Sunday, August 26, 2018

St. Tropez Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist

I'll have pasty face all Summer no more and keep my glow into Fall with St. Tropez's new  Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist.

I wanted a facial self tanner that wasn't a moisturizer. My skin is combo to oily all Summer and I add very little extra moisture to it. Anything heavy would break me out so this " water" seemed like a good bet.

It is very light, you just spritz over face and go. Personally I like to rub a little with my fingers too but you really don't have too.

After one use I had just a hint of color. Another, it got a little deeper. So this won't make you super dark, over bronzed or orangey. It has a smaller amount of  100 % naturally derived DHA so it tans gradually.

It really feels like almost nothing on  and dries immediately but it does have avocado and rosa canina  fruit oils in the ingredients so it will add a tiny bit of moisture. So far it hasn't been an issue for me, but if you're already super oily, it may not work.

Also the scent is fantastic.  Juicy Mandarin and hibiscus , so when you blast your face with the mist, it smells great. After a few hours I notice the barest bit of self tanner scent but it's really light and I have a sensitive nose.

St. Tropez Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist is $ 30 at Ulta, Sephora .

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Lipstick Queen Method In The Madness Lipstick

There's no madness here except in the name of  Lipstick Queen's new Method In The Madness lipsticks.  With these, I've got my Fall lipstick game on lock.

These have  two shades swirled together to make one fabulous lippie with full, rich pigment in one swipe.  The color  clings to lip contours , easily defining them right from the bullet.   With Vitamin E  and shea butter they have a creamy and lightly moisturizing feel on lips with a satin finish.

The marbleized swirls here are of course a lot of fun to look at , but each of the two colors on the mix is a good one and when you apply you may find you need to blend a bit. They apply each time differently. Most times they blended evenly, once I  had to work the deeper color in a bit at the edge of my lip .

Poppy King always get lipstick right. I have one  from her early namesake line  , a perfect nude called Honesty from the '90s and it was pretty fabulous. Lipstick Queen continued that and keeps at it.

There are 5  versions of Method In The Madness. I have three - Nonsense Nude, Peculiar Pink and Manic Mauve. I love them all but Manic Mauve is going to be my IT color come Fall. That mix of lilac and nude for a greyed lavender is spot on.

Wear time is long too. By late morning I've had just a little wear off and that's with drinking. By lunch a stain is left which still adds a good bit of color.

Lipstick Queen Method In The Madness Lipstick are $ 25 each at   and  Ulta.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Soap & Glory The Way She Smoothes Body Lotion and Bubble in Paradise Body Wash

Channel your inner bombshell with this new duo from Soap & Glory. It's not hard to love the retro packaging images from this line and The Way She Smoothes and Bubble In Paradise are no exception.

With the tropical inspired "Call Of The Fruity" scent, which includes hibiscus , melon , cedarwood and ingredients like papaya extract and  coconut oil , these have a fun fragrance that's not strong and lightly fruity. No sweet fruit bomb here but a more muted creamy, soft tropical scent.

The lotion is mid weight and hydrates nicely with shea and mango butters, glycerin , sweet almond, coconut and rosa canina oils .  There's also urea in there and thanks to that this does  noticeably smoothe skin.

The shower gel has passion fruit,mandarin and papaya extracts , is creamy , lathers up, isn't drying and leaves a slight fragrance trail.

Both come in large bottles that hold 16.9 ounces so they'll last awhile. Plus the price points make these big bottles one big bargain.

Soap & Glory The Way She Smoothes Body Lotion is $12
Soap & Glory Bubble In Paradise Body Wash is $10

Available at Walgreens , Ulta and Target stores.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Bliss Eye Do All Things Hydrating Eye Gel

Your eyes get some TLC with the newest eye treat from Bliss. It's especially nice for all the Summer heat we've been having.

Eye Do All Things Hydrating Gel Cream is a lightweight gel cream that comes with a steel rollerball applicator.  It helps with  with puffiness and brightening,
sinks in quickly but leaves skin feeling nicely moisturized and refreshed  as it has a cooling  feel.  It's not a heavy moisturizer , so it works well for day use  under makeup along with nighttime. It sinks in quickly and doesn't feel sticky.

I like the rollerball aspect, they feel so good under the eyes and  it smoothes in the cream. I still pat a little with my fingers too, just to make sure the area is  well covered. Thankully I'm not puffy and  my under eye is  not too dark so I can't attest to how well it helps with those . I do feel well hydrated under the eye and a little firmed , so this gets a thumbs up.

Eye Do All Thing's ingredients include caffeine, peptides , glycerin, cucumber, horse chestnut, grape Seed and malus ( Swiss green apple) extracts among others along with sunflower seed oil.

Also of big note is that Bliss is now cruelty free with PETA certification.  Also free from phthalates, parabens and SLS.

 Bliss Eye Do All Things Hydrating Eye Gel is $ 22 at  and Ulta 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Liquid Essence

I am all about lightweight skincare in the Summer. Especially when it's as hot and humid as it here right now.

My skin still needs some moisture when it's hot out, but much less  and I don't want anything heavy or sticky. They feel too much and I worry about breakouts since my skin is tacky and oily these days.

An essence water is just right and Chanel's new Hydra Beauty Micro Essence hits the spot.

This is lightweight but not completely water like. It's a bit thicker, but only a bit. There are also micro droplets of cold extracted Camellia  that burst open on contact. I can't really feel them but you can see them in the bottle.

This gives  a quick feeling of  soothing , refreshing moisture. It doesn't sink in totally right away, you feel it on but it's  barely there .

In the AM , my skin feels a little softer and plumped after using. This is not going to do loads of anti-aging but add that little  boost .  In addition to the  Camellia flower  for hydration, there is ginger extract for antioxidants and glycerin . The Essence is lightly fragranced.  Much less than the very strong one , to my nose at least , of Blue Serum.

And that bottle ? It's  chic as anything. A welcome addition to the vanity.

Chanel Hydro Beauty Micro Essence is $ 100 at Chanel and wherever the brand is sold.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Wunder2 Last & Foundation

Wunder2  is a new brand to me and a very happy discovery. I'm always on the lookout for products that have long wear that also work/look good, and they've got them. I've been using their foundation and eyeliners for a couple weeks  with great results. So let's talk about their Last & Foundation. 

This liquid foundation is long wear, transfer resistant and waterproof with a semi matte finish .  It has medium , buildable coverage that perfects  and smoothes for  practically flawless skin while feeling very light and comfortable on . Not tight , masky or flat. 

Shades 10 and 20 

 I did indeed get all day wear from this, well into late evening with it still looking good and only a small amount of  barely noticeable wear off . LOVE that. ( Note- I do use a primer under all my foundations). I did need a touch up with powder midday on the T Zone  where I had some oil breakthrough , and that's the norm for me with most makeup .  But there was no makeup breakup , just shine. 

Last & Foundation is perfect one for my makeup melting self . It's hot out there and that makes my makeup go even faster. So this one  will be staying in the rotation all Summer and then some.  I think it will work for most skin types, except dry. 

There are  7 shades available at www.wunder2cosmetics  and Amazon for  $ 29.95 each.

You can find some of their products now at Ulta too , although so far not this foundation. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Maybelline Shine Compulsion Color Sensational Lipstick

New Shine Compulsion Color Sensational from Maybelline is the brand's first oil in lipstick.

These creamy, shiny lovelies  look and feel high end with a hydrating , full coverage formula .I have two of the ten shades - Pink Fetish & Undressed Pink ( the lighter of the two).

Shine Compulsion is old school lipstick in the sense of coverage and lots of look, but modern with the slick sheen and  moisture. Look at the shine in my swatch picture, it's practically reflective. They come in an on trend rose gold case.

These feel great on, balm like , lightweight and non sticky.  And while they are a Summer release ,will be so nice when the temps drop and the wind begins to blow.  They also wear pretty well. I half a day before needing a touch up and that's with  drinking.

Maybelline Shine Compulsion Color Sensational  Lipstick is available wherever the brand is sold.