Friday, October 31, 2014

October Beauty Wrap Up

I feel like I made up for the lack of new products in last month's Beauty Wrap Up! Because my experimenting was at an all time low in September I had a lot to try out in October! Towards the end of September I received a Meme Box and I tried most of the products in it this month along with a few other things I purchased. My baseline routine stayed the same but I tried a few different masks and some new makeup.

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New Products I've Introduced:

➳ (Full Sized) It's Skin Babyface Petit Blusher in Pink - This was one of the products that came in the memebox. I gave it a go once on my face this month - the packaging was adorable but it's the wrong color! I contemplated keeping it for costume makeup or just having in my kit for when I wanted a really pink blush but in the end I just re-packaged it and added to my swap bin.  It's super pigmented so it stays on really well and really shows up, but I just can't use it with my redheaded complexion. 

Rating: 2/5 - Great pigment, but totally the wrong color for blush for my skin tone! Won't repurchase because there's only three other colors of this blush and I don't think any of them will work on my skin tone. 

➳ (Full Sized) Make Up For Ever Mat Bronze One of the things that I really love about makeup is it's ability to change and modify your face and then just wash right off and you're back to normal. I have a pretty eclectic style and dress differently based on what is going on. Some days I'm in a blazer and patent pumps and the other day I'm in a linen shift and whimiscal boots. I like to have this flexibility with my makeup, too, and bronzer, highlighter, and blush are the trio that really change the way I look even if they're some of the most subtly applied things in my toolkit.

I got this bronzer from Make Up For Ever because I wanted a matte bronzer to use for contouring. I never use bronzers to make me "sun kissed" or tanned. Sometimes I want sharp angled lines on my face, or to be able to change the structure of my cheekbones, nose, and chin whenever I feel like it so it's a product I use for cosmetic magic tricks, not an overall effect. I generally trust Make Up For Ever - I have a long standing history of success with their products and this time was no exception. With this product I got a high quality pigment that stays on my face, blends easily, and can be used in a variety of ways to change things around. 

Rating: 5/5 - Easy to use, effective, high quality.

➳ (Full Sized) Saint Peau Collagen Pudding Sleeping Pack - This product retails at $38 was the most expensive product in the Memebox. It has an interesting ingredients list (thankfully posted in English on one side of the box) including 52% collagen, grapefruit peel oil, lavender oil, cocoa extract, and lime oil. There's a lot of citrus in this product and it smells really good - like a mix of those citrus fruits with a faint hint of lavender. This particular product boasts "wrinkle care & whitening." I'm all about the wrinkle care but I don't worry too much about whitening (which I have come to approximate in Western skin care as the term "brightening" - most whitening products are not supposed to make you paler, but strive for a more even and glowing epidermis!) so I was excited to try this product. 

Since there were many new ingredients in this product I patch tested this for almost a solid week. After no issues on the patch test I put it on my face...and my face completely rejected it. I woke up to several new breakouts and it had irritated some of the Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation that I am trying to fade. This product simply didn't work with my skin so it went straight into the swap bin. 

Rating: 1/5 - Sounds promising, I liked the ingredients list, it smelled lovely, the texture was a bit funky, but my skin simply couldn't handle this and broke out. 

➳ (Full Sized) LaNeige Water Sleeping Mask Ahh...the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask... this is one of my favorite products that I've ever purchased and I'm so thankful it was as simple to buy as a run to Target now that they're carrying LaNeige products! This Sleeping Mask (as it's known in the Western market) or Sleeping Pack (as it's known in the Asian market) is generally considered a staple beauty product and I've read a considerable amount about it before I finally got around to driving to a Target that carries it. 

This Sleeping Mask smells really good and has a subtle lavender scent and when I wake up my skin is glowing! I can't explain what it is about this product that makes it do so well but the difference between the days I use this and the days I don't is huge. While it's unfortunate that the results don't last longer (a day or two at most) it's a great thing to have in my arsenal for days I know I'm going to need to wake up refreshed with great skin - days where I'm going to be photographed, have an important meeting, need a great base for the makeup I'm going to wear or my skin needs a little extra TLC because it's been out in the elements or I didn't get enough sleep the day before. Also, I use this on my neck and it's the only thing that's created some improvement on the lines on my neck. 

Rating: 5/5 - Best product this month! I'll stockpile this stuff if they ever announce that they'll stop making it! 

➳ (Full Sized) Sally's box Friendly Berry Berry Lip Patch - I've never used a lip patch before but it's essentially a mask for your lips. It's never occurred to me to purchase one but this one came in the memebox so I figured I'd try it out during my weekly ritual that consists of sitting and watching dramas, wearing a SheetMask, and changing my nail polish. It's a multiple use silicon lip patch that's infused with things that should make your lips softer and more moisturized. It's really quite thick and prone to sliding off your lips so I wear it while lying flat on my back while waiting for my nail polish to dry. I don't see much difference though my lips are a little moisturized afterwards. It does taste kind of bad, too, so if you accidentally lick your lips after using it you'll get a bitter taste. I'll probably use it until it's out and then I won't replace it but for now it's a fun addition to my weekly pamper time.

Rating: 2.5/5 - Strange. Entertaining. Difficult to breath with when on! Won't be re-buying this product. 

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