L-R (clockwise): St. Ives Apricot Scrub, Egyptian Magic, Aquaphor Ointment, Deep Steep Grapefruit and Bergamot Body Butter, AmLactin Body Lotion, and Spectrum Coconut Oil
It’s probably obvious that I like the department store stuff when it comes to my makeup and skin care. My hair and body care posts, however, show that my tastes lean a bit more on the thrifty side.
Take the St. Ives Apricot Scrub ($5.49). There are certain products that I don’t feel are worth the splurge. Yes, as a sufferer of keratosis pilaris (just “KP” for those in the know), I have tried the Dermadoctor KP Duty Body Scrub ($46) and the Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish ($20). The KP scrub is great and the experience of using it was memorable, but I finished it pretty quickly. The apricot scrub is standard, but when it comes to the skin on my limbs, I don’t need anything super refined, but I do need a scrub, period. So, I’ll pay less than $6 for a product that will last two to three months, instead of $20 or $40 on a similar product that will last perhaps only a tiny bit longer. By the way, the Flake Away Body Polish is moisturizing but it goes extremely fast.
L-R (Clockwise): Spectrum Coconut Oil, Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil in FBI, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator for Very Dry to Dry Combination Skin, Korres Wild Rose Mineral Setting Powder, Milani Liquid Eye Eyeliner in 07 Purple
Thanksgiving was all low-key for me. Some interstate travel to meet the fam for a couple of days and then right back to the city. But when you use the BoltBus and you live in Brooklyn, that means hauling all your stuff from Brooklyn to midtown, so traveling light is key. Those situations makes it fun to figure out what you really need and how to edit down your beauty arsenal.
So far, the fall season started off pretty mild but then almost overnight the city froze over. Right now, it’s in the twenties and we’ve already seen two snowfalls – kind of unusual since our last two winters were pretty mild. So it’s all about hydrating the skin, but not too much so that your face becomes an oil slick and your makeup slides off. My favorite products of November, right after the jump…
L-R, Clockwise: Avalon Lemon Clarifying Shampoo, MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Rubenesque, Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr Tattoo (Metal) Eyeshadow in 70 Barely Branded, Lansinoh HPA Lanolin, Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Solid Perfume, Bumble & Bumble Invisible Oil, Nails Inc. Nail Polish in Black Taxi
OK. It’s December and this Monthly Favorites post is really late. November’s will be up soon. October and November could’ve been put combined into one extra-long post but I figured it was better this way.
Courtesy of Janelle Monae, Chvrches frontwoman Lauren Mayberry, and Lorde.
Check out the eye makeup! Top to Bottom: Janelle Monáe in “Dance Apocalyptic,” Lauren Mayberry in “Gun,” and Lorde in “Royals”
This fall has come out with a lot of long-awaited releases from some of my favorite artists. I loved Janelle Monáe’s The Archandroid that came out in 2010 and this year she dropped her sophomore effort, The Electric Lady. Chvrches had been releasing their brand of super catchy synthpop since 2011 but they just recently came out with their first full-length album The Bones of What You Believe. And the extremely precocious 16-year-old chillwave singer Lorde debuted with Pure Heroine.
In addition to sharing some of my musical tastes with you, let’s discuss that eye-popping (hehe) makeup, shall we?
L-R: Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer, Stila Convertible Color in Lillium, YSL Touche Eclat Foundation in B30, Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour in Coy & Mod, Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Premium Pressed Powder
The October 2013 Favorites are selected as a result of my latest obsession: luminous skin. The weather has been up and down. Just a week ago, the temperature crept up to eighty-five frickin’ degrees. On other days, especially in the morning and evening, it gets quite chilly.
Most of the time, though, my skin gets dried out from the weather. Work has been busy and a bit stressful, which in turn makes me look a little tired, so so I’ve been concentrating on giving myself a glow. Aside from obsessively applying highlighter to create the glow (brow bone, cheekbone, nose bridge, cupid’s bow, inner corners) I have been seeking a long-lasting, almost but not quite perfect skin makeup routine that is appropriate for work. So don’t worry, no sparkles are involved. The disco ball look is not great in the office under fluorescent lights.
So this super deep video asks you the age-old question, “Pink or black?” Why must one choose?! And… there is some super fun inspiration for Halloween, guys. The super cutesy anime (chock full of J-POP dance moves and Sailor Moon callbacks) will have you bobbing your head and longing for a bubbly eyeshadow palette.
L-R, clockwise: Sue Devitt Triple C-Weed Pressed Powder, Jelly Pong Pong Lip Blush, ModelCo Eyeshadow Duo in Bronzed Goddess, Anatomicals Spray Misty for Me Facial Spritz, Novex Brazilian Keratin Extra Deep Hair Care Creme
The August GlossyBox review is super late because I couldn’t care enough to get around to it. The last box was definitely the best out of the three, all around, and it made me interested in Sue Devitt products, but the others were non-starters.
Now that I’ve had the GlossyBox experience, I can now give a review on the overall experience and can say whether it’s worth your hard-earned bucks. Full review of the contents after the jump.
August 2013 Favorites, L-R, top to bottom: Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, CoverGirl Flamed Out Eyeshadow Pencil, Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo, Nails, Inc. Nail Polishes, Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer
I know this post came really late. Labor Day weekend was the scheduled time for the August Favorites, but Labor Day became a marathon of outings and I was out of the apartment most of the time. Then shizz really hit the fan at work, and I found myself curled up in a fetal position at home.
OK, it wasn’t that bad. But it got real busy and my time management skills sort of fell away for a while.
But here we are! There is a nice mix of high- and low-end stuff this time.
Sephora launched their VIB Rouge Beauty Insider program around the beginning of August. It’s a newly made premium level of the Beauty Insider program. Some quick background: a VIB Beauty Insider is someone who spends at least $300 per calendar year and can earn a type of reward points to score travel-sized versions of products for free. The Rouge level is for those who spend $1,000 per calendar year.
When the news came out, I didn’t pay much mind. One thousand dollars a year seemed a bit much. But when I went to Sephora earlier this year and used my Beauty Insider card, they told me I was now a Rouge Insider. I didn’t say anything, but I was actually kind of upset. Oh, shit, really? Yikes, I should rein in the spending… But then the cashier said, “Here’s your new card. This is a free lipstick. And you get this with your purchase.” He pulls out a small BITE lipstick and a big pouch filled with intriguing goodies.
“For free?” I asked dumbly. I will have to save my soul searching for later. Behold the Rouge freebies…