Friday, September 24, 2010

It's like the Makeup Angels spit on my face (MUFE Mist and Fix)

LOL, that title just grosses me out and cracks me up at the same time. I am 30 going on 14.

A very long time ago, I cruised into Sephora with a gift card to use up. There wasn't much on it, and I didn't want to spend too much either. So, I looked around at the little travel size section the store has, and I found the travel size bottle of Make Up For Ever (MUFE) Mist and Fix. I got it not really knowing what it was, but I was curious to find out. Then, after buying the bottle, it just sat on my dresser for about two months because I didn't know how to approach this little bottle of mist. I had used misting sprays before to set my makeup, but I had not really been truly, long-term impressed with any of them. I decided to become a major sleuth and I went on Sephora.com to learn what this Mist and Fix truly did. According to Sephora, this spray "sets makeup and prolongs hold, even in extreme conditions."

One day, I decided to finally open up the bottle and spritz the substance on my face. (Note to those who have not used this travel-sized version: the sprayer is aggressive. Instead of feeling a mist of setting liquid, I encountered several large drops on my face. So, I had to do some soft patting with my MAC 187 to disperse the mist. After my first try, I decided to go ahead and spray down my MAC 187 and pat that all over my face to set my makeup. Then, after several tries, I decided to spray the mist in the air and walk my face into the mist, which really was my favorite way to set my makeup.) After I sprayed the Mist and Fix on, I thought, "Meh, I am not so sure this is as awesome as I might think it could be." However, as the day progressed, I noticed that my face developed a really pretty glow, not oily at all, and my makeup was intact. Did I mention I started using this product during the summer?

So, after the first day, I continued to use it, and then I created a habit of using it every day (the bottle lasted for about 2.5 months). I have really grown to appreciate this product. Mist and Fix feels very soft and light on the face. It doesn't feel like I am wearing a setting mist on my face; it doesn't feel like hairspray. Mist and Fix feels like a refreshing toner that happens to work double duty in keeping my makeup intact for more than eight hours. After several weeks of constant use, I asked myself if I would be willing to buy the full-sized bottle at $27. After considering my oily skin, my constant battle at keeping my makeup intact, my all-over schedule, and my hormones making me sweat more profusely, I came to the decision that I could invest in this product. It really is a great product, and I just use two spritzes a day, so the full-size bottle would last a while for me.

Now, the reason I can't tell you how long the full-sized bottle would last is because I haven't bought it yet. The last time I walked into Sephora, to look for it because I used up my travel-sized bottle, they were out of it. So, in the meantime, I got a sample of the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray, just to see how it compared. The sales associate gave me a generous sample of the All Nighter. So, I lived with the product for some time. Let me tell you, I prefer MUFE's Mist and Fix. The All Nighter feels a littler dryer on my face, and it caused me to break out on my chin. The All Nighter did really work at setting, but MUFE was a little gentler on my face. Plus the Mist and Fix is less expensive than the All Nighter and it has a little more.

Oh, but I just remembered, there is the Model in a Bottle setting mist too. So, I might try that out the Model in a Bottle before I settle on the Mist and Fix, but I don't feel inclined to buy the UDPP All Nighter.

Does anyone else like to use these setting mists? Has anyone encountered the Model in a Bottle setting mist?

Rating:
5 out of 5 happy wallets. I mean, my wallet isn't too happy about the price of a full-size bottle (4.22 oz) at $27, but I haven't found anything that compared at a lower price level. Plus, my face feels nice, and I don't have to use blotting papers or worry about transfer. Now, the travel size bottle (.84 oz) costs $8, which is budget friendly, and it can last for several months depending on usage. The travel size is a great opportunity to try it.

Price: $8 (travel), $27 (full size)
Place: Sephora, Sephora.com



Photo from Sephora.com

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I guess this means I am in a relationship (Garnier moisturizer)

So, ever since I packed everything I own, I have been very aware of everything I have. And it is just way, way too much. So, I purged: I threw away and I gave away. I am not a hoarder, but I went through a phase of needless buying. I have an idea why I did it: I was in a bored state of mind, and so I shopped. Absolutely unnecessary. I should have just upped my volunteer time and read more books. However, here we are. The epiphany came when it needed to come.

As mentioned in my previous post, I have limited my purchases, and I am so glad with my progress. Now, I have the satisfaction of finishing products and recycling the bottle. (Honestly, Beautifully Glossy inspired "Project Finish.") That hadn't happened to me since I was in high school. Can you believe I discovered that other than beauty products, I also had an obsession with toothbrushes and cleaning supplies? I had no idea I had more than 15 toothbrushes and countless bottles of disinfectant. The good thing, my house will stay clean for a very long time, and my teeth will always have a brush.

As far as beauty stuff, I have multiple bottles of conditioner (I am working that down like a champ.), many bottles of shampoo (now multitasking as shave soap), and skincare stuff.

One day, I just said, "T, you need to live a simple life surrounded by fewer products. Get rid of the excess!" So, I sat down surrounded by my excess, two boxes, and a corner. One box was for trash, the other for donate, and the corner for keep. I threw away a ton of stuff that was expired or just undesirable to anyone. I gave away new stuff and the multitude of little hotel bottles. I kept only what I needed, or what was a duplicate of what I used daily. The Garnier Nutritioniste: Skin Renew Anti-Sun-Damage Daily Moisture Lotion SPF 28 survived, solely because it has the longest name a moisturizer could have, and because I had just bought it.

I am glad it made the cut, because I think I am in a relationship, and I think it might be long-term. I have been using this moisturizer for several months. As a matter of fact, I finished my first bottle, and I have bought a second bottle. I am half-way through this current bottle, and I plan on buying the same one when I am done. This is how much I appreciate the moisturizer.

I have dark spots on my face. They are old acne scars that fight to go away. I have had a constant struggle with them, and the moment time has faded away some stubborn spots, one wild pimple pops up to leave another mark. I have come to accept this reality. My face will never look fully blemish-free. Even though I have reluctantly accepted this, I am always interested in products that advertise more radiant, less spotted skin. Hence my attraction to this Garnier moisturizer.

This Anti-Sun-Damage moisturizer claims to help diminish existing sun damage on the skin. It states that after several weeks of use (I think it is about 4 weeks of steady use) you will see more even skin. Oh, and it does offer SPF 28 (random number, I know).

At first, I was very skeptical, but I figured that I would buy it again because it is very hydrating, not heavy, and doesn't break me out at all. Then after several weeks of use (I use day and night), I noticed that my face looked more even-toned, cleaner. Then, several weeks later, I noticed that I needed less foundation, and I didn't have to use as much concealer as I tend to. In fact, there are days that I go fully without makeup. My face isn't totally spot-free, but it looks a lot better than it did before. So, I became fully committed to this moisturizer.

Also, the bottle is slim and green with a locking pump (great for travel). The bottle is 2.5 oz, and is not as big as it looks in commercials and pictures. When I first got the box, I was surprised at how small it looked. For me--using two full pumps, twice a day--the bottle lasted about two and a half to three months, give or take a week. The price was reasonable at $10-11.

I am really impressed with this moisturizer. Actually, I am so impressed with Garnier that I have ventured into another product; I just bought the Daily Exfoliating scrub. I just ran out of the Clean and Clear Blackhead Eraser pads (second replacement after taking a hiatus), and I figured I would try something else for the same price (The scrub is around 5 bucks.). So we shall see if Garnier comes through with the cleanser as well.

Has anyone tried this moisturizer? Any other Garnier products? Drop a line and let me know. I am also intrigued with the under eye roller ball for dark circles. Has anyone tried this? I have to finish the eye cream I am wearing now, but that will be the next purchase.

photo from garnier website

Rating:
5 out of 5 happy wallets. I didn't expect much, so that might affect my rating, but this product really has made my face look more even.

Price: $10-$12 (depending where you buy)

Where: Walmart, Target, drugstores

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Guilt and Candidness

I have been gone for a very long time, and I am flooded by guilt. However, a lot has gone on during my time away. My family moved, I am pursuing other hobbies, and some other stuff. Plus, I was so incredibly overwhelmed by all of the beauty stuff I had that I made a vow to not buy anything unless I needed to replace it, or if it was mark. (just because, I love mark. stuff, and I have cut back on that too).

Here's the other thing, I am not wearing much makeup AT ALL. Most of my makeup is stored in a plastic container, tucked under the bed. So, I kept looking at the the blog, and wondering what to do with it. At first, I lost motivation to write due to laziness, then I stayed away because of guilt. Now, I don't know. I don't want to get rid of this blog because I love to write, and I love the sense of community. But, at the same time, I don't want to promise to come back and then not write at all.

I need to be rational. I still want to review and share, but I might start writing once a month, or when I get inspired. Then I can assess the situation. This blog is like a journal. I have the journal on my nightstand, but I don't write in it every night. Sometimes I am consistent, and then other times, I am like, "Oh, hi! What am I supposed to do with you, notebook?"

So yeah, this is where I stand. Do any other bloggers go through this? How do you keep momentum?

Alright, gonna turn in for now, but I do want to share my love for a moisturizer I found (have already replaced. It feels so good to finish products!)