Friday, September 26, 2014

Solid Perfume

I am a girl that loves her some perfume. I mean who doesn't like to smell good or have someone say "oh you smell great!" Please raise your hand if you do not like this. Anyone out there? Nope! When It comes to perfume I normally prefer floral scents but when I smelled this lovely warm vanilla scent on my friend I just had to know what she was wearing...

Which was Lush Vanillary Solid Perfume. This stuff smells deep, warm, and sweet all at the same time. The Lush website describes it as, 

"The decadent, gourmet scent of Vanillary is made with natural vanilla absolute – the sweet stuff made from vanilla pods – and includes a touch of sandalwood and a note of comforting burnt caramel. With a hint of saucy jasmine and cozy tonka bean, Vanillary warms and develops on the skin."

However the true selling point for me is not only is easily portable, aka it won't spill in your bag, but the scent lasts. This morning I used this on my skin and it is currently 8pm and I can still smell the scent. To me that is worth all the money! Because what is more annoying than using a perfume that does not last? 

What is your favorite solid perfume? 


Monday, September 22, 2014

Flawless Face

Who doesn't want a flawless face? Everyone wants not only their skin to look perfect but for it last long. I have finally found the combination that works well for me when I need my makeup to photograph well, last long, and give me a flawless look!

Most days I do not use primer because I can't be bothered with it but when I do I will often use the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. It helps my makeup last longest and helps combat my oily skin. For foundation I use my trusty Makeup Forever HD foundation. I have used this foundation for a while now and still love it. It makes my skin look amazing and photographs well, obviously since it is an HD foundation.

Keeping with trusty products theme I next use my MAC Pro Long Wear concealer. This truly does conceal everything. I use a shade lighter so I may highlight underneath my eyes. It instantly lifts my face and brightens my overall complexion. To set this I use the Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed powder. It gives a little coverage but mostly helps my makeup stay in place.

Last but not least is a makeup setting place. I have recently switched to the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray and I am in love!!! I used the De-Slick for ages, went through countless bottles but now I have no idea how I did not use this before! It makes my makeup stay put through, heat, water, me I have tested it!

What do you use to achieve a flawless face?


Friday, September 19, 2014

Extra Skincare

The last part of my skincare routine are 'extras.' Just bits that I add to my skincare routine to give my skin a little extra help if it needs it. For instance if its that time of the month, if I'm get the picture!

First thing I use is my Clarisonic. I have been using my Clarisonic for about 2 years now. I used to use it every day but now I have cut back to just a couple times a week. I typically use it right before I put on a mask because while it exfoliates my skin it also opens up my pores so it will help my mask sink into my skin and work better. If you don't know how a Clarisonic it basically is like a tooth brush for your face. I love it.

Speaking of masks, one of my favorite masks is the Origins Clear Improvement mask. It is a charcoal mask and really helps clear my pores. This is something I use to prevent acne from happening not necessarily to treat it. I use this mask about twice a week but side note it also dries out the skin so I would use a oil, night cream, or overnight mask to put moisture back into your skin.

For a good oil to help put moisture back into your skin is the Tarte Pure Maracja oil. I received this a sample from Sephora and fell in love with it! It is light weight, sinks into the skin quickly but still packs a punch as far as moisture!

Last but not least is my favorite spot treatment. The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo is the best around! Seriously! You know those pimples you get that hurt to even touch, this stuff makes them disappear! I will take a pea size amount and rub it on the acne area and by the next morning I will notice a noticeable decrease in size. You can also wear this cream in the daytime just make sure to wear a sunscreen!

What are your extra skincare favorites?


Monday, September 15, 2014

Skincare Routine Evening

For my evening skincare routine I tend to use more products. The evening is time for my 'beauty sleep,' basically it is a time for my skin to repair itself because like the body my skin can get tired, congested, and dull looking. 

First things first I take off my makeup with the Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil. I love cleansing oils for taking off makeup because not only is it gentle on the skin but it takes off all my makeup easily. No tugging or pulling, my makeup just slides right off. Even waterproof mascara or other stubborn makeup. 

Next I move onto my cleanser. I am currently using the Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel, which I have been using for a long time and still love. It takes off any of the remaining makeup, and helps keep my skin clear. I then follow up with the Korres Pomegranate toner which I use in the morning

Finally it is onto moisturizer for the night. Now I used to never be an eye cream person and I always thought it was for more mature skin but last winter the skin under my eyes got very dry so I started using the Bobbi Brown Hydrating eye cream. I really only need it to keep that part of my face extra hydrated. I only use it at night and it has no anti-aging properties that I know of because that is not a concern of mine. 

Last but not least, is the Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial. Long name but packs a punch! Clearly I love Korres but it truly is gentle on the skin and has many different products for different skin needs. This product has a lovely rose scent and I have noticed a difference in my skin since using it. My skin looks brighter and feels softer after use. 

What do you using for your evening skincare routine? 


Friday, September 12, 2014

Skincare Routine Morning

Hello! Please excuse my lack of posts but I am back at it and what better way to get in the swing of things than with a skincare post. One of my favorite things about beauty is skincare. I will spend more money on skincare than anything else. In my mind if you have great skin then not only will your makeup apply better but you will feel better. This will be a three post series with the first being my morning skincare. For me this is my least involved routine.

First things first is cleansing the skin when I wake up. For this I use the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. I love love love this stuff! It feels so luxurious on the skin and most importantly it cleanses the skin. It removes makeup amazingly well but since it is a cleansing balm it nourishes the skin and does not strip it of any oils. 

After this, I follow up with a toner. The one I am currently using is the Korres Pomegranate Toner. I have spoken about this previously here but it continues to minimize my pores and keep my skin clear of acne. I firmly believe in toners because it gets the last of the dirt or left over cleanser off the skin before moisturizer. 

Next is moisturizer. During the day I use light cleansers especially in the warmer weather months. I am currently using the Origins Ginzing moisturizer which I have spoken about previously here. It is very refreshing in the morning since it smells like oranges plus it brightens the skin and I need all the brightening I need in the morning! Ya feel me...

Last but not least is SPF. If I am not wearing makeup that has SPF in it then I will apply a separate one. Neutrogena makes great ones and are very similar to the one I am currently using is the Bioderma SPF. 

Stay tuned for part 2 on Monday! What is your morning skincare routine? 


P.S. Since I used to have terrible acne I am all into skincare!