Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Balm Dotcom

I have been a fan of the blog Into the Gloss for years. I have spent many delightful hours scouring my favorite tastemakers Top Shelves and reading about secret beauty tips. I was thrilled that Emily Weiss, the founder of ITG, and the formerly known "Super Intern" from The Hills, was spinning off of the ITG brand and branching out into skincare. While I didn't buy the whole line, I did buy two of the universal skin salves, and their hydrating moisturizer (thoughts to come later). Let me tell you, the balm dotcom is named that for a reason. I LOVE IT. I squeezed the life out of my first tube, applying everywhere from my chapped lips while I was out and about, my cuticles, elbows, knees, feet-- basically anywhere that felt dry, and it really helped condition my skin. It's also made from all natural ingredients and unlike the comparable Aquaphor or Vaseline, it's not quite as tacky or sticky. It's incredibly emollient, which I happen to prefer. And the packaging-- not only is is super duper cute, but it actually allows you to squeeze it down all the way to the bottom, getting every last drop of value for your money and comfort for your skin. It's a huge plus in my book. If you're interested mosey on over to ... even just to see how cute the site is.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Moisturizer I.MMXV

As part of my product purge, I've been making sure to dip into my sample drawer to use some of those goodies up as well. I had been saving two luxe moisturizers, and I figured, since my skin is as dry as a sandbox in the winter I might as well give these a go. I also blow through hand cream at this time of year like its my job (hand washing + cold air = easily chapped hands). Below are my thoughts.

Darphin Stimulskin Plus Moisturizer-- This moisturizer is  touted as good for normal to dry skin, so I was super excited to delve into it. It's has the most delicious velvety texture, and it's a dream to apply. It literally feels like coating your skin with luxury. Oh and like most Darphin products, it smells subtly divine. Aside from the application, I wasn't really impressed by this product though. I would apply it at night and consistently wake up in the morning with dry, flakey skin (gross, I know). It didn't make me break out or anything, but in terms of paying top dollar for a moisturizer, I don't think I would splurge for this one. It didn't yield any noticeable results and didn't really effectively moisturize either. At almost $300 dollars a tub, that's pretty much unacceptable. Save your pennies for something else.

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Repair Day Crème-- In comparison to the Darphin, I absolutely adored this product. It's light and fluffy, like a meringue, but it pacts some serious moisturizing punch. I would put this on before my makeup in the morning and my skin would be dewy and hydrated-- and remain so for the rest of the day. It doesn't tout any radical benefits for your skin, except for making it a little bit more radiant and protecting it from aging factors (i.e. the sun), but it is indeed a very nice product that I would definitely considering purchasing a full-size container of in the future. It's also fragrance free, which is a huge pro, in my humble opinion.

Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Hand Cream-- I love Laura Mercier's handcreams. They are thick and creamy, but not overly so, and they absorb pretty quickly. Some of the scents are pretty gourmandy though, so I wouldn't recommend if you are averse to the idea of smelling like a dessert. Because boy oh boy, does that scent linger.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Oribe I.MMXV

I've been sitting on these products for longer than I am willing to admit. I had some feelings about them, some good, some not. Read further if you so choose.

Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo- I originally bought this shampoo because it was one of Oribe's only offerings formulated without sulfates or parabens. This shampoo is lovely, it's moisturizing, it really does tame frizz and make your hair super manageable-- but I probably wouldn't buy this for myself again. I have very fine hair, so this made it look dirty/weighed down much quicker. I have since switched to his Volumista Shampoo, many thoughts to come... But if you have color treated hair, or if your hair is dry and thick, seriously, try this out-- it really does work magic and make your hair look significantly healthier and shinier.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray- This product has been absolutely raved about for years and years and years by many a blogger. And while, I did love it for a time, I think I might have moved on. Firstly, unlike the Oribe Shampoos, the fragrance of this spray sticks with you and it is STRONG. Secondly, I couldn't even try to deny how much volume this product creates, because it really does work. It gives that perfect lived in, elegantly disheveled look. It's also AMAZING if you're trying to put your hair up in a tousled french twist, or really any perfectly imperfect style. It has just the right amount of grit. However, I wouldn't say this was a dry shampoo like many other people claim. I'd have to wash my hair the day after using it because undone is one thing-- grunge is an entirely different look that I have no desire to achieve. I won't be buying this again mainly because of the price tag-- it's super expensive and I'm not sure it really warrants such a high price for what it actually does. But if you're looking for a nice treat and you're feeling spendy, I guess its a nice buy...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

January 2015

Hi everyone. I'm back from yet another long hiatus. Things get crazy, the blog is the first to fall by the wayside-- my priorities are obviously very skewed. Since the new year began, I have decided that I'm going to get rid of some of the clutter in my life. It's no secret that I'm a little bit of a floozy when it comes to my products and potions, and on the first of day of the year I looked at myself in the mirror and said, "Get a grip, you don't need this much stuff." And so began my product purge-- I tossed the stuff that, let's face it, I had been hoarding and hadn't touched in years, and I have made it a personal point to use up samples and products that I hadn't finished, in part to rediscover why I replaced them. I can't chalk it all up to being fickle. Anyway, thus far, I've found it to be really enjoyable. There is something super satisfying about using the last of a product and then tossing it in the bin-- a cleanse if you will. I'll be trying to post more regularly with my thoughts, and I'll hopefully be semi-regular about it. A little personal project on top of all the grad school projects. Because let's face it, I'm a bit of a glutton for self-induced stress. More to come. xx