February Favorites

5 Mar

February Favorites

I hope you’re ready for this. I found a lot of good staples last month that have made their way into my daily rotation.

1. 100% Pure Mint White Tea Tonique – I originally purchased this toner to use as a makeup setting spray, but I’ve also been using it during my daily/nightly cleansing routine. When my skin needs a little more hydration, I mist all over and let the toner sink in. Otherwise, I usually mist all over and wipe it up with a cotton ball. This toner smells wonderful, and keeps my skin feeling taught. It sets my makeup nicely and keeps it from looking cakey.

2. Kjaer Weis Creme Blush in Suntouched – I received this sample at Veer & Wander, a salon and apothecary in the SoMa area of San Francisco. The rep there said it was the perfect natural color for my skintone, and after using it almost every day, I totally believe her! It’s a beautiful, youthful coral that brightens the complexion. It’s very pigmented, so a little goes a long way. I think I’ll purchase a refill of this once I’m finished with my sample.

3. LC Lauren Conrad Necklace (similar) – I received this as a a Christmas gift from my brother, and I’ve been wearing it at least 3x a week ever since. I love how simple it is, and how it goes with almost any outfit. I’m not sure that this is still available online, but you may want to check your local Kohl’s just in case!

4. Kjaer Weis Creme Foundation in Just Sheer – Okay, time to fess up: I’ve been using this foundation since January but I wanted to make sure I love-loved it before I said anything about it here. Obviously, that time has come, hitting pan and all. Everything you have read about this foundation is true. The coverage is amazing. The finish is a gorgeous, natural-looking, satin-matte result that I can’t get from any other foundation. Some days I don’t even need to set it with powder (that’s saying a lot, considering how oily my t-zone gets!). The shade Just Sheer is a pretty close match; it’s a tad too dark but I can get away with it as long as I blend down onto my neck. Kjaer Weis has announced new shades in 2014, so I’m hoping that I can find a closer shade. If not, I’m contemplating purchasing Paper Thin to mix for my perfect shade.

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Why Paint Won’t Hide You From Predator

21 Feb

Credit: Arkansas Shutterbug on Flickr

Yesterday a man in Modesto, CA stole a car and lead police on a chase that lasted more than an hour. After driving his car to the bone and running, he was found hiding in a nearby shed via heat-detection, covered in black paint. My boyfriend Ian wrote up the story and then sent me this tweet:

Credit: @HiDefShooter on Twitter


I don’t know if you’ve ever seen “Predator” or not, but it was one of the movies I agreed to watch with Ian when we first started dating so he would think I was cool (also: the entire “Alien” franchise). There’s a scene in the movie where Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character covers himself in mud to avoid being detected by Predator (awesome cameraman burp at 0:46, by the way). You see, Predator has heat vision. It locates its targets via thermal imaging. The mud that Arnold used was supposedly colder than 98.6° F, and helped to mask his own heat signature.

All this got me thinking: this Modesto fella had the right idea, but poor execution. He was found in a shed, which leads me to believe that he covered himself in either spray paint or some other utility paint. Yeah, he had the dark of night on his side, but he didn’t stand a chance against heat detection! Plus you guys, that’s like, really bad for your skin.

Credit: Arkansas Shutterbug on Flickr

Mud, on the other hand? Mud has anti-inflammatory properties. I’ve read that there are minerals in mud that can help soothe skin irritation. And when else would you be more irritated than when you’re running from the cops? People take MUD BATHS, for crying out loud. People pay hundreds of dollars to sit in mud. I would never pay anything to sit in paint. My pores would hate me. They would absorb the paint, clog themselves, and leave me to die a slow, toxic, and unnaturally-colored death.

So, I’m just sayin’, if you’re ever trying to hide from Predator the police, take a cue from Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer and use mud to conceal your heat signature. It’s way better for your skin than paint. Although I guess that guy didn’t have easy access to mud, being in the midst of a California drought and all. Oops.

Henri Bendel West 57th Contact Lens Case Review

11 Feb

I remember the first time I tried on contact lenses. It was an awful experience, trying to touch my eyeballs for that long of a time. It was frustrating and I’m pretty sure I cried because I couldn’t get the lenses in no matter how hard I tried. My mom was downstairs letting me “figure it out on my own” because she said that was the only way I was going to learn. These days, I can pop contacts in and out like they’re nothing. I guess that excruciating couple of hours did me well!

I wear contact lenses a lot. Once in a while my lenses will dry out or get smudged with make up. I have to either take them out to clean them, or deal with the discomfort until I get home. Other times I’m out of town for a few hours and driving home late at night, when my contacts are on their last leg of the day. I will usually bring my glasses and my gaudy Clear Care contact lens case + solution when I know I’m going to need to remove my lenses before the trip home. Believe it or not, but the lens case + solution take up a lot of room in my purse, so I usually bring a miscellaneous bag to carry it all.

Henri Bendel West 57th Contact Lens Case Review

Enter: The chic Henri Bendel West 57th Contact Lens Case. I spotted this baby at my first visit to a Henri Bendel store. I left it on the shelf trying not to think about it while I perused the rest of the mall, but I knew I was going to be picking it up before I left.

Henri Bendel West 57th Contact Lens Case Review

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January Favorites

5 Feb

January Favorites

January was a very experimental month for me. Lots of sampling and returns. I discovered some staples, both clean and ‘dirty.’ I found myself reaching for these products the most:

1. Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Body Lotion, Maximum – I’ve been on the hunt for the right body lotion that will keep the dry patches on my legs soft all day. I’ve tried Cetaphil, Aquaphor, The Body Shop, Curel, Goldbond, and Eucerin. None of them performed as well as this does. The smell was a little off-putting at first, very “natural,” but I’ve gotten used to it. As you can tell, this bottle is pretty much out. I’ve actually already gone out and repurchased this in the 32 oz size!

2. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap Almond Pure Castile Liquid Soap – For a while I stopped using soap all together because my legs were so itchy all the time. I thought it was something to do with the ingredients, so I staved off all body soaps. That is, until I started reading great reviews for Dr. Bronner’s. It can be used for many things: soap, shampoo, make up brush cleaner, dishwashing soap, etc. The almond smell is so nice, very sweet and nutty. I bought a travel size of the Baby Mild version specifically to clean my make up brushes and sponges. I’m a convert! I’d love to try the other scents.

3. Pixi Glow Tonic - This was a December delivery, but when I used this daily I didn’t notice any benefits. I mean, it is geared towards normal to dry skin (oily and sensitive over here!), but I just read so many good things from Caroline Hirons that I had to snatch one up when the secret pre-launch went live. Last month I only used it a couple of times a week, on days when my skin felt the most congested. I think that’s how I can get this toner to work for me. I’ll continue to use it that way; it makes my skin feel more refreshed than when I used it daily. I can’t afford a bottle of P50, but this seems like a good deal for me!

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel - I tried a deluxe sample of this before and I loved it. I refused to shell out $22 for the full-size when there were so many drugstore alternatives. However, none of them compared! So I picked this up during the Sephora VIB sale and was able to justify the price point. This stuff means serious business. Like, my brows feel crunchy when I use this. Some might not like that, but when you have old man brows like I do, you need all the hold you can get. I’m looking for a greener alternative to this and I’ve got my eye on Jane Iredale’s PureBrow Fix. But until I get around to finishing this tube, I’m satisfied!

5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown – This was also part of my VIB haul. I like that I’m able to mix the two colors for the perfect shade. Most of the time I’m lazy and I use the darker color for bald spots and tails, and the lighter shade for the inner part of my brows. I’m also looking for a greener replacement, but I don’t have any leads for this one yet. Even so, this is a great brow powder duo and I hope I’m able to find something else that can compare!

January Favorites

Have you tried any of these products? Tell me what you were loving this month!