Well ladies, it's officially cold weather season, because guess who is sitting at home with a cold? Wrapped in blankets and tea mug in hand I decided to showcase a few new products in my stash that hopefully will make the seasonal transition come at welcomed ease.
Skin care changes!
That's right, I am actually trying new skin care products! I always use my favorites and rarely deviate from what I know works for me but every winter my normal go to's just don't cut it, especially the moisturizer so I am currently giving these a go!
I mentioned earlier in the month my new love for the Clarins sun screen but a few others have now joined the bathroom cabinet ranks as hopeful new successors.
Mario Badescu's Glycolic Acid Toner: I purchased this on a recommendation from a video I saw. I purchased the dry/sensitive skin version because my skin is more sensitive than anything and drier in the winter. When I first tried this, it stung sooo bad. After a few days it seems better but stings a bit on occasion. I only use this in the morning because I use the clarasonic at night, that physical exfoliation followed by a glycolic version would probably be too much.
So far I have not seen any real results but I will tell you how it goes at the end of the bottle.
Kiehls Moisturizer and Cream: I've used the famous Kiehls moisturizer in the past with success in the winter but this year I will testing out their cream version which I thought would be very heavy but after trying it is no where near as rich as other dry skin creams I've sampled such as La Mer and Kiehls' own Rose Artica.
Sabon Hand Cream in Musk: An avid L'Occitaine devotee I decided to give Sabon a whirl, I've used their hand creams in the past and like them, just a bit of a change. Also, whipping this beautiful cream out of your hand bag is always a pleasure.
Make Up changes are often rare but invited in my life.
I have a bag of products I use daily with little rotation unless completed so to get in and change up my routine, the product will have to be pretty special.
The Naked 2 Palette: Complete surprise. I'm not a big eye shadow person, and veered off this product for years due to it's cool lean but these shades have become a welcomed change! The colors are beautiful for the colder months and since I don't own any shades like these I keep reaching for it. Normally I don't really wear eye shadows but in the winter filled with holiday parties you have a few more occasions to whip out a few new shades!
Benefit' Fake Up Concealer: Another surprise! Benefit and I have not always gone along especially when I saw the packaging of this ( I'm one of those, packaging judger) I thought uhhh no. I randomly tried this in the store during the VIB sale and thought "Wow" Very creamy, adequate coverage - not full mind you, but for my needs it did the job along with amazing blend ability. I loved it even more applied on top of my eye cream but over time I realized the combination was far too rich for my skin so I have used fake up alone in doubt thinking it would look very patchy and dry but nope! It's emollient enough to glide on smoothly without the cream base and this does not crease on me! Every under eye concealer creases on me because I have natural creases under my eyes but this for some reason stays in tact-amazing...
MAC Soft and Gentle: While everyone goes extra matte for winter, I think, no! Glow on! I still love my Bobbi Brown Bronze shimmer brick and use it daily as a highlight and then I layer Soft and Gentle on top - that's right! I looooove the glow and winter aint stopping me.
Laura Mercier Illuminating Quad in Mocha Spice: After reading about this beauty on Danielle's blog and hearing her rave it wasn't long before I ventured to a counter and tried this little gem out for myself. Behold my perfect winter blush. It looks a bit dull in the pan, but as a more pale version of myself is becoming visibly apparent, this shade is really highlighting my new coloring. It reminds me of a darker version of Benefit's Rockateur ( which I don't own ) but with far less shimmer and less of a mauve effect. Or the new Chanel Accent blush but a little less brown and more pigment. It also reminded me a bit of NARS Doucer where it's one of those "Give me cheekbones" wonder products. It's just one of those "hot" colors for the season. It's a bit pricey but you get 10grams so it should last ages, it also looked beautiful paired with Soft and Gentle! Win win!
The last make up love is my now beloved NARS Isola Bella Satin Lip Pencil. When these came out I ran to swatch them but did not see a shade I liked. I read someone blog about this and I had originally skipped it because it looked too dark, but I was wrong. When on, it's a beautiful dark peachy nude on my skin. I put it on and didn't want to take it off, so it came home with me. A beautiful formula. Very pigmented, smooth, long lasting, glossy, and these crayon type of products are so easy to put on.
Last but not least is my one fail of a product. The beautifully packaged YSL Shocking Mascara. I had used this for a few weeks with no problems but one day I started to tear badly and had no idea what happened. It happened the next day and the next and I realized the culprit.
With eyeliner on and lash primer followed by this I seem ok. But the few days I decided to be lazy and wanted a natural look and just curled my lashes and applied this mascara it would make me cry so bad! Not just cry, but tear to the point where both my contacts would just go blurry and I would need to go home to fix them.
This mascara is incredibly fragranced - I never understood fragranced products, especially those that went around the eyes. It's also very wet, every time I would apply this mascara I would need to scrape just about everything off before application.
Now that I know the culprit I must admit disappointment as I loved trying this mascara and wanted to give their Baby Doll version a go, but I think I will be passing. For the price I paid for this, I am let down...Luckily I looked through my sample stash and believe I found a new replacement!
More on that later!
So has anyone else been making chaaanges?
So has anyone else been making chaaanges?