My skin is ever thankful Clarins as your Super Restorative Wake-Up Lotion does the trick of reviving it and making it go from dull to pretty once again!
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Clarins Super Restorative Wake-Up Lotion isn’t your traditional facial lotion as it has a watery, gel-like consistency that mimics that of a toner. Clarins Super Restorative Wake-Up Lotion quite reminds me of Guerlain Issima Success Model Smoothing Toner in formula and texture. If you’re familiar with this product you’ll understand the formula of Clarins.
The lotion is rather great for Summer wear as it’s very light and allows for a nice moist application that leaves skin dewy and ready for makeup without making my skin greasy or oily as some lotions are known to do in the Summer. It’s also one less step as I can easily skip toner! To use the lotion you can tap onto skin gently or dampen a cotton pad and pat on. The formula tends to feel sticky on the skin but after dry down it leaves a nice moisturized, soft finish behind.
At the moment Clarins Super Restorative Wake-Up Lotion is my go to item for fresh, moist Summer skin without having to deal with heavier creams. It’s perfect wear for Summer and preps my skin beautifully for foundation and makeup.
When will the day arrive when you’ll walk into a drugstore (within the US) and have a selection of foundations that aren’t all predominately beige? Porcelain? Oh yes we have the shade with hints of beige. Light? Yes, of course we have it with a base of beige! Medium? Absolutely, it’s here in stock with a bit of beige.
I feel like every single drugstore foundation is beige, beige, beige. Ugh! I find beige terribly unflattering in my foundation. It makes my skin look dull and gross. I recently got super excited about Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse as it looked quite good. I remember being particularly delighted with the UK release of this foundation however I do admit to getting lazy and just ended up going to the drugstore ahead of doing the abroad purchasing.
What I ended up with was another beige foundation that’ll end up in the graveyard of unwanted drugstore crap!
Click your heels and jump for the review.
Maybellime Dream Liquid Mousse sounds like an ideal foundation as it promises an airbrush finish. Airbrush? No way! Want. Yes, well, whether or not I actually got an airbrush finish remains to be seen.
The moral of the story is as always I’m disappointed with drugstore foundation. Why I try I’ll never know. I admit that one of the main reasons I purchased this was because the interesting packaging intrigued me. I’m such a packaging junkie. The bottle is very well designed with a pump dispenser, a cap to cover the dispenser, and a rather elegant glass bottle that houses the foundation. Quite nice and does make it rather worthy of a look at.
Of course, hearing airbrush makes it equally tempting. I got the shade Light 2 and it’s pretty much beige, beige, oh and beige! The color is not flattering in the least and after carefully looking through the other shades those are pretty much quite beige too including Light 1. So here in lays one problem.
But I was determined to make it work for me. Application should have been medium to full since the formula is quite creamy and pigmented with a bit of a runny consistency that could sometimes prove unforgiving for me. Great we got a base of beige, a runny consistency, and coverage that’s pretty much sheer. Strangely enough coverage seems quite sheer to me. I expected so much more but for the most part, once in place, the coverage isn’t anything you’ll want to write home to your mum about. I shouldn’t really rant coverage as I like a sheer foundation anyway.
The good news is the finish is decent. I don’t have a large pores but I’m taking a wild guess that this may look quite nice on someone who used a good primer and has larger pores. The finish isn’t airbrushed by any means but it does soften my face. It’s not flawless really but just healthy, very soft looking, quite nice surprisingly. I think I could actually like this if it weren’t for the terribly unflattering beige base. On a follow up note the product only stays on for about an hour at most and quickly fades away. Not good. I like my foundation to last at least 4-5 hours. This pretty much faded after an hour at most.
Mmmm Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse has a ways to go before it becomes my dream foundation that much is for sure.
One of my all time favorite purchases recently is the Too Faced FlatBuki Brush. I held off purchasing this for a while since I have so many facial brushes (kabuki and otherwise) it seemed a terrible waste to get another. After seeing the brush in person, purchasing it, and finally using it, I find myself asking, “How did you ever get along without this little brush?”
Jump ahead for a brief review on the Too Faced Flatbuki Brush!
With a mere $12.50 price tag this is probably one of thee cheapest (and perhaps tiniest) brush in my collection. I think it’s well worth a check out and purchase for the price as it multitasks at applying bronzes, blushers, powders, and shimmers perfectly onto your face with little to no work on your part. A quick tap and swirl blends color seamlessly on my cheeks.
The Too Faced Flatbuki is actually a smaller version of the regular Too Faced Retractable Kabuki. Mind you this isn’t retractable nor does it have the standard kabuki look or feel. The brush is a flat head and not as dense or round as many other kabuki styles. It’s flat, very soft, and lacks the density of a regular kabuki style brush. The flat head allows it to fit nicely onto the contour of cheeks and allows for a nice sweeping motion for blush application. I personally wouldn’t attempt mineral foundation with this style brush but for using with blushes, bronzers, or other powder it’s a winner.
The brush is particularly great for brighter blushes or bronzers as the bristles pick up just the right amount of color without overdoing it. You can gradually build color up without going overboard. The brush feels incredible on my face as the bristles are incredible soft. It sports a cute pink metallic handle with a floral motif which is particularly flattering if you’re a lover of girly pink bits and bobs.
I simply adore the brush and recommend snagging one especially with it’s inexpensive price tag. The only thing that can be annoying is it’s not particularly travel friendly and can get easily get crushed in your makeup bag. But hey that goes for any style kabuki brush or brushes in general.
Great value for a sweet little multitasking brush that makes makeup application a snap.
Check out this cute set from 100% Pure:
$24 bucks snags you three great products from 100% Pure in their first foray into styling products.
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Count me curious about these. I’m a convert to 100% Pure after trying one of their makeup kits recently so I can get on board with good for you haircare product. This kit gets you three items for keeping hair under lock and ridding you of the evil frizz.
You’ll get 100% Pure Glossy Locks Anti-Frizz Smoothing Hair Balm plus 100% Pure Honey Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner.
I wants. I need all the help I can get for Summer frizz with my wavy locks.
If you like your blush brighter, bolder, and full of energy you’ll likely love Medusa Blush.
I’m all for different. I love bolder shades of blush and I’m not scared to use them. I personally think brighter shades are suitable for any skin tone so long as you use them subtly. With the Summer finally here (gorgeous day outside my office window today) a little pop of pink or orange is all in order for this Muse which is why I’m loving all over the two Medusa Blushes I recently hauled.
Jump ahead for the review.
Available exclusively in two shades for a mere $10 bucks each of these blushes are a huge size with plenty of pigmentation for your cash. Each blush has a very subtle shimmery finish and has a sifter with a bubble top for easy swirl and tap application. The two shades available are Georgia Peach and Dangerous Liaison. Out of the two it’s difficult to decide which I love more as both are gorgeous.
Georgia Peach is a gorgeous peach with plenty of coral and orange. Completely flattering for Summer this shade is incredible on darker skin tones and lighter. A little sweep will do you so try not to over do it during application.
Dangerous Liaison is a pure bubblegum pink which I also dub ideal for Summer. It’s a good deal less shimmery compared to Georgia Peach.
Both blushes blend beautifully well and give just the right touch of color to cheeks. If you’re feeling courageous you can use these on your eyes as well.
Overall, the price, the pigmentation, and the colors are too good to pass up! Loves ‘em! I ordered these from www.medusasmakeup.com
They also carry a slew of other great items. So far I’ve been very pleased with the items I’ve ordered from them and look forward to checking out other items from Medusa.
Sportin’ Medusa Blush in Dangerous Liaison