Sunday, April 4, 2010

In & Outs, Easter edition.

Happy Easter to those who celebrate it :)
It's 9 PM and we finally stopped eating dinner. Needless to say, I can barely move after a 5 course meal consisting of lamb prepared in every way imaginable. I am Romanian and our tradition for Easter has always been lamb - lamb roast, lamb meat loaf, lamb soup... you get the idea.

Now that I'm parked on my bed for the rest of the evening, I finally got to write a quick new post. I start finals next week so I'll be missing in action from the blogosphere until the end of April, but after that I'll be back full-force, I promise!
I also finished Project 10 Pan, which means I can try out and review some new products for you guys. So hopefully after a boring spring, my blog will have a much more exciting summer.


- Benefit Powderflage. I picked this up as soon as I finished Project 10 pan and I am so glad that I did. This sets my under-eye concealer like a dream (I use Bobbi Brown's light peach colour corrector).

- bright pink and pastel nail polishes. I ditched the dark shades for now.

- Sebastian Shaper hairspray. My boyfriend (who is also my hairstylist) suggested this to me and I really love it. It provides light, flexible hold and it smells so great.

- bone/ivory/beige blouses

- Chanel Mat Lumiere foundation. My face has been extra oily lately and this stuff does not budge. I don't have to set it with powder, and it literally stays on my face for 12 hours. I had it on for 14 hours during my insane work day yesterday and I still managed to look normal before I washed it off of my face. It's just a pain in the butt to blend in, which is the only thing that I don't like about it.


- there is a gathering of pimples going on near my chin at the moment. I dislike it very much. Again, just when everything with my skin was going well, something like this has to happen and ruin my streak.

- Laura Mercier translucent setting powder. I honestly don't know why this thing gets so much exposure in magazine and from big make-up artists. It is overpriced (I paid almost $50 for it) and doesn't affect the longevity of my foundation in any way. It makes me look too matte and leaves a white cast on my face. I'm just really disappointed. I tried applying it with a fluffy brush or with a powder-puff and to no avail. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make it work? Perhaps I am doing something wrong... any setting powder I've used by MAC (Select Sheer, MSF Natural, Studio Fix powder) was superior to this.

- the new spot treatment I've been using, from the La Roche Possay "Effaclar" range. Doesn't do anything. I've only been using it for two weeks though, so maybe it takes a while to see results. I'll keep using it, but for now I am seeing no improvements and I am longing for my Mario Badescu buffering lotion and drying mask.

- running out of Mario Badescu buffering lotion for over a month now :( I can only find this in the States and I just haven't had the time to re-purchase. I also ran out of drying lotion and drying mask, both of which are great products and have worked well for my acne management. However with MB products I find that they lose their power over time, so taking a break for 1-2 months will make them work better than if you just use them consistently... if that makes any sense.

Alright, that's it for now. Have a great week and I'll catch you in a few weeks :D

- sandra


  1. your boyfriend's your hairstylist too? how lucky are you? :p

    i've had my very own "pimple gathering" too, except mine hasn't gone away for almost 4 months. it's like i'm going through puberty or something :S

    re: the spot treatment, i usually give up on a product if after 2 weeks, I haven't seen any improvement. you're much more patient than i!

  2. @Dani
    I also feel like I'm going through puberty and I hate it haha I don't remember being so frustrated with acne when I was in my teens... I guess I'm paying for it now :(

    thank you, you too :) xo

  3. That's so awesome that your BF is your stylist! I would love that!

    I have a pimple colony on chin right now too! And I too was having great skin for a couple of weeks before these guys popped up. *Sigh* Must be stress.... isn't that what they say? That chin/jaw breakouts on women are stress related?

    I guess we need to go on vacation or something... wait, didn't you just get back from one? lol.

    P.S. I just picked up the Live Clean Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner today from London Drugs! Yay...finally! I can't wait to try it out. Thanks again for finding the name for me. :)

  4. Sigh! I have a "pimple gathering" myself. I find that the Origins Spot Remover works wonders! Good luck with finals. I'm currently revising for finals myself so I really should get off my computer now. LOL

  5. Good luck for your exams and happy easter! x

  6. totally seconding the chin pimple out. go the hell away and stay away!

  7. I completely agree with the pastel nails and light coloured blouses - all the clothes I buy at the moment seem to be cream or similar! Very sophisticated ;)

  8. @BunnyDays

    yay! I hope it works well for your hair :)

    and maybe I should go on another vacation... now that I think of it, I didn't break out at all when I was in St. Lucia... haha

  9. @Nisa

    good luck on finals to you too!

  10. @Lucy
    thank you and hope you had a great easter too! xo

  11. @Grace

    It's nice to know that I'm not alone with my frustrations... haha :(

  12. @Jade
    you're right, it's totally sophisticated, and a nice change since I usually wear black and grey.

  13. i thinkyou can get mario badescu products from :) not sure tho

  14. I am dying to try the Chanel foundation!! How does it compare to Nars Sheer Glow in your opinion?

    Mario Badescu products do nothing for my skin and I have a buffering lotion sitting in my cabinet collecting dust! I would be more than happy to send it your way :)



  15. Desperate to try a chanel foundation but can't for the life of me chose which one! I have combnation skin- oily in places and super dry in others - would this Mat one be worth a shot? x B

  16. @Cassandra

    on me, the Mat Lumiere has a lot more staying power and shine control properties than Nars Sheer Glow.
    Nars is much easier to blend and feels lighter on the face, though. the finish is the same on both, a satin-matte type of finish.
    the coverage is about the same for both.


    if you have areas on your face that are super dry, I don't think the Mat is a good choice since it will just cake up on the dry areas and make them look worse. whenever my skin feels dry I avoid using it.
    If you don't have any acne scarring (the kind that makes little indents in your skin), give Pro lumiere a try. it's more hydrating than Mat and it is designed for combination skin.
    Vitalumiere is also nice and has lighter, more natural coverage. it is geared towards dry skin but you can always try out a sample, powder your oily areas, and see how it goes :)
    hope that helps!

  17. I just started the effaklar stuff too - ill let you know how it goes

    I love the "ins" I'm all about blush/nude this spring too.

  18. Im having a Lush giveaway for all my fellow beauty lovers! or Have a great weekend!


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