Monday, March 21, 2016

Are you totally unfamiliar with micellar waters? Yeah, so was I. When I first started watching UK YouTubers, they always talked about Bioderma, a brand of micellar cleansing water. It's not readily accessible in the US, and I just plain wanted to know what all the fuss was about.

Micellar waters are touted as a powerful, yet gentle makeup remover; removing even waterproof and long-wear makeup. You apply it to a cotton round, smooth it over your face, and voila! Your makeup has been gently removed with no need to rinse afterward.

The first micellar water I found was from the Sephora brand, but I quickly moved onto the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Firstly, the Garnier cleansing water is available at a wide selection of stores. Also, the Sephora cleansing water has a scent, and I like that the Garnier one doesn't. I first tried using micellar water with cotton rounds to remove all of my makeup - face, eyes, everything. I tend to wear foundation, concealer, powders, and waterproof eye makeup on an every day basis. I had to use five or six cotton rounds soaked in micellar water to remove everything. I was already in the habit of using a cleansing oil to remove the majority of my makeup, so this definitely wasn't going to replace that. If you wear a light amount of makeup on a daily basis, I think this product would be perfect for you to remove all of it. Despite not being able to remove all of my makeup in one step, this still made its way into my skincare routine in a really important way.

After removing my makeup with a cleansing oil, I will soak one cotton round with micellar water and run it across my entire face, including eyes, to make sure that I have removed every stitch of makeup. I almost always end up removing the final bits of foundation and mascara from my face with this step. If I don't wash my face in the morning, I'll also use this on a cotton round to refresh and wake me up.

You can find Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water at a drugstore near you, or at Ulta.

What do you use to remove your makeup at the end of the day? Have you ever tried a Micellar Water?



Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Ipsy Glam Bag is a monthly subscription service that includes 5 beauty, skincare, and haircare products ranging from sample to full sizes for $10 a month. Ipsy is the first beauty subscription service I have ever used, and this is the second bag I have received.

The thing I like most about this subscription service is the personalization it offers - you complete a survey about your preferences, which made me feel like the products I was going to receive would really cater to my taste. I also like that you can complete this survey multiple times throughout your subscription, in case your preferences change.

I received the Global Beauty Care Dead Sea Mask and found that it left my skin feeling extremely soft. I already have the Make Up For Ever Hydrating Primer, and love this for every day use to hydrate my skin and prepare it for makeup. I applied the Vera Mona Eyeshadow in Clover with the Beau Gâchis® Paris Eyeshadow Brush, which left a beautiful wash of pink shimmer on my lids - perfect for spring. The Model Co Lip Lacquer in Socialite is high shine and applies as much more of a peachy tone than you'd think from looking at the product in the tube.

Have you tried the Ipsy Glam Bag? Do you use any other beauty subscription services?



Sunday, March 06, 2016

I'm back! I know it's been a minute, but I'm thrilled to share this post with you because the photos were taken with my new camera. 

Cushion foundations came at us out of nowhere, and to be honest, I thought they were quite gimmicky. The idea is that a liquid foundation is soaked into a sponge, or "cushion", providing a lightweight, fresh application. 

I do not tend to go for lightweight, or light coverage foundations, because I have redness on my cheeks that I like to cover up. However, L'Oréal states that this is "buildable, customizable coverage" so I thought I'd give it a go.

I'll be honest, I didn't like this when I first tried it. I think that's because I was comparing it to other foundations that I love that provide much higher coverage, and more of a matte finish. Of course, that's not what this is so that wasn't a fair comparison.

I really like this. It comes with a sponge applicator that works great, and is probably the best way to go about applying this if you're new to these types of foundations. I've also applied it with a brush and got similar results. This foundation provides a luminous finish, without making you look oily. The nicest compliment I received when wearing this foundation was that my makeup looked natural, and some days, that's exactly what I want. Is this buildable? Ehhhh...not very. On this day I used some concealer to cover up some of my redness on my lower cheek area, and I loved how it looked. I also set the perimeter of my face with powder to make the foundation last and allow my other powder products to go on smoothly.

If you are looking for something to even out your skin tone with a natural look and finish, I'd say this is right up your alley. I can't wait to start using this in the summer months - I think it will be perfect to add a bit of coverage, while not feeling like you're wearing a thick layer of foundation. Another plus? Since it's a compact, you can take it on the go for touch-ups. What other liquid foundation can you say that about?

Have you tried cushion foundations? What is your favorite?