R&D: Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation

Friday, May 30, 2014

As a foundation junkie I have accumulated quite the assortment of both drugstore and high end face base products. Today's review is on a much more negative note than the last foundation R&D I put together. I find it so easy to just abandon the products that I don't enjoy and focus my blogging and youtube attentions to the products that deserve the hype and attention. However, I must remember that a negative review is just as important and informative as a positive. I hope you enjoy the video!



Thanks for watching!

Claire

Review: REN F10 Smooth & Renew Mask

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

If you have sensitive and irritable skin, but still want to refresh and brighten your complexion, then I have the perfect mask for you. The REN F10 Smooth & Renew Mask uses bio extracts from Mexican Papayas, Barbados Cherries, & Arctic Blackcurrents to gently exfoliate without irritating the skin whatsoever. The sticky, marmalade-like mask not only feels relaxing and refreshing, but there are noticeable improvements in the texture of the skin when the mask is removed. 


There are times when a mask with acids and clays is too much for my easily irritated skin. Many times, I turn to fruit acid/extract based products like this one. I would definitely add this lovely mask to the list of products to try ifyou are interested in testing out chemical exfoliation. If you are looking to slough away that dead skin and brighten your pretty face in a gentle and effective way, you can find this natural and cruelty free product at many online retailers. A bit on the pricier end, at $37, I still find it to be well worth the investment. 


Be sure to leave your face mask recommendations in the comments below. I love the effectiveness and spa/relaxation time that at-home masking can provide. 

Top 5: Face Masks #2

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Since my most watched video on my YouTube channel is my Top 5 Favorite Face Masks, and that was over a year ago, I decided it was time for round 2. Five more face masks for your viewing pleasure. As with last time, this video features a variety of masks targeting different concerns. Be sure to let me know if you have tried any of these masks in the comments below. 


I hope you enjoy the video!



Love,
Claire

Brand Review: Bite Beauty

Sunday, May 25, 2014

After hearing so much hype about Bite Beauty over the last few months, I decided to throw in my two cents about the brand. In this video I go over the products that I have tried from one of my favorite lip products companies. I also talk a little about some of the information I learned from doing a little online research. Definitely check out the video below to see which products I recommend, and which products to avoid from Bite Beauty. I hope you guys enjoy!



Thanks for watching!

Love, 
Claire

Evening Skincare Routine

Saturday, May 24, 2014

As a natural follow up to my morning skincare routine, I bring you my evening skincare routine. The video explains and shows you how I remove my makeup after a long day of work, cleanse, and nourish my skin. My skincare routine is very important to maintaining the health of my skin. Since my skin is so sensitive and acne-prone, if I skip even one night.morning of my routine, my skin will show it, via a break out or increased discoloration. Make sure to leave a comment telling me your favorite skincare products below! I hope you enjoy the video!


Products Mentioned:
Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm


Thanks for watching!

Claire

Morning Skincare Routine

Monday, May 19, 2014

A long awaited and much requested video, I bring you My Morning Skincare Routine. I love my skincare, there is no doubt about that, and in this video I give you mini reviews and show you how I use all my morning products. I also share a little on my philosophy behind my morning cleansing and moisturizing ritual. Do note, and proceed with caution, everyone's skin is different and may react differently to various ingredients and products. Something that works beautifully for me, can have adverse reactions on you. Thus, take advantage of samples and testers at your locals stores and counters. And always remember to patch test new skincare on a hard to see area on your neck/chin before going hog wild! Be sure to watch the video below to see how I start my day and the products that give me clear and hydrated skin! 


Make sure to stay tuned for my evening skincare routine and a third part featuring sunscreens, exfoliants, and treatments.


I hope you guys enjoyed the video and be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel and follow my blog to see more!

Thanks!

Empties: April 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

This is a big one. Get ready for copious amounts of makeup and skincare for your empty-loving viewing pleasure!


Products Mentioned:

A! Absolute! Makeup Cleansing Tissues, Vitamin E
MAC Wipes
Sesha Skin Therapy Rejuvenating Anti-Wrinkle Mask
Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner
Kiehl's Line Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate
Alchimie Forever Firming Gel for Neck & Bust
Kiehl's Acne Blemish Control Daily Skin-Clearing Treatment
L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Serum
Nuxe Serum Merveillance
Lancome Eau Fraiche Douceur
Marc Jacobs Eau de Toilette
Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap New England Autumn Bouquet (discontinued)
Softsoap Hand Soap Tuscan Fig & Plum (discontinued)
REN Neroli & Grapefruit Body Cream
Bath & Body Works Cashmere Glow Shower Gel
Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Conditioner
Organix (now OGX) renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo
Organix (now OGX) renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner
Tresemme Vitamin Enriched Heat Tamer Spray
Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray
Desert Essence 100% Pure Jojoba Oil



Sample/Travel Sizes
Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara Black
Alpha-H Liquid Gold
Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Intensive Vitalizing Eye Complex
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
Amore Pacific FUTURE RESPONSE Age Defense Cream
Tilvee Cranberry Balancing Facial Lotion
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster
Paula's Choice RESIST Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum
Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water
Marc Jacobs Honey Eau de Parfum
Valentino Valentina Eau de Parfum
Lancome La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum
Kiehl's Creme de Corps
L'Occitane Amande Firming & Smoothing Milk Concentrate
Elemis Lime & Ginger Hand & Body Wash
John Masters Organica Evening Primrose Shampoo
Bumble & Bumble Thickening Shampoo
Bumble & Bumble Thickening Conditioner
Phyto Phytobaume Hydration Express Conditioner
Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream (x3)
Tresemme Tres Two Hairspray
Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque

Candles
Bath & Body Works Green Grass (discontinued)

Hope you enjoyed!
Love,
Claire

Favorites: April 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Another favorites video is up and live on the TUBE! There are some really stand out products that I'm looking forward to doing more extensive blogposts/videos about (the Elemis cleanser and the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation). I hope you enjoy the video and be sure to leave a comment letting me know what your favorite products were over the month of April!


Products Mentioned:
Laura Geller Blush N Brighten Down to Earth (Limited Edition)
Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Cologne


Hope you enjoyed!
Love,
Claire

Review: Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Costco was definitely the last place I thought I would find beauty products that would spark my interest. Surprisingly enough, a few months ago, I ran across the Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator. I quickly pulled out my iphone and realized that it was half off! Price aside, I thoroughly enjoyed using this product (I went through it completely). 


In the mornings, after toning I would apply this thin, but yet moisturizing serum all over my face and neck and follow with other serums or directly with my moisturizer and sunscreen. Not only did it sink into the skin quickly and made me feel more hydrated, but the slight sheen/shimmer in the product gave my skin a beautiful glow that was perfect to go under makeup or barefaced. Since this product sinks into the skin so easily and doesn't feel greasy or pore-clogging at all, I would recommend this for all skin types.

Definitely browse your local bulk food supply store for this beautiful skincare bit (I also see it often at CCO's). Unfortunately, as much as I enjoy it, there are other serums I prefer and I don't think it's worth the full sale price.

Hope you enjoyed and let me know if you have ever tried any other Estee Lauder skincare in the comments below!

Love,
Claire

R&D: Liole Triple the Solution BB Cream

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Another new series? Yes! I decided it was time to share with you my obsession with foundation/base products. To do so informatively and effectively, I've put together the first of many (hopefully) R&D videos. For those who may not know, typically, in the non-youtube/blogging would, R&D refers to Research and Development. Conveniently enough, it also stands for Review and Demo. Thus, comes the infinitely creative name of "Foundation R&D". This is where a graduate degree has gotten me...


Jokes and self-deprication aside, the first installment of Foundation R&D is focused on the Liole Triple the Solution BB Cream. One of my all time favorite foundation products of all time (featured in my Top Favorite Foundations video), this is the product that sparked my interest of Asian cosmetics. 
In case you are interested in purchasing this product, it can be found on Amazon (like everything else), however I have personally only purchased it from brick and mortar locations. One of those is local to me (here in Portland) and conveniently has an online store as well (with free shipping over $50). Pretty and Cute is an adorable (not surprisingly) beauty supply store right on the edge of Portland that is known for their great customer service and access to hard-to-find Asian beauty products (and no I am not affiliated with them and they have no idea who I am or that I'm writing these wonderful words about them). Hope you guys enjoy the review and demo and let me know in the comments below what you thought of this new type of video!


Love,
Claire

Haul: OPI Spring/Summer 2014 Brazil Collection

Monday, May 5, 2014

It's been a while since I've bought any new nail polish. I've been trying to be a bit more discerning with the little glass bottles I bring home; making sure I don't have a dupe, and/or it's even a color I would wear. However, the most recent OPI Spring/Summer 2014 Collection has really caught my attention. After a long and arduous winter, there is nothing more hopeful for spring than slapping some bright coral lacquer on your nails; am I right? I may exaggerate a bit, but for a beauty junkie, the change in finger nail color means it's a new season ahead! 


Out of the entire collection the colors that reflected my excitement for spring were Live.Love.Carnaval (the coral on the left) and Kiss Me I'm Brazilian (the pink on the right). I've worn both, even though Live.Love.Carnaval is the only one shown on the nail, and can say that they apply true to what you seen in the bottle. Typical for a good OPI polish, these apply evenly, and with two coats you have full opacity. I'm so happy that I've added these spring/summer staples into my collection. 


I definitely recommend picking these beauties up. There were other intriguing shades, like the red and the nude, but I held back...for now...

Hope you enjoyed and let me know in the comments below if you picked up any of the colors from this collection!

Love, 
Claire
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