A few years ago I purchased Laura Mercier Brightening Powder and hated it. Honestly, this stuff was pointless to me. I’m not sure what I was expecting but I ended up not liking it at all.
Flash forward a year or so later and it started to become my right hand lady to use in conjunction with my concealer. Go further forward and Bobbi Brown’s Concealer Palette had a similar white powder which became a fast friend of mine.
And finally present day you’ll find me toting around Skin Food Salmon Dark Circle Powder, it’s my HG (holy grail).
Moral of the story? I’ve gotten older and appreciate brightening powders in a major way. They not only set concealer but they really do brighten up the eye area and create a more flawless finish under my eyes. Granted, in my opinion, if you’re younger you might not experience the same results but if you’re in your late 20′s, 30′s or older, a brightening powder is essential to have in your beauty arsenal in my opinion.
Most recently Sofina Aube Couture Designing Highlight crossed my path. I’m a fond fan of Japanese brand, Aube, so I was all about trying out their brightening powder….
Jill Stuart is a luxury brand of cosmetics that started out life exclusively in Japan and more recently spread across Asia. The bad news is the product I’m about to review for you is not available within the US, I got it from Japan, however the good news is some of the Jill Stuart Cosmetic Collection is sold in the Jill Stuart Soho store (details) if you get a craving for the brand after reading this post.
Those of you who have never heard of the brand can rewind back to 3 or 4 years ago when I first started Musings and read my Introduction to Japanese Brands to higher your education a little bit and check out my Jill Stuart Spotlight from my really strange MuseTV days.
Ahh the evolution of Jill Stuart blush. She started out loose, became a solid, and now she’s loose again! The new Jill Stuart Blush Blossom Dual Cheek Color is a compact form of Jill Stuart Loose Blush. It’s chic, it’s gorgeous, and it’s brand new for the Jill Stuart Fall Collection 2010.
Let’s take a look!
A year or two ago Biore introduced Mandarin Blossom scented nose strips. Obviously the idea never took flight in the US. Shrug, guess we aren’t so inclined to have scented nose strips…?
I happen to be inclined which is why I snatched up some of the Biore Resort Pore Pack Nose Strips. I like scented products, sue me. While I’m sitting around waiting for plaster to dry up on my nose, it’s always pleasant to close my eyes and pretend I’m on a tropical island.
Which one of those things so do not go together right? Oh well! I dig the scent!
Need a little extra moisture in your life? A hydrating mask could help. I’ve tried some really outstanding ones from Asia that really deliver on the moisture promise.
The most recent I tried is the cheap as chips Shills Hydrating Nutrient Mask.
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When I turned 30 I noticed fine lines beginning to form under my eyes and proceeded to freak the F out. I’ve always said to myself growing old and aging was no big deal but honestly when you start experiencing it for yourself, I promise, you will run around googling fine lines, hitting up your local skincare counter, and begging the skincare gods to please send a miracle.
After spending a gazillion dollars on lotions and potions, I finally figured out that my fine lines under my eyes were caused by dryness and that I could easily diminish them by keeping them as hydrated as possible.
That’s when I spent a few dollars on a large jar of Skinfood Avocado Rich Eye Balm and lived happily ever after it.
Have I told you lately how incredibly lazy I am sometimes? Last night I went to a karaoke bar with a few friends and I got in super late (watching my best friend Jai sing Don’t Stop Believin’ Steve Perry style is to good to pass up on! It’s like Glee for the gay man!). Making my way to the bathroom I proceeded to look at my skincare shelf and groan….god it was way past my bed time and I was just so not up for my 50 step removal process.
My friend Iris saved the day as she purchased me some Yojiya Facial Soap Sheets. Thank you Jebus, fast clean up and I can get to bed!
Some cosmetic junkies wouldn’t consider makeup application without proper prepping and priming first. Facial Primer for me hasn’t always been an essential part of my regime however it is an important makeup application step since it can prolong the freshness of your foundation, fill in fine lines and pores, and just allow your overall makeup to last longer as it creates a solid base between your foundation and your face.
Choosing the best facial primer for your skin type can be a little confusing so it’s best to understand your skin type prior to choosing the proper primer for it.
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