Bath & Body Works Goodies…

Tags

, , , , ,

Candles and LotionLast weekend I purchased two new Bath & Body Works candles as well as a bottle of lotion. This was a complete impulse buy as I wasn’t on the hunt for any new candles and I’m working on using up the lotions that I already have. The candles that I picked out were “Rio Glow” and “Meet Me In Tahiti”. The Bath & Body Works website describes these scents as…

Rio Glow- “A tantalizing blend of tropical mango, papaya and guava as vibrant as Rio’s Carnival!”

Meet Me In Tahiti- “Escape to paradise with the lush fragrance of Tahitian petals Monoi blossoms and sweet vanilla. No passport required!”

As for the lotion, “Capri Seaside Citrus” I already had the travel size bottle and have been really enjoying  the scent. Since this isn’t a permanent collection item, I felt the need to get the full size bottle. The fragrance is not too overwhelming like some of the Bath & Body Works scents so it’s perfect for an all over body lotion for spring and summer. The Bath & Body Works website describes this scent as  “A sunny seaside escape of fresh citrus, juicy nectarine & orange flower”. I am a huge fan of citrus scents when it comes to lotions, body washes and perfumes so of course I couldn’t pass this one up!

Candles

It’s hard to believe that summer is right around the corner! It’s always so much fun to have yummy smelling candles and lotions to go with the seasons!

54489-354-25E04F388E013301ED52D9A9E476542B

 

Images © cosmetic journey…in the city 2011-2013

L’Oréal True Match Lumi Foundation…

Tags

, , , , ,

Lumi

Lumi Swatch

So I’ve been wearing the L’Oréal True Match Lumi Foundation in the neutral shade “n1-2″ for a couple of months now. During the week I usually rotate between a few bottles of various foundations and this one has been reached for quite often! I thought that I really liked the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation which I recently blogged about until I started noticing how nice my skin looks while wearing the Lumi! I was a bit weary in the beginning because of the fact that this product is supposed to make your skin luminous. My skin is oily so I had visions of a shiny greasy mess. Not the case at all! At least at this time of year when the weather is not hot and humid I haven’t experienced a greasy mess. I may have a different opinion in mid July, but we will see!

I love the look of the bottle and the ease of use with the pump applicator. The SPF 20 is great for that extra protection on top of my usual SPF daily moisturizer. I apply the product with my fingers and always achieve a streak free look. This foundation doesn’t feel oily at all which is nice. I would say that the coverage is on the medium side and definitely gives a radiant glow to the skin. This foundation would be perfect in the winter when your skin can appear drab and dry from the lack of moisture in the air. The L’Oréal website states that this foundation has antioxidants as well as vitamin C and E which will improve clarity and skin tone. They also state that “In 1 Month: skin is clearer, healthier, more luminous” Since I haven’t been using it everyday I haven’t noticed this yet.

I don’t have anything negative to say about this foundation except that throughout the day there is a bit of oiliness on my nose and forehead. It’s not really that bad so it’s not a deal breaker. To combat this I have been applying some concealer on my nose after the foundation application in the A.M.

I really love this foundation and the way is makes my skin look. Good coverage, texture and a youthful glow. I give this product an 8 out of 10!

54489-354-25E04F388E013301ED52D9A9E476542B

 

Images © cosmetic journey…in the city 2011-2013

5 Favorite Scents For Spring & Summer…

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Body Splashes

The last step to my daily morning routine is spritzing on perfume or body splash. During the fall and winter I reach for perfume vs. body splashes 90% of the time. I like having a heavier scent when the weather is chilly. In the past, when spring and summer roll around, I still wear perfume but incorporate my collection of splashes every couple of days.

This spring I’ve pretty much been wearing body splash on a daily basis. I love the light, cool and refreshing aspect of this kind of fragrance vs. a more concentrated  heavier feeling perfume. Another reason why I’ve been so into splashes lately is because I have added 2 new ones to my collection which I have literally been obsessed with. They are included in the 5 favorites that I have been rotating between lately…

Bath & Body Works “Coco Cabana”- This fragrance is no longer available at Bath & Body Works. They tend to bring back some of their older classic scents from time to time during sales around the holidays which is nice. This scent is sweet, fresh and light!

Bath & Body Works “Strawberry Lemonade”  Unfortunately, this is another scent that is not available anymore in the permanent collection. This is one of my all time favorite spring and summer body splashes! It actually smells like strawberry lemonade, the perfect sweet and crisp combo!

Victoria’s Secret “Love Spell”  This is probably the most popular scent that Victoria’s Secret sells in regards to fragrance/lotion. As you can see I have gone through quite a bit of this light, floral and sweet scent.

Victoria’s Secret “Coconut Passion”  Hands down obsession!! I received this as a gift from a friend a couple months ago and have not grown tired of the smell by any means! I blogged about it recently and how wonderful it is! The perfect warm combination of coconut and vanilla. Two of my favorite aromas/flavors!

Victoria’s Secret (Pink/Spring Break) “Passionfruit Hibiscus”  I recently had a gift card for Victoria’s Secret and picked up this body splash. It’s been an obsession as well! It reminds me of how the Escada perfumes smell, which are sweet, fruity, tropical and heavenly. I seriously cant get enough of this!!

Body sprays, splashes and mists are great because they are inexpensive, easily portable and most contain moisturizing ingredients. You can spritz them all over your body without smelling like you doused yourself in perfume. Perfect for the breezy months of spring and sticky hot summers!

54489-354-25E04F388E013301ED52D9A9E476542B

 

Images © cosmetic journey…in the city 2011-2013

Revlon Nearly Naked…

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

Revlon Nearly Naked

After about a month of pondering whether or not to try out the new Revlon Nearly Naked foundation, I came across a coupon for it and decided that I might as well give it a shot. One of my all time favorite foundations is the Revlon ColorStay which is a fantastic product. With that in mind, and hopes of a similar outcome, I purchased the foundation in the shade “Vanilla”. I ended up going back for the powder the week after.

I’ve been using the foundation for a few weeks now and have classified it as a good, average everyday makeup. The coverage is light to medium yet buildable. I apply it with my fingers which works well for me. The product is not as thick as the ColorStay and doesn’t have as strong of a “paint” aroma. Having SPF 20 or SPF in general is always nice in a foundation, so that is a plus in my book! I didn’t notice any streaking and experienced no difficulty with blending the makeup into my skin. The Vanilla shade does appear too light for me but it actually isn’t a problem since it ends up oxidizing to a perfect match! The best part of this foundation is that it stays on all day and still looks nice after a full work day and trip to the gym! I’m oily and it has yet to slide off my face. We will see how it works in the dog days of summer, but for now it works quite well! One thing that is a bit annoying and messy is the inside of the cap. I always shake my foundation before use and the way the bottle screws onto the lid allows for a lot of product to escape into the top of the lid. Not a huge deal but a pump or a better designed screw cap (interior) would be nice.

I had no interest in the powder until I watched a few YouTube videos about it and people really were loving it so off to the store I went with another coupon in hand. I purchased the color “Fair”. I love the big white compact, maybe because it reminds me of my iPhone! When applying the powder it goes on pretty sheer with zero fallout after swirling the brush in the product. This is fine since I don’t like a overly powdered look. I have been using the little puff that comes in the compact the last few days and prefer the look that it gives vs. my powder brush.

So as a whole, I love the packaging and performance of the foundation and powder and would say that they are average. Not bad, not fantastic, but good! I would recommend them if you are looking for just a basic everyday makeup set.

54489-354-25E04F388E013301ED52D9A9E476542B

 

Images © cosmetic journey…in the city 2011-2013

Pixi…

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I’ve always been aware of Pixi cosmetics while shopping at Target but never purchased any of their products. I’m drawn to the pretty light green color of the packaging and of course the cute fairy logo! I think the reason why I’ve been slightly turned off by this line is because when I shop at Target, I have “inexpensive” in mind. The Pixi brand is a bit more high end so I tend not to think of purchasing a higher end cosmetic product while at Target. Another turn off is the fact that they never seem to be very well stocked. I’m always drawn to merchandise that is plentiful and Pixi is not one of those brands that has a full shelf. I seem to think that this is not because they sell out of their products, I just don’t think that they keep a large supply on hand. Either way, the packaging is really what draws me to this brand. Here are the items that I’m interested in…

Beauty Bronzer + Kabuki- After Beach Glow

Beauty Bronzer + Kabuki- After Beach Glow

Wakeup Concealer

Wakeup Concealer

Beauty Bronzer + Kabuki- Summertime Beauty Bronzer + Kabuki- Summertime

Endless Silky Eye Pen- CopperGlow

Endless Silky Eye Pen- CopperGlow

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen close up

Beauty Bronzer + Kabuki- Subtly Suntouched

Beauty Bronzer + Kabuki- Subtly Suntouched

Lip & Line- Nearly Natural

Lip & Line- Nearly Natural

Lip & Line- Nearly NudeLip & Line- Line

Shade Quartette- Shades of Daylight

Shade Quartette- Shades of Daylight

Shade Quartette- Shades of Peach

Shade Quartette- Shades of Peach

I love the fact that the concealer and eye liner are both waterproof. I only wear waterproof eye liner since my eyes are sensitive and tend to water. I’ve been on the lookout for a rich dark coppery brown liner so “CopperGlow” is on the top of my Pixi list! Concealer always slides around under my eyes so I’m hoping that the waterproof aspect of the “Wakeup” concealer makes the product stay put vs. being drying which I’m a bit afraid of. The Pixi website says that the “Wakeup” concealer has “anti-aging ingredients, brightening pigments and vitamin E”. Sounds good to me! As for the bronzers, “Summertime” is the shade that I’m in love with. I swatched it today while at Target, and just like the eye shadows  the formulation is silky smooth! I love how the color is a darker shade of brown without being orange. The other two bronzers that I have pictured would be used as blushes if I were to purchase them since they are on the lighter peachy and pink side of the color spectrum.

I’ve looked at the Pixi display at Target quite a bit lately and would love to just go to town and buy several of the products that have caught my eye but I have to stick to my tight wad ways and say no for awhile. I will allow myself a couple of items though!!

Any thoughts on this line?

54489-354-25E04F388E013301ED52D9A9E476542B

 

Images   Target.com & Pixi Beauty.com 

Recent Favorites…

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I’m always on a constant rotation when it comes to the products I use on a daily basis. I tend to get bored with using the same things over and over day after day so I prefer to mix it up often to keep things fresh and interesting!

Although I keep my makeup and beauty products on this constant rotation it’s common for me to grab for a favorite item more than a few days in a row. Here are some of those items that I’ve been reaching for more often lately…
Faves 4 8 13 In general, I have a rather large collection of eye shadow and always end up coming back to my MAC palettes. As you can see they are all pretty much neutral shades which I prefer in terms of eye shadow. Some of my favorites pictured that I have hit pan on are “Patina”, “Satin Taupe”, “Femme Fi”, “Naked Lunch” and “All That Glitters”. MAC shadows are excellent quality and you can’t beat the broad color range to choose from!

I wash my hair every other day and always use some kind of leave in conditioner or treatment after I’m out of the shower. I ended up purchasing the Aveda Damage Remedy which is a daily hair repair treatment that also protects against heat damage as well as aids in detangling. I LOVE the classic Aveda scent that it has as well as how silky my hair is after use. This is the best leave in treatment that I’ve used to date.

One thing that I really get bored with is scents. I have to mix up my perfumes, lotions and body sprays often since I get sick of a smell if I wear it for more than a couple of days in a row. Well, this is NOT the case with my Victoria’s Secret “Coconut Passion” body spray! This is the most wonderful coconut vanilla scent that I have literally been wearing pretty much if not every day for the past month. I’m freaking out over this fragrance. I have other coconut and vanilla scented lotions and body sprays but this one takes the cake!

I always have to have something on my lips and lately it’s been Maybelline Baby Lips in “Twinkle”. I have been applying it under lipstick as well as alone. It’s clear for the most part but does have a very sheer pink shimmer to it. The best part is that it smells like strawberry! I bought 2 additional tubes of Twinkle after I realized that this limited edition flavor was a winner in my book. Gotta keep those lips hydrated!

Last but not least is “Idolize Me” blush by Smashbox. This blush came out with the spring 2013 collection and initially caught my eye because of the cute packaging and debossed hearts and love text on the actual blush. The color is a muted almost dusty pink with a hint of coral. I would basically call this a matte blush but if you look closely there is the tiniest bit of shimmer. This color is different from any other blush that I own hence my frequent use of it lately!

54489-354-25E04F388E013301ED52D9A9E476542B

Images © cosmetic journey…in the city 2011-2013