Philosophy Purity 3 in 1 Cleanser

I saw this product while on a website. If you were the first 100 people to email them, they would send you a 30ml sample and 6 packets for your friends. So I did it, why not? 3 weeks later I actually got it.

This cleanser doesn’t do it for me. I have acne prone skin with a touch oiliness. My face was in good, clear condition when I started this and about 2 weeks later  I’m completely broken out. I do know this is a cleanser that isn’t focused on acne, but I didn’t think my face would get this bad, this quickly. This is kinda just a side note though, so don’t use if you’re acne prone. It does have a nice texture and to me, it smells like freshly washed clothes. To my boyfriend, it smells like wet dog food. Either way, if you’re sensitive to fragrance this-is-not-for-you. Very strong scent. It removes make up well and once I decided that I would just use it as an eye make up remover, I was disappointed again. It does say on the website and packaging that you may use it on your eyes. My eyes started stinging right away. Maybe I used too much, I don’t know. Though my friends haven’t gotten back to me on how they felt about the cleanser, I wouldn’t actually pay for this (and i’m glad I didn’t). I’m not even done the bottle and I’m going to be giving it to someone else that is curious. This is my first Philosophy product and it honestly hasn’t deterred me from trying other products. This just wasn’t a product for me. Has anyone else tried this product and loved it?

Biotherm Age Fitness Eye

Biotherm, Biotherm, Biotherm. How I love thee, let me count the ways.

Before I met Clarins, I met Biotherm. Now I occasionally play with both. Though I LOVE Bio, this is my least fave product by them that I’ve tried. It claims that I’ll regain that sparkle. Well, I feel like since I’m just entering the sparkless zone, that it didn’t really do anything. Maybe that means it kept the ugly away? I don’t know! It said it would smooth my skin, but I didn’t notice any particular smoothing amazingess going on. But maybe I was already smooth? Said it reduced the appearance of fatigue, but I can’t say much about that because I used this as a night eye cream.

So what i’m trying to say is, either this eye cream amazingly kept every bad sign of aging away from my face and didn’t change me since the first day I started using it, or, it just didn’t do anything. Well, it made me feel old.
I’d pass on this one and try something else. Has anyone else tried this?

It’s Nail Day!

Essie – Yummy Forever

Essie – Good as Gold

Alright, so as we all know, I do my nails for the week on Sundays. As I was removing my Good as Gold I was “reflecting” (I’m HILARIOUS) on my Mirror Metallic colour. I didn’t actually want to be rid of it so soon. Alright then, I said to myself. Let us get crazy. So I had recently bought a red (as my OPI one had run out!) and wanted to try it. SO, I used both. I put on 2 layers of base, 2 layers of Forever Yummy. Sat, watched my boyfriend play Zelda…….OH IT’S DRY…..covered half my nail (vertically) with Good as gold and finished up with a top coat. I did leave my pinky nails plain jane red. I love the fact that people have become so open with nail colours and styles. Otherwise, I would have had to choose between one or the other. So Good as Gold is now a double blogged item! Have you gone out and tried the Mirror Metallics yet?

Smashbox Cream Eye Liner Palette in Metallic

I’m not in love with this palette. When I saw it – yes, when I tried it, no. There are two palettes, metallic (shown) and proof which are darker shades of liner. I love liner, but I find with these Smashbox liners, you need a lot to get a nice full line. I also feel like you need even more to get a bold colour. The texture is nice and it spreads well, but the brush it gives you is a bit useless to me. In saying that, I think I’m just biased to the liner brush I’ve always used. I wouldn’t buy this palette again, but I would maybe suggest it to someone just entering the liner world. It’s nice to try different coloured liners, for sure.

Ingredient of the Day:

Dior Show Mascara

Alright, so, my BEST friend in all of LIFE loves, ADORES this mascara. So I was all “well girl, if you loves it, I gotsta try it”. And actually, I happened to get it through my mother who got it as a gift and didn’t like it. Didn’t like it?  Oh mom, it has to be good! I’ve heard rave reviews about it! Why you so cray?
Ugh. I dislike(d) it. I love bold, dramatic, b i g lashes. DiorShow does not provide that. The colour you get is nice, if you put on a coat, dry, another coat – it’s ok. But I don’t find it buildable enough to get to dramatic stage. If you love subtle lashes and colour, this is for you and it’s perfect for just that. In my opinion though, why pay that much money for subtlety? I will definitely not be trying this mascara again and i’m happy I got it as a gift. Please don’t hate me DiorShow lovers but I didn’t notice any lengthening, certainly no volume and lastly, I didn’t feel like I was giving off the “false – lash” look. Maybelline Falsies give me much better results at a fraction of the price.

 

Ingredient of the Day: glyceryl stearate

Categories: Emollients/Thickeners/Emulsifiers

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

 

 

Fusion Beauty Illumicover Line Smoothing Luminous Concealer

I don’t know how many people actually know about Fusion Beauty. The product is only a year old in my mind. In that year I constantly go on their website and can’t. They’ve been updating and saying it’s coming for the year that I’ve known them. Rude.

Anywho, from the products I have tried from them, they’re wonderful. Today I will talk about their concealer. If you’re looking for a heavy, full coverage concealer, this will not work for you. You’ll dislike it. This concealer is light and meant to (like the title says) illuminate. It covers up small blemishes, but when I do get the occasional nasty, it takes a little more than this baby to cover it up. Putting the word Illuminate in a concealer title can be frightening. Well I certainly don’t want to highlight the very flaws I’m trying to cover! Don’t worry, the colour is a very subtle radiance. I actually wouldn’t even categorize it as a highlighter/illuminator. It brightens up the area you’re applying it to, but only by a fraction. What this concealer is really good at is hiding those lines! Over time and use it will slowly plump and fill in those lines on your face. Crows feet, laugh lines, you get the idea. I wouldn’t say I’ve noticed anything dramatic, and I’ve been using it for months now, but there’s been some smoothing going on.
It also comes in 4 shades, light is the one I have up here.

The downside to this product for me is packaging. I don’t like that I can’t see how much product I have and I don’t like that I have to twist the bottom a million times every day to get the product out and onto the brush. But I’m just picky.

I would consider this product again, though I think I’m going to go see if I can find something just a bit better.

Ingredient of the Day: Hydrogenated Didecene

Categories: Thickeners/Emulsifiers

Skin-conditioning agent derived from didecene, which is a hydrocarbon. Hydrocarbons are organic compounds that contain only carbon and hydrogen. Examples of common hydrocarbons include mineral oil, petroleum, and paraffin wax.

Vasanti Brighten Up

Exfoliating. We all know how much I love it. Here is a great little face exfoliator. Vasanti isn’t a well known brand and i’ve only tried a couple products from them, obviously this being one of them. I quite enjoyed it!

The crystals/beads they use are super fine and help slough of your dead skin as well as trying to reduce the look of your fine lines, blemishes and scars. Some scrubs tend to over do it with their beads and it can be a bit much. Vasanti has found a great mixture between beads and product. Aloe vera, coconut and panthenol are all ingredients in this scrub to help hydrate while it exfoliates. Nothing like exfoliating and leaving a tight, dry skin. I can honestly say my face was supple and hydrated after using this. Lastly, and the most shocking (in a good way) to me, was the glow my face had the minute I stepped out of the shower and looked in the mirror. I’m a  frequent exfoliator, so it’s not like my face needed that much work! But my face looked radiant. This is definitely a product I will buy again.

Ingredient of the Day: aloe vera

Categories: Anti irritant, Plant extract

Great at binding water to the skin. Although research has shown aloe also has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial qualities, no study has proven it to be superior to other ingredients with similar properties, including vitamin C, green tea, pomegranate, and many other antioxidants

Maybelline Quad in Mocha Motion

I have this really weird problem. I love buying eyeshadow, but it’s actually the only thing I don’t wear on a daily basis. So I have tons of it, but it doesn’t get THAT much use. Anyway, enough about me.

Mocha Motion quad is a nice set to have. It’s packed with all your neutrals. I love quads because you have a day and night look ready to go in them. This quad has a very nice natural look to it when you use a couple of the colours and it goes a bit smoky-dark-neutral when you use all 4. Don’t expect eye popping greatness from this quad. Expect soft subtle eyes.
Ingredient of the Day: talc

Categories: Miscellaneous

Naturally occurring mineral. There is no credible evidence of a cancer risk from inhalation of cosmetic talc by humans. It’s used as a lubricant and a filler.

Avene Hydrance Optimale Legere

Avene. A brand hailing from the beautiful country of France. Like a lot of brands coming from Europe, they pride themselves on their wonderful thermal water sprays and healing properties. This product right here, Hydrance Optimale Legere is a daytime moisturizer for people with normal to combination skin types with some sensitivity. This product is more a fluid than a balm. Though it does hydrate and doesn’t irritate the skin, I did find it to be sticky once applied. Now, I’ve looked into it with other people trying this product and not many other people had the same experience. I seem to be one of the rare ones who found it sticky afterwords. We have to keep in mind, our skins are all different.

I would suggest (if it’s an option) getting a sample and trying it out first. The sample should last you 2 to 4 days,  and you should be able to tell if you like the texture of it by that point. Other then the stickiness, it was a nice product. Hydrating, very light on the skin, non-comedogenic (it won’t clog your pores), will give you a matte finish and even has Avene Thermal Spring Water as an ingredient to help soothe your skin. If you suffer from slight redness on your face, this could help.

Ingredient of the Day: vitamin A

Categories: antioxidant/vitamin

Considered a good antioxidant in some of its various forms, particularly as retinol and retinyl palmitate.

L’oreal Base & Top, Essie Good as Gold

L’oreal Base Coat

L’oreal Top Coat

Well, it’s Sunday. Nail day! I’ve just recently run out of these babes, so I thought I would let you know I don’t think much of them. They were a bit thick for my liking and they didn’t do anything fancy. Sometimes they didn’t even prevent my dark nail colours from turning my nails a tinge of yellow. But, whatever, I don’t REALLY expect miracles from products like these.

Essie – Good as Gold

Essie has just released new Mirror Metallics. Upon first glance online, I really was not interested. But upon first glance in person, I adored them. 5 very nice colours, though I could live without No Place like Chrome. It was actually hard for me to pick a colour but I managed. Good as Gold is actually a beautiful summer colour. I had mentioned in my very first post that Essie nail polishes do not go on well first coat, but this baby does. I still used 2 coats, but the first one had decent coverage. I think if you’re only looking at the new colours online, take a look at them in person. Much better. I might even pick myself up another colour from this line.
Lastly, I had once heard this was going to be limited edition, but as of earlier this week, I believe it’s going to be an Essie staple.

 

Ingredient of the Day: Formaldehyde

Categories: Preservative

Common type of preservative found in cosmetics. Despite some claims, there is no higher level of skin reaction to formaldehyde-releasing preservatives than to other preservatives (Source: British Journal of Dermatology, March 1998, pages 467–476). In fact, there is a far greater risk to skin from a product without preservatives, because of the contamination and unchecked growth of bacteria, fungus, and mold that can result if no preservatives are used.