Friday, October 31, 2014

My Five Wish List Treats from Sephora


In the spirit of today's treat-a-plenty holiday, I'm sharing five wish list items that I'd love to purchase at Sephora. Better yet...if I wait until Thursday, November 5th I can take 20% off my entire purchase thanks to the upcoming VIB sale. (If you're a Sephora VIB or VIB Rouge member, you should have received a mailer with the details including the "secret" code.)

Now on to my Sephora list...
  1. Marc Jacobs The Sky-Liner 7-Piece Petite Highliner Collection: So...I caved and bought this set the day it came out! Their staying power is incredible with little or no under eye transfer of color. I'll admit that these petite liners are super tiny, but they will give you a good intro to the line and be ideal for travel.
  2. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette: These swirling shades look absolutely gorgeous. However, I haven't swatched them so I don't know if they'll work for me. But fingers crossed that they'll live up to their hype.
  3. Guerlain KissKiss Shaping Cream Lip Colour (shade 326 Love Kiss): I tried this lippie in store and it was pure love. The color is a sophisticated red with just a hint of orange. It was super hydrating with a beautiful satin finish.
  4. Korres Beauty Shots Ultimate Mask Collection: I'm a sucker for fruit-scented items especially in my skin care. This limited-edition collection of four, fruit-infused facial masks seems ideal for a rainy home spa day. I can see myself layering one on top of each other for my own custom scent...we'll, maybe I better use one at a time!
  5. Bond No. 9 I Love New York for Holidays: I'm a Bond girl, and I've fallen for most of the I Love New York collection. While I haven't smelled this fragrance in person, I have a good feeling this one is meant for me. Every girl needs a new holiday scent...right?
What about you? What's on your Sephora VIB list?

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Don't-Leave-Home-Without-Me Facial Oil


Whole Foods is becoming my new skincare destination. And, my latest find — Acure Seriously Firming Facial Serum — is probably the best product I've discovered all year. Let's take a look.

Seriously Firming Facial Serum is one of those items that I really didn't think I needed. But it was recommended to me by a Whole Food's sales associate when I mentioned my skin was going through a dry spell mid summer. I had just bought a newish moisturizer and I didn't want to repurchase yet another moisturizer. For all I knew, my skin would pop back to normal in a week or two and then I'd be out the $$ for something I wouldn't use again. Story of my life!

The sales associate told me how she applied the serum just to her dry patches or swapped it for her regular moisturizer when she needed an extra boost of moisture. Her skin looked fabulous, so I took her word for it.

I started using it in the morning as soon as I would get up. After washing my face with water, I'd apply a drop or two of the product to my hands and gently press it on my face. In a minute or two, the product sinks in and I can get on with the rest of my routine. Within several days of using it just in the AM, my skin glowed and all the dry spots were gone. I also found that several old scars were fading significantly. I'd had them for a year or two, so I was quite surprised.

The product has also been quite the lifesaver after a curling wand incident a week or so ago. I accidentally touched the left side of my face with the entire wand. It left me with a pretty scary burn just above my jawline. I've been applying the Seriously Firming Facial Oil multiple times a day to the burn. It's been super soothing, and I'm noticing how quickly the redness from the burn is fading. 

While the product is described as "seriously firming," I really can't comment on this benefit. But I can say that it will be the first item I pack when I go away for the weekend or on holiday. It's that good...seriously.

Purchase info: Acure Seriously Firming Facial Serum is available at most Whole Foods, select retailers, and online. It retails for approximately $23.00 (1 oz bottle).

Friday, September 26, 2014

An Almost Edible Body Butter


I have a serious repulsion of fragrant lotions and body butters especially those that smell like food products. I's really silly. So, I generally avoid this category altogether. But last month I ventured out of my safety net and took a sniff of 100% Pure Gingerade Whipped Body Butter. Ah...ginger heaven! 

This body butter smells not quite like a gingersnap cookie, but not like ginger ale either. It's hard to truly describe it. All I know is that I have to restrain myself from wanting to take a little taste.

Once I get past its amazing ginger scent, I'm greeted by a rich and creamy body butter that melts immediately into my skin. It's not one of those products that sits on top and feels like an oil slick. This butter soaks in and gives your skin a hydrating drink of antioxidants, vitamins, skin softening fruit oils, cocoa, and avocado butters. It doesn't get much better than this!

If you're wanting an intensely hydrating body butter for fall, Gingerade Whipped Body Butter is for you. 

Purchase info: Buy online or in stores. It retails for $22.00 (3.4 oz tub).

Friday, September 5, 2014

My $5 or Less Foundation Steal


Unlike yesterday's post featuring two luxury, curly-girl buys, today we're focussing on a budget friendly item — Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Liquid Face Makeup. This $5 steal is giving my department store foundations a run for their money.

I'll be the first to admit that I don't usually experiment with drugstore foundations. Why? First, you can rarely get a good color match without actually trying a foundation on. Seriously, have you ever nailed the color correctly by just looking at the bottle's shade? Second, their formulas have usually been heavy in consistency and not compatible with my finicky, sensitive skin. I prefer a very natural look with light, breathable coverage. I just have never found this type of product at the drugstore, so I stopped looking many years ago.

But Fit Me Foundation is a different beast. It's a light, gel formula that mimics your own skin. It's oil free, but very hydrating. It feels great on the skin and reminds me of my favorite tinted moisturizer not a foundation. As such, I don't have to worry about piling on my moisturizer before application. One caveat...if you have oily skin or live in a super humid environment, this product probably isn't for you.

I chose shade 110 Porcelain, which is the lightest one of their 18 shades. 115 may have worked, but I was afraid it would be too pink especially if it oxidized. 110 leans more yellow/warm in hue and appeared to be a better fit for my NC 15-20 skin. If you're paler than NC 15, you might be out of luck as this is lightest shade available. On the other end of the color spectrum, Fit Me seems offers new shades designed specifically for women of color. This might be a good option if you are challenged to find a darker shade of foundation. I know fair and dark colors are often trickier to find.

My only complaint is that it doesn't wear all day. I find that by late afternoon/early evening it starts fading. With that said, Fit Me does fade evenly at least. You're not left with awkward splotches of color and no color.

Over all...I'm quite impressed. If you have normal to dry skin and can find your skin's shade, this is a keeper!

Purchase info: Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Liquid Face Makeup is available at most mass retailers and drugstores. It typically retails for $5.00 or less.
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