Wednesday, January 29, 2014

clarisonic mia 2

{ksny x darcel 'gia' - similar here , clarisonic mia 2 in 'key lime'}

Earlier this year, my face was an absolute, miserable mess. Nothing was working quite right, and my skin wasn't liking any product that I tried. Everything just left my features red and irritated, and my attitude didn't fare much better. I was doomed to ultimate disappointment, constantly trying facial products in an attempt to find the right one. The right one ended up being three. I found my "holy grail" concoction through plain Ivory bar soap, a discontinued (boo) Korres face wash, and a cheap bottle of witch hazel. Who knew it could be so simple? Things were instantly starting to look a lot brighter. A few months down the line, along came the pièce de résistance to my face-washing routine: the Clarisonic Mia 2. 

I had seen its face-washing claims before: takes off all makeup, gets things clean where your hands can't, evens out your skin's texture, etc. To me, it was just an electric toothbrush for your face, and an expensive little toothbrush could never do anything for your face. Then I tried it. How wrong I was. Used once a week for my sensitive face, the Clarisonic's magic powers work wonders at sloughing off dead skin and bringing back the glowy complexion I strive for. A little drop of face wash and a quick scrub, and a squeaky clean, makeup free face emerges. With two speeds, compact size for easy storage, and cheerful neon color, how can you go wrong? Your face will definitely thank you.

Monday, January 20, 2014

you can't take me anywhere

You can't take me anywhere...

I rarely move away from the same products, but I have been exploring the depths of the beauty counters (and the occasional TJ Maxx trip) to satisfy some beauty discovery urges.

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tarte colored clay CC primer in "Fair" - The one step product for the beginnings of a flawless base, or, if you're lucky, primer and base all in one. I've used this product for a few days now after finding it as a new product at the tarte counter of my local Ulta. With a creamy, matte texture, this product covers excess redness and dullness from the winter weather. Albeit it has to be blended out considerably for my pale skin, but the end result? Totally worth it. {full review coming soon}

Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in "Romantic" - After searching for the perfect red lip without too much pigmentation, I stumbled across this balm stain from Revlon at the drugstore. The scent is reminiscent of candy canes and menthol, but it's far from being offensive. More importantly, the color output, like most other Revlon lip products, is stunning. With a light hand, this stick can be a sheer, candy apple red, but if applied a little more liberally, can be the perfect red lipstick to appear pulled together--even if that's far from reality. The staying power is also incredible. When applied, it takes on a glossy sheen, but as it wears off, the red pigments stay behind, leaving you with slightly stained lips that don't require any reapplications unless you choose.

Thakoon for Nars Nail Polish in "Ratin Jot" - I found this little gem from the Thakoon and Nars collaboration from Summer 2012 at my TJ Maxx for about half of its $19 retail price. Nars describes this color as "orchid", and I'd have to agree. The perfect magenta shade when you're busy wishing for warm breezes and sunny skies, and the staying power is more than worthy. On my chip-happy fingernails, this polish stayed for about four to five days with just a little tip wear.

tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in "Blissful" - A constant favorite for me, this tarte blusher isn't a shade I haven't seen too many people review, but it's my absolute favorite from the Amazonian clay 12-hour blush range. Although very peachy in the pan, this color is perfect for all times of the year, even when the complexion is a little lackluster from being constantly whipped with cold wind. The initial swish is a little sheer, but this color builds up to the perfect flushed glow for both day and night.

Although not necessarily the perfect day to day beauty application, these products have definitely seen some love from me from the last year and into this year. Just make sure to keep me away from the beauty counters... I'm always bound to find something I don't need.