Saturday, April 30, 2016

Current Skin Care Routine

I don't know if most people have a set skin care routine or not, but I bet if they do, they don't always follow it down to the very last product every single time. I know that I definitely don't, but I do try as often as I can. What can I say though, sometimes I'm lazy-- who isn't?

Quick Morning Routine

So, on the mornings when I have to work (AKA gave myself 15 minutes to get ready), I tend to keep it really simple. I keep this Borghese Fango Purificante Clay Cleanser* sample in my shower for easy access. I got it in a Birchbox and honestly, I'm just trying to use it up. I don't find that it does a whole lot for my skin, but at the same time, its just a cleanser so I don't really expect too much out of something that's on my face for less than a minute. It does leave behind that squeaky clean feeling though, if you're into that.

Once I'm done with that, I follow with the Bliss Triple Oxygen Radiant Protection Energizing Serum*. This is a product that I got as gratis at work, but I can tell you right now that I absolutely wouldn't spend the $60 on it. It feels good and smells like awesome citrus, but again, its something that I don't find does a lot for me. I will say that I think you could get away with it as a daytime moisturizer if you wanted something super lightweight.

Finally, I finish off with the H2O+ Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment*. Its gratis from work too, and I really wanted to love it. If I had oily skin, I would. It's not really hydrating enough for my super dry skin, but its decent enough if I use it while my face is still wet. I'm not crazy about that, but I'm wanting to use it up.

Complete Morning Routine

I do a much better job at my morning skin care when I'm not rushing like a psycho. I start off with Acure Organics Facial Cleansing Gel Superfruit + CGF. This is another sample from a Birchbox, and while I certainly don't have combo to oily skin, I really like it. I don't find that it dries me out or does anything bad at all, which is great. I probably only have a couple uses left, and I'm considering purchasing it whenever I get through backstocked stuff I want to use up.

Second step is the Bliss serum again, since I want to use it up.

For my daytime moisturizer, I'm using up a sample of IPKN Pore Apple Sun Cream. I like this because it has SPF 40 in it. I know that its vital to wear sunscreen everyday, but man I don't like it. I hate the feeling of it on my face and heaven help us all if it gets anywhere near my eyes. Literally, expect the next several hours of my life to be filled with tears that I can't get to stop no matter what I do. This isn't so bad as long as I'm careful though. It also helps that it smells like apples, lol.
Final step is the Acure Organics Eye Cream w/ Chlorella + Edelweiss Stem Cell. I really love this stuff and will almost definitely repurchase when I run out. I definitely find that it helps keep my under eye area hydrated, which I especially notice when I have concealer on.

Nighttime Routine

Naturally, all of the good stuff happens at night. To remove my makeup and cleanse my face since it can do both, I use the Pacifica Instant Karma Facial Cleansing Oil. I realize that its more or less does what coconut oil does, but it's way more convenient and I love much that I have two more waiting to be used once this is all gone lol.

I exfoliate a couple times a week, and when I do, I use this Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion*. Its fine, but not worth the price. It was another freebie from work and it does the job, but I wouldn't say better than any other decent exfoliating product. It has a nice lemony scent, though.

If I'm going to do a mask, I do it at night. I usually do one a week if I remember, and maybe another one if I take a bath and want to really get into full relaxation mode. Currently, I have these random Naisture White-C sheet masks. I just bought them from Marshall's because they looked cool and I wanted sheet masks. I don't know if I'll ever be able to find them again, but if I do, I would buy more, provided I could find out their animal testing policy. They smell nice, they feel good, and you definitely get your money's worth with how saturated they are. My other mask options are the Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask* that I'm just trying to use up and the (Malin + Goetz) Clarifying Clay Mask, which I mostly will only use if my skin is having issues with breaking out.

Another work freebie is the Philosophy Time In A Bottle Serum*. I'm on the fence about this. It feels really nice and they throw out some pretty big claims as to what it can do, but it has a ton of alcohol in it, which concerns me. I'm going to use it for a little while and see how that does, but I'm also ready to discontinue it if I need to.

My moisturizer can be one of two things. If I'm feeling really dry, I go for my Bioelements Really Rich Moisture. It's the richest, creamiest, most luxurious moisturizer I've ever used. If your skin is super dry and you've got the extra money, it's worth every bit of the price tag for sure. If I'm not feeling that, I use my Acure Organics Argan Oil, which is simply an argan oil that's not insanely priced. If I'm feeling really crazy, I'll mix the two for super duper hydration.

Let me know what your skin care routine is in the comments. I'm always interested in hearing about new products!


*I am aware that not all of these products are vegan/cruelty free. I'm still transitioning all of my beauty products to be cruelty free, and during that transition, I don't see any reason to be wasteful and throw away products that I have already purchased/acquired. However, anything that I use or mention that is not cruelty free will not be repurchased no matter how much I enjoyed the product in the past.*

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Products I'm Currently Using, But Don't Actually Like

I hate wasting things. It drives me crazy to throw away a bottle of something that I know I can get more out of if I just put some effort into it. Sometimes its a pain to have to cut the packaging open when the company could have just done a better job at making all of the product more accessible, but its whatever. Its no big deal to do what I have to to get my money's worth, lol.

Along the same lines as hating to throw stuff away unfinished, I also hate to have things and not use them just because I don't like them. That probably sounds kind of crazy, but hear me out. I sometimes buy stuff to try that maybe doesn't do anything good, but also doesn't do anything bad. Or maybe I have something that I liked okay until I found something that I like way better. A lot of the time I'll have stuff that I got as a gift or as gratis from work that I don't love. Sometimes, it's not so much that I don't like the product, but that the company isn't cruelty free and I'm just trying to get it out of my collection. In all of these scenarios, these products don't hurt me. I don't like them, but since they aren't doing anything harmful, I don't see the point in just throwing them away if I can't get someone else to take them or if they aren't returnable. So, that's what this post is going to be about-- products that I'm using up even though I don't like them.

Essence Long Lasting Nude Lipstick in Wearing Only A Smile -- On their site, Essence claims that this product is creamy, long lasting, and lightweight. I'll agree that it's lightweight, but it's only that way because it's completely sheer. And to say that its long lasting is a huge joke. I get that I only paid $1.99 or so for it, but other Essence stuff that's cheap is really great, like their gel eyeliner. This lipstick though...I had high hopes because I'm always looking for that perfect nude lipstick, but this most certainly didn't do it for me. It was sheer, patchy, accentuated dryness that wasn't really there, and overall pretty pointless to even put on. I'm not really sure how I'm going to finish a product I so intensely dislike, but we'll see. It's probably just going to be something I put on when I'm watching tv just to for the sake of using it up. Here's a close up of how it looks:

NYX Matte Lipstick in Hippie Chic -- NYX says that their mattes are smooth, long wearing, and not drying. I don't think that they feel overly drying, but they look like they are. This shade that I have is an almost pastel pink, which probably contributes to it looking so dry on my lips. It does apply smooth, but again, it doesn't look like it. As for being long wearing, its not. It doesn't dry down into being transfer-proof, so of course its not going to stay on while you're eating or drinking. The only way I think I'm going to use this up is to mix it with something else. There's a NYX Macaron lipstick I have in a lavender color that looks really pretty and springtimey when I put it with this one. Here's what it looks like on it own:

NYX Wonder Stick in Light -- I don't hate this product, but it just doesn't work for me. It was hyped up a lot when it first came out and it was actually pretty hard to get ahold of, at least in the shade I wanted. Unfortunately, I was disappointed when I used it. I don't feel like it has very much pigmentation in either the contour or highlight shade. I was excited to have cream products because I definitely didn't want to shell out the money for the Anastasia palette, but I guess I got what I paid for. I guess the Wonder Stick is okay if you want a really subtle contour, which a lot of the time is fine with me, but I don't like that you can't build it up to make it look more dramatic. The best way I've found to use it though is to use it as a base to give my powder highlight and contour a little more oomph and staying power. Here's some swatches of what the shades look like. They're really beautiful and you can build them up on your hand, but they blend away into mostly nothing on my face:

Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt Gel-To-Oil Cleanser -- I don't dislike this product because it doesn't work. It does exactly what it says and melts your makeup away when you apply it to dry skin and them apply water. The only reason why I want it out of my collection is a) its too expensive to repurchase, b) I wouldn't repurchase because Bliss isn't cruelty free, and c) it burns my eyes so bad. It doesn't say that it won't, but when you're using something to remove your eye makeup, I feel like that's something important to mention. I'm going to use it up because it's otherwise fine, but after it's gone, I'll stick to plain coconut oil or Pacifica's Instant Karma Cleansing Oil.

Garnier Fructis Full & Plush Ends Plumper -- So this product is supposed to go on the ends of your hair to help them look more plump and like you've got more hair than you do. When I bought this, it was because the ends of my hair were looking awful and instead of cutting them off, I wanted to try and save them, even if only in appearance. I didn't notice that this really did anything when I used it in damp hair as per the directions, and when I tried just a little in dry hair, it made it sticky and worse looking. On the plus side though, it smells heavenly. I'll continue using it just for the scent.

Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep Moisturizer -- My number one complaint about this is that it has a very strong scent. When a product is all natural, I don't think that it should smell like anything. Adding fragrance to a skin care product isn't always the best because whatever has been used to add the scent could be irritating to the skin. Aside from that though, I don't like the way that this feels. Its supposed to be a night time moisturizer, but I use it whenever I want to because my skin is super dry and can absorb it with no problem. Their site says that its supposed to target dull, dry skin that has lost elasticity. My skin can be dull and dry but I don't feel like this has helped anymore than anything else. Its just a little sample I got from work, so it shouldn't take long to get it out of my collection.

H20+ Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment -- Again, another moisturizer that I don't think does anything special. I also think its kind of inconvenient because you have to use it while you're face is wet, which kind of stops me from using any kind of serum in between washing my face and moisturizing. Since that's the case, I usually use this right after I get out of the shower just because my face is wet. Its taking a long time to use up, but eventually. It was another freebie from work.

ELF Eye Refresh -- About the only thing that this product does is feel nice. It actually feels really good because its cooling on its own and then is also applied through a rollerball, which adds even more coolness from the metal. Its supposed to help with puffiness and dark circles, but I don't think it does. If I kept it cold, like in the fridge, I think it probably would help with some puffiness just from being really chilled. It was just a $3.00 purchase that I thought wouldn't be much of a loss to try, which it wasn't since I didn't expect very much to begin with. I have no way of knowing how much is left, but I'll use it until it stops coming out.

Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repaing Gel Mask -- I got this as a gift in a mini trio that also had a cucumber mask and a pumpkin mask. I'm about halfway done with this little mask and I'm just not impressed. Its supposed to help moisturize, brighten, and help with fine lines. I have all of these issues, but I'm not really sure it's done anything. Maybe it would if it was used in conjuction with their coordinating cleanser, but I don't plan on shelling out the money to find out. I definitely wouldn't purchase this mask full sized. I have to say though, that you get a lot of uses out of that tiny little jar, so if I continue to only use it once a week, it's going to take awhile to get through.

That's all for now! I know that this is kind of a weird post lol, but I thought it was unique and I really wanted to get something put out there tonight! I'm not sure if anyone is going to be interested in this kind of thing, but I probably have tons more items that I want to use up just for the sake of using up. I'd be glad to do this mini-review type of thing for them too if anybody would want to read it. Let me know in the comments! Also let me know if you're like me and you hate the thought of trashing perfectly good products!


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

Next up from Too Faced this year is their limited edition Sweet Peach Palette. If you've so much as glanced at Instagram, then you've seen how hyped up its been and how excited everybody is to get their hands on it. It is in the same style as their Chocolate Bar lineup, packaged in a long metal tin. I really think the packaging is beautiful and creative, but I would expect nothing less from Too Faced. For this palette, the tin is ombred from a light peach to pink to bright orange. Inside, there are 18 shadows, rather than the standard 16 that come in the palettes in the Chocolate Bar range. As always, a Glamour Guide is included for inspiration.

Overall, the colors fit the peach theme pretty well in my opinion. I have heard lots of complaints that there aren't enough true peach tones or that the darker colors don't make sense, but I don't agree. There's only so many ways to do one color, so I'm not sure how they could have stretched a peachy color any further than they did. As for the dark colors, I think they're essential if you're wanting to be able to use just this one palette to create a look. You have to have something different for crease and outer corner colors.

The biggest complaint I have is what was supposed to be the main selling point: the scent. I don't like it at all. I can tell that its supposed to be peach, but its so fake smelling to me that I'm beyond thrilled that you can't smell it once its on the eyes. To me, it smells like a Cabbage Patch Kids doll which I never liked as a kid, either. It's not unbearable, especially if you don't mind fake fruit scents, but if you're really sensitive, you might want to go smell it before you spend the $50.

And come on, I can't not mention the names of these shades. I just freaking love how they reference the South! Obviously that's because of peaches and Georgia, but oh man, I just love it so much. A silly reason, but it definitely nudged me even more towards getting it.

Here come the swatches!

White Peach | Luscious | Just Peachy | Bless Her Heart | Tempting | Charmed, I'm Sure

White Peach is described as a "matte vanilla cream."

Luscious is described as a "pearl peach champagne."

Just Peachy is described as a "shimmering peachy pink."

Bless Her Heart is described as a "golden moss."

Tempting is described as a "bronzed black."

Charmed, I'm Sure is described as a "matte medium cool brown."

Nectar | Cobbler | Candied Peach | Bellini | Peach Pit | Delectable

Nectar is described as a "pearly peachy cream."

Cobbler is described as a "peachy pinked bronze."

Candied Peach is described as a "matte coral with violet shimmer."

Bellini is described as a "gilded peach."

Peach Pit is described as a "satin perfect raisin."

Delectable is described as a "matte smoky amethyst."

Peaches 'N Cream | Georgia | Caramelized | Puree | Summer Yum | Talk Derby To Me

Peaches 'N Cream is described as a "matte milky peach."

Georgia is described as a "matte peachy pink."

Caramelized is described as a "dark gilded bronze."

Puree is described as a "metallic dark bronze."

Summer Yum is described as a "matte gingerbread."

Talk Derby To Me is described as a "shimmering black violet."

At the end of the day, like anything else, you have to look at the pros and cons. I've heard a lot about the pigmentation not being great, but I can't agree with that. The only thing I can say in that respect is that the shades Candied Peach and Talk Derby To Me don't apply as glittery as they look in the pan. You have to be really specific in how you apply them in order to get any glitter to show up. On that same note though, I feel like most glitter shadows are like that. Another con, at least to me, is the scent. I don't like it, but its not a huge deal either. You can't smell it when its on your eyes, of course. Those are the only bad things I have to say, and honestly I don't feel like they're even that bad. The only thing about this palette is that I feel like its the kind of shade range that you either know you're going to love or hate. While it was super hyped, I don't feel like its the kind of thing most people would like aside from wanting it just to have it. I like it a lot, but I know that most of that comes from the fact that I have blue eyes, and peachy tones on blue eyes are just freaking perfection.

Let me know in the comments what you think! Is it a must have for the spring and summer or is it just another over-hyped palette?


Saturday, March 19, 2016

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette

Too Faced's Peanut Butter and Jelly Eyeshadow Palette is their new, limited edition release that just came out within the last couple weeks. It contains nine shades in their iconic, easy to travel with tin packaging. Like in all of those tins, there are three big shades and six smaller shades, and they're all arranged in a way that shows which colors compliment each other best. As always, they include a Glamour Guide that details three quick and easy looks to get you inspired.

The colors inside are, for the most part, very warm toned neutrals. There's two purple shades that make up the "jelly" aspect of the palette. Since most of the eyeshadows are more or less neutrals, I would say that you could probably find close dupes fairly easily. You might already have them, especially if you've got both the Chocolate Bar and Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palettes, the latter of which this was inspired from. Most of the time when people talk about finding dupes though, its only really worth it if you're after one or two colors. If you like majority of the colors here, then I think it's definitely more cost effective to just look at getting this specific palette, rather than tracking down and spending way more to find alternatives.

The most unique thing about this little palette is the scent. It smells just like peanut butter! Specifically, I think it smells like the inside of a peanut butter cup, which I'm just way too happy about. If you happen to be allergic to peanuts, don't worry! This doesn't contain any actual peanuts, so you're safe to pick it up.

Let's get into the good stuff- swatches!

Spread the Love | Peanut Butter | Peanut Butter Cup

Spread the Love is described as a "medium peach with gold sparkle."

Peanut Butter is described as a "matte medium orange brown."

Peanut Butter Cup is described as a "metallic golden bronze with gold sparkle."

Bananas | Peanut Brittle | Jammin'

Bananas is described as a "soft peachy gold with fine gold shimmer."

Peanut Brittle is described as a "metallic burnt orange."

Jammin' is described as a "dark chocolate with golden sparkle."

Extra Creamy | Jelly | Nuts About U

Extra Creamy is described as a "matte creamy beige."

Jelly is described as a "vibrant orchid."

Nuts About U is described as a "matte brown with red."

I really love this palette and to be honest, I wasn't expecting to. I bought it because I figured I would like it, but I had no idea that it would be as useful and pretty as it has turned out to be. I think what I like most of all is that all of those warm, orangey neutrals look so good up against blue eyes, which I have. Everything in the palette just blends out so nicely too, especially so if you use Extra Creamy as a base. Another thing that I really like is that you can use these colors subtly or boldly, depending on how much you blend--they all are quite buildable, which I think is great for eyeshadows. It adds even more versatility and usability.

I have Extra Creamy all over the lid and all the way up to the brow bone. Bananas is on the lid, Nuts About U is blended out really well into the outer corner and the crease, and I put more Extra Creamy on the browbone to blend and add some brightness. On the bottom lash line I have Jelly layered over top of Urban Decay's 24/7 liner in Vice. I've been having a great time coming up with a different look every time I use this palette, so let me know in the comments if you'd like to see more! Also let me know if this is something you plan on picking up!


Friday, March 11, 2016

Cruelty Free Beauty

All my life I've always loved animals. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a veterinarian, a dog trainer, a horse trainer-- you name it, I wanted to be it if it involved working with animals. A lot of that probably has to do with the fact that my mom works for a veterinarian so I've grown up in the animal world. I've spent countless hours at the clinic where she works and helped out with anything I was allowed to be a part of (maybe even some things that I shouldn't have been). I've also always had pets and lots of them. Over the years, I've had dogs, cats, and gerbils. I always wanted a horse too, but that never happened--at least not yet, lol.

Though I've always felt strongly about animals, it wasn't until recently that I started thinking about the beauty industry and its connection with animal testing. I'm not sure why it didn't occur to me before now that some of the brands I've known and loved for such a long time aren't cruelty free. No matter why it took me so long to realize, I'm aware now and it has completely changed me and my buying habits.

I can't lie and say that I've sat here and looked up videos of people testing cosmetics on mice or rabbits suffering because of what they've been subjected to because I haven't. I already know how horrible it is and I refuse to put myself through watching something that I know will upset me. I also already know that I'm 100% against any kind of animal testing for something as frivolous as makeup. Yes, I love makeup and beauty products, but innocent animals shouldn't have to suffer so I can have eyeliner.

Luckily, there's plenty of companies out there who feel the same way. They are the ones who I choose to support. More accurately, companies who a) do not conduct animal testing b) do not outsource it to a third party, and c) do not sell their products in countries such as China, where all products have to be tested on animals before they can be sold.

It gets a little complicated, but normally, its pretty easy to tell a company's stance if you know what to look for. Let's take Revlon, for example. If you go to their site and click on "Animal Testing Policy", you'll see this:
"Revlon does not conduct animal testing and has not done so since 1989. We comprehensively test all of our products using the most technologically advanced methods available to ensure they are both innovative and safe to use..."
At first glance, it looks fine. It says that they don't and haven't done animal testing since 1989. But if you keep reading, you see that bit about other countries' regulations.
"...We believe that women should have the opportunity to express themselves through makeup, so we sell our products in many markets around the world and as such, are subject to local rules and regulations. Regulatory authorities in a few countries conduct independent testing in order to satisfy their own mandatory registration requirements. Revlon complies with all regulations in the countries in which our products are sold, and supports the advancement of non-animal testing alternatives and methodologies in our industry."
What that says, to me, is that Revlon is trying to displace the blame onto whatever other country they're referring to. They don't do any animal testing, but they don't mind selling their product in a market where they know it will be tested anyway. Its their way of making money and keeping their hands clean, at least in the eyes of people who don't know to read between the lines. And Revlon certainly isn't the only company that does this. Maybelline, Rimmel, Almay, basically any drugstore brand has a version of this as their reply to questions about whether or not they're cruelty free. Lots of high end brands are the same too.

I certainly don't claim to know even half of what there is to know about being cruelty free. All I can tell you is that I no longer will support a company that supports this practice in whatever way they're involved. I have a pretty good grasp on which companies are okay and which ones are not, but if I'm ever not sure, there's resources that I trust to give me answers. One of my favorites is She has basically the best post I've ever read right here that details everything you could possibly want to know.

At the end of the day, you've got to feel good about the choices that you've made. For me, that means I can't support something I don't believe in. There's a lot of controversy and differing opinions on this subject, as well as a lot of different aspects to consider, but like I said, you have to feel good at the end of the day. That means that you should do your own research before listening to what I or anybody else has to say. You're the one who has to live with your decisions.

I feel like this got really serious and heavy for a makeup related blog post, but it's something that I'm passionate about. It's also something that I realize other people might not understand. There's people in my life who think animal testing is no big deal because "how could it hurt to put lipstick on a rabbit?" or "they're just animals, its what they're for," but I've learned not to argue. You can't make someone feel the way you feel. All you can do is talk to people who want to listen and let others go on doing whatever they feel right about.

To end on a lighter note, tell me your favorite cruelty free brands! I have several of my own, like Too Faced and Pacifica, but I always like to learn about new ones!


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Makeup Products for Pale/Fair Skinned People

Hey all!

In the makeup world, I feel like there isn't a lot of diversity as far as foundations and concealers go. If I had to make a guess, I would say that probably 75% of those items are aimed towards people with medium skin tones. There's a decent variety if you're a little darker or a little lighter, but if you're extremely fair or extremely dark, you don't have a ton of options. There's enough to get by, but certainly not as much to play with. The playing field is even more limited if you have something else going on, like dryness, oiliness, or sensitivity.

I'm one of those extremely fair skinned people (bonus: I'm super sensitive, too), so I definitely can understand the frustration no matter which end of the spectrum you're on. If I haven't mentioned it, I work at one of those popular makeup stores, and one of the most disappointing things that I can tell customers is that we don't have a foundation that perfectly matches their skin tone.

While I can't speak much for good options for darker skin tones, at least not based on experience, I can definitely offer some opinions on products for us pale ladies. The areas that are hardest to find matches in are foundations, concealers, and powders, so that's what I'm going to focus on.

The biggest lifesaver that I've ever found is the Manic Panic Dreamtone in Virgin. You just pump however much you need into your foundation and mix it until its the right shade. It depends a lot on what you're mixing it with as to how much you need to use, but with using the lightest shade to begin with, I find that a pump to a pump and a half works great for me. Another awesome thing is that the Manic Panic doesn't change the consistency of the foundation, at least not noticeably. If I could only recommend one product, it would absolutely be this.

To go along with the Manic Panic, one of my favorite face products to mix it with is the NYX BB Cream in Nude. On its own, it's not absolutely horrible on me, but its not perfect either. When I mix the two, however, it's one of my favorite things to wear if I'm looking for light, natural coverage.

Another foundation that I mix the Manic Panic with is the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Siberia. This combination is actually a little bit inconvenient, and as I'm writing this, I'm very aware of how labor intensive it sounds, lol. But, I really like the way the NARS looks, so I don't mind. Basically though, I mix it with both the Manic Panic and the NYX BB cream that I just mentioned. The BB cream is cool toned, so it takes the yellow out of the NARS foundation, and the white just all around lightens it up. On its own, the NARS definitely isn't too dark, but it is too yellow for me. When I put all the three products together, I really like the finish and coverage that it gives.

Believe it or not, there's actually a handful of foundations that I've found that I can just wear straight out of the bottle, no mixing needed. Urban Decay Naked Skin in 0.5, Tarte Amazonian Clay in Fair Beige, Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation in Light 42, Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Porcelain, and Revlon Colorstay in 110 Ivory for Normal to Dry all work great on my complexion. The only exception is the UD Naked Skin. I've had mine for a little too long and it now tends to oxidize on my skin and look really orange. A little bit of the Manic Panic seems to keep that at bay well enough.

As for setting powders, any translucent one will, of course, be fine. That's one of the areas where us fair skinned women are lucky; if there's a white cast left over from the powder, its not a big deal like it would be on anybody else. If you're looking for a powder that is actually meant to leave some whiteness behind, I like the Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Correcting Powder in Translucent. I don't find it to be translucent since it definitely leaves a trace of white behind, which is helpful for brightening your under eye area.

My top two concealers are both from Urban Decay. The Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral and the 24/7 Concealer Pencil in CIA are both wonderful. I like them because they're actually light enough that they can counteract the darkness I almost always have under my eyes by not only concealing it, but by brightening the area, too. A more affordable option is the Hard Candy Heavy Duty Glamoflauge Concealer in Ultra Light.

So that's my tried and true list! Leave me a comment below with your favorite pale princess products!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's Day FOTD

Happy Valentine's Day! I know that not everybody is a fan of today, but even if you don't have someone special to spend the day with, who says you can't get pretty and go do something fun with your friends anyway?

My plans for today are pretty simple, but still very much in the spirit of today. I'm going to a late lunch with my boyfriend because neither of us want to fight the crowds tonight, and then we're just going to spend the rest of the night in together. One of the things I'm looking forward to most is watching the mid-season premier of The Walking Dead...because zombies are essential on Valentine's Day, right?

  • Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation in Light 42 (Excuse the sample, it's one I got from Sephora)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer in CIA (I put this under my eyes and on a spot I had on my chin)
  • Elf HD Undereye Setting Powder (I used this to set anywhere I put the concealer)
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (Contour)
  • Becca Afterglow Palette in Moonstone (Highlight)
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz in Taupe
  • Anastasia Clear Brow Gel

  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance and NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk (To prime)
  • Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (Strawberry Bon Bon, Cherry Cordial, Milk Chocolate, and White Chocolate)
  • Too Faced Perfect Eyes in Perfect Black (To tightline)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Whiskey (Lower lashline)
  • Urban Decay Ink For Eyes (Upper lashline)
  • Vasanti Kajal Extreme in Rose Gold (Inner corner highlight)
  • Urban Decay Subversion Eyelash Primer
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (Top lashes)
  • NYX Full Figured Waterproof Mascara (Bottom lashes)

  • Manna Liplocked Priming Gloss Stain in All of Me
And here's the finished look! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day!