What it is: Annabelle’s SkinTrue Duo Bronzing Pressed Powder
Depending on your skintone, some ladies may find it too orange — but honestly, you’d have to be applying quite a lot, and you’d need to be even cooler-toned than I. Most of you (like, in the 98% range) would likely find the shade just fine in terms of orange-ness.
Ascorbyl palmitate, Boron nitride, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl palmitate, Imidazolidinyl urea, Lauroyl lysine, Methicone, Methylparaben, Mica, Polymethyl methacrylate, Propylparaben, Silica, Squalane, Talc, Tocopheryl acetate, Zinc stearate. May contain: Iron oxides, Titanium dioxide.
It’s cheap, it’s sleek, and it does its job well. So keep your eyes peeled for…
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
What it is: Rimmel Gentle Eye Make Up Remover
The proof: There are a lot of reviews talking about how Rimmel’s makeup remover doesn’t really… remove. So, I wanted to share some photo-evidence with you! I soaked a bit of a tissue to take off Monday’s eye, wiped my eye area a few times (without using more remover or another cotton pad, etc.) In seconds, it went from this…
And just to prove that it really did get everything, I took a clean tissue, rubbed baby oil all over my eye area, and swiped again:
Water (aqua), Poloxamer 184, Sodium PCA, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydrantoin, Panthenol
Try it if…
- You want something to remove normal-wear products,
- You go through a lot of makeup remover (the cost of remover really adds up, especially as a beauty blogger!)
- You’re looking for something gentle, or
- You want something that’s easy to find, with well-made packaging and a zero-grease finish.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Well, some of it is, at least. I’m still on the hunt for the double-ended lip glosses, but will add them as soon as I can find them. Found ’em, nevermind!
The collection contains:
- Two small palettes by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the former containing a translucent pressed powder, concealer, lip gloss (in La Cerise Noir,) creme blush (in La Peche,) and eyeshadow (in Le Minuit,) and the latter containing bronzer, concealer, lip gloss (in Le Caramel,) creme blush (in La Rougeur,) and an eyeshadow (in Le Fauve.)
- Two Sheer Illumination Hilighters, in Hilighter or Brightener
- Four Double Entendre Lipglosses, in La Figue/Le Rasi, L’Embrass/Le Pass, Le Feu/La Glass, and La Rouge/La Rue.
Stock-image product swatches from the Nordstrom site:
This is pretty much our first peek at the collection (which we mentioned before,) so what do you think — still interested?
For a bit of background information on menstrual cups, read this post.
Oh, and also: TMI alert! TMI alert! Alert alert alert!
What we love
- The Softcup is a lot less icky than other menstrual cups! There’s no washing/scrubbing/boiling involved, and removal is quick, painless, and relatively clean. It takes a bit of practice, but I can get it out with just a bit of blood ending up on my fingertips; no messier than a tampon.
- It’s also a lot easier to get in (and out) than other cups — you pinch the two sides and insert it like a tampon. The pink plastic is very malleable, so they really do pinch right together. It’s no harder to get in than a regular tampon (and way easier than supers and extra supers!)
- There are a bunch of “side benefits” that come along with using this kind of cup. For starters, there are no strings attached, literally! Nothing… hanging out of you. (Ahem.) And while I can’t vouch for it, they do say you can wear the Softcup during sex while you’re on your period for less, erm, mess.
- The Softcup can be worn for up to 12 hours, unlike tampons (which run 4-8 if I’m not mistaken.) Of course, I have to change mine more often, but my lighter-flow friends (aka every single !@)#!@$ person I know; it’s just not fair!) should be fine.
What we don’t
- These cups are one-size-fits-all, and unfortunately… we’re not all the same size down there. I found it to be a touch too long for me; it slips too low every now and again and can be hard to get all the way in. So, make sure to sample them first! If they fit, you’ll know: when they’re in properly, you can’t feel the cup at all.
Tips and tricks
As I’ve mentioned, I find inserting the Softcup to be a breeze. It’s awkward the first time, but the process is just so easy to get the hang of. Anyone who can insert a tampon should be fine! (And to be honest, it’s easier to insert a Softcup than it is to insert an extra super tampon, or anything by OB…)
However, I know not everyone is as
utilitarian about their female reproductive system comfortable with their ladybits as I am. So I asked Tracey Croughwell (Evofem’s Marketing VP) if she had any tips of her own! She had a ton of incredibly helpful ones to share, so here are a few of them:
Other things to note
- The Softcup is just over $10 for 24, but the samples are available for $2.50.
- Because they’re non-absorbant, the Softcup doesn’t cause irritation or dryness. I mean, don’t get me wrong; I love tampons just as much as the next gal (most days)… but there’s nothing worse than inserting a tampon when the last one wasn’t totally soaked!
- For the same reason, menstrual cups aren’t associated with TSS. And on a health-related note, they’re also free of things like bleach (used to get your tampons that clean-looking white-white,) and latex.
One last thing: we decided to do this review in point-form, just because there was so much information we wanted to share. (And we didn’t want to force you to read three and half hours of text!) If there’s anything we missed, though, don’t hesitate to ask questions in the comments :)
P.S. Purple packaging? We approve!
Monday, September 27, 2010
Not much to say today other than “blame the readings.” Seriously; there are so many of them! I have the sneaking suspicion that my Sociology prof is A) totally crazy, B) totally brilliant, and/or C) secretly trying to teach the course as if it was a FemLit class, rather than a general Soc one.
So, instead of a tutorial, today you will get a simple statement: Marcelle’s Lux Metallic eyeliners blend and layer like whoa! I love how insanely easy it is to create an ombre effect with them.
Wait! I lied (again.) I actually have two more things to say — it was incredibly difficult to intensify the pinky-violet, and even harder to keep the distinct separation of the blue and pink/violet/whatever the heck you want to call it. I really like the final effect, but I don’t know… Purple Haze isn’t exactly in my “good books” right now.
And one more not-so-great photo, to show off that awesome ombre:
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
theBalm timeBalm in Lighter Than Light
MAC Eye Shadow in Blanc Type
MAC Eye Shadow in Gorgeous Gold (LE in Delights)
Annabelle Mono Eye Shadow in B-Ray (disc)
Annabelle Mineral Pigment in Tidal (LE)
Urban Decay Eye Ehadow in Purple Haze
Marcelle Lux Metallic eyeliners in Aqua and Ultraviolet
If you want to shop some of the products used:
(Argh, I can NOT get this spread to centre itself within the box!)
And if you’d rather try to dupe it:
I’ve heard that Revlon Vintage Lace (bottom left) is a great replacement for MAC Blanc Type, and Riviera Blue is as close to B-Ray as you’re going to get! Plus, everyone keeps raving about Illamasqua mattes… perhaps they’re more impressive than Urban Decay’s were?