Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Kat Von D lipstick

When Sephora was having it's VIB sale I decided to try some new lipsticks. Not that I need any, but it's good sometimes to try some different brands.  I had heard good things about the Kat Von D lipsticks, and I loved the way the bullet was made, so I tried 2 of them.  I got Lovecraft and Wonderchilde.  Wonderchilde is actually a unique purple, due to some blue pigment that you can see separate from the purple. I was so happy with that because I have a lot of purple lipsticks, so it was nice that it was different.

Lovecraft is a beautiful nude. Again, I have a lot of nude lipsticks so I was glad that I liked it.

I will say, I'm not totally wowed by the texture of these. It's not bad, but it also doesn't glide onto the lips like some other brands I use (Nars and MAC). You definitely have to exfoliate your lips before wearing these. In the future if I'm going to go outside of my MAC zone to try other lipsticks, I'll go with Urban Decay, Nars or Laura Mercier.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Skin care review: SK II Emulsion and Caudalie Resveratrol Eye Firming cream

These are two of the things that I bought during Sephora's 20% off sale.  I'm always searching for good skin care that I can afford.  I used to use Skinceuticals' Phloretin CF serum, which I liked a lot, but I just can't afford it right now.  So I searched Sephora for skin care that had good reviews and that targeted skin that was losing elasticity.  That is my big problem now, and although my dermatologist said there isn't a skincare product that can tighten skin once it gets to a point like mine, I want to believe something can at least help.  I had heard good things about SK II's masks, and it's facial lift emulsion had mostly good reviews, AND it came in a nice big size (3.3 Fluid ounces).  Considering how much I was getting, the price was the same as many others like Estee Lauder that were cheaper but smaller.  Also most reviewers said that a little went a long way.  That is absolutely true, btw.  A pea sized amount covers my whole face. It feels good when I apply it and I feel like it's moisturizing. and my skin seems better overall, I'm not breaking out as much as I used to.  I don't think my skin looks any plumper after I apply it, and so far I don't notice a big difference in the tautness of my skin, unfortunately.

The other item I bought was Caudalie's Resveratrol Firming eye cream.  I've read some good things about resveratrol in general, so I thought it would be a good thing to try.  I've been using Skinceutical's Eye Balm for awhile, and I do think it helps the skin on my eye lids a bit and it definitely has kept me from getting crow's feet by my eyes.  But it is expensive, so I've been looking around for something else.  I like the consistency of Caudalie's cream, it's easy to dot onto my eyes.  But the skin under my left eye has become very sensitive recently, and sometimes when I put the cream on it burns.  It could be that the Retin-A has gotten on that skin, although I'm not sure why it's only my left eye.  I think it takes more than a month to see the results of any skin care product, but I don't think the Caudalie cream is going to last more than a month.  I seem to be going through it pretty fast.  I do think the skin on my upper eye lids is a bit tighter and not as puffy, which makes me happy.

Overall I feel positive about the SK II, and I like the Caudalie cream, too.  I will definitely buy the SK II emulsion again and probably the Caudalie.

I will say the one skin care product that I keep purchasing is Strivectin's Neck Cream.  I've been using it for a few years now and aside from some fat from being overweight, I think the skin on my neck looks good.  So I do recommend it, as well as Skinceuticals Phloretin CF if you can afford it.  If any of you have eye cream or skin care that you just love, please share!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Sephora's holiday sale

For the past 2 years every time Sephora had it's annual holiday discount for Beauty Insiders, VIB's, and VIB Rouge's, I've been too broke to buy anything. This year I finally had some money to take advantage of it!

I'll be posting some snaps and swatches of what I got as soon as I can. I seem to have somehow unpublished the post that I made about this before.