May 31, 2018

Summer Skincare with Curel Hydratherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer and Korres Olive Body Balsam

Summer Skincare with Curel Hydratherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer and Korres Olive Body Balsam
Curel Hydratherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer and Korres Olive Body Balsam
(Product samples provided for review.)

Summer is a fabulous time of the year for many reasons, especially if you love gardening like I do.  As much as I love all the outdoor time, I also have quite sensitive, dry skin that gets all itchy and irritated with the heat.  This is usually when I switch out (or at least alternate) my heavier moisturizers with lighter, easier-to-use lotions.  Two new ones I have been trying out recently are the Curel Hydratherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer and the Korres Olive Body Balsam.

The Curel Hydratherapy Wet Skin moisturizer is a new-to-me product.  Unlike regular moisturizers, this goes on wet/damp skin, and there's nothing more to do after that.  No rinsing off, no scrubbing, nothing.  Just pat dry skin with a towel as you would regularly do and get on with the day.  The moisturizer is light and absorbs easily into the skin, leaving skin smooth and soft with no visible residue.  With any skincare, fast and easy is almost as important to me as being effective.  It's so much easier to stick to a routine when it's short and convenient, which is why the Curel Hydratherapy Wet Skin moisturizer is perfect.  Bonus, it has a barely noticeable scent that won't clash with my perfume or be overwhelming in any way.

Korres Olive Body Balsam is a light moisturizer with a lovely green floral scent to it.  With my dry skin, I do find it a little too light, but for those with normal skin and/or for humid days, this would be a good pick.  I keep it around to use as a hand cream since the tube is easy to carry around, and this doesn't leave my hands sticky or greasy.

 Curel Hydratherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer and Korres Olive Body Balsam - Ingredients
 Curel Hydratherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer and Korres Olive Body Balsam - Ingredients

Let me know if you have any go-to summer moisturizers - I would love to give those try!

Product samples were provided for me to try out and review.

Feb 2, 2018

Sephora #Lipstories Lipsticks - Swatches

Sephora #Lipstories Lipsticks - Photos Swatches
Sephora #Lipstories Lipstick Collection ($8 each) 

The Sephora #Lipstories lipstick collection launched a while back, but I hadn't paid much attention to it until I saw this display at my local Sephora.  It looked so cheerful with all the instagram-style photos, I had to check it out.  Turns out, the $8 lipsticks displayed are just as awesome!  Available in 40 shades, and in finishes ranging from matte to cream and some shimmery metallic shades, it's impossible not to find a shade - or a dozen - to love.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.

Jan 8, 2018

Cranberry and Pinks for an Easy Fall/Winter Makeup Look

Easy Fall Winter Makeup - Cranberry Eyeshadow - Fuchsia Pink Lips
Easy Fall/Winter Makeup Look with Cranberry on the eyes and Fuchsia Pink lips

It's been a while since I posted any makeup looks or reviews, and the start of a new year seems like a good time for updates.  The big news, if you haven't already noticed in the photo above, is I have been growing out my grey hair.  I noticed my first grey hair some time in my early 20s, started coloring a couple of years later, and at this point, I feel like I really need a break - from my boring hair color and the constant upkeep.  It has been an easy 3-month journey so far for me, mostly because I stay at home and don't have to interact with people much except on weekends.  I haven't made up my mind, though, on whether to stick to this or hop back on to the hair color wagon, so it made perfect sense to post on the internet for the world to see 😛.

On the makeup front, I have been obsessed with berry and plum tones this fall, and my current favorites are the Bite Beauty Multistick in Papaya and MAC Cranberry eyeshadow.  I bought both quite recently - Papaya as part of a Bite Beauty mini-multistick duo pack from Sephora, while the MAC eyeshadow was an impulse buy when I found a nearly empty MAC store with a really friendly SA.  While I generally opt for neutral lip colors, I felt like my current hair color (or the lack of) needed a brighter/bolder lip.  Scroll on for an easy makeup how-to.

Dec 29, 2017

Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipsticks - Swatches, Photos

Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipsticks - Swatches
Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipsticks ($38 each)

Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine lipsticks have been around for a bit now, and it's only recently that I got around to swatching these.  I love balm-like, moisturizing, creamy lipsticks, so I had to get some swatches to share - and for me to check on when I do get shopping.  These lipsticks are categorized into plums, pinks, reds, and browns/beige, and the colors are slightly sheer (the paler/softer colors more so).  Scroll on for more.

MAC Grand Illusion Liquid Lip Colour - Swatches

MAC Grand Illusion Liquid Lip Colours Lipgloss - Swatches
MAC Grand Illusion Liquid Lip Colours ($21 each)

MAC Grand Illusion Liquid Lip Colour collection is a newish launch featuring lipglosses with metallic pearlized pigments that give multidimensional color and an illusion of fuller lips.  The chubby, bullet packaging is similar to that of Retromatte Liquid lipsticks, and the shade range includes deep purples, bright orange, blues, and even a wicked green.  Scroll on for more.