Saturday, January 26, 2013

Sephora haul

I adore browsing Sephora's website but rarely order from them because I just can't seem to fork out the cash for high end makeup. However, still being a little flush from Christmas cash and with my birthday next week, I decided to splash out and treat myself to some goodies.

Most of these things are products I've heard rave reviews for and have been dieing to try.

The Shiseido Facial Cotton are a bit pricier than my favorite Swissper cotton rounds. I certainly will be reserving these for my face and using the Swisspers for my nails. The Shiseido cotton pads are so incredibly soft and fluffy. Super gentle for removing eye makeup (which is about all I use cotton pads for on my face). I've seen it suggested to split them in half to get more value for your money and I think this is doable given their thickness.

I have been really wanting a classy lipstick and the YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick is definitely classy. I chose Nude Beige. Turns out my monitor color is off and the lipstick isn't really my shade. However, the formula is incredible. Creamy, moisturizing, pigmented, long lasting, delicious smelling. I may end up exchanging it for a different shade.

I'm not much of a lipgloss girl, but again, everyone raves about Buxom so I wanted to try it. I chose Big Creamy Lip Cream in White Russian. The color is a lovely pale pink. The formula is slightly tingly and moisturizing but not at all sticky. Love it!

A small L'occitane Rose 4 Reines hand cream. Can never have enough hand cream and this one smells beautiful and leaves my hands soft but not greasy.

Can never have enough eye shadow so I picked up the Sephora Primal Instincts Eye Palette. It looks to be a nice selection of neutral shades with a nice satin finish. I haven't tried them yet, but they sure look pretty in the pan.

Boring hair ties round out the stuff I purchased. Everything else was freebies!!
The usually perfume/skin care samples weren't anything special.
They had a special "deluxe sample" promotion the week I ordered and I chose the Josie Maran Cleansing Oil and Soap & Glory Righteous Butter. Haven't tried either yet.
I finally redeemed my Beauty Insider points that have been slowly accumulating and got a Buxom Shimmer, Shine & Smoke sample kit. This includes an luminizer, mascara, eye liner and a mini Buxom lip polish.
And finally, because it's my birthday, I got this year's birthday treat which is a Benefit set that includes They're Real mascara and Watt's Up highlighter. Can't wait to try both of these!

All in all I'm very happy with my haul. Very much worth the wait and saving up for.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Which Sixteen Candles character are you?

Here's a somewhat lame but fun quiz Which Sixteen Candles character are you? Apparently I'm Randy, Samantha's best friend. Pretty much knew I wasn't Sam, but one could hope!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Clarisonic, one year later

In December 2011 I got a Clarisonic Mia for Christmas. I had been using the Olay face brush for awhile and liked the results. When C asked what I wanted for Christmas, I knew I wanted to upgrade to a Clarisonic and he graciously got me one.

I thought I had written a post comparing the two brushes, but can't seem to find it. Both do an effective job cleaning the skin and providing gentle exfoliation. If you don't have the funds for a Clarisonic, I highly recommend the Olay brush.

I love my Mia. I loved it from day one and still love it a year later. The brush leaves my skin feeling absolutely clean and energized. It's like a little facial massage whenever I use it. I don't use it twice a day as suggested in the literature. I used it daily at first but now use it maybe 4 times a week. It is certainly gentle enough to use everyday, I just don't always take the time.

Some cleansers work better than others with the brush. I have used it with my Burt's Bees Intense Hydration cream cleanser, but it really works better with a cleanser that foams just a bit (Organique Hydrating face wash is a good natural option).

My skin has never looked and felt better. It has helped my chronically dry skin become more normal. I think the brush preps the skin so well my moisturizer works all the better. When I go a few days without using the brush I can definitely notice a difference in the texture of my skin. The Mia provides the perfect amount of exfoliation to keep my skin looking great. I rarely feel the need to use face scrubs anymore, nor do I use chemical exfoliants (like AHAs).

Mine holds a charge forever. I only need to charge it once a month. This is a big plus for me since my bathroom is small and I don't have a place close enough to an outlet to keep it on a charger all the time.

I replace the brush head about every 4 -5 months. They recommend every 3 but since I'm only using it a fraction of the time recommended I feel I can go longer between changes. It is important to wash the brush head, and I think this is a step a lot of people forget. Just like your washcloth gets grimy from use, so does the brush head. I thoroughly rinse the head each time I use it. Once a week or so I remove the head from the handle and give it a good wash with Dr Bronner's peppermint soap. If there is any residue in the handle I clean that out too. Leave it assembled overnight to thoroughly dry and it's ready to go the next day.

All in all, the Clarisonic is my favorite skincare tool ever. The difference it has made in my skin is amazing and I never want to be without one. If you are on the fence about whether or not it's worth it, I can heartily say it is!