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Fresh Skincare Is Awesome
Reviews, Skin Care, Splurge Worthy - Be the first to comment! - April 30th, 2014

A dear friend of mine works for the skincare company Fresh, and thanks to him, I’m now really addicted to Fresh’s skincare. Here’s a quick round-up of what I’ve tried and why I love it!

First, the Lotus Eye Gel is excellent. It’s a hydrating eye treatment that reduces the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, and signs of fatigue. It really helps! According to their website, lotus flower extract is contains polyphenols, powerful antioxidants known to defend against wrinkle-causing free radicals. The cucumber fruit extract helps to revive the appearance of tired eyes, and grapeseed polyphenols and jojoba help to protect the skin. It’s pricey, at $48, but totally worth it.

The Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion is a lightweight moisturizer that contains “a hydrating and radiance-boosting blend of seven super-charged ingredients that promote a youthful-looking complexion.” This “Super 7 Complex” consists of lotus flower extract, blue-green algae extract, hibiscus fruit extract, fig fruit extract, vitamins C and E, and vegetable glycerol. Why do I love it? I have oily skin, so I need a lighter moisturizer (or I’m a greasy beast) but I still care about anti-aging. This lotion nicely gets the job done on both accounts. It’s also affordable, at $32, a very reasonable price for a quality moisturizer. I’m in love!

Peony Brightening Night Treatment Mask is the newest product I’ve tried. It’s an overnight treatment that should lighten the appearance of dark spots, correct uneven skintone, and significantly brighten the complexion. It’s meant to be applied in the evening after cleansing, in place of a nightly moisturizer. It contains peony and licorice root extracts and vitamin C glucoside, which are proven to reduce and prevent the appearance of dark spots and even skintone. It also has cucumber extract to hydrate and calm the skin. After two uses, I noticed my skin looked really clear and smooth the next morning! I love how easy it is to use. One of the drawbacks to purchasing masks is my laziness at actually using them – after I wash my face at night, I just want to go to bed, not smear on product, sit for 10 minutes, and rinse my face again. These overnight treatments work so much better for me. It’s pricey, but splurge-worthy in my opinion.

Fresh’s products are awesome! I highly recommend the brand. They are doing a great job providing skincare solutions for most skin types and concerns.

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Some Fresh Love
Body Care, Hot Lips, Reviews - Comments (1) - October 18th, 2013

The brand Fresh has been a favorite of mine for years, and lately I’ve been indulging in some of their products. Two in particular have been getting heavy airplay in my life recently. The Sugar Shine Lip Treatment and the Rice Dry Oil are awesome!

The Sugar Shine Lip Treatment contains cupuaƧu butter, mango butter, hyaluronic acid, black currant seed, and grapeseed oil. The lip treatment is hydrating, smoothing, softening, conditioning… it’s basically a glossy, high-shine version of Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment balm. It looks great alone, it looks great over lipstick, or, my personal favorite, over a lip stain. At $18.50 a tube it’s not cheap, but it’s a nice luxe treat.

The Rice Dry Oil is a blend of my favorite skincare oils – jojoba, rice bran, grapeseed, and borage oils, as well as white tea extract, arnica extract, and passionflower extract. It’s super-nourishing, promotes elasticity, softens and hydrates. It also has a great scent. I love to apply it while my skin is still damp after a shower. I love how it makes my skin feel, very soft and hydrated. I definitely have a thing for high end body oils, since this reminds me a lot of Aveda’s compositions. The price is similar – the Aveda oil is $23 for 1.7 oz and the Fresh is $48 for 3.3 oz. The only thing I don’t like is the bottle – there isn’t an orifice reducer or anything, so it pours out really quickly. I’m thinking I’ll decant it into a different bottle so I don’t waste any.

I’m also trying out an eye cream from Fresh – look for a review soon!

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5 Things: Facial Cleansers
5 Things, Complexion, Skin Care - Be the first to comment! - October 15th, 2013

Facial cleansers fall into the category of things which I want to blog about, but things which don’t usually merit an entire dedicated review to each one. I mean, when it comes to cleansers, either they get your face clean or they don’t. Either they’re too drying or they’re not. That’s pretty much my criteria when it comes to cleansers. Bonus if they remove eye makeup. It seemed like facial cleansers were the perfect subject for a new 5 Things post. Without further ado, here are five cleansers that I deemed acceptable.

1. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. This gentle cleanser cleans well, doesn’t strip the skin, and gets most eye makeup off. It rinshes easily, and there isn’t much scent. I especially like to travel with this one. It’s not especially lather-y, so a decent choice for dryer skins.

2. Eclos Anti-Aging Facial Cleanser. Cleans? Check. Doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry? Check. Removes eye makeup? Mostly check. (Mascara is stubborn.) I like the pump for ease of use. This one is more lathery than the Fresh one.

3. L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam. Cleans? Yes. Dryness? No. Removes eye makeup? Not really. I love the foamy texture of this one, and it’s my other travel standby because the travel size bottles are just SO HANDY.

4. Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash. Cleans? Yup. Dryness? Nope. Removes eye makeup? Better than the others. Bonus points: smells like coconut and Pacifica is a local company to me. I like this one a lot.

5. Lush Let The Good Times Roll. Cleans? Pretty good. Dryness? No. Removes eye makeup? Not a chance. Bonus: smells A-MAY-ZING and it’s gently exfoliating. I actually reviewed this last year, but I’m mentioning it again because Lush just made it a permanent part of the line! Woohoo!!

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EOTD: She Bop Toxicity
Cat, Eyeshadow - Be the first to comment! - October 15th, 2013

I was wearing a black shirt to work the other day, so I decided I needed a pop of color on my eyelids. Madd Style’s She Bop was just the thing, toned down with some browns so it didn’t get too crazy. Also, pink and brown has always been a favorite combo of mine.

I put She Bop on the lid. She Bop is a deep pink color with a silvery shimmer and TONS of aqua glitter. Using a sticky base will help the glitters stick better. As it is, a lot of them disappear. (Which is fine, for work…) The crease is Toxicity, from Detrivore Cosmetics. Toxicity is a dark brown satin with a blue and pink shimmer. It’s super-pretty. I used Detrivore’s Lobotomy to highlight in the inner corners and under the brow. The eyeliner is a brown pencil from Givenchy.

The blush is limited edition coral-y color from MAC, and I’m wearing Fresh’s Sugar Shine Lip Treatment.

Since it’s been a while, here’s a bonus Theo picture! He’s such a snoozy boy.

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EOTD: Glory Fullmetal
Eyeshadow, Hot Lips - Be the first to comment! - October 14th, 2013

I’ve been wearing more neutrals lately, and I just love this particular combination. I used colors from Silk Naturals and Shiro Cosmetics, and I’m really happy with how it came out.

The lid color is Glory, from Silk Naturals. Glory is a taupe with golden highlights- that’s punctuated with glints of green, copper, peach, and gold. I particularly like the description about the sparkles – “The little bits glimmer read as +1 awesome rather than a craft store tragedy.” Glory is one of my favorite taupe colors because of the sparkly bits. The crease color is Fullmetal from Shiro Cosmetics. Fullmetal is a charcoal base with a strong golden shimmer and red highlights. OH HOW I LOVE THIS COLOR. I used Tears of Retail Employees to highlight. The eyeliner is Jordana Easyliner in Brown Suede.

I can’t entirely remember what I used on my cheeks, but I think it’s Shiro Cosmetics’ Coconut Mall bronzer. I put Fresh’s Sugar Shine Lip Treatment on my lips.

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5 Things That Don’t Suck
5 Things, Best Of, Eyeshadow, Mascara, Skin Care - Comments (4) - May 28th, 2013

Another day and a half (roughly) and I’ll be finished with school. Five business days after that, I’ll be able to drive down to Salem and take the tests to get my esthetician’s license in the State of Oregon AND Washington (by handing over the appropriate sums of money, as well). Amen. Praise the Lord. Anyone who says beauty school is easy is crazy. All I can say is, thank God I didn’t drink alcohol when I was in college, because I probably NEVER would have finished, based on the volume of booze I’ve needed to imbibe to survive four months of beauty school. (I’m only half kidding. LOL.)

ANYWAY. I don’t have a job lined up (yet), so I intend to blog merrily away once school is finished. But I wanted to mention a few products that have been keeping me sane (and looking good) while I’ve been in school. In no particular order, here are five products that don’t suck. (In fact, they pretty much ROCK and I can’t live without them now.)

1. Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes w/ White Tea Extract. Lo and behold, a facial wipe that I can use night after night, and my skin *doesn’t* get all pissy that I’m not really washing it. Seriously, these wipes are THE BOMB.

2. Origins GinZing Eye Cream. Holy catfish, Batman. One of my classmates gave me a deluxe sample size of this, which has lasted ALMOST the entire four months I’ve been in school. It brightens, it de-puffs, it makes you look like you actually got some sleep last night and you’re not miserably hung-over. No, really, it does! I need a full-size of this, like, yesterday!

3. The holy triumverate that is Shiro Cosmetics’ Homunculus, Chimera, and Fullmetal. These have been my go-to colors almost the entire time I’ve been in school for a quick, easy eye look. I just pick one, use it with a beige or taupe color, and VOILA! INSTANT AWESOME. Don’t over-think this, just buy all three. Trust me.

4. Aveda Nourish-Mint Renewing Lip Treatment. I know, it’s sixteen bucks. I KNOW. But it’s basically crack in a tube. My lips don’t want to live without it. I’ve had one in my pocket since like, week 5 of an eighteen week program, and I’m completely hooked. MUST HAVE THIS CRACK.

5. Speaking of expensive and CRACK. Fresh’s Supernova Mascara is my new Holy Grail of Mascara. I busted out my tube early on in the program, and everyone who’s tried it (on me, I’ve donated my face for science many times now to my classmates earning their makeup credits) LOVES IT. It doesn’t smudge, it’s black, it’s soft, it is AMAY-ZING. It’s the shizz, yo.

There you go. The stuff that has rocked my world for the last 18 weeks. I can’t believe it’s almost over.

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EOTD: Stage Door
Eyeshadow - Comments (2) - September 12th, 2012

Whenever I travel, I usually bring the Fresh Stage Door palette with me. The colors are versatile, and the palette has a large mirror. Double duty! These aren’t the best pictures, but the makeup came out rather nice for travel makeup, so I decided to blog it anyway.

The Stage Door Palette isn’t being made anymore, but there are some pretty pictures of it here.

I used Stage Door, a nude shimmering mauve on the lid, and Evening Cloak, a blue grey with gold shimmer, in the crease. The highlight is Night Orchid, a shimmering champagne ivory. I used a Physician’s Formula Organic Wear pencil to line (it looks like they’ve discontinued the color, it was navy).

On my cheeks I have a Body Shop RoseFlower blush. The lip color is Tokidoki Gelato Lip Balm Stain in Carina.

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Ode To A Rose
Best Of, Perfume - Be the first to comment! - November 13th, 2011

Writing about vanilla perfumes reminds me of my other favorite (or one of my other favorites…), rose perfumes. I have many favorite rose perfumes, and though it would be fun to summarize them all in one place.

Pacifica Perfume makes one of my favorites, their Persian Rose. Despite the presence of other notes, this is really a “straight-up” rose kind of scent. It’s fresh though, not fussy, and has a nice delicacy. It’s lighter, like most of Pacifica’s perfumes, so layering with lotion will make the scent last longer.

Fresh’s Cannabis Rose is much more intense. It’s really rich, with a lot of heavy base notes that keep the fragrance lasting for a long time. The official notes are Bulgarian roses, pomegranate flower, Italian bergamot, cannabis accord, sheer jasmine, dark chocolate, white musk, patchouli, and oolong tea. It has a lot going on! It’s definitely a favorite though, because it’s unlike just about anything else. It’s Rose with a Kick.

YSL’s Parisienne is a much fruitier rose. It has violets and blackberries and sandalwood notes that make for a fresh, younger approach to rose. I like it, but not as much as these first two.

The rose perfume that introduced me to rose perfume was The Perfumer’s Workshop’s Tea Rose. This was my signature scent in high school. It’s knock-you-down strong, definitely a “spritz and walk through” kind of perfume. While it’s not expensive and there are other (probably better) rose soliflores, this is probably the one that defines rose for me, just because of the pleasant memories I have of wearing it as a teenager.

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