Lucy, We’ve Got Some Catching Up To Do!

Wednesday December 4, 2013 | Beauty Musings

It’s happened.

In a short space of time, I’ve managed to accumulate quite a bunch of stuff.

I am now at a point where I am taking in way more beauty products than I am writing or talking about.

Let me show you what I mean…

Beauty Collection

Products Pictured:

  • DermOrganic Skincare Sampler (includes Soapless Facial Cleanser, Facial Moisturizer, Hand & Body Moisture Lotion)
  • DermOrganic Daily Conditioning Shampoo
  • DermOrganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque
  • DermOrganic Leave-In Treatment
  • DermOrganic Fast Dry Shaping Spray
  • Beautisol Wash Off Body Bronzer
  • Measurable Difference Instant Lash Extensions
  • Save Our Sweaters with Lilly Brush
  • Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
  • Susan Posnick Eyeliner/Eyeshadow
  • Nailuv Gel Polish Berry Sweetie
  • Nyx Butter Lip Balm
  • Bon Bliss Mango Butter Solid Hand & Body Scrub
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (sample)
  • Becca Skin Satin Finish Foundation (sample)
  • Becca The One Perfecting Brush
  • Nyx Love In Florence 5 color Shadow Palette
  • Prai 24K Gold Caviar Wrinkle Repair Serum
  • Prai 24K Golden Eye Wrinkle Repair Caviar
  • Makeup Geek Liquid Gold Pigment
  • Dermalogica Precleanse (sample)
  • Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer (sample)
  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (sample)
  • Vitabath Asian Orchid & Coconut Body Wash (sample)
  • Vitabath Cucumber & White Tea Body Wash (sample)

Beauty Collection Pt.2

Products Pictured:

  • Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream
  • Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner
  • Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
  • Goodebox November 2013 Box
  • Goodebox December 2013 Box
  • Acure Gotu Kola Stem Cell Day Cream
  • Dermae Evenly Radiant Brightening Serum with Vitamin C
  • La Roche-Posay Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Anthelios AC
  • La Roche-Posay l’Eau Micellaire
  • Uriage l’Eau Micellaire
  • Themis l’Eau Micellaire
  • Jonzac l’Eau Micellaire
  • Bioderma l’Eau Micellaire
  • Gamarde l’Eau Micellaire
  • Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst-Quenching Serum
  • Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen Lip Care SPF 25
  • Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Color in MOD Matte
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner High Precision Waterproof Eyeliner
  • Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Sunscreen Makeup SPF 25 (sample)

So as you can see…

There are too many amazing products that I’ve been dying to tell you about!!

Instead, I’ve allowed this task to turn into a daunting pile in my bedroom and bathroom.

And now it’s spilled into other crooks, crannies and surfaces of my life.

But I’ve decided to finally do something about this.

I’m gonna bust through this writer’s block and get my blogging mojo back!

The same excitement and passion that I used to always get whenever I would even just THINK about BEAUTY? I can actually feel myself getting it back again.

So expect some fresh new beauty writings and reviews in the days to come.

Maybe even another impromptu beauty video. Who knows? :D

Baby steps first!

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Hm, okay well…

Though I am inclined to agree with Confucius… I am also of the opinion that you gotta “strike while the iron’s hot” and “catch the giant waves before they break!”

So here we go!

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Disclaimer

* First Photo: All the products were gifted to me during the SF iFabbo Social Media Conference (which I STILL have to write about btw). BIG thanks to the SF iFabbo 2013 organizers & sponsors. Most were full-size!

** Second Photo: All the products were personally purchased by me, with the exception of the 3 Dermalogica products which were generously sent to me by the folks of Dermalogica.

 

 

My Collection Of Concealers

Wednesday May 15, 2013 | Product Reviews

Concealers: Fake Up, Yves Rocher, Collection, MAC

I’ve pretty much given up trying to do anything about my dark under eye circles.

A while ago, I wrote a post about the different health issues that can cause them and the measures you can take to reduce their appearance.

And although there are times when the skin under my eyes seem to recover some of their brightness, for the most part, my dark under eye circles are here to stay!

So I’ve resorted to covering them up with make-up. Hooray for make-up and the ability to hide your imperfections!

Here are four concealers that you can find in my beauty cabinet…

1) Fake Up By Benefit

Despite the rather superficial sounding name, Fake Up concealer gives the most natural looking coverage of any concealer I’ve ever tried. Not only does it conceal dark blemishes, it also works to hydrate the delicate skin under the eyes. The resulting look is brightened skin and no cakeyness!

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The Positives: Natural, luminescent coverage. Hydrated skin. No creases.

The Negatives: Holy smokes, the price! Also, coverage is not long lasting.

How Much: $24 at Sephora for 3.5 g

2) Collections Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer

I received the Collections Lasting Perfection Concealer from a Beauty Swap. Unfortunately, the medium color is much too pale for my skin tone. But that hasn’t stopped me from trying it out. And yes, it really is as long-lasting as other bloggers have claimed.

Collections Concealer

The positives: It’s incredibly long-lasting, you need to use only a small amount to get the coverage that you need, and it’s very price-friendly.

The negatives: It tends to settle in the creases.

How Much: £4.19 on Boots for 4.0 g

3) Yves Rocher Flawless Finish Corrector

Technically this isn’t a concealer. It’s a corrector. But I’ve used this alone, as well as in combination with a different concealer. It just depends on how bad my under eye circles look on any given day. I also use this to cover other dark blemishes before applying foundation.

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The positives: Good coverage. Lasts long. Goes on lightly and does not settle in creases.  Multi-purpose. Price-friendly.

The negatives: Goes on dry and the tint is a bit dull.

How Much: €7.5 at Yves Rocher for 5g

4) MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

For the longest time, this was the only concealer I used. And I was quite happy with it. So I’m not sure what it was about this concealer that made me start looking for others. Maybe it was because I found it difficult to apply. Or maybe I felt like it made my skin look dry and take on an orange tint. In any case, there are still a lot of redeeming qualities about this concealer.

MAC Concealer

The positives: Great coverage! Long lasting. Goes on smooth. Does not settle in the creases. A little goes a long way.

The negatives: The pump is tricky. Usually, you will end up taking out a lot more than what you need. Dries out quickly, so it’s hard to apply. And as I already mentioned, it makes my skin look dry and take on an orange tint after a while.

How Much: $18 at MAC for 9ml

Can you guess which concealer is my favorite? 

Naturally, my favorite is Fake Up By Benefit. Because the resulting look is so natural and luminescent. And to top it off, my skin feels comfortably hydrated.

No Concealer

(No Concealer)

With Concealer

(With Concealer)

But, (with the exception of the Collection Concealer because it’s the wrong color), I still find that the other concealers have their occasional use.

And you, do you use concealers to cover up your dark under-eye circles? If so, which products do you use?

I Spy Beauty – My Beauty Shopping List

Friday March 1, 2013 | Beauty

March already! And this is my beauty shopping list for this month. Ok, you’re right.

This is probably more like a wish list…

I Spy Beauty - My Beauty Shopping List

First up on the list are two skin care products by Mad Hippie. A brand whose name made me jump up and say “Hey, I’m a Mad Hippie!” You’d think that this little infatuation of mine is nothing but branding and marketing. You would think that. But no. It’s not just about the name which stirs something in every secret hippies’ hearts. These skin care products are serious. And they are packed with crazy amazing ingredients.

The next pair on the list is a makeup stipling brush by Makeup Geek and a makeup highlighter by Benefit Cosmetics. If you know me, then you know that I am still feeling my way around when it comes to makeup. I’ve really been eager to play around with highlighting and contouring.  But these two products can be easily replaced if I can find a better alternative for them.

Next up is Secret de Nuit by Phyto. This is a hair serum that you leave on overnight. It’s supposed to moisturize and regenerate your hair fibre in order to leave the hair feeling very soft. I am really looking forward to trying this one.

I think I am just into any product that has the word Magic in it. Egyptian Magic‘s All Purpose Skin Cream is one of those cult beauty products that I’m so curious to try. And just as it says, you can use it to moisturize anything. The skin on your face, your eyes, your lips, your hair, your nails. From what I’ve read, this is actually more like a balm than a cream. And the ingredients list is so basic: Olive Oil, Beeswax, Honey, Propolis, Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly.

Now my questions for you are:
1) Have you tried any of these products?
2) Do you have suggestions for better alternatives?
3) What is your beauty shopping list like for this month?