Archive | October 2013

Lush Buche De Noel Facial Cleanser

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This cleanser from Lush is a seasonal product that is sold through the holiday season. I think this cleanser is perfect for Winter skin, which tends to be drier, a bit dull and flaky. My first impression when I saw this in the store was that it looks like Angels on Bare Skin, a cleanser I have had in routine for years. The sales associate told me that Buche De Noel is the holiday version of Angels with a few added ingredients to make it more moisturizing.

Here is the description on the website: “Fans of Angels on Bare Skin will love this Christmassy take on our best-selling classic facial cleanser. Perfect for all skin types, Buche de Noel is the cleanser that’s good enough to eat (although we don’t recommend it). Named for the log-shaped French dessert, ours is loaded with fresh ingredients for glowing holiday skin. Sorry, no buttercream here! Ground almonds gently exfoliate away dead skin while kaolin clay acts as a mild, deep cleanser. Then we add almond oil and seaweed to nourish and moisturize seasonal dry patches and leave skin softer than a freshly fallen snow.”

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Ingredients

As you can see there are a couple of essential oils and coco butter which will hydrate your thirsty skin, Satsumas which are rich in Vitamin C to help brighten and tone dull skin, Kaolin to help deep clean the skin and ground almonds that gently exfoliates the surface dead skin to give that glowing, fresh face. And yes, you see brandy in the ingredients; I’m not sure what that’s supposed to do for the skin but it seems to works! What I also found interesting is that the cleanser roll is wrapped in seaweed.

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The scent to this one is interesting. I can’t place what it smells like- maybe a nutty smell. It’s definitely not fruity or earthy. But it’s kinda strong. It’s not over powering to me but I can see that being a problem for those who are sensitive to smell, and to those who are used to the lack of smell from Angels. It doesn’t turn me off from using it but it’s not the greatest scent, in my personal opinion, because I tend to like fruity scents.

The texture is softer and smoother than Angels, probably because there are more moisturizing ingredients.

I really like the feel of this cleanser, although sometimes I feel like my skin isn’t dry enough to use this just yet. I feel I’ll need this more in mid November to December. This would be amazing for dry and/or sensitive skin.

I have oily skin and I don’t use this every morning like with Angels, but when I do use it my skin looks and feels great.  And my skin doesn’t have that dirty, filmy feeling. My skin feels clean but also like I just applied some moisturizer.

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Urban Decay Revolution lipstick Shame

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Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Shame is a really vamp, dark red, wine color. I love colors like this, especially in the fall and winter. It’s such a gorgeous, bad ass shade for the lips and works really well for all skin tones I think. The texture is nice and really moisturizing due to the jojoba ad avocado oils in the product. It’s really smooth and I really like the metallic bullet packaging. It looks super high end..well I guess Urban Decay is a high end brand so Nevermind.

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However I do have a few issues with this shade. I have noticed that this does tend to bleed a bit on me. I need to use a lip liner to help with the bleeding issue. Also this shade didn’t really apply as evenly as I’d like. When i apply it from the tube, it’s a little bit streaky. Maybe because its super creamy? I don’t like my lipsticks to be streaky. I feel I have to apply with a lip brush to get the even finish that I like, which is a pain if you’re on the go. Is it that big of an issue? Not really, but I’m REALLY picky especially when I am spending my money on a product. Some might not see this as that big a deal.
Bottom line, I really love the color and I love the formula because its really moisturizing on the lips and I wear it often however this particular shade didn’t really apply as well as I would’ve liked it to. Definitely not as even as their shade Venom which I reviewed here.
I give this a B+ as my final grade. Not bad but my pickiness took over here.

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Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Venom

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Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Venom

I bought 2 of Urban Decay’s new Revolution Lipsticks to try out. I love a good lipstick and love to try new lipsticks and new formulas. So this one was a no brainer.

I got the shade Venom because, first I was attracted to the name, but also the color looked Interesting and a pretty, dark shade great for fall and winter.

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The formula is really smooth and this shade in particular gives really great pigmentation. Venom is a strong, vampy berry shade, something I love in a lipstick. The texture is very creamy, a bit glossy even. It feels really good on the lips. This texture feels like a Mac amplified to me and I LOVE the amplified formula.  It gives a really nice gloss to the lips and it’s not drying. My lips felt really smooth and soft during wear. There are a nice blend of oils in this lipstick including jojoba oil, avocado oil and shea butter. I also really like the packaging. The tube looks so elegant and shiny in it’s metallic bullet. I am really liking these lipsticks and I can see myself getting more shades in the future. There are so many to choose from!

Have you tried any of the new Urban Decay Lipsticks?

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Smashbox Artificial Light Illuminizing Lotion- Glow

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I’ve been wanting to purchase this product since I received a sample of this some time ago. I really love this product because, as the name says, it gives the face a really beautiful glow. I am such a fanatic when it comes to highlighting products; powders, creams, liquids, you name it I love it! But of course only if it feels good and looks great. These come in 3 different shades, one ideal for just about every skin color.

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Glow is a bronzey golden highlight lotion, although don’t get turned off by the word ‘lotion’ because the texture is very lightweight and it’s not oily or greasy. I have really oily skin and this didn’t make me oily. The product is shimmery but not glittery. I don’t like glittery highlighting products because it doesn’t look natural. On a normal day we don’t just spontaneously break out into glitter(unless you’re a Twilight Vampire). The products have  ingredients.

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I like to use this mixed with my foundation. One pump of Glow and my foundation gives a beautiful finish. The name definitely suits the product. For fair skinned beauties this is nice as a bronzer though I wouldn’t mix it with your foundation unless you are going for the bronzed look. It’s perfect for that, otherwise I would recommend using it on the cheeks as a bronzer. For darker skinned beauties this gives a natural, healthy look. You may also add this to your moisturizer or sunblock. There are numerous possibilities with this products which is why i really love it. It’s great for makeup artists and for the run of the mill makeup addict!

I’m a little sadden because I feel like this might be getting discontinued because this product is no longer on the Smashbox website nor is it carried in Sephora but I did find it on other websites like Nordstrom and Amazon. So I really hope it’s not being discontinued 😦 I might have to buy backups just in case!

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Wearing Artificial Light mixed with my foundation

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Smoky Mushrooms Look

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Here is a smoky eye look I did for a night out. I absolutely love Urban Decay Mushroom eyeshadow. It’s a really smooth, pigmented shade and a great shade to incorporate with a smoky eye.

 

Face:
Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer
Mac Face and Body Foundation
Smashbox Artificial Light Illuminating Lotion Glow
Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer
Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener Dark Peach
Mac Bite of an Apple Blush

Eyes:
Mac Soft Ocher Paint Pot
Urban Decay Mushroom Eyeshadow
Black Eyeshadow from the Sleek Bad Girl Palette
Makeup Forever Aqua Black Cream Liner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Liner Pencil Perversion
Kiss False Lashes
Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Mascara

Lips:
Urban Decay Lip Junkie Naked

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My Favorite Skincare Products and Routine

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Skincare is a very important routine for anyone. It’s more important than makeup because everyone wants to have healthy, clear skin without makeup. I’ve had horrendous acne in my teens and also in my adult years. I’ve battled the ups and more downs with bad skin and you just don’t feel good when you think you don’t look good.

I’ve probably tried almost every skincare product known to man; OTC, prescription meds, gels and creams, chemical peels, mircrodermabrasions just to name a few expensive things. After years and lots of money, I finally got it right! I have been using the same stuff for over 2 years and I am quite happy with my routine. I do think it’s important to find what works best for your skin and stick with that routine and not keep changing products.

In the morning:
1) I wash my face with Lush Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser
2) *Optional if the weather is hot and sticky or if my skin stills feels a bit oily, I wipe my face with pure Witch Hazel
3) Skin Authority Vit. D Elixir
4) Use Mac Prep and Prime SPF Lotion(if foundation doesn’t have SPF)
5) I apply foundation or tinted moisturizer or I just go bare faced
*If I have a bad pimple or breakout I use the Sulfur Ointment as a spot treatment right after I cleanse and tone for a couple days and then my breakout is gone.
*I also use Lush Grease Lightning gel when I have a stubborn pimple or as a scar treatment.

At Night Before bed:
1) Wash my face with Lush Fresh Farmacy cleanser
2) Lush Ocean salt 2-3 times a week to exfoliate
3) Skin Authority Calming Mask 1-2 times a week; I use Lush Fresh Face Masks every now and again for a little skin treat, especially Cosmetic warrior if my skin is acting up.
4) Skin Authority Accelerating Gel for 1 week then I stop so that I don’t get a tolerance to it.
5) Essential Oils/ when I’m not using the Accelerating gel or if my skin is really dry

Magpie and Cocktails- A Birthday Look

I celebrated my birthday on Friday and I went out with friends for a low key but super fun evening! A few drinks, lots of laugh and cake is perfect Friday evening.

I’ve been having Sugarpill’s Magie loose pigment for some time now and I haven’t been able to wear it and I’ve been itching to. I love the color but it’s certainly not an everyday color and I haven’t been going out all that much lately. So I thought this would be a perfect time to break it out. I love dark, smokey looks so I used a black base under the pigment to make the eyes a bit more smoldering.

Face:
Laura Merier Oil Free Face Primer
Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightner Dark Peach
Mac Face and Body Foundation
Smashbox Artificial Light in Glow(mixed with my foundation)
Mac Mighty Aphrodite Blush

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Mac Slick Black Greasepaint Stick
Sugarpill Magpie Pigment
Urban Decay Darkhorse e/s
Urban Decay Buck e/s
Mac Blue Stripe PowerPoint Eye Pencil
Makeup Forever Aqua Black Cream Liner

Lips:

Nars Chihuahua Lip Gloss

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