Saturday, July 27, 2013

Summer Skincare: Day, Night, and As Necessary

[products in this post were purchased by me.]

In general, my skin is on the slightly drier side; I typically go for products that address moisture, my naturally puffy and dark undereye areas, sunspots, and skin dullness. I figured that summer was a good time to finally get my act together and share my skincare products, because traditional summer looks are all bright, fresh, and glowing. I completely understand - I don't want tons of heavy makeup, and I also don't want to spend time putting it all on. I want to be outside, enjoying Seattle's glorious long summer days, picking strawberries, hiking with S. and Dennison, and living up any final-exam-free moments in the sunshine.

The minimal makeup look works much better with healthier skin, so that has been my focus this summer. I've broken this down into products for the AM, PM, and occasional/as necessary. I try to keep it streamlined (again, time! Who wants to be slathering on 80+ items when they could be sipping sangria and salivating around a grill?), but I also want to cover the basics and address my concerns. One of my friends was just saying that being a woman is all about maintenance, and I have to agree. Clear skin, for me, is the result of lucky genes and perseverance; I cleanse and moisturize every day!

Enough talk. Products! I've reviewed some of these before and linked those, but some of these will be featured in more extensive, upcoming reviews.

Clinique Mild Facial Soap, Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, Clinique Super City Block, Ole Henriksen Total Truth Eye Crème SPF 15, Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil

The Clinique facial soap was my standard for a long time. I'm just using up this sample now in the AM; I usually keep two cleansers - one at the sink, one in the shower - so I don't have to move one back and forth all the time. The two Ole Henriksen products came in a set, and I like them. I will be purchasing the full sizes. Clinique's Super City Block is my go-to facial sunscreen; I may try something new in the future, but I like this one. It makes a nice base for foundation, though it will give your face a white cast in photographs taken with flash. Finally, Arianne's recommendation, Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil, makes a great daily moisturizer, and I find that it does soothe any redness I might have along my jawlines.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover, Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Milk, Ole Henriksen On the Go Cleanser, Ole Henriksen Enlighten Me Skin Tone Corrector, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye, Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil

I've gone through a few of these Neutrogena bottles, but I might try Clarins next, as it got Tracy raves, and the oily residue with this is sometimes annoying. Clinique's Cleansing Milk is my favorite remover, but Arianne sent me a Shu oil to try, so I'm excited to open that next. I usually remove my makeup in the shower and finish with a regular cleanser; I like this Ole Henriksen a lot - it's gentle and cleans well without stripping skin of moisture. I normally have a toner in here but I don't have one I like right now, so I skip and move to eye cream (Kiehl's, which is nice for the evening) and then finish with my oil again.

Occasional/as necessary:
Clearsil Acne + Marks Spot Lotion, Nuxe Masque Crème Fraîche de Beauté, FAB Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask, FAB Ultra Repair Cream

For breakouts, I spot treat with Clearasil. Spot treatment means putting a generous amount on the area and rubbing it in well, not simply dabbing it on. It gets rid of any pesky zits in a reasonable amount of time. The Nuxe mask is new for me - I will have to try it a few more times before I can give it a proper review. FAB's oatmeal mask is nice for when my skin feels a bit irritated or dry, and I always have the Ultra Repair Cream on hand. It soothes itches, negative reactions to products, minor irritations, super dry patches on elbows and feet - everything. I've been through a tub and am halfway through this one.

Of course, in addition to this, I drink lots of water (at least a 1L Nalgene a day), try to get in lots of fruits and veggies, and remove my makeup before I work out. I'm not necessarily saying that everyone needs to do this - this is just what works for me, and if you're looking for new things to try, let me know how they work out for you! Have you tried any of these? What's your favorite mask or luxury treatment?

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Thursday Post

Jaymes Young: Fragments. Recently discovered. I quite like what I hear so far of his music. He also does an amazing cover of Haddaway's What is Love.

This made me giggle. I told you I was learning German with S., and this is how I feel, especially since my French is much better than my German. And there is a part two! (These link aren't meant to offend anyone - I just took it in exaggerated good fun!)

Wishlist worthy.

Culture needs to change. And until it does, thank goodness for people like him.

This absolutely made me smile.
Such a baleful expression.
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Of Course He Has Good Taste

He chose to be married to ME.


Okay. Sorry. I had to do it.

But seriously. When I told S. that for our next bandit assignment, he had to pick a lipstick, he just stared at me. Finally:
S: "I'm not good with colors. I don't know what looks good." (True. Boy is partially shade blind or whatever it's technically called.)
Me: "Just pick something you like."
S: (snickers) "Coral!"
Me: "I hate you. No."

It took some leading questions and descriptors to finally get him to decide on something. He had no idea what I was talking about (matte, glossy, sparkly) in terms of lipstick, so we started by describing what I was wearing right then (lip gloss, actually: "glossy, shimmery, pink") and working from there. Science, you know. He decided Rouge d'Armani 510 was not quite right, and he didn't prefer the matte NARS Carthage. So I whipped out my mini Dior Addict Extreme in Lucky, and voila!
See, see? Already good, right? What did I tell you?

I only had to try on three lipsticks!
Also, I learned that S prefers bolder eye makeup to lips ("I don't kiss your eyes.") and a smoky eye is always appreciated. Who knew? I guess that's a typical guy response. Is it? What does your partner say?

And don't forget to check out the other Bandits!
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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Snapshots: Currently Loving, July 2013

I love writing these posts. They're filled with iPhone photos but hey, I never pretended to be a photographer. Just showing you what's keeping me afloat as I finish up my dissertation. It has to be submitted to my reading committee soon, so it has to be done. And then I get to work on my defense talk! It never ends!

Anyway. Happy things, happy thoughts.
Of course, I don't use ALL of the highlighting products at once.
For a summer glow: Body oils. Highlighters. Skincare. A combination of old favorites and new discoveries. For skincare, I've been trying to find new, lovely things. I may have a few new-to-me gems. Reviews forthcoming.
Useful and fun iPhone apps. Duolingo is amazing, guys. I probably shouldn't have started it while in the middle of writing my thesis, but hey, whatever. S. actually discovered it and asked if I wanted to learn a language with him. Of course! We picked German, but I am also able to do a French course on the same profile. Pretty freaking fantastic.

I'm also trying out some to-do list apps (Errands - I wanted something simple) and a journal app (Day One). What are your favorite apps?

Pajamas. Mom sent me some adorable summer pajamas sets, and I also found some cute and budget friendly things from Target. Comfy and perfect for lounging around in the summer nights!
Blue-EFFING-berries! There will be MUFFINS. And blueberry ricotta pancakes! And hand pies! And blueberry sauce!
Summer fruit. Watermelon, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries. I'm always torn between eating berries out of hand and wanting to bake with them. I usually do some combination of both.

That's all I've got. What kind of things are you enjoying lately?

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Thursday Post

Joe Hisaishi: Howl's Moving Castle Theme. I've been listening to a lot of movie/video game soundtracks while I write. I adore this movie and I think I'm going to watch it again when I need a break.

Squeeeee, baby foxes!

A little crazy, but okay, I'll entertain the proposal (Pixar theory).

OMG sea otter vs. Australian Cattle Dog. Both have my heart. Some people have the best timing!

Butter London is coming out with makeup? Thoughts?

Also I've been pinning perfume like a madwoman. Any new faves? Please share.
"You give me strawberry?"
(Sorry for the blur. Action Dennison freaks out my poor iPhone camera.)

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Embracing Pink: Dior Addict Gloss 576 Bed of Roses

[Products in this post were purchased by me.]

I've been on a bit of a pink kick lately, for which I blame Tracy. Also, if you've been here before, you know how I feel about Dior lip glosses.
Dior 576 Bed of Roses.

In a nut shell, I find them non-sticky, moisturizing, and pretty. Pretty is important.

I was looking for pink - a warm, shimmery shade, not milky - and I swatched a couple, with the result being that this came home with me. Princess is a cool pink with more prominent sparkle and less prominent pink; that was a close second, but in the end, I opted for a little more pigment.
Wearing Dior Bed of Roses. Also...I think...NARS TM (Finland), Smashbox Radiance, MUFE Aqua Brow 25, and some sort of mascara (gasp! Shocking! I know!). I think it's Clinique High Impact Waterproof.
It's not super pigmented, but they make lipstick for that, you know. Hahahaha. I wanted something a little more natural, a little more casual, something to wear when I want color but don't want to be pegged as a beauty blogger. You know the feeling.
Apparently I achieved a tan between photos one and two. The light here is so unpredictable.
Don't be surprised if you see me collect a few more. They're just so easy to wear, and I don't mind re-applying, because they do keep my lips moisturized. It's kind of like Pokemon, you know. Collect them all. My favorite post for swatches is this one from Escentual. Make your wishlist. We'll compare notes.

What's your favorite Dior gloss shade? Are you experiencing any weird color addictions this summer - loving something you usually avoid? Tell me. I want to know.

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Lady is A Vamp: Dior Galaxie

[all products in this post were purchased by me, with the exception of *, received as a gift].

At least, that's what you'd assume, looking at my collection of vampy shades.
L-R: Dior Galaxie, Dior Shadow*, Chanel Taboo, Butter London La Moss, Butter London Branwen's Feather. They ARE all different, okay?!

Dior Galaxie is the newest addition. It's similar to Shadow* and Chanel Taboo, but it's slightly redder in the sun and has more of a retro metallic finish. Without a top coat, it has a slightly satin finish. I like it.
Dior Galaxie, two coats with top coat.
It's not hugely different from Shadow*, but the reddish tones and the overall metallic finish do set it apart. I often find myself just reaching for shades in this family over and over again, but not wanting to wear the exact same shade, so it's nice to have variety within a color group. Um. Yeah. Is this convincing yet?
It appears that the new Dior bottles have a sticker on the front with the brand and shade name printed on it, rather than having it printed directly on the bottle. Eh. Now my bottles don't all match. Hahahaha. Dior Galaxie on the left, Shadow* on the right.

In general, I don't have time to change shades very often and wear a mani out through about a week, so I prefer formulas that dry quickly, last long and don't chip or come off in those weird peely layers. Dior does this for me, so I stick with it.

If you find it doesn't last, it's certainly not worth the price tag. For me, I reach for these over and over again because of their reliability, enough so that I don't buy as many other brands any more. Three China Glazes = one Dior, but as I won't wear those other shades as much, this is worth it. If you'd rather have the variety, I'm sure you could find a similar shade at a friendlier cost. This is part of the Fall 2013 collection; I purchased mine from Nordstrom.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Thursday Post

Hjaltalin: Halo. Yes, it's a Beyonce cover, but just listen to it. Unearthly.

Homemade mochi ice cream? OMG.

S. and I have added this to the "must-read" list.

Disney princesses re-imagined. Pretty cool!

Reasons for giving up on books. I can definitely sympathize with some of these!
"What do you want, crazy lady?"

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Caudalie Divine Oil: Too Many FEELS

[Products in this post were gifted to me. By friends. Which I totally have.]

Um, that title sounds vaguely creeper.

Let's ignore that.

What I mean to say, is that I've had a mini bottle of Caudalie's Divine Oil sitting around for months, and have only just opened it up (it was gifted to me by the intensely fabulous Wandz). But! I have good reasons!

I was already using my heavy duty Pumpkin Butters (HoG) to stave off winter dryness. And I had heard so many good things about THE Divine Oil, that I wasn't sure it could live up to the hype - WHAT WOULD I DO? Also, while I love the idea of being a well-moisturized (eep. And there we go with the creeper adjectives, again. You'll have to excuse me - I'm busy dissertating at the moment and I have no intelligent words left. Not that my dissertation is hugely intelligent. Or intelligible.), glowing, gleaming goddess, the prospect of rubbing oil all over myself is kind of...tiring. And greasy.

BUT. (I know, I know, you're protesting that THE DIVINE OIL is not greasy. You have to let me get there, you know?) This is one of those happy endings where the heroine is like OMG HOW COULD I HAVE BEEN SO BLIND, YOU ARE THE ONE FOR ME. And we all live happily ever after. BECAUSE GUYS. CAUDALIE'S DIVINE OIL IS DIVINE.

(I could not resist, yes).

But the smells! And the fuss-free spray packaging! (Except, don't accidentally spray the wall! Your husband frowns at you!) And the way it sinks into skin so readily and easily without leaving a greasy residue. Plus did I mention that it smells like flowers? Like Kai fragrance, to be exact - not as strong but definitely as lovely.

The full bottle has been added to my ever-growing Sephora wishlist. It's dreamy. One thing though - how many sprays does it take you to cover all your limbs? I feel like my bottle won't last that long, even if I'm not moisturizing the walls.

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Haus of Gloi Earl Grey is My Cup of Tea

[All things in this post were purchased by me.]

I sort of don't want to do this to you, since the Earl Grey products aren't available on the Haus of Gloi site anymore, but, well. Too bad. You must hear about tea. And I think it's a scent that is re-released every summer, so there's that to look forward to, right? Next year!

I'm going to tease you with a review of the Earl Grey perfume oil, because it is amazing and I must rave. Described as "Strong black tea misted over with bergamot," it's a delightful tea scent, with that lovely sweet tea base, lightened with a splash of bergamot. The opening is zesty and bright, while the finish is more mellow. It's like when you squeeze citrus into your tea; the initial sip is a little sour and you can still smell the citrus oil in the air. But with a couple more sips, the flavor balances itself, and you have a perfect cup.

It's not cloying or sugary - I take my tea black, thank you. The bergamot makes it lighter, summery - not the sort of thing you need a thunderstorm for, though it will definitely carry you through any gloomy downpour. You won't smell like tea leaves - there's no mustiness or earthiness here - it is more the perfume profile for black tea, and it is utterly satiating.

I've been wearing it in the daytime and at night; it's equally stimulating in the morning and soothing at bedtime. One of my favorites this summer, for sure. If it is indeed re-released next year and it sounds like your cup of tea (! sorry!), pounce.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Thursday Post

Shabazz Palaces: An Echo from the Hosts that Profess Infinitum. I enjoy some experimental music, especially if it's good beats, y'all.

I never realized that Tom Waits sounds like Cookie Monster got drunk and decided to sing.

Love beeswax in perfume.

Another amazing food blog.

Undecided on this idea.
He's pretty pro with that thing now! We like to put Blue Dog Bakery cookies in it.