The delicious scent of summer | Clarins Sunscreen Care Spray SPF 50+ Review

Friday, June 24, 2011

The product: Clarins Sunscreen Care Spray, SPF 50+

One of the many things that I’m crazy over (as you might already know) is sunscreen. I try my best not to leave the house without it, especially in the summer, but I have a really hard time finding comfortable ones – I hate the thick, generic-sunscreen-scented layer that most of them leave on your skin, so it can be a bit of a trial to find new products to use!

I’m a fan of this milk-lotion formula because it’s easy to apply, sinks in quickly, and doesn’t leave your skin sunscreen-sticky… but what makes me crazy about it is the scent. It’s a little powdery but quite fresh, sort of tropical, and while it does eventually fade down to the generic “sunscreen scent,” it takes a good five or six hours to do so and the residual smell is faint.

The verdict?

I think this is a pretty good buy if you like the scent and struggle to find comfortable body sunscreens. At $32US, it’s not exactly cheap, but the 5.3oz size makes the price a lot more manageable. (The other suncreen that comes to mind whenever I’m recommending sun care is Shiseido’s Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion, which is $39US for only 3.3oz. Though, that one makes an awesome facial suncreen, so that may balance the scales a bit.)

While this isn’t my favourite Clarins sun product (their UV Plus HP Day Screen will always fill that role, even though I can no longer use it due to its silicone content), it’s still one of my favourite body sunscreens this season, so I’d definitely say it’s worth checking out!

Immediately after being liberally applied & rubbed in – no white cast or shininess!

(Ingredients and more…)

Reader request | 100% Pure Tinted Moisturizer vs. Make Up For Ever Face & Body

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Janice, one of our lovely readers, emailed me asking for a comparison between MUFE F&B and 100% Pure’s tinted moisturizer. As usual, I went totally overboard with my reply (hello, product junkie; what did you expect?) so my brief email has morphed into a full-on post, complete with photos.

Self-control is totally overrated.

Texture and scent

The products themselves, in their respective containers, are remarkably different: Make Up For Ever Face & Body has a very distinctive, gel-like texture (think “runny jello”), while the 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 looks like any other boring moisturizer.

Personally, I think the weird texture of the MUFE is completely enthralling, but the product has one major drawback – a rather strong, artificial fragrance. I’m not a fan of scented products, especially not ones this strongly perfumed, so I’d definitely say it’s something to take into consideration.

MUFE F&B #38 (Pink Porcelain) in a sample jar, on its side – check out that texture!

Finish and feel

Face & Body has a more satiny finish than the 100% Pure, and sits on the skin just a tiny bit more. Which, I mean… I actually prefer it; I’ve always had a soft spot for foundations with a satin finish.

On the other hand, the tinted moisturizer is just that – an awesomely tinted moisturizer. That is, it sinks in to leave absolutely no powdery or foundation-y bits behind. While both the MUFE and 100% Pure look completely natural, the 100% Pure is flawless even under magnification, unlike the MUFE, so I suppose it just depends on what you’re going for!

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A super-quick, “no makeup” eye | More on MAC Teddy

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Thought I’d share a few photos after yesterday’s MAC Teddy review – because yes, even though the wear time is awful on me (even when layered over primer and under shadow), it *is* gorgeous!

The only products used in this quick, easy eye look were the Teddy Eye Khol (obviously) smudged along the upper and lower lashlines, Marcelle Ultimate Lash mascara, theBalm timeBalm, and Boots No. 7 Radiant Glow concealer (a Touche Éclat dupe). I really do adore how easily Teddy can create a more polished eye, but – well, if it’s going to crease and fade within the hour, the whole “polished” aspect goes downhill pretty fast.

(The rest of the photos…)

We were never meant to be | MAC Teddy Eye Kohl review

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The product: MAC Teddy Eye Kohl

The shade: Well, this would be the reason why so many others are in love with Teddy, and why I want to be as well. It’s just – I suppose when you get down to it, it’s “just” brown, but it’s a particularly breathtaking brown, you know? It’s a lovely, warm shade; the perfect intensity given even more depth with a smattering of really finely-milled gold shimmer.

The texture: And here’s the catch. While the soft, smooth texture of MAC’s eyeliners make them a breeze to apply, I feel like it might be the reason why they move around so damn much on my lids. I can’t get more than an hour or two of wear out of Teddy, and even less on the waterline (a half-hour, tops, before it’s completely gone).

For me, it’s a total dealbreaker – even if I set with powder and layer a primer underneath, I just can’t get Teddy to stick around!

MAC Teddy swatched in indirect setting sunlight, without / with flash.

Makes me think of…

  • Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes E104 {review}
  • Ulta Eye Shadow Molten {review}

The verdict?

If you’re one of the lucky few who don’t have to deal with migrating eyeliner (that is – if you haven’t hooded eyes or monolids), don’t let this gorgeous shade pass you by. If travelling liner’s a worry for you, though, give it a skip!

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And then I made an apple-rhubarb crisp and it was tasty, too

Monday, June 20, 2011

So I really did enjoy yesterday night’s strawberry-rhubarb crumble, but then I woke up this morning with an obsessive need to use up the rhubarb from the backyard, and I don’t like my baked goods nearly as sweet as my sister does…

Anyhow. Here’s another recipe to try, and I promise, it’s deliciously tart.

(The recipe…)

So I made a strawberry-rhubarb crumble and it was tasty.

Mix in a medium bowl:

3T flour (if gluten-free: use any mild flours. Rice, brown rice, or sorghum would be my choices.)

1t cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg

1/c brown sugar, packed

1/c butter or margarine

2 1/2c oats

(The recipe…)

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