Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Sunday, April 27, 2014
The Nourishing oil works by dissolving impurities and makeup while replenishing and balancing skin with jojoba and macadamia oils.
This is not a traditional cleanser that works up into foamy lather, instead you apply the oil to dry skin and massage in. After it has been worked in, wet skin to emulsify and rinse clean. The oil is meant to remove long-wear makeup and leave skin velvety smooth with no greasy residue.
After cleansing my face and lifting the debris from my pores I grab a good book, relax and move on to a pampering face mask. Garnier recently launched a dark-spot treatment mask that helps even skin tone. I have a few faint blemishes from past bouts of hormonal acne that I would like to fade and it is also meant to treat dullness. The natural ingredients include: vitamin C, floral extract, castor oil, and fruit extract.
Friday, April 25, 2014
I apply the blush using my fingers and gently blend it where I want it to sit. I recommend cleaning hands prior to touching the crème to prevent makeup, germs and other particles from embedding. For a natural flush try applying the blush prior to setting makeup. You may also use a stipple brush or sponge applicator, however I find that some sponges may absorb too much product.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
- 1 kale leaf (optional)
Monday, April 21, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Overall this month's box had good variety and I was quite happy with the makeup.
Sneak peak of next months box:
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Today I have a review on the Clarins HydraQuench cream formulated for normal to dry skin. It also works well on combination skin like mine. I like to keep my face hydrated morning, noon and night and I am always on the lookout for products that react favorably under makeup. This cream can be used all year and works well to relieve tight, dry skin and flaky patches.
The HydraQuench cream smells amazing and is specifically formulated to "promote softer, more radiant skin." A small dab spreads effortlessly over a large area and covers efficiently. It also has a pleasant cooling sensation that soothes and softens. Once applied, my skin feels incredibly smooth and supple and I love that it eliminates dryness without feeling greasy or looking shiny. The formula is rich but light weight, absorbs quickly and makes my skin feel fresh. It is also ideal for use during the summer and in humid climates.
I use the cream under primers, foundations and concealers. It helps prep my skin for makeup application and provides long lasting hydration without increasing oil production. The formula contains Katafray bark extract and hyaluronic acid to "provide optimal moisture within the skin's layers." It can also be used before bed on the face and neck so you wake up with dewy, revitalized looking skin.
You can find this cream on the Clarins website by clicking HERE or at Sephora HERE. It retails for $49.50 (per 50 ml).
Sunday, April 13, 2014
If you have some mandarin orange left over it can be added to a fruit salad the next day as a part of a healthy lunch.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
In the new Plastic Passion line there are 6 hyper-saturated, technicolor Tars to choose from and these bold beauties are not for the timid! The Tars are seriously bright and OCC claims that they are “the most vibrant line-up of shades to date.” I love a bright bold lip for spring and summer but with the exception of the purple the other two showstoppers are a little outside of my cushy comfort zone of pink, orange, corals and red. With slight hesitation I grabbed my lip brush and painted these babies on to present a visual display of their true uniqueness.
How to use
This bright blue has a milky white undertone and even though the color looks gorgeous in the tube I doubt I am going to be able to pull it off on a bright spring day without attracting some quizzical glaces. For the short time I had it on however it did make me feel a little edgy and daring. Shades like this are interesting for editorial work and the color is so electric it looks like I dipped my lips in paint!