Month: March 2014

Haul Post: Yes I have a problem …

I feel like the hauls have been a little out of control lately, but if you read my blurb on the “About Me” page, you know I can’t be held responsible for my cosmetic purchases. I am surrounded by enablers, and it’s just bound to happen. So after that small disclaimer, let’s get into the treats!
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First thing I picked up was a Dior blush in the shade Coral Cruise. This is a beautiful shade, but I think the tester in the store was a little faded, because when I opened it up at home, I was shocked at how orange the color is. Still on the fence if I want to exchange it for a more neutral color, or if I want to splurge on an hourglass blush to satisfy my crave for a nude blush. I also picked up a brush I found at Icing. It was under $10.00 and looks very similar to my holy grail Lancome brush. You guys can expect a post on that coming soon! I picked up a Fresh lip balm, as these things are awesome. So smooth, and I love the way they smell! My true splurge of the day was my new Guerlain fragrance. I am in the process of getting a full post up on this for you guys, because I was sold the first time I smelled this baby. And wait until you see the bottle. Beautiful! I picked up a Stila forever your curl mascara, I was intrigued by the small brush of this guy. I’m also excited to see how much it holds a curl! Clarins gentle refiner was a must have for me, I was shocked to realize I didn’t have an exfoliator in my house, so I needed that. (Especially with self tan season coming!) Speaking of self tanning, I got a new product from Clarins as well that looks interesting. It’s a small 15ml vial, of a self tanner that you add to your moisturizer. 3 drops is meant to give you that perfect glow. I can’t wait to try this!! The last thing I grabbed was a kit from Peter Thomas Roth. This includes a full size gel cleanser, a peeling gel, a vitamin C serum, eye serum, and an oil free moisturizer. I have used the peel that comes in this lot already and it was definitely worth a conversation. I’m excited to use some of the other products, and see if they are as great as the peel. Also pictured, is the wine I needed after leaving the store! I tired myself out with all the swatching and testing!

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Fancy vs Frugal Friday: Cream Blushes!

I go through phases with makeup – sometimes I love a full coverage liquid, and times (like now) all I want is a foundation powder that feels like nothing on my skin. That’s the beauty of makeup, there are so many choices and you can really match your products up to the way you are feeling. For the last little while, I have been in a cream blush obsession. I love the dewy look it leaves on the cheek, and I love to throw them in my purse to dab on my cheeks mid day when I need a pick me up. After all the craze online, I picked up one of the new Maybelline cream blush sticks, and quickly fell in love. Then, on a shopping trip with Sabah, we found the Guerlain spring collection bubble blushes. This blush is beautiful, it felt so creamy and the packaging was very cute. (the only thing I wasn’t a fan of was the clear top on the Guerlain) At first glance, both of these blushes swatch beautifully. The true difference truly comes in when you blend them out, and also when it comes to wear time. The Guerlain blush nearly disappears when you blend it on the cheek, and the pigment that is left, only lasts on the cheek for two to three hours tops. The Guerlain blush does look nice on the cheek, if you build it up enough, but the too sheer pigment, and the fact that it has such a short life span on the cheek is a definite negative. As for the Maybelline, it blended out like a dream, and lasted much longer on the cheek throughout the day. And the price difference just doesn’t justify the fancy purchase! (Guerlain comes in at $48.00 CAD and the Maybelline blush sticks are $12.99 CAD) Frugal all the way this week!
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Maybelline on right, Guerlain on left.

Maybelline on right, Guerlain on left.

After blending, Maybelline on left, Guerlain on right.

After blending, Maybelline on left, Guerlain on right.

Review: Marc Jacobs Marvelous Mousse Foundation

I picked up a new foundation awhile ago, and I have been trying it out using a few different application methods, and wanted to let you guys know what I thought. Marc Jacobs Marvelous Mousse Foundation retails for $66.00 CAD for a 0.63oz jar. What drew me into this at Sephora was the sleek packaging, and also the claims. Right on the display in bold letters, it boasted to be a full coverage foundation, and free of mineral oil. Intrigued, I swatched the product on the back of my hand, and the coverage was serious. Any veins, or discoloration was completely covered.
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I hummed and hawed over the price, knowing damn well that the last thing I needed was a new foundation, but it kept calling my name. I used the touch screen in Sephora to look up the reviews, which were mixed, and I still wanted to try it. The girl working offered me a sample, which I thought would be great, but when I realized that she was going to scoop some out of the tester jar I was so grossed out I stopped her. Getting a sample of something from an airless pump tube is one thing, but a jar!? Side note – Don’t get samples like that. It’s so gross! God knows how many hundreds of people had their fingers in that jar, and just think about what was on all of their hands. And you’re going to go home and put that on your face? Gag me! I was so grossed out that I actually did their survey and complained. That’s also why the testers there are so nasty, because they are used for sampling. Gross. Me. Out.

Anyway- Back to the review, I just had to rant on that for a minute. I left the store, and was back the next day to purchase. My hesitation came from thinking it would dry my skin out however, there are hydrating ingredients in this foundation like amino acids, and coconut water. Also, it ends with a powder finish, and would take away my need for using a separate powder.

When I got the foundation home, I first tried to apply with a beauty blender. I wasn’t too happy with the result, because I felt like the damp sponge wouldn’t allow the product to settle to it’s powder finish. Next time I used it, I used a dry regular sponge, and that was better, but I was concerned about the sponge eating my $66.00 foundation. So the third method I tried, was spot applying it on the skin first, and then buffing it out with the Sephora mineral foundation brush. This was definitely the winner for me. The coverage was only OK, the finish looked very natural, and this foundation does not cling on my dry patches. Also, no breakouts since I’ve added this into the routine.

If I had to give this foundation a rating out of 5, I would settle on a 3. It doesn’t translate with as much coverage on the face as I would like it to, and as beautiful as the packaging is, there will always be a battle with bacteria.

A great thing about Marc Jacobs foundations, is the color range. He has an amazing color selection, and he is even better at describing the colors. If you look on the Sephora website, he will suggest shades based on your tone, and undertone. My shade (26 Bisque Medium) is for light complexions, with beige undertones. He got it spot on, and without trying it on my face (for fear of skin infection from the gross tester!) I got a perfect match.

I say, if you are into mousse foundations, and like a powder finish, you will probably like this foundation. It hasn’t by any means been life changing, but I like it enough not to return it!

I am so curious about the Marc Jacobs line! What do you guys recommend?

-Sara

Glam Glow: ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment!

Being someone who suffers with the extreme end of dry skin, I am constantly looking for products that will give my skin that extra boost of hydration. Also, where I live, we are having the longest winter of life. It just won’t go away, and the weather is not supposed to warm up any time soon. Enter GLAMGLOW with their newest addition to their mask family. I did enjoy the first mask from this company, however it was only beneficial for me when my skin was breaking out, any other time it would just dry my already dry skin out even more. So when I saw this one, that promises dewy, hydrated skin, I was there with bells on. Also, I am a bit of a hyaluronic acid junkie, so when I saw this ingredient, it drew me in even faster.

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Let’s break down the claims:
THIRSTYMUD™ uses the newest, most advanced, and extreme hydration active technologies. It moisturizes, restores, replenishes, and calms the skin. Dewdration™ boosts and locks in moisture for a dewy and youthful result while HydraPack™ leaves skin with an instant silky, soft, and supple feel. GreenEnergy™ smooths and energizes the skin, giving you a healthy-looking, glowing complexion. Available at Sephora for $69.00 CAD.

There are thee ways to use this product:

Daytime : Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes, allowing product to absorb into the skin. Wipe off with tissue, massage remaining product into skin, or rinse with water.

Nighttime : Leave on to infuse the skin with moisture and wake up with extremely hydrated skin.

In-flight : Apply at the beginning of the flight and leave on for flight duration.

Now, my favorite way to use this product is as an overnight mask. I feel like I get the best benefits out of it, and I will work it into my nighttime routine 2-3 times a week. This product smells very strongly of coconut, which doesn’t bother me, and I don’t find that the smell lingers for a long time on the skin. When I woke up after using this for the first time, I noticed my skin looked much more hydrated than when I just use my NARS facial moisturizer during the nighttime. I also thought that my pores close to my nose appeared smaller, and the redness on my skin was definitely reduced.

Overall, I am happy I purchased this product, and I would recommend it for anyone who needs a boost of moisture in their skin. My only wish would be that they would launch it in the smaller size, like they do for the original GLAMGLOW mask, which retails for $22.00 CAD instead of $69.00 CAD.

Have you guys tried anything from GLAMGLOW? I am interested in the eye masks …

-Sara

Haul Post: A few goodies I’ve picked up!

I am super excited about everything in this haul post. I have gotten into some of these products already, and some of them have fallen in the always moving pecking order of my cosmetics. I try not to bring in more than I can use at a time, but a girl’s gotta have some spontaneity in her life from time to time.
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First thing I had to pick up was a bonus size of my Holy Grail Bioderma. Everyone is probably tired of me blabbing about this stuff, but tough. Get used to it, because this stuff deserves every praise it receives. I talk about this stuff so much it’s a wonder the company isn’t sending me a lifetime supply.
I also needed a new lip balm, so I picked up the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, Intensive Lip Repair Balm. I put this on my nightstand table, and have been using it every night before bed. I wouldn’t say it’s mind blowing, but I also have had no problem with dry or flaky lips, so no complaints there! I picked up a First Aid Beauty Kit, which is a first for me. I have heard a lot about this brand, so I figured a kit would be a good way to get started. It comes with the Ultra Repair Cream (Which I hear is incredible, but apparently it smells like Noxzema … we will see how that goes) Facial Radiance Pads, and The Face Cleanser. When I have a break in my skincare products, these will be slowly introduced! The entire reason for this haul was the Marc Jacobs Marvellous Mousse foundation. I have used this a few times, and when I feel like I’ve tried it everyway I can, I will be doing a full review on this product. It claims to be a full coverage, mousse to powder, and it is free of mineral oil, (a common pore clogger!) Like I said, full review to come! My two impulse purchases for this trip were the double ended BITE beauty lipstick, that was calling my name from those small cubes of deluxe sample sized products they line the cash with at Sephora. I have also used this product, and I will say, I will be purchasing a full size. The formula is so creamy, and I will admit it is not by any means a long lasting lipstick, it wears beautifully, and I have my eye on the full size in the shade Fig. The last tiny thing in my haul is the mini mineral foundation brush by Sephora. This guy was $17.00 CAD and it is incredible for my purse. I have used it to apply both powder and liquid foundations, and I have to say I am pleased both ways.

I really have already used everything in this haul already with the exception of the First Aid Beauty. I will keep you guys posted! What are some new items you’ve bought recently?

-Sara

Fancy vs Frugal: Pressed Pigment Eyeshadows!

I am super excited for this Fancy vs Frugal Friday, because this is honestly one of the best dupes I have seen in a long time. Same color, same size, same packaging, very different price. L’Oreal La Couleur Infalliable Shadow in 009 Permanent Kaki (They spelled Kaki wrong, not me!) which retails for $11.99 CAD, for a 3.5g pot. And then we have Lancôme Color Design Infinite in 502 Absolute Jade. This retails for $29 CAD for the same 3.5g pot.

These products are so similar, the only difference is one is in a square pot and one is in a circle pot. They are both a pressed pigment shadow, and come with the same black press to keep the product intact.

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Swatched out, these products are so similar in texture, pigmentation and blend-ability. Honestly, if someone swatched both of them, I wouldn’t be able to tell which the high end one was. (And trust me, we played this blind game with a few swatches of different shades that we have. I guessed more often than not that the L’Oreal was the more expensive product)

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I have worn these both for an entire day, and they held up exactly the same. I am blown away at how close these are, and I am almost convinced they are the same product in a different package. (Similar to the Bourjois Foaming Cleanser and the Chanel Foaming Cleanser! Those products are made in the same factory, come out of the same machine, and are put into two different bottles.)

Anyway, after testing these products out, they are both so incredible, and I had no problem with either brand. It’s honestly a tie. BUT – When Fancy vs Frugal-ing, if the products are the same, obviously I am going to go for the cheaper one, and put my money elsewhere! L’Oreal Wins! Seriously you guys, these products are twins!

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I also did some research, and found some other amazing color dupes between these two brands:

102-Timeless Taupe (Lancôme) – 033 Tender Caramel (L’Oreal)
101 Eternal Gold (Lancôme) – 027 Goldmine (L’Oreal)
100 Continuous Cream (Lancôme) – 016 Coconut Shake (L’Oreal)
602 Forever Noir (Lancôme) – 014 Eternal Black (L’Oreal)

Try these L’Oreal shadows if you haven’t yet, they are so amazing!!
-Sara

Kleenex Hand Towels … Beauty Tool of the year?

Recently I watched a YouTube guru talk about Kleenex hand towels. I thought that she was ridiculous, that it was something completely unnecessary. Then she said, your face is only as clean as the towel you use to dry it. And then the record scratched and my world moved a bit. I basically had skincare vertigo. I had come to the horrid conclusion that I was in fact a complete dirt bag. The next day I bought the hand towels and they are doing a great job of drying my face after I cleanse and clarisonic at night. I may have mentioned before that I have issues with washing my face at night because the sensation of water dripping down my arm makes me want to vomit, weird I know. These towels can be used to get a lot of the cleanser off when used damp. I really like these, and I will admit to basically accosting Sara when I thought she used my last one without telling me. I’m not saying it’s something to end a friendship over but it was something to hold a grudge about and set up a situation where she finds herself without Shiseido cotton. Amidst plotting my revenge she convinced me she hadn’t done it and it was likely my three year old nephew. And he holds no such attachment to Shiseido cotton or Kleenex hand towels. So don’t be a dirt bag folks, get some of these puppies and try to smother all guilt about waste and damage to the environment.

-Sabah

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Tag Wednesday: 10 Little Secrets Tag

1. What is one product that makes you feel like a million dollars?
I really feel like a good coverage, dewy looking foundation does that for me. I have been so obsessed lately with highlighting and dewy skin, and I feel great when my skin is radiant!

2. What is your skin care secret/passed down tip?
Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen! And also, sleep has a big effect on my skin. If I have missed a few nights of sleep, my face shows it.

3. What is your hair care secret?
I always try my best to not wash my hair for as long as I can. It took me awhile to get on board, but I have seen a big difference in the health of my hair since I stopped over washing. I also feel like a bonafide expert on dry shampoos now.

4. What is your diet rule?
My diet rule is, don’t diet. Eat whatever you want in moderation, and grow up and eat vegetables. There is almost nothing that irritates me more than picky eaters, or people who are snobs about vegetables.

5. Workout tips?
Again, I don’t workout very often. I walk my dog, I shop a lot … That’s enough right? I played sports all through school, and I do miss playing basketball.

6. What perfume is your secret weapon?
For me, Versace Bright Crystal is probably my favorite. That stuff smells so good, and my body chemistry works well with it.

7. An item of clothing that always turns heads?
I always get compliments on a deep purple maxi dress, that I got at a thrift store. It has a braided waistband, and looks very Grecian. And it was $3.99 🙂

8. Most treasured peice of jewelry?
My boyfriend gave me a necklace a few Christmases ago, and I wear it damn near everyday. It has gold and silver in it, and I love that it goes with all of my watches.

9. Who is your style crush?
I love Sarah Jessica Parker, as Carrie Bradshaw and also as herself. No matter what she has on, she always looks amazing. That girl has super confidence. I also love Jennifer Lopez’s style.

10. Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I will use a product up no matter if I like it or not. Example: I used a retinol ROC cream the other day, and I had a reaction, so now I am using it on my chest before bed, to prevent that dreaded line between the boobs that women get. I’m also using Clarins Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel as a body wash, because my face also didn’t like that.

I tag all of you beauty bloggers that haven’t done this yet!

-Sara

Empties: What I’ve used up recently!

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Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser: This is the formula for Dry to Sensitive skin, and I love it. I have also used the formula for Normal to combination skin, and I don’t know if I have a preference. They’re both great. This is a wonderful foaming cleanser, takes off all my leftover makeup after my Bioderma, and it doesn’t sting if I happen to get it near my eyes. The only thing I have found is with the new packaging, you inevitably squeeze too much product out every time, which is a bit wasteful for an expensive cleanser. I will be repurchasing this in the future, and recommend it for people who love foaming cleansers.

Twilight Woods Body Wash (Bath and Body Works): I got this product for free one day while Sabah and I were shopping for candles. I was in such a rush and there was a huge line up and I picked the first one I saw. Honestly, I am not crazy about this smell. I used it, as it didn’t linger on me, but I was really happy when it was gone. (Do you ever use way too much of a product just to get through it faster?)

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream: This stuff was good to me, it kept my dryness under control, and it seemed to keep my flakes at bay on my lids. I was pretty excited when it was over, because I have a new Shiseido one I was anxious to get into. This eye cream makes concealer glide on like a dream, but it wasn’t magical enough for me to repurchase.

Estee Lauder Tender blush in Rosewood: This was a blush I got forever ago in a gift with purchase, and that’s the only reason I have it. Estee Lauder as a brand doesn’t really interest me that much, and I wouldn’t seek this blush out again.

Lise Watier Sun Smart SPF 30: This stuff has reached holy grail status for me. I use it like a foundation primer daily, and I have never burned while using this. It is a mineral screen so you can tap it on top of your makeup throughout the day, and it has never caused one single breakout on my very reactive skin. I will repurchase this, and soon, because I can’t be without a sunscreen, no matter what time of year it is!

Bioderma: I will repurchase hundreds of these in a lifetime. It is better than anything else I have ever used, and I don’t need to rant about it. I had a backup, and I since have repurchased another one.

Burts Bees Nourishing Milk and Honey Body Lotion: This stuff was okay. Mild scent, kept my dryness under control, and wasn’t too greasy. I wouldn’t repurchase as I love trying new lotions, but I did like it.

Cucina Hand Cream: This was given to me by my old boss. She had it in her purse during a cosmetic seminar, and I loved the smell of it so much she ended up giving it to me. I did find it was a bit liquid-y for me, but the scent was incredible. I won’t be repurchasing this, but I would look into the hand soaps of the same scent. (Orange and Fennel)

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream: Now, this stuff is holy grail status. I finished my tube, and was so upset about it, that Sabah gave me her tube as she hadn’t gotten as hooked on it as I have. This hand cream is constantly with me, and I will definitely repurchase once my second tube is gone. This came in a kit over the holidays that was $15.00. What a steal!

Cranberry Joy Body Scrub: (Body Shop) This stuff smelled soooo good! I have an obsession with the cranberry stuff during the holidays from The Body Shop. This was a part of a kit that Almira bought me, and I loved it. The scrub did have what looked like strawberry seeds in it, that was a little weird, but none the less, the smell won me over. I will repurchase this line every Christmas time.

Chanel Volume de Chanel Mascara: I blogged about this earlier. This stuff hated me, and I feel the same way about it. It is such a wet, thick, heavy formula, it immediately weighs my lashes down and clumps like no other. I will no be repurchasing this, or probably another Chanel mascara. This one really left me unhappy!

MAC brow pencil in Lingering: This is one of those things that was almost empty for the longest time, and I finally decided to just stick it out and use it up. It’s okay, I prefer the Clinique Superfine Liner if I am using a pencil, but usually I will use an eyeshadow for my brows.

Those are my recent empties! I have emptied out my basket, and I will continue to fill it! I will update you guys on the new stuff I am using as well!

Have a great day!

-Sara

Sabah’s newest BB … Dior!

I struggle with what I like to call shiny flake tight face with redness and the occasional blemish. My skin is complicated and hard to describe and deal with. Right now I’m working under the premise that I may have thrown it off fighting my natural shine with mattifying products. I was drying out my skin causing the flakes. So, I’ve been trying to stop using super heavy products without sacrificing my all-important coverage. Enter Dior, I’ve been visiting and playing with this product for about a year before I finally bought it. It is everything I thought it was in terms of coverage and easy application. I really like it except for one tiny miniscule issue. It makes me look like someone was picking at my face with an ice pick. I don’t usually complain about my pores, they’re average size but this product settles into them in the oddest places making them look gigantic. This can be counteracted by using a primer but I don’t typically use a primer. If I’m using nothing more than a BB cream I’m unlikely going to add a primer. It’s a bit of an issue for me, but I really like the product and I’m willing to overlook the crater face that occurs close to my ears.

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-Sabah