10.22.2013

By Terry Ombre Blackstar Blond Opal

This is one of those products that I probably would've never been interested in if not for someone mentioning them in a youtube video. But once I heard 'creamy' 'long-lasting' I needed to get my hands on one. And I don't really own too many cream eyeshadows, especially stick forms. 
I have to attest that this By Terry's Ombre Blackstar cream eyeshadow in Blond Opal is extremely creamy. With the high price tag I certainly hope it would exceed expectations, and it sure did. Blond opal is a light champagne cream color with a pearlescent finish. It's pigmentation is at a medium opacity but the finish is just so gorgeous even just used on its own. I love shadows that let you do an easy one shadow look.
I have tested this shadow stick with and without a primer and I would say it works 75% without a primer. I might of had an off day with super oily lids when it creased on me. This shadow paired with a black cat-eye liner is the perfect 'classic' eye look. It lends a very sophisticated look and the whole application is just a breeze. I am looking around for other eyeshadow sticks and hoping to find other great colors. I would love to also try Misty Rock, Bronze Moon and Paradise Island. These sticks are on the pricier side at $43, but imo well worth it. 

10.08.2013

Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Diva 503

Giorgio Armani should definitely take pride on how gorgeous their packaging is. They are pinterest worthy and just can't take a bad picture. The red packaging for the Rouge Ecstasy lipsticks are beautifully eye catching. No doubt about it, you can sense the luxury that embodies one of these babies. 
The lipstick formula wears quite comfortable. It applies opaque and feels hydrating on the lips. Diva is a berry toned red. It can wear for a at least 4 hours before the opacity leaves a beautiful stain. If you want longer wear, I would suggest using a lipliner first. 

  

10.06.2013

a bit of Vanity

Just like the "What's in my bag?" youtube videos and all of the Into The Gloss's Top Shelf blogposts, I can't help but be curious to know what beauty products other girls are using. I going to try and start and hopefully continue a series of weekly posts of some enviable/beautiful vanity's as a dose of inspiration.


10.04.2013

Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Face Peel


The words 'face peel' have never appealed to me. I always think of that episode with Samantha in Sex & the City. I'm also not one to really fuss around with skincare and am usually quite minimalistic towards my approach. But in the recent months-year, my skin has wreaked havoc on me, my self esteem and emotions. Before all this my skin was at, for a long time, a very happy state of 'clear' with a few hormonal bumps here and there. Normal skin, how I miss the days. Then bumps started to appear, not acne bumps but textured flesh colored bumps. Then dryness! Severe and the tight type of dryness. It became unbearable to look at and sadly I couldn't even mask all of this with makeup because that's essentially what I looked like I was doing, putting a mask on my face. Makeup just accentuated the dry patches and bumpy texture. 
I then knew I had to fix my cleansing routine and tried a variety of face washes/moisturizers/exfoliators. Some worked, then stopped working. I usually get the initial day 1 and day 2 improvement. But afterwards downhill all over again. I even tried the Clarisonic, but my skin could not get along with it. Then after much research and last resort mentality I decided to go for the big guns. I had read and researched the results of microdermabrasion and face peels and asked myself, why not? I was scared to go for a full clinical procedure so I looked around for a milder alternative. 
I had found Dr. Dennis Gross's products on many skincare best seller lists. And the Alpha Beta Face Peels seemed like a good option. I read a whole lot of reviews and took the plunge and bought myself a a starter pack of 10 at my local Nordstroms. I went ahead and used the pack for 10 straight days and found that my skin improved 10 folds. My complexion became much more clear and glowing. The texture started to improve and soon much of the flesh colored bumps began to disappear. 
Although these results were exactly what I was looking for I didn't want to bring my hopes up because of the usual day 1 and day 2 improvements, and then downhill. So in order to see if this was the real deal, I decided to invest in the 30 day regimen the brand recommends.
And thank the stars this was not a fluke. My face really seems to have been improved by this product. I peeled for basically the whole month, but I could tell the texture was getting a lot better. I concluded that the problem with my skin was congestion. It was one of the scenarios that you've heard time and time again on how 'one day i just woke up and it was there'. Unfortunately, that isn't a urban myth and shit really goes down like that. My skin really needed a good exfoliation. I just needed to find the right type of exfoliation.
As far as the product's concerned, some of the active ingredients include glycolic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid, salicylic acid, citric acid, and retinol. There are two pads that you use every session, Step 1 and Step 2. And the instructions tell you to wait 2 minutes between each Step(pad), which I completely agree with because somehow the product works so much better when you do. I won't say this product has cured my skin, but it has definitely helped maintain a happy medium until I find something better. Which is what I'm obsessively doing nowadays.
If you're at your wits end and have dry/sensitive skin I would say give this a try. 

10.02.2013

Shoe Savor: Zara Fall 2013

With every new season Zara does not fail with their new selections. If you wanted to save that money, make sure you don't look at anything beginning every season. 
Here are some shoes I have fallen in love with: 


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