3.26.2013

Burt's Bees Soothingly Sensitive Body Lotion

Another long named product I've been loving. A new favorite, Burt's Bees Soothingly Sensitive Aloe & Buttermilk Body Lotion was such a surprise product because a friend had given this to me. I honestly wouldn't ever have thought about purchasing this because it just wasn't on my radar.
My journey with lotions has been a sort of patchy(long spiel ahead). I wasn't really picky with using any type of lotion for most of my life. But a few years ago I had a major allergy/reaction on my skin, especially my hands and feet. It was an excruciating, cant go to sleep kind of allergy. I didn't go to a doctor to get it checked(no insurance/hate going to doctors), but determined that it was because of a certain lotion and/or soap I was using. So I simply changed all of my soap and lotion products and made sure they were all hypo-allerginic and for sensitive skin, and my allergy did go away. I used Vaseline's Intensive Rescue Repairing lotion for a long time because it was hypo-allerginic and unfragranced. I also started using a Dial soap that is hypo-allergenic as well, which is the only soap I use till this day. I no longer use the Vaseline lotion because I'd like to try other products now. So I've been carefully and selectively trying out new lotions. I've come across a few that I've really liked such as Bliss Lemon+Sage Body Butter. Which reminds me that I should do a review on that product...
Burt's Bees Soothingly Sensitive lotion is a very runny lotion. The consistency is very much like buttermilk which was a little odd getting used to because it would seem like I was putting buttermilk all over my body. The smell is very pleasant, musk and aloe. It's pretty enjoyable to slather on and the scent lingers for many hours. I originally wouldn't wear a lotion that is too highly fragranced, but much of the fragrance in this product is natural. Well in the long run it hasn't affected my skin at all since I've been using it.
As with all of Burt's Bees products it is free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and petrochemicals. I would definitely purchase this product(I can't say repurchase, considering it was given to me).

Has anyone else tried this?

3.06.2013

Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow Duo 206

I hear nothing but great things from the Kevyn Aucoin brand. I don't own too many products from the line but was intrigued when I swatched the eyeshadow duos at my local Space NK. They felt extremely soft and buttery. I of course left with one. The Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow Duo 206 contains the shades Taupe Shimmer and Blue Black Shimmer.
Taupe shimmer is more of a silver satin/shimmer shade, with a hint of taupe. Blue black shimmer is a deep blue but not too black as the name implies. They are both super pigmented and easily glide on the lids. There is minimal fallout and the looks created with this duo can be quite subtle. I would say the quality is close to the buttery texture of Burberry eyeshadows. I did get a little sticker shock from the $42 price considering Nars duos are $34 and Estee Lauder duos are $32, each of which I think are pretty close in quality. 

3.04.2013

The Lip Balm Trials : Peter Thomas Roth Lips To Die For

It is taking all of me to not repurchase what has become my favorite lip balm(a little melodramatic I know), the Rodin lip balm. I've written it about here. But I have so many other lip balms to go through so I've told myself to hold off until summer. We'll see how that goes.
Throughout winter I have been using the Peter Thomas Roth Lips To Die For Pink Bombshell Lip Balm, longest name in the world. Not as awesome as Rodin's but it does the job. The texture is quite waxy, almost like pomade. But I've noticed that this texture allows the lip balm to have great staying power. It is a staple for my night routine, I wake up in the morning with the balm still heavily on my lips. As well as feeling plump and moisturized. The scent is of a sweet ripened mango, and as a lover of mangos this is a plus. Just knowing that the concoction of shea butter, avocado oil, aloe, mango butter, and vitamin E, makes my lips feel so nourished.
The balm also has lip color enhancing properties. So when placed on the lips they give off a cooling sensation. I would assume that for women who have a problem with pale lips this would help bring out a little color. I haven't noticed a big difference with my lips, but that's probably because my lips are naturally very pigmented. Overall, I have been nothing but satisfied with this product. I am quite eager to try other Peter Thomas Roth products especially the Instant Mineral Powder

3.01.2013

What's On My Nails For Spring

I am relieved but stunned that spring is just around the corner. A whole season has just passed and bam its March. Time flies by too quickly these days. 

But hey, that just means I get to pick out a cool new color scheme for Spring nails. So in honor of Spring here are some colors I'll be sportin'.


With only one pastel shade my picks for Spring are a blend of sophisticated and fun. Think business during the day but party at night. Starting with my first two choices are Revlon Enchanting and Essie Splash of Grenadine. Now Revlon's Enchanting is a version of Essie Playdate and Rimmel Wild Orchid. After many attempts of trying to find Essie Playdate I decided to google and find myself a dupe. I found both Revlon's and Rimmel's versions and decided that the Revlon out-shined(literally) Rimmel. Revlon Enchanting has purple/pink microshimmers but is not noticeble on the nail. I just love love love this color, it sits on the line of being a vibrant purple and pastel purple at the same time. I have been wearing it for much of February and suits my skin color very nicely.
Next is Essie Splash of Grenadine and I had worn this color all summer last year and I still cant get enough of it. Just a beautiful pink/purple mixture. Gorgeous on the toes. My most sophistcated picks are OPI I Don't Give a Rotterdam and Essie Mambo. Both are suitable enough for the office but offer a chic element to your outfit. Color Club's Covered in Diamonds is my glitter pick. I have been looking for a holographic glitter for quite some time. I have also been eyeing YSL's Premiere Neige top coat, but cannot find it anywhere. Covered in Diamonds adds an incredible look to any nail color. It can be a little chunky and jagged but the outcome of this polish is too beautiful to pass. Last is my color obsession this past month(as you can see in my past post). I'm loving mint green anything at the moment and on the nails OPI Gargantuan Green Grape is just that accent I'm looking for to tie into my obsession.

Have you tried any of these shades?
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