Unfinished Business! 11/11

Monday, November 14, 2011

As promised, I'm back with a wrap-up post of short reviews of things I've shown here but never actually talked about. This will be a bit of a challenge for me as the whole point is to keep everything succinct and to the point and as we all know, brevity is not my strong suit!

Enough rambling--here we go!

1. Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer: I showed this in my Sephora haul post, and I love it just as much as I thought I would. Perfect for your 20s or 30s (or any time before you're ready for heavy anti-aging products) a layer rubbed in before bed leaves you with glowy, brightened skin in the morning. I don't know about the long-term effects it has on spots or acne marks but they definitely look lighter and are less apparent when I wake up. (I have in general noticed a more evened out skin tone, but I've been trying lots of things recently, so I wouldn't necessarily give the credit to this moisturizer). It's a bit on the heavy side--definitely suitable for dry and normal skin types--so I don't know that my oily skin can handle this in the summertime, but I can't get enough of it right now. I still love my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel but this moisturizer is more skin-softening and feels very luxurious on the skin. I wish I'd discovered this before writing my Top Skincare Picks post (see here) because it definitely has a place on that list.

2. Bliss Lemon and Sage Body Butter: I picked these up at the ridiculously reduced price of $13 each at Nordstrom Rack and I'm so glad I did. The cream is incredibly decadent, smells delicious and is of course, extremely moisturizing. It has a weird sandy, powdery sort of feel after you've rubbed it in which is slightly off-putting, (the same sort of feeling Fresh's Brown Sugar Body Cream has) but it's too luxurious not to use. My skin isn't too dry yet, so for now, this is a strictly hands-feet-knees-elbows cream. I definitely wouldn't repurchase this, unless it was at the same sale price, as it's usually extremely expensive, but I'm glad I got to try them out.

3. Tarte Emphaseyes Inner Rim Brightener: I bought this to use on my waterline in place of the Benefit Eye Bright (shown in a haul post here). Using light, peachy-yellow or even white pencils on the waterline make your eyes look bigger--a necessity for me, especially in the early morning. It's a great color, being neither too pink like the Eye Bright nor too stark-white, and it holds up a lot better than the Benefit as well. I wouldn't call it long-wearing, as most of it wears off after 5 hours or so but it gets the job done. If you do know of a longer-wearing brightening liner, though, please let me know!

4. Revlon PhotoReady Concealer: Another one I hauled and then never talked about again. It has a bit of that sparkle its matching foundation contains which is great for under the eye, but it only provides about medium coverage, if you're looking for something more heavy-duty. Despite the fact that it's in a stick (which I tend to associate with drier formulas), it's creamy, smooth and has enough slip to apply very easily under the eye. It does gather in my little creases a bit more than my Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Roller and my beloved Rimmel Match Perfection, but it also provides more coverage than the two so I reach for it after late nights leave me looking especially tired.

6. Physician's Formula Healthy Wear Powder Foundation: Maybe it's me, but I never seem to notice a real difference with my skin when I use powder foundation, even with the supremely popular Bare Minerals. In any case, my self-esteem destroying cystic acne is severe enough to require heavy duty coverage, so I almost never wear powder foundation on its own anyway. I'll either use it as a powder over my foundation or spot-conceal and run the powder all over my face. This also doesn't do much for my skin matte--frankly I'm tempted to chuck it, but I'm determined to make myself use it up.

7. Boscia Luminizing Black Mask: Such a let down that I had to return it (thus the stock photo)! I was hoping this peel-off mask would pull all sorts of dirt from my face and tighten my pores and it didn't really do either. My pores were only slightly less noticeable but not nearly as small as they normally look after a clay mask or peel. But worst of all is how damn near impossible this mask is to take off. To lift a corner or edge off takes a ton of scraping with your nails and then you have to (painfully!) peel it off in small strips. It doesn't pull off cleanly at all and I wound up washing most of it off so I'm not even sure how much good it did me. You actually apply this to dry skin which is such a strange idea to begin with, and maybe that's why the mask doesn't go on evenly. It's very rubbery-feeling and pulls on your face as you try and goop on an even layer--I really can't understand why so many people like it.

8. Shu Uemura Glittery Mascara: Anyone who thinks glitter mascara is tacky and reserved for drag queens needs to give this a try! I bought this while ordering my new favorite Ultimate Natural Mascara and it's so much more wearable than I thought it would be (see photo at the end of this post). The glitter isn't very chunky and the formula isn't too wet so it's actually quite difficult to apply too much. I've worn this in the daytime and it wasn't nearly as obnoxiously sparkly as I thought it would be, though your lashes definitely twinkle when light hits the glitter. This could potentially be worn on its own, but it's so gold and almost blonde that it doesn't provide enough definition, so I use it instead as a topcoat. Again, that dry formula means it won't weigh your lashes down no matter how much mascara you've already gooped on. I predict getting a lot of use out of this during the upcoming holiday season, as I don't usually wear eyeshadow and a few swipes of this onto your lashes instantly gives your makeup a more festive and party-appropriate look. It probably wasn't necessary to pay $30 for this, but that's just another reason why I shouldn't go online shopping when I get my scholarship check and my paycheck on the same day.

Phew! Those might be the shortest reviews I've ever done! Maybe I won't go over the page limit on my next paper now?

It's not even two weeks until Thanksgiving and I'm sweating in a T-shirt while getting over a cold--this temperamental weather is really getting annoying.

I'm also on a slightly manic hunt for the Revlon lip butters I keep hearing so much about, but I swear they're not available in all of Manhattan! If you know where they're sold, please, please let me know--I've got my eye on Peach Parfait!

Hope everyone had a great start to their week!

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