Monday, February 16, 2015

Till the End

I sometimes find empties posts, over whelming...
The amount of products to describe... I tend to stagger for the proper words.
I get frustrated and never post.

For 2015, I'm just showing all the empties I have recently used up.
When the pile starts to grow, I will try to blog to shorten these posts.
Every year I try to do these posts differently, this is the 2015 version.



Bioderma: My HG make up remover. Gentle, fast, EASY. 100% recommend.
Added benefit: Suitable for sensitive skin.
Have repurchased.

Kiehls Ulta Facial Cream: My 2nd tub of the large size.My new favorite day cream for the fall/winter months.Fast absorbing, non fragranced, not sticky.
I bought an enhanced version of this to try next, but more on that soon ;)
Would repurchase.

Boscia Blotting Linens: HG linens! Takes off the oil and leaves the make up in place. Very thin and soft sheets, not plasticy feeling like other brands.
Will repurchase.

L'Oreal Miss Manga Lash: Soooo nice in the beginning. Fans lashes but not an extended fan effect like Maybeline the Falsies flared but seems to fan them more densly on your lash line. Very black and offers length. So-so volume. Only con is as it started to dry in the tube after 1.5 months it started to flake.
Would probably repurchase.

Benefit Speed Brow: This only comes in two shades but believe it's meant to be used to set your brows. I used it ever day as my only brow product to add color and hold shape. If you apply it to an area with brow hair it looks great and natural, if you apply it to a place where you pretty much have no hair and are faking it, you need several swipes for enough pigment, but this tinted brow gel lasts much longer on the brows than most brands I have tried.
Also the wand is teeny tiny. It took me months to get the hang of it. The brush seems better suited for someone with thicker brows, but if you have thin non existant brows, this may take some getting used to.
Would repurchase.

Dior Skinflash Radiance Boosting Pen: I wish listed this for about two years and finally bought it for my wedding.
Over concealer as a brightener it's great. If you are like me and use this alone for your under eyes, it's just ok. The coverage is better than most brightening pens but the lasting power is not there. Lasted about 3 hours under my eyes, with or without setting with a powder and the pen only lasted me about 3 months. Pretty consistent use, but not daily.I thought it ran out pretty fast considering the price tag could have got me a full sized foundation.
Honesty, I prefer the L'Oreal True Match Lumi Pen!
Save myself some dollars next time.
Would not repurchase.

Jo Malone Wild Bluebell: This smells young but not juvenille. Floral but not sickeningly so. It does not smell like several notes of layered flowers but one or two scented flowers then "woods" to enhance the nature aspect. I liked it but am looking to the new Wood Sage and Sea Salt next.
Would not repurchase. Too many fragrances to try!


Rapid Lash Lash Growth Serum: This stuff works. It's relatively cheap on Amazon or other beauty sites. After about three to four weeks of use every night I originally saw no difference. After week four my lashes started to grow like crazy. 
I found out after I finally had long lashes, they looked so WEIRD on me. They just did not look right on my eye shape. If you are looking for a growth enhancer this one is a very nice and effective entry level one to give a go. I personally experienced no side effects.
Would not repurchase.

Origins Super Spot Remover: My go to for cystic acne stuck under the skin. The moment you feel that tiny bump forming under the skin apply this right away to zap it. Once the spot has progressed too much, this is pretty useless. It seems only effective in early stages of spots for myself.
Have repurchased. Bottle #3!

Mario Badesqu Drying Lotion: The best for white heads. It really doesn't seem to do much to spots under the skin or on the skin. It has to be that ripe white head for this to work.
Have repurchased. Bottle #4!

Pretty specific spot treatments but if you know when to use them, both are effective.

Hand creams: Would repurchase both but prefer L'Occitane as it seems more hydrating and faster absorbing. The Body Shop is not a bad alternative and at a cheaper price but in my personal opinion not as good. 
Will repurchase.

Now I have been racking my brain to find a new name for these posts. I'm tired of Empties and Finished Products so any suggestions are more than welcome. 
The current title is most likely going to change because I ain't feeling it...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentines Day

Valentines can be full of pressure, high expectations, and anguish.


My solution?
Buy some flowers, play some games,have a drink and enjoy the night :)
Chocolate also helps. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Del Frisco's Steakhouse

On easily the coldest day this winter, we bundled up head to toe, and headed towards shelter.

Beneath those coats, hats, scarves and mittens we wore our wardrobe best, to celebrate Valentines Day early over drinks and steak. *Cheers*



Situated in the heart of midtown lies one of the most popular steakhouses in the city.
The location is convenient, and the crowd is mostly yuppie I will admit.
The service is excellent and swift moving to ensure everything is to your desire. 
While customers are seated and chummy, the staff maneuver throughout to ensure everyone is completely satisfied, but it's the food, everyone is smiling about.

Personal recommendations from the menu: Shrimp cocktail-excellent sauce, filet mignon-swanky but this place does it right, chateau potatoes (aka mashed potatoes), and their signature VIP drink are all ace.

Looking forward to the long weekend, where I cross my fingers I can take some beauty blog photos ;)

Happy Friday!



Monday, February 9, 2015

Ice Age

Today's Postcard 



For anyone wondering, the North East is still cold.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

January Favorites

As I get older I am seeing starting to see the limitations I am now facing with beauty.
Skin preservation has become more of an interest of mine, because youth when you reach 30 is a time where you actually see it noticeably fading for the first time. *GROAN*

Calm-ish, but slightly panic stricken I began taking care of my skin again.
I say that as if I stopped, but no.
I went through a phase(4 years...) of skin care simplicity which I still attempt to adhere to because I believe it actually does work, but serums are being re introduced to my night time routine.

I had picked up the La Roche Posay Effeclar Serum long ago.
I recall Tiffany mentioning it in a post ages ago and made a mental note.
I have been using it nearly every night for three months and I have noticed two very important things.
Tighter skin, and clearer skin.

The serum is marketing to be pore refining and anti wrinkle. Both terms sounded good to me, and was the first time I had ever seen a serum claim to do both.
It applies a bit sticky but does feel like serious skin care due to the addition of a pepped!
I plan on trying another serum once this completes, but until then, it has been a lovely addition where I have noticed a difference to my skin due to this added step.

A non pictured favorite - it's empty sorry
Is the Clarins toner for normal-combination skin.
I noticed when using this every night how much more clean my skin feels and seems to absorb my skin care products better.
It's a bit too drying for day time especially with these North East winds, but for night, I find it superior to my day time witch hazel.


Next is the base and make up itself. 
Same philosophy as skin care. Less is more.
People apply make up for different reasons. I applied it to look older funny enough.
Now I finally reached a age where I need to step back, back in time would be preferable, but I accept I just need to change my beauty application because the other option ain't happening.

For base I have been testing the Peter Thomas Roth CC cream. My first CC cream and ...it's just ok...
The actual formula is thick. 
Thicker than I like in base and spreading with the hands leads to streakiness.
You need a buffing brush with this.  
It also offers very little coverage so why is it a favorite?

My skin has improved since using this as my daily base.
This CC cream boasts a list of beneficial ingredients that claim to make your skin better.
After about two months of use I can definitely see my skin is better and improved from this product. It seems a bit brighter and clearer. It may be the vitamin C, it may be the Camu Camu amazonian super fruit they inject in this but I just see the benefits.
Light coverage, thick and claims to be glowy. I actually add in a radiance primer because I personally feel this is as a satin finish. Combine that with winter winds and I reach a semi matte finish which I avoid. 
I usually end up mixing this product with other things to get the coverage and color I desire ( FYI color selection is pretty crap but I wear the newly added shade Light) but the results to my actual skin, not just the make up is noticeable enough where I just want to keep using this!
Added SPF 30 helps the cause when thinking of adding this to my daily base rotation.


I've skipped my beloved bronzers recently because I am just too pale right now to pull them off. Winter has also provided frigid conditions where all powder products are now omitted from my routine, so bring on the cream crusade.

Kjaer Weiss cream blush in Desire Glow has been applied daily to the cheeks as one of those blush/bronzer combo colors where liveliness is added to my face in a shade that looks more of a healthy flush than dolly pink.
On top of the cream blush which I is usually apply with the fingers, is topped with the RMS living lumizer.
I apply this dewy cream above my cheek bone and just under my eyes from past the iris outwards.
I started doing this after watching this video from Rachel and have liked the change to keep going with it.
Sometimes you just gotta try new things.


Since Kjaer Weiss is still not huge on the blogosphere yet and can be a bit hard to find, Laura Mercier's cream blush in praline is in the same family.

Laura Mericer on the left, Kjaer Weis on the left:


Last favorite is Essie's Adore-a-ball.
As the neutral nail lover I constantly rotate through the Essie sheer's and this month it's been all about Adore-a-ball. I actually don't love it on it's own. It is a touch too cool toned and not as shiny of a finish as I prefer so I apply two coats of Adore-a-ball followed by one coat of Mademoiselle.

I may be more steam lined and simple with beauty now a days but with the treasure trove I've collected over the years mixing and matching to find that perfect shade is something I don't think I can ever give up.

Expect a Kjaer Weis blush post in the near future as a final note ;)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2014 Favorites

Long over due but better late than never. My yearly favorites.

Due to my own incredible lack of blogging, this post should provide some insight to some of the best items I have tried this year, and loved.

Very few skin care favorites, both moisturizers and both highly recommended.
I use the Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream for day and the famed Embryolisse at night.
Both are thick but apply thin and hydrating on the skin. Non fragrant, no special colors, and sink in to feed the skin.

The Kiehls is excellent for day to remove any hints of dry patches, and base make up applied on top always seems to look more even and smooth. The Embryolisse I apply heavily at night. I look shiny and it does feel a touch sticky but in the AM, all that vanishes and I am left with soft and hydrated look to the skin.
My husband has noticed the effects of this cream. He states after using this, it looks like my skin has absorbed a large amount of vitamins!
I doubt there are much vitamins in this cream to be honest, but the comment leaves me to believe my skin looks and feels overall better.
An added bonus is this product can now be easily be found on the Sephora website, but I pick my tubes up from Urban Outfitters.



For the best base, this year the overall favorite came from the budget friendly brand of Bourjois.
My review can be found here but here are the reasons why Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum was my #1.
1. Glowy finish-check
2. Light and breathable on the skin -check
3. Light to medium coverage -check
4. No break outs-check!

This foundation has a slight fragrance which I can ignore as it quickly dissipates but by far the best drugstore foundation I have found, and one of my favorite bases in general. My shade is 53.

My favorite way to apply it was with my Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face brush.
Short handled and convenient. It reminds me of the Sigma face brushes but I feel this one provides just as quick of an application and is just as perfecting but doesn't rub onto my skin as much. It feels gentler on my face, thus I prefer this.

2014 was the year I appreciated the combination of just highlighter and bronzer being all I needed.

Highlight of the year was easily the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone. I used this nearly everyday for about five months and still have more than half the tube left.
The amount used impressed me considering I used about half a pea size a day.
This is easily my HOLY GRAIL liquid illuminator. Love, love, love.

The two bronzers which I could not decide between for favorites are the Chanel Terre Ambre bronzer (discontinued-sorry!) and the NARS Multiple in Palm Beach.

The Chanel bronzer lasts on my skin for over 12 hours, blends seamlessly to look like it was a part of my skin rather than being just on top, and the color and slight shimmer are what I go for. Admittedly a touch orange which works for me!

The NARS bronzer looks intimating but is so much smoother than other multiples I have tried from NARS-they are not created equal it seems. In the summer when my skin actually had a color this looked AMAZING on. Natural, fresh, undetectable, and healthy.
If you thought the NARS multiples were pretty meh, like I did, give this one a try to restore your faith.

2014 was the year I discovered to love firstly cream blushes, secondly nude blushes.
When I found a nude cream blush I deemed it..."Perfect".




The YSL Kiss and Blush in shade 12 looks pretty subdue and passable in the pot, but applied on the cheek with the very sweet applicator left the most amazing nude beige shade on the cheeks.
It looks like nothing, it looks like something.
It looks natural, subdue, and as if I was not wearing a shade.
Build able, and lasted 12 hours.
Applied on the lips- it's just ok. but on the cheeks and lips with a gloss, it's called a Down Town Abbey look with a modern twist when added with frivolous applications of highlighter-a must for me.

Eye shadows of the year went to NARS All About Eve.
I was on the fence to shell out the cash for this for years, When I finally bit the bullet, I. Fell. Hard.
These are the shadows for me.
Virtually non existent but provides just a touch of  youthful life.



I don't crave make up to make me look made up. I reach for products that enhance, look barely there, and adds vitality. These shadows with these products provide that effect. 

I must point out, I only love this with a specific type of brush. Specifically  the Bobbi Brown eye blender brush.
I love a wash of these shades. When applied with a normal shadow brush it looks too heavy for my taste.
The wash of sheer almost there color has led to me find this as my most reached daily palette.
Fluffy 224, 217, or Bobbi like brushes converted me to be a shadow lover.

Lastly are the lip products.
Three to report.


The Gloss: Tom Ford in Sahara Pink
Worn on my wedding day. A testament to my love for this.
Saturated pink rose. Creamy, non shimmery, not bright, but brightening.
Non sticky but admitting not very long lasting. Still a favorite.

The Pencil: NARS Sati Lip Pencil in Isola Bella
Smooth, pigmented, moisturizing, and easy to apply.
No mirror needed, the color is peachy with a touch of brown- a non deathly nude, and feels comfortable. A+ to NARS.

The Stain: Stila Convertible Color in Poppy
I own of a few of these cream blushes, but this shade is the only one I LOVE on the lips.
A wearable day time red which can be built up. Its not a straight blue toned red. It looks to have a hint of coral in it to make it wearable. Long lasting and face brightening. Noticing a theme?

AND I believe that's it for the overall yearly favorites BUT before leaving I will mention three honorable mentions.

The RMS Living Luminizer: Dewy and healthy looking when applied in a convenient pot.
OPI Don't Touch my Tutu: An actual 2014 favorite but could not find the actual bottle for this post.Ugh.
Thin, you need three coats to be applied but it's a sheer white. A jelly and shiny finish. Also worn on my wedding day for that I don't want to wear pink and sheer but a white and sheer effect.
Hourglass blush in Luminous Flush: The last wedding day mentioned product!
I didn't actually like most of the shades from the Hourglass blush line but when I tried this I knew...I had to have it. I normally don't wear pink blushes but this is one of the few I highly recommend. Light on the face, a very pretty amount of pigmentation, along with a great non traditional but *brightening* yes I did! pink.

Though my favorites are late, thank you VERY much for reading!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Week


Holiday Season is here!
The city is decorated, the shoppers are out, and the snow has fallen.

Here are a few pictures of some of the things I did this week while trying to get through the bustling city.

Honestly speaking, during the holidays I hate walking through midtown. 
I pass the Rockafeller tree daily and never can look up due to the 1000's of people taking photos in a 100 foot radius. 
It can be frustrating and lead to madness.  I took a small weekend from it all to ski and escape.
The conditions were perfect, my ski skills were not, but the trip was one everyone was thankful for.
 Even though the crowds get to me, the hustle and bustle is almost all worth it everytime I walk into Saks which looks like a winter wonderland for the holidays.

If it always looked like this...
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