Thursday, April 24, 2014

France Sephora Trip


Bonjour!
 A couple days ago I returned from a lovely trip to France visiting a friend studying abroad. While I was there, I had to make a trip to a Sephora (of course). I found a few things there that I thought are not sold in the states. Here are the products with the details:

sisley 


I have never heard of sisley before but I could definitely tell by the price tag that it was a high end cosmetic line. I thought this line was only sold in Europe, however, I found it through Nordstroms website recently. The mask I purchased was the Sisley Facial Mask with Linden Blossom.

Product Promise: creamy mask with linden blossom formulated for sensitive combination/oily skin types to soften, brighten, and even the skin

Product Review
Pros: I really liked this mask. After using this product, my sensitive combination/oily skin felt softer and brighter. 

Cons: My only complaint about the actual formula for me was it did not reduce the appearance of my blemishes. I know this company also makes masks for acne prone skin. I liked this mask, however, I think I might had been better purchasing the acne mask. I did not purchase the acne because I usually don't buy "acne" products since they are usually so irritating and over drying for me.  The price of this mask is $119, which I think is over priced. I really liked this mask, but it was not the best I have ever tried. I don't think I will repurchase. 

SAMPAR


 The SAMPAR line is only sold in Europe which I was excited to try out!  The product I purchased was the SAMPAR Crazy Cream in Nude.


Product Promise: tinted moisturizer that hydrates for 24 hours, protects, and perfects the skin without it looking chalky or unnatural; colors come in Nude and Tan.

Pros: When I saw the name of this product, "Crazy Cream", I immediately assumed that this was a type of CC cream but this product is actually a tinted moisturizer. I agree that this product hydrates all day. I have slightly oily/combination skin with occasional breakouts so usually when a product says hydrating I stay away because it would make my face look too shiny but not with this product. I use this as a moisturizer and primer in the morning and I do not find it too creamy. In fact, its also very light. The color blends effortlessly into the skin giving it a nice tint.

Cons: I suffer from hyperpigmentation and post acne scars, not I would have preferred to have a little more coverage and I had to powder my T- zone throughout the day, for these reasons, I may not repurchase.

Notes:
One thing I found interesting after visiting the Sephora in Aix en Provence was that Loreal was sold in Sephora as a high end versus drug store brand like it is in the U.S. I think this just proves how Loreal is a great cosmetic line. 

Stay tuned for a giveaway, my "Jet Set Kit", and a spring tutorial.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spring Cleaning: Makeup Tools

Now that it's officially Spring, I thought it was appropriate to start a series of "Spring Cleaning" posts! And maybe some new spring makeup tutorials along the way ;)

I can't stress how important it is to clean your makeup brushes regularly. Not cleaning your brushes causes build up of bacteria and fungus to grow and cause some unpleasant skin conditions like acne. Don't believe me? Check out this girl's post of her culture of dirty makeup brushes (EW)!
Cleaning your brushes will actually make them last longer and provides stay-true color between makeup applications.

Now how often should you wash your brushes? Brushes need to be deep cleaned once a week for natural bristle brushes and every couple of days for "wet brushes" for things like concealer, foundation, etc. Wet brushes harbor more bacteria so it's important to clean them more often.

Materials Needed:



1) Rubbing Alcohol
This is gonna be used for your "wet brushes" (concealer, foundation, etc) or any synthetic brushes you have.You can get this at any drugstore and it's pretty inexpensive. I use CVS's 70% Isoproyl Rubbing Alcohol.

2) Antibacterial Soap 
I use Dawn because it also breaks up any oil or grease that can be transferred from your face. I know some people recommend using baby shampoo but I don't think it deep cleans as well.

3) Sigma Brush Cleaning Glove 
This is optional, but it is really helpful. The glove has different textures for the following steps: wash, rinse, refine, shape. I have seen "dupes" for this glove, but I have not seen a glove like this. All of the different textures for each step makes a big difference. If you don't have a glove, use your hand, a towel, anything that will help work getting the makeup out of the brush.

4) Dish Drying Mat
This is also optional, you can used a towel, but this pad is super absorbant. I got mine at Walmart, but its sold elsewhere like Amazon and Bed Bath & Beyond.

Steps:


1) Soak synthetic brushes in rubbing alcohol until it looks "milky". You might have to dab or work your brush into the bowl. I definitely think this is the best way to break up all the "gunk" that's left in your brush. It also shortens the length of time washing your brushes with dish soap. 


2) Dispense the dish soap onto the "wash" portion of the glove and wet your brush with warm water. Work your brush into the glove alternating different directions until all makeup is out of the brush. If you don't have a glove then do the same technique in your hand or towel.


3) Using vertical motions, work the brush into the glove alternating running it under the faucet. Repeat until all soap disappeared. If you don't have the glove, repeat the same technique in your hand or a towel.


4) Squeeze any excess water in your brush and use the refine portion on your brush and shape it to your desire. 


5) Place your face brushes upside against the wall to drain all of the water out of your brush. I usually do this just for my face brushes because I feel like my eye brushes wont hold as much water. 

Beauty Blender

BEFORE :(

AFTER :)

Steps:

1) Wet the beauty blender with warm water.

2) Dispense the dish soap directly onto the places where makeup is absorbed. Rub the soap into the beauty blender into your hands. Work the soap onto the rest of the beauty blender. 

3) Rinse the beauty blender by alternating squeezing it and running it under the faucet.

4) Once all the soap is removed, wrap the beauty blender in a towel to absorb the water.

Misc. Tools

Tweezers & Scissors
Dispense rubbing alcohol onto a cotton ball or pad and rub.

Eyelash curler
Remove build up of mascara using eye makeup remover then rub with alcohol.

Keep in mind this deep cleaning process takes a while. Especially if you're a makeup addict like me and have more brushes than necessary...

"Dry Shampoo" Your Brushes


If you don't have enough time to deep clean your brushes, you can use a spray on brush cleaner in between washes. You won't have to deep clean your brushes as often and it's a fast. I use the Mary Kay Brush Cleaner and I really like it. I haven't tried other ones but there are tons of companies that make brush cleaners from drugstore to high end like ELF, Sephora, Clinique, MAC...


Steps:

1) Spray 3-4 spirts of the brush cleaner directly onto the brush.

2) Dust the brush onto a lint free cloth.

3) Allow a few minutes to dry.

And that's it, it's that easy!

Stay tuned all season long for tips for Spring Cleaning and Spring Tutorials :) Thanks for reading