What Do We Want? MICELLES! When Do We Want Them? NOW! – Simple Micellar Water

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Everyone is talking about micelles, but do they actually know what they are?

Photo via Wikepedia

Photo via Wikipedia

Allow me to clear it up for you:

micelle:

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Physical Chemistry. an electrically charged particle formed by anaggregate of molecules and occurring in certain colloidal electrolytesolutions, as those of soaps and detergents.
From the info that I’ve gathered, micelles are spherical particals (but can also be cylindrical and have heads and tails.)  that float in water and are attracted to dirt and oil in the skin.  The micelles bond with the dirt and oil for an easier, more efficient removal.
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MIcellar water has been out for a long time, and is now more accessable (and less expensive) than ever!  Imagine my joy when I spotted Simple Cleaning Micellar Water at my local Target store.  I was actually skeptical of purchasing this particular micellar water because I have been wanting to try out the Bioderma brand for so long.
The first day I tried Simple Micellar Water, I had been out in 100 degree weather all day, and was wearing a full face of makeup including Kat Von D Lock It Foundation.  So you know I put this solution to the test.
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No crazy fragrances, perfumes, or dyes, and two steps to a clean face with no vigorous rubbing?  Count me in.  All you have to do is apply micellar water to a cotton pad and wipe the pad all over your face.  How easy is that?  It is just as simple as using a cleansing towelette, but without the weird residue most of those wipes leave behind.
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I’m still getting used to the idea of not having to rinse my face after using Simple Micellar Water, so I have been using this as a pre cleansing method before showering.  I like to remove my makeup before I step into the shower, to make sure I get every bit of makup off.
If you are lazy with your makeup removal after a long day (don’t worry, it happens to the best of us), this would be great to leave at your bedside table so you can just reach over and take off your makeup – no rinsing required.
I have been using Simple Micellar Water for the past 4 days now, and I am LOVING IT.  The number one reason why I adore this cleansing solution is because it seems to have had no ill effects on my crazy sensitive skin; it hasn’t dried it out, or irritated it in any way, and that is a huge plus for me!
Simple Micellar Water seems to be fantastic for all skin types, I highly recommend this product.
Have you tried micellar water?  What are you impressions?
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I Tried Nars Tinted Moisturizer, and All I Ended Up With Was This Post…

  
‘Tis the season of tinted moisturizers, and since I’m a band wagoner, I hopped on the TM Train!  Toot toot! I have always been a heavy matte foundation girl because I fear the oil, but I thought what the heck, it’s starting to get hot outside, and who wants to walk around with a blanket of makeup on their face in 80+ weather?
Not I.

When Sephora was having their VIB Sale, I just HAD to get something, so I purchased Nars Tinted Moisturizer in Cuba.  I tried it on my hand in store, but ultimately ordered online.  
Cuba seemed like a decent match for my NC42 skin, if not just a tad dark, but I figured it would match my upcoming summertime tan.  (Yes, I plan for tans!)

So this morning before work, (I finally got a job, y’all!) I applied the tinted moisturizer with my brand new Beauty Blender and I kind of liked the result.  The coverage was light to light-medium, and it applied slightly sheer which is exactly what you want out of a tinted moisturizer.  I set with a light dusting of powder, and was on my way to take on the world…

However-

By noon, I was a complete oil slick! I could feel the tinted moisturizer sitting on top of my skin.  I dabbed, and an hour later, I had the same problem again!  

It didn’t look pretty, and it didn’t make me feel like I was wearing less makeup. 

I don’t ever take back makeup, but I will be taking back this Nars Tinted Moisturizer because it just didn’t perform the way I need it to.  

Who will this tinted moisturizer work for? Probably those with normal skin, of course!  

Do you have any recommendations for oil free tinted moisturizers?  What type of makeup do you wear in the summer months?

Living in a Primer Wonderland-Too Faced Primed & Poreless

Image via Sephora.com

Image via Sephora.com

Poreless?  Poreless?  That just sounds so odd to me.  I’ve been in the makeup game long enough to go years without wearing some sort of primer, and guess what?  My skin was quite acceptable to the naked eye.

However, now we are inundated with samples of primer.  Don’t get me wrong, primer is great, but not every primer is great looking, or great for you!  I have triend my fare share of primers, and since I am an oily girl, I like to think I’ve put them all through the ringer.

Right now, I want to talk about one primer in particular; Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer for Sensitive Skin.  Seriously, could they have picked a longer name?  I have restarted a sort of love affair with Too Faced products as of late.  Too Faced has always captured me with their packaging, and who can resist a line of makeup that smells like chocolate?  When I went to the Macy’s Fragrance and Cosmetics Gala, I purchased La Belle Carousel, and received a bag of samples, and Primed & Poreless was one of them.

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I have worn this primer a hand full of times now, and I can honestly say that it has worked for my oil slicked face.  I wore this primer in unintentionally high stress/sweat situations, and it held up.  I am so used to blotting my face after a while, and when I blotted, my makeup had barely moved, and there was a huge reduction in oil.

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Upon application, (I applied with my fingers, but there are other more sanitary ways of applying.) Primed and Poreless settled nicely into my skin, and when I applied foundation on top of it, it did not oxidize.  I have used primers that have changed the whole look and formula of the foundation that I applied on top of it, and that is not what a good primer is supposed to do.  The formula is not thick and slippery, it is almost a velvety consistency.  Very lightweight and not noticeable once you rub it in.

The other benefit of Too Faced Primed & Poreless is that it did not clog my pores.  My face is really sensitive, and I did not get any additional breakouts caused by this primer.  It did not seem to clog my pores.

I will without a doubt purchase Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer for Sensitive Skin again because it worked well without wrecking my skin in the process.

If you would like to purchase Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer for Sensitive Skin you can find it on TooFaced.com and Sephora.com retail price is $30.

Do you have a primer that you swear by?  Let me know, I’d love to try it!

Jeffree Star Cosmetics-Velour Liquid Lipstick

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When I heard Jeffree Star was going to be releasing is own cosmetics line, I went starry eyed.  I could only imagine the types of products and shades he would have, and he did not diappoint.  I have been following Jeffree Star for a while now, and have envied how gorgeous he is, so I had a hunch he wouldn’t put his name on anything less than stellar.

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I ordered one shade of Jeffee Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick on Black Friday, and just received it right before Christmas.  I ordered the shade I’m Royalty, which is a gorgeous royal purple.  The shade is deep, dark and highly pigmented, but suprisingly wearable, and seems suited for a multitude of skin tones.

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While the color is gorgeous and matte, the application is quite messy.  The formula is really wet, and I had to layer to get the full surface of my lips covered, but once it dried the payoff was worth the trouble.   I will probably try to find a lip pencil in a similar color to make application a little less troublesome.  I must say it is easier to apply than the OCC Lip Tars however, so if you have tried OCC don’t let it scare you out of other highly pigmented liquid lipsticks.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics makes two other Velour Liquid Lipsticks in shades Prom Night and Redrum.  Prom Night is a hot candy pink color and Redrum is a bright true red.  Would I recommend this lipstick?  Absolutely.  I am hoping for a wide range of shades in the future.  I will be a loyal Jeffree Star Cosmetics customer.

If you would like to order, you can do so here:  JeffreeStarCosmetics.com

DId you order a Velour Liquid Lipstick?  Are you a fan of this type of listick?

I’m Back (I Think)

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I hit a blogging slump!  You would think I hit that slump because I ran out of things to write about, but that is not the case!  I simply stopped blogging for a while out of lack of motivation and drive.

I love blogging, I love writing, and I love being a curator of all things beauty, for a purpose.  (Beside my own personal enjoyment.)

I have so many products from the holiday season that I just simply did not write about.  I just could not pick up my laptop to spread the word, and I can’t explain it.

After the Christmas holiday, I am feeling a bit better, and ready to get back to reading your blogs, and having you read mine! I appreciate all of you who have continued reading during my mini-pause.

Call me out if you see me faltering in the future, sometimes I need a kick in the butt.

I hope you had a wonderful Holiday!

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Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder-Holding Up Under the Pressure

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With all of the running around for the Thanksgiving Holiday, I needed a powder that would be able to keep my oil at bay while giving me flawless coverage.

I have used so many powders and foundations, that it is hard for me to stick with one brand/line over a long period of time, but after finding and using this $4.99 Maybelline powder, I haven’t been reaching for anything else.

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Fit Me Pressed Powder is smooth, not grainy, and doesn’t flashback white in photos.  There is a great range of color shades, and it is easy to appy.  The formula deposits a nice amount of color and coverage on my skin without becoming cakey.

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With 18 shades ranging from fair to dark, it is a great drugstore find for anyone.

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Wearing Maybelline Fit Me Powder

Have you tried any products from Maybelline’s FitMe line?   Have you tried this powder?

Dare I Say We Have a Dupe? It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye VS Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer

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If you have read my last few blogs-frst of all thanks, but really if you have, you know that my financial situation changed, and I now have the challenge of finding high quality, low cost products.  This can be quite a challenge, because I know most of us expect to be somewhat disappointed in some of the drugstore products we purchase because of the old adage:  You get what you pay for.

I reviewed It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye a while ago, if you are curious you can read it here, I was extremely happy with the coverage the concealer gave me, but the price is a little high, so I purchased the 0.11 fl oz. travel size.  For the travel size alone, it was $10 at Ulta.  I love Bye Bye Under Eye, the coverage and color concentration is awesome, and exactly what you would look for in a heavy duty concealer.  I picked it up in the Tan shade which is just a little too dark to use under my eyes, so that’s why I was still on the hunt for the right undereye concealer.

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I went to my local Walmart store last week, and while checking out the cosmetics department, I came across Hard Candy.  I always knew Walmart carried Hard Candy, but I never really considered the brand because I always felt it was a little on the cheesy/cheap side.  I remembered that there has been some buzz around the Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer, so I decided to purchase it.

I picked up Glamoflauge for $6 in the medium shade, to use exclusively on my undereye area.  I have been using it for the last week now, and I love it!  The packaging, consistency, and concentration is nearly identical to Bye Bye Under Eye!

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For application, I apply my foundation first, then apply Glamoflauge to my undereyes with my finger, and then blending the concealer with a beauty sponge, it comes out flawlessly.  A light dusting of setting powder finishes it off, and it lasts all day.

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I absolutely recommend Hard Candy Glamoflauge as a dupe for It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye if you are on a budget.  I am pleased I got Glamoflauge because at the moment this is my HG concealer.

Have you tried any Hard Candy products?  Do you like the brand?  What is your holy grail concealer?