Updated Skin Care Routine *

Hey Everyone!

This post is all about my updated skin care routine, as of February 2014. I have been using this routine for a couple months now, and I absolutely love it. It is a lot different than my previous routines that kept to a strict step by step system. While those are great for some skin concerns, I find that my skin, as well as the majority of peoples skin, is constantly changing and needing different things to keep it healthy.

As of now, my skin type is acne-prone (mainly cystic), susceptible to dryness and irritation at times, and susceptible to concentrated oiliness at times. I have moderate to severe scaring left behind from previous breakouts, and moderately sized pores on my cheeks.

**Disclaimer* I have been doing skincare routine videos/posts for years. Just because I am using something different now does not mean that I dislike the products mentioned in previous posts. Skin changes and acclimates to things (especially mine). This is just what is working for me now. **

Proactiv+ Skin Smoothing Exfoliator – is a thick cream with micro beads to exfoliate. It has 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide, as well as glycolic acid. I think this is a great cleanser for both morning and night because it does a great job of cleansing the skin gently without over drying. It has a light medicinal fragrance, and rinses clean without leaving any residue on the skin. When my skin is being particularly good, or when it is extra sensitive and needs a break, I will only use this product for that day. 

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – is a dual action acne treatment that has 5.5% benzoyl peroxide, 0.4% LHA, and soothing flower extracts. It has a thin cream consistency with no fragrance. I prefer this treatment over the similar Proactiv+ Pore Targeting Treatment because it has a higher percentage of benzoyl peroxide as well as many other better ingredients. I typically apply this in the evening only to the areas of my skin that have active blemishes due to the fact that it is extremely potent and can cause irritation to my skin if over-applied.

Proactiv+ Complexion Perfecting Hydrator – is a soothing gel/mousse moisturizer with 0.5% salicylic acid. I love this product because it is extremely soothing and leaves the skin looking and feeling healthier. It has a slightly medicinal scent with notes of cucumber and citrus. I use this in the evening after cleansing or cleansing and treating.

Mario Badescu Drying Cream – is a thick, clay-like cream that is used as a spot treatment for acne blemishes. It contains ingredients like aloe, beeswax, lemon extract, and colloidal sulfur to quickly dry blemishes, even erupted ones! I like that this product is slightly tinted to conceal problem areas as well. I typically use this product when I have a stubborn blemish that needs to be dried out.

Clinique Spot Healing Gel – is a concentrated 1.0% salicylic acid gel that is used as a spot treatment for acne blemishes. I use this product when I have a deep cystic blemish that needs a little extra help. Unfortunately this product is no longer available, so I will not ramble on about how wonderful it is.

Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturizer – is a gentle moisturizer that has a light milk and honey fragrance, and ingredients like sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, and avocado oil. Kiehls also has an identical product that contains an SPF, but I opted for this one so I can use it anytime for any occasion. I use this product every morning, and every time I apply makeup.

Dior DiorSnow UV Sheild – is a translucent SPF 50 PA+++ moisturizing cream. It has the most luxurious feeling to the skin, and has a convenient pump applicator. I usually mix this in with my Kiehls moisturizer daily, but I also apply a proper coat to my entire face and neck when I know I will be in the sun all day. This product gives fantastic sun protection.

Burts Bees Radiance Eye Cream – is a thick, hydrating eye cream that has ingredients like royal jelly ( which is “made of nectar, pollen, flower parts, vitamins, minerals, and other natural ingredients. It is a very precious, mysterious substance that honeybees produce for the queen bee”), cucumber, and chamomile. It has a strong smokey campfire fragrance that could be bothersome to people, but it does not bother me much as it dissipates fairly quickly.

Vitamin E Oil – whenever I am not wearing makeup for the day, or have extra dry skin or dry patches, or want to pamper my skin, I apply vitamin e oil. It keeps my skin super soft, smooth, clear, and healthy, and I would recommend this to everyone. I use the Derma E Vitamin E Skin Oil 14,000 I.U..

Where to Buy:

Proactiv+ – http://www.proactiv.com , about $40 dollars for a three step system. My sizes are 6oz for the cleanser and 3oz for the hydrator.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo can be found at drugstores like CVS and Ulta for about $36 dollars for 1.35oz .

Mario Badescu Drying Cream can be found at Ulta for about $14 dollars for 0.5oz .

Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturizer can be found at : http://www.kiehls.com/Ultra-Facial-Moisturizer/351,default,pd.html?start=16&cgid=face-moisturizers , for between $18 and $38 dollars depending on the ounces you choose.

DiorSnow UV Sheild can be found at Sephora for $58 dollars for 1.3oz .

Burts Bees Radiance Eye Cream can be found at drugstores like CVS and Ulta for about $18 dollars for 0.5oz .

Vitamin E Oil can be found anywhere that sells vitamins. I got mine at Sprouts market for less than $15 dollars for 2oz .

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Covergirl Bombshell Shineshadow Review and Swatches!

Hey Everyone!

First of all, I want to thank everyone for being patient during the brief break I took from blogging. It was much needed, but now I am ready to blog/write/swatch my little fingers off! Ha ha!

This post will be all about the brand new Covergirl Bombshell Shineshadows. They are all shimmery cream eyeshadows that can be applied sheer or completely opaque. They are extremely long-wearing, and can be used as either alone or as a primer/base. Unless you have extremely oily eyelids or will be experiencing excessive sweating, you should not need to use an additional primer under this product. These are available in 6 shades, though I will be reviewing only 5 (The white shade was sold out in my store).

Overall, I give this product *5 out of 5* stars ! They are absolutely gorgeous, blendable, stay in place, and are extremely versatile. You can purchase these at most drugstores or Ulta for around $6 or $7 dollars each.

**All of the shades are high in shimmer*

305  Color Me Money– is a cool olive green with very fine gold sparkle. This shade is not as smooth in application as some of the other shades, but can be blended and built up with a small amount of work.

315  Gold Goddess– is a yellowy gold. This is the smoothest in application and most opaque shade in the whole collection

325  Copper Fling– is a sandy peach and pink copper.

320  Ooh La Lilac– is a bright orchid/lilac purple with slightly pink toned micro shimmer.

310  Platinum Club– is a graphite grey that can be built up into a charcoal. It has a slight purple undertone and contains purple/silver sparkle.

(300  Ice Queen…COMING SOON )

Summer Beauty Essentials

Hey Guys! Its finally summertime so obviously you’ll be spending a lot more of your days in the sun, by the pool, at the beach, etc. And since your daily routine is changing, so should your beauty routine! Here are some products that I love for creating quick, easy, and long-wearing summer beauty looks.

A great moisturizer and sunscreen are both extra important when your skin will be exposed to direct sunlight. But since I don’t like to layer a ton of products on my face, especially when it is hot, its extra convenient to have both things in one product. For this I like to use the Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer, which is organic and contains anti aging antioxidants; plus it smells great! If you feel like you need more spf protection, but don’t want to use a higher spf sunscreen from the drugstore that might cause issues for your skin, I would invest in the DiorSnow UV Sheild SPF 50.

For summer face makeup, I like to use products that will give me a flawless face that lasts without looking or feeling like a have a lot of makeup on. This may sound like a tall order, but using a medium to full coverage foundation that can be sheered out, I like NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, is probably your best bet. This can be done by mixing together your foundation and moisturizer, or by using a dampened beauty blender sponge to apply a sheer layer all over your face and adding more only where you need. (Beauty Smarties : I know what you’re thinking. A medium to full coverage foundation is recommended, but the title of the recommended foundation is Nars SHEER glow. Yes. That is contradicting, but even though Nars markets this foundation as sheer, which it can be when applied with a light hand or a damp sponge, it is actually more of a medium coverage foundation when applied “normally”, and can be built up to a full coverage. Its versatility is what makes it so popular! ) 

The Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer is a cream/gel golden highlighter infused with argan oil. Its great summer staple because you can use it just about any way you could ever want or need. Here are just a few ways it can be applied :

Under or mixed in with foundation

As a highlighter for cheekbones

As a highlighter for the entire body

As a cream eyeshadow

For cheeks, long-wearing cream products are the way to go! I like the Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Cream Bronzer which is a sheer light tan bronzer with a slight gold sheen. Its doesn’t get muddy or orange, and blends very well. I also like the Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tint in Peony because it looks very natural and mimics a slight sunburn while still looking like a natural pretty glow from within. I like to apply both of these products with a kabuki foundation brush.

Just like cheeks, long-wearing eye products are great for summer. The Maybelline Color Tattoos are great cream eyeshadows that can be used as a base or alone. I especially like the shade Bold Gold for this time of year. I also love the Tarte emphasEYES eyeliner, especially the shade Bronze, because they are made with amazonian clay and are waterproof. You don’t have to use a waterproof mascara if you’re not planning on swimming, but a great mascara that you trust not to smudge is essential for the hotter months; I like the Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara.

TIP : If you’re fair skinned like me, the Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Crayon is an amazing product to cover discoloration as well as brighten. On my more natural days, I like to apply this to my entire eye area ( lid, brow bone, inner corner, and under eye area ). If you have darker skin, let me know if you have found a product like this!!!!

Summer is one of the most important times to protect your lips because they will be facing sun exposure a lot more than any other time of year. Unless you want dry, cracked, and sunburned lips, make sure you keep them moisturized and protected. Here are some options :

Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment is great because it is smoothing, non-sticky, gives your lips a sheer wash of red, AND protects your lips with SPF 15.

Nivea Lip Butters are ultra luxurious and moisturizing. I like the Raspberry Rose Kiss flavor because it gives my lips a soft pink highlight, and smells like raspberry shortcake!

MAC Plush Glasses dont offer much moisture or protection, but they are super sheer and long wearing which makes them great when you want just a little something extra to enhance your natural summer beauty. The shade Fullfilled is an awesome summer nude.

 

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Misc. Eyeshadow Collection

Hey Everyone! Since you all seem to be enjoying my makeup collection posts, I thought I would share my miscellaneous eyeshadow collection.  These include single eyeshadows, duos, and small palettes that I have not previously featured in a post. They are all non-MAC eyeshadows as well. If you want to see my MAC Eyeshadow Collection, click here : http://wp.me/p2O2wx-b8

Here we go!

Bobbi Brown Rich Caviar Eye Palette : This was limited edition so it is selling for about $85 on Amazon. You can get most of these shades individually for $21 at Sephora.

Bone : a matte bisque

Candlelight : a shimmery true champagne

Wheat : a light cool beige

Olive : a sheer glittery olive with gold

Black Topaz : a dark blackened cool green with gold

Rich Caviar : a blackened deep chocolate brown

Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes : $32 at Sephora and Ulta.

Concealer : Boi-ing 02

Base Shadow : a light frosty seashell pink

Contour Shadow : a frosty warm pink taupe

Liner Shadow : a blackened plum brown

Nars Key Largo Duo : $34 at Sephora.

left : a satin light apricot

right : a warm bronzed gold

Tarina Tarantino Eyedream Highlight Duo : $19 at http://www.tarinatarantino.com/shop/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=13518&idcategory=49

Jasper : a super frosty light yellow highlight

Agate : a super frosty light pink taupe

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Batali : a deep blackberry. About $3 on eBay.

Covergirl EyeEnhancers in Fard Accent : a sheer golden rust. About $1 on Amazon.

Maybelline Chic Naturals in Champagne Fizz : a frosty champagne white. $3.99 at Ulta.

Sephora Aspen Summit : a cool icy white with slight silver. $12 at Sephora.

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Ballet Pink : a frosted peachy light rosegold. $22 at Sephora.

Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy : a light peachy nude with silver glitter. $18 at Sephora.

Urban Decay Lounge :a rusty red brown with intense blue-green duo chrome. $18 at Sephora.

Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow in Ruthless : a cool sandy taupe. About $9 on Amazon.

Urban Decay Cream Eyeshadow in Mushroom : a light graphite gray with silver sparkle. About $10 on Amazon.

Salty Cosmetics Loose Luxury Mineral Eyeshadow in Glama-Zoid : a white with intense light pink duo chrome. About $15 at http://www.saltycosmetics.com/glama-zoid-large/

MICA Beauty Cosmetics Shimmer Powder in Earth : a true peach with gold shimmer/glitter. About $11 on Amazon.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour in Brass Tacks : a slightly coppery brass. $14 at http://www.occmakeup.com/lcc.html

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Glitter in Fae : a heavily textured white glitter with pink. $14 at http://www.beauty.com/obsessive-compulsive-cosmetics-cosmetic-glitter-fae/qxp397754

Bareminerals Eye Color in Greenhouse : an army green. About $9 on eBay.

Bareminerals Eye Color in Violetta : a muted chalky lilac. About $9 on eBay.

Too Faced Glamour Dust in Glampire : a pink glitter with slight green glitter. $17 at Ulta.

NYX Roll On Shimmer in Walnut : a warm medium slightly taupey brown with intense shimmer. $3.99 at Ulta.