Hello all you beauties out there! It has been about two weeks since my last post! I can either attribute that to my lack of inspiration with everything in my closet, or the fact that I am (was) cutting back on spending on cosmetics. OR, my inner slacker could be to blame here. However, the bulk of these purchases are skin care items, which I can justify spending on, because I believe if your skin looks great, everything else will fall into place. If your skin looks really bad (like mine has lately) then makeup is not going to look all that great just sitting on top of it.
So, that being said, I made a trip to Sephora for a few items to remedy this skin thing I had going on. That Sephora trip turned into a Neiman Marcus trip and then a stop at Lush as well... shhh. it's our little secret. Anyway, here are the items I left with:
nails inc Special Effects Sprinkles nail polish in the shade Sweets Away
This is my first nails inc polish, and I must say, I am LOVING it! It is so cute, and perfect for Spring. The glitter particles in this are mattified, so it doesn't give the nails a super shiny look. It really does have a cupcake topping effect. This one is white with pastel blue, pink, and silver "sprinkles." I love this color, and I am considering buying the pink one, called Topping Lane. Apparently, all the shades are named after streets in London! FYI It took a few coats to get my whole nail covered.
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof pencil in the shade Beryl
This eyeliner pencil is part of Chanel's Spring 2013 collection. It's a pale, lovely lilac color and it is intended for use mainly on the waterline to make eyes look more awake and cancel out redness. For me, it does get rid of most of the redness, but I don't quite feel I look awake enough to justify the $30 price tag.
The one thing I can say about this is that it does last quite well. I swatched this on my hand and it would not rub off. I tried and tried, but it seriously took a lot of work to get this off. This is my first Chanel eyeliner, and I would most likely purchase again in a different shade. I think those of you with a slightly darker skin tone might benefit more from this.
Lush Hello Gorgeous Gift Set
This was my first venture into a Lush store. Well, the first time I ventured in and didn't immediately walk out. The first time I went, I was so intimidated by the strong scent and all the vegans swarming me. Also, there are just so many things in that tiny store. Well this time, I sucked it up and let the sales girls give me the rundown on all the good products I just needed in my life. I didn't intend on buying anything until one of the girls did a hand treatment and then mentioned that there was a gift set containing minis of all the items used. I grabbed that box then and there and quickly shelled out the $40. The box contains the following items:
Gorgeous Facial Moisturizer
This product obviously was not used in the hand treatment, however, I feel quite lucky that this happened to be in the set. It is a lovely, creamy moisturizer, which apparently contains the juice of a whole lemon. It also contains orange blossom honey, extra virgin olive oil, and wheat germ oils. it leaves skin feeling very soft and smooth. The texture of my skin seems to have improved in just two uses! This also contains fresh pineapple juice, which is supposed to cleanse away dirt and oil and leave your skin looking brighter and feeling fresh. Now, a 1.5 oz. tub of this is about $90, so I'm not sure yet if I'll be repurchasing. However, if you have a bit of money to throw around, I would definitely recommend this.
Vanilla Dee-Lite lotion and Rub Rub Rub scrub
These two products were used in the hand treatment and holy wow! They are so nice! The Rub Rub Rub makes my hands feel so soft and has sort of a brightening effect. This contains exfoliating sea salt, and Lush claims you can use it in your hair, however, I will not be doing that. I don't like the idea of any type of salt in my hair. This also contains lemon juice and the scent of mimosa blossoms, resulting in a fresh, smooth post shower all over feeling.
The Vanilla Dee-Lite lotion is formulated with coconut oil and water, and kiwi fruit which is loaded with vitamins and minerals to make your skin look lovely and glowing. This has a nice vanilla scent and really does make my skin feel nice. These items along with the Lemony Flutter cuticle butter help to restore the moisture my skin so desperately craves in these winter months.
Mini Comforter Bubble Bar
I have not yet used this, but Lush describes it as "A fluffy pink blanket of blackcurrant to keep you safe and warm." I personally think it is adorable and don't really want to use it, because it looks so nice in my bathroom :)
Sakura Bath Bomb
Another item I have not tried, because well, who has time for baths? Lush describes this saying, "Relax into fragrant mimosa waters, and let your worries drift away like cherry blossoms in the breeze." Sounds lovely, doesn't it?
This set was a great value, and a wonderful introduction to Lush. I honestly might consider repurchasing this gift set instead of the full sized items when I run out of the minis. Is that considered cheating?
Other items not individually pictured:
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask- The charcoal is supposed to draw out dirt and oil from pores, while China Clay absorbs environmental toxins. Now, I have only used this mask once, but it did seem to bring a lot to the surface, and my skin does seem to be looking a bit more clear. I should probably give it a few more uses before I really judge. This is really my first mask and my first Origins purchase. I believe the 1.7 oz. tube was $16. I would say it is a pretty good value for money.
Ren Hydra Calm Global Protection Day Cream- I have used this twice and my skin seemed noticeably softer and smoother. This was $55 for a 1.7 oz bottle. It has a pump applicator, which I like. This is ideal for sensitive skin, as it calms and soothes, and is supposed to protect skin from aggressors like smoke and pollution. This does not contain synthetic fragrances or dyes, parabens, or sulfates.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir- Have not yet used this, but I will report back after I do. I have seen this on pretty much every beauty blog "favorites" list, so I figured it was time to give it a try.
Carol's Daughter Rosemary Mint Clarifying Conditioner- I have used this twice and I must say so far, I am impressed! My hair feels very smooth immediately after I start to slather this on my head. It has a nice slipperiness to it. I like that in a conditioner. I think this brand is geared towards the ethnic ladies, but I would say my hair sort of falls into the "ethnic" category. This contains rosemary extract and peppermint oil, which leave hair shinier, softer, and more manageable. This was also only $16 for the 8 oz bottle, which I think is a very reasonable price for a high quality conditioner.
In the above photo, I am showcasing my new nail polish, and possibly my new favorite lipstick for spring, MAC's Candy Yum Yum! I was looking for a perfect bright, matte pink lipstick and I must say, I am ejoying the crap out of this one!
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What are your favorite skin care products? I am really looking for all the help I can get!