The Body Shop Aloe Lip Care comes in this squeezy tube which I think is handy because the product is very thick and very sticky you wouldn't want it in your fingers. It's a clear lip balm that I apply directly from the tube in a swiping motion. It's not one of those balms that sink into your lips. I find this one sits on top of my lips for a few minutes before it starts to feel comfortable. But despite all of that, it gives instant results! The following day after using this for the first time, I noticed I didn't have that much skin flaking off my lips (sexy yah). That's the reason why I kept on using it and going to bed with greasy lips. After weeks of using it, my lips have seriously improved. It doesn't feel dry and I noticed I didn't have chapped lips anymore. Sure I still have lines on my lips as you can see in the photo above but look at how nicely my lipstick sits on my lips! I feel like I can wear mattes without the product snagging on flaking skin. Haha! If you suffer from dry and chapped lips, give this balm a try!
Since it was a holiday yesterday, I was able to do a bit of mid-week pampering and you know for me, pampering means doing my nails and masks. Just a mini pamper because I still have the weekend to look forward to (two more days!). I thought I'd do a mini review of the mask I used today which is the Lush Mask of Magnaminty. Here's what Lush says about this product:
"Mask of Magnaminty isn’t technically a daily ‘facial wash’; it’s actually a deep cleansing face and back mask. China clay and fresh peppermint reach deep down to pull the debris from your pores, giving you that delightful tingly-clean sensation. We add loads of aduki beans to exfoliate flaky or dry skin, vanilla absolute to calm redness and honey to soothe. Our inventors created Mask of Magnaminty to be the ‘ultimate face mask’, intense but not harsh or abrasive on the skin. We recommend using Mask of Magnaminty weekly to keep the skin in good condition."
What's your favorite mask these days?
Have you tried the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders? What's your fave shade?
I'm trying to find new recipes to add to our rotation, and I found this Dirty P's Garlic Ginger Chicken Thighs. I don't know who Dirty P is, but the recipe sounded good. The recipe is simple, and I usually have these ingredients on hand, so I figured it'd be worth a shot. But 2lbs of chicken thighs isn't as much as I thought it would be. We'll only have leftovers for 1 meal, but it was inexpensive enough to double. It was pretty tasty but I didn't leave it in the oven long enough. I put it in the oven at 400* for 35 minutes. Next time, I'll cook it longer.
Excuse the grainy selfie photo but I just can't take a decent photo using the back cam of my phone. Anyway, I haven't used this BB cream in a while but I'm glad I have it in my makeup bag. It's the Matte BB cream from Too Cool For School. It gives good enough coverage but I still needed to use my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard to cover my dark circles and some blemishes/scarring. I set all of it in place using the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. My eyebrows are done using my trusty Shu Uemura Hard 9 pencil and then I topped it off with this Color My Eye Brow mascara from The Face Shop (I'm using it so I can buy new one, a better color match). For the eyes, I just curled my lashes and applied Benefit They're Real mascara. Cheeks are sorted using the Stila Convertible Color in Petunia and to add a bit of glow (because I used a matte bb cream), I added Benefit High Beam on the top of my cheekbones. For the lips, I'm keeping it pink and glossy with the Maybelline Lip Polish/Color Elixir in Carnation Pink/Pop 5. That's it for my easy Makeup Monday this week! What products are you loving today?
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I'm keeping my base light with just the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer then setting that with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Heat. For brows I'm bringing this brow mascara from the Face Shop (I think). I brought my eyelash curler and mascara (Benefit They're Real) because I need to have fluttery lashes all the time. Cheeks will stained with the Tarte stain blush which my office friend Jinky loaned me (she's being a BI in hopes of making me buy it myself too). Then if the mood striked maybe I'll highlight using the Benefit High Beam cream highlighter. The Body Shop Lip and Cheek stain will mostly be used for the lips for a pretty stain.
I am bringing my A game when it comes to shower stuff. In bag are the bath bombs from Lush that I wasn't able to use during my last trip, Soap & Glory Calm One, Calm All bubble bath, some face wipes and the Origins Out of Trouble Mask (because I've been having under the skin tiny bumps on my face lately).
Those are what's inside my makeup and shower bags for this trip. I'll see if I can blog from Subic but I'm definitely going to try to do a Cameo video. So stay tuned!
I guess you can already tell how infatuated I am with this blush due to the number of pictures posted above. Din Infusion is described as "a subdued coral blush fused with Dim Light to add warmth". I love coral blushes and I am currently coveting Dim Light (I have Diffused Heat). I'm sure you've read a ton of reviews about this blush. All of them are true, yes, even the negative ones. This blush is not the most pigmented coral blush (different effect from MAC Melba) but that's what I like about this blush. Since it is infused with Dim Light, the color it gives is very subtle. It gives a hint of coral so that when you apply it very minimal blending is needed. It's like it's already blended when you apply it. It is also very powdery. And my heart breaks a little whenever I swirl my brush and little fragments of blush dust float into the air. But despite it being powdery, it's not chalky. It doesn't have the longest weartime (around 4-5hrs) but since it's so very pretty, you wouldn't mind reapplying it. Overall, I am inlove with this blush. And I'll be happy to trade all the four other blushes I featured just for this one. Mood Exposure, you'll be mine next.
Firstly, I have to talk about the packaging. This cute little blush comes in black and white polka dotted compact with a good sized mirror inside. Very handy when you want to touch up your blush (which you have to for this one but more on that later). Topshop makeup just looks very modern, I think. Aside from the packaging, the photo above shows just how pretty the color is. On my skin, this looks like a cool-toned pink blush. The only other cream blush I can compare it with is Max Factor Miracle Touch Cream Blush in Soft Pink which is slightly warmer than this color. If you can't get the Topshop one, that's a good alternative (but again not a dupe). As for the formula, I have to be honest, this isn't the best. And that is because I feel like it instantly turns into a powder formula as soon as you touch the product. I usually apply it using my fingers so I dip my digits straight into the product and dab it on my cheeks. It's definitely down to preference but I want more dew in my cream blushes (otherwise I will just use powder). It also fades after about four hours (again might be because of my skin type which is oily).
Overall, I'm glad to have this color but I don't wear it that much because I just don't like touching up my blush. The only products I touch up throughout the day are powder and lipstick. Maybe next time, I'll try the powder blushers as I hear they are really nice too. If you have normal to dry skin, maybe this will work better for you. It's just not the best for me.
Overall, I really like this blush and next on my to swatch lists are Well Dressed, Peachstock and Dame!)