Monday, May 25, 2015

Weekly Beauty Edit 5.24.2015

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I haven't posted a Haul-A-Lulu in a long time. Or is that referred to as a hot minute? Or is a hot minute the same thing as a New York minute which would be a very short time rather than a long time, right? Talk amongst yourselves. I've been hauling, weekly, but I don't want these Weekly Edits to be about hauls. Every once in a bit, it's fun. The best part of hauling this week? Seedless watermelon from Costco! Just call me a P-I-G hog! In case you don't know, that is pronounced with PIG spelled out...pee eye gee....and then simply followed by the word hog. Got it? Feel free to use it the next time you eat an entire 16 inch pizza or half gallon of chocolate ice cream. Also bought cherries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries. Do not be afraid - I also bought mashed potatoes, cinnamon rolls, and chocolate covered peanuts.

Skincare News Flash
Medicell Instant Brightening Peel - Love cruising the Dermstore website. Lots of great info, lots of interesting skincare that is typically not found in the mainstream. There is often a 20% site-wide coupon code and they accept Mr. Rebates, free shipping shipping and returns. This mask, I wouldn't call it a peel, has both lactic acid and azelaic acid, both know for skin lightening. Not sure there is enough in this product to make a difference but I do a mask or peel twice a week and my stash was getting low. Low by my standards. Ahem. This is clay based and has very, very tiny scrubbies in it. Pleasant, light scent.
Medicell Brightening Peel

Glycolix Gly-Sal 10-2 Pads - I always have a jar of these on hand. They are exfoliating pads with both an AHA and a BHA or more precisely 10% glycolic acid and 2% salicylic acid. There are many versions of exfoliating pads but the reasons I choose these is they don't leave my skin tacky, are a reasonable price for a 60 pad jar, and as mentioned have both AHA and BHA. Pads aren't big but they are saturated. I cut them in half for extra mileage and store the jar on its side so the pads stay evenly saturated from first to last. 

This contains alcohol so if you are avoiding skincare that contains oil, this is not for you.  A very well-known, well marketed and well respected beauty and skin care formulation specialist (some would say expert), Paula Begoun, the  Cosmetic Cop and founder of Paula's Choice Skin care (I love, own and use some of her products) has been very vocal in her opposition to alcohol in skin care. There are other experts, including medical doctors, who disagree. For every article Paula has written, there is probably another article that counters her belief. Here's one that gives a good "alcohol is fine" in skincare perspective, even beneficial in a good formula.
Topix Glycolix Gly/Sal 10-2 Pads
Bronze Babe
I love the look of a tan, although not a deep tan. Maybe something between a kiss of color and a deep tan. Never, though, will you see me in the sun unless I have layers of SPF on. First, skin cancer is about each and every person, not something that happens to someone else, secondly, I can't stand hot weather and, lastly, sun equals wrinkles, age spots, sagging. Skin cancer is serious and I hardly even want to type that out but the fact is, skin cancer is on the rise. Stay out of the sun. Or wear a big hat.

My collection of bronzers is either insane or impressive. Depends on one's perspective regarding makeup collections in general. For me? Go big or go home.  This week, I selected a few to rotate through the week.
Starting at Top and Clockwise
Dior Diorskin Nude Tan Light, Bare Minerals Bronzing Mineral Veil, MAC Golden, IT Cosmetics, Smashbox Halo Glow
It'a all about the brush, in my opinion. It's very easy to go over the top with bronzer. You need a fluffy brush that has lots of give. Personally, I like a natural brush for bronzer but a synthetic bristle will be easier to control. The reason I like natural bristle for all face products, not just bronzer, is that it picks up more product with less effort which means I get less dust kick up in the pan, my number one pet peeve. I do prefer synthetic for foundation because they are easier to clean. Practice at night right before you wash your face, if you're new to bronzing or using a new bronzer or brush.

Merry Mascara
I used a different mascara each day I wore mascara this week. I like most mascara so I'm not sure my reviews are helpful. The same Fairy Godmother who saves me from chipped nail polish, regardless of brand, base or top coat, is the same Fairy Godmother (maybe her sister) who saves me from flakes, transfer, and smudging. My lashes are long from using Latisse (generic Careprost). I need volume and color so the lengths shows up. Part of me thinks the reason I don't have issues is because I only use one coat of mascara. My lashes are stick straight and point downward. Using a lash curler is a non-negotiable.

Maybelline Falsies Flared
YSL Baby Doll
Bare Minerals Lash Domination (my top 5 list)
Maybelline Colossal Cat Eye Waterproof (my top 5 list)
Tarte Lights, Lashes, Camera (my top 10 list)
Maybelline Full N Soft
Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous

Deletes and Edits
Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation in 210 and 220 - There is not a color match for me. I rarely can find a color match with Covergirl, I find the warmer shades run peachy instead of yellow. If a foundation doesn't match me, I won't even wear it for a test run. Many reviews said this foundation is great for mature, oily skin. If you can find a color match and you have combination to oily skin, you might give it a try.

Timeless Squalane Oil

Timeless Squalane Oil -  Squalane should have zero scent or odor. This one smells awful, processed, chemical. Bye bye. Squalane comes from olives and very closely resembles sebum, the skin's natural oil. Sebum actually has a component of sebum in it. Because squalane is so similar to the make up of sebum, the skin recognizes it, gladly accepts it and absorbs it quickly. Squalane is filled with anti-oxidants, skin loving fatty acids, and in turn helps with keeping the skin in good shape to fight the hands of time.  However, Timeless brand is not for me.


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