Saturday, October 5, 2013

September Hits and Hell Noes

September turned out to be a hectic month, what with finally having major projects do for school, the chaos that resulted from by Colorado trip, and the death of our oldest dog. So I don't really have much of anything to show for the month because I very rarely wore makeup in Colorado, and I haven't worn a stitch since returning home. When I did wear makeup while traveling, I was happy to have two of my September faves on hand. I can't be without them now! Here we go, the good and the very, very bad. 

Givenchy Eclat Matissime*: This stuff is brilliant. Being ultra-pale, I've struggled with finding foundations that are a.) light enough for me, b.) don't make me oily throughout the day, and c.) don't break me out. Thanks to my friend Amanda, I've discovered this, which ticks all three boxes. The shade porcelain is perfect for my coloring. It has a faint yellow tinge that counters the redness in my face without looking like a mask. Best of all, it's a matte finish, so I don't end up shiny an hour later. I still need to powder after a few hours, but that's the story of my life. Best of all? No breakouts from the makeup!

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser: After the sample-size cleanser I brought along with me to Boulder turned my skin into a sore, blotchy, pimply mess, I dashed into Sephora and snagged this from the bargain bin near the checkout. I don't usually go for foaming cleansers since they're usually too drying and cause my skin to rebound by becoming oiler, but this is formulated with fruit oils and cleanses gently without stripping the skin. Within two days of using this, my skin was less sore, less red, and the blemishes were healing.

Nude ProGenius Treatment Oil*: Another tiny sample I got from Sephora ages ago, this little bottle was a lifesaver when my poor, abused skin was crying in pain. I used this day and night to help it heal, and between this and my Henriksen cleanser, my skin recovered. I may pop for the full size when my Advanced Night Repair is empty.

Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow: I keep hearing about how wonderful these are, and when the gal in Sephora remarked that the shade Hypnotique made for the easiest, longest lasting smokey eye ever, I grabbed the last one. It literally takes twenty seconds to do my eye makeup with this stuff. It comes with an adorable sponge applicator, but I just use my finger. It does crease after about eight hours, but it does so in a way that looks deliberately messy. I love these! The problem? Now I want them all, and they're pricey.

Philosophy Purity One-Step Facial Cleanser*: I have encountered Satan in a bottle, and it is this cleanser. Purity? Pure evil, maybe. I used this the first night on the road, loved the smell, and decided I'd ignore the squeaky-clean feeling it left behind. "I'll just use more treatment oil," I said. The next day, I had red patches on my nose and five new bumps. "It's the stress of travel," I thought. I continued to use this cleanser the first few nights in Boulder, and with each use, my skin felt worse. It was the cleanser. I hate to throw anything out, so I've repurposed it as shower gel. It smells nice and does the job. It does not belong on anyone's face. 

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