Posts From May 2008
A lovely, lovely, lovely friend of mine did a bit of shopping for me in Japan last week which means I’ll be bringing you a week in review of some great Japanese Cosmetics from the Summer Collections!
Here’s a sneak peak:
Excited? I am! Can’t wait to dig in!
To keep you occupied until next week how about revisiting some of my posts for the Spring Collections from Japan this year?
Click here to read my review on the Paul and Joe X Disney Spring Collection!
Click here to read my review on the Lavshuca Spring Collection including the new Noble On Eye Palettes!
Click here to read my review on the Majolica Majorca Spring Collection!
Click here to read my review on Ettusais Glitter Princess Spring Collection!
Click here to read my review on the KATE Spring Collection!
Want more? Click through all my Spring reviews by locating the drop down menu of Spring Collections on the right hand side of my blog!
Summer is a great time to experiment with color. I love bold, fun, funky, popping shades in the Summer and I’m not scared to use any and every color on my face and eyes which is why I purchased some truly outrageous Mineral Powder Blushes from Aromaleigh.
The following colors may scare you but to me they are simply gorgeous and perfect for Summer fun!
This is my first time ordering with Aromaleigh and it’s been a great experience. The items arrived really fast (within 2 days or so from the time I placed my order). I don’t normally go nutty when it comes to mineral cosmetic online shops because I have so many high end brands that purchasing more items in smaller pots seems ridiculous. I mean I have so many colors to choose from already purchasing more from these sites is hard for an addict. Presented with so many color options I’m going to want one of everything and chances are I already own a color that’s similar anyway! So, to keep myself sane I stay far, far, far away from these sites.
However, upon wandering on Aromaleigh’s site I came across the Rocks! Mineral Powder Blush in some super jazzy, funky colors and it was love at first site! I had to have these!
I ended up snapping up all the funky shades I could come across and when they came in the mail this morning they looked even better in person than they did on the site! Gorgeous, simply gorgeous and oh so fun and fresh!
Those of you wary of the colors I am about to present to you should have no fear as I have an awesome solution for you to enjoy these shades even though they are so loud! Watch, Read, See, and Learn!
Color Selections for Aromaleigh’s Rocks! Mineral Powder Blush
Image Source: Aromaleigh
The colors I ended up purchasing are as follows:
Candy-O: Oh yes indeed it reminds me of candy! This is a bright full on fuschia!
Breathless: Similiar to Candy-O but a much more subdued pink fuschia!
Femmefatale: A cross of pink and coral combined to create a beautiful off pink shade!
Sundaygirl: A fun peachy tangerine!
Firewoman: A reddish pink with bits of fuschia!
The powders are beautifully silky and apply pigmented and bright (which can be scary for some)! Each color makes my face glow with health and my cheeks just pop and sizzle! I love these! Seriously I do!
While browsing Aromaleigh’s site and looking through the colors selection for the Rocks! Blush I noticed a recommendation for the Fiber Optic Blush Brush. This brush was suggested as it would pick up a bit of the product and distribute it lightly since the colors were so pigmented.
I viewed the brush and it looked interesting enough but I have 2 million MAC brushes and others…did I really need to spend $17.95 USD on a brush from an online shop I’ve never even purchased from before? I was wary to say the least. I somehow convinced myself to purchase the brush and I expected rubbish!
But boy was I shocked.
This has to be the most amazing brush I’ve come across in a very long, long, long time! It’s amazingly silky and soft! And as promised it picks up just enough product to make you appear natural even while using such loud colors!
There in lays the solution to the problem of the blushes being too scary for some! Simply purchase this fantastic, brilliant, awesome, holy grail brush and you can easily wear any of the shades I’ve selected from the Rocks! Collection and create a natural, glowing look!
I’m so, so, so pleased with this brush! It’s outstanding! The brush head itself doesn’t appear conventional for working product into your cheeks since it’s so small but it actually does a really good job of applying just a tiny touch of product and successfully creates a beautiful look with as little effort as a few small strokes of your hand! Do yourself a favor, even if you don’t want to try the blushes at the very least order this brush! It’s fantastic!
All and all I’m a very happy camper with my order from Aromaleigh! Fast shipping and awesome products! This won’t be my last purchase!
Aromaleigh Rocks! Mineral Powder Blush and Fiber Optic Blush Brush are most definately Muse Approved for purchase!
Click here to see me wearing SundayGirl and stay tuned for more FOTD’s using these incredible blushes!
After much consideration I gave into temptation and ordered the Pink Clarisonic Skin Care Brush. I’ve been using the brush for over a month now and I think I’m about ready to review it so finally in all it’s glory (with minor snarky remarks here and there) here are my babblings and review of the Clarisonic Skin Care Brush.
Honestly, shelling out $195 USD for a cleaning brush totally made me groan in agonizing pain. I have absolutely no problem shelling out $30 for a single eyeshadow but ask me about my indecision when purchasing this brush and I’ll tell you that the sale’s girl that sold it to me had to pry the money from my hands.
I haven’t seen an official review on this brush so I feel all special and stuff that I’m writing a long, babbling post about this brush because it deserves at least that for the price!
I’m not going to say it sucks. That would be too harsh of me. I am going to be very good about this and point out it’s flaws and point out it’s good features and all that jazz.
What is it and what’s it promise?
It promises to reduce dry skin patches, oily areas, blemishes, and get six times more makeup off your face! Take that! It also minimizes pore size, fine lines, and wrinkles appear smaller too! I’m generally curious about how wrinkles can appear smaller but hey that’s what it says on the Sephora description and who the hell am I to argue right? Although I think they maybe mean fade wrinkles?
I don’t have fine liners or wrinkles and my pores aren’t huge so I can’t really say whether this actually helped any!
Dry patches? No, those are still there.
Oily areas? It’s getting warm out and my oily areas are definately still there!
Blemishes? Don’t have much of a problem with any acne or blemishes so unsure if this works well at clearing those up!
Ok, so far we are off to a smashing start aren’t we? Everything it’s promised isn’t working for me!
After getting this home the first day I purchased it I was tempted to rip open the box with my teeth in excitement but I settled for setting it down and pushing it away while I washed my face as I do normally or you can call it manually if you so please, with my own two hands. I decided this would be an effective test to see how well the brush would be cleaning my skin!
After washing my face with Philosophy Purity and doing what I call a spot check with Witch Hazel it turns out my face was whistling it was so clean. I simply washed my face as normal and after drying off with a towel I soaked a cotton square in Witch Hazel, smoothed it on my face, and looked at the cotton square. No makeup remained. I decided to do so again with Lancome Bi-Facil and again the cotton square came back clean!
My bright idea to compare the brush cleaning to my hand cleaning had failed. It appears my cleanser was already doing a mighty good job by itself! But I wasn’t swayed! I just knew that the brush would work at making my moisturizer and other face products “sink” in better! My skin would be smoother and more polished once I used this daily! Yes, indeed it would!
No, it wouldn’t.
Hello? Am I using it wrong?
I think it’s basically goof proof that you obviously know you can’t do full makeup removal with the brush. I normally remove everything on my face with my normal cleanser prior to using the brush as an EXTRA step. So now I’m actually adding time to my skincare regime (as if it wasn’t long enough).
Remove Eye Makeup with oil based remover.
Cleanse with Purity.
Squirt a bit of Purity onto brush and go to town for two minutes.
The time I spend doing all this boggles my little brain. I decided, after two weeks of use, that maybe I’d do the brush twice a day! If I used it in the shower in the morning plus in the evening it was sure to produce some dramatic effects.
Yea. Sure it did.
Maybe I need to use it a bit longer to see the ultra dramatic results it promises? It’s been almost two months since I got it and I am not noticing any difference in my skin at all. My products (moisturizer, foundation, etc…) do not work better or “sink” in better. My oily and dry areas are still very much there. I don’t feel polished or smoother thanks to this.
Honestly, the only thing I feel like is I’m wasting two minutes (4 minutes if you could the fact I use the bloody thing twice a day!) a day and I’m $200 broker!
Ok, so I guess this is where I’m supposed to say good things about the brush right? This is the hard part.
Well….mmmm…you get two brush heads with your purchase….that’s good right?
Did I mention that this thing is huge? It takes up some serious room on my bathroom vanity! I hate the clunky feeling of the recharging base as well! I wish they’d give an option to use either the recharger or batteries.
Fact is I’m seriously just a hater at this point. I don’t see the point of this. It’s expensive and it makes ridiculous claims. My skin doesn’t feel any better than when I originally began using it. I’m so sorry to the lovers…I can’t love it. I’m trying really hard though! Honest! My relationship with the brush is still a work in progress and I hope I’ll come back one day and post a brand new review where I am raving about the benefits of giving $200 to Clarisonic!
Fact is…if I were you…I’d stick to my hands and a good cleanser! Works just the same, if not better!
Clarisonic should stick to making toothbrushes.
If all else fails and you really want it maybe write a fan mail to Oprah begging her to send you one! It’s one of her “favorite things” after all!
As per a lovely reader’s request here is a simple FOTD using Dior’s New Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect in Beige Lurex which was introduced with the Summer Collection. Click here to read more about the Dior Summer Collection and what I hauled from it!
What I Used:
Aromaleigh Rocks! Mineral Blush Powder in SundayGirl
Beaute de Kose Star Twinkle Cream Eyeshadow in GD 073
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner
Visee Volumizing Mascara
Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect in Beige Lurex
Philosophy is banging out it’s Summer Collection with some seriously cool items this year! Not only are they doing the normal batch of Three in One Shower Gels, Lip Gelees, Kits, Etc…but they are also extending their skin care department with two new editions!
Check it out:
Surfer Girl Exfoliating Shower Gel $20 USD and Surfer Girl Lipshine $10 USD
Both of these are tropical scented (and flavored as far as the lipgloss goes!) to prepare you for the Summer beach weather ahead! Surfer Girl Exfoliating Shower Gel looks promising for prepping your dry skin after a long Winter indoors and Surfer Girl Lipshine sounds tropically yummie for giving your lips a bit of shine!
Philosophy Surfer Girl Gift Set $35 USD
Includes Surfer Girl Lipshine, Surfer Girl Exfoliating Shower Gel, and Surfer Girl Shimmering Body Lotion!
Philosophy’s Tiki Hut Gift Set $35 USD
Although the coconut line has been introduced before I’m still appreciating the awesome new Tiki packaging!
Coconut Body Scrub $25 USD, Coconut Body Butter $25 USD, Coconut Three in One Shower Gel $16 USD, and Coconut Lip Shine $10 USD
Never Let them See Me Shine Cleanser $20 USD and Never Let Them See Me Shiner Primer $20 USD
Since my skin likes to play oily in the Summer it appears these two items may help! Never Let Them See You Shine Cleanser is a deep cleaning cleanser that controls oil and shine! Since I’m currently on the look out for a good primer I wouldn’t mind trying out the new Never Let Them See Me Shine Mattifying Primer!
All in all the Summer selections from Philosophy appear quite good and I’m sure I’ll picking up some for review! Check back soon to hear my thoughts!
Discover my love for some of Philosophy’s awesome line by clicking through some of the posts below!
Here my rave for Philosophy’s Three in One Shower Gel Bubbly by clicking here!
Click here to read my review on Philosophy’s Microdelivery Wash!
Click here to read my review on Philosophy’s Pink Lemonade Collection!