The hype: Micellar Cleansing Water

We have all been privy to the hype that is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, in fact when I first visited my local CVS they were completely out of stock.

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What is Micellar Cleansing water you may ask? Embarrassingly enough I have never even heard of it before, although many companies such as Caudalie, Simple, and Bioderma have had this type of cleansing water for years.

Garnier describes it as an all-in-1 cleanser that is surprisingly powerful yet gentle to skin. It effectively removes makeup, cleanses skin and refreshes. Like a magnet, micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil and makeup without harsh rubbing, leaving skin perfectly clean, hydrated and refreshed without over-drying.

So I gave it a go. Full face of makeup worn throughout the day, and rather than removing it with my go to favorite makeup remover (Lancôme Bi-Facial) I used the micellar water as directed to remove my makeup as directed per the instructions.

I was surprised with the results as it did in fact remove all of my makeup. Although it was not as easy as described it did what it had said, with zero oils to boot.

All in all, I liked the product. You do have to completely saturate a cotton pad, where as with an oil based makeup remover I tend to find that you only need a small amount to remove an entire face of makeup. I would continue to use it, but it won’t replace my go to makeup remover. I can see myself using it on days where I’m not wearing too much makeup or in the summertime for a refreshing quick cleanse.

So what do you think? Have you jumped on the micellar band wagon?

 

Facial hair- the bane of my existence

Ugh, even the word just irks me, but lets get real- I have facial hair. As a female- this sucks, I absolutely hate it and literally as soon as I can afford laser hair removal I will be at the dermatologists like HAYYYYY GURL! time to get this shit off my face. Anyway, I have  decided to share what I do to combat female facial hairs and body hair in general.

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I am of Mediterranean descent (Greek and Italian to be specific)  usually (not always)women of my specific genetic disposition (from the areas of Greece and Italy I come from) tend to have some type of facial hair, or arm hair or a lil extra leg hair (etc etc) i tend to suffer from not just one- but all of these lovely things hahahha. I will not complain too much though because I do have super stong, thick dark hair (on my head lol) that I love.

This is what I do to combat these things:

I actually shave my arms, the hair on my arms isn’t super coarse so it doesn’t come in any thicker or darker–in fact lets debunk that myth right now- if you shave something it doesn’t actually come back thicker, faster, or darker. The razor cuts the hair at a flat angle so it appears to be thick when in reality the hair just has a flat top. So I shave my arms once a week with a regular razor and shaving cream then I moisturize like crazy because my skin tends to be extra dry after I shave.

Rather then shaving my legs, because lets get real I don’t have the patience to shave my legs every single day, I use  Veet dipiltory cream on them. Veet is not for everyone, if you have really sensitive skin a chemical cream will just irritate it. Also if you have just shaved DO NOT use a chemical dipiltory! I made that mistake- and I would never do it again- I feel like my legs were on fire. But I find that since using Veet the hair on my legs tend to grow a lot slower than with shaving. I’m not going to get all technical (because really who cares what thioglycolate and disulfide bonds are if it gets the hair off lol) but basically the cream breaks down the bonds of your hair shaft making it easy to wipe away. In my particular case the hair grows a lot slower. I only need to use it once a week and I stay pretty good, although in the summer time when my pasty skin shows itself, I do tend to use a combination of Veet and shaving (but again, NEVER EVER use Veet right after you shave your legs lol)

Now onto my least favorite of hairs….facial hair (eek)

I have parts of my face where the hair is super fine and barely noticeable but other parts of my face the hair is coarse and dark (which is the absolute worst) for example my upper lips and chin area  tend to have darker hairs. For the areas of my face where the hair grows darker and thicker, I use a facial diplitory cream, the Sally Hansen is my favorite (and the conditioning cream smells like rosemary :) which I loveeee). After that I shave the parts of my face that are really fine and light- this helps my makeup go on smoother and more flawlessly. I know this is taboo, but honestly I shave the fine hairs with a regular disposable razor, I’ve tried the eyebrow razors (such as the Tinkle razor) and I kind of hated it, it was rough and felt terrible against my skin- the directions were to shave dry and that just resulted in a rash on my face that lasted two days. So I use the same EOS shaving cream that I use for my legs and use a regular razor. I do this AFTER I use the dipilitory cream, and I DO NOT go over the areas where I used the dipilitory cream.

I really hate having facial hair, it is something I am very self conscious about, and something that I feel like everyone notices (even if I remove it) If you are one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to worry about this I envy you lol!

So what do you do for the annoying hair on your body?

 

 

 

Fine lines, baby hairs, and powder contour

I tend to shy away from any powders what so ever- they tend to settle in my fine lines and creases. Also I have fine facial hair on my face (we will get to that another day…ugh the bane of my existence) so powders and me just do not mesh when it comes to foundation or contouring (bronzer and blush I can do, that tends to soak into my skin).

Against my initial instincts and feelings of powder contour I really wanted to try the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit . So I purchased it in Light to Medium which includes the colors  Java, Vanilla, Fawn, Havana, Banana, and Sand.

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Using powder contour with my particular skin texture and type doesn’t end well, but this particular product actually works really well on my skin IF I use a very basic outline of cream contour under it using the Lancôme Le Duo Contour stick  (note I am freaking obsessed with this thing lol)

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This particular combination works flawlessly for me, for a very natural contour.

Now if I am in the mood for a harsh contour (which who doesn’t love a sharp cheekbone!) I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Crème Contour Palette

It just goes to show, what you think may not be for you might quite possibly turn out beautifully!

Which do you prefer? Crème or powder for contouring?

 

Prime prime prime prime prime!…

Imagine that title sung to the tune of “shots shots shots shots shots shots” hahahahah Okay, I’ve had a little too much coffee this morning, moving on

Really, what in the world did we do without primers before they were so readily available?!

8 years ago I was in Las Vegas and I was introduced to the first primer I had ever used (and still my fav to this day) Tarte Clean Slate Poreless Primer.

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Clean Slate is waterproof formula composed of alvocado oil. It helps makeup stay in place longer while preventing creasing in fine lines and wrinkles for a healthy, seamless complexion.

All you have to do is take a pea sized amount of Clean Slate and mix it in with your morning moisturizer for a nice even coverage, then continue to apply your makeup!

There are a ton of primers out there, which one is your favorite?

 

The best paper face mask you will ever buy

3 years ago I was at TJMaxx and found a package of paper masks (before paper masks were the all the craze ;) ) by a company called Karuna—at the time I have never  heard of this company but hey 7 bucks for 4 masks…this I could not pass up…and I am so glad I didn’t…

Because holy shiz, Karuna’s brightening paper mask is legit the best facial mask I have ever used.

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I have used it now for 4 years, the first time I ever put it on it was like little tiny glowing orbs of love were soaking into my skin (lol)..my skin never looked so refreshed, bright and beautiful.

This mask is formulated without parabens and is made out of 100 percent natural wood-pulp fiber, allowing pores to fully absorb essential nutrients and nourishing ingredients for ultimate hydration. It helps reduce the appearance of dark spots and uneven skintone for a smooth, clear complexion. The oil-free formula contains a powerful blend of hyaluronic acid and peptides to renew, aloe vera and chamomile to hydrate, and Chinese licorice and vitamin B to detoxify.

While I wish these suckers wee still 4 for $7 at TJMaxx, I would pay $28 for a 4 pack over and over again.

What is your favorite facial mask, and do you prefer traditional masks or paper masks?

 

 

 

 

 

This or That…beauty blender / real techniques edition

I am a  Beauty Blender junkie, if they weren’t $20 a pop I’d probably have a giant storage box full of them, they are probably my favorite makeup tool that I own. But alas, is there a dupe?!

So I have been trying out the Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge and here is what I’ve found…

THIS SPONGE IS AWESOME! Now don’t go out and throw out your Beauty Blenders or anything. I will say that out of all of the sponges I have tried over the years though, the Real Technique sponge gives you an extremely similar finish as the Beauty Blender does.

The Real Techniques sponge has a more cushy feel to it dry then the Beauty Blender does and the shape is a little different but as far as application goes, you dampen it (just like the Beauty Blender) and your foundation goes on quite similarly  as when you use the Beauty Blender.

I will never give up my Beauty Blender but the Real Techniques sponge sure is a great alternative!

So what do you think? Beauty Blender or Real Techniques?

 

 

 

Estee Lauder Double Wear…only for mature skin types?

Good old Estee Lauder, literally one of the first high end brands I was ever introduced to at the young age of 6, going through my moms makeup bag.

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I always thought that Estee Lauder was primarily geared for older skin types, well…boy was I wrong

With the use of a wet Beauty Blender, Estee Lauder Double Wear goes on like a dream.

It is most definitely a full coverage foundation, so if you’re not looking for full coverage then this is not the foundation for you. I tend to have spots of hyperpigmentation on my face, especially in the winter when I’m extra ghostly haha, so I tend to gravitate towards full coverage foundations.

It is described as a lightweight, oil-free, and buildable formula, that doesn’t change color. It is a fragrance-free and non-acnegenic product that has been dermatologist tested.

The Pros:

It literally lasts all day

Does not break me out

Full coverage

 

The Cons:

Really the only con I found with this product is that if you don’t correctly apply it, it can be very hard to work with.

 

 

If applying with the tips of your fingers, make sure to warm the foundation up a bit by rubbing it together for a few seconds, if applying with a sponge, make sure the sponge is damp for a flawless finish.

 

I would absolutely recommend this product time and time again, it just goes to show to always revisit old favorites even if you feel that that particular product may not be for your skin type- do you’re research! Hey, you could always return it, if it doesn’t work for you!

Which foundation is your favorite?