Sunday, March 2, 2014

3 Product Face


HIIIIIIIIIIIII. It's been a REALLLLLLYY long time, but I'm resurrecting this blog. Because I cannot keep my makeup love to myself any longer. And I'm starting with another 3 product face I concocted earlier today. Let's commence !

Before. 

After ! Exponentially better.                                      

Here's what I used:

Wicked unprofessional picture.


* Diorskin Nude BB Creme in 001.
* Maybelline Dream Bouncy blush in Candy Coral.
* Covergirl Clump Crusher by lashblast in very black.


And then, just for the hell of it, I added 3 more products to get a more "polished" look: 


Comme ça. Fun !

I added:




* Maybelline Eye Studio Master Shape Brow Pencil in Deep Brown (I use this every day).
* NYX Infinite Shadowstick in Silk.
* NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover. 



Easy, yes ? 



Thursday, May 23, 2013

Lancôme Rouge In Love Lipcolor !

I'm in love with Rouge In Love ! Sorry, that was really lame.

But it's true ! I needed to pick a red lipstick for my trip to Italy (because OBVIOUSLY I'm rocking red lips in Italy, I mean c'mon !) so I did some research and comparisons and decided on Lancôme Rouge In Love Lipcolor in 181N Rouge Saint Honore....

  
....and it's absolutely lovely. The color is perfect, bright and rich. But the real star of the show is the formula. I didn't know lipstick could be this awesome ! It's highly pigmented, but feels incredibly lightweight on your lips. It's long-wearing (Lancôme delivers on the 6-hour promise), but still creamy and hydrating. It doesn't stain your lips, it sort of hugs them with a thin, rich layer of color. Basically, it's everything you could ever want in a lipstick.

I used to think that all lipsticks were more or less created equally, but that's completely untrue. This tube was well worth the $26 price tag. Will I only buy thirty dollar lipstick from now on ? Absolutely not. But investing in a high-quality, classic red was a wonderful choice. 


Lancôme Rouge In Love 181N Rouge Saint Honore


Image: Sephora

Friday, May 17, 2013

LOTS OF STUFF !!

HEY REMEMBER ME ??? The fact that I haven't blogged in over 2 months is reprehensible. I am officially the world's worst blogger.

BUT. Guess what ? Joluxe turned 1 year old today :o) I can't believe it !! I'm looking forward to the next year being much more productive.

Why haven't I blogged in 2 months ? My only (weak) excuse is that my two "real" jobs (the ones that pay me slightly more than nothing) have been pretty hectic. And also I was being very lazy. About writing. NOT about trying products. I'm just as obsessed with that as ever. So I've been saving up PLENTY of material.

Today I want to talk about some of L'Oréal's new haircare products. I was really excited when the Advanced Haircare line came out. I thought it was especially interesting because they seem to have loaded the formulas up with ingredients that you usually only see in skincare products (ceramides, sodium hyaluronate, antioxidants). First I tried the Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm.


Unfortunately I didn't like it. But I'm kind of giving it the benefit of the doubt because maybe it just isn't right for my hair. My hair isn't damaged at all, but it's EXTREMELY dry, and products touted as damage-erasers are usually super-hydrating. This wasn't the case here. I felt like it did absolutely nothing for my hair. I'm really curious to know if the ceramides actually do anything for damage.

After the Damage-Erasing Balm debacle, I was hesitant to try anything else from the line. With hair products you almost ALWAYS get what you pay for. But I couldn't pass up trying out the products that are specifically for dryness. And I'm really glad I did, because I LOVE the Power Moisture Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner.






These are right on par with salon brands I've used. I have a sixth sense about hair products; I can tell if I'm going to like a shampoo or conditioner as soon as it touches my hair. Both of these are rich in texture and feel immediately hydrating. The morning after using them, my hair is hydrated and soft, but not at all weighed down. And they retail for about $4.99 each !!

So if you have normal to dry hair and are in the market for a good quality drugstore (or high street) shampoo and conditioner, you have to pick these up. I haven't tried the Power Moisture Rush Mask yet, but when I do, I'll post a review. I'd like to compare it to my holy grail hair mask, the Kérastase Masquintense for thick hair, although I'm skeptical that anything could come close to it. 

That's all for now, folks. I'll be back before 2 months, I promise :o) 




Monday, March 11, 2013

Trader Joe's Lavender Salt Scrub

I go to Trader Joe's ALL the time and already love their Oatmeal & Honey Soap, but I didn't notice the Lavender Salt Scrub until last week. It only costs $5.99 for 20 oz so I thought, OK, this stuff has to suck. I was very wrong. First of all, check out the absolutely lovely list of ingredients:

* Sea Salt
* Sweet Almond Oil
* Safflower Seed Oil
* Sunflower Seed Oil
* Lavender Oil
* Grape Seed Oil
* Apricot Kernel Oil
* Avocado Oil
* Green Tea Leaf Extract
* St. John's Wort Extract
* Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

That's it. That's the entire ingredient list. It's beautiful.

Then I took it home and used it and this stuff is completely legit. It smells like heaven (if you're into lavender, which I absolutely am) and gently but thoroughly scrubs your skin. And thanks to all the natural oils, it leaves behind a heavy dose of moisture. It would be great to use before shaving your legs.

Do not use this on any open cuts, because it will sting like a mother (sea salt). And be careful because your tub will be very slippery after using it. Also, I wouldn't recommend this for use on the face.

It's so fun to be pleasantly surprised by inexpensive beauty products. Especially ones with fabulous natural formulas that any other company would charge an arm and a leg for.




Saturday, March 9, 2013

Avocado Moisture Mask

I don't know if you've been watching the news lately, but yesterday the Northeast had a random blizzard. Like, out of nowhere. I ended up having to walk around outside yesterday at the tail end of it. It was less than pleasant. And today my skin is rough and dry.

PERFECT EXCUSE TO MAKE A FACE MASK.

I needed moisture so I came up with this little beauty:


An Avocado Moisture Mask !! It only has two ingredients:

* Half an avocado
* Half a tablespoon of Aura Cacia Grapeseed Skin Care Oil




Mash it together with a fork and it's ready to go.

After smoothing it on and leaving it for about ten minutes, my skin felt moisturized, smoother, and suppler. I decided to go all the way and follow up my mask with some Avène Cold Cream, a super thick ointment for very dry skin. It's extremely intense, but 100% gentle on sensitive skin. I would never use it as a day lotion because it leaves a thick protective barrier, but it's great to use as an overnight treatment.


Much loved this winter.

I expect to wake up to pretty fabulous skin.


You can buy Aura Cacia skin care oils at Whole Foods and Avène products right over at drugstore.com.      

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Attenzione Italian Readers !!

I'm going to Italy in the fall and I'd really like to know which Italian beauty products I should pick up ! Is there anything absolutely fantastic that I can only get in Italy ?? Any fab Italian drugstore picks ?!? I'm dying to know :o)


Mille Grazie !!!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Homemade Face Masks !!

Ok. So. Homemade face masks are my lastest endeavor and I'm more than a little excited about it.

This is how it came about: A week or so ago I had a wicked bad reaction to an antiaging night cream I tried and I needed something to help my skin. I'm sure most people could use this night cream with no problem at all, but I have super sensitive skin. And it was bad. Red, scaly, dry, itchy, painful, AWFUL. I had to layer on the foundation to make myself look semi-normal for work, but you could still see the dry flakiness. When you have a reaction like this, it can be injurious to layer more product onto your skin in it's compromised state, but I knew I needed SOMETHING. And I was broke. I was going to have to work with what I had on hand at home.

So I concocted my first ever homemade face mask: a soothing vegan oat mask !! Here's the recipe, along with the function of each ingredient.




1/4 cup old fashioned oats - soothing, gentle exfoliant.
1/4 cup soy milk - soothing.
1/2 a small banana - moisturizing.
1 tsp honey - soothing, moisturizing, natural antibacterial.


I tossed the ingredients in my Magic Bullet and blended until they were well combined.








Then I washed my face with The Body Shop Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser, a gentle, soap-free lotion cleanser for sensitive skin that I absolutely adore. 




Next, I smoothed the mixture onto my face, concentrating on the most irritated areas and let it sit for about 10 minutes.

It only looks a little bit like baby vomit. 

After rinsing off the mask and drying my face, I finished with a spritz of LUSH Eau Roma Toner Water and some The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Night Cream. I swear that when I woke up the next morning, my skin was almost back to normal.



Today I did another oat mask (see lovely photo above) because my face has been a little irritated from winter wind burn. I can't believe how soft and comfortable it made my skin. The best thing about this mask is it's simplicity. It only contains 4 natural ingredients, so there is nothing in it that could further irritate your skin. Plus, it's so inexpensive to make !!

Now that my oat mask was such a success, I'm busy brainstorming some new homemade face mask recipes. I even have a pinterest board for ingredient ideas because I am a gigantic nerdy loser.

I'll let you guys know as soon as my next homemade face mask comes into being !!