Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Lips & Cheeks in 02 “Rose Frivole”

Now that the weather is much warmer, I’ve been really into glowy cheeks and dewy skin lately more than usual. In the colder months, I’m not a fan of glowy cheeks typically and I’m insanely picky about cream blushes to being with anyway! Recently, after watching YouTube videos I got my mind stuck on YSL products and decided to try the Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Lips & Cheeks after watching some tutorials. Initially, I passed on these products awhile back because I was skeptical about its use. However, I think the one I have in 02 “Rose Frivole” is great, and I’m looking forward to purchasing more colors in the very near future.

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The Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Lips & Cheeks is an “air-whipped, two-in-one mousse formula for lips and cheeks.” The “sensual, soft matte finish” sounded promising and the texture is super smooth and easy to work with. Surprisingly, as pigmented as the original swatch is, the product blends out smoothly and quickly without drying matte or feeling sticky. In addition, the color seems to be buildable, so I like to keep it sheer on some days and more bold others. The applicator is not the unique and resembles the applicators for the YSL lip glosses. I don’t find that they apply the product any better, but the pointy part of the applicator does give some precision and control.

I chose the shade 02 “Rose Frivole” which is a rosey, nude shade. The pink tone is cool but warms up on the skin as it blends out. The mousse texture gives it a soft texture and spreads the color on nicely without getting patchy, sticky, or uneven. For these reasons, I’ve found that the product is surprisingly easy and quick to use. I like this product only for the cheeks — even though it’s designed for the lips as well. I’ve found that even with lip balm underneath the product, the product sits in the creases and cracks of my lips in an unflattering way. It also feels dry on the lips but not the cheeks.

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As you can see, the product blended out is more subtle than the initial swatch. Additionally, it brings a lot of life to your skin because it glows on your cheeks without being greasy or glittery. It sets nicely on the skin and doesn’t smudge or move around — which was another concern of mine. While this color is more natural than some of the other bold shades in the range, it’s natural in a really pretty way. You may think that this is just another run-of-the-mill pink shade; however, there’s something about this on the skin that is just iridescent and healthy. I recommend this range of products and I’ve got my heart set on a few more colors. Because the product is so easy to use, I find that when I want to bring some life to my skin or I’m in a hurry, I apply BB/CC cream and then add 02 “Rose Frivole” on top. I blend it out quickly either with a synthetic brush or my fingertips and I’m done with my face makeup.

Retails for $40.00 USD.
Made in France.

REVIEW: Caudalie Instant Detox Mask

I think any product that promises any form of “detox” is an attention-getter for me. With my VIB Rouge perks, I was able to get the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask early and I’m so glad that I did. Designed to be a “detoxifying mask that draws out accumulated toxins from clogged pores to revitalize and invigorate the complexion,” this mask is the ultimate quick-fix product and another must-have from Caudalie. Quick-fix masks seem to kind of a thing now, so it’s nice that this one adopts the same concept!

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The “Instant Detox Mask brings life to dull, tired skin. It clears the pores of impurities and toxins, purifies from pollution, and invigorates lackluster skin. Great to use before a night out or after a stressful week, it is enriched with grape marc to detoxify, pink clay and coffee to clarify, and papaya enzymes for a boost of immediate radiance.” The color is really unusual since it’s pink in tone. Once dried on the skin, it turns into a darker pink shade that seems to easily wash off — thank goodness. Much like the rest of Caudalie’s brand philosophy, Grape Marc is one of the main ingredients that detoxifies and drains impurities, as pink clay and coffee are known to purify the skin. Also included in the main ingredients is papaya enzymes that delivers immediate radiance by lightly exfolitating the skin and lifting dead skin cells. The scent of this mask is earthy but non-offensive. In addition, it dries down pretty quick so I like to apply this mask after makeup removal and before my shower at night. That way, I can just jump into the shower which makes rinse-off much easier for me.

And, finally, eight essential oils within the mask nourish skin, so even after removal, your skin is left plumped and healthy rather than dried from the clay. I like to apply a thin layer 2-3 times a week on dry face, avoiding the eye area. I leave it on for 10 minutes, but sometimes I leave it on longer. When it’s all dried I rinse off the mask in the shower and let the steam and warm water continue to work its goodness on my skin. Afterwards, I follow with serum and my nighttime cream.

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I really like this mask, but most of all, I like that it’s super fast and easy to use. It makes it great for traveling too since it’s quick and comes in a tube. I don’t think product is a real “problem fixer,” in that it won’t really address breakouts or anything like that. However, it’s great for maintaining your skin’s condition and pores. My skin feels cleaner and smoother after I use this, and I really like that my face doesn’t feel too stripped or dry either. I recommend this product as a routine mask to have on hand to help maintain the clarity of your skin, and to free your pores of impurities and oil!

Made in France.
Retails for $39.00 USD.

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation in 115 Pink Ivory

I’ve been on a major Make Up For Ever kick lately and I’ve recently been looking into products that I’ve overlooked for some time now. I’m still a major fan of the HD Invisible Cover Foundation and the Step 1 Skin Equalizer: Smoothing Primer. Naturally, I gravitated towards the Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation, and I’m really glad that I did because I really like it. You can reviews of the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer: Smoothing Primer here and the Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation here.

As its name should suggest, this product is truly a multi-use powder foundation. And, like the HD Invisible Cover Foundation, the shade I use in the powder foundation is 115 (Pink Ivory) as well. It’s described to be a product with “breakthrough multi-use formula that can be applied as a foundation or setting powder.” In addition, it’s “formulated with exclusive vegetal coated bio-mimetic pigments, [which is a] patent-pending formula [that] allows for buildable coverage with a natural matte finish.”

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On its own, this powder foundation is extremely lightweight. It’s not as “creamy feeling” as the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder, but the light fluffiness of the powder still makes it super easy to apply. Additionally, you can apply this product quickly since it’s so easy to use, it blends easily, and stays put on your face without any slipping. Paired with a base product, this product is a great setting powder that doesn’t interfere with what you’ve applied prior. It does add a hint of color since this isn’t a translucent product; however, if you’ve found a good color match, it shouldn’t be a problem.

The Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation has “lightweight, non-chalky texture [that] blends seamlessly with your natural skintone for a long-wearing, flawless complexion. [With] mineral oil-free and enriched with nourishing ingredients, Pro Finish helps to prevent skin dehydration for the ultimate in comfort. This unique formula has unparalleled versatility: use as your primary foundation or layer on top of your favorite liquid foundation as a setting powder.”

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I really like this powder, but I like it best as a setting powder that gives you some extra oomph to your skin (when worn alone) and a sense of “finishedness” when worn in conjunction with liquid foundation. I feel that the powder helps to allow my foundation to last all day, especially on particularly sweaty or long days. It adheres to previously applied foundation really well, and better yet, it doesn’t look or feel cakey. However, on its own, I’ve noticed that it’s very light in coverage and it’s just not as long-lasting as it would be if I were wearing it over a proper foundation. I’ve used primer underneath, but I still feel that it doesn’t wear as long as with a regular foundation underneath. I still tend to wear the powder foundation on its own when I’m in a hurry, but if I’m in the mood for a reliable powder foundation, I still choose something else like the LM Smooth Finish Foundation Powder — for coverage and lasting ability.

I recommend this powder foundation for those who truly want a setting powder, and for those who are looking for some coverage and color to their setting powder. If you’re looking for a powder foundation the functions well totally on its own with lasting coverage, I wouldn’t suggest this one. However, there are others I’ve reviewed to choose from. I also think that for the summer months, this is a good compact to have in your makeup bag/purse since it’s not cakey and will do well for touch-ups.

Retails for $36.00 USD.

REVIEW: Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

The newest craze regarding base products is the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, and rightfully so, given that it’s marketed as “the best of a BB, a CC, and a tinted moisturizer…with a 215% increase in skin hydration after just one week.” So far, the reviews have been phenomenal which is the reason why I had to try out the product myself. It’s been a long time since I’ve used Bare Minerals, and I’ve been perfectly happy with products I’ve found outside of this line. However, because I’m a base product junkie, I knew I was going to have to try this new product out.

The finish of this product is dewy with sheer-to-medium coverage for a radiant, soft, smooth finish. The gel cream texture looks and feels natural and light on the skin. It blends easily with no detection, sinks in nicely into the skin, and has a semi-matte/dewy finish. I don’t powder over this because I prefer that finish; however, I did notice that oil-control is pretty much non-existent and I have to blot after a few hours. In addition, as a tinted gel-cream product, this product is super lightweight and is considered to be more than a tinted moisturizer by providing “powerful hydration [with] marine botanicals to help replenish thirsty skin.” In addition, much like the concepts of BB/CC creams, skincare benefits are a part of this product’s promise with “mineral electrolytes to help energize skin,” “non-chemical, mineral-based broad spectrum SPF 30,” and “heart-leaf globe daisy, an antioxidant, helps protect against environmental stressors.”

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What I really like about this product is that it’s really soothing on the skin and it’s hydrating and comfortable on my skin. I also really like the natural finish that comes with the benefits of moisture and additional skincare additives. It feels and looks like no makeup on the skin and I love products that provide that naturally radiant finish/touch. However, coverage is extremely minimal, so in that aspect, it’s definitely not like a typical BB/CC cream either. When blending, it almost seems like nothing is happening and the product is just disappearing. it’s probably best to have some good concealer on hand if you’re looking for something more; however, if you’re looking for something quick for the gym or running errands, there may not be a need to apply additional products.

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The Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream is extremely sheer and is solely a product that seems to just even the skintone, boost the complexion a bit, and provide hydration. I got the shade Opal 01, which is good for fair skins with a cool undertone. It’s pretty forgiving though since it’s so sheer and blends out easily. I like that I can either use my hands or a brush, and for the most part, it’s pretty low-maintenance. I recommend this product, but I feel that it’s only really good for people with already semi-good skin; or, for those who need something light for the gym/weekends. If you’ve got issues with pigmentation, large pores, severe redness and unevenness, this product won’t be doing anything for you. If you have oily skin, this product will probably annoy you since there’s no oil control. But, if you’re willing to powder and religiously blot throughout the day, go for it! For me, I like to slap this on extremely lazy days when not much is going on. But if my skin needs something more I just reach for a real BB/CC cream, if my skin doesn’t really need foundation that particular day.

For the price and for being such a basic product (since it really doesn’t do that much), I think $29 is pretty fair. It’s really great for looking super natural and dewy, so I’m thinking this will be great for low-maintenance days for when I’m traveling and flying this summer. Other than that, you may want to just rely on base products that really give you the finish and coverage you want.

Made in USA.
Retails for $29.00 USD.

Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask

Overnight masks aren’t new to me and it seems that they’re really making a strong point recently in the beauty market. While Korean skincare “culture” has been implementing overnight masks for quite some time now, it seems that this “culture” has now made its way to the US and it’s gaining speed! If you remember, I’ve posted about these kinds of masks before: with the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask, the Nude Skincare Advanced Renewal Overnight Repair Mask, the Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask, the Dr. Jart+ Premium Firming Sleeping Mask, the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, and the Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask.

Remember that as overnight masks, they are considered to be a treatment product that is applied as the last step in your nighttime skincare routine. After proper makeup removal and cleansing, be sure to tone, apply your nighttime serum, and a night cream. Allow for your products to sink in a bit before applying your eye cream and lip balm. Usually, at this point I also like to apply any spot treatment(s) or anything like that. Then, as my final step, I apply an overnight mask depending on what my skin needs that night.

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The Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask has been my newest obsession as of late. Primarily because it is an “intensely moisturizing overnight treatment that works in sync with the skin’s natural nighttime recovery process to achieve a lifted, firmer look by the morning.” This product truly makes a difference; and, unlike the previous masks that I linked to, this product is specifically designed to be for anti-aging prevention since its “moisturizing treatment has a corset-like effect on the skin.”

The product itself is extremely creamy and a bit chunky while trying to get it to blend into the skin. At first, it feels heavy but it sinks in within a few minutes and you can feel your skin just drinking this stuff right up. In addition, the mask really feels like it wrapping up my skin in all its goodness. While my skin my feel a bit sticky to the touch, I feel that it’s doing a great job at keeping all my nighttime skincare products in place, so that it’s not getting wiped off or anything like that throughout the night.

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The Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask gives your skin the “appearance of a visibly more defined, contoured complexion” but morning. The mask is “a proprietary complex of black tea ferment, black tea extract, blackberry leaf extract, and lychee seed extract [that] inhibits damaging free radicals and helps to improve skin elasticity, while belle de nuit extract helps to soothe and rebalance the skin. The formula contains peptides to firm the skin and visibly defy the signs of gravity, and hyaluronic acid to help attract and maintain moisture to enhance suppleness.” It does a lot of good things at once. It doesn’t interfere with what I’ve already applied to my skin, provides intense moisture throughout the night, improves the suppleness and appearance of my skin by morning, and helps my skin look great/firm/bright the next day.

In the morning, I cleanse my skin with Cetaphil as usual and apply my morning skincare products before applying sunblock and my base makeup. I love the way skin feels in the morning when it’s had a particularly hard week. Because it’s a nighttime product, I find that it’s super easy to use since all you do is apply it, go to sleep, and let it do its magic on its own throughout the night. I can feel the difference in the morning and feel that sometimes my skin is missing something on nights that I skip this treatment. I tend to use this product Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights as a “end of the week pink me up.” I recommend this product; and, while the price of it seems steep, a little bit of the product goes a long ways so I’m thinking this will last me for the rest of the year.

Made in France.
Retails for $92.00 USD.

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in 01 Rose

I’ve been mixing iridescent primers with my base makeup for a long time now. It adds a subtle tint of glow to any base makeup and really helps the skin look dewy and glowy. I stopped mixing for awhile due to the cold and dreary weather, but now that the sun is out and I’m in the mood for light, glowy makeup, I’ve been back into mixing a glowy primer with my base makeup. Recently, I purchased the Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in 01 Rose and I’m really pleased with how it works with my makeup and alone.

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Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in 01 Rose is one of two shades. I feel that the pink shade is always more brightening, and it also highlights while feeling/looking more natural on my slightly pink skin. Clarins writes that this highlighter or “radiance boosting complexion base” is designed to “boost your natural radiance with Instant Light radiance-boosting complexion base.” In addition, the “moisturizing formula illuminates and corrects your skin tone while hydrating, soothing and brightening your skin. It’s available in two different formulas to suit your needs, whether you need to cover redness or just want to brighten your gorgeous skin.”

Shades include:
– Rose: brightens all complexions.
– Champagne: corrects redness.

Active ingredients:
Aqua/Water/Eau, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Alcohol, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Bisabolol, Sodium Chloride, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Glycerin

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What I like to do with this is to wear over foundation, rather than mixing it in like I used to with other highlighting primers. I don’t necessarily wear this all over my face; what I like to do is after foundation application, I apply a few dots of this along my cheek bones, down my nose bridge, and right at the center of my forehead. Then, I blend it out with a small brush. I goes onto the skin beautifully and blends out without looking too harsh, too pink, or too highlighter-y. It disappears into the skin just right so that you don’t really detect it. Your skin has a subtle halo-like glow that blends in naturally with your skin.

When I am in the mood to mix this in with foundation, I just pump a little bit next to my foundation blob and mix it together. Then, I apply the mixture onto my skin and blend with my usual foundation buffing brush or the Beauty Blender. I feel that it does dilute the foundation a bit so it’s nice for when I want much lighter, but glowier coverage. The Rose shade is great at brightening the complexion and I feel that it really does add something extra to how my skin looks. It doesn’t really correct skin tone or act as a primer/base that helps my makeup last any longer. However, for the brightening and glowy effects, I’m happy with the product and I recommend it.

Made in France.
Retails for $37.00 USD.
Item contains 1.0 oz.

Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional: License To Blot

Benefit’s new product seems gimmicky and I was doubtful at first; however, as a Benefit fan I couldn’t resist. The Porefessional: License To Blot is an unlikely product to pop up on my radar, and rightfully so, since I’m not a fan of this product at all. As an “instant oil-blotting stick for a mattified complexion,” I was initially thinking that this would’ve been great for the upcoming spring and summer months. However, I’m sorely disappointed by this and I don’t recommend this product at all.

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Benefit describes this product as an “instant oil-blotting stick with tiny invisible blotting spheres [that] mattifies shine for up to six hours after application.” Based on the product description, it sounds like it would be great for anyone with oily skin or a troublesome t-zone, I know. However, it’s an odd product that doesn’t do even a little bit of mattifying. In addition, the “specially designed triangular tip” may have been great for the sides of your nose, but for the forehead and chin, it was hard to cover all the areas since they’re both a wider, flatter surface. Other than that, the design and the packaging is really compact and thin, which makes it easy for on-the-go application; and, could be an item that would fit easily into your purse or makeup bag. However, since the product didn’t do much for me, it’s not going to be something that I’ll be taking around anyway.

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I applied this product in place of a face primer, after my skincare routine, and before my makeup application. It feels a lot like slippery chapstick, so it glides on the skin pretty smoothly. However, it just stayed there on my skin without really absorbing all the way and the more I tried to swipe on the product, the more it would ball up and peel off a bit. I felt that it was taking what I had applied underneath it with it as it balled up, so that concerned me a bit. I also tried to apply this after makeup on top of my foundation (before powdering) to see if that would make a different. It made it worse by balling up and taking off my foundation that I had just applied. The tip of the product basically became the color of my foundation, and it was really annoying trying to figure out if I was going to re-apply my foundation in the areas I felt it had rubbed off.

Even when the product was applied, it didn’t necessarily control my oil or help my skin look any better as the oil broke through. My skin reacted the same, like it does everyday, with the occasional blotting that I have to do. Additionally, it also didn’t really mattify my skin either since no matter what I did the balmly texture didn’t realyl absorb or sink into my skin. I didn’t like this product, even though in theory, it sounded like a product that I could really benefit from. I don’t recommend this and I would suggest a blotting powder instead for some decent oil-control.

Retails for $20.00 USD.

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer: Smoothing Primer

Primers are often a hit or miss for me; which makes me very picky when it comes to choosing and committing to a particular primer. For the most part, I can do without one — as long as I apply an oil-free/gel moisturizer for the day time that is lightweight, and I religiously blot twice a day while wearing a full-face of makeup. As for oil-control, I’ve learned that blotting and accepting that I have to blot is the best way to go since no product out there truly eliminates or prohibits my skin’s oil production!

With that said, I was excited to get my hands on the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer primers that are now available in 10 different formulas. What makes the Equalizer range so wonderful is that you’ve got multiple primers/formulas to choose from depending on your own skin’s needs. The Skin Equalizer primers are designed to be a “makeup primer that assists with balancing the skin’s texture and tone for smoother, more even, and longer-lasting makeup wear.” Additionally, these primers function as the first step in your makeup routine, and they’re supposed to “address your skin concerns with this innovative makeup primer” that can be “perfect for balancing skin and achieving an ideal makeup result.” For the most part, all 10 of the Skin Equalizers are lightweight and creamy, and depending on what your skincare concerns are, they seem to leave your skin more evenly-toned in appearance.

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I chose the Smoothing Primer, which seemingly may increase your foundation’s longevity; however, it’s equally hydrating, comfortable, and soothing on the skin. Make Up For Ever describes this primer to be for all skintones, and suggests that the formulas all leave “makeup looking fresh for hours while it hydrates, firms, and smooths the look of the skin.” The smoothing primer is supposed to even the skin’s texture, such as lines, pores, and any bumps along the way. I feel like out of the 10 formulas, it’s the best one to address textural issues rather than pigmentation issues. A little bit goes a long ways and it adheres to the skin very well — without disrupting the foundation application process. It’s lightweight without feeling to balmy or tacky; and, it seems that it absorbs pretty quickly without looking too matte or too slick.

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I like to apply this right before foundation. The Smoothing Primer does just that — smooths. I feel like my skin looks a lot better before foundation is even applied, which allows me to use less product too. In addition, it “plugs” my pores nicely so that my foundation applies smoother and sits nicely on my skin. While it doesn’t necessarily control oil production, it does seem to keep my makeup intact so that it doesn’t budge or smudge away throughout the day. For me, I particularly like this for pairing with a powder foundation since it gives the powder something nice to “stick to.”

Made in Japan.
Retails for $36.00 USD.

REVIEW: La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra

So, I’ve been re-vamping my winter skincare routine for the day time due to the strange weather we’ve been having in Texas. With the harsh winds and coldness that my skin is normally not used to, my skin had gotten rough and dry in some parts, while still being oily in the dreaded t-zone. In addition, with some recent stresses in life, my skin had gotten bumpy and irritated while breakouts had been surprisingly leaving me alone. When I have an emergency situation like this, I like to refer back to really gentle products that I know aren’t going to totally disrupt my skincare routine.

Lately, I’ve been using the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra and it’s helped my skin out tremendously the last few weeks. While I may stop using it once my skin clears up and returns to normal, it’s certainly a great product to have around for those “just in case” moments.

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The La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra is a moisturizer designed for “daily care to reduce the signs of skin reactivity.” It “provides hydration and alleviates irritation and provides intense, long-lasting comfort for highly intolerant skin.” As for my case, with the weather and stress, my skin was inflammed, red, and irritated from anything and everything. Since this is “formulated with 0% preservatives, 0% parabens, 0% fragrance, 0% alcohol, colorants and 0% lanolin,” it was a super gentle and soothing product to use.

The “patented packaging technology guarantees a contamination free, ultra pure formula with every application.” And, in addition, “Neurosensine, a unique calming agent to help[s] reduce signs of reactivity immediately upon application and pure, natural shea butter acts as an anti-inflammatory to hydrate and soothe skin.” It was just what my skin needed at this time.

Key Ingredients:
Neurosensine: Helps reduce signs of reactivity immediately upon application. Ultra Purified and Minimalist Formula: 0% harmful, irritating ingredients.

The texture of the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra is thick and greasy on contact. Because of this, one pump of it is all you need. I just pump a little onto my hand and rub it in to warm the product up. Then, I take some a swipe it onto my cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. I blend the product in — continuously warming it up on my skin — and then patting the product in afterwards to make sure my skin absorbs it. My skin feels instantly better and soothed, redness is reduced, and the bumps are still there but less noticeable. It’s surprisingly easy to work with, despite the texture feeling a bit difficult in the beginning.

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In the mornings, I’ve had to wait a little longer than usual for the product to absorb before applying my suncreen and then my base makeup. At night, I use two pumps to really get my skin safely coated in this stuff. In 3 days, my skin was pretty much back to normal. The bumps were nearly all gone, pimples that were in the process of healing prior were gone, and my skin was well-hydrated and plump from all the extra attention. However, it does get a bit oily and I noticed my makeup caking a bit around my nose and mouth — even when I didn’t have these tendencies before. After blotting a bit, it seemed okay. This stuff did wonders for my skin and seems to be soothing for my skin after a chemical peel. Although I wouldn’t incorporate it permanently into my morning routine as my daytime moisturizer, it’s great for healing.

I think this is just good to have around, even if I don’t use it every day. When my skin is pretty good and I get a pimple or two, I apply this moisturizer before applying a spot treatment and it’s worked wonders for me. I don’t need it every day, but when my skin really needs it, I really benefit from using it so I highly recommend it!

Made in France.
Retails for $36.99 USD.

MAC “Amber Times” Nine Eyeshadow Palette

It’s been awhile since I’ve really liked, reviewed, and posted anything from MAC. However, with the “Amber Times” Nine Eyeshadow Palette, I feel like coming around to re-visiting MAC products. This palette was also featured in The Beauty Look Book’s blog in a post titled Weekend Loves + Reads. I highly recommend to check out her blog and this post too.

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This palette featured 9 eyeshadows. It’s small and compact, but just enough versatility and product to make it worth it for me. Described as “a well-edited eyeshadow palette,” it “features a color wave of hues that offers countless shade combinations.” It leans neutral, but can be varied in use since there are darker tones to make your makeup look more dramatic. Also, “an array of textures, ranging from matte to satin to frost, lets you create a variety of looks for both day and night.” In addition to the versatility and portability of this palette, the shadows are “saturated, soft and smooth,” and the sleek compact is a bonus on my end.

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Here are the shadows swatched. The colors are buildable, but translate very light on the skin. This palette houses permanent shades as well as colors that are unique to this palette.
Shades include:
– Georgia Peach
– Cozy Grey
– Creative Copper
Cork (permanent)
Ricepaper (permanent)
– Kitties
– Aromatic
– Don’t Tell
– Pepper Please

I recommend this palette. For me, I plan on using this for travel purposes. In the next few months, I’ve got some trips planned and I don’t want to lug around a bunch of single eyeshadow pots and other bulky palettes. So for me, this will do for the upcoming trips. The shadows are small, so I think it’s well-worth the $40.

Retails for $40.00 USD.