Wednesday, April 1, 2015

March 2015 New Purchase Hits and Misses

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It was a great shopping month. Isn't it always? Began buying Spring shoes, dresses, skirts and a little jewelry here and there. We have a "dress for your day" dress code at my company and most of my days call for dressing a bit more upscale rather than casual. Admittedly, I like to wear dresses and skirts regardless of what meetings are on the calendar for the day.

But we are here to talk about Beauty products! As I look over my list of purchases, unlike my shoes and dresses which definitely had a Spring twist, my beauty purchases were all over the place, mostly seasonless. It was hard to whittle down the list. Most of the items I bought were good and performed the way I had hoped for. Happy Dance!

I had lots of Silver Medal purchases this month but these took Gold!

L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1
L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1 - I think this was $15ish at WalMart. For me, this is a better palette than Urban Decay Naked (and a hush fell over the room). Almost all the colors are wearable for me in La Palette with a nice balance of mattes and shimmers. These blend beautifully, don't kick up a lot of dust, no fallout and deposit the right amount of pigment for my preference. I don't go gaga over highly pigmented shadows or blushes as I find they take too much caution and effort to apply. La Palette wears all through my workday and beyond. P.S. I always use primer on my oily lids.

Alba Botanical Papaya Enzyme Mask - pleasant scent, easy to apply, very slight tingle as the enzymes start to gobble up the dead, dull skin cells. Skin is soft and smooth, makeup glides on and zero irritation. My only complaint is that the gel-like formula takes a little extra rinsing to completely remove, best to use before a shower. If rinsing off in your sink, use a very wet wash cloth to help things along.

Best of Becca LE Ulta - jaw dropping excellent. Swoon worthy. This was a Limited Edition set only available at Ulta. It sold out within days. Each of the items in this set is perfection and includes Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold, Shimmering Skin Perfector in Spotlight, Beach Tint in Guava, and Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Watermelon/Moonstone. Be still my heart!
Ulta LE Best of Becca Summer 2015
Not everyone can win a medal, some are eliminated after the first round of try outs.

The Wet Brush Detangling Shower Brush - am I the only person this does not work for? I don't have tangly hair but bought this as an extra precaution to do everything possible to keep my hair intact and keep breakage to a minimum. I find a wide tooth comb works much better for me The Wet Brush.

IT Cosmetics CC Illumination Cream - everything about this seems to be as wonderful as the original version but is simply too dewy for me. My skin almost looks wet. A dewy finish is usually lovely on mature skin but this seems to take it beyond dewy. The video below captures the dewiness.

OK, But....
These are generally loved and recommended by many but as for me and my stash, eh. I know I'm probably the Lone Ranger in my opinion on these. 

Ole Henrickson Truth (Vitamin C) Serum - This has a  thicker aloe texture  as compared to most other Vitamin C serums that are almost a water consistency. I like my Vitamin C serums to be more pure and to the point which is usually the case with the more watery delivery systems. Truth Serum has a long list of ingredients and something in there does not play well with several of my primers. The primers ball up. It's the worst with Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying primer. Ewwww. Heck no. I shop amazon for 20% Vitamin C serum. Most recently I've bought Foxbrim, Joy & Karma (they also sent me a bottle for review which was pretty cool since I was already a customer!), and InstaNatural to the best of my recollection. I shop by best price on the day I'm ordering.

Laura Mercier Ritual Blush Bronzer
Laura Mercier LE Ritual Blush Bronzer - I'm probably going to get myself banned from the beauty blogging community for calling this out as 'just ok' for me. Laura Mercier released this LE in 2013 and it sold out in a flash leaving many of us in the dust. As soon as I found out she re-released it, I was on it and bought it online. This is a swirl of colors type product which means it's the luck of the draw as to the balance (or lack of) of colors your compact will have. Mine does not have enough pink, thus, comes off muddy on me. I plan on returning mine and seeing if I can find one in store with more pink. Very sad.

I love these products enough to buy again which means they are probably as near to Holy Grail status as can be for me!

Yardley Lavender Bar Soap - the best lavender scent ever! The scent lasts till the the very end.

Target Hair Wrap
 Target Hair Wrap, dupe of Turbie Twist - the blow the original Turbie Twist away. The ones sold at Target are not in the beauty section, they are near the bath towels and bathroom accessories. Thicker, prettier designs, sturdier and more absorbent than the original and come two in a box.

Philosophy Footnotes - my absolute favorite foot scrub, found a great deal on amazon.

Tarte Eye Lash Curler - This curve shape and width fits my eye. I like the amount of give in the handles and I like the soft, wider curve of the rubber pad.

Palmer's Skin Success Eventone Fade Milk - I apply this every other night to my hands and arms to keep those pesky age spots away. I use the version with 2% hydroquinone only found online. WalMart carries a more natural version but I've not used it.


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