Acne due to setting powder wtf can I live??
Greetings, team. So, true story, I recently figured out what causes some of my acne. I wondered if it was skipping spearmint capsules (I explain more about why I use them in my 2016 routine post), and that still may be part of the equation. But I suspect that the thing behind some really crazy, deep, multi-pore shitshow clogs is nothing other than the powders I use to set my makeup for special events and work meetings. What exactly in the powder is causing the clogs? I dunno. But I finally realized that I’d have the nastiest, deep cystic spots that took forever to heal after big events that required long-lasting makeup. It’s possible that the powder itself or something in the powder is mixing with my natural face oils to form a sort of pore cement. urgh
All of this is to say that even years in, I’m still very much figuring this out.
I’ve been trying to get my house organized lately (backstory: I live in NYC and have a fairly large apartment for the city, but it’s still an NYC apartment, so…) and ended up having to buy house stuff on Amazon. That’s not really something I know a lot about, since the main decoration here is a 10-year-old cardboard deer head and some old Soviet food posters. After reading Cheryl from Racked’s article on shady beauty reviews, I remembered Fakespot, which is a site (it’s free to use) that analyzes Amazon reviews and helps you figure out which listings rely on fake profiles and reviews. Most of the stuff I was looking at was fine, but I definitely had to switch out one item in my cart after analyzing it and finding that the item received an F grade. I’ve used Fakespot on products like those fruit hydrogel mask machines and their review situation was suspect as hell.
Holiday shopping excitement
I’m on track to spend HALF as much on beauty in 2017 as 2016, which is awesome considering how disappointed I felt about the stuff I bought. I’ve been waiting to make purchases longer this year and trying to reign it in, which might be contributing to my excitement about the holiday shopping season. Expect gift guides (for once!)
Urgh, a rare misstep from A’pieu. The ingredient lists for these products looked so promising and the price per item was under $10, so I felt like this line could have been a huge winner, but the formulas just didn’t deliver for me. The toner didn’t give the violent plumping that I get from my favs and the fragrance was strong to the point of having more throw than a lot of perfumes, at least on initial application. The essence was less violently fragranced, but formulated in a way that it sat heavy on my skin and didn’t sink in well. The cream was just such a typical, fragranced, white, mediocre, 2.5 out of 4 stars max cream that mostly just sits there and gets bought because it’s cheap. I love the idea of good $10 and under (before shipping) skincare products, but these don’t deliver. A’pieu’s Madecassoside Cream is much, much better and I’m obviously a fan of their poo mist lol.
I emptied this (rare for me!) and I stand by my review: it’s good, about as exciting as liquid hand soap, and very pricey. Still, I finished it, which I never force myself to do. Full review here.
I saw fantastic reviews for this Japanese skincare product on IG and decided to splurge on what turned out to be a fairly pricey sample. The problem is that omfg the scent…I just…it reminds me of something I’d have found on my grandma’s makeup table in the 1980s, some half-turned Mary Kay nightmare bound for the free table at the annual garage sale. I. Cannot. Does this work for my skin? I don’t even know that I paid attention to the performance because I was so turned off by the smell. I think some people love the sent, but urghghghg, it’s not for me, especially when the product is so pricey.
Round Lab Green Propolis Cleansing Gel
This fairly obscure kbeauty cleanser has a low-pH level, but it seems to achieve that by relying a lot on citric acid, which doesn’t feel great on my skin. It’s like a less sophisticated version of the already ho-hum Susanne Kaufmann gel except vastly harder to buy. It started to grow mildew in my shower due to disuse; time to cut this one from the team.
A full-size All Day serum costs $200. I don’t even know what to say. I mean…the ingredients look fine, it felt fine on my skin…I just can’t with car payment serums, sorry. Kbeauty brands produce remarkable products that work for a fraction of the price, there’s no universe in which I’d spend $200 on a serum, especially not this one.
These pads are like a punch in the face except a convenient, highly effective exfoliating punch in the face. I wish they were a tad gentler, but clearly I wanted to be lactic punched in the face at least 50 days this year because I worked through these like a champ, probably because pads are so damn convenient. I’m thinking about rebuying them despite having a shitton of other lactics around. Garden of Wisdom: MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT.
I’m not spending money with Tatcha (reasons: complex and best explained by someone else), but I tried this sample of their new Water Cream and it was nice. It’s a water drop cream, which means that it releases water as you rub it in. The scent is pleasant, it feels good on my skin, and I find the $68 price tag per 50ml jar somewhat wild, but at least the formula and experience of using it is nice.
The Lipstick League – week of 9.18.17
Question of the Week: What is your HG eyeshadow palette from the drugstore?
I don’t think I own a drugstore palette, actually! I own too many palettes in general, I’m really into singles and single pigments at the moment. I guess the closest thing to a drugstore palette would be the original Pony x Memebox palette from 2014 (discontinued), that was seriously great. Zoeva makes some incredible palettes in the $25ish price range, like, HOW (you can find Zoeva at Cult Beauty).
EauMG – I went to Budapest and here’s all the beauty products I bought. I need to go on a No-Buy now…
fanserviced-b – I tried Glossier’s newish Wowder Duo and was impressed by the packaging, but wish it didn’t give my skin a red cast or cystic acne spots.
Gouldylox – With so many new launches on the horizon, do you really need the new #IWantKandee collection from Too Faced?
My Beauty Bunny – says if you’re going to buy toothpaste (and hopefully you do…), why not buy cruelty free toothpaste that WHITENS?
Phyrra – I share my favorite Daytime Makeup Tutorial. It makes blue and green eyes pop!
Prime Beauty – The newest innovation in skincare is probiotics, but do they actually work? LaFlore Skincare is a brand new skincare brand that harnesses the power of probiotics in their simple 3-Step Skincare System; read about my results!
we heart this – How much would you love us if we told you there was a skincare product that you could add to your existing favorites to actively brighten your skin? How about if we added that it’s only about 30 bucks? Meet YBF Brightening Concentrate…
Beauty Junkies Unite – We all love instant gratification, especially when it comes to beauty products! That’s why Amber spent over a month testing facial masks to find six that deliver immediate results, for every skin concern. Check them out here.
Blushing Noir – Brooke tried out some products from Fenty Beauty by Rihanna and is here to let you know which products worked the best on her SUPER OILY skin and which ones were a total fail.
(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
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