Monday, November 29, 2010

Products I am still using!

I have reviewed a ton of products. I have bought countless others. I am tired, and my wallet pleaded for a break. So, as you know, a while back, I decided to truly look at my stash and become loyal to what works. By doing so, I have been able to save money and space.

Just to keep me on task, I want to document what I have been loyal to.

1) Duh! Garnier Nutritioniste: Skin Renew Anti-Sun-Damage Daily Moisture Lotion SPF 28, (hydrates without feeling oily, helps fade spots over time. I have bought this twice. Once I am done with a random moisturizer left to be used up, I will buy my third bottle.) See review here.

2) Kirkland Signature Face wipes, Cleans face nicely, doesn't irritate, great price. One downfall, only sold at Costco. Boo hiss. see review here.

3) Urban Decay Primer Potion, Yeah, the container sucks, but seriously, what can I say. This works the longest on my lids. Close second and third: mark. Keep it Going longwear shadow duo in "exposure" (light side), and NYX jumbo eye sticks (very thin coating) respectively.

4) Curel Lotion, Pretty much have this all over the house. Place in little travel size bottles for purse. My hands don't feel the same without this. See review here.

5) Clean and Clear blackhead remover, I think this has been discontinued and replaced by something else, maybe the morning burst or something. Anyway, I enjoy this exfoliator. I bought refills several times. I just ran out, and I am trying the washcloth-as-exfoliator thing (read it in a skincare book) before I buy this product again. However, I haven't hesitated to repurchase this at all. see review here.

6) ecoTools makeup back collection by Alicia Silverstone, I received this to review a while back, and I am still using it. In fact, I never stopped using it. Held up when we went to Finland, NYC, NC, etc. Great bags. See review here.

7) Garnier Anti-Humidity hairspray with bamboo, still on the first can because I don't use it every day, but I love this hairspray. Smells good, flexible hold, and does deter many frizzies. See review here (*moan* miss my hair. Letting it grow out again).

8) mark. face xpert in natural, provides the coverage I need right now. Stays on pretty much all day for me, and is easy to take off. see review here

9) Rimmel Sexy Curves in regular and waterproof, I really like this mascara. When I am not wearing this one, I wear mark. scandalash. However, I have rebought Rimmel the most out of all my mascara purchases. See Rimmel review here

10) Aussie DEEEEP conditioner, I have been using this conditioner since college, more than six years ago. I never stray, never get tired. Now to find an awesome shampoo.

11) Maybelline Define-a-brow in dark and medium, I first bought the dark shade, then I realized it was too dark. Then I bought the medium, it works well, but I prefer the dark shade. So, I just blend, blend, blend. Either way, this pencil doesn't budge, is easy to maneuver, and I just like it a lot. I have bought several times (more of the dark than the medium shade.)

12) Avon Anew Reversalist Illuminating eye system, I saw Yamin Lebon in the commercial, and I was like "What?! Yasmin, you look crazy awesome. What cream?! What?! Lighten dark circles?! What?!" and I bought it. I went a while without using it, and I noticed a difference. I tried to finish another eye cream I had, and I just didn't like it. I went back to this cream. I am not going to say my dark circles are eliminated, but I will say I don't have to use much concealer, and I feel better going out without eye makeup. Plus, it hydrates my eyes very comfortably.

I must say it feels good to buy the same products. I feel less capricious, and my wallet is happy again.

"Nevermind your makeup, look at your awesome brush roll!"

Over the years I have collected all of the brushes I will ever need for makeup application. So, now that the brushes are divided into "mine" and "theirs," I decided to search for a way to store them. At first, I threw them into a makeup bag and called it a day, but then I noticed that my face brushes were getting a little distorted, and the eye shadow brushes were losing shape. I had had a brush roll before, but it was for paint brushes, and it really wasn't gentle enough for my makeup brushes. Plus, I took an art class, and I needed the roll for my actual paint brushes.

One night while I was surfing the wonderful and exhilarating world of, I came across a shop named "asoftblackstar." I immediately fell in love with the makeup bags and the brush rolls the artist created. After some back and forth about which pattern I liked, I bought a black, pink, and white damask large brush roll. (She sells different patterned fabric and different sizes.)

The best part was that I didn't have to wait long to receive the brush roll. Lotus, the shop owner, sent this item really quickly; I got the package in less than a week from Missouri. In addition, she wrote a personalized note, which I thought was a great extra touch (I am a sucker for detailed customer service). When I opened the package, I gasped. This brush roll is so absolutely pretty. The pattern is gorgeous and girly with edge. The quality is excellent and sturdy.

I quickly put my brushes in the roll, and everything fit well. My face brushes have some space to move in the larger pockets (number of pockets), which means I can just let them chill, or I could put some smaller brushes in there too. I just let them chill. Then, as the pockets continue, they get smaller and smaller. As far as the medium brush pockets, I can fit in three regular eyeshadow brushes. The pockets near the end can fit single eyeshadow brushes.

The brushes do not get caught in the fabric, and the hairs are not smushed after folding the top end and rolling it up. I have not washed the roll so I don't know how it hold a up, but on her etsy page, Lotus does say that the roll is machine washable, and she give instructions (cold water, mild detergent).

I have carried this brush roll around, and the brushes haven't escaped. The brush form is preserved, and is really pretty to show off.

So if you are looking for a brush roll, or if you have a makeup brush lover in your life who you would like to treat, definitely check out the asoftblackstar shop. I am totally in love with this purchase.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Happy wallets, What better than buying handmade? In addition, great quality, great customer service, and just beautiful product.

Price: for the large brush roll, $18.99, plus $2.00 shipping

Where: asoftblackstar (etsy shop)


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Monday, November 22, 2010

Garnier Nutritioniste Nutri-Pure cleanser

Remember when I raved about the Garnier moisturizer here? Well, I love that moisturizer so much that I decided to try other Garnier face products. I figured that if the moisturizer was so good and effective that I would have luck with another Garnier product. Not True.

After I finished my Clean and Clear blackhead eraser pads, I decided to try another exfoliating cleanser just to see what there is (I still love the blackhead eraser pads.). So, I decided to try the Garnier Nutritioniste Nutri-Pure Daily Exfoliating Gel Cleanser. The cleanser claims to be gentle enough for every day use, oil free, purifies clogged pores, and minimizes appearance of pores. Oh and it offers smooth skin. I really don't care if it minimizes my pores. I know there are there. The pores will always be there. They will not change. The do not get smaller. I have learned to love them. However, I love to have smooth skin. The foundation glides on better; I don't have to use as much makeup, and well, it just feels better. So my main goals are to help prevent acne (going through some adult outbreaks), maintain smooth skin, and help exfoliate dead skin to accelerate scar fading.

When i first started using this exfoliating cleanser several months ago, I fell in love with it. The grit was gentle; the cleanser smells delightful; my face felt smooth, and it left a lovely tingly sensation after I rinsed my face. So, I was like, "ooohhhh, I cannot wait to review this!" Well, I am glad I waited because I start to break out. A LOT. And the blemishes weren't small. They were whoppers, in areas where I hadn't had blemishes before. Since I got pimples where I hadn't before, I decided to hold back on the amount of times I was using this cleanser (I was using it every night). The pimples remained. Then, I decided to eliminate the exfoliator, and eventually my blemishes stopped coming. Since I have stopped using the cleanser, I have noticed that my outbreaks have diminished in the places where I never get them. I am still getting the hormonal ones (they always come in the same spot.). So, I figured this was the culprit. I am not a super skincare sleuth, but I know my skin. So, I have deduced that this might have been what was causing the outbreaks.

So, of course, I didn't want to throw away the product, so I decided to use it on my arms, legs, and back. Guess what, I started to get bumps on my thighs, upper arm (I don't get bumpy there), and lower back (where i could reach). So, I stopped using this cleanser, and my thighs and arms have cleared up. I guess I will just use this cleanser on my feet and hands until I use it all up.

Needless, to say this cleanser did not work on my oily, acne-prone skin. It's a shame because the cleanser feels great and it isn't drying at all.

Oh well. Before I go back to the Clean and Clear, I am going to just use a washcloth and some simple face cleanser to clean the face. By the way, I had some generic Neutrogena face wash from Target, and that has really helped to fight the pimples.

Oh, and I just finished my second bottle of the Garnier moisturizer that I love. I will be moving on to the third bottle. It is great to find something that works.

1 out of 5 happy wallets (Would be great if it didn't break me out.)
Price: around $6
Where: Walmart, Target, drugstores

Not related sidenote
BTW, I have been busy reading beauty books, so I will write a review on the books I have liked. Also, I have been focusing on building my mark. business. So, if you are interested, swing on by to my
blog, which focuses on mark. looks and products.