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My favorite products of 2016!!!

16 Dec

Hello Lovelies!  Welcome to Friday and the weekend!!!  Also, 9 days until Christmas, excited?

I was debating whether to include items I discovered prior to 2016, but still use and love them OR only include new to me products of 2016.

I chose the new to me, because my list would otherwise be HUGE.

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After I made my selections and took the picture, I was happy to see a good mix of high end and drugstore products!

Poor Klorane didn’t make it into the group shot because I used it up!  And I don’t have a replacement because I have been trying to love the Simple wipes.

Also, I will list a couple of almosts and why they ultimately didn’t make the list.

Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream. Drugstore brand and this pot is HUGE.  It’s not even a pot, it’s a bucket of moisturizer.  My previous review is on the link.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour.  This is really new to me, and I haven’t even done a review yet, but I love this. I’ve been using it almost every day since I received it in my Sephora Play.

L’Oreal Magic Lumi.  I bought this a while ago, and forgot about it.  Two weeks ago I found it in my collection, and I decided I really like it.  Review coming soon.

Etude House Wonder Pore. Not quite drug store, not quite high end.  In a league of it’s own – the Korean cosmetic brand.  Here is my review.

Kat Von D Tattoo Eye Liner I just found this in my eye liner stash.  It’s amazing.  Possibly the best liquid liner I’ve ever used.

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water. I’m so into this still.  Here is my review.

Etude House Tint My Brows Gel.  Awesome product. You get to dye your eye brows at home. Here is my review

Anastasia Brow Wiz  I’m a fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills, and this is another awesome product from the line.  This is a recent purchase for me.

Klorane waterproof eye make-up remover.  This is the best eye make-up remover I have ever used.  Here is my review.

I hope you enjoyed my list! What are your favorites of the year?

Thanks for reading!!!

~Anna

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Review – Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Cotton Fit SPF30/PA++

15 Jul

I am loving my Skin79 Super + Beblesh Balm BB Triple Functions (SPF50+ PA+++) that I ordered after trying my huge Asian cosmetic stash.  Click here if you missed it and are curious about Asian beauty products.  *side note – they are the bomb

I received a sample of the Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Cotton Fit SPF30/PA++ when I ordered the Skin 79 BB cream.

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Why I loved it

I loved the shade.  It was a perfect match for my crazy pale skin.  Although, with Asian brands, I’m pretty lucky that they match my paleness pretty well.

The texture is super nice.  Creamy and covering without being overpowering.

Kept me moisturized.

Didn’t get me oily.

Why I didn’t love it

I wish there was more!

Will I purchase?  Yup. Absolutely.  Already planning it.

Have you tried Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Cotton Fit SPF30/PA++?

Do you love it or do you have another Asian fave?

~Anna

Korean BB and CC Cream reviews of sample stash – LONG post

7 Apr

Remember when I got this?

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So after careful scientific research…ha, here are my thoughts on the various lines of Korean BB and CC creams.

These are in order I used them.  I hope you enjoy!  Keep in mind – a lot of these products have whitening claims/properties – this is a cultural thing.  Also, since these are for an Asian, specifically Korean market, you won’t find a lot of shade variations.  The option is pale and more pale.

Skin 79 – Hot Pink Super Plus Beblesh Balm

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This is whitening, moisturizing, priming, protecting.

As you can see from my picture, the color of this balm was a bit dark for me.   I used it over a moisturizer like the directions on their website suggested since I am dry in the Winter.  I thought this worked beautifully.  The only draw back is the shade.  I looked like I had a slight tan.  This may work for me in the Spring and Summer though.

Tonymoly  – Luminous Live Aura CC Cream

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This shade is way better matched to my current skin tone.  I felt like this CC cream provided better camouflage of imperfections.  It blurred anything red and pore size.  Also, this had a slight tingle/burn like a peeling or retinol agent.

Skin 79 Super + Vital BB Cream Triple Functions (Hot Orange)

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Ok, new fave.  This creams has a lot more coverage than the previous 2.  Covers a lot of redness, almost no under eye concealer is needed.  WAY AMAZE.

M Signature Real Complete BB Cream SPF25 PA++

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This looks a bit darker than it actually is.  It blends really well and this is the most moisturizing CC cream so far. I think this clogged my pores a bit.  I vote no for this one.

SkinFood Agave Cactus Sun BB Cream

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This is a bit more runny than the previous creams.  The creamier consistency made this cream easier to apply and distribute.  It smelled really nice, sort of like aloe or a sun product.  However, I felt that it wore off the fastest of all I’ve tried.  Although it felt the best while on my skin.  This would work best for dryer conditions or after summer when skin is thirsty.

Skinfood Aloe Sun BB Cream

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 This was very similar to the Agave Cactus version.  I honestly can’t tell the difference and  the scent is almost identical.

 Skin 79 Super Plus BB Cream Skin79

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This is my last sample from the Skin 79 line of Super BB’s and I’m super sad.  All of these were great, and each other than the Hot Pink matched my skin perfectly.  Great products.

Tonymoly Luminous Pure Aura CC Cream

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I like this line of CC creams.  I am considering getting one of these for my collection as well.  I really like the consistency of this cream.

Skinfood Vita Water Drop CC Cream

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I really disliked this CC cream.  I thought it was very watery and the wear time was not very good.  I don’t think it lasted through my work day.  Also, now that it is warming up my skin is not dry anymore and this was sort of oily on me.

I did pick a winner and ordered!  Want to know what I love?

Skin 79 Super Orange!!!!

~Anna

 

What I am trying – Smashbox Camera Ready BB Eye Cream!

21 Feb

BB cream for your eye?  Yes, says Smashbox.

I needed to try this because I love BB/CC anything and I love a good under eye concealer.

So I requested a sample from my local Sephora.  Here is a link to the product.

From Sephora:

What it is:
An innovative eye cream that features all the benefits of a traditional BB cream.

What it does:
Simplify your beauty routine with this do-it-all formula that comes in a range of shades and combines the benefits of BB Cream with the coverage of concealer. It fades the look of dark circles instantly and over time, reduces the appearance of puffiness, visibly smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, and improves firmness. It also primes, protects, conceals, hydrates, and illuminates.

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I have a generous sample, so I am really excited to play around with this.  It retails for $25.00 USD, not super expensive.  So if I like it, I will shell out my dollars for this.
I will do a full review after about a week.
Have you tried Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes yet???
~Anna

Review – GARNIER Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller

18 Feb

I bought the GARNIER  Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller about a year ago.  I wanted something I could keep in my purse to freshen up when I am going out after work.

This is also before I knew about Dream Lumi from Maybelline or YSL eclat touche.

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You can get this at Ulta for $12.99 USD.

What is it?

From Ulta:

Instantly roll away dark circles. Caffeine Gel + Rollerball energizes and stimulates microcirculation. Lemon Essence brightens. Tinted mineral pigments instantly corrects dark circles. Over time, lack of sleep and daily fatigue make eyes look tired. Microcirculation slows and the delicate skin around the eyes becomes thinner and more translucent. Dark circles and shadows appear. Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circle Roller is right for you if you want to instantly correct the appearance of dark circles and brighten the skin around your eyes

My impression?

This is a very sheer lightly tinted concealer.

Does the caffeine work?  I don’t have dark circles, so I cannot attest to that claim.

I really like that it’s a roller ball and I don’t have to dip my fingers into a pot.

Does it cover? Yes.

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GARNIER  Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller applied.

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GARNIER  Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller blended in.

As you can see, this color is a bit yellow in tone.  This may work better for you if you have more yellow in your skin.  Doesn’t work super well for me.  Also, I think it looks better on my hand than it ever does under my eyes because of the color issue.

When brought up to the lower lash line, this may crease.  To get around that or if you are drier around the eyes, apply eye cream before putting on GARNIER  Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller.

I keep a cheapie eye cream and this in my purse for a quick pick me up.

It does brighten up the eye area and makes you appear refreshed when applied just right.

Will I repurchase GARNIER  Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller?  Probably not.  There are a lot of products on the market that do similar and I am anxious to try them.

Have you tried GARNIER  Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller?  Do you like it>

~Anna