New at… MAC

Saturday, April 30, 2011

I was putting together another New…/Steals and Deals post for Sunday, but I decided I wanted to post the MAC items separately – the number of them is a little overwhelming!

So, for those of you who haven’t caught wind of their new offering yet, here’s a few of them ;)

& the current Packed to Go sets:

P.S. Am I the only one who thinks it’s absolutely crazy that some people only read one or two makeup blogs?! I can’t imagine reading any less than ten, to be honest! Wait, don’t answer that; I don’t want to know what “normal” is!

Will Clinique’s Redness Solutions concealer solve your redness woes?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The product: Clinique Redness Solutions Targeted Corrector

The shade: I, for one, am a huge fan of using yellow to counteract red. Yes, red and green are opposites on the colour wheel, but in case no one’s noticed – you’re not a piece of white canvas, so the rules don’t apply the same way! What I’ve found with most fair to light skintones is that yellow really does work better than green, but of course (as with quite a large number of products), your mileage may vary.

But does it work? Okay, here’s the thing. The colour works quite well with my skintone, toning down both redness and darkness where I have scarring, blemishes, or even just undereye circles. It actually works remarkably well, to be honest, not just “alright” – I use this corrector on its own, without any need for an additional concealer or foundation.

However (and you knew there’d be a however), there are the drawbacks. For starters, I find this wears off during the day, needing touch-up even before lunch, much less dinner. And then you have to consider the fact that, well, my skintone’s not all that common (and I doubt this would work as well on a darker complexion). All in all – lovely shade, and great in theory, but perhaps not as good as it could be.

The verdict?

Pass on it. It’s definitely not bad, but with so many better options out there, I just can’t recommend this one (especially at the $20 price tag). If you’re looking for a great concealer, try timeBalm or Glamoflauge; if you’re toning down redness, perhaps Clinique’s Mineral Solutions powder? I hear the loose one’s silicone-free ;)

We’d love to see: a slight reformulation, perhaps? If this lasted all day and never caught on dry bits – well, then I’d be sold!

The ingredients: (more…)

Marcelle Essentials: an ode to boring cleansers

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The product: Marcelle Essentials Cleansing Milk

The cleansing: When you feel like you’re basically just smearing lotion on your face, you don’t expect said lotion to take off all your makeup… but this does. (I mean, it doesn’t take everything in the entire world off, but you honestly can’t expect a basic cleanser to remove your waterproof eyeliner – after all, that’s what makeup remover is for, right?)

The ingredients:

The moisture: I wasn’t a fan of cleansing milks before this one, but after just a week or two of using this exclusively, I can honestly say that my skin is noticeably less dry and patchy than it used to be. Add on the fact that this is scent- and silicone-free, has absolutely brilliant packaging (I’m a sucker for a lid that turns to lock), and is just under $15, and you have a winner.

The verdict?

I’m a bit like a thirteen year old girl for this one, and it’s the cute boy in the back of the classroom. Yes, it’s boring, and no, I don’t get to have fun with the foam and the bubbles and the squeaky-clean feeling, but my skin’s just been so damn happy with it.

Anyhow, the only explanation* is that this is an absolutely fantastic cleanser, and it’s well worth loving if you have normal/dry skin or a combination thereof!


*Not true; the alternate explanation is that Marcelle’s laced this one with heroin and I’m literally addicted to it. Somehow, though, I don’t think the CFDA would have approved that ingredient list.

LOTD: natural berries

I’m partial to a really “nothing” lip look; the kind that looks like… well, like you haven’t anything on your lips at all. This one, a combination of Annabelle Adrenaline and Bobbi Brown Heather Buff, has been a favourite as of late. (See Adrenaline full-force in this look.)

Now – get out there and layer some lip products (then be sure to come back and tell me all about it, y’hear?)

Burt’s Bees promises a “pure and simple” solution – and delivers

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The product: Burt’s Bees Fragrance Free Shea Butter and Vitamin E Body Lotion

It’s taken me forever to review this one, because it’s really very basic… so, I mean, I haven’t a lot to say. I use the word “basic” in the very best way possible, though; this is exactly what I reach for when I’m looking for something without any frills whatsoever. The company’s claims are right on the nose for this one: “all-day hydration – pure and simple.”

I’ve been using this as both a hand cream and a body lotion, because I’m at a loss for an unscented, silicone-free product for both those roles. The good news, though, is that it’s been doing a wonderful job at both! The cream is on the heavy side, but sinks in quickly and doesn’t leave my skin slippery or sticky, and moisturizes well.

The ingredients:

Aqua, glycerin, decyl cocoate, sunflower seed oil, beeswax, shea butter, polyglyceryl-3 stearate, glyceryl stearate citrate, cetyl alcohol, coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, buttermilk powder, matricaria flower extract, calendula extract, centaurea cyanus flower extract, tilia cordata flower extract, rosemary leaf extract, anthemis nobilis flower extract, hypericum perforatum extract, tocopherol, sucrose stearate, xanthan gum, soybeanoil, canola oil, lactic acid, citric acid, glucose, sodium chloride, sodium stearoyl lactylate, sodium benzoate, magnesium aluminum silicate, phenoxyethanol, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase

The verdict?

$13 is on the pricey side for a body lotion, but if you’re looking for something more natural, it may well be worth it. Because I’ve had a lot of trouble finding a silicone- and scent-free body and hand lotion, I would definitely recommend this one – especially if it’s on offer!

P.S. Have you seen Burt’s Bees’ oh-so-adorable video for their tinted lip balms? Cutest lip balm spot ever, I kid you not!

Marcelle Rouge Xpression: Couture

Monday, April 25, 2011

I’ve been trying my best not to overwhelm the blog completely with Marcelle Rouge Xpression lipsticks, but I thought I’d share another lip swatch! This one is Couture, a gorgeous sort of russet red. Marcelle lists it as a pearl finish, but don’t let that disuade you from trying it on – it has a really pretty, subtle pearl to its finish, but nothing chunky or 90’s!

The mini-review:

Rouge Xpression lipsticks are, in short, absolutely gorgeous. They wear well, don’t strip my lips of moisture, and come in an impressive range of shades. Paraben-, silicone-, and scent-free, they’re fast becoming one of my go-to formulas for opaque, non-irritating colour!

More Rouge Xpression:

  • Skin swatches and product photos of Couture {here} and {here}
  • Full review {here}
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