Saturday, November 30, 2013

Overload: Green and Gold FOTD

Aka, how much makeup can I wear today? I felt like being colorful today. And I miss wearing green eye shadow.
See how many products you can use when you put your mind to it? Ha. Opposite of this.
I tried to keep the greens minimal, because the average person probably only has one or two (or zero, erm) green eye shadows. To do something like this, you just need a light one (I used Bare Minerals Envy - I don't use BM shadows that often, but damn, they're pretty), a dark one (L'Oreal Golden Emerald), and a non-green shade (BM Kiko).
Tarte Gold as a base; Kiko on the inner third, Envy in the middle, Golden Emerald on the outer bit. Smashbox Limitless Liner for an exaggerated cat eye, and Clinique Lash Power mascara.

This is the palette. I like oranges and greens.
theBalm Shameless Shana (brows), Smashbox Limitless Liner, Tarte Gold, BM Envy, BM Kiko, L'Oreal Golden Emerald, MAC Honey Jasmine, Illamasqua Libido, Dior Garçonne, Dior Délice.

I've had a bit of a cold, so my skin was blotchy today. I used my trusty Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach under eyes, and then spritzed some MAC Fix+ on my face before blending on some NARS TM (Finland), to keep coverage lighter and thinner. For cheeks, I stippled a little bit of Libido lightly on cheeks, and layered Honey Jasmine over it. Dior Délice was a little too orange, so I only used a little bit of it, and then layered Garçonne over it. I think the overall lip color was still too pink. 

 Ah, well. I'm happy to have dabbled with color a little bit again.

But I'm still in love with neutrals for now, ha. (And uh, glittery nail polish. Holy cow. More on that later.)

Did you have a great holiday (my US readers)? Shopped any sales? I only shop from home, but damn, my email inbox is overflowing with emails and sales and sales and I'm already exhausted. Still a few more gifts to grab, and then I'm staying away from the internet for a good long while.

Or, erm, until next week. Thanks for reading! 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Is Cherry...Pink

[Product was a 100 pt. perk from Sephora's Beauty Insider program.]
It's so cute. Clinique Chubby Stick Intense mini in Mightiest Maraschino.

It's not red, you know.

So I'm in the clear. Plus, it was more or less free.

(If you don't count the money I spent to earn the points for it. Ahem. Let's not, okay? In the spirit of Christmas and all that. Generosity.)
Some comparisons. L-R: Bite Beauty Pomegranate, Rouge d'Armani 400, Clinique Mightiest Maraschino, Marcelle Cleopatra, Tarte Moody. You can see that it leans more pink than red.

Mightiest Maraschino is more of a fuchsia on me - the color of maraschino cherries in the jar. I don't eat those.
Clinique Mightiest Maraschino. The crayon tip makes it pretty easy to apply. I don't know if it stays that way, though, once the tip starts to wear down.
Wearing Mightiest Maraschino. Also, apparently, if I let it, my hair does this wave thing.

But I can wear it! And so can you.
Dennison likes to be in all of my photos.

The end.

Actually, no. I wasn't in love with the original Chubby Sticks, because I didn't find them moisturizing and they were supposed to be. These are supposed to be intense, so I think of Mightiest Maraschino more as a regular lipstick. It's not drying, and is pretty comfortable to wear.

None of the other colors really stands out to me right now, but I am enjoying this one. Plus, it's mini and mini things are adorable.

Have you tried these? What are your thoughts on these versus the original?

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Illamasqua Zygomatic

[Product was purchased by me.]
Illamasqua Zygomatic cream blusher.

I'm on a pinky-brown-neutral-something kick (read: madly, madly in love with UD Naked 3 - it will be mine!), and Illamasqua Zygomatic fits the theme perfectly. I picked it up during the Sephora VIB sale. I own Libido, which is on the other end of the spectrum (bright orange).
L-R: Marcelle Enchantment (which is a lipstick, but I often use it as cream blush), Illamasqua Zygomatic, Tarte Stellar (powder blush).

I like Zygomatic for a "natural" look - you know, something that just gives you a touch of color but just enhances your natural features, rather than screaming "I AM WEARING BLUSH, B*TCHES*" (I promise, I have those days, and they're not pretty - or on purpose, but we're spiralling onto tangents here).
Wearing Zygomatic here. It looks like it's barely there but it gives some definition to cheeks.
On lips: Dior
Garçonne. Necklace was a gift; it's from Taraxca in Vancouver.
Illamasqua cream blushers definitely apply better if I'm wearing some kind of base product; since I like to go without foundation a lot lately, I have to work with it a little more to apply evenly on my cheeks, but I actually find that the MAC 188 brush works better than my RT Stippling brush in this case.

I don't think the formula is THE cream formula, but I do like it - it leaves a dewy finish, making me look fresh. And they make a lot of great colors, which is nice to see (not just the blah blah peach blah blah shades from every other brand). They're $26 each; I bought mine from Sephora.

How do you feel about barely-there blush shades?

ingredients: caprylic/capric triglyceride, octyldodecanol, cetyl palmitate, petrolatum, cera carnauba (copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax), candelilla cera (euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax), C18-38 alkyl hydroxystearoyl stearate, kaolin, tocopherol, parfum (fragrance) and may contain: [+/- titanium dioxide CI 77891, iron oxides CI 77491, CI77492, CI 77499, red 7 CI 15850, yellow 5 lake CI 19140, red 36 CI 12085, red 21 lake CI 45380, carmine CI 75470, blue 1 lake CI 42090, manganese violet CI 77742, mica]. May contain carmine as a color additive.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Sweater Weather Tag

I saw this tag on Denise's blog and decided to do it. I love sweater weather.

1. Favorite fall candle scent?
I haven't bought it this year, but it's usually Bath and Body Works' Marshmallow Fireside.

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
There is a place for all of these in my life, haha (hot chocolate is the only kind of chocolate I like - besides white chocolate, which I know is "fake," which is probably why I eat it.)

3. What's the best fall memory you have?
I got married last October, does that count? :)

4. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner?
I do winged liner daily, so it's not really a fall trend for me. VAMPY LIPS, BABY.

5. What is autumn weather like where you live?
I live in Seattle.


It rains here.

A lot.

Basically, it rains from November to May straight, although this year the weather has actually been pretty lovely. This probably means winter is going to blow.
We've had gorgeous weather here lately (if cold). So I'm afraid of what winter will bring.
6. Favorite Thanksgiving food?
Stuffing! And pie. Okay, that's two, but you can't make me choose.

7. Hats or scarves?
I wear scarves more often because I can't seem to wear hats properly (for some reason, they give me a headache, even though they're not tight. Something about how they make my eyebrows rise or something. I don't know. I'm trying) but I want to wear cute hats! Especially since I've made some recently.

8. Most worn sweater?

9. Must-have nail polish this fall?
Deborah Lippmann Through the Fire, which was LE from last holiday, lol. But still available on!

10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles?
Uh. I don't like football games and I don't like getting dirty. So. Uh. Football games, I guess, because I like game day food!

11. Skinny jeans or leggings?
I like both, but I probably wearing skinny jeans more often because I don't own too many long sweaters, skirts, or sweater dresses, which is the only way I wear leggings.

12. Combat boots or Uggs?
Uggs keep my feet warm despite their fashion-backwardness, so I own a pair. Shrug. I wish I had some combat boots, though!

13. Favorite fall TV show?
Just started watching Almost Human. Good so far! Also, um, Karl Urban is in it.
Hello, sexy.
14. What song really gets you into the fall spirit?
Gary Jules: Mad World. I think of fall as romantic and mysterious, like this song. And a little bit melancholy, as nature starts slowing down and trees are sleeping.

15. Favorite fall fragrance? (I added this one because I've seen it around on other blogs).
Prada Candy!
I've pretty much been wearing Prada Candy daily since S. gave it to me on our anniversary last month.

Do the tag! I like hearing other peoples' answers.

Tagged: 5-Product Face

Jenny and Tracy tagged me to do this post: a face with just five products.

I'm pretty sure my usual face requires at least eight (brows, concealer, powder, eye shadows lid and crease (two), eye liner, blush, lip product). And they all seemed necessary. But I guess maybe I could get away with five in a pinch. These are the ones I chose:

MAC Stratus: I like this plum shade a lot, and I like the mineralize formula.

Dior Garçonne: Just raved about this. Perfect MLBB shade.

RMS "Un"Cover Up: Covered up undereye circles and other problem areas.

Sephora Long-lasting Liner in 07 Glitter Brown: I need to wear eye liner; lately I've been going for a softer look, so I opted for brown over black.

theBalm Shameless Shana (brows and eyes): doubles as brow powder and eye shadow. I find that putting a little bit of this reddish brown in my brows helps soften them and lessens the contrast between black brows and red hair.
Since there were only five products and I had thought about them beforehand, this morning's makeup actually went pretty quickly, too, which is also a bonus. Now if I have to throw together a bag or look in a rush, I know what I can do!
I love this lipstick.
I tag: Vita (Making Up 4 My Age), Emma (Emma Bovary Beauty), Monika (Rocaille Writes), Teri (BellaChique), and double tag Lena (Lenallure). And you. ;)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dior Garçonne - More Addicts for Lipstick Addicts

[Product was purchased by me.]
The lipstick has green sparkles in it. GREEN. I love this thing.

For a long time, I've felt like I was missing a lipstick shade. I'd put together the rest of my face and then try a handful of lipsticks, and none of them felt right. I was looking for something natural, not too pigmented or bright or noticeable.

I swatched a couple of Addicts at Sephora a couple of months ago, and decided that Dior Addict in Garçonne was it. Of course, they were out of stock in exactly that shade. So I waited for the VIB sale. And now I know: this is the lipstick I've been searching for. Finally. (S. is pleased, too, because now I've stopped flailing and complaining.)
Wearing Dior Garçonne Addict lipstick. On cheeks: Illamasqua Zygomatic.

It looks a little too pastel in the photo here; it's a gorgeous, natural, pinky brown shade. Other shades I have are too gray, too brown, too peach, or too pink, and THIS IS IT - the perfect blend of all the colors that complements my skin tone beautifully.

I've been big into muted shades this fall. Expect to see more of them. Especially if you tell me your favorites.

Throw in your favorite Dior Addict shades, too. Why not?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Osmia Organics Lip Luster is Lustworthy

[Product was purchased by me.]

We'll start with the bottom line: I like it. A lot. I wish it came in more colors (although this one is fine for a natural tint, so really, I don't actually think I need more colors. That's just the crazy talking.). However, I think this is the old version of the Lip Luster - it's been reformulated recently.

It has a thicker consistency and a faintly off-putting lanolin scent that doesn't linger too long (if you're allergic or sensitive to lanolin, I believe the new version is lanolin-free).
It has a stiff texture in the tube (I don't know how much of that is from the cold and how much of that is inherent to the product), but it smooths out nicely on lips.
The color in the tube and on hands is beet-red, sort of a blood color. On lips it's just shiny, and makes lips perhaps just a touch darker and browner than they normally are. It's smooth and cushiony (it looks like there are gritty particles in the swatch above, but it never feels that way); I usually squeeze some out of the tube, transfer it to my finger, and then apply that way. It doesn't apply as evenly from the tube, and I hate getting the tip all sticky and messy.
It does protect against the cold (I like to wear something like this at all times when going out into the elements at this time of year) and it adds a touch of color to an otherwise wan face, brightening things up. My lips have been in better condition, lately, thanks to this and the Lip Repair (review forthcoming). At $18, it's pricey, but it has a simple list of ingredients and I get along with these textures much better than stick balms, which are often too waxy for me and end up drying my lips further.

Larie recommended.

$18 at Osmia Organics.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Gift Guide: Non-Beauty Picks

We all have other interests, and I thought I'd compile something to give people non-beauty item gift ideas. (no affiliate links - click away!)

1. Proctor-Silex waffle iron! Because I like waffles.
2. Lupicia Acorn Tea Pot. So. Freaking. Cute.
3. Booker's Bourbon. It's nice to gift higher end booze sometimes - something that the recipient will savor and enjoy. I've bought nicer bottles of Scotch for S., and it's always much appreciated.
4. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. I don't really collect cookbooks - I have a few that I really like and use, but sometimes they're more hassle than not. I love Smitten Kitchen's recipes, though.
5. More Sil-pats. I have one and it's amazing. I could use another.

6. Pandemic. We like board games, and this one sounds pretty fun.
7. Moonrise Kingdom. I hear this one's really quirky, and I've been wanting to watch it.
8. P+G Sepa-Pochi Card and Coin case. These are so freaking adorable - I want the yellow one. So cute! And handy when I just want to throw together some cards, my ID, coins, and run out the door.

9. Sennheiser Momentum headphones. Higher price tag, but I'm picky about my beats. Plus, it comes in fun colors.
10. iPad. Because a girl can dream, right?

11. New York City Ballet Workout DVD. I like different kinds of workouts and fitness routines, and this seems like something fun to try.
12. Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Pull-Up Bar. Fits across your doorframe without wrecking things. Although I think I'd need to buy a mini step-stool as well, LOL.
13. Valeo Soft Medicine Ball. They come in a bunch of different weights and I find the soft ones easier to hold on to than the hard, rubber or plastic ones. They're handy for changing up the fitness routine. I don't like to get bored.

What's on your non-beauty wishlist? Please share! We all need ideas!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Dior Addict Extreme in Délice is, Indeed, Delightful

[Products in this post were purchased by me.]

This is a Larie color.

Although, well, I guess, technically it's coral.


Enough about that. I like the Dior Addicts and Addict Extremes; Délice actually comes in both formulas (and the gloss!) but I decided to be EXTREME.

It goes on well and lips stay comfortable; since it's kind of a creamy, opaque shade, it can settle into lip lines, but I just reapply or smooth it out with a finger, and it's fine. Wear time is a couple of hours, and I will say that this doesn't seem to fade as evenly as other Dior lipstick that I have - sometimes I end up with the dreaded lipstick ring (which isn't too obvious with this shade, but still annoying); to combat that, I just reapply often, which I have no problem doing.

Délice can feel a little jarringly bright sometimes (coral does that, I think, on my skin tone), even though it's nowhere near as bright as some other shades that I routinely wear. Damn corals. For a more wearable version, try the regular Addict version - it's roughly the same shade, but much more sheer.

The last thing I want to mention is that this isn't one of those amazing shades that make your teeth seem whiter than normal; if anything, it probably lends them more of a yellow tone (sigh). All of that does make it seem like this lipstick may not be worth your trouble, but you know, sometimes products have a handful of difficulties, yet we still like them. I sort of feel that way about this one. I like it, but I can admit its faults.

Dior Addict Extremes run $31 each at Sephora, Nordstrom, and other department store retailers. Treat yo'self.

[If you are reading this on any other site besides Eye Heart It, it is stolen content and should be reported. Thank you!]

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Filling (Filler) Post

Actually, I've been posting a frenzy lately, but I thought we'd take a quick break for food. It's autumn - the baking season - so I have a couple of recipes to share! And quick iPhone photos of recent goodies. Even some non-pumpkin ones. I've been into simpler recipes lately, and a lot of items that can be consumed as breakfast treats.

We don't have a food processor any more and I hate cutting butter into flour, so this recipe for cream biscuits is a fabulous, fabulous thing. The one problem is that we don't keep heavy cream on hand, but we can walk to the grocery store on lazy weekend mornings to grab some to make biscuit-egg-ham-and-cheese sandwiches (a very, very good thing).

On the pumpkin front, this pumpkin bread recipe from Simply Recipes is versatile and super easy (no need to break out the mixer); I've added raisins and chopped pecans for a hearty breakfast loaf. It's super moist and delicious - definitely a keeper. You could make them as muffins, too, or you could make this pumpkin spice muffin recipe (the pecan streusel!).

I've also made these pumpkin caramel-stuffed cookies, although the caramel gets messy and then hard when the cookies cool; the cookies themselves are tasty, so I'd make them again and skip the stuffing. Speaking of cookies, I also made butter pecan cookies; the dough is crumbly (sandies don't have eggs), but it's worth it - they are so buttery and so good.

This apple cake was so good, both as dessert (à la mode) and as breakfast. I skipped the drizzle (I didn't really want to, but I'm a lazy baker). The rest of the mealy apples (got a bad batch) went into slow cooker apple crumble. I like my crumble to be crispy, so next time I think I'd just do the apples this way - they were delicious. Great in oatmeal, too.
Occasionally I make savory things. These pumpkin garlic knots are insanely delicious.
In the baking queue?
pumpkin cinnamon rolls
Yet another recipe for white sandwich bread
pumpkin blondies
balsamic candied pecans
pumpkin cheesecake (for Thanksgiving!)

If you don't already, you can follow me on Instagram to see other daily food adventures. Back to beauty tomorrow, me hearties.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Doing Some Research - Lists via Rank and Style

Every time I'm in the market for a new product (currently: flat irons and blow dryers), I do a lot of googling with many open tabs, comparing prices and reviews and availability and getting opinions from fellow bloggers and dear readers like you. It's a long and arduous process, as I'm sure you already know.

The problem is, though, that for completely new-to-me products (again, flat irons), I don't even have a starting point; I usually just end up searching something like "top ten flat irons" and then working my way through the list and following other suggestions as they come up. Which is why I find the Rank and Style website useful; they provide unbiased top ten lists (brands cannot sponsor posts or pay to be included in lists) that I can use to launch my search.

My recent quests:

Liquid liners. These are a staple in my makeup wardrobe and I'm always looking for a good one. I'm happy with Smashbox's Limitless Liner in terms of wear time and its glossy black finish, but the tip is a bit too stiff for my liking. It's hard for me to find a paraben-free one, but that new Marc Jacobs one might be something to try next. I've swatched Eyeko's (not black enough) and had to return the NARS Stylo - it disappeared from lids within the hour.

Flat irons: I'm new to this hair straightening game. I love that there are a variety of price point options in this list. I think I'm adding the Conair to my Christmas lists.

Color-safe shampoos: Also a new-to-me thing. I use Renpure's Argan oil shampoo and conditioner right now (color-safe and sulfate-free), but I've been debating switching it up and seeing if another brand that specifically targets color-treated hair would keep the vibrancy going a little longer (but it hasn't been terrible). Do you have a favorite?

You do need to register on the site to be able to access full lists and, if you want, receive a twice weekly email list (although, I do have to say that twice weekly is too often for me - I wish it were scaled back to perhaps a summary once a month or so), but then you can also save your favorite lists, which is sometimes quite handy.

Do you see yourself utilizing a tool like this? What is your favorite way to look up new products?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Familiars - Fox (Sweet Anthem)

[Product was purchased by me.]

You already know that I love gardenia, beeswax, and black tea in perfume. And I also have a handful of favorite Sweet Anthem's scents (I've finished a bottle of Juliet, my solid twist of Edith is more than halfway gone, and my bottles of Lucille and Joan are sadly dwindling). I finally decided to pick up more perfume (including a bottle of Edith) and wanted to also try something from The Familiars; Fox sounded the most like me, so I got a solid twist.

And, you guys. The packaging. Is it not the most adorable thing?
Notes of ginger, lily, peach (head), gardenia (heart), beeswax and black tea (base).

Back to perfume. I like these solid twists - they're easy to apply and even though they stick close to the skin, I can still catch a whiff of perfume throughout the day, which always makes me happy. Sweet Anthem's solid formula is one of my favorites - soft but still structured (doesn't break down in the tube), and doesn't leave any greasy or waxy residue. They're also nice choices as "pajamas perfumes," because they're a little less initially astringent than alcohol-based sprays.

I was wary of the peach note in Fox (I usually can't stand peach - it's often synthetic and drives me bonkers, as in Burberry Body - blegh!), but this is a soft and floral peach; it's the scent you get when you close your eyes and breathe in the scent of the fuzzy fruit. It sweetens the deal. I can smell the romantic gardenia and ginger lily entwining through like fox tails, and beeswax - lovely, gorgeous beeswax - keeps the scent sweet and cheerful. I know foxes are sometimes portrayed as sneaky and vicious. But come on. Look. They're clever and playful, too, like this scent. I think of it as representative of foxes - the bright, floral peach opening as they dart through the sun; the wisps of gardenia, like their slender tails, and the comforting, cozy base of delicately spiced beeswax and black tea, like homey dens.
Fox is another winner if you're a fan of beeswax scents - the black tea and white florals just seal the deal for me. It's available in perfume oil and solid formats at Sweet Anthem.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

'Tis the Season: Red Lips

If you try to sing Christmas songs around me, I'll kick you in the shins.

Why do we rush toward Christmas every year? Gah. It's stressful.
Wearing: Rouge d'Armani 400. And Lena, this is Tarte Stellar lightly on cheeks with a red lip for you! :)
But, I can embrace the traditional season for red lips and metallic shades for eyes and tips. Today, inspired by Lily, I bring you my favorite red lipstick picks.

I like red lipstick a lot, but I'm by no means a real collector - really, a lot of reds begin to look the same once they're worn, and there's no reason I should have the amount that I do. But I do. So here they are. These are the ones I wear the most often - my favorites. My preciouses. (That's totally a thing.)
In general, my red lip picks run toward the blue-red end of the spectrum. There are some gorgeous red orange shades that I need to try...any suggestions?

This first set brings you the unadulterated reds; no glitter or metallic finishes or shimmer, just opaque red gorgeousness. Some are matte (NARS Mascate, Laura Mercier Mink), some are satin (MAC Runaway Red, Bite Beauty Pomegranate), and Rouge d'Armani 400 is a glossy, high-shine gel-finish that is still 100% opaque. When I wear these, I usually line my lips with MAC Cherry lipliner first, to keep crisp edges.
L-R: MAC Cherry, Bite Beauty Pomegranate, Rouge d'Armani 400, MAC Runaway Red, NARS Mascate, Laura Mercier Mink. Only MAC Runaway Red was limited edition; I know MAC offers a lot of other classic reds, but I haven't really tried the rest of them.

And here are some that are mostly red; they either have a dusting of gold or a slight shade variation or both. Dior Belle de Nuit, MAC Can't Resist, Dior Nocturne, Marcelle Passion.
L-R: Marcelle Passion, Dior Nocturne, Dior Belle de Nuit, MAC Can't Resist. The two Diors were LE. Sorry!

There's my red lip wardrobe. Cooler weather makes red lips even more appropriate, but I think you can wear red at any time of the year. Sometimes I put on red lipstick just to lounge around at home in sweats, because it makes me feel better. And sometimes that's what it's all about.

What's your favorite red lipstick?

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Clinique Massive Midnight - Not Quite A Superlative for Eyes

[Product was received as a gift from a friend.]

These Chubby Sticks and their superlative names...I can't help but feel like they're trying to overcompensate for something.


But seriously: "Massive" midnight? What does that even mean? I don't know. The color is pretty, though. And the pencil tip is large and pretty easy to use, although if you're not careful it can get on your lower lid while you try to fit it into the outer crease of your eye.

But maybe I just have weird eyes.
Swatched. There are flecks of silver glitter in it, which are kind of weird to me. They sort of show up on eyes. Not a whole lot.
It's a pretty dark blue. Not too yellow, not too purple.
You can see the glitter better in this swatch.

The glitter is weird to me, and seems odd for Clinique.
Wearing Clinique Massive Midnight and Tarte Gold under theBalm Shameless Shana and Risqué Renee. Liner is Smashbox Limitless Liquid liner.

(Tracy, I promise I didn't match my eyeshadow on purpose. I got cold. I like fleece.)

The problem I have with this pencil is that it doesn't stay put on its own, and if you try to build up too many layers (or wear over primer), it just crumbles up and gets chunky and weird on your lid. No good.

However. A lot of powder dark blue shadows can apply patchily, and your blending skills have to be ace in order to get a nice, clean smoky eye. By layering something like this under powder, I find that I don't have to be as careful or even about powder shadow application. So that's something. I can't recommend this shade in particular on its own, but it is helping me use my own darker shadows by providing a dark base. Layered under powder shadow, it lasts a workday, which is all I ask in terms of longevity. And I do frequently use cream pencils as shadow bases, so it's not unheard of for me.

I hear the other colors are better, and I think they'd work as cream bases (which is what a lot of my cream pencil sticks do for me right now - I haven't repurchased a primer in months). But I think the next time I want a shadow stick, I'll "stick" (aha, please forgive me) to Laura Mercier's Caviar Sticks. They don't last superbly on their own either, but they fare a little better than these, and the texture isn't as finicky.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Caudalie Hand Cream Trio - A Gift for Me

[Product was purchased by me.]
This is available at Sephora right now. Each tube is 1 oz. Scents: Feuille de Cassis, Pamplemousse Rose, Miel de Vigne.
I need reliable hand creams in the winter; if I neglect my hands, I get an awful rash and flakiness and all kinds of gross, painful happenings. So. Hand cream. The easy solution.

Except I'm damned picky about it. They can't have a super strong or offensive (to me, ha!) scent, they can't be greasy, they have to sink in fairly well and quickly, and it's nice if they come in small enough tubes that I can throw 'em everywhere. With this set, I have one in my purse, one on my desk at home, for later. I might buy another set, actually. For later than later.

Because I like them. While they're scented differently, they're not scented strongly, and I appreciate that. Each scent is subtle and doesn't last forever and ever and ever. They don't clash with my perfume and I like that a lot. (Ingredients here). I do believe they're silicone-free.

And they feel nice. They sink in readily enough, don't leave my hands feeling silicone-y or like I rubbed butter all over them (seriously, gross - Handmaiden's Tale, anyone?) and they are helping with the cold and the dry and the ugh-I-hate-everything-about-winter. Just to note, though, I don't like L'Occitane's much-revered hand creams (too silicone-y) and I do like Cake Beauty's Milk Made, despite its strong, raspberry smell - the texture is divine, and erm, I like that raspberry scent (though I wasn't a fan of the It's a Slice version).

They're limited edition and available at Sephora for $25; each tube is 1 oz. I've never tried the original version so I can't tell how they compare in terms of texture and scent, but I wouldn't mind having these around all of the time. My favorite is the...all of them. Probably they'd make nice gifts - for someone else, or, you know, for you.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Ole Henriksen Enlighten Me Serum

[Products in this post were purchased by me.]
I love pump packaging.

I'm going to start this off by saying, for the love of puppies, do not use a full pump for your face. Unless you have two heads. And I know, I know - I don't want to be like one of those people at Starbucks who rattles off their "half-caff, 31% whole milk, 54% soy, 15% fairy tears, half pump hazelnut latte" order (seriously, I feel like the barista is scheming ways to strangle them with their straws), but you know, DON'T DO IT.

You will have STICKY FACE. The dripping, sticky face. Not recommended. Half a pump is all that's necessary.

But I DO recommend trying the Enlighten Me Pigment Lightening Serum. Like the Truth serum, it sinks in quickly and leaves your face feeling tacky. That goes away after a minute or so, but if you're unsure, find a tester and pump some on your hand.

Also, all Ole Henriksen products have a strong smell. I don't see that mysterious "fragrance" ingredient in the list, so I have to assume that the scent is the result of using the ingredients that they do, which are naturally fragrant. This one kind of smells like oranges and like something kind of herbal. Doesn't bother me, and doesn't linger very long.

I use this at night, before moisturizer, as I mentioned in my summer skincare roundup. I don't usually change out my serums with the seasons. As far as ingredients go, this contains Vitamin C, lactic acid, and lemon and mulberry extracts, to do all the skin tone correcting that it claims to do. I've only been using this for a few months, so I am not expecting drastic results already, but you know, I think I like it. Pricewise, it's on par with Clinique's Even Better Skin Tone corrector (I've gone through several bottles of that), but I think I like this one slightly better.

Also, worth mentioning: I had some problems with my first bottle; it was leaking and creating a mess even though there weren't any cracks. I tweeted about this, and an Ole Henriksen representative got in touch with me and sent out a new bottle right away (this one is fine). I always want to note wonderful customer service (just as I will call out terrible experiences), and I was really impressed with them.

I don't see this on Sephora's site any more, but it is available with Ole Henriksen (and they're doing 20% right now as well, I see!) at $48 for 1 oz.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Shea Terra Organics Argan Oil

[Product was purchased by me.]

I like facial oils a lot, these days. I prefer them to traditional creams and gels, probably because they're easy to rub in (I'm lazy), and they're pretty basic items - most bottled products are primarily a single oil. That's the case here with the Shea Terra Organics Argan Oil.
I also appreciate the pump packaging. Droppers are nice, but you're still opening the bottle every single time.

I purchased this because it was reasonably priced for a 1-ingredient (100% pure Argan oil, unrefined) Argan Oil at $24 for 2 oz (I believe it was also on sale at the time; I bought mine from; it's also available from Beauty Sage). For comparison, Josie Maran's is $48 for 1.7 oz.

This bottle also fits my other requirement for facial oils - they have to have dark or opaque packaging. Most of these guys will eventually degrade when exposed to light (even your olive oil comes in tinted bottles, right?), so I simply will not purchase any Argan Oil that comes in clear plastic or glass bottles. The end.

I've tried Argan Oils in the past, and this one is just as nice as any other - easy to work into skin, not heavily scented, and moisturizing without being greasy. It's lighter than Weleda's Almond Oil (that is a winter time champion!) but it's doing quite nicely right now. I'm only using it at  night so far, but once the weather really becomes depressing, I'll be using it both in the morning and at night.

If you're looking to jump into facial oils, this is one to try.