Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I was recently introduced to this magic potion by a fellow makeup lover. I was never blown away by makeup removing products I had tried in the past -- like the Almay Eye Makeup Remover pads,  The Body Shop Camomile Makeup Remover, or even doing the cold cream method and using Cetaphil. One fateful night when I stayed over at said friend's home, I used the potion pictured below, and my world changed.

The smell. Let's first begin with the calming smell of sweet chamomile. It makes your skin feel like it's in a spa as you rub it in. I pay a little more attention to my eyes and eyelashes by GENTLY rubbing my fingers across and down over my lashes. I emphasize "gently", because you don't want to go tearing off your beautiful lashes or damaging your eyes. This stuff removes the most makeup the quickest of all the products I had tried. It also doesn't sting or irritate my skin. I do still wash my face with a cleanser afterwards as I don't really trust this product as a cleanser.

Not to mention, it's totally affordable. This entire 6.7 fl oz bottle sells for $19. Try to come up with a list of 6 items to buy from The Body Shop when they have their Buy 3 Get 3 event for an even better deal. All in all, I gotta say, I love this stuff. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

It's always difficult to find just the right lipstick that's fun and professional at the same time. I'm definitely one to experiment and go out of the box occasionally, but for the most part, dusty pinks are my jam. From lipsticks to lip butters, here are the 6 that I keep in my work bag (ranked from longest lasting to shortest lasting).

Bite Beauty in Glace
This may very well be one of my favorite matte formulas. Unlike most matte formulas, this one is soft, moisturizing, and lasts while I sip my tea throughout the day. It's also a great darker dusty pink to wear in the fall or pair with cool toned outfits

Rimmel Kate Moss 17
A nice muted coral, this is a great compliment to warm toned outfits, and a nice pop of color that isn't overwhelming. I actually got complimented on this very color the other day. The formula is slightly more drying that the Bite Beauty one described above, but it is still a great lipstick that is quite long lasting. It typically stays fairly well on my lips all the way up until lunch (if you know a lipstick that can last through lunch, let me know).

Loreal in Fairest Nude
If you were ever curious to know what my exact lip color is, this is it. This lipstick is a nice nude with maroon and pink tones. It is moisturizing and long lasting (maybe a little less so than the above two because it is more moisturizing). I pair this with outfits that have more muted colors to create a sophisticated look.

Revlon HD in Rose
The initial reason I purchased this lipstick (and 3 of her sisters) was because of an awesome sale at Target, and I am ever so grateful. This line of lip colors melts into my lips and stays put for the most part until lunch. It feels like my lips with slightly more moisture. Don't be fearful of the bright colors in the tube as when they go on the lips they blend in a bit to the natural color of your lips. This color in particular is a nice and gentle pink that I pair with pink/purple clothes.

Shea Moisture Lipstick in Sarah
I received this color in an Ipsy bag a few months back. I was a little hesitant to try it on as the color is so bright and has a blue iridescence to it. However, when I first applied it on a more relaxed day at work (I was onboarding some of the new hires), it looked gorgeous. When applied lightly and spread out with your fingers, this is a nice, true pink. The more you apply, the darker it is the more of the blue iridescence appears. It is moisturizing and lasts more so because of the dark color as opposed to the quality of the lipstick. It does fade throughout my cups of tea, but all in all, it's a good pick.

Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya
This lip butter is among the least lasting and also the most moisturizing. It requires reapplication every now and then, but as long as that doesn't bother you, it is a great color and feel on the lips. It comes off as a nice orange tinge -- not too bright, but enough to say "hello". I wear this with warm toned outfits. It also smells fantastic. One downside is that it tends to melt, so be careful with how much pressure you apply!

Maybelline Color Whisper in Lust for Blush
This is the  least lasting of the bunch, but the most moisturizing. It is a light pink that goes on very smoothly and adds instant moisture. I pair this with pastel colors or on days when I would like more moisture on my lips. It also smells like Fruit Loops, which is a big plus.