Thursday, November 13, 2014

Winter Makeup Routine

I don't know about you guys but, my skin gets CRAZY dry in the winter time.  Honestly, no matter what I do, it's still insanely dry and I have dry patches all over my cheeks.

I've changed my face washing routine, my moisturizer, used intensive hydrating masks, upped my water intake, etc.  And this has all been over the years.  Nothing resolves it.  Using a cream cleanser, heavier moisturizer and face masks do help but nothing makes it go away 100% during the cold, windy winter months in Washington.

That means a new makeup routine!

I use a plain jane liquid foundation, nothing special.

I normally use my Sedona Lace 928, which is just a flat top powder brush.  I get the foundation on my face and buff away using the brush and I get a pretty flawless finish.  Unfortunately, dry skin/patches + buffing doesn't = anything good.  I end up with very noticeable dry spots and it's not very attractive.

The one thing you don't want to do when your skin is supper dry is "pull" anything across your skin.  That will just make the dry areas worse and it will make your makeup cake up around your dry spots.  So, I knew I needed to start "patting" on my makeup.

I hate sponges.  I HATE THEM.

So, I started using a foundation brush (SL 727) to get the foundation on my face.  I distribute it across my face in patting motions.  Then I take my stippling brush (SL813) and just "pat" my foundation in.  It takes a little bit longer than just buffing but it doesn't pull up any dry patches and it doesn't cake my foundation anywhere.  The only thing you have to remember about using a stippling brush when blending out foundation is LAYERING.  If you slap all of the foundation on your face at once, it's going to take forever to "blend" it.  Use it layer by layer and it's quick, easy and it'll make your skin look amazing.

Also, since my cheeks are my biggest problem area with the patches, my stippling brush doubles as my blush brush.  I just tap it in the blush and tap it on my face, works like a charm!

What do you do differently with your skin in the winter time?  What types of products work best for you in the winter months?  Which products do you have to switch up?

Before makeup - As you can see, I have red patches and my skin tone is super uneven.  I'm also breaking out a bit (girl time) and I have dry patches all over my cheeks.

After patting foundation on with the foundation brush

After stippling for the first time

After applying another thin layer of foundation with the foundation brush

After using the stippling brush for the last time

After patting on some matte powder with a large powder brush

Finished product - I also used a stippling brush for the bronzer/blush.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Follow Up; Dollar Shave Club

Well, it's been two weeks since I got my Dollar Shave Club package in the mail and I'm loving the blades!

I started off shaving every day like I normally do but I skipped a few days here and there and had no issues.  With my Venus razor I'd have prickly legs within an hour of shaving, if it was chilly and, if it wasn't, they'd be prickly when I woke up the next morning.  I get such a close shave with these blades that, even with goosebumps, my shave lasts for at least two days!

The blades glide easily over the skin and there's no need fr multiple passes, which was also something that I always had to do with both Venus and Schick.

Like I said last time, the handle is heavy and feels really nice in my hand and for $6 a month, 4 blades is MORE than enough.

Just in case you don't think you'll use 4 a month, they have an every other month option as well!!

I'm hooked and I'm going to continue to purchase.  I might switch to every other month just because it's already the 13th and I'm set to have another box shipped on the 21st and I just switched to my second blade today so, I've only used half of what I have.  Idk, I might keep it monthly for a while!

Also, if you decide to order, please use my link to sign up!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Unboxing & First Look; Dollar Shave Club

I love my boyfriend's razor.  I love it more than any razor I've ever bought for myself and, believe me, I've bought A LOT trying to find the perfect one.  Since he's not a huge fan of me using his razor all the time (even though I'm considerate and switch out the blade) he made me buy my own and I went back to Venus.  I'm not saying anything bad about Venus, they have great razors but they're TERRIBLY expensive and, even though I get a close shave when I first use them, it doesn't last very long at all.  I noticed that with my boyfriend's razor I got at least a day and a half of smooth legs, which is a long time for me when I shave instead of wax.  I was going to just go buy a duplicate razor like the one he has but I kept seeing Dollar Shave Club on my news feed so I decided to give them a try.

I paid $6 flat for a starter box containing:
1 handle
4 heads with four blades
1 sample of Shave Butter

The handle:
I LOVE the weight of it.  It's a legit heavy handle and it feels sturdy and expensive and it LOOKS sturdy and expensive.  I'm very impressed.

The blades:
They come in a plastic cartridge holder for easy storage and they look pretty legit.  This is just the unboxing so, I haven't USED them yet but I will in about 15 minutes when I'm done with this and I'll have a follow-up in a few days.

The Shave Butter:
Their own personal shave lotion.  I'm super excited to try it, I have a really bad problem with dry skin and razor bumps on my legs and I'm hoping that I'll love it.

The ship time:
I ordered on the 21st (Thursday) late in the evening and I got the package on the 29th (Friday).  The only thing that I really didn't like was that I didn't get a shipping email or any kind of tracking.  But, I can deal with that.

If I like the shave (and the butter) I'll continue to purchase.  You can't beat what you get for the price.

Updates in a few days!

Have any of you ever ordered?  Which package?  Were you satisfied?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Rant [NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation]

I've been using a BB cream from Garnier for the longest time now and it's given me the coverage that I need/want and the finish but I just wanted something new.  Something about it was just boring me and like anyone addicted to makeup and trying new products, I went on the search for a new foundation.

I have combination skin, I'm dry with an oily t-zone.

I was in Ulta and had planned on getting some NYX Butter Balms because I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Butter line (they're amazing) and they had them buy 1 get 1 half off.  While I was looking for a color I spotted a concealer that I wanted to try and then right beside it was this foundation (and since it was bogo NYX time, I had to get something else) so I decided to try it.  I was a little nervous because MOST things that are matte dry me out and hate my skin but it was around $7 so, I bought it anyway.

Now, before I start ripping this horrible product apart, I'd like you to know that I've been wearing it for two weeks now using MULTIPLE methods when it comes to applying it and using two different primers and no primer at all.  So I gave it the fairest chance that I possibly could.

The first thing that I noticed when I went to apply it is that it's VERY thick and a little goes a very long way.  It also hates, and I mean HATES, brushes.  It gooped up my brush as soon as I tried to use it and there were these god awful streaks all over my face.  I tried my stippling brush and that made it okay-ish but it still didn't look great.  Now, I have major redness across my nose and on my cheeks sometimes (it comes and goes) and it just so happened to be hanging around.  This did absolutely NOTHING to cover it.  At all.  I know, that's why you have concealer but, when I tried putting concealer over it, it's like it repelled the fucking foundation and they parted ways.  Literally, they moved away from each other.  I got it looking KIND OF okay and was running late so I had to leave.  By the end of the day I looked a huge mess and it was rather embarrassing.

Long story short, over the past few weeks I've tried brushes, fingers, sponges, two different face primers, setting it and not setting it, etc etc ETC.

Today was the day that I threw in the towel.  I can't stand looking disgusting 3 hours after I apply it, I can't stand the way it brings out an outrageous amount of oil in my t-zone, I can't stand the way it runs away from my concealer and does nothing even close to what a full coverage foundation does and I can't stand the way it begins to separate almost right after I apply it.  But today, TODAY I WAS SWEATING. melted and ran down my face and collected around my nose, on my upper lip and on my chin.  Literally the grossest thing I've ever seen.

Scary shit.

So, now I'm on to the Revlon Color Stay liquid foundation.

Anyone ever used either of these?  Love them, hate them?  Let me know!

Friday, May 30, 2014

e.l.f Cosmetics [Lip Exfoliator]

Today I'm coming at you with something SUPER cheap and extremely effective!

I've always had a problem with really dry lips and it's a hassle to have to use multiple products at night/in the morning when I'm washing my face.  I'm lazy when it comes to things like that so, even though they were dry and I couldn't wear lipstick without them looking gross, I never remembered to scrub my lips until after I had already used my moisturizer and by then, it was too late.


The scrub looks like a lipstick and it's very abrasive. You apply it just like you would a lipstick except you go in circles way more and just...scrub.  It's something super simple that I DON'T have to wash off, it doesn't make a mess and because it's in a lipstick tube, it's very portable.  This means that I can scrub at night, scrub in the morning and scrub before I put on a lip color just to make sure there's no dry flaky bits that are going to stick out once the color is on there and there's no going back.

This was sent to me by a friend but it's only $3 from e.l.f and worth every penny.  No fuss, super fast and effective lip scrub!  If you've been looking for something that's 100% hassle free and something that you can use any time, any place then buy it.  Immediately!  

Have you used this?  What are your thoughts?  If you want to purchase, I'll leave the link below!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Influenster Box: Venus Snap with Embrace

So, I signed up to be a part of the latest Influenster box, which was all about shaving.  I took the survey and I qualified for the box and it arrived at my house about a week later.  The Venus Snap with Embrace is the smallest razor I've ever seen in my life.  It's cute, it's adorable, I want to carry it in my purse just to show people!

So, let's start with the packaging.  The razor comes in a tiny clamshell carrying case that has a snap-in holder for the razor and a vented bottom that allows for super fast drying and it's a plus because your razor isn't sitting it water getting gross and full of bacteria.  This is made with disposable razor heads so, you keep the handle and the carrying case when you need to replace the blade.  You take the blade off and replace it in the exact same way that you do with the full size version.  I really like that it comes with the Embrace razor head because I have super sensitive skin and dry skin and these heads really make for a smooth shave.

I was really worried about the razor being hard to use or me using too much pressure when shaving.  When the handle is longer, it's easier for me to shave faster without worrying about cuts.  It's not the easiest thing to work with because the handle is so small.  I felt like I was going to slip and cut myself because with the handle being so small and it being wet and my hands being wet, I couldn't get a very good grip on it and what I was doing.  I kept finding myself also touching up against the blade release which had me scared that I was going to pop it off.  By the end of the second leg, I was getting more used to the way I needed to hold it and everything but it was still kind of awkward.  The blade was nice though, Venus blades always are, imo.  All in all, close clean shave with no nicks or cuts, I just wish I would have felt more stable with it in my hand.

All in all, I really like it.  If you travel a lot or live in a dorm or you have a roommate situation going on where you like to keep things like your razor away from other people (blades are expensive) oooor If you just have a super small shower and want to save on space, then I would recommend it.  I personally don't travel a lot and I always shave my legs in my own shower and my boyfriend never bothers my razor so, I have no real NEED for it.  The price is around $10 depending on where you go and the replacement blades can get a little expensive, some even around $15-$20.  Are the blades worth it?  Imo, yes.  I like them and they make for a smooth and easy shave.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer for FAIR TO MEDIUM skin tones.

I'm going on VACATION in a week and I live in Washington and I'm headed to visit family and friends in Mississippi and Florida.  We have a problem because I look pretty pale.  I'm pretty much see-through.  I don't tan and I don't trust anyone to airbrush me because they tend to not pay attention to color ratios and I don't want to end up orange.  So, I decided to get a gradual self tanner and I saw this particular one and thought that it would be a good match for me.  I've never really come across a self tanner that included fair skin tones so I've always worried about being orange and streaky.  To show you guys how this one works, I'll be updating this blog post daily with the color progression and any notes that I might have on the way it's working/feeling/smelling/etc.  This lotion claims to NOT have a self tanner smell and be streak free and hassle free.  So, we shall see Jergens, we shall see.

The progression over a week is supposed to be very drastic and the bottle says that if you're not seeing enough progression, use it more than once a day.  So, I think every other day, I'll use it once in the morning and once at night.  I'll make sure to clarify under the heading for the pictures whether or not I used it once or twice.


And it begins...

$$$ Price - $11.99 @ Target

Pre-Lotion pictures  April 11, 2014
Just to be clear for those of you who will read this and still not know, these pictures are BEFORE I put any of the lotion on at all.  This is my starting point.  I will apply the lotion tonight after I shower and EXFOLIATE beforehand.  You don't want any uneven patches or weird flaky dark areas!  Do not exfoliate once you start using the lotion!!  It wont do you any good, you'll take off layers of skin that are being tinted and you'll see little to no progression. 

Night of April 11.  Day one of using lotion.
Ignore my sock marks.
So, one of the most surprising things about this moisturizer was the scent.  It smells AMAZING and I don't know exactly what it is but it smells fruity and tropical.  I love it.  It felt just like a regular lotion going on to my skin, it was a smooth application and was easy to move around and it absorbed quickly so I didn't have to stand around without any clothes on for too long.  When it dried, it wasn't sticky, it didn't make my skin feel tight or unusual in any way.  It was very light on my skin and my skin feels soft and moisturized.  So far, so good!!

Night of April 12.  Day two of using lotion.
So, on day two, I used the lotion twice.  I used it once when I got up before I put my clothes on for work and then I used it again after I took a shower later that night.  I took my shower around 4pm and this is at 7pm.  I can tell a difference and so far, no streaking! Comparison photo below just so you can see the difference.

And a comparison of the day I started and the end of day two after TWO applications.

Night of April 13.  Day three of using lotion.
Today I only used the lotion once.  I wanted to use it twice but I just didn't have time to get an application in before work this morning.  I came home at 3 and took a shower around 4.  I took this photo around 8pm, I wanted to give the color a bit of time to set up on my skin.  ****Also, so far, I'm not noticing ANY orange or yellow tones whatsoever.  The color is looking very natural and I really like the progression that I'm seeing.  Also remember that the color shouldn't go past the highest color on the bottle so, it's good once you reach your desired max level to continue to use it or to mix it with your regular moisturizer to keep up the color****  Aaaaand if you see my leg hairs, I apologize.  It's time for a wax but I want to wax them the day before I leave so they'll be fresh.  haha  Sorry!  :p

Night of April 14.  Day four of using lotion.
So far, so good.  Everything is still looking good!

Night of April 15.  Day five of using lotion.
These last few photos don't look as dark as the ones before but I think it's just the lighting.  All of the others were taken during the day with sunlight and these last two were taken on rainy days.  :(  They're still dark though and they're continuing to deepen in shade!!  Everything's still going great and it's actually making my skin feel really soft and nice.

Night of April 16.  Day six of using lotion.
Coming soon.

Afternoon of April 17.  Day seven of using lotion and the day before I leave for vacation.
Coming soon.