Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I'll Be Back!

I'm off to be just a couple of days. You can follow me on Twitter if you want in on the craziness. But who knows--I may just post another quickie before I hit the altar. Wish me luck!


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Monoi Makeup?

As you well know, if there's a means of using coconut oil, I will find it. The latest is Korres' Monoi Oil Bronzing Powder in the shade Sunglow Warm. It's luscious. It's decadent. It's everything you'd want in a bronzer. I bought it of course because it said Monoi was a primary ingredient...and then of course because it was bronzer. But now I love it due to both reasons. It has the slightest amount of shimmer in it--so little that it's difficult to detect on the skin. The nicest thing however, is the hydration that the monoi oil provides--nothing heavy or dewy, but yet far from drying. For brown skin ladies, I recommend grabbing the darker of the two shades, as the lighter one just about disappears on my skin tone. You know, just going along with my mantra..."one can never have enough bronzer." Repeat 10 times over.

Have you tried this? What are your thoughts?

P.S. Did you know that many mainstream lines are now incorporating monoi into their ingredient lists? A quick search will reveal the wide variety of products!

P.S.S. Tomorrow I plan on picking up the wedding essentials for my clutch. I'll keep you all updated with the must-haves for touch ups on the go!

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Drugstore Finds!

It's hard to see the Adriana Lima advertisements where she sports Maybelline's Dream Mousse foundation, and not wonder...would that really break me out? I'm pretty equal opportunity when it comes to makeup and beauty products in general, but I will admit that there are very few (and by few I mean one) products that do not congest and agitate my skin in the foundation department. It's usually my forehead that bears the pain, and facialist after facialist cannot seem to agree as to why this is.

Anyhoot, like I was saying--it's hard to avoid Adriana's big glowing face when browsing in the makeup aisle. Well, she got me. I'm a sucker for good marketing. Almost any sort of marketing, other than the kind that comes along with cheap websites. I picked up a bottle in Sandy Beige Medium 1 (which I later found out, is completely comparable to the shade of Armani's 5.5--ooh my good eyes!), and then decided to also grab the Mineral Power Blush in Original Rose. The chemist was having a buy one get one 50% off deal, so I figured the time was right. (On that note, I usually try to buy all drugstore items when they're on sale. They're always on sale, and it's a nice break, since higher-end lines virtually never hit a sale phase).

The verdict? I am happy indeed! The Dream Liquid Mousse (note: I hear the liquid is light years better than the little pots of mousse that are sold directly next to it), as with all foundations will forever be compared to my beloved Armani. I'm not the girl who will be able to tell you what shade I am in MAC's Studio Fix, because I'll never go near the stuff again. So, in comparison to Armani, there is a bit more coverage and the formula is not quite as moisturizing. This isn't too much of a problem, as I always apply quite a bit of moisturizer prior to any sort of foundation. It's best applied with a brush (such as the MAC 187), as you don't want it to sit heavily too long in any one spot. Once blended, it provides a nice clean finish that I will be happy with while traveling, or on my redder days. Best thing about it? No breakout!

The blush however beats out the mousse in my eyes. It's so blendable and natural in its effect, that even if I'm short on time, I know I'm still good to go because there are no harsh lines. I fully intend to pick up the other shades in the near future. However, I've been attempting a sort of Project 10-pan-esque operation, and am far from reaching my goal. Although I'm resisting purchasing new makeup at this time, all bets are off once I reach the duty free zone, en route to Brazil. So sorry, but I can't help myself.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Enormous Lash: Pass!

Long and lush lashes? They seem so beyond me...I suppose it doesn't help that I want mine to look really really fake. Like, as fake as Kim Kardashian's booty. So as many of you know from a previous post, I had taken the plunge and was giving the Enormous Lash growth serum a road test. Well, I don't think it helped. And for $100, I feel like it's a bit of a downer.

after:I used it religiously every morning and evening, and experienced a bit of fall-out to begin with. I thought, "Oh who cares? I can sacrifice a few less lashes now, in exchange for about 100 more lashes in a few sweat!". But um, no. Never happened. I think the difference between this product and others, may be the fact that it is missing some of the chemicals (certain prostaglandins) that others contain. This was done in order to create a safer product (which mind you, was then able to be sold at Nordstrom..hmm). Of course these are the very chemicals that many say can be harsh on the eyes (they're the active ingredients in glaucoma medications, which is why many growth products actually do work--one of the common reactions to glaucoma medication is hair growth). But you know what? Perhaps I need harsh chemicals! Harsh conditions may just call for harsh chemicals. I must note that I started with pretty regular length lashes--nothing too stubby or short, but I have seen the wonders that certain other products can obtain. Sadly, this was not the product.

Needless to say, I've stopped using it. I haven't taken them up on their money back guarantee, since...well, I'm just a bit timid when it comes to asking for my money back. But I have replaced it with a conditioning/growth serum from Mavala. If one thing doesn't work, it's time to move onto the next in my book. Mavala is a Swiss beauty line that always seems to be spot-on with their little bottled products. I'll keep you updated with the results on this one as well, as it's a mere $16, and therefore much sweeter on the pocketbook.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Clean and Fresh for a Shower

Although I own makeup in amounts that are a bit embarrassing at times, I really don't wear a lot at all. An example can be the following photo, which depicts how I decided to slap it on for my friends-hosted bridal shower (which by the way, left me laughing so hard that I think I may now need botox for my laugh lines).Here's what was used:


*Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 5.5 (my all time go-to, won't break me out, won't be too thick, just "me, but better" makeup)
*Smashbox Bronzer in Suntan Matte (hi, did you say that Kim Kardashian uses this? Thanks, I will too!)
*MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Refined


*MAC Grand Duo Mineralize Blush in Grand Duo
*Smashbox eyeshadow in Bliss on the inner corners
*DiorShow Mascara


*Shu Uemura Lip Pencil in Brown 718
*MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Jubilee

Not a whole lot, right? This is pretty indictative of my day to day look (minus the use of blush as a shadow)--and as I reflect on the photos (which are rarely taken), I realize that perhaps I could do with a bit more. It's just that most of the time I can't be bothered. Catch me in the evening, and it may be a whole different story ;)

What does your everyday routine look like or consist of?
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