Catch-Up #44

catch-up 44

I am pretty sure that the past week was the hottest of 2015 so far. Most days my makeup routine was as basic as sunscreen and mascara, but I have tested out a few new items worth sharing, so let’s get to them…

Empties. This week I finished the Odacite + Moon Juice Aloe & Rose Revitalizing Mist, so I plan on putting together a detailed review of the Claire De Lune set* (Radiance Serum + Revitalizing Mist) asap. I have not decided yet whether I will purchase it or not, simply because I loved the serum but I think that the mist is not exactly suited for my skin type (I think that this would be more suite for dry skin types). I really wish that the products would also be sold separately, because the serum was so so good (very rich oil, but non-greasy at all. I can’t even express it completely with words! So good.) The Claire de Lune set is available here.

Repurchased. This week SBL got most of the Yuli skincare line back in stock, and since I was running low on some of my Yuli favorites I repurchased the Halcyon Cleanser (the Cocoon Face Elixir is already out of stock >:-(  ). I was considering to buy the Metamorphic Face Elixir in the meanwhile, but I decided to first finish another toner (*patting myself in the back as I type this*) that I really like, the Kahina Toning Mist . If you are new to my blog, you can read more about these products in my last skincare routine post, which I just shared this past week. You can shop the Yuli Skincare line here.

RMS Beauty Skin2Skin brushes. If you use cream products, especially cream blush/bronzer and cream foundation, these brushes are really, really good! As I mention in one my most recent catch-up posts, the foundation brush is quite small and is perfect to stipple and blend cream foundation, and even liquid(it will absorb some). I have used it with the Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation, and it worked perfectly. When used with the Gressa Minimalist Serum Foundation, it works well, but drinks up a bit of product. The blush brush* is perfect, not sure if I ever used this word before to describe a product, but it blends cream blush like a dream. It does all the work for me: I tap the brush in the pot, and I swirl it around on my cheek area until it is properly blended, and it looks flawless. If you are not a master at applying cream blushes with your fingers, or if the brush you use does not work very well, you will love this brush. With that said, I am finally ready to give up putting my fingers in my cream blushes (which is not ideal anyway). I will review both brushes in a post, because I want to show you how they work, and because I think that the price tag is a bit intimidating, considering that the drugstore offers some pretty good synthetic brushes that are much cheaper. However, I do really like them and I am happy I bought one (the other one was a gift), and would repurchase immediately. You can find both brushes here.

Perfect makeup mirror. This is one of those items that I didn’t know I “needed” until I got one. I have been using a simple, inexpensive table mirror for years, and I was happy with it,… until I discovered that there was something much, much better. It’s the Simplehuman Sensor Mirror, and let me tell you, it has made my makeup application so much easier. It lightens with a bright white light, and it magnifies, so you can see every little detail on your face. It results in my makeup application being a million times more precise, so that when I step back and look in a regular mirror my makeup looks great (especially my foundation, since I am able to see exactly where I need more and where I need to blend better). I will have a detailed review up ASAP so I can share all the pros/cons I found, but if you have been looking for something like this, you can check it out here.

Kjaer Weis Dazzling bronzer. I meant to publish my review of the Kjaer Weis bronzer last week, but since I was not able to, here is the highly requested swatch of the Dazzling bronzer. Several of you asked me if the bronzer was sparkly, shimmery, or glittery in any way, which as you can see from the swatch (natural light) is absolutely not. It is sheer, but buildable, which I love because it makes it impossible to over-apply. It has a bit of a dewy finish, but it really makes the skin look fresh and dewy, not greasy, otherwise I would not be able to wear it at all (my skin is on the oily side). I hope this helps, if you have any questions leave a comment below. You can find it here.

Kjaer Weis Dazzling and Desired Glow copy copy

Product of the week. If I had to give an award for my favorite product of the week, then The Good Stuff* would get a huge trophy. If you missed my post, you can read the full review here. I kept postponing the purchase myself, but then I received it as a gift and I was immediately hooked.  Sexy, golden skin in a bottle.

I have another highly requested post coming soon! Have a great week.

*gifted/PR sample