How Many Products Do You Use Everyday?

I read in a magazine once (Allure, 2003) that the average woman dips into 30 products every day before she heads to work.

At the time I thought that was an exaggeration, but recently I’ve been thinking about how much product I actually use.

This is the makeup-related product list I put on daily:

  1. Concealer
  2. Under eye primer
  3. Corrector
  4. Under eye highlighter
  5. Eyelid primer
  6. Lid eyeshadow
  7. Outer v eyeshadow
  8. Crease eyeshadow
  9. Browbone eyeshadow
  10. Eyeliner for top lash line
  11. Pencil eyeliner for lower lash line.
  12. Mascara
  13. Face powder
  14. Bronzer
  15. Highlighter
  16. Lipstick
  17. Lip liner
  18. Perfume

Okay, now let’s take a look at skin care:

  1. Body soap
  2. Shampoo
  3. Hair serum
  4. Face scrub
  5. Face cleanser
  6. AHA treatment
  7. Vitamin C serum
  8. Face toner
  9. Moisturizer
  10. Body oil
  11. Cuticle oil
  12. Hand cream
  13. Eye cream

Holy smokes! That’s 31 products! I guess Allure was right….

How many products do you use daily? Do you think you use a lot of products or too few?

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Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel

Ah, bless you Boscia. You always offer small bottles so product-laden bloggers can try before they buy or not end up with lots of product to finish.

It’s like you read my mind or something.

I chose this as a 100 point gift from Sephora. It came as a push-up cap bottle. The design differs from the bottle you see down below.

From the website: “A sulfate-free cleanser and makeup remover derived from amino acids that deeply cleanses while protecting the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

“Dirty skin? Trade it in with one clean sweep!”

SKIN BENEFITS

Hydrangea Leaf

  • Gently purifies, refines, and minimizes the appearance of pores

Botanical Amino Acids

  • Gently eliminates skin dirt, oil, and impurities, leaving skin conditioned
  • Allows skin to be clean and free of debris that can clog pores and lead to breakouts without drying or stripping the skin’s natural moisture balance

Green Tea

  • A key antioxidant that soothes as it protects the skin against the abuse of the elements, helping to prevent free-radical damage
  • Gives natural antibacterial benefits as it helps to reduce inflammation

Geranium

  • Provides a natural scent that helps relieve stress and encourage relaxation

boscia’s Proprietary Botanical Blend

Jojoba Leaf helps to prevent free radical damage while nourishing the skin
Willowherb helps to calm skin inflammation and reduce visible redness and irritation

I found that it deep cleaned my skin and purged it of all makeup and grime. It didn’t exactly strip my skin of oils or make it super dry, but it did seem to remove every trace of moisture on the surface and leave my face squeaky clean.

It wasn’t harsh but it’s not as gentle as I am used to. It did its job, but I won’t be repurchasing because I am not a fan of frequent deep cleaning on my face. This wasn’t  a bad summer cleanser for hot sticky days, but come winter I will need something that leaves a bit of moisture behind.

It has a light floral scent that is noticeable but not terribly strong. It didn’t bother me but I wanted to alert those with allergies.

I didn’t notice as huge improvement with my pores, but it did seem to aid in improving my skin’s overall appearance. My face looked a bit more radiant after a few uses.

Would you try this if you needed a deep cleaning cleanser?

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Amrita Singh Jewelry Haul V

Here is the haul I promised to show you!

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Triangular Drop Earrings in Gold.

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Crystal Milly Earrings. 

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Wainscott Earrings in Ruby.

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Tiny Drop Earrings in Black/Gold.

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Ombre Enamel Bib Necklace in Lilac/Lavender.

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Fun fact: the Wainscott earrings were worn in Blue on Reign. 

Which piece do you like the most?

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 8

Well, how has your week been, dear?

Mine could have been better. This weekend seemed to be “Let’s All Fight with Christina Week!” at home. I’m ready to be adopted by another family. Know any takers?

Here is what I did this week:

  1. Cleaned out under the table in the living room. This may not seem like a relaxing activity, but it was something that needed to be checked off my list. I can finally check it off!
  2. Went to visit my friend’s cat. I had to do this anyway (my friend is on vacation and asked me to check in on her), but this is a treat because Princess Cosette is such a sweetheart. She’s a very cuddly cat.
  3. I went to Heather Gardens and the Cloisters. I took several photos. The gardens are simply gorgeous right now.
  4. I decided to say “fuck you” to a friend who rudely and callously cut me off a while back. This was a different friend from the one I talked about before. The incident still bothered me months after it happened, but I only recently decided I didn’t care anymore.
  5. I’ve decided I want to learn French. I’m eager to read Victor Hugo’s works in his native language.

Here are the garden photos.

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And the view of the Hudson River.

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The Organic Pharmacy Organic Glam Bronzer in Light Bronze

I hadn’t even heard of this brand until a friend passed this along to me.

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It’s marketed as a bronzer. My friend certainly used it as one. She has a very light complexion.

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This one is Light Bronze. They make one called Golden Bronze, which is a shade darker. 

As you can see, my friend really liked this one.😀

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As you can see in the swatch, it’s lighter than my skin tone and somewhat shimmery.

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I use it as a highlighter just at my cheekbones. It works very nicely for this purpose. It’s definitely not a great product for camera work of HD photos, but for my everyday life it’s a nice addition to my look.

Would you try this?

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Current Favorites: Beauty and Life Vol. 23

Summer is almost over! My favorite season is almost here! It’s not exactly getting cooler but it has gotten less blistering.

I will have to arrange some kind of ritual for Mabon. It’s badly needed for both me and the season.

Here is what I have been enjoying lately.

1) Jarritos Grapefruit Soda: I’ve been sipping on this soda since last year but that was an infrequent habit and I didn’t truly appreciate how refreshing the Grapefruit flavor is. I’m not really a soda person, but for some reason I crave soda during the hottest months of July of August. I like that Jarritos contains real and the flavor is very much like real grapefruit. It doesn’t taste artificial at all.

2) Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Lost:  I’ve been wearing this brown-red lip color all summer. Partly because I need to use it up, and mostly because it’s long-lasting and stays out for hours at a time. I can wait until 1pm to reapply, even after drinking a frappuccino. 

3) Charming Charlie Honeybee Trio Necklace: I picked this up for $8 during my last trip to CC. It’s cute, perfect for summer (bees are very active in the park gardens during this time) and kinda unique. The one issue I have with it is that the gold finish has already rubbed off on some areas. I still wear it because it’s still kind of new in my closet and the silvery part is only visible toward the neck region. 

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4) Lakme Highlighter/Bronzer Duo:  I won this is a giveaway a couple of years ago. I only just pulled it out this summer. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to use it because it’s so soft and pretty on me. I use fan brushes to apply the bronzer as a contour (but I blend it so it’s not a true contour) and apply the highlighter just above that. 

5) Photos of Connor Claire With or Without Tabs: I think everyone who reads my blog also reads Makeup and Beauty Blog. Ever since CC was born I’ve been squealing with delight over her photos. And when her big brother Tabs gets in the pic, I risk overdosing on the cuteness. 

Photo credit: Karen Monterichard

Photo credit: Karen Monterichard

See what I mean? How cute is that?

What have you been enjoying this week?

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Do You Have Personal Beauty Idols?

I have an entire Pinterest board devoted to my beauty idols. I also pinned photos of women I find beautiful in general.

When I was growing up the grunge era, Courtney Love and Shirley Manson strongly influenced my outlook on makeup and my style. Everyone I knew condemned Courtney’s smudged red lipstick, but I loved it because to me it looked “lived-in”.

Photo credit: www.simply syndicated.com

Photo credit: http://www.simply syndicated.com

 

I also obsessively followed every Gwen Stefani look there was, and I painted my nails bright red for weeks at a time in her honor.

As I got older I fell for Salma Hayek’s flawless style. She always looks impeccable and polished. I aspire to be as gorgeous as she is (this will never happen lol).

I also had some non-famous beauty idols. When I was in the 8th grade a girl named Kim attended my school. She had green streaked hair, a silver bead necklace, Contempo Casual fashions and I thought she was the coolest girl at school.

Throughout my academic career I met lots of people whom I really admired for their fashion in one way or another. When I was an 18 year old college student there was a pale young woman who had class on the floor of one of my classes. She had stark white hair. She looked like a character from Lord of the Rings.

Do you have any beauty idols?

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 7

It’s Tuesday, babes! You made it through Monday and Wednesday is tomorrow. The weekend is nearly two days away! I still don’t have my computer back. It’s put such a damper on blogging. You’ll notice that I have been posting … Continue reading

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Yardley London Oatmeal & Almond Soap

You’ve probably heard of this elegant and understated beauty soap or seen it in stores. Yardley is an older company (established 1770!) and since their inception they have expanded their scents.

When I was 10 years old my mother purchased a bar of their Rose soap. I was so captivated by it (my obsession with product began at a young age) I saved up my coins and bought a bar of Oatmeal & Almond from the discount store for $1.

Before I did that, I swiped a bar from her. Shhhhhhh, don’t squeal on me!

Photo credit: www.Yardley London.com

Photo credit: http://www.yardley london.com

Oatmeal and Almond has a slightly sweet, comforting scent of almond and contains oat flour, which gives it a very light exfoliating effect.

Since the age of 12 I’ve been using this soap. When I started doing more online shopping in 2006, I veered more toward homemade soaps but every once in a while I would come back to this one.

I have used the English Lavender and Aloe Cucumber bars. Both are good but I personally prefer O&A. I use English Lavender as a hand soap and I keep it in that soap dish I showed you all.  :)

Have you ever tried this?

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What’s Your Most Embarassing Makeup Moment?

I have too many to name.   There was that time I went to a pagan festival with a grey face because my foundation was the wrong tone. That other time I wore light blue shimmer shadow with dark brown … Continue reading

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