July 19, 2013

Chic Shopaholic: Sephora Chic Week 15% Off

Sephora had their Chic Week 15% off for the Spring/Summer for B.Is and V.I.Bs so I bought some new products to update my makeup, skincare, and even body care for the season.
  • Hourglass Ethereal Light Ambient Lighting Powder: This product was all over beauty blogs and YouTube videos when this came out. It's a pressed finishing powder that come in 6 shades, varying by the different lighting effects. Ethereal Light is described as opalescent sheer, cool white powder which is pretty accurate. It's sheer but buildable with a matte finish and velvety smooth texture that is supposed to mimic a moonlit glow. At first, I wasn't so impressed by this product as I bought it to brighten under my eye area but I didn't really notice anything different. The best technique that worked for me though is to apply directly on top of my undereye concealer instead of over another setting powder,  to really show the moonlight effect. It really does highlight the area without looking ashy and sets my concealer nicely without looking too powdery and showing fine lines. I stick to just applying it under my eyes, along my cheekbones and maybe just a touch on the bridge of my nose. If I apply anywhere else, it makes my skin look too white. To apply, I use the flat side of a powder brush like the Real Technique Multi Task Brush, and press the powder onto the skin as opposed to sweeping or buffing it in. I think these powders can give you whatever lighting effect you're looking for and looks great in photos. This is probably a luxury product for most people especially with the hefty price tag but since I've used it, I can't leave it out of my routine. If you want to learn about the other shades, I suggest you watch JoshCollierMUA's video.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills  should be everyone's go to brand for brows. Since colors are generally lighter and softer during Spring/Summer, I thought I would go that route for my brows as well.
    • Medium Brown Brow Powder Duo: Light-medium muted taupe on the left and a darker ash brown on the right. This is a good universal color, it can fit to almost any hair color from dirty blondes, browns, and even my black hair. It's dark enough to add definition but still soft enough to not overwhelm your makeup look. It has a smooth texture, great pigment  and lasts all day. As you can see in the photo, the packaging has changed and is now in a sleek black compact with a rose gold design on the the front.
    • Camille/Sand Brow Duality: A double-ended jumbo pencil to highlight the brows for a defined look in a natural way. Camille is a matte light pink-beige, Sand is shimmery light pink-y champagne. Depending on the look you want, you could either go for a matte brow highlight or a shimmer brow highlight. You could even use the shimmery side to highlight the inner corner. To apply, just run the side of the pencil underneath your brow on your brow-bone then blend in with a brush or your fingers. The texture is creamy I probably wouldn't repurchase this again because although this is the lightest of the two shades it comes in, it's a little too pink for me but I do like it for a quick and easy highlighted brows. This has been repackaged but I wasn't able to get the new design when I ordered it online.

  • LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer: After trying this product that was included a mini version of it with the PRO Palette and really liking it, I bought the full size to keep at home for everyday use. Just as I mentioned in my other review, it's  free of oil, fragrance and parabens and has a thin, creamy consistency. The sheer pale beige color helps neutralize discoloration on the eyes but is basically transparent on the skin once blended in and doesn't alter the eyeshadows you use over it. It works like any other eye primer in that it prevents shadows and liners from creasing, fading and helps wear true to color but the reason I like this one a lot over other primers is the consistency. It feels more moisturizing which I like because my skin is generally on the drier side. It applies my shadows smoothly with no uneven patchiness and holds my eye makeup all day.
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray: Makeup tends melt off during the warm Summer months so using a setting can really help. Like all UD sprays, they are made from the same brand, Skindinavia.  UD have also recently repackaged their setting sprays, clean white bottles with solid colored caps to differentiate between the types of sprays. All Nighter has Temperature Control Technology to lower the temperature of your makeup to keep everything in place. It's supposed to last for up to 16 hours, even in hot and humid months or cold winter seasons, without melting, fading or settling into fine lines. It distributes a fine mist that doesn't leave a sticky residue. To use, I shake the bottle, spray 4-5 times all over the face with my eyes and mouth closed, then let the spray dry without touching my face and not making facial expressions so it doesn't leave any spray marks. My blush is usually the first thing to fade and look blotchy because of my skin absorbing the product, but the spray really helps in sustaining the wear on my skin. I first just bought the 1 oz bottle to test it out and really liked it so I bought the full size 4 oz bottle as well. The mini bottle can be used for travel and the bigger bottle can be kept at home as well as to refill the small bottle.
  • Korres Milk Proteins 3 in 1 Cleansing, Toning and Eye Make-up Removing Emulsion: Not a lot of brands make milk cleansers so when I discovered this product by Korres, I had to give it a try. I like milk cleansers because they can easily be wiped away with tissue which is my method of cleansing because I can't go to the sink to wash it off with water. It's a light, creamy-lotion with oils and milk proteins, which has lactose and essential amino acids, to hydrate the skin while removing eye and face makeup and cleaning impurities. I apply a quarter size amount and massage all over my face, including my eyes but keeping them closed. It removes face makeup pretty well but I like to use a double-phase eye makeup remover beforehand to remove stubborn products first. It leaves your skin feeling moisturized but not greasy. Even though it says it tones, I still follow up with a regular toner to remove traces of residue. This is a nice natural, gentle cleanser for everyday.
  • Murad Acne Spot Treatment: I recently finished my Soap & Glory Dr. Spot Invisible Spot-Fighting Gel and like always, I wanted to try something new. This product is sulfur-based that reduces blemishes and heals them quickly. It has zinc to reduce irritation, licorice root extract to calm flamed areas, as well as AHAs and BHAs to exfoliate and keep skin clear. It has a yellow-cream color but dries clear once rubbed in. I actually noticed that it was working in clearing up my blemishes in just after a few days. It's also not overly drying and doesn't leave my skin flaky, but I always moisturize over it to keep my skin hydrated. I think this product does what claims and I would repurchase this again.

  • Soap & Glory Pulp Friction Foamy Fruity Body Scrub: A clay-based body scrub that has pumice, fig seed powder, peppermint oil, lemonade tree liquid and vitaminballs A, C and E. It's also scented with their Fruitigo fragrance which contains fig, frozen yuzu, sweet orange oil and pomelo essence. It has a refreshing minty-fruity scent  and wakes up your body. Because it's a clay formula, the texture is a bit thick and gritty but it's not harsh on the skin. The pumice and fig seed powder can leave remnants on the body so I make sure to wash it off really well. My skin feels smooth, clean and is a great body scrub for the Summer.
  • Sephora Nail Art Set: I've been getting into d.i.y nail art but needed the tools to do so, so I bought this set just for the time being until I get a proper tools. It contains a double-ended marbling and dotting tool and a paint brush. The dotting tool is slightly different in size but you can barely tell. The paint brush is very fine, like an eyeliner brush. I wish it was a little longer so I can create longer, even lines instead of having to re-dip back into the polish. The tools might not be the best quality but they get the job done.

What did you buy during Chic Week? What products do you like to use during Spring/Summer?

 Glamour Girl

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