Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash

I love me some natural skincare products. Everyone who knows me can depend on my advice for the best calendula cleansers, tea tree oil scrubs and oatmeal bath soaks.

Despite my love of all natural bath products, I’ve been looking at Dermalogica more and more. The thought occurred to me that if I’m traveling, or I move to another country, I may not have access to the brands I have come to love. Therefore, it might be a good idea to test out some mainstream products that I know will work for me.

Having said that, watch me park my butt in the same damn city for the rest of my life. :P

I wasn’t sure if I would use up a whole bottle of Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash, so I opted for an Ebay purchase of 6 sample packs. I used up all the samples before I took a photo, so here’s a photo I found online.

The cleanser is a clear gel type. It foamed up nicely and wasn’t too runny. I massaged it onto my face for a few seconds and rinsed it off. There wasn’t any residue left behind and my face felt really clean. I used toner on a cotton pad to wipe my face afterwards, and the pad was completely clean. There was no dirt or makeup on it.

I noticed that my face burned just slightly if I rubbed the product on for more than 10 seconds. Considering that this does contain salicylic acid, I wasn’t too surprised by that discovery.

Here’s the full ingredient list:

Active ingredients: Salicylic Acid .50%. Other ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Angelica Archangelica Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, Allium Sativum (Garlic) Bulb Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Ophiopogon Japonicas Root Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Lactic Acid, Algae Extract, Menthol, Sodium PCA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Camphor, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Benzyl PCA, Disodium EDTA Copper, Citral, Limonene, Geraniol, Citronellol.

Here’s what the full-sized bottle looks like:

 

It’s $36 for an 8.4 ounce bottle.

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China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Mommy Kissing Santa

I think I swatched this shade previously, but since obtaining a better camera I’ve been  wanting to re-take all the old photos on this blog. So here we are with a swatch of an old favorite.

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It’s a run-of-the-mill, deep red with lots of pretty shimmer and gloss. It covers well in two coats.

My bottle is old and on its last legs, but when it was new the formula was beautiful.

This particular shade is from China Glaze’s Holiday 2010 collection. I told you it was old. :P

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16 Amazing Oils for Your Skin

I was killing time on Pinterest (the favorite site of many a time-waster) when I found this great chart.

It’s small and hard to see here. You can go here for the bigger chart.

 

 

It’s arranged by category.

Top Row: Anti-Aging

1) Argan Oil- Also known as Moroccan oil. Rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids.

2) Acai Oil- Rich in antioxidants, which help to protect the skin from harmful free radicals and the oxidation of cells.

3) Flaxseed Oil- Also known as linseed oil. Softens skin while providing essential fatty acids.

4) Sea-Buckthorn Oil- Rich in omega-3, 6, 7, and 9 oils.

Second Row: Moisturizing

1) Olive Oil- Rich in Vitamins A and E, which help repair and renew skin.

2) Coconut Oil-has the added benefit of helping to reduce bacteria on the skin.

3) Brazil Nut Oil- A high selenium content offers strong antioxidant properties.

4) Avocado Oil- Rich in vitamins, fatty acids, and antioxidants, especially Vitamin E.

Third Row: Problem-Solving

1) Tea Tree Oil- Antiseptic properties help fight acne.

2) Rosehip Seed Oil-  Rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamin A.

3) Grapeseed Oil- Regulates oily skin and brightens with Vitamin C.

4) Peppermint Oil- Reduces redness and through anti-inflammatory properties.

Fourth Row: Calming & Repairing

1) Chamomile Oil- Possessed anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, which calm and fight off infection.

2) Black Current Oil- Rich in fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory properties.

3) Evening Primrose Oil- Long used to treat eczema, especially in folk and alternative medicine.

4) Carrot Seed Oil- Rich in Vitamin A and beta-carotene, and emollients, which help normalize skin cell turnover and soothe the skin.

How many of these oils have you used or currently use?

I use: Argan, Coconut, Brazil Nut, Avocado, Olive, Tea Tree, Rosehip Seed, Grapeseed.

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Review: Neutrogena Nourishing Eyeliner in Spiced Chocolate

Until I tried this eyeliner, I think the last spiced chocolate I had was this one.

Which one do I love more? Keep reading to find out.

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It claims to wear all day.

Is this true?

We shall see…………

It’s a twist up, slim pencil.

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It applies fairly smoothly. I didn’t experience much tugging or dragging with this.

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It’s a soft chocolate brown. It’s more milk chocolate than dark chocolate.

There is a subtle shimmer in this. It’s very faint, however. I think it does add a little sparkle without appearing too glittery.

So how did I like it?

It lasted on me for about 4 hours without much fading. By hour cuatro, I could see a bit of wear. By hour cinco, I could see it fading more than I liked.

I didn’t have any allergy issues or any problems with shimmer in my eye. I also didn’t really need to sharpen this as the fine point was fine enough for me to apply it to my upper and lower lashlines.

Pros: Good texture, no tugging on skin, decent color pay off,  easy to use applicator.
Cons: Only lasts 4 hours.

Grade: B+

I think my oily lids had a hand in the shortening of the wear time. If you have normal-dry lids, this might last longer than you.

I wish it did last longer on me because I do like the soft effect of brown eyeliner on my tan skin. It’s softer than black, and it’s a more subtle eye makeup look for the summer. I think I will keep this and set it with brown eyeshadow.

Overall, it’s not a bad drugstore choice. If you’re in need of a brown eyeliner, this one is worth looking at.

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Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No Chip Nail Color in Save the Date

I’ve spent a considerable amount of time pondering “Save the Date”……….

Save the date for a wedding? For an appointment? For a Broadway show?

Save the date for a manicure at the salon?

Okay, I think it must the last one. :P

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The color is a rich, deep burgundy wine. It reminds me a little of China Glaze Stella.

It leans a little plum as well. I’ll have to dig through my collection to try to find something other than Stella that closely matches this.

Yay or nay on Save the Date?

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Wet n Wild Wild Shine Nail Color Swatches

Check out some of the shades I own from Wet n Wild’s Wild Shine collection.

Eggplant Frost:

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Bijou Blue:

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Rain Check and Blue Moon:

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There is actual shimmer in Blue Moon:

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Night Prowl and French White Creme:

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Mauve Frost and Jezebel:

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Hallucinate, Kaleidoscope and Sparked:

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All swatches you see here are in two coats. Most of these would get a grade of B from me. They’re good polishes if you’re on a budget, but they wouldn’t be my first choice because their quality is not the best. The one I would avoid at all costs is French Creme White. The application was dreadful: streaky, gloopy and uneven.

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Renee Love & Co. Dainty Rose Gold Earrings

I wanted a pair of simple yet fancy earrings to wear in case I ever got invited to a tea party.

Okay, I’m kidding. I don’t go to tea parties. I don’t even know anyone who has tea parties.

I do know someone who fantasizes about dressing up to go to tea parties.

Hint: It’s not you.

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My earrings arrived in a nicely tied up white box.

The seller wrapped it in bubble wrap and taped it with a cute gold sticker.

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And……….here are the earrings I will wear to the non-existent tea party!

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They’re cute, right? They’re about 1/2 inch in diameter.

Shipping was pretty fast. I didn’t have to wait too long to have the order filled.

Here’s the shop in case you want to check it out:

Renee Love & Co. 

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Kleancolor Nail Lacquer in Wicked Plum and Black Hole

I picked up two Kleancolor nail polishes as a small birthday gift to myself.

A friend showed me pictures of Wicked Plum, and once I saw its deep purple beauty, I knew I had to get a bottle for myself.

Wicked Plum:

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It’s a dark shimmery plum purple. It leans a little red.

Black Hole:

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Black Hole is a brownish dark garnet red with a slight shimmer. It reminds me a little of Zoya Jem. It’s slightly plummy as well.

 

Would you wear either of these?

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Current Favorites: Beauty and Life Vol. 15

Oh my good gravy. That was quite a long break I took, huh?

I will explain a little more about why I took so long to get back on the blog in this month’s current favorites.

1) The Decision to Blog At My Leisure: When I started blogging about 4 years ago, I didn’t really know how long I would last in the blogging world. I did hope to become one of the well-known bloggers, but that never really happened. I’m sort of glad it didn’t happen. If it had, I would have an awfully difficult time posting every day. I would never want to blog just because I feel obligated to. When I first started the blog, I had this feeling that I should churn out posts on a daily basis to keep my readers up to date with the newest cosmetic products and techniques.

I will still write blog posts when I have the time and energy to do so, but it may not be as frequently as before the break. I still want to update this blog from time to time. There are still products and experiences I want to share with you amazing people, and that will never change. What will change is the direction of this blog. It will be more focused on swatches and products that intrigue me, rather than ultra trendy products or the latest cosmetic technology. I was never one to follow trends, anyway. :)

I can only blog if I feel inspired to connect and share with others, and to create content that matters to other people.

2) Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss in True Love: I started topping off my Bite Beauty Pomegranate with this gloss in an effort to use it up. The results are seriously gorgeous! It’s the longer tube on the left (second item from the left).

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3) “Alive and Kicking” by Simple Minds: Everyone is obsessed with their hit from The Breakfast Club but they recorded other songs as well. I love this song’s music video, which also features the very talented Robin Clark.

P.S: Don’t tell anyone, but I kind of have a crush on the young Mick MacNeil. :P

 

4) Black Girl Dangerous: A (mostly) online resource on writings by and about queer people and trans people. It was created by the brilliant Mia McKenzie. Whenever I need to jumpstart my lagging brain, I stop by BGD.

There is also a book of essays out, in case you want to buy a copy.

 

5) Old Bay Seasoning: I don’t know if this will get my foodie card revoked, but I have been enjoying this cheat-sheet seasoning on potatoes and other eatables. It’s a good all-purpose, easy seasoning mix to have on hand when you’re starving and just need to cook anything quickly so you don’t get food poisoning. ‘Cause when I’m hungry, I often have to choose between chewing on my own arm or eating partially cooked food. Let’s never have to make these choices again. Old Bay seasoning is what I grab to quickly toss together an edible meal.

That’s my current list! What have you all been loving recently?

 

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ILNP Birefringence and Nostalgia Swatches

The nail polish community (we have regular monthly meetings. Please bring a snack for everyone) has been abuzz with talk about ILNP.

The holos and duochromes are to die for.

Well, not literally. I would die for liberty. Or a penthouse apartment.

Oh wait, if I died for a penthouse apartment, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the apartment……

While I continue to ponder this, look at these swatches.
Birefringence

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It’s an aqua blue on me with purple shifts.

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Nostalgia

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In the spirit of Chanel Peridot, this is a pinkish green duochrome. It also has gold shifts.

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I wore these for about 3 days before it started chipping (without a top coat). The formula was very nice and the final effect of the shades were great after two coats (I made sure to let the first coat dry completely before applying the second coat).

 

Check out the other shades on the ILNP website.

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