Saturday, February 25, 2012

Quick Tip: Instantly Exfoliated Lips

For the past week, my lips have been oddly chapped despite daily usage of lip balms. No matter how much of it I slapped on, my lips were constantly chapped and peeling.

Here's a quick tip to instantly slough off that dead skin with little effort/waiting on your part. Liberally apply some lip balm. Use your finger to really massage it in and then apply another layer. You want to feel your lips plump up/soften as well as have an extra layer on. Hop into a hot shower and go through the normal routine. At the end, take a cotton round, q-tip, or washcloth to slowly exfoliate your lips. After your shower, remember to some lip balm on to really seal in the softness and moisture!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

What I'm Loving Right Now

Here's what I've been loving for the past couple of months.

Tarte Smooth Operator in Agent 06 + Neutrogena Healthy Skin in Fresh Beige 70

You know what is just as awesome as buying a shiny new makeup purchase? Going through your stash and rediscovering something you've forgotten about. I seemed to have a knack for color-matching for foundation at the extremes of my color spectrum. The Tarte is 1-2 shades to light and the Healthy Skin is 1-2 shades too dark. Obviously, mixing the two gives me a near perfect match. The thing I love though is the finish. Each on their own have a lovely finish. The Tarte has a natural/satin finish. The Healthy Skin has a very luminous, dewy finish. The two mixed together has a very skin-like finish. I have no idea how that happened but I'm definitely loving it.

I highly recommend each on their own because I find that they both improved the appearance of my bare skin a little.

Wet n' Wild Silent Treatment Trio

Loving this trio! It's neutral eyes with a bit of smokiness in it. The lid color is something I'll call a lilac/taupe that is very pretty and a little frosty. The highlight color is pinkish-peach and actually shows up as opposed to most drugstore highlights. The crease color is a cocoa brown with goldish glitter that doesn't show up on the eye. The crease color isn't as pigmented as it looks but it works for me since I can make a soft outer corner.

Wet n' Wild Mega Liner Liquid Eyeliner in Black

Anyone who claims you can't get good makeup in the drugstore needs to try out this eyeliner. The brush tip is very thin and precise, so it does make it a butt to fill in thicker lines. Still, I love it and will keep repurchasing this. The color is dark and pigmented. The huge plus? This thing last and is water-resistant without it being marketed as such. I have rubbed my eyes in the shower and it only started to run.

Nuance Wild Lime Exfoliating Gel

Before I commandeered my boyfriend's unused Clarisonic Mia, I used this to exfoliate my face and loved it. It left my skin just as soft and supple as the Mia. My moisturizer seemed to absorb better and my skin had a nice glow to it. While it doesn't feel as abrasive as the Mia, it tingles quite a lot so this might not be for sensitive skin.