Using the Illamasqua Gel Sculpt

I am finding myself drawn more and more to gel and cream products. In general I have good results with Illamasqua products so I was happy to try out the Illamasqua Gel Sculpt. I have the shade Outline, which is the lightest of the three.

Now if you have ever used a cream/stick product like this, then you know the greatest danger to them is that they will dry out and become unusable. This stick comes with a plastic cap that fits snugly over the product to prevent the gel stick from drying out. Don’t throw this away, you need it to seal the product in it’s tube when not in use. (I learned this the hard way with a Milk Makeup product a while back).

keep the plastic cap inside

According to the product page…Create an instantly chiselled complexion with the Illamasqua Gel Sculpt. Gel Sculpt is a unique contouring gel that offers subtle definition to cheeks with minimal effort. Perfect for light skin tones, the water based formula creates a soft shadow under cheekbones and along the jawline which can be blended with ease to achieve flawless natural contours with no harsh lines.

I really like that they mention it is a water based formula because it does feel wet against the skin when you apply it (all the more reason not to lose the cap). it feels wet as you blend it. When it stops feeling wet, it stops wanting to blend. And there the product stays. So if you want to avoid harsh lines, then blend right away.

I found this an interesting product to work with. for the most part it worked beautifully well. Despite being dark in the stick, it is light on the skin. In the swatch i have it against my arm as one stroke so you can see the actual pigmentation versus how it looks in the stick. This was one swipe of product against the skin. It has also not been blended out in any way, just for color purposes (remember this is the lightest shade Illamasqua offers).

For the first week I raved about this because it worked fantastically well. Applied easily, blended beautifully and wore well throughout the day. Then I realized that all of the foundation products i was using it with were either tinted moisturizers or serum based foundations. Mostly because in the summer time this is what i tend to wear.

With these face products the Illamasqua Gel Sculpt worked beautifully. With the more traditional formulas of foundations, it didn’t want to blend as well. Remember when I said that when it dries it stops moving? Well with more traditional foundations, it dries fast. It also has a tendency to wipe away some of the foundation with a first swipe. which made the line where I applied the Gel Sculpt seem harsher, not because of product application but because it took the foundation away.

This is a very natural look product. so if you are going with a tinted moisturizer or light foundation and just want a little definition, then this will work well. That is it’s strong suit. It falls down a bit when paired with more traditional foundations. So for me, this will be more of a summertime product than a year round one. When paired with the right products the Illaamasqua Gel Sculpt is fabulous. It just isn’t going to be friends with all of your foundations.



Glow Ahead, make my day.

I know I have probably mentioned this Glow Ahead Illuminating Facial Oil from Wander Beauty before. It is one of my favorite products from the brand and I have been using it off and on for a really long time. Recently I pulled it into my line up because I am doing some skin care repair.

with all that went down, my skin had both oily patches threatening break outs and dry patches threatening flaking. It was quite the mess. While I am rotating exfoliation products in and blemish control cleansers, most of them targeted the oily areas of my face. which wasn’t surprising. That is after all their job. And while I am using a moisturizer, it to is designed more for dealing with the oiliness and preventing potential break outs than with the few dry patches that I have.

dispensing tip

Facial oils can be tricky. Some work fantastically well and others just make me feel like I am trying to grease myself up for some sort of Greco-Roman wrestling match that for some reason targets the face. Okay an imperfect metaphor but you get the picture. It is also a category I can forget to utilize which is why I have several facial oils in my skincare drawer all waiting to be tried out.

But now was not the time to try out the new. This was a time to go for the trusted. I know the Wander Beauty Glow Ahead works well with my skin, so I pulled it in for duty in the line up. This oil has a thin dispenser tip which lets you dispense as little as you need or as much as you want. Since the oil is a shimmery pink it is easy to see it rise through the tip to exit the tube, which makes it easier to control. It also reduces the risk of spilling. I use my skincare in a small powder room style bathroom and because of the small space things can get knocked over. So for me, this is one thing that can’t really get knocked over so that is a plus. In addition sometimes I will wear my glasses in the morning instead of my contacts and to apply skin care I have to take them off and I am blind as a bat without them and my radar is less than bat like so occasionally I am Super Klutz in the sink area.

the oil

This oil applies well and absorbs fairly quickly. You can tell it is full absorbed because the slightly sticky feel of it goes away completely. It is slightly sticky when wet. In the title you may notice that it is an illuminating facial oil. The pink oil is shimmery and when wet it does seem to lend a bit of a shimmer to the skin. as it dries and absorbs it looks less like you have golden shimmery bits on your skin and more like you just have healthy glowing skin.

the glow after being massaged in (it was easier to see on my hand)

This week I rolled this Wander Beauty Glow Ahead Illuminating Facial oil in because I had some dry spots that I felt weren’t really getting as much love as i thought they needed. The oil helped them out and really helped out the rest of my skin as well without causing issues. For me this is one of the benefits of a good facial oil. It hydrates the dry spots but doesn’t make the oily spots look greasy. The Wander Beauty Glow Ahead Illuminating Oil was my oil of choice this week and it is one I will be keeping in my line up for a while. Then I promise, I’ll start remembering to give the other oils a chance.

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Trying out the bareMienrals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer

This tinted Moisturizer from bareMinerals is an interesting product and one that I really enjoyed using. I am, in general, a big fan of bare Minerals. I have several lip products as well as a blush and their mineral veil in my collection and they are items i reach for regularly. In fact i am almost out of one of my favorite glosses from their Mineralist line. I had to resort to the trick of placing the tube in a mug of warm water to gather the product form the sides so that it could be used up actually. The heat causes the product to slide down the insides of the tube and gather at the bottom so it can be used. Go with warm but not boiling water, you don’t want to cook your lipstick, just heat it a little and then take it out. And yes I will do this until there is no more product to use in the tube.

But we are not here to talk about extending liquid lip products. We are here to talk about the bare Minerals tinted moisturizer. According to the website…

The #1 tinted moisturizer in the U.S. This 3-in-1 multi-tasker is a moisturizer, skin tint and SPF 30, with Hyaluronic Acid to boost hydration for a dewy, healthy-looking glow. What it does: Provides 24-hour hydration, Builds from sheer to light coverage, creating a dewy, healthy-looking glow, Visibly evens skin tone and blurs imperfections, Protects with broad spectrum mineral-based SPF 30

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amount used

Okay so right off the bat, I love hyaluronic acid for my skin. For me it really works in helping me to fight my fine lines. It isn’t magic, but it is a great weapon in the fight against the inevitable march of time across my face. It plumps up the skin around the areas where my fine lines are and because of the tint it helps to hide them from view.

the shade I have is slightly light for my summer time skin. i think if I were to order a bottle for summer use I would go one shade darker than this one. However, this is the perfect shade for my post summer and pre summer skin tones. Which i am not mad about. First of all, I don’t have a tinted moisturizer for the cooler months. Mostly because I tend to pick them up in the summer when I don’t want to wear foundation. Not only do I not mind having a tinted moisturizer for the cooler months when my skin lightens, but it has an SPF30 mixed in. While in the summer time i always put SPF 50 on and then just before my walk spray myself down a bit with a spray sunblock as extra insurance, I am sad to say that in the winter I am less diligent.

dot on skin

I know the sun shines all year round even f you are not sweating. But in the summer with both walks and garden work I am outside at least a little each day so it becomes habit to apply the dual layer. I am not outside every day in the winter and so the habit lapses. it is something i am working on. And while I would not trust my only sun block to a tinted moisturizer, it is nice to have that back up.

But how does it work as a tinted moisturizer? Really well. I needed only a pea sized amount on the skin to cover my face. I applied it in small spots to my skin then used a brush to blend it in. Even though it is a little light, it blended beautifully and felt absolutely weightless. Since this summer has been brutally hot, the weightless feeling is very much appreciated.

blended out

This bareMinerals tinted moisturizer does have a slight glow-y look to it. While I am okay with that in the cooler months in the summer I just look at myself and think oily so I add a pat of powder and the shine is gone. Because I am not a huge fan of the shiny/dewy/wet look I make certain to use a matte primer underneath. An illuminating primer is simply too much for me with this tinted moisturizer. But if that is a look you are going for then it will certainly give it to you so pair away. I add a matte primer and a quick sweep of powder and I am good to go. I need a second pat of powder around mid day, but that is all. (And mostly personal preference). I have missed that afternoon powder and no one thought I looked oily.

finished look

This bareminerals tinted moisturizer wears well. I used a light coverage and it kept the light coverage all day. The product is buildable if you are trying to get more coverage, but only to a point. It is a tinted moisturizer that can be stretched to a light coverage foundation with little issue. Beyond that and while it will look good for a few hours, after that it starts to feel heavy and slightly patchy. It wants to be a light tinted moisturizer. It will try it’s best to do more, but you ae really only going to get it to look good for a couple of hours if you do. especially in the heat. If you are looking for more coverage, use a product designed to give you more coverage.

As a light tinted moisturizer this bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer takes out redness and evens skin tone. It is feather light and forgettable. It blends easily and I had no problem with any product i put over it. I really enjoyed this as a tinted moisturizer and will continue to use it. I will also use it when the weather grow cooler and then make the decision as to whether or not this is a product i want to keep in two shades or one I want to keep for a seasonal use. for now, I am happy to keep it in rotation and to find another great product from bareMinerals to use.

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Primed for that Unicorn Glow

I love primers. I know I have talked about them a lot. Perhaps i spent too much time with the oil paints but i do love the idea of prepping the canvas of my face before applying the paint of my makeup. For me a good primer can take out some of the redness or unevenness of the skin tone so that you have to use less concealer. It can help blur out the look of pores and it can extend the life of the rest of my makeup.

For me using a good primer means I have to use less concealer and less foundation, which helps those products last longer in the bottle. It also keeps the makeup on my face lighter and in many cases it enhances the look of the foundation. If it is an overly matte foundation, put an illuminating primer underneath. Love the foundation but know it has a tendency to dry you out? how about a highlighting primer. Notice that this particular foundation has the habit of sinking into fine lies towards the end of the day? Why not go with a porefilling primer underneath?

please ignore the multitude of bug bites. I sprayed everything with bug spray except my hands before I went watering in the garden.

A good primer can not only even out your skin tone and get you ready for the rest of your makeup but it can form a power couple with your foundation making good products even better. Of course it can also go horribly wrong if a couple is just not meant to be.

This particular primer is the Unicorn Glow Long Wear Primer. It is…”Formulated with skin loving ingredients, this nourishing primer instantly creates a smooth glowing canvas for flawless long-lasting make up while providing coverage for fine lines and pores.”

My version is a sample sized tube that I think was paired with something else I ordered from IPSY a while back. I think I specifically ordered the other item and then just put this in the drawer because it was a duo. I took it out of the drawer as I am attempting to use up a lot of my sample sized products and see if they are worth picking up as a full size. I suspected this would only last a few days. However the tube was chock-a-block full and not a lot of product is needed for each application. In fact you shouldn’t use too much of this.

When dispensed the primer looks really light and I was concerned the color would be light on the skin. The color fades away as you blend it out across the skin. I chose to use the small dots across the face for my application of this because it helped ensure i didn’t apply too much. The Unicorn Glow Primer is a thinner consistency than many primers, almost the level of a water cream. Maybe slightly thicker. if used sparingly it blended in beautifully and looked great. It had a slightly sticky texture which I like for holding on to makeup longer. Apply too much product and it takes a while to absorb and can look a little oily. So when applying start sparingly and then add more on the spots you think might need more attention.

It did a pretty decent job of minimizing fine lines. It wasn’t the best for pore filling, but the fine lines it really seemed to work well in covering, especially the ones around my eyes. It is slightly hydrating but despite the name Unicorn Glow, it is not a glowy/dewy/illuminating primer. I didn’t have a problem with any of the foundations i paired it with and will happily keep this tube in rotation until it is empty. which may take a lot longer than I anticipated. Just remember to give it a minute to settle in (which is good advice for almost every primer) and it will work well covering up fine lines. This Unicorn Glow Long Wear primer retails for $12 and I will definitely consider picking up a full sized tube when i next look to buy primers.

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The Skincare Line Up: June 24th, 2022

The Skincare Line up June 24th, 2022

This week there wasn’t a lot of change from the week before. I did finish my trial of the Embryolisse Lait Creme Fluid, but I decided to keep it in the line up this week because I was sent a serum from BzzAgent to review and I figured keeping things steady while i started incorporating the new serum was a good idea. once I’m certain about the serum, I will adjust the day cream. Maybe. I really like the Embryolisse so I’m not really in a rush to shift it out of the line up. And even if I do shift it out, I will still use it as a body lotion. The only reason I am contemplating shifting it to the side is because I have several moisturizers lined up and ready for testing and I am curious about them. But that is a problem for another day. For now, let’s look at how this week’s skincare performed.

Makeup Remover: Nuxe Very Rose 3-in 1 Soothing Micellar Water

Cleanser: Clove and Hallow Cloud Powder Gentle Waterless Cleanser

Toner: Aavrani Balancing Restoring toning serum

Serum: Vitabrid C 12 Wrinkle Serum

Eye Cream: Symbiosis London Tightening and Resplendent Eye Mask

Moisturizer (Day) Embryolisse Lait Creme Fluid Moisturizer

Night Cream/Moisturizer: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Omega Rich Cloud Cream

Retinol: Kiehl’s Retinol Fast Release Wrinkle Reducing Night Serum

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask

Okay with the Nuxe, I do use a wet Makeup Eraser on my face before I use the Micellar water. I like getting the makeup off my face before I get down to skincare ingredients. the the reusable toner pads can clear up the last little bits of makeup and then give my skin the benefit of the ingredients in the product. if I don’t use the Makeup eraser first, I end up suing several toner pads because the first one just gunks up and I feel like i have wasted product.

In getting rid of the last dregs of makeup I feel that the Nuxe works well. I’ve also noticed that if i have spent a lot of time outside, my skin really enjoys the soothing nature of the Nuxe before i go into my cleanser. My cleanser is a gentle one but I like the soothing nature of the Micellar water. It does have a rose scent so if you are sensitive be aware. It it fairly light though and fades pretty quickly.

This Clove and Hallow Cloud cleanser is fantastic. Light fresh Mango powder scent (which is lightly vanilla-ish) and only one little shake of powder is all you need to cleanse everything. It foams well, rinses clean and when I am done my skin feels clean and ready to accept the incoming products.

I started the Aavrani last week and I was unsure if it was a serum or a toner. I’m pretty sure it is a toner. It has a few serum like properties, but it feels like a toner. To be honest, while I love the blue glass bottle aside from the pretty packaging it feels like a pretty basic toner. Perhaps the longer I use it, this will feel increasingly special, but at the moment it is a pretty bottle with a basic toner. It works as a toner, but it isn’t all that memorable.

The Vitabrid I am liking more and more though. I was a bit on the fence at first, but the more i use it the more I like it. It is a creamy serum that absorbs well and that my skin really seems to like. I haven’t seen any fine lines or wrinkle magically disappear yet, but my skin does feel and look good after applying the serum. It feels healthy and I can always get behind healthy skin.

The Symbiosis eye mask is still new but it seems to be working well as an eye cream. It is still early days yet, but it absorbs well and I’ve had no increase in pore clogging in the area around my eyes (my under eye area is really prone to that for some reason and always has been so not adding to the clogs is the first thing I look for in an eye cream). it is doing well and I am hopeful. I am aslo willing to continue using it to see how it performs long term.

The Embryolisse I love. Which isn’t a shocker. The Concentre is fantastic when my skin is winter dry, the sensitive worked for me over the spring and the Fluide version is perfect for summer day wear. If I use it at night as well, I need to roll in a night mask about twice a week, but other than that it is fine.

Because BzzAgent sent the Kiehls Cloud Cream I just started using it as a night cream and keeping the Fluide from Embryolisse for day time use. This combo has worked really well. The Keihl’s cloud cream has a whipped texture so it is packed with moisture but absorbs very quickly. It has a slightly medicinal scent to it, but I think most of Keihl’s products have a similar sort of scent. I actually kind of like it.

BzzAgent also sent the Kiehl’s Retinol Serum. Last night was my first night with it, so no results yet, but it absorbs well and had no stinging or redness with it. t is still early in the day, but i did have to go out into the garden and water the plants and then I had to take the trash out for pick up so I have been in the sun. And even though it is early the sun is out and it is now 90 outside. It wasn’t a lot of time outside, but there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of sun sensitivity. I have had some retinols where I felt like a vampire as soon as I stepped out side (it burns, it burns…) This did not have that. I hope that continues because our summer sun is no joke. It is an interesting serum. The retinol came separately and I had to mix it. I’ll post a first use on Monday to show the details but it was an interesting process and an interesting concept. For now it feels nice asn has yet to make me feel like I need to flee the sun.

And the tatcha Kissu lip mask, remains top rate. My lips are soft and nourished without a sun baked chapped bit in sight.

And so my darlings this is my skincare line up for the week. Over all it was a good week. A few products starting at the gate while a few are winding up their use. A few are worth purchasing and a couple aren’t but there were no majorly dramatic irritations or issues. And while drama is fun to read about, it is less fun when your skin is the stage. Hopefully you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. And then we’ll all see what happens as time passes. Have a great Friday, and if you are going out, don’t forget your sunscreen (I am finishing up my Neutrogena Beach Defense Spray at the moment and when it is done. I will start adding in a new sunscreen to the skincare line up for testing.)

Using the Rodial Glass Primer

If you’ve read my posts for any length of time you know that I am a huge fan of primers. Perhaps it is a hold over from my art days but I like the thought of prepping the canvas before applying the paint. Or my face before the makeup.

In general I go for pore filling primers. The older I get the more I find that the blurring and pore filling primers not only blur and fill pores, but they conceal the fine lines that my skin care is currently battling to defend against.

I also find that primers can do a lot more. an illuminating primer can give you a lit from within glow or it can add depth and dimension to a matte foundation, making it look less mask like and more like real skin. Some primers have skincare benefits to them now so I like to think of it as an extra layer of protection between the skin and potentially pore clogging makeup.

This is the Glass Primer from Rodial

Discover a radiant glow with Rodial’s Glass Primer, a sheer formula that promotes a flawless, glass-skin effect. Boasting ultra-hydrating ingredients, the primer utilises light-scattering technology, packed with microscopic glow spheres to help illuminate the complexion.

The lightweight formula is enriched with crambe abyssinica seed oil, seeking to leave the complexion feeling supple and soft. A multi-tasking hero, the nourishing primer can be worn beneath makeup or alone for a healthy-looking glow.

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First off for those wondering crambe abyssinica seed oil …

is both hydrating and protective, with a velvety, non-greasy texture. An active lubricant and emollient, it is a natural alternative to mineral oils and silicones, promoting soft skin and a protective barrier to prevent skin dryness. For hair – it restores shine and gloss, conditions hair and reduces breakages.

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I’m okay with skin softening benefits. I’m not entirely certain what the light scattering technology is but I know how it looks on the skin. We’ll get to that in a second.

When dispensed the primer is a light tan. The tan fades so it can be worn by all skin tones. what is more prevalent than it’s color is the scent. It is a very menthol scented primer. There is no getting around it. It smells like menthol. It is strong when you first apply it and even though it fades a little as you wear it, all day you will turn around and catch a faint scent of menthol. It is with you as long as this product is with you.

The right side of the picture has the primer on it but the left side does not (I put primer on half my face – a little more than half on my nose) The light source is directly in front of me it is much more visible on my cheeks than it is anywhere else if you are looking to zoom in.

On the skin it gives you a bit of a rainbow hue. I am guessing this is the light scattering technology at work. It feels nourishing. It is brightening and there is some pore blurring. It is mostly brightening.

While it claims it can be worn alone, I would at least put some powder over it. When worn under a foundation it just gives a soft glow to the skin. Without foundation, it has an odd rainbow look to it that I just can’t get past.

I do like this but when I wear it, I generally avoid highlighters as they are relatively pointless. The primer keeps light focused on the high points of the face. There is no need to add a highlighter if you are after a subtle glow-y look. If you want a brighter section it is easier to add just a tiny drop of this primer over the foundation in the high points of your face instead of reaching for a separate highlighter. However I may feel that way because I don’t have a highlighter that has the same tones as this primer, so I felt that not only was the highlighter excessive, but is sort of clashed with the primers highlighting tones. If you have a highlighter that is in the blue/purple range, it might work out better for you. The straight up silvery highlights as well as the more gold toned ones just looked wrong with this primer.

So in my opinion it would be better to just use a smidge of this primer in lieu of highlighter if you need a highlight. I personally thought that the primer was enough. It caught the light where I wanted it to in just the right ways.

In general I really did enjoy this Rodial Glass Skin Primer and will continue using it. My one issue is the scent. The menthol is strong and it lasts as long as the product lasts. Since this primer lasts all day (and was really good at extending the length of time my makeup could be worn) that means a full day of menthol. I never really got used to that during my trial. While it is a good product, I will have to see how often I reach for it now that the trial is through and how often I decide not to use it just because of the scent before I can decide if i would repurchase. If you are looking for an illuminating primer that does not look greasy and lasts all day, this would be a good one to try out. Just be aware of the menthol scent.



Trying out the Baseblue Wet/Dry Wipes

For several years now I have been working to eliminate as many single use products as I can from my routine. Thee are however times when disposable products are quite useful. Trips where you have limited amount of space and or resources or camping, where you don’t want to leave anything behind and pack your trash with you are two places where cleansing wipes you can pack with you are a better format.

These Wet and Dry wipes from Base blue came in a recent boxycharm box and as I do have several summer camping trips planned where I will need to pack my trash out with me, these might provide an alternative to my washcloth in a reusable pouch. Usually it ends up being a couple of wash cloths stashed in the pouch by the time I return home. However since these are now in my possession, they might prove interesting alternatives.

I keep saying Wet/dry because there are two types of pouches in the box, one is in a blue pack and is marked wet. It is pre moistened as you might expect. The yellow pouch is marked dry and needs water to activate. According to the Base blue site…

Start your day or night, off right with our dual action facial cleansing wipes. Each individually wrapped face cleansing wipe can be used to remove makeup or as a quick refresher throughout the day. Perfect for long flights, travel, or a quick pick-me-up!

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That is literally the only description of this product on the site. So lets look at how the cloths work separately. First we will take a look at the wet wipe. It is as one would expect, wet.

folded cloth

There is little to no scent to the wipe. The cloth is folded into a rectangle and expands to a little bigger than my open palm. While damp, the cloth is not dripping. There is one textured side and one smooth one. The cloth, in addition to being labeled wet, is listed as a makeup removing cloth. It removed face makeup and lipstick well but wasn’t so fabulous for mascara or deeply pigmented eyeshadow. As I rarely wear any makeup when camping this isn’t really a problem for me. I suspect if I was just tired and sweaty at the end of a long hike and wanted to wipe down my face without water, this would work well. If you are using this post or mid flight, just be aware that eye makeup removal isn’t it’s strong suit. Also I felt as though I still needed to wash my face after. It took off most of the makeup but felt as though it left a thin film of makeup remover on the skin.

opened cloth

The Dry wipe is of course dry when it comes out of the package. It is otherwise visually identical to the wet wipe. It has a wet side and a dry side. It is also listed as a Day Beauty Cleansing Wipe. when you add water, it becomes soapy.

There are not massive bubbles, but there are some. I applied it to my skin and then rinsed the soap off (I know, not rocket science). I dried my face and my skin did seem clean. I think that the pair is set up for the makeup removal wipe (wet) to be used at night with the Dry cloth to be used in the morning, but the truth is I needed to use the Dry wipe after the wet one to remove the rest of the makeup remover residue. I could however use the Dry wipe (with water) on it’s own. It cleansed my face when my skin was bare and it worked well as a makeup remover, taking off as much makeup as the wet cloth without leaving any residue behind. It did dry out my skin a little bit so if you have naturally dry skin then I would probably not use these all that often. Even though my skin isn’t all that dry, I would not want to use them more than a couple of days in a row. And even then I ended up using a little extra moisturizer.

suds when you wet the Dry cloth

If you are looking for travel cleansers and have only a bottle of water and a towel to dry your skin handy, these aren’t bad cloths to use. They will take off your makeup and cleanse your skin. I would be certain to moisturize after as they are somewhat drying. The dry cloth can be used on it’s own, but the wet cloth needs a partner. I do like that if I am camping, I can use a little bit of water and have a full cleansing routine, as long as I remember to pack the cloths and packaging with me to dispose of when i return. I could also see them being useful on a long flight. The Dry is more useful, but I believe they are only sold as a set.

The issue with the set is that I would use up the dry cloths well before I used up the wet ones.

Usually I like to end these reviews with either a recommendation to buy again or to avoid in the future. This one is a little tricky. I would not buy these Baseblue wipes for regular daily use. It is too much waste and repeated use would dry out my skin too much.

However, they do work better for the skin of your face than most disposable wipes. While I am not a fan of disposable wipes there are situations where they are very useful and possibly necessary. If you are in a situation where you are going to need disposable face wipes and looking to stock up, these Baseblue Wet/Dry wipes are a good option. Just be aware that they can be a bit drying and pack a moisturizer to go with them, even if it is only a sample sized one.



Going Backstage with the Dior Concealer

Concealer isn’t a product I tend to talk about much. The reason is that I have found it hard to find one that doesn’t end up creasing on me or that will blend in well with my skin. I really hate when you can tell a spot is lighter because there is concealer on it and I really don’t like when it settles into lines and makes them more prominent. Time will eventually make them impossible to conceal, I don’t need a concealer attempting to spot light them.

This Dior Backstage Face and Body Flash Perfector concealer came to me through Influenster. As always though, my opinions are my own and let me tell you, my opinions of this concealer are high.

The shade I have is 2CR. It is a little lighter than my skin tone but blends in beautifully. It also lasts all day without creasing. I tend to use it around my eyes and on a few slightly darker spots on my face. I apply it and then blend it in with a makeup sponge. and yes, i apply my concealer before I apply my foundation. I have always done this and I find it gives me more of a blended finish with the concealer not standing out on it’s own that way.

dot don’t swipe, then blend a little goes a long way

This concealer has a slightly floral scent to it which was a pleasant surprise. it isn’t a heavy scent, but it is certainly not a concealer scent. Which honestly made it more pleasant to use. I am not a huge fan of the scent of most concealers.

brush

The applicator is a small brush rather than a doe foot and I really liked using it. The trick with this concealer though is to remember that a little goes a long way. Dot this concealer on your skin, don’t use massive swipes. A dot will cover far more than you expect.

blended full face

This is one of the best concealers I have used in a while and I will be reaching for it often and using every last drop. I’m hoping the tone can be flexible during the summer months so I can continue to use it even as my skin tans. If not, this is one of those products I would consider having multiple shades of in my makeup drawer.

It is something I will be monitoring. But right now, this Back Stage Concealer is a two thumbs way up product. Way to go Dior. And thanks Influenster.

Challans de Paris

Rating the Reusables

I am constantly looking for ways to reduce waste in my home, and especially in my beauty routines. while there are several steps I have taken the one that has made the most difference in my reduction has been the incorporation of reusable makeup removal cloths. I know, you might ask why I can’t just use a wash cloth. Well I can, clearly, however makeup often stains and Makeup removal cloths are designed to resist staining as well.

Recently The Turkish Towel Company sent over a six pack of their Makeup removal face cloths. There are six so I have been rotating them so that I get a fresh cloth each day and get to see how they perform. (a 12 pack is currently $44 which breaks down to $367 per cloth). In addition to using them to remove makeup I have used them to remove face masks as well. Mostly because I often use my makeup removing cloths to remove face masks so that I don’t stain my regular wash cloths and towels.

Thus far they have done a good job removing my makeup, they feel soft against the skin and they have washed up clean with nary a stain upon them. Now part of that is their dark color. dark colors don’t stain as much. Simply because they are dark colored. I also washed them in with my regular towels and the dye did not wash out to tint the other cloth items in the wash. I have to say I also like that they have the word Makeup embroidered on them.

It is a little thing but when you are hurrying to get laundry done, folded and put away, having that word, white letters on black cloth, means you don’t have to think about where they go. The makeup cloths are easily stacked to the side for deployment back in the bathroom. I don’t stick them in the linen closet with everything else to be used as regular washcloths. I’m hoping not being used for hand washing will aid in their longevity. Thus far these makeup removal clothes from The Turkish Towel Company have sailed through my testing beautifully. I will continue to use them and repost after a year of use to let you see how well (or poorly) they have held up, but for now, they are working out quite lovely.

And I have not added a single stain to my wash cloths since their arrival.

But you may have noticed that it is not the only makeup removal cloth in the top photograph. As Easter approaches and I gather the elements for the celebration, I am doing a little bit of cleaning and I have noticed that I have accumulated quite a few cloths. Not all of them have performed equally and not all of them will stay.

This rainbow hued Makeup Eraser is about five years old. It came in a Boxy Charm box a while back. i was thrilled to get it as my original pink Makeup Eraser accidentally ended up being repurposed. (It was in the wrong Laundry pile and my babydoll grabbed it when he was working on lawn mower repair. Incidentally the motor oil did wash out of it completely but by then the new one had arrived and my baby was so impressed I let him keep the old one). I also have a smaller Makeup Eraser that I received in a different subscription (I can’t remember which).

It has been fantastically useful for eye makeup removal, especially with water proof mascara. The smaller size is fantastic for that, I use one side for each eye and then don’t have to worry about getting face makeup in my eyes. The smaller pink one is three years old at this point. You may notice that neither of them have stains on them and are both still working like champs. I keep meaning to get a set of the seven smaller ones so I can have one each day (although at the moment I have enough cloths that isn’t really needed). I mostly want them because I adore the Disney villain’s set. I keep talking myself out of them because I have plenty, but i really want that set and know at some point I will cave. Oh and when I was getting the links for these I saw the ones they released for April as Earth Month. They are round and each one looks like the earth AND they come with a mesh bag for washing. Those bags are fantastic. I had one but it has mysteriously disappeared and must soon be replaced (more for the small reusable rounds I use with toners and serums than these cloths, but that is another story.)

side 1

I know thus far it has been a raving success, but don’t worry that is about to change. Next up we have Simple Satch. I got this as a set. It came with a Velcro headband (which I use daily and absolutely love), two terrycloth scrunchies which are nice but a little bulky, seven reusable rounds (which are fantastic) and this makeup removal cloth. I purchased the set in either November or December of 2021.

side 2

I adored the light blue color but should have known it would not last long. After the first week of use I had mascara stains on it. The lipstick has also stained the cloth in multiple places. In addition the cloth itself is starting to look worn. It looks much older than my five year old Makeup Eraser. And the light blue cloth is starting to come out of the wash looking dingy. It is still useful, but I don’t know how long this cloth from Simple Satch is going to stay around. I will probably use it until I just think it looks too worn out to keep around.

side 1 glov

I am pretty sure my Glov mask Removing cloth is at the stage where it no longer looks acceptable I know it is more of a mask remover than a makeup remover, but as I also use my makeup removing cloths to remove masks and I store them together, I decided to review it here. This is a mirco-fiber cloth that is specifically designed to remove masks. I’m not a huge fan of the stiff and scratchy material, but it does keep my wash cloths from being stained. (I am a big fan of charcoal based masks. One of my favorites is from Annmarie Skincare but it comes with a warning about staining on the jar. Well worth it as it is a fantastic mask, but they aren’t joking about the staining.)

side 2 Glov

This Glov cloth is basically a pocket that you slip your hand into, which is quite handy. Although if I wet it and then use it to remove your mask, I generally find that even if I rinse it out as i go, I have to keep turning it to find new spots because the cloth really likes to grip the masking material. It isn’t a major deal but the shape of it really wants to limit how you use it. It it is a light gel mask then there is no problem. Any clay masks will require extra effort. And as it is the clay ones that generally have wash cloth staining pigments in them (as the gel ones tend to be clear) that isn’t very good. I love the idea, am not a huge fan of the material and I think the shape could use a little work. It is really stained at this point and the makeup cloths from The Turkish Towel Company have dealt with my mask like champs so I have no problem letting this Glov masking cloth go.

It wasn’t a big clear out as fare as these things go, but if you are looking to work more reusable makeup cloths into your routine and wanted to know a little bit about the cloths and how they perform, I hope this helped you out a bit.

Trying out the Charlotte Tillbury Flawless Finish Foundation

For the last few weeks I have been using the Charlotte Tillbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation to see how it performs. Interestingly enough I have used the magic Cream from the brand but never any makeup. The Magic Cream Moisturizer is quite good actually.

This foundation was interesting to work with. It is full coverage which is not my everyday wear for foundation. However as my go too full coverage foundation was from Becca and Becca is sadly no longer with us, I do need to find one full coverage foundation that I can count on when I need it.

nice pump top

As Always I tried the foundation on it’s own with no primer. I then tried it with a variety of primers. I have also started using the Embryolisse Lait Creme as a pre makeup base (which I love, BTW) so I tried it both with and without the Embryolisse.

First off, tools. If applied with just a makeup brush there will be streaks galore in the foundation. You can then smooth them out with a makeup sponge, easy peasy. Even easier is if you just apply this foundation with a makeup sponge to begin with. It just applies better that way. So give the makeup brush the day off when you reach for this foundation and it will work better.

dotted on face then blended in with a makeup sponge

Second, Primer. This is a foundation that needs a primer. Actually it needs a pore filling primer. I had the best luck when I paired it with either the Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer or the Elf Poreless Putty primer. Both have a similar consistency and this seems to be with this foundation works best with as a base. Without it, the foundation will sink into the fine lines. I particularly had issues around my mouth. By mid afternoon, the foundation had settled in the lines and emphasized them. which is not really what i wanted.

witout a primer it immediately settles into the fine lines around my mouth

Third, Embryolisse. I know this sounds strange to add in as part of the foundation test, but in general I found that this foundation performed better if I had the moisturizer on my face before I started applying the makeup. I applied the Embryolisse and let it sit for ten minutes before I applied the other products and everything was great. Without the moisturizer this foundation tended to look a little dry by mid afternoon. With the extra hit of moisture underneath that wasn’t a problem. For those with oily skin, this might not be an issue for you. If you have dry skin then you really should look at the moisturizer pre makeup application with this foundation.

with primer, makeup sponge application and Embryolisse as a pre-makeup base it worked well all day

Having said that, when everything lined up, this foundation did look beautiful and it lasted all day. There were just a lot of conditions for getting it to look good and stay all day. None were impossible to over come, they are just things to remember when reaching for this foundation. In the end I think I will use up this foundation, but I don’t think I will be repurchasing it in the future. The Charlotte Tillbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation is good, it just won’t become my standard for full coverage.

Tatcha