Monday, June 15, 2015

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss Review and Swatches

Anastasia Lip Gloss Petal


I was excited when Anastasia Beverly Hills released their new lip gloss collection a few months ago. While I wasn't impressed with the ABH liquid lipsticks I tried and the powder contour palette was just decent and not mindblowing, I can't resist that brand. 

Unlike the lipsticks, when the lip glosses were released, it seemed like ABH wasn't really pushing them. I didn't see a buttload of rave reviews all over youtube or countless beauty bloggers going apeshit with swatches, and by that, I mean there wasn't an internet saturation campaign going on where all Norvina's approved devotees got freebies. At the time, I wasn't sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing. Did it mean that ABH wasn't particularly proud of this product? Were they not promoting it like crazy because it was cheaper ($16) than most of their other stuff? Or did they think that the product was so solid that it didn't need all the extra effort? 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Blackbox Cosmetics Balance Face Prep/Toner Review




Since I've been a fan of every product you get in the Blackbox RestorationSkin set, I decided to branch out and try more of their products. I have either loved or liked everything I've bought from them to date, with the exception of this product: the Blackbox Cosmetics Balance Face Prep/Toner.

I have combination skin, so I thought that this would be my dream toner. It claims to make skin soft and satiny while reducing pore size. Who doesn't want that? Plus, my t-zone is in need of some serious balancing, so I bought it, expecting to be wowed. I... wasn't.

Monday, June 1, 2015

L'Oreal Butterfly Intenza Waterproof Mascara Review


Best drugstore waterproof mascara 2015


Right before I left for my Punta Cana vacation, I bought L'Oreal's Butterfly Intenza Waterproof Mascara since I liked the original so much. I figured the waterproof version would be pretty much the same as the original, but maybe with less flaking. I didn't think it would blow my mind or anything, because with my little lashes, I'd long since given up on finding the perfect mascara. But that was before I tried this stuff...

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Blackbox Cosmetics Little Secret Weapon Review

Best Eye Creams Blackbox Little Secret Weapon Review


So sorry I've been MIA this month. The first week of the month was spent spazzing over my upcoming Dominican Republic vacation and making sure I had all my ducks in a row. The second week, I was in Punta Cana to celebrate a friends wedding. I was going to start blogging again as soon as I got back, but my work decided to have layoffs and everything has been turmoil ever since. So, without further ado, here's a review on Blackbox Cosmetics' Little Secret Weapon.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Review: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso and Patina




Product: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Review: These are pretty much my staple liquid lipsticks right now. Beso is a gorgeous red. I think it's neutral? but it might lean more towards warm. Definitely not a blue-based red, that's for sure. Patina is a neutral dusty mauve that is my go-to neutral lipstick when I want something long-lasting and am rocking a smokier eye. Which is most of the time, let's be real.

What I love most about these lipsticks is that they go on creamy and opaque. I never feel the need for a second coat, and I can get them to look great with minimal fuss. They're so easy to apply, I rarely use lip liner or concealer for cleanup. I also love that the formula dries matte but doesn't settle into lines. However, because of this, I usually prefer to smile a bit and use a finger to smooth the product and get it into the major creases in my lips. Using this technique prevents me from applying extra product I don't need. Layer on too much, and it starts feeling tacky, which irritates me.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Review: Blackbox Cosmetics Sea-Mask

Blackbox Sea Mask Review


ProductBlackbox Cosmetics Sea-Mask

Review: I've been on a mask kick this year, and I've felt very MEH about a lot of them. The problem with masks for me is that they usually promise the moon and the stars, but all you get is a muddy/masky face, some tingling, and extensive post-mask face scrubbing. Yes, mask makers. Of course my skin is softer now than it was before. I just scrubbed the ever-loving shit out of it with a washcloth trying to get the damn mask off...

Anyway, I was expecting to be underwhelmed by Blackbox Cosmetic's Sea-Mask (why is there a goddamn hyphen in the name? GAH! It irks me!), but it's actually pretty fun to use. It has a very light, herbal scent to it that I don't find offensive, and I need less than expected to cover my whole face. You leave it on the standard 15-20 minutes, and in that time, it really tightens up. It tightens up so much that you can feel your heartbeat in your face, which I find entertaining. I like to think that it's really getting some circulation up in there.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Review: Blackbox Cosmetics Infusion AM Serum

Infusion Am Serum Review


ProductBlackbox Cosmetics Infusion AM Serum

Review: This vitamin C serum from Blackbox is the reason I decided to try and review the whole Restoration Skin line. I got a little sample that I managed to stretch out for a week, and in about 3 days of using it, I could feel a difference in my skin. It was softer, the pores were less noticeable, and my combination skin started evening out. Also, it was super moisturizing. Much more so than a regular serum. I didn't like that the smell of it tends to linger for hours, but since it has a candy orange kind of smell, it wasn't unpleasant and it didn't trigger any headaches. So, I decided the pros outweighed the cons and bought the full size.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Review: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Chocolate Soleil Review


ProductToo Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Review: This is another "Seriously? I forgot to review this?" product, because I use it all. the. time. Omg. How have I failed this hard? I don't even know. Anyway, I kinda have a ladyboner for Too Faced products. I know they're not everyone's cup of tea depending on eyeshadow texture preferences (Too Faced's shadows tend to be pigmented but prone to fall-out, especially the glitter shades), but I've had awesome luck with them and have loved every Too Faced product I've tried thus far, with one exception.

Their Chocolate Soleil Bronzer is THE bronzer I use on a regular basis. It has replaced all my other bronzers in my daily makeup rotation. I think I used it almost every day last year, and the only reason I stopped was because I bought the Anastasia Contour Palette. Even now, I find myself grabbing for my Chocolate Soleil in the morning, because I never have to worry about it looking too orangey and I love the smell. Actually, I love pretty much everything about it. It's a lovely bronzer that isn't too warm-toned. It's not too light or too dark, and it has a matte/satin finish. No glittery sparkle!! So you can use it for contouring, which I do fairly often. It's very pigmented, the powder is finely milled, and the wear time is excellent. Plus, it smells like chocolate, which makes me happy. Keep in mind, it's definitely a bronzer shade, not a specialized contour shade, but I still use it for contouring when I want subtler definition and all over warmth.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Review: Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Age Color Correcting CC Cream



Product Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Age Color Correcting CC Cream

Review: I have a hardcore love/hate relationship with this stuff. I bought it a while ago to see if it was a workable alternative to my Dr. Jart's BB and NARS Tinted Moisturizer. Aaaand... it's not, really. It's not good fit for my dry skin at all. It's not moisturizing, so I definitely need to slather a moisturizer on beforehand, and it settles into every fine line and highlights every single imperfection. It's very easy to look cakey with this product. I also don't think it does much for your skin other than provide some SPF, and it's got a strong, perfumey scent that lingers for ages. It's not a bad scent, but I don't like being able to smell my face for hours.

On the other hand, this little CC cream does an AMAZING job evening out my skintone and eliminating redness. It only comes in 2 generic neutral shades, so I have it in both Medium for summer and Light for the winter. It's more of a medium-coverage foundation than it is a CC cream, and man, does it make the color of my face look great. Plus, it has awesome staying power. My face always looks just as color-controlled at night as it did in the morning. The price doesn't hurt either. It's so cheap compared to the other foundations and CC/BB creams I have, and since it's a drugstore product, it occasionally goes on sale.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Skincare Review: Blackbox Cosmetics Frost Face Wash

sulfate free face wash


ProductBlackbox Cosmetics Frost Face Wash

Review: I have 3 basic qualifications for facial cleansers. They need to get every bit of makeup off my face, rinse clean, and not dry out my skin. I feel like that should be pretty easy to accomplish, but I can't tell you how many times I've been bummed out by cleansers. That said, the Frost Face Wash by Blackbox Cosmetics is a solid choice. Here's what they say about their product:

"Our face wash truly is unrivaled in its category. Containing so many nutrients and super anti-oxidants (like all of our products), it must be packaged in an airless container. "FROST" Face Wash is definitely at home in our family of Cosmeceuticals. It is a powerful product on its own and is full of Vitamin C, Niacinamide(B3), Beta Carotene(Vit.A), Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Panthenol (B5), Organic Aloe Vera, Willow Bark, Coconut oil, Pomegranate extract, Green Tea extract, and Tea Tree oil. Not only does it leave your face feeling cool, clean, and soft... it has a large dose of natural skin bacteria killers and it is non-comedogenic. Frost does not contain harmful sulfates or parabens. It is organically preserved."

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Makeup Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick- Pure Hollywood, Carina, Sadgirl

Anastasia Sad Girl
Anastasia Sad Girl

ProductAnastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood, Carina, Sadgirl

Review: I love lipstick. Especially liquid lipsticks. Much to my eternal sadness, my boyfriend does not. He hates unnatural-looking lip colors (and by that, he means all of them) and thinks red is an "old lady color." In a surprisingly literal way. If someone is wearing red lipstick, he honest to god thinks they are 15-30 years older than they are. One of my favorite games is to point out girls wearing red lipstick who are obviously (to everyone not my boyfriend) in their early-mid 20s and ask him how old they are. He will, with furrowed brow, hold an internal debate with himself, knowing that his answer is going to be way off because of the lipstick. 90% of the time, he goes with a "conservative" 35-40 years. He does the same thing with dark, vampy lipstick. It never fails to amuse the hell out of me. 

This fun boyfriend fact is the major reason I don't review a lot of lipstick on this blog- I got so used to not wearing it around him! However, times are a changin', because I'm sick and tired of denying my inner lipstick-loving makeup beast that needs to have all the pretty colors on her face. I see all these glorious lipstick shades on Instagram, and holy hell, do I covet the shit out of them. My lipstick beast must be appeased! 

And that is why I recently bought 3 shades of Anastasia's Liquid Lipsticks, even after seeing some not so favorable but incredibly honest reviews, like this one and this one. The colors in the collection are just so gorgeous, and no matter how hard I tried to be reasonable and rational, I just had to have them. I kept seeing them everywhere on people who raved about them, and the colors were taunting me, so I succumbed in a moment of weakness and bought Pure Hollywood, Carina, and Sad Girl. Picking only 3 was agonizing for me, because I wanted all of them, but I decided on a light, mid-range, and dark color that weren't too similar to any lipsticks in my collection. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Makeup Review: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer



Review: I've had my makeup done at Sephora around 6 times, and I'm always underwhelmed. The last time I tried one of those "VIB mini makeover" specials, the fresh-from-Aveda girl who did my face slathered way too much moisturizer on me and didn't allow it to absorb, so when she attempted to apply foundation, it balled up in gross chunks the more she tried to blend it in. Instead of taking it off and starting over, she added some extra eyeshadow and told me I was good to go. I looked in the mirror and was like, "WTF. No. It looks like my skin is falling off!" so I made her re-do it. I mean, come on. Don't call yourself a pro and pull that shit. No thanks, I'll apply my own makeup. 

Fast forward to last Sunday. I went to the Mall of America for some much needed "me" time and decided to play with all the things in Sephora. As I've talked about before, I have rosacea and a little keratosis pilaris on my face, which makes me super red. I hate it, and I do a lot to try to hide the red blotchiness. Since it's more noticeable when I'm paler, I've been Frankensteining my foundations and CC/BB creams together every morning to get enough coverage with a redness-canceling color that isn't too yellow. I originally planned to buy the Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation but they'd stopped carrying it instore, so I then decided that the Tarte Amazonion Clay 12 Hour Foundation was the way to go, based on the coverage and lower price point. I have a darker color in the Tarte foundation for summer use that I like, so I decided to get a lighter winter/spring shade and a worthwhile concealer for the extra red areas. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Skincare Review: Blackbox Cosmetics 6 Minute Miracle Microdermabrasion Treatment

best microdermabrasion treatment



Review: This is the first product I tried from the Blackbox Cosmetics line I wrote about a little bit ago, and it's one of my favorites out of the Restoration Skin Kit. First off, the container is really pretty and looks very high end. I think the font choice isn't in line with the rest of the look, but whatever. I'm nitpicky and I know it. The above picture is the one from the website. This is what it looks like in real life:
Best microdermabrasion treatment

best microdermabrasion treatment
Notice the different wording. HA!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Makeup Review: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

Matte Velvet Cruella


ProductNARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

Review: I got the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella as part of my Sephora birthday gift, and I bought the full size soon after because I love it. My boyfriend's intense hatred of red lipstick be damned! Ugh, damn you Sephora and your ability to make me buy all the things. I fall for it every time... But to be fair, I was eyeing this color for a while, so I guess my arm didn't need THAT much twisting.

I'm a huge fan of everything about this lipstick, from the packaging to the staying power. I adore lipstick in pencil form, because it gives me precision without my having to dig out a lip brush. Am I the only one who hates using lip brushes? I might be... and I'm cool with that. I think it's because I have big lips and lip brushes take me 5 times as long to cover the same area. Stupid tiny brushes. Anyway, the jumbo lip pencils like this make it so easy for me to get that perfect, precise red lip. No concealer or clean-up needed! Speaking of, the color is gorgeous - a rich, sultry crimson. Not too dark, not too bright. It reminds me of my favorite red roses.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

First Impressions: Blackbox Cosmetics Restoration Skin Kit



I stumbled across an Independent Sales Associate's ad for Blackbox Cosmetics around 3 years ago on Craiglist while job hunting. It's yet another MLM sales company that primarily relies on ISAs to survive, like Jamberry, Younique, Pure Romance, etc. It was so new at the time that I couldn't find anything on the company or the founder, so I passed, even though I was interested in their products -- I love that their skincare line is aloe-based and the ingredients sound top notch.

I've kept tabs on them throughout the years, because I'm always looking for new things to try. I was fascinated by this company -  such great sounding products, almost no publicity, and they somehow never went bankrupt like I was expecting. When I would search for them, I could only find raves from a few ISAs hungry for sales and 1 or 2 other bloggers who had tried samples but not the full-sized products. It wasn't much to go on, so a couple months ago, I decided to look for samples and found an ISA who was mailing them out. She sent me little packets of the Infusion AM and Little Secret Weapon serums. I was surprised at their quality. While I'd looked at the ingredients, I wasn't expecting them to be as great as they were, and my skin loved them. I was originally going review the samples like the other girls, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to try out the whole Restoration Skin Kit.

Monday, March 2, 2015

My Favorite E.L.F. Products

It took me the longest time to try anything from E.L.F. I refused to believe that a brand so dirt cheap could have worthwhile products, but after being bombarded with endorsements from friends and the internet, I decided to suck it up and try a few things. And now I use some E.L.F. (too lazy to type in those extra periods) products every day or on a rotating basis. These are the ones I've tried so far that I wholeheartedly recommend, because why spend $20 when a $1-3 product will do the trick?
Best ELF Products

#1. E.L.F.Makeup Remover Pen, $3 - It's a marker that removes little makeup mistakes. Best thing ever for correcting fucked up winged liner! Or those annoying mascara dots. Wipe it off after each use and it'll last you a while. I had my last one for... 4 months?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Skincare Review: Dr. Brandt Needles No More

wrinkle relaxing cream


Product: Dr. Brandt Needles No More

Review: I got a jumbo sample of this for my last Sephora order. It claims to be a "revolutionary topical cream that mimics anti-wrinkle treatments to visibly relax and smooth the look of expression lines and wrinkles. The formula encourages a superficial tightening action, preventing contraction and providing quick relaxation. The wrinkle relaxers also help to further relax over time, creating the appearance of smoother skin."

Sounds magical right? Not so much. This product did NOTHING for my forehead and eyebrow lines. Nothing! And I used this crap for 2 weeks. There is absolutely nothing interesting about this product other than the claims. Not the feel, fragrance, and certainly not the effects, because there aren't any. At least for me. This is hands down one of, if not THE most gimmicky skincare products I've ever tried. A good primer does a better job at hiding the lines than this bullshit goop. It doesn't even moisturize! I guess the only possible nice thing I can say about it is that the packaging on the full-size Needles No More looks decent. That's the best I can do, because a mild exfoliation treatment and a great moisturizer does more for me than this product ever will. I can't believe there are positive reviews for it. Either it's the placebo effect or they're really, really lucky.

If you're still interested and have tons of money to burn on an $89 gimmick, I strongly recommend getting a sample first to test whether or not you're one of those extra special snowflakes this product actually works on.

Rated Beauty Grade: F

Price: $89 at Sephora

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Makeup Review: L'oreal Butterfly Intenza Mascara

mascara review

ProductL'oreal Butterfly Intenza Mascara

Review: In the land of drugstore mascaras, there are a lot of hits and misses. Some rival even the best high-priced products out there, while others turn you into a sad, raccoony/spidery mess with red eyes.

spider lashes
What my mascara nightmares are made of... 
Fortunately, this mascara is one of the great ones. It's under $10 and it out-performs almost any expensive mascara in my arsenal, because it's a no fuss solution for my sparse, stick-straight lashes. As long as I curl them beforehand, my lashes look amaaaazing. Each one is perfectly defined, volumized, and lengthened to the point where I've gotten compliments, and believe me when I say that is no small feat. You know how some Asian women complain about their lashes? Well, a lot of Native American chicks have the same problem, and I happen to have inherited that issue.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Makeup Review: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Blog Review of Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

ProductHourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Review: I wanted to love the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. I wanted it to be the epitome of what a primer should be. I'd heard nothing about amazing things about it: my friend endorsed the shit out of it, magazines are all over it, and it's been loved up by other reviewers, makeup gurus, etc. I think I might have gotten caught up in the hype, because I placed this primer on a pedestal before I bought it. I thought "Oh, I'll try a bunch of less expensive primers and when I finally buy this one, it'll blow me away." Nope, nope, nope.

I finally bought it last August, tried it out, and was just... underwhelmed. There is nothing exceptional about this product to me. The formula is kind of runny and separates, so I have to shake the bottle every time before I use it. Once on my skin, it feels like a less silicone-y version of Smashbox's Photo Finish Primer. It does nothing to really improve the texture of my skin or lessen the appearance of my pores. It only does an OK job of controlling the oil on my T-zone; other primers work just as well. I also don't notice much of a difference in application or wear-time of my makeup. It's just so very MEH to me! It's fine for what it is, I suppose, but it's like an apple in a pile of tropical fruit. So glad I bought the $18 travel size version to test it out, because I'm only just now finishing it up. I never reach for it! It's more of a last resort kind of primer for me. An afterthought, if you will. And if you're paying more for your primer than you are for your foundation (the full-size 1oz bottle is $52), it shouldn't be an afterthought. I guess it doesn't break me out or drive me nuts with fragrance, so at least there's that?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Makeup Review: Julep Glow Highlighting Powder




ProductJulep Glow Highlighting Powder

Review: I'm all about my highlighters. I love shimmer in general, but I loooove a good champagne highlighter on my cheekbones. It makes me look awake and alive, which is hard to do in the morning, and I like to think it makes me glow all sexy-like, like those elves in Lord of the Rings. Yes, that's right Coworkers. Bask in my ethereal elven glow.

In order to give you a baseline on my preferences, my all-time favorite highlighter is TheBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer, which I reviewed way back when. 2 years later, and I think I love it more than I did initially. However, I have been using Julep's Glow Highlighting Powder this month and am loving it almost as much. Almost. 

So, so glad that I opted for it in my Maven box last month, because it's a beautiful product. The shimmer is created with actual diamond powder, I guess, which is fun. Very pigmented, finely milled, long-wearing, and a great neutral that should look good on everyone. I would define the color as another champagne shimmer tone that works with any makeup color selection. I think it's tiny bit lighter than the Mary-lou Manizer, but it's hard to tell. It's definitely more sheer, so I don't think it doubles as an eyeshadow like theBalm's does. Also, the glitter bits a bit more pronounced, so I wouldn't use it all over my face. I use it just for highlighting, which is what it's marketed for, and I'm cool with that. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Makeup Review: Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara



Product: Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara

Review: I actually got a free sample of something before it was available in stores. Wooo! Yay, Birchbox! I feel all elite now. Haha... jk.  Anyway, I was excited to try out this mascara because I had liked Benefit's They're Real mascara, even though it's no longer in my rotation (it's my sister's favorite though). This product is marketed as a "super-curling and lifting mascara," which is exactly what I need in my life.

 I did not luck out in the Native American/German genetics lottery where lashes are concerned. They're stick-straight, sparse, and entirely unimpressive unless curled and mascara-ed to death. I wish I had the patience for falsies every day, but I don't, so my never-ending quest for my dream mascara continues. Over the years, I've found a couple I really like for my stubby lashes, but nothing to the point of "OMG HOLY GRAIL." Benefit's Roller Lash isn't quite at that level for me. But it's close.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Haircare Review: It's A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product




Review: I remember trying this product once in high school and loving it. At the time, my hair was glorious - thick, lots of body, super shiny- so I didn't notice much of a difference using this leave-in as opposed to other, cheaper ones. Fast forward to now. Bitches don't warn you that in your mid-to-late 20s, you might lose a bunch of your hair or your hair might change texture. Whether it be stress, hormones, nutrition, aging, or all of these factors combined, you might start to notice hair issues you never had before once you pass the quarter century mark. And it SUCKS! I hate it so much!!!!

Over the last 2 years, I've probably lost 40% of my hair. Fortunately, I've always had a lot of it, so it's not too noticeable, but I now have a whole new host of issues I have to combat. Like lack of body, tangling, fragility (I get split ends super easy now) and because it's much thinner, it gets greasy so fast! I never thought fine, greasy, and limp would be adjectives I use to describe my hair, but there you have it. I've had to change everything about my haircare routine and have spent the last year or so experimenting with all sorts of product combinations. At the worst point, I think I was using 5 or so products after every shower to get my hair to look like it once did. Then I got a travel-size version of this product in my Birchbox, and it changed my hair life. 

I never thought I would say this, but this product really is a miracle product. It sounds so cheesy, but it's true! It is really rare for a hair product to live up to all its claims, but for this one really does. It detangles even the worst of my rats nests after a day of scarf-wearing, has pretty much eliminated the creation of new split ends, protects my hair from blow-drying, and gives my hair shine and body without the grease. It also smells nice, exactly like a Ralph Lauren perfume I used to have. Ralph Lauren Ralph, I think? I can't remember... but the scent fades after it dries. Anyway, it's amazing! I can't say enough good things about it. 

Not only do I adore it, but my new favorite hair stylist swears by it as well for all her clients. I think she uses one of the other variations now, but she loves the original too. 

One tip: If you're on a budget, spray this stuff into your hands and work it through your hair that way before using a wide-tooth comb. It only takes 3 sprays for me, and I have long hair. I read about this technique somewhere, and it makes a bottle last me a couple more months. 

Rated Beauty Grade: A+

Price: $12-29 at Drugstore.com, Amazon, Birchbox

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Makeup Review: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection




ProductToo Faced Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection

Review: I've wanted this palette for ages, and I was super happy my sister got it for me for Christmas. Everything about it is so pretty! From the packaging to the actual colors. It's now my most-used shadow palette, by far, because the colors work well for me for work and date nights. I'm actually wearing Fuzzy Handcuffs, Lap Dance, and Voulez-Vous in the crease/outer corner right now.

To get all technical, the shadows are finely milled with good to great pigmentation. The colors in the pic are a pretty decent representation, but they apply much cooler than I was expecting. If you don't like how you look in cool shadow colors, I would avoid the palette and go with the Too Faced Natural Eye Collection or the original Chocolate Bar Palette instead. Speaking of, I realllly want that Chocolate Bar Palette. It's gorgeous, and the shadows are supposed to smell like chocolate. Noms.

Back to the Boudoir palette though! I've experienced very good color payoff - I'm currently using Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat as a primer, Real Techniques brushes and occasionally my fingers if I want a bit more intensity - and I love all the colors except for Sugar Walls. I get insane amounts of glitter fall out from it, and I hate that! I don't want to have to deal with glitter clean-up in the morning when I'm half asleep.

The only real downside to these shadows is that they're not a densely packed as I'd like them to be, so when I use a brush, I feel like I'm wasting product because it kicks up a lot of extra powder. This also leads to fall out, so be vigilant about tapping your brushes before applying. Other than that, I love it! Pretty colors for day and night, buttery texture, some mattes and some shimmers/satins. It's great and a good value for what you get. The larger shadow pans are gonna last me forever.

Rated Beauty Grade: A-

Price: $36 at Sephora, Macys, Amazon, Ulta, Beauty.com , Too Faced Cosmetics



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Health Fad Review: Bulletproof Coffee



My love affair with coffee started when I was around 3, thanks to my grandma who caved to my demands for a cup of that delicious-smelling hyperactivity elixer. It was mostly milk and sugar, but whatevs. I was hooked and thus began my undying love of all things coffee.

I also don't eat breakfast. It's sad, because I love breakfast foods. Pancakes, muffins, biscuits, eggs, bacon, you name it. But I'm just not hungry in the mornings and the idea of food before 11am makes me a little nauseated. I can force myself to drink my calories in the form of shakes, but most of the time, I'm too tired and crabby to even do that. Just give me my coffee and be done with your morning shenanigans. 

This year, my sister and I are on a health kick together, so when I stumbled across bulletproof coffee and read the outrageous claims and reviews from devotees, I thought my breakfast woes were behind me forever. Bulletproof coffee, for those of you not aware, is 2 cups of freshly-brewed coffee blended with 1-2 Tbsp Kerrygold butter and 1-2 Tbsp coconut or MCT oil. The "creator"/"brander"of this interesting beverage throws around a lot of crazy promises and talks about it like it's the Jesus of coffee (dude isn't a nutritionist or scientist, from what I've read, so I take all his claims with a grain of salt). You're supposed to drink it as a meal replacement. So of course, I decided to try it for a week. For science! Give me a practical way to inject calories into my body in the AM that involves coffee? Sold! 

Honestly, I went into my week of bulletproof coffee without any expectations except for the whole extra calories thing. After drinking coffee for so long, I barely react to caffeine anymore and usually start the morning with around 20oz in my giant travel mug. It's more about the taste and the warmth, I think. Anyway, for this experiment, I opted for Nutiva Cold Press Coconut Oil, the prescribed Kerrygold butter, and regular store bought coffee beans because I refuse to order my coffee online from some guy with dubious claims about mycotoxins. I'm too lazy to french press anything in the morning, so I used a normal coffee pot to give me around 20oz of coffee. Same goes for dumping everything into a blender; enjoy less morning hassle by using an immersion blender instead. 

I tweaked the recipe to suit my tastes by using 3 cups coffee, 2 Tbsp butter, and 1 Tbsp coconut oil, immersion-blendering the shit out of it until it looked like a latte. It actually tastes great! If you get flavored coffee beans, you can pretend you just got yourself a nice hazelnut latte, or whatever you're into. It's thicker, creamier and more flavorful than using plain cream. I don't even taste the coconut. And as for the effects? I was so convinced it was bullshit, but the first day I did it, I felt almost high. I was so energetic! I am never energetic at work. Place sucks out my soul and sumo pounds it, so this was odd. And I'm energetic all day, even late afternoon, when I usually want to nap. It's weird as hell how adding all that extra fat to my coffee makes me feel so much more amazing than coffee or regular breakfast food alone (prior my bulletproof coffee week, I was eating steelcut oats every morning). So I'm now convinced that the "more energy" claim is valid. 

Other than being energetic and more motivated than I am when I don't drink bulletproof coffee, I haven't noticed any other effects. I'm still hungry at the normal times, no immediate weight-loss, still feel at the same intelligence level... and that's 100% fine with me. I'll take being energetic all day while still getting calories into my mornings. 

Will I continue to drink my coffee this way? Yep. It appeases my latte cravings, energizes me,  and makes the day go by quicker. I do, however, think that if you're a person who regularly eats a hearty breakfast, you will have a hard time adjusting to your new liquid breakfast, like this guy. Maybe eat something small, like an egg, along with it if you want to try it out? 

If you google "bulletproof coffee," you can find camps of nay-sayers and camps of bulletproof coffee addicts, each with their purported "scientific evidence" that supports or debunks the effects.  I probably fall in the neutral zone, because I have a hard time considering nutrition a "hard science": it's so individual and the human gut microbiome isn't fully understood yet. Therefore, it's hard to figure out the actual facts of fads like this, because it works for some and doesn't work for others. Lots of conflicting studies and all that, so I can only use myself as a guinea pig and go from there.

Have you tried bulletproof coffee? Let me know how it worked out for you! I'm curious! 




Monday, February 9, 2015

Makeup Review: Stila Convertible Color Palette




ProductStila Convertible Color Palette

Review: I bought the Stila Convertible Color Palette as a birthday present to myself, because I can't say no to the pretty shiny new things.  Plus, I've been pretty happy with everything I've tried from Stila. I have some of their eyeshadow singles, their Stay All Day Liner, Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick and a Covertible Color blush already... and probably some other things I'm forgetting, because I do that. Anyway, I like the blush I have, so why not buy a whole palette devoted to cream blushes that double as lipgloss/liptint?

I got my lovely palette on Wednesday and then got horribly sick with the cold/sore throat from hell. I am proud to say I managed to drag my ass to work on Thursday and even looked decent, largely because I combined some of these colors to make me look less like death. Success! People thought I looked normal and were all like WTF when I told them I was pretty sure flesh-eating bacteria was attacking  my tonsils. Seriously, guys. I sounded like one of the people on those scare-tactic anti-smoking commercials.

Aaaand back to being on topic: I think this palette is a solid investment. I love the packaging. It's beautiful and comes with a very nice mirror. All the colors are lovely. I use the brownish colors for when I want to look a little more bronzed and the rest for everything else. You can mix and match them for a custom blush and lip color as well, which is fun.

As for the product itself, I think it's a different formulation from the normal Convertible Color blush, because it's definitely more sheer than the one I owned prior. It kind of reminds me a bit more of the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee (god, that's a mouthful) in terms of how natural they look on the skin, and I don't think that's a bad thing. While they're sheer, they're buildable, and I don't need much to get results on my medium/olive skintone. They are also super easy to apply. The pans are small, so I just use a finger for application, dot on my cheeks, blend, and that's it! Takes a couple seconds. Also, wear time on the cheeks has been great for me so far. Put it on in the morning, still have cheek color when I wash my face at night. Oh! And my skin hasn't reacted to it at all, so that's another good thing.

My only real complaints about this palette are that I just don't like it as much as a lip palette and it smells like No. 2 pencils. The colors are pretty on my lips, but they aren't as long-lasting and they're just not as comfortable to wear. Having a palette of potential lip options is handy,  yes. But it's not something I'd use for lips every day because they're a little drying for me. Also, if I don't like the smell of the product, I'm less likely to put it on my lips, and my whole palette smells kind of like pencil shavings. It's not unbearable, but it's there, and it's not my favorite. Is anyone else having the same issue or did I get a rancid palette? I might do a return and swap at Sephora, just to see if there's a difference. But other than those 2 minor-ish things, I've been very happy with it.

To end my ramblings, this palette would probably be a handy addition to a makeup artist kit, but it's also fun to have and play with if you're really into your blushes or like a lot of variety. I would recommend it as long as you're not looking to use it primarily for lips instead of cheeks.

Rated Beauty Grade: B+

Price: $49 - it's exclusive to Sephora



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Makeup Review: Milani Baked Powder Blush


Luminoso
Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso


Product: Milani Baked Powder Blush

Review: This Milani blush is one of the most hyped must-haves with the vloggers and bloggers I like, so I decided to test it out myself.  I now own it in Luminoso and Delizioso Pink, and I love them! Luminoso is a lovely peachy shimmer shade that can be used on its own, over other blushes, or as a highlight. I think I've even used it as an eyeshadow once. I can't imagine it looking bad on anyone. Delizioso Pink is a cool-toned matte pink that is super pretty and great for days when I want to look fresh and dewy.
Delizioso Pink
Milani Baked Powder Blush in Delizioso Pink

They are, hands down, one of the highest quality drugstore makeup products you can buy. Not only are they insanely pigmented, but they are finely milled and last all day long on my cheeks. I want them in every damn color, but my makeup collection is thisclose to being embarassing. It's almost overflowing the giant organizer I have! So I'm not allowing myself to buy any more of these blushes until I've reviewed all the blushes I currently have in my stash and have purged the shitty ones. Which might take me a year or so, cause I get lazy. Let's be real.

I have zero bad things to say about this blush. Zip. Nada. Even the packaging is adorable AND it comes with a little mirror and a brush for touchups! Is the brush great? Haha, no. But you can make it work if you want to. Overall, I like this blush better than Lancome, better than Clinique, better than any other drugstore blush I've ever tried.

All in all, I would say that all the raves I've heard from bloggers/vloggers is 100% true, except for 1 thing. Luminoso is totally not a NARS Orgasm dupe! I mean, they're both a little shimmery, but they are totally different shades! Luminoso is a champagne peach shimmer shade that is almost a light gold. So different! Beautiful, but not the same. Maybe on some people in certain light in can look similar, but on me with my neutral medium shading, they are waaaay different. If I were to apply Luminoso on the left and Orgasm on the right, it would be really noticeable. I should actually do this and take pics for you guys at some point. If I do, I'll post an update.

But yeah. Buy this blush. And if you order the wrong color online, it's only $7.50!

Rated Beauty Grade: A+

Price: $7.50 - I get mine at Drugstore.com


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Makeup Review: ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick



ProductModelCo Party Proof Lipstick

Review: I have a ton of lipsticks - from MUFE to Lancome to Revlon - and I would say that ModelCo's Party Proof Lipstick is hands down the most comfortable lipstick I own. I have them in Disco Fever and Kitty. Disco Fever is kind of a lighter, orangey-peach shade and Kitty is a wonderful nude pink that is my perfect "my lips but better" color. I wear Kitty all the time, and I am tempted to stock up on it just in case ModelCo decides to do away with it. Sadly, these colors are kinda hard to find individually, but I'm sure any of the colors you can find elsewhere are just as great. You can find Kitty on its own on the ModelCo website and I think the Disco Fever is the orange in this trio but I'm not totally sure.

The best reason to buy these lipsticks? They are so goddamn comfortable. It's like wearing a luxurious, creamy lipbalm all day. So, so comfy. Every time I apply them, I just can't get over how much I love wearing them. I'm always like, "What is this wizardry?" because I don't have to put balms on underneath, don't experience any traveling or feathering. I can just swipe them on, blot, and go, which is so rare for me! Definitely 2 of the most low-maintenance lipsticks in my kit, and they are perfect for "recovery days" after I've dried out my lips with other lipsticks that aren't as moisturizing. In fact, I think they are more comfy than a lot of my lipbalms.

They are also surprisingly long wearing and have great pigmentation. I can go around 4-6 hours of heavy water drinking with Kitty before I feel like touching up. Same goes with Disco Fever, although I will touch up a bit more often if I want to keep the color looking "loud." Otherwise, I just let it do its thing and it fades and stains to a lovely peachy shade that looks amazing on me. Also, they have a great finish. Without blotting, it's pretty opaque with a nice sheen. After blotting, it's more of a semi-matte on me, which I love. OH! And it smells nice. Kinda fruity, but it's faint and nothing gross.

There are a few downsides that might be deal breakers for some people. You really have to exfoliate your lips before using these. Otherwise, the application will be patchy and every little bit of dry skin will be highlighted. Blotting makes it much less noticeable, but if you have lips with a rougher texture or tons of lines, you might hate how this applies for you. Also, there's transference, but I think that's to be expected with any cream lipstick. It's not more or less than any others in my stash, and while it transfers, plenty of color remains. Lastly, it's formulated with mineral oil so if you're sensitive, run awaaaay!

So yeah, don't get them if you hate exfoliating your lips, because all those imperfections will show. Don't get them if you're allergic to mineral oil. Otherwise, if super comfortable cream lipsticks are your jam, you will LOVE these as much as I do.

Rated Beauty Grade: A

Price: $18 at Urban Outfitters, $17ish at ModelCo. I got my colors from Birchbox



Thursday, January 29, 2015

Skincare Review: Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub


Product: Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub

Review: I loooove a good scrub. It pleases me. They're very cheap to make yourself, and I used to do that. However, my skincare routine is a fucking ordeal (I go the Korean route and put on around 5 products per face wash), and a nice face scrub makes me feel pampered. Fortunately, I tend to get samples of different scrubs here and there. There are a lot that I liked, but this is the only one I decided to purchase.

I've had pretty great experiences with Ole Henriksen products in general, and this scrub is so wonderful! I love it so much that I bought for myself and my sister for Christmas. I think what sets it apart from other scrubs is how well it cleans out your pores. The tiny blackheads that like to form on my nose? Boom. Gone. My face glows after using it and is so soft! I love products that make me want to pet myself.

It's also very gentle and supposedly formulated for sensitive skin. I've never had any issues and neither has my sister, whose skin that hates everything. Because the walnut shell particles are on the larger side, compared to my usual microdermabrasion scrubs, I thought it would scratch up my face. However, I think everything else in the product creates a nice buffer between the walnut shell bits and your skin. As long as you're not pressing super hard and trying to sand your face, I think you'd be fine.

It does foam up, but it's not a crazy amount of foam. I was expecting quite a bit, but nope. When I use it on my face, I always think, "Naaaah... this isn't going to do much with the tiny amount I just used," but it does! Every time! Glowing skin with seriously reduced blackheads and clean pores. And you know how you're supposed to use some scrubs after washing your face? Not this stuff. It gets rid of alllll the makeup (except your eye makeup, which you should remove separately for obvious reasons). Plus, it smells delightful! It's kinda fruity, and the scent disappears when you wash it off. All in all, I think it's an awesome scrub that can be used for all skin types with good results. Yay, exfoliation!

Rated Beauty Grade: A

Price: $24 at Sephora, Ole Henriksen




Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Makeup Review: Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer


ProductKorres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer

Review: I've been trying  a lot of different primers lately. There are so many that are middle-of-the-road for me that I don't feel like reviewing them until I run out of products that interest me. There are very few products I've tried that I've despised so much I threw them away after one use. This is one of them.

Before I unleash my hardcore product hatred, let's talk about primers in general. To me, primers are supposed to be a nice, unobtrusive product you apply before foundation that helps your foundation/makeup apply better and last longer without any negative side effects. That's it. They're not that complicated. Companies are trying to innovate and create the next new "thing" in primers, whether it's to super moisturize or hide your fine lines, but they're all little frosting dots on the cake, you know? It's primer. You cover it up and want to be able to forget it's there.

I'm just going to say it. This primer is the most disgustingly scented product I've ever smeared on my face. EVER. It smells like someone drank a bunch of spoiled milk, ate a couple of fruity Yankee candles, and barfed it all up for you to put under your foundation. If you've ever been/walked by a Yankee Candle Co. store, you know how powerful that shit is. Now combine that smell with fresh sour milk vomit. Boom. Korres bottled that scent up just for your primer.

Now, I'm pretty scent-sensitive, but I have tolerated using samples of face lotion that smelled like my boyfriend's feet after a workout. You know how I managed it? Because the smell always disappears after 10-30 minutes or so. This primer? It reeks ALL FUCKING DAY LONG. It overpowers anything you put on top of it and the godawful stench refuses to die. Here's how my day with this primer went:

I was super excited to use up another sample to try this bullshit product that I wasted my Sephora points on. At the time, I was all like, "WHEE! I love Korres! Can't wait to slather this all over!"
When I opened it and squirted some onto my hand, I immediately regretted my decision because I could smell a tiny dot of it from a foot and a half away. That never bodes well. However, I figured since it was Korres and it had some ok reviews on Sephora, it would be fine! So I applied a super-thin layer and then proceeded to make myself up for the day. After 30 minutes of makeup, I could still smell the horrible stench of that primer. 30 minutes! Primer world record right there. I wanted to wash everything off and start over with something that didn't make me want to gag (because the smell of any kind of vomit does that to me), but I was late and needed to get going. Plus, I figured it had to fade by the time I got to work, right? Fucking wrong, my friends.

By the time I got to work, I swear that nasty primer odor had only gotten stronger. If anything, it hadn't faded. I spent the first 2 hours of work trying to breathe through my mouth to avoid the smell, but I kept forgetting, so I'd get strong whiffs of candle barf every couple minutes or so. Then, after the 2 hour mark, I started getting a migraine. Yep, I get scent-related migraines, and joy of joys, this primer had set one off. I usually get a little nauseated when migraining, but with that smell on my face, I was so sick to my stomach it reminded me of the worst hangover of my life (PSA: don't try to drink a whole bottle of vodka when you have to be up early for a 2 hour car trip loaded with hills and tight curves. You will pray for death. Death will not come. But projectile vomit will).

I powered through by sheer will, fantasizing about clawing the primer off my face, until around 2pm when my migraine started to affect my vision and I decided I'd had enough torture for one day. Made it home, then washed the ever loving fuck out of my face with 2 different cleansers, cursing Sephora and Korres the whole time. After my face was finally primer-free, I passed out in an attempt to sleep off my migraine.

When I woke up, you had better believe I threw that fucking primer in the trash. No one should have to go through that twice. No one.

Now, I will try to say 1 thing nice: it was very moisturizing. But that's what you use fucking moisturizer for in the first place after you wash your face. My makeup didn't apply any differently than it does with normal moisturizer and it started to fade a little by the afternoon, so it didn't even make pass my basic primer qualifications. And for $30? Fuck to the no. Even if you don't have a nose or enjoy the smell of candle barf, $30 is waaaay too much to spend on a primer that is basically a glorified overscented moisturizer.

Rated Beauty Grade: D--- (I will grudgingly not give it an F, because it was moisturizing and didn't give me pimples)

Price: $30 at Sephora and Beauty.com.



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Makeup Review: Smashbox Master Class 3 Palette

color contour palette


Product: Smashbox Master Class 3 Color and Contour Palette

Review: I bought Smashbox's Master Class 3 Palette as a treat for myself a couple months ago, because I was enlisted to do a friend's sister's wedding makeup and I'd been trying to find a good excuse to get it for a while. It's one of the most expensive makeup treats I've bought, but look at all the pretty colors!

Overall, I like it so far and am getting a lot of use out of it. The color selection is great, and I use the neutral half every other day or so for work. The more "loud" colors are fun, but I'm not a bright colors kind of girl, so I only use them for accenting the neutrals. I find the formulation of the eyeshadows, contour shades, and blushes to be pretty decent overall. They have a smooth texture and are finely milled enough to blend well with minimal fallout.

As for pigmentation, it really depends on the type of finish. I found most of the matte eyeshadows and contour shades to be kinda weak in the pigmentation department. For example, Naked, Nectar, Vanilla and Pebble are very sheer and need to be packed on for any opacity. The contour, bronze and highlight colors were just ok and didn't blow me away. I don't know if I got an off-batch, but they're just not as pigmented as the official Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit. On the other hand, I love the pigmentation of the blushes and the shimmer/metallic eyeshadows. Some of the lighter shimmers like Rose Petal, Lavender, and Golden Orchid are rather sheer but it's easy to build them up and they look great layered over other shades. Other than that, the rest have great pigmentation and I can get some great looks out of them. Out of the blushes, Carnation is my favorite. It's such a pretty, slightly shimmery peach shade that reminds me of NARS Orgasm, and I wear it all the damn time. And I would say that the average wear time for the trifecta of blush, eyeshadows and contour colors is standard for the price point, meaning that it has solid all-day wear with primer.

Other than some spotty pigmentation, there are a couple other things to be aware of. First off, the palette is fucking tiny. It's about the size of a DVD case, which for $65, feels really small to me. But it opens up into 2 removable halves, so that's kinda cool. Very nice for little gigs here and there. The overall packaging is actually pretty awesome, because it's sturdy and each half has a hard plastic shield to protect the shadows etc. and it flips up for convenient use. So great for travel! Secondly, the pan size for the contour colors is waaay too shallow. I managed to hit pan in the contour and highlight shades in just a couple months which is unheard of for me. I think I've only hit pan on mineral foundation powders and... 3 eyeshadows in my whole life? and these are contour and highlight colors, so it's not like I'm caking them on. Funny that this is the "color and contour" palette and they give you so little contour product. I'm sure it's a ploy to get you to buy their full-size contour kit, but I don't approve.

These things aside, I do think it's a good value and worth getting if you like a ton of color options and travel convenience. Like I said, I use it all the time and it's my go-to palette for trips, so I'm getting some mileage out of it. I don't plan to retire it any time soon, but  thanks to the hit-or-miss pigmentation, I have to dock some points.

Rated Beauty Grade: B

Price: $65 at Sephora


Monday, January 19, 2015

Makeup Review: Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Invisible Skin Fusion Foundation




ProductGuerlain Lingerie De Peau Invisible Skin Fusion Foundation

Review: A couple years ago, I started branching into liquid foundations after being an avid mineral foundation user, because mineral foundations weren't as long-lasting as I needed and most of them don't hold up in the heat. I used to walk a mile to work, and it's impossible to not break a slight sweat when you're speed-walking in 90+ degree MN heat with 100% humidity. Ick. Gross. Anyway, I've tried a bunch of foundations and tend to stick with BB and CC creams because I like the idea of multi-purpose products and I haven't found any foundations that blow my mind enough to pay $40+ for something that just sits on my face. Until a couple days ago.

I got a tiny dinky Sephora sample of  this foundation with a Christmas order a month ago in Beige Clair, and with most foundation samples, I expected to be underwhelmed. I have strangely neutral skin; it looks deceptively yellow-undertoned when I have any sort of tan, but my veins show up blue-green (green = warm/yellow undertones, blue/purple = cool) and I can pull off almost any blush, lipstick or eyeshadow color. Unfortunately, this flexibility doesn't extend to foundations. They always show up too pink, too orangey, to yellow/golden, too pale, too dark. I've only found maaaaybe 1 or 2 that I didn't have to mix with other products to get a decent match. Couple that with my super-dry combo skin and rosacea, and you can see why I go with BB and CC creams instead. And then I tried this stuff and the angels sang and heaven opened up.

Holy shit, this stuff is amazing. Did Guerlain manage to bottle sweet, sweet magic? Because I can't get over how incredible it is. It doesn't look that impressive right out of the package, but when you put it on your skin? It doesn't cover your skin. It transforms it. I shit you not. With the tiniest drop, my skin looks enhanced by a team of photoshop artists. And this is with only light-to-medium coverage. It is the epitome of the "your skin but better" foundation. Beautiful, beautiful skin that seems lit from within without the slightest hint of cakeface. It blends in so seamlessly that I swear to god, it looks like I don't have any makeup on.

Ok, I'll try really hard to stop gushing and get to the technical stuff. The foundation itself is rather runny but applies like a dream with a silky/smooth texture- I use a combination of fingers and a high quality flat-top kabuki brush. In order to get medium coverage, I needed only a pea-sized amount and that was almost too much. Light coverage takes hardly any product at all. If I can make one tiny sample package last me about 5 applications, a bottle would last me forever. There is a scent, but it is pleasant and dissipates quickly. It reminds me of a pricey perfume that I can't quite remember the name of.

On top of all this, the wear time is insane. I've applied it on top of 3 different primers of various quality, and each time, the foundation somehow lasted through everything I put it through. I cried, I sweated, I sprayed my face with a fine oil mist just to see what happened. For science! I even wore it overnight to see if any pimples popped up. No pimples (in fact, I looked pretty damn great in the am), it seemed to absorb oil ridiculously well while never drying out my skin, and holy shit. When you work out, it makes you look like a sexy Victoria's Secret model in their workout ads. You're not sweaty and beet-red. You're gloriously dewy with a hint of flush, like you've just had a luxurious sex romp.

As far as I'm concerned, this shit is fucking magical. I don't even care that it's $61 and a definite splurge. It is worth every penny for the amount you get vs. the amount you need to use. The ONLY negative thing I can say is that the color range is limited. But if you're looking for a natural foundation with medium coverage and are in the general color range, it's worth a shot to get a sample or try it instore. You might be surprised at what color works for you, because I was sure the beige clair would be too light and yellow for me right off the bat, but it blended in to perfection.

Update: I bought and used up a whole bottle of this glorious wonderpotion, and I did find a con. It enhances dry patches on my skin like crazy, but ONLY if I don't moisturize the fuck out of my skin beforehand. And moisturizing like crazy is good for my skin anyway, so I don't mind this little con. I just can't slack off in the winter as much as I want to. But otherwise, will be buying this stuff every winter until the end of time.

Rated Beauty Grade: A+

Price: $61 - Sephora, Nordstrom