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Review – Clarins Multi-Active Jour

22 Dec

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My November Birchbox gave me a chance to try a lot of new to me products, and I was excited to see something from Clarins.  Clarins Multi-Active Jour retails for $53.00 USD.

From Clarins:

 Helps visibly minimize fine lines and boost radiance. Fights the effects of daytime stress. Encapsulated Teasel extract delivers targeted revitalizing and anti-aging action to where your skin needs it most. Myrothamnus extract visibly smoothes, tones and de-stresses.

My thoughts:

This day cream is heavily perfumed.  It smells like roses/flowers/women’s fragrance.  The fragrance doesn’t linger, but you can definitely smell it as you apply the product.   If you are sensitive the smells, you may have an issue with this.

Overall, I think this is a good day cream.  It works  well as a moisturizer even in winter.  During very long cold spells, you may need something more hydrating.

I can’t say anything about it’s wrinkle removing sensibilities.  This was  a generous sample, but not enough to actually get down to the actual claims of the product.

One thing I really loved about this, it leaves your face completely non-grease.  Even hours later, there are no oilies on my skin.  Is this worth the $53.00 price tag?  Not sure, but it’s a huge deal for me.

Pros

Non greasy

Absorbs easily

Matte finish

Cons

Price, but only slightly.  This is expensive, but it’s a day cream and it will last a long time.  If you have oily skin problems, this may be a nice investment instead of buying oil control products.

Have you tried the  Clarins Multi-Active Jour?

Do you like it?

Thanks for reading~

Anna

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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

What I’m testing now – Simple eye make-up remover pads

5 Dec

I heard some good things about the Simple Eye Make-Up Remover.  I have been trying to get my hands on the liquid version, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere in my area.   Since I ran out of Klorane, which I adored, I decided to pick up the wipes instead.

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These ran me around $6.00 for 30 pads.

I’ve used these a couple of times, and I’m still working on a full review of these babies.

Have you ladies used these?  Thoughts?

~Thanks for reading!

Anna

What’s in my make-up bag?

15 Nov

 

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This is what I carry with me everyday.

Starting from top and then left to right:

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powder in Medium.  It’s a good powder, does it’s job.  Keeps me from looking too oily 🙂

Sephora Kabuki Brush.  It’s retractable and perfect for the purse.  I got this on clearance last year and it’s now gone from the site.  This is the closest I could find for the price.

Starlooks Kohl Liner in Obsidian.  Still available and only $9.00 USD.

Revlon ColorBurst in Fliratious Charmeuse $12.88 USD.  I love that this doubles as a lip balm. It’s so soft.

Hikari lipstick in Cabernet $13.00 USD

Sephora + Pantone Universe Collection lipstick in Pure Marsala.  This was a limited edition color last year and I went bonkers over it.  There are still items left over in that shade on Sephora’s website.  It’s a red brown shade, and I’m still a little obsessed with it.

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey $17 USD.  This is one of my favorite make-up items of all tume.

Blotterazi by beautyblender.  This was a Birchbox sample because I don’t know I would actually purchase this.  It’s $20.00 USD and it’s supposed to be an alternative to blotting.  But, if it really worked would I still be carrying around my MAC Mineralize?

Hope you lovelies enjoyed what is in my purse!

Thanks for reading!!

~Anna

Unboxing Birchbox – July

18 Jul

July’s Birchbox partnered with Women’s Health Magazine.  What does that mean?  It means you can order a magazine subscription and you also received a little booklet of fun things to do.

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Marcelle New·Age 8 in 1 Power Serum

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Naobay Body Radiance Lotion

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Coastal Scents® Revealed 2 Palette Set

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Beauty Protector Protect & Treat Hair Mask.  This is already sold out on Birchbox so it must be good. I haven’t tried it yet.

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100% Pure Gingerade Shower Gel (Honey Cream Wash)

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Booklet sample page:

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The one thing I dislike about Birchbox, is the sample sizes of the bath and especially hair products.  Last time, the Nexxus shampoo/conditioner was so tiny, I couldn’t even use it properly because there wasn’t enough product to cover my hair.  LAME.

I’m a little happier this time the Beauty Protector Protect & Treat Hair Mask comes in two containers.

The shower gel sample is tiny though, even though it is two packets.

I’m excited to review the Marcelle New·Age 8 in 1 Power Serum.

How did your Birchbox unboxing go?

~Anna

Review – Laqa & Company Sheer Lip Lube Pencil

30 Jun

Haha lube.  I know, I’m 16….

I first was introduced to Laqa through Birchbox and its generous sample of a Sheer Lip Lube Pencil.  Obviously, I liked it so much that I bought a full size.

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I bought this in Beezelbub.  The company describes this as a rose, and that’s pretty accurate.  Pinky rose.

Here is how it looks on skin.

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As you can see, this is a pink.  If you’re not down with pink shades on your lips, this may not be for you.

My thoughts

I really like the Laqa brand of lippies.  I really like the crayon/pencil packaging.

The minty smell is refreshing.

The formula is creamy and silky.  It applies smooth and the color pigment is intense.

They are a bit pricey, so if spending $18 on a lip gloss isn’t your thing.  Revlon is pretty comparable.

Have you tried Laqa?

Love it or Leave it?

~Anna

March Empties!

16 Apr

March FLEW by, here are the products I used up!!

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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

February 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag!

18 Feb

Oh Ipsy!  You are making me so lonesome for SPRING!!!!

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Everything is pink and pastel and bright!!!

List of products:

Pop Beauty Plump Pout Mini

Zoya Nail Color in Odette

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner

City Color Be Matte Blush

J.Cat Beauty Eyelashes and Glue

Odette is perfect of Easter season.  Beautiful lilac pastel (at least in the bottle)

City Color blush looks really bright in the pot.  I am curious how it will swatch and wear.

Love the pink bag!!!!

What is in your Ipsy for February?

~Anna