Archive | August, 2012

Nars Shimmer Eyeshadow in Lhasa

30 Aug

On a recent trip to Sephora, I was browsing the Nars counter when I came across this beautiful shadow. It’s pretty much perfect for me. I love neutral colors with a twist and this definitely falls into that category. It’s a shimmery silver shadow with lavender undertones, which complement my green eyes so well. I can wear it alone, like I am above, or it makes a great all over lid color to use with another shade in my crease. I especially like pairing it with an deep eggplant shade, as it draws out the lavender in the shadow. Overall, I think it’s a beautiful shade that is going to become a staple in my fall makeup routine.

Current Sephora Wish List

27 Aug

1. YSL Le Teinte Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation, $55

2. Hello Kitty Big Pink Bow Eau de Parfum, $58

3. L’Occitane Cleansing and Soothing Shower Oil with Almond Oil, $24

4. Diorskin Shimmer Star in Rose Diamond, $44

5. Bobbie Brown Desert Twilight Eyeshadow Palette, $60

I generally have a downright silly number of beauty products on my wish list and my Sephora shopping list is a little out of control, but these five items are at the top of the list.

I love YSL’s Touche Eclat, so their new illuminating foundation from the same line is extremely appealing. I love illuminating products in general and I’m a huge fan of YSL makeup, making this a no brainer for me.

Next is a surprising perfume choice. I was recently in Sephora and tested out Big Pink Bow on a whim. I was shocked by how great it smelled. With notes of pineapple, honeysuckle, gardenia (my favorite), coconut, and vanilla, it’s a fresh and fruity scent that’s summery without being sickly.

I’m really wanting to pick up a bottle of L’Occitane’s Almond Shower Oil not only because it smells divine, but because my skin has been very dry recently and this product always helps to remedy my skin issues.

I’ve had my eye on the Rose Diamond shimmer block for a while now, and while other products have taken precedence every time I make a beauty purchase, I think it’s now time to invest in one. The shimmery pinks seem like they would compliment my skin tone so well and Dior products are always dependable.

Finally, I am practically itching to get my hands on the Bobbie Brown Desert Twilight Palette. The colors are so beautiful and I adore Bobbie Brown Shadows so much that this is something I just cannot pass up. With porcelain skin and green eyes, this set of pinks and browns is perfect for me and I cannot wait to get one.

What do you think of these products?

L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer

24 Aug

 

When I first came across this product at the drugstore, I was immediately drawn to the rose gold packaging. I quickly realized that it could be rather similar to the YSL Touche Eclat and I was convinced I had to try it. I’m rather glad I did happen upon it, because it has become a bit of a staple in my daily makeup routine.

I’ve been using this concealer for about a month now and I’m rather fond of it. It doesn’t have the best coverage, but I tend not to have really bad dark circles so that’s okay with me. I like to combine it with a heavier concealer on bad days, layering it on top. It gives a lovely smooth finish and doesn’t crease or cake. I really do notice that it makes my under eyes a lot brighter looking and I have even used it to highlight other parts of my face on days when I’m looking a little dull.

It comes equipped with a brush applicator from which the product is dispensed when you twist and click the base of the tube. I don’t love the brush, so I tend to dispense an excess of the product and dot it on my face. I then like to blend it out with my finger and I find that this gives a much nicer finish than simply using the brush.

I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who doesn’t have a lot of dark circles to cover or anyone who wants to add a little luminosity to their existing concealer routine. At $12.99, it’s not the cheapest of drugstore concealers, but I think it’s worth the price for sure.

Review: Burt’s Bees Chemical-Free Sunscreen with Hemp Seed Oil

16 Aug

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I just got back from a three week long road trip through the southwest, california, and the Pacific northwest that culminated in a bachelorette part that included a trip to a water park in Texas. Being the pasty white person that I am, I of course stocked up on sunscreen for this adventure. I popped into Target to get a fresh tube of my favorite Alba sunscreen, when I noticed that they had the Burt’s Bees sunscreen on clearance. I decided to go ahead and give it a try, just for the heck of it.

Normally, I really enjoy Burt’s Bees products, but this was an exception. The first thing I noticed about the sunscreen was that it had an odd consistency. It had a texture that was somewhere between a lotion and Silly Putty. I figured it just needed to be warmed up, so I smeared it around on my hands before applying it in an attempt to melt it. This did not help the texture.

When applied to the skin, this sunscreen doesn’t really ever soak in. At the waterpark, I worked and worked at it to try and rub it in, but it never would. In fact, in the end it began rolling up into nasty little balls on my skin. I gave up after a while, found a bathroom, wiped off my arms, and borrowed some spray-on sunscreen from my cousin.

I would most certainly not recommend this product and am extremely surprised that Burt’s Bees would put out a product of this poor quality. My only thought is that since it was on clearance, perhaps it had expired or been discontinued. In future, I think I will stick to the sunscreens I know or ones recommened to me. No more clearance sunscreens purchased on a whim for this lady!

Hope you all have a great day!