Friday, November 22, 2013

The Holy Grail of Skincare: Clarisonic Mia 2

I admit I am a little late to jump on the bandwagon for this one.  It took me a long time to bring myself to purchase the Clarisonic Mia 2, but it did not take long to work it's way into my heart forever!  I have a feeling that this will remain the most important part of my nightly skincare routine for years to come.

My skin has always been clear for the most part, except for the occasional pimple here and there.  About 5 months ago I started getting injections as treatment for a medical condition and all was going well until a week later when I started noticing tiny bumps developing on my forehead, cheeks, and chin.  It had been all downhill from there (it doesn't help that I am a picker..)
Jaclyn Hill had recently done a review video of the Clarisonic, and had mentioned it helped her get rid of her textural issues.  I tried waiting until a 20% off rolled around, but i couldn't waste another day bumpy faced.  So I took the plunge!

I purchased this a couple of months ago at the nearest Ulta and since then my forehead (which is my main issue) has been doing so much better and is much more smooth.  My skin used to get really oily and I have noticed now that it doesn't get half as oily as it did prior to using this.  Dry spots and scabs (from picking of course) come and go quickly as well thanks to the exfoliation from the brush.  My skin overall has improved and i owe it all to this little device!  

 It comes with the sensitive brush head but many others are available to purchase for $25.  The brush head should be replaced every 3 months.

Since i am still on the medication for 7 more months i don't think that i will have flawless skin for quite some time, but the Clarisonic has definitely improved my skin and made it the best it possibly can be at this time.  I can't wait to see what it does to my skin after i am done with this treatment and back to normal! I think everybody needs this brush in their skincare routine ASAP.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Can't Stop. Won't Stop.

Just when i think i'm doing really good at refraining from purchasing beauty related items- it happens.  I didn't go all out, super crazy, shopaholic, huge haul or anything..but i definitely spent more than i intended to over the past couple of weeks.  I have good, legitimate reasons for each purchase though! Well, kind of..not all..
These are my most recent purchases (starting with the top row, across)

  1. Sedona Lace Synthetic Duo Fibre-813- $15.95 on sale for $12.76
  2. Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter- $21.00
  3. Sigma F80 Tapered Kabuki- $21.00
  4. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation- $38
  5. Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil Light- $48

The way i am going to justify spending the money (..more money) on beauty products is because Sephora was having 20% off for VIBs, Sedona Lace was having $5 off each purchase, and Sigma was having 10% off.  I have to take advantage of those things!  I plan on applying blush with the Sedona Lace Duo Fibre brush.  I will use the Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter to set my under eye concealer.  The Sigma F80 Tapered Kabuki will be used to blend out my MAC Prolongwear Concealer under the eyes.  Josie Maran Argan Oil Light is basically the only moisturizer I use anymore, so i had to repurchase the full size bottle during the sale.  Then i figured since i had heard such great things about the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation that now was the time to get it! 

Money will come and go, but striving for a flawless face will always remain. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Review: Too Faced Primed & Poreless Powder

The Too Faced Primed & Poreless Powder is something I always seem to go back to using.  I have tried other powders but none that have come close to this one.  It is marketed as a translucent powder that minimizes pores, fine lines, and imperfections for an airbrushed finish.

 I can say that this is the silkiest powder i have ever used, it makes your face super soft and smooth.  It is translucent and will adjust to any skin tone while drastically minimizing the appearance of pores. I don't notice that it minimizes fine lines but I also don't have that many on my face to begin with to notice a difference.  You can use this as an all over face powder or to set your under eye concealer.  I usually use this all over my face and it literally erases pores from my forehead and cheeks like magic.  I always apply it using my Real Techniques powder brush, which I love.  I was put off by this powder at first, worried that it would make me appear even more pale than I already am but it doesn't.  You don't have to use a large amount of this to set your makeup, as a little goes a long way.

The reason I have stuck with this powder as long as i have is not only because of the minimization of pores, its because of the oil absorbing power it has.  This controls my shine for 5+ hours until I even have to think about touching up, which is something I really look for in a powder to set my foundation with.  However, I can't say that this is my holy grail powder (still searching for one.)  I believe that there are a few downsides to this product..sadly.
  • One negative would be that as great as this powder is, I sometimes feel too powdery.
  • The second issue I have with it is the fact that it is a loose powder.  It is so easy to lose product with loose powders anything.
  • The third negative to mention is that most of the time when you open it, tap your brush in and apply, you feel as if you are inhaling particles of it.  
They do have this in a pressed powder now as well which I have not tried as I have heard it isn't nearly as good.  However, I would like to try the Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing face primer.  It has 1,330 reviews on Sephora and is rated with 4 1/2 stars.

l always end up reaching for this one as i can not find a powder that doesn't cake, controls oil, erases pores, and makes skin feel silky smooth.  Aside from the negatives I enjoy this product and will continue using it to set my foundation until I find a better replacement!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Review: Tarte Off The Cuff Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush Palette

The Tarte Off The Cuff Amazonian Clay Blush Palette is a limited edition palette.  This palette is worth $110 but is priced at $42 and also comes with a black bow bracelet.  The bracelet is cute but not exactly my "style," although it may be perfect for somebody else!  I have always wanted to try Tartes Amazonian Clay Blush so i thought this was the perfect opportunity to get my moneys worth.  It comes with four blushes and one bronzer, and they are all equally beautiful. 

I am obsessed with the packaging! I think this palette is as beautiful on the outside as the shades are on the inside.  Once opened you can see that it has a pretty decent sized mirror in it, which is a plus for me.

The swatches on top are taken in natural daylight, on bottom are photographed using flash.  From left to right: Crave, Dazzled, Darling, Dollface, Park Ave Princess Bronzer.  These swatches are pretty true to color and the blushes are even more pigmented than i had thought they would be. Tartes Park Avenue Princess Bronzer may be a little warm for my super fair skin tone but it doesn't differ that much from Benefits Hoola Bronzer when swatched. These are all matte shades except for Dazzled which has a subtle shimmer running through it (you can kind of see it in the second photo) and they truly last 12+ hours as claimed.

Overall, I am very pleased with my purchase!  This palette should last for a very long time, and it is a deal that you shouldn't pass up on.  It would also make a great gift for a wide variety of ages.  Who wouldn't be excited about getting makeup on their birthday or Christmas?! One blush is usually priced at $26 so to get this whole palette for $42 is definitely a steal! Love it.

Saturday, November 2, 2013


This right here is my glorious weekend wishlist (although i would much rather refer to it as my weekend need list.) Products are listed below from left to right, top row first.

  1. Urban Decay b6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray-  It is priced at $33.  I personally have never used a makeup setting spray before but i am eager to try this little baby out.  It is claimed to absorb oil, minimize pores, and reduce redness. You can spritz it on your face at any time of the day without messing up your makeup.  It is infused with vitamins, antioxidants, and willow bark which aids cell turnover. Sounds like a winner to me!

  2. Estee Lauder New Advanced Night Repair-  It is a little pricey at $62 but I have heard really good things about the old formula, and i am sure the new and improved formula is even better! They say this product fights all key signs of visible aging while promoting skins nightly renewal.  I am not so much interested in this oil for the anti aging benefits, but mainly for the hydrating benefits. My skin tends to get dry patches especially during the winter months which are rapidly approaching.

  3.  Nars Ita Kabuki Brush #21- It is priced at $39.  It is made up of black goat hairs, and is ideal for contouring and blending.  I have seen a couple of girls on youtube use this and have been drooling over it ever since. 

  4. Lorac Pro Palette- It is priced at $42.  This palette is full of gorgeous shades, and has been used in many fall eye makeup tutorials i have watched.  Every review i have read about it online is positive, and it swatches beautifully!  It also comes with a mini behind the scenes eye primer.

  5. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette- It is priced at $58.  I never use highlighting powder unless it is under my brow bone, on my cupids bow, or in my inner tear duct.  Most months i lean more toward the oily side, however i have dry patches in some areas.  Therefore I usually go for a more matte look versus a dewy/glowy look. But I have been wanting to try a highlighting powder on the top of my cheek bones for a while just to see how it would look on my skin and see if i would look overly dewy. These ambient lighting powders look amazing! I have heard only good things about them. I believe this is a limited edition palette.