Thursday, July 28, 2011

recent beauty purchases

Hello beauties,

After a recent allergic reaction on my face, I went on a hunt to find skin care items free of SLS, parabens and alcohol. I was pretty much looking for a new skin care regimen that included products specifically tailored for sensitive skin and without all the crap that most companies love to put in their skin care line. I checked out Avene and most high-end brands, but to my dismay most of the products contained parabens, SLS or Alcohol.

As a last resort, I stopped by the Vichy counter at my local pharmacy to see if they included any of the above mentioned ingredients. I found these 2 items that didn't:

I got the Purete Thermale Purifying Foaming Cream Cleanser and Cleansing Micellar Solution (Bioderma solution dupe). They were reasonable priced and also 30% off! I was a happy shopper.

I will post a skin care routine post soon.

I also decided to place an order on for the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder in Natural Beige. The Mineral foundation is supposed to be dewy looking and is also paraben free. Score! I haven't really used it yet, but will post a review once I have used the product enough.

Last but not least, I caved in and placed an ebay order to get my hands on the discontinued Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel make-up base and bronzer. This came only recently and so far I have only smelled it. I must say, it smells divine! The only down side is that the bronzer has 5 different parabens on the list of ingredients. This is a shame. Especially since I am trying to buy paraben-free products as much as possible as of recent.

So far I like the Vichy items I got and can't wait to use the make-up products as well.

Have you tried any of these products? Which brush do you use for the Chanel bronzer?


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Signature Look

I had been meaning to post this for a while, but was struggling with an allergic reaction and pretty much used very minimal products and no make-up for about a week. Once my skin cleared up, I decided to finally take a picture and post this post.

This is pretty much my signature look these days: Perfect base, light blush/bronzer, heavily smudged lower lash line with Kohl or neutral eye shadows and tons of mascara. On a night out, I also like to add some lipstick.

Products used:
MAC SFF NC25 mixed with a tad NC30
MAC Bronzer in Refined Golden
Milani Luminous Blush (♥)
Nars Smudgeproof eyeshadow primer
MAC Teddy and Smolder Kohl smudged around eyes
Lots of Mascara - mainly L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes and Clinique Sumptious
MAC Angel lipstick (Frost)

    This look never fails me. What is your signature look?

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