Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekly Beauty Edit 3.22.2015

Quite a bit of deliveries this week. I could give the inventor of online shopping a huge smooch. Life is grand!

I've been thinking about my hair the past few weeks. I'm not a hair product junkie. When it comes to hair, I like things nice and simple. Simple brown color, simple cut, simple style. Now that I'm wearing my hair longer, I've been curling it with my flat iron, kind of doing that flick of the wrist trick on the ends. The curls give my hair more volume and putting it simply, it's pretty! But my ends are crunchy. I soak them in avocado oil, I use a heat spray, I deep condition regularly, I get a trim regularly. More and more often, I find myself drifting over to hair products and reading reviews. Wow, hair products are quite an emotional and passionate subject, especially when it comes to silicone as an ingredient. Who knew? Does my hair like silicone? I don't know, I've never asked it. Apparently, anyone with hair on their head should know the answer to that question. To silicone or not to silicone, that is the question! Most of my hair care products have silicone - I'm at peace with that.

Big news is that  I'm going to have laser treatments on my face and neck. The treatment is ClearLift and it uses the Amla laser. I sound like I know what I'm talking about but I don't. Not nearly as effective as a  real deal face lift but this laser will tighten skin, even out discolorations, and smooths out lines. It's the tightening I care about. Sagging is horrible! You know I'll take you along on this journey. Will take 3 or 4 treatments, and each treatment is several weeks apart. My skin is in great shape for my age, but the sagging is making me completely nuts.

Soap and Glory Discovery Set - this was a steal of a deal at HSN, $19.95 and free shipping but it's back up to full price.

Best of Becca LE at Ulta

Becca Best of Becca Collection - this was limited edition to Ulta and is now sold out

IT Cosmetics Build-A-Brow 5 in 1 Micro Fiber Cream Stain - IT Cosmetics has truly ridiculous product names!

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops - these are liquid, pure pigment colors you add to moisturizer, primer, a foundation to adjust color or coverage, BB cream, etc. to give it the color and coverage you want.

Laura Mercier LE Ritual Blush Bronzer - angels singing! I missed this LE in 2013 and was thrilled Laura Mercier released it again.

Skinn Body Bronzing Oil - a hint of color that leaves a hydrated sheen on the

The Wet Brush Detangler - used it tonight, not sure, jury is still out. My wide tooth comb does pretty good.

Threshold (Target) Super Absorbing Turbans - these are thicker, softer, more substantial and in general higher quality than the Turbie Twist. I could never go back to a Turbie Twirst. Target's comes in really cute patterns and are two in pack, found in the towel and bathroom decor section, usually an end cap.

Spa Skincare
Monday - Philosophy Microdelivery Triple Acid 
Brightening Peel

Wednesday - 15% Lactic Acid  Peel followed by raw, organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized honey mask

Sunday - Eve Lom Rescue Mask ........A highly effective deep-cleansing treatment, this multi-award winning mask is an instant fix for sluggish, stressed out skin. Formulated with honey-infused kaolin clay, camphor and almond extracts, this multi-tasking treatment tackles a number of skin concerns, from blotchiness and breakouts to jet-lagged complexions and morning-after puffiness. A weekly deep-clean for your skin, its unique formula purifies without stripping or drying, softening and conditioning to leave your complexion beautifully smooth and glowing. Redness and irritation are soothed and calmed, while excess oil is absorbed for a beautifully balanced complexion.

Early Edition Reviews

Clinique Beyond  Perfecting Foundation + Concealer
This is an excellent foundation for those with dry to very dry skin. Normal to Combination could like it if they like a glowy look. The foundation is thick and creamy, spreads easily and coverage is medium to full, leaning to full. You will look like you have makeup on. To me this is a formal makeup. I don't know about you but there are times I WANT to look like I'm wearing a full face.Lasts 8 hours, needs to be set as it takes a long time to dry down, very large color range, no scent. I wore it over my Make Up For Ever Mattifying Primer and I set it with Mac Blotting Pressed Powder. I wasn't oily but I was glowy in three hours so had to pat down.

Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer
This is a concealer with a learning curve. It is thick, almost as paste that needs to warmed up by gently rubbing some between your fingers. Less is more, you can easily add another layer. It needs to be patted on...pat pat pat and then that pat and roll action. It stays tacky. That is my downfall. I tried setting it with Hourglass Diffused (yellow one) and Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder. I NEVER set my under eye concealer. Ugh, the lines! In both cases, I had to gently pat on a lightweight under eye cream after a couple of hours. I tried to use less the second time I used it and it helped. If you use IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye, Amazing Concealer is IT on steroids but comes in a ton of colors. Maybe it is best to use on the face covering spots and then your regular foundation will adhere to it. No idea.

Weekly Headlines
I started depotting! Unfortunately, I started with my Urban Decay Naked Palette instead of my singles but it got me in the mood, tools are out, and I'm ready to roll.

My birthday is in the month of March so my present from Sephora for VIB Rouge members arrived this week, two lip crayon and one is their velvet matte. I didn't buy it! It does not count toward my 2015 Beauty Resolutions!

Edits and Deletes

Maybelline Illegal Lengths Mascara - I don't like this mascara because it's a fiber mascara and the fibers flake off. I didn't realize it was a fiber mascara when I bought it. Delete.

Perricone Cold Plasma Eye - I cannot get past the scent. This is not what I want to smell as I'm falling asleep. It's not his famous dead fish baking in seaweed smell but almost. I will edit down the amount I'm using and then it might not be so bad. Will also stop using it on upper lids all together. Edit amount of product used and where it is used.


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