1.Ole Henriksen On the Go Cleanser - This huge bottle is still going strong. It smells lovely and cleanses without stripping my skin. 2.NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska Light2 – A really dewy tinted moisturizer that makes my skin feel amazing. Unfortunately since the weather’s been so rainy and I’ve been indoors working way too much, this shade has become a bit too dark. I am very tempted to buy the lightest shade though since the formula is incredible. 3.Clinique High Impact Mascara in 02 Black/Brown – The color and formula of this mascara give me naturally full lashes during the day. 4.Clarins Illuminating Cheek Color in 02 Soft Peach – An absolutely lovely color that’s hard to apply too much of and leaves a lovely highlighted cheek. 5.Chanel Ombres Contraste Eyeshadow Duo in 37 Sable-Emouvant – My first ever makeup from Chanel! These eyeshadows are easy to blend and the colors are ideal for an everyday natural eye. 6.Clarins Concealer Stick in 03 – This creamy concealer works wonders to cover up any redness I might have without looking caked on. 7.Pandora Sterling Silver Ring - A lovely little gift from my boyfriend. It’s dainty and perfect for stacking, I love it! 8.Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque – Remember some of those posts where I used to say I didn’t have under-eye circles? Yeah well those days are over. Since I’m basically either working or sleeping, mostly working, my under-eye area is absurdly dark. This corrector lights up those corners and doesn’t gather into any fine lines throughout the day. 9.Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express Mascara in Very Black – Maybe it’s just me, but the color of the tube pulled me in. The formula is light and doesn’t flake off of my lashes. It volumizes but doesn’t clump, amazing! 10.Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free in Extra Light Tint – Something that my sister has been using forever and I first tried about two months ago. The light gel-like formula is heavenly and blends into the skin seamlessly, leaving it looking and feeling naturally perfect. 11.MAC 217 Eyeshadow Brush - Something that probably most people have had in their collections for years, but I picked up on my way to England in Duty Free. The brush fits brilliantly into the crease and blends colors superbly.
What have you been loving this past month? Do you have any suggestions for what I should try in July?
I’m sorry for my absence again. I feel like I’ve been apologizing so much for that recently :( It’s taken a while to get settled down here in England and finally get internet. I’ve also been working an absurd amount so the blog took a backseat for a bit, but I’m ready to start posting again since there are some things I really want to share!
About a week before I moved I went to the Clarins counter to try out their new Ever Matte foundation. After speaking with the lovely sales assistant, I told her how I prefer tinted moisturizers since I like products to even out my skin tone and not necessarily cover absolutely everything. She suggested to color match me to the foundation on one side of my face and test the new UV Plus HP SPF 40 Day Screen Tint on the other. After seeing the results, I was a bit disappointed in how the Ever Matte looked, but the other half was incredible. My skin looked amazing. Needless to say, I was sold and I purchased the tinted sunscreen instead of the foundation.
Due to the tint’s extremely fluid consistency, the bottle must be shaken before each use. It feels very light on the skin, but provides about a medium coverage. The finish is very natural and gives the skin a healthy radiance. I also love the fact that since it’s first and foremost a sunscreen, it protects the skin from any future damage and therefore enhances its health.
Unfortunately I haven’t been wearing this for the past week since England’s been cold and rainy. But during the beautiful weather my first week here, it was an essential staple and definitely protected my skin, leaving it looking incredibly even and healthy. I definitely recommend this to everyone since it would probably work wonders for all skin types during the warmer summer months.
Do you prefer foundations or lighter coverage tinted moisturizers? Have you tried any other tinted sunscreens?
I’m off to England today! I can’t even really describe how I feel, it’s such a mix of emotions. But the thing I’m wishing for today, first and foremost, is happiness and success! I’m anxious to start a new job and have so many lifestyle changes occur so quickly, but I’m extremely excited and optimistic! To the future!
A few things have also caught my eye recently and I would love to get my hands on once I’m settled. Maybe after my second or third paycheck I’ll treat myself to something… ;)
1 & 2. Lovely decorative cushions for the bed. 3 & 4 & 5 & 6. All of the new Liz Earle makeup has me drooling. I’d love to try the bronzer, blush brush, mascara, and concealer from the new range. 7. Something that has become hugely popular in the blogging world, but has actually been on my to-try list for a long time. Somehow the $19 it costs in the U.S. seems so much more expensive than £9.50. 8. This brand intriques me and the description of the cream sounds lovely. 9. Recently I’ve been using another Trilogy product that’s incredible and this cleanser is supposed to rival the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish so I’m very curious! 10. The rest of these L’Oréal Volume mascaras have plastic brushes, which I can’t stand. But this looks promising since it has actual bristles. 11. A simple and clean bedside lamp.
What’s the biggest adventure you’ve taken in your life? What have you been wishing for lately?
So it seems that Maybelline and L’Oréal have both jumped on the bandwagon to create products similar to the famous YSL Touche Éclate and created their own versions, the Dream Lumi and the Magic Lumi (or in Europe, the Lumi Magique) concealers, respectively. I like both versions since they definitely brighten up my eye area. One thing that I can’t stand about the packaging is that with the twist system it’s hard to know when the product will actually reach the brush, and when it does it’s usually too much. I do have to hold myself back from using too much, since it is possible to make the eye area look cakey.
Have you ever tried the YSL Touche Éclate, Maybelline Dream Lumi, or L’Oréal Magic Lumi? What’s your favorite?
I’m sorry for the extremely long absence. I was a bit busy passing some exams and you know doing stuff like graduating :) I’m also slowly starting to pack up my life for the big move, since that’s happening on Wednesday already! I have some things I really want to share and have been busy taking lots of photos so that hopefully when I’m settling in England I’ll still have some posts lined up, until I can figure out a good blogging schedule there.
Now that I’m done rambling, let’s continue… Ever since I bought my first Inglot eyeshadows, I’ve been in love and I knew I had to pick up a few more before I left New York. So without any hesitation I popped over to the shop in Times Square before my last exam and got myself two Freedom System duos.
(L-R: 404, 405, 355, 421)
I made two duos instead of quad, because it’ll come in handy when I quickly want to grab something small. As you can probably tell I’m obsessed with warm bronzes, golds, and browns. The first duo I created is inspired by the NARS Isolde Duo. I also picked up the matte off-white shade because I have always wanted to own Bobbi Brown’s 02 Bone. 355 is a perfect dupe and I’m incredibly pleased with it! And the final shade is just amazing and once I had swatched it, I knew I had to get it.
If you haven’t tried any Inglot shadows yet, I cannot recommend them highly enough! They are absolutely brilliant! You can also see pictures and swatches of my first Inglot Freedom System eyeshadow quad here, if you’re interested in some different colors.
This month has gone by extremely quickly and it’s crazy that for May’s favorites, I’m already going to be living in England! Anyway, these are the items I’ve been using the most often and loving this past month.
1.Inglot Freedom System Eyeshadows - I absolutely love these shades that I chose and the quality and pigmentation is amazing. 2.Dior Hydra Life BB Creme – I cannot say enough good things about this BB creme. It makes my skin glow and is so incredibly easy to apply! 3.MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Blossom Culture – The website describes this as a “soft pink with pearl” and it looks absolutely amazing on my lips. I love the formula and texture since it’s extremely hydrating and easy to wear. 4.MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study - I’ve been using this as a base when I apply eyeshadow and some days I just use it on it’s own all over the lid to brighten up my eyes. I don’t wear eye make-up everyday, but when I do, this is being used 9 out of 10 times. 5.Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Lush Nectarine – Maybe I’m cheating with this one a little bit, since I really only bought it a few days ago… But it’s incredible and I’m in love! It is basically fool-proof to apply which says a lot because I’m a mess when it comes to applying blush. And the shade, a soft peachy coral color, is probably almost universally flattering. 6.Nivea A Kiss of Moisture Lip Balm – A really simple little item, but this lip balm is my ultimate favorite. It isn’t waxy and applies easily because it just melts onto the lips instantly, so you don’t have to roughly sweep back and forth waiting for the balm to actually get onto your lips. It leaves my lips smooth and hydrated for hours so I only need to apply it about 3 times a day.
This night serum is extremely luxurious and definitely does what it claims. I really believe that in conjunction with my Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Cream, dark spots have been fading extremely quickly. If I have any active breakouts I also make sure to massage Advanced Night Repair onto the area and in the morning they’re generally barely noticeable or occasionally entirely gone. As for boosting hydration, I’m also impressed because ever since my Nurture Me ran out, I’ve been slathering almost any moisturizer on my skin for the night and yet I still wake up to healthy, plumped skin.
Advanced Night Repair has quickly become a favorite of mine and I highly recommend it to anyone, since I believe all skin-types can benefit from it. Just to make sure it’s for you, I’d advise you to grab a sample at a counter or online and if you’re impressed, then splurge on the full-size, since at $52 for 30 ml, it certainly isn’t a bargain.
Have you tried Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair? Do you use a night serum or oil? What’s your favorite?