Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Last Hurrah: Things I'd Repurchase in 2015

[Products marked * were received as PR samples. Everything else was purchased by me.]

I thought I'd crank out one more post before the end of the year. Happy new year to everyone in earlier time zones! I already did a favorites post, but I thought I'd do another brief one to showcase products - skincare and mostly makeup "basics" - that I would happily repurchase again in 2015. I broke it down into "drugstore" and "department store" beauty for convenience. I've reviewed some of these previously, and will link to those reviews where possible. Otherwise, you get a blurb - but if you're curious about something, let me know in the comments and I'll try to go more in-depth or plan a future post. The post is still long, though, and I apologize. Hopefully it's helpful!

Department Store
Dept store repurchase

  • Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask ($25) and Drink Up Ten-Minute Mask ($25): I love these because they're quick and easy and I do feel like they make a difference. I will often do them back to back if I have the time - Charcoal first, then pop in the shower, then Drink Up before I do my nightly skincare routine. I also like to apply Drink Up after a freezing winter run (I wash sunscreen off my face, first). They're reasonably priced and because they're speedy, I do actually use them.
  • First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask ($38): Apparently I'm the only person in the world who doesn't like the Radiance pads, but I love this mask. I'm going to do a post soon on "bedtime pampering" items which will feature this again for a more in-depth review, but I try to use this once a week or so, and the next morning, skin glows.
  • Tatcha Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder* ($65, super cute mini for $15): My favorite exfoliating scrub. Gentle but I can feel a smooth tightness to skin afterward, and it's not oddly squeaky or anything like after some other scrubs. I also appreciate that it's a rice powder that completely dissolves and doesn't contain gritty plastic beads (horror!) or more chunky nut shell type particles.
  • Benefit Gimme Brow (Light/Medium) ($22): The brow revelation revolution is here. It will work best if you have pretty full brows to begin with, and it is easy-breezy-spot-on. I'll just link you to Liz's review, although I use the lighter shade. The only problem is if you have brows lighter than mine (which is probably a significant portion of the population), I don't think you'll find a match - there are only two shades, which, to me, are "dark" and "darker".
  • MAC Mineralize Concealer, NC20 ($21): The only problem with this one is the tube is tiny and I have gone through it super quickly. I use this to cover up spots and redness; coverage is high and opaque without sacrificing the dewy, skin-like finish that I prefer. Definitely, definitely a staple.
  • MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, NW25 ($20): Opposite problem from the Mineralize Concealer - one tube will last FOREVER if you don't pump it out all at once, ha. I use this solely under eyes; I prefer an undereye concealer that doesn't budge and is warmer in tone to counteract dark purple shadows, thus the NW25 (yellow tones just make the purple areas look ashy). Also, this line runs lighter than the others, so if you want one, definitely get matched and don't just pick up your usual MAC shade.
  • MAC Fix+ ($22): I didn't understand what the fuss was about until I picked one up. I prefer a dewy finish on my face most days - this helps. I've gone through a mini bottle and was trying to use up a different facial mist first; that's done and I will grab another of these, soon.
  • Nude Skincare Advanced Renewal Serum ($78): Already reviewed. I think I prefer this to the famous EL ANR...
  • Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel ($42): I've only tried the older version and am hoping it hasn't been ruined in the reformulation, because I'm almost done with my jar. This is my nightly eye gel - keeps everything hydrated and reduces morning puffiness.
  • Shiseido Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream ($40): Not exactly hydrating, but not drying, either, and this layers the best under makeup. It also brightens the area and I can tell the difference between wearing this eye cream and any other.
Drugstore
drugstore loves


  • Epic Blend More Moisture Unflavored Lip Balm ($3.49): I like no fuss lip balm and this is it. No scent, no flavor, convenient twist-tube, and it actually moisturizes lips - they don't feel drier and they don't peel awkwardly. S. is also hooked. Thanks to Tracy for introducing them to me!
  • Maybelline Color Elixirs ($5-8): I have five. When they go on sale, I'm picking up a few more. They're comfortable to wear, non-drying, and I love the finish and range of shades.
  • Aveeno Smart Essentials Nighttime Moisture Infusion ($8-15): I've been poking around the drugstore for more skincare options, and I like this one. Simple but effective. If the daytime version didn't contain chemical SPF, I would pick it up.
  • Out of Africa Body Oil ($15-20): My favorite body oil. I've finished a bottle of the vanilla scent, and this verbena scent is magically bright in the gloomy winter. It is a bit greasy, but I've pretty much stopped battling dry, itchy skin after slathering this on damp, post-shower skin daily.
  • Neutrogena Pure & Free Liquid SPF 50 ($8-14): All-physical (zinc oxide and titanium oxide) sunscreen that I use on my face daily - it's not greasy or heavy and layers fabulously under makeup. It can leave a bit of a white cast in the summer when I'm more tan, so I may look into something else then, but I've gone through almost two bottles of this. 
  • Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum ($36): Another of Tracy's recommendations! This dry-normal skinned girl needs a hydrating serum, and this is a good one! Makes my skin more...plump? Dumpling face!
  • Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser (Creamy formula, $7-13): My daily cleanser. Doesn't have as strong a smell as Cetaphil (which is what S. uses), and cleans gently without bells and whistles and fuss. I usually double cleanse daily (I use an oil first), so I just want something basic that will remove any final traces of residue.
PHEW. Finally done! Ok, that's it for me here. Final post of the year! *confetti* Hope you have a great New Year's Eve/ New Year's Day. Best wishes for 2015! Thanks for reading and commenting and being so fabulous.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Let's Talk Fitness

Don't worry, I won't preach at you. But I've been wanting to write this post for a while, and I figured now was the time. I have a lot of words, but it's meant to prompt discussion and the sharing of helpful tips and encouragement for incorporating fitness into a healthy lifestyle. For me, the key is maintaining balance. I know this is a beauty blog, but a big part of beauty is confidence. Getting myself in shape has been a huge factor in boosting my self-confidence as an adult, and I just wanted to share some of that here, in my personal space. All the usual disclaimers apply: I'm not a health professional, and I'm a relatively healthy person without medical conditions.

I was a pretty average little kid; even though mum put me in dresses & skirts (which I liked), I ran around outside and scraped my knees and played tetherball and tag and once punched a boy at recess (ha!). Somewhere toward the end of grade school, though, I became less active and put signifiant weight on. I don't remember it negatively, necessarily; no one teased me and I wasn't deeply unhappy. I'm not sure what prompted me to lose the weight again, but I did, just before high school.

Through high school and college, I never put the weight back on; I was of average size, but not necessarily particularly fit. In college, I half-heartedly hit the school gym a few times, but I wasn't really into it. At that point, it was still a matter of simply trying to maintain my size and fit my clothes. It wasn't until graduate school, when I lived on my own, that I really became interested in being more active for the sake of being active. Nowadays, some sort of physical activity is a regular part of my routine; I get restless if I don't work out in some fashion, and it is a priority for me to make time for it. It also helps me sleep better - I used to be a bit of an insomniac as a kid, and that has definitely been alleviated.

This is what I've learned thus far:

  • Try many things.
    As a person with terrible eyesight and bad depth perception, I have no business playing sports that involve flying projectiles. I also hate competition. Team sports are not for me. I'm a rock climber, an aerialist, a dancer. I have a green sash in Muay Thai and I like short workout videos (like Ballet Beautiful or Women's Health videos) that target specific areas. Aerial arts and rock climbing pulled me into weight lifting and other supplementary activities; I wanted to be stronger so I could climb that next problem or do that really cool lyra move, so I hit the weights. It's sort of taken off from there. But I think that anything that gets you moving is awesome. Zumba, DDR, another fitness video game - everything is fair game and I will try it.
  • You don't have to like or succeed at everything you try.
    I. Hate. Running. I've done a few 5Ks and S. and I run with the dogs once a week or so, but I don't achieve any particular zen state with it and I'm slow and awkward. But I like hanging out with S. and it's a nice way to tire out the dogs, so I do it. But along these lines - there isn't really a perfect time to exercise, either, no matter what anyone says. If you're a morning person, do it then. If you're an evening person, do it then. If you squeeze it in during your lunch, totally cool. Whatever you like.
  • Buy some cute - functional - workout clothing. 
    You may be rolling your eyes at me, but I promise this helps. And it doesn't have to be some insanely expensive Lululemon thang, but it will be more comfortable to work out in something designed for the purpose than an old baggy T-shirt that slips down and clings to sweat. Also, you'll be happier putting it on and getting ready to go if it fits well and you like the color. Target, discount stores like Marshalls, and Nordstrom all have a range of clothing in a range of sizes and price points. Lastly - you need comfortable shoes. If you're going to invest in something, make it that.
  • Ignore the haters.
    Seriously. I cannot stress how important this is. And negative criticism can come from the strangest places. For example, it's common in some cultures for women to be criticized (by family members!) for being too thin (you'll look sickly and not good for child-bearing or some Mulan shit), too fat (ugly, no one will marry you!) or too muscular (not feminine enough! Exercising is too dangerous!) or WHATEVER. I have seen people make fun of various other people in the gym for various stupid reasons - apparently overweight people should not dare to exercise. Small-minded people do not matter, and it's hard if it's a loved one, but gently (or, if you're me, not so gently, whatever) reject that kind of behavior and carry on. While we're on the topic - if you don't feel comfortable in the gym without foundation and mascara, go for it. My only concern is breakouts for myself, but my mom refuses to go to the gym without at least eyebrow pencil and eyeliner. If that's what you need, that's what you need. 
  • Find a friend.
    Or a dog. Whatever works. (Erm, possibly not the kitties, though.) S. and I hit the gym together most of the time, and it's helpful. We don't have the same fitness level or endurance, but it's one more person dragging you out of bed when all you want to do is roll over and go back to sleep. And it's nice to share goals and successes. Also, with the dogs, we walk 2 more miles each day than we normally would. So that's something, too.
  • Everything in moderation!
    I skip the gym sometimes. I eat cookies. I take a break. You should, too. It's not a punishment or reward type system, and people get tired. I also like to rotate through exercises and activities so I don't get bored. I get bored easily.
  • Don't injure yourself!
    And that is the only reason for watching your form and technique - to prevent injury. Also, I have no shame. I will pause a workout video, take a breather, get some water, curse at the instructor, and then carry on. 
With all this said, I'm not saying that everyone needs to be up and running. If you're not into it, you're not into it, and that's fine, too. This is more of a lead-in for those who want motivation or new ideas on how to stick to a routine or how to start incorporating more activities into their days. I'm always looking for new tips and tricks, as well.

How do you stay active? What are your tips for staying motivated and finding new things to do?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Sparkle: Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in 12 Glitter Copper

[Product was purchased by me. No affiliate links.]

I'm not much for pencil liners - the only one I like now is Sephora's in-house Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner, which comes in a lot of colors and really does not budge. It's creamy and glides on smoothly; I've reviewed 05 Green previously.
Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in 12 Glitter Copper.
These are fun for putting on the lower lashline, because they actually stay (though I never put anything on the waterline.). But my favorite method is a "double winged liner" on the upper lashline, and with this shade, 12 Glitter Copper, it's especially fun because it has bits of silver glitter (you can see them in the photo above). Normally I'm not a fan of pencils that have glittery bits, but this one is ridiculously pretty, and I don't find myself dealing with fallout.
I usually lay down whatever eye shadow I'm wearing (I forgot again. I 'm sorry. I'm a failure. I think it's the copper and dark brown shades from the Tarina Tarantino Wonderful palette), add a black wing near the upper lashline with liquid liner, and then use the Sephora Retractable pencil right above the drawn black line. Since the shadow and pencil colors are so similar here, it's hard to pick the pencil line out, but it's a pretty effect in person. You can have sparkling glitter near the lashline without sacrificing the inky black definition of liquid liner.
Sometimes if I'm tired, my right eyelid collapses. It's the Popeye look. Very hot. Lipstick is Rouge Dior Belle de Nuit.
I want to pick up the basic black next, to see if it stays put as well as the green and copper - and for smudging out, so I can finally tackle that sexy-sultry-vixen-femme-fatale-all-the-things smokey eye. But the fun colors are really...fun, and despite not usually wanting a glittery pencil, this one has charmed me. GLITTER ALL THE THINGS. ANNOY YOUR MENFOLK.

(Grinch at heart, that's me. Sparkle on, bitches.)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Holiday Look #2: That Classic Red Lip

[Products marked * were received as gifts; all others were purchased by me.]

I posted a holiday look earlier that was more about featuring dramatic eyes, so I figured I should do a classic red lip look, as well. The red lipstick of choice here is Rouge d'Armani 400 (which I wore on my wedding day), which is a beautiful, gel-like true red - not warm, not cool. It's delicious. As will be your holiday feast, I hope.
Face was kept clean with Diorskin Nude BB Cream in 002 (applied with a damp Beauty Blender) and MAC concealers; I like to keep blush barely-there in the winter, as going out in the cold (or being in a house party surrounded by dozens of people) will be vastly sufficient to put a rosy flush on cheeks. This is Clarins Cream blush in 02 Candy*. I've been using Bobbi Brown's Brightening Finishing Powder in Porcelain Pearl* has an all-over face setting powder + illuminator, and it's quite nice.
 I love the shiny, rich finish of this lipstick. It's absolutely gorgeous.
I, uh, am a terrible beauty blogger and don't remember exactly what is on eyes, but I feel confident that many people own an adequate number of golds, bronzes and matte browns to achieve a similar effect. I like to use liquid liner for its intensely dark, clean definition along the lashline, which helps hold its own against the crisp lip. I apply this lipstick straight from the tube - it has a gel-like consistency which keeps it from smudging out the way most creamy formulas can. If you want it to last and last and last, I would do the lipliner/lipstick/blot/lipstick etc. combo (similar to what Lena outlines here).

What is your red lipstick of choice for the festive holiday season? 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Book Review: Fragrant, Mandy Aftel

I picked this up from the library, because I love reading books about perfume (there are several on my wishlist, including The Book of Scented Things, which is a collection of poetry). Mandy Aftel is the perfumer behind Aftelier Perfumes, which are all made by hand from "pure and natural essences" in small batches - they contain no synthetics, although they are not, as far as I can tell, vegan.
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I haven't read any of her earlier works (either the chef collaborations or her earlier books on fragrance), and I've never sampled any bottled scents from Aftelier Perfumes, although I gather that Aftel is a much respected and lauded artisan. Fragrant is arranged around five key notes - cinnamon, mint, frankincense, ambergris, jasmine - and their histories, purposes in fragrance blends, and the questions (and answers) that they inspire. The book is an easy read, filled with interesting trivia, perfume and edibles recipes, and musings on how each of these notes - and the experiences tied to them - have shaped Aftel's craft and leanings as a natural perfumer. There is much said about the composition of fragrances - the intensity and volatility of individual notes, how they must string together like a chord, how dilution is important and what each family of notes is known for. I took notes as I read, because I do write about perfume here, and I often take notes as I read, both fiction and non-fiction.

However, I can't say that I whole-heartedly loved this book. Some of it does come off as preachy (repeated criticisms about the cheapness and shortcomings of synthetic molecules without balanced statements about their use or invention, an elevation of all things "natural" without really clearly defining the criteria for such) and I don't respond well to that. For example, extractions of florals to create "natural" absolutes are commonly performed with hexane (alternatives do exist, although to be honest, I don't know what a "benign" solvent is. Solvents are sort of like venomous creatures - a scale of nasty to nastier).

I will fully admit that I don't know much about the perfume industry, but the creation of the juice does boil down to chemistry - recipes and formulations, extractions, distillations, dissolutions - and I don't think the "natural world" (whatever that means) can be separated so easily from that of scientific method and advancement. I heartily support the locavore movement and creating art, sustainable food and eco-conscious lifestyles - and S. and I do try to buy local, support CSAs and farmer's markets, cook at home most days with fresh produce - but I would have appreciated a more balanced view in this book. I also found her treatment of animal-derived essences a little lacking; that is a big issue (and made me appreciate vegan perfumeries that much more) but it was breezed over rather quickly without a large mention of the controversies behind it (she does mention that many of the animals originally used for cultivation of such essences are seriously endangered now, like the musk deer). But I can understand that it would be like opening the proverbial can of worms, and that wasn't necessarily the point of the ambergris chapter.
Yeah, that's not a beaker - it's a graduated cylinder.

Lastly - this annoyed me. It's a small detail, but all introductory chemistry courses go over basic glassware. I point this out because the precision allowed with each type of glassware is different; calibrated micropipets are the most accurate, then volumetric flasks, then graduated cylinders, and beakers are really only good for holding and mixing solutions. One might argue that this book is intended for the masses, and who cares? But there's no reason at all for it to be mislabeled; if you're going to call it something - call it by its correct name. Especially if you are going to suggest that someone purchase one. [Edit: The author clarified that the images in the text are aesthetic only, taken from early 19th century textbooks. My comments about the precision of glassware are still relevant, though.]
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Despite these complaints, I did still enjoy the book immensely and found it full of interesting information and poignant questions about human nature and our perceptions of beauty and luxury and art. You might be thinking, oh Larie, get your jaded scientist self out of all this art, but seriously, I do appreciate the complexity and resourcefulness of devoted natural artisan perfumery, and the invocation to appreciate the beauty - fleeting as it is - of the world around us. The indie perfume movement is an important one to the industry and the art, and I can't deny that Aftel is a significant contributor. I would definitely recommend Fragrant to anyone who has an interest in perfume, or even just a fragranced take on investigating human nature. I've put her earlier book, Essence & Alchemy, on my list.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Winter Lip Love Picks

[Products marked * were gifts from fabulous friends!]

We just finished a #30daysoflipstick tag on Instagram, so I thought it'd be an appropriate time to do a round-up of my current winter lip favorites. While autumn was predictably vampy, for some reason, I'm feeling both really bright shades (just picked up MAC Toxic Tale, as well) and barely-there neutrals this winter.

L-R: Dior Golden Rain Addict Gloss*, It Cosmetics CC Lip Serum in Love*, Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice, Joe Fresh Baie Sauvage*, Maybelline Vivids Color Sensational in Vivid Rose, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in 319 Pomodoro.

To go with my spunky hair, maybe?
The basic look I'm going with this winter. I think that's Dior Enchanted Rose. Dior glosses are also nicely hydrating, which helps in the winter weather.
It seems like I can get away with heavier makeup with short hair, but because the style is so youthful, I find myself aiming for understated looks, as well; this calls for neutral glosses, to go with a fresh-faced "just in from the cold" appearance. But neutral glosses also go well with super sparkly smoky eye looks, like this one (wearing Maybelline Intoxicating Spice over MAC Pander Me).

What are your favorites this winter? Are you reaching for "marsala" shades yet?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

This Answers the Question...

...just how bright is MAC Toxic Tale?
Eye-searing, teeth-brightening coral in a satin-finish. It is neon.
Re-promoted with MAC Red Red Red; at counters and online now.

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Holiday Look: Inspired by Dianna Agron

[Products marked * were gifts from friends. ** Were provided by PR for review.]

Loosely inspired, that is.
[pinned here - sorry, can't find the original source]
Girl is gorgeous. I ain't about Glee, but Dianna Agron has killer taste in music and her fashion and makeup looks are always on point. I wanted to do a holiday look inspired by this photo, even though I don't have pretty copper glitters to really make it sing. But, I have fluttery ESQIDO mink lashes**. So we'll see what we can do.

Since I couldn't find a photo of this look with her eyes open - ARTISTIC LICENSE TIME. (Really, all I took from the above look was GLITTER, bronze, and a soft lip).
Lips: MAC Pander Me + Maybelline Intoxicating Spice Color Elixir.
These are the Esqido Voila lashes** (reviewed here, with application tips). Currently, Esqido is holding a giveaway (until Dec. 12) to launch their new Holiday Lash Guide. I tried it out and it matched me to two pairs I already love, so I think it's pretty handy, ha!
On eyes: Marc Jacobs The Enigma palette (Shades 1 & 6), Fyrinnae Fire Opal and a Shu Uemura gold glitter (from the Mint &Vanilla palette) over NARS primer, and Esqido Voila lashes**.
I tried to keep the lip more neutral, because if you're going to eat food (and trust me, I will), you don't want it to be too obvious that your lipstick has floated away with the hors d'oeuvres. I layered Maybelline Intoxicating Spice over MAC Pander Me just to soften the matte finish; I didn't want something super glossy to compete with the glittery eyes.
Base is Dior Nude BB Cream (02) and Sephora Sculpting Disc.*
These earrings are Nadri; I wore them on my wedding day. I don't really have any holiday parties to attend, but I like to dress up on Christmas, anyway, so I may pull this look out on the day.

What are your holiday plans? Do you have a look ready?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things...

I always watch that movie during the holiday season. It's a sap-fest, I know, but Julie Andrews is gorgeous and c'mon, we all had childhood crushes on the Captain, didn't we?


Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens...
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens...

Brown paper packages tied up with string...



these are a few of my favorite things.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Skincare Edit: Winter is Coming

Er, well, winter is here.

(You see how long drafts sit in my folder? Dirty, dirty secrets.)

Anyway, here are some super profesh (that word kills me, I must use it) iPhone photos of my AM and PM skincare. I don't typically overhaul the entire regimen with each season, since that leaves lots of random bottles lying around. I'll add serums and such as necessary, since those are easier to maintain through the weather and temperature changes. I also have dry skin, so I tend toward hydrating products throughout the year. In the daytime, this is what I go through.
And Oscar.
The Estee Lauder Soft Clean toner is meant for dry skin and is really nice for prepping skin - it leaves my face feeling cushiony. Then I apply the Vichy Aqualia Thermal serum (oops, everything in the photo is in the wrong order here, ha), and La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Riche. I rotate between the Vichy ProEven eye cream and the Shiseido Ibuki eye cream; the former is more hydrating, the latter layers better under makeup and is brightening. I finish with sunscreen - Neutrogena Pure & Free Liquid SPF 50 (all physical sunscreen). This can leave a faintly white cast on those with deeper complexions, but I use it every day. I've been thinking about picking up my old favorite, Clinique Super City Block SPF 40, since I've heard it's been changed to an all physical formula (haven't confirmed this, though - does anyone know? The SPF 25 has been, but I don't know about the SPF 40 version), and it is tinted, so it layers beautifully under makeup. As a rule, I prefer my moisturizer and sunscreen to be separate products, because I like to be able to pick and choose qualities for both. 

There is one exception, however. Most days, we get up early to walk the dogs and then go to the gym; on those days, I want a simple moisturizer + sunscreen to slap on my face as soon as I get up, and then I follow up with the regular rigamarole above after I take my post-gym shower. It's incredibly hard to find an all physical sunscreen-moisturizer combo, but I just picked this up from Target. I've had luck with the "Yes to" line before, so I have high hopes for this.
Sunscreen components: Zinc Oxide (11.0%), Titanium Dioxide (6.2%) 
Now, for nighttime. Again, EL toner, and then I alternate between the Shiseido White Lucent Total Brightening Serum (to address hyperpigmentation - this is the best thing I've used for that purpose, thus far) and the Nude Skincare Advanced Renewal Serum, which is all around amazing. I think this almost single-handedly helped re-adjust and brighten my skin again after moving to the much drier desert environment. 

For PM moisturizers, since my serums do the heavy lifting, I decided to try something simple from the drugstore, the Aveeno Active Naturals Smart Essentials Night Cream. It smells kind of like chamomile, but I don't mind the scent. About once a week, I substitute the Philosophy Miracle Worker Overnight moisturizer (sample) instead, for something a little more intense. I might purchase this next time - I like most of the Philosophy skincare items that I've tried. For eye cream, I like Ole Henriksen's Ultimate Lift Eye Gel (this is the older formulation), and for spot treatments, I use Clean & Clear (although I do not use this if I'm using the Shiseido White Lucent serum on the same night). Once a week or so, I like to use the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask. I'm about halfway through this jar, and I really like the brightening, firming effect it has. 
I feel like I've been talking forever, so let's just wrap this up. I'm pretty happy with the current skincare situation, although I might pick up another overnight mask in the future - I really want to try the NUDE Skincare overnight mask. Anyone else have any great skincare finds?