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Clarins goodies!

By on September 20, 2013
Clarins purchases, free samples, and a free gift bag with purchse
Clarins purchases, free samples, and a free gift bag of deluxe samples with purchase

I recently received a package of Clarins goodies that I’m really excited about. I’ve purchased individual items here and there from my local Clarins counter at Nordstrom before, but this was actually my first time making a purchase online. I was prompted by a Gilt City mobile app deal that gave me $60 in Clarins online credit for $40, and once I got my hands on that deal I decided to act quickly and make a purchase on the last day of a free gift with purchase offer that included a cute little bag and 5 deluxe product samples. I love freebies, and I’m super eager to try out a whole bunch of products that I’ve never used before.

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Five Flops: Makeup, skincare, and hair products that I’m tossing

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I don’t like to waste products, and I usually make an effort to finish them up before I throw them out, even if I’m less than enthusiastic about using them. Plus, I usually do enough research to avoid purchasing products that won’t work for me in the first place. However, these five products are recent purchases that I couldn’t make work, and I’m tossing ’em while there’s still plenty of stuff left in them.

Wearing Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadows right before they started to crease uncontrollably
Wearing Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadows right before they started to crease

Let’s get right to it!

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NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

By on September 19, 2013
Wearing NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Finland
Wearing NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Finland ($42)

The NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is one of my favorite go-to products, and one of the few higher end products that I repurchase despite the high price tag. Part of the reason I can get over the price is that you get a lot of product in a bottle, 1.9 oz, about twice what you get with a lot of other foundations. It works just the same as a foundation for me, and it’s not like I need to use more product in an application. I think I use less, actually. The other reason why I repurchase this is that it really makes my skin look like it’s just naturally more healthy and radiant than it looks on its own. When I receive compliments my skin, I most likely wearing this.

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Clarins Bright Plus HP Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel

By on September 18, 2013
Clarins Bright Plus HP Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel ($38)
Clarins Bright Plus HP Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel ($38)

Am I the only one who thinks that “Bright Plus HP” sounds like something you’d collect in an old role-playing video game? I honestly have no idea what HP means in Clarins land, but to me it means I’m absorbing health points. I wish I could find out what it references on their website, but I don’t see any indication. Anyhow, Bright Plus HP is a line of products by Clarins that helps to bring out radiance and improve skin tone. The Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel is a clear liquid that you apply on your face with a cotton pad after cleansing and leave on overnight once or twice a week. It’s an exfoliating lotion that removes old skin cells and boosts cell turnover for a brighter, younger looking complexion.

Update: Sometime in 2014/2015 Clarins discontinued the Renewing Brightening Peel and introduced the Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner, which boasts very similar ingredients (a combination of glycolic, salicylic and tartaric acids as well as tamarind and white nettle) and is similarly intended to be used once or twice a week. I don’t have the ingredients list for the toner and so cannot confirm that they it is the same product, but the two products are certainly close.

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Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

By on September 16, 2013
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eye Liner ($20)
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eye Liner ($20)

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner is a felt tip liner that boasts a quick-drying and long-wearing formula. I have it in black, but it does come in 7 other colors, as well. It’s a favorite of many, and its applicator is described as versatile and beginner-friendly. I was initially introduced to it through one of Sephora’s displays of recommended eyeliners. I’ve never really been in the habit of wearing liquid eyeliner on a regular basis, so I can be a little clumsy with them in general and I thought that perhaps the stiffer felt tip may be a handy help with drawing an even line more reliably.

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Prestige High Intensity Eyeliners in Deepest Black, Daring Green, and Lively Turquoise

By on September 14, 2013
Prestige High Intensity Eyeliners in Deepest Black, Daring Green, and Lively Turquoise
Prestige High Intensity Eyeliners in Deepest Black, Daring Green, and Lively Turquoise ($5.50/ea)

Prestige is a brand that’s relatively new to me. I’ve seen people say good things about them on the internet, but I just don’t see their products in stores much. A couple of months ago, I noticed that my nearby Bed Bath & Beyond had a skinny sliver of a display for Prestige within their cosmetics section, and I decided to grab a few of their pencil eyeliners. I walked away with Deepest Black, the vibrant Lively Turquoise, and the more muted Daring Green. I was particularly excited about Daring Green because just earlier that day I’d seen that Chanel was coming out with an khaki green eyeliner for the fall, and I thought it’d be really helpful for my bank account if I could just nip that temptation in the bud with a cheaper pencil of a similar color.

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Maybelline Fall 2013 Color Sensational High Shine Gloss in Purple Royale

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Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine Lip Gloss in Purple Royale (LE)
Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine Lip Gloss in Purple Royale (LE)

When I saw this deep purple gloss show up in my local drugstore, I knew I had to try it out. I already have a few of the permanent Color Sensational High Shine Lip Gloss shades and I’ve been very happy with them (for a while there at the beginning of summer I was wearing One Shine Day practically every day). Purple Royale is a deep, cool purple gloss, which is something that I do not already have in my collection. I’m looking forward to the weather cooling down a bit so that this kind of shade feels a little more appropriate!

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Made-up Marketing: Smell the orchids

By on September 12, 2013

It should be clear, by evidence of this blog, that I’m a pretty big fan of the beauty industry. There are few things I love dropping my money on more than the latest and greatest makeup and skincare products. However, I believe it is also no secret that sometimes the marketing teams of these cosmetics and skincare companies try to sell us on some crazy and completely made-up things. Rather than just passing by their ridiculous ads, product names, and buzz words, I thought that maybe documenting these little nuggets could make a fun series. Which brings me to exhibit A:

Philosophy Orchid Blossom shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath
Philosophy Orchid Blossom shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath

I caught this display of Philosophy Orchid Blossom shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath at Nordstrom Rack recently. Philosophy has a huge collection of deliciously scented 3-in-1 products, and I’m sure that this particular variant is delightful. But when I saw this, I thought to myself, “well, huh. What on earth does an orchid smell like?”

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MAC Pressed Blot Powder

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MAC Pressed Blot Powder in Light ($25 for 0.42 oz.)
MAC Pressed Blot Powder in Light ($25 for 0.42 oz.)

I don’t carry a lot of makeup in my purse. Just a few lip balms, and this: MAC Pressed Blot Powder. I picked this up this past spring when I could tell that my face was gradually getting a little oilier throughout the day. It’s perfect for taking on the go, because the compact will never accidentally snap open, it has a nice mirror, and although I’ve tried different ways to apply it, the little puff it comes with that fits in the compact is actually the best tool for the job.

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LUSH Ayesha Fresh Face Mask

By on September 11, 2013
LUSH Ayesha Fresh Face Mask ($6.95)
LUSH Ayesha Fresh Face Mask ($6.95)

Following my experience with LUSH’s Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask (review here), I returned to LUSH to try a different mask of theirs. I let the sales associate know that I was looking for something a little stronger in the cleansing department than Love Lettuce was. She suggested Ayesha, which includes clay and witch hazel but is still gentle and nourishing. On the packaging and on the website, Ayesha is described as ideal for mature skin, and although I’m not even yet 30, I’m not in the habit of turning down anti-aging benefits.

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