Monday, July 27, 2015

Weekly Beauty Edit 7.26.2015

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22 weeks until Christmas!!!! Have you started your Christmas List? This is your official first reminder. I start my list on December 26th, I find this is the best method. I also make sure it is on very public display in the house (magnet on the fridge) in the event someone needs to buy me a little something something during the year. Also, it's very important to email your Sephora Love List at least once a quarter to all friends and family. Don't worry that you won't have any friends left by the end of  the year. That means you have to buy yourself gifts and then you get exactly what you want. Love it when a plan comes together!

Careprost - This is Latisse but I buy mine from an offshore pharmacy and their brand is Careprost.

Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster - I bought this about the same time I bought the St. Tropez Self-Tan Luxe Facial Oil. I prefer the St. Tropez since it is ready to use whereas you have to mix the Clarins with something like a serum or moisturizer.  I repurchased the St. Tropez which I finished a bit ago. If you don't mind mixing, then the Clarins is fine as well.

Tree Hut Body Sugar Scrub in Coconut Lime - LOVE this body scrub, love this perfect summer scent.  Winner winner chicken dinner!
Careprost aka Latisse and Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster
Edits and Deletes
Dove Dry Shampoo - Ugh. I am not a dry shampoo fan. I realize it's all the rage to give hair texture and volume but all it does is make my scalp itch. I have tried several brands from high to low. Flexible hold hair spray works just fine. Delete.

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara - The brush on this is huge. I didn't find the formula worth going blind over. Delete.

Karora Golden Girl Gradual Tan - This was scented with some woodsy amber who knows what scent. This came in an IPSY box, I think. It was a tiny sample size tube so I thought I would use it on my face. I could not wash it off fast enough from the fragrance. Delete.

Almay One Coat Thickening Waterproof Mascara - I prefer waterproof mascara because they hold my curl better. This one did not! I tried it several times. I'd curl my lashes, apply this mascara and an hour later my lashes were stick straight.

It was also disappointing in volume and length, all it did was darken my lashes. Delete.

Mini Review 
Ulta Double Duty Powder Foundation
This is a pressed powder foundation that can be used wet for a more sheer to light coverage or dry for a medium to medium full coverage. This is a "first impression" review which means I could feel completely different about this product when I use in different weather or lighting or over a different serum or primer. But as of today, this powder foundation is getting high marks. It is so soft and creamy, it almost feels wet. There is almost no kick up of dust when I swirl my brush in it. Coverage is a solid medium and with a good buffing brush you can get it up a few more notches of  coverage. I actually used my finger to apply it to the sides of my nose and those dreaded pores disappeared. Yes, I said disappeared (using my finger was key). The finish is demi-matte at first and gets to satin after about an hour. Beautiful finish. I was mostly indoors today, sat out on  the deck for a bit. This foundation looked as good as when I applied it for a solid 5 hours. When I touched up, it did not look thick or powdery, just refreshed. I chose  Warm Tan for this season. Will buy Warm for my normal color.

Ulta Double Duty Pressed Powder Foundation in Warm Tan
 I have not yet tried it with a damp sponge which will give a light to light medium coverage.

I originally went to buy the Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation but they were out of my color. The texture of the Ulta brand felt identical but it comes in much less colors. Thankful I found a color for me. But they both felt buttery creamy smooth ultra finely milled and pressed.

I would say this can also act as a beautiful finishing powder used with a light hand as well as a true foundation powder used with a buffing brush for almost full coverage.  I know many like  to use a foundation powder as a finishing powder to give their liquid foundation a bit more staying power as well as boosting coverage. This is a perfect candidate. Regular price is $12 but it was on sale for $5. Ulta brand products are on sale all the time.

Wednesday Night Scrub Club
REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial  
Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask
REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial
This was a sample, one time use. Flash Rinse is a gel you massage on your face, leave on as a 1 minutes mask and then simply rinse off. It is loaded with Vitamin C and its claim to fame is to leave your skin brighter. After one use, I did not see this. Maybe if your skin is grey.....

Sunday Night Scrub Club
Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Polish Mask
I like this as scrub. The sugar is a pretty good size but rounded so it's not tearing at your skin. The charcoal is marketing. There is barely enough charcoal to turn the gel base a very translucent grey, hardly enough charcoal to pull the gunk our of pores. You put it on, let it sit for a five minutes then scrub for 2 to 3 minutes and rinse.


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