I think it's time for my Christmas Wishlist for 2014! This is just an insight into what I think would make awesome Christmas presents. Even if you don't care what I want for Christmas, this could give some ideas of what you could ask for or what you could buy for the other people on your list!
Obviously, I don't expect to get all of the things I'm about to show you. This is just a list of things I'd personally love to get for Christmas. In all honestly, I probably won't get any of them until after Christmas when I buy them myself. I'm just hoping this will be helpful for those of you who, like me, haven't even started Christmas shopping yet or even asked for anything for Christmas.
I've divided this into two collages; one with makeup and the other with body/skin care products. So, let's get started!
These are a few of the many makeup products I've been lusting after lately. Especially that Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick. I've been after that in the shade Lolita for quite some time, but it's out of stock everywhere. I want all of the shades though and you really can't go wrong with a long wearing lipstick that doesn't transfer. That's what dreams are made of!
I can't be the only one absolutely IN LOVE with Gucci Guilty. I can't even help myself, and I'll honestly end up buying it for myself after Christmas. Also, those GlamGlow masks, I've been dying to try them, so fingers crossed!
All of these things are available at either Sephora or Ulta, in case you're interested.
In addition to this, another great gift would be a Z Palette with some Makeup Geek eyeshadows. Seriously, they're amazing. I didn't put them on my wishlist as I already own so many and I just buy those on my own, but seriously. They're inexpensive, highly pigmented and blendable, the quality is amazing and they'd make a perfect gift. You can find a ton of swatches and reviews of them all over my blog, but here's a picture of my current collection and Z Palette.
This is something I don't think I've done before, and that's make a top five list of my favorite products from specific categories.
I thought that maybe this could be helpful to some of you, I hope! I also have a nice mix of high end and drugstore products for each category to share with you.
I decided to start this off with my top 5 foundations. One of these is a BB cream and 2 of the 5 are from the drugstore. I've reviewed most of these products in the past and the ones I haven't reviewed previously will be reviewed in an upcoming post.
So, let's get started!
We'll start with the drugstore end.
L'oreal True Match foundation & L'oreal True Match Lumi : I decided to include both of these because while they are similar, they're different enough to qualify for two spots.
They both have a huge range of shades, ranging from light to dark, cool, warm and neutral undertones, the selection is one of the best in my opinion. That's about the end of what they have in common, other than a name.
L'oreal True match is around $7 a bottle. The finish is slightly dewy but it's much more matte than Lumi. Also, while this one works great on my dry skin, it also works great on oily skin.
True Match Lumi is very dewy, so people with oily skin may not like it as much. It's around $13 at the drugstore.
Both are extremely easy to blend and last around 6-7 hours.
I've had this for a couple of months now, and I've been using it very often. As you'll tell from the review, I was on the fence about this product, and now it's my HG. It works pretty well on my dry skin. If I'm not exfoliated enough or I didn't moisturize enough you can tell. It has a very natural finish and it really looks beautiful. It covers pretty well and lasts all day on me, seriously 10+ hours without fading. Keep in mind I have very dry skin, so if you're oily it may not last as long. You can pick this up at Sephora for $42.
Onto Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation.
This is another foundation that has a large range of colors, and despite the selection, I kind of struggled with finding a shade that works for me. After making a few exchanges, I got this one and it's a perfect match. This foundation is not forgiving when it comes to dry skin. No matter what I do, it looks slightly flaky if I'm dry that day, however if my skin is doing good, this foundation looks and feels GREAT. It seriously has a beautiful finish and feels like nothing on your skin and that's why it's in my top 5. I'll be using this a lot more after my skin balances out from the season change. It's so beautiful! This retails for around $36 at Sephora.
I love this stuff, I mean LOVE. I seriously need to pick up another one as this one is way too dark for me now since I've quit tanning. This covers well, blends in easily and you hardly need any product. It works nicely on my dry skin and I think it would work well on oily skin as well. It seriously sticks around too, I get 12+ hours of wear out of this one. It has a pretty matte finish which I like and surprisingly doesn't make me look dry. I love it. This retails for $39 at Sephora.
I've linked the individual reviews for the foundations I've previously talked about. Reviews for the rest are coming soon. I'd also like to note that as you can tell, some of the foundations mentioned are DARK. If you've been with me for a while, you know that I used to tan and I had a very deep tan. I stopped tanning a few months ago and now I'm back to my original shade of paper. :) That's why most of them don't match me now, though I would repurchase all of these in the correct shade in a heartbeat.
So, that's it for my top 5 foundations!
I hope you enjoyed the post and let me know what your top foundations are!
I received the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant* from ifabbo.com for review about 6 weeks ago.
I've used it a few times a week since receiving it, and I thought I'd go ahead and review it now that I'm familiar with it.
First, let me describe what it is and what it does.
The Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is a daily exfoliator. What makes this unique compared to the other exfoliators I've used it that this one is a powder.
It is described as a gentle, daily use exfoliating powder for all skin types. It is a rice based powder that activates upon contact with water. When mixed with water it releases Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes. These micro exfoliate dead cells, leaving your skin smoother and brighter.
I'm a girl with extremely, almost unbearably dry skin. I use this about 3 times a week and I love it. For the first couple of weeks, I used it everyday and it was great, but I'm now using a Clarisonic once a week as well, so I didn't want to risk overdoing it.
So, how did this perform? It exfoliated well, it cleaned my skin, my skin is smoother and brighter after use and it didn't dry me out. I consider this a total win.
This exfoliant isn't harsh and does have huge scrub beads in it like some have. This is a very fine scrub and isn't scratchy or even painful as some can be. This one is very pleasant.
Also, I've been using this religiously for 6 weeks and I've barely put a dent in the bottle, so I feel like it's going to last a long time, which is a huge plus.