I probably shouldn't be doing another shopping haul since I had just done one a few weeks ago but last weekend my mom, sister and I had spent a little girly bonding time eating lunch and shopping. Surprisingly, I mainly bought skincare and clothing items and just one makeup product.
Sephora recently came out with a couple of new Professionnel Platinum brushes, which I'm a fan of and already own a few from the line. I bought the Foundation Airbrush #56 which is supposed to be a smaller version of the Foundation Airbrush #55 to give you more control. I don't have #55 so I can't compare but so far I like #56 because the bristles are dense enough to build coverage but you can use the tip of the brush to blend and sheer out the product. It's sort of like a traditional flat foundation brush but without the streakyness.
For a few years I've used DDF Sulfur Therapeutic Mask as a night time acne spot treatment but wanted to try something new, so I checked out a new brand sold at Sephora called ClickR Skin Care. It's a line specifically for "younger skin" (I don't know what ages exactly but I don't see how mature skin wouldn't be able to use it, too) with acne but the ingredients don't have harsh chemicals and it's 100% vegan. I bought the No More Derma Drama Acne Spot Serum, a click-pen that has a clear gel texture to spot-treat pimples. You can apply it under makeup and take it with you to use it whenever a blemish pops up. I've used it a couple times and it seems to work pretty well without drying my skin.
Another skincare line that I was interested in trying was Origins. I hear it mentioned on YouTube often and a friend of mine really likes it and recommends it. Because of my physical disability, it's difficult for me to wash my face over the sink so I like to use milk cleansers in which you can wipe off with a tissue. For a few years, I've used The Body Shop Cream Cleansers (both the Aloe and Vitamin E) but again, wanted to try something new so I picked up Pure Cream Rinseable Cleanser You Can Also Tissue Off. I like the packaging of this product better as this one is a squeeze tube whereas The Body Shop's is a hard plastic tube. The texture is creamy and feels lighter than The Body Shop's and has kind of a lemony-scent which is refreshing and it doesn't leave any residue on my skin when wipe it off.
The second Origins product I bought was Modern Friction Nature's Gentle Dermabrasion. You can apply this exfoliator on dry skin or if you have sensitive skin, on damp skin. The texture is gritty but also creamy, sort of like oatmeal. My skin doesn't look red or feel irritated after using this product, instead it feels softer. I'm pretty happy with these Origins products and would probably check out other products from them. What are your favorite Origins products?
I probably should do some Spring cleaning after buying so many new clothes recently but here's what I bought at Forever 21....I should also look for other stores to shop for clothes too, huh? What are your favorite clothing stores?
Jouer Cosmetics had a little "Spring has Sprung" contest on their Facebook page where they picked a random comment on what their favorites are for Spring and the winner would receive the "Glisten Up" Spring 2011 Collection. Many comments had said their favorite Jouer products but I was honest and said I've never tried their products but I love to wear sheer bright colors on the cheeks and lips. I don't know if saying that I've never tried their products helped but yours truly was the winner! I'm really happy that I've won as I wanted to try Jouer products for a while. I'll go more in-depth on the brand on another post when I place an order but here's a quick post on what I've won.
In the package, one of Jouer's "Makeup Stylist" Whitney, wrote a hand-written note congratulating me on winning the prize which I thought was sweet. She was also kind enough to send me two samples each of the Luminizing Moisture Tint in the shades Golden and Glow which I was very interested in trying. It's a tinted moisturizer that has an SPF of 20 and light-diffusing properties to even out skin tone and blur fine lines. I tried Golden, the lighter shade of the two, and although I really like the texture and finish of the product, the shade was a couple shades too dark for me. I probably will give the lightest shade, which is Pearl, a try next time.
Moisturizing Lip Gloss: These glosses have hydrating ingredients and have a smooth non-sticky texture but because they don't have that tacky texture, they don't really wear as long which is fine for me because they feel more comfortable on the lips. They are unscented, a huge plus for me as I'm quite sensitive to heavily fragranced products. I believe most of the pigmentation for all the glosses are on the sheer side, which is nice if you just want a hint of color and shine to lay it over other lip colors, but if you want to wear it on its own they don't show much color, at least not the ones I got.
Rose Glisten: sheer shimmery bright pinky-rose
Coral Glisten: sheer shimmery bright orange-coral
Nude Glisten: sheer shimmery light golden-nude
Glisten Brightening Powder: A fine loose powder that adds luminosity to the skin. It's kind of similar to the Suqqu Nuancing Glow Loose Powder but also has its differences. Suqqu's has a pearlescent sheen where as Jouer's has noticeable shimmer but it's not overly glittery. Suqqu's is more of a white-ivory shade where as Jouer's is a pale peach-opal shade. I use a fluffy powder brush and lightly dust it all over my face for an all-over glow or just apply on the cheekbones to highlight.
Opal Powder Eyeshadow: This is a satin-shimmer finish, pale peach shade. It can be worn on the lid or as a highlight color for the brow-bone and inner corner. They have a smooth texture that isn't overly powdery and have nice pigmentation that you can apply dry or with a damp brush for more opaqueness.
Overall, I think these Jouer products are really nice and will try more in the future.
I'm sure everyone has heard about the 8.9 magnitude earthquake disaster in Japan that happened on March 11, 2011. There was also a tsunami warning throughout the Pacific, where people needed to be evacuated but fortunately the tsunami didn't come our way (I live in Hawaii). As you may know, my family and I went to Japan for vacation last year and during that trip, we actually felt a small earthquake while eating out at a department store. Just a small shake was a little scary, I can't imagine what people there are experiencing. I'm fortunate that my family and I aren't there right now and that our friends living there are ok. All of us definitely need to do something to help the people who are suffering. There are still aftershocks in Japan that will supposedly continue for several days, at least 10,000 people are expected to be injured and dead, and millions of people are without a home, food, water, and nuclear power plants are a threat to spreading radiation exposure.
I know it's fun to buy the latest beauty product but if we just use the money that we would spend on an eyeshadow or a lipgloss and instead donate it to earthquake and tsunami relief efforts, millions of people could be helped and saved. I've used Network for Good, a safe and easy website that will donate to the charity of your choice. I made a badge that you can simply click on to donate to the International Relief Fund for the American Red Cross. However you choose to donate, please do so that we can help everyone during this tragic time.
* I am not affiliated with or sponsored by Network for Good or The American National Red Cross.