Wish Lists

August Wish List

August Wish List

You might remember that I decided on skipping my wish list post last month in favor of focusing on cleaning out my beauty stash. Naturally, the moment I made that resolution a number of exciting new releases popped up on my radar.

First up is the new The Body Shop sorbet range. There are five Body Sorbets (6.75 fl oz, $14 each) in various The Body Shop scents as well as the Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet (1.7 fl oz, $22) facial moisturizer. Sorbet is a great description for the texture of these products. I went to the store the other day to test them and they smell amazing (as expected) and they leave a cooling sensation after application – perfect for summer. I have my eyes on the Mango Body Sorbet.

There have also been two new releases by Clinique in their Chubby Stick range. The Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Color Balms (0.08 oz, $17) are sheerer than the original lip crayons and adapt their color to the pH of your lips. You all know how much I like a good my-lips-but-better shade and Coming Up Rosy looks perfect. There are also the Chubby Stick Moisturizing Cheek Colour Balms (0.21 oz, $21) cream blushes. The Roly Poly Rosy color is right up my alley.

Lastly, ever since I received the Sumita Beauty Eye Shadow Pencil in my June Glossybox I’ve been obsessed with eyeshadow crayons and can’t wait to expand my collection. On my radar are the Sephora Collection Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof in Dark Taupe Shimmer (0.1 oz, $14), the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour (0.05 oz, $26) in Rose Gold, and the Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes (0.1 oz, $17) in Lavish Lilac.

What’s been on your wish list lately?

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June Wish List

June Wish List

It’s June which means summer is here. With my beach vacation around the corner, most of my wish list has centered around sun protection and travel-friendly beauty items. On top of that there have been a couple of exciting new releases that have peeked my interest.

I’ve been using the Living Proof Prime Style Extender for a while now. It’s brilliant at keeping greasy roots at bay without weighing my hair down (you can read my full review here). Living Proof recently released a spray version, the Prime Style Extender Spray (3.4 fl oz, $20). I usually have an easier time distributing products in my hair when using a spray so I’m curious to give this  a try and see how well it works.

You all know how much I love anything and everything blueberry scented. Raspberry, though, is a very, very close second. The Body Shop recently launched their new line of raspberry scent bath and body products and I want them all. Number one on my list is the Early-Harvest Raspberry Body Wash (8.4 fl oz, $8). Yummy!

I never used to pay much attention to sunscreen in my everyday routine. I would wear it to the beach but not on a day-to-day basis. Ever since overhauling my skincare routine, though, I firmly incorporated a SPF into my regimen. In preparation for our upcoming vacation I’ve been doing some more research on this topic, especially about the importance of antioxidants to help your skin fight free-radical damage from the sun and, thus, fighting the signs of aging. My usual sunscreen does already contain antioxidants but in the more-is-more spirit I’m interested in also adding the  Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum (1 fl oz, $30) and the Resist C15 Super Booster (0.67 fl oz, $45) to my routine. The Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum is a water-based serum that contains antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and anti-irritants to fight signs of aging, sun damage and reduce inflammation. The C15 Super Booster is designed to be added to a serum to increase its efficacy. While I don’t expect to see any immediate results I believe that I’m at an age where adding these types of products to my routine can have some great preventative effects.

Lastly, lips are an often forgotten body part when it comes to sun protection. While searching for a good SPF lip balm I came across the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm SPF 20 in Healthy Blush (0.15 oz, $8.99). This lip balm is great for traveling, pulling double duty as a lip color in addition to providing sun protection. Healthy Blush is a rosy tint, giving a really pretty flush of color to the lips.

What’s been on your wish list this month?

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May Wish List

May Wish List

Wish lists are some of my favorite posts to put together. Who doesn’t love to venture into a world where money isn’t an object and dream of all the things we wish we could have? It’s like window shopping, but better. It might seem counter-intuitive but I also love to edit my wish lists down to those few items that I truly love and then save toward those purchases to make my dreams a reality.

Here’s what’s been on my wish list lately.

I fell in love with my tiny sample of the How ‘Bout Them Apples? palette (0.7 oz, $32) and while I certainly don’t need any more blushes I would be a happy camper to add this palette to my makeup collection. I’m now a cream blush convert and this palette has a nice mix of shades to create a variety of different looks. I think it would be great for traveling but I wish it was a little smaller in size to make it more convenient.

I absolutely love the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light and I was a bit disappointed that the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (3 x 0.116 oz, $58) was limited edition for last Christmas. You can imagine how happy I was when the palette was added to the permanent line. My only peeve with this palette is that the price per ounce is higher than for the individual powders. However, I like that it’s multi-purpose in that it contains three different shades: an all-over powder, a highlighter, and a contour. I would love to get this palette once I run out of my current Dim Light powder.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh is currently my favorite perfume and the limited edition Daisy Eau So Fresh Delight (2.5 fl oz, $89) smells just as amazing. Plus, I love the bottle design. Unfortunately, the price tag is a bit out of reach for me at the moment but I hope to pick it up at some point in the future when there’s a good sale.

My nail polish collection has gotten a bit out of control and I desperately need to find a better storage solution. I have my eyes on either the Caboodles Nail Case ($19.99) or the Julep Color Caddy ($30, $24 Maven price). Both of them would be able to hold Julep nail polishes as well as other brands and would really help in getting my collection organized.

What beauty items have you been lusting after? Link up your wish lists in the comments!

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April Wish List

April Wish List

If you’re a beauty junkie like me you probably also follow some of the more popular beauty bloggers. Those ladies are really inspiring but, man, are they enablers. Every time I browse my Bloglovin’ feed I end up adding another item to my beauty wish list. I narrowed it down to a few products that I can’t wait to add to my beauty stash.

I’ve been running low on the Caudalie Hydrating Toner and although I’ve really been enjoying it, I’ve also been eyeing the Caudalie Beauty Elixir (3.4 fl oz, $49).  It’s “part-toner, part-serum mist of essential oils and plant active ingredients” that “smooths the skin, tightens the pores, and provides an instant burst of radiance.” Caroline Hirons swears by it, which makes it a must-have in my book.

I probably need another foundation like I need a hole in my head but during my last visit to Ulta the Urban Decay Start Getting Naked Three-Piece Perfect and Set Complexion Kit ($49) caught my eye. The Naked Skin Liquid Makeup is a relatively new release that promises to make skin look “natural, illuminated and bright,” offering “buildable coverage with a weightless feel and a luminous finish” – basically everything I look for in a foundation. This set also includes a mini blurring brush that is designed for application of this foundation, as well as a sample of the All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray which I’ve been wanting to try for a while.

Another Caroline Hirons recommendation is The Body Shop’s recent addition to the Vitamin E line, the Overnight Serum-In-Oil (0.94 fl oz, $26). Facial oils have become a staple in my evening beauty routine. I like that this is a two-in-one product, combining the nourishing powers of a facial oil with the hydration of a serum. “Yay” for one less step in my routine!

Next up is the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Treatment Mask (2.5 fl oz, $39). I’m somewhat of a face mask junky. If I could apply a mask every day, I totally would. This one has been making the rounds in the beauty blogger world, getting rave reviews along the way. It promises to deliver a “deeply moisturizing, cleansing and anti-oxidizing treatment.” Manuka honey has antibacterial and astringent properties which makes this mask great for combating breakouts while also giving your skin some nourishment.

I’ve expressed my love for silk and satin finish nail polishes multiple times before but so far I’ve searched in vain for a gray nail polish with that finish. That is until I stumbled upon the Sally Hansen Satin Glam Nail Color in Metal Iced (0.33 fl oz, $5.99). It may be a bit too blue to be the perfect color but it’s close enough that I will definitely have to add it to my collection. I also have my eyes on some of the other colors including Go Gold, a beautiful bronze-gold, but Metal Iced is the one I plan on picking up soon.

What’s been on your wish list lately?

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March Wish List

Originally, I meant to post about my February favorites today but the weather has been so overcast that I wasn’t able to take any pictures yet. So instead I decided to share my March wish list with you a bit earlier than usual. This time around it’s a fairly short one, partly because I would like to save money and partly because not much has been catching my eyes over the past few weeks. I’m ever the more excited about the few products that did make it on the list this month.

March Wish List 2

The Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Fruit & Seed Oil Blend (1 fl oz, $36) quickly rose to the top of my wish list when it popped up on various beauty blogs and being hailed as a miracle worker to heal acne scars. While my overall skin condition has improved greatly over the last couple of months since I revamped my skin care routine, I still have quite a few acne scars that just don’t want to fade and are hard to cover up. Rosehip oil contains a high concentration of retinoic acid which is used in pharmaceuticals like Accutane to treat acne. This oil also contains a high concentration of carotenoids, Vitamin E, and essential fatty acids which have various benefits for the skin. I’m always weary of skin care products that promise the world but this one does contain a host of beneficial ingredients so I’m looking forward to giving it a shot.

Ever since the January Julep Maven box I’ve been in love with silk finishes on nail polishes. I begged Julep to release a light gray silk finish nail polish but it doesn’t look like this wish will become a reality anytime soon. Naturally, I’ve scoured the internet for other companies that produce nail polishes with a similar finish. When I came across the Deborah Lippmann polish in Harem Silks From Bombay (0.5 fl oz, $20) it was like the heavens opened up and I could hear the angles sing. Not really, but you get the point. The color is stunning and the silk finish is spectacular. $20 is a bit steep for a nail polish in my book but since this would be my first Deborah Lippmann purchase I might as well get a color that is as extra special as this one.

Last on my list is the Aesop Control Gel (0.2 fl oz, $23). I don’t often get deep, cystic acne – usually my blemish are of the tiny, annoying mini-bump kind. While I do hate these spots, it’s the major breakouts that really suck. I had one of those a few weeks back and I wish I had already known about the Aesop Control Gel back then. Recommended by no other than Caroline Hirons, this spot treatment fights pesky zits without stripping or dehydrating the skin. This is weapon that I definitely need in my skin care arsenal for the next time that my skin decides to fight me. And who knows, maybe it would even help with my regular spots.

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February Wish List

While my skin care routine has already gotten a major overhaul there are still a few kinds of products I’ve been wanting to add. I’ve done a good amount of research, reading reviews, and found a few things that I think will work well for me. At the same time there have been some spectacular new cosmetic releases for the spring that I can’t wait to try. Here is what’s on my wish list at the moment:

February Wish List

1. The Body Shop Blueberry Body Scrub – 6.7 oz, $20

You all know how much I love anything and everything blueberry scented so I got very excited when The Body Shop released their new, limited edition line of blueberry bath & body items last month. I’ve recently added body scrubs to my weekend routine so this will be a welcomed and fruity alternative to the sea salt scrubs I’m using at the moment.

2. Batiste Dry Shampoo in Cherry – 6.73 fl oz, $7.99

This brand of dry shampoo has gotten really good reviews. I haven’t tried it yet but at this price point I got nothing to lose. Plus, it smells like cherries. What’s not to love?

3. Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Berry Pop – 0.12 oz, $21

Cosmetics companies are really hitting it out of the park this spring with their new blush releases. Clinique has added a whole new selection of four blushes to their permanent range. The daisy design is so pretty and fun. All the colors look very vibrant and well pigmented. My favorite is Berry Pop which is unlike any blush color I currently own. I also love plum pop but I’m afraid that it might be too similar to NARS – New Attitude.

4. Aveda Intensive Hydrating Masque – 5 fl oz, $22

This facial mask has been mentioned multiple times on Caroline Hirons’ blog and since I’ve been on the search for a moisturizing mask for my dehydrated winter skin I thought that it would be a good one to try. I think the price point is pretty great as well.

5. Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum – 1 fl oz, $49

While working on updating my skin care regimen the only thing I haven’t been able to find was a moisturizing serum that would still be light enough to use in the mornings under makeup. While stalking reading Caroline Hiron’s blog I came across a picture of this one. After doing some more research on it I saw that Estée of EssieButton has been raving about this for years and it sounded like just the product I’ve been looking for.

6. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Ethereal Glow – 0.15 oz, $35

This new product from Hourglass combines their ambient lighting powder with cheek color to create some truly unique blushes. I love the marbling effect in the pan. From the pictures I like Ethereal Glow the best but the few reviews and swatches that I’ve found of it have been mixed. It’s fairly light on some people but that seems to depend on the ratio of blush to powder in the particular pan which seems to vary widely. The product pictures show a nice amount of cheek color while some blogger’s photos barely have any veining and contain mostly powder. I think I will wait to swatch these in stores and try to get one that has a decent amount of color. Since these are part of the permanent range there really isn’t any rush.

7. The Body Shop Blueberry Shower Gel – 8.4 fl oz, $8

This is the matching shower gel to the aforementioned scrub. It’s blueberry scented. That’s all I got to say.

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Updating My Skin Care Routine

I’ve mentioned a few many times before that my skin can be quite a piece of work. Dryness, breakouts, acne scars are my major skin care woes. While the overall condition of my skin has improved greatly over the past few months I still struggle with occasional blemishes. There is definitely room for improvement in my current skin care routine but with the huge variety of products on the market it’s hard to figure out what would work best for me.

So I’ve been doing a lot of searching and reading. A lot. During one of my Google searches I stumbled upon Caroline Hirons’ blog. I’ve seen her name mentioned by other beauty bloggers before but reading her skin care cheat sheet was an eye-opener. Carline Hirons is considered a skin care guru by many and has worked in the industry for over a decade. I like her no-nonsense approach and her advice just simply makes sense. If you have any questions about skin care go check out her blog.

Here is a quick summary of her recommended skin care steps:

In The Mornings

  • Cleanser – non-foaming (milk, balm, gel).
  • Acidic toner – containing AHA and/or BHA.
  • Hydrating toner – she recommends a spray toner.
  • Eye cream
  • Serums/Oils – apply water-based ones before facial oils.
  • Moisturizer
  • SPF – she recommends a SPF separate from your moisturizer.
In The Evenings
  • Oil/balm cleanser
  • Milk/gel cleanser
  • Acidic toner
  • Hydrating toner (optional)
  • Eye cream
  • Serums/Oils
  • Nighttime Moisturizer

Comparing this list to my current skin care routine I found that I’m lacking in a number of departments. Luckily, her blog gives quite a few recommendation on products to use for each of the above steps. After more researching and reading I narrowed down the list to a few products that I would like to add to my skin care routine in the near future.

Updating my skin care regimen

REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk – 5.1 fl oz, $28

“A gentle cleansing milk that leaves sensitive, delicate and reactive skin purified, calm and soothed. Its multi-action formula eliminates environmental aggressors, increases skin resistance and minimises the signs of chronic irritation and sensitivity that can lead to premature ageing.”

I received a sample of this cleanser with a recent Sephora order. While it’s quite a tiny size I’ve been liking it the few times I’ve used it. This would be a good cleanser to use in the mornings as well as for the second cleanse in the evenings after taking off my makeup.

REN Clarifying Toning Lotion – 5.1 fl oz, $28

“A refreshing exfoliating toning lotion that unclogs pores and sloughs off dead skin leaving the complexion looking clear, smooth and even toned. Reduces the appearance of pore size and oiliness while its antimicrobial action minimizes future breakouts.”

I don’t use any toner at the moment so this will be a new step in my skin care routine. The REN Clarifying Toning Lotion is an acidic toner containing glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid and tartaric acid. The purpose of an acidic toner is to exfoliate the skin as well as readjusting your skin’s PH level after cleansing. This particular one gets glowing reviews so I would like to give it a try.

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic – 6.7 fl oz, $23.90

“Nature’s best skin soothers—chamomile, cucumber, and aloe vera—calm irritation and eliminate redness. Glycerin and d-panthenol (also known as provitamin B5) add a layer of weightless hydration to skin that helps prevent moisture loss all day. In lieu of harsh disinfectants, hops extract tones the skin and swipes away bacteria.”

This is another toner, this time a hydrating one to be used after the acidic toner. Again, the reviews look really good and I enjoyed the Liz Earle cleanser. I also have a bunch of Birchbox points saved up so this would be a good thing to spend them on.

Estée Lauder DayWear UV Base – 1 fl oz, $39.00

“This powerful UV protector helps defend your skin to keep it looking younger, longer. The most effective anti-oxidant power ever: includes our proprietary Super Anti-Oxidant Complex, proven to fight free radical damage. Advanced broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen helps skin resist the first signs of aging. Sheer, lightweight formula goes over any moisturizer. Leaves skin soft, smooth and comfortable.”

One major thing that is missing from my skin care routine is sunscreen. I’ve been searching for a good daytime moisturizer with SPF for quite a while but nothing could ever measure up to my beloved Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. After reading Caroline Hirons’ blog I learned that a separate sunscreen is actually preferable as it will usually provide better benefits and your moisturizer can simply do a good job at moisturizing instead of doing double duty. The Estée Lauder DayWear UV Base comes highly recommended and with SPF50 it will give plenty of protection throughout the whole day.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm – 3.8 oz, $28.50

“Lightweight makeup remover quickly dissolves tenacious eye and face makeups, sunscreens. Transforms from a solid balm into a silky oil upon application. Cleans thoroughly, rinses off completely. Non-greasy. Non-drying. Ophthalmologist Tested. For all skin types.”

In the evenings I’ve been using a facial wipe to take off my makeup followed by a cleanser. I’ve noticed that there is normally quite some makeup residue left on my washcloth afterward so my cleaning routine is definitely not thorough enough. The Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm promises to take off even waterproof mascara and, again, gets really good reviews. I’m a bit concerned about using a balm on my eyes as I like to keep my contact lenses in until I’m done with my evening routine (I’m blind without them). Hopefully that won’t be an issue with this product since it’s ophthalmologist tested.

One of the most enlightening advices that I took away from Caroline Hirons’ cheat sheet is that you don’t need to stick to the same products every day. The most important thing is to be aware of your skin’s daily condition and adjust the products you use according to your skin’s needs. For me that doesn’t necessarily mean to go overboard and take this as a free pass to buy products I don’t need. I still want to work on reducing the stash that I have. However, there are certain products in my routine, like toner and sunscreen, that I haven’t been using at all so the products that I do end up buying will be more purposeful. There are certainly many other products that I would like to test but I think this is a good start to updating my skin care routine.

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