Monday, November 26, 2012

Holy Grail Status: Murad Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30

I don't talk about moisturizers often because I dislike the majority of the ones I try. When you have combination/oily skin, moisturizing is often a big mystery. I was in the market for a new daily facial moisturizer since we are now getting into the colder months of the year and my skin needs a little extra something to protect from the elements.

Last year I raved about the La Roche Posay Toleriane lotion and while I still think that it is a great product for balancing out irritated skin and dry patches, I wanted something with a pretty decent SPF since I've been using a toner with glycolic acid in it on a daily basis (more on that later). When you're using products that contain chemical exfoliants (glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, etc.) it is recommended that you always use SPF during the day since those ingredients increase your sensitivity to the sun.

Enter my new skincare love - the Essential-C Day Moisture from Murad. I bought this on a whim from Sephora during their friends and family sale last month and I am so happy that I did. It's pretty out of character for me since I'm usually the type who sits and research 48723842 different products before biting the bullet and deciding on a thing to buy. 

"A daytime moisturizer for face and neck skin that’s packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants to create a facial lotion that’s not only refreshing, it’s also the key to beautiful, revitalized skin. This face cream from the scientific skin care experts at Murad restores skin from sun damage and the impact of the environment while also protecting against future damage."

Here's what I love about it:

- lightweight, sinks into the skin right away leaving it soft and plump
- very very faint citrus scent, which is nice
- it contains SPF 30 PA+++ which is great for my everyday needs
- it helped balance out my skin within a week
- contains vitamin C, which helps fade marks over time
- great to use under foundation
- only need a small amount for the whole face

I am a happy camper. Only downside? The price. At $60 it's not the most economical of products but a little goes a long way and the benefits are well worth your while. 

Note: I bought mine from Sephora, but for some reason I can't find the exact same product on the website. It might be out of stock at the moment, but click any of the links above for other stockists that carry the product!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Back on the taupe and brown eyeshadow train...

So that may be the dullest blog post title of all time but I'm hoping that you'll forgive me. Let's shift the focus on one of my favourite types of eyeshadow looks instead - taupe, brown, and easy.

I was feeling nostalgic and took out a couple of old favourite eye products - MAC Constructivist Paint Pot - and applied it all over the eyelids with my finger. I then took Bobbi Brown Hot Stone eyeshadow, which is a lovely dark matte cool toned brown and used it to line my eyes and to smoke out the lash line. I used it in the outer corner as well.

I then took a new addition to my makeup collection - Urban Decay Tease eyeshadow (which looks similar to Hot Stone in the photo but is a lot lighter, with a hint more purple and a satin finish) and applied it all over the lid with a fluffy crease brush for a light wash of colour on top of the paint pot.
Finished off with a bit of Burberry Almond eyeshadow (using the same crease brush) in the crease for a hint of warmth.

Here's the rest of my face makeup along with a full list of products used:

MAC Constructivist Paint Pot (link)
Bobbi Brown Hot Stone eyeshadow (link)
Burberry Almond eyeshadow (link)
Urban Decay Tease eyeshadow (link)
Hourglass Film Noir mascara (link)

Chantecaille Just Skin tinted moisturizer (got a sample of this in the shade Bliss and it's really nice) (link)
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC-4 (link)
Benefit Hervana Blush (link)

YSL Rouge Volupte #1(link)
YSL Gloss Pur #7 (link)

Simple eyeshadow, using 2 brushes, and it stayed put all day! It's a combination that happened by accident but one that I'll definitely be repeating.

Hope your week is off to a great start. x


Friday, November 16, 2012

Headbands, lipstick and more neutral daytime makeup (Revlon Giveaway!)

Ever since I started getting into Gossip Girl years ago when it first started (it's about time they put that poor show out of its misery) headbands became one of my go-to items.

I'm not one to fuss with or spend a lot of time on my hair, and I found that when my hair just wasn't cooperating - whether my roots needed touching up or it was looking flat - a headband always came to my rescue. Now, you can do the Season 1 Blair Waldorf thing and opt for bold and bedazzled pieces but I tend to always gravitate towards black textured headbands. My favourite places to get them are Forever21, ASOS and JCrew

Why black? Black blends in with my dark hair yet a with cool texture like sequins, leather, croc embossed, etc. 

Here's the natural look I wore with the help of a gorgeous new lipstick by Revlon (in their Super Lustrous line) called Pink Pearl. It's a brown/pink neutral lip colour with a hint of a pearly sheen and it glides on effortlessly.

This is the type of look that I wear almost daily for work. I work in an office environment so I can't exactly stroll in there with a neon coral lip no matter how tempting that may be sometimes haha.

On to the most important thing -

I have 10 of these stunning lipsticks to give away! So, as always, comment on this post with your e-mail address of Twitter handle in order to enter in the draw. Winners will be announced by the beginning of December :)

Click here for more beauty tips!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Mulberry and Cruella - Autumn Face Of The Day

Here is a look that I've been wearing quite a lot recently. It's easy yet certainly packs a punch colour-wise (for me, anyway). 

As you'll see in the video, I'm getting to the very last drops of my YSL Teint Resist sample that I kindly got from a sales associate at Saks in the summer. I was complaining about the fact that got discontinued so she managed to squeeze out what she could from the last tester they had of my shades - #4 and #5... *sigh* I was hoping the Burberry Velvet foundation would compare but it just wasn't as nice. There's just something about Teint Resist that worked so well with my skin. The search continues!

As always, the full list with links of what I am wearing will be at the bottom :)

YSL Teint Resist Foundation (discontinued... cue sad violin music)



Brushes Used:
foundation - Sigma F80
powder - MAC 129
bronzer - NARS Yachiyo
eyeshadow - Laura Mercier crease & smudge brush, MAC 217 & 224

YSL #4 (super old, they have since changed their nail polish names)

High-Low Boucle Top (Forever 21)


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