Weekend Catch-Up #9

Weekend Catch-Up 9

Another busy week is gone, phew. I have had very little time for myself, but still managed to try some new products and do a little shopping. There have been so many good sales, I just had to take advantage…

Purchases. I am very picky when it comes to makeup brushes. I try to read as many reviews as I can find and look at as many photos as I can find online. I would rather use my fingers than waste money on brushes that do not help with makeup application. I have heard great things about the Antonym Makeup Brushes, so I picked a few to try. I have not received them yet, but they are described as: professional quality, vegan (PBT bristles), and with sustainable bamboo/aluminum handles. I cannot wait to try them. I also bought their Eye Pencil in Noir, which is supposed to be waterproof. I am truly hoping that this is THE one for me.

Product of the Week. Most definitely, the Kure Bazaar Nail Polish in Cappuccino. I like painted nails and own a  ridiculous number of nail polishes, but I rarely become obsessed with one color. It is so pretty and so long-lasting. Next time I paint my nails I am going to try the Kure Bazaar Top Coat and see how long Cappuccino lasts with that. Another product I loved this week is the de Mamiel Rosey Lip Balm*. It looks like an average lip balm in the jar, but it is actually one of the best that I have tried. Not sure why, I feel like it slightly numbs my lips, which is a bit strange, but it works so well. I have been waking up with my softest lips ever.

Lipstick Love. This week I was into a particular lip combo. First of all, I have been into exfoliating my lips more than usual. Not every single day, but at least two-three times in one week. I apply the Ganache Lemon Mousse lip balm, and then with a cotton bud I take off all the dead, flakey skin. Then I apply a little more lip balm. Ganache Lip Balm is completely matte, so it is perfect under lipstick because it does not create that slippery base that is going to make my lip color slide all over the place. Instead, it helps to give me an even application of lipstick, without looking patchy or shiny. Onto the actual lip combo, I have been lining and filling my lips with my favorite lip liner, Jane Iredale in Spice, and then I have been applying either Ilia Beauty Funnel Of Love, or Kjaer Weis Dream State Lip Tint. Perfect peachy-pink lip color on top of soft lips, yaasss.

Skincare Stuff. In other news, the de Mamiel Cleansing Balm I mentioned last week is a dream. However, I am still trying to decide if I prefer to follow with a second cleanse, or simply remove the cleansing balm and follow with toning/face mist. What do you guys think? I have not had any breakouts so far, so I am guessing that either way works.

Good News. Mark your calendar! This November, the One Love Organics Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder will become available in two sizes, and one of them looks huge! Perfect size for oily-haired people like me that need dry shampoo most days every day. If you are trying to break free from highly fragranced dry shampoo sprays and have not found a good replacement, this one will probably win you over. It was able to end my addiction to Klorane.

Lust List. This week I added the In Fiore Veloutée Multipurpose Balm to my wishlist, and everything else In Fiore, really. One of their most used ingredients is Calendula, which happens to be one my favorite plants for skincare, if not my #1 favorite. Have you tried any In Fiore products? If so, what would you recommend? Please don’t say everything–I am easy to convince.

Sales. The Detox Market is having a lovely sale on all things body, bath, and home, (but I actually found a few extra things in the sale, such as a Tinted Lip Conditioner from ILIA). Use code HOMEBB to receive 15% off your order of $50+.

Have a great week, and get ready for a lovely giveaway very soon…

*PR Sample

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  • Love all the brands you mentioned here! Especially Ganache For The Lips (my favorite is Chocolate Mousse), Kjaer Weis, and One Love Organics. Also I’m really hoping to try the de Mamiel Cleansing Balm.

    • I will have to pick up Chocolate Mousse, too! I bet my husband will love it. Let me know your thoughts if you do try the de Mamiel cleansing balm ;)

      Thanks for reading! :)

  • Kerri

    Oh my gosh! I have the same reaction to the de Mamiel lip balm! My lips also get a little numb and/or tingly after I apply it. I’m relieved to see that I’m not alone! It is a great lip balm despite the odd reaction. I also love the de Mamiel cleansing balm. I don’t usually double cleanse with it, but my skin is on the drier side. The autumn facial oil is on my wishlist. You should definitely try some In Fiore products – they are gorgeous! I especially love their body balms and solid perfumes.

    • Hi Kerri, thanks for sharing! I am absolutely loving the de Mamiel lip balm. I am not a fan of its taste, so I only use it at night before going to bed. I used it once during the day and it made every food I ate taste funny! However, it does make my lips a million times better overnight. I wonder which ingredient makes the lips feel numb and plump! I will have to ask Annee de Mamiel, I am so curious.

      Will definitely pick some In Fiore soon ;)

      Thanks for reading! :)

  • corina

    Hi Lilly, those brushes sound great. I prefer using makeup brushes to using my hands, the only downside to brushes (for me) is maintenance.. I won’t use a dirty brush so I am constantly cleaning them.

    Is the picture in the upper right hand corner a picture of your lips with balm on or with your ILIA/KjaerWeis lip combo?

    • Hi Corina, yes, in the picture above I am wearing the lip combo that I mentioned. Isn’t it a pretty color? I love it!

      I totally feel the same way about brushes. I have a large number of brushes because I don’t like to wash them often but I won’t use dirty brushes. I am concerned that dirty brushes may cause me to break out!

      I will definitely review them. I haven’t gotten the chance to use them yet ;)

      Thanks for reading! :)

  • D. Hightower

    How does the de Mamiel lip balm compare with Pacific lip treatment by MVO? I have the Pacific but as a lip balm addict the de Mamiel sounds good. I am trying to break away from my Nuxe lip balm.

    • Hi D.,I know I have already replied to you via email, but I will reply here as well, just in case someone else reading has the same question.

      In my experience, the de Mamiel Rosey Lip Balm is more softening/conditioning compared to the MVO Pacific Lip Treatment. I find that the MVO Lip Treatment is an excellent option to prime the lips before applying a lipstick because it is not very slippery, but if I had to pick one of the two for moisturizing/conditioning the lips, de Mamiel would be my preferred option. The ingredients are amazing: camellia, evening primrose, calendula, mango butter and manuka honey (and these are just a few). No wonder why it works so well! The only thing I do not love about it is the taste, which is a little bitter to me.

      Thanks for reading! :)

  • Hi Claire, I am going to have to use it a little longer. So far, so good :) Also, I have not tried it in the inner rim because I cannot wear black in my water line (it makes me look ten years older, lol), but I will try it and let you know. I hope it’s THE one!

    • Claire

      Lilly thanks for your response. Your reply on the water line made me laugh! :D So glad that the eyeliner is working well for you, do update us on it in your future post. ;)

  • Jenna

    I have noticed the numbing sensation with the de Mamiel Rosey lip balm…maybe it increases blood flow to the lips?? Not sure but I even thought my lips actually looked “rosey” I love it.

    I recommend the de Mamiel Pregnancy oil…it is amazing and smells oh so gooood as all the de Mamiel products. I am loving the Brightening cleanser as well as the Autumn oil….all wonderful and thoughtfully formulated.. <3

    But May Lindstrom is still my go to of choice…love her and her products. So simple and beautiful.

  • leighlennox

    I love most of In Fiore’s line, but my favorite is Fleur Vibrante balm. They now have a more concentrated version in a compact, which I haven’t yet tried, but want to , because I love the smell (lots of jasmine). I also love the Treate cleanser, Corps VItale balancing tonic, and love their solid perfumes (Saffron of Kashmir is a favorite). Looking forward to your reviews! :)

  • leighlennox

    Hi Lilly! I do pretty much like everything at In Fiore, but probably my favorite is Fleur Vibrante balm. I also love Treate cleanser, Corps Vitale, and the solid perfumes (Saffron of Kashmir and Fumee d’Ambre). I see you are trying out the Veloutee, which I love as well. Looking forward to your reviews!

  • leighlennox

    sorry for the repeat – i didn’t see that my comment posted so i tried again. :)