don't so I use it as a base, and my makeup glides on.

Definitely worth a purchase… I just need to get rid of something first. That's my own personal rule… the makeup drawer is becoming cluttered. I need to weed it down, by using up the stuff I already own.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Clarins Fix' Make-Up

This was my other Clarins purchase. I'm not quite sure what my reasoning behind it was. I think it just sounded really promising. I am easily swayed by products that claim to extend the wear of my makeup, keeping my face looking its best all day long.

I like the feel of this bottle, a heavy frosted glass. I don't like how small it looks and feels for the money I spent, $30.00 CAD for 30ml.

It smells wonderful, a bit like roses. I truly enjoy spraying this on my face each morning, once my face is done. I don't like how quickly I'm using up the bottle.

It does set my make-up beautifully. I feel my makeup does look better more natural somehow, even if I have to blot a few hours later. This can be re-sprayed, but I don't, it's too expensive to be used more than once a day. It hydrates my skin but doesn't make me oily. It doesn't break me out either:)

Will I repurchase? Well since I don't see myself giving up foundation anytime soon… reluctantly I'm saying 'yes'… simply because it's pricey… the product itself is lovely. I want it, I just wish I got more of it for my money.

If you're looking for a product that sets your makeup, and you've tired others that left you disappointed, I suggest you give Clarins a chance. If you feel this is way to expensive for what it is, I suggest you at least visit a Clarins counter and spray your face with it… see if you change your mind :)


In other news the gorgeous Cat at Beauty Inside and Outside has tagged me with Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you Cat. At one point I shared 7 random things about me, and you can find them HERE. As for 15 top blogs, I like way too many blogs out there to limit myself to just 15. For a list of faves just look to the right, scroll down a bit and check out the list :)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Clarins Everlasting Foundation

I'm a sucker for a shiny, big, digitally enhanced ad :) It's the main reason of why I tend to gravitate towards the big cosmetic labels.

I've never thought of Clarins as a makeup brand… skin care, yes, but not color. That is, until I received a sample of the "world's best foundation" :), which made me realize I've been passing up on some quality product.

Since then I've been slowly exploring the line. So far 4 products, two I purchased, and two were gift with purchase. Over the coming days I'll talk about all four, but today I'll start of with foundation.

Now it's not the sample I got, reason being, once the SA applied this on my face I was so happy with the result, I decided this is the one I need.

Clarins Everlasting Foundation SPF 15 comes in 6 shades (I don't know why the range is so limited). I am shade 105 Nude (as it says on my bottle)… on the website 05 is Cream (not sure what's with the discrepancy either).

The packaging is sleek and glam. A pretty rectangular frosted glass bottle, toped with  a gold cap, with a little "C" logo, impressed into the edge of the cap.

The distinctive feature of this product is it's staying power, a claim of 15 hours of hold thanks to their "High Fidelity System" (uhhhh once again I didn't know what in the world they were talking about). Few clicks, and…
"High Fidelity System : an innovative film that ensures long-hold.
« Light-Optimizing» complex : ensures complexion radiance.
Plant-based micro-patch: controls moisture to keep skin toned and comfortable.
Triple protection against free radicals, pollution and UV rays."
Sounds really, really, good to me :)

This is a full-coverage foundation. If you are not into full coverage, you can mix it with your moisturizer to sheer it out. The consistency is creamy and I find it pretty easy to work with. My favorite way to apply it is with a brush, one pump is more than enough for my whole face. I love the way it looks on, it covers and blends in, and doesn't appear flat and doesn't feel heavy or mask-like.

There is only one slight con. It has a bit of a plastic like scent that some refer to as mango or melon??? maybe my olfactory senses are off…, however it disperses rather quickly… so it's a tiny con.

As for wear? Well not 15 hours... but 10 for me is a huge bonus.

Anywho at $41.00 CAD it's pricey but not the priciest, and since it meets all my expectations… I have no regrets about this purchase.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sake-kasu

I love sake... love it... it's my current favorite drink of choice, preferred warm...but will sip chilled as well :)

So when I learned Toronto has it's own sake brewing company, Jay and I had to check it out.  Ontario Spring Water Sake Company is located in the Distillery District, and is open to public for sake bottle purchase and tastings.

We went, we tasted, we didn't purchase sake, but we did purchase a couple of things. One of which is beauty related and meant for this post.

Sake-kasu are the residual rice particles obtained once the sake has completed fermentation and has been pressed.  It can be thought of as the lees of sake making... akin to lees from wine or beer making... but unlike those lees they are a bit more than by-product meant for the garbage.

Sake-kasu is rich in vitamin B6, folic acid, and fiber. It can be used for cooking, and the brewery had some dressings and miso soup mixes for sale, but it's also great for your skin as a topical treatment.
It looks creamy and solid in the container, sort of like tofu. It has a distinctive fermented sake scent, that won't appeal to some. The picture might fool you into thinking this product is grainy, but the consistency is quite smooth and creamy. High in Kojic acid it's great for lightening dark spots. I like to use it for weekly facials. I simply dilute it to my preferred consistency with sake or honey (because we have it), but you can use whatever you'd like... water or milk would work just as well. I apply to cleansed face and leave on for 20 min, then rinse and pat dry. Sake does make the mask dry and go tight on my face (it is alcohol), so I only use it when my face feels extra, extra greasy. Even with honey it dries down.
This mask makes my face feel purified, smooth, and refined. I also add a generous tablespoon or so of this to my bath water... my skin feels incredibly soft and pampered after soaking in some sake lees. Rice Sake Bath by Fresh at Sephora retails for $80.00 USD... a 250g container of pure sake-kasu retails for a whole lot less than that... I think it was under $10.00 CAD... now that's a purchase worth repeating.
mixed with honey
This natural beauty wonder has only one obvious drawback... it contains alcohol... therefore it is not for anyone who has alcohol allergies... otherwise I love it, and can't wait to go back for more tastings and another container of this wonderful stuff.

Below not looking pretty, but on my way :)... I also put my blog title on purpose right over my eyebrows because I was horrified at how unkempt they looked... yikes! sparse and unruly, not a winning combination :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

DDF Acne Control Treatment

I did not purchase this product. This was a sample I received on one of my visits to Sephora. I decide to use it, on one side of my face to see if it had any acne clearing effects on my skin.

The main active ingredient in this treatment is 1.5% of salicylic acid. It claims to clear up existing acne blemishes, and help keep skin clear of any future breakouts.

I was a bit skeptical that this would have any effect on me, but since I had nothing to loose, I gave it a go.

Four weeks later, my right cheek was looking about the same.

The product is light white cream, easy to apply, quick to absorb and non-greasy. Since I didn't see any real positive improvement I am glad I got a sample vs spending my money on the full sized tube.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer

I have a few concealers at home... but that didn't mean I did not want another one. The ones I have are good, but I'm always convinced that there is something better out there.

Key points that drew me to this particular product:
- matte finish
- waterproof
- oil free
- non-comedogenic
- sensitive skin tested
- fragrance-free
- dermatologist tested
- long lasting

At $36.00 CAD ($30.00 USD) for 15 ml (0.5 fl oz) it's definitely pricey. I did not make this purchase lightly, but I have no regrets that I did.

This product is heavily pigmented which translates into great coverage. It does not look cakey, and it does wear for a long time. I have a lot of imperfections, I don't have the patience to cover all of them up :) but this does the trick for me, for the most obvious spots.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Dermalogica Clean Start Smart Mouth Lip Shine

One day Jay and I went for pedis, I grabbed a new purse... but forgot to load it with two essentials I really can't do without, lip balm and hand lotion.

Upon arriving at the spa, I was basically all itchy with need, lips felt dry and chapped, and I can't even talk how suddenly sand papery my hands seemed to me.  The spa didn't have a whole lot to choose from, but I was desperate and anything would do.

I purchased Dermalogica's Clean Start Smart Mouth Lip Shine... pricey at $21 CAD but it was worth it. I love the scent of this product... orange creamsicle... yum oranges and vanilla. It is non-sticky, non-tacky, moisturizing, conditioning, very glossy, and it tastes great... new favorite :)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Lush: Pink Bath Bomb, Christmas Eve Bubble Bar

The bath bomb is small in size, but it's awesome. When I dropped it into my tub it floated and had a great fizz to it. It colored my water bright pink. Ingredients like tonka bean and vanilla, make this a sweet smelling bomb. Additions of lavender and neroli oils make it indulgent.

I combined my Pink bath bomb with Christmas Eve bubble bar which is blue. My water turned a lovely indigo-grape color.

I'm sure it could have been cut in half or thirds or fourths to get more bang for the buck, but I love to bath spoil myself and used the whole disk all at once. It has a strong fragrance, jasmine and ylang ylang which clings to your skin… delicious. It also contains Irish moss powder which supposedly turns to gel upon contact with water, and softens skin and hair. The amount of Irish moss to the amount of water I use didn't thicken my water, but my skin felt wonderful after my soak. And I was all relaxed and ready for bed.

I think I need to pick up a couple more of Christmas Eve bubble bars before the season is over. They are great, love the color, love the scent, love the bubble staying power.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

NARS Kuroko Mini Nail Polish Set

From NARS website:
"An exquisite and modern mix of kabuki inspired shades for nails. Dramatic high-shine and shimmering hues in advanced formulas to provide high-gloss, durable, chip-resistant finishes."
Yes... when I saw this mini collection, I couldn't pass it up. The packaging is gorgeous... but its what's inside that makes me truly happy... nestled in black velvet, four shades traditionally used in Kabuki theater

From left to right:
    * Yoshiwara (Red)
    * Shiro-Nuri (White)
    * Kata (Black)
    * Senryou (Gold)

Each bottle is 0.25 fl oz or 7.4 ml... I like minis. For someone who's drawer is overflowing with polish... minis are the way to go :)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!!!... and What's in my bag…

I love these posts… our bags/purses hold our essentials, and therefore a bit of our personality. I'm not sure what mine says about me but here it is.

Few months back I mentioned to Jay that I should probably downsize my bag. It was big, cluttered, and I did receive a bit of teasing due to it's ridiculous size. I was trying to streamline my life.

Jay bought me a nice little Hedgren (love this brand) and I transferred my 'essential' goods from Abby my Matt and Nat behemoth. It's been a few months and I'm done… my purse is always overstuffed, barely able to zip up… I needed my luggage… it makes me feel anchored :)
the mini, minutes before it gets retired
Here is what I lug around on day to day basis… in alphabetical order :)
my essential junk
Blackberry with a little bag to store it in- to stay connected :), I don't even know my number…
book - always need to have something to read… always… even when I go out for dinner I have a book on me (most of the time)… I don't pull it out… but… one day when we finally run out of conversation…
change purse - for coins and most frequently used cards
chestnut - from a real chestnut tree
cinnamon - jar - organic
flashlight - to help me find stuff in my giant :)
house keys - goes without saying
little black bag - algebra & probability flash cards,  cuz you know... if you don't use it you loose it 
little blue bag - toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, lipstick, lipgloss
little brown bag 1 - survival kit for that time of the month + advil and some band-aids
little brown bag 2 - randomness: cold sore aid, mini mani set, concealer, hand sanitizer, tide to go, hair clip, nail oil pen, hand cream, blotting sheets, rubber band, kleenex
little pink bag - mirror and 6 lip products
notepad - Moleskine - you never know when an idea strikes that you need to write down
pens - 4 - in case one runs out of ink I have backups
scientific calculator - …
sun block - sun is my enemy
sunglasses - Burberry 
tic tacs  - minty fresh
TTC metropass - for getting around
USB Key - 1GB - that's pretty useless, I don't even know what's on it
wallet - Matt & Nat - along with some $, bank cards, store point cards, coupons, and ID, I also carry little laminated Calculus Derivatives and Chemical Periodic Table cards… hey once again you never know
Abby all loaded up... and piglet in the background annoyed at having her nap time disturbed
…. and that's it… I plan to do this post once a year on this day… I think it will be fun to see how much my purse and its contents change… or don't :)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

LORAC Eye Shadow in Persuasion

One of my all time fave highlighting shadows. Purchased on Hautelook at one point months ago. It was a great sale 3 shadows for $18.00 USD. I believe regularly one retails for that much.

The packaging isn't much. I'm ok with it, but if these regularly retail for $18.00 I'd expect something a bit more snazzy.
The formula is an absolute winner. Great pigmentation, easily blended, and it does not crease on me, with or without a primer.

It's a perfect light beige-bone pearly shade that works really well as an all over base color.  But my favorite way to use it is on my brow bone... it's the shade I sweep on almost every single day. I have two of these, I won't be running out anytime soon... but once I do I hope a similar sale is on once again :)
late daylight
shade
flash

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Urban Decay - all nighter - long lasting makup setting spray... and OMG!!!! my camera is busted!!!

Well this is going to be one of my shortest reviews ever. I picked this up while waiting in line at Sephora... Their pre-register "candy" can be so irresistible sometimes.  I saw this little, bottle and I was curious, so I bought it.... and... it was not my cup of tea... my face actually got kind of greasy with it on... I will not purchase the full sized version.   

In other news on Dec. 3rd my sis and I went to visit our oldest sis, her hubby and two of the most adorable munchkins ever.

Whenever we get to see them, we whip out our cameras and turn into aunt paparazzi. I don't think anyone in our family has ever been photographed as much as these two.

So anyways Saturday, five pictures in and my Nikon D40 which I've had for years will no longer take pics instead I see this error on the screen "Error. Press shutter release button again." Well you can press the button all you want… it won't release nothing.

I've found instructions online on how to deal with the problem. But the idea of opening and fiddling with my camera makes me all sweaty, hands get all clammy, and my heartbeat doubles in speed.

Thankfully I married a guy who took charge of the situation. Camera is currently being serviced by a professional. Might as well clean the whole unit. We'll see how much that will set me back.

If it turns out to be ridiculously expensive, and this problem should occur again… I will attempt the 'do it yourself online solution'. In the meantime keeping my fingers crossed that all will be well, and starting a "new camera" savings fund just in case :) 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

CHANEL Les Deux Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer Duo

I received this from Jay in October. I'm posting it now, because I liked it so much, that I gifted one to someone early in November. I'm not sure if this person checks my blog or not, but I didn't want to risk it, and then I didn't want to interrupt my wedding posts line up :)

This is a limited edition CHANEL gift set for 2011 Holiday season. From CHANEL.com:
"An exclusive pairing of best-selling Spark, a golden berry, and Liaison, a glitter-tinged translucent shade available only in this set. Includes a mini LE CRAYON LÈVRES Precision Lip Definer in Nude; all, encased in an elegant Chanel makeup bag."

The box is gorgeous frosted gold with black CHANEL logo. When I looked at it for the first time, I knew it must house something worth having :)
Inside a black patent makeup bag, this time with gold CHANEL logo, that I'm sure I can find use for :)
love the snowflake zipper tag...
Both glosses are full size, lip pencil is mini, and I can always use a good pencil sharpener...
When you look at Spark in the tube, it looks like a dark red-rusty-copper shade. But upon application CHANEL is right it is a berry colored lip gloss with gold shimmer. Not plum berry, but more of a raspberry. I really like this color, it's pretty and flattering, giving your lips a nice pink flush.

Liaison is a clear lip gloss with glitter. I remember the days when I used to hate glitter gloss, but somehow thankfully that phase has passed. This gloss gives your lips a nice shiny look on its own, and gives any lipstick you have on an extra glossy oopmh that I quite enjoy.

The lip pencil is called Mordore-Nude... and since Mordore means Bronzed... I just call it brown... I'm not a fan of brown lipstick or lip pencils, so I wasn't sure how it was going to play out...
shade
direct sunlight
flash
Liaison on it's own on my lips... I'm kind of fascinated by the uneven pigmentation of my lips up close... I never knew they look like that :) Regardless, I am loving this gloss...
Spark on it's own... yummy...
then I decided to play with the pencil... I colored my lips with it first then added a coat of spark... and well I'm quite happy with the result... it's not brown, it's not pink... it's intense and a great shade for fall... 
Please excuse the uneven application and just try to focus on the color :) I was rushing, trying to catch the good daylight before it disappeared...
flash
last moments of good daylight
I find these glosses to be moisturizing, and lovely to have on. Non-sticky, non-flavored, non-scented... my first CHANEL glosses are a win :)

Monday, December 5, 2011

L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion



I picked this up at L'Occitane at the end of summer, at half price. I've been using it for the past couple of weeks. It is a very nice body lotion... usually I prefer a cream, because I'm fond of thick rich creams... but this lotion while thinner in consistency than a cream, feels rather rich and moisturizing.

It also isn't really cold and dry here yet, so I think I can get away with something lighter. Come January, February I don't think this would be enough for me.

It contains shea butter, applies easily, absorbs quickly. It has a very settle shimmer to it, when I look closely at my arm I notice fine specks of silver... but they are very fine, my body isn't glittery at all. What I love most about this lotion is the scent...flowery, summery, delicious... and it lasts... I can't get enough.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Philosophy Lip Gloss in Peppermint Bark

This lip gloss was part of Philosophy Holiday package 500 point trade in at Sephora last season. I found it in my stash and decided to be all Christmassy and wear (hopefully use it up) all December long.

The flavor is chocolate-mint, and while I used to enjoy my peppermint patties, the scent of this really put me off the first time I put it on. But since I traded in good points for it, I wasn't going to toss it after the first go. With repeated applications, my aversion to the scent went away.

That is a good thing because this gloss has a couple of qualities which I love:

One it's super shiny. The color is lovely dark red in the tube with red shimmer, but it applies practically clear, and the shimmer isn't noticeable on your lips at all, unless you stare at your kisser really closely. They just look wet and juicy :)

Two, I know a lip gloss deal breaker for some, but not for me… it's sticky :) It's sticky and it stays… I actually wear it to bed.

It's also slightly moisturizing, my pucker feels great once it wears of; and because of peppermint, my lips register a slight 'tingling' sensation when first applied, which I also kind of like. When I lick my lips I taste sweet :)

So overall, I wouldn't purchase with my own money. But I would accept it as a gift or stocking stuffer… flavor is blah, but overall product is good in my books :)
 easy applicator... and see the fine red shimmer
 shiny, wet, shimmery :)